Doug's utter disgust at the abortion bit in Breaking Dawn. He's usually a nice, sweet, calm guy (and even with all his hate he's apologetic afterwards) and here he was shaking and close to rage-tears about how offensive it was.
Bringing up the fact that while Twilight (before this anyway) and the Disney Princesses are crappy, manipulative stereotypes, they're not destroying the minds of girls - like a lot of people say - because girls usually know full well that these are just fairy tales.
Pointing how Meyer is insulting men for once note he even said this was the first time he ever felt insulted as a man because "white men have had it pretty good" by having "the perfect man" be so horrible towards to a pregnant Bella and not wanting to give her a choice about what's in her fucking belly.
Even before he got to the abortion hate, his angrishy confusion about why they didn't use protection was pretty cool too.
Even though he says he's going to be an asshole and go back on his whole "every movie means something to someone" belief, he stops himself. Even though the film pretty much broke him (and we know he's far less easy to crush than Critic), he ends up as self-effacing as ever, sure that it's just him overreacting. Good man.
To add to that, he never bashes the lady-friend he saw it with. Sure, he states that he is curious about her opinion (and other people's who actually like the film), but he states it intrigued with little to no anger. He directs his anger at the right target, the movie.
His words regarding Twilight's false belief that they are being brave by approaching abortion as badly as it did:
It's not bravery, it's not... Bravery is really understanding the issue before you say a goddamn thing about it.
It might be weird but Doug's reaction to all the fanart and fanfic about him. He was pretty much just making fun of anyone who thought he'd be creeped out by it. And judging by how Critic is pretty much the designated torture toy for the fandom, that's a nice thing for him to do.
An oldie but a goodie, but Doug's rising anger at "Boys Beware" and the ending line:
Doug: Remember, prejudice is wrong unless it's against the right people, you should never question authority, paranoia is your friend and anything different is evil! Good night, and enjoy fearing this world though you'll never understand why!
That he's doing three reviews a day for an entire month in the first place, added onto the large amount of work we know he already has. Even he's starting to express some panic.
Throughout the month, he's proved Critic's "Real Women Don't Wear Dresses" belief totally only belongs to the character by arguing that often-bashed leads like Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella etc. really aren't that bad from a true feminist perspective. And his being sure to mention that this is only from a guy's POV has made the "men are only allies" crowd happy.
Disneycember as a whole counts, really. Doug, while already putting together his usual line up AND despite having computer issues, reviewed 48 animated Disney movies (with twoexceptions) in a little over a month.
Again from Facebook, this post. The boy has a fantastic way with words.
Of course, the video was fake (Which is true-you can check the original channel) However, it doesn't detract any from Doug's power wordplay and that the message-while fabricated-is certainly a telling one.
Doug actually commented on the rising news on whether the video was fake (ummm, how do we know its fake for sure?). Doug comments that despite hearing the news, Doug holds to his belief that the grief of the boy was real and that Doug was glad things in the boy's life was improving.
His commentary on his disastrous Bart's Nightmare LP, which is mostly a treatise on how every artist will make mistakes, and you need to know how to respond to them and move on if you want to keep your audience.
Trying to get it into fan heads again that he's nothing like his character (except for a few opinions that he twists to extremes) and please don't listen to people who try to force their opinions on others.
His "Top 10 Movies That He Hates But Everybody Else Loves" and "Top 10 Movies That He Likes But Everybody Else Hates" videos deserve mention for being mature and respectful in his approach to them, when it would have been easy and tempting to insult people for their taste in movies, a mistake that Internet reviewers, both amateur and professional, can and HAVE made.
Just for sheer balls (no pun intended), what happens here. A girl sneaks in to take pictures of Doug and he indulges her with slutty poses. Then a group of both men and women swarm him and he doesn't freak, but spreads his legs so they can take photos of his crotch. He even happily calls himself a manwhore right after, when anyone else would be (rightfully so) having personal space issues.
In his Suburban Knights commentary (this has nothing to do with the movie so that's why it's here), he goes on another "princesses are sexist stereotypes" rant, but makes it slightly different because he adds in that kings (especially the conquesting ones) are also problematic because they can teach boys to be violent and just take the things they want.
Spending December of 2011 doing Disneycember, where he reviews most of the movies of the Disney Animated Canon.
And despite a virus setting him back a week, he finishes it anyway in January.
His well-reasoned argument in his personal review of "The Secret World of Arrietty," that while not all children are going to appreciate mature movies, the likes of which Studio Ghibli and Pixar are making, they at least deserve the option.
The mature reaction to the news that a new Garbage Pail Kids movie was coming out - that it might be good or it might be awful - putting him in firm contrast to his "end is nigh!11!!!" fans.
Over on the DVD, the "Making Of A Nostalgia Critic" shows he really knows what he's talking about when it comes to filming, comedy and trying to make things perfect.
Remember the Critic's list of PSA's and how he was laughing at how over the top they were? Well, Doug gives us a good one.
Not that his voice isn't awesome, but any time he comes down with a throat infection he improvises very nicely. YMMV whether the episodes are funny or not, but give him points for a) working around it and b) not doing the understandable thing and spending a week in bed.
Doug getting Mara Wilson, celebrity and former child-actress to cameo in his review of A Simple Wish. It's a CMOA for her too for agreeing to it.
Talking a customs agent into letting him back into America after losing his passport, by rambling about Bronies.
His video about ending the Nostalgia Critic, being a complete class act as he talks about not wanting to keep doing the character just for the money as it gets harder and harder to come up with new material for him, and also making clear that he himself is not going anywhere and has some exciting new shows in the pipeline.
In the same video, announcing (and briefly showing) that Channel Awesome has now actually purchased an entire studio in which they can continue producing content.
In "The Worst Movies NC Has Reviewed", both ripping Garbage Pail Kids apart for sending such awful messages to kids, and practically begging anyone who liked it to come forward and explain to him why. Even better, he won't even bitch at you, he genuinely wants to know what he's missing about the thing.
He might get mad at himself for it, but all his getting side-tracked with ideas on how to make the films better shows what a creative cookie he really is.
In "The Top 11 Favorite NC Jokes", the "bunny boobies" bit is less how he thought it was funny and more of a three minute rant on how it really shouldn't be that difficult to write a decent female character.
Defending the Tom and Jerry cartoon as something much more than just silly slapstick aimed at kids, and talks about how great the expressions and movements are.
Despite also making it clear that he refuses to do anything that spreads hate instead of mocking it, having the stones to make a point at Youmacon that Ask That Guy is an exaggerated version of a part of himself just like all his other characters. Most people would try to distance themselves from a persona like that, especially if they had such a Nice Guy reputation like Doug does.
Obviously he had to, but at Shadocon he gritted out "I'm never doing that goddamn Bat Credit Card joke again". After hating it so much that he got a Twitchy Eye but still doing it for fans, it's a brave backboned attempt at finally putting his foot down.
And in response, Doug Walker posts this on his facebook.
Simply this video: Most. Epic. Quitting. Ever... of all time.
Making use of his illustrating experience to peg Azula as being important even during her Early-Bird Cameo, by noting that her design is too complex to simply be a background character.
Speaking of Azula, Grey DeLisle posting a link to his Avatar videos on Facebook, with simply a happy face as her own comment.
Doug and Rob's impromptu PSA about animal cruelty while reviewing "Appa's Lost Days."
The many people who had issues with Mako's dishonesty with Asami will love this one: after the Ship Tease in "The Sting," Rob declares that if Mako gets back together with Asami and then dumps her for Korra again, he's done with the show.
Rob suggests that Nickelodeon make toys of the dragonfly-bunnies, which will undoubtedly sell well, so they can quit jerking the creators around and let them do as many more seasons of Korra as they want.
Doug comes up with a very simple way to not make the first half of "Spirits" such a slog: have Korra get pieces of the story from "Beginnings" throughout that half, rather than lumping it all into its own two-parter.
Criticizing Matilda for its mean-spiritedness despite a slew of warnings from fans not to do a Nostalgia Critic review of it.
Episode 1 of Adventure Time left him at a complete loss for words, and struggling to make any sense of what he just saw. But episode 2 actually inspired him into a "World of Cardboard" Speech proclaiming that he will never give up on trying to figure out what the show is and why people love it so much.
In "Ocean Of Fear", Jori admitting she's scared of the water and going on a rant about the childhood therapist who thought scaring her even more with immersion therapy was a good idea.
In "Loyalty To The King", although it was just a segway, Jason calling out Rob on embarrassing Doug through mocking his opinions and his initial upset at the show.
For anyone tired/upset at Doug's near-constant Take That, Audience!, Jason at the end of "The Other Tarts" asking him why he's so pissed all the time now.
Nobody will listen to her, but "The Real You" has Jori calling the fandom out for always poking Doug's crazy.
Jori: Why do you people encourage him, oh my God. Don't encourage him anymore, Jesus!
Jori also yelling at Doug and shoving him when he goes into sexist territory and assumes that once girls hear they're liked they instantly want to get married.
In "Go With Me", Jason (albeit jokingly) threatening to throw Doug out of his house for his crazed shipping of Finn/Marceline when the former is far too young and the latter doesn't even want a relationship. Also, even if you like Beauty and the Beast, his pointing out that if his daughter was in the Prince's position (a minor alone in a house and having a stranger asking to come in), he'd want her to turn them away.
In "Too Young", Jason calling out Doug for accepting everything Marceline does "because it's her character to be crazy", while never letting Bubblegum win on anything, either being too boring or too bitchy for him.
Also Jori leaving "before [she] gets kicked out like usual" and giving Doug the finger offscreen. Jason's crowing and Doug's annoyance is gold.
In "Fionna And Cake", Jori calling Doug "the worst" for scaring Naruto and threatening to make he a she.
While Doug has analyzed a lot of season three really deeply, he goes into shallow mode for the Ice King's backstory and obsesses over the glasses. And instead on unleashing ableist hell on him like the fandom did, Jason nicely brings up the fact that he's looking for the simple things like fries or glasses "as a way out" when the show is being depressing. (Not to say that Doug didn't have a cool moment regarding the issue later on.)
In "Marceline's Closet", noticing the "Gunter" on Marceline's notebook and working out that there's a connection between her and the Ice King because they were both around for the apocalypse in some capacity. Jason steers him away from it, but after all the comments about him being stupid for "Holly Jolly Secrets", it's a nice moment of perceptiveness.
Doug understanding the need for queer representation better than the sjw half of tumblr, saying gay cartoon characters would be progressive for LGBT rights and mocking people who only want heterosexual fiction as "hopeless".
And in a bonus video to do with the Ice King's glasses drama, Doug trying his best to get across that he's done plenty of things that you can be angry at him for, but that you really shouldn't hate him for his opinion because it means nothing.
He's also shaking when he pleads that everyone has a right to be happy, and the amount of hate and anger thrown at him for opinions could so easily be channeled into making sure people can go to sleep at night not feeling like they're starving. Even Jason (who will consistently call him out when he's acting badly) is impressed and says he should be a motivational speaker.
In "Incendium", when Doug maddeningly (because he was sympathetic to her when he thought she was gay in "What Was Missing) dismisses Bubblegum as a bitch for rejecting Finn again, Jason managing to change his mind by putting his head on his lap to demonstrate how uncomfortable that is.
Also when Doug goes on about getting the age difference between Finn and PB, Jason reminding him that he said all this, just Doug and Jori didn't listen because they were too busy ragging on the princess.
Being middle-class white men they're of course kidding, but the ending of "Princess Monster Wife" is still pretty cool.
