-> [[CatchPhrase "Greetings! I am The Cartoon Hero, because with great nostalgia comes great responsibility."]]

Eli Stone is a reviewer who is a member of Reviewers Unknown, SpaceMonkeyMafiaStudios, and TheRosenHacker's website.. Although he is one of many reviewers who follows the tradition set by Creator/DougWalker, he notably also has shades of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' and claims that one of his biggest inspirations is Chad "CR" Rocco of ''Familiar Faces''. Eli is aware of the fact that he is not the first to do this, and lately references this wiki a ''lot''. As his name suggests, his character is a bitter superhero with the power to command cartoon clichés--which sometimes feel more like tropes--who specializes in animation criticism.

Notably, the show's quality gets increasingly better as time passes. The storyline becomes deeper, the camera quality gets better, and (perhaps not coincidentally) he references TVTropes more and more. Either way, you can find him on Reviewers Unknown [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/category/cartoon-hero/ here]], and on BlipTV [[http://thatguyinthecape.blip.tv/ here]].

Eli has also started his own retrospective project on the [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Ace Attorney series.]] Much like Linkara's ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' videos, he has stated that each game will have three videos to cover it--two to go over what happens in all four-five cases in said game, and one to go over characters and general thoughts on the game in question. However, also like that series, there will be no set schedule.

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!!This review series contains examples of:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Played straight in the first few episodes -- Eli even regrets that he claimed ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' was a bad show -- but notably averted in the later ones. Even if the movies he reviews are bad by his admission, he always goes out of his way to highlight the best moment of said movie. He even said that he hated doing a negative review of ''OsmosisJones'' because of [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot how much potential it had.]]
* ActingForTwo: Eli has played the Hero, the Villain, and the new character known only as Number Six. This is actually [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in-universe as the Villain is an EvilCounterpart of the Hero from an alternate universe, and Number Six [[spoiler: is a time-traveling clone.]] He also plays the Hands of Chaos, but those are FacelessMooks anyway. However, he isn't the ONLY actor in the series--Hans Norberg, his roommate at the time, played Agent Smith [[spoiler: all of them]] and [[spoiler: Asura.]]
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The "don't tap on the glass" joke in ''Disney/ChickenLittle''.
** The "How many shots?" joke in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''
* AdultChild: As Eli himself puts it, "I'm an adult... physically, if not mentally."
* AlwaysWantedToSayThat: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the ''PokemonHeroes'' review, doubling as a ShoutOut to LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}.
--> Hero: NO, Nintendo! You do NOT endorse bestiality in your movies! This is not [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic Next-Gen!]]
--> *{{Beat}}*
--> I've always wanted to say that.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Mr. Anderson.
* AndShowItToYou: [[spoiler: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide The Cartoon Villain]] does this to [[SoulEater Asura.]] ]]
* AprilFools: In 2013, he started off his review by saying that he didn't get why people loved ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and that he was going to bash on it...which he did, but [[spoiler: the footage was taken from ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames''.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivered by Anderson in the ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' review. This leads into an Armor-Piercing Speech which actually leaves the Hero nonplussed.
* ArtEvolution: It seems like the Hero gets better at making reviews the more of them he makes. [[TropesAreNotBad This might actually work in his favor, as it's fun to watch him grow as a reviewer.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: InUniverse example: [[spoiler:''In Search of the Titanic''.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: He REALLY was annoyed with the fact that the male cows have udders in ''{{Barnyard}}''.
** Later, he found out that this was INTENTIONAL. [[HannibalLecture It wasn't pretty.]]
* AsTheGoodBookSays: "And by whose authority do you stand against me?" [[spoiler: Quoth The Cartoon Villain.]]
* AttackReflector: Part of the Hero's repartee, since he has access to Power Slash.
* AuthorAppeal: Superheroes. Enough said.
** Also the ''{{Okami}}'' games. Not only does he have the powers of the Brush Gods now, but he also accused ''CosPrayers'' of slandering the name of Amaterasu.
* BadassCape
* BadFuture: New character Number Six apparently comes from one where [[spoiler: the Hero caused Armageddon.]]
* BashBrothers: The Hero and Six become this [[spoiler: for a while, at least.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: The Hero was able to use [[spoiler: [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann spiral energy]] to break out of the [[MotherThree Absolutely Safe Capsule.]] ]] You know--the one designed to be unbreakable.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ironically, The Hero has only done this once--in fellow reviewer WebVideo/TheHardcoreKid's review of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat''. This also happened in his series, [[spoiler: but instead of him, it was the gods of {{Okami}} that saved him at the last second.]]
