* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Amir a misunderstood boy who [[WellDoneSonGuy wants his father’s affections]]? A coward who always runs from his problems? Or a selfish but still caring person? It seems that everyone sees Amir differently.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Some people see Amir as a protagonist everyone can relate to who has to tackle the obstacles in his path, while others see him as a spineless jerk who only cares about himself.
* BrokenBase: Over the film as to whether it's a good adaptation of the book or not.
* CompleteMonster: [[DepravedBisexual Assef]] begins life as a brass knuckle-brandishing sociopath and a racist {{bully}} with a virulent [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain hatred of the Hazaras]]. Possessed of an admiration for UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler himself and considering him a visionary, Assef is already known as an [[EarAche ear-eating]] savage around his area and shows his true colors by raping Hassan alongside his friends after the boy humiliates him. Assef [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp graduates from bully to a member of the Taliban]] who introduces himself stoning a blindfolded man to death and [[WouldHurtAChild taking orphans to be sold into sexual slavery]], among them the now-deceased Hassan's son Sohrab as his personal SexSlave. Assef is no less adamant about his mission to massacre the Hazaras, and proudly accepts the term "ethnic cleansing" as one he likes. Assef views himself as taking out "garbage" around Afghanistan, but when everything is clear, Assef is little more than a domineering, depraved, remorseless bully from youth to adulthood.
* HollywoodHomely: In the book, Ali is described as having his face muscles damaged by a sickness, and Hassan having a harelip. Neither are present in the film.
* JerkassWoobie: Amir is shown to be stubborn and often outwit on Hassan with tricks for his amusement. But he has a father who doesn’t appreciate the way he is, feels guilt about “killing” his mom when she gave birth to him and Hassan is his only friend. He may be a jerk sometimes, but what Amir had to go through was rough.
* {{Moe}}: Hassan is loyal, innocent ([[IncorruptiblePurePureness or too innocent as Amir mentions]]) and a bit naïve. It’s no surprise that people find him adorable.
* MoralEventHorizon: Assef, see [[spoiler: RapeAsDrama]] on the Main page.
* OneHitWonder: Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, the Afghan child actors who played young Amir and young Hassan respectively, had never acted before and have never acted again. In fact, acting in the movie caused major problems after shooting finished, because many questioned sending them back to Kabul, where their families feared attacks because of the homosexual themes in the movie. They were relocated to the United Arab Emirates.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Even though Hassan is a nice person who would do anything for Amir, he is often subjected to racial comments by the Afghans for being a Hazara. But a lot of people adore Hassan and sympathize him for what he went through.
* TheWoobie: Hassan, oh so much.
** ''Sohrab.''
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