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Star Trek: The Original Series

    Captain James T. Kirk 
"Now look at me. Now look at my hair. Now look at me. I'm on a horse."
The greatest there was, the greatest there is, and the greatest there ever will be. — and inspiration behind Ben Sisko's management style. Single-handedly saved Earth several times under less-than-optimal situations. Known as something of a taskmaster aboard the NCC-1701, chasing tail and ruthlessly drilling any scrubs who don't measure up. His 'promotion' to desk jockey coincided with Starfleet's last gasp of competency for well over 100 years.

  • 20% More Awesome: Bruce Lee squared + Jack Bauer cubed + Chuck Norris to the awesometh power. (The Motion Picture)
  • The Ace: Jokes that if Generations is taken as the sole evidence in the Kirk vs Picard debate... Kirk wins.
    • Broken Ace: His character arc throughout the films featuring The Original Series crew (barring The Final Frontier) tends to feature this.
  • Awesome Ego:invoked It doesn't take long for Kirk to get fed up with the original beige uniforms and demand a cool color for himself... like green! He continues to mull over this during "Where No Man Has gone Before", demanding that Starfleet throw in a couple miniskirts in the bargain.
  • Exact Words: The audience's demand that "Kirk should die on The Bridge!" was met with a hearty "No problem!"
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Threatens a badly traumatized Cdre. Decker:
    Kirk: My god, man, is that a uniform or a little pink dress? Grow a dick and make your report already.
    Bones: Captain, he's undergone severe trauma—
    Kirk: Severe trauma is what I'm going to do to him with this pipe unless he stops hiding under his blanket and talks!
  • Rated M for Manly: If Chuck considers an unparalleled badass such as The Sisko to be a man's man, then the guy The Sisko defers to is a man's man's man.
    Chuck: Well Kirk is the only man in history to win the Olympic Gold Medal and Nobel Prize in cunnilingus.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", Kirk helpfully monologues, "Arousal Level set to 7," when he eyeballs an android girl, and again when she slaps him. ("Make that 8.")

     Commander Spock 
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: In "The Amok Time" there is the famous scene of Spock chasing Nurse Chapel out of his quarters and hurling the bowl of Vulcan Plomeek soup she had thoughtfully made for him at the corridor wall. Chuck expands on how the scene could be improved if Scotty were to come walking down the corridor and see the big purple mess oozing down the wall. Asking what the hell that is, he gets a reply from Kirk that Spock is "having some trouble with pent-up sexual urges". Scotty looks at the purple slime, takes a big swig from the flask he always carries and moves on...
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: He has an ongoing spat with the Guardian of Forever. Really. ("City on the Edge of Forever", "Yesteryear")
    Guardian: I hear all, except those who aren't really here anymore.
    Spock: Yes, I'm not here, which means that 'nobody' will be beating your know-it-all ass with a sledgehammer if you don't shut up and help me.

    Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy 
"We only get into this job to pump ourselves full of drugs you people have never even heard of!"
The ships' resident pusher, a drunkard (and a creeping heroin addict to boot) in the midst of a slow motion breakdown. His favorite 'patient' seems to be himself.

  • The Alcoholic: While McCoy showed some signs of this in canon, Chuck likes to turn it Up to Eleven for laughs. ("The Conscience of the King")
    "I'm off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Booze!"
    • It's not helped with his first scene in "The Conscience of the King." McCoy is shown drinking from a large bottle of Saurian brandy in Sickbay...while on duty. Bones even notes to Spock that it's been a quiet day for him thus giving him an opportunity to relax a bit. Even though a medical emergency could happen anytime on the Enterprise. And when Spock declines a drink, Bones asks him not to judge him...
  • Dr. Feelgood: Bones' remedies for problems seems to revolve around giving his patients a prescription of heavy drugs, booze, or taking them to strip clubs. He is either insane, a drug addict, or the best damn Doctor in Starfleet!
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Bones is self-destructive to the point of being suicidal. This contributes to his rampant alcoholism, which the rest of the crew is completely indifferent to.
    Dr. McCoy: Jim, I drink because I'm afraid to kill myself quickly.
    Kirk: Get back to work, Bones.
  • Worst Aid: The nicknamed "Bones" is definitely apt. In Spock's Brain, he can't seem to decide if Spock's body will survive on life-support or not. Feeling he has to do something to justify his paycheck, he improvises a novel treatment:
    Dr. McCoy: Wasn't really sure how to treat having no brain, so I put a damp rag on his head. That's how you treat nosebleeds, but I figured what the hell, it couldn't hurt.
    Kirk: Has it helped?
    McCoy: Uh, no.
    • Well, Bones does tend to say, "He's dead Jim" or variations of the phrase an awful lot.

    Lt. Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott 
Perennially-hungover engineer who believes strongly in the hair of the dog.

  • Drunken Master: Scotty is frequently either drunk or high during most TOS and the later films. (WoK)
    Scotty: (carrying Preston) He's badly hurt, so I brought him up here to Sick Bay!
    Kirk: This...? This is the Bridge, Scotty.
    Scotty: And then I'm headin' back down to finish drinkin' the engines! ...I-I mean, repairing the scotch! Er...crap..
    • The Khitomer Conspiracy is thwarted by Scotty detecting the sound of blood-stained clothes rattling inside of an air vent. Because when it comes to oversensitive ears, even Ferengi can't top a hungover Scotsman. (Star Trek VI)
    • The crew of Voyager once tried to recreate the transporter suspension trick that kept him alive for 70+ years, only to nearly kill everyone they were trying to save after only a few minutes. Had Scotty been there, he would have just shook his head, taken a belt of Scotch, and fixed the whole thing with a coat hanger.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink / Brain Bleach: Scotty drinks mostly to deal with the mind-bending strangeness that comes with working on the Enterprise; or, occasionally, to deal with the general incompetence of his fellow Starfleet officers.
    Chuck: ...I can see him coming up the hallway, spotting this huge, purple stain all over the wall; demanding to know what the hell happened. And when he's told that, well, Spock's just had serious repressed sexual drives, but don't worry, he's found release, now, he's going to be fine. Then, Scotty looks at that stain again, shakes his head, pulls out his flask, and tries to drink the memory away. (Amok Time)
  • Name's the Same: Sort of. Chuck posits that Lt. Montgomery, a Red Shirt in The Doomsday Machine, has the full name of "Scott Montgomery", leading to lots of confusion aboard the Enterprise.
  • Violent Glaswegian: How Scotty was able to shrug off Sybok's feel-good rays. That Tony Robbins crap isn't gonna work on a Scotsman. ( Star Trek V)

