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  • Obligatory Swearing: Some of the editorial titles, like “Is Juno Any Damn Good”, or “Should We Scare The Shit Out Of Our Kids”, or “WTF Is Up With The Ending Of The Graduate”.
  • Obviously Evil: Pointed out in his review of A Kid in King Arthur's Court - "By the way, did I mention that I am the villain? No? Because I don't have to!"
    • He does that again in The Lost World with the Men in Suits.
    • And in Quest for Camelot, where the villain has a far more sinister character design than the others knights around him.
    • And in "The OTHER Titanic Animated Movie" when he points out that the villain has both an evil mustache and an eyepatch.
    • Parodied in the Sailor Moon review:
    Jedite: Please get into this evil device, which is in no way an evil device.
  • Offstage Villainy: The gap between Small Soldiers and The Princess Diaries 2. They couldn't actually show Hyper kidnapping Critic, taking him to her place, and doing enough awful things that he's terrified into pretending to love her. So. They used that gap, she never actually touches him and he only mentions a couple of things she's done to keep him there.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • An EXTENDED Oh, Crap. In his review of The Room, he laughs at Tommy Wiseau's performance and asks where the real actor is. As he realizes to his horror that Tommy Wiseau IS the lead actor, his smile slowly fades into a face of pure horrific stupefaction.
    • And another when at the end of his "Old vs. New" of The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt. As God reveals that he was upset with one of the judgments, the Critic's face goes through about ten priceless seconds of varying degrees of "...I'm fucked, aren't I."
    • Linkara's initial reaction to Nostalgia Critic at the beginning of their crossover review for Superman IV was FULL of this.
    • This is his initial reaction to the Captain Planet AIDS episode.
    • "...Bothell, Washington? You're bluffing. You don't really have those videos."
    • This is his reaction when, after running through the hotel, screaming like a maniac (albeit pausing to do a Q&A), and hiding in Sci-Fi Guy's hotel room, he turns on the TV...only to see Linkara glaring at him, ready to do a Star Trek crossover review with him, something he had been trying to avoid the entire month.
    • In the contemplating scene of "Disney Afternoon", he's okay with the trends from the 80s coming back, but what breaks him (for the third time) is the fact that he's still watching cartoons and commenting on them.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting:
    • The scene where the Nostalgia Critic realizes where he has to review Good Burger.
    • He also uses it for the moments in the Drop Dead Fred review when he asserts that it's really a horror film.
    • He refers to it as "The Dramatic Choir" in his Top 11 Best Cliches, listing the different variants: actual Latin chanting, gibberish that sounds like a dead language, English made to sound like a different language, and plain old oohs and aahs.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune:
  • Once More with Clarity: In Food Fight, Critic comes home from an earlier review and has a dementedly gross Catwoman-style breakdown. Sad, but he does that for movies and it's extreme but to be expected. But then we get to the ending of the review, where Tamara tells him it was a waste of time and nobody will care so he'll get less money, and the breakdown clips are shown again, this version much sadder because karma humanized him a little.
  • Operation Jealousy: He thinks this is happening with Dexter in Good Burger, as Monique looks like the female version of Ed and they're on a double date.
  • Out of Character: As the character personas hated each other, Rachel's farewell video is very clearly dedicated to Doug and Malcolm and a Call Back to Demo Reel, instead of anything to do with Critic.
  • Overcrank: The premise behind "Scary Slow-Mo", where he plays a scene slowly to make it more scary.
  • Overly Long Gag: He has a tendency towards this. Some of the more prominent examples:
  • Overreacting Airport Security: He complains that he gets uncomfortably felt up at the airport and a rescued Geordi doesn't even get searched.
  • Overused Running Gag: In his review of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, when the Critic portrays the scene of Little Nemo piloting a blimp as the Hindenburg Disaster, a disclaimer acknowledges that the joke has been overused, and claims that it will be the last time he will ever use it. (It wasn't, he used it again in Gordy.)
    • Doug has said he's got seriously sick of the "Bat Credit Card" joke and will only do it once at cons.
      • The tiredness of it was lampshaded at the end of Rover Dangerfield, where he screamed the line as the Nostalgia Kitten and immediately got shot.
    • 'Platypus Bunny' had a short life-span, as the Guyver review with Sage mocked it by having him whine that it was the new thing while 'Of Course!' was boring, and being portrayed as the asshole.

  • Pac-Man Fever: Noted in Suburban Commando, where an arcade game shown is portrayed as a game where you fight aliens while the Critic recognizes it as Afterburner, which has nothing to do with aliens.
  • Painting the Medium: In Moulin Rouge!, the Guilty Pleasures song is the only one where they look down the barrel of the camera, i.e it's more directed to the audience than to Critic.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • Invoked, parodied and lampshaded for his review of Turbo A Power Rangers Movie, mentioning the Milestone Celebration of its 20th anniversary repeatedly. Not only does he feature Rita and Zordon and break out the special effects to fake fight scenes with one of Rita's monsters, but he also gets Linkara to make a cameo. The parody and lampshading elements include the Critic calling "Pandering time" instead of "Morphing time" when he jumps into action, and a new song parodying the original Mighty Morphing theme including the lyrics "this song is here to praise your heroes and suck up".
    • Also invoked for his review of the film adaptation of James and the Giant Peach, which was released after his Let's Play of Bart's Nightmare. The Critic's Let's Play was considered by many to be the absolute worst Let's Play ever, and in-universe, resulted in the Critic being sent to Internet State Penitentiary. The Critic tries to endear himself to the public again by doing a positive review of a well-known and loved film, to wit, his review of James and the Giant Peach, in which he tries desperately not to say anything negative about the film, in hopes of restoring his image in the public's eye. But, because he didn't like the movie, it didn't work.
  • Panty Shot: The scene from Suburban Knights comes up in his review of DuckTales. He's rather proud of it.
  • Parental Abandonment: Parodied in the Care Bears review.
    "Don't make me tell your parents, who may or may not exist and I may or may not be keeping you from."
  • Parental Neglect: In the Chick's TLC review, he angrily defends living with his mother as her being his world. As she's never come to help when he's been blown up, kidnapped, having a breakdown or any other instances where he's got himself into trouble, it's safe to say she doesn't have the same feeling about him.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Naturally brings this up in the Sailor Moon review, where Serena is unable to tell Tuxedo Mask's very obvious identity. He also notes this of Sailor Moon herself.
    • In The Matrix, Malcolmus and Tammity are clearly just Malcolm and Tamara in a lot of leather. When Critic scoffs, Tamara reminds him this wasn't their idea and he wrote it.
  • Parody Commercial: One of Nostalgia Critic's occasional jokes is to make one out of one of the items in the work he reviews.
  • Past Victim Showcase: While talent-bended!Critic isn't dead, Shya still grabs him off the floor and presents his Empty Shell-ness to Rachel and Malcolm.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Doug in his out-of-character videos often can't seem to stop smiling, even when he's raging about something.
  • Phrase Catcher: The following exchange has happened on at least two crossovers in Walker's house:
    Critic: How did you get in here?
    Other character: I broke in.
  • Pie in the Face: He gets one at the end of the BloodRayne review, courtesy of Linkara.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Seriously, what is Tinkerbell made out of? The Critic points out that she could have easily solved EVERYTHING in the movie by having her beat the living snot out of Captain Hook at the rest of the pirates.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Critic is so desperate and lonely by Master Of Disguise that he spends about two minutes begging a personification of a fart joke not to leave him alone.
  • Plot Hole: invoked The Critic has a specialty of pointing out these. So, as lampshaded by Doug in his To Boldly Flee commentary, it was only fitting that he became one himself.
  • Police Brutality: He's happy the Transformers movie confirms his belief that police are evil.
  • Poor Man's Porn: He's very obviously masturbating to George Takei's autobiography in the group review of The Last Airbender.
  • Portmanteau: In his Batman & Robin review, he said the movie was "horribafuckus", combining the words horrible and fuck.
    • In his Full House review, he said the show was manufactured precious shit... or "precshit", as he liked to call it.
    • Similarly, in his Home Alone 3 review, he said many of John Hughes's '90s movies tended to fall into the category of slapstick shit, or "slapshit", as he liked to call it.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: He makes a really bad Doctor Who TARDIS sound effect in The Shining review, sounding more like one of the Three Stooges. Doug excused this by admitting he's only seen one episode and that was the Doctor-lite Blink.
  • Power Is Sexy: Oh yes. Not just with him craving some of his own, but he was consistently attracted to curvy brunettes who like dominating, and his guy!crushes were always confident, self-possessed and usually black.
  • Precision F-Strike: Although NC gave Little Monsters a lot of criticism for its use of constant swear words in a kids movie, he gave credit to the "Holy shit!" line that the girl gives when she sees the monster entrance, since it would seem like a legitimate reaction.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: Unfortunately no details, but he calls "inevitable death sex" the best kind of sex.
