THE FOLLOWING IS A HONEST MOVIE TRAILER, PRODUCED BY INDEPENDENT TROPERSFrom the YouTube channel Screen Junkies, who struggle hard to make their other videos as popular as these, comes a series that imagines what movie trailers would say if they were truthful, yet still narrated with an epic Don LaFontaine-esque voice. JAZZERSIZE. Sorry, just had to say it.Brutal Honesty that you wouldn't even want to watch it if you saw this trailer in theaters. Key targets will be excessive Plot Holes, strange characterization, obvious Product Placement, more plot holes, Special Effects Failure, and the actors' stupid faces. Ah, but who are they kidding, often times they still love these movies.Starring Saucy Director, the writer of Ladies of Rap, Cyclops, and the only one you've ever heard of: Epic Voice Guy. And Epic Voice Guy Sr. We wish him the very best.Check them out at the link.note See also Honest Game Trailers on Smosh Games.
This web series provides examples of the following tropes:
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- Acceptable Targets: The narrator commonly mocks these actors.
- Ugly characters are frequently mistaken for Lindsay Lohan. So far, they include: a Mook from RoboCop (1987) who has been deformed by industrial waste, Dame Judi Dench as M in Skyfall, a minor but very ugly witch from Harry Potter, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and the old Fire Keeper from Dark Souls II, and a monster in Fallout 3.
- The central cast of Twilight: "Shovel-face", "Mouth-breather", and "Teen Wolf".
- M. Night Shyamalan has elicited more than one negative response from the narrator, including his comment that one film was "M. Night Shat-upon", and beginning the Honest Trailer for another film saying sarcastically "Hoo boy, this should be good."
- Vin Diesel is frequently compared to a potato, being credited as Mr. Potato Head in the Fast Five trailer, while their Toy Story trailer has Mr. Potato Head credited as him.
- Accentuate the Negative: All in jest, though.
- Actor Allusion:
- Mike Engel is introduced as Rusty Griswold.
- Gandalf is introduced as "Homeless Magneto".
- Arthur as "the son from 3rd Rock from the Sun."
- Catwoman as "The Prince-ASS Diaries".
- Gareth Mallory as "Sexy Voldemort".
- Samuel L. Jackson is credited in Jurassic Park as "Two-Eyed Nick Fury".
- Les Miserabablebles credits Jean Valjean as Fancy Wolverine, Inspector Javert as Fat Maximus, and Monsieur Thenardier as French Borat. Played with in the case of Helena Bonham-Carter, who is credited as Tim Burton due to being his wife and frequent collaborator. Inverted with Anne Hathaway, who is credited as Susan Boyle (because she also sang "I Dreamed a Dream".)
- In Harry Potter, Snape is credited as Professor Hans Gruber.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool as "Worse than Green Lantern"
- Walter White as "Malcolm's dad".
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, Peter Weller is credited as RoboCop.
- Jaden and Will Smith are credited in After Earth as "Son of a Hitch" and "The Pursuit of Crappiness".
- Chris Hemsworth in Thor is credited as "Thunder From Down Under".
- When criticizing Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance as Mr. Freeze, they do cold-puns of several Arnie movies, like The Punning Man, Coldman the Barbarian, Kindergarten Ice Pop, Terminator Blue, "all right, we get it."
- The Frozen trailer calls Kristen Bell, "Forgotten Sarah Marshall."
- In RoboCop (1987), Clarence Boddicker as That '70s Drug Lord.
- Near the start of the Captain America: The First Avenger, the narrator accidentally introduces the title character with "Meet Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. Wait, no, that's the wrong movie." Made funnier in a meta sense as in The First Avenger, the costume of the first Human Torch is on display at the expo.
- The trailer for Godzilla (1998) has a stinger to Godzilla (2014) (starring Bryan Cranston) and the narrator quips "Good luck, Heisenberg!"
- In the trailer for the latter movie, Cranston is credited as "Crysenberg".
- Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as "Logan Valjean".
- Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) as "Darth Saruman".
- Their cast list for Love Actually is nothing but this."For real, I'm telling you, that's totally Rick!"
- John Lithgow in Interstellar is "Third Dick From The Sun."
- For Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora is referred to as Green Neytiri.
- In the Spider-Man Trilogy trailer, Harry is credited as Osborn, the Great and Powerful.
- In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Colin Firth is "The Kingsman's Speech" and Mark Hamill is "Professor Joker".
- The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer calls Nicholas Hoult, "About a War Boy".
- In the Until Dawn trailer, Josh is called "Mr. Robot", while Sam is called "Save The Cheerleader, Save The World".
- In Fantastic Four (2015), Miles Teller is credited as "Were you stretching, or were you dragging?" while Kate Mara and Reg E. Cathey are credited as "wasted House of Cards actors".
- In Ant-Man, Paul Rudd is credited as "I Love You Mant".
- In Die Hard, William Atherton is credited as "That Man Has No Dick."
- One for the Epic Voice Guy himself — upon describing the Council Spokesman of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (voiced by Jon Bailey himself) as "the world's deadliest hobo", he listens to him speak for a moment before deciding that his voice sounds actually pretty cool.
- Adam Westing: The voice in the Harry Potter trailer was the actual voice from the real trailers.
- Adaptation Overdosed: The Cinderella Honest Trailer includes posters and/or clips from nine other Cinderella adaptations, including three or four which also came from Disney.note
- Adorkable: They use this word verbatim to describe Anna from Frozen and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars.
- Advertised Extra:
- For X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it's Gambit:Narrator: Get excited when they introduce fan favorite Gambit. Then get immediately disappointed when you realize that he is only in the movie for 5 minutes.
- For Transformers: Age of Extinction, the Dinobots:Narrator: Also, there are dinosaurs at the end of this movie, but I do not wish to mislead you. They are barely in it. 5 minutes, tops.
- One of the three endings for Furious 7 points out how the scenes featuring Hobbs in the film's actual trailers, i.e. fistfighting with Jason Statham's character, breaking the cast around his arm and firing a gatling gun, are all the scenes he's in in the movie.Narrator: Come on! You've got The Rock! Use him, for crying out loud!
- The Honest Trailer for Divergent calls Mekhi Phifer, who gets a listing in the film's credits, "Mekhi Phive Minutes of Screentime" in the Starring part. The joke is repeated for the The Divergent Series: Insurgent Honest Trailer.
- For X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it's Gambit:
- Aerith and Bob: The Lord of the Rings has "characters with names so complicated, only a linguist could remember them, like: [various characters address each other] Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo, Sauron, Saruman, Aragorn, son of Arathorn, Boromir, Faramir, Éowyn, Arwen, Gimli, son of Glóin, ISILDUR, Morgoth, Galadriel, Galas Galathan, Théodred, Gríma Wormtongue, Legolas, son of Thranduil ... Sam."
- All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles:
- Brought up in the Splatoon trailer (the female Inkling is even referred to later as "Hentai Incoming"):Narrator: ...and it might be one of the most Japanese things ever, combining: seafood, dressing up like a Harajuku girl, and splattering tentacles with wet gobs of goo ... in the world's first PG bukkake simulator.
- In the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer, the kraken is called "A Japanese Pornstar."
- In the Spectre trailer, the opening credits are refered to as "about three minutes of tentacle porn."
- Brought up in the Splatoon trailer (the female Inkling is even referred to later as "Hentai Incoming"):
- All of Them: In the trailer of Super Mario Bros., their answer to the question of how much acid the filmmakers took.
- All-Star Cast: In the Harry Potter trailer:Narrator: Relive the excitement of acclaimed British thespians ... yelling nonsense.
- Alternate Aesop Interpretation:
- Their analysis of The Notebook tells them...Narrator: Revisit the film that reminds you that no matter how much you love each other, you're both gonna grow old and die.
- Their takeaway from The Little Mermaid:Narrator: If you're not happy about a contract you signed without even reading, get your fiance to murder the person who outsmarted you.
- The real lesson we should learn from Gone Girl?Narrator: Don't have sex with crazy people!
- Their analysis of The Notebook tells them...
- Alternate Company Equivalent:
- America Saves the Day: In Independence Day, its "message of global unity means only America can save the world."
- And the Rest:
- In The Walking Dead trailer it calls the rest of the cast who are going to die as "Zombie Food."
- In the League of Legends trailer, after naming two dozen characters the narrator calls the other hundred characters as "irrelevant".
- In the Quantum Break trailer, the Starring part lists the main characters and just refers to the minor characters as "The sh*tty characters from the TV show parts".note
- Angrish: From the Home Alone trailer.Narrator: ...and Harry, who sounds like Joe Pesci trying not to curse in a PG movie.
- Animals Lack Attributes: The last question the narrator asks in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is, "Um... where are all the monkey dicks?"
- Anvilicious: Pointed out in Avatar.
- Anyone Can Die: In Breaking Bad, "get ready for a show where anyone can be killed at any time, and in any way, from boxcutter, to bike lock, to ATM machine, to decapitated-head turtle bomb, to exploding grandpa, to Jimi Hendrixing, to Pontiac Aztek. Now that's Product Placement."
- Anything But That!: The narrator more or less groans throughout the entire After Earth trailer from the very start.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
Experience over two-and-a-half hours of CGI crane shots
- Avatar takes us to a futuristic world of spaceships, mech warriors, and... really crappy wheelchairs?
- When doing the casting list in Inception, the cast list ends with Cobb's dreidel.
- In Skyfall, their description of Raoul Silva: "An antagonist with a plan so complex, he wants to get caught, but makes it nearly impossible to find him; knows months ahead of time the exact place to plant explosives during a chase he didn't even know was going to happen; and.... makes Bond gay."
- Also from Skyfall, "When Bond returns to the high stakes world of espionage, he is faced with: word association [Bond taking his Word Association Test], office politics [Gareth Mallory talks to M], art theory [Bond and Q looking at a painting], Judi Dench frowning; a lot (cue every single close-up shot from the film of M with a frowny face), and absurdly long landscape shots."
- Indiana Jones: "He discovered the Lost Ark. He conquered a Temple of Doom. He defeated an Army of Evil. And now.... he's looking at a gopher."
- The Lord of the Rings trailer features a montage of people saying each other's really complicated names finishing with... Sam.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, "watch as Wolverine's centuries of war are glossed over in one montage, to instead make time for things no one wants to see Wolverine do: go on dates [shows shot of Logan caressing Kayla Silverfox], chop wood [Logan cutting a tree down with a chainsaw], get stuck in traffic [Logan and Kayla's truck coming up on two stopped cars, and Logan laying on the horn], and fumbling around in the bathroom."
- If you watch Les Miserables, in their words, you will:
And extreme close-ups
And the death of Russell Crowe's acting ability.
- The Harry Potter trailer: "Relive the excitement of acclaimed British thespians yelling nonsense, battles that would have been way cooler with lightsabers or if they just moved around a little, and Rupert Grint's dumb face."
- The trailer for The Last of Us lists the horrific sights in the game as including "torture, suicide, Pittsburgh, dead children, more torture, more dead children, and the ultimate horror of leaving your best friend hanging."
- The trailer for The Walking Dead describes it as taking place in a world where humanity goes back to riding horses, fighting with crossbows, and driving the fully loaded 2012 Hyundai Tucson.
- Artistic License – Biology: The Narrator's rant at the end of the After Earth trailer includes, among other complaints, yelling about the eagle that dies from the nightly cold despite natural selection meaning that should have rendered its species extinct by now.Narrator: It hasn't figured out how to live in the cold over the last thousand years of being an eagle?!
- Artistic License – Physics: In Fast Five, "refuel and ride along while these rebels break every law in the book: of physics, gravity, weight differential, and friction."
- As Himself: What they see Leonardo DiCaprio in the The Wolf of Wall Street as.Narrator: Leonardo Dif***ingCaprio stars as a f***ing young hot rich guy who hangs out on f***ing yachts and has sex with f***ing models. Basically Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: When Deadpool shows up in the trailer for his own movie.Narrator: Holy crap, Deadpool?
Deadpool: No, it's Rhythm Nation-era Janet Jackson. Yeah, I'm motherf*cking Deadpool!
- Audience Participation: Viewers' requests for films are featured before each video. And viewers can leave comments with phrases for the narrator to say in his awesome voice.
- Audience Surrogate: In the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer, the narrator introduces Katniss as "A Totally Average Down-to-Earth Girl... Just Like You!"
- Asian Rudeness: The trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction is taken over by a Chinese woman two thirds of the way through, who dismisses Jon with a "Thank you, large American trailer man." ("Hey!")
- Asian Speekee Engrish / Japanese Ranguage:
- Award Snub:
- The trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street points out Leonardo DiCaprio's inability to win an Oscar several times, complete with a montage that lists everyone and everything that somehow managed to win an Oscar before Leo.Narrator: And... Leonardo NoOscaro. Which is crazy when you think about all the other people who have Oscars, like... Three Six Mafia, Al Gore, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dean Pelton from Community... [goes on for a long while, before culminating with...] ... and the movie, Crash
Leonard DiCaprio: Goddammit!
- Inverted with Pearl Harbor. Among its crimes the Narrator lists, he laments that it won Michael Bay an Oscar... for Sound Design. Cue a clip show of Ben Affleck's character opening a wine bottle with a comically fake "pop!".
- The trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street points out Leonardo DiCaprio's inability to win an Oscar several times, complete with a montage that lists everyone and everything that somehow managed to win an Oscar before Leo.
- Awesome, but Impractical: They poke fun at Pacific Rim for the weapons on the Jaegers.Narrator: [Gipsy Danger] comes equipped with: ineffective elbow rockets, painfully slow plasma cannons, and an incredibly powerful sword they forgot they had until about two-thirds of the way through the movie.
- Bad Bad Acting: The Last Airbender includes "unknown child actors who are bad even by child actor standards."Narrator: (After a clip of Katara's and Sokka's actors performing badly) Ugh, hope these kids stayed in school.
- Bait and Switch: In the Watch_Dogs Honest Game Trailer, we are shown a barrage of requests for Batman: Arkham Knight, then the narrator comments, "We got it on PC, and it still doesn't work. So... maybe next week?" Then, a single request for Watch_Dogs appears, the narrator decides that they're "Close enough," then starts narrating on the latter.
