Web Animation: Llamas with Hats

All the fun of llamas, but with the added comfort of hats!

Llamas with Hats (1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) is a YouTube video from the creator of Charlie The Unicorn. It depicts a short conversation between two llamas named Paul and Carl, who wear spiffy hats.

Also, Carl has a serious problem. Both with his homicidal tendencies and his seeming inability to remember them. (And he eats hands.)

Now with a downloadable iPhone game! You play as Carl just before the second episode, kicking people off a cruise ship.

This video provides examples of:
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Discussed by Paul. Even if it is a higher body count, simply saying you mutilated millions of babies just doesn't have the same shock value as a nuke going off in your own home city.
  • Affably Evil: Carl is a mass murdering, remorseless psychopath. A cheerful mass murdering, remorseless psychopath.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Second vid:
    Paul: Carl, I watched you fire a harpoon into the captain's face!
    Carl: That sounds dangerous!
    Paul: You were headbutting children off the side of the ship!
    Carl: That, uh, that must have been horrifying to watch.
    Paul: And then you started making out with the ice sculptures!
    • Inverted in 4, here it looks like Carl's latest crime is ruining the carpet with muddy hoofprints... then the nuke detonates.
  • Artistic Licence Biology: In-universe example - stabbing someone 37 times in the chest will usually kill them. Carl is apparently unaware of this.
    • You like to think that he died before Carl cut off his hands and ate them.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...:
    Paul: Carl, what is wrong with you?
    Carl: Well, I kill people and eat their hands. That's..that's two things.
    • And from episode 4, we have:
    Paul: What made you think any of this was a good idea?
    Carl: Probably because I'm a dangerous sociopath with a long history of violence.
  • Ax-Crazy: Is an Informed Attribute of Carl's. The bloody remains and the orphan meat are a good indication anyway.
    • He certainly has a taste for human flesh.
  • Black Comedy: Considering that it's Film Cow we're dealing with, it's Surreal Black Comedy.
  • Blatant Lies:
    Carl: I do not kill people. That - that is my least favorite thing to do.
    • Carl's refusal to take the blame for the muddy hoofprints on the carpet in episode 4.
    Paul: They're clearly your hoofprints, Carl.
    Paul: They lead directly to you!
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    Paul: Tell me, Carl, exactly what you were doing before I got home!
    Carl: Alright, well... I - I was upstairs...
    Paul: Okay.
    Carl: I was, uh, I was sitting in my room...
    Paul: Yes?
    Carl: Reading a book...
    Paul: Go on.
    Carl: And, uh, well, this guy walked in...
    Paul: Okay...
    Carl: So I went up to him...
    Paul: Yes?
    Carl: And I, uh, I stabbed him 37 times in the chest.
    Paul: Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarl, that kills people!
    • In episode five, Carl donates to the local girl scouts, washes the car, bakes banana bread for his neighbor... and rips a crack in space-time to steal baby hands.
  • Breather Episode: Horribly, horribly subverted with Episode 4. Amusingly Episode 5 could be viewed as this, which is even lampshaded by Paul.
  • Brick Joke: In Episode 6, Carl finishes the meat dragon he mentioned he was working on in Episode 3.
    Paul Did you finish your Meat Dragon, Carl?
    Carl: ...Maybe...
    Paul: (sigh) It's horrifying, Carl.
    Carl: ...Thank you.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Slaughtering and mutilating humans, crossing the Moral Event Horizon, all of this is just another weekday to Carl. Of course, even Paul starts getting used to it. Carl's response is to find another Moral Event Horizon to cross.
  • Call Back: In Episode 3, Carl mentions he's stuffed their luggage with Orphan Meat because he's building a Meat Dragon. In Episode 6, Carl's "surprise" is that there's a giant Meat Dragon outside their house.
  • Card-Carrying Villain:
    Paul: Why would you think any of this was a good idea?
    Carl: Probably because I'm a dangerous sociopath with a long history of violence.
    Paul: ... Oh.
  • Catch Phrase: CAAAAAAARL!
