* {{Anvilicious}} {{Aesop}}: [[spoiler:Jorge's reason for hiding the book]] is because it promotes comedy, which might cause monks to disrespect scripture.
* {{Applicability}}
* DisownedAdaptation: Creator/UmbertoEco didn't care for how the movie reduced the story to "just" a detective story, and subsequently had his publishing contracts amended to ensure that none of his other novels could be filmed until after his death.
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler: Jorge, serial killer and KnightTemplar extraordinaire-a blind old man who manages to kill a lot of people with poison, traps and a careful use of murderous books]]
* PuritySue: The eccentric Ubertino da Casale.
* TheWoobie: The unnamed peasant girl. A poor, nameless wretch who is sexually exploited by Salvatore and Remigio in exchange for scraps, before being [[spoiler: arrested as a witch to face torture and execution]], despite, as Adso says, being the only true innocent in the whole affair.
* WTHCastingAgency: SeanConnery and Creator/ChristianSlater play professional celibates.
** According to the movie director, he initially turned down Connery for this exact reason, until Sean Connery forced himself into his office, and demanded to read just one line. And then he accepted.

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