* AccidentalInnuendo:
-->'''Grace''': ''(to Sarah)'' The duck! He's magic you can do!
-->'''Demonic Duck''': Excuse me?
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Elliot tends to be confused about things a lot, like in [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1543 the first review he did with Susan]], when he talks about being told to yell "a betrayal!" as an allusion to "[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment something about a spoon]]". ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity Except]]'' that, if you pay attention, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1539 one of the internet critics that Sarah was talking about when they were picking videos for the two to watch]] ''was'' the Spoony ... and [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1532 he's played dumb before.]]
** Is Elliot really unaware that Justin has feelings for him, or is he aware and deciding to not confront Justin about it? There are several arguments you could make for either side, as well as reasoning as to why Elliot would act like that ... however, in lieu of the fact that Justin may or may not have just gotten over his crush off-screen, we may never know for sure what Elliot's stance on this subject was.
*** Supported by his initial reaction to Sarah's crush, way back at the beginning of the comic being almost exactly this.
* ArcFatigue: Utterly infamous for this. Storylines can go on for ''years'' in this comic, despite only taking place over a few days. Only about three or four months (not including flashbacks) have passed despite the comic having been around since 2002.
** The "Grace's Birthday Party" storyline is a particularly egregious example. Between the ArcFatigue and the ScheduleSlip, the events of a ''single evening'' took ''sixteen months''.
** The New and Old Flames portion of Bringing Silly Back ran for one month shy of a year. Add in Indiana Elliot, Hammerchlorians and the two small T-Minus entries and you have an arc that ran for just short of a year and a half real time.
** Death Sentence had a bad habit of dragging along; not to mention the central premise was flawed to begin with, with Grace and Raven outright admitting it would probably be kinder to simply kill the boar, considering they're ecologically damaging and huge pests. Though [[spoiler:given the eventual reveal that Rhoda is another person empowered without her knowledge, it's really a matter of mileage with this one. While it can be argued that it dragged a bit, Grace and Raven openly communicated about magical stuff, and it's clear that ANYONE could have magical powers without knowing it.]]
** The "So A Date At The Mall" arc is over a year's worth of strips taking place over a few hours, with the majority of that being dedicated to establishing the perfect relationship between Ashley and Elliot. For those who aren't a fan of the couple, it can be a slog. [[http://www.egscomics.com/comics/1466637079-20160622-qa7_14.png The author himself has called attention to this fatigue]], and has promised to try to plan out the next arcs better.
** Immediately following "So A Date At The Mall" was a Question & Answer Arc, "Part 7: The Requestioning"; said filler arc went on for ''five straight weeks'' (as the creator had said he needed a break to get the next story arcs properly planned out). Q&A fillers arcs are already a divisive to the fans, but this one in particular seemed to drag, not helped that the entire theme of the arc (that everyone was shrunk so they could use a tablet computer as a backboard) was only utilized for a joke in the first couple strips and thereafter was forgotten, and that out of all the questions three of them (the equivalent of an entire week's worth of updates) weren't even about the comic.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Ashley. Some like her for being a good match for Elliot and a generally decent person, including towards her own seeming romantic rival. Others feel Dan is trying a little too hard to make her TheWoobie. This only got worse on Elliot and Ashley's first date, where the two seems a little ''too'' into each other very quickly, with some fans already accusing Dan of falling prey to the two being StrangledByTheRedString. There's also the fact that she seems a little too accepting of all the weirdness thrust upon her and far too respectful of everyone's privacy, not wanting to probe for information even when pressed for her desire to know more. Once it's revealed that she has such IncorruptiblePurePureness that not even Pandora can empower her in spite of her fetish for BalefulPolymorph, and it seems Ashley may be starting to hit PuritySue territories.
* TheChrisCarterEffect: ScheduleSlip trouble + Dan Shive's love for ChekhovsGun = we should probably give up on expecting getting answers to all of the questions. Many storylines seem to be making slow progress...but there are alot of them, and new storylines tend to sprout.
