Early-Bird Cameo: Lewis' (now ex-) girlfriend Iron Liz briefly appears out of nowhere during the ''Warrior'' 2-3 review, Lampshading that no one will have any idea who the hell she is (Lewis himself did not help much, responding to any questions about who she was with a simple "She's Iron Liz" before Liz got a blog and revealed that they were dating). She made her first official appearance in the review of Chain Gang War #1
Before he got the theme song and opening sequence, episodes would start with Linkara digging through his closet, pulling out the comic du jour, and saying "Aha! Now we've got it!" (This gets a Call Back in the Electric Tale of Pikachu review.)
On the Spider-Man #56 review (the first one filmed), there are a few shots of the comic from his POV. This never appeared in any other episode.
The Adamantium Rage review is both a crossover and non-comic review, but is a numbered episode.
The Magic Gun was originally just a gun referred to as his Suicide Pistol.
At the end of his first story line, Linkara's friends bail on him after their attack only manages to piss Mechakara off. Nowadays, you would at the very least expect Harvey to stick by him.
The New Guardians #2 review contains some text flashing onscreen for a split second during a clip of one of Hitler's speeches saying 'Yeah, I can see why Germany would want to follow this shouting, drug-crazed lunatic. Zomg Easter Egg! Hi TV Tropes!'
Enraged By Idiocy: Occurs many times, particularly with Marville (which by its fourth issue can't even warrant a closing line).
The Unnamed commander of the Argentinian camp in The Thing From Another World comic. He displayed common sense, and didn't take crap from one of the Jerkass characters in the comic. Linkara even named him Seńor Sunglasses.
Linkara disliked all of the characters in the New Guardians #2 comic except for the cocaine powered one-shot villain Snowflame, which he found absolutely awesome. Since then Snowflame has become a popular recurring character on the show as well as starring in his own webcomic that retcons him as having survived his fight with the new guardians.
Epic Fail: Marville is likely this, given that he keeps stating the book just gets worse with each passing issue.
The Southland Tales prologue comic was so bad he couldn't even read it due to its impossibly convoluted story. He decided a Massive Multiplayer Crossover review of the movie with several other TGWTG reviewers would be easier than reviewing the comic himself.
The ending to One More Day, where Aunt May is alive and in her old house and no longer in a relationship with Jarvis. Peter and MJ have split up. And Harry Osborn is alive again. Mephisto got what he wanted so that means evil won.
Also notes this with Batman: Fortunate Son, which seems to have the message that rock and roll music causes violence.
Fan Nickname: Linkara has a slew of these for Super-Boy Prime in Countdown; including "Superboy-Primadonna", "Stupidbitch-Pansy", and "Spasticboy-Prime". He also takes to calling Robin "Dick Grayson, Age 12" during his All-Star Batman and Robin review in reference to the detail being repeated more than is strictly necessary; by the end of the review, he is also calling the ASBAR version of Batman 'Crazy Steve.'
He gives Hippolyta multiple nicknames during the Amazons Attack review: Hippopotamus Brain, Hibonkersla, Smokingalottapolyta, etc. In his Maximum Clonage review he calls her Queen Hippolobotomy
He refers to the bodyguard character from Zero Patrol as "Blandy the Bodyguard"
Similar to the Batman and Superman examples, he refers to Wonder Woman as seen in All-Star Batman and Robin as "Bonkers Betty".
Fanfic Fuel:invoked Referenced in the Warrior #2 review during a trip to the Tommy Wiseauniverse. "You are trying to steal my hat! You are giving the slash ficers material! YOU ARE TEARING ME APART INSANO!!!"
At the end of the crossover video with Sofie Liv reviewing "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman", Sofie comments how she wants to be loved and to make love, while holding up a Wonder Woman costume.
Four Lines, All Waiting: Calls Countdown to Final Crisis out on this. He's actually able to summarise the huge number of issues in two videos because so little actually happens and what does happen is stretched out.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: The blinking "Extreme" logo in the Newmen review flashes "Buy Revolution of the Mask" and, even more briefly, "If you can read this, you paused the video."
