Characters: The Spoony Experiment
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The Spoony One
- Anything That Moves: You have to feel sorry for his "guests" on Spooning With Spoony.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mentions in the FFXIII review that he is very easily distracted by random details.
- Ax-Crazy: Has supposedly killed 7 women because the voices in his head told him to.
- Back from the Dead: About three times now, leading to Linkara joking that he's a Time Lord.
- Berserk Button:
- Boisterous Bruiser: In the Anniversary Brawl ("Roots, shmoots, baby, we are here to RUMBLE!") and Paw's "Top 9 Moments in Gaming" video ("I WILL PUNCH YOU IN THE SOUL!")
- Break the Haughty: A series of unfortunate events in 2011 lead to one.
- Caustic Critic
- Comical Overreacting: Happens not too often, just when it would have maximum impact.
- Cool Shades: They are an awesome pair.
- Cuteness Proximity: Gets a minor case of this when he sees a little girl at PAX East at the Pokémon Online table jumping up and down excitedly, while saying that even though he's outgrown Pokemon someone else is certainly excited about it. D'aww.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Depraved Bisexual: A list of the people Spoony has "spooned": The Nostalgia Chick, That Chick With the Goggles, Benzaie, The Nostalgia Critic, Angry Joe, Bennet the Sage and Lord Kat (As punishment for losing a game of Robot Unicorn Attack against 8-Bit Mickey).
- In the beginning of the Donation Drive; Critic, Sage and Joe are repeats, while Paw, The Cinema Snob, The Other Guy, Ed Glaser, the Last Angry Geek, and article writer Matt Briner are first-timers. Karma finally bites as his ass as they gang up on him for some retribution.
- Despair Event Horizon:
- Pumpkinhead was the game that pushed beyond the brink of no return. Also, expect him to cross this every time he watches TNA.
- In particular his 2-9-11 episode of Impact starting when he calls out the Kurt Angle/ Jarett divorce angle (In particular, dragging Angle's children into doing promos for it), which wasn't helped by it immediately following the brain damaged Eric Young wasting everybody's time. Then his responce to the Jeff Jarret Ken Anderson promo.
- Hit this in his v-log on the reboot of X-COM when the press release at E3 describes the RPG elements as "just like Final Fantasy Tactics". He seems genuinely shocked and angered by the fact the makers consider it comparable to Tactics, simply because they threw in a few strategic elements by making the game a squad-based shooter.
- The Guardian very nearly pushes him to one, using his reviews of the Ultima series as a morale breaking event to goad him into destroying the earth and joining him.
- Determinator: Spoony comments that surviving through E3 with his condition probably had a lot to do with just sheer willpower.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
"I mean it's just ridiculous. It's the same thing as blaming violence on video games. I mean, when I kill people, it's purely for sexual reasons... WAIT!"- * video cuts off*
- In his Dragon Strike review, he talks about how people who played Dungeons & Dragons were thought of as weird and violent.
"I mean, I kill people, because it's the only way I can get an erection... WAIT!-" * video cuts off*
- Done again in his Mazes and Monsters review, almost word for word.
- Distracted by the Sexy:
Spoony: Focus! Stupid sexy cosplayers.
- In Final Fantasy X review part 1:
Spoony: The sex scene in this movie is metaphorical of showing Sybil Danning's jugs. Okay, so that's probably not a metaphor, but for some reason, I just completely lost focus and... forgot what a metaphor even is.
- Spoony is very distracted by the rather prominent breasts of one character in Beastmaster 2.
- From Howling 2:
- Driven to Madness:
Spoony: If a demon ever wanted to take revenge on this world, he couldn't ask for a better way than this - because this isn't a game... it's fucking punishment! It's the most accurate simulation of a burning eternity in Hell ever made! And you know what? There's a good side! There's a good side! You see this? The people who made this game actually had the balls to put their names in the back of the fucking instruction book - and I swear to God, if I ever find any one of you assholes I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU! I WILL STAB YOU IN THE BRAIN! And... Th.. This game is FUCKING UNHOLY it's so bad! GODDAMN IT!
- Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge eventually pushes Spoony into AVGN levels of uncontrollable, spluttering, inarticulate rage.
Spoony: John Cena and Randy Orton, or as I prefer to call it, AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
- As far into insanity as Pumpkinhead takes him, it's nothing compared to the laughter-bordering-on-tears he displays in his vlog on the WWE 2009 Slammies.
- His commentary on TNA Impact pretty much pushes the insan-o meter Up to ElevenSpoony: *laughing* Wrestling! Wrestling! Wrestle! WRESTLLLLLEEEEE!!!Spoony: There's a sign in the crowd... that says "Hall Rules"! "Hall Rules"?! Hall does not rule! He has never ruled! Nothing is ruled by Hall! Nobody would be ruled by Scott Hall! There's no rulage! He is not a ruler! Scott Hall?!
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a snarky bastard, but even he thought Officer Walken in Terror T.R.A.X. was being a bitch by making snippy comments regarding a woman who just had her eyes ripped out.
- And again in his "Wrestle! Wrestle!" vlog for August 6, 2010, where he expresses absolute disgust at WWE for spending half the show on what is essentially laughing at a woman for being ugly.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Spoony is very obviously gay for narrator Drew Skye of Deadliest Warrior.
- He also relents that even he thinks the actor who stars in The Beast Master isn't too bad to look at.
- Fan Hater: Although it's just part of the Spoony persona.
- "Final Fantasy VIII sucks and you suck for liking it!". Eventually revoked.
- " I don't necessarily hate Final Fantasy VII. I just hate the people who like it."
- His Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen review is even more venomous.
- He also shares quite a bit of venom for Joss Whedon worshippers.
- The Twilight movies.
- With Final Fantasy X, he goes as far as tell his viewers to hunt down and kill its fans.
