* AcceptableTargets: Politicians, creationists, manufactured pop music, advertising, "[[DeepSouth inbred hillbilly fucks]]" and ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking non-smokers]]'', to name but a few.
* CoveredUp: A lingering criticism of Creator/DenisLeary is that he stole some of his early material (mainly smoking/cancer related material and "good musicians die while sucky musicians don't") from Hicks.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Pretty much every time that Garth Ennis quoted or referenced Bill Hicks in the pages of ''{{Preacher}}'', as Ennis was fond of using Hicks' material to mock people Ennis didn't like, all the while ignoring the fact that Custer and Cassidy were the type of people Hicks routinely mocked in his stand-up.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** Most of his act, but none more so than when he brings out lolicon-loving, sex maniacal, AntiChrist wannabe 'Goatboy', or 'Beelzebozo, The Clown from Hell.'
** The Rush Limbaugh routine doesn't so much cross the line twice, as perpetually accelerate back and forth over the line in a giant circle. VulgarHumor doesn't even begin to cover the first line.
* FandomRivalry: With Creator/DenisLeary.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Jokes in 1988 about coming back around 1994 with a smoking-related illness, a tracheotomy and a voicebox: "Y'all were right, smoking's bad!"[[labelnote:For the curious]]Hicks died in February of 1994 of pancreatic cancer that, by the time it was discovered, had already metastasized to his liver. Smokers are more prone to various pancreatic cancers.[[/labelnote]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Hicks' rants about the first Persian Gulf War applied equally well to the second, right down to the name of the president. (Although the "tell me when, Lord" portion may be more a FunnyAneurysmMoment in the light of actual reports of W crediting his war motives to divine inspiration...)
** Hicks' material about how Billy Ray Cyrus [[MileyCyrus shouldn't be allowed to breed]].
** His bit on George Michael, back before he came out. One line in particular went, "If money had a dick, George Michael would be a flaming faggot." Well...
** His Music/RickAstley jokes are very applicable to Music/JustinBieber nowadays.
** In one bit, he talks about being so sick of a particular trend, he could puke blood. [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Why does that sound familiar?]]
* HypeBacklash: There's a show booked for the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival titled "Bill Hicks Wasn't Very Good". It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* MemeticMutation: While never a mainstream success, his effect on the stand-up comedy world is HUGE. His style is probably one of the most commonly sited as being imitated. To the point nearly every comedy club in America has graffitti in the green room saying "Stop Trying to be Hicks."
* MisaimedFandom: Hicks is quoted by just about every StrawNihilist on the Web.
* {{Squick}}: His Rush Limbaugh rant.

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