* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Raskolnikov a KnightTemplar, or a VillainProtagonist who uses sophistry to justify murder?
* CompleteMonster: Arkady Svidrigailov. This guy ''began'' with raping and killing a 13-year old girl and didn't get any better. ForTheEvulz he had DrivenToSuicide a faithful servant, killed his caring wife, molested and possibly tried to rape Dunya, and God knows what other atrocities he committed. A crazy, sociopathic nutjob who truly beleives that EvilFeelsGood, Svidrigailov could be easily considered the most inhumane and repulsive character of the novel.
* DracoInLeatherPants / DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Despite portraying rebellious youth in a very negative light, ''Crime and Punishment'' was popular among radical student groups that adopted Raskolnikov as their role model.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The Epilogue is often subject to this by literary critics.
* MagnificentBastard: Arkady Svidrigailov.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Rodya is a college dropout with mental issues, who thinks saving his sister from sexual abuse gives him an excuse to kill someone. Yes, I just described 50% of all ''Series/ColdCase'' episodes.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Raskolnikov's dream about a poor old mare getting beaten to death. Which is also mad {{Squick}}y.
* TheWoobie: The prostitute Sonya, who was forced into it by her family. Raskolnikov and (arguably) Semyon Zakharovich Marmeladov are of the [[JerkassWoobie jerkass variety]].