- Covered Up: Rather inevitable, given that their authors' names are all lost to history.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "The Baffled Knight" (Child #112), wherein the hero learns that, if you meet some sweet young thing in the woods, you'd better go ahead and rape her right then and there, because otherwise she'll get away. As the sweet young thing explains to him after her escape.
- Moral Event Horizon: The Captain's ingratitude in "The Golden Vanity" (Child #286)
- Tear Jerker: Many.
- "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (Child #73), "Fair Margaret and Sweet William" (Child #74), "Sweet William's Ghost" (Child #77) and "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78) all deal with Star-Crossed Lovers separated by death.