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  • Abduction Is Love: In the “Princess Diaries 2” review, Hyper Fangirl comes this close to succeeding at the more realistic version of the trope by kidnapping Critic, keeping him there at gunpoint and manipulating him so much that he's ready to kiss her, with Doug confirming in the commentary that the plot of the episode was essentially just Critic almost falling into Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Aborted Arc: At one point there was a lot of "The Other Guy is the true evil boss of the site", but as soon as it started, it seemed to stop just as fast.
  • Absentee Actor:
    • Because real!Tamara and Malcolm play plenty of other characters, character!Tamara and Malcolm don't show up in the The Lorax despite having made Critic do it in the first place.
    • character!Tamara and Malcom don't appear in Amazing Spider-Man: Old vs New, instead replaced with Black Willy Wonka and the Hyper Fangirl; characters who certainly don't try and call Critic out like character!Tamara and Malcolm.
    • Tamara is missing from the Maximum Overdrive review because as the credits explain, she was too sick to work.
    • The Voiceless variation in “Rise Of The Commercials”, as Malcolm and Tamara have no lines whatsoever.
    • Malcolm doesn't appear in Daredevil, and the credits lampshade it with “Malcolm will return next week in Angst 2: Revenge Of The Crying”. According to Orlando on his facebook, Doug thought Malcolm wouldn't be available (when he was) and so didn't write him in.
    • Tamara was missing from the The Legend of Zorro review because she was busy touring with her RL boyfriend. In the Fantastic Four making of (when she came back), they spent some time mocking the fans who either demanded to know where she was or got confused about how she could apparently film in Chicago then be in another city.
  • Accentuate the Negative:
    • The Critic always relishes a chance to make fun of a film, even if it's one he likes or that has a large fanbase. However, at the end he'll sum up the film and mention if they did anything right. To this end, he mentions when a film isn't particularly bad, it just isn't very good, and in such had both flaws and strengths. So Bad, It's Good and Guilty Pleasures are also common comments made in the summations. The one exception to the rule is his review of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, as he himself said that his review of that film was his honest opinion.
    • In his review of Waterworld, he notes that Costner is boring and the little plot holes add up over time, but otherwise Dennis Hopper is enjoyably hammy, in spite of his running joke of "STUFF!" saving the day, he likes the detail that went into the machinery of the world as it makes the film seem more practical and real, and as an overall shoot-em-up action film, it's not all that bad.
    • Lampshaded in the review for Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. He says right out that it's a movie he genuinely likes, despite a few issues, but as soon as he announces it (before a crowd at Anime Convention Anime Milwaukee) he's attacked by a mob when everyone assumes that he's going to do a heavily negative review. This continues to be a running theme throughout the review as the 200th Episode cameos all consist of people showing up to beat up the Critic for slamming a film by anime legend Hayao Miyazaki. At the end, the mob had calmed down, but then he insults Howl's Moving Castle, and the mob attacks him again.
    • He also notes about Stephen King and Robin Williams, to name two examples, that he thinks King has done some amazing stories and Williams is a genuinely funny and talented actor. Their films just don't play to those strengths very well.
    • Defied in Star Trek month, as he takes a look at the odd-numbered movies that will usually get the fandom frothing at the mouth, and succeeds at being fair to them, analyzing the stuff they did well as well as the bits that didn't work. This was made explicit with Insurrection, as Linkara (the diehard Trek fan) was much angrier about the flaws, while Critic (the casual fan) tried to be optimistic.
    • Inverted in the Top 11 GOOD Things About the Star Wars Prequels where he lists the things in the much-hated Star Wars Prequel trilogy that actually work or are done well, even going so far as to point out positives about Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin.
  • AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: Some of his songs' lyrics fit under this trope.
  • Acceptable Targetsinvoked:
    • Environmental stuff, mostly because the movies are so anvilicious and the people "delivering the message" are so unlikable and uncaring about anything else.
    • Politicians. He usually tends to attack the right wing, but Obama, Michael Moore and Al Gore have gotten a few take thats too.
    • Averted with Wicca. In his review of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, he says he won't make fun of it because he doesn't know the religion; he just needs Erica to shut the fuck up.
    • For the reboot especially, actors in general note . Even Malcolm noted as much in this video, telling Scallon that "they're very harsh to celebrities".
    • Also starting in reboot, anything in the invoked Girl-Show Ghetto. Most notable with the Sailor Moon drama, as even though his female audience made their anger at his Slut-Shaming teenage girls clear, instead of apologizing like he did for anything else hurtful pre-comeback, Doug sings the show's theme tune when the word "slut" is said in The Cat in the Hat commentary and called it "Jail Bait: The Show" at Alcon.
    • He's made fun of Canada bluntly trying to teach about rape and child safety (and this is a place where the stat for sexual abuse is one in two girls will suffer it) in three episodes, at least lampshading how shitty this is in “Rise Of The Commercials” where he says he can't make fun of the country for anything else.
    • In numerous episodes of the reboot, too many to list, Michael Bay is treated like the devil. Doug admitted in his review of Bay's TMNT movie that he's being really mean-spirited, but that doesn't stop the insults from coming in later episodes. The actual TMNT movie crossover just had to get in that Bay must be insecure about his masculinity for example.
    • The Japanese in general for his Sailor Moon review, from their inability to cope with failure (which is one of the big causes of high suicide rates) to the constant lolicon riff.
    • Again with reboot only, M Night Shyamalan. The 2012 Signs review had Critic feeling genuinely sorry for the guy, saying he peaked too early and didn't deserve that. Reboot on the other hand, makes Shyamalan a Big Bad who vindictively tries to destroy the Avatar franchise and has Mind Raped Critic into being an Empty Shell once.
    • As The Film Renegado pointed out, The Legend of Zorro review is filled with Mexican stereotype jokes. On the other end, noting that white privilege exists and is one of America's problems might have been an effort to make said jokes not as bad.
    • Fat people. In Eight Crazy Nights, when Sandler's character wants a bully to eat a fat idiot's jockstrap, Critic tells him to not make fun of his audience like that. He also takes a moment to mock a picture of Sandler in the ocean with a belly and a double chin. And in “The Uncanny Valley” he even makes a point of mocking Jimbroth (who is obviously played by Doug) for being doughy, plus showing a picture of an obese guy is “too kind” to what a stereotypical gamer supposedly looks like.
    • MRAs/meninists, especially during behind the scenes. In the BTS of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Doug and Rob fake “that's sexist towards men” offense at not being good as Tamara when it comes to make-up, mock the “feminist propaganda” reaction to Mad Max: Fury Road, and Doug thinks that they don't actually give a shit about helping real problems that a lot of men go through, just wanting to attack women.
    • TMZ, which is apparently the devil.
  • Accidental Innuendoinvoked:
    The "Childlike" "Empress": We must not give in to the Nasty.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • He frequently does this to Matthew Broderick's character in Godzilla (1998).
    Nostalgia Critic: Good old Testosterone...
    Matthew Broderick: It's Tatapolous.
    Nostalgia Critic: Whatever.
    • Then:
      Nostalgia Critic: So after Mr. Tin-Man-Apolous-
      Matthew Broderick: It's Tatapolous.
      Nostalgia Critic: Whatever.
    • And finally:
      Nostalgia Critic: So after that, we see Audrey as she comes across Mr. Teka-novan-humpa-shiar-rikki-tikki-hamster-mamster-polly-wolly-wadda-bing-bang-supercalifragilisti-knick-knack-patty-whacky-give-the-dog-a-bannana-fanna-fo-fresca-hickory-dickory-hockety-pockety-wockety-whack-angelina-francesca-the-third.
      Matthew Broderick: It's Tatapolous.
      Nostalgia Critic: Whatever.
  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Every now and then, the Critic ends up facing movies filled with this and Screams Like a Little Girl. It's a Pet Peeve Trope of his, especially exaggerated and misguided examples.invoked
  • Actually Pretty Funny/Actually Pretty Awesome: The Critic does semi-grudgingly point out jokes he finds funny in otherwise terrible movies. One near the end of Good Burger even causes him to drop in shock. In other reviews, he does acknowledge when the subject matter puts in some creativity or effort.
    • Also happens when Ivan Ooze shouts "The Brady Bunch Reunion" in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
    • He does say that Larry Miller's performance is the one funny thing in Chairman of the Board starring Carrot Top.
    • Inverted with a scene in Jingle All the Way that contained a funny moment but dropped the funny, which caused the Critic's laughs to slowly turn into roar of anger.
      Critic: You did it! You actually did it! You ruined the only funny joke in the movie you jingle balls of ass! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!
    • He notes that Once Upon a Forest is surprisingly nuanced for an early '90s environmental message movie, not portraying all humans as evil and keeping one character's parents dead at the end.
    • When Granny gets tackled in Space Jam.
    • And when the reaction the gangster makes in ''Film/{{Steel'}}' when the grenade falls in front of him.
    • For Moulin Rouge!, he angsts over how fantastic "El Tango De Roxanne" is. In the commentary, Doug chooses "The Show Must Go On" sequence as the other bit in the movie he has nothing but love for.
    • Richie Rich gets both Actually Pretty Funny and Actually Pretty Badass. The former is a double, consecutive one during the vault scene, while the latter is at the "take a seat" scene.
    • The "Smooth Criminal" music video in Moonwalker.
    • Lampshaded in his review of Junior, where he brings in Dora the Explorer to help him look for a funny joke somewhere in the movie. She does manage to find one...eventually.
    • In his review of Baby Geniuses 2, he says that while it is a horrendous movie, it's nowhere near as painfully bad as the first film for a number of reasons: the lip-syncing of the babies is more believable, some of the special effects are fairly impressive, the writers made a commendable effort in at least trying to tell a better story, and even the Plot Twist where the Big Bad (played by Jon Voight) turns out to be the eternally young protagonist's jealous brother not only legitimately surprised him, but also makes perfect sense in the film's context. It also turns out he was just pretending to be in a coma throughout the entire review after watching the movie (originally implying it to be much worse than the first, which only left him feeling depressed) just so he could get a better deal on his hotel room while Brentalfloss and Uncle Yo try to wake him up.
    • In his review of The Pagemaster he complains about all of the bad book-related puns but he thinks the pick up line Adventure says to Fantasy is funny.
