Once Rachel and Malcolm become part of the cast, they will indulge in this between themselves or with Doug.
Hannibal Lecture: Played with, the director of My Pet Monster just pitied him and asked him a few questions which he gave the answers to with increasing shame. His own self-esteem did most of the breakage.
Happier Home Movie: Critic may have been ungodly embarrassed by the videos Mara showed of him as a thirteen year old, but they're the nicest backstory for him that we're ever going to get.
Critic: But I have to admit, for all the bad times, the Superman movies really do manage to put me in a good mood. Like seeing Christopher Reeve right before he had that tragic accident and died... Or Margot Kidder before she went mentally insane... Or the shots of New York with the World Trade Center in the background... I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I'm going to go kill myself.
Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Despite it making his guy parts happy, he still takes The Haunting (1999) remake to task for how horribly anvilly they made Catherine Zeta Jones's lesbian character compared to the original playing it subtle (along with the horror) and how her sexuality is just used for fanservice.
Haunted Headquarters: Critic's reboot house (the one with red walls) is directly built over hell, and the studio is explicitly stated to worsen his crazy.
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.
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.
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).
Hookers and Blow: Pops up every now and then. In what is a nice change from the norm, though, he doesn't act like all prostitutes are women and he's pissed at Milk Money for implying that it's easy to get out of that life.
Humiliation Conga: Mara Wilson ends up giving him one at the end of his review of "A Simple Wish".
Hurricane of Puns: In his review of the Double Dragon movie, he criticizes the film for poorly-done puns ("What a head case!"). He then gives numerous examples of puns they could have used instead:
Critic: It's curtains for you! May I sweep you off your feet? Ball's in your court! It's time to get pinned!
Humongous Mecha : in his review of Turbo a power rangers movie he uses one to effectively quell a monster and later to grapple with the giant version
Hype Backlash: In-universe. The Critic changes the existence of Kazaam in its review, and accidentally badmouths Citizen Kane.
Doug himself has done videos with his own examples, including "The Top 10 Movies Everyone Loves But I Hate" (the #1 even got a review of its own!) and some Bum Reviews/Doug's Take (latest being The Dark Knight Rises).
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.
In the SNICK segment, he complained that yelling doesn't make anything funny and that anyone who does that must get shot. Guess what happened.
As he puts it... "SCREAMING IN EVERY OTHER SENTENCE IS NOT FUNNY! IT IS LOUD AND ANNOYING! AND ANYONE WHO DOES IT SHOULD BE SHOT! *gets shot in the forehead* UNSHOT! *the wound disappears* AND GIVEN A BAG OF MONEY! *a bag of money appears in his hands to his surprise, a beat...* ...how about some lounge music? *lounge music plays* Yeah!"
Critic: (With a plain white background behind him) "I mean seriously, what moron would just have a plain white background the whole entire time? (beat) He'd be a fucking idiot."
While calling the Nostalgia Critic, "Christopher Walken" objects to painting him the way he did while doing those exact things (pausing and whispering mid-sentence and reading and adjusting cue-cards).
In The Nostalgia Critic's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation video, he criticizes the special effects, saying that even The Angry Video Game Nerd could pull them off. The Nostalgia Critic doesn't exactly utilize great special effects either.
Critic: But luckily all that violence and gore had no disturbing side effects on our decent childhoods! [Drinks from a skull, fires a pistol in the air.] Sorry, I have to do that every twelve minutes.
In his review of Last Action Hero, he criticizes the live-action movie for having a cartoon cat as one of the minor characters. He says the cartoon character in the movie makes no sense, like most of the movie. It gets hypocritical when you remember that the Critic himself has met or spoken to cartoon characters (Casper being the most prominent example).
From the Zeus and Roxanne review:
Critic: Next you're going to be telling me internet reviewers can make lives making fun of movies.
Any case where he criticises anyone for overacting their anger, preferably with a "I am acting!" scene. Those actors generally don't intend it to be funny.
