By the time you finish reading this page, he'll probably be dead... again.
I don't like this movie, It doesn't look too friendly, These monsters seem so fake, my nerves are gonna break. Phelous, don't let me down, You need to be around, Grab that running one-up and blast that thing a new one!Phelan Porteous
— "Oh Phelous", Phelous' ending theme by Ze SadPanda...
is a Canadian guy that makes funny videos on the Internet. His claims to fame are his reviews of really bad horror movies, both B-grade and big-budget, and Mortal Komedy
, a parody of the Mortal Kombat
series. He's also well-known for being a Meta Guy
who mocks the hell out of poorly-used tropes
, as well as his unique delivery which involves lots of deadpanning
with occasional bits of hamminess
. He also used to die a lot in his reviews
, but that gag's (mostly
) been retired.
His main review show used to have no official name (a fact that was lampshaded within the series itself), but it's since been dubbed "Phelous and the Movies" after a seemingly-random title given to the show
. The show was also referred to as "Phelous Who" for a short time and given an accompanying title sequence, likely because of all the shoutouts to said series present in his videos. The title sequence has since been retired, with the explanation given that he wanted to make better use of the title cards drawn for his episodes. He also has a couple of other video series: Bootleg Zones
, which focuses on bootleg and knockoff toys and video games of varying quality
(and its spinoff, Miraculous Merchandise Zone
, which looks at official products); Halloweenie
, a low-budget public access show
with an odd skeleton man who looks at Halloween-related items and topics; and an episode-by-episode review of Mortal Kombat: Conquest
On January 12, 2015 Phelan Porteous announced
that he was leaving Channel Awesome
. He had been with the site since December 2008.
His videos can be viewed here
. A list of films he's reviewed can be found here
. A frequent collaborator with Obscurus Lupa
, and the two frequently appear in each other's videos.
Tropes found in this show:
- Aborted Arc: The review of Stephen King's Boogey Man, ends with Phelous regenerating into a cat, and one of his dead selves turning into Phelous D1, hinting at a new expansive storyline for the mid-Review sketches. The next review, Jeepers Creepers, starts out with Cat-Phelous turning into a human again via a Deus ex Machina, shorty after which he nonchalantly shoots Phelous D1, ending the storyline in less than 3 minutes.
- Actually Pretty Funny: He notes this in a scene from Day of the Dead 2 where one of the zombified characters monolouges after getting shot, only to be told the others can hear him (It Makes Sense in Context). Phelous then believes the movie just gave up.
- Also in House of the Dead with this exchange
Some Guy: Shoot them!
Capitan Kirk: Whaddaya think I'm tryin' to do, ya fucking moron?
- He admits the DVD Commentary for House of the Dead: Funny Version is funny, albeit unintentionally.
- He thought the bratty kids getting blown up in Santa's Slay was pretty funny until they ruined it.
- In his review of The Boogeyman, a little boy, after sticking his head through a window and shouting "BOOGEYMAN!", is killed pathetically when the window half heartedly closes on his neck. Phelous says that death scene almost makes up for everything else. Almost.
- Almost any goofy surprised death face seems to cheer him up.
- In Turtles Forever, he points out that 1987 Raphael's second breaking the fourth wall gag was pretty funny, but by that point was too pissed about the lack of respect with which the 1987 turtles were handled to laugh at it.
- Admits that in the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers review that John Strode's death in the theatrical cut (With his head exploding) is stupid, but also funny and was the only change between the two cuts of the film he approved of.
- Adam Westing: Lampshaded at the end of Incubus when he says all the performances were terrible. Except for Tara Reid who did an excellent job playing Tara Reid.
- Phelous himself. Frequently.
- During the large crossover review of Southland Tales he seemed to be completely exaggerating his own speech patterns and accent for deliberate effect.
- Affectionate Parody: Mortal Komedy, of Mortal Kombat.
- Ambiguously Gay: Selouph, Phelous' allegedly Evil Counterpart who reviews romantic comedies.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: While Siro is presented as one of the protagonists in Mortal Kombat: Conquest, Phelous sees him In-Universe as an asshole who becomes more unlikable by each episode.
- Arch-Enemy: Phelous D1, allegedly. Phelous himself seems to keep forgetting he exists.
- Arc Words: "Real", and all variations there of (such as "really" "real" and "for reals").
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde animated story shows the evil Hyde committing murder, implied rape and dropping discounted silverware into the river, that fiend.
- Author Appeal: Doctor Who, obviously, horror movies, another gimme, survival horror games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, and strangely enough, like Spoony, Professional Wrestling, he's made jokes about Goldberg, Triple H, and the Rock.
