The Nostalgia Critic's feud with The Angry Video Game Nerd got a bit of attention from the Ho Yay fans. Seeing as how the phrase "Nerd-On-Critic action" got used a lot, the retrospective video used Nightwish's "Ghost Love Score" and they acted like an old married couple when they did their review together, this might have been the intention. Even Chester lampshaded it with "Otherwise there'll be Nerd-On-Bum action! ...wait, does that mean what I think it means?" It turned into Homoerotic Subtext in The Smurfs, with Critic telling someone on the phone that his dick is bigger than the Nerd's but don't ask him how he knows that.
You just know that Spoony patting the Critic on the shoulder and calling him "honey" will cause the Yaoi Fangirls to squee.
In a deleted scene, when he's backtracking over insulting people with glasses, he ends up saying that the Critic's glasses make his eyes look nice, that he's a handsome man and he'd hit it if he swung that way.
From his ever-changing header space on his site: "Come to think of it, I've done things to the Nostalgia Critic that I'm not proud of, either." Oh my God...
As of Spooning With Spoony II, Spoony/Critic is canon. It's also been the only one referenced since then. First time was in the "Captain America" review when Spoony blackmailed Critic with pictures of when he was roofied and dressed up like a dirty ballerina. Second time was in the Spoony/Lord Kat crossover when Critic admitted that, yes, making Spoony complete the Pumpkinhead game was punishment for raping him. And Doug has been implying for Black Comedy lately Critic may have actually enjoyed it despite him breaking down in trauma at the time.
From the first five minutes of their Superman IV review, you could be forgiven for thinking that Linkara has a crush on the Critic.
In his Silent Hill month, he has hallucinations of the people he cares about being creepy. Iron Liz and Harvey are there, of course, but why is Critic there instead of Spoony? note Because Doug could make it and Noah couldn't.
From the Next Top 11 F*ckups:
Critic: Oh Linkara, are you saying that I'm so physically attractive that I'm turning you gay right now?
Linkara: Yes, yes I am.
We have Linkara and the Critic cosplaying as eachother.
In The Legend of the Titanic, The Other Guy tells Critic that he controls him. About two weeks later in Little Nemo, the Critic gets punched when he doesn't want to do a review. Cue delighted "abused wife" reactions.
Spoony seems to like the incest as much as we do. When he spooned them both, as well as many others, he tells The Other Guy that "he makes noises just like his brother".
When Critic is drunk in the Phelous/Snob "Troll 4" crossover, he moves his arm from Rob's shoulder to his waist.
He apparently finds Will Smith in Independence Day charming to the point that starts to oogle a little over him, but then slaps himself and cries, "Boobs! You like boobs!" That doesn't help, though, as the whole review is basically fangirl adoration.
Critic: Love you too. *hangs up* ...what just happened?
As well as almost certainly getting date-raped on his prom night by a man ("It's like prom night all over again" at the end of SWS2), note that he never specified what gender was the person he broke up three times in high school and so stalked him.
Critic's hand is resting on Sci-Fi Guy's hair even after their Evil Laughterdidn't get interrupted and it descends into awkward lying together in the same bed.
Continues in Total Recall (1990), as the Critic tries to convince Sci-Fi Guy to shave his testicles and get naked for him.
The beginning of Sci-Fi Guy's “Sixth Day” review has him beaming Critic by accident onto his lap.
Also in the Insurrection review, Sci-Fi Guy seems oddly receptive to Critic telling him what to do, despite the fact they're in his (that is, Sci-Fi Guy's) hotel room. Either a case of Sci-Fi Guy just being an Extreme Doormat, or he likes it when Critic acts assertive.
During Sci-Fi Guy's cameo in Critic's review of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, he's not only happy to be killed by Critic, he also signs over his entire family as Critic's personal slaves after his death. Of course, it all turns out to be a ruse so that he can blow Critic up, but disregarding that...
In Sci-Fi Guy's review of Zombie Apocalypse, one of the interruptions comes from Welshy. Sci-Fi Guy asks him if he's also annoyed about him reviewing a zombie film, but it turns out that Welshy just thinks that Sci-Fi Guy is pretty.
