Creator: Doug Walker

"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) is That Guy with the Glasses. Which is to say, he's the bespectacled man the site is (formerly) named after, not that he has a case of l'etat c'est moi. The main star of his site, he has so many characters you'd think he had Multiple Personality Disorder.

His original characters include:

His parody characters include:


Notable tropes invoked by Doug Walker:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Invoked. He yells at himself for being a "typical white American" with mocking/not remembering the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode titles/characters and breaking his own aesop with always calling it a kids' show, but carries on with both. If there was a Drinking Game dedicated to how many times he promised to stop apologizing or overworking himself but kept doing so, hospital visits would go way up.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Invoked for a giggle in an Anime Revolution panel, where he was asked whether he would choose Spoony or Nerd to have sex with to repopulate the earth. He picked Nerd because Spoony had already violated him and he wanted to make some fanfic come alive.
  • Aggressive Submissive: Massive Author Appeal. Critic, Donnie and Ask That Guy are all masochists into giving oral, but do most of the flirting. Even Doug himself (in Alter Ego Acting mode, none of our business what he's like in reality) has identified as a Lovable Sex Maniac who enjoys pain a lot.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: In Critic behind the scenes and Korra s4 vlogs, he gets a lot of mileage out of being part German and pretending he's a nazi. Jason once asked him how many nazi jokes he's made and Doug admitted way too many.
    Jason: So why am I your friend again?
  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Agreed upon by both Jori and Doug in the "Fionna and Cake" vlog as they say gay men are usually just so nice that they'd get all the women even if they were straight or bisexual.
  • Almost Kiss: With Jason twice in "Fionna And Cake", Ed Glazer at the first charity drive, and several guys at cons (with a few actual kisses). You notice a theme.
  • Alter Ego Acting: Oh, so much of it. There's even different versions of Doug (playing up his own crazy, the Depraved Bisexual, ATG-lite, the Prima Donna Director etc.) which gets a little confusing.
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: In the Forced Viewing July podcast, he recommends both Alcohollywood and The Mental Illness. They sound like joke shows but they're both real.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Like Rob playing the Big Brother Bully, he will invoke for comedy. In reality it's more like Big Brother Worship.
  • 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".
    • While he loves Gravity Falls too, “it's a show for ten year olds” is always Rob's excuse when Doug has rare complaints (like forced misunderstandings or tacked on morals).
  • Anti-Humor: Quite a few episodes will end with Jason groaning that Doug will do something predictable as a joke, like punching him or parodying the Batman “to be continued” symbol, and Doug will do exactly that.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Discussed.
    • See Spoony's DVD 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 and 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.
    • In the AT vlogs, he's apologized for different opinions, talking in general and saying anything about what he believes in. Jason tells him every time that he doesn't need to ask forgiveness for any of that.
    • In only four minutes of footage during the Critic/Blockbuster Buster, he says sorry at least three times. Like Jason, Erod is nice and always tells him it's okay.
    • He apologizes for “being too political” when he expresses glee about gay marriage being legalized everywhere in the USA, but he's just really happy about it.
  • 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.
    • One of the main draws of the Adventure Time vlogs is hearing him relate a theme of any particular episode to his own experiences. It happens a lot.
    • In the Mockingjay part 1 review he says that because he's in the media and knows all the manipulation and what lurks in the behind the scene shadows, the film is right up his alley.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: He shows in the Incendium vlog that he's still in love with Keith David's voice, and his wife offscreen teases him that she'll talk like the guy to get him off later.
    • In “The Pit”, he has a brief orgasm over Marina Sirtis's voice, saying also that he met her at a con and it's even hotter in real life.
  • Artistic License – Biology: He is really not good with his identification of animals.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He admits in one of his Vlog reviews that he think he may have ADD.
    • 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.
    • Jason also points out in "Belly Of The Beast" that nobody should yell at him for giving Doug spoilers because Doug just forgets everything anyway.
    • He legit gets distracted by everything in Dream Of Love, but plays it for laughs trying to get Jason off-focus too by talking about his lamp and clock.
    • An amusing bit in "Five More Short Graybles" is where Jason is talking to his face and Doug just disengages.
    Jason: Are you being- what are you getting distracted by now? I'm looking at you and you're looking over in the distance.
    • After about five minutes of Doug getting distracted in "Who Would Win" (partly to piss people off but mostly genuine), Jason actually asks him if he has any ADD/ADHD medicine. The answer's no.
    • Naruto's a big source of it ("it's a cat! a cute cat!") to the point where Doug will pet nothing because the cat is really on the opposite end of the room.
    Doug: I'm distracted by nothing, that's how distracted I get.
  • Author Appeal: Doug really loves Batman, to the point where he must have worn a Batman mask about ten times spanning across various shows. In his favorite characters list, Batman came second.
  • 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. From The Last Airbender onwards however, there's still not much difference but there's more Adam Westing and mocking his own issues.
    • 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.
    • He lampshades in the TMNT review that while he's never even met the guy, Bay brings out the scatterbrained condescending Fan Hater rants that he's usually too nice to say.
    • He's gone on several rants about how bad a time 1996-2001 was for action movies, going as far to say his generation was “held hostage by them”. He eventually did an “Dark Age Of Movies” editorial about it and hopefully got it out of his system.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Joked about in "When Wedding Bells Thaw", as both he and Jason laugh that their wives have devoured them but then that fact makes them both sad.
    • He jokes that he's the worst husband ever (and even Rob calls him out) in the behind the scenes of “Food Fight” after he says he won't clean up his mess “because that's what wives are for”, and he'll put his feet up on his wife when she clears it away.
    • When Doug goes on about how he wants Keith David's voice to do him (while his wife is in the room), Jason jokes that he needs marriage counseling, and the next episode when Doug gets on the pedophile joke train again, he comments that he has weird issues with marriage.
  • Bad Boss: He isn't, he actually has the opposite problem, but the tagline for the "Behind The Scenes" video for "The Shining" is "see Doug treat his cast like how Stanley Kubrick treated his."
  • Bad Dreams: Apparently has bad nightmares before shoots like Suburban Knights, To Boldly Flee and episodes that involve a lot of work.
    • He compares The Lich (specifically the scene where it's zooming in on Jake) to the nightmares he has sometimes, where they're really uncomfortable and repetitive and he just wants them to stop.
  • Bait and Switch:
    • His first vlog for Legend Of Korra has the image show him flipping the bird. he froze it there to make people think he was going to trash the episode. In truth, it's against the trolling creators who lampshaded an unanswered question from the first one and then cut it off before the answer could be given.
    • His vlog on the Legend Of Korra finale starts with him going on about two characters holding hands after expressing their love for each other. Those characters, of course, being Mako and Bolin.
  • 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.
  • Basement-Dweller:
    • There's a strange rant from Doug in Soos And The Real Girl about how dwellers should go outside and have people care about them, note . Rob, who on the other hand has been trying to get Doug to admit he's had some creepy people in his life, thinks it'd be kinder for said people to stay inside.
    • In “Nostalgia For The Nostalgia Critic”, he talks about how he was living with his parents for a while (literally living in the basement), and felt really embarrassed because as he admits, he didn't make the best financial choices back then note  and didn't want that public.
  • Becoming the Mask: Both this and Beneath the Mask was a big thing for him in the Catching Fire Sibling Rivalry, as he also talks about playing the media game until it's not actually playing any more, and then how you become part of the problem and start losing your humanity.
  • 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.
    • Again in the Mockingjay part 1 review, where he really wants to people see that any kind of media just builds up one person as The Messiah, and there is nobody like that, just people who'll kinda make it work and people who'll screw you over. Likewise in the Bottomless Pit vlog where he explains even the industry he's in is built on deception and illusion, and that can often be a healthier thing for everyone.
    • Discussing politics instead of entertainment but still in general, in “The Cooler” he talks about “as long as you look happy and confident and good-looking it'll increase your chances of people not suspecting you of doing anything even if you think it's in their best interest”. Jason adds in pointedly “you can be purdy and smile and get caught red-handed and it's still kinda okay”.
  • 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.
    • Death is Serious Business for him, as shown in the Ghost Dad review.
    • What child stars go through. Demo Reel was all about that, and while after that show died he tends to blame the actual child “for going kaput”, he still brings it up all the time and is constantly upset about how they're treated.
    • People getting more angry over a different interpretation of a scene in a cartoon than when they hear about others going to sleep starving is another instance that gets him shouting and shaking.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He can be creepy when he invokes it, like when he's letting a movie trigger his child abuse button off, musing to a friend (who saw his friend get killed) that it'd be interesting to see someone hang themselves, or relating to a woobie character's need for revenge.
  • 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.
    • Though in his "Old vs. New" videos, he prefers the remakes often enough to avert this trope (The Karate Kid, The Lord of the Rings, True Grit, The Nutty Professor).
    • Also inverted. Anything that treats children or teenagers like they're intelligent and challenges them will at least be given a lot of respect.
