Web Video: The Spoony Experiment aka: Thespoony Experiment
"You believed the hype. You paid ten bucks to see a movie or fifty to play that game. Now you want revenge, because therapy is for pussies. Welcome to the experiment, where we cure the sickness with snark.
Let the healing begin."
Meet Noah Antwiler, self-described "terrifying result of a generation raised on MTV and films by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal at the height of their popularity." He started out with text reviews of movies, which for a while were published as "A Gamer's Rant on the Movies" in Knights Of The Dinner Table. He was soon inspired by the likes of Armake21 to make the leap to video reviews about video games, and so created a new identity as The Spoony One, a name borrowed from a certain line in Final Fantasy IV.He began with The Adventures of Bayou Billy, the quintessential Nintendo Hard title "which probably contributed a great deal to making me the psychological mess I am today," before moving on to the likes of E.T. for the Atari 2600 (a review he made while recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed, setting "some kind of world record for pain").He is perhaps most famous for his eviscerating reviews of the Final Fantasy series, specifically otherwise-beloved titles such as VIII and X, which earned him a spot at That Guy with the Glasses. Additionally, Spoony garnered attention for his MST3K-style Lets Plays of Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh and Ripper (which he slogged through in the dark ages of pre-GameFAQs).He has since moved into video reviews of movies and TV shows, including completely off the cuff rants against any new releases he didn't like as soon as he gets back from them (the ones about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen are truly something to behold), as well as similarly improv comments on the state of pro wrestling, which often run as long as the actual program he's critiquing. By now, he really has no classification system and just reviews anything he damn well wants to.Check it out here.In addition to his video and game reviews, Spoony also hosts a number of other video series. He had a spin-off site called Wrestle! Wrestle! that delt with Professional Wrestling. He also has the Counter Monkey series, which recounts stories from his Tabletop Game days (all tropes for that series should go on its own page). Spoony also has a Star Wars The Old Republic guild, The Spoony Expendables.His live stream is here, on which he sporadically plays games like SWAT 4, X-COM, Ultima Underworld and others. He also did an impromptu Q&A with his fans concerning his stance on originality in Nintendo franchises.Spoony was also the GM of a weekly D&D game with several other TGWTG contributors, which was livestreamed on Sundays; its page is here.As of June 21, 2012, Spoony has left Channel Awesome and TGWTG. He has gone into more detail as to why in the To Boldly Flee commentary, and still maintains friendly ties with individual contributors. Spoony has appeared several times in other That Guy with the Glasses contributors' videos since his departure and is still referenced by other reviewers.His Twitter, on which he frequently posts updates, is here.A list of things reviewed by Spoony can be found here.
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Aborted Arc: In his Nightmare review (October 2009), Spoony was handed 7 different Nightmare (or rather Atmosfear) sequels by the Gate-Cleaner. As a punishment he was given one year to review them all. Spoony gave up on this plotline, and Tweeted a confirmation. So long Gatecleaner.
The Deadly Premonition LP was apparently discontinued as well. This was lampshaded during 2011's April Fools as he uploaded a video titled "Let's Play Deadly Premonition - part 2" almost one year after the first part was posted, and the still shot that appears before playing the video WAS of a previously unseen part of the game, complete with text that looks like the kind of captions Spoony frequently includes in his videos. Turned out the video was actually a Cinema Snob parody and a review of an obscure bad movie. And no, that movie had nothing in common with Deadly Premonition.
Accentuate the Negative: On the one hand, Spoony/Noah will give credit where credit is due, as with Final Fantasy X (Grudgingly admitting to enjoying the battle system, and praising the high quality of both the soundtrack and cutscenes, even going so far as to call the music "heartbreakingly beautiful"), Final Fantasy X-2 (Praising the sandbox-like, fun-focused gameplay, as well as the Thunder Plains concert,aside for some of the clunky lyric translations, for being a beautiful song that Yuna's VA performed well and for having an FMV that managed to get him emotionally invested the Shuyin/Lenne relationship in just three minutes), Eclipse (Praising the start of the movie for showing the Cullen family's pasts and motivations, making them interesting characters, as well as the fact that the actors turned in better performances than in the previous two parts), and Reb Brown (Saying that he actually likes Reb as an actor and feels that he could have been one of the big action stars if only he'd gotten better roles). On the other hand, any time he gives something a negative review, the Fan Dumb assumes he's Trolling, as seen when Joss Whedon fans leapt on him for saying he didn't like The Cabin in the Woods.
In his vlog for The Avengers, Noah says that he thinks people misjudge him as overly negative because when he says "This movie was okay, I just didn't care for it personally", it gets misinterpreted as "This movie was shit". The specific example he gives is Captain America: The First Avenger, saying that he always thought Captain America was a bit two-dimensional but the movie was well-made and it's just his own hang-up that kept him from enjoying it more.
Alternate Character Interpretationinvoked: His Ultima Retrospective brings together a decent amount of evidence that Lord British is actually an oppressive, self-righteous, totalitarian tyrant. He notes that British establishes a worldwide religion that he forces everyone to worship after he lets the Avatar slaughter innocents and interfere with the space-time continuum to defeat his enemies and unite the country, declares war on civilizations who oppose him even if they aren't actually evil and could perhaps be reasoned with, and takes the exclusion in later games of the varied races that were in the earlier ones (elves, dwarves, bobbits, etc) as evidence that British enacted a genocidal campaign and wiped them all out.
Spoony: "AAAAHHHHHH!! The Avatar has to ask what the fucking Codex—No! NO!! This—! It's a—!! Do I even have to explain—?! I can't!! I can't expl—!! How—?! It's the thesis of—!! I can't! This what I'm dealing—!! THIS IS LIKE THE POPE ASKING WHAT THE FUCKING BIBLE IS!!!
Apologizes a Lot: In his vlog about Snow White and the Huntsman, Noah says that Kristen Stewart isn't as attractive as this film (or the Twilight series) makes her out to be, apologizing several times for saying so and being visibly displeased with how piggish this makes him look.
4/1/09 featured an alternate universe version of Spoony reviewing the original Final Fantasy in a Self-Parody of his own nitpicking, caustic review style, ending with a possible origin story for Dr. Insano.
4/1/10 featured "The Insano Experiment" with "Weird Science" as the theme song and Insano reviewing Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Arrow Cam: Noah hurling a doggie toy at Spuna's head.
Artificial Stupidity: The squad in SWAT 4 have a tendency to hit you with flashbangs, which prompts Spoony to yell "YOU FOOL !" They also have a tendency to run in front of Spoony's gun while he's trying to fire, getting themselves or Spoony killed countless times.
Ascended Extra: Though probably not intentional on Spoony's part, the "stupid sexy" Rikku cosplayer featured in his Final Fantasy X review now serves as the icon for one of the site's sidebar ads, even using the same picture.
Ascended Meme: According to Angry Joe, the XCOM guys are aware of the whole BETRAYAL thing, and worked in a refrence in the new game. (The strategy game, not the rant inducing FPS reboot thing.)
As You Know: Spoony is very, VERY displeased with the method of delivering Exposition to new players in Ultima 9, which is accomplished by giving the player dialogue options to just ask about things from the world of Brittania that he should already know. His personal low point is when he asks what a 'paladin' is, when the previous games featured a paladin as his loyal friend who performed a Heroic Sacrifice to die on the Avatar's behalf.
Mentions this trope again in his review of "Night Claws," where he says "No one has ever said this ever! If someone knows something, and you know they know it, you don't have to explain it to them!"
A-Team Firing: Tends to happen to Spoony a lot during his SWAT 4 playthrough, much to his annoyance.
Spoony: I don't know what the hell just happened, but I fucked that doorframe up beyond repair!
Also parodied extensively in his Robowar review, in response to the plethora of scenes the soldiers are just randomly firing into the greenery like crazy. Cue Spoony firing dual AK-47's into the camera, as Sean Fausz and Angry Joe join in as well.
Author Appeal: Besides the more expectable things like his liking for Babylon 5, Spoony is a fan of Professional Wrestling and often slips references to it into his reviews - culminating with the appearances of the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan HOAK HOGAN HOAKOGAN!
Author Avatar: The Spoony review character is little different than Noah himself, often touching on how the reviewed item has affected him in Real Life. Later during the Ultima Retrospective Spoony takes this trope to a new level when he is revealed to be the actual Avatar from the game series and proceeds to defend the Earth from the evil Guardian as an Author Avatar Avatar.
Awesome, but Impractical: "Giant Dizzy Gillespie" was a fan favourite, but Spoony had to stop featuring the statuette due to its fragility and it becoming slightly damaged during filming.
Bag of Spilling: In his Ultima VII, The Serpant Isle review, he mentions how he hates it when this trope just is, but he does like it when there's a decent explanation behind it. In that game, you start off with all the goodies from the previous installment as A Taste of Power, and then lose them all to a "teleport storm" later.
