* CrossesTheLineTwice: To some people, although of course DudeNotFunny comes into play in some cases.
* HilariousInHindsight: The story about the man who lost his reproductive capacity due to an attempt to shag a porcupine is much funnier to those who've read the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and are familiar with a certain song from it, first printed before the Darwin Award story. ''The hedgehog can never be buggered at all.''
* [[SignatureScene Signature Nomination]]: The famous JATO story (about a guy who supposedly strapped a jet engine to his car, with predictable results), which is without a doubt the most famous Darwin Award of all time. Even after it was proven to be an urban myth, it's still beloved and the JATO guy is considered by some to be an unofficial mascot for the Awards.