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* BadassDecay: Intentionally... probably. Douglas Millford goes from being a secret agent, UFO searcher, close friend to Richard Nixon to the petty old man who died during sex in the series, the result is both jarring and hilarious.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Subverted as it's best remembered for its QuirkyTown weirdness but ''Rolling Stone'' did an issue based around the beauty of the women on the show. It's still an ongoing fandom debate who was the most lovely between Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Madchen Amick in a BettyAndVeronica or CherylBlossom sort of way. Note, this means Peggy Lipton and Heather Graham were considered ''runner-ups''. On the female side of things, it's also a show which had Kyle [=MacLachlan=], Dana Ashbrook and Billy Zane among its male cast. David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries joined the cast list as of ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', and Chrysta Bell, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried have joined the talk for fandom's Ms. Twin Peaks thanks to ''The Return.''
* TheChrisCarterEffect: Actually ''intended'' by Lynch, who never intended to solve the mystery and wanted the viewers to just become engrossed in the people of Twin Peaks. Averted when Mark Frost and the network forced him to resolve the Laura Palmer plotline.
* CommitmentAnxiety: The original ''Twin Peaks'' is a collection of 30 hour long episodes which pretty much all play into the central mystery. All of ''these'' episodes play into the ''The Return'' so that you more or less have to watch the entire show to get everything. That's not even getting into ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' or ''Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces'', both of which are considered by David Lynch to be crucial viewing for ''The Return''.
* CompleteMonster: [[AxCrazy Killer BOB]] (Beware of BOB) is an entity native to the Black Lodge with a horrifying tendency of rape and murder. Created long ago as a byproduct of the Trinity nuclear tests, BOB accesses the material place by [[DemonicPossession possessing]] hapless victims and forcing them to engage in sprees of rape, torture, and serial murder to [[EmotionEater nourish himself off of their agony]]. Responsible for the murder of Laura Palmer that drives the series, BOB committed the deed by possessing Laura's father Leland when Leland was a child, resurfacing to have Leland molest his own daughter through her youth before using him to finally rape and murder Laura. When cornered, BOB [[PsychicAssistedSuicide forces Leland to kill himself]], and later saddles onto Dale's doppelganger at the end of the first series while leaving Dale trapped for decades within the Black Lodge in its stead.
* CounterpartComparison: A denim clad, messy haired HumanoidAbomination who lives between dimensions and spreads hatred, misery, and death ForTheEvulz. Are we talking about BOB, or [[Literature/TheStand Randall Flagg]]?
* CreepyAwesome: The Black Lodge in general, the Man From Another Place and BOB in particular.
* CultClassic: The series originally only lasted two seasons but amassed a strong following and heavily influenced pop culture. In fact, it's because of this that the series was revived in 2017, over ''twenty-five'' years after its initial cancellation, for a third and final season.
* EndingAversion: Both the finale to the original and the Return fall under several examples.
** The original ended with a mix of SeasonalRot and TheChrisCarterEffect culminating in [[spoiler:a DownerEnding]] that could turn people off because it ended on such a low note.
** ''The Return'' opted for a [[spoiler:GainaxEnding]] leaving several plot lines up in the air and a highly controversial final episode that eschewed previous developments to do something different.
* EpilepticTrees: The show has more of these than the town of Twin Peaks has actual trees. Pretty much ''everything'' about the main plot is left up to audience interpretation, and theories on what's actually going on with story have run rampant ever since the show first aired. It arguably started the trend in television of having a central MythArc with a ton of unanswered questions to keep the audience coming back week after week, like [[Series/{{Lost}} the show]] that would become the TropeNamer.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While ''Twin Peaks'' is more along the lines of a CultClassic in the U.S., it was VERY popular when it aired in Japan. It even influenced the creators of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening a popular Nintendo game you may have heard of]] and [[Franchise/SilentHill a certain long-running video game series by Konami]].
** Lynch even filmed a series of Japanese coffee commercials, starring Agent Cooper and the rest of the gang. Can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A_-FHsPwfQ here]]
** Notably, it's done excellent almost everywhere ''but'' Germany. The reason for this is infamous as dueling networks engaged in TrollingCreator behavior with an announcement of Laura Palmer's killer by one as soon as the other started airing the show. Which is a dick move worthy of Creator/EricBischoff.
* KudzuPlot: Very deliberately as Lynch and Frost throw the following things into the central mystery: AbusiveParents, DemonicPossession, TheFairFolk, drug dealers, TheMenInBlack, [[FemmeFatale Femme Fatales]], the Trinity nuclear tests, a Canadian brothel, crooked land deals, [[TheMafia gangsters]], memory loss, [[EvilKnockOff twisted doppelgangers]], the FBI as a BunnyEarsLawyer RagtagBandOfMisfits, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and cherry pie]] into the mix of three seasons plus one spin-off movie. [[SubvertedTrope The scary thing? Very little of this is filler and most of it relates to the central plot.]]