  • Comedic Sociopathy: It becomes obvious that Carl is a total psychopath, but he otherwise acts like a normal person, which is kinda why it's so damn funny.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Paul doesn't appreciate Carl's birthday gift of human faces tied to balloons. Carl assumes it's because the nuclear explosion left them undercooked.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Carl likes to be inventive and creative with his homicidal urges. And then he likes to do stuff with the remaining corpse. Usually of a culinary nature.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: In the third video, Carl has apparently pushed people, including a South American resistance leader, into a giant fan.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Episodes 6 and 7 is mainly about how Paul is damned terrified by Carl's psychopathic antics, like a normal person and decides to leave.
  • Disproportionate Retribution
    Carl: Fine, It's the lovely elderly couple from 2B.
    Paul: CAAARL!
    Carl: Well, they were, uh, they were hogging all of the crescent rolls.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Carl, especially in the aftermath of the nuke.
    Carl: Happy birthdaaay~!
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As much a monster Carl is, Episodes 7 and 8 shows that, in his own twisted way, he misses Paul after the latter leaves.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Raw face is just gross.
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: "With the added comfort of hats".
  • Evolving Credits: If you listen carefully during the credits for Episode 8, you can hear that the theme is becoming distorted and out-of-tune, representing Carl's Sanity Slippage.
  • Evil Is Petty: Don't hog the Crescent Rolls—if you want to live.
  • Foreshadowing:
    Carl: I'll have to try harder next time.
  • Flat "What.": Carl's response to his roommate's Unsettling Gender-Reveal.
  • How Did That Get in There?: Carl's first reaction to the body in the first episode.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Paul's reaction to Carl nuking an entire city in the fourth episode.
    Paul: How did you even do this?
    Carl: How did I even do this?
    Paul: I don't understand how or why you do anything.
  • Hypocritical Humor: This moment:
    Paul: I can't go anywhere with you, Carl.
    Carl: That hurt my feelings. Now we're both in the wrong.
  • Implausible Deniability: Carl, all the time. He will stand next to the corpse of the person he killed and cheerfully deny having any hoof in their death.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In Episode 3, Carl kills La Résistance with a giant fan.
  • In Medias Res: The first 3 episodes take place during the aftermath of Carl's rampages.
  • From Bad to Worse... and then it got worse some more... then it got worse again, and finally, yep, it got even worse.
  • Karma Houdini: Suffice to say, despite Carl's extremely vulgar atrocities, no actions have been taken against him (except Paul moving out).
  • Latex Perfection: The mask Carl makes of Paul's face after he moves out.
  • Lighter and Softer: Horribly, horribly subverted by the fourth installment.
  • Limited Animation: Most of the episodes feature no movement from anything but the characters' faces. Lampshaded in the ad for the iPhone game.
    Paul: I literally never see you move!
    Carl: Now that you mention it, I never see you move either.
    Paul: Oh my god, you're totally right!
    Carl: This is really strange.
    Paul: I can't move anything except my mouth and my eyes!
  • Mattress Tag Gag: Carl blames a nuclear explosion on him ripping the tag from a mattress. That, or fairy dust.
  • Minimalist Cast: Carl and Paul are usually the only characters on the show.
  • Monochrome Casting: When Carl rips a tear in space time to collect baby hands, Paul noticed that out of the millions of hands flying out of the portal, every single one of them came from a white baby. Carl points out that he specifically targeted white babies.
    Carl: Well you know. Whitey's gotta pay. And the payment is baby hands.
  • Monster Roommate: Yes, Paul is very annoyed that Carl is a psychopathic monster who destroys people, ships, and countries when they're on vacation. In episode 6 he finally has enough and decides to leave.
  • Moral Guardians: Parodied. When Paul accuses Carl of making out with the ice sculptures on the cruise ship, Carl's reaction is to thank God that the children (whom he'd headbutted off the side of the ship) weren't on board to see it.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Always... If there is not a reason, Carl will find one.
