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24th Mar '18 1:50:04 PM CharlesPhipps
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Hannibal's motivation and state of mind, especially in the films. While he [[DefiedTrope denies having a]] FreudianExcuse and claims he ‘happened’, ''Hannibal'' and ''Hannibal Rising'' explain that he did experience the horrible trauma of [[spoiler:his sister being murdered and eaten]], but passages in ''Hannibal'' and the twist in ''Hannibal Rising'' imply that [[spoiler:he was to an undetermined degree resentful towards her, and the act he witnessed actually inspired him by showing him how deep evil can get]]. He has a somewhat strange relationship with these understandings, alternating between accepting and rejecting either or both, calmly denying that [[spoiler:he resented his sister]] when Clarice asks him about it near the end of ''Hannibal'' and breaks into a huge [[BigNo cry of despair]] when [[spoiler:he is reminded that [[AwfulTruth he ate his sister too]]]] in ''Rising''.
* BrokenBase: One half of the fans argue that the movie is a large improvement of the book, but the other half likes the book but loathes the movie. There's also a large segment which despises the book ''and'' the movie for turning Hannibal into an AntiHero of sorts, how Clarice's character is handled (her romance with Hannibal in the novel, aspects of that remaining in the film, recasting Foster with Moore, etc.) and an overall sense of try-hard {{Narm}} that can be seen throughout it.
* CompleteMonster: Mason Verger is a warped pedophile that had the misfortune to conflict with Hannibal and ended up disfigured and crippled in a wheelchair for it. Seeking revenge, Verger kills and schemes so he can capture Hannibal and feed him to specially trained wild pigs. Now impotent, Verger obtains satisfaction by [[WouldHurtAChild torturing and abusing children]] and drinks martinis made from their tears. Verger also uses his own sister as a servant, having kept her in line with a serious of violent rapes earlier in life.
* HarsherInHindsight: When the Italian detective is scrolling through the FBI website, looking for information on Hannibal, one of the pictures he passes by is that of Osama bin Laden. The movie was released in February 2001, 7 months before the 9/11 attacks (bin Laden was originally put on the list for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa, amongst other terrorist attacks).
* {{Narm}}: Some people found the scene in the movie where [[spoiler: Hannibal cuts off the top of Krendler's skull, cooks part of his brain and feeds it to him while he's still alive]] to just be too silly to take seriously.
** SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Though in hindsight, comparing it to the insanely brutal and over-the-top "artistic" murders in the 2013 series, eating someone's brain might come across as rather quaint today. [[spoiler: As if to drive this point home, the series replicates the scene with Will Graham in place of Krendler. Hannibal doesn't actually get to eat Will's brain as they are interrupted, but they nevertheless top it by showing us Hannibal ''drilling into Will's skull while Jack Crawford watches''.]]
* NauseaFuel: Hannibal cutting open the sac containing Krendler's brain, cutting off a piece, cooking it and feeding it to Krendler is this InUniverse for Clarice Starling, even drugged up on morphine. She begs Hannibal for some wine while retching.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/BreakingBad Hector Salamanca]] appears as the perfume expert who gives Clarice one of her next leads on Hannibal's trail.
* {{Sequelitis}}: On both the page and the screen, it is commonly felt to be severely flawed. Not really surprising when you consider that Harris didn't want to write it, and only did it to prevent someone else coming along and potentially doing an even worse job.
* VindicatedByHistory: To a small extent, the novel and the film were savaged as time went on and fans have finally started to appreciate the story a lot more than when it initially came out. It helps that the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series did a spectacular job adapting the story thanks to AdaptationExpansion.
* TheWoobie:
** Clarice a bit as well, in the first half of Hannibal, after the press has smeared her for the way the DC drug bust went, even though she and John were the only people actually doing their job right.
** Margot has some woobie-ish tendencies as well, with the way her brother Mason abuses her.
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: The choice to have [[spoiler: Hannibal Lecter lets Clarice go to escape rather than corrupting her to become a cannibal herself.]]
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Hannibal's motivation and state of mind, especially in the films. While he [[DefiedTrope denies having a]] FreudianExcuse and claims he ‘happened’, ''Hannibal'' and ''Hannibal Rising'' explain that he did experience the horrible trauma of [[spoiler:his sister being murdered and eaten]], but passages in ''Hannibal'' and the twist in ''Hannibal Rising'' imply that [[spoiler:he was to an undetermined degree resentful towards her, and the act he witnessed actually inspired him by showing him how deep evil can get]]. He has a somewhat strange relationship with these understandings, alternating between accepting and rejecting either or both, calmly denying that [[spoiler:he resented his sister]] when Clarice asks him about it near the end of ''Hannibal'' and breaks into a huge [[BigNo cry of despair]] when [[spoiler:he is reminded that [[AwfulTruth he ate his sister too]]]] in ''Rising''.
* BrokenBase: One half of the fans argue that the movie is a large improvement of the book, but the other half likes the book but loathes the movie. There's also a large segment which despises the book ''and'' the movie for turning Hannibal into an AntiHero of sorts, how Clarice's character is handled (her romance with Hannibal in the novel, aspects of that remaining in the film, recasting Foster with Moore, etc.) and an overall sense of try-hard {{Narm}} that can be seen throughout it.
* CompleteMonster: Mason Verger is a warped pedophile that had the misfortune to conflict with Hannibal and ended up disfigured and crippled in a wheelchair for it. Seeking revenge, Verger kills and schemes so he can capture Hannibal and feed him to specially trained wild pigs. Now impotent, Verger obtains satisfaction by [[WouldHurtAChild torturing and abusing children]] and drinks martinis made from their tears. Verger also uses his own sister as a servant, having kept her in line with a serious of violent rapes earlier in life.
* HarsherInHindsight: When the Italian detective is scrolling through the FBI website, looking for information on Hannibal, one of the pictures he passes by is that of Osama bin Laden. The movie was released in February 2001, 7 months before the 9/11 attacks (bin Laden was originally put on the list for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa, amongst other terrorist attacks).
* {{Narm}}: Some people found the scene in the movie where [[spoiler: Hannibal cuts off the top of Krendler's skull, cooks part of his brain and feeds it to him while he's still alive]] to just be too silly to take seriously.
** SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Though in hindsight, comparing it to the insanely brutal and over-the-top "artistic" murders in the 2013 series, eating someone's brain might come across as rather quaint today. [[spoiler: As if to drive this point home, the series replicates the scene with Will Graham in place of Krendler. Hannibal doesn't actually get to eat Will's brain as they are interrupted, but they nevertheless top it by showing us Hannibal ''drilling into Will's skull while Jack Crawford watches''.]]
* NauseaFuel: Hannibal cutting open the sac containing Krendler's brain, cutting off a piece, cooking it and feeding it to Krendler is this InUniverse for Clarice Starling, even drugged up on morphine. She begs Hannibal for some wine while retching.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/BreakingBad Hector Salamanca]] appears as the perfume expert who gives Clarice one of her next leads on Hannibal's trail.
* {{Sequelitis}}: On both the page and the screen, it is commonly felt to be severely flawed. Not really surprising when you consider that Harris didn't want to write it, and only did it to prevent someone else coming along and potentially doing an even worse job.
* VindicatedByHistory: To a small extent, the novel and the film were savaged as time went on and fans have finally started to appreciate the story a lot more than when it initially came out. It helps that the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series did a spectacular job adapting the story thanks to AdaptationExpansion.
* TheWoobie:
** Clarice a bit as well, in the first half of Hannibal, after the press has smeared her for the way the DC drug bust went, even though she and John were the only people actually doing their job right.
** Margot has some woobie-ish tendencies as well, with the way her brother Mason abuses her.
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24th Mar '18 1:46:39 PM CharlesPhipps
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* NauseaFuel: Hannibal cutting open the sac containing Krendler's brain, cutting off a piece, cooking it and feeding it to Krendler is this InUniverse for Clarice Starling, even drugged up on morphine. She begs Hannibal for some wine while retching.
14th Feb '18 6:15:39 PM DaFlabbagasta
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* VindicatedByHistory: To a small extent, the novel and the film were salvaged as time went on and fans have finally started to appreciate the story a lot more than when it initially came out. It helps that the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series did a spectacular job adapting the story thanks to AdaptationExpansion.

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* VindicatedByHistory: To a small extent, the novel and the film were salvaged savaged as time went on and fans have finally started to appreciate the story a lot more than when it initially came out. It helps that the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series did a spectacular job adapting the story thanks to AdaptationExpansion.
18th Jan '18 9:48:57 AM Thuce
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** A great many things about Hannibal -- from the architecture and color placement in his office to ''how he holds his fork'' -- are indicative of his God Complex. ** Due to MGM holding the rights to the character, Benjamin Raspail has been renamed Franklyn Froideveaux. His first name comes from Benjamin Franklin, his last name is a street in Paris that runs parallel to Boulevard Raspail. ** Many of the ingredients in the food Hannibal serves to Will can have pronounced negative mental side effects that make sense when the fact that [[spoiler:Hannibal is trying to make Will go insane]] is taken into account. *** Aspen: Vague fears of unknown origin, apprehension. *** Cherry Plum: Uncontrolled temper (Will's desperate fear of losing his mind). *** Chestnut Bud: Slow to learn, repeats mistakes, lacks observation.
*** Clematis: Indifference, dreaminess, lack of interest in world around them. *** Gentian: Negative attitudes, depression, self-doubt.

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** A great many things about Hannibal -- from the architecture and color placement in his office to ''how he holds his fork'' -- are indicative of his God Complex.
** Due to MGM holding the rights to the character, Benjamin Raspail has been renamed Franklyn Froideveaux. His first name comes from Benjamin Franklin, his last name is a street in Paris that runs parallel to Boulevard Raspail.
** Many of the ingredients in the food Hannibal serves to Will can have pronounced negative mental side effects that make sense when the fact that [[spoiler:Hannibal is trying to make Will go insane]] is taken into account. account.
*** Aspen: Vague fears of unknown origin, apprehension. apprehension.
*** Cherry Plum: Uncontrolled temper (Will's desperate fear of losing his mind). mind).
*** Chestnut Bud: Slow to learn, repeats mistakes, lacks observation.
*** Clematis: Indifference, dreaminess, lack of interest in world around them.
*** Gentian: Negative attitudes, depression, self-doubt.



* HarsherInHindsight: ** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]
17th Jan '18 10:55:40 PM NightShade96
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: It has been debated whether or not Hannibal genuinely cares about Will or, to a lesser extent, Abigail.
** In Season 2, his therapist, Bedelia du Maurier, tells Will that she believes that Hannibal ''does'' care about him.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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It has been debated whether or not Hannibal genuinely cares about Will or, to a lesser extent, Abigail.
** *** In Season 2, his therapist, Bedelia du Maurier, tells Will that she believes that Hannibal ''does'' care about him.



** Making practically any assertion about Bedelia is walking an uneasy line between Alternate Character Interpretation and EpilepticTrees. Does she really know what Hannibal is and what (who?) she was eating? [[VillainousFriendship Is she his partner]]? [[StockholmSyndrome His captive]]? Then there's how interpreting Bedelia's character changes interpretations about Hannibal's: if she knows and he knows she knows, why bother with the 'person suit'? Furthermore, why [[spoiler: weep for Abigail]] and why profess friendship for Will? Does the intimacy of their sessions mean his feelings towards Will and Abigail are genuine (though still filtered through his inability to feel genuine empathy) or is he employing her as a sounding board for nitpicking and refining his performance of humanity?

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** Making practically any assertion about Bedelia is walking an uneasy line between Alternate Alternative Character Interpretation and EpilepticTrees. Does she really know what Hannibal is and what (who?) she was eating? [[VillainousFriendship Is she his partner]]? [[StockholmSyndrome His captive]]? Then there's how interpreting Bedelia's character changes interpretations about Hannibal's: if she knows and he knows she knows, why bother with the 'person suit'? Furthermore, why [[spoiler: weep for Abigail]] and why profess friendship for Will? Does the intimacy of their sessions mean his feelings towards Will and Abigail are genuine (though still filtered through his inability to feel genuine empathy) or is he employing her as a sounding board for nitpicking and refining his performance of humanity?