- Santa's Slay, starring Goldberg, has him repeatedly use Goldberg's wrestling theme whenever Santa shows up, along with other wrestling themes when appropriate, as well as wanting Gillberg to show up as Santa's evil elf.
- Awesome McCool Name: Pops up in his Bootleg Zones reviews of all places, with the Robocop knockoff figure called Robert Cop 2. Phelous gives it a perfect 10/10 overall score based on the name alone. Dinosaur Invincibility is also given a high score because of its ridiclous name and packaging.
- In his Wrong Turn 2 review, he refuses to refer to a character named Jake as anything other than the actor's real name: Texas Battle.
- Another Bootleg Zone toy got a perfect 10 based on its name alone: Motorcycle The Pooh.
- Ax-Crazy: Especially in crossovers.
- Badass Beard
- The Bad Guy Wins: And occasionally "The Bad Guy is foiled for now, but lives to kill another day;" common themes in the films he reviews, usually responded to with an annoyed groan from Phelan.
- Baleful Polymorph: Obscurus Lupa uses a garlic sandwich to turn Phelous D1 into a harmless Cute Kitten.
- Berserk Button: He has a whole keyboard of 'em:
- The plot twist in I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer:
Phelous: A zombie fisherman. A zombie fisherman. A ZOMBIE FISHERMAN!?
- Eli Roth and his writing style, particularly his reliance on Jerkass characters and using "gay" as an insult.
- With Sub-Zero, if you make a fatality joke, he will call you out on it. Make one too many and he will consider killing you, as Phelous proved in his Anacondas 4 review.
- Michelle from Pulse 2, since she plots to kill her daughter just so her ex-husband can't have custody.
- From Pulse 3, there's also "THE INTERNET GHOST OF A RECORD PLAYER?!", which is insane enough to rival the zombie fisherman.
- Reviewing so many bad films named Pulse (whether they're in a series or not) eventually turned the mere word into a berserk button for him.
- Anytime a bad movie references a better one. Taken to extreme levels in Dead & Deader.
- The man takes his gaming pretty seriously. He ranted at length about the Resident Evil and Silent Hill films (particularly Dahlia Gillespie's portrayal as a sympathetic character in the first Silent Hill film, and Jill Valentine's demotion to sidekick in the Resident Evil films), and he was mildly irked by the inaccuracies about videogames in Stay Alive.
- His review of A Serbian Film is quite possibly his angriest review yet, taking particular umbrage at that film's Gorn and attempts at Crossing the Line Twice.
- It's not as bad as some of the other buttons, but Phelous dislikes horror movie teenagers/college students/cops/killers who are obsessed with drinking and partying; oftentimes wishing that they'd get killed already.
- The partying cop from the Cabin Fever series earns an especially large chunk of his disdain when he reviews those movies.
- He hates reality shows, judging by his Wrong Turn 2 Dead End and ''Halloween: Resurrection" reviews.
- Most horror movie remakes; mostly ones that remove subtle atmospheric horror.
- The director of The Curse of Michael Myers claiming Donald Pleasence's Dr. Loomis boring and cutting large portions of his final performance.
- Inconsistency between movies and their sequels tends to anger him as well (Ulli Lommel's The Boogeyman trilogy being a prime example of this).
- "Lock-you-inside" locks may still exist in modern times, but they're rarer and they mostly only exist in horror movies to act as an inconvenience to anyone trying to get out of the house. He hates them. (Though they're actually still very common in places like the UK and Europe, causing confusion to viewers from those countries.)
- Contrived reasons to disable cell phones in horror movies, such as the signal mysteriously vanishing in the vicinity of slashers or monsters.
- He often gets annoyed by large amounts of jump scares in movies. However, in his review of Jacob's Ladder, he did point out a Jump Scare done right; a surprise shot that's been built up and has relevance to the movie's theme.
- For very understandable reasons attempts to play rape for laughs, especially in tasteless movies such as Jack Frost or Thankskilling, is one of his biggest Berserk Buttons.
- Big "NO!": Parodied during the ending of the Skinned Deep episode, when it turns out that the end credits of the movie play while the Final Girl screams "NOOOOOOOOO!" over and over again throughout the whole thing.
Phelous: NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOoooo way I'm doing that.
- Played straight when he realizes Eli Roth wrote and directed Hostel II, unlike the second Cabin Fever.
- Bigger on the Inside: Phelous lives in what looks like a tiny shed on the outside, but on the inside, it's pretty big.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Since some of his reviews are of terrible foreign horror movies, he runs into this on occasion. He gets particularly confused for Nightmare City, an Italian zombie movie.
- Bloody Hilarious: How he treats most of the movies' death scenes, by speeding them up and adding cartoony sound effects.
- Bowdlerization: the entire premise of his "Halloweenie" videos.
