* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cat_vs_internet You should act out to get attention.]] Various ones appear frequently, considering the grim tone of the subject matter.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running5 Nope. Nope. Nope.]]
* TearJerker: [[http://theoatmeal.com/comics/house The story of Inman's house burning down]] is just a little heartbreaking. [[spoiler:Until the end that is]].
* UglyCute: Many of the characters generally drawn.
** Oatmeal describes most of his people looking like a "frog-eyed sausage".