- Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first part of Falkenberg's Legions (originally West of Honor), Hal Slater is reassigned to the 501st Battalion. Fans of Star Wars would likely get a chuckle from that.
- Informed Ability: Sometimes feels this way in some of the short stories on Haven featuring the Sauron Supersoldiers. While the Sauron are supposed to rule over much of Haven due to superior soldiers (basic Sauron soldiers are supposed to be massively better than human special forces) and better equipped, many of the short stories seem to focus them being defeated/bested at much less than overwhelming odds.
- Nightmare Fuel: Horace Bury has a close encounter with a space suit filled with a decapitated human head and loads of motie miniatures trying to sneak aboard the other human ship. At that point most of his negative energies got redirected from other people and into Fantastic Racism towards the Moties, believing them to be the greatest threat humanity has ever faced and that they must be immediately xenocided. And this is before The Reveal that confirmed to everyone how dangerous the Moties were.
- Values Dissonance: After The Mote in God's Eye, Pournelle was accused of supporting monarchism by critics. He and Niven rebutted this view in their essay "Building the Mote in God's Eye".