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[[http://www.agonybooth.com/ The Agony Booth]] (named after [[AgonyBeam a torture device]] on ''Franchise/StarTrek'') is a website that for most of its history has posted recaps of SoBadItsGood movies and TV shows. Sometimes, its recaps-cum-{{MST}}s raise a work ''up'' to SoBadItsGood. The multipage, scene-by-scene recaps usually take longer to read than watching the movie, but that's a feature, not a bug.

Unlike many movie sites, Agony Booth isn't run by fans; most of the mods are older professionals (their ranks include a computer programmer, a teacher, a lawyer, a soldier, etc.), some of whom are (or have been) professional authors. The house style is therefore based around thoughtful criticisms of technical and storytelling faults as well as less tangible qualities. They are willing [[DeadpanSnarker to mock anything]], but will almost never do so without backing it up. As such, the Booth tends to have a "nothing is sacred" policy. (While it's become more apparent with the shift towards videos, it's actually always been the case, as bad films with sizable cult followings were ripe targets from the start.) The writers also have a tendency to use [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary Troper terminology]].

In recent years, in fact, the site's core mission -- while still fundamentally cynical -- has veered further and further into affectionate nostalgia, with a burgeoning TV-recap section that besides the Worst of Trek includes ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' and ''Series/KnightRider''. These now make up the bulk of the site's postings, while films or TV shows that aren't being recapped regularly appear more occasionally then they once did.

A relentless dedication to nosing out the most offbeat and obscure hunks of pop culture cheese (''Film/{{Deafula}}'', anyone?) also marks the site off from the Bad Movie mainstream. Over the years their article subjects have also included music videos ([[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Heidi_Montag_s__Higher_.aspx Heidi Montag's "Higher"]]), energy drinks (StevenSeagal's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Steven_Seagal_s_Lightning_Bolt.aspx Lightning Bolt]]), interviews ([[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Interview_with_Lloyd_Kaufman.aspx Lloyd Kaufman]], [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies founder]] [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Interview_with_John_Wilson.aspx John Wilson]], etc.), and even the website of a presidential "candidate" ([[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Mercer_for_President_2008.aspx Lee L. Mercer, Jr.]]).

In July, 2010, they began a shift towards video recap series. These include:
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* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/categories/Mr__Mendo_s_Hack_Attack.aspx Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack]]'', a video version of their traditional articles, occasionally taking on well-liked films, hosted by Mr. Mendo.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Movie_Dorkness/ Movie Dorkness]]'', formerly the Red Suitcase Adventures, a more positive look at popular culture, hosted by [[WebVideo/MovieDorkness Sofie Liv]].
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Stuff_You_Like/ Stuff You Like]]'', an analytical look at great film, great TV (and all kinds of tropes), hosted by [[WebVideo/StuffYouLike Sursum Ursa]].
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Cartoon_Palooza/ Cartoon Palooza]]'', a sarcastic look at recent animated features, hosted by Joey Tedesco.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Cheap_Arse_Film_Review/ The Cheap-Arse Film Review]]'', a look at film that can be purchased inexpensively (in England), hosted by Cheapus.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Film_Renegado/ The Film Renegado]]'': a celebration of Mexican films and culture, hosted by [[TheFilmRenegado Jerry Nava]].
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Good_Bad_Flicks/ Good Bad Flicks]]'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a salute to films that are so bad they're good]], [[TheUnseen hosted]] by Cecil Trachenburg.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Movie_Skewer/ The Movie Skewer]]'', hosted by each of the others in rotation, this is a show for the Boothers to review things outside their normal niches.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mystery_Madness/ Mystery Madness]]'', a look at what makes mystery films work, hosted by Full of Questions.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/applets20/about/staff/PornCritic/ The Porn Critic]]'', a look at the plot holes in porn parodies, hosted by The Porn Critic.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Unusual_Suspect/ The Unusual Suspect]]'', a (British) look at movies and tie-in games, hosted by Unusual Suspect.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Examined_Life_of_Gaming/ The Examined Life (of Gaming)]]'', video game reviews, hosted by Roland Thompson.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Oldschoo_Review/ The Oldschoo' Review]]'', an [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd AVGN-esque]] look at films, hosted by Johnny Oldschool.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Bunny_Perspective/ The Bunny Perspective]]'', a celebration of hard to find films and general pop culture hatred, hosted by [[TheBunnyPerspective Phil Buni]].
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Cinema_Slob/ The Cinema Slob]]'', a look at [[BlatantLies good]] films, host by The Cinema Slob.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Friday_Night_Fright_Flicks/ Friday Night Fright Flicks]]'', sketch comedy built around current horror releases, hosted by Creator/CountJackula and The Horror Guru.