- Brick Joke: During his review of Cry_Wolf, Phelous makes a prank call to the police. This leads to a cop shooting a fellow skit artist at the end of the review and then arresting Phelous.
- Also, he shouldn't have crossed that line when he mentioned Doug to The Nostalgia Critic.
- In his Jeepers Creepers review, Phelous D1 claims part of his plan involved turning the show into one that reviews Romantic Comedies. At the start of the Amityville Horror review, another evil counterpart Phelous claims he reviews romantic comedies, before getting shot by Phelous.
- Broken Record: The scene in Case 39 where Lily repeats "Why, Emily?" over and over again causes him to scream "Shut up! SHUT UP!" and then dub her as saying "Silent Hill!" over and over again.
- Enrico in the Resident Hazard machinima, who keeps saying "Yeah?" over and over again.
- Broke the Rating Scale: A Serbian Film does this for Phelous much like it did for The Cinema Snob. He states he'd watch any of the other movies he's reviewed repeatedly, even Five Across The Eyes, instead of A Serbian Film.
- The Midnight Meat Train received 7.2 out of a 3½.
- Jeepers Creepers got a -3/10, solely due to the sky having poor continuity.
- While he has given 0/10 scores in the sub-sections of the Bootleg Zone reviews, there have been only two toys that have gotten an overall rating of 0/10: Rock N Dancer (for failing to perform any movement), and the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Bootlegs (for looking exactly the same as the official toyline at first glance, despite being vastly inferior products).
- Bullying a Dragon: Phelous mocks Micheal Myers in the Wrong Turn 2 Dead End review.
- But Thou Must: Parodied in his Fear Dot Com video, even using the exact phrase.
- Butt Monkey: Bat Hero gets no respect, not from Phelous, his enemies or his girlfriend Steffi Love. The Rock N Dancer got even worse, ending with him being destroyed.
- Call Back: Selouph in the "Prom Night" and "Amityville Horror" reviews is one to the Kickassia commentary he did with Linkara, Obscurus Lupa and Nash.
- The Cameo: Has a short one in the Apocalypse 4: Judgment review by Diamanda Hagan.
- Or whenever anyone on Channel Awesome references anything 'meta' during a review.
- Many reviewers appear in his show in return (specially in Croc and House of Wax (2005)).
- Camera Abuse: Finding out that Incubus was originally called Pulse drives him over the edge and he attacks the camera, flipping it over before composing himself.
- Parodied again in his review of Quarantine (specifically the part where a guy kills a zombie by smashing the lens into its face). Phelous' camera breaks and we get a title card with the words "One new camera later..."
- Canada, Eh?: Well, in the sense that he is Canadian, but his review persona doesn't fit much in the way of Canadian stereotypes.
- Mortal Komedy takes place in "Oatworld". That's Canadian enough.
- Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: Halloweenie and Pumpkinweenie never truly got along on the show (primarily because of Halloweenie), but as of the 2014 episode, this trope shows. The latter turns bitter because his new co-host, Skulloweenie, is way too saccharine for his tastes, and Halloweenie makes a mini-Pumpkinweenie when trying to make a show out of garbage in an alley. Either way, for all of the fighting they did on-camera, it's clear that they miss each other.
- Captain Obvious: Captain Explainy Pants in his "Aladdin" (not that Aladdin) review.
- ...And in the Child's Play 3 review.
- Catch Phrase:
- "...aaaand he/she dies!" In response to a character being killed off with little fanfare.
- An extremely forced "X?! What are you doing here?!" at the beginning of a crossover.
- Also for cameos by famous actors in the movies he reviews.
- "They're/He/She is the best!" any time a group or individual shown as experts in their field faces trouble they're unprepared for.
- "Ain't that real fuckin' cute?" whenever a sentimental and cutesy moment appears.
- "Cute" and "real fucking cute" also appear when a movie tries (and fails) to be clever.
- With Allison, said very quickly in the "stupid dog" voice (as opposed to the "mean cat" voice used for Ash), "It's not weird!" whenever a less-intelligent character's quirks are revealed.
- Character Blog: The 3rd Phelous has a Twitter.
- Cluster F-Bomb: In the Satan Claus review, Phelous turns the captain's exclamation of "Fuck! Fuck shit fuck!" into his catchphrase.
- In the opening to his review of Mortal Komedy he screams profanity, until he realises he has to turn into his old self.
- Completely Missing the Point: of Funny Games. In his original review he treated the anti-horror film as a simply bad horror film, apparently oblivious to its intended message. However, a great many episodes later he reviewed it again, focusing solely on its intended message, arguing that it's still a bad movie any way you slice it.
- Continuity Snarl: Yeah, even Phelous doesn't know what's going on at this point. Then again, he doesn't really care.
