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->''I don't like this movie,''\\
''It doesn't look too friendly,''\\
''These monsters seem so fake, my nerves are gonna break.''\\
''Phelous, don't let me down,''\\
''You need to be around,''\\
''Grab that running one-up and blast that thing a new one!''
-->-- ''"Oh Phelous", Phelous' ending theme by Ze [[WebVideo/ForgetAboutIt SadPanda]]...''

[[AwesomeMcCoolName Phelan Porteous]] is a Canadian guy that makes funny videos on the Internet. His claims to fame are his reviews of really bad horror movies, both B-grade and big-budget, and ''WebVideo/MortalKomedy'', a parody of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series. He's also well-known for being a MetaGuy who [[LampshadeHanging mocks the hell out of poorly-used tropes]], as well as his unique delivery which involves lots of [[DeadpanSnarker deadpanning]] with occasional bits of [[LargeHam hamminess]]. He also used to [[TheyKilledKennyAgain die a lot in his reviews]], but that gag's ([[WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee mostly]]) been retired.

His main review show used to have no official name (a fact that was lampshaded within the series itself), but it's since been dubbed "Phelous and the Movies" after [[SureWhyNot a seemingly-random title given to the show]] on Website/{{IMDB}}. The show was also referred to as "Phelous Who" for a short time and given an accompanying title sequence, likely because of all the shoutouts to said series present in his videos. The title sequence has since been retired, with the explanation given that he wanted to make better use of the title cards drawn for his episodes. He also has a couple of other video series: ''Bootleg Zones'', which focuses on [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct bootleg and knockoff toys and video games of varying quality]] (and its spinoff, ''Miraculous Merchandise Zone'', which looks at official products); ''Halloweenie'', a [[StylisticSuck low-budget public access show]] with an odd skeleton man who looks at Halloween-related items and topics; and an episode-by-episode review of ''Series/MortalKombatConquest''.

His videos can be viewed at WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/phelous here]], as well as at his own website [[http://www.phelous.com here]]. A list of films he's reviewed can be found [[PhelousList here]]. A frequent collaborator with WebVideo/ObscurusLupa, and the two frequently appear in each other's videos.

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!!Tropes found in this show:

* AbortedArc: The review of Creator/StephenKing's ''Boogey Man'', ends with Phelous regenerating into a cat, and one of his dead selves turning into Phelous D1, hinting at a new expansive storyline for the mid-Review sketches. The next review, ''JeepersCreepers'', starts out with Cat-Phelous turning into a human again via a DeusExMachina, shorty after which he nonchalantly shoots Phelous D1, ending the storyline in less than 3 minutes.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: He notes this in a scene from ''Day of the Dead 2'' where one of the zombified characters monolouges after getting shot, only to be told the others can hear him (ItMakesSenseInContext). Phelous then believes [[TheyJustDidntCare the movie just gave up]].
** Also in ''House of the Dead'' with this exchange
--> '''Some Guy:''' Shoot them!
--> '''Capitan Kirk:''' Whaddaya think I'm tryin' to do, ya fucking moron?
** He admits the {{DVD Commentary}} for ''Film/HouseOfTheDead'': [[BlatantLies Funny]] Version is funny, albeit unintentionally.
** He thought the bratty kids getting blown up in ''Film/SantasSlay'' was pretty funny until they ruined it.
** In his review of ''Film/TheBoogeyman'', a little boy, after sticking his head through a window and shouting "BOOGEYMAN!", is killed pathetically when the window half heartedly closes on his neck. Phelous says that death scene almost makes up for everything else. [[HaHaHaNo Almost.]]
** Almost any goofy surprised death face seems to cheer him up.
** In ''TurtlesForever'', he points out that 1987 Raphael's second breaking the fourth wall gag ''was'' pretty funny, but by that point was too pissed about the lack of respect with which the 1987 turtles were handled to laugh at it.
** Admits that in the ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers'' review that John Strode's death in the theatrical cut (With his head exploding) is stupid, but also funny and was the only change between the two cuts of the film he approved of.
* AdamWesting: Lampshaded at the end of ''Incubus'' when he says all the performances were terrible. Except for Tara Reid who did an excellent job playing Tara Reid.
** [[MetaGuy Phelous himself]]. Frequently.
** During the large crossover review of ''Film/SouthlandTales'' he seemed to be completely exaggerating his own speech patterns and accent for deliberate effect.
* {{Adorkable}}:
* AffectionateParody: ''Mortal Komedy'', of ''Mortal Kombat''.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Selouph, Phelous' allegedly EvilCounterpart who reviews romantic comedies.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: While Siro is presented as one of the protagonists in ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'', Phelous sees him In-Universe as an asshole who becomes more unlikable [[Main/UpToEleven by each episode]].
* ArchEnemy: Phelous D1, allegedly. Phelous himself seems to [[UnknownRival keep forgetting he exists]].
* ArcWords: "Real", and all variations there of (such as "really" "real" and "for reals").
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The ''Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'' animated story shows the evil Hyde committing murder, implied rape and ''dropping discounted silverware into the river,'' that fiend.
* AuthorAppeal: ''Series/DoctorWho'', obviously, horror movies, another gimme, survival horror games like ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' and ''Franchise/SilentHill'', and strangely enough, like [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], ProfessionalWrestling, he's made jokes about Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, Wrestling/TripleH, and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]].
