* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Raskolnikov a KnightTemplar, or a VillainProtagonist who uses sophistry to justify murder?
* DracoInLeatherPants / DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Despite portraying rebellious youth in a very negative light, ''Crime and Punishment'' was popular among radical student groups that adopted Raskolnikov as their role model.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The Epilogue is often subject to this by literary critics.
* MagnificentBastard: Arkady Svidrigailov.
* MoralEventHorizon: The whole book is an examination of Raskolnikov's belief that someone can justifiably cross the line for the greater good. And he crosses it when he [[spoiler: murders not only the old woman but also her sister for catching him at the scene of the crime.]] He spends the rest of the story suffering from his inability to accept what he did.
** He also ponders his similarities with two other characters who made the same choices and managed to live with what they did. Luzhin framed Sonja for theft for his own purposes and as for Svidrigailov the CompleteMonster entry summarises all his acts in life.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Rodya is a college dropout with mental issues, who thinks saving his sister from sexual abuse gives him an excuse to kill someone. Yes, I just described 50% of all ''Series/ColdCase'' episodes.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Raskolnikov's dream about a poor old mare getting beaten to death. Which is also mad {{Squick}}y.
* TheWoobie: The prostitute Sonya, who was forced into it by her family. Raskolnikov and (arguably) Semyon Zakharovich Marmeladov are of the [[JerkassWoobie jerkass variety]].