* {{Defictionalization}}: [[ShockAndAwe Thomas A Swift's Electric Rifle]].
* EthnicScrappy: [[UncleTomfoolery Eradicate Sampson]] - the, er, "eccentric colored man".
* MemeticMutation: The "Tom Swifties," mentioned in the main page, are now the most memorable thing from the series. [[BeamMeUpScotty Even if they didn't actually appear like that in the originals]].
* ValuesDissonance: The [[RaceTropes race relations]] in the 1950s books are fairly cringe-worthy now. ThomasPynchon called this out in his 1964 short story "The Secret Integration".
** Also, in the original pre-{{WW2}} stories, the [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms raygun]]-powered ImprobableAimingSkills and ATeamFiring of the later stories were averted as both sides regularly racked up an impressive body count with rather nonchalantly employed machine guns and artillery.