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison:
- "In a world full of crime, [shows montage of Mr. Freeze clips] one man is determined to kill Batman once and for all. His name... is director Joel Schumacher.
- "Ewan McGregor is forced to [shows montage of Obi-Wan Kenobi in scenes with CGI aliens] try and act alongside lifeless and emotionless computer characters like Hayden Christensen."
- "Suit up for the least realistic war franchise since Contra, that's so over-the-top it makes Battlefield look sane by comparison. [shows a clip of a character ejecting from his plane, shooting down the pilot of an enemy plane and hijacking it] Awww yeah, realism!"
- Best Known for the Fanservice:
- Titanic's rerelease allows a new generation to "remember the excitement of PG-13 boobs, now in James Cameron-approved 3D."
- Emma Watson as Hermione is mentioned as Harry Potter's "superior in every way hot lady friend" and is credited as "Your First Erection".
- Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is credited as "Hawkeye with BEWBS" in the Iron Man 2 trailer and as "Leather BEWBS" in The Avengers trailer. This got better afterwards, with their Iron Man 3 trailer crediting her as "Black Widow" (in the "not starring" part), the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer credited her as "Lucy," and the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer crediting her as "Good Luck Finding Her Action Figure."
- The narrator even does with male characters, with "hot guy" being used to describe many characters including Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, Frozen's Kristoff and Hans.
- Subverted with Fifty Shades of Grey. The narrator says that, while people were hoping for the steamy sex scenes from the book, they were mostly treated to:
AND... TENDER MISSIONARY LOVEMAKING. What the fuck? Let's get kinky weird!
- Bestiality Is Depraved: The Frozen trailer describes "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" as the movie's "other romantic duet" (after "Love Is an Open Door"). Just like the trailer redubs "Love is an Open Door" to sound like it's about intercourse, the same treatment is given here:Narrator: I'm kinda turned on by reindeer...
- Better Than Canon:
- In the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World trailer, the narrator mentions that the alternate ending in which Scott ends up with Knives rather than Ramona was better than the actual ending.
- The trailer for Tales from the Borderlands praises the story in Telltale Games' creation as being better and more charming the game series it's based on.
- Bi the Way: The narrator, who gets easily distracted by fanservice from both sexes.
- But Thou Must: An aversion is lampshaded in the Mission: Impossible trailer.Narrator: An agency with a silly name... will deliver assignments in a ridiculous way to agents who can choose whether or not to accept them...
[cue montage of Mission Briefing, all saying "should you choose to accept it"]
Narrator: Um, what happens if they say no? Do we all just... die?
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Pacific Rim is said to include: "Giant Robots", "Giant Monsters", and "Giant Robots Punching Giant Monsters".
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the Divergent trailer, the Narrator stops during the intro and we see him in the recording booth, insisting that they've already done the trailer for this on The Hunger Games. It happens again at the end before "Starring..."
- Brick Joke: In the Fantastic Four (2005) trailer, the narrator brings up The Incredibles as a perfect Fantastic Four movie. Then, in the Fantastic Four (2015) trailer, the narrator says it's been ten years since the last good Fantastic Four movie. Cue a clip of The Incredibles.
- Bring My Brown Pants: His reaction to Brain!Andross in Star Fox 64:Narrator: Kinda makes a floating monkey head seem normal- OH MY GOD I PEED A LITTLE!
- Broken Aesop: The Alice in Wonderland trailer points out how the "be your own independent woman" aesop rings a bit hollow when Alice declares her intent to Screw Destiny only to follow it anyway.Narrator: ... Girl Power?
- Brutal Honesty: The style in which the trailers are narrated.
- Bullet Time: In the 300 trailer, they note the movie's overuse of dramatic falling stuff, Instagram filters, and............suuuuuperr.....slooooooooooowwwwwwww......moooooooooooooooootttttiiiiiiiiiooooooooonnnn.
- Call Back:
- In The Dark Knight Rises video, they announce that it stars the cast of Inception. In the Inception video, they announce that it stars the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. They also call back to their discontent with Rises by introducing Inception with "From the director of two good Batman movies comes a film that will obliterate your eardrums with deafening horn noises." BWOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG
- In their trailer for Inception they showed the video getting flooded with requests for them to make a Honest Trailer of it. This happens again for both the Harry Potter series and The Matrix. And yet again for Dragonball: Evolution.
- And yet again for Guardians of the Galaxy. It's starting to turn into a Running Gag. Fifty Shades of Grey has the flooding being followed by a special opening for the 100th episode.
- The Pacific Rim speech ends up being a callback to the Independence Day one, complete with the best movie extra saluting. Hell yeah!
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire references Gale being a better match for Katniss again instead of Peeta.
- The Lion King makes several references to the Frozen trailer, even doing another "Pork Song", in this case doing it by rewriting "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"?
- The Little Mermaid does the same thing with its songs.
- In the character roll call for Pokémon Red and Blue, they jokingly refer to Pikachu as "Japanese Mickey". Later, in the character roll call for Kingdom Hearts, they refer to Mickey Mouse as "American Pikachu".
- Similarly, in the character roll call for Harry Potter, they refer to Dumbledore as "Gandalf the Gay". In their in the character roll call for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, they credit Gandalf as "Straight Dumbledore".
- The The Divergent Series: Insurgent video repeats the narrator stopping his script reading when he thinks they've done the exact same material before, just like he did in the Divergent video when he pointed out the similarities to The Hunger Games. This time, he compares the twist ending to that of The Maze Runner.
- California Doubling: Averted by Breaking Bad where you "journey to scenic New Mexico, because state tax laws make it cheaper to shoot there than Los Angeles."
- The Cameo:
- RedLetterMedia in The Dark Knight Rises comes to pick apart every plot holes.
- For Fast Five, the guy from CinemaSins shows up at the end to nitpick, and is promptly interrupted by the voice guy who starts pointing out bewbs.
- The favor's returned when the Honest Trailers voiceover turns up at the end of the Cinema Sins video for Superman Returns.
- The guys at Team Four Star help out on their video on Dragonball Evolution, in-character from their roles in Dragon Ball Z Abridged.
- Flula Borg, one of the actors in Pitch Perfect 2, appears at the end of their trailer for the first film.
- The The Force Awakens Honest Trailer features all of the movie narrators who've appeared in the series, with a surprise appearance by Mr. Plinkett. They all start saying "Blewbs" in honor of the Avatar narrator.
- Canon Discontinuity: The 2009 Star Trek reboot is "the cool new franchise that used time travel gobbledygook to throw away 50 years of canon. But who cares, 'cause Star Trek is awesome again!"
- Captain Ersatz: The Honest Trailer for Wreck-It Ralph suggests that Ralph, Fix-It Felix and Calhoun as stand-ins for Donkey Kong, Mario and Master Chief, respectively, created because Disney couldn't afford the rights for them.
- Caption Humor/Fun with Subtitles: While most times they just transcribe the narration, at times the captions do extra jokes. Best example is Jupiter Ascending: As the narrator sums up the indescribably ridiculous plot, the captions do a "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer while taking extra shots ("If you think the trailer is dragging on, try watching the actual movie").
- Celebrity Paradox:
- When noting that Cap's list in The Winter Soldier claims he watched Star Wars, the Narrator muses that seeing the physical similarity between Nick Fury and Mace Windu probably blew his mind.
- The Honest Trailer for XCOM has the narrator marveling at what a sweet voice the UN Commander has (both roles are by the same voice actor.)
- Celebrity Resemblance: The Pacific Rim trailer refers Guillermo del Toro as "Latino Peter Jackson"
- Characterization Marches On: The Narrator started out as initially denying wanting guys too, as shown in The Hunger Games trailer, but since Man of Steel and beyond has openly ogled both guys and gals.
- Chew Bubblegum: Or "chem bubblegum", as the case may be.
- Chirping Crickets:
- Chronically Killed Actor: Discussed with Sean Bean's fate in virtually every role he plays.
- The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy "where every main character faces constant mortal danger.... but only Sean Bean dies. Gee, haven't seen that before." Cue montage of every scene of every movie that Bean dies in.
- Referenced indirectly again in their Game of Thrones trailer.Narrator: Ride along on adventure where any lead character can die. Whether you're Sean Bean, Sean Bean's wife, Sean Bean's best friend, Sean Bean's son, Sean Bean's daughter-in-law, Sean Bean's family dogs, or Sean Bean's unborn grandkid. All men must die... who are in any way close to Sean Bean.
- And then he actually survives in Jupiter AscendingNarrator: Wait, Sean Bean dies in every good movie, but survives in this one? Wow, they couldn't even kill Sean Bean right.
- Cliché Storm:
- World War Z's "Starring" list-off instead lists cliches the movie utilizes, including dead car batteries, flickering lights, shaky cam, jump scares, zombies banging on doors, a kid with asthma, accidental noises, and obligatory Inception BWAAS.
- Breaking Bad has a "Starring" list-off that lists the clichés present throughout the series, like Breakfast, POV Shots, the color Purple, Corpse Barrels, Bald Guys, Foreshadowing, Magnets, rocksnote ("er, minerals"), Roof Pizza, half of Mr. Show, Malcolm's dad, and the world's greatest The Price Is Right contestant.
- The Walking Dead has a starring list comprised of filthy clothing, infinite ammo, basic cable nudity, improbable headshots, group debate, Dale Face, ugly cry-face, Rick's hat, gun safety, bite checks, zombie extras drinking water, stuff, things, silent hand gestures, and Shane rubbing his head.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen lists all of the movie's Michael Bay-isms, including spinning camera, the military, low angle shots of people getting out of cars, glistening face sweat, hot babe extras, a slow motion helicopters, and BOOMS. Cue a montage of every fireball explosion in the movie accompanied by "The Stars and Stripes Forever", then adds Brick Tamland shouting "LOUD NOISES!!".
- Green Lantern has a lot of clichés from superhero movies, including: a science experiment gone wrong, the themes of power and responsibility, a rushed training montage, a kidnapped love-interest, and a traumatic early death of a father figure.
- Transformers: Age of Extinction: "Prepare for a total reinvention of the franchise with an all-new cast, all-new villains, and cool new allies... only to end up with the overly long piece of sh-[bleep] where we once again have... No... Idea... What's... Happening. Hey, if Michael Bay can reuse shots, we can reuse Transformers jokes!"
- The Maze Runner's "Starring" segment goes through a list of YA literature clichés that the movie uses, namely ones shared by similar recent YA novel adaptations like The Hunger Games and Divergent. However, at the end of the list, the Epic Voice Guy is surprised to find out that they didn't use the most common YA cliché of all: the Love Triangle. He calls it a "huge oversight."
- Cluster Bleep Bomb: Since The Wolf of Wall Street has an average of 3.6 f-words per minute, its trailer has to bleep them out of nearly every clip. Then the Narrator joins in as well and punctuates every sentence with "f***ing".
- Cluster F-Bomb: The Screen Junkies supercut video for "Just the F-Words" in The Wolf of Wall Street...is a double-subversion. The supercut shows off perfectly innocuous words that happen to start with the letter 'F', before concluding with one actual F-bomb.
- Colon Cancer: Their alternative title for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes**"The Avengers: The Movie: The Toys: The Game."**
- Complexity Addiction: From Thor:Narrator: Meet Loki, Thor's brother, who will not stop until he betrays his adoptive father with the help of his real father, in order to kill his real father... to impress his adoptive father? Gee, that makes even less sense than his plan in The Avengers.
- Continuity Porn: The Force Awakens has every single narrator for an Honest Trailer (except the Harry Potter one, who was the guy who did the real trailers for the movies, and the Chinese woman who hijacked Transformers: Age of Extinction).
- Contrived Coincidence: In World War Z, "Watch Brad Pitt survive an un-survivable apocalypse thanks to a constant stream of lifesaving coincidences like: never hitting traffic in the middle of mass hysteria; finding an RV with the keys and a loaded gun inside; this friendly mugger showing him where to find medicine; this friendly Mexican family taking him in, no questions asked; these fast zombies who slow down as soon as they are about to catch him; this small child headshotting a zombie on top of him; this plane dropping a ladder down to save him at takeoff; this Israeli soldier killing a zombie about to eat him; surviving this car crash; surviving this plane crash; surviving a spike through his stomach; and shooting up with a randomly picked virus that happens to be curable while also serving as zombie camouflage."
- Cool but Stupid: The Narrator's opinion of Pacific Rim. He dubs it "either The Most Awesome Dumb Movie Ever Made or The Dumbest Awesome Movie Ever Made."Narrator: Let's be honest, that movie was super dumb. But I still cannot wait for the sequel!
- Cool Loser: Cracks are made about Peter Parker in the reboot Spider-Man films and Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars somehow being losers:"Peter Parker was just an attractive, intelligent, likable, athletic, well-dressed teenage loser.""There, she will meet Augustus Waters; a confident, 6'4", well-spoken, adorkable, polite, funny, star-athlete, philosopher poet with a six-pack."
- Crack Is Cheaper:
- The video for Clash of Clans bashes the game for being so addictive and charging so much money for allowing players to skip construction times of buildings in the game, which can take several days.
- Similarly, the narrator lets Candy Crush Saga have it for earning so much money from the game when people pay for power-ups, skipping levels, extra lives and being able to buy more extra lives. The video even describes it as being "as addictive as crack, but far less rewarding."
- Create Your Own Villain: The trailer for Iron Man points out how Tony Stark constantly invents stuffs that the villains would eventually take and use against him, and humanity in general.Narrator: Seriously, Tony? Just do the world a favor and stop working.
- Creator Backlash: Invoked in Godzilla (1998), which discusses Toho's reaction to the film by featuring the Take That scenes from Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! and Godzilla Final Wars.
- Critical Dissonance: "Experience the games reviewers said were hard, but never unfair, then realize that's total bullsh*t as you fall victim to: bad camera control, laaaag, and the game's own horrible collision detection. Because when it comes to Dark Souls, bugs are just features that make it more extreme."
- Star Trek Into Darkness features a How It Should Have Ended skit, where Spock Prime tells his past self everything he needs to know to deal quickly and efficiently with a whole lot of the problems-of-the-week from the TV series and the next several movies. How It Should Have Ended returns the favor by featuring the Narrator in their episode of "How Star Trek Into Darkness Should Have Ended".