* MemeticMutation:
** ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is [[Memes/TVTropes currently a running joke]] on the Administrivia/TVTropesForum, where it is regularly mentioned among anime. (The reason for this is that someone once recommended this in an anime recommendations thread where the original poster didn't explicitly ask for anime.)
** "She's dead... wrapped in plastic." (said about Laura Palmer)
** [[OminousOwl "The Owls are not what they seem."]] (ArcWords from the Giant)
** "It's happening again." (originally referring to [[spoiler: BOB!Leland murdering Maddie Ferguson as a repeat of his rape/murder of her identical cousin, Laura Palmer]], this has become a tagline for The Return.)
** "James was ''never'' cool" and variations became popular after the [[TheScrappy infamous character]] was described as "still cool" in The Return.
** "Helloooo-oooo!"
** After Parts 5-8 from ''The Return'', the fanbase is pretty adamant that David Lynch is clearly [[{{Troll}} trolling]] the fanbase and doing whatever the fuck he wanted, even going as far as to say that Lynch has [[UpToEleven gotten]] [[SerialEscalation crazier]] since ''Film/InlandEmpire''. This comes to a head in [[MindScrew Part 8]], with the Twin Peaks {{Reddit}} claiming that ''Eraserhead'' and ''Inland Empire'' weren't as crazy as that episode.
** [[BlatantLies "Well. Glad that's cleared that up."]]
** "Chad is such a Chad!" is a common refrain in online discussions about ''The Return''. [[HateSink There couldn't be]] [[MeaningfulName a more fitting summary]] [[TheScrappy of the character]].
** [[spoiler: I am the FBI.]]
** The phrases [[TrollingCreator "Dammit, David!"]] and "[[SignatureStyle "L Y N C H E D"]] spread like wildfire in response to the [[spoiler: [[GainaxEnding last episode.]] ]]
** "See you all in another 25 years!" [[note]] Also in response to the lack of closure generated by the [[GainaxEnding finale.]] [[/note]]
** The "Gordon Cole reacts to Something" series of Youtube videos such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfS_FJPK_A4&list=FLfWmu27KD5LKzzySKDJidoA&index=2 Gordon Cole reacts to James' romance with Evelyn Marsh]]. Basically, like the Downfall videos of Hitler, they're having Gordon Cole's befuddled reaction to something related to Twin Peaks or David Lynch himself.
** Photoshopping "Starring Kyle [=MacLachlan=]" over pictures of different bands performing, after ''The Return's'' EveryEpisodeEnding.
* SpiritualAdaptation: ''Twin Peaks'' remains one of the most influential pieces of media created in the Nineties. Take a look at these.
** On the video game end there's ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', ''Franchise/SilentHill'', and ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange''.
** On the Western Animation end there's ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' (and by extension, the entire "Mystery Kids" fandom, which extends to ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Paranorman}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'').
** Television series influenced by the series include ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/TheKilling'', and ''Series/NorthernExposure''.
** The podcast ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''.
* UncannyValley: Everything about the Black Lodge, especially the strange, distorted voices of its inhabitants. This is taken even further in ''The Return'', where it's become a full-on EldritchLocation.
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[[folder: The original run]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Dale Cooper a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness good guy]] or is he not or at least by the prequel... [[NarniaTime urh sequel]]? ''Fire Walk With Me''. With Phillip Jeffries we saw what the [[EldritchLocation Black Lodge]] can do to a man. In the film Future!Dale warns Laura from taking the ring; while taking it ensures her death it protects her from being possesed by [[TheCorrupter BOB]] who has been catering her for years by that point, and if Laura doesn't takes the ring she doesn't die, but she gets consumed by BOB. That means that Dale doesn't have to go to Twin Peaks and get send to the Lodge. Was he trying to save Laura or trying to do a temporal fix and [[DirtyCoward save his own ass at Laura's innocence expense]]?
** Is the Man From Another place [[spoiler:legitimately trying to stop BOB to prevent a catastrophe from happening, or is he an evil spirit trying to take control of BOB for his own purposes?]] Even with ''The Return'', we don't have any answers, yet.
** His motivations remain mysterious in the show, but ''Fire Walk With Me'' lends a darker interpretation to his character. [[spoiler:He seems opposed to BOB only in that BOB hoards garmonbozia for himself and deprives the other Lodge creatures of their rightful fill. The Man From Another Place is happy to slurp up the garmonbozia that BOB proffers after killing Laura and thereby inflicting suffering upon both Laura and Leland.]]
** Further related to ''Fire Walk With Me'', [[spoiler:he claims to be "the arm," (likely) meaning Mike's arm - a remnant of Mike's own evil. I've always thought that the Black Lodge denizens were unhappy with BOB running amuck after Mike turned good. (If BOB was Mike's familiar, he probably had him on something of a leash.) BOB wasn't paying his garmonbozia taxes, so the MFAP and "Mrs. Tremond" etc. were therefore helping the investigation of who killed Laura more than they might have otherwise.]]
** There are a couple of possible interpretations for [[TheSkeptic Albert]]'s involvement in [[OccultDetective Blue Rose]] cases as authorized by Gordon Cole. One is that it's necessary to have a skeptic on board so that the more supernaturally-attuned agents don't go too far in suggesting or pursuing supernatural explanations where there may be none, and Albert helps pull them back down to reality where necessary. Another is that in cases that ''do'' involve the supernatural, his lack of sensitivity to spiritual or supernatural matters makes him a less likely victim or target, with those who ''are'' more inclined toward less empirical and more spiritual/supernatural explanations (such as Cooper) serving as DesignatedPointMan: this in turn would allow Albert to keep the necessary investigation ongoing and to serve as a witness if it falls through (which ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'' implies is also T[[spoiler:amara]] P[[spoiler:reston]]'s role). If the latter of these explanations, Albert might be considered to have the sixth sense equivalent of a DisabilitySuperpower.
** Is Denise Bryson a male {{Transvestite}}, or a {{Transgender}} woman? The show never clears it up, as LGBT issues weren't as well understood in 1990 (at least, by those outside the community). The 2017 revival definitively states that she's a transwoman.
*** Can also be a shout-out John Edgar Hoover if he was in 2017.
** Even some of the minor and one-off characters are subject to debate. For instance: "Do you want to hear about our specials? ''We don't have any!''" TheMovie leaves it very vague as to whether these are the words of a DeadpanSnarker or an outright CloudCuckoolander.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Annie Blackburn. While she isn't without her fans, she still gets flack from [[FanPreferredCouple Cooper/Audrey]] shippers. Generally, fans of the show thought Annie was an okay character StrangledByTheRedString with Cooper but okay in her own right. It helped there were hints of a darker past which never got explored.
** Windom Earle is a LargeHam CardCarryingVillain with a lot of traits straight out of Scooby Doo or the 1960s Batman show like killing people and putting them in giant chess pieces. However, he's at least having FUN in the latter half of Season 2, which a lot of people felt was missing. The fact [[AssholeVictim he brutalizes Leo]] to the point of him almost becoming TheWoobie helps with Earle's enjoyability to some viewers too.
* BetterOnDVD: While it's fine on its own, most episodes seem to make up a single day of investigation. Some details from the first few days come in a little later, when you might have forgotten about it.
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* CreatorsPet: David Lynch liked Joan Chen's performance, which is why she gets a lot of focus despite not being very popular with fans.
** David Lynch wrote a scene where Gordon Cole (played by himself) ended up in a makeout session with Shelly (Madchen Amick). David Lynch has stated it wasn't ''entirely'' because he wanted to kiss her.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Audrey is one of, if probably not THE most popular characters aside from ol' Coop. Sherilyn Fenn's charisma shines through every scene with her combination of SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl, HeroicSeductress, and AmateurSleuth. The fact she was one of the more three-dimensional characters also helped her win over audiences.
** Gordon Cole, Albert Rosenfield, and Maddie Ferguson all have pretty big fanbases despite not appearing that much. Notably, Gordon Cole (played by David Lynch himself) and Albert became AscendedExtra characters in ''The Return'', temporarilly taking over Cooper's role as OccultDetective heroes, has met with near universal approval. Maddie Ferguson also got to give Sheryl Lee a much larger role as the "face" of Laura Palmer.
** Windom Earle, in spite of being a character synonymous with the show's PostScriptSeason (he was created to keep Cooper in Twin Peaks and fill in for BOB), really stands out as one of the better things in the latter half of season 2. Kenneth Walsh's performance was an unsettling yet quirky foil for Cooper, and he worked quite well as a villain very different from BOB. Another reason was that Earle's storyline was one of the more interesting amongst the season's tangled mellow-drama and kept the Black Lodge and other spooky elements in focus.
** The Man From Another Place doesn't appear very often, but is arguably one of the most iconic characters in the whole series (or Lynch's filmography in general) and every scene he appears in is creepily memorable. The same can be said for the Giant.
* FairForItsDay: Denise is portrayed by a cis man and it's never quite clear whether she's a male crossdresser or a transgender woman. However, she is treated with a surprising level of respect, Cooper has no problem accepting her, and Audrey is in awe of the first female government agent she's encountered.
* FanPreferredCouple: The Cooper and Audrey pairing was preferred not only by fans, but by Lynch himself; explicit references were written out of the script at Kyle [=MacLachlan=]'s objection to their relationship. Both were later given other (and fan-reviled) love interests in the second season.
** While Sherilyn Fenn preferred Audrey/Cooper (and still ships them to this day), Billy Zane shipped John Justice Wheeler and Audrey. Then again, he may be biased.
* FashionVictimVillain: Leo Johnson with his EightiesHair and love for plaid.
* FriendlyFandoms: Name anything that cites ''Twin Peaks'' as an influence, and odds are, its fans get along pretty well with the ''T.P.'' fandom. See SpiritualAdaptation.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/DonSDavis being part of a secret military project involving aliens years before [[Series/StargateSG1 being part of a secret military project involving aliens]] is hilarious on its own, but the best part is when he advises Cooper against keeping secrets for the sake of the greater good, which was the crux of a lot of drama and the opposite stance he and most of the cast took on ''[=SG1=]''.
