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"So we're gonna watch some movies today..."
Jay, at the very beginning of the first episode

A regular show from RedLetterMedia in which a few members of the production company will watch and review several obscure and terrible direct-to-video films. After a rousing discussion, the cast votes on which movie is the "Best of the Worst" and which is just the worst. At the end of each episode, the physical copy of the worst movie is destroyed in some inventive way.

The cast of each show is slightly variable. Mike and Jay of Half in the Bag are usually in attendance. Other regulars from the Red Letter Media crew include Rich Evans and Jack Packard of Previously Recorded, Mike's girlfriend Jessi Nakles, and the amiably (sometimes) bearded Josh Davis. They sometimes also feature Canadian visual effects artists Colin Cunningham (known as Colin from Canada) and Jim Maxwell.

The show sometimes makes room for guest critics, including actor/fight choreographer/Giftedly Bad director Len Kabasinski.

The mainline show, Best of the Worst, is a traditional roundtable discussion of three staff picks. The spinoff, Wheel of the Worst, is determined entirely by viewer submissions and fate's ruling: a ramshackle carnival wheel covered in old VHS tapes. A third spinoff, Battle of the Genres, debuted in 2014. A new variation, Plinketto, debuted in April 25, 2016, turning the Wheel into a plinko board.

Best of the Worst gives examples of:

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  • AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle:
    • The crew gets a lot of mileage on the actors of Russian Terminator clearly reading all their English lines phonetically, leading to hilarious line reads like, "That's what friends are for?"note 
    "Kenny Rogers": What the hell is this?
    Phil Davis: I['ve] SEen one of THOse beFOre.
    • A video featured in the sixth Wheel of the Worst episode is called "Kids and Airbags"; one of the guests, however, pronounces it "Kid Sand Airbags". This pronunciation continues in the seventh "Wheel of the Worst."
    • As with Half in the Bag, Mike likes to intentionally mispronounce names and words as a joke.
  • Accidental Innuendo: invoked The crew got some mileage out of an old man describing how he got hurt in Hands of Steel.
    Professor Olsen: It wasn't especially large, but it felt hard.
    [Mike and Rich crack up.]
    Jay: What?
    Jack: He fucked his spleen...
  • Alternative Character Interpretation
    • In-Universe, Gary Coleman is thought to be an "all-powerful deity" in his own safety video, spying on and magically tormenting a pair of children for the sake of his own amusement and impressing a hot nurse.
    • The crew discuss the possibility that invoked "Backdoor Mayor", from the same video, really did have a legitimate UPS package for the boy's mother, and the kid screwed up the shipment by not letting him inside.
    • Though the protagonist of Exterminator 2 is meant to be a straitlaced, sympathetic hero, he is agreed upon by the crew to instead be an Asshole Victim, the Designated Hero, a complete simpleton, and even a Villain Protagonist. Rich also speculates that the one scene in which the actor portraying the Exterminator actually tried to act was filmed first, immediately after which the actor was diagnosed with MS.
    • The ninja master in How To Be a Teenage Ninja is interpreted as a pedo because he trapped children in a cave and had them do weird exercises.
  • Amusing Injuries: Rich will get horribly hurt or maimed almost every episode.
  • And Starring: Not only does Rich Evans get this treatment, but he's also the only cast member credited by his full name.
  • Angst? What Angst?: invoked The crew got very impatient with the protagonist of Ghetto Blaster getting ticked into revenge mode, even as he reacts with little emotion to his father getting shot and killed in front of him and his Black Best Friend being set on fire by thugs.
  • Anything but That!; Jay and Jessi's reaction to The Dance of Birth being the third pick on The Wheel of the Worst:
    Jay: Aaaaaah. Fuck you, The Dance of Birth!
    Jessi: {horrified) Can we do this over?! Please, I don't want that one!
  • Asshole Victim: The crew describe the protagonist of Exterminator 2 as this, pointing out that "he set people on fire first."
  • Atlantis: Gets risen in Raiders Of Atlantis and apparently has people that dress like Mad Max-wannabes and use technology like katanas, bows and arrows, motorcycles, and cars.
  • Author Appeal / Ho Yay: The Killer Eye has many, many shots of shirtless beefcake in their underwear with their crotches thrust toward the camera and rubbing their chests when they see the monster. The crew accuse the director of getting off on the male flesh. It's not a surprise David DeCoteau is an openly gay horror film director.
    • They also noted that The Killer Eye has so many fanservicey shots of dudes and squicky rapey sex scenes with women and the titular eye that it almost feels like porn, even saying that it might be a softcore porno disguised as a horror film.
  • Awful Truth: In Wheel of the Worst #5, The group slow realization as to what the mysterious SOS tape is: A compilation of Christian music videos by the fundamentalist cult the Children of God, covering Women in the Workplace, Abortion, The Rapture and Barcodes. To add to it, it was dubbed in Japanese.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Despite a rather horrific fate in Half in the Bag, George Lucas shows up at the end of the ''Star Wars Holiday Special Part 2" review.
    • Rich Evans is mauled to death by the Showbiz Pizza Bear and returns as a ghost at the end of the 2015 Halloween special. He returns exactly one episode later. He tries to explain how he revived, but he is bluntly told that nobody cares.
    • The Wheel of the Worst is unceremoniously dumped after Wheel of the Worst #4. It comes back a few weeks later.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": A fade-in of the Best of the Worst crew seated at a table and "discussing" amongst themselves, a la daytime talk shows. Rich is clearly looking at no one, moving his mouth without speaking, and absurdly gesticulating with his arms. (Christmas Special)
  • Bait and Switch: invoked At the beginning of R.O.T.O.R., invoked Back Problems spends several needless onscreen minutes preparing coffee, retrieving carrots from his fridge, and walking across his front lawn to his horse. When he finally gets there, he gives the horse the coffee and eats the carrots himself. Rich is not amused.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Done when discussing the crew's motivation for destroying their copy of Ninja Vengeance.
    Mike: We need to get vengeance on[…] this movie.
    Jay: Oh, I get it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Ever since since the Wheel of the Worst was introduced the crew have waited for the chance to watch Tree Stand Safety. When it finally happens the video switches between their excitement before watching it and their bored reactions watching it.
    • It happens again on "Wheel of the Worst #6" when Jessi moves the wheel secretly so it lands on American Flatulators, which turns out to be god-awful.
    • Inverted. Rich clearly didn't want to watch Dog Sitter. But he and the rest of the crew find it more entertaining than the other VHS tapes they watched in "Wheel of the Worst #7" because of its bizarre scenes and chaotic editing. Of course, that isn't saying much, considering its competition.
    • invokedDisappointed with their previous draws in "Wheel of the Worst #10", the guys rig the wheel to consist solely of Exploding Varmints, Vol. 1. While the sick novelty of it is hysterical at first, it turns out the entire thing is indeed just a snuff film of gophers and prairie dogs getting blown up with rifles, despite its pretense of being an instructional video about safely hunting on other people's property. The footage soon cuts to them looking extremely bored and sullen.
  • invoked Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The climactic battle with the snake in Hard Ticket to Hawaii, which has no relevance to the rest of the film's plot. The scene earlier in the movie involving an assassin riding a skateboard while carrying a blow-up doll also gets this reaction.
    • The ending sequence of The Amazing Bulk, which features the Bulk jogging through a disjointed multitude of stock CGI locales populated by a leprechaun, a kid playing soccer during a helicopter air strike, and a hostile, lightning-hurling Zeus. The crew declare it the most baffling thing they've ever watched.
    • The five-second shot of the creepy birthday clown in Bloody Birthday, who has no significance to the plot but provides the movie's only genuinely frightening moment.
    • From Crazy Fat Ethel II, the lengthy scene of the spider-guy erratically moving around a small section of the backyard. The group speculates that, during filming, the camera was pointing in the wrong direction and filming the director instead of the actual scene.
    • The scene from Psycho From Texas in which the titular psycho forces a young female bartender to strip naked and dance as he pours beer all over her. The crew explains that, though it could have been a genuinely well-done piece of disturbing character-building in a different context, it comes out of nowhere, clashes wildly with the rest of the film, and gives the impression that the director made the whole movie out of a Sick and Wrong urge to film that one scene.
    • Jay, for no apparent reason, wears a tuxedo during the discussion segments of Episode 4.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Movie:
    • Miami Connection, to such a degree that it wins the title of Best of the Worst on this basis alone.
    • Not only does The Aftermath's tone and content shift wildly between family-friendliness, gut-wrenching violence, and nihilistic despair, but all of the film's darkest content is set to music reminiscent of Looney Tunes.
    • The Dance of Birth, a.k.a. "the greatest movie that David Lynch never made."
    • Shapeshifter is described as at least five completely separate movies (or potential elements of one miniseries) packed into a single, incomprehensible children's film.
    • The Item. Stylistic without any meaning behind the use of them. And then there's the sex scene between a woman and an alien slug at the end.
    • Double Down, where director/writer/star Neil Breen portrays (in Rich Evans' words) "the world's greatest secret agent/soldier/hacker/computer scientist/biotechnology-developing terrorist with magic cancer powers." The plot only thickens from there, with magic rocks, ghosts of dead wives and parents, cryptic messages written in blood, deadly invisible force fields, Neil Breen's ballsack, cans of tuna, and other "meaningless, empty stuff with no purpose" leading the group to agree that it's the weirdest movie they've ever seen. invoked
    • Deathstalker is considered this due to the constant Gratuitous Rape and Soundtrack Dissonance in the Sword & Sandal Heroic Fantasy.
    • Pocket Ninjas not only consists of six long Training Montages, but it seems to have been completely edited way out of order. In addition, Robert Z'Dar's scenes consist of him completely making a fool of himself, such as acting like one of The Three Stooges or bouncing on balloons.
    • Dangerous Men is directly compared to Double Down in terms of incomprehensibility.
  • Big "NO!":
    • By all six members of the group when they watch the scene in Xtro where the grandma smashes the pet snake into bloody pieces. Jessi even gives a high-pitched scream to complement the guys' visible revulsion.
    • The crew all say "Oh, NO!" in reaction to the opening flashback murder in Crazy Fat Ethel II — due not to the murder itself, but the cheap VHS production value.
    • Rich's reaction to the wheel of the worst landing on Dog Sitter, in contrast to Jay's enthusiasm.
    • Screamed by the entire crew when Lisa starts to have sex with the alien slug in The Item. Jack is particularly loud when Lisa exposes her breasts for it.
    Jack: Oh, honey, not for this film. Not for this... NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!!
    • Rich's general reaction to Pocket Ninjas, especially when yet another Training Montage begins is: "NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
  • Big "WHAT?!": Yelled aloud by the entire crew during The Item when the characters start rolling across the screen as if they were on roller blades.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The crew surmises that the people in the audience in The Shoji Tabuchi Show would be so old that by the end of the show, there would be a slideshow memorial showing the people that died in their chairs that day.
    • Mike found The Osteoporosis Dance so incompetently done that he thinks that the video went through a Troubled Production invoked of six months like Apocalypse Now with old people dying on set and new ones replacing them right after.
  • Black Comedy Rape
    • Invoked when the protagonist of Deadly Prey, just after his wife's murder, tells the Big Bad to take off his shirt.
      Rich: "You're gonna have to take my wife's place!"
