* CompleteMonster: At the film's start, Einon seems a youth in need of guidance by his wise mentor, but it is revealed that any honor Einon has is just a front to learn swordsmanship from Sir Bowen. After Einon finds his dying father, he just tries to wrench the crown out of the man's hands, showing what he will become. When mortally wounded, Einon is saved only when a dragon shares his heart with him, linking their lives. As King, Einon taxes and woks the people without mercy and orders a man's eyes put out with hot pokers for no real reason. Einon tries to rape the man's daughter later and when his mother tries to kill the dragon to stop Einon, Einon kills her with no remorse. While Bowen initially blames the dragon for Einon's change, it turns out Einon was always a monster and the dragon shared his heart to try to change his nature.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[Film/HarryPotter Jason Isaacs plays a character named "Felton" in the same film with a character named "Draco"]].
* JerkassWoobie: The novel version of Felton. The guy's a complete jerk, but such a ridiculous amount of bad stuff happens to him (from embarrassment to losing limbs... see ButtMonkey on the main page for a full list) that you just feel sorry for him and want to give him a hug.
* MoralEventHorizon: Einon crosses it either when he casually murders Kara's father ForTheEvulz, or when he [[spoiler:kills his own mother when she tries to fulfill Draco's request to kill him so that Einon can be beaten]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Dennis Quaid's accent varies between regular American and something approaching Irish with mild undertones of Pirate. All the other American actors [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent don't try]].
* {{Sequelitis}} The sequel is nowhere near as good as the first one.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: While Draco is a well-animated/rendered CG Character, [[ConspicuousCG the lighting on him looks off in the scenes he's in]], but it's not that big a problem.
** The sequel, however, falls under this trope. Especially when you realize that the company hired on for it (not ILM) was also responsible for the X-Ray scene in the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', one of the more groundbreaking moments in Visual effects history.
* TearJerker: Very few people who have watched this movie have not burst into tears. Many cry simply at the thought of it. [[spoiler:Not only does Draco - the world's very last surviving dragon - die, but he is killed by his best friend. ''At his own request.'' Only a few scenes earlier, he specifically mentions how he finally has everything he's ever needed]].
** You know a scene is sad when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick finds it in her cold, black heart to admit to being misty-eyed at it.
** The [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music]] which plays during the scene, the most emotional version of the main theme, doesn't hurt either. And the fact you can see it coming once the true nature of the bond between Dracon and Einon is revealed doesn't lessen the impact; in fact, it only heightens it.
** Bowen's [[spoiler: ''EPIC'' this-is-what-I'm-fighting-for moment at Avalon]]. The sheer power of the scene is overwhelming.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: And it holds up fairly well even today.
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