- Creepy Child: One of his major problems with Case 39 is that Lily is supposed to fit this trope, but comes off more as just an annoying brat.
- Cute Kitten: After the seventh Boogeyman movie, Phelous regenerated into his cat Tiniqua. He followed up with a review of Meow Mix and a "cameo" from his other cat Kisa. Phelous D1 later gets turned into the same cat.
- Crying Wolf: Does this in the Cry_Wolf review
- Dancing Bear: In-universe, believes that The Human Centipede is is, saying that anyone curious about the premise might as well just look at a screenshot of the completed Human Centipede.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the Jeepers Creepers review, he brings an abrupt end to the Phelous D1 Saga by shooting his Evil Counterpart. Phelous D1 and Ralph Oancitizen both lampshade this.
- Dead All Along: Phelous often dies at the end of his reviews. Sometimes he reveals that he's not going to die because "I'm already dead!" *Evil Laugh*
- His "Jacob's Ladder" review cements this even further with a Cerebus Retcon: he died while reviewing "Mac and Me" and the last five years of reviews were his spirit holding on to the last few minutes of his life while refusing to move on.
- Look again at the intro to his Seventh Moon review. He's looking in the mirror, saying "The face in the mirror, it wasn't me!" with a terrorized expression on his face. He's foreshadowing how in the Jacob's Ladder review, he will see his true dead self in the mirror at the end, but is still unable to accept it yet.
- Deadpan Snarker: He started off extremely deadpan, almost lifeless really, but over time he's become much livelier and more extreme. He's still a huge snarker though.
- Death Is Cheap: No matter how messily he dies at the end of an episode, he'll be back next time as if nothing happened.
- Defied Trope: Starting with the "New Phelous", Phelous openly avoided the Death Is Cheap Running Gag, culminating in him getting shot with a rifle in the Resident Evil: Afterlife review and having to go to the hospital.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Pointed out by Phelous with the URL of Fear Dot Com's titular website, feardotcom.com.
- Designated Hero: In Phelan's view, the main characters of Prom Night 3. The guy covers up the villain's crimes due to being in lust with her and the girl insists on standing by him despite ample evidence he's been murdering people and cheating on her. This is one of the few episodes he shows himself to be okay with a The Bad Guy Wins Ending, as it allows the villain to deliver just desserts to these two.
- Despair Event Horizon: Has a brief one watching Jack Frost 2 when a character calling himself "Captain Fun" shows up.
- Developing Doomed Characters: A major Pet Peeve Trope of his; expect at least a minor rant about it during every movie it comes up in.
- Special mentions: Cabin Fever, where he explains that by making the jerk such a jerk, you've got everyone just wondering when and how that character will die and not about the rest of the cast or what is going on. The Party Cop gets frequent call backs as well, as do "teenagers who just want to party!"
- In Crocodile, his favorite character is Princess the dog. Even more so when he thinks she's purposefully inciting the crocodile to go after the kids. Also noting that the jerk of that movie continues being a jerk even when he needs the other two survivors to keep carrying him.
"So, we are supposed to be rooting for the crocodile, right?"
- In the Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3 reviews, Phelous and the Nostalgia Critic continuously bring up the way that Chucky just messes around doing everything but his soul-transferring objective.
- Distaff Counterpart: Sort of. In Hostel 1 & 2 Reviews in 5 Seconds, his sister does the Hostel 2 portion. Making fun of how Hostel 2 is the same thing as the first movie only with female characters.
- Don't Explain the Joke: In a cameo for Croc, the 100th episode special:
No wonder one of us got really popular and the other one died a whole lot and does stupid meta jokes. Phelous:
But — Linkara — I — Linkara:
The one who died a lot and does stupid meta jokes is you
Yes. I got it.
- Double Entendre: Unavoidable when a movie calls itself Meat Train.
Phelous: "I might as well call myself phallus instead of Phelous. Phallus Aboard the Meat Train."
- Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked in Jack Frost with regards to the scene where the title character rapes a woman to death with his carrot nose, which is Played for Laughs.
- Dull Surprise: Phelous loves to point out actors incapable of emoting. He's usually pretty harsh on Michael Madsen who delivers all the intensity of someone only there to cash in a paycheck.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first few seconds of the Mac and Me review showed that Phelous would be more self-aware than other web critics:
(Title card has Phelous replacing Eric on the film's poster)
Phelous: What am I looking at? (turns around to look at Mac) Eww, what is that thing!?
- Even Evil Has Standards: The Cinema Snob couldn't even pretend pretend to be happy he talked Phelous into watching A Serbian Film.
- Evil Counterpart: Several; there's Phelous D1 from the Ghost Ship and Dawn of the Living Dead review, a Phelous version of the villain from Incubus, a Silent Hill-style Nurse Phelous from his review of Silent Hill Homecoming and Case 39, and the romantic comedy reviewer "Selouph".