      Adventure: Would you like to curl up with a good book? *gets slapped by Fantasy*
      Critic: Okay, Give them a point for a funny line.
    • In The Master of Disguise, when the film's antagonist makes a dramatic speech and evil laugh only for it to be interrupted by his farting a second later, the Critic does wind up laughing a little and admits he's impressed that it was able to make him laugh at a fart joke. Unfortunately, it then tries reusing it again later, and his reception for it being reused is less than pleased.
      • Though he laughs again when the villain manages to laugh without farting, only to fart after he finished.
    • In The Monster Squad, when the main character asks his dad if he can go see Groundhog Day 12 and the dad says it's just about a crazy guy with an axe, the Critic immediately thinks of Bill Murray as an axe murderer and admits that a movie like that would be pretty cool.
    • In Ernest Scared Stupid, he laughs at a cut-away where Ernest's teacher says that he never knew when to quit, prompting the Critic to show a "funny scenes count".
  • Adam Westing: In The Review Must Go On, several Channel Awesome members appear as... versions of their real life personas.
    • Lewis Lovhaug gives Doug reasonable advice, but then insists that his characters, Vegas Lounge Singer Harvey Finevoice and Robot Buddy Pollo are real. He's shown treating an inanimate Pollo and a pair of homemade Cybermats like they were real even though they don't respond. Oddly, Astro Megaship actually can talk, but no one cares what it thinks.
    • Lindsay Ellis suggests strongly that Doug stand by his decision for his own integrity and not because she's been trying to fill the Nostalgia Critic's niche, having had his blessing and the "Nostalgia monopoly" granted to her by Critic in her Cutthroat Island review. Then she sends Nella to kill him. Except Nella gets confused and simply drives up to him, advises him to not revive the Nostalgia Critic, and drives off. For double confusion points, she actually does this to Doug's brother Rob, and not Doug himself.
    • Brad Jones immediately declares he doesn't care about any of it and hangs up on Doug mid-sentence. In a Stinger, he demands to know when Doug is reviving Melvin, Brother of the Joker.
  • Adaptation Displacementinvoked:
    • Doug's never read the book of The Neverending Story, because he keeps forgetting that there ever was a book.
    • The Critic seems to have no knowledge of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. Doug does, however, as evidenced by his own review of Turtles Forever.
    • In a bit of irony (because he totally admits that he almost never reads the books the movies are based on, not even The Hobbit), Barnes and Noble got Doug to appear at one of their events talking about books like The Fault in Our Stars and The Walking Dead. He announces this at the end of “Top 11 Movie Trailers”, and even he seems a little confused as to why they wanted him.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In his review of the Bebe's Kids video game.
    Critic: This game is a bucket of BALLS!
  • Adult Fear: Especially as we've gotten to know him and what he was like as a child, his early line about shooting his TMNT doll because he was scared of it falls under this. Children shouldn't have guns anyway, let alone children with admitted issues.
    • His kindergarten drawing of his monster parents ripping him in half has the same effect.
  • Advertising Campaigns: As of 11/16/13 The Critic has done four specials looking at 80s ads — Nostalgic Commercials!, Return of Nostalgic Commercials, Revenge of the Commercials and Dawn of the Commercials - AKA, "We'll Be Right Back", "After These Messages" "!" and "The Fourth One".
  • Affectionate Parody:
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: During his review of Short Circuit, the Critic comments that his microwave is now sapient, and it doesn't like him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Ever since the beginning of Critic, his mother has always been portrayed as abusive in every way. But when he gets a call about her death in Jurassic Park III, and reacts stuttering and heartbroken, she's a lot more humanized.
  • Alas, Poor Yorick: In the Tom and Jerry: The Movie review after the titular characters speak.
  • All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs:
    • While Critic is still probably the subbiest guy on the site who has it bad for any psychotic woman who'll top him, as most people want him to stay, he and Tamara switch between dommy and subby, she being hired to hurt him for the views and him trying his best to break her through infantalizing outfits.
    • They also referenced and inverted the most infamous subverted example at a con, comparing Hyper Fangirl to Christian Grey and Critic to Ana Steele.
  • All Just a Dream: The end of the Full House review, which turns out to be a Dream Within a Dream, which turns out to be a Dream Within A Dream Within A Dream, which then turns out to be A Dream Within A Dream Within A Dream Within A Dream, which turns out to be A Dream Within...
    • Alternately, the end of the Kazaam review, where the film never truly existed and the Critic mistakenly is poorly reviewing the DVD of Citizen Kane in its place.
    • The Scooby Doo review is also implied to be this. After his Heroic Sacrifice, he wakes up and is invited by Rob (he's a dinosaur) to play poker with Eighties Dan and The Grim Reaper, finally deciding to move on in his life.
    • Surf Ninjas is revealed to be this, but the entire review is an Out-of-Character Alert seeing as the critic is only overly positive and lauding the film for how "good" it is.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • Albeit the kind that doesn't alienate the female fanbase (he gives fanservice himself and most of the time respects the women he has the hots for), but still. He, Bhargav, Rob and another guy go wild over a Mud Wrestling Cat Fight in "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation".
    • In the Demolition Man behind the scenes, there's jokes made about Tamara banging the monkey (she's sleeping on it and strokes it with the gavel to clarify) and she snarks “working with boys”. Doug responds that if you work with girls they talk about you behind your back.
    • In Jurassic World, Tamara gets creeped out at Malcolm and Critic wanting to recreate Fifty Shades of Grey with her. This doesn't go to All Women Are Prudes though, as she was fine with it until she found out she had to be one getting abuse.
  • All Women Are Lustful: He thinks the villain's voice in Care Bears: The Movie was a result of her getting oral (he then proceeds to act this out), while we also get this line from Short Circuit:
    Critic: It's like a mix between a vibrator and a man who can't get me pregnant. This is every woman's dream come true!
    • Most of Tamara's characters, either one-shot or recurring, are sexually interested in Critic or some other Doug character, who a lot of the time (especially with Hyper) don't feel the same.
  • All Periods Are PMS: Snarked on and gender-inverted, as when Critic acts like an abusive dick to Rachel, she snides that 'Aunt Flo' must be in town for him.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Invoked multiple times.
    • The Critic thinks Barry from Sidekicks is schizophrenic. He also believes everyone in Drop Dead Fred is insane, especially the main character in her interactions with her Imaginary Friend. It makes a lot more sense if you see it as a horror movie (not least because it fails as a comedy).
    • And apparently, Casper is psychotic!
    • He says that Bella of Twilight infamy could actually have made a fairly good Shakespeare villain if her actions were intentional.
      • In a later video about the series, he notes that because the idea of "imprinting" is so poorly explained, he thought that Jacob chose Renesmee as his future mate so the other wolves wouldn't harm her, or through some sort of scrying power saw the future and knew that she would grow up to be his perfect match.
    • Presents Sonny, the mascot of Cocoa Puffs cereal, as having gotten addicted to the cereal as a result of his grandfather constantly feeding it to him, then trying to live a normal life once his grandfather vanished, but continuously tempted by kids who offer him more cereal.
    • For his Milk Money review, he believes that Frank was traumatized by the experiences of the movie, grew up in complete social awkwardness, changed his name, moved to San Francisco and became Denny from The Room.
    • According to the Critic, Rob Reiner made his infamously bad movie North because he wanted to take vacations all over the world and still get paid.
    • NC is convinced that Bronx from Gargoyles is actually a Gargoyle with special needs, and everyone just lets him pretend he's a dog.
    • He interprets Santa of Santa Claus The Movie as a mostly unwilling slave to the elves.
    • He also interprets the old man at the beginning of Rad as being grumpy because he killed a family in WWII and contracted PTSD.
    • Past!Critic keeps calling Present!Critic a "narc" in the "Scooby Doo" review.
    • He says that Winchell, the evil kid from North, is actually a young Dick Cheney.
    • In his Pearl Harbor review, he portrays Michael Bay as "the Son of Schlock", a Jesus-like figure sent to the Earth by God to make some of the most awful yet somehow successful movies of all time.
    • He also theorizes that Bay's movies are filmed with excessive slow-motion, close ups and low angled shots because Bay is trying to film everything like it's porn.
    • He believes that Jimmy from The Wizard grew up to be The Angry Video Game Nerd.
    • Mr. Magoo is actually pretending to be blind and is really a violent psychopath.
    • In his Jurassic Park review he theorizes that Steven Spielberg's excessive use of spotlights pointed against the camera stems from some bizarre sexual fetish.
    • Mrs. Mavilda from The Christmas Tree suffers from multiple personality disorder and the Mayor, from the same movie, is a traumatized, flashback-prone Vietnam vet who counts money by how much of it he can fit in bags rather than by it's numerical denomination.
    • Duke from Gummi Bears is actually Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) before he lost his skin and became a living skeleton.
    • Jar Jar Binks was the director of Food Fight.
      • He also attributes the film to why Charlie Sheen, who voices the lead character, went barmy.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • During the Home Alone 3 review, The Critic pretends to be John Hughes and says that Home Alone 3 is his plan to get out of screenwriting, as no director would ever think to direct it. He asks who would possibly want to direct it, and then mentions the guy who directed Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Raja Gosnell). Said movie wouldn't be released until 11 years after Home Alone 3.
    • For the origin of Michael Bay subplot in the Pearl Harbor review, the use of smartphones... during scenes set in 1990 and the early 2000s...
  • An Aesop: There's a few genuine ones scattered around, like "darkness should have a point", "kids shouldn't be mistreated or their intelligence underestimated" and most importantly "everyone's allowed to have their own opinions on movies".
  • Animal Motifs: He's been linked to zombies twice, and for an extra bonus, the zombies in question were an allegory for depression the first time, and sexuality the second, both of which he has issues with. And while Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas is a skeleton and not a zombie, he's still dead and Critic has played him twice in big character moments.
  • And Starring: Orlando Belisle was credited this way in "You're a Dirty Rotten Bastard".
  • And That's Terrible:
    "Nintendo: Now, you're playing with pedophilia. And that's just wrong."
  • Angrish:
  • Angry Fist-Shake: Does this to mock how horribly a work presents something.
