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    H 
  • Hair Decorations: In Disney Afternoon, Tamara complains that she looks like “Punky Brewster's recycling bin” when Critic (who instantly goes from excited to annoyed when she says it) makes her and Malcolm dress how he thinks girls and black guys looked in the 90s.
  • 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.
  • Hair Flip: Tamara's Running Gag in "Tamara's Never Seen". In The Terminator, her brother does a "luscious" (in her words) hair flip, proving the talent runs in the family.
    • Other guest stars find ways to emulate her flipping too, such as Doug trying a "beard flip" in Tamara's review of Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Halloween Episode: Nostalgiaween is a month long (sometimes more if there is more editorials in October) celebration of the holiday.
    • Starting September 2016, Tamara had "Tam-tober Fest", reviewing the Evil Dead trilogy.
  • 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. Sometimes (and not applying to when he wants to do something more emotional) in the behind the scenes, Malcolm or Tamara will do a more downplayed line-reading and Doug will tell them to go bigger.
    • A No Sense of Personal Space screaming match between Devil Boner and Trevor-Warboy in Mad Max: Fury Road is pretty homo ham.
  • Hammerspace: In “The Dark Knight Returns”, he for some reason has a Batman mask and when Brian asks him where it got it from he replies:
    Critic: I don't know, I just put my hand behind my back and I have things sometimes.
    • In The Swan Princess, Tamara literally pulls the Seuss-zero bottle out of her ass. And in The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Malcolm pulls a champagne bottle out of nowhere and tells Tamara she doesn't want to know where he got it from.
  • 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 (2010), 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 review, 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."
    • In-universe during Conquest Of The Commercials, he's made extremely uncomfortable by a Jared Fogle ad, Bill Cosby and a mid-80s commercial for “ayds” chocolate.
    • When the 2007 Alvin sequel makes a joke about Donald Trump's most famous words being "you're fired", January 2017 Critic gets deeply uncomfortable.
  • 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: The Last Rainforest. And Malcolm and Tamara also have a lot of these when they're onscreen (as 'themselves') together.
  • Hellevator: The title card of the Devil has Critic looking terrified while doors close and a hellish background is behind him.
  • 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.
    • At the end of Garbage Pail Kids, when he's transported to the bad movie, there are a lot of low, altered ...sounds that just make you feel uneasy.
    • In her review of Return to Oz, the patients moaning and screaming is this to Tamara.
  • 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 on the Cliff by the Sea 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.
    • The reaction to Matrix Month was lampshaded by Tamara and Malcolm in Mamma Mia!, both of them complaining that said movie won't get hits and that he should do another month because people keep on hate-watching that.
    • Inverted in Mad Max: Fury Road, as men want him dead for liking Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome the best, and even Curiosa doubts that he's a man because of it.
    • In Tamara's review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, she admits at the end it's a fun movie but overrated, and gets objects thrown at her.
    Tamara: That's what I expected.
  • Here We Go Again: After commercial!Tamara dies from fuckitall in the Blues Brothers 2000 review, Critic wants some at the end so he can forget his own name. Considering he totally blanked out the former happening, it's tough to say whether he knew what was going to happen or not.
  • Het Is Ew: In Forest Warrior, Critic says that because Chuck Norris “wants to put himself in every man”, getting his wife involved “would be an abomination unto God”.
    Film Brain: Oh I see your point.
    Critic: Really?
    Film Brain: No.
    • Earlier in Batman & Robin, he tells Robin that he's just confused when he's kissing Poison Ivy.
  • Hidden Supplies: Malcolm has a whiteface costume in the woods just in case Critic decided to try and kill him.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: The Critic chastises the ninjas in 3 Ninjas for not being stealthy.
  • High School Is Hell:
    • In his review of Saved by the Bell, he says the show was what he thought high school would be like before his dreams were shattered.
    • "The classroom is where dreams go to die, get it right!"
    • In Disney Afternoon, he says in a Stepford Smiler tone that watching the titular cartoon program was a way to deal with the “mental scars of a tremendously flawed education system” and “awkward social punishment”.
    • In Christmas With The Kranks, we actually get to see teenage Critic sitting in an emo corner, getting bullied by the “Doug Funnie” people.
  • 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:
  • 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.
    • In a Continuity Nod to both the first commercials and Scooby-Doo, the middle of Disney Afternoon (the whole episode is him trying to delude himself that he's a kid again), has him realize that despite his best efforts, he's still talking about cartoons for a living and nothing's changed.
    • 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. This comes after her saying she's having her own problems with this trope and wants to join in their hiding away from reality.
    • Also visible in the TMNT crossover with the Nerd, especially with the opening song lampshading that they're over thirty, whining about nothing and have wasted their lives.
  • 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 (he in fact becomes one himself in a Bad Future) 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 (2010), 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.
    • Two in one for maximum sad at the end of The Uncanny Valley review, as first he angsts in a mirror about being redeemed turns out he was just talking about fixing the actual mirror and secondly he asks why would he demean something others enjoyed for money.
    • Even though there are brief moments, Hyper never understands in Princess Diaries II that manipulating Critic and distracting him from what's going on with boy stuff is wrong and not love in the slightest.
  • 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.
  • Horrible Hollywood:
    • Doug's bitterness about Hollywood (and how someone like him wouldn't survive there) carries over from Demo Reel, though less “Hollywood treats women badly” and more “Hollywood execs are corrupt and the place is full of hypocrites not getting the meaning of fair use”.
    • Played for laughs in The Rocketeer section of Top 11 Underrated Nostalgic Classics, as he says he always knew Hollywood was run by nazis.
    • For not shocking reasons (especially as people have noticed that Demo Reel and Bojack tackle similar themes), he thinks Bojack Horseman is one of the best shows ever because it deals with how much of a broken illusion Hollywood is.
  • 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.
    • In Christmas with the Kranks, 2007-Critic locks 2015-Critic in a cupboard so he can do 'old style reviews', but it works out more depressing than you'd expect.
  • 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: Has his own page.
  • 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".
    • Tamara and Malcolm get quite a few of these, for the most part undeserved because Critic is a Mean Boss Drunk with Power. As Doug said, for the most part he treats them like his dolls instead of actual people.
  • 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”.
    • Double subverted in-universe as he builds up The Monster Squad all throughout the “Top 11 New Halloween Classics”, decides to do a review of it, realizes he probably shouldn't hype it up too much, but then comes back and says he should because it's amazing.
