* AdaptationDisplacement: The ''Chronicles'' Trilogy were originally just meant to be [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] to the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' gaming modules, but thanks to the ''Chronicles'' Trilogy's massive popularity, even more novels were written by both Weis & Hickman and other authors as well. Now it has gotten to the point where there are quite a few Dragonlance fans who have no idea there is even a game tied to the novels.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Happens with the Gods of both Good and Evil, and with Raistlin.
* BrokenBase: Fandom tends to be divided on either side of the ''Dragons of Summer Flame'' novel. On one hand, you have the old schoolers who generally refuse to accept anything that isn't connected to the original [[TrueCompanions Heroes of the Lance]] and the original ''Chronicles'' and ''Legends'' trilogies. On the other hand, there are those who consider the Fifth Age a bold and innovative step away from the original characters and consider the first group to be hopelessly clinging to the past. For their part, the first group considers the Fifth Agers to have discarded everything that made the series popular in the first place. Both groups, however, almost universally revile Mina and her [[CosmicRetcon Cosmic Retcon Army]], which over the course of a single trilogy managed to systematically destroy everything even remotely connected to the Fifth Age and return it to the status quo. Old school fans were slightly mollified, though even they were struck by the [[DroppedABridgeOnHim sheer meanness of it]], reading between the lines that the entire War of Souls was an AuthorsSavingThrow writ large.
* CompleteMonster: See Monster/DungeonsAndDragons.
* DesignatedHero: The Gods of Good... really aren't that good, in a lot of ways. See JerkassGods on the main page. More than one reader thinks StrawmanHasAPoint when somebody like Tanis proclaims that the gods don't deserve mortal worship and that the gods were the ones who abandoned the people rather than vice versa.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Raistlin. Dalamar. Lord Soth.
** Dalamar may actually be a subversion or inversion, as it's not clear what he's done to be called evil other than wear black.
** Chemosh's character design in the Dark Disciple trilogy seems to be made to invoke this trope.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Raistlin. Also, to a lesser extent, Dalamar and Kitiara.
** To say nothing of Kang, Slith and The Doom Brigade, who's popularity lead to an unplanned short story, two novels, and an appearance in ''Vanished Moon''. Slith made a solo cameo in ''Highlord Skies'' and ''Hourglass Mage'' as well.
** Lord Soth. Even Margaret Weis has said she has to use him sparingly in order to resist the temptation to let him take over the story.
* EpilepticTrees: The theory that Raistlin was really a woman.
* EvilIsSexy: Kitiara. At least Tanis (and a bunch of other guys, including one who's quite ''dead''), seems to think so...
** Not to mention Raistlin and Dalamar.
*** When Dalamar and Kitiara meet in the ''Legends'' series, Weis and Hickman realized there was really [[CoitusEnsues only one way it could go]].
** One Takhisis's forms is the Dark Temptress... although atypically for a female god of evil, it's not a form she appears in very often throughout the series, being more inclined to appear as a five-headed dragon.
** Chemosh can also make himself to appear quite handsome when he wants to be.
* GrowingTheBeard: ''Chronicles'' is a solid but unspectacular HighFantasy epic. ''Legends'', the next trilogy, is a character-driven drama about family, the nature of evil, and TimeTravel that cements Raistlin as one of the best [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] in modern fantasy literature. Easy to see why it's considered the high point of the whole saga, and one of the classics of the genre.
* HoYay: Many possible instances, but blatantly Raistlin and Dalamar - the Master/Apprentice relationship, the fact that they're both scrawny, evil bishounen wizards, the passionate way Dalamar refers to his "''Shalafi''", and who could forget [[spoiler: Raistlin burning his fingerprints into Dalamar's chest to punish his betrayal]]. Whew.
** That was actually played for laughs in [[http://myar.deviantart.com/art/Smells-like-roast-elf-28121249 this comic.]]
** If it weren't for the fact that [[{{Squick}} they're brothers]], Raistlin and Caramon would have this in spades. [[{{Twincest}} It still doesn't stop some people.]]
** Then there's [[HeterosexualLifePartners Flint and Tasslehoff]]. They even shared a house while living in Solace. Tasslehoff is utterly heartbroken at Flint's death and is only comforted when he learns that Flint is in his own private {{Heaven}} which he [[HeartwarmingMoment reserved to share with Tas when he dies]].
* JerkassWoobie: Raistlin.
** Chemosh got some fans feeling genuinely sorry for him in the Dark Disciple trilogy, but he is still a GodOfEvil who would turn every living soul into an undead creature that serves him if he could.
** Lord Soth during his imprisonment in [[https://youtu.be/V9xj6yQIP2Q?t=3011 Ravenloft]].
* MagnificentBastard: Raistlin Majere.
** Jaymes Markham from the "Rise of Solamnia" Trilogy and Golgren from "The Minotaur Wars" and the "Ogre Titans" Trilogy may also count.
** Fistandantilus, especially in the Kingpriest books. It's harder to see in the main storyline, because [[EvilVersusEvil Raistlin is better at it]].
