- Anti-Climax Boss: Quevedo from The Cannon Law.
- Crazy Awesome: It's a contest between Harry Lefferts and Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In 1632, four years before Mike Stearns becomes a successful major general:
Gayle: Ain't you just the proper budding little Na-po-lee-own?
Mike: Give me a break. The day I become a military genius is the day hell freezes over.
- Made doubly so when the battle that cements his status... Happens in a snow storm.
- Home Grown Hero: An American coal mining community, of all places, gets transported back in time and plunged into Thirty Years War-era Thuringia, inadvertently injecting the war-stricken Europe with some modern American values? Right.
- Magnificent Bastard: Richelieu, Wallenstein, Micheal Stearns, Gustavus Adolphus; let's just say the series is full of them and leave it at that.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: John Chandler Simpson, in magnificent style. In 1632, he was a conservative CEO and businessman who looked with scorn upon the rural, working-class citizens of Grantville, and his political agenda in the days immediately after the Ring of Fire would have gotten everyone killed. But beginning with the short story "In the Navy" and continuing in 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, he is put in a place where all of his skills as an organizer, military thinker, and uptight martinet with an undying love of protocol and discipline could do the absolute most good; the fledgling United States Navy. Not coincidentally, "In the Navy" was written by David Weber (who also co-authored 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War), a naval historian and himself a far more conservative personality than Eric Flint; John Simpson would fit right in with the Royal Manticoran Navy, and in fact echoes of the RMN's shipshape, well-disciplined "Saganami Tradition" are easily visible in the fledgling USN.