- Author Tract: Odd occasionally laps into little sermons about what's wrong with modern civilization, i.e. liberalism, irreligion, scientism, mass media, utilitarian bioethics, etc.
- Tear Jerker: The reveal of Stormy's death.
- The Woobie: Odd, Stormy, and Odd's neighbor, who lost everyone dear to her. Her husband due to a heart attack in his sleep, and the rest of her family while they were on vacation and had the misfortune to pick one of the 9-11 planes. The fact that she thinks her family's invisible makes it more heartwrenching.
The 2013 film:
- Harsher in Hindsight: A flashback shows a guy with similar powers to Odd's dying when a car runs over him. Anton Yelchin lost his life in 2016 in a freak car accident.