This work provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: Alf Bueller is described as "destined to remain a bachelor" and also blows Corey a kiss at one point.
- Butt Monkey: Feargal, initially.
- Flash Back: The entire show is basically a series of flashbacks had by the narrator, Corey Palmer Sr.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Mr Miyagi, the Japanese teacher/Martial Arts instructor. Although we do hear his voice, once.
- Higher Self: The show is narrated by Corey Palmer's older self.
- Jerk Jock: Micheal Feldman
- Jukebox Musical: sort of.
- Lemony Narrator: Older Corey is not above mocking his younger self and his ex-classmates in his narrations.
- Love Triangle: Corey and Micheal both have a crush on Tiffany.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Feargal, almost literally - he takes extra-curricular martial arts lessons.
- Musical Theme Naming: Everyone.
- Shout-Out: Oh boy. For starters, every single character (even ones we don't see on-stage) is named after a famous '80s personage. Then there are on-stage conversations about The A-Team, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Star Wars, etc. And some scenes are clearly an Affectionate Parody of similar scenes from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Karate Kid.
- This Loser Is You: The audience is clearly supposed to relate to Corey, despite his being very low down the high-school food-chain.
- Those Two Guys: Alf and Kirk, Corey's best friends. Laura and Debbie could be seen as a female variant, as could Mel and Kim.
- Verb This!:Feargal: These are not just hands; they are defensive weapons!
Micheal: Oh yeah? Then defend this!
- Waxing Lyrical: Micheal leaves fake love letters in Eileen's locker, all of which are made up of lines from famous songs put together.