He says in his "Top Eleven Saddest Nostalgic Moments" list that a guy can't cry because that makes him a pussy and calls "The Little Match Girl" one of the few things he's got teary-eyed at. Critic... how many times have you broken down again?
Parodied in his "Little Monsters" review:
Glen: What the hell is going on? Look at this mess. The hell am I stepping in? Doritos? Jesus!
Critic: (as Glen) This is worse than that fucking time I caught you goddamn swearing!
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: "It's like watching clips of a movie and then watching someone comment on it! *beat* Who the hell would want to see that?"
Calls the Ba'ku out for their smug superiority complex and anti-technological rants in his review of Star Trek: Insurrection;
In Jack, he remarks that a ten year old wouldn't have dolls or go to his parents after a bad dream. This coming from a childish coward who snuggles a large monkey toy later in the episode.
He tells the bad guy in Congo that the answer to everything isn't yelling at TV screens.
"The Top 11 Dumbasses In Distress" becomes quite a bit funnier after remembering the many, many times he's been a distressed dude.
In his Son of the Mask review, it's revealed that Twitter was created by the Devil to make people dumber and Take Over the World. Channel Awesome, the That Guy with the Glasses.com website, and numerous contributors, past and present, have Twitter accounts. This includes Malcolm, who played The Devil. Doug and Rob however have claimed that Twitter is evil, Doug elaborating at the drive that he's an emotional animal and everyone who asked him to get one would regret getting so much access to what he's thinking.
In The Shining, he defends mocking children's looks but gets upset when an adorkable picture of him as a five year old is shown. Also serves as a Not Himself moment, given his strong Papa Wolf inclinations from before.
Mocking Mythbusters for apparent sexist use of their sole female when Doug's even admitted he just shoehorns Rachel into Cute and Psycho roles.
While it's an unintentional use of the trope because Doug has complained about being so overweight he needs a stomach pump, the Paranoia review has a lot of trashing Brad Jones for getting very skinny very quickly when most sane people could accuse Doug of doing the exact same thing.
In his review of The Tom And Jerry Movie, the Critic is appauled that the main titles of the movie actually shows blood when Jerry slices Tom up like cheese with his sword (to be fair, it's not as if blood just gushes out of Tom's body, but rather, the insides of his comically-slided-up body is red), though later in the movie, when Tom and Jerry have another encounter with Pugsly, the Critic quickly whips out his pistol in a fit of rage, and blasts Pugsly's head off (complete with cartoon blood).
In one episode he explains how annoying and tiresome covers and parodies of "Let It Go" are... in a cover/parody of that very song.
After all his high-horse speeches to the executives in The Lorax, he lets slip to Black Willy Wonka that he just wants his money-making secrets.
In Jurassic Park III, he complains about sequels splitting up or making miserable heartwarming couples at the end of the first movie. Doug would know all about retconningheartwarming endings.
I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: If the actor in any film is famous enough, the Critic will not even bother to learn the characters' names, just referring to them by their actors' names.
Critic: So we see our main character Ian Malcolm. Oh fuck it, let's just call him "Jeff Goldblum" because we all know that's who he's really playing.
Idiosyncratic Wipes: Derides the overuse of curtain wipes in Battlefield Earth. In the Sonic The Hedgehog episode, Nostalgia Critic tried to push the clip with Bison away. In a later review, he kept pulling another shot into frame to see if the Cinema Snob was still talking about Manimal.
I Have You Now, My Pretty: The beginning of Starchaser has Sage commit the great feat of giving off major vibes of this without even being in the same room as Critic.
Some of the con members in the Ponyo end credits look a little too lusty when they're holding him down or strangling him.
I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: In "Why Is Loki So Hot", he forces a close-up on Black Widow's cleavage, stating that as a man her boobs can't let him look away. Never mind that he's bashed this trope before.
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.
