The Annotated Series is a YouTube series that lampoons TV shows and public service announcements, such as Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and Captain N: The Game Master via YouTube's annotation feature.On October 3rd 2009, CurtDogg uploaded an episode of Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series and included a link to the video's annotation editor in the style of the channel UnoriginalContent, which had been going for a few months by this time. It caught on and The Annotated Series was born. Under the name beeupyou, CurtDogg continued to upload the rest of the series before moving onto other video game-related cartoons. However, YouTube eventually discontinued the collaborative annotation feature, forcing the move to the shared channel, TheAnnotatXperiment.The Annotated Series is presented in a regular episodic format, usually in the original order of the series in question, with a break in the middle or end of each season. Each break is marked by an intermission in which group members annotate something completely unrelated but generally of similar poor quality as the main attractions.A third account, HammerNationTime, is used for material that is considered too risky copyright-wise for the main channel.In mid-2014 two strikes were leveled against TheAnnotatXperiment, resulting in a channel move. The new main channel is TheAnnotationStation while TheAnnotatXperiment will serve (for the time being at least) as an archive for old works.Has its own Shout-Out page, which can be found here. Also has a page covering its many Running Gags available here.Attention: Please do not add links to the annotated videos. The annotators have asked to avoid linking from other websites, in case potential copyright claimants were to find them. You wouldn't want to be responsible for shutting down the channel, would you?
Material they've annotated, in chronological order:
Annotated Fan Fiction (Practice) — Has basically become a roast for Irrelevant where people get to deliver sweet payback to him. (Not that he's not okay with that.) Explanation Irrelevant402 testing the waters for a pet project where he wants to write a fan fiction, claiming to be a Crisis Cross Over and then having it read over by Microsoft Sam. This is merely him reading the first two pages before deciding on the Sam approach. Claims he wants it for an early/late anniversary gift/a valentine towards the experiment in general
Added Alliterative Appeal: Cheatsy Koopa once says "I'm the Emperor of Eavesdropping!" Every scene he appears in afterwards has at least one annotation with a new alliterative title for him. And every once in a while he seems to be reincarnated into another show briefly.
Alas, Poor Villain: A meta-example: With the knowledge that the penultimate episode of Sonic Underground marks the final appearance of Sleet and Dingo, most of the episode's YouTube comments consist of sorrowful send-offs for the pair.
At the middle and end of each season they'll do intermissions and warmups, with works like Bibleman and Bouchedags.
MK4 - The Annotated Gold had the distinction of being the first to be focused entirely on video game cutscenes rather than cartoons.
Annotated Sex Is The Best! was in fact a Web Original parody, and was voted for by visitors to the channel, much to the Annotators' dismay. It's unknown whether they'll ever leave future material up to public vote.
Irrelevant's upcoming project/valentine/salute for the channel Annotated Fan Fiction which was partially introduced by 'Annotated Fan Fiction (Practice)'
Club Mario segments were put in place of the usual Lou Albano segments for episode 31 of the Super Mario Bros Super Show due to Hurpdurpmanguy being unable to find an English version.
Angrish: In the early days when anybody could contribute, any moment of particularly horrible quality would result in the screen being filled with derogative remarks. One would usually need to pause the video in order to see them all.
It still shows up occasionally, typically because of perceived Canon Defilement or something being seen as so stupid or nonsensical that a rational response is impossible. Often combined with Big "WHAT?!" and Sarcasm Failure.
Angst? What Angst?: Lampshaded. A kid known only as Junior is transported to the Mushroom Kingdom by accident and remarks on how he's instantly, effortlessly come to terms with his situation. invoked
Apocalypse How: Kevin'snote Kid Icarus helped but he might have been shooting a net arrow so what was the point of zapping a football. destruction of a Football world, interpreted as a class 5, got a lot of comments. And later he was called out for worrying about Faxandu being destroyed by The Evil One but showing no compassion for Football World.
Annotators: Wow only Kevin could manage to turn a game of football into an apocalyptic situation like this./And so the N-Team completely obliterated the grassy world of American Football...World./ Our heroes just killed millions of football players! Even as a nerd I am disgusted!/Kevin, you just quite possibly made the 9/11 of Video Land. And you're going to pop jokes?
Arc Fatigue: Invoked: Sonic Underground and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show caused a lot of annotators to just stop taking part.
As did Sonic Sat AM's first season, to the point where the annotators might not even do the second.
