- Alas, Poor Villain: Consort Hua upon learning how much the Emperor has hurt her commits suicide out of grief, even Zhen Huan who arranged her death feels pity for her.
- Even the Empress evokes pity in her last scene with the Emperor,
- The Emperor himself, he dies hearing Zhen Huan's hateful words and knowing he is completely alone
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Given the setting of deception and secrecy this is inevitable. The titular character for one, does she fall completely out of love with the Emperor or does she still have some feelings for him despite Him forcing her to kill Duke Guo who she loved and finding out he only chose her because of her resemblance to the late Empress Chunyuan? Her tears after his death suggest she didn't hate him entirely despite claiming to do so.
- Tear Jerker: Due to the depth and development of the characters it's difficult not to feel sympathy for them when they suffer, yes even the villainous ones. The death of Consort Hua is especially sad when she realises how deeply the Emperor deceived her and kills herself out of grief.
- The death of Shen Meizhuang. Seeing Zhen Huan's reaction from shock, to sobbing is heartbreaking
- The Woobie: As she spends more time in the palace, Shen Meizhuang becomes this and before she becomes pregnant becomes an alcoholic.
YMMV / The Legend of Zhen Huan