    • Critic has this for a while about Mad Max: Fury Road, thinking it's a great film but not the best of the franchise, but being chased and a non-straw conversation with Curiosa changes his mind.
    • In Tamara's Never Seen of the The Goonies, she says she watched a film that everyone thinks is still amazing, and didn't like it so much, so she'll release that video eventually when she's not so afraid of the reaction.
    • Both Doug and Rob really love Home Alone and told Tamara and Jim they'd enjoy it as well (and cry at the mom). The latter two weren't so keen.
    • Tamara felt like Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a fun movie, but had sexism problems and too much hype.
  • 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 pronounces 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”.
    • In the Garfield behind the scenes, they mock Hulk Hogan's racism, and Doug points out that they're doing this while whitening up Malcolm.
    • In The Smurfs, he has a rant about bad movies distracting kids with “movement porn” because they have nothing else, and then Chester ends up admitting that his show is full of jump cuts because Doug is still working out what to say.
    • In the Dreamcatcher review, the Critic expresses his frustration about having run out of ways to lampshade the recurring tropes in Stephen King's works, complaining that while King might be comfortable with doing the same things all the time, he is not. All the show's Running Gag then briefly flashes on screen, and the Critic quickly adds "For the most part..."
  • Hypocritical Humor: Has his own page.

    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.
    • I Am Not Spock: If an actor is not too well known but did play a well known character in the past, the Critic will refer to them by that character's name.
  • Idea Bulb: Tamara retweeted that when Hyper gets an idea, a picture of the Joker appears over her head instead of a lightbulb.
  • 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.
    • In his made up plot of Frozen II, Anna confuses a random black woman in a green dress for Tiana, and thus gets exiled for being racist.
    • With women instead of race, but bizarrely, one of the comments for The Phantom of the Opera (2004) mistook Beth and/or Tamara with Lindsay. The three look nothing alike aside from being white women with brown hair.
    • Contrary to what some fans believe, Heather, Lindsay and Rachel are all different women.
  • 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.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: In the Transformers 4 crossover, when they still think that Bay is human, Erod tries to kill him for inducing nerd rage but remembers Linkara saying this so can't. Critic, who has had some moral screws loose ever since comeback, shoots him anyway. Then it turns out Bay's a transformer so he gets a Cruel and Unusual Death with no guilt.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss:
    • While Doug has defended/discussed this in more detail during his own vlogs, “Why Lie About Santa” brings this up, as although realizing Santa isn't real can be beneficial because you now make it fun for younger kids, there are a lot of times where the truth is just destructive and you're better not knowing anything.
    • At the end of Matrix Revolutions, Critic clearly knows something is wrong, realizing Malcolm/Tamara haven't smiled in a while and walking outside his studio in a reversal of the “leaving your universe” scene in To Boldly Flee, but he only consents to hanging out with them if they promise to talk about nothing heavy.
  • Ignored Confession: Tamara and Malcolm both tell Critic at the end of The Swan Princess that they hate him and want revenge, but he dismisses them with a “that's great” until they reveal they're making him do The Lorax.
  • Ignoring by Singing: Hyper does this when Devil Boner argues the remake is better than the original Evil Dead in in Old Vs New: Evil Dead. She keeps doing it even when Devil Boner starts shooting off his gun to make her stop, though he calls her out when she stops for Critic (and then she goes back to doing it).
  • I Hate Past Me: Christmas with the Kranks has the Critic trying to do a non-effort video similar to his early reviews. So it eventually comes down to arguments with his past self ("I never thought I'd say this, but you have my permission to beat the shit out of me"), and complaining on how he filled his work with gratuitous clips, awkward acting, and many a Forced Meme attempt.
  • 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.
    • Referenced in The Guyver when “Evil John Kerry” has No Sense of Personal Space with a kidnapped woman.
    Sage: How would you like that staring at you in the morning?
    Critic: I would literally shit my own dick.
    • In the Bad Future of 2019, Snob keeps Critic as a Sex Slave, and Brad plays up the sleazy pimp aspect, getting in his personal space, grinning as he says “get cracking sugar”, and limbering up as Critic kneels down to do the thing.
    • At the end of Small Soldiers review, Hyper has the most disturbing smile ever when she's at the foot of a sleeping Critic's bed.
  • 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.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Critic is apparently loud in bed (Doug was even mocked about it by his dad), and Spoony tells The Other Guy in Spooning With Spoony 3 that “you make noises just like your brother”.
    • As heard by "Freddy vs Jason'', Hyper and Devil Boner are very loud together, to the surprise of nobody.
  • 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.
  • Implied Death Threat: In his review for The Smurfs 2, he asks to himself if Blue can fit in a blender.
  • 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". According to Doug in the commentary, they did this a lot.
    • 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.
    • People making fun of them tend to go for the “Doug and Rob are married to each other” joke.
    • Briefly at the beginning of the 50 Shades review, as Doug wants to do a joke where he's in Ana's position and Rob in Grey's. Comes up again in 50 Shades Darker, where it's still Doug = Ana looking to be hurt and Rob = Christian Grey doing the spanking.
    • The Mad Max: Fury Road behind the scenes has a fair amount, from Rob aggressively asking Doug what hasn't been in his mouth, to an Almost Kiss near the end.
    • In the Hocus Pocus behind the scenes, Rob squeezes Doug's Wilfred breasts and Doug fakes being turned on.
    • Teased in Chille-Tid, when Doug rests his head on Rob's shoulder with Puppy-Dog Eyes, kisses it and tells him “I really need you, you're my fusion.”
    Doug: Twincest! Even though he's older than me.
    • In Cry For Help, Doug wants at least five fusion fanart of him and Rob, and Rob says the incest fanart they keep getting is bad enough.
  • 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 a Freaking Drink:
    • In the Shark Jumping/Critic crossover Critic Tank, Tim immediately pours himself some wine when Hyper starts going on about forcefully kissing Critic.
    • In her hate comments video, Tamara drains her red wine at "you're not as hot as Rachel".
    • Neither Jim or Tamara are particularly keen on watching Home Alone, and they knock their drinking flasks together in preparation.
  • 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.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Tamara thinks the name "Cheryl" is the funniest ever, and wants to name a rat that.
  • 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.
  • In-Name-Only: The Critic describes Masters of the Universe like this in-universe.