** The [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] scenes, especially when Hannibal is still preparing the chosen organs. The shot of the inside of the opera singer's throat in Episode 7 is pretty gross as well. [[spoiler: Yet another example is Will vomiting up a human ear in "Savoureux".]]

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** The [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] scenes, especially when Hannibal is still preparing the chosen organs. organs.
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The shot of the inside of the opera singer's throat in Episode 7 is pretty gross as well. [[spoiler: well.
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Yet another example is Will [[spoiler:Will vomiting up a human ear in "Savoureux".]]
30th Dec '17 12:52:28 PM Dragon101
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not only is the show surprisingly popular in Korea, but if the official AXN[[note]](one of the show's international producers)[[/note]] Youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_T3RCB7TA is anything to go by (MAJOR S2 SPOILERS)]], the gratuitous amounts of HoYay may play a part. * HarsherInHindsight: ** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not only is the show surprisingly popular in Korea, but if the official AXN[[note]](one of the show's international producers)[[/note]] Youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_T3RCB7TA is anything to go by (MAJOR S2 SPOILERS)]], the gratuitous amounts of HoYay may play a part.
* HarsherInHindsight: ** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]



** In the pilot episode, Will and Jack talk about Will's problem with eye contact, with which Will concludes, "I try to avoid eyes whenever possible." That becomes a very ill-omened statement a few episodes later when [[spoiler: Will imagines himself as a killer who performs a brutal killing via EyeScream on a defenseless woman... with his thumbs]]. The effect of this trope was not lost on Will, whose own eyes became tear-filled afterward. ** In "Œuf", Hannibal gives Abigail Hobbs a mild psychotropic as part of her therapy, and the first thing she does is drop a teacup, which shatters on the ground. A season later, we learn that the image of a shattered teacup is very central to Hannibal Lecter's pathology and that it relates to the death of his sister Mischa, whom he sees Abigail is a surrogate of.
* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed. ** As of the episode "Aperitivo", [[spoiler:Miriam Lass, Freddie Lounds, Abigail Hobbs, and Frederick Chilton]] have all turned up alive after their supposed deaths.

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** In the pilot episode, Will and Jack talk about Will's problem with eye contact, with which Will concludes, "I try to avoid eyes whenever possible." That becomes a very ill-omened statement a few episodes later when [[spoiler: Will imagines himself as a killer who performs a brutal killing via EyeScream on a defenseless woman... with his thumbs]]. The effect of this trope was not lost on Will, whose own eyes became tear-filled afterward. afterward.
** In "Œuf", Hannibal gives Abigail Hobbs a mild psychotropic as part of her therapy, and the first thing she does is drop a teacup, which shatters on the ground. A season later, we learn that the image of a shattered teacup is very central to Hannibal Lecter's pathology and that it relates to the death of his sister Mischa, whom he sees Abigail is a surrogate of.
* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed.
** As of the episode "Aperitivo", [[spoiler:Miriam Lass, Freddie Lounds, Abigail Hobbs, and Frederick Chilton]] have all turned up alive after their supposed deaths.
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* BrokenBase:the Danish BlackComedy film ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' in 2003.

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* BrokenBase:the BrokenBase:
** Many people will argue viciously whether or not Will is canonically autistic.
** While the viewers enjoyed the dynamics between Hannibal and Will in the first two seasons, Season 3 divided the base when it's confirmed that Hannibal and Will are in love with each other. Some people are cool with it since it mirrors Hannibal and Clarice Starling's relationship. Others find it as [[PanderingToTheBase pandering to slash shippers]] (or they just don't like [[SarcasmMode icky gay stuff]] in their cool murder shows) and some of them prefer the Hannibal/Clarice ship from the movies instead. As expected, it leads to ShipToShipCombat.
* CatharsisFactor: Whether you like Hannibal or hate him, it's hard to not cheer Jack on when [[spoiler: he gives Hannibal the beating of his life in "Contorno", especially after all that he had done to almost everyone else in the cast.]]
* CreepyAwesome: Hannibal Lecter. He's [[DissonantSerenity disturbingly calm]], he [[SerialKiller murders people]] and [[ImAHumanitarian eats them]], and he's a MagnificentBastard.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** In "Coquilles", Will claims that angels having wings is a secular belief, and that angels in scripture don't have them... except there are at least ''two'' examples in the Bible of angels not only having wings but a record of their number; six. Admittedly those were seraphim, but they still count as angels.
** He actually says that angels don't fly in scripture, and are always depicted as so in secular art.
** NBC insists on calling the pulled episode/webseries originally titled "Œuf" (which means "egg"), "Ceuf" (which isn't a word in any language).
** Every tidbit of GratuitousJapanese is somehow wrong. Old Tropers in particular would cringe at the word ''nakama'', which was (mistakenly) used to mean ‘TrueCompanions’ (as this trope’s page explains), used with a straight face by a Japanese person.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Even though this was present for the Anthony Hopkins incarnation of the character, it has reached new heights with Mads Mikkelsen. Though, to the credit of most fans, the enjoyment of Hannibal's character is very soundly in the realm of "love to hate", especially by Season 2. Usually no effort is made to justify his actions or soften his cruelty; as several entries under MemeticMutation indicate, most the the fun is in how terrible he is. Cannibal jokes abound.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Beverly Katz. Her plot relevance is only slightly greater than that of the other two investigators, but her kindly treatment of Will, fun dialogue, intelligence, and cool head in difficult situations endeared her to the fandom. Likely as a result, she's getting an expanded role in the second season's storyline. [[spoiler:Her death at the end of "Takiawase" is all the more horrible for it.]] ** Interest in Bedelia du Maurier shot up with her actions in the second episode of Season 2. Many are already hoping [[spoiler: she returns. Which, as of "Tome-Wan", she does.]]
** Matthew Brown. Despite being a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] StalkerWithACrush, he's genuinely nice to Will, knows that he isn't a murderer and doesn't care, [[spoiler: kills the bailiff to protect him, and then attempts to kill Hannibal at Will's request. Brown comes closer than anybody else, too.]] The fandom noticed all of this.
** Chilton's popularity exploded in Season 2, as he became more sympathetic but importantly more comedic, commenting on the bizarreness of Hannibal Lecter in an almost meta fashion.
