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  • Damned by Faint Praise: When referring to Anastasia, he says it's unfair to call it a cheap Disney knockoff, when it's actually an expensive Disney knockoff.
    • In his review of Steel, he had the following to say about Shaquille O'Neal's acting:
    "But give him some credit, though. He's tall."
    • He feels really bad once he's forced to praise Jim Carrey's Grinch for at least being an effective translation compared to Mike Myers' The Cat in the Hat.
    • Critic had some for the Mortal Kombat movie by comparison after watching Mortal Kombat: Annihilation:
      Nostalgia Critic: Does this make Mortal Kombat a good movie? No. But it certainly makes it a movie, which is more than I can say for this pigshit.
    • When reviewing the Digimon movie, he grudgingly admits that at least Pokémon: The First Movie had a moral; even if it was poorly handled.
    • Devil: Coming from Shyamalan, his thinking that Critic's idea of the janitor as the bad guy is a good twist doesn't exactly mean much.
    • In "The WORST Christmas Special Ever" he notes that even Santa Claus Conquers the Martians showed the right type of bear living in the Arctic.
  • Damsel Scrappy: A Top 11 full of them, the "Dumbasses in Distresses". invoked
  • Darker and Edgier: In a few reviews, the Critic voices his disapproval over shows that were normally light-hearted becoming this, as he felt the changes weren't set-up properly.
    • In his review of Cool as Ice, he makes it to a scene where a kid is being kidnapped, being pulled into a corner, and being shot... Before the Critic admits the kid didn't die, he says that would have been such a dark twist, possibly parodying the trope.
    • But he has also praised those who apply this concept properly, such as the more serious Sonic Sat AM and the 2010 version of True Grit.
    • He also believes the Spider-Man franchise would have been better if It had been Darker and Edgier.
    • Happened twice to the show:
      • After Ma-Ti died in Suburban Knights, to set up Critic's end in To Boldly Flee. The crossovers were Word of God confirmed to be Critic's way of saying goodbye, the emotional moments increased, and Critic got so broken that even Douchey felt bad for him.
      • After he came back from the Plot Hole. Jokes got nastier and more mean-spirited, there were a lot more scares, Santa Christ was revealed to have a big sadist side, and Critic ended his third episode begging for death again.
    • In terms of episodes, the first three commercial specials had dark character jokes (and angst in the first one), but were mostly focused on sweetly goofy adverts. The post-reboot commercial special included two rape awareness PSAs, which can be a shock even without Critic reacting badly.
    • Tamara in comparison to Rachel. Rachel was Cute and Psycho and abused a lot but still tried to be the Token Good Teammate, Tamara is a Creepy Good Knight Templar Hero Antagonist who has The Masochism Tango with Critic.
    • As discussed by Doug in Midwest Media Expo, he wanted to make Critic's love for Christmas more psychotic in reboot. Just compare “Holiday Clusterfuck” to “I Fucking Love Christmas”.
  • Dark Reprise: The original "The Review Must Go On" was still singing about how he hated his job, but the orchestral background and Doug's passionate voice made it triumphant. The stripped back rock instrumental is a lot more bitter and resigned.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Oh George Takei, teach me the Spocker!"
    • At the end of Baby Geniuses II, he and his friends go for a group fapping session in the bathroom.
    • Unlike the previous examples used for fanservice, used to show how ridiculously pathetic he is in Chester's review of The Lego Movie, as we learn that he's desperate enough to use a Rogue figurine to get him off.
    • Fan Disservice in the “Ghost Rider 2” review, as Doug!Cage starts rubbing himself onscreen, but the disservice is his penis disappearing and him making a horrified expression.
    • Hyper gets a little too happy rubbing Critic's water glass on herself in her Midwest Media Expo vlog.
    • He suggested this in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog when he found that Scratch could blow into his hand and make a woman.
    "How can you blow into your hand and make a woman? Why would you even be chasing a Hedgehog if you could blow into your hand and make a woman?"
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The review of Follow That Bird is a Bum review in disguise, as the Nostalgia Critic couldn't face snarking on the first show he ever saw and bowed out early.
    • While Critic still gets more attention, The Shining is one of the only episodes with Rachel and Malcolm alone together without their boss, and has more insight into their characters than most.
    • The Monster Squad for Tamara, as she gets separated from the sexist boy squad and has to deal with things by herself.
    • Rob in the Fantastic Four skits, as he's trying to get Critic/Tamara/Malcolm to do something actually good with their powers. He also exposes himself to the meteorite so he can be a better hero than them, but just gets uselessness.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Vincent Price made one so that he could see into the future with 100% accuracy. He used this to record a conversation with the critic for when he reviewed The Thief and the Cobbler.
    • The Critic was made to look after Satan's daughter Evilina in exchange for a good Zod impression. He's also accepted that his final fate will be hell. And when Diamanda makes him explode in "The Uncanny Valley" epilogue, she enjoys watching him burn before she reverses time.
    • In a panel, Malcolm was dressed as the devil and was asked what would he give Hyper to make her give up her soul. He and Tamara both say giving her Critic's soul would do the trick.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Mama Critic takes an off-screen cue from her son in Jurassic Park III, as she goes from Alcoholic Parent who rips into him when she's drunk, to not letting him know she was sick because she didn't want to distract him from work.
  • Death Glare: Gives a vicious one to Linkara after he caught the latter impersonating him at the beginning of their Superman IV review.
  • Death Is Cheap: Although it doesn't stop him from trying again and again.
  • Deconstruction: Scooby-Doo. His Designated Monkey status has finally broken him, the Doc Brown parody is closer to an intelligent old man feeling the beginnings of dementia, if he hadn't been The Ditz Roger would have been able to tell him more about the end of the world, young!Critic makes him realize his extreme interest in overly-dommy women is not exactly sane, a suicide actually means something this time around with him having to get sent back from purgatory instead of just a Unexplained Recovery, and he learns by the end that he actually has to make choices to get his life better.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Of Totally Radical layabouts (such as those in Biodome, which he was in the course of reviewing) with Mr. Lovhaug's help.
    • Of Innocent Fanservice Boy. His naivete does get him punished, something of which Spoony in SWSII is quite happy to rub in his face.
    • Even of being a Caustic Critic, demonstrating just how pathetic, unhappy and masochistic you have to be to keep on doing it.
    • Of Drunk with Power. He's so powerless that one of Doug's main traits for him is that he's constantly the victim (he's said himself that's a glutton for punishment), so whenever he does get it, he clings down hard before it will inevitably slip out of his fingers again.
    • More tragically than normal because Drama Bomb Finale, but of Cash Cow Franchise in Scooby-Doo. Critic cry-rants in the beginning that he's only being made to suffer like this to get the site ratings, and his younger self's bitching that he's become a sold out narc quickly gets on his nerves.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Rachel and Malcolm were part of an Ensemble Cast with Doug in Demo Reel, with their own story arcs, but when it comes to being on Critic, they're treated as much less important than he is, with less screen-time and very little insight into any sort of character they have other than how they feel about NC.
    • Straighter examples whenever there's a crossover with another reviewer, as they and/or Tamara get even less time in said episode. A few minutes at best.
  • Department of Redundancy Department / Shaped Like Itself:
    • Regarding Good Burger: "It's like if shit could shit, and that shit could shit, and THAT shit could shit, and THAT shit could raise money to put together a team of filmmakers to produce a steamy flaming pile of shit!"
    • Similarly, regarding Felix the Cat: The Movie: "If a piece of shit took a piece of shit, and that PIECE OF SHIT TOOK A PIECE OF SHIT, AND THAT PIECE OF SHIT TOOK A PIECE OF SHIT etc., etc., etc.,... and that piece of shit made a MOVIE, AND THAT MOVIE TOOK A PIECE OF SHIT! THIS IS A PIECE OF SHIT!"
    • "There are some things we forget about, some things we don't know about, and some things we forget about."
    • "[deadpan] Look, they're all wearing glasses, so they must be part of the losers, because they're all wearing glasses. Losers, glasses, losers, glasses. They're one and the same."
    • From Santa Christ's theme song: "He atoned for all our sins, but he also likes pancakes! He saved puppies from a fire, and he also likes pancakes!"
    • "Here's an insecure douche who's trying to look like a not insecure douche, and yet still comes across as an insecure douche. Douche!"
    • "You know, the lack of logic in the characters' lack of logic really lacks of logic!"
    • Subtle, and almost certainly a genuine oversight, but "When did a tuning fork turn into the fucking BFG?" note 
  • Depending on the Writer: Film Brain in The Purge review and Forest Warrior. The former is definitely a Critic/Doug-written episode, with more character sketch than review and Love Makes You Crazy, the latter is more like a BMB/Mat-written episode with 90% review, Film Brain as his usual smart analytical self and any character moments coming from Critic.
  • Designated Hero: The Critic finds the heroes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park completely unsympathetic, pointing out that they can be held responsible for almost every death in the movie.
    • In Moulin Rouge!, Chick rants about how Christian's supposed to be sympathetic and the "good guy" but he completely humiliates Satine in front of everyone, leaving her a sobbing wreck. The boys agree with her.
    • He's not impressed by Hulk Hogan in Suburban Commando detonating a ship with the president on it, senselessly beating people, scaring the shit out the neighborhood and getting the reward of cake.
    • He's equally unimpressed by the usage of this trope when discussing the fictionalized depiction of Patch Adams—perhaps moreso since the movie was supposed to be based around actual events—but especially after Patch and his friend steal from a hospital: "Movie, did you even say this part out loud? Your hero is stealing from a hospital?"
    • In-universe during the Fantastic Four review, Critic, Tamara and Malcolm show off their jerkassery while having powers and doing nothing, just because the film's characters do it too. Rob calls them out on this.
  • Designated Victim: Discussed literally in Is There Another Good Shyamalan Movie?, as he's disturbed that You Can't Fight Fate means that the people who have been victimized in some way were just pre-destined pawns to be hurt. Being a bitter victim himself, and victimizing others because of it, he knows what he's talking about.
  • Designated Villain
    • Mocked by the Critic in his reviews of The Wizard and Twister, the "villains" of which were a man who finds lost children for a living, and a rival tornado chaser who dares to have corporate sponsorship.
    • During his review of The Legend of the Titanic, the Critic wonders why any of the Titanic movies need a bad guy, considering what role the iceberg plays.
  • Despair Speech: Said in the first commercials special after he realizes what he's been doing:
    Critic: Oh my God that's even more pathetic! I spent all my time watching the shit that people skip? What the hell's wrong with me? God, this isn't life, this is make-believe I'm pathetic, I'm not a man, I'm not a man... [picks up picture of his younger self] Look at you, you had such dreams ahead of you, such promise, you were perfect back then - okay you had stupid glasses, teeth like a chipmunk and a dumb and dumber haircut that only got dumb and dumber - but you had such hope. There's nothing left me for me anymore, I am a loser. You were right, director of My Pet Monster, I'm a loser, a weak, pathetic loser...