    • The crew surmises that Key Matters was made for kids like Mike who, as Jack outlines, would otherwise probably have been kidnapped, raped multiple times, and had their body dumped. Mike claims that this would have been the best outcome for him.
      Hispanic Father: Excelente.
    • In Deathstalker, with heavily dollops of Soundtrack Dissonance.
      Rich: Look at this whimsical rape riot!
      Jack: The Merry Olde Land of Wizards, Warriors and RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPE!
    • The crew is thoroughly disgusted with How to Seduce A Woman Through Hypnosis because it's clearly a manual on how to stalk and rape women. Creepy isn't a strong enough word for the tape.note 
  • Bookends: Clearly unintentional, but the screening of Tammy and the T-Rex is very nicely bookended by Rich Evans. His Catchphrase of "Oh my god!" is heard often enough on Best of the Worst, but the two that he gives at the very start and very end of the screening are dripping with disgust, befuddlement and/or shock. Nothing like either variant has been heard before or since from Rich.
  • Boring, but Practical: While admitting that Let's Rap About Fire Safety is horribly out of date, Rich Evans says that the information on the video is useful because it would have helped him as a child; a dramatized incident in the video where somebody started a grease fire while trying to cook french fries actually happened to him once in real life. Though not for the same reasons, Mike comes to the same conclusion.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Shows up during the description of Cynthia Rothrock's Undefeatable:
    Wizard: Rated R for adult situations. Like college.
    Rich: Boobs.
    Wizard: College.
    Rich: Boobs.
    Wizard: College boobs.
  • Broken Aesop: After the heroes of Miami Connection have graphically and brutally killed a band of ninjas (in a severe Mood Whiplash from the rest of the film which the crew says resembled a college edition of Saved by the Bell), the end card says, "Only through the elimination of violence can we achieve world peace." This earns perhaps a bigger laugh from the crew than any other they had while watching the film.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Mike cannot vote for Undefeatable as best of the worst, because it's simply not bad enough to even be on the show.
    • Same thing happens with Thunderpants, which the crew liked so much they outright removed it from the voting.
  • Brother-Sister Incest:
    • The crew accuse Justine and Jason Bateman of this in How Do I Know I'm Really In Love?
    • The crew react in horror during White Fire when it becomes apparent that Robert Ginty's character not only wants to fuck his in-movie sister, but strips her naked at one point, tells her he wishes she weren't his sister so he could "date" her, then gives a hooker plastic surgery to resemble his sister. Creepy isn't the word here.
  • Brown Note: Every time the cover of Rainbow's Remedy is shown, haunting horror music plays.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Wheel of the Worst made a comeback after being tossed in the trash. In case you're wondering, it was apparently so embarrassing that even the Milwaukee Sanitation Department didn't want it.
  • But Thou Must!: When Jessi's spin lands on Kitten Kommotion she's so disappointed she tries to spin the wheel again, so of course it lands on Kitten Kommotion twice.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Rich Evans is pretty much the very definition of this trope.
  • Buxom Is Better: Defied. While the crew is impressed with the size of Kitten Natividad's breasts in The Tomb, they're not turned on by her "flopping those things around."
    Jack: Shit, girl! I bet you got back problems.
  • Call Back: Episode 27 has Jack mentions the Rich Evans Reacts To Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer, notably a infamous scene involving a droid. Rich attempts to changed the subject, but the rest of the guys keep on talking bout it.
  • Calling Your Attacks
    Rich: Gymkata!
  • Cat Scare: Quite literally in Psycho From Texas, as a cat is literally thrown at an actor in an attempt at a Cat Scare. Doubles as That Poor Cat.
  • Catch Phrase: The constant refrain for choosing which movie is the Best of the Worst is "Most entertaining, for whatever reason".
  • Chekhov's Gun: Averted in Deadly Prey. The grenades on the evil merc leader's desk are always prominent in every shot of him at his desk, but they're never used.
  • Censor Bar: Aside from standard censorship practice, this has been used as a gag a couple times.
    • Exaggerated with The Tomb where an old strippernote  has the censor bar over her jiggling breasts. The bar then goes on to cover the entire bottom half of the screen.
    • Whenever Neil Breen is in a pool in Double Down, the censor bar covers up his manboobs. At one point, it even covers his crotch as if he had a boner.
    • In They Bite!, they have a large censor bar emanating from Ron Jeremy's crotch to make it look as if he's masturbating.
  • Chewing the Scenery: The crew felt that Gene Simmons was by far the most watchable aspect of Never to Young to Die due to his playing up the camp value of being a villainous, glam hermaphrodite. Same goes for Mario Van Peebels in Exterminator 2.
  • Christmas Episode:
  • Cliché Storm: Deadly Prey is considered by the group to be filled with nothing but stock 1980s action movie cliches with little to no plot or character developement. Even more so by it's sequel, The Deadliest Prey, which reuses all the same cliches the previous movie had until the twist ending. invoked
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Billy from Playing Dangerous 2, a Motor Mouth who seems to be intrigued by the "live Jello" he eats and the piggy bank he was saving pennies in.
  • Comical Overreacting: The third Wheel of the Worst episode ends with an attempt to burn the video that was deemed to be the worst, but it is interrupted by Rich Evans barging in with a fire extinguisher, while screaming "FIRE! FIRE!"
  • Continuity Nod: Rich Evans with a Bandage over his hand after the ending to the Halloween episode.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Becky's torture by the gang leader in Wired To Kill, which involves her being tied up and forced to read Shakespeare against her will. Rich dubbed this type of torture as "plaype".
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The crew are evenly split over whether Blood Debts (with a man getting gibbed by a hand-held rocket launcher) or Undefeatable (guy gets hoisted by a hook through both eye sockets and carried away) had the best ending.
  • Corpsing
    • While reviewing Psycho From Texas, Mike, Jack, Gillian, and Jay are given two lists of titles that the director of Crazy Fat Ethel II made and try to read them without laughing. All four of them fail to do so (though Gillian gives the best effort). Even Jessi, who is offscreen, couldn't maintain her composure at Sex Weirdo. note 
    • The primary reason Mike's "Ed Hunt for Red October" pun earns such a big laugh is that he himself starts laughing midway through.
    • Mike, Rich, Jessi, Jack, and even Jay note  all completely lose it for a good ten minutes about trying to figure out how Santa Claus (1959) was made.
      Rich: It hurts! It hurts! IT HURTS!!!
      • The experiment preceding it, Elves, also caused the group to uncontrollably laugh, especially the Fridge Logic of Nazis raising dick-stabbing, insect-eating two foot trolls as a "master race".
    • Colin and Jessi couldn't hold their composure at all while they were discussing The Osteoporosis Dance in Wheel of the Worst #6, especially Colin, who barely talked during that entire segment because he couldn't stop laughing.
      Jessi: You broke Colin!
    • Rich, Mike, Jay and Jessi completely crack up during the Uniformity Dunkin' Donuts recap when Rich says he gives it four stars... out of 50.
    • Rich starts laughing uncontrollably when Mike reads from The Item description regarding thieves having to "investigate their package".
    • The second time Rich gets up and walks away during the Undefeatable review, while Josh and Jack giggle, Mike is struggling hard not to guffaw, hiding his mouth with both hands before sputtering out laughs and having to hold his mouth shut more. His inability to hold back is funnier than Rich leaving itself.
    • During the Hands Of Steel review, when Jay says, "I do have some Native American in me", Mike quips, "That's only when you're at the Manhole." Rich then completely loses it for a few minutes.
    • In Wheel of the Worst #9 , after talking about Eloise Cole and her video about death and grief therapy, Jay informs the group from offscreen that Eloise Cole is dead. Colin bursts out laughing, and "Highway to Hell" starts playing in the background.
    • In Wheel of the Worst #12: Mike does it to himself, to the point that he's bent over from laughing when describing the video My Twinn.
    • In Plinketto #2 , the Dom DeLuise discussion sends Jay, Jack, Rich and Mike into uncontrollable laughter.
    • Mike nearly chokes on his soda when Jay states that the natives in Alligator wouldn't stop dry humping til the photographer gave them blue jeans and soda. Jay is particularly amused, saying, "Wow... I was just saying what happened in the movie."
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • Ninja Vengeance, Never Too Young to Die, Playing Dangerous, Shapeshifter, Thunderpants and Bloody Birthday. By far the biggest offender is Playing Dangerous, with Never Too Young to Die's tantalizing claim of "one-against-a-hundred bazooka battles" in a close second.
    • Perhaps the most disappointing example of this for the team was "Tree Stand Safety," the cover of which promises spectacular safety film injuries, with a man or dummy falling out of a tree. That scene, nor any other mishap, aside from a brief slip off the bottom rung of a ladder, never appears, and 60 minutes of the video's 75 minute runtime is a stealth advertisement for a new type of tree stand that requires none of the preceding safety tips note , and allows an old lady to kill and puppeteer a deer. Jessi moans that all she wanted was one dummy falling off a tree stand.
    • The Tomb is probably the most insulting example, with the entire VHS sleeve promising good top-billed actors and a movie akin to that of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Those actors barely appear in the movie, there's only two big action scenes, and the rest of the film is just a load of back and forth conversations over telephones. What really made it cross the line for the crew, however, is the lengths the distributor took to make the cover look like it's showing a big studio film and going beyond mockbuster territory.
    • Johnson Family Christmas Dinner is a pretty blatant example. The cover makes it look like a small-budget family comedy featuring a large group of actors, some of whom being recognizable. None of the people on the cover actually appear in the film and the movie looks to have been filmed by amateurs on a camcorder over the course of a day or two.
    • Bear Attacks is similar to Tree Stand Safety. The cover and title sounded promising, and they went in hoping to at least see a bear mauling a dummy to reenact an actual attack. Instead, it's mostly just talking and stock footage of bears wandering around.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • invoked The crew considers Miami Connection to be this as one massive Big Lipped Alligator Movie.
    • The Killbike sequence from The New Gladiators, wherein, among other things, all the vehicles are Made of Explodium.
      Jay: I want this for ninety minutes.
    • The scene from Deadly Prey where Danton chops off The Dragon's arm and beats him to death with it, which causes the group to burst into laughter and applause.
      Jay: The movie really should have ended right there.
      Josh: You know, fine if the colonel gets away, I don't care - because that happened.
    • Playing Dangerous spends nearly thirty slow-motion seconds building up to the kid firing a Super Soaker filled with gasoline at a Mook trying to light a cigarette, with the crew on the edges of their seats all the while. It turns out to be an unintentional subversion; when it finally does happen, the film awkwardly cuts to a brief shot of the mook screaming and falling out of frame with only a weak smoke effect to suggest that he was even lit on fire. The entire group simultaneously gives an identical dejected groan at this.
    • The ending of Blood Debts gets this reaction when, in the final seconds of the film, the protagonist produces a derringer-sized rocket launcher from his sleeve and blows the villain to hell, with the movie ending on a freeze frame with the villain mid-Ludicrous Gibs. Mike and Jack's immediate reaction (in between bouts of hysterical laughter) is to declare this "the best ending ever" and that the ending redeemed the entire rest of the film.
    • The protagonist of Order of the Black Eagle has a baboon sidekick for no apparent reason. Said baboon flies a plane and later drives his own personalised tank into battle against the Nazis. The baboon was by far the crew's favourite character in the movie.
    • Double Down, which the reviewers find so hilariously over-the-top and incomprehensible that guest reviewer Max Landis said the movie felt like watching a dream somebody else was having.
