YMMV: Llamas with Hats

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Carl actually enjoy the atrocities he commits, or does he just do them to make Paul keep paying attention to him. The second half of the series strongly implies that the latter is true.
    • Also, Carl "finishing his work" may have been blowing up the Earth (which would have ended his life too, while not contradicting the Word of God, and guaranteed that no aquatic or underground life survived), but seeing Paul dead could have ended his desire to truly finish his work, causing him to just take his own life.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: And three times and four times and five times and... You know what? Forget it, the line has been crossed so many times it pretty much doesn't exist anymore. That is, until Carl draws a new line purely for the sake of crossing it again.
    • Alternately, if we see the series premise as crossing the line twice, then the later episodes cross it a third time by being dark and disturbing, even within the context of the series. People were even admitting to crying over the ending in the 12th episode. It says a lot if episodes 1-6 are the "Lighter and Softer" moments.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Granted it just illustrates Carl's horribleness but you've got to admit: the Meat Dragon is actually pretty cool.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "That is what forgiveness sounds like. Screaming and then silence." Fast forward to episode 12...
  • Germans Love Llamas With Hats: The German Dub of the video has developed into a national phenomenon in both Germany and Austria. Especially in high schools, iPhone versions of the videos are currently the most popular pastime of the students. The creator himself has linked the fandubs on his blog, and admits he finds them funny.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first short has Carl cut off his victim's hands and eating them. Several years later, the film Pain and Gain has a sequence where the main characters cut off two victims' hands and cook them on a grill (they don't eat them though). Played for Laughs, of course.
  • Ho Yay: Carl and Paul live together, go on cruises and vacations together, and that's not even getting into the pictures Carl apparently has on his computer. Of course, Carl was apparently under the impression Paul was a woman.
    • The second half of the series is full of romantic imagery between them, starting with Paul moving out of their shared house in a way that looks just like a break up. Carl spends the entire rest of the series pining away for Paul, eventually committing suicide because he cannot bear to live without him.
  • I Knew It: Steele's original plan for Episode 5, which was to be the final episode, would have had Carl destroying the entire planet. However, after Episode 4 was released, almost every commenter was able to predict this, and Steele ended up cancelling the episode, and by extension, the series, until its revival in 2014, once he had decided on a legitimately surprising way to end the series.
    • In a way, Carl did destroy the planet, he just made it uninhabitable, rather than blowing it up.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Carl in the second half, where it becomes clear that he's legitimately mentally ill and delusional.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ever since episode one came out, the series practically became this. The quotes are said everywhere on the Internet. In addition, there's already crossover fanfiction with characters from another media practically speaking their own varied version of the episodes. Damn, this could beat Charlie The Unicorn.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Most of the atrocities Carl commits are this mixed with hilarity.
    • One subtle part of the videos that borders more on scary than funny is that if you listen closely during the credits of Episode 8, you can hear that the music is warped and out-of-tune to represent Carl becoming more and more unhinged due to Paul leaving.
    • Episode 9. Good God, episode 9. The Paul mask Carl made starts telling Carl (in Paul's voice) to go out and kill people. All with glowing red eyes. And he was actually planning on laying down for a change, too.
    • Episode 10 manages to take things even a step further. Carl has fallen into his gore pit and broken his leg. You can see the bone poking through the skin for the entire video. The only other one in the pit with him is the Paul mask, which can't help him get out. There's long stretches in the video where nothing is happening. It's just Carl sitting in the dark and being unnerved by the silence. Worst of all, he has no idea how long he's been down there when he wakes up. He's bloody and a chunk of his ear is missing.
    • Episode 11. Fifteen years later, a visibly battered Carl is standing before an apocalyptic wasteland. There is mentions of a "blood vortex" in Paris, more meat creatures being unleashed, said creatures being eaten, some kind of screaming flesh-eating orb... and the mask says that Carl isn't done yet.
  • Squick: Flayed faces. Raw flayed faces. Raw flayed faces attached to balloons.
    Paul: I think I'm gonna throw... oh God, one touched me.
    • Even Carl was grossed out by the faces... But only because they were undercooked. That just won't do at all. Raw face is just gross.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Depending on how sympathetic you are towards Carl, his pleas to get Paul to come home in episode 8 are actually pretty sad.
    • Episode 12 is just one big Downer Ending. From Carl abruptly finding Paul's decaying skeleton and, legitimately surprised, saying "Oh... I guess you're gone..." to him resolving to commit suicide. His final words are him having an imaginary conversation akin to the ones he had with Paul and starts screaming "CAAARL!" with tears streaming down his face. Heavenly God the music does NOT HELP.
  • The Woobie: Paul. Imagine being in his place, living with a sociopath who is supposed to be your friend, and you have to witness most of the horrible (and possibly traumatizing) events he has caused. You just can't help but feel like he needs a hug for all he's been through.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Parodied and lampshaded to hell and back in the fifth video. Yeah having baby hands from another dimension fall around is pretty bad but compared to completely annihilating a city from existence with a nuke then having flayed faces rain from the sky, it's almost a relief. In fact, depending on how the whole other dimension thing works it's entirely possible that Carl didn't kill or harm a single person in the video.
    • Alternately, it could be argued that Carl did escalate it into the fifth episode, but it seems far less shocking because A Million Is a Statistic.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Many people, including Carl himself, thought Paul was a woman. Mostly the hat.