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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Auntie Whispers. Did she truly do what she thought was best for Lorna... or did she intentionally not banish the evil spirit inside her for good, out of fear that Lorna would leave her if she did?
  • Awesome Art: Extremely fluid animation and tons of Scenery Porn.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The series practically runs on these, due to the bizarre setting it takes place in. However, it adds to the atmosphere of the story rather than detracting from it.
    • The Highwayman's dance and Greg's dream stand out as big lipped alligator moments in a series full of big lipped alligator moments. Given that both are homages to 20s and 30s cartoons and the former is fifteen seconds of pure animation porn, no one seems to be complaining.
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  • Broken Base: The announcement of the DVD release got some mixed reactions. Some fans were happy that the series was getting a complete DVD set with a decent amount of bonus features, but others were disappointed that there was no option to buy it on Blu-Ray.
  • Complete Monster: The Beast is the nightmarish creature that stalks the woods of The Unknown. Finding lost travelers wandering the forest, The Beast would turn their souls into Edelwood trees after driving them into complete despair, then grind the trees into oil to fuel his lantern, prolonging his own life. When The Woodsman steals his lantern, The Beast tricks him into continuing to grind Edelwood trees and keep the lantern burning under the illusion he was saving his daughter's life. The Beast later makes a deal with Greg to show him and his brother, Wirt, the way home, however said deal was just a trick to drive the boy into despair. When Wirt attempts to save Greg, The Beast tries to manipulate him into becoming his new lantern-bearer, falsely promising Greg's soul would be kept alive within the lantern. After Wirt turns down this offer and reveals The Beast's lies to The Woodsman, The Beast makes one last attempt to kill the boys by trying to coerce The Woodsman into cutting them down with his axe. Taking deep joy from committing his atrocities, The Beast was a cruel and manipulative monster who prized his own immortality above all else.
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  • Cult Classic: Despite being a mini series, the show has a dedicated fandom.
  • Creepy Awesome: Loads of them. The Woodsman, Auntie Whispers, Adelaide, the wolf from the first episode, and especially the Beast.
  • Die for Our Ship: People who preferred Wirt/Beatrice didn't like it when Sara, a girl he has a crush on in his hometown, came into the picture. An even bigger and more literal example of this is the fact that Wirt had to nearly die in order to enter the Unknown and encounter Beatrice in the first place. Fanon likes to have him killed off at some point to let them get together.
    • And for those who did not see Sara as such a bad character, some who paired Wirt with either her or Beatrice showed dislike towards Jason Funderburker, Wirt's "rival" and Foil.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Yes, there is sexy fanart of The Beast. 'Nuff said.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Oh, potatoes and molasses, if you want some, oh, just ask us...
    • I'll knock you out, drag you off da road/Steal yo' shoes from off yo' feet/I'm the highway man/Gonna make ends meet...
    • oooOoh, better beware, oooOoh, the Beast is out there....
    • Come wayward souls, who wander through the darkness...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Fred, an actual horse in this case. He doesn't have many lines, but each one is hilarious. He appears in only two episodes, with one line in his first appearance.
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    • Lorna as well. She tends to get the most attention out of the one-off characters. She's very sympathetic and cute, and gets a very brief song with Wirt. Her Ship Tease doesn't hurt either. She's also considered to have a highly fascinating backstory with the dark spirit that possessed her, but with only eleven minutes, there just wasn't any time for it.
    • Wirt's crush, Sara, due to her being indirectly responsible for Wirt and Greg going to the Unknown, as well as she and Wirt being a nice interracial couple.
    • The Woodsman's daughter. Despite only appearing twice in the show in-person (the first time being the intro animation), the fanbases love for this character is so huge, it could be seen from space.
  • Epileptic Trees: An increasingly popular theory is that Greg is actually the character of that same name on Steven Universe. Evidence includes several tidbits in the real world scenes indicate it's set in the late '70s/early '80s which would make him the appropriate age in the present day, he has a similarly shaped face, he'd clearly want a life of adventure, and we never learn the siblings' last name so it may well be De Mayo.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Beast is a menacing Eldritch Abomination with an awesome deep voice, a terrifying appearance and a haunting Villain Song - in short, everything you could want out of a great cartoon villain.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: If it's not a fic about what's happening between episodes, it's a story exploring the scenario where one or both of the boys decide to stay/end up trapped in the Unknown instead of escaping. More specifically, there are many stories about what if Wirt took the Beast's offer to take up his lantern.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Gravity Falls. Helps that both shows focus on two siblings who are polar opposites in personality, as well as similar levels of weirdness and elements of horror in them. Steven Falls Over is a crossover fandom between Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and Over the Garden wall. SU doesn't have as much in common with Gravity Falls and OtGW, but the fandom doesn't need any more then the fact that they are fan of all of these shows.
