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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.

Honest Trailers.

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.

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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  • 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 trailer for Revenge of the Sith describes it as "The best Star Wars prequel...by default."
    • 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".
    • invokedUntil 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.
    • Pitch Perfect is described as "the best film of all time... about making noises with your mouth."
  • Damsel Scrappy: invoked 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.
  • Dancing Bear: Invoked in the Honest Trailer for Boyhood, a movie about a kid growing up that was filmed in about a decade to star a cast aging with their characters.
    "It's a beautiful movie, but honestly... if you took the same script and shot it over a few months, it would suck."
  • 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: invoked 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
    Narrator: Prepare for a movie that was sold as a face off between Walter White and Godzilla... Yet barely contains any Bryan Cranston ... And even less Godzilla. Seriously, there's less than 20 minutes of him: we counted. (Caption: Only 11 minutes, 16 seconds of Godzilla out of a 122 minute movie).
  • 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:
    • Warwick Davis's name is repeated four times in the casting list for Harry Potter.
    • Every use of Stock Footage in Superman IV.
    • Jurassic Park, starring the guy from Jurassic Park.
  • 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: invokedIn 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..."
  • 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 Worminvoked:
    • 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!"
  • Ending Fatigueinvoked: Parodied at the end of their The Lord of the Rings trailer, which ends three times.
    • 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.
    Narrator: Ugh, I can't believe we're only halfway through with this Peter Jackson nerdgasm.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: invoked 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:
    • Both narrators really wanted Katniss to choose Gale instead of Peeta.
      Gannon Nickell: I mean, I'm not gay, but I would totally s*** Gale's d***!
      Jon Bailey: 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 and 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.
  • Evil Laugh: In the Doom trailer, while explaining the first two games' Nintendo Hard difficulty:
    Narrator: ...because masochism is what video games were about in The '90s. No big deal if you die, though. You could always just respawn at the last checkpoint... AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE LEVEL! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Honest Trailer for World War Z finds it so painfully generic it's simply retitled Brad Pitt Zombie Movie.
  • 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 struggling to say it, and retching upon conclusion. A similar request for "Jar Jar Binks is the best Star Wars character" has the narrator struggling to say it again, but in that case he refused to finish it.
    • In the Terminator Genisys trailer, a user named DeathBySausage left a request saying "Say my username". So the narrator says "my username".
  • 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: invoked 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!
  • Female Gaze: Referring to Lewis who "can't resist male nudity" in RoboCop (1987): "Baaawllz!"
  • Fight Scene Failure: invoked 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: invoked
    • World War Z arrives "In a World where zombies have already infected every facet of pop culture, comes... another zombie movie. But this time... it's got Brad Pitt!"
    • The Epic Voice Guy stops the trailer of Divergent twice to remark how similar the plot is to The Hunger Games.
    • The Honest Trailer for Die Hard points out how the film Inverted this by casting Bruce Willis, "who looks like your dad", as the lead of an action movie in an age when other movies of the genre usually starred huge, muscular giants.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Or in the case of Gipsy Danger, forgot about their game breaking sword.
  • Franchise Killer: invoked
  • 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!
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Gears of War shows how the game set the tone for several later third person shooter games with huge, muscular protagonists and brownish color filters.
    • While the Honest Trailer for Jaws is very positive about it, it also points out how the film became an early example of unnecessary sequels to great movies that just keep coming and crappy shark horror movies.
  • Franchise Zombie: invoked
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: All of Lex Luthor's Missing Steps Plan from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, finishing with:
    24. Hopefully Batman kills Superman.
    25. If Batman doesn't kill Superman, hopefully Doomsday kills Superman.
    26. Sit back and run the company until daddy comes back.
  • 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.
  • Freud Was Right: Invoked about the Kryptonian ships "shaped like wangs" from Man of Steel.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: invoked 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.
  • Gambit Roulette: The trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice neatly lampshades that Lex Luthor's evil plan is very much this trope.
    If any one thing in this impossibly intricate plan over which I have almost no control over anyone's actions goes wrong, I'm screwed.
  • Genre Throwback: The Expendables, "the only 80s action movie to come out in 2010".
  • 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.
  • 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:
    Narrator: If your movie comes after Frozen, true love only exists between two girls. [beat] Aw yeah.
  • Growing the Beard: invoked 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: invoked
    • 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.
  • 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.
    Narrator: Uncomfortable... twin... tower references...
    Reporter: The worst act of destruction since the World Trade Center bombing.
    Narrator: Uhh... umm... Le- Let's just get to starring.
  • 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
  • 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 B.S.O.D.: The Narrator completely despairs upon seeing Emo Peter dancing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Invoked in the Honest Trailer for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, referencing Marvel's less than stellar attempts at live-action in the 70s-80s at the end, with the narrator commenting on how they'll never figure out how to make decent adaptations. The same joke is invoked in their later Honest Trailer for Captain America (1990).
  • 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: invoked
    • 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:
  • invokedI Am Not Shazam: "Meet Link, the iconic hero idiots still refer to as Zelda." Ironically, the narrator still credits him as Zelda.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: At the end of the Gone Girl Honest Trailer, the narrator remarks that the movie could have used more Tyler Perry, a.k.a. "Madea A Good Movie For Once", and is surprised that he actually said that.
  • Identical Stranger: Characters from one film are often credited as similar characters from another film.
  • 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:
    • Frozen's honest trailer rewrites "Love Is An Open Door" as:
    We are about to poooooooorrrrk
    Totally gonna pooooooork
    • Also from the Frozen trailer, "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" gets rewritten as:
    • The Lion King's honest trailer has this "slow jam" to remix "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?":
    We are going to pork tonight(Lions are gonna pork!)
    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
    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: invoked
    • 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.
  • 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?"
  • I Warned You: The voice asks if people really want to see an Honest Trailer for Undertale. He follows it up with "Don't say I didn't warn you."
  • 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:
  • 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:
    • The narrator eventually gives up trying to name, or even remember, the characters in Game of Thrones.
    "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]."
    • 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.)
    • The Honest Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron describes the additions of several new characters to a franchise that already has plenty as "the equivalent of emptying out your toy box and smashing all your action figures into each other."
  • Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: In X-Men, the narrator refers to Jean Grey's rather suggestive crying and groaning while struggling or being tormented at certain moments as "X-gasms" while the trailer runs a remarkably long montage of them.
    Narrator: Is it weird that this is... kinda turnin' me on?
  • Long List:


  • 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".
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: The narrator will at times get really angry, such as in a diatribe over meter maids given it's what Zootopia protagonist Judy Hopps starts as.
  • 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: invoked
    • 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?."
    1. Back to the Future: where they travel to the past, beat up the bully, fix the future, and set up the sequel,
    2. 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
    3. 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.
    • Ghostbusters II, which gets a side by side comparison to the first movie, pointing out how the plot is identical to the first film.
      Narrator: [annoyed] It's exactly the same as the first movie! But bad!
  • Relationship Sue: invoked Ryan Gosling in The Notebook is credited as "Perfection".
  • Replacement Scrappy: invoked 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:
    • 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].
  • Role Association: invoked
  • 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."
    • "What a coincidence!" In the CinemaSins crossover video "Everything Wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man 2", everytime characters meet up or something happens conveniently to the plot.
  • 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.
      Narrator: This scene always gets to me. [sniffles] I'm not crying! You're crying!
    • During Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the narrator starts tearing up during the T-800's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • 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 Revenant gets poked for its many, many shots of the sky:
      Narrator: Yep, that's the sky. Yep, it's still the sky. Oh look, there's the sky again. Sky's not going anywhere. Another sky shot, oh goody. Did they just put the camera down and forget it was rolling? Aaaaaand... sky.
      [later, when another sky shot appears]
      Narrator: Yes, thank you. We know the sky is still there.
  • The Scrappy: invoked 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:invoked 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:
    Narrator: Full. Blown. COLOR!
    [sounds of Chirping Crickets]
    Narrator: Look, it was a big deal at the time, all right? Jeez!
  • Self-Deprecation: The trailer for the Screen Junkies channel.
  • Sequelitis: invoked
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: invoked When the movie they're making an Honest Trailers shows similar plot to another movie.
  • 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:
    • In Home Alone, John Heard is credited as "The Dad From Home Alone".
    • In Jurassic Park, Sam Neill is credited as "That Guy from Jurassic Park".
    • In Deadpool and Big Hero 6, T.J. Miller is credited as "A T.J. Miller Type".
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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
      invokedFor 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 Thrones
      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!
  • So Cool, It's Awesome: invoked
    • 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!
    • Again for the Zulu chorus in The Lion King's "Circle of Life":
      I———— don't know what the words really are
      (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: invoked
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Honest Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, very apologetically, notes that it's pretty fun despite its storytelling problems:
      Narrator: I mean, it's definitely good, just not great, you know what I mean? Like, certainly enjoyable, but, you know... Aw man, we're gonna catch hell for this anyway.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
  • Speaking Simlish: The Narrator points this out in The Sims:
    Narrator: Create your own story as your Sims babble away in incomprehensible Simlish...
    Male Sim: [question in Simlish]
    Female Sim: [agreement in Simlish]
    Narrator: ...a ridiculous fake language like Klingon or Swedish.
    PewDiePie: [angry Swedish cursing]
  • 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: invoked Brought up in the Fantastic Four trailer:
    Narrator: And don't tell me it's impossible to make a good Fantastic Four movie. It's called The Incredibles, and it's perfect.
  • 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 considers Wolverine this for the whole X-Men film series, 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.
    • The Pirates of the Caribbean trailer renames the series Jack Sparrow of the Caribbean (And Some Other Pirates).
  • 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]
    Narrator: Eyuugh.
  • Star-Derailing Role: invoked Credits Maria Pitillo in the Godzilla (1998) Honest Trailer as "Career Killer."
  • Stealth Insult:
  • Stillborn Franchise: invoked
  • 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: 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.
  • Strictly Formula:
  • 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."
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders:
    • Both narrators really wanted Katniss to choose Gale instead of Peeta.
      Gannon Nickell: I mean, I'm not gay, but I would totally s*** Gale's d***!
      Jon Bailey: 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 and that is a high point of the movie.
  • 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: invoked Their opinion of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    Narrator: 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: invoked Besides Shailene Woodley's performance, the only good thing the narrator has to say about The Divergent Series: Insurgent is that Jai Courtney's character is killed off (a sort of Brick Joke to how much his performance was criticized in the Terminator Genisys Honest Trailer).