  • Innocuously Important Episode:
    • Captain Planet is an early episode but has a few first appearances of things that would become important later, like Ma-Ti, Critic being bitter about abusiveness in his past and getting out of depression for a minute only to be literally smacked out of it.
    • Saved by the Bell introduced his penchant for being in abusive relationships (break up with someone three times and they start stalking you), habit for crossdressing and going overboard with drugs (mescaline in this case) to help with his brain.
    • TMNT 2007. Aside from accidentally starting the Mako Running Gag, his insecurity and fucked up sex life gets first explicit mentions, and Doug said later that this was the first [invoked] Pandering to the Base he did. Full House adds on the first time that he hates his audience for making him live like this.
    • Junior, a review done in early 2010, has Critic getting upset because he's not doing his job well, something that'll keep on recurring, and his dream sequence has Ma-Ti judge him for crimes against humanity, a phrasing he even calls back to in To Boldly Flee.
    • 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."
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In Christmas with the Kranks, he calls being back "home" the "good old days" before his abusive mom yells at him.
  • 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.
    • While not meaning it in a bad way (as she loves reviewers, just doesn't feel like she's good at it), Tamara says that her thing is reaction videos, not reviews.
  • 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 her 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?"
  • Internet Tough Guy: The meninists in Mad Max: Fury Road can only hurl abuse at women online, and instantly get nervous when they meet up with Curiosa. Doug also says in commentary that men who mansplain about women and other minorities have never actually tried to get the actual subject's opinion on anything.
  • 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".
    • When Critic goes catatonic at the end of The Shining, Rachel doesn't understand what he's doing and Malcolm explains to both her and the audience Critic's thought processes, in a way that is far too close to Rebecca and Tacoma doing the same thing after finding out Donnie's mom died. Of course (character, not actor) Rachel and Malcolm are much less nice than those two and decide not to care.
    • 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.
    • In The Princess Diaries II and Blue Patches, a Doug character asks someone keeping him captive how long they're going to keep him there, and they lie until they see a movie together when really they're not about to let him go at all.
    • Like Critic reaching out to Douchey in his third fuck up lists because he was lonely, the only reason why Tamara missed Hyper in the Christmas Story II vlog is because she's tired of being humiliated and the only girl. In both instances the former usually finds the latter horribly obnoxious.
    • In Demo Reel, Collins threatens Tacoma with danger to Rebecca but in reality Rebecca's got Nerves of Steel and can handle herself. In Dreamcatcher, Film Brain threatens Malcolm with Tamara being helpless, but Tamara is a Damsel out of Distress.
  • 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 "Freddy vs Jason'', Critic wants a death battle between Devil Boner and Hyper, and the offscreen sex is violent enough for him to call it a draw. Plus the sounds are filthy.
  • 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.
    • Everyone does it in The Monster Squad, the men literally hiding away from reality and Tamara destroying it, all so they can not have to think about anything (like money) that's bothering them.
  • Ironic Echo: Has his own page.
  • Irony: Has his own page.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?:
    • In Hyper's MME vlog when she crashes the panel, she asks Critic if he wants to build a snowman with her, Rob responds with “is that what the kids are calling it now”.
    • In the early Harry Potter video, Critic gets all Yaoi Fanboy for Frodo/Sam and says “is the 'Gray Haven' what they're calling it now?” when the Gandalf cosplayer tries to steer away from that topic.
  • 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.
    • Recently he's started using "twot" as a British insult towards bad movies but when he uses the word as an insult towards characters then he's probably trying to use the word "twat" instead because twot is an acronym for "total waste of time" whereas twat is a British insult for a stupid person.
  • 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 Tastes Like Feet: Smell variant in The Swan Princess, as Tamara hates the closet because “it smells like dead armpit”. Of course Critic's killed plenty of people, and she's good at torturing guys, so they (Malcolm doesn't say anything) probably do know what that smell is like.
  • 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 said 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. A few years later, when he backtracks and does the Star Wars movies for Disneycember, he admits he's saying the same thing as everyone else.
  • 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".
    • The beginning of The Dark Knight Returns has Critic get excited about a new show he's planning, before getting crushed by Brian (who in reality is very open about missing the show) who cackles and says nobody will watch it.
  • "I Want" Song: Hyper Fangirl. While Critic understandably doesn't want to hear a gloating song about his stalker and takes the focus away from it, it has the execs wanting her to stay so they can use her, and Hyper declaring her and Critic as “destiny”.

    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”.
  • The Jeeves: Three have popped up. One called Carl in the Kickassia review to give him a Drink Order, and another called Bernard in The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl to give a joke on a silver platter and leave when Critic wants to be bratty. Another one with yet another name, Garçon (who snarks that his name means “boy” and Critic is an idiot for calling him that), appears in the Osmosis Jones review to give him a menu of bad jokes.
  • "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
  • Jekyll & Hyde: In The Mask editorial, he likes the comic because it's about giving into your demons and how much of that giving in is needed and how much goes too far, even bringing up the story of Jekyll and Hyde.
  • 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 masterpiece 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.
  • Jewish Mother: Rachel for a sketch in the Man of Steel review. Notable because even Malcolm expressed criticism in the behind the scenes video, as Doug (who is part German) wanted to make her “the most obnoxious Jewish Mother” ever.
  • 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.
  • Joke Exhaustion: This is a common gag in the reviews.
  • "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. Doug ends up admitting that all the mean sexual comments made about him are to do with the character creation, and will talk about that more in later vlogs.
    • After the Fury Road review, Malcolm told meninists in the comment sections that if nobody gets that they're apparently satire, it's not good satire. Doug also insulted them in Rising Tides Crashing Skies, saying that for a group that apparently doesn't exist, they sure got defensive and proved the review's point. The commentary also points out that there is literal footage of Tom Hardy being asked did it suck to work with women, so you can't act like the misogyny against the film isn't real.
    • Discussed in “When Does A Joke Go Too Far”, as he concludes that it comes down to intent. Some (in his view) can use the “it's satire” excuse, while others (who he thinks have proved asshole behavior elsewhere) can't.
    • In her review of Blazing Saddles, Tamara explains to people who still don't get it (and there was plenty of racism in the comments) that the film can get away with racism cos it's clearly satire, but shouting on YT and claiming jokes really isn't.