  • Creepy Clown:
    • A bizarre party clown with a ratty t-shirt saying "I Can't Say No" appears briefly in Bloody Birthday for no apparent reason and is considered by the crew to be scarier than the psychopathic children. Jay and Mike identify him as Bagul from Sinister.
      Jay: This movie just got genuinely scary.
    • Rainbow's Remedy brings the disturbing Up to Eleven with Eloise Cole's Grief Clown, who makes Pennywise look like Emmett Kelly in terms of scariness. In a later episode, Rich calls her "Eloisecole" (one word) as if she's an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Cult: The origin of SOS. More specifically, the Children of God.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Jay's example of "something good" about Lethal Ninja.
    Jay: The fact that the boom mic showed up a few times, means they bothered to use a boom mic.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms
    • The crew surmises that the characters of The New Gladiators have to masturbate in order to land their flying vehicles.
    • Mike picks Candid Candid Camera as "Best of the Worst'' because he thinks it's value is that elderly men get to masturbate to it.
    • After Psycho From Texas ultimately comes across as an excuse by the director to film the perverse "dancing" scene, the group accuses him of "furiously masturbating" while shooting the scene. The same accusation is summarily leveled at Rich Evans, who provides us with a short scene confirming this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snark is inevitable due to the general quality of the videos they watch, but Mike and Rich are he undisputed kings of this trope.
  • Designated Hero
    • invoked The protagonist of Exterminator 2 as described by the crew.
    • Gary Coleman's safety lessons might be a little easier to swallow if he wasn't the one repeatedly putting the kids in danger with his divine powers.
  • Diabolus ex Machina/Troubled Production: An audio issue forced the crew to re-record Episode 6, and because The Vindicator turned out to be too mediocre to derive much entertainment value from, the group decided to try and watch a different movie in its place. Their second pick, Class of '99 II, had a promising premise and positive word-of-mouth, but their copy broke the moment they tried to play it. Only after attempting to watch a third movie, Cyber Tracker, and finding that it was somehow duller than The Vindicator, to the point where they had unrelated conversations and left the film on as background noise. They eventually gave up on finding a third film worth talking about and resigned themselves to discussing only the two remaining films. Of the two, Robot Jox turned out to be a legitimately good B-movie and thus ill-suited to the show, while R.O.T.O.R. may have proven too good a fit for the show.
    Jay: So, what started out as an innocent attempt to watch some bad movies with robots in them has turned out to be the most miserable experience in any of our lives.
  • Die Hard with a Kid: Playing Dangerous, though you'd never know it from the cover.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: R.O.T.O.R.
    Rich: R.O.T.O.R. is about a police program to create a robotic policeman who will execute people for minor traffic violations.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In Terror in Beverly Hills, the crew finds two FBI agents in a helicopter tracking a terrorist in a white limo being distracted by two topless girls in a pickup truck hilarious - even more so as that's why the terrorist gets away.
    Rich: There should have been a scene in the police chief's office. "How did you lose track of the limo?" "There was this pickup truck! There were boobs!"
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?
    • The Heimlich maneuver scene from Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake, which includes a close-up of the girl making an... interesting face while rhythmically performing offscreen abdominal thrusts on her brother. The group later comments on the fact that there's no logical reason for that shot to exist in a scene meant to teach children how to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
    • The glass harmonica from Shapeshifter.
      Sorcerer: You caress the lips.
      Mike: He's teaching him something else...
    • From Playing Dangerous's back-of-the-box summary:
      Mike: "When his mom said to go outside and play... she didn't exactly have this in mind." Well, that sounds like-
      Rich: Sounds like a porno.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Played straight by Rich and subsequently parodied by Mike when discussing Backdoor Mayor's claim that he has a "package" for the child's mother in Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake.
    Rich: "If you know what I mean." ...Sorry.
    Mike: Oh, you mean, like... his penis.
    Jack: No, no, like a parcel.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Not Exterminator 2, but the review of it, which ends on the note that the lead actor may have spent all but one scene of the movie having been diagnosed with MS. This provides the perfect segue into the discussion of...
    • The Aftermath, which ends after a Kill 'em All climax with a shot of a young child, who has just murdered an adult, walking down a highway by himself with a revolver in hand. Jay is visibly the most disturbed by the ending.
  • Driven to Suicide: Invoked by Rich Evans.
    Rich: I had to call the suicide prevention hotline last night because of R.O.T.O.R. [sic] They told me to do it.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe, Mike and Jay were shocked when Jack unwittingly made a Casting Couch joke in a line of jokes involving kids trying to impress their friends with the fact that they were in a video.
  • Dull Surprise: The way the crew describes Robert Ginty's acting "talents". During the review of White Fire, they mock him with a quiz show style question "What is Robert Ginty feeling here?" It's very reminiscent of the Trope Namer Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode of Alien from L.A..
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Half In the Bag #21 (Jack and Jill), Mr. Plinkett angrily states he wants to be able to watch his VHS copy of Russian Terminator.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Voting on the worst of the worst and destroying the physical copy did not come around until later.
  • The '80s: Embarrassingly so for How Do I Know I'm Really In Love?
  • Eldritch Abomination: The "Grief Clown" in Wheel of the Worst #9. Its venom turns you into an immortal grief clown doll.
  • invoked Ensemble Darkhorse
    • Gene Simmons's character in Never Too Young To Die is said by the group to light up the film whenever he's onscreen.
    • The crew mentions that they'd like to watch a film entirely about the Exterminator's jovial Black Best Friend going to bars and picking up ladies - or, better yet, that he was the Exterminator.
    • Robot Cop from R.O.T.O.R. is rightly described as the film's only interesting character. He has a delightfully silly design, his vocal performance is hilarious and oozing with personality, all of his lines are gold, and the movie is just begging for him to face off against R.O.T.O.R. in the climax. invoked Alas, he disappears halfway through the movie, though the method by which he does so goes a long way toward making up for it.
      Coldyron: R.O.T.O.R.'s out.
      Willard: Ah, I see. Well, sir, I would like to take this opportunity to resign my position in the company, and— (Coldyron hangs up)
    • Crazy Fat Ethel II has Granny, who is charming not only on the basis that her home, colleagues, and actress are seemingly those of the director's actual grandmother, but also because of her flawlessly condescending delivery of the film's best line: "I will not!" The man who thinks he's a spider is also highlighted.
    • Cameron Mitchell's characters in Deadly Prey and Terror in Beverly Hills, who give the best performances in both movies.
      • He became so popular with the crew that they decided to watch Space Mutiny solely because he is in it.
    • The crew took an immediate liking to Colonel Grandpa from Alienator, owing to his hands-on and practical approach to problems (to quote Rich, "shit gets done" in his presence), his hilarious dialogue, and his surprisingly reasonable demeanor overall.
  • Eureka Moment: Rich and the crew realize that the Japanese SOS tape (which they misidentify as Chinese after correctly doing so) is a series of European produced religious music videos. (Aurora Productions is a Switzerland-based Christian Fundamentalist group.) It goes so far as to have Jesus doing a take to the camera while flying to Heaven on a cross during The Rapture.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto
    • The crew gets a lot of mileage out of the easily exploding motorbikes in The New Gladiators, including one that explodes when it touches the base of a ramp.
    • A car at the end of The Exterminator explodes for almost no reason.
  • Everyone Has Standards: During their review of Low Blow, Jack, Jay, and especially Rich are shocked whenever Colin makes a racial joke.
    Rich: Check your privilege.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
    • The crew gets mileage out of the girl in The Family Guide To The Internet who doesn't know what an Internet Service Provider is.
    Jay: It's... an internet service provider.
    • Exploding Varmints Volume 1. Yes, a 30 minute video of animal cruelty, giving the viewer over 500 prairie dogs being shot into Ludicrous Gibs by a chuckling psychopath. The crew was shocked that the video's title wasn't a euphemism.
  • Excuse Plot
    • Gymkata's Game of Death-esque plot is only there so that Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomasnote  can show off his gymnastic skills.
    • Blood Debts has these in spades, only using plot points so that action scenes can happen and disregarding continuity from those plot points so that other action scenes can be set up.

    F - N 
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Featured prominently in Xtro.
  • Face Palm: Whenever someone (particularly Rich) does this during the discussions, the camera tends to zoom in on them.
  • Failure Hero: Rich complains that the protagonist of Parole Violators is this, complete with a extended montage of him getting his ass kicked.
  • Fake Shemp:
    • The crew quickly points out that the final fight between Frank Stallone's character and the terrorist leader in Terror In Beverly Hills is obviously done with stand-ins since both of their faces are never in the same shot.
    • They estimate Robert Z'Dar appeared in 4 or so brief face shots and had a body double to the rest in Future War.
  • Fan Disservice
    • The shot of the pregnant woman with the hairy armpits in The Dance of Birth.
    • The old stripper in The Tomb, who was censored by the crew by blacking out nearly half the screen.
  • Fan Nickname: invoked Many of the films watched by the group have at least one fan-dubbed character.
    • "Kenny Rogers" in Russian Terminator.
    • "Muppet Cow Lady" from Ninja Vengeance.
    • "Action Man", the John Rambo knockoff from Deadly Prey.
      • In later episodes they use "Action Man" to refer to any generic action hero.
    • Barrett Coldyron in R.O.T.O.R. is dubbed "Back Problems" since he looks like he's in constant pain and is always talking through his teeth; his female sidekick is similarly named "Skunk Lady" due to her Skunk Stripe hair. Willard, the robot cop in the police station, is called... "Robot Cop".
    • A misheard line in Gary Coleman For Safety's Sake leads to the creation of the hypothetical character "Backdoor Mayor." Later on, when a sketchy-looking stranger shows up and asks to be let in the house, saying he has a "package" for the boy's mother, the name is assigned to him.
    • Since the crew can barely remember the name of Gymkata's protagonist, they usually just call him "Gymkata" instead.
      • The same was done with the vampire in Blood Lock and the protagonists of Blood Debts and Low Blow.
    • "Tim Burton" for one of the orderlies in Crazy Fat Ethel 2.
    • "Grizzly Adams" for the homeless mall Santa played by Dan Haggerty in Elves. The two scientists from the same film are called "Doctor Scientist" and "Professor Physics" respectively.
    • The Big Bad of Yor: Hunter from the Future is referred to as "The Emperor Vader" by Mike and "Emperor Skeletor" by Rich. Rich settles on "Emperor Skelevader".
    • "Not Mark Hamill" for Christopher Atkins who appeared in both Shakma and Beaks.
    • For Lethal Ninja, "Ringo Starr and Gene Simmons's love child" for the Big Bad, "Milli Vanilli" for his son, and "Dave Coulier" for the crossdressing assassin that tries to kill the son.
    • Josh refers to the mystical women in Space Mutiny as "The Stevie Nicks Ladies". They're alternately referred to as "The Dance of Birth Ladies" by Jay because of their weird dancing.
    • They call the lead dancer/teacher in the Osteoporoses Dance video "Tay Zonday" (due to her similar appearance) and "camel feet" (due to an unfortunate bunching of her spandex leggings.) They also refer to the two elderly back-up dancers as "Linda" and "Betty" because their names weren't revealed until the end.
    • The mad scientist from Tammy And The Trex is called "Bernie" because he's played by Terry Kiser.
    • Kol the space convict from Alienator is dubbed "Kol Slaw" by Mike.
