- Anvilicious: Sometimes to the Nth degree.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Billy Bunter started life as a minor character and ended up in the title role.
- Fair for Its Day: For mass-market childrens' stories of the very early 20th century, both the narrative and protagonists were unusually firm in rejecting racism. Of course, this all comes with a big, big helping of Values Dissonance. Observe:Harry Wharton (to Fisher T. Fish in a 1910 issue): "But while we're on the subject of Inky, we may as well have it out. Inky isn't a nigger - he's an Indian, which is as unlike a negro as an American is. And if he were a nigger, we should like him just as much, and he would be just as good a sort. And we don't share your ridiculous prejudice against coloured people, and if a nigger ever comes to Greyfriars, and you put on any airs about it, we'll jump on you. Is that quite clear?"
YMMV / Greyfriars