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Atop The Fourth Wall: Tropes Q to Z
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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    Q 
  • Quip to Black: In Pitt #1 review after rattling off a string of cop show and movie cliches:
    "Looks like someone got... *sunglasses* Bent out of shape." cue YEAHHHHHH
    • Returns in the Punisher: Silent Night review.

    R 
  • Rage Quit:
    "Well I'm back from being imprisoned onboard Lord Vyce's ship and I'm ready to review again! That's why today we're digging into Cable #2! *realizes what he just said* ...I quit!"
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Linkara takes offence at the use of rape as a cheap narrative device, as explained in his critique of "Identity Crisis."
  • Rapid Fire No: His review of "Mr. T Comics #2" had two rather impressive examples when he finds that Mr. T gets knocked out by "Stare Roy," a man pumped up on steroids.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    "So Superman...you know what, I'm not gonna call him that. Bearded Idiot flies off with the remaining kids to fight the mutant hordes of the twin Hitlers. Dear God in Heaven, I can't believe that this comic makes that sentence possible!"
    • In the Bimbos in Time review:
      "So the woman takes the Bimbos to see Sherlock Holmes, and… wow, there's a phrase I never thought I'd say!"
    • Also this:
      "So let's dig into Archie meets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and... wow, I just said that, didn't I?"
    • In The Wild #1:
      "Next to him is a grasshopper holding a gun — now there's a sentence I never thought I'd be saying when I started this show!"
      "'The Duck Empire.' That was a thing that was just said."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: According to Lewis, Linksano was introduced so he would not have to keep asking Spoony to do segments for him and adding to his own workload.
    • Part of the reason for Pollo's abduction by the Entity was because Lewis wished to retire the Pollo prop and build a new one.
      • The in-show explanation for there being no 11/07/11 episode is that Linkara needed a break after the past few weeks with the Entity and Silent Hill, though the actual reason was because Lewis was at Youmacon for the week before, so he couldn't produce and write the following week's episode.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Linkara notes in the beginning of his "Daredevil vs. Vapora #1" review that he put off reviewing it because he didn't believe people would wash items in gasoline. Until he saw a short mocked by RiffTrax showing the dangers of washing clothing in gasoline.
  • Rearrange the Song: Starting with Maximum Clonage, his theme song was given a fuller orchestration and better production.
  • Record Needle Scratch: In part two of Linkara's review of Countdown.
    Linkara: And we directly see (Superboy-Prime) vaporise a pregnant woman. My God, it's like the worst parts of the '90s all over again!
    '90s Kid: *Nirvana plays* Duuuuuude, I- wait. *Record Needle Scratch* Did you just vaporize a pregnant chick? Dude, that- that's not cool, man. That's not cool.
    • In the ending to his Silent Hill review, to hilarious ends.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: In his commentary for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace he expresses his annoyance that superhero comics, for how often they delve into this, always end up saying the superheroes cannot change the world. In Superman IV: The Quest for Peace he mentions the short-sightedness of Supe's belief that removing nukes from the world will solve everything wrong with Earth.
  • Reference Overdosed: To the point of a Lampshade Hanging about it.
  • Relax-o-Vision: Linkara gives us a break from the terrible artwork of The Dark Knight Strikes Again Part 3 with a clip of a cute little kitten.
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Linkara lampshades Commissioner Gordon's use of this trope in his review of Detective Comics No. 27.
    Linkara (as Gordon): Repeat what you say so we don't have to show the other side of the conversation?
  • Retraux: His "Archie Giant Series Magazine #452" review, being a Whole Episode Flashback, lampshades the poor lighting and voice quality of his first reviews (which he drops after a few seconds), and uses the old version of the theme song and a Greenscreen backdrop of his original set.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: When Linkara reviewed a New Kids on the Block Christmas comic, the last third of the review, starting with the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" parody, was done in rhyme.
    • Again in Star Trek: The Next Generation #2, because the bad guys are alien grinches.
  • Robot Buddy: Pollo.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Called on Amazons Attack for taking the trope way too far.
  • Rooting for the Empire:invoked Linkara pretty much seems to be rooting for Snowflame in New Guardians #2, liking the insane, cocaine powered, cocaine worshiping supervillain more than the bland racist stereotypes that were the comic's heroes.
  • Rule of Cool: He really don't care about physics if something really awesome is happening, like two giant robots fighting each other.
  • Rule of Funny: During "Secret Origins Month", he says repeatedly that he is judging these decades-old comics based on modern standards just because it is funny, and they were good for their time. This is also why he does the entire last fourth of his New Kids on the Block review in rhyme.
    Linkara: I'll continue the summary in rhyme since it's funny. If you prefer something else, "Hey look at the pretty bunny."
  • Running Gag: Now with its own page.