In behind the scenes videos, Doug and Rob Walker have flirted with this on a couple of occasions. During their slightly drunk Christmas video they managed to go from "I love you, man, you're a kick-ass brother" to "Gay and incestuous! You heard it here, folks!" in about two minutes, via a discussion of Doug's balls.
The DVD also has Doug stripping slowly out of wet clothes while Rob films and hums supposedly stripper music, bantering back and forth with lines like "I'm saving this for our honeymoon" and "You know you want this shit".
In the second DVD's menu, Rob (or his camera) is rather insistent on seeing Doug in the shower.
In the Snob/Phelous review of Troll 4, a weepy, wasted Critic moves his arm down from the Other Guy's shoulder to his waist.
In an interview with Random Odds, they admit to being so baity that they didn't even need fic, but Rob still wants more, 1,000 word minimum.
In a rehearsal video, Doug acts like a pony and asks Rob to ride him. Rob tackles him to the floor and noms on his neck instead.
Incredibly Lame Pun: This happens a few times, whether or not the Critic is pointing them out in movies, or making them himself. An example from Howard the Duck, which somehow does both:
Howard: Oh no, it's a quake! Critic: Don't you mean a quack?
One about Cheetara in Top 11 Hottest Animated Women, saying that she "gave new meaning to the term 'fast pussy.'"
Indecisive Parody: The reloaded reviews. The premise is that Critic's bashing his own movies and being completely innocent of that fact, but there's more than a few moments where he complains of Reality Subtext (like the Nazi joke was thought to ruin the internet of the time) and it descends into less bashing of the plot holes and more attacking their Female Gaze. This could be explained by the reviews being Michaud's idea, not Doug's.
I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In Bridge to Terabithia review, The critic does an image spot of an adult Jesse and adult Leslie meeting up and it is very clear Leslie doesn't remember Terabithia as a fantasy world but real world and the people want their King (Jesse) to be with their Queen once more, adult Jesse uses this trope and runs for his life.
Inferred Holocaust: In his review of Congo, the Critic points out in-universe that destroying the satellite puts thousands of people out of their jobs.
We see an adorable seventeen year old Critic in Scooby-Doo, and learn that the snapping point in his Trauma Conga Line - the one that turns him into a cynical manchild who shoots at anything annoying and feels like he's worth very little - hasn't happened yet. Prom night should just around the corner, don't you think?
He points out that in A Troll in Central Park that causing plants to grow all over the city most likely killed thousands of people and destroyed the city.
Infodump: The Nostalgia Critic often criticizes movies for having forced exposition, like in Congo, The Next Karate Kid (see quote below), and Casper.
Julie: My name is Julie! My mother's name was Susan! She was killed in a car accident with my father and they're both dead!
Nostalgia Critic: And the award for "Worst Exposition Ever to be Uttered in a Movie" is... "The Next Karate Kid"! (applause heard) You suck!
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: 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.
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."
Internal Homage: This shot◊. Rachel, Critic and Malcolm are in the exact same position as Rebecca, Donnie and Tacoma, but to again show that the niceness is gone, Rachel then bloodbends Critic and he yells at her.
"Is The Big Lebowski A Masterpiece?" takes place in the computer room instead of the usual just so Critic could take the same position as Doug did before the two started interacting in "The Review Must Go On".
A Doug character going crazy in a kitchen while a Malcolm character tries to gently deal with him. Are we talking about the opening for "A Worst Christmas Special Ever" or the opening for "The Review Must Go On"?
It happens again with the beginning of The Wicker Man. Both Donnie and Critic hummed "The Review Must Go On" and then got freaked out by weird things happening.
The burst of flame in the opening theme song is exactly the same one we see in Son of the Mask when the Devil hears Critic's screaming and gets off on it.
Malcolm hitting Critic with the baseball bat in The Wicker Man is the same camera shot used when Rebecca beat the turkey in Demo Reel.
Insane Troll Logic: The way he tries to crack the "secret message" in the Angry Video Game Nerd's reply to his message. To his credit, he was close. It was actually "Lick my balls, you piece-of-shit Nostalgia Critic."
