YMMV / Green Lantern: The Animated Series

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: LANOS, after he goes into warp and takes Anti-Monitor Aya with him. Even Hal seems sorry for him.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Anti-Climax Boss: After the Anti-Monitor being built up as a genocidal, universe-crushing, unstoppable Big Bad from the moment he appeared onscreen, he's killed by a super-charged, emotionless Aya in a matter of seconds before she hijacks his body and takes over as Big Bad of the season.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack overall is gorgeous, and the title theme sure makes for its short run time with a triumphant fanfare.
  • Broken Base: The relationship between Aya and Razer. Is it a moving romance that became one of the best parts of the show, or a creepy Romantic Plot Tumor that was ultimately pointless thanks to Aya's death in the final?
  • Complete Monster:
    • Atrocitus, the Big Bad of the first arc, is the leader of the Red Lantern Corps and lacks any of his comic book self's more redeeming qualities. While he lost his homeworld to the Manhunters, his obsession with destroying the Guardians of the Universe destroyed any noble intentions he may have had. Starting the Red Lantern Corps, Atrocitus caused many worlds to be caught in war, resulting in millions of lives needlessly lost, in order to find new recruits. Seeing Razer's potential being blocked by the love for his wife, Illana, Atrocitus murders her, a fact he eventually reveals this with sadistic glee. Under his orders, the Red Lanterns lure several Frontier Lanterns into traps where they are murdered. When Hal Jordan and Kilowog escape with Frontier Lantern Shyir Rev to his homeworld, Atrocitus proclaims to the inhabitants they are "under the Red Lanterns' protection", which involves handing the Green Lanterns over or he will set off a bomb that will destroy the planet. When they fight back, he allows the detonation to occur, though the people are saved, Shyir Rev sacrifices himself. Attempting to reach Oa to kill the Guardians, he hires Drusa to take control of Aya and board the Intercerptor, he critically injures Salaak and brutalizes Hal before being overpowered and defeated. He makes his return in "Love Is a Battlefield", where he's given a chance at freedom if he can defeat and kill Carol Ferris, agreeing when he learns she's the woman Hal loves. Hal intervenes, though Atrocitus indirectly murders the Star Sapphire Ghia'ta, promising Hal that Carol will be next. Referred to by Aya as the "champion of hate", Atrocitus demonstrates how rage and obsession makes one worse than those they fight.
    • The Anti-Monitor, the next Big Bad, is an omnicidal machine obsessed with nothing less than the obliteration of everything in the universe that isn't himself. Built to be a knowledge-gathering robot, the Anti-Monitor quickly realized his superiority to all life in the cosmos, and was banished to another dimension soon after his proclamation to destroy everything in his path. The Anti-Monitor proceeded to turn trillions of planets in this alternate dimension into antimatter which he then consumed to make himself stronger, and, though making a deal with the last remaining planet's population to not consume them should they build him a portal back to his own dimension, the Anti-Monitor drained their sun of nearly all its life before he left, ensuring that the planet would still die soon after he was gone. Once back in his home dimension, the Anti-Monitor reactivates the Manhunter robots across the universe and orders them to kill everything they see, and, when confronted by Hal Jordan, the Anti-Monitor tries to force him to watch as first his friends, then entire worlds, are consumed before him. Even when beaten, the Anti-Monitor desperately tries to strike a deal with Aya to assist her in her plans to destroy reality itself to save his own hide. A megalomaniac who couldn't stand anything living except himself, the Anti-Monitor's narcissism was only matched by his petty sadism.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Even when his only appearance was a few seconds in a sizzle reel, fans adore Saint Walker. This became ever more apparent when he appeared in the show came off about seventeen times more badass then he's ever been in the comics while keeping his characterization completely intact.
    • Ch'p. Within seconds he proved himself capable of taking out Hal Jordan, despite said Lantern's greater experience and having gone toe-to-toe with Atrocitus. It also helps that he's a squirrel.
    • The Steam Lantern is getting a lot of love too.
  • Fanon: There's a creator-supported theory that Razer has white hair.
    • When Aya is drawn as an organic being she's always drawn with a white Bob Haircut.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "I am nothing like you." Sure Aya, sure you aren't.
    • The thrill that the planet from the Steam universe feels when they see the stars again becomes this when the stars start going out in their new one too.
    • The hashtag for the Twitter storm for the episode "Dark Matter" was "#HeroesNeverDie". Aya does.
