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  • Angst? What Angst?:
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Did the student who flunked out of Standing Up School really fail at standing up? Or was he simply trying to do The Flop?
      • The "Everybody Do The Flop" music video has a freeze-frame bonus of a newspaper saying that people are flunking out of the school, providing evidence for the latter, but it's ultimately unclear.
      • Maybe the student who flunked out of the school took advantage of his inability to stand up to create a new music craze. Maybe that flunked student IS the "Do-The-Flop Guy".
      • Again, the music video provides evidence for that. Dougal is stated to have done just that, he took advantage of his inability to dance in order to create a music craze.
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    • Is Larry unaware that he is breaking people's necks, or is he pretending to be to mock his victims?
    • Did the cow-pretending-to-be-a-man kill all the orphans? Or is he just a bystander and it's Dissonant Serenity in action?
    • The Beep-Beep I'm a Sheep skit seems to be a metaphor for memes; the sheep does something funny for no reason, it quickly catches on with everyone, and later, when the cow tries to do it again, everyone gets mad at him and nobody wants anything to do with it.
    • Does Dougal Flopguy actually care about the safety of the world at the mercy of the Flop, or is he just pretending to care just to salvage his reputation, since he was still willing to do the Flop in the vicinity of a poor soul about to commit suicide?
  • Author's Saving Throw: The 11th episode was panned by some viewers, mostly because of the fart jokes, and even TomSka recognized this episode wasn't that great. The following episode, asdfmovie12, received a better reception.
  • Awesome Art:
    • asdfmovie12 has an animesque opening. Not only does it look fantastic, it also humanizes the cast.
    • There seems to be a big boost in animation quality found in asdfmovie13, with character movement coming across as a lot more dynamic, edged, and far less stilted.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Has its own page.
  • Fountain of Memes: Considering the videos consist of multiple seconds-long gags, it's easier to list the lines that haven't become memes.
    • "Well, I stole your face!"
    • "Everybody do the flop!"
    • "There's something on your face!" *punch* "It was pain!"
    • "I baked you a pie!" "Oh boy, what flavor?" "[insert random object here] FLAVOR."
    • "Suddenly, pineapples."
    • "Die, potato!"
    • It is now literally impossible to say that you have an affinity for locomotives in any way, shape or form without someone responding with "I LIKE TRAINS."
    • "Beep beep, I'm a sheep" and any variations thereof.
      • "Meow meow, I'm a cow/I said meow meow, I'm—" "NO!"
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In THE TWENTY MINUTE ASDFMOVIE, an angry potato tells the "I like trains" kid, "I am an angry potato and I hope you get cancer!" Edd Gould, who voiced the trains kid, died of cancer a year later. Particularly Tempting Fate, considering he had recovered from it a year earlier.
    • asdfmovie7 has a lot more jokes about death and suicide than previous episodes. A month after it was released, the creator admitted he had been suffering from depression and that it may have been subconsciously influencing those jokes, though luckily he emphatically denied wanting to commit suicide.
    • Tom has admitted that the many jokes about messed-up parental relationships in the ninth episode were a result of his parents' marriage falling apart.
    • The beginning of 10 can be downright uncomfortable to watch after Logan Paul came under fire for filming and uploading a video of a man who ended his life in Japan's Suicide Forest on the first day of 2018. For bonus points, Jacksepticeye voices the sketch, and would later admit to having suicidal thoughts himself back in 2017.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Not surprisingly, there's a lot of crossover with fans of this series with other beloved web-based animation, like The Lazer Collection, Suction Cup Man, and FilmCow's various properties. Many of the creators of these animations have also guest starred in asdf skits.
    • There's also fan crossover with, of all things, VeggieTales, thanks to a series of well-made animations by YouTube animator Cmanflip recreating ASDF skits with VeggieTales characters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Muffin Song has become a meme, especially on TikTok. However, many people who sing and dance to it completely missed that it isn't just about a muffin wanting to die. The song is actually about Tom's depression and desire to quit the series, put in song form. The bridge (sung by The Gregory Brothers) really drives it home, and is mostly cut out in performances for this reason.
