The Nostalgia Critic: Tropes T to Z


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  • Take Over the World: Mocked with the M. Bison "OF COURSE!", of course.
  • Take That: Used on The Angry Video Game Nerd here at the expense of his special effects.
    • Notably so in this video.
    • Another example ironically came about as the result of him deciding an insult was too severe. In one of his anti-AVGN videos, the Nostalgia Critic accuses him of having become his Irate Gamer. Boos are heard from the audience and the Nostalgia Critic admits that was going too far and apologizes.
    • He apparently doesn't like Jeff Dunham: In the Tank Girl review, he calls the heroine's jokes offensive and unfunny. "Like a female Jeff Dunham."
    • In the review of Conan The Barbarian he took a shot at Avatar:
      Conan: Oh no! I'm pulled into Avatar! The visuals will be stunning but the story will be absolute bullshit!
    • Subverted in the Old vs. New Debate for The Nutty Professor, in which the Nostalgia Critic talks about beating up Dave Chappelle...for leaving his show at the height of its success, and leaving the Critic wanting more.
    • He doesn't seem to like Chris Tucker, as in his Drop Dead Fred review he ranks him just below Jar Jar Binks on his scale of annoyance.
    • The Nostalgia Critic makes two attacks against Twilight in his Care Bears review, Edward Cullen was also on his scale on annoyance. This is by no means the only time he bashes Edward. In A Troll In Central Park, at one point the Critic says that Stanley is "as bland as Edward from Twilight".
    • And then in Care Bears Movie 2:
      Christy: Hey, this is a lot like those Twilight movies—
      Dark Heart: "No, it's not! We're BUTCH compared to that shit!"
    • In the Star Trek review, he calls it the franchise that's been setting women back hundreds of years.
    • A brief gag in the A Troll In Central Park review lists all the reasons why Stanley the Troll will never have his own dreams come true. One of them is "He's more annoying than the trolls at Encyclopedia Dramatica."
    • The Critic has made a lot of negative comparisons to the Star Wars prequels to varying degrees of subtlety.
    • Hulk Hogan fighting security guards in Mr. Nanny: "Calm down, dude, you're not on American Gladiators. And even if you were it'd probably get cancelled."
    • Ever since he was forced to take down his review of The Room, he takes any and all opportunities for a Take That to Tommy Wiseau. He even puts on a show in his Tommy Wiseau impression at conventions!
    • The Ferngully 2 review mocks Batty's non-joke about oysters with "Because if you can't be funny, be confusing! It works really well for the 'New Yorker'!"
    • In the Care Bears Movie 2, Santa Christ pops up for a bit reading the paper, and at one point says "Fucking bears." At first, you might think he's just insulting the Care Bears, until you remember that not only are the Critic and Rob from Chicago, but the Chicago Bears had just lost the NFC Championship game.
    • In the 'Care Bears in Wonderland review, when the characters are falling down in a hole:
      Critic as White Rabbit: You might remember this from the much better Disney movie.
      Critic as Care Bear: Oh, you mean with Johnny Depp?
      Critic as White Rabbit: No, the much BETTER Disney movie!
    • Also in The Care Bears Movie, when Nicholas casts a spell in the magic show that turns the spectating children demonic and makes them attack each other:
      Nostalgia Critic: Oh no, he turned them into YouTube commenters!
    • In NickComs, he calls conservative author "Joe The Plumber" terrifying.
    • In the review of Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, he takes a shot at 4Kids when Jon Voight unveils plans for a children's TV network.
    • In Paranoia, the sarcastic "come on, a spouse supporting a freelance writer, who would believe that?" works as a slam against both Doug and Donnie. note 
    • There was a controversy over the scene in To Boldly Flee where Mechakara turned the Chick into 7-Of-Eleven through a drill; Lewis thought the original scene looked rapey, Lindsay was fine with it but nobody listened to her, and Doug tried to make it better (Rob eventually turned it into the filmed scene because Doug was getting so upset) but his version of vanilla was much kinkier than anyone else's. So fast forward to Pearl Harbor and who "submissive woman blowing a guy with a working drill" is aimed at is clear.
    • In his cameo for the Son of the Mask review, CR blames Satan for Season 3 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (He did NOT like that season, let's just leave it at that) Afterwards, Satan calls Son of the Mask an evil worse than Hasbro.
    • The entire "King and I sung by Russell Crowe" bit. With a bonus: "Gerard Butler Sings for Children".
    • In Turbo, Zordon and Critic agree - complete with Aside Glance to hammer it home - that child stars always go crazy, making it a twofer insult to Donnie DuPre and Mara Wilson.
    • Rachel and Malcolm's song in the Les Misérables review is all about how lazy, crazy and a little slutty both Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are.
    • In the review of Bridge to Terabithia, he refers to Zooey Deschanel's series New Girl as "Filler after The Mindy Project".
    • The Sharknado Review has one to MythBusters, though it round up more as a Shallow Parody that makes it come off as a case of him mocking the show without actually having watched it.
    • To Renegade Cut in “Is The Big Lebowski A Masterpiece”, whose own analyzing gets cut off (no pun intended) for Critic's speechifying when he starts talking about castration.
    • One of the few things that Critic and Joe agree on in the Man of Steel review is that TMZ are “the scum of the earth”.
    • The Love Triangle sketch in the "Worst Christmas Special Ever" against the Homoerotic Subtext sex-positive-filled threesome of Donnie, Tacoma and Rebecca. Made more obvious by the Behind The Scenes video, as Doug wanted Malcolm to scream that Rachel was a hussy and everyone cackling at the thought of there being a scene with Doug and Malcolm together.
    • "Sexy" costumes get two. In the Ghost Dad review, when the Critic forces Tamara to dress as Sexy Dorothy, she responds "Why is there even a Sexy Dorothy costume? Who the fuck is turned on by Sexy Dorothy?" In his "Are You Sick of Let It Go" video, a brief moment comes with:
    Tamara!Elsa: Costumes from this kid's movie will meet our slutty extremes! *Sexy Elsa costume flashes on screen*
    Critic: Jesus Christ, it's DISNEY!"
    • "Are You Sick of Let It Go" also delivers one to bandwagon jumpers on YouTube who were only covering the song "Let It Go" because it was popular:
    Critic: ''I don't care if you sing it so well/you're not Idina Menzel!"
    Tamara!Elsa: ''I don't care 'cause I sing it so well/I'm like Idina Menzel!"
  • Take That, Audience!: Occasionally, but more so since the revival.
    • In "Top 11 Fuck Ups", we are introduced to Douchey McNitpick, who represents the more hostile side of the people that point out the Nostalgia Critic's mistakes, and he proceeds to bitch and moan about every little screw-up he finds in the Critic's videos. At the end, the Nostalgia Critic tells his viewers to point out his mistakes politely, and not be belligerent like McNitpick, right before he gets fed up with his whining, warps over to his house, and tears Douchey a new one.
      • In the "Next Top 11 Fuck Ups", Douchey becomes much more of a take that. He doesn't complain quite as much, but he's established as just living in a world of nothing but World of Warcraft, pornography, and criticizing the Nostalgia Critic. He also lives with his mother...and apparently masturbates to the green M&M.
    • In his review of Digimon: The Movie, the Critic and his guest JesuOtaku say that nobody would want to look at a screen for almost 30 minutes, before uncomfortably realising they may have insulted their viewers, and awkwardly move on to the next joke.
    • Forty seconds into the reboot and he called everyone "uniquely lazy" for obviously not knowing who St. Valentine was.
    • Evilina sparing the Critic from the death Critic begs for in the Son of the Mask review, saying it was tried but didn't go over too well the first time.
    • In his review of The King and I, the Critic mocks commenters who complain about the color of his new background wall.
    • In "The Looney Tunes Show: Good Or Bad", he impersonates a typical person reacting to change (something TGWTG tried their best to do by giving Critic a good send-off and having more original shows) by pretending to be a baby on the floor and wailing that he hates it.
    • The Cat in the Hat review begins with the Critic attacking the brony Fan Dumb, who apparently went crazy in the Son of the Mask review thanks to one show reference.
    "We're not turning this video into another brony message board!"
