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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Zig-zagged with Scanlan/Pike. It was very popular early in the show's run due to a few Ship Tease moments such as the inspiration-kiss during the Underdark escape, with "does Pike feel the same way about Scanlan?" being a very common ask in the Q&As. Once Kaylie entered the picture and Scanlan had a realization, eventually leading to him admitting he was more in love with the idea of Pike than Pike as a person, apologizing for his flirting and asking to just be friends, most of the shipping stopped, as did most of their Ship Tease on the show itself. Though some fans held out for it eventually happening, many moved due to the lessened Ship Tease and the lack of closure regarding things like Pike's secret crush. Then episode 115 happened, where the two started dating and got married in the epilogue, and interest resurged. Ashley in the Campaign Wrap-Up Q&A said that on some level, Pike always knew Scanlan was the one for her.
    • Played straight with Tiberius/Allura, which got hit with 3 major cases of Ship Sinking: Orion leaving the show, Tiberius' death and Kima/Allura becoming canon.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Clarota: Is he a cunning manipulator who deceived Vox Machina all along, only pretending to fit in a little more with the group every passing day, or is it all genuine character growth that is tragically washed away in a psychic tidal wave when he's reconnected with the Elder Brain's hive mind, and his personality was subsumed into the whole? DM's words in the Q&A is that Clarota was indeed evil and only pretending to fit in with the party, but the world of the game is malleable... Matt later clarified in the Campaign Wrap-Up that it might have been possible for the party to convince Clarota to make a Heel–Face Turn, but it would have been very, very difficult.
    • The Raven Queen. Did she take advantage of Vax's death to Vecna to secure her champion, and knowingly cheat the group out of being able to use Greater Resurrection on him? Or did she make the best deal she could offer with the circumstances? Opinions range everywhere from her being incredibly generous and good (if not Good Is Not Nice) to her being a consummate manipulator and the unrecognized/uncaught villain of the campaign with some fans going as far to argue that the group should've fought to seal her away.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The Chroma Conclave arc goes on much longer than anything previously, and when taken as a whole it encompasses forty-five episodes. It begins in Episode 39, and it takes until episode 55 for the first dragon out of four to be defeated, Episode 71 for the second, Episode 79 for the third, and Episode 83 for the final one. In comparison, the two previous major Arc Villains, K'Varn and The Briarwoods, both had arcs lasting 12 episodes. Alleviated slightly in that it's broken up into multiple sub-arcs, such as facing Grog's old herd and the Feywild, but the main arc still falls into Myth Stall for some.
    • Somewhat-related, Vax and Keyleth's romance. Vax confesses his love for Keyleth in Episode 33, and it's made clear two episodes later that she returns those feelings to some extent. However, the two don't become an Official Couple until Episode 65 due to various issues such as Vex's death making Keyleth's fears of losing Vax intensify and reminding her of what will happen once she completes the Aramente, and Vax's unexpected subplot with the Raven Queen making him pull away from everyone. In fact, many Critters thought they were already together long before it became an official pairing.
  • Archive Panic: Hoo boy. Over 100 episodes at around three hours apiece and audio-only podcasts very recently released only for the first few episodes mean that getting fully caught up is a staggering time commitment. According to CR Stats' infographic, the show up to Episode 100 has more hours of footage than the entirety of The Simpsons. While you can fairly safely jump on at the beginning of an arc, you might still miss out on inside jokes and previous events, leading to the temptation to start from the beginning anyway.
  • Awesome Ego: Scanlan has such a high opinion of himself that Matt ruled he can use his bard skills to give himself inspiration dice.
    • Functionally there is a bard ability in D&D 5E that allows this under certain conditions, but Matt lets Sam use it in more ways than the strict rules would allow.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Tiberius. His tendency for what one might call over-preparation tended to divide people, depending on how much of it people are willing to accept as roleplay on Orion's part. Is it in-character for him to be Properly Paranoid, or is it power- and metagaming that slows the game to a crawl for everyone else?
    • Vax'ildan during the Conclave Arc. Some love the character, finding him caring, generous, and relatable to many fans with depression. Others found his behavior to be mean or selfish. Of particular contention are his post-break-up interactions with Gilmore (are they good friends navigating the tricky waters of "we were almost romantically involved", or is Vax taking advantage of Gilmore's lingering affection?); his treatment of Percy and general attitude since "The Sunken Tomb" (justified anger and sorrow, or pettiness and angst?); and his sibling relationship with Vex (heartwarming, protective, and perpetually trying to help despite not always knowing the best way, or increasingly possessive, demeaning, and self-centered?). Launching an attack on Raishan in episode 79, as detailed below, split opinions further.
    • Keyleth. She has a large fanbase, and Marisha Ray is often praised for her acting in roleplay moments, but following Tiberius (and Orion) leaving the group, there are also a fair few fans who aren't fond of the character for several reasons: Her inconsistency in regards to morality and how good the team is (and the hypocrisy that entails), such as when she incinerated a fleeing guard that's stopping to surrender not three episodes after she reprimanded Tiberius for buzzsawing the old woman or her sometimes questionable opinions (such as her distrust against Kima, the Roc situation, or the Clasp deal). Safe to say, starting from Briarwoods Arc, there is almost no safe place where you can discuss Keyleth civilly without someone bringing up these issues.
    • Trinket. A lot of fans (and Laura Bailey) adore him, but other fans (and possibly Sam, as voiced using Scanlan) are tired of The Load (largely because Beastmasters were nerfed in 5E, especially compared to the other Ranger archetype, the Hunter). Scanlan saying "leave the bear" is a Running Gag in the show, but also an instruction repeated frequently in the chat or in comments. Trinket's uselessness in combat has reached the level where Matt has already had to give him several buffs to allow him to keep up, and fans are wondering if Matt will eventually just homebrew an archetype for the Ranger that better utilizes animals.
    • Gern Blanston. Though only appearing for one episode, he's split fan-reactions between either those who find him a hilarious guest who contributed with the introduction of the Broom of Flying or those who find his attitude a distraction to the Fire Ashari plight.
  • Broken Base:
    • During the Underdark arc, Keyleth's distrust of, and outbursts against, Lady Kima sparked a lot of controversy. Some loved it for the great roleplaying and acting skills on Marisha's part (at one point she actually tears up) and felt it was in-character for her (aided by the fact that Vax did an Insight check on her during this which caused Matt to whisper something to him, implying Keyleth has some kind of Freudian Excuse for her suspicions). Others were annoyed because, from a gameplay standpoint, it served no purpose other than to antagonize an NPC who'd been nothing but helpful to them, one who'd recently been tortured at that. This side was also confused at Keyleth suspecting a Paladin while trusting an Illithid. What this side does not seem to realize or remember, however, is that Clarota and the mindflayers were the party's first encounters with them; therefore, they had no idea that all illithids were inherently evil. Other factors include the fact that Kima had endangered the party due to her desire for revenge as well as still being a relative stranger to the party. That, and the aforementioned Freudian Excuse of Keyleth's general distrust towards those of the faith due to events that occurred in her past that as of that time were not revealed to the audience until much later. The debate stopped when Keyleth and Kima ended up becoming Fire-Forged Friends.
    • Keyleth's behavior in Episode 26 regarding a monster Vox Machina were sent to eliminate; she was tired of the constant fighting (along with Tiberius and Percy moving closer to He Who Fights Monsters in recent episodes, at least in her eyes), and instead worked out a non-violent compromise. This divided the fanbase sharply; some believed that this scene went on too long or that it didn't make sense to care about killing some random monster, while others thought that it was a brave (and in-character as well as class-appropriate) move to stop the bloodshed before it escalated. Others just thought Keyleth's opposition to the perceived brutality was hypocritical, considering the questionable deeds she'd done in the past.
    • Orion's departure sparked waves of back and forth discussion on the Critical Role subreddit - while everyone was sad to see him gone and wished him the best, some fans wanted to know very specifically why he left, especially with little fanfare compared to Ashley. Orion eventually came forward to say he was looking for the right way to explain his departure, confirming that he did leave by his own choice (however hard it might have been to make), and none too subtly told the Redditers to drop it.
    • The negotiations with The Clasp in Episode 42. During the discussion, Vox Machina (primarily Percy, Keyleth, and Vax somewhat) disagreed over whether or not it was worth it in the long run to ally with them in the wake of the dragon attacks. In this case the negotiations ended with The Clasp declaring Vox Machina enemies and refusing them aid. On the one hand there are those that say Percy handled the negotiations rather poorly, and that the portion of the deal allowing The Clasp to be introduced to Vasselheim should have been an automatic deal breaker. On the other hand there are just as many that say that Keyleth (and Vax, yet people are quick to place all the blame on her) failed to see the bigger picture, and that sticking to their ideals ultimately cost them much needed resources and information.
    • Vex stealing a magic broom from Chris Hardwick's Guest-Star Party Member in Episode 46. Some were fine with it, noting that Vex was still sore over losing the magic carpet and that it was in character for her, while others felt it was in very poor taste (specifically breaking the unwritten D&D rule "Never steal from the party") and that Laura broke character just so Vex could take the broom. Regardless, Matt noted after the episode that Vex had officially shifted alignment to Chaotic Neutral. Laura has stated that she didn't know this was an unwritten rule.
    • The Gilmore situation in episode 57. After Hotis the Rakshasa masquerades himself as Gilmore to attempt to kill Vax, several critters decried it Too Soon following the Orlando shooting that had happened earlier that week and were very angry over the perceived Bury Your Gays (some going so far as to say it invalidated the group's show of support), while others didn't think either trope applied or felt that the outrage was premature. As it turned out, Gilmore was in good assassin-exploding health and remains alive and well.
    • The ending of episode 79 has two:
      • First, during the battle with Thordak, many fans weren't happy Scanlan refusing to use the flute to summon the Brass Dragon, and it didn't help that Sam kept teasing it. Other fans argued that it made sense that Scanlan was holding onto the flute as a trump card, as it could only be used once.
      • Second, the base was further splintered after Vax appeared to break a deal with Raishan to get the jump on her. Some argue that the decision was in-character and understandable, as the group had explicitly already decided to kill Raishan, and allowing her to get the information she wanted from Thordak could make her even more powerful in impossible to predict ways. This side was also encouraged by the fact that Raishan intentionally hit Vax with chain lightning during the battle with Thordak, indicating she was going to betray them after his death, and that Keyleth told Vax over the earrings not to let her touch the Thordak's body. The other side argues that it was a dishonorable and poorly timed decision as the group was already spent and split up at that moment, further encouraged by the fact that Keyleth also said to wait for her to catch up, and the ensuing fight led to the temporary deaths of Vex and Scanlan.
    • Scanlan's argument with the group in Episode 85 caused a ton of debate amongst the fans. Did Scanlan have some valid points, or was he lashing out and grasping at straws? Should the rest of the group done more to defend themselves? And, most divisively, should Scanlan have left? Compounding the issue is the introduction of Taryon Darrington, Sam's second character, in the same episode. One part of the fanbase thinks he's hilarious and promises to shake up the group dynamics, while another feels apprehension about him as a replacement, especially with the unsurety of whether he'll be a temporary or permanent part of the group.
    • Then, episode 99 renewed episode 85's debates, with the return of Scanlan and the setup for Tary's exit from the group. While Scanlan apologized for leaving the group, fans are splintered on whether he apologized for the right reasons (especially after he tried reaching out to the group in disguise and tried erasing Vex's memory when she realized who he was) or if characters like Pike, Percy, and Grog reacted poorly with their rejections (especially with Scanlan's depression and attempts at sincerity). Then there are those who simply lament the loss of Tary after his Character Development and acceptance into the group and feel like Tary offered more potential for fresher development than Scanlan.
    • Episode 86 provoked a hefty debate when Vox Machina decided to sneak attack an innocent and unsuspecting target: Tary Darrington. One side argues that Vax's attack was specified as non-lethal, and he was right that Tary had to be taught just what kind of danger he was getting into. In addition, all four involved ambushers were clearly holding back after that (Grog's sneak attack was on Doty, and his turns in combat were spent taunting; Keyleth and Vax's first turns in combat saw them heal instead of hurt; and Percy merely held an action), and explicitly finding ways to test specific stats of Tary's (e.g. Keyleth hitting him with a fireball because "We haven’t really seen him dodge yet, right?"). The other side points out that 88 points of damage in a single blow (Tary only has 106 hit points) is overwhelmingly painful regardless of lethality, and this was all before Tary even got a chance to act. Vex is clearly upset when she finds them all, and Matt is even shocked enough to point out how "fucked up" he thought the situation was. The debate is further complicated with questions over how much was from the characters, and how much was just the players getting revenge on Sam for playing with their emotions.
    • Episode 88 sparked many debates over the Kraken encounter. Did Keyleth essentially abandon Tary and Grog to their deaths just to save Vex and Vax (who was already dead) and thus proves her unworthy of the Aramente challenge? Or did she make a pragmatic decision befitting a leader to save who she could while knowing when they needed to get out? (The cast, for their part, thought it was the right call, but the fanbase has heavy debate.) Likewise, Percy casting 'Friends' on Grog to make him go back for Tary and the last lodestone. Some people feel it's horrifying that Percy forced Grog to risk his life like that, especially after he'd referred to Grog as a brother in a previous episode, while others feel he did what he acted to ensure the mission wasn't for nothing.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Vex and the magic broom she stole from Gern. Liam demanded fanart of them together immediately after the episode aired. Critters have been calling the ship Vroom.
    • Vax and one of his belts that resembles a snake, named Simon. He specifically goes looking for it after he loses it in episode 36 because "all the fanart has it."
    • Percy and grass, after he flirts with an angry lawn in the Feywild.
    • Keyleth and the Sun Tree, since she likes to check in with it whenever the group's in Whitestone. Because its stoner character voice occasionally slips into a familiar southern drawl, fans have taken to calling the ship McTreeleth
  • Complete Monster:
    • Kraghammer Arc: The mutated beholder, K'Varn the Mad, is the Arc Villain of the Kraghammer Arc. After finding one of the horns of Orcus, K'Varn attacked and enslaved the cities of Emberhold and Yug'voril, intending to build up an army to launch an attack on the surface world. K'Varn launches attacks on Kraghammer while having his army capture as many dwarves and Underdark creatures as possible to warp into horrific abominations, his experiments resulting in countless deaths. When Lady Kima and a group of adventurers venture into the Underdark, K'Varn has nearly all of them slaughtered while having his men torture Lady Kima for days on end. When Vox Machina defeats Queen Ulara, to ensure she can't give any information about him to the party, K'Varn kills her from the inside out.
    • Vasselheim Arc: The rakshasa Hotis, a shapeshifter from the Nine Hells, is the second monster hunted by Vox Machina for the Slayer's Take. Disguised as a dwarf, Hotis creates an establishment for the rich named the Velvet Cabaret for the sake of gathering information about who the richest people in Vasselheim are. He then tracks them down and brutally mauls them to death before taking their belongings for himself. When discovered by members of Vox Machina and the Slayer's Take, Hotis tricks them into falling in a river of acid when they chase him down in an attempt to have them be slowly dissolved alive. When they survive, Hotis offers the party a deal to cease hostilities and work as business partners, intending to find an opportunity to kill them in the future. After finding himself at a disadvantage during the fight, Hotis promises to kill the loved ones of the party, including Thorbir's young daughter, all to spite them. After reforming when Vax kills him, Hotis attempts to exact revenge on Vox Machina. Hotis hires assassins from The Clasp to murder the rest of Vox Machina while Hotis disguises himself as Gilmore to lure Vax away from the group and tricks Vax into wearing a cursed robe that will slowly rip off his flesh in case Vax survives. Hotis then attacks Vax, taking pleasure in torturing the half-elf to near death. Despite his limited screen time, Hotis proves to be among the most vicious of minor villains within the series.
    • Chroma Conclave Arc:
      • The ancient red dragon, Thordak the Cinder King, is the leader of the Chroma Conclave, a faction of chromatic dragons with the goal of destroying the system of order within the continent of Tal'Dorei and dividing it amongst themselves. Centuries ago, Thordak was the tyrannical ruler of the desert continent Marquet, regularly killing and eating those who lived there. When the city Ank'Harel began to rise to prominence, Thordak unsuccessfully attempted to destroy the city. Hiding in the seas to recover, Thordak destroyed any ships that passed by before being captured and empowered by the necromancer Opash. Thordak then killed Opash and took over the Island of Viscan before deciding to expand his rule. Destroying multiple towns and killing countless innocents within Tal'Dorei, Thordak was eventually sealed away within the Elemental Plane of Fire. When Raishan the Diseased Deceiver freed him, Thordak killed the majority of the Fire Ashari, and established the Conclave along with Raishan. When he discovers that fellow member Brimscythe intended to rule over territory that Thordak desired, Thordak planned to kill Brimscythe. Thordak later led the Chroma Conclave to attack numerous major cities within Tal'Dorei, costing thousands of lives. When Thordak discovers that residents of the floating archipelago, Draconia, are gathering information on the Conclave, he has Draconia attacked, causing the cities to fall into the ocean. When Vox Machina leads an army to take back control of Emon, the capital of Tal'Dorei, Thordak attempts to create a volcanic eruption to wipe out enemy and ally forces alike.
      • The ancient green dragon, the aforementioned Raishan the Diseased Deceiver, is a powerful sorceress and the most intelligent member of the Chroma Conclave. Prior to the story, Raishan murdered a group of followers of Melora, the Wildmother, for her own amusement. When a follower laid a deadly disease on Raishan before dying, Raishan pledged servitude to the aforementioned Thordak in exchange for him telling her how to cure her disease. Raishan later establishes the Chroma Conclave, making her responsible for the deaths and destruction caused by the faction. When Thordak was sealed in the Elemental Plane of Fire, Raishan disguised herself as an outcast girl to deceive the Fire Ashari, who guarded the portal to the plane, into taking her in. After living with them for years, Raishan found the opportunity to free Thordak, not caring that Thordak would wipe out the majority of the Fire Ashari. Later, Raishan and the Chroma Conclave destroy the city of Emon, Raishan kicking off the attack by murdering Sovereign Uriel and several council members. After coming to the conclusion that Thordak won't honor their bargain, Raishan betrays the Conclave and offers to help Vox Machina kill Vorugal and Thordak. While negotiating, she makes sure to mock Keyleth about the genocide of the Fire Ashari. When the party kills Thordak, Raishan steals Thordak's corpse and multiple dragon eggs, intending to reanimate the corpse of the former and raise the latter as minions for when she attacks a different continent in the future.
      • Kevdak is Grog's uncle, and the leader of the Herd of Storms. For years prior to the story, Kevdak had the Herd destroy countless settlements, killing or enslaving as many inhabitants as they could. When Grog refuses to kill a helpless elderly gnome, Kevdak beats Grog to an inch of his life, and exiles him from the Herd, leaving him for dead. During the Chroma Conclave arc, after witnessing the might of Umbrasyl the Hope Devourer, Kevdak pledges servitude to the dragon with the intention of finding an opportunity to kill him in the future. Kevdak then has the Herd take over Westruun, killing any citizens who don't give offerings to either Umbrasyl or the Herd. Kevdak also has the Herd take citizens away from their families, having them work as slaves under the Herd or to be imprisoned and left to starve. When Kevdak finds out that his son Zanror is planning a revolt, Kevdak has him along with Zanror's pregnant mate Worra enslaved with intention of executing them both. When Grog calls the rest of Vox Machina to help him fight Kevdak, Kevdak orders the Herd to kill every innocent civilian in the area, including a little boy, all out of spite.
    • Cult of Vecna Arc: Vecna, the Whispered One, is the mastermind behind the Briarwoods who revived Sylas as a vampire in exchange for him and Delilah going to Whitestone, massacring the de Rolo family and many innocents, all to revive Vecna. Upon his return, Vecna manages to ascend to godhood, killing Vex'ahlia and Vax'ildan, before setting off to create a "miracle of terror" to make him feared across the world for more power. Vecna uses the loved ones of Vox Machina as shields, trying to trick them into killing those they care for, while intending to obliterate the city of Vasselheim and all within, wiping out a seat of power for good and condemning the entire world to evil and nightmares. The true villain of the first campaign, Vecna shows why he is the most wicked and monstrous foe Vox Machina encountered.
  • Continuity Lockout: Generally averted, as the crew do a good job of filling in the audience on things pertaining to events that transpired pre-stream, although it still pops up every once in a while. For example, a contingent of viewers started ragging on Keyleth/Marisha for sending Craven Edge, an extremely powerful and malicious weapon, to the Dimension of The Dread Emperor, not realizing that the only reason she did that was because the party killed him pre-stream.
  • Crack Ship: People (including players!) have started shipping Guest-Star Party Member Lillith and Percy after a joke at the beginning of Episode 26 and one really, really good piece of fanart, despite the fact that they barely talked to each other during their one encounter in Episode 25.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Clarota is definitely an example because he is a tentacled, telepathic, humanoid spell-caster. Whenever Vox Machina needs to interrogate someone, they basically say "let's sic Clarota on them" and then look away as the mind flayer eats their brains. This is especially the case with the raspy voice Matt uses when role playing him.
    • The Briarwoods, if only to the players - Taliesin notes that Matt has "made them so much worse than [he] ever imagined".
    • Appropriately, Percy himself rapidly became more interesting to certain fans (or more obviously so; he always had that creepy plague mask) as his vendetta against the Briarwoods unfolds.
    • Grog's sword Craven Edge (which, fittingly enough, used to belong to Sylas Briarwood). A sentient, black metal greatsword that ominously whispers in Grog's head about how hungry it is and gets stronger the more it drains the blood from its foes. That isn't even getting into what happens when it's full or when it gets hungry again and consumes the soul of its current wielder.
    • Senokir. Seemingly a trustworthy ally, Senokir's way of behaving and speaking is nonetheless so off-putting and alien that the cast regularly shudders when he speaks. (It doesn't help that his laugh is pure nightmare fuel.)
    • Vecna, full stop.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: From Episode 97. Keyleth dying, and Vex and later Vax freaking out? Very sad. Keyleth proclaiming they're "basically gods", before jumping off of a thousand foot cliff and turning into a goldfish because she thought she was going to hit water instead of splattering on solid rock? Absolutely hysterical.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Outside of the player characters, Clarota is quite well-liked for being an interesting take on a familiar creature, while also being a complex and sympathetic character. A lot of people ended up shocked and hurt when he betrayed the group and tried to kill them.
    • Gilmore is this to the players, going from a one-off shopkeeper to a beloved regular NPC before the stream began. As soon as he made an actual appearance, he became a big one for the viewers as well. His hilarious flamboyance and prolonged Ho Yay with Vax go a long way toward explaining his popularity.
    • Kashaw and Zahra, the cameo characters played by Will Friedle and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, are both extremely popular. Fans loved Zahra's extremely good roleplaying and her totally badass HDYWTDT defeat of Rimefang, as well as her competitive relationship with Vex which eventually turned into a neat friendship. Kashaw is equally popular for his snarking, his absolutely fascinating backstory, and, of course, his fantastic exit. Fans love them - and the other cameo characters, Thorbir and Lyra - so much that some want the cameo characters to get their own spinoff. Kashaw and Zahra's return from Episode 43 to 45 only made their popularity skyrocket further, and both Kashaw and Zahra have become recurring characters even when Mary and Will aren't available.
    • Piglet, the Goblin Barbarian played by Ashly Burch in the Pathfinder Oneshot became very popular for being a hilarious Badass Adorable, especially taking on a whole adventuring party and not only surviving, but decapitating one of them with a hammer, with many calling for her to appear in the actual show and wanting to see her fight Grog.
    • Jarett has only had a handful of appearances in the show so far, but fans and party members alike love him for being Tall, Dark, and Snarky and The Ace of all the guards at Greyskull. His brief moment of Ship Tease with Vex probably doesn't hurt either. In terms of non-player characters, his popularity at this point is second only to Gilmore. And like Gilmore, Kash and Zahra, his popularity has led to him appearing far more frequently.
    • Viktor. His zany prospector voice, the fact he more or less encapsulates the Cloudcuckoolander quality, was made up on the spot, and his "Character Progression."
    • Cenokir the fire genasi jeweler from the City of Brass, due to his slightly creepy, halting voice, his bizarre mannerisms, and his general slippery vibe, has the players declaring him to be their "favourite NPC ever" after his first appearance.
    • Darin de Paul's guest character Sprigg was met with universal acclaim from the fandom, jumping to the top of many favourite guest character lists as soon as his introductory episode was done.
    • Jayne, Liam's player character for Sam's Bar Room Blitz one-shot, was an instant hit due to Liam's creepy portrayal and the fact that she's a cleric of Tharzidun, the Chained Oblivion.
    • Mariya Darrington, Taryon's mother, is well-loved for being a positive familial influence, her shared love of books with Tary, and her excitement at the prospect of adventure.
    • Ever since Matt revealed in the campaign wrap-ups that she isn't a God, a lot of the fandom became fascinated with Vesh, Kashaw's patron. Because there wasn't much of an opportunity for her to be involved in Vox Machina's affairs, a lot about her is still vague and mysterious.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Invoked by Matthew Mercer himself, according to the Q&As. He has stated that he likes to keep some aspects of the world's lore and the characters' backstories vague so that those running their own Exandria campaigns can fill them in themselves. In many cases, (such as the fate of Keyleth's mother and the true nature of Vesh) he does have specific answers in mind, but still wants to leave them open for players running their own games. Even the Tal'dorei Campaign Setting book has some regions that are intentionally left vaguer than others. Similarly, Laura and Taliesin want to leave some of Vex and Percy's children unnamed so that people can play them in their own campaigns.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Before becoming canon, Keyleth/Vax, Percy/Vex, and Kima/Allura were this.
    • Grog/Nahla (the Pre-Stream Nymph) is one not only among the fandom, but the players themselves. Though this one was shot down in the post-campaign wrap-up, where Matt and Travis finally reveal the truth: Grog didn't sleep with the Nymph at all.
    • Kynan/Cassandra started picking up speed after Vax told Kynan to watch over Cassandra in whitestone. Them being close in age also increased its support.
  • Foe Yay: Percy and Raishan. Their interactions, built on both being clever and trying very hard to outmaneuver each other verbally, the former showing no fear and even being slightly mocking and teasing while the latter slowly growing impressed and amused in equal measure, left the chat jokingly calling for the two to hook up.
  • Freud Was Right: The rather... graphic sequence of events in Episode 55 when Vax and Scanlan try to escape out of Umbrasyl's stomach via a gaping wound.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Critters tend to throw their support behind shows or games that the players are involved in, particularly Blindspot and Overwatch. There's also a fair bit of overlap with fellow D&D production The Adventure Zone.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In Episode 18, Percy scores three crits in two rounds, and comments "such terrible things are going to happen to me because of all this good luck right now." Matt looks at the camera and nods knowingly. Following the Vasselheim arc, the Briarwoods return to Emon - and every episode involving them since has been one big long Trauma Conga Line for poor Percy.
    • Also in Episode 18, Zahra seems to be very interested in Percy's tinkered weapons, and they trade a few jokes about his "holy hand grenade". Zahra also says they should "compare notes sometime", revealing that she crafted her own staff. In Episode 29 it's shown that the List is part of whatever deal Percy has made with the smoky entity - similar to a warlock pact blade. Zahra is a warlock, so if Zahra and Percy had actually compared notes, he might have realized what had happened to him sooner.
    • Tiberius finally asks Allura out in Episode 24, and gets something of an ambiguous answer. Percy and Keyleth tease him for getting "Schrödinger's Date", because it's a mystery as to whether it will actually happen. In Episode 26, Allura finds out that Tiberius murdered a defenseless woman, and it's pretty safe to say that the date's been cancelled.
    • Critters were playing off the Running Gag about Vox Machina's poor luck with doors, and suggested that the final boss of the Whitestone arc would be a door. At the end of Episode 34, the confrontation with the Briarwoods, Vex nearly dies because she's trapped inside a temple, unconscious, where magic doesn't work...and the doors are closed.
    • Gilmore runs into the party in a tavern in Episode 38, and he greets them by calling out "Well, isn't this the luckiest day for me!" Barely a few minutes later, he learns Vax is in love with Keyleth. Ouch. And in the next episode, dragons attack Emon, leaving him near-death.
    • In the same episode, Keyleth drunkenly protests stopping their pub crawl despite Scanlan's insistence they'll do it again tomorrow because "tomorrow some crazy person will show up at our door and want us to do something crazy and then we'll never have a free night again." This made harsher by the next episode's dragon attacks, which indeed kick off the longest arc yet.
    • In Episode 39, Scanlan is being quite justifiably paranoid about the creepy skull the crew picked up in General Krieg's house, and he says, "What if it's a portal? What if it can send a dragon to us?" Or maybe four! Because that's how many ancient dragons attack Emon at the end of that episode. Good call, Scanlan.
    • The Goblins Pathfinder One-Shot is mostly a hilarious Black Comedy, but when you realize Zedd, the drummer for Scanlan's old troupe, made a cameo, and remember that Scanlan's mother died in a Goblin invasion, the final moments suddenly get a lot less funny.
    • Episode 44 has one where the "Aneurysm" comes seconds after the "Funny". After Vex fails her Reflex Save when checking the coffin, Sam quips "dead, instantly!" Once it's revealed this is EXACTLY what happens, he stops joking.
    • In Episode 56, guest character Kerrek has a private conversation with Keyleth, away from the rest of the party. Both Sam and Taliesan make jokes about Kerrek turning out to be evil and stabbing Keyleth in the back. At the end of the very next episode, something eerily similar to their joke scenario happens to Vax for real.
    • One of Sam's funniest Loot Crate endorsements happens while Taliesin is receiving a whisper for a Nat 20 perception check in Episode 64. Pretty much everybody at the table is laughing, except for Taliesin, who learns through the whisper that Tiberius is dead, and impaled on a spike nearby. Knowing that, and watching Taliesin's face, it's really hard to find the scene funny the second time. Similarly, the cast joke "Lockheed has a better chance of being dead than Tiberius" before going to Draconia. The truth is the exact opposite.
    • What are the chances that Laura would be wearing a Valar Morghulis t-shirt for the session where a member of Vox Machina actually dies?
    • In Episode 84, after reviving Scanlan, Percy, Pike, and Kerrek prank an unconscious Scanlan by dressing him in one of Pike's nightgowns, tying him to the bed, and leaving pudding around. Then Scanlan wakes up in episode 85 and it becomes difficult to find the scene funny anymore.
    • Garmelie/Artagan's comments on the Theater stop being funny entirely after Matt revealed in the Campaign Wrap-Up what the Theater actually does. Turns out they were deadly serious warnings.
  • Game-Breaker: Vax's Boots of Haste were one, by DM Matthew Mercer's own admission. He ported them over from Pathfinder before he fully understood 5E's balance, resulting in them breaking the "action economy" of the game, in his words. He's stated that he'd need to revamp them if they were to ever appear in a future campaign.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • It's hard to pinpoint exactly when it starts (the general consensus seems to be after Ashley re-joins the players and around the Vasselheim arc), but as the show went on, the players started getting better at things like making snap decisions instead of squabbling, throwing themselves into dramatic moments but not letting them play on forever, filling awkward silences with jokes, and just generally keeping the game more interesting. Just compare Keyleth's worries about Kima in Episode 9 to her vision of her own death in Episode 22, or compare both of Grog's fights with Kern the Hammer. The differences are very slight, but the players are definitely getting into a groove. Not that they don't still do things that are Facepalm-worthy. Coincidentally, the show may have started to grow its beard around the same time as Grog did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In Episode 6, Keyleth ends up pushing a duergar sentry into a lava pool to try to kill him quickly. As she does so, Marisha shouts, "This is the meanest thing I've ever done!" to which Laura retorts "Well, no. Remember you killed that kid that one time." This topic was (mostly) Played for Laughs as a Running Gag in the episode where Keyleth is having PTSD over that... and then the circumstances regarding the child's death are revealed in Episode 10's Q&A: she killed him by accident, snapping his neck while she was trying to save his life. Since then, it was mostly brushed aside as a past event and the party moved on...
      ...Until said event was revealed to have had more consequences than expected in Episode 22 with Keyleth's visit to the Fire Ashari. She reveals that ever since the accidental death, she had been unable to truly focus on her goals to be strong and to have the will needed to survive and that she was afraid of making another fatal mistake. This was preceded by her visit to the Earth Ashari, in the interim between the Pathfinder days and the start of the show, where she had a vision of her own death.
    • Near the middle of Episode 24, Scanlan, Vex, Tiberius and Grog go to Kraghammer to pick up a reward they're owed, and they pretend that Vax, Keyleth and Percy - who all remained at the keep - are dead, in order to get a better payout. Marisha even jokingly says "I hope this doesn't come back to haunt us." Well, Keyleth's already had a vision of her death, and by the end of the episode Vax is trapped all alone with the Briarwoods, and it's implied that they've seen through Percy's disguise. It might very well come back to haunt them...
      • Harsher still in an ironic way, as Vax and Keyleth have not died once as of Episode 85 and everyone else has died twice and were resurrected, with the exception of Pike (who died once pre-stream) and Tiberius (who died and stayed dead).
    • Percy kills Clarota with a headshot and gives the epic one-liner "Some people have no sense of fucking honor!" Awesome, right? Yes, until he brings it up almost ten episodes later at dinner with the Briarwoods as an Implied Death Threat. Then you remember that Percy's entire family was slaughtered by traitors, and the line becomes a little more chilling.
    • A common and long-lived cheer in the twitch chat is #NoMercyPercy, for whenever Percy does something particularly awesome. Episode 25 shows us what it looks like when Percy actually stops showing mercy, and it's terrifying.
    • In Episode 33, Vax gives Vex his Cloak of Elvenkind to improve her stealth checks. His reasoning, as he says, is "You almost lost me, I almost lost you." Vax doesn't know the half of it. In Episode 34, Vex comes within a single hitpoint of permanently dying - he almost loses her again, cloak or no.
    • Episode 37 is called "A Musician's Nostalgia," and Geek and Sundry happened to release it on Youtube the same day as David Bowie passed away after a battle with cancer (Monday January 11th, 2016).
    • In Episode 32, Vax tells Percy, "But if you hurt my sister... If you hurt anyone else in this group inadvertently..." as a possible threat and Percy replies, "I would expect nothing less." Then Percy ends up triggering a trap that kills Vex in Episode 44. She was able to be resurrected, but now those words from before bear a lot more weight. Many of Percy's conversations and observations with Vax or Vex also become a little uncomfortable upon review.
    • Similarly, this line from Percy in Episode 44 becomes a lot harsher knowing what ends up happening later in the episode...
    Percy: I'm actually hoping [going to the Sunken Tomb] is the worst decision we make, cos' then everything's uphill.
    • The revelation from Episode 69 that Vex is in love with Percy makes it that much harder to watch her tearful heartbreak during the end of Episode 68 and the beginning of Episode 69. The same situation also makes Percy losing his memory after returning from the Feywild in Episode 64 a lot more tragic. Although it is temporary, he completely forgets the acts of kindness that made Vex realize her feelings for him. It's easy to see now why Vex is so upset during those scenes.
    • Kerrek's attempt to calm down Keyleth in Episode 83 when she was so certain that she found Kima and Allura and he thought she was being foolish: "Sometimes you lose people, and you never get them back." Two episodes later, despite being resurrected, Scanlan does leave the party, leaving everyone unsure as to whether or not he will return. Worse, Keyleth later loses Vax three times – once to the Kracken, once to Vecna, and once to the Raven Queen – and the third time is permanent.
    • Vax asks Scanlan for life advice in Episode 45, asking how he manages to continue smiling despite constantly risking his life. It turns out much later than Scanlan was a lot more traumatized and depressed than he let on, and his and Vax's positions end up reversed in Episode 85. Except unlike Vax, Scanlan's mental state deteriorates so much that he leaves the group. This entire exchange is heart-rending in light of later episodes.
    • Scanlan's misadventures as "The Meat Man", aspiring druglord extraordinaire, become shaded by the later revelation that it was a warning sign of his deteriorating mental state. Scanlan wanted drugs because he was struggling to cope with the escalating danger of Vox Machina's adventures, which culminates in his second death/resurrection and a mental breakdown.
    • When Scanlan returns to the party in Episode 99, Pike has one of the harshest reactions alongside Grog. This gets a lot worse if you've seen the epilogue and campaign wrap-up, which reveal Pike was seriously starting to return his feelings ever since his letter to her, so you can see why she was so heartbroken at the outburst that led to him leaving the party. Even worse, the campaign wrap-up had Sam reveal Pike was probably the only one who could have convinced Scanlan to stay.
    • Keyleth says to Vax in Episode 45, “You do realize that if by some crazy chance, and we all somehow make it through this... domination alive with the Chroma Conclave, and I complete my Aramente, I’ll still watch all of you die. Everything could go phenomenally well, and by becoming headmaster we enter a bit of a realm of mortality where I could live for a very very long time. I’m afraid... every time I look at one of your faces that it’s gonna be the last... and I feel like deep down I know that day is coming.” Her fears come true by Episode 88, because by the end of the episode, she's seen everyone else in Vox Machina die at least once. And it gets worse by the time of Vecna's return and the disintegration of Vax which resulted in him having to accept a deal with the Raven Queen to come back. He does, but even if they win against Vecna, he will still die in the end.
    • Scanlan once advised Vax to leave the shit behind. In the ending, Vax leaves the S.H.I.T.s note  behind.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Pretty much all of the interactions between Vex and Percy, including during their time in the Feywild and Ank'Harel, become much sweeter after learning that they had been in love with each other for far longer, at least as far back as near the beginning of the show ever since, for Vex, she received her first custom arrow. As for Percy, he knew for a very long time that he loved her but chose to not act upon those feelings due to his belief that he was unhealthy for her. After they both died and came back, however, everything changed.
    • The same holds true for Vax and Keyleth as they first slowly realized their feelings for each other during the Underdark arc, even though they both didn't realize at first that the same held true for the other. Thus statements such as Keyleth saying that for many nights before going to sleep that Vax's face was the last thing she thought of end up becoming a lot more meaningful.
    • Scanlan's letter to Pike. Pike only reveals part of the letter during the campaign, saying that Scanlan's letter was lovely but she couldn't raise Kaylie alone. In the post-compaign Q&A session, the letter is revealed to be a loving note dedicated to her, stating that everything he's done the past few years has been to please and impress her and that, now that he knows about Kaylie, he realizes instead of chasing a lover he was "chasing a mother for [his] child". Likewise, the fact that, despite him asking Pike to be the savior to Kaylie he's unable to be, he ultimately mended his relationship with her and became a good father to her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Episode 15, everyone is blase about Keyleth falling off the edge of the airship since she can fly (thanks to Voluntary Shapeshifting) so she's not at risk. Much, much later in Episode 97, Keyleth finally dies in the campaign...from falling damage.
      • Made even funnier by an episode of Talks Machina where Marisha comments “I haven’t died yet, but if I do, I want it to be epic. As long as it’s not embarassing. I don’t wanna die in some stupid way that has nothing to do with the current situation.”
    • In Episode 18, Taliesin mentions that he's fighting in his pyjamas, so Matt reduces his AC. Taliesin's response is "one day, far in the future, I'm going to find a way to make you pay for that." Episode 25, Percy slaughters the episode's boss, the Broker, in one turn, to Matt's obvious dismay — Matt even says "I kind of feel bad for him."
    • Keyleth buys a raven mask from Duskmeadow in Episode 20. If you take the plot of the campaign as a whole, this looks like brilliant foreshadowing for her falling in love with Vax and his fate as the Raven Queen's champion. But this was a completely random decision at the time, so it's a total coincidence. In the same episode, she and Vax go Undercover as Lovers.
    • In Episode 23, Scanlan says that he'll someday marry Pike and she'll be the mother of his children. Then it turns out Scanlan is already a dad in episode 38.
    • In Episode 26, Scanlan uses Seeming to turn Vox Machina into cows, and as the episode goes on he realizes that Seeming is not a concentration spell - it lasts for twenty-four hours. He's used Seeming exactly once before, in Episode 17... but he never dispelled it, meaning that Vox Machina would have technically been bright green for all of their first interactions with the Slayer's Take.
    • In Episode 4, Marisha jokes about how hilarious and awkward watching her friends flirt with her boyfriend is every time the PCs flirt with an NPC (like Grog's pre-stream liaison with the nymph or Vax's "arrangement" with Gilmore). The shoe's on the other foot now that Vax has confessed his love for Keyleth.
    • As if Scanlan's legendary rampage through a manor in Episode 31 wasn't hilarious enough, Episode 60 sees "Lady" Vex inheriting the burned-down manor when Percy makes her a Baroness. Even the players are quick to point out that technically this means that Scanlan burned Vex's house down.
    • Every scene where the party is picking on Garmelie becomes so much funnier after The Reveal that he's an Archfey.
    • When Keyleth speaks to the Sun Tree about the cancerous tree in the Feywild, she accidentally says there may be a man living in named Fenthras, before correcting herself, as that's the name of the bow they were looking for. Turns out she was right about there being a man living inside, when they meet Saundor who lives inside the tree.
    • Happens to the players: it takes them about two hours to realize they still had Seeming cast on them during the fight in Episode 76, meaning Vax kissed Keyleth while Keyleth looked exactly like Vex.
    • Tary's first appearances involved being the Butt-Monkey to Vox Machina, including them sneak-attacking him and beating the crap out of him until he broke down in tears with his story. Then came Battle Royale III, where he paid them back and won.
    • Scanlan and Tiberius' "master class in wasting spells" back in the Underdark involved a Counter-Counterspell. Against Vecna, Scanlan manages Counter-Counterspell multiple times, single-handedly saving the party from total annihilation.
    • Scanlan was created when Sam asked Liam was what lamest character and Liam said, "probably a gnome bard". Scanlan goes on to become a crime lord, the Champion of a god, and an instrumental part of defeating Vecna.
  • Ho Yay: Now has its own page.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • A relatively minor example with Vex'ahlia, who has been paired with Percy, Keyleth, Grog, Zahra, and Jarett with varying degrees of popularity.
    • Likewise, Percy's been shipped with Vex, Vax, Pike, Keyleth, Lillith, and Raishan, as well as, occasionally any or all of the above.
    • Even Keyleth has been shipped with plenty of other characters. Namely Vax, Vex, Pike, Grog, Raishan, and Kashaw, just to name a few.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Played with. The entire reason Sam played Scanlan, was because he asked Liam what was the lamest character, to which Liam responded "probably a gnome bard."
  • Magnificent Bitch: Anna Ripley served as a scientist for the Briarwoods, creating an acidic compound to distil Whitestone ore into residuum. When Percy de Rolo attempted to kill her, she took interest in his gun, a weapon never seen until Percy made it, and recreated one of her own. After being imprisoned for attempting to leave the Briarwoods, Ripley manages to convince Vox Machina to free her in exchange for her assisting them, successfully escaping the party the first chance she gets. Vox Machina later finds out that Ripley was using the gun they confiscated from her to spy on them, hiring a crew and obtaining two of the Vestiges of Divergence from under Vox Machina’s nose. She also manipulates Kynan into working for her by taking advantage of his resentment for Vox Machina when they rejected him. When Vox Machina chases after Ripley, she lures them into an explosive trap, badly injuring the majority of the party, before ambushing the party, resulting in her successfully killing Percy. Brilliant and manipulative, Ripley proved to be one of Vox Machina’s most dangerous enemies.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • After some of the acts the Briarwoods have committed during their time, #FuckTheBriarwoods is a popular line.
    • #NoMercyPercy, which started as a catchy hashtag, then got way too accurate, and then became #NoMercyMercer briefly for the Sun Tree. The Mercer variant picked up steam again with the whole four-dragon affair.
    • After Tiberius first cracks it out in Episode 6, "I encourage _______". Fill in the blank with anything you wish to encourage.
    • Whenever the Twitch stream experiences technical difficulties, the chat begins to chant "A STREAM IS EARNED" in reference to the Androsphinx's Arc Words.
    • "Wheres Larkin?" became a popular joke after Vax/Liam was the last one to realize that the NPC Larkin was actually Raishan in disguise.
    • "Raishan shot first!" became one after Matt confirmed on reddit that Raishan did intentionally attack Vax with chain lightning when there was no reason to, and to justify Vax, Vex and Keyleth attacking Raishan in Thordak's lair.
    • Fans started joking about Critical Role's "writing team" in reference to many moments of surprising serendipity or accidental foreshadowing, such as Tary giving Vex a limited-time revivify coin that went unused in its intended battle, a few minutes before Vex became the only one around to resurrect Keyleth after her cliff jump. Eventually, a commercial for the show had Matt and Marisha discussing that episode's script. Now the fans, cast, and crew will praise the writing crew after a particularly poignant moment.
  • Narm Charm: Because every piece of dialogue on the show is improvised — except for some short pre-written descriptions by Matt — flubs, errors and silly dialogue can't be edited out in post-production, and this can cause dramatic moments to become unintentionally funny. Examples include Keyleth screaming "AND NOW LOOK HAPPENED!" during an otherwise tense debate about party communication, or Percy flubbing one of the names when torturing the Briarwoods' carriage driver for information about his family or musing "Life needs things to live," as if he's imparting wisdom. These errors are usually forgiven, though, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, viewers understand that the game is improvised, and are very forgiving. Sometimes, in cases like Keyleth's, the scene is intense and well-acted enough that the errors are only minor blips in the tension; or, in cases like Percy's quote, the players lampshade the error and use it to wring a joke out of the scene. Moments like these also make moments of insanely good improvisation — such as Keyleth's verbal beatdown of Raishan (and the later speech during their final confrontation) or Percy's "You're at the bottom of my List" scene — that much more impressive.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • On occasion, Scanlan continues to point out that Tiberius did not contribute at the start against K'Varn.
    • Within one episode, Sam became fond of reminding Orion of the time he took a telekinetic buzzsaw to an unconscious old woman. Marisha gets in on it too: in the charity episode with Vox Moronica, she actually plays as the old lady Tiberius killed, although she doesn't reveal it until the end.
    • Percy will never escape yelling "Your soul is forfeit!" at the Broker when he finished him off. In addition, even he jokes about how all the evil talking items seem to want a piece of him. He's encountered at least three.
    • Traumatic accident or no, Keyleth will never escape murdering a child. Nor will she escape faceplanting in lava.
    • Marisha is very tired of being told to "read her spells" after a few misinterpretations that hindered the group; she has a lot of spells to memorize, and some of them rely on Matt's interpretations.
    • Matt will never live down pronouncing "sigil" wrong (as "siggle") for the first twenty or so episodes - especially from rest of the cast.
    • Scanlan teases Percy about saying "Life needs things to live" throughout Episode 63, and long after.
    • It takes Liam an embarrassingly long time to figure out that Larkin is Raishan in disguise, and he hasn't lived that down yet. Fans demanding that Vox Machina find out where "Larkin" went has become something of a minor meme.
    • Marisha trying to reassure the rest of the cast with "No, it’s fine! We’re gods!" right before Keyleth instantly dies in episode 97 will be echoed forever, especially by Travis.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now with its own page.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Played with, in that they're all performed by Matt, but many of the NPCs count. First and foremost among them is definitely Victor, the crazy black powder merchant, popular enough to be revisited later.
  • Porting Disaster: Three episodes (Episode 31: Gunpowder Plot, Episode 33: Reunions, and Episode 35: Denouement) have suffered from this in the process of getting put up on Youtube. In particular, Episode 31 was delayed by over half a week, which left a lot of European fans unhappy (especially because Geek and Sundry were very quiet about the issue outside of several tweets), and Episode 35 was released with crippling sound glitches that made the second half of the episode unwatchable for many. Again, the lack of real response from Geek and Sundry left European fans bitter, some claiming G&S were deliberately taking their time with the episode so that they could get more fans to subscribe to the Twitch channel and access the rebroadcast.
    • Episode 63: The Echo Tree has sound glitches throughout that makes it sound like it's a skipping record. While the previous three episodes have been mostly corrected by being uploaded in two parts, this episode has not.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • While it's a laughable thought to anyone getting into the show now, Percy didn't have a lot of fans in the show's early days. Despite his crazy inventions, he came across as the Ridiculously Average Guy of the party during the Underdark arc, never having much of an opportunity for roleplaying moments and playing more of a support role in battle. Opinions started turning around the Slayer's Take arc, where Taliesin's amazing improv skills and penchant for great one-liners began to show, along with Percy contributing more significantly to fights. Then the Briarwoods Arc happened, and he quickly became one of the most beloved characters in the party. It may have helped that, with Tiberius' departure, Percy had to fill the void of The Smart Guy, a role he turned out to be incredibly good at.
    • Trinket was derided by many fans because he caused spellcasters to waste spell slots attempting to transport him and because he isn't very effective in combat. After episode 45, Vex acquires a magical item that is able to store Trinket, allowing him to be transported easily and to be used sparingly in combat situations where he's more effective.
    • While she was only ever The Scrappy to some, Keyleth's behavior ever since discovering the death of Tiberius has redeemed her for many who disliked her. From that moment on, she finally cements and continuously develops her relationship with Vax in a way that feels sincere, parts a storm with an eighth-level spell, destroys a boat by herself and toughs it out through the fight with Ripley despite having no beast shapes and limited spell slots, plays a pivotal role in freeing Percy's soul and resurrecting him, verbally tears Raishan a new one while resisting the urge to actually fight her (widely considered, even by Grog, to be a terrible option, as it could have destroyed Whitestone), pulling off a go-for-broke, game-changing moment where she completely neutralizes Raishan's spellcasting with a clutch Feeblemind, effectively stripping the dragon of the very things that define her (her intellect, cunning, and pride) as well as achieving the impossible and finding Kima and Allura out at sea after a teleporation gone awry out of sheer desperation, and finally completes all the trials of the Aramente before returning to Zephra, and obtaining the ability to cast Shapechange, a 9th-level spell. Even after five years of the same campaign, Keyleth is still experiencing a lot of character growth while remaining true to herself and repeatedly taking levels in badass.
    • Taryon Darrington. His manner of introduction made it impossible for him to escape being labelled a Replacement Scrappy for Scanlan, and his Upper-Class Twit and Fake Ultimate Hero personality didn't exactly endear him to fans. This first impression was probably Sam's intention from the beginning. By the end of his arc his more sympathetic traits showed themselves and he underwent Character Development, and his performance in the third Battle Royale oneshot didn't hurt either. He outright won, against powerhouses like Keyleth, Percy and Grog! He was rescued to such an extent that many fans wished he'd stayed with Vox Machina permanently. Taryon was rescued even in the eyes of his player Sam, who revealed in the campaign wrap-up that he originally expected Tary to die within a few episodes.
  • Ship Tease:
    • It's implied that as they kept adventuring and fighting together, Vax may have developed some feelings for Keyleth. It's perhaps the most prominent in episode 25 where just before falling unconscious against Sylas and Delilah Briarwood, his last thoughts were of his twin sister Vex'ahlia... and her. Confirmed in episode 33 on Vax's end. After yet another near death experience, this time because of Professor Anders, he tells her he loves her, and then kisses her. In Episode 65, Keyleth finally confesses to Vax that she loves him as well, and they consummate their new-found love with a high-five.
      Keyleth: I love you, Vax. I have for a long time. And I'm sorry for being me and that it took me this long to say it.
    • Meanwhile, Vex and Percy have been gradually developing into a long, drawn-out flirtation, as documented bythe fans. It's revealed on an episode of Talks Machina that Vex was in love with Percy ever since the first custom arrow he made for her, which Laura and Taliesin note as being their equivalent of flirting. As for Percy, he had known "for ages and ages" but never acted upon his feelings because he felt that he was unhealthy for her. While moments between them started popping up around the time of the Whitestone arc and the start of of the Conclave arc, from Episode 59 onward, the moments between them became more pronounced, with Vex dropping her guard more around Percy and him making her a Baroness, Vex refusing Saundor's offer by saying "My heart is someone else's", Percy's death and Vex killing Dr. Anna Ripley in retribution, Vex finally confessing to being in love with Percy during the resurrection ritual despite not knowing whether or not he could hear her (even sealing it with a kiss and a Natural 20 Persuasion check), and then the capstone in Episode 72, with Percy's first initiated The Big Damn Kiss in the woods of Draconia. Though initially left up in the air with a promise to "talk later", Episode 78 officially upgrades their Ship Tease into They Do. And it is taken Up to Eleven when they get married!
    • There's also a little going on between Vex and Zahra, too. As well as Vex and Keyleth.
    • Pike admits that she has feelings for a non-Scanlan person, and has so far refused to admit who it is. Judging from her actions in Episode 58, many have guessed Percy, which was confirmed in the post-campaign wrap up.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Upon the revelation that Taryon is gay the chatroom for episode 94 instantly began demanding for him to meet and hook up with Gilmore.
  • Squick:
    • Kashaw thinks the harvesting of the Rakshasa is this.
    • Episode 75 and 76 has this for the twins when the rest of Vox Machina is disguised to look identical to them - because their love interests, Keyleth and Percy, now look exactly like their sibling. Worse still, Vax actually kisses Keyleth on the mouth while she looks like Vex, though only because Liam (and everyone else) forgot. Eew.
  • Stop Having Fun, Guys: Tends to happen sometimes during the livestreams with the viewers constantly trying to "help" the players via spamming the chatroom to remind them of rules and racial traits. To some, it can be quite annoying, while others believe that it's better than sub-hyping and posting memes in that at least they're talking about D&D. The cast often lampshades it with the catchphrase "your fun is wrong".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Several fans were disappointed that Clarota turned out to be Evil All Along, as having a Token Heroic Orc of that species was considered very original on Mercer's part.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A few fans were disappointed that Vex'ahlia's death in episode 44 didn't stick, as they were interested in how the group would have coped throughout the rest of their journey, particularly Trinket. This repeats pretty much every time one of the characters dies and is resurrected.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: In a conversation following "Battle Royale II", Mercer theorizes that this is why many of the fanbase don't like Keyleth; she's socially awkward and constantly doubtful, standing out heavily against the rest of the party who are largely stone-cold and confident. While every member of the party is very insecure and troubled, Keyleth is the only one who never bothers trying to hide it.
  • The Woobie: There's lots of them of many kinds.
    • Kynan, the Vox Machina fanboy in Episode 23 - especially after Vax nearly makes him cry. Vax even uses one of luck points to convince him to come back when he's ready. It's even worse after Episode 68 where he returns, betrays Vox Machina by working for Ripley, and then switches sides to join them at the last minute. After the fight, he's so guilt-ridden and traumatized he can barely speak.
    • Desmond, that poor, poor carriage driver. He spends several hellish years working for the Briarwoods, and then Vox Machina captures him after Percy shoots off his fingers, and then he's attacked by invisible stalkers. Kid can't catch a break.
    • Vex'ahlia and Vax'ildan don't talk about it but they've had a rough life. They were sent to their father who had them educated and so forth, but he was a very cold parental figure and the rest of the elves were little better, with Vex feeling more affected by the cold reception than her brother. Eventually they ran away and decided to return home to their mother, but it turned out that she was killed in a dragon attack. They both struggled to survive and had only each other to lean on as they learnt how to be a Ranger and Rogue respectively. They're all each other had until they became close with Vox Machina. Things get even rougher for them after Vex is killed temporarily and Vax bargains with the Raven Queen to save her life in exchange for becoming the goddess's champion - after he'd spent weeks slowly moving towards devoting himself to Sarenrae. Even worse, as time went on, the relationship between the twins has become strained as Vex's personal demons are brought to light and the walls that she had made for herself start cracking, while Vax is either unable or unwilling to see his sister not being the strong person he had assumed her to be for the longest time and is always slightly off target when he tries to help. There is also the fact that whereas Vex is pursuing a goal of forgiveness, Vax is instead now following an oath of vengeance. On top of all that, Vax's life will end with the villainous Vecna's, so his mortality is no longer ignorable.
    • Keyleth was thrown out into the world by her people once she learnt enough to do the Aramente, a destiny that was forced upon her since birth, and only because her mother never returned. And due to everything that has happened to her thus far, she doesn't even know if she's worthy to become the Headmaster of the Air Ashari. Which was apparently exacerbated by accidentally killing a child she was trying to save. And then there was the fact that she had a vision of her own death as revealed in episode 22, and that in episode 40 she witnessed through a scrying spell the devastation wreaked on the Fire Ashari village of Pyrah by an ancient red dragon - Thordak the Cinder King - escaping the Plane of Fire. It gets even worse when she reveals to Vax that her greatest fear is seeing the people she loves die, leaving her alone while she continues to live for centuries. Keyleth essentially also has a breakdown in Episode 56 and confides in a local blacksmith named Kerrek that she never wanted her abilities nor her responsibilities, wanting to go back to the blissful and ignorant life she once had. And then there's Raishan, the dragon responsible for Pyrah's destruction, and Keyleth having to form an alliance with her nemesis to take out Thordak despite her desire to kill the Diseased Deceiver. By Episode 88, she has seen all of her friends die at least once. Even worse, after meeting the elderly gnome Sprigg, her greatest fears resurfaced including what would be the biggest one: her fear of forgetting everyone with the passage of time.
    • Good lord, Percy's an Iron Woobie. He's clearly traumatized by what the Briarwoods did to his family, and the strange affliction of his spirit certainly isn't doing his health any favours, but as of Episode 27, he's determined to track the Briarwoods down and get his revenge at last. Some of his actions, such as his...conversations with Desmond or Vock, might push him into Jerkass Woobie on occasion. Episode 44 serves as a breaking point for Percy as he accidentally ending up killing Vex'ahlia in the tomb of the Raven Queen champion. He's constantly feeling guilt, wanting to make it up to Vex and her brother after the former is resurrected. Plus, in Episode 57, he has a long talk with the Raven Queen, thinking that he is so broken that he believes that he is beyond redemption, especially due to the things he's invented in addition to his more callous actions throughout. At the same time is all sort of hilarious considering that a role Taliesin once played is possibly the Trope Namer for The Woobie.
    • Scanlan, despite his usual attitude and cheerful demeanor, is also no stranger to this. His mother had died from a goblin attack, and he never knew his father. So he never got to grow up with the joys of having a family. And then in episode 38 he discovers that a woman he slept with during his own travels eventually gave birth to a daughter named Kaylie, who grew to despise him due to him never returning. Scanlan, upon meeting Kaylie and realizing the connection they share, realizes just how much of a horrible person he is and that he wants to make it up to his child so very much. In fact, ever since the two choose to make amends, with Kaylie having him promise to come home alive, Scanlan has found himself unable to go back to the way things used to be, and he is now in a position where he has to value his own life with the risk of losing everything, including his daughter, should he fall and die.
    • Kashaw is a Jerkass Woobie, despite his pretty surly demeanor. He's had a ridiculously tragic life, what with the goddess he's married to murdering everyone he knew when she consummated the marriage on his fifteenth birthday, and ensuring he must serve as a countering channel of positive energy to balance her as long as she exists.
    • Poor Tyriok the mapmaker, in his second appearance, loses his way in the Frostweald, gets turned to stone by basilisks, then resurrected without his arm and with all his precious maps turned to stone. Not to mention that Grog loves to pick on him - by telling him that a dagger Vax gives him will make him infertile, for example. Luckily, he seems to bounce back from it.
    • Sprigg appears in episode 105 as an eccentric and comical old gnome... wracked with guilt over running away when the rest of his former party was killed by hobgoblins, living alone for 37 years, and slowly forgetting everything about his former life, even his own name.

    Campaign 2 
  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Following the reveal in episode 8 that Nott is in between 6 to 9 years old (which, for a goblin, is technically "child-bearing age" due to their shorter life spansnote ), many Critters were understandably squicked-out at the prospect of shipping someone that's essentially in their mid-to-late teens with fully grown adults. Episode 49's reveal causes Abandon Shipping for a different reason: Nott, in her past life as a halfling woman, is Happily Married.
    • Yasha/Beau shippers took a hit after Yasha's backstory involving a deceased lover and Yasha's culture expressly saying that her people bond for life was revealed... but it went right back up with the release of Yasha's playlist, where Ashley implies that Yasha has feelings for Beau and is wrestling with them.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Nott's confession in Episode 11, notably the tone she uses when she says she "needs" Caleb to get stronger. Is she more pragmatic than she lets on and is mostly using Caleb so he'll one day transform her from goblin to something else? Or was it simply the charm spell affecting her tone? Some fans take a third option and suggest that while she's relying on Caleb to change her, she genuinely cares about him. Episode 13 dispels any concerns about Nott and Caleb's relationship: Nott sees herself as Caleb's mother and wants to protect him, hence why she wants him to get stronger, and Caleb, having already stated it before, sees her as a little sister.
    • Ulog entered this territory as of his suicide-bombing of the High Richter Episode 12. Is he a tragic figure driven to extremes by his wife's unjust imprisonment, or a terrorist no better than those he's fighting?
    • The Gentleman ended up getting a bit of this after he rejected Jester's claim of being his daughter. Some wondered if he simply doesn't care for Jester and her mother, if he's trying to distance himself from them for their safety, or if he legitimately is completely unaware of the possibility he might be her father. This does eventually get resolved, however: while at first he himself was unsure of the truth and acted nonchalant about the situation, he does, at Cadeuceus's insistance, reconcile with Jester, admitting that hedidn't want to admit it because it wouldn't be right to call himself her father after a life of never being there for her.
  • Anticlimax: A matter of debate even amongst the cast. Matt felt that the Caedogeist killing Obann the Punished was anti-climactic. The players strongly disagreed. Many viewers took the players' side, but not all did.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Avantika's power over the ocean ends up meaning nothing, as Caleb counterspells it immediately, and she's unceremoniously killed by the Plank King shortly afterwards due to some terrible rolls on her part and incredibly high rolls by the PCs.
  • Archive Panic: Despite currently having fewer episodes than Campaign 1, this can still hit for the fans getting caught up with every 3-4 hour-long episode. Unlike Campaign 1, this is also mitigated by the short ''Critical Recap'' videos that provide general plot information for each episode.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Presumably in response to the backlash that occurred over Caleb and Beau's argument in Episode 21, both Caleb and Beau spent the next episode trying to figure out how to apologize for how they handled the situation, and near the end of the episode both did so, and attempted to improve their relationship going forward.
    • One of the biggest complaints about the campaign was the lack of overarching plot or villain, with many of Matt's attempts to create one ending abruptly due to bad rolls on his end. Now with Obann successively tricking them into unleashing The Laughing Hand forcing the group to flee, along with the implications that they didn't actually kill him this finally seems to be averted.
  • Awesome Music: Episode 44 and onwards, "Your Turn To Roll" is showcased in the second opening intro video here.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Beauregard. On one hand you have people who think she's a fun, interesting character whose attitude and world view make for a stark contrast with Keyleth and the rest of the party. It doesn't hurt that she's proven to be no slouch in combat either. On the other hand, some feel her Jerkass tendencies and lack of social skills make her too grating and unsympathetic of a character to really root for, and hope that she goes through a character arc that has her become more likeable. The fallout of Molly's death has helped some of her detractors soften up on her.
    • Mollymauk. Some people enjoy the character for his charm, his general aesthetic and his genuine concern for those he cares about (the entire carnival, and Toya in particular, following the death of Kylre). However, others see Molly more as smarmy than charming, feeling he doesn't pull off the mysterious stranger persona anywhere near as well as Fjord or Shakäste; in particular, his tendency to not really give anything away about himself makes it harder for the rest of the party to really forge meaningful relationships with him. However, with Episode 14 and 15 delving into his backstory and why he is the way that he is, a lot of his detractors seem to have come around on Molly. Molly's death in episode 26 more or less did away with this issue entirely, with Molly now being seen as one of the most likeable characters of the campaign.
    • Caleb. While some fans like the character for his endearing humility, social awkwardness and friendship/sibling-like relationship with Nott, others find him too similar to Vax (as both are quite broody characters). They also take issue with his unwillingness to share some of the information he finds out about the party's magical items, which leaves distribution up to him, rather than the party as a whole. His detractors believe this paints him as too distrusting of the rest of the group, though his supporters argue that is the point of his character, and creates more potential for Character Development. Much like Molly, the reveal of his backstory has significantly lessened the divide.
  • Broken Base: Aside from the obvious divide of those who like this campaigns greater focus on characters and more sure footing in the web show format vs those who preferred the first campaigns better group dynamics and arcs, there is debate over the story of this campaign, or rather, the lack thereof. As is mentioned elsewhere on this page, most of the story arcs have been about half the length of Campaign One’s arcs. Avantika and Lorenzo’s deaths seemed to come about halfway through their respective arcs, cutting them short. The Nein have also seemed to actively avoid plot hooks, such as continuing the Knights of Requital storyline or the war with Xhorhas. The debate there is whether it works because it is fittingly in character, or whether it just makes them feel aimless. Though this thought process has lessened after the group met Obann, who finally gives the group a long term goal and enemy.
  • Catharsisfactor: Obann's final death, after spending months ahead of the Nien and using Yasha as a puppet for so long. Watching as Yasha personally guts the demon is immensely satisfying.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • In Episode 9, Frumpkin is taken out by just one kick from a crownsguard, causing him to once more disappear until Caleb resummons him. The funny part comes in when Travis does a hilarious impression of how the guard would relate this story to his colleagues:
    Travis: "You guys, I kicked this cat today, and it fucking evaporated."
    • In the sponsor plug for Episode 12, Sam's Surfer Dude persona "Brody Slater" is revealed to be into FATAL, which sends the entire group into cringe-laughter.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Shakäste, the campaign's first Guest-Star Party Member and consummate badass, became an instant fan favorite on equal account of his amazing voice and his being played by Khary Payton.
    • Critters instantly fell in love with Enchanter Pumat Sol, he of the four magical clones and vaguely inexplicable Canadian accent. Despite being the complete inverse of Victor the Black Powder Merchant, it already seems as though good old Pumat is falling into a similar beloved niche. Love for Pumat is not limited to the viewers alone; The cast seem to constantly find reasons to frequent his shop in-universe as well.
    • Kiri, the little kenku girl that the Mighty Nein saved from gators upon arriving in the Labenda Swamp. Matt contrasts her innocent coos and hilarious voice mimicry with a heart-wrenching story about dead family members to great effect. Just like with Pumat, the players are just as invested in the character as the fanbase.
      Ashley: "We all love that bird. I will protect that bird with my life."
    • Nila, the Firbolg Druid guest character from Episode 27 and 28, had tons of fanart after only one appearance, due to her being both a hilarious Fish out of Water Cloudcuckoolander and a genuinely kind Team Mom (something that, Liam points out at the end of the next episode, the Mighty Nein desperately needed after the darkness of the last few episodes).
    • Dani Carr, host of Critical Recap gets this for being The Cutie, and her infectious excitement in narrating the events of the previous episode.
    • Ashly Burch's character Keg became a fan favorite pretty quickly due to her role in the Iron Shepherds arc, especially after Beau managed to bed her and after the letters she left for the team following her leave. A number of fans want her to return and become a permanent member of the main cast, much like Kashaw and Zahra before her.
    • After initial concerns about Jester's mom in relation to Jester's upbringing, once the Mighty Nein finally met Marion she became well-loved for her sweet, genial demeanor and for her sincere love of Jester. The fact Marion's line of work isn't shamed is often appreciated, too.
    • Chris Perkins's guest character Spurt is both one of the funniest characters in the entire show, and by far the shortest-lived, not even counting his proclaimed lifespan of eleven days.
    • Judging by the amount of people on Twitter and Youtube asking for her to be a permanent cast member, both due to Reani's chemistry with the group and being played by Mica Burton, Reani's become this among the fans.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Lawrence from The Song of the Lorelei One-shot being Tary's former teacher and lover from campaign 1.
    • One theory relatively tossed around is that the woman who brought Lucien/Molly back from the dead is Astrid. The fact Veth/Nott was also brought back from the dead by a woman who was a powerful mage has drawn speculation it could also be the same woman, if not Astrid. The reveal that a mysterious woman helped guide Beau's father to the land he used to start his wine business also has people theorizing that she might be the same woman to..
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Closer to Ambiguously Evil is Sexy, but the Gentleman and Ophelia Mardun are both very attractive and very shady. While they aren't opposed to the Mighty Nein, it's quite obvious that they're nowhere near good people.
    • Captain Avantika, with her Pirate Girl appeal, sexy accent, and flirtatious attitude towards Fjord, is considered very sexy by the fanbase despite the fact that she wants to unleash Uk'otoa just for the sake of gaining power.
  • Foe Yay: Early on, some took to shipping Beauregard and Mollymauk when Taliesin and Marisha revealed in Q&As that the two of them instantly hated each-other, seeing the potential for Belligerent Sexual Tension. This mostly died down once Beau confirmed her Incompatible Orientation to Molly as a lesbian, although their rivalry still continued up until Molly's death.
    • History repeated with Taliesin's character, as Yasha's first impression of Caduceus was less than positive, but Caduceus was as unfazed as ever. This also lost steam as both characters grew to understand each other, and after episode 46 confirmed that Yasha's still grieving over the death of her wife Zuala.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In an early episode, when discussing Molly's (fake) backstory, Beau guesses, jokingly, "you killed your whole family!" Not so funny now after Beau hears Caleb's backstory in Episode 18. Going back to watch this moment, you'll notice that Liam freezes when she say that.
    • When the group splits up into three groups to infiltrate a house at the end of Episode 12, Sam jokes that Matt actually has a fourth parallel subplot he's keeping track of that none of them are aware of. Come the end of the episode, this turns out to be completely true in the worst way possible.
      • In the same episode, Nott suggests that rather than Molly disguising himself as a leper, Caleb could burn him and his clothing to portray Molly as a burn victim. Caleb’s not too happy with the plan, however, and we find out why later on - because as a teenager he was brainwashed into burning his parents alive, and is still traumatised.
    • Nott drinking and getting intoxicated? Extremely funny thanks to Sam's performance. The revelation that Nott drinks to get away from being a goblin? Not as funny in hindsight.
    • Nott's extreme loathing of water? Sam makes it a laugh riot every time. The fact that Nott hates water because she was drowned as Veth? Horrifying.
    • When the Mighty Nein first met the Gentleman, Laura Bailey was actually absent, with Jester being played by the DM. Matt commented that it was very difficult to play her as she was so unpredictable, there was no telling what she would do in this situation. Travis joked, "she'd prolly run up and just give him a hug." Yes, Jester likely would have run up and hugged the Gentleman if she knew then he was her father.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Beau gets arrested by the Crownsguard in Episode 2, "A Show of Scrutiny", and it's treated much the same as any other time a character played by Marisha was taken to jail, with Marisha herself saying that jails are not Beau's favored terrain. Flash forward to 63 episodes later, however, and she reveals to Yasha that the reason why is anything but humorous: Beau's first love Tori who "showed her the ropes" was left to rot in prison while she herself was released. And she never saw her again. OUCH.
      Beauregard: She kind of showed me the ropes. She was great. She was my literal partner in crime for a little bit. And also who I got busted with. So we were both arrested together and the next morning my dad was there and busted me out of jail, paid bail, and I think made some sort of arrangements with the guards. I don't know. Who knows what happened to her. I don't think she's dead. She was one tough bitch, so. But I'm sure she hates me for forever, wherever she is.
    • After the group meets the Knights of Requital, an anti-Empire resistance group, Nott suggests turning them over to the authorities for a bounty. After the reveal of Caleb's backstory in Episode 18, we know this discussion must have made Caleb very uncomfortable, as he used to be part of a group that exposed and executed rebels.
    • In Episode 18, when Jester explains the unlocked ability of the dodecahedron to increase one's luck, she humorously relates the anecdote in which Caleb, while entranced by the object, told his parents he loved them and asked if he made them proud, while crying. Just earlier in the same episode, Caleb revealed his history privately to Nott and Beau, in which he murdered his own parents due to false implanted memories of them being traitors to the Empire.
    • Nott trying to take the letter of recommendation to the Soltrice Academy Jester got for Fjord becomes this due to Episode 18 when it turns out what happened in Caleb's past.
    • In episode 16, the party splits up and Caleb jokes that "...the Mighty Drei also sounds very cool." considering that as of the end of episode 26, with 3 of their party are captured, and Mollymauk killed, they are down to three party members + Keg.
    • Jester pranking the temple of the Platinum Dragon in Episode 31? Hilarious. But on the following Talks Machina, Matt explained something that makes it a lot less so. She painted the statue of Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon, in bright primary colors. Chromatic colors. AKA the colors of Tiamat, one of the Betrayer Gods and Bahamut's sworn enemy. If Jester had been caught, her punishment might have been severe, as she could have been seen as an anti-religious cultist.
    • Episode 34 sees Yasha's return, as Ashley's back for one episode! However, her last time piloting Yasha was Episode 25, and Episode 30 had Matt show her utterly devastated at Mollymauk's death. Now she returns, and her closeness with Mollymauk is replaced with not particularly liking Caduceus, a severe change in relationship dynamic. She's still seated next to Taliesin, so their at-the-table in-character interactions are going to be quite awkward for the foreseeable future...
    • And speaking of Yasha, her Cool Sword the Magician's Judge is known as the blade of an executioner. While it is a powerful weapon, it makes her old title of "Orphan Maker" a little too apt.
    • Reveals about Yasha's backstory in Episode 46 make Beau's earlier flirting with her a lot harder to look back on. Turns out, Yasha does love women, but she was already married in the past. Her wife Zuala was killed, but her tribe doesn't believe in "till death do us part", so Yasha still very much considers herself married. Not that Beau could've known that at the time.
    • Also in Episode 46. When Yasha awoke to Molly's grave, she said, "It happened again". Not only has she lost her best friend but she's also lost her wife. It's little wonder Yasha's afraid of losing the rest of the group.
    • All of Nott's aquaphobia, after Episode 49 reveals why she's afraid of water. Particularly the bathhouse scene in Episode 9, in which Fjord and Beau hold Nott under water and she comes out saying "I’ll kill you all!"
    • In Episode 8, Caleb suddenly jolting awake and screaming, "TAKE THEM OUT!" is played for laughs. According to Word of God, Caleb was actually referring to the experiments where Trent shoved crystals into his arms.
    • All of the jokes the fans and players have made about at least one of the party members turning out to be evil turns into this after episode 69 where. Yasha ends up being forced to serve Obann (who is heavily implied that she made a deal with to kill her tribe as revenge) and The Laughing Hand with her nearly killing Fjord.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • In Episode 35, Jester gives Nugget the Blink Puppy to her mother to look after temporarily while the Nein go to meet with Marius, telling him to treat her mother as "home" for now. The Nein's task at the docks went south fast and ended with them forced to steal a ship and flee Nicodranas, and the guards having seen them steal the ship will make it very hard for them to return. Nugget was left behind, but Jester's actions earlier ensured he'd at least have a happy home, and Marion said she'd always wanted a pet.
    • Nott's Mama Bear tendencies, once it's revealed she's really a mother.
    • In Episode 41, Jester asks Nott if she's ever kissed a boy and Nott reluctantly says yes and states you never forget your first kiss. Though she says her first kiss was done on a dare and plays down its importance, she ultimately admits it was a good day. Episode 49 reveals she was recalling her first kiss with Yeza, her eventual husband.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • A common fan reaction to Molly's death in Episode 26. To be fair, he's come back once before...
    • Some people are convinced we haven't seen the last of Captain Avantika, despite the rather swift and brutal way in which she was dispatched by the Plank King in Episode 43. It helps that Matt seemed to avoid outright saying that she died during his recaps in the two following sessions.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When asked about his relationship with Nott, Caleb shoots down the implication of their relationship being parental by stating he views her as a little sister. Nott later states she sees it as parental, but with her as the parent. Gains an additional level of hilarity with the knowledge that Nott is a mother.
    • In Episode 29, which happened to air on Travis' birthday, Brian FaceTimed Travisnote  and got the GenCon audience to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him. Travis said that his one birthday wish was for the Mighty Nein to "kick some fucking ass!" Well, they did. They kicked unholy amounts of ass. To cut a long story short, they tore apart an entire slavery ring without suffering any casualties, setting free all the slaves said ring had in their compound, and they killed someone that Matt was planning on making an Arc Villain.
    • Episode 49 gives a Call-Back to Episode 21, where Nott introduces herself to Calianna as "Bren". As "Bren" was Caleb's real name that he had never told to anyone, Liam spends a solid minute staring at Sam looking incredibly bewildered and confused (here.). On Talks Machina, Sam confirmed that this was a complete coincidence.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • The ending of Episode 12. The group's second infiltration goes wrong when the High Richter returns and catches them in the act. Just as she's about to arrest the group, Ulog tackles her and uses a magical gem to blow them both up. And that's not even the most dramatic part. As the group is leaving one of the spires in the Trispire district explodes, several figures are seen jumping down, pursued by some very powerful mages, and as the group is fleeing through the sewers they run into a heavily wounded soldier wearing black, insect-like armour... the same kind used by the Empire's enemies according to The Courting of the Crick.
    • The reveal of Caleb's backstory in Episode 18 left all the viewers in shock.
    • The end of Episode 25. To account for their players' upcoming long absence, Fjord, Jester, and Yasha are captured and stolen into the night by what appear to be either slave-traders or bounty hunters, with a silence spell leaving the rest of the group sleeping soundly and none-the-wiser.
    • Episode 26 took the end of 25 and hit us hard. Due to poor dice rolls and bad strategy, Mollymauk was killed by the Iron Shepherds. Considering they no long have a cleric, and are far from civilization, Molly might just be the first permanent party death.
    • Episode 29, live at GenCon 2018, where the Nein (plus Cadeucus Clay, Keg, and Shakastë) managed to completely dismantle a notorious and entrenched slaver ring in their own stronghold and over the course of a single night. Plus they rescued all of their missing party members, Nila's family, and three others without any of the Iron Shepherds' captives dying.
    • Episode 35. The Nein show a horrifying moment of synchronization when they come together to scare Algar away from Nicodranas for good, going so far that even Nott is horrified at the rest of them; they half-intentionally release the enslaved Marid powering the city, possibly crippling its economy and dooming its sister city Port Damali to the same fate as said Marid goes to release its friend held there; Fjord shows a dark side of his abilities by using necromancy to pull the spirit out of a guard he killed as a sort of thrall; and at the end of the episode, what was supposed to be a simple task making contact with someone ends with the killing half a dozen criminals in the middle of the docks, stealing a boat, clashing with the guard, fleeing the city on said boat with only one man who can sail (likely as wanted criminals), and nearly stranding/killing Clay.
    • Episodes 42 and 43; episode 42 ends with the party interrogated on Avantika's ship for breaking into her quarters the night before. When Vera, Avantika's second, reveals that she is able to locate items magically (such as the journal stolen by the group), Caleb immediately reacts by setting the ship ablaze with Wall of Fire. This leads directly into the next episode, where, in the ensuing brawl, Fjord summons a demon to attack the crew and Caleb obliterates several of them instantly with a fireball. Finally, after everyone is dragged in front of the Plank King, Beau and Fjord through a series of clutch rolls successfully set up a situation where Avantika is prevented from lying (and thus can't really defend herself) when being directly interrogated by the Plank King for treason, leading to her summary execution (and the party's banishment from Darktow for breaking so many laws to get there).
    • Episode 45 starts off like a Breather Episode, with the group meeting a stowaway with a Tastes Like Diabetes personality, who stole a magic clockwork orb. After fiddling with it a bit... they end up teleported to an ancient mage's extradimensional lair. Poking around even further, they end up face-to-face with a dragon! Who deals 55 damage with its Lightning Breath. The Nein barely escape with their lives, but as they leave cute little Twiggy GETS THE HDYWTDT ON THE DRAGON!
    • Episode 56 is, for the most part, just wrapping up the party's time in Asarius and preparing to receive their favor from Queen Leylas. Then, as they are standing before the Royal Court of Xhorhas, Lady Zethris' retainer rats them out for attacking Kryn soldiers at the border when the Nein first arrived in Xhorhas (having been present for that raid himself), prompting the Queen to have them arrested. Then Caleb manages to roll a high enough Persuasion check to convince one of her guards to retrieve the Dodecahedron from Jester's bag. The moment he reveals it every jaw in the room drops, every sword hits the floor, and the Queen starts to cry. She immediately rescinds her order to have them arrested, takes the Dodecahedron (which she refers to as "giving hope"), and states that while the Nein may be no friends to the Dwendallian Empire, they are all now considered the heroes of Xhorhas! Matt wound up having to cut the session early because he wants Taliesin to be present for the scene to come after this pronouncement (he was unfortunately sick that week).
    • Episode 69 Obann has tricked the Mighty Nein into allowing him to free The Laughing Hand a Humanoid Abomination that serves The Crawling King, to make matters worse he ends up brainwashing Yasha to fight for them, with the group powerless to help her as they're forced to flee for their lives.
    • Episode 72 has quite the doozy; After once again being stripped of his abilities and spells by Uk'otoa due to his continued defiance on releasing the third seal, Fjord finally has enough and puts his patron's money where it's mouth is by threatening to kill himself to deprive Uk'otoa of the final orb and his only other mortal servant. Fjord even goes as far as to drive his falchion three inches into his chest to prove that he's not fucking around, scraping some vital organs as he does, before hurling the blade itself into the lava inside the Kiln. Thus, he has become the only character to willfully or otherwise get rid of their class entirely, as he is now no longer a Warlock due to severing his connection to Uk'otoa. He also finally comes clean to the rest of the Nein about himself and drops the accent he was affecting from Vandren. To quote Taliesin, Fjord managed to out-do Percy on defying one's evil master out of sheer spite.
    • Episode 83 drops perhaps the biggest doozy yet. The Mighty Nein, with help from Yussa and their new ally Allura Vysoren finally uncover the truth about the Angel of Irons. It turns out that the Angel of Irons is a front for Tharizdun the Chained Oblivion. Vecna was an ascended god, but this is an ancient being of destruction, whose great purpose is to destroy Exandria and all life upon it. And it has its eye on Yasha.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Beau can be an obnoxious and blunt person who steps on the toes of others, but she came from an abusive home where her parents often neglected her, resentful that they didn't have a son. She rebelled against her parents by stealing from them and becoming a criminal, which they reacted to by having the Cobalt Soul effectively kidnap her to "beat her indiscretions out of her" and disowned her. And once they finally had the son they always wanted, burnt their bridges with her. Beyond that, until she met the Nein, she never had any friends, partially due to her own abrasive personality from a lifetime of abuse and neglect.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships
    • Yasha, after only one episode. Beau and Fjord both show interest in her, and she has an established friendship with Molly. And then there's the Crossover Shipping with Grog.
    • By the second episode, Fjord, too, has seen a lot of shipping—with Yasha, as mentioned, and also with Caleb, Jester, Beau, and Molly.
    • Jester as well, not helped by her being The Tease to nearly everyone.
    • As the character with the most focus on Archive of Our Own, Caleb has the most diverse shipping range to date (Molly, Fjord, Jester, Caduceus, and also Astrid and Eodwulf).
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Taliesin?/Is this Taliesin?" quickly became one in episode 27. To the point even the cast ran with it in-game.
    • Caduceus is just happy to be here, or anything along those lines has become a meme due to the sheer almost dull reaction Caduceus seems to have when encountering things, even when its clear he is really happy or excited.
    • The Metagaming Pigeon.
    • Uk’otoa (Uk’otoaaaaa).
    • Saying "Mollymauk is fine" has become somewhat of a meme on tumblr
    • Taking any word that begins with "f" and changing it to "fj".
      • "Fjorgot", because of how Fjord's memory can occasionally seem to be swiss cheese.
    • The chair.
    • After Episode 49 had two characters reveal the name they'd been using up to that point was not their original name, it's become common to jokingly ask "What is X's real name?!" of anyone, such as Frumpkin or Brian W. Foster.
    • "HOT BOI" whenever Essek is mentioned.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • After The Reveal of Caleb's backstory, nearly the entire fandom agreed that Trent Ikithon needed to die. To elaborate he put Caleb and two others through brutal, abusive training while they were only teenagers, asking them to murder traitors to the empire as part of it, culminating in planting fake memories in their heads that their parents were traitors and having them kill their parents as their final exam.
    • Lorenzo screams over it in-universe and out by graphically killing Mollymauk as a warning to the Nein.
  • One True Threesome: "Widofjorester" combines the ships of Caleb, Fjord, and Jester all into one. Also "Beauyester" for Beau/Yasha/Jester, and "B/A/E" for Bren/Astrid/Eodwulf.
  • Paranoia Fuel: After Episode 29 & the death of Lorenzo, Matt revealed at their GenCon panel that Lorenzo had been using his abilities as an Oni to stalk the remaining members of the Mighty Nein throughout the Iron Shepards’ keep since the previous episode.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: The more popular ones are Widomauk (Caleb/Molly), Beauyasha (Beauregard/Yasha), Widofjord (Caleb/Fjord), Fjorester (Fjord/Jester), Widojest (Caleb/Jester), and Clayleb (Caduceus/Caleb).
    • Beauregard and Jester have several competing ones: Beaujester, Lavorregard, Jestergard, and Sappheau.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Given Molly's popularity, Caduceus was somewhat regarded as this for fans who saw Molly's death as wasted potential. This became less common as Caduceus became more integrated in the group.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Not that she was ever fully a loathed character or even a controversy magnet like Keyleth, but Beau's Broken Base mended significantly following her heart-aching eulogy for Mollymauk and subsequent drive to make the Iron Shepherds pay for murdering him.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Molly's Blood Hunter skills have been often ridiculed and he's usually considered the weakest character mechanically. Between his dual-wielding style and unique class feature (a Cast from Hit Points damage buff) Molly takes several turns to gear up properly for a fight, which combined with Taliesin's indecisiveness of committing to ranged or close combat means he rarely gets to shine during a battle. It's telling that Molly ultimately dies due to his own class feature knocking him out before Lorenzo killed him, since otherwise Molly would have been able to receive healing.
  • Signature Scene: Molly's grave is becoming one, with numerous fanworks and even the official Mighty Nein Intro using it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One of the larger points of criticism of Campaign 2 is that many of the subplots and arcs are being rushed through far faster than the comparative arcs of Campaign 1. This seems to be as a result of the story being more open and less focused then Campaign 1 was.
    • General reaction to the death of Molly is that, while it was not at all anyone's fault and was just sadly the luck of the dice, it wastes the interesting plot points set up regarding Molly's past that Matt and Taliesin clearly were excited to explore. While they can still be explored, Molly not being around to be part of it means that any impact of the plot points is somewhat pointless to many since Molly can't be there to react or experience it. That said, Taliesin is not adverse to bringing back Molly if it comes to it.
    • The Knights of Requital subplot during the groups time in Zadash ends rather abruptly, despite the group investing a lot of time into helping out with them. They attempted to frame the High Richter, and the attempt goes horribly wrong, ending with Ullog sacrificing himself to kill her, and it just ends. While it makes sense the group would be concerned with not getting caught, it feels almost as if the plotline was setup to be more important, but because of the outcome of the High Richter's estate, Matt was forced to end it early. Not helping is that the group is faced with a serious issue of the person taking the High Richter's place being similarly corrupt, and the group being concerned with the other members safety, only for The Gentleman to just take care of the issue, allowing the group to get away with the issue with no strings attached. It definitely is a bit of a anticlimactic ending to an arc that seemed to of been set up for bigger plans.
    • The Iron Shepherds were built up as counterpart Arch Rivals to the Mighty Nein, particularly after Lorenzo killed Molly. Instead, they are killed off only a couple episodes after being introduced, without much fanfare, and all kidnapped party members are rescued after only a couple in-game days with no casualties.
  • Too Cool to Live: Their death happened due to random bad luck, but Molly's popularity among the fans who liked his unique home-brewed class abilities, his charm, his ostentatious aesthetic, or his mysterious backstory meant that their demise relatively early into the campaign garnered this reaction.
  • Ugly Cute: Nott is considered to be unconventionally adorable by the fandom.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Algar may have been a Stalker with a Crush towards Jester's mother (who had told him "no"), but the sheer Trauma Conga Line he gets put through makes it hard not to feel a little bad for him: his bodyguards are killed in horrifying ways, he gets knocked unconscious and revived, ending the fight a terrified, broken mess, and that's before Fjord cuts his hand off, the Nein debate whether to leave him alive to his face, while he's bleeding out, he's interrogated via Beau's Extort Truth and finally forcibly shipped off to Marquet with Jester forging a letter in which he confess to sabotaging the city. We also find out that his enslaving of the water genie was mostly just part of his job.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Viewers are divided on the Nein's decision to basically renege on their deal with Halas. On the one hand, he is evil and powerful and trusting him could be a catastrophic mistake. On the other hand, he lived up to his end of the bargain. Even some of the Nein are unsure if this was the right move.
    • The divide is reinforced early on in the next episode, when Yussa destroys Halas body, presumably preventing the Mighty Nein from ever keeping their end of the bargain even if they change their mind.
  • The Woobie:
    • Caleb, after his backstory is revealed in Episode 18.
    • Yasha, after her backstory was revealed in Episode 46.
    • Nott, after her backstory was revealed in Episode 49.
    • Jester, not that she sees it that way. She grew up a shut-in due to her mother's career as a courtesan. Because of this, she had no friends growing up outside of the Traveller, who was only there from time to time. And one of the very few times that she was able to be out and about, she got herself exiled from Nicodranas due to playing a prank on an influential lord. And throughout her travels with the Mighty Nein, there's been plenty of traumatic moments that have left her alot more fragile then when she first started.
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    Vox Machina Origins 
  • Author's Saving Throw: After complaints about the lack of Percy and Pike in the first series of Origins, future instalments were announced using panels of the pair.
  • Broken Base: The absence of Pike and Percy within the first mini-series. Some argue that adding them would make for an unfaithful retelling (Pike and Percy didn't join the party at the beginning of the campaign, which the comic is adapting) while others argue that creative liberties should have been taken to include them and how excluding those two doesn't give the full details of the origins.
  • Complete Monster: Iselda is a higher-up within the criminal organization, The Myriad. Wishing to advance further in the ranks, Iselda attempts to take control of the swamp port city, Stilben, away from a rival criminal gang, The Clasp. Iselda has Zeth, an alchemist living within Stilben, brew a dangerous poison, Aqua Caedes, and have it pollute the swamp, sending infants and ill people who live within the swamp's vicinity into a vegetative state. Iselda then has Zeth trick the residents of Stilben into believing that it's a curse that can be appeased by sacrificing those who were affected by the poison to the shark-speakers. After fleeing from the party during their first confrontation, Iselda makes a plan to kidnap Vax and use him as bait for the rest of the party, intending to use his life as a bargaining chip to get the party to join The Myriad. During Vax's escape, he finds out that Iselda is using the souls of those who fell victim to Aqua Caedes as ingredients for a curse to kill every person who came into contact with the swamp water around Stilben in an attempt to wipe out its entire population.

    One-Shot Adventures 
  • Awesome Music: The theme tune for UnDeadwood is chillingly beautiful.
  • Critical Research Failure: Sam Riegel has been guilty of this a dozen times - looking up the subject matter online during the Club of Misfits game, knowing fuck-all about cars when acting as DM for the street-racing-inspired Crash Pandas game (where he outright admitted it up front).
  • Genius Bonus: From The Night Before Critmas - the fighting starts and Chutney (Travis), the oldest of the Christmas Elves, claims he "hasn't thrown down like this since 1756", heavily implying that he's old enough to have participated in the Seven Years' War.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Pathfinder Goblins adventure, Special Guest Phil La Marr rolls a good enough stealth check that Matt declares him as "vanished from time and space". Fast forward to the Call of Cthulhu adventure, and Phil's character is lost to an alternate dimension.
  • Win Back the Crowd: During late 2019, the American fast food chain Wendy's sponsored a full one-shot episode where the Critical Role team ran a promotional game released at New York Comic-Con as a marketing joke. Critters were quick to pile on to the CR team, pointing out that Wendy's subscribes to some... questionable labor practices. It didn't take long for the crew to get the message and apologize, donating their promotional fees to groups fighting to change said questionable practices. Parts of the fanbase considered the matter forgiven but not forgotten.
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