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** Beverly Katz. Her plot relevance is only slightly greater than that of the other two investigators, but her kindly treatment of Will, fun dialogue, intelligence, and cool head in difficult situations endeared her to the fandom. Likely as a result, she's getting an expanded role in the second season's storyline. [[spoiler:Her death at the end of "Takiawase" is all the more horrible for it.]] ** Interest in Bedelia du Maurier shot up with her actions in the second episode of Season 2. Many are already hoping [[spoiler: she returns. Which, as of "Tome-Wan", she does.]]

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** Beverly Katz. Her plot relevance is only slightly greater than that of the other two investigators, but her kindly treatment of Will, fun dialogue, intelligence, and cool head in difficult situations endeared her to the fandom. Likely as a result, she's getting an expanded role in the second season's storyline. [[spoiler:Her death at the end of "Takiawase" is all the more horrible for it.]] ]]
** Interest in Bedelia du Maurier shot up with her actions in the second episode of Season 2. Many are already hoping [[spoiler: she returns. Which, as of "Tome-Wan", she does.]]


* FandomRivalry: With ''Series/TheFollowing'', due to the fact that both started airing around the same time and featured very similar themes. The rivalry came about because both series were courting the same niché demographic and [[FanDumb thought the other was stealing viewers]], with fans and critics [[DuelingWorks frequently coming to blows]] because The Following fans thought Hannibal was too pretentious while Hannibal fans thought The Following's premise was dumb and relied too heavily on lazy writing. Many fans failed to notice that the general public lost interest in The Following as time went on and Hannibal was largely ignored by the general public [[AcclaimedFlop from the start]].

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* FandomRivalry: With ''Series/TheFollowing'', due to the fact that both started airing around the same time and featured very similar themes. The rivalry came about because both series were courting the same niché demographic and [[FanDumb thought the other was stealing viewers]], viewers, with fans and critics [[DuelingWorks frequently coming to blows]] because The Following fans thought Hannibal was too pretentious while Hannibal fans thought The Following's premise was dumb and relied too heavily on lazy writing. Many fans failed to notice that the general public lost interest in The Following as time went on and Hannibal was largely ignored by the general public [[AcclaimedFlop from the start]].


* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed.

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* HesJustHiding: The show runs on the principal principle that [[NeverFoundTheBody until you've seen the desiccated corpse]], nobody is confirmed as dead (and even then, the corpse may actually be somebody else); as a result, many people react this way when it seems a character has been killed.



** Mads Mikkelsen played a butcher who sells human meat in the Danish BlackComedy film''Film/TheGreenButchers'' in 2003.

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** Mads Mikkelsen played a butcher who sells human meat in the Danish BlackComedy film''Film/TheGreenButchers'' film ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' in 2003.


* AscendedMeme: The official NBC Hannibal tumblr [[http://nbchannibal.tumblr.com/tagged/Hannigram tagged a picture]] as "[[PortmanteauCoupleName Hannigram]]," followed by, "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny What you didn't think we noticed your ships? You must be new.]]"

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* AscendedMeme: The official NBC Hannibal tumblr [[http://nbchannibal.tumblr.com/tagged/Hannigram tagged a picture]] as "[[PortmanteauCoupleName Hannigram]]," followed by, "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments What you didn't think we noticed your ships? You must be new.]]"



** Frederick Chilton, after beginning to show some HiddenDepths and being a walking CrowningMomentOfFunny during "Futamono", may have officially rescued himself with three little words: "Hannibal the Cannibal." By the time of [[spoiler:his [[ADeathInTheLimelight apparent death]], fans were ''screaming'' in protest, compared to the collective shoulder-shrug when he was disemboweled in the first season.]]

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** Frederick Chilton, after beginning to show some HiddenDepths and being a walking CrowningMomentOfFunny SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} during "Futamono", may have officially rescued himself with three little words: "Hannibal the Cannibal." By the time of [[spoiler:his [[ADeathInTheLimelight apparent death]], fans were ''screaming'' in protest, compared to the collective shoulder-shrug when he was disemboweled in the first season.]]


