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  • Broken Base: Some people find the comedy and style of the show to be very entertaining and want more of it, others hate it and think that Rooster Teeth should stop making the show.
    • The fact that a lot of the comedy is inside jokes that you would need to see various other Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter shows to know. Some think that it's nice, some people don't.
    • The Sadistic Choice in "The Anti-Vav Ray". The big contention people have with it is why Vav didn't just go ahead and use the Slo-Mo Hands anyway despite being called a cheater by Mogar. Some think that Mogar's calling him out for using powers when the Slo-Mo Hands are obviously gadgets. Others think, probably the intended way, that he knows they're gizmos and he's trying to get him to prove he's better. And still others think that Vav made the only choice he could since it's likely the Mad King would have a back up plan for any and every tactic Vav could have tried; at least picking Ash over Ray proved he cared about civilians.
  • Crack Ship: Mogar and Vav are shipped because their VA's have a rather infamous bromance going on with each other. In-universe however there is little to no reason for it to be shipped.
    • Mogar being shipped with David is even worse as the shows don't exist in the same universe as far as we can tell.
  • Growing the Beard: The first episode of Season 2 has gotten this response so far.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The jokes about X-Ray's dad not being around were expected given his Ink-Suit Actor jokingly started the gag himself as a form of Self-Deprecation during Let's Plays. In-Universe however the jokes become cringe worthy once we find out that X-Ray has major abandonment issues stemming from his dad leaving him and his mom when he was very young, and can be easily manipulated because of it. This makes moments like the Corpirate pulling a (false) Luke, I Am Your Father on him as a gag become this. Seeing X-Ray get excited and hopeful (and by god the look on his face!) for a few second, even despite the fact his so called "father" is about to kill him (which just makes it worse), only for the Corpirate to shut him down and call him stupid for believing it. The look on X-Ray's face while Corpirate laughs is just heartbreaking. And to think that this was just a 16-second long gag!
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  • He Really Can Act: Ryan Haywood's voice-acting roles have mainly been limited to amusing Large Ham characters, but The Madness of the King shows that he can be deadly serious.
  • Ho Yay: Played for Laughs in "Enter the Dragonfic", which was no doubt a reference to Rooster Teeth's hyper awareness over the Yaoi fanbase Gavin Free (Vav) has garnered over the years thanks to his various bromances with his co-workers.
    • Take into consideration that when the two characters were nothing more than an on going joke in let's plays they were often portrayed as being Ambiguously Gay for each other (you know, for shits and giggles.) It's really no wonder that once they got their own show that this would stay. Seriously, there's plenty of it outside of the Played for Laughs moments above. For one, our heroes transformation sequence (which has only been seen once so far) involves them slamming their pelvic areas together. The two also notably have attempted to do this out of sheer excitement for a situation at several points, only to be stopped mid bump. Then of course there's X-Ray's clingy-ness towards Vav. While at least some of it can chalked up as part of his Hidden Depths (you know, what with his massive abandonment issues and all that) some of his dialogue comes off more like a a jealous girlfriend. To add even more to it, after being broken from the books mind control in "Enter the Dragonfic" he delivers this wonderfully Ambiguously Bi line.
      X-Ray: [To Vav after they're almost forced to kiss] Yeah, I am way out of your league!
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  • Jerkass Woobie: X-Ray as of S2 E5.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Many people root for The Mad King in Season 2, in part due to how the heroes act.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Since their VAs are married in real life there are people who ship Hilda and Mogar. Though they've shared a scene in Episode 6 of Season 2, but it took until the season finale for them to speak to each other at all.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Started almost immediately. At first there was the X-Ray/Vav ship and the Hilda/X-Ray ship butting heads. Then Ash and Mogar were introduced bringing about the existence of the Vav/Ash Mogar/Vav, and Mogar/Hilda ships. There's also two trio-ships, X-Ray/Hilda/Vav and Mogar/Hilda/Vav. That's not even getting into the fact that people ship X-Ray with The Mad King of all people.
  • So Okay, It's Average: What the show is ultimately remembered as.
  • Uncanny Valley: Wheras the rest of the characters have simple, cartoonish eyes, The Mad King's eyes are very detailed. The effect is rather disturbing, which is likely on purpose.
  • The Un Twist: There were actually many fans who guessed that Mogar's mother is a cow and that the Mad King was holding her hostage.
  • What an Idiot!: The Mad King, in-universe, calls X-Ray and Vav idiots for spending all of their time whining and complaining about their problems instead of actually being heroes.
    • The Mad King himself falls into this as his entire plan in season 2 relied almost exclusively on X-Ray and Vav staying antagonistic towards each other despite the fact that he was previously defeated by the Power of Friendship.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency??: Some people feel that Adam would have made a better Corpirate than Geoff.
    • Though Geoff was the original version of the character in WWE, so it does seem like the natural choice.

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