* BaseBreaker: Elric himself. The audience sees him either as a refreshing departure from the standard fantasy hero or as a whiny moron who gets hit by the IdiotBall a bit too much.
** Lampshaded in some stories, where Elric tries to argue that he doesn't want to be pitied, but others say he wants nothing more.
* CargoShip: In-universe, Elric and Stormbringer. Lampshaded rather bitterly by Zarozinia:
-->''I see your other mistress still shares your bed... And now you need never try to dismiss her again, for that black Lord of Nihrain has given you an excuse to keep her forever by your side.''
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: It's maybe hard to go through all the books with Elric's wangst and jerkassery, not to mention the KillEmAll scenario.
* FandomRivalry: With JRRTolkien fans. Mostly due to the controversial ''Epic Pooh'' essay by Moorcock, which is widely criticised because it seems to get many aspects of Tolkien's work wrong, such as claiming he glorifys war, despite the emphasis on WarIsHell.
* FranchiseZombie: The saga originally consisted of five short stories and the four novellas that became ''Stormbringer''. These nine stories, together, tell a more or less complete story. Then Moorcock decided to write the novel ''Elric of Melniboné'' as a prequel. Then he wrote some new short stories. Then he arranged all the short stories into fix-up novels. Then he wrote five more novels attempting to fill in the "gaps" in the original saga. Then the 12-issue maxiseries for DCComics and the prequel graphic novel ''Elric: Making of a Sorcerer''. And, of course, there's been talk of a FilmOfTheBook dating back to the '70s.
* HoYay: Dyvim Tvar is said to love only two things in life: dragons and Elric.
** Moonglum and Elric, [[EldritchAbomination Arioch]] and Elric.
* MainstreamObscurity: Despite being a seminal series in the fantasy genre, its nowhere near as well known as Tolkien's works and ASongOfIceAndFire.
* NightmareFuel: Plenty to go around, especially the appearance of Doctor Jest.
%%* {{Squick}}: What Jagreen Lern does to [[spoiler:Zarozinia]] in ''Stormbringer.''
* {{Wangst}}: A good portion of pages in most books is dedicated to describe Elric's self-loathing. It reaches SelfParody in some moments, where it's clear even people who've just met Elric are already fed up with it.
* WhatAnIdiot: Elric is specifically warned not to leave his treacherous cousin Yyrkoon in charge of Melnibone, but he does anyway. Sure enough, Elric is exiled and Yyrkoon goes on (another) power trip.
** To elaborate the idiocy; this cousin has already [[spoiler:thrown him off his ship]] with his armor on, after running away, [[spoiler:creating a secret army]] and also [[spoiler:kidnapping the chick]] afterwards they fight [[spoiler:over Stormbringer and Mournblade]] which he wins pretty decisively and then he puts Yyrkoon back on the throne to travel the world for a year... graah!
%%* TearJerker: What happens to Cymoril, Zarozinia, Moonglum and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Elric]].
%%* TrueArtIsAngsty
%%* TheWoobie: Elric