* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The Night Lords are either deranged psychopaths who live only to sate their appetite for terror and destruction or misunderstood anti-heroes who fight against the corrupting influence of Chaos while simultaneously extracting revenge on the Imperium which abandoned them. Both interpretations are equally valid in the present and no one fully remembers what the Night Haunter was like or the extent of his original vision.
** Zso Sahaal is also shown in two different lights. He is either a tenacious hero trying to keep the remnants of the legion sane by uniting them under him, or is a deranged and naive idiot with an inflated sense of self-importance. Notably, the second interpretation is how the writer of the ''Night Lords'' series views him and portrays him in the eyes of other Night Lords, while the first is how many fans of ''Lord of Night'' see him. Talos also can be seen in a less extreme version of either interpretation.
*** It's later revealed in ''Void Stalker'' that Aaron Dembski-Bowden doesn't really see Zso Sahaal as a self-important idiot, but it's how ''[[UnreliableNarrator Talos]]'' sees him, with Mercutian and Uzas saying that they respected Sahaal.
** Konrad Curze heavily invokes this. Did he champion "order through fear" as a means of ensuring justice yet reject Chaos itself at the same time as joining Horus, like Sahaal and Talos claim? Was he as thoroughly corrupted as the other Traitor Primarchs and desired his sons to feed on fear like Acerbus claims? Or was he just a broken maniac like Xarl and Lucoryphus claim? No two Night Lords can seem to agree on what Curze wanted.
* CompleteMonster: Par for the course for a Night Lord.
** Zso Sahaal, obviously, but as a means of bringing order, not just personal gain.
** Ruven, without the AlternateCharacterInterpretation, however. He's just a monster.
** The Exalted, but what do you expect from a daemon of Tzeentch?
** [[PlayingWithATrope Invoked]] by Talos in ''Void Stalker'', although Octavia sees through it.
-->'''Octavia''': "You're evil, heart and soul, but you're not the monster you pretend to be."
* EnsembleDarkhorse: For how little screen/page time Sevatar has received in canon, Aaron Dembski-Bowden receives an awful lot of questions about him.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Whilst they were not exactly ''hated'', the Night Lords received remarkably little coverage in either background or rules prior to the publishing of ''Lord of the Night.''
** Ultramarines players ''love'' Aaron Dembski-Bowden's handling of their chapter.