- Evil Laugh: Phelous is rather entertained when the 'unlikable teen' in Cabin Fever 2 goes to cut his own arm off.
- Eye Take: Arguably his funniest reaction ever to the events happening on screen in a movie he reviews was in his review of the Black Christmas (2006) remake, when the killer's mother rapes him (the killer, not Phelous). Phelous sits slack-jawed, eyes open wide in stupefied horror.
- He has the same reaction when Michael Myers crossdresses in a blue dress and shows some leg. And it's still the best moment of that review.
- Failure Hero: Bat Hero from Bootleg Zone. He is even sentenced to hang for all the trouble his attempted heroics cause.
- Fan Disservice: At the end of his Silent Hill Homecoming video: Phelous in one of the nurse outfits. Complete with short skirt.
- Fantastic Racism: A Running Gag in the "Halloweenie" videos is the character's hatred of witches, often to the point of him taking pleasure at the idea of them getting hurt.
- Follow the Leader: Spoofed at the end of his Thankskilling review with his "extremely original" character, Pester Z. Bum!
- Foreshadowing: In his review of House of the Dead II: Dead Aim, when a character makes reference to wanting to have sex with a zombie, Phelous reacts by saying, "Contemplating Zombie rape?! I better never see anything that stupid again!" to which Sad Panda appears saying "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry." Fast forward a couple months to the La Horde review done alongside Sad Panda...
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the very last second of his Amityville Horror review, an image of his face pops up in his window.
- Which serves as a Callback to other reviews during the Regen arc last year.
- From a Single Cell: Parodied in his review of Anaconda 4
- Gag Dub: The Killdozer, Amityville 4 and Man's Best Friend review all feature dubbed-in voices for the respective villains. The movies on their own had ridiculous premises, but the voices just make them impossible to take seriously.
- Gambit Roulette: One of his main complaints with Cry_Wolf was that Dodger had no way of knowing how a number of things of key parts of her plan would work, and simply got very lucky.
- Gilligan Cut: In Stay Alive he refuses to play the Stay Alive game. Cut to him playing it.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Phelous breaks into a fit of insane laughter after it's revealed that the Big Bad of Skinned Deep is a headless bodybuilder wearing nothing but a pair of underwear that says "DYNOMITE!" on the front.
- The line "You're not DEAD, are you?" from the 3D remake of Night of the Living Dead also sends him into hysterics.
- The end of the Jacob's Ladder review not only justifies his hysterics, but turns it into a very brilliant bit of foreshadowing.
- His review of Cabin Fever 2 is full of this. Take your pick, his reaction to Party Cop returning, his reaction to Party Cop still being obsessed with partying, or his insane laughter over a scene where the girl cuts off the boy's infected hand with a buzzsaw and torches the wound.
- From the Pulse 3 review: "The internet ghost of a record player? The internet ghost of a record player! The internet ghost of a record player?! It made me do the overhead spinning scream thing again!!!"
- Taken to the extreme in Thankskilling when the killer turkey (which is more like a vulture) encounters a couple mid-coitus, kills the man and fucks the girl in the ass. Phelous falls to the ground, laughing or crying, for over a minute, before just staring at the camera in the next few scenes.
- Also in Man's Best Friend. "DOG RAPE!"
- Gorn: Since he specializes in horror films, expect this to crop up from time to time in his reviews. Not all of them are for the squeamish. One prime example is Automaton Transfusion where a zombie rips out a fetus from a woman and eats it.
- In his "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer, he warns the viewer to consider, in light of the scenes he's shown in previous episodes, the fact that this is the first time he's found it necessary to put up a content warning. The film he was reviewing? A Serbian Film.
- Ha Ha Ha No: A funky version when he reviewed House of the Dead: Funny Version. The tape rewound for some reason (an attempt at wacky humor?) Phelous starts laughing, then Phelous' laughing is itself reversed and when he starts speaking again he says, "Actually that's not funny at all."
- Harmless Villain: Phelous D1 sure tries to hurt Phelous, but mostly just ends up getting humiliated.
- Henpecked Husband: Bat Hero to Steffi Love.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Mike J in the Anacondas review, when he drinks the same poisoned tea he gave to Phelous.
- Hostile Show Takeover: Phelous gets kicked out of his own 100th episode review by Obscurus Lupa, who finishes the review.
- Selouph tried to take over Phelous's show twice, but Phelous violently takes it back each time.
- Humiliation Conga: During the 100th episode, Phelous is mocked by the various Channel Awesome critics providing cameos, culminating in Obscurus Lupa browbeating him into abandoning the review, which she finishes.
- The Hyena: Laughs a lot more in his reviews than the others on TGWTG, especially if someone looks stupid when they're surprised.