    Security Guard from Star Trek: The Motion Picture 

    Gary Seven from "Assignment: Earth" 
  • Failure Hero: In trying to save humanity, Gary's only success comes from preventing the disaster that he caused.
  • Interspecies Romance: After the reveal that Isis can shapeshift into a woman, Chuck lampshades the creepy subtext of Gary stroking her cat form in various scenes throughout the episode.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: At the height of the Cold War, Gary gives a tactical advantage to the Russians by sabotaging the Americans attempt to launch their own orbital nuclear platform, causing the launch to veer off course and head straight to the heart of Asia, putting all countries on alert and preparing possible retaliatory strikes. As a result of this string of incompetence, Gary nearly kicks off World War III a century early.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Vice Admiral William Ross 
  • Catch Phrase: "I don't need to explain myself to you, Captain," whenever he's caught with his pants down.
  • Dirty Old Man: Admiral Ross is a corrupt bureaucrat who likes to have a good time with his secretary, and orders sex toys with Starfleet funds.
    Sisko: What are you doing up?
    Ross: I was just on my way to get a piece of. . . water.

    Captain Benjamin "Don't Fuck With The" Sisko 
"...And get the Counselor off my bridge! The only reason she should be sitting next to me is to give me a lap dance while I'm killing Borg."
Tough as Samuel L. Jackson, suave as Richard Roundtree, more terrifying than Keith David, and indestructible like Mr. T. The only Captain besides Jim Kirk to successfully mitigate, not exacerbate, Starfleet's counter-productivity (by virtue of being big and scary). Designed and built a warp-powered brass knuckle which made the Borg wet their circuits in fear. Got promoted to a literal God at the conclusion of his series.

  • Abusive Parents: Yells at Jake for the slightest sign of weakness. The kid's one fourth god afterall. He has no cause to whine. ("Take Me Out to the Holosuite")
  • Agressive Negotiator: Why else would the Romulans give Defiant a cloaking device? ("The Siege of AR-558")
    Sisko: Hey! Ambassador Motherfucker! I need a favor...
    • If Sisko had been in charge of the peace treaty, there'd be no Maquis. He'd have just punched the ambassador, made no concessions, and the Cardassians would have been grateful they'd gotten such a good deal.
    • Even superior officers can be on the receiving end:
    Admiral Ross: ...As of right now you're no longer in command of the Defiant.
    Sisko (calmly): I'm going to turn around, and when I turn back, we're going to both pretend that you didn't just say something that would make me punch you in the throat.
  • The All Solving Hammer: In Chuck's imaginings, Sisko solves all problems by punching them, even when said problems can't really be solved that way.
    • To the extent he has to remind himself not to install guns on the Bajoran junk ship in "Explorers".
  • Badass Beard: The "Sisko-tee". It once left his face in the middle of the night to take down a Dominion weapons depot, and it's mere presence is what enables a solar-sail to survive traveling at Warp 1. Because things like inertial dampeners and deflector shields are for people without beards. ("Explorers").
  • Cargo Ship & Why Are You Not My Son?: Once referred to his "child" before correcting the audience: "No, the Defiant — the one I'm proud of!" It hints at a degree of shame in his novelist son for not learning a more masculine trade. ("Treachery, Faith, & The Great River")
  • Don't Fuck With The Sisko: In "For the Uniform", chastises Eddington for forgetting precisely who he's dealing with, then actually being surprised when Sisko dropped a bio-weapon on a Maquis planet that rendered it uninhabitable for human life!
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Refusal to obey his orders, no matter how absurd they are, is grounds for a beating. ("Take Me Out to the Holosuite")
  • Invincible Hero: Probably best summed up in his review for The Siege of AR-558:
    SF Debris: Let me put it in perspective for you: Picard faced the Borg, and after it was done ruining his life, he stood in his office and drank Earl Grey. Sisko faced the Borg and after it was done ruining his life, he fumed in an escape-pod; then went off to design a ship whose only purpose is to kill Borg. It's a set of guns strapped to an engine. Then he called it Defiant, a name that practically shakes its fist at the Borg. That was his second choice, Starfleet felt that the USS Ben Sisko's Muthafuckin Pimp Hand was too long.
  • Genre Savvy: His guru is Jim Kirk, after all.
    • Sisko spices up the Engaging Chevrons scenes aboard the Defiant by following every order with, "...and shoot things", regardless of his officers' standing orders or station. This neatly got around the problem of Tactical sharing the same duties as Security. ("The Dye is Cast")
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe, he is the baddest mutha of the franchise note .
    Sisko: "Bitch, you think that's it? The list of ways I'm awesome is so long, the only surface large enough to write 'em on is my dick!"
    Chuck: "Yeah, I love them 'Sisko is a badass' jokes."
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Prophets insistence on referring to him as "The Sisko" is because right from the off, they knew precisely what kind of badass they were dealing with ("Emissary").
  • Talk to the Fist: Sisko's preferred method of dealing with problems. Rather tellingly, when confronted with the legendary Kirk, the only thing that Sisko wanted to ask him about was the time he got into a fistfight with a Gorn. ("Trials and Tribble-ations")
  • Terror Hero: Sisko is perfectly willing to violate orders, blow up retreating ships and render entire planets uninhabitable for humans if it means capturing his target. His superiors — knowing they are dealing with a man willing to punch a demi-god in the face — are apparently too afraid to reprimand him, and have taken to meekly asking that he not try to punch anything on the way out. ("For The Uniform").
    • Made more telling since Sisko nonchalantly screaming at his superior officers actually is canon. ("The Wire").
      Canon Sisko: I wasn't yelling, I was expressing my feelings loudly.
      THE Sisko: ...And I don't hit them, I practice avant-garde acupressure on their faces.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: Sisko made a lasting impact on intergalactic relations by punching every problem he came across — and, in his case, it seemed to work really well. (Lampshaded in "The Jem'Hadar".)
    • It didn't work quite so well when "Duchess" tried the same thing. Actually in the review for "The Andorian Incident", Chuck notes that if Shran had adjusted his racial slur to "brownskin" and spoke to Sisko the way he did with the cowed Archer, Sisko would have hit him so hard that Weyounnote  would have gotten dizzy!
  • The Sisko Had The Flu: The Borg deliberately made sure that he was busy in the Badlands before launching their invasion during Star Trek: First Contact. Otherwise, Sisko would have quoted Ezekiel 25:17 and ended the movie in five minutes.
    "We are the Borg. We cannot be stopped. We are invincible. We— we're sure he's gone, right? He's gone? We cannot be stopped by anyone! ...that happens to be here.
    • Chuck believes the only reason the Borg won against Sisko at Wolf 359 is because he was commanding the Saratoga, Starfleet's bitch. This was minorly compensated by the fact Sisko's presence on that ship let there be survivors.