* The [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Joshua_the_Anarchist/ various shows]] of Creator/JoshuaTheAnarchist.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Blockbuster_Chick/ The Blockbuster Chick]]'', celebrating big-budget bombs, hosted by Suzie [=McGinney=].
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/PGSM_Summaries/ P.G.S.M. Summaries]]'', an in-depth look at ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', hosted by Nycea.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Reel_vs_Reel/ Reel vs. Reel]]'', a show that puts competing animated films up for discussion, hosted by The Animated Heroine.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/DVD_Shelf_Movie_Reviews/ The [=DVD=] Shelf]]'', a celebration of classic films and their [=DVD=] releases, hosted by David Rose.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/What_We_Had_to_Watch/ What We Had To Watch]]'', pop culture ephemera from the 21st Century, starring [[WhatWeHadToWatch Il Neige]].
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Graphic_Novel_Picture_Show/ The Graphic Novel Picture Show]]'', focusing on comic book movies, hosted by Solkir.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Minority_Report_Reviews/ Minority Report Reviews]]'', which takes a second look at widely hated films, hosted by Tom Marriott.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Toms_Retrophilia/ Tom's Retrophilia]]'', great stuff from back in the day, hosted by Thomas Stockel.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/categories/Saturday_Morning_Glory.aspx Saturday Morning Glory]]'', a look at insane episodes of Saturday morning cartoons, hosted by Ryan Lohner.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/categories/The_Following_Special_Presentation.aspx The Following Special Presentation]]'', a look at goofy made for TV movies, hosted by Stan Ferguson.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Thoroughly_Manly_Musicals/ Thoroughly Manly Musicals]]'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a show about musicals]], also hosted by Stan Ferguson.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Terror_Obscura/Nightmare_on_Elm_Street.aspx Terror Obscura]]'', a look at horror films, good and bad, hosted by The Fear Fan.
* ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/categories/Britannia_Rules_.aspx The Special Relationship]]'', a spin-off of ''Britannia Rules?'', which examines American remakes of British films and TV shows, originally hosted by Richard Murphy, now run by [[TheOtherDarrin Sursum Ursa]] as part of Stuff You Like.
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The forums attached to the site have a reputation of exclusivity that is arguably deserved; the list of rules (and rationales for banning) are long and detailed, and intelligent argument on a par with the house style is expected whether for or against the subject in question. Likewise, poorly-handled comments can expect to receive the same treatment as any recap subject.

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::'''What's the point of this site?'''

::The Agony Booth is primarily devoted to posting recaps of movies and TV episodes. These are not "reviews". Movies and TV episodes are thoroughly analyzed and dissected in excruciating detail to show what they do right and what they do wrong. But most important of all, the point of this site is to have fun mocking any and all kinds of movies and shows.

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!!Tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Porn Critic for ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'''s Sursum Ursa. From [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video506_Busty_Cops_2_2006_Nikki_Nova_Hanna_Harper.aspx Busty Cops 2:]]
--> '''Sursum Ursa''': Stop sending me boxes of condoms in the post, you creepy pervert!
--> '''MikeJ''': Uhhh...
--> '''Porn Critic''': There's nothing wrong with sending a box of used condoms to a fellow Internet reviewer! What's wrong with that?
* AccentRelapse: Renegado has an accent, since English is his second language, but it sometimes get's REALLY thick, especially when he mispronounces words(for example, he pronounces "chemistry" as sheh-mees-tree and "available" as a-bah-ee-lah-ble). It's part of his charm, though.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Sometimes they recognize a few things are well-done, but that's not why they're recapping the movies.
** Averted with Cecil Trachenburg; the movies he does are ones he thinks [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove Need More Love]] or are [[SoBadItsGood So Bad They're Good]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Il Neige.
** Also, Sofie Liv, fittingly the hostess of "Movie Dorkness".
* AffectionateNickname: Fear Fan is often referred to as "Fanny" during crossovers.
* AllStarCast: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video441_The_Help_2011_Emma_Stone_Viola_Davis.aspx Mendo's review of]] TheHelp featured upwards of 10 guest stars.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, ''Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'' is a [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video779_Tattooed_Teenage_Alien_Fighters_from_Beverly_Hills_S1E1.aspx real show.]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]]Among others, they've declared that [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Repo__The_Genetic_Opera_2008.aspx Rotti Largo]] of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' is a pedophile and [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/Its_a_Wonderful_Life_1946.aspx Mary Bailey]] is the real villain of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
* AngstDissonance: In-universe, Mr. Mendo opens a serious question in his ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' review with a sarcastic acknowledgement that this movie doesn't speak to him in the way it does a lot of college students since he had to join the army.
* AshcanCopy: The [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video896_The_Hobbit_1966_Animated_Short_Gene_Deitch.aspx 1966]] version of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'', which, according to [[CloudCuckooLander Mendo]], has something to do with both Pizza Hut and UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev...