* BigDamnVillains: The Villain [[spoiler: in SuperpoweredEvilSide mode]] does this and rips out [[spoiler: [[SoulEater Asura's]] ]] heart.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[invoked]] He [[DefiedTrope defies]] calling one out when reviewing ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicVoyage The Magic Voyage]]'', saying that it does not qualify due to the rest of the movie having no logic.
** When calling '[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]' the worst episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' in his "Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons" video, he points out how Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" is never brought up again, thus becoming a Big Lipped Toothless Alligator Moment (in reference to Pinkie's pet alligator, Gummy).
*** This complaint no longer applies, as Pinkie Sense has played a part in "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" and "It's About Time"...
*** This is actually addressed in his review of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell Mare-Do-Well]], in which he acknowledges that the Pinkie Sense WAS used in later episodes--but due to going against how the Pinkie Sense worked in previous episodes, Mare-Do-Well was not one of them.
* BigNo / NoJustNoReaction: Happened in the ''CosPrayers'' [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/2724/cartoon-hero-cosprayers-episodes-5-8/ Episodes 5-8 review]], [[spoiler: when he found out that the heroes were working to fulfill the evil goddess's goals all along.]]
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler: "I don't have to, Villain. We're already dead."]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A heartwarming example in the TokyoGodfathers review, with all of the characters wishing the audience a happy holiday.
* CallBack: In the aforementioned Mare-Do-Well review, Don East of Anime Abomination pops in and mentions how the Hero left a script for an ''Inukami!'' review on his computer. Believe it or not, this is a reference to an episode from OVER TWO YEARS EARLIER.
* TheCape: Arguably, the Hero is one of the few reviewers who seems genuinely heroic in personality, and according to WordOfGod, that's why he was created.
* CausticCritic: He may hold back against his opponents, but God help the movie that rubs him the wrong way...
* CerebusSyndrome: He started out with very little story, if any, and by now the story between reviews has gone full-on superhero story--well, on a budget, but still...
* ChekhovsArmy: In the finale to the Videogame/EarthBound review, the Hero figures out that he can [[spoiler: move between his HammerSpace and those of his clones. So naturally, he brings the clones with him to fight Chaos.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: If this quote is any indication...
--> [[{{Inukami}} Nadeshiko]]: W-[[PantyShot white]]...
--> Hero: Ooh, my favorite--I mean, [[WhatTheHellHero what the hell, Keita?]]
* CloningBlues: Clones factor into the new storyline extensively--the end of Season 3 established that [[spoiler: The Hero has been cloned several times by the government agency he's worked for. A large group of them has been destroyed, but the Hero suspects they have reserves.]] And in Season 4, we have Number Six, [[spoiler: a clone of the Hero from a BadFuture that was sent to assassinate him.]] [[AvertedTrope Averted]] later on--see ChekhovsArmy above.
* ClusterFBomb: The swearing has gotten less frequent in recent episodes, though.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: [[spoiler: Hero--classic red and blue color scheme. Villain--red and black.]]
* CombatPragmatist: The Hero couldn't win in a sword duel against the General Hand [[spoiler: so he stabbed him with his underling's dagger.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Eli is a self-confessed Spider-Man fan, after all.
* ContinuitySnarl: His reviews of the animated Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Elseworlds Month specials that followed them prominently featured one of his colleagues, Arthur Knowledge of The Quest for Geekdom--the former even featured a storyline involving a prophesy, two rings harnessing the power of nerd rage and the joys of geekdom, and implying that Arthur's "Apprentice" title meant that he was apprentice to the Hero at one point. This is never brought up again after the Elseworlds Month specials, but in this case, there actually is a reason. [[spoiler: In The Quest for Geekdom, aliens invaded and would have destroyed the Earth, but to save it, a universal reboot occurred, causing the Hero and Arthur to have never met, and revamping Arthur's character into less of a Green Lantern and more of a paladin.]] It is unknown what became of the new villain, Razor, or the rings, or if they will ever be brought up again. Even the Hero acknowledged that this probably confused a lot of people.
* CrisisCrossover: Season 4 ended up with one of these.
* CrossOver: Has appeared in several other reviewers' videos, mostly those who are also members of Reviewers Unknown.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefiedTrope: In ''HomeOnTheRange'', after pointing out a scene with lesbian overtones, he starts to cue up "[[Film/ThreeHundred This! IS! SPARTA!]]" but cuts it off because "this movie's dumb enough."
