- Base-Breaking Character: Elise, mostly because of her super spy subplots that often turn her into a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Otherwise, fans don't mind her character and actually find her relationship with Chris and interactions with Dan to be well done.
- Creepy Awesome: The Imposter in his second appearance, where he gained a second name: The Telemarketer.
- Crossover Ship: The Hub's crossover ads featuring Dan and Pinkie Pie have lead to this example.
- Cult Classic: It's considered by those who watched it as one of The Hub's best shows.
- Die for Our Ship: What Dan/Hortense fans think of Jeremiah Burger. This is actually Dan's in-universe plan: wait for the much older Jeremiah Burger to die so he can hook up with the widowed (and now wealthy) Hortense.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- In a poll for the official Facebook page, Mr. Mumbles got the most votes for most popular side character. Ninja Dave is a close second.
- Hortense is really popular with shippers and Rule 34 artists (moreso than Becky for some reason). She's adorable.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans treat "The Wedding" as this, as they feel it cancelled out one of the show's very few Heartwarming Moments.
- Foe Yay: Dan and Impostor Dan, played up even more in Dan Vs. The Telemarketer. Impostor Dan basically stalks Dan, steals his identity, breaks into his apartment, chloroforms him, calls him a "man cookie," and not to mention the scene where Impostor Dan breaks into Dan's apartment dressed up as a cat and taunts him around his bed.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Canada" can be an awkward episode to watch after Dave Foley revealed that he would be arrested if he ever returned to said country.
- Harsher in Hindsight: "I hope peppermint isn't poisonous to cats." It is. Mr. Mumbles probably shouldn't have survived "Mall Santa."
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- One episode has Dan trying to convince the police that Elise's parents are in the mafia. As proof, he records and splices a conversation they have about their cupcake business. He explains that "cupcake" is the new slang for "kill". In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom, thanks to a notoriously gory fanfic, "cupcaked" is occasionally used as slang for being gruesomely killed.
- Dan mentions in "Art" that art looks like somebody puked it up (major squick warning for the link).
- Reality TV becomes this when a year after it aired, Curtis Armstrong hosted a reality show called King of the Nerds, and in some episodes, he'd actually wear Dan's Jerk Shirt.
- In Stupidity, Dan's annoyance that Humongobots, an obvious parody of the Michael Bay Transformers, is getting a sixth installment despite the other ones being terrible. Before the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, it was announced that seven movies, as well as a Bumblebee spin-off film (making it eight in total), are being made. However, after The Last Knight underperformed, it was decided that after the Bumblebee spin-off that the film franchise would be rebooted, meaning it got exactly six installments.
- Ho Yay: Dan has expressed to Chris that he should have never gotten married, his distaste for Elise, clinginess to Chris ("Why was your phone off?...This is not ok. You never turn your phone off, ever again. Promise me!...PROMISE! ME!"), seems to really like touching Chris's mouth, knows Chris well enough to know his grooming habits from his knock, and had such dialogue gems as: "Seriously, if this doesn't work, I'm leaving you." followed by a quickly whispered "I would never leave you." and while gloating to Elise: "Possession is nine tenths of the law, I'll have you know. Technically, Chris is mine now." Chris is also the only person in the universe Dan seems willing to show any sign of caring or affection for, however minuscule the gestures may be (this being Dan, what's common courtesy to the rest of us is angelic from him), apart from his two one-episode actual Love Interests. But the kicker for this trope has to be:Dan (talking as Chris): I love you.Dan as himself, shyly: Um, I...feel...somewhat warmly towards you.
Dan: Ahh, so clean you could eat off me. (meaningful look)Chris: I'm not going to do that.Dan: I'm just saying you could..!Chris: Well, I'm not going to.Dan: FINE! (slams hand and pouts)
- And in "The Wolfman", Dan's response to Chris's heart-shaped locket containing a picture of Elise? "Hey, that's not me."
- From "Canada":
Chris: This is why our children are getting dumber. No standards!Dan: We don't have children.Chris: You know what I mean!
- From "George Washington":
Chris (after Dan saves him): "You came here to help me, you do care..!"(Dan pinches him)Chris, beaming: Ow! Ah, you can't fool me! That felt like a love pinch..!
