He's also notable for a "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd which was chronicled in 5 of his videos (which some fans took a little too seriously). It (temporarily) climaxed as a brawl between the two (with Captain S joining in for no apparent reason). Then each had to "do the other's job" and review a terrible video game/nostalgic movie. The Critic seemed to come off worse (i.e. he suffered more) in his review of Bebe's Kids. He ultimately challenged the Nerd to a fight to the death that occurred on October 10th 2008. The fight ended with the Nerd victorious, although it foreshadows the Critic's return, even finishing with "The End?" on screen.There has been a reprise video that turned into a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Gamers Vs Critics, showdown of awesome. It is known as the TGWTG anniversary brawl. Later, the Critic and the Nerd teamed up to review an awful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles concert video, but their hostilities seemed to rekindle at the end.In addition to his own videos, Walker also hosts a number of other pop culture reviewers on his site. You can find a list of most of them (or at least the ones we tropers remembered to add) here.The site spun off into Blistered Thumbs in November 2010, for gaming-centric videos and article.Please restrict examples from the following shows to their respective pages, unless they're from non-anniversary special crossover videos.
All Love Is Unrequited: Getting to be a big thing between the characters. Everyone wants Lupa, especially Todd who obsesses over her. The Chick goes to extreme measures to try and get Todd to love her and all of them have failed. Linkara wants to win the Chick's heart but she and Marz only pretended to sleep with him for fun. Critic and Chick have some kind of relationship, but he's totally in love while she just cares for him very much. Linkara also has at least a fanboy crush on Critic but Critic dislikes him, and Film Brain wants Critic to be his, but Critic very rarely realizes his existence. Spoonywants everyone.
And You Were There: Subverted at the end of his Surf Ninjas review, where he is surrounded by his friends after having a dream where he reviewed Surf Ninjas and liked it. He tells his friends that they were there; then, when one asks "Really?", he says, "No."
Anti Villains: At least in the twospecials. Doug has said that when he's writing them, he draws from the BatmanRogues Gallery: they're all horrible people, certainly, but they're sympathetic too and will look after each other in a sometimes manipulative, Tough Love way.
Anvilicious: In-universe, reviewers have sometimes criticized something they were reviewing for being this.
Apocalypse How: Class 0. In a Christmas special linked from the Nostalgia Critic's section of the site, there's an alternate timeline where President Angry Joe completely annihilates the country of Canada with one press of a button.
April Fools' Day: The site pulled a particularly effective one on April 1, 2009 when all of Walker's characters swapped videos: That Guy With The Glasses lowered himself to review a movie enthusiastically and asked for spare change, The Nostalgia Critic was horrified by the questions asked of Ask That Guy With The Glasses, and Chester A. Bum remembered The Neverending Story though he didn't remember why. Ask That Guy also claimed not to be good at impressions.
Arch-Enemy: The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd, before their reconciliation. Also, Dr, Insano appears to be an arch-foe of both Spoony and Linkara.
Artifact Title: Originally a site to hold Doug Walker's (also known as That Guy With The Glasses) videos, the site pretty soon after introduced other contributors to write articles and host videos, most of whom do not have glasses.
Ascended Fanboy: large percentage of the contributors were inspired by the Nostalgia Critic to start make their own review show, and a few of them started their review career on the site's forums and blogs.
Bad Boss: "In-universe", the Nostalgia Critic (and Rob, The Other Guy) runs TGWTG, so if someone's reviewing something particularly painful, it's probably because he made them do it. Nonetheless, he gets outwitted and walked over quite a lot.
In the "Dragonball Evolution: Epic Review" done by Paw and his crew, Y goes into a massive rant when Roshi explains the plasma blasts from the palms as "airbending"...
Better than a Bare Bulb: Half of Phelous and Linkara's The Airzone Solution review and Phelous and Film Brain's Lockjaw review have constantly lampshade the set-up of crossover reviews.
Big Damn Heroes: Spoony and Linkara show up when the topic being reviewed is so bad for the Critic that a friend (or two in the case of Alone in the Dark) is required to make it through the review. The Critic is not happy about this.
Zig-zagged in all three "Spooning With Spoony" segments. The horror and Spoony's smug objectification of everyone provides the funny, not specifically that they were raped. Also as a bonus, The Nostalgia Chick and The Nostalgia Critic are the most traumatized, yet Lindsay and Doug came up with their respective episode idea.
