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  • Complete Monster: Rhadamanth Nemes, in all senses of the phrase. Albedo might be even worse.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Colonel Kassad lives and breathes this. Single combat with the Shrike.
    • Oh, but don't forget the one Raul Endymion gets in the fourth book. Single combat with Nemes - a creature nearly as powerful as the Shrike. And he won! And Raul didn't even have nifty future armor.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Martin Silenus' story.
    • Really, anytime the story focuses on him.
      • Except when he's on the Shrike's tree.
  • Even Better Sequel: The three other books in the Hyperion quadtrilogy - Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion are regarded by some readers as even better than the original novel.
    • On the other hand, some consider the second pair to be substantially inferior to the first two.
  • Genius Bonus: The series is littered with literary references, from overt to subtle.
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Shrike itself
    • The Archangel ships
    • The tale of Father Hoyt/Father Duré
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Since Moneta is revealed to be future Rachel, this means that Kassad was telling Sol about all the times he had sex with Sol's daughter in his tale.
  • Jerkass: Silenus is definitely seen as one throughout much of the first two books, with some of his fellow pilgrams assaulting and threatening to kill him due to his behavior.
  • Tear Jerker: Sol Weintraub's story, definitely. Aenea's death as well.
    • Merin's conversation with the dolphins

 Dolphin: Miss Shark/Miss Shark/Miss Shark/Miss Shark/Shark/Shark/Shark

    • The last fifty pages of The Rise of Endymion count too, but then the tears are mainly tears of happiness.
  • Sci Fi Ghetto: The whole series is based on poems by John Keats. It's still genre fiction, though.
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