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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Big Vern! Despite the humor of the comic strip involves Vern mistakenly believing himself as a '70s blagger, and often mistakes normal and innocent activities for criminal escapades it's NEVER really clear if Vern really is a gangster, or simply a man with severe delusions. He never seems to associate with real criminals, only with his friend Ernie, yet he does seem to know a lot about armed robberies, has no hesitation in killing people and has a seemingly endless supply of firearms.
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    • Fru T. Bun is obviously sexually deprived. The fact that he resorts to his gingerbread sex dolls could be seen as delusional as he is often finds himself surrounded by female gingerbread sex dolls and once ended up in a prison cell with a male gingerbread sex doll with a chocolate eclair for a penis, so it's not clear where the other gingerbread sex dolls came from or they are all in his head. It's heavily implied that in this world other bakers (and the occasional butcher) have the same mindset as Frubert.
  • Acceptable Targets: The majority of original lead characters are white and British and generally stereotypical of a particular region. A few secondary characters are exceptions - most notably Mr Patel, the shopkeeper in Eight Ace - who is an Indian Sikh - who is basically a Flat Character since he tends only to appear in scenes when Eight Ace is buying beer. The other most prominent minority character is Dr. Chakraborty, Mrs. Brady's doctor and Bigotry Exception, who is The Ghost.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Billy the Fish. Some of the comic's fans love the strip because it features little in the way of crude, profane stuff, and derives its humour more from parodies of classic football strips like Roy of the Rovers. And other fans hate it for exactly the same reason.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: The Animated Adaptations had Peter Cook as Roger Mellie, Harry Enfield as Tom (and Billy the Fish), Kathy Burke and (later) Jenny Eclair as the Fat Slags.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In a Christmas installment of Spoilt Bastard, Timmy's mother Sissy gingerly announces the arrival of her old friend Uncle Herbert. Timmy, as usual, rudely complains about the arrangement. On arrival, "Uncle Herbert" closely resembles Timmy, and mirrors his tendency for relentless irritable complaining. In elated fellowship, Timmy asks if Herbert can stay for New Year.
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    • Major Misunderstanding usually mistakes innocent occurrences for yet more moral degradation of modern society, which he then witheringly bemoans. One day, he finds several passers by attending a fallen memorial statue of a soldier. While one might expect the Major to denounce public drunkenness, he gruffly tells them to "leave the lad alone," and defends the right of war veterans to have a wee dram in aid to the trauma of battle.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In a 2002 strip, Roger Mellie takes over as the host of Police, Camera, Action!, only to be quickly fired when it turns out that one clip features Mellie himself causing a serious accident by drink-driving. The following year, the show's real-life host, Alastair Stewart was suspended... for drink-driving.
    • The name of the character Jack Black, who debuted before the American actor became an international household name.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sid the Sexist. On the one hand, he's a sexist, leery, perveted jerkass. On the other, he's so hilariously pathetic that you can't help but feel sorry for him.
    • Biffa Bacon. A violent juvenile delinquent who's frequently physically abused by his parents for trivial reasons.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The Real Ale Twats is beloved by real ale fans, and the characters' catchphrases often quoted.
  • The Scrappy: Questionnaires used to ask readers to name their least favorite strip "EXCEPT Billy The Fish."
    • Word of God states that Billy The Fish was intentionally designed to be the Scrappy: the stupid, unfunny and generally crap strip that always gets read last. It is the only strip drawn in greyscale, in order to make even the artwork look dull.
  • Shallow Parody: Sometimes the case, but always played for Rule of Funny.
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • Thunderpants is not the Johnny Fartpants movie. But it's close.
    • Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge character is very similar to Roger Mellie, although far less vulgar and less consciously amoral.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Some strips are parodies of long-extinct British children's humour, sports, or adventure strips that now survive in public comprehension pretty much only through the Viz parodies.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The comic has a look similar to The Beano, but the front covers alone make it fairly obvious it isn't kiddie fare.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Some critics praised The Bottom Inspectors for its supposed political satire. The creators said that the strip wasn't political, they just wanted to put as many euphemisms for "bottom" as they could in a single strip.


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