    • A movie having a "Liar Revealed" trope is almost guaranteed to get absolutely trashed by Doug. Almost, which is why it surprises him that he ended up liking other movies that used such as How to Train Your Dragon or Madagascar 3.
    • 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. He also somewhat becomes a Broken Record in vlogs with Rob, constantly saying that because of Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Gravity Falls (always just those three) that Disney has completely redeemed itself from every problem.
    • He really likes anything that plays around with gender, Adventure Time's way of doing it especially, and in the April Fool's Day vlog of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic pilot, teases it for keeping the characters in strict gender roles. He also talks about this in the Cat Fingers episode of Steven Universe, expressing much happiness that shows like this aren't limiting themselves on race/sexuality/gender.
    • While Doug clarifies that he likes political correctness for a lot of reasons, he and Rob both complain about sanitization of violence (when they're not complaining about dark for the sake of it) from 90s onwards, mostly because they miss the violent movies from their childhood.
  • Big Brother Worship: Invokes this in "The Top 11 Favorite NC Jokes", as Rob gets about three minutes of gushing for his directing skills.
    • When they get a few assholes at cons asking Rob what's it like to be Doug's shadow, Rob will usually blow it off while Doug's the offended one.
    • 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.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: While promoting Channel Awesome's new youtube channel, he ends up listing all the other much better entertainers that you should be watching instead.
    Doug: The Angry Video Game Nerd! I don't tell many people this but he's am- [realizes, twitches] just watch the videos below.
  • Black Comedy:The Most Disturbing Aristocrats Joke Ever.
  • Blatant Lies: In "Dad's Dungeon", Doug calling himself an angel. Jason immediately snorts and Jori has a "No. Just... No" Reaction.
    • In the Gravity Falls vlog on the Wham Episode that was "Not What He Seems", Doug claims that "nothing much happened". Rob plays along, saying he was "disappointed" in The Reveal of Stan's brother being the Author.
  • Blind Without 'Em: From one behind the scenes video with Lindsay Ellis:
    Lindsay: Are you nearsighted or farsighted?
    Doug: I'm just blind.
  • Brainless Beauty: He isn't, but fandom likes to “affectionately” treat him like a dumb innocent puppy who needs everything explained to him, and he'll often downplay his opinions or intelligence in favor of Casting Couch jokes.
  • Break the Cutie: Played up a few times.
    • 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.
    • As described by Rob's commentary, the Suburban Knights production with the weather problems and script cuttings and upset producers "destroyed him". Thankfully the cutie gets mended this time as Rob and the others managed to get through to him that his It's All My Fault Control Freak attitude was hurting him and he needed to let them help.
    • 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.
    • He's really depressed in “Transformers 4” (he loved the first one, had the second one as a invoked Guilty Pleasure, didn't like the third one but was polite about it) complaining that unlike a lot of people he has no choice but to watch it and you should feel bad for him, says he's really tired, ends up accusing it of racism against white people, brings up not being able to eat real food all the time because of the cost, and tries his “like what you like” policy but unlike Garbage Pail Kids he doesn't even want to understand why anyone could enjoy it.
  • 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.
  • Broken Record: He'll noticeably repeat himself if he's upset. Good examples would be the behind the scenes video of Face/Off, where he tells Rachel at least three times that she didn't create any drama, and the early Adventure Time vlogs where he's trying his best to make sense of everything.
  • 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. And MomoCon made him stand in the corner like a five year old while giving fans a chance to win his money.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: According to the It commentary he puked and passed out early on when he was trying the Red Dwarf Drinking Game.
  • 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.
  • Cat Boy: No, really. See this picture.
    • 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.
    • The Moulin Rouge! bloopers has him batting at the air and mewling to annoy Brent.
  • Catharsis Factor invoked: In "Vault Of Bones", he talks about how everyone has violence or anger in them, but as long as someone has an outlet - even if it might not be the healthiest - that's okay.
  • 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".
  • Careful With That Axe: He has a very high pitch range and is not afraid to flaunt it. Occasionally, it manifests itself in this trope (e.g.Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Junior, Flubber, It)
  • Celeb Crush: He had one on Jennifer Lawrence for a while, joking in a promotion that he wanted to stalk her, and in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review acted like she was the messiah of the celebrity world.
  • 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.
    • An amusing Creepy Cuteinvoked bit in "Paper Pete" had Jason remind Doug ("your memory is terrible!") that he watches him when he sleeps and when Doug says he's glad because it makes him feel loved, mugs confused to the camera and changes the topic.
  • 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".
  • Chick Magnet: As well as Even the Guys Want Him. He once got four proposals at one convention alone, which annoyed his colleagues.
    • He high-fives Jason in "The Real You", bragging that he gets hit on all the time.
    • Talked about more seriously in Breezy though, as Jason points out that the girls at cons who want to marry Doug don't actually know him, and Doug shares a con story about a strange woman who wanted to touch his ass and then his wife's.
  • 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.
  • Choke Holds: Played for Laughs at the end of “Land Before Swine”, with Rob choking (not exactly gently) Doug with christmas lights and Doug getting out “what a jolly death”.
  • Clark Kenting: Doug admits during “In Harm's Way and Metal Clan” that he totally falls for this every time and can't even tell actresses apart when they have different hairstyles.
  • Close To Home: In "Daddy's Little Monster", Doug talks about how the scene where Hudson dismisses Marcy's hurt on how he treated her struck a chord with him, because when he's felt betrayed and wants to be serious, people have dismissed him too.
    • He also mentions in his Top 11 Favorite The Simpsons'' Episodes" that for his number 1 choice of "Bart Gets An F" reminded him of when he was a child and was close to being held back a grade in school.
  • 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.
  • Compliment Backfire: Both him and Rob have expressed uncomfortable feelings at people coming up to them and saying (in a positive way) they used to love a movie until Critic did a review of it.
  • 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.
    • Just his wife teasing the cat with nuts invoked ("there's no way not to make this sound bad") off-screen while he and Jason do a vlog is enough to get him shaking and annoyed.
    • 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.
  • Cosplay: He does an amazing General Zod.
  • Comical Overreacting: A lot of his characters are prone to this. His comedic influences video even showed characters who overreact a lot.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: In-universe, Jason has called him out on thinking Mythbusters is stupid when he's only seen trailers, and judging the Harry Potter books based on the movies.
  • Converted Fanboy: For Adventure Time. He went from admitting to Brad that the show was stressing him out, to giving it higher praise than Avatar: The Last Airbender or Batman: The Animated Series for how well it can segue into drama or comedy at a whim.
  • Cooldown Hug: Played for Laughs when Doug is ranting about the T-Rex's death in Film/Jurassic Park III. Rob shushes him and strokes his face to get him calming down, and Doug just tries to bat him off as much as possible.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: In "BMO Noire", he admits that for a long while he didn't get sexist/racist jokes, and it was people consistently calling him an idiot for not hating minorities that got him to understand.
    • Played for Laughs in “Blade Of Grass”, as he complains to Jason that he was trying to be a good boy and not talk about dicks to sate people's anger with him, but now because Jason was making the jokes about the sword he has to as well.
  • Country Matters: Joked about when Doug complains about possible Finn/Bubblegum subtext in "You Made Me", and alluding to people being assholes to Jori for the previous set of vlogs.
    Jason: Careful, you may be called the c word.
    Doug: Nice. (big 'innocent' smile) I may be called candy! That's a c word, right?
    Jason: (beleaguered) Yes. Yes. Good Doug.
  • Creator Breakdown: invoked In The Lich, he tries to explain how this should be used to the writer's benefit.
    Doug: Everyone has the ability in themselves to be really dark, really messed up, really mean [-] but there's still work that has to go into it, it has to very carefully be done.
  • Creator Thumbprint: He has big things for tragic funniness, worlds where even the Straight Man is crazy and invoked Jerkass Woobies. Also, whenever he needs a girl's name in Critic or Ask That Guy videos, it'll always be "Vanessa".
    • 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, as does Ask That Guy. Critic's death-that-was-meant-to-stick was with Doug watching so he sort of counts but not really.
    • Fitting for a guy who has bashed heteronormativity and called anyone who doesn't want gay in cartoons "hopeless", non-straight characters and Everyone Is Bi is a huge thing with him. Ask That Guy is a Depraved Bisexual, Chester kissed Lester, Zod got a Word of Gay relationship with Turrell, Critic's in a Transparent Closet, Donnie was Bi the Way from the start and the other Demo Reel characters had plenty of bi moments, an amnesiac Critic ended his Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee reviews with calling the creator gay because of how much Ho Yay was involved, and Doug will often portray himself in comedic interviews/cons/vlogs as wanting to sleep with everyone, man or woman. Rob even asks in ''Little Gift Shop Of Horrors' why he's so obsessed with the gay stuff (as Doug wanted the hot guy to really be a girl and the witch to be happy about that) and Doug ends a ramble with he just wants legit gay characters.
