* CriticalResearchFailure: Readers were irate when Norm was depicted with a [[ExposedAnimalBellybutton belly button]] in a November 2009 strip. Claiming that he wouldn't have one since he was a platypus who was hatched from an egg. [[DoubleStandard No one seemed too upset]] about the [[NonMammalMammaries large chested fox woman]] standing right behind him though.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Maureen's daughter Lily. Ed himself once said that she was their most popular secondary character and has joked about making a spinoff starring her based on sheer popularity.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Ashley, Norm's personal tormentor, showing him some sympathy after he broke up with Bridget.
** Then when Norm and Bridget get back together.
** After three years of angsting over his life, Norm finally realizes his purpose.
* HilariousInHindsight: Norm [[http://www.gocomics.com/mycage/2011/02/28 tries]] to get boys interested into girl's toys long before [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic it actually happened]].