After Linkara finishes his New Guardians review, he pops out and says: "Wait a second - if their mission is to proliferate their DNA through procreation, why is there a gay guy in the group?"
He points out the character in Silent Hill 4: The Room could just break the wall to remove the chains.
He points out that this can ruin some of the few seemingly good part of Countdown to Final Crisis. Most notably, he admits that when the Monitor Bob made his Face-Heel Turn, he originally found it an exciting and interesting twist, but thinking more on it (and rereading the earlier issues) made him realise that Bob's betrayal made no sense when matched up to everything he had been doing before, and pretty much came out of nowhere.
A recurring criticism of stories where heroes lose their powers is that it also applies to people like Martian Manhunter, who doesn't actually have any beyond natural abilities of his species.
Jokingly points out how Earth-Prime being our universe doesn't make sense when its destroyed by a wave of anti-matter in "Top 15 Heroes Becoming Villians."
Go Karting with Bowser: At the end of the Entity arc he asks everyone he rescues if they want to play Pokemon....including Linksano who was still a villain at the time.
A God Am I: Linkara parodies the trope in his New Guardians review, which depicts Crazy Awesome Snowflame as a god and includes the statement "He will rise in three days amongst the marijuana leaves!"
Godwin's Law: Invokes this in his New Guardians #2 review when he points out that the concept of a group of people being chosen to reproduce due to their genetic superiority sounds strangely familiar...
Golden Super Mode: Discussed in his review of The Technis Imperative. He notes how Teen Titans characters seem to be reincarnated into more powerful golden forms and joked that had Gandalf been a member of the team, he would have resurrected as Gandalf the Gold.
Gosh Dangit To Heck: Linkara is not afraid to use lighter swears like ass, Hell, damn, etc., but generally refrains from using stronger ones. He has even said "Funk and Wagnall" in the place of the F-bomb at least three times; ironically (or intentionally), it makes that sentence funnier. In his Top 15 Screw-Ups he admits he uses such words in real life all the time, even pointing out some examples listed below where they do bleed into his reviews, but he chooses to not use them in his reviews because he feels they are better off without them.
He admits to liking "Maximum Carnage" in "Top 15 Comics I Won't Review", stating although it's long and some particular points such as the way the villains are defeated are pretty silly, he still finds it pretty fun.
Hammerspace: Every time Linkara does his "I AM A MAN! *PUNCH* routine he pulls something different back on screen each time, including his stuffed bear and Iron Liz, among others. When he asked Liz how she got there, she had no idea.
There is also the time he couldn't pull his hand back.
Linkara "Help! I-I'm stuck!"
Then there was time he pulled the camera out of... wherever.
"We cut to New York and the... the World Trade Center. Towers. Well I mean this was made in 1990. There shouldn't be anything wrong. (later) "Later An Ominous Black, Cloud, Hovers... Above... The... Renowned... Twin... Towers..." (puts hand on face and sighs) oh sweet merciful crap.
And the second comic in the line doesn't do much better...
"A dark cloud over the world trade towers in the first issue, now hijacking an airplane in this one? This comic is seriously trolling me."
Captain Electron #1 has a subplot with a plane crashing into the Chrysler Building. Linkara's reaction, understandably, is much the same.
Show-related: the joke about Missingno from The Dark Knight Strikes Again Part 2 review is much less funny when you find out who the Entity is...
Have a Gay Old Time: In his "Top 15 Comics he will NEVER review", he mentions that "Batman #66" is not heavily requested, but is still denied because he figures that the only reason why people want him to review it is because they want him to say the word "Boner", which meant something much different back during the Silver Age. Just to humor them, he gives them what they want.
"If that's the case, then I shall give you what you want. Boner. Boner Boner. Boner Boning of Boner. Boner Boner. Erect Penis."