There's even a Broken Spoof Aesop in "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard". The whole message of the special is that the Critic makes everyone miserable and the whole world would be better off without him, especially his fellow site contributors. Except President Angry Joe blows up Canada and probably kills Phelous, which is offhandedly mentioned within the special itself.
Although, considering how often Phelous dies in his own reviews, it was probably just a minor inconvenience...
And The Other Canadian Contributors And Family Members Who Live In Canada Also Died, And Nobody Knows If Phelous Shares His Cloning Facilities With Them.
Also, the implication that the Nostalgia Critic's existence has somehow stopped Canada from becoming an Evil Empire.
The Critic: He tries to throw his weight around in crossovers, but either the others get over him, or he defeats himself.
Blessed with Suck: Phelous, apparently. Lampshaded in a crossover: Angry Joe thinks its awesome he comes back to life after he dies at the end of every review. Phelous, given what he has to review, disagrees.
And then deconstructed, as Critic, Sage, Lupa and Oancitizen have all had breakdowns over what they're doing in life.
Spoony had a similar breakdown for comedic effect, although it was in a review he made after leaving the site
Cerebus Syndrome: In the latter half of 2012, there was a lot of emotional episodes going around. Linkara's storyline about him turning evil followed by his True Companions fighting and then revealing Harvey's miserable backstory, Critic's Drama Bomb Finale of Scooby-Doo and To Boldly Flee taking out all comedy about his patheticness, Chick reaching the height of her Took A Level Of Jerkass with Charlie's Angels, Chester suffering a breakdown in Wreck-It Ralph and never really getting back to his happy keet self, Ask That Guy's hanging on a cliffhanger, Demo Reel having a comedic Non-Indicative First Episode before diving right into drama with a touch of humor, Lupa's 100th episode where deadite versions of her friends attack her insecurities and Oan's 50th where he goes in-depth to what depression feels like. Fan reaction is a little stunned, but really wanting more.
Closer to Earth: The concept is smashed, shredded and shat on with this site. The women are just as crazy and fight-happy as the guys.
Tommy Wiseau in "The Tommy Wiseau Show" has shades of this. Poodles.
Even moreso in Lupa's "A Day in the Life of Tommy Wiseau".
Bargo. If you watch "Coffee With Bargo", you'll see why.
Cluster F-Bomb: There is no shortage of swearing from many of the reviewers in their own individual shows.
Also, when the Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd team-up to review The Making Of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming Out Of Our Shell video, you can bet they lay on the swearing but thick.
In fact, Linkara has been given grief by some fans for NOT swearing.
Case in point: two major plot points (Black Lantern Spoony's creation and original Spoony's resurrection) from an arc in Spoony's videos don't make any sense unless you watch two random non-consecutive Linkara videos.
According to the That Guy Riffs of Casper, the friendly ghost killed several people and committed and/or was witness to various other atrocities, that weren't gone into because 'it's not that kind of story'.
Cringe Comedy: The Critic and the Chick's hideously awkward date in "Thanks For The Feedback: Date With Doug."
Cross Over: Amongst TGWTG's reviewers, there are far too many to list here. However, of note is a very special guest appearance by non-Channel-Awesome personality Brentalfloss for the Nostalgia' Critic's Musical Moulin Rouge! review (Along with Linkara, Phelous, and Team Nostalgia Chick)
Culture Clash: According to one of Spoony's vlogs, this happens to Benzaie when he's introduced to the concept of sales tax.
Though technically the issue wasn't the sales tax itself, variants of which exist in many other countries. It's that in Europe said tax is usually already included on the product's price.
Death World: Krypton, both canonically and according to Zod. Zod mentions frequent meteor showers and acid rain that melts the heads of any children foolish enough to play in it, and uranium slurry as a food instead of snowcones.
Cinema Snob: And you know else they're evil? One's called Hans. Ahh, God bless foreign xenophobia.
Depraved Bisexual: Spoony in his Spooning With Spoony videos. He's had post-coital conversations (some rohypnol-induced) with the Nostalgia Chick, That Chick With the Goggles, Benzaie, the Nostalgia Critic, Angry Joe, and Bennett the Sage.
Dramatic Ellipsis: Notable to the point of overuse in "Fanfic Theatre" review of Until the End of Time and the Linkara/Spoony crossover review of Warrior #1.
Driven to Suicide: The Linkara/MarzGurl Cool World review opens with Linkara preventing MarzGurl from suffocating herself with a pillow, the result of an ill-advised attempt to watch the movie alone. MarzGurl has a second attempt foiled by Linkara, and she returns the favour later.