** The series features a dead girl named Laura, other characters named Audrey and Lucy, and an actor who would later be on ''{{Series/The X Files}}'', {{Creator/David Duchovny}}. Fast-forward to Season 3, when ''Twin Peaks'' shares a timeslot with ''{{Series/American Gods}}'', which features... a dead girl named Laura, other characters named Audrey and Lucy (well, at least someone impersonating [[{{Series/I Love Lucy}} Lucy]]), and an ''X-Files'' alum, {{Creator/Gillian Anderson}}. Which has led to a few people joking about a CrackShip involving Denise Bryson and Media, Duchovny and Anderson's respective characters. Not that weird, when you consider a few already shipped Denise with [[{{Series/The X Files}} Scully]].
* HollywoodHomely: David Lynch lampshades this in-character:
-->'''Gordon Cole:''' THIS WORLD OF TWIN PEAKS SEEMS TO BE FILLED WITH BEAUTIFUL WOMEN!
* ItWasHisSled: Mostly averted, but those who have never seen the show should still be wary of spoilers. Many fans who saw it when it first aired believe the show is now too old for anything to be a spoiler, despite the fact that many new fans, too young to have seen it the first time, are trying to catch up in preparation for Season 3 (or because they became curious after playing ''Deadly Premonition'').
* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Leo arguably becomes this over the course of his captivity in Windom Earle's cabin, during which he comes to understand firsthand the sort of horrifying abuse he inflicted upon Shelly. See RedemptionEqualsDeath below.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** The long, moody scene in which James, Donna and Maddy sing "Just You" can come across as silly due to the teen earnestness in which its delivered and the [[SingingVoiceDissonance high-pitched singing voice]] James uses. Knowing the series, this might be at least partially intentional. The song becomes James' {{leimotif}} for the rest of the series.
** Windom Earle in general. He's such a goofy CardCarryingVillain that he feels like he walked right out of a ''Scooby Doo'' episode. His penchant for wearing wacky disguises during his crimes doesn't help matters.
** Lana's breakdown after [[spoiler:Douglas's]] death, mainly due to Robyn Lively's horrible and unconvincing acting.
* NarmCharm:
** A big part of the show's initial appeal. The soap-opera melodramatics, which were (at least initially) parodying other shows of the time such as ''{{Series/Dallas}}'', were executed well enough to genuinely endear the characters to audiences while keeping a comedic edge to the show.
** Windom Earle is halfway between Lex Luthor and a chess-themed version of the Riddler but he's easily the best part of Season 2's latter half.
* OneSceneWonder: Jimmy Scott only shows up in the last episode -- in one of the most haunting scenes in the series.
* PairTheSpares: There is a small following for Annie Blackburn x John Justice Wheeler. The two never even meet, but Dale x Audrey shippers sometimes like to pair their respective replacement love interests together, just so Dale and Audrey can become a couple again.
* ReplacementScrappy:
** Annie Blackburn, who was wheeled in out of nowhere purely to supplant Audrey as Cooper's love interest. Her [[spoiler:winning the Miss Twin Peaks pageant]] is likely to produce the same reaction from viewers that it did from [[spoiler:Mayor Milford: "She's been living in this town about fifteen minutes!"]]
** While Annie has some fans for at least having a role in the central plot, the same can't be said for John Justice Wheeler, who only serves to break up the [[FanPreferredCouple Cooper/Audrey ship]] and reduces Audrey's involvement in the main storyline in favor of a romance subplot.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Almost. After spending Season One as a weak-willed pawn being manipulated by Catherine and Ben Horne before running crying to Sheriff Truman, it is revealed that Josie [[spoiler: has secretly been working with Ben to frame Catherine for the mill fire, and also had a hand in her husband's death, which gave her the mill in the first place.]] Then, in the following season, it is discovered that Josie did all this at the behest of another person, turning her back into the easily manipulated victim. One step forward, two steps back.
* RomanticPlotTumor: Several. Primarily to blame for the general consensus that the second season would've been much better if it had been half as long.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Yes, that's a pre-''Series/TheXFiles'' Creator/DavidDuchovny as Denise Bryson.
** Apart from a small role in ''Film/LicenseToDrive'', this was Creator/HeatherGraham's first major gig.
* TheScrappy:
** James Hurley (for being [[TheDitz monumentally stupid]], even by the standards of Twin Peaks teenagers) and Josie Packard (for being a hysterical victim and nothing else); take your pick. Or Nadine (although some more recent fans love her for her eerie resemblance to CrazyAwesome secret agent Molotov Cocktease from ''TheVentureBrothers''). Annie and John Justice Wheeler, especially if you're a [[FanPreferredCouple Cooper/Audrey]] fan.
** Evelyn Marsh, who served no purpose to the main storyline and was probably only added to [[spoiler:write James off the show]].