- Hypocritical Humor: Dena gets back at Phelous for showing the graphic amputation scene in his review of The Ruins by ripping his head off. Sub-Zero does a fatality on Phelous for making "TOO MANY MORTAL KOMBAT JOKES!"
- Hypocritical Humor is generally a Running Gag with Phelous; often he'll either criticize a movie for doing something that he constantly does in his reviews, or criticize something and then do the same thing right after.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most of the title cards have a portmanteau of his name and the movie title, such as "Phinculous" or "Resident Phelous".
- Ignored Epiphany: After making fun of a father who had just found his daughter's corpse in his review of the Stephen King Boogeyman Movie:
Oh, wow. I've become a monster. Oh well.
- The very next video after his Jacob's Ladder review where the truth to his situation became impossible to ignore... he just gets right back up and keeps on doing everything he did up to that point.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Overlaps with Go Mad from the Revelation in the Fatal Pulse review, where one of the characters are killed by having their throat sliced open by a record.
Looks like she just got a cut
off that sharp new release! (Beat) SLICING HER THROAT WITH A RECORD!!!
- Insistent Terminology: After finding out that the titular website in Fear Dot Com is actually "feardotcom.com" he always refers to the movie as Fear Dot Com Dot Com.
- In Name Only: He starts calling Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy Krueger "Teddy, Brother of the Freddy".
- Jump Cut: In the Aladdin review, his dollar store DVD copy of the movie is full of these due to the poor transfer. It gets unintentionally amusing at some points. Phelous himself also parodies this.
- Jump Scare: At the end of the first Halloweenie episode, just as the end cred I AM HALLOWEENIE! Parodied; it wouldn't scare a five year-old. This also seems to be somewhat of a Pet Peeve Trope for him, judging by his reviews for Drag Me to Hell and Silent Hill Revelation, the latter of which had one that involved a pop tart.
- Lampshade Hanging: He hung a lampshade on himself in the Lockjaw review when Film Brain said "What sort of people watch crappy movies?"
- Large Ham: When he isn't snarking, he delves deeply into the ham.
- Laughing Mad: Has a fit of this every time a movie becomes especially ridiculous.
- Left It In: He's fond of this.
Hey, why did I record that? Oh well, there's absolutely no chance that I'll edit it into the final video.
- Let's Play: Started one for Silent Hill 1 and Resident Evil.
- Lets See You Do Better: At times, he demonstrates that he can do better special effects than the movies he reviews (case in point, his cheap editing was a damn close match to the "effects" from Birdemic).
- Linkara stated in a commentary of his Entity arc that Phelous has developed a good amount of skill in video editing, fixing in an hour a video montage effect that had left Linkara stumped for days.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: A complaint on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (and some MK games).
- Machinima: The "Resident Hazard" videos, which all consist of various lines from the first Resident Evil game spliced together to make the dialogue even more bizarre.
- Medium Awareness: He likes making fun of "conversational" narratives, such as someone saying "Oh, hello!" to the camera. "Oh, hello! I didn't realize I put the camera near my door and left the camera running and edited it into my video!"
- Meta Guy: To the point where Linkara punches him for it during their Airzone Solution video...and then he complains that he wasn't really punched and it didn't hurt. So Linkara promptly hits him for real.
- The Nostalgia Critic gets irritated by Phelous being overly meta, as shown in the Child's Play reviews.
- Milestone Celebration: His 100th episode.
- Narm: In-universe, one of his running gags involves placing subtitles over particularly narm-tastic lines.
- He says that Case 39 would be pretty unremarkable without all the unintentional comedy.
- Nausea Fuel: Subverted in-universe in his A Serbian Film review, where he states the film isn't WORTHY of his puke.
- Negative Continuity: While the show theoretically has continuity, almost every story arc will usually just abruptly end and never be brought up again. Particularly notable at the end of Jacob's Ladder and the start of Aladdin and the Adventure of All Time.
- No Name Given: His review show has no official name. This fact is Lampshaded occasionally, especially after IMDB listed it as "Phelous & The Movies" for no clear reason.
- No Sense of Personal Space: When he's interacting with the Critic in anniversaries, it's safe to say that at some point he'll get up in his face and stay there for a while, either out of anger or just trying to freak him out.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: He points out that he did not edit a snake making sounds akin to those of a Predator
- Also assured the audience that the casting in the second Boogeyman movie was not him making a joke.
- In his review of Man's Best Friend, Phelous points out that he's not joking when he claims that the dog killed a thief and cut the boyfriend's brake lines. When the film reveals that Max's pee is acidic, Phelous says that scenes from the movie resemble the silly jokes he would be making during the review, not the actual content.