** ''Film/SantasSlay'', starring [=Goldberg=], has him repeatedly use Goldberg's wrestling theme whenever Santa shows up, along with other wrestling themes when appropriate, as well as wanting [[{{Jobber}} Gillberg]] to show up as Santa's evil elf.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]]: Pops up in his ''Bootleg Zones'' reviews of all places, with the Franchise/{{Robocop}} knockoff figure called ''Robert Cop 2''. Phelous gives it a perfect 10/10 overall score based on the name alone. [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Dinosaur Invincibility]] is also given a high score because of its ridiclous name and packaging.
** In his Wrong Turn 2 review, he refuses to refer to a character named Jake as anything other than the actor's real name: [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1564024/?ref_=tt_cl_t3 Texas Battle]].
* AxCrazy: Especially in crossovers.
* BadassBeard
* TheBadGuyWins: And occasionally "The Bad Guy is foiled for now, but lives to kill another day;" common themes in the films he reviews, usually responded to with an annoyed groan from Phelan.
* BalefulPolymorph: ObscurusLupa uses a garlic sandwich to turn [[spoiler:Phelous D1 into a harmless CuteKitten]].
* BerserkButton: He has a whole keyboard of 'em:
** The plot twist in ''I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer'':
-->'''Phelous:''' A zombie fisherman. ''A zombie fisherman.'' '''''A ZOMBIE FISHERMAN!?'''''
** Creator/EliRoth and his writing style, particularly his reliance on {{Jerkass}} characters and using "gay" as an insult.
** With Sub-Zero, if you make a fatality joke, he will call you out on it. Make one too many and he will consider killing you, as Phelous proved in his Anacondas 4 review.
** Michelle from ''Pulse 2'', since she plots to kill her daughter just so her ex-husband can't have custody.
*** From ''Pulse 3'', there's also "THE INTERNET GHOST OF A RECORD PLAYER?!", which is insane enough to rival the zombie fisherman.
*** Reviewing so many bad films named ''Pulse'' (whether they're in a series or not) eventually turned the mere word into a berserk button for him.
** Anytime a bad movie references a better one. Taken to extreme levels in ''Dead & Deader''.
** The man takes his gaming pretty seriously. He ranted at length about the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' and ''SilentHill'' [[AdaptationDecay films]] (particularly Dahlia Gillespie's portrayal as a sympathetic character in the first ''SilentHill'' film, and Jill Valentine's [[DemotedToExtra demotion to sidekick]] in the ''Resident Evil'' films), and he was mildly irked by the [[PacManFever inaccuracies]] [[HollywoodGameDesign about videogames]] in ''StayAlive''.
** His review of ''Film/ASerbianFilm'' is quite possibly his angriest review yet, taking particular umbrage at that film's {{Gorn}} and attempts at CrossingTheLineTwice.
** It's not as bad as some of the other buttons, but Phelous dislikes horror movie [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters teenagers/college students/cops/killers]] who are obsessed with drinking and partying; oftentimes wishing that they'd get killed already.
*** The partying cop from the CabinFever series earns an especially large chunk of his disdain when he reviews those movies.
** He hates reality shows, judging by his ''Wrong Turn 2'' and ''Halloween: Resurrection" reviews.
** Most horror movie remakes; mostly ones that remove subtle atmospheric horror.
** The director of The Curse of Michael Myers claiming {{Donald Pleasence}}'s Dr. Loomis boring and cutting large portions of his final performance.
** Inconsistency between movies and their sequels tends to anger him as well (Ulli Lommel's ''Film/TheBoogeyman'' trilogy being a prime example of this).
** "Lock-you-inside" locks may still exist in modern times, but they're rarer and they mostly only exist in horror movies to act as an inconvenience to anyone trying to get out of the house. He ''hates'' them. (Though they're actually still very common in places like the UK and Europe, causing confusion to viewers from those countries.)
** Contrived reasons to disable cell phones in horror movies, such as the signal mysteriously vanishing in the vicinity of slashers or monsters.
** He often gets annoyed by large amounts of [[JumpScare jump scares]] in movies. However, in his review of Film/JacobsLadder, he did point out a JumpScare done right; a surprise shot that's been built up and has relevance to the movie's theme.
** For very understandable reasons attempts to play [[BlackComedyRape rape for laughs]], especially in tasteless movies such as ''Jack Frost'' or ''Thankskilling'', is one of his biggest Berserk Buttons.
* BigNo: Parodied during the ending of the Skinned Deep episode, when it turns out that the end credits of the movie play while the FinalGirl screams "NOOOOOOOOO!" over and over again throughout the whole thing.
-->'''Phelous''': NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOO! [=NOOOOOOoooo=] way I'm doing that.
** Played straight when he realizes Creator/EliRoth wrote and directed Hostel II, unlike the second Cabin Fever.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Phelous lives in what looks like a tiny shed on the outside, [[Series/DoctorWho but on the inside, it's pretty big.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Since some of his reviews are of terrible foreign horror movies, he runs into this on occasion. He gets particularly confused for ''Nightmare City,'' an Italian zombie movie.
* BloodyHilarious: How he treats most of the movies' death scenes, by [[{{Slapstick}} speeding them up and adding cartoony sound effects.]]
* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: the entire premise of his "Halloweenie" videos.
* BrickJoke: During his review of ''Film/CryWolf'', Phelous makes a prank call to the police. [[spoiler: This leads to a cop shooting a fellow skit artist at the end of the review and then arresting Phelous.]]
