* ActorAllusion: Towards Avatar, Angel and various other things other people did.
** The Vegas episode combines Boreanaz's role of Angel (who also spent time in Vegas) with a role Angel himself played as vampire stuck in the fifties, rat-pack style. Booth spikes his hair up, dons greaser clothes and suspenders, faking a Bronx accent outta ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
** Booth, like Angel before him, feels that he has to atone for the lives he's taken as a sniper. And they both play detective style roles.
** Joel Moore [[CelebrityParadox played a major character in]] {{Film/Avatar}}, and one episode has Fisher and his nerd pals camping outside for the premiere.
* ActorSharedBackground: Pelant went to Stanford University and got a degree in Computer Science, just like his actor, Andrew Leeds.
* AscendedFanon: "Squintern" was a fan term referring to Brennan's six ever-rotating interns. The cast and crew have recently adopted it.
* DawsonCasting: Zack is supposed to be the youngest member of the team by a significant margin; in fact Eric Millegan is the third oldest member of the cast after David Boreanaz and Tamara Taylor.
** Daisy is around the same age as Sweets, but Carla Gallo is ''[[OlderThanTheyLook ten years]]'' older than John Francis Daley. She's actually older (by a year) than Emily Deschanel, too.
* FanCommunityNickname: {{Fox}} recently started referring to fans of the show as Squinterns.
* FanNickname:
** The official forum is "The Boneyard".
** The rotating squints are "The Squinterns".
** "Baby Duck" for Sweets, and "The Duck Family" for him, Booth, and Brennan as TrueCompanions.
* GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld: A rather positive example of this trope. Seasons 1-9 were handled by series creator Hart Hanson. For Season 10, Hanson stepped down and passed on his showrunner duties to Stephen Nathan, who'd been in the series since the beginning. Jonathan Collier and [[PromotedFanboy Michael Peterson]], two writers/producers who began working on the show around 2009-2012, took over as showrunners for Seasons 11 and 12.
* McLeaned: A rather harsh example with [[spoiler: the death of Sweets; John Francis Daley (whose writing and directing career was picking up steam)]] [[http://tvline.com/2014/10/02/john-francis-daley-interview-bones-why-did-he-leave-sweets/ requested]] a four-month leave to direct a movie with full intention of returning to the show once it was completed. Showrunner Stephen Nathan instead opted to brutally kill his character in the season premiere, feeling it would be better for him to dramatically die, instead of vanishing for half a season. Many fans were not happy with this decision.
* TheOtherDarrin: Thomas Vega, the kidnap expert who'd been following the steps of The Gravedigger, was portrayed by a different actor in each of his two appearances, in ''Aliens in a Spaceship'' and ''The Hero in the Hold''.
* RecycledScript: The Season 8 episode ''The Pathos in the Pathogens'' is remarkably similar to the ''Series/{{House}}'' Season 2 two-parter ''Euphoria''. Both episodes have a team member contract an illness from the infected victim/patient of the week, and the rest of the team rushing to find out what the illness is (and catch the murderer to get the antidote, in the case of ''Bones'') before it's too late.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: A light example of this. Even in its early years, the show never had a consistent time slot, and constantly switched around. It even briefly ended up in the FridayNightDeathSlot in mid-Season 9, (rightfully) raising concerns that FOX, being FOX, had fallen out of love with the show and would screw it over eventually. By Season 10, FOX more or less forgot that the show even existed, giving it less promotion and renewing it for an 11th season at the last second.
** Ultimately (and thankfully) subverted, since the FOX execs seemed to have a soft spot for the show, and decided to give it a mercy kill: allowing the showrunners to write a half-length FinaleSeason to give it a proper sendoff.