-->'''[[Website/{{That Guy With The Glasses}} TGWTG Anniversary Crossovers]]''': ''WebVideo/{{TGWTG Year One Brawl}}'' | ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' | ''WebVideo/{{Suburban Knights}}'' | '''To Boldly Flee''' | ''WebVideo/{{The Uncanny Valley}}''

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->'''''USS Exit Strategy'''''\\
''[[TitleDrop To boldly flee]] [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries where no one has fled before.]]''

They took [[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl Chicago]]. They conquered [[WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} Molossia]] (for [[DamnedByFaintPraise about a week]]). They survived [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights suburbia]]. Now, it's time for... '''[[RecycledInSPACE SPACE]]!'''

'''''To Boldly Flee''''' is the fourth anniversary video event of the Web site Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. Continuing from where ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' left off, one year later, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is depressed over the loss of Ma-Ti. A galactic threat is brewing, beginning with the appearance of a gigantic "[[OurWormholesAreDifferent Plot Hole]]" in space and the vendetta of a bitter [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Turrell]][[note]]The original name is Terl, but here he appears to prefer this spelling[[/note]]. Put under house arrest by the government for [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil breaking copyright laws with his reviews]], Critic discovers the wormhole has some connection to mysterious messages being sent by Ma-Ti, whose body may have died -- but the "character" is still in the ether somewhere! He responds by converting his house into a spaceship (since, hey, it's not breaking the law [[LoopholeAbuse if he technically doesn't leave the house]]) and blasting off to find him, defeat Turrell and his allies, prove his innocence so he and his friends can keep their jobs, and stop the hole from disrupting space and time. Hilarity, science-fiction film parodies, jabs at Hollywood politics, and truly dramatic moments ensue.

The film was meant as the [[GrandFinale swan song]] for The Nostalgia Critic web show. Not long after the entirety of the movie was posted on the site, creator Creator/DougWalker did a follow up video announcing the retirement of the character but eventually would [[UnCancelled bring him back]].

The first of the film's eight parts premiered on TGWTG on August 23, 2012. The last part premiered on September 13th.

Teaser can be seen [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/specials/35731-to-boldly-flee-the-tgwtgcom-4th-year-anniversary-teaser online]], as well as a [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/to-boldy-flee-teaser-2-6273717 second teaser]], and now [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/to-boldly-flee-final-trailer-6306548 the final trailer]].

''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36311-to-boldly-flee-part-1 Part 1]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36340-to-boldly-flee-part-2 Part 2]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36369-to-boldly-flee-part-3 Part 3]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36396-to-boldly-flee-part-4 Part 4]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36423-to-boldly-flee-part-5 Part 5]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36448-to-boldly-flee-part-6 Part 6]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36480-to-boldly-flee-part-7 Part 7]]''\\
''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/36508-to-boldly-flee-part-8 Part 8]]''\\

Commentaries from cast members:

Spoony has a (now cancelled) commentary: [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/09/15/to-boldly-flee-part-1-spoony-commentary/ 1]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/09/16/to-boldly-flee-part-2-spoony-commentary/ 2]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/09/21/to-boldly-flee-part-3-spoony-commentary-2 3]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/09/21/to-boldly-flee-part-4-spoony-commentary 4]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/09/23/to-boldly-flee-part-5-spoony-commentary 5]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/10/09/to-boldly-flee-part-6-spoony-commentary-2/ 6]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/10/11/to-boldly-flee-part-7-spoony-commentary/ 7]].\\
Linkara, The Last Angry Geek, Jew Wario, Holly Christine Brown, and Oancitizen have a commentary [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/specials/36692-to-boldly-flee-cast-commentary here]].\\
Phelous, Brad Jones, and Obscurus Lupa have a commentary [[http://phelous.com/node/1429 here.]]\\
Diamanda Hagan has an absentee commentary with various other absentees joining in at various points here: [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt1-6384873 1]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt2-6386440 2]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt3-6387600 3]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt4-6388813 4]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt5-6390184 5]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt6-6390540 6]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt7-6393336 7]] [[http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch/to-boldly-flee-absentee-commentary-pt8-6397987 8]].\\
Doug and Rob have a commentary on [[http://theawesomestore.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29970 the DVD]].\\

Because of the new media player, you can just click the first link and let it play straight through. But, you know, you can still come back and read the page...

Not to be confused with ''Fanfic/ThatGuyWithTheGlassesInSpace'', a DarkFic written before ''To Boldly Flee'' existed.
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!!''To Boldly Flee'' provide examples of the following tropes:

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* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: In ''Part 2'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Ma-Ti's brain uploading]] has boosted Spoony's brain usage to 92%, from a critic's standard [[TakeThatUs 5%]].
* AbuseMistake: Type B; when Film Brain overhears Mechakara assimilating The Nostalgia Chick, everyone just assumes they're having a good time.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: In-between spaceship battles, computers blowing up and the possible end of the world, we get things like Film Brain trying to cheer Critic up, Luke telling Snob that the critics are like a family and a [=vlog=] by Paw seeing what everyone's up to.
* ActingForTwo
** Doug: Critic, Zodd, Bum, Ask that Guy and [[spoiler:Doug Walker]];
** Lewis: Linkara and Mechakara;
** Noah: Spoony, Insano, and Turrell.
* AnAesop: Every story has mistakes, even the great ones, and you should learn to live with and even enjoy them.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Zodd, Turrell, and surprisingly Mechakara]] go out in a way that almost provokes sympathy for them, although [[spoiler:Turrell [[LargeHam still manages to make it funny.]]]]
* AllThereInTheManual: In response to questions about the Turrell/Critic hate, Rob said in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' commentary that there were originally some lines about how Turrell didn't want to get angry at his own race for what happened in ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' and so blamed the Critic for "distracting" him with the review.
* ArcWords: "Remember."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In ''Part 1'', Turrell accuses the Nostalgia Critic with the destruction of his home planet, [[WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} terrorism]], [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights stealing valuable goods]], and giving [[Film/BattlefieldEarth his film]] a bad review.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: In ''Part 1'', the Critic is put under house arrest, under the orders of a congressman, without trial, for breaking a law that ''does not yet exist''. Turrell tries to get them to add other charges (most of which are valid) but gets blown off.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
** What Ma-Ti did after his death.
** [[spoiler:And what the Nostalgia Critic does to save his universe.]]
** Also done by [[spoiler:the Last Angry Geek, although he descended in the "Search for the Geek" storyline of Heinz's series, "Comic Book Issues".]]
* ATeamFiring
** Both Dredd!Critic and the assorted mooks he fights in ''Part 4'' are ''horrible'' shots, able to miss each other at point-blank range when neither is moving. Critic is justified, as he's only been seen to fire handguns in his reviews.
** Both Turrell and the Critic miss every shot at each other in ''Part 7'' despite using laser weapons and charging right at each other. Yet again, Critic is justified, as he's only had the car lasers since around ''Part 2'', when the ship was built.
* AuthorAppeal: Aside from the usual HomoeroticSubtext and expanse of male chest, strangling seems to be a thing. Mechakara to [=JewWario=], Chick to Lupa, Mechakara again to Zodd, and a deleted scene of Todd to Joe.
** Lampshaded by Reloaded!Critic, in his [[HeteronormativeCrusader usual]] [[SelectiveSquick charming]] [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday way]].
-->'''Critic''': Okay, seriously, this may be the first time a film series gets a sexual harassment case from a ''guy''. The movie has more man-skin than Leatherface's wardrobe! Either somebody come out of the closet or double-bolt that closet so we don't have to look at it.
* AvengersAssemble: The summoning of the critics via transporter in ''Part 2''.
* BareYourMidriff: Due to the machine, WebVideo/JesuOtaku is changed into Radical Edward from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and sports Ed's loose crop top from ''Part 3'' onward.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Because it's not relevant to the plot, Chick and Critic have a window smashed right in front of them and get thrown back from the impact but still retain their pretty faces.
* BedmateReveal: How the Last Angry Geek is introduced in ''Part 1''.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Referenced by Snob in order to get Luke angry: their plan for Critic is to turn him into an empty but self-important thing that people only take an interest in out of BileFascination.
* BehindTheBlack: Played with in ''Part 1'' when the Last Angry Geek [[StealthHiBye seems to disappear]] after his scene... only to jump back up and leave by the door.
* BerserkButton: For the love of Almighty God, do NOT call 8-Bit Mickey short. [[spoiler:Prick finds this out the hard way...]]
* [[BestServedCold Best Served Lukewarm with a Side of Mashed Potatoes and That Gravy That Gets a Little Skin on Top That Gets Stuck in Your Teeth]]
-->'''Turrell:''' It is very lukewarm with a side of mashed potatoes and that gravy that gets a little skin on top that gets stuck in your teeth in [[LargeHam spaaaaace]].
* {{BFG}}: The OMGWTF-9000.
* BigBadEnsemble: General Zodd and Turrell look to be CoDragons for [[BigBad the Executor]], and Mechakara also features heavily. As of ''Part 3," he is seen working with Turrell to understand how Malachite's Hand works. [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Ma-ti]]]] serves as a secondary villain near the end of the movie.
* BigDamnHeroes
** Pulled by WebVideo/ObscurusLupa and JewWario on [[spoiler:Mechakara, Seven of Eleven, and Robo Todd]] in ''Part 6''.
** Chick gets her turn when Critic is being held at gunpoint by Mechakara, knocking the robot out with one of the boots.
** Then by [[spoiler:Linkara in Comicron 1 in ''Part 8''.]]
* BigNo: Cinema Snob, [[spoiler:or should we say Darth Snob,]] pulls one in ''Part 6''. It's followed immediately afterwards by a BigYes.
* BigWhat:
-->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' People of the world! Critics everywhere! There's only one way to officially stop this thing once and for all -- [[spoiler:we have to make the Plot Hole bigger!]]\\
'''''USS Exit Strategy'' Crew:''' (''{{Beat}}'') '''''WHAT!?'''''
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Executor has been destroyed and his threat vanquished once and for all, Ma-Ti is finally at peace, their world was saved from utter destruction, The Internet and the Critics will live on. But the Nostalgia Critic is gone forever, as is Ma-Ti.]]
