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  • Acceptable Professional Targets: As in the book, no one cries about the deaths of the telemarketers at the hands of Hastur, especially not when they're happily crowing to each other on instant messenger about how they're interrupting people from important things. Especially as they have been updated from the regular telemarketers of the book into outright scam artists.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • There are a lot of ways you can interpret God in this series. Her seeming apathy towards humanity in Her actions (or lack thereof) is contrasted against her narration, where She seems genuinely fond of them. When Armageddon is averted, She doesn't seem upset by it, so is She being a Graceful Loser, or did it all go exactly as She hoped it would all along? Is Her lack of involvement in the conflicts between Heaven and Hell apathy, trusting Heaven to sort it out themselves, or does She believe in a Balance Between Good and Evil? If the latter, does She let Aziraphale and Crowley skirt the rules for this reason, knowing that they're essential to keeping the balance? A lot of questions are raised, and even the leads aren't sure what they think by the end.
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    • For that matter, did God really not know Aziraphale gave his sword away when She asked, or did She know and decide to let it slide?
    • Are Famine, War, and Pollution just horrible sadists? Or is it unfair to hold them to human morality, since (unlike the angels and demons), they are literally the personifications of the disasters they bring? (It should be noted that famine, war, and pollution are all human-created disasters — note that Pestilence retired after humans figured out medicine, and Death, the only Horseman who is just part of the natural order of things, really isn't evil at all.) Especially when the kids destroy them just by believing in their opposites, they really seem to be a manifestation of human flaw rather than beings with their own free will and motivations.
  • Awesome Music: The instrumental opening theme is quite beautiful — and it pops up everywhere once you know to listen for it. And, of course, the constant presence of The Greatest Hits of Queen, a holdover from a running gag in the book.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: If you haven't read the book, the appearance by Elvis Presley in Famine's first scene is completely meaningless. It also ignores that moving the story to the series' release year means that Elvis should be 84.
  • Crack Pairing: Gabriel/Beelzebub fanfics and fanart have gained a fair amount of popularity on Tumblr, despite them being on opposite sides of the celestial battle and dead set against angel and demon friendships.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Many of the deaths. Ligur dying by being melted into molten goo? Scary. Hastur screaming like a little girl? Hilarious.
    • Crowley scaring his plants into submission can be a little frightening, but his over-the-top voice and the fact that the plants are literally shaking pulls it back around to funny.
  • Ear Worm: Crowley's lullaby. So much.
  • Ending Fatigue: The plot of The End of the World as We Know It is resolved in twenty-five minutes of the last episode with the other twenty-five wrapping up the character arcs with little dramatic stakes remaining. A bit fitting, since the whole show has really had the apocalypse as an almost secondary plot to developing Crowley and Aziraphale's relationship as well as the world around them – if you took Crowley and Aziraphale out of the story entirely, absolutely nothing about the apocalypse plot would change, since the babies still would have gotten mixed up (Crowley doesn't say "Room 3" in the books and Sister Mary does it all on her own), and everything that happens after that doesn't involve them in any plot-changing way.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Two of them concerning Raphael, the fourth Christian archangel who doesn't appear despite Gabriel, Michael, & Uriel being in the show. Fics will explore either Crowley being Raphael before he fell or Aziraphale & Crowley combined being Raphael (and being split into two separate beings with the evil part 'cast out' before the events of the show). The mostly accepted Fanon is that Crowley was Raphael, but Falling meant that he wasn't allowed to retain his God-given name and status.
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    • There's also an interesting one that suggests that Aziraphale is an assumed name like Crowley, and that his original name was Aziraphael (with an emphasis on the 'el' at the end, like Raphael), changed for whatever reason like Crowley did from Crawley.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With The Good Place, due to both shows being quirky dark comedies that focus on the nature of Heaven and Hell, and the way angels and demons interact with humanity. Neil Gaiman has even said he thinks Crowley would like the show. As a bonus, Crowley has more than a little in common with The Good Place's Michael.
