Accentuate the Negative: As with most Internet reviewers, although he has admitted when a movie is not completely bad.
Averted in the Honest Reviews, where he talks about subjects he liked or about movies he disagrees with most of the people; in those cases he pointed the flaws but still explained his opinions. To make his points clearer with a divisive movie, he uses "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" format to separate the good points, the bad parts and the aspects that could have been done better, applied for the reviews of the Green Lantern movie, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and the Nolan Dark Knight movies.
He did note that while he didn't find most of the remake of Halloween (2007) scary, he did admit the death of Mr. Strode did catch him off guard and gave Rob Zombie credit for the scene.
In his "Top 10 Crossover Battles of the Years", he admitted that, while he does think the Alien vs Predator movie sucked, the actual battles inside it were still pretty awesome.
He started making videos inspired by The Nostalgia Critic, in hopes to be selected by Channel Awesome.
In-Universe also is how his powers and surroundings work: He's chosen to have the Blockbuster Buster's powers in behalf of the fanboy base of the cinema industry, giving him elements from other movies like props (a Mjolnir replica, a sonic screwdiver, unibeams, swords, etc), assistance (his sidekicks, a JARVIS in his apartment, etc).
Batman Gambit: ERod pulls one of these on Lazarus Dark to get him to stop possessing Doctor Affect at the end of the Planes review, by making Lazarus Dark believe that he was going to make a Heroic Sacrifice if he didn't.
ERod lampshades this after Doctor Affect points out that the gun had a failsafe, preventing it from going off if aimed at a human with the words, "It's a good thing he didn't know that."
Berserk Button: On his review of Catwoman, at the end he starts a rampage through all the other movies he had reviewed at that time.
To not destroy the movie before ending the review, usually ERod has to punch another previously busted movie in the middle of the current review whenever an utterly stupid fact happens.
Nerdlinger also shouts "SCUUUUM" every time someone mentions the D&D movie or its director.
Big "WHAT?!": Very often if the movie has something ridiculous happening with no explanation.
Brick Joke: During his Josie and the Pussycats review, ERod says he wishes for Sarah Michelle Gellar to pick him up in a time travelling De Lorean, only to find nothing outside. This comes back later in his Jason X review, where he wishes the same, but thinks it's not going to happen, only to hear Sarah Michelle Gellar outside leaving after this.
Linkara (or possible Holokara as he is credited) in the Transformers 3 review.
That SciFi Guy appears in the Jason X review to say a reviewer on the site can't review a movie reviewed by another producer, only for ERod to reply he did the same for Wild Wild West. Scifi then laughs maniacally when ERod doesn't know how BAD Jason X is.
Welshy appears in TGWTG Casting Couch to troll ERod, also hinting a possible Freddy is Dead crossover. That SciFi Guy appears again.
Famed actor Doug Jones in the Rocky and Bullwinkle review
Continuity Nod: Most of his episodes are connected by a story line, as well as the saga episodes (the Resident Evil month, Halloween Havoc, Terrible Three and so on)
Another example of this is how the Top 10 Crossovers we want to see connects in the beginning with the Push review and the closing with Transformers 2, which starts the same way his first Transformers review started as well.
He finds out there are Avengers colognes in one review, and in the "Top 10 WTF Moments" he's on the phone to someone saying that he "smells as patriotic as Chris Evans".
Each of the Resident Evil movies had a different character reviewing them.
Designated Girl Fight: SHE-Rod vs. Danapholi, a downplayed version though as they do not fight each other exclusively. And, despite it being a designated girl fight and the joke that SHE-Rod makes beforehand, this is definitely not a Cat Fight.
Deus ex Machina: Frequently, when the Blockbuster Buster is having trouble busting a movie at the end (e.g. having all of his weapons taken away), he will turn out to have another, never-before-mentioned method to bust it.
In The Three Musketeers, ERod starts questioning the fact that Milla Jovovich is able to fight and jump with a tight corset and layers of fabric, let alone having perfect timing, taking a group of guards and catburglar habilities. Immediately forgets all when she removesthe skirt.
Dull Surprise: Happens very often when ERod is too bored to pretend surprise at an obvious plot twist.
Lampshaded in Transformers 2:
"Come on, you knew I was going to get to this one sooner or later."
Even Evil Has Standards: During his Catwoman review, at the end of the movie he goes ballistic and starts busting DVD cases left and right. The Emperor from Star Wars appears to tell him he needs to control his anger—y'know, the guy who's usually always telling Luke to give in to his anger! Erod blows away the Emperor with his gun and continues his killing spree.
NADS: The Nefarious Alliance of Devious Scoundrals.
NAWK: Non-threatening Adolescent White Kids
Gender Bender: Used for the Elektra review, because ERod needed to explain female perspective, so he became SHERod. He even remarked "she" was gorgeous. Lampshaded when SHE-Rod reveals to the viewer she was playing him, being instead a Distaff Counterpart, so ERod still owed another female lead review.