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: After [[spoiler:gruesomely killing Prick]], Mickey casually walks back to the bridge covered in blood.
* BookEnds
** ''Part 1'' involves the Critic, under house arrest, forced to stay in his house. [[spoiler:''Part 8'' involves him staying indoors voluntarily when he enters reality to prevent his universe from being erased.]]
** The first anniversary revolved around a childish fight between The Critic and [[spoiler:WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd]]. WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee ends with them shaking hands and acknowledging their respect for each other, showing how far they've come.
** A rather subtle one occurs in the climax of ''Part 8''. The scene where Chicago gets absorbed by the plothole is shot from the exact same angle as the first shot in [[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl The Brawl]].
* BreatherEpisode: After three intense dramedy-like installments, ''Part 4'' is much more light-hearted. Of course it still ends on a [[spoiler:downer with Snob getting accidentally captured]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall
** In ''Part 8'', The Critic meets [[spoiler:[[Creator/DougWalker The Writer]]]].
** Chester A. Bum actually complains about a plothole in the movie itself.
** The Critic saying that the audience worked out that Gort was really [[spoiler:the Angry Video Game Nerd]] fairly early on, whilst gesturing at the camera.
* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Their Hearts to Save Them]]: Critic's plan in ''Part 7'' was to make everyone think he'd reverted into DirtyCoward characterization so nobody would notice or care that he'd gone into the PlotHole.
* BrickJoke
** When WebVideo/PawDugan calls up Linkara to ask for his spaceship in ''Part 1'', Linkara is insulted when Paw thinks he reviews lamps. Then, in ''Part 6''...
-->'''Critic:''' I knew it. I never did trust Linkara. What kind of freak reviews lamps?
** One that was set up from the Critic's "Top 11 Awesome Movie Themes"; he ends his ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' segment with an odd comment about forgetting Orlando Bloom was in it and how that's no small feat. ''Part 1'' reveals that he wants to forget because his brain is full of naked images of the guy.
** In ''Part 2'', when Film Brain asked the Critic where he got the teleporting technology from, he explained he stole it from Dr. Insano. In the finale, [[spoiler:when Critic asked where he got the technology to contact CR and JO on the Dream Amplifier blueprints, the [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Nerd]] offhandedly explains [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike he stole it from Dr. Insano too]].]]
** The Potted Plant. It really ties the room together.
** In ''Part 3'', 8-Bit Mickey suggests a "sexy dance party" after the mission is over. In the finale, he is seen dancing with his shirt off.
** In ''Part 6'' of the film, [[spoiler:Mechakara devours a grenade after [=JewWario=] throws it at him, and doesn't push the detonator]]. In the finale, [[spoiler:[=SadPanda=] finds the detonator and presses it, killing Mechakara, Zodd, and Turrell]].
** During ''Part 4'' the ''USS Exit Strategy'''s laser are down because the Nostalgia Critic filled them with sugar. In ''Part 8'', [[spoiler:Luke does the same to disable the The Death Bomb's major weapon.]]
** Turrel's first name is Ferdinand, to the surprise of both Zodd and [[spoiler:Chick listening in on Mechakara. Repeating the name in disbelief is what causes Mechakara to notice her]].
** Sci-Fi Guy's house gets obliterated in ''Part 1''. [[spoiler:In the stinger of ''Part 8'' he is shown alive in the wreckage]].
* BrokenAesop: Part of the whole point of Critic's plot in this was that he ''had'' changed and could make his life better, and therefore all the people who'd related to him could get better too. His show's reboot, with his screaming, loneliness and deathseekering flanderized not so much just breaks that message but grinds it into mash.
* BrokenRecord: After showing diagrams of {{technobabble}} in ''Part 1'', the Critic's computer screen fills up with the word "remember" over and over again. [[ExplosiveInstrumentation And then explodes]]. [[ItWontTurnOff Even after]] [[CutTheJuice being unplugged]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Executor refers to [[spoiler:the Cinema Snob's assistance in killing the Last Angry Geek]] as a "very successful Tuesday".
* CallBack
** Nostalgia Critic repeats a few lines of dialogue from ''Suburban Knights'' in ''Part 1'', with Last Angry Geek taking the place of Ma-Ti.
** Spoony giving the Critic a FacePalmOfDoom while ranting in ''Part 1'' is a call back to [[spoiler:Ma-Tiís]]'s death scene [[spoiler:and is a clue to what is actually going on]].
** Critic's line about always knowing he'd pay for his crimes against humanity is the exact same wording used against him by the Bhargav!Judge in the ''Film/{{Junior}}'' DreamSequence.
** To the opening of ''Suburban Knights'': [=JesuOtaku=] shows up to the Critic's house saying she's won a car in ''Part 2''.
** In ''Part 2'', Mickey calls some suits "[[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights goatfuckers]]".
** In ''Part 2'', Dr. Insano lampshades the fact that he was an alter-ego of Spoony in ''Kickassia'', but in ''To Boldly Flee'' he's a separate character entirely.
** In ''Part 1'', Critic asks Film Brain if he's ever felt forgotten or cast aside, cutting him off before he can bring up the Luke situation in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.
** Mechakara still has Malachite's Hand from the end of ''Suburban Knights''.
** In ''Part 3'', everyone was thinking Chick and Linkara had sex. It's a nod back to the after-credits bonus in Chick's "What Women Want" review, where Linkara was thinking he's in love with her and would kill Todd because of it.
** In ''Part 4'', the Critic dresses like ComicBook/JudgeDredd, the star of [[Film/JudgeDredd a movie he reviewed]].
** The suicidally cocky Judge Dredd moments where Critic is more interested in staying with the people who want to kill him instead of using the big field to run away, bear a striking resemblance to the ''Suburban Knights'' battles with Jaffers, where he was also more interested in staying/dying than running away.
** In ''Part 4'', Phelous gets unceremoniously killed several times in a similar manner to how he used to end his reviews. (Also a parody of [[RedShirt redshirts]].)
** When viewing Spoony's insulting view of Linkara (being someone so afraid of sun he should sparkle) in ''Part 5'', Mechakara's complaint is Linkara's voice is much MORE annoying than that, a call back to Linkara's voice being the only thing to break his cool during his first arc on the show.
** Also the gag of "Linkara reviews lamps" starts from [=SadPanda=]'s "Top 10 TGWTG reviewers". [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/sadpanda/forget-about-it/34915-forget-about-it-top-10-tgwtg-reviewers The new AT4W theme says so]].
** ''Part 6'' has Chick coming out of nowhere to knock the other person out and save Critic again, although the stakes are much higher than in the brawl.
** Oancitizen's frustration over not being able to sing references his cameo in the crossover review of ''Film/MoulinRouge''.
** Film Brain reacts in horror when he sees the Last Angry Geek's spirit. Is it because he's a ghost, or because he's [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights Cloak #1]]?
** The Critic's car has a "Don't fuck with Creator/MaraWilson" bumper sticker, a reference to the review of ''Film/ASimpleWish''.
** In a rather Heartwarming Moment, Film Brain calls Luke Mochrie "[[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights Dudley]] [[WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight Do-Right]]" [[spoiler:before Luke leaves to confront his destiny.]]
** Just before TheCavalry shows up in ''Part 8'', Phelous yells "Doesn't anyone have any bright ideas?" Critic asked the same thing in ''Suburban Knights'', right before Ma-Ti showed up to save the day.
** In ''Part 8'', while everyone is listing off their most hated plot holes, Bjork instead shouts "I believe in Santa Christ!", [[WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} a little bit late.]] [[spoiler:This could be why Santa Christ appears later on.]]
** In the same montage, Chester A. Bum brings up the fact that a few episodes ago, CR said that only two could be beamed up at a time yet they managed to beam three up.
** Again in the same montage, Phelous questions [[FunnyBackgroundEvent why he suddenly appeared behind a shed for no reason]] while everyone was fighting Kevin Baugh in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''.
** Ma-Ti mentions that getting [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights goat porn]] was one of the stupidest quests Critic had him go on.
** CR says "You did this! You!" to JO, a callback to the ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' review.
** [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Turrell]] once again quotes Hamlet. Badly.
** At the "big low-budget independent film coke party," Mickey is dancing topless (and even giving lapdances), a callback to his insistence on a "sexy party" at the end of the mission.
* TheCameo
** In ''Part 1'':
*** Line producer and TGWTG showrunner Holly Christine Brown has a voiceover as a news reporter.
*** Photoshop artist Jim Jarosz appears as the government agent who announces that the Critic is under house arrest.
*** Doug and Rob Walker's father Barney portrays a high-ranking government official.
*** Music/{{Brentalfloss}} is the announcer for the commercials.
*** In a non-person example, the [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/sketches/59-cheerios-commercial-contest Cheerios 2 box from one of Walkers' earliest sketches]] can be seen on the Critic's dresser.
*** Doug's wife's hand makes an appearance when Dr. Tease hypocritically slaps Critic for being a pervert. Elisa didn't want to hit Doug for real, so he begged his missus to be the hand double.
** In ''Part 2'':
*** A sequence features cameos from WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, [[TheGameHeroes Handsome Tom]], WebVideo/TheRapCritic, [[WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede Suede]] and WebVideo/{{Welshy}}.
*** [[DarkMazeStudios Ed Glaser]] and a relative of Channel Awesome CEO Mike Michaud's show up as FBI agents that get beaten by 8-Bit Mickey.
** In ''Part 4'':
*** WebVideo/{{Benzaie}} appears as a French language translator.
** In ''Part 5'':
*** Jillian from Team Snob as an intern.
** In ''Part 8'':
*** Numerous cameos during the plot hole recitation (brought to us by [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash on Radio Dead Air]]), including MikeJ, WebVideo/YRulerOfTime, WebVideo/TheBlockbusterBuster, Smarty, Dena Netali, Bjork of The Bjork Show, and [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]].
*** [[spoiler:Santa Christ]] makes a surprise appearance, as does Ask That Guy.
*** Gort turns out to be [[spoiler:Creator/JamesRolfe]].
*** A form of ContinuityCameo in that Sad Panda is wearing the T-shirt of [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation another popular Internet Critic]].
*** Would it be cheating to say that [[spoiler:Doug Walker]] counts?
* CardboardPrison: Literally done with Spoony in a cardboard box in ''Part 3''. Then averted next episode as it turns out to be heavily guarded.