      • Well there's no proof that Aya died or not so if this had a second season that may have been true
    • "Dark Matter" opens with a speech from Appa Ali Apsa giving a speech to the Green Lanterns, saying that these may be the very last orders he will give them. In light of the series' cancellation, this provides a bit of Reality Subtext.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hal hearing the name of John Stewart and mistaking it for "the fake news guy". Nowadays, this sort of show has become so prolific that one of the actual news networks was famously called "fake news".
  • Ho Yay: In "Lost Planet", Drusa comments on the perfection of the curvy Aya and even gives a Male Gaze to her. She even pretends to twist her leg to have her carry her to the ship (granted she was just hacking into the ship but all the signs were there).
  • Internet Backdraft: News that the show would be cancelled did NOT go over well. Giancarlo Volpe wasn't particularly happy about the decision either. Even worse is that the network had let them know this for a long time but had refused them permission to say this until it was publicly announced. The internet then tried rallying to get the show restored, seemingly failing.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Razer
    • To an extent, Larfleeze. Yes, he is a greedy jerk, but you can't help but feel sorry for him when you see him bursting in tears, crying to get his "shiny" back. Becomes even sadder in perspective when you realize this guy once fought toe-to-toe with Atrocitus.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A large amount of people only watched the show for Razaya, and the fanbase often ignore the other characters in favour of them. It isn't helped by the fact that they were the only ones to get any significant character development.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: On the one hand, they really did kill Aya. On the other hand, believing they won't undo that is a hard pill to swallow. It turns out she barely survived by performing a Body Surf into a disabled Manhunter. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Atrocitus; it says something this guy was cunning enough to Out Gambit Hal, who in this continuity is a very competent Guile Hero himself.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Atrocitus, the reveal that he murdered Razer's wife to manipulate him into becoming a Red Lantern.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cleric Loran. Friendly Badass Preacher slug with a staff with what looks like the Eye of Sauron on it. He gets a cameo in "Loss", but he only has a single speaking role.
  • Periphery Demographic: Giancarlo Volpe has noted a surprising amount of female fans of the show, and cites it to Razer and Aya.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Razaya for Razer/Aya.
  • Squick: Aya taking on the form of Razer's dead love and eventually starting a romance with him while still using it. She does it innocently, but it's still uncomfortable for some and is a contributing factor in their romance being polarizaring.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Kilowog's arguments against Aya being a Green Lantern. While many of them boil down to "she's a machine" and cannot qualifynote . However, some points, like her assuming a robotic form and leaving most/all the systems of the ship, hold water, like when she left it to the cargo captain, who accidentally detached the cables she was using to tow a ship, and he could have flown it into the black hole. Also, when Razer caused an explosion/virus, she could not see what he was doing to the ship's systems from her form, and only used an optic to see what he was doing it was a fake out, but if it wasn't they'd be stranded right behind Shard.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The Anti-Monitor is widely regarded as one of the most powerful villains of the DC Universe, having wiped most of the multiverse in the mainstream and while he's presented as powerful and menacing... He's taken out by Aya, who takes over his body as the "Aya-Monitor" and when it turns out he's alive he gets his head smashed.
    • Tomar-Re could have become the Sixth Ranger of Hal's group, considering his role as a more by the book lantern and was more level headed than the others, instead he only appears in 3 episodes.
    • Additionally, when the whole Green Lantern Corps ends up fighting the Manhunters, we see neither Sinestro (who was in for one episode and that was it, we probably would have seen more had the series continued) nor Mogo (who had appeared before and probably was banned owing to Story-Breaker Power).
  • Uncanny Valley: Aya's face/eyes may fall into this category, depending on the viewer.
    • Invoked when Aya inhabits a decaying Manhunter's body. Everything from her face to her very movements is extremely unsettling.
  • What an Idiot: Yeah, go on, Ragnar, kill a Green Lantern in order to become one. His ring will surely judge you worthy for that... Even worse is that Ragnar is a fan of the Green Lanterns (meaning he should know that), yet he only believes that brute strength and ambition makes the wearer worthy, if that was the case, it still wouldn't go to him. Furthermore, even if Ragnar found a way to overcome this, the Guardians would never allow a power ring to be hijacked like that and the villain would face as many Green Lanterns as it takes to confiscate it.
    • Sure, Scar. Trying to take on the Anti-Monitor single handedly will surely end well.
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