- Crowning Moment of Funny: "I would be amenable to that."
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Some of the best examples of this trope, often in a very Manly Tears sort of way.
- Rikk: You. Make. Me. PROUD!
- Nightmare Fuel: Marcworld, a fractal world consisting of an infinite number of Marcs of varying sizes, which has been going for at least 614 years. Brought with an extra dose of Squick. Really, unless you have a strong stomach, it's best to just skip it.
- Pretty much anything to do with Keith Feddyg. The very definition of a sadist, Keith is a depraved man with an unfortunate amount of charisma. He starts up a rival sci-fi club to directly challenge Rikk’s club, which he runs like a cult, keeping a tight psychological and sexual leash on all his members, who are all too meek or screwed up to realize how much of a monster he is. Consumed with getting revenge on Alisin for what she did to him, he goes after her and her loved ones mercilessly, in spite of the fact that she is a dedicated atoner who is horrified at her past actions. He only gets worse in later story arcs. His torture of Hilda is especially brutal, as he waterboards her, deprives her of sleep, and mentally tears her apart. He goes after Alisin again and even burns one of her young cancer patients alive when he tries to defend her. A manipulative sociopath, Feddyg is only concerned with control and inflicting as much agony as he can.
- The Woobie: 'Rumy must suffer' became a truism among the fans of Fans!; she also became one of the most sympathetic characters in the series because of it.
- In the revival starting in 2008 with the "Magial Thinking" super-arc, definitely Hilda. She catches on to the nature of the big bads too early and for that, they kidnap her, replace her with a simulacrum, torture her for months, and force her to watch as her duplicate does a number of horrible things, all of which she can actually feel due to her being connected to the simulacrum. Even after the simulacrum was destroyed, her consciousness was floating around in a big black place, forced to watch the rest of the events of the comic, and both she and the readers were unsure of whether she's alive or dead, and not knowing is absolutely maddening (for both her and the readers). Even after she's been rescued and recovered, her experiences have so traumatised her that she is unable to engage in the pursuits that were once her chief joy in life (such as crosswords).
- Word of Gay: Guth, two (unspecified) of the eight "newbies."
- They just got pretty specific.