- Anvilicious: During the Bush era, Tajel constantly protested the war in Iraq. There were a few less-than-subtle Bush slams during that time as well.
- Archive Panic: The comics have run for more than 15 years (and still counting) and has accumulated 1000+ strips.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: this
- Freud Was Right: The line break in the middle of "encephalic" in this strip (in the part about "The Campus Tower").
- Vanilla Protagonist: The protagonist is simply a generic representative of a grad student who doesn't even have a name. Compared to The Slacker Mike, the constantly overworked Cecelia, the Granola Girl Tajel and his much more irresponsible sister Dee, his character really doesn't stand out and is often interchangeable with the sea of other grad students he shares a lab with. Probably the reason why he often gets Out of Focus in favour of the aforementioned side characters.
- The Woobie: All the characters at times, but especially Cecilia during the first year of the strip. She seems perpetually overworked, a point driven home by this strip and her having to cancel her vacation trip to work more.