These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Anticlimax Boss: Holokara's set up as being invincible, due to being made of light. Linkara deactivates him with a single voice command. Later proven to be Subverted. He does come back shortly afterward, but with Linksano and Pollo getting rid of him again almost as easily. However, his shot at well-intentioned extremism and his attempt to convince Linkara of how necessary it is, proves that he was really around to test Linkara's morality instead of his fighting prowess or weaponry.
Arc Fatigue: The Vyce arc, which took around nine months from beginning to end, and went on continuously (the Mechakara and Entity arcs, while eight months long, both had extended "breather" periods, whereas the Vyce arc didn't.)
While the Vyce arc as a whole was very long, it could be divided into three sub-arcs—Linkara's abduction and return, the story of the Magic Gun's origin, and the confrontation with Vyce—for easier consumption. This was repeated with the Gunslinger arc, which also has three sub-arc divisions.
Author's Saving Throw: After various comments pointed out that Linkara never saw the outside of Vyce's ship, yet instantly recognized it, the next episode has Pollo note this, then Linkara asks who else would have a ship with a giant V on it.
In the commentary of "Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu", Lewis admits to having pulled one with why Missingno was afraid of Lord Vyce, aware that with how he built it up as an unstoppable universe devouring Lovecraftian demon and considered that it would probably raise the question as to why it was running from him. He came up with the idea Vyce's attacks were able to hurt it, but, according to Missingno, at least, couldn't kill it, but it found being able to be hurt at all such a blow to the ego that it hid out in our dimension so Linkara would defeat Vyce. It was NOT afraid of Vyce; just sufficiently annoyed with him.
There seems to be many of these. If enough people complain about a percieved plot hole or just that something wasn't addressed, it will most likely be addressed in the next storyline-related episode.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The conclusion of Amazons Attack involves Linkara becoming sucked into a portal, becoming animated, then teaming up with Wonder Woman to fight a giant version of the comic itself. It has a 'To Be Continued' on the end, so it was either intended to go somewhere but was left hanging, or was intended to be a Take That at how Amazons Attack essentially went nowhere.
Broken Base: Let's just say there's a split between the people who love the increasingly-prominent "story" segments and the people who wish Linkara would just drop them altogether. He has acknowledged this, and now confines most story sequences to after the review portion of his videos so the people who want the story can stick around for it, but the people who don't don't have to wade through three minutes of stuff they don't care about to find where the review starts again.
Also, viewers were really divided on his opinion of the Lady Gaga comic. Even Iron Liz posted a vlog rebuttal to his review (which, to his credit, he willingly posted a link to).
Lewis managed to avoid this by accidentally waiting (Via being busy) a month and a half before seeing Man of Steel, as his vlog, while negative, hasn't attracted too much hate. Or it could just be that unlike Hope and Doug, he didn't continuously bring up the shaky cam throughout the film.
The big "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Spider-Man in his 200th episode reviewing One More Day, about the character still acting like a teenager, not taking responsibility despite constantly going on about it and never actually learning from his mistakes has caused some divisions with his viewers. Some viewers completely agreed with Linkara and the speech as a testament to how Marvel has ruined their once proud mascot. Others disagreed completely, believing Linkara was too harsh towards a character that has been gone through years of terrible writers. (He does admit that part of it is just his own jaded perspective though.)
Longbox of the Damned. It's well-liked by most of Linkara's audience, but some are annoyed by just its presence, saying that it feels like just another side project that is distracting him from his other side-projects, particularly History of Power Rangers.
Complete Monster: Suprisingly Mechakara, a robot from an alternate dimension where Linkara's Robot Buddy Pollo turned evil, killed him, and robots overthrew humanity. His plans solely revolve around sending our protagonist into a mental breakdown; and, when that fails, he captures him and plans to kill him slowly, simply because his death went too fast the first time around. While that would normally make him just another killer robot, what shoots him over the top is how, after getting the magic MacGuffin that he came for, he decides instead to destroy all organic life in the multiverse. He's a cold heartless monster and the fact that he's returned is a signal he'll only get worse from here. It gets particularly bad in the Silent Hill Dead/Alive videos, where Mechakara slowly Mind Rapes Linkara into thinking he's the (actually long dead) man who tortured his daughter to create Linkara's Magic Gun. Even the Entity was less evil than this robotic bastard.
