YMMV / Pastamonsters

  • Acceptable Targets: Furries, Social Justice Warriors, the Alt-Right and celebrities.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Jeff is either loved because his random and stupid antics keep the show entertaining or hated for being an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild and abusing his surrogate daughter for his own amusement.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: To be expected when your heroes are psychotic serial killers.
  • Designated Hero: Due to the general morality, this is to be expected. The Proxies themselves are Jerkass serial killers who torment and murder humans for their own gain. The only reason they are considered heroes at all is that, well, they are the main characters. This also applies to President Bush as well.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: SUBVERTED! Slenderman, Jeff, and BEN may be the "good guys", but it's made very clear in the story that they are not traditionally good people; Slendy is the one giving orders, Jeff is arguably even crueler and manipulative than his original counterpart, BEN is the least evil of the bunch, but still has moments of being Ax-Crazy and manipulative.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Nearly every single Proxy.
    • Zalgo post-season 2.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • The Proxies in general.
    • Zalgo in the "Legends of the Multiverse" 5-parter. He's practically unstoppable.
    • Mancala is a colossal dick, but his role in the story is held up as an example of how a relatively minor villain can be just as scary and terrifying as the main antagonist. His Creepy Monotone and awesome combat skills certainly helps.
  • Ho Yay: Jeff and BEN in the dubbed versions.
    Jeff: (in his sleep) No, BEN, lower...
    • Later:
    Ms. P: It may be incredibly unstable and probably won't work in the sunlight.
    BEN: Just like Jeff's sex life.
    Jeff: Yeah, you would know wouldn't ya?
  • Memetic Molester: BEN due to his perverted and creepy attitude towards Jeff. In one instance, it's implied BEN drugged Jeff and fondled his unconscious body.
  • Growing the Beard: Most post Season 2 episodes. Notably "The Chain Mail", which shows that the web comic can indeed have emotional depth, intense action, and character development.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Let's see...
    • Oh, boy... Where to begin with Zalgo?
      • For starters, after his brutal betrayal of the Under Realm, Zalgo slaughtered and enslaved all lands, forcing all inhabitants into hard labor. He also drained the water and torched the crops of all the lands, causing the population to starve, even though the entire Monster race were nothing but loyal to him.
      • Over a course of two decades, Zalgo would subject his young son, Slenderman, to horrific abuse, both of the physical and psychological kind. To detail, not long after he is born, Zalgo, in order to put his new initiation to the test, strips his terrified son naked and then dumps him into a pit of hellfire, causing him nightmarish agony and searing his skin black and giving him magical tentacles (which were actually the child's rotten flesh.) From this point onwards and for years on for every day of Slenderman's life, Zalgo puts the child through brutal life-or-death training routines, where the slightest deviation means beatings and torture and the boy nearly dies several times in the brutal courses. One exemplary instance of this was when Zalgo forced the boy to fight a hulking demon henchman whilst he was still a young child, leading to him to be beaten senseless in his ineffectual attempt to attack the demon. In the midst of this routine, the young, inquisitive Slenderman, sneaks away from the battle in tears of pain and stares out into a portal to a beautiful realm outside the Pit (which should be noted Zalgo has never let Slenderman venture into). Zalgo sees him gazing longingly outside and seems to comfort him... before grabbing Slenderman by the neck and tossing him to the brutish demon and ordering that Slenderman be brutalized for his brief distraction, watching without a hint of emotion as the demon brutally beats the young boy.
      • It is eventually revealed Zalgo was the one who caused Jeff to go insane. If this wasn't enough, after finding out Jeff had begun to miss his old life and family, Zalgo begins taunting Jeff, stating that's Zalgo possesses the souls of Jeff's parents and his beloved brother, Liu (in the form of a blue box). Zalgo states in order to get them back along with his old life, Zalgo has Jeff complete of dangerous obstacles around the Pit in order to destroy an object known as "The Oculus". After Jeff destroys the object, he demands the souls that Zalgo promised. However, in a surprise twist, Zalgo reveals that the object he told Jeff to destroy was actually the souls of Jeff's own family and not the Oculus (which Zalgo had already destroyed decades ago). When Jeff asks Zalgo why he did this, Zalgo states he did it to teach Jeff a lesson that no matter how hard he tries, Jeff will never get his family back, nor the innocent life he used to live. Zalgo then teleports away, leaving Jeff in a state of emotional pain and anger.
      • When he discovered that one of his royal advisers warned a nearby village that Zalgo's minions were going to massacre them, Zalgo ordered his torturers to cut his head off. While the head of the adviser rolled on the floor of his office, a great smile appeared on Zalgo's face, while he seemed amused by the horrific scene of blood and flesh spreading in the room. And soon after killed the adviser, he ordered the death of ALL members of the village who were warned by the adviser.
      • After finding out she had stolen one of his most valuable amulets, Zalgo attempts to burn Hoppo-chan, a 4 years old Abyssal girl, to death by drowning her in the magma river of the Pit.
