* AcceptableTargets: Hippies, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, [[PoliceAreUseless the police]], apartheid, the privileged... virtually everyone is ripe for scrutiny on this show.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The show just loves these. Doesn't matter what episode you pick, there will be one in there. For example, 'Summer Holiday' has a pair of ants discussing the idea that humans can build bridges, and asking [[MakesSenseInContext how they can get them into the disco.]] Another moment has a garden gnome coming to life, saying that it wasn't a gnome just called, but [[spoiler: a hippie.]] In some ways, this show ''is'' one long B.L.A.M.
* CrossesTheLineTwice - Vyvyan's AmusingInjuries and violent exploits, 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.
--> ''' Rick:''' Ha! Missed ''both'' my legs!
** 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 Rick 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, due to his fairly explosive nature and vivid appearance.
** 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 Creator/OscarWilde!" Oscar Wilde named the younger of his two sons Vyvyan. Yes, that same spelling.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Rick is dead! The People's Poet is dead!" Depressing after Creator/RikMayall's death.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: While it's not a home that's become a shrine to Creator/RikMayall, an area in Hammersmith, London which has been used to film {{Series/Bottom}} has become a shrine for Mayall, with people leaving memorials for The Peoples' Poet, and having him be celebrated for his work in both The Young Ones AND Bottom.
* HilariousInHindsight: While Neil was intended to be a hippy, nowadays he feels like a prediction of the [[EmoTeen emo]] subculture.
** In "Boring", Billy Balowksi impersonates a Dalek. Alexi Sayle would later guest star in [[DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks Revelation of the Daleks]].
* MisaimedFandom: According to Ed Bye, the series was popular with the police, a fact which upset Creator/RikMayall greatly.
* 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 Vyvyan’s perfect bird (when he's not being [[FoeYay shipped with Rick]]).
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** A very young Creator/StephenFry, Creator/HughLaurie, Creator/EmmaThompson and Creator/BenElton as the UpperClassTwit team in "Bambi". Elton also appeared in the pilot episode as the host of ''Nozin' Aroun'''.
** [[Creator/MontyPython Terry Jones]] as the drunk vicar in the episode "Nasty".
** Hale & Pace as the grave-diggers.
** Creator/LennyHenry as the fascist postman in the last episode, "Summer Holiday".
** [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer Saunders]] as Helen Mucus ("Time") and again in "Interesting" as Sue, and [[Series/TheVicarOfDibley Dawn French]] as the Easter Bunny, the Christian who barges into the house before getting squashed by a giant sandwich and Satan.
** [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou Paul Merton]] makes a very brief appearance as a yokel in "Time".
** [[{{Series/Cracker}} Rob]][[Film/JamesBond bie]] [[Film/HarryPotter Coltrane]] as a bouncer in the second episode, "Oil", and a Victorian scientist in "Bambi".
*** He's also the pirate Captain Blood, in "Time".
** Tony Robinson (Baldrick from ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'') as Dr [[Series/NotTheNineOClockNews Not-the-nine-o-clock-news]].
** From that show we have [[Series/AlasSmithAndJones Griff Rhys Jones alongside Mel Smith]] as 'Bambi' Gascogine and the front-desk guard respectively.
** Norman Lovett (the first Holly in ''Series/RedDwarf'') owned the penny arcade across the road. Chris Barrie appeared as a Napoleonic sailor in an animated painting.
** The list goes on. It was chock-full of cameos, all of which are listed in the end credits of the last episode.
*** In fairness very few of them were cameos as such because with a few exceptions (Creator/TerryJones, Smith and Jones, Lenny Henry) all of the extras/one-shot characters were then-unknown fellow comedians from the London alternative comedy scene, in particular the Comedy Store. It says something for the ridiculous fertility of that late-70s early-80s scene that it germinated so many television and film careers that in retrospect this has one of the most ridiculously [[AllStarCast star studded-casts]] in television history.
* 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.
* {{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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