    • He also says that people don't know what's best for themselves, and continually giving them the same crap will manipulate them into never knowing what was different and will result in them asking for the same crap.
    • In the advertisement for the volume 4 TGWTG DVD, it starts off with Dominic talking over the standard Video Game Confessions music, but then realizes that's not good enough for the audience, and it goes into the heavy metal, explosions-happy, shaking NC opening montage.
    • Gets it right out the way in "Top 11 South Park Episodes" (a video topic he even let the fans decide on), as Malcolm, Yo and Rachel are shown as nerds at computers just waiting to bash him, and he yells at them for thinking their favorites will be on the list. Also comes back at the end, where they all scream at him until he turns into a South Park character and screeches at them to get laid.
    • He and Blip have recently created a youtube channel dedicated to holding 'video take thats' for people to link annoying internet people to, titled simply 'Esults'.
    • Literally in The Master of Disguise, as two guys get pretty simple beatdowns in comparison to you (the person with the camera), and beating you down actually gets him back to... clearly not sane, but he merrily tosses the baseball bat away afterwards.
    • He managed to do it in song for the Les Misérables finale, calling everyone who believes in Reviews Are The Gospel “giving up” and following him.
    • After absorbing Doug's vlogs of Avatar in The Last Airbender, he also absorbs the Walker Brothers' bitchiness towards anyone who just wanted them to pronounce the character's names right. (though he at least admits fault later by saying he won't bash Shyamalan for the names as he's been awful there himself)
    • In “WTF Is Up With The Ending With The Graduate”, he quite cheerfully says he's got an opinion on the ending and asks the audience if they want to hear it, they say no and he grumpily moans too bad because they clicked on it anyway.
    • In Sharknado, he starts out doing a "Boomer will..." joke, but gets bored halfway through and tells everyone they should just be grateful for him doing a "Zuul, motherfucker" last review.
    • The Super-Promotion at the end of Man of Steel assumes the internet can't concentrate on anything longer than two minutes.
    • Huge in the commentary for The Shining review. Doug compares the review to a hypothetical Shining-themed episode of his much maligned former show Demo Reel because it had a consistent storyline with similar themes, and he theorized that viewers gave the review a pass because "...I was in the Critic outfit. If I was wearing the Donnie hat, people would be saying 'How could you?! What were you thinking?!'".
    • “The Uncanny Valley” review has him saying that none of the audience can stand a show/anthology with new characters that doesn't involve him, before cutting to Demo Reel. And when the Straw Critic in The Reviewers calls the main characters f*ggots after saying they can't get mad because it's just constructive criticism, Critic bemoans that sounds like the Tuesday's fanmail he gets.
    • Tamara plays his straw fangirl in The Lorax, who is suddenly attracted to him because he's hipster porn, and lets him get away with bashing her and her fanart because pretty. While there's truth in it - his female fandom often objectifies him to the point where they don't listen to what he says - Rob called him out in the BTS for being defensive and mean-spirited about it. The “not listening” call out got more pronounced as time went on, as she doesn't care in the slightest about him not wanting her back, she remembers props used in reviews but none of his actual issues, and she has a Villainous Breakdown in Princess Diaries II about having no clue what he's interested in.
    • Lampshaded by Linkara in ''Superman: For The Animals”, much to Critic's anger.
    Linkara!Critic: I'm going to repeat the same memes over and over again, it gets funnier every single time. I'm gonna make funny faces at the camera because my audience are babies!
    • In "Why Is Loki So Hot", he spends a lot of time trashing anyone who writes him in Slash Fic, something that fandom was confused about as Doug was previously so pro-slash that even Rob had yelled at him for it.
    • In the midst of congratulating a girl he liked, Rob revealed that on quite a few cons, people who were there to look after Doug just creeped on him and put their own need for a Critic fix over helping him with anything.
    • His Ice Bucket Challenge throws a lot of shade on people wanting him to get wet for a “corny Harlem Shake challenge”, and the tagline warns it won't be what you're expecting even though he's caving in. a Cool as Ice DVD falls on his head instead of water
    • He starts off his Ghost Rider 2 review with “I remember it because you people wouldn't fucking shut up!”, also calling the fandom “barking dogs of entitlement”. Also, MikeJ insults both the Critic and the fandom by saying that Critic's really not a great reviewer (something even Critic and Doug agree with) but everyone watches him anyway.
    • When he asks in “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” if Cityville was the town the Powerpuff Girls fought crime in, bitchy correcting comments creep up and he stops them with “I know, it's a joke.”
    • Lampshaded in Mamma Mia! as Tamara/Rob/Malcolm tell him to let out all his aggression he's built up on the audience as nobody is watching and it'll be like screaming into a pillow. Cut to thirty seconds later and the anger from whatever he said made him lose an eye.
    • In the AVGN Movie review, the only fan video he can find (compared to the movie!fanbase who get Nerd tatooed on them) is someone saying “even though we hated the Nerd battle originally we want another one”. He then drops his phone in disgust. And later on he references the Last Action Hero He Panned It, Now He Sucks backlash, calling it terrible satire and getting booed.
    • The Honest Trailers knockoff at the opening of Planet of the Apes (2001) indulges in this along with Self-Deprecation, implying the critic is just a translation of its audience and that despite being a Loser Protagonist, viewers wanted to be like him.
  • Take That, Critics!: Tamara did a video responding to hate comments, noting that she only picked the easier ones (so none of the rape/death threats) she could actually talk about without getting angry.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In-universe. Unless it becomes too mean spirited (such as the treatment of Scrappy Doo in the Scooby Doo film), the Critic will eat up and rewind scenes of annoying attempts at comic relief characters being killed, beaten, or injured.
    • Dr. Bitch Spasms was a character he created for one review(Patch Adams)before killing him, assuring the audience that "He's not a recurring character".
  • Taking You with Me: If he has to endure Son of the Mask he will take the audience with him.
  • The Talk: His heard version of it apparently included God injecting Adam with sperm. 'Cos that totally won't fuck up a child's perception of sex.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Rachel's blood-bending doesn't work on Shya-Amon, and his threat to Critic was stop reviewing or be talent-bended, but when they're in the same room, Critic's allowed to just keep reviewing and insulting Shyamalan until he reaches the end of the movie. When he finishes, he even has a smug smile like he forgot he was in trouble in the first place.
  • Talking through Technique: It Makes Sense in Context but in the reboot, his issues are usually explained through memes; in The Guyver, Sage tries to use his older memes as a way to make him more comfortable, in The Wicker Man he's nearly crying because he can't decide what meme to use, in Jurassic Park III “night-memes” have replaced nightmares, and he tells Film Brain in Forest Warrior that he can't do pre-comeback memes because That Man Is Dead.
  • Tantrum Throwing:
    • When he gets news that his mother died and doesn't even get to hear her final words because of the dinosaur coming out of his phone, he screeches unintelligibly and chucks his phone on the floor.
    • Less understandable is in The Shining, where Rachel is just talking to him on the phone and he's losing his temper, he rips the squeaky toy out of his pocket and throws it on the floor.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In Demolition Man, as the Critic describes the cybernetic G-Rated Sex as "Virtual Boy Sex".
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Reviewing The Thief and the Cobbler, he gets a phone call from Vincent Price, who manages to hold a complete conversation with the Critic despite being dead, even when the Critic tries to catch him out with nonsense. He recorded his end of the conversation years in advance with the help of an oracle.
  • A Taste of the Lash: In his review of Bebe's Kids, as a Shout-Out to Roots.
  • Tears of Fear: Malcolm in Bridge to Terabithia, when he's being held captive by Leslie!Rachel and tortured. Played for Drama in The Shining review, as Rachel is hysterical with fear over how scary Critic is acting.
  • Tear Jerker: Has an episode dedicated to his in-universe musings.
    • Also, in-universe, he says that Bart's breakdown in "Bart Gets an F" to be "the saddest fucking thing [he's] ever seen on [The Simpsons]".
  • Teens Are Monsters / Kids Are Cruel: Any school-related memories will usually involve his getting some kind of abuse, which makes his hate-on for one-note bullies slightly strange.
