- Acceptable Targets: Apparently, short people, since much is made of Avin Wargunsson's height.
- What seems to be this directed at homosexuals via the Baron Harparin ends up being a fairly clear demonization and denouncing of pedophilia, since the gay owner from Mirtai's past is depicted quite fairly, honestly, and sympathetically.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In The Shining Ones, Aphrael summoning a hydrofoil manned by a species of snake-women from another dimension to take the party to where the Bhelliom is hidden
- The scene right after Zalasta has a conference with Scarpa and Krager Krager becomes sober, having pretended to be drunk for the conversation (to the point of dumping out a drink), and Scarpa suddenly becomes rational instead of his usual frothing-at-the-mouth batshit insane. They have an intelligent conversation, and then both return to their respective status quos. Neither behaves this way ever again in the books. In fact, the actually become worse afterwards; Scarpa begins to command non-existent armies, and Krager begins shaking violently at the thought of even putting a drink down.
- Complete Monster:
- The Elenium: Azash, the Big Bad of this trilogy, is a horrible, sadistic Eldritch Abomination who manipulates his followers into performing rituals that involve Human Sacrifice, torture, cannibalism, necrophilia, engaging in sexual perversions until they collapse dead from exhaustion, and the like. He plots to extend his worship over the continent, and to that end backs a conspiracy to poison the Queen of Elenia, tries to subvert the Elene Church by placing one of his agents on the throne, has a mercenary army under Martel destroy much of the Holy City of Chyrellos, and uses The Seeker, a child-eating insectoid freak, as his Mouth of Sauron. He uses his final moments to kill his other Dragon, Emperor Otha, and Evil Genius, Primate Annias, just because they failed him.
- The Tamuli: This sequel trilogy reveals Zalasta, Sephrenia's childhood friend, to be an Evil Sorcerer and traitor par excellence. Having arranged for the massacre of his and Sephrenia's hometown when they were children (resulting in the slaughter of his own family), Zalsta went onto become Styricum's most powerful magician and an integral, behind-the-scenes player in Azash's scheme to Take Over the World. Years later, he joins forces with Cyrgon to instigate revolution in the Tamul Empire, and persuades the Elene peasantry to commit genocide against the Styrics—his own people—in order to harm Sephrenia's goddess, Aprhael. Eventually betraying Cyrgon in order to serve Klæl, Zalasta is responsible for not only tens of thousands of deaths, but for endangering the very existence of the world; when everything falls apart, he makes two final attempts on the lives of Sephrenia and her lover Vanion. Driven by lust for Sephrenia, and loathing of Aphrael, Zalasta is guilty of every crime from high treason to "consorting with ye powers of darkness," and is content to damn the entire world, so long as he gains possession of the woman he wants.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: See the entry, but really, the entire sequence in Cippria where Sparhawk and Kurik break into the Elenian consulate turns into a comedy act, from a random naked lady to an unnecessary bridge to Sparhawk's juvenile shenanigans once they're inside:
After a moment, he heard Kurik's hoarse whisper coming from the kitchen door. "Is that you?"For an instant, he was tempted to whisper back, "No," but then he got himself under control again.
Sparhawk: Ulath, I've got a question.Ulath: For me? Oh, Sparhawk, you shouldn't have!
- Ulath does this occasionally.
- Designated Villain / What Measure Is a Mook?: It's startlingly common for Eddings' heroes to butcher people who simply happen to be in their way. At first these are specified as being Annias' venal and bullying "church soldier" brute squad, but by the third book, soldiers in the service of totally random patriarchs are being killed just as examples. The Rendors come in for a lot of this too: considering the amount of corruption and vice the Elene Church condones in its high churchmen, treating them as subhumans comes off as a bit myopic. This may be somewhat justifiable by the main cast being comprised mostly of hardened, pragmatic soldiers with no real problems about killing anyone in their way. Sephrenia is the only one who regularly expresses disgust for their nonchalant attitudes.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Bellina, under Azash's curse, who hangs out naked in her brother's cellar butchering and eating children alive.
- And then inverted when the Knights run across a horde of naked revelers trying to summon Azash into a clay idol, and promptly assault them.
- Also done by Lillias during her farewell to Sparhawk.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: During the second book the Knights are approached by a displaced Troll in the dark who starts shouting for them to hand over the child who stole from him. Everyone automatically assumes it's Talen. It's inexplicable at first, until you find out later the Troll is actually Ghwerig and he's looking for Flute, not Talen, whom everyone thinks of instantly when they hear "child" and "thief".
Ulath: How could Talen pick a Troll's pocket? They don't even have pockets!
- Jerkass Woobie: Avin Wargunsson. Yes, he's a Small Name, Big Ego Prince Regent, but he developed this bad attitude because of his stature; being over a foot shorter than everyone around him, he was constantly ignored (and often stepped on) by everyone else - Thalesians generally wind up somewhere in the 6-7 feet range. Upon his death, Bergsten is more concerned about if the wine that Avin was drowned in could be saved than about the Prince Regent being assassinated in his own office.
- Magnificent Bastard: One could make a case for Martel. The man has his fingers in just about every Evil Plan in the books, and just when you think you've stopped them all, he shows up at Chyrellos with a massive army, having tricked Wargun into chasing shadows hundreds of miles away, to declare Annias Archprelate by force. Oh, and the Ehlana thing? Just a scheme he and Azash cooked up.
- Narm: Annias' title is Primate. It makes sense if you think about the origin of the word, but it's hard to take a guy seriously when people are practically calling him "ape" left and right.
- Scarpa. His character lose a lot of points when you know that his name means "Shoe" in Italian.
- Sequelitis: One could make a case for the Elenium being some of Eddings' best stuff. But then the Tamuli comes along, which is a big step down, largely thanks to an abundance of Harmless Villains.
- Tear Jerker: Aphrael can be a very irritating character at times, but her declaration of "They're killing my children, Sephrenia! All over Eosia! The Elenes are killing my children! I want to die!" made this troper want to cry.
- Martel's last words: "This isn't so bad.... I get to die in the presence of the only two people I ever really loved." Both of whom are his enemies, and one of whom blesses him in his dying moment and sheds tears over it. Also, arguably supports Foe Yay.
- No mention of when Kurik is killed? And Talen, crying over his father's body: "He's dead, Sparhawk! My father's dead!"
- What about when it is revealed that 30,000 Knights got killed in a single battle with Klael's troops? Especially once they mention that almost all of the Cyrinic Knights were killed following their Preceptor — Abriel, arguably the most fundamentally decent character in the whole series — in a charge, meaning that an entire order of Knights has been all but eradicated.