- Arc Fatigue: The Butterfly arc suffered from this, going on for four months. While it wasn't boring, it was fairly long and an interview with a fan even stated that it suffered from this.
- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Did Zoey deserve all of the things done to her by Larisa, or is Larisa just being an outright bully to her and she's just a Jerkass Woobie?
- When Michelle rejected Zoey's affections after her sudden kiss, was her reaction just trying to remain calm and in control of the situation, or was she just painfully Oblivious to Love?
- Her reaction that night lends itself more to the former idea.
- Michelle's huge Oh, Crap! face at the end of Zoey's arc, has spawned quite a few theories from Zoey being a Closet Key, to Michelle becoming a Heteronormative Crusader. But judging by the later strips (using the homophobia of Landon's mom to get her to allow Landon dating Larisa), she was most likely shocked of how she hurt her friend's feelings. It is also a educated guess, that she apologized to her.
- Broken Base: A Vocal Minority of readers have stopped following the comic for feeling that the political references and humor of certain strips (which date back to 2009) note , as well as the more controversial story arcs note and the gradual decrease of focus in the title characters (who seldomly appear together in the same strip nowadays), have caused the comic to border on Dude, Not Funny! territory, but many other readers don't take offense at such things.
- Crosses the Line Twice: The 2012 Halloween arc.
- Designated Hero: Ye Thuza is starting to become this. While her actions of dismantling a safety harness already caused a bit of a Broken Base, it's what she does after that plants her here. She also appears to have killed an overzealous feminist for being mean to her son, but that incident might benefit from Refuge in Audacity (and from the victim being resoundly hated by the readers).
- Designated Villain: Zoey is spoken of as a popular jerk, but the most we've seen of her so far is being a victim to Larisa. Apparently, her meanness takes place off-screen.
- Dude, Not Funny!/Values Dissonance:
- Because of differing viewpoints on the nudity taboo, this strip passed in Germany without much issue, but in English-speaking countries, got Knörzer and Powree briefly accused of playing an 11-year-old up for fanservice.
- Larisa accusing a teacher of having an affair with her in order to get out of homework strays into this territory. Such accusations can cause a lot of trouble for a teacher, even if they're blatantly untrue.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- According to this, fan interest in Zoey went up a lot when she was confirmed to be a lesbian, with an unrequited crush, to boot.
- Michelle as well has garnered a fanbase, most likely helped by her pulling a Moment of Awesome to help along Larisa and Landon's relationship.
- Joe Miller only appeared in two strips, but because of the funny (and heartwarming) twist at the end of his arc, quite a few want to see him return. See the strip and the comments here.
- Foe Yay: It didn't take long for people to start shipping Richard and Melody, despite the fact that every single interaction between them has been hostile.
- Freudian Excuse: Some fans have taken to interpreting Zoey's bullying/Alpha Bitch practices as being merely symptoms of her low self-esteem due to struggling with homosexuality and a disastrous coming-out event, Larisa's counter-bullying of Zoey (and generally trolling, destructive, violent behavior) as an attempt to confront her acute sense of mortality, due to a terminal illness and Ye Thuza's questionable parenting as a misguided attempt to overcompensate for her own horrific childhood as a child soldier. Of course, none of this changes the facts that Zoey is still incredibly mean to kids who can't defend themselves, Larisa still sets people's possessions on fire without permission, and Ye Thuza still threatened her son with a sword.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This strip, which isn't as funny when you realize that Woo hasn't appeared as much since Sandra and Cloud became a couple. However, Sandra still likes being with Woo and spends time with him, so it isn't as terrible. And even after they became a couple, Sandra is still most often seen with Woo than with Cloud.
- Genius Bonus: This strip, which actually rewarded readers for figuring it out.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Hazel's cute little fall when a branch broke.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Landon's mom, Harriet, believed Larisa to actually be "a succubus that'll give birth to the antichrist". Fastforward to the Divine Comedy: Larisa makes a deal with the devil to save Sandra, and will become a succubus if she succeeds because it'll be a waste of her talents to be anything less than that.
- Jerkass Woobie: Zoey, after she gets rejected.
- Les Yay:
- Played for humor here. See also Moment Killer, of which the title is a pun.
- At first it seems that Sandra reciprocates said Les Yay when admitting Larisa is a better kisser, but ultimately subverted when she takes it as a sign that she and Cloud simply need "practice."
- "You're looking in the wrong direction".
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Exaggerated (to the point of possible parody/satire) in the Armin Fish arc. The titular payment collector demands Sandra as payment of Richard's Internet service. Why? To eat her.. Thanks to Woo's surprisingly strong bite that actually rips off Fish's forearm and only leaves part of his upper arm bone visible, the situation is avoided, with Armin threatening to cut off Richard's connection so he won't have any choice but to switch to Comcast. It was still very inhumane, though.
