- Iron Woobie: A vast majority of the cast. World War II does that to people. Though a notable example is Death, who has the most miserable job on Earth and still cares about humans.
- Toy Ship: Rudy/Liesel before they grow into teenagers.
- Squick: Max vomiting into the soup that Rosa fed him.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Some fans of the original novel weren't happy with the casting of Geoffrey Rush as Hans Hubermann because they pictured the character younger and handsomer. Here's an example of what one fan pictured Hans.