* {{Determinator}}: What else can you call it when he's been through moving halfway across the country and at least three different computers, and yet the show's barely slowed down?
* DudeNotFunny:[[invoked]] When addressing the fact that the creators DID know that bulls don't have udders in {{Barnyard}}, he demonstrated that just giving a character the traits of the opposite gender doesn't qualify as a joke unless they do something with it--and in fact, that that way of thinking is a bit outdated due to the real problems transgender people face.
* EldritchAbomination: Chaos in Season 4.
* ElectricTorture: Inflicted on the Hero courtesy of a mysterious enemy called The Sorceress at the beginning of Season 5, in the form of a shock collar.
* EvenBetterSequel:[[invoked]] In his opinion, ''102 Dalmatians'' is, while not great, still better than the 1996 live-action ''101 Dalmatians''.
** Most of the top half of his Top 10 Animated Sequels list consists of these, including [[spoiler: Shrek 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Rescuers Down Under, and Toy Story 3. He also mentions that Toy Story 2 came close.]]
* {{Expy}}: The Hero's reviewing style feels like some bizarre combination of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, and ''FamiliarFaces''. And his origin story has shades of CaptainAtom and Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* FacelessMooks: The Hands of Chaos.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Villain tried to do this to the Hero by taking away his ability to use his powers--possibly to [[SamaritanSyndrome prevent him from saving anyone.]] [[spoiler: This backfired, and the Hero recovered.]]
* FollowTheLeader: As with most Internet reviewers, he was inspired by Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. However, he's said that his biggest inspirations were [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and Chad "CR" Rocco of Familiar Faces.
** Ironically reversed in that he reviewed [[TheLegendOfTheTitanic one of the animated Titanic movies]] '''and''' ''QuestForCamelot'' before Doug did.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Huh...so the intruder didn't show up on a DNA scanner, even when combing the entire state?
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the [[WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights Eight Crazy Nights]] review, there's a quick subtitle that pops up at the end of the clip he shows of Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song" that says "Laughing at your own joke. Classy."
* FunWithAcronyms: Now we have the recently-activated security computer, DENNIS--Dynamic Energized Nanotechtronic Network of Internal Security.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Hence why they hooked up with the Hero and lent him their power, as he was one of the few people who remembered {{Okami}}--well, that and he has powers similar to theirs already.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Even after he tried to kill him, REPEATEDLY, the Hero still has invited Number Six into his home.
** And even before that, he works with fellow Unknown Reviewer Ozzie Arcane, a(n admittedly retired) villain, which he even collaborated with to review the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime. This is even after Ozzie [[spoiler: sent [[SoulEater Asura]] after him!]]
* GuiltyPleasures: ''{{Batfink}}'' (which he says is SoBadItsGood) and ''Manga/GirlsBravo'', according to him.
* HannibalLecture: Delivered out-of-character to the creators of {{Barnyard}} when he found out that the male cows having udders was intentional because the creators thought the idea was inherently funny. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He slammed them for being insensitive to transgender people, intersex people, and transvestites.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Number Six.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Has one in his ''{{Inukami}}'' review, set to [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Everything You Know Is Wrong."]]
** He suffered a [[TearJerker less humorous example]] in his ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' review. [[spoiler: Six was killed off in the previous episode,]] so he starts off the review on the verge of tears. And his acting is actually pretty believable.
* HyperspaceArsenal: The Hero stores several objects in his cape, from TNT to the Celestial Brush. [[spoiler: And apparently, all of his clones' HammerSpace s are connected to his, so the ChekhovsArmy example above might serve as an example here as well.]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: Inverted. Because [[spoiler: Six didn't immediately break out and kill him, the Hero realized that he can't use his superpowers, only block off the Hero's abilities.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: The Cartoon Villain [[spoiler: when resurrected as a Black Lantern, not only eats Yoko, but Dr. Insanero in order to gain their powers.]]
* ImGoingToHellForThis: Or so he says in the description of the "Project Samson" review. Then again, it was a negative review of a movie based on the Bible by a Christian guy and a [[WebVideo/TheRosenHacker Jewish guy...]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: What exactly he's drinking is unclear, given that it's in a clear plastic bottle...