    • Jack dubs The female protaganist of Alien From The Deep "Flatbutt McGee" because she has a flat butt. Her cameraman pal is dubbed "Friend Zone Man" because the crew suspects that he has feelings for her but is stuck in the friend zone.
    • Naturally, they refer to Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick) in Double Dragon as T-1000, though they also refer to him as one of the Backstreet Boys.
    • They use "Grandpa" to refer to any character that's an old man.
  • Fanservice:
    • As discussed above, The Killer Eye arguably panders more to viewers attracted to males than it does viewers attracted to females thanks to its openly gay director.
    • David A. Prior's Killer Workout has numerous shots of women doing fake aerobics (splaying their legs, thrusted their chests out, humping the ground).
      Mike: They don't call him "David A. Pry Your Clothes Off" for nothing.
  • Fight Scene Failure:invoked Pointed out in Killing American Style where one of the villains manages to knock out the protagonist by flicking his gun a few inches above his head.
  • Fist Pump: Watching They Bite!, the crew guffaw at a porn film producer's exclamation complete with fist pump, "WHAT A GREAT IDEA! FISH MONSTERS!"
    Jay: He's so excited! They want to make a monster porno!
  • Flipping the Table:
  • Follow the Leader: invoked
    • Deadly Prey is such a carbon copy of Rambo that it drifts into mockbuster territory.
    • Just as the crew speculates, the movie Russian Ninja was retitled Russian Terminator to cash in on Terminator's popularity.
    • Never Too Young to Die aggravates Mike because it comes off as a studio-driven combination of then-popular elements: John Stamos and Vanity as the leads, a plot straight out of a James Bond movie, and inexplicable Mad Max villains.
    • Not only is Playing Dangerous an uninspired Die Hard-style action movie, but it's packaged and advertised as a shameless Home Alone ripoff.
    • The New Gladiators is described as The Running Man "shot cheap and Italian."
    • Cyber Tracker is a blatant ripoff of various other movies (most notably Terminator), and ends up being so boring that the crew are incapable of even paying attention to it as it's playing.
    • Though Shapeshifter is actually a Big Lipped Alligator Movie, its cover is clearly designed to suggest that it's a straight imitation of Animorphs.
    • The Family Guide to the Internet was a combined attempt to cheaply cash in on the home movie and internet crazes.
    • As with Russian Terminator, V-World Matrix was probably originally titled "V-World", with the Matrix part added for a few extra sales.
    • The Amazing Bulk is a mockbuster of The Incredible Hulk. ...We think.
    • The crew almost watches the renowned mockbuster Transmorphers.
    • Bloody Birthday features deceptive packaging meant to look subtly reminiscent of a Nightmare On Elm Street movie, despite containing no such content.
    • The crew speculates that Len Kabasinski adds techniques he's just seen or gotten access to - with no skill, of course. Such as using shaky cam and Dutch angles for no reason at all.
    • The Item tries very hard to be like a Quentin Tarantino movie but with a horror twist.
    • Alligator heavily follows the formula of Jaws.
  • Forced Meme: Invoked and parodied. When Josh catches Rich Evans wearing a "Rich Wants That Juicy Shaq Meat" T-shirt, he turns to leave and has to be persuaded to stay — until Rich tries to get him to watch Steel. Josh promptly chucks the VHS into a lake.
  • Foreshadowing
    • One of the crew describes How Can I Tell If I'm Really In Love as though it were directed by Salvador Dalí. The end of the episode references Un Chien Andalou, which was partially made by Salvador Dali.
    • In the Halloween episode, in reference to the end of the episode where Rich Evans accidentally cuts his finger off with a saw trying to destroy "Night Beast".
      Jay: The Movies just sorta end. And you're like, "I Guess the Movie's over"
    • In the Max Landis episode, the crew mentions Home Alone during the discussion, and Mike mentions that they love Macaulay Culkin. Culkin appears at the end of the episode to destroy How I Saved The President.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A moment of sheer panic sets in during the Halloween episode when the crew spots Billy Bob, the Showbiz Pizza Place bear mascot from Rich's "Dick the Birthday Boy" photo in Trick or Treat.
  • Fridge Logic: Brought up by the crew in Deadly Prey when they see the protagonist walk home from the mercenary camp and note that he could have done this at any point during the movie, does so in the middle of the night while half-naked and covered in blood, and doesn't inform the police of his abduction or the camp's existence. invoked
  • Funny Background Event: During the April Fools' Day episode with Jack & Josh talking to themselves, Rich is seen on the couch on leftside!J&J and standing still in the hallway on rightside!J&J.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The crew theorize Let's Sing and Dance™ Music Video was written by lawyers. Cue the songs with legal disclaimers under the videos.
  • Gender Bender: In Deathstalker, one of the Big Bad's mooks is turned into a woman against his will to seduce Deathstalker.
    Rich: (as the Big Bad) I'll give you your dick back.
  • Genre Savvy: The crew are familiar enough with bad movie tropes that they can often predict what's going to happen in the movies they watch, but Rich's savvy borders on precognition. He's often able to predict tropes, story beats and even specific events in the plot just by reading the back of the movie's box.
  • Giftedly Bad: The reason the crew loves Len Kabasinski.
  • God-Mode Sue: The director/star of Double Down, Neil Breen. The entire segment goes on about how awesome Breen's character is (and his love of tuna as well.) invoked
    Rich: Neil Breen stars as Fantasy Neil Breen, who is the World's Greatest Secret Agent/Soldier/Hacker/Computer Scientist/Bio-Technology Developing Terrorist with... magic cancer powers...
  • Gone Horribly Right
    • The crew watches Xtro expecting it to be a bad movie. It isn't.
      Jay: We have a problem. This movie is actually interesting.
    • The New Gladiators was directed by Lucio Fulci. The crew only find out once the opening credits end.
      Josh: What?
      Jay: "Directed by Lucio Fulci!"
      Josh: Holy shit, okay!
    • Happens once again with Robot Jox, although Jay is quick to point out that it was suggested by fans.
      Rich: I don't know why people recommend this. This is not a bad movie. It's a B-movie, but it's not... bad.
    • And again with Thunderpants, which was so good they took it out of the judging section of the show.
    • R.O.T.O.R., in an episode where two sci-fi robot films proved to be terribly dull, one broke before they could watch it, and another one (Robot Jox) wasn't a bad film at all, wound up singlehandedly saving the day with its pure astounding awfulness.
      Jay: I never thought I would say this in my life, but thank God for a little movie called R.O.T.O.R..
  • Gory Discretion Shot
    • Used a lot in Playing Dangerous, which the crew concludes was done to drop the film's rating from an R to a PG-13.
    • Completely averted in The Aftermath, as noted by the crew, even when the movie is depicting children being massacred (when, up to that point, the movie has been corny, '60s-style science fiction.
    • Used a couple times in The Exterminator, which made Jay think the VHS copy they had was an edited version when it was actually the theatrical cut they had. note 
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Len Kabasinski sure thinks so. He expresses a desire to watch all nine ninja movies, and Squees about the martial arts. Naturally, there's a bit of Author Appeal considering the content of his movies. He even admits to being an expert on The '80s ninja movies and having been inspired since a child to go to martial arts because of them.
  • Gratuitous Rape:
    • The guys actually led off one show saying that it isn't their fault that a lot of the bad movies they watch use Rape as Drama, usually as an excuse to show off tits rather than actually having something to say on the subject.
    • One of their least favorite tropes, scenes like this tend to suck all the fun out of the movie and instead make the viewing experience rather uncomfortable. They reviewed Dangerous Men poorly because it started off as something of a Rape and Revenge story, but was basically Gratuitous Attempted Rape: The Movie, including the film ending with the villain stopping to try to rape a random woman while being chased by the police.
      Rich: (when a blind woman pulls a gun on the villain) This is a universe where every man decides to rape every woman. Of course she has a gun under her knitting!
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Deadly Prey, Danton cuts off The Dragon's arm (which doesn't spill a single drop of blood) and beats him to death with it. Happens once again to the identical brother of the very same character in The Deadliest Prey.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Len Kabasinski films.
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: The crew raves about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, before having to discuss the dreadful sequel.
  • Hidden Weapons: Blood Debts has its protagonist wield what looks like a cheap prop gun hidden in his sleeve that shoots a tiny powerful rocket that blows up people.
  • Hipster: In the Dinosaur Episode, featuring Theodore Rex, Carnosaur, and Tammy and the T-Rex, they call out Jack on his potential hipsterism for his choice for Best of the Worst and his consistent devil's advocate approach. Even though he got to choose first this time, if only because he was the only one who understood the plot of the movies.
  • Human Popsicle: Hitler Popsicle, to be exact, in Order Of the Black Eagle.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: In Wheel of the Worst #8, Rich relates a story about a middle-aged man whom he knew from a minor league baseball stadium who took him to his place to show him a poster of himself in a Wendy's ad and who also owned Warhammer figurines. Mike, Jay and Jack just run with it, implicating the man was trying to seduce him ("Did he show you his balls? His baseballs, I mean..." "You and him shared a footlong...") It's followed by a still image of Rich masturbating.
    Rich: ... I hate you so much. I hate you.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In "Wheel of the Worst #3", Jay and Rich are excited when the wheel lands on Tree Stand Safety. Cut to everyone watching the film with a bored expression on their face. Also an In-Universe example, the boyfriend from Instant Adoring Boyfriend complains that "[he] doesn't understand why women feel the need to take their clothes off in movies." while wearing nothing but a towel. The reviewers find this amusing.
    • Invoked by Mike in "Wheel of the Worst #6". He and the rest of the crew make Black Comedy jokes and mock the elderly back up dancers from the Osteoporosis Dance video. He later criticizes a Canadian friend of theirs for laughing at them.
    • When the group is discussing an actor with a drinking problem, the camera zooms in on Mike and Jay taking sips of their beers.
    • Fun Tip: always remember to check your spelleng.[1]
    • In "Plinketto #2" Mike tells that he found out from Google Maps that several scenes in Repo Jake was shot in the parking lot right outside the production crew's own address, the team discuss with plenty of knowing winks to the camera what kind of lazy film-makers would do such a thing. This is immediately follow up by several clips from RedLetterMedia's own Space Cop, which were filmed right outside their own office.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: While discussing the cannibals in Doctor Butcher, the crew gets into a long heated argument about what people to eat. Jack dismisses Louie Anderson because there's too much fat on him, and says muscle men like Arnold Schwarzenegger would be perfect because they have muscle. Rich argues that fat is what makes the meat juicy. They eventually agree on André the Giant and Shaquille O'Neal as the perfect human meals.
  • invoked I Am Not Shazam: When they don't refer to generic action movie protagonists as "Action Man", they tend to call them by the name of the film. This was done in Gymkata, Low Blow and Blood Debts. They'll even sometimes do this in retrospect; they called the main character of Deadly Prey "Action Man" during the discussion of the film, but referred to him as "Deadly Prey" when they talked about Killer Workout, which featured the same actor.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: During the discussion of The Tomb, Mike expresses his displeasure with the movie by throwing his empty bottle in a high lob behind the table... hitting the broken top half of another bottle that flies in a perfect arc, landing directly on top of the fridge. The discussion is paused as the amazing throw is shown again in slow motion.
  • Improv:
    • Jay likes to think of the pre-fight argument between the band managers in Miami Connection as this.
