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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The fact that the second most despicable Hate Sink in the show is a sensationalist newscaster (Katie Killjoy) and a homophobe is not a coincidence. Right after Katie says "I don't touch the gays, I have standards." Charlie asks "How's that working out for you?" while looking at a sign reading "HELL," reminding everyone just where this series is taking place.
    • The biggest Hate Sink is Valentino who's a pimp that's shown to be an abusive boss and a (potential) rapist.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • When Angel Dust says "We are keeping this!" in response to Alastor adding a bar to the hotel, it's possible that he doesn't specifically want the bar, but Husk, who is the one running it. This is supported by the fact that his immediate action was not to order a drink, but to hit on Husk.
    • Some have postulated that Cherri Bomb's antics aren't just motivated by fun and profit, but also by some greater goal, such as wanting to tear down Hell's current hierarchy (or lowerarchy, as it were). After "Addict" was released, some people also came up with the idea she is out to screw over Valentino.
    • There are some who at least jokingly suggest that Katie Killjoy may be an Armoured Closet Gay, pointing to the fact that barely ten seconds after claiming she "doesn't touch the gays", she starts poking Charlie's breasts for emphasis.
  • Awesome Art:
    • Similar to Vivienne's previous work on her webcomic Zoophobia, the series adapts the same art style with very fluid animation and vibrant colors. The design of Hell itself is also extremely vivid and detailed. As mentioned on the Awesome page, Paul Dini praised it as "Gorgeous! The timing and character work is the best I've seen in a long time."
    • A number of background artwork has been provided by Faustisse for the pilot and they are just simply gorgeous looking. These include some portraits of Lilith and the poster for Jeffrey Dahmer's cooking show.
  • Awesome Music:
    • A theme for Angel Dust known as Slutty Spider Polka Pop was composed prior to the show's announcement, and it's fantastically made.
    • "Inside of Every Demon Is A Rainbow," sung by Charlie to sell her idea for a hotel that redeems demons to the denizens of hell. It's just as hilariously Glurge-y as the title implies... and just as awesome, especially when she hits the Motor Mouth stage of the piece. Courtesy of Parry Gripp.
      • While it was unfortunately cut short, Alastor’s Reprise meanwhile takes Charlie’s song and adds Alastor’s own personal style and views to it, creating a stylish and jazzy Dark Reprise.
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    • A fanmade song, but The Living Tombstone's Alastor's Game is a very catchy song that really captures Alastor's nature.
    • Addict, a duet between Angel Dust and Cherri Bomb that showcases the duo' s carefree nature, but also sheds light on Angel's disturbing Dark and Troubled Past (or more accurately, his dark and troubled present).
  • Creepy Awesome: Alastor, hoo boy. Maybe it's the style, maybe it's the voice, but he definitely qualifies. Especially when he shows his real face.
  • Creepy Cute: The characters are quite cute/good-looking despite being fearsome demons.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Angel Dust has already said things that cross it quite a few times, and is likely to cross it more in the future.
      Vaggie: Your little stunt made us look like a fucking joke!
      Angel Dust: No, no, no, babe. Jokes are funny. I made you look uh...sad, and pathetic, like an orphan, with no arms, or legs, uhh..with progeria!
      • When Sir Pentious has Angel Dust tied up in chains, he jokingly says "Harder, daddy." Pentious is briefly gob-smacked, giving an emotional, almost teary-eyed look before asking "son?"
    • A brief gag in Charlie's song has her hug a puppy in Fluffy Cloud Heaven... before dropping it off the edge of the cloud she's on.
    • Katie explains to Charlie that the only reason she got her interview was that another demon named Jeffrey couldn't make it for his cannibal cooking segment. This is none other than infamous real life cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer as evidenced by the poster for his cooking show It's Dahm Good! shown in the newsroom as Katie explains things. The poster further comes with the tagline "Guaranteed Cannibalicious!".
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Several 4channers have begun shipping Charlie with The Doom Slayer, with the general premise being that he gains a soft spot for her, due to her being the only good-natured demon in Hell, as well as that she's only person that could stop him from doing more damage than the purges. As seen here. Probably counts as Crack Pairing as well.
    • Some also like to pair Charlie with Satina, though mostly in a Parental Substitute or surrogate sisters kind of way. The former can go hand in hand with the Charlie/Doom Slayer ship, with them being Satina's adopted parents.
    • Largely because the massive similarities in characteristics and design, Charlie/Star Butterfly is slowly but steadily becoming a thing. Also Charlie/Tom Lucitor from the same series, largely because both are demon royalty, but have opposing personalities.