* CartoonBomb: [[spoiler:The Death Bomb's design]].
* TheCastShowOff
** Doug and Lindsay singing "Distraction".
** From the same sequence, Kyle parodies this trope in that, despite knowing that attempting to sing would blow his and the Chick's cover due to how he's currently posing as TheSpeechless, he still tries it at several points, [[FunnyBackgroundEvent with the Chick constantly having to pull the microphone away from him]]. Played straight though when he forces the issue at the end of the song and manages to sing the final line.
-->'''Zodd:''' Destroy that ''fantastic'' tenor!
* CharacterDevelopment
** In ''Part 1'', Chick and Critic talk about their issues, and outright show they care for each other, something they found hard to cope with in previous crossovers.
** This plays a substantial part in ''Part 8''. [[spoiler:Doug Walker talks to the Nostalgia Critic about how he ended up taking on a life of his own, and his development ends up saving the Channel Awesome universe.]]
* CharacterOutlivesActor: Parodied by the phenomena of Ma-Ti persisting as a character in the canon, even though the actor left.
* ChekhovsGag: [[spoiler:The painkillers being passed out like Pez in ''Part 5'', which ended up saving the crew in ''Part 6'']].
** In ''Part 8'', [[spoiler:Sage enters the mental world Film Brain and Ma-Ti are in... and there, his "psychic powers" actually mean something.]]
* ChekhovsGun
** The [[spoiler:Thermal Detonator that Ed!JO invented in ''Part 3'' that had seemingly no use at the time ends up saving [=JewWario=] from Mechakara in ''Part 6''. In ''Part 8'' it goes off, destroying the Death Bomb.]]
** [[spoiler:Sugar in the laser banks. Luke uses this to disarm the Death Bomb, in ''Part 8''.]]
** Paw bringing up [[spoiler:Linkara's spaceship]] in ''Part 1'' pays off in ''Part 8''.
** Turns out that [[spoiler:Nostalgia Chick remains a cyborg even after getting shaken out of Mechakara assimilation, allowing her to quickly download the lyrics to a song General Zodd wanted her to sing, allowing her and Oancitizen to maintain their covers as [[WeNeedADistraction distractions.]]]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: As the movie's tone gets darker, so does the lighting. Part Seven has a lot of dim scenes, with the only light being focused on whatever actor's face.
* ComedicSociopathy: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]].
** One of Turrell's motivations is the destruction of his entire homeworld and race, which happened in a Critic review as a throwaway gag.
** [[spoiler:Ma-Ti became tired of being the ButtMonkey due to the AccentuateTheNegative approach to [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway his character]] and everyone's reactions to it, and seeks revenge by setting up a situation where the Critic will destroy the rest of his site's cast due to his {{Jerkass}} nature. However, the Critic turns out to be evolving beyond such simple characterization...]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After hearing about a killing spree in Minnesota in which the targets are male 20-somethings who work from home and have ties to the comic book industry in ''Part 1'', Linkara is relieved that he won't be affected.
* ComingOfAgeStory: You could easily look at the film as Critic's, as he goes from impatient manchild to selfless adult by the end. Doug agrees with the interpretation on his commentary.
* CommandRoster
** TheCaptain: Nostalgia Critic, later Phelous gets promoted to "Jesus".
** NumberTwo: Marzgurl, althought Phelous tries to take over.
** MrFixit or WrenchWench: Ed![=JesuOtaku=]
** The Scientist: CR
** CommunicationsOfficer: Paw
** Security Officer: Cinema Snob
** TheMarine: Angry Joe
** TheMedic / Dr. Feelgood or Dr. Jerk: Sad Panda (well, he "saw Series/DoctorWho")
** AcePilot: [=JewWario=]
** TheHeart: Film Brain and Luke
** TheShrink: Film Brain
** RedShirt: Phelous. BIG TIME.
** [[spoiler:MissionControl: Nash]]
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Critic gives CR a DopeSlap after being {{TeleportSpam}}med across the battlefield before returning to the ship.
* {{Continuity}}
** General Zodd, from the "Merry Zodmas" videos, returns.
** Unlike ''Suburban Knights'', this film acknowledges that Linkara has a spaceship and an evil robot duplicate. In fact, they both play roles in the plot.
** Critic's selfish behavior in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' and at the start of ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' comes back to bite him in the ass.
** Critic isn't over the self-esteem implosion experienced in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' review, confiding in the Chick that he feels pretty awful about himself.
** The ending of the Last Angry Geek's ''Deathstroke'' review leads directly into his appearance here.
** Mechakara is continuing his original mission of trying to understand and control powerful magical artifacts [[spoiler:-- in this case, [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights Malachite's Hand]]]].
** The spooning-induced awkwardness between Critic and Spoony continues, as Critic gets very squicked out by Ma-Ti!Spoony's NoSenseOfPersonalSpace and talk of "coming holes".
** And in ''Part 5'', Critic notes that the Chick probably felt sickened by Spoony's naked body too, in reference to the first Spooning With Spoony.
* CoolShip
** The ''USS Exit Strategy''.
** Turrell's ship pre-transformation into a house.
** The masked pilot/[[spoiler:Angry Video Game Nerd]]'s ship as well.
** And the Last Angry Geek's Starfury/X-Wing fighter.
** The Critic's [=Mazda3=] straddles the line between this and CoolCar.
** And while the coolness was established in his own show, Linkara's ''Comicron One'' makes for a very cool ship itself.
* CouldntFindAPen
** A very literal case, according to Film Brain's and Critic's discussion of Ma-Ti's will in ''Part 1''.
** Also done by [[spoiler:Prick, who wrote "help me" on Mickey's shirt in his own blood during Mickey's BerserkButton rampage in ''Part 2''.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: Fans got nervous at Dredd!Critic in the cast photo, thinking it would be really hard to buy an emotional "final journey" with half of Doug's face hidden. Turns out he was only in that costume for ten minutes, and the rest of the time he was in his normal suit.
* CreepyCircusMusic: Over Spoony's image of Critic. Added onto the perception's wide smile, jerky movements and blank eyes, plus the spooning from before still very much on real!Critic's mind, the overall message is disturbing.
* CripplingOverspecialization: The mooks on the baddies' ship are trained only on their own equipment with no backups. [[spoiler:When the gunner is killed in ''Part 4'' no-one else can do his job and the ship is defenseless.]]
* CutTheJuice: When [[spoiler:Ma-ti's]] messages and star maps appear to be taking over everyone's computers in ''Part 1'', the Critic just pulls the plug out of his. [[spoiler:[[ItWontTurnOff This doesn't work.]]]]
* DancePartyEnding: [[spoiler:The special ends as the group of critics party in WebVideo/{{Ask That Guy|WithTheGlasses}}'s house. It also presents the confirmation of Nostalgia Critic's fate is only known by Film Brain and Sage (other revieewers discover it in later reviews).]]
* DarkerAndEdgier
** With Critic explicitly self-loathing this time around, a lot of scary moments, Prick's [[spoiler:gory death at the hands of Mickey]], the Chick's [[spoiler:painful assimilation]] and [[spoiler:the whole special being revealed to be Critic's swan song]].
** [[spoiler: Unlike with Malachite, all of the villains are explicitly KilledOffForReal]], and a surprising number of scenes are [[PlayedForDrama played completely straight]].
** Lampshaded by Critic when he's PassingTheTorch along to the Chick in her following review of ''Film/CutthroatIsland'':
-->'''Critic:''' It's just like ''Kickassia''! Only with emotional depth and actual sincerity.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Zodd disinterestedly prompts Turrell for this, who responds [[spoiler:that for once, he has nothing]].
* DesignatedGirlFight: Between [[spoiler:Obscurus Lupa and [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Seven of Eleven]]]] in ''Part 6''.
* DeusExMachina: Gort [[spoiler:(the Angry Video Game Nerd)]] suddenly attacking Turrell's Spaceship after the Critic has run out of ammunition and Turrell is about to attack him.
* DevilInPlainSight: Mechakara. Also [[spoiler:Nostalgia Chick and Todd after assimilation]] with [[spoiler:Lupa]] the only one capable noticing anything.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: The Chick and Linkara in ''Part 3'' make a loud ruckus in Linkara's room, and everyone assumes they did. [[spoiler:They didn't. [[TheMole Mechakara]] was [[BrainwashedAndCrazy assimilating Chick]].]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Lame R. Prick is killed off by 8-bit Mickey (in a very gory way) in only ''Part 2''.]]
* DisintegratorRay: The OMGWTF-9000 at full power.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:That Sci-Fi Guy survived the laser blast, as shown in TheStinger.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Epically. The whole cause of the movie is Ma-Ti angry about how he was treated up until his death in ''Suburban Knights''.
* DopeSlap: Multiple times.
** ''Part 4'':
*** Sad Panda to Benett, for [[CaptainObvious "sensing impeding danger"]] while three guards are aiming their weapons at them.
*** The guard that disintegrated several fellow Mooks with the OMGWTF-9000 gets banged on the helmet by another guard's weapon.
*** After several random teleports and nearly getting killed, Dredd!Critic finally ends back on the ''USS Exit Strategy'', and dope-slap CR for all his troubles.
--->'''CR:''' Bitch!
** The Nostalgia Chick delivers one to Oancitizen for [[spoiler: blowing their cover to Zod during ''Distraction'']].
* DramaticIrony: Phelous mocks Critic for not being a hero at the ''exact'' moment Critic is going off to be a martyr.
* {{Dramedy}}: It ups the seriousness from ''Suburban Knights'', but it's still a comedic satire.
* DressingAsTheEnemy
** In ''Part 2'', 8-Bit Mickey tries this to distract the federal agents and Prick. It doesn't work very well.
** In ''Part 7'', Nostalgia Chick and Oancitizen try this on Zodd. It works a ''little'' better.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Lame R. Prick's fate at the hands of Mickey is entirely offscreen]]. It was [[GoryDiscretionShot probably for the best, though]].
* DumbassHasAPoint: While Turrell is normally hammy and ditzy, he seems to be the only one to [[spoiler:object to having a party while the critics and reviewers are still alive.]] And so he [[spoiler:tries to gun down the Nostalgia Critic.]] But he fails.