  • Angst Nuke: There is one scene where the Critic ends up destroying all of Chicago during his review of Quest for Camelot. He keeps demanding that the movie explain what is going on until his frustration finally erupted in an actual atomic explosion.
    "Explain, movie! Explain! JUUUST! EEEEX-PLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!" *causes a nuclear explosion leveling the city, then afterwards he double takes on the wreckage he just caused, then looks at the camera* "Sorry."
    • And then:
      "Sorry, I'M GOING FOR TWO!"
    • Lampshade Hanging: "Allow me to refer you to the previous nuclear explosion."
    • Yet another one appears, though somewhat subdued: a miniature mushroom cloud bursts out of the Critic's forehead.
  • Angst? What Angst?invoked: The Critic points out that both Calvin from A Kid in King Arthur's Court and Ryan in Warriors of Virtue ignore the fact they are in different worlds with no idea what's going on.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Fart Joke, who appears to be on some sort of Walkabout. "I am the breaking of the wind."
  • Antiantichrist: Satan's daughter in the Son of the Mask review is a bubbly, happy girl due to her mother, Kim Kardashian, having her watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic...
  • The Antichrist... but she gets better (er, worse... more evil) after seeing Son of the Mask.
  • Appeal to Obscurity: From the review of Scooby-Doo:
    Nostalgia Critic: So the film opens with — big shock — a pop song.
    Past!Nostalgia Critic: Yeah, but so what? The original had pop songs too.
    Nostalgia Critic: Yeah, and I'm sure that never dated either. Just like having Sandy Duncan or the Harlem Globetrotters.
    Past!Nostalgia Critic: Who?
    Nostalgia Critic: Exactly.
  • Applicability: In-universe, he'll often apply fictional situations to his own (which yes, are fictional too). A notable example would be “Why Do We Love Zombies”, where he segues from talking about the show to clearly real world depression and back again several times.
  • Arc Fatigue: Referenced in-universe at the end of “The Princess Diaries 2” review, where Hyper Fangirl is shot off into the sky after Critic sinks her hopes. Benny asks Critic if they'll ever see her again, and Critic says he'll draw the arc out and bring her back if he's promised more views with her around.
  • Arc Words: For the reboot, "illusion". There's been at least three editorials centered around it, Critic is all too aware he's getting more evil and insane, and there are multiple episodes that show the invoked Reality Subtext strings of both his own show and the circumstances of his comeback.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Starting from The Haunting (1999), he'd get hit offscreen or from the audience when he turns into a sexist horndog. You eventually started to wonder if he's doing it on purpose.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Backfires on him beautifully when he asks Welshy if he'll just keep coming back after a couple of farewells already. Welshy literally scoffs at him and says he's one to talk.
  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration: Critic rants to Tamara at the end of The Wicker Man, who just gets more and more Broken Smile-face until he reveals what he actually wants.
    Critic: You are by far the craziest, nastiest, meanest, sadistic, psychotic, criminally insane, unwell, mentally ill, fucking obsessed nutjob I have ever seen in my entire life and I'm gonna do what needs to be done about it... you wanna come work for me? My views always seem to go up when I'm in pain.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Inverted in the Critic's review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in which he says of the film, "Thumbs up! Five stars! Greatest adequately-satisfying movie of all time! And I liked it, too."
    • In Nostalgia Critic's Top 11 Mindfucks, when he is confused about one of the stages of Dragons Lair II: Time Warp: "Why is the piano flying into the air? Why is the cat breathing fire?! And...why did Beethoven suddenly turn into Elton John?"
    • John Travolta's character in Battlefield Earth is involved in "harvesting gold, torturing humans and Chewing the Scenery."
    • From the End of Days review: "I mean, Arnold's already fought savages, terrorists and the horrifying threat of pregnancy..."
    • Also, during the Critic's rant about the AVGN reviewing The Wizard, he calls the Nerd an overly long list of unmentionably vulgar adjectives and punctuates the list with a comparatively mild insult of "asshole". This trope is more evident after the cluster F bomb establishes the contrast. This was followed by him comparing AVGN to The Irate Gamer, prompting a Crosses the Line Twice style reaction from the audience.
    • In the review of the two Short Circuit movies, the Critic says this in regard to the functions of the robots:
      Nostalgia Critic: It turns out these machines are built by Nova, as they look forward to having all the robots destroy evildoers, annihilate their enemies, and serve gin and tonics.
    • At the end of the review of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, he rants a long list of "how come"s regarding how it doesn't make sense, ending with "how come Kimberly is so hot?"
    • In AI, nether TMZ or Critic seem to think that including crossdressing with sexual affairs and bigotry as "rotten stuff" is a little off.
    • The Freeze-Frame Bonus of what's wrong with America in the The Legend of Zorro review mixes important stuff like white privilege, the porn industry and crime with Michael Bay movies, Kim Kardashian/Kanye West and cat memes.
    • He starts off his Eight Crazy Nights review by listing the hardships Jewish people go through, like years of oppression, prejudiced assholes still being out there... and that said film exists.
  • Artifact Title: In "The Review Must Go On", the Critic negotiated that the cutoff windows be dropped, opening the door for newer and less "nostalgic" titles to review.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In the Free Willy review, Critic alludes to whale as a fish.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: During a high-five freeze frame during Monster Squad, Rob high-fives with his gun pointing into the hand of one of the other people.
  • Artistic License – History: Invoked in a joint review on Simon Sez with Obscurus Lupa. The Critic compares a "snappy comeback" with a misinformed take on the famous banter between Lady Astor and Winston Churchill. Lupa questioned his take, and he admitted he took a few liberties.
    • In the review of Pearl Harbor, he gives an extremely long rant about the undisciplined and unpreparedness of the American Military during the attack. What he fails to realize? It was a surprise attack, many of the people on the ships weren't only their compliment, but workers from all over the base so it makes sense that a few can't swim. Not to mention the fact he claims that the Doolittle Raid killed many civilians... when in reality only a few died (despite the fact that the targets were factories which are military targets).
  • Artistic License – Physics: In his review of The Neverending Story II, when they claim that the speed of darkness is faster than the speed of light, a picture of Einstein appears that... shall we say, calls them liars.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In his audition for Demo Reel, Malcolm Ray was ecstatic at the opportunity given when Doug sent out casting calls. After getting and playing the role of Tacoma Narrows until "The Review Must Go On", it was revealed both he and co-star Rachel Tietz were retained and are now main castmembers for the Nostalgia Critic's second run.
  • Aside Glance: In Turbo, after Zordon says that all kid stars know how to do is go crazy, just to be sure that the audience gets the Take That.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Gives the quote for that page.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Apparently, the Nostalgia Critic would "go gay" for Keith David's voice.
    • Vincent Price leaving a taped message for the critic. Especially when he say "yes."
    • Invoked with his rather spot-on impersonation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show-era Tim Curry (both singing and speaking) when he does "Everyone's A Whore On Halloween".
  • Ass Pullinvoked: The Critic calls out The Neverending Story 3 when Bastian suddenly kicks the Nasties' asses with kung fu because ...he does.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Clouds and lightning start appearing behind him when he proves once more that he's Too Dumb to Live and asks for anything so he can finish off Nick Month.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: His attempts at setting up Once Upon a Forest leads to porn being looked up instead and he himself is alienated by the premise of Milk Money.invoked
  • Audience? What Audience?: In The Matrix, when Mr Schmuck wants Critic to explain to him why he doesn't like the film, Critic looks into the camera as he starts the review. Schmuck asks him why, and Critic admits “I don't know, it just feels right.”
  • Author Appeal: The Critic's mentioned in a few videos how he prefers subtlety in shows and movies' messages.
    • Speaking of, any narrative show that features the Critic and isn't a review has at least one climactic fight scene, with lightning-quick punches.
    • More in the "bow chicka" vein of this trope, he's made his love for assertive women well known. He even wrote Rachel and Tamara as naturally dominant (though it's slightly more complicated as Critic liked breaking both of them) and Malcolm as an Amazon Chaser like himself.
    • Also, the suggested reason why William Shatner wrote a triple-breasted feline hooker into Star Trek V.
    • Because Doug is the kind of guy who puts his clothespins on his scrotum, and wants to redo scenes where his balls are getting hit for real, there's a lot more Groin Attacks in the show than there probably should be.
    • In 2014 alone, there were multiple instances of sex slavery/Stockholm Syndrome being played for fanservice. For a few examples, The Wicker Man review had Critic being totally okay with the possibility of staying in the kitchen and being used for sex, later cons have Doug and company making gender-reversed 50 Shades references about Critic's Captive Date time with Hyper, his punishment in Last Angry Geek's Bad Future episode was being Snob's personal prostitute, he wants to keep his clone self for fucking at the end of the Sci-Fi Guy crossover, and Tamara plays a Ms. Fanservice character called Miss Stockholm in the Development Hell game show.
    • As demonstrated in his out-of-character vlogs and the behind the scenes vids, Doug loves bad puns. It shows with a lot of the Critic's jokes. The behind the scenes for his Top 11 Episodes of Avatar episode has him delight in the "my cab bitches!" joke while Rob and Malcolm groan.
    • Noticed in the AVGN movie, as he says “there's more people bound up in the film than Fifty Shades of Grey”.
  • Author Tract:
    • He points out that his reasons for disliking a part in Dunston Checks In with several people in getting wet, as well as Mr. Magoo (both the cartoon and the film) is because there isn't comedic suffering, which Doug Walker is well-known for including in his Creator Thumbprint.
    • In the 2011/2012 days, rants about gay stereotypes, misgendering people and sexist matters happened with more frequency.
    • “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”, which is less of a review, and more the critic ranting for twelve minutes about the Transformers movies and the people who watch them.
    • Both The Lorax and The Cat in the Hat have a lot of speeches given to strawly corrupt executives about how pandering doesn't work and the books are timeless.
    • In the reboot he's gone on several rants about how any franchise needs to change and challenge itself and try new things, but they got stopped by executives manipulating the audience into milking up the same old crap and not being able to handle anything new.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Casper was mocked for its brief usage of salty language: "We gotta get that damn PG rating somehow."