He mentions that when it isn't used properly, it can really hurt a game, mentioning Ultima Underworld II as a great example, where despite it taking place after Ultima VII (but before "The Serpant Isle,") you are so massively unprepared for another adventure that he says you basically showed up to the game massively overweight, out of shape, and dressed in burlap for no reason. This is, of course, after Ultima VII, when one of the weapons you can get is a sword with instant touch-of-death abilities and your abilities are literally raised to double the maximum it is possible to be.
The Beautiful Elite: After traveling to Washington DC to protest an internet censorship law, Spoony claimed that Capitol Hill's female population is entirely like this, even the police.
People arguing that the Fellowship should've rode eagles to Mordor. He ranted about it in both an episode of Counter Monkey, and in his review of The Hobbit; they would've attracted Sauron's attention and then the Eagles would be killed by the Nazghul.
Do not fuck with children. Spoony has a serious thing about hurting kids for any reason.
Book Ends: At the beginning of the first video of his Final Fantasy VIII review, Spoony comments on how as bad as he said the game was, Final Fantasy X was worse. Guess what his last message at the end of the final episode is.
His Final Fantasy X review begins with the original Spoony (Who died at the end of his Final Fantasy VIII review) returning to take the show back from his clone, essentially book ending the period between the two reviews with the death & return of the real Spoony.
The final part of his FFX review featured the original/Black Lantern Spoony trying to take the show back again, providing book ends for the review; and culminated with the merging of the original & his clone, providing a book end to the era of the Spoony Clone. It also featured several call backs to the final part of his FFVIII reviews—in the commentary he referenced Red Letter Media's clip of George Lucas pretentiously claiming that events in the Star Wars prequels "rhyme" with those in the originals.
Later, in the commentary for the finale of Final Fantasy X (which featured call-backs to the finale for Final Fantasy VIII he references the Red Letter Media clip of George Lucas pretentiously claiming that events in the Star Wars prequels 'rhyme' with those in the originals.
Brick Joke: The first part of his Final Fantasy X review features the original Spoony returning to take his show back from his clone, before promptly killing himself and being resurrected as a Black Lantern when told of the subject of the latest review. The third part of the review features Black Lantern Spoony raising Tidus with a Black Lantern Ring, with the intent of using him to take back the show from the clone.
An even further one: in the Partymania review the (alternate) Dr. Insano's origin is that he was one of the Schlumper brothers who was scorned by the unnamed female protagonist and went on to become evil. In the Warrior #2-3 review Dr. Linksano references bringing glory to the Schlumper name, implying that he is the other Schlumper brother. And given that his universe was conquered by Lord Vyce right before Linksano jumped universes, alternate!Insano is probably not doing very well.
Again during the first part of his Final Fantasy X review, Dr. Insano walked in asking if anybody had seen Neutro. It was later revealed that Linkara had stolen Neutro from Dr. Insano in his Power Rangers Zeo Comic review.
In Dr. Insano's review of The Dungeonmaster, Dr. Insano forces Bennett The Sage to provide footages for Final Fantasy X-2 at gunpoint, during The Stinger of the latter's review finale, a bald and aging Bennett almost finishes the game while Insano seemingly forgets (and doesn't care) about him.
In his Phantasmagoria playthrough, he tells Blob not to lay with the Dark One. When Blob starts talking in a demonic voice, he says "Blob, you have lain with the Dark One, and I told you no!"
In Part 2 of the Ultima IX retrospective, Spoony throws out the Betrayal Counter, saying that this kind of thing is hard to quantify (such as, how do you compare a Continuity Error on the Avatar history tapestry to the infamous "What's a Paladin?"), and because it was getting kind of annoying.
Brother-Sister Incest: The vibe Spoony got from the Marky Mark Make My Video. It doesn't help that the actors in question happen to resemble him and his sister.
Bruce Lee Clone: His subject when reviewing the movie The Clones of Bruce Lee.
Bury Your Gays: He was particularly incensed by this in Phantasmagoria as it resulted in the death of the only character he actually didn't want to see die horribly.
Buxom Is Better: He certainly seems to think so. This trips him up in his Beastmaster and Final Fantasy X reviews and he laments that the actress cast as the female lead in King of Fighters was not buxom like the video game character (though that's only one of a list of things they got wrong about her that he complains about.)
For his "Lords of Magick" review, he says, "Yeah! Let's contact the devil!" and holds up a magic lamp, referring back to his Final Fantasy VIII' review which had Satan in a lamp.
His Breaking Dawn review, they talk about David Cronenberg doing the Vampire C-Section and talk about how Twilight is a bodice-ripper Harlequin Romance novel, both are things he talked about when previously reviewing Twilight movies.
In the Ultima IX review he exclaims "Our hero - too stupid to eat!" Which is exactly what he said about Tidus during the Final Fantasy X Review
The Cameo: After Diamanda Hagan remarks in her review how much an actor in Apocalypse looks like Spoony, there are cameos by Spoony, Dr. Insano and a Spoony clone, Christian Spoony.
Camera Abuse: His dog Oreo has a real knack for dealing glancing blows to his tripod.
"YOU FOOL!!!!" when his teammates screw up a flashbang and end up blinding him in SWAT 4.
When reviewing a foreign or incredibly obscure movie, "... unless you know some especially deranged Hong Kong bootleggers. And I do."
Spoony has a new one for his show Wrestle! Wrestle! - "Future endeavors". The WWE uses it as a polite euphemism for "he's been fired"; Spoony uses it to mean "The company's going to screw you up the ass, quit while you still have your dignity".
Which is funny, if you note that TGWTG used the phrase in its farewell to Noah.
The Ultima retrospective has given us "I'm the goddamn Avatar!"
"Betrayal!" Started with X-Com but has now carried over to Ultima IX - So much so that it's the signal for the revitalized plot hole counter. (and we're apparently going to hear it A LOT in this review.)
Chekhov's Gag: If you thought Spoony only introduced the Gunblade for his Final Fantasy VIII reviews, think again. He's using it again for more gags in his review of Mazes and Monsters.
Also in his Ultima I review. We can only hope it will appear more.
Again in the end of the Highlander: The Source review
He even loads it before using it in the FFX finale.
And it comes out again in his King of Fighters review. He declares it's "too Final Fantasy" for the situation though, and puts it aside.
Chekhov's Gun: In the second part of the FFX review, there's a throwaway gag where Dr. Insano bursts into Spoony's room to ask if anyone has seen Neutro, which he'd left parked out back while Spoony is singing "A Whole New World". Later, in Linkara's review of Zeo Rangers #1, Linkara fights a giant Mechakara by using Neutro as a zord, which he claim he took from Dr. Insano when the doctor left it "parked behind Spoony's house"
An example pretty close in line to the original quote that named the trope: in his Paranormal Activity 4/Sinister vlogs we see a new edition to his shelf-o-stuff to his right that can't help but be noticed even though he doesn't bring attention to it. Sure enough, during the videos, he accidentally knocks it down.
Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Inverted in Warrior #4. The secret to ending the multiverse rift is to stop caring about the insane ramblings of the comic, for they mean absolutely nothing and thus are not worth thinking about.
Cliff Hanger: His Final Fantasy VIII review ends on one, with Dr Insano sending Squall after Spoony, leading to Spoony being mortally wounded as Burton initiates a self-destruct sequence which kills Squall & reduces Spoony to a lump of protoplasm; with The Stinger revealing that Linkara has found the lump & intends to bring Spoony back.
Cloning Blues: Inverted, as the clone Spoony is able to pick up right where his predecessor left off. The original is killed, resurrected as a Black Lantern, then briefly brought back to normal before being killed and turned into a Black Lantern again.
Cloud Cuckoolander: His Ultimate Warrior persona is this in spades and ironically very accurate to the real-life Warrior's rambling and odd promos.
"YOU'LL NEED AN ENERGON CUBE THE SIZE OF WYOMING TO DEFEAT MY AUTOBOTS HOAK HOGAN!!"
"BUTTONS! BUTTONS! WHO'S GOT THE BUTTONS?!"
"IF YOU WANNA BE MY LOVER, YOU GOTTA GET WITH MY FRIENDS!! MAKE IT LAST FOREVER, BECAUSE FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS, HOAK HOGAN!!"
Spoony: A lute? A fucking lute?! I run over, bust my fucking ass to save his only daughter from an evil fucking knight, fighting fucking skeletons and spending my own fucking money on swords and shit, and the best he can do is give me a fucking guitar?!
Also during the end of his Deadliest Warrior follow-up.
He tends to get creative with these. Case in point: Ultima IX, after another crash. *ahem*
Spoony: But I can't use the mantra until after he tells- *gamecrash* motherfucker cocksucking superc*nt son of a FUCK!
Cold-Blooded Torture: After being driven to madness by the inanity of TNA in what would become the first "Wrestle! Wrestle!" vlog, he suggests that he should force the people watching the vlog to watch TNA.
Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Lampshaded in that he's never actually played Final Fantasy IX, beyond maybe two hours, but avoided it solely because he hated the art style, and hadn't been paying any attention to the first two hours, since he wrote Zidane off as an "androgynous-whiny-pansy-ass character". He also admitted that "it was likely that [he] was being fiercely unfair" to Final Fantasy IX on judging it by its art style, especially when the game was specifically targeted at fans of the NES and Super Nintendo-era Final Fantasy games like him, but he just couldn't get over it.
He elaborated in his Q&A at MAGfest, and admitted his reasons for avoiding it were entirely childish, and he really can't stand the art style so much that he simply can't make himself keep playing. invoked
Also admitted to never playing the Worlds of Ultima spin-off games because they were based on the Ultima VI game engine, which he hated.
A deck designed to counterpoint his, besides the Linkara deck, is this one.
Cool Versus Awesome: Spoony enjoys the last ten minutes of the show Deadliest Warrior for this reason, where the anachronistic warriors actually square off; but condemns most of the rest of the show on general research issues such as ignoring much of the circumstances of how various warriors would fight; a pirate, for example, wouldn't just be walking around, he'd be with 50 other pirates, on a pirate ship, and there's no way you'd ever be fighting just one Spartan.
The rivalry that Spoony's alter ego Dr. Insano has with Linkara arguably falls into this category as well. Linkara has magical weapons (and cheat codes), Insano has mad science, and both are entertaining as hell.
His parody of Deadliest Warrior, Deadliest Character does the same as the TV show, but with fictional characters, namely the Megazordand later, the Dragonzord versus Mechagodzilla.
Covers Always Lie: A Defied Trope. He screams in horror looking at the cover for Wing Commander: The Movie and explains thus: "You know that old saying, you can't judge a book by its cover? Well fuck you! That's books, not movies!"
In regards to Final Fantasy IX, he thinks Zidane fits in the stereotypical mold of a whiny, depressive Final Fantasy hero based solely on the cover art. He does admit that it's "massively unfair", but says that he just can't get over his dislike for the game's art style.
Likewise, at one point in the video, guest-speaker Linkara points out that Mechagodzilla has failed to defeat Godzilla. In reality, Godzilla was unable to beat the Showa Mechagodzilla on his own and required both the help of King Caesar and humanity to defeat.
Given the nature of the show he's parodying, this might be intentional.
Creator Breakdown: This has become something of a trademark for Spoony, unfortunately. The most visible examples were his 2011 breakup with his longtime girlfriend and webmaster Scarlet, which lead to a serious bout of depression and many uncomfortable on-camera moments, and his very public meltdown in 2012, in which a flap with another video producer over an off-color joke lead into a days-long Twitter rant aiming anger and obscenity at friends, fans, and critics alike. Shortly thereafter Spoony was diagnosed as bipolar, which honestly explains a lot about his behavior.
He reveals in his To Boldly Flee commentary that there was some form of breakdown for him and a handful of TGWTG contributors who met with congressional staffers about the SOPA bill. He claims that the meeting forced him and the others, particularly the Walkers, to consider the longevity of their productions, hence the Reality Subtext throughout much of To Boldly Flee about the potential end of their way of life.
Also To Boldly Flee, though this will be the last one he'll ever appear in.
Crisis Crossover: The face to face battle between Linkara and Dr. Insano is a direct reference to Crisis on Infinite Earths, with the comic Warrior # 1 being so irredeemably awful that Dr. Insano's discovery of it rips a hole in Hypertime. As the review progresses, it shifts between several different universes where, among others, Linkara and Insano's actors are switched, both are stuffed animals, Spoony is a Roman emperor, and the two are played by MarzGurl, That Chick with the Goggles, Coldguy, and The Nostalgia Critic. The scene ends in a Crowning Moment of Awesome as Angry Joe, Benzaie, MarzGurl, and That Chick with the Goggles beat the tar out of Dr. Insano to the tune of Rick Derringer's Real American (i.e. Hulk Hogan's theme).
Gets turned up to 11 in the Warrior 2 and 3 review, where dozens of Doctor Insanos from throughout the multiverse find themselves in an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny. Their non-insano counterparts show up at the end and beat the tar out of all of them.
Dark Reprise: After the events of Kickassia, he started using a much darker and heavier version of his opening theme. It didn't last too long, though.
Despair Event Horizon: After Dupre comes back to life in Ultima IX, Spoony declares every good memory he has about the Ultima series (and he shares a lot) is worthless since it all lead to that. He then says you can only pray that you die before you live long enough to see everything and everyone you love betray you.
Development Gag: One of Spoony's Unstoppable Rage freakouts about Tidus in the first part of his Final Fantasy X review cut to a 'Technical Difficulties' card dubbed over with Bruce Willis singing "Swingin' on a Star" from Hudson Hawk as a Sanity Slippage Song. This is a reference to how around the same time he had announced plans to review that film, but eventually abandoned the idea.
In Doctor Insano's Ferris Bueller's Day Off review, he's shocked at the prospect of going to Chicago and not visiting the "Urkel House".
Alright, Let Me Get This Straight. You have a ghost made of rage that can literally kill you with a movie... and you put her on hold. Dude. I don't know if that's the dumbest thing I ever heard or the most awesome.
Different In Every Episode: Spoony does most of his reviews just sitting in his green chair where you can see posters hanging on the walls in the corner directly behind him. In almost every review he does, he changes those posters to reflect something relevant to the review itself, usually a movie poster or wallscroll of the movie or game he's reviewing. If it's anything Highlander related, it'll usually be a poster of that movie. Anything Japanese game related, expect to see wallscrolls of the game or of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
Distracted by the Sexy: In his Final Fantasy X review, he rants at one point about how Rikku is nothing more than a fanservice character and is only 15, until a picture of a cosplayer dressed as Rikku appears on-screen.
His Final Fantasy VIII review is derailed several times by him gushing about Questis and Rinoa.
As a Running Gag, whenever he makes a really dark joke or reference, the camera cuts to Stock Footage of a crowd booing at a rally.
Darkest sketch! Darkest sketch! Darkest sketch!
During the third part of the Final Fantasy X, he pulls this on the game itself, when Wakka compares the destruction of Home to "happy festival fireworks". He even calls it the most insensitive thing he's ever heard been uttered in any form of fiction.
In the commentary for the review of Highlander The Source, he claims that he'll never again make a joke about suicide, as one of his fans killed himself shortly after sending him an email about it.
Early-Bird Cameo: Spoony's original video intro began with him screaming in horror at Yuna singing in the opening of Final Fantasy X-2, which occured in his review of Final Fantasy VIII. It was four years before he actually reviewed the game and talked about the scene in question.
The earliest ones were also ad-libbed. He didn't begin writing scripts until around the reviews of Robin Hood and The Thing. This resulted in the jokes being much more polished, and is frequently credited as the period his show started Growing the Beard.
In-universe example: Spoony says that Real Emotion is the kind of annoying song that gets in your head for weeks.
During his Let's Play of SWAT 4, he sings the chorus of "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club, then cheerfully tells the audience: "Yeah, you'll have that song stuck in your head for about a week. You're welcome!" Bastard.
Enemy Mine: Played for laughs in his LP of Deadly Premonition. One of the puzzles requires him to carry a fuse box with him.
Dr. Insano can't stand Ferris Bueller's lack of work ethic, his spoiled, self-centered nature, and his complete lack of goals beyond his own personal amusement.
Insano: I may be evil, but at least I'm not full of crap!
Even The Rats Won't Touch It: Apparently a pizza from Peter Piper's Pizza is so lacking in nutrition that even bugs avoid it as evidenced by a pizza left sitting for a month and a half that remained completely untouched.
Face Palm: He covers his whole face in shame with both hands after hearing Wakka tell Rikku not to be too disheartened about seeing her home city get destroyed in his Final Fantasy X review.
Wakka: "Hey, look. Don't get so down. BOOM! hahuhu Like happy festival fireworks, ya!?"
Spoony:"...Happy... Festival... Fireworks!? That could be the STUPIDEST, MOST INSENSITIVE, IDIOT THING any character has ever said in ANY WORK OF FICTION! That's like trying to cheer people up after Hurricane Katrina.... by saying it's a giant happy waterpark!"
The opening to his Ultima 9 review shows him covering part of his face after seeing an NPC glitching gloriously by flying, arms flailing in all directions, moving back and forth, and spewing random clips of sound. He then screams in horror.
Spoony: Say, alright! Hey dude, throw something else at her, maybe she'll teleport out of her underwear too— [sees her hideously deformed face] Oh my God! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOUR FACE?! Ah, look it's a melted John Madden! Joan Rivers! It's the lady from The Goonies!
Doctor Linksano: Doctor Insano didn't go far enough. He only subjected you to one issue of Warrior. I'm going to subject you to two! Spoony: You insane fiend! I'm not gonna read that shit again! Doctor Linksano: Well, I suppose we can get the same results by watching TNA Impact... Spoony: Aaah! All right, I'll read it!