    Commander Jadzia Dax 
  • A Degree in Useless / Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Jadzia's qualifications to mentor prospective Trill initiates for the Joining. Despite acting like she knows everything, she had only been Joined herself for three years at that point, so most of the wealth of knowledge and experience she's spouting actually is coming from her previous hosts, such as Curzon ("Playing God").
  • Moment Killer / Oblivious To Hints: Apparently misses the obvious signs that Bashir and Leeta are ten seconds from screwing in the middle of the bar, until Bashir hands her a PADD that reads "GO AWAY!". Dax takes this as a sign she's being sent for drinks. ("Explorers").
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Jadzia Dax is a spoiled, petulant and narcissistic cheerleader who always must get her own way. While as a Joined Trill she's supposed to have the wealth of experience and knowledge from across the centuries, apparently in this incarnation she wants to add "Annoying Bitch" to the list. ("Let He Who Is Without Sin")

     Counselor Ezri Dax 
  • Hearing Voices: Decides summoning the incarnation of the Dax Symbiote who was a Serial Killer to help her solve a murder case is a good idea. Chuck wonders how this case will ever hold up in court ("Field of Fire").
    Ezri: Look I took the advice of a dead serial killer that no-one else can see or hear... no don't be silly, he's not here now, he's gone back into my tummy where he belongs!

    Curzon Dax 
  • Dirty Old Man: The Cerebus Retcon in "Let He Who Is Without Sin" that the powerful Obi-Wan Moment of Joining glimpsed in "Emissary", actually came about 10 minutes after he suffered a heart attack whilst in the midst of performing a complicated sex act with Vanessa Williams.
    Curzon: Hehe, I still got my mojo!
    • After Joining, most of the memories Jadzia inherited from him reveal that instead of focusing on mentoring her, he was too busy secretly checking out her ass instead. ("Playing God").

  • Big Brother Is Watching You: Flanderized in the wake of "The Wire", in which Odo reveals he's always watching or listening in on Quark's outbound calls. Always.
    • A seeming Pet the Dog moment happens in "Explorers", when Odo bends Bashir's ear about the arrival of the Doctor's schoolyard crush on the station. This gesture of camaraderie is followed by,
      "I took the liberty of installing three hidden cameras in her quarters and a tracking device in her ear. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!"
  • Knight Templar: Odo would turn DS9 into a police state to satisfy his need for order if he could get away with it ("The Wire", "Behind the Lines").
  • Selective Obliviousness: Claims to respect life too much to step on ants, yet has stood by whilst Sisko sends O'Brien all across the station to remove the infestation of Cardassian Voles, eventually ordering him to exterminate them using a Phaser Rifle ("Playing God").

     General Martok 
  • General Obvious: Martok is a paragon of Klingon wisdom, intelligence, and honor...unless the story focuses on another character, then he starts spouting pearls of wisdom such as, "War is much more fun when you're winning!"
    Martok: When a father and son do not speak, it means there's trouble between them. Or one has his mouth full. Or they're both sleeping. Think about what I've said, Worf.
    Worf: Of course, General. Very wise words. You are like the Klingon Yoda.

    Gul Dukat 
  • I Reject Your Reality: Dukat will frequently rewrite his own memories in order to make himself feel better. Example: Kira throws a glass at him. How he chooses to remember it? "No, not now, I'll accept your offer to have a drink with you later... if you wear something nice." In another example, he remembers Gamor not as someone who hated the Dominion alliance... he rewrote the memory so thoroughly, that not only did he remember Gamor embracing the alliance on his deathbed, but that he gave Dukat his power ring and entrusted him with the power of the Green Lantern Corps.

    The villagers in "Paradise" 
  • Evil Luddite / Straw Hypocrite: Alixus. She claims that if the villagers were in the Federation they'd be miserable, in bad jobs or in prison... unlike the village, where people regularly die from easily treatable illnesses, are forced to work constantly and minor infractions are met with brutal torture.
    • Big Bad: While he says that there are other antagonists in Star Trek, or entities who operate on such different scales of morality that they don't compute, she is the first villain who is out and out evil.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Suffering from this after years of torture and indoctrination at the hands of a mad despot.