In the Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea end credits where he's getting beaten, you can see men as well as women biting, groping, holding him down and choking him with his tie. (All pretend of course.)
In Thomas And The Magic Railroad, he quickly becomes close friends with a guy that was just hanging around his house through "sparkle! sparkle! sparkle!". The end even has them walking offscreen being quite touchy-feely.
It couldn't have been a coincidence that the opening for the Critic/Phelous review of Child's Play II had the Kickassia scene of Phelous slamming Critic against the fridge play twice.
The end of this video has Critic, Brentalfloss and Team Four Star deciding to have a group masturbation session in the bathroom. Yes, really.
In The Wiz, he gets a bit annoyed when Todd is only there to do a crossover with him, instead of being a rapist who invaded his room.
If you want to stretch it into inanimate objects, Doug at ConBravo made a Critic puppet (everyone at TGWTG - including the Nerd - got one) have graphic sex with the Teddy Ruxpin doll. Uh, woo for Foe Yay?
Telling Scooby-Doo to “cock [his] ass” instead of the usual reverse insult is a little dubious.
Subverted in "The Strangest But Best Couples". Unlike being fine with touching That Sci-Fi Guy all over on a bed, LittleKuriboh doing the same thing to him makes him nearly throw up and ends up shoving the other man out. Though Doug still jokingly thanked the shippers for thinking there was actual gay and getting the video a million views.
“The Sixth Day” crossover has Critic in fine Depraved Bisexual mode again, defending his weird sex tastes with “a mouth is a mouth” and past Critic (from half an hour ago to clarify) thinks present Critic is sexy and present Critic agrees with Sci-Fi Guy's suggestion to keep past Critic as a Sex Slave.
In The Monster Squad, when all the boys agree that crossdressing is fun, Critic asides to Jason that they're going to find out his dress size privately.
By Forest Warrior, Film Brain is mostly Broken Pedestal with Critic, but is still happy at the end of the episode when Critic tells him he genuinely (or as genuinely as he can) loves him.
Of course being a joke about both of them being played by Doug, but his first reaction to Bay in the Transformers 4 crossover is appreciating how handsome he is, something Erod is annoyed by.
The second and third episode of Pop Quiz Hotshot have Critic delighting in hitting on every contestant, and wanting to be part of General Anesthetic's BDSM party/asking if he looks pretty in a tiara.
His Labyrinth review has a lot of appreciation for David Bowie being a sexual awakening to girls everywhere.
Ask That Guy With The Glasses is a Depraved Bisexual who'll "go down on anything and anyone". ...except Sage.
He has a pretty... complicated relationship with his narrator. In an alternate ending for the second DVD (that a caption says was too depressing) he crazily shoots him and then puts a gun in his own mouth.
Bennett The Sage/Ask That Guy is a particularly terrifying ship, especially when Bennett strokes Ask That Guy's face and tells him he's been good, while the previously reigning champion of Jerkass cowers in fear.
As well as watersports and a facial, we also have canon stab-wound fucking. And people say the fangirls go extreme.
As of ATGWTG Ep. 54, Ask That Guy and Linkara are now canon.
There's also been a Shout-Out to Critic/Ask That Guy (fanonically Twincest) with Ask That Guy saying het twincest isn't nearly kinky enough for his tastes.
Benzaie is also an example: his feud with That Dude in the Suede ended with a love confession.
And he has something with Spoony. He was the only other guy in the first Spooning episode.
There is another example in his Wiz n' Liz video, where Benzaie wakes up next to Spoony in his red robe, who proclaims "Hello my crazy French space lumberjack..."
They're this trope all way, from the constant half-naked cameos (like when Spoony wore that robe and gave weird advice, or when Benzaie stripped at the end of the Phantasmagoria LP), to the passionate embraces and long kisses whenever they meet in real life.
According to that, he also has a thing for Angry Joe, LordKat, Spoony, Linkara and Critic.
WAIT I read this entire page... I am the only one who saw Angry Joe and Benzaie holding hands in the brawl? Sure is a blink and you miss, but you would think that Yaoi Fangirls know to never blink...
