YMMV: Black Company

  • Canon Sue - Raven comes across as one of these for the first couple of books, but eventually is revealed as a person who has a lot of deep flaws, just like everyone else.
    • He suffers from a particularly nasty case of The Worf Effect.
    • Even in the first book, the attitude the rest of the Black Company has towards him is always more like wary suspicion than respect, precisely because of the attributes that would normally make him a hero. The way Croker writes about him makes it clear that he does not trust people like that.
    • Tobo comes across this way in Soldiers Live. Now well in command of his magical talent, he is also shown to be uncommonly intelligent and incredibly graceful.
      • With that said, Tobo's power and lack of a true name all mean that he must be kept on the straight-and-narrow. It's been insinuated that any failure to exercise restraint would quickly turn him into a monster, as implied with the horrific death of Mogaba.
  • Fridge Logic: Croaker has a moment of it in Shadow Games - when he realized that if it was so hard to kill Limper, then how can they be sure other Taken died so easily during battle of Charm? Turns out some of them actually didn't.
  • Inferred Holocaust: We don't actually see what happens between when the killer shadows from the Plain of Glittering Stone are unleashed on the Voroshk homelands ( which Croaker erroneously called "Khatovar.") and when the shadows are defeated, but what is shown before and after these events makes it very clear how much the victory cost the Voroshk.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shed flirts with, and ultimately crosses the line in Shadows Linger.
    "Murder no longer bothered Shed."
    • Mogaba crosses it over the course of the siege of Dejagore. Murgen recalls a skirmish as the first time in Company history that Brothers knowingly raised arms against one another. He eventually pulls a full Face-Heel Turn and becomes a General to Longshadow.
  • Narm: The Dominator, the Bigger Bad for the first trilogy, driving force behind most of the plot and a man so powerful and so evil he makes The Lady look like a benevolent dictator, gets only one line in the series: ARDATH, YOU BITCH! And he didn't even get her name right.
    • He gets another line in next book trying to bind Lady's powers. And he gets the name wrong again.
    • There's also the tendency for most of the fights involving magical or superpowered adversaries to take the form of gigantic, prolongued dogpiles.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Steven Erikson, author of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, wrote in a review that The Black Company was "like reading Vietnam War fiction on peyote."
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Goblin spends most of She is the Darkness separated from the Company proper on a secret mission, which Murgen occasionally checks in on. It's revealed late in the novel that the mission's purpose was to keep Goblin and One-Eye separated so that their feud couldn't complicate any critically important missions.