* SeasonalRot: It is generally agreed that the series loses focus after the main story arc is resolved in episode 8 of season 2. A new, related story arc emerges in the rest of the second season, but much of it suffers from having been neglected by Lynch and left to less competent writers and directors, causing [[DependingOnTheWriter a vast drop in quality and major inconsistencies in characterization]]. Kyle [=MacLachlan=] became impatient with Lynch's non-involvement and cast member Kimmy Robertson admits to having stopped watching due to SeasonalRot. There is, however, also general agreement about that the series (if only barely) managed to avoid JumpingTheShark and actually found some of its original form again in the final episodes of Season 2.
* ShipTease:
** Bobby and Audrey have a number of flirtatious scenes in-between the dissolution of the Cooper/Audrey romance and the arrival of John Justice Wheeler. This was actually fairly popular as a pairing despite Bobby being with Shelly at the time. It helped they had actual chemistry and were both popular characters.
** This is ultimately what Audrey and Cooper turned out to be due to ExecutiveMeddling (and actress meddling according to Sherilyn Fenn).
* SignatureScene: The Red Room scene at the end of the third episode. Apart from a famous reference to this scene in the two-part "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', an entire subplot in ''Anime/SoulEater'', both ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' have done explicit ShoutOut scenes to it, with ''Mystery Inc.'' even having a dog stand-in for Laura, and getting the same actor for The Man From Another Place!
** The image of Laura's body wrapped in plastic from the first episode also became iconic of the show.
** Cooper breaking bottles with rocks as an investigation method.
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** The cup in the Black Lodge in the final episode that changes from a liquid, to a solid, and back to a very viscous liquid again. Upon closer inspection the solid tea is just a lump of plastic.
** In a scene where Harold Smith is brandishing a hand rake, you can see the fake blood on the tips of the hand rake well before he uses it to claw his cheek. If not for his groan of pain, you might think he's supposed to be simply painting red onto his face.
** A scene where Nadine hurls a high school boy is done using very obvious {{undercranking}}. To make matters worse, the film is run backward and forward for a moment at the beginning of the shot as Nadine says an obviously looped line, making the film speed manipulation even more blatant and highlighting the sudden change in visual resolution.
** The remastered version makes the border of Billy Zane's wig along his forehead very obvious whenever John Justice Wheeler gets a close-up.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Both Cooper/Annie and Audrey/Jack are viewed this way by a sizable amount of the fanbase.
* SweetDreamsFuel: The intro theme.
* TrappedByMountainLions: A chronic issue in Season 2, especially with the James and Horne subplots.
* TrollingCreator: Both canon spinoff books, ''The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer'' and ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'' are dotted with inconsistencies from the show's canon. ''This is purely intentional''. That is not even mentioning some of the possible FauxSymbolism crammed into the movie (such as five second-long flashing sequences featuring screaming wolves and monkeys and a disappearing horse) alongside more overt sequences of fire and angels.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: The death of [[spoiler: Maddie Ferguson hurt the high schoolers narrative of Twin Peaks as her LoveTriangle with James and Donna was pretty much the only thing either character had going for them aside from their AmateurSleuth investigation of Laura's death. While her death was indeed shocking, it caused a hole in the narrative. Also, many viewers liked Sheryl Lee as an actress almost as much as the "main" cast.]]
* VillainDecay: Ben Horne goes from a manipulative CorruptCorporateExecutive in Season 1 to a comical CloudCuckoolander barely involved in his own business in Season 2.
* WhatAnIdiot: Laura is a tragic example, Andy is a comic one, and Maddy, James and Bobby are just dumb.
* TheWoobie:
** Laura Palmer is the quintessential example as she was [[spoiler: molested as a child by her father, became addicted to drugs to deal with the pain, and became a prostitute as part of a scheme to get out of town. Oh and she was also menaced by an EldritchAbomination from adolescence up.]] This is all before she was found murdered and wrapped in plastic.
** Harold Smith, the sad shut-in who [[spoiler:commits suicide]].
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[[folder: The Return]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Janey-E a cool, awesome doberman of a woman who refuses to be cowed by mafia hitmen or the general suckiness of her life or is she a severely self-absorbed who completely misses her husband has been literally replaced by another (albeit an IdenticalStranger) man? Add to that the QuestionableConsent of her initiating sex with a clearly mentally challenged version of "Dougie", and this helds lead to the BaseBreakingCharacter about her character.
*** Dougie's boss mentions to the police that Dougie once suffered a head injury, suggesting they are used to him behaving erratically. Janey-E may have hoped the lovemaking would snap him out of his absent minded state.
** Beverly's conversation/argument with her husband, Tom, has a bunch of this. He might be a CrazyJealousGuy who's sickness is making him ornery all the time and he lashes out at Beverly in a vain attempt to control her. Or Tom's just a sick man who's concerned that his wife may be having an affair and who is regularly torn down and insulted because of his illness. They could be just two people under a lot of stress or it could just be a mutually abusive relationship.
