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Either/Or Prophecy: people are trying to save or kill Travis since he's fated to both save and destroy the world (usually based on how optimistic they are). Turns out he destroys the world then rebuilds it exactly the same only without the Big Bad.
Evil Albino: The Pale King, though whether his skin is naturally that white or just looks like that because of magic is unclear.
Has Two Daddies: Thanks to the powers of magic, this is a literal case! While on a ship, a Fair Folk trick Beltan and Vani into having sex with each other, both thinking that the other was Travis. Because of this, the child calls both of them her daddy, because they both played a role in her birth. Even if Travis didn't directly contribute.
Knight in Sour Armor: Durge is a mild example. It's not so much that he's cynical, he just expects the worse. All the time. But he is, rarely, capable of humor.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Beyond the two main characters, the cast of major side characters balloons to about eight by the fourth book, and some minor characters that only show up for a few chapters get detailed backstories.
Now or Never Kiss: Beltan kisses Travis (who he thinks has previously rejected him; in reality Travis has no idea he's even interested) while the former is mortally wounded. In an interesting twist, after Beltan recovers he apologizes, saying it was a coward's move and a terrible position to put Travis in.