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  • Adorkable: For many, Pepper serves as the single most adorable thing on 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 can contribute, she giggles at her additions even if the others don't find them funny. These awkward traits—combined with her soft, cuddly appearance—have endeared her to the audience significantly, just as Crafty himself predicts in "New Season, New Friends," Pepper's debut.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Messi is hilariously ignorant whenever she receives flirtation from Serena, a minor character whose crush on Messi is extremely obvious. This obliviousness has been read by some as somewhat intentional, in that Messi is more interested in the idea of a relationship than actually being in one.
    • The two-faced Jekyll/Hyde character designed in "Hyde and Shriek" is defined by her split personality, with it being visibly represented in her design. Fans have taken to the idea of her monstrous side being the sweetheart, while her cutesy 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.
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  • Awesome Art: Alex uses strong cel-shading, expressions, and exaggeration through his artwork to create something appealing in its simplicity. He's also capable of drawing a variety of different character designs, from humanoid to robotic, to cartoony, or to beastly. The guest artwork that shows up across different episodes is equally great for their own reasons, especially SkittlezJuice's thumbnail artwork, which takes the Dr. Crafty style and adds a softness to it.
  • 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. To some, Messi's ribaldry severely clashes with the show's overall sense of humor. Up until her debut, racier jokes tended to be rare, but now that she's here, much of them are relegated to her, making Messi feel fairly flat and repetitive. In contrast, others appreciate Messi for diversifying the show's humor with her unique contributions, while also being enthralled by her clever design and other character qualities whenever they're highlighted.
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    • Season 3 addresses the criticisms through her Character Development, which focuses on her childish tendencies, her eccentricities, her father-daughter relationship with Crafty, and her matured outlook on her sexuality, all while deriving a healthy balance of humor from all those traits. Thanks to this growth, Messi managed to win over some of her detractors, and her overall reception is much more positive, with existing fans of the character enjoying the direction that Messi's character takes. Still, others feel the changes are too little, too late.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Sombra suddenly shows up in the shadow realm in the last part of "The Foreshadow Game," only to disappear when the Crafty Crew questions how she got here and requests her help. It's purely a gag that has no bearing on the special's plot, and the Crew thankfully escapes without her assistance.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Boogieman's segment in "A Song of Ice and Fire" lacks any sort of commentary, relying strictly on the creepy instrumental music and visual effects to help introduce Fiona Frightening's main antagonist. For the fandom, the execution is either a fitting introduction to the character, or a bore to sit through since, without commentary, the scene takes away what makes Dr. Crafty unique among speed-art.
    • With the commissioners' 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, especially since the riffs are quite light.
    • 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. Naturally, this has only increased as the show's story has developed and darkened.
    • The fact that Dr. Crafty uses pre-existing characters within its storyline is a contentious narrative choice. 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, this makes having them seem pointless. When the production crew reverted to the original format, the mild controversy died down.
  • Catharsis Factor: Seeing Crafty verbally tear Katsuki Bakugou a new one during "I Need A Hero Academia" Part 4 is hugely cathartic for anyone who was a victim of bullying, especially since Bakugo's behavior is glorified by certain circles of his source material's fandom.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Normally, seeing such a sweet person as Pepper cry would be heartbreaking. But most of the time when she sheds some tears on the show, they're a direct result of some of her funniest moments, such as her dealing with ripped pants in "Journey to the Forbidden Water Temple," Camilla exploding in "I'MA VAMPIRE," and the fallout of Crafty's failed theme-park idea in "Magic Kingdom Mania."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Pepper's pet sea cucumber Pickles is very popular in the fandom, due to being a Ridiculously Cute Critter implied to be much, much smarter and snarkier than he appears.
    • Duke Crocodile is one of the most beloved additions from "Crafty Fan Characters." His goofy design, funny voice, interesting backstory, and generally weird demeanor helped endear him to many. Duke also has his own pose-set, a somewhat uncommon trait among the fan characters. The set was drawn by his creator, DevinQuigleyArt, and it really highlights how expressive Duke is.