    Critic: You come to grips that you live in a world that is always trying to get you. You can never fully be safe, you can never fully let your guard down. But we also know if we wait too long or let our guard down, at just the wrong moment... [dying sound] you'll never get that moment back again. You feel the loss, you feel the hopelessness, and that's a different kind of horror. It beats you down, slowly eats away at your humanity to the point where you really do question what you're fighting for and if it's worth fighting for anymore. It's getting used to the terror, letting it slowly destroy whatever kind humanity that's left inside you, let every bad situation build on top of each other like every one zombie can build on top of each other.
  • Destructive Romance: Before Critic and Tamara had The Masochism Tango, he and Rachel had a more one-sided abuse relationship. He makes her go to extreme lengths just for a simple happy birthday, even after a condescending, violent, Because I Said So phone call she still rationalizes his behavior, he takes disturbing joy in seeing her upset, he keeps wanting to punish her “because someone has to pay”, and her goodbye video had nothing to do with anything on Critic.
  • Deus ex Machina: In The Purge, Film Brain desperately wants to do a review with Critic otherwise he threatens to blow up the studio. Critic tries to let him do the end, but says it himself, letting out an “...oops” when he realizes. It's only because Film Brain's destruction app sucking that everyone manages to keep alive.
    • Lampshaded in The Last Airbender, where because Critic's usual speech failed, he namedrops the trope and Avatar Aang saves the day instead.
    • As soon as Critic's taken hostage by Zod in Man of Steel, Superman crashes in too. Necessary because otherwise Critic would have died slowly and painfully, but even Critic lampshades it.
  • Devil in Disguise: In the Devil, Satan, Critic, Santa Christ, and Rita are in an elevator. Satan is actually the Shamyalan. And Rita is really Cthulu.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When some Catwomen attack him they pull off their heels and fire them like guns. The Critic is freaked and runs for his life.
  • Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: Frequent when a meme he invented come up.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: The hand-holding "now you're pregnant" line and the last scene in the Ferngully review left fans wondering as to this. In Doug and Lindsay's two years later commentary, they confirmed the characters banged.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Splash Page for Sidekicks, it shows the Nostalgia Critic kicking Chuck Norris in his cowboy ass.
    • He also headshots an angel in the 2010 Christmas special.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Somewhat, mixed in with Elephant in the Living Room, as at the end of of the AVGN Movie review Critic says that so many people asked him if he was going to make a Critic movie. He did, three big ones, but it blew up in his face so apparently they don't count anymore.
  • Discussed Trope: Doug and Rob discuss the Magical Negro trope, and Stephen King's involvement in it, in the commentary for It. Yes, they reference TV Tropes.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: In Total Recall (1990), he says that penicillin cleared up his "runny cock" once. For those of you who remember sex education, you'll know that he's referring to syphilis. Played for laughs instead of trying to be decent.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The dream sequence from the Critic's review of Junior.
  • Disney Death: Rocko in The Pebble and the Penguin's apparent demise didn't fool the Critic one bit.
    • He's never fooled by Disney Deaths...see also Rosie.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: In the Last Angry Geek's 50th episode, he admits to accidentally strangling a hooker after the mess that was his Kickassia takeover.
    • Double subverted in the Total Recall review, as when the strip club gets bombed Critic worries if the women got out safe, but That Sci-Fi Guy says "screw 'em".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He got sent to jail for making an unpopular Let's Play.
    • He gets terrorized and later killed by Teddy Ruxpin for giving a negative review.
    • We only hear about it, but he mouthed off to his Dad once with "this is the nineties, old man" and was punished so badly that he never did it again.
    • Douchey's whole shtick is to want the Critic hanged, waterboarded or tortured in some other fashion for the great crimes of things like wearing eyeliner, not being good at maths and mispronunciation of names.
    • Critic reviewing Paranoia ends up with Brad sending a man with a horse's head to rape him.
    • In Maven's “Monster Mash” episode, he beat a little girl to death because she confused him for being the Nerd. Used to show that there is something very wrong with him post-comeback.
  • Dissimile: In the Tank Girl review: "It's like a comic book coming to life... without it actually coming to life."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: From the way Oan, Chick and Critic were acting when he interrupted the review of Moulin Rouge!, you'd think the latter two had just been caught cheating with each other. 
    • In-universe in “Is The Big Lebowski A Masterpiece”, where he shuts off Leon's analysis just because he's talking about castration, feeling like your penis is the only thing that makes you a man, and being a Gun Nut to compensate, all of which are issues for Critic.
    • He never outright mentions depression in “Why We Do Love Zombies”, but it's pretty clear he's using zombies as a metaphor for it with language like “let every bad situation build on top of each other like every one zombie can build on top of each other” and “it beats you down, slowly eats away at your humanity to the point where you really do question what you're fighting for and if it's worth fighting for anymore”.
    • In “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, while they're specifically talking about Critic's explosive Christmas joy; Critic under sedation saying he should be marketable and not scary, Tamara's well-meaning help blowing up in her face and Malcolm literally talking about how Critic should repress his sickness all give the undertone that it's about mental illness in general and how Critic needs to hide it for people to like him.
    • Hyper asking Critic in the MME panel if he “wants to build a snowman” somehow ends up as a rape reference. Rob teases Is That What They're Calling It Now?, Critic looks like he might cry, Hyper proudly says even if he does what she wants she won't leave him alone, and when Critic comes back shuddering, Rob asks if he wants a Shower of Angst.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • After The Last Airbender, Malcolm joked on twitter that both he and Rachel enjoyed the chance to torture and manhandle Doug back for once.
    • The TMNT crossover BTS has the filming of when Doug is getting stuff thrown at him (he falls over at the end and Malcolm is delighted), and he notes that people must have been wanting to do this to him all day.
  • Domestic Abuse: He praises the Harley Quinn/Joker dynamic, especially the episode "Mad Love", for capturing the essence of abusive relationships.
    • Indulges it himself with Rachel in The Shining, so much so that she was actually scared of Doug in real life during the threatening scene.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-universe. When the guy in Reefer Madness warns the audience of all the ways drugs can be hidden (false heels and the like), the Critic starts taking notes.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: He tends to fall into this a lot when targeting comedies, oftentimes substituting explaining a joke for pointing out why it isn't funny. This is most blatant in his review of the Super Mario Bros. movie when he calls out the movie's use of a Who's on First? joke by asking whether or not it's supposed to be a Who's on First? joke.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: He believes/grew up believing that the only way you can punish a child is to beat them.
    It's like if Dr Seuss really hated children, and wanted to give parents a way of punishing them without necessarily beating them. And yet the psychological scars still remain the same.
    • In the Patch Adams review he takes a belt to the movie.
      Critic: Bad movie! Bad, bad movie! I'm so ashamed of you!
  • Don't Shoot the Message: In-universe. He knows full well that child abuse is bad, so destroys The Cell for showing graphic scenes just to show that obvious aesop.
  • Door Closes Ending: The end of Christmas Story II has Critic keeping the main door open in case Hyper wants him again and dejectedly closing the inside door.
  • Double Standard: Pointed out in Patch Adams, as the Straw Feminist Broken Bird love interest obviously has to have her defenses broken down because all women are fragile, but Patch himself - the king of masking his insecurity - doesn't because he's the male hero who we're supposed to laugh with.
    • The Heavy Metal review and commentary both discuss the idea that men walking around naked is unthinkable, but it's fine for women to strip down for no reason.
    • The end of the Sharknado review acts like women have a lot more variation in fiction while male characters are only allowed to be manly. Not really.
    • The fact that Doug apologized for bashing boy nostalgia's sexism, but taunted anyone upset over his being gross at girl nostalgia was not lost on people.
    • He can partake in all the violent boy fantasies he wants, but just because Leslie in Bridge to Terabithia likes to make up details about her fictional world, she's a nutjob who'll grow up killing people.
    • Invoked in “Rise Of The Commercials”, where he hates Polly Pocket for being a toy where you can have a mini doll, walk around in a mini world and then put the compact in your pocket, but loves the masculine Mighty Max for the same thing. He then realizes that boys toys had so much less option than their girl equivalents (whether that's true or not is better left for places not here) and feels used.
    • In The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl, when Lavagirl thanks Sharkboy for saving her, he says “technically you saved him first but fuck it, girl saving the guy never counts in movies”.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Catwoman might not have been so funny if it had been four hunky guys chasing a frustrated and scared girl around, switching between either wanting to kill her or wanting to screw her, and her realizing that she should have been enjoying it because they were hot.
    • How the Santa Christ scene in the Christmas Story II review comes off. Critic is trying to say that Hyper was awful to him in a lot of ways (kidnapping, stalking) the accompanying Hyper vlog still has her happily sneaking up on him and complains that Santa Christ will never be on his side, but Santa Christ tells him he's a douche and Critic blames it on the movie filling him with hate. And can you imagine an abused female reviewer having to make it up to her male stalker and ending the review leaving the door open for him?
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male:
    • Averted. Even when it's a woman he finds attractive, the "BAD TOUCH!" gag still comes out if she's inappropriate with a child.
    • To a lesser extent (sexual harassment, not rape), mixed in with Hypocritical Humor with his Superman: Story Arc review. He complains that he only hit on "Amanda" once and got in trouble, while female employees can hit on their male co-workers and it's fine.
    • Played with in the Ferngully review, the laughs again coming from how strange the situation is. Chick and Critic have happy G-Rated Sex to parody the movie and then she announces that she's made him pregnant. He starts screaming and crying while she grins and keeps a tight grip on his hands.
      • This is also a parody of the similar event in Star Trek: Enterprise, where Charles Tucker was the victim.
    • But played straight in Dawn Of The Commercials, when he assumes that all men just don't notice when a woman is harassing them, despite that Critic himself has complained about female creepers before.
      • And speaking of just a few of those female creepers, they don't get as far as rape, they're too self-obsessed and stupid for that, but Catwoman wouldn't have flown with four guys punching a woman (who was already starting to look unhealthily skinny and tired) to the floor and making sexually toned threats towards her.
    • Goes back to being played with in the hyper fangirl's fourth vlog, as Malcolm doesn't call HF out for wanting to Mind Rape Critic into loving her, but is still clearly disturbed by her Dissonant Serenity when she says it. (On the other hand, he's thought about it himself.)
  • Downer Beginning: "The Top 11 Best South Park Episodes" both started and ended with Critic not being able to stand his fans.
    • The third fuck-ups starts with Critic totally having lost his “I am your Jesus” ego from the first one, and Douchey compliments him on his creative self-hate.
  • Downer Ending: To parody the weird ending of the movie, the end to the My Pet Monster review has the Critic insecure and realizing how pitiful he is. This carried into the Commercials Special.
    • In It, Critic's dead in the bathroom and Rob is horrified, if hilariously so because of his OTT facial expressions.
    • The third fuck-ups video has Critic in such a breakdown over all the crap he gets that even Douchey realizes how how bad things are and decides to leave him alone.
    • The "Top Eleven Dumbest Superman Moments" has him miserable over what happened to the stars of the Superman movies and then going off to kill himself.
    • The 2008 Halloween Special had Critic vs. Teddy Ruxpin. Ruxpin wins at the end.
    • James and the Giant Peach has him drop all Jerkass Façade after the Happiness Is Mandatory and asks if the audience likes him again now. But because he still didn't like the movie, they kill him.