From the TGWTG Does Benzaie video, we get a hilarious Benzaie/Doug anecdote. Both of them had decided to go to the hotel hot tub. Doug specifically told Benzaie not to wear a speedo, which Benzaie agreed to. He showed up in a g-string instead.
How about Linkara and Spoony, watch the Warrior review, and the commentary.
Also, Linkara and Insano, which doubles as Foe Yay.
Linkara/Spoony and Linkara/Insano is so thick, they've acknowledged it in the second Warrior review, with Linkara complaining that Insano was giving the slashers material. And then you have the whole "Linkara is so distressed by Spoony's death that he spends a lengthy period of time trying to bring him back to life" thing not unreminiscent of Wonder Girl's reaction to Superboy's death...
Still another features Nella saying that the movie Showgirls taught her that she "likes nice tits".
And the Chick telling the Makeover Fairy to give Nella a makeover has more than a hint of "ultra-controlling girlfriend" about it.
In the "Pride" video, Lindsay moves in to kiss Nella, who tells her "We are not playing 'gay chicken'! I always lose."
In the "Characters of Suburban Knights", Lindsay is lying on top of a seated Nella.
In "Disney Needs More Gay", the video literally opens with Nella and the Chick sharing a bed and looking couple-y. This is most likely intentional, given the topic of the actual video.
Dr. Tease (played by Elisa) comes off as decidedly flirty when they review X-Men.
Dr. Tease seems to flirt with all the women she meets, including Dark Nella and MarzGurl (while interviewing her in "Sexual Awakening of the Human Nerd, Part 2") and flat out propositions Obscurus Lupa in Part 3.
The Chick to Dr. Tease: "Yes, I like sexy men. Do you want to mend that? You look like you want to mend that."
Elisa/Lupa also got a mention in the commentary of the Les Mis review.
Chick/Lupa in Lupa's Honor & Glory review. First, we have Lupa being Stalker with a Crush-esque and hiding out in the Chick's bed. Secondly and more amazingly, Lupa does something that not even Critic or Chick's friends could do... make the Chick loosen up and have fun. (That's not fighting or anything to do with getting hurt anyway.)
In the commentary, Lupa notes how nobody saw that she was staring at the Chick's ass when she was under the pillow.
And "Linking Up with Linkara" brings us Nostalgia Chick/MarzGurl.
And even Doug and Mike Ellis have got in on the act in the last five minutes of Bad Movie Beatdown. "Sweetheart" and kissing on the head, how adorable.
Doug/EgoRaptor was shamelessly teased at Shado Con, with a picture◊ of Doug kneeling in front of him and acting like a kitten and their appearance on anirage. That game also has Doug proposing to a (cute Sage-lookalike) dude in a labcoat, Rob's Running Gag of being given AIDS by him, another guy nearly kissing him for a Klondike bar and apparently Doug/Waldo is canon. Man gets around.
The anirage flirting continues when both the guys he plays "Interrogation" with seem to think being a hooker would be an easy job for him.
At Aninite last year, he did the impossible and out-flirted Benzaie by sitting on his lap. There also was a hug with the announcer that lasted until the guy's hands went too low.
It's getting to be that nobody will be surprised if Doug wasn't 100% straight. Just look at the Anime Milwaukee Q&A, he's clearly happy to flirt with anyone.
Correction, it's getting to the point where people are more likely to be surprised if he is completely straight.
Again in Anime Milwaukee, at the farewell session, he lies down on stage while the other two guests are talking and lets people take pictures of his crotch. This includes guys.
Right after, Uncle Yo jokingly calls him out for prostituting himself and Doug corrects him, saying he's just a manwhore.
Not to mention that he entered by cuddling Yo and kissing him on the head.
In an interview, he orgasm-voices over how watching Transformers 2 made him feel like the movie was fucking him so hard that oil came out of his mouth instead of semen. That's... something.
Does all that suckage of phallic objects note a pipe, three lightsabers, a lollipop, a banana and a joystick, in case you're wondering count?
And in yet another interview, he put his arm around the interviewer and got so very close to grabbing his balls before pulling away laughing.
In his review of Breaking Dawn, he off-handedly mentions that Jacob makes him hard.
