* IronWoobie: Arguably, Michael O'Neal, Jr. by the end of the Posleen invasion. [[spoiler: As far as he knows, his entire family (save one daughter, raised by aliens and becoming more like them every day) has been killed, two of them in a choice from hell at his order to save North America, and all that's left to him is a military service whose financiers are trying to shoot it in the foot at every turn. How can you not feel for the guy? Things really don't get better for him until ''Eye of the Storm.'']]
* StrawmanPolitical: Oh yeah, especially in the Kratman collaborations.