** Also, he shouldn't have [[BerserkButton crossed that line]] when he mentioned ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
** In his ''JeepersCreepers'' review, [[EvilCounterpart Phelous D1]] claims part of his plan involved turning the show into one that reviews Romantic Comedies. At the start of the ''Amityville Horror'' review, ''another'' evil counterpart Phelous claims he reviews romantic comedies, before getting shot by Phelous.
* BrokenRecord: The scene in ''Case 39'' where Lily repeats "Why, Emily?" over and over again causes him to scream "[[BigShutUp Shut up! SHUT UP!]]" and then dub her as saying "[[ActorAllusion Silent Hill!]]" over and over again.
** Enrico in the Resident Hazard machinima, who keeps saying "Yeah?" over and over again.
* BrokeTheRatingScale: ''A Serbian Film'' does this for Phelous much like it did for WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob. He states he'd watch any of the other movies he's reviewed repeatedly, even ''FiveAcrossTheEyes'', instead of ''A Serbian Film''.
** The Midnight Meat Train received 7.2 out of a 3.
** JeepersCreepers got a -3/10, solely due to [[FelonyMisdemeanor the sky having poor continuity]].
* BullyingADragon: Phelous mocks [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Micheal Myers]] in the ''WrongTurn2DeadEnd'' review.
* ButThouMust: Parodied in his ''Fear Dot Com'' video, even using the exact phrase.
* ButtMonkey: Bat Hero gets no respect, not from Phelous, his enemies or his girlfriend Steffi Love. The Rock N Dancer got even worse, ending with him being destroyed.
* CallBack: Selouph in the "Prom Night" and "Amityville Horror" reviews is one to the WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} commentary he did with [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], ObscurusLupa and [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash]].
** The ''Birdemic2TheResurrection'' review is ''full'' of call-backs to the original ''{{Birdemic}}''. Hell, "50% discount" and [[NonSequitur "Yes"]] become a RunningGag.
* TheCameo: Has a short one in the ''Apocalypse 4: Judgment'' review by DiamandaHagan.
** Or whenever anyone on Channel Awesome references anything '[[MetaGuy meta]]' during a review.
** Many reviewers appear in his show in return (specially in ''Croc'' and ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'').
* CameraAbuse: Finding out that ''Incubus'' was originally called ''Pulse'' drives him over the edge and he attacks the camera, flipping it over before composing himself.
** Parodied again in his review of ''Film/{{Quarantine}}'' (specifically the part where a guy kills a zombie by smashing the lens into its face). Phelous' camera breaks and we get a title card with the words "One new camera later..."
* CanadaEh: Well, in the sense that he ''is'' Canadian, but his review persona doesn't fit much in the way of Canadian stereotypes.
** Mortal Komedy takes place in "Oatworld". That's Canadian enough.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Halloweenie and Pumpkinweenie never truly got along on the show ''(primarily because of Halloweenie)'', but as of [[http://phelous.com/2014/10/08/phelous/halloweenie/halloweenie-halloween-shows/ the 2014 episode]], this trope shows. The latter turns bitter because his new co-host, Skulloweenie, is [[TastesLikeDiabetes way too saccharine for his tastes]], and Halloweenie makes a mini-Pumpkinweenie when trying to make a show out of garbage in an alley. Either way, for all of the fighting they did on-camera, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it's clear that they miss each other]].
* CaptainObvious: Captain Explainy Pants in his "Aladdin" (not that Aladdin) review.
** ...And in the ''Child's Play 3'' review.
* CatchPhrase:
** "...aaaand he/she dies!" In response to a character being killed off with little fanfare.
** An extremely forced "''X''?! What are ''you'' doing here?!" at the beginning of a crossover.
*** Also for cameos by famous actors in the movies he reviews.
** "They're/He/She is the best!" any time a group or individual shown as experts in their field faces trouble they're unprepared for.
** "Ain't that real fuckin' cute?" whenever a sentimental and cutesy moment appears.
*** "Cute" and "real fucking cute" also appear when a movie tries (and fails) to be clever.
** With [[WebVideo/ObscurusLupa Allison]], said very quickly in the "stupid dog" voice (as opposed to the "mean cat" voice used for Ash), "It's not weird!" whenever a less-intelligent character's quirks are revealed.
* CharacterBlog: The 3rd Phelous has a [[http://twitter.com/#!/CatPhelous Twitter]].
* ClusterFBomb: In the ''Satan Claus'' review, Phelous turns the captain's exclamation of "Fuck! Fuck shit fuck!" into his catchphrase.
** In the opening to his review of ''Mortal Komedy'' he screams profanity, until he realises he has to turn into his old self.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: of ''FunnyGames''. In his original review he treated the anti-horror film as a simply bad horror film, apparently oblivious to its intended message. However, a great many episodes later he reviewed it again, focusing solely on its intended message, arguing that it's still a bad movie any way you slice it.
* ContinuitySnarl: Yeah, even Phelous doesn't know what's going on at this point. Then again, [[NegativeContinuity he doesn't really care]].
* CreepyChild: One of his major problems with ''Case 39'' is that Lily is ''supposed'' to fit this trope, but comes off more as just an annoying brat.
** He also made fun of the "ghost babby" in the remake of ''TheAmityvilleHorror''.
* CuteKitten: After the seventh Boogeyman movie, Phelous regenerated into his cat Tiniqua. He followed up with a review of Meow Mix and a "cameo" from his other cat Kisa. [[spoiler:Phelous D1 later gets turned into the same cat.]]