Heart Is an Awesome Power: Linkara points out in a review of a Captain Planet comic book that because the power of "Heart" gives you Mind Control (in a sense), it should technically be the most powerful ring/power within the series, while Wheeler's fire powers are the weakest. All Wheeler can do, basically, is shoot a stream of fire from his ring.
Episode 13 of his Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Let's Play starts with him still reeling from Biessman's death in the previous episode.
Towards the end of the fifth part of the Silent Hill: Dead/Alive review Linkara is led to believe that he sacrificed a little girl to an evil cult. His reaction is to have a stunned My God, What Have I Done? moment, before he attempts to shoot himself.
In his Brain Drain Review, Linkara sees The Thing actually considering his grotesque transformation to be a good thing, but he nearly lets this slide, despite his fury that the author had obviously never read a Fantastic Four comic, because the comic is pretty much an advertisement for Office Max. Then the (literal) BSOD comes on when he sees the writer was Tom Defalco, Former EDITOR-IN-CHIEF at Marvel.
Hilarious in Hindsight: As he points out in-universe, The Clone Saga was originally set to be revealed as the handiwork of Mephisto, but the editors decided that Mephisto getting involved with Spider-Man was ridiculous. *ahem*
He also pokes fun at all the Ho Yay in Superman at Earth's End: "For the love of Heidegger, why didn't you marry Bruce instead of Lois?", "Finally Bruce! We can get married like we always wanted to!" "The first priority is Bruce Wayne's desiccated, decaying corpse!"
Also in the Batman/Spawn crossover "for god's sake just kiss him already!"
At the end of Silent Hill: The Grinning Man Whately is killed by the same Magic Gun/Girl his cult created by sacrificing the girl in the first place.
Homage: In his commentary on Adamantium Rage, Linkara explicitly states that the whole thing was a homage to Spoony, pointing out all of the intentional parallels with Spoony's review style of the time, and noting that the format of the review was devised so that Linkara could work with him without piling on more work for the exhausted Spoony (who was burnt out from working on several other projects shortly beforehand).
Hookers and Blow: What Linkara claims he's using the "Revolution Of The Mask" money on before realizing what he said.
He comments on never actually expecting to see this when the corrupt ref comes out of a room carrying cocaine with his arm around an obvious hooker in "Sir Charles Barkley, The Referee Murders",
Hypocrisy: Linkara briefly called this trope out in Psychoman #1, as the author states that superhero origins aren't grounded in reality and they don't do anything important to help the world... When the story implies God gave the protagonist those powers and the protagonist hardly even doing anything heroic at all in the story.
In response to the narration at the end of Amazons Attack #1, Linkara expresses his distaste.
Linkara: Who the Hell enjoys having their comics narrated to? Wait...
At the beginning of Linkara's "Wolverine: Adamantium Rage" review, Spoony's casual dismissals of Linkara prompts him to declare that he will make his own video game review show that will "be ten times as original!" The following intro segment is a complete shot-for-shot copy of the intro to Spoony's show with the same theme song.
In "New Guardians #2" he mocks a CIA agent's brown jacket over a plaid shirt saying he looks like a used car salesman.
Linkara compares the lazy writing of Sonic Live to that of him suddenly having access to the technology of Power Rangers and Star Trek without any kind of explanation for how he did. To add to the awkwardness, he was actually holding a Power morpher and a phaser while arguing that.
He complains about the "Greatest Responsibility" storyline branching through three Spider-Man titles which made it hard for fans to follow, then remembers his own shared storylines with The Spoony Experiment.
He mentions in Battle for Bludhaven #5-6 that you can't have a character show up with no foreshadowing... Then Boffo shows up.
I Call Her "Vera": Inverted, the magic gun's name is Margaret, but that was the name of the girl sacrificed to make it, not a nickname Linkara gave it. Linkara doesn't even discover it until the Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham #1 review.