Mechakara is also a pretty popular character. Mostly for being a Knight of Cerebus, how he was nearly able to kill Linkara in their battle, and that he's an evil Pollo from an alternate universe. He's so popular that he was resurrected during the Vyce Arc and makes a cameo in a couple other reviews. He even lampshades his own popularity in the Sultry Teenage Super-Foxes #2 review.
Fans have appropriately dubbed his Super Mode "Pimpkara".
The Treehousians have dubbed the spirit inside the magic gun Meg (based on the initials MG for "Magic Gun"). This appears to be Ascended Fanon now, as in the Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham #1 review, Wizard Steven refers to her as "Margaret."
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Superman vs. Terminator review mocks his Schedule Slip on Revolution of the Mask, with Linkara decades in the future promising fans the third issue will be out soon. Issue two came out a couple months later, but a bit after that, the comic's artist seemingly vanished from the face of the Earth, not responding to any of Linkara's messages after they wished each other a happy Thanksgiving. Thankfully he soon found a new artist, but that was a scary period.
In his Planet of the Symbiote Review, Linkara makes a joke about a character who looks like an older '90s Kid. Said character is possessed by a Symbiote. Come the end of the episode, it turns out Linkara's joke wasn't far from the truth.
Knowingly mocked in "Mr. T #1," when he says that only an idiot could ever think Mr. T could be guilty of any crime, then immediately prays that T is not involved in some horrible scandal in the near future.
In the #200 ending song, there's this line "As allies and enemies both come and go" with Dr. Insano as the image for "enemies". While Spoony had left almost a month before this was released, the video was recorded before that.
Gateway Series: Altough Linkara did not expect non-comibooks fans to find the show funny, one of the most frequently asked questions is "how do i get into comics?" from people who became interested in comicbooks after watching the show.
Only to be outdone by Will Wolfgram's Snowflame in the "New Guardians #1" review.
Snowflame (Will): Snowflame is stealing your shoooooooes!
Harsher in Hindsight: He concludes his two-part review of The Rise of Arsenal by remarking that hopefully, DC's forthcoming (at the time) reboot will erase both Cry For Justice and this mini from continuity, resurrecting Lian Harper in the process. Later that week, DC stated that one of the changes is that Arsenal/Roy Harper will be undergoing a reduction in his age and would now be too young to have had a daughter (or at least, the Lian the readers knew) yet.
As a throwaway joke in the review of The Dark Knight Strikes Again Part 2, Linkara sees pixilation in the comic and complains that the comic is glitching out, speculating a Missingno is involved. Fast forward to the end of the Entity saga...
During his review of "Titans #1" in 2008, Linkara makes reference to Lian Harper and the sense of nostalgia he feels about her. Come 2009...
In Linkara's review of One More Day, he mentions several times how he would do anything to get the effects of said comic reversed ( outside of making a Deal with the Devil). Later on, Holokara proves true to that, and was planning to threaten to blow up Marvel Headquarters to force them to reverse One More Day. Even worse, it's stated that the real Linkara would have eventually done the very same thing had he not been made aware of how egotistical and selfish he was becoming.
Him trying to contact Apollo Z. Hack may be a bit unnerving when the last time we saw him in the Reviewaverse Saga, he killed Lupa and presumably went on a killing spree, targeting every critic out there.
The reason Harvey calls Linkara kid? He lost his son.
Mr TARDIS Reviews added something a lot of the people attacking Linkara don't seem to realize.
Let's face facts. If it wasn't for the fact that you have to watch adverts before videos on Youtube, Blip and other streaming websites, you wouldn't be able to watch that entertainment for free. If those adverts didn't exist anymore, then the websites would have to charge people to watch the content, or pay a subscription fee to use the website. I don't use adblocker because I like to support all the people I watch. I also understand that adverts are how internet content providers make money so they can continue making content. Also...it's hardly inconvenient to sit through an advert. There are many adverts that you can skip after watching for 5 seconds. Are those 5 seconds really so horrible to endure that you have to block them so that the person you're watching doesn't earn money for their hard work?
There are certain people who're telling Linkara to "get a real job", yet don't say the same towards video producers they're fans of like the Nostalgia Critic.
Linkara has responded to one instance of this, and by large, all of these comments with this post. Qualifies as a Moment of Awesome for him.
The accusations of supporting ad fraud.
One of the most bizarre criticisms of Linkara over the Adblockers issue occurred in the comments section of his blog, where one user started posting altered lyrics from Dream Theater 's "Solitary Shell" to mock Linkara, which Linkara just found to be weird. The user then asked Linkara to do "deep lyrical analysis", to which Linkara just ignored the guy. The guy then made one last attempt to insult Linkara by creating a post in Portugese telling Linkara to "boil his head", to which Linkara eventually stopped approving the guy's posts since he'd grown bored of him.
He seems to have taken steps to avoid this with his Spawn review, noting at the beginning that he didn't want to bash Spawn as a character, and that Spawn was better than most early Image by far.
Seems to be inviting this as of his "Next Top 15 AT 4 W Screwups" segment, where he goes on at length on a tirade against X-Men comics, blaming them for some of his most hated crossover events in Marvel's recent history.
At one point in his Doom's IV review, he said 'IN AMERICA'. In episode 45 of the Abridged Series he provided a guest voice for that show.
During his Blue Beetle Tribute, he went into an episode of anger induced insanity; claiming he would be the only one to hold the title of Linkara and run the show. Later on after being kidnapped, it was shown he had left in his will that Iron Liz would take his place. Even so much as to have her wear his hat and use his scripts.
Not two days after his Ultimatum #5 review and his calling DC and Marvel out over rebooting continuity, DC announced they were relaunching their entire comic line. He was stunned enough by this to declare himself the Comic Prophet over Twitter.
Back in 2008 when the show was just getting started, Spoony mentioned it (not in a negative way) as an example of an internet review show that focuses on the reviews and doesn't have any overarching plot. Since then, Atop the Fourth Wall has become the defining example of a plot-focused web review show.
In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "On Leather Wings", Alfred comments, "Are we developing an interest in rock and roll, sir?". The comment gets a lot funnier with AT4W's Running Gag of Batman hating rock and roll.
Holokara threatening to kill '90s Kid. It starts off with just him telling '90s Kid to stop interrupting the show, but then suddenly turns to Holokara phasing his hand into '90s Kid's chest and threatening to stop his heart.
Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: Does this in his opening credits. Atop the Fourth Wall gets name-dropped once (twice in the full version), but the song ends on repetition of his name and a separate logo.
I Knew It: The Entity turning out to be Missingno. While there were hints dropped, Lewis states in the Electric Tale of Pikachu commentary that he was shocked by how many fans figured it before he revealed it.
Internet Backdraft: His critique of The Dark Knight Strikes Again has led to some harsh responses from Frank Miller fans and his lack of response to The Maxx was taken as an indictment of its quality. Verging into real-world politics was his crossover with The Nostalgia Critic to review Superman IV: The Quest for Peace; they staged a rather elaborate joke about the unrealistically happy reaction of all the world's leaders to Superman announcing that he was taking their nukes. In this exchange he mentioned Israel not as a value judgment, but simply as a group of people that probably would not burst into wild happy applause if they were stripped of their nuclear arsenal by outside forces. He received a barrage of hatemail afterwards, both from people who supported Israel and thought he was being disloyal and from people who do not support Israel thinking he was supporting their sovereignty. He even addressed this in his commentary for the review.
He crosses it again later when he threatens to maim Harvey Finevoice when Harvey calls him out for threatening to kill '90s Kid. Specifically, he casually threatens to crush the singer's vocal chords.
Lord Vyce crosses over when he MindRapes NIMUE, forcing Linkara to delete her. At this point, we can pretty much drop the "Anti" part of Anti-Villain.
NIMUE:You areevil Vyce. You are cruel and unjust.
MST3K Mantra: In the Marville #4 review, telling the viewers not to take his hologram being the one who reviewed the third issue too seriously amounts to this.
Nightmare Retardant: Okay, once the Entity was finally out in the open, it had a lot of really creepy lines with a neat voice filter effect, and the way it kept glitching out and teleporting around the room was genuinely creative and freaky. But it's in the form of '90s Kid. Linkara already has such an adorable baby face and '90s Kid has such dumb fashion sense it dulled the edge of the horror a bit.
Whatever Marty Stu-ness he may have had is subverted during the first fight with Vyce, where everything he throws at him is ineffective and Vyce manages to trash Linkara (while saying that being the Universe's champion really isn't as big a deal as it might sound like), and just when you expect him to get back up and kick Vyce's ass... he just lies there in a Heroic BSOD, obviously shaken by these turn of events.
