The Nostalgia Critic: Tropes H to N


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    H 
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Referenced in his review of The Secret Of NIMH II, in which one of the characters says something about changing his underwear despite not even wearing pants.
  • Ham and Cheese: Discussed every now and then. In The Cat in the Hat they even add a "Not Caring Meter", topped by Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons.invoked
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: The Critic and Mati in the Battlefield Earth review.
    Critic: YOU DON'T MEAN-
    Mati: YYYESSSSS!! BATTLEFIELD EAAAAARTH!!!
    • Once Rachel and Malcolm become part of the cast, they will indulge in this between themselves or with Doug.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Played with, the director of My Pet Monster just pitied him and asked him a few questions which he gave the answers to with increasing shame. His own self-esteem did most of the breakage.
  • Happier Home Movie: Critic may have been ungodly embarrassed by the videos Mara showed of him as a thirteen year old, but they're the nicest backstory for him that we're ever going to get.
    • A straighter example occurs in Alice in Wonderland, with sad music playing over teenage Critic's Tim Burton shrine, Malice thinking it's adorable, and Critic depressed in the background at how hopeful he used to be.
  • Happily Ever Before: According to the Child's Play 2 crossover, he's always wanted to hear a version of Hansel And Gretel where the parents don't abandon them and they all live happily ever after in the forest. Boy's got Parental Issues, it's to be expected.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: The Critic during his review of James and the Giant Peach. Whenever he starts complaining, it results in a multiple Dramatic Gun Cock untill he backs down.
  • Happy Dance: Frequently.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: An In-Universe example in his "Top 11 Dumbest Superman Moments"
    "But I have to admit, for all the bad times, the Superman movies really do manage to put me in a good mood. Like seeing Christopher Reeve right before he had that tragic accident and died... Or Margot Kidder before she went mentally insane... Or the shots of New York with the World Trade Center in the background... I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I'm going to go kill myself."
    • The review of Twister has a few moments like this with regards to Philip Seymour Hoffman. Particularly at the end when Critic tries to cheer up the Burger King by saying "Philip Seymour Hoffman isn't here anymore. He's gone."
  • Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Despite it making his guy parts happy, he still takes The Haunting (1999) remake to task for how horribly blatantly lesbian they made Catherine Zeta-Jones's character to be compared to the original, who was more subtle (along with the horror), and how her sexuality is just used for fanservice.
  • Haunted Headquarters: Critic's reboot house (the one with red walls) is directly built over hell, and the studio is explicitly stated to worsen his craziness.
    • Lampshaded both in The Shining, where Critic suddenly doesn't want to film at his home anymore, and calls the studio “located on a harmless Indian burial ground that rests below the remains of a burned down insane asylum for homicidal schizophrenic orphans”.
  • Headdesk:
    • He begins his review of A Kid in King Arthur's Court desperately trying to literally knock the memories of that movie out of his head upon the table.
    • He also does a wall version when reviewing "The Room".
    • He's absolutely desperate while reviewing Howard the Duck. He bangs his head pretty severely.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: The Critic does this to himself thanks to the Stephen King drinking game.
    "Heh heh, 'come'."
    • And again when looking back at his unfortunate Mako incident.
      "Heh heh, 'marlboros'"
  • Held Gaze: He and Chick share quite a few in their review of Ferngully.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The title song of "The Review Must Go On". It's not the sadly triumphant original of Moulin Rouge!, or the resigned metal version of the reboot, it's one with really flat notes, fade outs in wrong spaces and a ghostly choir backing the guitar.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: After giving a negative review to Hook while admitting up front that he still really liked it, the Critic was flooded with requests from fans to review more mainstream nostalgic fare, in the hopes that he'd give similar "snarky, but positive" reviews to the movies that they requested. After giving very negative reviews to fan-requested films like TMNT and The Flintstones, he was attacked for bashing the films by the very same people who had requested that he review them, leaving the Critic to wonder why exactly they had requested them in the first place.
    • His review of James and the Giant Peach is an In-Universe example of this.
    • Then there's his Ponyo review, in which guest stars and convention audiences assume he's going to pan it and beat the snot out of him in increasingly creative and brutal ways.
    • In “Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes”, he ducks “for no particular reason” while the audience shoots at him. Malcolm and Tamara also tell him that this is a bad idea, and he tries his best to dodge hate by saying these are just “worse by default”. Plus! He gets Dante Basco in for the next week's “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” to make up for it.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: invoked Anthony Terrell Smith, A. K. A. Tone Lōc, seems to have gotten recognition as "That guy" who's in all the horrible movies.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: The Critic chastises the ninjas in 3 Ninjas for not being stealthy.
  • High School Is Hell: "The classroom is where dreams go to die, get it right!"
  • Hilarious Outtakes: His review of Turbo A Power Rangers Movie includes them over the credits, including Rachel as Rita leaning her head back and her headdress falls off, Linkara struggling to get his ranger helmet off for The Reveal, and the Critic's "posing" in ranger form including the Macarena.
  • Historical In-Joke: Lampshaded in the We're Back! review, as a quote from the Critic flat-out states that anyone unfamiliar with Hunter S. Thompson won't understand most of the jokes used in the review.
  • History Repeats: With Demo Reel being the Elephant in the Living Room and Critic destroying that show, it's only fair that an awful thing that happened to Donnie happens to him too. Twice. In Jurassic Park III he gets news that his mother died and it breaks him, and in Small Soldiers/The Princess Diaries 2 he's kidnapped by a rapey Stepford Smiler Loony Fan who wants to keep him there indefinitely.
  • Hitler Cam: Used on Evilina and the Devil in Son of the Mask while Critic is crying on the ground. Gets an Ironic Echo in The Cat in the Hat, where it's Evilina being infantalized on the floor, and Critic is with the Devil helping him out with torture methods.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: The Critic complains about Bastian refusing to use the Auryn to escape danger on The NeverEnding Story II, predominantly because while the potential for backfire is revealed, there's no way Bastian could have known.
    • Which is nothing compared to his frustration in the third movie, where said disadvantage does not exist yet he still doesn't think to use it, unlike his sister and the Nasties, whom the critic feels are better heroes (more accurately, they'd make better protagonists).
  • Hollywood Darkness: The Critic points this out in his review of "Cop & 1/2".
  • Hollywood Healing: Points this out in The Secret of NIMH 2.
    "You could be dying of CANCER and a fucking bandage on your head would fix it!"
  • Hollywood Homely: invoked In Catwoman, the Big Beautiful Woman friend with ample cleavage is dubbed over by the Critic as not reaching Halle Berry's attractiveness.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: Mentioned in the review of The Care Bears Movie.
    "He's played by Mickey Rooney. Former biggest star in the world and now doing, eh, Care Bears."
  • Hollywood Mid Life Crisis:
    • Bridge to Terabithia had Malcolm and Rachel strongly imply they thought Critic is going through this, as they complain at him to take his childhood fantasies elsewhere and both want to leave him by the end.
    • When Critic and the others have a “boy club” in The Monster Squad, Tamara outright tells them off for being middle-aged men trying to recapture childhood.
  • Homage: The entirety of the We're Back review is performed In the Style of... Hunter S. Thompson.
  • Hookers and Blow: Pops up every now and then. In what is a nice change from the norm, though, he doesn't act like all prostitutes are women and he's pissed at Milk Money for implying that it's easy to get out of that life.
  • Hope Spot: In the climax of Alice in Wonderland, Demo Reel and To Boldly Flee references combine to have Critic actually learning something and get away from his Slowly Slipping Into Evil Story Arc. But then Burton's good adaptation gets canceled, and it turns into a The Cat in the Hat Call Back where Malice is depressed and Critic is angrily saying he's forgotten what he's learned.
    • Chester believes that Critic telling the viewers to take care of themselves at the end of “NC Talks About Transformers 4” is him starting to get nicer again, but Critic disproves with another hit from the baseball bat.
    • The Last Airbender has Critic getting visions of Doug bouncing around in his Avatar vlogs (before he even says anything about the franchise) and then the implication that he absorbed everything note  that Doug had said. You'd think both of those would humanize the creator to the creation, but it just ends up in a particularly bitter scene later on in the episode.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Unlike the Chick, who sees the world in a Hope Is Scary light, he's a sucker for anything that shows people are/will eventually be good at heart.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Critic's Transformers: Dark of the Moon review ended up being done by Chester A. Bum after he sued him for stealing his style.
    • In Transformers 4, Chester starts reviewing it but Critic knocks him out (with a quick summary of this 'storyline') with a baseball bat so he can rant.
  • Hot Scientist: In Bio-Dome, he complains that Kylie Minogue and the brunette woman ("Miss October") look more like GQ models than real scientists.
    • Rachel's whole purpose as the assistant in the Sailor Moon review is to look like a bored Unkempt Beauty in a labcoat, glasses and tight-fitting white shirt.
    • At the end of the Food Fight review, Tamara has the same fetish gloves as the Ms. Fanservice (more or less) of the film. If you're wondering why she and Malcolm are suddenly scientists, Critic literally ramped their intelligence up by “writing them smarter”.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Started with "Nerd-On-Critic action" and then went from there.
  • Howl of Sorrow: Played for Drama finally in Scooby-Doo. Listen to the Walker commentary and you'll hear Doug making embarrassed noises.
  • How We Got Here: Food Fight begins with the Critic crossing the Despair Event Horizon before destroying a bunch of food products. It then flashes back an hour to show the Nostalgia Critic reviewing Foodfight.
  • Human Pack Mule: Both Rachel and Malcolm get to be Critic's in the beginning of The Shining, as he has one box of furniture and calls that heavy lifting, while they have tons and are exhausted.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Invoked while reviewing environmentalist movies.
  • Humiliation Conga: Mara Wilson ends up giving him one at the end of his review of "A Simple Wish".
  • Hurricane of Puns: In his review of the Double Dragon movie, he criticizes the film for poorly-done puns ("What a head case!"). He then gives numerous examples of puns they could have used instead:
    Critic: It's curtains for you! May I sweep you off your feet? Ball's in your court! It's time to get pinned!
  • Humongous Mecha : in his review of Turbo a power rangers movie he uses one to effectively quell a monster and later to grapple with the giant version
  • Hype Backlash: In-universe. The Critic changes the existence of Kazaam in its review, and accidentally badmouths Citizen Kane.
    • Doug himself has done videos with his own examples, including "The Top 10 Movies Everyone Loves But I Hate" (the #1 even got a review of its own!) and some Bum Reviews/Doug's Take (latest being The Dark Knight Rises).
