- Jerkass Woobie:
- Shendu. Though he genuinely loves Valerie, his selfish and power-hungry nature prevents him from gaining her fully. He eventually reveals that his mother Tiamat birthed him and his siblings for Typhon in order to gain revenge against the humanity for the death of her first mate and Other Apsu. After the Demon Sorcerers wrought havoc on her behalf, she hid herself out of shame and cut off all communication with her children. When Tiamat starts awakening, Shendu sets out to find her, not for power for once, but to gain answers from the mother who abandoned him.
- Drago. He endured in his own time a tough life which included losing his mother Valerie at the age of ten and not meeting his father Shendu until he was seventeen years old. Nothing he ever did could please Shendu, and now he has mixed feelings about interacting with the mother who hasn't birthed him yet and is working with his enemies. His goal to take over the world with the power of his uncles and aunts' chis is his way to prove something.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- The canon example of Valmont ordering his loyal right hand Tohru to fight an obviously futile battle against the restored Shendu — even when Valerie pleads him not to — and showing no remorse for Tohru's apparent death.
- After being depowered, Daolon Wong shoots Valerie to get even with Shendu. He first crossed blades with her only several hours earlier, yet the information of her being Shendu's bride is enough for him to try and kill her.
- Nausea Fuel: The Cruel and Unusual Death inflicted by Shendu on Daolon Wong in the sequel.
- The Woobie: Valerie. She lost her beloved father not long before the start of The Ultimate Evil, and she's on strained relations with her mother. She's pulled into the Chans' adventures and becomes a target of a demon's infatuation. Eventually she can't help but feel some compassion toward Shendu, which places her in an internal conflict in regards to her morality and loyalties toward the Chans. In the sequel, meeting her troubled and villainous son from the future as well as learning that she possibly turned her back on the Chans in favor of Shendu increases the conflict further.
YMMV / The Ultimate Evil