Web Animation: How It Should Have Ended

Sometimes movies don't finish the way we'd like.

Batman: Knock Knock.
Superman: Who's there?
Batman: Beak.
Superman: Beak who-Oh gosh...

How It Should Have Ended is an Internet parody series depicting alternate endings for popular movies. It was started by Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson, featuring Tina Alexander. The episodes are hand drawings given animation, and augmented with special effects and music. Each features an original "ending" that ranges from crazy awesome crossovers, to ridiculous and funny developments, to deconstructing it by simply shooting the villain or taking a third, sensible action. It also hosts featurettes such as the Super Cafe Spin-Off, and some comics.

The site can be found here, and their YouTube channel is here.

Now has a Shout-Out page.

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Tropes used in spoofs:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Captain America gets fed up with Superman and Batman making fun of him, this happens:
    Cap: But wait! Shh! Do you guys hear that?
    Batman: Hear what?
    Cap: Do I hear the Justice League calling?
    Superman: I don't hear anything.
    Batman: Yeah, me neither.
    Cap: Exactly!
    Superman: (laughs)
    Batman: Whammo!
    Superman: Captain America burn!
  • Affably Evil: Their interpretation of Darth Vader as a highly quirky individual, who stops to gleefully run around the galaxy informing everyone when he discovers he has kids!
    Vader: I have a daughter too! That is wonderful! I must tell everyone!
    Emperor: You see what you did? Who knows how long he'll be running around like that! Do you realise how annoying it is to put up with him this way?!
  • Affectionate Parody: Sometimes. They also have a knack of making fun of films but making fans of the film laugh as well as haters. One example of this is their take on The Social Network. While it does change the ending, it doesn't actually point out the many logical problems with the movie, just presents the events in a funnier way.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe, the "I'm just a lonely Zombie" song from Resident Evil.
  • All Just a Dream: Indy believes his exploits in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to be this.
  • All-Star Cast: [invoked] Parodied in the Ocean's 40 trailer.
  • Always Someone Better: Batman and Groot started a Catch Phrase duel: "I'm Batman", "I am Groot", "I'm Batman", "I am Groot", and so on for a while. Batman got the hiccup, and Groot won.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • One of Glinda the Good Witch becomes revealed in-universe after one of the Munchkins shoots the Wicked Witch of the West:
    Well, this ruins my plan to send you [Dorothy] on a journey, and teach you a lesson, and eventually have you kill the Wicked Witch yourself!
    • One of Bowser becomes revealed in one of the other videos: he witnessed Mario slaughter his people, and so decided to call Princess Peach for negotiations. Unfortunately, Mario always interrupts, and nearly kills Bowser in the process.
    • Bella from Twilight when turned is not a Vegetarian Vampire like the Cullens and is pretty damn happy about it.
    Bella: Let's go eat some PEOPLE! Woo!
  • Anticlimax Cut: See "How The Batman v Superman SDCC Teaser Should Have Ended", and get ready for a very violent fight between Superman and Batman... or not.
    Superman: Wanna take some cofee?
    Batman: Yes
  • Armour Is Useless: Invoked during Return of the Jedi.
    Stormtrooper: We're wearing armor and these Ewoks are still killing us!
  • Art Evolution: The animation became livelier as the show progressed.
  • Artifact Title: The series became more about random Family Guy or Robot Chicken-style skits.
  • Art Shift: "The Lego HISHE" is animated in stop motion with real LEGO.
  • Ass Shove: Pulp Fiction has Butch choosing to make sure that his treasured watch is NOT forgotten thanks to an airhead girlfriend.
    Butch: "In fact...I'm continuing the tradition, baby!"
  • Award Snub: In-Universe. For the 2012 Best Picture Summary where Harry, Snape, and Voldemort wonder why their latest effort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 didn't get a Best Picture nomination.
  • A Wizard Did It: Zig-zagged in Harry Potter. Snape initially just says, "Magic. Duh." when explaining how he survived his apparent death by Nagini, but immediately goes on to explain how he used magic to do it: one of the backup plans he'd naturally prepared as a double agent, honey badger antivenom.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Villain Pub introduced in the Thor : The Dark World video.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in "How Tangled should have ended," via an Overly Long Gag of random things getting stuck in Rapunzel's hair.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Most of the characters have these.
  • Blatant Lies: The Ocean's Eleven parody Ocean's 40 movie trailer said that it was Based on a True Story.
  • Bond Gun Barrel: "How Casino Royale Should Have Ended" begins with all the official James Bond actors up to that point (in order of appearance: Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Sean Connery, and Timothy Dalton), plus Woody Allen, James Bond's nephew in Casino Royale (1967), arguing over who gets to shoot at the camera.
  • Bond One-Liner: Newt delivers one to the queen after helping Ripley and Bishop gun it down in Aliens.
    "You're mostly dead now. Mostly."
  • Bowdlerise: When Drax asks Star-Lord what exactly life is giving them a chance to do, Star-Lord answers, "To give a crap!", instead of the more profane response from he gave in the movie.