** MIKE's appearance to Cooper at the Cafe at Dougie's office implies that he was the one who had Dougie buy the cherry pie that ended up saving his life. All of the other strange occurrences like the lights helping Dougie win money and do his job as well as the dream Bradley Mitchum had; may have also been MIKE's doing all to help keep Cooper out of trouble.
* {{Anticlimax}}: After 12 episodes of build up, the return of Audrey Horne ends up being [[spoiler: her yelling at her husband and cheating on him.]]
* AnticlimaxBoss:
** After a long time being built up as a major antagonist, [[spoiler: Richard Horne is sent by Mr. C into a death trap intended for him, being dissolved into light without ever having to confront any of the protagonists.]] In the same episode, [[spoiler: Hutch and Chantal, the LaughablyEvil assassin couple, are gunned down by a random guy they got into an argument with, also without ever meeting any of the protagonists]].
** [[spoiler:Badass Evil Cooper]] is defeated by getting shot...once...with a normal gun...by frigging Lucy!
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Fans either love or hate Janey-E due to the fact she's strongly involved in keeping the real Cooper away from Twin Peaks. [[spoiler: This is doubled after Part 10 when she had QuestionableConsent sex with him, thinking he's her husband.]] A lot of fans still love her, though, because she's TheDeterminator and played by Creator/NaomiWatts.
** Agent Tammy Preston has received a lot of hatedom from fans due to being a singer with no previous acting experience. Accusations of being hired for her looks and worse have been thrown at her, even to the point she's commented on them. However, many Twin Peaks fans love that she's a CanonImmigrant from ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'' and serves as a good TheWatson to Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfell's BunnyEarsLawyer. Also, she is damned beautiful.
** Viewers haven't responded well to the character of Candy so far due to having all of Dougie Jones' EmptyShell qualities mixed with the UnfortunateImplications of being a DumbBlonde. [[WildMassGuessing Some fans believe it's all going to be part of Lynch's master plan, though,]] others consider her lovable, and someone who adds levity and humanizes the Mitchum brothers.
** [[HateSink Richard Horne]], hoo boy. [[WouldHurtAChild Ran over a kid]], [[WouldHitAGirl beats up his grandmother]] and [[AttemptedRape gropes a woman in a bar]]. On the other side some fans like him as a character ([[WatsonianVersusDoylist a very purist, simple, hardcore, consistent example of an intended unlikeable character]]), and while he certainly manages that for a majority of the fanbase, some praise that he's well written.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Even though the original series is known for plenty of random scenes that served nothing to the plot, nothing takes the cake than this scene in Part 13 of ''The Return'': [[spoiler:James Hurley singing "Just You" at the Roadhouse for no apparent reason.]] Especially of a BLAM in that he had been out of the show since Part 2. It becomes doubly crazy because if the musical performances are not only in-universe rather than theater, that means that Nine Inch Nails performed at a small town venue but got LESS of a reaction than a local biker.
* BrokenBase: Despite season 3 receiving nearly universal praise from fans and being cited as the best revival of the revival craze, there are still some things the viewers can't get along.
** Some didn't like the full fantastic plot of the new season and said it destroyed the ambiguous interpretations of the original [[spoiler:like Sarah Palmer's visions being the result of the drugs Leland gave her to sleep when he raped Laura, Laura hallucinating due to trauma, or Leland just repeating the behavior he received when sexually abused as a kid by a man named Bob]] while the rest of the fanbase prefer it ''because'' of how surreal it is, and for providing some definite answers.
** For those who had any expectations to the new series and wanted the light hearted [[spoiler: by comparison]] feel of the original, or those who wanted it to be darker, especially those who still consider Fire Walk With Me as the DarkerAndEdgier installment of Twin Peaks with the new season just being BloodierAndGorier at best, or just plain raunchier at worst.
** Dougie Jones' entire subplot [[spoiler: where it is actually an EmptyShell for Agent Cooper]] has split the fanbase. Some fans love the character's comic relief in a very dark series while others [[spoiler: want Cooper back dammit]]. Others like the character fine but think his story is being dragged out.
* CatharsisFactor: It is ''immensely'' satisfying to watch [[spoiler:[[HateSink Richard Horne]]]] being electrocuted into nothingness after watching [[spoiler:him]] do all the evil, despicable shit that [[spoiler:he]] did throughout the season.
** From the same episode: [[spoiler: Cooper [[HesBack finally awakens from his Dougie-Coma]], complete with ThemeMusicPowerUp.]] Twin Peaks fans have been waiting for this moment for ''25 years''. ''Many'' people [[TearsOfJoy cried.]]
* CharacterRerailment: There were implications MIKE was just as evil as BOB in ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' but he's back to being a good guy in ''The Return''... probably.
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* CreatorsPet: Tammy Preston is often seen as this being a divisive character who feels creator pushed.
* CreepyAwesome:
** The Woodsmen, strange beings that look like homeless men covered in ash capable of crushing heads with their bare hands and speaking exclusively in WordSaladHorror.
** Part 8 could be this in its entirety, but in particular the sequence of [[spoiler: the Trinity Nuclear Tests]], almost 10 minutes of VisualEffectsOfAwesome that feel like they came out of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' scored to the PsychoStrings of "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima".