- Although with what she has seen of Larisa, Landon's religious mother has at least some justification for disliking Larisa and not wanting her son to see her...but then she sees her son with a painting given to him by Larisa for his birthday that she does not like, and proceeds to deliberately destroy the painting and threaten to beat her son if he ever sees Larisa again. She apparently backs down on this after Michelle tells her that Landon was actually gay until he began dating Larisa, and the next thing we knew about her was that she and Landon's father got a divorce and Landon no longer lives with her.
- Pacing Problems: Melody's story arc. Richard goes from being a bitter rival to being in love with her in less than five panels, which can leave some readers puzzled as to how things escalated so quickly.
- The Scrappy:
- Landon's mom, Harriet, for being the embodiment of everything people hate about Fundamentalist Christians.
- Dorothy Cambridge, the biology teacher that appeared for an eight-strip-long story arc in 2014 did not win anybody over either, especially with her poor treatment of Cloud. She is probably the most-hated character on the comic's history. You can see the strip (and the comments below) here..
- Thomas J. God, who is not only content with killing off Sandra, but is doing so knowing fully well that this will forever ruin Cloud's life. The fact that his angels are going out of their way to put innocent people in danger and even take advantage of Sandra's good nature really doesn't help.
- Seasonal Rot: Touched upon in the post for this strip, where Novil believes the comic hasn't gone stale at all since the start of the comic.
- Remind you of Anything?: The dialog between Cloud and Sandra, which precedes their First Kiss, sounds eerily similar to Cloud's dialog with Tifa just before the now infamous "Night Beneath the Highwind".Cloud: I love you.
Sandra: I know.
Cloud: (bashful) I... I'm speechless.
Sandra: Cloud... words aren't the only thing that that tell people what you're thinking.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Actions have consequences. Larisa didn't heed this when she accidentally sent nude photos of herself to everyone on Snappic (she intended to send them to her boyfriend, Landon), and although she tried to brush this off as she seems to do whenever she gets into trouble, she soon learns from her school psychologist that, because of her actions, many innocent people have been arrested. If there are any other lessons to be learned, it's that you always take the time to learn about what programs you're installing onto your system before using them, and, more importantly, to think twice before you post something on social media.
- Also did the same to American Criminal Justice System, interest of privatized prisons, and the overreaction to pedophilia doing more harm than good; all of which are connected to each other for the benefit of Prison-Industrial Complex. Even the story ended with Goldman Sach having to lobby to get 47 million Snippic users general amnesty to prevent economic disaster except for a real-life whistleblower who leaked CIA documents. Considering that America has the highest incarceration rates in the world, this is something to not to be subtle about.
- Strawman Has a Point: Although the city council were portrayed as villains in the Roundabout story arc, they do have a point since Ye Thuza could have hurt her daughter. Not to mention her questionable methods.
- Toy Ship:
- Despite the characters' ages, there was a Love Triangle among Sandra, Cloud, and Larisa early in the comic, until Cloud chose Sandra and Larisa started a relationship with Landon.
- They are careful to depict the relationships of the main human cast (and their peers) in an age-appropriate fashion. Relationships are strongly suggested never to go beyond french-kissing, and even Larisa, who is depicted as being rather... er, precocious, is probably not going to do anything beyond that, since keeping her virginity is her mother's only concern. By this strip, however, is apparent that Larisa wouldn't mind actually taking the "next step" with Landon, but he is clearly not ready.
- And talking about her virginity, she could just lie about it after she'd lose it to Landon after he'd become "ready".
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Would you have guessed from this strip that Justin was a boy?
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: As time passes, more details of this world become clear. While they are rather tame, if you don't think too much about it, the world is fairly realistic when not using Rule of Funny, with all the things that entails. Half the stuff Larisa does is Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour and she's an avid pyro maniac. You tend to love her for the last part.
- What an Idiot!:
- The principal for taking away Larisa's insulin shots. This is hammered home when she explains that she needs them to live, and the principal interprets this as dependency. Lampshaded when Larisa proceeds to repeatedly hit her head against the desk.
- Dominic in "The T Word". What do you say when your dad is caught by airport security carrying a squirrel in his luggage (albeit by accident?) Why, claim that it's a TERROR squirrel trained to attack, of course! *facepalm*
- Dorothy practising sexism towards the male students in the school is this. Potential for lawsuits and losing her job aside (which adds to the principal's own score for hiring her and allowing her shenanigans to take effect despite this to begin with,) consider one of the students she had purposely screwed over. As many of the comments pointed out here, consider who his mother is. Sure enough....
- The Woobie: Luna. Her introductory arc shows that Zoey's comments, insensitive as they already are, get a whole lot worse when you take into account her financial situation. That, combined with her shyness and the fact her mother was murdered, makes you want to give the poor girl a hug and assure her that everything's going to be okay.
- Woolseyism: After comparing the German and English text, it is safe to assume, that most, if not all of the text is written initially in English and then translated into German (sometimes the cultural references, slang, and word plays can be translated, sometimes not (both the ones in the text or sometimes even those drawn ones).
YMMV / Sandra and Woo