  • Brainless Beauty: Since in "Children of Time", we see Kira deal with her break-up with Shakaar without screwing everyone in sight, Chuck believes that the supposedly "Ancient Bajoran Break-Up Ritual" that Leeta performed in "Let He Who Is Without Sin" is actually just something one of Leeta ex-boyfriend's invented to convince her into having a threesome before he dumped her.

  • The Atoner: Not because of all the bad things he did. Instead, it is because the Cardassians have such horrid fashions.
    No wonder Garak became a tailor - Guilt.
  • Death Seeker: Most of "The Wire" is spent with him like this, only deciding to help with the treatment when he realizes that there's literally nothing he can say or do that will change Bashir's mind.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Already a canonical example, his gift for manipulation is expanded upon in "The Wire"; once he understands that Bashir won't abandon him despite his best efforts to make the doctor hate him, Garak uses his third and final backstory to subtly namedrop the colony where Tain - the one man who might be able to help him - has retired to, trusting that Bashir will follow the breadcrumbs.
    Don't ask someone to do something: leave a few clues to make them decide to do that all on their own.
  • Shoo the Dog: The conflicting backstories told in "The Wire" are really his attempts to discourage Bashir from saving his life: first, he tries to exploit Bashir's views on morality by portraying himself as a cold-hearted killer who murdered his friend and an entire transport of innocent passengers just to stop a few escaping prisoners; then, when that doesn't work, he turns it on its head by portraying himself as someone ashamed of doing a good deed, wishing that he'd killed children instead of destroying his career. In the end, he's so desperate to shoo the dog, he actually resorts to physically assaulting Bashir, screaming "I HATE YOU!"
  • Undying Loyalty: In "The Wire," Chuck notes how unusual it is that Garak resorted to using the pleasure-stimulating implant just to cope with the unbearable conditions aboard Deep Space 9 when he could have easily just cut a deal with the Federation; with Starfleet so desperate for an advantage, they would have been happy to give him almost anything in exchange for his knowledge of the Obsidian Order, including a comfortable and well-defended lifestyle. Quite simply, even after being shamed and exiled, Garak is just that dedicated to Cardassia, and always looking forward to the day when he can return home and serve the state.

  • Anything That Moves: Once wanted to marry Kai Winn's leg. Just the right one, because it talks to him during their meetings.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: He thoroughly understands politics and military strategy to the point he was winning the war, and was only defeated because he put so much trust in the Female Changeling, who made mistakes which cost them the war.
  • Not So Different: He tries to understand works of art and other items despite not being programmed to in an effort to better himself-just as humans in Star Trek do.

     Keiko's Mother 
  • Dirty Old Woman: In Season 1, the O'Briens visit Earth to celebrate Keiko's mother's 100th birthday. Yes, that's actually in the episode. This means her mother would have had to have given birth while in her sixties.
    Friend: So, what are you going to do in your retirement?
    Mother: Well, I think I'll have a baby! Not getting any younger! Plus I needs me some of that man-candy! Yum-yum!

Other Reviews and Original Works

Astromech Spy

    Astromech Spy 
  • Deadpan Snarker: R2-D2. Especially when he has to deal with C-3PO.
    • The Snark Knight: To the point where he has barbed sarcasm prepared for practically everyone (except Chewbacca).
  • The Nicknamer: R2 spends most of the series coming up with nicknames for people who annoy him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Chewbacca. Well-read on holochess strategies, and the only one smart enough to not drive R2 nuts.
  • Idiot Hero: R2's impression of Luke seems to be that he's a little bit dim.
  • The Load: C3-PO, leading to R2 dubbing him at one point "Baggage".
  • Surrounded by Idiots: R2 spends most of his time just trying to get away from everyone else.

Batman Beyond

     Batman Beyond 
  • Badass Grandpa: Even beyond what's established in the series. With the possible exception of Clint Eastwood, there is no crippled old man who's warning to get off his lawn should be taken more seriously than that of Bruce Wane.
    SF Debris: You have the undivided attention of the goddamn Batman. I hope that suit has a diaper.
    • And noting Terry's failure to realise who he's dealing with;
    SF Debris: He doesn't say "I'm warning you" unless he's warning you! The same way that "Get off my lawn" is followed by an asskicking, remember?
  • Genre Savvy: Suggests that the workers who refused to help an infected Powers are savvy enough to know that if their positions were reversed, Powers wouldn't lift a finger to help them and would probably end up conducting horrific experiments on them.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Subverted in "Rebirth Part 2", commenting that the security at Wayne-Powers is so good, they manage to get the jump on Terry by sneaking up on him on an outside ledge. Played straight in "Return of the Joker", when the lone Wayne Enterprise security guard is easily taken out by the Jokerz, leading him to joke that Powers may have been evil but under his leadership, the security was much better.
  • I Have Your Wife: Parodied. Terry refuses to marry Dana because that would make her the target of villains who want to get to Batman. Chuck points out she'd be a target anyway as the woman he's loved for 15 years straight, and the only real difference is if the villains found out he hadn't married her yet, they'd console her and tell him to be ashamed of himself.
  • Joker Immunity / Unexplained Recovery: Invoked towards Harley in "Return of the Joker", after she falls down a deep chasm and is presumed dead. Sure enough, the elderly Harley shows up as the grandmother of Dee Dee at the end.
  • Grumpy Old Superhero: Notes that the message of show seems to be that a lifetime of costumed vigilantism leaves people crotchety.
    Elderly Barbra Gordon: When you've turned into a hollowed-out husk of a man pantomiming a life in this endless cesspit of a city, then you can come in—SO I CAN TELL YOU TO PISS OFF!
  • Red Herring: The audience being subtly led to believe that Jordan Price (also voiced by Mark Hamill) might be the new Joker in "Return of the Joker". Chuck notes why this theory quickly falls apart under even the briefest bit of scrutiny. However, he notes that the quick pace of the enjoyable story ensures such scrutiny isn't likely to happen.