Batman Gambit: Irrelevant threatened to upload an episode of The Nutshack as a last-resort solution in case nothing else was uploaded for the weekend between the Captain N finale and the start of Sonic Underground/Super Mario Super Show. Cue Hurpdurpmanguy becoming a total bad ass to make sure Dr. D's sequel, and a few other things, got uploaded, dissuading Irrelevant from uploading Nutshack... for now.
And then Irrelevant took it further by uploading Beauty and Warrior.
Behind the Black: Many a speech bubble represents a character speaking from off-screen.
Berserk Button: The slightest allusion, be it accidental or not, to any would-be scrappy character from another series causes at least one person to speak of ways to murder them.
Each annotator has something that sets them off. Everyone being in on the plan except for Megaman in the Captain N season 1 finale pissed off a lot of people. Irrelevant gets really pissed when two people are supposed to be good friends and it is strictly told and not shown in episode 5 of the Mortal Kombat cartoon. A lot also get pissed off by pre-Society Marches On stuff and Irrelevant dislikes (potential) transgender digs.
In episode 7 of Savage Dragon, when Frank asks Dragon what else cops think about when their partner is down, an annotation responds "Donuts? The meaning of life? The meaning of donuts?"
In Darkstalkers episode 7, one annotation says that the Morrigan/Harry teacher/mentor subplot could be interesting "if this show weren't written by morons. And intended for children." "And written by moronic children," another annotation adds.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Whenever a character looks towards the camera and pauses, this is invoked. Many of the characters' speech bubbles address the show's content from an unusually Genre Savvy standpoint too. Basically everyone can be Deadpool if the Annotators will it.
Call Forward: Since Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World were annotated first, the Super Show run occasionally references them.
Calvinball: Referenced in episode 8 of season 2, where Simon is made to say "All of our games turn into Calvinball" after being attacked and having his pants pulled down by Duke.
Cameo: Speech bubbles from characters from previous works show up, usually without a name but instead color-coded, making them almost an In-Joke. Character allusions not from works they've annotated have included as Slowbeef of Retsupurae and Electrical Beast.
Censor Box: This appears any time something appears suggestive. In Captain N they frequently appear over Duke the dog's anus, which at least one person apparently finds offensive. And one person was annoyed it was getting covered, this was hopefully sarcasm.
Cerebus Syndrome: If the show they're annotating turns particularly low in quality, dark or just plain offensive, people will stop making jokes and instead offer serious critical analysis on why the scene is bad.
Subverted with "Tricky People". It went to some dark places, which meant that there were a number of awkward moments where none of the annotators said anything. Some feel that it was one of the darkest things the annotators have faced so far. But then by the end, the sheer Narm of the whole thing essentially gave the annotators a Heroic Second Wind, resulting in the jokes coming back.
Child Hater: If an episode has a guest child character, or involves the characters being turned into children, they won't much care for it.
The closest exception was Julio (Hoolio?) from Captain N. He was mocked (like everything else) for selling newspapers he knew that caused zombies. But many were touched that he would let his grades go to hell to secretly make money for his family after his dad, "Reggie", lost his job. And even with the Unfortunate Implications the annotators agreed that Julio's inability to read was genuinely topical.
Mocked. In particular, the final episode with Ryu and Ken in it had an Annotator have Ken say that he was "borrowing" Blanka's technique since Blanka's not on the show anymore. Also see the Left Hanging entry below.
Many of the intermissions; while some of them have established timeless running gags like the Dr. Rabbit cartoons and , others have been forgotten entirely. In some cases this is subverted and a Brick Joke or two will be dropped referencing such latter cases, only for it to fade back into obscurity. And even then, such forgotten intermissions tend to only get referenced during other intermissions if they are to even be mentioned at all.
Polaris: Quit the daydreamin' Pancada, you know I feel about you-u!
Clip Show: In a rather interesting take on the format, Street Fighter ended with a music video showcasing the series' craziest moments. There are similar plans for Zelda and Captain N too.
Collective Groan: Pretty common with one of the biggest being for the Red-Blue episode of Mario Bros, The Nutshack returning, Little Panda Fighter and the first Dingo Pictures production.
Speech bubbles usually match up with their attributed characters.
Annotator comments often are as well, to make them somewhat identifiable. In general:
Avirosb: Green background with white text.
Irrelevant: Started with weird combos then settled on black-white (sticks to the right) with Captain N.
ReloadXPsiPlays: Blue/cyan (lower right).