    • A Simple Wish has Mara Wilson torment the Critic by showing embarrassing videos from his adolescence when he doesn't back down about child actors being held accountable for what they do.
    • Son of the Mask ends with him being forced to keep reviewing, leading to him sobbing brokenly on the floor.
    • The Cat in the Hat has Critic only getting hope because someone who just made bad films is getting tortured forever, and his being happy at said torture.
    • Master of Disguise ends with Rachel getting elbowed in the stomach, punched to the floor, and fired on her birthday. What she goes through in The Shining makes it worse.
    • Sailor Moon ends with Dr. Hack making a Take That at the expense of Demo Reel, and Critic angrily beating the shit out of him for the reminder.
    • “WTF Is Up With The Ending With The Graduate”, with Critic saying the film's end is a constant reminder of his own impulsiveness biting him in the ass. Even the added joke of Love Makes You Crazy is half-hearted.
    • “Why Do We Love Zombies” ends with him as a barely audible groaning zombie right after he has a Despair Speech about “getting used to the terror, letting it slowly destroy whatever kind humanity that's left inside you, let every bad situation build on top of each other like every one zombie can build on top of each other.”
    • The ending stinger of “The Worst Christmas Special EVER” makes it so that Critic just went to some random people, called them his parents (which makes sense considering) and they had no idea who he was. note 
    • Alice in Wonderland ends with Tim Burton's new creative project cancelled and Critic sitting angrily on the couch (with a sad looking Malice) saying he completely forgot whatever lesson he was meant to have learned.
    • The Food Fight review ends with Critic crying brokenly because he didn't get the views he wanted, and giving a haunted-sounding warning about anyone else who tries to review it.
    • Small Soldiers. While The Princess Diaries series are cute movies for pre-teen girls, Critic's stalker is in his house and that's not going to be good for anyone.
    • The Christmas Story II review. Hyper Fangirl actually leaves Critic alone, but despite him wanting this and trying to get it into people's heads that she'd been terrible to him, he suddenly misses her and, giving her a chance to come back, walks back into an empty studio. Sad music plays over the credits instead of his theme song.
    • Played for Laughs in the Fantastic Four review as Rob, tired of Critic/Malcolm/Tamara's Smug Superdom, goes to get powers himself so he can actually help someone, but ends up with an even more stupid power than them while they don't get punished.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Happens to Soulless at the end of The Cat in the Hat when the Devil collects his soul. The Critic takes a moment to recommend a very specific punishment.
  • Drama Bomb Finale: While the 2012 season had more emotion than previously, Scooby-Doo was a Continuity Porn finale that had every hint that Critic was getting more depressed blow up into confirmation. It also leads into To Boldly Flee, another Drama Bomb Finale that took all of his issues seriously.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: During his review of James and the Giant Peach with Happiness Is Mandatory, anytime the Critic says something not nice, cue the cocking and guns to his face.
    • Gets played for laughs in his Catwoman review when the Catwomen cock their heels like guns at him.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In "Why Do We Love Stupid", he uses Adventure Time as an example of "comedy is always based on misery" when Doug had praised it for being the upbeat exception to the rule. But then Critic is a lot more stubborn in his depression and cynicism than Doug.
  • Dramatic Irony: He hates himself for not having any power, but he can't see that he does. The other contributors might humiliate him, put him back in his place, not listen and so on, but they've followed him willingly, twice.
    • You could prove wrong most of the feelings expressed in his Despair Event Horizon rant at the beginning of Scooby-Doo. As examples: he has nobody to bounce any ideas off with? It showed that he and The Other Guy work on scripts together. He hasn't contributed anything to anyone? He's done more crossovers than ever this year. He's never made a person's life better? Chester would be the first to disagree. The sadness comes from how he can't see any of that.
    • As also shown in Scooby-Doo, teenage Critic is actually a Wide-Eyed Idealist dork than the bitter cynic he grew up to be.
    • In The Last Airbender, Rachel!Katara says “Critic has a long way to go before he's capable of saving anything”. He doesn't prove her wrong, and she only knows him as a brat who keeps running away, but the audience knows something she doesn't: before he came back, he saved the world three times.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Combined with Evil Laugh for characters in "Return Of The Nostalgic Commercials", for characters who seem a bit too crazy.
  • Driven to Suicide: NC drives a woman to suicide by singing "Holiday Clusterfuck" to her.
    • He nearly killed himself at the beginning of the Batman & Robin review.
    • Two executives kill themselves once the Critic shuts down the chart they were using as referencing.
    • NC has shot himself in the head many, many times, sometimes several times during the same movie. Add in the number of times he's begged for death, and you get a very, very long list.
    • Played seriously in Scooby-Doo and To Boldly Flee. While they're heroic suicides, he makes it clear in both that he has other motives than just going out a hero.
    • Subverted in the Master of Disguise review, when he starts screaming to be lethally injected. When Rachel comes in to do so, he stops her before looking at her in horrific bewilderment and going "It was a joke, Rachel!"
    • Very likely Hyper at the end of Princess Diaries II, as Critic makes it very obvious he'll never be into her and she has a Villainous Breakdown exploding herself on a faulty disc. Next time she appears she's even more Stepford Smiler and deluded than before (which is saying something), calling said explosion a “nice trip”.
  • The Dreaded: Sage, to the Critic. Maybe because of what he did to Ask That Guy. Comes to a head in The Guyver, as the normal version of Sage coddles Critic, trying to prove that the guy who tortured everyone isn't him. It doesn't work, but interestingly, Critic is the one who turns out to be the bad guy of the review.
  • Drinking Game: Does a Stephen King-inspired one with It, where he drinks for every time he notices a Stephen King cliche. He's drunk about a quarter of the way in; and shitfaced by the halfway point.
    • Dr. Smith remarks later in the review that aforementioned drinking game has been known to kill people.
    • He does one for the number of scenes in the opening of DuckTales that aren't actually in the show.
    • Averted in his review for The Langoliers, another Stephen King movie (he stops after the first shot when it's revealed to take place in Maine), as he didn't want to have to deal with the hangover.
  • Dr. Jerk: There's been several brought in to stop him killing himself or throwing up, but their only motive is to make him finish the review.
    • Malcolm's phone-doctor in Jurassic Park III averts it, reassuring a tearful Critic that his mother fought as hard as she could with her illness, died in her sleep, and sweetly apologizes for his loss.
  • Drone of Dread: A recurring theme in the second half of The Shining review, where Critic goes off the deep end and is completely terrifying.
    • The same rising-in-pitch note happens in Devil when Critic gets into Suicide by Cop mode for a moment and tries to goad the Devil into killing him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When Critic is suffering at the beginning of The Christmas Tree, there's an empty smirnoff bottle on top of the fridge. It turns out to be Rachel's or Malcolm's, as it's shown later that they drink heavily when Critic isn't around.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Several in-universe uses.
    • Lampshaded in the Casper review:
      Nostalgia Critic: I already had an abortion.
      (Casper stares at the Critic, wide-eyed)
      Nostalgia Critic: Okay, that was a little disturbing—
      Casper: Wow.
      Nostalgia Critic: Okay, that was a little dark humor, I mean it's nothing—
      Casper: Wow!
      Nostalgia Critic: Okay, okay, let's just move on!
      Casper: ...You sicken me.
    • The Nostalgia Critic has one of these reactions in his review for Tank Girl.
      Nostalgia Critic: Wow, that was offensive and unfunny. It's like a female Jeff Dunham.
    • NC took "Dude, Not Funny!" Up to Eleven in his North review when he referred to a joke about Governor Ho's wife being barren as "the worst thing ever uttered by mankind".
      • Actually he does this to pretty much every joke in the film.
    • Brought up in The Room review, after Johnny laughs at Mark's story.
      "Ha ha ha, that's not funny you sick fuck."
    • This is his reaction to both the pranks that the two leads play on random children (which the Critic says are more cruel than funny) in Little Monsters, and to the aftermath.
      "Well, maybe the kids' reactions will be funny..."
      * scenes are the kids' parents screaming at the innocent children, the youngest of whom looks to be about four*
      "....That was HORRIFIC!"
    • His reaction to the scene in Alaska where one of the hunters use the mother's skin to disturb the baby bear.
    • He found the pain of the robot in Doug's First Movie difficult to watch.
    • In the first Star Trek review, he jokes that Vger has no emotions or needs and so is the perfect woman. Immediately there's a chorus of feminine booing and he gets slapped. A few moments later he's on feminism's side and bashes Twilight for setting women's rights back years.
    • He's called himself out on this one, twice;
      • His joke about Splinter's VA sounding like a chain-smoker in TMNT (2007). It was Mako Iwamatsu, who had died of throat cancer before the movie was released, and the movie was dedicated to his memory. He apologized, mentioning he was completely unaware of any of it, and he's made a gag of walking on eggshells around his earlier roles, like in Sidekicks. He even honors the guy in the movie Pearl Harbor.
      • In the initial version of his Ernest Saves Christmas review, he told a joke about autism as a pot-shot to the puppet show's quality. He considers this a bigger mishap than screwing up basic math, and later edited it out because he found it too offensive.
      • Sometimes, he catches himself about to make a quip that goes too far, stops himself, and the "Joke Aborted" screen shows.
    • In the behind the scenes video of The Shining review, Malcolm is the only one not laughing about his white-face and says that he doesn't know how to make it not offensive.
    • In an episode that had jokes with worse backlash, he chose to have the booing sound-clip in Dawn Of The Commercials for when he ruins a sweet McDonalds commercial by calling it an advert for stranger danger.
    • The behind the scenes of The Lorax review had Rob asking why Doug why he is so mean-spirited to Onceler fangirls, Loki fangirls and his own.
    • In the behind the scenes of “Food Fight” (and later in "Disney Afternoon"'s commentary), Doug has a laugh about everyone who was upset (most saying the non-slapstick of it made them uncomfortable) by Critic abusing Malcolm in “Disney Afternoon”. Also invoked in the same video; Rob thinks Doug's jokes about being shitty to his wife are gross, and Doug teases that he's the worst husband ever for them.
    • In the behind of scenes of Jurassic Park III, Malcolm describes the 'Child!Tamara getting abused by Doug' scene as “completely insane”.
    • Avoided in Jingle All the Way, as a joke was originally going to be Critic hanging himself (quite realistically even) because of Sinbad's ranting. But as Doug explained, a white man, a noose and a black man equals invoked Unfortunate Implications.
    • Invoked again by Doug in the Small Soldiers BTS, where he makes nazi jokes and in the same breath makes fun of anyone who might be offended in the future.
    • Discussed quite evenly note  in “Did Tom and Jerry Kill Themselves”, as he personally found “Blue Cat Blues” funny but can get why other people wouldn't find a suicide joke in a kid's cartoon okay. He also brings up more sensitivity to race/gender issues as not a bad thing.
    • Doug mentioned the backlash to the Bridge to Terabithia episode in the “real thoughts” review, giggling over how mean the title card was and side-stepping the issue of calling a child too pretty, saying she just wasn't right for the role.
  • Dull Surprise:
    • The Critic mocks Shaq's acting in this fashion with his review of Kazaam and Steel.
    • There's also William Hurt's performance in Lost in Space. "I love you, wife" indeed. "He's so boring the music has to do the acting for him!"