The Nostalgia Critic also attempts to kill himself (despite precautions taken to prevent him from doing so) so that he doesn't have to watch Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin. He is stopped by a guy in an increasingly bloodstained lab coat.
Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked at the 2013 Donation Drive, Rob tells Doug off for his "Minnie Mouse hanged and gored like Drew Barrymore from Scream" 'joke', reminding him that they're doing a children's charity.
Smarty groaned in pain when Doug told Suede that he should hold his baby "Michael Jackson-style".
Face Palm: Y: Ruler of Time, does this in his review of Hana-Kimi, after the school's doctor discovers that Mizuki is actually a girl passing for a boy, not because he is a doctor, and therefore has vast knowledge of human anatomy to identify her as a girl with a glance, but because he's gay.
Fat and Skinny: Sean Fausz and Paw, respectively, who do a fair amount of crossovers.
Female Gaze: The women give out as much fanservice as you'd expect them to, but it's mostly the men indulging in it. Especially Doug. In fact, it seems that when Channel Awesome tried to increase its female audience, they discovered that "cute nerdy guys who review interesting things, offer fanservice and suffer appealingly" is the answer.
Ficdom:invoked Has a name - the Secret Treehouse - and its tropes could fill a page of their own.
Follow the Leader: A minor example - after That Guy's Bum Reviews' success, the other reviewers started to use their own Bum characters.
In their commentary for the joint Critic/Chick review of Ferngully, Doug and Lindsay note that it was probably the first time two of TGWTG's reviewers had appeared together in the same frame. Since that review, multi-reviewer crossovers have become commonplace.
There are also a number of people not from the site who have started doing their own satirical reviews.
Foreshadowing: In his Battlefield Earth review, the Nostalgia Critic implies that there are two Sci-Fi films that are as bad or even significantly worse than Battlefield Earth. Doug has since revealed that one of the films in question is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but is keeping his lips sealed as to what the second film is.
Freud Was Right: In the Coffee With Bargo segment this is implied about Alice in Wonderland. invoked
Gratuitous Italian: During the Superman IV review, the Critic and Linkara start spouting off various Italian words like the underwearing-a man is doing.
Green Aesop: The Critic has picked on a few series with this trope as their theme and ripped on them for it. However, as he made clear with his praise for the use of this trope in Sonic The Hedgehog SatAm, he appreciates a well-written Green Aesop that's subtle and not one that bashes you over the head for it. And as the Chick noted in the Ferngully review, some of these shows don't actually give a helpful message at all.
Heroic BSOD: Several in Sean Fausz's case, but the result is always the same - Sean sitting in the bath, crying uncontrollably to the tune of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On.
Hotter and Sexier: In a fucked up, crossing so many lines way, Spooning With Spoony II compared to the first one. While the first had Benzaie naked in a bowtie, it was mostly Spoony holding a twisted interview. The second had both Spoony and Critic showing skin and Spoony talking mostly about how he fucked Critic and Joe out of their minds.
Hype Backlash: In-universe, Lee from Still Gaming is about to put Neon Genesis Evangelion on his and Dena's top anime theme songs, but he changes his mind when he realises the lyrics are about Shinji...
Idiot Ball: Pointed out and named by Linkara in his crossover with Film Brain:
Film Brain: "Finally they get back to the idea of killing The Spirit, which of course they plan to do by having Plaster cut him up to tiny little pieces that they will post all over the country. Or you know, they could just blow him up."
Linkara: "Shh! The Octopus is holding his idiot ball!"
Improv: The Nostalgia Critic is the only one of Doug's shows that requires a script. Ask That Guy and Bum Reviews are completely spontaneous.
Spoony also does some of his videos without a script
invokedInferred Holocaust: Linkara and the Critic point out Superman getting rid of all the nukes in Superman IV would lead to Israel getting invaded on all sides and the Soviet Union and U.S. going at it with conventional warfare.
In his review of Lockjaw, Phelous manages to Lampshade the act of hanging a lampshade. When Film Brain calls out how stupid it is that a character would willingly watch bad movies, Phelous just puts a lampshade on his own head.
Despite Ask That Guy With the Glasses and Dominic being quite constrained, Doug is otherwise a very Large Ham (besides the Nostalgia Critic and Chester A. Bum, there's Spider-Smith from the Lost in Space review, Casper from the eponymous film, both characters in "The Tommy Wiseau Show", Douchey McNitpick and the pirate in How to be a Pirate).
