* AcceptableTargets: [[{{Muggles}} Humans]] are this for elves.
* AccidentalInnuendo: Paolini's accidental erotica is infamous.
--> '''Murtagh:''' Death will take me before I'll expose myself to their probing!
-->'''Narration:''' When they finished, Eragon flopped on his blankets and groaned. He hurt everywhere – Brom had not been gentle with his stick.
** Special mention has to go to Orik's parents: Either Creator/ChristopherPaolini [[CriticalResearchFailure doesn't know what "the pox" actually means to a medieval person]], or he was GettingCrapPastTheRadar [[BlackComedyBurst at a really bad time]] when Orik says his parents died of the pox. Historically (and certainly in the High Medieval era that Inheritance is allegedly set in), "the pox" meant syphilis. Yes, ''that'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syphilis Syphilis]]. Paolini put a reference to sexually transmitted disease in the middle of what was supposed to be a sad and moving scene. Something you aren't telling us about [[ReallyGetsAround mum and dad]], Orik?
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Anti-fans of the series love to find new interpretations that subvert the good/evil conflict. So far, sites such as anti-shurtugal.com have concluded that Eragon is a sociopath, [[LaResistance the Varden]] are [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified terrorists]] and the original Dragonriders were a racist military junta.
* AngstWhatAngst: Eragon in ''Eldest''. It is revealed to him that [[spoiler:his father was TheDragon to the BigBad, and to put it lightly, not a nice person.]] He gets over this in three paragraphs (although, in fairness, he does revisit it later). He does, however, angst when his uncle dies (for a few chapters, after which he gets over it), when he is told that [[spoiler:his father was ''really'' his mentor, Brom]], and when [[spoiler:Murtagh joins the enemy]].
** There's also Arya in ''Eragon'': in spite of having been, by her own admission, beaten, tortured, and [[AttemptedRape very nearly raped]] for weeks on end, the biggest reaction we get out of her thereafter is a paragraph of her clenching her jaw a bit as she recounts the events... and after that everything's just peachy, although that may be [[OurElvesAreBetter a racial thing]] for her.
** Well, it has more to do with Arya being a Stoic person in general.
* AssPull: The series features a big 'un in the shape of [[spoiler: magical elf twins, never previously mentioned who cure]] Eragon's achy back scar, allowing him to fight properly again. They turn up once more in the fourth book [[spoiler: make it so Dwarfs and Urgals can become Riders as well, thus solving all racism forever]].
* ClicheStorm: One of the most common criticisms.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Oromis' explanation of the Ancient Language gets basic points about language wrong: "The suffix o forms the past tense of verbs ending with r and i. Sköliro means shielded, but skölir means shield. What you said was ‘May luck and happiness follow you and may you be a shield from misfortune.’" Unfortunately, "a shield" is a noun, not a verb, so it can't have a past tense. Also, Eragon wasn't using the active past tense, but the passive future imperative ("may you be shielded" is an imperative pertaining to something that is to happen, not something that has happened).
* DancingBear: The first book was sold on the basis of having been written by a 15-year-old.
* DesignatedHero / DesignatedVillain: As you may have seen elsewhere on this page, a great many fans actually perceive Eragon as a villain and Galbatorix as an antihero.
* EndingAversion: Some fans of this series hated how the fourth book ended, due to the fact that it [[LeftHanging left too much hanging]].
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Murtagh: even some of the ''anti''-Eragon fans like him.
** The latter part may be because some fans left the series at his FaceHeelTurn, since he ''was'' the EnsembleDarkHorse and it seemed like an attempt to get more fans behind Eragon.
** Roran holds this position, too, largely due to many people finding his parts in Book 2 to be more enjoyable then Eragon's parts.
** [[TheLancer Carn]] from ''Brisingr'' and ''Inheritance'' is fairly popular, too.
* FridgeLogic: [[BigBad Galbatorix]] uses the rules of the Ancient Language to force people to do things for what he thinks is the greater good. When Sloan (a his cousin Roran's traitorous father in law) shows up. Eragon tells Roran that Sloan dead. Then he uses the rules of the Ancient language and forces Sloan to never see his daughter again. All for the good of Roran's marriage, of course.