    • And Kevin Costner in Waterworld. The Critic even reacts to a scene where it's said he will be "recycled" with "Into what? Keanu Reeves?"
    • When he finds out in the The Christmas Tree review that he's been hallucinating, his only reaction is to ask Malcolm if he has any nyquil. Justified as he's used to Sanity Slippage by that point.
  • Dumb Struck: Alone in the Dark traumatized the Critic enough that he had to review the movie through a text-to-speech program on his laptop. Since he didn't want the whole review to go like that, Linkara and Spoony volunteered to help him.
  • DVD Commentary: Loads of episodes have these, with Doug alone, Doug and Rob, or Doug and whoever he did a crossover with.
  • Dying Dream: In Santa Claus The Movie, he makes a joke about this.
    • He has his own near-death one in Surf Ninjas, praising the movie's "GENIUS" after accidentally being shot by That Other Guy at the end of the last episode. He gets better due to Optimus Prime.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Critic himself would turn a therapist's eyes into dollar signs, and none of his recurring guests escape having issues.

    E 
  • Eagleland: Type 2.
    • He ashamedly apologizes for the post 9-11 Patriotic Fervor shown in the Spider-Man Trilogy movies.
    • In his review of Pearl Harbor, he takes offense to Michael Bay's portrayal of the US military, and insists that Bay should've been more respectful towards the country and its history that he had been tasked with portraying. As his rant about that ended up being wrong in a lot of ways however, he apologized for it in "When Is a Movie Just a Movie".
    • As sweet as the sentiment was, the speech with stirring music about America needed South Park to make them laugh again after 9/11 is pretty opposite his point above about the Patriotic Fervor shown in the Spider-Man movies.
    • The obnoxiousness of the reboot's heavy patriotism was lampshaded in the TGWTG 4 DVD menu.
      Doug: We have the American flag flying in the background even though I'm not saying anything about America... intentionally.
    • Parodied in the Dark Side Of The Internet, where when Holly says you can't just put your fingers in your ears and hope bullying will go away, Critic gets offended because “as an American” it's his god-given right to dodge responsibility.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In The Wiz review, one can see Pollo's travel body in the background a week before it appeared on Linkara's show.
    • Tamara Chambers was one of the "Catwomen" in the Catwoman review. She is now taking Rachel's place starting with the Wicker Man review.
    • There have been a few jokes here and there that first appeared on Doug's Facebook page or one of his Vlogs before finding their way into a review proper.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The lighting was bad, he didn't have the white shirt and tie, his voice was slower when he was talking and the screaming was more like screeching every word, the videos were much shorter because he was on YouTube and the character was a lot more stereotypically masculine.
    • His very first Transformers review which was very similar to his later Bum Reviews. His review of the sequel homages this.
    • The earliest reviews from the first year were shot on low-quality video tape, which presented a very fuzzy picture and very hissy audio; one occasion, the Critic would wear a black baseball cap, rather than his signature black military cap; the reviews themselves were a lot more straightforward, basic, and bare-bones with considerably less graphics and visual effects; and the end titles for the first couple of years were a simple still title detailing the subject's copyright information and a plug for the That Guy with the Glasses website, with no Channel Awesome logo.
    • In his review of Tom and Jerry: The Movie, his pistol appears to be a Heckler and Koch USP, rather than the Beretta 92FS in other reviews.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He has to genuinely almost lose the will to live before he gets his self-esteem back. Or at least enough to be proud of his patheticness for the time being.
    • He got there properly in To Boldly Flee after a serious meltdown in Scooby-Doo made him realize he actually had to put effort into changing things, involving saving the world and atoning for Ma-Ti's death. It just got subverted pretty horribly a few months later.
    • Twisted at the end of The Shining, showing off everyone's low expectations. Rachel and Malcolm get some much needed time away from Critic, and Critic is better off in a fucked up Happy Place. Lampshaded by the lyrics playing over:
      Singer: Every morning, every evening/Ain't we got fun?/Not much money, oh, but honey/Ain't we got fun?
  • Ear Worm:
    • In-universe, DuckTales's theme is the biggest offender to Critic, along with the Animaniacs Theme, The Power Rangers theme, and others.
    • Lampshades Frozen's "Let It Go" as a huge ear worm by singing a parody about it using "Let It Go"'s music.
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Judging from the opening by the Critic (back in normal clothes) in the Fantastic Four review, his/Malcolm's/Tamara's superpowers only seemed to last a weekend.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: The Hyper Fangirl vlogs, portrayed in a bad way. Tamara calls out the Hyper Fangirl on making her vlogs all about the men and acting like she's the Yoko Oh No, and in the third vlog HG tells Malcolm she likes him more than Tamara cos he's nice and pretty.
  • Eats Babies: Arnold Schwarzenegger, apparently.
  • Electric Torture: In the Transformers 4 crossover, Critic happily rigs Erod's chair to electrocute him every time he tries to bring logic into the review.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: To Boldly Flee gets mentioned once early on post-comeback and the context gets choking and sobbing from the Critic, but it hangs around for a lot longer, with recycled music from it playing when Critic is making a point, Critic not quite remembering what happened when Sage alludes to the plot, the same white Prophet Eyes when he died showing up as a motif for Fallen Hero reasons, Zod being the only villain to terrify him, and Critic getting extremely upset when a movie tells him "you always win when you are good".
    • Played for Laughs and trope-named by Linkara in Bloodrayne, building up to Spoony's breakdown before leaving the site but actually talking about how he didn't have a right to wear a Castleton t-shirt in Alone in the Dark (2005) because he didn't actually go.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: Referenced and Played for Laughs in the Fantastic Four behind the scenes when Tamara is complaining about her outfit, Rob and her talk about Doug just wanting to embarrass everyone again, but at least he has the worst outfit. And later on, Doug has a “moment of sobriety” (as Rob puts it) about how stupid he looks.
  • Emotional Torque: The reason why he gives the point to the True Grit remake Mattie. The original has more realistic fear, but the "little girl version of The Terminator" is far more engaging because she's so damaged and determined.
  • Epic Fail: In the “Princess Diaries 2” behind the scenes video, Doug gets mocked for being so weak and frail that he could only do one pull-up.
    • Even Lindsay (who once said she hates the show so much she hates sushi by cultural association) felt like Doug's review of Sailor Moon was a complete failure.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Subverted. Epic singing helps him out of his larger funks, but only for a short period of time so he can continue working.
    • Also subverted by the poker game in Scooby-Doo. It's made clear that this is just a start, not a fix, and he's still very broken in To Boldly Flee.
  • Episode Title Card: Rare; it usually just begins with The Critic's catchphrase and right into the review. But there are a couple exceptions:
    • "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story"
    • "TMNT: The Making of The Coming Out of Our Shells Tour", which features an opening sequence followed by the title card "Critic and Nerd".
    • With the revival of the Nostalgia Critic, it appears that this will be played straight since the review for The Odd Life of Timothy Green opens up with one of these set to a metal remix of "The Review Must Go On"
  • Eureka Moment: Parodied at the end of some of the Critic's reviews.
    • Full House: The Critic attributes the show's longevity (eight seasons, all of which he considered boring) to the Olsen twins being actually mutant aliens sending subliminal messages to viewers to submit to their will.
    • Food Fight: The Critic pinpoints Jar Jar Binks as the director of the film (explaining why it is considered one of the worst animated productions of all time), causing him to send a missile at his house.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • The Critic may hate Scrappy Doo, but in the Scooby Doo reviews, even he's appalled at the Mystery Inc. ditching Scrappy even for his overall obnoxiousness, comparing it to "ditching a premature kid to the wilds" and calls out OOC on Scooby, who is usually protective of Scrappy even if the latter is being obnoxious.
    • He was pretty disgusted with the Adulterer from The Tommyknockers for not just cheating on his wife, but rejecting her sandwiches, laughing at her behind her back, and sleeping with his mistress instead of looking for a missing child. He even said that Darth Vader would be upset by it all.
    • He cannot bring himself to badmouth Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird. He breaks down 3 minutes 45 seconds into the review, crying over the crude jokes he already made, how this was the first show he remembered watching and genuinely loved it so much. He gives the rest of the review to Chester Bum.
    • M. Night Shyamalan is a frequent target of the Critic's rants in the reboot, but even he gives a "No. Just... No" Reaction to the twistnote  in Food Fight.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Definitely averted. In the Dunston Checks In review:
    Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it—Monkeys! Aren't! Funny!
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: This annoys the Critic when he sees it. The Critic points out that the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon's princess Sally just kept the princess title because it sounds cute, granted the show reveals the king is alive but for health reasons can't resume his duties, so he tells her to "Queen it up, bitch!" He mocks Princess Lana for this too. He makes a joke suggesting that Lana is staying a princess to avoid responsibility. "Politics is fun!"
    • He also guesses that Princess Oriana in the Felix the Cat Movie legally changed her first name to "Princess" (her last name is the name of her kingdom after all...), since we know for certain that both her parents are dead.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • When NC denies the existence of the The Star Wars Holiday Special on account of being too stupid to possibly exist, it is immediately followed by a sound clip of Yoda laughing in a menacing way, which freaks out the Critic.
    • In the Junior acid dream sequence, the Judge (as played by Doug's friend Bhargav Dronamraju) has a drawn out evil laugh that borders on Affably Evil.
    • Bennett the Sage chuckles villainously in both his appearances in the Care Bears II and Star Chaser reviews.
    • In his review of A Simple Wish Mara Wilson laughs while Critic is begging for mercy.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Critic vs Soulless in The Cat in the Hat. Soulless has no respect for children or anyone and blissfully makes bad movies, but Critic sold his soul, abused an Ambiguous Disorder child, drove two people to suicide and impressed the devil with torture suggestions.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • Since the reboot and with Rachel's departure, images from The Shining review and other newer reviews have been spliced into the credits.
    • With the bringing back of Old Vs. New the opening has changed from the cartoon kid and old man dueling it out to now a live-action version with Tamara as the kid and Malcolm as the old man.
    • DVD reviews will mix Prime clips with a couple of reboot moments to show where said review is on the timeline. Like Paranoia has Pearl Harbor jokes in the credits so it's set after that episode, and The Uncanny Valley only has Critic getting his balls beaten amidst prime clips so it's set after The Wicker Man review.
  • Exact Words: How he undertook his Ice Bucket Challenge without giving in to fan demands for Fanservice. The Ice was a DVD of Cool as Ice.
  • Excuse Plot: Doug said on the Donation Drive that the only reason "The Top 11 Dumbest LOTR Moments" existed was Rachel only being a geek of Tolkien and wanted to play an elf in something.
  • Eye Scream:
    • At the end of Ponyo, when everyone is beating him for not liking Howl's Moving Castle, someone jabs a DVD edge into his eye. Not in real life obviously, but still looks painful.
    • In Man of Steel, one of Joe's ideas of how to torture Critic (that he's unaware that Zod is taking seriously) is gouging out his eyes with a vacuum.
    • The fall out from the (not actually seen) Take That, Audience! at the end of Mamma Mia! has Critic with an eye popped right out of the socket.
    • In Osmosis Jones, when trying to put fake eyelashes on someone during a bus ride like the film, he gets jolted and ends up with the person's eyeball in his hand.