** According to [[WordofGod this Twitter post]], it was tea. https://twitter.com/CartoonHeroGuy/status/241482325509165057
* InAndOutOfCharacter: On his [[http://www.youtube.com/user/theherooftomorrow YouTube channel]], he posts trailers for new Cartoon Hero episodes, and miscellaneous videos where he's out of character. Among them are sound-only commentaries on other video reviewers, done with [[SoulEater Death the Kid]] as an avatar, later replaced by [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd Irving]]. Note: He has since announced that he's stopped doing the commentaries, but he's going to keep doing out-of-character reviews.
* JumpScare: One scene in ''[[Anime/CosPrayers Cosprayers]]'' involves a puppet-like creature changing from sweet and innocent-looking to gaining [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and roaring at Iko. Said transformation is shot as a close-up. At the end of the review, this clip is suddenly played again, which frightens the Hero--and the viewer.
** In his review of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire Capu2'', curiosity drives him to check which characters KiraVincentDavis voices besides AnnoyingYoungerSibling Kokoa Shuzen. Cut to a sudden close-up of [[spoiler:[[ElfenLied Lucy]]]] glaring at you, accompanied by the music from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Have fun sleeping tonight!
* JustShootHim: [[spoiler: Hagan did--but it didn't stick.]]
** A variant also happened later on with the General Hand--the Hero challenged him to a sword duel, [[spoiler: and proceeded to stab him with his own man's dagger.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Six.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Two arguable examples:
** When DiamandaHagan made her first appearance, the Hero gained an archnemesis, and more of a backstory.
** Also, [[EvilCounterpart The Cartoon Villain.]]
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: After his review of Video Brinquedo's The Little Panda Fighter, Eli proceeded to demonstrate a basic knowledge of karate, aka more than the film knew about fighting.
* MediumAwareness: The Hero is aware that he has a review series, since apparently he started it when he was bored due to downtime from there not being a lot of supervillains to fight. He also apparently was able to watch his own footage in order to foil a villain's plan once.
* MirrorUniverse: [[spoiler:Complete with an evil Hero and a good Hagan!]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: Three words: [[TheMagicVoyage "Look out, fucker!"]] from ''TheMagicVoyage''.
** Followed by this gem which The Hardcore Kid originally pointed out: "RUBBER TITTIES!" from ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue]]''.
* MoneyDearBoy: Whenever he thinks that a filmmaker/character is doing something just for the money, he plays that infamous [[MemeticMutation "We've got to have MONEEEEYYYY..."]] clip from the infamous ''[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie Tom and Jerry: The Movie]]''.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Played with in a few different ways. With the nature of the Hero's one ability--control of all cartoon clichés (his words, not ours)--new PARTS of it are revealed as the plot demands. To wit, he has [[StuffBlowingUp his trusty TNT]], [[AnvilOnHead can make it RAIN ANVILS]], has a [[MegatonPunch Falcon Punch]], and in the [[AllThereInTheManual origin comic,]] he has SuperSpeed, can throw an ACME bomb that's actually a smoke bomb, and can [[DropTheHammer pull a giant mallet-style hammer out of nowhere]]. The fact that he can get new abilities this way is actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in his review of said comic [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall as Linkara]].
** He also got a completely new set of abilities courtesy of the [[{{Okami}} Celestial Brush gods]]. [[spoiler:He lost the ability to use them one episode later...only to gain it back one SEASON later.]]
** And now he has his own set of [[MuramasaTheDemonBlade demon blades.]]
*** This was later justified in the Videogame/EarthBound review, though it also arguably counts as an example: [[spoiler: Apparently, being turned into a human-toon hybrid gives one access to [[Manga/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Spiral Energy.]] ]]
* NiceHat: Six's fedora.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: According to Number Six, [[spoiler: in the future he came from, the Hero causes the end of the world.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler: When the General was killed, all of the other Hands just warped away.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they were ordered to keep the Hero alive.
* NotSoDifferent: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] [[EvilCounterpart The Villain]] attempts to convince the Hero that the government agency intends to use him as a superweapon. The Hero doesn't buy it, and even delivers a ShutUpHannibal the second time he tries to convince him. [[spoiler: Turns out, the Villain may have been onto something...]]
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: It's revealed in the Videogame/EarthBound sketch that one of these is watching over the Hero's growth in power.
* PlayingAgainstType: He did a review of ''HighSchoolMusical'' which has nothing to do with cartoons.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The Hero [[spoiler: albeit in SuperpoweredEvilSide mode]] was able to kill [[spoiler: [[SoulEater Asura. ASURA.]] This is explained later on as the villain who brought him into our world wasn't able to bring him here at full power, but still...]]
