* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The first game even lets you jam to it.
** Considering that the game group that made Toejam and Earl's soundtrack later made that of ''KidChameleon''...
* DemonicSpiders: The Lawnmower Men, The Chicken Infantry, The Ice Cream Truck and the Mailbox Monsters in the original. Lawnmower Men move very fast on grass, are difficult to outsmart, and do extremely high damage. The Chicken Infantry fire harmful tomatoes from their cannon, with longer range than your own. The Ice Cream Truck is extremely fast, can teleport, and is almost impossible to avoid without item assistance, and the Mailbox Monster, the worst enemy in the game, disguises itself as a helpful mailbox from where you can order presents, and attacks you if you get too close.
** The Boogie Men are the worst. They're faster than you, they're ''invisible'' (aside from the occasional shadow appearing for a split-second and only when they move), they're ''everywhere'' on the higher levels, and exist on some lower levels unlike the other demonic spiders -- combined with the lack of MercyInvincibility, the sound of "BOOGIE BOOGIE BOOGIE" is almost inevitably followed by the sound of a thrown controller. The Boogie Men's preferred terrain is sand, which TJ & E move slowly on, unless they are walking along an edge. Being on the edge means one "BOOGIE BOOGIE BOOGIE" will knock you down to the previous level, but that may be preferable to being caught in a CycleOfHurting.
** But the Lawnmower Men are far worse. Their sheer speed combined with the aforementioned lack of MercyInvincibility basically translates running into one of these guys into a OneHitKill. As if that wasn't bad enough, they'll still chase you after you die, so unless you have a present that enables a speedy getaway, once your [[MercyInvincibility after-death invincibility]] wears off, chances are you'll just [[ClassicVideoGameScrewYous die]] '' again''. This is enough to cause said thrown controllers to go through televisions. All of a sudden, the pits that take you to the previous level, normally an extremely annoying thing to happen, become your best friend. The only mitigating factor is they move a little slower on road.
** More on the mailbox monsters: they show their eyes at random intervals so if you wait around them long enough, they'll eventually reveal themselves. This actually makes them ''worse'' because if you camp out for 30 seconds, you might just foolishly assume that there's no way that can be a mailbox monster.
* EarWorm: Definitely.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Just look at how many tropes listed deal with the first game.
* GoddamnBats: Wahini, the hula woman, has a tendency to cause paralysis in the form of a contagious hula dance. Cupids can mess up the controls with their arrows, and stay out of range from normal attacks.
** Tornados are even worse. They won't kill you (so they're proper GoddamnBats), but they ''do'' pick you up, carry you around randomly for a while, and more than likely drop you off over open space, so you fall back down to the previous level.
** No mention of the Moleman/Dogman? He doesn't hurt you, but he will remove A LOT of presents from you, and moves very quickly. Oh, and did I mention that he mostly appears in [[QuicksandSucks quicksand levels]] where your moving speed is drastically lowered?
* HellIsThatNoise: '''BOOGIE BOOGIE BOOGIE!!!'''
* ScrappyMechanic: The goddamn RANDOMIZER! It randomizes every present (including itself) so you don't know what's inside any of them and have to start again from scratch.
** As a result, identifying the randomizer is the CrowningMomentOfAwesome of any run of the first game. Sure, to the untrained eye, all you do was talked to a man dressed as a carrot who caused the word "????????" to turn into the word "randomizer", but still.
** There are actually circumstances in which the Randomizer can be an ''asset'' -- since it changes not only the appearance of presents but their content, if you have an inventory full of undesirable items, spinning the roulette wheel is bound to turn some of them into helpful things instead. Of course, this is better used near the end of the game where you won't have to worry about re-identifying many presents.
** Very rarely (that is, less than once per game), the characters will sneeze, which can spoil an attempt to sneak past sleeping enemies or sneak up on Santa. If they've recently drunk a Root Beer, they will [[AlcoholHic continuously burp]] for a while, which also renders stealth impossible.
*** You can use a Game Genie to drink dozens of root beers all at once. The effect is cumulative; you burp all game.
** Earl's pants may suddenly fall down, forcing him to spend a moment pulling them back up.