I Have Nothing to Say to That: A line from Superman Meets the Quik Bunnny prompts Linkara to comment: "That is such an idiotic thing to say that I really have no joke sufficient enough to counter it."
Used again, though a bit more subdued, in his review of a Spawn/Batman team up comic.
Marville earns this with every issue.
Linkara: Let's see what's next...Marville #4. Pollo, get the booze. Pollo: I can't. My arms don't work.
And on issue 5, "I used a three years' worth budget of alcohol with this series... and I feel like it wasn't enough."
I Take Offense to That Last One: On the video review for Ultimates 3, Issue 1, an irate commenter told Lewis something along the lines of, "I'm sick of these videos. You're obnoxious, pretentious, and your editing is atrocious." Linkara's response?
Lovhaug Sr. comes back at the end of Linkara's Halloween Silent Hill special as Whately.
Ice-Cream Koan: Linkara has FUUUN making these up in the second live review.
Idiot Ball: Pointed out and named by Linkara in his crossover with Film Brain:
Film Brain: "Finally they get back to the idea of killing The Spirit, which of course they plan to do by having Plaster cut him up to tiny little pieces that they will post all over the country. Or you know, they could just blow him up."
Linkara: "Shh! The Octopus is holding his idiot ball!"
When questioning Dr.Insano on whether or not he sold a Magic-Field to anyone, he lets Insano know that not only was his magic gun not working, but also that his magic wasn't working at all. Considering just how smart Linkara usually is, this probably wasn't one of his brightest moves. While the reveal doesn't come back to bite him directly, a later review indicates that Insano took advantage of his evident distraction to steal Neutro.
He does however admit that he did make a mistake in the 'Battle for Bludhaven #1-2 Review'.
Entrusting his reviews to a near-indestructible AI copy of himself in a holo-emitter with no safeguards or emergency shutdown procedures in case it went rogue. (Okay, there is a shutdown procedure, he just, er, didn't tell anyone about it.) Given how Genre Savvy he usually is, you'd think that he'd have realized that A.I. Is a Crapshoot. Points also go to Dr Linksano for not realizing that More Dakka almost never works with major villains.
On the other hand, Linkara had thought everyone else already knew that they could shut off Holokara with a single sentence. Also, Linkara had given Holokara all manner of safeguards to keep A.I. Is a Crapshoot from going into effect, and they worked. As revealed later, there was nothing wrong with Holokara at all; he was acting exactly like Linkara himself would have had he not gotten a What the Hell, Hero? moment to snap him out of his Face-Heel Turn.
The Gunslinger Arc finale reveals that the Gunslinger/Jaeris's plan is to take magic guns from their owners and unlock the guns' powers by making their owners very, very angry at him. Did it never occur to him that essentially trolling people with access to magic weaponry might be a bad idea?
Imagine Spot: He fails to recognise the Neutro destruction sequences in Neutro #1 as one - of course, this was probably deliberate for the sake of humor.
Also in his Silent Hill Dead/Alive review. Linkara is too young to have had a daughter, raised her to thirteen (with her mother), tortured her to death AND forgotten about it so well, there's no lingering signs in his life. The story line would have worked better with someone in their mid-thirties at the youngest. Linkara acknowledges this in the commentary.
In Name Only: Several in-universe namings of the trope (though this applies to single characters more than franchises).
By two-thirds of the way through his Superman at Earth's End review, Linkara can only bring himself to refer to the title character as "Bearded Idiot."
In an early text review he dubs the title character of All-Star Batman and Robin "BINO" (Batman In Name Only). In the video version he decides that "Batman" must actually be an insane hobo who found a Batman costume and dubs him "Crazy Steve."
During a review of a later issue of All-Star Batman and Robin, he deduces that the version of Wonder Woman as seen in the comic is an escaped mental patient who wears Wonder Woman's costume, and dubs her "Bonkers Betty".