    • A later scene, wherein the black character's friends repeatedly ask him to tell them what's wrong, provokes similar speculation.
    • Jay also points out that the "cancer-infected rats" line in Hard Ticket to Hawaii sounds like it was made up on the spot, both in terms of the line itself and how it was delivered.
    • Jay doesn't compare the submarine action sequence from V-World Matrix to a Let's Play for nothing.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • After the Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend is chosen Jessi walks over and opens a beer.
    • During the episode with Future War, The Jar, and White Fire, Mike sports a giant hip flask and guzzles from it during the entire episode. Eventually, Mike and Rich fight over the flask.
      Rich: You're killing me, Mike! You're killing me!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: While reviewing The Killer Eye:
    Mike: I think the director Richard Chasennote  was chasin' guys in their underwear.
    Jay: So what's your favorite Ed Hunt film?
    Gillian: Ah, God, there's so many.
    Mike: I really like Ed Hunt for Red October. [Cue laughing from the rest.]
    • Forms the basis for an anti-joke about destroying their copy of Ninja Vengeance.
    Mike: We need to get vengeance on... this movie.
  • Informed Ability: Mike says that a better title for Ninja Vengeance would be "Somewhat Competent Yellow Belt."
    Rich: He's a terrible ninja!
  • In-Name-Only: Lampshaded during the 2016 Christmas Episode, "Christmas Or Crocodiles". They admit they only had a couple of movies that actually had crocodiles and had to fill the rest out with films about alligators. Because of this, they jokingly update the title to Christmas Or Crocodiles.
  • Insult to Rocks: During their review of the Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie, Jack describes the full-on "Flame On!" CGI effect of the Human Torch (which had not been seen before in the rest of the movie) as "ReBoot-esque". Rich Evans interrupts, saying "You are doing a disservice to ReBoot." Everyone else laughs uproariously.
  • Interspecies Romance: The Item ends with Rita having sex with the title monster that has killed the rest of the cast.
  • It's the Journey That Counts: Why SOS was voted as Best of the Worst in episode 5.
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: The group's incredulous reaction to a scene in SOS where a flying Jesus on the cross gives an Aside Glance and smiles at the audience.
  • Jerkass God: Gary Coleman, according to the crew's Alternative Character Interpretation. In his efforts to amuse himself and impress a hot nurse, he chokes a boy almost to death, nearly gives him a concussion, and summons an attempted home intruder to rape the children's mother.
  • Keet: Max Landis.
  • Kill 'em All: The Aftermath, which ends with nearly everyone dead except for a small boy who walks alone down a road to fend for himself with nothing but a revolver.
  • Kill It with Fire: The M.O. of Exterminator 2's "hero"; the crew thinks he's an Asshole Victim though, because he's a Designated Hero who is actually a murderous thug.
  • The Lad-ette/One of the Boys: Jessi. She knocks back brewskis, has a passion for flatulence-related humour, and enjoys gorier moments just as much as the rest of the guys. She also has little tolerance for movies like The Dance of Birth and The Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend, which are ostensibly targeted at her. Even her high-pitched shrieking laughter doesn't set her apart from the rest of the guys, because Rich laughs like that too.
  • Large Ham: Max Landis so far is probably the most hyperactive and loudest guest the crew has ever had.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The means by which The Amazing Bulk and Psycho From Texas are destroyed parody contemptible aspects of the respective films themselves.
  • The Leader: Mike and Jay like to switch out filming duties, though Jay is usually the lead discusser and Mike is usually the lead in other shots.
  • Leave the Camera Running
    • One of the chief complaints about both The New Gladiators and Robot Jox was that the middle fifty minutes of the film between major action set pieces was this.
    • invoked During the opening, Rich Evans calls R.O.T.O.R. by a new title: Establishing Shot: The Movie!
      • Even when it's not wasting time with establishing shots, it's finding astounding new ways to waste time with other shots.
        Josh: So then, finally, once it's established that he's a guy who lives in a farmhouse, and has a coffee cup, and pullin' some carrots out of the fridge, and then he goes to hang out with his friend the horse, and his horse is way the fuck over there, and he's gotta take his time just amblin' on over there, and we needed to see every goddamn step he takes to get up to the horse.
    • invoked Crazy Fat Ethel II, in a severe example of Padding. A notable instance is the creepy orderly serving dog food as "pate": he sets each of the six dishes, then scoops out servings for each dish in a meticulous fashion for an obscene amount of time.
    • Fred Levine's Original Cleared for Takeoff is nothing but an extended home video of a vacation with two airplane rides. It even speeds up during the airplane ride, with the kids completely annoying the other passengers.
    • The The Star Wars Holiday Special episode appears to be this trope incarnated... 40 minutes of seemingly unedited tangents about everything BUT the special.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: After a raucous celebration of Elves and Santa Claus — which reduces the whole gang to hysteria and causes Rich to break a rib from laughter — the gang has absolutely nothing to say about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure. Jessi immediately swaps the DVD for the original Christmas Vacation, triggering loud Christmas Music as the gang happily reminiscences about that film... but a Drone of Dread sets in when the topic inevitably turns back to Island Adventure.
    • Rich and Jack's introduction of Supergirl. They look like they just received sweaters for Christmas.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The gang's reactions to Florence Henderson: Looking Great, Feeling Great. In Wheel of the Worst #4. They watch the video bored out of their minds before it cuts to Rich and Jay back at the wheel, implying that they found the video so dull that they turned it off and forced the duo to choose something else. They don't even mention it in the post-viewing roundtable discussion.
  • Look Behind You: Len Kabasinski may be there.
  • Lyrical Shoehorn: Let's Sing and Dance™ Music Video has awful songs with lyrics that were probably written by the kids themselves.
    He wants to take yo' money
    He don't care about you
    He might say you can fly
    You might fly out a window!
  • Made of Explodium
    • The crew gets some mileage from watching a truck falling off a cliff in The Vindicator that somehow explodes in mid-air.
    • Let's not forget the exploding motorbikes from The New Gladiators!
  • Male Gaze:
    • Discussed by the crew with regards to the female lead's flat butt in Alien From The Deep.
      Jay: That's neither here nor there, though. The movie's not about her butt.
      Jack: No.
      Rich: It kinda is.
      [Jay and Jack stare awkwardly at Rich. Rich smiles as a picture of the female lead's butt is shown on the top right and an eerie sound effect plays.]
    • They note most of Double Dragon are the brothers staring at Alyssa Milano's butt.
  • Mammy: Psycho From Texas has one of these in the movie and she has every characteristic that the trope describes. What really makes this noteworthy is that the movie was made - and probably takes place - in 1975.
  • Marty Stu: invoked The entire crew saw Neil Breen in Double Down as such a huge God-Mode Sue, with him having the world and its governments at his fingertips and having numerous awards as well as being an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, that the crew were left with their jaws hanging and eyes wide open.
  • Mathematician's Answer: In response to the question of whether The Amazing Bulk was a sincere filmmaking endeavor gone horribly wrong, an attempt to intentionally make the next Birdemic or The Room, or a simple mockbuster:
    Jay: The answer is yes.
    Mike: Which one?
    Jay: [nods] Mmhmm.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In R.O.T.O.R., while Coldyron brings the victimized Bait Lady beside a truck, the climactic fight scene is happening between Skunk Lady and R.O.T.O.R. not only in the background, but out of focus.
    Jay: It's like a Zucker Brothers gag!
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Doctor Doom in The Fantastic Four. As Jay points out, it's probably necessary, "otherwise this would just be a flat shot of his face."
  • Mind Screw
    • The Aftermath's wild tonal inconsistency has this effect on Jay in particular.
    • The Dance of Birth, a supposedly instructional video featuring completely nonsensical narration and randomly-arranged shots of flailing pregnant women, husbands, and women dancing with their babies (much of which is against a green screen for no apparent reason).
    Jay: The Dance of Birth is the greatest movie that David Lynch never made.
    • The ending of The Amazing Bulk, which has the title character running through a CGI hillbilly town getting assaulted by stock CG entities and effects, including cars, random explosions, and the inexplicable lightning-hurling Zeus. The crew deems it the most confusing movie they've ever watched.
    • Double Down, which baffled the crew so much that Mike was on his knees just staring and Max Landis was reduced to just sitting on the floor without realizing it. Even Jack was unable to understand what was happening on screen. It unanimously won Best of the Worst because of this.
    • Pocket Ninjas is full of it, from the bizarre haphazard editing which goes back in forth in time, and Robert Z'Dar's scenes that are impossibly bizarre.
  • Mood Whiplash
    • In Russian Terminator, the protagonist tells his female accomplice that he got attacked by the Russian Ninja out of nowhere. In the very next scene, said man and woman are cozying around a pool in bathing suits with no sync sound, shot in what seems like home movie 8mm film.
    • In Exterminator 2: "Breakdancing may happen at any time." And it does!
    • Jay claims that the tone of The Aftermath "completely fucked with my brain," cutting back and forth between cheesy, family-friendly, B-movie sci-fi scenes and graphic sequences of mass murder (including that of children, without a Gory Discretion Shot in sight) and rape. What's worse, even the violent scenes seemingly can't decide on a coherent mood, as they're all set to "Looney Tunes music."
    • The scene in Deadly Prey where Danton beats The Dragon to death with his own severed arm comes just after his wife is Killed Off for Real, and is shortly followed by a Downer Ending that's horribly suited to the rest of the movie.
    • The black guy's monologue in Miami Connection, which the group agrees is the most awkward tonal shift they've seen in a long time.
    • The female bartender being forced to strip by the sadistic villain in Psycho From Texas comes right after a very long and invoked unintentionally hilarious chase scene.
  • Mundane Made Awesome
    • V-World Matrix has one of the protagonists reading very mundane things they could do in their cybervacation, which includes eating food and...
      "Hookers?" Hookers...!
    • Playing Dangerous 2 has Stewart enjoying a toast with his associates with juice boxes for what seems to be a minute.
      Associate Jack: Well, that was fun.
      [Cue to laughter from the crew.]
      Jay: Ah, the famous apple juice drinking scene.
      Josh: Well, that happened.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Candid Candid Camera Vol. 6 sure seems to think so.
    Allen Funt: Our next segment may as well be called "Why I Like To Be Nude."
    [Cue chortles from the crew.]
    Jay: If it doesn't feature him being nude, I don't care.
  • Narm
  • Narm Charm: invoked
    • The cast genuinely loved Hope's (aka Granny) line from Crazy Fat Ethel II.
      Ethel: You give me those pretzels, Granny!
      Hope: I will not.
    • invoked The reason the crew liked The Crawlers, due to its obvious No Budget.
    • Both Future War and Thunderpants were disqualified because the crew found them charming.
  • Neologism:
    • During Playing Dangerous 2, Rich talks about "non-medy", in which a joke fails so bad it makes the person sadder.
    • During the review of KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, Rich blows an obvious chance to make a good pun, Mike tells him he "David Prior-ed" it, meaning he ruined the chance to make an easy score, as David Prior did nothing with a horror film set in a gym (Killer Workout).
  • Nightmare Fuel: invoked Invoked by the crew while watching Xtro. Jay is visibly disturbed and covering his eyes.
    Jay: This is like my worst nightmare!
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: From Miami Connection:
    Rich: So, they're a kung fu band fighting a biker band, being pursued by ... the girlfriend's brother's drug lord ninja friends.
    Jack: Who, I'm sure, are also in a band.