Joe is pretty over-the-top too. His constant use of green screen and explosions doesn't help matters.
Benzaie has one called "Lets Fap", where he plays through Cobra Mission on the DOS platform, claiming it to be one of the very first interactive games featuring animated nudity. Of course, all the nudity itself is censored for the review.
Doug and Lindsay act like little kids when they're together too, although obviously they're much nicer than their characters.
Loads and Loads of Characters: The character sheet doesn't even cover all of the contributors, and it's still growing. The size of the First Anniversary Brawl's cast list is starting to look unimpressive. Kickassia seemed to have as many cameos as main characters.
According to the video announcement, the contributor list will only expand farther as the Blistered Thumbs website opens, since they're looking to add to the conclave.
The One-Year Anniversary Brawl in May 2009, which featured over a dozen characters from the site as well as The Angry Video Game Nerd, Kyle Justin, and Ma-Ti from the Captain Planet review, just 'cause. This was followed by various smaller crossover videos.
In January 2010, a large portion of the site finally reviews Dragonball Evolution, with no escape (except for Masako X), all according to the Critic's note who has turned down the review several times in real life plans.
Kickassia and its week of filming crossovers in Reno also employed this.
The 2009 charity drive employed this, as did Spooning With Spoony 2 (filmed during said visit to Doug's house).
In his review of Ferngully with the Nostalgia Chick, the Nostalgia Critic would look around in confusion when the Big Lipped Alligator Moment was mentioned as a graphic would appear and a voice would announce, "A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment."
One of the features of the Kickassia DVD that the Critic promotes is the absence of "that annoying caption", pointing to the tag reading "ThatGuyWithGlasses.com", and flicks it off-screen. It comes back to attack him.
Mind Screw: "Coffee With Bargo". Godlike penguins and robotic unicorns running at the speed of light. The sequel adds in Bargo as a tranvestite male lesbian heroin addict and panda bears in Ronald Reagan masks.
Misaimed Fandom: Addressed in-universe by Y Ruler of Time in "Reaction Shots" with various series:
Narrow Parody: The Tommy Wiseau Show video was a particularly spiteful example, in which the representation of "John From The RoomMovie.com" eventually resorts to bawling his own name; the only detail Doug knew about the man in question. The other contributors are not exempt from this either.
Nerds Are Sexy: Everyone on the site has an active fanbase of people (often of both genders) who would love to take them home.
Nonindicative Name: The "5-Second Movies", for the most part, aren't exactly five seconds long.
Nothing Is the Same Anymore: To Boldly Flee was the big game-changer. While some shows went on as normal, Critic is both explicitly dead yet the universe, Chick can't help but miss him, Chester's got more Critic-like in snark and depression, Ask That Guy started being able to question the plot holesof the hummel figurine, and Malachite's Hand will a plot point in Linkara's show.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Even in commentaries, interviews, etc, producers will frequently refer to each other by their site-names. Inverted by Sean Fausz, who no-one calls "Hope Within Chaos" (But there's a running gag where people call him "The Epic Fail Guy")
Perverse Sexual Lust: Aside from both Nostalgia Critics' and Doug's own 'hottest animated women', it seems to be a running gag that if one of the guys is a fan of Batman (and a lot of them are), they have the hots for Harley Quinn. Critic raved about her in his list, Linkara had a daydream about her while reviewing Countdown, and E-Rod had a video dedicated to her, to name a few examples.
Plot Hole: The Critic, and indeed all the contributors whose specialty is reviewing bad stuff, thrive on pointing these out.
Reaching Between the Lines: The Critic fires a pistol at Linkara when he catches him impersonating him; Linkara asks how he did that. Spoony and Film Brain's arguement over reviewing Hudson Hawk ends with Spoony beating up Film Brain.
According to Spoony's commentary, in the joint review of the Alone in the Dark (2005) movie he did with the Critic and Linkara, Doug came up with the gag about losing his voice because he had a nasty throat infection that day. They also had to film it in his basement because of road work going on outside.
He lost his voice again and used a black-and-white-like video to say what he wants, Gag Dub included.
Recursive Canon: The anniversary specials add another layer between the contributors' videos - where Linkara is a world-saving hero, Angry Joe lives on a space station and has electrical powers, Spoony has enemies that have killed and cloned him, the Nostalgia Chick's sidekick Nella turned evil and rampaged across America - and the real world, as they're all still their characters, but are the people who work for TGWTG and make the videos.