- And in "The Beach", the "love pinch" anyone?
Chris: Shh! Do you mind? I'm trying to leave a message.Dan: Well just tell her you've left her. (into the phone) He's left you!...He's left you! And he's never coming back!
- Any time Chris and Elise start to have a moment, Dan makes sure to interrupt in some way. He also keeps trying to get them to break up.
- In the "The DMV", Chris keeps a mugshot of Dan because it looked—quote, unquote—adorable.
- Plus, in "The Family Camping Trip", he continually calls Colby "dreamy" and gets lost in his eyes.
- Jerkass Woobie: Dan himself. He's a jerk, obsessive, Brutally Honest, a big fan of Disproportionate Retribution, and often misdirects his rage (such as going after the commissioner of baseball for a game preempting his favorite show). However, he's also a Weirdness Magnet to the point of being a Cosmic Plaything, which is what triggers his various adventures. If not for that, he'd otherwise keep to himself and only be mildly impolite. He even says in "The Ski Trip" that he doesn't like devoting so much time to revenge pursuits; he just can't help it because he notices the flaws and doesn't think anyone else will do anything about them. Various episodes (particularly "Summer Camp") have also suggested his upbringing was full of neglectful, possibly abusive parenting.
- Magnificent Bastard: The Imposter is the most friendly antagonist in the show, as well as the most crafty. While the Imposter's MO is stealing people's identities and taking over their lives, he generally goes after people who are isolated from society, winning over the town under their name. Despite being outsmarted by Dan in his first appearance, the Imposter evens the score and then some in his second when he accurately predicts Dan's every move, luring him and Chris into a trapped apartment, before implanting a transmitter into Dan's molar. The Imposter then orchestrates Dan's arrest by Playing the Victim Card in front of an officer.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Robo Chris and Elise, especially when they both go to Dan's apartment.
- Impostor Dan in his creepier moments.
- Paranoia Fuel:
- Unless you have really good insurance, you don't get to see an actual doctor, but an actor the hospital secretly hired.
- Your children's dentist secretly damages your child's teeth to get more money from you.
- That guy that runs the gym? He's a cyborg. So are most of the other buff people working out there all the time. And they're all planning to rule the world and force you to repower them up, under punishment of taser. And they plan to replace you with a better looking cyborg of you. Seriously, the gym has a LOT going for it.
- Your boss is a demon.
- Seasonal Rot:
- Season 2 to some.
- While Season 3 is seen as a substantial improvement, it still has its share of hate.
- Self-Fanservice: Dan 's much more attractive in fanart.
- Sophomore Slump: See Seasonal Rot above.
- Squick: The Love Triangle between 26-year-old Dan, 50-something Jeremiah Burger, and 14 to 16-year-old Hortence is this for many viewers.
- Suspiciously Similar Song:
- A version of "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack is heard in "Golf".
- The credits in "Dan vs. Chris" play over a parody of the theme from Star Trek: The Original Series.
- "The High School Reunion" features songs similar to many of The '80s' greatest hits.
- "Technology" features an obvious pastiche of Quincy Jones' "Ironside".
- Naturally, the showdown in "Wild West Town" features a variation on the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- Ugly Cute: Mr. Mumbles the female cat.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
- The Hub's programming is very much child-friendly stuff, and while some series on the channel do have quite a bit of dark material, Dan Vs. is perhaps the only one that owes its darkness to Black Comedy. This show would likely feel more at home on Adult Swim or Cartoon Network fighting with Regular Show over which "kid-friendly-but-really-not" cartoon is the best. That being said, Dan Vs. originated as a live-action adult sitcom, and was actually pitched to Adult Swim before premiering on The Hub.
- This actually hurt the show when it got imported to Hungary. Due to its timeslot and the TV promos focusing heavily on the Black Comedy aspect, many people thought it was going to be a "raunchier", adult-oriented cartoon, only to be disappointed upon realizing that it was in reality more of a kids' show.
- The fact that Dan and Elise were played by actors known for their voice-work on American Dad! and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (both of which were TV-14-rated cartoons), respectively, doesn't help.
YMMV / Dan Vs.