* CompleteMonster: [[KnightOfCerebus Damien]], the AxCrazy BigBad of the "Painted Black" arc, was created as an attempt to fulfill a prophecy about one who would unite Human/Alien hybrids known as seyunolus; he took this to mean that he was a [[AGodAmI God]] with an OmniscientMoralityLicense who was meant to [[KillAllHumans kill humanity]]. When some of the people who created him questioned his plan to obtain a group of four seyunolus, Damien decided that they were heretics and killed them. He then went to the company who created the four previously mentioned seyunolus and slaughtered all of their other employees, deliberately killing people in front of the seyunolus to make them fear him. Damien planned to slowly grow the Seyunolu into an army to eliminate humanity, using the sole female seyunolu Grace as breeding stock. When Grace escaped from his nest, Damien sent Hedge out to recapture her, [[YouHaveFailedMe threatening him with death]] if he didn't return with something; when Hedge returns with a transformed Elliot instead, [[BadBoss Damien hits Hedge]] for not returning with a female seyunolu and keeps Elliot tied up and refuses to provide him with food until he reveals information about where he came from. Finally, when Damien was wounded by Grace after he attempted to kill her friends, thus providing possible evidence of his mortality, Damien decides to [[TakingYouWithMe self-destruct]] in order to defeat Grace, deciding that either he was a God and his body was irrelevant, or he was a mortal and life wasn't worth living.
* CounterpartComparison: There are a lot of similarities between Ellen and Fluttercruel from the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries''. Both of them began their lives as copies of a main character, both of them initially believed that this origin made them worthless and acted [[EnemyWithout hostile, violent]] and [[DeathSeeker suicidal]] as a result. To their surprise however, both of them were accepted by the people they were copied from, who viewed them not as merely clones but as a member of their family, and eventual became a valued member of the cast.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Chika won this status after five Q&A comics with her, even despite general "enough of Q&A" reaction on EGS forum. The Demonic Duck, who went from a convenient plot device to a minor character, may also qualify.
** Lord Tedd even more so, in spite of being one of the most mysterious figures in the series.
* EpilepticTrees: Lots of them, Dan [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-06-10 has]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-06-17 made]] fun [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-08-10 of]] this in the [[BonusMaterial Sketchbook]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: "Death Sentence" has one. [[spoiler: Blind idealism and hope is ''not'' an option, because RealityEnsues. That doesn't mean trying is futile, but it can be misguided, even harmful]].
* FanCommunityNicknames: Members of the fandom are dubbed 'bunnies,' a phenomenon explained [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-12-30 here]].
* FanPreferredCouple:
** As the Sarah/Elliot ship lost steam, the audience began to support [[OneTrueThreesome folding Sarah into the still-popular Grace/Tedd ship]], as well as pairing Elliot with [[spoiler:Susan]].
** One of the most popular pairings in the fandom is between [[IfItsYouItsOkay Elliot]] and [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Justin]], as evidenced during a sketchbook where Dan asked his fans to choose which two of his characters would be drawn kissing ... Elliot and Justin won by a ''landslide''!
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** When Susan starts to explain the [[NoodleIncident long-unknown]] events that occurred in France, she alludes to the [[spoiler: [[OurVampiresAreDifferent not-vampire]]]] that's involved, when Grace calls her [[spoiler:[[ShoutOut "Susan the Vampire Slayer"]]]]. Yeah, [[spoiler:[[MercyKill guess how that]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone story ended.]]]]
** A lighter example occurs when Ellen laughs at the revelation that Elliot must release his magic buildup by turning into a girl, while she just has to shoot beams. Then she learns that she only has to do so a couple times each morning while Elliot has to transform ''every six hours'' and go to sleep transformed. She feels so guilty that Elliot has to ''encourage'' her to joke about it.
** Panel 2 of [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=269 this comic]] has Ed making a joke about son's tendency for transformation. Funny then, not so funny when the [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2012 same scene]] is part of a montage showing his disapproval of Tedd's gender fluidity.
* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: A segment of the fanbase and heavily played up in early arcs. Hasn't come up as much in later years as Shive grew out of the fandom.
* GeniusBonus: In a filler comic, the Demonic Duck informs Dan that he's going to Australia to discover his roots. There is fossil evidence of a large, prehistoric bird that lived in Australia which has come to be known as the "[[FeatheredFiend Demon Duck of Doom".]]
