In the Top 15 Screwups video, he griped plenty about all the comments he got from fans correcting him (on stuff like Schrödinger's cat, Naked News and the Kool-Aid Man in space). And yet, he followed up by sort of thanking everyone for commenting. Even with all the redundant statements he reads through, Linkara still appreciates them, that so many people watch his show and are willing to talk this much about it.
The Crowd Song rendition of the theme at the beginning of the live Atari Force review.
Hell, the entire video is a CMOH. It's clear as day that everyone there was having a blast, it's almost palpable, especially when the audience starts contributing to the jokes.
In the final installment of his "Justice League: Cry for Justice" review, when it gets to the point in the story where (for the sake of avoiding spoilers) a side character who had no influence on the story what so ever was killed. This character also happened to be a little girl. He then devoted a small portion of the video to rant about what an atrocity that was, even to the exclusion of other bad things that happened in the comic.
"It is sickening to think that a child character is killed like this. A child who had no baring on the proceedings of the story. A child character whose father has just been maimed! A child who served no purpose in this story then to be a shock moment for the readers. It is despicable."
Speaking of which, during the first part of his Rise of Arsenal review he refuses to show the scene where it shows what it must have been like to her, especially since the scene shows her crying and struggling. Stating that if she isn't brought back in the relaunch, he will lose even more respect for DC then from the act itself.
Linkara snapping out of his Heroic BSOD and realizing how to beat Vyce, with the triumphant music even playing over the V-minus countdown.
On top of this, Iron Liz trying to make her boyfriend feel better at the beginning of the review just made this troper feel all warm and fuzzy.
Linkara telling Lord Vyce to respect Iron Liz after Lord Vyce calls her an "unimportant whelp.", even whacking him over the head with the Clue Stick.
Linkara:That woman stands beside me and fights for this universe with as much bravery and courage as any Champion. You're in my house, Vyce, and YOU WILL SHOW HER RESPECT!
Also, Finevoice helping Munro up after he's been knocked out and tossed aside.
Linkara giving Liz his old Morpher before the final fight with Vyce, considering how important the thing was to him it was a good moment.
It may be a minor thing, but... Angry Joe and his army assisting Linkara by taking out Vyce's Shades—and Linkara personally thanking him afterwards. Especially when you remember that Linkara told Joe he didn't like him during Kickassia.
This may be a stretch, but it really warms this troper's heart that he hates One More Day not just because it was a horrible, nonsensical story that had wall banging Character Derailment for Spider-Man; but also because of the simple fact that it broke up one of his favorite comic book couples.
His completely open admittance that he loves Superman's goody-goody philosophy, in both the intro and conclusion of Superman: At Earth's End, complete with the Superman music playing in the background.
Any time Linkara tells Liz he loves her in the "You're Such a Card Game" videos.
He can't even bring himself to call Liz a bitch when she pulls off a combo in their Yu-Gi-Oh duels. Aw!
This gets better - to explain for those who haven't seen it, every time she does a combo, he says "You..." then she prompts him to say "Bitch," while laughing and he flat out tells her he would never call her a bitch. Then later he calls her "Sweetie." This troper melted, considering she knows guys who won't call their girlfriends pet names in front of people period much less on video posted to the entire internet!
While reviewing Ultimatum, he's usually either horrified or just plain pissed off at the relentlessly incompetent and mean-spirited story...but every time Captain America shows up, he completely geeks out about how awesome he is, even in a story like this.
An earlier example, in the second duel of the Sailor Moon episode of "You're Such a Card...Game!", after Iron Liz makes a rather disturbing joke about one of the characters featured in the game, she jokingly asks Linkara if he's glad to be living with her. He replies with a completely genuine "Every day". D'awwwwwww!
On their Suburban Knights commentary, Liz finally catches that she keeps including herself when she talks about the people behind That Guy with the Glasses. Linkara replies "You're a part of my show, so you're a part of the site."
In the commentary for the Lord Vyce finale, Liz laments that the opening scene was shot while her hair was wet. Linkara: "I think your hair is pretty." Yeah, it has a joke delivery, but it's still a sweet sentiment.
