* DesignatedHero: Jack, an idiot who sells his family's biggest good for a seemingly worthless item, gets lucky when it turns out to be more valuable, then uses it to steal some other guy's stuff even though his wife, who also owns that stuff, was kind to him.
* DesignatedVillain: The giant, a guy defending his home against a persistent thief, and is killed by him. (Of course, he was also going to ''eat'' Jack, but wanting his stuff back is perfectly valid.)
* DracoInLeatherPants: The giant gets a lot of this. Yes, he wanted back the things Jack stole, that's fair enough. However, many ignore/forget that he's also a murderous cannibal intent on slaughtering and eating Jack the second he catches him. It's even implied ''his own wife'' is afraid of him!
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The moral of the story seems to be that you should totally give away something that has a lot of worth for something that seems worthless, because it'll always pay off by giving you immense wealth.
** Or that stealing is the way forward.
** There's an animated FracturedFairyTale version that openly embraces this trope, portraying Jack's mother as constantly thwarting her son's efforts to enrich them by stealing magical money-making devices from a cruel and magical millionaire, ultimately leaving them both as poor as ever as the narrator openly proclaims honesty and principles are not inherently rewarding.
* MemeticMutation: "To kill the goose that lays the golden eggs".
* RonTheDeathEater: Jack gets this as much as the giant gets the Draco treatment. [[ValuesDissonance His actions aren't exactly what most today would consider "moral"]], but all of them, save his foolish bit of gullibility in the beginning are done out of desperation. He steals from someone who has a ''wealth'' of treasure he seems to have no need for(in some versions, he even stole them first) because he's living in poverty in a time where it's much harder to make ends meet as it is, and chops down the beanstalk because the giant was on his way down to kill and eat him. An anti-hero, to be sure, but certainly not the VillainProtagonist many see him as.