* BadassDecay: Thing do not go very well for the Law after his defeat at the hands of Brian, as well as [[spoiler:being convicted of using an aimbot]]. He basically goes from the most famous gamer in the world to a unmotivated loser.
** Even when he's finally vindicated, he's essentially treated as a ButtMonkey for the rest of the series. Even in [[spoiler:the final battle to decide the school's fate, Law doesn't really get anything done other than bicker with the new Law.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At the beginning of the very first episode, Brian is attacked and mugged by a couple of RTS players, who jump on a tandem bicycle and ''fly away on magical rainbow sparkles''.
** In season 2 episode 5, [[spoiler:there's a moment right before Shotbot's HeroicSacrifice where he can be seen speaking something in Japanese to Law against a flowery background.]]
** Brian's "nightmare" in episode 3 of season 1.
* {{Bizarro Episode}}: Episode 8 of Season 1. A common complaint is the way-too-fast-pacing. None of this is helped by the fact that the episode doesn't transition smoothly (How does Brian [[spoiler: get expelled and suddenly own someone else's arcade in one day?]]) and as a result, some viewers may try to spend the entire episode trying to figure out if it was a {{Dream Sequence}}.
** To be fair, the extreme abruptness of that episode is very much PlayedForLaughs.
* BrokenBase: The show's fan base is fairly divided over season 3's style, heavily amplifying the drama. Some believe that the show works fine as a drama, but others are uncomfortable with the show being so far away from its roots.
* ClicheStorm: It's the standard high school drama as it's existed since the eighties... ''[[RecycledInSpace but with games]]''!
** However, since it's a parody and an over-the-top WorldOfHam, the clichés are also a crucial mechanism of the show's humor.
** {{Lampshade}}d in Season 2 Episode 2, where there is a segment where several characters dress in stereotypical '80s fashion.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Wendell and [=ShotBot=], in Season 2.
** Drift King is also very popular with fans for his LargeHam tendencies and the fact that he's actually a kind person who only wants Ted to join drift racing.
* FightSceneFailure: The fake punch Jenny delivered to Ashley in season 3 episode 3.
* FreudWasRight: In season 3 episode 3, when the team convinces Brian that Jenny wanting to invite him over "for dinner" is really a booty call, the scene ends with a close-up shot of a banana that Games had been immaturely toying with...
* HoYay: At the end of the finale, there's a particularly homoerotic scenario with Law and New Law. The Laws are planning to go somewhere on motorcycle, but it's only single-seated. New Law says he has a small butt, and Law adds to that by saying that he noticed it. [[LampshadeHanging New Law then wishes for the situation not to get awkward.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Freddie bequeathing all of his most valuable belongings to someone he hasn't even met while giving Ted a small, crappy gift in his last will video.]]
* NightmareFuel: The scene in the finale where Law goes nigh-insane, taking a Nintendo 64 controller and swinging it around his head when [[spoiler:a customer asks to buy a Napalm drink]]. Brian just so happens to be a bystander and looks on in horror. We don't see the scene's resolution, but it is grimly insinuated that the customer gets killed.
** Doesn't help that the scene immediately afterward has Law saying '''[[ThePerfectCrime "NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!"]]''', and then having it cut to Brian with a scarred look on his face.
* RealLifeRelative: Real life brothers Freddie and Jimmy play a hilarious father-son dynamic.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Is that "[[Music/HueyLewisAndtheNews The Power of Love]]" starting off season 2?
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Freddie.]]
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Season 3 to some extent.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Creator/FreddieWong directed it, so you know they're going to be great.
* {{Wangst}}: Ki's appearance as an emo nihilist after [[spoiler:losing the election]] has this written all over it, almost to the point where it becomes annoying.
* TheWoobie: Brian, especially in episode 5.
** Episode 9 has a moment too, [[spoiler: due to the subtle implication that he didn't get the girl in the end, no matter how much they both like each other.]] However, that could go either way come Season 2.
*** Ted, somewhat. His father, Freddie Wong, seems to absolutely detest him, despite Ted having nothing but respect for the man. [[spoiler:It gets shattered when Freddie dies in season 3, even though it took Ted the whole episode for the realization to dawn upon him.]]
** Season 2 continues to pile misfortune onto Brian. Not only does he have to deal with [[spoiler:The Law being his new roommate]], but due to the The Law's aimbot scandal, the scholarship Brian used to enroll in VGHS has been discontinued. He now owes over $100k to the school, and is forced to work as a janitor in order to pay off his debt, despite running an entire arcade last season.
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