- Crosses the Line Twice: Many of Scratchy's deaths and injuries.
- Designated Hero: Parodied. Itchy is depicted as a hero and yet sadistically abuses and murders Scratchy in many ways, even if the latter did nothing to annoy him. Lampshaded by Homer at one point, too.
- Designated Monkey: In a parody of standard cat and mouse cartoons, Scratchy is brutalized just because he's the cat.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: Homer's attempt to course-correct Poochie by having the character publicly apologise for failing to be as entertaining as was promised resembles the furore over Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) and its titular character's unpopular character design, with the studio apologising and promising a course-correction of their own. In the former's case, Homer's ideas were scrapped and never saw the light of day. In the latter's, audiences responded very warmly.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In "The Tears of a Clone", Scratchy is Killed Off for Real and Itchy realizes that life is meaningless without his Arch-Enemy around, so he creates a cloning machine and creates more clones of Scratchy so he can kill them. However, he quickly gets tired because the machine spits out the clones too fast, so Itchy creates a killing machine and makes an endless slaughterfest. Over fifteen years later, we get the Treehouse of Horror XXVI segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", whose plots became strikingly similar to "The Tears of a Clone", with Sideshow Bob as Itchy and Bart Simpson as Scratchy; the Reanimator in place of the cloning and killing machines; and a slightly different ending, which goes well with Bart and his family finally triumphing over Bob after all the ordeals the boy has gone through.
- The joke about Poochie's name was that nobody could be bothered coming up with an edgy dog-themed name. Then Lil' Bow Wow came along.
- Surely a real-life animated studio would never resort to rapping dogs to pander to kids, right?
- Humor Dissonance: Comparing the Simpsons' laughter with the viewer, of course (though Comedic Sociopathy always helps in this case).
- Iron Woobie: Scratchy takes a ton of abuse and comes back fine in the next cartoon.
- Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
- Pandering to the Base: Poochie is a deliberate example. The only guideline the writers and character designers had was "dog with attitude". The end result meant that Poochie was trying to embody pretty much anything that could be considered cool at any given point in the 20th century, all at the same time and with absolutely no energy put into his actual character.
- Periphery Demographic: In-Universe, the show is absolutely adored by hipster students and nerdy, adult fanboys. Out of universe, it also holds true.
- The Scrappy: Poochie is an intentional example. He was made to make the show fresh and relevant again, but everyone hated him so much that he was removed after just one episode.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Poochie gets mowed down by the duo in "Treehouse of Horror IX".
YMMV / The Itchy & Scratchy Show