* BaseBreaker: The whole Billie vs Ruth thing had people picking sides, until they became an item and it largely ceased to be an issue.
** Also is Joyce an adorable Christian who needs to break out of the effects of her sheltered life or an idiotic bible-thumping xenophobe?
** The storyline involving Sal and Walky's parents preferring Walky based on racial preferences created a massive outpouring of both complaints and support from fans.
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/outrage/ "Outrage"]] has become a particularly polarizing strip amongst fans, with many saying that Roz was wrong to blatantly antagonize Joyce, especially after Leslie told her to stop several times. Others say that Joyce had it coming, and that Roz is right that she doesn't deserve a parade for the smallest of epiphanies. It got so bad that eventually Willis put in a filter to change all uses of "bitch" to "bongo" in the comments, which did serve to provide some much needed levity.
** Becky: Understandably living out after a lifetime of repression or a complete asshole?
*** Even her ''[[ImportantHaircut haircut]]'' has become this.
** Amber/Amazi-girl, besides the fact that Amazi-girl is Amber's way of running from her issues, there are many that find her increasingly haughty attitude to be annoying, especially when she doesn't seem to realize that vigilantism is far more illegal than some of the crimes she claims to be against.
* DracoInLeatherPants: The author has often lamented on Tumblr that a small contingent of people do this for Blaine O'Malley (who beat Amber's mom and emotionally abused Amber) and Ross [=MacIntyre=] (who is trying to drag Becky to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversion_therapy conversion therapy.]]) In many cases, people claim that said parents only want what is best for their children, and that said children blow their flaws out of proportion. In almost all cases, their comments are not approved to be in the comments section.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Dina won the "favorite character" poll, despite having less than 40 strip appearances by the time the poll closed. For comparison, Walky had over 150, and Joyce over 250. The poll currently had her at 603 votes, 19% of the total amount. The second highest was Mike and he only has 482. That means nearly a fifth of the fan base loves her more than the main characters. She's featured in the banner ads for the comic, where she's hiding just out of frame (so just her CoolHat is visible), pops up to stare at the reader for a few seconds, goes "Rarr!" and pops back down.
*** She's since won for a second year running, this time with a whopping 43% of the vote.
*** Dina is now the star of her own storyline, aptly titled "Walking with Dina."
** Leslie. Despite her limited appearances, she is generally liked by the fans for being a CoolTeacher and having a great sense of humor.
** When taking a poll on which character Willis should make an extra couple strip for Patreon about, Becky of all people won. Willis was completely baffled, especially since no one but him knew that Becky was going to make a reappearance just ''three weeks from the poll's end.'' Once she became a part of the story, her popularity ''skyrocketed''.
*** After further development (once again just a few weeks later. Girl moves ''fast''), Becky promoted herself to BaseBreaker (see above).
** Riley [=DeSanto=] appears in a grand total of eight strips, and has no lines in her last two appearances. Despite that, she is well-liked by the fandom, mostly because she's rather [[CheerfulChild adorable]].
* EscapistCharacter: The author says Dorothy is at least partially one for him. Certainly, she is quite successful and ambitious, with quite possibly the only good parents we see during Freshman Family Weekend.
-->[[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/44925990876/whats-your-opinion-of-danny-your-comments-on-the Author Comment]]: [All my characters] take things from me on some level. [...] Some day, I hope I will be Dorothy. That is my end game. But I still have lots of stuff to work out first.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Walky's casual joke about Sal being blacker than him REALLY comes back to bite him.
** The jokes about Joyce not liking Walky but still getting lunch with him take on a darker tone when you realise [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/04-the-whiteboard-dong-bandit/somewhere/ why she still hangs around him.]]
** Becky apologizing to Joyce about [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Hans]] in this [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/03-the-butterflies-fly-away/buzzed/ strip]] is funny at first, but [[spoiler:a plucky, over-sheltered girl falling for a man who she wants to marry immediately who turns out a vile sociopath who only wants to use her]] is definitely not funny...