  • Prequel: Scooby-Doo leads right into To Boldly Flee, with Critic's self-esteem imploding to the point where he knows he has to take (both suicidal and sensible) action, Continuity Porn to segway into a love-letter send-off for the character, anomalies already starting to pop up and Critic believing the same thing Turrell does, that he was the reason Psychlo blew up.
    • In a surreal moment, he crossed over with Doug's AT vlog of “Business Time”, with the magic of the show transporting him to Alcon, setting up “The Guyver” review.
    • “Is Eyes Wide Shut Artsy Porn” makes for one of the darker editorials, and he announces in the beginning that he wants to look at a couple of primal fears he has to segue into the next month's nostalgia-ween.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Vanilla Ice's character in Cool as Ice, supposedly.
    • Mocked in Care Bears Nutcracker:
    Grumpy Bear: (covered in soot) Cos I like to be black.
    Critic: You and most white suburban teenagers.
  • Pretty in Mink: Parodied in the review of the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special, when he noticed that Skeletor's wand could create parkas with fur collars out of thin air.
    Skeletor: My wand can do anything! It can kill people, destroy cities, and make fashionable fur coats!
  • Pretty Little Headshots: For comedy, time and sanity purposes (because only a minority of people want to see his brain splattered on the wall), if he gets shot in the forehead there'll be only be a small hole there with a tiny bit of blood. If he gets shot in the side, there'll be nothing.
  • Previously On: In “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”, after knocking Chester out, Critic does a quick summary of the Transformers-review storyline to catch everyone up to speed.
    • “What You Never Knew About TMNT” plays the end of the Small Soldiers episode at the beginning, explaining that Critic has been missing for a week.
  • Primal Fear: If you feel like you're useless and haven't made anything out of your life, then the commercial special angst will hurt quite a bit more.
    • Most people have felt alone and isolated at one point, so the Scooby-Doo review resonated strongly with plenty of his fanbase.
      • Plus it's not explicitly stated, but old!Critic is clearly note  suffering from early dementia at this point. So Critic has that to look forward to now.
    • Women were apparently more scared of The Shining review than men were, including Rachel, as Doug had to apologize to her and several con guests for playing the part of “abusive threatening psycho boyfriend” far too well.
    • Outright stated in “Why Do We Love Zombies”, as his analysis comes to the conclusion that it's getting used to the terror, and that's a different and deeper kind of fear than immediate scare.
    • This is the trope that makes him love Paranorman so much as “it's finding that the scariest part of the scariest creatures is that, they are human, and any of us can become these things at any time.”
    • “Reality” in The Monster Squad. It makes Tamara scream when she sees it first, and terrifies the boys with things like student loans and bills to pay.
  • Princesses Rule: One of his biggest pet peeves. In any movie or TV show where a character is called a princess but is not shown to be the daughter of a living, active monarch, he will mention it and attack the character for it. For instance, in the review for Felix the Cat: The Movie, he scratches his head over why Princess Oriana is a princess when her parents are dead and she is ruling the nation, then theorizes that she had her first name legally changed to "Princess" so she could keep the title. He finally examines this trope in detail in the editorial video "What's with the Princess Hate?".
  • Prison Rape: Implied at the start of James and the Giant Peach. His jacket and tie are missing, he was apparently public enemy number one for the LP, he can't seem to look anyone in the eye, and it takes a while for him to get the slightest bit of confidence back. (Plus, it's Critic, making him a bitch would be easy.)
  • Product Placement: Most of the 2012 Critic episodes have had advertisements cutting him off in the middle of the review. Out-of-universe it's because Doug needs a little bit more money (caused by changing the amount of money they pay to creators on a regular basis), but in-universe it's been implied that while Critic acts annoyed by them, he secretly likes being a corporate whore.
  • Prophetic Names: The Critic wonders if Richie Rich or his dad's lives would have been different if they had been born named "Poor E. Broke." Chester A. Bum claims that it's his legally born name.
  • Protagonist Centred Morality: The AI review and commentary had a huge dose of this, as it's not okay for TMZ to mock celebrities, but reboot!Critic does it so much that even Malcolm in the Man of Steel behind the scenes video pointed it out, and Doug in-commentary thinks the celebrities (including child stars) that he mocks are “asking for it”.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The "Storm" movement of the William Tell Overture plays when he rants over the Blues Brothers SNES game and when he destroys the Neverending Story III DVD.

  • Quote Swear Unquote:
  • Queer People Are Funny: The reviews of Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee are less about the plot problems and more about Take Thating at all Female Gaze homoerotic Ship Tease they involved. Strange, considering how Doug's gone on record gushing about his that-way-inclined audience.
    • Genderqueer are included in the mocking too, as in Catwoman, Malcolm with the Tina A tits is referred to feeling like a catman in a catwoman's body, gets treated like the Butt Monkey, and Critic makes sure to scowl at him the most when they're all slow-dancing.
    • "The Strangest But Best Couples" has mocking of Critic's new homophobia too, but it's still meant to be amusing when LittleKuriboh (who when he came out as bisexual got a big backlash) touches him all over and then gets kicked out when Critic had wanted to humiliate a "sexy female guest" instead. Same thing at the end when Kirphober thought he was Kuriboh.
    • The first Hyper Fangirl vlog has Malcolm (in character) say he has a crush on Critic, and that while they have a bromance now, he'll tell Critic his real feelings eventually. As all Critic does is make him a pathetic abused Butt Monkey, the Cringe Comedy is just too much.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Parodied in The Thief and the Cobbler review when Tak and Yumyum look at each other while tilting their heads left and right, Critic mimics them until his head does a full rotation.

  • Rage Against the Author: Inverted with The Last Airbender, with Doug raging against Critic being an idiot, but having so little power now he can't do anything about it.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Throughout the entire Felix the Cat review, he is clearly suffering from the film's horrendous animation, bullshit plot, painfully obnoxious characters, ear-torturingly annoying voice acting and musical numbers, and random, unexplained plot points and events. But what really pushes him over the edge is the princess' Incredibly Lame Pun at the very end.
  • Rage Judo: Used on him by Linkara when they had just finished panning Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and the Critic has compared Linkara's special effects to the movie's.
    Critic: Get over it, you comic geek! Your special effects suck.
    Linkara: Bat-credit card!
    Critic: A BAT CREDIT CARD?!! I'LL KILL YOU!!! I'LL KILL YOU ALL!!! (goes crazy and shoots things)
  • Rant Inducing Slight: Happens every now and then, particularly for incredibly stupid scenes ("they can't go through a pantry door"), and in case of the Scooby-Doo intro, lots of Self-Deprecation regarding how the Critic's life is a failure given reviewing such terrible movies is his life.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Defied. He sarcastically sums up how Costner's character in Waterworld can be considered a good guy because despite all the horrible things he's done, he didn't take a woman's body when she didn't want it.
    • Squickily, defied with pedophilia too. While he's sane enough to know it's obviously evil, watch his review of The Tommy Knockers. Cheating and bailing out of your responsibility towards a lost child is seen as worse than someone getting jailed for touching kids.
  • Reaching Between the Lines: Two characters who aren't in the same frame usually act as if they're talking by a video link, though the Critic throws something at Ask That Guy with the Glasses and knocks him out and he's able to fire his gun at Linkara and hit the wall behind him. He also appears to interact with the physical frame of M. Bison saying "OF COURSE!" and The Cinema Snob's musings on Manimal. Lampshaded by Phelous in the Child's Play review when he comments that the sock he threw at the Critic got much whiter in the Critic's frame than it had been in his.
  • Reality Ensues
    • When the Critic points out that the protagonists of Bio-Dome are moronic losers with no jobs and really shouldn't have a nice house and hot girlfriends like they do in the movie, '90s Kid shows up to inform him that that kind of thing happened all the time in the '90s. However, he's interrupted when his landlord shows up with an eviction notice. And a battering ram. And a sawed-off shotgun.
    • His phone conversation with the director for My Pet Monster, which started with him calling the director to ask why he would make such a stupid movie, and the conversation turns to him trying to explain that he watches old movies to point out their shortcomings ("It's kind of my job."), and ends in depression which inspires the next episode where he eats junk food and watches old commercials.
    • Played for Laughs in the Heavy Metal crossover, as, taking a cue from a girl's horniness after her father is killed, Diamanda kills another girl's dad to see if said girl will sleep with her, and gets punched instead.
    • While it's very unlikely that he went, after the Master Of Disguise beatdown he says he'll be going away for a while, either to jail or a crazy house. Turns out beating people in public gets you in trouble with authorities!