* PowerLimiter: That MegatonPunch we mentioned earlier? Apparently he can't use it very often, due to [[spoiler: the scars from the poisoned knife DiamandaHagan cut his arm with in their first encounter.]]
** Also, much like Amaterasu in the actual games, he can't continuously use the brush powers, as doing so for a long enough time renders him completely powerless until he can recharge. And unlike Ammy or Chibi, he's not a sun god, and therefore can't make the sun rise.
* PrecisionFStrike: Happens a lot lately.
* PuritySue: {{Invoked}} during his Elseworlds Month comparison of the ''BridgeToTerabithia'' movies, Hero derides the 2007 version of Leslie as one of these.
** However, he could have been acting on how he thought WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic would think about her, as he was acting as the Critic for the review.
* ARareSentence: In his review of ''DaBoomCrew'', he says "The French alien army commander" is this.
* RealSongThemeTune: A different one every season.
** Season 1: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
** Season 2: "Hero" by Machinae Supremacy.
** Season 3: "Indestructible" by Disturbed.
** Season 4: "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi.
** Season 5: "It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Seems to be one of his pet peeves--especially if the movie references something that has nothing to do with the movie or what the characters are talking about. See his ''SharkTale'' and ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' reviews for an example.
* TheReveal: The Sorceress who was threatening him at the beginning of Season 5? She's actually [[spoiler: not only [[Manga/{{Inukami}} Yoko]], but also [[VideoGame/{{Okami}} the Nine-Tails.]] ]]
* TheRival: DiamandaHagan. According to WordOfGod, they first met when the TGWTG forum users [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover collaborated]] on TheLandBeforeTime sequels. Their reviews happened to be next to one another in the collab. The rest is history.
* RunningGag: He has a few that NC made famous like [[Film/StreetFighter OF COURSE!]] (which he later replaced with one from [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]), but there are a few of his own, like the aforementioned entry under MoneyDearBoy, playing the music from ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' whenever he cuts to anything so bad it's scary, as well as playing "Gold Digger" whenever...well, a gold-digging female character shows up. Occasionally, however, this is [[DefiedTrope defied]] when the movie actually makes the jokes for him. (See his ''SharkTale'' review for an example.)
* SamaritanSyndrome: This is implied to be the reason the Hero [[spoiler: can't leave the government organization he works for, even though he knows they may be secretly trying to weaponize him.]]
* TheScrappy: In-Universe: His most hated character is [[TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Mandy]], though he doesn't seem to have a problem with Scrappy himself.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Hardcore Kid thought the Hero was giving him one when he told him not to review TheMagicVoyage. [[spoiler: He was wrong.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Many, MANY examples. A notable one is where he calls the dialogue in ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' "more forced than most of my jokes".
* ShoutOut: Just to name a few...
** The Hero did a rather memorable shout-out to LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} and the rest of LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys in the Videogame/EarthBound review, mostly because it was they who helped him discover the Mother series in the first place.
** [[spoiler: When The Cartoon Villain first showed up in our universe, TheTerminator theme played.]]
** [[spoiler: Followed shortly by a shout-out to Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet.]]
** Continuing with TheTerminator shout-outs, Number Six is pretty much a walking shout-out to the series. He appeared in our time in much the same position Arnold was in when he first arrived (thankfully with clothes on) the music played when he arrived, AND [[spoiler: he was sent to kill the Hero to prevent a BadFuture from happening.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: A memorable one the second time the Villain tries to convince the Hero they're NotSoDifferent. The Hero even states that by destroying all who opposed him, the Villain has [[YouAreWhatYouHate become what he hates.]]
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler:YOU'LL PAY FOR THIS, CARTOON HEROOOOO!!!!!]]
** And in his review of ''[[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie Felix the Cat: The Movie]]'', [[BigWordShout WHYYYYYYYYYYYY????!!!!!]]
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] In-universe, his opinion of ''TheBraveLittleToaster Goes to Mars'' and later, ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' (which he criticized when he first reviewed it but says later that he sees ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' as a GuiltyPleasure) and later calls ''DaBoomCrew'' entertainingly bad.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: His "Elseworlds Month" specials. Justified in-universe as [[spoiler:''In Search of the Titanic'' distorted the fabric of time and space, offering glimpses at other universes.]]
** Also, his review of VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheMinishCap. It was originally for a collab that went defunct before it was finished, but it was his first video game review. This later led to a sub-series called The Art of Gaming, in which he mostly reviews good games--except for that one time he reviewed VideoGame/LostMagic.