  • Awful Truth: Referenced in “Why Lie About Santa”, where he talks about having things figured out, and then being told something that destroyed his perception of reality and made him feel scared of what's next.
  • Awful Wedded Life: In “Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes”, he asks why there's so much bickering in romances, and says that's what marriage is for, followed by a rimshot.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Satan, ever since the show returned. Unsurprising, since it's the same suit Alucard wears in Brazil, and Marilyn Manson wore in the 1990s. That suit seems to be the go-to for "satanic badass".
  • Bad Bad Acting: In the Moulin Rouge! review, after a lot of very good breakdown, he shoots Brentalfloss "for a sad ending" and acts ridiculous to parody Christian's crying that sounded more like laughter.
    • As Turl!Spoony found out, he's horrible at acting angry when he doesn't actually feel the emotion.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: In Fantastic Four, Critic can summon explosions at will, Tamara has Super Strength and can lay waste to buildings, and Malcolm can turn anything into a video game character. Luckily for the world, they just sit around and do nothing.
  • Bait and Switch: An important one in the Reloaded Kickassia review. Critic starts off swooning about how the Plot Hole is a "purgatory of hell", but then his butler comes to give him a drink and he's forced to admit he's having a great time.
    • Halfway through Foodfight!, he assumes the movie is punishment for all the terrible things he's done in his life. But while there's plenty of awful he's actually done (which was what he was atoning for in To Boldly Flee), he goes for pop culture memes instead (canceling Firefly, turning Friends into an online series, asking Taco Bell to create a breakfast menu, telling John Travolta how to say Idina Menzel's name, and removing a lot of cartoons from Cartoon Network's airtime). And speaking of To Boldly Flee, "Fatal Fight" begins playing to hammer it home how much out of touch with reality he is.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: A recent thing for him to do is to repeat some idiot action from the movie he's watching in apparent Sarcasm Mode, but then finish it off in Sincerity Mode with an added how it went wrong for him. For example:
    Critic: Yeah, I remember acting like a monkey in eighth grade... God, I was pitied.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Much like the Have I Mentioned I am Gay? stuff from The Haunting (1999), Alien: Resurrection's teasing between Winona Ryder and Sigourney Weaver gets on his nerves because it was just there to get teen boys excited and the only result is a male/male Queer People Are Funny kiss.
  • Barbaric Bully: Doug specifically calls this trope out in his "Doug's Top 10 WORST Cliches" video, where it's #1 on the list. As he points out, such characters are practically never interesting or even entertaining, and have little to no depth because they never actually seem to enjoy their bullying—just doing it because they're evil.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A form of Fetish Fuel for Critic, who actually likes Belle, but the fact that she didn't show her navel left her off his list of hot animated women. On the other hand Jasmine and Ariel were shoe-ins because of this.
  • Bathtub Scene: Interesting that in all the Showers of Angst on Channel Awesome, he was the only one to be half naked.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: He takes Babes in Toyland to task for the wedding message of "only pretty should marry pretty and ugly people are evil".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: At the end of his Kazaam review, he wishes that the movie never existed, causing it to disappear, and his review to turn into a review explaining why Citizen Kane is the worst movie of all time.
    • and as Real Life Writes the Plot, the fans and even the critic himself wanted to be brought back... Well Congrats! Now the critic has the emotional baggage from his time in the plot hole, and pretty much all of his redeeming characteristics gone by the 2014 episodes. Remember people, YOU wanted the critic back.
    • Also works for Santa Christ, who was complained about by some to be too much of a invoked Canon Sue, but a lot of his appearances in reboot have him being awfully cruel, especially to Critic.
    • At the end of Dawn Of The Commercials, Angry Joe wants to do Man of Steel with Critic, but gets mocked and condescended to note  the entire episode.
    • The astronaut in Planet of the Apes likes the idea of reboots because then all her favorite childhood shows can be shown on the big screen, but has a breakdown when she sees the trailer poster for Jem and the Holograms.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The Critic's Halloween Special shows the Critic giving a negative review of Teddy Ruxpin. Teddy retaliates by coming to life — without his tape — and trying to kill the Critic, if he doesn't review him positively.
    The Critic: Just answer me one thing: what the hell are you?
    Teddy Ruxpin: You really want to know?
    (Critic nods)
    Teddy Ruxpin:
    (voice turns demonic, eyes turns red) I'M THE DEVIL!!!
    (Critic screams his head off)
  • Beneath the Mask: Beneath the preaching, The Lorax did this for both Black Willy Wonka and Critic. For all his hate of the film and speechifying against pandering, Critic still wants all the money for himself and isn't happy to realize that he's designed as nerd-girl bait like the Onceler is, and for all Willy Wonka's aesops, he's still a killer who made a bad movie.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In AI poor Rachel has to stumble in an alleyway, zip up her pants, wipe her mouth and compliment an offscreen goat on "being amazing".
  • Better by a Different Nameinvoked: Barb Wire was this to the Critic, back when it was called Casablanca.
  • Be Yourself: Subverted in “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, as Tamara complains that Critic should celebrate Christmas however he wants, but is terrified along with Malcolm at the... extent of his Christmas joy.
  • Bias Steamroller:
    • He occasionally drives one of these in instances like The Flintstones and Doug. The latter especially so for how badly he was bullied over it.
    • The Critic generally refuses to review anime series. When he reviewed the Digimon movie, he brought in JesuOtaku to help out and provide a more balanced perspective. When the Critic reviewed Sailor Moon by himself, the review was accused of being a Shallow Parody and condescending bias towards anime.
      • If his video blogs are anything to go by, Doug Walker personally loves the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Otherwise, he doesn't hate anime but is rather indifferent towards the medium.
    • The Critic (And Doug in real life) seems to dislike Blue Sky Studios, referring to them as "diet DreamWorks".
      Critic: God, that's twice now I've been mean to Blue Sky Studios. I should probably stop if they ever made something good.
    • His belief that only misery is good comedy can be ever so slightly biased, especially in his rant during Mamma Mia! about how chick flicks that don't do it are condescending women.
    • Lampshaded in Jurassic World, as Mr Puppy notes that Critic's cast re-enacting clips will color the audience's perception of the movie.
  • Big Fancy House: Both houses that belonged to the Walker boys are as gorgeous, huge and prettily decorated as each other.
    • Averted with Doug's marriage house however, as while it's pretty, it's mostly used for a creepy lonely atmosphere, some examples being Food Fight, Son of the Mask and obviously TRMGO.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Momentinvoked: His joint review of Ferngully with The Nostalgia Chick is The Trope Namer. The review itself ends on a BLAM with the Chick playing the accordion while the Critic dances.
    • NC's Junior review features a "boring" song that has nearly nothing to do with the review. After the song ends, he even asks for the BLAM graphic to be brought up.
    • The final clip from his Top 11 Villains review; he reveals why he's having trouble getting reviews out on time; his computer is haunted. By Ghostbusters.
      Critic: Now it's going to say, "Excuse me, this is the Ghostbusters, isn't it?"
      Dana Barrett: Excuse me, this is the Ghostbusters, isn't it?
      Critic: "Yes, it is; can I help you?"
      Janine Melnitz: Yes, it is; can I help you?
      Critic: You see?!
    • The gist of the Top 11 Most Awkward Christopher Walken Moments.
    • The Critic's review of Flubber has an overly long BLAM scene that he can't even bring himself to completely say it.
      "A big-lipped—oh god I'm bored..."
    • During the Catwoman review, one of the Catwomen shows up out of nowhere riding a Sandworm. The worm goes back underground, and it's never brought up again.
    • In the middle of The Swan Princess, an alligator, remarkably similar to the one from All Dogs Go To Heaven, appears. The Critic calls out "Big-Lipped Alligator Stealing".
  • Big "NO!": During the Short Circuit Nostalgia Critic review.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Repeatedly screams this after seeing one particularly hideous grocer from Foodfight!, leading to the Bait and Switch moment mentioned above.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: During the Top 11 Most Awkward Christopher Walken Moments, he imagines the screaming Headless Horseman at a Taco Bell drive-thru.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: He frequently takes shots at the advertisements that he allows on his videos, usually lampshading and insulting their presence at the halfway transition. It fails if the ads don't play at the halfway point, however, and in the Maximum Overdrive review, he fakes out the audience with a made-up ad with a "skip" button moving away from reach.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The end of To Boldly Flee. Just... just watch it. Also Scooby-Doo, the video that was meant to his finale and lead into To Boldly Flee. Critic is still very sad, but puts the job that makes him miserable aside and plays a poker game with his friends who tell him he was always welcome.
    • Nobody's actually happy at the end of The Shining, Critic having gone even worse with crazy, Rachel dealing with his abuse, Malcolm nearly dying just because he's black, but they distract themselves with pumpkin Food Porn, and a catatonic Critic going into an old-timey Happy Place.
  • Black Comedy: Not to the extent of some on the site, but he'll employ this whenever he feels like it.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Zig-zagged. Like with most of his suicides, the scenarios are played for dark laughs but he's always affected badly by them.
    • His Paranoia review ends with Brad promising Critic that a scary-looking horse-masked man will give him a good raping, leading to Critic running away scared.
    • In a subtle yet gross example, his TMZ rant in "The Top 11 South Park Episodes" includes saying the people who watch the show have to rub bloody tampons on the crotches to make themselves look like they've been laid. There's only one conclusion you can draw from that image.
    • He jokes in the To Boldly Flee reloaded review that Mechakara can't keep his drill in his pants. Only there as a invoked Reality Subtext Take That, as Lewis was upset about the scene and Doug was beating himself up for accidentally making it worse so much (when he figured that adding more noises would convince Film Brain it was a fun time) that Lindsay had to defend him by saying he was a Wide-Eyed Idealist with a Happy Place.
      • In the same review, regarding Ma-Ti/Spoony, "Just point to the doll and tell us where he touched your hole."
    • He dedicates a part of “Top 11 Things You Never Noticed About Ghostbusters” to making fun of Dana getting felt up and having one of her breasts pop out.
    • In The Purge review, he makes a joke about how if crime were legal he'd be vacationing in Canada, but then changes his mind “because that's not the safest either”. Cue the PSA trying to protect girls from being raped. This 'joke' transferred over to real life too, as at a Canadian con, he got a rape whistle. To Doug's slight credit he seems a little creeped out at first, hoping he'd never have to actually use it.