* DutchAngle: Intentionally done with Turrell.
* DyingAsYourself: Just before they're [[spoiler:swallowed by the plot hole,]] several crew members strip off their sci-fi costumes and return to base zero for what they think will be their final moments.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: By the end of the film, [[spoiler:the Nostalgia Critic finally finds meaning in his life, the villains are dead and gone, and TGWTG crew and Awesomeverse look to have a brighter future]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: In ''Part 4'', Turrell accidentally blows up Venus. The explosion is heard offscreen.
--> '''Turrell:''' That just blew up Venus! Fuck, they're going to miss that!
* EasterEgg: In ''Part 1'', when [[spoiler:Ma-ti is showing how he got through the wormhole, some text appears on the computer saying "I edited this scene way better than Doug!"]]
* EmptyNest: Critic's description of how it feels after Ma-Ti's death is pretty parental-based, [[{{Parody}} echoing]] Kirk's CaptainsLog in the opening to ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''.
-->'''Critic:''' For me, the house feels empty, like my twenty-six-year-old freeloading Indian child has left for college, never to return.
* EndOfAnAge
** WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob thinks so about the age of Internet critics.
** TBF acted as a send-off for the Nostalgia Critic, since Doug and Rob decided they had said all that they could with the character.
** Spoony states in his commentaries that he thinks that the age of the Internet critics will come to an end in the near future, repeatedly saying that everybody needs a backup plan for when the bottom falls out.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Assistants Have Standards]]: In ''Part 1'', Prick's assistant is obsequious, only mildly questions the necessity of SUCKA, and is horrified at the thought of cancelling ''Smurfs 2'', but even he does not like the live-action ''Alvin and the Chipmunks'' or its "squeakuels."
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Todd confesses his feelings for Lupa. Lupa is not exactly shocked.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Or rather Evil Cannot Comprehend CharacterDevelopment. [[spoiler: Ma-Ti's initial response to the Critic refusing to step out of The Writer's house is a FlatWhat]]
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Apparently standard issue for the critics.
* EyesNeverLie: The end of ''Part 1'' had Critic trying to make light of the situation and fob off the computer explosion as meant for the Chick, but his eyes were fixed on the screen ever since the power came on again and they didn't even stray when she makes disgusted noises at him.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Happens twice in the movie
** [[spoiler:Turrell, Mechakara, and Zodd]] all recite Shakespeare together as the thermal detonator counts down to detonation.
** [[spoiler:The crew of the ''Exit Strategy'']] recall their first (and favorite) reviews before standing as a group while [[spoiler:the Plot Hole swallows the ship.]]
** [[spoiler: Critic is at first scared of the Plot Hole consuming him, but then leans his head back with a peaceful smile before he explodes.]]
* FacelessMooks
** Turrell employs a few on his ship.
** The European moon base security force employs several dozen.
** The mooks themselves look a lot like [[WebVideo/DiamandaHagan Hagan's Minions]], which prompted Hagan to make a video addressing it.
* FacePalm
** Paw gives one when [=JesuOtaku=] bursts into the Critic's house announcing that she [[CallBack won a free car]] in ''Part 2''.
-->'''[=JesuOtaku=]:''' What? I don't check my mail that often.
** One of the FacelessMooks has this reaction during the Turrell/Zodd SlapFight in ''Part 3''.
** In ''Part 4'', Zodd lenghtily massages his brow while Turrell starts pretending they're "fellow critics from the Food Network". And again later, while Turrell is monologuing.
* FailedASpotCheck
** The majority of the reviewers don't notice that Linkara is not acting like himself (only CR and Lupa are suspicious), or the continuity differences, due to damage to the Story done by the Hole.
** Linkara, who unlike the rest of them actually ''knows'' Mechakara, totally fails to recognize his fairly distinctive voice in ''Part 1''.
** Turrell misses the Critic's ship escaping in ''Part 2'' because he was in the middle of ranting that [[TemptingFate nothing could possibly get past him]].
** Snob doesn't notice that Luke is standing right next to him in ''Part 7''... but given what he's wearing, he has a pretty good excuse.
* FanDisservice: Spoony recreating the scene from [[Creator/DavidLynch David Lynch's]] ''Film/{{Dune}}'' where Feyd-Rautha emerges from a sauna in nothing but an odd leather thong. Those watching InUniverse are suitably traumatized, since Spoony doesn't have the physique of [[Music/ThePolice Sting]] circa 1984.
* {{Fanservice}}
** Shirtless dancing Benzaie in ''Part 4''.
** Also, shirtless [=JewWario=] in ''Part 6''.
** And [=JesuOtaku=] in a crop top after she is turned into Edward in ''Part 3''.
** Maybe to the ''Star Trek'' fans along with others, but also Nostalgia Chick's look after [[spoiler:she's assimilated and turns into Seven of Eleven]]. She also looks rather beautiful disguised as Ursa.
** In ''Part 7'', Marzgurl runs around in PaintedOnPants as [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell The Major]].
** The first thing we see of Zodd is his crotch. Even Turrell looked [[HomoeroticSubtext appreciative]] at that point.
** Doug-as-Zodd makes some rather... suggestive moves towards the end of his DVD music video for "Distraction".
* FashionHurts: Just like the two years before, Lindsay was uncomfortable in her costume.
* FemaleGaze: Benzaie, Spoony, [=JewWario=] and 8-Bit Mickey all get {{shirtless scene}}s. Plus you have all the HomoeroticSubtext and ShipTease.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences
** Bennett and Snob do this when talking about the mad scientists disappearing in ''Part 2''. Critic immediately lampshades it and the two confess to working it out ahead of time.
** When CR and [=JesuOtaku=] describe their daydreams in ''Part 3'', they finish each other's sentences ''word by word''. Both of them are fairly creeped out by this.
* FiveBadBand
** BiggerBad -- [[spoiler:Ma-Ti]]
** The BigBad -- The Executor
** TheDragon -- Turrell
** TheEvilGenius -- Mechakara
** TheBrute -- General Zodd
** TheDarkChick -- Lame R. Prick
** SixthRangerTraitor -- [[spoiler:Darth Snob]]
* {{Flanderization}}: {{In-Universe}}; Spoony's perceptions of the Critic, Joe and Linkara as a screechy foul-mouthed manchild, trigger-happy nutjob who has never been hugged by his mother and a sparkling-white nerd with an annoying voice, respectively.
** Linkara worked ''very'' hard to keep Mechakara from becoming another Comic Relief Villain like Terl or Zod, keeping him ''extremely'' menacing.
* FlashbackEffects: The introducing flashback (with footage from ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnight'') has muted and desaturated colors. It also start as a very small screen that slowly grow bigger, copying the effect from ''Film/{{Star Trek III|TheSearchForSpock}}''.
* FlawExploitation: Done in different ways to Critic, Linkara, Chick and Snob. Critic's self-hatred makes it easy for [[spoiler:Ma-Ti to make him want to go into the PlotHole]], Linkara's egotism about being adored has him making the mistake of letting Mechakara into the story, Chick wanting everyone to believe that she has no time for emotions prevents them from being suspicious of Seven of Eleven, and the Snob's EndOfAnAge talk lets him be an easy target for TheDarkSide where infamy is more important than talent.
* FollowTheLeader: {{In-Universe}}; Zodd & Turrell decide that the Critic is onto something by converting his house into a space-craft, so have their ship retrofitted to ''also'' be a house.
* [[ForcedToWatch Forced To Listen]]: One of the few times Turrell gets the upper hand on Critic is forcing him to listen to Phelous dying, and promising him that there are other hostages who don't come back to life.
* ForegoneConclusion: The current storyline (the Holokara Arc) in ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' takes place several months after the events of this movie, meaning that whatever else happens, Linkara will be fine.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** The screen glitches twice in the opening credits, setting up the computer problems later.
** In ''Part 1'', Turrell comments that his ship is not as comfy as the Critic's home but it'll do. ''Part 3'' has Zodd convert the ship into an even bigger house than Critic's.
** In ''Part 1'', Linkara quizzes Paw, serving a quick explanation of who Mechakara is before he shows up.
** In ''Part 1'' and ''Part 2'', the Executor explicitly wants Critic either dead or locked away in his house because of events he had foreseen. We later see why he's so adamant about this. Sure, ''Part 8'' has the Critic [[spoiler:die, but he also saves the universe while doing it]].
** If you listen closely, Mechakara is muttering about disabling the oxygen supply in ''Part 3''; he later takes out the crew this way.
** Critic hides behind the Chick in ''Part 1'' when he's scared like he always does, but is all too willing to dive headlong into danger in ''Part 4'' and stands up against Mechakara in ''Part 6''. ''Part 7'' gives us the reason for the change of character, [[DeathSeeker and it's depressing]].
** The Last Angry Geek talks about how unlikely he is to survive given he's dressed as Ben Kenobi. Sure enough, in ''Part 6'', [[spoiler:he faces the Executor and dies]].
** Does the Last Angry Geek usually sport loud Hawaiian shirts? Because if not, he's also referencing [[Series/{{Firefly}} Hoban "Wash" Washburn]].
** He also metaphorically explains the plot as an unseen hand writing their every moves. In ''Part 8'', [[spoiler:the Critic meets [[CreatorCameo The Writer]], [[LiteralMetaphor who fits the description of "unseen hand"]]]].
** In a more meta sense, Rob Walker mentioned in previous episode commentary that [[spoiler:if they were ever going to end the Nostalgia Critic series, the Critic was either going to be killed off or would AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.]]
** Out-of-universe, the Chick took over the Critic's usual timeslot for the few weeks that the movie was running. [[spoiler:After his death, they have a PassingTheTorch moment in her review of ''Film/CutthroatIsland'']].
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Unlike the other specials, this one took its time to get all the reviewers banded together, resulting in several plot threads competing for space during ''Part 1''.
* FreezeFrameBonus
** If you stop at the correct time during [[spoiler:the Critic and Turrell's space dogfight]], you'll notice that the back bears the Autobot insignia.
** Subverted, most likely by accident, when the computer hooked up to Spoony in ''Part 1'' flashes through a series of star charts. In the final screen, the scientific-looking notations around the [[spoiler:®Plot Hole]] are written in the ''Star Wars'' alphabet, Aurebesh. Unfortunately for those who can actually read Aurebesh, it's all jibberish.
