YMMV from the film:
- Crosses the Line Twice: A meta example: Jeff Anderson was uncomfortable filming the scene in which Randal reads off a list of increasingly vulgar list of porno films to his distributor in from of a mother and her child (notice how all the shots of him reading the list are in close up) and asked Kevin Smith to maybe remove one or two of the worst ones. Smith responded by taking the list and adding three more titles!!!
- Ear Worm: "My love for you is like a truck, Berserker!"
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Jay and Silent Bob.
- And to a lesser extent, the little girl who buys the cigarettes.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The part where Veronica and (especially) Dante berate each other over their sex lives was played for laughs in this movie. However, in Chasing Amy, Holden has a similar reaction to Alyssa when he finds out about her previous sexual experiences, which was played entirely for drama and is why their relationship ultimately didn't work out. And that was in turn based off of Kevin Smith and Joey Lauren Adams' relationship.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Fellatio doesn't count as sex, eh?
- On the commentary featured on the DVD, the director says that the Soul Asylum video on the DVD is the closest thing to a sequel that the film would ever get.
- Meta: Jeff Anderson refused to read the list of porno titles in front of the mother and child, so the scene was shot in close up with Reaction Shots added. Judd Apatow, considered to be Kevin Smith's Spiritual Successor, has since done numerous movies where characters shamelessly curse in front of children.
- Ho Yay: Randal towards Dante.
Randal: Oh, hey Caitlin? Break his heart again this time, and I'll kill you... Nothing personal.Caitlin: You're very protective of him, Randal. You always have been.Randal: Territoriality. He was mine first.
- Hype Backlash: Has appeared on several "Most Overrated Films" lists.
- Jerkass Woobie: Dante.
- Narm: A lot of the acting is pretty bad.
- Though due to the film being made for only $30,000 (the soundtrack cost more than the film.) Smith had to use one actor for four roles, plus some weren't professional actors (including Smith) themselves, so this was bound to happen, though the film is mostly Narm Charm in a way.
- Nightmare Fuel: Before the film proper even starts.
- One-Scene Wonder: Silent Bob.
"You know, there's a million fine-looking women in the world, dude. But they don't all bring you lasagna at work. Most of 'em just cheat on you."
- Squick: Caitlyn's "encounter" in the Quick Stop's bathroom.
- They Just Didn't Care: The people doing the photo shoot for the poster didn't include Jay and rushed the shoot without thinking twice about whether or not he should be there.
- Also every single poster for the film seems to imply that all five characters featured on the posters are "clerks", when only two actually are.
- Miramax didn't want Jay on the poster, they thought he was "weird looking" (they had the same problem with Universal when making Mallrats and they wanted to replace Jay with a "real" actor), which is funny considering he would go on to be the lead in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and many, many people find Jay very attractive.
- Wangst: Lampshaded. Dante does this all the time, to the point where Caitlin comes to visit him specifically because she knows he's probably spent the whole day agonizing over the wedding announcement.
YMMV from the cartoon:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Korean ending" from episode 4.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In the first episode, one of the phases of the Quicker Stop's world domination is robot chickens. Especially since AdultSwim would later rerun all six episodes.
- The ending to Episode 2 in light of Clerks II.
- Doubles as Heartwarming In Hindsight.
- In a Take That against Seth MacFarlane, a bad cartoonist is shown taking advice from a book purportedly written by MacFarlane, being inspired to write a cartoon that would send its cast to Gilligan's Island and then "make gay jokes about them." Cut to a few years later, a Family Guy episode actually did this.
- Judge Reinhold would later play as himself starring as a judge again in Arrested Development.
- Too Good to Last: Canceled after only six episodes were made.
- The Weird Al Effect: The parody episode of The Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfeiffer featured in the show's pilot is better known than the actual show it's parodying.