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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.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Fans are mixed on why Pearl 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 get some sympathy out of Kai, and didn't expose Cinder to save face.
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    • 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, which revealed that Channary was the biggest 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.
    • 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 world, so she presumably wants the love of the survivors. Fairest later confirmed this.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Cinder is Princess Selene. Word of God 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.
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  • Death of the Author: Linh Cinder is specifically half-Asian and, as stated by Meyer, supposed to resemble Mew Azama. Despite that, some fans insist that Cinder's white, and often subject her to a Race Lift in fanart.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Konn Torin has gained popularity for being an Only Sane Man.
    • The Lunar guard Liam Kinney has also gained notice.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Levana's glamour essentially makes her the World's Most Beautiful Woman. Also the case with several other villainous Lunars.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Kai's input on his wedding vows:
    Kai: Delete anything that has to do with love, respect, or joy, and I'll sign on the dotted line.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Shortly before dying of Letumosis, 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; we learn in the subsequent prequel that Levana's glamour is actually to hide horrific burn scars.
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  • It Was His Sled: The fact that Cinder is Princess Selene and Wolf is a Lunar Special Operative are very well known.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Adri, who while a pretty major asshole, goes through a lot of trauma and heartbreak in the series.
  • Les Yay: Seriously, Sybil seems to have a thing for Levana.
  • Older Than They Think: Captain Thorne seems as though he was based on Flynn Rider, but the author confirms that he was developed before the movie came out.
  • Robo Ship: 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 Ship Tease for the pairing.
  • Tear Jerker: 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 death of Dr. Erland. He dies in a containment room of Letumosis after introducing himself and saying goodbye to his long-lost daughter.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: 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 Character Development. She's well-liked by the fandom and many wish she had been given more focus.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Some view the book as racist as it 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 other forms of Orientalism.
  • The Woobie: Cinder, Peony, Cress, Iko...
    • By the end of Scarlet, if not earlier, Cinder is more of an Iron Woobie. Pun not intended.
    • Evret Hayle.
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