Battlefield Earth

    Battlefield Earth 
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Terl is the smartest and most cunning Psychlo we meet, which, by any objective standard, would charitably make him an imbecile.
  • Dying Dream: Suggests that the plot holes of the latter half of the film can be filled if you assume that when the Psychlos remove Jihnny's mask and leave him to die, the rest of the film is an oxygen deprivation-induced hallucination.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Chuck wonders, given the massive number of cut corners and embezzlement in the production of the film, that this was intended.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Psychlo species as a whole.

Dark City

     Dr Schreber 
  • Memetic Molester: Along with having an unnerving Peter Lorre-esque voice that Chuck describes as having "all the comforting tones of a child molester," the moment when Schreber implants John Murdoch with a lifetime of knowledge on how to use his powers is also tainted with a creepy dose of this: the training sequences result in Schreber retroactively adding himself to scenes from John's childhood.
    Schreber: You're probably wondering why I keep appearing in your memories...
    Chuck!Schreber: Its... because... I like to watch you while you sleep.
  • Memetic Psychopath: After assuring John that neither of them are insane, Schreber choses that moment to point a gun at him.
    Chuck!Schreber: Now, have you met my friend, Mr Gun? You don't like it when he talks. (Giggles hysterically)

     The Strangers 
  • Creative Sterility: Notes how uninspired the names of the Strangers seem - Mr Book, Mr Hand, Mr Wall, Mr Quick, etc - and also notes that this actually extends to the naming of locations around the city: Avenue M, The Automat, even a movie theatre playing a film titled "The Evil." Despite their incredible powers, the Strangers lack not only individuality but also creativity, which becomes more noticeable as John and Detective Bumstead delve deeper into The Masquerade.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Mr Sleep. Not only did he intentionally choose the corpse of a child to be his vessel, but when Murdoch was hanging from the ledge, he decided it would be more fun to bite his hand rather than simply stamp on it. While the rest of the Strangers come across as Affably Evil, Mr Sleep comes across as utterly insane.

     Emma / Anna 
  • Missing Mom: Chuck suggests that, for all the many thousands of times that the Strangers have altered the lives and memories of their test subjects, the little girl rescued from the murdered prostitute's apartment might actually be Emma's biological daughter and not May's child at all.

Doctor Who

    The First Doctor 
  • Heel-Face Turn: Believes that Humans Are Special because Ian Chesterton prevented him from killing an injured man to escape danger. Stopping The Doctor from carrying out what he would normally consider an abhorrent act—one born of desperation and weakness—showed the Doctor that humans could be relied upon to prevent him from going too far. This belief has been passed along to all of his subsequent incarnations.
    • This is also the reason that The Doctor shows so much outward anger and disappointment whenever humanity fails to live up to this ideal.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Thanks to the values dissonance (i.e. the Doctor's casual racism against arabs and native americans) Chuck very occasionally plays this up when impersonating him. Something thats not helped by the Doctor dropping the n-word in the Celestial Toymaker.

    The Sixth Doctor 
  • Ax-Crazy: While regeneration usually comes with some initial instability, Six goes past unstable to downright insane.
    SF Debris: Good luck Peri, you've gone from travelling with an Edwardian Gentleman... to travelling with the Joker.
  • Domestic Abuse: Considers Six to be a domestic abuser to Peri, given his throttling and constant insulting of her. Peri staying with him in spite of this abuse supports this interpretation.
  • It's All About Me: Even when aghast and horrified at himself for having nearly strangled Peri to death, he still somehow makes it all about him.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Sixth Doctor is an insufferable jerk who verbally and physically abuses people. While the intention was to showcase some of the side-effects of regeneration, the difference between his erratic behaviour when he's acting crazy to his normal behaviour ended up being so miniscule, it's barely noticeable.

    The Tenth Doctor 
  • Foe Yay: After struggling the entire episode to ignore it, and repeating the mantra, "Damn it, there's nothing gay about this," he finally relents and admits that he agrees with the fandom that there is something going on between Ten and The Master:
    SF Debris: ...Oh, I can't pretend anymore. It's gay, it's gay, it's gaaay. On a scale of one to ten, this scores a gay point gay. It is so gay, that when mathematically graphed out, it forms a fractal of gayness, bending over further and further into infinity like an MC Escher of man-on-man action where both men are simultaneously the man on the other man! On the seventh day of creation, as God prepared to create gay, He saw this from across time, blinked, and then did a Slow Clap while shaking his head, saying, "Well, there's no way I can top that, I might as well take the day off;" even as Adam protested, "You can't stop now, all you've made of the dinosaurs is the bones. And what about the Higgs boson, you were up all night working on the blueprints, you can't not create it now!"

    The Eleventh Doctor / The War Doctor 
  • Cosmic Retcon: States that he believes that The Day of the Doctor is not a full revealing of the Timey-Wimey Ball regarding Gallifrey's fate, but the creation of a new timeline altogether with the Moment's help-originally, the War Doctor did destroy Gallifrey. He also goes on to say he has very little problem with it, given how it perfectly fits the overall moral and character of Doctor Who.
  • Stepford Smiler: Was already a part of Eleven's characterization, but he believes this is why he's so attached and obsessed with Clara Oswald-he's become emotionally dependent on his companions to get out of bed in the morning, and the way he coddles them indicates he's trying very hard to be the man who forgets, as stated by the Moment. There's also more than a slight undercurrent of being scared to death of his impending doom, because as far as he knows he's out of regenerations.

    The Twelth Doctor 
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: When asked about Janeway's romance with a hologram, he says "Let me just check my list of things I don't give a fuck about" (VOY: Fair Haven).