** Mason Verger has built up quite a following, and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Creator/HeathLedger as [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]]. For such a monstrous human being, he is ''so much fun to watch.'' While everyone else is contemplating existence, he's rolling around making blowjob jokes.
** Margot Verger, partly due to her status as TheWoobie and partly due to her wonderful dedication to being TheSnarkKnight.
** Bella Crawford and Molly Graham have both gained a great deal of love from fans, despite relatively brief and straightforward story arcs. * EpilepticTrees: Given that Bryan Fuller has stated all his shows share the same universe, a quite popular theory is that Alana is actually Jaye from ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', who spent some time in an institution for her talking to inanimate objects, and changed her name to start over once she got out.
* FandomRivalry: With ''Series/TheFollowing'', due to the fact that both started airing around the same time and featured very similar themes. The rivalry came about because both series were courting the same niché demographic and [[FanDumb thought the other was stealing viewers]], with fans and critics [[DuelingWorks frequently coming to blows]] because The Following fans thought Hannibal was too pretentious while Hannibal fans thought The Following's premise was dumb and relied too heavily on lazy writing. Many fans failed to notice that the general public lost interest in The Following as time went on and Hannibal was largely ignored by the general public [[AcclaimedFlop from the start]].
* FashionVictimVillain:
** Freddie Lounds' clothes almost always have some kind of garish pattern. This is probably intentional, in order to match with her character as a trashy tabloid blogger. ** Hannibal himself. While his suits scream "bespoke and expensive", they're also very flashy. Subverted by the third season when he tones down his fashion to blend in more.
* FoeYay:
** Tobias and Hannibal's interactions looked like flirting, and that's without mentioning the meaning behind the piece playing at the background of their dinner, or [[AmbiguouslyGay Tobias']] sexual orientation.
** Season 2 plays up the FoeYay between Hannibal and Will, showing both men to be obsessed with each other.
** In "Mukōzuke", the scenes in which [[spoiler:Matthew Brown torments a scantily-clad Hannibal]] have a very homoerotic vibe.
* FriendlyFandoms: Surprisingly with ''Series/BatesMotel'' fans. It certainly helps that both shows succeed at AdaptationExpansion while modernizing the show's timeline and do a perfect job at maintaining the dignity or two of cinema's greatest horror villains of all time.
* GeniusBonus[=/=]ShownTheirWork:
** A great many things about Hannibal -- from the architecture and color placement in his office to ''how he holds his fork'' -- are indicative of his God Complex. ** Due to MGM holding the rights to the character, Benjamin Raspail has been renamed Franklyn Froideveaux. His first name comes from Benjamin Franklin, his last name is a street in Paris that runs parallel to Boulevard Raspail. ** Many of the ingredients in the food Hannibal serves to Will can have pronounced negative mental side effects that make sense when the fact that [[spoiler:Hannibal is trying to make Will go insane]] is taken into account. *** Aspen: Vague fears of unknown origin, apprehension. *** Cherry Plum: Uncontrolled temper (Will's desperate fear of losing his mind). *** Chestnut Bud: Slow to learn, repeats mistakes, lacks observation.
*** Clematis: Indifference, dreaminess, lack of interest in world around them. *** Gentian: Negative attitudes, depression, self-doubt.
*** Gorse: Hopelessness, despair, despondency.
*** Mustard: Deep gloom or depression of unknown origin.
*** Rock Rose: Terror, panic, extreme fear.
** In "Relevés", while Will is in the hospital, Hannibal brings him a Chinese medicinal soup containing ingredients such as ginseng and ginger, which stimulate the immune system. [[spoiler:For someone with an autoimmune disease, this will actually make their condition worse.]]
** [[http://ixilecter.tumblr.com/tagged/hannotations This blog]] collects most of the background bonuses in the series.
** In "Hassun", the music that plays as Will and Hannibal get ready for court is Mozart's "Dalla Sua Pace", from ''Don Giovanni'', in a scene where Ottavio is wrongly led to believe that Giovanni is a murderer. The comparisons to Will's situation are obvious.
** In Hannibal's office during Season 2 (particularly in "Su-zukana"), one can see that the Bonsai tree between the windows has grown exponentially since Season 1, even moreso than a Bonsai is typically seen. A certain Japanese folktale claims that a Bonsai will remain small if in an environment of love and care, but will grow strong in an environment of hate and suffering.
** Hannibal's line about wealthy Italians preferring to "fall into the hands of the Sards" in "Tome-Wan" becomes rather sharp BlackComedy if you know that it's long been rumored that Sardinian criminals [[FedToPigs feed their victims to the pigs]].
** The heart-shaped murder tableau Hannibal turns [[spoiler:Antony Dimmond]] into is propped up by three swords. This makes the tableau visually inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_of_Swords Three of Swords]] in the Rider Waite Tarot deck. The Three of Swords stands for heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, and the inability to move on. This describes both Hannibal and Will in Season 3 perfectly.
** In "Primavera", Will hallucinates Hannibal's heart-shaped murder tableau transforming into the Stag. [[StealthPun An alternative word for stag is]] [[IncrediblyLamePun "Hart."]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not only is the show surprisingly popular in Korea, but if the official AXN[[note]](one of the show's international producers)[[/note]] Youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_T3RCB7TA is anything to go by (MAJOR S2 SPOILERS)]], the gratuitous amounts of HoYay may play a part. * HarsherInHindsight: ** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]
** An in-universe example during "Entrée", on our first visit to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane: --->'''Will''': I always feel a little nervous going into these places.\\ '''Jack''': Why's that?\\ '''Will''': I'm afraid they won't let me out.\\ '''Jack''': Don't worry, I won't leave you here.\\ '''Will''': Yeah, not today.
** That odd, silly moment early in the series (and in the trailer) where Hannibal sniffs Will and Will notices? ''[[BlatantLies Totally]]'' doesn't have any relevance in the rest of the series. It's just funny moment. Totally. Just ignore the similar moment when Hannibal sniffs Bella Crawford and [[spoiler:figures out she has cancer]]. It's coincidence. Totally.
