* GrowingTheBeard: The series was pretty bad before Chiun became a major character. The first book is barely recognizable.
* HeyItsThatGuy / RetroactiveRecognition: Kate Mulgrew had a part in the 1985 film.
* HilariousInHindsight: From 016 - ''Oil Slick''
--> '''Dr. Ravelstein''' (while disparaging a colleague's gas substitute): "The country can't run on three-dollar-a-gallon gas."
* TheScrappy: Ruby Gonzales was this for many fans.
* ValuesDissonance: Especially in the early books, the series sports much casual racism and women are largely treated as slaves to their bodies, able to be seduced by anyone who understands the simple workings of their minds. It's pretty much typical for the era when the novels came out though.