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/outrage/ "Outrage"]] Roz's comments in the last panel were already harsh, but [[spoiler: then Becky ends up homeless because of her orientation]]
* HilariousInHindsight: The alt-text of [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/02-guess-whos-coming-to-galassos/inerrant/ this strip]] is "We're never getting feathered Dinobots ever". Just over a year later, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog.php?postid=759 much to Willis's delight...]]
* HoYay:
** Besides linking to a slash fic between Billie and Joyce, Willis seems to enjoy teasing the fans.. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/buddies/ Joyce's behavior towards Billie is a bit too friendly, to say the least... Shower buddies? Really?]]
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/rule/ Don't make it awkward,]] Billie.
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/01-if-the-shoes-split/recalculating/ And now it's official.]]
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/04-the-whiteboard-dong-bandit/thoughts// Danny learned something about himself that day.]]
** Becky's behavior around Joyce (not to mention her vagueness while [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-5/01-when-somebody-loved-me/fart-joke/ talking with Walky about Dorothy]]) has got some of the fans questioning her motives for coming to see Joyce. Answered when [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-5/01-when-somebody-loved-me/jealous/ this happens]]
* MemeticLoser: Danny's loser status, while present in canon, is a running joke among fans regarding when, and how badly, he will "Dan something up."
* MemeticMutation:
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/01-move-in-day/face/ FAAAAACE!]]
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/03-men-are-from-beck-women-are-from-clark/penis/ With my penis]] tends to pop up in the comments of most strips involving Joe. It eventually become the response to any action, regardless of if Joe is in any way involved. Usually immediately followed by Mike's catchphrase "For a nickel."
** The ShowWithinAShow "JustForFun/DexterAndMonkeyMaster" [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/what-part/#comments is often treated]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/029dccdec7e004abffd0e96c0c930102/tumblr_inline_mpcfjxFapK1qz4rgp.png as if it were an actual show]]. Creating the most bizarre meta-fandom, as the show's "fans" argue about which episodes are the best, wishing the series had continued, even criticising Walky's and Leslie's lack of taste in episodes. Comics featuring D&MM will typically have a long comment chain featuring the input of an irascible and argumentative fandom for a show that DOES NOT EVEN EXIST. This mentality has even carried over to Joyce's favourite Christian cartoon, [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/ce740ac3ffae305acab807a3859bb83f/tumblr_mpr941HAgi1qmh8ono2_500.png Hymmel the Hymnal!]]
** Ever since Willis started doing comics for the porn comic site Slipshine, when something even ''mildly'' sexual happens in the strip, you can expect at least one reference to the site in the comments.
** Sal's habit of breaking the rules is taken to hilarious levels [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/stuffed-shirts/ here;]]
* {{Moe}}: Dina.
* NightmareFuel:
** [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/bat/ This]] is pretty much one of the most terrifying scenes in the series. The strips slowly changing into a reddish tint reflects this.
** [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Amber's]]]] SlasherSmile in the last panel of [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/04-just-hangin-out-with-my-family/rage/ this]] strip is a FlashBack to a few strips ago when [[spoiler: she [[TheDogBitesBack punched]] [[AbusiveParents her dad]]]]. You only see a part of it, but it is absolutely terrifying.
*** It's becoming more and more obvious that [[spoiler: Amber is becoming unstable, that Amazi-girl is becoming a [[SplitPersonality separate personality]], and that her past with Sal is causing Amber to see her as some sort of evil Arch-nemesis despite Sal no longer being the delinquent she once was. Then there is her blind rage that has caused her to stab an unarmed Sal when they were kids and to beat her abusive father half to death.]]
** There's a reason that [[spoiler: Joyce can't be [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-5/02-threes-a-crowd/trauma/ alone outside...]]]]
* OneTrueThreesome: Plenty of readers are hoping for Amber / Danny / Ethan after "[[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2014/comic/book-4/04-the-whiteboard-dong-bandit/thoughts// Thoughts]]."
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: New!Roz was a lot better received than her Scrappy ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' counterpart. Unfortunately, New!Robin seems to have taken her place on the heap.