    • Unsurprisingly given their similarities, Alastor is often seen hanging out with Bill Cipher and Black Hat.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Alastor and Angel Dust each have a legion of swooning fangirls (and fanboys) who greatly enjoy portraying them in more positive or sympathetic lights, especially if the end result is increased romantic/sexual appeal. While the characters do both have enjoyable aspects to their personalities, they're both still extremely amoral criminals, being a serial killer and a drug-addicted mobster respectively. However, the "Addict" music video reveals that Angel Dust might not be as happy as he comes off as...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • After his very first appearance in "The Spider in the Kinky Boots" preview clip, Travis, the john that Angel Dust sold his services to, received some popularity despite being such a minor one-off character. Those fans were quite happy when he shows up again in "Addict", even if it was mainly for a Funny Background Event.
    • After the "Let's Misbehave" preview clip came out, Charlie's parents, Lucifer and Lilith, exploded in popularity despite only appearing in background portraits. This is especially noteworthy for Lucifer as this clip was essentially his first appearance in any sort of form as far as it's concerned. Lilith on the other hand, had previously made an appearance in a background portrait in the first trailer but it was only after this clip that she really garnered some real popularity.
    • Vox, Velvet, and Valentino are three demon overlords who made brief cameos in the pilot, most notably appearing together in the Porn Studio during the pilot's opening song. Despite their short nonspeaking appearances in the pilot, the three of them are quite popular. This is thanks in part to supplementary sources which revealed things such as their names and that they're planned to have bigger roles as major antagonists later on the story. Although Valentino has rapidly become a Hate Sink after the "Addict" music video showed him abusing Angel in a way that isn't Played for Laughs.
    • As of the "Addict" music video, Angel Dust's pet pig Fat Nuggets. Everyone loves Fat Nuggets.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Alastor being Charlie's dad in disguise, her long lost uncle, or, less commonly, her illegitimate half-brother are pretty popular theories based mostly on how much Alastor and Lucifer look and dress alike. There's even a moment in the pilot where Alastor is shown staring at Charlie's family portrait, and he and her dad have the exact same expression.
    • Vaggie being a fallen angel is another theory floating around, due to her wielding a spear and having an X over her eye like the Exorcist angels seen in the pilot's opening.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Alastor has a large fanbase that find his voice and design very attractive, especially since despite canonically being asexual he's shown as being very handsy with other characters in the pilot. This is in contrast to his business partner, Charlie, who is much more respectful of boundaries and acts otherwise more "cute".
    • Angel Dust, who barely even tries to take his shot at redemption seriously, is far more sexual (including having a proudly displayed bust made of fluff in his design) than Vaggie and Charlie, who genuinely want to help reform demons with the hotel.
    • Cherry Bomb has her fans, both male and female, although she's more chaotic.
    • The way Jeffrey Dahmer was rendered in that poster looks this way as well.
  • Fanon:
    • It's generally agreed that Tom Trench died in World War One, given his surname, gas mask, and the fact that his official year of death is during WWI (Tom died in 1918, the war ended that November).
    • Alastor constantly attempting to eat Fat Nuggets, Angel's pet pig.
    • Alastor having a deer tail that he hides under his coat, probably because it's too "cute" for someone like him.
    • After "Addict" revealed what a Hate Sink Val is to Angel, fans often speculate that Val would gladly cook and feed Fat Nuggets to Angel over lunch as a power move if given half the chance.
    • Charlie having a Covert Pervert side is extremely common. It generally relates to her relationship with Vaggie, but it can deal with her getting a little too interested in other characters's sex lives.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A bit with TOME, though it's more of a one-sided rivalry because TOME is so much less well-known. Some TOME fans are jealous of the immediate success of Hazbin Hotel, considering that TOME is more of a Cult Classic with only a small number of fans despite being a similar story-focused indie web series. Of course, there are also a lot of people who are fans of both, especially since the creators are friends and Chris Niosi actually worked on Hazbin Hotel as an uncredited producer.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
  • Foe Yay:
    • Much has been made by amused fans of the fact that Katie Killjoy not only gets all up in Charlie's face while talking to her but follows up her "I don't touch the gays" remark by jabbing Charlie three times in the boobs.
    • Alastor actually slaps Vaggie on the ass during his song. The fact that he's asexual and she's lesbian (and the fact that his entire character revolves around doing things just to screw with people) has done approximately nothing to stop the fandom from jumping on this single interaction.
    • Although Angel Dust and Vaggie are both gay, that hasn't stop some fans from interpreting their frenemy dynamic as something more. Them having originally been a couple during development back before Hazbin became its own thing separate from Zoophobia may also have something to do with it for some.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Satina, another web series centering around friendly demons. Some even speculate that they both take place in a Shared Universe.
    • With Doom, of all things. The most likely explanation is that both involving dealing with a glut of corrupt demons, albeit through comically different methods. Either way, there's a lot of fanart that shows Doomguy and Charlie getting along.