  • Breakout Characters: The episodes with Superman and Batman at the cafe are considered by many to be the best shorts. As a result, they received have their own show: Super Cafe.
  • Butt Monkey: Spider-Man. Especially at the end of The Avengers video.
    Spider-Man: When do I get to come in the cafe?
    Superman: Dude, nobody said you can't come in here.
    Batman: Yeah, this is a public place.
    Spider-Man: ... I've been hanging around out here for two years!
    Superman: Yeah, we know.
    Batman: It's been hilarious.
    • This seems limited to the Raimi/McGuire Spider-Man. The Webb/Garfield Spidey is nowhere as whiny.
  • Call Back
    • The Pacific Rim parody featured Godzilla coming out of the rift instead of Slattern and then die immediately. In the Godzilla parody Gypsy Danger appears to fight the Kaiju, only to die immediately by Godzilla's Atomic Breath. Furthermore Gypsy opens up with its swords as Riley suggested.
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 parody, the lab workers close the lid on the eel tank, using similar reasons to the lab workers taking Flint Marko out of the sand pit in their parody of Spider-Man 3
    • "When Captain America throws his mighty shield" turns up again at the end of the second movie, as Batman and Superman add to the list of things that don't yield.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Batman apparently reveals (or tries to reveal) his Secret Identity to every girl he finds attractive.
    Iron Man: You mean to tell me you've never revealed your secret identity before?
    Batman: Uh, no.
    Superman: Ha! Try every girl you've ever dated!
    Batman: What?
    Superman: "Oh, I'm Bruce Wayne, and I like you! Let me tell you my big secret!"
    Batman: Oh, you're one to talk, Mr. Mind Eraser.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Lampshaded in-universe, after Batman has declared that he has the power to "make an incredibly awesome movie!":
    Superman: So, we're just going to pretend like those guys never happened? [Points to a table with Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler and Mister Freeze] Is that what we're doing?
    Batman: Yep.
  • Cardboard Prison: Iron Man is Genre Savvy enough to point out that if he hadn't killed Obadiah Stane the latter was eventually going to escape imprisonment. Batman engages in Suspiciously Specific Denial about it:
    Batman: Yeah...that never happens.
    • Later referenced in the Batman Begins parody, when Ra's al-Ghul and Scarecrow break out of Arkham for a night at the Villain Pub.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Batman:
      • "I'm Batman." / "Because I'm Batman!" Based on the recurring line from the films.
      • "You wanna know my secret identity?" based on Batman revealing his secret identity to all his girlfriends.
    • Iron Man: "Tank missile!" To the point even non-Tony Stark characters played by Robert Downey, Jr. use it.
  • Catch Phrase Interruptus: Sometimes Batman doesn't get time to finish exclaiming, "Because I'm Batman!" due to the video ending. Superman also interrupts an instance of Bats trying to use the phrase as a Hand Wave as he asks Tony Stark to continue his story.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first time Batman said, "Because I'm Batman!", it sounded more subdued than later instances.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: Mostly the "scary tunnel" sequence.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Wizard of Oz video contains a literal example. As Dorothy rides a carriage through Munchkinland, some Munchkins with guard uniforms and giant guns march behind her. See Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? below for the payoff.
  • Classical Mythology: Lampshaded.
    Kratos: Ares? I already killed you.
    Mars: Nope, I'm Mars, the ''Roman'' God of War... Tooootally different.
    Kratos: NO!
    Mars: Aww, man.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Holiday Movie Special".
  • Close on Title: "How The Dark Knight Rises Should Have Ended," closes on the HISHE logo, following Christopher Nolan's lead.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: "How Frozen Should Have Ended" had a cover of "Let it Go" during the first stinger, but Disney made HISHE release a version with different lyrics.
    Where'd it go? Where'd it go?
    That other song is gone!
  • Comically Missing the Point: The Dark Knight vid has the Chechen completely miss the point of Joker's "magic trick."
    Chechen: That wasn't a magic trick! I saw the pencil just went up into his eye, this is lame...
  • Contrived Coincidence: According to Batman, the destruction of Krypton being "a fixed point in time", as a reason the Doctor didn't save it. According to the Doctor, Batman's utility belt having anything he needs for the situation at hand.
  • Cool Old Guy: Jimmy Stewart claims he's one in "A Look Back at It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Cross Over:
    GLaDOS: Could I interest you in some delicious cake?
    -Darth Vader: "Ooohhh, we are gunna get sooo much crap for that.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • In the Pulp Fiction video, Honey Bunny's exclamation of the f-word gets cut interrupted by Superman and Batman revealing themselves sitting in the next booth.
    • Logan's "Go f*** yourself" to Xavier and Erik gets interrupted by the future Logan's warnings about upcoming dangers.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check
    • Elektro plays with Spider-Man by tossing him around and making music with it. Spider-Man gave him an idea: he should try Dubstep. Great idea, Elektro loves being a DJ!
    • One of the random techs lampshades this in the Hunger Games parody...