    • Like Blazing Saddles, Tamara talks about all the homophobic language in Heathers making her uncomfortable, but mostly being okay because they were making fun of homophobes.
  • 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!
    • BALLOOOON!
    • 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.
    • In Alice in Wonderland (2010), Carrot Juice popping up to steal Critic's “home movies” memory stick. Effective because Critic was actually doing something mundane for once and so it's more of a surprise.
    • In "The Review Must Go On" review, before episode-Critic shows up in the mirror, review-Critic tells people that if you're in something with a creepy atmosphere, doing anything in front of a mirror is a bad idea because this always happens.
  • Just Between You and Me: In Devil, Shya-Amon has Critic alone and on the floor, and wastes more time talking at him instead of just doing the Mind Rape thing he did in The Last Airbender.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In-universe during his review of his home movies, as he refuses to do them even though he knows one of the main reasons you bought the DVD is because you want to see him humiliate himself.

    K 
  • Karmic Death: According to him in The Cinema Snob Movie, a "mobile phone in the eye" death is appropriate punishment for spying on someone getting undressed.
  • 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.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Literally (but played for laughs) when they're all screeching about Muppet Babies, Doug fake dies and Rob kicks him.
  • Kid Has a Point: The little girl in the Balto review keeps calling out the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in Aunt Despair's story of the review, but Aunt Despair doesn't try to correct them because she thinks the girl is stupid.
  • 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.
  • Kinky Cuffs:
    • In Mad Max: Fury Road, when Critic's kidnapped by the fanboys, there's a shot of his hands chained behind him. Next shot is him managing to get out of them.
    • In Spy Kids 3D, he randomly takes out some handcuffs that he just so happened to have under his desk.
    • When Devil Boner and Hyper tie him up in Old Vs New: Evil Dead, they put him in fuzzy pink handcuffs apparently designed by Hyper herself.
  • 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.
    • While she's more pitiful than the other two, things tend to get darker when Hyper is around. Doug said at a con early on that he wanted to make the arc "a miserable love story" (with clarifying that Critic was never going to be in love with her back).
  • 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 
  • Lame Comeback: In Alvin and the Chipmunks, Tamara telling Critic to lick her ass isn't a great insult either, but his "fuck you" reply back is pretty lame.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • 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 the Demolition Man behind the scenes, when Jim tries on the pink cuffs and calls them actually comfortable, Doug puns “they're cuff-torble” and Rob tells him genuinely to "shut the fuck up".
    • When Benny tells Critic he aims to please (context: he's pointing a gun to Critic to keep him hostage for Hyper), Critic only lets out a bitter laugh.
  • Incredibly Long Note: He's a master of these. In Phantom of the Opera, Beth and Tamara give him a run for his money, each having one at the end of "Fandumb Of The Opera" and "Hyper Fangirl" respectively.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre:
  • 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.
    • Huge in The Dark Knight Returns crossover with The Last Angry Geek, as the beginning takes place after To Boldly Flee, and the thought of coming back to life upsets him because “it'd be a major cop-out and everyone would see me as a total phony”.
    • The Uncanny Valley review is overloaded with it, even starting off self-deprecating on the invoked Tough Act to Follow nature of To Boldly Flee.
    Critic: What happens when you make a successful website anniversary special? And then make an even bigger one the the next year, make an even bigger one the next year, and then make the biggest, most viewed and most expensive one that they've ever made? You say “fuck you, I'm tired and would rather have other people contribute to cover up the fact that I have nothing left to offer”. These are their tablescraps.
    • In The Lorax, before he does a load of speeches anyway, he barges in to the office, and Analyst 1 snarks that he's a Seuss nazi who'll be giving them a “pep talk”. This is also the review that gets shown when Planet of the Apes self-deprecates about him acting like no other opinion matters but his.
    • 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.
    • In The Monster Squad, it's shown that Critic is more than aware he's a invoked Vanilla Protagonist, saying he knows that the other characters are more interesting but he's the White Male Lead so he gets the focus.
    • In The Sixth Day crossover with That Sci-Fi Guy, he's accidentally beamed onto Guy's lap and obviously has his arms around him. When he's beamed back, he asks why he was in that position to begin with.
    • 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.
    • In Matrix Reloaded, Tamara's characters always wanting Doug characters somehow was mocked when she under brainwashing randomly tells him she's in love with him.
    • 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.
    • He knows you'll think The Plot To Frozen II is just clickbait to get him views, and combines it with invoked Pandering to the Base when the unseen audience makes him do the Bay TMNT movie with the Nerd.
    • In another show, Beth says how fucked up it is to have a woman isolated from all her friends. Cue Tamara.
    • After he got a load of heat for doing Jurassic World, he self-deprecates in Planet of the Apes that he doesn't do much nostalgic stuff any more, and mentions that review by name.
    • The Garfield Movie has Critic note that the reviews he does always manage to tie into his personal life somehow.
    • Once Hyper comes in to Mad Max: Fury Road, Critic reacts with fake surprise and calls her “punchline” instead of her 'name', lampshading that she's only ever been a Take That, Audience! at fangirls who have creeped on him.
    • Christmas With The Kranks acknowledges Doug's weight loss over the years, with Santa Christ calling 2007!Critic “slightly overweight”. The behind the scenes takes it further, with Doug saying he needed a different costume for his younger self because it was too hard to make himself look fatter, and would have bought baggier jeans if it hadn't meant changing clothes constantly.
    • In Tangled vs Frozen, he says he doesn't know anyone who actually has the mindset of Fourth Date Marriage, before showing a picture of Hyper and complaining “that's not a person, that's a nuisance”.
    • In particularly lecture-y editorials, he'll often put in a line before or afterwards acknowledging that he's a hypocrite who has no room to talk.
    • The end of The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle mocks his tendency for "Critic vs the world" episodes, with Critic getting his head up his ass about this very thing and yet the priest is asleep.
    Priest: God you do go on.
    • In Dreamcatcher, when Malcolm and Tamara are convinced that wetting themselves means alien invasion, Critic admits he feels bad for writing them so dumb sometimes. They agree that it's annoying.
    • To mock TMNT 2 and the Madonna–Whore Complex, the review has Aiyanna as Sexy Harley and Heather as Strong Bitch, and Heather says "it's okay, I'm here so she's allowed to look like that". In the behind the scenes, Tamara completely cracks laughing and sarcasms "that's how female characters work!".