    • Many fans of Satellite City are also fans of this show, and vice versa, thanks to both being web series' about a dysfunctional group of Creepy Cute monsters and featuring tons of dark humor. The fact that, by sheer coincidence, Satellite City's Halloween video for 2019 was uploaded on the same day as the HH pilot just added to the crossover appeal. The fact the Hazbin Hotel Amino account has expressed they enjoy the thought of a crossover also helped a lot.
    • There is also a minor overlap with the Welcome to Hell fandom, largely due to the similar themes but polar-opposite execution. Some people are already trying to wrap their head around what Sock and Mephistopheles might look like in this show's universe.
    • There's also overlap with the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fandom, partially because of the strong LGBT elements in both fandoms.
    • Many fans of the show also like Villainous, due to the similarities in the art style and the similarities between Black Hat, Lucifer and Alastor. It helps that some of the staff of Hazbin also worked on Villainous.
  • Genius Bonus: Alastor produces several accurately drawn symbols of deities in Haitian Vodou. One of these, Kalfu, is usually envisioned as a demon or a young man dressed in red - just like Alastor himself.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Hazbin Hotel is popular in Japanese art twitter circles, based off of the tweets that Vivziepop herself has re-tweeted.
    • It is also very popular in Latin America, the fans have not only made a fandub of the pilot, they have also made several covers of Addict and even rap battles between Charlie and Blitzo.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Friendly Fandoms between this series and Doom feels rather serendipitous knowing that Alastor's voice actor, Edward Bosco, would go on to voice The Marauder in Doom Eternal.
    • The concept of a comedic work set in Hell and featuring female demons in sharp suits becomes this with the release of Helltaker.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • The Alastor/Angel Dust ship is called RadioDust.
    • The Angel Dust/Vaggie ship is called SpiderMoth.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The "Addict" music video confirms Angel Dust is one of these. While he is a jerk and the only reason he is staying at the hotel is because he wanted free room and board, he is also revealed to be in an abusive relationship with Valentino and his drug habit and behavior is hinted to be an attempt to make his pain stop.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Alastor, which Viv notes with some amusement considering that he's asexual.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The majority of the main cast being LGBT in some way (Charlie and Vaggie being a gay couple, Angel Dust being a gay Crossdresser, Husk being pansexual, and Alastor being asexual) has attracted a good number of LGBT viewers.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The premise of the series - "Hell dealing with an Overpopulation Crisis" has led to many jokes in the YouTube comments sections about bringing in the, er, "help" of either Doomguy/Doom Slayer or Thanos.
    • From the livestreams, Pickle ALF.
    • The moment right after "Inside Every Demon is a Rainbow" where Charlie is standing on the desk with Katie Killjoy trying to stay away from her was used as a meme for a while.
    • This image from the pilot of Alastor sporting a Slasher Smile while everyone else looks on in Stunned Silence got passed around as a reaction image after the pilot's debut.
    • The part where Charlie opens the hotel door to see Alastor, then hastily close it and then re-open it to check if he's real has become memetic, with frequent edits of other characters standing there, like the Doom Slayer, the Spanish Inquisition, or Kaldor Draigo.
    • "I can sus" — a YouTube Poop-like edit of the "I can suck your dick" scene from the pilot, paired with Jerma beatboxing Pokémon battle music. Of course, the latter came from a sequence involving a "giant enemy spider".
    • Asexual Panic Explanation 
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales:
    • Some detractors of the show have accused Angel Dust of being a negative gay stereotype for being portrayed as sleazy, overtly sexual, exaggeratedly flouncing, perverted, egotistical, and rude. However, the character is very well-liked among actual LGBT audiences, no doubt due to the aforementioned flaws giving him a memorable personality and his more nuanced Hidden Depths showcased in the pilot. It definitely helps that Charlie and Vaggie have much less stereotypical personalities to balance out Angel's character.
      • From the Youtube comment section: As a homosexual, in regards to Angel Dust being an offensive stereotype that somehow "harms" us, allow me to quote Angel himself. "SHUT UP! SHUT. UP!.... We are keeping this!"
    • Vaggie's character (who is of Salvadoran descent) has been accused of being a racist stereotype of “angry latina,” however she is very popular among Latinos, and there are Salvadoran people who frankly love her. Then there's the fact that Vivienne herself is Salvadoran-American.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • The scene where Katie Killjoy says "I don't touch the gays" is shown as proof that the show is homophobic. This was said to Charlie as an Establishing Character Moment for Katie Killjoy, meant to show her as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, not to bash LGBT people. Indeed, right after Katie says this, Charlie says "how's that working out for you?" while looking at a sign reading "HELL."
    • In general, a lot of detractors claim the show discriminates against LGBT people just because some of them are horrible people. This ignores the context that the majority of the characters are in Hell specifically because they're horrible people; their sexuality has nothing to do with their character. It also ignores that the protagonist is herself bisexual, and she's the nicest character in the entire setting (not to mention that she was born in hell and not sent there for her sins).
