The Story of the Fire-Swan contains examples of:
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: Because the fire-swan's feathers are in some way made of flames, they can't develop properly as long as he's in water.
- Gray Rain of Depression: The fire-swan swims around in one for a time, due to his inability to fly.
- The Owl-Knowing One: The fire-swan goes to seek the wise old owl's help.
- Swans A-Swimming: The protagonist; the fire-swan.