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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Linh Cinder is specifically half-Asian and, as stated by Meyer, supposed to resemble [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Mew Azama]]. Despite that, some fans insist that Cinder's white, and often subject her to a RaceLift in fanart.


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* FanonDiscontinuity: Linh Cinder is specifically half-Asian and, as stated by Meyer, supposed to resemble [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Mew Azama]]. Despite that, some fans insist that Cinder's white, and often subject her to a RaceLift in fanart.


*** This was then blown out of the water by the prequel novella ''Fairest'', which revealed that Channary was the biggest CompleteMonster of the series. However, despite her awfulness, she seemed to genuinely love Selene and actually be a somewhat decent mother, caring for her herself instead of forcing servants to the way their parents had.

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*** This was then blown out of the water by the prequel novella ''Fairest'', which revealed that Channary was the biggest CompleteMonster villain of the series. However, despite her awfulness, she seemed to genuinely love Selene and actually be a somewhat decent mother, caring for her herself instead of forcing servants to the way their parents had.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: Captain Thorne seems as though he was based on [[{{WesternAnimation/Tangled}} Flynn Rider]], but the author confirms that he was developed before the movie came out.


** Levana might just want to be loved. No seriously, ''Cress'' implies she just wants the people of Earth to love her. It comes at the cost of nearly killing half the galaxy, so she presumably wants the love of the survivors. ''Fairest'' later confirmed this.

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** Levana might just want to be loved. No seriously, ''Cress'' implies she just wants the people of Earth to love her. It comes at the cost of nearly killing half the galaxy, world, so she presumably wants the love of the survivors. ''Fairest'' later confirmed this.



* HarsherInHindsight: Shortly before dying of Letumosis, [[spoiler:Erland]] makes a comment to Levana about how much she'd hate to be where he is now, gazing up at a giant mirror an inescapable reminder of the real him. At face value, this seems like one last jab at the queen's tendency to glamour away her imperfections, which falters in the face of mirrors; [[spoiler:we learn in the subsequent prequel that Levana's glamour is actually to hide horrific burn scars.]]
* ItWasHisSled: The fact that [[spoiler: Cinder is Princess Selene and Wolf is a Lunar Special Operative are very well known.]]
* JerkassWoobie: Adri, who while a pretty major asshole, goes through a lot of trauma and heartbreak in the series.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Shortly before dying of Letumosis, [[spoiler:Erland]] makes a comment to Levana about how much she'd hate to be where he is now, gazing up at a giant mirror an inescapable reminder of the real him. At face value, this seems like one last jab at the queen's tendency to glamour away her imperfections, which falters in the face of mirrors; [[spoiler:we learn in the subsequent prequel that Levana's glamour is actually to hide horrific burn scars.]]
scars]].
* ItWasHisSled: The fact that [[spoiler: Cinder [[spoiler:Cinder is Princess Selene and Wolf is a Lunar Special Operative are very well known.]]
known]].
* JerkassWoobie: Adri, who while a pretty major asshole, goes through a lot of trauma and heartbreak in the series.



* RoboShip: After ''Winter'' several fans started shipping Iko (an Android) with Liam Kinney (a Lunar). The short story "Something Old, Something New" in ''Stars Above'' contains a brief moment of ShipTease for the pairing.

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* RoboShip: After ''Winter'' ''Winter'', several fans started shipping Iko (an Android) with Liam Kinney (a Lunar). The short story "Something Old, Something New" in ''Stars Above'' contains a brief moment of ShipTease for the pairing.



** The death of [[spoiler:Dr. Erland]]. He dies in a containment room of Letumosis after introducing himself and saying goodbye to his long lost daughter.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter is arguably being relegated to a secondary character ''in her own book''. Most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room for CharacterDevelopment. She's well-liked by the fandom and many wish she had been given more focus.

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** The death of [[spoiler:Dr. Erland]]. He dies in a containment room of Letumosis after introducing himself and saying goodbye to his long lost long-lost daughter.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter is arguably being relegated to a secondary character ''in her own book''. Most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room for CharacterDevelopment. She's well-liked by the fandom and many wish she had been given more focus.