I Reject Your Reality: In his review of The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's ability to resist bloodbending similar to Amon is attributed to him caring nothing for the basic rules of the setting and blatantly ignoring them.
Ironic Echo: In the Simon Sez review, the breakdown violin music from the commercials special is playing again when he's so overjoyed that someone (Lupa) actually listened to him for once he's got a whole new perspective on life. What makes it this trope and not Triumphant Reprise is that it's a Yank the Dog's Chain.
His psychotic breakdown in "fuck-ups part three" starts off being a repeat of his Battlefield Earth tantrum, but then goes into screeching about how stupid and awful everyone is.
In the Blues Brothers game review over on the DVD, his getting up in the morning is a forcedly happy version of his morning routine in his look on sports movies.
In The Review Must Go On, the Critic reminds Doug of when he talked about a character taking on a life of their own in To Boldly Flee, and uses that to scare the shit out of him.
At the end of "Old vs New: Amazing Spider-Man", the Hyper Fangirl puts on Critic's hat and jacket (with same camera shots) like he did in "The Review Must Go On", adding a possible Take That to the girls who only got into him from there and don't care about anything previous.
Even bleeds into real life. “Uh oh” was the only thing he said in regards to linking “The Review Must Go On” too.
The Critic making fun of the pretentious goth chick from Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows is pretty funny considering Doug Walker himself had posted video evidence that he had a pretentious pseudo-goth phase once.
The Take That, Audience! tone of "The Top 11 South Park Episodes" considering Doug had made a facebook post a week earlier asking commenters to pick a subject for his next top 11.
Out of God knows how many, Pearl Harbor is the one rant where he says he's not fucking around, but ended up completely wrong (not only did soldiers not have to learn to swim in those days, but the ship also had other workers) and came off like Eagleland.
One of his "Next Top 11 Fuck-ups" was about recurring mispronounciations.
It's a Wonderful Plot: The 2010 Christmas special has the Critic's Guardian Angel show him what others' life would be like if the Critic had never existed. Turns out most of them would have much more successful careers (ranging from The Cinema Snob being a successful porn star to Angry Joe being President Evil) and his Guardian Angel would be God's Number Two.
It's Been Done: The commentary of the above mentioned video reveals Doug's disappointment upon finding out that subvertingIt's a Wonderful Plot wasn't as original an idea as he thought it was. Though at least he's the first to have the story explore what the Guardian Angel's own life would be like without the protagonist.
This is also why he will never review The Phantom Menace — everyone has riffed it, there's nothing new he could bring to the table by taking his turn at it.
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??"
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.
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.
Up for debate how about self-aware it is, but Critic bashes this himself in The Lorax, when he responds to the executives excuse of “it's satire” with “how does laughing at the bad things you do make them any less bad?"
When Doug tries it in the behind the scenes of Lorax, overly defending the fangirl jokes before anyone even complains, Rob needles him a lot, reminding him that he trashed Loki fangirls too and his not wanting to look Tamara to look normal doesn't exactly reassure anyone that he's not being a sexist dick.
Juggling Loaded Guns: The Critic accidentally shoots Bert and Mickey Mouse after watching Quest for Camelot.
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...?
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.
Least Rhymable Word: Like The Grinch review, the Critic starts off The Lorax with rhyming lines. Then he hits orange and drops it.
Leitmotif: "Everything You Know is Wrong" by Weird Al Yankovic has become synonymous with the Fuck-Ups episodes.
Let Them Die Happy: Despite being insulted by him for most of his scenes, Critic asks if there's anything he can do for Terl when they learn the Psychlo planet is getting blown up. This kindness comes back to bite him in the ass for To Boldly Flee, as Terl still blamed him for "being a distraction". note Of pure satisfaction.
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.)
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.
He has also used the generic "wah wah wah" ones a few times, including one review where he uses his own voice to make them… and keeps increasing the volume every subsequent time.