** In the pilot episode, Will and Jack talk about Will's problem with eye contact, with which Will concludes, "I try to avoid eyes whenever possible." That becomes a very ill-omened statement a few episodes later when [[spoiler: Will imagines himself as a killer who performs a brutal killing via EyeScream on a defenseless woman... with his thumbs]]. The effect of this trope was not lost on Will, whose own eyes became tear-filled afterward. ** In "Œuf", Hannibal gives Abigail Hobbs a mild psychotropic as part of her therapy, and the first thing she does is drop a teacup, which shatters on the ground. A season later, we learn that the image of a shattered teacup is very central to Hannibal Lecter's pathology and that it relates to the death of his sister Mischa, whom he sees Abigail is a surrogate of.
* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed. ** As of the episode "Aperitivo", [[spoiler:Miriam Lass, Freddie Lounds, Abigail Hobbs, and Frederick Chilton]] have all turned up alive after their supposed deaths.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Mads Mikkelsen played a butcher who sells human meat in the
Danish BlackComedy film ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' film''Film/TheGreenButchers'' in 2003.
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* IdiotPlot: Quite a bit of the first season and much of the second depends on nobody on the show even suspecting for a second that Hannibal might be guilty of anything despite an abundance of circumstantial evidence, [[spoiler: to the point that at Wills trial in season 2 the prosecutor is essentially arguing that Graham committed a slew of perfectly executed and highly elaborate artistic murders ''while suffering from an advanced brain disease'' (many of which he arguably could never have committed due to not being in the area), or that much of the evidence against Graham applied equally to Lecter (such as the fake Shrike killing occurring after graham ''and'' Lecter got involved in the case)]]. For example, the forensics team blame Will for [[spoiler: killing Beverly]] but forget that the very last thing she asked them about was whether or not Hannibal was at his home [[spoiler: making him an obvious suspect in her murder]]. WordOfGod being that Hannibal was just [[VillainWithGoodPublcitly seen as a harmless eccentric]] by much of the cast doesn't help much either, nor that in the source novel Will Graham figured out Hannibal was the killer within five minutes of meeting him.

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* IdiotPlot: Quite a bit of the first season and much of the second depends on nobody on the show even suspecting for a second that Hannibal might be guilty of anything despite an abundance of circumstantial evidence, [[spoiler: to the point that at Wills trial in season 2 the prosecutor is essentially arguing that Graham committed a slew of perfectly executed and highly elaborate artistic murders ''while suffering from an advanced brain disease'' (many of which he arguably could never have committed due to not being in the area), or that much of the evidence against Graham applied equally to Lecter (such as the fake Shrike killing occurring after graham ''and'' Lecter got involved in the case)]]. disease'']]. For example, the forensics team blame Will for [[spoiler: killing Beverly]] but conveniently forget that the very last thing she asked them about was whether or not Hannibal was at his home [[spoiler: making him an obvious suspect in her murder]]. murder]]; the Feds also recognise that some of the murders occurred after Will was brought in on the Minnesota Shrike case but fail remember that it was ''also'' after Hannibal was as well. WordOfGod being that Hannibal was just [[VillainWithGoodPublcitly [[VillainWithGoodPublicity seen as a harmless eccentric]] by much of the cast doesn't help much either, nor that in the source novel Will Graham figured out Hannibal was the killer within five minutes of meeting him. him.
30th Dec '17 12:20:31 PM Dragon101
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* BrokenBase:
** Many people will argue viciously whether or not Will is canonically autistic.
** While the viewers enjoyed the dynamics between Hannibal and Will in the first two seasons, Season 3 divided the base when it's confirmed that Hannibal and Will are in love with each other. Some people are cool with it since it mirrors Hannibal and Clarice Starling's relationship. Others find it as [[PanderingToTheBase pandering to slash shippers]] (or they just don't like [[SarcasmMode icky gay stuff]] in their cool murder shows) and some of them prefer the Hannibal/Clarice ship from the movies instead. As expected, it leads to ShipToShipCombat.
* CatharsisFactor: Whether you like Hannibal or hate him, it's hard to not cheer Jack on when [[spoiler: he gives Hannibal the beating of his life in "Contorno", especially after all that he had done to almost everyone else in the cast.]]
* CreepyAwesome: Hannibal Lecter. He's [[DissonantSerenity disturbingly calm]], he [[SerialKiller murders people]] and [[ImAHumanitarian eats them]], and he's a MagnificentBastard.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** In "Coquilles", Will claims that angels having wings is a secular belief, and that angels in scripture don't have them... except there are at least ''two'' examples in the Bible of angels not only having wings but a record of their number; six. Admittedly those were seraphim, but they still count as angels.
** He actually says that angels don't fly in scripture, and are always depicted as so in secular art.
** NBC insists on calling the pulled episode/webseries originally titled "Œuf" (which means "egg"), "Ceuf" (which isn't a word in any language).
** Every tidbit of GratuitousJapanese is somehow wrong. Old Tropers in particular would cringe at the word ''nakama'', which was (mistakenly) used to mean ‘TrueCompanions’ (as this trope’s page explains), used with a straight face by a Japanese person.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Even though this was present for the Anthony Hopkins incarnation of the character, it has reached new heights with Mads Mikkelsen. Though, to the credit of most fans, the enjoyment of Hannibal's character is very soundly in the realm of "love to hate", especially by Season 2. Usually no effort is made to justify his actions or soften his cruelty; as several entries under MemeticMutation indicate, most the the fun is in how terrible he is. Cannibal jokes abound.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Beverly Katz. Her plot relevance is only slightly greater than that of the other two investigators, but her kindly treatment of Will, fun dialogue, intelligence, and cool head in difficult situations endeared her to the fandom. Likely as a result, she's getting an expanded role in the second season's storyline. [[spoiler:Her death at the end of "Takiawase" is all the more horrible for it.]]
** Interest in Bedelia du Maurier shot up with her actions in the second episode of Season 2. Many are already hoping [[spoiler: she returns. Which, as of "Tome-Wan", she does.]]
** Matthew Brown. Despite being a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] StalkerWithACrush, he's genuinely nice to Will, knows that he isn't a murderer and doesn't care, [[spoiler: kills the bailiff to protect him, and then attempts to kill Hannibal at Will's request. Brown comes closer than anybody else, too.]] The fandom noticed all of this.
** Chilton's popularity exploded in Season 2, as he became more sympathetic but importantly more comedic, commenting on the bizarreness of Hannibal Lecter in an almost meta fashion.