The plot of Godyssey is so in contrast to Jesus' actual life and teachings that Linkara suggests the Greek gods found the wrong crucifixion victim, naming him Jesús note pronounced closer to 'Hay-sus', the Christian martial artist. He was All Just a Dream anyway.
He also burns Superman at Earth's End after giving a rant on why Superman is awesome. (when reviewing predecessor Kamandi At Earth's End later revealed that the comic burned wasn't really that, but makes sure to really burn Bearded Idiot's comic)
And at the end of the Next Top 15 AT4W Screw-Ups, what comic gets this treatment? One More Day.
In his Marville #5 review, he says he'd burn it except he's afraid he'd inhale the fumes and get stupider as a result.
Informed Ability: While the characters in Batman: Fortunate Son say Izaak Krowe is a good musician, Linkara does not see it. The reason is that comic books (unlike music) are a purely visual medium, and unless a CD was actually included with the comic, we have no way of knowing if this guy is as good a musician as the characters say he is.
He raises the same criticism with regards to Batman: Jazz.
Inherently Funny Words: In the episode "15 Comics I Won't Review", Linkara refuses to review a highly-requested issue of Batman because it's the "Joker's Boner" issue and he knows everyone just wants to make him say "boner" repeatedly throughout a review. So, to get it out of everyone's system, he says "boner" repeatedly for the next two minutes.
Insulted Awake: Backfires when he snaps out a possessed Spoony with the line "You're standing in my spot, sir." from Swat 4. Spoony woke up, but punched Linkara, shouting "I'm not in your fucking way!".
Internet Backdraft: Parodied in-universe in his Holiday Shopping Guide video; as he is telling the audience "do your own research to find comics you like rather than bugging me all the time for suggestions" he looks over to a Fan Base meter slowly lowering and quickly changes his tune. When he lets Pollo do a review, after the Mechakara arc, Pollo goes on an anti-Garth Ennis rant as Linkara quietly weeps at how much this must be pissing off so many of his fans.
He later admitted in the Kamandi at Earth's End review that he didn't really burn the Superman comic; he didn't have a print copy when filming, burned another comic with a copy of the cover and later just tore up the Superman comic upon receiving it. He did finally burn a copy of the Superman comic in the Kamandi review (though not without difficulty due to the paper quality).
He admits in "The Next 15 Screw-Ups" that he didn't burn One More Day because time was running short. He sets fire to it shortly afterwards.
He says that Ultimatum could be burned, but "fire is too good for it", so it get thrown "where it belongs": the trash bin.
Lampshade Hanging: At the start of his Doctor Who Classics #7, Linkara asks Liz if she's ever thought about how weird their lives are, considering they review comic books & table top games respectively, yet they have access to tech from Power Rangers and Star Trek and are about to go into battle against a being who has conquered universes; Liz doesn't see it.
"My God, it's the Vorsoth! And it's very poorly animated!"
Linkara himself does not try for a convincing female voice since he is just reading dialog out loud, at least in cases with decently developed characters. Characters that don't contribute anything to the plot are likely to get a high-pitched falsetto voice.
Due to her larynx condition, Iron Liz does fine male voices... and then does a Linkara-esque falsetto for female voices anyway.
Left the Background Music On: In the intro to the S.C.I.-Spy #1 review the theme to James Bond plays as Linkara does spy-stuff while attempting to open a violin case with the comic. Suddenly, the music changes to that of Charlie's Angels and Linkara imitates the intro to that show, before turning his MP3 player off.
LEGO Genetics: Linkara points out that Superman does not have "superpowers;" his abilities are perfectly natural for a Kryptonian and no more "super" than any normal human ability. To remove his powers in Act of God he would have to be completely altered genetically, more likely killing him then removing his powers. Linkara even says genetics are not Lego bricks.
'90s Kid's rants are always backed up by Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, though he sometimes uses "Smells Like Nirvana" by "Weird Al" Yankovic in its place. "Finger of Fear" for Dr. Insano (and Dr. Linksano). "Graveyard" for Mechakara.
