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  • Acceptable Targets: Both teens and adults are lampooned from the opposite perspective.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Pierce! Cloudcuckoo Lander, animal lover, and Deadpan Snarker.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the earliest strips is Jeremy musing on how his generation didn't have the life changing events his parents' did (such as the Kennedy assassination and the moon landing). This was before 9/11.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One arc involved Jeremy teaching Walt how to use the computer's new voice recognition software. Walt says, "Call the plumber" believing that the computer would do so. Thanks to technology marching on, apps such as Siri, Cortana, or Alexa would fulfill Walt's desire to have voice recognition software obey his requests.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: We never do find out why Jeremy's Sadist Teacher, Mrs. Butcher, hates him enough to write his grades in her own blood.
  • Values Dissonance: In a mid-90's strip, Jeremy sees his dad smoking a cigar. Walt explains that one of his patients gave them out in celebration of a new baby, and then asks Jeremy "What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?" Not exactly something you'd expect to hear a responsible dad say to his son, especially in times of so many anti-drug campaigns.
  • Values Resonance: In a 1999 strip published during the height of post-Columbine hysteria, Jeremy responds to his father's claims that the video game industry is the cause of youth violence by jokingly accusing the automotive industry of causing the high amount of deaths in car accidents. After the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 and the Parkland shooting in 2018, claims like those of Jeremy's dad would end up resurfacing again and facing just as much derision from actual youths and gamers, with the argument reaching a new height in the latter case when American president Donald Trump himself blamed video game violence for the massacre.
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  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Some think that the creators are still able to perfectly capture teenage and parent life without feeling like you're watching a rerun from a really old sitcom, despite the fact that the comic began in 1997 and that the creators haven't raised a teenager in quite a while. Others think the strip is a printed slurry of lazy, decades-old stereotypes and a 60-something man's Oedipal Complex.

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