* CaptainObviousReveal: In the second book, [[spoiler:Jean was just conning the mooks and isn't betraying Locke. Who really fell for that one?]]
* CryForTheDevil: Prior to the final duel in ''Lies'', readers are treated to a section from the perspective of the Gray King. While it in no way excuses his actions, his lifelong trauma is made very clear - and with his scheme failing utterly and his family and crew all dead, he's essentially lost every reason he ever had to live. Twice.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Karthain is ostensibly a democracy with a two-party system, but the parties are interchangeable and always serve at the pleasure of a small group of elites. It's a common criticism in Scott Lynch's native United States that the political theater of elections is just to provide the illusion of choice, and that all politicians will ultimately serve special interests who finance their campaigns and keep them in office.
* GeniusBonus: Camorr was no doubt named for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camorra Camorra]], a Neapolitan crime syndicate with a more horizontal hierarchy than its Sicilian Mafia rival. Like Camorra clans, Camorr gangs are independent of one another, aside from being under Barsavi.
* {{Squick}}: Selendri's disfiguration and Requin's revenge. Also, the horse urine thing.
* StuffedInTheFridge: The deaths of both [[spoiler:Nazca and Ezri]].
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: The scene of Bug's death.]]
** [[spoiler: Ezri's HeroicSacrifice]]
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