    • In The Cat in the Hat real review, Doug calls the film “anal raping” Dr Seuss and Rob thinks that's not harsh enough and calls it skullfucking.
  • Bizarro Episodeinvoked:
    Raoul: Big lipped alligator moment? Try Big Lipped Alligator Movie!
    • Christopher Walken.
      Critic: ...I don't know where I am when he calls.
    • The "Rotten Dirty Bastard" special. After that sketch, the Critic went back to hisinvoked usual characterization, the others carried on like normal (and The Nostalgia Chick even got her best friend killed) and it was never mentioned again.
      • Subverted as of the "Scooby-Doo" review, wherein Critic ends up in Purgatory and encounters Roger again. Plus the implication that Roger potentially forshadowing To Boldly Flee.
  • Blackmail: Hyper Fangirl got a Big Fancy House from a guy she stalked when she found out he had private time with barbies.
  • Bland-Name Product: Mocked in his reviews of Steel and It about a beer named Beer, with this quote from the latter.
    Critic: Oh no, she dropped a can of "Beer" beer. Is that the drink that Steel made famous?
  • Blatant Lies: In his first of the Star Trek reviews, he promises to never have another commercial break - after the camera decides to take him seriously when told to - and a break has happened in every NC review since then.
    • Turbo has him tell Rita that he's not afraid of any movie. Son of the Mask, Food Fight, Starchaser and countless others would beg to differ.
  • Body Horror:
    • The Devil's minions look like they've had their skin stripped off to only leave muscle.
    • The title card for Why Do We Love Zombies rots Critic's face until he looks like one himself.
    • Tamara's gored, sizzling hands in the Ghost Rider review.
  • Bond One-Liner: The Critic makes a few jokes on this trope in the Commando review, even punctuating one with the YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHH!! from CSI: Miami.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Criticizes the Vital Information sketch from All That for unnecessary yelling and then yells, "ANYONE WHO THINKS YELLING IS FUNNY SHOULD BE SHOT!" (gets shot in the head)
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Less borrowed and more mangled, but we get this from Spoony during the eponymous spooning:
    Spoony: In case the Nostalgia Critic here doesn't remember it so I don't have to, I can tell you why. Three words - Ro-hyph-nol!
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The people complaining about the wall are roundly mocked in The King and I, but ones with genuine complaints manage to get in (like "didn't he say he wanted to do something new", or stuff that Doug outright admitted to doing later on; such as hiding behind the pretty production values, trying to cater to his 2008 audience, or that there's more insensitive jokes) and he says nothing about them.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Seen in his Captain America review.
  • Bound and Bagged: At the start of the Game Heroes promo. And you can see him squirming but not getting much leeway throughout the few minutes it's on.
    • Still on his obsession with trying to get Critic to do a Christmas Carol parody, the Ghost Of Christmas Future ties up Lupa with tape and tinsel. Critic's not amused.
    • Referenced a couple of times in Small Soldiers, with Malcolm having handcuffs, Critic assuming that with a sixteen year old Kirsten Dunst tied up the director must have been a pedophile, and also saying that an older sibling leaving the younger one helpless is typical. Plus inevitably assumed after the end where Hyper breaks into Critic's bedroom while he's sleeping and kidnaps him.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The Critic emphasizes that even though Drake's death in The Pebble and the Penguin didn't have blood, it's still really violent for a kids' movie.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: In his comparisons of The Ten Commandments vs. The Prince of Egypt, he claims that God is more likely a kind and loving deity, rather than a vengeful god. He was wrong.
  • Book Ends: With some exceptions, the Critic begins and ends each of his reviews by saying "I'm the Nostalgia Critic: I remember it so you don't have to".
    • Both his first review and what was intended to be his last review were of live-action adaptations of cartoon franchises.
    • The Christmas Tree both starts and ends with Critic hallucinating and then the episode revealing what actually went on.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: We never see them get brainwashed (and they're more snarkily lampshading Critic's stupidity than being crazy), but Malcolm and Tamara in the Matrix reviews. Critic literally reality warps to get them back.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: How he invokes Santa Christ — by asking Santa to save him, then Jesus, then… Santa Christ.
    • The Critic mocks this when a character in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland introduces himself this way:
      Nostalgia Critic: Well, I find that name obnoxious, and uncreative. I'm going to call you: obnoxiously uncreative.
    • "Nintendo games ROCK. Movie based off Nintendo games BLOW. Therefore, movies about Nintendo games BLOW ROCKS."
    • "It sucks ASS! It sucks BALLS! It sucks ASS-BALLS!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: A few, but the one most seem to remember is in his review of Tom and Jerry: The Movie:
    Critic: I'll do anything! Shave your back, do your taxes, prostitute myself for money! Just please not another song!
    • From "A Kid in King Arthur's Court":
      A Kid in King Arthur's Wart. A Kid in King Louie's Cart. A Cat in Bea Arthur's Cooch.
    • A joke in The Uncanny Valley review starts off about his and other reviewer's tendency to lose focus, and ends up slipping out that he's sexually repressed for a while.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: One of his Pet Peeve Tropes, as seen in Moulin Rouge! and Spider-Man 3.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of the common jokes in the series is to replace the in-work dialogue with something production/actor-related, like "Well, I'll be featured in the sequel anyway". Rare aversion in "Is Sleepy Hollow Secretly Brilliant", where he (obviously) knows Nerd, but has watched the Monster Madness series and can't remember James's name.
  • Breaking the Reviewer's Wall: The Critic frequently uses his gun to shoot one of the characters in the movie or cartoon he's reviewing. Sometimes he calls a character from the work on the phone and has a conversation with them.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Enforced in “The Top 11 Most Awesome Movie Themes”, as it becomes apparent as the list goes on that the character needed some hopeful kickass music to stave off the Despair Event Horizon that occurred a month later.
    • Aside from an awkward Weight Woe moment and plenty of bitching at actors when he shouldn't, Jurassic Park. Mostly because the skits were kept short and silly and Critic liked the film.
    • The Top 11 Adult Jokes We Never Got as Kids was released between two big reviews, the musical and cameo-laden review of Les Miserables and the much hyped up review of The Last Airbender. There only a brief narration by the Critic at the beginning of the video.
    • “Top 12 Santa Clauses” is a sweet list of his favorite Santa characters, in between the episode that Doug worked 28 hours on with no sleep editing and all the Came Back Wrong-ness of Eight Crazy Nights review.
    • Face/Off is a rare example of a Wham Episode turning far lighter, as Doug had planned it to be both Tamara's introduction and Rachel's goodbye with cat fighting, a special effect with Rachel's face morphing into Tamara's and Rachel being sent to California in a box. But because he deleted the footage, the review is a lot more of giggly snarking in front of a wall and a lot less sending Rachel off.
    • Enforced but subverted in "Disney Afternoon". Critic sets the studio up like his childhood bedroom because he wants a nostalgia binge to escape from everything (after an episode dedicated to his crazy), but his abuse of Malcolm and Tamara and his own sad oddness keep getting in the way.
    • Other than from Sequel Hook and the foreshadowing scene with Critic abusing Malcolm and Tamara again, the The Swan Princess review is safe skitless riffing on the movie for two reasons. 1) The last time he bashed something girly was a disaster. 2) Food Fight was important to his Sanity Slippage (or to be more accurate, not getting money for it), and The Lorax was huge on Gratuitous Special Effects.
    • After the depressing Jurassic Park III, After Earth is a lot lighter, with no storyline, no angst or fucked up jokes from Critic, Malcolm and Tamara relegated to bittier parts than usual, and Shyamalan not being a threat unlike his last two appearances.
    • Small Soldiers is a simple rant on a movie coming off two big crossovers (Bloodrayne with Linkara, Spoony and Snob, Purge with Film Brain and Rob Paulsen/Maurice LaMarche), and with a scary Sequel Hook for The Princess Diaries involving Hyper Fangirl.
    • Care Bears Nutcracker only has Malcolm and Tamara appear at the beginning trying to help Critic out of his post-Christmas funk (and a quick horn joke later), and is a very short review about the very harmless Care Bears franchise. This, after Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer had Critic terrifying Malcolm and Tamara with how crazy he was, and A Christmas Story II had the return of Hyper Fangirl stalking him.
    • Lampshaded in Mamma Mia!, as Malcolm and Tamara leave him at the start because nobody is going to watch him try and do a Chick Flick considering his history with girl stuff. This is also after Wham Episode The Matrix Revolutions which actually resolved a Plot Thread for once.
  • Brick Joke:
  • Broken Aesop: created in his Pokemon review in terms of the "fighting is wrong" Aesop when the franchise revolves around fighting.
    • He makes a similar argument about Airborne—the main character refuses to use violence against anyone, but still humiliates them.
      "So as you see kids, it's not about physical violence; it's just about hurting somebody somehow. That's what really counts in life."
    • In The Pagemaster, he points out that having an Aesop on literacy makes no sense when the main character is already a bookworm.
    • 3 Ninjas, it's so nice Grandpa is giving his (white) grandkids lethal weaponry to fool around with like shuriken, nunchucks, swords...
    • In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, he notes that a message about protecting endangered species and the environment becomes very much lost when the protagonists who hold to this end up causing most of the problems throughout the film (involving death, destruction, sabotage). There was also the BS about taking the dinosaurs from their "natural habitat," when, in fact, the dinosaurs were CLONED FROM FOSSILS, and therefore, were completely unnatural in the first place.
    • Doug always had a justified obsession with "everyone's opinion is worth something, whether you like or dislike a show/movie doesn't matter, just talk with other people and discuss it". So why did the Looney Tunes editorial have a section where a Simpleton Voice fanboy laughed stupidly at the worst scenes of shows that Critic didn't like, but act entitled and insulting at the best scenes of the show that he did?
    • In The Cat in the Hat, the speech about how kid's entertainment should be treated with respect rings hollow since the once-Papa Wolf character had been treating Evilina abusively all episode.
    • "Everyone you criticize from this point on has a face," was broken already by the giant misinformed Bay rant, but had to be purposely done when Critic outright insulted a child actress's face for being too photoshopped.
