- Alas, Poor Scrappy: The fate of Scholar being burned alive by a flamethrower was horrifying despite him becoming more arrogant once he became an officer.
- Fanon Discontinuity: The World War II stories are disregarded by many fans. They are also the only ones not to be included in later graphic novel reprints.
- Moral Event Horizon: Snell: his ruthlessness, gross incompetence, and arrogance towards his men made him The Neidermeyer of the series. First, his first platoon was annihilated in a vendetta from the surviving Germans after he set up a bomb package during the Truce's gift exchanges. Second, his conduct during the tunnel was horrific (namely, his refusal to accept the soldiers to hide from bombardments and continuing the tunnel project when the Germans already noticed them and many died in retaliation) that Charley attempted to murder him. Third, he annihilated Charley's platoon save for Charley and Bill with him being left behind after he was hosted by acid sprayer. To make matter worse, he survived long enough to have Charley and Bill mobilized for Russian Civil War before he was killed by acid spray in 1918, which makes his death both a Karmic Death and a final act as Karma Houdini.
- Only the Creator Does It Right: The stories written by Scott Goodall are not as well regarded as the original run by Pat Mills, as it turns the strip into a fairly run-of-the-mill World War II story.
- The Scrappy: Scholar became this once Snell sponsored him into an officer training, where he became more arrogant and less competent. In addition, he had Charley court-martialed (luckily, exonerated due to a statement made by a fellow officer) based on his assumption of Charley's actual wound as a deliberate injury, which stemmed from his paranoia about a joke made by his subordinates.
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