* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Gavin is furious when he finds the skeleton of a once mighty dragon put up for display. As a Dragon Rider he feels that dragons should be respected and not held up as museum pieces. Then we learn [[spoiler:he's actually Navarog]] which puts an interesting spin on this reaction. [[spoiler:He may have just been faking his anger, rationalizing that it would make his Gavin persona stronger. Or it might be an actual EvenEvilHasStandards moment where he is legitimately angry that one of his brethren is strung up like some trophy]].
* AngstWhatAngst:
** Both averted and played straight, depending on the situation; it kind of becomes necessary with the TraumaCongaLine.
** Still, averted frequently like when [[spoiler: Seth thinks Kendra died]] and the times when [[spoiler: Kendra thinks her family and friends are in danger of dying]], but there are moments when a character [[spoiler: experiences a crude death]] but the team has to keep moving.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: There's some debate as to whether the two leads are both strong yet flawed individuals who make up for each other's faults, or if they simply fail in their own way.
** Some see Kendra as a responsible but still fun foil to Seth who grows into her role as the ChosenOne. Others feel she's a VanillaProtagonist with only superficial flaws.
** Seth: whilst his rash and bone-headed actions in book one are called out, there's a split as to whether he learns from his mistakes and grows as a person or continues to make reckless decisions and the narrative bends over backwards to justify them.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[spoiler: Despite everything Gavin does in book 4 and TheReveal that he is Navarog some fan girls are still hooked on the idea that he still good and loves Kendra.]]
* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler: Grandma and Grandpa Larsen.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Try reading the books during the 2012 election and NOT laughing at Vanessa Santoro's surname, which is only 2 letters away from that of Pennsylvania ex-Congressman Rick Santorum. The name becomes either funnier or more disturbing when you know that, [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/santorum according to Google, his name basically means "ass juice."]]
** [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls A piece of work revolving around two children who visit an older guardian named Stanley and finding out about magical creatures?]]
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:The Sphinx.]] He plays so many games on so many fronts that no one can keep up with him. He abducts and clones Kendra at a time when she's under constant watch, manages to be [[spoiler:the leader of the good guys]], half of the missions end up with the reveal that they did his work for him... oh, and did I mention he does this all while remaining [[spoiler:one of the most amiable characters in the series]]? [[spoiler: He gets OutGambitted by Graulus and Nagi Luna, and he switches sides and skillfully maneuvers their doom. In the end, he does so well that they make him an Eternal, making sure he will have to die to open the prison. The Fairy Queen says he's sincere, but he still got what he wanted in the end.]] Oh, and that fifth secret preserve no one has been able to find? [[spoiler: He went there as a slave when he was a child, and rose to leadership of it.]]
* WhatAnIdiot. Seriously, Seth? [[spoiler:''Opening the window in the middle of midsummer's eve, while there are a bunch of unholy hellhole unseelie reverse [[{{Newspeak}} doubleplusungood]] beasties on the loose?'']]
* TheWoobie: Raxtus. Being half-fairy and half-dragon would be bad enough, but he's also a WellDoneSonGuy to his father, the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority king]] of the dragons, who makes it very blatant how he feels about his son. [[spoiler:Thankfully, he TookALevelInBadass in the fifth book and impressed his father enough that Celebrant took him back to Wyrmroost to be properly trained.]]
* WriteWhoYouKnow: WordOfGod admits that his real-life little brother is impetuous in the same way Seth is, and while they're not ''exactly'' the same person, they're very close.