    • The "fad is just one letter away from fade" speech from The Lorax review has the Critic arguing that content creators shouldn't follow trends or base their material around pop culture jokes and references, and instead should focus on "timeless" content. It's a great message... which is undercut by the fact that the Critic has been basing a good chunk of his material around pop culture jokes since his show started - in The Lorax review alone he makes references to Frozen, The LEGO Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Willy Wonka, and the 2011 Muppet film.
    • In his review of Princess Diaries 2, he gives a lecture to Hyper Fangirl that she just wants to surround him in nostalgia and feed him opinions and things he likes rather than challenging him to be a better person, and that kind of behavior isn't love. While the speech itself is powerful, it loses a lot of its impact coming from the Critic, who has repeatedly demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to move beyond his childhood nostalgia.
  • Broken Base: In-Verse example with Angry Joe arguing about whether Man of Steel is good or bad. The Nostalgia Critic eventually says that while he can't understand why people like the movie, he says that what they see is that they witness one of their most beloved superhero take on one of their biggest challenges makes it more interesting, and tells him to enjoy it.
  • Brown Note: The Critic has a tumour in his brain that grows whenever he listens to the theme song from Doug. He calls it "Porkchop".
  • Buffy Speak: All the times he describes the action and Technology Porn of Waterworld as "Stufff!" Also "putting things into things" in the "Arnold" song from the Commando review.
  • But Wait, There's More!: The Critic notes that the Rock Biter's sitcom antics in The Neverending Story 3 wasn't enough. It gets worse.

  • Call Back: In his "Old vs. New: The Ten Commandments vs. The Prince of Egypt" review, he says that one way The Ten Commandments is superior is that we learn Moses's last name. Clips are then shown of various characters saying "Moses, Moses..." Soon after, we see a clip of the "Super Mario Bros." movie where Luigi explains that he and Mario's last names are just "Mario". The Nostalgia Critic then threatens, "Don't start with me!"
    • In his review of The Neverending Story 3: Return to Fantasia, the Critic asks to be taken to Fantasia. The camera zooms in and out on him, repeatedly hitting him. As he's shouting in agony, he calls back to his review of It as he yells "WHY IS IT SO MEAN?!"
    • In his The Thief and the Cobbler review, when a pumpkin falls on his predicted by a past recording sent to his phone, he says "WHAT?!? PUMPKIN?!? WHAT?!?! WHAT!?!...PUMPKIN?!? WHAT?!?!" This was done before in his The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog review when he says this after Grounder blows into his hand and a pumpkin pops out the other.
    • Though he doesn't play his Stephen King Drinking Game (from his review of It) during his review of The Langoliers, he takes a shot anyway after he finds out that it's set in Maine.
    • In his Little Monsters review, Fred Savage's character said "I want my BROTHER!!", to which the Critic said, "As well as some FOOD!!!"
    • In his The Magic Voyage review, when the Critic asks what you'd call someone pulling a telescope out of their pants, there's a callback to the second commercial special; specifically the Wunder Boner ad. "My wife would like that!"
    • In his Inspector Gadget review, the Critic pondered when Inspector Gadget would ever need bubbles. Cuts to a clip from his second "Commercials" special where he said "Fucking bubbles!"
    • The third Top 11 Fuck Ups video has a callback to his sped-up "Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!" breakdown in Battlefield Earth. Only this time it keeps going.
    • His Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog review refers back to his Space Jam review when explaining what a furry is.
    • In her farewell video at the beginning of Face/Off, Rachel notes her delight that Malcolm got to wear more women's clothing than she did, referencing her YouTube video where she said the same thing.
    Rachel: I love that Doug made me a badass in Demo Reel. I appreciated that so much, because I never get to play the badass, I want to beat people up and kill turkeys and wear t-shirts, so I'm really glad that I got to do that, and Malcolm, which he was so happy about, got to wear all the dresses!
    • Never mentioned, but Film Brain is wearing a Gryffindor tie in The Purge, like he did in Suburban Knights.
    • As well as being invoked Reality Subtext (Doug said in one of his vlogs that he wanted firebending so he could hurt people), Critic failing at firebending in “Top Best Avatar Episodes” is a nod back to “Top 11 Adult Jokes We Never Got As Kids” where he set some poor random guy on fire.
    • The Rogue figurine, revealed by Chester to be Critic's wank doll, is reacted to with delight by the hyper fangirl, who might not like Critic so much if she knew what it was used for.
    • The quick panic in Daredevil about his joke file (old memes) and not being able to find a Soprano's reference, is a nod back to Star Trek V where he runs out of references and finds it hard to make an actual joke.
    • In the The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl, he has a Jeeves-style servant (just differently named) just like he did in the Plot Hole reviews.
    • Many years back, an Ask That Guy-lite Doug did a black and white video (starring a Mr Puppy) about Hollywood taking down five second movies. In Jurassic World, he does another one about copyright people taking down Critic reviews.
  • Call Forward: Critic wanting himself as a forced Sex Slave in “The Sixth Day” crossover makes Snob taking over the site and keeping him as a broken hooker in the Bad Future feel even more like karma.
  • The Cameo: Everyone in TGWTG appears in at least one episode (the co-reviewers are seen below in Cross Over). But the most notable was Mara Wilson in A Simple Wish.
  • Canon Banned: Even though his character hadn't been cemented at that point, there are still lines in the "Top 11 Animated Hotties" that have been proven wrong or he wouldn't dare say now.
    • AI, if The Shining and Alice In Wonderland are anything to go by. Those episodes both treat Critic like he's the villain instead of the designated hero like AI did, and when the speeches come he shows no signs of remembering that he had moralized the same things to other people.
    • From the existence of Hyper Fangirl (and Critic being very aware of her), and how the rape whistle commercial mocking is a trend but nothing else from “Dawn Of The Commercials” has been mentioned again, the whole “men can't be harassed and women's anger to being harassed makes them hotter” subplot of that episode has been probably for the best erased from memory.
  • Canon Welding: The Last Airbender ties Doug's Avatar vlogs (and everything he says) to the Critic canon. The reverse happens in Doug's Adventure Time vlog of “Business Time”, with Critic appearing at the start and end of the review.
  • Captain Ersatz: He lampshades the use of fast talking supernatural characters by multiple in the 1980s in his Little Monsters video, complete with a long segment of 4 characters (Drop Dead Fred, Genie, Beetlejuice, and Maurice from said movie) all talking at the same time in the same tone of voice.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Referenced in the Red Sonja review; after Red Sonja's sister dies, Kalidor tells her, "She's dead." The Critic responds to this with, "THANK YOU, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS. If I get hit by an arrow, you'll be sure to tell me, right?!"
    • In-universe example: In his Full House review, after The Critic shoots the heads off the Olsen Twins, he remarks: "Ah. I did it. (Beat) They're dead."
    • Other times, if a character says something painfully obvious, the Critic will smack his head mock-dramatically and exclaim "a-DOOOOOIIIIIIII!"
    • In his crossover "Familiar Faces" episode on the Batman: The Animated Series character Baby Doll, a scene from Batman: The Brave and the Bold is shown where Batman looks at a Time Bomb readout for two seconds before exclaiming "it's a bomb!" The Critic comments that Batman must be "THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE!"
    • In his review of The Room, after Johnny kills himself, Lisa's Captain Obvious moment leads to the Critic paraphrasing the "Dead Parrot" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus to describe Johnny's current state.
    • In his review of Bebe's Kids:
      • Critic: Perhaps you remember my video game review of Bebe's Kids. [Clips of Critic destroying the game angrily] I didn't like it.
    • In his James and the Giant Peach review after seeing two musical numbers with lyrics full of blatantly obvious matter, the Critic devises some names for potential songs on the soundtrack, such as "The Sky Is Blue", "Butts Make Poo", and "My Tongue is in My Mouth".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: TMZ. "Just swallow your dignity and have no soul to lose."
  • Casual Kink:
    • When Tamara says she crossdresses in The Monster Squad like she wants it to a big deal, Critic snorts and tells her everyone crossdresses in his show, with Malcolm and Jim in the background agreeing that it's fun and Jason being asked his dress size.
    • In Eight Crazy Nights, both Malcolm and Rachel are up for a threesome with Critic, but he's in a Hates Being Touched mood and angrily gets them off him.
    • In Jurassic World, Critic, Tamara and Malcolm all want to re-enact Fifty Shades of Grey with each other. Tamara only refuses because the men want her to be Ana.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Played straight (if just referenced) in That Scifi Guy's The 6th Day crossover review, where Critic says he wakes up swearing and screaming every morning. Not even treated as a joke, he just has issues.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "(Hello,) I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to!"
    • "They did it! They actually did it!" when the film does something bad he thought wouldn't happen.
    • "Why top 11? Because I like to go one step beyond." Lampshaded and changed sometimes, depending on the circumstances.
    • (Witnessing a disturbing, morally awkward or offensive scene or line) "...really? You're gonna (description)?" shrugs "All right..."
    • "Which makes the previous scene, ENTIRELY POINTLESS.", complete with a point of the index finger and a ding.
      • "This has been another... POINTLESS MOMENT."
    • "Are you even trying?"
    • More recently, "An abomination of ASSNESS!"
    • "It's X the fucking Y!" seems to be becoming one, for whenever a movie tries way too hard for its subject matter, like, say, ''Felix the Cat: The Movie.
    • "BOOBS, you like BOOBS!" whenever he's trying to snap himself out of getting distracted by his man-crushes.
    • "You see?"
    • Dinosaur!Rob's "I'm a dinosaur."
    • " know..."
    • "By the way, that's [actor name] as [character]."
    • (Any time something inappropriate comes up in a family film) "You know, for kids!"
    • (Any time something that everyone already knows about appears in one of his countdowns) "Yeah, yeah, you all knew THIS was coming!"
    • "Pretty lame", as a punchline to a highly underwhelming scene in a movie.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: In several introductions, he fails to get through his catchphrase before breaking down in rage, weeping, or laughter (See This Is Gonna Suck below).
  • Cat Girl: Reviewing Catwoman causes the Critic's house to be attacked by a League of Catwomen. And the Eartha Kitt stand-in is a man!