    Tech: Hey, you guys ever think we should use all this money and technology to actually solve the world's problems? End world hunger? Save the rainforest? No, just me? We'd rather kids fight to the death. Okay... Just thought I'd ask.
  • Cyborg: William Wallace
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Unlike original movies, this trope is averted in his parodies.
  • Dance Party Ending: In BioShock 1, Jack decides to stay in Rapture to party with the Splicers and Big Daddies.
  • Death Is Cheap: In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Nagini killed Snape before Harry's eyes, but Snape's knowledge of potions and healing injuries helped him survive.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The rewritten version of "Time in a Bottle" from the Days of Future Past spoof.
    If I could save time in the bottles of time
    then I could save all of the time
  • Discredited Meme: In-Universe, The Stinger of "How Skyrim Should Have Ended" has everyone show their hatred of the "arrow to the knee" meme;
    Guard: I used to be like [the Dragonborn]. Then I took an arrow-
    Crowd: SHUT UP!
  • Disney Death: Discussed in "How Captain America: The Winter Soldier Should Have Ended", after Batman points out that quite a few denizens of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had their deaths become either undone or revealed as fake (never mind the fact that Batman faked his own death in The Dark Knight Rises).note 
    Superman: You keep dying and bringing people back to life, nobody will accept it if one of you actually gets killed someday.
    Captain America: (laughs) None of us are gonna die! That's silly talk.
    Batman: Okay, well we'll see.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: After Frodo destroys the ring:
    "Can you imagine what it would've been like if we had walked the entire way?"
    "It's funny because it's extremely far."
  • Downer Ending: Usually played for laughs.
    • Since a Munchkin killed the Wicked Witch before Dorothy took her journey through Oz, she went home early, and never took the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion to have their desires granted by the Wizard, and we see their bad fates. Oz then creates Mood Whiplash as he tries to cheer up the viewers.
    Oz: Eh, don't be sad. I didn't really ever give them what they asked for in the first place!
    • The other segment of Aliens ends with Ripley's decision to send the alien through the airlock, leading to the deaths of her, Newt, and Hicks.
    • One of the segments in Ghostbusters ends with the Ghostbusters dying after trying to cross the streams.
    • Kirk and the Enterprise crew decide to just let themselves get sucked in by the black hole. They end up in the Star Wars universe, and get immediately vaporized by the Death Star under Darth Vader.
    • The Pulp Fiction video has Mia get a shot of adrenaline to the face, and Vincent and Jules killed by the man who failed to shoot them in the original movie. note 
    • All the children that Anakin killed in Revenge of the Sith show up as Jedi-Ghosts at the end of Return of the Jedi, and Padmé is not a Force Ghost.
    Child: You killed all of us as children.
    Yoda: Awkward, this is.
    Commissioner Gordon: Well, poop. I guess that means we're screwed. (explosion)
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has Alice tells the Volturi exactly what will happen if they choose to fight them, to try and convince them to back down. The Volturi thank her for giving them foreknowledge of what to avoid, then they kill her and then proceed to massacre everyone except for Jacob and Bella's daughter.
    • Jurassic Park has the T-Rex eat Grant, Sattler, the kids and Mr. Arnold, and it's implied that a poison-spitting dinosaur kills Hammond, Malcolm and Frank Lapidus (who was piloting the helicopter that saved Hammond and Malcolm).
    • Since Gandalf made Bilbo destroy the Ring in The Hobbit, our heroes are unable to defeat the dragon, who apparently burns them as they try to flee.
    • Inception (before the credits) ends with Mal pointing out Cobb and his team in Fischer's dream and dream security killing them. However, after that, we have the beach party ending, which isn't much of a downer.
    Mal: There they are.
    Fischer: Get out of my head, you criminals!
    Cobb: Dang it, Mal!
    Dutch: You idiots! There are weapons on the chopper!
    • The Hunger Games: Katniss suggests the same trick she does in the book which allows both her and Peeta to live, but at the last minute Katniss backs out and admits she was faking her love for Peeta just as Peeta falls dead.
  • Easter Egg: At the end of "How The Avengers should have ended," not only do the boxes link to the videos about the Avengers' solo movies, and the onscreen heroes to their movies' parodies, but Superman's and Batman's tabletop and everything on it links to other vidoes featuring the duo.
  • Enemy Mine: The DC Cinematic Universe incarnations of Batman and Superman form an alliance with the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Ultron against the MCU Avengers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs in the bonus scene for The Hunger Games, "The Careers and the Tree," when Cato solemnly warns the others in the group not to burn Katniss out of the tree or cut each other's throats in their sleep.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The Lord of the Rings
  • Every Episode Ending: Each superhero-related episode ends with the heroes talking with Superman and Batman in the coffee shop except for Spider-Man 3, where it appears briefly in the middle.
  • Expospeak Gag: Used in Top Gun to derail the famous "need for speed" quote.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Discussed in "Slender Games"
  • Finish Him!: When Sansa punches Joffrey, in a parody of Mortal Kombat.
