!!The video games:
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: When you use a Joke spell on Inquisitor Mendoza, he doesn't laugh out as loud as other characters, and at the end of it, he says "It's been too long since I laughed". He may be a real bastard most of the time, [[spoiler: and his attempts at releasing the Titan don't exactly make him any more relatable]], but who knows how much horrors he's been through? Maybe he is indeed doing what he thinks is best, instead of being the delusional old man that everyone takes him for.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Your fight with [[spoiler:the fire Titan]] in the finale of the original game. It may be because you're [[spoiler: fighting a [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Titan]], or it may be because you're using [[ArmorOfInvincibility the old Titan Lord's armor]], which is absolutely BadAss]], but either way, it's awesome. [[BossDissonance The fight]] [[AntiClimaxBoss proper]], on the other hand...
** In Risen 2, the sequence leading up to and subsequent fight between Crowe's Earth Titan when you unlock the Titan Harpoon at the end of Act 1. Marching to the ruins with your chosen faction, destroying anything that gets in your way, then annihilating the other factions forces in a big showdown before the boss fight proper starts is an extremely satisfying payoff for the 10 or so hours spent convincing the faction to help you.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Your [[DeadpanSnarker conversation]] with Erikson while tracking down Steelbeard's treasure chests.
* IdiotPlot: Risen 3. The plot depends on Bones [[spoiler: not telling the hero that he noticed suspicious behavior in one of their crewmates. He even tells the hero there was always "something more important" than '''telling the hero there might be a traitor on board that is sabotaging the mission'''.]] This is supposed to be funny and part of Bones' quirkiness but actually pushes your [[TheLancer Lancer]] into WhatAnIdiot territory.
* GameBreaker: Guardians in Risen 3 can become ridiculously powerful. Not only do the ElementalPunch spells ludicrous damage, but Guardians also get access to two very useful support spells: [[MasterOfUnlocking Rust]] which lets you bypass lockpicking and [[HealThyself Heal]] which lets you... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, guess]]. Once you [[OneStatToRuleThemAll powerlevel your magic stat]] (which isn't all that hard) you won't have problems ever again.
* GoodBadBugs: Due to the way the game is programmed, [=NPCs=] can kill a defeated enemy while yelling "You die!", and moments later claim that they'll find the one responsible for the murder.
* MagnificentBastard: Garcia. [[spoiler: He and his pirates kill Commander Corrientes and his soldiers, hide their bodies, steal their clothes and impersonate them. He convinces the natives of being their ally and even fools {{the Hero}} into doing the dirty work for him.]]
* {{Sequelitis}}: The first game in the series is considered to be good, and a more worthy successor to the first two ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' games than the actual sequels. However, even though ''Risen 2'' and ''3'' have their fans, they haven't been as well regarded in general, mainly because of the combat.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Though still divisive, Risen 3 has been considered a ''huge'' improvement over Risen 2, mainly due to the re-addition of magic and just having that ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' feeling many felt Risen 2 lacked.

!!The film:
* HilariousInHindsight: Cliff Curtis played the father of Keisha Castle-Hughes's character in ''Film/WhaleRider''. Castle-Hughes later played Mary the mother of Jesus in ''Film/TheNativityStory''.