* CrazyAwesome: Laura. When she trades spell notes with Nanoha and tries to come up with her own version of Starlight Breaker, Hayate considers the ensuing explosion to have been inevitable.
* GeniusBonus: There are a few, but to the author's credit they are explained.
* GrowingTheBeard: ''Path of Vengeance'' is rather good, but you can see a marked rise in quality in ''Academy Blues''.
* LesYay: Despite the ShipSinking listed in the main article, this is still a ''Nanoha'' fic, so the slack is taken up by Niranjana and Allina (with some very mild Laura/Noriko thrown in).
* MoralEventHorizon:
** The Lords of the Circles cross it when [[spoiler: the extent they were willing to go to against Hayate and her academy]] are revealed.
** [[spoiler: The Al Hantheans]] may have crossed it themselves, or at least the mage responsible, with Blood Penance. [[MeaningfulName Appropriately, the chapter in which this occurs is called "Rubicon".]]