     Elton Pope 
  • Sanity Slippage: His face-in-the-pavement girlfriend is really just a concrete slab he regularly masturbates onto, because he couldn't handle her death.
    • Chuck points out that this is actually the less depressing interpretation of events; especially considering that the classic series once treated a similar scenario as A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The implausible moments in the story, like Victor Kennedy somehow being able to control the lights for the sake of a dramatic entrance or LINDA being set up like a classroom after Kennedy takes over, are really just due to Elton embellishing his story. Furthermore, Elton's also spiralling into insanity following his girlfriend's death, making his perception of events even more suspect.


    The Crew of Moya 
  • Born Unlucky: Both Moya and her assorted passengers have such bad luck that Chuck can't even suggest that they're cursed, if only because curses stand a chance of being lifted.
    • In fact, when the crew seeks out old enemies from the previous season in order to hire them as mercenaries, the bad luck actually manages to spread: somehow, all of these once-deadly enemies are either horribly injured, on the run from the Peacekeepers, under new management, or retired following a religious conversion. And for various reasons, only one of them is able to complete his mission and survive to collect payment.
    • In "Different Destinations," the crew visit a peace memorial commemorating a truce that was declared over five hundred years ago, a place that not even they could possibly screw up... whereupon Stark's freakout sends them back in time to accidentally turn the truce into a massacre.
  • Cosmic Plaything: At one point, Chuck just gives up and claims that life itself has something against Crichton.
  • Failure Hero: To an impressive degree. Embarrassments, injuries and outright defeats are common throughout just about every episode, with clear-cut unambiguous happy endings being pretty rare. Even on occasions when they do succeed, there's a good chance that something awful will occur to spoil their victory; one of the few exceptions to this rule is during combat, where they constantly roll critical hits, because they've rolled all the ones out of their dice doing everything else.
  • For Want of a Nail: Chiana's attempt to rob the visiting Peacekeeper commandoes in "A Bug's Life" manages to determine the future of the entire universe, thanks to a long chain of consequences starting with her accidentally unleashing the Intellant Virus and ending with Crichton being forced to infiltrate the Gammak base in search of medical supplies - where he gets the attention of Scorpius. As Chuck himself summarizes it:
    The future of the galaxy is decided by a girl looking for something she can sell at a pawn shop.
  • Genre Savvy: The crew of Moya know just how screwed they are in every situation and how badly things can - and will - inevitably get, thus most of their plans are insane because they're banking on them being Crazy Enough to Work.
    • Stark even proves to be this about himself, knowing that he's considered such a complete and utter lunatic that he can get away with saying pretty much anything, since no-one will listen to him or take his threats seriously.
  • Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: In "The Ugly Truth", sums up D'Argo's testimony of the incident as "Ka D'Argo: Big Damn Hero".
  • Language Equals Thought: Suggests that, even with translator microbes, the crew have no word for "luck."
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Observes that for all their bad luck, the Moya crew kick a surprising amount of ass in firefights ("Liars, Guns, and Money"), if only because they've exhausted all their bad luck in non-combat escapades.
  • Take That, Scrappy! / Talk to the Fist: Observing Crichton and D'argo's interactions with Raxxil in "Snatch 'n Sniff," Chuck gleefully notes that the crew of Moya react to annoying con-artists very differently than the crew of Voyager, in the sense that rather than giving them the keys to the galley and letting them become permanent members of the crew in spite of their idiocy, they simply punch their lights out.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: During the first season, Crichton never knowingly kills sentient beings, attempting to resolve situations through negotiation, trickery and non-lethal beatings, while leaving the killing to Aeryn and D'Argo. According to Chuck, this is the reason why "A Bug's Life" is so significant for Crichton: after being forced to kill while possessed by the Intellant virus, and after seeing Aeryn near-fatally stabbed by the possessed Captain Larraq, Crichton finally breaks his code against killing - igniting the Marauder's Vapor Trail and killing both Larraq and the virus in the resulting explosion. And while Crichton doesn't seem to enjoy this, he does seem satisfied.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Nothing good will ever happen to Crichton and co... and if it does, it's another horrible problem in disguise. Case in point, the successful heist of the Shadow Depository, which resulted in the stolen money coming to life and trying to eat Moya.

     The Intellant Virus 
  • Knight of Cerebus: Recognized as the first villain that actually manages to get Crichton to knowingly and willingly break his code against killing and shift him towards a much darker tone for the rest of the series. Plus, the crew's interactions with it also result in them inadvertently getting the attention of Scorpius, further setting the tone for the series.
  • I Die Free: Chuck suggests that the reason why the virus (via Crichton) endangers its own life by breaking the only weapon that could be used to incapacitate it non-lethally isn't because it's trying to stall Larraq and buy time to escape, but simply because it would rather die than be under the control of the Peacekeepers.
  • Take Over the World: Seems to be very interested in possessing Larraq and reaching the secret base that the Peacekeepers were taking it to (later revealed to be a wormhole research station), suggesting that this microscopic lifeform might just be having macroscopic ambitions.

  • Brick Joke: The eventual punchline to the joke about Janeway's armies of Warrior Cobalt Tarantulas back in "Dark Frontier."
  • Foil: Notes that Natira appears to be one of these to Scorpius; whereas Scorpius is a deadly-serious Well-Intentioned Extremist who treats torture as a means to an end, Natira is a gleeful power-loving sociopath who sees everything as a game and treats torture as an end in itself.
  • Hive Queen: Of the Warrior Cobalt Tarantulas, evidenced by her blue carapace, spidery head-claws, and penchant for stabbing people's eyes out.
    • Hive Drone: Chuck also speculates that the "Metalites" that end up infesting Moya thanks to Natira are actually these, being the Warrior Cobalt Tarantulas themselves.

     The Builders 
  • Meaningful Name: The "Builders", the creators of the Leviathans, are so named because they're often extremely unhelpful and take their sweet time getting around to dealing with problems.
  • Neglectful Precursors


  • Meta Guy: Speculates that River Tam has the power to read Summer Glau's script ("Objects in Space").

Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon 
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Ming the Merciless has fully read the Evil Overlord List, he just chooses not to follow them.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Ming knows he is a villain and enjoys the villain lifestyle.
    Ming the Merciless is not what he was called by his enemies, but the name he has taken for himself...don't waste your time on a name that pretends you're a good man. Why conquer the universe if you're going to spend the rest of your life being a spin doctor.


    Gundam 0080 
  • The Load: Bernie is so incompetent that not even divine intervention can help him.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

    My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Twilight Sparkle as an expy of Rorschach.
    Sparkle, Twilight: Equestria is afraid of me; I've seen its true face. The Mare in the Moon is coming, and when the night foams around their waist, all the horses and politicians will look up and shout, "Save us!" And I'll look down and whisper, "Neigh."
  • Malcolm Xerox: "And when the black pony tries to get ahead, there's the white pony keepin' her down!"
  • Stoners Are Funny: Pinkie Pie's eccentric personality and ability to laugh in the face of pure terror comes from marijuana.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Hitomi Shizuki 
  • Armored Closet Gay: She's in deep denial about her lesbian tendencies. He was more than a little surprised that she turned out to have a crush on Kyousuke.
    Chuck: Someone's in a Narnia-deep closet, I'll bet.

    Madoka Kaname 

    Junko Kaname 

    Tomohisa Kaname 

    Kyoko Sakura 
  • Addiction Powered: Chuck proposes that her constant eating is self-medication that holds off despair. She's survived the loss of her family by developing an eating disorder.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Her eventual desire to help Sayaka comes from her failure to protect her own sister.

    Kyubey (Bunny-cat): a dick 
  • Consummate Liar: Chuck does not buy a word he says when his propensity for half-truths come out, tearing down his "farmers of humanity" metaphor and being very suspicious of his claim that magical girls led to modern technology.
  • Critical Research Failure: Chuck suggests his method to figuring out reversing the heat death of the universe was apparently an "I'm Feeling Lucky" Google search that somehow led to a Magical Girl loli website.
  • Memetic Molester: Chuck pretty much sees him as a borderline child predator. He puts forth the idea that Kyubey's actual motivation for getting young girls to fight each other is so he can touch himself at night.
  • Hate Sink: Chuck really...REALLY despises Kyubey. Hence the oft spoken statement "Bunny-cats a dick" in his reviews.
  • The Sociopath: Chuck's arguements that Kyubey's willing deception of the magical girls for his own ends coupled with utterly malicious actions leave him in this category. Especially after his Breaking Speech to Homura in which he smugly reveals she is the cause of Madoka's eternal cycle of suffering and death.

  • Tragic Hero: Discussed and subverted. Chuck concludes that Homura should not be qualified as a tragic character since she never gives up hope of succeeding.
  • The Champion: His explanation as to why Homura is a magical girl in the new world.

    Mami Tomoe 
  • DangerouslyGenreSavvy/Combat Pragmatist: In the timeline in which she kills her friends, she quickly, efficiently, and ruthlessly takes them out in order of the level of threat each one posed.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Suggests that someone made a wish to see Mami topless, which given that only teenage girls could make wishes...
  • The Fundamentalist: Believes in the mission of killing witches above all else. In an alternative timeline when she finds out Magical Girls are nascent witches, she starts killing the other Magical Girls.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

     Anakin Skywalker 
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Anakin uses this tactic so much that when he orders his troops to fall back, they have no idea what to do.
    • At best, they'd assume the enemy is trying to confuse them with false orders.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Anakin will attack any target with berserk confidence, regardless of the danger to anyone around him who isn't a One-Man Army. Losing his hand to this approach has done nothing to wilt his enthusiasm for suicidal assaults.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Anakin gives Ahsoka a thumbs-up for not killing someone in "Brain Invaders."
  • Start of Darkness: Non-comically, Chuck notes that Anakin's attachment to others is leading towards The Dark Side, noting the very extreme actions he's taken when Asoka is danger, such as helping Cad Bane when he has her hostage and that he's by far the most frightened about the idea of her dying in the cave in in "Weapons Factory."
  • We Have Reserves: References Zapp Branigan when describing Anakin's command style, suggesting he's trying to make the Genosians' trigger fingers get tired from shooting his troops, and will only stop getting them killed because if they're all dead you're not allowed to be a general anymore.
    • Consequently, his troops can't wait for Order 66. Poor bastards.

    Battle Droids 
  • Punch Clock Villain: Despite being a vast army of killer robots, Battle Droids aren't particularly interested in fighting.
  • Sacrificial Lambs: Points out that all of the humor the show attempts with battle droids is rather depressing, considering that they come across as victims forced to fight in a war they want nothing to do with.
    SF Debris: It's funny because they're helpless!

    Cad Bane 
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: His last ditch effort to break into the holocron vault was a brilliant move: luring the Jedi Council into trying to intercept him at a decoy target, where he had a bomb waiting for them.
  • Fiction500: Considers a subversion of this. One of the most deadly and effective bounty hunters/mercenaries in the galaxy should be rather wealthy, but he has to keep taking more jobs—someone needs to pay for the all the gun turrets, death traps, and self-destruct devices he puts in his hideouts.
  • Nice Hat: The wellspring from which Bane's badass flows. Taken from Kung Lao, which is, needless to say, no mean feat.

    Clone Troopers 
  • Evil All Along: One of the clones laughs off the idea that they have orders to kill the Jedi...then whispers to his comrade to let Palpatine know that the Jedi are onto them.

  • Blood Knight: Who knew?
    Yoda: A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense; never for attack. That's what the flamethrowers are for, yes? [Manic Laughter] FLAME ON!
  • Jedi Grand Masters Live Longer: And he makes sure everyone knows it.
    Yoda: Ha! Outlive you all I will. Kiss my green ass you will.
    Obi Wan: Yes, master. You always tell us—
    Yoda: ...For my ass has the Force, and a powerful ass it is.

