YMMV / Books of Samuel

  • Depending on the Artist: David, oh so very much.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Saul is described as handsome and he became a villain. It is unknown whether he kept his looks, though.
  • Ho Yay: David and Jonathan were like the Naruto and Sasuke for medieval Yaoi Fangirls.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Saul crossed it when he killed the priests of Nob and their family and livestock. His act was so grave that only Doeg the Edomite of his troops supported him in that act.
  • Strawman Has a Point: After Absalom's rebellion fails because Joab kills him despite David's explicit orders to the contrary, David becomes extremely sad and the story clearly expects us to feel sympathy for the man who just lost one of his sons. Joab goes to his uncle and tells him to man up and behave like a king should, stop crying like a child and criticizes him to the face how he constantly constantly shows goodwill to people who try to harm him while showing no gratitude to those who faithfully serve him. Not even the narrative denies that Joab, morally ambiguous as he is, has something of a point by now, especially since David does just what his nephew tells him afterwards.
  • Values Dissonance: Basically, Saul lost his divine support after disobeying divine orders by being insufficiently thorough committing a genocide in which every man, woman, child and animal of the nation of Amalek was to be exterminated. In fairness, the Amalekites were Asshole Victims who mocked God and launched many unprovoked attacks on the Israelites.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Mephiboseth.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Tamar. Her half-brother Amnon rapes her and David does nothing to punish him. Her brother Absalom is the only one to care about her.