YMMV: American Horror Story: Asylum

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Lana a corageous survivor or just a reckless reporter who's in way over her head?
  • 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: The series has its own page.
  • 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. Interestingly, most of it is on Sister Mary Eunice's end, despite Lana being canonically lesbian.
  • 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.
  • 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.