YMMV / The Pendragon Adventure

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Press Tilton the good uncle to Bobby who wants to make sure that he is prepared for the hardships of the future, or a sociopath who manipulated him into becoming his unwitting pawn to further his own goals despite the risks to his nephew? Keep in mind that Press is not his actual uncle, nor a human. And neither was Bobby.
  • Badass Decay: Saint Dane is nowhere near as scary when he's holding all of the cards, possibly because a lot of his creepiness comes from good ol' fashioned Paranoia Fuel - Saint Dane can be anyone, anywhere, at any time. Once he's won, he really has no reason to hide, which means the Travelers know where he is at all times.
  • Complete Monster: Saint Dane is a master manipulator who kills huge numbers of people, seems to enjoy it, and has been personally responsible for multiple parallel universes ("territories") plunging into mayhem and possibly evil. He tried to give nukes to Nazi Germany. His goal is a complete Crapsack World, and he intends to destroy even that, along with the afterlife, to replace it with his own version where he is God.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Saint Dane. Looking like Sephiroth in the graphic novels certainly helps matters.
  • Epileptic Trees: a somewhat common speculation on forums what was all the territories would turn out to be Earth. Despite the fact that Eelong is in a star cluster and Denduron has three suns.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Mark/Courtney and Bobby/Loor to people who thought having Bobby and Courtney together undid a lot of character development. It's related to Ship-to-Ship Combat.
  • Growing the Beard: Some people think that the later books are an improvement over the first ones.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Those who love Saint Dane despite his monstrous villainy rather than because of it. It's safe to say that a lot of fans wanted him to win at the end of the series. Also, some love Nevva Winter even though she's almost as much of a monster as him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Saint Dane seducing Courtney and becoming her Living Emotional Crutch, only to use the opportunity to run her over and leave her for dead in a ditch.
    • Naymeer crosses the Moral Event Horizon line by orchestrating the deaths of thousands of people at once in a baseball stadium under the pretense of trying to win them over.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Saint Dane could be ANYONE.
  • Seasonal Rot: Many consider the last three books, as awesome as they are, to be terrible compared to the ones before.
  • Ship Mates: Bobby/Loor and Mark/Courtney, or Bobby/Loor and Courtney/Spader, depending on your preferences.
  • Squick: Saint Dane seduced Courtney while disguised as a human teen to further his plans. Ick.