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"I like my coffee like I like my men: tall, hot, and bitter."
Strange Fiction provides examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Vincent, although he's an unusual case in that he becomes a respected part of the main cast without this aspect of him ever changing.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Eep towards Wanda, and Vincent towards Eep. The former is played for drama (usually) and the latter for comedy.
- All Men Are Perverts: Vincent is constantly throwing himself at Eep, Eep is constantly lusting after Wanda, and Robert is constantly having sex with guys he barely knows. None of these things make the characters less likeable.
- All Women Are Lustful: Wanda makes a move on Eep without having any romantic feelings for him, even knowing that he is in love with her. She regrets it afterward, though. Michelle is a better, if less prominent example.
- Angst: Eep is quite the angstmeister, especially in the flashback arc (although this is justified in that his mother had just died).
- Art Evolution
- Art Shift: A couple of times, for out-of-continuity gag strips.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Far, far too many instances to list.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Vincent stops Eep's college friend from showing the porn film he starred in to a roomful of people. But only after the first frontal scene.
- Cliff Hanger: The Lady Attercop chooses the most inopportune times to go on hiatus.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Wanda.
- Continuity Nod: When Wanda finds out that Eep attempted suicide when he was in high school, she automatically assumes that it was over a girl and refuses to believe any claims to the contrary. Later on, when she finds out that he never finished college, that's her first guess again. As noted below, that strip also has a Development Gag referring to the same story arc.
- Creepy Doll: Voodoo Ed.
- Crossover: A one-sided crossover with The Clockwork Cabaret.
- Development Gag: "The last time we had this conversation it felt like it lasted NINE MONTHS."
- Distracted by the Sexy: Eep, here
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Lampshaded here..
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Vincent.
- Fan Disservice: Merry Ball Gag-mas, everyone!
- For Science!: Klaude Davenport, in a very in-character moment.
- Genki Girl: Wanda, at times.
- Goth: The main cast, minus Robert.
- The Grim Reaper: Here, he's a pretty nice dude named Greg, who often stops by to give Eep advice.
- Gross Up Close-Up: When Eep punches a wall.
- Hands-Off Parenting: Eep's father, apparently.
- High-Pressure Blood: When Eep slits his wrist.
- Hypocritical Humor: Here.
- Jerk Jock: One. His name is Butch. 
- Mood Lighting: Parodied here.
- Oh My Gods: Wanda's "Oh. My. Various. Gods." when she finds out about Eep's porno. Vincent, in his first appearance, gives an "Oh my Goth!"
- Painting the Fourth Wall: Mr. Carbuncle speaks in a different font than everyone else.
- Perky Goth: Wanda, oh so very much. Vincent, too, but Eep's about as big a subversion as you can get.
- Perpetual Frowner: Eep.
- Schedule Slip: Frequently.
- Shout-Out: To Harry Potter, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, The Clockwork Cabaret, and many others.
- Skunk Stripe: Eep gives himself one later on. And promptly gets fired for it.
- Something Completely Different: The Steampunk arc.
- Stalker with a Crush: Played for humor with Vincent.
- Steampunk: The current WHAM Arc.
- Straight Gay: Robert; he was even a jock in high school.
- Troubled but Cute: Eep.
- WHAM Strip: "Stay unconscious for a bit, won't you?"
- Whole Arc Flashback: The first all-Eep arc.
- ↑ Really.
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