* CryingWolf: Does this in the ''Film/CryWolf'' review
* DancingBear: In-universe, believes that TheHumanCentipede is basically this, saying that anyone curious about the premise might as well just look at a screenshot of the completed Human Centipede.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In the ''JeepersCreepers'' review, he brings an [[AntiClimax abrupt end]] to the Phelous D1 Saga by shooting his EvilCounterpart. Phelous D1 and [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Ralph]] [[AccidentalMisnaming Oancitizen]] both lampshade this.
* DeadAllAlong: Phelous often dies at the end of his reviews. Sometimes he reveals that he's not going to die because "I'm already dead!" *Evil Laugh*
** [[spoiler:His "Jacob's Ladder" review cements this even further with a CerebusRetcon: he died while reviewing "Mac and Me" and the last five years of reviews were his spirit holding on to the last few minutes of his life while refusing to move on.]]
*** [[spoiler: Look again at the intro to his ''SeventhMoon'' review. He's looking in the mirror, saying "The face in the mirror, it wasn't me!" with a terrorized expression on his face. He's foreshadowing how in the Jacob's Ladder review, he will see his true dead self in the mirror at the end, but is still unable to accept it yet.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: He started off extremely deadpan, almost lifeless really, but over time he's become much livelier and more extreme. He's still a huge snarker though.
* DeathIsCheap: No matter how messily he dies at the end of an episode, he'll be back next time as if nothing happened.
* DefiedTrope: Starting with the "New Phelous", Phelous openly avoided the DeathIsCheap RunningGag, culminating in him getting shot with a rifle in the ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'' review and [[RealityEnsues having to go to the hospital]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Pointed out by Phelous with the URL of ''Fear Dot Com'''s titular website, feardotcom.com.
* DesignatedHero: [[InvokedTrope In Phelan's view]], the main characters of ''Prom Night 3''. The guy covers up the villain's crimes due to being in lust with her and the girl insists on standing by him despite ample evidence he's been murdering people and cheating on her. This is one of the few episodes he shows himself to be okay with a TheBadGuyWinsEnding, as it allows the villain to deliver just desserts to these two.
* DespairEventHorizon: Has a brief one watching Jack Frost 2 when a character calling himself "Captain Fun" shows up.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: A major PetPeeveTrope of his; expect at least a minor rant about it during every movie it comes up in.
** Special mentions: ''Film/CabinFever'', where he explains that by making the jerk such a jerk, you've got everyone just wondering when and how that character will die and not about the rest of the cast or what is going on. The Party Cop gets frequent call backs as well, as do "teenagers who just want to ''party''!"
** In ''Crocodile'', his favorite character is Princess the dog. Even more so when he thinks she's purposefully inciting the crocodile to go after the kids. Also noting that the jerk of that movie continues being a jerk even when he needs the other two survivors to keep carrying him.
--> "So, we ''are'' supposed to be rooting for the crocodile, right?"
** In the ''Child's Play 2'' and ''Child's Play 3'' reviews, Phelous and the Nostalgia Critic continuously bring up the way that Chucky just [[StupidEvil messes around]] doing everything but his soul-transferring objective.
* DistaffCounterpart: Sort of. In Hostel 1 & 2 Reviews in 5 Seconds, his sister does the Hostel 2 portion. Making fun of how Hostel 2 is the same thing as the first movie only with female characters.
* DontExplainTheJoke: In a cameo for ''Croc'', the 100th episode special:
-->'''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]:''' No wonder one of us got really popular and the other one died a whole lot and does stupid meta jokes.\\
'''Phelous:''' But -- Linkara -- I --\\
'''Linkara:''' The one who died a lot and does stupid meta jokes is ''you''.\\
'''Phelous:''' Yes. I got it.
* DoubleEntendre: Unavoidable when a movie calls itself ''MeatTrain''.
-->'''Phelous:''' "I might as well call myself phallus instead of Phelous. ''Phallus Aboard the Meat Train.''"
* DudeNotFunny: {{Invoked}} in ''Jack Frost'' with regards to the scene where the title character rapes a woman to death with his carrot nose, which is PlayedForLaughs.
* DullSurprise: Phelous loves to point out actors incapable of emoting. He's usually pretty harsh on Creator/MichaelMadsen who delivers all the intensity of someone only there to cash in a paycheck.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first few seconds of the ''Film/MacAndMe'' review showed that Phelous would be more [[MetaGuy self-aware]] than other web critics:
-->(''Title card has Phelous replacing Eric on the film's poster'')\\
'''Phelous:''' What am I looking at? (''turns around to look at Mac'') Eww, what is that thing!?
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob]] couldn't even pretend pretend to be happy he talked Phelous into watching [[spoiler: A Serbian Film.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Several; there's Phelous D1 from the ''Ghost Ship'' and ''Dawn of the Living Dead'' review, a Phelous version of the villain from ''Incubus'', a ''SilentHill''-style [[FanDisservice Nurse Phelous]] from his review of ''SilentHill Homecoming'' and ''Case 39'', and the romantic comedy reviewer "Selouph".
* EvilLaugh: Phelous is rather entertained when the 'unlikable teen' in CabinFever 2 goes to cut his own arm off.
* EyeTake: Arguably his funniest reaction ever to the events happening on screen in a movie he reviews was in his review of the ''Film/BlackChristmas2006'' remake, when the killer's mother rapes him (the killer, not Phelous). Phelous sits slack-jawed, eyes open wide in stupefied horror.
