- Alternative Character Interpretation: Some have claimed Fisk uses his job as an excuse avoid the parts of parenting he doesn't enjoy or even outright be an absentee father.
- Arc Fatigue: MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINS.note
- Base-Breaking Character: Audrey has become one, to an extent. She is generally seen as either a decent and likeable character, or as an unsuitable portrayal of transgender people. Naylor later described those who criticized her portrayal and design as suffering from Audrey Derangement Syndrome.
- Designated Villain: YMMV on Angela who exists in the strip as a Straw Character on occasion, but is considered a lot more reasonable than the protagonists by her fans.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Charlie. Its gotten to the point where the Hatedom fears for Charlie every time she shows up in the strip because they dont want to see the last likeable character in the strip ruined.
- Also, Angelica. Occasionally treated as a villain, the strips detractors look on her as something akin to a hero.
- Despite her Base-Breaking Character status, Audrey. It helps that shes legitimately cute and sweet, and she was part of one of the better story arcs.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The infamous Muffin Arc goes into great detail about just what a hero is supposed to be, asserting that impulsive heroism rarely actually helps, and that a hero is not someone who whimsically supports whoever he or she finds most sympathetic at any given moment.
- Fridge Horror: One character is a doberman... with sheared ears.
- Les Yay:
- Charlie is very attracted to Janie and ultimately gets her chance to kiss her for real (while dressed as a boy). Janie lets her down easy, saying she would not want to hurt her as a friend, but shes shown licking her lips appreciatively at the arcs end.
- While drunk, Trixie (somewhat humorously) tells Beth If you were a man, Id totally lick your pussy. Later on, they have sex (naturally expanded on in one of Naylors adult comics, called Straight Girls Kissing in the Shower) and Beth promises to visit her when she returns.
- Revisited again and invoked in the story arc where Aron attempts to get close to his latest crush Audrey, who is involved with a Butch Lesbian. To sneak into a lesbian convention the two are attending, Aron disguises himself as a woman, and Trixie pretends to be her girlfriend. Aron manages to kiss Audrey...only for this to seemingly become Ho Yay when she gets a boner. However, Audrey is then confirmed to be transgender, and she and Aron develop a sweet relationship following the momentary awkwardness that ensues.
- Memetic Mutation: About as official as it can get, since Fisk now has his own Meme Generator template
- Nightmare Fuel: I want his hands.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- Tommy gives Leo some solid advice about treating women and how to treat relationships with them.
- Dont accept your own failures as predetermined when you can demonstrably not make them.
- Taking up little space in the grand scheme of things does not make you insignificant.
- Before you dwell on what you would find appealing in a potential partner, think about what could be appealing about you and work on that. (This continues a similar Aesop delivered by Lucy in Better Days.)
- Toy Ship: Thomas and Miko hint at this in one strip when they practice kissing. Janie later teases Thomas when Mikos Education Mama gets her a tutor and notes how shes spending her time with him instead of Thomas. Of course, Thomas himself adds to it when he worriedly asks Abigail for something that would help make Miko uninterested in the other guy. Eventually, Miko admits that she's already attracted to Thomas, especially because her mother hates him.
- What an Idiot!: Played for laughs. Fisk, Elizabeth, and some other adults end up stuck in a tree with a bear circling the ground below. Elizabeth gets one bar on her cell but ends up blowing any opportunity to call for help by fawning over pictures sent by Trixie of their kids.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Obviously, being the work of Jay Naylor should be enough of an indication that this isnt a kids comic, but for those readers who ignored the click here if youre over 18 disclaimer, the header and the pornfolio covers running up and down the page alongside the comic, note that despite the look of the comic, it features frequent cursing and scary material, as well as references to sex, infidelity, assassination, incest and an extended arc set at a nudist camp. (Although to be fair in that last case, the arc presented a more realistic example of one, complete with a comic explaining the concepts origin.)
YMMV / Original Life