** The big difference is that, in Galbatorix's view, he would have considered himself rightful to take Sloan's life, a view which even Islanzadí supports. Eragon gave him an infinitely less inhuman punishment, including the opportunity to partially undoing it by repenting his acts. [[spoiler:Which Sloan does.]]
* FollowTheLeader: A rare [[TropesAreTools positive example]] - alongside ''Literature/HarryPotter'', it was one of those books that helped tell publishers that yes, young adults ''do'' in fact have the attention span to read long books, especially ones that span multiple installments.
* GrowingTheBeard: ''Brisingr'' is considered by some readers to be an improvement over the first two books. ''Inheritance'' took the changes further, although the third book is the most seen as the series's peak.
* HoYay: The books are worth reading for this alone. See the main page for more.
* InternetBackdraft: Fans of the Inheritance trilogy have their hands full defending the object of their fandom from a gigantic number of anti-fans. Anti-fans have to defend their criticism from a gigantic number of fans.
* MemeticMutation: "Sorry", - apologised Brom".
* {{Narm}}: Has one of the largest entries on [[Narm/{{Literature}} that trope's page]]. Highlights include:
** The very first line of the entire series: "Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world."
** The description of Eragon [[spoiler: post his transformation at the Agaeti Bloedhren]] as "more beautiful than any man, more rugged than any elf" is somewhat overdone.
** The High Priest of Helgrind, who has no arms or legs, reminded some readers of the Black Knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** Durza, [[BigBad Galbatorix's]] [[TheDragon dragon]] (his henchman, not his literal dragon) in Book I, is described as having pale white skin and red hair. Like [[http://www.raw-living-food-success.com/images/Ronald-[=McDonald=].jpg a certain fast food mascot.]]
** Galbatorix's name. It's a name you'd expect to find in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Astérix]]'', and as a result, a number of people find it hard to take the character seriously. Moreover, if you are a bit into history, you will probably see it as Roman emperor Galba's name mixed with a Gaulish one.
** TheFilmOfTheBook gives us Galbatorix's infamous line:
--> '''Galbatorix''': I suffer without my stone. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Do not. Prolong. My suffering.]]
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* RootingForTheEmpire: Incredibly common. It doesn't help that the book concedes that most of the people living in TheEmpire are happy and at peace, giving the impression that if [[LaResistance the Varden]] would just stop fighting everyone would be fine. And though the emperor is a douche, his evil actions all seem to be about fighting the Varden so, again, his rule would probably be much less tyrannical if the Varden didn't keep going at him. It doesn't help matters that the main character is widely considered to be a DesignatedHero with a lot of KickTheDog moments.
** Ultimately, the case seems to be more about an AntiHero being treated as TheHero, and about the setting's apparent GreyAndGrayMorality being treated as BlackAndWhiteMorality. For every morally questionable deed which the EvilOverlord commits, TheHero commits one in return. TheEmpire slaughters villages? Well, so does LaResistance, around Feinster. The BigBad uses conscription? Well, LaResistance whips their own soldiers for doing the right thing, to such an extent that BadassNormal Roran seriously thought that a weaker man would ''die''. TheEmpire tortures people and uses "true names" to force its soldiers to be loyal to it? Well, LaResistance wields ''chemical weapons''--[[FridgeLogic unless Angela was carrying enough ordinary poison to kill hundreds or perhaps thousands of Mooks in a few hours in Book II.]]
* SnarkBait: This is one of the biggest examples, primarily due to accusations of being unoriginal.