    • In The Cat in the Hat he states that Mike Myers was not that funny to deserve being ubiquitous, and that movie marked the point where his routine of So Unfunny It's Funny and Overused Running Gag started to run thin.
    • In his parody of “Let It Go”, he and Tamara sing about how obnoxiously everywhere both the song and movie are. Some Frozen fans sent him enough hate that Doug pointed out he was singing in character and As Himself he was one of those irritating people who were singing the OST five months on.
    • Discussed again in “Can Hype Kill A Good Film”, mostly about Frozen, although his conclusion ends up with “just be grateful you have backlash on a film (I assume) you liked”.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: He has a giant rant about Transformers 4 about how you should be nice and form your own identity and want to be challenged, but when Chester buys into the pretty speech, Critic hits him again with the bat, showing that he himself has no intention of being nice to someone he once looked after.
    • While he mentions and shows how the movie version of Avatar pronounce the names differently, he also references the long Internet Backdraft from Doug's pronunciation issues (not helped by Rob coming in later openly wanting to pronounce the names wrong) by saying “to harp on this would be too hypocritical”.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Critic says he never gets sick of the "OF COURSE!" joke in the Street Fighter movie, but in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog review, he said he's sick of it... and Bison didn't let that be. Hilarity Ensues.
    • "This ripping off of classic comedians has got to stop! Enough is enough. This is the final, the - the very, very last straw!"
    • In the SNICK segment, he complained that yelling doesn't make anything funny and that anyone who does that must get shot. Guess what happened.
      • As he puts it... "SCREAMING IN EVERY OTHER SENTENCE IS NOT FUNNY! IT IS LOUD AND ANNOYING! AND ANYONE WHO DOES IT SHOULD BE SHOT! *gets shot in the forehead* UNSHOT! *the wound disappears* AND GIVEN A BAG OF MONEY! *a bag of money appears in his hands to his surprise, a beat...* ...how about some lounge music? *lounge music plays* Yeah!"
    • And in the Critic's Captain N: The Game Master review:
      Critic: (With a plain white background behind him) "I mean seriously, what moron would just have a plain white background the whole entire time? (beat) He'd be a fucking idiot."
    • While calling the Nostalgia Critic, "Christopher Walken" objects to painting him the way he did while doing those exact things (pausing and whispering mid-sentence and reading and adjusting cue-cards).
    • In The Nostalgia Critic's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation video, he criticizes the special effects, saying that even The Angry Video Game Nerd could pull them off. The Nostalgia Critic doesn't exactly utilize great special effects either.
    • Street Fighter / Mortal Kombat:
      Critic: But luckily all that violence and gore had no disturbing side effects on our decent childhoods! [Drinks from a skull, fires a pistol in the air.] Sorry, I have to do that every twelve minutes.
    • In his review of Last Action Hero, he criticizes the live-action movie for having a cartoon cat as one of the minor characters. He says the cartoon character in the movie makes no sense, like most of the movie. It gets hypocritical when you remember that the Critic himself has met or spoken to cartoon characters (Casper being the most prominent example).
    • From the Zeus and Roxanne review:
      Critic: Next you're going to be telling me internet reviewers can make lives making fun of movies.
    • Any case where he criticises anyone for overacting their anger, preferably with a "I am acting!" scene. Those actors generally don't intend it to be funny.
    • He mocks the concept of a Dark and Troubled Past in his Top Eleven Cliches. He himself has a fair amount of Break the Cutie backstory.
    • He says in his "Top Eleven Saddest Nostalgic Moments" list that a guy can't cry because that makes him a pussy and calls "The Little Match Girl" one of the few things he's got teary-eyed at. Critic... how many times have you broken down again?
    • Parodied in his "Little Monsters" review:
      Glen: What the hell is going on? Look at this mess. The hell am I stepping in? Doritos? Jesus!
      Critic: (as Glen) This is worse than that fucking time I caught you goddamn swearing!
    • Star Trek The Motion Picture: "It's like watching clips of a movie and then watching someone comment on it! *beat* Who the hell would want to see that?"
    • In a line that doubles as foreshadowing, he says “if only more people were accepting of death” in Star Trek III, the irony being at this point he's hurting badly over Ma-Ti's sacrifice and will seethe a few episodes later (Patch Adams) about the lead essentially saying the same thing.
    • Calls the Ba'ku out for their smug superiority complex and anti-technological rants in his review of Star Trek: Insurrection;
      Baku: Hey! Thanks for saving us with your technology, by the way, we hate all technology!
    • In the Digimon film: "Come on, is there anything more wasteful or useless than just looking at your computer screen for almost half an hour?"
    • In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom he complains about Short Round screaming too much while shrieking himself.
    • In Jack, he remarks that a ten year old wouldn't have dolls or go to his parents after a bad dream. This coming from a childish coward who snuggles a large monkey toy later in the episode.
    • He tells the bad guy in Congo that the answer to everything isn't yelling at TV screens.
    • "The Top 11 Dumbasses In Distress" becomes quite a bit funnier after remembering the many, many times he's been a distressed dude.
    • In his Son of the Mask review, it's revealed that Twitter was created by the Devil to make people dumber and Take Over the World. Channel Awesome, the That Guy with the Glasses.com website, and numerous contributors, past and present, have Twitter accounts. This includes Malcolm, who played The Devil. Doug and Rob however have claimed that Twitter is evil, Doug elaborating at the drive that he's an emotional animal and everyone who asked him to get one would regret getting so much access to what he's thinking.
    • Might not be intentional because Doug admitted it had been too cruel, but he talks a lot about "representing someone unfairly" in AI. Like them or not, the TMZ characters are based on real people and what happened in reality to create the episode wasn't quite what Critic said happened.
    • In The Shining, he defends mocking children's looks but gets upset when an adorkable picture of him as a five year old is shown. Also serves as a Not Himself moment, given his strong Papa Wolf inclinations from before.
    • Mocking Mythbusters for apparent sexist use of their sole female when Doug's even admitted he just shoehorns Rachel into Cute and Psycho roles.
    • While it's an unintentional use of the trope because Doug has complained about being so overweight he needs a stomach pump, the Paranoia review has a lot of trashing Brad Jones for getting very skinny very quickly when most sane people could accuse Doug of doing the exact same thing.
    • In his review of The Tom And Jerry Movie, the Critic is appauled that the main titles of the movie actually shows blood when Jerry slices Tom up like cheese with his sword (to be fair, it's not as if blood just gushes out of Tom's body, but rather, the insides of his comically-slided-up body is red), though later in the movie, when Tom and Jerry have another encounter with Pugsly, the Critic quickly whips out his pistol in a fit of rage, and blasts Pugsly's head off (complete with cartoon blood).
    • In one episode he explains how annoying and tiresome covers and parodies of "Let It Go" are... in a cover/parody of that very song.
    • After all his high-horse speeches to the executives in The Lorax, he lets slip to Black Willy Wonka that he just wants his money-making secrets.
    • In Jurassic Park III, he complains about sequels splitting up or making miserable heartwarming couples at the end of the first movie. Doug would know all about retconning heartwarming endings.
    • In the After Earth Malcolm!Will Smith notes he has two more kids to promote. The Critic looks off screen.
    Critic: Nepotism.
    Rob: Right.
    • He complains about superheroes partaking in too much Jesus symbolism in "Are Superheroes Whiny Little Bitches?", but even Chester lampshaded the Crucified Hero Shot when Critic himself died.
    • In The Purge, he seethes that he doesn't want to do another crossover because he has an issue with being redundant, before smacking Casper away.
    • In the Princess Diaries 2 review, he's well aware he's trashing a invoked Girl-Show Ghetto movie while having a fanboy boner for Testosterone Poisoning comics. And whenever he asks who would be stupid enough to fall for gender manipulation, Hyper Fangirl side-eyes and caters to his Playboy/violent video game “needs”.
    • Most likely unintentional because he's on his high horse, but he complains in “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4” about how explosions mean nothing anymore, but his theme song is full of them for no reason.
    • In "Why Is Tom and Jerry Genius", he asks what sick fuck would enjoy a real life cat getting hurt. He might, considering he ripped apart a kitty in Timothy Green.
    • In the Sailor Moon review, he complains about fourteen year old girls being oversexualized, but then sexualizes his own fourteen year old self even more. Usagi and the others didn't exactly have whole scenes dedicated to their crotches.

    I 
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: If the actor in any film is famous enough, the Critic will not even bother to learn the characters' names, just referring to them by their actors' names.
    Critic: So we see our main character Ian Malcolm. Oh fuck it, let's just call him "Jeff Goldblum" because we all know that's who he's really playing.
  • Identical-Looking Asians: In the Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes, Critic confusing Dante Basco with Dev Patel angers Dante enough that Critic is punched down into the comment section.
  • I Didn't Tell You Because You'd Be Unhappy: Mama Critic's reasoning for not telling her child that she was sick. As she's always been abusive and he's basically in tears when he hears of her death, it's ambiguous whether this is genuine and she really did love him in the end, or the doctor is making her look nicer.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Derides the overuse of curtain wipes in Battlefield Earth. In the Sonic The Hedgehog episode, Nostalgia Critic tried to push the clip with Bison away. In a later review, he kept pulling another shot into frame to see if the Cinema Snob was still talking about Manimal.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The beginning of Starchaser has Sage commit the great feat of giving off major vibes of this without even being in the same room as Critic.
    • Some of the con members in the Ponyo end credits look a little too lusty when they're holding him down or strangling him.
  • I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: In "Why Is Loki So Hot", he forces a close-up on Black Widow's cleavage, stating that as a man her boobs can't let him look away. Never mind that he's bashed this trope before.
    • When Critic questions why Turbo made Zordon's special effects so bad again, Malcolm!Zordon explains that they gave all their money to Divatox's cleavage. Critic agrees it was a sacrifice that had to be made.
    • Hyper Fangirl manipulates his need to think with his dick by distracting him with Testosterone Poisoning comics, Playboy, and violent video games. He ends up seeing right through her when she fucks up regarding the Transformers franchise.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In the "Follow That Bird" review:
    Chester A. Bum: Meanwhile, Bert and Ernie are flying, Super Grover is flying, and Oscar is flying, except on the ground, and Cookie Monster ate his car because he thought it was a cookie! I thought my car was a cookie once! But it wasn't a cookie. Or a car. It was MAN.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This: Invokes this trope after he finished Dunston Checks In.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Critic's gun works on anyone he shoots at, except for Lady Tremaine.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The NC parodies this in his Commando review by firing his pistol in every random direction he can think of (including at his own head) and still hitting soldiers.