    • This show's interpretation of Jedah Dohma is highly regarded within the fanbase, thanks to his recurring in-universe ads and various jokes about his morally questionable acts as a lawyer.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "New Season, New Friends," while discussing pose referencing, Crafty sarcastically dares Nurse to dox him on his show. The gag became alarmingly prescient when, three years after that episode was uploaded, there were a few doxxing attempts targeting the show's staff throughout Season 4.
  • Genius Bonus: People invested in snails will quickly notice the extent of Messibelle's snail motif throughout her design and personality. In addition to wearing a snail shell bonnet and a slime dress evocative of a gastropod's foot, Messi's occupation as a maid coincides with snails' roles in providing natural sanitation for their environments. What's more, her bottomless sex drive echoes snails' extremely sexually active lives and the common belief that snail caviar is an aphrodisiac.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Season 1's third monthly theme was intended to advertise Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe, Tansley's other project at the time, and assure audiences that it was still in production. Just over a year later, Tansley announced that development for the game was shelved for the indefinite future. In "Charablanca," Crafty outright refers to the game as canceled.
  • 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!
    • Nurse's crush on Crafty becomes very heartwarming once "I Need a Hero Academia" reveals that he saved her life. All those times she swooned over him turned out to have come from a very genuine place, not just lust.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost-Type," Crafty reveals his intense fear of witches. Ever since taking refuge in his castle, he's thrown the many witches who visit him every Halloween night into his fireplace—and those were just kids in costumes, never the real deal. Come Season 4, he's hired Stylene, a genuine witch, as the Shake-Up Salon's hostess.
    • In Episode 42, Crafty designs a theoretical skin for Mei themed after an ice cream server, and gives her a slightly chubbier figure to compensate for the model's hitbox. Replace "ice cream" with "bubble tea" and you've practically described Mei's "Honeydew" skin from Overwatch's 2019 Anniversary event, which came out less than a year after the episode.
    • "Crafty Fan Characters" has some internal hilarity. Despite Messi freaking out over the prospect of fan characters at the start of the episode, her voice actress submitted her own character: Scout, who takes the number one spot on the list.
  • 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 in a new light. It helps that he gradually becomes less of a jerk as time goes on, especially when genuinely unsympathetic characters like Mindstein show up.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Crafty's and Nurse Worse's voices, supplied by creator Alexander Tansley and Megami33 of Team Four Star.
  • 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.
    • When Sasha is deposited inside Crafty's Shadow Realm prison in "The Foreshadow Game," the image of her in question is held at an angle. Thus, for a brief moment, viewers can clearly see that the image was cropped at the bottom, making for a somewhat distracting detail during the ensuing scene. Likely because of this issue, dramatic scenes in later episodes make liberal use of new artwork when the situation calls for them.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Crafty and Nurse's friendship took a weird turn in Season 2. Both parties are mutually hostile and denigrating towards the other, with Nurse skewing towards physical hostility and Crafty towards verbal. A lot of the gags between them, while funny in a vacuum, painted them as a little too mean-spirited towards each other for most audiences. This hostility risked overpowering the genuine friendship that the two characters share, to the point where Tansley acknowledged and rectified this issue for Season 3. The duo's repairing friendship is a key component of Season 3's overarching narrative, and both friends make changes that stick going forward.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?:
    • In many respects, the show is quite family-friendly, with a goofy sense of humor, 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: Throughout Cartoon Month and Hero Month, Nurse Worse regains some of her traumatic memories and reunites with her abusive mother respectively after she captures her. Both of these events paint her in an extremely sympathetic light, as the flashbacks in "Socializing is Arcane" and "GEMS! Truly Outrageous" provide some context regarding her rough upbringing under Mindstein, with her facing extreme punishment for the slightest offenses—if there even were any to begin with. And throughout much of "I Need a Hero Academia," she's at Mindstein's mercy and very quickly starts losing hope about any rescue. Later, "School Days of Yesterpast" gives even further context about how restrictive Nurse's life was even outside of Mindstein's home. All of these moments end up giving her relationship with Crafty an extremely poignant edge.

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