* GrowingTheBeard: The first few strips served as a mildly hilarious introduction to the characters with NoFourthWall. The beard stated to grow during the ''Sister'' arc and finished by the end of the ''Painted Black'' arc or the end of ''Grace's Birthday Party'' depending on who you ask.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2012 This strip]], which shows why Tedd is so reluctant to tell his father [[spoiler: about his magic mark and possibly about being genderfluid, as well]], makes a lot of Mr. Verres's comments about Tedd's penchant for turning himself into a girl considerably less funny.
* HilariousInHindsight: Some early strips showed Grace playing an {{Expy}} of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' using a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] {{Expy}} that was a squirrel instead of a mouse. Come the 4th generation of Pokémon games and we now have Parichisu, an electric squirrel.
* HoYay: There are strong implication that George is gay, and the [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1890 essentially certain]] revelation that Luke is...to the point that Grace and Sarah have [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1901 already started shipping them]].
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Elliot, ''Elliot'', '''''ELLIOT'''''. Fandom has shipped him with Justin and Tedd. In-Universe, now that [[spoiler:his relationship with Sarah is over]] he has being {{Ship Tease}}d with Susan, Diane and Ashley. And not to mention his {{Erotic Dream}}ing involving girls who're already in a relationship, like Grace, Nanase and even Catalina claiming to be [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1766 his lover]].
* LesYay: It's common enough that some fans have taken to calling it "OMG LESBIANS!" whenever it shows up as a means of criticizing its frequency.
** Girls who [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2005-06-24 Have Kissed Sarah]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=780 Count = 3]].
** Continued with [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Rhoda and Catalina]] in Death Sentence, who eventually do become a couple later on.
* MagnificentBastard: A strong case could be made for "Not-Tengu" being one of these. He succesfully executes multiple [[BatmanGambit Batman]] and [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] during the course of his first appearance and even shows skill at XanatosSpeedChess keeping his cool even when faced with setbacks and finding ways to turn those setbacks too his advantage.
* MemeticBadass: Starting with [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-24 the fight with the fire monster]], the author began ascribing this status to Justin.
* {{Moe}}:
** Sarah, Rhoda, Grace, Catalina to a lesser extent, even ''Susan'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2010-02-12 can be]]. On the (usually) male side, Tedd and Justin.
** Nanase's hairstyle in ''Dawn of a New Era'' also evokes this, at least to WordOfGod.
* {{Narm}}: The page where the mysterious entity that's been following the main cast and manipulating Magus reveals her name is meant to be a dark, climactic scene, but the gravity of the moment is somewhat spoiled by the fact that her self-appointed moniker sounds like it came straight out of MyImmortal. For the record, it's Pandora Chaos Raven.
* NightmareFuel:
** Chaos' [[CreepyChild manifestation]] on the physical plane will give you chills with her first appearance. When unfocused her image will [[NightmareFuel haunt your nightmares forever]]. [[spoiler: Which makes the revelation that she's the mother of a grumpy old history teacher all the more shocking.]]
** Also the end of the ''Sister II'' arc: [[spoiler:[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-01-21 Holy crap]], that is one CreepyChild]]. The fact that Dan went on to say that [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod Rhoda and Carol weren't hurt]]]] helped somewhat, but it was still enough to seriously freak out some people.
** [[spoiler: And now she's returned, after being completely absent for several ''years'' of real time. And in the middle of what was thought to be a filler arc, too.]] Just her ''being'' there, [[NothingIsScarier not saying anything, just observing,]] is enough to send shivers down your spine.
** No to mention [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-09 "whatever the hell this thing is "]]
** [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-02 Susan's face in the second to last panel here]] isn't as strong as the others, but is still pretty damn scary. "Oh, hell" indeed.
*** And in the strip immediately after, the face she has directly before the "beam" is shot is ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1114 even worse]]'', with the pitch-black eyes and furrowed face...
** "Family Tree" initially seems to be full of typical, if mind-altering, GenderBender fun. Then [[LovableAlphaBitch Diana]] come back to grab a slice of pizza. Things quickly descend into horror fuel as we watch her slowly realize something's wrong. And by something wrong, we mean the terror in eyes as she tries to get her sister to remember that no, everyone is not a girl and please stop worshipping her and calling her "lord". Really, this is possibly the comic's darkest, most terrifying arc yet. The whole thing reads like a Lovecraftian SurvivalHorror. [[spoiler:Then [[EldritchAbomination Tengu]] [[FromBadToWorse shows up]].]] For extra [[LossOfIdentity horror]]: [[spoiler: Regardless of whatever gender the guests originally were, they're all gradually turning into clones of Nanase. Tengu is ''thorough'' in his attempt at identity murder]].
** ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=303 DON'T. BE. BORING.]]''
** I was just... [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2096 giving some advice]]...
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2142 Little maggot]]...
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1963 Luke seeing]] Tedd and Grace with [[TheGreys alien faces]] is pretty creepy, given the UncannyValley effect.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Some fans are uncomfortable with how close Elliot and Ashley are on the first date, up to sharing a dressing room in the mall and then making out. Thing is, this isn't all that different from when Elliot was dating Nanase way back when the comic started, the two having a very physical relationship and even having a regular tradition of making out after sparing matches. Many fans may have just forgotten this due to the fact soon after Elliot started dating Sarah, with the two having a generally non-sexual relationship (due to them realizing afterwards they shared a much more platonic/brother-sister kind of love as opposed to a romantic attraction) and the fact that Elliot is later characterized as being uncomfortable fantasizing about women. His relationship with Ashley is more of a CharacterCheck to how he originally was than an OutOfCharacterMoment.
* {{OT3}}: [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook.php?id=843 Grace/Tedd/Sarah]], the ship started when Sarah became Tedds assistant and fan love for the ship has grown and grown. [[ThreesomeSubtext There is also quite a bit of actual ship tease for it too.]] Like in the early comic when Grace kissed Sarah after Tedd told her too, and then scenes like [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2015 this are fairly common for the three]] after Sarah joined them. Tedd accidentally kissed Sarah, because she was transformed into Grace. [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=205 Tedd also mentions]] [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud that he, Grace, and Sarah have all seen each other naked a lot due to clothing damage being a frequent result of their experiments.]]
* TheScrappy:
** Once his magical powers are revealed, bunnies' opinion on Noah has become... strong.
** Grace has gained her share of haters ever since the birthday party, where her Mary Sue tendencies were kicked into high gear.
** Melissa used to be this as well, before character development and several points of likability came to get her RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.
** All of these characters do have fans, however, and there are no straight out universally hated Scrappies in the comic.
* ShipSinking: [[HoYay Elliot and Justin]] are still a popular couple for the shippers, but as the comic progresses, there have been a number of things that the author has done to sink this ship, not limited to basically hammering that Elliot is straight with no gay leanings whatsoever, and having Justin seemingly get over his crush on Elliot off-screen.
* ShipToShipCombat:
** With the raising ShipTease between [[spoiler:Elliot and Susan]], there have been mixed reactions. [[spoiler:Elliot is the perfect candidate as Susan's potential love interest, since he literally "fails at perversion" and Susan's looking for a good man. But Elliot is already in a relationship with Sarah, Susan's best friend, so she's in risk to fall into a YokoOhNo situation]]. In-universe, [[spoiler:Sarah decides to break up with Elliot shortly before Elliot realizes [[LikeBrotherAndSister she's like a sister to him]], and she has no problem just handing him off to Susan (though she doesn't think it's likely)]].
** And with that particular combat resolved, it's now a bit of an InUniverse race between [[spoiler: Susan and her [[SeparatedAtBirth identical twin]] Diane]]. And they BOTH got scooped by Ashley.
* SnarkBait: There are a lot of people who seemingly read the comic in order to bash on the creator suffering from TheChrisCarterEffect and a massive KudzuPlot, as well as mock the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom and other FetishFuel that underpins a lot of what happens to the characters. Just read the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/reviews.php?target_group=Webcomic&target_title=ElGoonishShive reviews]] if you you fail to believe.
* {{Squick}}:
** The reason Damien wanted Grace so badly was so he could use her for [[spoiler:''breeding''.]]
** Never mind the FridgeHorror of the ''Family Tree'' arc. Punch spiking is one thing, but [[spoiler:turning everyone into women, who are absolutely submissive and readily calling people their lord]]? That's pretty damn icky.
* UglyCute: Chaos in her CreepyChild form.
** Also Pandora/Chaos when she's in her EldritchAbomination form, at least when [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=490 she's waking up after a long nap.]]
* TheWoobie:
** Tedd, Grace, Susan, Justin, Rhoda, and Dex are prime examples. Especially Grace.
** One Way Road basically is Tedd with his Woobie-ness cranked UpToEleven.

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