He makes several deadpan remarks about how death would be a welcome relief to watching yet another bad anime with Sage, after Sage breaks into his house and stalks then teleports into his room.
"Loot the supermarket! Stockpile all the weapons and instant mash potatoes you can find! The end times are here!"
Filler: In mid-October 2010, while Spoony was under the weather due to an unspecified heart condition, he asked Scarlett to bump some of his "Greatest Hits" to the front page until he got back on his feet. However, only one video (his review of The Thing) actually got this treatment before he came back.
The Counter Monkey episodes seem like this as well, seeing as they were put out during a period when Spoony didn't feel the creative juices flowing, and was dealing with health issues yet again, at least they kept us entertained.
Foil: Noah's brother Miles, who's considerably calmer than his brother.
Follow the Leader: Subverted in real life. He had intended to start a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style show (which explains his blue robot pal Burton) but couldn't get it together with his friends so he started this show with the AV equipment he'd already bought. He does eventually get to live out his original dream with his own Rifftrax offerings.
Foreshadowing: He ended his review of Strike Commando with the claim he was going to find an "American Reb Brown movie, made by Americans...in America!" Two months later he reviewed the two Captain America movies, the second of which ended with an appearance from The Gatekeither.
His Clones of Bruce Lee review ended with the Spoony Bum inviting Noah and Dr. Insano to play boardgames with him. Among the stack of games he holds up is Nightmare, which Spoony reviewed for Halloween a few months later.
Spoony as Lord British: "My second biggest fear is eating a loaf of bread laced with rat poison... but that seems unlikely to pass." Avatar!Spoony tricks Lord British into eating said loaf in Ultima 9.
From Bad to Worse: At the end of his Power Rangers review, he says Sega CD games couldn't possibly get any worse. The preview for the next review that follows proves him wrong. Big time.
The same thing happened after his review of Highlander II The Quickening; despite his claiming it to be the worst sequel (if not the worst movie) of all time. He subsequently found Highlander: Endgame to be arguably worse in certain areas; while the story isn't as bad, the direction and editing might actually be even more incompetent than the second film's. Finally, he declares Highlander: The Source to be vastly, unimaginably worse than The Quickening.
Funetik Aksent: His description of the Nightmare review refers to the "blagoh," or "black hole" in the Gatekeeper's Cockney accent.
Funny Background Event: While Spoony himself was busy talking about TRON: Legacy, the wallpapers on his computer desktop kept flipping from one to the next...including, at one point, a wallpaper fashioned after the big romance scene from Final Fantasy X.
He acknowledged the FFX wallpaper in an episode of Wrestle! Wrestle!, saying 1) "It's called 'Irony', people! IRONY!", 2) He needed a wallpaper that could fit a dual-monitor setup, and 3) Saying that it's pretty and he's never denied that the art for X and X-2 was pretty.
His posters on the walls of his room often have something to do with the movie he's reviewing (such as the Beastmaster posters when he reviewed those movies). For his "Cinema Snob Impersonation" video review of Zombie 5, he had a poster of Caligula, Brad Jones' favorite movie.
During Spoony's booze-fueled Vlog of Breaking Dawn Part 1, his dog is running around on the sofa behind him, picking up objects in its mouth, and occasionally trying to drink Spoony's rum.
Oreo tends to do this a lot, in both vlogs and reviews. Which is a good thing, since she doesn't ruin takes, she enhances them.
In more than one vlog and review, Oreo has squeaked a toy when Spoony and Miles have asked a question about the film, almost as if in response. It's both adorable and downright hilarious!
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Played for laughs in the second part of his review of Night Claws. After Spoony complains about the fact that Reb Brown's character is suddenly killed by the female lead with five minutes of the film remaining, then a previously unmentioned character played by Frank Stallone suddenly appears and takes over the storyline, something suddenly blows him up, and then Bayou Billy appears, complaining about the unfair review that Spoony gave his game.note For reference, The Adventures of Bayou Billy was Spoony's first-ever video review, posted almost exactly six years before his review of Night Claws
Giftedly Bad: Spoony presents actor Reb Brown and director Bruno Mattei as examples of this. Also Uwe Boll to some extent, but only in his movie commentaries rather than the movies themselves.
Go Karting with Bowser: Spoony allows Dr. Insano to join him in reviewing The Clones of Bruce Lee, despite the fact that Insano hired Squall to kill him in the previous episode. They even live together now.
Spoony': "I told you if you are going to live here you have to stop killing people, especially me!"
Grand Finale: After spending several years ripping the game to pieces, Spoony brings his Final Fantasy VIII review to a close with Dr.Insano turning on him and attempting a Hostile Show Takeover by sending Squall to kill him. Squall succeeds in mortally wounding him, but then Burton self destructs, killing him, Squall, Spoony, and destroying Spoony's entire house in a fiery explosion. Of course after the credits roll, Linkara recovers what's left of Spoony and states that he will bring him back to life. Which he does. Bonus points for that sequence originally being planned as a possible ending for the whole show given his major camera and website problems at the time. Everything ended up working out, so instead it just acts as a sendoff to the bedroom where he filmed the show until then, as he was finally moving out of his parents' house.
Another one may be coming in the Ultima IX review, especially since he revealed at the end of Ultima VIII that the entire point of the full series retrospective was to set up the review of the final game and just how much it betrayed all the games before it.
It wasn't. Turns out The Guardian showed up to attempt to save Spoony from something horrible coming, and then Spoony Sephiroth hands him a copy of Final Fantasy XIII
Guide Dang It: Spoony's main complaint about Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Mostly because most of the spells require you to, as he put it, learn a new language and that the bosses have exactly one way to beat them. To find both of these out you either A) Learn through trial and error (not recommended unless you have too much sanity) or B) look it up online. Note that despite that he still feels it's a good game.
There's also quite a bit of this during Ripper as well.
He rants about this in Ultima 2: Revenge of the Enchantress, you have to find certain items in order to progress through the game, but the game itself literally makes no mention that you need these items, what they do in particular, or that one particular ring that is needed to slip through force fields can only be purchased once you have the blessing from some guy, and you have to find some old man living under a tree and have to pay him 500 gold to obtain it. This game was created in 1982, long before anyone had the internet to look things up. How the hell could anyone figure these out?
Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge most definitely.
Hair of the Dog: In his crossover review of the Garzey's Wing anime with Bennett The Sage, Spoony intentionally kills himself by inducing a stroke 1 minute into the OVA. 30 seconds later he's brought back to life.
Spoony:"WAS THAT SO STUPID THAT IT BROUGHT ME BACK TO LIFE!??"
Head Desk: Has one during his Final Fantasy X review when Rikku tells Tidus not to say he's from Zanarkand because it upsets people, only for Tidus to tell the Besaid Aurochs he's from Zanarkand FOUR MINUTES LATER.
During his review of Final Fantasy VIII he chose to rename Squall into "Emo Git", Rinoa into "A Whore" and her dog into "Anal". The latter two resulted in such dialogue in "A Whore's Limit Break uses Anal" and "Anal Cannon/Reversal", and eventually led into jokes about Rinoa being Seifer's sloppy seconds (with visual aid from a certain doujinshi), though he did admit it was a bit of an unfair label, but far too amusing not to go for.
For Final Fantasy X, he renamed Tidus "Meg Ryan" for his haircut.
Hell Hotel: The hotel he, Jew Wario and Angry Joe stayed at while going to E3 was hilariously bad, and we got to hear about it. It is probably the only hotel you'll hear about where the air conditioning controls are in an unscrewed, dangling panel hidden behind the TV.
He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Spoony is guilty of doing this himself; he yelled at the RiffTrax guys over on twitter for doing a Riff of Highlander. Although it was done jokingly on his part; when he realized that the Rifftrax guys didn't treat it as a pretend feud, but thought he trolled in earnest, he immediately stopped and apologized.
Heroic BSOD: Spoony's reaction to Reb Brown's unceremonious death in Night Claws is to look around in bewildered horror and, instead of reviewing the rest of the movie, slowly slink away in silence. Roll credits.
Hypocrisy Nod: In his review of Cage 2, Spoony trashes the randomness of the climax, in which the little old FBI agent whips out a rocket launcher and uses it to shoot down the villain's helicopter. He asks "Who writes a story where an old guy just spontaneously whips out a bazooka?!" Instantly we get a still from the Ultima retrospective, showing Spoony as Gandalf with a grenade launcher. "Oh, shut up."
In his commentary for The Beastmaster 2, Spoony points out that he made a Portal joke in the review, which came out a week after a vlog where he said Portal jokes were completely played out. He then adds "Haven't you noticed yet that I'm a complete raving lunatic and hypocrite? Because you should."
Later on, he lambasted Nintendo for cashing in by re-releasing Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, and then immediately turned tail to gush about the upcoming Snake Eater remake on the same system, calling himself out yet again.
And later on he starts tearing up every time he mentions Aeris' death.
"A robot puppet? How lame is that?"