* SpaceMonkeyMafiaStudios: Though as he is quick to point out, Eli was on a smaller site called Reviewers Unknown first, and he considers himself primarily one of them.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: It's THE Cartoon Hero. Though he mostly goes by "Hero."
* SpiritAdvisor: The thirteen Celestial Brush gods from {{Okami}} seem to have taken on this role, as he communicates with them through his brush.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: The Cartoon Villain pulls this in order to defeat and kill [[spoiler: [[SoulEater Asura]] ]]
* StealthPun: In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' review: "I call bullshit."
** Another one comes from his Videogame/EarthboundZero review. He says there's "no beating around the bush" while showing Flint not attacking a Walking Bushie enemy from MotherThree--and for an added bonus, it's actually beneficial to not beat up said bush in the game, as it heals you.
* StuffBlowingUp: Considering the nature of the Hero's abilities, this is inevitable. Notably, a stick of TNT is one of his preferred weapons.
* SunglassesAtNight: In his first few appearances, Six wore his sunglasses constantly, even at night. [[spoiler: However, this actually makes sense as he had night-vision capabilities built into them.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: In Season 3, The Cartoon Villain became this.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Depending on who you ask, the Hero is this for either [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic The Nostalgia Critic]] or [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] at different times.
* TemptingFate: For someone who's supposedly GenreSavvy, the Hero does this far too often for his own good.
* TheGunslinger: Six pulled this aesthetic off pretty well despite wielding a laser pistol. And no holster.
* ThemeTuneCameo: It's now become a RunningGag that the Hero actually has his own theme tune as his ringtone during each season--sometimes using the previous season's theme before the new theme is revealed in the opening sequence. This is a reference to ''AceAttorney'', where Godot has his own theme as his ringtone.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:[[invoked]] His opinion on ''OsmosisJones''.
** Also his take on ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' to a lesser extent; he feels that the third act had some genuinely enjoyable moments, but they weren't worth putting up with the first hour of the film.
* ThouShallNotKill: The Hero is very clear that he will not kill, especially in his recent videos. [[spoiler: And according to his [[AllThereInTheManual comic origin]], it was actually because of Hagan.]]
** An exception happened when [[spoiler: Six was killed. The Hero even says that his honor code went out the window when the General Hand killed his brother.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: [[TakeThat The]] [[Creator/MNightShyamalan Shyamalanicon]]. [[Franchise/EvilDead It's VERY clear what it's supposed to be parodying.]]
* UncannyValley:[[invoked]] One of his biggest concerns with ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' was the humanoid faces on the fish characters.
* UnstoppableRage: ''{{Inukami}}'' reduced him to this. [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Supposedly]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Chaos]] offered this to the Hero at the end of Season 4. [[spoiler: He refused.]]
* WeHaveReserves: Appears to be the reason [[spoiler: Anderson cloned the Hero.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[invoked]] One of his ''other '' main concerns with ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' was the fact that it couldn't seem to decide whether or not it was for kids, as it constantly vacillated between juvenile humor and pop-culture references that only adults would get. [[spoiler: Not to mention an ending that tries to have a very adult Aesop about tolerance, but got bogged down by the constant juvenile humor, not treating the issue with any measure of dignity.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Hero broke his ThouShallNotKill code when [[spoiler: the General Hand killed Six, stabbing him with his own man's knife.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Used literally (according to WordOfGod) in the [[Anime/PokemonTheRiseofDarkrai Rise of Darkrai]] review. [[spoiler: During a blackout, Six gets out of his improvised prison cell and is about to pull the trigger on the Hero, completing his mission. However, he walks in on the Hero giving a speech about what being a hero means, based on Darkrai's actions in the movie, and decides not to pull the trigger because he sees the Hero isn't as evil as he was led to believe.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The Villain. [[spoiler: It's implied that he is [[KnightTemplar the way he is]] due to the government trying to use him as a superweapon, killing his definition of justice and forcing him to rewrite it--as anyone who stands against him.]]
* WorstWhateverEver: In his review of ''[[VideoBrinquedo The Little Cars in the Great Race]]'', he calls Wrangler: "Worst. Villain. Ever." Watch the review [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/1872/cartoon-hero-little-cars-in-the-great-race/ here!]]
* YouAreNotAlone: The Hero got a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming rather memorable]] PatrickStewartSpeech on this subject in the TokyoGodfathers review.
* YouAreNumberSix: Literally, in the case of the new character. So called because he was the sixth [[spoiler: clone of the Hero]] to attempt time travel.

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