  • Incest Subtext:
    • In behind the scenes videos, Doug and Rob Walker have flirted with this on a couple of occasions. During their slightly drunk Christmas video they managed to go from "I love you, man, you're a kick-ass brother" to "Gay and incestuous! You heard it here, folks!" in about two minutes, via a discussion of Doug's balls.
    • The DVD also has Doug stripping slowly out of wet clothes while Rob films and hums supposedly stripper music, bantering back and forth with lines like "I'm saving this for our honeymoon" and "You know you want this shit".
    • In the second DVD's menu, Rob (or his camera) is rather insistent on seeing Doug in the shower.
    • In the Snob/Phelous review of Troll 4, a weepy, wasted Critic moves his arm down from the Other Guy's shoulder to his waist.
    • In an interview with Random Odds, they admit to being so baity that they didn't even need fic, but Rob still wants more, 1,000 word minimum.
    • In a rehearsal video, Doug acts like a pony and asks Rob to ride him. Rob tackles him to the floor and noms on his neck instead.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: This happens a few times, whether or not the Critic is pointing them out in movies, or making them himself. An example from Howard the Duck, which somehow does both:
    Howard: Oh no, it's a quake!
    Critic: Don't you mean a quack?
    • One about Cheetara in Top 11 Hottest Animated Women, saying that she "gave new meaning to the term 'fast pussy.'"
    • In The NeverEnding Story II...
      Critic: I guess she had to put her face on.
      Audience: Boo!
    • Goro note  from Mortal Kombat has "really been working on his forearms."
      Audience: Boooo!
      Critic: Oh, what? What?
    • From The Avengers, when the heroine gets tackled by her clone, who's wearing a giant teddy bear suit.
      Critic: Well, it looks like somebody's having a bad bear day. *ducks as the audience tries to shoot him.*
    • In Conan the Barbarian (1982), a wizard played by Mako draws on Conan's face to bring him back to life. What does Critic call it? A "Mako-ver."
  • Incredibly Long Note: He's a master of these.
  • Indecisive Parody: The reloaded reviews. The premise is that Critic's bashing his own movies and being completely innocent of that fact, but there's more than a few moments where he complains of Reality Subtext (like the Nazi joke was thought to ruin the internet of the time) and it descends into less bashing of the plot holes and more attacking their Female Gaze. This could be explained by the reviews being Michaud's idea, not Doug's.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In Bridge to Terabithia review, The critic does an image spot of an adult Jesse and adult Leslie meeting up and it is very clear Leslie doesn't remember Terabithia as a fantasy world but real world and the people want their King (Jesse) to be with their Queen once more, adult Jesse uses this trope and runs for his life.
  • Inferred Holocaust: In his review of Congo, the Critic points out in-universe that destroying the satellite puts thousands of people out of their jobs.
    • We see an adorable seventeen year old Critic in Scooby-Doo, and learn that the snapping point in his Trauma Conga Line - the one that turns him into a cynical manchild who shoots at anything annoying and feels like he's worth very little - hasn't happened yet. Prom night should just around the corner, don't you think?
    • He points out that in A Troll in Central Park that causing plants to grow all over the city most likely killed thousands of people and destroyed the city.
  • Infodump: The Nostalgia Critic often criticizes movies for having forced exposition, like in Congo, The Next Karate Kid (see quote below), and Casper.
    Julie: My name is Julie! My mother's name was Susan! She was killed in a car accident with my father and they're both dead!
    Nostalgia Critic: And the award for "Worst Exposition Ever to be Uttered in a Movie" is... "The Next Karate Kid"! (applause heard) You suck!
  • Informed Ability: The Critic points out the warriors in Warriors of Virtue show none of their described attributes.
  • In Medias Res: Food Fight begins with Critic supposedly so broken after just watching the movie that he's triggered into a meltdown, but by the ending it's revealed that he managed the film, but it's the fact that it was a waste of time and he won't be getting money that drives further down the insanity.
  • Indecisive Parody: As the Previously On for the second half lampshades, the review of The Last Airbender has no focused idea about whether it's satirizing the Avatar show or Korra.
  • In Name Only: The Critic describes Masters of the Universe like this in-universe.
  • Innocuously Important Episode:
    • Richie Rich managed to get an entire plot summary of To Boldly Flee in a random joke, and nobody even noticed it until months later.
    • In Thomas And The Magic Railroad, Critic has a mini-breakdown over him and his world being Adam Baldwin's delusion. He's half right.
    • Not innocent in that sense, it's very dark, but AI had a breakdown from the Critic and a cameo from Doug. What makes innocent is that neither were addressed, but what makes it important is that Critic's Sanity Slippage and all the reality lines fading got established for later. It's also right before "Master Of Disguise" which really kicks the former storyline into gear.
    • "Is It Right To Nitpick" is the first editorial to talk about illusion, the most common theme in the reboot, and it wouldn't be the last time he makes a point of it. It also talks about noticing the mistakes behind the curtain, something his show shoves right in the audience's face from The Last Airbender review onwards.
    • "Are Superheroes Whiny Little Bitches?" is an editorial talking about superhero films and whether the leads complain too much, but Critic makes a reference to being the Plot Hole, comparing himself to the Superman of Superman Returns and setting up Dark Messiah implications.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The way he tries to crack the "secret message" in the Angry Video Game Nerd's reply to his message. To his credit, he was close. It was actually "Lick my balls, you piece-of-shit Nostalgia Critic."
  • Insistent Terminology: His conviction that Robin's father from Tom and Jerry: The Movie is Indiana Jones (complete with theme music).
    • When watching The Matrix, upon hearing that Neo's birth name was Thomas Anderson, he refuses to call him anything other than Tom.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: A lyric-less version of "The Review Must Go On", used for all reviews from 2013 onward.
  • Insult to Rocks: He says the Olsen twins are like Barbie dolls but adds that "but to be fair, I think the dolls are a little less plastic."
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Pops up in his reviews of Once Upon a Forest and Milk Money. And when he reviews Ponyo and sees Ponyo's human father and spirit-of-the-ocean mother holding the father in his hands, he comments macrophiles are enjoying this before telling the viewers to get away from the search tab to look up what he meant.
    • When reviewing the live-action Scooby Doo, the younger Critic asks "Does the internet ever become anything or do we still just use it for porn? (beat) It's porn isn't it?"
  • Internal Homage:
    • In the Les Misérables review, Kyle and Paw get in Critic's personal space and put him on the spot like Brent and Chick did in Moulin Rouge! for the “El Tango De Roxanne” number. He gets out of it easier this time by having a middling opinion.
    • This shot. Rachel, Critic and Malcolm are in the exact same position as Rebecca, Donnie and Tacoma, but to again show that the niceness is gone, Rachel then bloodbends Critic and he yells at her.
    • "Is The Big Lebowski A Masterpiece?" takes place in the computer room instead of the usual just so Critic could take the same position as Doug did before the two started interacting in "The Review Must Go On".
    • A Doug character going crazy in a kitchen while a Malcolm character tries to gently deal with him. Are we talking about the opening for "A Worst Christmas Special Ever" or the opening for "The Review Must Go On"?
      • It happens again with the beginning of The Wicker Man. Both Donnie and Critic hummed "The Review Must Go On" and then got freaked out by weird things happening.
    • The burst of flame in the opening theme song is exactly the same one we see in Son of the Mask when the Devil hears Critic's screaming and gets off on it.
    • Malcolm hitting Critic with the baseball bat in The Wicker Man is the same camera shot used when Rebecca beat the turkey in Demo Reel.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Parodied in his review of Pearl Harbor, attributing Michael Bay's successes to him filming non-sexual shots like they were porn, ending in mind-blowing explosions.
  • In the Style of...:
    • The Cinema Snob, for a review with him. He drops it after a few minutes and the realization that he lacks the Snob's pitch range.
    • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, copying Hunter S. Thompson.
  • I Reject Your Reality: In his review of The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's ability to resist bloodbending similar to Amon is attributed to him caring nothing for the basic rules of the setting and blatantly ignoring them.
  • Ironic Echo: In the Simon Sez review, the breakdown violin music from the commercials special is playing again when he's so overjoyed that someone (Lupa) actually listened to him for once he's got a whole new perspective on life. What makes it this trope and not Triumphant Reprise is that it's a Yank the Dog's Chain.
    • His psychotic breakdown in "fuck-ups part three" starts off being a repeat of his Battlefield Earth tantrum, but then goes into screeching about how stupid and awful everyone is.
    • In the Blues Brothers game review over on the DVD, his getting up in the morning is a forcedly happy version of his morning routine in his look on sports movies.
    • In The Review Must Go On, the Critic reminds Doug of when he talked about a character taking on a life of their own in To Boldly Flee, and uses that to scare the shit out of him.
    • Son Of The Mask mockingly plays Santa Christ's “we all love Santa Christ” theme song after he takes a level in jerkass and tells Critic he's meant to suffer.
    • Both reboot opening themes end on a scene conclusion that involved Doug talking to Critic, but while the first was Critic exploding Peaceful in Death after Doug told him how proud he was, the second is Critic leaving after Doug tells him he hates him.
    • At the end of "Old vs New: Amazing Spider-Man", the Hyper Fangirl puts on Critic's hat and jacket (with same camera shots) like he did in "The Review Must Go On", adding a possible Take That to the girls who only got into him from there and don't care about anything previous.
      • Even bleeds into real life. “Uh oh” was the only thing he said in regards to linking “The Review Must Go On” too.
    • The “pathway to knowledge” scene in The Matrix Reloaded meshes a few scenes from To Boldly Flee together; the shot of Critic in front of the door, punching the Plot Hole/opening the fridge with a determined look on his face (and being taken over by light), and seeing both a “creator” and a script of the movie/episode he's in.
  • Irony:
    • The Critic making fun of the pretentious goth chick from Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows is pretty funny considering Doug Walker himself had posted video evidence that he had a pretentious pseudo-goth phase once.
    • The Take That, Audience! tone of "The Top 11 South Park Episodes" considering Doug had made a facebook post a week earlier asking commenters to pick a subject for his next top 11.
    • Out of God knows how many, Pearl Harbor is the one rant where he says he's not fucking around, but ended up completely wrong (not only did soldiers not have to learn to swim in those days, but the ship also had other workers) and came off like Eagleland.
    • Real world example. In an interview, Malcolm talked about how he's been watching since the Critic/Nerd videos and that in the beginning he thought that Doug was ripping James off. Now he's working for Doug.
    • Critic does part of his “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” under the “Self Improvement” section in the book shop, something he really needs after his latest awful moment; subjecting Malcolm to Dante's firebending.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: He says it's unfair to call Anastasia a cheap Disney knockoff: It's an expensive Disney knockoff.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: While most people believe Mako Iwamatsu's name is pronounced Mah-Ko, the Critic prefers to call him May-ko.