When his teammates in Swat 4 throw flashbangs in such a way that it blinds him, he yells "YOU FOOL!" A couple of times, he blinded himself with poorly thrown flashbangs, although he made sure to yell "YOU FOOL!" at himself.
Furthermore, he calls everyone who likes "Eyes on Me" a complete pussy, and ends his Final Fantasy VIII review with a music video tribute of the cast set to the song. He says in the creator commentary "I call you all pussies then subject you to the pussy song. So yeah you're all pussies, you know what, I am too".
In Part 1 of his Final Fantasy X review, Spoony criticizes the sexualization of underage characters like the 15-year-old Rikku... then starts drooling over a picture of a Rikku cosplayer. Also a two-in-one, since he's critical of cosplayers as well.
Almost immediately afterward, he scoffs at the Al Bhed's characteristic spiraled irises. Cue Insano.
Also, after going on about how Seymour Guado can't possibly be taken seriously due to his stupid hair and clothes, he becomes quite shaken at Seymour's summoning of Anima at the Blitzball Stadium.
"Praise be to Yevon!"
In his review of Dungeonmaster, Doctor Insano becomes angry at the New Powers as the Plot Demands offered by the hero's computer, comparing it to if Doctor Insano himself was able to shoot lightning out of his hand screaming "SCIENCE!" (Which Insano does. Frequently).
Spoony: "I'm gonna go drink heavily now. And I may never stop."
Happens quite literally in his v-log for the Breaking Dawn film; Noah admits that he doesn't normally drink though he does keep alcohol on hand for guests, but the film was so terrible that he decided to get drunk.
During his review of Tekken: Blood Vengeance, he starts a drinking game for any scene where you need to be a Tekken fan to understand what's going on, which is one shot, and two shots if being a Tekken fan makes what's going on more confusing. He says this holding a shot glass and a bottle Captain Morgan. The first scene has Xiaoyu riding Panda to school — and he starts drinking directly from the bottle.
Ironic Echo: In the mission 12 LP of SWAT 4. The debriefing mentions that Lieutenant Spoony has been placed on medical leave for foot injuries sustained during the mission, an echo of and poke at Spoony injuring himself (Jones fracture in his foot) during the fund drive for That Guy With The Glasses.
Black Lantern Spoony also breaks his foot literally kicking Linkara's ass when he presses one of his Berserk Buttons.
"We have the fray-shest old fay-shioned hamburgers!"
It's Personal: Spoony has mentioned several times that he prefers to review games and films that he has a personal connection with - in particular, awful games and films that he still feels burned that he wasted money on.
I Want My Jetpack: His reaction when Captain Z-Ro shows a man on a hovering platform and calls it "the latest development in powered flight".
Spoony also plays with the trope and related ones like It Will Never Catch On: he tends to compare predictions of future technology from works made in the past to how technology actually has moved on. The best examples of this are in Ripper where he mocks the Unusual User Interface of the future internet and compares the character's communication gadget to the iPhone.
Jump Scare: Discussed (and used) in his Paranormal Activity 4 review. Spoony ultimately discourages the use of jump scares, saying that they're not scary; they're startling. He discusses the trope further by saying that too many modern horror directors substitute jump scares in place of a real horrific atmosphere, and how they quickly become annoying, making you more scared of the movie itself rather than what's in the movie. He also refers to a Jump Scare as "the equivalent of grabbing your ear and yelling into it". He admits, though, that a Jump Scarecan be done well if a movie uses it only once or twice.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Spoony's riff of After Last Season was taken down under polite request by the film's producers on the grounds of copyrights infringement. Now it's only available as an iRiff on RiffTrax, which requires a copy of the film itself. To Spoony's credit, he discourages illegal downloads of the film despite fans suggesting otherwise on the comments section of his site, and admitted that he was in the wrong for planning to post a movie in its entirety on his website. This is also a perfect opportunity for Spoony to put money where his mouth is regarding his challenge to TNA's Dixie Carter and see how many of his fans are willing to support him and buy his iRiff of the film instead of just illegally downloading the movie elsewhere.
Spoony: "I won't condone piracy. I simply ask you to support the site if you enjoyed the rifftrax. $1 isn't much to ask for an evening's fun."
Kleptomaniac Hero: In part 2 of his Final Fantasy X review, the first thing that comes to mind after Sin destroys Kilika village and leaves hundreds dead is to loot the bodies. Spoony figures Tidus wouldn't have a problem with it since he had no problem with stealing someone's potions from the ship just moments earlier.
Lampshaded in Phantasmagoria: "What does it say about me as a person that my first instinct is to rifle through her desk for useful objects?"
Insano: "It's called the Time Compressor! It condenses Time as the world perceives it into an incredibly condensed period!"
Spoony: "Wow, a time compressor, it...kind of looks like an Xbox DVD Remote..."
Insano: "IT'S A TIME COMPRESSOR!"
Lethal Chef: Spoony describes himself in his Hell'sKitchen the game review as this saying that he can't cook anything that requires anything more then a microwave and/or a can opener or he might burn down the whole house although it is unknown if this also applies to him in real life.
Lord British Postulate: As well as demonstrating the Trope Namer in his Ultima Retrospective, Spoony discusses the trope in his Counter Monkey series when he unwisely gave Darth Vader a cameo in a Star Wars RPG and the adventurers promptly derailed the campaign out of obsession with trying to kill Vader.
Lying Creator: Possibly. He announced the storyline of being banished to the Black Hole by the Gatecleaner if he didn't review a series of VCR board games within a year was being cancelled... only to pick it up again after that year had passed, with the Gatecleaner not being too happy that he failed to review them.
Wouldn't be the first time, especially after he repeatedly denied that Spooning With Spoony 2 was never going to happen during the TGWTG charity drive...barely an hour after Spooning With Spoony 2 had been shot.
Lyrical Dissonance: The theme song, "Break Me" by The Irresponsibles. While being a rousing piece of Crowning Music of Awesome, it has rather dark lyrics you might notice on first hearing it. Lampshaded by Spoony in a commentary where he said he loved the song but it was "basically implying that I'm a girl who likes to be domestically abused."
On the other hand, he is a guy who likes to be abused by bad movies and video games, so it's a bit of an apt metaphor.
Mad Scientist: Dr. Insano. He'll rule the world with science!!! And also winning the 2008 Presidential Election with running mate Fu Manchu.
Mad Scientist's Adorable Son: Son of Insano. He hasn't actually betrayed his father but he's so gosh-darned cute and full of love it's hard to think he'd do anything actually evil.
Magic Versus Science: Parodied in reference to Final Fantasy VIIIAss Pull "anti-magic field", with a projector for such a thing being sold in a home shopping channel-type segment by Dr. Insano. Without any fuel. A similar gag re-appears in the Final Fantasy X review, with Dr. Insano selling an anti-magic negator...and being completely astounded when it turns out you can take it out with a Blitzball.
Said anti-magic generator is brought up in an episode of Atop The Fourth Wall, when Linkara asks Dr. Insano if he sold any recently, Insano responds "I haven't sold one in months, ever since they figured out it's defect against Blitzballs."
A Match Made in Stockholm: As noted by Spoony in his written review, Agent 47's "relationship" with Olga Kurylenko's character in the Hitman movie strongly comes across as this. He drives across Russia while she's stuffed in his car trunk with a dead body, constantly threatens to torture and murder her, and drags her out of a restaurant by her hair. She becomes strangely attracted to him, very overtly tries to seduce him several times, and continues to accompany him when she has several opportunities to make a run for it. Being asexual 47 ignores her sexual advances, but does eventually show some degree of protection for her.
Spoony: Quite a long way from the traditional kimono she wore before, and her previous characterization as a kind, demure, religious care-giver with a tragic fate. But is this huge change in outfit and characterization because of the radical cultural shift in Spira because of the exposure of Yevon as a maniacal, genocidal cult run by the undead bent on world domination... or just because japanese perverts want to see some cleavage and her cute ass in boy's shorts? Good question... The answer is "Yes".
Memetic Mutation: His cry of "BETRAYAL!!!" has taken on a life of its own after being invoked in his review of Ultima IX to count the number of plot holes and inconsistencies in the game. The word is also in an exclamation bubble and font style much like the Phoenix Wright OBJECTION! bubble.
Mid-Review Sketch Show: Spoony tends to include vaguely related comedy skits with his reviews from time to time, the most elaborate of which by far were the "Predaborg" skits filmed by Ed Glaser of Dark Maze Studios, as a comedic pastiche of the film Spoony was reviewing, Robowar. His skits tend to receive a mixed reaction, with some fans being exceedingly upset by how characters like Dr. Insano hog up so much screen time from his reviews, and others asking for more comedy (Chuckles the Jester's appearance in a recent video seems to be directly inspired by the latter group).
The weird reality distortions in his The Ring Terrors Realm review, where we have sudden static screens switching between multiple Spoonys reviewing different things, and a clip of the world getting destroyed by a meteor.