Lost Aesop: Even Santa Christ can't figure out what the moral of "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard" is.
Santa Christ: And the moral of the story is...! [stares about blankly] Um...[Credits roll]
Lost Episode: Old vs. New on The War of the Worlds. As confirmed in the Next Top 11 Fuck-Ups, he decided not to do the video because he felt neither movie held up well enough. Thankfully, Tommy Wiseau sued them so they had an excuse to get out of it.
A sad piano track plinks away when Critic gets the news that his mother died in Jurassic Park III. As cliche as the use is, Malcolm's comforting voice and Doug's broken acting make the scene as effective as it should be.
Love Hurts: Or as he puts it... "ain't love a bitch?"
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.
Made of Explodium: The Nostalgia Critic's Pun-O-Meter can't count to 6 without exploding.
A Running Gag in his and Phelous' review of Child's Play has the Critic 'testing' various objects by hitting them with a hammer, only for them to explode in his face before he can even do it.
Magnum Opus: invoked After ending the show, Doug listed his top eleven favorite episodes and ranked the Moulin Rouge review as #1, saying that he feels it has the best writing, the best cameos (as well as the most cameos of any review), is the most creative due to the song and dance numbers prevalent in it, and took him months to complete in-between other projects. He also notes that he and Rob felt at the time that they would never be able to top it, and began to talk about ending the show.
Male Gaze: In Barb Wire, he lampshades how they try their hardest to make a woman getting tortured be titillating and the man not at all.
In the Superman Story Arc, he punishes his male audience with a screamer for being distracted by Lois's partial upskirt shot.
According to Elisa's formspring, Team NChick had to force Doug to let them wear the burlesque outfits for the Moulin Rouge! review (they enjoy dressing up), most likely because he was worried about this trope.
In End of Days when the female lead takes her top off: "hello, pointless breast shot!" *few seconds later* "goodbye, pointless breast shot!"
His one complaint about the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mad Love" is the unneeded fanservice of Doctor Harley and her colleague in short mini-skirts.
In his review of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, The Critic initially trashes the Mileena vs. Sonya fight as just pointless violence and pandering, but slowly gets sucked into it due to the fanservice. Eventually, he and three others who show up in the background are hooting and hollering at the fight.
Over on the DVD review of Reefer Madness, he's a little weirded out on the wife character getting extra focus when she puts on her stockings. Especially when the prudish doctor is supposed to be telling this story to the group of people.
He's fairly disgusted by Shatner inserting in a half naked alien lady dancing for no other reason other than the obvious.
In Alien: Resurrection, he surmises that the deformed experiments scene is only there as an excuse to show Weaver's boobs.
As to be expected, Michael Bay got pointedly trashed for objectifying women constantly in his movies.
Especially seeing as she's sixteen and asleep when this happens, he's grossed out by the pan up the girl's naked legs in Ernest Saves Christmas.
Played straight in Catwoman, as the catwomen have cleavage-baring shirts, act seductive whenever they have the chance, and immediately fall for Critic's distraction of a romantic dance.
His amnesiac state hit hard against the Female Gaze of Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee, whining at one point that the only nipples Todd would be seeing would be of men because there were too many shirtless scenes.
According to the Turbo commentary, Rachel!Rita's cone boobs were giant for a reason.
In "Why Is Loki So Hot", he forces a close up on Black Widow's boobs, saying he can't answer the above question himself "because [her cleavage] wouldn't let [his] eyes go".
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.
In his Jingle All the Way review, the Critic shows us the scene where Ted's reindeer chases Howard through the house. Since he never mentioned the reindeer previously, it's made to look like this reindeer comes out of nowhere in the film (and thus, sort of a Big Lipped Alligator Moment). In reality, the reindeer was introduced early in the film, where it had a nasty disposition towards Howard. So the reindeer's re-appearance is a Brick Joke.
