* AngstWhatAngst: [[spoiler:When Soren and Eglantine reunites with their parents at the end, said parents don't seem to care at all that Kludd is missing, if they even ''notice''. ]]
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Many Creator/ZackSnyder fans tend to show indifference towards this movie, refusing to watch it just because it was animated.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** While it wasn't made specifically for this film, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJOH5PImrw The Host of Seraphim]], played when [[spoiler:Soren flies through the forest fire to ignite an oil lamp and destroy the fleck-based mechanism]]. And for the trailer we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTMrlHHVx8A Kings and Queens]].
** Um, hello, ''[[Music/OwlCity To the Sky]],'' anyone?
* CultClassic
* GeniusBonus: Digger, who speaks with an Australian accent like most of the band, becomes accepted as a guardian and therefore a soldier with the rest of the band at the end of the film. So in Aussie slang that would make him a Digger Digger. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Who digs. ]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Kludd moonblinks his baby sister, which is essentially zombifying her. Seriously, dude, NOT [[{{Pun}} Ka HOOLE!]]
** Nyra crosses it we she manipulates the above owl into her own {{Tykebomb}}. As for Metalbeak, trying to kill Ezylryb in front of Soren.
* NightmareFuel: The movie is chock full of it, including: [[spoiler: Allomere]] getting dragged off by vampire bats, the bats themselves, the Battle of the Ice Claws (Deleted Scene), [[spoiler: Kludd]] falling into a raging fire [[HellIsThatNoise while screaming in terror]], [[BrainWashedAndCrazy the moonblinked owlets]], etc. Really, it's surprising that the movie doesn't have a HONF page yet.
* SoOkayItsAverage: Despite the drop-dead gorgeous animation of the film, it suffers from the narrative trying to tell an epic story akin to LordOfTheRings in the span of roughly 90 minutes which ultimately just falls flat and leaves it as more of a ClicheStorm instead, which is probably why it's not remembered much.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: [[spoiler:The ending borders on this as it really goes its lengths to describe how perfect everything is, and how Soren and his friends were crowned Guardians over night even though it was earlier narrated how such a position took ''years'' to strive for.]]
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Eglantine [[BreakTheCutie getting moonblinked]].]]
* GilliganCut: When the owls fly into the hailstorm over the Watchers Island. (If not conforming to the exact wording of the trope, it's at least in the spirit.)
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: A "PG"-rated film by Creator/ZackSnyder (the man who brought you ''Film/ThreeHundred'' and ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'') with [[spoiler:owls clawing and slashing each other apart, characters dying, bats tearing apart owls, impalements...]] And yet, it was aimed to kids. Then again, so were the books the movie adapts.
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