    • In a MUD 2 MMO cameo, he sympathizes with Tyger not wanting to do reviews, referencing how Doug keeps saying he'd rather play with characters and stories.
    • In "Old vs New: Evil Dead", Critic deadpans he might as well be Princess Peach the amount of times he gets kidnapped.
  • 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.
  • Late to the Punchline: In her review of Jurassic Park (as she never saw it before), Tamara finally gets where the "Alan" joke in the Jurassic Park 3 review comes from.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The later episodes of the first run definitely qualify as this, starting with the Moulin Rouge! review in November 2011 (the point where the show's creator Doug Walker realized that he was ready to move on from the Critic). From there the reviews became more analytical as opposed to just fake ranting, he started covering more high profile nostalgic films (such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), and most of the videos became either crossovers with other That Guy with the Glasses reviewers or filled with cameos up until the end of the show's run in June 2012 (and the official end of the character in August). The episodes done after the series' revival in February 2013 have more or less picked up this approach, with the addition of a larger cast and the Critic reviewing newer, non-nostalgic films as well.
  • 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.
  • Lets See You Do Better: While Doug's proud of all three, the epic rip on himself at the start of Planet of the Apes mocks how he's an asshole who rips apart bad movies and shows, but has made movies and shows (Kickassia, To Boldly Flee and Demo Reel) that others have ripped apart.
  • 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.)
    • More seriously with "Battle Of The Commercials", as Doug had said earlier (because of Trump winning) that he wanted to create a safe space for scared people, and the episode has a lot of being terrified of Nightmare Fuel commercials (and breaking) but still mocking them, along with a rant about equal pay still not being a thing and making peace with Canada.
  • Let's Play: Of Bart's Nightmare. Retsupurae really, really didn't like it, and neither did Doug himself.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • The Passion of the Christ has Critic regret his and Snob's holiday because he got Santa Christ tortured. He tells Snob in present day that they promised to never talk of it again, but Snob gleefully shows the scenes instead.
    • In Hocus Pocus, the witches are disturbed by the creepy bus driver thinking they're sexy.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Has a rant about it in "The Top 11 Saddest Nostalgic Moments":
    Critic: When someone dies, birds and flowers don't pop up and make everything better. You have to deal with it, like everything else in this cruel, depressing, kid-friendly world.
  • 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.
    • Because it's a Lupa episode rather than a Doug one, “A Talking Cat” has Critic shoot her twice (which he lampshades in the bloopers as worse when she does to him) and there's just a blood splurt special effect the first time and she goes right back to her house the second time. Compare that to Critic's next episode, Disney Afternoon, where Critic punches Malcolm and the bruises stay.
    • While there's plenty of misogyny, Testosterone Poisoning being treated as a bad thing, and Rob plays “Impractical Joe”, there's very little rape mentioned in the Mad Max: Fury Road review considering how widespread it is across the franchise. Most likely for the best. Also Critic is just captured and tied up for a few minutes of fanservice, not tortured like Max was.
    • Lampshaded in the real thoughts of Scooby Doo, as Doug points out that the first movie review was Critic's emotional finale, and the second... was just a Psych parody for no reason.
    • In terms of shows, Tamara's Never Seen to Critic. The former is mostly just Tamara sitting on her couch squeeing about movies she hasn't watched while playing with her cats, while Doug has talked a lot about how he uses Critic as therapy.
    • Hyper's Q&A vlog to her first five vlogs, since while she does reference some creepy behavior, she's not stalking and harassing the cast and crew and instead answers questions herself about things like fandom and her (obviously mutual) relationship with Devil Boner.
  • Literal-Minded: Rachel in The Master of Disguise, trying to fulfill the Critic's death wishes.
  • Little "No": Tamara's reaction to The Fifth Element having Dude, She's Like, in a Coma! is a chorus of no's and threatening Bruce Willis's character with the water spritzer she uses for her cat.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The Phantom of the Opera (2004), relatively. There's Critic, Beth, Tim, a cameo from the assassin from Spawn, Aunt Despair, both analysts, the “fandumb of the opera” and his horse servant thing, Michael Crawford's Phantom, Hyper still trying to chase Critic, Devil Boner's voice, and Chester.
  • 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.
    • Sage in The Guyver brings this joke back in an effort to make Critic feel more comfortable, and it almost works until he makes a nostalgia pun and gets a Death Glare.
  • 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.
  • Longing Look: When Tamara plans to leave at the end of The Wicker Man, Malcolm stares after her like he's completely in love.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • Subverted with Hyper. When Critic tells her she can't love someone just because he's really nerdy, obsessed with retro media and wears a bunch of half-professional, half-grungy clothes (realizing right after that he's describing himself), she immediately wants to have sex with him, and he oh craps and tells her that's not going to happen. It's only when he keeps refusing her does she think what she's feeling is love. Doug discussed this in his review of Love Letters, saying he thinks "attraction at first sight" exists, but acting like you love someone immediately is harmful.
    • Parodied in Alvin and the Chipmunks where Jim and Heather 'fall in love' because they're both colorblind.
    • Played straighter with Michael Bay and Zac Snyder at the end of Freddy vs Jason, who are totally into each other but are too in the closet to admit it.
  • 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.
    • As for himself, also in-universe, Doug says in the real review of Thomas And The Magic Railroad that he doesn't mind this designation because “intense love or intense hate gets intense numbers”.
  • Love Triangle: Maybe with Critic/Hyper/Devil Boner, as Hyper/DB are dating, but she's still after Critic (egged on by the analysts), and Critic both hates her for what she's done to him and Word Of Doug has confirmed Stockholm Syndrome. (Thankfully) averted in Cinderella: Old vs New, as Hyper's over Critic, he still doesn't like her, and Devil Boner matter of factly calls him her "ladyfriend" (though in Evil Dead Old Vs New Devil Boner does call her out on ignoring him and not Critic, which she tries to drown out).
  • 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.

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  • MacGyvering: In Disney Afternoon, Critic in jerkass mood mocks Tamara for 'only' being able to make a pick up truck out of rubber and ice.
  • 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.