** He has the same reaction when Michael Myers crossdresses in a blue dress and shows some leg. And it's still the best moment of that review.
* FailureHero: Bat Hero from Bootleg Zone. He is even sentenced to hang for all the trouble his attempted heroics cause.
* FanDisservice: At the end of his Silent Hill Homecoming video:[[spoiler: Phelous in one of the nurse outfits. Complete with short skirt.]]
* FantasticRacism: A RunningGag in the "Halloweenie" videos is the character's hatred of witches, often to the point of him taking pleasure at the idea of them getting hurt.
* FollowTheLeader: Spoofed at the end of his ''Thankskilling'' review with his [[SarcasmMode "extremely original"]] character, [[WebVideo/BumReviews Pester Z. Bum]]!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In his review of ''Film/HouseOfTheDeadIIDeadAim'', when a character makes reference to wanting to have sex with a zombie, Phelous reacts by saying, "Contemplating Zombie rape?! I better never see anything that stupid again!" to which Sad Panda appears saying "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry." Fast forward a couple months to the La Horde review done alongside Sad Panda...
** The end of the "House of the Dead" review reveals that [[MindScrew Phelous was still dead from the previous episode, and the review was a near-death hallucination]]. [[spoiler:And then we have TheReveal from the "Jacob's Ladder" review.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: At the very last second of his Amityville Horror review, an image of his face pops up in his window.
** Which serves as a {{Callback}} to other reviews during the Regen arc last year.
* FromASingleCell: Parodied in his review of ''Anaconda 4''
* GagDub: The ''Film/{{Killdozer}}'', ''[[TheAmityvilleHorror Amityville 4]]'' and ''Film/MansBestFriend'' review all feature dubbed-in voices for the respective villains. The movies on their own had ridiculous premises, but the voices just make them impossible to take seriously.
* GambitRoulette: One of his main complaints with ''Film/CryWolf'' was that [[spoiler:Dodger]] had no way of knowing how a number of things of key parts of her plan would work, and simply got ''very'' lucky.
* GilliganCut: In ''StayAlive'' he refuses to play the Stay Alive game. Cut to him playing it.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Phelous breaks into a fit of insane laughter after it's revealed that the BigBad of ''Skinned Deep'' is [[spoiler: a headless bodybuilder wearing nothing but a pair of underwear that says "DYNOMITE!" on the front.]]
** The line "You're not DEAD, are you?" from the 3D remake of ''NightOfTheLivingDead'' also sends him into hysterics.
*** [[spoiler: The end of the Jacob's Ladder review not only justifies his hysterics, but turns it into a very brilliant bit of foreshadowing.]]
** His review of ''Cabin Fever 2'' is full of this. Take your pick, his reaction to Party Cop returning, his reaction to Party Cop still being obsessed with partying, or [[spoiler: his insane laughter over a scene where the girl cuts off the boy's infected hand with a buzzsaw and torches the wound.]]
** From the ''Pulse 3'' review: "The internet ghost of a record player? The internet ghost of a record player! ''The internet ghost of a record player?! '''It made me do the overhead spinning scream thing again!!!"'''''
** Taken to the extreme in ''Thankskilling'' when the killer turkey (which is more like a vulture) encounters a couple mid-coitus, kills the man and fucks the girl in the ass. Phelous falls to the ground, laughing or crying, ''for over a minute'', before just staring at the camera in the next few scenes.
** Also in ''Film/MansBestFriend''. "DOG RAPE!"
* {{Gorn}}: Since he specializes in horror films, expect this to crop up from time to time in his reviews. Not all of them are for the squeamish. One prime example is Automaton Transfusion where a zombie [[TraumaticCSection rips out a fetus from a woman]] and eats it.
** In his NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer, he warns the viewer to consider, in light of the scenes he's shown in previous episodes, the fact that this is the first time he's found it necessary to put up a content warning. The film he was reviewing? ''A Serbian Film''.
* HaHaHaNo: A funky version when he reviewed ''House of the Dead: Funny Version.'' The tape rewound for some reason (an attempt at wacky humor?) Phelous starts laughing, then Phelous' laughing is itself reversed and when he starts speaking again he says, "Actually that's not funny at all."
* HarmlessVillain: Phelous D1 sure ''tries'' to hurt Phelous, but mostly just ends up getting humiliated.
* HenpeckedHusband: Bat Hero to Steffi Love.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Mike J in the Anacondas review, when he drinks the same poisoned tea he gave to Phelous.]]
* HostileShowTakeover: Phelous gets kicked out of his own 100th episode review by Obscurus Lupa, who finishes the review.
** Selouph tried to take over Phelous's show twice, but Phelous violently takes it back each time.
* HumiliationConga: During the 100th episode, Phelous is mocked by the various Channel Awesome critics providing cameos, culminating in ObscurusLupa [[HostileShowTakeover browbeating him into abandoning the review, which she finishes.]]
* TheHyena: Laughs a lot more in his reviews than the others on [=TGWTG=], especially if [[RunningGag someone looks stupid when they're surprised]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Dena gets back at Phelous for showing the graphic amputation scene in his review of The Ruins by ripping his head off. Sub-Zero does a fatality on Phelous for making "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis TOO MANY MORTAL KOMBAT JOKES!]]"