** Mason Verger has built up quite a following, and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Creator/HeathLedger as [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]]. For such a monstrous human being, he is ''so much fun to watch.'' While everyone else is contemplating existence, he's rolling around making blowjob jokes.
** Margot Verger, partly due to her status as TheWoobie and partly due to her wonderful dedication to being TheSnarkKnight.
** Bella Crawford and Molly Graham have both gained a great deal of love from fans, despite relatively brief and straightforward story arcs.
* EpilepticTrees: Given that Bryan Fuller has stated all his shows share the same universe, a quite popular theory is that Alana is actually Jaye from ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', who spent some time in an institution for her talking to inanimate objects, and changed her name to start over once she got out.
* FandomRivalry: With ''Series/TheFollowing'', due to the fact that both started airing around the same time and featured very similar themes. The rivalry came about because both series were courting the same niché demographic and [[FanDumb thought the other was stealing viewers]], with fans and critics [[DuelingWorks frequently coming to blows]] because The Following fans thought Hannibal was too pretentious while Hannibal fans thought The Following's premise was dumb and relied too heavily on lazy writing. Many fans failed to notice that the general public lost interest in The Following as time went on and Hannibal was largely ignored by the general public [[AcclaimedFlop from the start]].
* FashionVictimVillain:
** Freddie Lounds' clothes almost always have some kind of garish pattern. This is probably intentional, in order to match with her character as a trashy tabloid blogger.
** Hannibal himself. While his suits scream "bespoke and expensive", they're also very flashy. Subverted by the third season when he tones down his fashion to blend in more.
* FoeYay:
** Tobias and Hannibal's interactions looked like flirting, and that's without mentioning the meaning behind the piece playing at the background of their dinner, or [[AmbiguouslyGay Tobias']] sexual orientation.
** Season 2 plays up the FoeYay between Hannibal and Will, showing both men to be obsessed with each other.
** In "Mukōzuke", the scenes in which [[spoiler:Matthew Brown torments a scantily-clad Hannibal]] have a very homoerotic vibe.
* FriendlyFandoms: Surprisingly with ''Series/BatesMotel'' fans. It certainly helps that both shows succeed at AdaptationExpansion while modernizing the show's timeline and do a perfect job at maintaining the dignity or two of cinema's greatest horror villains of all time.
* GeniusBonus[=/=]ShownTheirWork:
** A great many things about Hannibal -- from the architecture and color placement in his office to ''how he holds his fork'' -- are indicative of his God Complex.
** Due to MGM holding the rights to the character, Benjamin Raspail has been renamed Franklyn Froideveaux. His first name comes from Benjamin Franklin, his last name is a street in Paris that runs parallel to Boulevard Raspail.
** Many of the ingredients in the food Hannibal serves to Will can have pronounced negative mental side effects that make sense when the fact that [[spoiler:Hannibal is trying to make Will go insane]] is taken into account.
*** Aspen: Vague fears of unknown origin, apprehension.
*** Cherry Plum: Uncontrolled temper (Will's desperate fear of losing his mind).
*** Chestnut Bud: Slow to learn, repeats mistakes, lacks observation.
*** Clematis: Indifference, dreaminess, lack of interest in world around them.
*** Gentian: Negative attitudes, depression, self-doubt.
*** Gorse: Hopelessness, despair, despondency.
*** Mustard: Deep gloom or depression of unknown origin.
*** Rock Rose: Terror, panic, extreme fear.
** In "Relevés", while Will is in the hospital, Hannibal brings him a Chinese medicinal soup containing ingredients such as ginseng and ginger, which stimulate the immune system. [[spoiler:For someone with an autoimmune disease, this will actually make their condition worse.]]
** [[http://ixilecter.tumblr.com/tagged/hannotations This blog]] collects most of the background bonuses in the series.
** In "Hassun", the music that plays as Will and Hannibal get ready for court is Mozart's "Dalla Sua Pace", from ''Don Giovanni'', in a scene where Ottavio is wrongly led to believe that Giovanni is a murderer. The comparisons to Will's situation are obvious.
** In Hannibal's office during Season 2 (particularly in "Su-zukana"), one can see that the Bonsai tree between the windows has grown exponentially since Season 1, even moreso than a Bonsai is typically seen. A certain Japanese folktale claims that a Bonsai will remain small if in an environment of love and care, but will grow strong in an environment of hate and suffering.
** Hannibal's line about wealthy Italians preferring to "fall into the hands of the Sards" in "Tome-Wan" becomes rather sharp BlackComedy if you know that it's long been rumored that Sardinian criminals [[FedToPigs feed their victims to the pigs]].
** The heart-shaped murder tableau Hannibal turns [[spoiler:Antony Dimmond]] into is propped up by three swords. This makes the tableau visually inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_of_Swords Three of Swords]] in the Rider Waite Tarot deck. The Three of Swords stands for heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, and the inability to move on. This describes both Hannibal and Will in Season 3 perfectly.
** In "Primavera", Will hallucinates Hannibal's heart-shaped murder tableau transforming into the Stag. [[StealthPun An alternative word for stag is]] [[IncrediblyLamePun "Hart."]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not only is the show surprisingly popular in Korea, but if the official AXN[[note]](one of the show's international producers)[[/note]] Youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_T3RCB7TA is anything to go by (MAJOR S2 SPOILERS)]], the gratuitous amounts of HoYay may play a part.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]
** An in-universe example during "Entrée", on our first visit to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane:
--->'''Will''': I always feel a little nervous going into these places.\\
'''Jack''': Why's that?\\
'''Will''': I'm afraid they won't let me out.\\
'''Jack''': Don't worry, I won't leave you here.\\
'''Will''': Yeah, not today.
** That odd, silly moment early in the series (and in the trailer) where Hannibal sniffs Will and Will notices? ''[[BlatantLies Totally]]'' doesn't have any relevance in the rest of the series. It's just funny moment. Totally. Just ignore the similar moment when Hannibal sniffs Bella Crawford and [[spoiler:figures out she has cancer]]. It's coincidence. Totally.
