* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: In ''Shogun'', Mariko's letter to Blackthorne [[spoiler: after her death, encouraging him to build his boat and to never fear. He, in return, dreams of a beautiful, a perfect ship that will conquer all the seas of the world, and unite England and Japan, and will be named ''The Lady'', in Mariko's honor.]]
* CompleteMonster: Most of the books of the ''Literature/AsianSaga'' heavily feature a GrayAndGrayMorality, and the majority of the antagonists are well rounded and semi-sympathetic, but Gorth from ''Tai-Pan'' is one of the exceptions, being a brutal sexual sadist who, unlike his father, has no sense of honour whatsoever. Gorth enjoys hurting or assaulting others and clearly enjoys their pain. In order to hurt his enemy of the Struan family, he tries arranging for his son to be drugged and bedded by a prostitute with syphilis which was completely incurable in those days and a very, very horrible way to go.
* FoeYay: Dirk Stuan and Tyler Brock are ''very'' obsessed with dominating the other. The start of their enmity was when Struan was a cabin boy on which Brock was a bo'sun, and apparently the latter was very fond of flogging Struan.
** Given [[HelloSailor what people normally think about sailors at sea]], and that Brock was a young man while Struan was just a boy, there is [[RapeAsBackstory one (unconfirmed) interpretation]] [[FridgeHorror that springs to mind...]]
* MagnificentBastard: '''Toranaga''' in ''Shogun''. Being played by none other than ToshiroMifune helps a LOT: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-SVMvbYR3o this]] video shows some of his finest moments. In particular, the look he gives at 0.17 is one of the best "you do ''not'' want to screw with me" looks you'll ever see.
** Dirk Struan and Ian Dunross from the other books would fit this, too.
** Lord Yoshi (descendent of Toranaga) does pretty well for someone in his twenties, and could rival his ancestor once he's got some more experience. Hakim Gorgon [[spoiler: Hakim Khan following the death of his father]] is well on his way to becoming one.
* MemeticMutation: From ''Shogun'': ''Hai, Toranaga-sama!''.
* NightmareFuel: During a HeroicBSOD, Blackthorne ends up having a vivid and nightmarish hallucination in ''Shogun'', which is presented as a rambling [[NoPunctuationPeriod run-on sentence]] that runs for about a page. [[HellholePrison Where he is at the time is no barrel of laughs either]].