    • Ninja Warriors.
      Jack: So, not only is it a ninja movie, it's a ninja zombie movie.
      Len Kabasinksi: Everybody wins.
  • No Animals Were Harmed:
    • Averted in Tree Stand Safety. Aside from a granny grinning over deer carcasses she just killed, the video shows a deer explicitly getting gut shot. Red Letter Media censor bars the actual bullet strike. The trope is invoked by Jessi, who sarcastically wonders if the "No animals were harmed" disclaimer will appear at the end of the video.
    • Averted again during Beaks, which features pigeons being thrown at actors.
    • Exploding Varmints Vol. 1 was an aversion. Shockingly.
  • No Budget: invoked
    • Presumably because The Killer Eye blew most of its money on the prop of the titular eye, its set is incredibly cheap-looking. The crew surmises that it's the basement of a Goodwill location.invoked
    Rich: They couldn't even afford to buy the junk at the Goodwill. They actually had to film it at the Goodwill.
    • Very clearly shown in V-World Matrix, which has styrofoam cups used to drink beer in the virtual world and special effects that literally look like they were done in Microsoft Paint. The only remotely passable special effects sequence is lifted straight from another movie.invoked
    • Space Mutiny is considered by the crew to be one of the cheapest-looking movies they have ever showcased on the show due to how poorly designed its sets are and its extensive use of stock footage.
    • Crazy Fat Ethel II is even worse, in that it appears to have been shot with an old VHS video cameranote  and in someone's house, with the neighbors as supporting actors.invoked
    • Future War, which is best described by Josh as "a child's fight scenario shot on a $17 budget", exemplified by the infamous "cardboard videocamera" which the crew did not fail to notice.
    • Traveling With Ooga Booga, which was described by Josh as "sub-Plan 9" and features bubble wrap taped to the walls and an Atari 2600 controller posing as one of the spaceship controls.
      Mike: This looks like a porno. A sick, sick porno.
    • Johnson Family Christmas Dinner appears to have been filmed in somebody's house with a camcorder and the cast just appears to be people the director knows. And even though it takes place during Christmas, there are barely any decorations around the house, not even a Christmas tree.
  • No Ending:
    • Dangerous Men just stops on a freeze frame of one new character arresting another new character in front of another new character. It's especially egregious in that the film took almost thirty years to make.
      Jay: (utterly amazed) So... so.... so... this movie took 26 years not to finish, but to stop being made.
    • Johnson Family Christmas Dinner ends about as abruptly. After building up several family conflicts over the course of the movie and resolving a couple of them in the last few minutes, three more are built up to be resolved in rapid succession before an abrupt Smash Cut to the credits before anything is said.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: The cult leader played by Cameron Mitchell in Low Blow is an extreme example to the point that he spends most of the film sitting in a chair and most of his dialogue is spoken for him by a minion.
  • Non-Indicative Title/Secondary Character Title: Russian Terminator has no "terminator," and the character who is supposed to be a terminator is a ninja and is only a minor character.
  • Noodle Incident: It's revealed in Episode 15 that a lot of farting goes on during The Best of the Worst movie watching.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: SOS In Wheel of the Worst #5. Mike points out the title has no punctuation, so he pronounces the title like "Sauce".
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • Miami Connection gets this twice during some weird scenes and edits.
    • Skull Forest gets this treatment thanks to Len Kabasinski's Leave the Camera Running directorial style.
    • Hell, just about any time they try to describe something incomprehensible, the line "this is a real thing that happens" is uttered by at least one of them

    O - Z 
  • Oh, Crap!: Jack and Jay both give epic ones when Len Kabasinski punches their picture to retrieve a ninja film to review. Words can't describe their expression well enough. Rich, the third "punchee", merely faints (after having already gotten the living crap beat out of him by Len.)
  • Only Sane Man: Jack takes on this role during the first part of the The Star Wars Holiday Special when the gang starts joking about 9/11.
    Jack: (begging the others to edit the 9/11 references out) No!
    Jay: Oh, this is staying in.
    Jack: No!
    • Averted with Pocket Ninjas, as he's the first to completely snap.
  • Overly Long Gag: Rich says that had he made High Voltage, he would had used one impressive stunt 20 times. The episode then proceeds to do exactly that.
    • The gag is repeated in their review of Order of the Black Eagle, showing a dummy getting its head run over by an ATV. Rich points out that they only played the clip 19 times, prompting Mike to exclaim "One more time!" The clip is then repeated 20 more times.
      • Given the arm and leg twitch when the "dummy" gets run over, they point out that it's most likely that this was a stunt gone horribly wrong that got used in the film anyway.
  • Padding: Conversed In-Universe.
    • R.O.T.O.R. was so full of it that they had to speed up the more egregious parts just to get their point across. And even sped up, it all still takes too long. invoked
    [After the crew watches an overlong opening crawl, separate opening narration, a series of increasingly specific establishing shots, and Coldyron making coffee, taking carrots out of his fridge, walking to his horse, and sharing the food and drink with the horse.]
    Jack: This all should've happened in thirty seconds!
    • The Family Guide to the Internet crams all of its potentially useful information into the first few minutes, then spends most of its remaining running time on montages of various website pages.
    • V-World Matrix. Not only does it have scenes go on long just to cover songs from beginning to end, but there's a ten-minute sequence of Stock Footage from another, better film, in which it sounds like the leads are providing improvised commentary from their couch like a Let's Play.
    • Somehow, someway, Crazy Fat Ethel II has tons of padding - despite a sixty-minute running time.
    • Psycho From Texas is even worse in the same episode - which features what's estimated to be a full half-hour of a dull chase on foot. Footage of the crew's reactions synced with sped-up clips from the movie drives the point home.
    • The crew's main complaint with Future Force.
      Rich: Everything in this movie takes too fucking long. Unnecessary shots of people driving cars, taking their time parking, backing out, parking a little bit better just to get more in-between the lines, opening the door, getting out of the car, closing the door, walking over to the building, opening the door's building [sic], and then they go in the elevator.
    • The granny shimmying up a tree in Tree Stand Safety is shown in its entirety.
  • Poe's Law:
    • This was the crew's main problem with The Amazing Bulk, as they found the film to be so bad that they couldn't decide on whether it was a sincere attempt to make a Sin City-esque stylized superhero film, a terrible superhero parody, an intentionally So Bad, It's Good movie with Stylistic Suck, or simply a cheap Mockbuster to The Incredible Hulk.
    • In "Wheel of the Worst 3", the crew can't decide whether Instant Adoring Boyfriend was meant for teenage girls, elderly gay men, lonely middle-aged women, or as a gag gift.
    • They couldn't tell what the creator's intent was, making Tammy and the T-Rex and weren't sure if it was supposed to be a light-hearted comedy with a silly premise or a serious horror movie.
    • Mike posits that American Flatulators might have been a gag gift much like Instant Adoring Boyfriend.
  • Poetic Serial Killer: A non-murderous variation. The cast will destroy the video deemed the worst in a manner that they find befitting and clever (usually it in someway relates to the movie). However American Flatulators was so bad that they felt it didn't even deserve an Ironic Destruction. So they just decided club it while random clips of Un Chien Andalou pop up.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Jack says that he thought Theodore Rex was Best of the Worst, Jay snaps, "FUCK YOU, Jack." He later Flips The Bird at him.
    • When a woman in Blood Lock drops a box of her friends' fragile glasswear, Jack screams out, "You cunt!", after everyone else comments on it.
  • Product Placement: The majority of Tree Stand Safety goes into, well, tree stand safety. The last 15 minutes or so of Tree Stand Safety is for an alternative product, which would make what you learned in this video useless.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Done by Jessi while watching Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend.
    Jessi: Nobody! Irons! A jean skirt!
  • Reaction Shot: The round table portions are intercut with footage of the panelists watching the film, capturing their emotions as they watch it for the first time. This is crucial in capturing such things as Rich Evans' reaction to the Showbiz Pizza Bear appearing in Trick or Treat.
  • Refuge in Audacity
    • Josh provides a nice instance of this during the discussion of Gary Coleman's obvious lack of enjoyment in filming his safety video.
      Josh: I mean, he can't even get off on choking a kid.
    • Mike's verdict that The Dance of Birth was the worst, since it had no redeeming value, while Candid Candid Camera vol. 6, though disturbing for its exploitative footage of nude women, had value simply because an old man could masturbate to it. Jessi is left speechless by this reply and can't dissuade Mike's opinion.
    • Jay's claim that the natural, satisfying resolution to Bloody Birthday would have been for the kids to be graphically murdered by the adults onscreen, citing Beware! Children at Play as a positive example. Gillian's expression as he's saying this is what really seals the deal.
    • The crew consider the ending of Blood Debts to be one of the best endings in film history because it's so out of nowhere.
    • The entire "Dom DeLuise lovechild" monologue from Plinketto #2, where photos of the beloved late comedian smiling are edited over all four hosts — red-faced, crying, and helpless with laughter — as Mike explains how Dom could possibly get pregnant from a passerby sticking his penis in the fat fold of Dom's armpit. Somehow, it mostly involved same-sex reproduction.
  • Rim Shot: Used when guest Freddie Williams remarks on Ice Dams: Causes Combats and Cures, "We should have bought boredom insurance."
  • Rule of Cool: The Item tries to invoke this so hard that it annoyed the crew.
  • Rule of Three: Defied by The Jar. The crew keeps expecting footage of the titular jar being destroyed to be repeated three times in a row but it only gets repeated twice.
  • Running Gag:
    • The line "You have a problem. You're gonna die." from Russian Terminator. The crew remembers it as "You've got a problem."
      • The whole crew laughs when a character from The Killer Eye says "You're gonna die."
        Jack: (thick Russian accent) You've got a problem!
      • Lampshaded when Invincible Hero Danton in Deadly Prey tells The Dragon "You're gonna die..."
        Josh: Are we going to hear that in every movie we watch?!
      • Lampshaded once again when Alexander from Robot Jox says "Yeah! We'll break your mind and kill you dead!"
        Josh and Jay: (with bad Russian accents) You've got a problem...
      • Referenced one last time at the end of Episode 6.
        Rich: Cyber Tracker has a problem. It's gonna die.
    • In the same style as Red Letter Media's other shows (particularly Half in the Bag), short clips from the movies watched each episode are used to comedically punctuate certain moments, sometimes multiple times. Examples include "What?" from Russian Terminator and "Excelente" from Key Matters.
    • Rich having almost burned down his grandmother's house while making french fries as a child comes up multiple times in the second "Wheel of the Worst" episode; roughly half of these take the form of the shot of Rich's reaction as the video shows a pan of fries spilling burning grease onto the floor, complete with asynchronously upbeat "Be Cool About Fire Safety" music.
    • During the Crazy Fat Ethel II review, Rich Evans (complete with Muppet News Flash music) repeatedly runs in with trivia about the original Crazy Fat Ethel (aka Criminally Insane), its sequel, their lead actress, and the director's other work.
    • Every once in a while they try an ancient phone number. When it seems to still be in service Rich Evans is becoming the go to guy for improvising long and crazy messages.
    • "Rich Evans is Defeatable."
    • Mike describing one of the videos as "the worst thing I've ever seen". In later episodes, the others have taken to lampshading this repeatedly.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In Pocket Ninjas, one of the female martial arts students is disguised as the White Dragon.
    Jack: Take That!, patriarchy!