In the same review, the Critic makes fun of Howard's line, "I didn't make it." upon seeing the empty school gym. The Critic thought this was pointing out the obvious, but it's meant to be an Ironic Echo to a line Howard said at the start of the film: "I'm gonna make it.", referring to Howard wanting to arrive at Jamie's karate promotion on time. But those clips were never shown.
Possibly lampshaded in the review of Suburban Knights, as he calls Real!Critic an idiot for getting the glove taken away from him but neglects to mention Malachite forced it out of his hand with magic.
A bad case in Man of Steel where, when Joe calls Critic out for sexism, he brings up a clip of Joe singing "ass and titties" to shut him up. In reality, the clip he took was from the review "Metro: Last Light" and out of context. Joe was actually ranting about how unneeded the fanservice was and the singing was what he assumed the writers were thinking.
A Man Is Always Eager: Defied. He says, with disgusted sarcasm, "imagine that, a boy being pressured into something" while discussing how awful Bella is.
Also defied with him as a character. Despite his perviness and love of sex, we've mostly seen or heard about the times where he really hasn't wanted to instead of vice versa.
But played straight in Pearl Harbor, where he doesn't get why Ben Affleck would deny himself sex the last night he's home.
"Realized" in Catwoman, where he decides it was apparently silly to be scared of Hysterical Women who switch between wanting to kill and screw him, and switches to perving on them instead.
Creepy straight in Dawn Of The Commercials when he says that women not wanting men just makes men want them more, over a picture of an angry woman pushing a guy away.
Spoony's reaction to seeing Critic for the first time post-To Boldly Flee isn't surprise that he's back or apologizing for the consistent Spooning abuse, but to call him a cockblocker for taking the flirting Tamara away.
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.
The Masochism Tango: Critic and Tamara. He's interested in exploiting her Bastard Girlfriend persona to get himself views but wants to break her, and she'll pull any trick to get him hurting because she hates him (even had a Fandom Nod moment of liking him better dead) and can fight back his abusive behavior unlike Rachel.
Meaningful Background Event: During Critic's rant on how much he hates “Blue Brothers 2000”, a woman collapsing and her friend eventually mourning her death.
When Linkara mentions plastic swords in fights and a Suburban Knights DVD appears in his hand, watch Critic's mass confusion in not knowing anything about what Linkara is referring to.
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.
Critic: It's like watching a kid dance well, and then another less-talented kid says he can do the same thing, and then ends up copying a terrible cartoon show.
Mic Drop: His review of Jurassic Park provides the page quote; he says the T-Rex should have done a mic drop at the end. Cue editing a mic into the T-Rex's last scene. He himself does one at the end of the review for the hell of it.
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?"
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.
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's mom: Just stop doing it to the pictures of the Green M&M! It's unnatural!
The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In the short film leading up to the return of the series, Doug Walker is debating internally and externally whether or not to bring the critic back. One scene (which is impressively cut to look like a single take) involves him in the bathroom opening the medicine cabinet after looking at his own face in the mirror. When he closes it, the Nostalgia Critic is staring back at him.
The above was alluded to in the AI Ruxpin flashback, where a scared Critic gingerly touches his mirror reflection in what can only assumed as a bit of writer-karma.
Mondegreen:invoked In the third commercial special, The Nostalgia Critic misheard Usagi Yojimbo as "You sucky your Jimbo!"
He also can't understand what Michael Jackson is singing in Smooth Criminal.
Money, Dear Boy: invoked The Nostalgia Critic frequently points out when good actors appear in films he pans; i.e. Abe Vigoda (Good Burger, North) and Christopher Plummer (Rock-A-Doodle). He figures they only do it for the money.
In Chairman Of the Board, Critic announces he's going to do a movie called Critic and Trout (co-starring an actual trout). The reason? They offered him too much money to refuse.
Assumes this is why Carole King sounds so bored when singing the opening song for The Care Bears Movie.
"Care-a-lot is paying for my new car So I might as well sing it."