MrGuyPwnsYou: Started with light blue, now light purple (tends towards the top).
ZetsubouSensei005: Transparent/black (top left).
HurpDurpManGuy: Started with multiple colors, finally settled with dark blue on the lower right.
Comically Missing the Point: During the eponymous song and dance number of Tricky People, a lot of sympathy was shown for the man asking for help finding his lost puppy, and when offered free cash by a potential child molester, all they had to say to it was "Well hey, free cash."
Companion Cube: Random black specks on the screen in the Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoon came to be known as Doug the Bug.
At first it was changing the words on the mode select screen in the Ctrl+Alt+Del opening, after which it was all about changing the title of absolutely everything, as well as the name of the writer, if credited.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show episodes also have the end credits in every episode, with another song often replacing them. Most often, this is a foreign-language version of "Do The Mario" or the Sonic Underground opening.
Crazy Enough to Work: The reason the word "experiment" appears in the name reflects this. Nobody was certain that sharing an account and having multiple people log in and annotate simultaneously would actually work.
Once per series, the end credits of the show will be displayed for everyone to annotate. In Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Annotated Series, the credits were left in every time so they could lampoon the episode-specific credits gags. But more recently they do it twice per season, once at the start and once at the season finale.
The Super Mario Bros Super Annotated Show (staring with episode 3) ends every episode with Captain Lou Albano dancing to various songs from other previously annotated shows, as well as different language versions of the Sonic Underground intro. They typically come complete with misheard lyrics, or completely original ones if the tune has none.
Crisis Crossover: Of a cosmic religious sense. Pastor Daniel from the Super Kids was able to not only annoy his very own God with his constant rambling but also much of the major Greek Gods demanded he shut up, the Siddhartha Gautama was disgusted, Allah wished for some of those misguided kamikaze extremists to kill him, Odin was ready to pucture his last eye, Ra suffered trauma, Raiden woed making Daniel a guardian of the Earthrealm and Xenu found the ending ridiclous.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Luigi vs. Koopa's army in the Ice Capades video. Hell Koopa himself just blows up when he gets surrounded by kids. The first part was actually pretty awesome.
Darker and Edgier: The Tricky People riff, which was kind of unavoidable given the subject matter.
Delayed Reaction: Ethan's Everquest, or was it World of Warcraft, character sets Lucas's on fire. The first two times Lucas just stands there in silence as his entire body is consumed by flames. Cue the annotators being amused that the third time it happens Lucas reacts more reasonably instead of keeping it a running gag.
Oh? Third time's the charm apparently.
Department of Redundancy Department: Often happens unintentionally; the same joke or bit of Fridge Logic will appear multiple times, since the annotators didn't see each other's annotations while setting up their own. (For example, in the ninth episode of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, there's a chorus of variants on "what could possibly go wrong?")
Directed by Cast Member: Annotated Daydream; one of the Annotators appears in the video, though he didn't let on until everyone had given him an amusing nickname. And Irrelevant's stupid fan fiction Crisis Cross Over.
After wanting to do the Nutshack and Beauty and Warrior, Irrelevant402 had an 'oh crap' moment when Dingo Pictures reared its ugly head.
Sure they love to make 'come get some candy in my van' cracks but when an actual pedophile is the antagonist in Tricky People there are zero people going for a Draco in Leather Pants route and even some just slight cheering for the damn Yellow Dino when he takes matters into his own hands. invoked
Typically they dislike child characters and scrappies, yet shockingly, many announced how disgusted they were with the death of the Gold Dragon in the second Dragon's Den episode. Yes this is even after the Gold Dragon's baby form was a palette swap of the dreaded Puff. Basically, the writers killed off a five-minute-old creature with zero thoughts of the implications.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Played straight most of the time by simple adding "The Annotated Series" at the end of a title, with the notable exception of the Mortal Kombat cartoon (Defenders of the Annotated Realm) and many of the intermissions.
The Face: Thus far CurtDogg, Irrelevant, Bauglir100, ReloadPsi, and DayDream have been the only ones to show their faces. Avirosb, MrGuyPwnsYou, Hamsteere, Irrelevant, Bauglir100, Hurpdurpmanguy, and creatorofGandP are not at all shy about posting their opinions on the channel
Fan Fic: Mouse Police: The Annotated Edition included a side story in which Raiden's Defenders of the Realm incarnation (one of the annotators' favourite characters) imprisoned each series' scrappies and forced them to watch this, breaking their wills until they either were trying to kill themselves or became babbling, nervous wrecks. The final glorious list:
The Hero: CurtDogg (The one who started it all way back.)