** Paladine [[spoiler: Fizban.]] He managed to manipulate Heroes of Lance into becoming them, thus saving the world indirectly, and in Legends storyline he seems to be pulling the strings too, which ended in Raistlin's HeroicSacrifice DeathEqualsRedemption.
** Takhisis ascended to this status in Fifth Age, managing to steal the world from other gods and almost winning.
* MoralEventHorizon: From Raistlin, [[spoiler:"Farewell, Revered Daughter. I need you no longer" Or, before that, agreeing to let the dark dwarves have his brother's head. Or before ''that'' leaving his brother to die on a ship.]] Guy seems to do this a ''lot'', at least until he [[spoiler: dies to keep Takhisis locked up. So, at the end, subverted. And he becomes ''better'' after death]].
* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: Against the armies of evil.
* RonTheDeathEater: In canon, Kender are treated as a "good" race, with many of the sourcebooks chatting up their [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure hearts and innocence.]] However, years of [[ChaoticStupid "borrowing" the wizard's spellbook and the cleric's holy symbol]] has led to them becoming, in fanon, a despicable blight of inconsiderate thieves who are either brain-damaged or playing dumb. On some boards, killing Kender is considered to be PokeThePoodle-level evil at worst, as opposed to canon, where it's treated with about the same weight as [[WouldHurtAChild murdering children]]. This is primarily because a Kender's more distasteful traits in canon are because they truly don't know any better, whereas the player sitting across from you with a smug grin on his face most certainly does.
* TheScrappy: Tasselhoff has all the hallmarks of one of these, but somehow manages to be genuinely likable despite (or because) of his annoying habits and constant meddling in the story. However, other stories with {{Expy}} Kender characters usually fall head over heels into this trope.
** There are also large sections of the fanbase that intensely dislike Crysania, Usha, and Mina.
** The races of Kender, Gully Dwarves and Gnomes are often this. All are intended to be PluckyComicRelief races, but many instead find them just annoying for the traits that are supposed to be funny -- Kender are a race of childlike, CuriousAsAMonkey kleptomaniacal {{Fearless Fool}}s, Gully Dwarves are dirty, ugly, slovenly, and so stupid that they can't count past two, and Gnomes are {{Motor Mouth}}ed {{Bungling Inventor}}s who fail to grasp concepts such as [[RubeGoldbergDevice simplicity in technology]] and actually prize ''failure'' over ''success''. Kender are particularly hated amongst the tabletop gaming sect because their racial description gives them borderline carte blanche to be played as ChaoticStupid.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The books are sometimes criticized for being one more cliched sword-and-sorcery series built on the D&D model. This was not the case when the Chronicles first saw print.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: A lot of fans did not like the changes that came with the Fifth Age. Some fans of the Fifth Age books and SAGA RPG did not like the changes made by the War of Souls trilogy.
* ValuesDissonance: The cosmology of the setting borrows quite heavily from the Hickman's own personal attitudes towards theology, and their beliefs palpably bleed through in much of their writing. Most of the conflicts between what the books say and what the readers feel is due to this dissonance, most notably in regards things like the "goodness" of elves & kender or the righteousness of the gods.
* {{Wangst}}: Plenty of it from almost everyone at some point, but Tanis Half-Elven comes off as the greatest offender, primarily because the thing he whines the most about is his inability to choose between his BettyAndVeronica [[LoveTriangle relationships]] with two stunningly gorgeous women (one a bratty but pure-hearted elven princess and the other a wickedly sensual human warrioress)...while he's leading a party embroiled in an epic struggle for the fate of the world. Priorities, man.
** Add to it that he's a half-elf but neither of his love interests are and you get extra {{Wangst}} owing to MayflyDecemberRomance.
** Raistlin deserves an entrance here too. Yes, his [[SiblingRivalry brother]] was more popular than [[TheUnfavourite him]]. Yes, he was bullied as a [[LonersAreFreaks kid]] and has [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation difficulties forming relationships]]. But ''still''...
*** I don't think he cares about being bullied as a kid, anymore. Not as much as [[FateWorseThanDeath the other thing]], at least.
** Thankfully averted with Tas. On the rare occasion he does angst, something is seriously wrong.
* WhatTheHellHero: Par Salian, head of the order of White Robes, the supposedly do-gooder mages, curses Raistlin and gives him "Eyes of Decay", for lack of a better title. Not only does he look like a freak due to having hourglass-shaped pupils, but everything he sees is crumbling and decaying as he watches, so he can't see a building, but only an ancient ruin, and living beings are nothing but ambulatory, talking, rotting corpses. This was intended to make him more compassionate- instead, it's implied that this only furthered his disassocation from humanity and pushed him towards his dreams of [[AGodAmI attaining divine power]]. It's also implied that it was his decision to add an illusion of Raistlin's brother Caramon being a wizard of even greater power than Raistlin to The Test, which resulted in Raistlin jealously murdering his brother... an act that was witnessed by the real Caramon. Seriously, What is wrong with you? Hell, even his best magely friend called him on it...