According to an amusing post on facebook, Doug was proposed to by a guy at a con and the reason he gave for declining was that the man didn't have a diamond ring.
At another convention, he took great delight in hitting on an upset guy right after he flaunted his wedding ring.
In the advertisement for the third DVD, Doug is shirtless, has apparently gone psychotic and kidnapped a guy who he thinks is pretty.
In "Sonic The Movie", a very angry Sage tells him in great detail how to suck him off. He's not as offended by this as you'd think he would be.
As well as confirming that Donnie was in a sex-involving Love Triangle in the "Lost In Translation" episode of Demo Reel, this panel has Doug between Arin's legs and vice versa, and him being game enough to tease Critic/Ask That Guy.
At a french con, it was only twenty seconds before he humped two guys at once.
Later on he was asked what he wanted to do and he responded he just wanted to fuck everyone before standing up to undo his belt. Sadly he got stopped before anything fun could happen.
In an interview at the same con, he joked that to be on TGWTG you need to give good blowjobs and that talent has nothing to do with it, and saved special porn voice for Brad apparently giving the best head.
Have a black guy bending him back and making out with him. You're welcome.
He went for a more depressing version at Karoshi-Con. Instead of the usual "lookit every gender thinks I'm sexy", it was that he was going to sneak a photo of James at Con-Bravo and then jerk off alone. Fun!
In a Forced Viewing podcast, he spends most of the time drinking silently in the back. When gay porn gets mentioned though? He emits a loud "oooh", which he of course gets ragged for.
The "Donny" vlog has Doug like Jason calling him "master" and wanting to go to a bondage dungeon at the end.
In My Two Favorite People, Jason points out that Doug has a Cute and Psycho streak and Doug tries to grope him before being told off.
Jason generally has a tendency to calm Doug down from whatever by reassuring him that he's attractive.
In The Limit Doug fake-crashes on Jason's shoulder and spends a good few minutes groping him.
Jason: Oh God what do I do now? Oh no he's touching me.
In "No One Can Hear You", after Doug has an airhead moment of saying being licked is not that bad, Jason tries to lick him as counterproof point, and while Doug squirms away he still says they'll have time for that later.
The end of "Jake vs Me-Mow" has Jason hug Doug because Doug's lost self-esteem over his looks, and Doug taking it as an opportunity to grope Jason's "naughty spots".
In “Thank You”, when Doug starts in on a “men are hurt by gender roles” rant and Jason backs off saying he doesn't want to get stoned, Doug does the femmy wife thing again that he did in the SWS 2 bloopers.
Noted in “The Final Frontier” when Jason puts his face on Doug's shoulder, Doug says “like there's not enough gay gifs of us already”.
In “Ghost Princess”, Doug sulks at Naruto being a Attention Whore again, and Jason invites him over to cuddle.
Exploited again in "Vault Of Bones" when Doug compares himself to Flame Princess, Jason to Finn, and demands violent-sexy Slash Fic.
Doug's wife Robin turns out to be a Yaoi Fangirl in "BMO Lost" (of course with all he does she'd kinda have to be), teasing about all the Slash Fic she's read involving him.
At the end of “Apple Wedding”, Doug puts on a maid's costume (sorry, he doesn't really) to convince Jason not to throw him out in the storm, and Jason thinks he looks sexy.
Played for Laughs in “Blade Of Grass”, where Doug pouts that people (i.e the straight male portion of fandom) want him to be a good boy and not talk about penises so much, knowing exactly how that sounds. Jason then says he only mentioned penis metaphors because he knew Doug would continue and not be able to stop.
At the end of the re-review for “A Glitch Is A Glitch”, Jason asks Doug if he could play with him, and Doug spreads his legs, puts on the Puppy-Dog Eyes and says “please”.
Everything's Jake has the ending of Doug randomly holding Jason's hand and Jason looking confused.
Going through the motions style in the end of “Is That You”, as Doug can't remember what he does at the end of AT vlogs and says he'll just go to the usual gay stuff. Though there's an amusing bit where Naruto rushes off at that and he calls the cat a “prejudiced motherfucker”.
