* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Raskolnikov a KnightTemplar, or a VillainProtagonist who uses sophistry to justify murder?
* 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.
* 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.
* TheWoobie: The prostitute Sonya, who was forced into it by her family. Raskolnikov and (arguably) Semyon Zakharovich Marmeladov are of the [[JerkassWoobie jerkass variety]].