For the story by Isaac Asimov:
- Genius Bonus: The plot is extremely similar to that of Lord Byron's poem Darkness, to the point where it seems unlikely to be a coincidence. The difference being, of course, that in the poem the darkness doesn't go away, and everyone dies.
For the fancomic Nightfall:
- Counterpart Comparison: Downplayed: the Shinobi empire is compared to the Fire Nation. There's a Prince maimed and banished by his father who seeks to regain his honor with the help of a Parental Substitute. All the while his Ax-Crazy sister (who believes that the right to rule is something one's born with) plots his downfall to increase her standing in her fathers eyes. Most of this was coincidental as the author was not familiar with the story.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: A Poll Taken reveals the most popular minor characters to be Truckdog/Cristyle and Don Elephante.
- Fridge Horror: Cristyle can only shapeshift into those whose blood she's come into contact with, which raises questions about the little girl she took the form of, as well as Jade's new dog.
- Made even more worrying in this panel◊, where said girl is on a Missing Poster.
- Ho Yay: Rose's Wizardfic is based off of Evangelion, with Baptist and Claudius replacing Shinji and Kaworu, the subtext is still there. Baptist even describes Claudius as beautiful and charismatic.
"He always weirded you out with his strange obsession with TORCHLIGHT CEREMONIAL YAOI FESTIVALS though, you had to turn down his invitation to join the lost boys when he invited you to be the HONORABLE UKE. Whatever that means."
- Tavros mentions certain ceremonies that Rufioh entertains with the lost boys.
" DONE AND MURDERED UP MY OLD BEST BRO saw his corpse myself with those perfectly pursed lips running down with shitblood
- Gamzee and Tavros, Gamzee's pissed that Cristyle killed him.
- Jerkass Woobie: Vriska, even more so than in canon.
- Big time with Hades. He was disowned and branded a traitor by his father, and is constantly insulted for being weak and incompetent. Sylja and Rose (and to a lesser extent Terlock) and pretty much the only people who don't treat him like complete garbage. He may be one of the main villains, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
- Les Yay: Kanaya and Rose are still close after the ordeal. When John has troubles with understanding Troll romance, Jade and John question what the relationship between the two is.
- On Halloween, Roxy and Jane are seen holding hands and sharing cotton candy, referencing their Idiosyncratic Ship Naming.