** HypocriticalHumor is generally a RunningGag with Phelous; often he'll either criticize a movie for doing something that he constantly does in his reviews, or criticize something and then do the same thing right after.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the title cards have a portmanteau of his name and the movie title, such as "Phinculous" or "Resident Phelous".
* IgnoredEpiphany: After making fun of a father who had just found his daughter's corpse in his review of the Creator/StephenKing Boogeyman Movie:
-->Oh, wow. I've become a monster. Oh well.
** [[spoiler:The very next video after his Jacob's Ladder review where the truth to his situation became impossible to ignore... he just gets right back up and keeps on doing everything he did up to that point.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Overlaps with GoMadFromTheRevelation in the Fatal Pulse review, where one of the characters are killed by having their throat sliced open ''by a record.''
-->'''Phelous:''' Looks like she just got a ''cut'' off that sharp new release! ''({{Beat}})'' '''SLICING HER THROAT WITH A RECORD!!!'''
* InsistentTerminology: After finding out that the titular website in ''Fear Dot Com'' is actually "feardotcom.com" he always refers to the movie as ''Fear Dot Com Dot Com.''
* InNameOnly: He starts calling [[TheRemake Jackie Earle Haley's]] [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 Freddy Krueger]] "[[Characters/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Teddy, Brother of the Freddy]]".
* JumpCut: In the ''Aladdin'' review, his dollar store DVD copy of the movie is full of these due to the poor transfer. It gets unintentionally amusing at some points. Phelous himself also parodies this.
* JumpScare: At the end of the first Halloweenie episode, just as the end cred[[spoiler: I AM HALLOWEENIE!]] Parodied; it wouldn't scare a five year-old. This also seems to be somewhat of a PetPeeveTrope for him, judging by his reviews for ''Film/DragMeToHell'' and ''Film/SilentHillRevelation'', the latter of which had one that [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext involved a pop tart of all things]].
* LampshadeHanging: He literally hung a lampshade on himself in the Lockjaw review when [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] said "What sort of people watch crappy movies?"
* LargeHam: When he isn't snarking, he delves deeply into the ham.
* LaughingMad: Has a fit of this every time a movie becomes especially ridiculous.
* LeftItIn: He's fond of this.
-->Hey, why did I record that? Oh well, there's absolutely no chance that I'll edit it into the final video.
* LetsPlay: Started one for SilentHill1 and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil''.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: At times, he demonstrates that he can do better special effects than the movies he reviews (case in point, his cheap editing was a ''damn close match'' to the [[SpecialEffectsFailure "effects"]] from ''{{Birdemic}}'').
** Linkara stated in a commentary of his Entity arc that Phelous has developed a good amount of skill in video editing, fixing in an hour a video montage effect that had left Linkara stumped for days.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A complaint on ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (not to mention [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 some]] [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception MK]] [[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon games]]).
* {{Machinima}}: The "Resident Hazard" videos, which all consist of various lines from the first VideoGame/ResidentEvil game spliced together to make the dialogue even more bizarre.
* MediumAwareness: He likes making fun of "conversational" narratives, such as someone saying "Oh, hello!" to the camera. "Oh, hello! I didn't realize I put the camera near my door and left the camera running and edited it into my video!"
* MetaGuy: To the point where Linkara punches him for it during their ''Airzone Solution'' video...and then he complains that he wasn't really punched and it didn't hurt. So Linkara promptly hits him for real.
** The Nostalgia Critic gets irritated by Phelous being overly meta, as shown in the ''Film/ChildsPlay'' reviews.
* MilestoneCelebration: His 100th episode.
* {{Narm}}: In-universe, one of his running gags involves placing subtitles over particularly narm-tastic lines.
** He says that ''Case 39'' would be pretty unremarkable without all the unintentional comedy.
* NauseaFuel: Subverted in-universe in his ''A Serbian Film'' review, where he states the film isn't WORTHY of his puke.
* NegativeContinuity: While the show theoretically has continuity, almost every story arc will usually just abruptly end and never be brought up again. Particularly notable at the end of Jacob's Ladder and the start of Aladdin and the Adventure of All Time.
* NoNameGiven: His review show has no official name. This fact is Lampshaded occasionally, especially after IMDB listed it as "Phelous & The Movies" for no clear reason.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: When he's interacting with the Critic in anniversaries, it's safe to say that at some point he'll get up in his face and stay there for a while, either out of [[{{Kickassia}} anger]] or [[SuburbanKnights just trying to freak him out]].
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: He points out that he did ''not'' edit a snake making sounds akin to those of a ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''
** Also assured the audience that the casting in the second ''[=Boogeyman=]'' movie was not him making a joke.
** In his review of ''Film/MansBestFriend'', Phelous points out that he's not joking when he claims that the dog killed a thief and cut the boyfriend's brake lines. When the film reveals that Max's pee is acidic, Phelous says that scenes from the movie resemble the silly jokes he would be making during the review, not the actual content.
* TheNthDoctor: Parodied in the "Funny Games Again" video, where Phelous gets shot and regenerates into a new form in the style of [[Series/DoctorWho the Tenth Doctor]]. [[spoiler:It was an AprilFools joke, reset in the next video.]] Additionally, it's a parody of ReplacementScrappy, since New Phelous says he hates everything Phelous regularly does and isn't going to do it any more.
* OfficialCouple: It was hinted at in some reviews, but in his ''Jack Frost'' review, he confirmed that he is dating ObscurusLupa.
