- Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Rosie a sweet, loving woman who needs to learn to control her child or a hysterical, irresponsible idiot? Is Harry a vile child abuser or a jerk who was in that instant justified in disciplining a bratty child?
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
- The slapper is an aggressive, Jerkass bigot and little much else.
- The parents of the slapee are ineffectual, indulgent and lawsuit-happy, and their non-parenting led to their kid becoming an out of control brat.
- And in the middle is the closest the audience will get to The Everyman... except he's busy cheating on his wife with the teen-aged babysitter.
- Long story short, in response to the "Whose side are you on?" tagline, it's very easy to say neither.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Manolis is generally considered the most likeable character, since he's not as manipulative as the rest. Even when he manhandles Aisha and goes to a brothel, he's still not the worst person in the series. Since everyone around him is so overbearing, a lot of the audience will forgive him for any moral lapses.
- Funny Moments: When Hector's son fights with his sister after she called him a fat pig. We're then treated to a full-body shot of the portly boy sitting on a bean-bag eating chips and playing video games. Even Hector could see the irony in that moment.
- Jerkass Woobie: Harry and Rosie to some people.
- Memetic Mutation: The Slap Part 2 comedy skit from Open Slather has garnered a huge amount of popularity on the internet, easily becoming the most known skit form that show. The skit takes the premise Up to Eleven and involves the main character slapping the child, the parents, the party goers, the police, and then the narrator. It's been the source of countless edits usually with a Memetic Badass's face imposed on the slapper and a variety of their victims imposed on all the people getting slapped. It's gotten to the point where quite a lot of people are more familiar with that skit than the show it was made to parody.
- The Scrappy: Aisha and Rosie. Aisha is a sourpuss just looking for a reason to turn on Hector's family and look like a saint, while Rosie has a victim complex and tries to milk the incident for all it's worth.
YMMV / The Slap