YMMV / Animal Man

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When reading the endorsement of PETA in the final issue, one must remember that back in the '80s they weren't quite the organization they are now. Especially since organizations like PETA as it is today are exactly the kind of group the comic would've villified or mocked.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Mr. Freeze WOULD get out of limbo after all.
    • The Space Canine Patrol Agents were said to never get out of limbo, but they did, as the Dog Star Patrol in Krypto the Superdog.
    • The Green Team, seen offering Buddy as much cash as they could so he could help them get out, finally did manage to get out as well, after decades.
    • One of the characters locked in limbo is a man with a white shirt, blue pants,and a red/blue mask formerly known as Quicksilver during the Silver Age. He'd eventually exit with a new name, Max Mercury, Zen Master of the Speed Force and close friend and mentor to Wally West, The Flash.
    • During the "Second Crisis", Psycho-Pirate says "they're all coming back. All of them. And things will be like they used to be." Convergence prevented the multiverse from being wiped out by the Crisis in the first place.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the second issue, Buddy runs into a teenager named "Jaime" who carries around an autograph book filled with the signatures of every superhero he's ever gotten a chance to meet. When he tries to get Buddy's autograph, he opens the book, exposing a page that reads "To my good friend Jaime - The Blue Beetle". That issue came out about 18 years before a teenager named Jaime Reyes officially became the third Blue Beetle.
  • My Real Daddy: Guess who. Even this page barely mentions Tom Veitch, Jeff Lemire or Peter Milligan, who also wrote Animal Man, and his earliest appearances are obscure.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "worldswilldieworldswillliveworldswilldieworldswillliveworldswilldie"
    • The "New 52" reboot has plenty. Considering that the main antagonists are beings known as the "Rotten" that take the appearance of Eldritch Abominations that can inflict a lot of Body Horror on people. Even the main characters are not immune to these effects.
  • Tear Jerker: There are a lot, including the tragedy of B'Wana Beast in the first arc, The Coyote Gospel, the life story and death of Red Mask, Buddy's family being murdered, and the final issues Grant Morrison wrote where he and Buddy met.
    • The very last couple of pages during Morrison's run, where the quote comes from. That's already a tearjerker in of it's self, but what makes it moreso sad is what happens at the end. After Grant shines his light to try to signal Foxy, he gets no response and leaves. A light then shines back from the hill. Grant doesn't see it.
      • Fridge Brilliance hit me after reading that scene. After Grant makes all these arguments that comics matter and that we should treat fictional characters with some respect, he makes his most convincing argument in those last panels. Because Foxy represents childhood and more importantly, innocence, and the only place Grant can still find it. . . is in a comic-book world. I'm not sure if any of that made sense, but it was a Tearjerker to me.
    • The characters still in limbo, though some might eventually return to continuity, several won't. As Merryman of the Inferior Five pointed out, times have changed where certain characters won't likely return, like the Space Canine Patrol Agents.
    "Let's face it, who cares about the Space Canine Patrol Agents in this day and age?"
    • In The New 52 Cliff's death, which also leads to the disintegration of Buddy's marriage.
    • The Injustice version of the character sees animals being hunted to extinction by poachers.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the things Morrison writes, you'll swear he was on peyote. Ironically, he was allegedly straight-edge at the time, and only started taking mind-expanding substances later.
  • The Woobie: Buddy. He endures so much at the hands of his writer.
    • Hasn't changed with The New 52 his daughter, Maxine, becomes the new Avatar of the Red; his son, Cliff, dies; his marriage disintegrates; and he temporarily loses his connection with the Red after demanding that the Totems leave his family alone. In the end, he manages to reconcile with the rest of his family, but he is still doomed to leave them eventually to take over for an overseer of a planet directly connected to the Red, Green and Rot, which could happen sooner or later.