* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Well - alternate ''show'' interpretation, really. Much like shows such as ''My Super Sweet Sixteen'', it's not entirely clear whether the program was made to glorify the people it stars, or whether it keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, casts a knowing glance at the audience and mouths, "Look how psychotic these folk are!"
** The ''Viking Shores'' previews even had Nordic whalers angrily asking the crew "Who's going to feed this nation? You?" to point out that some of the whale hunting done is done for reasons people are more likely approve of--namely, ''feeding people.''
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop / WarpedAesop: This show seems to give the message that, instead of using diplomacy and enforcing regulations on whale hunting, having a hack team of environmentalists using violent and controversial means is more effective.
* RefugeInAudacity: When the whalers hear about Watson's claim that their presence stops them from killing and processing whales, so what do they do? They do it right in front of them.
* RootingForTheEmpire: A somewhat literal case (given the fact that Japan is still technically an Empire), as you won't have to go long to find a few hundred pro-Japanese sites that are practically ([[VocalMinority and occasionally literally]]) screaming for the blood of those on the Steve Irwin. Even more with the Norse whalers since they are doing subsistence hunting, thus not in for profit, killing whales for Lulz, or even cold blooded research.
* SnarkBait: Another interpretation of the show, attracting viewers amused by the crews' bungling.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: though "eco-terrorism" is arguably not the best way of stopping it, whale poaching itself is a serious problem that menaces the very survival of several species.
** One of the problems arises from the fact that the alleged poachers they are harassing either cannot and have not been proven to be poaching (int he case of the Japanese) or flatly are not (like the Norse), and that Watson has gone on the record excusing many actual cases of poaching (especially by indigenous locals).
* UnfortunateImplications: Due to the fact that the last 2 seasons of Whale Wars shows the SSCS harassing the Japanese whalers, it would probably lead, or has led, to a fair amount of people seeing the SSCS as a group of anti-Japanese racists. But on the other side of the same coin, it could also lead, or has led, people to think that [[StrawmanPolitical the Japanese are underhanded sneaks using science as an excuse to harvest whales in a wildlife sanctuary.]]
** And what is more, virtually every episode of season five has them taking increasingly great risks and taking advantage of their government, including putting activists on to Shonan Maru who are not Sea Shepherd despite working closely with them.