YMMV / Endtown

  • Arc Fatigue: Ever since the author had to switch from updating five days a week to three, the arcs have been far slower to complete. "Holly's Flashback" Arc has been the most egregious example.
  • Ass Pull: Flask's redemption by Marx, and a lot of other things involving Marx, from his sudden entry to the strip in order to act as a Deus ex Machina to his eating an explosion in a scene obviously inspired by Mars Attacks!.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Visually, Gustine and Maude (Aaron Neathery is known to like "large" women).
    • Personality-wise, Kirbee and, one gets the impression, Holly Hollister, at least once upon a time.
    • As a whole, Aaron Marx, a character that Aaron Neathery has previously included in many loosely-connected works and who seems to be assembled out of parts of his favourite literary and TV show characters (such as The Doctor and Tom Bombadil).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Aaron Marx. On one hand, he's provided Funny Moments, at least one Moment of Awesome, and some interesting new premises. On the other hand, he exhibits several Mary Sue traits, including his sudden appearance from Another Dimension, and softens the sci-fi considerably. Some readers think he made the comic better than ever; others got ready to leave after too much of him.
    • Lately, Kirbee and Holly Hollister, split between fans of either due to the love triangle with Wally. Holly fans tend to find Kirbee bland and forced, Kirbee fans see Holly as a bad person due to her increasing insanity. Aaron Neathery himself seems to love Kirbee and view her as being a ray of hope in the darkness of the strip's setting, while expressing disbelief that anyone could find Holly inspiring, despite the latter character expressing some of the strip's most positive messages and being a shut-in who forced herself to rejoin humanity via sheer willpower.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The "bleak setting" variation. It's gotten so bad by the author's own admission (he wasn't intending to create a "black-comedy version of Threads", as he refers to it) that he introduced a character partially intended to counteract it, which arguably just made things worse as said character, a gullible, air-headed optimist, emphasized the bleakness by making things seem so bad that only a fool would stay positive.
    • The recent "Holly's Flashback" arc. By the midpoint Holly had already been exposed to so much trauma (not to mention twin incidents that felt like they should have been the climax of the flashback) that fans had become numb to the follow-on traumas and many of them later expressed opinions that the flashback had outstayed its welcome. Then the apocalypse happened again.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Jim the ex-Topsider raccoon has quite a few fans who overlook him being not a very nice person in favour of him being ridiculously cute.
    • Similarly, his partner Sarah, though to a lesser extent.
    • Flask, for the people who liked her even before her posthumous redemption.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Fan-favourite Holly Hollister is Put on a Bus by way of electing to stay in a Matrix-esque illusion. It's implied she's going to have a loooong life... living in a literal bubble of denial with a faulty computer pretending (badly) to be her dead husband along with an imaginary child, all this after being the character defined by such things as detesting the way some people live in their own make believe worlds and forcing herself out of her clock tower home and back into reality prior the start of the story for the sake of finding happiness. Yay? More than anything it comes across as the author's half-hearted attempt to be rid of her while also leaving her "happy" enough not to completely disappoint the fans who were hoping for a happy ending for her. Said fans will probably still wait forever for the bus to come back...
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Flask is one cold, violent soul, but the more we learn of her history, the more we relate to her determination to kill Topsiders.
    • Linda might also qualify. Initially a Topsider as bad as any, she mutated involuntarily and then lamented her probably permanent separation from her baby. She's been making a Heel–Face Turn since, and her acts of goodness tend to yield unpleasant results.
    • In a pinch, Mr. Allgood. He was quite a cruel Knight Templar with regard to Endtowners who use mutant milk and eggs, but he finally had a heart and stopped short of spilling Linda's dark secret. When he learned of Jacob's dark secret, he wanted to deliver justice but couldn't. In the end, a random citizen shot him in the back and hung his corpse from a lamppost.
    • Holly Hollister tends to become this when she's out of her mind. The things she says are hurtful, and she's even threatened others... but she's obviously in pain. When lucid she claims not to mean any of the things she says and the one time she was given the chance to follow through on a threat, she fainted.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Wanting innocent Endtowners dead for Topsiders' safety is bad enough, but where's the justification in killing them one at a time just so they suffer more?
    • For some, Holly threatening Chic. Since the threat was born of insanity and she'd previously failed to follow through on a similar threat against characters from one of the comic's nastiest factions, it's debatable whether she would have actually carried it out, but she still threatened a child.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Marx is pretty much a walking plot-solution-device. He ate an explosion like candy.
    • The Dittos seem to be becoming this, going from camouflage device to universal utility fog.
    • Kirbee's tongue, which came out of nowhere to solve a problem and hasn't been seen since.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Really it's all over the place in this comic, there's a great deal of Body Horror, for one. The mutation that occurs when you're conscious into a monstrous Mutt being a prime example.
    • The Topsiders in general, just by the casual attitude they take to killing and their tortuous practices. Even their existence is hell as they're trapped inside their suits and heavily implied to eat their own reprocessed waste.
    • Schism Syndrome. It eventually turns most sufferers into "yowling maniacs" and opened up Jim to demonic possession, transforming him into a crazed psychopath who claimed to be God, and lead him to burning most of the lizard settlement alive.
    • Holly's backstory, with her giving birth to a fish mutant that dies, and her husband transforming into a Mutt, all while society crumbles around them.
  • Retcon: Seems to happen quite frequently, perhaps more frequently than most webcomics.
    • A lot of the stuff from the early arcs of the comic, before the "soft reboot" and move to GoComics:
      • Cooper's detachable head
      • The Topsiders being concerned with genetic purity rather than humanity
      • Endtown's Security Rats being naked
      • Plantlife still existing within the Great Waste
    • Post "reboot":
      • Wally being from outside the Great Waste (and indeed, the mutant population being aware of things outside the Great Waste)
      • Doc being Holly's stepdad, when before he was "like a father" at most
      • Holly having been married once, when she is repeatedly referred to as "Miss Hollister" early in the comic
      • Holly having trouble letting go of the past, when her early characterization demonstrated the exact opposite
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: It is implied by ex-Topsiders Jim and Sarah that it's a good thing that there's still greenery around, far away, otherwise the planet would only have about thirty years worth of air left. However, not only does most oxygen come from the ocean, but math indicates that if you eliminated the planet's oxygen production you'd still have hundreds of years of breathable air left, potentially thousands with a reduced post-apocalyptic population.
  • Special Effect Failure: A nightmare for Wally is shown in a strip where blood oozes from the phone... but it's obviously drawn in a basic paint tool, causing a bit of Narm.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Where a lot of the love for Jim comes from, many people being able to sympathize with him on the subject of his fiance cheating on him despite Word of God saying he wasn't a very nice person at all.
  • The Woobie: Maude and especially Holly during their unjust imprisonment, torture, and embarrassing trial. Even after acquittal, Holly got downright suicidal, telling Wally she's "lost the baby".
  • Writer on Board:
    • One could be forgiven for hearing the characters Al and Cooper speaking in Aaron Neathery's voice when they give their opinions on politics at the end of the Milk Trial arc. Cooper, notably, had previously been a one-off joke character with a detachable head (now retconned) and comes across as having been retooled specifically for the role of mouthpiece.
    • Every time we hear a character waxing poetic about people being "thoughts that think themselves"/"dreams that dream themselves", it's hard not to get the impression they're acting as outlets for the author's own personal philosophy.

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