* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Aside from whether or not Drake is truly evil, there's the bit with Morgana herself where her StartOfDarkness is revealed to at least partially be because she didn't want to serve anyone, especially Merlin (a man). [[SubvertedTrope On the other hand]], what Merlin was actually talking about was being a servant to the power you wield (and thus showing it respect and honoring the people you're supposed to help with it), so Morgana refusing to do this is actually a sign of her arrogance and megalomania, not a real FreudianExcuse.
* 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.]]
* IdiotPlot: This film would have lasted five minutes if Balthazar had put the Grimhold in a safe.
* {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm: "I brought some science with me!" [[TheSpoonyExperiment Dr. Insano]] would be SO PROUD.
* 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.
* SoOkayItsAverage
* TheWoobie: Dave, to a certain extent. Especially at the beginning of the movie.
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