* {{Anvilicious}}: Let's just say Rowntree isn't a big fan of subtlety. See also AuthorTract and AuthorFilibuster.
** This is more true for the earlier Subnormality strips, such as [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page430.html "Mrs. Smith is a Nasty Piece of Work"]] and [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page433.html "The Atheist Apocalypse"]] (Winston had much fewer fans earlier on, had more of a bitter outlook, etc.) as well as Abnormality (Cracked opinion columns are generally written in a somewhat in-your-face style, and Winston rightly or wrongly perceived that he needed to appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator based on what he observed of the Cracked reader base). Newer strips tend to be more subtle, and in the comments section Winston seems to have adopted the policy of never outright dictating how readers should interpret any given strip.
* CriticalBacklash: In [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19728_4-superhero-reboots-well-see-next.html this comic]], Rowntree pokes fun at [[Comicbook/{{New52}} DC's latest reboot]]. The problem was, he also poked fun at Franchise/{{Batman}} on Website/{{Cracked}}.com, probably the biggest collection of [[FanCommunityNickname batfans]] on the internet. Coupled with Rowntree [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch clearly never reading a comic about any of the four characters in his article]], the comment section '''''really''''' let him have it.
* GeniusBonus: Applied fairly often, such as [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page430.html here]]. The "16th century Russian howitzer" is in fact the 1586-built [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Cannon Tsar Cannon]], and can still be found in present-day Moscow.
* GrowingTheBeard: [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page573.html Hallway]] which marked the first time PHG and Ethel met. The first real friendship developed by two different reoccurring characters, it represented a turn for a more continuity heavy, ensemble heavy, story telling that was more character based and a fair bit less cynical.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page434.html This strip]] was presumably made before ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' [[CreatorKiller ended up making]] Creator/MNightShyamalan an AcceptableTarget.
* JerkSue: The Sphinx.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Subnormality}} Has its own page]].
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[http://www.isitfunnytoday.com/view.php?id=74094 "Dual"]] which attempts to portray those who criticize PHG's friendship with the Sphinx as small minded with the strip mockingly invoking Godwin's Law using Hitler's secretary as an example. However, the previous strip [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page474.html "The Line"]] had argued forcefully using Hitler's secretary that ignoring the horrible things people do around you was wrong, seriously undermining the easy dismissal of the problems of being friends with someone who eats humans.
* UglyCute: Most of the monsters Rowntree draws. Just look at some of them in [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page528.html this strip]] without going "D'aaaw" at some point.
* TheWoobie: Most of the characters who have appeared more than twice. [[JerkassWoobie Yes, even the Sphinx.]]
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