- In the Cricket on the Hearth review, Phelous has to stress that the sea captain really did murder the crow and the hit-animals after they brought him the cricket; it wasn't him joking about the characters dying.
- The Nth Doctor: Parodied in the "Funny Games Again" video, where Phelous gets shot and regenerates into a new form in the style of the Tenth Doctor. It was an April Fools joke, reset in the next video. Additionally, it's a parody of Replacement Scrappy, since New Phelous says he hates everything Phelous regularly does and isn't going to do it any more.
- Official Couple: It was hinted at in some reviews, but in his Jack Frost review, he confirmed that he is dating Obscurus Lupa.
- He said it during his review of Shredder.
Phelous: Yeah I say that to my girlfriend all the time. Glad you're not dead!
- The Julie & Jack crossover.
- Once an Episode: Him dying in some way reminiscent of the movie he's currently reviewing, to the point where he's quite ambivalent towards his immanent demise.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Mocked in his "Wrong Turn 5" review; several of the characters (including the Big Bad) are clearly Fake Americans played by actors from the UK.
- Our Hero Is Dead: Happens so much it becomes a running gag.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's reviewed dozens of zombie movies, but the zombies in Nightmare City take the cake as far as being nebulously-defined. They run around like humans and kill other humans with guns, knives and whatever they've got available, yet despite being intelligent, they never speak. They do consume human flesh and blood, but seemingly as an afterthought. Some of them have more caked oatmeal on their faces than others; some seem almost normal. How new zombies are made is unexplained, and whether or not headshots are needed to kill them differs from scene to scene.
- Portmanteau: "Phelous" is a combination of his real name, Phelan Porteous.
- The title for each review is similarly a portmanteau of "Phelous" and the title of the movie, such as "Phinculous" for "Incubus."
- Random Events Plot: His impression of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
- Reality Ensues: In the Resident Evil: Afterlife, Phelous's friend shoots him with a real shotgun. Instead of dying humorously like in his older reviews, he just goes to the hospital.
- Red Shirt: He often wears one. It came in handy for the Pulse reviews, since ghosts hate red in those.
- Resurrective Immortality: Phelous dies in all kinds of comical ways, but always comes back to life. In a crossover with The Angry Joe Show, he gets killed and resurrected multiple times in a few minutes.
- Rooting for the Empire: In his reviews of Crocodile and Crocodile 2, he ended up cheering for the titular killer crocodiles.
- Running Gag: Where do we begin?
- Sarcasm Mode: When doesn't he sound completely sarcastic?
- His "Top Ten Moments of the 8th Doctor" video, consisting entirely of random moments of The Enemy Within.
- How he reacts to one of the deaths in the Child's Play 3 review.
- Say My Name: "ENRICOOOOOOOOOO!"
- Self-Deprecating Humor: A usual part of his style. Pushed up to eleven when he reviews his own Mortal Komedy.
- Self-Inflicted Hell: He died while filming his original Mac and Me review which never made it on the internet. The following five years of weirdness is just Phelous refusing to accept his death so he can move on.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: Has recently started a show called Bootleg Zones, where he reviews bootleg toys and products.
- Downplayed by the second episode, where it is clear that the show extends to reviewing bootleg products that are of decent quality almost matching (or in some aspects succeeding) the originals. Part of the rating system used for the reviews is how well they fare as a substitute for the originals.
- The title card for the Bootleg Zone mentions "with the Phaylus!" Yes, the shoddy knockoff product segment has a shoddy knockoff host.
- Shower of Angst: He does this in his review of A Serbian Film after the infamous newborn porn scene:
"Yes, I know! This has been done before, but seriously—why would you put that in your movie?! WHY WOULD ANYONE WRITE THAT?!?!?!"
- Shout-Out: Here.
- Slow Clap: During his House of Wax review. When Paris Hilton's character gets killed with a metal bar through the head, Nostalgia Chick starts one of these. Every cameo reviewer who had so far popped in to let him know how unoriginal and dull his 100th episode had been so far start clapping as well, resulting in a massive outpour of joy that Paris Hilton is dead.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: One of his often used gags is adding silly music to gory, (melo)dramatic and scary scenes.
- In his review of Ghost Ship, he complains because the film itself plays inappropriate music, rendering this gag unnecessary.
- Also complains that Man's Best Friend has a soundtrack that at times sounds like a Beethoven sequel instead of a killer dog movie.
- In his review of Santa's Slay (wherein Goldberg played a killer Santa Claus), he had a habit of inserting Goldberg's WCW theme into scenes of Killer Santa (even dubbing in chants of "San-Ta! San-Ta!"). Until the movie starts playing a Suspiciously Similar Song version of the song...
"Oh, apparently I didn't even need to put his theme in there. The movie's gonna do it for me now!"