During the Spoony/Lordkat Pumpkinhead "Until We Win" episode, Spoony is so disgusted by the game's moon logic that he tries to quit, but then remembers that the two of them are trapped in "The Black Hole" (which looks like a hotel room) and can't leave.
"Thanks for the Feedback Episode 1: Date With Doug" paints the Chick as an obsessively geeky shut-in - Nella says that at least going on a date will get her out of the apartment for more than three hours - and the Critic as just as socially awkward, if not more, and unable to arrange food more complex than cereal.
The credits to the christmas special reveal that the CGI shot of Canada blowing up was done by Phelous...a Canadian.
It seems that all of the contributors will portray themselves as jerks, idiots, losers, creeps, stalkers, social inadequates or nerds if it's cogent to the review or more entertaining that way.
Serious Business: The Critic and the Chick beat the hell out of each other over who gets to review Ferngully. The Critic tries to kill himself rather than watch Batman & Robin. Film reviews are a serious business.
The Game Heroes kidnap the Critic and scare the shit out of him just so they can get more sales on their "hero" t-shirts.
Shock and Awe: Several characters exhibit this across the site, including N. Bison, Dr. Insano, Dark Nella, and Angry Joe.
Sidekick: Most of the contributors work alone, but some of them work with a sidekick. In most cases, this is an inanimate object (Burton the Robot for Spoony; Pollo for Linkara; Beary for Benzaie; the Film Brain puppet for Mike J), but there's are also a few flesh-and-blood humans such as Nostalgia Chick's BFF Nella (also Elisa and others that appear less often, now collectively known as "Team NChick"), Lisa Foiles for Joe, and LPer Pushing Up Roses for Paw.
Silence Is Golden: The Critic lost his voice again, so he decided to show "Ask That Guy VIOLATING Ma-Ti" in this fashion.
The Smurfette Principle: The site suffered from this quite badly in the early days, and the Nostalgia Chick contest was created to get more women and more women viewers. Now though, a lot of just-as-crazy females are around and they've cottoned on how to reallygetmoregirlswatching, which has proved a success according to Michaud.
Sound Effect Bleep: Lee (at least in his "Still Gaming" shows), whenever he uses more profane language.
Special Effect Failure: In the review of Alone in the Dark (2005), several points are criticized in-universe for seemingly intentional flubs with edits, like a villain getting killed by a CGI bullet that went nowhere near him, letting a shot of a dead character moving her head stay in the film, and the absence of any damage or gore from an unseen monster attack in the last scene.
Springtime for Hitler: According to their commentary, The Cinema Snob and Phelous' review of Troll 4 was supposed to be a deliberate feeding of trolls, due to the overuse of cameos, and, there not being a Troll 4. It actually had rather few negative comments. Brad and Phelan were sad there wasn't an Internet Backdraft on that video's comment section.
Soundtrack Dissonance: This is one of Phelous' main running gags, placing wacky and upbeat music to violent and gory scenes, as well as adding cartoon sound effects.
Squee: JewWario is fond of doing this around cats. His review of the Ouendan series has an world-shattering atomic Squee.
As the Nostalgia Chick's character develops, she's come to say that her sidekick Nella's role is to add fangirly squeeing to her reviews, because the Chick is a serious academic and such things are beneath her. The mask slips quite often, though. This was even a plot point in her "Dark Nella Saga".
Squick: In-universe, Spoony and Linkara's review of Warrior, which ends with the comic's title character appearing to rape Santa Claus. Even Noah is lost for words.
The Stinger: Since the Battlefield Earth review, most of the entire site's featured reviewers end their reviews with the Channel Awesome logo accompanied by a silly/strange quote from the review.
Sure, Let's Go with That: Quoted verbatim several times in Linkara and MarzGurl's review of Cool World in response to the movie's increasing amount of bizarre and improbable plot twists.
Surrounded by Idiots: Critic notes that in Stephen King's It, virtually every non-main character happens to be a total idiot and/or asshole. He wonders what's wrong with them that they become such asshole magnets.
The review of the best anime themes of all time includes Neon Genesis Evangelion, not because Lee likes the show or it has a lot of fans or he even likes the music, but just to point out that Shinji jerks it over Asuka's bed. He doesn't hate the show overall though, he's just cold toward Shinji (which he says the theme song keeps promoting).
The Nostalgia Critic is so traumatized by watching Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark (2005) that he claims in the review that his doctor says he may never speak again thanks to it.