  • Cat Fight: The whole plot of the original Face/Off review, with Tamara and Rachel fighting each other to be Critic's Token Chick.
  • Camera Abuse: Completing a Rule of Three for meta jokes in the episode, The Matrix ends with Critic flying into the sky, and when he hits the limit he crashes into the camera, cracks it and falls back down.
  • Career Versus Family: According to Doug at the end of The Christmas Tree, his mom gave up a career in opera to take care of two boys.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: In the big group review of The Last Airbender, the reviewers think that he set it up like he did for Dragonball Evolution the year before. It turns out that he doesn't even know their names and they catch him fapping to George Takei's biography for further insult.
    Critic: ...this is awkward.
  • Central Theme: Prime was taking responsibility, which kicked into overdrive after Ma-Ti died, while reboot is Sanity Slippage and meta, with Critic (also Hyper Fangirl, and Rachel/Malcolm/Tamara aren't particularly sane) losing more of his mind, and for the most part either rejecting the idea that he's a character or playing into that by doing whatever it takes to get views.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In early episodes, he's proud of how his generation got raised by television. In later ones, not so much. Check out the bitterness when he discusses how Mike Teevee's parents are useless for letting the box take care of their child.
    • Started in The Guyver and returned to in The Wicker Man, even his Fountain of Memes reputation got turned more dramatic. The former has Sage trying to get his old memes back because Critic had more fun back then and isn't so much with trying to force things like "platypus bunny", and the latter has Critic actually making a scrapbook of his old bear jokes and nearly crying because he has no idea what one to pick.
    • Fans suspected something was up with the insane amount of crossovers in 2012, but Lewis reassured them it was just a way for Doug to work on the forth year, nothing more. But then To Boldly Flee ended, and Doug revealed they were Critic's Ten-like way of saying goodbye, and even if the Plot Hole didn't exist, would have still found a way to kill himself for good.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Doug has a talent for writing comedy, then slamming you in the face with feels, then woo! Back to funny!
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The show has got steadily darker as time goes on, with Critic's Abusive Parents and job issues getting more involved, post-SK episodes setting up his death and guilt over Ma-Ti, and the revival heavy on the disturbing imagery.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: In The Guyver, when Sage asks if Critic remembers the plots of Kickassia, Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee, he gives a very unsure “...yes?” and stutters that he doesn't know when asked if Sage was at evil then. He then jumps the subject and accuses Sage of having an Evil Twin.
  • Character Shilling: In Turbo, Zordon tells Critic "your criticisms are restoring braincells to the viewers, and the movie's powers are getting weaker". Subverted later when Critic proves how awful he can be, and Zordon is mad at him for not being honorable.
    • Again in The Last Airbender, where Rachel!Katara says right off the bat that Critic's reviewing skills are awesome. Like Zordon, she's proven wrong.
    • Lampshaded in Matrix Reloaded, as Malcolm and Tamara realize telling Critic he's The Chosen One was a bad idea because he already thinks he's the messiah anyway. (plus even telling him that was Critic's writing)
  • Chekhov's Guntoy: The big monkey toy was actually first seen in the Transformers III Bum/Critic review, but only started getting used as a trauma cure attempt as of Patch Adams.
  • Cherubic Choir: There's a heavenly choir at the beginning of Dawn Of The Commercials, for the Serious Business joke of him being like Jesus because he's invoked Pandering to the Base who want more commercial episodes.
  • Chewbacca Defense: In his Suburban Commando review, the Critic suggests using the line "I was FROZEN today!" for this.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Aside from the Critic himself being a jewel of an example of this, he points this out in a couple reviews.
  • Chiaroscuro: For "The Review Must Go On" and Son of the Mask, Doug makes his house look extremely dark, lonely and uninviting.
  • Chickification: He calls this "Dumbass in Distress Syndrome." Although originally only used for women went stupid in the third act, he expands the trope to include Distressed Dudes later on.
  • Child by Rape: Parodied and inverted by Chick and Critic in the Ferngully review. After perfectly happy G-Rated Sex, she forces a never-to-be-mentioned-again pregnancy on him and is seconds away from Evil Laughing while he has a breakdown.
  • Chirping Crickets: The Good Burger review uses the tumbleweed variation. On third instance, the tumbleweed quits it.
  • Christmas Episode: "Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials", "Jingle All the Way", "He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special", "Jack Frost", "The Return of the Christmas Specials", "The Star Wars Holiday Special", "Ernest Saves Christmas", "Rover Dangerfield", "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard", "The Grinch", "Babes in Toyland", "Santa Claus: the Movie"
  • Clark Kenting: Mocked by the Critic in his "Top 11 Dumbest Superman Moments".
    • Also extensively mocked during the end of Jingle All the Way review, where the main character's wife and son are unable to recognize him despite the fact that he is Arnold Schwarzenegger:
      Man in Turboman Costume Who is Obviously Ahnold: Your dad is not mad at you.
      Kid: How do you know all that.
      Critic, as Kid: Yes, do tell strange, muscle-bound, big-teethed, square-jawed, Austrian-accented he-man who isn't in any way my father.
  • Classically Trained Extra: NC identifies Abe Vigoda as one of these in Good Burger.
  • Clip Show: Parodied and subverted; the Critic plans to foist a 'crummy-ass clip show' on his viewers for his 100th episode, but unfortunately the characters in the clip he shows — Ma-Ti and an earlier version of the Critic — take exception to this. According to the episode's commentary, Walker was originally planning on doing a Clip Show...albeit one with original clips ("Hey, remember when I fought Satan?").
    • The "Top 11 F*ck-Ups" may serve as a clip show in and of itself.
  • Close Enough Timeline: After returning from reviewing The Room in the future, the Critic discovers that everything is exactly the same except his walls are a different color and he somehow has a tail.
  • Closet Sublet: Subverted in The Swan Princess, as Critic thinks he's making Malcolm and Tamara live in the studio closet until whenever he needs them again, but really they're out and plotting bitter vengeance against him for his Mean Boss ways.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Christopher Walken.
    Walken: Jelly donut... Jelly donut. Goodbye.
    Critic: I... I don't even know where I am when he calls.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • This video, in which he rants about The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of The Wizard (which came out exactly twelve days before the Critic's review, and one day after he posted his list of movies to review). His insult lasts for well over a minute.
    • At one point in the "final fight" between the Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd, they start firing insults at each other, and eventually it degrades into them just saying "Fuck" at each other repeatedly. A "Making of" video shows that this caused them both to crack up. Rob jokes that the entire Nerd/Critic rivalry can be summed up by this one exchange.
    • A notable one in his Battlefield Earth review. It was undercranked because it is much, much funnier that way.
    • Also "fuck" was heard a lot in one part of his The Neverending Story 3 review, especially in his comparisons of Rock Biter and his family to a sitcom.
      Nostalgia Critic: You've turned this character into a fucking sitcom! Like the fucking Flintstones and the fucking Dinosaurs! Don't fucking believe me? Take a fucking look at these fucking scenes of those fucking shows and then fucking tell me they don't fucking look like the fucking same thing, you fucking fuck FUCK!
    • He unleashes another one in his review of Milk Money when a kid brings a prostitute to class for an oral presentation that breaks... just a few rules.
    • The Reveal of The Lorax's Once-ler induces an acceleratingly rapid-fire cluster of "Fuck you!" repetitions from him.
    • Related and amusing, the MME Channel Awesome panel had Rob talk about how their mother complains because she wants to show their stuff to her church group (or even watch it herself) but can't because of all the swearing.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The police-boyfriend in Catwoman gets roundly mocked for calling a piece of art "elegant and whimsical", but it's not like he's working or saying it when he's interrogating someone.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch:
    • Critic reviewing Doug, Hey Arnold! and the anime series Pokémon: The First Movie was based off of. He admitted he had never actually seen them, but argued in the latter case that it could be open to a broad audience not familiar with the franchise. invoked
    • He received criticism for reviewing Thomas and the Magic Railroad and stating that he has never seen the show the movie was based on. This is featured in his third "Top 11 Fuck Ups" video and he states that he has done this before (like his Pokemon review mentioned above) and he received a lot of requests by fans to review the movie so he did. 
    • Some fans, who were already angry about Extreme Doormat Doug telling them off for caring more about media opinions than depression or social issues, got snotty about "Are You Sick Of Let It Go" claiming hypocrisy. Death threats to a real person over an interpretation of a scene =/= a silly parody from an established-Slowly Slipping Into Evil character complaining about all the song covers he gets sent. Doug pointed this fact out himself.
    • The Mythbusters parody in Sharknado. While most suspected it because of the sexist treatment of Kari Bryon, he admitted in an Adventure Time vlog [note]if you know which one put it in[/note] that he hadn't actually watched the show, and Jason told him that he should.
    • In Fantastic Four, Critic, Tamara and Malcolm all agree that the 2015 film is going to suck because of how bad the former film was. Unlike the other examples, Played for Laughs as they're all being jerks.
  • Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: invoked He did this himself with The Looney Tunes Show, characterizing the people who didn't enjoy it as whiny babies who couldn't appreciate good humor.
  • Complexity Addiction: Lampshaded several times by the Critic.
    • We're Back: A horde of superintelligent dinosaurs are helpless to stop an old man because he has a contract.
    • Red Sonja: the sorcerer could have kept stabbing Sonja when she charged him.
      Maybe I should stab her again. Maybe I should stab her again. Maybe I should stab her again.
    • A Kid in King Arthur's Court: he points out King Arthur could easily had Balasko executed for treason rather than employ the contrived plot they planned instead.
    • Captain N: He notes that Kevin could have easily used his reality altering abilities in several ways to simply shoot Mother Brain.
    • It: He wonders why the clown torments the children (badly) when he could simply kill them on the spot.
    • Waterworld: He notices that Kevin Costner's character manages to deliver a long speech and drop a flare blowing the boat up while being surrounded by a ton of armed Smokers.
    • Also in Waterworld he wonders why the normal humans treat mutants like scum and won't let them live in their society despite the mutants having gills can do dozens of things that can make life easier for the normals.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: Makes fun of this in Felix the Cat: The Movie:
    Critic: Look out for that bat! It's painted into the background, so obviously it's not going to move!
