Trivia / Todd in the Shadows

  • Accidentally Accurate: Semi-example. During his "Blurred Lines" review, Todd states that the song samples "Got to Give it Up". About a year and a half later, Robin Thicke and Pharrell would be indicted on plagarizing "Got to Give it Up".
  • Big Name Fan:
  • The Cast Showoff: Boy, can he play piano. And he's not a bad singer himself either.
  • Colbert Bump:
  • Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer:
    • In his One Hit Wonderland episode covering "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-lite, he claims that Space Channel 5, a Sega Dreamcast game, was released for the PlayStation. Although, the sequel did get a re-release on the PlayStation 2...
    • In his "7 Years" review, he makes the common mistake of referring to the singer as Lukas Graham when Lukas has stated several times that his name is just Lukas Forchammer.
  • Creator Couple: He and Lindsay "The Nostalgia Chick" Ellis dated for a while, and frequently helped script each other's videos.
  • Defictionalization:
  • Executive Meddling: Todd originally used "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift as his bumper music for the "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2013" video. Shortly afterwards, Blip told him that he had to take out and replace the bumper music, and he could not use copyrighted music as bumper music from then on. However, in earlier 2015, Blip must have changed their minds, as the video had the bumper music back when it was still on their website.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Since 2015, Todd has admitted that he has been splitting his "Worst" and "Best" videos of the year (starting with the ones from 2014) in two as a "purely monetary move". He even stated that, at the time, he didn't earn anything through mid-roll ads according to his contract with Blip. However, he always reminds his Patreon patrons that they can cap how many videos they pay for per month and opt out of the second video before going back to the regular schedule.
  • No Budget: In the "Like a G6/Whip My Hair" commentary, he pointed out that most of his props (biggest being the microphone and mic stand) were from his (then) roommate. In the first video he released after moving out, Todd joked around the fact that his roommate probably got tired of him stealing his stuff... and his jokes.
  • Old Shame:
    • His first two reviews.
    • In the comments for the "Tik Tok" review, he says that he doesn't like how any of his Ke$ha reviews turned out because he feels he comes across as sexist.
    • He agrees with many of his watchers that his "Worst of 2013" was so unhappy that it bordered on depressing, blaming the short turnaround time and coping with the loss of his grandmother as he was making it.
    • Todd states at the beginning of his "Dear Future Husband" review that his attempts to not put his foot in his mouth when commenting on its themes of body positivity combined with his lukewarm opinion on the song in question left him unsatisfied with his "All About That Bass" review. The "Dear Future Husband" review was his way of making up for it (partially by making it clear that he is no longer lukewarm on "All About That Bass" — he straight-up hates it).
  • One of Us: He is very aware of the fact that he has a TV Tropes page, and says he is beyond flattered to have one when several other TGWTG contributors don't. He frequently refers to TV Tropes on his Twitter page. Including one tweet where he claimed to have written for his own Fetish Fuel page, prior to Fetish Fuel's move. He's probably lying, though. Probably. He admitted in a commentary video that he doesn't visit the site all that often, but it is a good inspiration for a joke now and then, such as the How I Met Your Mother clip he used in his "O.M.G" review.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Todd actually started his reviews with the goal of getting a small chance to join TGWTG.
  • Rule 34 Creator Reactions: Shortly after joining the site, Todd mentioned in an interview for Transmission Awesome (Episode 48) that he was quite looking forward to seeing what kind of depraved fanart and fanfiction involving him might crop up. And in "S&M", Todd mentions that sadomachism itself isn't so weird considering he's seen porn of himself.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • When Todd originally uploaded the "Whatcha Say" review on YouTube in 2009, it was quickly removed thanks to the site's policies towards Warner Music properties. He was eventually forced to put it on Dailymotion.
    Bite me, WMG.
    • In January 2013, Blip told him that he couldn't use bumper music in his "Best of" and "Worst of" lists anymore. As long as he was talking specifically about the song it was fine, but being used to transition from one section to another was a no-no. In 2015, without an official explanation, the bumper music for both videos was restored, although Todd was forced to change the bumper music for his "Worst of 2014" videos, as it's likely it slipped through their radar.
    • When Blip shut down in 2015, many of the full versions of some of Todd's videos were supposedly lost as they weren't available anywhere due to many reasons. Fortunately, he has been uploading many of them (reviews, One Hit Wonderland, Cinemadonna) to his YouTube account, while using Vimeo as a back-up. As of 2017, he has been re-editing some to re-upload them back to YouTube (while not getting caught by the copyright bots), although he hasn't re-uploaded his hidden piano tracks from before (including a cover of "It's Too Late") yet.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Since 2013, and while he never had a precise schedule, his "Best Of" and "Worst Of" lists have been uploaded at a late date than his then regular schedule of "within a week or two of the new year" he maintained until then. The ones for 2013 were uploaded a week and half a week later (respectively), while the ones for 2014 were released until the middle of January (for his "Worst Of" videos) and at the end of January (for his "Best Of" ones). At this point, expecting him to put them out any earlier is wishful thinking.
    • Zigzagged with some of his reviews' releases in the second half of 2015. Due to Blip's shutdown, Todd had a four-month gap where he was uploading his videos to YouTube rather than to Channel Awesome, explaining why the gap between his Cinemadonna review of Dangerous Game (which was uploaded on the site on August 16th, 2015) and his "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" review (which was uploaded on December 11thnote ) exists. He acknowledged this incident when he uploaded the "Uma Thurman" review on January 7th, 2016, as it was accompanied by a description that said: "Todd posted this on YouTube last Halloween. It was on time at the time, I swear."
  • Talking to Himself: Todd does Jesus' voice in "Just a Kiss".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to the commentary for "O.M.G.", Todd originally planned to feature cameos from other TGWTG contributors and give them good reason to hate him, such as trying to convert The Distressed Watcher to Mormonism and convincing Linkara that One More Day was a good thing.
    • He was going to review "California Gurls", but didn't want to admit that he loved it. His review of "Best Song Ever" seems to be a good example of what it would have been like.
    • In the commentary for "Whip My Hair", Todd mentions he wanted to use a shot where the Hannah Montana wig got stuck in the microphone after being thrown, but it wasn't good enough.
    • Almost did a One Hit Wonderland for James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", as part of his requests through Patreon. The buyer changed it to "Turning Japanese" at the last minute. He did, however, hint at doing the song in his OHW for "Lullaby", so this could still happen in the close future.
    • The music in between Todd's picks for the "Top 10 Worst Songs of 2004" was supposed to be a Three Days' Grace's song, but he found the unintentional comedy of "Sorry 2004"'s chorus to be too good not to include.
    • The "Best Of 2014" list was almost a top 9 until he heard "Love Me Harder."
  • As of 2017, only seven songs have both received a full review by Todd and also made the year-end best lists: Kanye West and Jay Z's "Ni**as in Paris" (#8 for 2012), Gotye and Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (#6 for 2012), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (#8 for 2013), One Direction's "Best Song Ever" (#6 for 2013), Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" (#5 for 2013), Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)" (#4 for 2016), and The Chainsmokers and Halsey's "Closer" (#1 for 2016). Compare that to the songs he's given full reviews to that made the worst lists (as of 2017, 25, not counting the songs he would've included for 2010). note 

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