    • One of his "Next Top 11 Fuck-ups" was about recurring mispronounciations.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The 2010 Christmas special has the Critic's Guardian Angel show him what others' life would be like if the Critic had never existed. Turns out most of them would have much more successful careers (ranging from The Cinema Snob being a successful porn star to Angry Joe being President Evil) and his Guardian Angel would be God's Number Two.
  • It's Been Done: The commentary of the above mentioned video reveals Doug's disappointment upon finding out that subverting It's a Wonderful Plot wasn't as original an idea as he thought it was. Though at least he's the first to have the story explore what the Guardian Angel's own life would be like without the protagonist.
    • This is also why he will never review The Phantom Menaceeveryone has riffed it, there's nothing new he could bring to the table by taking his turn at it.
  • It's Personal: As a Chicagoan, he felt personally offended and betrayed by Dan Aykroyd for making Blues Brothers 2000, given how the original film is considered an iconic part of the city's pop culture legacy.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Critic's attitude towards Power Rangers when he was younger, which he explained in his review of the Power Rangers movie and "this is why [he] is not in the stock market".

    J 
  • Jackass Genie: In his Kazaam review, the Critic wishes that the movie never existed. This ends up with him bashing Citizen Kane, much to the audience's displeasure.
  • The Jailbait Wait: He uses the example of how The Olsen Twins grew up from troll-children to anorexic barbie dolls to demonstrate how gross this is.
    • He calls a sixteen year old Kirsten Dunst in Small Soldiers “not old enough to be considered hot yet”.
  • "Jeopardy!" Thinking Music: Used in the North review when trying to find a joke, and then again in the Rover Dangerfield review when Rover in thrown into a truck with a bunch of corn.
    "What is dumbest fucking possible joke that could be used as a punchline for this scene?" (answer: [I'm turning into a corn dog).
  • Jaw Drop
  • Jerkass: The Nostalgia Critic considers Peter Banning from Hook to be this, then acts out a hypothetical scenario where Peter's kids ask him questions and he answers them bluntly, like refuting the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and God. After Peter's kids cry from this startling info, he insensitively asks, "Oh, WHAT??"
  • Jerkass Has a Point: How the Critic feels towards Charlie Sheen when, in a scene from Scary Movie 3 parodying Signs, Sheen points out the biggest gripe the Critic has with the parodied film:
    Charlie Sheen: [The aliens] mastered space flight, but they can't get through a wooden door?
    Critic: You see what you did there, movie?! You see what you did?! You just made Charlie Sheen right about something!
    • The Lorax behind the scenes involves essentially this, as Rob doesn't disagree about the fangirl flaws Tamara's character embodies, but tries to tell Doug that making her look like a crazy Basement-Dweller is pretty shitty to the real fangirls who just want to like him.
    • In his review of Princess Diaries 2, Chris Pine's character (who is trying to steal the throne) tells Mia's grandmother that Mia is unfit to rule since she knows nothing about the people of Genovia; she was born in another country and has spent little time in the nation she's meant to rule, while he was born, raised, and schooled there. The Critic notes this is a perfectly valid point.
    • Critic insults The Uncanny Valley a lot in his DVD-exclusive review of it, admitting it's because he's a jealous brat who wasn't there, but calling To Boldly Flee Doug's invoked Magnum Opus while TUC was just him being exhausted, is something that nobody is going to argue with. Not even Doug and Rob, who admitted in an interview that they only did another anniversary special because Michaud told them to.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: There's loads of subtle bits of foreshadowing, hints, characterization, and backstory revealed over the course of the series. It's common for people to find that one-off lines in some episodes take on whole new meanings after later developments. Sometimes people don't even realize that there is an overarching storyline until the Critic says or reveals something that causes loads of Rewatch Bonus.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: While Critic certainly is no doubt a character different from Doug with his own evolution, Lindsay, Kyle and other producers have criticized the “Critic's a character and so you can never get offended by anything he says” excuse that a lot of fans trot out.
    • Up for debate how about self-aware it is, but Critic bashes this himself in The Lorax, when he responds to the executives excuse of “it's satire” with “how does laughing at the bad things you do make them any less bad?"
    • When Doug tries it in the behind the scenes of Lorax, overly defending the fangirl jokes before anyone even complains, Rob needles him a lot, reminding him that he trashed Loki fangirls too and his not wanting to look Tamara to look normal doesn't exactly reassure anyone that he's not being a sexist dick.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: The Critic accidentally shoots Bert and Mickey Mouse after watching Quest for Camelot.
  • Jumping the Shark: Used correctly in-universe a few times, but misused other times, like with Independence Day and The NeverEnding Story 3 uses (since he didn't think those movies were good before the points he mentioned).
    Critic: This is jumping the shark, coming back, shooting it in the balls, raping it, eating its flesh, consuming its soul, mounting its head on the wall... AND THEN DOING THE SAME THING TO TWELVE MORE FUCKING SHARKS JUST TO BE SAFE!
  • Jump Scare: CAAAAATTTT!!!
    • CHAAAAIR!
    • In his review of Care Bears In Wonderland, he takes the freaky face the wizard makes during his song and attaches it to the end of the Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark trailer. DAMN, is it effective!
    • In his Superman The Animated Series review he intentionally uses this to draw away the perverts from Lois Lane's Panty Shot.
    • In his Old VS. New of Manhunter/Red Dragon, at the last second of the review, as he's ordering take-out liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti, Casper jumps out of the phone and latches onto his face.
    • The Jurassic Park III review has "Allen!", though the repeated attempts to scare him with it (outside the movie) irritate him more than scare them.
    • In the review of The Wicker Man remake, he comments the obnoxiousness of using a "vroosh!" sound-effect to make a Jump Scare scarier. Then Malcolm walks by with new sneakers that make the sound. Tamara also does lots of them in the same review, prompting the Critic to say "it's a bad day to be me."
    Critic as Nicolas Cage: Are you there? I can hear your vroosh.

    K 
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: In the review of The Transformers, Optimus Prime discusses this trope when wondering why Megatron keeps Starscream around despite the latter always trying to betray the former. According to Optimus Prime, Autobots don't believe in this trope and instead Just Shoot Him.
  • Kill 'em All: What he does after his Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog review.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: The alien in the Independence Day review is starting to realise that "Stephanie's" spaceship isn't piloted b— *BOOM*
    • Spoony-as-Terl in the Battlefield Earth review only gets out "Oh—" as his final words before he's blown to smithereens.
  • The Killer In Me: Invoked for laughs in his review of The Cell:
    All right, people, after months and months of research we have come to the conclusion that our suspect does officially have hands. Put on search everybody with hands! Move it, move it, MOVE IT!!!... My God... What if I'm the...?
  • The Kindnapper: Subverted by Hyper Fangirl in Princess Diaries 2, who pretends to be One of the Boys with Playboy, comics and video games because she wants Critic to have Stockholm Syndrome, but played straight by her assassin who goes from holding Critic at gunpoint to being on his side at the end of the review.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The introduction of the Devil in Son of the Mask made things ten times darker very early on in reboot, and Critic is always more of a Death Seeker around him.
    • Because of their history, Zod is far more threatening than the Reboot Rogues Gallery because his threats actually terrify Critic, he's allowed to cut through all the straw, and manages to hold him hostage.
    • Before Villain Decay, Shya-Amon was the only reboot Rogues Gallery villain (apart from Zod) to scare and hurt Critic without being made straw, and his shown talent-bending is much less like the explained “make any good actor give a Dull Surprise performance” and more like Mind Rape.
  • Kudzu Plot: Critic canon was always a Jigsaw Puzzle Plot, even in early years, but with reboot and all its meta and different characters and arc words of illusion, remembering everything for whatever Plot Thread he'll have this week is somewhat difficult. Even when explanations do come, very little gets resolved. Lampshaded by Doug in The Last Airbender, as he complains that he's been making the world too convoluted.

    L 
  • Lampshade Hanging: At the end of his Double Dragon review, after having had a pretty rough month:
    (after getting shot in the forehead) "Is it just me or have I been dying a lot recently?" (dies)
    • Sad version in the Paranoia review, as "Demo Reel was the Plot Hole the whole time" is included as a twist that doesn't make sense, leaving him to blink back tears.
    • He complains in Master of Disguise that the music is trying harder than Dana Carvey, a complaint aimed at Critic too for his music-backed-speeches.
    • In Les Misérables, Critic sing-shouting to Floss that he's got it covered with his current crew and doesn't need any more help was seen as less talking about him, Paw and Kyle, but more about how isolated he's been since he got Rachel and Malcolm.
    • In The Last Airbender, Rachel shills Critic's reviewing ability but it's his/Doug's ability to act that actually gets him into trouble, lampshading again that Critic's not there to be a reviewer (which even he knows he's bad at), he's there to be a character.
      • After having a concerned rant about white actors playing Inuit characters, and Indian characters playing Japanese characters, he asks Rachel (a white woman playing Katara) and Malcolm (a black man playing Sokka) if they can imagine constantly misrepresenting characters by constantly getting their skin colors wrong. They all obliviously agree it's awful.
      • Critic's sappy reboot speeches have never worked, but the episode is the first one to openly mock them with both Malcolm and Shya pointing out they're useless.
    • In “WTF Is Up With The Ending With The Graduate”, he calls playing “Sound Of Silence” three pivotal times in the movie “a crazy fucking idea that involves the song actually playing a purpose”, well aware that his playing the first To Boldly Flee trailer instrumental (that came from The Graduate) is serving a purpose too.
    • When Critic decides in The Shining that why bother filming at home when he has a perfectly good studio, Rachel and Malcolm get in on the meta game by complaining that where they actually filmed was really inconsistent. Rachel also tells Critic that she wishes she could remember a time when he's ever been nice to her, but can't think of any moment. And after insulting AnnaSophia Robb's looks in Bridge to Terabithia and getting backlash, in this he makes fun of the little boy's teeth, gets booed, and is made to look like a Straw Hypocrite with defending himself weakly but then getting mad when a picture of himself as a kid is shown.
    • The “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” has Critic groaning about how his body can take so much abuse but not even get a scratch. Also works for how (as he's talked about in several cons note ) Doug is horrible to his body in various ways just to get shit done and it still hasn't bitten him in the ass. Yet. The episode also has Critic hiding in the comment sections (it makes sense in context... kinda) and Dante lampshading the ridiculously heavy meta on the reboot by shouting “your fourth wall jokes won't save you!”.