  • First Guy Wins: Katniss backs out of killing herself with Peeta to confess that she actually prefers "hottie" Gale.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Just like in the film it's based on, The LEGO HISHE contains several split-second cameos from classic LEGO characters in the background, including Johnny Thunder and Rascus.
  • Fridge Logic: invoked They often show more common sense or realistic ways for the movies to have ended invoking this trope.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In-universe. As Six notices in the Halo: Reach short, one way to make an introduction really awkward is if every comment you make only keeps highlighting each character's eventual death.
  • Funny Background Event:
  • G-Rated Drug: Willy Wonka decided to install the infamous scary tunnel while on a sugar high.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Spider-Man in his final battle with Venom knows full well that he won't die.
    • Six hears Carter's inspirational opening, heavily tempting their fate, and knows immediately how each of the members will die. Then knows that he's a dead man too if he lingers with these guys and runs for the hills.
    • Jack in Titanic knows full well that he's doomed to freeze to death and Rose is going to hog the debris for herself.
    • Tony Stark realizing that Iron Man 3 has the exact same premise as The Incredibles.
    • Randy explains the rules for surviving horror movies in Scream (1996). Except this time, they're along the lines of "don't date creepy guys, have parents who care, call for help, and attack the killer if they go down." Turns into Wrong Genre Savvy when Freddy Krueger shows up. Tying in with the "have parents who care" rule, a mother tells her son he's not leaving the house due to a masked killer on the loose.
  • Gilligan Cut: From Darth Vader anticipating how excited his long-lost son is going to be when they meet, to Luke Skywalker's Big "NO!".
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Megatron and Optimus Prime play Battleships together while discussing it being made into a film.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Pulp Fiction includes one of the many lines containing the f-word, and turns it into gibberish.
  • Groin Attack:
  • Guttural Growler: Parodied in the Dark Knight vid.
    Batman: Stop talking! It's my turn now.
    Superman: Well it's about ti- wait, is that your new stage voice?
    Batman: Yeah. So?
    Superman: Well, what are you doing, gargling marbles? I can barely understand you.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Pretty much what the Assassin's Creed parody boils down to.
  • Hand Wave: From the Iron Man 3 video:
    Tony Stark: You know what bugs me?
    Batman: What?
    Tony Stark: How you got back to Gotham City after climbing out of that prison on the other side of the planet. Why don't you explain that?
    Batman: Why do so many people have a problem with this? I said, it's because...I'm Batma-
    Superman: Can we get back to the story, please?
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Kratos amusingly decides to kill every last god he can find. But not even he can kill Morgan Freeman.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Captain America is determined to invoke this, even though there are other and better options available to him.
  • Hero Insurance: Superman laments that he doesn't have this, but Batman does.
    Batman: I'm Rich Batman!
  • Hilarious Outtakes: "A Look Back at It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Hypocritical Humor: Megatron jokingly asks if the aliens in Battleship look like the pegs from the game, and proceeds to rant about how some movies completely alter iconic designs. To highlight Megatron's hypocrisy, this video portrays him with the same design from the live-action Transformers movies, and Optimus Prime as his G1 incarnation (per the events of "How Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Should Have Ended").
  • I Choose to Stay: Thor decides to stay on Midgard with Jane Foster instead of return to Asgard and fight Loki.
  • I Know You Know I Know: During the ending of Sherlock Holmes, Holmes and Moriarty counter each others' preparations as they fall from Reichenbach Falls. Unfortunately, they did not account for the rocks at the bottom.
  • I Love the Smell of X in the Morning: Quaritch in Avatar saying he loves the smell of CGI in the morning.
  • I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: HISHE's interpretation of Arthur, in Inception.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Naturally parodied in the Return of the Jedi film.
    Stormtrooper: (crying) Why are we so bad at shooting things?
  • Inferred Holocaust: In-universe, their take on the end of Avatar.
  • In Name Only: Lampshaded at the end of Dead Man's Chest, when Ragetti exclaims, "This ain't anything like the ride at Disney World!"
    • Megatron has this opinion about Battleship.
  • Instant Sedation: Zigzagged. In The Dark Knight Rises, when Bane first confronts Batman, Batman attempts to subdue him with a sleeping dart. Bane smugly comments that Batman will need to do better then that. Cue Batman shooting nineteen more darts.
    Bane: Ugh... Okay, that could do it. (collapses)
  • invokedInternet Backdraft: Parodied in the episode where the Enterprise goes through a black hole and immediately gets destroyed by the the Death Star. Vader's comment? "Oh, we are going to get so much crap for that."
  • Interpretative Character: As of How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended, TWO Spider-Men exist within the web series. Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man isn't happy about Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man being able to enter the Super Cafe instead of him.
  • It Can Think: Parodied and taken to extremes in "How Jurassic Park Should Have Ended". The Velociraptor figures out how to speak, finds a weapons closet, sends an email to the protagonists, and tries to attack them with guns.
  • It's All About Me: Batman. Because he's Batman!!
  • Jumped at the Call: Extremis-powered Pepper Potts accepts an offer from Nick Fury to become the newest Avenger.