    S 
  • Sanity Slippage Song:
    • In some of the earlier episodes, Linkara used "Combine Harvester" by The Wurzels this way. The song itself is not about someone going insane, but it plays whenever Linkara's sanity starts to slip, such as at the end of the Doom's IV and Amazons Attack reviews. Up until Ultimatum #3-4, however, it hadn't been used since Maximum Clonage.
    • As of the Marville #2 review, "Forgetting You" from "Manos" The Hands of Fate seems to have become this.
    • It comes back with a vengeance for the review of Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: A Deadly Choice.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: A really venomous one in order to credit Frank Miller's All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder #5.
  • Saving Christmas: During his Superman's Christmas Adventure review, Linkara notes how often some villain wants to ruin the holiday for everyone, calling it "the real 'war against Christmas.'"
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: 90's Kid did this during his review of Freak Force. He actually read the sound effects out loud and even summarized the battle using nothing but sound effects.
  • Schedule Slip:invoked Linkara has made a Running Gag out of the continued delays in writing and publishing issue 2 of Revolution of the Mask. His actual reviews avert this and he manages to turn out new ones very consistently, updating once per week since Godzilla vs. Barkley (his ninth episode), almost always on Monday. So much so that Lee from Still Gaming pointed out that Linkara was the only That Guy with the Glasses contributor who wasn't incredibly sick from MAGFest 9. The closest thing to missing a week since then was on 7th November 2011, and he still had a live episode from Youmacon to show that week, and he decided to air that week's properly scheduled episode in a double-bill with the following week's.
  • The Scrappy: In-universe inversion: Danny Chase, regarded as one of the most hated Teen Titans members, happens to be Linkara's favourite superhero of all time. He's not even kidding.
  • Screaming At Squick: At a guy dreaming he has his head on Lady Gaga's body.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts this in The Dark Knight Strikes Again Part 3. He attempts this in text form in his text review [1] of Web of Spider-Man #122.
    Speaking of running...
    *Tries to run away but is forced back by his promise to recap the three comics.*
    • He attempts to leave his review of Superman At Earth's End, but he comes back, concluding...
      It's almost done. It's almost done...
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Harvey Finevoice points this out about the cover of Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1.
  • Second Verse Curse:invoked His theme song has a second verse which is not usually used in the show's open. On one live show, he encouraged the audience to sing along as usual… then played the long version of the theme, leading to an awkward moment where they didn't instantly realize what was going on.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Still appears to be baffled as to Dr. Insano's true identity. After stealing Neutro from Dr. Insano, he remarks offhandedly that Insano parked it behind Spoony's house, but seemed to be dismissing this as Dr. Insano just being careless.
    • Though he can be forgiven considering that Dr. Insano and Spoony really are two separate people. The only time the two were one and the same was in Kickassia, and To Boldly Flee explains this as an inconsistency brought on by a Negative Space Wedgie.
      • Made more confusing when Spoony has openly stated that "There is no continuity, there is only Insano," and given that there are many different origins of Insano...
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Parodies his own Schedule Slip in his Superman vs. The Terminator review, where his self-published comic Revolution of the Mask has still not come out with a third issue 30 years from now.
    • The caption of his text review of New Guardians #2 [2]:
      Narrator: We left the hospital. Stunned and silent. Until RAM said what the rest of us were thinking.
      Linkara: Wait a second, how come it takes three months to do a review of a 24-page comic?!
    • In Chain Gang War #1 Iron Liz reveals that the notes he left for her include a conspiracy theory that rambles for thirty pages about how One More Day is connected with Justice League: Cry for Justice.
    • Linkara calls Sonic the Hedgehog's quips in Sonic Live #1 worse than his own.
    • He openly calls himself overweight in the Mightily Murdered Power Ringers review.
    • In Land of AT4W Live, he reminds his audience that the show is being recorded. He then elaborates that this means if they want to add their own comments to the show, they better be funny since it's going to go on the Internet and he doesn't want them to be unfunny in front of thousands of people, because, in his own words, he has to deal with that burden every week and wouldn't wish it upon anyone.
      • Actually a running gag with At 4 W Live when he introduces the panels.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Linkara arrives 30 years into his own future and is horrified to discover that his future self still reviews bad comics, still lives in his parents' basement, and has lost his hat. Linkara proclaims that he will go back and change everything, and when he leaves the timeline does indeed change... but the only real change is that he has his hat back.
    • Replayed in the 200th Episode review of One More Day where he once again peers into the the future to see his older self still reviewing comics and complaining about losing his old hat. When shown the alternate future where he stops reviewing comics everything is the same except his future self is espousing his need to get a new hat.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Linkara occasionally does this in his reviews to promote his own comic, Revolution of the Mask. However, at Power Morphicon he was trying not to draw any attention away from the actual stars of the convention and when someone else in the crowd at the Time Force panel drew attention to him he was mortified.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Linkara says the worst moment of Countdown is the entirety of Countdown. Also, "Steel is dead, ergo, he is dead."