* SoBadItsGood:
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[BigBad Galbatorix]] can be seen as this. While later books established him as being thoroughly evil and tyrannical, his depiction in early books left him looking pretty good for many readers. His rise to power (in which he won humanity's superiority over the elves and killed the all-powerful dragon riders) is portrayed as a MoralEventHorizon, and he wants to stomp out the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent urgals]], a warlike species whose rite of passage is to find something, ''anything'', and ''kill it''. He's done plenty of unsavory things and isn't to be praised, but he's made humanity safe and superior, and even his enemies acknowledge that his batshit insanity doesn't touch most of his subjects. And he is the established power, with a clear-cut law, as opposed to the [[DesignatedHero Varden]], who will gladly accept you into their group provided you A.) follow your flawed and suicidal orders to the letter, and B.) be sure to ''always'' shower praise on [[SociopathicHero Eragon]], the [[CantArgueWithElves elves]], and your [[InformedAbility visionary leader]], Nasuada. In the end it isn't so much that the Strawman Has A Point, but that the other side is so self-righteous and annoying the reader finds it hard to root for them. Interestingly, at the end of the fourth book, even Eragon seems to come to this opinion at seeing Nasuada adpting some of the Galbatorix directives about magic and people.
* TheyJustDidntCare: No, the author himself put his all into his series. In this case it was the ''editor'' who was lazy. Aside from making sure that nothing was misspelled there are tons of minor and major continuity mistakes, PurpleProse abound, and somehow didn't notice that a sentence containing the words "descended upwards" doesn't make any sense.
** The publishing company that picked up the series. Basically the CEO gave his kid a copy of the book, the kid said it was "the best book he’d ever read, that was written by a young adult" and instantly published the book as-is (and made sure it was released before the latest ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[FollowTheLeader book]]).
* VillainDecay: [[spoiler: Murtagh]]. When he is first seen in ''Eldest'', he's sympathetic but his actions are well-justified and believable. But by ''Brisingr'', he's decayed into Galbatorix's minion complete with an evil cackle.
** [[spoiler: GoodAllAlong]]
* VillainHasAPoint: Galbatorix is of course an evil tyrant, but [[spoiler: his concerns about how easily those with magic can manipulate and abuse those without it are entirely valid. Even after he is gone, Nasuada struggles with the exact same issue]].
* WhatAnIdiot: Eragon. "Huh. That perfectly smooth, round rock seems to be squeaking. Do rocks usually do that? Weird. Oh well, it's probably nothing. It's definitely just a regular rock. I'll just leave it on the shelf and go to bed, and not tell anybody."
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Assorted character [=YMMVs=]

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Eragon: A hero or sociopath?
** Murtagh: a Jerkass reveling in his new power, or someone making the best out of his situation?
** Arya: Badass LadyOfWar, or {{Jerkass}}?
** Galbatorix: Evil tyrant, but to some, a DracoInLeatherPants.
** The Varden: Idealistic freedom fighters or ruthless terrorists?
** The elven Lord Dathedr gets a few of these - despite being nothing more than an adviser to [[LadyOfWar Queen Islanzadi]] in the series, some fanfics have portrayed him as an [[TheManBehindTheMan elf behind the she-elf]], MagnificentBastard type who is manipulating events for his own ends. On the basis of a somewhat over-flowery compliment he pays Eragon (which some have argued [[DeadpanSnarker is sarcastic]]), some anti-fanfics have portrayed him as an OnlySaneMan, SurroundedByIdiots. Bizarre, given he has perhaps ten lines of dialogue across the whole series (although he does pierce ''Galbatorix's'' anti-scrying spells, which is a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in itself).
* BaseBreaker: Nasuada, following her decision to have Roran whipped for insubordination in ''Brisingr''.
* CanonSue: Eragon (and arguably Murtagh) can easily get a score of over 100 on the [[http://www.springhole.net/writing/marysue.htm Mary Sue Litmus Test]]. Eragon appears on the lists of Canon Sues at [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Canon_Sue Fanlore]] and [[http://ppc.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_Sue the PPC]] and also [[http://www.mania.com/7-biggest-mary-sues-pop-culture_article_131587.html "The 7 Biggest Mary Sues in Pop Culture"]]. He is a random boy who suddenly becomes TheChosenOne and gets an immense amount of power, despite acting like a jerk.