    • Surprisingly Rape as Backstory is common with him, as Critic was date-raped on prom night, Ask That Guy had to do sexual favors for his gym teacher, Chester's drug-addled innocence has got him taken advantage of, Rebecca was sexually abused by her uncle and it's partly why Donnie hates Horrible Hollywood so much. He gets away with it for two reasons though, as the first three are treated as tragicomedy and the last two drama, and even if it's treated as a sad joke the characters always have it meld them and mean something.
  • 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.
  • Crusty Caretaker: He's as far away as crusty as you can get, but referenced as a good thing in “Jake Suit”, as Doug used to be a janitor and loved it because he didn't have to talk to anyone and he could work on other things he was planning when he got home.
  • 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.
  • Darker and Edgier: Given that Adventure Time is darker than Avatar: The Last Airbender, it's only fair that the AT vlogs are darker than the Avatar ones. Lampshaded with "Donny", where the tagline is "this one's just... sad".
  • Death by Despair: Referenced in "The Guru":
    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.
  • Death Is Such an Odd Thing: He once said he'd like to see someone hang themselves because it'd be interesting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In "Hitman", Ice King is punished by Finn and Jake for stalking-harassing the breakfast princesses but Doug gets confused and views it as he was being nice to the girls. He's actually more skeeved in "Fionna And Cake" when Ice King makes Finn and Jake girls and the "love of his life Bubblegum" into a boy.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Creator Thumbprint. Critic was nearly crying at the thought of Lupa listening to what he wanted in Simon Sez, even Ask That Guy is an Insecure Love Interest, Chester is needy for friends, Donnie did a whole film by himself because he wanted to make Tacoma proud, Rachel goes to extreme lengths just to get a “happy birthday” from Critic, Malcolm enables Hyper Fangirl because he needs someone to talk to, and Tamara might be a badass Bastard Girlfriend but she still just wants to be included.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In the vlog "Still", Doug and Jason stay in the exact same position throughout. By the end they're clearly thinking this, as Jason's arms ache and Doug has a ditz moment of trying to get up (without moving his position) and ends up hurting himself by faceplanting on the floor.
  • 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.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: In the beginning of “Speak Of The Devil”, Rob has compiled a list of names he's got wrong, and Doug laughs at him for really trying to prove he's not racist.
  • 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.
  • Distressed Dude: Donnie got kidnapped twice in three episodes, Critic has been in I Have You Now, My Pretty trouble more times than one cares to count, Chester happily comments that he was a slave once, even Ask That Guy was victimized by Sage, and Doug's captured soldier role in the Sonic movie is blissful exploitation.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: At TGS, he took a picture with a Black Widow cosplayer who had held a fake gun to his head and he had to brought back to reality by the others because he was so hot for her.
  • Dogged Nice Guy/Girl: He praises "Storytelling" for trying to enforce to both girls and boys that relationships are a two-way street and if someone doesn't want you that should be it.
    • Again in "The Suitor", where he praises the show for the balancing act of making Braco quasi-sympathetic (because he's just lost and convinced himself that he loves PB), but also making the point that all he wanted was a doll that would say yes to him.
  • 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.
  • Domestic Abuser: He's really not. However. Played for Laughs when he screams in Jori's ear about having to be a happy family in “Red Throne” and “Betty”, and in the “Food Fight” behind the scenes where his jokes about his wife even get Rob saying Dude, Not Funny!.
  • 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.
    • In the review of "The Rebel Spirit", he and Rob both spend a lot of time calling Korra a bitch, forgetting that both Tenzin and her father locked her up for thirteen years of her life and tried to control her, and anyone would be angry. They complain about this again in the season three premiere vlog, saying her anger wasn't justified because he'd saved her in the first season.
    • 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.
    • For female vs female, "Too Young" has Jason call Doug out on buying everything Marceline does as a part of a character, but judging Bubblegum (as "boring" when she's nice or a "bitch" when she has a crazy moment) no matter what she does.
    • 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.
    • Doug mocks Jori in Hot To The Touch for initially calling Flame Princess the Cute and Psycho stalker, while Finn (who's the one chasing her) is called "cute and lovestruck".
    • It's almost amusing comparing the cooing over Ice King in "Princess Monster Wife" to really wanting an excuse to hate Bubblegum in "Goliad" and "Princess Cookie".
    • Jori admits herself that if it was anyone else fighting off a rape attempt in "Lady And Peebles" she'd think it was awesome, but because it's Bubblegum she has no choice but to hate it.
    • Doug asking Jori what's up with her hate for Bubblegum in "The Real You"... and then proceeds to hate her too. Thankfully "What Was Missing" made him interested in the character, and he relates to her when she's shown to be a workaholic frustrated with everything. By Sky Witch he loves her.
    • In "Jake The Dad", he complains about the Bumbling Dad/Women Are Wiser parenting cliches in a lot of sitcoms and mentions a few times that are plenty of bad mothers out there.
    • In “Earth and Water”, Doug points out that it's only young women in fiction who have their emotions tied to powers (like Flame Princess, Elsa and Princess Peach) so it's seen as okay for other characters to treat her as a Hysterical Woman, and how he's getting sick of the trope.
    • In the Sin City 2 review, he talks about how can you see naked breasts constantly, but no Male Frontal Nudity and how that isn't fair.
    • Both Doug and Rob rip into the misogynists who wanted to boycott Mad Max: Fury Road, with Doug saying if you're so pissed off with Furiosa giving Max basic orders, then imagine she's a dude and you'll probably be fine.
    • In the Iron Man 3 Sibling Rivalry, Rob defends Iron Man's character not evolving as the writer's problem, never blaming Iron Man himself. Fast forward to calling Korra a bitch and Wendy pandering to millenials, and bad writing never even gets mentioned.
    • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Defied. In Twilight, as much as he hates Edward for the usual reasons, he also loathes Bella just as much for being such a manipulative, uncaring Domestic Abuser.
  • Double Take: In “Northwest Manor Mystery”, of all the Big Brother Bully things (Played for Laughs) Rob has said and done to Doug, it's him calling Doug “not normal” that gets this trope going.
  • 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.
    • Cut off in "Five More Short Graybles", as Doug makes two disability jokes in a row (the first being he'd cut off his arm for fun), and Jason yells at him until he deadpans "I'm not making fun of handicap people".
    • Jori is never comfortable with his Awful Wedded Life jokes, especially when they're in front of his wife, and always asks Robin if she's okay with them.
    • Jason tells Doug in “James” that the dead Jori joke went over really badly and most people want it to stop. Thankfully she comes back in Red Throne.
    • The end of Ghost Fly vlog has Jason tell Doug “you're going to get us in a lot of trouble” when Doug makes a joke that they're klansmen.
  • 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."
  • Easily Forgiven: What he gets angry about in It Follows, as he would have been a lot more annoyed and police-happy at being drugged and tied down than Jay and her friends were.
  • Emo Teen: A lot of the time he (or Rob) makes fun of the fact that he was a miserable teenager with a Burton shrine. Although he does clarify later for any Emo Teen out there that while half of it is bullshit, the other half of it is legit. He also brings up in Unfriended that because of those insecurities he let them out on the wrong people.
  • Emotion Eater: Film Brain said in a stream (around the time of post-Suburban Knights) that Doug feeds off people thinking he's sexy, and later in the BTS of “Food Fight” Doug himself says he's joyfully addicted to tumblr posts that call him out for whatever hurtful thing he did this time.
  • Empty Shell: Jokes that he's one in "The Real You".
    Jason: How do you continually go on everyday?
    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.
    • Like most fangirls on the planet, the “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” commentary has both Doug and Rob wanting to marry Dante Basco, with Doug squeeing over how cute he'd look in a wedding dress.
    • When asked at Midwest Media Expo if he would still want Tim Curry in lingerie, Doug replied “not now. Back when he had a figure, please”.
    • In his Suburban Knights commentary, he bragged that both fangirls and fanboys loved the Panty Shot scene.
    • In the real review of Jupiter Ascending, he tells all the ladies in the audience that he gets the appeal of Channing Tatum, especially if he's broody.
  • Every Episode Ending: In the Adventure Time vlogs, Jason foreshadowing the next episode while Doug (who caught on by The Duke but nevertheless) reacts with awkwardness or mood-swinging into either anger or depression.
  • 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.
    • He's got a good partner in his wife, as he affectionately points out in “I Remember You” that even though he's got a Nice Guy Extreme Doormat reputation, her willingness to take care of everyone scares even him.
    • He brings up the “people can like what they like and shouldn't have to defend themselves” philosophy again in “Transformers 4”, but really can't understand what substance it could give anyone and doesn't really want to.
  • Evil Is Sexy: invoked According to a Shadocon response, he has the hots for Ivy from Soul Calibur, the tentacled version of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Elsa from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Plus likes Maleficent for the Audio Erotica voice and the badassness.
  • 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.
