* CaptainObviousReveal: In the second book, [[spoiler:Jean was just conning the mooks and isn't betraying Locke. Who really fell for that one?]]
* CompleteMonster: [[EvilSorcerer The Falconer of Karthain]] became the leader of the magical supremacist wing of the Order of the Bondsmagi to [[ParentalIssues spite his mother]], and is the worst person that even that faction has to offer. A petty sadist who sees himself as part of a SuperiorSpecies, Falconer persuades the rest of the Bondsmagi to accept Capa Raza's black contract, then offers to [[PsychoForHire carry out the contract himself]], murdering seven of Capa Barsavi's ''garristas'', his daughter Nazca, and finally Barsavi himself for Raza, and torturing Locke Lamora into assisting with Raza's plot. Following Barsavi's death, Falconer murders Locke's friends Calo and Galdo, and his apprentice, Bug, and hypnotizes Dona Vorchenza into allowing statues full of Wraithstone to placed at Duke Nicovante's ball, all as part of Capa Raza's plot to "[[FateWorseThanDeath gentle]]" the nobility of Camorr. Captured and crippled by Locke and Jean after his final attempt at murdering them goes awry, Falconer survives, and makes a comeback, murdering the nurse-attendant who had kept him alive, and then having his mother, Archedama Patience, eaten alive by crows.
* 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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