    • In the review of Doug's First Movie, he just can't suspend his disbelief to buy that teenage girls - the species that pick on thighs for not being perfect - would call the monster in drag "cute".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Unlike their last incarnations who loved each other, Critic abuses Rachel and Malcolm just because he can and they only help him because they've got nowhere else to go.
  • Technology Porn: The description of Waterworld''s action scenes displays vaguely sarcastic excitement over the amount of contraption manipulation involved:
    Ooh, look at that stuff go! Have you ever seen so much stuff happen in the same time? Ooh, now he's spinning some stuff. That stuff must be important because that stuff allows him to do this stuff...
  • Teleport Spam: Brentalfloss in the Moulin Rouge! review.
    Brentalfloss: *poof* We seem to be in a convention room of some sort. *poof* That's Disneyworld somehow... *poof* that's Honolulu... *poof* that's classified... *poof* that's the future... *poof* that's two minutes ago... *poof* that's Spoony's house... *poof* oh this is my home!
  • Tempting Fate: Happens a lot to the Critic:
    • Repeatedly asserting that such a stupid thing as The Star Wars Holiday Special cannot possibly exist. He suffered for that.
    • At the end of his Flubber review, the Critic proverbally kicks himself in the nuts when he asks if there is a movie written only by John Hughes (a co-writer for the movie) that's worse than Flubber... and he immediately gets Home Alone 3.
      Critic: (with an Oh Crap! face) Oh, snap.
    • Rover Dangerfield: "Well, I suppose it could be worse. I mean, it is a kids' film; I suppose they could be singing a song right now NONONONONONONONONO—" Cue song.
    • The 2010 Christmas Special: "Wait, you're just a two-bit angel without any wings! What are you going to do to me?" [Gets a beating.]
    • Ferngully 2 wasn't all that bad in the Critic's eyes (at least, it wasn't horrifying godawful), and thinks that if he gets more sequels like that, he'll be able to survive Sequel Month. Cue The Secret Of NIMH 2 poster.
      • And a video later he starts wondering where is the spectacular badness of the movie, since it is just a typical dumb sequel dumb. A mere second later...
      • And in the end he says that he doesn't even care what movie he's going to review next. Enter the Care Bears...
    • In his list of "Dumbasses in Distress" he wonders if Princess Peach will start attacking by crying. Cue Super Princess Peach clip.
    • Looks like the Critic should have probably waited until his Star Trek odd-numbered movie review season was over before gloating about the lack of a Linkara appearance...
    • Any time the Critic conjures up a disturbing mental image, and says he doesn't want to see what that would look like - right after that, a Photoshop image of that precise thing will appear onscreen such as Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mary Poppins.
    • The Odd Life Of Timothy Green: The Critic wonders in great length about why people consider the movie terrible. One viewing later, he's killed the neighbor's cat.
    • In Son Of The Mask, Critic calls Santa Christ, begging him to come over because he's the only "good, decent" person he knows. Except it turns out that Santa Christ has a nasty side, which Critic eventually realizes much to his dismay.
    • Lampshaded in the "Super Mario Bros Super Show" review, when he comments how good it is that they haven't put a rap song over the opening credits music, whereupon they do exactly that:
    NC: You know, I gotta learn to keep my fucking mouth shut.
    • In his Bridge to Terabithia review, the Critic keeps commenting on how whimsical everything is and how someone should already die. As soon as he says that, the father informs the lead that Leslie died.
    NC: (Beat) Send your angry emails to nostalgiacritic@idiotwithbadtiming.com
    • In the "Top 11 Moments You Never Noticed in Ghosbusters" he starts off the editorial saying he wanted to do something to remember Harold Ramis and considered doing something with his most famous movie. He wondered if he should note many of the tiny details that might be overlooked and seemed to laugh it off before the title of the editorial came up.
    • The Batman & Robin review has him routinely claiming that the only way a scene could be more cliched is if X happened, then X happens. By the fourth time, he's wise to this, but it doesn't help.
    • The end of his The Last Airbender earthbender rant essentially wills Shya-amon into existence, demanding the real Shyamalan to contact him and explain why he's so awful, plus a bit too luckily predicting Shya-amon's talent bending abilities.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Snob starts threateningly calling Critic “sugar” when they're in 2019 and Critic has to prostitute himself to make Snob happy.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The critic thought Swift Heart Rabbit from The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland was a dude, due to having blue fur, gender-neutral voice and lack of feminine features like big eyelashes for example.
  • That's What I Call X: In his review of Independence Day, Will Smith's character says, "That's what I call a close encounter!". The screen then freezes and is followed by the credits to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The Wicker Man opens with Critic humming “The Review Must Go On”. Actually singing it in Moulin Rouge! (as that's where the return got the name from) might count in hindsight too.
  • Therapy Is for the Weak: In AI, when his child cries, Doug scornfully mocks him for wanting to see the therapist again.
  • There Are No Therapists: There was in the beginning, as one of his running gags was complaining about therapy bills, but he went into this trope when the character got crazier. Mostly because it's much more amusing this way.
    • Also subverted in the past, as judging from the Mr. Magoo review, he either served time in a mental ward or visited someone (a logical guess would be Ask That Guy) who did.
    • Hyper has a ton of money and really could do with therapy for her many issues, but nobody, even people who know she's Ax-Crazy, has even brought it up.
  • They Just Didn't Care: invoked Invoked verbatim during the Jingle All the Way episode.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:invoked Not as often as the below trope, but he occasionally notes a potentially interesting character is squandered. For example, in 3 Ninjas the boys run across a ninja with face paint who licks the blade of his sword before attacking them and is entirely silent and menacing. The Critic gets excited, until the character is defeated easily and subsequently humiliated.
    "Well thank you movie! Thank you for ruining the only possibly cool character in this entire film!"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked
    • The Critic complains that this is one of the biggest faults of Last Action Hero, as Big Bad Benedict's evil plan to form an army of the greatest villains in movie history is one of the coolest concepts in the movie but is never allowed to come to fruition.
    • He also complained that the plot of Blank Check could've been interesting (a kid winds up with a lot of money and buys a castle) but it was too bland to pull it off.
    • He accuses The Blair Witch 2 of this, saying that, if you're gonna acknowledge the film is a phenomenon within the film's universe, they should at least maybe lampshade the marketing or commercialization, but they never do.
    • He says that Heavy Metal has a lot of stories that are potentially interesting as their own film, but the anthology nature of the movie means that they stop before the story seems like it's really begun.
  • Thing-O-Meter: Used a few times. The Cool as Ice review includes a White-o-Meter.
  • Third Time's the Charm: Referenced by name during The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, in full Sarcasm Mode since it was directed to one of the titular "kids" when pissing himself for the third time (there's actually a fourth one ahead).
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    • "Queen it up, BITCH!".
    • In a variation, he frequently adds "mothafucka" in voice-over to the end of an emphatic and/or tough-sounding line from a character ("Taste the rainbow, motherfucker!"); in his commentary for the Superman IV review he says that he has discovered that you can add special extra oomph to anything by adding the word "motherfucker" to the end of it. And it's true.
    • He's on the receiving end in the Ferngully review:
      The Nostalgia Chick: Don't you ever try to bring logic into this movie again. This is Ferngully, bitch!
  • This Is Going To Be Huge:
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Pro-tip - if a review starts with anything else besides "Hello, I'm The Nostalgia Critic; I remember it so you don't have to", then the general consensus is that the subject is gonna suck. More specific examples include:
    • Essentially the Critic's reaction when he sees that he will have to review the Good Burger movie to finish Nickelodeon Month.
    • Also used quite literally during the review of Pokémon: The First Movie, after the rather Gainaxic opening of the movie.
      Nostalgia Critic: I don't want to review this movie.
    • His desk-banging at the beginning of A Kid in King Arthur's Court should be an indication of what's to come.
    • Also used in Follow That Bird; however, if you watched that review...
    • Used in his Garbage Pail Kids review when he tries to describe the movie at the beginning "It's, uh... it's... uh... i-it's... it's gonna hurt. I'm not gonna lie, this is really going to hurt."
      Nostalgia Critic: I got nothing. I have absolutely nothing. I mean, what the hell am I supposed to say? "Garbage Pail Kids". Does the title even sound like it's going to attempt to be a good movie? (Long pause). I feel raped. I feel honest to God raped by this movie; it is that bad. There is no talent, no effort, nothing salvageable! Nothing salvageable about this movie at all!