What was the first question Linkara asks Wately before he lets The Girl judge him? Her name. It has been lost sadly but the gesture is incredibly heartwarming.
There's something warm-fuzzy inducing about how one of the first people Linkara calls for help is Apollo Z. Hack, if even on a meta-level after all that has gone down.
Linkara racing to hug Liz after she returns to existence.
After spending the whole review bashing the Pokémon comic mercilessly, Linkara finally declares that it doesn't actually suck; it's something that was never meant to stand up to his style of in-depth analysis and is a fun time with a good introduction to the main protagonist, exactly like a first issue is supposed to be.
Linksano's Cybermat refusing to hurt Linkara. "What can I say, robots love me."
"Who's a cute little Cybermat? You are!"
His Thanksgiving greeting on Twitter, addressing his family (including Iron Liz) and his fans as the things he's thankful for.
After Lewis and Iron Liz ended their romantic relationship, he had this to say on his Twitter:
"I'd also like to note that if anyone makes any rude or terrible comments to @Iron Liz in light of this news, I will not be kind in return."
Just the fact that they're still friends and he still cares about her is aaaaw-inducing.
Particularly the contrast to Spoony's Tearjerker of a breakup earlier in the year. You don't see any posts about being left in a dark place and unable to summon the energy to make videos out of this one.
He gave her a sweet little farewell moment in the show, too; as Liz and Linkara talk quietly about Pollo at the end of the Wrath of Khan review, Liz's last appearance, he says that she's accomplished a lot and that Pollo always thought very highly of her.
Linkara asks Pollo if it's possible he could end up like Mechakara:
Linkara: Look, if you've ever felt that I've mistreated you, or any other machines-
Pollo: You have not. You have given me incredible freedom. I can come and go as I please, and I am a paid producer for your show. In return, you have repaired me, offered upgrades, and even volunteered to construct for me a new body. I have been, and always shall be, your friend.
From the end of the Wrath of Khan videos, Linkara realizes that Pollo's still alive somewhere on Earth, and vows to find him.
There's also a little Fridge Brilliance involved: The credits lack the usual "The End" text. This isn't over yet.
Actually all of Linkara's glorious geekery involved with reviewing the Wrath of Khan comic adaptation. It was basically an excuse to praise one of his favorite movies to the high heavens, and even the plot of the arc was essentially an adaptation of the Wrath of Khan. His main criticism of the comic was that it failed to live up to the original movie, and he even admitted that apart from some scary artwork the comic itself wasn't half-bad on its own.
In the same video, there's also his explanation of how poorly handled Sue Dibny's rape at the hands of Dr. Light was, and how insulting it was to see such mature subject matter handled in such an immature manner and used simply for "shock value."
After telling Linksano to go into Engineering near the end of the "Youngblood #4" review, Linkara follows with this:
The reunion with Pollo in the "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" review.
Earlier in the review, the sheer fact that Linkara gave command of one of Comicron-1's self-destruct codes to NIMUE, and her willingness to use it to prevent Lord Vyce from taking over. Pollo wasn't kidding when he said that Linkara truly respects robots and other machines.
Linkara's blatant hero worship for Mr T when he reviews Mr. T #1 and #2. Even though he does make fun of Mr. T's cornier stuff, you get the sense that he really respects the guy and gets absolutely outraged when a big mook in the comics manages to defeat him.
His reaction to Marville #2 when it remarks that police officers just send homeless people to shelters and arrive when the criminals have already left: he angrily responds that over one hundred police officers are killed every year in the United States in the line of duty.
When revealing the winners of the Pollo design contest, he takes time to discuss/gush about the other designs he liked but were passed over for various reasons. He then finishes the episode with a montage of every entry he received.
Plugging the Snowflame webcomic as part of his Snowflame PSA running gag.
Snowflame's PSA after he watches My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, where he states that the only thing better than invading a military base... Is invading a military base with a friend, with what seems to be complete sincerity.
His "Blake's 7 #2" review, which is less comic review and more Gushing About Shows You Like. He even says that the comic's decent, but he's reviewing it because "When else will I get the chance to talk about Blake's Seven?"