Missing White Woman Syndrome: Although she isn't missing, Spoony has a point that Reb Brown in Mercenary Fighters just looks on with a slight hint of disapproval as a dozen African women are lined up and mowed down, but when the Scary Black Man is putting his hands on that one white woman? Oh, now it's on!
Spoony: "When you give someone a lamp with the devil in it you don't go, "Oh, this lamp is a little dangerous". You say, "Here's a lamp AND IT HAS THE DEVIL IN IT!" I mean what kind of weird shit was Headmaster Cid into?"
Noah drops the trope name in the audio commentary for Kickassia. He also remarks that it's kind of impressive that he has fans dedicated enough to try and sort out the various "continuities" of Insano.
Spoony: "There is no continuity, there is only Insano."
Which parodies the fact that the Wing Commander movie presents pretty much the same situation, although it's somewhat more practical, if it wasn't for the fact every ship computer can do the same, anyway.
At first Spoony thought the floors were the worst enemy in Ultima III. But then fans alerted him to the fact that you can be attacked by grass outside the Final Dungeon. In response, he set up a contest for fans to make videos of themselves battling the green menace for a chance to win prizes like autographed pictures and T-shirts.
In his Let's Play of Phantasmagoria 2, whenever the game dwells on the protagonist's banal mundane affairs for long periods and fails to live up to its horror theme (which is often), Spoony yells "PHANTASMAGORIA! A PUZZLE OF THE FLESH!"
A similar joke in Tekken: Blood Vengeance, where he yells the title dramatically in response to the film focusing on the mundane affairs of Xiaoyu and Alisa.
Murder Is the Best Solution: In his livestream of the DOS game Castles, the game keeps giving him moral choices (such as whether to support an exiled rebel claimant to another throne) with the third option always being "...or HAVE HIM MURDERED!" This rapidly becomes a Running Gag.
My Friends... and Zoidberg: In one of his Vlogs, Spoony describes the movie 2012 as having "a fantastic cast of really well known actors... and Amanda Peet."
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Likes to lampshade this when he comes across it in media. And of course there's Dr Insano in his second appearance calling the voters idiots for voting for someone called "Dr Insano".
"Richard Garriot's tabletop Dungeons & Dragons game must have been just about the most glorious thing in human history. This game takes D&D, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who among many other things, throws them in a blender and hits the puree switch. And my god is it beautiful. This guy is a god of nerds."
No Dead Body Poops: Subverted in the Ultima VI review, where as revenge for Lord British being asleep and not waking up even when Spoony/The Avatar is dying from poison and needs healing, Spoony decides that as payback he'll die on Lord British's throne so that he'll wake up and find it covered in his voided bowels.
Fabian: You have to get to the source, the big grass monster. If you kill the source, all the grass will die. Haven't you seen The Faculty?
Protagonist: Of course. Isn't it a bit illogical?
Fabian: Ehm, no. It should work, I think.
Nostalgia Filter: Whenever Spoony talks about Fallout 3, Bioshock, or the upcoming remake of X-COM, he clearly prefers the originals. It can quickly go into subjective territory if you're not of the same gaming generation of him, or if you are and don't have a strongly positive opinion of the originals.
He is often aware of this though, but it caused him an unpleasant surprise when his general enjoyment of Fallout 3 (barring the endgame) made him go back and try the previous games, only to discover he just can't enjoy them like he used to.
Note to Self: Insano's reaction to the nurses turning on the mad scientist in Clones of Bruce Lee:
Dr.Insano: "Note to self: have my nurse destroyed."
Offscreen Inertia: In the Final Fantasy X review, Spoony apparently spent the entire two-month-long break between installments hammering the X button to farm potions from an infinitely deep chest. And he has the beard to prove it.
Off-the-Shelf FX: The "Time Compressor" looks an awful lot like an X-Box remote control. Dr. Insano insists it's not one!
Oh Crap: In the end of Final Fantasy X-2 review, Sephiroth appears to actually save from Yuna. Spoony freaks out thinking he's next but it turns out that he likes his show and let him be. For the time being.
*kick* You got a potion! *kick* You got a potion! *kick* You got a potion! *kick* You got a potion!
From his Cage review, in a conversation between Lou Ferrigno's character and two guys trying to get him to fight in a cage match:
"I like wrestling!" *happy reaction shots* "But I don't like fighting." *disappointed reaction shots* "But I like to wrestle!" *happy reaction shots* "But I don't like fighting" *disappointed reaction shots*
As he'd ended his Final Fantasy VIII review in this way just in case he couldn't make any new reviews - something which seemed entirely possible at the time - this trope was almost an example of The Hero Dies.
Out of Focus: Burton the Robot. Still listed in the opening credits, still part of the title card, and still sitting in the background next to Spoony, but when was the last time he ever actually did anything?
Ultima VI: "Burton! Death ray! Now!" And he delivered.
Mostly justified because, although Burton was created to be a sort of MST3K style puppet, the 'bot is still horribly fragile and difficult to work with, making it not worth the effort to integrate into Spoony's videos in any real capacity.
More recent videos have not just given more of a role to Burton but are suggesting something BIG and diabolical involving the Robot Buddy is coming...
Outrun the Fireball: The ending of the Final Fantasy VIII review, which is just Rule Of Cool. Subverted given that the fireball outran him and annihilated him down to the lump of protoplasm Linkara found after the time lapse.
Overly-Long Scream: You try not spending the entire scene doing this after finding yourself in a Spooning with Spoony video with Bennett The Sage.
Overused Running Gag: Spoony has said he wants to avoid overusing Dr Insano to prevent him becoming one (though the character still seems pretty popular despite his frequent appearances) and also because doing the voice hurts his throat. However, he always manages to make these claims he's going to use Dr Insano less right before a review where Insano has a huge role, like the Ferris Bueller's Day Off review. One wonders if he's doing it on purpose.
One might also consider the "beyond Thunderdome" jokes to be this, especially since the entire point of the original joke was that you don't get to use the joke very often
Spoony has stated that many of his fans feel that his use of the fuse box counter, or counters in general, is this, however he continues to do it because it's a joke that he personally enjoys and he doesn't feel he got as much use out of it as he initially thought despite fan reactions toward the contrary.
Pistol Whip: Spoony gets one from Critical Marine in their joint review of Uncommon Valor. Spoony pulls a pistol on Critical Marine, thinking he's been sent by the President to confiscate all his guns; Critical Marine just snatches it from Spoony's hand and smacks him in the face with it.
Pragmatic Adaptation: Spoony says that, in his opinion, the live action Tekken movie was this because it ditched the more outlandish elements of the Tekken series like the robots and Devil Gene and just focused on the fighting.
President Evil: Parodies the concept with President Dr. Insano following the lampshading of its occurence on Final Fantasy VII.
Dr.Insano: "You actually voted for a guy named "Dr.Insano"! What the hell is wrong with you people?!?"
Prison Rape: In Spoony's playthrough of the sixth SWAT 4 mission, one of the criminals is shot and writhing in agony on the floor. When he happens to get down on all fours, Spoony says that it'll be a useful position for him when he goes to prison.
The Purge: "And people likethis game! Ladies and gentlemen, I implore you; Find these people. Kill them. They're, like.. voters. Kill them all!
Many people exclaimed Dude, Not Funny! with that joke, however, so in his commentary he apologized for it.
Rage Quit: Gives up summarizing Final Fantasy XIII's plot after the reveal that The leader of Cocoon is a Fal'Cie, capable of speaking English in either form, and thus negating the previously central-to-the-plot idea that Fal'Cie can't communicate their wishes beyond a hazy vision.
The Rant: During the commentary for the Party Mania review, Noah pauses the video for a couple of minutes so he can try to address some of the backlash that it caused.
A briefer example comes at the start of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance, where he says that he's taken heat for liking the live action Tekken and defends his opinion.
Rail Roading: He criticises Final Fantasy XIII`s extreme use of this by effectively restricting the players to a linear route, which he describes as "The Hallway".
The entire reason for Final Fantasy VIII's Grand Finale was that Noah was moving out of his parents' house and replacing his camera and didn't want to change things without explanation.
As well as the plot of the Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge review. The original plot was to have him forced to play it by the Gatekeeper/Cleaner/Beekeeper in the blagoh. But after weeks of frustration decided to make the plot about all the trouble he had with it.
Similarly, he was unable to get The Madness of Roland to run on his computer, so instead edited together a bunch of the video files extracted from the game to form a trippy series of visuals reminiscent of The Ring.
He's also made a few broken foot jokes ever since he broke his.
He wrote in a sketch in his Skullduggery video to explain the appearance of his dog. She's appeared in the background of nearly all his videos since (and sometimes before).
Referenced in his Kickassia commentary as well. Not concerning his role for a change, but Lord Kat's role had to be shortened severely due to injuries.
More recently, Spoony tweeted that he might have to retire the Chuckles character because Oreo got into his costume closet and tore up the outfit (and the rubber chicken).
Reality Subtext: In his review of "Ultima Underworld 2," he snarls at a Headless invading the review at the end of the skit, "Don't you fucking test me, you headless hairball, not after the month I've had." This was shortly after his Creator Breakdown in 2011.