    • In the beginning of his Batman & Robin review, the Critic puts a cyanide pill out of his hat just in case he needs to kill himself to escape the review. He tries to use it after hearing two lines of dialogue.
    • At the start of the Cool as Ice review, he's laughing too hard at Vanilla Ice to say it.
    • In the Tank Girl review he can't even finish his catchphrase without breaking down crying.
    • In the The Star Wars Holiday Special review he actually tries to run away before finishing his catchphrase.
    • In the Lost in Space review he tries to hide in the shower in another vain effort to avoid the movie.
    • "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it- I fucking hate Bio-Dome, I fucking hate Bio-Dome, I FUCKING HATE BIO-DOME! I HATE IT, I HATE IT, I HATE IT! AYAYAYAYAYA—!!! ([splashed with water]) Thank you. Anyway,... I fucking hate Biodome!"
    • He's been using this trope at the end of several videos, so we know that next week's movie is gonna suck a week in advance.
    • His A Troll in Central Park review opens up with him pacing and trying to express to the viewers how horrible the movie is.
      "A Troll in Central— FUCK THIS MOVIEEEEEE! (punches himself) A Troll in Central Park!"
    • The Care Bears Movie is a slight exception; his lack of the usual opening is out of the embarrassment of having to admit that his job is to review the movie rather than the quality of the movie itself (not to say he thinks that it's a masterpiece by any means...)
    • Full House:
      Nostalgia Critic: I really hope you people appreciate what I do for you, 'cause lemme tell ya: It's not always easy! The stupid ass shit I gotta put up with, well, frankly it's more than I can bear.
    • At the end of "TMNT: Raiders of the Story Arc" he announces Sequels Month, only for his joy to quickly turn to horror. Next, the review for The Neverending Story 3 beginning with him wailing pitifully at the quality of the movie and the many more to come.
    • The The Secret Of NIMH sequel gets two. At the beginning of the video, he cocks a gun, puts on a SWAT helmet and padded jacket, grabs a set of brass knuckles and finally a Cricket bat before sitting down.
      Nostalgia Critic: BRING IT ON!
      • And then an unspoken one halfway into the movie.
        Nostalgia Critic: I have to be honest, as we near the third act of this film, I'm not seeing the spectular badness it's supposed to have. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's bad, but it's just a basic dumb sequel bad, I mean, nothing really propels it into incredibly awful.
        Timmy: Jenny, look! What happened to them?
        Jenny: He's turned the humans into dogs!
        (Cut back to the Critic, with a dumbstruck expression. He finally drops the SWAT helmet from the opening over his hat).
    • In the Masters Of The Universe review he says:
      "So He-Man is going to use his awesome cosmic powers and medieval-style fighting moves...in the suburbs of New Jersey?" *sob* "This is gonna suck, isn't it?"
    • He begins his The Magic Voyage review raving incoherently before he can even attempt to begin his opening catch phrase. He then blows fire into the camera.
    • In “The Review Must Go On”, after her plan failed and Critic returns to his chair with an evil smirk, Lindsay boozes so hard she falls over.
    • Begins his Master of Disguise review with an introduction that just drips this trope as he talks about how hard it is to review a bad comedy.
    • Usually, the Critic gives a primer for the movie while clips of it run in the background. For After Earth, he spends the whole primer repeatedly saying "No!" and sobbing without explaining the movie at all.
  • This Is Reality: The Critic mocks this relentlessly (or as relentlessly as possible while drunk) in his review of It.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: At the beginning of the Kazaam review:
    Nostalgia Critic: To err is human... TO MAKE THE WORST PIECE OF COW SHIT TO EVER STAR A BAD-ACTING, 7-FOOT TALL BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR IS UNFORGIVABLE!!!
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Scooby-Doo review. The young Critic is the hunter, with ambitious hope that's going to get crushed. The usual Critic is the lord, miserable about how his life is going nowhere. The older Critic is the prophet, losing his memories and passion but is gentle and intelligent.
  • Threesome Subtext:
    • Critic, Chick and Brentalfloss in the Moulin Rouge! review. You've got Floss calling Critic "baby" when they're alone, Floss and Chick dancing together and her spanking him in "El Tango De Pretense" and a basic confirmation that Chick and Critic have had sex (real sex, not g-rated fairy rape) when he recognizes her bedroom immediately. It also doesn't help that all three of them prove throughout the review that they have No Sense of Personal Space when it comes to the others.
    • Pointedly averted with Critic, Rachel and Malcolm (their Demo Reel incarnations were built on the trope), as they try to grope him in a 8 Crazy Nights porn skit but he slaps them off.
  • Three Stooges Shout-Out: Done by Doug and special guest reviewers Linkara and Spoony in their review of Bloodrayne. The title card mimicks the opening logo of the Three Stooges and their fight near the end is done in typical Stooges fashion.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: In the Les Misérables (2012) review, when Critic is talking to Rachel and Malcolm in the TV, Kyle and Paw have no idea what he's doing and don't interact with them.
    • Explicitly in The Shining, as Critic hallucinates a bar (in which Dominic has to tell him he's actually just in the bathroom) and goes to a fucked up Happy Place at the end, where he realizes doesn't make any sense, but at least it's scary.
    • His growing insanity is made more obvious in "The Worst Christmas Special EVER", as his shoving Malcolm against the fridge is revealed to be an hallucination, and the people who he loved as his parents actually had no idea who he was.
    • The bar in The Wicker Man is the exact same bar Critic hallucinated in The Shining, as evidenced by the same A Man Is Always Eager sign focused on in The Stinger. It would also explain why a miserable Quinn and Karl are there but don't interact or notice the guy who looks like a suited version of their dead femmy friend.
    • In Jurassic Park III, Tamara asks him to check her stomach because it's hurting, and when he sees a dinosaur come out under her shirt and shoves her off, she's understandably confused.
    • Every sign post-credits of the Maximum Overdrive review points to the Halloween (1978) parody in the opening having not actually happened.
  • Throw It In:invoked In the review of Commando, during the fight sequence when Arnold's character and a henchman crash into a porn scene being filmed, the Critic wonders whether the footage of the two fighting actually made it into the porno.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Film Brain has been in love with Critic for years, and at the end of Forest Warrior, blushes happily when Critic says “Film Brain, I love you, and I do mean it in that way”.
  • Title Drop: Mocks its blatant use in My Pet Monster and the The Lord of the Rings film series.
  • Toilet Humor: In the review of Child's Play 3, Phelous banishes NC's Casper down the toilet. Phelous later brings up toilets when talking about the liquid plastic being made for a small child's toilet. Finally, at the end of the review, NC goes to use the bathroom, forgetting that Phelous had banished Casper there.
  • Token Trio: Post-reboot has Critic the white guy, Rachel/Tamara the white woman and Malcolm the black man. It makes who's in charge of who very obvious.
  • Too Much Information: In The Uncanny Valley review, he ends up blurting out that he's sexually repressing everything and starts describing a Jessica Lange fantasy before he cuts off.
    Critic: you might have noticed another edit... and I'm just gonna stop there.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Happens to Falkor in The Neverending Story 3, to the Critic's dismay.
    Critic: Oh my god, what did they do to you Falkor!? Not only to the animatronics look like the butt cheeks from Chuck E. Cheese, but the character is totally backwards. Falkor was a dignified creature; he was optimistic and wise. This abomination is a blithering idiot, he's like the flying version of Patrick the starfish!
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Apparently Film Brain's forgotten all about To Boldly Flee too, as in The Purge review he threatens to blow up the studio if Critic doesn't do a crossover with him.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Critic notes this in-universe about Kate Winslet in A Kid In King Arthur's Court:
    Critic: Don't try to class up this movie, lady. It's not worth it.
  • Too Soon:invoked Pushed his Good Son review back a month due to the death of one of Macaulay Culkin's two sisters.
    • Subverted in his Blank Check review, where he makes a joke about Michael Jackson, waiting just under two months after his death, telling us it's no longer too soon and nothing we can say about him could take away what he truly was...