  • Genius Bonus: Many, most of them hinting at the possible nature of the Unknown.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Reveal in the second episode that Pottsfield's residents are dead people and Enoch's invitation for Wirt and Greg to join them was already plenty creepy when it first happened. Then the last two episodes reveal that Wirt and Greg were possibly in the process of drowning the whole time, and that invitation seems much more meaningful and disturbing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Beast has frequently been compared to the Operator for their similar appearances and hunting grounds. Come the release of his own movie, and that movie's version of the character turns out to inflict the same fate on his victims as the Beast, turning them into trees.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: The fandom has developed several unique names for various ships, such as:
  • Iron Woobie: Greg. Throughout the entire series he remains unwaveringly optimistic despite the fact that his brother, Wirt, was neglectful most of the time (Before Wirt had his Jerkass Realization.), the fact that they had suffered an Et Tu, Brute? from Beatrice (even though Beatrice was just going to cut off the deal with Adelaide and that Wirt and Greg arrived at an inopportune moment), and that he almost dies to The Beast (though this wasn't because Greg was losing hope, but because The Beast had tricked him into waiting in freezing cold temperatures). His only concern was that he stole the Rock Facts rock.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: Inverted. Many fans would agree they'd like to see a little more than ten episodes, but its short length ensures consistent quality and doesn't let the series outstay its welcome. But, if you desperately want more, the comics are doing well to fill the demand.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Despite the series just being ten episodes long, Wirt has had Ship Teases with three different girls in that short a time: Beatrice, a bluebird (who's actually a cursed human) who helps them on their way home, Girl of the Week Lorna and Girl Next Door Sara from his hometown. In addition to this, parts of fandom will also ship him with Jason, Dipper Pines and even the Beast himself.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I'm... the Highwayman."
    • The discussion between Wirt, Beatrice, and Fred over whether to steal from Endicott gets frequent scene redraw treatment online.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Beast was revealed to have crossed this long before the show began. The final chapter reveals not only is the wood used to heat the lantern made from the souls of people who gave into despair, but he never saved the soul of the Woodsman's daughter with the lantern. It was his own soul he's tricked the Woodsman into feeding for ages. There's also his trying to get Greg to overexert himself so he can freeze to death.
  • Narm: "Come Wayward Souls," the Beast's Villain Song, can lose some of its creepiness once you realize it can be sung to the same tune as "Oh Holy Night." However, this might also just add to the terrifying symbolism.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The nature of the series means there are loads of them.
    • The Highwayman has under a minute of screentime, but his brief song and dance is one of the most memorable moments in an already-weird series.
    • Auntie Whispers, who already appears in one episode, but it's easily one of the creepiest in the show, thanks in no small part to Tim Curry's unsettling performance.
  • Rewatch Bonus: After The Reveal of Chapter 9, where the audience finds out about the true nature of the Unknown, watching the first Chapter again has some things that may have gone unnoticed before, such as the brief silhouettes of Wirt and Greg drowning, knowing where Greg's candy came from, why they're both dressed the way they are, and Wirt talking about his wounded heart and a graveyard (referring to Sara).
  • Signature Scene:
    • Greg's terrified reaction to the dog's eyes in the first episode, nicely establishing the creepy and paranoid nature of the series.
    • The frogs singing the song the show's named for in episode 6.
    • The iconic shot of Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice walking in the sunny autumn forest in Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee.
    • The Highwayman's song.
  • Special Effects Failure: A rare auditory example. After Greg and Wirt's rendition of The Adelaide Parade on the ferry, Wirt starts laughing... with a very obvious echo from Elijah Wood getting too far from the mic. A behind-the-scenes video shows that Wood was genuinely laughing and nearly tripped in the recording booth.
  • Uncanny Valley: Auntie Whispers. Everything about her just looks wrong, and Tim Curry's creepy voice acting doesn't help at all.
  • The Woobie:
    • Wirt. He has a cripplingly low self-esteem, he's plagued by constant anxiety, he's Trapped in Another World with no way to know if he and his brother will get home, and that's before the plot kicks in.
    • Beatrice is somewhere between this and Jerkass Woobie, as she's extremely caustic and rude to the brothers before she starts warming up to them; however, she has quite the Freudian Excuse and tries to sacrifice herself to Adelaide of the Pasture when she realizes she can't sell her friends out, but loses their friendship anyway due to poor communication.
    • The Woodsman. It's implied the poor man has spent many years alone constantly trying to keep his lantern lit, believing his daughter's soul to be trapped inside. Made even worse when Wirt helps him realize that his daughter's soul was never there in the first place, instead he'd been keeping the Beast's soul alive. Not to mention that when the Beast reveals that the Edelwood trees he'd been chopping down all this time were grown from the bodies of the lost souls the Beast preys upon, the Woodsman is horrified.

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