In one of the extras for “The Uncanny Valley”, he and Yo read Demo Reel fanfic (which Donnie asked for, it should be reminded), think it's hot and in the end Doug admits it was a ruse to get Yo in bed again before tackling him down.
In the Spooning With Spoony 2 commentary, Noah recounted how as soon as he got to Doug's house Doug was asking him to do the spooning thing again, and that his only direction was to victimize/objectify Critic as much as possible. In the bloopers, Noah corpses and Doug strokes his arm like a reassuring wife.
Played for cute laughs in the “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” commentary where Doug and Rob fight over who gets to marry Dante Basco.
He even has gay with a zombie, giving him a hug and a kiss that he didn't expect.
All of this gets surpassed with his Project Million interview. Is this an exaggeration, you ask? No, 'cos it ends with him riding the interviewer like a cowboy offscreen.
To add to the list, he also did something very naughty to JewWario's groin while getting teabagged, has had "years of experience" with picking up guys, his wife is apparently really Benzaie and they have lots of sex, and he may have had a threesome with James and his lady.
If you have the DVD, Doug/Rob. Especially when Doug does a mock-striptease out of his wet ghostbusters costume on camera, talking dirty for laughs (and saying on the commentary that they do this often) while Rob hums stripper music and tells him to save it for their honeymoon.
Also on the DVD, the end of the commentary for "Turkish Rambo". In the review, Critic stuck out his tongue after making fun of the movie's poor lipsyncing. Rob's comment was "Your girlfriend must be very lucky." Doug's reply? "He is." End of commentary.
In the second DVD menu, Rob waits until Doug is in the shower to harass him about how the menu works. When his brother is freaked out and tells him to piss off, he goes away for about one second and then zooms back in for the menu to start over again.
Although most of the time, when Doug gets into his jokey flirting with the audience or anyone else, you can see Rob looking uncomfortable.
In an interview, Doug and Rob said that they know all about the fanfic (Rob even wants more) and they're doing just fine on the Ship Tease front.
In the Titanic commentary, Doug calls Rob in Palpatine make-up a total hottie.
This video. Doug acting like a pony and Rob sitting behind him all manly-like already sounds pretty kinky, but like they always do, they push it even further.
In the Suburban Knights behind the scenes feature, both Rob and Bhargo agree that Doug needs to take his pants off more often.
In the Donation Drive Just Dance video, Rob pans the camera over with an obvious view of Doug's ass and tells him he needs to wear tighter jeans.
When a jerkass asked Rob what was it like to be in his brother's shadow, Rob replied back that he got all the perks of free blowjobs from Doug and none of the hounding at cons.
Best if you know the Lord of the Rings shipping, but the boys open the "Sibling Rivalry: The Hobbit" with Rob calling himself Frodo and Doug calling himself Legolas. When Rob tells him tells him that he should be Sam instead, Doug makes kissing noises in return.
One-sided in the 50 Shades review, as Doug calls himself a naughty boy and wants to be whipped while Rob asks if they really have to do this.
In the Hocus Pocus behind the scenes, Rob flicks and squeezes Doug's Winifred breasts while Doug fakes being turned on.
Seeing as how the Donation Drive was in a whole 'nother league of its own, detailing all the Ho Yay moments would result in a Wall of Text, so we'll keep it to the top five: Everyone groping Spoony, Angry Joe calling Doug sexy, Doug and Ed Glaser leaning in for a kiss, Angry Joe and Spoony wearing the Critic's tie and the hints that there's going to be a Spooning With Spoony; Boy's Edition. The slash fans were pleased.
We also had Bennett offering blowjobs to anyone who donated, Doug miming giving blowjobs twice and jokes about him kneeling in front of Ed, Joe licking Doug's ear and Doug kissing Bennett's hand. It's like Doug wants to be a Launcher of a Thousand Ships.
And now we've had another Donation Drive with enough slash to fill a small library. For cryin' out loud, it began with SWS3!
There was also Lewis hugging Doug from behind and promising that they'll all hold him down and give him a pink belly. Not to mention that person who called in and asked for Lewis to give Doug a hard backhanded slap. (They would have probably done it if the guy had donated.)
