* {{Anvilicious}}: [[spoiler:Jorge's reason for hiding the book]] is because it promotes comedy, which might cause monks to disrespect scripture.
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Adso's vision, although it delivers a hint.
* 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]]
* SlowPacedBeginning: The first hundred pages of the book go at a mindbogglingly easygoing and unhurried pace (at least compared to other murder mystery novels), with ''lots'' of [[FlavorText obscure references and other diversions unconnected to any part of the whodunnit itself]]. Umberto Eco wrote a WordOfGod postscript in part to clarify that the hard-to-get-into beginning was a deliberate choice, in which he gave a TakeThatAudience.
-->'''Eco:''' Those first hundred pages are like a penance or initiation, and if someone does not like them, so much the worse for him. He can stay at the foot of the mountain.
* 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: Creator/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.