- Ass Pull: Garfield just happens to find a flamethrower sitting around Jon's house, but it proves to be useless anyway.
- Crosses the Line Twice: In probably the most needlessly mean-spirited bit of the "story", Abe Lincoln, one of the most beloved presidents in American history, is brought back to life, only to get brutally killed off literally as soon as he appears, all for a cheap laugh in story. Even the author admitted it wasn't remotely funny, and would retcon it or bring him back to life if he ever wrote a sequel.
- Designated Hero: Garfield.
- Fridge Brilliance: The POV scene makes sense in spite of the villain being a flying pie, because it was described as having eyes—thus literally making it "Pie Eyed".
- Memetic Badass: The Splut is turned into this. It's a flying, indestructible pie that can singlehandedly blow up the Death Star and can break the speed of light several million fold!
- Mundane Made Awesome: The sentence describing Garfield jumping in ridiculously majestic detail.
- Ron the Death Eater: The Splut was always a minor, harmless nuisance in canon, but here it's an unstoppable, lethal force of nature hell-bent on killing Garfield!
- Garfield also counts here. He may have been an abrasive jerk in the comics, but he wasn't this bad.
- So Bad, It's Good: The story is completely nonsensical and absurd, but its just so dang crazy and unpredictable, that it merits reading anyway.
- Trapped by Mountain Lions: A footnote at the end reveals an unrelated subplot explaining why Jon Arbuckle wasn't in the story, saying he was caught in an accident involving a baboon fused with a cat, and is being rebuilt into the next RoboCop.
- What an Idiot!: Garfield manages to briefly get the Splut off his trail by literally telling him he's somewhere else. The story at least acknowledges how silly this is, pointing out that pies don't have brains.
YMMV / Garfield in: "Along Came a Splut"