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: "He's a man, PUNCH! Wears a purdy hat!"
  • Ship Tease: With MarzGurl. A lot. Only between their characters, mind you; the possibility of such a pairing in Real Life has basically been sunk with the introduction of Iron Liz, since confirmed to be Linkara's girlfriend, in the Warrior #2 and #3 video.
  • Shocking Swerve:invoked Who is the master mind behind Amazons Attack? GRANNY GOODNESS!!!
    • Has since become one of his staple running gags.
  • Shoe Phone: Linkara parodies U.S. 1's silver dollar remote control by mentioning he will show us how to stick a TV remote inside of a quarter and a gun inside of a nickel. The James Bond Jr.. review had some gadgets that stretched one's Willing Suspension of Disbelief, the most important of which was the gold detector, of which there are real-life variants, but nowhere near the fictional depiction.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shown Their Work: Quite evident when discussing comic history, or when he points out an egregious error made by the writers of a certain issue. In his Captain Planet #3 Review he notes that just launching a Nuclear Bomb into space just does not work, citing that there are several problems with this, mainly that in doing it it would cause an Inferred Holocaust. He has, in response to internet responses to the errors in some of his works, given lectures on Schrödinger's Cat and the effects of a vacuum environment on a liquid; capped by the admission that we are all nerds.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Linkara: When debating, solve your disagreements not with words, but by screaming 'I AM A MAN!!!' and punching them in the guts. Allow me to demonstrate... I AM A MAN!!!! *punch*
    • Linkara once flung a magnet at Cable to get him to stop his awful, ellipses-ridden self-narration.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids! / True Art Is Angsty: Averted. Linkara will frequently go out of his way to Defy this tropeduring his reviews.
  • Sincerity Mode: His sudden Mood Whiplash on Justice League: Cry for Justice #5 through #7 (in response to Lian Harper getting offed for no good reason) drives the point home on just how serious he is.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Despite his somewhat high and nasal speaking voice (even out of character), Lewis has a rather smooth singing voice. He can sing in both tenor (in his usual character) and baritone (as Harvey Finevoice).
  • Slow No:
    • Uncanny X-Men #423. "OH MY GOD! ANGELO IS DEAD! NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHY, CRUEL WORLD, WHY DI- wait, who's Angelo?"
    • And in his very first review — (Adjective-less) Spider-Man #56 — when he realizes that the Gwen Stacy clone is going to dissolve into goop. In his later commentary about his early work (where he jokes about his terrible lighting and slow line delivery back then), he says that a slow-mo Big "NO!" is always funny.
    • Also when Snowflame dies in New Guardians #2.
    • And again in Captain America: Return of the Asthma Monster, when he points out how the ending is at total odds with the original comic.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The character of Linkara has a fairly inflated ego, with his bitching at his fans for their requests and having an annoyed cameo when Diamanda Hagan said he was not sexy. (Out of character, of course, Lewis is a sweetie.)
  • Small Reference Pools: The Entity being revealed for being Missingno That thing is actually one of the safest glitch Pokémon. Fans have hacked the first generation's code to see that there are a lot more dangerous glitch Pokémon out there.
    • He doesn't seem aware of, or interested in, comics outside of superheroes, though he's thankfully branched out more with the Longbox of the Damned segments.
    • Linkara later said in a comment that "You have so many names" is meant to reference the other glitch Pokémon. So the Missingno that appears in Atop the Fourth Wall represents every glitch Pokémon.
    • In his commentary of Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, he states that he's aware of the other glitches in the game; he chose Missingno because it fit the best with his Cosmic Horror Story arc.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Harvey Finevoice, although...
    Pollo: Do you ever light that cigarette?
    Harvey: Shut up!
  • So Bad, It's Good: As Linkara says, Snowflame is either the worst villain ever created or the awesomest villain ever created. He seems to have a soft spot for this trope, treating these occasions as highlights of the comics he reviews. As far as Linkara is concerned, Brute Force is the "epitome" of So Bad, It's Good.
    • It's also his reaction to the first two issue of Game Boy.
    • And US-1.
    • Mr T. And the T Force, number two got this as well.
    • Batman: A Word To The Wise.
  • Something Completely Different:
    • "Ninja-style dancing".
    • "We now interrupt our regularly scheduled piece of crap comic to show a bit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You'll thank me later!" (From his Bimbos in Time review)
    • Harvey Finevoice and 90s Kid are definitely not the easily-frustrated analytical comic book nerd type, as you could probably tell from their guest reviews of Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1 and #2 and Freak Force #1. Liz, while a lot closer in reviewing style to Linkara, is still definitely not "Linkara with boobs".
    • "And now, a public service announcement from... SNOWFLAME!!!!!!!"
  • So Okay, It's Average: In-universe, his opinion of the Street Fighter comic.
  • Space Is Cold: In his review for the Kool-Aid comic Linkara commented that the Kool-Aid Man, as a glass container filled with liquid, would freeze in space. After the somewhat insistent comments from his fans he admitted in his "Top 15 Mistakes" video that this was an error, and then went on to give a scientific explanation for the sublimation of liquids to gas in a vacuum.
  • Special Edition Title: The review for Star Trek #2 has a Mirror Universe version of the title sequence, with the mirror universe theme music from Enterprise in place of the usual song.
    • His review of the Game Boy comic has an 8-bit version of the theme.
  • Spider-Sense:
    • Invoked in his Zero Patrol #1 review: when one of the characters is calling another a chauvinist for no good reason, Linkara says "I gotta say, my feminist senses are not tingling with that one."
    • In the Action Comics #593 review, the villain and the porn producer are talking about the possibility of making a Superman exploitation porn film - Linkara reacts by saying that The Cinema Snob should be reviewing this if that is where the comic is going. Cut to The Cinema Snob - "My Snob Senses are tingling!"
  • Squee: In The Technis Imperative, seeing the moon being pushed back into position by every living superhero in the DCU while it was being lassoed by invisible plane goop and willpower makes him gush about why comics are awesome.
  • Squick: Linkara's in-universe reaction in Ultimates 3 #1 and #2 about how Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are officially a couple... who are also still twin brother and sister.
    "No, Wasp. It's still incredibly creepy. You don't see Superman shacking up with his mom.... BECAUSE IT'S CREEPY!"
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Frequently finds himself doing this.
    • In Amazons Attack when Artemis and Phillipus are constantly debating on what to do about an obviously insane Hippolyta: "Here's an idea: Stab your crazy queen in the head, assume command and act like Amazons!!!!!!"
    • Inverted in his ASBAR review, Linkara wonders they they did shoot Dick Grayson Age 12's parents rather than make it look like an accident, especially since they are so determined afterwards to pass it off as an accident.
    • Brought up multiple times in his review of James Bond Jr. #3 in that the villain would rather use a probably difficult to use laser to kill whoever is being threatened than a simple gun, on two occasions even. Of course, he is a James Bond Villain.
    • Linkara notes that outside of damaging a copy of The Children's Story, the gun-carrying ninjas in Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos never fire once.
    • Iron Liz wonders why the chain gang in Chain Gang War #1 does not just kill the mob bosses, rather than just imprisoning them.
    • Linkara also wonders why Prometheus from Cry for Justice goes through a ludicrously convoluted Gambit Roulette to get his revenge on the Justice League instead of just killing their loved ones.
    • In his review of Sonic Live, he wonders why Robotnik didn't off Tails, Rotor, and Sally, when he just vaporized Sonic earlier in the comic.
  • Stealth Pun: "Pollo" is Spanish for "chicken"...so in other words Linkara's Robot Buddy is a Robot Chicken.
  • The Stinger: A usual feature in his videos.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Linkara was extremely critical in-universe of the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman in JLA: Act of God.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: He was NOT happy about this happening to Lian Harper in Justice League: Cry for Justice.
  • Stunned Silence: The World Trade Center damage in Cable #1 left him horrified. He then decided to Change the Uncomfortable Subject.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Some variant on this phrase has been uttered several times, especially when discussing X-Men's "Holy War" storyline:
    "This is quite possibly the dumbest plan I've ever heard in my life, and I've seen someone deciding to make twin clones of Hitler!"
    • "Holy War" is then topped by the goal of the villain in Future Five, whose goal is essentially to stop kids from going to college by planting agents to stay stuff about how college is not necessary, making himself the smartest man in the world.
      • Even that is eventually topped in Brain Drain, in which Dr. Doom's plan is to enhance his intelligence with stolen knowledge... taken from high schoolers.
      • And then Doom again tops it in Ultimates 3 / Ultimatum: He had the Scarlet Witch murdered and started a robot war that would also kill Quicksilver but not Magneto so Magneto would declare a war on humans that Doom would somehow would come out on top of in the end. And then that was topped in Return of the Asthma Monster with the monster's plan to infect everyone in the world with asthma.
    Just when I think I'm done with stupid plans for world domination, they pile on another one!
  • Subverted Catch Phrase: He's basically made it a running gag to subvert "Because poor literacy is kewl!" by swapping "kewl" for another word or phrase.
    • In several reviews, including Robocop Vs The Terminator #1, The Electric Tale of Pikachu, The Amazing Spider-Man on Bullying Prevention, The New Teen Titans Anti-Drug Giveaway, Sir Charles Barkley and the Referee Murders, Spider-Man 2099 #1 and Doom 2099 #1, he subverted "This comic sucks!" because said comics did not suck.
