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  • Acceptable Targets: Creepypasta writers.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Jeff: a well-meaning idiot who doesn't know any better due to suffering from a mental illness, or a truly dangerous sociopath who mentally manipulates others around him to further his own ambitions to cause general destruction and chaos?
    • Does Ms. P try to do the right thing for the Proxies or is she a horrible woman who is just as bad a person as Jeff is?
    • Is Bush a sociopath who knowingly does dumb, stupid and often assholish things just because he knows his low intelligence (Or facade of it) and high political status will keep him from punishment? A lot of his lines support this.
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    • Depending on how you choose to view him, Slenderman is either A.) An abusive, psychotic, heartless jerk who only manipulates and hurts (both physically and emotionally) other people for his own personal amusement or B.) A misunderstood person who only acts the way he does due to his tragic past.
    • Laughing Jack is probably the biggest Jerkass in the show, no doubt about it—but how much of it is it by his own volition and how much of it is from the anger of Slenderman never acknowledging his abilities and cunning?
    • Is Aton just an immature God blowing off steam after years of doing nothing but guarding the multiverse, or a sadistic, outright demonic being who enjoys watching Zalgo's forces terrorize the multiverse?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Jeff is very well-adjusted, and even when things go wrong his reactions tend to be downplayed compared to how they would likely be in real life; for example, he treats Laughing Jack trying to murder him more with annoyance and disbelief than anything else, likely because he can't believe Laughing Jack was dumb enough to try and kill someone who constantly evades death. Also, Jeff barely has any reaction at all to discovering Zalgo has murdered the Unwanted House Guest, one of Jeff's biggest idols. Likely justified given that Jeff is a sociopath after all.
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  • Anti-Climax Boss: In the "Jeff and the Darkness" arc, Malitch is a man who destroyed Aton's elite and any imperial force that opposed him and personally trained his elite bodyguards in combat in his childhood, and an incredibly powerful magic user who can Mind Rape or destroy other beings with a flick of his wrist. Despite all his power and being the Big Bad of the arc, he gets killed via a sneak attack by Ms. P with little fan-fare.
  • Awesome Art: After Comickit's hiatus, the animation is gorgeous, smooth and crisp, with some very nicely colored backgrounds and character designs.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Jeff is either loved because his random and stupid antics keep the show entertaining or hated for being an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild and abusing his surrogate daughter for his own amusement.
    • To some, Bush is an absolutely hilarious character to the point where he eventually became a main character. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, some consider Bush to be the worst character in the entire series, due to his extremely sociopathic behavior, making his daughters life a living hell, his racist streak, and for his behavior in episodes like "To Proxy Mountain". There's also the fact that Bush is a pretty obvious expy of Donald Trump, which doesn't sit well with Trump's fanbase.
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    • Aton, big time after "Legends of the Multiverse". Many fans adore him for his humor and for his unpredictable ways in raising tensions among the cast, while there are plenty of vocal detractors who despise him for being an irresponsible idiot Karma Houdini as his actions have become increasingly life-threatening to the cast. Some fans have gone as far to say Aton is just as bad, if not worse than Zalgo himself. Speaking of which....
    • Enderman and the rest of his gang to an extent. People either find their Big Bad Wannabe antics to be hilarious, or deem them to be more plain annoying Karma Houdinis.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In the Barney episode, the series of opening credits sequences that parody 1980s and 1990s American situation comedies, then television crime dramas, prime-time soap operas, Saturday-morning cartoons, superhero live-action series, and science fiction television shows. Really, the entire episode is one big BLAM, but that scene was just...
    • When Jeff gets drugged after eating the magic mushrooms, he undergoes a Mushroom Samba that involves spaceships, aliens and flying through a sea of rainbows in his underwear that just has to be seen to be believed. And all that while sound bites of the Proxies yelling at and disparaging him play in the background.
    • When captured by the Showman, Jeff is injected with hallucinogenic drugs and forced to have a spiritual battle with clowns and aliens. Yeah.
  • Broken Base:
    • The excessive swearing. Is it funny and downright hilarious when used right, or is it annoying and a cheap way to be funny?
