* AcceptableEthnicTargets: The Romani ("Gypsies.") To a somewhat shocking extent, for a series made in the twenty-first century. Suffice to say, it soars clean over "UnfortunateImplications" territory and straight into "downright racist."
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The Huntsman. A cold, ruthless sociopath who enjoys [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunting people?]] Or a once-good man, driven [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy insane with guilt]] for unintentionally causing the death of his son, which turned him into TheFatalist as a means of coping? Or both?
* BaseBreaker: Tony and Wolf. Both are either TheScrappy or an EnsembleDarkhorse depending on who you ask.
* BrokenAesop: Though it's a touching scene, when Snow White recounts her story and her death at the hands of the Wicked Stepmother, she says to Virginia "Why did I let her in? Didn't I know she was bad? Of course I did. But you can't keep the door closed your whole life." Which would be a good Aesop about not letting fear control your life...except, you know, opening the door to a stranger that she ''knew'' had malicious intentions ended up with her being poisoned and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath she died choking in the woman's arms]]. There's a difference between "not being afraid" and just grabbing an IdiotBall.
** Another (worse) example: The series seems to be trying to make a commentary about prejudice with Wolf's character, and have him of all people warn Virginia and Tony [[AcceptableEthnicTargets not to trust the Gypsies and any food they give you]], before proceeding to the stereotypical Gypsy curse, and then killing all the Gypsy characters off. It's a level of racist stereotyping that will have people who normally laugh that sort of thing off cringing in front of the TV. An attempt is made to mitigate this by having the Gypsies' curse only motivated by Virginia having freed their magic birds (itself an act of questionable morality, since they are {{Talking Animal}}s, but they're clearly selling them for the money to live); their earlier suspicions of the group simply being well-justified because they are strangers in a dangerous forest (and they do, after all, end up drawing the Huntsman there, although it's very likely the Gypsies were already aware of him as an enemy); and their subsequent deaths at the arrows of the Huntsman meant to arouse sympathy. But the success of these mitigating factors obviously varies.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Miriam Stockley's cover of "Wishing on a Star."
** And Virginia's cover of a certain Queen song ("We will, we will, shear you...").
** From the soundtrack, the track "These Are Dark Days" is pretty awesome overall, but the start of the track (which was never used in the miniseries itself) is particularly amazing: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT32pyALyQk]] (from about 2:21 to 3:40). It ''was'' used by [=SkyOne=], the British channel which aired the miniseries in conjunction with NBC, in a rather cool 60 second promo [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vIqhbnXJvA seen here]].
** Also, the rather epic ending to the track "The 4 Who Saved the 9 Kingdoms", also unused in the miniseries (and ''also'' used by [=SkyOne=], in their "Making Of" featurette): [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-xDWZmeuJg&list=UUSX6veywUbh-z9Kmv7yIA8g]] (1:51 to 2:34).
* EarWorm: The Trolls have ''Saturday Night Fever'' stuck in their heads the whole movie.
** "We will, we will shear you! Everybody!"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Of the protagonists, Wolf.
** Tony for some. He has many hilarious lines and undergoes some pretty good CharacterDevelopment by the end of the story.
* EvilIsCool: Both the Queen and the Huntsman are extraordinarily awesome.
* EvilIsSexy: Wolf, at least in the sense that for much of the miniseries he is technically a bad guy, or at least his allegiance is unclear.
* FreudWasRight: Wolf's tail. The scene in the beanstalk forest, where he practically dares Virginia to touch it, she asks why he keeps it hidden, and especially [[FantasticArousal the positively orgasmic look on his face]] when she brushes against the fur rather than with it, is extremely Freudian in nature. In a bizarre twist, however, the size of his tail apparently changes due to the time of the month, suggesting a connection to the female menstrual cycle. (Werewolves, after all, are tied to the typically feminine moon...) The fact it is hanging out of his pants following his 'hide-and-seek' in the forest with Virginia near Wendell's castle, and that this lets Tony disapprovingly know what they were up to, doesn't help.
* HarsherInHindsight: Blink and you'll miss it, but in the title sequence there's a shot of the Twin Towers collapsing in a cloud of magic.
* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler: The Evil Queen, aka: Virginia's mother]]. Yes, she [[spoiler: tried to ''drown'' her seven-year-old daughter]], but Tony implies that she was mentally ill and she was so ''horrified'' by what happened that [[spoiler: she became The Evil Queen to escape from what she did, which made her easy prey for the ''original'' Wicked Stepmother.]]
** To an extent, Sally Peep. Yes, she was a total SpoiledBrat, but when you come from a family that wins ''everything'', how did you expect her to turn out? Being murdered ''by her own grandfather'' was pretty shocking. The cry she gives when murdered is certainly horrifying, and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness the look on her face]] when she's first told about the well and Wilfred threatens to kill her if she tells anyone about it shows how upsetting the situation truly is. Also add in the fact that part of her enmity isn't based just on losing the shepherdess contest but also jealousy over not getting Wolf for herself--and Virginia outright lampshades this by using SlutShaming as part of Wolf's defense at the trial. As audacious as her actions were, they didn't merit the fate she got (and at the point she was flirting with Wolf, Virginia hadn't even accepted her feelings for him or officially begun dating him, from her POV, so really he was fair game as far as Sally was concerned).