- How It Should Have Ended also lent a hand in the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies video, where they imagine how the book about the adventure Bilbo is seen writing would actually turn out, with plenty of references to the many changes the films made to the story and the scenes they added to tie the story into the The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- In the same vein, Honest Trailers did a The Amazing Spider-Man 2 CinemaSins-style video. Cinema Sins, in return, did an Honest Trailer of the same movie.
- In the Honest Trailer of Dragonball Evolution, the narrator gets help from the manga/show's characters, voiced by the people of Team Four Star, to understand the Dragonball lore.
- Curse Cut Short:
- In The Stinger of Frozen Fever, when the narrator notices something about the snowgies:Narrator: Do you remember when Disney actually tried to hide the innuendoes in their films? 'Cause those things look like chubby little d— BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE HONEST TRAILERS
- After the end of the Honest Trailer for Die Hard, Epic Voice Guy reads user-submitted variations of the most famous line from the movie, like "Yippie-ki-yay, melon farmer" and "Yippie-ki-yay, mother funker". At the very end, he starts reading the actual catchphrase, but the video ends before he can finish it with "Yippie-ki-yay, motherf-".
- In The Stinger of Frozen Fever, when the narrator notices something about the snowgies:
- Damned by Faint Praise:
- The Honest Trailer for Jurassic World described it as "the best Jurassic Park sequel ever made... which really isn't saying much", showing the infamous talking Velociraptor dream sequence from Jurassic Park III.
- The Honest Game Trailer for League of Legends describes it as "one of the best games of all time... that your parents didn't have to buy for you".
- Until Dawn is described as "the best interactive horror experience since Night Trap", showing some pretty goofy-looking footage from Night Trap where a woman is attacked by a group of armed thugs and has her blood drained by a big, tube-fitted device. However, the video later describes the game as "the best horror game since P.T.", which was considered genuinely scary and whose cancellation angered many.
- Damsel Scrappy: The Narrator's opinion of Mary Jane of the Spider-Man Trilogy.Narrator: Meet Mary Jane, the love of Peter's life and the worst girlfriend ever. Grow to hate her snaggle-toothed face as she cheats on her boyfriend with Spider-Man, cheats on her fiance with Peter Parker, and cheats on Peter Parker with his best friend. You'll wonder why anyone bothers to save her over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.
- Darker and Edgier: The narrator goes out of his way to point out how this does not work in Man of Steel and Alice in Wonderland.For Man of Steel: So if you loved the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, but wished they made them less hopeful, killed countless civilians, visualized our worst fears of urban terrorism and had Superman overcome his first villain by murdering him with his bare hands, DC has made the reboot for you, psycho!For Alice in Wonderland: Enter the joyless, bombed-out post-apocalyptic wasteland known as Underland. Seriously, Wonderland is Underland now. Watch your childhood wither and die as its replaced by a sepia-toned hellhole full of: animal cruelty, creatures licking open wounds and creatures getting stabbed in the eye. Ugh.
- Dawson Casting: The Narrator points out that The Maze Runner has "a society of grown men actors playing teenaged boys."
- Decoy Protagonist: The narrator considers Max this in the Mad Max: Fury Road video since Furiosa's struggle to save the brides of the Citadel is the central conflict, with Max taking a more supporting role in the story. During the Starring part, Tom Hardy is even called "Tom Hardly-In-The-Movie".Narrator: Oh, and there's a guy named Max in it too. He just kind of hangs out.
- Dead Star Walking: In the Godzilla (2014) trailer
- Death Glare: The narrator cowers at one from Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after saying that all books must now be stretched into as many films as possible.Narrator: Okay, we'll see the sequels! Please don't hurt us!
- Death Montage: Sean Bean gets one during the Lord of the Rings trailer, where, after pointing out how his character is the only protagonist who died despite the dangerous situations they all got stuck into, the trailer shows various clips of him dying in other movies.
- Department of Redundancy Department:
- Derailing Love Interests: In The Hunger Games movie trailers, the narrator keeps on labelling Peeta as a plain, useless load, clearly preferring Gale over him.
- Designated Villain: In the Honest Trailer for Pokémon Black and White, the narrator is surprised that the villains of the game, Team Plasma, are an Animal Wrongs Group that actually addresses the ethical issues of putting Pokemon in balls and making them fight each other.
- Destructive Saviour: The sheer amount of property damage caused by Superman in Man of Steel.It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... coming right for us, everybody run!
- "Die Hard" on an X: In the Honest Trailer for Die Hard, they point out all the various movies inspired by it. And call the movie Die Hard in a Building.
- Dirty Old Man: In the How It Should Have Ended crossover of Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock Prime receives a picture of Uhura in a bikini in exchange for telling the past crew of the Enterprise about future threats.
- Disney Death: Noted in The Winter Soldier, with at least four different characters all suddenly turning out to still be alive, in an "awesome twist they run into the ground. [...] Still great, though!"
- Disney Villain Death: Noted in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with Koba, even coupling that scene with a montage of villains falling to their deaths.
- Distracted by the Sexy: All over the place in Avatar. "Meet Neytiri, but most importantly, meet her side bluebs."Narrator: As you're force-fed the most obvious message ever, it will leave you wondering, "Did I see her nipple?"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Breaking Bad, "the show so powerful you binge-watch it on Netflix, so all-consuming you push it on your friends even if they don't watch TV, and so addicting you can't shut up about it..."Narrator: It's basically like drugs.
- Double Take: The Narrator's reaction to this line from Interstellar.Dr. Brand: Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.
Narrator: All right, all right, all-what? Wait, what?!
- Double Standard: Discussed in The Stinger of the Fantastic Four trailer.Narrator: Make a Mexican woman put on a blonde wig and blue contacts to play Sue Storm, and no one bats an eye. Cast a black guy as the Human Torch, and everyone loses their minds!
- Dueling Movies: In-universe. Referenced in the Armageddon trailer.Narrator: Gear up for the best film about drilling into an asteroid and nuking it, since the one that came out two months earlier.
- Dull Surprise: Their largest criticism of the actors of Twilight, especially Kristen Stewart.Narrator: Is every director afraid of telling her to close her mouth?
- Early Installment Weirdness: Their trailer for The Phantom Menace is spoken with much more enthusiasm than we'd see later, and it was narrated by comedian Ptolemy Slocum, instead of Gannon Nickell or Jon Bailey. It also doesn't have the "Starring" part at the end. And expectedly, it doesn't have the "something to say with my awesome voice" bit.
- Ear Worm:
- They criticize the song "My Heart Will Go On" in Titanic, that "stupid f***ing song that briefly tricked you into thinking Céline Dion was hot."Celine Dion: Near... Far... whereever you are...Narrator: Good luck getting that out of your head!
- Frozen's "Let It Go", or as they sung it "Get it ouuut, get it ouuut, get this song out of my head!"
- Similarly, 'Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid: "You'll never get it out your head, you'll sing the words until you are dead! Even when you sleep, it plays on repeat, it's so catchy!"
- They criticize the song "My Heart Will Go On" in Titanic, that "stupid f***ing song that briefly tricked you into thinking Céline Dion was hot."
- Ending Fatigue: Parodied at the end of their The Lord of the Rings trailer, which ends three times.
Narrator: Ugh, I can't believe we're only halfway through with this Peter Jackson nerdgasm.
- Second ending: "A film that took so much of Peter Jackson's life, he didn't want it to end, prompting five completely separate endings that go on and on forever, making it really hard to hold in your pee."
- Third ending: "A film with such fake emotional states, Gandalf will sacrifice himself for his friends, only to somehow come back to life, making it not really a sacrifice. And a story where the protagonists can't win their own battles without convenient ghost armies, living trees, and magical eagles.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: In Gone Girl, "Ben Affleck will get his revenge [on his vicious sociopath of a wife] by staying with her to start a family?"Narrator: What!? Why would he do that!? Run, dude!
- Even the Guys Want Him / Stupid Sexy Flanders: Both narrators really wanted Katniss to choose Gale instead of Peeta.Jon: I would totally choose Gale... ah, I mean, if I were Katniss... ah, screw it! Gale is hot and I would make out with that face in a heartbeat!
- Also, Poe Dameron, who both agree has a beautiful face that is a high point of the movie.
- Everyone Has Standards: The narrator will read even the most embarrassing comments (such as "I wear poopy pants!") absolutely deadpan, but comments that screw with his taste in movies ("I LIKED Fantastic Four", "M. Night Shyamalan is the greatest director of all time", "Jar-Jar Binks is the greatest Star Wars character") will cause him noticeable cringe and he will sometimes even refuse to read them.
- Exact Words:
- In the closing section of the Taken video, when performing fan-requested lines, he responds to a comment asking "say you're a smelly pirate hooker in your next video" by saying "You're a smelly pirate hooker in your next video."
- At times he'll even say exactly what they request, but also add a little something extra. For example, in the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, the last request is "I liked Fantastic Four!" He says it, but immediately adds "Uh, no, I didn't!", and later he responds to a request that tells him to say "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made" by saying just that... while adding on "said no one ever." And eventually, a request for "M. Night Shyamalan is the greatest director ever" has the narrator strugling to say, and retching upon conclusion.
- Failed a Spot Check:
- In The Dark Knight Rises, the narrator makes note that Bruce Wayne apparently "never conducts background checks on his maids or his board members."
- In Breaking Bad, Hank Schrader is Walter White's "brother-in-law cop who's terrible at telling jokes, and even worse at recognizing that his own family is running a crystal meth empire."
- In Grand Theft Auto V, the narrator notes a "racially unbiased police force" as one of the more unrealistic aspects of the city... while showing as an example a black guy wandering around with a rocket launcher in hand in front of a cop while said cop does nothing. Apparently, the city has no gun control laws or even weapons ordinances either, and it never occurs to the police to worry about seeing people carrying military-grade weapons around unless they actually start using them.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In-Universe, the trailer for Frozen says the movie "teaches girls that they don't need a prince to rescue them because all men are disgusting loners (Kristoff), greedy murderers (the Duke of Weselton), or lying, manipulative, power-hungry sociopaths (Prince Hans)."
- Fake Nationality: Pointed out in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, "journey to 1970s Canada, where everyone dresses like it's 2009, and no one has a Canadian accent."
- Fan Disservice: The narrator's love for boobs finally catches up to him in the second Game of Thrones trailer, where Cersei's public shaming removes pretty much any titillation seeing her naked might have had. And then he sees Melisandre's boobs.Narrator: AH! My eyes! They burn!
- Fat Comic Relief:
- Sums up Kevin James in Grown Ups.Narrator: Fat Kevin James is fat! [montage of Kevin James making fat jokes] Did we mention he's totally fat?
- Also Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect.Narrator: If it seems mean-spirited and lazy to laugh at a girl for being fat, don't worry! She does it to herself, so it's totally okay! [montage of Fat Amy making fat jokes] Hehe! Get it? She's fat!
- Sums up Kevin James in Grown Ups.
- Female Gaze: Referring to Lewis who "can't resist male nudity" in RoboCop (1987): "Baaawllz!"
- Fight Scene Failure: The Superman IV: The Quest for Peace video mocks the movie for the ridiculously filmed fight scenes between Superman and Nuclear Man, describing them as "some of the most poorly executed sissy fights ever put to celluloid".
- First World Problems: In Grown Ups:"Adam Sandler has Adam Sandler problems: he's too rich, and his wife is too hot."
- Also done with Jasmine in Aladdin, who has "the ultimate first world problem."
- Five-Man Band: In Fast Five, "to pull off one last job, Dom will have to gather everyone's favorite heist movie stereotypes: The hunky mastermind, the nerd, the Bernie Mac, the guy who can't speak English, and the guy who's constantly snacking.
- Flanderization: The Narrator notes that, as the Saw franchise continued, the "cool, well-thought-out traps" of the first movie "turned into complete parodies of themselves", and "horrific violence happening offscreen" became "the star of the franchise".
- Follow the Leader:
- Forgot About His Powers: Or in the case of Gipsy Danger, forgot about their game breaking sword.
- Franchise Killer:
- Namedropped in Batman & Robin.
- The ending of The Lost World: Jurassic Park is "an extended dinosaur money shot that we all thought had killed the franchise. But we had no idea what was coming." [Cue Grant's nightmare on the plane in the next film when a raptor addresses him by name.]
- The Star Fox Zero trailer calls it "the final nail in the coffin for a beloved franchise'', citing the difficult control scheme that makes the game really hard to play.
- Franchise Original Sin:
- Invoked regarding Terminator 2: Judgment Day, "an amazing film with horrible consequences", namely, the overvaluing of sequels, stars and CGI that has only incrementally improved since then, rather than the story that made all those things work.
- In the Star Wars trailer, the narrator points out the similarities in Wangst between Mark Hamill's role as Luke Skywalker and Hayden Christensen's controversial portrayal as Anakin. In the same video, he points out that the movie turned Hollwood towards similar special effect-filled action blockbusters, which were a huge deal at the time but are now released every single year.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Halo remarks how the games established several first person shooter gameplay features that some feel nerfed the genre by making the games too easy, such as regenerating health and frequent checkpoints.Narrator: Back in my day, when we died, we played the whole level all over again. It was super-boring and we liked it!
- Franchise Zombie:
- The narrator's opinion of the Five Nights at Freddy's games in general, to the point where the Honest Game Trailer of the third game has a Description Cut of "the franchise's own Jesus" ranting that he doesn't think there should be a fourth game.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog games, which the narrator describes as the result of "beating a dead horse for two decades".Narrator: Seriously, you know your franchise has a problem when the car-racing spinoffs are the high point.
- Freudian Slip: In the Top Gun trailer, the narrator tries to impersonate an easily impressionable consumer of military propaganda after mentioning all the things "you love about present-day America", but his attempt doesn't go as smoothly as he'd hoped.Narrator: Hell yeah! Let's go kiss some dudes! I mean, kiss some ass! I, I mean, buy some planes! Yeah, that's what I meant.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked often.
- "Wait, why didn't they just blame the Joker for all these deaths? He's been killing people for the entire movie!"
- "If Cobb couldn't enter the country, couldn't Michael Caine just fly the kids out to him? Oh, whatever."
- "So wait, he wrote her hundreds of letters but couldn't just call her once?"