  • Kick the Dog: Superman and Batman love to screw with Spider-Man. When he asks if he can come in the Cafe, they point out he could have at any time, it's a public place.
    Spider-Man: I've been hanging around out here for 2 years!
    Superman: Yeah we know!
    Batman: It's been hilarious!
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Harley from Iron Man 3 has a shirt with "Target Demographic" written on it.
  • Kill 'em All: Ghost Busters, Jurassic Park, Slender Games, and Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Leap And Slash: In Harry Potter, Neville decapitates Nagini while flying sideways through the air and yelling, "I'm awesoooooome!"
  • Lampshade Hanging: Many shorts call out the numerous Idiot Ball moments where stupid mistakes have been made in a work by the characters when they could have done something competent. One case is the scene in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen where Optimus Prime fights the Decepticons without backup.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lampshaded by Wikus after Christopher repays his earlier abuse by clobbering him and stealing the Mini-Mecha in How District 9 Should Have Ended.
    Wikus: Curse the taste of my own medicine!
  • Lens Flare: Parodied in Star Trek.
    Kirk: Computer, I want you to shut down all the lens flare generators.
    Spock: Fascinating, I was unaware that we had that.
    Kirk: It's nice, right? I mean, who designs a starship where lights shine right in your eye from virtually every angle!
  • Loads and Loads of Characters And Zoidberg: "Ocean's 40".
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: After Quicksilver informs Xavier that his mother might become upset if he goes to Paris without her permission, Erik reveals that he is Quicksilver's father, then gives him his permission.
  • Made of Iron: Discussed in How The Dark Knight Rises Should Have Ended, in the Super Café.
    Superman: You had your back broken, your heart broken, your bank account broken, you even got stabbed, dude!
    Batman: Yep.
    Superman: How are you still breathing right now? No, never mind, I already know what you're gonna s--
    Batman: Because I'm Batman!
    Superman: *sigh* I walked right into that one.
    Batman: Yes, you did.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Points out that without transforming Bella from Twilight into vampire, in 60 years or so Bella would be an old lady whilst Edward was still forever young.
  • Mundane Solution: James Bond sees no point in playing poker with Le Chiffre if he already lost all the money, especially after M says that keeping the prize money out of Le Chiffre's hands will put Bond's life (and testicles) in danger, and instead tells M to throw Le Chiffre into custody.
    M: You see how boring that was, James?!
  • Narm:
  • Nerds Speak Klingon: Subverted in the Star Trek Into Darkness episode. Uhura insists on showing her intellect by speaking the outro in Klingon, but mangles the words. An actual Klingon (voiced by the narrator of Honest Trailers) offers to take over... and speaks the outro in English.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe (for lack of a better term), an opportunity is never wasted to reference Superman snapping Zod's neck in Man of Steel.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You Averted in How The Bourne Identity Should Have Ended, as Bourne ends up breaking many of his bones, and can't walk to get away.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe, we have Lapidus! Complete with theme music.
  • Mundane Utility: One of Superman's uses for his flight and X-ray vision is to watch exclusive trailers from Comic-Con.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Frequently discussed.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Literal-Minded Drax accuses Batman of having one, since he's not a Half-Human Hybrid of a bat and a man.
  • Not Wearing Pants: In Inception.
  • Odd Friendship: Their take on Skyrim has the Dragonborn form one with the Big Bad, Alduin, after discovering that the Thu'um renders him completely unable to talk to regular people, without completely destroying them.
  • Only in It for the Money: Apparently the reason George Lucas felt less willing than Steven Spielberg to apologize for Indiana Jones 4.
  • Only Sane Man: Their interpretation of Jack in Titanic.
    Jack: We are on the tail of a sinking ship!
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The Amazing Spider-Man HISHE shows Peter Parker going completely nuts and grabbing a gun and pointing it on Batman's brain to force Superman to turn back time.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: The Spider-Man from the 2000s Spider-Man Trilogy irritates the Spidey from The Amazing Spider-Man because of his whining.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • The Inception clip from the Oscars video.
    • Batman and Baby Groot spend 20 seconds telling each other their names.
  • Overly Polite Pals: in Top Gun.
  • Pie in the Face: Tony Stark attended the birthday of Pierce's niece, who is not guilty for her uncle being a terrorist, and a birthday promise is a birthday promise! But she asked for Iron Man, not for a middle-aged geek she does not know. So, Tony took a piece of cake, and the girl used a "Cake missile...".
  • Plot Armor: Lampshaded about Lapidus in Lost.
    "Lapidus! He survives explosions because he's the only pilot!"
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • Maverick and Iceman.
    Remaining MiGs are bugging out because of our teamwork and kindness.
    • After being convinced by Hiccup, Falcor, Daenerys and Draco that some dragons can in fact be friendly, the Dwarves attempt to befriend Smaug. It doesn't work. Smaug was one of the most iconic evil dragons before all those draconic followers started playing around with the concept.
  • Pretty Little Headshots:
    • When one of the soldiers kills the Wicked Witch.
    • When Snape shoots Voldemort in Harry Potter.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In 2012.
