- Covered Up: Inevitable, since that their authors' names are all lost to history.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
- The moral of "The Fair Flower of Northumberland" (Child #9) is that Scottish people are Always Chaotic Evil.
- "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.
- Unfortunate Implications: "Little Sir Hugh" (Child #155). And how. In this case, though, it's Unfortunate Text.
- Values Dissonance: Loads and loads.