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Web Video: Honest Trailers
Never Trust a Trailer? You can definitely trust these!

From 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.

They describe movies with such 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.

HONEST TRAILERS. 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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  • 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".
  • Rage Quit: The narrator found After Earth far too dumb and gave up before the cast reading.
  • Raging Stiffie: In The Lord of the Rings, Elijah Wood as Frodo is credited as "Morning Wood".
  • 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.
  • invokedRecycled Script: The Spider-Man trilogy. Composed of:
    1. Spider-Man, where Peter Parker struggles with his powers, breaks up with Mary Jane, and fights with a villain that ultimately kills himself;
    2. 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
    3. 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?."
    • 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 the Divergent honest trailer because he sees it as being identical to the Hunger Games.
    Jon Bailey: So it's the Hunger Games without the actual games? That must be horrible.
    Narattor: 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.
  • invokedRelationship Sue: Ryan Gosling in The Notebook is credited as "Perfection".
  • invokedReplacement Scrappy: Tokka & Rahzar (who are Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for Bebop & 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:
    • Titanic 3D. "3D so real, you can actually feel James Cameron stealing money from your pocket."
    • As the introduction of Modern Warfare points out
      Narrator: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Special Edition [Total Cost: $180]. Plus DLC [Total Cost: $280].
  • 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!
    • "And leave a comment with a word you'd like to hear me say in my awesome voice."
    • "...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.
  • Sand In My Eyes: At the end of Home Alone, when the old man is reunited with his estranged son, and finally meets his granddaughter.
    "This scene always gets to me. (sniffles) I'm not crying! You're crying!"
  • 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.
  • invokedThe 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!: In the Honest Trailer of After Earth, the narrator leaves towards the end after learning of how many terrible plot holes the movie has.
  • Self-Deprecation: The trailer for the Screen Junkies channel.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: invoked 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.
  • invokedSequelitis:
  • Sexposition: "A show with so many monologues, HBO will desperately try to keep your attention by any...boobs...necessary."
  • Shaped Like Itself: In Home Alone, John Heard is credited as "The Dad From Home Alone".
    • Before this, Sam Neill was noted as being "That Guy from Jurassic Park".
  • Shout-Out:

  • Single Tear / Inelegant Blubbering: The Spider-Man Trilogy trailer contains a montage of Peter Parker doing both of these.
  • Skewed Priorities: From Les Miserables (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
    Narrator: 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.
  • 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!
  • invokedSo Cool Its 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."
  • 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
    Something something
    Something something
    Little bit of love!
    I———— don't know what the words really are
    (It's okay) (We'll make them up!)
    We don't know what-a we are singing
    But it's fun to sing it anyway-a!
  • invokedSo Okay, It's Average: The Narrator's opinion of Thor.
    Narrator: You've seen great superhero films, you've seen terrible superhero films. Now, prepare for a superhero film that's just kinda... "ehh". I'm mean, I guess they did the best they could adapting a comic book about a bratty space god.
  • 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.
  • Spoilers: The series openly discusses them, since the videos are released after the film in question is available on DVD.
    Narrator: The following is rated "S" for spoilers.
  • 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: (while smirking) Sorry my lady. (stares at her leaving for an uncomfortably long time)
    Narrator: Eyuugh.
  • invokedStar-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 review.
    Narrator: From the director of two good Batman movies...
    Narrator: From the network that brought you Breaking Bad, the show you couldn't stop watching, comes the show that's so inconsistent that you keep talking yourself into watching...
  • invokedStillborn Franchise: Makes a crack with this at the expense of Green Lantern.
  • Strangled by the Red String: invoked 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.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In The Dark Knight, the Bat-Armor "can withstand falls from any height, but sucks against bullets."
    • Also, in Batman & Robin, "watch Academy Award winning ladies' man George Clooney phone it in as Batman, a hero capable of performing impossible feats... except for moving his neck. Or body."
  • 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."
  • invokedSurprisingly Improved Sequel: Their opinion of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    "You weren't that impressed with his first movie. He wasn't your favorite Avenger. Now, get ready for the sequel that made everyone say... 'Holy s***! Who knew Captain America kicked so much ass?'"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
  • Take That: Pretty much the whole point of the majority of the trailers.
  • Technology Marches On invoked:
    • 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 Night's at Freddy's 2) Oh f***. We're gonna have a million of these, aren't we?
  • That's What She Said: As stated about Man of Steel 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 Unintelligible:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Mentioned In-Universe in their trailer for World War Z.
    "Man, what a waste of good source-material.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The After Earth trailer begins with "From the director of...(M. Night Shyamalan's name comes up) Oh god, not him again."
  • 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]."
  • 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.
  • invokedTroubled Production: World War Z, "a film with so many production problems, people were genuinely surprised when it wasn't a complete disaster."
  • Trying Not to Cry: 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.
    Narrator: (while sobbing) Enough! It's too sad! Just go to starring! Go!
  • Unfortunate Implications:invoked
    • 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."
  • 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.
    Narrator: A film based on a comic book, based on an older film, based on Ancient Greek propaganda, based on a true story!
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: invoked
    • 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]'ve gotta admit, he's got a point.
  • 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."
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: invoked During the "Starring..." portion of the 300 trailer, the Narrator breaks from giving witty nicknames to voicing his shock at some of the actors who got cast.
  • Worst Whatever Ever: Batman & Robin is referred to as The Worst Batman Ever.
    • The "Just Sayin" reporter from Iron Man 3 gets called the Worst Movie Extra Ever. They even hijack the Iron Man 3 Cinema Sins video to point it out again.
  • 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 Six: In Skyfall, Severine is credited as "Random Bond Girl #732."

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