    • He Double Subverts it in his review of One More Day.
    THIS COMIC- is actually a lot better than I thought it would be.
    (*Beat*)
    (*Beat*)
    OF COURSE IT ISN'T, THIS COMIC SUCKS!
  • Sucky School: Linkara's opinion of the Coastal City Elementary School (or variations thereof) from the Tandy Computer Whiz Kids comics. Linkara observes that the school's budget is clearly stripped to the bone from its over-reliance on computer products as the tightly-packed classrooms (which in some panels don't even appear to have enough desks) show, and he believes that the teacher Ms. Wilson is insane as she clearly has no lesson plan and constantly takes the class out to sudden field trips without permission slips.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Parodied with 90s Kid thinking a superhero made of guns would be awesome.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: Many of the opening or closing themes will reflect some part of the reviewed comic, or the review itself (The Barenaked Ladies' "Alcohol" when Linkara decides "I Need a Freaking Drink").
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "JLA: The Obsidian Age Book One in 5 Panels": "We're the Justice League and we're going back in time to rescue Aquaman! This certainly won't result in our deaths or anything!" *smash cut to Dead!Skeleton!Supes* "OH F***!!!"
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Pollo.

    T 
  • Take a Third Option: Kirk vs Picard? For the record the answer is Sisko.
  • Take Our Word for It: Used word-for-word at the start of the Manimal comic review; he says he bought the comic off some guy he met in the elevator, then adds this trope because the hotel won't let them film outside their rooms.
  • Take That:
    • In the review of Pitt #1, he notes of the motorcycle gang in the opening of the comic, "We have yet to see if they'll start playing card games on their motorcycles, or if they're just your standard kind of stupid". Repeated in Scarlet #1, where he asks if vampires on motor cycles are going to play a children's card game.
    • In Sultry Teenage Super-Foxes #1 he suggests that an alchemy machine could make Hardee's into edible food.
      • Hardee's gets another jab in Silent Hill: Paint It Black.
    • In the Act of God review, he brings up Bill's speech about Superman from Kill Bill Vol 2, then dismisses it with "Well, that's a load of crap."
    • He actually invoked this trope towards himself at Youmacon 2009. Though he was 90's Kid at the time.
    • In his Silent Hill: Dead/Alive review, he makes one towards L.A.
    • In Spider-Man: The Greatest Responsibility, a scientist mentions setting off "the world's first Virtual Reality Bomb" to which Linkara responds:
    "Oh come on, we all know the world's first virtual reality bomb was the Virtual Boy! OOH ZING!"
    • "New Genesis is idyllic, peaceful, and good. Apokolips is basically New Jersey." (He did add a "Just kidding, New Jersey" caption afterward, but at least one NJ resident commented that the zinger was perfectly acceptable.)
    • The third part of his April Fools' triple feature, where Linkara did a rather thorough parody of The Irate Gamer that basically summed up every single complaint that's been made about the IG.
    • In Sonic: Live, when Robotnik is gloating about how sick and twisted he is, Linkara suggests that he's going to force his hostages to play Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
    • From the Silent Hill: Dying Inside review: "What has two heads, one mouth and no brains?" "Ooh! Michael Moore!"
    • He's made so many towards One More Day that he did a highlight reel of them when he reviewed it for the 200th episode. These stretch all the way back to the very first reviews.
    • From Marville #3: "Look, if I wanted to read pseudo-philosophical garbage pretending to be a comic book, I'd read something by Dave Sim!" (Rim Shot)
    • In the episode "The Next 15 Screw-Ups of AT4W", he threw a terrific one towards all the angry Nostalgia Critic fans who decried the entire TGWTG site after Doug ended his show.
    • In Transformers #31, he jokes that a character who has "vacated" his mind is now thinking that Brickleberry is a hilarious show.
    • "All Star Batman and Robin #7" has "Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack of the Clones was more of a detective than you!"
  • Take That, Audience!: In most of his live shows, Linkara dishes one to audience members who tend to crack unfunny jokes during his panel, usually along these lines:
    Linkara: ...and I know people can get excited during these live shows and wanna throw out their own jokes, but just remember, I'm recording this, so if your comments are not funny, then you're being "not funny" in front of thousands of people.
    • However, he tends to combine this with Self-Deprecation, adding that he knows what it's like to be not funny and wouldn't wish it on anyone.
  • Take That, Us: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #1 has a scene early on where Machakara starts ranting about how horrible Linkara's voice is, describing as a cat dying.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Mocked in Sonic: Live. When Robotnik has a couple kids held hostage, Sonic responds that he's fast enough to rescue the kids before Robotnik's Swatbots can fire, and Robotnik counters by gloating about how evil he is. Linkara shows us how the exchange should've gone after that:
    Linkara(as Sonic): Hmmm? Oh, sorry; while you were talking about how evil you were, I rescued everybody, got something to drink, and gave you a wedgie.
    Linkara(as Robotnik): *shifts uncomfortably* ...so you have.
  • Technobabble: Willing to call comics out for it, but also willing to use it in his videos, especially when spoken by Dr. Insano or Linksano.
  • Tempting Fate: From Justice League: Cry for Justice #5-7:
    Linkara: How can my day get any worse?
    Answer, by Lord Vyce showing up and kicking his ass.
    • Also, his "Top 15 Comics I'll Never Review" is helmed by "Sonic the Hedgehog comics". Then he's warned that for his 100th episode, he'll have to review... a Sonic comic!
    • The conclusion to the Guns and Sorcery storyline has one towards the SOPA/Digital Piracy Is Evil attitude, passing legislation to stop any form of using media turned Jaeris' world into a Crapsack World.
  • Testosterone Poisoning:"I AM A MAN"!!! * This article is now pregnant*
  • Theme Initials: How awesome a coincidence is it that a Big Name Fan comic book reviewer happens to have the initials "L.L", which are so famously associated with Superman? (Bonus: He's also a big Superman fan.)
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Ever since getting his own theme song he is prone to humming or singing a few lines behind the scenes.
  • There Is a God!: After having... pretty much everyone's religious beliefs insulted with Chuck Austen's bastardized and over-simplified representation of Catholicism and religion as a whole, Linkara asks that "Holy War" be expunged and be given something good. He is granted a Blue Beetle comic with a crack of thunder and responds "There is a God." Benzaie parodies this scene later asking the dimensional portal for help too.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Pointed out in his review of Spider-Man, Storm, and Cage. We already have Spider-Man and Luke Cage working to get the track star to stop smoking, and Spider-Man decides that they need a mega powerful member of the X-Men who can bring a massive storm down on your head to help them out too. As he pointed out, "Geez, overkill much, Spidey?!"
  • There Was a Door:
    • Linkara gets steadily more enraged by the Kool-Aid Man's apparent need to destroy a barrier every time he enters the scene in Adventures of the Kool-Aid Man.
    Linkara: I can't wait to see the PTA meeting where they explain they have to cut funding on art and music to replace that scoreboard.
    • In a crossover review of the Alone in the Dark movie with Spoony and Nostalgia Critic, Jesse Ventura's character kicks a door down and then crashes through a window.
      Linkara: What is with this guy and his fear of doors? Did a door kill his family?
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While many criticized the Watchmen movie for being too close to the source material, Linkara initially panned it in-universe for the few things they changed, like Ozymandias' plan changing from an "alien invasion" to blowing up energy reactors and framing Dr. Manhattan and his belief that the ending was more upbeat than ambiguous. However, he eventually did acknowledge that the movie was still very good despite the changes and mentions that he made the first review too soon after having seen the movie. Whenever Linkara does complain about something being changed he gives a good reason about why it sucks other than "it's different", or "they changed the status quo".
    • This is one of his biggest complaints against the New 52. He cites the needlessly dark stories, the sheer amount of violence, the changes of characters coming off as detriment rather than benefit, the over reliance on crossovers (feeling that they defeat the purpose of the reboot by making things more complicated for new readers), and all the many problems that books have with the creators clashing with editorial.
    • His refusal to read any Spider-Man post-One More Day also fits into this category.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Several in-universe invocations of comics he believes are better in theory than practice.
    • Linkara provides the page quote in reference to Bearded Idiot: At Earth's End, which is a story about how Superman fought clones of Adolf Hitler in the future. Despite the interesting conflict that this idea presented the final result was the first comic to actually be burned on the show.
    • In his review of JLA: Act of God Linkara remarks that the underlying plot of the story, namely every superhero in the DC universe losing their powers, is actually a very good idea and showed great promise as a story premise. However, the execution of the idea was so atrocious that this three-part series became one of the comics he decided to actually destroy on the show, shooting it with his magic gun after he finished the review.
    • In his review of "Law and Order'' he mentioned that, upon hearing the title, he thought it should have been about "Zombie Lenny Briscoe and Detective Goren. They Fight Crime!"
    • He even conjures ways One More Day could be handled right. Too bad that They Just Didn't Care and went for easy and mind numbingly stupid routes.
    • In The Thing From Another World #2, when the Thing gets loose aboard a submarine, Linkara notes that this is the perfect setting for a Thing sequel: a completely sealed off and isolated location which if the Thing were to escape from would mean instant doom for all life on Earth plus the added claustrophobia AND the fact that the Thing's weakness to fire could not be as exploited due to the limited oxygen. Unfortunately, the submarine sequence only lasts a couple of pages.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • A staple of his reviews, but the funniest is probably when he silently raises his gun to his head after he says that the character Troll in Extreme Super Christmas Special #1 is a member of Youngblood.