The Lancer: jmr48080 (Personality wise the opposite of CurtDogg plus really funny.)
The Smart Guy: Avirosb (Saves videos and cleans up annotes that hang around a few seconds too long. Makes a good Hero for starting the second generation.)
The Big Guy: ReloadPsi (Appears for real in one of the videos and is, well, rather large.)
The Chick: Irrelevant402 (Gets the angriest fastest but also is the one who made a list of frequent commentors and started the sucky process of sending single note after note to try to unify people after the annotation system could no longer allow guests. Another duty is he is the one who scans for frequent comment posters who want to join in on the group. When Avirosb is the hero he is his lancer.)
From Bad to Worse: First there was Bouchedags, then there was The Nutshack, then there was Jay's Life. Similarly, Doctor Rabbit could never have prepared them for Dr. D.
Flat "What.": Many times, but the most triumphant was from The Hobbit when the narrator announces Bilbo's sudden growing love for the clearly pre-teenage princess.
Ye Goode Olde Days: Very often mocked since highlights and improvements (from hunter tribe culture to the 50s) in gender, race, sexual orientation, medicine, science and video games have made life better. Sometimes subverted in which a few things were a bit better back then.
Heroic BSOD: Sometimes the material is just that bad that some Annotators give up part way, or at the very least are so lost for witty remarks that they instead post annotations expressing their disbelief at the quality.
Hijacked by Ganon: Enforced in one episode of The Legend of Zelda: The Annotated Series, when annotators started to add annotations of Ganon discussing "his" evil plans, after they became impatient when waiting for Ganon to show up in the actual episode, which never happened.
I mean what kind of idiotic group would enjoy overused DiC stock music?note Referring to the ever-popular Surf Music
I Am Legion: Since the axing of the collaborative annotations feature, it's no longer possible to hover over an annotation and see who added it, making it pretty hard to tell who's saying what. This has led to some viewers believe this is a solo project. The annotators don't do very much to make themselves recognizable among one-another either. Among a list of almost fifty annotators, only a few stand out, such as CurtDogg for originating the concept, jmr48080 for being considered one of the funniest annotators during the beeupyou era, Irrelevant402 for always picking horrible intermissions, Avirosb for recording episodes and getting the ball rolling with the TheAnnotatXperiment channel, ReloadPsi for essentially putting himself in some of the videos, and Bauglir100 for arranging the new schedule for the series.
I Knew It: Unintentional. In FoodFight part two, one of the annotators mentions that Christopher Lloyd looks like somethingis controlling him from inside, Men In Black-style. Come the ending, it turns out he was a robot. The guesser got pissed off about it. invoked
Informed Ability: One of the many things they love to rip on. Especially when the antagonists are so vaguely on the cusp of victory with Armor of Light being one of the most triumphant examples.
Pastor Dan: "Now you all know that we face a very DANGEROUS enemy."
Annotator:Perhaps we could take a few minutes to establish WHY they (NME) are so dangerous?
Inner Monologue: Sometimes inserted when a character is just standing there saying nothing.
Insult of Endearment: Captain N's Simon was called Faux-Simon since he was very little like the real Simon. As it went on the nickname was somewhat kept merely to tell the two Simon's apart with a lot less malice behind it.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Defied. Avirosb has been recording the annotated episodes in case anything causes their work to be lost, that way they can just be reuploaded either on the channel or somewhere else.
Kick the Dog: Sometimes even the Annotators see some dog kicking. One exception was Wombatman calling out Kid Icarus on his 'icus' problem. That was supposed to be a Kick the Dog moment but lots went crazy over it.
Left Hanging: Street Fighter, in which every unresolved plot thread was listed during the final scene.
Leitmotif: If DiC Entertainment replaces a licensed song with the "surf music" these people jump all over it, especially after it played for about ten seconds in the first episode of Captain N following a long absence.
Lull Destruction: Expect any scene without dialogue to be filled with speech bubbles.
The Kootie Pie tolerance meter exploded about five seconds after she began to sing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
All the newspapers from the Paperboy episode of Captain N.
Mocked in Sonic Underground, where the annotators are increasingly baffled by the SWAT-bots tendency to explode from anything.
Manipulative Editing: Episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Annotated Show are being uploaded with the Zelda previews cut down to a single clip, and seem to be leaning in the direction of replacing the end titles music with something else each episode.