When it became clear that the Nostalgia Critic's review of The Room was taken down for "copyright infringement" (despite obviously being protected by fair use), a parody video was made called "The Tommy Wiseau Show". Wiseau himself is let off fairly lightly, almost to Affectionate Parody levels. A fellow named "John" from TheRoomMovie.com, however, is given perhaps the most brutal evisceration of Doug Walker's online career, being portrayed as a raging, paranoid, and greedy lunatic, obsessed with money and Wiseau's "good image". The video even ends with him crying "I'm John from TheRoomMovie.com!" over and over again, as if he might want his fans to... "get in touch" with him. It's pretty obvious that TGWTG had some unpleasant dealings with him after the review was taken down...
CR delivers an excellent (yet affectionate) one when talking about Wayne's World.
"Yeah right, like some random guy from Chicago can become famous just by talking about movies, making funny faces at the camera, and spouting absurd catchphrases. And not only that, but become a huge trendsetter too. Ridiculous."
Having shaved off his beard at one point, he explains that he lost a bet to Ask That Guy, who appears and has (obviously) also shaved due to a misunderstanding. When Chester A. Bum pops up too, Doug is having a three-way conversation with himself.
Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The first-year anniversary video had not just NC and AVGN fighting, but just about everyone on the TGWTG site taking sides of reviewers and gamers.
Unfortunate Implications: Y Ruler of Time points this in-universe out in the manga Alive when the supervirus they're dealing with came from Africa after a man ate a monkey and they call the virus Black.
Un-Person: That Aussie Guy, who was actually a pretty big mover and shaker on the site back in its earlier days — he co-founded Transmission Awesome, and helped get Blistered Thumbs off the ground. He was even flown in from Australia to appear in the Brawl. But then his videos were completely removed from the site and all traces of him were expunged from the Channel Awesome Wiki. This was done very quietly at first, in hopes that nobody would notice (all very 1984), but eventually enough people asked about it that Mike Michaud had to offer a (vague) explanation: He was released from the site, and all traces of him (except for the Brawl) are gone for "legal reasons."
His name was censored out of the episode of "Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre" that featured a story about the TGWTG gang.
The fact that he is still in the Brawl leads to some confusion for those who became fans after his removal from the site: watch the video of the Brawl because of its nigh-legendary status, and wonder who the heck this guy is whipping a boomerang around the room.
Apparently he spread a lot of gossip around during the year 1 shoot, and hated certain contributors for no reason whatsoever.
Viewers Are Morons: Discussed in the Oscar Retrospective episode of Film Conscience, namely the belief that the producers of the Oscars buy into this trope, hence the dumbing down and almost schizophrenic nature of the Oscars of current years.
At the beginning of MarzGurl and Linkara's review of Cool World, Linkara says he needs help to fight Dr. Insano. It's never brought up again, nor does it fit in continuity with the Adamantium Rage and Warrior reviews from around the same time. Of course, Insano doesn't have a continuity as such.
When All You Have Is a Hammer: Since Channel Awesome producers typically cannot afford sets, studios, elaborate effects or locations almost all the important events in Channel Awesome storylines takes place in a living room or basement or hotel room or in front of the desk where the producers normally film their reviews.
Now extended into an Atop the Fourth Wall story where a completely separate antagonist does the same thing.
With Lyrics: "Songs That Don't Need Lyrics But I Added Them Anyway HA!"
That Chick With The Goggles also does this in her review of Ecco: Tides of Time.
During the opening text crawl in the Alone in the Dark (2005) review, Linkara and Spoony sing "Bo-RING. This is so boring, this is so boring, get to the show!" to the theme of Star Wars.
"World of Cardboard" Speech: In "The Review Must Go On" the (fictionalized) Doug Walker is struggling with his choice to retire the Nostalgia Critic and is contemplating bringing him back. Other contributors of the site discourage him, saying he had a perfectly fine send-off in To Boldly Flee and the Scooby-Doo review and there was no need to feel unease. But he becomes haunted by the Critic (as a manifestation of his subconscious) and he realized he wasn't ready to retire the character, he was simply burned out over the years of playing him and other projects. When they finally sit down to discuss the Critics return, Doug had this to say:
Doug Walker:"One last condition... (holds up copy of The Odd Life Of Timothy Green) this must be the first review." Nostalgia Critic:"Why?" Doug:"Because this is the movie that brought you back, that made me realize I can do this again. I feel like I owe it." NC:"But nobody saw it, I don't know how many people remember it." Doug:"Maybe it's to show that something that's regarded as terrible or forgettable can still inspire something creative."