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Moulin Rouge!, the song "Guilty Pleasures" involves a quickfire list of the movies he's liked for being silly, including Commando, Rocky IV and the Ninja Turtles movies. The Les Misérables: MUSICAL REVIEW has OanCitizen telling Linkara that it is his time to shine a reference to how he didn't get to sing in the last musical review and Linkara singing a song about how he only had a bit of screen time in the musical review.
    • In his third Nostalgic Commercial Special, he calls back to his Halloween special from 2008 (so therefore from almost two and a half years ago), bringing back Devil Teddy Ruxpin.
    • A slightly creepy version happened in the B-Team's review of Film/The Last Airbender. His cameo is him fondling a book and asking Takei to teach him the "Spocker", becoming embarrassed when the guys are watching him. Spoony raped him with the "Spocker" in Spooning With Spoony II.
    • In his review of Childs Play with Phelous, when Phelous asks "Why would the police ever suspect a doll?" the Critic responds with "Hey, you should see what my Teddy Ruxpin can do."
    • In “The Review Must Go On”, Critic calling Doug 'Tinkerbell' is a mean reference to that time they wore a fanservicey green mini-skirt.
    • The Critic Reloaded reviews have a cruel irony variety to Doug's You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech to Critic in To Boldly Flee. In that, he tells him the person he was wouldn't give a shit about a dead Indian boy. Critic with amnesia gives even less of a shit, declaring Ma-Ti's family being filled with thieving gypsies, his loss as no big deal, and TBF!Critic gay for angsting over it.
    • During the review of the Scooby-Doo live action movie (intended to be his last), Young!Critic calls Present!Critic "narc" a couple times. This term was used by the Critic himself in his very first proper review, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue!
    • A sad version happens in "Are Superheroes Whiny Little Bitches?" where when Superman is floating around in space listening to everyone, Critic says he can relate to all the anxiety and torment that can beat down on a guy from that, referring to own time listening to the whole world as the Plot Hole.
    • In The Last Airbender, Rachel complains that the review didn't hurt Shya-Amon and asks the Critic if he has anything else other than reviewing. Critic's answer is a firm no, calling back to his ongoing misery that reviewing is all he has.
    • In the 2013 Nostalgia-Ween opening he plays Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas again, although he gets shot this time and not a happy ending like the first commercials episode gave him.
    • Two in one when he's hallucinating in The Shining, as “[he'd] sell [his] goddamn soul for a shot of cupcake vodka”; he already sold his soul for something just as worthless in The Cat in the Hat, and cupcake vodka was his drink of choice in the Plot Hole.
    • The Wicker Man ties Tamara's Early-Bird Cameo in Catwoman to her role starting in the latter, with her asking him if he remembers that review.
    • While he fails miserably, the start and end of Top 11 Strangest Couples tries their best to ape Spoony in SWS as much as possible, from the sexophone to the pervy voice and face to at least trying to put popular guests in the vulnerable position.
    • Alice in Wonderland: Black Rabbit's happiness over being the first black character in a Tim Burton movie hearkens to Tacoma's annoyance that Harvey Dent never got to be black and was replaced with a white dude.
    • Critic's mini-breakdown in "Disney Afternoon" about how nothing's changed since he was younger is a nod back his falling apart about the same thing in "My Pet Monster"/"Commercials". Also his despair in Scooby-Doo about how he's always going to stay broken and pathetic.
      • He also dresses Malcolm in what he thinks black guys in the 90s wore, the same for Tamara with girls (despite both of them telling him it wasn't like this), and tries to make them bend to his whims in a way that's reminiscent of his imagination version of Michael Bay surrounding himself with ghetto and sexist stereotypes.
    • Food Fight had a couple to Son of the Mask, with bringing back the make-up induced dark circles and it ending with Critic alone, crying on the floor and deeply hating his job.
    • In After Earth, he uses his muppet form in the Plot Hole as a puppet version of himself. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • In “Ghost Rider 2”, he's still reading Jane Austen to try and balance out his need to be overly manly.
    • Forest Warrior has Critic being against his old Chuck Norris Running Gag because his new self needs new memes and That Man Is Dead, explaining why in The Guyver Sage tried to use old memes to get Critic to have fun again.
    • In “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, fact that Malcolm would rather Critic calm, under control and needing to repress his sickness is a nod back to the fangirl's fourth vlog where he really wants to be the one controlling and breaking Critic for once.
    • The part in The Matrix Revolutions where Neo sacrifices himself to stabilize the world gets an Actually Pretty Cool from Critic. He would know what was like.
    • Zod's balls are lazered off in Man of Steel, and he mentions this in The Haunted Mansion as the reason he's now doing porn.
    • In The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl, past!Critic brings up Food Fight and Son of the Mask as episodes that hurt him a lot (both because films and his own issues).
  • Continuity Porn: Let's just say the Scooby-Doo review won't work for you at all if you've only been watching the site for a short time.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: He's rather disgusted by the miscarriage in Blair Witch II being there for no other purpose than gorn.
  • Cool Car: When he reviews Son of the Mask, the only thing in the entire film that he genuinely compliments is the "Charlie Sheen-mobile" that Mask-Tim gets for the final chase against Loki.
  • Cool Old Guy: His grandfather ate sandpaper, told people that haunted woods existed and called himself Vanessa, but Critic still seems to like him.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Joe Don Baker's character in Congo. The Critic also comments that shooting down his satellite as revenge for putting the mission before the death of Bruce Campbell's character would put thousands out of work, but was acceptable as long as JDB learned his lesson.
    • Peter Soulless from the Critic's The Cat in the Hat review, the man who purchased the rights to every Dr. Seuss book so he could make movies out of them. Not only is he soiling your childhood with focus-grouped money-making ploys, but he sold his soul to Satan to make them profitable.
  • Couch Gag: Every episode since the 100th ends with a quote from the movie played over the Channel Awesome Vanity Plate at the end.
  • Courtroom Antics: In his Transformers: Dark of the Moon review, Chester A. Bum takes the Critic to court for stealing his act.
  • Covers Always Lie: Critic's face and placement in the Les Misérables (2012) title card make it look like this will be another angsty-arc episode for him. In the actual review however, he's given very little spotlight.
    • One picture on the TGWTG 4 DVD had Critic pointing a gun at his head with a desperate look on his face. This was nowhere to be found in any review.
    • ''The Swan Princess” title card has the charming image of Critic sticking his finger down his throat, making people think he was going to tear the film apart for being in the invokedGirl-Show Ghetto. Really it's a Breather Episode where he just riffs on it for being “diet Disney”.
  • Crazy Awesomeinvoked: AKA "Accentuate The Awesome", from the review of Double Team starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dennis Rodman, of all people, Mickey Rourke played the villain. And yet, at the finale of the movie, the only positive thing that the Nostalgia Critic has to say about the movie.
    The Critic: Oh my God! We have Mickey Rourke on a mine, in the middle of a minefield, with a FEROCIOUS TIGER, in a COLISEUM, with Jean Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Bellochnote , and a BABY IN A BASKET. If this does not deliver the most f***ing epic imagery I have EVER SEEN in my entire life, I have lost ALL HOPE in mankind.
    (after the scene) The Critic: WOOOOOOOOO! BEST! DEATH! EVER!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Vincent Price apparently thought that a conversation with the Nostalgia Critic while he was reviewing The Thief and the Cobbler was so important that he recorded many lines of conversation that somehow were the exactly right lines needed at the right time, decades before this review took place, long after his death.
  • Creator Backlash: Doug towards Critic in-universe, with The Last Airbender having a scene between them that isn't exactly like the To Boldly Flee talk.
    Doug: God why did I write you so stupid?
  • Creator Breakdown: Referenced in-universe during Jurassic Park III, as there's a sequel sketch of sorts to the child abuse scene from AI (with dad!Doug forcing child!Tamara to throw her doll away as she cries), and when it cuts back to Critic, he lampshades that he was in a dark place when he wrote that.
  • Creepy Doll: Teddy Ruxpin. And Tickle Me Amy.
    • The Traumatic Childhood-Cure Monkey Plushie. The actual plushie itself looks awesomely cuddly, but with a name like that and how he treats it (not to mentioned it was properly introduced to try and make a victim of child sexual abuse laugh), the giggles are going to be uncomfortable.
  • Cringe Comedy:
    • Jason, Jori, Rachel and Malcolm's TMZ characters yelping and clapping like seals in AI. Even Critic looks embarrassed.
    • The opening of the TMNT crossover, with a song about how Critic and Nerd are wasting their lives playing over a montage of them failing at being any form of badass.
  • Critical Backlashinvoked: In his review of Waterworld, he said the movie did have its good points, and overall was just mediocre rather than horrible.
  • Crossover: Quite a lot. note 
  • Crying Indian: When Tom and Jerry start singing and dancing in Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
  • Cry into Chest: When Nash tells them he's going to do Highlander, Malcolm cries on Tamara's shoulder.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Evidently, the city of Cincinnati according to Babes in Toyland, where the characters manage to be immune to a Hate Plague by singing a song about Cincinnati.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: LittleKuriboh guest stars on the Ponyo review and promptly beats the Nostalgia Critic up with a bat while casually telling him how angry he is that he assumes Critic is going to be insulting towards Ponyo.
    • While all of it was off-screen, Mr. Magoo delivers one to the Critic when the latter attempted to kill him.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: In his review of Jack Frost, the Critic is astounded by the idea that a light rock band playing "Frosty the Snowman" could make it big. "Yeah, right, and I'm in this month's edition of Entrepreneur." He is. No, really, he is.
    Nostalgia Critic: They'll print anything these days.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • This happens at the end of the Free Willy review, when the Critic tries not to say the title of the next movie (because if he says it he will have to review the movie), and finally does say it:
    Nostalgia Critic: "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU—" *cut to the evil popcorn man*
    • MikeJ's cameo in the Christmas Story II review, angry at Critic for reviewing yet another movie he's already done, calls him a “cu-” before getting cut off.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: The Critic notes that the titular Ghost Dad could have made a lot of money for his children simply by proving his existence as a ghost to the public.
  • Cyanide Pill: The Critic has one hidden away when he watches Batman & Robin after being deprived of all his other means of suicide. He tries to swallow it after hearing only two lines of dialogue.

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