* BMovie: In the site's early years, they focused almost exclusively on these.
* BadBoss: Albert/Dr. Winston O'Boogie, in ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'''s [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video512_Serenity_2005_Movie_Firefly_Joss_Whedon.aspx 50th episode]]
--> '''Ursa:''' (''reading contract'') Wait, what do you mean [[AnythingButThat CROSSOVER?]]
* BadassMustache: Mr. Mendo.
* BatmanGambit: Referenced and inverted on [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Saturday_Morning_Glory/Super_Friends_Lord_of_Middle_Earth.aspx Saturday Morning Glory]]:
-->'''Ryan''': "Then Malhavok shows up, so Batman tosses out a lame taunt to get him to break the dragon's chain. Somehow, I doubt this is going down as one of the great Batman Gambits." (Accompanied by a screen shot of that very page!)
* BearsAreBadNews: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Top_9_Celebrity_Bear_Fights.aspx More like bears are GOOD news!]]
* BerserkButton: The Porn Critic ''hates'' when [[BreakingTheFourthWall the fourth wall is broken]]. And for Mendo, [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1236_The_Lone_Ranger_2013_Movie_Review.aspx WHITE FEZ!]]
* BigOlEyebrows: Mr. Mendo's can be seen from behind his shades, which aren't exactly small...
* BilingualBonus: LOADS! This is to be expected, as many of Renegado's movies are in Spanish, and he's constantly saying things in Spanish too.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Mendo ended an [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video748_Turbo_A_Power_Rangers_Movie_Review.aspx episode]] with a surprise guest spot from Questions to lead into the Blip ad. Her only line? "And the award for the Worst Commercial Ever goes to..."
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video920_Garbage_Pail_Kids_1987_Movie_Review.aspx Among]] the films that Mendo finds unintentionally funny? ''Film/TheRoom'', ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'', and ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''!
* BrickJoke: Just who ARE the Overlords of the UFO, anyway?
** Ditto Mr. Mendo's kickboxing obsessed teddy bear.
* BrokenAesop: As Mr. Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Forrest_Gump.aspx points out]], ''Film/ForrestGump'' teaches us that one man can make a difference, as long as he never thinks or makes a decision for himself.
** Or, [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Scott_Pilgrim_vs_the_World.aspx on]] ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': "Do you really buy that this movie is about Scott gaining self-respect, or do you wonder when we were supposed to notice that he had no self-respect, before or after hooking up with three hot chicks and fighting and obliterating six people?"
* BuffySpeak: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Never_Say_Never_Again.aspx This episode of]] MMHA: "But really, [[JohnnyEnglish that]] was a good movie, and [[Film/NeverSayNeverAgain this film]] and a good one are as dissimilar as two completely dissimilar things...in a bag."
** From [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1119_Japanese_Hell_1999_Jigoku_Movie_Review.aspx Japanese Hell]]: "When I think of America, I think of ''Film/EncinoMan''. I mean, is there a more patriotic film? It's a movie that shows that no matter what your background is, people will accept you! I mean, sure, it's not perfect, I mean, there are times when you just want to weaz the ju-uice, and they're like, [[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie 'Dude, need fundage, bro.']] And yes, sometimes we spend a little too much time trying to edge some [[MostCommonSuperpower nug with nice cones]] to really focus on our problems, but America is a country that would never bag on a bro just 'cause he gets a little crus-ty!"
* CallBack: In the WebVideo/CheapArseFilmReview
--> '''Ghost''': Who makes important life decisions while wearing an animal costume?
--> '''Cheapus''': [[WhatDidIDoLastNight ...]]
* CatchPhrase: "Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} is your friend."
** For the Porn Critic: "I think you'll find that [points out obvious plot hole, error in continuity or error in logic here]."
** "This is ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'', you can call me Ursa, and..."
*** Also, "The plot it goeth thusly..."
** "Aloha, and welcome to another exciting episode of Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack. I am, of course, your fantabulous host, (insert CouchGag here), Mr. Mendo!"
*** Also, "I could be watching {{Amadeus}} right now!"
* CharityMotivationSong: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1338_El_Santos_vs_La_Tetona_Mendoza_2012_Review.aspx Don't You Know It's Ad-Blocker?]]
* CloudCuckooLander: The forums tend to attract some rather... strange people.
* ComicalOverreacting: When Mr. Mendo of did [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video316_Antichrist_2009_Movie_Review_Lars_Von_Trier.aspx a review]] of ''Film/{{Antichrist}}'' with WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, both couldn't stop screaming at the various darks forms GroinAttack that happened at the climax.
* ConceptsAreCheap: Sofie Liv called on ''Man of Steel'' for doing this with the word "hope".
* ConspiracyTheorist: Parodied. During [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video397_Last_Unicorn_Movie_Farrow_Arkin.aspx a sleepover]] with The Omega, Mendo came to the conclusion that ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' was "an elaborate metaphor for a woman's menstrual cycle".
