YMMV / Flashman

  • 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 Brown's 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).
    • For the books: is Flashman and the Tiger (the 11th book, a collection of three short novellas) an enjoyable deviation from formula, or the series' Jump the Shark moment? The third story's Sherlock Holmes cameo in particular is considered either brilliant or inexcusable, with little middle ground.
  • Tear Jerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him.
    • In Flashman and the Great Game, Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys.