* {{Anvilicious}}: The first two versions of ''Scum'' are very much this, though [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped not entirely without justification.]] To non Britons, it should be noted that the Borstal system was abolished in 1982. However, Archer seems to have essentially been designed to provide [[AuthorTract Author Tract]] and [[AuthorFilibuster Author Filibuster]]. ''Dog Pound'' isn't ''quite'' as Anvilicious.... at least until the very end, when the riot police show up.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A good chunk of the criticisms level toward ''Dog Pound'' were this (well, at least on [[{{GIFT}} IMDB]]; the actual critical consensus toward it was generally positive). Naturally, the rest of the criticism was [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks They Changed It, Now It Sucks]].
* JerkassWoobie: In ''Dog Pound'', Goodyear definitely seems to be this by the end.
* {{Squick}}: In ''Dog Pound'', The whole scene where Davis describes his [[BlatantLies encounter with his]] [[ParentalIncest mother]] will make most cringe (if they aren't busy [[CrowningMomentOfFunny laughing, that is]]). The fact that this is [[Series/{{Degrassi}} Spinner]], no doubt takes this [[UpToEleven up to 11]] for many viewers.
* TheWoobie: Davis. DEAR GOD '''''DAVIS'''''! Each version seems to delight in finding new ways to woobify him.