Refusing any and all deals to remove One More Day from history, since that would be just as lazy as OMD itself. Instead, he wants the mistakes of the story to be expunged naturally through character and plot development.
Let's not forget the beginning of the review, where he talks about the fact that his fans stuck around for 200 episodes, and questioned what he could possibly review for such an occasion. Then, with the sincerest of smiles, he says "Okay, what the hell, let's review One More Day", reviewing the one thing that people have been wanting him to review for the longest time, and a comic which he stated on several occasions that he would never review, which shows that he's willing to do that for his fans.
His EPIC speech calling out Joe Quesada and/or J. Michael Straczynski for blatantly insulting their fanbase by calling people who enjoy escapist fantasy losers who can't be heroes in Real Life. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
At the end of the Future Shock review, Harvey yelling at Holokara for threatening to kill '90s Kid, even though he thinks '90s kid is a moron. It's moments like these that show that Linkara and his friends, despite misgivings and differences, really are True Companions.
In Catwoman Guardian of Gotham: he admits that his hatred of creators doesn't extend that deep to them personally. Quesada he compliments on making Marvel a top selling business, and Rob Liefeld for his enthusiasm for comics, and his splitting to form image comics with some other writers helped to revolutionize creator rights. Frank Miller and Gary Brodsky though, he states that he just hates.
Finally learning the girl who was killed to make the Magic Gun is named Margaret.
When Linkara finallymeets Margaret for the first time - in her original human form - at the end of Psychoman #1. It's just so awesome to see him and his most constant companion and weaponfinally interact, with him even saying " I'd love to talk to you more often like this, if it's possible." The whole thing was a parallel to a Doctor Who episode called "The Doctor's Wife", which had a very similar incident - a male hero meeting the one constant companion they have (an inanimate object, but has a female spirit and consciousness inside it) in human form- between the Doctor and the TARDIS.
When Linkara meets Margaret and starts pressing Margaret for answers, trying to figure out how to make things better, asking if it means it means he has to act like a goody two shoes all the time - not able to get angry, make mistakes, take shortcuts, lie, or raise his voice to anyone- Margaret says " "Of course not- no one's perfect." and that he just has to be more mindful of himself and others.
When he says Margaret should kill him so he can't get any worse, she refuses, saying he's her friend, and " You don't leave your friend when they're in trouble. You help them, try to make them better." When Linkara asks " "And if you can't save me?" Margaret says that even if she can't save him, at least she'll have tried.
When Linkara says " I think I'm ready to go home," Margaret just says " I'm already home."
To make it even more heartwarming, he outright told his fans to not give more than 1 dollar because he knew that he had more than enough people who would be willing to help. Not only that, but he then had tell people that they could stop donating, because she raised enough money for the computer and more! So it's a CMOH for both his fans and Linkara himself.
After his triumphant return from Walking the Earth, Linkara tells his allies that he's not worried at all that he might turn evil, since they'll always be there to keep him from it.
In his Superman #701 review, when a woman who wants to commit suicide is giving her contrived Freudian Excuse, Linkara makes a quick joke about it. But to avoid it being tasteless, he immediately says that suicide and depression are serious issues and they deserve to be treated seriously, he just says that the comic doesn't have the faintest idea about the issue so that's why he made the joke.
Don't forget the part toward the end where the two of them mention future plans for her to re-appear on Atop the Fourth Wall! A lot of people wouldn't be hanging out with their exes at all, much less saying "Hey be on my show again" or agreeing to be. Really, these two are a great example of the fact that friendship with a former significant other is, indeed, possible.
He then does another Vlog with her, this time on Sinister. It's especially heartwarming because he already had done a vlog on it, and did it a second time to get her input on it.
During his review of Power and Responsibility for his four year anniversary he states that he's glad that Spider-Man is a member of the Avengers, even though in his previous review of One More Day he talked how Spidey refuses to act like an adult Linkara says that he earned his spot in the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
At the end of the Thing from Another World arc, Linkara, reeling from a psychic blast, unhesitatingly throws the Magic Gun over to '90s Kid so he can use it to take out the enemy. When Linkara said he trusted them all, he meant it.