** Sarah also got a lot more sympathy from the base once her full circumstances were revealed. [[spoiler:She didn't call the cops or the school on her roommate, she called said roommate's father, and he pulled her out of school]].
** Danny saw a notable rise in popularity after he started hanging out with Ethan [[spoiler: most likely due to the flirtatious nature of their interactions]].
* TheScrappy:
** Sarah tends to inspire hatred in the comments, thanks to how viciously antisocial she is. [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap This started to reverse after the details of the incident with her roommate came out]].
** Ruth is disliked by a lot of fans for her rampant abuses of power and haughtiness.
** Danny's behavior when it comes to relationships really rubs a lot of fans the wrong way. Not just that, but a lot fans admit that they dislike him because he reminds them of themselves at some point in their lives. Additionally, numerous fans accuse him of being facetious NiceGuy (being Neutral rather than Good) and having some of his decisions motivated by an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.
** The vast majority of the parents revealed in the Fall Family Weekend arc, for their awful treatment of their kids. In particular, [[TheUnfavorite the Walkertons]] and [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent the Siegals]] got hate almost immediately after being revealed for their treatment of their kids, and while the Wilcoxes take a similar view of Danny as some comments, it's a lot more uncomfortable when being said by a parent to their child. And while [[TheFundamentalist the Browns]] started off with some optimism, their pressuring Joyce to stop being friends with Dorothy made them drop rapidly in regard. There were a lot of comments guessing how any of them could be only the second-worst parents in the arc (particularly the Browns and Siegals), right up until the reveal of [[spoiler: Blaine O'Malley, every bit as abusive and awful as he was in ''Shortpacked!''.]]
*** Parents in [=DoA=] will have to try for third in the worst parents race with first place taken by Blaine O'Malley and second place going to Ross [=MacIntyre=].
** Mary. No one likes Mary, in or out of universe. This is more than likely because, while Joyce is a fundie but tries to be accepting of others, Mary is a fundie and an unrepentant bigot. Plus, she seems to be planning something when it comes to [[spoiler: Ruth and Billie's relationship...]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The Sal/Walky feud brings up an excellent point about how racism can extend to parental favouritism. However aside from one conversation with Billie, this part isn't touched on again and only serves to say 'racism exists' rather than explore the idea of parents preferring a child based on racism in the 200 strips or so it goes on.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Walky. The entire cast seems to like insulting him (''especially'' Billie and Joyce), but fans love him.
* TheWoobie:
** Joyce, the world is tailor made to force her to deal with things she has no ability to deal with, starting with an attempted rape which leaves her with serious PTSD issues. Her worldview is constantly taking hits, she is seeing people being happy sinning while she is unhappy being "pure" which is causing her to feel hate towards her friends and to hate herself for feeling hate. She is in a relationship that even she is aware is both wrong and doomed to failure. Then to top it off her childhood friend confesses to her and Joyce ends up hurting her because she doesn't have the same feelings for her. Thankfully, her relationships with Ethan and Becky actually improve after some introspection and after she decided to be honest with them and herself.
** Amber can't let go of her past to the point it's implied her alter ego was developed as a way to violently deal with them.
** Ethan can't accept himself and would rather live a painful lie.
** Sal lashes out at the world even as she tries to be accepted into it.
** Ruth and Billie have set themselves on a path that can only end badly with all the alcohol involved.
** Dina, to a lesser extent - while she has yet to go through the kind of trauma listed above, she is increasingly aware of her difficulties with social interaction.
** Becky was forced to leave college after she was caught messing around with a girl (said girl decided to turn on her, claiming Becky was the one to put the move on her). Her father was not supportive at all of her homosexuality, and she decided to run away. She went to meet Joyce, her best friend since childhood, but also her long-time crush, and was devastated when Joyce didn't reciprocate her feelings. Becky being Becky, she was able to compose herself rather quickly and is now living with Joyce, but it is abundantly clear that she still has romantic feelings for Joyce, and that her situation affects her a lot more than she let on. Not to mention the guilt from watching Joyce lie to her parents for her sake, even though Joyce clearly tells her it's not her fault.