- Harry Potter: "If magic is supposed to be secret, why is there a doorway in the most highly-trafficked subway station in London? Why are all the bad boys in one house? Why don't they just expel them? And why isn't it disturbing that this rat on Ron's lap is actually a grown man?"
- And in The Dark Knight Rises video, RedLetterMedia appears to pick apart its plot holes just like they did with Prometheus.
- Done in the Five Nights at Freddy's with the fact that keeping the doors closed takes more energy than keeping them open, only for Bonnie to Jump Scare him (again).
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: They point out that despite having infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. all the way to the upper ranks, HYDRA made no attempt to stop Fury from reviving Captain America and forming the Avengers, despite the fact that this would pose a threat to their future plans.
- Freud Was Right: Invoked about the Kryptonian ships "shaped like wangs" from Man of Steel.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Independence Day, "the film that made blowing up American landmarks cool....until 9/11."
- G-Rated Sex: The Intercourse with You song and "Do Me Eyes" in The Lion King.
- Gag Censor: During the trailer for Titanic, Rose's breast during the nude scene is censored by James Cameron's face.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: "Bang you way through a children's game full of sexually ambiguous supporting characters like: this naked old troll man [shows Darunia], this little fish girl with her bluebs out [shows Ruto], this crossdressing princess [shows Sheik], this Butch Lesbian [shows Impa], and whatever the hell these things are supposed to be [shows a Great Fairy]... ughh."
- Gilligan Cut:
- For Dark Souls, we have this:Narrator: So traverse the light, and fulfill your destiny... as one of the A-holes who won't shut up about beating the game. Oh, good for you, do it with a Rockband controller, then we'll talk.
[shows actual footage of a player beating the Darklurker with a Rockband guitar controller]
Narrator: Okay, wow.
- In the Starcraft 2 Honest Trailer, the narrator describes the combat system as being marking the units and right-clicking on the enemy.Narrator: Pssht, how hard can that be?
[video clip of a guy playing the game and typing at lightning-fast speed]
Narrator: Uuuhhh... yikes.
- For Dark Souls, we have this:
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The narrator's take on Maleficent redefining the original story's concept of "true love's kiss" as being between Maleficent and Aurora:
- Growing the Beard: Captain America: He's Cool Now.
- Gun Porn:
- Rather than give characters funny nicknames, the Starring part of the Honest Trailer for The Division lists a bunch of pimped-out firearms and, at the end of the list, just calls the bland, non-descript characters in the game "Whatever".
- The Ratchet & Clank Honest Trailer lists the many kinds of cartoonish guns featured in the games.
- Gushing About Shows You Like:
- While there were cases in which the narrator admitted that he liked a movie before, he really has almost nothing but good things to say about Die Hard:Narrator: What, you thought we were gonna crap on Die Hard? The guy's tank top is in the Smithsonian, for crying out loud! This movie is frickin' perfect!
- Invoked and parodied in their April Fools' Day video of 2015, when they did a gushingly positive Honest Game Trailer for the long awaited and non-existing Half-Life 3, describing it as a gamer's wet dream featuring massive crossovers with other franchises such as Star Wars, Portal, Game of Thrones, Dragon Ball and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and features like Oculus Rift support, a mechanic allowing players to record their own dialogue, and long awaited sequels to Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead.
- While there were cases in which the narrator admitted that he liked a movie before, he really has almost nothing but good things to say about Die Hard:
- Guttural Growler:
- Harsher in Hindsight: Pointed out In-Universe in the trailer for Godzilla (1998) when it talks about how 90's the movie is.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: "I mean I'm not gay, but I'd totally suck Gale's dick."
- He Also Did:
- Invoked in the trailer for Man of Steel, where Zack Snyder is introduced as "The guy who directed Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Ga Hoole" as opposed to his more famous films like 300 or Watchmen.
- Similarily, in their God of War trailer, rather than as creator of Twisted Metal, director David Jaffe gets credited for his work on Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse.
- Done In-Universe in the trailer for Frozen, which helpfully reminds us that the songwriting duo of this Disney film were the minds behind "Hasa Diga Eebowai."note
- The Mad Max: Fury Road Honest Trailer mentions that George Miller, the director of this hardcore, gritty action movie, also directed the considerably cuddlier Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City.
- He's Back: The Force Awakens Honest Trailer sees the return of the original Epic Voice Guy Gannon Nickell. During The Stinger, the one-off Epic Voice Guys from the Avatar and The Phantom Menance trailers also appear.
- Heel Realization: In the Honest Game Trailer for Minecraft: "Wait... am I the bad guy?!"
- Hero Antagonist: In the Frozen trailer, Elsa leads the list of people Anna teams up with to save the day and the list of villains Anna must defeat in her journey.
- Hero Insurance: Batman, "a silent guardian who doesn't give a f*ck(!) about racking up millions of dollars in peoples' personal damages."
- Heroic BSOD: The Narrator completely despairs upon seeing Emo Peter dancing.
- Hollywood History: "Based on the tragedy that inspired thousands of heartbreaking true stories comes this fake one."
- Hollywood Nerd: "Peter Parker was just an attractive, intelligent, likable, athletic, well-dressed teenage loser."
- Hostile Show Takeover: Two thirds of the way through the Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer, the narrator suddenly wonders why the rest of the script is in Chinese... only for a Chinese spokeswoman to hijack his role and narrate the rest of the trailer with English subtitles.
- How Is That Even Possible?: The narrator's comment about Batman's cell phone surveillance system in The Dark Knight, which downloads an infinite amount of data that's instantly transmitted wirelessly to Batman's eyes. "Hhmph, how is that possible? It takes me five minutes to download Angry Birds."
- Ho Yay:
- The Lord of the Rings has so much manly compassion that you'll think you're watching Brokeback Mount Doom.
- The narrator's opinion of the friendship in The Matrix between Morpheus and Neo, calling Morpheus "the other love of Neo's life"..
- The Top Gun trailer mentions how much the movie "cranks up the homosexual undertones, as every other dude in the movie tries to make hot steamy love to each other". Cue several lines and scenes from the film that could be interpreted as such.
- The Lion King trailer calls Timon and Pumbaa a same-sex couple. "Not that there's a problem with that..."
- The X-Men trailer refers to several of the handsome young fellows there as "Twiiinks!"
- In 300 they point things like: "Men wearing thongs, men getting speared with phallic objetcs, men holding hands, men holding men tenderly from behind, men letting it hang, men getting all wet in the rain, men getting all sweaty on the beach, men playing two flutes at the same time".
- Fast Five is said to include, as any other film in the series, overt homoeroticism (shows Dom and Hobbs staring at each other, romantic music playing in the background).
- In Maleficent: "So experience a more modern take on Sleeping Beauty, where we learn the most important lesson of all: If your movie comes out after Frozen, true love only exists between two girls. [shows Maleficent kissing a sleeping Aurora in the forehead in Aurora's chamber] Awww yeah."
- The Gears of War trailer describes the games as "three homoerotic bro-fest pain trains".note
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The Narrator comes to realize this with the hero in Mine Craft.Narrator: ... a story about a little blue man who punches a tree, then punches some dirt, then ravages the countryside of a peaceful land and steals all of its natural resources to satisfy his unquenchable thirst for pointless construction. Wait... Am I the bad guy?
- Hypocritical Humor:
- The Narrator criticizes Titanic, Transformers, and Star Trek Into Darkness for exploiting Sex Sells. Yet the thumbnails for those videos are the same criticized sexy shots... Lampshaded in the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer when Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus, is credited as "Thumbnail."
- In The Notebook, "when Allie and Noah find each other, he'll criticize her for being a pushover, and then constantly tell her what to do. And she will abandon him on numerous occasions."Narrator: Together, they'll be so indecisive, you'll wonder why they're even trying.
- Pacific Rim comes from "a completely original sci-fi universe that doesn't rely on any preexisting franchise, as long as you don't count Transformers, Ultraman, Power Rangers, Godzilla, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, that stupid Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie, or every Anime ever made."
- Grand Theft Auto V:Narrator: From Rockstar Games, the company that glorifies bullying... murder... and ping pong comes the game old people claim is turning us into violent sociopaths... WHICH IS NOT TRUE, AND I'll F***ING KILL YOU IF YOU SAY ANY DIFFERENT!!!
- In the Five Nights at Freddy's the narrator calls the Jump Scare the least original horror trope that you really shouldn't be afraid of in spite of constantly falling for it.
- I Am Not Shazam: "Meet Link, the iconic hero idiots still refer to as Zelda." Ironically, the narrator still credits him as Zelda.
- Identical Stranger: Characters from one film are often credited as similar characters from another film.
- In Inception, Ken Watanabe as "George Takei".
- The Engineer as "Dr. Manhattan".
- In The Dark Knight, The Joker (in his red hair wig) as "Nurse Jackie", and Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face is "Los Pollos Hermanos".
- Gimli as "Zach Galifianakis", Merry and Pippin are "Harold & Kumar", Legolas as "Gwyneth Paltrow", and Gollum as Lindsay Lohan.
- Judi Dench as Lindsay Lohan, and Javier Bardem as "Fred from Scooby-Doo" (in normal form) and also as Gollum (with shot of Silva showing off the effects of cyanide poisoning on him).
- The Harry Potter trailer has a lot of examples, like referring to Dumbledore as "Gandalf the Gay". It also mistakes Dobby for Vladimir Putin and Kreacher for Larry King.
- The Batman & Robin trailer has Alicia Silverstone as "90's Emma Stone"
- Dark Souls credits Sif as Amaterasu, Frampt as Steve Buscemi, the Bed of Chaos as Groot, Smough and Ornstein as Farley and Spade, Shalquoir as Hello Kitty, the Ancient Dragon as Smaug, and the old Fire Keeper as Lindsay Lohan.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: "To get back his children, Cobb's team will have to fight anonymous dream soldiers who have no idea how to hit anything with an automatic weapon, or duck."
- In-Name-Only: In World War Z, "get ready for the big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel that's got everything you loved about... the title, and [absolutely] nothing else." Later on in the video, a list scrolls by of all the book's awesome moments that were left out of the film.
- Incurable Cough of Death: In Breaking Bad, meet chemistry teacher Walter White. "He's got the kind of cancer that makes you cough a lot." [Cue an Overly Long montage of every instance where Walter White explodes in a coughing fit]
- In a World: Most trailers start with variants of this, along with describing the source book or director.
- For instance, Avatar starts with "In a world created by fat computer programmers, comes a film so epic it increased ticket prices three whole dollars."
- World War Z arrives "In a world where zombies have already infected every facet of pop culture..."
- The Honest Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road contains almost all the cliches from movie trailers:In a World of wall-to wall CGI, where practical action is a thing of the past, a masterpiece of handcraft death and destruction will rise...
... one woman will rise against him.
Together, the'll embark on a two-hour game of Mario Kart...
Journey to a wasteland...
- The Spectre trailer tweaks it starting with "In a year with four different blockbuster spy films, the great granddaddy of them all is back, and it's bringing absolutely nothing new to the table." They also bring their own version of the "If you only see one movie this year..." line:Narrator: If you only see one movie this year about a hero who belongs to a different era, battling a sleeper cell inside his own organization, with their own octopus logo, against a former that was presumed dead in the snow... you should probably just rewatch The Winter Soldier. It's way better anyway.
- Infant Immortality: In Jurassic Park, relive the "electrifying excitement of watching a child in constant peril, who cannot die."
- Insane Troll Logic: The Honest Game Trailer stinger for Team Fortress 2 uses weird math formulas to deduce a sequel, in a parody of the "Half-Life 3 confirmed" meme.Narraror: [at the end of the Team Fortress 2 trailer] "Team Fortress" has twelve letters in it, and has nine character classes in the game. Twelve minus nine equals three ... Team Fortress 3 is confirmed, you guys!
- Instant Expert: In the The Force Awakens trailer, the original Epic Voice Guy accuses Rey of being one, and that it makes her less interesting. Even calling her a MaRey Sue during the Starring section.Epic Voice Guy: She's a multilingual, expert mechanic, ace pilot, force-using badass—
Original Epic Voice Guy: —Who's so good at everything, it makes her character completely un-compelling.
- Intercourse with You:
We are about to poooooooorrrrk
- Frozen's honest trailer rewrites "Love Is An Open Door" as:
Totally gonna pooooooork
- Also from the Frozen trailer, "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" gets rewritten as:
We are going to pork tonight(Lions are gonna pork!)
- The Lion King's honest trailer has this "slow jam" to remix "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?":
Yeah, we are totally gonna pooooooork
It was nice to be childhood friends with ya,
But now it's time to pooooooork
Sha la la la, go for it dude
- And then there's The Little Mermaid, where "Kiss the Girl" is rewritten as:
Her fish friends set the mood
For you to pork the girl
Sha la la la, why not raise the stakes?
Do carpet match the drapes?
Find out and pork the girl.
- Aladdin's "A Whole New World" becomes an "I'll Pork This Girl."
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks:
- In the videos for the Five Nights at Freddy's games, the narrator gets increasingly annoyed by how similar the games are since they use pretty much the exact same basic mechanics every game, with the exception of the fourth one, where you can finally move.Narrator: Security cameras, furries, jump scares, blah blah blah blah blah, you get it by now.
- In the Spectre video, the narrator dully lists all the standard James Bond tropes, like gadgets and cool cars.
- In the videos for the Five Nights at Freddy's games, the narrator gets increasingly annoyed by how similar the games are since they use pretty much the exact same basic mechanics every game, with the exception of the fourth one, where you can finally move.
- It Will Never Catch On: At the end of the Superman IV: The Quest for Peace trailer, from the 1980s, the narrator decides at least it isn't a Marvel film, because (showing images from The Amazing Spider-Man TV series of 1977-1979 and The Incredible Hulk) "they'll never figure out how to make movies. Right?"
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: A third of the Avatar trailer is trying to summarize the premise but having to speed up the video to get through all of it.
- Jitter Cam: The Hunger Games takes place in "a dystopian future, where the rich dress like second rate Lady Gagas in cities left over from The Phantom Menace, while the poor struggle for survival in unnecessary shaky-cam, but can still somehow afford futuristic projection thingies."
- Jump Scare: Used as a Running Gag in the Five Nights at Freddy's trailer.