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: When Mr. Mendo forwards a bunch of his hate mail to the Film Renegado's site, Renegado [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video337_Atletico_San_Pancho_Never_Too_Young_to_Dream.aspx forces him]] to watch Atletico San Pancho. And, when that doesn't work, he starts playing Menudo!
* CoolShades: Mr. Mendo's Guccis.
* DaChief: Mendo, as Wrestling/SgtSlaughter, acts as one to The Cinema Slob in his [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video995_XMen_Origins_Wolverine_2009_Movie_Review.aspx Wolverine review.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Saturday_Morning_Glory/Loonatics_Unleashed_on_Ice.aspx horror]] that is ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed''.
* DeadpanSnarker: The raison d'être for the site.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: On Luigi Largo of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': "You know how Creator/DannyTrejo often plays Danny Trejo? Well, in this movie, Danny Trejo is played by Bill Moseley."
** Sofie Liv: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video316_Antichrist_2009_Movie_Review_Lars_Von_Trier.aspx Actual Danish Person (From Denmark)]].
-->'''Mendo''': "The title of the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video674_Shaquille_ONeal_Biological_Didnt_Bother.aspx song]] is 'Biological Didn't Bother'; I was expecting more of a diss track about the 'biological' who 'didn't bother'. I don't think I'm expecting too much when, as I said, it's the TITLE OF THE SONG!"
-->'''Nycea''': "Usagi runs into the mysterious asshole again, and he's an asshole...again"
* {{Determinator}}: Mr. Mendo managed to write and film the first two episodes of his show despite being ''in the middle of a war zone!''
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Often a recapper will say something extremely perverse, then follow it with a note to themselves to edit it out before posting.
** "Don't forget now!"
* DramaticReading: Of the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video884_Simpsons_Bart_vs_The_Space_Mutants_Manual_Nintendo.aspx guidebook]] to ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsBartVsTheSpaceMutants''.
* DreadfulMusician: Parodied. Just as RandySavage [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video688_Randy_Savage_Be_a_Man_Rap_WWE_WWF.aspx proved]] that anyone can rap, Creator/JoshuaTheAnarchist showed conclusively that this is not the case.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video326_Beast_of_Yucca_Flats_1961_Coleman_Francis.aspx plays one]] from time to time...
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Comparing the early recap-plus-snark (with rare, off-center images) of fairly obscure terrible movies, to the later work, with both Agonizer analysis and recaps which go from box office bombs to [[LoveItOrHateIt divisive]] [[ContestedSequel work]] (with frequent, large images) is jarring. And then there's the video reviews...
* EatTheDog: Mr. Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/A_Team_Heart_of_Rock_and_Roll.aspx has claimed]] he needs to "eat at least one puppy every day" in order to survive.
* EntertaininglyWrong: In her [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video336_Twilight_2008_Movie_Review.aspx review]] of Twilight, [[WebVideos/MovieDorkness Sofie Liv]] came to the conclusion that Mr. Mendo was a [[TheCareBears Care Bear]]. Which isn't [[TheBear that far off]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Mr. Mendo may eat puppies, but [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Ilsa_She_Wolf_SS_Salo_120_Days_Sodom.aspx even he]] feels bad about [[HeroicBSOD forcing Fear Fan]] to watch ''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'' and ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'' [[MoralEventHorizon about twenty times each]].
** Conversely, they determine that, while ''Salo'' may be the more disturbing film, it still claims the moral high ground over ''Ilsa'', since at least ''Salo'' isn't intended to be titilating.
* EvilTwin: Subverted: Sofie just had [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video462_Star_Trek_Mirror_Mirror_Universe_Original_Series.aspx PMS]].
* FanFicFuel: Noted a few times InUniverse.
-->'''Ryan''': "Fanfiction writers, you have your new assignment. Don't let me down."
* FantasticDrug: From [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video528_Juno_2007_Ellen_Page_Michael_Cera.aspx this review]]:
--> '''Sursum Ursa''': Are you on drugs?
--> (a beat)
--> '''Mr. Mendo''': Define "drugs"?
* FauxlosophicNarration: Parodied. Mr. Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video326_Beast_of_Yucca_Flats_1961_Coleman_Francis.aspx took issue]] with ''Film/TheBeastOfYuccaFlats'' for this, only to have his own narrator suddenly appear.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video326_Beast_of_Yucca_Flats_1961_Coleman_Francis.aspx review]] of ''The Beast of Yucca Flats'', Mendo is shown covering a DVD with a pillow. That DVD? ''Sailor and the 7 Ballz''. [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video515_Sailor_and_the_7_Ballz_Porn_Sailor_Moon_Dragon_Ball_Z.aspx Fourteen episodes later...]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Il Neige is constantly in danger from explosions, fires and other weapons that come out the screen.