  • Never Bareheaded: The llamas, appropriately enough.
  • Newhart Phonecall: The entirety of Episode 7 is presented as this to the viewers because the sheep wearing the Paul mask's dialogue is unintelligible.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: There are two llamas, one who seems intent on absent-mindedly ushering in The End of the World as We Know It.
  • No Name Given: Until the third animation, Paul's name was never given. Not even Carl could remember it.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Caaaaaaaaaaaarl!"
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Carl harvests orphan meat. Why? "Well, I'm going to build a meat dragon, and not just ANY meat will do!"
  • Properly Paranoid: Paul is this by episode 5. "I know you've done something. You've always done something. It's a lovely day out, we're having a good time. What have you done?"
  • Put on a Bus: Paul moves out between the sixth and seventh episodes.
  • La Résistance: ...no longer exists, thanks to Carl and a giant fan.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Episode 7 sees Paul replaced by a sheep (in a Paul mask, no less!) that despite lacking the ability to speak can still hold the same sort of conversation with Carl.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilised: Mostly Carl's fault.
  • Sanity Slippage: Carl undergoes this when Paul moves out.
  • Say My Name: Just take a look at the page quote.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: The trailer for the iPhone game has Carl pull this. Paul has had enough and is prepared to leave in Episode 6, and does by Episode 7.
  • Seen It All:
    Paul: You know what? Forget it. I'm not even shocked anymore.
    Carl: Aww, that's no fun!
    Paul: This has become the norm for you, Carl!
    • In full effect by episode five.
      Carl : Fine. I may have created a crack in space time, through which to collect millions of baby hands.
      Paul: Huh.
      Carl: What do you mean, "huh"?
      Paul: I think I was expecting worse.
      Carl: Worse? But this is totally fudged, bro.
  • Sequel Escalation: In the first video, Carl killed one person (an implied trespasser, it must be admitted). In the fourth, he nukes an entire city. Lampshaded and subverted in the fifth, where Paul notes that after that, Carl stealing baby hands through a rip in spacetime is comparatively minor.
  • The Sociopath: Lampshaded by Carl himself.
  • Spoof Aesop:
    Carl: Shhhh... do you hear that? That's the sound of forgiveness.
    Paul: That's the sound of people drowning, Carl.
    Carl: That's what forgiveness sounds like, screaming and then silence.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted. When Paul says he's moving away in Episode 6, he means it. He's not present for Episode 7, and has been replaced by a sheep in a Paul Mask.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Guess who.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Episode four. Carl's responsible. Not that it's a surprise.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: On Carl's part. A lot.
  • Swallowed Whole:
    Carl: I appear to have swallowed an entire person.
    Paul: That would be the hotel bartender.
    Carl: Well, that explains why my mojito was taking so long.
    Paul: It was horrifying. Your mouth unhinged like a snake.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Paul's hat.
    Carl: Oh. I thought you were a woman.
    Paul: Why would you think that?
    Carl: Mostly the hat.
  • To Serve Man: Cooked hands, orphan meat, entire live human beings...
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Paul's gender, to Carl.
    Carl: Are you sure?
    Paul: Of course I'm sure.
    Carl: Well, if you'll excuse me I have some pictures to delete from my computer.
  • Vacation Episode: Episodes 2 and 3. Carl enjoys himself rather more than Paul does.
  • Villain Protagonist: Carl, of course.
  • The Watcher: Paul.
  • What The Hell, Carl?
  • Would Hurt a Child: Carl allegedly headbutted children off the side of the cruise ship in episode 2. Episode 3 has it implied that he killed orphans to use their meat to build a "meat dragon". And of course there were bound to be children in the city he nuked in episode 4. Explicit by episode 5, where Carl steals the hands of millions of babies. By episode 6 he has built a conveyor belt to carry ground-up orphans through the house, and he's finished the aforementioned meat dragon.

Alternative Title(s):

Llamas With Hats