    • Disney Afternoon has Critic getting his Berserk Button pressed like has often happened, but actually shows what it's like for the person who pressed it. Malcolm (the presser) is in pain for most of the review, even the usually-in-control Tamara is shaken, and Critic gets a lot more creepy as a result.
    • A little more psychotic reality as he also wants to stab her, but Critic is a lot quicker to threaten Hyper Fangirl with a restraining order for stalking him than Todd was for the Chick doing the same. The former said it by her second vlog, Todd only thought of it by To Boldly Flee.
    • His countless Distressed Dude moments have warped his brain, leading him to say Aren't You Going to Ravish Me? with Todd, being easy to Stockholm Syndrome and nearly letting Hyper Fangirl keep him, and is totally okay with a past version of himself being used like a non-consenting Sex Slave.
    • In the beginning of Bridge to Terabithia, he reveals that all the groin attacks he's suffered over the years has made that area not function as well as it should.
    • Despite the un-reality of Zod being castrated by Superman (in Man of Steel review), he still doesn't magically heal up, and more than a year later it's destroyed enough to make his porn co-star scream in horror.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Minor instance, since January 2012 some of his reviews have ads into the middle of the video as well, so he works this into the script of the reviews.
    • The ending of the A Simple Wish review, where Mara Wilson herself appears and delights in handing the Critic his comeuppance for making fun of her simply for the movies she appeared in... resulted from Mara being hurt about Doug's "fans" harassing her over Critic's Accentuate the Negative opinion about her acting, and Doug made up with her and she agreed to appear in his next review.
    • The only reason why Critic was “busy training” in the “Top 11 Adult Jokes We Never Got As Kids” was because Doug's home area had a lot of power outages that summer and he couldn't do a proper editorial.
    • To a lesser extent, Tamara had to do a half-day of filming After Earth because she was the only one going to vidcon, so Hyper Fangirl tells everyone that she can't be there long because she's getting a face tattoo of Critic's neck.
  • Real Men Cook: Inverted as a point of pride in “Rise Of The Commercials”, where he says the boys toys ovens were better than the girls toys ovens because boys couldn't eat the stuff they made and live.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: In the The Cat in the Hat review, at the point in the movie where the Cat does his Carmen Miranda dance number, Critic first suspects that the movie is just some wacky episode of To Catch a Predator, then eventually comes to the conclusion that this is supposed to be one of those fake trailers that appear in Tropic Thunder, "The one that looks real but is so goddamn stupid it couldn't possibly exist, except this one actually exists and you should cry because of it."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gets a few in the Ponyo review, mostly centered around how he's too worthless to try and criticize the great Miyazaki.
    • He directs one at Michael Bay in the Pearl Harbor review, then another to TMZ in "Top 11 South Park" as well as anyone who watches the show. Doug ended up embarrassed by both of these, as the former was a Critical Research Failure, and the latter he felt was bratty and cruel.
    • In his The Cat in the Hat review, he delivers one to Soulless (who basically is the embodiment of everything wrong with the Dr. Seuss movies), calling him out on all his corporate money grubbing ideology.
  • Rebus Bubble: In the Saved By the Bell review, Duck + Oil = Gravestone.
    • He does another one for the Other Titanic Movie, questioning how the mouse put Human Female + Mouse = Racist.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Occurs in the Jack Frost review when he spots a chained-up Superman toy with Batman's head. Also happens in the Man of Steel review, when during the opening song, Superman states he killed a man.
    • Also occurs in the review of Secret of NIMH 2, during a skit when the Critic hypothesizes how Jesus would react if he was asked as a child to die for our sins.
    • Another instance is during the Good Burger review, when the Critic discovers Abe Vigoda is in the film.
  • Recursive Canon: NC has some problems with this occurring in the Double Dragon film.
    • In the Hyper Fangirl vlogs, Tamara and Hyper Fangirl (who is played by RL!Tamara) talk to each other and don't get on, and Doug and Critic co-exist in general; ever since “The Review Must Go On”, their meetings and allusions to each other aren't exactly as sweet as the To Boldly Flee talk.
    • Some (but not all) sketches or sketch characters are Critic writing them in-universe (like fathers played by him abusing their daughters played by Tamara) or ic!Rachel/Malcolm/Tamara pretending to be other people (like Katara, Sokka or Elsa) to fuck with Critic's head.
  • Recursive Reality: In Is There Another Good Shyamalan Movie?, a character who knows he's a character, is depressed about the notion that he's in a story and all his actions are pre-determined.
  • Redundant Parody: In the Pearl Harbor skits, Rachel and Malcolm are playing the "offensive Ms. Fanservice" and "offensive ghetto guy" stereotypes respectively, but aren't given anything to do outside of that, so become somewhat offensive themselves. Rach realized this on Twitter, saying she wanted to Gender Flip the stereotypes around but nobody listened to her.
  • Redubbing:
    • Partly done to a scene from Star Wars, with Darth Vader's lines are replaced by... Sailor Moon.
    Darth Serena: How can that be!? If my mom finds out, she'll cut my allowance!
    • Done with the review of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie when Rachel physically performs Rita, Doug dubs the voice, to Rachel's relief. It allowed her to just say whatever she wanted and she didn't have to scream the entire time.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: The Critic points the professor in We're Back! could make much better use of his Time Machine than entertaining children.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Repeated Cue Tardy Response: During his review of Inspector Gadget, when Gadget comes back from the dead simply by "having the heart."
    Critic: That�s right. Even though it defies everything logical and everything scientific, Inspector Gadget comes back to life simply through the will of heart. ...I said �simply through the will of heart.� ...�Simply through the will of heart!� ..Excuse me.
He then runs off and berates Ma-Ti into saying his famous line again solely for the purposes of this Running Gag. Ma-Ti is certainly not happy to do so.
  • Retcon:
    • Catwoman noticeably tried to make Critic manlier than his previous In Touch with His Feminine Side persona pre-comeback. He compares the movie experience to feeling embarrassed for a boy failing at football, the therapist (the only other cis guy) is a lisping idiot, he forgets that he's been slut-shamed (mostly by Douchey) for no reason, and he makes a point of not knowing why he owns a Sex and the City game.
    • In the Christmas Story II review, Critic calls Hyper his psychotic “kinda ex girlfriend”, but confirmed Stockholm Syndrome aside he was always adamant that he'd never be her boyfriend.
    • Retcon of the retcon. In “The Review Must Go On”, a very angry Donnie was told that he had to go back to being the Critic while the others would die in the Plot Hole. That whole thing was admitted by Doug to be a Take That, Audience! which had no basis in canon, and Critic brings up several times how livid he is that his happy ending got screwed over while a few Demo Reel characters have made appearances. Don't take this for anything being made better though, as everyone is still miserable.
    • Critic/Nerd were mature enough to have made up at the end of To Boldly Flee, but since then they've dialed way back in time, with Critic lampshading in a roast that “even though we were in a good place at the end of TBF I still hate you”.
  • Retirony: In his Hook review he's angry because a coconut that Peter cut in half with his sword had just two more days until his retirement.
    Linkara: And it probably doesn't help that the security guard has just two days left before retirement.
    Spoony: And it's probably a bad thing to mention that every single one of these soldiers has just two days left before retirement.
    Later still...
    Spoony: And you know, what makes it really tragic is that everyone in the city had just two days left till retirement!
    Linkara and NC: Shut up!
  • Retroactive Wish: Actually granted in the Nostalgia Critic's SNICK episode, while talking about how screaming loudly in every other sentence isn't funny.
    Nostalgia Critic: Anyone who does it should be shot (is shot in the forehead), un-shot (bullet hole disappears), and given a bag of money (bag of money appears)! (offhandedly) How about some lounge music? (lounge music plays) Yeah, that's nice.
  • Review And Story Segregation: Noticeable with Critic/Hyper Fangirl episodes, as the story has Critic disgusted with her and Hyper Fangirl needing mental help, but the review has him fine with her and her being lucid enough to bash something.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: For his review on the remake of The Grinch. Doing it all couldn't have been a cinch.
  • Rhyming with Itself: In the Guilty Pleasures song of the Moulin Rouge review, Critic rhymes "hell" with itself.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Critic asks Evilina if The Cat in the Hat has broken him. Yes, but he thinks it's because he can't tell jokes anymore, the audience knows that's the case when he hits her later and gets happy on Soulless's torture.
    • "Is Tree Of Life Full Of Bullshit" was twitter!criticized by Kyle for this reason, although he deleted the tweet soon afterwards.
    Kyle: Doug eventually arrives at a truth, but does so without really discussing the thing he ostensibly wants to discuss.
    • In the Princess Diaries 2 review, Critic is willing to give it up to Hyper Fangirl because she's made him think they have a lot of the same media likes in common. That completely blows up when it turns out she's faking it, but they really are Not So Different. Hyper Fangirl's choice to stalk Critic was shot like a Review Must Go On parallel, 'Tamara' was as frustrated with her as Doug is with Reboot!Critic, and Critic admits in his Uncanny Valley review that his own creeping into a person's bedroom ended badly.
