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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.
They don't appear in Amazing Spider-Man: Old vs New either, 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.
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.
Prime example, 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.
He actually states that the film not being bad or good but just OK is why it probably flopped, it had no extreme points to draw viewers in.
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.
Averted with Wicca. In his review of The Blair Witch Project sequel, 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 possibly to show Critic not caring about what anything Doug said in "The Review Must Go On". Even Malcolm noted as much in this video, telling Scallon that "they're very harsh to celebrities".
Also starting in reboot, anything in the invokedGirl-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 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.
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.
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.
And when the reaction the gangster makes in 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 jealousbrother 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
The "Boring" song from his Junior review seems to owe a lot to the hallucination scene from Beavis and Butt-head Do America, with an equally trippy, guitar-laden backing tune ("Phantoms" by American space-rock band "Paik", to be precise).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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".
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 Reality Subtext strings of both his own show and the circumstances of his comeback.
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?"
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).
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?!
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 Reality SubtextTake 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.
The "Rotten Dirty Bastard" special. After that sketch, the Critic went back to hisinvokedusualcharacterization, 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. Not to mention 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
His questioning if Care Bears show up whenever someone says they "don't care" about something came back to haunt him during Sequel Month.
He brings up the "It's Afterburner!" gag from his Suburban Commando review during his Return of the Nostalgic Commercials episode.
In Revenge of the Commercials, early on he talks about how now, the kid on the Zack the Lego Maniac commercials is probably a geeky psychopath who builds bombs to blow up the people who made fun of him. Guess what happens to the Critic in the end?
In the review of Film/Sharknado, Critic notices Cinema Snob when he receives a ball of paper in his back. At the end of the review, after the silliest moment in the movie, both he and Snob throw paper balls at the film.
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.
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.
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.
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 YouTubevideo 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!
The ending of his Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes, he got Dante Basco to appear at the end, with a Sequel Hook that he will appear in the next episode as well
The Maximum Overdrive review begins with JonTron "killing" the Critic for reviewing Foodfight!, which the former already released two months ahead of the Critic's own take.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
At the end of the Full House review, his attempts to sign off with his Catchphrase get interrupted by demonic mutant alien Olsen Twins, causing him to wake up from a Catapult Nightmare each time. After going through this several times, he just looks at the camera and says, "You know what I do, and you know why I do it."
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!
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!
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.
Chewing the Scenery: Aside from the Critic himself being a jewel of an example of this, he points this out in a couple reviews.
Specifically the Drop Dead Fred review (page quote for the trope page). Fred: AGGH! The death breath! SHE KILLED ME WITH THE DEATH BREATH! BEEGONNNNNNE, EEEVILLL ONNNNNNE!!! Nostalgia Critic: "This scenery is wonderful! Oh, hey, there's even more background I can chew!"
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.
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"
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.
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.
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 fuckingFlintstones and the fuckingDinosaurs! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Child's 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."
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.
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 “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.
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.
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.
Covers Always Lie: Critic's face and placement in the Les Miserables (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 the actor who playing Belloch in Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark, 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 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.
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.
Crossover: Quite a lot. note Note that this list only includes crossover episodes that are hosted under The Nostalgia Critic channel other than anniversary specials. The show has done several other crossovers counted as episodes of the other shows, such as Batman: The Animated Series: Baby Doll with CR, The Chipmunk Adventure'' with The Nostalgia Chick, two Child's Play sequels with Phelous, and Count Chocula with Maven Of The Eventide.
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.