* CanonSue: Averted upon examination. At first glance, Colbey appears to be a GaryStu in the making, what with his being the [[ImplausibleFencingPowers greatest swordsman ever]], [[spoiler: a GodInHumanForm, the long-lost Western Wizard]], and so powerful that he can silence the combined wisdom of all the previous Western Wizards by ''mind power alone.'' However, he is excused on [[RuleOfThree three counts:]] one, in that he is genuinely humble about his capabilities, two, the character is likeable and his jokes are actually funny and three, the RuleOfCool. He ''is'' a DualWielding BadAss with a CoolHorse, after all. Maybe this even counts as RefugeInAudacity...
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: There are a few over the series, as is only to be expected:
** Rache's aforementioned [[StealthPun last stand]], where he prays for a final burst of strength in order to die on his feet.
** Arduwynn shooting [[spoiler: the evil King of the East, despite Colbey's being so close that he could have easily missed and accidentally killed the Renshai warrior instead]].
** Colbey overcoming the army of small beasties as part of his initiation into the [[spoiler: order of the Wizards]]. Most applicants try tactical or magical solutions, such as charming the creatures or striking down the leader to claim his place. Colbey's solution? [[spoiler: He just keeps fighting wave after wave. The survivors end up concluding that he must be a god.]] He's a Renshai. It's what they do.
** Near the end of the first trilogy, when Colbey reveals his [[GambitIndex plan]] to the Wizards opposing him.
* JerkassSue: Kevral displays quite a few of the traits for this. Arrogance, incredible skill, and of course she's one of the few women unaffected by [[spoiler: the infertility plague inflicted by the elves.]] Luckily, she improves after Colbey [[IAmNotLeftHanded teaches her a few lessons in humility.]]
* TakeThatScrappy: At least one troper cheered on seeing Kevral get her ass handed to her by Colbey, ''then'' receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from her aforementioned hero. It was the beginning of some seriously needed CharacterDevelopment.