* DesignatedHero: Joe Creed of ''Creed''. Lampshaded by the narrator occasionally calling him "our hero" in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
* NightmareFuel: ''Domain'' in particular, is nothing but Nightmare ''Rocket'' Fuel without any respite for either the characters or the reader.
* NauseaFuel/ {{Squick}}: Herbert is very, very good at invoking this reaction in the reader.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped
* TheWoobie: Several. Fluke is one, and so are most of the horribly deformed "patients" of [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr Leonard K Wisbeech]] that Nick Dismas encounters in ''Others''.
** IronWoobie: Nick Dismas, the protagonist of ''Others''. [[spoiler: In his previous incarnation he was a borderline monster, and he was reincarnated as a deformed baby in order to redeem himself and gain entry to Heaven, but]] you'd have to have a heart of stone to hear his life story and not feel sorry for him.