  • Right Hand Versus Left Hand: Literally. When the horror of Baby Geniuses 2 puts him in a comatose state right before he has to do a panel, Brental Floss and Uncle Yo prop him up in a chair, speak for him, and pretend to be his arms. They end up arguing over whether Critic liked his Brental Floss or Uncle Yo crossovers more.
  • Rimshot: The Les Misérables review has Paw not being able to do it and Critic being the only one who can create the noise, leaving Paw to look sad. He eventually manages when Critic bitterly says “enter coming out of the closet joke here” when they fall out of a closet.
  • Rogues Gallery: This image has just a few of the people who have tormented Critic over the years. No surprise, most of the pictures are from reboot.
  • Role Association: One of the common jokes in reviews, when he's not using I Am Not Leonard Nimoy instead, is to call actors by the name of a more famous character they played, or sometimes to refer to one with a clip. Here's an example from the review of Child's Play.
    Critic: So Prince Humperdinck is chasing Grima Wormtongue...
  • Romanticized Abuse: He has this habit of seeing rapey scenes (except when it comes children), both male-female or female-male, as a little creepy but mostly just acceptable softcore porn. Let it be stressed that this is just the Critic talking, not Doug.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-universe, he and Todd in the Shadows start hoping that Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wiz will win after she gets the first musical number they've enjoyed all movie long.
    • He even openly admits that Bio-Dome is making him root for the bad guy.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: The Critic's "Top 11 F* ck Ups" notes his spelling errors from time to time. It even has a deliberate one, Lampshaded by Douchey McNitpick, at the end.
    • Subverted in the commentary for The Care Bears Movie. Doug points out that "penguin" is spelled wrong in a caption, and asks why Rob didn't catch it, because he should know that Doug is "dyslexic as hell." The word was spelled correctly.
  • Rousing Speech: Double subverted by Critic's many many many speeches in the reboot. He never gets listened to, and they're usually condescending or hypocritical, but with sappy music and an exaggerated Sincerity Mode voice he's meant to be the one in the right. Luckily, from The Last Airbender onwards, Doug listened to the complaints and had others mock Critic for them, or Rachel/Tim Burton (to name a couple) being the ones to give the speech while Critic sulks.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Critic likes this. He has cited it as a positive point for the Zelda animated series, and is annoyed whenever he reviews a subject in which royals don't use their power to resolve a conflict (such as A Kid In King Arthur's Court).
  • Rule of Cool: The Critic came back from the dead because Optimus Prime died for his sins.
  • Rule of Funny
    • The "You're A Dirty Rotten Bastard" episode has quite a few Fridge Logic issues (Joe being President Evil, Canada being nuked, certain people being happy bunnies when they had problems that in no way related to the Critic, Critic has said many times that reviewing makes his life suck more etc.) but you've got to remember that it was just a way to make the Critic look like the biggest douche and loser in all of creation.
    • He states in his third "Top 11 F*ck-Ups" video that the main reason he referred to Dunston as a monkey instead of an ape was because the word "monkey" would get more laughs than the movie could ever provide.
  • Rule of Three: At the end of the Jack Frost (1998) review:
    Critic: The premise is stupid, the premise is stupid, oh, and did I mention the little fact that the PREMISE IS FUCKING STUPID?!
  • Rule 63: The title card for Moulin Rouge! involves a genderswapped Critic dressed like Satine but with his tie, hat and jacket still on.
  • Running Gag: Many. Somewhat subverted, because Doug believes there is a limit to reusing gags before they become boring, and so, a lot of these already become artifacts before long.
  • Russian Reversal:
    Drago: If he dies, he dies.
    Critic: In Soviet Russia, evil catchphrases say you.
    Major Bronski: What is this? Sophisticated Americans suffering from false modesty? In Russia, we are more matu-[there’s an unexpected jump cut to a few seconds later, likely from the poor condition of the film; this catches Critic off-guard]
    Critic: Whoa! In Soviet Russia, jump cuts jump YOU!

  • Sadistic Choice: The adbreak cliffhanger of Man of Steel. Zod tells Critic that if he doesn't hate it his corpse will be mutilated beyond all human recognition, and Joe tells him that if he goes back on his word then the internet will hunt him down like a animal.
    • In the Nerd DVD review, he considers either being on said DVD on par with being whipped in the street and being called fat.
  • Sadist Show: The character was created to suffer. First it was just bad movies, now it's bad movies and well, life in general. Doug even said in an interview that most people just keep watching to see the Critic get tortured all the time.
  • Sanity Slippage: The Critic attributes Charlie Sheen's mental breakdown to Food Fight, where he voices protagonist Dex Dogtective.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: The Nostalgia Critc's younger self.
    Old Nostalgia Critic: Well thanks for being the voice of reason here.
    Young Nostalgia Critic: No problem.
  • Sarcasm Failure: "I got nothing." Or some variation thereof whenever the Critic encounters something bad enough that even he can't think of a response.
    • In Ferngully 2, he can't even make fun of one of Batty's impersonations, as he doesn't even recognise it.
  • Sarcasm Mode: The entirety of the Surf Ninjas review.
    • Which was actually All Just a Dream.
    • Also, the end of the Good Burger review, until he breaks out of it with much rage, complete with Demon Head.
    • The Critic has a knack for questioning, in a deadpan, unamused voice, who the villain is in an animated movie when said villain is talking amongst a crowd. Also happens in the review of The Phantom.
      Oh. My. I wonder where his hide-out is.
  • Scandalgate: Roomgate, after his review of The Room got taken down. This scandal has been resolved, and the review is back up on TGWTG.
  • Scare Chord: One happens in the Les Misérables review, when Kyle tells Critic to leave Colm Wilkinson alone and Critic says he will, but only for the moment.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In the opening splash picture for Rock-A-Doodle and The Secret of NIMH 2.
  • The Scottish Trope: Whenever the Critic says the word "elephant" (but not "elephants"), The Burger King's face flies into the screen, and whenever he mentions Chuck Norris, we're treated to a picture of Chuck Norris over a backdrop of fireworks with a voice saying "A-CHUCK A-NORRIIIIIIISSSS!!" And, as the Critic points out in his review of Free Willy, if he says the full title of a movie, he has to review it next week.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Critic's variations of "I'm acting!" in Good Burger. "And I ain't acting, I'm really going home! Fuck this movie!"
    • In Rock-A-Doodle, after the Duke of Owls is turned tiny, he says he turned into Cartman, and says, "Screw this movie, I'm going home." Then another scene, followed by, "No, screw this movie, home."
    • When reviewing the The Star Wars Holiday Special, he tries to bail out of his introduction in order to get away from it.
    • In The Cat in the Hat, at a certain point he even gives up on the review, but goes back.
    • Quite reasonably, Clone!Critic tries to bolt in “The Sixth Day” review when That Sci Fi Guy coin-tosses to decide if Critic will be his house slave or present!Critic's Sex Slave.
    • At the end of Bridge to Terabithia, both Rachel and Malcolm have hit their patience level with Critic and decide to audition for College Humor. They also leave again in The Shining when he's treating them even more like slaves than usual and expects them to spend their time arranging his props from most favorite to least.
    • Doug vanishes in the opening of The Last Airbender, not wanting to do his reviewing job any more as he doesn't want to deal with that movie.
  • Security Cling: He touches upon the downside of this in his review of The Haunting (1999)
    And when the only person you can cuddle up with may or may not have the hots for you, it makes the scene more uncertain and therefore uncomfortable.
    • Critic hides behind Santa Christ in Son Of The Mask, and despite Doug being the Big Little Brother to Rob, still manages to look tiny.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • When Doug was informed that Roger Ebert liked Junior, he responded with "Roger Ebert liked my video; that shows how senile he's getting!"
    • His review of James and the Giant Peach opens with a big segment making fun of how poorly-received his Let's Play was.
    • He's also taken a couple of potshots at his own speaking voice, what with Zack (in the Revenge of the Nostalgic Commercials) listing him as "Obnoxious High-Pitched Critic", and the Bum calling him "an even more high-pitched Sam Kinison" in the Kickassia Bum Review.
    • From his review of Star Trek The Motion Picture:
    "Good God, this is just watching a bunch of footage and seeing someone comment on it."
    • The old home videos made by a teenage Doug that Mara Wilson shows in A Simple Wish are definitely this.
    • Despite a big Take That, Audience! beforehand, he relates to The King and I, saying "we'll continue to put as little focus on our main character as possible".
    • In The Last Airbender, Shya-Amon threatens to bend out “what little talent [Critic] had to begin with”.