      • In "Just a Slave", the episode chronicles one of Zalgo's minions who is given the task of finding more planets for Zalgo to conquer. The demon eventually finds a planet called Scard 567 and investigates it for weaknesses. Along the way, he meets a little alien girl, named Plinky, who shows him the kindness and compassion Zalgo never showed. She spends the day with him, buying him ice cream, showing him how the ride a bike, and giving him a locket. She even gives him a name, "Flame-Head". Back in the Pit, Flame-Head shows Zalgo the planet that he was on, much to his delight. However, when asked to show him the coordinates so he can destroy it, Flame-Head remembers the time he spent with Plinky and removes all memory of the planet from his mind and calling himself Flame-Head. Beyond furious, Zalgo angrily proclaims "the weak have no place with Zalgo", and vaporizes the demon with his laser eyes. During his final moments, Flame-Head pulls out the picture that Plinky had taken of them and sadly says, "I am Flame-Head" one last time before burning up completely. Even worse, it is implied Zalgo found the coordinates of Scarab 567 anyway and destroyed it, including possibly Plinky.
    • Jeff crosses it when he throws an already injured Smile under a bus so that the driver would pay for his injuries.
      • He crosses it again later when he tricks BEN into raping Ms. P.
      • He crosses it yet again when he nonchalantly murders a little boy who was riding his bike.
      • There's also a scene in which Smile casually walks into the living room and greets Jeff. How does he reply? He shoots him in the face of course!
      • In "Proxyland", he crossed this line he when enslaves the citizens of the U.S.A and exiles Ms. P from the Human World. Even worse was when he prepared to destroy all of the U.S.A and begin total world domination.
      • Earlier, he threatened to nuke Lara's home if she didn't join his regime.
      • Jeff's overall most monstrous action in the special, if not the show, is when Tails Doll tries to talk Jeff out of a destroying the U.S.A and later dominating the world, Jeff murders him in cold-blood. The murder of Tails Doll, who is an 8 year old at oldest, is so cruel that it causes BEN to pull a Heel–Face Turn, shows that one of the more villainous members of Jeff's cabinet (Enderman) has some standards, and shakes the resolve of a third member (Eyeless Jack).
    • Mancala crossed it when he tried to kill Sally, a five year old girl, just to spite BEN.
    • Enderman's attempted murder of Slenderman in "Stop in the Name of Hate" does it for some. It's not really the worst behavior he's ever demonstrated, but the rapt, gleefully anticipatory look on his face as he watches the life go out of Slenderman's eyes — with accompanying flatline beep — is creepy on a personal level that he doesn't often reach.
      • He crosses it again in "The Chain Mail" when he turns into a demonic dragon, destroys a sacred forest, turns it's inhabitants into mindless slaves and tries to kill Jeff and his friends in "The Chain Mail". He also expresses joy when he believed he has murdered BEN.
    • The Rake has always been a sadistic, dog-kicking machine, but he finally crossed the line when he knowingly gave both Enderman, Jeff, and BEN a severe case of leprosy in "African American Friday" after feeding the three a home-cooked chicken pot pie without gloves or a hair-net. It's even worse when you realize the Rake gave BEN, a ten year old, a flesh eating skin disease, as well as the fact he was willing to do it the Enderman as well.
    • Even B.O.B crosses it when becomes mayor of the Under Realm, forcing every mother to surrender their babies to him for food, and later he kills the SUICIDEMOUSE.EXE for no reason. All this to prove how evil he is.
    • Slenderman crossed it by loathing his son's existence to the point that he was compelled to abandon him in the past and leave Slenderwoman to suffer the horrendous grief on her own, all because she cheated on him (which is obviously inexcusable, but compared to this...) and stole his car. No wonder why he considers daddy domination a dark art.
    • X crosses it in "Jeff and the Beanstalk". Andra and Damian respectfully introduces herself, her brother and their uncle to X. She tells X that their planet is under attack by Zalgo's minions (unaware that X is a minion of Zalgo himself) and they need reinforcements, and they ask only time enough to repair their vessel. Afterwards, X pretends to have sympathy for the brother and sister's plight before he has their ship confiscated and has them put in irons to be taken to the Pit to work in labor mines for the rest of their lives. Their uncle futilely tries to reason with X, but X cruelly just crushes the robot. And X did all this simply because he could. So yeah, X has no problem in enslaving two teenagers already devastated by a war that Zalgo caused.
    • President Bush might as well be a walking, talking one. Once he is elected president (by poisoning anyone who posed a threat to campaign), he turns the United States into a corrupt patriarchy with crimes such as genocide, slavery, and pillaging against any nation that opposes him, torture and ill-treatment of detained people in his regime, permission to abuse of power in the police forces, excessive punishments for minor infractions, animal cruelty, legal slavery, and the fact that he welcomes the Proxies and other Monsters from across the Under Realm and provides them with areas that are still fully occupied, entrusting the new arrivals to wipe the populaces from the country as long as he gets paid by Slenderman. Even scarier is knowing that all this is a routine occurrence under Bush's rule. So yeah, he crossed the line between keeping his corrupt regime and outright sadism.
