* CrazyAwesome: It's a contest between Harry Lefferts and Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz.
* HilariousInHindsight: In ''1632'', four years before Mike Stearns becomes a successful major general:
-->'''Gayle:''' Ain't you just the proper budding little Na-po-lee-own?\\
'''Mike:''' Give me a break. The day I become a military genius is the day hell freezes over.
* MagnificentBastard: Richelieu, Wallenstein, Micheal Stearns, Gustavus Adolphus; let's just say the series is full of them and leave it at that.
** Rebecca is a near genius and stunningly beautiful, Gretchen is practically a MessianicArchetype and stunningly beautiful, and Julie is an amazing sniper and [[RuleOfThree stunningly beaut--]] [[SubvertedTrope well good looking at least.]]
** Gretchen is far too bloody-minded to be anything like an AllLovingHero. MessianicArchetype, '''maybe'''.... She is, however, certainly beautiful and a forcefully charismatic leader.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: John Chandler Simpson, in magnificent style. In ''1632'', he was a conservative CEO and businessman who looked with scorn upon the rural, working-class citizens of Grantville, and his political agenda in the days immediately after the Ring of Fire would have gotten everyone killed. But beginning with the short story "In the Navy" and continuing in ''1633'' and ''1634: The Baltic War'', he is put in a place where all of his skills as an organizer, military thinker, and uptight martinet with an undying love of protocol and discipline could do the absolute most good; the fledgling United States Navy. Not coincidentally, "In the Navy" was written by Creator/DavidWeber (who also co-authored ''1633'' and ''1634: The Baltic War''), a naval historian and himself a far more conservative personality than Eric Flint; John Simpson would fit ''right'' in with the [[Literature/HonorHarrington Royal Manticoran Navy]], and in fact echoes of the RMN's shipshape, well-disciplined "Saganami Tradition" are easily visible in the fledgling USN.