* [[FunnyForeigner Funny Foreigners]]: A significant portion of the staff is from Europe or Latin America, and this is often played up for laughs. According to Full of Questions, everyone on Team Agony Booth "learned English together"; even Mendo, who is from America. (Albeit from his own sovereign nation in Virginia...)
* FunWithSubtitles: From the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video340_Pink_Lady_Movie_Japanese_Spider_Man_Marvel_1978.aspx review]] of the [[Series/PinkLadyAndJeff Pink Lady]] movie:
-->'''Mr. Mendo''': No surprise, then, that they got their own motion picture with the catchy title of:
-->'''Subtitle''': ピンク・レディーの活動大写真
-->'''Mr. Mendo''': ...that.
** From the ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video748_Turbo_A_Power_Rangers_Movie_Review.aspx review]]:
-->'''Subtitle''': Interracial stegosaurus porn! Make this happen, internet!
* GenreSavvy: From the [[WebVideo/CheapArseFilmReview Christmas Special]]:
--> '''Cheapus''': All right, plot has found me. I'm an internet reviewer, it was bound to happen some time.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Mendo's main problem with ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' is that [[ButtMonkey George]] is stuck in an unfulfilling life because "God says so." At the beginning of [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video713_Its_a_Wonderful_Life_Jimmy_Stewart_Christmas.aspx the review]] he [[CouchGag introduces himself]] as someone who "throws his hands up to the sky and says, 'Hasa Diga Eebowai!'" If you've seen ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon...''
* AGoodNameForARockBand: "[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier Mindzonked Sulu and the Morons]]", or "Uhura and the Ambassadors".
** "[[SouthlandTales Megazepplin]]".
* GotMeDoingIt
* GratuitousSpanish: Guess who?
* HappyPlace: Mendo's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1100_My_Little_Pony_Equestria_Girls_2013_Longer_Review.aspx happy place]] is where ''every'' movie is dubbed over by lines from SonInLaw. (Well, technically EncinoMan, but would you really know the difference?)
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: The ''Theatre/MammaMia'' review.
-->'''Jordon Davis''': (Repeatedly) "...I'm not gay."
* [[HeroWithAnFInGood Heroine With An F In Good]]: From [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Myra_Breckinridge_1970.aspx the review of]] ''Myra Breckinridge'':
-->'''Albert''': Let's take a moment to appreciate the character of Myra. As far as I can tell, Rusty's only crime is being homophobic. Oh, and he also has the outrageous desire to actually get married and have children. So what does Myra do to him? She ties him down, rapes him, and then demands that he thank her afterwards. Ladies and gentleman, our hero.
* HilariousInHindsight: Several things noted InUniverse:
-->'''Ryan''': "This episode was making fun of Creator/ParisHilton before Paris Hilton even existed!"
* HitlerAteSugar: Parodied in [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/Tron_Legacy_2010.aspx this review]] of ''Film/TronLegacy''.
-->You know who else was a genocidal maniac? '''Hitler!'''
* HumanAliens: Count Jackula
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Discussed as [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video989_My_Little_Pony_Equestria_Girls_2013_Movie_Review.aspx a high point]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''.
* HypocrisyNod: To cap off [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Rubber.aspx a review of Rubber]], a pointless, nonsensical film that is being watched from inside itself, Mr. Mendo and The Omega get into a pointless, nonsensical argument that is being watched from inside the review.
** Or in the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video748_Turbo_A_Power_Rangers_Movie_Review.aspx crossover review]] of ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'', much was made of the copious amounts of fanservice, particularly from [[MsFanservice Sofie]]...while lying in bed in a slinky black dress.
-->'''Demoversi''' (only line): "Pointless cameos are SO 2011! (a beat) Wait..."
-->'''Mr. Mendo''': "[[http://www.agonybooth.com/video326_Beast_of_Yucca_Flats_1961_Coleman_Francis.aspx Trying to pick]] the worst Coleman Francis film is like deciding what kind of cancer you'd like to have." *Lights cigar*
* HypocriticalHumor: When [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Star_Trek/The_Next_Generation/The_Outrageous_Okona.aspx recapping]] the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Outrageous Okona", Albert noted that the mention of lasers having no effect on the ''Enterprise'' led to a lot of "[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise D]] could beat [[Franchise/StarWars a Star Destroyer]]" debates. Then commented: "Some people just have ''way'' too much time on their hands, don't they? And now, back to my six-page dissertation on a Star Trek episode."
* InsistentTerminology: They do not ''review'' movies, they ''recap'' them. Get this wrong at your own peril.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' is "The Damn Pony Movie!"
* IwoJimaPose: The title card to [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video449_American_Virgin_2009_Movie_Rob_Schneider.aspx this]] episode of Hack Attack features the flag being raised by Mendo, Jesus, and the Virgin Mary.