** Heck, he basically said it during his review of Shredder.
-->''Phelous'': Yeah I say that to my girlfriend all the time. Glad you're not dead!
** The ''Julie & Jack'' crossover.
-->[[ObscurusLupa Lupa]]: Uhhhhhhhh...
* OnceAnEpisode: Him dying in some way reminiscent of the movie he's currently reviewing, to the point where he's [[GenreSavvy quite ambivalent]] towards his immanent demise.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Mocked in his "Wrong Turn 5" review; several of the characters (including the BigBad) are clearly {{Fake American}}s played by actors from the UK.
* OurHeroIsDead: Happens so much it becomes a running gag.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: He's reviewed dozens of zombie movies, but the zombies in ''Nightmare City'' take the cake as far as being nebulously-defined. They run around like humans and kill other humans with guns, knives and whatever they've got available, yet despite being intelligent, they never speak. They do consume human flesh and blood, but seemingly as an afterthought. Some of them have more caked oatmeal on their faces than others; some seem almost normal. How new zombies are made is totally unexplained, and whether or not headshots are needed to kill them differs from scene to scene.
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Phelous" is a combination of his real name, Phelan Porteous.
** The title for each review is similarly a portmanteau of "Phelous" and the title of the movie, such as "Phinculous" for "Incubus."
* RandomEventsPlot: His impression of ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation''.
* RealityEnsues: In the ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', Phelous's friend shoots him with a real shotgun. Instead of dying humorously like in his older reviews, he just goes to the hospital.
* RedShirt: He often wears one. It came in handy for the ''Pulse'' reviews, since [[WeaksauceWeakness ghosts hate red in those.]]
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Phelous dies in all kinds of comical ways, but always comes back to life. In a crossover with ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'', he gets killed and resurrected multiple times in a few minutes.
** Phelous figures that ''[[Film/TheDeathsOfIanStone Ian Stone]]'' keeps coming back because he has "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros crown]] [[GoodBadBugs piece of the cloud]]" lives.
* RootingForTheEmpire:[[invoked]] In his reviews of ''Crocodile'' and ''Crocodile 2'', he ended up cheering for the titular killer crocodiles.
* RunningGag: [[RunningGag/{{Phelous}} Where do we begin?]]
* SarcasmMode: When doesn't he sound completely sarcastic?
** His "Top Ten Moments of the 8th Doctor" video, consisting entirely of random moments of ''The Enemy Within''.
** How he reacts to one of the deaths in the ''Child's Play 3'' review.
* SayMyName: [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil "ENRICOOOOOOOOOO!"]]
--> '''Enrico:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ...yeah?]]
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: A usual part of his style. Pushed up to eleven when he reviews his own Mortal Komedy.
* [[spoiler:SelfInflictedHell: He died while filming his original MacAndMe review which never made it on the internet. The following five years of weirdness is just Phelous refusing to accept his death so he can move on.]]
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: Has recently started a show called ''Bootleg Zones'', where he reviews bootleg toys and products.
** Downplayed by the second episode, where it is clear that the show extends to reviewing bootleg products that are of decent quality almost matching (or in some aspects ''succeeding'') the originals. Part of the rating system used for the reviews is how well they fare as a substitute for the originals.
* ShowerOfAngst: He does this in his review of ASerbianFilm after the infamous [[spoiler:newborn porn]] scene:
-->"Yes, I know! This has been done before, but seriously--''why would you put that in your movie?!'' '''''WHY WOULD ANYONE WRITE THAT?!?!?!'''''"
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/{{Phelous}} Here]].
* SlowClap: During his HouseOfWax review. When ParisHilton's character gets killed with a metal bar through the head, NostalgiaChick starts one of these. Every cameo reviewer who had so far popped in to let him know how unoriginal and dull his 100th episode had been so far start clapping as well, resulting in a [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing massive outpour of joy that Paris Hilton is dead.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: One of his often used gags is adding silly music to gory, (melo)dramatic and scary scenes.
** In his review of ''Film/GhostShip'', he complains because the film itself plays inappropriate music, rendering this gag unnecessary.
*** Also complains that ''Film/MansBestFriend'' has a soundtrack that at times sounds like a ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' sequel instead of a killer dog movie.
** In his review of ''Film/SantasSlay'' (wherein [=Goldberg=] played a killer Santa Claus), he had a habit of inserting Goldberg's Wrestling/{{WCW}} theme into scenes of Killer Santa (even dubbing in chants of "San-Ta! San-Ta!"). Until the movie starts playing a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of the song...
-->"Oh, apparently I didn't even need to put his theme in there. The movie's gonna do it for me now!"
** In the ''[[Film/HalloweenII2009 Halloween II]]'' review, Phelous points out he didn't need to play silly music over [[spoiler: Laurie's]] death to make it funny, the film already plays ''Love Hurts'' over it.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: In his Fear Dot Com review, he states: "If you smoke... a little girl with powers will kill you."
* SpecialEffectsFailure: (Invoked) For his ''Film/BloodrayneIIDeliverance'' review, he rides off into the sunset...hitting the wall and pulling down his own greenscreen.
* {{Spoonerism}}: "Buckfuttality"
* StableTimeLoop: ''Film/{{Triangle}}'' is a movie about a woman trapped in a series of time loops who becomes her own worst enemy and is DrivenToMadness, so of course his review mirrors this by having a second Phelous popping around trying to stop himself from finishing the Triangle review.