  • Eye Take: Constantly.

    F 
  • Fan Boy: Of Sesame Street. When he reviewed Follow That Bird he squeed at the sight of every muppet.
  • Fandom Heresy: Invoked during TMNT with the Running Gag of putting up captions inducing nerd rage (like “Greedo shot first”) to distract people from getting too angry at when they actually have positive stuff to say about the movie.
  • Fan Vid:
    • Doug proclaimed this video to be the best tribute to the Critic he'd seen yet. Most comments agree that the song ("Testing 1, 2, 3" by Barenaked Ladies) match the character perfectly.
    • He also recced a very similar conceit (Critic's depression/lots of To Boldly Flee) video a few years later, complimenting it for making him look epic.
  • Face Palm: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review opens with a two-handed facepalm.
  • Facial Dialogue: Briefly in “Is The Big Lebowski A Masterpiece”, when Leon explains “figurative castration” as “feeling like you're losing the qualities that make you a man”, Critic's eyes go straight to his crotch in agreement. Remember the last episode had him reveal that he'd lost a load of feeling down there.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In his review of The Langoliers, he points out that the pilot walks past ten rows of seats before realizing the plane is almost empty and later how the blind girl can detect the gun wielding maniac before the people who are looking directly in his direction miss him.
    • In Alaska, he mocks the search and rescue team flying right past the bright yellow plane they are specifically looking for.
    • He has one of his own when he only just realizes Bitch Spasm's dead body has been on his floor for five episodes.
  • Failure Hero: In his reviews of Steel and Captain America, the Critic seems to view the titular characters as this. Also Hulk Hogan's character in Mr. Nanny - he gets owned by the psychopathic kids he takes care of, as well as villain's mooks.
  • Fake Action Prologue: The opening of the Maximum Overdrive review has someone JonTron in a mask stalking through Critic's house and stabbing him. After the credits, Critic's on a food binge and acts like that never happened. Not so cheap as the usual trope, because reboot!Critic has a tendency to hallucinate.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The Critic ends the review very quickly at the beginning of the Scooby-Doo review. Of course, after he acknowledges he can't do that, so the review continues after the credits had started rolling. Also serves as Character Development from the Battlefield Earth review, as back then he had to be forced to go back to a review by past Critic and past Ma-Ti.
  • Falling in Love Montage: Subverted. Princess Diaries II starts off with Critic and Hyper Fangirl doing cliched romantic things with sappy music playing, but then it turns out that Hyper Fangirl kidnapped him and is forcing her to love her at gunpoint.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Critic loves to point these out.
    • 3 Ninjas: What parents don't like the grandfather of their children (who happens to be Asian when the rest of the family is white) teaching their kids to use shurikens and swords?
    • The Wizard: Too many to list.
    • Blank Check: Money is root of happiness and kids should lie to their parents.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-universe. The Critic says, of his disappointment concerning The Neverending Story 2, that he's glad that was the last of the series and they never made The Neverending Story 3. He then turns on the theme music, really loud, to drown out a bunch of voices insisting that they did. He later subverted this, only to regret it severely.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Critic half-naked should be a cause for celebration, but in Jurassic Park when there's visible rib showing, and his arm is skinnier than a teenage girl's, you're just left wanting to force-feed him that pizza.
    • The "What's With All The Princess Hate?" title card. Critic in Tacoma's Belle costume should have been fanservice like the stripperific Link cosplay and the air hostess outfit in the first DVD menu, but instead he's miserable and so skinny that a woman's outfit is slipping off him.
    • The TGWTG 4 DVD menu. The first one had Doug in a skimpy dress, the second was an incesty shower scene, the third advertisement was him shirtless and Depraved Bisexual, but while this involves uniforms and leather jackets, he intentionally makes himself look sicker than normal by smearing on eyeliner under his eyes.
    • Less physical and more mental, but he says in the Bridge to Terabithia review that he's lost all feeling in his balls since the Groin Attacks from the Brawl and Suburban Knights. Which means the vast amount of sex he's had never gave him that kind of pleasure.
    • Hard to enjoy the two attractive guys on the bed in "The Top 11 Strangest And Best Couples" when one wants to throw up at getting touched and unlike the millions of examples on TGWTG (from Doug even) of the same where they're at least enjoying the queer tease, the whole joke here is just gay panic.
    • Ever thought “oh hey we miss Doug getting Sexy Soaked Shirt scenes”? Well Ghost Dad gives that, just with the slight... twist... that he's committing suicide by soaking himself with gasoline and lighting a match.
    • Son of the Mask gives us a long view of Critic's ass. This would be great if he weren't weeping brokenly about not being allowed to die. Same goes for Pearl Harbor and his version of Michael Bay when he's having a Heroic BSOD on the stairs. Demo Reel had done the same thing, objectified Donnie when he was sad to make a Male Gaze point, but it wasn't so jarring.
    • Played for Laughs in “Ghost Rider 2”, as Doug (in a wife-beater!) starts to masturbate, but his dick disintegrates and he's horrified for good reason. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • The title card for the American Beauty editorial puts Doug's sad tired face on Mena Suvari's skinny under-age naked body.
    • The “Is Eyes Wide Shut Artsy Porn” title card with shirtless Critic. It's not that he looks scared or is trying to cover himself, a lot of people like that, it's the masks behind him and how in the episode he talks about nightmares where he's broken down and exposed that makes it more invasive than invoked Fetish Fuel.
    • Tamara is in cleavage-enhancing leather during Matrix Month, but she can't move her body or her face, and as she's been brainwashed, isn't wearing it of her own free will.
    • Mr. Fanservice Zod is doing porn in The Haunted Mansion, but only because his castration from the Man of Steel is so bad he gets money from Bile Fascination viewers.
    • Doug's costume in the Fantastic Four review. It's tight and there's not much of it, but it's also eye-searingly orange and gets covered with dorito bits. In the making of, Doug is enjoying the hell out of it and tells Rob to quote Dune because he knows he wants to. At first Rob laughs “gay pride and loving it”. Tamara also says he looks like a gay Big Bird, and Doug corrects that he makes Big Bird look straight.
  • Fanservice: Just look at the size of his Fetish Fuel wiki page!
    • Giving a victory blowjob to his joystick after the battle with Angry Joe. The gesture is appreciated, Doug.
    • He does like showing off his chest, especially that often-shown scene of when he quits his job.
    • This commercial, with the suffering factor set on deliciously high.
      • Likewise, "Spooning With Spoony II" had him shirtless, traumatized and shamelessly objectified.
    • In the first Care Bears movie, he thinks that the villain is getting eaten out while she does her lines. He then demonstrates by giving us a series of quite lovely orgasm noises.
      • In his Jaws 3D review, he simulates an offscreen sex scene by himself, providing the orgasmic-sounding voices for both the man and the woman. Goodness.
    • The DVD menus seem to be made for this: the first consists of him wearing an air hostess uniform and the second has Rob barging in on him while he's in the shower.
    • When you don't see Marobot's title card, the screenshot he used for his DuckTales episode is the Panty Shot in Suburban Knights. (This one may have been more Blip TV's doing since they often go to stills within a video for screenshots, but it's still appreciated by many.)
    • His chloroforming at the hands of The Nostalgia Chick in her Transformers review. Mostly due how to she's enjoying it and he's, well, not.
    • He's been soaked through at least three times. Doug even said he had to sell his old jacket partly because of it.
    • Done in an equal-opportunity way for the Moulin Rouge! review. Girls get pregnant from Critic singing while guys get the Chick, Elisa and Nella in boob-enhancing corsets. (Behind the scenes, apparently Team NChick had to strongarm Doug into allowing the corsets, as he was worried about them perved over by the creepier parts of the fandom.)
    • Other than it being funny, the only reason why Doug's naked and playing a Depraved Bisexual in this advertisement.
    • Slightly ickier example, but it's hard to miss the "I'm having an orgasm" face when he's pissing on the old Doug theme tune.
    • The giant hickeys on his neck in both Transformers 3 and Jungle 2 Jungle. For obvious reasons, Doug's wife got quite a few internet high-fives after those reviews.
    • In-universe, this is his belief as to why Catherine Zeta Jones plays up her character's bisexuality in the remake of The Haunting (1999).
    • His right nipple in his Jurassic Park review.
    • Doug knows that fangirls like seeing him in pain and he's a lot more sexualised now than he was back when he first started. (Goes for Critic, Ask That Guy and Doug himself.)
    • It probably wasn't a coincidence that Critic getting date-raped by Spoony and Ask That Guy getting terrified/dominated by Sage happened at the exact same time.
    • There's even a joke amongst the other contributors that if their video includes Doug or his characters suffering, the views will usually be pretty high.
    • In Film Brain's livestream of reading the Fetish Fuel Wiki, someone asked if Doug was okay with his rather extreme "yay suffering" page. Film Brain's response was that Doug wasn't just okay with it, he loves that kinda thing and feeds off it. So there's that.
    • While “Are Video Games Art” was less confident than Kyle's version on the subject in regards to the subject matter, Doug beat Kyle in terms of showing skin.
    • Both forms in Turbo ("it's pandering time", with Power Rangers fans getting sucked up to note  with "Nostalgia Ranger", and the female audience getting Doug in skintight latex. The man has amazing legs.
    • As lampshaded by Critic himself in The Wicker Man, Tamara's characters hurting and insulting him are what will keep his viewcounts up because fandom likes seeing him squirm (though he still humiliates her, shoves the camera right on her cleavage and puts her in sexy little girl costumes for the portion of the audience who enjoy women getting treated like that.)
    • Critic's ass in tight jeans is the only part of him visible before he "falls down the rabbithole" in Alice in Wonderland.
    • Even though he's at a whole new point of breakdown, the camera angle at the end of Food Fight makes sure to get in his ass and show off how long his legs are.
    • For Small Soldiers, Tamara wearing a dress that proves Buxom Is Better, Doug in a lot of leather and make-up as Devil Boner, and Doug's legs as he gets into bed at the end.
    • His cameo in The Last Angry Geek's Future's End episode, where he's a broken Sex Slave for the Snob and actually kneels down while unzipping sounds are heard. Intentionally exploited by Brian to make the fangirls happy, as he confirmed on twitter.
    • Defied with Doug's Ice Bucket Challenge. He knows full well that everyone wants to see him get soaked, but it's just a Cool as Ice DVD falling on his head before he stalks off.
    • Proving himself a lot more up for it than Doug was, Malcolm shows off some serious muscles in his ice bucket challenge video.
    • Subverted in the promo to see editorials early. When the audience waits out the timer, he feels duty-bound to show a nipple, but the video cuts out as soon as he lifts his shirt.
    • In the “Princess Diaries 2” behind the scenes video, Jim does some pull-ups and Rob jokes about his invoked Estrogen Brigade loving it. Dayna (Doug's ex girlfriend) also shows why he liked her in the first place by dead lifting him off the floor.
    • As a bonus to all the cool choreographed fighting between Dante and Critic in the “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes”, the way it's filmed means everyone who likes Doug's ass and legs is in for a fun time.
    • Doug posing prettily in a cheerleading outfit. Bless his heart.
