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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Paul makes a lot of Video Game Cruelty Potential decisions regarding NLM Care, and deceiving some of the pets to catch them. Is this Paul just being a 100% Completion gamer, or is Paul not that nice a person?
      • It's bit complicated since the game forces Paul to do these actions. So it could be more because he has no choice in that regard, regardless of his actual will. He does seem to be creeped out by some of the creepier things in the game.
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    • There is a lot of this in regards to who the characters are and what they represent. This is especially the case with "Marvin," who, while clearly being an Abusive Parent towards Care, has multiple different interpretations for his motivations. Is he trying to hide a crime he committed? Is he trying to fix a mistake he made? Or is he trying to exact revenge for some unknown offense?
  • Cliché Storm: Some detractors of the series have said that it rings of average video game Creepypasta tropes, such as it beginning with a "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer, a simple looking game turning dark and dreary, the game seemingly having some sort of mind of its ownnote , and it possibly having disturbing correlations to real life events. More positive interpretations rather treat all of this as a Deconstruction.
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    • Pen is one of the more popular pets in the series, despite only appearing in one scene and not having much to do with the plot.
    • Hudson has become a Fountain of Memes in the fanbase after his debut, despite being an In-Universe What Could Have Been character.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Every single nook and cranny of the series has been mined for clues, given its seemingly non-linear/overlapping structure.
    • A debunked yet still virulent fan theory is that the series is an allegory for the tragic fate of Candace Newmaker, an adopted child who was suffocated to death in a controversial therapy practice known as "rebirthing"; the murderers, including her abusive mother, were never really punished for it. Though the references are now seen as allegorical stand-ins adding context to in-game people, places and items, that hasn't stopped this particular fan theory from resurfacing whenever a vlogger on Youtube (such as Game Theory) brings it back up again. Members of the Petscop subreddit tend to dismiss these people as "Game Theory kids" because of their insistence that Newmaker's case is what the game is entirely about, though this died down after MatPat came to the same allegorical conclusion in a sequel episode.
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  • Fountain of Memes: Hudson.
  • Funny Moments: Rainer's Precision F-Strike in one episode.
    • From Episode 11, Paul's deadpan reaction to suddenly getting locked in Care's closet, seemingly with no way out.
      Paul: (walking his character into the closet) I don't know, [is] there something I missed in here? I don't think so...
      (closet door closes, trapping him in; beat)
      Paul: (chuckling slightly) That's a...that's a fun thing. Fun thing that just happened.
    • The utter chaos that was Easter 2019. After a 5 month wait, Petscop 17 was released! And 12 hours later, so was episode 18. Then an hour after that, 19. A brief pause, before Episode 20 was released... before finally finishing off with Episode 21. In under 24 hours, the series released 5 episodes after what was basically 5 months of hiatus, leaving pretty much everybody in the dust to just try and catch up. Hilarity Ensues as most people, understandably, were too caught up in the previous episode that had been released to even consider the new one that had been dropped on them.
    • The revelation that Episode 21, whose description simply reads "The Sign," syncs up perfectly with Ace of Base's "The Sign." Doubly funny because the last four episodes were all massive game-changers, and fans would no doubt be scouring this episode for lore reveals as well.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has a surprisingly large Mexican/Spanish following, as a result of the Colbert Bump mentioned in the Trivia page.
  • He Really Can Act: Despite likely creating the game himself, Paul does an excellent job of acting as just some average guy who found an unfinished game. He reacts with appropriate surprise and confusion at the game's oddities and performs some convincing trial and error for some of its more cryptic elements.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Considering that the series typically updates only once every few months, the fact that no less than five episodes dropped within 24 hours between April 20th and 21st of 2019 was pretty shocking, especially considering that there were some major lore reveals contained within that update block.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I TURNED THE RIGHT AND BECAME A SHADOW MONSTER MAN" as a form of exclamation.
    • "That's a dead kid. Yup."
    • But that one actually did solve Petscop.explanation 
    • "Press Nifty"
    • GIRL
    • BYE-BYE! BY-BY-BY-BYE-BY-BY-BYE-BY-BYE-BYE!note 
    • The Easter 2019 chaos, with five videos uploaded that contained many lore reveals, and also showed off the censored objects.
    • For some reason, someone pointed out coincidences with Petscop and Teletubbies of all things, leading to many "Teletubbies + Petscop" jokes.
  • Narm:
    • In video 2, Paul finds Mike's tomb. Upon reading his epitaph and concluding he was a child born around the time that he was upon dying, Paul proclaims: "...That's a dead kid. Yep."
    • Mike's tombstone looks like a toilet.
    • Rainer's "Fuck you, and fuck me as well. Merry Christmas." note in Petscop 11.
    • The pause screen's message of "Your butt leaves a cavity in the chair." at the end of Petscop 20
  • Most Annoying Sound: "BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE,BYE - BYE-BYE”note 
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The censor bars that censor objects and scenes that seem to be important to the plot for seemingly no reason.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The game has heavy undertones of child abuse, especially in adopted families, and the monstrosity of it. In particular, the game seems to target those who believe adopting children is the same thing as getting a pet that must obey your every command. Likewise, this sort of anvil could be applied to those with biological children as well.

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