    • “Ghost Rider 2” is big on it, with his starting off the episode yelling at the audience for being entitled, Mike J saying he's mediocre but getting all the views; also that he re-reviews too much, and the Ghost Rider pony comes in to slam him on the head.
    • The Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes has a Freeze-Frame Bonus in Jason's book about how Doug's not been eating because he's been too busy working. Something he's well-known for, to the point in MomoCon where he had to clarify he's so thin because food would be a distraction from work, not because he has an eating disorder.
  • Selective Squick: invoked Lampshaded his audience's tendency for this in “Rise Of The Commercials”, as making fun of Canada for rape awareness is fine, but multiple references to giving blowjobs gets him booed.
    Critic: [happily] Join me next time where I look forward to losing even more viewers.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He uses this trope word for word in The Secret of NIMH 2, pointing out that nothing that happened in the movie would have happened if the townspeople hadn't praised Timmy to be some hero in the first place.
    "So let me get this straight: Timmy's great destiny was to stop a jealous mastermind who wouldn't have been a jealous mastermind until he had heard that Timmy had a great destiny. In other words, if they DIDN'T FUCKING BUILD HIM UP, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED! TALK ABOUT A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY, YOU DUMBASSES!"
    • Douchey McNitpick's name.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Lampshaded by MikeJ in the “Ghost Rider 2” bloopers.
    Mike: Can you tell an American wrote my lines?
  • Sequel Episode: Son of the Mask followed The Review Must Go On, with Critic deeply regretting coming back, Evilina telling him that To Boldly Flee won't be happening again, and Santa Christ telling him he blew a chance at happy so deserves to suffer.
    • The Last Airbender to “The Review Must Go On”, just in a different way that Son of the Mask. While that dealt with Critic's issues coming back, Airbender is more about making the Doug/Critic ...issue go From Bad to Worse, and TRMGO had them at pretty bad odds already.
    • Ghost Dad to The Wicker Man. Critic wasn't a ghost, he was just pretending to be because he wanted to punish Tamara and Malcolm for torturing him in the latter episode.
    • Essentially The Lorax is one to The Cat in the Hat, as it's very much the same opinions and jokes recycled (even lampshaded by the focus group guys, “this again?”) just without the Devil or Evilina to provide any darkness or someone for Critic to be abusive to.
    • "Old vs New: Amazing Spider-Man" continues from The Lorax, with no other characters but Black Willy Wonka and the Hyper Fangirl still both around to freak the Critic out.
    • Bloodrayne to Alone in the Dark (2005). Critic tells Tamara and Malcolm that it's a tradition to review Uwe Boll movies with Linkara and Spoony, and he's miserable over it.
    • The Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes is set right after the episode on the worst, but has more in common with The Last Airbender, with Malcolm revisiting his Sokka persona, Critic hiding in that episode's title card, and the big meta portion in the middle explaining that Critic protects himself with fourth wall references, a Story Arc that became apparent in Airbender.
    • The Monster Squad to Disney Afternoon, both having Critic trying desperately to be a kid again, dragging others into the illusion, and the former having “reality” as a literal monster.
    • Forest Warrior to The Purge. It also serves as a wrap-up to the ongoing-since-Kickassia Critic/Film Brain storyline, as Film Brain finally gets his crossover and Critic tells him that he loves him. Yes in that way, as he reassures.
  • Sequelitis: In-universe, and probably out too, The Critic did not enjoy Sequel Month.
    • Also, The NeverEnding Story 2 ("So when I heard that there was another movie, I got excited as hell. I loved the first one and I couldn't wait to see another one. It blewed.") and the third and fourth Jaws.
  • Series Continuity Error: He notes that Bastian's father apparently forgets he knows about Fantasia between the second and third The NeverEnding Story films.
    • In-verse, Critic nonchalantly calls Shyamalan "Ma-Ti" in Signs, which doesn't fly with his crippling Survivors Guilt in Suburban Knights, To Boldly Flee or anywhere else.
    • In "Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue," Critic refers to almost all of the characters featured in the special as cherished cartoon icons, including that Alvin and the Chipmunks are part of the embodiedment of childhood, and is absolutely mortified that Simon knows what marijuana is. Later in his and The Nostalgia Chick's Cross Over review, "The Chipmunk Adventure," Critic dismisses The Chipmunks as creepy rodent-people, and complains that Simon is nothing but a whiney little bitch who should have contacted authorities for sensing something is amiss with the balloon race.
    • On top of all the other problems, the "men can't get or don't notice being sexually harassed" message in "Dawn Of The Commercials" doesn't even hold water for reboot!Critic, let alone his prime self, as we've both seen and heard him feel awful about getting groped many times and all genders feeling entitled to him.
  • Series Fauxnale: Scooby-Doo is filled with references to past reviews, has returning characters including Roger the angel from the Christmas special, consists of Critic interacting with his younger and older selves, all three making a Heroic Sacrifice/Heroic Suicide to save the world, has a lot of intense acting from Doug when it comes to Critic's depression reaching boiling point, and it ends with Critic making the effort to join in a poker game and was meant to be his last review as the Nostalgic Critic. Come January 22nd, 2013, he announced the character would be coming with more reviews but different rules.
  • Serious Business: In-universe, Man of Steel. Critic walks to his desk in Mundane Made Awesome while fanboy tweets either complain or praise the movie and he acts like he's giving people a voice. The joke here is that Doug's already done a Zod Review and Sibling Rivalry on the film, and it really doesn't matter in the long run.
    • After Earth was originally going to have a renactment of the “Papa's Got A Brand New Badge” scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but Doug didn't want to do it as he felt like it was too serious subject matter for a dumb review. To put this into perspective, he was totally okay with using a dead mom scene in the middle of a joke a few weeks back.
  • Sex for Solace: Towards the end, there was a lot more jokes on the patheticness of his sex life, from constant failed one night stands to catching a couple of stds.
  • Sex Is Evil: The reboot has strong vibes of this. Critic was always abused in the original run, sexually included, but he was an Aggressive Submissive who loved flirting and showing off skin. In the reboot however, both he and Zod are castrated, crossdressing is seen as worse than racism, Critic Stepford Smilers to the catwomen that he has to get some Male Gaze in just to get viewcounts, and Evilina is sexualized despite being a little girl. Even crosses over to Bum Reviews where Critic isn't even shown but apparently he's so sex-starved that he makes a Rogue figurine give him handjobs. In the Fandom Nod-heavy “Uncanny Valley” review, Critic lampshades and explains this as he's been sexually repressing himself since he came back and it's killing him.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Doug even said in a commentary that he had to sell the old Critic jacket because he was getting it soaked too much.
  • Sex Sells: The “Is Eyes Wide Shut Artsy Porn” editorial starts with him wanting to talk about fear of the subconscious, getting booed, and getting viewers back by grittingly adding on “with orgies”. Doug does the same thing in his preview, neglecting to mention that there's a lot of discussion on nightmares and twitchingly going for the fanservice angle.
  • Sexy Whatever Outfit: In the Son of the Mask commentary, Doug has a rant that will more than likely get women seething, as he says it's not the men who want to see sexy costumes who are at fault but the women who have to buy them and it's just supply and demand. That it's such a departure from “guys ally yourselves with ladies and slut it up on Halloween” doesn't help.
  • Shameless Self-Promotion:
    • The Critic identifies Kazaam, Moonwalker, and Sidekicks as these (though the latter is subverted in that a family member directed the film instead of the person himself).
  • Share the Male Pain: When the robot in Power Rangers gets kicked in the nads, he jumps up in his chair out of sympathy hurt.
  • Single Tear: While watching Tom And Jerry talking... singing... about being friends!!
  • Slow No: It happens in a few episodes.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Styled like the show, the thirteen seconds of “Top 11 Adult Jokes We Never Got As Kids” is just Critic's shadow, along with another person, and said shadow of Critic blowing up with the other guy, looking nervous and running as fast as he can.
  • Ship Sinking: Like Chick/Todd, you'd think this would be obvious considering stalkers shouldn't really get what they want, but “The Princess Diaries 2” review stomped out any sign of Critic/Hyper Fangirl when she kidnaps him, manipulates him and he tells her straight up that he'll never love her. The commentary also helped by confirming that any hint of like Critic might have had for HF in the review was just Stockholm kicking in.
  • Ship Tease: First with the Nerd, and now usually with The Nostalgia Chick, Spoony and Linkara. He's not the Fandom Pony for nothing, y'know.