    • Critic's tiresome speeches get called out again in Maximum Overdrive, as Malcolm's character (who had bored Critic with his own explanation of why King is so great) rolls his eyes and says he got bored halfway through. He also took a hit at his anvilly foreshadowing tendencies, with Cenobite!Malcolm revealing himself to Critic and Critic complaining about how heavy and obvious it was.
    • At the beginning of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, he's suspiciously calm (with a chill pill patch) and states that he's not doing a big Christmas joy explosion because a lot of people found it scary. And of course he needs to be pretty and marketable and not get in trouble.
    • The Montage Of Skits in The Matrix Revolutions has Doug fully admit to saying they're perfectly good ideas, but they're usually too filled with pointless violence, too much straw and even usual characters (mindless puppets as Chester said) being just there for acting like the author's mouthpiece.
    • In the Nerd movie, when Mandy does this by hoping she wouldn't have to objectify herself with a Cat Fight but has to, Critic tells her “just because you say you're doing it doesn't make it any better”. Which doubles as Hypocritical Humor on his part.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Santa Christ does this to Critic to help him forget the The Star Wars Holiday Special.
    • Bennet the Sage claims to be the devil, and that he can do this for the Sequel Month. When the Critic takes him up on it, Sage angrily rebukes him for actually believing him. Critic says he would have given Sage "everything" in return, and Bennet decides to play along after all. Strangely, it seems to work, leaving Sage pondering whether he really is the devil.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: Doug has a thing for years-long call backs, so something said off-hand even in the beginning episodes (like being allowed to have a gun as a child) is eighty percent likely to either serve as a bigger storyline (in this case his Trauma Conga Line backstory) or as as Brick Joke much later.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Like The Grinch review, the Critic starts off The Lorax with rhyming lines. Then he hits orange and drops it.
  • Leitmotif: "Everything You Know is Wrong" by Weird Al Yankovic has become synonymous with the Fuck-Ups episodes.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Despite being insulted by him for most of his scenes, Critic asks if there's anything he can do for Terl when they learn the Psychlo planet is getting blown up. This kindness comes back to bite him in the ass for To Boldly Flee, as Terl still blamed him for "being a distraction". note 
  • Let's Mock the Monsters: Several times. Comes back to bite him in the Top 11 Disney Villains video; several villains blast him with magic for joking about them. (Often, considering what he reviews, the monsters are completely worthy of the mockery.)
  • Let's Play: Of Bart's Nightmare. Retsupurae really, really didn't like it, and neither did Doug himself.
  • Lighter and Softer: Aside from a creepy scene (that may have been a hallucination), in the beginning where JonTron stabs Critic, the Maximum Overdrive review is a lot easier “start of Nostalgia-Ween than The Shining Mini-Series'' review a year before, where Critic went deep into insanity and terrorized his underlings.
  • Literal-Minded: Rachel in The Master of Disguise, trying to fulfill the Critic's death wishes.
  • Lock and Load Montage: He tools up with a pistol, knuckle dusters, cricket bat, padded jacket and SWAT helmet to...review The Secret Of NIMH 2. "BRING IT ON!"
  • Lolicon: Reboot has a trend of him male gazeing over underage girls and it being considered okay or funny. Let's leave it at that.
  • Long List: In the video where The Critic is pissed because The Angry Video Game Nerd made a review of The Wizard before he did, The Critic called The Nerd a ton of vulgar, disparaging names:
    Critic: You... dirty, stuck-up, sadistic, shit-eating, cocksucking, buttfucking, penis-smelling, crotch-grabbing, ball-licking, semen-drinking, dog-raping, Nazi-loving, child-touching, cow-humping, perverted, spineless, heartless, mindless, dickless, testicle-choking, urine-gargling, jerk-offing, horse face, sheep-fondling, toilet-kissing, self-centered, feces-puking, dildo-shoving, snot-spitting, crap-gathering, big nose, monkey-slapping, bastard-screwing, bee-shitting, fart-knocking, sack-busting, splooge-tasting, bear-blowing, head-swallowing, bitch-snatching, handjobbing, donkey-caressing, mucus-spewing, anal-plunging, ho-grabbing, uncircumsized, whore mongering, piss-swimming, midget-munching, douche bag, ho-biting, carniverous mail order prostitute...ASSHOLE!
  • Loophole Abuse: He got a lot of request to review The Room, but it was made in 2003 - too recently for the "nostalgia" subject. Fortunately, the Critic's future self turned up to take him ahead in time so he could do it.
  • Losing Horns: He uses the ones from The Price Is Right in his review of The Next Karate Kid, Simon Sez, and Total Recall.
    • He has also used the generic "wah wah wah" ones a few times, including one review where he uses his own voice to make them… and keeps increasing the volume every subsequent time.
  • Lost Aesop: Even Santa Christ can't figure out what the moral of "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard" is.
    Santa Christ: And the moral of the story is...! [stares about blankly] Um...[Credits roll]
  • Lost Episode: Old vs. New on The War of the Worlds. As confirmed in the Next Top 11 Fuck-Ups, he decided not to do the video because he felt neither movie held up well enough. Thankfully, Tommy Wiseau sued them so they had an excuse to get out of it.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: Ones from various soundtracks play when he's alone and really miserable.
    • A sad piano track plinks away when Critic gets the news that his mother died in Jurassic Park III. As cliche as the use is, Malcolm's comforting voice and Doug's broken acting make the scene as effective as it should be.
  • Love Hurts: Or as he puts it... "ain't love a bitch?"
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Most likely the case for Film Brain taking a level in dumbass in The Purge. Not even in the anniversary specials was he as stupid as that, and in his own reviews he prides himself on actually reviewing, as opposed to Critic who has openly admitted that he doesn't live up to his name.
  • Love It or Hate It: His in-universe opinion of Hook. He loves it.
  • Lull Destruction: One of his main criticisms of The Magic Voyage.
    • Ditto with the Felix the Cat movie, which he feels was worse because in The Magic Voyage, you could at least make out what they were saying and the constant noise was all the dialogue, whereas Felix had the background noise being heard over the character's thoughts and sentences.

    M 
  • Made of Explodium: The Nostalgia Critic's Pun-O-Meter can't count to 6 without exploding.
    • A Running Gag in his and Phelous' review of Child's Play has the Critic 'testing' various objects by hitting them with a hammer, only for them to explode in his face before he can even do it.
  • Magnum Opus: invoked After ending the show, Doug listed his top eleven favorite episodes and ranked the Moulin Rouge review as #1, saying that he feels it has the best writing, the best cameos (as well as the most cameos of any review), is the most creative due to the song and dance numbers prevalent in it, and took him months to complete in-between other projects. He also notes that he and Rob felt at the time that they would never be able to top it, and began to talk about ending the show.
  • Male Gaze: In Barb Wire, he lampshades how they try their hardest to make a woman getting tortured be titillating and the man not at all.
    • In the Superman Story Arc, he punishes his male audience with a screamer for being distracted by Lois's partial upskirt shot.
    • According to Elisa's formspring, Team NChick had to force Doug to let them wear the burlesque outfits for the Moulin Rouge! review (they enjoy dressing up), most likely because he was worried about this trope.
    • In End of Days when the female lead takes her top off: "hello, pointless breast shot!" *few seconds later* "goodbye, pointless breast shot!"
    • His one complaint about the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mad Love" is the unneeded fanservice of Doctor Harley and her colleague in short mini-skirts.
    • In his review of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, The Critic initially trashes the Mileena vs. Sonya fight as just pointless violence and pandering, but slowly gets sucked into it due to the fanservice. Eventually, he and three others who show up in the background are hooting and hollering at the fight.
    • Over on the DVD review of Reefer Madness, he's a little weirded out on the wife character getting extra focus when she puts on her stockings. Especially when the prudish doctor is supposed to be telling this story to the group of people.
    • He's fairly disgusted by Shatner inserting in a half naked alien lady dancing for no other reason other than the obvious.
    • He might fancy the fuck out of Catherine Zeta Jones in The Haunting (1999), but his top brain wins out most of the time to voice his distaste with her constant Have I Mentioned I am Gay? moments.
    • He interjects a quick Take That to the concept in Patch Adams, saying that Hollywood would be horrified at putting a real unpretty Love Interest in their movies.
    • In Alien: Resurrection, he surmises that the deformed experiments scene is only there as an excuse to show Weaver's boobs.
    • As to be expected, Michael Bay got pointedly trashed for objectifying women constantly in his movies.
    • Especially seeing as she's sixteen and asleep when this happens, he's grossed out by the pan up the girl's naked legs in Ernest Saves Christmas.
    • Played straight in Catwoman, as the catwomen have cleavage-baring shirts, act seductive whenever they have the chance, and immediately fall for Critic's distraction of a romantic dance.
    • His amnesiac state hit hard against the Female Gaze of Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee, whining at one point that the only nipples Todd would be seeing would be of men because there were too many shirtless scenes.
    • According to the Turbo commentary, Rachel!Rita's cone boobs were giant for a reason.
    • Also in Turbo, a close-up shot is forced on Divatox's cleavage as Critic agrees with Zordon that spending all the movie's budget on that was worth it.
    • Shameless in The Swan Princess, with Tamara suddenly Of Corsets Sexy and the camera focusing right on her bust.
    • In "Why Is Loki So Hot", he forces a close up on Black Widow's boobs, saying he can't answer the above question himself "because [her cleavage] wouldn't let [his] eyes go".
    • In American Beauty, he thanks the movie for showing him a sixteen year old Thora Birch's boobs, and dismisses the main character's pedophilia leanings as at least he didn't go through it.
    • Despite being portrayed as a young girl, Evilina's bust can nearly always be seen when she's present. Even Doug leers in the The Cat in the Hat commentary.
    • He spends a long, long time ogling Usagi and friend's transformation scenes, to the point where he makes a skit about his teenage dick being a literal gun threatening to shoot him if he doesn't watch.
    • He assumes Kate Moss's posing in The Matrix was to prove her legs look good from any angle, “which they do, they do”. There's also Tamara in a Spy Catsuit with the zip not covering her cleavage at all.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: One of his major complaints with Bridge to Terabithia is that Leslie as a character has very little traits beyond being "whimsical" and "inspiring" to Jesse, and as a result her death doesn't have as much as an impact as it should due to her being quirky and essentially perfect.
  • Manipulative Editing:
    • In his Jingle All the Way review, the Critic shows us the scene where Ted's reindeer chases Howard through the house. Since he never mentioned the reindeer previously, it's made to look like this reindeer comes out of nowhere in the film (and thus, sort of a Big Lipped Alligator Moment). In reality, the reindeer was introduced early in the film, where it had a nasty disposition towards Howard. So the reindeer's re-appearance is a Brick Joke.