- His Rebuttal to the Forum Roast is an example of this, although after he doles out the lashes, he quickly responds with warm thanks to his fans.
- In a Vlog on Wresting and Final Fantasy XIII, he basically says that anyone who liked Final Fantasy XIII was just fooling themselves, as there was no way that game was good.
- In his Top 11 Worst Films of 2010, he tells his fans that anyone who liked Tron: Legacy at all has too low standards and is easily amused. Which resulted in Brad Jones remarking that he loved the movie, for the very same reasons that made Spoony hate it.
- In his commentary for the FFX review, he makes it very clear that this is only a trait of his on-screen character, and in real life he feels nothing of the sort.
- Fetish: Spoony has a nurse one.
- Gag Nose: Occasionally mentions his "big dumb Jew nose".
- Go Mad from the Revelation:
Spoony': "I HAVE MY RIGHTS, I HAVE MY RIGHTS!!! IT WAS CALLAHAN, THE BIG ONE, HE DID THIS TO ME!!AAAAAAAAAUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!"
- Miggity-miggity-miggity-miggity mackdaddy!
- Also of note is his written review of Turkish Star Wars. He becomes so perplexed by what he's watching, that his thought process in the review slips further and further into madness. As an end note, he then dares the readers to watch the film, which he provides a link to.
- His reaction to completing a hard part of the Dirty Harry videogame, only to find himself back at the start of the level.
- When Noah discuses the final Laguna flashback sequence in Final Fantasy VIII, he simply sets it up (Laguna is now an actor working on a sci-fi film, when suddenly a real dragon attacks the set), and then just proceeds to laugh uncontrollably.
- Upon receiving a second copy of VCR Golf, he realizes that the box is a different size and opens it... to discover a second version of the game from another company. He goes Laughing Mad.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mostly observed during sessions of Spoony's Campaign, where he's quick with the banhammer against the live chat. Mostly he uses it against people who subscribe to the GIFT, as demonstrated when he started kicking people for suggesting violence or rape on Iron Liz just because they didn't like her puns.
- Heroic BSOD:
- For his April Fools' Day Episode, his dislike of Final Fantasy VIII catalyzes into a hate of the entire series so much so that it caused him to become Dr.Insano, even though he has admitted to actually liking the other games in the series.
- This is wrestling! WRESTLE!!
- Happens almost literally in his review of Highlander II: The Quickening. He experiences a Windows fatal error message when he sees the back of the box call it "the smartest sci-fi thriller since Blade Runner." He's also wearing a "Hero" shirt from the Game Heroes.
- It happened again during his review of Night Claws when his hero, Reb Brown, is killed anticlimactically by a neck snap.
- Heroic Neutral: Most of the fights Spoony gets into are solely because the villain du jour shows up in his house and starts harrassing him.
- I Call Him "Mr. Happy": "... Space Mountain is my penis."
- I Call It "Vera": "Spoondalf's" Flame of Arnor.
- Ill Boy: Apparently he used to be one.
- He still is. Just an adult version.
- Jerk Ass: The Spoony character. Let's see; he raped The Nostalgia Critic and Angry Joe, killed prostitutes because the voices in his head told him to, and declared that, if he ever came across the creators of Bloodwings, that he would stab them in the brain. Essentially, he is the very image of Jerkassery himself.
- Kick the Dog: As hilarious as it was, casually blackmailing The Nostalgia Critic with crossdressing pictures of him taken during his drugged-out rape was kinda harsh.
- Madness Mantra:
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Some of his jokes actually do cross the line. When not in "review mode," Spoony is much calmer and nicer; he explains in one commentary that no, he's not actually going to stab anyone in the brain. He also is on record as (sort-of) apologizing for that "Final Fantasy VIII sucks and you suck for liking it!" line by elaborating that since he's devoted so much time to it, and plays the "song you only listen to if you're a pussy" that he must be a pussy too.
- Mr. Fanservice: Just look at how long his Fetish Fuel page is!
- Orwellian Editor: Spoony tends to delete some unconstructive or offensive criticism from his forum and comments section.
- It got bad enough on Wrestle Wrestle videos, where Spoony introduced videos made by Sean Fausz and the Critical Marine that he deleted several comments, banned several people, and now neither Sean nor the Marine's videos allow you to post comments.
- The comments section of his Kickassia DVD promo has been locked as well.
- And, then when he linked to some magic cards someone made for him, and someone else pointed out an entire card deck made for him, well...that update had to go away.
- Papa Wolf: There are multiple examples of this trope.
- Perma Stubble: He's often unshaven in his videos. Whether or not he's clean-shaven is sometimes a coin-toss.
- Pet the Dog: At the beginning of his Final Fantasy X review, he said the soundtrack is "excellent", the cutscenes are "striking and memorable", and the battle system is "really, really damn good." Of course, he said all of this just before tearing X a new one.
- At the end of the special, after spending a good four or so hours berating the game, he provides a list of incredibly favorable reviews courtesy of multiple highly credible sources. Of course, whether it's this or an expression of extreme disbelief ŕ la Red Letter Media is up to you.
- He now has an actual dog to pet.
- Phrase Catcher: "You're in my spot sir." "OH FUCK YOU!". Apparently it's second nature, since he says it accidentally during his review of the live-action Tekken.
- Red Oni: In his E3 videos, concerning the new X-COM game. He is extremely unhappy with the remake and its accompanying risk of replacing his X-COM with the new one in the minds of most gamers. His counterpart? Angry Joe, of all people.
- Sanity Slippage: In his review of Mazes and Monsters, the mother's comment about not going to MIT to become a computer programmer leads Spoony to reflect this upon himself and question what he's been doing with his life for the past 10 years while reviewing games and movies, before he pulls out a gun and goes crazy. The camera cuts out and shows a picture of a ton of white Lego Men tackling another man who's gone crazy, with the caption "We'll be right back. Time for my medicine."
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Long enough and loud enough to the point of having a Heroic Blue Screen of Death after just LOOKING at the DVD cover of the Wing Commander movie.
- Again in the Nostalgia Critic's review of "The Room", when Spoony interrupts the Critic to tell him that nobody should have to review Highlander 2, only to be told of the actual movie being reviewed.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Mostly while in-character, much like the rest of his colleagues.
- Smark: Spoony fits many aspects of the traditional smark, pickiness, extensive research, knowledge and love of Indy stars, a deeply cynical attitude towards wrestling, Rooting for the Empire, Spoony is however a lot nicer than the stereotypical Smark and usually has good things to say about almost every wrestler, hell, the man gave John Cena and Hulk Hogan props.
- You can tell that while he makes fun of Cena frequently, Spoony does have some modicum of respect for the man, and stated that he's one of the few young guys today that actually seems to care for the business. He's even stated during the Wrestlemania 27 review that Cena does up his game for PPV's, but at the same time shouldn't be depended on to carry a match.
- Stalker Shrine: Joked about having one for Morgan Webb in his basement in his Phantasmagoria review, which apparently contains a dessicated human corpse.
- Start of Darkness: Atributed to Microcosm, which comes wrapped in so much turd-polishing, promised so much and delivered so very little that it broke his youthful optimism and made him the bitter, cynical shell he is today.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: In his New Moon review, he spends a lot of time describing Jacob.
- Too Kinky to Torture: When Angry Joe tries to strangle him at the end of Spooning With Spoony II, Spoony responds by proclaiming his love for erotic asphyxiation.Spoony: "I call this one the shaken baby syndrome."
- Troll: Since the beginning of the Experiment, Spoony has openly revelled in goading fans of many things for the Lulz, most prominently Final Fantasy VIII. He also enjoys annoying his fanbase when he believes they are in the wrong.
- Unstoppable Rage: Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge drove him to Nightmare Fueling levels of anger, including a Skyward Scream..... which Benzaie heard all the way from France.Benzaie: "Beary?? Did you hear that?? That was the sound of ultimate suffering! My heart made that sound the first time I saw Sonic turning into a werewolf... The Spoony One makes it now."Beary: "Do you think that we should go help him?"
Sage: "Damn that guy is good."
- The discovery of a third game in the Heroes of the Lance series led to a Skyward Scream that blew up the world.
- Subverted in his review of Garzey's Wing. He is ALMOST sent into an unstoppable rage because of the voice actress of the fairy girl alone. Fortunately, the excellent hotel bathroom attendant was able to calm him down and make him forget that the anime even exists.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Sometimes Spoony's relationship with other members of Channel Awesome can seem this way, especially with Joe. Thankfully this makes for very entertaining viewing.
- In storyline, Linkara and Insano. Linkara might be his best friend, but they're both assholes to each other, although Linkara clones Spoony when he dies (but not without programing him to promote Atop the Fourth Wall merch). Insano, meanwhile, is one of Linkara's most common foes, a constant thorn in his side, the accidental cause of all the storylines on Atop the Fourth Wall due to playing with hypertime (and occasionally steals Neutro), and Spoony's roommate and science guy, much like Linksano (an AU Insano that looks like Linkara, created because Linkara felt bad always making Spoony do Insano for him) is for Linkara.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The way he talks about Teddie from Persona 4 indicates a certain aversion toward Furry Fandom.
- He also mentions in another review that he doesn't like furries, because they creep him out.
- With Fans Like These: More or less Spoony's relationship with his own viewership.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: As demonstrated by his absolute rage at the Ultima series repeatedly giving you no choice but to murder children, especially the one kid in Ultima IX where the kid attacks you first.
Burton the RobotOrignally created for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 type series that never came to pass, Burton is Spoony's robot. He basically just sits in the background of most reviews. Despite this, he's mentioned in the opening credits.
- The Artifact
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Including Frickin' Laser Beams and a Self-Destruct Mechanism.
- Robot Buddy
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of Spoony's review of the Tekken: The Motion Picture anime when he notes that the recent live action film must be better, surely?
- Shout-Out: He's named after Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China, Spoony's favorite movie. The other two MST3K robots that never got built would have been named Sorbo (after actor Kevin Sorbo) and Morgan (after actress Morgan Webb). Also, Burton often gets to take on a role related to Spoony's current review:
- In his review of the Demolition Man video game, he's the machine that spits out fine notices for swearing.
- In his Robowar review, he reappears at the end with the same Stylistic Suck point-of-view shot and "greasy, greasy" monologue as the enemy from that film.
- In Phantasmagoria2 he takes on the equivalent role of Curtis' rat Blob.
- The Voiceless: Except in the first FMV Hell video, in which he is voiced by John Doe.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: Unintentional on Noah's part (he just plain wasn't good at putting it on) but it wound up working in context.
Dr. Insano"I brought science!"A recurring character in both The Spoony Experiment and Atop the Fourth Wall, Dr. Insano is a mad scientist bent on world domination, and the former President of the United States. After several failed attempts to murder Spoonynote , take over the world, or otherwise sow chaos and anarchy, Insano has taken up residence as Spoony's roommate and occasional tech support, but he remains just as unpredictable as ever. See the character sheets for Atop the Fourth Wall, Kickassia, and To Boldly Flee for tropes that apply to him in those works.
- A Day in the Limelight: As an April Fools' Day gag, he took over the show as "The Insano Experiment" on April 1st 2010 to deliver an Alternate Character Interpretation review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- And now, after Spoony went missing, he took over again and reviewed another movie, The Dungeonmaster.
- Anti-Magic: He has apparently developed two Anti-Magic field generators. The second of which flies, making it gunblade-proof!
- But not Blitzball-proof, though.
- Asexuality: In the commentary for the The Beastmaster 2, Noah says that he always thought of Insano being almost asexual, and that back when he planned on the Nurse appearing, she was going to have the hots for Insano but he never noticed because he was too focused on science. Of course, he said this in response to Epileptic Trees fans put forth suggesting that Insano was gay after he pulled out a literal Gaydar and acted defensive when Spoony asked why he had one to begin with. In the Crossover video "Interlocking with Insano", he did roofie and rape two guys, though.
- Asshole Victim: According to Brad Jones' Bibleman DVD-R Hell review, he was raped in prison and traumatized so badly he sewed up his backside.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Though played for laughs, Insano does have moments where he's actually able to be a legitimate menace, such as discovering the Anti-Comic Equation (Warrior #1), taking control of Neutro (the titular robotic weapon sought after by dozens of mad scientists in the comic Linkara reviewed), and hiring Squall to kill Spoony.
- He's killed thousands with an army of robotic suicide squirrels. (Of course, this might be an Informed Attribute, seeing as his inventions rarely work as planned.)
- He made a Human Spider!
- But that doesn't even compare with his latest bit of cruelty. He fixed a Atari Jaguar CD so Spoony could play it!
- Big Bad: Serves as this to TGWTG team as a whole, being the arch enemy of Spoony, Linkara, a recurring foe of the Nostalgia Critic as well as having encounters with Paw and Angry Joe.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Come on, his name is Doctor Insano! "Honestly, what what is it about the name 'Doctor Insano' that eludes you people?!"
- Cartoonish Supervillainy
- Catch Phrase: "With SCIENCE of course!" Sometimes contracted to just "SCIENCE!" as a Battle Cry or Chewbacca Defense.
- Continuity Snarl / Negative Continuity: "There is no continuity, there is only Insano", as Spoony put it in a commentary. Insano's backstory is rewritten video to video as Noah sees fit, and he's variably been Spoony's alter-ego, his future self come back through time, or a separate person.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Crippling Overspecialisation: Doctor Insano is a master of mad science and only mad science, meaning he can easily make fantastical superweaponry and technical marvels, but his knowledge of actual physics and scientific law is very limited.
- Depraved Homosexual: He's an unabashed rapist of men, if Interlocking with Insano is any indication.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: He goes back and forth. When introduced, Insano was a hair's breadth away from conquering the world, but was soon reduced to a lonely, pathetic wretch... then he murdered Spoony, but the next episode came groveling back asking to stay at Spoony's house... then he killed Tidus... and the cycle continues.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely does love his pink, fuzzyball-shaped son.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hates that Ferris Bueller is an unmotivated slacker who charms everyone into getting everything he wants. "I may be evil, but at least I'm not full of crap!!"
- Evil Gloating
- Eviler Than Thou: And "Sciency-er" than thou.
- For the Evulz: Attempted to kill Spoony, despite the fact that it basically means killing himself in a parody of Ultimecia's plot.
- For the most part, however, he hates this mindset and believes that villains need a goal beyond just hurting people for its own sake.
- For Science!!!
- Giggling Villain
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: He claims that they protect him from his patented Neuralizer.
- In his review of The Dungeonmaster, he lists off about a dozen useful functions they have - death rays, telescopic vision, X-ray vision, hypno vision, night vision, flash bang protection, digital photography of "like a zillion megapixels", contain a terabyte of mp3 space, they open his garage door, work as a universal remote for his TV, and are connected to Facebook and Twitter. (though they are largely Informed Abilities).
- It seems the only weakness of Dr. Insano's goggles thus far is a Bruce Lee impersonator in tiny pink shorts.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: One week, he tries to viciously murder Spoony. The next, he's hanging out on Spoony's couch riffing on kung fu exploitation flicks. Apparently they live together, but Spoony has made Insano promise to stop trying to kill people, "especially me!"
- Goofy Print Underwear: The Warrior #4 review shows him in boxer shorts with red hearts when Linkara asks him why he's not wearing pants. Insano replies that it's not important right now.
- Harmless Villain: Over time the comedic aspects of his character were emphasised, and he was Flanderized from a quirky but ultimately serious threat to the world, to Spoony's irritating roommate
- High Collar of Doom: Laments that he can't find a labcoat that has one.
- Large Ham: A ham of the cartoonishly villainous kind.
- Laughably Evil: Arguably the reason his popularity.
- Mad Artist: Revealed to be this in the Nostalgia Critic/Obscurus Lupa crossover review of Simon Sez.
- He also wrote The Secret of NIMH 2
- Mad Doctor
- Mad Scientist
- Meaningful Name: He's often quick to point out that the insane mad scientist is named Dr. Insano.
- Mr. Fixit: He managed to get an Atari Jaguar CD working (for just long enough for Spoony to record footage off it before it broke down again), a feat which even The Angry Video Game Nerd and his own technical genius friend had failed at.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Is Dr. Insano an incarnation of Spoony trapped in a Stable Time Loop? Was he one of the horny and nerdy Schlumper brothers who, after being rejected by his high school crush, turned to mad science in the hopes that he could create a artificial girlfriend? Was he a woman (or possibly a robot) until Linkara punched a hole in the fabric of the multiverse? Was he a split personality of Spoony? Is he the lost Schlumper Brother? Word of God is that "the origins of Dr. Insano are shrouded in mystery". Also keep in mind that the Rule of Funny applies here. "It's kind of cute how people are trying to come up with some kind of continuity for all this. There's no continuity, there's only Insano."
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He doesn't specialise in Science, so long as it's mad!
- President Evil: Inspired by Edea and Lex Luthor. His running mate was Fu Manchu. Word of God says he was eventually impeached, with an Atop the Fourth Wall episode revealing it was because of a liaison with a prostitute.Insano: [giving his inaugural speech] I even used my real name! You voted for a guy named ''Dr. Insano".
- Psycho Sidekick/Token Evil Teammate: He's basically given up on world domination or destroying Spoony and his status as the primary villain has been supplanted by The Guardian and The Gatekeeper. He is now basically Spoony's tech support and general gopher.
- Science Is Bad
- The Starscream: Occasionally plots to take over Spoony's site.
- Truly Single Parent: To an odd, pink, orb-shaped "son" named Son of Insano that is totally not a pink Koosh ball.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Being hit with a comic book takes him down pretty easily. Either that or he's just that puny.
- He hasn't sold any anti-magic generators since it was revealed that a blitzball can take them out.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Implied a few times (see his breakdown at the end of Spoony's Street Fighter 2010 review), but played for laughs."I am adorable but alone!"
OreoNoah Antwiler's Parson Russell Terrier / Pug mix, a former stray he adopted from a shelter. In the continuity of Spoony's reviews, she was pulled out of a top hat by Simcoe the Magician.
- Abnormal Ammo: In the new animated opening, Spoony uses the Final Fantasy VIII dog cannon to fire her at his enemies.
- Animal Reaction Shot
- Attention Whore: Her tendency to play with her squeaky toys whenever Noah (and Miles) sit down to do a vlog. As Noah put it in the "Miles Watches the Lone Ranger" video; "It's an attention thing."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Unintentional example in the "Last Ride of Tandem the Spoony" vlog, when Spoony won't give her the squeaky toy and she seems to stare plaintively into the camera as though appealing to the audience against this injustice.
- Camera Abuse: Has a knack for bumping the tripod during Spoony's vlogs, causing the frame to shake.
- Character Blog: Has her own Twitter account.
- Creating Life / Truly Single Parent: In the context of the main show's continuity (as opposed to vlogs) she was created from two Oreo cookies and some magic by Simcoe the Magician from Skullduggery.
- Dogs Are Dumb: In the Final Fantasy X-2 finale, Spoony orders her to bring him guns... and she comes back with a squeaky toy.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Inverted with her and her nemesis, Lloyd.
- Funny Background Event: Does this a lot in Spoony's Counter Monkey vlogs.
- This extends to Funny Offscreen Event - in one vlog, Noah notes that she's having a dream, and wakes her up, which confuses her. In one of the bloopers for Linkara's Mr. T #2, she can be heard chewing on a squeaky toy, which annoys Dr. Insano.
- Genki Girl: It's no wonder, given her breed combination.
- Go Fetch: Already knew this before Spoony adopted her.
- Heroes Love Dogs
- Hilarious in Hindsight: When Spoony introduced her, he mentioned that "You probably won't see her very often."
- Loyal Animal Companion: More loyal to Miles than to Spoony, given that she actively sabotaged Spoony's putting while leaving Miles' alone.
- Motor Mouth: How Noah articulated her thought processes on Twitter before adopting a LOLCats style.
- Phrase Catcher: Typically Noah will be halfway through a vlog or view, only to have Oreo leap into the scene, demanding attention...Noah: Hi doggie!
- Which is exactly what Lloyd does to Brad Jones in his vlogs, which also means that Oreo also enacts the trope herself.
- Precious Puppy
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In the new animated opening as of the "Tekken: Blood Vengeance" review.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Brad Jones' cat, Lloyd, who once hacked her Twitter.
- Sleep Cute: Spoony took a picture.
- Stunned Silence / Quizzical Tilt: She's developed a rather adorable "WTF" face whenever Spoony's doing something that looks ridiculous.
- The Cast Showoff: Spoony usually finds a way to integrate the tricks he taught her into her appearances.
Video Game and Movie Characters
The AvatarThe main character of the Ultima series. Frequently frustrated by the fact that no one knows who he is, despite being the literal Christ figure of Britannia.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm the God-Damned Avatar!"
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: "I know Humility is one of the eight Virtues, but I'm the God-Damned Avatar!"
- Messianic Archetype: He is the Ultima series Christ figure. Though, it doesn't stop him from a being a foul mouthed, lazy, womanizing jackass sometimes, as seen in The Serpent's Isle.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Accidentally ignited a moat full of flammable tar in the Beastmaster review.
- Shout-Out: I'm the God-Damned Avatar!
The Black KnightThe main villain of Ultima: Runes of Virtue. After hearing about Spoony complaining about the game he is in he seeks to annoy him.
- Ambiguously Gay
- The Bad Guy Wins: Using his army of trolls to Troll Spoony, the Black Knight did succeed in his plan to annoy him.
- Black Knight: Duh.
- Evil Is Petty: Yes it is. He kidnaps town mayors because he was bored and had his trolls, err.. Troll Spoony online.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses a Ping-Pong pattle to do battle with Spoony.
- Poke the Poodle: When he said he wanted to annoy Spoony he meant it.
- Troll: Pretty much.
Chuckles the Fucking JesterBased on the annoying jester from Ultima VI mixed with the voices of forum trolls (similar to Douchey Mcnitpick), debuted in the review of that game. Spoony laser-blasted him for being a massive prick, so Chuckles accepted a Sinestro Corps ring from the Gate Cleaner to get his revenge.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Literally comes out of nowhere to scare the shit out of us, and Spoony.
- Leitmotif: "Meat Circus" from Psychonauts.
- Monster Clown
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Spoony has said that he may have to retire the character because Oreo chewed up the costume.
- Shout-Out: "Why so serious, Spoony?"
- Straw Fan
- Villain Team-Up: Allies with the Gate Cleaner after Spoony defeats him in the Ultima VI review.
The GuardianAn evil god from another dimension, the Guardian is the main villain of the Ultima series. The Ultimate Warrior apparently worships him. Enter's Spoony's house through a blackrock gate The Ultimate Warrior built when he wasn't looking.
- Big Bad: Of the Ultima games and Spoony's retrospective on them.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- God of Evil
- Roger Rabbit Effect: He appears in the Ultima IX review as a cartoon animated by Andrew Dickman, superimposed on Spoony's room.
- We Can Rule Together: Turns out he wasn't interested in conquering Earth, he had the blackrock gate built to try and get Spoony to go through it and leave the planet so they work together to conquer worlds, he even says the planet was doomed anyways.
The HeadlessPlayed by Miles, he comes in to attack The Spoony One when reviewing the Ultima series.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Suffers an adorable one at the paws of Oreo.
- Made of Iron: Trying to take this guy down is a long and frustrating ordeal.
PumpkinheadA monster with a pumpkin for a head; apparently the titular hillbilly vengeance demon from the Pumpkinhead film series (and the videogame adaptation that Spoony reviewed) despite the visual disparity between the two.
- Man Behind the Man: Apparently is the master of the Gate Cleaner.
SephirothThe villain of Final Fantasy VII. Had some brief appearances throughout Spoony's review of X-2, before killing Yuna in the finale... and handing Spoony a copy of Final Fantasy XIII.
- Bigger Bad: The end of the Ultima retrospective reveals his plans have been in the works since Spoony began his site, and it's implied he's been behind a lot of the events that have occurred.
- Colony Drop: Just like in Final Fantasy VII, he's summoning a meteor to strike the planet.
- The Chessmaster: Has set some scheme into place that involves taking advantage of Spoony's hatred for Final Fantasy and interfering with Burton's programming.
- Cruel Mercy: Saves Spoony's life... only to provide him with a new Final Fantasy game.
- The Dreaded: Unlike other intruders, Spoony doesn't even attempt to fight him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Has appeared to be one so far, his actions are not played for laughs. The Guardian knowing about his plans was apparently enough to cause him to have no interest in conquering Earth because he felt the world was doomed anyways.
- The Power of Hate: Implied to be using Spoony's hatred for Final Fantasy to further his agenda.
- Shout-Out: Impales Yuna just as he did Aerith.
- Villainous Rescue
Simcoe the MagicianSpoony plays his version of the magician character from Skullduggery.
- Creating Life: In-universe, he created Oreo from cookies and magic.
- Leitmotif: As in the film, his Torgo-esque theme constantly plays in the background whenever he's on screen.
- Manipulative Editing: The source of his "magic", just as in the film.
- Mundane Wish: As in the film, uses his powers to... make beer and nachos appear.
- Nice Hat: Which Noah points out is actually way too small for his head.
- The Reveal: Turns out to be The Headless
- The Voiceless: Remains creepily silent at all times.
SnowSupporting character from Final Fantasy XIII, sent to attack Spoony under false pretences. Played by Brian Lewis of Team Snob.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Remember all those jokes Spoony made about Snow being an idiot? You won't be laughing so much once you see what Snow does to him.
- Darker and Edgier: The fight between Snow and Spoony is by far the bloodiest and least comedic, especially the aftermath, were Spoony staggers around in silence, drenched in blood.
- Fake Ultimate Hero
- Faux Affably Evil: Makes fun of Spoony's hobbies with what might be regarded as lighthearted jabs between friends, if he wasn't delivering them while punching Spoony bloody.
- Hypocrite: Belittles Spoony for preferring guns to a fist-fight. As soon as he begins to lose, he shoots Spoony in the leg.
- Jerk Jock
- Knight of Cerebus: His fight is not only a lot more brutal than Spoony's previous ones, but Snow is also a real Jerkass.
- Surfer Dude
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Closer to a malicious high-school bully than in his game.
- Trash Talk: Dismisses Spoony as a wimp and taunts him over his nerdy interests.
- Unwitting Pawn: Was told by persons unknown that Spoony was planning to destroy the world.
- Verbal Tic: 'Bro'.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Believes he's The Hero and Spoony is an apocalypse-bent villain.
SquallThe Hero of Final Fantasy VIII. Hired by Dr. Insano to kill the original Spoony.
- BFS: The Gunblade, which can actually shoot stuff outside the game.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Dr. Insano would never have been able to afford Squall's services had Squall not offered to kill Spoony for free because of the review.
- Heroic Mime: Still. Lampshaded by Insano."Why did I give a walkie-talkie to a guy who speaks in text boxes?"
TerlA not-at-all-exaggerated version of the alien Psychlo villain from Battlefield Earth played by Spoony. Originally just a one-off role in The Nostalgia Critic's review of that film, he proved popular enough to return in Spoony's review of the Wing Commander film, and later as one of the antagonists in the fourth TGWTG anniversary special, To Boldly Flee (for character tropes used there see the characters page). He also makes an appearance in Angry Joe's X-Com: Enemy Unknown (2012) review.
- Breakout Character: He began as a minor character in one review, went on to appear in a few others, and became one of the main villains for the Nostalgia Critic's Grand Finale where he acted as his Arch-Enemy (if a one-sided one)
- Catch Phrase: "While you were still learning to spell your naaaaame...!"
- Cloning Blues: After dying in his first appearance, he was cloned back to life for his second. Given his fate in To Boldly Flee, his next appearance in Angry Joe's review of X-Com 2012 is presumably one of these.
- Fartillery: According to him the only reason the incompetent Psychlos are such feared warriors is that they fart nuclear bombs out of their anuses.
- A God Am I: His "ability" to instinctively know the height above sea level of different locations makes him one, in his opinion.
- Large Ham: Spoony manages to out-ham John Travolta.
- Noble Womans Laugh: possibly deliberately invoked.
- Portmanteau: The cloned Terl calls himself a "Psychlone", which only confuses Spoony as he hears it as 'cyclone'.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: As Terl spelled his name "Turrell" in To Boldly Flee, fans theorized it was because he was being trained how to conquer galaxies instead of learning how to spell his name. The name change was done to dodge copyright issues, but in the cast commentaries they gave Approval of God to the idea.
- Small Name, Big Ego / Miles Gloriosus: He makes out that he and all other Psychlos are an advanced alien race...until the Critic gets him to admit to his Fartillery strategy.
