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:
  • First Installment Wins: The post-revival episodes haven't gotten the memetic status of the first four.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Crosses with Tear Jerker and possible Foreshadowing. In one of the early episodes, Carl mentions that forgiveness sounds like "screaming then silence." At the end of the series, Carl, having killed everyone on earth, including Paul at some point, jumps from an overpass, screaming like Paul used to to his death, leaving behind silence....
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "That is what forgiveness sounds like. Screaming and then silence." Fast forward to episode 12...
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: 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.
  • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Carl crosses it in the very first video where it's revealed he brutally stabbed someone to death and ate their hands. This is nothing compared to what he does in the later videos.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Sure, it's a big part of the series, but Paul's constant whining of "Carl!" can get irritating for some.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Many people, including Carl himself, thought Paul was a woman. Mostly the hat.