    • In “Rise Of The Commercials”, for the “skip it” parody, there's a cut to Doug suddenly losing his clothes and having a Naked Freak-Out for many valid reasons.
    • The Purge has a random as hell shot of Doug's sketch character just in underwear. Aside from the nice legs we already knew he had, he has an... impressive bulge.
    • While doing a Cards Against Humanity panel at a con, when a card read out “-enjoying a striptease from the Nostalgia Critic”, Doug being Doug instantly gave the audience a show.
    • In-universe, Malcolm's powers in Fantastic Four creates Chun-Li for him and Critic to enjoy, but Critic tells him “the lady” (Tamara) should also have something and he gives her Zangief. She's appreciative.
  • False Reassurance: In his Animaniacs tribute, one of the writers for the show mentioned that he thinks Daffy Duck is the perfect cartoon character of all time, and thinks he was a big influence in the creation of the show. The Critic nonchalantly responds: "I-I would know nothing about him being an influence." For those of you who don't know the joke, Doug created the Nostalgia Critic to be a sort of real life version of Daffy Duck, copying his mannerisms and sarcastic and belligerent outlook on life.
  • Fashion Hurts: While Critic only skims over how Claire is treated in the Jurassic World review, Tamara was angry about having to wear heels.
  • Faux Action Girl:
    • He notes a painfully straight use of this, which he calls "Dumbass in Distress Disorder" in A Kid in King Arthur's Court.
    • Inverted with Sparky from Steel, who was crippled by an accident from the beginning of the film. She was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of the movie, but in the film's climax, it was revealed that her wheelchair had weapons and she used them against the bad guys. The Critic points out that the movie probably should have been about her.
    • In the audio commentary for Quest for Camelot, Doug says he wanted to reference Dumbass in Distress Disorder in reference to Kayley, but wasn't sure people would remember the joke after so long. He does later add her to his top 11 list of Dumbasses in Distress.
  • Faux Horrific: Really horrible things make Critic scream or cause him pain.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Discussed more seriously in “Should We Scare The Shit Out Of Our Kids”, as he wants people to understand that it's okay to be scared by life and that everyone copes with that in their own way.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: His reaction to the "Bat Credit Card".
  • Female Gaze: In his original run, while he would sometimes fall for Male Gaze, as the female audience increased he would point it out more in a negative way and give all the fanservice himself. In reboot however, there's a lot more Male Gaze (with both the shows he reviews and Rachel/Tamara) and he's outright said in the Uncanny Valley review that he's trying to repress every other bit of his sexuality.
  • Fetish Fuel: invoked He has the phrase "fetish movie" (spoken in whispers, with heavy emphasis on each syllable) to describe films that heavily employ this, to the point of feeling like the director threw those scenes in just to get his rocks off. He coined it for his review of Foodfight!, and he also referred to Small Soldiers as this after witnessing the Gwendy doll transformation and the subsequent scene of Kristy being Bound and Gagged.
    • He already had intimate knowledge of the trope, as Film Brain said once that Doug feeds off being considered sexy.
  • Filler: Regardless of how much Critic suffers or not, most episodes you can tell Doug is passionate and puts as much effort in as he can to produce a good show. But there a few reviews every now and then where it's obvious he just wants to quiet the fan demand and get it out the way, like Pokémon.
  • Finale Season: The Suburban Knights-To Boldly Flee season was meant to be this, with more feminist speeches and bisexuality moments as an ease-in to what Demo Reel consisted of, more character drama and less jokes, foreshadowing Critic's end in what Doug said was in every episode, getting all the crossovers he could out of the way, and Critic learning to be a better less-Fan Hater person.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Where the Devil and Evilina reside. Lots of lava waterfalls, screaming and naked tortured bodies.
  • First World Problems:
    • Exaggerated in ''Blue Brothers 2000”, when Critic ends up killing a woman second-hand because he was too pissy about the original movie getting a bad sequel to help.
    • Mocked by name in Care Bears Nutcracker, as he does a short Talking to Himself bit about how the Care Bears only care about white kids crying instead of ruthless dictators slaughtering brown people.
    • The TMNT review opening song lampshades that Critic and Nerd are sheltered manchildren in their thirties and whining over nothing.
    • The fake trailer for himself in Planet of the Apes replaces his logo with “White Privilege: The Job”.
  • Five-Episode Pilot: The "Raiders of the Story Arc" episodes have the Critic watching these sorts of pilot episodes and determine whether or not the show still holds up.
  • Five-Token Band: Parodied in The Monster Squad, with Critic as the White Male Lead with an X-Men t-shirt, Malcolm as the black kid, Jim as the cool kid, Rob as the geeky kid and Jason as the Hollywood Pudgy kid.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Not particularly great friends, but Rachel and Malcolm - and more extreme with Tamara and Malcolm as she has more confidence than Rachel - will look out for each other and team up against Critic's abuse.
  • Flashback Twist: In his 100th episode, the Critic prepares to roll out a "Crummy Ass Clip Show" while he goes off to smoke a joint. It starts with a clip from the Captain Planet review, with the Critic interviewing Ma-Ti. After a few moments, Ma-Ti notices that the Critic is doing nothing but rolling out a clip show for his 100th episode and calls him a wuss for not doing something special. The Past Nostalgia Critic agrees, and they browbeat the Present Nostalgia Critic into reviewing Battlefield Earth. This means that the Critic re-created the Ma-Ti scene for that episode, down to the relative quality of that recording.
  • Flat "What.":
    • The twist in the middle of The Secret of NIMH 2 is so incredibly stupid that the Nostalgia Critic can only respond like this, at least at first.
    • During his review of James and the Giant Peach, saying it isn't flat enough. He writes it on a piece of paper. Twice.
    • In his Kazaam review, he says "What?" when Kazaam uses the rhyme, "Green Egg and Ham IT!" and later when Kazaam says he doesn't believe in fairy tales.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In his review of Exorcist 2: The Heretic, he thinks Pazuzu is a very silly name for a demon. It also leads into this joke:
    Father 1: Quickly, father! We must get the holy water and destroy Squishy Puppy!
    Father 2: What?
    Father 1: Squishy Puppy!
    Father 2: Aww, that sounds adorable.
    Father 1: No, he's not! He's a horrible demon that eats children's brains! Look!
    Father 2: Yeah, but when you put the name Squishy Puppy under him, he seems so much cuter.
    Father 1: No, he doesn't! He's a... Oh, you're right. Look at that. We should adopt one of those!
  • F Minus Minus / Broke the Rating Scale: In his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy movie review, after a Montage of his freaking out at the utter monstrosity that is the third movie, he makes this memorable quote;
    "This movie is so bad, I have to make up a new word to describe how BAD it is. It's... it's... Horibifuckus! Horibifuckus!"
    • At the end of the video, he even put the word on his screen to further prove his point.
  • Follow the Leader: The Critic points out in-universe 3 Ninjas tries to cash in on Home Alone and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and later points out Surf Ninjas tries to rip off 3 Ninjas.
    • In-universe, he does a “Top 11 Movie Trailers” right after Watch Mojo did that list themselves, and after brief complaining he lampshades all the complaints (even from producers) that he's been doing a lot of reviews of movies that other TGWTG people have done.
    • JonTron stabs him in the beginning of Maximum Overdrive for reviewing Food Fight after he did, and homaging quite a few scenes of Jon's own review.
  • Forced Meme:
  • Forced to Watch: While Rachel and Malcolm don't particularly like Critic, and have made him suffer themselves, they still don't like watching (or hearing) him get talent-bended in The Last Airbender. Mostly because it's them next.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In the review of The Neverending Story 2, he notes that Bastian could simply wish his troubles away. Likewise, he also noted in Captain N: The Game Master that the poorly-defined powers of Kevin could simply be used to warp to the villains and shoot 'em point-blank. And in Neverending 3, juxtaposing that the villains and Bastian's sister wished for things while the Idiot Hero didn't.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Tacoma? Rebecca? Karl? Quinn? Who on earth are they?
  • Foregone Conclusion: Many viewers already knew how the Nostalgia Critic would feel about Independence Day, because he already bashed the movie in his Godzilla (1998) review.
  • Foreshadowing: The He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special contained some ominous signs for the upcoming The Star Wars Holiday Special review. The month-long buildup to that review culminated in his Top 11 Christmas Specials review, which ends with a Sequel Hook.
    • In Junior, even before Kickassia aired note , Ma-Ti's the one who sentences Critic for crimes against humanity. In To Boldly Flee, Critic gives a helpful reminder of this by telling the Chick he always knew he'd pay for his crimes against humanity.
    • Early on in the review of "My Pet Monster", he said that he was pitied by his high school classmates for not acting his age. Cut to the end, and he gets pitied again by the director of the movie for the same reason.
      • In the same episode, he acts like an entitled whiner about being "unfortunate enough to rent" the movie. The phone call actually serves as Character Development, as it makes him realize just how stupid that sounds and never does it again.
    • In his "Top Twelve Greatest Christmas Specials", he said he thought he was the only one to hide in the cupboard when he got scared. About a year later, in "Old vs. New: Willy Wonka vs. Charlie", we got what he was scared of.
    • The Care Bears review has another rant about how his job makes him lose any pride and the evil book tells him she can give him a happy ending. The very next week, he's obsessively trying to keep control of a country.
    • One can't help but notice the huge amount of accidental foreshadowing in his review of Last Action Hero. When does all this accidental foreshadowing becomes reality? In To Boldly Flee! Go watch the review, because many of the Critic's lines in relation to the film's plot are either Foreshadowing, a Funny Aneurysm Moment, a Hilarious (or Harsher) in Hindsight moment when you compare them to To Boldly Flee. And since those were accidental, he had no idea it would become such!
    "Kid, leave the plot holes to me. That's my job."
    • His breakdown to Lord Kat about the damage done to his ego with LK beating Bebe's Kids is lead-up to his admitting to CR that he can't cope with people going into his territory a few months later.
    • During an argument with the Nerd before they switch jobs for an episode, he asks mockingly if the Nerd thinks his gig is easy. That never came up again.
    • In the Chick's Bratz review, his reason for forcing her to watch it was because he wanted her to be proud of being able to sit through the worst girly movie of all time. His conclusion at the end of his first commercials special is that he's "pathetic but proud".
    • By how often Critic expressed his desire to not have Linkara around in Star Trek month, it would have been more of a surprise if Linkara hadn't shown up.
    • He set up the Parental Neglect angle early when he mentioned off-hand in the "Top 11 Scariest Moments" that he was allowed to have a gun as a kid.
    • The choice of Star Trek month and the new vast abundance of Doctor Who jokes weren't just Author Appeal, it was setting viewers up for the fourth anniversary, which was announced as a sci-fi story.
    • At the start of his "Top 11 Simpsons Episodes" episode, the background music used when he discussed the impact The Simpsons had is the same he uses when discussing his pick for the #1 episode: "Bart Gets an F".
    • During the meat session scene in Patch Adams, he sarcastically states that he can clearly see the film is going to represent people accurately and with no forced manipulation. Wait fifteen minutes.
    • In the Heavy Metal review he's boy-excited over a scene of driving a car in space. Naturally he drives a car in space in To Boldly Flee, but in a self-destructive if still awesome context.