- In the Halloween II review, Phelous points out he didn't need to play silly music over Laurie's death to make it funny, the film already plays Love Hurts over it.
- Space Whale Aesop: In his Fear Dot Com review, he states: "If you smoke... a little girl with powers will kill you."
- Special Effects Failure: (Invoked) For his BloodRayne II: Deliverance review, he rides off into the sunset...hitting the wall and pulling down his own greenscreen.
- Spoonerism: "Buckfuttality"
- Stable Time Loop: Triangle is a movie about a woman trapped in a series of time loops who becomes her own worst enemy and is Driven to Madness, so his review mirrors this by having a second Phelous popping around trying to stop himself from finishing the Triangle review.
- Staying Alive: His returns to life lack a consistent explanation, and what reasons are given frequently make as much sense as the movies he reviews.
- Stock Footage:
- Stylistic Suck: The Halloweenie videos are full of this. Also used to parody genuine suck in the movies he reviews, such as the second part of Birdemic where his poorly-integrated bird stock footage is a pretty close match to the movie itself.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Defied in Silent Hill and Pulse 2, where he becomes increasingly infuriated with the film's insistence that Christabella and Michelle are meant to be sympathetic characters, pointing out that the former condemned Alessa to burn alive simply for being born out of wedlock, while the latter was a neglectful mother who planned to murder her own daughter, simply to spite her husband for gaining sole custody.
- Take That: He makes a few subtle ones towards his fellow reviewers, lampooning ideas such as cameos and continuity in the reviews.
- Probably more of an Affectionate Parody, especially because his reviews seem to have some sort of continuity and do feature cameos often.
- On the less affectionate side of things, he's made a few subtle and not-so-subtle digs at the Irate Gamer's cereal reviews, culminating in kitty!Phelous' Meow Mix video.
- His "stupid surprise blowjob" joke used in several reviews is a also a dig at a former TGWTG contributor for part of the events that caused said contributor to be completely removed from the site. (Some elaboration here)
- The Lion and the King review has him commenting that the poor animation quality probably is going to kill him before the end of the review. He then clarifies that he isn't going back to the worn-out They Killed Kenny Again gag, that one is for To Boldly Flee to use.
- In the Child's Play reviews, when he crossed over with the Nostalgia Critic, he denies that the "soul transferring" gag carried over between the reviews of each of said films.
- In the Foodfight! crossover review, Phelous calls Brad Jones "Snex Bradtective".
*sarcastic laugh* Call me that again, I'll make a bigger example of you than I did to Doug
when he wrote that "Bradigan" line
Phelous: What did you do to him?
Ohhh, I made him re-watch the pilot to Demo Reel
- Take That Me: His review of his own series Mortal Komedy.
Sub-Zero: You know this is your show, right?
- They Killed Kenny Again
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Phelous bemoans that the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special features the She-Ra character Perfuma, but leaves out Stinkor, possibly the greatest matchup of that entire series.
- Un Installment: The Terror at Blood Fart Lake crossover with Lupa.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Pester Z. Bum.
- What Have I Become? : Phelous in his Stephen King's The Boogeyman review after he realizes he's laughing at a jumpscare of a dead son to his father. For a whole second.
- Who's on First?: Phelous's friend has to clarify that he didn't send Phelous an actual chain letter, he sent him a movie called Chain Letter. Phelous wishes he didn't.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: From the Troll 2 review: "This movie's camp value is...over 9000? Who writes this crap? Oh right, I do"
- In his review of Santa's Slay, he repeatedly comments on disliking a scene, only for it to cut to a similar scene from in Mortal Komedy.
- In his House of the Dead 2 review, he starts the review by reviewing his own reviews, pointing out the inconsistencies in his apparent resurrections and why he would even try to review, considering he's only likely to die at the end.
- With Lyrics: In I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer. "Takin' pictures, takin' pictures, driving!"
- You Get What You Pay For: Phelous reviews an Aladdin discount ripoff that has a 1$ price tag as part of the cover art. He got it as part of a 3-for-a-dollar deal and choose this one to blame for costing 34 cents as opposed to 33 for the other two. He repeatedly enrages that he paid too much because of the horrible animation and multiple gratuitous jump cuts.
- You Keep Using That Word: Linkara calls Phelous out on his continual use of the word 'meta' when he points out the conventions of his own reviews, complete with him reading a dictionary definition of the word.
- Ironically, Linkara himself is the one who reminds Phelous that his being in crossovers with everyone else on TGWTG means that the entire Channel Awesome world should be in his imagination, making him Tommy Westphelous.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: "Hostel part 2 is the same thing as Hostel, but with women as the main characters. The End!" * Cut to credits* * Cut back to Phelous* "Yes, I don't know why I ever bother with that, it never works."