    • In Top Gun, Maverick punching Iceman for causing the death of his best friend, earlier in the movie.
    • In the Assassin's Creed parody, they lampshade the sheer implausibility of surviving a "Leap of Faith".
    • Really, almost EVERY short applies reality to the work and see how much the ending should logically fall apart.
    • Special mention goes to "How Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Should Have Ended" concerning the "No Russian" mission.
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman succumbs to his stab wound and is unable to save the day.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic:
    • In Captain America: The First Avenger, Armin Zola questions the Red Skull why they should label their bombs in English when they are German. The words written on the bombs were names of US cities: New York, Chicago, etc. However, this is a goof: these names are written the same way in both English and German.
    • And in Frozen, the beginning parodies the fact that the chanting from the movie's opening has no place at all in the rest of the movie. It is actually a traditional Sami chant, Sami being a group of indigenous people in Scandinavia - where the movie takes place. (Also, Kristoff happens to be Sami)
  • Reality Warping Is Not a Toy: Superman does not want to go back in time and save Gwen Stacy, as Spider-Man requests. He's trying not to do that anymore. But, eventually, he does it.
  • Red Shirt:
    • Parodied in Star Trek, when Kirk orders all red shirts on board the Enterprise to be jettisoned to lighten the weight of the ship. Scotty takes time to put on a different shirt before fulfilling the order.
    • And again in Halo: Reach, where after his big Tempting Fate speech, Carter hands Six a red shirt with the ONI logo on it.
  • Retirony: In The Avengers bonus scene, two of the Chitauri discuss their imminent retirement, with one looking forward to spending more time with his wife and kids, and the other planning to follow his dream of opening a fitness center. And then Tony nukes the mothership.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Munchkins.
  • Robotic Reveal: While shouting "Freedom!" during his torture, William Wallace malfunctions, and reveals himself to be a robot. Then he proceeds to attack the English crowd with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse.
  • Rooting for the Empire: (Invoked) Superman and Batman met Ultron, who will go against the Avengers, and told him that so are they. Ultron hugged them, and told them that they have a new friend. Superman immediately regrets this.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue: Their version of Jimmy Stewart writes one.
  • Rule of Cool: Lampshaded in the TRON rap, where they point out that Flynn could have just uninstalled the MCP... "But that's no fun to animate!"
  • Running Gag:
    • Tony Stark's love of solving problems with Tank-missiles.
    • Everyone either already knows or doesn't care about Batman's secret identity.
    • On a similar note:
  • Sanity Slippage: Spider-Man got nuts after the death of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So now Superman must go back in time and save her, or else Spider-Man will shoot Batman in the face!
    • Batman: This is stupid...
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Six in Halo: Reach.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In Harry Potter, Snape uses Hermione's Time-Turner (which Harry convinced her to keep) to kill Tom Riddle when Dumbledore's talking to him in the orphanage.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: How the characters survive the Predator. Until The Stinger.
    Dutch: You idiots! There are weapons on the choppaaa!
  • Shout-Out: This page
  • Short Lived Aerial Escape: See Sheathe Your Sword.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In X-Men: First Class, Xavier gets fed up with Magneto's attempts to perform his Motive Rant, freezes everyone (except for Magneto, who asks Xavier what's going on) and mind-controls Azazel to teleport him to a hospital.
    Magneto: Charles? Wh-what's going on? What are you doing?
    Xavier/Azazel: I've been shot you selfish a-hole.
    *Azazel teleports Xavier*
    Magneto: Well, great. Now how are we supposed to get home?
  • Smug Super:
    • Superman is very fond of lording all his superpowers — and the awesome things they enable him to do — over Batman.
    • Iron Man in spades, his reply to Batman telling him he shouldn't have revealed his identity.
    "Why not? Cause I did... and I'm awesome! So... in your face!"
    Superman: But dude, you know what I would've done?
    Batman: Oh, I don't know, probably just-
    Superman and Batman simultaneously: Fly really fast, saving everyone from the bullets and explosions!
    Superman: Exactly!
    Batman: Yeah, well, I can't do those things. Because I'm not a super-bulletproof alien from another planet that can defy gravity. But you know what I can do?
    Superman: What's that?
    Batman: Make an incredibly awesome movie! ...You know why?
    Superman: [Resigned] Because you're Bat-
    • Batman calls Superman out on his twitter feed consisting of him repeatedly posting;
    Batman: "Just saved the day. Just saved the day. Just got back from saving the day. Here I go to save the day. Just saved the day twice. I'm saving the day. Just saved the day tagged with Wonder Woman. Just saved the day" *phone beeps* And you just posted something new, what does it say, ah, "Just saved the day".
    Superman: Yeah I just rescued these people while you were reading that.
    • Superman counters that Batman isn't much better, as he keeps posting "I'm Batman!" on twitter.
    • The Avengers are collectively smug to the both of them about the massive success of The Avengers.
    Thor: We can't hear you through all of this box office money!
  • Special Guest: Stan Lee, in "How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Malekith accuses Loki of this.
