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YMMV for the comic book character
- Cant Un Hear It: Many fans think of reading his quotes in Michael Chiklis voice. It helped that his performance is considered the best of the Fantastic Four duology acting. Alternates exist in Fred Tatascoire (The bonus levels of thetie-in game for the 2005 film, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!)), Dave Boat (The Super Hero Squad Show, the Marvel Universe shows, Marvel Heroes, ''Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order;;), and the late Chuck McCann (the '90s Marvel cartoons).
- Ensemble Dark Horse: As Stan Lee tells it, The Thing was originally the most popular member of the group, which influenced Lee's creation of the Incredible Hulk.
- Jerkass Woobie: The thing started out as one, constantly lamenting about his appearance and picking fights with Johnny at every given opportunity, going so far as to threaten throwing a car at him. This tension reached the ultimate breaking point when, Johnny, after a massive argument with Ben, temporarily quit the FF, of which Ben couldn't have been more happy. Even when his relationship with Alicia began, it was constantly riddled with Wangst over the fact that Alicia preferred The Thing over Ben.
- Memetic Mutation: Say it with me, folks IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!!!
- The Woobie: Ben Grimm, mutated into the monstrous-looking Thing, but also one of the most respected and beloved superheroes in the Marvel universe. Word of God has stated that The Thing is the most beloved superhero in the entire Marvel Universe. This makes him analogous to Nightwing of DC Comics.