Anti-Climax 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 (Linkara losing his magic and Holokara taking over, the team trapped in the apartment, and the final confrontation with the Gunslinger).
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 perceived 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).
Adblockers... First Lewis tried to handle the issue in-character, but Linkara isn't exactly nice. Then Lewis sat down and made another video (on YouTube, with no ads on it) and tried to explain succinctly and calmly that he doesn't like them because his main source of income is ad revenue. The ads are there to pay his rent, not annoy us. This was enough to win lots of fans back, but as the comments on this video show another lot of people are still sore.
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 being too harsh towards a character that has been gone through years of terrible writers.
Lewis does admit that part of the rant was just his own jaded perspective, and also goes on to declare that what he really took issue with was that the writers seem to downright refuse to let Peter grow up and behave like an adult already.
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.
The new Secret Origins Month opening, with Lewis even mentioning in a video that very month that people have said they don't like it.
The rhyming review of a Star Trek issue caused a minor controversy, with some liking it and others finding it annoying.
The fact that, as of Athena 2, Linkara seems to be trying to add a Megaforce Morpher to his Arsenal. Some have no problem with it, ignoring their problems with the season (largely seen as lacking the quality an anniversary season should have)... and then you have people who do, and argue that Linkara should be taking a morpher from a season he's shown to have enjoyed, like Dino Thunder or In Space.
However, his 300th review showed that Lewis knows how to use it much more usefully than Saban Brands do.
His video on the 15 worst comics he's reviewed featured a joke about the ending of The Legend of Korra, and in the credits he admits he hasn't actually seen the show and just wanted to take a jab at the bigots who were complaining about it. Trouble is, that unfamiliarity led him to word the joke in a way that made it seem like he was siding with those bigots, saying the people who liked the lesbian pairing needed to call the ones who didn't gay to get an erection. Unsurprisingly, it's easily the thing most talked about in the comments.
Drunk Tony Stark. Some find him slurring Iron Man's speech to be funny. Some find it offensive. And some just find it plain annoying. It doesn't help that every time Linkara uses it, he needs to take time out of the review to address the controversy and explain why he's decided to keep doing it. Though, he does go on record claiming, "If the Comic is in the Main Continuity, and set after the Story; "Demon In A Bottle" (which Tony does confront his alcoholism), he will not do the Drunk Voice"—which he made good on with his overview of the problems with Civil War, as he doesn't use it for Tony there.
Complete Monster: Mechakara is a Knight of Cerebus and a robot from an Alternate Universe where Linkara'sRobot Buddy Pollo turned evil, killed him, and robots overthrew humanity. His plans revolved around sending Linkara 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, he stands out when, after getting the magic MacGuffin that he came for, he decides instead to destroy all organic life in the multiverse. During the Silent Hill Dead/Alive videos, Mechakara slowly Mind Rapes Linkara into thinking he's the (actually long dead) man who tortured his daughter to create Linkara's Magic Gun and almost convinces him to kill himself. In To Boldly Flee, Mechakara passes himself off as Linkara and infiltrates the USS Exit Strategy, intending to kill the entire crew with the help of the forcibly assimilated Todd and Nostalgia Chick. Mechakara would later assimilate the crew of the Caelestis space station and drained the life force of one astronaut in an attempt to recharge the ship. Only working with others when his goals coincide with theirs and perfectly willing to kill them otherwise, Mechakara is fueled only by his hatred for Linkara and all organic life forms.
Harvey Finevoice has also become quite popular, though not quite on the level of '90s Kid, whose recent plot-relevance might just make him a case of a Breakout Character.
As of the New Guardians #1 review, the spotlight has been taken from Linkara by the crazy antics of Snowflame. Read the comments to see why.
In the DVD episodes, Linkara finds his own Darkhorse, Tomboy, in the pages of Captain Flash. She's a powerless preteen girl whose badassery completely outshines the titular hero.
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.
"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.
His early episodes "suicide gun" jokes now feel this way following the tragic death of his close friend Jew Wario.
His review of Fame #1 and the questionable comments about Jew Wario using a female avatar in the Pokemon movies reviews are harder to sit through after Iron Liz came out as trans, though it's possible he was aware and she was fine with it.