  • Moe:
    • Razzle and Dazzle, Charlie's tiny goat minions, are often said by fans to be the cutest characters in the show, and can you really blame them?
    • Charlie is basically pure sugar in the form of a cute demon girl.
    • Niffty, the small Genki Girl Neat Freak demon, is an incredibly adorable bundle of cuteness.
    • Angel Dust’s pet pig, Fat Nuggets, is also absolutely adorable. It doesn’t hurt that he’s first shown snuggling up to Angel and giving him some much-needed comfort after the events of “Addict.”
  • Most Wonderful Sound: When he's not being absolutely terrifying (and maybe even then), Alastor has a staticky radio-like voice that just sounds amazing to most who hear it.
    • Even his movements are punctuated with little pops, crackles, feedback screeches, and some occasional short tunes.
  • Narm Charm: So "Inside of Every Demon Is A Rainbow" may be Cute, but Cacophonic incarnate... but it's still so much fun to watch.
  • No Yay: There are people who severely dislike the Charlie/Alastor ship since Alastor had murdered a lot of innocent people in life for fun, broadcasted those murders, died, went to hell and murdered more people, has no faith in Charlie's plan and even intimidates her a little.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The idea of the departed souls who were damned to Hell still having the potential to find redemption and ascend to Heaven anyway was explored in a 1945 short story called The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis. One notable difference between the two is that, Lewis being a devout Christian, one of the novel's aesops is that anyone who makes it to heaven (by any route) is by that very fact a Karma Houdini (since every last one of us has sinned), and in fact a key part of the process of ascending to Heaven in that story is realizing and accepting that it's simply impossible to earn Heaven on your own merits, and that one needs the help of Jesus to get there.
    • Fans may be surprised to find that the song "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" was an vaudeville song that was written over a hundred years before Hazbin.
  • Periphery Demographic: If the comment sections are anything to go by, a disturbing amount of preteens and even children have confessed to watching the show.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • The Charlie/Vaggie ship is known either as Chaggie or Varlie.
    • The Charlie/Alastor ship is referred to as either Charlastor or Chalastor.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: A weirdly circular example. The friendship between Charlie and Vaggie was written so tenderly that many storyboard artists working on the show took them to be a couple; Vivienne decided to roll with that and they are canonically a couple now. But in the final product, their relationship is so subtle that many first-time viewers take Vaggie to simply be Charlie's friend.
  • Special Effects Failure: For the most part, the animation is solid, and definitely impressive for something done by a small team on a low budget. However, there are moments where the character animation becomes noticeably stilted, as some shots were done utilizing Flash/Toon Boom tweening instead of hand-drawn; it's forgivable, however, given a lot of animators were needed to help complete the mostly self-funded pilot.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Charlie. To most characters, they don't take her too fondly. To the fans, however, she's just downright precious.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Before being put to fully-voiced animation, Angel Dust was - and on occasion, still is - mistaken for a girl by some viewers at first glance, thanks to his design.
  • Viewer Species Confusion:
    • The size of Alastor's "ears" (which are actually part of his hair styled to look like animal ears) compared to his antlers has led some people to assume he's a fox demon instead of a deer. It doesn't help that a black and red color scheme is somewhat attributed to foxes, not to mention he fits the personality of one.
    • On a lesser note, there's a small party who have assumed Angel Dust was a sort of insect over a spider. Justified, as he usually is shown with only three pairs of limbs in his animated appearances, but does have another retractable set of arms.note 
    • Vaggie is apparently supposed to be a moth demon, but she really doesn't look like one, except for her hair vaguely resembling moth wings.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Political: This article states that Hazbin Hotel is a criticism, although involuntary, of classical liberals and how they do not understand the working class who they ostensibly want to help.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not For Kids:
    • For anyone accustomed to the attitudes of Animation Age Ghetto & All Adult Animation Is South Park, this show is a nice, but still surprising subversion of both. If you saw this show offhandedly with fantastic character design, fluid animation, musical numbers, and cute characters, it can be very surprising to watch those same characters suddenly drop swear words, discuss and perform horrifying acts, and do drugs.
    • On a matter related to this trope, many of Vivziepop's Hazbin related videos were initially just posted up as is and were thus more easily of being mistaken for something child friendly. However when the COPPA issue with Youtube broke out and there came rules that apparently classified any and all animation as content aimed at children, Viv relabeled a number of her past Hazbin videos with "NOT FOR KIDS" especially those that had actual adult content and didn't already have a prior disclaimer of some sort which warned that the show is meant for an older audience. There are still a number of Hazbin videos on Viv's Youtube channel that don't have any warning though but the majority of them are just speed draws that are innocent enough.


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