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: Reboot!Critic usually has no problem with being a jerkass, but when he loses it and rages at Hyper Fangirl for stalking him, kidnapping him and thinking that those actions will make him love her, she starts crying, he feels extreme guilt and Santa Christ (who is biased against Critic) calls him a douche and lets him make it up to her. Except Hyper is a stalker who has done all the things Critic has yelled at her for, and outright told Benny that she is never going to learn her lesson. Doug confirmed in a later panel that Hyper was the bad guy and Critic was right to have his speech, but that still doesn't explain why she gets what she wants.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Discussed in TMNT 2, where Critic calls out Bay for putting Megan Fox in a skimpy schoolgirl outfit and coupling that with Laura Linney as the Strong Woman being nasty at everyone.
  • Magic Mirror: When Hyper complains in Old vs New: Spider-Man that “all [she'll] ever be is a friend” to Critic, the reflection in the mirror changes to Fat Grandma telling her to fuck what Critic wants and keep stalking him.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In That Sci Fi Guy's The Sixth Day crossover, Critic threatens him that if he doesn't do most of the work, next time they're at a con, he'll slit TSFG's wrists and then make housekeeping think it was suicide.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: In The Terminator, Tamara is glad to see some shadow penis as it's always lady parts.
  • Male Gaze: Has his own page.
  • 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.
    • The Garfield review claims that Jon and Liz show up at the end "to pretty much contribute nothing", skipping over a shot of Jon punching the villain out. Especially glaring because the footage that Critic talks over does show said villain hitting the ground after said punch, making it clear that he saw the scene in full and chose to lie about it.
    • In-universe in “Cats And Dogs”, as the sketch mother comes in, tells Critic to act like a cat and splices that footage into a poorly done negative review of Deadpool.
  • 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.
  • Mars-and-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.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Benny/Critic is a friendship version, the latter having helped kidnap the former. While still an Unequal Pairing - Malcolm saying Benny would stalk Critic if he could and helping Hyper when she pays him - Critic likes the guy (while still hating Hyper) enough to recommend him to the Devil as an assassin.
  • 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. Doug has talked about the most important thing to him being character, plus writing the non-review parts for Critic has helped him learn more about himself.
  • 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 Bébé's Kids, which prompt the Critic to reference a couple other instances of this trope.
    *sunglasses-clad Nostalgia Critic*: "Mr. African-American."
  • Merchandise-Driven: Alluded to in Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, when a docile chill-patched Critic says he has to be marketable by hiding his insanity.
  • 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.
  • Mexican Standoff: One happens between Santa Christ and Critic in Devil. Happens because there was one in the movie, but more effective because of their We Used to Be Friends history.
  • 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 , are all in the same place for her.
    • Lampshaded in The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl when present!Critic sees something invoked Surprise Creepy and calls Critic from twenty minutes ago, the past Critic gets confused about how they're even doing this.
  • 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.
    • Before it was confirmed in Matrix Month that he was a Reality Warper, Food Fight tossed off that he had power to do that by by being able to change Malcolm's and Tamara's intelligence levels on a a whim. The rapey part comes in because they're still aware enough to know what he's doing to them and don't like it.
    • What Black Willy Wonka does to Critic to make him review his old home movies. Critic starts off refusing, and then Black Willy Wonka (who is watching him on the TV) alters his brain because that's what the audience wants.
    • The “reality monster” in The Monster Squad uses Psychic Powers to make the boys depressed after they lock it out.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe, Hyper loves the book Fangirl and calls it like her life, but the book involves forming healthy relationships, not being Stalker with a Crush.
  • 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. For his part, by the Dante Basco interview Doug at least understands that it wasn't completely Shyamalan's fault.
    • In his review of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, he points out several unexplained strange things the cartoon added, one of which is a bullet-spitting snake. But the snake is a Cobrat, an enemy from Super Mario Bros. 2, and is portrayed completely faithfully; it spat bullets in the game, too.
  • 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 Trailer Scene: The sneak peek for The Force Awakens review has no scenes actually in the episode.
  • 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. A few months later, his mom dies, much to his distress, which might be cruel if somewhat deserved Laser-Guided Karma.
  • 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!
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: While delayed somewhat, Malcolm manipulating and torturing Critic with Tamara is due to Critic trying to kill him just for being black in The Shining.
  • 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.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Sort of in Eight Crazy Nights, where Critic violently has sex with the movie (because its whored itself out to everyone and he's seeing what it's like) and the movie for some reason makes female-voiced sex sounds.
  • 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, which has made it on the third iteration of reboot credits and is the last clip of Critic before reality blows up. Symbolism!
    • 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.
    • Rachel and Malcolm both state in The Shining commentary that they won't complain about the sexist/racist stuff they have to do as long as they get paid.
    • As blunt as possible at the end of The Wicker Man review, as he tells Tamara to come work for him because views always go up when he's in pain.
    • Played for sad at the end of The Uncanny Valley.
    Critic: Others can look at and find enjoyment in this. And in the end, why would I want to demean something as beautiful as that. Unless you paid a lot of money for me to do so. Which you did, this special sucks.
    • 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.
    • He outright lampshades “The Plot To Frozen 2” as clickbait to get views.
    • The start of The Smurfs has Malcolm and Tamara following Critic, and trying to get him to do the 2015 Fantastic Four movie. At the end, he and Black Nerd try and copy the Smurfs formula to get money from a movie about a rock.
    • At the end of Children of the Corn (1984), he creates a haunted house where people just get the shit beaten out of them, and with cash in hand gleefully points out “the world loves to pay an asshole”.
    • What You Never Knew About National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is just there to get a review out, as Critic even says he doesn't care and just wants to get it over with so he can celebrate Christmas.
    • In Blues Brothers 2000, he does a song about Ghost Rider Pony and when Malcolm asks hasn't he done this joke before, he tells him that any mention of the word “pony” makes the views increase, and they just end shouting the word over and over.
    • As early as the Catwoman review, Critic tells the catladies that Male Gaze on even boobs that are covered up would get him the views he needs.
    • In the Top 11 Disney Princess Conspiracy Theories, he calls it a feeble attempt to cash in on Disney Princess clickbait.
    • Lampshaded in "Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel", when he says happily he doesn't understand things, he just exploits for cash.
  • 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.
    • In Mamma Mia!, he complains that it's made in Greece and has no Greek actors.
  • 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 Spider-Man 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.
    • In an episode shift example, The Wicker Man, Ghost Dad, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Disney Afternoon and Food Fight (five episodes in a row, excepting The Swan Princess which also had lampshading of Critic abusing underlings) were all dark in their own way and meta'ed about Critic being a Troubled Abuser. The Lorax on the other hand, featured a lot'' of speeches delivered by Critic to straw execs and was notably sappier, even with a Character Check at the end that Critic just wants money.