      Nostalgia Critic: Don't be afraid, people. No matter how hard you laugh, he will always be a genius.
    • The TMNT review featured him mocking Splinter's voice, saying it sounded like "Mr. Miyagi if he smoked a million Marlboros". This didn't go over well at all: he was mocking one of the most beloved voice actors of all time, who had recently died of esophagus cancer. In the very next video, the Critic apologized, saying he had no idea who the actor was, that he had died, or even how he died. He'd intended to mock the voice, not the person. 'Course he still gets flack for this, and he even mentioned it as one of his Top Eleven F* ck-Ups.
    • Addressed by Rob after Justin's death, saying he was going to force Doug to hold himself back from writing suicide scenes/suicidal feelings with the Critic, at least for a short while. But Doug apparently didn't listen, as Ghost Dad was reviewed shortly after and it was entirely based on Critic making everyone think he had committed suicide. There was also the “Disney Afternoon” behind the scenes where he wanted to create a suicidal Straw Fan replacement of Douchey, and the “When Is A Movie Just A Movie” title card had Han Solo about to shoot himself.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Critic's opinion of Doug's 1st Movie uses words to this effect.
  • Top Ten List: Or top 11. Because he likes to go one step beyond.
    • Or Top 12, in the case of Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials. Why Top 12? Because IT'S CHRISTMAS!
    • In his review of North, The Critic creates a top ten list of double entendres that could be added to Jason Alexander's character saying, "Here, loosen his pants!"
  • Training Montage: Parodied, demonstrating the Critic's claim that anything is awesome with fast editing and 80s music, he does so with his morning routine.
  • Trigger: Doug's new learned thing of said week apparently, as in "Lady And Peebles" he calls Bubblegum's violence towards Ricardio being triggered by Lady Rainicorn getting hurt (and nearly getting sexually assaulted), and in Food Fight, the grocery store deliberately triggers Critic's breakdown by listing advertising products.
  • Trilogy Creep: Doug wanted the commercial specials to be a three-parter, but having to bring Critic back nixed that plan. Lampshaded when he excitedly goes through the names of those three, and his energy just drops and calls Dawn “the fourth one”
    • To go with the franchise, Malcolmus and Tammity make Critic do a trilogy of episodes, and when he complains the first review was structured like a closed story, their reasoning is Money, Dear Boy.
  • [Trope Name]: This is how the Nostalgia Critic sums up how every conversation in The Avengers goes:
    Emma Peel: I'm going to start saying something clever while you...
    John Steed: ...finish your sentence.
    Emma Peel: Witty retort.
    John Steed: Topped by me.
    Emma Peel: Winking smile.
    John Steed: Returned.
  • Tropes Are Not Bad: His list of "Top 11 Coolest Cliches".
  • True Art Is Angsty: invoked While there's plenty of comedies he likes, he has a tendency to praise darker (when it's done well and has a point), depressing stuff more.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: His main problem with The Cell is that it tries too hard to be this trope without any real meaning behind the imagery.invoked
  • Tour Guide Gag
  • Turns Red: A rare literal example. Whenever the Nostalgia Critic yells a lot or gets more progressively flustered as the review goes on, his face will turn redder and redder.
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: Like his fellow Channel Awesome colleagues, he's starting to name drop tropes. Fan Dumb was named in a video where he met Christopher Lloyd, Title Drop in the My Pet Monster review, Ham and Cheese in the Dungeons & Dragons review and Nightmare Fuel in both the Little Monsters review and his list of favorite/least favorite movies of 2010, and in his recent 'Why is Loki so Hot?' video, he at one point seaches up the definition of The Woobie, apparently coming across TV Tropes itself.
  • Two out of Three Ain't Bad: Used in Alice in Wonderland when Malice assumes that he escaped from an asylum to prove he's not a psychotic maniac. Critic tells her he didn't escape from anything but he's still a psychotic maniac.

    U 
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: "You mean a chubby, unattractive male gets a saucy, hot as hell female? Hah! In what media?"
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: His "Old VS New" segment. Overall, he compared nine original/remake pairs.
  • Un-Cancelled: Four months following To Boldly Flee, Doug announced he was bringing the Critic back. The circumstances of this has been called out.
  • Undermined by Reality: Hearing Rachel complain about having to be the Ms. Fanservice of Pearl Harbor and Malcolm feel humiliated at having to act girly in Catwoman can lessen the funny of both reviews considerably.
    • Critic's Smart Ball line in Les Misérables (2012), "wouldn't that technically be Père Noël?", was only dubbed in because Doug note  had noticed Kyle was annoyed by having to go the Viewers Are Morons route and wanted to piss him off more.
    • Seeing Doug/Critic hug Rachel, Jim and Malcolm in "The Worst Christmas Special EVER" and tell them how awesome they're doing is pretty uncomfortable knowing that this was the episode after she announced that she was leaving because she didn't want to be in TGWTG anymore.
    • It also doesn't help that there was a take where Doug forgot Rachel's name and just called her "her", and was annoyed by her quoting A Christmas Carol.
    • While it might not be something he knew about, he uses the Salvation Army as an example of a charity who “makes an effort”. Not so much?
    • For Turbo, Critic's flailing around in the Power Rangers costume and helmet becomes less funny and more agitating when Rob tells Doug off in the commentary for putting his life at risk: it was during a Chicago heatwave, Doug couldn't actually breathe at first in the helmet, and he demanded retakes because his tie was annoying him.
    • It's really hard watching Bridge to Terabithia and all the Leslie jokes (from her looks to her imagination to being too perfect) when you know that the author had written the book to cope with her son's friend (the inspiration for Leslie) dying from a lightning strike and said son worked on the movie.
    • This video is still a good farewell, but Doug at Alcon dismissed Too Soon complaints about him making a joke about Ebert's death, reasoning he'd made the guy's favorite tribute so he could get a free pass. That takes the shine off a little.
    • Linkara added to the Sailor Moon drama by revealing that Doug hadn't even bothered to do research on the consent laws or lesbians/cousins, and he (Lewis) had to tell him about those on the plane home from ConBravo.
  • Understatement: Lampshaded during the review of A Troll in Central Park.
  • Unequal Pairing: Critic with Rachel, Malcolm and even Tamara. His relationship with Rachel had a load of punishing her when she hadn't done anything wrong, he uses Malcolm who is in love with him, and while he and Tamara are mutually abusive (which is why they're the Official Couple), he still has more power over her and there's been two episode sketches where she's his abused child.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: invoked
    • The Critic will make slight mockery of a film for using something or saying something which does date the movie.
    • Inverted in his March 2012 review of Richie Rich, stating that the President of the United States calling the Riches for a loan makes it "timeless."
  • Unnaturally Blue Lighting: Even Suede has teased Doug for the incessant blueness of the new Critic videos.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Milk Money had scorn heaped on it for various reasons, but he's particularly pissed about how disgustingly easy Vee found it to out of her job.
  • The Unpronounceable: The Critic (and several others) had some trouble pronouncing Tone Lōc. He also had some trouble with some names in Drop Dead Fred, including the last name of that guy from The Young Ones (Rik Mayall), that chick from Gremlins (Phoebe Cates), and the director of the film (Ate de Jong), which he doesn't even bother to pronouce. He also pronounces Hubie's name in The Pebble and the Penguin as "hubby".
  • Unreadably Fast Text: In his tribute to Siskel & Ebert, after S&E's mocking of protestants in their outtakes, The Critic made a disclaimer that he isn't prejudiced against other religions, except for a really long list that scrolled across the screen.
    Critic: Especially the middle one.
    • In his review of Junior, after Danny DeVito's character asked Arnold why he couldn't have a baby, The Critic replied with: "That's a very valid question. Why not? Oh wait, maybe because of these." And the screen fills with reasons why not. The list stays on screen for only a second.
    • In his review of A Troll in Central Park, the screen fills with reasons why Stanley won't have his dreams come true. Then it cuts back to the film clips, where Gus says, "You're a coward!", which was one of the choices in the long list.
  • The Unreveal: For the Critic at the end of the To Boldly Flee review, his own identity. His realization is built up as to who The Nostalgia Cricket is, only to think that the "Cricket" is Phelous.
    • In-universe, Mr and Mrs Walker don't turn out to be Critic's parents in The Christmas Tree review, just some random people that he hallucinated to be related to him.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: He is fervent in his belief that Rock Biter's wife (on The Neverending Story 3) is actually a cross-dresser.
  • Unusual Euphemism: From his review of Scooby Doo: "This movie can COCK MY ASS!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Critic is careful to point this out every single time it happens, and illustrates in My Pet Monster by being completely unfazed to see that his brother has the head of a dinosaur.
    • Played creepily in The Shining, as Critic only just barely notices Malcolm in chainmail gear crashing through the window, and is far more interested in scaring the shit out of Rachel.
    • In the Hyper Fangirl vlogs, the titular fangirl doesn't seem to find it odd that she can talk to her actress Tamara, or that Doug and Critic are in the same place. But then she is mentally ill and hears voices, so it'd be a normal time for her.
    • Tamara's completely unfazed at the end of The Wicker Man when Critic gets hit with a truck inches away from her. Also justified as even Beneath the Mask she's still crazy.
  • Up to Eleven: "Why "Top 11"? Because I like to go one step beyond."

    V 
  • Vacation, Dear Boy: The Nostalgia Critic points out that Rob Reiner made North as an attempt to go on vacation and get paid for it.
  • Vacation Episode: After the first commercial special, according to Doug the following two were done when the Critic needed a break.
  • Values Dissonance: invokedDiscussed on occasion.
    • While he understands the original True Grit was filmed in the sixties, he still wants to call PETA for the poor snake getting abused.
    • In his Sailor Moon review, he takes a tangent to explain that while the main protagonists are played for fanservice in their transformation sequences and skimpy outfits despite being 14 years old, in many parts of Japan the legal age of consent is 13, and while there are legal loopholes back and forth on how legal it is, mostly the sexualization would be acceptable. He also discusses the dub of the show keeping the sexualization of the characters but reworking the lesbian relationship of two characters into cousins and platonic love.
  • Values Resonance: invoked Critic finds Demolition Man as more effective in The New Tens given he finds "Political Correctness Gone Mad vs Hates Everyone Equally assholes" a good translation of the internet.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Doug often uses the phrases "So the story begins with..." and "O.K., let's look at the story." as a way of starting his reviews.
    • An amnesiac Critic calls the lead actor of the anniversary movies "The Nostalgia Cricket" in each of the anniversary movies' episodes.
  • The Verse: Aside from the outer TGWTG verse, reboot!Critic seems to be in a world on its own. Lampshaded angrily by Doug himself in The Last Airbender, asking why he wrote said world so convoluted.
  • Very Special Episode: Quite a few reviews talk about painful subjects, but nearly always have enough laughs to offset them. The top 11 lists for The Simpsons and Batman, however, don't have many jokes, so his pull-no-punches discussions on how it feels to feel like a failure at school or be the victim of Domestic Abuse stand out more.
    • Neither did Patch Adams (especially after he finds out that sexually abused and dead girlfriend was a murdered male friend in real life), which managed to push every single Close To Home button he had.
  • Victim Blaming: "What's Up With All The Princess Hate" blamed societal expectation that women shouldn't have power on women who like princessy things, starting his trend of thinking women's fantasies need to be a certain way or they're worth nothing.
    • This review of his Sailor Moon episode goes into great detail over how much he partook in victim blaming. It also links to real life rape cases that his excuses mirror a little too much.
    • Critic in Christmas Story II is treated as in the wrong for ducking in fear when Hyper Fangirl (who note immediately got angry when he rejected her) waves at him, and he goes back in time to that moment and invites her in. This may have been intentional, as Doug ranted in a later con that Hyper did awful things to Critic, isn't even sorry for them, and got leather pantsed by fandom, but Critic yells at her and gets hate.
  • Video Review Show
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The "NickComs" video mocks this in-universe with the game "Guy or Girl".
    • A straighter example is with Swiftheart from Care Bears in Wonderland.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: In “Doug Talks Top 10 Worst Avatars”, he lampshades that people aren't enjoying the fortnightly reminders that editorials can be seen early on Maker, presumably because it makes them think he thinks Viewers Are Morons.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The Critic really hates how most environmental movies make this assumption about their younger viewers, often constantly and obnoxiously shoving the moral of the story in their faces. It gets to the point that in his review of the second Sonic cartoon, he can barely comprehend the fact that the show has a subtle environmental message.
    • The Critic complains about this in his Captain America (1990) review, where they put the name of every place, every single time the scene shifts to another scenery. At one point he gets fed up with it and puts captions under every little thing on-screen.
    • In his TMNT review, he finds it an odd contradiction that the opening of the film briefly glosses over the Turtles' origins (which would sound pretty weird to those unfamiliar with the franchise), as apparently this movie is made for the fans, yet when Leonardo first appears, the movie features the subtitle "Leonardo" to let us know who he is.
    • At the very beginning of The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, he assumes nobody knows who St. Valentine is and calls us all “uniquely lazy”.
    • According to the Les Misérables (2012) bloopers, Kyle's attempts at jokes in French were stopped by Doug because he thought the audience wouldn't get them.
    • In The King and I, a chorus of complaints rise up when he says he's going to give them a history lesson.
    Critic: Shut up! You're gonna learn something.
    • The “Is Eyes Wide Shut Artsy Porn” editorial starts with him getting booed because he wants to talk about fear of the subconscious, and getting cheered when he adds that there'll be orgies.
    • In the opening The Outer Limits parody in “Rise Of The Commercials”, he assumes nobody will get the reference but will at least remember when Simpsons parodied it.
    • In "Why Is Tom and Jerry Genius", he feels the need to tell the audience that they shouldn't eat Play-Doh.
    • From The Uncanny Valley: “nobody's written an article about online reviewing, that would require the online demographic to read”.
  • Villain Decay: M. Night Shyamalan. After being a major villain in the "B-Plot" of the Avatar review, he's become comic relief as of the After Earth review.
  • Villainous Friendship: She disappears after the review and he hit her for no reason while she watched his home videos despite him begging not to, Critic and Malice. They're both mentally fucked up in different but equal amounts, he genuinely gets upset that she kills people because she's so nice the rest of the time, and she's on the couch with him for the Downer Ending.
  • Villain Song: Most, though not all, of the Top Eleven villain songs. The Nostalgia Critic defines it as "songs sung by or about the villain", so they don't all quite fit the trope.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: His take on the antagonist doctor of Patch Adams.
    First we will heal patients... and then, the world! Mwahahahahahaha!
  • Visual Pun:
    • In his The Neverending Story 2 review, an awkward issue (suicide by one of the actors) is pointed out by... an elephant in the room. Who complains about how The Critic has been ignoring him.
    • Done again in his Ernest Scared Stupid review, where Douchey was caught in trap designed to capture trolls.
    • In his review of The Room, he censors Johnny's ass with a donkey head.
    • Son of the Mask had a a terrified NuCritic locking himself in a closet and there is plenty more homophobia in the reboot when he'd been rapidly getting more bisexual before.
    • The review of Maximum Overdrive had foreshadowing — a number four lying right in the shadows.
  • The Voice: Critic's mom (played by Rachel) has a line in Dawn Of The Commercials, rubbing it in when Critic's upset that he's turned back into a Man Child failure.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In his Junior review, he ran to the bathroom and vomited in the toilet at the sight of baby Arnold. The vomiting occurred off-screen, though the sounds were heard.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Occurred once during a scene in the Star Trek V: The Final Frontier review. The scene in question involved the Uhura fan-dance.

    W 
  • Walking into the Sunset: At the end of the True Grit review, complete with cowboy hat.
  • Walking Spoiler: Becomes this in post-To Boldly Flee Channel Awesome canon
  • Wall of Weapons: The studio Doug and company film in has a big wall of swords and guns. You don't actually see it in any Critic reboot episodes, and everyone's lampshaded that it looks intimidating.
  • We All Live in America: A lot of times, like commercials or talking about a brand of comic that he likes, he'll assume everyone knows or remembers what he's talking about when really British viewers or people from further away have no clue.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: In the Battlefield Earth review, the Nostalgia Critic decides he needs to "dumb himself down" to enjoy the movie properly, and starts hitting himself in the head with a hammer - but not before cutting to a cheerful "Please excuse this slight mental breakdown" card, with the music from "Holiday Clusterfuck" playing in the background.