** Freddie Lounds' clothes almost always have some kind of garish pattern. This is probably intentional, in order to match with her character as a trashy tabloid blogger. ** Hannibal himself. While his suits scream "bespoke and expensive", they're also very flashy. Subverted by the third season when he tones down his fashion to blend in more.

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** Freddie Lounds' clothes almost always have some kind of garish pattern. This is probably intentional, in order to match with her character as a trashy tabloid blogger.
** Hannibal himself. While his suits scream "bespoke and expensive", they're also very flashy. Subverted by the third season when he tones down his fashion to blend in more.


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** Despite the fact that Hannibal is an amoral serial killer and cannibal, many still found him entertaining and likable to an extent. However, by end of the finale, when he [[spoiler: murdered Abigail and framed Will for it,]] people were [[{{Understatement}} quite upset]]. And that was just the beginning.

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** Despite the fact that Hannibal is an amoral serial killer and cannibal, many still found him entertaining and likable to an extent. However, by end of the finale, when he [[spoiler: murdered Abigail and framed Will for it,]] people were [[{{Understatement}} quite upset]].upset. And that was just the beginning.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jack Crawford at the start of Season 1 often comes across as arrogant and bullying but acts out of a desire to save lives and shows genuine concern for Will's wellbeing. He humbles considerably as the show progresses.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Hannibal and Clarice. At no time in the preceding novel was there ever any indication of an attraction between them and even after being drugged and brainwashed, it seems highly unlikely that Clarice would seduce him and willingly abandon her life to go on the run with him.

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: After the controversy over the depiction of trans people in the previous book, Margot Verger is heavily implied to be trans on some level, and is mostly sympathetic. Granted, it still runs into TransEqualsGay territory and has its own UnfortunateImplications that Margot associates femininity with weakness due to her being molested by Mason as a child, but it's still FairForItsDay considering it was 1999.


** An in-universe example during "Entrée", on our first visit to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane: --->'''Will''': I always feel a little nervous going into these places.\\ '''Jack''': Why's that?\\ '''Will''': I'm afraid they won't let me out.\\ '''Jack''': Don't worry, I won't leave you here.\\ '''Will''': Yeah, not today.

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** An in-universe example during "Entrée", on our first visit to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane: Insane:
--->'''Will''': I always feel a little nervous going into these places.\\ '''Jack''': places.
--->'''Jack''':
Why's that?\\ '''Will''': that?
--->'''Will''':
I'm afraid they won't let me out.\\ '''Jack''': out.
--->'''Jack''':
Don't worry, I won't leave you here.\\ '''Will''': here.
--->'''Will''':
Yeah, not today.


* MagnificentBastard: After the events of the first season, Dr. Hannibal Lecter would certainly seem to qualify. To date, he has successfully gotten away with murdering several people and eating them, and driving one of his patients [[spoiler: almost]] insane. And what of the FBI special agent who discovered him? [[spoiler: Incarcerated for Hannibal's crimes.]]
** Will is showing signs of this in Season 2.

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* MagnificentBastard: After the events of the first season, Dr. Hannibal Lecter would certainly seem himself maintains a sense of charm and genteelness that is unmatched in other portrayals, despite being a cannibalistic SerialKiller. Hannibal delights in nothing more than 'winding others up to qualify. To date, he has successfully gotten away with murdering several watch them go' and manipulates events, gaslighting people and eating them, and driving one of his patients [[spoiler: almost]] insane. And them to insanity or horrible deeds simply to watch what of will unfold. Manipulating the FBI perfectly, especially Will Graham who Hannibal fixates on, he manages to elude suspicion for a frighteningly long time, even triggering one captured FBI agent with a trigger to shoot Dr. Chilton who he has a special agent who discovered him? [[spoiler: Incarcerated for Hannibal's crimes.]]
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contempt for. Hannibal also manipulates the dysfunctional Verger siblings until their relationship is at a bloody head before he mutilates and paralyzes the sadistic Mason Verger solely due to dislike of him. Hannibal does rouse himself to save the life of Will is showing signs from a vengeful Mason later, and in the series finale proves his care for Will and desire for them to become a murderous couple when he rescues Will from the Red Dragon serial killer. A killer with [[AGodAmI a god complex]] and SatanicArchetype who views the world as full of this food or toys for him, Hannibal repeatedly demonstrates his joy in Season 2.manipulating others.