His "Top 10 Hispanic Heroes" list gives us a full conversation between him and Nerdlinger in Spanish.
Hammerspace: Averted, as ERod does not get his weapons out of nowhere, there always is a sequence where he gets his weapons ready. It is also presumed that the Blockbuster Buster never leaves the house without Lucille (his hammer).
Played Straight in the Astro Boy review where is revealed that he had a "Uni-beam thing" on the chest.
Heroic BSOD: Apparently Sucker Punch was too much for ERod to handle, so El L0ver had to take over while ERod mumbled all his references after being catatonic. The only way to wake him again was to press his Berserk Button to make him bust the movie.
Also in Transformers 3, has one when Sam Witwicki is the one who kills Starscream. He takes a while of reflection montage before returning and scream BULLSHIT.
OOC Is Serious Business: He usually goes for the funny video responses or takes some news with humor, but it's not the case with the news of Megan Fox being casted for the TMNT movie. While in character or for the laughs he would normally rip it a new one, this time is personal and, as Eric Rodriguez the fan, he blacklisted the movie as long as Megan Fox is in it, stating it as the biggest insult for him as a movie goer and a TMNT fan.
Also for his highly negative review of Man of Steel, which he reviews as Eric rather than "E-Rod."
Also ERod vs. Episode 1 forms ERod, SHE-Rod and Panda Bear.
Real Life Writes the Plot: The opening of "ERod vs. Episode 1 part 2" shows Panda Bear declines the task of being the second Blockbuster Buster, explaining he was going to direct a movie. This indeed happened in Real Life, according to the commentaries.
Rooting for the Empire: Invoked in the Scooby-Doo 2 review, where he very frankly supports the villain for trying to unmask the Scooby-Gang as incompetent, even offering to become his sidekick.
Laughing hard everytime Dakota Fanning appears in a movie (New Moon, Eclipse and Push).
Lampshaded by ERod, when he knew people would expect him to laugh at her in The Cat in the Hat, explaining he only laughs when she tries grown-up characters. He did not laugh at her during The Cat in the Hat because as he says, she was a little girl playing a little girl, thus it was an appropriate role.
ERod: Oh, you guys are expecting me to burst out laughing. Well, I'm not going to, cause in this movie Dakota Fanning is playing a little girl, which is what she looks like. She looks like a little girl. And until the day she doesn't look like a little girl, every time I see her playing a vampire, this is pretti much what I'm going to see:
Willow: "I'm a blood-sucking fiend! Look at my outfit!"
If a movie features a really bad actor, ERod will make a phone call in the middle of the review and apologize with the previous "worst actor this far" and giving the title to the current target.
In the commentary, ERod explains that the sad mood at the beginning of the video was made not because of not getting into TGWTG, but because of deep financial problems. Eventually his situation got better, and meanwhile the video was his all or nothing moment.
Tempting Fate: At the end of his videos ERod often says that there's no movie worse than the one that he reviewed, only for such a movie to appear before him. Lampshaded at one point when he says, "I have got to stop saying stuff like that."
Nerdlinger figured out who the hooded man is and disappeared, Fedora Freddy did the same. El Lover comes on at the end of the next review, lampshaded his co-workers disappearances and points out that the viewers are expecting him to do the same only to say that he's not stupid and is going to keep the information to himself. He then promptly disappears.
Think of the Children!: Tends to yell something like "this is a kid's movie" when the movie in question is too overt with adult material.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: DiscussedIn-Universe during his review of Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. After learning that farm animals are appearing in the movie, he hopes that this means the film can bring in the cast from Jim Davis' other series U.S. Acres (or Orson's Farm as it's known in some areas). He's then quickly disappointed after learning it's just going to be a bunch of random animals.
"Oh my God! I'm like totally gonna drink some blood and shit, and then I'm gonna drink me a Yoohoo."
"OMG! The Jonas Brothers were SO ON last night. Oh, come on, you guys. I totally told you to turn what's-her-face into a vampire and shit. Now I'm gonna have to like punish you by making this random girl that you've never met do uncomfortable yoga poses."
Weapon of Choice: Lucille the hammer, but he also has a couple of stakes, a gun, a knife and even a truck was used on one occasion. Also featuring a sledgehammer, a chainsaw and a sword.
Wild Mass Guessing: In-universe example in the Herbie review, where ERod posits the theory that Herbie's mind is actually Adolf Hitler, doing good deeds to make up for his sins.
You Are Not Alone: On the arc of Resident Evil reviews each of the characters helps him do the reviews while he was imprisoned, and at the end they help him fight Evil-E .
He also gets encouragement from Mario, Batman, the Trinity of Awesomeness and his producer.