    • Similarly with Lucifer (2016). Not only do both shows focus on Heaven and Hell and the life of demons and angels on Earth, but both also have ties to Neil Gaiman as a creator. Numerous crossovers between the two popped up after the Good Omens series dropped.
  • He Really Can Act: While both David Tennant and Michael Sheen have fairly illustrious careers, when Aziraphale and Crowley switch bodies, they really get to show off how well they can play the other. Special mention to the scene after the attempted executions where they're on the park bench, complete with Tennant sitting as prim and proper as Aziraphale would while Sheen sprawls out and slouches as befitting Crowley. Their accents and voices are both spot-on as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A Scottish man being an only-slightly-evil demon named Crowley who's mainly out for himself. Why does that sound familiar?
    • David Tennant finally gets to be ginger. And the Doctor is back in the Globe Theatre!
    • Adam as the full Antichrist bears an unavoidable resemblance to Brandon from Brightburn, released around the same time.
  • Hollywood Homely: Both Newt and Anathema are played by very attractive actors. The show thus has them dress in odd ways, and gives Newt glasses and a messy haircut (both of which are noted in the being his worse features in the book). Anathema is also given glasses, spends most of the series in ruffled dresses which wouldn't look out of place in the Victorian era, and pins her hair into an odd type of updo which vaguely resembles a stereotypical pointed witches hat.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The series has quite a few complaints about being overly faithful to the novel, including the parts that don't translate well to the new medium (in particular, the narration from God often just seems to be condescendingly spelling out things we can see perfectly well). Neil Gaiman acknowledged this, saying he felt very uneasy about making significant changes as it would feel disrespectful to his late friend and writing partner Terry Pratchett, and there are those fans who feel that God's take on the narration is actually better than it reads in the opening chapters of the book.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Shadwell is rude and abrasive to everyone and at least in theory wants to burn witches alive (he never has, but only because he's never managed to find one). However, he's obviously a sad old man who's devoted his life to a pointless cause, and no one seems to take him seriously enough to be offended by him.
  • Narm:
    • Adam's scream when he realises he's driven away his friends is less an anguished cry of despair and more of a mechanical, monotonous drone. It almost sounds like he's trying to be sarcastic about it.
    • Satan, for some viewers. Horrific monsters are usually better left unseen, since the human mind will automatically fill-in with what scares a particular viewer, and so to see him come out of the ground with an oddly flat and small face left a lot to be desired once you actually got a look at him. Even just omitting his face would have fit with his reputation and made him a whole lot more magnificent and intimidating.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Duke Hastur, while bumbling a lot of the time, can be genuinely terrifying. Unlike Crowley, he's perfectly willing to hurt people permanently for petty reasons, like when he burns the Satanic convent down just to send the message that the Order is dissolved.
    • War's Establishing Character Moment: walking into a peace agreement between three opposing factions, subtly sparking off discord, and walking out as everyone attending kills each other.
    • Even the absurdity of the situation can't keep Crowley yelling at and then removing a defective plant from being quite chilling, with David Tennant seeming to slip back into Kilgrave mode.
    • Adam briefly going full-on Reality Warper, including taking away his friends' mouths and contorting their faces into smiles while they're still clearly terrified of what he's doing. The scene where Pepper – until now fiery and unshakable – starts voicelessly crying while desperately pointing to her erased mouth is particularly harrowing.
    • It's subtle, but any moment where Gabriel's pleasant-if-smug veneer drops and the power-hungry shark that lies beneath shines through. Major props to Jon Hamm.
    • Ligur's death by holy water. Okay, Hastur's shrieking adds an edge of Black Comedy, but melting into oblivion — fully conscious throughout the process! — does not look like a nice way to go. No wonder Aziraphale was so terrified of this fate befalling his friend.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Devil himself appears in the final episode, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s also very clearly where the majority of the show’s special effects budget went.
    • Sir Derek Jacobi makes a brief appearances as Metatron, the Voice of God.
  • Squick: The undisguised forms of the demons. Pustules, sores, and nasty-looking symbiotic animals (like the toad squatting on Hastur's head) are evidently popular.
  • Ugly Cute: The little slug demon that's used to test the effectiveness of holy water.
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