  • Sanity Slippage / Suckiness Is Painful:
    • American Flatulators drives Rich into a screaming fit, making him overturn a table in pain.
    • Rich is completely broken by Double Down.
      Rich: YES! WE SEE HIS BALL SACK, OKAY?! HE HAS THE BEST BALL SACK!!!
    • Jack completely loses it during Pocket Ninjas. When a kid asks a girl how she had such great martial arts ability, Jack snaps.
      Kid: Wow! Where did you learn to fight like that?
      Jack: I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH YOU! I'M ALSO A BLACK BELT! WE'RE IN THE SAME FUCKING KARATE CLASS!!! YOU HORRIBLE DICKHEADS! YOU HORRIBLE DICKHEADS!!! (he and Rich proceed to pelt the TV with seat cushions)
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • Jack offhandedly plugs a Shock Site to the camera for a second during the second "Wheel of the Worst," with Mike genuinely questioning what it is.
    • Exploding Varmints, Vol 1. turns out to be this, even though the crew laugh in shock, before being reduced to silent disgust. invoked
  • The Scrappy: invoked
    • The crew, Jay in particular, despised writer/director/lead actor Dan Clark in The Item, because he was trying way too hard to make himself the cool character in his Quentin Tarantino-inspired film.
    • The crew also hated Steve in Wired To Kill due to being a "dangerous combination of stupid and insistent" according to Rich, constantly putting poor Becky through hell with his suicidal war against the thugs. When Steve comforted Becky and gave her an Almost Kiss, Josh loudly objected.
    • When he appeared as a special guest, Max Landis refers to himself as this, outright saying, "You want me to be Scrappy-Doo? I'll be your Scrappy-Doo!"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • During the screening of Robo C.H.I.C., most of the crew leave, at time, because of how bad the film was.
    • Rich does this twice during the Undefeatable discussion after feeling insulted by Mike, Jack, and Josh. The second time causes Mike to uncharacteristically completely lose it, as Josh giggles uncontrollably. A title screen pops up both times saying "RICH EVANS IS DEFEATABLE".
  • The Scrooge: Rich and his bathrobe. (Christmas Special)
    "Ho ho hooo.....no."
  • Self-Deprecation: Some of the more cheaper movies featured in this show are directly compared to RedLetterMedia's very own Space Cop. Most of the time, Jay retorts that even those movies make Space Cop look better.
  • Sequelitis: invoked This was what made Jay worried before he saw The Deadliest Prey, having him think that the movie would just be like a satirical parody of Deadly Prey. As it turns out, it plays just as straight as its predecessor and is just as enjoyable to the crew, even if it looks like a Shot-for-Shot Remake.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Mike's anecdote in The Star Wars Holiday Special episode about meeting Joe Pilato at a horror convention. He forgets most of the details and has to be reminded by Jay, even though he wasn't even there, and in the end it turns out he never even interacted with Joe Pilato.
    Jack: Your "Joe Pilato story" ends with no interaction with Joe Pilato?!
    Mike: Oh no, I didn't have personal interaction with him, no.
    Jay: You were too busy eating chicken wings with Michael Berryman.
    Jack: That's a dumb story!
    Rich: Why isn't that "the Michael Berryman story?"
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl:
    • Candid Candid Camera Vol. 6. The blond strips in front of two cameras and one hick in an empty auditorium. Not exactly "candid camera" there, guys.
    • The aerobicizing women in Killer Workout.
      Jack: (as director David Prior) C'mon! Arch your back, stick out that plot!
    • In Cyclone, the second scene of the film are a closeup of breasts. Jack laughs, "Oh, Fred Olen Ray." Jay remarks that it's actually Foreshadowing since the MacGuffin is hidden in Heather Thomas' bra later in the film, and that the boob shot is to subliminally remind the viewer breasts exists.
      Rich: (holds one imaginary boob) Setup. (holds the other imaginary boob) Setup. (bounces both) Payoff.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Watching Gymkata, the crew tells, "GYMNASTICS!" when the hero attacks using gymnastics, then one yells, "GYMKATA!" when he does it again. It's unknown whether the crew is aware that it was a Catchphrase for Mystery Science Theater 3000, though Mike professes to be a fan.
    • While the VHS copy of American Flatulators is destroyed, footage from Un Chien Andalou is shown.
  • Show, Don't Tell: A big problem with Ghetto Blaster is that most of cast keep saying that their neighborhood has gone bad without showing why most of the time.
  • Shown Their Work
    • Pacing issues aside, the crew commends the people behind Robot Jox for making the best movie they could with the limited budget they had while adding very subtle world building details. Jay in particular was charmed by this and admitted that it made him like the movie more.
    • To a lesser extent, they admit that, while the miniatures and sets in The New Gladiators and the matte paintings in The Aftermath aren't 100% convincing, the craftsmanship and effort that went into making them is admirable.
    • While concluding that The Exterminator was somewhat flawed, Jay and Josh admit that some craft went into the camera work and that it had some very good shots and sequences.
    • As for Jay and Mike themselves, they are able to spot things -due to their film making background- that most normal viewers can't. The most clear example is when Jay theorizes that there were reshoots in Exterminator 2. This was months before the official DVD came out with commentary by the film's director which pretty much confirmed this.
    • Jack and Jessi vote for the otherwise incomprehensible Santa Claus (1959) as the Best of the Worst because of this.
      Jack: This is classic cinema where their imagination was bigger than their budget or means and I really enjoyed how big it was for how little they did.
  • Sick and Wrong:
    • Their reaction to Candid Candid Camera Vol. 6, since the marks are largely (probably poor or homeless) older men who were tricked into being on camera under the pretense of being a temp agency purely for the non-gag of having these clearly confused men interact with naked women. They're especially horrified when one seemingly-drunk man begins feeling up the actress under the impression that she was trying to seduce him only for the scene to suddenly cut away.
    Rich: Can you imagine watching [Candid Candid Camera] without the Laugh Track?! It would be just like watching a Snuff Film!
    • The handjob scene from The Amazing Bulk.
    • The crew's reaction to the sadistic stripping scene in Psycho From Texas, which could have worked if it didn't come out of nowhere and give the impression that the entire rest of the film was a time-wasting excuse for the director to get off on filming that one scene.
    • The crew was also horrified by the lustful Brother-Sister Incest desires of Robert Ginty's character in White Fire.
    • Their reaction to RepliGATOR, which is pretty quickly deduced to be nothing but an excuse for the writer/lead actor to fondle pretty, topless young women.
  • Small Name, Big Ego/Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Melissa Michaels, the host of The Dance of Birth, who spouts completely insane New Age gibberish, to Mike's disgust.
    Melissa Michaels: Breathing in... and breathing out. Oxygenating our wombspace...
    (Cue hysterical laughter from crew.)
    Jessi: That's not your "wombspace," it's your womb!
  • So Bad, It's Good/So Bad, It's Horrible: invoked The entire point of Best of the Worst is to decide if a film is "good bad" or "bad bad". That is, entertaining or not.
  • So Okay, It's Average: invoked The crew's main complaint with The Vindicator and Cyber Tracker, saying that either the movie didn't have enough to criticize or it was so mind-numbingly boring that it doesn't even earn the honor of being deemed So Bad, It's Good.
    Jay: There's nothing worse than middle of the road.
    • To a lesser extent, Ninja Vengeance, Exterminator 2, They Bite!, Let's Rap Fire Safety, Playing Dangerous, and Key Matters are all hit with the same criticism.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • In The Aftermath, the Big Bad kills women and children on camera to what sounds like goofy Looney Tunes music.
    • V-World Matrix has commercial heavy metal music behind every single scene regardless of whether it's appropriate or not.
    • Played for Laughs in "Wheel of the Worst #2" whenever Rich's reaction to the burning french fries scene is juxtaposed against the "Be Cool About Fire Safety" song.
    • To demonstrate how little we actually see the titular CGI snake in Python II, every single shot of it (and its replacement) is put into a montage, backed by Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted".
    • In one episode, they attach the Jurassic Park score to Theodore Rex, Carnosaur and Tammy and the T-Rex.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Averted with Playing Dangerous 2, which made Rich invent the term "Non-medy", defined as a joke so bad that it actually makes it even duller to the listener.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • invoked The obviously fake dummies in Never Too Young To Die, including one that has a reverse Railing Kill.
    • invoked V-World Matrix. The only special effects scene that doesn't literally look like it was done using MS Paint lifts its footage from another movie, and even that sequence is done in rather obvious CGI.
    • invoked The crew devote their entire time with The Amazing Bulk to discussing the cheap visual effects in the movie and what shortcuts the creators took to create them.
    • Blood Lock has its eponymous lock attached to what looks like a door covered in aluminum foil with a child's art project glued to it.
    • Order Of the Black Eagle. The crew comment that Hitler is filled with red Jell-O.
  • Special Guest: Episode 15 provided the most shocking one of all, Len Kabasinski.
    • Max Landis joins the gang in Episode 35, and Macaulay Culkin shows up in the episode's ending.
  • Spit Take: Rich splutters into his drink during the discussion of The Exterminator, much to the group's amusement.
  • Squick: In-universe this is everyone's reaction to White Fire when the protagonist finds his sister attractive and sleeps with her replacement.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Discussed when a girl is instantly rendered helpless during their High Voltage review.
  • Stealth Parody: The crew debate whether The Amazing Bulk and Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend are one or not.note 
  • Step Three: Profit: The crew summarize Elves as this. Step 1: Nazis breed hideous two foot "elves" as their master race. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Rule the world.
  • The Stinger: Wheel of the Worst episode six ends with an homage to arthouse film Un Chien Andalou. The final shot shows a man fondling a bare woman's ass... which then farts.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan:
    • Mike, Rich, Jessi, and Jay find themselves at an impasse when attempting to judge the fourth "Wheel of the Worst" picks, as all three are uniquely horrible. At long last, Mike grandly announces that they've come to a unanimous decision — and we cut to the Wheel of the Worst lying abandoned in a dumpster.
    • When the Wheel returns, Mike states that Milwaukee sanitation rejected the Wheel. It's literally covered in garbage.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: In Blood Debts, the crew notice that Mark's wife's name is... Mark's wife, her sole purpose to get blown up in a car to fuel his revenge.
  • Stupid Evil: In Shapeshifter, the crew wonders just what did the Ukrainian general and witch stand to gain from causing a nuclear holocaust.
  • Stylistic Suck
    • Mike, Jay, Rich, and Colin destroying the copy of The Amazing Bulk in front of stock footage from the movie, complete with gunshot effects copied from V-World Matrix and other stock effects.
    • Josh and Rich imitate the stripping scene from Psycho from Texas with the VHS tape of the movie itself, complete with VHS quality footage of the scene and obvious puppetry work.
    • Much of the sketch material follows Half in the Bag's template of Bad "Bad Acting" and other such elements.
    • The beginning of Wheel of the Worst #9, where Jim and Colin are introduced as Canadian special effects artists that will be joining RLM once again, and that they will be doing all of the special effects for the episode. The audience is then given a taste of their "talents".
  • Talking To Yourself: During the April Fool's Day prank (a "30 minute" episode that's five minutes long), there's an extremely convincing composite of Jack and Josh arguing with themselves about Ice Cream Man.
  • Tempting Fate: During The Dance of Birth.
    Jessi: [sullen] Why don't they just slap me in the face with more feminist bullshit?