If you hear "Combine Harvester" by the Wurzels playing, that means Linkara has justlost it.
Let's See YOU Do Better: Linkara got some criticism of this nature from Frank Miller fans after he criticised some of Miller's most recent works, with numerous comments of this nature about his own comic efforts. Linkara pointed out that he has only been doing it for a few years while Miller has been continuously working for three decades, and it is not unreasonable to suggest that his work could be better than it is.
Limited Wardrobe: He usually wears the same combination of jacket, plaid/black shirt and hat. (although he's shown off his Star Trek uniform collection... and the Power Rangers Zeo version of his reviewer wardrobe!)
Linkara also plays a number of Drop In Characters, including obnoxious X-TREEM teenager '90s Kid (and counterparts '60s Kid and '80s Chick), lounge singer Harvey Finevoice, evil robot doppelganger Mechakara, the mysterious Phantasm, the unfraggable Ensign Munro, antiheroCable, Ninja-Style Dancer, Dr. Linksano, and Holo!Linkara.
Iron Liz has also played herself, and two alt. versions of herself.
Will Wolfgram has played Vyce, SNOWFLAME!, and now a Gunslinger from another world.
Logic Bomb: Frequently pointed out, with something along the lines of, "Yeah, [insert logical inconsistency here]! ...wait, what?"
Losing Horns: Used when talking about Cheshire's relationship in Rise of Arsenal 3-4.
Lost Aesop: One of Linkara's primary criticisms of JLA: Act of God was its inability to hold on to a single message. At some points the comic seemed to be anti-vigilante, critiquing superheroes for their "arrogance," but at other points in the stories it seems to imply that it is the responsibility of any socially conscious individual to take matters into their own hands. Sometimes it explains the importance of working within the system and at other times people who do so are only too scared to break out of it. At no point does it give a consistent, clear message to its readers.
Whoa, apparently the Borg don't have OSHA, because this thing just tried to kill me!
Man of a Thousand Voices: Has a surprisingly broad vocal range when voicing all the different characters in the comics he reads out, especially the falsetto ones for the women. Also has a few distinctive ones pulled out for humor value (for example, a Sean Connery impression for anyoneconnected with espionage, and his Superboy-Prime voice for any similarly whiny character).
Meaningful Background Event: During the "His Blue Soul" storyline (specifically the Top 15 Personal Favorite Jokes and all the cameos filmed during that timeframe), Tom Servo can be seen looking at Linkara because Pollo is trying to get his attention but still hasn't gotten his speech systems working yet. This one was subtle enough that Lewis had to point it out in the comments for the Youngblood #4/Search for Spock double feature.
Mind Screw: The conclusion of the Silent Hill Dead/Alive review, somewhat appropriately. In his review of Detective Comics #27, Linkara notes that he does not have to do his introduction every time because he could simply edit in a previous instance and we would never know. He then grins and remarks "how's that for a mind screw?"
Missing the Good Stuff: In "Linking Up with Linkara" he wakes up to find he has just had an incredible threesome with The Nostalgia Chick and MarzGurl, but cannot remember anything about it. They also declare that they will not do it again as nothing could possibly measure up to the first time, plus he cannot just watch the two of them because of his own loud and proud feminist views. It is all a prank, but he is left to stew about it for a week.
Mistaken for Gay: In his "Athena #1" review Linkara officially announces that he is straight, to counter accusations that he dislikes women being objectified in comic books because he is gay (rather than feminist disagreement with the concept of boob windows and constant ass shots).
Milestone Celebration: Every February 15th, Linkara reviews a Youngblood comic because his very first text review of a comic was of a Youngblood issue on that date.
He also takes a look at the clone saga during the shows video anniversary.
For the 200th episode, he finally reviews One More Day after years of making fun of it on the show.
Mood Whiplash: Occasionally, the introductory segment of the show that plays before the theme song clashes wildly with the theme song itself. This is particularly true of the Silent Hill Dead/Alive episodes, where the creepy monologue about the Little Girl is instantly followed by the cheerful, upbeat theme song.