    • It ends up being just another note in his Through the Eyes of Madness bit, but in Jurassic Park III, Tamara childishly asks Critic to check her stomach because it's hurting, and he actually acts like he's her daddy, crouching down and gently lifting her shirt. Notable because they usually have The Masochism Tango, and this might be the nicest moment they've had.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Played for dark laughs in the James and the Giant Peach review. He got sent to jail for the below-average Let's Play, didn't exactly have a good time (his jacket and tie are missing), even Chester acts entitled at the press conference, has to be good for a movie he doesn't like because he doesn't want to A) be shot and B) have everyone still hate him. In the end, he gives his honest opinion that he can see why people like it but it's not for him and he gets killed for that.
  • Shout-Out: Now has its own page.
  • Shower of Angst: During his psychotic meltdown during his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies (the three live-action ones) review.
  • Shower Scene: In the DVD menu, Rob barges in on him while he's showering. Critic's rather freaked by this.
  • Shown Their Work: In the North review, the Critic goes into a ballistic rage about the infamous "Inuits murder their own people callously" scene, with information that Inuits haven't been doing this for over hundreds of years, they only did it in famine and as a last resort, they certainly didn't set up a theme-park-like business for it.
    • His interviews to the creators of Animaniacs in his tribute to the show are extremely in depth. The clips he includes are hard to find including an original recording of Orson Welles complaining about doing a commercial.
    • His "Top 11 Cereal Mascots" countdown proved he can do a terrific amount of research when he really wants to, finding very old clips to compare the old versions of the mascots with the new, and giving history and background in abundance.
    • His The Thief and the Cobbler review mentioned the film's troubled production and he even saw the "Recobbled Cut".
    • He goes into a lot of detail about Little Nemo's Troubled Production.
    • His review of Full House, for the most part, is this, due to Doug watching the whole series to make sure he wouldn't fuck up. He did get the details of the mother's death wrong, though (i.e. he thought she died of a disease).
    • Done with tremendous effect toward the real Patch Adams.
    • Weird as they're played for comedy and most Hollywood portrayals aren't, but people with the actual disorders have remarked that he plays OCD and Dissociative Identity Disorder far more realistically than the usual portrayals, the former with his constantly going back to meaningless details and the latter with his apologizing/not remembering instantly after an extreme tantrum happens.
    • He watched all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender (and the first season of The Legend of Korra) before reviewing The Last Airbender, so the review contains a lot of discussion about the differences between the two, and is laden with several of the former show's running gags.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The Critic gets a pretty epic one against Soulless in his The Cat in the Hat, turning his corporate Hollywood crap back at him in a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that drives him into a Villainous Breakdown.
    • Subverted in The Review Must Go On. Doug instantly takes Critic on his challenge to make him go away, but Critic keeps on hounding him.
    • Inverted in After Earth, when Malcolm!Will Smith tries to give him a motivational speech about how he has something to live for, but Critic has no time for it, calling him completely unoriginal.
    • He was on the receiving end in Welshy's farewell video, on a rather important subject.
    Critic: So what, you're just going to keep coming back?
    Welshy: Heh, you did.
    Critic: Goddamnit!
  • Sickly Green Glow: Matrix Month swaps out all the blue lighting for an increasingly green tinge, to go with the franchise's color scheme.
  • Sincerity Mode: He usually ends his reviews with a much more honest and less jokey review of the movie, seriously saying what the overall problems are and, in many cases, acknowledging the movie's good points.
    • He will occasionally interject a genuine compliment into an otherwise negative review, preceding it with "I'm serious" so it is not mistaken for sarcasm. An example is his high opinion of the "Smooth Criminal" sequence from Moonwalker.
    • The Critic also admits that the big plot twist in Baby Geniuses 2 is actually pretty good, and that he was legitimately surprised by it.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: ends and begins his reviews with his beginning catch phrase.
    "I'm The Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to."
  • Silent Credits: Done for his 'Farewell to Roger Ebert' tribute.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: In the Critic Reloaded reviews, the amount of times he complained about the Ho Yay in Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee quickly hit double digits. Whether it was Dramatic Irony or a Stealth Parody of Selective Squick fanboys, it quickly got tiresome.
  • Skyward Scream: Hilariously done in the Saved by the Bell episode.
  • Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: Very much on the character-driven end, with even the "love/hate relationship with job" arc coming through in character reactions.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: One of the ways Critic and Ask That Guy are contrasted. Critic tries his best to be down with the everyman, but is really a rather nice snob, while Ask That Guy pretends to be a high-class gentleman, but is really a filthy hedonist.
  • Slow Clap: The Critic points out its overuse in various sports movies in his 90s Sports Montage, and later on appears to initiate one in Rocky IV.
  • Slut Shaming: If he's ever angry at someone (both genders), the usual shamey words flow freely from his mouth. In return though, Douchey's called him a whore a few times too, Spoony's called him dirty to humiliate him further after getting spooned, and in real life the only person Doug calls a slut is himself.
    • Played straight in Sailor Moon, where it was only two minutes in and he was already ragging fourteen year old girls for “looking slutty”.
    • In his “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes”, Azula didn't even sleep with anyone, is still a fourteen year old girl, and he calls her an “evil whore”.
  • Small Reference Pools: A somewhat strange example is the 2010 Christmas special, where in the commentary Doug apparently thought he was the first person ever to think of doing a twisted inversion of It's a Wonderful Plot. Needless to say, the fans soon put him straight on all the existing examples.
    • Also referenced in some reviews where he gets irritated at the fans who have no idea what he's talking about. "Go watch a black and white movie!"
  • So Bad, It's Good:invoked His opinion on The Room, Babes in Toyland and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987, to the point where he suggests it because of it. Out of character, Doug Walker declared Devil one of the worst movies he saw in 2010, but recommended seeing it for this reason.
    • Doug and Rob recommend watching The NeverEnding Story 3 in their commentary to see all the hundreds of other horrible things that they didn't have time to mention without making the review three hours long (for a hour and a half long movie).
    • His review of Dungeons & Dragons starts with him saying that this is probably one of the worst movies ever, which is exactly why it's one of the best movies ever and why people need to see it.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Done to keep the Black Comedy going. You'd think somebody would come in to give kid!Critic a break, but nope.
  • Solemn Ending Theme: The ending to the My Pet Monster review when The Critic stares out his window and re-evaluates his life.
  • Something About a Rose: He has one in My Pet Monster, but it's played more feminine snobby theater goer than sexy boy.
    • Malcolm's Devil is first seen with a black rose stapled to the wall behind him.
  • Something Completely Different: Several examples of episodes which deviate from the norm:
    • By definition, the episodes which don't follow the formula of trashing one bad movie count: "Top 11", "Old vs. New", "Raiders of the Story Arc". The "Old vs. New"s are usually a lot more analytical than usual.
    • Anytime The Nostalgia Critic reviews a movie with another reviewer. See Crossover for the list.
    • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Launch", which isn't a Nostalgia Critic review but stars the character.
    • "Bebe's Kids", which was the only time The Nostalgia Critic reviewed a video game. It was done as part of a deal between The Angry Video Game Nerd and himself where the two would perform each other's jobs for one review (James Rolfe reviewed the obscure Rocky parody "Ricky 1").
    • "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird", which broke The Nostalgia Critic: he was unable to make fun of it because he loves Sesame Street. He invites Chester A. Bum to take his place for the last minute of the video.
    • "Drew Struzan Tribute". Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • "Teddy Ruxpin", which was not only the first review based on a toy, but also was done in the format of a slasher/thriller movie in the second half of the video.
    • "The Good Son". Doug Walker had temporarily lost his voice in real life, so he performed this review by remaining silent and writing out his thoughts on cue cards. The only word he uttered in the entire review was "ASS!"
    • "TMNT". While it's still in the typical format, it's from a very recent film (2007), so that breaks tradition of doing solely nostalgic movies from the '80s and '90s.
    • "Transformers 2", which took the format of his earliest reviews, i.e. no film clips, and more like what his Bum Reviews series would evolve into.
    • "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" had Doug in character as Raoul Duke (here named "Raoul Puke") from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
    • "Alone in the Dark", which had The Nostalgia Critic again unable to speak, but this time using Mac speak to convey his thoughts. He was also accompanied by Spoony and Linkara, and the review took place in a different environment than usual.
    • "Baby Geniuses" took the form of a disturbed Nostalgia Critic walking around a convention in a daze after having seen this film, and narrating in the style of film noir.
    • "Commercials", which didn't feature the typical white wall or his usual attire but instead The Nostalgia Critic sitting in a recliner wearing an "I Donut Donuts" T-shirt and watching TV. His review was focused on commercials, not TV shows or movies like it usually is.
    • "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard Christmas Special" was a parody of It's a Wonderful Life where the Critic sees what things would be like if he was never born. Only problem is, everyone involved with Channel Awesome is well off, and the angel sent to show the Critic the error of his ways lost out on being God's number one guy just because the Critic existed.
    • "Jungle 2 Jungle'" was reviewed in the style of a nature documentary.