      • In the same review, the Critic makes fun of Howard's line, "I didn't make it." upon seeing the empty school gym. The Critic thought this was pointing out the obvious, but it's meant to be an Ironic Echo to a line Howard said at the start of the film: "I'm gonna make it.", referring to Howard wanting to arrive at Jamie's karate promotion on time. But those clips were never shown.
    • Possibly lampshaded in the review of Suburban Knights, as he calls Real!Critic an idiot for getting the glove taken away from him but neglects to mention Malachite forced it out of his hand with magic.
    • A bad case in Man of Steel where, when Joe calls Critic out for sexism, he brings up a clip of Joe singing "ass and titties" to shut him up. In reality, the clip he took was from the review "Metro: Last Light" and out of context. Joe was actually ranting about how unneeded the fanservice was and the singing was what he assumed the writers were thinking.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Defied. He says, with disgusted sarcasm, "imagine that, a boy being pressured into something" while discussing how awful Bella is.
    • Also defied with him as a character. Despite his perviness and love of sex, we've mostly seen or heard about the times where he really hasn't wanted to instead of vice versa.
    • But played straight in Pearl Harbor, where he doesn't get why Ben Affleck would deny himself sex the last night he's home.
    • "Realized" in Catwoman, where he decides it was apparently silly to be scared of Hysterical Women who switch between wanting to kill and screw him, and switches to perving on them instead.
    • Even in crazytown during the imaginary bar scene during The Shining, there's a sign that says “she has to be in the mood, he just has to be in the room”.
    • Creepy straight in Dawn Of The Commercials when he says that women not wanting men just makes men want them more, over a picture of an angry woman pushing a guy away.
    • Spoony's reaction to seeing Critic for the first time post-To Boldly Flee isn't surprise that he's back or apologizing for the consistent Spooning abuse, but to call him a cockblocker for taking the flirting Tamara away.
    • In The Wicker Man, his sub side pops up for the first time in a while when he sees no problem with being subservient to women, staying at home, not talking to anyone and being used as a breeding object.
    • “Is Eyes Wide Shut Artsy Porn” is all about Bad Dreams and Love Hurts, but he still rushes off for a night of anonymous masked sex at the end. Whether it's trying to ignore his issues or he's in desperate masochist mode again is up for debate.
  • Marsand Venus Gender Contrast: No pun intended, but the Sailor Moon review literally says that girls who like the show wouldn't like Star Wars and that the franchises are complete opposites. Plenty of people like both.
  • The Masochism Tango: Critic and Tamara. He's interested in exploiting her Bastard Girlfriend persona to get himself views but wants to break her, and she'll pull any trick to get him hurting because she hates him (even had a Fandom Nod moment of liking him better dead) and can fight back his abusive behavior unlike Rachel.
  • Meaningful Background Event: During Critic's rant on how much he hates “Blue Brothers 2000”, a woman collapsing and her friend eventually mourning her death.
    • When Linkara mentions plastic swords in fights and a Suburban Knights DVD appears in his hand, watch Critic's mass confusion in not knowing anything about what Linkara is referring to.
  • Medium Awareness: Often used for comedy.
    • In his review of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog when he says that Robotnik plans to take over the world it cuts to him sitting in his chair. And he refuses to use the "OF COURSE!" gag and in fact pushes back the transition to the "OF COURSE!" gag when it tries to slide its way in.
    • In his Kazaam! review, he notices all the parallels between the way the hero treats the titular character and slavery, but he can't quite figure out the word. As he tries figure it out, it slowly appears on the screen below him. He then notices the word on the screen and figures it out.
    • In his review of "Baby Geniuses", he looks down as if to look at the video loading bar when trying to see how long he's been talking about the film in his Noir Monologue.
    • Now that advertisements support the show, the Critic starts a joke about advertisements that is usually completed after the commercial break.
  • Memetic Badass: Mocked in-universe in the Sidekicks video which was a clear ego project about how awesome Chuck Norris was. A-CHUCK A-NOOOORIIIIIS!
  • Mid-Review Sketch Show: Very common in his series, and (along with The Angry Video Game Nerd) the reviewer who popularized the usual TGWTG style of mixing sketch comedy with reviews.
  • Men Are Better Than Women: Catwoman. Critic might have been the one scared and threatened, but the catladies are the ones who are Small Name Big Egos who hate each other and Halle Berry, can't walk in heels or on cold floors, get easily outwitted by Critic, are swayed by his STD joke and in the end are happy to exploit themselves for Male Gaze viewcounts.
    • Played for Laughs in The Monster Squad, as he starts out praising 80s movies for telling boys that they're better than girls, excludes Tamara from their boys club, and calls her worthless even when she defeats the monster. There's even a “men are evil” Straw Feminist in the comment section, who is kinda right in this instance considering how Tamara gets treated so badly by the boys in the episode.
  • Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Not that Dayna isn't pretty, but subverted and Played for Laughs in the “Princess Diaries 2” behind the scenes video where she shows off her weight lifting skills by picking Doug up off the floor three times, and Rob and the others mock him for being so weak and useless unless he's doing fanservice.
  • The Men in Black: The security guards in Bebe's Kids, which prompt the Critic to reference a couple other instances of this trope.
    *sunglasses-clad Nostalgia Critic*: "Mr. African-American."
  • Metaphorically True: In "Old vs New: Amazing Spider-Man", the Hyper Fangirl asks Critic if he's ever had a Jekyll & Hyde situation being the tormented one. He says no, because he was the one doing the tormenting.
  • Metaphorgotten: When comparing Schnookums and Meat to Ren and Stimpy:
    Critic: It's like watching a kid dance well, and then another less-talented kid says he can do the same thing, and then ends up copying a terrible cartoon show.
  • Mic Drop: His review of Jurassic Park provides the page quote; he says the T-Rex should have done a mic drop at the end. Cue editing a mic into the T-Rex's last scene. He himself does one at the end of the review for the hell of it.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: The Critic points out the glossing over of deaths in Godzilla (1998), and Titanic: The Legend Goes On.
  • Mind Screw:
    • "The Top 11 Nostalgic Mindfucks"... complete with nonsensical numbering system.
    • And the crazy scenes in Tom and Jerry: The Movie and Jingle All the Way also made the Nostalgia Critic go berserk.
    • The Critic/Doug situation wasn't exactly not confusing before (see The Review Must Go On with all its No Yay), but The Last Airbender makes it somewhat headache-inducing. Doug becomes the original asshole reviewer, Critic is just another life, and he has to remember all of Doug's vlogs, but there is a still a ton of baggage for in-universe Real Life Writes the Plot on Critic's side and Creator Backlash on Doug's side.
    • Karl and Quinn cameoing in The Wicker Man review was so confusing to people that Rob immediately invoked the MST3K Mantra, somewhat forgetting that's for nitpicking complaints and not "oh hey these people got fridged why do they suddenly exist again?"
    • The Hyper Fangirl's first vlog establishes that her Story Arc is going to be a little more complicated than in a simple Stalker with a Crush plot, as she and Tamara, and Critic and Doug [[note: the former running the show, while the latter just gets twitchy and confused]], are all in the same place for her.
  • Mind Rape: In her forth vlog, Hyper Fangirl squees about how if she had super powers she would force Critic to love her. Malcolm's slightly freaked, although he says that'd be a possibility for him too.
    • In “Ghost Rider 2”, Evilina, who has been sent to live in Texas, has learned to torture Angry Joe with her mind.
    • What “talent bending” essentially is. Aside from losing all emotion and willingness to do anything other than what he's told, Critic even goes from being in a heap on the floor to kneeling after Shya takes all his talent.
  • Mis-blamed: The Critic starts a Character Filibuster on Steven Spielberg adding a sappy ending to A.I., only to find out original director Stanley Kubrick had planned it all along. The summation at the end even has the Critic revealing he hated the movie at first, but came to notice it's better than he tought and Spielberg was in a no-win situation anyway.
    • “What You Never Knew About TMNT”'s tagline blames Bay for “getting his hands on the franchise”, but really he just produced it.
    • Critic blames Shyamalan so much for The Last Airbender that he made him a literal Big Bad from that said review, but as bad as Shyamalan can be, that movie actually wasn't his fault. It was the producers pulling most of the strings.
  • Missing Time: In “Is Tree Life Full Of Shit”, he mentions relating to Synecdoche, New York because he too gets confused about whether events have taken place in recent time or a few years ago, and it's getting worse as he ages.
  • Missing Mom: Lovingly referred to in Ghost Dad as "Get-the-bitch-out-of-the-film-isis”. Mrs. Hoffman's tragedy clearly had great effect on him.
  • Mistaken for Masturbating: Played with in "Next Nostalgia Critic Fuck-Ups"; Douchy's mom doesn't even come into the room and assumes Douchy is doing it.
    Douchy's mom: Are you masturbating again?
    Douchy: Mom!
    Douchy's mom: Just stop doing it to the pictures of the Green M&M! It's unnatural!
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In the short film leading up to the return of the series, Doug Walker is debating internally and externally whether or not to bring the critic back. One scene (which is impressively cut to look like a single take) involves him in the bathroom opening the medicine cabinet after looking at his own face in the mirror. When he closes it, the Nostalgia Critic is staring back at him.
    • The above was alluded to in the AI Ruxpin flashback, where a scared Critic gingerly touches his mirror reflection in what can only assumed as a bit of writer-karma.
  • Mondegreen:invoked In the third commercial special, The Nostalgia Critic misheard Usagi Yojimbo as "You sucky your Jimbo!"
    • He also can't understand what Michael Jackson is singing in Smooth Criminal.
  • Money, Dear Boy: invoked The Nostalgia Critic frequently points out when good actors appear in films he pans; i.e. Abe Vigoda (Good Burger, North) and Christopher Plummer (Rock-A-Doodle). He figures they only do it for the money.
    • In Chairman Of the Board, Critic announces he's going to do a movie called Critic and Trout (co-starring an actual trout). The reason? They offered him too much money to refuse.
    • Assumes this is why Carole King sounds so bored when singing the opening song for The Care Bears Movie.
      "Care-a-lot is paying for my new car
      So I might as well sing it."
    • Used for an in-universe joke in the Foodfight! review. When Critic is told by Malcolm and Tamara that the movie's infamy is leading to reviews of the film to be widely viewed online, Critic realizes he can capitalize on this by getting lots of views and ad revenue by simply doing a review of his own. He even punctuates the joke with a cash register "ka-ching!" sound effect while superimposing himself onto a $100 bill.