* StayingAlive: His returns to life lack a consistent explanation, and what reasons are given frequently make as much sense as the movies he reviews.
* StockFootage:
-->'''ObscurusLupa:''' [[ReactionShot Uhhh...]]
* StylisticSuck: The Halloweenie videos are full of this. Also used to parody [[SpecialEffectsFailure genuine suck]] in the movies he reviews, such as the second part of Film/{{Birdemic}} where his poorly-integrated bird stock footage is a pretty close match to the movie itself.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Defied in ''Film/SilentHill'' and ''Pulse 2'', where he becomes increasingly infuriated with the film's insistence that Christabella and Michelle are meant to be sympathetic characters, pointing out that the former condemned Alessa to burn alive simply for being born out of wedlock, while the latter was a neglectful mother who planned to murder her own daughter, simply to spite her husband for gaining sole custody.
* TakeThat: He makes a few subtle ones towards his fellow reviewers, lampooning ideas such as cameos and continuity in the reviews.
** Probably more of an AffectionateParody, especially because his reviews seem to have some sort of continuity and do feature cameos often.
** On the less affectionate side of things, he's made a few subtle and not-so-subtle digs at the IrateGamer's cereal reviews, culminating in [[CharacterizationTags kitty!]]Phelous' Meow Mix video.
** His "stupid surprise blowjob" joke used in several reviews is a also a dig at [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed a former TGWTG contributor]] for part of the events that caused said contributor to be [[UnPerson completely removed from the site]]. (Some elaboration [[http://wegotclass.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/my-week-in-neverland-or-how-to-avoid-a-bj-from-lindsay/ here]])
** ''The Lion and the King'' review has him commenting that the poor animation quality probably is going to kill him before the end of the review. He then clarifies that he ''isn't'' going back to the worn-out TheyKilledKennyAgain gag, that one is for ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' to use.
** In the ''Film/ChildsPlay'' reviews, when he crossed over with the Nostalgia Critic, he denies that the "soul transferring" gag carried over between the reviews of each of said films.
* [[SelfDeprecation Take That Me]]: His review of his own series ''Mortal Komedy''.
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' You know this is ''your'' show, right?
-->'''Phelous:''' [[CurseCutshort FUUUUUUUUUUUU-]]
* TheyKilledKennyAgain
** PlayedForDrama in his review for Jacobs Ladder, [[spoiler: It turns out that [[DeadAllAlong he's been dead since his review of]] MacAndMe and he was holding on to the last few minutes of his life ever since. He then exits his house and into heaven.]] In his review for WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheAdventureOfAllTime, we cut back to his dead body, only for him to jump up as if he was never dead.
* UnInstallment: The ''Terror at Blood Fart Lake'' crossover with Lupa.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Pester Z. Bum.
* WhatHaveIBecome : Phelous in his Stephen King's The Boogeyman review after he realizes he's laughing at a jumpscare of a dead son to his father. [[StatusQuoIsGod For a whole second.]]
* WhosOnFirst: Phelous' friend has to clarify that he didn't send Phelous an ''actual'' chain letter, he sent him a ''movie'' called Chain Letter. [[SuckinessIsPainful Phelous wishes he didn't.]]
* WhoWritesThisCrap: From the ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' review: "This movie's camp value is...[[DragonBall over]] [[MemeticMutation 9000]]? Who writes this crap? Oh right, I do"
** In his review of ''Film/SantasSlay'', he repeatedly comments on disliking a scene, only for it to cut to a similar scene from in ''Mortal Komedy''.
** In his ''House of the Dead 2'' review, he starts the review by reviewing ''his own reviews'', pointing out the inconsistencies in his apparent resurrections and why he would even try to review, considering he's only likely to die at the end.
* WithLyrics: In ''I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer''. "[[EarWorm Takin' pictures, takin' pictures, driving!]]"
** ""[[MostAnnoyingSound Triangle Triangle Triangle]] [[MadnessMantra Triangle Triangle Triangle Triangle Triangle Triangle Triangle...]]"
** During the ''Seventh Moon'' review, where JitterCam and HollywoodDarkness result in a "slight" visibility problem, Phelous sings "I can't see a fucking thing, fucking thing, fucking thing" to the tune of ''Hall of the Mountain King''.
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor: Phelous reviews an ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' discount ripoff that has a 1$ price tag as part of the cover art. He got it as part of a 3-for-a-dollar deal and choose ''this one'' to blame for costing 34 cents as opposed to 33 for the other two. He repeatedly enrages that he paid too much because of the horrible animation and multiple gratuitous jump cuts.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Linkara calls Phelous out on his continual use of the word 'meta' when [[LampshadeHanging he points out the conventions of his own reviews]], complete with him reading a dictionary definition of the word.
** Ironically, Linkara himself is the one who reminds Phelous that his being in crossovers with everyone else on TGWTG means that the entire Channel Awesome world should be in his imagination, making him [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Westphall Tommy Westphelous]].
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: "Hostel part 2 is the same thing as Hostel, but with women as the main characters. The End!" * Cut to credits* * Cut back to Phelous* "Yes, I don't know why I ever bother with that, it never works."
** It has become a RunningGag of his.
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-->[[WebVideo/SadPandaQandA "Phelous, Oh Phelous, bring on Mortal Komedy. Oh Phelous, Oh Phelous, and some more horror movies. Oh Phelous, Oh Phelous, I don't care 'bout how you sound. Oh Phelous, Oh Phelous, what's your opinion about...?"]]