    • "Raiders of the Story Arc: Transformers" has Doug playing the character of Optimus Prime.
  • Something Else Also Rises: During his review of Tank Girl, when Rebecca and Jet kiss, his hat flies off his head with an audible pop, followed by an immediate Lampshade Hanging:
    "This movie just went up a notch. Or at least... something went up a notch."
    • Also, during the Full House review, this:
      *creak, poing!*
  • So Okay, It's Average: Several in-universe examples.
    • The Critic's reasoning for why Waterworld was a bomb at the box office. He even says that it's not bad as an action movie, but ultimately fails to live up to its high budget (which the movie didn't even manage to reach in cinemas).
    • Cloverfield. Everything about it is adequate to him.
      "How's the monster? It's okay. How's the acting? It's okay. How are the special effects? It's all okay! It's like a giant flaming nuclear ball of adequacy!"
    • He found Ferngully 2 to be quite the forgettable movie, which had no reason to exist beyond milking cash out of those who bought Ferngully.
    • Song of the South, in "Return of Nostalgic Commercials": "See the movie that that millions of people around the world are calling...OKAY!
    • According to "Top 11 Nostalgia Critics I Will Never Do", this is why he refuses to review Toys.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: He sings "Pure Imagination" over the tunnel sequence of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to demonstrate how out of place it is.
    • He also plays whimsical, uplifting music from a scene in Jack that doesn't warrant such music over the ending of Marley and Me for the same purpose.
    • A rocky guitar instrumental of "The Review Must Go On" is played over his explosions-heavy opening theme, but the actual lyrics were about Critic hating his job, carrying on because he has to (thus parodying the Queen and Moulin Rouge! versions), and foreshadowing his end.
    • In "What's With All The Princess Hate?", the Ominous Music Box Tune for when he begged to die in Son of the Mask plays over his speechifying.
    • Another slow Ominous Music Box Tune is playing over his gushing over how the Super Mario Comics don't suck, until he starts squeeing over Toadstool and then it turns into a more apt guitar. Then it goes back to sad music once the squee stops.
    • "Paranoia"'s piano soundtrack plays over the usual flames at the end of "Top 11 South Park Episodes", making it an oddly foreboding promo. and seeing as how he has a moment of crying over Demo Reel's retcon in the review, it turned out fitting
    • Lambasted in his review of The Purge for playing calming music while showing rapid-action violence on-screen.
    • Lampshaded when he gets very uncomfortable with the synthy pop song playing at the end of the The Monster Squad review, and asks to switch back to his own depressing, more fitting theme song.
    • Invoked in “Rise Of The Commercials”, where the happy Mentos commercial music plays over boss!Doug getting the shit beaten out of him by Jim, Malcolm and Tamara.
    • While suitable for a lot of it (given sadness of To Boldly Flee and horror of The Shining), a creepy One-Woman Wail plays during this video and really doesn't go when he's comparing his Turbo review to Power Rangers.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: The self-esteem bollocking from My Pet Monster really scared him about where his life was going.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: After his fangasm in the Double Team review, he smokes a cigarillo.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous > Of Course I Smoke: Unless it's pot, when he tries to smoke to look suave he'll always end up having a coughing fit.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Parodied. "The moral of the story is: don't fall into a bucket of cream!"
  • Speak of the Devil: As revealed by Elisa (as The Maven of the Eventide), the Critic appears whenever somebody says "Nostalgia" three times. They're both startled.
  • Special Effects Failure: The Critic points it out in-universe in the The Legend of Zelda show, Red Sonja, Captain N: The Game Master, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Tank Girl, Rock-A-Doodle, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Pound Puppies, The Pebble and the Penguin, Ernest Scared Stupid, The NeverEnding Story 3, Dungeons & Dragons and the first Spider-Man movie. He also insults Linkara for having bad effects as well in the Superman IV review.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: In terms of episodes, 8 Crazy Nights to The Grinch. The latter had the moral being that anyone could like what they wanted for whatever reason and that would eventually sink into Critic in what was meant to be his finale. The former had a Deep South group of Happy Madison fans who laughed at the movie and anything shit-related, and for this reason Critic lured them into a bathroom to kill them all. To help out with the comparison, Doug posted The Grinch on facebook a few days after Eight Crazy Nights, saying it was becoming one of his favorites.
    • Generally, the reboot to Demo Reel. Tacoma made sure it was okay with the others that he was in white-face and was so smart that he got a Pulitzer right out of college, The Shining has Malcolm pretend to be a white stereotype to avoid getting killed, while on the whole getting dumb Butt Monkey characters; Rebecca was openly feminist due to how bad she'd been burned by Hollywood, it was noted by Doug that he just gave Rachel ditzy Cute and Psycho roles; Donnie clung onto the other two and called them his best friends immediately, Rachel lampshaded that Critic treats them like crap.
  • Spit Take:
    "WHAT THE HELL!? Did they just talk? Did Tom & Jerry, one of the most famous silent duos of all time, just speak to each other?? No. No, no, no, no no no, it's gotta be a mistake. I gotta be hearing things. I'm gonna just go ahead and eat my customary 3-pound watermelon and drink my traditional pitcher of sangria both at the same time while I confirm how wrong I was about this ridiculous misunderstanding..."
    • Also done in his Video Game Review, when he partakes in the Nerd's favourite beverage during the opening.
    • After performing one in his Milk Money review, he lampshades it by yelling, "Why is it I'm always drinking when a scene like that happens?"
    • During the review of The Room, he does it when Johnny askes another character how their sex life is.
    • The Critic tries but fails to avert this in his review of Star Trek The Motion Picture. He manages to prevent himself from spitting out his drink after hearing Lieutenant Ilia mention her oath of celibacy, but he spits it out when she asks Captain Kirk, in Johnny's voice, how his sex life is.
  • Spoofed with Their Own Words: As comments have noticed, The Lorax review was eerily similar to the actual film; generic corporate bad guys, no sense of subtlety, a heavily one-sided message, and a dark, bittersweet ending subverted with an over the top happy one. Add that onto Critic's previous heavy lampshading of his own pandering and desperation for money, as well as realizing in the review that he's just as packaged as the new Onceler, and you've got a truckload of meta.
  • Springtime for Hitler: The Critic's explanation for why Home Alone 3 was written by John Hughes.
    John Hughes:"There! I did it! I wrote the worst Home Alone script ever. I know I'm contractually obligated to write at least one more movie, but this script is so terrible no studio would ever buy it. Haha!"
    Producer:"We'll take it."
    John Hughes:"My career is over!"
  • Squee: The Critic's reaction to Follow That Bird when each of the Muppets is introduced. As hard as he tries to be snarky and sarcastic, he breaks down admitting that he loves the Muppets too much to make fun of them.
  • Squick: His in-universe reaction in the Conan reviews to a segment where Arnold says that working out is "like cumming": "CONAN: THE CUMMER... EW"
  • Stalking Is Funny If Its Female After Male: Similarly to the Catwoman review plot, hard to imagine a male Hyper Fan getting encouraged to stalk a female Critic, and fandom then calling him adorkable, sexy, joining his fanpage, or shipping the two of them. In-universe however it's always played as disturbing and kind of sad, especially as it becomes clear to even Critic in The Princess Diaries 2 that she's seriously mentally ill and in need of help.
  • Stalking Is Love: Or at least Hyper Fangirl thinks so. When Critic screams at her but makes the mistake of saying that he'll find her and stalk her back, he realizes that she'd enjoy that and she eagerly agrees.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: The Ghost Of Christmas Future is just a little too obsessed with getting the Critic to do what he wants.
  • Standard '50s Father: The Darker and Edgier version pops up in both Jurassic Park 3 and ''Rise Of The Commercials”, where Doug wears a ridiculously middle-class jumper, has glasses perched on his nose, and is obliviously abusive to his daughter Tamara. Critic's lampshading after the first episode add another layer to it; he writes these sketches when he's in a dark place about his own abusive mother recently dying.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Discussed in the "Top 11 Dumbasses In Distress".
  • Staring Through the Sword: Critic in this picture, to contrast him with Doug's innocent baby face]].
  • State The Simple Solution: In the crossover for Star Trek Insurrection, Linkara has taken over the tv and plans on continuing with the review and go at Nemesis. Critic is horrified and cannot take it when Sci-fi Guy, whose been standing in the corner for the review, tells him to just turn off the tv. It works.
  • Status Quo Is God: Deconstructed. In Scooby-Doo, Critic slams into the Despair Event Horizon about there's no point in trying to change anything because he's a Cash Cow Franchise and the site needs his pain for ratings. At the end of the episode and in To Boldly Flee, he actually does change, and succeeds, getting his happy ending, but Real Life Writes the Plot and the reboot has made him miserable once more about nothing changing and still having to do things for money.
