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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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?"
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dissimile: In the Tank Girl review: "It's like a comic book coming to life... without it actually coming to life."
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.
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.
Double Standard: Pointed out in Patch Adams, as the Straw FeministBroken 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 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.
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.
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.
But played straight in Dawn Of The Commercials, when he assumes that all men just don't notice when a woman is harrassing 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.
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.
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 In reality of course it's just a tease and Doug shared a nice moment with his mom and dad.
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.
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 himwillingly, 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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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 invokedUnfortunate Implications.
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 it's history that he had been tasked with portraying.
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.
Tamara Chambers was one of the "Catwomen" in the Catwoman review. She is now taking Rachel's place starting with the Wicker Man review.
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 sterotypically 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.
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.
Lampshades Frozen's "Let It Go" as a huge ear worm by singing a parody about it using "Let It Go"'s music.
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.
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 because he didn't actually go.
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.
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.
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 the supposed Dragon was actually the Big Bad, built herself a human robot and recalled sunshine, then "stole [Sunshine's] essence to make [her] elixir for Brand X" in Food Fight.
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.
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.
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.
Fail O'Suckyname / Name McAdjective: Used by the Critic in his review of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, in which he acts out the pitch by its creator, whom he dubs "Fuckup McDumbass" Likewise with the Critic's worst fan, "Douchey McNitpick". The review of Pound Puppies gives us Pussy McPantaloon-Britches.
In the Transformers review, Optimus Prime states that Spike Witwicky would be known as Pussy Pillow by Cybertronian naming conventions.
In the first Child's Play crossover with Phelous, he and Critic had dolls named Nasty Mc Brain-Eat and Slashy Mc Kill Kill respectively.
In his review of Exorcist II: The Heretic, he considers the name Pazuzu completely laughable for an ancient demon, even though it's the name of an actual Babylonian demon.
In Ghost Rider, he could not take the name "Blackheart" seriously, though like the above that's not the film's fault.
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-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.
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.
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.
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 stripperificLink 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.
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 (fromDougeven) 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.
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.)
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.)
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 his words, not ours 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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, of course! 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.
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.
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!
There's no real reason for Zod to show up in the post-Suburban KnightsTransformers 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 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.
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.
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.
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-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.*
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.
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?"
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.!!"
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 taking off the breaks 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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 ?!"
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.
In 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 Dorthy" singing "Somewhere over his nut sack."