* FreudianSlipperySlope: Film Brain does this after he thinks that Linkara (actually Mechakara) and the Chick were having sex.
* FridgeLogic: {{In-Universe}}; WebVideo/TheLastAngryGeek points out the various plot holes in the security footage of [[spoiler:Ma-Ti's "nerd meld" with Spoony]] in ''Part 1''.
* FriendOrFoe
** During the big shoot-out in ''Part 4'', the one Mook that gets his hands on the OMGWTF-9000 disintegrates more of his fellow guards than the Nostalgia Critic did (and gets {{Dope Slap}}ped for that).
** Then he almost hit Turrell when the later teleports on the exact same spot as the Critic. And the exact same thing happens to Turrell again with the guards on his own ship, when he teleports back a few seconds later.
* [[spoiler:FullyAbsorbedFinale: Served as this for the Nostalgia Critic, both the man and the series.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
** When the Critic is introduced in ''Part 1'', a box of Cheerios 2 can be seen in his bedroom.
** In ''Part 7'' Nostalgia Chick repeatedly has to stop Oancitizen (sometimes forcefully) from singing and blowing their cover.
** In ''Part 8'', Turrell is too busy being a LargeHam to notice that right behind him [[spoiler:Mechakara is vaporizing all of his minions and slamming General Zodd's head into the couch over and over again]].
* FunWithAcronyms: SUCKA: The '''S'''top the '''U'''nstoppable '''C'''opyright '''K'''illers '''A'''ct.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: Linkara's "magic and sorcery" arc is all about him realizing that he's not as nice as he thinks he is and how he's treated his friends poorly. Lewis has made sure to note that this movie canonically takes place a few months before that storyline (as they were released at the same time) and a big part of it was nobody realizing that the DevilInPlainSight Mechakara was not Linkara.
* GilliganCut
** In ''Part 1'', Last Angry Geek tells Critic he has urgent business. It turns out to be him needing to use Critic's bathroom after some Taco Bell.
** In ''Part 5'' [[spoiler:Lupa asks WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows to be discreet while spying on Linkara and Nostalgia Chick. Todd assures her he is a ninja. Next shot: "Hey Linkara! Nostalgia Chick! Are either of you doing anything evil or suspicious in there?"]]
** [[spoiler:And then they outright admit to Turrell that their plans are "evil and suspicious".]]
** Also in ''Part 5'', [[spoiler:Luke despondently wonders what kind of torture a captured Cinema Snob is enduring. Cut to him lying in a comfortable bed and being fed chocolates by a gorgeous woman.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Happens to [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6axcaqcK21rpew38o10_1280.jpg Spoony]].
* GodEmperor: One of the titles Phelous gives himself after taking command of the ship.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Seven of Eleven's reaction to seeing [[spoiler:Todd's face]] in ''Part 6''. Strangely, Lupa's just fine after seeing it. [[WordOfGod Word of Twitter]] says that when you look into Todd's face, you see your own soul; the Chick was simply horrified by what she saw in herself.
* GoryDiscretionShot
** In ''Part 2'', [[spoiler:whatever Prick looks like after Mickey's rampage, it surely isn't pretty. At the very least, he lost his hand and nose.]]
** [[spoiler:Mechakara assimilates the Nostalgia Chick. All we know is that it involved a drill and lots of screaming.]]
** [[spoiler:Phelous' first death in ''Part 4'' is off-screen but blood-spattering (and ''very'' audible), and it goes on for 30 seconds! All his subsequent deaths are on-screen and played for laughs.]]
* GrandFinale: On two counts.
** Stated beforehand to be the last anniversary special to have this kind of scale, with the biggest production values and the longest shoot and post-production period to boot. Channel Awesome's HR rep, Holly, has said there ''will'' be future anniversary specials, just not this big.
** [[spoiler:For The Nostalgia Critic, with him AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. It has been [[WordOfGod stated by Doug Walker]] that this is purely as far as being a ''weekly'' show, and that the character will probably return at some point for some special episodes.]]
* GratuitousFrench \ BilingualBonus
** "Oui, assassiner"[[labelnote:translation]]"Yes, murder"[[/labelnote]] shows up in captions for the French language weapons tutorial.
*** And that's not even the ''correct'' caption, as the instruction voice is blabbering non-sequiturs such as "I'm not waiting 24 hours, I don't have time for that" and "I have no advice to take from anyone!"
** Right after that, Turrell shouts "Non, mon Dieu!" "[[labelnote:translation]]"No, my God!"[[/labelnote]]
* GraveClouds: When everyone's in the field in ''Part 8'', the scene is very bright but the clouds are deathly gray, possibly to signify the loss of Critic but the gaining back of Spoony.
* GuiltyPleasures: {{In-Universe}}, Spoony [[spoiler:(or possibly Ma-Ti)]] considers the last four ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games to be this, as revealed in ''Part 1''.
* HamToHamCombat: Turrell and Zodd, unsurprisingly.
* HardWorkMontage: The construction of the ''USS Exit Strategy'' in ''Part 2''.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: The script for WebVideo/{{Phelous}}' introductory scene was just the short description that he was developing a cure for cancer.
* HeKnowsTooMuch / KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade
** [[spoiler:That Sci-Fi Guy's fate. Of course, TheStinger from ''Part 8'' would [[StayingAlive suggest otherwise]].]]
** [[spoiler: Also sorta happens to Nostalgia Chick and Todd in the Shadows, except for the fact that they aren't killed, so much as just brainwashed and assimilated.]]
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: The chapter on "[[DoubleEntendre Loving Your Joystick]]" in ''Tao Ta Kei''.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Nostalgia Critic merges himself with the Plot Hole to save everyone else. Would have been the fate of the crew of the ''U.S.S. Exit Strategy'' when the PlotHole swallowed the ship if the Critic hadn't mashed the ResetButton to save them all.]]
* HiveMind: [[spoiler:Nostalgia Chick, Todd in the Shadows and Mechakara, post-assimilation.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Turrell uses the Criticís own footage as evidence against him while speaking to Congress in ''Part 1''. Subverted in that Congress doesn't care about Turrell's charges.
* HypocriticalHumor
** In ''Part 7'', Film Brain claims that no-one saw the 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''. This [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/fbv/bmbe/12025-timemachine video]] suggests otherwise...
** Dr. Tease, as normal, flirts with the Critic and makes plans for sexing him later, but leaves with Block slapping him and calling him a pervert.
** Lame R. Prick accuses the reviewers of making scatological rants, and later in his rant he expresses pride in his own scatological writing.
** Turrell calling Critic a girl. Very true, but a bit rich coming from the SissyVillain who only wears leather.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In ''Part 6'', Lupa evokes this to [[spoiler:[=RoboTodd=]]]. Surprisingly, it works... [[spoiler:after she promises him a date, anyway.]]
* IncomingHam: Zodd's entrance at the end of ''Part 2''.
* InconvenientSummons: In ''Part 1'', Phelous is about to find the cure for cancer, as long as he isn't interrupted, when the Nostalgia Critic's teleporter seize him.
* {{Irony}}
** That there's so many {{continuity nod}}s and {{Call Back}}s in a story about a PlotHole messing everything up.
** Critic telling Ma-Ti that he ''has'' been useful and he needs to see it. This coming from the guy who only wanted to be loved throughout his life, and adamantly refuses to see that he was even when his creator is telling him so.
* IsThisThingStillOn
** In ''Part 4'', Zodd and Turrell are clearly less than thrilled to realize that they've been panicking over their situation right in front of an open channel to the enemy.
** Then in ''Part 6'', [[spoiler: Turrell quotes the trope name when he realizes he revealed his plan of duping Mechakara into working for him in exchange for the secret of Malachite's glove, a secret nobody knows.]]
* ItAmusedMe: While Turrell's main motivation is revenge and Zodd is just there to keep him on track, they both take great enjoyment in making Critic and the others suffer.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Exaggerated.
* ItWontTurnOff: Played surprisingly straight for such a formulaic trope.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] is sent of a trip to Spoony's subconscious.
* KillSat: Used against [[spoiler:That Sci-Fi Guy]] in ''Part 1''.
* KlaatuBaradaNikto: The Critic gets saved in the middle of a battle by a character dressed as Gort. He mumbles "Klaatu, Barada, whatever" and goes on with his mission.
* [[KillAndReplace Knock Out and Replace]]: [[spoiler:Mechakara for Linkara in ''Part 1''.]]
* KneelBeforeZod: General Zodd's introduction, naturally.
* KubrickStare: The Cinema Snob gives several of these, particularly in scenes when he is with Christopher Clod. [[spoiler:Once [[FaceHeelTurn he becomes Darth Snob]], he does this pretty much constantly, as it is the only way his eyes can be seen behind the "sunglasses" in his helmet.]]
* LampshadeHanging
** [[spoiler:The PlotHole has ripped apart the space-story-arc-continuity, filling the site's story arcs with "pockets of chaos", which explains the footage in ''Part 1'' and every single inconsistency error that's happened in the past five years.]]
** Turrell speaks to the Executor as Darth Vader spoke to the Emperor in ''Star Wars'', including the latter appearing as a hologram and the two paraphrasing conversations from the film. However, they also discuss which film they're paraphrasing and who should be saying what depending on such.
** Oancitizen's arrival onto the ship in ''Part 7''
-->'''Luke:''' How did you get here?\\
'''Oancitizen:''' JumpCut.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall
** The [[CaptainsLog Critic's Log]] in ''Part 1'' has a stardate of "Uhh... Thursday." That's when ''Part 1'' aired on the site.
** Partially invoked in ''Part 6''. There is a reference to it being Tuesday. If the episode had [[ScheduleSlip aired when it was originally intended to air,]] the episode would have fallen on a Tuesday.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Critic/Ma-Ti have a shared theme, a sad piece of violin music. It plays during the flashback, when Spoony is trying to explain to Critic that Ma-Ti's inside him, after the Critic/Geek mind-meld, and underscores Critic's redemption apology.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Most of Zodd and Turrell's bickering falls under the definition.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are something like nineteen people on the ship. Then there's the real Linkara; The Last Angry Geek; the Executor, Turrell, Zodd and their various assistants and minions; Doctors Tease, Block and Insano; the spirit of Ma-Ti and the mysterious Gort figure.