    • There's also Real Thoughts On Bridge To Terabithia where he has a gigglefit about the “meanest thing he's ever done” title card.
  • Expressive Hair: Around 2014, while his hair is getting worse with the balding, it can still get really fluffy when he's excited or in a good mood, and is flatter when he's not feeling so with it.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • He even apologizes for being more talkative than normal in "Conquest Of Cuteness", and Jason has to tell him that it's okay.
    • Even Rob complains about it:
    Rob: Well, I'd like to say I made Doug fold like a lawn chair in today's Sibling Rivalry... but the truth is he already came prefolded. After gearing up for a real showdown, he starts by saying he's had time to think about it and liked [the 2014 Godzilla movie] more. To quote Captain Hook: "I WANT MY WAR!!!" Little bastard cheated me.
    • In an Uncle Yo interview, the two start talking about how Doug once (although Doug getting scared by people hitting on him has apparently happened a fair amount) had two women buying him drinks, and because Doug was panicking "what do I do I don't know what to do with this!", Yo had to say "no" to the women's offer for him.
    • Lighter example, but in this 2012 panel, Rob's the one who complains about Michaud giving them blunt orders (like for Ask That Guy and anniversaries), Doug defends because he likes taking said orders.
    • At his 2013 Connecticon panel, he said no to a girl's request of could he get on all fours and lick a sugarcube out of her hand, but she kept asking and he did it, at least lampshading afterwards that she could have drugged him.
    • After Lupa was fired from the site, JO called Doug out on being too passive. And that's all we'll say.
    • According to Alcon 2013, Michaud actually had to sit him down and tell him he needed to learn how to say no to cons wanting him.
  • Eyes Never Lie: Along with Puppy-Dog Eyes, very common in his work and vlogs.
  • 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.
  • Fan Disillusionment: Invoked with Christopher Nolan. He loved Memento and adored The Dark Knight, but from The Dark Knight Rises he's been really disappointed with the movies. Nolan's obsessively defensive fanbase doesn't help much.
  • Fandom Heresy: Doug both invokes it and tries so hard to curb it in Shadows Of The Grass, by saying that he does like Breaking Bad, he just can't relate it to Walter White like he does with Fisk. Also invoked in “Real Thoughts On Batman And Robin”, as Rob mentions that Doug as a child liked Batman Forever more than the 1989 Batman, which would be sacrilege for him to say now.
  • Fan Hater:invoked Admitted in the TMNT/Transformers 4 reviews, to Michael Bay fans. He talks to them like they're manipulated children who have to grow up and let Bay fade, and want nothing but explosions and to feel good about their dicks. He at least realizes after rants about this that it's mean spirited to both Bay and his audience.
  • invoked Fan-Preferred Couple: Doug has few, like Bella/Jacob, Finn/Marceline, Korra/Bolin, and Scott/Knives.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: In "Lake Laogai", he says he thinks losing his mind would be scarier than dying. According to “Northwest Mansion Mystery”, even as an adult and knowing it can't happen, he can't deal with people being turned into wood, stone or even robots.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: One of the many reasons he doesn't like the Transformers movies is because Optimus Prime doesn't show any fear, unlike one of his favorite inspirational heroes, Mrs Brisby.
    Doug: Everyone feels fear and they have to confront it and they have to figure out what to do with it and how to come at it, when to hide, when to come forward.
  • 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 
  • Fetish Fuel: invokedAccording to Film Brain, Doug "lives for this stuff".
  • 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.
    • Invoked in the Interstellar review, where he tries to point out that if he's somewhat crazily ranting about a movie As Himself he's not actually lying or playing it up, but it is still just about movies and there are more important things.
    • In “The Love God” vlog, he makes fun of the fact that he was trying to be a tortured teenager in a “beautiful, white, suburban neighborhood”.
    • Both “The Ice King's Glasses” and “Real Thoughts On Batman And Robin” have him trying to tell people that there are a lot more things to worry about than another interpretation of a scene or someone making a bad movie, and that they should essentially grow up and realize that.
    • In “Northwest Mansion Mystery”, Doug's reaction to Rob's “sweet or savory breakfast” dilemma is “you are so white” and outright calling it a first world problem.
    • At Zenkaikon 2015 he brought up the College Humor video of teenagers whining that [movie] ruined their childhoods mixed in with actual victims who had their childhoods ruined to make the point that despite his own complaining, Bay movies are over-hated.
  • Forgets to Eat: Addresses it in "All Your Fault", explaining that what he does (thinking working himself to the grind is more important than keeping himself alive with food) isn't a good idea so don't think "I'll be like Doug and never eat".
    • He used this tendency for a meta Freeze-Frame Bonus (in the book Jason is reading) in the “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes”, complaining that he's cranky because he's been too busy editing and hasn't eaten in days.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In "Jake The Dog" and "Five More Short Graybles", he's self-deprecatingly okay with calling himself the asshole friend that people put up with.
  • Friend to All Children: In a much less screwed up way than The Nostalgia Critic. He lampshaded his protectiveness of kids in the Ponyo commentary, adding that he's speaking as someone who doesn't have kids of his own.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Comes right out with it and says the situation in "My Two Favorite People" happened with him, his wife and his friends. Jason's confused Aside Glances are gold.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: According to The Grinch commentary, his first word was “shit”.
  • Funny Background Event: Jason and Jori's cat Naruto does this in his Adventure Time Vlogs.
  • Furry Fandom: Played for Laughs with his Perverse Sexual Lust for Tree Trunks from Adventure Time.
    • In “Real Thoughts On Disney Afternoon”, thanks to Rob bringing up whether Doug would fuck Gadget or not, they derail hard into the topic, including complaining that all the furry commentators will either be far into what they're talking about or upset at them for thinking they're an Obligatory Joke.
  • 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.
    • He's a lot more understanding and liking of Bubblegum in "What Was Missing" when he can see her as a woman who is growing up and realizing that she likes other girls while trying to fend off a younger boy's advances.
  • 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.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: In the Korra season three premiere vlog, Doug points to his crotch and says that brain wants that Korra and Asami to be a couple, but his real brain likes them being friends. Thankfully when they do end up being a couple, he's just really happy about it with no dick thinking at all.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: invoked He's seen a lot of movies that are total Cliche Storms, but Chick Flick The Princess Diaries is the only one that makes him want to throw up "on Hathaway's pretty dress".
    • The tagline and facebook post on the Cinderella Sibling Rivalry seem quite embarrassed that they talked about a girly thing for an hour (and defended the animated version hard).
  • Girls Need Role Models: He loves the fact that Princess Bubblegum is a scientist and that meaning the show can babble about nerdy things. It even seems to have negated his princess hate.
  • A God Am I: He lampshades in "All The Little People" that he's done this storyline at least three times because he loves the idea of how much influence should or shouldn't the creator have on their creations.
  • God Emperor: A title Played for Laughs when Rob calls Doug the “God Emperor of shitty jokes” in the Guardians Of The Galaxy vlog.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: In "BMO Noire", he talks about how he was called an idiot until he had to start pretending to understand sexist/racist jokes.
    Doug: For so long, so many offensive jokes, like stereotypes and insults, had to be taught to me because I wasn't getting the jokes. There's all these jokes about a person's religion, or gender, or ethnicity whatever, and I was always like "I don’t get it" and the other person were always like "oh dummy", I was like "...I'm a dummy because I don’t hate people?"
  • Good Feels Good: The commentary for A Simple Wish is basically twenty minutes of him discussing how awesome it feels to be a genuine Nice Guy and he doesn't care if people think he's weak for apologizing all the time.
  • The Glomp: He's a big fan of these at conventions.
  • Grey Rain Of Depression: In a con, he said one of the reasons why he didn't like Seattle was because he's not good with rain that never stops, and at least Chicago's bad weather stops eventually.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: In "The Real You", he hurts his hand by smacking the table, and when he comes back as a hand-puppet the cut can be seen in charming detail.
  • 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.
    • He admitted in Shadocon that being a thirty year old keet kicked his ass, as he'll run around being all bouncy and then feel like he's having a heart attack.
    • There was a January 2012 update where he expressed his fear that anyone would think he's getting old and lazy, before coming back to reality and admitting nobody's actually said that.
  • Guilt Complex: Supermassive black hole-huge. The guy even felt guilty for 'boring' people with his praise of the Avatar series.
  • Guilty Pleasure: He has several, most notably being the Twilight movies, which he's admitted to loving for being so stupid. This is why the first part of Breaking Dawn, with all of its gore and clueless aesoping, Breaks The Cutie.
  • Guyliner: He'll wear it for shows and usually won't bother to wash it off afterwards because of fans saying it makes his eyes look even nicer.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Jori (and Robin when she's there) reacts very well to any sort of flirting between Doug and Jason, and Doug was more than kind to out of universe yaoi fangirls for years.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In the review of Rise of the Guardians, Rob makes sure we know that he's married and straight after calling himself the expert on fairy lore. Doug of course just cracks up.
  • 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 actually does 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.
