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Atop The Fourth Wall: Tropes E to P
This page covers tropes found in Atop the Fourth Wall.

Tropes A to D | Tropes E To P | Tropes Q to Z | Storyline Tropes | YMMV | Running Gags | Shout Outs


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    E 
  • 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
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Commentaries made after 2010 have pointed instances out.
    • 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.
  • Easter Egg:
    • 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).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: He frequently says in-universe that Bulk and Skull are "the real stars" of Power Rangers in his comic reviews.
    • He declared Joe, who showed up in all of one panel, to be his favorite character of the Silent Hill comics. Of course he wasn't facing much competition from the rest of the cast.
    • Also, The dog from the Dead/Alive review, refering to him as more likable, with more interesting scenes (And calling him the real star of the comic, Ala bulk and Skull).
    • Danny Chase of the Teen Titans, probably the all-time most despised member of the group by fans, is his favorite character in the comics.
    • 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 Señor 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.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: He epically calls out Marvel Team-Up #127 for it, as an innocent woman died so a sleazy drug dealer could be reunited with her grandfather.
    • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Even 90's Kid was disgusted by Superboy Prime vaporizing a pregnant woman in Countdown to Final Crisis.
      • From Planet of the Symbiotes:
      Linkara: Even 90's Kid isn't creepy enough to want to prop up Kurt Cobain's body onstage!
    • Linksano may have no problems with driving Linkara insane, but it is revealed in the The Spirit review that melting kittens is "a line we dare not cross".
    • Linkara also says that not even Frank Miller, an infamous Dirty Old Man, would stoop so low as to sexualize underage girls.
    • Apparently, Rob Liefeld looks like a better artist when compared to Pat Lee's work.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: Bear!!
  • Evil Stole My Faith: One episode that involved mention of religion in a comic had Linkara joke that the comic's existence is a pretty good argument against the existence of God.
  • Executive Meddling:invoked Linkara points out editors should stick to editing and leave the writing to writers.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Eyes Always Shut: Termed as "Youngblood's Disease".