For anyone tired of seeing people (Jori and Doug in the v-logs specifically) twisting canonto make it look like Princess Bubblegum is pure evil, Jason, in the "Goliad" v-log, explained articulately that Goliad had all kinds of other factors (like Jake yelling at the kids in front of her) influencing her and she was a definite case of nurture over nature, so she and Bubblegum can't be alike.
While the context is about romance, in "King Worm" Doug manages to sum up the problem of PTSD better than any essay can.
Doug: Once that scar hits you, it’s like even if you’re moving on, it’s still going to be a scar, it never fully going to leave.
There's funny moments scattered around with Naruto and what fast food they like, but a lot of the "I Remember You" vlog (which was the longest so far at half an hour) consisted of talking about either themselves being ill or relatives with illness, and should be commended for being so willing to talk about that.
Doug's speech in The Suitor about how good it is that Dogged Nice Guys aren't getting what they want in recent media, and relieving (because the vlog was made after the Old vs New Spider-Man) anyone scared that Hyper Fangirl would end up rewarded with Critic.
Doug: The mindset before was “if I try hard enough, if I love you enough, you'll love me and we'll be happy and it was meant to be because I love you so much” and there's sort of this thing now where it's like they build it up, it takes two, it takes two people but they both have to agree to come together, it can't just be one person going “I really love you” if the other person doesn't, that's it, there's no like “hey I have to love you more”, no you're just going after a prize, you're not going after a relationship.
In “The Party's Over Isla De Senorita”, Jason and Doug getting why Bubblegum has every right to be detached from men since she's been harassed by them for centuries. It sounds like such a basic thing, but that's not even a point of view discussed in fandom, what with too many people trashing her for “friendzoning” Finn or “unfairly rejecting” Braco, and never looking at it from her side.
In "Shh", Doug calling out the sexists in his fandom for the first time, saying that the comment sections probably enjoy Jori looking nice and not talking because they don't like women speaking.
In “The Vault”, dead Jori (just go with it) hitting Doug with her pig rabbit when he says he asks women how much they weigh.
Although it gets Jori looking sad because he's kinda yelling at her, Jason's rant in “The Tower” on how it's ridiculous to blame Bubblegum for Flame Princess because that's just trying to absolve the Flame King of responsibility and PB was doing what she could to protect everyone as usual.
In “Breezy”, Jason – not even having watched the episode beforehand like he did for all the previous ones – analyzing why Breezy loved Finn's flower, not Finn himself, and relating it to fangirls wanting to marry Doug when they don't actually know him, just think he's pretty or like the character he plays. Pointing that last bit out is cool in itself.
In the Thor: The Dark World Sibling Rivalry, Rob calling out Doug's Double Standard on thinking a Wonder Woman movie would be "too silly".
In the Frozen Sibling Rivalry, Rob shuts down Doug's tantrummy defending of a sexist Damsel in Distress moment with a stern "I wasn't finished" and even gets a "sorry sir" as an apology.
The end of his Saving Mr. Banks review, another overview of the Disney canon and why it's been a success for so long.
And in the review itself, despite loving the movie he's still willing to call it out for lying about what PL Travers thought of the finished Mary Poppins film.
At the end of the 2013 drive, Todd stated that he was never really offended by anything, but Doug told him that meant he was just lucky in life note to clarify, because he didn't have pain that would make him angry at bigots. Strange considering the complaints directed at him post-comeback and his dismissals of such, but maybe that just makes it better.
In the review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rob chastising the creators of DC Comics films for taking so long to get their act together while Marvel's been demonstrating exactly how to do comic book movies for several years, in particular the ongoing lack of a Wonder Woman movie.
Followed up by an even angrier rant in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 about how Sony is repeating all the same mistakes from their last attempt at a Spider-Man series, and if this is the best they can do they should just give up and let Marvel Films have the character.
Also, his extensive knowledge of comic history talks about the ways that Gwen Stacy's death works and doesn't work in the film when comparing it to its source.