Damsel out of Distress: Played with. In the first episide she's doesn't hesitate to headbutt or pile drive thugs that acost her but she can't hit them hard enough to make them stay down. This means she still needs rescuing. On another occasion, she was trapped in a pocket dimension while a demon used her body to make trouble for her guardians. She badly injuried herself to wound the imposter and escape but then she needed a blood transfusion.
The Plan: In the 3rd OVA, it turns out she gave her unborn child to a girl who would use her strong feelings for Tamahome to save the Universe of the Four Gods, which was falling apart as the book became old and worn. Nothing is what it seems, and it was something Miaka did subconsciously. It Makes Sense in Context.
Rape as Drama: Yui is immediately attacked by two men as soon as she enters the book, which sets the stage for much of the ensuing drama.Though, it was found out Nakago saved her before any real damage could occur.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: She's the only priestess to enter the book intentionally, with the idea to call Taka back into the book. She also burns her clothing, so that it cannot serve as a link back to her own dimension.
Driven to Suicide: After she realizes what she's done. Tamahome rescues her, though, even though most audiences wish he hadn't.
Hot for Teacher: The guy she loves is her P.E. teacher and coach... Taka Sukunami a.k.a Tamahome.
Moral Myopia: She tells everyone that Miaka is a selfish bitch who only thinks of her own happiness. Well, this is the girl who is willing to fuck up a whole universe just so she can steal Miaka's husband Taka and their unborn child.
Nun Too Holy: As the Miko, she's supposed to be using her wishes for the benefit of Konan (not herself), and she's supposed to treat her warriors and her attendant with respect. Does she? No. She also spreads vicious rumors about Miaka.
Offing the Offspring: She was at the receiving end of this, when her father Einosuke realised that her illness was caused by Genbu devouring her from the inside as a consequence of being a Miko. He then went the Murder Suicide way.
Joshikousei: As a youngster, she was shown wearing a blue sailor uniform.
Plucky Girl: This girl survived her Miko trials without suffering the downside of being devoured by the God from the inside. Also, as an old woman, Suzuno pretty much kept herself alive out of pure sheer willpower while attended by Tetsuya, Keisuke and her family, refusing to die until she and Tatara could be reunited.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Hotohori pulls this on one of the Mount Reikaku bandits. The bandit is so smitten he doesn't really care. That, and in his first appearance he dropped a Bridget on Miaka herself...
Characterization Marches On: Nuriko is mostly established as a fun, sensible ally... so it's pretty strange to look back at the early incident where he almost let Miaka drown in a pond out of psychotic jealousy over Hotohori.
Karma Houdini: If you don't buy it. While his plan did fail and he did get killed off fairly gruesomely, the fact that he apparently went to heaven and had the heroes feeling sorry for him despite all he did leaves a sour taste in many readers' mouths.
The Dog Bites Back: Although perhaps not in the way you'd think. After serving the Emperor of Kutou for most of the series—the same Emperor who had incidentally wiped out his tribe and sexually abused him as a child—Nakago finally rises up, stages a coup, and murders him.
Self-Made Orphan: As a child, he accidentally killed his mom when he tried to save her from her rapists, since he couldn't control his newly awakened powers. As an adult, he kills the Shogun of Kutou... and later finds out he's his Disappeared Dad.
DespairandMoral Event Horizon: Crosses the first when he loses Amiboshi and believes he's dead, which sends him into a mental breakdown. Plows through the second when he kills Tamahome's family as revenge, believing him to be Amiboshi's killer.
What Does She See in Him?: She and Tokaki. It's stated that he actually met little Tamahome when Subaru kicked him out of home and he had to become a traveller by force.
Yamato Nadeshiko: A sweet and loving wife, she can still keep her lecherous husband in line and won't hesitate to tell him when he's wrong. That, and she's very devoted to both her family and her beliefs.
Older than They Look: It looks like he's in his late 20's although he's around the same age as Tokaki and Subaru. This is mostly due to the fact that Subaru put a spell on him so he'd be able to protect the Shinzaho.
Tragic Keepsake: A jewel ball belonging to Nuriko. He refuses to give it away to Miaka and Co. in the OAV since it's the only real memento he has of Nuriko, but with some help of Chiriko's and Nuriko's spirits they manage to convince him.