- Broken Base: Not as harsh as in most cases, but there's a notable divide between fans who like their pre-Beautiful Letdown material, and those who like their more recent stuff.
- The Catch Phrase Catches On: "Sorry, I'm awesome." note
- Covered Up: Their cover of Sabotage by the Beastie Boys. And it's awesome!
Jon: "'The Mandy Moore song?' C'mon!"
- There are also a lot of people who only know the Mandy Moore version song "Only Hope" from A Walk to Remember.
- This was hilariously demonstrated in one of their video podcasts, when a guest musician accidentally referred to "Only Hope" as "The Mandy Moore song" in front of Jon.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Quite a bit, with "Meant to Live," "Dare You to Move," "Stars," and "Only Hope" being the most notable examples.
- Ear Worm: "Poparazzi" is this by design.
"Stuck in my heaAAAAaaaad!"
- Epic Riff: "Meant To Live"
- "Stars" as well. Jon's actually said that it's his favorite song from that album because of it.
- "Free" from Hello Hurricane can also qualify.
- Face of the Band: Jon and Tim are both really popular.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: "Poparazzi" was written to make fun of the glut of teenybopper pop artists gaining popularity at around the turn of the century. Mandy Moore turned out to be a fan of their music, which gained enough exposure through her film A Walk to Remember to score the band a mainstream record deal... and the rest is history.
- I Am Not Shazam: When Jerome first joined the band, a lot of the fanbase thought that he was "Chin", the Asian guy in the liner notes of the band's first album. He isn't.
- Louis Cypher: A possible (and given the story of Faust, probable) interpretation of the old man in the first verse of "Faust, Midas, and Myself."
- Signature Song: "Dare You To Move" and "Meant to Live"
- Among the fanbase, "Gone" is also really popular, and during concerts will sometimes draw the loudest cheer of the night.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: "Stay" by Safetysuit is this to "Meant to Live".
- "Let It Out" bears some uncomfortable similarities to "Some Nights" by fun.
- Tear Jerker: Too many to count.
- Uncanny Valley: At the beginning of "Faust, Midas, and Myself", an old man (implied to be Satan) is described like this: "Something in his eyes, something in his laugh, something in his voice made my skin crawl off."