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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Animator. He creates stick figures. Then you realize that he converts his second creation to a pop-up blocker at the end of 2, until the opening of 3. You could take this as him testing things to create a homemade pop-up blocker that works the whole time he's been duking it out with his creation.
    • Furthermore, in episode 3, is the Animator a totalitarian desperately clinging to his reign of terror, or a Physical God desperately trying to keep his subjects from wiping themselves from existence?
    • The stick figures: sentient beings tortured and enslaved, or simply some self-inflicted malicious code? note 
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    • Also in episode 3, when the two sticks teamed up, was it because The Chosen One showed who the Dark Lord's real enemy is or did he force him to work for him under the threat of death?
      • Probably the former, since in The Flashback, the two are shown having some sort of a friendship before the Chosen One's Heel Realization.
    • When questioned about the oft-changing subtitles, Alan revealed that he doesn't actually write any of the subtitles—they're all fan-written and submitted via Youtube. This calls into question every bit of characterization that came from the subtitles rather than the animations themselves, as the subtitles might not be strictly canon.
    • That's a pretty big stack of dynamite Green was preparing to blow up in PvP. Did Orange lunge at him out of anger over his creation being destroyed, alarm that everyone's lives were in danger, or both?
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    • In "The End", did Purple cruelly betray Blue and Green trading their precious lives for the dragon egg, or were Blue and Green overexaggerating in a game where they could respawn?
      • It's also possible that they didn't want to gamble that the respawn mechanic would still work in Purple's world; it could have been Hardcore mode for all they knew, or at the very least they could have thought that they could only respawn if they died in a world with their original fighting window. With this in mind, either it was in Hardcore mode and Blue and Green's reaction was perfectly justified, or it wasn't and Purple just didn't think to fill them in before abandoning them(which is still a jerk move but not Moral Event Horizon levels).
  • Ass Pull: There was absolutely no foreshadowing or hints that the original Chosen One is still alive and would be the one to rescue the second gen stick figures from ViraBot. Not that this matters since that moment was amazaing and a fitting end for the first AVA short.
    • Subverted as of "The Flashback", which shows how both The Chosen One and The Dark Lord escaped before the computer completely died.
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    • While the ending of Episode 13 is heartwarming, it is rather convenient that the Second Coming ended up in the exact same dimension as the other 4, despite going into a completely different portal. While this isn't impossible, it's still awfully convenient.
  • Awesome Music: Note Blocks of the AVM shorts. Soon after the episode was released, several people commented saying they wanted the song from it to be uploaded separately. They got their wish.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In 2, AIM gets killed and the Animator sends it to Heaven. In October of 2017, it was announced that AIM would shut down for good in December.
  • HSQ:
    • The Chosen One and the Dark Lord wrecking the Animator's computer at the end of Animator Vs Animation 3.
    • Possessed!Red building an obsidian mecha and proceeding to give a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the other stick figures.
    • The appearance of a sixth, purple stick figure at the very end of "Nether."
    • The Chosen One returns to fight against the Virabot at the end of the first Animator Vs Animation short.
    • Caught between a laser and a flamethrower courtesy of the Chosen One, Virabot flees into the the computer interface itself, takes control of it to smack the Chosen One around with various windows and text boxes, and when they all break apart, he forms the fragments into a giant spider. Shortly after that, the Chosen One basically goes Super Saiyan.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Yes, the Animator's technically the Big Bad, but given what a dangerous psycho the Chosen One is, it's hard not to feel bad for him and the icons who come to his aid. As a matter of fact, some viewers thought the Animator was the good guy.
    • The Second Coming starts his revenge by going out of his way to insult all of the Animator's FB friends before escaping to his phone and destroying its UI, but considering this was prompted by the Animator basically murdering all of the Second Coming's friends right before his eyes, it's hard to blame him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Purple crosses it in "The End" by leaving Blue and Green to die just to get Enderdragon's egg despite befriending them earlier. He eventually gets overthrown by villagers at the end.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In 3, Clippy. The usually irritating animated paperclip assistant from Microsoft Word manages to give The Chosen One a good fight.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • When it comes to something/someone (like a character) superimposed over a screenshot, it looks fine... unless it's zoomed in, then the pixellated-like quality of the image is more obvious.
    • A very minor one, but in the AVM short "The End" — if one looks closely — when the Ender Dragon and its baby return back to the End, one can notice the baby's tail "stuck" in the portal.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • The original Chosen One appears, apropos of nothing, at the end of The Virus.
    • Purple, after being dragged away to parts unknown by his villagers, reappears to fight against the other Stick Figures in Animation vs. League of Legends.
    • Victim of all characters appears in the card game. The character hasn't been seen since the very first AvA and was Killed Off for Real by the end of it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The animation gets better in each installment, but special mention goes to "Vs. Minecraft"—According to the BTS, adding the diamond armor to every character required hiring additional help (it would have taken an additional month or two otherwise), and in the scene when the Creeper blows up and launches around 100 arrows that were stuck to the dirt blocks surrounding it, he took the time to animate the trajectory and landing of each individual arrow rather than taking the easy way out and copy-and-pasting the animation paths.


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