* EnsembleDarkhorse: Hugh the Hand.
* GeniusBonus The discussion in one of the appendices of how magic works (by manipulating the "wave" that governs the probability of events) seems a fairly clear reference to/inspiration from quantum mechanics.
* MagnificentBastard: Sang-drax is one in ''Hand of Chaos'' when he first appears; he unfortunately comes off as more of a (literal) SmugSnake in the last two books. Kleitus is also one to a lesser extent, at least before he gets turned into an AxCrazy undead.
* MoralEventHorizon: It's impossible to have any sympathy for Sinistrad after learning how he used and abused his teenaged wife Iridal and son Bane [[spoiler: though Bane didn't exactly take it lying down...]]
* NightmareFuel: In rough descending order of freakiness, the Lazar, the serpents, and the tytans.
* {{Squick}}: The Haplo/Alake subplot in ''Serpent Mage.'' Not for the squeamish.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Bane's death, though you feel far more sorry for the mother forced to execute her own son than the psychopath-in-training who really had it coming]].