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The Nostalgia Critic: Tropes H To N

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Tropes A To C | Tropes D To G | Tropes H To N | Tropes O To S | Tropes T To Z
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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.
  • 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"
    Critic: 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.
  • 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 anvilly they made Catherine Zeta Jones's lesbian character compared to the original playing it 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 crazy.
  • Headdesk:
    • The beginning of "A Kid In King Arthur's Court".
    • 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: 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?"
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Name Only: The Critic describes Masters of the Universe like this in-universe.
  • Internal Homage: 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.
  • 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).
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: A lyric-less version of "The Review Must Go On", used for all reviews from 2013 onward.
  • 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.
    • Young NC: Does the internet ever become anything or do we still just use it for porn? (beat) It's porn isn't it?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • "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!
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

    K 

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Love Hurts: Or as he puts it... "ain't love a bitch?"
  • 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 Childs 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    • 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?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Musical Episode: The Critic's reviews of Moulin Rouge! and Les Miserables (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.
    • 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.
  • 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.

    N 
  • 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 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.
    • He also hadn't known that Mako was deceased.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Blues 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • 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 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?


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