    • 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.
    • In his review of the Pound Puppies movie he eagerly tells the audience "Let's all go to the pound!" before it cuts away to a picture of an actual pound with whimpering puppies in the background.
    • Jurassic Park III goes from Critic being driven crazy by an imaginary dinosaur to a doctor on the phone telling him that his mother has died.
    • The Alice in Wonderland (2010) review wasn't exactly a Lighter and Softer Breather Episode, but the tone gets a lot sadder from Critic's home movies being played up until the Downer Ending. In another sort of whiplash, the last ten minutes or so are less about the movie and more Critic's issues.
    • He's really angry at Wild Wild West for their 'serious' scene about women and children being used as target practice, as 1) they didn't earn it 2) they follow it up with jokes about Hayek's ass.
    • Played for Laughs in Tamara's BTTF 3 video, as she mourns the first take of the episode (she didn't have the mike on) and then goes right back to Genki Girl mode.
    • Doug in a behind the scenes said that he intentionally makes Christmas episodes with one dark/extreme episode and the following being some kind of Tear Jerker.
    • He makes fun of Balto for doing this a few times, notably when they follow up a very poignant line about Balto not fitting in with an awkward scene with a toy cat rolling across the room and "comedy" from the goose.
  • Mook Chivalry: Mocked in the reviews of Surf Ninjas and Hook.
  • Moral Dissonance: Invoked at the end of the TMNT Christmas Special and mocking other times of sentiment that came off false, when he's letting Tamara getting attacked by zombie-Malcolm while speechifying to the audience about the True Meaning of Christmas.
  • 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.
  • Morphic Resonance: Personality version with Malcolm and Tamara in Matrix Month, to foreshadow that the 'characters' are just them but brainwashed. They both still snark at Critic while wanting him to get more money for them, Tamara's in love with him and Malcolm likes being in control.
  • 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, the studio has a random gold-lined mirror to suit his vain needs, and Hyper's visions in her hand mirror are what push her to start stalking Critic. Not surprisingly, Doug in Mirror Gem confirmed that if such a thing as a mirror fetish existed, he'd have it.
  • Mouthing the Profanity: Does this a few times in his videos, one of the examples being the Scooby-Doo review, where a silent "What the fuck?" is his reaction to being suddenly teleported to a white room with his Angel Guardian in it (whom the Critic killed before during one of the specials).
  • Multi-Part 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.
    • He parodies how the leads in Bridge To Teribithia are so enthusiastic about everything by having skits where he has a thrilled expression and bold music plays when he takes a shit or eats some chips.
  • Murder, Arson, and Jaywalking: While watching The Tommyknockers he was offended by the adulterer abandoning a search for a lost child, disregarding a sandwich his wife made for him and laughing evilly while leaving his home to have sex with his mistress.
  • Murderer P.O.V.: Being a parody of Halloween (1978), the opening to his 2015 Nostalgiaween. The camera turning into just eyeholes also works so that Critic getting stabbed is a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Musical Episode: The Critic's reviews of Moulin Rouge!, Les Misérables (2012), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
  • 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 (2010), 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. In particular it plays at the end of Old vs New: Spider-Man when Fat Grandma is enabling Hyper to stalk him, and she puts on a copy of his clothes in a The Review Must Go On homage.
  • 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 Eyes Are Up Here: Tamara doesn't even do anything fanservicey in her series, but because she sometimes shows a bit of cleavage, dudes will go on about her breasts instead of what she's saying. She gets annoyed by this.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In "Unlimited Beers", Rachel and Tamara talk about how the comment sections will give Doug and Malcolm a variety of comments... but all they'll get is "Tamara/Rachel, you looked pretty/not pretty".
  • 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 and 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.
  • Name McAdjective:
    • Used by the Critic in his review of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, in which he acts out the pitch by its creator, whom he dubs "Fuckup McDumbass"
    • Likewise with the Critic's worst fan, "Douchey McNitpick". The review of Pound Puppies gives us Pussy McPantaloon-Britches.
    • In the first Child's Play crossover with Phelous, he and Critic had dolls named Nasty McBrain-Eat and Slashy McKillKill respectively.
  • 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.
  • Necktie Leash: Analyst 1 pulls Analyst 2 by the tie to stop the boys and girls realizing that their (the CGI one) franchise is inferior.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: The Critic/Tamara/Malcolm era loves to lampshade that they know they're really pretty, both in videos and Instagram.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: Doug's a firm believer in "misogynist nerds are virgins", with any MRA joke being about how they've probably never even met a woman. This applies to creeper women being awkward and inexperienced too.
  • 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.
    • Alluded to in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, as he interprets her name as actually Amanda, and annoyed that the main kid feels like he can name her himself.
  • 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.
    • The editorials tend to have pretty clickbait titles in general, even if the videos themselves are more nuanced. For example "Is Whitewashing Really Still A Thing" makes it sound like he's arguing against that thought when really he's saying it's more ingrained than we think.
  • 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.
    • The stinger at the end of Old vs New: Spider-Man has him be particularly pissy about having to join twitter, although it's not even him doing it, just an official CA account.
    • 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”.
    • “Why Does Everyone Hate The Cable Guy” has him digging at social media again, saying it gave creepy basement dwellers an outlet to obsess over someone (namely him).
    • Subverted while talking about Dark Side Of The Internet though, as he says people were awful even before internet and that he doubts Mussolini was on tumblr.
    • In a rare occurrence, Uncle Lies crapping on iphones and Tinder in the Amadeus editorial is actually him being the villain.
    • He likes Unfriended because a) the teens are meant to be revolting and b) it shows the dangers of spending too much time on the computer.
  • 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 Breaking It, Hero!: In Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Critic freaks out Malcolm and Tamara and they end up giving him a wide berth for Christmas Story 2, where he's alone and vulnerable for Hyper to get at him. The accompanying vlog for the latter also goes over their reasons for not caring about him getting stalked again.
  • 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 intentional).
    • His "Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments" and "Top 11 Scariest Performances" lists.
    • The Critic's review of Junior. Specifically the baby with Arnold's face grafted on.
    • The premise behind SCARY SLOW-MO takes already creepy scenes and slows them down to enhance the nightmare factor.