Also in the finale of Final Fantasy X, Dr Insano says the line "What were you expecting? The Ghost Busters?!". This line makes a lot more sense when you know that Spoony originally planned on having a huge finale with the Ghost Busters making an appearance. However, he couldn't get them to come, as they only really do charity events. This and the fact that he planned such a huge finale to begin with (instead of just focusing on reviewing the game) were fuel for his Creator Breakdown.
Part 2 of the Ultima IX review has the Guardian delivering a Hannibal Lecture to Spoony about how his fans only watch because they like seeing him suffer, and how he's been abandoned by his friends and co-workers. This not only recalls the number of "anti-fans" who troll Noah for laughs, but also comes close on the heels of his departure from That Guy with the Glasses.
Spoony's 'An Appeal For Manners' blog post explains to his fans how his fellow reviewers hate when he posts their videos on his site because a number of the comment posters on the site (as opposed to actual fans who like the show and support and encourage Spoony) tend to be jerkish trolls, which also prompted him to take down his acceptance speech video for winning a category in the Mashable Open Web Awards.
Record Needle Scratch: After playing porn music to acompany Quistis in his first Final Fantasy VIII video, the camera will continue to cut to Spoony becoming more and more interested in Quistis until he is seen with a jar of lotion in his hand, and he sees the camera is on. Cue the scratch.
Reference Overdosed: Especially his Phantasmagoria2Let's Play, where much of the humour comes from the way he crams in a reference to a film/game/internet meme in practically every sentence.
Robot Buddy: Burton, a Mystery Science Theater-style puppet, made of a dust bin and a handheld vacuum cleaner, who spends most of his time sitting behind Noah's chair and looking on silently. He is apparently triggered to self-destruct if Spoony is gravely injured or dies.
Also has voice operated functions, such as DEATH RAY, which Spoony used on Chuckles the jester as he was threatening him to shove a DVD up his ass. However, Spoony still had to manually turn Burton's head towards its target.
He created Burton because he originally wanted to do his own MST3K style show.
In his review of Metroid: Other M, Spoony devotes a decent length of time to thoroughly explain why he thinks the series has suffered permanent damage thanks to the game's characterization of Samus.
Likewise, his review of Highlander The Source explains the many ways this movie pissed on the grave of the franchise dug and buried by everything following the original film.
And in his review of Final Fantasy X-2, he notes the minigame where you're supposed to give LeBlanc a massage, to which she responds with audio that could easily be dubbed over any porn scene, as the point where Final Fantasy died.
And it also covers his view of Ultima 9. During the review of that game Spoony keeps a Betrayal! counter for every plot hole. It's up to 93 by the end of part 1 of the review, and was abandoned because the numbers would be too damn high and the betrayals aren't created equally (also it was kinda annoying).
From the commentary on the final Final Fantasy VIII video, about Dr. Insano's appearances: "It's kind of cute how people are trying to come up with some kind of continuity for all this. There's no continuity, there's only Insano."
Linkara's commentary on the Warrior review notes a scene where Linkara gets a look at Dr. Insano without his goggles, which spawned all kinds of speculation due to him now knowing Insano was Spoony. He tells them all to not take it so seriously.
This might be a result of an abandoned idea Doug mentioned where Spoony would play peacemaker (like Ask That Guy did in the Brawl), only to snatch the Commissar Cap and reveal that it's still Insano, just disguised as Spoony.
Rule 34: It exists, and Noah knows about it. He both makes fun and caters to the fans, just like the rest of the site.
Even earlier, the 7-30-10 Wrestle! Wrestle! has him outright admitting that TNA portraying Eric Young as "comedically" brain-damaged has him too pissed off to be funny.
Almost the entirety of his review of Highlander: The Source. At one point he says that all he needs to do is show a clip from the movie and then show his increasingly appalled reaction shot, as the film's stupidity speaks for itself.
Sanity Slippage: It takes quite a bit before he can finish and articulate a complete setence after the Avatar inquires what the 'Codex of Ultimate Wisdom' is in Ultima 9.
Satan: In his review of Final Fantasy VIII, he ends up getting a lamp that has "TEH DEVIL" inside. Spoony is awesome enough to blind, beat and tame The Devil, though, so all is good.
Schedule Slip: Several things that Spoony may announce at some point may take quite a while to actually get done, for various reasons; most prominently, of course, that Spoony is working entirely on his own.
Lampshaded in Film Brain's review of Hudson Hawk in early October 2010. Spoony complains that he was going to review the film & game, and Film Brain admits he did see the list that mentioned this... When it was posted 9 months earlier.
Wrestle! Wrestle! started out providing weekly recaps of Raw and Impact, and even added Sean Fausz to cover the workload. Since mid-November 2010, however, recaps have been sporadic, and the site sometimes goes more than a month without updates.
At the start of February 2011, Spoony announced a list of films & games he was going to review, intended to cover to the end of April. He was actually making decent progress through the list, until Real Life Writes the Plot kicked in.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the Vlog review of Breaking Dawn, his theory as to why the werewolves just leave when Jacob revealed he Imprinted on Renesmee is because they think this development is just so disturbing that they don't want anything more to do with it.
Spoony does it himself in Part 4 of his Final Fantasy XIII review, having gotten so fed up with the story that he simply can't go on reviewing the game anymore (He later clarified that this was meant to illustrate that the part of the game that caused him to "quit" in the review was the same part that had caused him to quit playing the game in real life. He still fully intends to cover the rest of XIII and then review XIII-2).
Screw Yourself: Spoony complimenting Spuna as "the sexiest woman I have ever seen."
Secret Test of Character: In the Final Fantasy VIII finale, Spoony proclaims that being able to sit through Eyes On Me in its entirety proves that the viewer is a pussy, and then proceeds to use the song in its entirety in the end credits.
In the Final Fantasy VIII finale, he talks about how making you sit through the "Pussy Song", but then talks about spending a week matching it to the Final Fantasy VIII ending credits, and says that makes him a bigger pussy then the watcher.
"You may not think having a cold is that debilitating, but you don't have a nose as big as mine!"
"Who do you think is going to pick up this game, anyway... Other than retards who review games on the internet?!"
Series Fauxnale: Spoony's Final Fantasy VIII finale, which he made not only to finish his Final Fantasy VIII series for good, but also to serve as his own grand finale because he was unsure if he would be able to make any more videos for a while. When Linkara caught wind of this, he made an extra skit for the finale to serve as a Sequel Hook, where he recovers some of Spoony's genetic material with the intention of bringing him back to life... leading directly into the Clones Of Bruce Lee video, where Linkara creates a clone of Spoony.
Serious Business: He thinks Twilight is the worst cultural phenomenom of the last decade.
Spoony, while being completely intoxicated on pain killers, drenched in sweat, and oozing just a little blood, does some sort of dance sequence in his underwear after reviewing the ET video game.
He also goes shirtless for a moment in the game reviewing convention panel with Angry Joe and Birdman.
Shock Jock: Spoony can be described as a shock jock for nerds. He's deliberately provocative in his professional and personal life, acting deliberately belligerent and obnoxious for effect. Yet he usually backs up his more controversial opinions with measured statements and succinct commentary, making him a little more thoughtful than others with that label.
Shout Out: The ending for his Ultima reviews mirrors the Mass Effect 3 ending, complete with appropriate colors for the choices he is given.
Sincerity Mode: In his 2011 v-log for the new "X-Com" game, he mentions the time during the last E3 where he shouted "BETRAYAL!" and assures us that he was not playing a character. This video has Spoony almost chillingly quiet, yet nonetheless brimming with repressed rage that his most favorite strategy game of all time has not received an update, but an In Name Only first-person shooter.
He also apologizes for the "sissy gay gay" joke used in his Final Fantasy VIII review and says he doesn't know what he was thinking.
Skyward Scream: His scream of "BETRAYAL!" in E3 over the reboot of "X-Com".
Stable Time Loop: Dr. Insano is created through Spoony's desire to go back in time to erase the Final Fantasy franchise from existence. To do so, he creates his own time loop where instead of studying science for decades he sends a future version of himself back in time to give him all the knowledge he needs.
We belatedly learn (one of) Dr. Insano's origins in his review of the original Final Fantasy: the result of a time paradox just like the game's.
In the Party Mania review Insano is actually Wayne Schlumper, a teenage scientist who was rejected by a female version of Spoony. Distraught and driven to insanity over the fact she didn't go out with him and his brother, wasting his scientific efforts on a pair of carefully created dancing shoes and hair-gel, he became insane with grief and hinted he would create his own woman. In the commentary, Spoony points out that this is simply the Insano of the alternate dimension the review takes place in.
Stealth Parody: Part 10 of the Final Fantasy VIII review is dedicated solely to "trashing" the original Final Fantasy and in doing so takes a bunch of potshots at himself and his caustic reviewing habits. It was so deadpan serious and over the top that Noah had to post a notice on the video that he was joking and he actually likes the game. Apparently few people noticed it was posted on April 1, 2009.