    • Who is the best Proxy?
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: A blind person could have seen Laughing Jack being the main villain of the "High School" arc from a mile away.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Jeff and his knife, to no ones surprise.
    • BEN and his Black Stuff. Even Comickit seems to support it.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Nearly every single monster.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It can be very hard to feel anything for the characters when your heroes are remorseless serial killers. The fact that the comic can be very mean-spirited also doesn't help it much.
  • Designated Hero: Due to the general morality, this is to be expected. The Proxies themselves are Jerkass serial killers who torment and murder humans for their own gain. The only reason they are considered heroes at all is that, well, they are the main characters. Even Ms. P, the nicest of the trio, casually suggests slaughtering the first family they find after they find Smile.
  • Designated Monkey: If you say Jeff, Slenderman, Enderman, and Ms. P deserve their Butt-Monkey statues, you have a valid argument. However, the same cannot be said for President Bush's assistant, Rick Bernstein. Most of the time he gets hurt, humiliated, pushed around, or just generally has bad things happen to him for no reason whatsoever other than being a good person. And even when he does deserve it, the punishments he receives tend to be too much or too harsh to really find amusing.
  • Designated Villain: Cops, the government.. Pretty much anyone who wants to stop the Proxies' homicidal rampages.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: SUBVERTED! Slenderman, Jeff, and BEN may be the "good guys", but it's made very clear in the story that they are not traditionally good people; Slendy is the one giving orders, Jeff is arguably even crueler and manipulative than his original counterpart, BEN is the least evil of the bunch, but still has moments of being Ax-Crazy and manipulative.
  • Epileptic Trees: There's a fairly popular theory among fans that Aton is actually evil, due to his unwillingness to protect the multiverse even when trillions are being killed. Not surprisingly, this theory became even more popular after the episode "Legends of the Multiverse", where Aton went from a manchild to a Psychopathic Manchild. Some have gone as far as to say that when the series finale is released, Aton will be the final antagonist the Proxies face.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • The main trio themselves.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Just about anything that comes out of Jeff's mouth.
    • BEN is probably the most quotable character on the show.
  • Gateway Series: The comic is this for a lot of people for people who were afraid of Creepypasta.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This line by the Unwanted House Guest
    Unwanted House Guest: If I don't get my life in order, I'm better off dead!
  • He's Just Hiding!: Many of the fans are convinced that the Unwanted House Guest isn't dead.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Comickit came up with the idea of Bush before Trump ran for the presidency (Bush first appeared in late 2013, Trump announced candidacy on June 16th, 2015).
  • HSQ:
    • Mr. Widemouth's backstory.
    • Eyeless Jack's death. Never has Mood Whiplash been so effective.
    • Zalgo's death in "Legends of the Multiverse part 5". Seeing as Zalgo has had a reputation of being an Invincible Villain, seeing him finally die came as a shock to many.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Zalgo and Slenderman. It's as bad as it sounds.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Eyeless Jack dies.
      • ...and then comes back.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Grinny may be a complete dick and the reason Smile Dog ran away in the first place, but his backstory will at least make you understand somewhat why he's like that.
  • Memetic Loser: Slenderman has been the subject of many jokes at his expense.
  • Memetic Molester: BEN due to his perverted nature, constant shit-eating grin and creepy attitude towards Jeff.
  • Mind Game Ship: Zalgo and Eyeless Jack of all people.
  • Moe: Sally, naturally.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Happens an awful lot. See it here.
  • Narm:
    • It can be kinda hard to take Zalgo seriously when you notice his feet look like stilettos. Luckily, Comickit corrected this when they redesigned him.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The frequent amounts of Gorn. Major points for the Troll slaughter scene in "The Chain Mail".
    • B.O.B eating a used diaper in "Casino Royale".
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Slenderman for his actions in "Family Visit".
