* AcceptableTargets: Homophobes. Very hilariously as well.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** One comment on Youtube suggests [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda The Adventures of Lunk]] skit represents the reaction when you play an RPG for hours on end, Die, then realize your save was hours ago, and have to replay everything.
** In the animated short "Last Words", is the son a trans man, does his Mother have alzheimer, or is she just a troll?
** In "Book Report": was it a man-turned-spider leading the man to hit the keyboard with his rolled up newspaper to deliver the message (''Don't hurt me. I was once a man''), and the whispering newspaper was purely, creepily coincidental? Or was the ''spider'' the coincidence, and was the whispering magazine that hit the keys the one who was once a man?
* {{Anvilicious}}: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2169/ This strip]] manages to be that and the usual horrible C&H wrongness at the same time. Turns out the real monster is bad parenting.
%%** And [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2012/ this one]].
%%** And [[GayAesop this]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3224/ one]].
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Even though this is a gag-a-day comic, the series of strips starting with [[http://explosm.net/comics/511/ here]] and ending [[http://explosm.net/comics/516/ here]] surely count. They're nonsensical even by the standards of the comic, the [[ArtShift art]] and [[DadaComics humor]] are very out of place, and they are never revisited afterwards.
* BrokenBase:
** The Depressing Comic Weeks. Are they a nice change of pace, or do they not belong in an otherwise humorous and goofy webcomic?
** Season Too requiring a paid subscription to Seeso hasn't sat well with some fans, while others see it as Explosm deserving to make money off the series.
** Joking Hazard, Explosm's attempt at making a card game. Some thought it was great. Others thought it was a cheap knockoff of Cards Against Humanity and that the requested Kickstarter amount was ludicrous for such a game.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In "Rudy It's a Bitch Ass Life", Rudy's gravestone reveals that he was born in 1950, yet he's able to attend a desegregated Kindergarten [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory with no apparent problems at all.]]
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Almost the entire premise of the strip. [[http://explosm.net/comics/3682/ This]] is probably the finest example though.
* DiscreditedMeme: Did you hurt my dick?
* EarWorm:
** The music used for the ending credits on the animated shorts.
** The theme in Junk Mail.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Two big ones: Zombie Jesus, and the Purple-Shirted Eye stabber. The Conga Man is a good contender too.
** And now the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPY6lAX9RvM Barbershop]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrsdD2LTWUE Quartet!]]
** El Reverso has become one in the show.
** Star-Spangled Bastard qualifies as well.
%%* FridgeHorror: [[http://explosm.net/comics/3646/ This.]] [[http://explosm.net/comics/306/ And this.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The strip is evidently quite popular in Japan.
* GrowingTheBeard: The Depressing Comic Week strips started out as rather weak, mostly ruined by {{Wangst}} or the simplistic artstyle. Around week 3 was where the characters started to show a wider variety of facial expressions and the writers improved with timing.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** They released [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3010/ a comic]] featuring a school shooting about a week before the Sandy Hook, Connecticut shooting.
** TheStinger to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zClca05WJ48 Baby Factory]], in which an alligator tries to pass himself off as a stork ([[PaperThinDisguise albeit with a very poor disguise]]) so he could eat one of the babies, can be a little awkward to watch after an [[http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-gator-attack-disney-world-20160822-snap-story.html incident in Disney World where a 2-year-old boy was snatched and eventually killed by an alligator around mid-July]].
%%* HoYay: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1546/ here]].
%%* MagnificentBastard: The dad in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRBknYAaEOo this short]].
* MemeticMutation: [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/conga CONGA]]!
** The clip of the king clapping in Episode 11 of the show has become fairly popular, to the point of him becoming Explosm's favicon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=s2NQCzJuFH8&x-yt-cl=84503534 Someone even made a 1-hour version of it!]]
** "Fucking soul-sucking bitch" from "The Punishment" has been commented in every video thereafter.
* {{Narm}}: [[http://explosm.net/comics/2017/ This]] strip from a Depressing Comic Week would have been a lot more effective at being, well, depressing, had there been no dialogue in the last panel, which instead comes off as {{Wangst}}.
* NauseaFuel: The plate of [[spoiler:dicks]] in "Le Telepathé". The Website/YouTube version has it blurred out, but those watching it on Vessel aren't so lucky.
%%** [[http://explosm.net/comics/3156/ C'mon Man!]]
%%** Also, [[http://explosm.net/comics/3965/ this.]] WHAT THE FUCK?
%%** [[http://explosm.net/comics/4349/ Grafting taste buds onto your asshole so you can eat your own poo.]]
%%* {{Squick}}
* {{Tear Jerker}}: Waiting for the Bus is pretty emotional.
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: During the ''[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1005/ Drug Experimentation Week]]'', where all the stickmen were under the influence of a different drug on each strip.
* WhatAnIdiot: Let's not dance around the issue, the [[http://explosm.net/show/episode/34/waiting-for-the-bus 50-mile-an-hour Man]] should have known he couldn't keep up in a 150 mile-an-hour race
* TheWoobie:
** Charles' girlfriend as well as everyone in the Depressing Comics series.
** Sad Larry. He so ''badly'' wants to die...