History YMMV / BatesMotel

17th May '16 12:13:20 PM Winner1
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* EvilIsCool: Chick instantly became one of the show's popular villains due to the character's completely wild and unpredictable personality. The fact that he has numerous PetTheDog moments also shape him into a more likable character.

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* EvilIsCool: Chick instantly became one of the show's popular villains due to the character's completely wild and unpredictable personality. The fact that he has numerous PetTheDog moments also shape him into a more likable character. He eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn and becomes a CoolOldGuy.
* EvilIsSexy: Norman's SplitPersonality Mother is considered attractive due to be played by the same actress for Norma.



* NightmareFuel: Norman features this in every episode.

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** When Norman and [[spoiler: his hallucination of his deceased mother]] are bonding together in the closing minutes of ''Norman'', the camera pans out to show the Bates Motel covered in Christmas decorations. But, considering that Norman never had the time to hang up any of these decorations across the ''entire'' motel it may cause viewers to question whether or not he's hallucinating all this too.
* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
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Norman features this in every episode.episode.
** When Norman [[spoiler: admires the corpse of his dead mother, he hallucinates her eyes opening to glare at him. Then when he grave robs her coffin to bring it back to his house, he goes to great lengths to make it appear as if she's still alive.]]


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** [[spoiler: Norma's]] death at the hands of Norman and his eventual breakdown over causing it afterwards. He's so traumatized by the events that he even considers suicide due to what he's done. The only thing that stops him from going through with it is [[spoiler: when he hallucinates that his mother is still alive, meaning that Norman kept her corpse in his house just to continue the fantasy life he always wanted with her.]]
11th May '16 8:14:41 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* {{Padding}}: The scene where Norman adjusts his house's furnace and locks up all the vents in his home goes on for a very long time before building up what the scene is actually supposed to be. This includes several close-up shots of the furnace's fire, a long scene trailing the inside of the vent shafts, and a long scene following Norman walking around his entire house closing off all of the vents in his house.
11th May '16 11:22:52 AM Winner1
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** Every heartwarming moment between Norman and his mother is this if you're familiar with the original film.



** Every heartwarming moment between Norman and his mother is this if you're familiar with the original film.


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** After Norma and Sheriff Romero breakup, she returns home panting heavily for an uncomfortable amount of time before finally breaking down crying hysterically about it.


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* {{Padding}}: The scene where Norman adjusts his house's furnace and locks up all the vents in his home goes on for a very long time before building up what the scene is actually supposed to be. This includes several close-up shots of the furnace's fire, a long scene trailing the inside of the vent shafts, and a long scene following Norman walking around his entire house closing off all of the vents in his house.
10th May '16 12:03:40 AM PurpleAlert
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** Chick, being a real bastard and a skilled manipulator despite being erudite and charming, tends to invite this, particularly in his treatment of Norma. Did he really plan to spread her secrets all over town, or was he just riling her up so she'd drive Romero out of her life herself?
7th May '16 4:25:09 PM PurpleAlert
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Norma's unreasonable behavior and unwillingness to accept some of the harsher aspects of real life can sometimes exceed the sympathy she earns from hell she's been living, particularly when her selfish and poorly-thought-out actions end up putting her family in danger.
19th Apr '16 10:31:03 AM Winner1
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* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Dylan
** [[TheWonka Chick]] seems to be coming in as one of the more colorful antagonists of the show.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dylan
19th Apr '16 10:28:49 AM Winner1
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* EvilIsCool: Chick instantly became one of the show's popular villains due to the characters completely wild and unpredictable personality. The fact that he has numerous PetTheDog moments also shape him into a more likable character.

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* EvilIsCool: Chick instantly became one of the show's popular villains due to the characters character's completely wild and unpredictable personality. The fact that he has numerous PetTheDog moments also shape him into a more likable character.
19th Apr '16 10:24:59 AM Winner1
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* EvilIsCool: Chick instantly became one of the show's popular villains due to the characters completely wild and unpredictable personality. The fact that he has numerous PetTheDog moments also shape him into a more likable character.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: After Norman gets taken into a mental hospital, Norma asks others how she should take in the situation. Emma advises her to ''forget her son'' and focus on herself since Norman should grow up on his own. So apparently, Norma should have fun with her own life over worrying about her own son's mental health.



* {{Tearjerker}}: ''Goodbye, Mother'' features this in abundance. [[spoiler: Norman finally snaps at his mother, forcing her to tearfully have the police send him to the institution again in order to treat his insanity.]] If the films are canon to the series, then this action would be AllForNothing.

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* {{Tearjerker}}: {{Tearjerker}}:
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''Goodbye, Mother'' features this in abundance. [[spoiler: Norman finally snaps at his mother, forcing her to tearfully have the police send him to the institution again in order to treat his insanity.]] If the films are canon to the series, then this action would be AllForNothing.
** Chick seeing the error of his ways in ''The Vault'' and apologizing to Norma out of the goodness of his heart. He even provides her the repaired stain glass window he promised to give when they first met.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Surprisingly, Chick grew into a more tragic character for some viewers. After he was beaten by Caleb, he was crippled for life and lost his family. He tries gaining revenge on Caleb by manipulating his sister Norma, but finds himself [[BecomingTheMask forming a genuine admiration of her]]. When he apologizes to her for lying about his true agenda, she kicks him out of her life. Nevertheless, Chick gives her a new stain glass window he promised to fix for her and gives her a small kiss to show how sorry he is.
12th Apr '16 10:44:07 AM Winner1
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene where Norman visualizes his mother making out with a stripper. At first you'd think that this is going to lead into him undergoing another SplitPersonalityTakeover and murder the stripper, but instead even his split personality seems to enjoy making out with a strange woman dancing with her.


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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Given that the series is mainly detailing the StartOfDarkness of Norman Bates' destiny as a SerialKiller, you can't really blame people for getting turned off by the depressing themes featured throughout the show. It certainly doesn't help that our VillainProtagonist doubles as a NightmareFuelStationAttendant.


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** As if Audrey Decody's mistake wasn't enough, you may find yourself unable to take Norma's mistake seriously as well. When [[EvilCripple Chick]] shows up disguised as Norma's window repairman dressed only in a [[PaperThinDisguise red coat with a different hat on]], you can't help but laugh at how she completely falls for it.


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** Another JerkassWoobie example, Chick may have been a FauxAffablyEvil gun runner, but after his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Caleb, he ends up crippled for life, lost all of his money, eventually loses his house, and his family leaves him. The only reason he goes on living now is so he can get revenge on Caleb for ruining his life.
22nd Mar '16 9:31:10 AM Winner1
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* CreepyCute: Norman is still an {{Adorkable}} WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds despite his slow fall into villainy.


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** Norma and Romero make a joke about how she could potentially fall down her home's stairs and die if she's not careful. [[spoiler: This is exactly how [[Film/{{Psycho}} Arbogast]], [[Film/PsychoII Dr. Raymond]], and [[Film/PsychoIII Maureen Coyle]] die.]]
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