    • Referenced in his ice bucket challenge, where he asks himself if he's so desperate for views that he would participate in "a trend that's like Harlem Shake for charity".
    • Also reportedly the reason why Doug changed his mind about ending the series, on the ground that he'd be losing the money he was making off Nostalgia Critic.
    • Averted in his 2011 “Top Nostalgia Critics I'll Never Do”, where he points out that another Sonic related video would get views flying through the roof, but he wouldn't be fair because he never grew up with the shows people keep demanding he review.
    • The whole Framing Device for the Sailor Moon review is Critic hiring Dr. Hack to help him find a formula he can coast on and make loads of money.
    • In The Matrix Reloaded, Malcolmus and Tammity want a Trilogy Creep because they got more money out of the last review. Tammity got lip injections with the cash she got.
    • At the start of Mamma Mia!, Rob, Tamara and Malcolm complain at him that nobody is gonna watch that, and reviews with fart jokes and Nicholas Cage would get far more hits.
    • Doug joke-bragged in a post that maybe he likes Man of Steel after all just because the review hit two million views.
  • Monochrome Casting: He'll often mention it when there's just a movie full of white people or a Token Black character gets shown for only a few seconds.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Critic points out the sudden dark tone the previously light-hearted Short Circuit 2 takes in its third act.
    Nostalgia Critic: NOOOO, JOHNNY FIIIIIVE! STOP, YOU MONSTERS! HE'S ALREADY DEA-EA-EA-EAAAAAAAD..! *Breaks down crying*
    • In his "Top 11 Saddest Nostalgic Moments", he notes how the death of Bambi's mother is followed by a scene of birds singing a cheerful song.
    • He points it out while parodying the concept in Cool as Ice, where, after the entire movie was spent with the titular character chasing down the hot daughter of conservative parents, the girl's brother is kidnapped by gangsters, they pull him off screen and you hear a gunshot. The Critic points out that the gunshot didn't happen, but it'd be cool if it did.
    • In his Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments video, he comments on how the creepy tunnel scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory comes out of nowhere in an otherwise upbeat movie, and is never mentioned again afterwards.
    • In "Top 11 Dumbest Spiderman Moments", he mentions the Mood Whiplash following the dance scene from Spiderman 3, where, after said dance scene, Peter hits Mary Jane, then sulks about it. He then play it out...
      (dances for a few seconds with happy dance music playing, interrupted by him punching someone offscreen) I'm a monster. (turns and blocks his face with thunder sound effect)
    • Happens in-universe in the "Disney Afternoon" retrospective. Before the commercial break there is a gag involving Critic, Tamara, and Malcolm all pulling out items relevant to their childhoodsnote , each person being asked if said items are literally from their childhoods, and then correcting the others that the items in question are actually the modern day equivalents. The sudden realization that the pop culture trends of the early New Tens are eerily similar to that of the late 1980s/early 1990s causes the Critic to declare "...nothing's changed" and the mood of the scene to suddenly change to one of deep confusion at this realization.
    • The Bridge to Terabithia review got a lot of Dude, Not Funny! reactions because he didn't know/care that Leslie was based off a real kid who died, but it's mostly just mocking. The middle part however, has the obligatory reboot horror moment (Rachel!Leslie as a psychotic adult hitting on Jess!Critic and then torturing a crying Malcolm) and does it effectively.
  • Mook Chivalry: Mocked in the reviews of Surf Ninjas and Hook.
  • Moral Event Horizon
    • Invoked. The adulterer in The Tommyknockers loses all hope when he leaves a search for a missing child to go fuck his mistress.
    • Subverted at the end of Mr. Magoo. He would have certainly never been able to come back from beating an old blind man to death, so Doug did the sensible thing of revealing Magoo to be a psychotic who was just pretending to be blind and tortured the Critic with a pitchfork.
  • More Than Mind Control: Sage realizes that maybe he is the devil when Critic acts ditzier than normal, giving him all his money and jumping off a cliff because Sage off-handedly told him to.
  • motif: Since The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, fire. The opening theme is full of it, hell is the most well-known incarnation, it takes over every background in the TGWTG 4 DVD, and pops up in the "Should We Scare the S#*% Out of Kids?", Twilight, Turbo, and Son of the Mask title cards. Either Doug's working on heavy Rule of Cool, or it has something to do with Critic signing his soul to an eternity of torture in The Cat in the Hat.
    • Prophet Eyes, specifically referencing his To Boldly Flee death. Said scene is the longest in the first reboot opening theme, the Master Of Disguise title card eyes were there to make him look demonic, The Last Airbender title card gave him the Avatar State eyes for no reason because he was useless in the episode, and the Why Do We Love Zombies title card has the eyes because he's a decaying zombie.
    • Mirrors tend to be a trend with him too. The creepiest scenes in "The Review Must Go On" is when he's in the bathroom mirror and psychotic smirk-ily torturing Doug, he paws a mirror in the AI episode, and the studio has a random gold-lined mirror to suit his vain needs.
  • Multi Episode: The Last Airbender and “WTF Is Up With The Ending With The Graduate” can easily be considered the latter concluding the former. The former episode introduced a ridiculous amount of meta worldbuilding, with in-universe Creator Backlash from Doug to an oblivious Critic, while the latter is Critic on his own, playing To Boldly Flee music and regretting “fighting too hard for [his] freedom”.
    • The Shining review/Why Do We Love Zombies. The first has Critic going deeper into insanity, giving both Rachel and Malcolm a Trauma Conga Line, and the second has him as a literal sadly groaning monster, comparing zombies to how his humanity is getting eroded.
  • Mundane Fantastic: The Critic never finds it strange that people from the movies he watches visit him or any of the other weird things that happen to him.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Parodied often:
    • The Wizard review, during the infamous Power Glove sequence.
      Critic: (angry) LUCAS. {lovingly) Darling!
    • In his "Alaska" film review, the grand and whimsical music (while a plane is flying with nothing happening), leads him to sing "Clear/You're clear clear/Clear/You're clear clear/CLEAAAAAAAAAAR!"
    • "Fuck yeah, sparkle sparkle sparkle!" (from his review of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, when he decides that the line "sparkle sparkle sparkle" is actually profoundly meaningful and awesome)
    • The opening credits of Heavy Metal, which features a car in space. He repeatedly mentions to his co-host, Diamanda Hagan, that said car in space renders all logical fallacies in the film invalid. At the end, The Critic is riding the previously mentioned car in space with CR.
  • Murder,Arson,and Jaywalking: While watching The Tommyknockers he was offended by the adulterer abandoning a search for a lost child, disregarding a sandwitch his wife made for him and laughing evilly while leaving his home to have sex with his mistress
  • Musical Episode: The Critic's reviews of Moulin Rouge! and Les Misérables (2012).
  • Musical Spoiler: In his "Top 11 Simpsons Episodes", the same background music he uses in the beginning is the same he uses for his #1 spot: the background music from "Bart Gets an F".
    • The very sad "WTF is with the Ending of The Graduate?", where he talks about regretting choices, is underscored with the exact same music as the tune playing in the first To Boldly Flee trailer.
    • “Dance Macabre” is playing during “Why Do We Love Zombies”, which works in a few ways. Other than generically being used to talk about the dead, Critic is also technically a dead puppet for Doug, and the last time the instrumental played was when Spoony's perception of Critic as a screaming doll/puppet occurred.
    • To Boldly Flee and Demo Reel combine in Alice in Wonderland, as the sad trailer music plays over Critic's guilt over how nice he used to be, and the Donnie's confidence music plays when it looks like Critic is for once going to take on a lesson since comeback. which ends up just a Hope Spot when Burton lets him down with another shitty adaptation and he goes back to reboot normal
    • When he's confessing sins that had nothing to do with him in Food Fight, "Fatal Fight" is the soundtrack, being that little hint of what he should be apologizing for.
      • It was also the soundtrack for Avatar Aang defeating Shya at the end of The Last Airbender (also abruptly ends as he leaves), giving the pretty clear message of Critic is in no way the hero any more.
    • The stuttery Ethereal Choir from the Demo Reel Batman parody is usually used as a sign that something bad is going to happen, or when Critic is getting abused or threatened.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: In his review of "The Magic Voyage" Critic criticizes the German company who made this film for making such a historically inaccurate film. Then he turns the tables by adding: "We can't even get our own history right!" and shows the poster for Disney's "Pocahontas" film.
  • My Own Grandpa: Since The Thief and the Cobbler ripped off Aladdin, which itself was inspired by the in-development version of the film, the Critic views the situation as animated inbreeding.
  • Mythology Gag: Rachel plays Shakira in the Parody Commercial sketch of The King Of I. This is a reference to her Shakira imitation in her Demo Reel audition.

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  • Naked Freak-Out: The title card of “Is Eyes Wide Shut Just Artsy Porn”, to go with the feeling exposed theme, and Doug's executive in “Rise Of The Commercials”, just for fanservice.
  • Neck Lift: A rather strong-looking fan does this to him as punishment for disliking Howl's Moving Castle. In the commentary for Ponyo, Doug reveals that he actually got lifted up for real and really wanted the picture to be taken quick.
  • Neutral Female: He points out that JLo's character in The Cell must have a blank slate for a mind, as it was easy to enslave her and also easy to free her.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Ferngully II and The Secret Of NIMH II draw his ire for making Christa and Mrs. Brisby stay home and look after things, nobody giving them any credit for what they did in the first installments, and the sequels instead focusing on minor male characters.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: As abusive as she was, Critic is still broken-hearted when he gets a call that his mother died and didn't tell him she was sick because he was working. And then when he doesn't even get to hear her final words because of the dinosaur, he has a screechfest.
  • Never Heard That One Before: "There's only a handful of people that have the name Doug, you know, and they're scarred for life because of this damned show. So many people come up to you and say 'Oh hey, Doug, where's Patti Mayonnaise?' Yeah, I've never heard that one before, you bunch of Hitlers!"
    • He also says this trope word for word during his "Battlefield Earth" review with the Psyclos mistook dogs as the dominant species of Earth simply because they believed they got the man animals to chauffeur them around.
  • Never Live It Down: The ghost of Mako seems to have it out for the Critic since the TMNT review. Lampshaded in-universe.
    Critic: Good God, I've never had a dead person annoy me so much!
    Casper: TIMING!
    Critic: ...except for him!
  • Never Say That Again: Paraphrased in the Bio-Dome review:
    Doyle: Bio-Dome. You think that means it goes both ways?