Near the end of Ultimatum #1-2, he's ultra-excited about seeing Captain America and Thor fight off all kinds of dead creatures, until it cuts to The Blob eating The Wasp. Linkara enters rage mode, declaring the comic sucks before he even finishes it.
At the beginning of his Psychoman #1 review, Linkara mentions writer and creator Todd Loren was murdered shortly after it was written and his killer was never found. Linkara admits he feels bad for making fun of the final work of someone whose life was cut short so tragically, but after a beat, he reiterates that the comic sucks.
Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, even '90s Kid could not get behind Countdown after Superboy-Prime killed the pregnant Lana Lang from an alternate Earth.
More Dakka: He goes from laser-shooting Flintlock to a BFG he got off Cable to an arm mounted minigun.
Multiple Choice Past: Linkara has come up with multiple explanations for why a character's forehead was emitting pink bubbles in one comic.
Multiple Endings: Parodied in the "Alternate Endings" follow-up to his Silent Hill: Dying Inside review - the alternate endings include being trapped in a room a la Silent Hill: The Room, being trapped in Phantasmagoria 2 in a Shout Out to Spoony, and Harvey Finevoice turning out to be an alien who takes him to a planet which has good comics. Parodied again in a similar followup to his Silent Hill: Dead / Alive vid.
Nice Hat: His trilby. At Comi Con, when asked if he was wearing "the" hat, his response was "Yes, and you may touch it for a dollar, good sir!" In his Christmas Episode it becomes extra nice. How? He wears a Santa hat on top of the trilby!
According to the Suburban Knights commentary, his trilby protects him from the life draining effects of Magic.
The Blob eating the Wasp in Ultimatum, which promptly halts his review and causes him to quickly call out the comic for putting in something like that with no warning for mature readers, as well as killing the Wasp for no good reason.
In the Rise of Arsenal review, he states this trope. As we see a panel of Roy Harper getting his arm ripped off by his daughter. invoked
Nineties Anti-Hero: '90s Kid suggests a heavily armed hero named Bloodgun. Who is entirely made out of guns, including one for a head.
No Pronunciation Guide: Linkara sometimes has trouble pronouncing unfamiliar words, such as in his review of a Doctor Who comic in which he pronounced Gloucestershirenote "glostersher" as "Glaukestershyer", which made it onto the Next 15 Screw-Ups video.
Noodle Implements: When Superman was forced to do porn under mind control the story brushes it off with Superman saying his memory was fuzzy. Linkara jokes about him remembering a goat, salad dressing, and a traffic cone.
"And after that it just gets weeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiird."
The review of All-Star Batman and Robin includes parts of the script and the disclaimer is used just to assure us that what the viewer is seeing actually is what Frank Miller wrote - particularly that Miller admits in writing to being shameless in wanting a close-up panel of Vicki Vale's panty-clad ass.
The Ultimates #3 review notes that his voicing the Tony Stark robot as a drunk is not just his own joke, but the robot actually asks for vodka at one point.
Further supporting this is Ultimatum where Ironman openly wishes for a Martini bath.
Oh Crap: Happens to him a few times while interviewing Kristanna Loken after she catches on that he does not think too highly of the movies they are discussing. The video is narrated/commented on by Spoony, who explains that you can actually see the moment when Linkara realizes the situation.
Oh Wait: Not only used, but pretty much a staple of his humor.
Old Shame: In his preamble for Black Web #1, Linkara actually makes references to his past works like Lightbringer, his self-published novel series, and a message-board based Pokémon RPG.
He says the latter of these may or may not have been converted to a site for porn in his absence.
At the end of his review of "Captain Electron," Linkara states that the comic has inspired him to "do something worthwhile" on the computer... then adds that he will spend the next 5 hours surfing TV Tropes and then watch a video of a cat doing something cute. Oh, Linkara. We've all been there.
Only Sane Man: Views Joe, a minor character from Silent Hill: Paint It Black who kicked Ike Isaacs out of his apartment, as be the only sensible character in all of Scott Ciencin's Silent Hill comics.
Only Six Faces: Points out that the only distinguishing traits of the Sultry Teenage Super Foxes are the hairstyles.
In his review of Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1 & #2, which he conducts entirely as Harvey Finevoice. His adopted accent noticeably slips at times; trying to keep that accent while simultaneously doing completely different accents for the characters in the comic breaks it more than anything. Points for trying though.
Linkara points out that Goldfinger's accent in James Bond Jr. keeps slipping, but into what, we could not say.
In the Behind the Scenes video, there are several bits of Will Wolfgram trying to hang onto the Gunslinger's southern accent.
Pandering to the Base: Invoked in-universe twice. Two of the 15 Comics I'll Never Review kept getting requests because of certain lines and words the fans wanted to hear him say. In response, he recites these bits out of context during their respective comics' segments.
Pass the Popcorn: During Silent Hill: Dead/Alive, it looks like Christabella is finally going to get her comeuppance. Linkara's reaction? "Ooh, hang on a second! Let me get some popcorn!" The comic does not give him a proper chance.
On the Marvel Ultimate Universe in Ultimates #1-2:Furthermore, I dislike the Ultimate Universe as a whole. This idea that somehow superheroes in the real world are going to be assholes, or that the governments of Earth will try to have the perfect superbeings as weapons, or etc. etc. just doesn't appeal to me.
On Earth Two in The Culling: Teen Titans Annual #1:Enjoying it, but I'm very sick of "government doesn't trust superheroes" crap.
Linkara sees that the villains in the James Bond Jr.. #3 comic are Goldfinger and Oddjob, despite the fact that they are both dead.
Pluto Is Expendable: In the second part of the Countdown review, Chester A Bum makes good on his threat to destroy it. The Nostalgia Critic was unimpressed. After all, it had stopped all the Classic Disney Shorts jokes. He had more of a reaction from seeing Hollywood, Rome, and France destroyed instead.
Pop Culture Isolation:invoked Linkara falls victim to this twice in the Eminem/The Punisher comic, when he fails to recognize what a "coney dog"note a type of chili dog originating inDetroit, where the comic is set and "blue hairs"note a reference to old ladies who would gain a blue tinge to their hair after using blue rinse to mask graying hair. Acknowledged in a screw-ups video, where he later points out that, after the review, someone bought him a coney dog at a con… and he didn't like it, because he doesn't like chili.
Portal Cut: Discussed in his review of an early Image comic, Newmen, one of the characters is "Exit", a teleporter who can open portals, a splash page shows him halfway through the portal leaning out. Linkara actually prays for the portal to close and cut him in half.
Also here, during an "Auditions for the Worst Movie Ever" panel at MAGfest 11.
Justice League: Cry for Justice was, as of this post, the only time Linkara himself has dropped an audible f-bomb without it being cut off in some way. While ranting about the death of Lian Harper Linkara stated that the decision to kill her was, "a fucking joke."
This tendency is subverted in the review for Secret Defenders #10. Linkara cannot do one as he could only get Phelous as a guest star; everyone else was too busy making crossover videos following the brawl.
He subtly inserts references to his independent comic, Revolution of the Mask, into his reviews fairly consistently. Later, after cloning Spoony back to life, he brainwashes the clone to keep inserting subliminal references into his reviews as well - resulting in a Brick Joke in Spoony's Clones of Bruce Lee review where nudity is censored with a Revolution of the Mask ad banner.
In his Power Rangers comic review he starts talking about the prop maker he bought his Dragon Dagger from, ending with the web address onscreen and Mechakara calling him out on it.
Mechakara: You are honestly doing a COMMERCIAL in the middle of your review?!
Linkara: "Screw you, hippie—he gave me a discount!"