* JumpScare: To illustrate how over-reliant on these ''TheHauntingInConnecticut'' is, Fear Fan provided a [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Haunting_in_Connecticut.aspx montage]] of them set to [[Film/DawnOfTheDead different music]]. It got pretty silly.
* KillItWithFire: One of the mods, a soldier who served in Afghanistan, had this reaction to a particularly bad episode of ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff''.
* LeftItIn: Articles will sometimes have the writer make a rather perverted comment, followed by a note to themselves to edit it out before posting. "Don't forget now!"
* LogicalFallacies: A charge they often level at the TV shows they feature.
* LongList: In his [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video713_Its_a_Wonderful_Life_Jimmy_Stewart_Christmas.aspx second look]] at ItsAWonderfulLife, Mendo concluded that it was only fit for "[[Film/TaxiDriver whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, the sick, the venal,]] [[Film/BlazingSaddles rustlers, cut-throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists!]]"
* LostForever: Both the old forums (which were split to a separate website during a redesign) and the topics on recaps and Agonizer content in the new one.
* MaskedLuchador: Renegado is a fan of ElSanto!
* MidReviewSketchShow: Friday Night Fright Flicks is actually a mid-sketch review show.
* MsFanservice: For the first [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video685_Alyas_Batman_en_Robin_1991_Filipino_Parody.aspx official outing]] of [[{{Supergroup}} The Agony Anarchists]], Sofie came equipped with her own Wonder Woman costume.
* MythologyGag: In Renegado's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video621_Santo_vs_Las_Mujeres_Vampiro_Samson_vs_The_Vampire_Women.aspx Halloween special]], Full of Questions kills Mendo while in vampire form. In her [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video624_Pi_1998_Movie_Review_Darren_Aronofsky.aspx next episode]], Mendo's disembodied form caused her to take a drill bit to her head. In that same episode, he announced his [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video624_Pi_1998_Movie_Review_Darren_Aronofsky.aspx return from his hiatus]], which debuted three days later, and featured both Full of Questions AND Renegado. He wasn't happy to see them.
** In the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video998_That_70s_Girl_2003_Softcore_Porn_Parody.aspx That 70's Girl review]], it's revealed that Mendo "blows a homeless guy" for porn. Three episodes later, we learn said homeless guy is the one who informed Mendo that [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1100_My_Little_Pony_Equestria_Girls_2013_Longer_Review.aspx Equestria Girls]] was out on DVD. Also, that homeless guy is actually Horror Guru.
-->'''Guru''': "Look, dude, for the last time, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I AM NOT HOMELESS!]]"
* NiceHat: The Count's top hat & goggles, Renegado's white fedora, Mendo's fisherman's cap, etc.
* NightmareFuel: Parodied. A bottled labeled Nightmare Fuel is the Count's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1279_Deathbed_2002_Stuart_Gordon_Movie_Review.aspx preferred drink.]]
* NinjaZombiePirateRobot: During the [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video737_Rowdy_Rathore_Movie_Review_Hindi_Akshay_Kumar.aspx Rowdy Rathore review]], the boys determined that a "squab" is "a wounded bird's cock, but it's also a fish!"
* NostalgiaFilter: Mr. Mendo and Ryan avert this trope. For example: a [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Saturday_Morning_Glory/Transformers_Girl_Who_Loved_Powerglide.aspx video review]] of one of the weirdest episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' cartoon was all about pointing out the series wasn't the piece of art claimed by those hating on the [[Film/{{Transformers}} film series]].
-->'''Ryan''': "After watching an episode like this, I laugh at anyone who accuses Creator/MichaelBay of raping their childhoods."
--->'''Mr. Mendo''': "You know, in spite of [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/A_Team_Heart_of_Rock_and_Roll.aspx everything mean I've said]], a lot of people really like [[Series/TheATeam this show]]. A lot of people are quite clearly huffing spraypaint."
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Comes up so often it's practically a catchphrase.
** Particularly notable regarding the notoriously bad ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Threshold". Every recap starts with a synopsis of the episode's plot, but this one bails out partway though:
-->...no, no, it's just too stupid. You'll never believe me if I just blurt it out like this.
* NoYay: {{Invoked}}. Recapper Jessica describes the relationship between BruceWillis and his sidekick in ''HudsonHawk'' as "The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name For A Damned Good Reason".
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: Inverted. Mendo not only ''encourages'' people to write fanfic about him, but [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video417_Mendopiece_Fanfic_Theatre_Scott_Pilgrim.aspx will read it on the show!]]
