- Moment of Awesome for newspaper comics as a whole. There are several other magnificent strips that contend for the honor, but most of the other contenders cite Pogo as one of their inspirations for getting into comics to begin with. Also, the '50s comic strips had enough space to make things pretty and less political sensitivity, although they were subject to censorship pressure of many other varieties.
- However, even this didn't stop Kelly from mocking Senator Joe McCarthy during the height of the redbaiting bully's power in the 1950s. Unlike the reporter Edward R. Murrow, Kelly faced real risks doing this since he didn't have a major broadcast network backing him up and subscribing newspapers could have ruined him by dropping his strip in droves.
- Nightmare Fuel: Every other 'bad guy' in the strip is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Simple J. Malarkey is a true and terrible villain.
- "Weird Al" Effect: "We have met the enemy and he is us" is more famous now than the original quote from Oliver Hazard Perry that it parodies: "We have met the enemy and they are ours".
YMMV / Pogo