Mondegreen: Usually deliberate. Anything sounding more like profanity than it actually is makes for a common target. It became especially common during Captain N as they often had no idea what Mother Brain was saying otherwise.
Also from Captain N, "Havin' a Log!" from the Season Two song "Havin' a Ball". Became a minor running gag brought up whenever logs are involved.
Misblamed: Yes, Irrelevant was the that whined for Nutshack and Beauty and Warrior when intermissions were nearing. He certainly wasn't the one to uploaded them with the only thing he put up was 'Annotated Fan Fiction.' Considering their horrible quality he is far from innocent of course.
Mistaken for Masturbating: Played with big time when King Hippo reached into his pants for pieces of paper, and when he briefly appeared to be doing it while looking at one of them.
Mood Whiplash: Pointed out repeatedly for Tricky People, which involved both a singing yellow dinosaur, and uncomfortable scenes of implied child molestation.
Pointed out during the beginning of the Bibleman "Fight For Faith" episode where a group of thugs are robbing a factory full of bibles who plan on buring them, are cheerfully dancing around while loading them up.
Annotation: Read your Bible everyday- or THIS COULD BE YOU
Morality Pet: Sometimes they, the annotators, serve as morality pets to one another to keep everyone in line and each one is disgusted by child molestors or horrible ethnic sterotypes. Irrelvant tends to try to befriend all religions, and non-ones, and mocks extremists in general.
Ms. Fanservice: The Dark Queen from Battletoads and the woman from Icecapdes with 'DAT SHOULDER.'
My God, What Have I Done?: Sometimes Irrelevant thinks he goes a little too far...sometimes. And admitted it was he who played up Gameboy as the worst thing ever. Going off memories of hating Game Boy as a kid and being okay with Icarus and Megaman.
Mythology Gag: Given that just about every Captain N episode gets some element of the games wrong, correcting remarks will flare up all over the place.
In one episode of Captain N, Kevin said "time for a power move!" only to fall flat on his ass. This has been referenced several times when someone stumbles during a fight scene. Whenever Kevin is hailed as a great hero someone brings up that the 'hero' is too terrified to clean his room.
On a meta level, Irrelevant will always be remembered for The Nutshack and Beauty And Warrior.
In the first episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Bowser/King Koopa demanded that two random minions lick his feet. A reference to this now occurs practically Once an Episode.
Larry/Cheatsy calls himself the "Emperor of Eavesdropping" in one episode of SMB3 the Annotated Series, leading to "I am the [Title] of [Alliterative action]" jokes. for just about every episode he's in.
Nostalgia Filter: Averted, as many of the series are based on late 80s/early 90s video games, especially Captain N, and they will be loathe to admit any of said games are done justice. There have been many derogatory remarks about the use of late 80s/early 90s fashion and lingo as well, and how they don't allow their shows to age well.
Not Bad: At least one commentator complimented Ganon teleporting to his throne, and even more so when he teleported to stand sideways on the wall.
Occasionally, one or two commentators will also compliment the plot in general for being (relatively) well-thought-out and interesting.
While others mostly disliked it, season 2, episode 8 of Captain N had small praise for its ending, where the Dwarves and Elves go back into fighting right after settling their differences, which was praised as realistic by at least one annotation and comment due to problems like racism taking a long time to fix.
This very page is mostly maintained by the annotators, though with there being so many of them they rarely end up talking about themselves.
Out of Order: They swapped episode 5 and 7 of the third season of Captain N. Why? Because episode 5 was the final episode where the entire main cast as well as Mother Brain, King Hippo, and Eggplant Wizard appeared together.
Overly Long Gag: The title of Sonic Undergound will invariably have any or all of On The Ground, And A Graph, Rubber Band, Sir Nick The Rebel, It's Annie Clarabel, Kinda Growled, So Nick Ander's Crown, tacked on at the end.
Pac Man Fever: Mercilessly lampshaded at times, especially considering 99% of these cases are in cartoons based on games, something you'd expect to get it right!
Pyrrhic Victory: Because Irrelevant didn't know how to upload he clamored/Whined for Beauty and Warrior to be annotated... and he finally got it!.. Only problem was what came before it was Mouse Police. A film that made less sense, had poorer animation, was dubbed awfully and helped make Beauty and Warrior shrink to So Okay It Is Average during the same weekend intermission!
Schedule Slip: Starting with The Legend of Zelda, uploads shifted from one episode every few days to every Friday (sometimes slipping to Saturday), due to the reduced number of contributors. The decision to annotate both Sonic Underground and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show saw a return to a more frequent schedule, with the former posted on Tuesdays and the latter on Fridays.
Screwed by the Network: The fateful day when YouTube discontinued collaborative annotations. Beeupyou's channel now serves as an archive of past works, with the shared channel being how they now do things, but it took about a month to get it set up while everyone campaigned in vain for the collaborative annotations feature to be reinstated. Also, every time YouTube makes changes to the annotation editor, it's not uncommon to see the Annotators criticise these in the channel comments.
And now Pause annotations have been removed, although whether or not it's a bad thing is debatable.
Self-Deprecation: They all tend to make fun of themselves from time to time, at the least, for having no lives.
Serious Business: Apparently The Nutshack and a number of other horrible shows are akin to nuclear weapons. Make a threat with one and people will do whatever it takes to stop them being uploaded. Or maybe they're just playing along with the gag.
So Bad, It's Horrible: The most mutual agreement for this would be "Bouchedags" and even more soThe Nutshack. The latter had an Oh Crap moment from most of the Annotators when the rest of episode one was uploaded. Along with Video Bininquido/Toybox Video's crap and Mouse Police.
Sophisticated as Hell: Sometimes there are actual well thought out notes on pacing problems and inconsistent characterization with some swear words thrown in.
Spared by the Adaptation: Ironically subverted by having one of their favourite characters, Cheatsy Koopa, run into some kind of death portal in his final scene. Given that they annotated Super Mario 3 AFTER doing Super Mario World, the original canon had him going on to make many appearances in the next series.
The DS Lite sketch from Ctrl+Alt+Del episode 5: Eating disorders make you beautiful!
Episode 9 of Donkey Kong Country has "BUY ATARI" as the moral (as a reference to that episode's commercial breaks being nothing but Atari commercials).
Status Quo Is God: Mocked a lot since they're not big fan of episodic non-arc based series. Though when there are continuity nods or signs of character development the praise is heaped on.
Sudden Downer Ending: HurpDurpManGuy wrote some very depressing endings to the members of the N Team in credits of the final Captain N episode. The only characters he gave mercy to were the Darkhorses, that being Simon, Duke, King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard, and Game Boy.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Many new series and intermissions will have the main characters' names in the opening credits replaced by the names of characters from the CAD cartoon.
Sword of Damocles: Before an intermission that looked to be sparse, Irrelevant threatened to upload The Nutshack. Cue several uploads.
Take That: Admit it, of the shows these guys annotate, even when you were a child you thought they were a bit rubbish.
Aside from this, when the star of "The Annotated Bunny Rabbit Movie" begins to dance in an awkward fashion, it's said to still be "better than the dance from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland".
Youtube Copyright School gave many annotators a chance to call out on Youtube's unprofessional standards on what is considered "copyright infringing".
Team Dad: beeupyou and Avirosb for the Annotators.
Technology Marches On: Always called out with the lack of certain modern-day techs. However, when Dr. D says that acne can be cleared out with soap and water, he's called out for making the situation worse — soap can actually undo the good that facial grease is trying to do. invoked
The burial of the Nick time capsule had a lot of this with most of the tech mentioned being all but gone by the 2000's. Bizarrely it also had some aversions; apparently some kid thought that bikes would be forgotten about by the 2042.
Referenced during Backside To The Future. A character pulls out a large blocky, metallic-looking folder causing one annotator to riff "this is my cell-phone".
Up to Eleven: When hurpdurpmanguy uploaded Super Hornio Brothers, a spoof porno of the Mario series, many of the members thought it was going to be the last video they annotated.
Series Fauxnale: The sheer amount of annotations (The Hobbit, Food Fight!, Doug Live) ending with the climax of Hornio Brothers would have made a good finale. This wasn't the intention but long as the channel is still up with Hornio...
Villain Decay: Complained about with Arachnid, who started off as fairly creepy and menacing, but his first appearance in Season 2 features him as far more humorous and comical.
"I remember when Arachnid was slightly more terrifying than now.."
What Could Have Been: Intermissions have included clips of the Mario 3 cartoon with removed songs edited back in.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Brought up whenever some plot point or bit character is seemingly forgotten. Because of the Mario programs being done out of order Oogtar's disappearance was explained with 'eaten for nourishment' while the team traveled through ice lands.