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YMMV / The Stormlight Archive

YMMV tropes for the entire Stormlight Archive. YMMV tropes for The Way of Kings are here, and Words of Radiance are here.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Lopen, a bridgeman of lesser importance, is incredibly popular for his cheery attitude and for providing Plucky Comic Relief, along with his vast amount of family members. Almost every time Lopen appears, he's brought another one of his cousins with him.
    • Adolin, the one of Dalinar's sons who does not become a Radiant, has instead become one of fandom's favourites, thanks largely to his personality and the fact that even with his privileged upbringing, he's still an underdog compared to all the blossoming Radiants. It helps he's a premiere Badass Normal, too.
    • Lift, despite having appeared in just a single interlude chapter, has become one of people's favourites thanks to her personality and actions throughout her chapter. There's a bit of Broken Base, though - some people find her light-hearted attitude and speech patterns annoying.
  • Jerkass Woobie: It's hard to fully feel sorry for Szeth when he's murdering people in the name of his religion, but it's horrible to see just how disturbed the so-called peaceful philosophy of the Shin actually is, and how it can warp people's minds and actions.
  • Nightmare Fuel: So many things, but we are given the first one straight away in the prologue - the Heralds are bound to some endless cycle of death, torture and rebirth. While alive, they fight horrific wars to stop the Desolations, and seem to be truly Blessed with Suck. The prologue ends with one poor bugger still bound to the cycle, with the others unable to continue. We see what's become of the poor guy by the end of The Way of Kings.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The lighteyes-darkeyes caste structure, complete with those worthy enough to become radiants becoming light eyed mimic older and more conservative interpretations of Mormon doctrine.
  • The Woobie: Several characters have this at times, particularly Kaladin and Dalinar.

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