    • Strangely enough, this trope gets zigzagged by the fact that, as explained by this video, not only did its surge on TikTok lead to the song going gold, but it also inspired Tom to change the name of Random! into Muffin Time, both of which helped to further his career he had long since been debating on whether or not to quit.
  • Misblamed: With asdfmovie11 being his first as co-writer, some fans blamed Eddie Bowley for the infamous butt joke. TomSka later admitted the joke was actually his idea, and Eddie fought against its inclusion.
  • Moe: Thanks to the chibi-esque art (yes, even for a show like this), expect a few of the characters to come off as such.
    • The "I Like Trains" kid, since he's modeled after and voiced by Edd Gould.
    • Mine Turtle, thanks to the way it squeaks out "Hello!" JUST before it explodes.
    • And then there's Mr. Muffin, a sentient muffin with the voice of a Cheerful Child; awww!!!
    • The Animesque opening to asdfmovie 12 has both Mr. Muffin and "I Like Trains" Kid drawn as cute anime boys, and also the human versions of Beep Beep Sheep and Skateboard Cow.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The guitar riff in the intro skit of asdfmovie2.
    • The train.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Replacement Scrappy: While the Waffle in asdfmovie12 isn't necessarily hated, per se, him serving almost the exact same role as one of the series' most popular characters, Mr. Muffin, only replacing suicidal tendencies with brain damage, left many fans disappointed, to say the least. He was quickly retired after only two scenes... so far.
  • Seasonal Rot: asdfmovie11 is widely considered to be the least popular episode to date, mainly because of the fart jokes (which the series has gone out of its way to avoid up until this point). Even TomSka himself considers this one an Old Shame.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The hook for "Beep Beep, I'm A Sheep" is clearly a riff on the "uptown funk you up" refrain from "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (which itself was borrowed from "Funk You Right On Up" by The Sequence). This can't be a coincidence, as "Uptown Funk" was one of the biggest hits in the world at the time of the video's release.
  • Tear Jerker: A number of gags, while still hilarious, are a lot more somber if taken at face value.
    • In the first movie, the cake commits suicide because of the pain caused by the knife stuck into him.
    • There's also this:
      Jim: (holding a gun up to his head) Goodbye world...
      World: Okay, Jim, I'll see ya around, where are you goi—(gunshot, the World suddenly looks horrified) OH! Oh no, that's not what I thought he meant by that at all!
    • Jon had to watch a butterfly steal his significant other from him. Said butterfly even mocks him by saying she's his now.
    • Much of "The Muffin Song", due to being an analogy about how burned out Tom is, but wanting to continue the series, but a particular scene, involving the Train Kid, shows Tom giving his voice actor, Edd Gould, a T-Shirt, and afterward showing him and Tom at a stand. The next time the stand is seen, it fades out, and Edd Gould is gone.
    • In asdfmovie13, an Ill Girl says she wants to become a doctor like the one she's talking to when she grows up; said doctor then bluntly tells her she's not gonna grow up, implying she will die soon.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The Ritalin'd movie.
  • Tough Act to Follow: asdfmovie10 is considered by many as the best asdfmovie episode to date, but the episodes that followed didn't receive as much praise by some viewers, especially 11 because of the butt jokes. However, asdfmovie10 is one of Tom's least favorites as he found a majority of the jokes to be on-the-nose.
  • Uncanny Valley: The 3-D modeled people in 10. They just... don't look quite right. Most likely intentional though due to their reactions.
    Guy: *reverting to normal after taking medicine* This is better.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The series is popular among older children, thanks to its simple format, Surreal Humor, and unforgettable jokes. However, there are lots of Black Comedy sketches with red animated blood and some Suicide as Comedy. There are also some LGBT jokes, a sexual referencenote , and, in earlier sketches, mild profanity. Even its Board Game, Muffin Time, is rated 12+!
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Except when it was made on drugs. Ritalin, that is.


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