* LoopholeAbuse: The Critic is put under house arrest. So what does he do? He converts his house into a spaceship.
-->'''Nostalgia Chick:''' But Critic, won't this violate your house arrest?\\
'''Critic:''' Why? [[ExactWords I'm not leaving the house]].
* LoveTriangle: The Chick/Todd/Lupa triangle is a part of the plot.
* LowerDeckEpisode: ''Part 3'' gives more focus to everyone else's storylines, while Critic is pushed to the background slightly.
* LyricalDissonance: The Distraction Song, a bright peppy pop tune about how the world is ending, so you might as well go out having fun.
* MachineMonotone: Mechakara, and later Seven of Eleven and [[spoiler: [[Franchise/RoboCop RoboTodd]].]]
* MagicalSecurityCam: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Critic after watching footage of [[spoiler:Ma-Ti putting his consciousness in Spoony's body]] in ''Part 1''.
* {{Magitech}}: The ''USS Exit Strategy'' is built from Insano's Mad Science but uses [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros magic mushrooms]] for fuel. No, not those [[MushroomSamba kind of mushrooms]].
* ManipulativeEditing: In-universe. Look closely at Turrell's ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' review footage and you'll see the first part is Critic asking if there's anything he can do to help before Psychlo explodes.
* MassOhCrap: Turrell, Zodd, and Mechakara give one when [[spoiler:the thermal detonator still in Mechakara's stomach goes off and is about to blow up the Death Bomb, taking them with it]].
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: As always. This edition added [[{{WebVideo/SadPandaQAndA}} Sad]] [[WebVideo/ForgetAboutIt Panda]], WebVideo/JesuOtaku, [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]], [[WebViceo/FamiliarFaces CR]], WebViceo/TheLastAngryGeek, and [[DarkMazeStudios Ed Glaser]] (who had a behind-the-scenes job on ''Suburban Knights'') are joining the cast, among others. [[spoiler:WebVideo/ThatSciFiGuy also joins with a small role, but his character apparently dies half-way into ''Part 1'']].
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:Todd and Lupa, leaning towards probably not.]]
* MediumAwareness: The Last Angry Geek seems to be aware of the fact that this is a story, as does Dr. Insano.
* TheMenInBlack
** Ed Glaser, a relative of Mike Michaud's and Jim Troken play government agents with these looks and vibe.
** 8-Bit Mickey tried to use this trope to shake them off. [[spoiler:It didn't work, so Mickey had to improv.]]
* MentalPictureProjector: The Dream Amplifier.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Lampshaded in ''Part 1'' by the Last Angry Geek after serving as the Critic's [[TheObiWan Obi Wan]] and doing so probably won't be great for his health. [[spoiler:He's proven right in ''Part 6''.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: In ''Part 2'':
-->'''Insano:''' Time isn't a straight line. It's more like a Creator/DavidLynch movie. It's this [[TimeyWimeyBall wandering, meandering thing that just goes in all directions]] and if you're ''very lucky'', by the end you'll see some boobies, and maybe some little people.
* MindScrew: [[spoiler:Ma-Ti's influence]] makes Spoony's brain readings unreliable and confusing. For example, [[spoiler:the attraction to a long-lost sister... was that Spoony's thought, Ma-Ti's, or one's attraction to the other's sister?]]
* MindRape
** A "nerd-meld" is a softer version of it, as Ma-Ti apparently planted his character into Spoony without his permission and causes him '''eons''' of trouble as a result.
** The Last Angry Geek's version with Critic is nicer, but Critic was skeeved by the idea of someone going into his brain and Geek treats him like he's fragile afterwards.
* MoreDakka: The Critic's entire battle strategy in ''Part 4''.
* {{Motif}}: All the focus on wedding rings in ''Part 8'', Rob's, Brad's, Doug's and James's are all prominently in the shots, and the cast commentary got confused at the {{flashback}} of Luke and Snob shaking hands, as originally the latter's ring finger was empty.
* MustMakeAmends: After getting messages from [[spoiler: Ma-Ti]], Critic wants to go into space to "do something right for once".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
** Said word by word by Brad after [[spoiler:he helped the Executor kill the Last Angry Geek]] in ''Part 6''.
** Also said by the Critic in ''Part 8'' when [[spoiler: everyone gets absorbed into the Plot Hole.]]
* MythologyGag: Doug first got the idea to have Spoony play Turrell in his ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' review when he realized how much his and Rob's attempts at the role sounded like Spoony's impression of the similar LargeHam sci-fi villain [[Literature/{{Dune}} Baron Harkonnen]]. So here, we have Spoony as Turrell, but saying Harkonnen's lines.
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* [[spoiler:NeuroVault: Like Spock and Bones before them, Ma-Ti implanted the essence of his character into Spoony's own mind before he died.]]
* NeverMyFault: Turrell blames Critic entirely for destroying his planet and species, when in reality it was one of his own stupid race that lit a cigarette and killed everyone.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** Senator Clodd, the senator turned lobbyist from the MPAA is a thinly-veiled version of Senator Dodd.
** Lame R. Prick takes his name from Texas House Representative, Lamar Smith, who was considered the "champion" of SOPA. His surname, mannerisms and several of his lines are also inspired by from Walter "Dickless" Peck from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
* NoExceptYes: This exchange between Critic and Phelous:
-->'''Critic:''' Are you sure this isn't gonna hurt?\\
'''Phelous:''' Of course not.\\
'''Critic:''' 'Cause it looks like it's gonna hurt.\\
'''Phelous:''' Oh no, no. It'll be like ripping off a bandaid... with a saw.
* NoOshaCompliance: The oxygen supply in the Critic's ship is turned on and off by buttons on the armrests of the command chair, which the Critic keeps leaning on.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace
** Chick's up to no good with Todd again, pawing him when he doesn't want her to, and telling him creepily that he just needs to lower his defenses.
** Senator Clodd also gets rather touchy with [[spoiler:The Snob]], who rubs his cheek uncomfortably after Clodd touches it.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "Distraction", a loving tribute to '80s power ballads.
* [[spoiler:NoticingTheFourthWall]] When the Nostalgia Critic meets [[spoiler:Doug Walker, one of the writers]], he doesn't react well to the true nature of his existence.
* NotHelpingYourCase: This exchange.
-->'''Prick's assistant:''' I'm not really much of a medical doctor.\\
'''Prick:''' Neither are they. They got honorary degrees from the Freudian University ''gift shop''.\\
'''Snob:''' Is this true?\\
'''Dr. Block:''' Absolutely not!\\
'''Dr. Tease:''' I got mine from a cereal box! (''earns a glare from Dr. Block'')
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Invoked. Turrell says it, the Executor says [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits "You would need a bizarre combination of reviewers, nerds, gamers, and internet personalities to defeat us now."]] (Turrell adds [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg "And 8-Bit Mickey."]])
* NothingIsScarier: Having a horrified Turrell hint that Prick is NotQuiteDead, just ''really'' badly mangled, is more terrifying than if they'd shown what happened to him.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: "I just said I watch ''Series/DoctorWho'' a lot." "Close enough."
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:8-Bit Mickey feeding Prick into a weed whacker]] in ''Part 2''.
* OhCrap
** Prick's nameless aide in ''Part 2'' when he realizes [[spoiler:the mind scanner is going to blow]].
** Turrell gives a surprisingly subtle one when [[spoiler:he's told the Executor wants to speak with him at the end of ''Part 2''.]]
** [[spoiler:Ed!]]JO also gets one when she realizes [[spoiler: Seven of Eleven!Nostalgia Chick is about to murder her.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Ed!]]JO:''' [[spoiler:Edward]] is in deeeeeeeeep shit.
** Linkara is understandably freaked out when he realizes Mechakara's the "candygram".
** Chick and Critic think the person on the computer chat is trying to be a troll by calling themselves Ma-Ti. This is until the message "Ask Spoony, he'd ''remember''." Then they start getting scared.
** Zodd's reaction when he sees [[spoiler:Mechakara's storming through their ship]] on the security feed.
** [[spoiler:Doug Walker's reaction to seeing Critic in his house.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Doug Walker]]:''' Oh my god...
* OldSchoolDogfight: In ''Part 7'', an alien ship flies after and shoots at a flying car... in space.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: "Distraction", as sung by General Zodd and Chick. He's thinking about Krypton's destruction, and she's trying to protect her friends.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:The Plot Hole specifically is a NegativeSpaceWedgie with random CosmicRetcon abilities.]]
* OutOfFocus: Noah Antwiler and Lewis Lovhaug both get large amounts of screen time, but Spoony spends most of the movie in a coma and Linkara spends ''Parts 1-7'' trapped in his apartment... [[spoiler:We do see Linkara escaping from the closet in ''Part 5'', though he's still not all that important until ''Part 8''.]]
* OverlyLongGag: Phelous' [[spoiler:first "death" at the hand of a guard in ''Part 4'']].
* PhlebotinumOverload: What happens when Spoony is unplugged from the brain scanner too soon.
* PlayedForDrama: There are no jokes made about Critic's HeroicBSOD storyline and everything surrounding it, Mechakara and the Executor are [[KnightOfCerebus Knights of Cerebus]], and even the previously-just-BlackComedy Chick/Todd/Lupa storyline notches up a few more levels of angst.
* [[spoiler:PlotHole: InUniverse. A black hole that is central to the story in this special. It is revealed in ''Part 2'' that the battle between Malachite and Ma-Ti created one which is causing all the strange things to happen. In ''Part 8'', the Critic finds it's a wormhole to the real world where Doug Walker explains that it's an actual writing plot hole as well -- all he could think of to put on the other side was the real world, and he doesn't know how the Critic will handle the choice given to him there]].
* PlotTwist: When Critic finds himself back in his home after entering the Plot Hole, he gripes about how much a copout that ending was and how it was TheUntwist. [[spoiler:[[BreakingTheFourthWall Then the REAL plot twist happens.]]]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Despite tracking Mechakara down to Linkara's apartment, they obviously didn't do a good job searching the place as they left Linkara trapped in his closet.