    • Batman and Superman.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Captain America and Falcon suggest asking the Avengers to help take down HYDRA's helicarriers, but Nick Fury insists on not letting them get involved. Black Widow then asks if her disguise-o-mesh, which can alter a person's appearance, can prove useful. Cut to Cap disguising as Alexander Pierce, and ordering for the dismantling of the helicarriers, as well as the turning-in of undercover HYDRA agents.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past has Xavier and Erik invite Quicksilver to accompany them to Paris, so he could help them get Mystique. On Batman's suggestion, Xavier later decides to send Logan even further into the past, to the very first time Erik and Charles met him, and so he could explain everything that's going to happen.
  • Stealth Pun: Not quite stealth, but definitely a bit sneaky. In the Star Trek deleted scene, Scotty is spacing the Red Shirts and spare parts to lighten the ship. He's even pushing an antique cannon into the airlock.
    Scotty: Everything's got to go.
    Red Shirt: Yeah, but... even the cannon?
    Scotty: Especially the cannon.
  • Stolen MacGuffin Reveal: In the Sherlock Holmes 2 parody, Holmes and Moriarty try to one up each other in this regard with an air tank and life vest, respectively.
  • Stupid Sacrifice:
    • Captain America's Heroic Sacrifice is parodied to be this in HISHE. Why couldn't Cap turn the plane around, circle for a while, find warmer water to crash land into, fly one of the bomb-planes as an escape, or try to find some other way to avoid crashing into freezing arctic water? The film proper never explains, and HISHE has a field day with it.
    • Bond unsuccessfully pleads with Vesper Lynd not to drown herself.
    Bond: Why are you doing this?
    Vesper: I love you, James! Now I must kill myself for no reason! (drowns)
    Bond: But I killed all the bad guys!
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: For the Captain America: The Winter Soldier video, Fury refuses to call in The Avengers for help for no discernible reason.
  • Synchro-Vox: Used in Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 to make fun of the Conspicuous CGI on baby Renessmee's face.
  • Tempting Fate: Kat refuses to put on her helmet in the Halo: Reach short, and Jorge talks abut "going down with the ship" while playing with a miniature Covenant Corvette toy. Carter goes on about how he'll "fly right into the heart of the enemy" and Emile is obsessed with sharp objects. Gee, I wonder what happens?
  • Take That:
    • To Green Lantern, who they say can only come in the cafe when he actually makes a good movie!
    • To George Lucas for his constant need to edit the original Star Wars films, much to the displeasure of the fans. Luke jokes that he's glad his father's force ghost showed up as the Sebastian Shaw version, since it's the only one he'd actually be able to recognize.
    • As well spoofing the "Han Shot First" controversy, pointing out Han also did so in Empire;
    Vader: Whoa! What are you doing? You shot first?!
    Vader: I... I don't know how to answer that?
    • Revenge of the Fallen has Jetfire turn Optimus Prime into "the greatest Autobot, that everyone wishes [him] to be." The extra armor and weapons make Optimus look even clunkier, but then, it all falls off, revealing G1 Optimus.
    Optimus Prime: Aw, yeah, that's what I'm talking about!
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The Stinger of Spider-Man 3.
  • The Stinger: Every episode since "How Dead Man's Chest Should Have Ended" has either one or two.
  • Think of the Children!: Iron Man exclaims this as a failed attempt to stop Ultron from creepifying any more Disney songs.
  • Those Two Guys: Superman and Batman often meet in a diner and comment on such occurrences as Spider-Man's Character Derailment and HISHE's revival.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Frequently points out when characters do something utterly stupid that will get themselves killed. Jack invokes this in Titanic, angrily berating Rose for having been perfectly safe on the lifeboat, but intentionally decided to get back onboard a sinking ship!
  • Took a Level in Badass: In one of the endings for Aliens, Newt takes a rifle and helps gun the queen down.
  • Virtual Ghost: In Man of Steel, Lara is not happy to discover Jor-El only created one of these in his image for their son, instead of making one based on her as well.
  • Visual Pun: In Frozen, when Wolverine sings "Let It Go", he grabs Storm at the "Let the storm rage on" part.
    • The reissued version changed the line to, "This girl's named 'Storm'", eliminating the pun.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Superman and Batman.
  • Vocal Evolution: Darth Vader sounds very different in Star Trek compared to the videos about the Star Wars sequels.
  • Wall Slump: Deadly slump against a wall is how Jules and Vincent meet their end in "How Pulp Fiction should have ended" episode. See it here.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: In Twilight.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Almost all of Ultron's dialogue in the parody of the Age of Ultron teaser consists of the lyrics to songs from Disney-owned animated movies.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • To Jake in Avatar, since he never bothered to tell the Na'vi what the RDA actually wanted from them. You know, the entire point he was sent on that mission in order to prevent them from going to war?
    • Harry Osborn to his butler after realizing the latter knew the truth about his father, but never told him for 3 whole years.
      Harry: I took a grenade to the face, dude!
    • Bishop and Newt to Ripley after she opens the airlock.