* OverlyLongGag: From the recap of ''MammaMia'': "(Amanda Seyfried's) blazingly hot in a very not-NataliePortman kind of way, if you get my meaning. I'm saying Amanda's more of a nordic beauty. She doesn't celebrate Shemini Atzeret too gaudily. She can't get wholesale prices on diamonds. [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Mamma_Mia__2008.aspx?Page=2 Jewish. She's not Jewish.]]"
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: "''Film/SwampThing'' is quite simply the best damn movie about a swamp creature fighting a sort of fake-looking wild boar/gator hybrid that used to be a French guy while Adrienne Barbeau and her cleavage watch anxiously."
** Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video998_That_70s_Girl_2003_Softcore_Porn_Parody.aspx hypothesizes]] that there must be a "super obscure Navajo fanbase for white lesbian porn that I'm not aware of..."
* ParallelPornTitles: Explored with [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video998_That_70s_Girl_2003_Softcore_Porn_Parody.aspx That 70's Girl]]...
* ParodyEpisode: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video837_Epic_Rap_Battles_of_the_Agony_Booth_Vol_1.aspx Epic Rap Battles Of Agony Booth History]], a spoof of [[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory you know what...]]
* RantInducingSlight: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video829_The_Sword_and_the_Sorcerer_1982_Movie_Review.aspx Pretty much]] all of ''Film/TheSwordAndTheSorcerer'' for [[spoiler: IronLiz]].
* ARareSentence: The line "Desirée! You could have gotten mustard all over his brain!" from ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'':
--> '''Albert:''' Yeah, just take a second and stare at that line for a while. It's a beauty. Lines that insane only come along once every so often.
** [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Star_Trek/the_original_series/Spock_s_Brain.aspx?Page=3 "Brain and brain, what is brain?!"]]
** [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Santa_with_Muscles_1996.aspx?Page=4 "Watch out!]] ''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Santa_with_Muscles_1996.aspx?Page=4 He's got a candy cane!"]]''
** [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video449_American_Virgin_2009_Movie_Rob_Schneider.aspx "Yeah, this is all well and good, but, um, when is Rob Schneider gonna show up?"]]
** [[http://agonybooth.com/recaps/Myra_Breckinridge_1970.aspx "You don't want flammable tits, now do you?"]]
* RuleThirtyFour: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1403_Perverted_Stories_34_Pterodactyl_Dinosaur_Spermo_Plasmoids.aspx Pterodactyl Dinosaur Spermo Plasmoids]].
* RuleSixtyThree: For their review of'' [[Film/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes (2009)]]'', Sofie Liv and ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'''s Sursum Ursa dressed up as Holmes and Watson.
* RunningGag: Frequent in the individual recaps, and a few (including the Overlords of the UFO & Creator/MrT's guest explanations) that cross over. The TV series recaps are much more prone to ongoing gags; Albert's Degrassi recaps are typical:
** The Girls' Bathroom of Ill Repute and the Boys' Bathroom of Neutral Repute.
** Albert's ongoing frustration at Yick and Arthur's B (and sometimes C) plots.
** Joey (Insert Letter Here) Jermiah, the (X) stands for (Blank).
** Nicknames for the characters: Loosey, Astrodog, Rockin' Rompin' Raditch and Sweet Caitlin Ryan.
** Stephanie Kaye is also frequently compared to Nixon.
* SelfDeprecation: Mendo's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video695_ALFs_Special_Christmas_Part_1_and_2_Season_2.aspx summation]] of ALF's Special Christmas: it's depressing, uneven, and it "had more filler than my [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video688_Randy_Savage_Be_a_Man_Rap_WWE_WWF.aspx Macho Man Randy Savage review!]]"
** "You know, you'd think after [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video967_Twin_Peaks_Fire_Walk_with_Me_Movie_Review.aspx three years]] of doing this show I would be a lot better at it..."
* ShoutOut: To the point of ReferenceOverdosed. The Boothers favor obscure references to everything from song lyrics, {{BBC}} shows, and children's book series, often in the same article.
** Fortunately, they usually give links to the things they reference
* SmokingIsCool: Mr. Mendo is almost never seen without a Black and Mild (or a cigarette). A cigar even features prominently in his portrait...
-->Although this has been parodied [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video312_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse.aspx at least once.]]
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: During the ''{{Juno}}'' review, which featured Robert Million as [[TwinPeaks The Log Lady]], Joey from Cartoon Palooza as [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dr. Rockso]], TheFilmRenegado as Franchise/{{Zorro}}, Mendo stealing [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain’s]] catchphrase, and a random musical sequence from Full of Questions:
--> '''Ursa:''' This…this whole review has been…you’ve scripted this review to be deliberately self-consciously quirky just so you can illustrate how annoying that is!
--> '''Mendo:''' I most certainly did!
--> (a beat)
--> '''Ursa:''' Well played.
* SophisticatedAsHell: "There is literally no way to figure out what the movie is about just from watching it. Clearly, Donnie Darko is not supposed to make sense, and the fact that it doesn't make sense means it's brilliant. There is a term for this: [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] pretentious."