* PostModernism: Let's see, [[LampshadeHanging a Plot Hole is converted into a plot device]] that both acknowledges that ''To Boldly Flee'' is a work of fiction [[spoiler:(especially in the aforementioned plot twist)]] and uses that to comment on various comedy tropes (especially how initially only Lupa notices Mechakara's incredibly obvious AssimilationPlot).
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: [=RoboTodd=]]] breaks free of his brainwashing in ''Part 6'' when [[spoiler:Lupa offers to go on a date with him]].
* PowerFist: Created as gloves for the Critic by [[spoiler:Ed!]][=JesuOtaku=] in ''Part 4''. [[spoiler:Pity they only have about a minute of power though...]] Later Used in combination with TrickedOutShoes by Obscurus Lupa in ''Part 6''.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Obscurus Lupa gets two in quick succession in ''Part 6.'' "[[spoiler: Turn on the oxygen. I feel a Cynthia Rothrock moment coming on,]]" which leads to "Get away from her, you BITCH!"
* PrecisionFStrike: [=JesuOtaku=] in ''Part 6.'' [[spoiler: "Edward is in deep shit."]]
* PublicDomainSoundtrack
** ''The Planets'' by Music/GustavHolst, featuring "Mars", "Saturn", and "Neptune" at various points but especially "Jupiter". Appropriate, given the setting.
** Snippets from Richard Wagner's ''Der Ring des Nibelungen'' are all over the place. Particularly noteworthy is the french horn solo of Siegfried's Leitmotiv from, well, ''Siegfried'', which is used here as a Leitmotiv for "the plot." Also cements the allusion to [[Franchise/StarWars the Force]], which also gets a french horn solo for its Leitmotiv.
* PutOnABus
** As always, there are several producers who aren't returning for this special. Among them are [[TheGameHeroes Handsome Tom]], WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede, and WebVideo/{{Benzaie}}. Although all three have cameos off-location.
** Dr. Block and Dr. Tease are quickly written out in the second part when they are explained to have resisted arrest, shot a police officer, stolen a police car, and driven it to Mexico where they got into another shootout before being arrested.
** [[spoiler:The Nostalgia Critic AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence could also qualify]].
* [[spoiler:RageAgainstTheAuthor / WelcomeToTheRealWorld: On the other side of the plot hole, the Critic ends up in reality and speaks with Doug Walker about the nature of his character.]]
* RageBreakingPoint: Mickey politely asks Prick repeatedly to stop making fun of his height while clearly getting madder and madder. Guess what happens?
* RandomTeleportation
** When the teleporter is used to get rid the Critic of his tracking anklet, they can't tell where it'll go.
** Also happens to Dredd!Critic when the teleporter malfunction and he ends up, first outside the base on the Europa moon, and then on the bridge of Turrell's ship.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The idea that civilians such as the critics' "Space Research Committee" have access to radio telescope data may seem far-fetched but one of the current models of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence called [[http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/ SETI@home]] uses the on-line computers of volunteers to process incoming extraterrestrial transmissions.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mechakara's eye glows red when angered.
* RedHerring
** When Mechakara declares that the crew will fail and he will win, CR is the only one who does not join in the cheer and looks at him worriedly. A lot of fans thought that it was {{Foreshadowing}} for CR outing Mechakara, but it turned out to just be a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
** Malachite's Hand itself can be easily viewed as such, since it's practically useless to Mechakara and not even Turrell understood how it works.
* RedShirt: Phelous. Lampshaded repeatedly.
* RestrainingBolt: When the Nostalgia Critic is placed under house arrest in ''Part 1'', he has to wear a tracking anklet (which he calls a "bracelet") that gives him an electric shock whenever he tries to go outside.
* {{Retcon}}
** In ''Part 1'', the "security footage" of [[spoiler:Ma-Ti's "nerd meld" with Spoony]] is revealed to be an {{In-Universe}} retcon when WebVideo/TheLastAngryGeek lampshades that it doesn't make any sense.
** In ''Part 2'', ''every continuity error that has ever been and ever will be made in the history of the site'' is retconned [[spoiler:as a retroactive effect of the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Plot Hole]]]]. Specifically called out is the fact that Spoony and Dr. Insano were the same person in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' even though that's not the case anywhere else.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: It's pretty clear that at the time the script was written things like SOPA (an internet censorship bill parodied here by SUCKA) and the Tommy Wiseau incident from a few years prior[[note]]The director of a movie the Critic reviewed threatened a lawsuit for using clips from said movie, parodied here by Turrell's FrivolousLawsuit[[/note]] were still fresh on the Walkers' minds.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Mechakara goes on one against Turrell and Zodd after he finds out that they lied to him about Malachite's hand.
* RunningGag
** That plant in the corner really ties the room together.
** JO testing her inventions on Paw.
** Everybody knows that many Bothans died to get the Reviewers information on the Death Bomb... but nobody knows what a Bothan ''is''.
* SadisticChoice: Turrell gleefully gives one to Critic; either he beams himself aboard the enemy ship for what certainly wouldn't be a fun time, or he has to listen to his friends getting killed. He obviously takes a third option, but in a slight twist it's still a suicide mission that he only survives because he's not the sole pathetic person in the movie.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: We never see exactly ''how'' [[spoiler: Mechakara assimilates poor Nostalgia Chick, but we ''do'' hear some weird sound effects and, yes, quite a bit of screaming.]] Somewhat PlayedForLaughs as Film Brain overhears the ordeal and [[DoubleEntendre mistakes it for something else.]]
* ScreenShake: Lampshaded in ''Part 7'':
-->'''Phelous:''' Full impulse! Shields at maximum! And shake that camera more for dramatic effect!
* SecurityCling: Just like [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights before]], Critic holds onto the Chick when something is scaring him.
* {{Sequel}}: This continues the storyline left open at the end of ''Suburban Knights''.
* SerialEscalation: It's bigger in scale than any of the previous anniversaries. In a more literal example, this special will be split up into 8 parts, compared to ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'''s 6 and ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''' 7.
* ShipSinking: If you were still shipping it (and some people were) after the stalking, sexual harassment, kidnapping, near-murder of Lupa, and Lindsay outright saying they'd never get together because it'd be too disturbing, Chick/Todd when she reacts in terror at seeing his face and then "breaks up" with him afterwards.
* ShipTease
** As always, Critic and Chick. Aside from talking about their problems like actual adults, he sneaks a peek at her cleavage and she's delighted to get him into Dr. Frank'N'Furter's costume for their ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' crossover in ''Part 1''. They even get a duet (admittedly with Doug as Zodd).
** Critic is also very appreciative of a crazy, weapons-making, Paw-abusing [=JesuOtaku=].
* ShooOutTheClowns
** While the whole movie has a very dark edge even with them there, Turrell and Zodd don't appear in ''Part 5'', leaving it to have a more somber feeling.
** Again in ''Part 6'', we only hear Turrell's voice, and that's only for 20 seconds. The rest of the episode focuses on [[KnightOfCerebus Mechakara.]]
* ShoutOut / ReferenceOverdosed: [[ShoutOut/ToBoldlyFlee Now with its own page.]]
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Turrell constantly does this. Badly.
* ShutUpHannibal: While Turrell is threatening Critic over the phone in ''Part 1'', Critic hears a noise and hangs up on him to go investigate.
* SkewedPriorities: [[spoiler:In the post-credits scene when That Sci-Fi Guy gets out of the rubble of his house, all he has to say is "Oh man, the landlord is gonna be ''pissed''!"]]
* SkywardScream
** [[spoiler:Paw gets one in ''Part 1'' when That Sci-Fi Guy is apparently killed. [[MoodWhiplash It's interrupted by a phone call]].]]
** [[spoiler: Also Darth!Brad's BigNo and BigYes]].
* SleepCute: [[spoiler:The critics are knocked out due to lack of oxygen in ''Part 6'' and pass out all over each other.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: Notably avoided. Santa Christ does not get his usual theme song during his brief appearance at the end, most likely because it would ruin the relatively emotional scene because [[spoiler:Critic just "died" and Spoony seemingly did as well, but Santa Christ actually has him in tow, at which point the scene becomes a happy reunion instead.]]
* SpecialEffectsBeefUp: [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/video-updates/34948-computer-effects-needed-for-4th-year-anniversary The "fans who do FX" recruitment]] paid off! Compare the previous version of [[spoiler:Mechakara with his face ripped open]] with the professional-grade (and ''horrific'') effect they were able to pull off in ''Part 6''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: From ''Part 1'': "T-u-double-r-e-double-l, what does that spell?"[[note]]the original name was Terl[[/note]] "[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Tigger?]]"
* {{Spoiler}}: An actual "spoiler alert" on the ''USS Exit Strategy'' in ''Part 4''. "Close eyes, cover ears."
* StealthPun: In ''Part 3'', [[spoiler:Mechakara turns Nostalgia Chick into a Borg Drone and [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]], being on the other side of the door, believes they are having sex. The last thing we see before the assimilation process starts is a power drill]]. Therefore, he was drilling her.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:That Sci-Fi Guy is alive (and not even badly injured) after the destruction of his house.]]
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: Paw, Joe, CR and That Sci-Fi Guy apparently do this in their spare time.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: The Distraction Song. Especially weird is that it's ''Zodd'' who wanted to hear it, albeit for its original meaning concerning the fate of Krypton.
* TakeAThirdOption: Instead of letting a (non-Phelous) hostage die or giving himself up to be tortured and killed by Turrell and Zodd, Critic decides to put on the Judge Dredd costume and fight all the mooks.
* TakeThat
** ''Part 1'' contains several incredibly blatant jabs at the Internet censorship bill SOPA and its supporters.
** ''Part 6'' contains a few jabs at Creator/GeorgeLucas' writing in the prequels.
** Also a few jabs at Creator/MichaelBay and Uwe Boll.
** In Doug's commentary on the DVD release, he delivers a beautiful TakeThat to the FanDumb who complained about too much quoting and referencing of other movies. Made even better by the fact that it is done in a completely non-sarcastic voice.
-->''...you wouldn't expect us to do that, because, I mean, [[BlatantLies we almost never reference movies in our career, or video games.]] [[SarcasmMode Our profession just doesn't allow for that]] so to do something that has a lot of references to movies, even, I don't know, satirizing them, I think is really just uncalled for and doesn't really have a connection to us, so I can see how people can get really confused and really turned off by that.''
