- Acceptable Targets: Subverted, as Flashman expresses negative opinions about pretty much every group.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Flashman first started out as the antagonist in Tom Browns Schooldays. In this version, he's more of a Villain Protagonist / Magnificent Bastard.
- Badass Decay: Many Flashman fans felt the protagonist suffered from this in later entries, engaging (however reluctantly) in outright heroic actions, for instance saving the British army in Flashman and the Mountain of Light, while downplaying his roguish side. Fraser told Christopher Hitchens that he deliberately amped up Flashman's nastiness in Flashman on the March to assuage such criticisms.
- Broken Base: Is the movie version of Royal Flash a funny comedy that makes acceptable deviations from the source material? Or a wretched bastardization of Flashman's character, replacing his wit and sarcasm with overwrought slapstick? Both sides at least concur Malcolm McDowell was less-than-ideal casting (McDowell himself agrees).
- Magnificent Bastard: