There's no good movies or bad movies, there's just movies you like and don't like.
Douglas Darien "Doug" Walker, born November 17, 1981, isThat Guy with the Glasses. (Which is to say, he's the bespectacled man the site is named after, not that he has a case of l'etat c'est moi), the main star of the site and has so many characters you'd think he had Multiple Personality Disorder.His original characters include:
Tommy Wiseau, director/writer/producer/actor/possibly-alien from The Room
Dr. Bitch Spasms, a Patch Adams analog highlighting why the movie character wouldn't make a good doctor. Killed Off for Real at the end of the Patch Adams review.
The spider-mutant version of Dr. Smith from the Lost in Space movie.
Lori Prince, a news personality in both the Batman universe, and the Channel Awesome universe (according to Word of God, since his father, Larry Prince, is a news anchor on Suburban Knights). A parody of newscaster Larry King.
And There Was Much Rejoicing: In "Avatar Aang", Rob invoke-jokes that Doug keeling over dead would be awesome and he'd only revive him because the camera was still on. Doug doesn't seem to find this too amusing.
Animation Age Ghetto: Invoked with the Avatar series. His shoehorning of "kid's show!" to excuse anything silly/patronize it for doing something well will cause some gritted teeth, especially as it's him talking. Towards the end, he eventually learned his lesson and called it a "family show".
See Spoony'sDVD Commentary for the Zombie 5 review, where Spoony details how both men had come up with the exact same idea to open up a crossover with The Cinema Snob (Impersonating the Snob, only for him to interrupt) without knowing the other crossover was planned; after Doug got to shoot with Brad first & learnt that Noah was planning the same bit afterwards, Doug was so sorry about it that he called Noah up to apologise about it.
Best summed up in the Insurrection review commentary he did with Lewis. Lewis goes on for about five minutes defending something he said from a complaint, while Doug quietly says after that he can't do that, so just assumes the person was right and apologizes.
Applicability: invoked One reason why he likes Avatar so much. Aside from Zuko relating, he says in The Chase that he knows all about sleeplessness-induced conflict and being told off for working alone due to Guilt Complex reasons.
Mocked by Rob in "Into The Inferno"/"Avatar Aang", where he says he can do whatever he wants to Doug and Doug won't be able to remember it the next day.
Author Avatar: As "The Writer" in To Boldly Flee and The Review Must Go On. There's virtually no difference between that 'character' and Doug, the former special hints that his name actually is Doug, and the latter one outright confirms this.
Rob said in an interview that he left Donnie to be Doug's plaything character because they shared so many qualities.
Author Tract: Donnie ended "Blue Patches" learning that he couldn't obsess over his past and needed to look forward to the future, Critic ended his live Twilight review telling everyone that he wasn't going to do this anymore and that he was going to stick to being happy in the Plot Hole, and the Vampire Support Group Simon Belmont goes to in Video Game Confessions tells him they've had a good run and it's time to try new things.
Ban on Politics: Invoked. He tries to keep away from any political issue that isn't sexism or homophobia (and even those have gone down due to Fan Dumb) because, as he said in the "Lake Laogai" vlog, he's scared of the government attacking or killing him.
The Bechdel Test: Conversed in the Sibling Rivalry of "Despicable Me 2", with Doug really wanting interaction between Lucy and one of the daughters, and Rob not caring.
Beneath the Mask: In the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" vlog, he has a long impassioned rant over how damaging it is for the audience to just look at the surface of someone and assume they know what's going on from that.
Berserk Button: It's hard to get Doug really riled up on something, although being condescending to kids is a good place to start.
Regarding this, the Garbage Pail Kids movie really got him angry, because it was meant for kids, or, in his words, "forced down their throats". The "defender of kids" trait from the Nostalgia Critic is truly his, as he demonstrates here. The thing that hit home was that he begged his mom to let him watch this film when he was a kid and she refused, something he thanks God for after watching it now, because it would have seriously messed up a little kid's mind at that age. His face was very red and his eyes were wild, even his famous hat fell off during it and he didn't care. Plus, his hate against the movie is fully justified and he gives good reasons as to why it is horrible, and he strives to meet that person who actually likes that movie, because he wants to know why they like it.
The first Breaking Dawn film's treatment of the issue of abortion. He actually starts shaking and turning red while railing against this.
According to the Avatar commentary, stopping him from working is a good way to make him rage. When he was living with his parents, he punched a hole in the wall because computer issues were preventing him from reaching a deadline.
He has some Demo Reel issues. When Welshy teased him saying the IMDB trolls complaining that he "blew 60,000" on the show, he went into high-pitched flailing mode over how that was totally shown.
Bias Steamroller: If there's a movie with a plot that's been done before, and doesn't add anything "new to the table", he'll probably despise it and usually would try to avoid it.
One notable example being when he complained about the You Go Girl cliché in the episodes "The Water Bending Master" and "The Warriors Of Kyoshi", as while he allows that they have legit points, he's sick of them because they've been done to death.
In "Go With Me", Jason points out that he lets Disney get away with a lot of stuff that he'd bitch at in other films, and Doug stutters a bit before admitting that's true.
Big Brother Worship: Invokes this in "The Top 11 Favorite NC Jokes", as Rob gets about three minutes of gushing for his directing skills.
Not quite so fun in "The Runaway", where he went from at least being apologetic over the racist mispronunciations, to sharing Rob's full-on enjoyment of people getting upset over it.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For jokey interviews and sketches "As Himself", he enjoys acting like his niceness is just a front for someone who is a dominating Depraved Bisexual dictatorish psychopath. Of course in real life, he really is just as nice as he seems.
He used to love the Twilight movies for being so gloriously awful, but Breaking Dawn made him feel so dirty that he's very close to tears in his own review.
In his video The WORST Movies Nostalgia Critic's Reviewed, he spends most of the retrospective calmly explaining why he disliked the films he was bringing up, only occasionally getting angry when remembering something that he really disliked. Then he gets to his number one pick and it's the near-crying and shaking of Breaking Dawn all over again.
Demo Reel ending. The commentary for The Review Must Go On touches on the bitterness he felt afterwards, and he's not quite as optimistic as he once was.
After watching the pilot of Adventure Time, he fully expects his mental state to get worse.
Doug: You might just watch, depending on where this show goes, if it can go anywhere from there really, you might just be watching the mental breakdown of a man who may not have clearly all been there before.
Broken Aesop: Even he pointed out that his constant mentioning of Avatar as a kid's show was going against his previous determination to have all children treated with utmost respect.
Brown Note: The worst sound he can think of is children getting hurt.
Butt Monkey: Much like Finn in the episode, “Blood Under The Skin is all about Doug's humiliation.
Casting Couch: He likes to joke (including at panels where his parents are in the back of the room) that he got noticed and popular by stripping for anyone who'd help him get there.
The Cast Showoff: If you don't know that he's a good singer and knows it, you probably haven't watched his videos. Same with his love of doing impressions. And then of course there's the fact that before making videos full-time he was a professional illustrator and is not unwilling to show off his drawing prowess.
In “Jake Vs Me-Mow”, Jori puts kitty ears on his head specifically to get tumblr cooing, although it's slightly ruined at the end when he gets all weepy and thinks he's ugly.
Cats Are Mean: Inverted with Naruto in the Adventure Time vlogs. His worst trait is lounging on the couch, but Doug keeps threatening to kill or neuter him. Jori calls him out on it in "Fionna And Cake".
Cerebus Syndrome: There's still comedy involved, but the last Critic and To Boldly Flee played the character's brokenness for complete drama, Ask That Guy (as of writing) is hanging on a To Be Continued, sweet innocent Chester had a breakdown over selling out in the Wreck-It Ralph review and hasn't yet got back to his hyperactive self, and the pilot-following episodes of Demo Reel are heavy on the emotions.
When asked about this, Doug said he just enjoys seeing how much drama he can put in and get away with before people beg him to stop.
Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Happens in "To Cut A Woman's Hair". Jason asks if he'd be wooed by a spaghetti dinner and his brain shuts off before avoiding the question.
In The Wicker Man commentary, he admits he just wanted to get Rob's head in a noose and that he has "sick specific fantasies". He then realizes how bad that makes him sound, sits in awkward silence for a moment and then changes topics fast.
Character Development: Freely admits to being addicted to it, even calling Spooning With Spoony his favorite series because "everyone evolves to a new place".
In terms of what's important in his own shows, at Youmacon 2012 he expressed confusion over why even watch something if you don't care about how the character evolves over time.
Character Tic: Plenty for his actual characters, but he himself invokes a couple: plucking hair out of his goatee when he's nervous, holding onto his wedding ring finger for support, and banging himself on the forehead with a prop (like the fake gun in bloopers, a microphone at cons and the Demo Reel bat in the donation drive) when he thinks he's fucked up.
Chickification: They see it as a positive thing with Korra, as pre-amnesia she was called "thuggish", "psychotic", "obnoxious", and a "whiny bitch", but post "she's nice and reasonable" and can potentially "redeem herself".
Chronic Hero Syndrome: He reveals in "Memories Of Boom Boom Mountain" that he used to have this because he liked the feeling of being needed, but after failing a few times, gave up.
Compassionate Critic: In his Vlogs. Even with his agony over Twilight: Breaking Dawn, he still keeps to his firm belief that people who like it aren't idiots, and he just hopes the grisly stuff about abortion will fly over their heads.
Control Freak: He'll be the first to admit it, but explains he's like that because then he'll be the only one blamed if the project goes wrong.
Discussed in an Uncle Yo interview; Rob talked about Doug having not much to do with Dragonbored except for the ending and changing the main's name from "Carl" to "Karl", positing that small thing allowed Doug to think he had some measure of control.
And with all that in mind, Doug saying in "The Boiling Rock" that people who need control aren't happy with themselves is pretty depressing.
Having a breakdown about your job or at least feeling miserable about it is an oddly common theme in his work.
His main characters (Critic, Ask That Guy, Chester and Donnie) have all had at least one moment where they're ready to die alone. Donnie actually does.
Cringe Comedy: Most of the Avatar entries in his funny page are him unintentionally humiliating himself in some way.
Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: In "Trouble In Lumpy Space", he makes the mission statement that he'll give the show therapy while losing his mind, leading some of the less empathic members of the fandom to make "Doug's the Harley Quinn to Adventure Time's Joker" references.
Cute and Psycho: Will often portray himself as such when he's off on his Alter Ego Acting kicks. "My Two Favorite People" has Jason lampshade that he has an evil streak, and when they cuddle at the end Doug gropes him.
Cute Kitten: "Freak City" had less talking about the episode and more making pussy jokes about the Jori cat sitting on the side.
Doug: You know that line "oh died of a broken heart", I mean it's not like that really happens that often, but that same kind of idea, that you can allow yourself to actually get ill when something is missing.
Depraved Bisexual: Not Doug himself, but an Alter Ego Acting persona he put on in the third DVD advertisement. Shirtless, psychotic and threatening a tied up "pretty" guy with a knife.
The 'persona' makes a fandom-rejoicing reappearance in a Conbravo interview where he ends up riding the guy like a pony, and comes out a little in a Youmacon game of charades, where the guy Doug made out with compared him to Claudia from Interview With A Vampire. Also comes back in "The Limit", where he's all over Jason despite the latter's irritation about it.
Ambiguously Bi: He's married to his lady love, but his lack of gender preference when being The Tease is regularly brought up by other site members.
Neither of them are kind to Korra in second season of said show, finding her development and most of the plot that revolves around her to be not as interesting as other aspects of the show.
Designated Villain: invoked In "The Puppetmaster", he doesn't quite get why bloodbending is such a bad thing, and relates to the abused crazy woman.
Die for Our Ship: invoked Because he loves Finn/Marceline so much (despite Marcy making it clear she didn't want Finn), in "Too Young" he admits he wanted Peebles to stay dead.
Disabled Means Helpless: In the Les Misérables commentary, he complains that he's going to have to do another musical review because a girl in a wheelchair at ConBravo (who was also having her birthday) asked him to and he knew he'd get treated like an asshole by the rest of the audience if he said no.
Domestic Abuse: In "Appa's Lost Days", they like the "so much of your trust has been replaced with fear" line, and near the end, Doug discusses how that works for victims of abusive relationships too.
Comes back with talking about Azula's breakdown, where Doug's the one who feels the most sympathy for her because generations of families that start off abusive, with fear taking precedent over love, end up getting worse, leading to more mental illness as an extra bonus.
Double Standard: While discussing Daria in his top favorite TV shows, he notices that men have a tendency to love Daria's monotone voice but hate the same thing in her boyfriend, while women react vice versa.
They also think Mako's being totally legit and reasonable (adding later that he was just trying to help while Korra was acting like an abusive girlfriend, and that the Love Triangle is her fault) while Korra's (again) being a "whiny little bitch" in all the pair's arguments, despite her whole issue being trying to save her family and Mako betraying her. Lampshaded when Doug says right after he shouldn't be calling her these names, but he calls her an "insane douche" later on anyway.
Fitting for something that had the creator apologizing◊ for the sexism◊, he complains in "Wizard Battle" about Bubblegum being the reward (despite still thinking of her as a bitchy boring cocktease at this point) coming off as both unfair to her and all the straight women participating.
Drowning My Sorrows: The first time Demo Reel came up on the 2013 drive, they were talking about all the alcohol involved in-universe, and Doug mentioned that he'd mostly drank after the show ended.
Dude, Not Funny!: invoked The end of "Belly Of The Beast" has an offscreen Jason yell at Doug for making pedophile jokes about his fourteen year old daughter, and Doug say it's the most disturbing ending they had yet.
Earn Your Happy Ending: As he sorta-cynically, sorta-hopefully puts it, "the deeper you dig yourself, the further you have to dig out, but you can still dig out, and you're all the more proud when you make it."
Doug: I don't know, I'm not convinced I necessarily do. It's like there's some emergency back-up in my brain that's like "welp no, he's dead, okay just keep the body moving and talking, we'll fake it."
Erotic Eating: With a banana and a lollipop, both lampshaded to the best of his ability. At Connecticon 2013, he got on all fours and sucked a sugarcube out of a fan's hand, which has been labeled Fetish Retardant because he was pressured into it.
Even the Guys Want Him: We won't go into audience examples, but In-Universe he's been nearly kissed twice and managed to get out of a hug before he got his ass groped.
As for the guys he wants, he has a bit of a thing for Jacob from Twilight.
He asks his female audience to back him up on finding Marv from Sin City attractive.
Whenever Spooning With Spoony comes up at cons, he'll swoon over Noah's sexy and gush over how giving as well as taking he was.
Everyone Has Standards: He practically exhausts himself in trying, and even gets upset because he fails, but he just can't see the worth in Breaking Dawn and the movies on "The Top 11 Worst NC-Reviewed Films".
There are a few times in Avatar where he doesn't trust Iroh's optimism, which is weird coming from someone who could have put Pollyanna to shame in the past.
Evil Laugh: Invoked in his "The Review Must Go On" DVD Commentary, after telling everyone Donnie was only made to be Critic so they could be pissed off at the insult to both characters.
Extreme Doormat: Has a... reputation for it, and will readily admit it. For one example, at Connecticon a girl asked him if he could sign her friend's cleavage. He said no because private parts were the only things he didn't sign, but after a bit of pouting and refusing anything else, his spine crumbled and did it anyway. Even gave her a kiss on the cheek because he's a gentleman.
Despite Holly's protests, he's also the only one who lets people steal his work and income by uploading everything he does on YouTube because he thought it would be mean-spirited to complain. Nobody else (Linkara, Todd, Phelous, Lindsay etc.) has this viewpoint and refuse "can I put your videos up on YT" every time.
Another good example would be spending a lot of time in the "King And I" review trashing people complaining about his white wall, but changing it to blue soon after anyway.
Face Framed in Shadow: Most of the Avatar vlogs had him sitting in dimly lit rooms with most of his face obscured in darkness. Fans like to joke that the habit's not helping his eyes get any healthier.
Facepalm: Jason does this quite a lot in “Loyalty To The King”, mostly in reaction to Rob mocking Doug for his initial upset about the show.
Fake High: In "Heat Signature", Doug gets "sick puppy"-excited telling Jason that he pranks his friends by giving them wrapped up oregano, telling them it's real and seeing if they act drugged.
Female Gaze: Invoked. There are a lot of things he does that makes his girl fans squee and some of his younger male fans reach for Brain Bleach. note This might also possibly account for some of the more venomous reactions he gets.
First Gray Hair: The "Review Must Go On" title card makes a point of showing his goatee starting to have gray in it.
First World Problems: Did it to himself in an interview once, stating that compared to not being able to eat or going off to be a soldier, hate-filled or creepy comments against him really don't measure up as that bad.
For the Evulz: Confirmed in an interview that things have changed and he'll be offensive on purpose just to upset people and get views.
Gayngst: He assumes BMO's genderfluidity (sometimes being called "he", sometimes being called "she", sometimes being called "it") is it having an identity crisis, despite one of the perks of BMO is that ze's totally okay with this aspect of their personality.
Gender-Inverted Trope: In "Henchman", he talks about seeing men do stereotypically shitty woman things like play mind games with their girlfriends and vice versa.
The Glomp: He's a big fan of these at conventions.
Grotesque Cute: By "The Enchiridion", he's praising Adventure Time for doing something he loves: mixing the best of feminine attributes (i.e being super cute) and the best of masculine (i.e being really gross).
Growing Up Sucks: In "Belly Of The Beast", he goes on a tangent about not liking clubs much anymore because he gets more headaches and is going deaf.
Guilt Complex: Supermassive black hole-huge. The guy even felt guilty for 'boring' people with his praise of the Avatar series.
Hates Being Alone: A notable aversion as so many of his characters have loneliness issues. He instead thinks you should embrace and welcome it instead of being scared.
Heavy Sleeper: When he does actually sleep he sleeps like the dead. Notable because he goes on in "The Eyes" about how he can't empathize or relate to anyone who can't sleep when they feel like they're being watched.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Aside from looks-pride (and even that's gone), he has a deep dark hole where his self-esteem should go. Not many would relate to a Sin City character in terms of feeling worthless, but he did.
Hollywood Homely: Invoked regarding only his hair-loss, as he's appreciative of everything else he has. He mocks himself for it all the time, but while it is receding at a young age, it's still thick, fluffy and he's shown on various occasions that he can grow it out any way he wants.
Honor Before Reason: Loves the madness of people so obsessed with honor that they'd commit suicide before losing it, and doesn't always disagree with them.
Horrible Hollywood: He regularly talks about how he originally studied to work in film, but soon realized that someone like him wouldn't be able to survive in that industry and so went into illustration.
Hype Aversion: [[in-universe]] Jason's family significantly hyped up Finn's baby song in Memory of a Memory, making Doug think that it was some sort of musical episode. When seeing the episode, he was more interested in examining the backgrounds than he was actually paying attention to the song which he had no real opinions about.
Hypocrite: Jason's called him out on it, but in terms of Princess Bubblegum. She's a bitch when she's in Cute and Psycho mode or (rightfully) rejecting Finn's Dogged Nice Guy crush, but whenever she's responsible/nice he complains of her being a "boring princess stereotype".
I Am Not Pretty: The Avatar intro has him act like seeing his face everyday for two months is a bad thing. As skinny and tired as he looks, most would still disagree.
I Am Not Spock: Even though The Nostalgia Critic is a hyperbolic wreck who would have probably died in the real world long ago, people still confuse Doug with his character.
After the Doug/Critic scene in To Boldly Flee and Critic being mostly retired, the people still calling Doug "Critic" all the time are probably just doing it to try and annoy him.
Doug: So a lot of times they just have to act like they know what they're talking about and smile... or let me put it this way, they could know all this stuff, but then they'd have to give up everything resembling a social life, and anything that would keep them sane...
I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Teased in "To Cut A Woman's Hair", as he wears a wig for the first few minutes because he wants to feel pretty.
Ill Boy: As he stated so eloquently in "The Limit", "[he's] sick in all the ways" with OCD, ADD, dyslexia, workaholic issues and memory problems where he can't even remember the previous day.
Incredibly Long Note: His performance of a fan's parody of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" ends with a quite frankly ridiculously long one. And once it's over he just starts talking again, seeming to not consider it any big deal or be in any discomfort.
His participation in The Nostalgia Chick's One Day More group-sing had him hold a note almost 3 times as long as the actor who sang that part in the 25th Anniversary performace of said play.
Inferiority Superiority Complex: "Pride is not the solution, shame is the cause of it" is a quote he loves from Avatar, and sums up his way of using this trope pretty well.
Insult Backfire: According to the drive, he got bullied as a kid "for being weird", but took it as a compliment.
I Was Just Joking: Rare example where the audience is worried, not offended. He once tried to pass off his brokenly crying, shaking rants on Garbage Pail Kids and Breaking Dawn as them being played for laughs and him acting like Critic. Seeing as this was only one half-hearted attempt and he went right back to emotions over both in the next con, nobody bought it.
Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: In a video where he was in Austria, he made a reference to Julie Taymor's work, and noted that about five people watching might get it.
Laughing Mad: In the "Sibling Rivalry" video for Man of Steel, Rob gets steadily more annoyed at Doug's incessant cackling at nothing.
The first vlog of Adventure Time is a mix of tears, the traumatized kitten voice he used for Garbage Pail Kids, and laughing so hard he can't get words out.
Life Isn't Fair: A big theme in the Avatar: The Last Airbender vlogs, despite needing the show's happy. Especially with "The Blue Spirit", he sounds very sad and beaten down when talking about Aang and Zuko realizing they're in a situation that they can't get out of yet and just have to deal with ut.
Locked Out of the Loop: By his own admission, because he can't deal with pressures of business. He had no idea a redesign was being planned when a con guest asked him about it, and Rob confirmed that he was kept in the dark about some Demo Reel issues because he was so excited.
Love Triangle: He claims to hate them with a passion. In his opinion, they only work in comedy when it's Played for Laughs, but in drama they're only a distraction that postpones what the audience already know is going to happen at the end. A good example of this is in the Legend Of Korra vlogs.
Luminescent Blush: In "Fionna And Cake", when Doug gives the very obvious lie that he never reads any of the porn about him note an extra on "The Uncanny Valley" will even have him reading some of the Demo Reel slash he asked for, Jori is delighted to point out that he's blushing.
L Is for Dyslexia: Confirmed he had it early on. And apparently he was quite upset when he spelled his last name wrong in Mr. Magoo.
Mad Artist: The To Boldly Flee commentary has him call his brain fucked up at least ten times, and he's just a little too willing to forgo food, sleep or human interaction for work that (he admits) doesn't always make him feel better about himself.
In the vlog for "The Chase", he talks about how feeling confused and chaotic can sometimes lead to moments of clarity.
Calls himself a "demented bastard" for wanting Zuko to go through even more identifiable pain so he'll come out stronger, and has joked he looks schizophrenic when it comes to making Bum Reviews.
Male Gaze: In his interview with Mara Wilson, they disparagingly discuss how much attention her bust gets because child actresses grow up. Unfortunately, if you look at the (male-dominated) comment sections note (female fans tend to congregate elsewhere), this point - that it's ridiculous to objectify her just because you remember her as Matilda - seems to have flown over their heads.
Mangst: He's a big fan of men/boys who have a lot of pain, but treat it as their own problem and are willing to die before they go crawling to anyone else for help. Out of his characters, despite the queerball femminess, Donnie from Demo Reel fit this style of angst perfectly.
Manly Tears: As his Author Avatar in "The Review Must Go On". Plenty of lip-quivering and eye-tearing, not so much with the happy.
Men Don't Cry: He's more than fine with crying at actual problems, even going as far as to say the shaking-hands-falling-to-pieces-while-trying-to-keep-composed breakdown is the best way of tears, but admitting he cried at the Zuko/Iroh reunion humiliates him. Comments mocking him for "being full of estrogen" probably don't help any.
Military Brat: Doug's father was in the navy, and he was actually born in Italy.
Momma's Boy: Unlike the abused Critic and tragic Donnie, he's one in a nice way. The end of "The Worst Christmas Special EVER" has him ask her to give people who are having a crappy time some hope because they both know how awful things have been in the past year.
Mr. Fanservice: Invoked as hard he was able. As well as some of the things he does for the Critic and Ask That Guy, he takes every opportunity he can to flirt with people, start a striptease for con-goers or show off some skin.
Doug: That's the toughest thing for anyone to go through, when you try your hardest and it still blows up in your face [-] they really captured that fear, that pure fear that you will not be able to fix everything, that not only have you failed, but you've failed not just yourself but everybody whether they realize it or not, but you realize it so that's the ultimate failure.
Nice Guy: He's a sweet man, and this has been discussed plenty of times. In his commentary for Zombie 5, Noah Antwiler said how Doug called him up to profusely apologize for coincidentally using his idea of dressing up like The Cinema Snob first.
In a tweet, Lindsay called him "one of the rare Really Nice Guys".
On Facebook, a troll was calling Doug every single sexually degrading thing he could think of for a long while. He then asked when he lost his virginity. Doug finally responded with a Your Mom joke... and then apologized for having to be "needlessly cruel" sometimes.
In Phelous's House of Wax (2005) review, everyone else celebrates Paris Hilton's death in the film, while he's disgusted by their behavior.
He invited Mara Wilson to appear in his A Simple Wish review as a way of saying sorry due to his fanbase sending her bad messages over her acting skills.
Nice Guys Finish Last: Subverted. In the A Simple Wish commentary, he reveals that he's aware that a lot of people take advantage of his apologetic nature and tend to blame him for stuff he has no say in, but doesn't mind because being Good Feels Good.
Nightmare Fetishist: He's quite fascinated with suicide and death wishes, and the narrator for the To Boldly Flee documentary got freaked out when he revealed his fifth year anniversary idea would be "TGWTG goes to hell".
Never Bareheaded: The only thing he's self-conscious about look-wise is his receding hairline, so he'll nearly always wear the Critic hat when he does vlogs by himself.
Never Trust A Preview: "Chamber Of Frozen Blades" had the tagline "alright everyone...CHILL!" and a picture of Doug with his middle fingers up. It'd be okay fearing he was going to yell at us again, but really he's just embarrassed because he taped over the original vlog.
New Media Are Evil: The basic gist of his long ramble in "A Leaf Of The Wind", that his generation and the one after are so indulged with distraction and entertainment that they're scared to be alone.
Noodle Incident: In both "Southern Raiders" and "Avatar Aang", he mentions having to defend himself with violence because he apparently wasn't "strong enough or smart enough" for anything else.
OOC Is Serious Business: When Doug is featured as himself in a video and not one of his many characters, you can be sure he's telling his honest opinion rather than a comically exaggerated one. See, for example, him intentionally breaking character in the Bum Review of The Avengers, or fictionalized interactions between Doug and the Critic.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Whenever Doug tries to do an accent it inevitably turns into some sort of weird Eastern European accent. See his "How To Be a Pirate" videos and his contributions to Lupa's Tommy Wiseau videos for examples.
Pen Name: For a while he went by "Douglas Darien" in his That Guy with the Glasses material, as he worried that it might jeopardize his career as an illustrator. He dropped it when the site became very successful on its own.
Tropes Are Not Bad: In his reviews of How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar 3, it is one of the few times that he does not hate the use of this trope. He also admits that The Bully and Love Triangles can work if they're played for laughs rather than for drama.invoked
Puppy-Dog Eyes: In every character he has, and in terms of Sibling Rivalry, fans get amused by how often he just stares at Rob (or into space) like a starved kitten.
He spends most of "Slumber Party Panic" with eyes so huge that it'd put an anime girl to shame.
Quit Your Whining: Has a tendency to do this to himself. Most people would consider complaints about becoming sick from overwork, creepy fans or having to rage every con because of a meme you're tired of justified, but he'll always find a way to act like he was just bitching unnecessarily.
Understatement: Marceline's mind-raping sexist abusive boyfriend in "Memory Of A Memory" gets the label of "kinda a jerk" from Doug.
In some of his flashback videos, Catholic items (and a church) are seen. In his video "Off to Defeat the Nerd," he asks Rob what they were bapitized as.
In The Odd Life of Timothy Green review, he calls God "the Life of the World to Come, Amen." That title is actually the last line of the Nicene Creed.
Religion Is Wrong: While he's not Catholic anymore, he still doesn't like this moral.
Reluctant Psycho: Goes between being sad about it and embracing it. Starting from To Boldly Flee commentary he kept calling himself messed up in the head, and his Valentine's 2014 posts had him go as far as to say if he could manage a relationship with all his self-loathing and crazy then anyone could.
Rhymes on a Dime: He is surprisingly good at writing lyrics for satirical or humorous songs, as shown in "Holiday Clusterfuck" and a few smaller moments in Nostalgia Critic reviews. He states that simple rhyming just comes naturally for him when explaining how he managed to write the How the Grinch Stole Christmas! review entirely in rhyme and still post it on schedule.
Sad Clown: He's a big believer in the "all comedy is based on misery" style of humor, to the point where he argues that he hasn't even seen any comedy that didn't have a misery element to it.
Sanity Slippage: Mentioned by Jason in "The Limit" where he says you should see Doug off-camera because he's been losing his mind a bit, and Doug sarcasm modes that he's totally normal-sounding in actual videos.
Sarcasm Failure: Towards the end of his Boys Beware riff. He can only say "...wow" to the assertion that gay people are mentally ill.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the Forced Viewing podcast, he gives a carefully worded explanation on how mentally ill people cling onto things like family or teddy bears and then bolts, not even sticking around for the "thank you for joining us today" at the end.
Jason at the end of “Loyalty To The King”, when Doug says the fan and Rob will be around for another vlog.
He also tries to make a quiet break for it when Doug randomly talks like the Ice King in "The Other Tarts".
Jason does it again in "Belly Of The Beast" when Doug displays a ridiculous loss of memory and doesn't remember the bears that he made a big deal about in "When Wedding Bells Thaw".
Sentimental Drunk: He compares Mary Poppins favorably to getting really happily drunk at parties for the fun bits of the movie and then getting depressed and existential about life for the more serious moments.
Sequel Hook: Continuing the connection that he and Critic have got themselves into, the “Business Time” vlog takes place at the exact same time that Critic disappears from his room and reappears in Alcon.
Shameless Fanservice Boy: As seen by the donation drives and some cons with Rob, he carries on the teasing even when others are uncomfortable.
Shipper on Deck: As Rob's not really a fan of that kinda thing, he's usually responsible for all the Ship Tease flying around in the shows and anniversary specials.
Shipping: invoked Despite one of the points of the episode being Marceline not wanting Finn that way, "Go With Me" turns Doug into a diehard fangirl for the pairing.
Shirtless Scene: By this point he's had so many he might have actually topped Benzaie for most times half naked on the site.
Shrinking Violet: In his Disneycember review of A Goofy Movie, he joke-cries that the shy, stuttering guy in the corner really can't get the hot girl in real life. Cue fangirl d'awwing.
Show, Don't Tell: He's maybe a little too much a fan of this. He said absolutely nothing from the Scooby-Doo review to the end of To Boldly Flee, letting the trailers, the characters and the plot speak for itself.
Sick and Wrong: He was particularly disgusted and upset by Breaking Dawn, Part 1 trying to discuss the topic of abortion, stating that a subject like that requires you to, among other things be highly knowledgeable on the subject and know what you're talking about, neither of which fits the film's take on the subject.
If "The Worst Movies NC Has Reviewed" is any indication, child abuse of any kind is on the same level as badly handling a hot topic like the above.
Skewed Priorities: In "Memory Of A Memory", he says he's a lot more obsessed with the importance of the fries than the apocalypse imagery. And later on during the glasses mess in "Holly Jolly Secrets", Jason figures that he's obsessing about the fries and glasses "as a way out" of discussing bigger problems.
Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: Doug is a bigger fan of characters in a story rather than the plot. He says that he can last through a mediocre story if the characters are interesting, and his shows do focus more on character interaction & analysis rather than having a deep plot.
Stealth Insult: At the end of "The Other Tarts", Jason's segue into the next episode is calming Doug down by calling him pretty. For those who know "To Cut A Woman's Hair", Jake tried to do the same to the evil vain tree witch.
Although in his review of "The Day Of Black Sun", he says he'd like Suki killed off just to provide a dark twist.
Suckiness Is Painful: Subverted in "Prisoners Of Love", as he told Brad the show was hurting him and Brad figured that meant it was awful, but in reality he had no idea why it was making him feel worse than normal.
Super OCD: Refers to himself as the "OCD guy" in "The Painted Lady", though it's more about obsessing over work and scheduling than it is about the usual "being clean".
Take That, Audience!: "The Northern Air Temple" and "The Waterbending Master" have a bit of passive-aggressiveness thrown at the fandom for taking him at his word when he said there'd be a vlog everyday. Other videos have expressed annoyance at the constant "[whatever you say] will come back!" nature of the comment sections.
Has an odd moment in "Return To Omashu", where he, assuming that people don't like him praising something, tells the audience that if they want to see tired old rage at something, go to Critic.
Has an Epic Fail in "Zuko Alone" where he yells at the people who yelled at him for getting the Earth Kingdom name wrong, but then gets confused as to what the opening called the four areas of the world.
When Dante Basco complimented his vlogs but got confused, thinking he was the youtube poster, Doug sympathized, apologizing for the millions of fans going after him to "pearl harbor" his mistake.
At the beginning of "Lake Laogai", he doesn't even bother trying to say the title because people will just yell at him anyway, ignoring that most are just annoyed because the foreign names really shouldn't cause this much pain.
In "Tales Of Ba Sing Se", Rob tells the comment section that they're wasting their time giving spoilers everywhere because Doug won't read them for that exact reason.
At the start of "The Ember Island Players", he begins explaining in what order he does the vlogs, but then cuts himself off with a "what do you care?".
Tons in "Into The Inferno"/"Avatar Aang", with Rob indulging in a full-blown sneer to the camera at one point.
Rob: You go first, because I'm not allowed to have an opinion until you say something.
Doug: I didn't say that!
Rob: No but everyone else did.
Doug: Oh. Them I don't care about.
The end of the season 2 finale Korra vlog has them complaining at fans for complaining about them complaining, and saying it's just because they care, missing the point that people got annoyed at them mostly for calling Korra a bitch constantly.
In "Henchman", after Jason compares the Marcy/Finn/Jake situation to some women brainwashing their boyfriends and male friends hating them for that, Doug assumes that the comment section will explode in sexism.
Gets into paranoia territory in "The Other Tarts", when he concocts a scenario about an angry fan copyrighting "Jakeisms" and then tells Jason that people will get offended by anything. Jason just wonders why he's so angry.
Twice in "The Real You", as Jori first calls out fandom for encouraging Doug's crazy, and then Doug goes on a rant about anyone who found the "men can't get sexually harassed/women should expect it" Running Gag of the last commercial special painful.
In "Guardians Of Sunshine", the Douchey voice is used in advance for anyone who might be upset with him sitting on a cat.
He shared this on facebook and called it the saddest fanart he'd ever seen. For good reason too.
Tempting Fate: When he announced he was gonna start an Adventure Time Vlog, he dismissed claims that he would not be able to talk about the show and that he would have a lot to talk about them...
Testosterone Poisoning: Most of his characters are either pretty femmy or neutral, so when he creates a persona that's meant to be manly, it'll either come off as an over-compensating guy in the closet or have all the stereotypically worst traits of masculinity (bigotry, hardass shouting, acts like he's seconds away from a heart attack) played for laughs.
The Tease: He likes his flirting. A lot. All for lampshaded fun, though.
This Is Gonna Suck: In "Endgame", when Rob starts in for the third time in a row about the pronunciations, Doug groans that they really shouldn't go out on this and starts pinching his face when Rob goes through with it.
Thousand-Yard Stare: In the "Sibling Rivalry" for Iron Man 3, he stares off sadly into space at least five times while Rob does most of the talking.
Too Kinky to Torture: He certainly comes off like this when he reveals he willingly and without regret put clothespins on his private parts for the second animated Titanic movie review.
Too Much Information: A common criticism of him is that he gives too much of himself away and blurs the boundary lines between fan and creator. Like in Avatar vlogs, there's not really much people can do to help when he says he has nightmares before shoots.
Too Soon: At Alcon, he made a joke about Ebert's death and when the audience invoked this reaction, he snipped back that he made Ebert's favorite tribute so he was allowed.
Trigger Happy: In the space game, he, Leo, Smarty and Nash play at the donation drive. They tell him over and over again not to waste their ammunition, and he immediately opens fire at the docking station to piss them off.
True Art Is Angsty: Doug went through this invoked phase during his high school/college years and made a few short films during that time, which he now considers Old Shames to poke fun of.
Although he still has a fondness for the trope. Demo Reel was five years in the making and had a lot of taken-seriously sadness dealt to sweet, normal people, and his bittersweet character list surprised Fan Dumb who assumed Daffy Duck would be on there.
Twitchy Eye: While he still likes the joke just for the fact that some enjoy it, he has some issues with the bat credit card.
Doug: Every time I hear someone say "bat credit card", like my eye will twitch.
Unacceptable Targets: Invoked. After Rob likens the Fire Nation to post-WW2 Japan, Doug gets squirmy, tells the audience they like the Japanese, and does his best to change the comparison to Nazi Germany instead.
Undying Loyalty: He's fiercely attached to the other contributors and will always look after them, even going so far as to feel guilty when they got sunburned in Kickassia. They care just as much about him in return.
The Unfavorite: Joked about in the Shining commentary. Doug says "I went home to find pictures of me as a kid and you guys didn't have a lot" and his father replies "we have a ton of Rob".
Doug: I'm not inviting you on commentaries anymore. You've said like two things and they have both been insulting to me.
Vocal Evolution: The Critic lost Doug's Chicago accent and become broader, Ask That Guy's voice become posher and Chester's voice is a bit lower now.
We All Live in America: He's gone on weird rants about his country being too rebellious at least twice, and as he's talking about the Asian-based Avatar, it comes off as even stranger.
Weight Woe: A skinny guy already, he was proud of losing weight through Creator Breakdown means in To Boldly Flee (not eating and spending time working out when he should have been sleeping) and while he's lost even more in 2013, creating concern in fans, he said in the donation drive that he thinks he's got fatter.
Weirdness Coupon: Has stated his neighbors and people at conventions generally just react to the crazy stuff he does for the Nostalgia Critic have stopped questioning it after seeing it's him. Special note goes to the Casper review where most of those involved had no idea what was going on.
We Used to Be Friends: He's a fan of stories about close friends or siblings drifting apart, but he's not sure why.
The Woobie: He really loves playing these, whether they're pure woobie or the jerkass kind. The only characters of his that don't have issues of some nature are Dominic and Raoul Puke. The former is a bartender dealing with the personal problems of video game characters and the latter is a druggie. That should tell you something.
He falls in love with Zuko within the third episode of Avatar because he can identify with the character's anger, pride, angst, impatience and deceitfulness so much.
Workaholic: Rob said on a forum post that Doug's fiancée (now wife) doesn't get to see him as often as she'd like because they're always working. And with that in mind, Doug himself understandably gets a bit frustrated with people who call him "lazy".
It's a little painful to hear his To Boldly Flee commentary, where he's apologetic but also genuinely confused as to why the others didn't want to let their work hurt them. For his own part, he actually thought starving himself and going without sleep was the logical way to get work done faster.
To the surprise of nobody, he related to the business-men in "Business Time" and felt sad when they had to be forced to stop working.
In one of her videos, Rachel surmised that Doug wasn't human because nobody else she knows could come back from an England con and then work for twelve hours, and Kyle/Paw in the Les Misérables commentary recalled he said the quote below before filming the episode.
Doug: Just warning you now, I am going to this con to work. I will have no time to relax. This could possibly be To Boldly Flee like crazy hours. So let me know if you're not able to commit to it now.
Would Hit a Girl: At the end of "To Cut A Woman's Hair", Doug goes off to beat (of course not really) on Jori when she disagrees with Jason's comfort that they still love him.
You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Even Brianna (Jason and Jori's daughter) gets in on teasing Doug's lack of memory when he doesn't remember the bears in "When Wedding Bells Thaw" and she asks offscreen if he's serious.
You Just Had to Say It: In "Conquest Of Cuteness", Brianna giggle-interrupts Jason's asking Doug if he remembers the flashback in "Memories Of Boom Boom Mountain" (because Doug's memory issues mean he clearly doesn't) and Jason tells her he's aware of what he just said. Doug just looks confused.