** Later in the commentary, Doug delivers another TakeThat to the people who complained about the ComicBook/JudgeDredd sequence going on too long, saying something to the effect of "For those of you who thought that the action sequence dragged on too long, here's back to what you want: Sitting and Talking. Actually, in this scene Film Brain is mixing it up by Standing and Talking. [[OverlyLongGag And if that's a bit much for you, here we have...]][[UpToEleven lying down and talking!]]"
* TakeThatUs
** ''Part 1'' references the fact that most of what is featured on the site are more "rants with pop culture references" than actual reviews. Also, Turrell's presentation to Congress is periodically interrupted by commercials, which is how ChannelAwesome makes its income. This is, of course, followed by an actual ad break.
** More TakeThatUs in ''Part 5'', in which Doug, Joe, and Lewis play their respective characters the way Spoony sees them: as annoying caricatures.
* TechnoBabble
** In ''Part 2'', CR, as an engineer, tells the Critic, as the captain, that they're ready to launch in 5 minutes in techno babble... but the Critic doesn't understand a word.
** Happens again in ''Part 4'' when the transporter malfunctions.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Critic has the ''USS Exit Strategy'' fitted with a typical ''Star Trek'' teleporter thanks to the gear he'd stolen from Dr. Insano. Naturally, it sees lots of use throughout the film, including a few lampshades and playing with the tropes usually associated with such.
* TeleportInterdiction: Mocked; just putting Spoony in a cardboard box is enough to prevent teleportation.
* TeleportSpam
** Unintentionally invoked by the Critic in ''Part 4'' due to a malfunctioning teleporter.
** Turrell attempts to invoke this trope himself against the Critic, but fails miserably.
* ThatPoorCat: Luke hits it when he throws away his lightsabre.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Not explicitly said, but Critic definitely realizes he's going to be in for a tough time when the team arrives and most of them look like they want to kill him.
* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: "The Plot" seems to function this way. It also seems to suggest why the reviewers have so much power; as a group of people who discuss and deconstruct tropes as a living, they've made their own lives into stories.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: The Zodd music video is as close to a played straight version of the trope as we'll ever get.
* TemptingFate
** In ''Part 1'', when the others wonder if it's a good idea to casually be discussing a public conspiracy so openly, That Sci-Fi Guy assures them that there's no way the government would pay attention to them, and "May God strike me down" if otherwise. [[spoiler:It's not God, but a satellite blows up his house seconds later.]]
** Prick also does this in ''Part 2'' by [[BerserkButton keep making short jokes to 8-Bit Mickey.]] [[spoiler:He ends up getting '''BRUTALLY KILLED''' offscreen by the receiving end of a weed whacker thanks to Mickey.]]
** Also in ''Part 2'', Turrell does this when [[spoiler:he discovers that the TGWTG crew has left Earth, and shortly after finds out about Prick. "Right. What else could go wrong?" Cue {{Faceless Mook|s}}: "Sir, the Executor would like to speak with you."]]
** Phelous wears a {{red shirt}} when he [[spoiler:beams down to Europa to save Spoony in ''Part 3'', but he also argues that he thinks of the red shirts as belonging to the Captains, the way it does in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration.'']] Paw tries to explain but is quickly ignored.
-->'''Phelous''' [[spoiler:''Shut up, Wesley!'']]
** And finally this line:
-->'''Executor:''' You would need a bizarre combination of reviewers, nerds, gamers, and internet personalities to defeat us now.\\
'''Turrell:''' [[RunningGag And 8-Bit Mickey!]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: In full effect, as explained by Dr. Insano in ''Part 2''. [[spoiler:The [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Plot Hole]] is responsible not only for all the current story inconsistencies but all the previous ones as well.]]
* TitleDrop: The title of the series is part of a sentence hung on a wall before they took off.
* [[spoiler:TomatoInTheMirror: The Nostalgia Critic is himself a character.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Most of the reviewers. CharacterDevelopment was a big, contagious thing in this movie.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:The final trailer shows the end of the scene of Critic absorbing the PlotHole.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: After starting to give a toss about each other in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', it really gets cemented here. Chick actually stops her efforts in stalking Todd on skype when she sees Critic is miserable, Film Brain also tries to take care of him as well look out for Luke, Critic goes to extreme lengths to keep his team safe and they don't want him to die, and Luke's speech about the online critics becoming a family gets paid off when everyone everywhere complaining about {{plot hole}}s helps save the world.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In real-life, Rob telling Doug that they were fifteen minutes behind schedule when really they were ahead. He thought he was doing the right thing, but Doug's face just ''falls'' from previous confidence in the BTS footage, and that apparently the moment when his issues (more on that in his commentary) started causing problems for everyone.
* VisualPun: When Film Brain is in Spoony's brain, he encounters Spoony's superego, which appears as a giant, naked Spoony (with one person commenting before that that this is probably how he sees himself). In real life the psychological definition of the superego is the part of the personality most concerned with morality[[note]]with the id being the part operating on the "pleasure principle" and the ego being more focused on looking at things realistically[[/note]] but the fact that he appears overlarge is because he has a ''big'', e.g. super, ego.
* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: On the far side of the PlotHole. [[spoiler:[[MetaphoricallyTrue Metaphorically, at least]]. As The Writer said, RealLife is a place where The Plot has no meaning, the ConservationOfDetail does not apply, and characters exist without serving a greater story purpose.]]
* WaxingLyrical: In ''Part 1'', Turrell tells the Critic that he will "[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow]]" to track him down.
* WeNeedADistraction
** Used to first steal Insano's equipment and then to get away in the ship from Prick, both in ''Part 2''.
** And an epic musical version in ''Part 7''.
* WhamEpisode: ''Part 8'', the reveal of the inside of the Plot Hole, the Critic's choice and the resulting consequences for everyone. It's also one for the Awesomeverse as well, considering [[spoiler:that the Critic has ascended to a higher plane of existence, and Doug has announced that the character has been retired in a weekly sense.]]
* WhamLine
** From ''Part 1'':
-->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' [[spoiler:Ma-Ti...?]]
** From ''Part 8'' (although it's actually Wham Text):
-->[[spoiler:"TO BOLDLY FLEE"]]\\
[[spoiler: By Doug and Rob Walker]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Prick's assistant vanishes without any explanation after he [[spoiler:pulls the plug on Spoony, unleashing Plot Holes across the world.]]
* WhatTheHellHero
** The Last Angry Geek hints to the Critic that cremating Ma-Ti and stuffing his remains into a cereal can was a mistake in ''Part 1''.
** There are also a lot of people, including himself, calling him out on his past bullshit.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: ''Part 7'' has Critic make it perfectly clear that he wants to die with everyone believing he's an asshole, and ''Part 8'' more or less gives him that wish, with only Film Brain knowing/caring about his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* WhereItAllBegan: [[spoiler:After the plot hole swallows the universe, the crew, save for Critic and Spoony, reappears at the field where Ma-Ti and Malachite battled in ''Suburban Knights''. The trope is then lampshaded, naturally.]]
* WhileRomeBurns: What "Distraction" is all about, covered in a light and poppy exterior. Best summed up by this lyric:
-->''So the worldís about to end, gonna party with my friends, and ainít nobody gonna say itís not right.''
* WhoWritesThisCrap: No screenwriter is safe from the Nostalgia Critic, not even [[spoiler:Doug Walker]] himself!
-->'''Critic:''' Okay. Your story sucks!\\
'''Writer:''' '''[[NoYou You]]''' suck!
* WholePlotReference: To ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search For Spock}}, Film/StarWars'', and ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* WimpFight: Between Zodd and Turrell in ''Part 3''.
* WithCatlikeTread: Todd's "ninja" method of spying on Mechakara and [[spoiler:Seven of Eleven]] consists of him [[spoiler:pounding on the door demanding to know what they are doing.]]
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: The sequence in which Critic sees [[spoiler:the real world]] shows mundane suburbia, but still manages to pull this off.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Due to coming from other works, [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]] and [[Film/SupermanII Zod]] are here called Turrell (but it's still pronounced the same) & Zodd. An interesting note regarding Zod[=/=]Zodd, is that the altered spelling is only featured in the credits and a sign on the ship maintains the original spelling.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Paw tries to explain to Phelous why he shouldn't go to Europa while wearing [[RedShirt a red shirt]] in ''Part 3''. Phelous thinks it means [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority something]] [[RedIsHeroic else]], and that [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] a better fit.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Film Brain and [[spoiler:the Writer]] both explicitly tell Critic that he's become a good person and has been for a while. He doesn't exactly believe them and goes for (in his eyes) a [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption HeroicSacrifice]].
* YouBastard: Critic's innocently delighted face when he sees the real world, and by extension a place where he has free will and doesn't have to be written entertainment, makes one feel intensely guilty for wanting him to be entertainment in the first place.
** It's got shades of PoweredByAForsakenChild and SadisticChoice when you factor in that his freedom means not just the deaths but the total erasure of every other reviewer in his 'Verse. The freedom he could have had is literally tantalizing - there not for him to take, but for a moment to imagine he could have taken, which makes his ultimate sacrifice (and even his later return) all the more heart-wrenching. In some ways it feels like the polar opposite of the ending to ''OneOverZero'': Not the heart-warming peace of "they are free to imagine the very best for you," but an explicit denial of this possibility (barring some serious fanfiction retcons), and the possible implication that the only possible way for ''any'' of them to escape the story is for all of them to escape at once.
* YouHaveFailedMe: In ''Part 2'', the Executor is not pleased when Turrell lets the Critic escape Earth, but instead of replacing Turrell, ''he'' replaces ''himself'' with a leader he considers to be a much better fit for Turrell: General Zodd. Although Zodd never really becomes Turrell's boss and they seem to share equal amounts of power on the ship... in fact, Zodd might actually be more incompetent at his job than Turrell is.
* YouWillBeAssimilated
** [[spoiler:Mechakara does this to the Nostalgia Chick in ''Part 3''.]]
** [[spoiler: And they do it to Todd in the Shadows in ''Part 5''.]]
* YourDoorWasOpen: Quoted nearly verbatim by the Last Angry Geek when asked how he got into the Critic's house in ''Part 1''.
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->[[spoiler:"I... am the Nostalgia Critic."]]
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