      • In "If I Could Be President for A Day", he killed a kid by giving him poisoned gum for pushing Ducky's grandchildren, and caused a war between Pakistan and India just to spark up his day.
    • Even fucking BEN crossed it with his brutal enslavement of children, forcing them to make bongs for his shop and not even batting an eye when a few die from exhaustion.
    • It's pretty softcore compared to the others mentioned above, but Laughing Jack attempting to cripple Jeff for life so he'll lose at a football game was just cruel.
      • In "Everything Boils Over Later", when Laughing Jack gets Ebola after accidentally going to Africa, he asks Jeff and BEN to get him the cure, but they deny because they simply don't know where it is. The next day, Laughing Jack gives them his Ebola by spitting in their drinks in order to force them to get the cure. BEN even claims Laughing Jack is going to Hell when he dies.
      • If that wasn't enough, he certainly crossed it when he was going to save a woman who was trapped in her car while it was sinking but he killed the woman by letting go of the car.... After she announced that she needed to grab her baby. Laughing Jack managed to top two ME Hs by killing a woman and baby because he only planned to save the mother for sex. What makes this worse is that when he spoke of the how he got a hernia from the act, he lied by arrogantly regarding the murder and infanticide as an act heroism.
    • Ms. P crosses it with her implied habit of killing small animals, including running over squirrels, electrocuting dogs, drowning and strangling cats, and beating a seal with a shovel, all out of sadism.
      • She also crosses it in "Can of Whup-Ass" when she gives up on trying to console Sally and leaves her an Exacto blade, a bottle of bleach, and a long piece of rope.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Tends to pop up a lot, surprisingly.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Slenderman, Ms. P, Mr. Widemouth, BEN, and Jeff's backstories can easily qualify as one.
    • Eyeless Jack's death.
      • Jeff's small, whimpery "no" when Eyeless Jack.. leaves. Even more heartbreaking 'cos you expect an hilarious, melodramatic Big "NO!" to break up the sad.
      • Also in a later episode, when Jeff comes back into his room at the end and sees the coffee Eyeless Jack would always make him sitting on the counter. The look on his face just breaks your heart.
      • Hell, even Laughing Jack, who has been nothing but a slimey Jerkass with Hate Sink tendencies and who treats everyone around him like trash, cries when his best friend dies, showing he truly does have some redeeming factors. Also, Ms. P clinging to Masky at the funeral, as if she might fall apart if she lets go.
      • The small funeral and burial they give Eyeless Jack. Topped off by Jeff sitting by Jack's body, his hoodie off, and looking completely and crushed.
      • Also serving as a heartwarming moment, Jeff kissing Jack's mask can at the funeral. Fuck how he treated Jack earlier, boy desperately needed a hug.
      • Sally asking Ms. P "Mama... do you ever think [[spoilers: we'll ever see Eyeless Jack again?]]" God...she sounds so hopeful, almost as if she was expecting Ms. P to say yes.
      • In "Old Friends", Jeff crying on BEN's shoulder when he discovers Eyeless Jack cannot be brought back.
    • The ending to "the Past". Sure, most viewers were certain that Zalgo was going to betray Jeff and not give him his old life back, but that almost made it worse! The audience guessed it, Jeff could have guessed it, he really should have known; his loneliness and his compassion were both expertly exploited. Zalgo rubbing salt in the wound doesn't help, either.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Some people see Jeff as this.
    • Same for Mr. Widemouth.
  • Uncanny Valley: Jeff in his illusion form.
  • Villain Decay: For great part of the first and second season, Enderman and his gang (or at least the Rake) are quite sinister and creepy villains with great Knight of Cerebus qualities. Once season three comes along they immediately become incompetent, goofy butt monkeys on the same level of Harry and Marv.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mr. Widemouth. He used to be a noble human archaeologist with family and friends, but Zalgo massacred all of his loved ones, and condemned him to become a monstrous beast for all eternity. It's not helped by the sheer emotional trauma this dealt to him, causing him to lose all memory of his life and any dignity he had left.
    • Sally gets this treatment due to being an extreme Butt-Monkey.
    • Princess Atta. Her mother, father, uncle and pet... dog thing, were all brutally killed by Mancala (the dog simply For the Evulz}. By the end, her five year old brother is all she has left. Thankfully, her story concluded with a happy ending.
    • Andra and Damian. When Andra explains to X how they're trying to save their own planet from Zalgo's forces (unaware X himself is a minion of Zalgo himself), he mocks them for it, before sentencing them both to enslavement for life. But at least Slenderman rescued them in time so they could save their own planet.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
    • Slenderman may be a child-brainwashing monster, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when he is bothered and tormented rather unnecessarily, especially when his misery isn't bought upon himself. Also, with a backstory like his, it's no wonder he ended up like he did.
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