* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Did Lord Pumphrey really think [[spoiler: Astrid and Skovgaard]] were a threat to British interests, or did he want to murder a potential romantic rival for Sharpe?
** Probably both.
* AwardBaitSong: The official soundtrack features [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErewG3rPCEk Broken Hearted I Will Wander]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjQzmriHn5I The Spanish Bride]].
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Sharpe has plenty, obviously, but also anything involving UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington.
** Let's list 'em:
** The entire sequence with Colonel [=McCandless=] in ''Sharpe's Tiger'', when he uses his claymore that was carried for Charles Stuart at Culloden.
** Sharpe walking away after the flogging, an astonishing feat given the damage received.
** Sharpe bluffing his way through the Tipoo's "initiation", especially when he realizes that the rifle won't fire.
** Sharpe and Lawford blowing the mine at the end of ''Sharpe's Tiger''. Notably an example for Lawford - while Sharpe goes to kill and rob the Tipoo Sultan, Lawford goes to defend a brothel from rapey redcoats.
** Sharpe's field promotion in ''Sharpe's Triumph''. After years of third-hand accounts, that scene did ''not'' disappoint.
** Sharpe ripping his way through the Gawilghur fortress, especially when he and the Highlanders storm the ramparts, and he kills Dodd.
** Sharpe and Harper storming the ramparts of Badajoz.
** Sharpe taking command of his old South Essex regiment one last time at Waterloo, and driving back the Imperial Guard at a critical moment.
** Achmed's HeroicSacrifice.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Just about everything General Calvet says to Sharpe after taking him prisoner, but in particular his version of NotSoDifferent:
--> For a change, Englishman, you and I will be on the same side. We are allies. Except that I am a General of Imperial France and you are a piece of English toadshit, which means that I give the orders and you obey them like a lilywhite-arsed conscript. So stop gawping like a novice nun in a gunners' bath-house and tell me where we're going!
* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBwXvW11gDc Over the Hills and Far Away]]" - also a {{Leitmotif}}, IronicNurseryTune, DoItYourselfThemeTune and SourceMusic.
--> ''O'er the Hills and O'er the Main,\\
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,\\
King George commands and we obey\\
Over the Hills and far away.''
* HoYay: In universe, invoked and discussed with relation to Pumphrey and Sharpe:
-->'''Sharpe''': He's not...stuck up.
-->'''Hogan''': Richard, there is nothing Lord Pumphrey would like more than to be stuck up with you.
* MagnificentBastard: Wellington, in the TV series. In the books, Wellington acts in a more historical role, taking occasional interest in Sharpe's career and giving him patronage when he deems fit. In the TV series, however, Wellington treats Sharpe as his personal attack dog- when confronted with a problem he smiles archly and goes about his business, quietly dispatching Sharpe and the Chosen Men to kill people until the problem disappears. Arguably Wellington was a MagnificentBastard in real life too.
** In the books, it's Major Hogan, Wellington's spymaster, who provided most of the Magnificent Bastardry. He appears in the first two episodes of the series, played near-perfectly by Brian Cox, before having to be replaced by a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute or two and leaving Wellington to pick up the MagnificentBastard role. Numerous exchanges in the books have Wellington as more the uptight one and Hogan as a sly, cunning SOB, only for the TV adaptations to swap the roles and have the spymaster-of-the-week be the stuffy one while Wellinton acts like... well, like a MagnificentBastard.
** General Calvet and Chef du Battalion Dubreton as well.
** Lord. Pumphrey. He's practically a one-man GovernmentConspiracy, and would probably rub along well with Varys of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' fame. There is ''nothing'' he won't do to protect British interests, but he cements his status in ''Sharpe's Fury'': Not only does he fight alongside Sharpe and Harper (and quite well too), when Sharpe discovers Lord Pumphrey's killing of [[spoiler: Astrid]], Pumphrey mocks him to his face and saunters away scot-free.
** Lord Fenner skirts the penumbra of this trope. His beautiful schemes and effortless charm are certainly worthy of this trope. On the other hand, his [[spoiler: disgusting treatment of Lady Camoynes]], which ultimately ruins him, does not befit a true MB.[[spoiler: Lady Camoynes herself outdoes him in the end.]]
* MemeticBadass: Sharpe is already ridiculously badass, but any discussion of his abilities on forums will inevitably result in all agreeing that the English and Spanish didn't really need the rest of their armies, they could have just sent Sharpe himself and had done with it.
-->Richard Sharpe: The man so badass being played by Sean Bean couldn't kill him.
* MoralEventHorizon: Hakeswill murdering [[spoiler: [=McCandless=] after the Battle of Assaye was over.]] All so he could 'arrest' Sharpe.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Major Blas Vivar carries a strange object which looks like a pistol without a barrel, and at one point uses it to set a piece of paper on fire. The object is in fact a flintlock lighter, of a type that was the height of fashion among tobacco smokers during the NapoleonicWars.