- Fair for Its Day: Die Geschichte von den schwarzen Buben may come off as a bit racially insensitive to a modern day reader, while in fact it is dropping an anvil against racism.
- Nightmare Fuel: The pictures.
- Paranoia Fuel: The Scissorman. To recap: a Humanoid Abomination who, should you suck your thumb, will jump from nowhere and unceremoniously chop them off.
- Values Dissonance: Today the stories are considered as cruel while stories aimed at children during the late 18th century were in general darker and often filled with someone dying or otherwise suffering horribly for not having known or learned the lection it tried to teach.
- "Weird Al" Effect: Die Geschichte vom Daumenlutscher is better known to modern audiences through the Family Guy version.
- They're also well known to those who've read Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol. The first arc featured the Scissormen, creatures with scissors for hands that cut people out of reality. Hoffman's writing was directly referenced as the basis for creating the Scissormen.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The reaction most adults nowadays have to the book, due to all the death, bloody violence, and Disproportionate Retribution.
YMMV / Struwwelpeter