- Stylistic Suck: Mocking Battlefield Earth`s use of a tilted camera, Terl is always filmed on an absurd tilt as well.
- His third appearance takes this even further - Terl is tilted in the opposite direction to the chroma-keyed backdrop behind him.
- Throw It In: Noah was dissatisfied with the original performance because, thanks to the awkward way he had to film it, Terl often wasn't looking directly at the camera. However, fan feedback suggested this blended seamlessly into the deliberate Stylistic Suck.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Has the "godly" ability to instinctively know the height above sea level of different locations.
TidusThe main character from Final Fantasy X. Was brought back from the dead to fight Spoony.
- Back from the Dead
- Disproportionate Retribution: As with Squall, though he was sent by an outside force he attacks Spoony because of the review.
- Humiliation Conga: Was shot, trampled on and is now being disected by Doctor Insano.
- Small Name, Big Ego
YunaSupporting character of Final Fantasy X and main character of its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2. Sought revenge for Tidus after the Final Fantasy X-2 review.
- Action Girl
- Crosscast Role
- Disproportionate Retribution: Averted. Spoony initially thinks she's coming after him for giving her game a (mildly) bad review as the other two did, but quickly realizes the fact that he murdered her boyfriend might have something to do with it.
- Fan Disservice: It's Spoony with fake breasts and makeup.
- Fan Nickname: "Spuna"
- Guns Akimbo
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Sephiroth.
- Improbable Weapon User: Ditches her guns for a microphone.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Attacks Spoony for what he did to Tidus in the Final Fantasy X review.
- The Voiceless: Aside from a couple grunts, says nothing.
Black Lantern SpoonyThe original Spoony One, killed by Squall Leonhart on Doctor Insano's orders and later brought back as a Black Lantern as a side-effect of the Blackest Night. Briefly served as a pawn for Mechakara. This undead monstrosity now seeks to destroy his clone and take his show back going so far as to turn Tidus into a Black Lantern in order to do so. In the final part of Final Fantasy X, the clone Spoony and Black Lantern Spoony ended up being merged into one being by Linkara with his Star Trek technology.
- Back from being Merged With His Clone: Recently made a cameo on Panda Q&A, despite it being after he merged with the clone. And that was the only nonsensical thing that occured in the history of Panda Q&A.
- Cloning Blues: Hates his clone self.
- Hostile Show Takeover: Attempted but ultimately failed, by fusing him and the clone back together.
- Knight of Cerebus: Is NOT a comedic villain, he manages to be a threatening villain that causes the plot to get more serious when he comes to kill the clone Spoony.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Falls under Type R—Revenant.
- The Undead
Christian SpoonyAn escaped clone of Spoony, created by Doctor Insano, who appeared in a review by Diamanda Hagan. He hosts a show called The Spoony Revelations.
The Gate CleanerThe nephew of the Gate Keeper character from the Atmosfear VHS board games (played by an unshaven, hooded Spoony). The Gate Cleaner demanded that Spoony review every game in the Atmosfear series on punishment of being banished to the blagole, but Spoony reneged; the Cleaner is currently planning his revenge. We have also seen The Book Keeper (played by Linkara) and The Gate Keither (Bandit Keith from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, voiced by LittleKuriboh). Suburban Knights revealed he is married to The House Keeper, played by a cross-cast Spoony.
- Accidental Misnaming: Real Life example; Spoony didn't realise Doug wanted him to appear in Suburban Knights for a long time because Doug kept calling the character "The Dungeon Master".
- Dimension Lord: As the keeper of the blagole.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: The 'blagole' (black hole)
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Arguably French, but who can tell? He's probably from the same country as Tommy Wiseau.
- Verbal Tic: Ends sentences randomly with "Ma-GGOT!"
Giant Dizzy GillespieScourge of Spoony's action figure collection. Has his own line of T-shirts.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Is introduced in this style.
- Awesome but Impractical: Despite his popularity, Spoony has had to stop using the statuette (besides occasional cameos) because of its fragility.
- Cool Versus Awesome: Has gone up against Conan the Barbarian, Racist Golden Age Superman, Giant Green Lantern...
- Musical Assassin
- The Voiceless
NeutroDr. Insano's Humongous Mecha. Originally the product of a short-lived Silver Age comic book reviewed by Linkara on Atop the Fourth Wall, Insano took control of the metal monster to serve his quest for world domination. Although destroyed by Linkara with his magic gun in his first appearance, Neutro has apparently been rebuilt.
- Evil Counterpart: Cited as Insano's equivalent of Spoony's Burton in the Ferris Bueller's Day Off review. (Though Neutro is just a mindless machine.)
- Humongous Mecha
- Hypocritical Humour: When Spoony is ranting about how he hates characters with spiral eyes and giant robots from Final Fantasy X, Insano drops in to ask him if he remembers where he parked Neutro. We find out later that Linkara stole Neutro as a contingency plan to battle Mechakara
- People in Rubber Suits: His latest appearance, with Iron Liz in the suit. Previously he was represented by a 2D animation effect.
- Sequel Difficulty Spike: Inverted, "Neutro 2.0" from the Blackest Night crossover review goes down easily.
Police Brutality CopPlayed by Noah's brother and only appearing twice so far, he comes running in to stop illegal actions, from (what sounded like) child porn to (Insano) getting up on a float and signing.
- Catch Phrase: STOP RESISTING!
- Disproportionate Retribution: Beats up Doctor Insano for getting on a parade float and singing. Unless it had more to do with his murder of thousands with robotic suicide squirrels.
- Imagine Spot: He beats up Insano in one.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Miles is a nice guy, to the point that Noah gets defensive at any accusation that Miles or any normal police officer condones this character's behaviour. That doesn't stop him from using this as a joke.
- No Name Given: He's unnamed in show.
- Police Brutality: Natch.