** In the pilot episode, Will and Jack talk about Will's problem with eye contact, with which Will concludes, "I try to avoid eyes whenever possible." That becomes a very ill-omened statement a few episodes later when [[spoiler: Will imagines himself as a killer who performs a brutal killing via EyeScream on a defenseless woman... with his thumbs]]. The effect of this trope was not lost on Will, whose own eyes became tear-filled afterward.
** In "Œuf", Hannibal gives Abigail Hobbs a mild psychotropic as part of her therapy, and the first thing she does is drop a teacup, which shatters on the ground. A season later, we learn that the image of a shattered teacup is very central to Hannibal Lecter's pathology and that it relates to the death of his sister Mischa, whom he sees Abigail is a surrogate of.
* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed.
** As of the episode "Aperitivo", [[spoiler:Miriam Lass, Freddie Lounds, Abigail Hobbs, and Frederick Chilton]] have all turned up alive after their supposed deaths.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Mads Mikkelsen played a butcher who sells human meat in the Danish BlackComedy film ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' in 2003.

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* BrokenBase:
** Many people will argue viciously whether or not Will is canonically autistic.
** While the viewers enjoyed the dynamics between Hannibal and Will in the first two seasons, Season 3 divided the base when it's confirmed that Hannibal and Will are in love with each other. Some people are cool with it since it mirrors Hannibal and Clarice Starling's relationship. Others find it as [[PanderingToTheBase pandering to slash shippers]] (or they just don't like [[SarcasmMode icky gay stuff]] in their cool murder shows) and some of them prefer the Hannibal/Clarice ship from the movies instead. As expected, it leads to ShipToShipCombat.
* CatharsisFactor: Whether you like Hannibal or hate him, it's hard to not cheer Jack on when [[spoiler: he gives Hannibal the beating of his life in "Contorno", especially after all that he had done to almost everyone else in the cast.]]
* CreepyAwesome: Hannibal Lecter. He's [[DissonantSerenity disturbingly calm]], he [[SerialKiller murders people]] and [[ImAHumanitarian eats them]], and he's a MagnificentBastard.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** In "Coquilles", Will claims that angels having wings is a secular belief, and that angels in scripture don't have them... except there are at least ''two'' examples in the Bible of angels not only having wings but a record of their number; six. Admittedly those were seraphim, but they still count as angels.
** He actually says that angels don't fly in scripture, and are always depicted as so in secular art.
** NBC insists on calling the pulled episode/webseries originally titled "Œuf" (which means "egg"), "Ceuf" (which isn't a word in any language).
** Every tidbit of GratuitousJapanese is somehow wrong. Old Tropers in particular would cringe at the word ''nakama'', which was (mistakenly) used to mean ‘TrueCompanions’ (as this trope’s page explains), used with a straight face by a Japanese person.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Even though this was present for the Anthony Hopkins incarnation of the character, it has reached new heights with Mads Mikkelsen. Though, to the credit of most fans, the enjoyment of Hannibal's character is very soundly in the realm of "love to hate", especially by Season 2. Usually no effort is made to justify his actions or soften his cruelty; as several entries under MemeticMutation indicate, most the the fun is in how terrible he is. Cannibal jokes abound.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Beverly Katz. Her plot relevance is only slightly greater than that of the other two investigators, but her kindly treatment of Will, fun dialogue, intelligence, and cool head in difficult situations endeared her to the fandom. Likely as a result, she's getting an expanded role in the second season's storyline. [[spoiler:Her death at the end of "Takiawase" is all the more horrible for it.]]
** Interest in Bedelia du Maurier shot up with her actions in the second episode of Season 2. Many are already hoping [[spoiler: she returns. Which, as of "Tome-Wan", she does.]]
** Matthew Brown. Despite being a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] StalkerWithACrush, he's genuinely nice to Will, knows that he isn't a murderer and doesn't care, [[spoiler: kills the bailiff to protect him, and then attempts to kill Hannibal at Will's request. Brown comes closer than anybody else, too.]] The fandom noticed all of this.
** Chilton's popularity exploded in Season 2, as he became more sympathetic but importantly more comedic, commenting on the bizarreness of Hannibal Lecter in an almost meta fashion.
** Mason Verger has built up quite a following, and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Creator/HeathLedger as [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]]. For such a monstrous human being, he is ''so much fun to watch.'' While everyone else is contemplating existence, he's rolling around making blowjob jokes.
** Margot Verger, partly due to her status as TheWoobie and partly due to her wonderful dedication to being TheSnarkKnight.
** Bella Crawford and Molly Graham have both gained a great deal of love from fans, despite relatively brief and straightforward story arcs.
* EpilepticTrees: Given that Bryan Fuller has stated all his shows share the same universe, a quite popular theory is that Alana is actually Jaye from ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', who spent some time in an institution for her talking to inanimate objects, and changed her name to start over once she got out.
* FandomRivalry: With ''Series/TheFollowing'', due to the fact that both started airing around the same time and featured very similar themes. The rivalry came about because both series were courting the same niché demographic and [[FanDumb thought the other was stealing viewers]], with fans and critics [[DuelingWorks frequently coming to blows]] because The Following fans thought Hannibal was too pretentious while Hannibal fans thought The Following's premise was dumb and relied too heavily on lazy writing. Many fans failed to notice that the general public lost interest in The Following as time went on and Hannibal was largely ignored by the general public [[AcclaimedFlop from the start]].
* FashionVictimVillain:
** Freddie Lounds' clothes almost always have some kind of garish pattern. This is probably intentional, in order to match with her character as a trashy tabloid blogger.
** Hannibal himself. While his suits scream "bespoke and expensive", they're also very flashy. Subverted by the third season when he tones down his fashion to blend in more.
* FoeYay:
** Tobias and Hannibal's interactions looked like flirting, and that's without mentioning the meaning behind the piece playing at the background of their dinner, or [[AmbiguouslyGay Tobias']] sexual orientation.
** Season 2 plays up the FoeYay between Hannibal and Will, showing both men to be obsessed with each other.
** In "Mukōzuke", the scenes in which [[spoiler:Matthew Brown torments a scantily-clad Hannibal]] have a very homoerotic vibe.
* FriendlyFandoms: Surprisingly with ''Series/BatesMotel'' fans. It certainly helps that both shows succeed at AdaptationExpansion while modernizing the show's timeline and do a perfect job at maintaining the dignity or two of cinema's greatest horror villains of all time.
