- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The story is standard fairy-tale fare, but chapter 1 has an explicit sex scene. A strategically-inserted "fuck" appears shortly after.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Shooting Star and The Star Shines are probably fantasy distilled into music form.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Septimus probably has a bigger fanbase than the main characters.
- Captain Shakespeare. His character makes the movie even better than the book.
- Evil Is Sexy:
- Lamia in her young form, though she doesn't actually seduce anyone.
- Septimus should probably also be mentioned... Septimus should definitely also be mentioned.
- Fridge Horror: Why didn't Una try harder to escape her captor all those years? Maybe because it seemed like an improvement over the family she'd been raised with!
- Fridge Logic: At the end, Tristan is shown to have become a star with Yvaine, but apparently stars are female, does that mean that he became a woman?
- Ho Yay: Captain Shakespeare winking at Humphry at the end (who doesn't seem disinterested).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Daredevil kicks Superman's ass.
- Les Yay:
- Bernard, the boy-turned-goat-turned-hot-chick, who is very happy to be helping Yvaine undress. Though it's not really Les Yay in this case since, again, Bernard is actually a boy, just a girl when this is transpiring.
- And in a much more creepy sense, Lamia and Yvaine pretty early on. The massage scene, anyone?
- Magnificent Bastard: Evil Prince Septimus. Or at the very least, he tries to be one.
- One-Scene Wonder: Peter O'Toole as the delightfully soft-spoken, black-hearted King of Stormhold, who has encouraged his seven sons to kill each other for years. He is disappointed that more than one of his sons is still standing when he's on his deathbed.
The King: Of my seven sons there are four of you today still standing—this is quite a break with tradition, I had twelve brothers—
Septimus: And you killed them all for your throne before your father, the king, even felt poorly.
- Retroactive Recognition: Matt Murdock is vying with Superman for Victoria.
- Visual Effects of Awesome:
- The epicness when Lamia kills Septimus by throwing his voodoo doll into a pond and thus making Septimus FLOAT IN MID-AIR has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
- Not as dramatic, but almost as impressive, is the scene where Yvaine tries to maul the witch Sal only to bounce off her like a magnet. Except with sparks. How the hell did they do that?
- She has a rope/tether connected to her back which supports her weight and allows her to lean forward. The rope goes straight back behind her; if you look very carefully, you can see the background swim/blur slightly where they edited out the rope. As far as her hands bouncing off the shield, she might have just been miming that, and obviously they CG'd in the effects.