* {{Anvilicious}}: Pushes this from time to time, as a number of arcs tend to end in a character getting a lecture about how stupid they are (or how wrong they are for their views or stance on the issue at hand).
* CompleteMonster: Avogadro Pompey stands out as a CompleteMonster even compared to the JerkAss cast of : he kept Pepito as a sex slave, psychologically and physically abused his nephew, and set Kharisma up to take the rap for a murder (his own, as a matter of fact) which she didn't commit.
* DesignatedMonkey: Possibly related to the DoubleStandard. Mike was treated like crap by the main cast for the longest time, but he never engaged in their ComedicSociopathy.
* DieForOurShip: [[WordOfGod According to Randy]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGpYqXbTGH0 this video]], Vanessa's introduction was delayed for four years in order to minimize this. She was initially supposed to be brought in later that year after Davan's [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy break-up with Branwen]]. She was very popular with the fans, and he didn't want them comparing them unfavourably.
* FanPreferredCouple: Davan and [=PeeJee=]. Devoted to each other, a obviously much better relationship than most of his girlfriends and her boyfriends (both of which are usually crazy or cheating or both) but they stop at PlatonicLifePartners. Milholland gets a lot of mail asking if Davan and [=PeeJee=] are going to hook up, so he did a Q&A strip saying no, the woman whom [=PeeJee=] is based on asked him not to, and he doesn't see it working, which means more than any amount of "They're meant to be!" emails. Of course, this isn't helped by the amount of ShipTease Randy puts into the comic to begin with, which he's admitted to putting in [[TrollingCreator to mess with people]].
* FridgeBrilliance: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01102008.shtml Avagadro complaining about]] the ''[[NightmareFetishist lack]]'' of specific torments in hell is meant to showcase his CompleteMonster and DepravedBisexual status. But then again, the fact that he ''wants'' these torments (as indicated by the apparent erection he gets when describing them in the 3rd panel), and then being ''denied'' them, is Hell's way of inflicting torment upon him!
* HarsherInHindsight- [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02012007.shtml This one]] is a little chilling to read in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks.
* HollywoodHomely: Despite looking pretty average when compared to the rest of the cast, people treat Davan as if he is one of the most disgusting, grotesque person in all of human creation. One girl actually started screaming in fear when she saw him for the first time. Granted, said woman was Kharisma and the jokes about Davan's appearance disappeared after the first few years.
* HoYay: A number of fans saw this between Davan and Jason. [[WordOfGod A filler comic]] [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp07062009.shtml confirms]] that it's [[YaoiFangirl just wishful thinking on the slashers' parts.]]
* JerkSue: A resultant of reaction between SliceOfLife and supersaturated ComedicSociopathy solution. The only question is "who?", with Davan and Aubrey being main candidates, or even the whole core cast, especially when they work together. Milholland admits that they should really all be in jail.
* MagnificentBastard: Randy himself. If you're going to send Randy flame emails, make sure that googling your email address doesn't lead to your phone number/address/embarrassing information about you. This is partly on the YMMV page because this makes him either a Magnificent Bastard or just a [[DisproportionateRetribution petty]] {{Jerkass}} depending on how big a fan of his you are.
** "Damn you Milholland!" is the fandom's catchphrase for the ability to contrast the ComedicSociopathy and BlackComedy with the occasional heartwrenching story climax.
** In-story, Fluffmodeous is starting to [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04272010.shtml shape up like one]]. Imaginary, perhaps, but still terrifying.
* NightmareFuel:
** The bloodthirsty rampaging {{catgirl}}s of "Kawaii of the Damned".
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08032009.shtml Jason's chihuahua nightmare]], also suffered by the author.
*** Naturally, his wife proves to be a NightmareFetishist in that regard.
** Even though Fluffmodeus is usually cute, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06022010.shtml he turns it up to 11]] for his "New Friend".
** In-universe, watching Choo-Choo eat.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01112013.shtml "I don't think I'm supposed to be here."]] [[TheDeadHaveEyes Ga]][[AvertedTrope h.]]
** [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02132014.shtml The fate of Mrs. Willow]], Kharisma's employer after her escape from Gregory.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** [[{{Munchkin}} Mike]], a whiny, misogynistic jerk [[NeverMyFault who blamed everyone else for his failures]]. Slowly, he realised that everyone thought he was a asshole, and that they were right and started to change. Even with some backsliding, he was trying to do the right thing and became much more sympathetic.
** [[BrainlessBeauty Kharisma]], a dimwitted RichBitch who lost the money and kept the attitude, entirely self-centred and hated the ugly "little people". Then she scarred her face, went to prison, faced being killed there, was broken out and now leads an off-the-grid semi-criminal life that has knocked the attitude out of her and also made her a sympathetic character. According to Randy: "I have to say I'm surprised by how many people actually look forward to Kharisma strips and more stunned it's not to see her suffer."
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Yes, sometimes Milholland ladles it on with a trowel, but a number of times it's entirely justified.
** The Hell House arc [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10192006.shtml as explained here.]]
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03252005.shtml Faye's excoriation of the Reverend for selling out.]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes: {{Lampshaded}} in the tag to the [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02232010b.shtml "Lizard Happy"]] strip (A reaction from someone who knows the author): "Stop trying to give your readers diabetes".
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01272006.shtml How Milholland revealed that Faye had died]] -- after having Fred wemble all day the day before about telling her he has Alzheimer's and [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01262006.shtml spend a great day with her]]]].
** Monette calling home in tears and [[spoiler: Fred not realizing it's his adopted daughter because of the Alzheimer's]].
** Faye and Fred seem to have a lot of these moments... such as [[spoiler: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04222007.shtml Fred confusing PeeJee for Faye after a roleplaying session]]]], or the end of the [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10192006.shtml 'Hell House']] and 'Easter carnival' storylines, or [[spoiler: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01092008.shtml Faye waiting outside the pearly gates]]]]. Right at the end of [[spoiler: Faye's funeral, Fred closes her coffin after telling her "Wait for me, Faye. It won't be long now."]]
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06292011.shtml "I want you to have a lot of good memories about me..."]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: There are a ''lot'' of side characters in the strip, and a lot of them have these very interesting little bits of history to them, and have complicated private lives. Many of these situations are only explained in InfoDump exposition instead of shown, and thus we miss out on some very good bits. Of particular note are the mess that Davan's ex Eva's lift turned into (repeatedly getting back together with an abusive boyfriend while her ex-fiancee chases after her), and his other ex Celie and their weird history (she dumped him once he was no longer "useful to her", and spent their last days setting up her next relationship, then left Monette with an apartment lease and bailed on everyone, only to reappear in a few mini-arcs to interact with the cast).
* WhatAnIdiot: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp08012013.shtml Brad.]]