Tropes used in this comic strip:
- all lowercase letters: The young children, such as Sunny and Jojo, have this in their Speech Bubbles.
- Comic-Book Time: Averted - Jump Start is one of a handful of strips that takes place in (relative) real time.
- December–December Romance: Clayton and Maureen
- Drives Like Crazy: Joe's mother
- Grammar Nazi: Joe's mother, much to everyone's annoyance.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Clarence and Charlene.
- Salt and Pepper: Inverted with Sunny and her best friend Dexter, since Sunny is definitely the most level-headed of the two. Played more straight with Jojo and his best friend Benny.
- Soap Punishment: Marcy Cobb tells her husband Joe that she had to wash out their son Joseph's mouth for lying. Joe reminds her that washing out someone's mouth with soap is for cursing, not lying.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Clayton and Maureen.