- Accidental Innuendo: Alfie's narration about his future home life: "I play with both my kids. We share a lot, spend time together, and touch in good ways."
- Bile Fascination: Pretty much the only reason anyone would read this would be to see if its homophobic messages are really as bad as everyone says.
- Memetic Molester: Uncle Pete. A possibly intentional example, since he molests Alfie a lot.
- Moral Event Horizon: Uncle Pete crossed the MEH when he molested Alfie for the first time.
- Narm: Uncle Pete's face looks absolutely hilarious when he's touching Alfie. Blame the Off-Model drawings for that. Or as some people put it: "Oh no, Alfie's been molested by Conan O'Brien!"
- Overshadowed by Controversy: Pretty much the only reason anyone remembers this book is because of it being propaganda for conversion therapy and claiming that gay people only think they're gay because they were molested as children.
- Squick: It's about a boy being molested; this is to be expected.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There is a positive, uplifting message in this book, but it was mishandled and broke into a million pieces. Specifically that you can still lead a happy and normal life if you're molested as a child. However, the entire "homosexuality is a problem that must be cured, you're not really gay - just confused" shtick rather detracts from the overall positivity of any uplifting message intended.
- Values Dissonance: Uncle Pete only comes off with being scolded for molesting Alfie. Nowadays, you'll be arrested for committing such an offense.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Oh, so, so much. This book has caused controversy because of the implications.
- The Woobie: Alfie gets molested by his uncle, has a not-so-good home life, and is bullied by the other kids in school. With all the stuff that happens to him, you really want to give him a hug.
YMMV / Alfie's Home