  • He Is All Grown Up: As this picture so eloquently states.
  • Henpecked Husband: Played up in the fun way. There's been videos where he's shown off very large hickeys made by his wife, and he said in an interview that she doesn't appear in videos because he doesn't want to tell her what to do.
    • Also Played for Laughs with his ex girlfriend, who he's still friends with. In the “Princess Diaries 2” behind the scenes video, he's the weakest with pull-ups but she can lift him up off the floor three times despite being shorter than him.
  • 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. Demo Reel was also about how badly Hollywood treats aging actresses and former child stars, with special apologies given to Elizabeth Hartman, Jake Lloyd and Mara Wilson.
  • Hype Aversion: invoked 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.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: To the news of the Divergent closing film getting split up:
  • Hypocrite: Has been noted to be one on many, many issues, causing much Internet Backdraft.
    • 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".
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Another Five More Short Graybles, Doug admits that he can't bitch about Jason showing skin when he happily showed a lot more in Suburban Knights.
  • 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.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Referenced in the Bay TMNT review, saying that being primal is useful sometimes because you need to survive in bad situations.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Defends this mindset a little in "The Earth King":
    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...
    • Discusses it a bit more in relation to himself in "Doug's Top Ten Hottest Women":
    Doug: In a lot of ways I'm very naive and I know I am- what's that phrase Ignorance Is Bliss? There's some truth to that, it can also cause a lot of trouble, if you can avoid being ignorant please do, I at least try. But there is something where- when you're not aware of so much danger and so much judgment you're just kinda naturally happy, not thinking about all these things that can come after you or things that might hurt you and you're just going through life enjoying it.
  • I Have Nothing to Say to That: Not being able to be his usual wordy self on the first couple episodes of Adventure Time really upsets him, as he starts shaking and gets dangerously close to tears.
  • 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, spelling and balance problems (making him not being able to ride a bike), workaholic issues and memory problems where he can't even remember the previous day. In his vlog of The Boxtrolls he complains that because of Chicago weather he's had an asthma relapse after being free of it for a couple of decades.
    • He despairs in the matrix announcement that he never used to get sick as he is in the video and that's it's just been the last two years (2013 and 2014) where his body could never seem to heal up properly.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Inverted. Until "What Was Missing", he only really likes Bubblegum (and even her Spear Counterpart) when she's thirteen and more receptive to Finn's crush. When she's older and making it clear she's not interested, she's a "bitchy cocktease".
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: In the vlogs, he partakes in too many to count. Jason or Rob will usually loudly call him out on it.
  • 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.
  • Inherently Funny Word: In “Be More”, he loves the word 'goof' and says he calls his wife that all the time.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They're the reason why even his grossest characters get away with everything when they pull out the puppy dog look.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In "Princess Monster Wife", he talks about spending most of his time growing up watching TV and trying to figure out a way to fit in from the shows he watched.
    • He explains this more in the Robin Williams tribute, mixing it with I Just Want to Be Special but not so special that everyone hates him because they think he's too much of a freak.
  • 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.
    • In the behind of scenes of “Food Fight”, he says he's gleefully obsessed with negative posts note  about himself on TGWTGSecrets:
    Doug: (after Malcolm mentions the site) You've discovered that? Isn't it addictive? When they talk smack about you, you're like "ooh what else are they saying!"
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Lovingly alluded to in "Vault Of Bones", as he tells Jason they should make out, Jason should set him on fire, their Estrogen Brigade should write Slash Fic about it and all will be right with the world. Also joked about in “Be More” when Jori and his wife want Jason to hit Doug sexily.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Apparently his complaining about much society bashes men who want to be femmier is something Jason's heard a lot, as evidenced by the "Thank You" vlog.
    • Sums it up in "You Made Me".
    Jason: You're a man, right?
    Doug: Close enough.
    • Joked about in “Dipper Vs Manliness” when they argue about the lighting, and Doug defends it because it makes him look “pretty... I mean manly”.
  • I Resemble That Remark: When Jason says they forget to bring up stuff because they're "distracted and kinda foolish"-
    Doug: We do not! We do not get d- hey Naruto! note 
  • Irony: His Cash Cow Franchise character's Catch Phrase is "I remember it so you don't have to", and yet Doug himself has some serious memory issues.
  • It Runs in the Family: Because of Azula's situation, Doug talks (or at least tries) in the Avatar finale vlogs about mental illness can run in families, especially when there's abuse involved.
  • 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.
  • I Work Alone: His habit of isolating himself to work so he can say It's All My Fault when people complain apparently drives Rob crazy. In the real thoughts review of Quest for Camelot he praises “I Stand Alone” for glorifying working on your own instead of the usual promoting teamwork.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Mentioned in "Power Animal", where he laughs that if he got captured and then rescued he'd be beating on dead bodies to make himself feel better.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In Goliad, he compares the creature with children he's had to deal with.
    Doug: There's something really creepy when you try to talk to a kid that just, like, does not understand and you really have to go super simple to explain things and they're not getting it and they have all the power in the world. I've come across a lot of those kids.
  • Kill the Cutie: In "The Library", he assumes that the optimistic, upbeat, constantly curious (remind you of anyone?) guy will be happy about getting beheaded.
  • Kinky Spanking: Naturally joked about in "The Silent King", as Doug thinks the coolest thing is to get spanked. He also demands either getting hit or juice in "The Real You".
  • Knight in Sour Armor: The "Ice King's Glasses" Issue proved he can't really be called a naive Wide-Eyed Idealist anymore, as he ripped into a fandom that cared more about sending death threats about a badly interpreted scene than actually helping people in need.
    Doug: There's not going to be a shortage of things that will come after you and make you feel bad. Life is full of those things. The amount of effort and hatred that was being put into those comments, no amount of effort or hatred should be put into something like this. What we should do with our truths, that should have that amount of effort and anger, how to get people going to sleep at night hungry and starving to have that not happen anymore, that deserves that amount of effort and anger.
    Doug: (later) There is stuff that's worth hurting each other over, I know it sounds weird to say, but there are big issues and the world is big and terrible things happen, and that is worth fighting for, but this is Finn and the Ice King's glasses! It's not worth 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Watch any behind the scenes material with him and Lindsay Ellis; they're this trope.
  • 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 The Legend of Korra vlogs.
    • Jason has some fun with him in "Go With Me", making him think there'd be one with Marceline/Finn/Bubblegum when there isn't, and having him rant about nothing.
  • Luminescent Blush: In "Fionna And Cake", when Doug gives the very obvious lie that he never reads any of the porn about him note , Jori is delighted to point out that he's blushing.
  • 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.
    • He admitted in several vlogs and momocon that getting so deep into work makes him lose out on food and sleep, the former to the point where he's been asked if he has cancer because he's just so thin.
    • After "The Review Must Go On", JesuOtaku said on Something Awful that this is to his detriment sometimes. If he went anywhere else but TGWTG his issues wouldn't be tolerated, and it's only because his bosses and co-workers are his friends that he gets away with stuff.
  • 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 , this point - that it's ridiculous to objectify her just because you remember her as Matilda - seems to have flown over their heads.
    • In the beginning of “Wake Up”, he and Jori mentioned that one time she wore a dress and flashed the camera, and he then tells the audience they can't find it if they go looking because he edited it out.
    • In the Street Fighter real review, when Doug complains that Chun Li never does anything with her need for revenge, Rob explains that it was just to get her in the outfit and says twice he's not complaining.
    • In the Mad Max: Fury Road sibling rivalry, they talk about the guys who were whining about too many women, and Rob points out that they're all hot so why would you complain.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: He complains about the lack of this in both the Heavy Metal commentary and the Sin City 2 review.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Boy: The image he tries best and most to portray.
  • Manipulative Editing: Made fun of in a Gravity Falls vlog, when Rob decides onscreen that they'll do Over the Garden Wall and the shorts next, and that if Doug didn't want to he could just edit that bit out.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: In “Root Beer Guy”, Doug and Jason have a ten minute argument about whether they'd have sex with their wives dressed in a French Maid outfit while a murder was going on outside. Jason would, while Doug wouldn't is the basic gist of it.
  • 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.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices
  • Married to the Job: His workaholic issues are well-documented. In a con where his wife was in the audience, he said some words that she's had to get used to hearing are "In a few more minutes, honey! Almost done! Just a few more!"
  • Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast: According to "The Duke" and "Henchman" (jokily of course), women are insecure and manipulative while men are stupid and violent, though Doug says in the latter that he's seen women do stereotypically male things and men do stereotypically women things (like play dick mind games).
  • Mean Character Nice Actor: 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.
    • While it hasn't been updated in a while, he even had a tumblr gently mocking his extreme niceness and doormat tendencies. You'll be surprised about how many entries that aren't even exaggerating what he's actually said in reality.
    • Hope invoked Into the Woods to describe him, as in “you're not good, you're not bad, you're just nice”.
