- Adaptation Displacement: It was originally a 24 page long children's book by Matthew Zurbo, which was very different from the show in many ways.
- Idiot Plot
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Forms the majority of every episode. For example:
ProfessorQ: "Don't you want to be popular, Vinnie? Being intelligent makes you popular, don't you want to have friends?"Vinnie and Rocket: [Pause.] [Burst out laughing] "Oh good one Dad! Everybody knows that being smart doesn't make you popular. It makes you a geeky-nofriendshaving-lame-oh."