* CrossesTheLineTwice: If it were a simple death, then these people would be tragedies. Because they are complicated and/or stupid deaths, some of which were the result of the victim's cruel actions or abuse of others, they are black comedies.
* HilariousInHindsight: The story about the man who lost his reproductive capacity due to an attempt to shag a porcupine is much funnier to those who've read the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and are familiar with a certain song from it, first printed before the Darwin Award story. ''The hedgehog can never be buggered at all.''
* SignatureScene: The famous JATO story (about a guy who supposedly strapped a jet engine to his car, with predictable results), which is without a doubt the most famous Darwin Award of all time. Even after it was proven to be an [[UrbanLegend urban myth]], it's still beloved and the JATO guy is considered by some to be an unofficial mascot for the Awards.
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