    • Cross-show example, but Chick's glee over Critic's reaction to the Child by Rape bit in the Ferngully review sets up her willingness to guiltlessly take what she (physically) wants from Todd and exact her revenge on Spoony.
    • In his Scooby-Doo review, Critic makes a brief reference to Battlefield Earth and how he accidentally was involved in blowing up the Psychlo home planet. The following week, To Boldly Flee is released and it's revealed that Terl survived and wants revenge on the Critic.
    • Speaking of To Boldly Flee, Some of the Critic's dialogue in the Richie Rich Review foreshadows the plot of the film.
    Oh, I just want to buy a spaceship, go to the edge of the universe, travel through the outer rim, have an existential journey of self, and become the next evolution of mankind, thereby being in control of all the universe!
    • In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, he's terrified that he and his world are just delusions of some mentally ill guy.
    • There's no real reason for Zod to show up in the post-Suburban Knights Transformers 3 courtroom setting Bum/Critic review other than to remind us that he exists for the following year's movie.
    • In the Son of the Mask review, Satan says "God help the poor soul who comes across that nightmare of sadism.". Who, after starting to review the film, does The Nostalgia Critic call for help? Santa Christ.
    • The new opening theme has a very grouchy looking Critic shoot at the audience with a blaze of fire right behind him. It can't be coincidence that he's hell-bound at his own hand by The Cat in the Hat.
    • In Star Trek V, his painfully awkward attempt at telling an actual joke instead of relying on a pop culture reference (and even then he doesn't manage it), gives more credence to his To Boldly Flee assertions that he's actually a pretty awful critic.
    • "The Review Must Go On" from Moulin Rouge! was written by Doug when he decided that he needed to wrap things up, and it really shows. As well as multiple references to being "done" and Chick musing that she needs to watch Scooby-Doo (the prequel to To Boldly Flee), the whole song is about hating your job but doing it anyway, and the message gets cut off by Brental Floss shooting him dead.
    • The Devil defending Devil and his own stupidity plenty of times is the big clue that he's actually Shyama-Amon in disguise.
    • In "Top 11 South Park Episodes", he says "it's another great reminder to artists that if you're doing it for the money, you're doing it for the wrong reasons". The end of the list has another plug for the DVD (with Soundtrack Dissonance over the usual fire) and by Sailor Moon he's shameless about doing what he does for the money.
    • "Are Superheroes Whiny Little Bitches?" has Critic relating to Superman Returns, specifically the scene where Superman is in space and listening to everyone, setting up Man of Steel where Jor-El's "they only lack the light to show the way" speech is used twice to show how Critic has no light in him at all.
    • In “Top 11 Adult Jokes We Never Got As Kids”, Critic is whiny about saving “some franchise”, and blows up a poor trainer before running away, so despite all the Trolling Creator about him being the hero, it was pretty obvious that he wasn't going to be and instead act like the Dirty Coward.
    • It's not clear whether the harassment thread in Dawn Of The Commercials was supposed to set up the Hyper storyline (in a bite him in the ass sort of way), but his stalking of Emilia Clarke and belief that if women say no then men just want them more pays off in The Uncanny Valley review where he admits to sneaking into a bedroom and it going very wrong.
    • Lowkey foreshadowing in The Christmas Tree review, as when Critic is hallucinating there's an empty bottle on top of the fridge, and it turns out later that Malcolm and Rachel don't want him to know that they get drunk when he doesn't need them.
    • Of all things, his The Wicker Man wish to be kept inside, not have to talk to anyone, and be used for sex constantly. That almost happens to him when he's this close to falling into Stockholm Syndrome induced by Hyper Fangirl, Malice assumes he's gone through abuse, he wants his clone self as a Sex Slave in the “Sixth Day” review and he bemoans not being allowed to do anything else but pleasure Snob sexually in the Bad Future.
    • At the end of Ghost Rider, he sets up psychotic stalkers, his own Sanity Slippage and a World Gone So Mad that even reality blows up with a happy “a new year of madness is on the way”.
    • In her fourth vlog, Hyper Fangirl was giggling about being willing to Mind Rape Critic into loving her. In Princess Diaries 2, she manipulates his shallow manchild side by pretending to have all the things he likes so he thinks she's at least worthy of kissing. it all blows up in her face however
    • Shortly after the Amazing Spider-Man Old vs New review started the Hyper Stalker storyline, Doug/Jason's vlog of the “Suitor” episode of Adventure Time had an incredibly long rant from Doug about how Dogged Nice Guys don't want a relationship, they want a prize that they feel like they're entitled to, which should have told everyone how The Princess Diaries 2 review was going to end. There's also the Breezy vlog where they specifically talk about girls who want Doug are just Loving a Shadow (and Doug mentioning being creeped out by a woman who wanted to grab first his ass and then his wife's), and the earlier Storytelling episode where Doug takes a break to say that both boys and girls need to learn that if someone they like says no, that should be it.
    • Both used and lampshaded in the Maximum Overdrive review, as when Cenobite!Malcolm starts revealing himself to Critic, Critic whines about the heavy foreshadowing and has a number four prop as his favorite prop.
    • Tamara telling Critic in The Monster Squad that he and other tokens aren't boys any more, but sad pathetic men trying to recapture better days, sets up the monster of the episode: reality.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Critic's Medium Awareness is Played for Drama in the reboot, he saves the worst beating for you in the Master Of Disguise breakdown and he shoots a hole into the audience's wall in every opening theme.
  • Freakier Than Fiction: Well, fiction is stranger than some other fiction, anyway. In reality, he tried to make DuckTales Darker and Edgier as a joke by suggesting that Scrooge made all his money by racketeering, embezzlement and so on. However, he actually made it in a far worse way: exploiting African natives.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During his review of "The Pound Puppies Movie", there's a parody of Fight Club where The Nostalgia Critic splices a naughty frame into a children's movie. In this case, it's two dogs humping. The image is only on-screen for a frame.
    • A fairly damning You Bastard one happens in Once Upon a Forest, as it shows "you" clicking on a porn site that has a barely legal girl being told to suffer for other people's enjoyment. Critic clearly doesn't have much love for his audience.
    • In AI there's post-it notes everywhere about forcing yourself to be thin (on the TMZ side, but given Critic's weight-bashing...) and pleading that it'll be over soon on the Critic's side.
    • In keeping with the meta aspect, the pick-up artist book Jason is reading in the “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” has a portion of Doug apologizing because he's been starving himself (again) due spending all of his time editing. The page contains these lines:
      Do you really think anyone's going to be attracted to you when you say "Oh yeah, I pause online videos to see if they put in secret jokes?" God, I'm surprised several women haven't just stripped naked shouting "Take me!" from reading that line. Jesus Christ! We'll spare you from pausing the video to look up any any other secrets, because there aren't any.
    • In the The Legend of Zorro review, he lists all of America's problems as:
      fast food, pride, dependence on phones, dick pics, porn, bad governments, corruption, Michael Bay movies, pollution, overtaxing, causing climate change, TMZ, youtube comments, pretty much any comments online, watching TLC, still calling it TLC, bitching about nothing, white privilege, bad education, cat memes, any memes, kryptonite (yes we are actually allergic to that), chipmunk films, giving Kanye West work, high cholesterol, Fox News, MSNBC, Kim Kardashian, tabloid magazines, weird greeting cards, White Castle, obsessing over bad fashion, drugs, that creepy bald guy from those Six Flags commercials, snobby hipsters, crime, bad Zorro sequels.
    • The people telling him to do an Honest Trailer of himself in Planet of the Apes are all (the ones who would leave insulting YT comments anyway) Doug's other characters, including Ask That Guy who is slightly annoyed by his own death.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • In-universe, from his review of Chairman of the Board:
    "Wait a minute! Edison! Like Thomas Edison, the great inventor! I just got it!" *maniacal laughter*
    • In-universe. "Wait a sec, next month is January, and you know what that means! SEQUELS MONTH!...... *his smile slowly turns into a look of worry and shock while he reaches for his Dennis Miller doll to try and cheer him up.*
    • After years of making fun of Stephen King's works for not being as scary as people make them out to be, the Critic has an epiphany after watching Maximum Overdrive:
    I don't think he wanted to scare us with this; I think he wanted to make us laugh. I mean let's be honest, no film using AC/DC is intending to scare anyone. In a strange way, I think he's not only mocking horror tropes, but his own tropes as well. When he says 'I just wanted someone to do Stephen King right.', maybe he's referring to the fact that he's never meant to be taken too seriously. There's always a bit of otherworldly insanity that even he can poke fun of and laugh at.
  • Fridge Logic: In his review of Gargoyles, the Critic also points out in-universe the logic flaw of hiding in "plain, vulnerable sight" when they turn to stone during the day.
    • The Critic also mentions that Kevin from Captain N: The Game Master should be able to use his powers, or the abundant warp zones, to just blast Mother Brain with little problem. He demonstrates both scenarios.
      • Similar example used in The Neverending Story II, when he notes how Bastian could have wished all the troubles away.
    • He also noted in the Free Willy review that if Willy can jump over the rocks, why couldn't he jump over the net, which was considerably lower?
    • In his review of The Legend of The Titanic, he wonders why Tentacles the octopus can't move the iceberg out of the path of the Titanic if he can throw it there.
  • From Bad to Worse: The reboot had already less time between Take That, Audience! complaints than prime did because of demands to bring the show back, but Critic finding out that he was a designated protagonist to a wall in The King and I just intensified the problem.
    • Master Of Disguise foreshadows a lot of awful yet to come. To give a few examples, he complains about the Happy Madison audience being stupid - he kills some off in Eight Crazy Nights. Rachel is angry about her birthday being forgotten and gets fired - she'll be treated much worse in The Shining, and will leave by Face/Off. Critic beats the shit out of innocent people with a baseball bat - he'll kill a child by bludgeoning her to death in Vampire Reviews' Monster Mash episode.
  • From the Mouths of Babes:
    • In his review of Milk Money, a mother asks her daughter who is with Ed Harris's character. The daughter replies that she's a hooker. The mother seems barely offended by such language. The Critic takes this to the extreme: "She's a bitch ass whore fuck!"
    • He gives a few examples of the questions he as a child asked in the game of Guess Who, and they're all cheerfully disturbing ones like "is your person Jewish?" or "did your person sleep with Mommy?"
  • Fruit Cart: He is deeply disappointed when Cop and a Half, a 90's buddy cop movie, fails to take advantage of this.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: Not that the Nostalgic Critic series' finale was bad, but his story arc was ultimately wrapped up in To Boldly Flee.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Critic suggests that the attacking cat women are suffering from C.R.A.H.B.S. Catwomen Raging Against Halley Berry Syndrome.
    • In the review of Small Soldiers, the critic tries to research on what Joe Dante's problem is after seeing the deformed Gwendy dolls. —>"Apparently it's called "Justification Experimentation Serving Unusual Sexuality", or in abbreviated terms... J.E.S.U.S.!!"
  • Furry Fandom: The Critic acknowledges them in-universe in his review of Sonic Sat AM.
    "Let's just say in my Space Jam review, when I said there weren't people out there who wanted to fuck bunnies, I was wrong."