    • Aton's absolute uselessness (despite being the most powerful character in the comic) and childish behavior in "Legends of the Multiverse".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A lot of people found Mr. Widemouth a lot more bearable and sympathetic after his backstory was revealed.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Even before "Legends of the Multiverse", many fans love portraying Aton as the true Big Bad of the series, with his Elite as his dragons. Some have gone as far to say that not only is Aton just as bad as Zalgo, but claiming he's more evil.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Laughing Jack. While he was already something of a Base-Breaking Character due to his douchebaggery, he is despised for being a genuinely annoying, irredeemable asshole with extreme anger problems. It doesn't help that unlike most Proxies, who are Jerks With Hearts of Gold, Laughing Jack has no such moments of kindness. It's gotten to the point where many fans just want to see him suffer a truly horrible fate. Plenty of episodes have seen his rivalry with Jeff devolve into making his life hell just for fun, killing children, and his misogynistic attitude, or extorting and abusing his girlfriend. To be fair, Laughing Jack's status as a Butt-Monkey does satisfy some of his haters. According to Comickit themselves, Laughing Jack is supposed to be as vile and despicable as possible.
    • Good luck finding anyone who likes Aton after "Legends of the Multiverse".
    • Mayor Harold Von Bigmouth. Similar to Laughing Jack, Bigmouth was already a Base-Breaking Character even before he went full-blown Scrappy. While he used to be a dignified, sophisticated mayor, he's grown into an obnoxious, elitist jerkass who only thinks about himself. He also frequently gets himself into trouble, and relies on the Proxies to bail him out, and is often The Load of the team. Half the time, Bigmouth's not even grateful that his friends come to rescue him from his own screw-ups. The fact that he may or may not be a Nazi also doesn't sit well with some fans. Even the little things, like him constantly giving characters annoying and uncreative nicknames, only serve to piss the audience off even more.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between Jeff/BEN and Jeff/Ms. P fans. With many turning the two into rivals for Jeff's affection.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Seer.
  • Tear Jerker: Slenderman, Ms. P, Mr. Widemouth, and BEN's backstories can easily qualify as one.
    • Eyeless Jack's death.
      • Jeff's small, whimpery "no" when Eyeless Jack.. leaves. Even more heartbreaking 'cos you expect a hilarious, melodramatic Big "NO!" to break up the sadness.
      • Also in a later episode, when Slenderman comes back into his room at the end and sees the coffee Eyeless Jack would always make him sitting on the counter. The look on his face just breaks your heart.
      • Hell, even Laughing Jack, who has been nothing but a slimy Jerkass with Hate Sink tendencies and who treats everyone around him like trash, cries when his best friend dies, showing he truly does have some redeeming factors. Also, Ms. P clinging to Masky at the funeral, as if she might fall apart if she lets go.
      • The small funeral and burial they give Eyeless Jack. Topped off by Jeff sitting by Jack's body, his hoodie off, and looking completely and crushed.
      • Also serving as a heartwarming moment, Jeff kissing Jack's mask can at the funeral. Fuck how he treated Jack earlier, boy desperately needed a hug.
      • Sally asking Ms. P "Mama... do you ever think we'll ever see Eyeless Jack again?" God...she sounds so hopeful, almost as if she was expecting Ms. P to say yes.
      • In "Old Friends", Jeff crying on BEN's shoulder when he discovers Eyeless Jack cannot be brought back.
    • The ending to "the Past". Sure, most viewers were certain that Zalgo was going to betray Jeff and not give him his old life back, but that almost made it worse! The audience guessed it, Jeff could have guessed it, he really should have known; his loneliness and his compassion were both expertly exploited. Zalgo rubbing salt in the wound doesn't help, either.
    • Scattered around Proxy Mansion are murals dedicated to the deceased Mr. X. Unlike many parts of the series, these murals are done completely seriously, adding to the genuine dangers of being a Proxy.
    • Take a look at some of the pictures around Proxy Mansion. Jeff pushing Sally on a swing, Jeff and Ms. P drinking wine and having dinner together, Smile and BEN pranking Enderman, Slenderman helping Sally unwrap Christmas presents... Clearly, the Proxies were once close friends.
  • Toy Ship: BEN and Sally.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Many people see Grinny as this.
    • Same for most of the characters, actually.
  • Uncanny Valley: Jeff in his illusion form.

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