• Base Breaker: LOLBAT is in the lead, although a lot of Kurtz twists and addons have the same element. Skull's diminuitive, ambitious cousin, and Scratch Fury and many others all have their detractors.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Scott's Dad is probably the darkest horse to become as popular as he has with the fanbase, but Scott does try not to overuse him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: An early strip has Skull take over from Robbie for a while, wearing his hat. After Robbie comes back, Skull refuses to give it back unless he's given another hat to replace it. "Make it a really cool hat". Description Cut to Skull wearing a fez. After all, fezzes are cool.
  • Les Yay: Brent mistakes Jade and Miranda for this at Miranda's introduction to the comic.
  • Memetic Mutation: Batman's parents are DEEEEEAAAAD!
  • The Scrappy: Skull's cousin Schecky. Lampshaded when he reappeared for Thanksgiving 2012, with a cartoony "Aww Hell! Shecky's Back!" title card.
  • Mary Sue: Marcy, who bests Francis in everything, is a talented artist, and whose only flaw is jealousy, once, when Francis flirts with a cosplayer. Also, she easily gets into an art school with two unfunny comic strips, while Francis gets teased for wanting to go to gaming college, then mocked and derided for 'not growing up.'
  • Schedule Slip: Scott is notoriously bad at keeping to a schedule, especially in recent years. Whether this is due to him working on new projects that interested him more (such as Table Titans) or his own work habits is unknown, but there have been long stretches of time he's only posted a single strip a week or worse with no excuse.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Several of Kurtz' recent (well, last-couple-of-years kind of recent) plots build up an impressive and possibly even grandiose story arc, only to fizzle out on a short anticlimax. Take for example Robbie's brewing company, Brent's deal with the devil, or the developer that tried to bribe them into giving a good review of his game, all plots which could have been fantastic if not for the fact that Kurtz apparently chickened out right when he got to the hook. Not to mention the possibility that Francis and Marcy had been drugged by Glamrock Games so they wouldn't spoil the (possibly) pre-arranged outcome of the gaming tournament in Vegas