Used for an in-universe joke in the Foodfight! review. When Critic is told by Malcolm and Tamara that the movie's infamy is leading to reviews of the film to be widely viewed online, Critic realizes he can capitalize on this by getting lots of views and ad revenue by simply doing a review of his own. He even punctuates the joke with a cash register "ka-ching!" sound effect while superimposing himself onto a $100 bill.
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.
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 "Top 11 Dumbest Spiderman Moments", he mentions the Mood Whiplash following the dance scene from Spiderman 3, where, after said dance scene, Peter hits Mary Jane, then sulks about it. He then play it out...
(dances for a few seconds with happy dance music playing, interrupted by him punching someone offscreen) I'm a monster. (turns and blocks his face with thunder sound effect)
Happens in-universe in the "Disney Afternoon" retrospective. Before the commercial break there is a gag involving Critic, Tamara, and Malcolm all pulling out items relevant to their childhoodsnote Critic with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gummy fruit snacks, Tamara with a Pinkie Pie My Little Pony plush toy, and Malcolm with an Optimus Prime action figure, 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 moderndayequivalents. 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.
Invoked. The adulterer in The Tommyknockers loses all hope when he leaves a search for a missing child to go fuck his mistress.
Subverted at the end of Mr. Magoo. He would have certainly never been able to come back from beating an old blind man to death, so Doug did the sensible thing of revealing Magoo to be a psychotic who was just pretending to be blind and tortured the Critic with a pitchfork.
More Than Mind Control: Sage realizes that maybe he is the devil when Critic acts ditzier than normal, giving him all his money and jumping off a cliff because Sage off-handedly told him to.
motif: Since The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, fire. The opening theme is full of it, hell is the most well-known incarnation, it takes over every background in the TGWTG 4 DVD, and pops up in the "Should We Scare the S#*% Out of Kids?", Twilight, Turbo, and Son of the Mask title cards. Either Doug's working on heavy Rule of Cool, or it has something to do with Critic signing his soul to an eternity of torture in The Cat in the Hat.
Prophet Eyes, specifically referencing his To Boldly Flee death. Said scene is the longest in the first reboot opening theme, the Master Of Disguise title card eyes were there to make him look demonic, The Last Airbender title card gave him the Avatar State eyes for no reason because he was useless in the episode, and the Why Do We Love Zombies title card has the eyes because he's a decaying zombie.
Mirrors tend to be a trend with him too. The creepiest scenes in "The Review Must Go On" is when he's in the bathroom mirror and psychotic smirk-ily torturing Doug, he paws a mirror in the AI episode, and the studio has a random gold-lined mirror to suit his vain needs.
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.
In his "Alaska" film review, the grand and whimsical music (while a plane is flying with nothing happening), leads him to sing "Clear/You're clear clear/Clear/You're clear clear/CLEAAAAAAAAAAR!"
"Fuck yeah, sparkle sparkle sparkle!" (from his review of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, when he decides that the line "sparkle sparkle sparkle" is actually profoundly meaningful and awesome)
The opening credits of Heavy Metal, which features a car in space. He repeatedly mentions to his co-host, Diamanda Hagan, that said car in space renders all logical fallacies in the film invalid. At the end, The Critic is riding the previously mentioned car in space with CR.
Musical 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 Fleetrailer.
To Boldly Flee and Demo Reel combine in Alice in Wonderland, as the sad trailer music plays over Critic's guilt over how nice he used to be, and the Donnie's confidence music plays when it looks like Critic is for once going to take on a lesson since comeback. which ends up just a Hope Spot when Burton lets him down with another shitty adaptation and he goes back to reboot normal
When he's confessing sins that had nothing to do with him in Food Fight, "Fatal Fight" is the soundtrack, being that little hint of what he should be apologizing for.
The stuttery Ethereal Choir from the Demo Reel Batman parody is usually used as a sign that something bad is going to happen, or when Critic is getting abused or threatened.
