* [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Embarrassing Middle Name]]: Ruggles.
* EpilepticTrees: It was once rumored that Pynchon and fellow reclusive author Creator/JDSalinger were the same person; the rumor is less popular now that the latter has passed away.
* GeniusBonus[=/=]ViewersAreGeniuses: One or the other, depending on the work; whichever it is, he's probably the ''king'' of the trope in question.
* MemeticMutation: The Trystero sign from ''Lot 49'', as well as the [[FunWithAcronyms fun he has with acronyms]]:
-->''W''e ''A''wait ''S''ilent ''T''rystero's ''E''mpire\\
''D''on't ''E''ver ''A''ntagonize ''T''he ''H''orn
** Music/{{Radiohead}} adopted W.A.S.T.E. as the name of their fan club and online store, in a deliberate ShoutOut to Pynchon.
* ParanoiaFuel: Hoo boy.
* {{Squick}}: Often used symbolically, no less!
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Justified...it admittedly usually ''was''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic