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YMMV: Something Positive
  • Anvilicious: Pushes this from time to time, as a number of arcs tend to end in a character getting a lecture about how stupid they are (or how wrong they are for their views or stance on the issue at hand).
  • Complete Monster: Avogadro Pompey stands out as a Complete Monster even compared to the Jerk Ass cast of : he kept Pepito as a sex slave, psychologically and physically abused his nephew, and set Kharisma up to take the rap for a murder (his own, as a matter of fact) which she didn't commit.
  • Designated Monkey: Possibly related to the Double Standard. Mike was treated like crap by the main cast for the longest time, but he never engaged in their Comedic Sociopathy.
  • Die for Our Ship: According to Randy in this video, Vanessa's introduction was delayed for four years in order to minimize this. She was initially supposed to be brought in later that year after Davan's break-up with Branwen. She was very popular with the fans, and he didn't want them comparing them unfavourably.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Davan and PeeJee. Devoted to each other, a obviously much better relationship than most of his girlfriends and her boyfriends (both of which are usually crazy or cheating or both) but they stop at Platonic Life Partners. Milholland gets a lot of mail asking if Davan and PeeJee are going to hook up, so he did a Q&A strip saying no, the woman whom PeeJee is based on asked him not to, and he doesn't see it working, which means more than any amount of "They're meant to be!" emails. Of course, this isn't helped by the amount of Ship Tease Randy puts into the comic to begin with, which he's admitted to putting in to mess with people.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Avagadro complaining about the lack of specific torments in hell is meant to showcase his Complete Monster and Depraved Bisexual status. But then again, the fact that he wants these torments (as indicated by the apparent erection he gets when describing them in the 3rd panel), and then being denied them, is Hell's way of inflicting torment upon him!
  • Harsher in Hindsight- This one is a little chilling to read in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks.
  • Hollywood Homely: Despite looking pretty average when compared to the rest of the cast, people treat Davan as if he is one of the most disgusting, grotesque person in all of human creation. One girl actually started screaming in fear when she saw him for the first time. Granted, said woman was Kharisma and the jokes about Davan's appearance disappeared after the first few years.
  • Ho Yay: A number of fans saw this between Davan and Jason. A filler comic confirms that it's just wishful thinking on the slashers' parts.
  • Jerk Sue: A resultant of reaction between Slice of Life and supersaturated Comedic Sociopathy solution. The only question is "who?", with Davan and Aubrey being main candidates, or even the whole core cast, especially when they work together. Milholland admits that they should really all be in jail.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Randy himself. If you're going to send Randy flame emails, make sure that googling your email address doesn't lead to your phone number/address/embarrassing information about you. This is partly on the YMMV page because this makes him either a Magnificent Bastard or just a petty Jerkass depending on how big a fan of his you are.
    • "Damn you Milholland!" is the fandom's catchphrase for the ability to contrast the Comedic Sociopathy and Black Comedy with the occasional heartwrenching story climax.
    • In-story, Fluffmodeous is starting to shape up like one. Imaginary, perhaps, but still terrifying.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Mike, a whiny, misogynistic jerk who blamed everyone else for his failures. Slowly, he realised that everyone thought he was a asshole, and that they were right and started to change. Even with some backsliding, he was trying to do the right thing and became much more sympathetic.
    • Kharisma, a dimwitted Rich Bitch who lost the money and kept the attitude, entirely self-centred and hated the ugly "little people". Then she scarred her face, went to prison, faced being killed there, was broken out and now leads an off-the-grid semi-criminal life that has knocked the attitude out of her and also made her a sympathetic character. According to Randy: "I have to say I'm surprised by how many people actually look forward to Kharisma strips and more stunned it's not to see her suffer."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Yes, sometimes Milholland ladles it on with a trowel, but a number of times it's entirely justified.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Lampshaded in the tag to the "Lizard Happy" strip (A reaction from someone who knows the author): "Stop trying to give your readers diabetes".
  • Tear Jerker: How Milholland revealed that Faye had died — after having Fred wemble all day the day before about telling her he has Alzheimer's and spend a great day with her.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There are a lot of side characters in the strip, and a lot of them have these very interesting little bits of history to them, and have complicated private lives. Many of these situations are only explained in Info Dump exposition instead of shown, and thus we miss out on some very good bits. Of particular note are the mess that Davan's ex Eva's lift turned into (repeatedly getting back together with an abusive boyfriend while her ex-fiancee chases after her), and his other ex Celie and their weird history (she dumped him once he was no longer "useful to her", and spent their last days setting up her next relationship, then left Monette with an apartment lease and bailed on everyone, only to reappear in a few mini-arcs to interact with the cast).
  • What an Idiot: Brad.

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