    F 
  • F Minus Minus: Linkara has been known to hand out F triple and quadruple minuses.
  • Fail O'Suckyname:
    • In his review of Uncanny X-Men #424 he said that Chuck Austen "could not fail any more if [his] name was Faily McFailing Fail!"
    • Points out in his Doom's IV #2 review that "Grimm" wasn't a great choice, as it's kind of depressing and that there must have been other things they could have called him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Linkara on the Top 11 Worst Heroes to Villains:
    "What these comics are trying to tell us is that love ultimately leads to death, destruction, and the devil. In other words, love no-one. Ever."
    • 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 refers to the gun-using old Superman of Superman at Earth's End as "Bearded Idiot". Similarly, he coins "Captain Cuckoo" for Captain Marvel in Superman: Distant Fires.
    • 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Invoked: One of the biggest reasons he won't review One More Day—he would first have to acknowledge its existence.
    • He has since gone back on that. But admits that it enraged him so much he stopped buying Spider-Man comics set after the story.
    • He notes however that he doesn't want Marvel to turn One More Day into Canon Discontinuity as that would just be the lazy way out, but to make a solution and build on it.
  • Fantastic Aesop: Described in his New Guardians #2 review.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Warrior's concept of Destrucity, a Portmanteau meant to symbolize the truce between one's future destiny and current reality.
  • Flat "What.":
    • His reaction to the use of the McCarran Act in "Amazons Attack #3".
    • Used in his and Liz's first Yu-Gi-Oh! duel, when she Monster Reborns a card that she had to discard.
    Liz: I'll bring out my Red Eyes Black Dragon...
    Lewis: What.
    Lewis: What.
    • Used again in the second round.
    Liz: Well, we can't have you continuing this any longer, so I'm gonna sacrifice these two cards...
    Linkara: What.
    Liz: ...whip out one Blue Eyes White Dragon...
    Linkara: What.
    Liz: And you, sir, are going to be killed.
    Linkara: What.
    • Even The Entity gets one in the Electric Tale of Pikachu review:
    Entity: ...Existence will be solely defined by me, because I am existence!
    Linkara: Oh, and then what're you going to do?
    Entity: What.
  • Flipping the Bird: During the Marville #5 review, the the issue takes a potshot at scientists. Cut to Dr. Linksano doing this trope to the screen (and presumably the comic). Later, when the issue outright calls anthropologists people without jobs, Linkara invites the audience to do the same to the comic.
  • Floating Head Syndrome: He has commented on/lampooned this many times.
  • Foe Yay:invoked Discussed with regards to the Linkara/Dr. Insano relationship, which the actors are very well aware is extrapolated by the fandom.
    • Linkara points out the Super Ninja in Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos #1 is unleashing his hatred of Chuck Norris... by punching a huge portrait of him.
  • Follow the Leader: Reviewed adverts in comic books in an attempt to copy The Nostalgia Critic reviewing nostalgic commercials.
  • Foreshadowing: Because Holokara is based on Linkara's personality, its Face-Heel Turn makes more sense when it is revealed that Linkara is also becoming evil.
    • One of two major hints that 90's Kid was under possession of the Entity / Missing No.
    90's Kid: "I'm 90's Kid, and what you see is what you get! ...Or is it?"
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Notes how even towels do this in 22 Brides issue #1.
  • 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.
  • Frank Miller: The man himself is invoked regularly through the only section named after someone on the website: Miller Time. It's a good thing Frank Miller doesn't seem to care about Linkara's rants, mockeries and slurs because it could escalate very quickly and very badly between both fanbases.
  • 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." It returns in the Youngblood #6 review.
    • In his review of New Guardians #2, during one of Linkara's invocations of Godwin's Law, Linkara leaves a freeze-frame message during one of his invocations of Godwin's Law:
      Yeah, I can see why Germany would want to follow this shouting, drug-crazed lunatic. ZOMG Easter egg! Hi TVTropes!
  • Fridge Logic:invoked
    • 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."
  • Fridge Horror:invoked To quote a comment from the third part of his JLA: Act of God review:
    Joe England: "And isn't it just so in-character how Wonder Woman was contemplating suicide WHILE WITH CHILD?? Dear lord."
    Linkara (In Response): "Good God, I didn't even think of that."
  • Furry Fandom: Mentions it in-universe in his Prologue to Countdown.
    • He wisely skips the subject:
      "No, I'm not gonna make a furry joke. Get over it, Internet—some people don't have the same interests as you. Besides, she's a bug, not a furred animal... NEXT CHARACTER."
  • Future Slang: Given Linkara's reaction to Spider-Man 2099 slang, (20)90's Kid gives some examples of his own. "This is Kleenex!"
    2090's Kid: Tthe future totally masks, man!
    Linkara: Is that good... is that bad?
    2090's Kid: Oh, you know, the future is kleenex man, totally kleenex!
    Linkara: I'm going to begin ignoring you now.
    2090's Kid: Sewing machine!
    • Sci-Spy earns a similar treatment.

    G 
  • Gambit Roulette: Prometheus from Justice League: Cry for Justice seems to depend on nothing but these and Ass Pulls.
    • Dr Doom's plan from Ultimates 3, as revealed in Ultimatum. Linkara goes on a long rant with it.
    • Harvest's plan from The Culling is seemingly dependant on his victims deciding to join him. "My pwan is gweat!"
  • Gatling Good: He uses it to take out Pyramid Head.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Seems to think this of Batman from Catwoman Guardian Of Gotham. He considers this trope the worst kind of villian.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Linkara
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Linkara chews out Superman at Earth's End for apparently taking this viewpoint.
  • 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 doesn't, however, have a problem with playing "America, Fuck Yeah" uncensored whenever Captain America shows how much of a badass he is.
    • He also has no issues with writing gratuitous profanity for other people, as evidenced by the number of F-bombs Spoony drops in Linkara-written crossovers.
    • He also has no issues with it in bloopers, as evidenced by the cross-over Wonder Woman 2011 pilot review.
      • Not quite true, since in an "odds and ends" post, he remarks that he didn't know Nash was going to include it uncensored and would have asked him to bleep it.
      • Whether or not he feels this way about his blooper for the Les Miserables (2012) crossover review done by The Nostalgia Critic is unconfirmed.
    • In his The Fantastic Four crossover review with Bennett the Sage, he gets Bennett to swear for him, to the point that Bennett actually gets bored with doing it.
    • Averted... Maybe when he made a cameo in Obscurus Lupa's Evil Dead 2 review as himself possessed by a Deadite along with other possessed reviewers making fun of Lupa, he said shit.
    • He's bleeped out the harder swears when reading porn titles for The Spoony Experiment's review of Lethal Games.
    • Though even he has his limits...when someone posted a comment on the Doctor Strange joint review that was extremely dismissive of the late JewWario, Lewis tore into the guy, calling him a dickhead and ending with "Fuck you. Fuck you and never come here again."
  • Guest Host: Pollo organizes Harvey Finevoice and '90s Kid to keep the scheduled reviews, despite Linkara being kidnapped to another dimension.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Several in-universe examples for Linkara.
    • He still collects Power Rangers toys and after stating all the flaws in Marvel's MMPR #1 he still can't say it sucks because it's Power Rangers.
      "It's cheesy, it's over the top, and I love every second of it!"
    • He sees Transformers as goofy, but also awesome.
    • He admits that Brute Force is this because it is gloriously bad.
    • 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.

    H 
  • Halloween Episode: The Silent Hill comic reviews in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
  • 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.
  • Hand Wave: Linkara took a very long time to explain why his gun shoots lasers and in the Star Trek review he simply says "It's magic! I don't have to explain it!" which is a blatant Shout-Out to his much-hated One More Day. He later gave the full story.
  • Harmless Villain: Linksano, at least while unaccompanied.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: He calls Cable #1 out on this In-Universe. It starts off the comic with the World Trade Center being blown up for no particular reason - a Ripped from the Headlines reference to the 1993 WTC bombing. Linkara's response was Stunned Silence, and then saying "...OKAY! MOVING ON THEN."
    • And later on, in Game Boy #1....
    "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."
    • And in his review of All-American Comics #16:
    Alan Scott: What a queer light!
    Linkara: (beat) What, it was the 1940s!
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Lewis's profile picture for Blogspot and Twitter.
  • 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.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from his being a good singer, who'd have guessed Linkara's a fan of Camelot?
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: His ninja-style dancing, particularly when it is done to Caramelldansen.
  • 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*
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: Or rather, Skronk before fleeing. The Ultimate Spoony does this when Linkara finally shoos him away.
  • Ho Yay: invoked Lampshaded. "You are giving the slash fic-ers material!"
    • 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!"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Played for laughs in Linking Up with Linkara when The Nostalgia Chick and MarzGurl declare they are going lesbian and he asks if he can watch. NChick tells him "No that's exploitation, you're a feminist that's bad."
    • 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.
  • Hypocrisy Nod:
    • Linkara often decries the All There in the Manual nature of some series, since required information cannot be found within the series itself.
    Linkara: "I can't begin to imagine how anyone followed all this stuff at the time. It'd be like if I introduced plot elements in my show that somehow ended up on Spoony's show and... uh... nevermind."
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • 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.
    • 90s Kid mocking the stupid, Totally Radical attempt at slang in Nightcat #1 with his own stupid, Totally Radical slang.
    • 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.
    • Upon seeing that Dave Willis of Shortpacked! donated some Dreamwave Transformers, he quips "I thought you were made of sterner stuff. Why throw away these comics so recklessly?" Cut to ten minutes later, when he does just that.
    • In his review of the Lady Gaga comic Fame, he complains about the protagonist.
      Linkara: Why would anyone find this entertaining? Just watching some overweight jerk with a hat sitting on a green sofa, making rude comments about other people's work and I think I'll shut up now.
    • How about Mighty & Morphing Power Rangers?
      Irate!Linkara: There's too many words here! I don't need to read all these words.
    • Upon completing his review of Mr.T and the T-Force #2, Linkara reminds us that he doesn't condone drug use.
      Linkara: Let's remember that Mr.T believes in a drug-free world.
      Snowflame: SNOWFLAME MADE COCAINE POPSICLES!
      Linkara: Err, if you'll excuse me I have to deal with a situation before I get arrested.
      Snowflame: SNOWFLAME IS THE ICE CREAM MAN!