    [Pregnant woman raises arms, showing armpit hair]
    Jessi: Oh my God!
    Jay: That was perfect timing!
    Jessi: I'm offended!
  • That Came Out Wrong: Defied during the Undefeatable review.
    Rich: YES I DID, MIKE. YES I DID.
  • That Poor Cat: When Jessi throws the VHS tape for They Bite! offscreen, a cat meows in pain.
  • There's No "B" in "Movie": Played straight generally, but highlighted in the Superhero movie episode (Supergirl, Captain America (1990), and The Fantastic Four) with Rich, Jack, Josh and Jay.
    "We watched these in descending order of budget, and it turned out to an ascending order of entertainment."''
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked In They Bite!, The '50s-style sea monster porno, Invasion of the Fish Fuckers, is far more interesting than the film it's in. The crew compliments the sequence's satire and expresses their wish that they were watching it instead of the actual film.
    Scientist: If we don't stop these creatures, no women with big tits will be safe anywhere!
    • One of the greatest perceived crimes of R.O.T.O.R. was that R.O.T.O.R. didn't have a climactic battle against invoked Robot Cop.
    • Ninja Vengeance initially seems to be setting itself up as an underdog story wherein the titular ninja protagonist, after being summarily defeated early on, will go on to hone his ninja skills, grow as a character, and ultimately emerge triumphant. Instead, the ninja doesn't fare any better in the action climax than he did before, and the film is resolved by the female sidekick simply murdering the antagonist with a shotgun.
    • Jay is disappointed with the Shakma plot in that they could have kept the LARP game going with the titular baboon on the loose. It would have been novel and creative, if nothing else.
    • One of their main criticisms of Killer Workout was that, despite being a slasher movie set in a gym, a location that obviously lends itself to a lot of gimmicky murders involving workout equipment, almost nothing of the sort actually happens in the film. The workout equipment gimmick is only used a couple of times in the entire movie and the killer's weapon of choice is inexplicably an oversized safety pin.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Anytime Jay says his trademark, "Oh, no...!"
    • When Kitten Kommotion starts, after a piano note and a really off-key fake "Meow!" is sung, Mike snaps, "Okay, shut it off." It's only three seconds into the video!
    • Rich's expression when Jack discovers that their copy of Supergirl contains bonus footage. The camera zooms on Rich's grimace as a scare chord plays.
    • Jack's reaction to S.O.S.. His fears are unfounded since the crew really enjoy it.
      Jack: Oh, no! I don't wanna... I don't wanna...
    • Rich's reaction to Dog Sitter. His fears are unfounded since the crew really enjoy it.
    • When reading the description of The Item, when Mike reads that the criminals take the package back to their apartment, he mutters, "Oh, no," and surmises (correctly) that it'll take place in a college dorm, filled with movie posters and used pizza boxes.
  • Those Two Guys: Jim and Colin, the Canadian special effects artists, who always appear together after Colin's appearance solo, contributing Gymkata to the Wheel.
    Mike: (on meeting Jim) Rich! The Canadians are multiplying!
  • Throw It In: Jay surmises that Never Too Young to Die's first bad dummy shot was the result of the editor thinking it would be hilarious to include it in the final cut of the film.invoked
  • Toilet Humor: American Flatulators, which was filled with so much excess of this that even Jessi, who thinks farting is really funny, hated it. They also compare it to another Fart Joke movie they reviewed on the show, Thunderpants, which they liked and used farts more sparingly.
  • Too Much Information: The Dance of Birth - that is, assuming the information even made sense in the first place.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: invoked The crew concludes this is the case with Mario Van Peebles from Exterminator 2, who gave a very sincere performance.
  • Totally Radical: Let's Rap Fire Safety, complete with teenage rapping firemen (and -woman). Yo!
  • Trash the Set: Pocket Ninjas and Dangerous Men left Rich so angry, he was reduced to throwing everything he could in the room. Even breaking glasses and a small table.
  • Unfortunate Implications
    • In-universe, the reviewers thought the Key Matters video came off as "subtly racist". In the end, Mike kicks the remains of the crushed tape and declares "Take that, racism!"
    • The Family Guide to the Internet's two female characters are the wife, who becomes visibly excited at any mention of online shopping, and the daughter, who's so clueless and incompetent at everything that she even makes self-deprecating remarks about it.
      Daughter: And it's easy to do, too. Even I know how!
      [The crew bursts into laughter.]
      Jack: "And I'm a woman!"
      Jessi: "I usually only make sandwiches!"
    • The biggest problem the crew had with Supergirl was that the plot came to a halt so that both the heroes and the villain can do girly things like hit on guys and, in Supergirl's case, go to school and hang out with other girls.
    • When Mike suggests that the antagonist of Undefeatable is going to use a woman as a human punching bag, Jack responds with "That would be awesome". He immediately realizes what he just said and follows up with "I mean, it's not awesome to hit women", which causes the others to laugh.
    • The black maid from Psycho From Texas, who, despite the movie being made in 1975 and giving no reason to believe it doesn't also take place then, is dressed and acts like a mammy stereotype.
  • The Unreveal: Invoked for Ninja III: The Domination.
    Rich: Oh my God it's her - we all knew that!
  • Unusual Euphemism: This line from Alien From the Deep got the crew to giggle.
    Jane: Don't touch me, you snake squeezer!
  • Up to Eleven: Invoked by the crew when they noted they had used up all of their "Old People Jokes" for The Geritol Follies, and Mike stated even the Old People Jokes got old.
  • Vagina Dentata: Featured in They Bite! Naturally, it makes a blood splashing Groin Attack.
    Jessi: She got her period!
  • Vague Age: Most of the actors in Johnson Family Christmas Dinner appear to be roughly the same age, even though they're supposed to be a big extended family covering three or four generations. The pot-smoking "son", who is supposed to be a teenager instead looks about 30 and the "grandpa" character looks like he's maybe pushing 40.
  • Video Review Show: This is the most straightforward review show on Red Letter Media. Even the "sketch" material is very straightforward: choosing what movie to review, and then how to destroy the worst of the worst at the end of the episode.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Featured in Never Too Young To Die and The Item.
  • Villain Protagonist: Josh proclaims that the Exterminator is the actual bad guy in his own movie.
  • Visible Boom Mic: Practically a game for the crew, with boom mics visible in Never Too Young To Die, Lethal Ninja, and, surpisingly, Johnson Family Christmas Dinner''.
  • Visible Silence: When Jack asks who thought of the Wheel of the Worst, Rich runs away, as Mike curses him out. But when Jack asks whose idea it was to do bizarre short films instead of movies, Mike guiltily looked around before hastily changing the subject.
  • Visual Pun: After the crew declare The Amazing Bulk as the worst, its "destruction" is a series of visual puns that serve as a Take That! to the film's cheap green screen effects. However, the actual DVD is never shown to be ''destroyed'', perhaps because the crew also realizes that it's really one-of-a-kind.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Inverted in Deathstalker, as Mike states it was a wardrobe malfunction when Barbi Benton's cloak covered up her breasts.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Rich "unwrapping" Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure causes him to rip the ornaments from the office Christmas tree, then hoist up the tree and smash it on the floor. The camera shakes comically as the crew screams at Rich to calm himself, and we cut to a test pattern.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: invoked The crew's reaction to the hacker crew's dialogue as written by David A. Prior, with the most prevalent Verbal Tic being "True that".
  • What Do You mean, It Wasn't Made On Tequila?:invoked Mike theorizes that Santa Claus was the result of a fateful bender which ended with everyone awakening on a beach in wizard costumes, surrounded by unconscious children and empty bottles, and with a film reel mysteriously sitting nearby.
    (slurring) "Jusch call it Schanta Claus."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: invoked The group was shocked at how violent and disturbing the movie Playing Dangerous is, thinking it was a Home Alone ripoff as advertised by the cover, and spent most of their discussion talking about why the distributors would market it like that.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: During the fourth "Wheel of The Worst" episode, the crew watches "Florence Henderson's Looking Great, Feeling Great". They do not include it in their discussion, and the video is not mentioned during the rest of the episode. Word of God states that they found no comedic value to the video, so they decided to turn it into a Let Us Never Speak of This Again joke.
    • Happens again in the ninth "Wheel of the Worst" episode with the video "Who's in Charge?", which bores the crew so much that Rich Evans ends up walking out of the room, grabbing "Rainbow's Remedy" from the wheel, and making them watch that instead.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In at least two episodes, Rich exclaims, "What the fuck, Mike?!"
  • The Woobie: invoked How the crew views Becky in Wired To Kill, with Rich describing the entire movie as a miserable horror story for her to experience. It doesn't help that she depends on Steve, who insists on her doing all dirty work in his war against the gangs with his moronic plans since he's crippled.
    Josh: Fuck you, movie. You have treated this woman like shit for ninety minutes.
    Rich: Becky deserves better.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Mike accidentally asks Jay of Alienator, "Jay, would you recommend Alienator?" Jay bemusedly replies to Mike's embarrassment, "This isn't Half in the Bag! That's not how this works!"
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The mercs in Deadly Prey, who had been killing people in their Hunting the Most Dangerous Game camp, decide to capture Danton instead of killing him like everyone else in one huge Idiot Ball - even as The Dragon keeps killing his own mooks for no good reason. The Heel Face Turned merc even inexplicably refuses to finish off the Dragon when given the chance, which promptly results in his death. The sequel Deadliest Prey brings this Trope Up to Eleven.
  • Wild Take:
    • This happened when Rich declared his favorite pick of Ninja Movie was also his most hated, breaking the format of the show. Mike reacts by pretending an earthquake has knocked over his beer, and everyone flails around screaming "whooooooooooooa!"
    • Jack goes bonkers during Wheel of the Worst #5, at one point knocking over the Wheel and yelling, "I have no regrets!"
  • World Building: Jay praises Robot Jox for its surprisingly subtle world building, with small touches of a Post Apocalyptic world, like billboards glorifying pregnancy, or a single hot dog being considered a rare treat for a family dinner.
  • Worst Whatever Ever: Mike has a habit of declaring whatever terrible movie they're watching (usually, the consensus pick for Worst of the Worst) to be the worst thing he's ever seen. He does this so often it almost happens Once an Episode, and the others have taken to lampshading it.
    • Doubles with Overly Narrow Superlative: They call "Linda" from The Osteoporosis Dance the worst elderly osteoporosis dancer ever. Mike then points out there's only two of them (and "Betty" is only marginally better).
    • The entire crew unaninmously vote The Tomb as the worst film they'd ever done, chiefly because they suspected it was a Springtime for Hitler by Fred Oley Ray.
    • They later declared RepliGATOR to be the worst, or at least the most pathetic thing they've ever watched, since it's a softcore Porn Parody of sci-fi with failed elements of Screwball Comedy that mostly just comes off as an excuse for the writer/lead actor to film himself fondling hot, topless girls.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The villains of The Aftermath and Playing Dangerous, and the heroes of Beware! Children at Play. And Gary Coleman.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: invoked The group's reaction to the look of the protagonist of Killing American Style, who, according to Rich, "looks like the world's biggest douchebag" with his perm, pigtail, pink clothes, and low cut shirts.
  • X Meets Y: According to Max Landis, Neil Breen is basically David Lynch meets Ed Wood.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: Well, cryogenically froze him in Order Of the Black Eagle.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Invoked verbatim by Jay during Doctor Butcher.

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