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YMMV: American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Name Game song. Oh my God.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: Clearly Murphy has been researching the trope namer, as he never comes up with any real explanation for those blasted aliens.
  • Complete Monster: Several entries stand out.
    • The Devil itself is called up in a failed exorcism and possesses an innocent young nun, driving her to uninhibited and lewd behavior as a start. The Devil begins murdering other inmates and sowing the seeds of chaos around the Briarcliff Asylum, solely For the Evulz. When it learns that the resident doctor is really a Nazi war criminal escapee, it's actually excited and murders a concentration camp survivor who might expose him. The Devil later confronts the Monsignor about his rather un-priestly ambition and to top it off, rapes him despite his vows of celibacy, solely to debase him.
    • The Serial Killer Bloody Face, AKA Dr. Thredson, is a killer of women who takes their skin and teeth and later frames an innocent man for his crimes. After killing the lesbian lover of the heroine Lana, Bloody Face keeps the corpse on ice to "help" with Lana's therapy, luring her into his home so he can hold her hostage and rapes her multiple times before trying to kill her. After her escape, she ends back in Briarcliff where he attempts to assert his hold over her again and eliminate her there. When he learns she's pregnant, he seems to relent, but when threatened he decides to murder her again without a trace of remorse and gloats to her before the attempt how he'll never see a day in prison with the insanity defense.
    • Leigh Emerson, another Serial Killer, murdered multiple families on Christmas while dressed as Santa Claus, children included. After the Devil frees him in Briar Cliff, he shows utter eagerness in resuming his rampages and attempts to rape Sister Jude. He manages to successfully pin the incident on her, presents himself as wanting redemption and convinces the Monsignor to baptize him, only to nearly drown him and crucify him before leaving to resume his murders outside the asylum.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pepper and Leigh Emerson.
  • Fan Nickname: For the series itself, there's "American Horror Story: Assylum", due to the many, many ass shots in the show between the cane-ings and the clothing the prisoners wear, among other things.
    • Lana Banana, for Lana based on what Sister Jude said when they first met. Seeing as how Lana's the Woobie, it works well.
    • The show is also being called "American Whore Story", thanks to Dr. Arden's exclamation of "Whores get nothing!"
  • Foe Yay: Sister Mary Eunice has this with just about everyone, particularly Sister Jude.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Borders on Actor Allusion, Dr. Arden asks Kit "Who do you work for?", a line that comes from a person that he should be already be familiar with altogether.
  • Les Yay: A small amount between Sister Mary Eunice and Lana.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The music that plays in the common room ("Dominique-inique-inique s'en allait tout simplement..."). Kit has attacked the record player more than once, just to get it to stop. It finally dies when Jude shatters the record, and is replaced with a much more tolerable jukebox assortment.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The season ends with a flashback to Lana and Sister Jude speaking (rather civilly) as the former is about to leave the asylum (this is before she came back and ended up incarcerated for her trouble). The same song as above is playing, and after all the dreadful happenings the viewers have seen, it feels strangely peaceful.
  • Narm: Sister Mary Eunice is walking narm, what with her constant blubbering.
    • Dr. Arden puts lipstick on a statue of the virgin Mary, yells "whore" at it for a few minutes, then pushes it over.
    • Thredson: "Baby needs some colostrum." Doubles as Squick.
    • Dr. Arden's real name is Hans Gruper. It's kind of hard to establish tension when one of your characters' name sounds like a character from Die Hard.
    • The scene where Dr. Arden attempted to rape a prostitute would have been much more horrifying without the straight-faced delivery of the line "Show me your mossy bank."
  • Nausea Fuel: The Show
  • One True Threesome: Horribly subverted with Kit, Alma and Grace
  • Spoiled by the Format: The second season was announced to be running for 13 episodes even before the first had aired; however, this effectively spoils that a good amount of plot has yet to go, despite several story arcs being tied up by Episode 11/Spilt Milk.
  • Squick: Doctor Arden cuts into Kit's neck. An alien chip crawls out.
    • Sister Eunice stabs a patient to death with a pair of scissors.
    • And then Doctor Arden cuts off Shelley's legs. We thankful don't see this operation (our wonderful imaginations get to paint that picture for us), but we do see the aftermath and it... well, it's not pretty to say the least. Are we starting to see a pattern here concerning Doctor Arden?
    • Lana's conversion therapy session during "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)".
    • Dr. Thredson's furniture.
    • Dr. Thredson and the medical cadaver.
    • Thredson: "Baby needs some colostrum." Doubles as Narm.
    • Dr. Arden's famous line "Whores get nothing!"
    • The flashback where Sister Eunice stabs Sam Goodman with a mirror shard.
    • A patient cutting his wrists open on a slicer, then picking the stitches out.
    • The fantasy sequence where Sister Jude slices her wrists open with a straight razor.
    • Lana's attempt at an abortion via coat hanger.
    • Thredson and Wendy's corpse. Most, if not all, the professional reviewers and recappers found themselves extremely nauseated by that scene.
    • For some, Johnny breastfeeding from a prostitute.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Better received critically than Murder House and generally regarded as the best season by the fandom.
  • Unfortunate Implications: If you give birth to the baby of the serial killer who raped you, you better keep him instead of giving him away or else he will just grow up to be just as bad as his father.
    • Or if you do give him away, you'd better not feel any remorse for doing so and seek him out, because he just might discover his parentage and turn out just as bad as his father.
    • Even worse; if your father was a Serial Killer there is no way you won't be a Generation Xerox of him. You have no choice in what you become.
  • Values Dissonance: Lana smoking while visibly in a late-term pregnancy.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The makeup people on this show took Naomi Grossman, and managed to turn her into Pepper.
  • The Woobie: Oh God, where to start...
    • Lana
    • Shelley
    • Kit
    • Grace
    • Wendy
    • Sister Mary Eunice when she is not possessed.
    • Monsignor Howard after being crucified and raped within the space of two episodes, then being forced to Mercy Kill Mary Eunice.
    • Jerkass Woobie:
      • Shockingly, Dr. Arden during his suicide.
      • Sister Jude, especially after her massive Break the Haughty routine and the dirty details of her past come to light.

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