  • Stealth Insult: Other producers have noted that since Doug said (pre-reboot) that he would only do films that they have done if he thought they hadn't said all that was needed, constantly picking movies they reviewed (mostly from Mike J, the Chick, Film Brain or The Blockbuster Buster) means he didn't think they were good enough.
    • Critic calling Santa Christ "the only good, decent person [he] knows" in Son of the Mask, ignoring everyone who listened to his angst and looked after him in To Boldly Flee.
  • Stealth Parody: With Demo Reel on the way and Doug fast filling up the TGWTG Ho Yay page all by himself at this point, not to mention giving his full support to the shipping community, the Reloaded reviews of Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee come off like poking fun at the Selective Squick fanboys who complained about all the female/queer-aimed fanservice in said movies.
  • Stealth Pun: He decides to represent Ponyo as an over-the-top Omnicidal Maniac demon for his review of the eponymous movie...with an obsession with HAAAAAAAMMMM!
  • Sting: Doug often plays "Shock Horror (a)" by Dick Walter (also frequently heard on The Ren & Stimpy Show) when something he considers shocking appears on the screen. Some examples of when it's played include:
    • The female duck's bare breasts in Howard the Duck.
    • Realizing Jake Lloyd from Jingle All the Way was also in Star Wars: Episode I as Anakin and jumping out a window.
    • Showing a picture of the dog and dolphin hybrids at the very end of his Zeus and Roxanne review.
    • From ''Return of the Nostalgic Commercials, "Wunder Boner".
    • "The creature known as... MAN!"
  • The Stinger: Usually of the "funny quote after the credits" type, but in the Zeus And Roxanne review he follows it with a Brick Joke after playing with the audience's expectations.
    • Another Stinger is actually a two minute pitch of the new upcoming DVD and appearances at cons for the special people that love him so much. This is actually Doug Walker, not Nostalgia Critic.
  • Stock Footage: "OR DO THEY?!"
    • Two clips from the Casper review were re-used in subsequent episodes: "TIMING!" and "Exposition, exposition..."
  • Stockholm Syndrome: In The Cat in the Hat commentary, Doug was confused as to why some thought the Evilina/Critic interaction was heartwarming (pointing out The Nostalgia Critic in particular), when he had it as Critic was horrible to her and she just missed him because bad company is better than none.
    • The “Princess Diaries 2” commentary has Doug talking about how Critic never had any actual affection for fangirl, and was only about to kiss her because she'd kept him captive for two weeks and he had no other company. Plus he's always been prone to crawling back to people who hurt him.
    • Played for fanservice in Tamara's hype for the game show, apparently playing a character called Miss Stockholm, who wears sexy dresses and always seems to be in handcuffs.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Two notable examples include whenever there is a fight scene and punching is involved or whenever he fires his gun.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: He has this view with dorky white guys, like Pauly Shore and Vanilla Ice.
    • He was raised Catholic (is agnostic now), but calls out people who use the Bible as a defense for what they don't understand (Gordy) or that think the rest of the world is evil because they're not the same religion (Exorcist II: The Heretic).
  • A Storm Is Coming: Dramatic Thunder is the first thing heard in the Sailor Moon review. While it was intended to be just Mad Scientist noise, it ended up quite fitting considering the episode's controversy.
  • Story Arc: His massive insecurity with his job. It was set up in Full House where he complains at his fans for not appreciating what he does for them, comes out when he gets upset at other contributors for stealing it and being better than him, ran through Kickassia when he would rather commit mass murder-suicide than lose the power he had for once gained, he breaks down to CR about his Inferiority Superiority Complex and got pushed to the forefront in the My Pet Monster / "Commercials Special" double parter. It's also the thing that leads him to his breakdown in Scooby-Doo and making his life better in To Boldly Flee. Or at least until the retcon of that happiness, it comes right back in Son of the Mask.
    • In a lighter, sillier example, the Nerd/Critic rivalry. Light because it ended in a kickass brawl and didn't include near-Death by Despair.
    • Definite now that Doug says they're finished, the "fuck-ups" lists provided a progression from "I'm unbelievable, I am your Jesus" to giving up and breaking down so hard that Douchey decides to leave him alone.
    • The reboot does this in a more Plot Threads manner, with more wham and sequels. Some episodes will focus on what Critic sees not being completely real, others will have his increasing need for money or how much nastier he is to actors and fans of things he doesn't like, then there's his increase in power since “The Review Must Go On”, Santa Christ being a different kind of Fallen Hero to him, his bad treatment of Tamara, Rachel and Malcolm and so on, but they all come down to one thing: he's going through serious Sanity Slippage.
    • The Lorax review started another one, with a Straw Fangirl falling in love with the Critic, and the Spider-Man review continues with it, the ending consisting of yet more Sanity Slippage as she decides to make him fall in love with her whether he likes it or not. Doug said at momocon it would go on for a while, and wouldn't exactly be happy.
    Doug: "What would the Critic and a love story be? And I just thought it had to be something miserable."
  • Straw Character:
    • A lot of the arguments that Joe says in Man of Steel are just there for Critic to get the upper hand complaint on. RL!Joe understood this, as he said on twitter that one day he'll give a proper defense. Doug at least realized in the commentary that he had given himself most of the talking and apologized, while Joe let him off but said "If I had free range, I would counterpoint everything you said".
    • At least Joe got off slightly better than the villains of Peter Soulless and the AI crew, who Critic fights with and speechifies to, and they never show any sign of humanity or logical argument. The TMZ people have it dangerously close to libel, as they were based on real people and Critic complains that they have no thick skin when in reality nobody wants to hear a screaming manchild call their fans obsessive virgins.
    • In The Lorax commentary, Doug and Rob admit the execs were complete cardboard cut-outs for Critic to fight against, but Rob makes fun of anyone who complained.
    • Happens again with Schmuck in The Matrix, who is stupid, rambles on about nothing, is never allowed a counter point to Critic's complaining, and even blows up from a Critic speech stating the obvious.
    • Daredevil has Orlando playing “The Angst” and Tamara playing “Angsteen”, just so Critic can lecture them about superhero tropes and Angsteen can fulfill her Stuffed In The Fridge duties.
    • Bay in the Transformers 4 review, as he turns out to be a transformer himself (who Critic shoots when Erod is too good for that) and Erod/Critic rant at like he's the devil for 'destroying' fanboy franchises. And he later dies from a mix of Electric Torture and stabbing in the heart.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In-universe. Amongst other things, one of the Critic's main issues with Patch Adams is how the movie keeps trying to set up anyone who doesn't agree with the titular character's "laughter is the best medicine" policy as wrong, humorless, evil, or any combination of the above, yet he points out that Adams (the character in the movie, not the real Patch Adams, which he emphasizes) acts very unprofessional and that a lot of the people who frown on his manners are perfectly right in pointing this out to him.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: In his review of Alaska, he has a rant about how using a parent's death merely as a plot device is disgusting.
    • Played straight with Angsteen in the Daredevil review in accordance with her Faux Action Girl shtick, and doesn't even try to defend herself.
  • Stunned Silence: The Critic is left absolutely speechless when he hears Eric Idle singing in The Secret of NIMH 2. He tried to say out some kind of reaction, but just couldn't think of any words to say.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Will Smith; the Critic has to snap himself out of fawning over him ("BOOBS! You like boobs!"). For the audience, that joystick licking in the rematch against Angry Joe. A whole load of fanboys went "I'm not gay but..."
  • Stylistic Suck: The deliberately crappy title card for Sequels Month.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: Done several times
  • Suckiness Is Painful: His whole schtick, really, is suffering through bad movies until they drive him to rage, weeping, drinking, attempting suicide or trying to escape the review . In The Flintstones, a couple of the puns are so corny they physically hurt him, as did one Plot Hole in Bio-Dome.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Lampshaded in the review of Barb Wire when Barb snarks about his ex and their wife:
    Barb Wire: "I'm sure you'll have very strong and smart children."
    Critic: "If they stay out of sequels..."
  • Supposedly Rebellious Series: Invoked as a problem with The Matrix, as this apparently original franchise has a white guy saving a black guy, everything being explained and a woman saving a man not with physical strength but The Power of Love.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: When Critic talks to his younger happier self in Scooby-Doo, Teen Critic is coincidentally listening to “Perfect” by Smashing Pumpkins, a band that Doug loved when he was younger and describes current Critic's situation a lot better than his teen self's.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Double subverted in "Disney Afternoon" where he tries to be a teenager and posit that "watching children's cartoons and commenting on them" isn't something he does currently, but the reality quickly catches up to him. He goes right back into the escape a bit later however, and the ending of the episode has the trio doing their homework.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Despite him abusing them from beginning to end of the episode, when Critic is catatonic in The Shining both Rachel and Malcolm manage a shred of pity for him.

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