    • In his Yu-Gi-Oh! duel with Iron Liz, he reacts this way when Iron Liz draws two Balloon Lizards.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: A caption to a girl giving the Kool-Aid man a kiss on the cheek.
  • Title Drop : "Help me set bad comics on fire from Atop the Fourth Wall!"
    Film Brain: Did he just break the fourth wall?
    Linkara: Don't worry - we're atop it!
    Audience: [Collective Groan]
    Caption: Channel Awesome would like to apologise for that pun. The writer has been flogged for his sins
  • Title Sequence: Atop the Fourth Wall has an opening sequence composed of assorted clips from previous reviews combined with video of Linkara putting on his signature clothing and preparing for the review. There have been three montages created for the sequence, with the replacement using updated and newer clips that were created in the time since the first montage was produced. The sequence includes a theme-tune composed specifically for the series by Vincent E.L. and background graphics by NagyMarci. Throughout the sequence numerous comics are visible, primarily bad comics that are reviewed and featured on the show, but occasionally it will feature portions of Linkara's house that are not normally seen in the show, including his personal collection of comics (presumably good comics). The three series displayed cover-to-camera and easily identifiable are Infinite Crisis, The Avengers and Booster Gold (Presumably the collection of Booster Gold's first series that Linkara mentioned in his Act of God review).
  • Too Soon:invoked The explosion on the top of the World Trade Center in Cable #1 left Linkara with a horrified face, and whatever joke he would make was clearly skipped.
  • Totally Radical: Parodied with '90s Kid.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken tenders (or chicken fingers), according to The Next 15 Screw-Ups.
  • Training Montage: Linkara's preparation to review Amazons Attack, set to Rocky epic music. He admits his geek physique is not adapted to this, so he follows it up with a Lock and Load Montage instead.
  • Tranquil Fury: He does this in his review of Justice League: Cry For Justice, regarding Lian Harper's death. It's... unsettling.
  • Trekkie: Has a large collection of various Starfleet uniforms, which he wears whenever he reviews something Star Trek-related (as well as in Kickassia).
  • Troll: He acts like one on occasion, but he's never mean-spirited about it. For example, he kicked off the Theme Song contest with a video that made him look like a Small Name, Big Ego with incredibly limited knowledge of the entire Caustic Critic community, up to confusing The Angry Video Game Nerd with The Nostalgia Chick.
    I only follow invokedThe Irate Gamer.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: Linkara does not like this type of secret agent. Said best at the end of the Sci Spy review:
    Linkara: REAL SPIES ARE NOT LIKE JAMES BOND!
    • However, he does expect a character named James Bond Junior to have something to do with this trope.
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: He throws around a lot of Troper terms in his reviews.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Quite literally at the start of "Law and Order #1"

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  • Understatement: In the 200th episode, this happens:
    Linkara: If there’s a single story that has hung over this show since the first episode, it’s One More Day.
    (This is followed by nineteen clips of Linkara referencing/talking/complaining/raging about One More Day, which wraps up with him looking at an image of the book and growling ”I hate you!”)
    • Occurs again in the 300th episode.
    Linkara: You know, in three hundred episodes you may have picked up that I'm not particularly fond of Frank Miller.
    (Next comes eighteen clips of Linkara talking about Frank Miller, including how he's gone insane, is a misogynist as well as generally creepy and that his writing and directing is terrible).
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: He stated in a Youmacon Q&A panel that part of why he had not done any of the Archie Sonic comics at that point was because he was afraid of what the fans would do if he screwed it up.
    • However, by picking Sonic Live! as his target, he did the only thing that could please them: Tear apart one of the few things in the franchise that gets universal hatred.
  • The Unreveal: Todd in the Shadows makes an appearance in the Previously On in the Action Comics #593 review. He wants to kill Linkara since he has seen his face, and just as he flips up his hoodie the scene cuts to That Jewish Guy.
  • Unsound Effect: Notes the "Run" sound effect in Archie Meets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Linkara becomes so frustrated with the video game Wolverine: Adamantium Rage that he starts shouting "Adamantium Rage!" and punching various objects including Spoony, a Kirby doll, a pillow and a can of soda...but ends up getting punched himself by The Angry Video Game Nerd.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "What the Funk & Wagnalls?" is a recurring one, obviously used in place of F-bombs.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: One of his criticisms of Psychoman is that everyone treats his super strength and ability to fly as something normal or just usually not really reacting to it.
    • He also makes the same complaint about the protagonist of Captain Electron.
    • This trope usually gets Linkara to angrily scream out Be impressed, dammit!
