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* ActorShipping: Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel have been getting this recently.
* CrazyAwesome: Jess talked a man with a gun into not only not shooting her, but giving up the parking space he was trying to steal, by being kind and apologetic. She later did herself one better by scaring off a coyote by getting on all fours and howling.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny:
** Winston's flip-out with the napkins.
** SHE SENT ME A CACTUS!
** Nick Miller's love of "Cotton Eye Joe" and the fact he was fist pumping to it without even realizing.
* EarWorm: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mrxye-LKy0 opening theme]].
* FanPreferredCouple: Nick/Jess.
** Fortunately for said fans, they would also appear to be the OfficialCouple.
** Schmidt/Elizabeth seems to rival, if not surpass, Schmidt/Cece in popularity.
* FridgeBrilliance: It's possible that Nick's still got law school debt hanging over him and that's why, despite bartending tips, he's so desperately short on and overly cautious about money.
* GeniusBonus: Winston thinking Crispin Glover was the first person to die in the Boston Massacre is funny. However, knowing that the name Winston meant to say was Crispus Attucks makes it hilarious.
* GrowingTheBeard: General consensus is that season 2 is when the show transformed from "The ZooeyDeschanel Show" to a true ensemble with great chemistry from the main cast.
* HarsherInHindsight: Dennis Farina appeared as Nick's con-man dad only to die from a heart attack in a later episode. Farina would die later that year from a pulmonary embolism.
* HollywoodPudgy: Schmidt constantly calls Nick fat. Possibly justified since Schmidt was FormerlyFat and thus more critical of Nick. Other characters comment on Nick's weight a few times, which is less justifiable.
* HoYay: There's a one-sided element of this to Nick and Schmidt's friendship, much to Nick's dismay.
** Schmidt's jealousy at being the only one in the group to have not seen Nick's penis.
--> '''Schmidt''': Wait, Nick's going to show his penis to the ocean and not ''me''! *''runs after him''*
** Also, there's those times when Nick accidentally says borderline-romantic things to childhood friend Winston and then scrambles to correct himself.
*** In response, Winston is pretty defensive of Nick's attractiveness.
** Nick can get weirdly over-invested in some of Jess' love interests. (Unlike her, his feelings for Russell have not diminished over time.)
--> '''Nick''': Ah, the only man we both loved.
** Two words: lap dance (two more words: eye contact). Nick reached a new level of dismay at this point.
** Schmidt and Robby. Schmidt even called them "married."
* IdiotPlot: Jess and Winston's "methheads stole Schmidt's suits" cover-up. Yes, the audience is ''supposed'' to look at them like they're insane.
* JerkassWoobie: Schmidt is an insufferably pompous windbag with delusions of grandeur, whose very presence summons memories of Ted Baxter and who is frequently insensitive, cruel and overly controlling of his friends. But he is on the receiving end of a lot of abuse at work due to being the only male, he seems incapable of forming meaningful relationships, his childhood was very unhappy (His mother was also a control freak and an oblivious Alcoholic), he spent much of his life being teased due to his weight (Which came about due to his unhappy homelife) and he is overall an enormous bundle of neuroses and compulsions barely keeping himself together.
* LesYay: While it can be explained as them being best friends since childhood, Cece really is very protective and caring of Jess.
** In Cabin, with Jess and Angie as the latter tries to teach the former to shoot a gun. Nick comments that his nightmare and fantasy are colliding.
* MagnificentBastard: Between the key fake-out and the coyote face-off, Jess in See Ya.
** In First Date, she reveals that she hides her extra phone chargers because she enjoys watching Schmidt and Winston fight over the loft's communal charger.
* {{Moe}}: Jess, because of her appearance, big-hearted naivete, and the tendency she compels in people to take care of her (even if she doesn't always need it).
* NightmareFuel: Nick getting beaten by Halloween haunted house employees after accidentally punching Jess.
* PortmanteauCoupleName:
** Nick/Jess is already being called Ness and/or Nessie. Jick doesn't quite sound right.
** Schmess for Schmidt/Jess.
** Schmece (Schmidt/Cece)
* {{Shipping}}:
** If {{Tumblr}} is anything to go by, there is already a small fandom of people who ship Nick/Jess and a handful for Jess/Schmidt.
** And as of the third episode, Jess/Winston.
** And recently Cece/Schmidt.
** And the obvious LesYay pairing of Cece/Jess.
** There's some Nick/Schmidt going on too.
* ShipMates: Nick/Jess and Cece/Schmidt.
* TearJerker: The episode "Injured" became this as it showed just how broken and unhappy Nick truly is and how much he regrets many of his life decisions.
** The ending of Backslide...
** The ending of First Date (before the tag with the singing homeless man, though that could be called a tearjerker for different reasons), because of all that wasted effort that left them barely able to talk to each other.
** The restaurant confrontation in Double Date.
* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: Subverted, but this series was accused of being a copy of ''Series/MyBoys''; this show, however, is considerably a bigger success.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Jess and Paul, her first boyfriend on the show, have sex in an elevator. [[spoiler: Nick [[BridalCarry carries]] Jess out of the elevator to his room for sex.]]
* TheWoobie:
** Jess.
** Alternately -- or additionally -- Nick.
*** Nick is getting there more and more. He is stuck in a low paying job, his best friend is an egotistical douchebag who constantly judges him, he has such a poor credit history he can't even buy a phone, his relationships never seem to work out, he is extremely fragile emotionally, he has many dreams and ambitions he never fulfilled because he lacked confidence and he is filled with regret and self-loathing about his life. Then the writers made him think he had cancer. Which only became apparent through a severe back injury he had to go to a gynecologist for because he can't afford health insurance. To make matters worse, Nick is already incredibly cynical, not having the luxury of Jess' rose-tinted glasses.
**** Yeah, Jess got past her break-up angst (a lot more quickly and cleanly than Nick got past his) and has since been basically replaced by Nick as the designated woobie.
** Cece has become one in season three due to Schmidt's infidelity. Crowning example is the episode before when she attends Schmidt's office party only to be lied to and forced to hide in the office. She knows that he is up to something bad but can't bring herself to admit it. Let's just say that Hannah Simone has gotten ''very'' good at making emotional pain register.
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