- Complete Monster: Zoran Lazarević is a war criminal responsible for mass murder and torture across the globe, and is working to find Shambhala throughout the game. Invading a Nepalese city currently engulfed in a civil war, Lazarević begins tearing the city apart and killing anyone in his way while looking for clues to Shambhala's location. Lazarević introduces himself to Nathan Drake by killing one of his wounded friends, then trying to do the same to him. Pursued by Drake into the mountains of Nepal, Lazarević leads an attack on a defenseless village in an effort to kill him, murdering numerous innocents in the process. Shooting one of his own soldiers after Nate tried to use the man as a hostage, Lazarević takes Drake's love interests as hostages to force him to find a way into Shambhala, where Zoran plans to use its power to make him and his army invincible, then Take Over the World. When beaten, Lazarević tries to force Drake to kill him and embrace his merciless outlook on the world. Viewing leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Genghis Khan, and Pol Pot as "great men," Zoran Lazarević made his mark as the most evil villain Nathan Drake ever encountered.
- Ending Fatigue: The final act of Among Thieves tends to drag. For the last 4-5 chapters, the plot grinds on at an absolutely glacial pace, with the characters making only minimal progress in each one.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Tenzin seems to have quite a fan following, despite most players not speaking Tibetan, even after he first appeared in the second multiplayer beta. It may be because one of his first acts is a Moment of Awesome — stabbing the shit out of a suited Guardian with a massive kukri just before it bitch-slaps the life out of you. Or perhaps his awesome hat.
- Even Better Sequel: Among Thieves improves on all the good points of its predecessor, and fixes most or all of its problems. It ended up winning more than twenty-five Game of the Year awards.
- Harsher in Hindsight: At the end of the game, Lazarevic tries to convince Nate that the two of them are Not So Different. Three years later, Nolan North voiced the main character of another game, the whole purpose of which was to make such accusations more difficult to shrug off, especially for the player.
- Love to Hate: Zoran Lazarevic and Harry Flynn are two of the most popular villains in the series, Lazarevic for being a straight up terrifying, psychotic and hammy badass, and Flynn for being a great Foil for Nate.
- Signature Scene: Nate hanging from a train at the top of the Himalayas. The scene is used in the game's cover, twice in the main game (the first being the prologue) and was brought up in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Sam Drake
- That One Boss: Lt. Draza. He has tough-as-hell body armor, and needs to be finished off with a melee QTE, in addition to his small fighting space.
- That One Level:
- "Desperate Times" has a moment where Nate and Chloe are up against several soldiers and a helicopter. At one point, the player just jump out of a building that is falling while dealing with several foes who can potentially one-hit kill Nate.
- "Broken Paraside", the penultimate chapter of the game is ridiculously tough, being filled with gunfights with heavy-armored mooks, snipers, grenade launchers, minigunners, and the Shangri-la guardians, sometimes all at once. Quite possibly the worst segment is a moment where Drake, Elena and Chloe are treading a waterway and are immediately attacked by regular mooks, 5 armored troops at once, 2 snipers, and 2 more with grenade launchers, it comes shortly after a segment with you fighting several troops and guardians which will likely have left you low on ammo, and there's next to no cover in the whole section. There's the reason the overpowered crossbow is often available during this chapter - you're going to need it.
- Woolseyism: Nate's "In Like Flynn" joke is pretty exclusive to English, so it gets changed for the dubs. For instance, in French, Nate makes a pun about "On lâche rien", the official song of the French Communist Party.
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