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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Lisa was not well-liked but it was still difficult to hold it together when she died, especially because of the effect it had on Nate, who never really recovered.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There is some debate as to whether Nate really loves Brenda (and is too immature to properly deal with his feelings) or whether he just stuck with her (and came back to her) because she's the first woman he didn't almost immediately get tired with. Of note, Alan Ball claimed that if Nate actually lived he would've eventually come to his senses and gone back to Brenda (or alternately his relationship with Maggie would quickly fizzle once Maggie finds she cannot live up to his expectations), Brenda certainly loved Nate (He was one of only fournote  serious relationships, she stopped dating after they broke up, she forgave his two instances of adultery and tried to make their relationship work, she not only took him in but basically adopted his daughter), and Brenda claimed (after they broke up and after he died) that Nate didn't love her really (although this may just be denial).
  • Anvilicious: The political jabs at Bush and the Iraq War in season 5 are heavy handed and out of place, Writer on Board not-so-subtle, especially since Claire was pretty much apathetic about this kind of things and the external world in general.
    • The writers nonetheless try to make these political jabs funny, for instance Claire makes Ted promise that if America ever declares war on Iran or something and reinstates the draft, he will move to Canada.
      • Prior to this, in the Season 3 premiere one of the things Nate sees whilst on the operating table is him at Thanksgiving dinner with his family, around the year 2000. Nate is complaining about how George Bush stole the election. David counters that if Nate didn't want to see Bush in office, he shouldn't have voted for Ralph Nader.
  • Awesome Music: The Grammy and Emmy-winning theme tune is by Thomas Newman, of Finding Nemo and American Beauty fame. Like much of his music, it will send shivers up your spine.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the Deadly Distant Finale where David and Keith get married. On the DVD Commentary, Alan Ball said this would take place in 2009 because he thought same-sex marriage would be legal in California by then. Jump forward to November 4, 2008....
    • Although, the specific year is never actually mentioned in the epilogue, so the viewer could easily imagine that it took place either before 2008 or after 2014 or whenever.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight : Meta-example with Michael C. Hall aka Dexter and the psychopath arc. Retroactive Recognition makes it almost ironic. During one of his final visions he is in full slasher attire and it almost looks like a Call Forward or a parody of his next major role, in fact Michael C. Hall has called the dream sequence in which David puts a gun in Jake's mouth the moment that Dexter Morgan was born.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Brenda, during her sex addiction. She cheated on Nate and unlike Nate's cheating on her (which he did because he was vulnerable and had just had a seizure), she did so purely for pleasure. But she's sympathetic because she really can't help herself and she really does love Nate. Also she had a point, she and Nate had a casual sexual encounter three hours after they'd met. There's absolutely no reason to expect she would change just because they were going out. Also, double standards. The fact that she cheated with more guys doesn't change the fact that he cheated first.
  • Jumping the Shark: Opinions vary, but the most frequently cited moment is the episode where David is kidnapped.
  • Narm: It's the Trope Namer. When Nate gets suddenly paralysed, he repeats: "numb arm, numb arm, num arm,... narm..., narm..." Other than that, the show was rarely narmy.
    • Chris' high-pitched squeals probably qualify as being this.
    • When Nate runs into Lisa at the grocery store and she reveals he knocked her up.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Nate and Lisa
    • Ruth and George Sibley.
  • The Scrappy: Lisa. The Clingy Jealous Granola Girl Housewife and tedious Romantic False Lead. A waste of perfectly good Lili Taylor.
    • Claire's boyfriend Russell went from being The Woobie (Intelligent, witty, dorky guy who deals with problems with his own sexuality) to being The Scrappy (Pathetic loser who tried to weasel his way into partial credit for Claire's collage/photos as a way of weaseling his way back into Claire's life) pretty quickly.
  • The Woobie:
    • Nate. He can't seem to find happiness. Also it was pretty rough for him to be stricken with such a fatal brain condition and even rougher to die so young from a recurrence when he thought that he was perfectly fine.
    • Ruth. Oh, Ruth. That scene when she was eating dinner alone...
    • David, most of the tragedies happen to him, mainly, being kidnapped. That was painful to watch.
    • Claire too, finding out her father is dead while on crystal meth, dating a criminal and a sociopath, from having her inability to orgasm being broadcast, or finding out she's pregnant and her child's father is having sex with her teacher.
    • George becomes this after the flash back of his childhood. His mother committed suicide with him in the house (and made him hold her hand as she did it), which unsurprisingly messed him up. His mental break-down is heart-breaking as well.
    • Arthur. Especially the scene where he's recording a voice message for his nephews on a tape-recorder. The final line of him encouraging them to get an e-mail address so that they could keep in touch more easily is heart-wrenching. Do they even answer him? Ever? Poor, poor lonely Arthur.
      • And then he's accused of leaving Ruth and George packages of faeces when he didn't even do it.
Band
  • Face of the Band: Chris Barnes.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Cannibal Corpse. You'll often find death metal fans arguing constantly about which band is better, not surprising considering Barnes' involvement with Cannibal's most famous material.
  • Love It or Hate It: The band's style of death metal. They're either one of the catchiest bands in the genre with unbeatable consistency, or they're a bunch of hacks with no musical skill and who play simple material because they can't do any better.
    • Barnes himself. He's either one of the most unique and best death metal vocalists out there, or a pothead who blew out his voice.
  • Magnum Opus: Undead. Unborn, Maximum Violence, and Haunted are not far behind.
  • Never Live It Down: Barnes has made a few dick moves that most people still talk about today. Most famously is the incident with Travis Ryan, in which Travis apparently talked crap about him before Barnes punched in the face while he was talking. It's unknown whether this actually happened or not, but sources state that Chris did indeed get physical.
  • The Scrappy: They often get criticized by hardcore fans of classic death metal for their "watered down" approach to the sound. Long-time Barnes fans also generally agree that he blew his voice out after the first couple SFU albums, though his voice did gradually recover.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Arguably, the Graveyard Classics albums, particularly if you've heard the original songs already.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Many Corpse-era Barnes fans would say this due to the lyrics being less gory and the music being slower.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Win Back the Crowd: With their two latest albums Undead and Unborn, it's generally agreed by death metal fans that Barnes is back in peak form.

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