    • Even LordKat clarifies later on in this that while he loathes CA, Doug's problem isn't that he's not nice, just very weird.
  • 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.
  • Mid-Review Sketch Show: The Adventure Time vlogs with Doug, Jori and Jason can easily spend only a couple of minutes on the actual episode and veer off into a therapy session, playing with stuffed animals, or Jori and Robin encouraging Guy-on-Guy Is Hot.
  • Military Brat: Doug's father was in the navy, and he was actually born in Italy.
  • Misblamed: invoked In the TMNT review (which he entitles "Michael Bay's TMNT") he makes the mistake of thinking Bay directed the movie and specifically says that he could see every bad idea that Bay had. In reality, Bay just produced the thing and was responsible for nixing a lot of ideas in early drafts that would have caused nerd rage. Lindsay was annoyed by this too.
    • In-universe, while Nick did screw over Korra a lot, Doug and Rob have a tendency to blame any writing flaws on them instead of the actual writers, who they Creator Worship constantly.
    • Something similar happens with Wendy in the Gravity Falls vlogs, as her only 'fault' was being an object for Dipper to crush on (which is a writer problem, not really her's), yet Rob complains about her a lot and calls “Into The Bunker” her redemption episode.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: At Kollisioncon, he talked about how weird it was for him to have huggy touchy-feely high school teachers who wanted to make sure he was having a good time in education. Though he was quick to say there were nice teachers too.
  • Mister Kitty: He's game enough to frequently make The Oldest Profession comparisons with what he does, and jokes in "You Made Me" that he's "head whore" of Channel Awesome.
  • 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. His mom is so nice that when she had to act like she was mad at him in “Disney Afternoon”, she found it really hard. And like with his wife, he's thanked her for always feeling the need to look after him and anyone else that she could find.
  • Monochrome Casting: In the behind the scenes footage for Face/Off, the subject turns to Lord of the Rings and he expresses his upset that aside from a few extras, there were no POC actors in the movies.
    • At the end of "Burning Low", he gets fake-weepy over admitting watching Downton Abbey "because it's so white it makes Maggie Smith look hip".
    • In his real thoughts review, he really likes that The Matrix movies averted this and only had a few white people.
    • In Bubble Buddies and Laser Light Cannon, Doug (former episode) and Rob (latter) appreciate that Steven Universe averts this and isn't just full of white people.
  • Most Writers Are Male: He discusses this (and other related Double Standard tropes) in the "Top 11 Favorite NC Jokes", detailing how ridiculous it is that male writers are almost scared to give their female characters flaws and personalities.
  • Motor Mouth: All of his characters, and Jason has teased Doug a few times over how he talks constantly and doesn't know when to shut up. Rob also complains at him for talking so much that “[Rob] couldn't say anything” in Jurassic World, even though he interrupted Doug plenty to call his criticisms of the movie stupid.
  • The Movie Buff: While he wanted to do other things, he says in “Transformers 4” that his life is just making fun of bad movies.
  • 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.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He goes on a rant about how the bounty hunter woman in Bato Of The Water Tribe should have had giant muscles in order for him to believe that she'd defeat some guys. The comments enlightened him to another trope.
  • My Greatest Failure: Discussed in the most uncomfortable moment of "The Awakening":
    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 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.
    • He apologizes for the knit cap in "The Pods", explaining that he wasn't up for showering that day.
  • Never My Fault: In "BMO Noire", he jokes that the greatest part of his job is messing up constantly and getting away with it.
    Jori: He's making mistakes, he can't make mistakes!
    Doug: I'm an internet critic, it's all we do, and then blame other people for them. Don't you know the drill? It's great!
  • 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.
  • No Bisexuals: Notably in their The Legend of Korra finale vlog, while Doug keeps saying how great it is that Korra is bisexual, Rob goes for the Last Het Romance route and keeps calling both her and Asami lesbians.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To parody the episode (Fisk smashing a guy's head in with a car door), the fourth Daredevil vlog has Rob shoving Doug's head down and pretend to repeatedly punch him in the neck.
  • 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.
  • No Sense of Personal Space/Hates Being Touched: He can grope people all he wants, but he freezes when they touch him back. Lampshaded muggily by Jason in "Evicted".
  • Nostalgia Filter: Subverted in Cat Fingers where Doug says boy shows in the 80s tried harder, but then corrects himself a few minutes later saying they didn't and just appealed because toys.
  • Not a Morning Person: But is enough of a workaholic to deal with it. He says in “Time Sandwich” that while it's a strain to get out of bed, he'll force himself to wake up earlier because he works faster when it's that early and nobody's around.
  • Oops! I Forgot I Was Married: Linkara, Rob and others have had to remind him when he's flirting with people that he is actually taken. His wife thankfully seems to enjoy it, and according to vlogs, is especially delighted with all the Slash Fic about him.
  • Offscreen Inertia: He will occasionally use defiance of this trope as a joke.
  • Off with His Head!: Threatened by Rob to Doug in "Blood Under Skin". He holds him down and Jason gets a knife while Doug screams a lot.
  • Oh, Crap: Played for Laughs with the expression on his face when he meets some Sailor Scouts at Shadocon, referencing how bad the Sailor Moon review backlash was.
  • Older Than They Think: In-universe, while talking about Cinderella, he brought up that it was really Pinocchio that started the whole "wish and you'll do fine" business that people dislike the Disney Princess range of movies for.
  • Once an Episode: More often than not in the Adventure Time vlogs, Doug will talk about having to deal with a different group of people who don't treat him very well or have some kind of mental health problem relating to the episode.
  • One-Note Cook: Apparently the most he can do is macaroni and cheese, but his wife, brother and sister in law are all Supreme Chefs who still have to make him eat their food because he doesn't want to ruin how pretty it looks.
  • 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.
  • Oral Fixation: Put anything phallic in front of him and he will lick it. His Ask That Guy with the Glasses pipe, a lollipop, a lightsaber (three times), a banana, a joystick... Women were pleased. And as mentioned above, lampshaded plenty.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In the TMNT crossover BTS, Doug as a kid really wanted Pound Puppies bedsheets and swore he'd love that franchise forever, but then he got into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and demanded everything but couldn't get all the toys he wanted because his family didn't have enough money.
  • Overused Running Gag: invoked When the phone rings in "The Vault" and Jori (who was juiced a few episodes ago), Doug and Jason still continue the dead/Jason throwing his voice joke, and Doug says “we're going to run this bit until it's dead and reincarnated”. Later in James, Doug tries to do it again and Jason tells him to stop because people hate it.
  • Papa Wolf: Even when it doesn't make sense (i.e. Ask That Guy), every character he has is either fiercely protective of kids or there is something very wrong when they aren't, like how Critic-post reboot killed a child because she thought he was the Nerd. As for Doug himself, he admits this is a huge thing for him, and worries in "Jake The Dad" that if he ever becomes a father the paranoia will destroy him.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-universe he recommends watching new loved film Watcher In The Woods when it's a dark night, you're all alone and you already feel like someone's watching you.
  • 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.
  • Percussive Therapy: Referenced in "Who Would Win", when both it works and it doesn't.
    Doug: Anyone that's got in a fight with a sibling or a friend or something like that, and they've got really into a fight, sometimes it ends when you take a breath and realize it was stupid, but other times you're still angry and you're still trying to hate the other person.
  • Pet Peeve Trope: He made a whole list of them. More specifically, he really hates the Liar Revealed trope, which he brings up in his DreamWorks-uary videos, as they used it pretty often. He also hates The Bully and Love Triangle tropes. invoked
    • 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
    • He's made it astoundingly clear, since the very beginning of Critic, that he can't stand Testosterone Poisoning, or any masculine stereotype for that matter. The only manly characters that have been written by him as sympathetic are Karl and Quinn, and he blames Bay for making him feel like being a man is boring.
  • Playing Against Type: His role in Sonic. He's played drama and plenty of distressed dudes before, but Critic, Ask That Guy, Chester or Donnie could never be silent or stoic or manly.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: "Belly Of The Beast" turns pretty desperate when Jason 'quits'.
    Doug: Don't leave me! ...please? Don't put your coat on, [turns the camera around] he's putting his coat on. Don't do that! No!
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Mocked by Rob in the “Mortal Kombat” review where when Doug is talking about the sexist way Sonja was treated, he sarcastically calls him a social justice warrior just for wanting female characters to have brains.
  • Prematurely Bald: When he gets upset about losing even more hair (this being in 2014 where 'poof' is sadly hard to find) in "Susan Strong", Jason reminds him that he did it to himself due to working too hard.
  • Pretty Boy: Lampshaded often by both him and others.
  • Prima Donna Director: His "persona" in "The Kickassian War". In real life he's too nice for his own good, as his To Boldly Flee commentary explained how he spent most of the shoot beating himself up for making people work.
  • Product Placement: The "Gutgrinder" review grinds to a Played for Laughs halt so Doug can plug his cons and site.
    • Played for Laughs again in “The Tower”, where Doug regularly plugs Starbucks Cake-Pops, and makes sure to point out that they're only two hundred calories but still his new favorite thing.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Played for Laughs when Disney bought Maker Studios. (who own Blip)
  • Proud Beauty: All of his main characters, and he played it for giggles in an Anime Milwaukee panel by flirting with a guy and getting upset when the audience member didn't play along by calling him sexy.
  • 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.
    • Played for Laughs in a few Korra vlogs, with Doug trying to complain about not liking whatever thing in the show and Rob mocking him by saying he's acting like a baby.
  • Racist Grandma: “The Pit” has a long tangent about prejudiced old people who get away with it because of their age, and Doug says while he'll let strangers off because they'll get punished with death, if it's a family member being awful he'll fight a bit more.
  • Raised Catholic: Doug said he attended Catholic school when he was a kid in his Melody Time review.
    • 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.
    • He explains in “Wizards Only Fools” that he was raised Roman Catholic, but as he was growing up he started to like other religions more, and now he's just agnostic and tries to be good.
  • 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.
  • Repressed Memories: Comes up in “The Vault”, where Doug says he can understand the mindset of repressing anything that makes him depressed.
  • Retroactive Wish: In "The Silent King" he got his wish for loads of butts granted, so he wishes at the end for "pretty naked ladies" in the next one.
  • 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.
  • Rule 34: In both Korra and Gravity Falls vlogs, Rob makes a point of not liking either Korra or Wendy for a long time while also bringing up how much they're porned over.
  • 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.
  • Schedule Fanatic: According to both Rob and himself.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: He and Jason both say in “The Cooler” vlog that if you're pretty and smile nice, you can get away with most things.
  • 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".
      • He leaves when Doug gets obsessed with "trunk mitts" in Dream Of Love, and Jori comes in to lead Doug off too.
      • He leaves again in "You Made Me" when Doug starts getting OCD about Bubblegum's weird braided-crown-like hairstyle in the episode.
      • Understandably so, he leaves when Doug gets fixated on Tree Trunk's ass in Love Games, and only comes back when Doug promises to stop it.
    • During the Doug/Jason yelling match in “Betty”, Jori tries to slink away because pressure from Doug was overloading her brain. (Jason says he can relate.)
  • Self-Deprecation: One of the ruling champions.
    • A Hypocrisy Nod to Family Guy bringing back Brian is pretty ballsy.
    • In the “Shut Up And Talk” video with Todd, when Todd is glad he stuck with the job so he could be getting interviewed by Doug, Doug immediately apologizes for not being a better end-game.
  • Self-Harm: Joked about in the drive, as he moves in for a kiss with the Nostalgia Muppet and immediately gets slapped. Cue "talk about self abuse" reaction line from Doug.
  • Self-Serving Memory:
    • Rob points this out in regards to Doug's revised opinion on Thor, as he remembers Doug fangasming over that movie but Doug doesn't.
    • In The Room commentary, he says he gave the benefit of the doubt in regards to thinking "John from the room movie dot com" and Tommy Wiseau were the same person, but from the very beginning he made "Wiseau's accent came through the email" jokes.
    • As soon as he ended up liking Bubblegum for her Broken Bird side, Doug has a tendency to act like she was just a pretty princess airhead in season one. In actual fact, he called her a crazy bitch quite a few times in the first season's vlogs.
    • He's said twice in 2014 that he only found about shipping in 2013, but he asked for Slash Fic in Demo Reel and was making jokes about pandering to fanficcers way back in Kickassia time.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: You already know it if you watch con videos or listen to commentaries, but "Sibling Rivalry" proved it for Doug and Rob. Doug's giggly, emotional and shakes hands like a Proper Lady, while Rob's stoic and snarkier.
  • 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. He's completely over it by "Marceline's Closet" though, as he doesn't mention the fuel of Finn seeing her naked, and is much more interested in her and/or Bubblegum being gay in some capacity.
    • As for himself and his characters getting shipped with each other or every being in existence, he's all for it, joking at Shadocon 2012 that he's mostly just noticed he's always the one submitting.
  • 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.
    • According to him, he used to be really afraid of fans recognizing him at the beginning, until his dad and brother pulled him aside and told him off for it.
  • 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.
  • Signature Laugh: When he's Laughing Mad in character or on a Author Tract during vlogs, it's a high pitched “ha ha!” usually coupled with waving of his hands.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: Several of his characters have one. He himself will usually end vlogs (if he doesn't want to end on a sad/violent/joke note) with “talk to you guys later” and “take care”.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: invoked By The Painted Lady, even he's scared about how fixated he is on hating Man of Steel.
    • In “Long Live The Earth Queen”, Doug apologizes for always beating on The Dark Knight Rises note  but quickly changes his mind and says he'll always beat on it, and Rob likewise on Man of Steel, just to see fans complain.
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile: Has an impressive one that shows all of his teeth at the end of "BMO Noire" when he pushes Jason down on the ground.
  • 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. Rob on the other hand loves plot a lot more than characters (his original version of To Boldly Flee had none of the Chick/Critic/Film Brain scenes talking about emotion for example), and according to Lewis, this difference in opinion is the cause of a lot of writer arguments between the two.
  • The Smurfette Principle: He happily notes the inversion with Adventure Time, realizing that as of "Video Makers" Finn and Jake are the only boys in a sea of female friends.
  • So Bad, It's Horrible: Doug has this opinion about Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. In his commentary for the latter, he said that this was one of the rare times where he shares The Nostalgia Critic's view on the movie.
  • Speed Sex: Mentioned in “Root Beer Guy”, as Doug says “unless you're doing it really well or really poorly you can't have sex in five minutes!”
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Rob will usually take over and lead Doug in the Sibling Rivalry or Korra vlogs, especially at the end of the Guardians Of The Galaxy vlog where he talks about a painting he and his friends did. Not a bad thing, a lot of people are more comfortable with Rob than Doug, but noticeable.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Jokes in the Super-Promotion at the end of Man of Steel that Jennifer Lawrence has been on his mind for a while and he should see someone.
  • 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.
  • Stepford Smiler: Lindsay Ellis has talked about how he needs a Happy Place to escape from everything, and has a talent for turning a blind eye to crappy things going down.
    • Up to Eleven at the end of “Red Throne”, where Jori gets up to leave, and he screams at her to stay and smile while she cries, and he crazy talks to the audience that it's a happy family.
    • In Inside Out he actually talks about this, saying at least now he can acknowledge sadness, but ten years ago he used to want to force everyone to be happy and upbeat and optimistic because that would make everything alright.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Played for the occasional laugh in his videos, to explain why nobody is noticing the crazy man flailing across the street, the other crazy man with a gun, or the poor homeless guy freezing to death on a snowy night.
  • Stock Underwear: Very soon after the Suburban Knights Panty Shot (and again in The Purge), Doug's main concern making it clear that he didn't wear tighty-whities usually, just presumably had to whenever he stripped down to preserve some decency.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: This is his problem with Enchanted. He states that by the 1990s/2000s, Disney's princesses and female leads weren't ditzy damsels and Enchanted was acting like they were.
    • Inverted with Jori and Bubblegum, as the reason why she hates the character is because she doesn't act like a stereotypically cute princess. As soon as PB does something flawed or For The Greater Good in an episode, she'll be declared as pure evil.
    • When “Transformers 4” makes up a stupid white friend instead of black like before, Doug calls the film racist against white people.
  • Straw Fan: In a load of vlogs, he does the Take That, Audience! bit by doing a Douchey voice along with rapidly waving his arms around typing on an imaginary keyboard. Both Rob and Jason have told him off for it.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: He views Bo-Peep's "exit" in Toy Story 3 as her getting "insultingly sidelined".
    • 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.
  • Suicide as Comedy: A whole episode and title card dedicated to suicide jokes right after JewWario killed himself, and after Rob promised they'd lay off, proved a notable example of this trope not going over well.
  • 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: 'The Wand'' has Doug joking about having gay dreams in regards to Sean Hannity, someone well known for his homophobia.
    • In “Betty”, when asked if he needs a gun in order to research it, he laughs that the NRA says he does.
  • 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.
    • More low-key, but he has a tendency to ask for gifs and then mock the people who do them for actually listening to him.
    • Amusingly subverted when he has no idea what Incendium means and asks the audience to let him know, then calls them fools when Jori gets up to find out, then immediately backtracks with apologies when she can't find anything on it.
    • Also cutely subverted in “Wizards Only Fools”. Doug says the title wrong, forgetting the “s” at the end, Jason calls him out and Doug spends about a minute backtracking saying the viewer is probably very nice.
    • In "Shh", when Jori doesn't talk and wears a bikini top (a shirt with a printed bikini top, not an actual bikini), Doug assumes that all the people who hate her will think this is her best episode because she looks good and stays silent.
    • At the end of Korra season three premiere vlog, they go into complaining about Michael Bay, and Doug tells the audience that he knows they probably wanted to see his reactions to Transformers 4 first, but he doesn't give a shit.
    • In "Simon And Marcy", he tells all the assumed people who (might) bitch at the length of the vlog "that you still watched it so nyah!", while Jason and Jori just groan at him.
    • In the re-review for “A Glitch Is A Glitch”, Doug was apparently shocked (“it was like an April Fool's joke on us because we didn't think anyone would fall for it”) at how many people in the comment sections thought the joke review of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic pilot was reviewing a real Adventure Time episode.
    • Parodied at the end of “Golf War”, as Doug says he's contractually obligated to be nice and really can't stand us, but Rob Mickey-Mouse-Voices Big "Shut Up!" and Doug corpses.
    • Lampshaded in Scare-Oke, as Doug does his usual screechy voiced flaily armed commenter, and Rob asks why he's got to pick on their own fans.
    • When Doug talks about watching Mortal Kombat as a teenager and realizing sexism was a thing, Rob Sarcasm Modes that he's a social justice warrior to Take That at the part of fandom that think any mention of sexism as a bad thing is Political Correctness Gone Mad.
  • Take That, Critics!: When talking about satire in Last Action Hero, To Boldly Flee gets brought up and they complain that if you think it's bad satire then fine, but the “you're just ripping off movies” complaint is stupid because they were satirizing.
  • Talkative Loon: He lampshaded his tendency to make rants that probably don't even make much sense to him by telling Jason in “Billy's Bucket List” to not try and make sense of his ramblings because he'll only get hurt.
  • Tantrum Throwing: In “The World's Most Frustrating Game Show”, he threw someone else's crutches on the stage to show his displeasure at the Doug theme song.
  • Tear Jerker: invoked He can get through Grave of the Fireflies and Schindler's List alright, but Wolf's Rain always makes him cry.
    • He shared this on facebook and called it the saddest fanart he'd ever seen. For good reason too.
    • "I Remember You". He says in the episode that if it had gone on five minutes longer then he would have broke down crying, and he mentions in a few other vlogs how it just seemed to rip out his heart.
  • Tears of Joy: At the end of “Top 11 Favorite Critic Episodes”, where he thanks fans for all the support Critic's ending was getting, and telling them they make him feel like he's on top of the world.
  • 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...
    • In his Korra vlog for "The Stakeout," he lamented that the show was being "too safe" and wanted it to take more risks. Cue the very next episode including the gruesome scene of Zaheer killing someone by bending the air out of their lungs.
  • 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.
    • In the TMNT review, he confesses that the main reason that he hates Michael Bay is because he's made Doug feel like being a man is really boring.
  • The Tease: He likes his flirting. A lot. All for lampshaded fun, though.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Invoked during his Avatar: The Last Airbender vlogs, as he thought it would have been much more interesting if Zuko and Jet had actually joined forces, rather then the rivalry we ended up getting.
    • While he likes "Marceline's Closet", he's a little disappointed that it wasn't a Coming-Out Story.
  • 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.
    • In "Thank You", gets to be on the other side of it when Jason fears they'll get stoned when Doug starts in on an MRA/gender issues rant about how sexism is going the other way because "men have it bad because they're forced to be manly".
  • Third Wheel: A common joke in Adventure Time vlogs (when it's not Doug/Jason or Threesome Subtext) is for Jason and Jori to be kissy Happily Married and Doug to be awkwardly left out.
  • 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.
  • Threesome Subtext: Doug, Jason and Jori in the Adventure Time vlogs. Jason and Jori are of course married and lampshadedly act like his parental substitutes, but Doug still flirts with both of them and Jori's game to act like a Yaoi Fangirl for Doug/Jason. All very much noted in the "Fionna And Cake" vlog.
  • 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.
    • Lampshaded by Jason in "Mystery Train", after Doug says he drank underage, he tells him they're not meant to admit they do bad things on the vlogs.
    • From the “How To Train Your Dragon 2” Sibling Rivalry, Rob does his big brother job and embarrasses Doug by telling everyone that Doug has a small bladder.
    • In the 2013 stream, he shoots any down any prospect of him being on twitter, because at least with facebook he has the filter of sitting down and writing things out, and twitter would just make him spill all the things (during bad meetings was his example) that people don't need to hear.
  • 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.
  • Too Smart for Strangers: Rob drops some aversion in Shadows Of The Grass, saying that if Doug got murdered, there'd be a 63% chance of it being someone he knows.
  • Torture Chamber Episode: He loves them, not so much for the Torture Porn aspect, but for that the hero has survived something awful and they'll be stronger for it.
  • 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.
    • In "Thank You", he says that he's also developed a tic for when he hears bird-sounding alarms because it reminds him of getting up for school.
    • In the Sharknado Mythbusters parody filming, he was twitching and shaking so much that both Rachel and Brad were worried about him.
    • In “Real Thoughts On Son of the Mask”, he gets twitchy just before Rob beats him down again with the monkey.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Invoked. After Rob likens the Fire Nation to post-World War WII Japan, Doug gets squirmy, tells the audience they like the Japanese, and does his best to change the comparison to Nazi Germany instead.
  • Understatement: Marceline's mind-raping sexist abusive boyfriend in "Memory Of A Memory" gets the label of "kinda a jerk" from Doug.
  • 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.
  • Unmanly Secret: Although he likes femminess so much that it's almost a Creator Thumbprint, in "Princess Cookie" he embarrassedly admits that he was like Jason/Jori's son (who they thought was gay) and played with a load of girly toys when he was a kid.
  • Verbal Backspace: When trying to get Jason to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender in "Paper Pete":
    Doug: [perky] Or watch my vlogs they're just as exciting [no pause, goes serious] that is not true just watch the show.
  • Victim Blaming: The "Lady and Peebles" vlog got a lot of hate for partaking in it, as the episode played Ricardio/PB like Date Rape Averted but Jori and Doug took Bubblegum's beating of Ricardio as another sign that she was evil and psychotic.
  • 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.
    • Brought up again with Rob in the same room. Rob lampshades the snub by threatening to bloodbend him.
  • White Guilt: Played for Laughs at the end of Bubble Buddies where Doug says “white people fuck up everything, our apologies”.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Invoked for much fanservice. He was a stripperific Link in Suburban Knights, a Sexy Stewardess in the first TGWTG DVD menu and he's regularly teased by friends and Rob for acting more like a woman in a guy's body than a stereotypical man. He pretends to put on a maid's costume at the end of Apple Wedding, and Jori wails that he looks better in it than she did.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Invoked for a joke in "Paper Pete", and with Doug being himself, quickly goes into people watching him when he's asleep and his getting comforted by that.
  • The Windy City: Lives in Chicago and makes a lot of jokes about how appropriate that nickname is. In his vlog of The Boxtrolls, he explains that all of Chicago is sick because of “the not climate change” and Chicago weather always changing, adding that he's got back the asthma he hasn't had since he was eleven.
  • 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Noted in "The Deserter", as he admits that if he had Fire Nation powers he'd use them to bully people.
  • Women Are Wiser: In his As Himself review of Paranormal Activity 3, he not-very-seriously calls the films anti-men for always having them be idiots.
  • 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.
    • At Shadocon 2012 he tried to explain himself, saying although he should probably take more breaks because age is making him hurt more, he can't because he's totally screwed if he doesn't get as much as he can from the internet gig before it dries up.
    • In "The Suitor" he admits to identifying with Bubblegum where her eyes are all wrinkled and she's fallen asleep on the job, as he's had "nights... mornings like that".
    • When Tamara and Malcolm bleerily tweeted about a 5AM work call, Todd said that was pretty common for a Doug production.
    • In a post about leaving CA, Lupa mentioned that when she was terrified of paying her bills he flippantly suggested to be like him and do daily vlogs (and in another post she clarified this was after the "Talking Cat" review, where he'd been sweet to her until Michaud had cornered her about midrolls).
    • At a 2012 Q&A with Little Kuriboh, he talked about even if he's feeling too depressed or exhausted to work, his “work ethic” is that he'll do it anyway because 1) not meeting deadlines would make him feel worse and 2) something different might come out due to the change in mood.
    • He spent twenty seven hours with no sleep editing the Man of Steel review, and was actually disappointed when he found out that Noah had beat him with 32.
  • 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.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Played for Laughs at the end of “We Fixed A Truck”, as Doug looks progressively sadder when Jason yells at him, but gets a smug smile on his face when Jason feels guilty for it.
  • Yaoi Fanboy: He always perks up when there's mention of gay, and Rob complained about his sweetly written To Boldly Flee scenes getting turned into slash fodder as well. (Like the Luke/Snob talking scene wasn't meant to be them in bed together.)
  • 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.
  • Yuri Fan: In "What Was Missing" he gets very fascinated and excited about the possibility of Marceline and Bubblegum being canon lesbians, and stops his Bubblegum hatred for a while to instead view (and enjoy) her as a gay woman dealing with a needy boy and her like of girls.