    • Superman to Batman, after he decided instead to simply run over the Joker, since it "Didn't kill 'im".
    • In Frozen, Grand Pabbie, pretty much voices most if not entire fandom, attempting to explain to Elsa's parents why shutting her away/teaching her to fear her powers is a terrible idea.
    Grand Pabbie: Oh, wow. You guys are bad parents.
    • Superman yells at the townspeople for cheering for Godzilla when he saved the world from the MUTO at the expense of property damage and many lives, yet shunning him when he did the same thing against Zod and his minions.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Jun doesn't even appear in the Halo: Reach short. But the Chief does.
    • During the Lost short, Lapidus' theme music lampshades that didn't Walt and Widmore used to be important?
    • In Oblivion, what happens when all the other Jack Harper clones show up, complete with their own pissed off Victoria's?
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Odin's parenting method.
    Odin: Blahohdinsleep.
    Loki: I've done it father! I've destroyed all of Jotunheim while you were sleeping!
    Odin: And that is why you are also banished!
    Loki: What?
    Odin: I take from you, your power!
    Loki's helmet and spear fly into Odin's hands
    Odin: And I cast you out!
    Odin zapz Loki into a portal
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him/Her?: Basically the central premise of the series, so frequently subverted.
    Superman: Woah, hold on a second — you hit him?
    Batman: Yep.
    Superman: You hit the Joker.
    Batman: Uh-huh.
    Superman: You ran over a human being.
    Batman: Sure did.
    Superman: But... what about your rule?!
    Batman: [Smugly] Didn't kill 'im.
    [Cut to the Joker, lying in a hospital bed covered in casts, moaning in pain]
    The Joker: You wanna know how I got these scars?
    Nurse, deadpan: From Batman?
    The Joker: From Batman.
    • In Harry Potter, Snape shoots Voldemort, then uses the Time Turner and Invisibility Cloak to kill young Tom Riddle as well.
    • Played with in Saw, where the gun is fired by accident and the bullet ricochets around the room, hitting the playing-dead Jigsaw, killing him, essentially preventing most of the subsequent franchise.
    • In Iron Man 3, it shows Tony activating the "House Party" protocols early, leading to a Macross Missile Massacre of Tank Missiles against the choppers.
    • In Man of Steel, after Zod issues his threat against Earth, Superman goes to speak to Jor-El to find out more information about Zod. After learning that he's insane, cue Superman activating the phantom-drive on his ship and ramming it down Zod's throat, sending both him and the other Kryptonians back to the Phantom Zone and wrapping up the entire movie within 30 minutes.
    Batman: Could you imagine if you had to fight those guys on land?
    Superman: Oh my gosh, can you imagine that? Thousands of people might have died!
    Batman: Plus billions of dollars in property damage!
    Superman: I can't pay that kind of debt on a Daily Planet salary!
    • In Godzilla (2014) the general responds to Serizawa stating that Godzilla must be what defeats the monsters with why don't we just nuke them. Serizawa shoots him down and the general gets that Serizawa just wants to see a monster fight. Mind they are trying to nuke them at that point in the film and they took the nuke to the middle of the city.
    • In the Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man ignores the guy in the Rhino armor that's conveniently terrorizing the city for his return. The police can deal with him! As in the movie, the guy opens his armor, to taunt the police... and gets immediately killed.
    • The Guardians of the Galaxy video presents two scenarios in which the Guardians meet their ends by the prison guards and Ronan realizing this. A Mook also defends himself from Yondu's arrow by shooting Yonduu before he can make the arrow strike him.
    • For How to Train Your Dragon 2, Stoick ops to just throw his ax and kill Drago as soon as he arrives at the battle.
  • Wild Card: The Joker, naturally.
    Joker: Know what I woulda done? I woulda said "You wanna know how I got these scars?"
    Loki: And?
    Joker: Then I'd blow something up, Idunno, I kinda like to keep people guessing.
  • Within Parameters: Parodied in Spider-Man 3:
    Scientist 1: There's a change in the silicon mass.
    Scientist 2: Yeah, it's probably just a bird.
    Scientist 3: Here's a bright idea: why don't you make sure it's just a bird before you mutate the crap out of something just because you were too lazy to safely run this nighttime sand mutation experiment?
    Scientist 2: Fine. (stops experiment) ...That is a big bird down there. Kinda looks like a guy. Oh, wait, it is a guy down there!
  • Worth It: In Game of Thrones Sansa's head-on-a-spike invokes this after pushing Joffrey off the rampart to his death.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: When Snape goes back in time with the Time-Turner to kill Voldemort, he turns it over about 262,000 times, which, at an hour per turn, should put him back about thirty years - nowhere near enough to get Tom at the orphanage.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Some videos change the lyrics of pop songs to get around copyrights.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
  • You Meddling Kids: After Captain America and his crew take down Alexander Pierce offscreen:
    Pierce: And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you sneaky kids and your disguise-o-mesh!
  • You Monster!: If you click the button at the end of Villain Pub - To Battle! it will take you to a video of earth being destroyed, followed by the words "You Monster".

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