- Just Keep Driving / Seen It All: In Skyfall, the opening action scene is described as being so action-packed, you'll forget to ask yourself, "Why didn't the conductor stop this train when its entire back carriage was ripped off? And why aren't these people scared?"
- Kissing Cousins: The Stinger of The Lion King has the narrator realize something in horror about Simba and Nala:Narrator: Wait, if Mufasa [Simba's father] and Scar [Mufasa's brother] are the only male lions in the pride, then Nala's dad is probably... oh no.
- Lady Swearsalot: In the The Last of Us video, the narrator describes the female protagonist Ellie as having "the mouth of a salty truck driver", showing a montage of her swearing.
- Large Ham: The announcer. Even more when he's actually shown onscreen ("What a spray! What a lovely spray!").
- Last-Second Word Swap: Happens in the Peter Pan trailer with the Indians. Thanks to so much Values Dissonance, what should be "The Washington Redskins" quickly becomes "The Washington Re— uh, D.C. Football Team."
- Latex Perfection: In the Mission: Impossible trailer, "one thing is for sure: everyone is wearing a Scooby-Doo mask."Narrator: [after a montage of characters unmasking themselves, while Scooby-Doo noises are dubbed over] And I would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for that meddling Tom Cruise!
- Lets See You Do Better: Inverted. In the Attack of the Clones trailer, after Anakin's infamous "I hate sand" line, the narrator says "Come on JJ, there's no way you can do any worse than this!"
- Lifetime Movie of the Week: Gone Girl, according to the narrator:"Based on the book everyone's mom read on the beach... comes the best-acted, coolest-looking, most well-written Lifetime Movie ever made."
- Loads and Loads of Characters:
"Starring...the ten characters whose names you actually remember [Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Robb Stark, Eddard Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Catelyn Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Arya Stark]! And all these other characters whose names you actually don't remember [Jojen and Meera Reed, Yara Greyjoy, Gendry, Giantsbane and Orell]! Like: The Sneaky Guy [Littlefinger]; The Sneaky Bald Guy [Varys]; Carl Drago [Khal Drogo]; Those Gay Dudes [Ser Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon]; Lord Friend Zone [Ser Jorah Mormont]; Grumpy Old Dad [Tywin Lannister]; The Same Person? [Stannis Baratheon]; Sand-San-Sansa? [Sansa]; Bronn? [Bran Stark]; Bran? [Bronn]; Bronn Again? [Robin Arryn]; Sam?/Not Sam? [Sam]; The One Who Had A Demon Baby [Melisandre]; The Guy That Got His Dick Cut Off [Theon Greyjoy]; Super Hot [Margaery]; Tyrion's Hooker Girlfriend [Shae]; Hodor! [Hodor]; Uhh... [Xaro Xhoan Daxos]; Uhhhhh... [Commander Jeor Mormont]; Now You're Just Messing With Me [Walder Frey]; No Idea [Ser Davos]; Faceless Assassinnote [Jaqen H'ghar]; Not A Clue [Pycelle]; No [Rodrick]; Uh-uh [Osha]; Nope [Benjen]; Nope [Balon Greyjoy]; Nope [Syrio Forel]; Dunno [Luwin]; I Got Nothin' [Mance Rayder]; Not Ringing A Bell [Beric Dondarrion]; Go Make Up Your Own Names, Nerds! [Barristan Selmy]."
- The narrator eventually gives up trying to name, or even remember, the characters in Game of Thrones.
- Taken Up to Eleven with the Pokemon games in the Honest Game Trailers. There are five trailers (Red & Blue, Gold & Silver, Ruby & Sapphire, Diamond & Pearl, Black & White). The narrator lists ALL the Pokemon at the starring part (not their actual names of course, but nicknames.)
- Long List:
- In World War Z, "meet Gerry Lane. He's just your average, everyday super-attractive, scarf-wearing, Spanish-speaking, airplane piloting, sharp-shooting, skull-bashing, armor-crafting, arm-chopping, prisoner-interrogating, surgery-doing, slo-mo vision-having, antidote-making, eagle-eyed stay-at-home dad."
- The Starring section for Pokémon Red and Blue has the narrator giving nicknames for all the Gen I Pokemon, including Mew and Missingno. This continues into the Honest Trailers for Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and Pokémon Black and White.
- Male Gaze:
- As they introduce Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, the shot zooms in to her butt, while the narrator calls her "The Prince-ASS Diaries".
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, it's pointed out that Carol Marcus (shown wearing only her underwear) is only there for one reason... then the camera zooms in on her cleavage.Narrator: Make that two reasons.
- In The Matrix, Monica Belucci is credited as "BEWBS".
- Manipulative Editing: They're not always so honest and sometimes will adjust elements of shots.
- For instance, when they complain that first half hour of The Avengers is surprisingly boring, they use a seeming casual shot of Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers, and Bruce Banner on a quiet dock, when in the actual film the audio in the background is of the Helicarrier taking flight
- This is particularly bad on Thor: The Dark World. To elaborate: they say that Heimdall can see everything (which is true). "Except for this spy", "Thor's girlfriend" and "this gigantic ship directly above him". While it is true, the spy is, well, a spy. The fact that Jane can't be seen is treated as something extremely suspicious and Thor immediately sets out to find her. And for the ship, well that's because he was distracted taking down another, equally gigantic, invisible ship. On foot. With a dagger.
- A minor one in the Until Dawn honest trailer, which names zombies as one of the horror movie tropes that appears in the game and shows a shot of a dead, rotten body with a rat crawling out of its mouth. In the actual game, that's not a zombie at all; it's just a plain, dead body with a rat inside it.
- Medium Shift Gag: Superman IV and Top Gun are made to look like they were taped on an old video cassette, and Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Entourage, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are formatted in the style of a television preview.
- Melting-Film Effect: Seen Once per Episode during the "The following is an Honest Movie Trailer" part.
- Meme Acknowledgment:
- Given lots of jokes were made about long-haired winners at the 2013 Oscars, Lucius Malfoy's actor is credited as "Claudio Miranda."◊
- "Leo Squint" was acknowledged in the Inception trailer, as seen in the Japanese Ranguage entry.
- The quotes narrated at the end of each vid usually are popular memes.
- The Frozen trailer credits Idina Menzel as Elsa as "the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem," acknowledging John Travolta's famous 2014 Academy Awards gaffe.
- For Super Smash Bros., Captain Falcon was credited as "Show Me Your Bewbs!"
- The trailer for Heavy Rain, of course, references the infamous "SHAUN!" glitch.
- The trailer for Godzilla (2014) names Godzilla as "Real Kaiju Have Curves", a reference to the fact that some who saw the actual trailers complained that the incarnation looked too fat.
- The Skyrim trailer renames the "arrow to the knee" guard as "Played Out Meme". And then shows footage of the player beating the crap out of the guy.
- The LEGO Movie, though it's not treated as inherently negative or hurting the film — just inevitable.
- Mocked to hell and back, of course, with the trailer for Minions, which even draws parallels to The LEGO Movie — while the latter was at least "fun" despite its "shameless marketing", Minions is nothing but "a cynical studio branding exercise" for Universal and Illumination, and more of a expensive promotional campaign than a genuine film.
- The "Starring" part of Frozen Fever lists "the reasons Disney needs to keep Frozen relevant", such as an upcoming Broadway musical and a theme park as well as a ton of ordinary groceries and other goods with the Frozen brand slapped onto them, such as vitamins, canned soup and duct tape.
- Disney Infinity, which they describe as "the biggest clusterf*ck of brand synergy since Kingdom Hearts", except all the characters are "sold separately". They proceed to chew the game out for the high cost of characters and in-game objects.
- Milestone Celebration:
- Misaimed Marketing:
- As the opening of the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer points out, "From the company that owns a monopoly on teenage girl fantasies, comes the only film about starving children... with its own delicious sandwich tie-in! Subway. Be bold. Eat fresh."
- The trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day remarks how odd it was that the movie was made into action figures for kids when it's so violent and unchildfriendly, showing a clip of a commercial.
- Mr. and Ms. Fanservice:
- In Titanic, "Jack is an unrealistically sexy peasant. And Rose is a first class suicidal pair of boobs."
- In Avatar, "Meet Neytiri, but more importantly, meet her side bluebs."
- In The Dark Knight Rises, Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) doesn't escape their oogles either.
- Black Widow in The Avengers is referred to as "Leather Boobs", mocking her tight-fitting leather Spy Catsuit.
- "In Jurassic Park, "And re-witness the GOLDBLUM." (Steamy music plays over shots of Malcolm lounging around with his shirt ripped open.)
- Emma Watson is credited as "your first erection" while playing Hermione.
- In Man of Steel, the narrator first calls out Henry Cavill for his uninteresting acting, but then sees him shirtless and forgoes his criticisms.Narrator: My god, what a beefcake.
- The Hunger Games films have a Running Gag of the narrator finding Gale hot.Narrator: I mean, I'm not gay, but I would totally s*** Gale's d***!
- Mystique: "Wait, is she naked? She's totally naked, right? Man, somebody got to paint that on her BEWBS, to make them, you know, BLEWBS... [Beat] I am so lonely."
- Refers to both Daenerys/Emilia Clarke and Margaery/Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones as "super hot".
- In The Force Awakens, "Poe Dameron's beautiful face" is credited as one of the highlights of the movie.
- Monochrome Casting:
- The Lord of the Rings "will strive to prove that people of all walks of life can work together, as long as they're all white (Seriously, even when they die, they come back whiter)."
- Alice in Wonderland has "really, really, really white people".
- Mood Whiplash:
- "From the company that owns a monopoly on teenage girl fantasies comes the only film about starving children... with its own delicious sandwich diet!" from the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Dark Souls and Dark Souls II:Narrator: [speaks in a lighthearted tone and shows clips from cuddly-looking games] Some people play games to relax. Some play for fun. [switches to his usual epic voice and shows clips from Dark Souls] Others just want a game to f*ck them 'til they love it.
- The beginning of the Honest Trailer for Magic Mike rapidly cuts between the flashy performance scenes and the darker, more dramatic plot points.Narrator: [upbeat] Meet Magic Mike! He may not be a wizard but he is a hot dude with all the right moves. [somberly] Who struggles to overcome social stigmas about his job and can't seem to raise enough money to start his dream business no matter how hard he tries.
- Lampshaded in Furious 7, where they go straight from talking about how touching and heartfelt Paul Walker's sendoff was to the puntastic "Starring..." credits.Narrator: I honestly never expected a Fast and Furious movie to make me cry. That was really well-done. So... This is an awkward transition, but... who's ready for some car puns?
- Moral Dissonance: In their The Walking Dead: Seasons 4-6 video, they accuse AMC of shamelessly trying to use The Walking Dead to promote their other, less popular series. That in itself is valid criticism. Problem is, Honest Trailers itself frequently features ads for Screen Junkies other videos, including an extended one for Knocking Dead in that very video as well as one for Interns of F.I.E.L.D. in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Honest Trailer. Even that would probably be okay had the show played it for laughs, but they don't seem to notice it at all.
- Motive Decay: Commented on in the Game of Thrones trailer.Narrator: ...and Daenerys Targaryen, a super-hot queen obsessed with her dragons ("WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!"). She's out for vengeance against the people who killed her family. Eventually...one of these days... can we just fast forward to that part?
- Motor Mouth: In the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 video, the narrator gives a Long List of plot holes and questions the game never properly answers, his speech being more and more sped up as he goes.
- Mr. Exposition: In Inception, Arthur is "a sidekick whose only job is to explain the plot."
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- At the end of the video, viewers can submit comments of quotes they'd like hear the narrator say in his awesome voice. They're often random things, like "poop fiddles".
- The STARES in Twilight, which are put to epic music.note They later make a return in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Honest Trailer in the form of S.T.A.R.E.S.,note even using the same epic music.
- In Skyfall, Bond uses the latest technological gadgets, which include a gun, a knife, a shotgun, an old-timey gun (a revolver), and a tracking device "larger than the one Bond used in the 60s'." However, this is averted in the trailer for the next Bond film, Spectre, where the narrator couldn't sound more bored while he "checks all the old tropes off the list."Narrator: [with half-hearted amazement] The car! The gadgets! The catchphrases! Aaand underdeveloped female sex objects.
- Musical Episode: Les Misérables (2012), the narrator lampshades how annoying it is that the characters convey things in song that would be done perfectly well with normal dialogue.Narrator: Seriously, they sing everything. So to hit that point even harder, we thought we'd sing the rest of the trailer. [And they do]
- My Friends... and Zoidberg:
- The Grown Ups trailer describes the actors as "an All-Star Cast of comedic actors... and Rob Schneider."
- The Kingdom Hearts trailer features "some of Disney's most beloved characters... and also Quasimodo" and "your favourite Final Fantasy heroes... and also Vivi".
- The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road describes it as the adventures of Furiosa... and Max.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The narrator realizes with mounting horror that the Sonic franchise hasn't just produced an increasing number of mediocre-to-terrible games, but indirectly created the "terrifying hell-pit" that is its fandom, including Chris-Chan.
- Name's the Same: Used for comedic effect in the honest trailer for Home Alone: the film's director Chris Columbus is credited as "the Chris Columbus that didn't kill any Indians".
- Nausea Fuel: Invoked in the honest trailer for Gravity, where the narrator watches the first-person shot of Ryan repeatedly spinning backwards early on in the film, and nearly barfs.
- Never Trust a Trailer: Based around subverting this marketing.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands:
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they criticize how Deadpool, "The merc with a mouth, gets his mouth removed, and trades his cool costume for eight minute abs, and magic eyeshadow. Oh, and he also gets a grab bag of random mutant powers that Deadpool never had."Narrator: Are we sure Brett Ratner didn't direct this?
- In Superman IV, "Stare in wide-eyed disbelief at these new, completely made-up powers like rebuilding the Great Wall of China with his eyes, lowering people with his mind, and helping this woman breathe in outer space."
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they criticize how Deadpool, "The merc with a mouth, gets his mouth removed, and trades his cool costume for eight minute abs, and magic eyeshadow. Oh, and he also gets a grab bag of random mutant powers that Deadpool never had."