* MagnificentBitch: The Evil Queen.
* {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm: "We Will Shear You" starts out as the first thanks to Virginia's nervousness and inexperience, but by the second rendition (complete with Queen's original instrumentation as backing) it becomes pretty awesome.
* OneSceneWonder: Snow White. Not only was the casting for the role quite a coup (basically saying yes, overweight people can be heroes and icons too), one of the most memorable things about the series, and an aspect played up to an extreme degree in the previews and promotional material, but Camryn Manheim turns in a genuinely moving and absorbing performance that, in a reflection of her character's role in the story, provides much-needed heart and focus to both the floundering Virginia and the uncertain plot.
* {{Padding}}: Almost all of part 4 could have been removed with no real loss to the overall story.
* TheScrappy: Tony is this, big time.
** Because of his many WhatAnIdiot and {{Jerkass}} qualities, Wolf can end up as this for some viewers.
* {{Squick}}: At one point, the Queen tells Fake!Wendell if he follows her instructions, he can "have any bitch in town". Punny, but her implication is that he can and will sleep with a female dog.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Largely avoided, which is an exceptional feat for a 10-hour miniseries about fairy tales. But in certain places, the sappiness factor was cranked UpToEleven. See also: hearts and butterflies swarming through the air in Kissing Town under a ''pink, heart-shaped moon''. Insulin, STAT. Add in the literal LoveIsInTheAir, most exemplified by the massive pink heart which appears over Wolf and Virginia's head as they share their first kiss, and the little Cupid girl skipping through the streets dispensing fortunes, and... yeah. Then there's the singing ring... Sort of PlayedForLaughs, mind.
** Of course, this trope seems to be the entire ''point'' of Kissing Town.
* TearJerker: The death of [[spoiler:the Queen]]. Also, some of Virginia's speeches about her mother.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The opening intro, when New York slowly transforms into a fantasy kingdom, is quite gorgeous. Sure the CGI is conspicuous and outdated, but if you ignore that, you can see why the opening sequence won awards.
* WhatAnIdiot: Tony's incredible [[GenreBlind Genre Blindness]] when it comes to the magic wishing bean. His first wish, ''maybe'', could be excused if for some reason he didn't know about the LiteralGenie trope, but once he learned Murray and his family would be indulging in LiteralAssKissing, surely he would have known better than to ask for a "neverending" supply of beer or something that would clean "everything"--not to mention that last wish was absolutely redundant since he ''already had the Murrays to clean for him''. And after these experiences he ''certainly'' should have known better than to ask for money without specifying its source, or ask to get free of the police car without specifying "safely" (or also asking to be freed of his cuffs!). By the time the last wish rolls around where he even manages to screw up the one useful wish out of the bunch by asking for the ability to hear Wendell only for himself instead of saying "we", he seems pretty hopeless.
** Ok, Wolf, you've won a ton of money gambling. Which do you think will win Virginia over more: a expensive, yet pointless meal and marriage proposal or the goddamn mirror she's been hunting for since she arrived in the Nine Kingdoms?
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: One might make the argument that kids would enjoy this too, and it just has a lot of ParentalBonus, but I expect parents would object to one scene in particular: [[spoiler:Virginia]] discovers Wolf has a tail. In response to her surprise, he remarks, "You have succulent breasts, but I don't go on about them all the time, do I?" He then asks her to touch it, saying, "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Why don't you give it a stroke?]]", followed by Wolf rather [[FantasticArousal enjoying the experience]].
** The Troll King's children are also blatant drug users, seen in one scene preparing to roll and smoke "dwarf moss" (after one of them asking the others if they had any "magic mushrooms"); one of them comments that the last time she took it, she "saw fairies" for three days.
** The miniseries as a whole has quite a bit of darkness, which a parent might not expect, unless they were familiar with the original Grimm's fairy tales.
* TheWoobie: Virginia. Sure, she comes off a little cold, but once you learn exactly [[ParentalAbandonment why she]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast turned out]] [[MissingMom that way]], it's pretty much impossible not to feel bad for her.
** The dog stuck in Prince Wendell's body. He makes it clear that he doesn't like being a human and just wants to return to normal. Multiple times in the series, he tries reaching out to someone and be a dog again. At one point, he encountered the real Wendell, but they were too far away to touch and return to their original bodies. Another time, he told someone what was really going on, but the Queen killed the man to keep her dirty secret. The poor thing even considered ''suicide'' because he didn't want to be a part of her plot anymore.
** JerkassWoobie: Prince. Sure, he starts out a RoyalBrat, but being turned into a dog and having your entire life stolen from you is pretty terrible. Not to mention getting turned into gold at one point...
** Tony starts out as a useless jerk, but once you learn his and Virginia's past, you'll be more understanding. He went from running his own business, which was his dream job, to being a put-a-upon janitor, while at the same time having to deal with his wife's worsening mental condition. All this culminated in [[spoiler: Christine losing it and trying to drown Virginia as a child then running away and, as far as he knew, simply disappearing.]] Is it any wonder he begins the miniseries as a drunken jerkass?