Linkara might actually count as a deconstruction of a Marty Stu. First of all, for all of his victories and wonderful tech, he's never actually permanently defeated any of his enemies. Dr. Insano has Joker Immunity, Mechakara has come Back from the Dead more than once, Dr. Linksano will probably never die due to being a Harmless Villain, and Lord Vyce... trounced him. Secondly, Linkara is supposedly the "Champion" of his universe... but Lord Vyce has already stated he's killed sixteen Champions. In other words, the title means nothing in the grand scheme of things. The character himself also has quite a few flaws, such as his Pride. After defeating Mechakara during the Vyce arc, Liz gives him a look that can only really be summed up as a "What the Hell, Hero?Face", probably because he didn't help her while powered-up; and his willingness to fight and fairly frequent boasting tends to get him pummeled, even if he does make a comeback later on. Also, he flat-out stoleNeutro from his Arch-Enemy; not exactly his most heroic of moments (Though Linkara is using it for good rather than leaving it in the hands of a mad scientist).
There's also the fact that his Heroic Willpower might not be as strong as he thinks it is. During the Mind Rape sequence in the Silent Hill review, it's made clear that he would have pulled the trigger if the spirit within the gun hadn't stopped him (Mechakara says he did and the gun just refused to fire). He depends on his True Companions to keep him alive.
So Bad, It's Good: Some people enjoy the Vyce arc solely because of what a hilarious Sue it makes Linkara, and also to see how epic he can make it. Given some of the reviewed material, this may be deliberate.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In his Athena #1 review, he takes quite a lot of time making it clear that exploitation of women is wrong, and that he criticizes it because it's an on-going problem.
Linkara: Which is why, today, we're digging into Athena #1, a comic that released last year, that seems to think T&A are more important than good storytelling! That's why I'm criticizing it, people! It's still going on!
His Take That on viewers who use adblockers to avoid ads while watching the contributors' videos.
He goes more in-depth exactly why the ads are necessary in this video, along with ways to support other shows on Blip as well as his own.
Uncanny Valley: The Entity is just unsettling to look at. Nevermind that it's taking the form of comic relief '90s Kid with a distorted voice and unnatural, interference cascade eyes, but every shot focusing on it just glitches from time to time, like its voice scratching and repeating, or its body blinking in place or from one place to another. Just its presence is outright creepy, let alone all the rest.
Unfortunate Implications: Referring to Superboy Prime as Spasticboy Prime not long after calling Donna Troy out for calling Jason "re-Todd" got Europeans and Australians to accuse him both of hypocrisy and treating the mentally disabled as Acceptable Targets. "Spastic" has a different definition in America, where it means "prone to spasmodic behavior." This was later addressed in the second "Screw-Ups" video.
He lampshades this trope in the "15 things he hates about Identity Crisis" review;
Linkara discussing the effect of Sue Dibny's rape: There are five narrators sprinkled in this book. None are women.
His whole gimmick of burning books. Though now Linkara very rarely burns comics(and lampshades this at at least one point).
Viewer Gender Confusion: Iron Liz, in her debut appearance, was wearing Linkara's jacket and hat and very little makeup, and was holding a comic book in front of her chest. Those fashion and blocking choices - coupled with an unusually deep voice, due to an unspecified medical condition - had a lot of people confused. The name "Iron Liz" helped settle things, as did the introduction of her blog, where there is a much more flattering photo◊ of her on display.
For the most part, Lewis playing so many characters is accomplished by only showing one at a time, or using fairly obvious splitscreens. Then comes the redone version of the Entity finale, which includes a shot of Linkara walking around '90s Kid, completely seamlessly.
The kicker was during the first battle with Mechakara. Not only was Lewis fighting himself in that battle (first as the Ninja Style Dancer, then as himself), but he also utilized Triple-Vision to allow himself, 90s Kid, and Harvey Finevoice to stand together and fight Mechakara as a team.
Lampshaded when Linksano chastises him, saying it was doomed to failure, and Harvey admitting that he was angry and not thinking straight. He suggests that he should have hit the Holo-Emitter which generates Holokara, but Linksano says that it would be heavily shielded, and would have ended just as badly.
The Woobie: The little girl from the Silent Hill Dead/Alive prologues. The parents who she loved and adored never cared about her other than using her as a sacrifice to forge a weapon to use in mass genocide for their God. She was tortured and killed to create the weapon (Linkara's magic gun), but when they touched the weapon they were driven insane and killed.
The fact that her name has been forgotten, even by the cultists who killed her makes it just a bit more painful.
After Holokara threatened them, '90s Kid and Harvey became Woobies as well.