- Base Breaker: John Ostrander's run. See Dork Age below.
- Dork Age: Arguably the elemental/environmental-themed era under John Ostrander
- Evil Is Sexy: Killer Frost.
- Growing the Beard: After its initial writer was replaced, the Jason Rusch series started being a bit more light-hearted while also working at making Jason a more likable character
- Replacement Scrappy: Jason in the eyes of some fans.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Jason, as he started to mature in his own series, acting more heroic and getting his act together.
- Lawful Good: Lui. It doesn't last very long.