His utter joy at Treehouse of Horror #2 giving him the opportunity to belt out "The Policeman's Song" from The Pirates of Penzance, given his little anecdote about having played the sergeant of police.
Him remarking that he has held off on using the drunk Tony Stark voice in the mainstream Marvel universe, because he doesn't want to be insensitive, given that that version of him has struggled with alcoholism...even if he proceeded to start using that voice for his review of Iron Man's first comic (Tony hadn't confronted his alcoholism yet at that point).
Leaping to the defense of Aquaman in The Brave and the Bold #54.
The Nostalgia Critic in "Archie Giant Series Magazine #452". He's now the ghost of Christmas past as well as the Plot Hole, and he shows once more that he's grown up and has matured into selflessly looking after people.
The message posted to Harvey's twitter account that Christmas Eve, just after he'd finally let Charlie's death go and returned to his family in the apartment.
"@Dude90sKid has Die Hard 3 on. I'm gonna watch it with him before bedtime... It's funny. I haven't felt this warm in a long time."
His completely sincere, thorough and well-thought-out apology for being too callous on the subject of depression, admitting that he is entirely at fault. He points out the many things still wrong with the scene, but again says his words were still inappropriate and apologizes anyway for much of what he said. It also extends to his use of "spastic" a la "Spastic Boy Prime" for Superboy Prime, a running gag originating from his text reviews, which he apologizes for earlier in the episode.
As if he hasn't done enough to show he has gone a long way from his Small Name, Big Ego personality, he states that most, if not all of the other Channel Awesome shows are very good, and at the very least, watchable. Compare that to his Theme Song competition video, where he barely acknowledges anyone else on the site.
And also Tranquil Fury-asking Douchey why he even misses Critic when he did nothing but treat him like shit all the time.
After his long tirade against Rob Liefeld and Youngblood, Linkara immediately apologizes for the rant and ensures his viewers that he isn't specifically angry at them.
Harvey Finevoice also gets a moment at the beginning of the episode. When Linkara says that Margaret's been taken, he clearly has no idea what the kid's talking about. And frankly, most people would be a bit more questioning towards a guy who apparently names his gun. But does Harvey care? No. All that matters to him is that whatever is going on is important to Linkara and he's going to be right there by his side.
Noah Antwiler's appearance in the Star Wars 3D #1 review, given his exit from Channel Awesome. And it wasn't just a cameo, Lewis got him over to his house just to shoot that one episode.
Linkara sincerely apologizing to The Gunslinger for trapping him in this universe and preventing him from saving his home. Even going so far as to willingly give The Gunslinger the Magic Gun (Which by this point has become one of his closest friends.) In order to prove his desire to help. A move that convinces The Gunslinger to do a Heel-Face Turn.
Expanding on this, After the fight against Dr. Insano, Linkara promises to help free The Gunslinger's people using all his resources, even going so far as to call The Gunslinger a friend and repeat the same words about helping your friends that Margaret said to him.
A minor one: the fact that Linkara's favorite Teen Titan (and favorite comic book character) is Danny Chase.
His number one reason for calling The Technis Imperative his favorite comic of all time: NOBODY DIES. After all the outrage he's shown over absurd pieces of Dropped a Bridge on Him, it's great to see him dish out so much praise for this aspect. Topped off by the perfect Doctor Who clip.
The fact that he still has the very same trade paperback of the comic his mom got him in 5th grade.
Just the way he starts off the Titans Team History and the Technis Imperative reviews. Linkara addresses his personal history and early exposure to comic books in such a profound, sincere and endearing fashion. Only reinforcing this further is the fact that such soft-spoken monologues slightly defer the opening line, "Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, Where bad comics burn".
In a video posted by Vincent E.L. AKA the guy who composed the series theme song,an insulting comment towards Linkara,prompts the uploader to respond.
Vincent E.L.: He's never been anything but nice to me.
Saying the complaints about Nichelle Nichols' age during the fan dance scene in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier are ageist, and just distract from the real issue of how degrading it is to the character.