* SpecialGuest: WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob showed up for [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Leprechaun_6_Back_2_tha_Hood.aspx episode 6]] of MMHA, as did [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] for [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Rubber.aspx episode 10]], DiamandaHagan in [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video316_Antichrist_2009_Movie_Review_Lars_Von_Trier.aspx episodes 14]]& [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video515_Sailor_and_the_7_Ballz_Porn_Sailor_Moon_Dragon_Ball_Z.aspx 30]], TheFilmRenegado in [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video337_Atletico_San_Pancho_Never_Too_Young_to_Dream.aspx episode 17]](before he joined the site), {{Phelous}} in [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video441_The_Help_2011_Emma_Stone_Viola_Davis.aspx Episode 23]], and [[ProjectMillion Robert Million]] in [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video528_Juno_2007_Ellen_Page_Michael_Cera.aspx Episode 31]].
* StageName: While in the written phase the webmaster went by his own name, Albert Walker, he now is Dr. Winston O'Boogie.
* SuckinessIsPainful: It's implied by the site's name.
* {{Supergroup}}: The Agony Anarchists.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'''s Ursa, on practically everyone.
* TakeThat: A [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Donnie_Darko.aspx review]] of ''DonnieDarko'' notes that Donnie's argument about [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurfette]] is very much like a Administrivia/{{Natter}} reply on Wiki/TVTropes.
--> '''Mr. Mendo:''' (Regarding [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video312_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse.aspx Twilight: Eclipse]])StephenieMeyer is a lonely, unfulfilled woman. I think we may have finally found the perfect girl for [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Christian Chandler]]
--> '''Sofie:''' Oh, go read some Spider-Man comics, [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video323_Batman_Returns_1992.aspx you big baby!]]
* TheBear: Mr. Mendo.
* TheCastShowOff: Miss Liv can sing, dance, play the piano AND the trumpet.
* TrainingMontage: Mendo prepped for [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video1386_Atlas_Shrugged_II_The_Strike_2012_Movie_Review.aspx Atlas Shrugged 2]] with a montage that spoofed TaxiDriver.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Anthony Q. Mendo Dada, of The People's Mendocratic Republic of Mendostaan, [=VA=].
* UncleTomfoolery: Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video280_Leprechaun_6_Back_2_tha_Hood.aspx was raked over the coals for this.]]
--> '''Mr. Mendo:''' Sure, throw in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantan_Moreland Mantan]] impression, that's always cool!
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: ...and why it [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Never_Say_Never_Again.aspx does not belong]] in Film/JamesBond movies.
* ValleyGirl: When Sofie reviewed the film of ''New Moon'', a valley girl (played by Sofie in a long haired wig) appeared to challenge Sofie's negative review of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series.
* WaxingLyrical: Mendo does this a lot, usually as a CouchGag. At various times, he's introduced himself as:
-->Your fantabulous host who [[HolidayInCambodia works harder with a gun in his back for a bowl of rice a day]], [[ThemeTune who's got a double mission with evil at its worst]], [[NotoriousBIG who can fill you with real millionaire shit...]], etc.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: At the beginning of the [[WebVideo/CheapArseFilmReview Cheapus']] Flesh Gordon review:
--> '''Cheapus''': My room has been completely trashed...and I think I'm wearing a chicken suit!
* WhosOnFirst: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video469_3_Dev_Adam_Turkish_Spider_Man_Captain_America_El_Santo.aspx Parodied]].
--> '''Sofie:''' I really can't recognize any of these people.
--> '''Renegado:''' It's not that hard.
--> '''Sofie:''' Look, all that I want to know is what is the name of the guy playing Captain America?
--> '''Mendo:''' What's playing Spider-Man.
--> '''Sofie:''' I'm not asking you who's playing Spider-Man.
--> '''Renegado:''' That's the guy playing Captain America.
--> '''Sofie:''' Who's playing Captain America?
--> '''Renegado:''' Who is playing Santo.
--> '''Sofie:''' I just want to know what's his name?
--> '''Mendo:''' What is the name of the guy playing Spider-Man.
--> '''Sofie:''' I'm still not asking you who's playing Spider-Man!
--> '''Renegado:''' Who is playing Santo.
--> '''Sofie:''' I don't know!
--> '''Mendo:''' He's Captain America.
--> '''Sofie:''' Who's Captain America?
--> '''Renegado:''' Who's Santo.
--> '''Sofie:''' I don't know!
--> '''All Three:''' Captain America!
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Anime Hair]]: Mr. Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Eternal_Sunshine_of_the_Spotless_Mind.aspx cites this]] as a sign that [[EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind Joel and Clem]] really don't make a very good match. (Somewhat hypocritical, as he himself wore a green wig in an earlier episode.)

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