** Philip Jeffries came back [[spoiler:as a giant kettle]], the scene where he speaks to the Doppelganger in person is so creepy and captivating.
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: The soundtrack, really. Good thing too, because most of it consists of a few tracks played over and over in each episode, and if it weren't so good it would drive people crazy. Now has [[AwesomeMusic/TwinPeaks its own page]].
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The entire conversation with Lucy, Andy, and Hawk in Part 3 about how something is missing that is tied to Hawk's heritage. Lucy and Andy are InnocentlyInsensitive taken to the 11 [[AsYouKnow as they point out Hawk is an Indian]] as well as debate whether chocolate bunny eggs could be related to Native American stomach gas cures. Hawk is clearly trying to debate whether he should be offended or acknowledge they're too stupid/nice to be doing this deliberately. It is HILARIOUS.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The third season might do this for some since it is much DarkerAndEdgier than the original two seasons and also much, ''much'', '''''much''''' BloodierAndGorier, which might take away from the show's original quirky charm.
* EarWorm: The Woodsman's "[[MadnessMantra incantation]]" from Part 8.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: As of ''The Return'', [[spoiler:Diane Evans]], mainly due to being a DeadpanSnarker [[SirSwearsALot Lady Swears-A-Lot]] who steals every scene she's in.
* EvilIsCool: Despite being a murderous DiabolicalMastermind, [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]], and SerialKiller, Doppel Coop has quite a few fans. This is due to Creator/KyleMacLachlan's amazing performance. It's notable he tends to PayEvilUntoEvil with the majority of his on-screen victims so far having tried to either kill him or being involved with his criminal schemes. [[spoiler: The fact BOB chooses to let Doppel Coop remain in charge of their body shows this is true in-universe.]]
* FanNickname: [[spoiler: After ''The Return'' premiered, the fandom was quick to create several nicknames for Cooper's evil BOB-possessed doppelganger including but not limited to: BOB!Cooper, Evil Coop, Doppel Coop, Coopelganger and Mr.C. Also to a lesser extent, Dougie!Coop for the other Cooper doppelganger, Dougie Jones, or for Cooper after he takes Dougie's place.]]
* FashionVictimVillain: [[spoiler:The Doppelganger]] with his Danzig-like mullet and leather jacket. Though in the latter's case it arguably adds to his UncannyValley nature to make him even creepier (the costume designers explicitly stated they were inspired by the design of [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]]).
* HarsherInHindsight: The 2017 revival was filmed at the exact right time, with ''three'' major actors (Catherine Coulson, Miguel Ferrer, and Warren Frost) living just barely long enough to be part of it. This also makes the 25 year prediction in the finale even more eerie.
* HeReallyCanAct: Creator/MatthewLillard's performance in ''The Return'' has been pretty well-received, especially with people who were only familiar with him as [[Film/ScoobyDoo Shaggy]].
* HilariousInHindsight: Laura's final line of the original series was "[[UnCanceled I'll see you again in 25 years]]". This prediction is almost exact for the revival of the series.
* JerkassWoobie:
** [[spoiler:Diane is hostile and snarky towards everyone in the FBI, which becomes more understandable in her conversation with Doppelganger!Cooper when it's all but stated that he [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] [[RapeAsDrama her]].]]
** Becky got her TheWoobie status updated when she reacted to the discovery her husband was cheating on her with Gertsen Hayward by getting a gun, stealing her mother's car, ''driving her car with her mother on its hood'', and then going to shoot Gertsen's door repeatedly because she wasn't there.
* LoveToHate
** Just as in-universe, ''nobody'', ''nobody'' in the fandom likes rude, mouthy ManChild Chad except for a few viewers who mostly just love to hate him or enjoy watching him make his co-workers uncomfortable.
* MemeticBadass: Freddie Sykes, James's cockney-accented friend who always wears a mysterious green glove that gives him the ability to MegatonPunch people like a comic book character.
* MoralEventHorizon: Richard Horne [[spoiler: hitting a little boy with his truck and driving away without even slowing down]] definitely counts if his EstablishingCharacterMoment [[AttemptedRape doesn't]]. Of course, somehow, Richard Horne actually made himself even worse in fans' eyes when he beat up and robbed his grandmother in a scene considered many to be heinous even by the show's DarkerAndEdgier standards.
* NamesTheSame: ''The Return'' doubles down on knocking the OneSteveLimit out of the ring. Among other things, [[spoiler: there are two Richards in addition to the original run's Dick, there is a Dougie as well as the original run's Douglas, and there is probably more than one Linda although it's hard to tell because one of them remains unseen throughout the series.]].
* OneSceneWonder:
** [[Creator/MichaelCera Wally Brando]], [[spoiler:Andy and Lucy's grown child]] is already gaining this reputation, based solely off of his [[http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/michael-cera-twin-peaks-cameo-watch.html bizarre, stilted monologue]] delivered in Episode 4 of the revival.