Gateway Series: Although Linkara did not expect non-comic books 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 comic books after watching the show. This also influenced his decision to phase out the Continuity Alarm. Originally he had it so that he wouldn't ramble about continuity to seasoned comic readers, but found that more people actually wanted him to get into the history of the things he was talking about.
His frequent cameos with other Channel Awesome reviewers are likely to get you to pick up their shows on your regular viewing schedule.
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.
In his review of One More Day, he noted that he was cautiously optimistic about the Marvel NOW initiative because he thought it would allow the writers to interpret Peter Parker as a young adult that learns from his mistakes instead of an adult with a teenager's mindset. Marvel NOW then began with The Superior Spider-Man, featuring Otto Octavius - a protagonist that not only ignores the "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" creed that was the cornerstone of his predecessor's code of conduct, but one that absolutely refusesto take responsibility for his actions - something that Peter at least tried to do, but screwed up on due to inconsistent writing.
In his review of "The Electric Tale of Pikachu" he questions how ghost Pokemon work, stating it is implied that regular pokemon become them when they die, and wonders if humans become ghost Pokemon when they die as well. He seemed to have forgotten about Yamask which are spirits of dead humans, having become ghost Pokemon, and one of the biggest tear-jerkers of all Pokemon. note they hold death masks that represent their once human faces, and they do nothing but mourn what they have become Later games introduced Phantump which is a tree stump brought to life because it's possessed by the spirits of dead children.
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 comic characters by far.
He also invited this in his "Next Top 15 AT4W Screw-Ups" segment, where he went on at length on a tirade against the X-Men comics, blaming them for being the in-universe causes of some of his most hated crossover events in Marvel's recent history... or not when Linkara later clarified in his "Youngblood #5" review that he was "half joking" and acknowledged that the X-Men did have some good runs and good characters in its roster.
He managed to avoid this in his Man of Steel v-log, albeit accidentally (seeing the movie over a month after it was released due to being busy).
In panels, he's mentioned this is the reason he doesn't do reviews of work by Garth Ennis and Mark Millar, despite not liking their work. He eventually reviewed Millar's For The Animals (noting it's a very good comic that really gets Superman as an inspiring icon) and Trouble.
Linkara also noted that no one cared when he mocked Stan Lee, despite Lee having a larger impact on the comic book industry than Miller.
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. Then there's a certain song in The LEGO Movie...
This crosses over into Harsher in Hindsight when you see his thoughts on it over on History of the Power Rangers.
In Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four Brain Drain, he jokes about the frequent Product Placement of OfficeMax, and has a character say that if it had been Office Depot, they would've been screwed. OfficeMax and Office Depot merged in late 2013.
In his Superman Meets the Quik Bunny review, Linkara considers the idea of a flying treehouse as utterly ridiculous. In the TGWTG special To Boldly Flee, the Critic's house turns into a spaceship.
Linkara made it very clear in the "Top 15 Comics I'll Never Review" video that he would never review "One More Day", even putting it at the #2 spot. And then comes the 200th episode...
In the Ultimatum #3-4 review, after hearing Doctor Doom's ridiculous plan to take over the world, he says that it must be a doombot. In the Ultimate FF series, that was revealed to be the case (more specifically an impostor).
Back in November 2011 in his Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu review, Linkara wished for a Pokemon Fighting game where you actually control the Pokemon (akin the Super Smash Bros.). Jump to 2014 where Pokkén Tournament is announced. (Although so far it's for Japanese Arcades.)
In his review of Captain Electron #1 from 2012, he comments that if he ever changes his outfit, he's going to find a way to include a top hat. In 2014, he did change his outfit... though it doesn't have a top hat; he still wears his trademark trilby.
Though, he does briefly wear one, in his Review of Power Man and Iron Fist #79.
In his Live Show, for the Fantastic Four Manga, Reed Richards objects to experiments, on the Moon, that would "Write Cheat Codes In To The Universe". Linkara insists that; "If (he) wants to play Pokemon Moon Edition, with Gen One Starters, (he) should be allowed to!". This is now more amusing, since Nintendo announce in 2016 that not only shall Gen Seven be called Sun & Moon, but you can also trade up from Gen One with the Virtual Console Ports!