  • 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: 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 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."
    "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:
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, chaos will arrive in the form of Bane, a villain who no one can fully understand.
    • In the Honest Trailer for The Expendables, the narrator lampshades this trope by asking "Was that even in English?" after one of Sylvester Stallone's one liners.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: invoked 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: invoked 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
    • The Honest Trailer for World War Z knocks it because of how little of the novel's epic and colorful story was actually used in the film.
      Narrator: Man, what a waste of good source material.
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Mad Max notes that since the game was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, it could have been made into a pretty awesome car combat game or a straightforward car racing game, but was instead made into a dull open world third person fighting game filled with countless tedious side objectives.
    • The Honest Trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice points out how much the movie suffered because of all the new characters and plot arcs that had to be forced into one movie and how much it had to accomplish, like setting up a movie franchise to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe and create a sequel to Man of Steel as well as a standalone Batman story.
      Narrator: Whose idea was it to cram all this into one movie? They just burnt through, like, six movies worth of good 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.
  • Token Minority: In the Team Fortress 2 trailer, the Demoman (the only dark-skinned class) is said to have been added to the cast to add some diversity to it, because he's Scottish.
  • 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.
  • Troperiffic: The Honest Trailer for Until Dawn describes it as "cramming every genre trope it can fit" that belongs to the horror genre, like abandoned locations, characters splitting up to cover more ground, and characters being killed when trying to have sex.
  • Troubled Production: invoked
    • World War Z, "a film with so many production problems, people were genuinely surprised when it wasn't a complete disaster."
    • The Fantastic Four (2015) Honest Trailer mentions how messed up the production of the film was:
      Narrator: Geez, what a mess. The movie about making this movie would be so much better than this movie!
    • The Honest Game Trailer for Mighty No. 9 tells about the game's several delays, terrible marketing and multiple Kickstarter drives; once for the actual game, one more for additional voice acting, a third one for DLC, and a fourth one that raised money for a completely different game.
  • Trolling Creator: invoked 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:
    • 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!
  • Type Casting: Invoked in the trailer for Die Hard regarding Reginald VelJohnson:
    Narrator: Meet Reginald VelJohnson. After he was the cop in Ghostbusters, but before he was the cop in Family Matters, he was the cop in Die Hard!
  • 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."
  • Unintentional Period Piece: invoked
    • 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.
    Narrator: A film based on a comic book, based on an older film, based on Ancient Greek propaganda, based on a true story!
  • 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: 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] ...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.
  • Wall of Text: The narrator starts to detail the master plan of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but then gives up, and details the convoluted plan in a very long text.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: invoked
    • The narrator points out that The LEGO Movie would be very different if told in another medium:
      Narrator: 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!
    • The narrator has a similar reaction to Zootopia:
      Narrator: Follow along with this kids' film slash noir crime thriller full of bright colors, cute characters, allegories to contemporary racial and... class politics... police discrimination... affirmative action... tokenism... sexism... and racial slurs?
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked 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?: 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.
    • During the "Starring" portion of the Superman Returns trailer, the narrator wonders what is Parker Poseynote  doing in a Superman blockbuster.
  • 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 CinemaSins video to point it out again.
    • Lex Luthor pushing a Jolly Rancher onto a senator's mouth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is credited as "Worst. Product Placement. Ever."
  • Writer on Board: Inverted - The previous narrator took over the trailer of The Force Awakens, to make sure that the current narrator does not get too complacent because of his fanboyism.
  • The X of Y: In Game of Thrones:
    Narrator: Travel to Westeros, a place where everything is the Thing of Nouns.
    King Robert: The Hand of the King.
    Sam Tarly: Light of the Seven.
    Brienne of Tarth: Brienne of Tarth.
    Ygritte: Lord of Bones.
    Lord Beric: Lord of Light.
    Lord Tywin: Master of Coin.
    Queen Daenerys: Mother of Dragons.
    Shagga: Son of Dolf.
    Melisandre: Son of Fire.
    Melisandre: Warrior of Light.
    Tyrion: Bank of Braavos.
    Lord Stark: 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."
    • In Taken, the generic gangster villains are simply credited as "Eastern European Criminal #1", "Eastern European Criminal #2", and so on.
  • 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)

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