- Bizarro Episode: Every year for Kwanzaa, the strip runs a two-week-long Story Arc that involves new, made-up characters doing absolutely ridiculous things that resemble African folktales, with little concern for anything other than being awesomely over-the-top, often toeing the line between Rule of Cool and an outright Mind Screw. Past arcs have included a golden, telepathic otter and a magic sandal◊ and bat-winged bears◊, among others. Consensus among fans (or at least among The Comics Curmudgeon and his followers) is that these are among his best works; he even considers the otter "still the gold standard." They actually do tie it into the strip, but always in the same way: It always turns out to be a book Curtis was reading.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In one comic, when Gunther's Uncle Junie died, Gunther said that his uncle's last wish was if the family had to remember him with tears, it would be better to just forget about him.
- Flanderization: For a short time, Chutney was turned into a full-blown psycho stalker of Curtis. It didn't last.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Many readers only check in for the Kwanzaa strips.
YMMV / Curtis