* ClicheStorm: A major criticism of the movie, though it's probably intentional. And to its credit, no other work of fantasy has ever before combined Merlin legends with 21st-century New York college students.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Blonde, arrogant young]] [[Franchise/HarryPotter evil wizard with a British accent]]? Who's actually wearing Leather Pants? Whose name is ''[[ShoutOut Drake]]!'' Considering that Drake didn't seem to relish the idea of killing children to take over the world and didn't really do anything all that evil, this is one of the more plausible cases...
* EvilIsSexy: Drake Stone, although he's only partially evil. Like, maybe, sixty percent evil? Still hot, though.
* GeniusBonus: It's not likely that historians and [[Theatre/TheCrucible literature nerds]] would be seeing a SummerBlockbuster like this in the first place, but who else would know who [[CreepyChild Abigail Williams]] was?!
** Some teen viewers might know due to studying it in school.
* HilariousInHindsight: A nod to ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' in a Disney movie? Makes sense. A ShoutOut to ''Franchise/StarWars''? Give it a few years...
** Creator/JayBaruchel's character claiming he has no idea how to command the giant steel eagle. [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon Think he'd have better luck with a dragon?]]
** Becky Barnes is just one letter away from Bucky Barnes, [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger another regular human who's childhood friends with an awkward nobody who becomes the hero.]]
* {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm: "I brought some science with me!" [[TheSpoonyExperiment Dr. Insano]] would be SO PROUD.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Three female characters appear in the main cast. Becky, for all her having a life, career, and hobby of her own, is only important because she is Dave's LoveInterest (she does play a key role in helping save the world, but she wouldn't have gotten the chance to do it if she weren't involved with him). Veronica, despite being an apprentice of Merlin and therefore of equal power with Horvath and Balthasar (the GrandTheftMe spell she uses to absorb Morgana is stated to be extremely difficult and she is one of the few sorcerers to have accomplished it), is only significant in the plot because she is Balthasar's LoveInterest, is the [[FreudianExcuse reason]] [[spoiler:Horvath went bad due to a LoveTriangle]], and because she holds Morgana prisoner; otherwise she does nothing, only barely assisting Dave in defending against Morgana during the climax. The only female who has power in her own right, without depending on a man for it, is...Morgana, the BigBad. And she still only gets a total of two scenes.
* NightmareFuel: When the dancers inside the Chinese dragon get ''stuck inside when it transforms into a real dragon''. PlayedForLaughs.
** [[NightOfTheLivingMooks The Rising]] when it is cast. DemBones crossed with ZombieApocalypse, with one of the shots being of the Paris Ossuary. Horrifying.
* TheWoobie: Dave, to a certain extent. Especially at the beginning of the movie.
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