- Base-Breaking Character:
- Rusty himself. While most people tend to find him hilarious in a Crosses the Line Twice kind of way, others find him too horrible and abusive to really laugh at.
- "Perfect Bidoof" (aka "Peanut Butter"), is either an awesome idea for a character (in that, he's a Pokemon willing to assist Rusty in his destruction on others), or an absolutely terrifying individual whose presence is too horrifying even for a web series that is practically built on dark humor.
- Broken Base: The Grand Finale was rather divisive among viewers, with some seeing it as a good ending that managed to tie up the loose ends (and finally giving Future Rusty the punishment he deserves) while others found it anti-climactic and just generally not very satisfying.
- Continuity Lockout: For a Black Comedy web series, it was pretty heavy on continuity. Most of the episodes tend to be direct continuations of each other and feature a lot of Continuity Nods and Call-Backs with little-to-no explanation.
- Crosses the Line Twice: All the death and destruction that Rusty tends to cause is what makes the series so funny.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Rusty defeats a Trainer by throwing Pikachu the Kakuna at his Rattata. Come Pokémon Sun and Moon, the actual Pikachu's Z-move has the trainer doing the same thing.
- The EV Training episode came out just over a week before Pokémon X and Y were released, which dramatically simplified the EV Training process and addressed most (though not all) of the issues being parodied.
- In the Battlehaus episode, the owner teaches Rusty about "Stacker Battles" as one of the many battle styles available in the facility. It involves stacking 3 Pokémon together, then having them battle against one another... which is essentially the concept behind the battle system for World of Final Fantasy.
- Rusty's true talent of being a cook instead of being destined as a Pokemon trainer foreshadows Uwe Boll's real talent of being a chef by opening his own restaurant after his retirement of film-making (which he had a lack of talent with).
- Idiot Plot: To put it short, the whole series is driven by Rusty being a complete dumbass.
- It's Short, So It Sucks!: The series revival lasting just 5 episodes got this reaction from some people.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Pikachu the Beedrill became a hate-filled sociopath because of Rusty's extremely poor handling, which included being dragged around on a leash instead of in a Poké Ball and trying to make Pikachu evolve by throwing rocks at him when he was still a Kakuna in hopes that one of them was a Sun Stone (which doesn't even evolve Kakunas in general). Not helping was the fact that Professor Tree, who "owned" Pikachu before Rusty took him, apparently thought that he was a paperweight.
- Rusty. While he is completely stupid and utterly incompetent, no one really deserves to have their dreams dashed when they aren't truly meaning any harm.
- Nightmare Fuel: Peanut Butter straight up murdering Agatha in "The Elite Four". He uses his powers to make Bidoofs sprout out of her eyes and mouth, and she just keels over, dead. So the surviving members of the Elite Four give Rusty her position out of sheer terror.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Surprisingly, "Pikachu" only appears in a couple cameos throughout the revival episodes. Most were surprised that it didn't end in some sort of battle between Rusty's two most noteworthy Pokémon, Beedrill and Perfect Bidoof.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Rusty on account of his complete and utter stupidity getting in the way of his dreams of wanting to be a Pokémon master has made him look sympathetic to some fans even though it's clear he's not supposed to be. Then there was the fact he was going to prison for the rest of his life at the age of ten, before eventually being forced to work at his father's deli (which he hated doing) for the rest of his life.
- The Woobie: Any of Rusty's Pokémon or some poor human harmed or killed by Rusty's stupidity.
YMMV / Pokémon Rusty