These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Crazy Awesome: It's a contest between Harry Lefferts and Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz.
Gretchen is far too bloody-minded to be anything like an All-Loving Hero. Messianic Archetype, maybe.... She is, however, certainly beautiful and a forcefully charismatic leader.
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.