* ItWasHisSled: The fact that [[spoiler: Cinder is Princess Selene and Wolf is a Lunar Special Operative are pretty extremely well known.]]

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* ItWasHisSled: The fact that [[spoiler: Cinder is Princess Selene and Wolf is a Lunar Special Operative are pretty extremely very well known.]]


* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Virtually every scene with Kai and Cinder together, notably when he stops Pearl and Adri from beating Cinder at the ball. [[spoiler:And when he continues to defend Cinder against Levana ''even when [[NonHumanLoverReveal he finds out she's Lunar]]'' -- while he (understandably) trades Cinder's life for his country's freedom, he still insists that she remain under his guard until Levana leaves, buying Cinder a little more time]].

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* {{Adorkable}}:
** Wolf has his moments when figuring out how things work in the human world, such as trying to open a tomato can with a meat tenderizer.
** As much as a sexy prince can be a dork, Prince Kaito is still adorable at it.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Fans are mixed on why Pearl does not expose Cinder's secret to Kai, and instead tells him how Peony died. Some think she felt sorry for Cinder. Others think she was milking Peony's death to manipulate sympathy out of Kai, and did not expose Cinder to save face.
** Channary....Considering she is dead, there are some fans who believe that her reputation is just Levana's propaganda. There is also the question if she would have been a loving mother to Selene.
*** This was then blown out of the water by the prequel novella "Fairest," which revealed Channary as the biggest CompleteMonster in the series. However, despite her awfulness, she seemed to genuinely love Selene and actually be a somewhat decent mother, caring for her herself instead of forcing servants to the way their parents had.
** Levana might just want to be loved. No seriously, "Cress" implies she just wants the people of Earth to love her. It comes at the cost of nearly killing half the galaxy, so she presumably wants the love of the survivors. ''Fairest'' confirms this.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: A negative example. Linh Cinder is specifically half-Asian (as stated by Marissa Meyer), and looks like Mew Azama. Some fans ''still'' insist that she's white, and often subject her to a RaceLift.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Konn Torin has gained popularity for being an OnlySaneMan.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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Fans are mixed on why Pearl does not doesn't expose Cinder's secret to Kai, and instead tells him how Peony died. Some think she felt sorry for Cinder. Others think she was milking Peony's death to manipulate get some sympathy out of Kai, and did not didn't expose Cinder to save face.
** Channary....Considering she is dead, there Channary gets some considering she's a posthumous character. There are some fans who believe that her reputation is just Levana's propaganda. There is also the question of if she would have been a loving mother to Selene.
*** This was then blown out of the water by the prequel novella "Fairest," ''Fairest'', which revealed that Channary as was the biggest CompleteMonster in of the series. However, despite her awfulness, she seemed to genuinely love Selene and actually be a somewhat decent mother, caring for her herself instead of forcing servants to the way their parents had.
** Levana might just want to be loved. No seriously, "Cress" ''Cress'' implies she just wants the people of Earth to love her. It comes at the cost of nearly killing half the galaxy, so she presumably wants the love of the survivors. ''Fairest'' confirms later confirmed this.
* CaptainObviousReveal: Cinder is Princess Selene. WordOfGod says that the reader was ''supposed'' to figure that out well before Cinder did. The suspense with that plotline was (presumably) supposed to come from wondering when she would find out, who else knew, and what she would do once she did know.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: A negative example. Linh Cinder is specifically half-Asian (as and, as stated by Marissa Meyer), and looks like Meyer, supposed to resemble [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Mew Azama. Some Azama]]. Despite that, some fans ''still'' insist that she's Cinder's white, and often subject her to a RaceLift.
RaceLift in fanart.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
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Konn Torin has gained popularity for being an OnlySaneMan.



* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Cinder, after watching her younger stepsister die of letumosis minutes AFTER she arrived with the antidote, goes home to find out Adri destroyed Iko's body and sold off her parts]].
** The [[spoiler:death of Dr. Erland. He dies in a containment room of Letumosis after introducing himself and saying goodbye to his long lost daughter]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character ''in her own book''. Instead, most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is well-liked by the fandom, but many wish she had been given more focus.
* UnfortunateImplications: Some view the book as racist as it [[https://no-award.net/2013/08/01/the-exotic-place-as-other-and-notes-on-cinder-by-marissa-meter/ homogenizes Asia]], has a racially ambiguous main character, a Japanese family ruling Asia (this in particularly poor taste due to Japanese imperialism), misuse of honorifics, cliche Asian names such as "Peony" and [[https://noveltoybox.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/review-cinder-lunar-chronicles-1-by-marissa-meyer-2012/ other forms of Orientalism]].

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Cinder, after watching her younger stepsister die of letumosis minutes AFTER she arrived with the antidote, goes home to find out Adri destroyed Iko's body and sold off her parts]].
parts.
** The [[spoiler:death death of Dr. Erland. [[spoiler:Dr. Erland]]. He dies in a containment room of Letumosis after introducing himself and saying goodbye to his long lost daughter]].
daughter.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character ''in her own book''. Instead, most Most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is She's well-liked by the fandom, but fandom and many wish she had been given more focus.
* UnfortunateImplications: Some view the book as racist as it [[https://no-award.net/2013/08/01/the-exotic-place-as-other-and-notes-on-cinder-by-marissa-meter/ homogenizes Asia]], has a racially ambiguous main character, a Japanese family ruling Asia (this is in particularly poor taste due to Japanese imperialism), misuse of honorifics, cliche Asian names such as "Peony" and [[https://noveltoybox.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/review-cinder-lunar-chronicles-1-by-marissa-meyer-2012/ other forms of Orientalism]].



** [[spoiler:Evret Hayle]].
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready:
** [[spoiler: Cinder is Princess Selene.]] WordOfGod says that the reader was ''supposed'' to figure out that [[spoiler:Cinder was Princess Selene]] well before she did. The suspense with that plotline was (one assumes) supposed to come from wondering when she would find out and who else knew. Also what she would do when she did.
** [[spoiler:Wolf being a Lunar Special Operative]] is the big twist of ''Scarlet,'' and pretty much the first thing likely to be mentioned about the character's role in the two following books.

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** [[spoiler:Evret Hayle]].
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready:
** [[spoiler: Cinder is Princess Selene.]] WordOfGod says that the reader was ''supposed'' to figure out that [[spoiler:Cinder was Princess Selene]] well before she did. The suspense with that plotline was (one assumes) supposed to come from wondering when she would find out and who else knew. Also what she would do when she did.
** [[spoiler:Wolf being a Lunar Special Operative]] is the big twist of ''Scarlet,'' and pretty much the first thing likely to be mentioned about the character's role in the two following books.
Hayle]].


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character in ''her own book''. Instead, most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is well-liked by the fandom, but many wish she had been given more focus.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character in ''her ''in her own book''. Instead, most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is well-liked by the fandom, but many wish she had been given more focus.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character in ''her own book''. Instead, most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room to for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is well-liked by the fandom, but many wish she had been given more focus.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character in ''her own book''. Instead, most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room to for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is well-liked by the fandom, but many wish she had been given more focus.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn is a downplayed version of this trope, with her arguably being relegated to a secondary character in ''her own book''. Instead, most of ''Winter'' focuses on Cinder and her revolution, with Winter's chapters being few and far between, leaving her with little room to for CharacterDevelopment. Despite this, she is well-liked by the fandom, but many wish she had been given more focus.


* AuthorAppeal: Marissa Meyer was a Anime/SailorMoon fangirl, and there are many references to the series (long-lost moon princess, you say?)

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: A negative example. Linh Cinder is specifically half-Asian (as stated by Marissa Meyer), and looks like Mew Azama. Some fans ''still'' insist that she's white, and often subject her to a RaceLift.


* BrokenBase: Fans are really mixed on what the ethnicities of the characters are.


* AnAesop: It is wrong to use petty differences to strip someone of their humanity, and to demand blind ownership of another being, especially the right to kill said being for one's own benefit.

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