* MoralEventHorizon: Jaapie crosses it as a teenager when he kills Peekay's chicken, and tries to do the same to Peekay, [[spoiler:foreshadowing what kind of [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp person he will grow up to be]]]].
* TheWoobie: Peekay.
** IronWoobie: Peekay takes massive amounts of abuse at the hands of Jaapie and his crew, but refuses to cry, infuriating them further.

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