- Complete Monster: Count Otto "The Handsome" von Doom is the narcissistic ruler of Latveria, and the ancestor of Victor Von Doom, but lacking any of the latter's positive qualities. Obsessed with his self-aggrandizement, Otto believes that his supposed genius and handsome face entitle him to world domination. Using the birthing pens he inherited from his father, Otto breeds up armies of brainwashed vulture flier assassins and craven dwarfed servants to do his bidding, keeps the crew of the Fantastick imprisoned in specially made prison cells, sends killers after Sir Nicholas Fury and Virginia Dare, and has Queen Elizabeth I murdered lest her agents beat his to the Templar treasure he covets. In the sequel, he murders his lover, Natasha, plots to sell Susan and Jonathan Storm to Numenor of Bensaylum and his cousin as sex slaves—after hypnotizing them into killing Richard Reed and Benjamin Grimm—and finally betrays Numenor, murdering him and sinking the city of Bensaylum beneath the waves. Utterly vain and innately treacherous, Count Otto and his ego left a trail of ruined lives in their wake.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The Purple Man, unwitting instigator of supernatural events in a time where there shouldn't be any supernatural events. Gee, that sounds familiar...
- Genius Bonus: Reed discusses how he's arranged the sciences around Knights of the Round Table, such as Lamorack and Bors.
- And of course, Lamorack was designated to be the name for biological sciences and Galvan (aka Gawain) for physics. Phenomena that he couldn't classify were even designated as "Merlinic", after Merlin.
- Moral Event Horizon: Osbourne gives smallpox blankets to the local Native Americans, whom the colony has already made peace with, then shoots and kills Virginia Dare when she goes to tell her father what he'd done.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Stephen Strange's head, when shown to Richard Reed and the others by Strange's wife. That thing has been preserved in whiskey, and in the panel in which it appears it is wet, its eyes are completely blank and its mouth is open wide, as if it's screaming. Bonus points for it being the first panel of a left page: it's exactly as freaky as it sounds, and it's bound to catch you off-guard the first time you read 1602.
- Strange's wife states that one of the sailors snuck a sip from the whiskey during the voyage. "He went mad, of course."
- The cover of part 7.
- Sequelitis: The sequels don't really match up to the original miniseries.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: See the main page with "Before My Time".
- Tear Jerker:
- Jean's death, notable for being one of the only continuities where she just might stay dead.
- Virginia Dare's death in one of the sequels, making her a Gwen Stacy analogue.
YMMV / Marvel 1602