  • Up to Eleven: Linkara has said that his video personality is his normal personality with this applied.

    V 
  • Values Dissonance: The casual misogyny of The X-Men #1 (written in the '60s) turns Linkara against it in-universe.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Linkara's Elvis impression ends every sentence with an "uh-huh-huh".
    • '90s Kid starts every speech with "DUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDDDDDDDDE!"
    • WARRIOR WILL NOT BE TROPED HOAK HOGAN!
    • Ensign Munrooooe!!!
  • Video Review Show
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: The Star Trek: The Motion Picture review has a very subtle running gag that he decided to explain in the credits: he switches between various Trek uniforms throughout the video, all to point out how much better they all are than the ones in TMP.
  • Villain Sue: invoked Calls Prometheus this during Justice League: Cry for Justice, pointing out that that he has a ridiculous amount of counters to every super hero he comes across, like a magic bullet for Supergirl, his bombs have the absurd ability to counter the powers of any superhero from the respective cities, even the Shade, despite Prometheus supposedly not knowing who he is because he didn't keep a database on villains/antiheroes (which Linkara points he would if he was as much of a genius as the comic makes him out to be), and easily taking the Shade down after earlier comics had raised him to "Mega badass status." As he puts it, Prometheus was made too powerful for there to be any believable way for him to be defeated, and this turns out to be true as he's defeated by Green Arrow breaking into his hideout and shooting him the head.
    • During his review of The Culling, he accuses Harvest of being this type of villain. Harvest overpowers all the heroes fighting him, constantly rants about how much of an awesome Chessmaster he is despite his plans not making any sense, and Harvest believes himself to be a good guy despite his ultimate plan being genocide.
  • Visual Pun: In his The Incredible Hulk #1 video, he briefly stops talking about the comic to deliver a rant directed at comics writer/illustrator Tony Harris, calling him out for his sexist remarks about female cosplayers in late 2012. After the rant ends, Linkara notices he seems to be sitting on something. The item turns out to be a literal soapbox.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Whenever The Joker appears in a comic, Linkara voices him with a pretty good impression of the Mark Hamill DC Animated Universe Joker. This usually works very well, but the manic, cheerful voice is very out of place in the review of All-Star Batman & Robin #8 and its brooding, gloomy Joker.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was a lot calmer in earlier episodes. The difference is notable even when looking at his first two episodes; in his review of Adjectiveless Spider-Man #56, he almost sounds like he is whispering so as to not disturb the neighbours. Compare that to his reaction to the letters column of Doom's IV #2 just eight days later.
    • 90's Kid was a bit deeper and less hammy in his earlier appearances.
  • The Voiceless: Ninja Style Dancer. Except in Linkara's Silent Hill-induced hallucinations.
  • Vulgar Humor: Linkara complains about comics attempting to be funny solely by being obscene.

    W 

    X 
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Linkara frequently bashes this practice in comics. "Because poor literacy is kewl!"

    Y 
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Lord Vyce's dimension goes through just three days during a month in our world.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Defied Trope; Linkara refuses to do this, but he does a great parody of Dickens' classic for his Christmas special review. Complete with what looks like Mechakara as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and Pollo saying that the "Day of reckoning is at hand."
  • You Are Fat: This makes up roughly half of the (cursed) Mightily Murdered Power Ringers comic's insults toward Linkara. Linkara doesn't deny it, but he's not fazed by it, either.
  • You Are Not Alone: Used in the showdown with Mechakara when 90s Kid, The Ninja Style Dancer and Harvey Finevoice show up to help. Subverted when they are not much help and they run away.
  • You Bastard: The last Ultimates 3 review has a rant about how the audience is to blame for the comic being created...delivered by Mechakara.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
    • You do not need Linkara to tell you that "arrogance" gets thrown around a lot in Act of God, as well as references to the DC heroes being "gods" themselves.
    • Linkara himself uses "begs the question" incorrectly.
    • He also consistently incorrectly uses the word "subsequently" where it does not really apply.
    • He quickly becomes annoyed at the poorly-defined overuse of the word "Justice" throughout the Justice League: Cry for Justice miniseries. Early in the review he speculated that the fact they were blatantly just after revenge and calling it justice would be an obvious plot point, but it is never acknowledged in the comic.
    • In the Mr. T #2 review, he rants about writers who use "literally" incorrectly after a character mentions another who "literally burned away" without actually bursting into flames.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Inverted in his review of Ultimates 3, Linkara is convinced that things with the Ultimates would probably be going better if they STOPPED getting laid, as it never seems to go well for members of the team.
    • Played straight in the 2001 A Space Odyssey #1 review; Linkara designed the auxiliary control to look like the original Star Trek command deck, and Jaeris' reaction is "Let me know when you get a girlfriend; I'll throw you a parade."

    Z 


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