    Bud: I don't know, but we do. (pretends to kiss Doyle while making an obnoxious noise and waggling tongue)
    Critic: NEVER DO THAT AGAIN, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
    • The Critic requests this in the "Top 11 Coolest Clichés" in regards to a Klingon Chorus.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: He received a lot of flack for supposedly making fun of Mako in his TMNT review, as well as several Michael Jackson jokes in his Moonwalker review despite the fact that the review came out BEFORE Jackson died.
    • Downplayed subversion after his mom dies in the Jurassic Park III review. He mentions the abusive past less after that, but the same review has an abuse sketch (that he lampshaded as being a Creator Breakdown) and the “Top 11 New Halloween Classics” has him mention in a traumatized tone all the crap in his family history. After all, she may have got redeemed before she died, but she still abused him.
  • Never Trust A Description: The American Beauty editorial tagline makes it sound like he's going to be attacking the movie for the normalizing of pedophilia, but he actually glosses over that (and makes a joke about underage Thora Birch's boobs) and talks about how it's a product of its time.
    • Double subverted with Doug's preview of Critic's “Eyes Wide Shut” editorial. He plays to Sex Sells, calling it steamy and teases that there's fanservice, but fact that he's completely in the dark and kinda twitchy makes it fairly obvious that it's not exactly going to be a Beach Episode.
  • New Media Are Evil: Surely well aware of the hypocrisy, in “Rise Of The Commercials”, he sarcasm modes “no long will we be braindead lifeless zombies who plug ourselves into the system” over people with headsets on trains and communicating with friends on their phones.
    • In The Haunted Mansion, he makes fun of the daughter's Dull Surprise by saying “dude, we're the iphone generation, the only time we're shocked is when facebook changes the layout”.
  • Newsreel: The "man is evil" gag from his "Ferngully 2" and "Once Upon a Forest" reviews is executed in the style of a newsreel, complete with Jack Shaindlin stock music.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His meta writing of Tamara and Malcolm as much smarter so they can find him bandwagons to jump on in Food Fight segues into The Swan Princess where they're brainy enough to manipulate him into doing The Lorax. No wonder that next time they have significant screen-time together (The Purge), they Took a Level in Dumbass.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: No matter how many times Zod is "killed", he always returns somehow.
  • Nightmare Fuel:invoked The Critic has several in-universe lampshadings and invocations of this concept (be it accidental or intentionate).
  • Nightmare Retardant: Several in-universe failures.
    • Hannibal and the remake of Psycho, according to the Critic in his Top 11 Scariest Performances.
    • He does the same thing with Stephen King's It, and turns it into a drinking game.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot:
  • No Antagonist: After My Pet Monster, people directed their anger at the director for the Critic's BSOD. But listen to the phone call again and you'll find he didn't do anything wrong, just defending himself from the idiot that called him. Critic's low self-esteem was the real "evil" there.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Referenced in his Double Dragon review. He points out that the film takes place in the (then) future date of 2007. Since the review was made in 2008, Critic mocks that it was a funny couple of months cleaning up the mess seen in the film.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On The NeverEnding Story 3's disk.
    • Also, to Bebe's Kids cartridge for his only video game review (as a challenge between him and the Nerd).
    • Referenced and not played for laughs at all in Vampire Reviews' “Monster Mash” episode, where he comes in, casually talking about beating a girl to death because she confused him for the Nerd.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Has to apply with Critic and Hyper Fangirl, as unlike Chick and Todd (who were together IRL so it was allowed, plus nobody was the boss of each other) with-boyfriend Tamara can't feel/tie up married Doug, so they have to find other ways – and Offstage Villainy – for Hyper to be gross to Critic.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: The Critic has one of these, word for word, to the Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise toys during the fifth commercial special.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: The Secret of NIMH 2 made him so angry he called in The Death Star to blow up the DVD.
    • Then in Turbo A Power Rangers Movie he summons the giant 10 story fighting robot to crush the monster that was only a foot taller than himself.
  • No More for Me: During It, the talking head in the refridgerator forces the Critic to end his in-universe Drinking Game early.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever Angry Joe's father did to him with a lobster costume, nipple tazers, and nitroglycerin in the flashback in their Man of Steel crossover.
    • The Dark and Troubled Past element of Critic's characterization comes back in “Top 11 New Halloween Classics”, where he PTSD-modes he has a history of bad things happening in his family on Halloween, but doesn't say what.
    • In Small Soldiers, he calls Kirsten Dunst's character leaving her brother tied up a “typical sibling response”.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Tone Lōc; causing an Overly Long Gag in the Bebe's Kids review.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The editorials are for the most part positive, but are given really irritatingly bashy titles like “What The Fuck Was Up With [The Movie] Where the Wild Things Are?”.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: At the beginning and end of the A Kid In King Arthur's Court review, he repeatedly hits his head in an attempt to forget all about the movie, resulting in Mondegreen titles like "A Cat in Bea Arthur's Cooch". Also, at the end, he accidentally says "I remember it so you don't Blue's Clues", instead of his usual catch phrase.
  • Noodle Incident: In the future, seahorses have somehow taken over the world. The only explanation we get is Future Nostalgia Critic saying that they really should've seen it coming.
    • Although the Kickassia saga isn't a Noodle Incident, the Critic speaks of it as one.
      Critic: There was an...incident in Nevada...many people injured. I-I can never go back.
    • In Waterworld:
      Critic: So while participating in post boat-burning, stepdaughter-kidnapping, inevitable death sex - which let's be honest is the best sex.
    • According to the Insurrection review, the Amish hate Linkara.
      • Critic's kami-con Q&A ends with him finishing off the story of the first time he ever fucked a melon.
      • And to mock a too-brief Picard character moment, he starts stalking about when he was a little girl in Alaska before the room shakes to stop him.
  • No Sell: During the fight with Nostalgia Chick in the Ferngully review she tried poking him in the eyes but his glasses stop her.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Averted, since the Critic's purpose is showing that the eighties and early nineties had their fair share of terrible or otherwise disappointing shows and movies, and mocked on occasion. The exception is his Top 11 lists, which are much more positive. Also, some normals reviews and "Old Vs New", where he picks two versions of one work (both exceptionally good) and compares one to the other to find the better one.
    • Some reviews - like Gargoyles or Hook - he will heavily admit that he truly likes, but even so he still pick out flaws and fridge logic in them.
    • The one time the Critic succumbs to the Nostalgia Filter is during his review of Follow That Bird, forcing Chester A. Bum to finish it for him.
    • Critic himself is also subject to this. Those who didn't like Demo Reel or just hate the Rachel/Malcolm/Tamara sketches just because they're sketches note  think Critic Prime was solely fifteen minute reviews when it was seriously character-based (just look at what was meant to be his finale) always had him wandering off to banter with Rob or have angst about his job.
    • Shows the darker, more idiotic side of this feeling in Forest Warrior, by Critic dismissing all of Chuck Norris's documented homophobia and wanting him to go back to the invoked Memetic Badass of his childhood.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In the end credits for James and the Giant Peach, the brief moment of silence followed by another gunshot was more effective in painting a horrific picture of what was happening to the Critic than a gorily seen shootdown ever could.
    • Discussed in his review of Child's Play, where he and Phelous comment that the movie was far more creepy when Chucky wasn't moving and talking; they feel it gets very goofy once this happens.
    • Played for Laughs in The Haunted Mansion, where Zod's crotch is apparently so mutilated that it makes his co-star scream.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Tends to be the victim of these, as a result of his masochism, neediness and explicit attention whoring. In the eyes of Spoony, for example, the spooning was acceptable because Critic had a book that gave him inspiration for the spocker.
    • While it clearly was, and Critic is the only one to actually have ongoing PTSD over Spoony, Doug asided in a con that it might not have been rape because Critic just likes attention.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • In his review of Space Jam, he refers to Michael Jordan's misguided attempt at playing baseball:
      "That's not bad writing; that actually happened."
    • At the start of his review of Titanic: The Legend Goes On, he not only declares he's not making it up, he holds up the DVD case to prove it.
    • Yes, that really was the Rock Biter in The NeverEnding Story 3 on a rock motorcycle, singing "Born to Be Wild".
      "YES, THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!"
    • Early in Inspector Gadget, he gave a Not Editing This Footage Disclaimer—He wanted it made clear he did not shoehorn in the Yahoo! jingle.
    • Also done in Captain N, to say he didn't add "OO-WEE-OH!" noises to a march of guards.
    • Likewise he pointed out that he did not edit the scene in the Digimon movie where the dialogue actually goes: "Get over it." "Okay!"
    • In the Catwoman review: "Yes, Sean Young, we all remember how you ambushed Tim Burton dressed as Catwoman in order to force him to put you in the role" *Looks at the camera* "That's not comedic writing; she really did that, folks."
    • He had a sign that he pulled down that more or less stated this during his review of The King and I.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Critic attracts it, even from people frustrated with him. Two good examples being Paw in the Les Misérables review, and Sage in the The Guyver review.
  • Not So Dire: Snarked on in Suburban Commando where Shelley Duvall was only screaming "for health". He thinks next week it'll be running down the street yelling rape to "ease the tension".
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: In Heavy Metal, he complains about being used to one night stand women always leaving when he goes to sleep after sex.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: He points out a couple times in his review of The Wiz that, double entendres notwithstanding, he's making fun of Joel Schumacher for sucking at his job, not for being gay.
  • No Sympathy: The fifth hyper vlog, accompanying the Christmas Story II review, establishes why while everyone knows Hyper is a creepy stalker who kidnapped Critic, everyone has their reasons for not being on Critic's side. Malcolm's more interested in work where he's not the Butt Monkey, Santa Christ has hated Critic since Kickassia while Hyper fangirls him, and Tamara's tired of the sexist boy club where she has to be Ms. Fanservice.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Noted seriously in his “Eyes Wide Shut” editorial, after the main male character is forced to take off his clothes or the mask wearers will do it for him, admitting that he's had quite a few nightmares where he's been completely exposed.
  • No Yay: Sometimes pointed out by the Critic in-universe, Kazaam being a major offender.
    N.C.: Bad touch! BAD TOUCH!
    • Thinkinvoked about his relationship with Spoony too hard and you might be squicked out.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: The Nostalgia Critic and his obnoxious fan Douchey McNitpick love to eat Sugar Frosted Burrito Stuffed Hot Pockets.
    Nostalgia Critic: I’m sure a lot of this comes from spending less time in the kitchen and more time eating sugar frosted burrito-stuffed hot pockets.
    Douchey: Oh, I love those! With the extra lard on the side? (Speaks simultaneously with NC) And the delicious crumbled up things ever!
    Nostalgia Critic: (simultaneously) Yeah, I know! And the creamy buttery tastes for real liposuctions.
    Douchey: And the side of oil found in most suntan lotions?