Son of InsanoA fuzzy pink orb-shaped freak of nature created by Doctor Insano from his own splooge.
- Badass Adorable: Granted it was Tidus, but it was still pretty awesome seeing him knock someone out.
- Fan Nickname: Fanfic writers typically refer to him as "Soi" or "Sonny".
- Genius Bonus: Even though Son of Insano being made out of Insano's spooge might just seem like a gross-out joke, it's actually a rather clever reference to the concept of the homunculus, which were thought to either being beings inhabiting sperm cells or an Artificial Human created out of human sperm.
- Mad Scientist's pink fuzzyball-shaped son:
- Morality Pet: To his dad.
- Pet the Dog: Ostensibly serves this purpose for Insano.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
Spencer D. BumSpoony's version of Doug Walker's Chester A. Bum character, brought in for bum-related jokes. Proved unpopular, so he only appeared in jokes about him being unpopular, and was eventually killed off in the Final Fantasy X review.
- And Show It to You: Got his heart ripped out by Black Lantern Spoony.
- Captain Ersatz
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's somehow even less lucid than Chester.
- Cruel and Unusual Death
- Killed Off for Real
- Talkative Loon
The Ultimate SpoonyA parody of Professional Wrestler the Ultimate Warrior, played by Spoony, who shows up in Linkara and Spoony's joint reviews of his bizarre and horrible tie-in comic, and occasionally in Spoony's other reviews. Somehow gained a Red Lantern ring, and is now working for the evil interdimensional god, the Guardian.
- Arch-Enemy: HOAK HOGAN! Who is also portrayed by Spoony.
- But Now I Must Go: Noah retired the character after the death of the real Ultimate Warrior, with him leaving a letter and a film to review.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He is completely bonkers.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: While the real Ultimate Warrior's dialogue is "translated" into much more lucid sayings, the subtitles accompanying this version just reiterate what he's saying.
- Facial Markings: As of the Ultima VII review, he has his face painted like the real Warrior.
- Having a Gay Old Time/Innocent Innuendo: His use of the word "foke" (supposed to be a Totally Radical way of saying "focus", but sounds like something quite different).
- No Indoor Voice
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "SKRONK!"
- Talkative Loon
- The Character Died with Him/Respect For The Dead: Spoony retired the character following the death of the real Ultimate Warrior.
- Unstoppable Rage: The source of the Red Lantern Ring's power.
- Verbal Tic: Ends random sentences with "HOAK HOGAN!", HOAK HOGAN!
- Waxing Lyrical: "IF YOU WANNA BE MY LOVER, YOU'VE GOTTA GET WITH MY FRIENDS! MAKE IT LAST FOREVER, FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS, HOKE HOGAN!"
- And in his review of Ultima 7, he quotes "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.
Miles AntwilerNoah Antwiler's real-life younger brother. Miles occasionally joins Spoony out-of-character for his v-logs to provide a counterpoint for his reviews, as well as acting as a body double in Spoony's reviews.
- The Faceless: Previously, he usually appeared off-screen or had his face concealed. His face was finally seen in the Tekken: Blood Vengeance review.
- Fair Cop: He's an actual police officer.
- Foil: Unintentionally makes a perfect foil to his brother—both are snarky and have no problem pointing out flaws in a show or movie. However, whereas Noah is Hot-Blooded and prone to Angrish-filled rants, Miles is almost always a deadpan straight man. They highlight each other remarkably well.
- Precision F-Strike: Gets a good one in the Prometheus V-log. As the two discuss the hype and build-up for the film without actually giving their thoughts on it yet, Spoony says "this movie is..." and as he pauses Miles finishes for him, "fucking offensive". Particularly effective as while he doesn't seem adverse to swearing, Miles curses much less than Noah.
- Pretty Boy: It is said.
- Put on a Bus: Inverted, his disappearance from the show and vlogs was because Spoony got on the bus and moved to Illinois while Miles stayed in Arizona
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Spoony's red.
- The Stoic
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Strong Family Resemblance: Sometimes he can appear virtually identical to Spoony if it weren't for how quiet he is. Different hair styles help a lot, though.
ScarlettSpoony's former girlfriend was the webmistress, forum admin, and "fan-boy dominatrix" of the site prior to their breakup. Scarlett received sundry shout-outs on Noah's blog and v-logs, and maintains her own review blog here.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She likes wearing nurse outfits.
- Double Entendre: Everything she tweets.
- Fiery Redhead
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Statuesque Stunner: She's apparently around six foot.
- In her commentary on Suburban Knights, Iron Liz notes that she was weirded out by how much the very tall Handsome Tom looked like her from behind while wearing his Willow wig.
April Von LonSpoony's current girlfriend who has already made an appearance in the Breaking Dawn: Part II Drunk Vlog, she also has makes her own videos on youtube and nerdvice.
- Ascended Fanboy: As it says in the Early-Bird Cameo entry, she interviewed Spoony before they started dating.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Interviewed Spoony at a con before they dated.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Her day job is making and selling steampunk jewelery online.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Perky Goth
- Straight Man: She's basically taken over Miles' role as Spoony's calmer, more rational Foil.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dyes her hair regularly.
Richard GarriottDesigner of the Ultima Series. When raising funds for Shroud of the Avatar via Kickstarter, in recognition of Spoony's videos, one of the stretch goal rewards was to fly Spoony in for an interview/roast.
- Adam Westing: Plays the Lord British in the Spoony Alternate Character Interpretation way, giving the avatar a ridiculously cheap reward for his trouble (despite his losing several fingers in his quest) and stiffing him on the ale tab and proving entirely oblivious to the avatar's vain attempts to kill him.
- Cool Old Guy: Willing to let Spoony voice his criticisms of things like how the games make you kill children and plays Lord British like the oblivious cheapskate Spoony's retrospective says he is.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Richard plays Lord British in a skit with Spoony, and as in the games, is hard to kill.