** Dougie's unnamed neighbor, credited only as Polish Accountant. He gets into an argument with Chantel and Hutch over them parking in his driveway and the scene escalates into a full blown fight, resulting in him [[spoiler: killing them with a machine gun]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: [[AvertedTrope A major worry of the fanbase and critics before the premiere]] was that; How was Twin Peaks going to compete against nearly three decades of [[Series/TheSopranos original]], [[Series/{{Lost}} weird]] and even [[Series/StrangerThings indirectly]] or [[Series/TrueDetective directly]] inspired tv shows. [[MindScrew Thankfully]] our [[GainaxEnding fears were unfounded]]
* SlowPacedBeginning: The beginning of Season 3 is taking its time in moving the plot along. Most notably [[spoiler: 6/18 episodes in and Cooper is still in an EmptyShell state though he does look like he's slowly starting to shake it off.]] By Episode 7 the plot has picked up a bit and Episode 8 [[MindScrew is...]] [[NightmareFuel well...]] [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]].
* SignatureLine: [[spoiler: "[[HesBack I am]] [[CatharsisFactor the FBI.]]"]]
* SignatureScene: For ''The Return'' the entirety of Episode 8 is on its way to becoming the revival's "Signature Episode."
** [[spoiler: The final scene of "Part 18": "Carrie"'s horrified scream]].
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Some of the effects in The Return have drawn criticism as looking cheaply-made and unnatural, particularly the new form of the Arm and the figure in the Buckhorn jail floating away. Others have argued the unnaturalness creates an appropriately uncanny and otherworldly feel.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Cooper is once again victim of this. [[spoiler:His reunion with Naido revealed to be the real Diane is played as if they were longtime lovers and they share passionate kisses and a night of love despite the fact that it wasn't hinted at all in the original run.]]
* SweetDreamsFuel: The [[spoiler: White Lodge scene]] in Episode 8, which is otherwise an incredibly bleak and disturbing MindScrew of an episode. Despite being just as surreal as everything else around it, there's a feeling of hope and benevolence to the scene that comes as a great relief after the pure SurrealHorror of the [[spoiler: Trinity sequence]]. Special mention goes to the heavenly synths on the soundtrack.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** Averted somewhat with The Return. Gone is the campy, soap opera-like humor and quirkiness of the first 2 seasons. The new episodes are much more darkly comedic and unnerving, sharing thematic elements with some of Lynch's film work such as ''{{Film/Eraserhead}}'', ''Film/LostHighway'', ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' and ''Film/InlandEmpire''. While you would expect this to turn off fans of the original seasons, this doesn't seem to have affected the hype and enthusiasm not one bit.
** The Man from Another Place's new form got a bit of this. For some, Michael J. Anderson was a crucial part of the series and it just wasn't the same to replace him (especially because unlike other replacements due to death and retirement Anderson's absence was because of a payment dispute with Showtime).
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The [[spoiler: atomic blast, hell '''everything''']] in Part 8 of ''The Return'' is appropriately awesome and terrifying.
* {{Wangst}}: Done again in ''The Return'' in Hastings' interrogation. He's understandably upset over the death of his mistress, but his meltdown takes a turn for the ridiculous when he starts reminiscing about their plans to go to the Bahamas, drink mixed drinks, and [[LargeHam SOAK UP THE SUUUUUUN]], look at the beautiful sunsets, and go scuuuuuba diving. Knowing Lynch, this is almost certainly [[IntendedAudienceReaction intentional.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Pretty much the general reaction to Part 8. Oddly, it's actually one of Lynch's more coherent narratives, it's just ''weird.''
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Media critics often went out of their way to point out that ''The Return'' spends a ''lot'' of time harping on the suffering and anxiety of the rural working class. One example is the show's portrayal of the Deer Meadow trailer park. The suffering and anxiety of Deer Meadow residents knows no party, but is defined by skepticism of political and economic forces perceivably beyond the average rural joe's control. In Twin Peaks itself, this leads to a search for hope and meaning in the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sometimes wacky views of opinionated troublemakers]] like Jacoby's character of Dr. AMP. Then there's the series' unresolved subplot about a designer drug crisis which the police don't do anything about - and which could be taken as a commentary on the mid-2010s opioid addiction epidemic. Not to mention the series' massive surrealism-tinted GreenAesop in episode 8.
* WTHCastingAgency: Subverted big time with Michael Cera cast as Andy and Lucy's son Wally Brando. Many find this to be one of the greatest casting decisions in recent television history if not in general.
** ''Creatore/MatthewLillard'' is playing the role of falsely accused high school Principle William Hastings. This despite the fact Matthew Lillard has made the majority of his career for the past decade voicing Shaggy from Scooby Doo. {{Subverted}} because he's almost unrecognizable from his time in the live action Scooby Doo movies and does an incredible job.
** Chrysta Bell as Tammy Preston led to a minor {{Hatedom}} for her a character due to being a singer rather than an actress. This is not exactly deserved since DavidBowie and ChrisIsaak - both singers themselves - have had major roles in ''Twin Peaks''.
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