** Bella Crawford and Molly Graham have both gained a great deal of love from fans, despite relatively brief and straightforward story arcs. * EpilepticTrees: Given that Bryan Fuller has stated all his shows share the same universe, a quite popular theory is that Alana is actually Jaye from ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', who spent some time in an institution for her talking to inanimate objects, and changed her name to start over once she got out.

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** Bella Crawford and Molly Graham have both gained a great deal of love from fans, despite relatively brief and straightforward story arcs.
* EpilepticTrees: Given that Bryan Fuller has stated all his shows share the same universe, a quite popular theory is that Alana is actually Jaye from ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', who spent some time in an institution for her talking to inanimate objects, and changed her name to start over once she got out.



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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Hannibal's motivation and state of mind, especially in the films. While he [[DefiedTrope denies having a]] FreudianExcuse and claims he ‘happened’, ''Hannibal'' and ''Hannibal Rising'' explain that he did experience the horrible trauma of [[spoiler:his sister being murdered and eaten]], but passages in ''Hannibal'' and the twist in ''Hannibal Rising'' imply that [[spoiler:he was to an undetermined degree resentful towards her, and the act he witnessed actually inspired him by showing him how deep evil can get]]. He has a somewhat strange relationship with these understandings, alternating between accepting and rejecting either or both, calmly denying that [[spoiler:he resented his sister]] when Clarice asks him about it near the end of ''Hannibal'' and breaks into a huge [[BigNo cry of despair]] when [[spoiler:he is reminded that [[AwfulTruth he ate his sister too]]]] in ''Rising''.
* BrokenBase: One half of the fans argue that the movie is a large improvement of the book, but the other half likes the book but loathes the movie. There's also a large segment which despises the book ''and'' the movie for turning Hannibal into an AntiHero of sorts, how Clarice's character is handled (her romance with Hannibal in the novel, aspects of that remaining in the film, recasting Foster with Moore, etc.) and an overall sense of try-hard {{Narm}} that can be seen throughout it.
* CompleteMonster: Mason Verger is a warped pedophile that had the misfortune to conflict with Hannibal and ended up disfigured and crippled in a wheelchair for it. Seeking revenge, Verger kills and schemes so he can capture Hannibal and feed him to specially trained wild pigs. Now impotent, Verger obtains satisfaction by [[WouldHurtAChild torturing and abusing children]] and drinks martinis made from their tears. Verger also uses his own sister as a servant, having kept her in line with a serious of violent rapes earlier in life.
* HarsherInHindsight: When the Italian detective is scrolling through the FBI website, looking for information on Hannibal, one of the pictures he passes by is that of Osama bin Laden. The movie was released in February 2001, 7 months before the 9/11 attacks (bin Laden was originally put on the list for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa, amongst other terrorist attacks).
* {{Narm}}: Some people found the scene in the movie where [[spoiler: Hannibal cuts off the top of Krendler's skull, cooks part of his brain and feeds it to him while he's still alive]] to just be too silly to take seriously.
** SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Though in hindsight, comparing it to the insanely brutal and over-the-top "artistic" murders in the 2013 series, eating someone's brain might come across as rather quaint today. [[spoiler: As if to drive this point home, the series replicates the scene with Will Graham in place of Krendler. Hannibal doesn't actually get to eat Will's brain as they are interrupted, but they nevertheless top it by showing us Hannibal ''drilling into Will's skull while Jack Crawford watches''.]]
* NauseaFuel: Hannibal cutting open the sac containing Krendler's brain, cutting off a piece, cooking it and feeding it to Krendler is this InUniverse for Clarice Starling, even drugged up on morphine. She begs Hannibal for some wine while retching.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/BreakingBad Hector Salamanca]] appears as the perfume expert who gives Clarice one of her next leads on Hannibal's trail.
* {{Sequelitis}}: On both the page and the screen, it is commonly felt to be severely flawed. Not really surprising when you consider that Harris didn't want to write it, and only did it to prevent someone else coming along and potentially doing an even worse job.
* VindicatedByHistory: To a small extent, the novel and the film were savaged as time went on and fans have finally started to appreciate the story a lot more than when it initially came out. It helps that the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series did a spectacular job adapting the story thanks to AdaptationExpansion.
