- Americans Hate Tingle: While very famous in Germany (and furthermore in other European countries), Winnetou is virtually unknown in the US, the character's supposed home. Perhaps this is because it is easier for more Americans to spot the inaccuracies, perhaps it is because he catered not to the expectations Americans have for Westerns, maybe it even is that they heard those stories that Karl May was one of Hitler's favourite authors. The fact that American audiences do not exactly flock to see films that have to be dubbed and which, to make matters worse, are set in America but were clearly filmed in Europe, does not help. This can lead to situations like Germans being surprised that Americans have no clue who Old Shatterhand is, or Americans being perplexed by the Germans' fascination for specific locations the natives wouldn't have deemed to be great tourist attractions, such as the Llano Estacado in Texas.
- Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack.
- Complete Monster: The films have Colonel Brinkley and, Bud Forrester. See the work pages for more detail.
- Germans Love Pierre Brice: The Winnetou films made Pierre Brice one of the most popular film stars in West Germany and quite probably the most popular among the younger generation. When the Franco-German school student exchange program took off, Germans were shocked to discover that Brice was practically unknown in his native France.
- Ho Yay: Old Shatterhand and Winnetou, all the fucking time.
- Marty Stu: Old Shatterhand and to a (little) lesser extent, Winnetou.
- Tear Jerker: Winnetou's death in Winnetou III may be as traumatic to young German readers as the death of Bambi's mother later became to young American cinema-goers. The Apache chief is shot in a fight with the Sioux and dies as a choir of German homesteaders sings the chorale entitled Ave Maria which May himself wrote and later set to music.