* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In the 2014 movie. In the book, [[spoiler:Kira's]] death was (probably) an accident during botched kidnapping by Don Reba's men. In the movie, the death was an assassination by [[spoiler:Arata]] in order to sick Rumata at Don Reba's soldiers. [[spoiler:It worked [[GoneHorriblyRight a little bit too well]]--Rumata slaughtered a whole bunch of soldiers and courtiers, and also Arata himself. Although who knows--Arata might consider his own life a reasonable price for overthrowing Reba.]]
* CompleteMonster: Don Reba is a thoroughly despicable SmugSnake of a [[EvilChancellor minister]], who personifies [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters everything wrong about humanity]]. He framed the former Prime Minister for treachery and tortured him to death, along with the whole cabinet; he declares everybody literate (and not noble) enemy of the state; he starts wars for petty revenge; he stages a Coup d'Etat, and when it succeeds, he kills his co-conspirators; finally, he tries to [[spoiler: kidnap TheHero's {{Love Interest|s}}, which backfires horribly, leading to the DownerEnding]].
* {{Fanon}}: A popular fan theory about the ending states that Reba had nothing to gain from tangling with Rumata once again. On the other hand, there was a certain RebelLeader well known for being willing to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do whatever has to be done]] to turn this CrapsackWorld slightly less crappy. He did state that Rumata would have to take a stance for him or against him, after all.
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