A Real Life example is how Lewis frequently retweets people's Tweets on Twitter, whether because they're raising money for charity or are just celebrating their birthday. Really shows how much the dude cares about his fanbase.
When Pollo telling Linkara that maybe the reason why Nimue losing it, is because she's overtaxed. It really showed that he knew how she felt because he seen what he'd turned out from putting up with Linkara in the form of Mechakara and is worried she might become the same thing.
Part of Linkara's episode-to-episode production process includes showing each episode to his parents to critique it. The DVD has a delightful snippet of them laughing as they watch one and noting that yes, they sing along to their sons theme song.
His praising the artwork of The Culling #2, saying it's amazing how much more fun it makes reading the book despite the story still being terrible.
Jaeris apologizing for not explaining himself to Linkara, and Linkara in turn refusing to let him blame himself for how things ended up.
The "Longbox of the Damned" review of "Children of the Grave." The deep, emotional story gets Moarte to muse on how real life dark events have no upside to them, and wish we all find ourselves "in peace."
In his "2001: A Space Odyssey #1" review, before and after stating that he thinks Jack Kirby was a poor choice for the adaptation and ongoing series, says that he has complete respect for the man.
Lewis' pure fanboy glee over the tease for the Infinity Gauntlet in the mid-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World.
Linkara doesn't react very well, but Linksano's genuinely thoughtful Christmas gift for him. Especially the shot of him grinning and making "Isn't it awesome?" gestures.
While he hates All Star Batman and Robin, he will still praise Jim Lee's artwork in the reviews, feeling the guy does a really good job for a really poorly-written and poorly-paced comic, even taking time to note things like well-done architecture or details.
From 'Gameboy #3' comes a very nice tribute to the late Justin "Jew Wario" Carmical:
What really made the episode a real heartwarmer was that Lewis breaks character at the end of the review to talk about it. He mentions that Justin was a huge Mario fan and that he choose to do this review in his memory in hopes to make him, and us, laugh.
Putting a Wario hat on his bookshelf in tribute to Justin Carmical.
His hope that Ms. Marvel will get to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Especially awesome because his hope has come true, as according to Marvel's reveal of their lineup,◊ we're getting a Captain Marvel movie in 2018, and the Captain Marvel involved is going to be Carol Danvers!
The "Superman for Animals" review, finding a PSA that he felt for once that was actually good and praises the idea of the story where a kid sent Superman a letter where he stood up to a bully. He also praised that the comic still had the kid initially get beat up by the bully when he stood up to him, and only stopped him by encouraging the other kids to join him, rather than just easily beating up the bully.
Before the 300th episode starts, Lewis, as himself, not as Linkara, states while he's seen controversy appear in his comments, he feels that by and large his fans are kind and intelligent people.
Lewis reiterating why Camelot is his favorite movie, because it changed his life and inspired his personal philosophy of being a good, decent person who believes that violence isn't strength and compassion isn't weakness.
He takes some time out to note that it's unfair that Frank Miller continues to get work as an artist, since he has seen fan art of his show that he felt was worthy of getting the artists work in the comic book industry.
At the end of the episode, he thanks his friends and his fans for staying with ATFW for those 300 episodes.
His adoration of the music in the notorious turkey Xanadu, saying the only problem is the awkward way the songs are integrated into the film.
His review of "Sonic Super Special #7", while he's not familiar with the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic, he sympathizes with fanbase of the Cosmic Retcon that reboot over twenty years of continuity and removed characters written by Ken Penders.
The newly named Eliza is feeling guilty about taking too long to figure out she could trust Linkara, and reveal the truth about the Cybermats. Pollo's response:
"At the moment, you are a friend and ally. And that is most definitely appreciated."
Linkara inviting Jaeris to Christmas dinner, insisting they can work on their problems some other day.
The discovery that the mysterious woman was Jaeris' wife, here to tell him that the dystopia of his world collapsed under its own weight and things are getting better. Linkara's only complaint is having to reset the table arrangements.
Jaeris and Joanna crossing their matching magic guns to show Linkara they are a couple.
Jaeris promising to return all the magic guns he stole, much like the Grinch.