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- Fan Nickname: The organization that Jason's father heads was never given an actual name. Fans eventually took to calling them the JFO (Jason's Father's Organization).
- The Head Alien was dubbed "Dexter" by fans after he died and was resurrected, which mirrors your body and thus switched his fingered hand from his left arm to his right. This was never seriously used in the comic, though it was was referenced during the Fans! crossover.
- Fridge Brilliance: Given the reveal that Alan is an alien in a robot suit, it's entirely possible that yes, this ear is made of rubber.◊
- Harsher in Hindsight: A lot of the mothers in the comic are manipulative or in one case abusive. Years later, Willis wrote a tumblr post that adds a sadder perspective to those characters.
- Jerkass Woobie: Beef's behaviour in the finale is horrific, but his reason for turning is sympathetic, being completely shoved aside by his parents in favour of Sal, while his birth parents were murdered and forgotten.
- Magnificent Bastard: Head Alien, and in the final arc, Penny Worthington.
- And arguably Mike.
- Moral Event Horizon: Dargon Chesterfield destroying an entire universe out of spite.
- Nightmare Fuel: Any time Walky gets angry, it's terrifying to behold.
- The Scrappy: A creator-specific version. Willis's dislike of Guns is on record, and she's one of the few characters who he has stated will not appear in Dumbing of Age ever.
- Strangled by the Red String: Joyce and Walky ventured into this at times. Most notably, Joe laments that he can't possibly pursue Joyce because doing so would be like getting in the way of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, even though the pair hadn't gotten together yet and hadn't really demonstrated themselves as compatible.
- Wangst: Sal is especially prone to this, and it starts getting lampshaded early on. Jason finally had enough of it in this strip.
- The Woobie: Dina. Sal as well, who at one point is briefly Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
Joyce & Walky!