* BigLippedAlligatorMoment (The show just loves these)
** Arguably, this show ''is'' one long B.L.A.M.
* CrossesTheLineTwice - Vyvyan, several times over:
** Loses his head after sticking it out of a train window. He later has an altercation with his headless body after it comes to find him.
** This trope is essentially what makes the cricket bat scene funny.
*** Vyvyan's "row of collies" ''tries'' for this, but doesn't impress Mike.
** Going outside and pushing the entire left wall of the house inwards by several feet in a fit of frustration after finding out that the VCR's cord is too short to reach the plug (and then smashing the window to get back inside).
** Mike hitting a golf ball into the toilet while Neil's sitting on it, and Rik inadvertently catching it after he throws it back.
*** That....wasn't the ball he caught....
* DracoInLeatherPants: Vyvyan often gets this treatment in [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=the%20young%20ones&order=9&offset=120#/d25mctc the existing fandom.]] As far as fanfiction goes, expanding on his hinted DarkAndTroubledPast is a popular focus.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Vyvyan is often what people remember most about this show.
** Among Alexei Sayle's various roles, the South African Driving Instructor Vampire (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Harry the Bastard]]) for not only being funny in his own right, but also central to the episode's storyline.
* FoeYay: ''Ob''viously, Rick and Vyvyan.
--> '''Rick:''' Oh, so you've been going through my Y-fronts have you, Vyvyan? I suppose you fancy me, is that it?
--> '''Vyvyan:''' (pause) ''Yes!'' As a matter of fact I do, Rick. I ''really really'' fancy you, and I want to give you a big girly kiss on the bottom!
--> '''Rick:''' Urgh, Mike, Vyvyan's gone all funny! He says he wants to kiss my bottom!
--> '''Vyvyan:''' Oh! Did I say kiss you on the bottom? I'm very sorry, what I meant was, ''stick a pickaxe through your spinal column!!''
** In the ''Bachelor Boys'' book, Rick writes a [[StylisticSuck spy story]] in which he emphasises that the hot air hostess who wants to shag him is "a ''real'' girly, don't forget, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not Vyvyan in a dress]]."
** Not as blatant as Rick and Vyvyan, but there's some FoeYay with Rick and Neil, particularly the way Rick seems to have NoSenseOfPersonalSpace with Neil at all.
* GeniusBonus: In "Nasty", Vyvyan threatens to kill Rick, to which Rick sarcastically responds "What ''devastating'' repartee! Talk about OscarWilde!" Oscar Wilde named the younger of his two sons Vyvyan. Yes, that same spelling.
* HilariousInHindsight: While Neil was intended to be a hippy, nowadays he feels like a prediction of the [[EmoTeen emo]] subculture.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaiSIhE24i4 Yes, really.]] A game appeared in 1984 that was boring and [[GuideDangIt unintuitive]] to say the least. Being an {{Unwinnable}} ObviousBeta didn't help.
* RelationshipSue: Related to DracoInLeatherPants above. Many, many female [=OCs=] in ''[[TheYoungOnes Young Ones]]'' fanfiction exist solely to be Vyvyanís perfect bird (when he's not being [[FoeYay shipped with Rick]]).
* TheScrappy: Mike isn't anywhere near as popular as Rick, Vyvyan, or Neil, but Alexei Sayle's various roles appear to be most disliked, possibly because of how they [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment come out of nowhere]] and [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent proceed to interrupt]] the episode for several minutes. It's telling that "Bambi" is considered to be the funniest episode and has Sayle's role shorter than usual. Rick is probably this in-universe, as well as Neil to some extent.
* TearJerker: Surprisingly, the very end of the series where the bus they stole crashes and explodes. The ending credits have everyone who was in the series listed in alphabetical order, and not by what they contributed, which seemed kind of heartwarming and out of place at the same time. The sad "doo-wop" music also contributed.
* {{Wangst}}: Parodied.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs
* TheWoobie: He might be whiny and a bit dim, but it's easy to feel bad for Neil, especially when the other lads react with utter indifference when he tells them it's his birthday.
** JerkassWoobie: A case can be made for Vyvyan. His mother treats him like shit and he doesn't have a dad.
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