- The Nicknamer: The Trope Codifier in any medium. Up to Eleven when all 152 Pokemon from Pokémon Red and Blue are nicknamed — including MissingNo.
- Nominal Hero / Designated Hero: The protagonists of Fast Five "will stop at nothing to take down a sort-of-ruthless drug lord, by destroying poor neighborhoods, destroying rich neighborhoods, killing twenty-two cops with a giant metal safe, and ultimately leaving Rio in way worse shape than when they found it."
- Non-Indicative Name: In the Maleficent trailer, the narrator points out how the changes to the title character turned her name into this trope.Narrator: Instead, watch as the character whose name literally means "evil" mildly punks people, feels sorry, and is only mean because she was roofied and mutilated by her childhood love.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: From the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer:Narrator: So, how do I put this... where are all the monkey dicks?
- No OSHA Compliance: In the Harry Potter trailer, child endangerment is described as being no big deal. Cue montage of various characters receiving horrifying injuries from magic spells or other accidents.Narrator: Seriously, how have they not shut this school down yet?
- No Pronunciation Guide: Sometimes the title of a film will deliberately be said incorrectly.
- Les Miserables causes particular trouble ("Les Miserabablebles", and later "Less Miserables").
- Titles with Roman numerals tend to have them pronounced as letters, for example: "Superman Eye-Vee" and "Star Wars Episode Eleven"
- Non-title example in Thor: The Dark World, where the narrator struggles mightily with Svartalfheim before moving on to the next world's name with apparent relief ("Sfar... Sfur... Sfortul... ASGARD!").
- The narrator makes numerous attempts to pronounce Maleficent, before deciding to screw it and just call the movie Sleeping Beauty instead.
- In the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 video, the narrator can't figure out how to pronounce creator Scott Cawthon's surname.
- In the Jurassic World video, the narrator can't pronounce director Colin Trevorrow's name and just calls him "Not Steven Spielberg" instead.
- In the realm of Honest Game Trailers, there's Residente Vil-ey, Grand Theft Auto Vuh, and Final Fantasy Vii.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- During several scenes of awkward silence in Batman & Robin, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Breaking Bad, a caption will appear to point out that the scene is unedited by them.
- Half of the Jupiter Ascending trailer is them recapping the plot of the film with no jokes, with captions pointing out that this is the story the filmmakers actually went with. (And also noting that Channing Tatum wears pointy ears, yet the movie was screened at Sundance.)
- After pointing out the most inherently nonsensical moment in the film Armageddon — namely, that training astronauts to operate a drill is somehow harder than teaching a bunch of oil rig workers to be space pilots in only two weeks — it cuts to an appropriately subtitled snippet of Ben Affleck's audio commentary for the DVD, where he admits he himself didn't understand the reasoning behind the idea.Affleck: I asked Michael why... and he told me to shut the fuck up. So th-that was the end of that talk. [...] I mean, this is a little bit of a logic stretch, let's face it. "They don't know jack about drilling"? How hard can it be? Aim the drill at the ground and turn it on.
- Not Quite Dead: Lampshaded in the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where it's revealed that Bucky, Dr. Zola, Nick Fury, and Crossbones (Brock Rumlow) all turn out to still be alive.
- Not So Different: From the Frozen trailer, the narrator notes that when disaster strikes, Anna saves the day by joining forces with her sister (Anna and Elsa sharing a laugh), a merchant (Oaken), a hot guy, (Kristoff) and a snowman (Olaf), to defeat villains like: her sister (Elsa having a mental breakdown), a merchant (the Duke of Weselton), a hot guy, (Prince Hans) and a snowman (Marshmallow)!
- Not So Stoic: The narrator usually delivers all his lines in the same epic tone, but when he's talking about certain things, he'll drop the stoicism:
- When he's talking about the changes done to the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, he's clearly upset.
- And of course, there's his increasing anger that comes out in the Honest Trailer for After Earth, culminating in a case of Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
- In the Honest Game Trailer for Mario Kart, the narrator gets upset when he gets hit by a blue shell.Narrator: A weapon so incredibly evil that it seeks out the lead driver and — AW COME ON!!! I was right there! This happens every race! Stupid Nintendo! I was like in first the entire freakin' time!
- Calling for the death of King Justin Bieber/Joffrey in the Game of Thrones trailer. And in the second GOT trailer, for Ramsay Bolton/Invincible Joffrey to also get a Cruel and Unusual Death, as he's earning it.
- In The Maze Runner, the narrator questions the plot, culminating angrily with "And how can trapping a bunch of teenagers in a maze possibly be the solution to any of society problems?! HELLO?! ANYONE?! F*CK!"
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: In The Lion King trailer, the narrator says these words immediately after mentioning "a child raised by a same sex couple" (flashes pics of Simba being raised by Timon and Pumbaa) as one of the things he's surprised got included in a G-Rated movie.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: In the After Earth trailer:Narrator: From the director of... [M. Night Shyamalan's name appears on the screen] Oh God, not him again...
- Old Shame: The Stinger for the Batman & Robin trailer is clips of the cast and director expressing their regret of the film.
- Older Than They Think: The Batman trailer does it "in-universe", pointing out that said movie was already creating controversy and hitting most of the "angry internet nerd bingo" sore points such as changing backstories, odd casting choices, and Race Lifting, before the internet was even much of a thing.
- The One with...: Honest Trailers that cover whole game franchises or movie series with several entries sometimes do this when listing them all.
- In the Harry Potter video, they list the movies this way, in order of release:
- For the Metal Gear games:
- For the Super Smash Bros. series:Narrator: There's the one you played in diapers (the first game). The one you suck at. No, trust me, you do (Melee). The one everyone hates for not being Melee (Brawl). And the one I'm still... [sounds of button mashing] ...playing... as we... speak. Yes! [more sounds of button mashing] ... right, the trailer! (the 3DS/WiiU version).
- For the Call of Duty: Black Ops series:note
- For the Borderlands DLC packages:Narrator: The Call of Duty zombies one (The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned). The one that was just a bunch of slapped-together arena fights (Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot). The one that raised the level cap (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx). And the one that finally lets you destroy those stupid f*cking Claptraps (Claptrap's New Robot Revolution). [footage of a Claptrap being blasted to pieces] Yeah! Oh, yeah, that feels good.
- For the Sonic the Hedgehog games:Narrator: The original games, whose magic will never be recaptured. The handheld versions that are way worse than you remember. The Dreamcast one where sh*t started to go off the rails. The one where the designers took a bunch of acid. The one designed by your edgy younger brother. The one where Sonic makes out with a human lady. The one where they ran out of ideas and made Sonic into a werewolf. The Super Mario Galaxy one. Some motion-controlled trash. And the one where they f*cked up Sonic's arms and everything else.
- For the X-COM games:Narrator: The ones with all the micromanaging. The ones you've never played. The one we're all just gonna pretend doesn't exist. And the one that proved that AAA strategy games aren't dead; there's room for, like... one of them at a time.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The Pacific Rim trailer points out Englander Charlie Hunnam's trouble.Narrator: Meet Raleigh Becket, a hotshot pilot struggling to maintain his American accent.
Raleigh: You know, all these years of living in the past... never really thawt about the future.
- Oh, the Humanity!: The narrator is forced into this when "evil" Peter Parker goes dancing in the street.
- Overt Operative: In Skyfall, "Suit up with 007, the super-secret MI6 agent, who everyone knows by his real name." [cue every instance of a character addressing him as some variant of "James Bond"]
- The Other Darrin:
- Overly Long Gag:
- One example is from the Lord of the Rings trailer, as "these unlikely heroes embark on an eleven hour New Zealand tourism commercial rife with: walking... roaming... hiking... more walking... and strolling. That trailer also ends three times.
- The STARES in Twilight. Best of all, they made a supercut of ALL the stares in the series. The video is just a little under half an hour.
- The Star Trek trailer does this with LENS FLARES, and the same music.
- From Captain America: The First Avenger:
- The Grown Ups trailer features almost a minute and a half of the actors' self-indulgent, scripted laughs at the jokes in the movie. It gets old, FAST. Even the announcer gets angry.
- Overly Narrow Superlative:
- The Godzilla (2014) trailer calls the movie "the best American Godzilla movie ever made, which really isn't saying much," and shows crappy scenes from the 1998 Godzilla movie.
- The Jurassic World trailer calls it "the best Jurassic Park sequel ever made, which really isn't saying much," and shows crappy scenes from Jurassic Park III.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Their opinion of every single 2015 summer blockbuster that was not Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Overused Running Gag: The narrator cuts short the LENS FLARES montage from Star Trek Into Darkness, deciding the audience gets the point already.
- From the Twilight: Breaking Dawn trailer: "Brace yourself for two movies so unnecessarily long that they include five Volvo commercials, two montages of the previous Twilight movies, four games of chess, and the MOST. STARES. EVER!"
- The trailer for Titanic, "a film so bloated you can honestly just skip the first half hour (Don't worry, there's still, like, three hours left to go)."
- In Man of Steel, the description of Krypton includes "way too many subplots".
- The trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey lampshades the three hour run time of the movie in its own way.....the narrator at one point dozes off and yawns when he is suddenly roused from his nodding off at the mike.
- Pandering to the Base: Invoked with the trailer for "Transformers: Age of Extinction", the highest-grossing movie in China to date.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In Avatar, "follow along with a team of scientists who blend in with the natives by wearing the Gap khaki collection."
- Paranoia Fuel: Gone Girl is the movie that left its viewers "wondering if their significant other was planning to kill them!" The narrator also thinks it should alternatively be titled Your Wife Probably Wants To Kill You.
- Patriotic Fervor: Modern Warfare's campaign is described as the following:
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Their Lord of the Rings video lampshades how most of Andy Serkis' post-Gollum roles have been mostly motion-capture ones.
- Poor Man's Substitute: Invoked when Aaron Taylor-Johnson is credited as "Discount Channing Tatum" in Godzilla (2014) and Jai Courtney is described as a "homeless man's Channing Tatum" in Terminator Genisys.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Normally swearing is bleeped out, but a clear f-word is left at the end of The Dark Knight trailer.Narrator: Oh, who are we kidding? This movie is fucking awesome...
- There is one for the original RoboCop (1987) trailer; it is bleeped out, but you can still clearly hear it.Narrator: Rated 'R' for RoboCop. Because that's how you make a f*cking RoboCop movie!
- Normally swearing is bleeped out, but a clear f-word is left at the end of The Dark Knight trailer.
- Previews Pulse: Pointed out in the trailers for Inception and World War Z, and imitated in the teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Product Placement: Transformers set records for Product Placement in real life. So for the Honest Trailer, instead of announcing the actual stars, the narrator announces these stars:Narrator: Starring: Burger King, Panasonic, eBay, Cadillac, GMC, The Strokes, Pepto-Bismol, Xbox, Furbies?! Pontiac, Mountain Dew, Chevrolet, Chevrolet, and introducing, Chevrolet."
- And the last Twilight movie is so bloated that the narrator says it contains the equivalent of five Volvo commercials.
- The Stinger for World War Z's trailer parodies the film's use of this.Narrator: Man, all the reshoots must have cost a fortune. How'd they afford to pay for that? (scene of Brad Pitt drinking a Pepsi) Man, that really makes me want a Coke.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: In Breaking Bad, "[Walter White will] cook crystal meth to pay for his expensive cancer treatment, then to save money for his family, and then just because...."
- Pungeon Master: The narrator says that in Batman & Robin, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy team up, "even though their goals are completely incompatible, to make the most puns ever." [Cue montage of Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy making puns]
- Punny Name: Actors' names are often punned when read. For instance:
- "My Cocaine" for The Dark Knight Rises.
- "Noomi Rapeface" and "Charlie The Ron" for Prometheus.
- "Harrison Bored", "Shit the Bed", and "Cat Blanket" for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- In Iron Man 2, Robert Downey, Jr. as "Robb Stark"
- The Notebook has Rachel McAdamsApple while focusing on her Adam's Apple.
- Harry Potter has Hairy Old Man and Luke Skypotter.
- "Eye Dress Elbow", "Lokimon", and "Portmandia" from Thor.
- "Sick Horny Weaver" in Ghostbusters (1984)
- The Attack of the Clones trailer gave us "Hay Don't Act Again" and "Ewan a Bad Movie"
- Spiderman Trilogy lists Topher Grace as "Gopher Face".
- Sean Bean in Jupiter Ascending is credited as "Sean Bee-n".
- Everyone who's credited in Furious 7 (except for Vin Diesel).Narrator: That's just his name. That's not a pun.
- "Kate Beckons Sailors" in Pearl Harbor.
- Race Lift:
- In Skyfall, there's disbelief at the fact that Ms. Moneypenny's black. Credited as "Miss Moneypenny's black?!"
- The "race bending" of The Last Airbender is "advertised".Narrator: Watch as the ethnically diverse heroes you know and love are brought to life as generic white kids, and the ethnically diverse villains... stay ethnically diverse.
- Lawrence Fishburne as Perry White in Man of Steel is credited as "Perry Black".
- Discussed in the Batman trailer, where the narrator checks the "Cast a black guy to play a white guy" box for the "Break the Internet bingo" he's playing.
- Rage Quit: The narrator finds After Earth far too dumb, gives up, and drives off in a huff just before the cast reading.
- Raging Stiffie: In The Lord of the Rings, Elijah Wood as Frodo is credited as "Morning Wood".
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie: For April Fools' Day in 2015, there was an Honest Game Trailer for Half-Life 3. The trailer pretty much consists of calling it the greatest human experience ever made.
- Reality Ensues: What happens during the Honest Game Trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag(Edward dives into a bale of hay) "Surely this small amount of hay will cushion the impact—*CRACK* OH GOD, MY BONES!"
- Honest Action explains how some movie injuries would be a lot more severe in real life, by describing how many lives one needs to survive all of them.
- Recurring Element: Each of the Mission: Impossible films involves a rogue IMF agent and an arms dealer.
- Recycled In Space: The Honest Game Trailer for Starcraft 2 names it "Warcraft IN SPACE!", referring to how the gameplay in the games are essentially the same.
