The books provide examples of:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Jonas Petter loves to tell dirty stories. We get to hear all of these stories. While they're entertaining they don't always fit so well in with what's currently going on.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Kristina tells Karl Oskar she is pregnant the night before they leave home and he sighs and says it couldn't have come at a worse time. Kristina snaps and yells at him that he is the one who came at a bad time.
- The way Danjel handles the provost.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Karl Oskar names their home in America New Duvemåla to make Kristina feel more at home.
- Memetic Mutation: Karl Oskar jag tyar in't mer.
The movies provide examples of:
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Kristina and Karl Oskar both dislike Ulrika at first. Kristina gradually begins to see her differently but Ulrika and Karl Oskar come to blows while they're on the steamboat and his dislike for her grows. When they stop to go ashore and buy some food Karl Oskar and Kristina's only living daughter Märta is missing when the steamboat is getting ready to leave and both parents panic. Just as the boat is about to leave shore Ulrika comes running with Märta, having found her playing in the sand. The wordless shot where Karl Oskar shakes Ulrika's hand is truly heartwarming and it's all in von Sydow's and Zetterlund's acting.
The musical provides examples of:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: For those not familiar with the story the Native Americans appearing towards the end can come off as this.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Some of the lyrics in the English American Man where the women are amazed by an American man who does house work.
- The song where Ulrika's suitors try to win her over. "At least once a year I will wash myself with soap." Gee, how can a girl resist?
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the score, but Gold Can Turn To Sand and You Have To Be There stand out.
- Narm: Most of the English lyrics.