* GeniusBonus[=/=]ShownTheirWork:
** A great many things about Hannibal -- from the architecture and color placement in his office to ''how he holds his fork'' -- are indicative of his God Complex.
** Due to MGM holding the rights to the character, Benjamin Raspail has been renamed Franklyn Froideveaux. His first name comes from Benjamin Franklin, his last name is a street in Paris that runs parallel to Boulevard Raspail.
** Many of the ingredients in the food Hannibal serves to Will can have pronounced negative mental side effects that make sense when the fact that [[spoiler:Hannibal is trying to make Will go insane]] is taken into account.
*** Aspen: Vague fears of unknown origin, apprehension.
*** Cherry Plum: Uncontrolled temper (Will's desperate fear of losing his mind).
*** Chestnut Bud: Slow to learn, repeats mistakes, lacks observation.
*** Clematis: Indifference, dreaminess, lack of interest in world around them.
*** Gentian: Negative attitudes, depression, self-doubt.
*** Gorse: Hopelessness, despair, despondency.
*** Mustard: Deep gloom or depression of unknown origin.
*** Rock Rose: Terror, panic, extreme fear.
** In "Relevés", while Will is in the hospital, Hannibal brings him a Chinese medicinal soup containing ingredients such as ginseng and ginger, which stimulate the immune system. [[spoiler:For someone with an autoimmune disease, this will actually make their condition worse.]]
** [[http://ixilecter.tumblr.com/tagged/hannotations This blog]] collects most of the background bonuses in the series.
** In "Hassun", the music that plays as Will and Hannibal get ready for court is Mozart's "Dalla Sua Pace", from ''Don Giovanni'', in a scene where Ottavio is wrongly led to believe that Giovanni is a murderer. The comparisons to Will's situation are obvious.
** In Hannibal's office during Season 2 (particularly in "Su-zukana"), one can see that the Bonsai tree between the windows has grown exponentially since Season 1, even moreso than a Bonsai is typically seen. A certain Japanese folktale claims that a Bonsai will remain small if in an environment of love and care, but will grow strong in an environment of hate and suffering.
** Hannibal's line about wealthy Italians preferring to "fall into the hands of the Sards" in "Tome-Wan" becomes rather sharp BlackComedy if you know that it's long been rumored that Sardinian criminals [[FedToPigs feed their victims to the pigs]].
** The heart-shaped murder tableau Hannibal turns [[spoiler:Antony Dimmond]] into is propped up by three swords. This makes the tableau visually inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_of_Swords Three of Swords]] in the Rider Waite Tarot deck. The Three of Swords stands for heartbreak, sorrow, betrayal, and the inability to move on. This describes both Hannibal and Will in Season 3 perfectly.
** In "Primavera", Will hallucinates Hannibal's heart-shaped murder tableau transforming into the Stag. [[StealthPun An alternative word for stag is]] [[IncrediblyLamePun "Hart."]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not only is the show surprisingly popular in Korea, but if the official AXN[[note]](one of the show's international producers)[[/note]] Youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_T3RCB7TA is anything to go by (MAJOR S2 SPOILERS)]], the gratuitous amounts of HoYay may play a part.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In "Buffet Froid", [[spoiler:Will asks Hannibal not to publish anything about his mental illness until after he dies. The episode aired shortly after the shocking revelation that Michael O'Hare, the original lead actor of ''Babylon 5'', left the show because he was suffering from schizophrenia, and asked producer J. Michael Straczynski to reveal it only after his death.]]
** An in-universe example during "Entrée", on our first visit to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane:
--->'''Will''': I always feel a little nervous going into these places.\\
'''Jack''': Why's that?\\
'''Will''': I'm afraid they won't let me out.\\
'''Jack''': Don't worry, I won't leave you here.\\
'''Will''': Yeah, not today.
** That odd, silly moment early in the series (and in the trailer) where Hannibal sniffs Will and Will notices? ''[[BlatantLies Totally]]'' doesn't have any relevance in the rest of the series. It's just funny moment. Totally. Just ignore the similar moment when Hannibal sniffs Bella Crawford and [[spoiler:figures out she has cancer]]. It's coincidence. Totally.
** In the pilot episode, Will and Jack talk about Will's problem with eye contact, with which Will concludes, "I try to avoid eyes whenever possible." That becomes a very ill-omened statement a few episodes later when [[spoiler: Will imagines himself as a killer who performs a brutal killing via EyeScream on a defenseless woman... with his thumbs]]. The effect of this trope was not lost on Will, whose own eyes became tear-filled afterward.
** In "Œuf", Hannibal gives Abigail Hobbs a mild psychotropic as part of her therapy, and the first thing she does is drop a teacup, which shatters on the ground. A season later, we learn that the image of a shattered teacup is very central to Hannibal Lecter's pathology and that it relates to the death of his sister Mischa, whom he sees Abigail is a surrogate of.
* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed.
** As of the episode "Aperitivo", [[spoiler:Miriam Lass, Freddie Lounds, Abigail Hobbs, and Frederick Chilton]] have all turned up alive after their supposed deaths.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Mads Mikkelsen played a butcher who sells human meat in the
BrokenBase:the Danish BlackComedy film ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' in 2003.


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* IdiotPlot: Quite a bit of the first season and much of the second depends on nobody on the show even suspecting for a second that Hannibal might be guilty of anything despite an abundance of circumstantial evidence, [[spoiler: to the point that at Wills trial in season 2 the prosecutor is essentially arguing that Graham committed a slew of perfectly executed and highly elaborate artistic murders ''while suffering from an advanced brain disease'' (many of which he arguably could never have committed due to not being in the area), or that much of the evidence against Graham applied equally to Lecter (such as the fake Shrike killing occurring after graham ''and'' Lecter got involved in the case)]]. For example, the forensics team blame Will for [[spoiler: killing Beverly]] but forget that the very last thing she asked them about was whether or not Hannibal was at his home [[spoiler: making him an obvious suspect in her murder]]. WordOfGod being that Hannibal was just [[VillainWithGoodPublcitly seen as a harmless eccentric]] by much of the cast doesn't help much either, nor that in the source novel Will Graham figured out Hannibal was the killer within five minutes of meeting him.
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