    Admiral Wulff Yularen 
  • Commander Contrarian: His role as admiral seems to be to object to everything Anakin suggests. He even asks for a moment to get his monocle so it may pop out to emphasize just how mad Anakin's plans are.
  • General Failure: Even in a war against armies of killer robots, Admiral Yularen doesn't have any contingency plans.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: He is the quintessential stuffy British officer.

Wonder Woman (Unaired 2011 Pilot)

    Wonder Woman 
  • All Crimes Are Equal: If you work for Veronica Cale. At no point is Wonder Woman arrested for hospitalizing a man she had almost no evidence on, did a pointless illegal search, and tortured in a hospital bed, then went on to do some breaking and entering, and assaulting and killing multiple people, some of whom might very well have been too low on the corporate totem pole to know about any illegal activities. But a low-income kid trying to get a scholarship by cheating with performance enhancing drugs? Wonder Woman will visit you in your hospital bed to give you encouragement with nary a word about how this was a bad idea.
  • Attention Whore: Some lawbreakers blurt out threats in moments of weakness, or anger. Wonder Woman holds a press conference.
  • Beware the Superman: Imagine a world where Kim Kardashian has godlike powers and the patience of Atilla the Hun..
    • Bizarro Universe: Alternatively (and just as plausibly), we are viewing the adventures of the Bizarro Wonder Woman.
  • Brainless Beauty: "The only way that she'll be a role model is if feminism laps itself."
  • Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin': Her public slandering of Veronica Cale without evidence makes Chuck wonder if she's deliberately trying to sabotage herself so she can retire as Diana Prince. The fact that she's still considered a paragon of virtue despite almost everything she does hinders this plan.
  • Controversy Proof Image: In spades.
    "She could throw babies at war amputees and still be called a hero!"
  • Crap Saccharine World: This is like setting Jack Bauer loose in Mayberry!
  • Destructive Savior / Evil Overlord: The only explanation for this bimbo rising to the top is because she has terrorized her city into praising everything she does.
  • Dumb Muscle: Odd for a female character, but it's the closest trope that fits. She's hopeless as a business leader; as a superhero, she's one tiara removed from Frank Castle; and her 'normal life' is a hermetically-sealed bubble with no friends, job, or bills to pay.
    "There is only one thing she's good at. The only thing. She knows how to hurt people."
  • Eagleland: Type 2. Far from the idealism of Diana of Themyscira, this Wonder Woman embodies the spirit of Amerika.
  • Famous Ancestor: Not by Chuck, but there were several commenters that came to the conclusion that she's Psycho!Janeway's ancestor.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Such a big apartment for one girl? Well, there was a boyfriend, but Diana shoved his face in a food processor for drinking from the milk carton again.
  • Implausible Deniability:
    WW: Why do you think I had anything to do with her disappearance?
    Ed Indelicato: Well, there was you saying in front of the entire world that if you had your way, she'd wind up dead and stuffed standing in your lobby, and...well, there she is.
    WW: (Oblivious) What's your point?
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Had the show gone to air, Chuck hypothesizes that the next episode would have shown Diana reacting to her ex-boyfriend's new bride by planting a stiletto heel in her eyeball, then claiming it was really Hitler in disguise.
    "And then everyone stands around shocked at this near-miss that only Wonder Woman could have averted!'
  • Right-Hand Cat: Kills people, then goes home to brag about it to Mister Whiskers.
  • Screw This Index, I Have Tropes: Suggests that she gets away with the crap that she does for some of the following reasons:
    "Well I hope everyone has learned their valuable lesson: If you're rich and popular enough, you can get away with whatever you want."
    • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A lot. When reactionary politicians and TV personalities are applauding your efforts, something is probably off.
    • The police want to search Veronica Cale's secret laboratory but can't do so lawfully because Wonder Woman tortured the information out of a suspect she hospitalized in order to do an illegal search that didn't even give any results, so they tell Wonder Woman to break into the lab so it becomes a crime scene, allowing them to move in. The authorities seem to be (routinely) using Diana as a workaround to circumvent the U.S. Constitution.
    • Then when Wonder Woman meets up with her ex-boyfriend on the judiciary board...
    Wonder Woman's ex-boyfriend: This concludes our investigation!
    Chuck: Ah, so when the government official connected to the bad guy upholds the law, that's bad. When the government official connected to the good guy ignores the law, that's good. Because this is what Superman looks like this in this world *Picture of Bizarro*.
  • Spot the Imposter: Chuck eventually gave up and realized the only way to redeem the pilot is to have the real Diana Prince combating evil in the shadows, while the city is under the stiletto heel of some wackjob in a skyscraper calling herself "Wonder Woman."
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Suggests that people let Wonder Woman do what she wants because the alternative is to piss off Wonder Woman, who violates due process, ignores the law, tortures people with no evidence as a matter of course, and seems to have immunity to prosecution.
    "She pushes to be given time alone with this fellow that she actually put in the hospital in the first place, yeah, that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. But the detective, for some reason, decides to go along with it, because, well, nobody can say no to Wonder Woman. Or at the very least, no one dares to say no to Wonder Woman."
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In the All Star Superman review, he all but name drops the trope when making a reference to the pilot.

You Better Watch Out

    You Better Watch Out 
  • Santa Claus is a former con-man, stuck forever in an Ironic Hell.
    • After a fan told him a little about the real St. Nicholas, who had a dead arm and slapped Arius for denying Jesus, he changed his mental image of Santa a bit:
    Chuck: Can you picture a Santa who waits for kids to come out and see the presents only to greet them with a slap across the face? Because I can! Ho, ho, ho! Naughty children get jolly ol' Nick's pimp hand, kiddies!

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