    I 
  • I'm Not Doing That Again: Linkara after attempting to sing Holding Out For A Hero.
  • I Have Many Names: Lewis Lovhaug has at least three known internet handles:
  • 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."
  • I'll Kill You!: Linkara borrows the "I'll kill you to death!" line from Countdownbefore stabbing the Countdown monster with the Dragonzord Flute. Unlike Superboy-Prime, however, he makes it sound awesome.
  • I Meant to Do That: Linkara operates a panel in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and blows up one of the crewmen. Linkara responds thus.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    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?
    "What's wrong with my editing?"
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
    • Lewis' father plays his older self in the review of Superman vs. The Terminator. Later his whole family shows up as the ghosts from A Christmas Carol.
    • In the Star Trek/X-Men review we see his mom as a Starfleet Admiral.
    • 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.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The cover art of Chain Gang War #1.
  • Improbable Age: Breaks Linkara's Willing Suspension of Disbelief in Superman Meets the Quik Bunny.
    • 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 , the Christian martial artist. He was All Just a Dream anyway.
    • The Previously On segments are all very much this—it is mercilessly played for laughs.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Makes a reference to the trope name while talking about The Question in his The Dark Knight Strikes Again review.
  • Incendiary Exponent: He manages to light The Dark Knight Strikes Again on fire by punching it while wearing the Battlizer.
    • 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.
    • And in his 300th episode, The Frank Miller horror show called "Holy Terror" gets burned for its sins.
  • Incoming Ham: 90's Kid: "DUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!"
  • Infant Immortality: Concerning Lian Harper's death in Justice League: Cry for Justice, Linkara comments that the trope is "ludicrous," but he is still enraged that the particular example was used purely to shock the reader (and set Roy Harper on a Darker and Edgier turn) instead of actually benefiting the story.
  • 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.
  • Informed Wrongness: Invoked by Linkara in-universe. Big Barda's Internal Monologue in Action Comics #592 describes the back alley she stumbles into as being worse than Apokolips, but Linkara comments that this is a patently false statement, since this alley, though unpleasant, is a Sugar Bowl compared to Apokolips, which is a close approximation to hell.
  • 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.
  • Insult to Rocks: In his crossover review of Spider-Man: One Moment In Time with The Last Angry Geek, he once again loudly declares that Joe Quesada is a Hack, and that calling him that is doing a favor to the other hacks out there by making them look better in comparison.
  • 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.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Obscurus Lupa pulls this on Linkara in the 200th episode and fails miserably.

    J 

    K 
  • Karma Houdini: Dr. Grouch and Mr. Meaney from the Superman's Christmas Adventure review. As Linkara points out, they get away with committing multiple felonies including arson, kidnapping, and attempted murder, all because they suddenly have a change of heart at the end of the story. They even get rewarded for their behavior when Santa leaves them presents!
  • Keet: Lewis in real life, according to Spoony; he insisted on filming their crossover right after doing Kickassia for eight hours straight.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Comments on it at least three times in the review of "The Invincible Four of Kung Fu & Ninja #1".
  • Killed Off for Real: The Entity according to Linkara (although he has a possible sequel in mind, if it ever happens).
  • Kill It with Fire: This what Linkara does to his reviled copy of Superman: At Earth's End at the end of his review and to his copy of The Dark Knight Strikes Again at the end of Part 3.
    • 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.
    • Frank Miller's Holy Terror gets this treatment in his 300th episode, with the explanation that while he believes you can do with your comics what you wish, he believes his copy deserves to burn.

    L 
  • 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!"
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: Has done this a few times.
    "My thanks to the three people who get that joke."
  • Large Ham: Linkara gets really passionate whenever he's too angry.
  • Larynx Dissonance
    • 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.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In the crossover with The Cinema Snob for Bimbos BC, Linkara says, "It was shot on shhhhhhhurely what was at the time high-quality video tape," averting the Snob's "shot on shitteo" catch phrase.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif:
    • '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 just lost it.
    • If Captain America does something awesome, "America, Fuck Yeah!" is sure to follow.
  • Lets 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.
  • Lethal Joke Character:
    • Ma-ti In Captain Planet #3.
    • Dr. Insano. Make him cut his hair, and he turns into a destroyer of evil robots from an Alternate Universe.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Lampshaded in the 100th episode.
  • 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!)
  • Lipstick and Load Montage: During the "Linkara Lost" arc, Linkara's real-life girlfriend Iron Liz replaces him for an episode. We see her suiting up in a near shot-for-shot remake of Linkara's own Lock and Load Montage... save for one shot of her applying lipstick.
  • Literal-Minded: In Amazing Spider-Man: Skating on Thin Ice #1, Linkara has a literal interpretation of the phrase "alcohol abuse" in which he verbally and emotionally abuses a bottle of alcohol.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles:
    • 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, antihero Cable, 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.
  • Lock and Load Montage: We got one first during the Amazons Attack introduction (after a failed Training Montage). His opening notably features one as well.
  • Logic Bomb: Frequently pointed out, with something along the lines of, "Yeah, [insert logical inconsistency here]! ...wait, what?"
  • Long List: In Linkara’s review of Marville #5, when the question, “What could be more impressive?” is asked, he gives this response:
    Linkara: Ooooh… Watchmen, pizza deliveries in 30 minutes or less, disposable cameras, fast food drive-thrus, cellular telephones, Godzilla movies, Beanie Babies, digital watches, my DVD, on sale now, Mr. T, parkour enthusiasts, cancer researchers, Stephen Sondheim, the miracle that is everyday existence, and the second, third, forth, sixth, and eighth Star Trek movies. (Beat) There’s more, but I think that covers a WIDE range of things in particular that are more impressive.
  • 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.

