- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- In the original story, Chico from "The Stick Men" calls the Hobgoblins "yobs", which is a derogatory term to describe Lower-Class Lout juvenile delinquents, but he is five-years-old and never goes outside, so did he overhear his snobbish, wealthy parents use the phrase and thought it fit in this context?
- Pylon from "Superstitious Nonsense" could have a mental health issue (OCD, for example) that causes her extreme paranoia.
- Complete Monster: Prince Egor, from "The Black Knight", is an evil knight known for his evil deeds in battle. When he hears that its king is dead, he invades the country of Ruritania, steals the crown, and subjects its people to endless misery. He steals all of his new subjects' wealth and possessions, forces everyone to worship him, kills all the animals and burns all the crops, leaving his subjects with nothing to eat and beheads anyone who speaks out against him. Not even children are safe, as they are put in service of the Black Knight.
- Critical Research Failure: Greta Gawky in "The People Potter" is overly clumsy, but the story is framed to make the reader despise her. Whenever she says that she cannot control her clumsiness, the Literalist Snarking automatically claims that she is lying and/or refusing to take responsibility. However, unexplained clumsiness can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, such as sudden growth spurts,note hearing loss, and there is also a disorder named dyspraxia. So with her parents, children at school and the story itself against her, Greta becomes Unintentionally Sympathetic.
- Fridge Horror: The implication that the lives of many of the parents of these childrennote are much better when their children are killed, kidnapped, or mutilated. The mother of tantrum-throwing, mouthy and embarrassing Thomas from "Sweets" doesn't even remember he exists after he disappeared (he was turned into a mannequin).
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- "Guilt Ghost"'s plot of a man refusing to tell the police that he accidentally killed someone after punching them in the face, which made them fall to their death, is a lot more disturbing when British newspapers and TV documentaries have reported about the rising crime of "one-punch deaths" throughout the 2010s.
- "Burgerskip"/"Burgers" is about a greedy fast-food chain CEO wanting to bulldoze the Amazon rainforest to build more restaurants, which later mirrors the 2019 Amazon rainforest fires which have been accused of being started from a variety of things, from lack of rainfall to illegal arson.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Amos' baby-genius daughter Albert becoming Prime Minister at three in "The Childhood Snatcher", accomplishing more power than Stewienote and The Boss Baby ever did.
- Inferred Holocaust:
- Huge Hugh's neverending growth and spraying lisp would surely crush billions of people and/or drown them.
- When "Well'ard Willard" steals the Sun, the book mentions that his school is shut because the pipes are frozen, but nothing else, apart from a few mentions of the sun setting earlier and earlier throughout the weekend as well as his parents' skin turning grey and clammy. No mention of a worldwide food shortage because crops cannot grow or people getting ill from the lack of Vitamin D, etc.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Moral Event Horizon: Many of the kids are so gruesome that the viewers do not feel bad when they meet their Karmic Death and laugh with Uncle Grizzly.
- Dorothy May, the sadistic prankster from "The Piranha Sisters", who often gets her sister Petey into trouble with her practical jokes. Hours before the ultimate pranks (on Petey's birthday, no less!) a skeleton spirit vows revenge and warns that "all the jokes will turn on you". Unsurprisingly, Dorothy May ignores him.
- Truffle in "The Clothes Pigs" reaches this when his injured mother begs for help and he walks away because he was hungry.
- Chico's parents in "The Stick Men" have several, when they're not yelling at Chico for trying to have a normal childhood.Chico's father: Explain this interruption!
Chico's mother: I'm sorry, dear, but what's-his-name's been drawing on the walls again.Chico's father: "What's-his-name" who?Chico's mother: Your son Chico. That thing over there.Chico's father: Oh, him. Is he still here? I thought we decided to put him out with the rubbish months ago. How tedious!
- In "Fat Boy with a Trumpet" sadistic Johnny Bullneck and his gang take Timothy's bullying to such torturous extremes (stripping him of his clothes, throwing him to the mud and planning to throw at him heavy balls that would seriously injure him) that it's actually a relief when he is fried.
- Farmer Tregowan in "The Chipper Chums Go Scrumping", who serves crushed-up children in his cider because they stole from his orchard.
- Serena in "Death By Chocolate", especially when she ate her sister's food in front of her. It makes the ending very satisfying.
- Most Wonderful Sound: Spindleshanks, whenever he makes the odd sound, whether he's laughing or moaning with fear.
- "The Chipper Chums Go Scrumping" is full of this.
- It's such a good parody of a typical children's novel by Enid Blyton, it's easy to see it as a victim of Poe's Law, from the Food Porn descriptions of the picnic Aunt Fanny packed the kids, to the Nostalgia Goggled, wholesome, post-Second World War Britain atmosphere. It would make The Hays Code vomit.
- This also makes farmer Tregowan's violent, gunslinging appearance all the more hilarious, especially when he has to clash with the children that are still acting no different to the characters they're paying homage to.
- The Chipper Chums themselves, as well as their family members. They all talk in 1950s Stock British Phrases — the sort that are parodied nowadays, like "I say!" or use words like "spiffing" and "chaps" — and are unnaturally polite and enthusiastic all the time. The narm is Up to Eleven when they keep their Stiff Upper Lip as Tregowan is threatening them with a shotgun; when Tregowan shoots Stinker, they chastise him like a misbehaving child.
- Uncle Grizzly whenever he was Chewing the Scenery. The best example is at the end of "The History Lesson".
- "The Chipper Chums Go Scrumping" is full of this.
- Replacement Scrappy: The Night Night Porter, and the HotHell as well, especially for the audience that grew up with the Uncle Grizzly and his creepy cinema.
- Spiritual Successor: The TV show, to Wolves, Witches and Giants.
- Ugly Cute: Spindleshanks the spider.
- Values Resonance: The cast is very multicultural, pointing out that anyone of any race can be an asshole and/or a Nice Guy.
- What an Idiot!: It now has its own page.
- The Woobie: Chico, from "The Stick Men", is the only child of workaholic parents who care nothing about him. Constantly farmed out to nannies who never take him to meet kids of his own age, he creates friends through crayons. His parents and his nanny find it a nuisance and constantly insult him about it. Fortunately, he gets his happy ending when he lives with his friends, and his parents are killed in a helicopter accident.
YMMV / Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids