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YMMV / Cyanide & Happiness

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  • Acceptable Targets: Homophobes, racists, sexual predators, and people who don't take COVID-19 seriously.
  • Anvilicious: This strip manages to be that and the usual horrible C&H wrongness at the same time. Turns out the real monster is bad parenting.
    • This one, taking advantage of the Depressing Comic Week to draw the readers' attention to whale hunting.
    • And this one. As mentioned above, homophobia is an acceptable target for the Explosm crew.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Even though this is a gag-a-day comic, the series of strips starting with here and ending here surely count. They're nonsensical even by the standards of the comic, the art and humor are very out of place, and they are never revisited afterwards.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Depressing Comic Weeks. Are they a nice change of pace, or do they not belong in an otherwise humorous and goofy webcomic?
    • Season Too requiring a paid subscription to Seeso hasn't sat well with some fans, while others see it as Explosm deserving to make money off the series.
    • Joking Hazard, Explosm's attempt at making a card game. Some thought it was great. Others thought it was a cheap knockoff of Cards Against Humanity and that the requested Kickstarter amount was ludicrous for such a game.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Almost the entire premise of the strip. This is probably the finest example though.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Being a Sadist Show comic that relies very much on Kafka Komedy, many of the strips and shorts can come off as just a bit too bleak and mean-spirited to swallow. Case in point, the Sad Larry shorts; nothing ever goes right for the guy and is robbed of pretty much any happiness, so it can be difficult to care about what happens to him.
    • The reason why some people hate Depressing Comic Week is that it takes all the misery and suffering of the usual comics, but never attempts to be funny, just being sad to the point of making the reader uncomfortable.
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  • Discredited Meme: Did you hurt my dick?
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Two big ones: Zombie Jesus, and the Purple-Shirted Eye stabber. The Conga Man is a good contender too.
    • And now the Barbershop Quartet!
    • El Reverso has become one in the show.
    • Star-Spangled Bastard qualifies as well.
  • Fridge Horror: This. And this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The strip is evidently quite popular in Japan.
  • Growing the Beard: The Depressing Comic Week strips started out as rather weak, mostly ruined by Wangst or the simplistic artstyle. Around week 3 was where the characters started to show a wider variety of facial expressions and the writers improved with timing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: They released a comic featuring a school shooting about a week before the Sandy Hook, Connecticut shooting.
  • Ho Yay: here.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • CONGA!
    • The clip of the king clapping in Episode 11 of the show has become fairly popular, to the point of him becoming Explosm's favicon. Someone even made a 1-hour version of it!
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    • "Fucking soul-sucking bitch" from "The Punishment" has been commented in every video thereafter.
    • Nev Context .
    • ARM THE BEES!!!
  • Narm: This strip from a Depressing Comic Week would have been a lot more effective at being, well, depressing, had there been no dialogue in the last panel, which instead comes off as Wangst.
  • Nausea Fuel: The plate of dicks in "Le Telepathé". The YouTube version has it blurred out, but those watching it on Vessel aren't so lucky.
  • The Scrappy: The protagonist of “Oh My Dick“ is quite despised thanks to only repeating one joke over and over again, having an obnoxious voice, and interrupting the anticipated Ted Bear 3 to show off his widely loathed short not once, but twice. And the second time is in slow motion. Many people genuinely believe the only reason his short was even made was just so the show would have an episode that was so hated they could use it as a prank later on for the Ted Bear video.
  • Squick: Too many moments of this occur throughout the comics and animated shorts. It's probably best just to say that you don't want to be eating while reading/watching any of them.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: During the Drug Experimentation Week, where all the stickmen were under the influence of a different drug on each strip.
  • The Woobie:
    • Charles' girlfriend as well as everyone in the Depressing Comics series.
    • Sad Larry. He so badly wants to die...


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