    M 
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase:
    • "So let's dig into [comic name]."
    • He occasionally starts a review with "I LOVE [subject of comic]!" Examples include Silent Hill, Christmas, and Blake's 7.
    • Another occasional one is "X is/was WEEEEEEIIIRD." Recurring examples including "comic books", "the Silver Age / The Sixties" and "the beta version / first draft of (media)".
    • "Because poor literacy is kewl!" went from being played straight to one of these, where "kewl" is replaced with another word or phrase.
  • Madness Mantra: "ANTI-LIFE JUSTIFIES MY HATE!"
  • Malevolent Architecture: Noted numerous times throughout his Let's Play of ''Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
    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 anyone connected with espionage, and his Superboy-Prime voice for any similarly whiny character).
  • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: The hundredth episode features dozens of the other contributors to That Guy with the Glasses singing/saying lines from the theme song.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Harvey Finevoice has a fine voice.
    • Linkara pointed out in the Warrior #2 and #3 review that his own name, Lewis, means "warrior" in several languages and that he has more of a basis to call himself a warrior than the Ultimate Warrior.
    • Moarte's name is Romanian for death, enforcing his connection to the macabre
  • Meanwhile, Back at the...: "Meanwhile, at an undisclosed location just down the hall..."
  • Medium Awareness: In the Ewoks #9 review,
    Linkara: How did you make that text appear like that?
    Iron Liz: How did you do it with the "E-Walks" joke?
    Linkara: Ahh, touché.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, Captain America
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Exposition: Todd in the Shadows and The Rap Critic are brought in for context on KISS and Eminem, respectively.
  • 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.
  • My Future Self and Me: Linkara and his father.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Linkara has one of these when Silent Hill convinces him that he was one of the people responsible for torturing a little girl to create the Magic Gun. This caused him to nearly kill himself before he was stopped by said little girl/magic gun.

    N 
  • 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, Except Yes: While recapping Ultimatum:
    - and Magneto killed Dr. Xavier for comparing him to a mass murderer, when all he did was kill a bunch of people.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Among the 15 comics he would not review was the infamous Sonichu. He stated that he wished he had never heard of it and refused to give it any publicity.
  • No Peripheral Vision: As pointed out in his Let's Play of Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force when Ensign Munro effectively runs straight past a guard,
    Peripheral vision? What's that?
  • 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  as "Glaukestershyer", which made it onto the Next 15 Screw-Ups video.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-Universe: Lewis believes that this it the reason Sci-Spy has gotten a reprint and US-1 has made Self Deprecating cameos.
  • 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."
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • 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.
    • In the Youmacon live review of Marvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man #1, Linkara brings up Spider-Man: Reignnote  and mentions the fact that in that story, Mary Jane died from exposure to Peter's radioactive sperm. He then follows up with one of these.
    • In his 9 minute quick review of the film Future Shock, he cites that he did not add incredibly melodramatic music to a plane that crashed into a yard. The music was already there in the film.

    O 
  • Offscreen Teleportation: BEAR!
  • 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:invoked 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.
    • His vlog about the Watchmen film, where he comes off exactly like a stereotypical whiny fanboy ranting about how They Changed It, Now It Sucks. He's mellowed on the movie considerably after having time to think about how much worse it could have been.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: When "The Entity" was nearing, it was causing glitches in the show.
  • One of Us:invoked Has become a more than just Linkara trope, with Sherlock Owen claiming 'A Wizard Did It'.
    • 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.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • 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.
  • Overly Long Gag: ADAMANTIUM RAGE! ADAMANTIUM RAGE! ADAMANTIUM RAGE!

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