YMMV / Viz

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Big Vern! Despite the humor of the comic strip involves Vern mistakenly believing himself as a '70s blagger, and often mistakes normal and innocent activities for criminal escapades it's NEVER really clear if Vern really is a gangster, or simply a man with severe delusions. He never seems to associate with real criminals, only with his friend Ernie, yet he does seem to know a lot about armed robberies, has no hesitation in killing people and has a seemingly endless supply of firearms.
    • Fru T. Bun is obviously sexually deprived and resorts to his gingerbread sex dolls could be seen as delusional as he is often finds himself surrounded by female gingerbread sex dolls and once ended up in a jail cell with a gingerbread sex doll with a chocolate eclair for a penis, so it's not clear where the other gingerbread sex dolls came from or they are all in his head... it's heavily implied that in this world other bakers have the same mindset as Frubert.
  • Acceptable Targets: All original characters are white and British. All are stereotypes, chavs, Essex girls etc.
  • Base Breaker: Billy the Fish. Some of the comic's fans love the strip because it features little in the way of crude, profane stuff, and derives its humour more from parodies of classic football strips. And other fans hate it for exactly the same reason.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: The Animated Adaptations had Peter Cook as Roger Mellie, Harry Enfield as Tom (and Billy the Fish), Kathy Burke and (later) Jenny Eclair as the Fat Slags.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a 2002 strip, Roger Mellie takes over as the host of Police, Camera, Action!, only to be quickly fired when it turns out that one clip features Mellie himself causing a serious accident by drink-driving. The following year, the show's real-life host, Alastair Stewart was suspended... for drink-driving.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The Real Ale Twats is beloved by real ale fans, and the characters' catchphrases often quoted.
  • The Scrappy: Questionnaires used to ask readers to name their least favorite strip "EXCEPT Billy The Fish."
    • Word of God states that Billy The Fish was intentionally designed to be the Scrappy: the stupid, unfunny and generally crap strip that always gets read last. It is the only strip drawn in greyscale, in order to make even the artwork look dull.
  • Shallow Parody: Sometimes the case, but always played for Rule of Funny.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Thunderpants is not the Johnny Fartpants movie. But it's close.
  • The Weird Al Effect: Some strips are parodies of long-extinct British children's humour, sports, or adventure strips that now survive in public comprehension pretty much only through the Viz parodies.