Atop The Fourth Wall: Tropes E to P
This page covers tropes found in Atop the Fourth Wall
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- 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:
- 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.
- Evil Twin: See Mirror Universe below.
- Executive Meddling: 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 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.
- Failed a Spot Check: In the Adamantium Rage review, Linkara somehow fails to realize that Spoony is Dr. Insano.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Linkara on the Top 11 Worst Heroes to Villains:
- 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: 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...
- 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...
Liz: ...whip out one Blue Eyes White Dragon...
Liz: And you, sir, are going to be killed.
- 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?
- 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: 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 summarize 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." 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:
- 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: To quote a comment from the third part of his JLA: Act of God review:
"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.
- 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 Misérables (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.
- 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.
- Halloween Episode: The Silent Hill comic reviews in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
- And The Thing Comics for the following three years; 2012, 2013 and 2014
- 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.
- 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:
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: 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.
"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!
- 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.
- 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.
- '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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: There is a lovely little Lampshade Hanging of this practice in his Daredevil #306 review regarding the Surgeon General, whose last name is actually Cutter:
- Moarte is technically an in-universe example since his name is the Romanian word for "death"!
- Narm: Invoked at the beginning of the Rise of Arsenal review. He just breaks down in laughter after reading the comic.
- Narm Charm: His opinion on the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo comics. He admits they're pretty silly and cheesy and he loves them.
- Never Bareheaded: In his reviews, he always wears his hat.
- The New Rock & Roll: Linkara and Paw discuss this in Batman: Fortunate Son.
- 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 Nicknamer: For instance, Linkara refers to Batman in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder as "Crazy Steve" and Wonder Woman as "Bonkers Betty".
- Nightmare Fuel:
- 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.
- 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:
- "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.
- 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."
- 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.
- "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.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Monitors in Countdown to Final Crisis, as portrayed by Linkara:
Monitor #1: We should do something!
Monitor #2: Should we do something?
Monitor #1: We should do something!
Monitor #2: Should we do something?
Monitor #3: I'm changing!
Monitor #1: We should do something!
Monitor #4: *Bang!*
Monitor #1: We should do something!
Monitor #2: Should we do something?
Monitor #5: We should do something!
Monitor #6: Should we do something?
Linkara: YES, YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING, YOU BORING IDIOTS!
- 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: 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: 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!
- 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.
- Papa Wolf: Whatever you do, do NOT troll MarzGurl on Twitter if you have an IQ less than 100◊. Linkara has always been one of MarzGurl's staunchest supporters, often defending her in the face of the deluge of criticism she received while she was still trying to find her voice, and even doing a joint review of Cool World with her during the Brawl. In fact, whenever anyone has anything mean to say about anyone on TGWTG, Linkara will be among the first to defend them.
- Also you can insult him and Liz all you want but you do NOT insult his fans.
- Liz is now off limits too. When she announced their breakup, he followed by preemptively threatening anyone who would dare lash out at her.
- This goes for nearly all of his friends, as seen with him defending Obscurus Lupa after she left the internet due to death threats sent to her house.
- Paranoia Fuel: The Care Bears could be watching you...
- 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.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: Idiostuperiffic.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: "Harley Quiiinn..."
- Pet Peeve Trope: Linkara has several that tick him off.
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.
- Phrase Catcher: Linkara, whenever Liz cracks a pun.
- Plot Hole: Will of course jump on them.
- 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: Linkara falls victim to this in the Eminem/The Punisher comic, when he has no idea what a "coney dog" is. (It's a type of hot dog served with bean-less chili, mustard, and onions; despite its name, it's primarily found around southeastern Michigan, particularly Detroit, where the comic is set.) 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.
- Power of Love - Points out in Care Bears #13 that they are literally attacking people with the power of love...
- Power-Up Letdown: His Maximum Clonage review is upgraded to wide screen! Now you can see... more of the futon and the shadow on one side...
- Precision F-Strike: To describe his feelings towards Tony Harris.
- Also here, during an "Auditions for the Worst Movie Ever" panel at MAGfest 11.
- Also, in response to a troll.
- When The Thing From Another World: Eternal Vows depicts a human skeleton when the Thing is torched, he punctuates it with a movie clip featuring a straight, uncensored f-strike.
- Previously On: A Running Gag is his frequent recaps that include no content from the prior episode, including Uncanny X-Men #424 and Daredevil #306 (Which included a reference to this very site)
"Oh my God! TV Tropes used one of my quotes!"
- 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.
- Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham #2 has an extremely meta deconstruction, with the guests mentioning how these segments go (and how loud the music...).
- Product Placement:
- 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!"
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Joe Quesada, YOU! ARE! A! HAAAAACK!"
- "This comic sucks!" becomes this at the end of Amazons Attack.
- In response to the Kool-Aid Man bursting through a funhouse wall.
"THAT! MAKES! NO! SENSE!"
- Punctuated Pounding: Delivered to Pyramid Head during the finale of Silent Hill: Dying Inside #5.
Linkara: WORD! TO! THE! WISE! WEARING! A! HUGE! FREAKING! METAL! CHAMBER! ON! YOUR! HEAD! IS! NOT! VERY! SMART!
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: In times that you need to look like a real reviewer, put two pairs of glasses in your face.