- Accidental Innuendo: When discussing the punishment for those in Bolgia 8, Red makes an unfortunate statement:Red: They screwed their friends, so now their friends screw them! Dyuh...
- Anvilicious: In her Halloween special focusing on the Cthulhu Mythos, Red all but screams in the viewer's face that she utterly despises the racist undertones of H. P. Lovecraft's stories.
- Art Evolution: While Red's artwork was never something to sneeze at, there's a great deal of improvement between this screenshot, from 2016, and this one, from 2020.
- Awesome Art: The animated episodes are full of very impressive (and frankly adorable) chibi art.
- Awesome Music: Red has an awesome singing voice, as heard with her covers of popular songs that she uses in the end credits.
- Red singing her own Major General Song called "The Philosopher's Song".
- Crosses the Line Twice: Many of Red's song choices, both during video edits and her covers at the end of said videos. A standout example is the Halloween special on H. P. Lovecraft, a sizable portion of which is dedicated to recapping The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The featured cover? "Under the Sea"
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- The Journey to the West series, if the comments are anything to go by, seems to have a genuinely strong following who treat Red's episodes on it like actual installments of an ongoing TV series, and frequently ask when more will be coming out. The Mainstream Obscurity of the original text and its genuinely relatable characters (something even Red acknowledged) are likely the cause.
- Similarly, the "Di-Vine" video was an unexpected hit, depicted by Red sitting at her desk... before getting buried by requests to make it a series. It eventually spawned a "Journey to the West" version, blending the two hits together.
- Character-wise, Red's design for Hades as an emo teen apparently got a lot of commenters "thirsty."
- Dionysus also got an uptick in popularity not just for this series, but for mythology in general after Red's extremely detailed deep dive into his history in the mythos. The deep dive format itself proved popular too, as she'd later do so for Aphrodite, Hermes and The Wild Hunt as well.
- Fridge Brilliance: In "Anansi wins Stories", Red points out that while it seems a cliché for Anansi to catch Osebo the leopard in a Pit Trap, Anansi and Osebo lived in a time when stories were all the property of a single god, so there wouldn't have been a frame of reference for Osebo to recognize how cliched it is.
- Friendly Fandoms: Fans of OSP mingle incredibly well with those of Extra Credits to the point that the crossed over on December 3, 2018. They also mingle pretty well with fans of Shadiversity and Terrible Writing Advice.
- Ho Yay:
- Dante and Virgil in The Divine Comedy, to the point where Red narrates in a softer voice whenever Virgil protects Dante from danger in Hell.
- Achilles and Patroclus in The Iliad.
- Galehaut immediately stops fighting because he's utterly smitten with Lancelot.Arthur: If you surrender, I'll introduce you.
- The story of Gawain and the Green Knight features some Threesome Subtext between Gawain, Burtilac and lady Burtilac, especially when Gawain kisses Burtilac.
- Les Yay:
- Amaterasu towards Ame-no-Uzume (who decides to lure the sun goddess with a strip tease) in "Amaterasu and the Cave".
- Much more subtly, the druidess Bodhmall and the warrior woman Liath Luachra, Fionn mac Cumhaill's foster mothers. While there aren't any explicit lines, Red notes that most records of the story are quite ambiguous as to the subject of their relationship, so it can be interpreted quite a few ways.
- Averted with Artemis. The idea of a hunter goddess who swears off men and can generally be found in the company of other women might seem very lesbian, but Red is of the opinion that Artemis more likely was asexual. Helps that Red is asexual herself.
- In Pygmalion and Galatea, Red talks about the trope of crafting your perfect girlfriend. She specifically says girlfriend, while the illustration is of a heartbroken woman. In a freeze-frame bonus, the girl in question is sketching up a distinctly feminine person.
- Memetic Mutation:
- This reaction image, drawn by Red, didn't take long to inspire memes and even coffee mugs.
- From Red's Lovecraft video. "Mysterious colors, unlike any seen on Earth." This crossed to the 2019 trailer for The Colour Out of Space.
- "Unorthodox display of hubris, but very well"note
- Their video about Irish hero Cu Chulainn had predictably attracted a lot of Nasuverse and Fate/stay night fans which were then proceeded to flood the video's comment section with the streams of "You killed Lancer!" jokes.
- Moral Event Horizon: In the Frankenstein video, this trope is lampshaded when Victor Frankenstein gets a close family friend condemned and executed for a crime she didn't commit. Because he knows who really did it: the monster he created, and he didn't tell the truth all because he was afraid that it would incriminate himself.Red: Now this is the part where Victor goes from "self-absorbed jerk with no real mind for consequences" to "irredeemable asshole".
- Most Wonderful Sound: Red has a very lovely singing voice, which she's prone to showing off in the credits of her videos.
- Spiritual Adaptation: If someone were to make This Very Wiki into a YouTube channel, it would look an awful lot like Trope Talk- both are in-depth discussions of tropes, subtropes, archetypes and whatnot with plenty of wit. We even get referenced in some videos.
Red: (Retching noises)
- Red is clearly (and understandably) revolted when Phaedra attempts to come on to her stepson Hippolytus.
- Happens again during Selene's incredibly manic, one-sided and questionably consensual relationship with a sleeping Endymion, especially when she conceives 50 children with him.
- When Red has to draw particularly gory/ sexual scenes, she tends to just censor illustrations of the actions in question, sometimes adding "NOPE" for emphasis.
- The conception of Aphrodite, which involved her emerging fully-formed from the severed testicles of Ouranos. Red describes her as spending the next few millennia showering with a thousand-yard stare.
- Cú Chulainn demanding that Aífe have his kid because he won their fight is very iffy already, not helped by the fact that Cú Chulainn is a minor.
- Realizing that Helen is too young for him to marry after kidnapping her, Theseus and his brother Pirithous decide that they will keep her until she is old enough for Theseus to sleep with. Fortunately the two end up trapped in the underworld and Helen is rescued before this can happen.
YMMV / Overly Sarcastic Productions