    • He actually said that was a little harsh and gave the most general term of the fandom.
    • He later followed this up in his review of Rock-A-Doodle:
      Edmond: I'm a[ll] furry!
      Nostalgia Critic: Kid, you're a little too young to know what that word means. I'm an adult, and I'm still not exactly sure what it means!...Nor do I wish to find out.
    • Though his review of Rover Dangerfield completely ignores the furry connotations, he does create a furry version of himself at the end, "The Nostalgia Kitten."
      Nostalgia Kitty: A CAT CREDIT CARD?!?!

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  • Gag Boobs: Rachel wears a ridiculously large pair of fake breasts when portraying Michael Bay's roommate, adult film star "Tina A.", in the Pearl Harbor review.
  • Gainax Ending: The end of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, in which Critic turns into a turd singing Also Sprach Zarathustra With Lyrics.
  • Gender Flip: When he comes to the sexual harassment PSA in Dawn Of The Commercials, he suddenly wonders what it would be like gender reversed and decides it wouldn't work because men are too stupid to realize they're getting harassed. Would be best to leave it there.
  • Genius Bonus: Lampshaded in-universe in the Mr. Nanny review:
  • Genre-Killer: He implies this during his "Is Parody Dead?" editorial with regard to Spy Hard being the start of a downward trend, and Scary Movie V taking off the brakes on tumbling down that slope. Curiously, those movies and every other horrible parody he has seen since then were created by Seltzer and Friedberg. Though he never calls them out directly, he does point out that their movies are the only ones still selling because all other parody has been driven out of theaters and "there is a sucker born every minute" for the bad parody films to capitalize on. He goes on to say that most parody now come from places like Comedy Central and Web Originals.
  • Genre Savvy: Both Malcolm and Tamara realize by "Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes" that whenever Critic stops talking and there's two minutes left on the timeline, something bad is going to happen to him. They get dismissed by their boss, but they're right: Dante Basco wants revenge.
    • Genre Blind: Critic, you've been doing this a lot longer than Malcolm or Tamara have even been on the site. When you're finished with a review and there's a few minutes left in the episode, you should know something bad will happen.
  • Genre Shift: For whatever reason, maybe because Doug realized with "The Review Must Go On" that he was eerily good at triggering people, the reboot shifted from prime's character-based tragicomedy to horror. Good examples are Son Of The Mask where even Santa Christ is evil, The Cat In The Hat where Critic acts like a Babysitter from Hell and The Shining, where Critic terrorizes Rachel in an upsetting way (being a parody of the film but working in its own context).
    • Catwoman in terms of what audience he wants to play up to. He literally has a speech calling himself a sexist, and he explains to the catwomen how Male Gaze will give him more views than the Female Gaze Doug was feeding on before.
  • Get Out: In the Hyper Fangirl's fourth vlog, when she comes across him, Spoony and Linkara (both of whom are freaked out/annoyed by her), Critic grits at her to leave and literally chases her out the room. She just screams “I love you too!”
  • Gilded Cage: The reboot has him a lot more powerful and gaining pleasure and safety from being the Meta Guy who can hurt Malcolm, Tamara and Rachel in any way he wants, but he's also so much sadder and confused, stating outright in “WTF Is Up With The Ending With The Graduate” that the prison bars are getting stronger.
  • Gilligan Cut: A Running Gag of his goes something like this:
    Critic: The only way this could be any more lame/cliche/stupid is if they did [something].
    (Cut to a scene of the exact thing he described in whatever he's reviewing).
    • Subverted in his review of Cop and a Half, where after wondering what the next stupid plot event is, it cuts to him for a moment of silence, and he says, "Oh, I don't have a vid, I'm just asking."
    • Lampshaded in his review of North, when he points out all the racial stereotypes North meets as he tries to find new parents.
    Critic: Why don't you have him just drop by France, where everyone wears berets, smokes, drinks wine, and every tv channel has 24 hours of Jerry Lewis— it's the next scene, isn't it? (cuts to that exact thing)
    • Lampshaded in a different way the third time it's used in the Batman & Robin review, where he double dares the movie to once again cut to his sarcastic prediction (this time it's Poison Ivy proclaiming "curses!" upon defeat) and goes crazy when it does.
    • A different sort of Gilligan Cut happens in his The King and I review: he comments on how he won't sell out for some musical fad, just before a "Harlem Shake" sequence... wherein he shoots all the dancers.
    • In Son of the Mask Kim Kardashian assures that she put the movie where no one would find it. Cut to Critic finding the DVD in a public trash can and deciding it must be worth reviewing.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: An invoked trend in Bridge to Terabithia, where he mocks My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, New Girl, The Hunger Games, One Direction, Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Jonas Brothers just because they're references to girl things.
    • In his DuckTales video, Critic paused the review for a good few minutes to complain about what he thought to be a huge drop in quality in one of the episodes. The cause? It starred Webby and so had apparently turned into a 'girls' show'...which was obviously something very bad to the Critic from the way he tore it up. The message seemed to be: boys' show = awesome entertainment. Girls' show = vomit inducing mess that no little boy would ever want to watch.
    • [invoked]] Going from Doug's Disneycember hatred of the film, the stinger for the Small Soldiers review plays The Princess Diaries sequel (a cute Chick Flick) out like impending torture. In the actual episode, he still acts like it should give a message to girls and not just be fun nonsense, but at least he's self aware in having Hyper Fangirl distract him with Testosterone Poisoning boy things.
    • His main criticism of Mamma Mia! is that it's a prime example of what exactly is wrong with the Chick Flick genre. While many films that fit the criteria can be smart, funny, or interesting, he feels like many film-makers feel they don't need to put any effort into them simply because "it's for women". This in turn makes the films feel like they look down on the viewer.
  • Glowing Eyes: In a Shout-Out to the show's Avatar State, Critic in the The Last Airbender title card has glowing white eyes. However, as he fails all the time in the episode, it's really just a Call Back to his blanked out eyes in To Boldly Flee.
  • Godwin's Law: ALL HEIL MONDO BURGER! Though averted in his Garbage Pail Kids review — think about it: a society where it's socially acceptable to imprison and kill ugly people.
    • Also, Nostalgia Critic doing the Can-Can with Hitler.
    • You're just standing there, thinking you're about to shake ha- PSYCH! HEIL HITLER * BANG!*
    • Invoked in a serious way during Bebe's Kids. When Robin is supposed to redeem himself by going back to the kids, Critic's not impressed and likens "he acted abusive but at least he didn't leave them" to "he killed five hundred people but at least he's not Hitler". Same thing goes for using a dino-baby as bait, which he calls "Hitler-level douchey".
      • Not even April escapes his wrath when he believes she's joking about the loss of innocent families when her building falls down. Bit of a change since he accuses her of probably reacting the same to the Hindenburg disaster, but still counts.
    • He calls Zod and Turrell's ship in To Boldly Flee the "SS Leather Bar". With their Word of Gay Like an Old Married Couple status, this has some Queer People Are Funny connotations too.
    • Taking the Care Bears' tendency to help only white blonde girls to the extreme, he assumes they do that because one day they'll rebuild “the master race”.
  • Good-Looking Privates: Played for Laughs in After Earth, as Doug, Tamara and Malcolm (all attractive people) play soldiers more interested in looking good than actually protecting themselves.
  • Good Night Sweet Prick: From The Room:
    Critic: And flights of assholes sing thee to thy rest.
  • Gorn: About 80% of the fanfic/fanart with him involves this. The majority of people who do them don't want to actually hurt him though and thankfully, Doug knows this. In a 2011 con, he talked about Torture Porn fanart specifically, and reassures that he's fine with it and that he never thinks “who's watching me? Why do they think this?”
    • Plenty of it is shown in hell, with bleeding women in their underwear hanging from nooses, and shirtless men getting impaled.
  • Grandfather Clause: Like many web review shows, he started out without any intro sequence, theme song or opening credits. The show gained a theme song during the second run of the series, just after The Review Must Go On. The theme song? A metal version of the properly named song used to herald the return of the Critic in the aforementioned video.
  • G-Rated Sex: With The Nostalgia Chick in the FernGully review. Confirmed as the characters fucking by Doug and Lindsay in their commentary.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In The Last Airbender review's opening, the text 'この映画は吸う' appears over the Nostalgia Critic name, which means This movie sucks.
  • Green Aesop: In the Sonic SatAm review.
    "And it's just Sonic and a secret group of Freedom Fighters who try to stop this industrial takeover and bring the green back to the forest. ...Wait, wait wait wait wait wait, I can't comprehend this. An environmental message that's... SUBTLE ?!"
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Tends to be the case. Santa Christ is a Big Good but can be pushed too far, yet Sage the devil is actually Lighter and Softer than normal Sage.
  • Groin Attack:
    • The Nostalgia Critic does this to himself with a hammer in his Blank Check review.
    • After Conan throws a sword into a guy, the Nostalgia Critic calls it a low blow and calls him "Conan the crotch-stabber".
    • Among the gay overtones perceived by the Critic to exist in Masters of the Universe is the repeated laser shots to the crotch. Granted, the shots often seem, if you examine them closely, to be hitting fairly far away from the crotch, but at regular film speed and at a single glance it is easy enough to make the mistake and it doesn't always seem clear.
    • During the Ponyo review, voice actor Spike Spencer comes in and says how much he likes the Critic while the Critic says the same during overlapping conversations. Near the end, Spike Spencer plants a grenade in the Critic's groin and leaves before it goes boom.
    • Malcolm hits him with a bat there in The Wicker Man review.
    • n the Ghost Dad review for tricking them into thinking he was dead and made them do embarrassing things, Tamara and Malcolm beat him up off screen. It is implied Tamara hits him there as "Sexy Dorothy" singing "Somewhere over his nut sack."
    • In The Matrix, Schmuck gets Critic (in high pitched squeaking mode) to shut up by threatening to liquidate his balls.
    • In The Legend of Zorro, when he sees Catherine Zeta Jones, he whips down his erection. For obvious reasons he regrets it.
    • Self-inflicted in Demolition Man, as to cut down on his swearing (even saying “balls” or “Jesus”), he put a electric shock device on his crotch.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy:
    • The Critic points out the President has no Secret Service in Captain America (1990).
    • In his review of The Wiz the Critic finds both Todd in the Shadows and Paw Dugan and Linkara got into his hotel room when he had locked the door. He's questions the security of the hotel.
  • Guilty Pleasures: IN SONG! (from the Moulin Rouge! crossover review)
    • The Critic describes the Short Circuit movies and Judge Dredd as this.
    • He also said that he denied watching Gargoyles in public, but he'd actually watch it on a regular basis.
    • He admits that Ernest Saves Christmas is a shallow, stupid movie. He also watches it every year.
    • He just plain adores Commando. And who can blame him?
    • He calls out Hook for its stupidity, but on the whole, he loves the movie. Or at least the first two acts.
    • Through all its faults, he loves Rocky IV.
    • At a Bad Movies Anonymous meeting, he admits that he likes Spider-Man 3, much to the chagrin of the other members.
  • Gun Twirling: In reboot credits. Rule of Cool applies, as he'd just shot the fourth wall, looks as sulky as possible and there's a huge explosion of fire behind him.