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Trivia: The Spoony Experiment
  • Actor Allusion: A common gag. For example, when Christopher Lee appears in a film he will reference his roles as Dracula and Saruman, and his Cage review has constant references to Lou Ferrigno's most famous role as The Incredible Hulk.
  • Acting for Two: Spoony occasionally shares the screen with other characters played by himself, including Dr. Insano, Chef Ramsay, Squall Leonhart, Fu Manchu, Spencer D. Bum, the Ultimate Spoony, Cap'n Smiling Jack D'Arcy, the Gate Cleaner, Hulk Spogan, Terl, "Spoonette", Spoontock! of the Klingon Empire, Chuckles the Fucking Jester, Tidus, The Avatar, Yuna, and Sephiroth.
  • Artist Disillusionment / Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Spoony suffers this every so often, thanks to a large group of posters on his website being incredibly rude to anyone that's not Spoony or his brother Miles.
    • It Came From Beyond Midnight, a canceled public access TV show in which Spoony has a small role. He uploaded it in addition to his own content, only for it to increasingly come under fire by his fans for not being fully Spoony-related content because it bloated the front page of his website every time Spoony uploaded a new segment (seven videos per episode). He got mad about it and called out his fans on Twitter, saying his friends are more important than the opinions of the whiners.
    • Fans attacked his then-girlfriend after one appearance.
    • The above was likely due to backlash from the Mashable's "Funniest Person to Follow" award, which Spoony won. The celebratory video (which was deleted almost immediately) showed Scarlett draping an ermine cape around Noah. The joke went over everyone's heads and was interpreted as boasting. Among other posts were invitations for Noah to kill himself, fake posts from "Noah" himself claiming that his brother had died, etc.
    • Apparently Linkara and Noah have exchanged stories about the ridiculous Fan Dumb they've encountered whenever they do a cross-over.
    • Film Brain's collaboration with Spoony for the live-action Tekken movie led to his brief return for the DOA review, where Spoony's fans lay a medieval siege upon Film Brain's home.
    • It doesn't help when Fans have shown up at his house, in full costume no less, and have had to be removed by the police for refusing to leave. It's implied this has happened at his parents' house as well.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: He is rarely working on fewer than two projects. He's admitted defeat to this disorder and attempted to hire an editor to get projects out on rails.
  • Colbert Bump: He has been responsible for a few of these:
    • He was the first pre-established internet celebrity to join That Guy with the Glasses, in summer 2008, drawing attention to the site from people who weren't already fans of The Nostalgia Critic, and opening the floodgates for other producers to join the community. He was the anchor talent of their "Blistered Thumbs" section about Video Games.
    • His early and frequent crossovers with Linkara probably contributed to the latter's rapid rise in popularity.
    • In his review of Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge, he went on to note that it was almost impossible to find hints, reviews or any information at all about the game, touting that game as being the one game that the Internet forgot. The problem was quickly rectified when the video was released. He mentioned in the commentary that the game had suddenly become harder to find after the video as fans bought copies to try. He begged them not to, it really was as bad as he said.
    • After YouTube suspended The Cinema Snob, he hosted a few of his videos, boosting his popularity immensely and paving the way for him to join That Guy with the Glasses as well. He briefly did the same for Guru Larry when he was dropped from Screwattack. In general, Spoony likes to occasionally host videos that he hasn't produced, such as tribute videos and responses to his reviews, including at least one YouTube Poop.
    • There wasn't a Mazes and Monsters trope page until Spoony did a review of it.
    • The SWAT 4 trope page was only created long after his Let's Play.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer:
    • His one-shot Deadliest Character video regarding the Showa era (1974) Mechagodzilla. While he's describing the character, shots of Kiryu are used several times. Yes, Kiryu is an incarnation of Mechagodzilla, technically. But, it's not the same monster since the Showa Mechagodzilla is a giant robot built by aliens to take over the earth and Kiryu is a cyborg version of the original 1954 Godzilla.
    • Likewise, at one point in the video, guest-speaker Linkara points out that Mechagodzilla has failed to defeat Godzilla. In reality, Godzilla was unable to beat the Showa Mechagodzilla on his own and required both the help of King Caesar and humanity to defeat.
    • Given the nature of the show he's parodying, this might be intentional.
  • Creator Breakdown: This has become something of a trademark for Spoony, unfortunately.
    • The most visible examples were his 2011 breakup with his longtime girlfriend and webmaster Scarlet, which lead to a serious bout of depression and many uncomfortable on-camera moments, and his very public meltdown in 2012, in which a flap with another video producer over an off-color joke lead into a days-long Twitter rant aiming anger and obscenity at friends, fans, and critics alike. Shortly thereafter Spoony was diagnosed as bipolar.
    • He reveals in his To Boldly Flee commentary that there was some form of breakdown for him and a handful of TGWTG contributors who met with congressional staffers about the SOPA bill. He claims that the meeting forced him and the others, particularly the Walkers, to consider the longevity of their productions, hence the Reality Subtext throughout much of To Boldly Flee about the potential end of their way of life.