** However, he is also shown to be naive on multiple occasions, is constantly on the lower end of AlwaysSomeoneBetter, is actually called out on his Jerkassery several times and learns from his mistakes (even ''he'' realises how wrong his one-dimensional view of the Urgals was). Not only that, but his quick rise to power is Deconstructed since having to cram months worth of training into weeks and rely on "quick fix" Deus Ex Machinas means he's much less experienced than those who HAVE been training their whole lives.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Galbatorix, in ''Inheritance''. [[spoiler: He hijacks the magical language itself in the final battle such that only he can use it, effectively depowering nearly every other character. The only reason he lost was that Murtagh was [[HeelFaceTurn not as loyal as he thought]].]]
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Murtagh
* FanPreferredCouple: Nasuada with Murtagh, since she seems to like him. Seeing as ''Inheritance'' deals with their [[UnresolvedSexualTension relationship]] directly, don't be surprised if it becomes even more [[FanPreferredCouple Fan Preferred]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: Several times throughout the series.
** In ''Eragon'', Eragon, Murtagh, and an unconscious Arya are accosted by some slavers, who try to collect the bounty on Arya's head. Although they are quickly dispersed when Eragon reveals his magical powers, Murtagh captures, disarms, and kills the leader of the slaver band. Eragon views this as unnecessarily cruel and vicious, even for an AssholeVictim. However, Murtagh's argument - that by letting them live, they are free to spread information throughout the Empire of the location of a Rider and a wanted elf [[spoiler: princess]] - seems harsher but more pragmatic given the situation.
** In ''Brisingr'', Nasuada has Roran publicly flogged as punishment for insubordination despite his heroism in battle. It seems pretty harsh, but given her very delicate position as Varden leader and her importance in their alliance between the dwarves, the elves, the Surdans, and her own followers, anyone openly defying her leadership could be seen as a potential threat.
* MagnificentBastard: Galbatorix. By ''Inheritance'', it's clear that his cunning and manipulation go much deeper than anyone would previously have guessed.
* MartyStu: Eragon, see above entry for Canon Sue.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses:
** Arya shows disdain for human women, who she considers to be weak and helpless. She briefly wears a dress in ''Brisingr,'' and when Eragon comments on it, she says that she never really understood why humans insist on separating their men and women in these ways.
** Subverted by Nasuada, who is never seen outside of a dress, thinks it's sketchy that Arya wears pants, and finances the war by selling fine lace.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Sloan.
* TheWoobie:
** Murtagh. Also an IronWoobie and JerkassWoobie. His father was physically abusive, his mother was distant, by the age of five both of his parents were dead, he grew up in the shadow of his father with Galbatorix possibly expecting him to become Morzan 2.0, and this was all before he was eighteen. When he finally escaped Galbatorix's clutches, his mentor/friend was killed, he was beaten up by Urgals, dragged halfway around Alagaesia with Eragon, imprisoned, captured and misused by the Twins to the point where he was happy to watch them die, tortured by Galbatorix, forced into swearing allegiance, and unwillingly molded into the person Galbatorix wanted him to be. And this is only the first two books.
** Thorn.
** Eragon at the end of the series. At around 16, he's facing complete isolation for years, having to explore a vast new continent that is extremely difficult to reach, and establish a new order of dragon riders there virtually by himself. He does not expect to see any of his loved ones alive again (which a certain prediction makes explicit), and has given up all thoughts of romance or pleasurable company. Kind of harsh for a band of grown men, let alone a single teenager.
** King Orrin - after years of busting a gut for the Varden (in ''Eragon'' Orik flat out says: "The Varden couldn't exist without Orrin,"), living in terror that Galbatorix is going to roll over and crush his kingdom and enslave his people, and sheltering the Varden's noncombatants, he is completely supplanted in LaResistance by Nasuada, insulted by Roran and seems destined to spend the post-war period as a "second-fiddle" nation to the Empire. No wonder he [[spoiler: takes to the drink.]]
** Durza - [[spoiler: Carsaib never wanted to become a Shade.]]