  • Wham Episode:
    • More personal than most but the ending of My Pet Monster has his low self-esteem and job insecurity (which have been building up from at least the review of Full House) hit him right in the face. The depression carries on to the next episode.
    • A Simple Wish has Mara Wilson existing! As a demonic badass who schools the Critic and gives him a Humiliation Conga for bashing child stars!
    • Review of Scooby-Doo. Critic reviewing the movie with his younger and older self, all three dying to save the world (Critic gets better though), returning characters coming back (most notably Roger as the angel from "You're A Dirty Rotten Bastard"), is a prequel for To Boldly Flee, and his self-hate running deeper than anyone realized.
    • "The Review Must Go On" starts off as a Demo Reel episode with Donnie, Tacoma and Rebecca happy with life, but then switches to Critic pushing Doug into killing that show off and bringing him back into existence.
    • Son of the Mask introduces a hell right under Critic's home with the devil and Evilina as recurring characters, Santa Christ comes back a lot nastier, and Critic really regrets coming down from the Plot Hole.
    • The Cat in the Hat is the first big episode showing how Critic in the reboot Came Back Wrong, from his going against his earlier morals and hitting a child, to being gleeful when even the Devil thinks he's sick, to just selling his soul for a worthless joke.
    • The Master of Disguise is the starting point for a lot of plot threads that ended up getting darker; Rachel reveals herself to be a bit of a Broken Bird and tries to kill Critic (and ends up beaten down on the ground), Critic himself has such a breakdown that he says he has to go to the asylum or prison after the review, and he destroys a Happy Madison's building full of people.
    • The Last Airbender. Not just that it's a big movie with big demand and build-up, but Doug's vlogs get welded into Critic canon, Doug himself becomes another life, Shyam-Amon becomes the first reboot Big Bad who talent-bends Critic, Critic and Doug (as a platypus bunny) meet up again, and there's more meta and Lampshade Hanging than we care to name.
    • "The Guyver" is an episode update by Sage, but it serves as wham for Critic. Doug used a vlog to send him over there, it's the first video in the reboot where he's explicitly called out by an equal (not someone who works for him like IC!Rachel) for being an asshole, it's established that his memory of the anniversary specials are fading, and a Redemption Rejection is involved.
    • Princess Diaries 2. Hyper Fangirl kidnaps Critic to her Big Fancy House that she got from another stalking victim, proves much more desperate and disturbing than even first appeared by trying to manipulate him into loving her. And it almost works via Stockholm Syndrome, but he gets back to himself, tells her that he will never give her what she wants, but she has a breakdown because of this and vanishes.
  • invokedWhat Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: As noted by the Catch Phrase "You know, for kids!" (Son of the Mask inspires the caption "A Family Movie" over some of the most Accidental Nightmare Fuel scenes)
  • What Does She See in Him?:
    • He's so disgusted by Robin Williams's character in Flubber missing his wedding three times, that he suggests with all seriousness to his fiancee that she go Loreena Bobbit on his ass.
    • While Elisa and Nella try their very best to, uh, help her out, he's rather wary of the Chick's craziness over Todd.
    • Even aside from Loving a Shadow, Hyper has never explained what she actually finds appealing about Critic other than he's pretty and dresses nice.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Critic points out Death is still in the real world at the end of Last Action Hero.
    • A running gag in his review of Star Trek: Insurrection is his preoccupation with figuring out who was the Bolian from the beginning of the film.
      Critic: Who are you, blue man?
    • In his "Top 11Dumbest Lord of the Rings Moments" video, #2 is "Saru-who?" because he really disliked how there was no resolution regarding Saruman in the theatrical version. Especially because it was filmed and would have gone in the beginning of the movie.
    • Rob as The Other Guy last appeared in Scooby-Doo finally succeeding in getting Critic out of his loner shell and partaking in a poker game with friends. He hasn't been seen since Critic came back and Critic is even lonelier than before.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rachel first gets the honors, sniding in The Shining that she wished she could say he used to be so nice to her, but that's never been the case.
    • In The Guyver, when he's insulting the movie and Sage for liking it, Sage finally has enough and tells him to shut up because he just wanted to have some fun riffing on a bad movie and all Critic has done is insult him. Sadly it doesn't get better from there and they argue before Sage tells him to leave.
    • Snob had no patience with Critic's Drunk with Power Meta Guy shtick in Sharknado, and reminds him that he (Snob) is only asking for his (Critic's) help because it's in the script.
  • What Were You Thinking?: A common reaction by the Critic. For example, after realizing that Kazaam was a slave to a little white kid, he blurts loudly, "WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!"
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Parodied in the Warriors of Virtue and Mr. Nanny reviews, plus in the third compilation of old commercials, in which we learn what happened to Zack, the self-proclaimed LEGO Maniac.
  • What Were They Selling Again?: Both for selling the indiegogo, which even Rob complained was too interested in being creepy than actually giving information, and for MikeJ's Fantastic Storytelling card game at the end of the Sam and Max editorial, which was lampshaded with a narrator asking what he just watched.
  • Where Da White Men At: There are some really scary people who take it as an offense that his Even the Guys Want Him moments have been with black guys.
  • Whip It Good: In The Legend of Zorro, he gets aroused when he sees Catherine Zeta Jones and decides to whip his crotch. Obviously this ends up hurting.
  • White and Grey Morality: The Nerd/Critic rivalry, mostly for how pathetically meaningless it was. Even during the fighting they had moments of being nice to each other. Doug's later writings tuned out the white, though.
  • White Knighting: Referenced in the beginning of Eight Crazy Nights, where he says it must be hard being Jewish, and that he doesn't want to make an assumption about the pain of people he's not part of... but he will any way.
  • White Male Lead: Addressed in the True Grit Old vs New. He calls Maddy the lead (as you'd think it would be obvious) and tells The Dude off when he starts whining.
    Critic: Best supporting character, my ass.
  • White Like Me: Malcolm dons this to get away from a crazed Critic in "The Shining" Mini-series review. When he gets it on, he seems to be a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
  • White Mask of Doom: Given the the film, it's only fitting that they appear on the respective editorial's title card. Still creepy and uncomfortable though.
  • White Sheep: Judging by what he's said, his grandfather (the one that called himself Vanessa, not the one that sounds like the villain in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and possibly his great aunt were the only nice people in his nightmare of a family. Shame they're both deceased.
  • White Void Room: The purgatory Critic goes to in Scooby-Doo, where Roger resides. Despite the Hell Is That Noise drone on the soundtrack and Orlando's Slasher Smile, when Critic saves everything (again) it's actually rather friendly in the end.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Referenced in the Rad review, as another one of those Acting for Two conversations. Mama Critic asks if Critic got her any Burger King, when he says no, she drama queens about how he was a mistake. Cue wibble.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The review of Scooby-Doo involves a past, present and future version of the Critic teaming up to review the movie with the universe in the balance, reminiscent of the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, complete with a homage to the final scene of the series where Picard joins the Bridge Officer Poker Night for the first time.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Wheeler"?
  • Who's on First?:
    • NC makes an Abbott and Costello routine out of the moment in the Super Mario Bros. Movie where it shows that Mario and Luigi's last name is Mario.
    • Spliced in footage from the actual bit during his review of Hook.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In The Matrix, when he finds out the names of “people who don't like the film” are clearly just Malcolm and Tamara in leather and snides this, Tamara reminds him that he was the one who wrote it.
  • Wild Teen Party: In Blair Witch II, he mentions the scene where they all get drunk as capturing his well-known feeling of being the only sober person at a party and increasingly hating everyone else.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The Nostalgia Critic is often criticized for not offering any. This is for comedic purposes.
  • With Lyrics:
    • Critic's take on Double Dare which predated Doug's Theme Lyrics / Songs that Don't Need Lyrics but I Added Them Anyway. HA!
    • Suburban Commando: The Critic sings "Rip-off, this is a rip-off, this is a rip-off, are you kidding?" to the Star Wars music.