- Recycled Script:
- The Spider-Man trilogy. Composed of:
- Spider-Man, where Peter Parker struggles with his powers, breaks up with Mary Jane, and fights with a villain that ultimately kills himself;
- Spider-Man 2, where Peter Parker struggles with his powers, breaks up with Mary Jane, and fights with a villain that ultimately kills himself; and
- Spider-Man 3, where Peter Parker struggles with his powers, breaks up with Mary Jane, and fights with a villain that ultimately kills himself. "Wait, did they just make the same movie 3 times in a row?."
- And also the Back to the Future trilogy. Composed by:
- Back to the Future: where they travel to the past, beat up the bully, fix the future, and set up the sequel,
- Back to the Future Part II: where they travel to the past, beat up the bully, fix the future, and set up the sequel, and
- Back to the Future Part III: where they travel to the past, beat up the bully, fix the future, and leave open the possibility for a sequel.Biff Tannen: There's something very familiar about all this...
- Skyfall's trailer lampoons how the hard drive Bond is after contains the identity of all NATO agents, which is ripped off from Mission: Impossible and how the ending is a rip off of Home Alone.
- Jon Bailey actually interrupts his reading of both Divergent Honest Trailers finding the movie identical to other dystopias (The Hunger Games for the original, The Maze Runner for Insurgent).
- Modern Warfare's storyline is called as such.Narrator: Pick up all three of the best-selling shooters that are all the same, full of rehashed moments like: slow-motion door breaches; the level where you control a giant gun; that part where you look around and wait to die; the unnecessary controversial moment; and, the climatic ending where you're seriously injured and the main bad guy is about to kill you... but then he gets distracted by something which gives you enough time to kill him first.
- The first four Mission: Impossible movies, involving a rogue IMF agent and an arms dealer.
- The video for Ant-Man points out the plot's similarities to the first Iron Man movie, such as a brilliant tech industrialist being betrayed by a bald former ally and a supporting character looking at the suit they'll wear in the sequel.
- Relentlessly parodied in Superman Returns, where all of the homages to the Donner films are said to just be kind of pointless and dull, especially when combined with weepy dramatic subplots and very unsubtle Jesus imagery; at one point, all of the dialogue directly lifted from the first film is just played side-to-side with the original.Narrator: Christopher Reeve IS Superman... and Brandon Routh is doing a pretty good impression of him.
Narrator: Kevin Spacey stars as Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor!
- The Honest Game Trailer for Star Fox Zero mocks the game for how much it copied from Star Fox 64, such as the story, levels, bosses and enemies.
- Relationship Sue: Ryan Gosling in The Notebook is credited as "Perfection".
- Replacement Scrappy: Tokka and Rahzar (who are Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for Bebop and Rocksteady) are referred to as, "two lame-ass ripoffs that no-one ever asked for!"
- Retraux: The Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Top Gun trailers are filtered to make it look like they were ripped from an old video tape.
- Revenue Enhancing Devices:
- Role Association:
- Twice this is used in a Shaped Like Itself manner. The Jurassic Park trailer credits Sam Neill as "The guy from Jurassic Park" and Home Alone has John Heard credited as "The dad from Home Alone".
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was "The one with Shovelface".
- In Iron Man 2, they take a very long time trying to figure out who Justin Hammer is played by, eventually remembering that it's Sam Rockwell.Narrator: Oh, that guy from, um, uh... he was in that one movie... Sam... Elliot? No, uh... man, it's bugging me... Sam Rockwell! It's Sam Rockwell! That's the guy. I loved him in Galaxy Quest!
- Star Trek asked important questions like "Oh, Winona Ryder's still working?"
- In 300, the narrator is surprised to see that it stars Cersei Lannister, McNulty and Michael Fassbender.
- By the truckload in the Entourage trailer, which points out the show's celebrity cameos.
- Rooting for the Empire: Invoked by the narrator when he has this reaction to watching the exploding warships in Pearl Harbor, getting so excited by the action... that he forgets he's cheering on the Japanese bombers blowing up fellow Americans.Narrator: Dammit Michael Bay, why'd you make that look so cool?
- Rule of Cool: In The Avengers, they point out their disbelief at how the Incredible Hulk could suddenly and inexplicably control his rage, "which doesn't matter, because that shot was awesome."
- Running Gag:
- "STARES." Also made into an Overly Long Gag set to very EPIC music. Done for X-Men and Godzilla, too!
- "...Bewbs!" / "...Abs!" / "...Tush!" / "...And pixellated Bahls!"
- Shots of characters looking strained from a test of strength will be dubbed: "(Character) pooping."
- Any trailer involving an animated movie will have silly dubs of the songs, with the obligatory love song changed to a song about "porking."
- The constant Bonnie jumpscares in the Five Nights at Freddy's video. As well as at the end, the narrator is relieved that at least there are no sequels, only for the sequel title to appear. At the end of the Honest Game Trailer for Five Nights At Freddy's 2, the exact same joke is done only to reveal Five Nights At Freddys 3.
- The Pokémon trailers will at least have one Pokemon being called "This (Creature) is on Fire!"
- "And leave a comment with a word you'd like to hear me say in my awesome voice."
- Sand In My Eyes:
- Scenery Porn:
- Skyfall is criticized for its absurdly long landscape shots.
- Also, The Lord of the Rings is described as an eleven hour New Zealand tourism commercial.
- The Scrappy: Skyler White in Breaking Bad is Walt's annoying wife "who at first you wish would just go away, then later will wish she could just get away, since she's married to a complete sociopath." [shows clips of Walt being hostile to Skyler to demonstrate his point, including his "I am the danger!" scene]
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Combined with a Rage Quit in the Honest Trailer of After Earth; the narrator leaves towards the end after realizing how many terrible Plot Holes the movie has.Narrator: Look, I gotta get outta here. It's just not worth it. You guys don't have to pay me for this one, just call me next week for Walking Dead. [drives off]
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: In the Pokémon Gold and Silver Honest Trailer, the narrator makes a big deal of the fact that it was the first Pokemon game to have:
- Self-Deprecation: The trailer for the Screen Junkies channel.
- "Revisit the adventure that launched your childhood obsession with dinosaurs... and two really disappointing sequels."
- The Narrator feels this way about The Dark Knight Rises, describing Christopher Nolan as the "director of two good Batman movies."
- Their Iron Man 2 trailer mostly consists of them comparing how it falls short of Iron Man.
- Also for The Matrix trilogy, where it's even referred to "The Matrix... and its sequels".
- The Spider-Man Trilogy is called The Godfather Trilogy of superhero movies, "in that the first two are great and the third one sucks a**."
- X-Men and X2 "proved comic book movies can be awesome", while X-Men: The Last Stand "proved comic book movies can totally suck balls".
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: When the movie they're making an Honest Trailers shows similar plot to another movie.
- Inception is "A supposedly original film that's actually just The Matrix, except with creepier extras, and unclear rules [of physics]."
- Skyfall is shown to be another big offender.
- The plot — that Raoul Silva has stolen a harddrive with a list of secret agents, "which the writer stole from the plot of Mission: Impossible."
- The finale at the Skyfall estate, "an ending so goofy, they just ripped it off from Home Alone." Cue a montage of the Skyfall booby trap sequence. In the montage, clips from the second Home Alone movie of Harry setting his head on fire are spliced in.
- Subverted with Guardians of the GalaxyNarrator: What I'm trying to say is: they're the Space Avengers. But I guess it's technically not stealing if they're ripping off themselves.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Bloodborne points out the game's obvious similarities to the gameplay of Dark Souls:Narrator: Suffer through another brutal action RPG that's as brutal as Dark Souls, because it basically is Dark Souls, but isn't called Dark Souls to trick people who hate Dark Souls into trying out Dark Souls.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: During the The Divergent Series: Insurgent Honest Trailer, the narrator gets sick of the franchise's use of "SAT words" like Abdegnation and Erudite:Narrator: I'm frustrated by the bounteous measure of inorderly and circuitous vernacular in this cinematic offering! [beat] See? I have a thesaurus too!
- Sexposition: "A show with so many monologues, HBO will desperately try to keep your attention by any...boobs...necessary."
- Shaped Like Itself:
- After the narrator rage quits in After Earth, a rather squeaky-voiced Hal Rudnick continues the trailer by saying, "Uh... I don't think he's coming back."
- For Star Wars, Alec Guinness' starring name comes up as "Genuine Class."
- For Die Hard, Hans Gruber's name is pronounced like "MACGRUBEEEERRRRRRRR!!!"
- Shown Their Work: The Pearl Harbor trailer lists several actual heroes of the attack under "Not Starring," including Kenneth Taylor and George Welch, who really took off and shot down Japanese planes.
- Single Tear / Inelegant Blubbering: The Spider-Man Trilogy trailer contains a montage of Peter Parker doing both of these.
- Skewed Priorities: From Les Misérables (2012):
- In the beginning part:Meet the spirit of human redemption, Jean Valjean
A paroled thief now on the run under an assumed identity
For reasons never made clear in the entire movie
Who must face off against Inspector Javert
An officer with such terrible priorities
He'll put the entire city of Paris on lockdown
To stop a man who already served his time
- And:Leaving Valjean to now care for Cosette
[Fantine's] precocious child who is scared of the dark
But is totally cool letting some stranger
drag her around the city
- Then finally, a two-in-one hit:Now at the dawn of revolution
One young man will give up everything
For a woman he's met through a fence
Prompting a heartbreaking romance we know nothing about
Because the entire subplot is glossed over
To make room for countless scenes of Borat
- From Game of ThronesNarrator: Watch as everyone fights to sit on the world's most uncomfortable chair, while completely ignoring an invasion of ice zombies that threatens to kill them all.
- In the beginning part:
- Slasher Smile: Willam Defoe as the Green Goblin freaks out the Narrator when he makes this:Narrator: ...eugh, he looks better with the mask on!
- So Cool It's Awesome:
- Despite making fun of Jurassic Park in their trailer, the narrator excitedly gushes over the climax with the T. rex.Narrator: Aw man, what an awesome shot... oohhh, look at how the banner falls! I gotta watch this movie again!
- He also excitedly features his favorite moments of Stuff Blowing Up in Breaking Bad.
- And gushes about Hulk punching a Chitauri leviathan in The Avengers.
- Pacific Rim gets called "either The Most Awesome Dumb Movie Ever Made or The Dumbest Awesome Movie Ever Made."
- Despite making fun of Jurassic Park in their trailer, the narrator excitedly gushes over the climax with the T. rex.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Calls Frozen's Fixer-Upper as "The One You Don't Know the Words To"So he's a bit of a Fixer-Upper
Little bit of love!
I———— don't know what the words really are
- Again for the Zulu chorus in The Lion King's "Circle of Life":
(It's okay) (We'll make them up!)
No one knows what-a we are a-singing
But it's fun to sing it anyway-a!
- So Okay, It's Average:
- The Narrator's opinion of Thor.
- The Honest Trailer for the sequel, Thor: The Dark World, is pretty cool about it, describing it as "another perfectly adequate Marvel movie". This even gets a call back in the Honest Trailer of Hulk, when after describing its climax as "an impossible-to-see climax, that takes place at night, underwater, against a cloud... thing." he adds that Thor: The Dark World looks "pretty good right now" in comparison.
- Speaking Simlish: The Narrator points this out in The Sims:
- Spinoff: Honest Action, which has a certified physician analyze action movies and list the injuries the character would receive in the real world.
- There's also Honest Game Trailers, which focused on video games instead of films or shows.
- Spiritual Adaptation: Brought up in the Fantastic Four trailer:
- Spoilers: The series openly discusses them, since the videos are released after the film in question is available on DVD. Honest Trailers revealing major plot twists or developments will usually begin with the disclaimer "The following trailer is rated "S" for spoilers".
- Game of Thrones has a spoiler-free version where potentially spoilery content (even those from the first episode!) was either blurred or bleeped. This includes every mention of dragons.
- The Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys opens with the usual disclaimer, also chiding the movie's real trailer for not showing that kind of discretion by giving away "the only cool part in the entire movie", that John Connor becomes a Terminator.
- Spoof Aesop: Describes Frozen as a movie that "teaches girls everywhere they don't need a prince to rescue them, because all men are disgusting loners [shows Kristoff], greedy murderers [shows The Duke of Weselton], or lying, manipulative, power-hungry sociopaths [shows Prince Hans]".Narrator: Happy now, Jezebel?
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer lampshades how Wolverine is always this, in detriment to most other characters.Narrator: In a world full of other cool X-Men, meet...Wolverine, for the seventh f(bleep!)cking time.
- Stalker with a Crush: The Attack of the Clones trailer calls Anakin a "a rat-tailed ***hole who's been creepily stalking Padme for the last decade". Cue montage of Anakin's love declarations throughout the movie with dissonant horror movie music added in.Padme: Please don't look at me like that.
Anakin: Why not?
Padme: It makes me feel uncomfortable.
Anakin: [Smirking] Sorry milady. [Stares at her leaving for an uncomfortably long time.]
- Star-Derailing Role: Credits Maria Pitillo in the Godzilla (1998) Honest Trailer as "Career Killer."
- Stealth Insult:
- They snuck in a quick Take That at The Dark Knight Rises during their Inception trailer.Narrator: From the director of two good Batman movies...
- From The Walking Dead trailer...Narrator: From the network that brought you Breaking Bad, a show you couldn't stop watching, comes a show so inconsistent you have to keep talking yourself into watching...
- From 300:
- The opening to their trailer of Frozen mentions that it's been 3 years since their last musical (Tangled) and 18 years since their last GOOD musical (Pocahontas).
- In their trailer for the Spider-Man Trilogy, The Amazing Spider-Man is referenced just once as "the hipster reboot." The Spider-Man Trilogy is also compared to The Godfather Trilogy... in that "the first two are great and the third one sucks ass."
- In the Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim, when the narrator mentions a Long List of works from whom the film draws its influences, he mentions "that stupid Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie."
- They snuck in a quick Take That at The Dark Knight Rises during their Inception trailer.
- Stillborn Franchise:
- Makes a crack with this at the expense of Green Lantern.Narrator: Haha! They thought there was going to be a sequel. That's adorable....
- And again at the expense of Super Mario Bros.Daisy: Luigi, Mario! You have to come with me, I need your help!
Narrator: [flatly] Yeah, that's not gonna happen.
- Makes a crack with this at the expense of Green Lantern.
