These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Angst Dissonance: Ethan hates Rory because Rory constantly manipulated him as a child, injured him for his own amusement and always got what he wanted with zero consequences. Meanwhile, Ethan regularly abuses his employee Rob and the customers in his store for his own amusement and has been known to attempt to ruin a friend's career so he can get a game several months in advance.
Anti-Sue: Ethan. Despite being not particularly heroic, childish, unemployed at the beginning of the series, and the resident Butt Monkey of the series with almost no social skills. He winds up:
Married to the girl of his dreams, which would be fine if there were a good reason for it, but Ethan never really displays that towards Lilah.
Constructing not one, but two robots that perfectly mimic human life—by accident. Consider that even the most intelligent scientists find doing this on purpose impossible, and Ethan did it twice.
The founder of his own holiday, Winter-een-mas, and religion, the Church of Gaming, and Lucas and Lilah, both supposed to be the Straight Man, fully accept and support this endeavor as Serious Business, even sticking up against other religious figures, saying that they're no more likely to be right than Ethan.
Easily defeating and outwitting all of his opponents, eventually owning and running a successful gaming store, despite having no business knowledge, never doing his paperwork, and treating his customers and employees like crap.
Frequently being apologized to for things that were his fault to begin with, with nary a consequence unto him.
Because of the backlash, he has since played one and says that, while he didn't think it was that good, he understands why people do enjoy it.
Critical Dissonance: Despite that the comic is hated (So much, the main tropes page was even locked!), its readership is large enough that Tim Buckley is able to live off of this comic and related events. Note that for webcomics, this is very rare.
Designated Hero: Christian is a jerk, doing some incredibly slimy things, but considering that Ethan's antics have also screwed over people whom he considers his friends for selfish reasons and have even put people's lives in danger, it gets harder to root for Ethan.
Dude, Not Funny!: Episode 5 of the animated series has a sketch where a female original model Nintendo DS is called a fatass by two male PSPs, throws up in the restroom and then comes out as a hot DS Lite.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Kate attempts a Secret Test of Character on Lucas via a fat suit during their blind date to make sure he isn't dating her for her body. He politely indulges her for the evening but is just about to dump her when she reveals she's not fat. He then changes his mind at seeing her real body and they end up becoming a couple. There's really no way this couldn't end in a Broken Aesop or a Family-Unfriendly Aesop.
Do NOT go on a forum and say "Ctrl+Alt+Del? It's okay." Not to mention much of it is Bandwagon Hate due to the infamous Convenient Miscarriage arc.
Opinions on the cartoon range from "simply bad" to "insult to basic human intelligence." It's even flame baitier than the comic.
Harsher in Hindsight: Buckley used to send people cease-and-desist letters over fan animations, even when they didn't turn a profit. He was (at the time) hoping to get into that himself, wanted to be sure it was done right, and didn't want his comic's name attached to something subpar. The official animated adaptation did eventually manifest, to near-unanimous critical scorn. It was such a commercial failure that its production company nearly declared bankruptcy.
May or may not overlap with Hilarious in Hindsight: The lengthy C&D letters included a poorly-done drawing of Ethan complaining about being "drawn by an amateur." Years later, he came under fire for designing a character whose traits were all taken straight from an easy-to-locate painting of a punk rock girl.
For The Annotated Series: "HOOOOOOORSE CUM!" (a mondegreen(?) of the expy-Swedish Chef's nonsense dialogue), "Jackie" (an girl Tim Buckley was accused of mailing obscene photos when she was a teenager).
$150.20, after the amount Buckley gained (out of $3000) in con funds. It was started by Something Awful, whose members chipped in, one penny per member.
"You have been banned. Reason for ban: None given. Date ban will be lifted: Never." apparently in reference to the trigger happy nature of CAD's forum mods.
"WORDS WORDS WORDS" in reference to the webcomic's frequent walls of text.