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  • Acceptable Targets: Dan Brown is viewed as a bit of a hack by both Joe and Beck, to the point where someone buying one of his books grabs another book which they compare to buying a newspaper with a porn magazine.
  • Awesome Moments: In Episode 10 Beck's speech towards Joe, calling him out on his actions he believes he acted out of love for her.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Perhaps inevitable, since part of the creators’ intent seems to have been to deconstruct this trope. Penn Badgley is handsome enough, and gives a charismatic enough performance that a worryingly large amount of viewers (including Millie Bobby Brown) are willing to overlook the whole "misogynistic stalker and murderer" thing. (Badgley himself has expressed his bewilderment about this on social media, pointing out that his character is an absolutely loathsome human being.)
    • Peach Salinger had a lot of fans, many of whom couldn't believe Beck would consider Joe when someone like her was in the picture and wanted them together. Disregarding the fact that Peach is a toxic, abusive, manipulative friend, has been obsessing over Beck for years and photographing her without her consent, and much like Joe, wants to control her and can't stand to see her with anyone else.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse
    • Everyone loves Paco because he's Joe's Morality Pet and is just a scared kid caught in a terrible situation.
    • Ethan delivers serves as the show's comic relief and is all around a nice guy.
  • Epileptic Trees: A lot of people have theorized that Joe deliberately pushed Beck onto the railroad tracks in the first episode so he could have an opportunity to save her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A few examples.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: The entire point of the story is that Joe is, in fact, a bad guy and a loathsome human being, and yet, people find themselves swooning for him.
  • Narm: The face Joe makes when he's in a dangerous mood (such as when Candace is leaving him or when Beck tries to escape after discovering his true nature) can come off as unintentionally silly to some.
    • Beck not having curtains despite living on the ground floor of a very busy street, which many viewers thought was a very hilariously contrived way of giving Joe a way to spy on her sex life.
  • Nausea Fuel: Benji's decomposing corpse.
    • Joe’s various creeper habits, such as stealing and sniffing Beck’s panties.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Paranoia Fuel: Just about everyone Beck interacts with wants to possess her.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Related to the Draco in Leather Pants phenomenon above, some fans do this to Beck, exaggerating her admittedly true personality flaws (and even accusing her of ones she doesn’t have) and going so far as to imply to directly state that she “deserved” what Joe does to her.
    • Some fans also do this to Paco, mostly because he runs away after Beck begs him to help her escape, leaving her to be murdered by Joe. Never mind that he's a scared child, or that after seeing Joe kill Ron, he's warned by Joe that if anyone finds out, he'd be taken away from his mom, which explains why he leaves Beck to her fate when she starts screaming that Joe has 'killed people.'
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  • Rooting for the Empire: It's almost impossible to dislike Joe, especially in the TV series. He presents a likable personality, while most of his victims arguably had it coming. This was likely intentional (to an extent) on the part of the creators, however, and most viewers will be jerked back to their sense by the time Joe murders Beck. As for those who still don’t get the point afterward- see Misaimed Fandom above.

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