YMMV: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: She-Hulk is openly hostile to most guest characters (particularly male ones) as well as any character except the Hulk, which can lead one to find an... "interesting" interpretation. The precedent set by Mark Millar's Old Man Logan doesn't help in that regard, either.
  • Angst? What Angst?: When Rick becomes A-Bomb he's eager and excited while Hulk wonders why he isn't freaking out at his transformation.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After numerous fan complaints, the writers suddenly have She-Hulk mention she has a law degree in "The Big Green Mile".
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Abomination", Red is searching the facility for Abomination. He comes across a floating figurine of a man in a yellow dog suit. It turns out to be a bomb, but Red never questions the figurine.
  • Broken Base: It's either a fun show with a great cast, or a good cast being put to waste in one of Marvel's worst shows.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Abomination, for being a Dangerously Genre Savvy Genius Bruiser and a convincing Knight of Cerebus with a great redesign. Some people went as far as saying this incarnation is cooler than the one in the EMH.
    • Even those who don't like the show will admit that Red Hulk is the best character. She Hulk being a close second mainly because of her voice actress.
  • Ho Yay: Between Hulk and Thor, of all people. At one point, Thor deliberately insults Hulk in an attempt to incite his rage. Hulk calls him on it, and the look on his face as he replies sounds...almost flirtatious.
    Thor: What can I say? I like you when you're angry.
  • Idiot Plot: "Monsters No More" turns the entire town into gullible morons who turn on the Hulks in a second and turns the Hulks into a bunch of vague idiots who never tell the panicked townspeople that there are bombs in the city.
  • Les Yay: She Hulk and Titania in "The Big Green Mile" with a good dash of Foe Yay at first as they became cell-mates in the Vault Prison. But over the course of the episode Titania befriends She-Hulk and started to feel a bit uncertain about the Absorbing Man and the Wrecking Crew's tactics. In which at the end of the episode Titania does go back to her cell but seems to be openly interested in the idea of trying to be good thanks to She-Hulk.
  • Narm: In a hilariously cheesy scene in "Galactus Goes Green", the Hulk is trying to convince a brainwashed She-Hulk to snap out of Galactus' control. This leads to a very awkward line from She-Hulk.
    She-Hulk: He's no monster! He's. My. FAMILY! *echo*
    • The frame-skipping animation and the sliding scene panels (meant to simulate a comic page) can be very distracting for most viewers.
    • Planet Hulk. Which was probably intended to look awesome, but comes off looking like a green Geodude.
  • Older Than They Think: Having a fairly intelligent Hulk who never reverts into Bruce Banner is something that the comics did as far back as the 1990s when Banner created the "Merged Hulk" (also known as the Professor Hulk) persona. The cleverness exhibited by this version of Hulk also resembles the cunning "Green Scar".
  • Parvum Opus: While Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spiderman both got mixed reception from fans, they still have people defending them, kept decent-to-good ratings, and are considered by some to have eventually Grown the Beard. This show, on the other hand, is nearly universally panned by both critics and fans, had rather mediocre ratings, and even those who dislike the two other shows tend to consider them masterpieces by comparison. Perhaps tellingly, it's also the first one in the Shared Universe to end, even as the other two go on to more than two seasons, to be replaced by Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Special Effects Failure: Annihilus' insectoid alien swarms in the first two pilot episodes are often just non-animated drawings zooming in at the screen. Then the episode "All About the Ego" brings us Ego the Living Planet, a horrific, badly rendered, CG cell rendered abomination.
  • The Scrappy: A-Bomb was supposedly intended to be the Breakout Character, but a lot of people find him annoying for the most part. It doesn't help that Red Hulk seems to have taken his intended position and is considerably funnier.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Mainly due to the creative liberties taken by the show, some more creative than others. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Just like the two previous Marvel shows, Hulk stays Hulk all the time with almost no mention of Banner whatsoever.
    • She-Hulk was changed from a strong, confident lawyer into a stuntwoman with a chip on her shoulder.
    • Devil Dinosaur, a lesser-known Jack Kirby creation, was reduced to the Team Pet they picked up in the Savage Land. Many fans didn't appreciate seeing a fan-favourite character being reduced to the status of pet who acts like a big friendly dog.
    • Doc Samson is being portrayed as a snooty, unpleasant generic psychiatrist used for comedy rather than a Gentle Giant Genius Bruiser.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The series is rife with unremarkable animation, but the largest actual error between the dialogue and the animation is in "The Collector," where She-Hulk can't read the "alien-jerk-language'' on a control panel. Said language is actually just sets of random numbers like "382308."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: All the characters have interesting elements or story arcs in the comics that made them work in the first place note  . With the apparent exception of Skaar, all those elements are either ignored, overlooked, or unexploited.
    • The episode "Stranger in a Strange Land" had a Mirror Morality Machine create a good/non-evil version of Dormammu. Sadly the character never speaks, nor does he appear again after the one episode.
    • Bruce Banner himself can be seen as this in "Banner Day" as Hulk becomes Bruce again in which he gets to rekindle his relationship with Betty and even proves that even when he is Bruce he can still be effective against the forces of evil. However the episode became an example of Status Quo Is God and Bruce became the Hulk again to save the Earth from Ronan the Accuser. However it can come off as a bit of a Senseless Sacrifice as well as the reason why Bruce became the Hulk against was to make a deal with Ronan that if Bruce becomes the Hulk again than Ronan would call off his attack on earth. But even though Bruce did change back into the Hulk, Ronan had no intention on honoring his end of the bargain and commenced his attack on earth anyway. So while the Hulks did of course take Ronan down but Bruce is now stuck as Hulk again over a plan that didn't even work.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It's been pointed out that the idea of a team of Hulks endorsed by S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting the universe's greatest threats with a "webshow" aesthetic could have been an interesting idea if they had used any of those elements to their fullest potential. Instead, they go halfway with all of them.
  • Ugly Cute: The Goom babies from "The Hunted" are just 4 little adorably ugly critters.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The level of detail on a small girl's face (coupled with her obviously-adult voice) gives the character a slightly unnatural appearance.
    • The Leader's small posture and surreal head design seem to give him an eerie presence.
  • Villain Has a Point: Ronan the Accuser was introduced as this in this series as he was planning to use Ego the Planet against Galactus and to blow Galactus up and would save countless worlds from Galactus' hunger. However after when A-Bomb and She-Hulk talked Hulk into sparing the Leader's life, Hulk ended up having a Thou Shalt Not Kill mindset and wanted to save both Ego and Galactus in which Ronan now accuses the Hulks of being enemies to the Kree. However after this occurs Ronan pretty much throws away any chance of him being a Well-Intentioned Extremist and wanted to destroy the Earth to get back at the Hulk.
    • However that being said the series didn't ignore the White and Grey Morality here in which Red Hulk did originally agree with Ronan's plan to take out Galactus at first, and even after the incident he did point that Hulk did go back on his deal with Ronan first.
  • The Woobie: The Hulks. Hated by the world for their destructive power and imposing image.
    • Solidified further in "Monsters No More" they're tricked into destroying Vista Verde, whose population are among the few who genuinely care for the Hulks.