  • Doing It for the Art: Spoony put way more effort into editing the Final Fantasy XIII review than necessary. In the commentary track, he explains the game's cutscenes caused a problem: the voice actors leave pauses between lines that were so long and so numerous that leaving the scenes as-is when he used them in the review would noticeably extend the run time. An easy way of fixing this would have been to simply edit out the pauses, but Spoony didn't like how this would create jump cuts, even though this would be a minor issue at best. His solution was to cut the pauses out by treating the cutscenes as actual editing work, cutting from the speaking characters to other characters as if they were giving reaction shots.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Lampshaded during Part 5 of his Final Fantasy XIII review. Towards the end, Spoony notices that Barthandelus' voice sounds strangely familiar and looks him up on The Internet Movie Database, only to find that his voice actor, S. Scott Bullock, voice Reynolds from SWAT 4. Cue Unstoppable Rage.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Spoony's riff of After Last Season was taken down under polite request by the film's producers on the grounds of copyrights infringement. Now it's only available as an iRiff on RiffTrax, which requires a copy of the film itself. To Spoony's credit, he discourages illegal downloads of the film despite fans suggesting otherwise on the comments section of his site, and admitted that he was in the wrong for planning to post a movie in its entirety on his website. This is also a perfect opportunity for Spoony to put money where his mouth is regarding his challenge to TNA's Dixie Carter and see how many of his fans are willing to support him and buy his iRiff of the film instead of just illegally downloading the movie elsewhere.
    Spoony: "I won't condone piracy. I simply ask you to support the site if you enjoyed the rifftrax. $1 isn't much to ask for an evening's fun."
  • Lying Creator:
    • After he repeatedly denied that Spooning With Spoony 2 was never going to happen during the TGWTG charity drive...barely an hour after Spooning With Spoony 2 had been shot.
    • He announced the storyline of being banished to the Black Hole by the Gatecleaner if he didn't review a series of VCR board games within a year was being cancelled... only to pick it up again after that year had passed, with the Gatecleaner not being too happy that he failed to review them.
  • Name's the Same: In the Ultima IX review, he has a brief Freak Out when people start talking about "Tydus". Thankfully, it turns out to be an entirely different character.
  • Old Shame: At the beginning of his FF XIII review, while apologizing for being so harsh towards FF VIII, he specifically apologizes for the gay joke he sang to the tune of the game's theme song (and for using the word "eponymous" wrong).
  • One of Us:
    • Aside from being a complete geek and pop culture junky, Spoony has shown signs of awareness of TV Tropes, including name-dropping "Foe Yay" in his Deadly Premonition review.
    • He's also a bit of a closeted Otaku, as he's gotten pissed over people calling Alucard Arucard and even thinks he looks like Dr. Tenma.
    • He made another Tweet remarking that so long as movies kept throwing people out of windows, he'd keep referencing Cowboy Bebop.
    • Dr. Insano mentions Handwaving in the review of "The Dungeonmaster."
    • Though they were for his Final Fantasy playthroughs, he did cosplay as Squall & Tidus (and even went so far as to get a wig similar to the latter).
  • Reality Subtext: In his review of "Ultima Underworld 2," he snarls at a Headless invading the review at the end of the skit, "Don't you fucking test me, you headless hairball, not after the month I've had." This was shortly after his Creator Breakdown in 2011.
    • Also in the finale of Final Fantasy X, Dr Insano says the line "What were you expecting? The Ghost Busters?!". This line makes a lot more sense when you know that Spoony originally planned on having a huge finale with the Ghost Busters making an appearance. However, he couldn't get them to come, as they only really do charity events. This and the fact that he planned such a huge finale to begin with (instead of just focusing on reviewing the game) were fuel for his Creator Breakdown.
    • Part 2 of the Ultima IX review has the Guardian delivering a Hannibal Lecture to Spoony about how his fans only watch because they like seeing him suffer, and how he's been abandoned by his friends and co-workers. This not only recalls the number of "anti-fans" who troll Noah for laughs, but also comes close on the heels of his departure from That Guy with the Glasses.
  • Schedule Slip: Several things that Spoony may announce at some point may take quite a while to actually get done, for various reasons; most prominently, of course, that Spoony is working entirely on his own.
    • Lampshaded in Film Brain's review of Hudson Hawk in early October 2010. Spoony complains that he was going to review the film & game, and Film Brain admits he did see the list that mentioned this... When it was posted 9 months earlier.
    • Wrestle! Wrestle! started out providing weekly recaps of Raw and Impact, and even added Sean Fausz to cover the workload. Sometimes, however, a month would go by without any updates. The last two reviews were WrestleMania XXVII and Money in the Bank 2011 before the site was abandoned. (The videos are still available on Blip, thankfully.)
    • At the start of February 2011, Spoony announced a list of films & games he was going to review, intended to cover to the end of April. He was actually making decent progress through the list, until Real Life Writes the Plot kicked in.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Dr. Insano, Chef Ramsay, Spencer D. Bum, the Ultimate Spoony, Cap'n Smiling Jack D'Arcy, the Gate Cleaner, and Hulk Spogan. And thats not counting reading out writen dialogue in games.
    • The '"Clones of Bruce Lee'' review, where a triple splitscreen allows Spoony to share the couch with Dr. Insano and a Spoony!Bum.
    • A literal case in the finale of his Phantasmagoria Let's Play where he spoofs various scenes from the game.
  • What Could Have Been:

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