- Evil Is Cool: In contrast to the past two games, where they promote The Hero in the covers, from the third game to beyond, the developers goes out of their way by making the villains this if featuring the Big Bad in the cover instead of the game's protagonist is any indication, not to mentioned the villains' charismatic performances by their actors in the games themselves.
- Homegrown Hero: A staple of the series, as almost every protagonist is an American citizen abroad, regardless of where the game takes place. Averted in Primal, which takes place long before America (or any other modern country) was founded, and in 5, which features an American citizen in America.
- The Scrappy:
WHAT ABOUT THE WHALES, GEORGE?
- "Food guy" Emillio for being an unfunny comic relief.
- The tourists looking for whales, as they are another case of annoying comic relief.
- Strangled by the Red String: The main characters share a bed and have sex on their first night together, while barely knowing each other.
- Video-Game Movies Suck: The staple for Uwe Boll video game movies, and the gaming studios became dead-set on never letting it happen to another one of their games again after this attempt. The video game movies Boll has directed since 2008 are sequels to the earlier films.
- Plot Tumor: The Detective Cordonís investigation of Heatherís death. Itís not badly written per se, but it goes on for too long, with little progress or significant character development. The eventual revelation that Lee was partly complicit in her death and was responsible for covering it up just doesnít elicit much emotion.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Will Grayson. His superior makes a very good point that his obsession with Mitchell Roberts is destructive and the methods he used to gather evidence were deeply unethical. Sadly, once Roberts escapes, he is treated as being right all along in his methods and he never gets confronted by either Christine Fell or someone else.