- Acceptable Targets: Rich snobs, bullies, Mary Sue, and of course, fandom cliches that pop up in the Young Justice fandom.
- Author's Saving Throw: Several times to address mistakes the author made.
- A second chapter after the Adoption cliche was written addressing how the Team's legal guardians/parents reacted to the idea.
- A self-imposed one by the author addressing an issue with Zatanna in previous stories, giving her a dose of Laser-Guided Karma and making her more regretful of her actions against Wally in the past.
- When criticized for not wanting to do a chapter on Superman initially, Superman finally gets the spotlight and is portrayed in a sympathetic light over his neglect of Conner, while still trying to make up for it.
- Catharsis Factor: Fans praise the story for this, finding the deconstructions refreshing and putting cliches into a more realistic perspective.
- Growing the Beard: The story starts off with short, but funny chapters and slowly evolves into balancing between humor and drama while maintaining more of a story as the fic progresses. Chapter 19 has shown this with a good balance of this. It hits its mark with Chapter 21, dealing with the initial deconstructed cliche and the aftermath from several viewpoints.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- Chapter 8: There are two sides to every story. And try to use your common sense and observational skills rather than just letting the majority rule who was in the right.
- Chapter 14: What might seem funny to you might actually be traumatic to someone else on the receiving end.
- Chapter 15: If you enforce a rule on someone but don't follow up on it yourself, no one will be happy. Also, don't go over the top to fix a problem when several simpler solutions are available, as Alfred pointed out to Bruce in the end. And respect that a child, especially an intelligent one like Dick, is capable of having their own opinions and needs that need to be met and deserve to be given the same amount of respect they give back.
- Chapter 20: Don't rely on cultural stereotypes and put in the effort to ask and learn the real facts.
- Chapter 21: A leader is sometimes forced to make a tough decision, but it doesn't always give you the right to ream them for it, especially if whatever happened was a Morton's Fork or not really the leader's fault.
- Chapter 24: Once Done, Never Forgotten gets tiring after the event has passed and those involved have learned from it. If you don't drop the issue, then YOU end up looking immature and in the wrong.
- Chapter 25: Sometimes, you have to send a big message to get the point across to other people. Also, not taking the time to explain the situation to the ones you care about can be harmful, as Dick's narration makes it clear. Once Bruce puts his foot down and makes it clear to Dick that he is wanted and loved, things get better between them.
- What an Idiot!: Dick confronts Bruce about his bullying problem in Chapter 15, frustrated that he isn't allowed to defend himself. Bruce decides to do something about it on his own terms.
- You'd Expect: That he confront the bullies' parents and possibly get the school involved to prevent this from happening again, using his influence as the richest man in Gotham to ensure that Dick doesn't have to worry about being harassed anymore.
- Instead: He goes out as Batman and threatens the bullies while in costume and uses Dick's name. Note, that he had previously told Dick that he couldn't defend himself at the risk of exposing his secret ID.
- The Result?: One of the bullies figures out that Bruce and Dick are the Dynamic Duo and attacks Dick again, only this time, Dick kicks him in the crotch. Dick and Alfred are also pissed at Bruce for the action, with Alfred suggesting contacting the school and parents like a concerned father might do. Bruce also puts himself on sour terms with the two of them for doing something so out of character. The story ends with Bruce attempting to make amends with Dick, but deciding to leave the boy alone and respect his wishes for once when Dick refuses to talk to him.
- However: This was enforced by the author, wanting to show the consequences of the fandom's typical solution to bully fics, rather than just discussing it.
YMMV / Bad Idea