* TheWoobie:
** Clarice a bit as well, in the first half of Hannibal, after the press has smeared her for the way the DC drug bust went, even though she and John were the only people actually doing their job right.
** Margot has some woobie-ish tendencies as well, with the way her brother Mason abuses her.
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: The choice to have [[spoiler: Hannibal Lecter lets Clarice go to escape rather than corrupting her to become a cannibal herself.]]
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Hannibal's motivation and state of mind, especially in the films. While he [[DefiedTrope denies having a]] FreudianExcuse and claims he ‘happened’, ''Hannibal'' and ''Hannibal Rising'' explain that he did experience the horrible trauma of [[spoiler:his sister being murdered and eaten]], but passages in ''Hannibal'' and the twist in ''Hannibal Rising'' imply that [[spoiler:he was to an undetermined degree resentful towards her, and the act he witnessed actually inspired him by showing him how deep evil can get]]. He has a somewhat strange relationship with these understandings, alternating between accepting and rejecting either or both, calmly denying that [[spoiler:he resented his sister]] when Clarice asks him about it near the end of ''Hannibal'' and breaks into a huge [[BigNo cry of despair]] when [[spoiler:he is reminded that [[AwfulTruth he ate his sister too]]]] in ''Rising''.
* BrokenBase: One half of the fans argue that the movie is a large improvement of the book, but the other half likes the book but loathes the movie. There's also a large segment which despises the book ''and'' the movie for turning Hannibal into an AntiHero of sorts, how Clarice's character is handled (her romance with Hannibal in the novel, aspects of that remaining in the film, recasting Foster with Moore, etc.) and an overall sense of try-hard {{Narm}} that can be seen throughout it.
* CompleteMonster: Mason Verger is a warped pedophile that had the misfortune to conflict with Hannibal and ended up disfigured and crippled in a wheelchair for it. Seeking revenge, Verger kills and schemes so he can capture Hannibal and feed him to specially trained wild pigs. Now impotent, Verger obtains satisfaction by [[WouldHurtAChild torturing and abusing children]] and drinks martinis made from their tears. Verger also uses his own sister as a servant, having kept her in line with a serious of violent rapes earlier in life.
* HarsherInHindsight: When the Italian detective is scrolling through the FBI website, looking for information on Hannibal, one of the pictures he passes by is that of Osama bin Laden. The movie was released in February 2001, 7 months before the 9/11 attacks (bin Laden was originally put on the list for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa, amongst other terrorist attacks).
* {{Narm}}: Some people found the scene in the movie where [[spoiler: Hannibal cuts off the top of Krendler's skull, cooks part of his brain and feeds it to him while he's still alive]] to just be too silly to take seriously.
** SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Though in hindsight, comparing it to the insanely brutal and over-the-top "artistic" murders in the 2013 series, eating someone's brain might come across as rather quaint today. [[spoiler: As if to drive this point home, the series replicates the scene with Will Graham in place of Krendler. Hannibal doesn't actually get to eat Will's brain as they are interrupted, but they nevertheless top it by showing us Hannibal ''drilling into Will's skull while Jack Crawford watches''.]]
* NauseaFuel: Hannibal cutting open the sac containing Krendler's brain, cutting off a piece, cooking it and feeding it to Krendler is this InUniverse for Clarice Starling, even drugged up on morphine. She begs Hannibal for some wine while retching.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/BreakingBad Hector Salamanca]] appears as the perfume expert who gives Clarice one of her next leads on Hannibal's trail.
* {{Sequelitis}}: On both the page and the screen, it is commonly felt to be severely flawed. Not really surprising when you consider that Harris didn't want to write it, and only did it to prevent someone else coming along and potentially doing an even worse job.
* VindicatedByHistory: To a small extent, the novel and the film were savaged as time went on and fans have finally started to appreciate the story a lot more than when it initially came out. It helps that the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series did a spectacular job adapting the story thanks to AdaptationExpansion.
* TheWoobie:
** Clarice a bit as well, in the first half of Hannibal, after the press has smeared her for the way the DC drug bust went, even though she and John were the only people actually doing their job right.
** Margot has some woobie-ish tendencies as well, with the way her brother Mason abuses her.
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