- Stock Footage: Superman IV reuses "the same flying shots used over, and over, and over, and over again.Narrator: Seriously, these are all the same shot? You couldn't do one more take? That's... that's lazy, you guys.
- The Stoner: In the Resident Evil trailer, the narrator's voice briefly changes into this, after pointing out that the item that can heal the injuries received by the player characters is a green herb.Narrator: [in a Jamaican accent] Nothing a little Green Herb can't fix, am I right, mon? Hohohohoho!
- Strange Minds Think Alike: While the Epic Voice Guy (Jon Bailey) and Epic Voice Guy Sr. (Gannon Nickell) disagree on whether or not The Force Awakens is a good movie overall, they share the same favourite and least favourite moments.
- Strangled by the Red String: The romantic subplot of Les Miserabablebles, as pointed out in the third example for Skewed Priorities above. The HT for The Hunger Games also claims Katniss and Peeta lack chemistry.
- Strictly Formula:
- Every Sam Raimi Spider-Man film is narrated with the exact same plotline: "A story about Peter Parker struggling with his powers, breaking up with Mary Jane, and fighting a villain who ultimately kills himself."
- The Honest Trailer for Iron Man describes a formulaic trend that will dominate subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: "Take a half-forgotten, B-list superhero, cast an unknown or half-forgotten, B-list actor, have him fight a generic villain that will only last one movie, fall in love with a generically strong female character, make a ton of quips, talk a bunch of science, destroy some public property, cram Stan Lee in there somewhere, shoot a blue beam into the sky, set up an Avengers movie, and force the audience to sit through 500 visual effects guys' names just to catch a few extra seconds."
- Strong as They Need to Be: In The Dark Knight, the Bat-Armor "can withstand falls from any height, but sucks against bullets."
- Stupid Crooks: In Fast Five, "gear up to steal $100 million with the dumbest criminals ever as they: take off their masks during robberies, go for leisurely strolls while all of Rio's drug gangs are after them, and drag race cop cars they just stole down the middle of the streets."
- Surprise Creepy: About Peter Pan:Narrator: Revisit the animated classic that will make you say: "This is way creepier than I remember it..."
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Their opinion of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- "And when I say [Hermione is] hot, I mean only in the last three movies after [the actress playing her] turned eighteen! Heh heh... pervs!"
- In Attack of the Clones, Palpatine is credited as "Definitely Not the Emperor".
- In the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 Trailer, they give an unconvincing denial of looking at the Jennifer Lawrence nude leaks.
- At the end of the Magic Mike trailer, the narrator insisted that he's not gay or weird... after spending the "Starring" part raving about abbbbbs and asssss and peccccs and having a Freudian Slip about wanting Channing Tatum, he didn't really fool anyone.
- Take That: Pretty much the whole point of the majority of the trailers.
- Tank Goodness: The Honest Game Trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight focuses mostly on how the Batmobile is esentially a tank. So much so that they call it Arkham: World of Tanks.
- Technology Marches On:
- In Jurassic Park: "Re-experience the ground-breaking CGI that still holds up after twenty years, [shows shots of the park's 1990s computers] and all of this technology that doesn't."
- In Harry Potter, Hogwarts is a place "where technology seems to have been frozen in the nineteenth century, replacing cell phones and the Internet with quill pens and owls."
- In Home Alone, "bundle up and relive the early 1990s joy of Micro Machines, starting lineup figures, Johnny Carson, 35 mm cameras, landline phones, answering machines, pre-9/11 air travel, and Macaulay Culkin."
- Tempting Fate: At the end of the Five Nights at Freddy's trailer:Narrator: At least this is just one of those one-off internet fads that I won't have to play anymor-(cue trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's 2) Oh f***. We're gonna have a million of these, aren't we?
- That's What She Said:
"Luke is the best bush pilot in the Outer Rim Territories."
- The narrator says this in the Man of Steel trailer in response to Lois Lane's attempts to plug something into a hole and saying it's supposed to go all the way in.
- The Star Wars trailer also played on this with all the Accidental Innuendoes in the movie's "Freudian finale" (as the narrator put it):
"Look at the size of that thing!"
"They came from behind."
"...should be able to penetrate the outer defense."
"Almost there... Almost there...!"
"Didn't go in."
"You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!"
"Luke, at that speed, will y'be able to pull out in time?"Michael Scott: That's what she said! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
- Theme Tune Cameo: The requests at the beginning of Terminator 2: Judgment Day are put in a way the Previews Pulse that accompanies them plays the Terminator theme.
- The Unintelligible:
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: The Honest Trailer for Dragonball Evolution chides it for ripping off other movies, such as the volcanic scenes from The Lord of the Rings, the super-fast punching fight scenes of The Matrix and the turqoise filter-filmed brooding of Twilight, showing the original scenes next to those of Dragonball for comparison.
- They Just Didn't Care: On a few rare occasions, the Honest Trailer will actually call the movie out for getting lazy in some part of the production.
- For Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, they tear into the movie for its way of recycling shots of Superman flying, most notably one of him flying towards the screen they re-use nine times in the movie.
- In the Transformers: Age of Extinction video, they point out how the makers didn't bother adding animation to some green screens shown on a series of monitors.
- They rip into The Jungle Book, of all movies, for reusing several shots and character animations by giving them different lighting or mirroring them, showing the shots side by side for comparison. The video also shows how some shots from the movie made it into other Disney movies over the years, such as an animation of Mowgli being licked by the wolves being recycled in The Sword in the Stone.Narrator: That's like... Michael Bay lazy!
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Invoked in their trailer for World War Z, referring to how little of the novel's story was actually used in the film.
- Narrator: Man, what a waste of good source material.
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- This Loser Is You: "From J. K. Rowling, the author of the book series that kept Borders open for another few years, comes the movie adaptation for people too lazy to read [shows clip of Uncle Vernon grabbing a container of ice cream from the freezer]."
- Throw It In: In-universe. In the Kingsman trailer, the narrator references how Samuel L. Jackson invoked this trope to give Valentine a lisp, and he wonders if the director was too scared to refuse.
- Time Skip:
- In Skyfall, "when Bond is abruptly killed, it'll only take the length of one Adele song before he anticlimatically pops up in the most secluded corner of the globe. That conveniently has CNN in English."
- Also mocks the fact that in The Dark Knight Rises, after Bane takes over Gotham, the movie skips over three months, during which there is only "one riot and zero gridlock. Seriously, where is everybody?"
- Les Miserables has "Not since The Dark Knight Rises has a movie been so manipulative with its use of time jumps."
- Toilet Humor: In the Grown Ups trailer, they deliberately criticize the overusage of toilet jokes.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Discussed in the Honest Trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which remarks that the revelation that the T-800 protects John Connor instead of hunting him was given away by the film's actual trailers. The Honest Trailer also remarks that Terminator Genisys apparently didn't learn from that mistake, since its actual trailers gave away the twist that John Connor becomes a Terminator.
- Troubled Production: World War Z, "a film with so many production problems, people were genuinely surprised when it wasn't a complete disaster."
- Trolling Creator: The Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy describes Marvel as messing with their loyal audience with the movie, such as by getting Vin Diesel to appear in movie, but only having say one line,note getting major actors such as Glenn Close and John C. Reilly into the cast, but having them play minor roles, and having the lead character of their worst film ever appear in the post-credit sequence instead of a hint of the next Avengers movie.
- Trying Not to Cry:
Narrator: [while sobbing] Enough! It's too sad! Just go to starring! Go!
- The Fault in Our Stars trailer has the narrator making a game attempt at remaining snarky while summing up the climax of the film, only to break down by the end of it.
- Type Casting: Invoked in the trailer for Die Hard regarding Reginald VelJohnson:
- Unfortunate Implications:
- From Transformers: "But in the meantime, there's gratuitous porny shots of Megan Fox, weird racism, and robot fights that erupt around random hot girls Michael Bay was trying to pork."
- From The Notebook: "A love that taught an entire generation of women that it's perfectly okay to string along a sweet, handsome, supportive guy, as long as you're able to satisfy your every impulsive desire."
- They note that in Breaking Bad, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman battle some of television's greatest villains, all of which happen to be angry Latino men (ay-ay-ay).note
- Home Alone makes a point of telling you to "Witness years of neglect and abuse take their toll on Kevin McCallister as he shows all the signs of becoming a sociopath, like: manipulation [shows Kate sending Kevin up to the third floor after the pizza incident], talking to himself [shows Kevin talking to himself in the mirror while using deodorant], entrapping two nonviolent criminals [Harry and Marv] inside a sadistic world of torture from which there is no escape [shows scene of Harry's head being set on fire with a blowtorch], but gosh darn that he's just the cutest little thing."
- From Transformers: Age of Extinction: "From a franchise known for objectifying hot, young women; prepare for a new low, as they make the movie's hot chick an underage girl, make her boyfriend a legal adult, and literally stop the movie to explain why it's okay for them to pork. [...] If only they put as much effort into justifying the plot as much as they did with having sex with a minor."
- Unintentional Period Piece:
- The Honest Trailer for Independence Day lists a bunch of 90s nostalgia triggers from the movie, like CD-ROMs, R.E.M. and Fruitopia.
- The Honest Trailer for Die Hard lists a bunch of things from the movie, which came out in 1988, that aren't as common today, such as cocaine, indoor smoking, pregnant drinking, making fun of touchscreens and more cocaine.Narrator: [makes a loud sniffing sound] WHOOO! Best decade ever!
- Godzilla (1998) is mocked for how dated it is, with a list of 90s stuff that appears in it, such as Kodak disposable cameras, Josta Cola,note Blockbuster video stores and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center being described as the worst case of destruction on U.S. soil, the last of which obviously feels very dated after 9/11.
- The Honest Trailer for X-Men: The Animated Series notes that while it feels very dated, with its old technology and references to 90s pop culture, the show is still enjoyable.
- Values Dissonance: They invoked and poke fun at Disney about this in the Peter Pan trailer, first by doing a montage of the sexism in the movie before moving on to showing the unfortunate portrayal of Native Americans. It then goes on to show all the other racial stereotypes in the other Disney films.
- Verbal Tic / This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In Breaking Bad, "meet Walter White's partner Jesse Pinkman, a Juggalo without the makeup who prefers the formal term for female dog." [Cues a montage of every instance of Jesse saying "bitch"]
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Naturally comes up in 300.
- Viewers Are Goldfish: In the honest trailer for Kingdom Hearts, the narrator explains that you'll travel along with two of the most famous cartoon characters of all time (Donald Duck and Goofy), "but don't worry if you forget everyone's name, because they remind you every five seconds." ''[Montage of them introducing themselves as "Sora, Donald and Goofy") And then the narrator calls them "Dolan and Gooby" when he continues.
- Viewer Gender Confusion:
- They mistake Ellen Page for a boy in Inception. And Legolas for Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Helena Bonham-Carter is mistaken for Tim Burton in Les Miserabablebles.
- The narrator got smacked with this hard In-Universe in the Final Fantasy VII trailer.Narrator: You'll also join forces with hot chicks like... Tifa... Aeris/th... and Sephiroth, whose beautiful silver hair, slender hips, and deep green eyes will leave you breath— [shirtless Sephiroth appears] wait, he's a dude!? Aw man! I have his picture up in my bedroom!
- Victorious Childhood Friend: The Narrator jokes that Peeta's role in Catching Fire as "his never ending journey to escape the friendzone.""Holy shit that worked. Not bad, Cake Boss, not bad."
- Villain Has a Point: According to the Narrator, the human antagonists in the X-Men movies:Narrator: Watch as all mutant-kind must band together to defeat evil government officials out to prove that mutants are dangerous... which they totally are! [cue montage of mutants being dangerous with comedic music playing over it, ending with Charles Xavier being brainwashed into snuffing out humans with his mind.]
- Villainy-Free Villain: The Narrator considers Khan to be this in Star Trek Into Darkness.Narrator: [Khan]'s a ruthless villain so diabolical he'll... not kill Spock [Khan shoots Spock's gun out of his hand], let Kirk express his feelings [Khan does nothing while Kirk punches him repeatedly], and ultimately be completely justified in his actions. [Khan talks about wanting to save his family] ...you've gotta admit, he's got a point.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: The Stinger for The Little Mermaid shows how different it would be had Ariel's top half been a fish instead of her bottom half. Eric covers his mouth as if he were about to toss his cookies.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The Narrator points out that The LEGO Movie would be very different if told in another medium."Laugh along at the mix of expert CGI and comically bad Live Action — that covers up the horrific reality of what you're actually watching! Like this cop killing his own parents! The destruction of an entire city... the brutal beheading of one of the films heroes! And the fact that this father and son have created a sentient universe in their basement that they can destroy at any time!"
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The Honest Trailer of Super Mario Bros. asks how much acid the filmmakers took. After seeing the infamously In-Name-Only Goombas dancing with each other, the narrator decides "Okay, all of it. All of the acid."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: "Wait, whatever happened to that hard drive they were looking for? Wasn't that the whole point of the movie? No? Oh, OK."
- WTH, Casting Agency?:
- Worst Whatever Ever:
- Writer on Board: Inverted - another narrator took over the trailer of The Force Awakens, to make sure that the main narrator does not get too complacent because of his fanboyism.
- The X of Y: "Travel to Westeros, a place where everything is the Thing of Nouns." Hand of the King, Light of the Seven, Brienne of Tarth, Lord of Bones, Lord of Light, Master of Coin, Mother of Dragons, Son of Dolf, Son of Fire, Warrior of Light, Bank of Braavos, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North...
- You Are Number 6:
- In Skyfall, Severine is credited as "Random Bond Girl #732."
- In Ant-Man, Darren Cross is credited as "Disposable Marvel Villain #9."
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: "Will Smith as Cipher Rage... Hehe, okay guys, very funny, what his real name?" (Followed shortly by this trope, name dropped)
- "Thanks for watching. Be sure to subscribe. And leave a comment with something you'd like to hear me say next time in my awesome voice."
"Shrek is love, Shrek is life."
"I am a banana."
"Join me, and together we can rule the ga."
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
"I am a smelly butt-head who liked to wear dresses, and I poop."
"I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble."
"Roses are red, violets are blue, I suck at poems, bewbs."
"I used to be a narrator, until I took — nope, not saying that."