Stealth Pun: During his Skullduggery review, while cosplaying as Simcoe The Magician, he conjures a dog from a pair of oreos. The dog was featured prominently in some of Spoony's videos before hand, and went by the name Oreo.
Screw Attack debuted a video series, DEATH BATTLE, a few days after Spoony unveiled Deadliest Character at the 2010 TGWTG Donation Drive, with a similar concept to Deadliest Character. In his commentary for Deadliest Character, Spoony mentions ScrewAttack's video & notes that whilst it's suspicious that their series debuted after his & was clearly put together quicker & with less effort than Deadliest Character, he's going to put it down to this trope for the time being, rather than Follow the Leader.
SO awesome, in fact, that Spoony loved it and used an Ultima version of it as his intro for Ultima IX Part 2.
Stylistic Suck: According to Noah's commentary, the Dragonzord's sudden appearance in Deadliest Character was done to imitate Deadliest Warrior's habit of having a previously unmentioned factor come in out of nowhere and decide the fight, often in contradiction of the research team's earlier conclusions.
Suckiness Is Painful: This is the point of his "Experience Bij" segments, "Bij" being Klingon for "punishment". In this particular case, Spoony shows off videos that are intensely annoying and dares the viewer to sit all the way through them.
He's actually stated in several TNA reviews that he thinks Impact is so bad that it causes him actual physical pain. He even gives a small demonstration where watching the Knockouts proceeds to give him a headache.
Another Reb Brown clip from Mercenary Fighters allegedly tops them all:
Disclaimer: Warning. What follows is the manliest thing ever recorded on film. Your balls may drop of in shame at the mere knowledge that you will never in your entire life do something half this manly.
That One Level: His playthrough of SWAT 4 has level 11 titled "I Die A Lot". That he does, and even lets you guess in the video how many times he does in fact die. 59. The final level he beats right out of the box. invoked
Tempting Fate: Spoony's does this in the Warrior #1 review, believing that Warrior can't be nearly as bad as Dr. Insano says it is, then screams in terror from one look at the cover, and yes the comic really was that horrible.
Yes, she dances so poorly it causes people to go blind. Who could possibly do a dance so horrifying it blinds people? (Cue another guest appearance by Benzaie)
In his review of The Ring Terrors Realm he rants about how lame it is that the game has characters transforming into hideous monsters entirely off-screen — which provokes another appearance by Simcoe the Magician and his "make something turn into something else between edits" brand of magic.
There Was A Door: In Tekken: Blood Vengeance he's particularly exasperated when Jin and Kazuya separately punch out the walls of a room within seconds of each other and throws up his hands. He also wonders how awkward it would've been if either them of them accidentally punched out the wall Heihachi was hiding behind instead. invoked
Anyone else? Anyone else want to punch out a wall, we've got two left!
This is followed by Randy Savage's Slim Jim commercial where he does this as well as the Kool-Aid Man.
They Just Didn't Care: Noah firmly believes that either the makers of Highlander: The Source either didn't have a clue about the franchise or were deliberately trying to piss off the Highlander fans with it.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In reviewing Game Over, Spoony points out that Drexel's comments about how Hunter is torn up about the death toll from the military co-opting some of his games as training programs would be a great plot point and character beat... if the movie ever bothered to mention it again.invoked
This Is Gonna Suck: When talking about The Beastmaster II: Through the Portal of Time he uses this trope to describe the reaction of fans of the first movie as soon as they saw the poster for the second and the car on the front. This was also his reaction to the Warrior comics.
Too Dumb to Live: In his Knightmare review, one of the contestants had to spell the word shroud backwards. He first spells it D-U-R-H-S (shrud), and after getting a hint to use an O from the host, he confidently comes up with O-S-R-D-H-U.
Spoony: WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SPELL, YOU STUPID PILLOCK?!
Too Soon: Invoked by Spoony after he refers to a wrestler being choked out as being "Chris Benoited".
Noah felt bad about writing a suicide joke (that was promptly scrapped) after the suicide of one of his fans.
At MAG Fest 2011, Noah made a joke about Warrior teaching Hogan's son out of drive. The audience gave a collective "ooooooooooo"
In the Mazes and Monsters review he jokes that a crazy gamer going to the World Trade Center to jump off is the second worst thing to ever happen to the building. A crowd appears to boo him.
When he MST's a Game Crazy training video, one of the hosts' flagrant overuse of this sometimes reduces Spoony to hysterical laughter.
Said host is a woman in her mid-thirties, maybe early forties, whose delivery is so utterly white. It really is that funny.
Trash the Set: The finale of the Final Fantasy VIII series was Spoony's excuse to give his room a proper sendoff - by blowing it up after Burton self-destructs.
Troperiffic: For the sheer number of other tropes listed here.
Uncanny Valley: In-universe, Spoony has expressed distaste for films that rely too heavily on CG characters and effects. In his review of Avatar, he compared the film to Jackie Chan's movies, stating that watching Jackie Chan and other real actors do the stunts and fight scenes gives weight to the performance that he's never felt watching computer-generated characters like the Na'vi.
Unfortunate Implications: Brings up in Mercenary Fighter that despite his supposed moral problems with killing the African villagers, Reb Brown's character doesn't protest a word as several of them are gunned down in cold blood, and instead protests shooting one white reporter. invoked
"I also probed Uranus, which is big and swampy and full of craters, but is otherwise uninteresting. Actually, there's only one town there, called New Jester, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. But if I were to guess, I'd say it's where all the jesters of the world were exiled for making endless Uranus jokes."
Verbal Tic: Hulk Hogan (as impersonated by Spoony) is seemingly incapable of not shouting "Brother!" at the end of every sentence. Similarly, Ric Flair yells "WOOOO!" anytime he speaks, though it's not so much a verbal tic as a cry for help.
Ric Flair: I'm wrestling with concussion right now, WOOOO! *slams head onto desk*
Also brings this up in Ultima VII in that despite you supposedly being ultimate force for good, the game lets you kill a lot of people for fun, and is most amused by being able to kill Lord British (who Spoony notes as the series goes on looks like more and more of a bad guy). Oh, and in virtually all of the Ultima games, despite being, as he says, "The Christ Figure of his religion," the Avatar is allowed to purchase and use the Armageddon Spell, which will kill everyone in the entire world.
We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Done twice within two minutes when he realizes the protagonist of Final Fantasy X is a collection of everything he hates. Cue him screaming that he hates him and getting cut off by a picture of Insano-Kefka and the words "HATE HATE HATE" showing up on the screen. Then two seconds later when he screams, "SEND HELP!" in response to Tidus opening his mouth again.
Done again in the Ultima VIII review, when he goes nuts after his game character finally makes it across the water form the insanely impossible jumping required only to get blown into the water by an exploding chest. And in this case, Noah took advantage of it to add a mid-show commercial break on the Blip video.
Noah: "You probably think that I'm going to blame this on drugs or alcohol. I probably should. But nope, we were all stone-cold sober when we made this."
His E.T. review was a straight-up aversion, but it was justified: the drugs in question were painkillers, which he was taking following surgery to remove his wisdom teeth. invoked
What Happened to the Mouse?: Spoony's reaction to the fact that TNA showed Samoa Joe being kidnapped by ninjas and then promptly forgot that he existed, with not so much as a single reaction, going on a month since the kidnapping. This also happens to be the moment when, after enduring the entire TNA broadcast, he finally snaps:
Spoony: "But he was abducted by ninjas! NINJAS! CALL THE COPS! There are ninjas kidnapping people on TV! THE COPS! Did no one get a license plate? Do ni - NINJAS! KIDNAPPING! TV!"
What The Hell Is That Accent: By his own admission, foreign accents aren't really Spoony's forte, as evidenced by the fact that his version of Gordon Ramsay sounds more Australian than British, and his version of Bayou Billy ironically sounds more like a redneck than an Australian.
He notes in his Ultima VII review that Chuckles the Jester broke the rules of his word game in his previous appearance. "What asshole wrote his jokes, anyway?"
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Invoked by Spoony in the Final Fantasy X-2 review, when Leblanc steals a sphere from the protagonists. He claims that instead of sneaking in, they should use the extremely powerful weapons capabilities of the airship demonstrated in the previous game to simply bombard Leblanc's base until she gives up both the sphere she stole and all the other spheres she has. Keep in mind that we saw that the airship was capable of leveling a city in the previous game.
Willing Suspension of Disbelief: He says the presence of Xiaoyu's panda in Tekken: Blood Vengeance is so distracting that it completely breaks his suspension of disbelief in every scene it's in, simply because no one explains it. At all.
Spoony!Curtis: (to Jocilyn) I think I'll kill you last.
Zeerust: When reviewing games/movies made in the past but set in the future, he will often compare the technology presented there to that which now exists, such as Apple iProducts. Shows up a lot in his Let's Play of Ripper.