My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: In his review of "The Magic Voyage" Critic criticizes the German company who made this film for making such a historically inaccurate film. Then he turns the tables by adding: "We can't even get our own history right!" and shows the poster for Disney's "Pocahontas" film.
Neck Lift: A rather strong-looking fan does this to him as punishment for disliking Howl's Moving Castle. In the commentary for Ponyo, Doug reveals that he actually got lifted up for real and really wanted the picture to be taken quick.
Neutral Female: He points out that JLo's character in The Cell must have a blank slate for a mind, as it was easy to enslave her and also easy to free her.
Never a Self-Made Woman: Ferngully II and The Secret of NIMH II draw his ire for making Christa and Mrs. Brisby stay home and look after things, nobody giving them any credit for what they did in the first installments, and the sequels instead focusing on minor male characters.
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.
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.
Non Sequitur Thud: At the beginning and end of the A Kid In King Arthur's Court review, he repeatedly hits his head in an attempt to forget all about the movie, resulting in Mondegreen titles like "A Cat in Bea Arthur's Cooch". Also, at the end, he accidentally says "I remember it so you don't Blues Clues", instead of his usual catch phrase.
Noodle Incident: In the future, seahorses have somehow taken over the world. The only explanation we get is Future Nostalgia Critic saying that they really should've seen it coming.
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 girlin Alaska before the room shakes to stop him.
No Sell: During the fight with Nostalgia Chick in the Ferngully review she tried poking him in the eyes but his glasses stop her.
Nostalgia Filter: Averted, since the Critic's purpose is showing that the eighties and early nineties had their fair share of terrible or otherwise disappointing shows and movies, and mocked on occasion. The exception is his Top 11 lists, which are much more positive. Also, some normals reviews and "Old Vs New", where he picks two versions of one work (both exceptionally good) and compares one to the other to find the better one.
Some reviews - like Gargoyles or Hook - he will heavily admit that he truly likes, but even so he still pick out flaws and fridge logic in them.
The one time the Critic succumbs to the Nostalgia Filter is during his review of Follow That Bird, forcing Chester A. Bum to finish it for him.
Critic himself is also subject to this. Those who didn't like Demo Reel or just hate the Rachel/Malcolm/Tamara sketches just because they're sketches note obviously doesn't apply to those who think the new skits are bad because they think they're bitter and heartless, which even Rachel and Doug agreed with 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.
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.
"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.
Early in Inspector Gadget, he gave a Not Editing This Footage Disclaimer—He wanted it made clear he did not shoehorn in the Yahoo! jingle.
Also done in Captain N, to say he didn't add "OO-WEE-OH!" noises to a march of guards.
Likewise he pointed out that he did not edit the scene in the Digimon movie where the dialogue actually goes: "Get over it." "Okay!"
In the Catwoman review: "Yes, Sean Young, we all remember how you ambushed Tim Burton dressed as Catwoman in order to force him to put you in the role" *Looks at the camera* "That's not comedic writing; she really did that, folks."
He had a sign that he pulled down that more or less stated this during his review of The King and I.
Not so Dire: Snarked on in Suburban Commando where Shelley Duvall was only screaming "for health". He thinks next week it'll be running down the street yelling rape to "ease the tension".
No Yay: Sometimes pointed out by the Critic in-universe, Kazaam being a major offender.
N.C.: Bad touch! BAD TOUCH!
Thinkinvoked about his relationship with Spoony too hard and you might be squicked out.
Nutritional Nightmare: The Nostalgia Critic and his obnoxious fan Douchey McNitpick love to eat Sugar Frosted Burrito Stuffed Hot Pockets.
Nostalgia Critic: I’m sure a lot of this comes from spending less time in the kitchen and more time eating sugar frosted burrito-stuffed hot pockets. Douchey: Oh, I love those! With the extra lard on the side? (Speaks simultaneously with NC) And the delicious crumbled up things ever! Nostalgia Critic:(simultaneously) Yeah, I know! And the creamy buttery tastes for real liposuctions. Douchey: And the side of oil found in most suntan lotions?