YMMV / Jack Ryan

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: John Clark, who is probably Tom Clancy's most popular character (even moreso than Jack Ryan).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the opening chapters of Command Authority, a Russian operative says that the Russian President Volodin will order the Russian military to invade Ukraine and annex the Crimean peninsula. The novel was published in December of 2013. Three months later, Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, using similar methodology to the book invasion (imported "protesters" used as a causus belli).
    • A big one here: Clancy was going to write how terrorists hijack planes and fly them into buildings, but his editor rejected it for being too farfetched. Clancy was actually interviewed immediately after the 9/11 attacks where he brought the idea up with one of his general friends. When asked if the idea had ever been considered the general thought and basically said, "No Tom, I don't think it had, but at our next meeting it will be."
  • Iron Woobie: John Clark and Cas Podulski.
  • Jerkass Woobie: J. Robert Fowler isn't a particularly likeable character but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when you take into account what happens to him.
  • Science Marches On: Several books set 20 Minutes into the Future make use of proposed weapons systems that never went into production, or never existed in the first place.
  • Sequelitis: Ever since the end of the U.S.S.R as convenient baddies and as the books' discussion of US Politics, some feel the books have become more of a platform for Clancy's conservatism, at the expense of story.