    • The giant baby from the Baby Geniuses review. Oh God...
    • Basically everything in Son of the Mask causes the Critic to shriek in fear.
    • In one video, he discusses the use of Nightmare Fuel at length in media aimed towards children in an editorial titled "Should We Scare The Shit Out Of Our Kids?"
  • 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 Guy Wants an Amazon: Referenced in "The Top 11 Hottest Animated Women", as he says a lot of men don't want a woman stronger than them, but he's not one of those guys. Not the last time he shows off being an Amazon Chaser either.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • On The Neverending Story 3's disk.
    • Also, to Bébé'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.
    • In Event Horizon, Malcolm and especially Tamara are a little too eager to hit Critic with wrenches.
  • 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.
    • In a non-Hyper example, Doug and Beth are even amused on the Phantom commentary about holding each other's hand.
    • Hyper and Devil Boner never physically touch each other in Cinderella Old vs New, but there's plenty of innuendo and love shown regardless. Subverted in Freddy vs. Jason when Hyper tackle-hugs him, though etheir subsequent affection happens offscreen.
  • "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" Means "Yes": Hyper's a firm believer in this, with all the issues regarding consent that implies. Even in her first vlog, she asks Critic if she can film in the studio and he very vehemently says no multiple times, but she's so in her world that she takes it as being granted permission.
  • No More for Me: During It, the talking head in the refridgerator forces the Critic to end his in-universe Drinking Game early.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Tone Lōc; causing an Overly Long Gag in the Bébé'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?”.
    • In Creepshow, Tamara says she can't watch Beetlejuice because she assumes it has a ton of beetles.
  • 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.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • Discussed in-universe in “Why Is Nothing Original Anymore”, comparing The Smurfs and Melancholia, saying how even though you're pissed off at the former, management banks on you still having more of a connection to it than than the latter.
    • In the editorial on trailers, discussing the Ghostbusters (2016) one, he doesn't specifically mention the more sexist “raped my childhood” people, but he alludes to them when he tells them they're so angry about it they'll go see it anyway.
  • 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.
    • 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”.
    • In The Uncanny Valley review, his bad luck with toys continues.
      Critic: I'm glad your Mr Popples did that. Mine just cut me with glass and called me ethnic slurs. ...probably should have had that looked at actually.
    • In Alaska, his dad did something that made Critic never mouth off to him again, and this moment got an Ironic Echo in The Uncanny Valley, with Critic mentioning the last time he crept into a woman's bedroom and watched her sleep really was the last time.
    • When Tamara freaks him out at the start of The Wicker Man, he says “as if this week couldn't get any creepier”, giving the impression that other bad things have happened, but doesn't elaborate.
    • In an example that is Played for Laughs (because he shows a picture of a drunk man with a cigarette) and isn't (because this is said after the masked people threaten a Shameful Strip), in “Is Eyes Wide Shut Just Artsy Porn”, he's had times where he's been naked and exposed to everyone.
    • The ball-gags are comfy line in Pixels. His reasoning for how he knows being "research" doesn't exactly come off as truthful, but he changes the topic fast.
    • According to Ghostbusters (2016), pay-day and Malcolm/Tamara pointing guns in Critic's face apparently go together.
    • In an alternative ending to Speed Racer, Rob drags Critic away and Malcolm comes across Sage tied up. He immediately assumes a kink thing is happening again.
    • Somehow Devil Boner gets gunpowder in Hyper's cleavage when they go on dates.
  • 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. This was pointed out in-universe during Christmas With The Kranks, with the Nerd feud, the crossovers and the anniversary specials being used as examples of him evolving as a character and how that was the most important thing.
    • 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.
    • Confirmed by Doug, Disney Afternoon showed the darker side too. Because said afternoon is so beloved and nostalgic (and he and Rob were saying that the episode was their favorite to film, plus Doug kept the movie posters and sweets from his childhood) that you get sucked in and relate, but Critic went too far and hurt anyone who tried to get him back to reality.
    • Subverted much to his pain in Are Kid's Shows Now Better Than Ever, as while as he doesn't love the shows he grew up on any less, he thinks shows like The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Western Animation/Adventure Time, Steven Universe and Gravity Falls are far better because they tackle painful issues in a relatable but also enjoyable way. Transformers would never have an episode about depression for example.
    • Tamara calls it out at the end of Alvin and the Chipmunks, telling the boys to get over it and stop living in the past so girls can have something to have fun with for once.
    • According to a con, Tamara used to love Rock-A-Doodle until Critic reviewed it and she realized that it wasn't actually good.
  • 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.
    • Critic's time with Hyper is mostly left to the imagination, but just enough is given away (like an announcer saying he's missing and terrified over a Previously On, or a reference to her torturing him and forceful kisses) to know he didn't have fun and had trauma about it even after she got shot off.
    • Played for Laughs at the end of Mamma Mia!, as whatever venting Critic has at his fanbase is so awful that their resulting rage explosion makes him lose an eye.
  • "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.
    • In Princess Diaries II, Hyper defends what she did by saying Critic did actually enjoy reviewing the movie with her (so ergo he should have kissed her). Critic and Doug on the commentary respond that he wasn't really, just falling into Stockholm Syndrome after being kept captive, tortured and manipulated for a long time. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) shows she still has this mindset, remembering “there on the couch/laughing out loud”, and thinking the kidnapping context as an unfortunate snag before she decides to make him hers by any means necessary.
  • "Not Important to This Episode" Camp: In the Princess Diaries II commentary, Malcolm says that people ask where Malcolm and Tamara are during episodes like the above, and Doug shoves them in this trope. Though subverted later in Christmas With The Kranks, when the characters are upset at not being used enough.
  • "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.
    • More organic in Mad Max: Fury Road, when Devil Boner asks if the meninists are gay, because if they are that's fine but they clearly have some rage issues with women. Their Suspiciously Specific Denial suggests that they're just sexist homophobes.
  • 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 Wanting Kids Is Weird: Jurassic World having Skewed Priorities with Claire in regards to this is alluded to, as her sister is played as an Hysterical Woman who cares more about how she should like kids instead of the divorce or Claire's job.
  • "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.
    • In Tamara's "Back To The Future II'' review, she's grossed out by Biff and Marty's mom being together, especially as he forces her to kiss him, and accidentally calls it "chemistry" before changing it to "sexual assault".
  • 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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