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YMMV / Dr. Crafty

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  • Adorkable: For many, Pepper serves as the prime example for the show. She is quite soft-spoken, with a voice as sweet and gentle as her heart. Her mind occasionally wanders to cooking or eating, and she loves to gorge herself. If the ocean is the topic of discussion, she's overcome with emotion and starts to daydream. She tends to be flummoxed by the show's eccentricities, but Pepper tries her best in her every appearance. Whenever she's able to contribute, she giggles at her additions even if the others don't find them as funny. These awkward traits have endeared her to the audience significantly, just as Crafty himself predicted.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • When another woman starts flirting with Messibelle, she is totally oblivious despite them being almost as blatant as she usually is. For her lusting, would she even know what to do with a girlfriend if she had one? Perhaps she's more interested in the idea of hot girls than actual sex?
    • The two-faced Jekyll/Hyde fan character from the Chara Cafe. Fans have taken to the idea of her more monstrous form being the sweetheart, while her girly-girl side is the cruel one with the demonic voice.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Alex confirmed on Twitter that he uses the show's YMMV page to improve on fans' issues. This is shown particularly in episode 7 of Chara Cafe, where a focus tester directly brings up several points brought up here.
  • Awesome Art: It would be hard to do a whole show about drawing without it.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Junkrat goes from eating the everyone locked in Crafty's storage container (including several other fighters), to getting savaged by a gang of Furries. Though to be fair, he didn't have Roadhog with his the second time.
    • And then there's Infinite, who goes from a world-conquering terror... to a total crybaby after being slapped by Crafty (and not even an Armor-Piercing Slap, just a light love tap.)
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Without a doubt, Messibelle is the most divisive character on the show. The fanbase's outlook on her evolved over the course of her first two seasons:
      • Her Season 2 appearances were the most mixed, skewing towards a negative reception. Depending on who you asked, Messi's sexually-charged shtick was either a refreshing addition that added some much-needed variety, or it was uncomfortably tonally dissonant with the rest of the show.
      • Season 3 addressed the criticisms through her Character Development, which focuses on her childish tendencies, her father-daughter relationship with Crafty, and her matured outlook on her sexuality. With this growth, Messi managed to win over some of her detractors, but others feel the changes are too little, too late.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Sombra suddenly shows up in the shadow realm in episode 50 only to disappear when asked to help them.
  • Broken Base:
    • Relatively minor example. The Boogieman's segment from A Song of Fire and Ice, which lacks any sort of commentary, is either completely terrifying as befitting the character, or a bore to sit through since, without any jokes, it really is just a time-lapse of someone drawing.
    • With commissioner's own original characters making appearances on the show, there is the possibility of them getting some digs thrown at them by Dr Crafty. It can be viewed being unnecessary and hurtful because a person paid for them to be drawn. Others would think that it is all fair and in good humor, to help keep with the comedy of the show.
    • While most fans love the show's story elements and their dramatic presentation, some feel they don't actually mesh with the show itself. While the intention is to be jarring next to the slapstick and puns, some find it emotional and hard-hitting, while others find it hard to take seriously. For example, the show has Crafty crushed under multiple pianos, but also tries to include a very serious head injury into his backstory. Naturally this has only increased as the show's story has developed and darkened.
    • Using pre-existing characters within the storyline. Either it's perfectly fine and a good way to better connect the show to each art piece, or makes the story even harder to take seriously and come off as a Self-Insert Fic.
    • The announcement that storyline segments after Season 3 will be separate videos and not part of the main show itself has been divisive. Some fans like that the two will now be separate, while others feel like the segments were fine where they were, or at the very least that this makes having them at all seem pointless.
  • Creepy Cute: Sasha. While she's a multi-eyed, tentacle-haired eldritch monster, you gotta admit her personality and loving relationship with Dr. Crafty are pretty sweet.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Pepper's pet sea cucumber Pickles is very popular, due to being a Ridiculously Cute Critter implied to be much, much smarter and snarkier than he appears.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: While discussing Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe Crafty makes sure to reassure the viewers that the game was still in production. Just over a year later, Tansley announced that developement for the game was being shelved for the indefinite future. Episode 62 also outright refers to the game as cancelled.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Episode 3 of the Top Ten Tub had Crafty expressing his heartfelt belief that Banjo-Kazooie should be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Flash-forward to E3 2019 and lo and behold, the bear and bird duo became the game's third DLC character!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: For as jerkish as Crafty can be, it's hard not to sympathize with him when he's faced with misfortune. Episode 58, where he finally delves into his attempted suicides and how much Sasha's unexplained departure affected him, puts a lot of his behavior up to that point under a new light.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Crafty's and Nurse Worse's voices, supplied by creator Alexander Tansley and Megami33 of Team Four Star.
  • Narm:
    • The backstory segments mostly avert this with a dramatic change in art style, but the show's regular 'static images moved around' style does not lend itself well to the more dramatic scenes. The otherwise heartbreaking and well-acted scene between Sasha and Crafty in the Foreshadow Games finale is particularly diminished by the presentation.
    • Sasha arrives in the Shadow Realm by abruptly materializing in mid-air, then dropping with a clunk.
    • From the same episode, Nurse's inclusion in Crafty's takedown of Bakura. The scene of course evokes similar moments in Yu-Gi-Oh!, which focus heavily on friendships between characters. Unfortunately, this is after numerous accounts of her abusing Crafty both verbally and physically throughout the season, and it is played completely straight.
  • She Really Can Act: Allison Seils has done a wonderful performance as Sasha, to the point where, according to her Twitter, she was actually crying while recording her dialogue for Episode 50. This truly helped to make her Despair Event Horizon moment much more impactful.
  • Special Effects Failure: The show is animated with stills of the cast in various poses, so often when a character is holding an item, it's actually floating in front of them while their hands don't even touch it.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Nurse is a lot more openly hostile to Crafty throughout Season 2, and is much quicker to hurt him, often for petty reasons or no reason at all. For example, she beats him up over repeatedly making annoying puns, causing her to come off as needlessly cruel instead of charming. Conversely, it also makes some of Crafty's more crueller or ruder actions towards her at least a bit more understandable. This is notable as one of the main issues Tansley sought to solve based off fan feedback.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?:
    • In many respects, the show is quite family friendly, with a goofy sense of humour, and even educational value. But then come the racier jokes and abundant fanservice, including glimpses of Nurse Worse fanart that has to be censored. And woe to the young fans who get the bright idea to follow him on Twitter, where he frequently retweets very NSFW artwork.
    • Season 2 brings in Messibelle, whose main shtick is obsessively lusting after every woman she sees.
  • The Woobie: Nurse Worse has slipped into this come Season 3, especially when she gets her memories back about her mother Dr. Mindstein. And especially during the story arc "I Need a Hero Academia", where she's at her mother's mercy as part of her evil scheme.

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