And there was Doug (in a wig and acting weepy) hugging Sage and not being able to get out of it because Sage wouldn't let him go.
Doug gave us a good one again when he was so happy about a guy donating that he told him to stay right where he was because he was going to get a make-out session.
Chester A. Bum's Youmacon video has a tease of an interesting variation on Screw Yourself. A convention goer cosplaying as Chester warns the real guy about yaoi anime, since "it's two boys together." A confused Chester replies "We're two boys together."
We also have Chester and Lestermaking out. They didn't even fake it irl either, as the behind the scenes footage has Doug making disgusted noises after kissing Lewis, even though he decided that himself.
In episode 5 of Masterpiece Fanfic Theater, Sage obsessively tracks down Linkara's meta-anime crossover fanfic (written when he was 13), and then ties him up and forces him to listen to his review of it.... while calling himself "the Hunter." Just a trace of Stalker with a Crush there, Bennett, just a trace.
"Watching a guy jerk-off would scar him for life? By that measure, I should be dead."
Sage carries on the creepy with Critic in the Starchaser review, visibly getting off on scaring him and making him have a crying, screaming meltdown.
Shameful Sequels: Son Of The Mask brings us creepyone-sided MikeJ/Film Brain.
Apparently, Film Brain tends to not be wearing clothes when he appears in MikeJ's dreams. And then the dream Film Brain starts stripping...
If we count Twitter interactions, Scarlett is a goldmine for Les Yay with Nella and Iron Liz. The woman's brain is constantly on Double Entendre-mode.
In Todd in the Shadows Top Ten Pop Songs of 2010, he tries calling and confessing his love to Obscurus Lupa at the end of the video. However he winds up calling Lord Kat, who thinks he's calling someone else. But THEN pulls out a bag of condoms telling him he'd be open if Todd was crushing on him.
The Rap Critic and Todd in the Shadows have gotten into a playful Twitter feud recently, where they insult each other by saying "Dude," and then linking YouTube clips; these end up serving as disses. (For example, this) However, Rap Critic at one point came back with a tweet that sounded oddly...romantic. He claims he posted the wrong video...
In 'Brad and Phelan Try Grass Jelly', they try to find something to review. After trying to review the painting on the hotel wall, an iron, and a mirror, they are shown lying in bed side-by-side, with Brad remarking on the awkwardness and Phelan grinning.
"Rejected Spooning With Spoony Ideas" gives us JewWario/Panda, Spoony screaming after waking up to a creepily-smiling Sage, Luke/Paw and Holly snuggling with Nella.
Don't forget the Orgy with Everyone! Presumably with every combination possible. (Well, Paw did say he'd be walking funny for months.)
Okay, yeah, this is technically after Spoony left TGWTG, but seeing as it's another SWS parody...Interlocking With Insano gives us Dr. Insano/Dr. Holocaust/Captain Awesome. AND it's pretty much like Spooning With Spoony 2 only more sciency.
To Boldly Flee gives us Luke Mochrie as the adoring apprentice of the Cinema Snob, Film Brain comforting luke when Snob is captured, Zob and Terl bickering like a old married couple, and lampshading of it all with jew Wario saying "That's so Takei" while giggling.
Nella tried to touch Mara Wilson's rack!
Demo Reel was a fountain of it, mostly provided by - surprise, surprise - Doug's character Donnie DuPre. He got to cuddle more guys than the omnisexual Ask That Guy ever did, was swept up in a boy-love version of Lost in Translation, and outright asked for Slash Fic of himself.
The boy-love of Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee combined was so great that amnesiac!Critic's punchline for the movie reviews was, in summary, "whoever wrote and directed these must have been a fairy". So there you go.
While Paw has his Love at First Sight song with Elisa in the Les Misérables review, he's also really handsy with Critic, with a clear shot of feeling him up after they fall out of the closet.
Even with all the Camp Straight, Doug couldn't resist implying heavily that Bay taught the blonde actress in the Pearl Harbor review's opening scene how to give blowjobs.
In the Osmosis Jones behind the scenes, Malcolm is getting teased for wearing the Belle costume for so long in Demo Reel, and Rob teases him more saying he has a pretty mouth.