    • Sings about Spock's death to the tune of "Amazing Grace" in his "Top 11 Saddest Moments".
    • In a scene briefly ripping off E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, he sings to that films theme "ET's a much better movie..."
  • A Wizard Did It: Whenever something happens for no particular reason in Moonwalker, the Nostalgia Critic points out that it is happening because "Jackson wills it!"
  • The Woobie: Invoked. He feels incredibly sorry for the abused slave robot in Doug's First Movie.
    • Lampshaded in 'Why is Loki So Hot?': "Hey, how come I'm in that trope?!" although he's not
  • Women Are Wiser: Twisted and subverted in “The Princess Diaries 2”, where Hyper Fangirl manages to keep Critic around (and almost giving it up) by pandering to all the stereotypical male things (like violence and porn) his boner would like, but she screws up when Benny finds a Transformers movie and she breaks down not knowing what Critic actually enjoys.
    • Played straight when Tamara's the one to point out in The Monster Squad that Critic and the others aren't boys, they're men in their thirties having mid-life-crises. In Bridge to Terabithia, Rachel gets frustrated too at Critic and Malcolm being manchildren who want to relive their childhoods.
  • World Gone Mad: Rl!Malcolm once described the reboot universe as such, what with all the “illusion” Arc Words and Through the Eyes of Madness. Possibly alluded to in The Monster Squad, where Critic is terrified of a reality monster's intrusion and Tamara outright destroys the thing.
  • World of Ham: The Critic by himself was already hammy. Then he started having guests, and most are equally overblown. Rob's Santa Christ, and basically everyone played by Malcolm and Rachel qualify.
  • Worst Whatever Ever: Called The Star Wars Holiday Special "the WORST CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EVER."
  • Writer on Board: Ever since the reboot, it's been repeated subtly and not about how children should be treated with respect, creativity should be in every kids' movie and how Executives don't know what children want and deserve to be punished. See The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax reviews for prime examples.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: 9+9+9=21? Even he admitted that was a massive failure on his part.
    • An in-universe example: He missed a large section of the hidden message in The Angry Video Game Nerd's forum post because he "Forgot to carry the 1."
  • Written-In Infirmity: Doug's surprisingly prone to throat infections, forcing him to get creative to make videos without talking. In "The Good Son", he never spoke and communicated through cue cards, subtitles, and the use of sound effects. In "Alone in the Dark", he speaks through MacInTalk (plus he has Linkara and Spoony joining him).
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The Critic points this out in-universe when he sees someone famous in crappy movies or shows.
    (As Eric Idle in Casper): I'm far too talented to be in this movie!

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  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Defied. He refuses to do one despite cajoling from the Ghost of Christmas Future.
  • You Are Not Ready: The Critic thought that the Captain Planet episode about AIDS shouldn't have played out.
  • You Bastard:
    • In his video game review for the DVD, he angrily (and quite tearfully) yells at the large portion of the audience who just want to see him suffer. It's actually a surprise that it took him so long.
      Critic: Because that's all you want to see isn't it? You just wanna see me angry! Dance monkey dance!
    • And in his review of Cop and a Half, he calls us all sick pigs for wanting him to suffer through it.
    • A slightly creepy Freeze-Frame Bonus one happens in the review of Once Upon A Forest. The second porn visit is a sex trafficking site that includes a fifteen year old girl. Knowing that he's a feminist Papa Wolf who views his audience as pretty sadistic, you gotta wonder what he's trying to say.
    • In the introduction to his review of Doug's First Movie, he calls out his fans for constantly requesting him to review the movie despite his hatred of everything relating to the show.
    • The Scooby-Doo use of this is probably the most guilt-inducing. Just read:
    Critic: Well I'll tell you who that little fuckshit is, he's the Nostalgia Critic! He remembers it so you don't fucking have to! Even though every fucking day he exists, he wishes he didn't have to, he wishes he didn't have to do this bullshit to make you watch and get good ratings! And why does it happen? Why do you keep coming back? Because you're fucking sick and I'm fucking stupid.
    • The way he does fanservice in reboot. For just one example; sure, Tamara will beat him in the crotch and it'll be uncomfortably fetishy, but he'll outright say later that people just want him to squirm for views and he's only doing it because he needs those views. So you get the pain you're there for, but he also thinks you're an asshole.
    • Malcolm gets on it in the Hyper Fangirl's second vlog, playing Tacoma who had half of his face burned off all because people couldn't deal with Demo Reel.
    • In the “Ghost Rider 2” review, the beginning rant is how he's only pandering to his Entitled Bastard fandom because they won't stop asking him.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: In a DVD extra, the Critic stripteases out of his wet Ghostbusters uniform while Rob hums stripper music.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Despite cooing to Doug in “The Review Must Go On” that them essentially being together is “destiny”, he talks about how he finds this idea really scary in the Unbreakable editorial.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Critic does this to a behind-the-scenes guy in the first Top 11 Nostalgic F*ck Ups.
  • You Keep Using That Word: "Remake." Only about half the modern movies featured on Old Vs. New are actually remakes, the others are simply different adaptations of the same story.
    • To the pleasure of a certain part of his fanbase, he completely got the difference between "sex" and "gender" in the Patch Adams review when voicing his disgust about they gave no respect whatsoever to the murdered male friend by making him a female love interest.
    • Gets a little confusing in Alien: Resurrection, as Critic 1 assumes Critic 2 is racist because he can't accept a black guy has died in a horror movie and Critic 2 snarks back that Critic 1 clearly doesn't know what word means.
    • In Bloodrayne, “tradition”. No matter how many times Critic says it like it's fact, doing one Uwe Boll crossover with Linkara/Spoony when they broke into his house years ago does not a tradition make.
    • In an Epic Fail, he misuses “satire” to introduce to the parody side by side comparison. While his scenes are good and work in their own character context, they're still parodies because they're just imitations of other scenes. If it was satire, he wouldn't be able to show off how exactly the same the scenes were.
    • Repeatedly (mis)applies the word "pedophile" to Lester Burnham in his review of American Beauty, even though his Lust Object is seventeen. As numerous commenters have pointed out, the word he's looking for is "ephebophile".
  • You Need to Get Laid: Ernest Saves Christmas, word for word: "You need to get laid, Ernest."
    • As well as the whole movie in Sidekicks.
  • You Put the X in XY: In Pagemaster, he says the character Adventure (a talking book, played by Patrick Stewart) puts "the 'dick' into 'dictionary'".
  • You Should Have Died Instead: The Critic calls out the boy protagonist in Alaska saying this to his dad about his mom dying, and wishes he would spontaneously combust once he stormed off to his room.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The adulterer in The Tommyknockers makes him want to puke up with rage.
  • Your Head A Splode: Lady Tremaine's stare does this to the Critic. It's also what would happen if John Moschitta (The Micro Machines commercials guy) recorded audio books.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: In Pearl Harbor, Peter Soulless was just a figment of Critic's imagination as he was thinking how Michael Bay came to realize he belonged in action, not romance. In The Cat in the Hat, he's the Big Bad who gets Dragged Off to Hell.
    • In The Last Airbender earthbender rant, before he even realizes Shya-amon (who literally bends out talent) is a thing, he calls Shyamalan “a sucker of talent and good”. Either that's a ridiculously lucky Tempting Fate/Ass Pull foreshadowing moment, or this trope is in play. Explicit at the end though, where because Critic's speech gets lampshaded as being a failure, he agrees that it is, namedrops the Deus ex Machina trope and makes Avatar Aang defeat Shya instead.
  • You Look Familiar: Lampshaded in Planet of the Apes with an astronaut woman played by Tamara, and Critic asks where character!Tamara is, and the astronaut waves her gun around giving him a “duh” look.
  • Your Vampires Suck: During The Care Bears Movie, the Critic mocks Nicholas by saying that he's become a vampire. Not one of those sparkling ones, though, they totally suck ass.
  • Yo Yo Plot Point: If you thought he was over all his job problems in the first commercial special, you'd be wrong. Perhaps justified, as singing ain't exactly proper therapy. Not so justified in Son of the Mask and beyond, as Scooby Doo and To Boldly Flee were all about Critic spanking his inner moppet job issues and getting a job he liked; helping people with the plothole.