In his review of issue two of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Lewis has a bit where he dismisses the idea of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie ever coming out. Not only is it coming out, he uploaded the video onto YouTube in the wake of the massive WTH, Casting Agency? reaction to Scarlett Johansson being cast as the Major. Additionally, the comic features Anguirus smashing through a wall that was being built on the USA/Mexico border, which is something Donald Trump proposed.
In one of his Live Shows, he jokes about being more forgiving of One More Day, if it was to Bring back the Spider Signal, When Spider Man appears in Captain America: Civil War (Whose Comic version lead in to One More Day, before), The Post Credits scene is Peter seeing the Costume, Tony makes for him, has a Spider Signal!?
In his review of the Doom comic, he read the Doom Guy as a single-minded rage filled curbstomping kill obsessed one-track mind character who cares nothing about anything other than destroying demons. Then came the 2016 Doom game starring... the exact same character who despite being a Heroic Mime expresses violent contempt at any form of narrative railroading or tutorial guidance.
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.
Inferred Holocaust: Points out that Nightcat blowing up a garbage barge would pollute Hudson River even more.
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.
Some of it was also because he expressed belief in the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction, the idea that nukes prevent wars and encourage peace. Since no one would dare go to war with a country that possessed such weapons, and no one with nuclear weapons would dare use them. [You know, just like every politician on all sides at the time the movie was made believed].
It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The reason he discontinued his "That's All I'm Saying" videos, where he looked at new comics on a weekly basis and gave short honest opinions on them. He felt they became repetitive and had him saying the same thing over and over.
The King of Worms learned well from the Entity's failure, and spends its entire storyline playing Linkara for a sucker, replacing certain characters with robot duplicates to guide his every move before getting rid of him once he's served his purpose. In the end, all of Linkara's preparations are utterly useless, and he only "wins" because something in his head he had no idea about scares the King to death.
He later made a similar joke in his review of All-Star Batman and Robin #8 where he joked that maybe some people live in their own little worlds where he's a badger who reviews late-night talk shows. Badgerkara quickly took off.
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 Mind Rapes 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.
Most Annoying Sound: The random audience chattering in the live segments, particularly when somebody in the audience tries to insert their own two cents when Linkara's trying to continue with his segment. To give an idea as to how this can annoy everyone, read the comments below this video.
It got to the point where Lewis had to include disclaimers before the live shows about speaking out loud during the review.
"Just remember, I am recording this. So if you're not funny, then you're being not funny in front of thousands of people."
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.
For others, all that made it even worse...
After all the buildup over the face of the King of Worms, it's a platinum mask with eye and mouth holes. He's also played by Suede doing a bad impression of Bane. Moral: never build anything up as "more frightening than anything" or the like.
And then he touches Linkara's head and dies. Ironically, for a villain built up as fear incarnate, the King of Worms is probably the least scary thing in the series once he actually shows up.
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.
Space Whale Aesop: The Holokara/Magic Gun arc has one of these because in the end, he learns that his magic stopped working because Margaret, aka the Magic Gun, let him find out that he was turning evil. At the same time, a hologram of Linkara made before he left fully turns into a Knight Templar and acts out his darkest feelings. The arc ends with Margaret letting Linkara know that the warning about turning evil was her goal, and Linkara feeling confident that he won't turn evil after how fast his friends turned against the Hologram. The lesson learned is that anyone can be evil, regardless of how good they think themselves or the good they've done in the past. The problem is that Margaret is magic, which has inherent Detect Evil properties, something that most human beings don't have access to. Linkara had magical, objective proof that he was turning while no one in the real world would. Also, his assurances about his friends doesn't work as well because they believed it was an expendable hologram. Linkara himself had been using Kill Sats and making other morally-questionable decisions for a long time without anyone calling him out for it.
While inside the Court of Worms, one can clearly see Lewis' apartment reflected in the mask of the King of Worms. It also looked like Lewis was wearing the Harvey costume and filming with a tablet computer.
The effects in the movie don't look all that hot either.
Vyce's ship looks really fake compared to the show, not helped by the constant panning shots of it.
The sets also leave a lot to be desired. For instance, the bar at the beginning has a bookshelf off to the side; the bridge of Vyce's ship looks desolate and made of cardboard; and the space station's control room is clearly someone's basement (which is lampshaded).
The chroma-keying fares no better. This is obvious during all the scenes in the engine room, which look like they came out of something from the mid-90s.
The effects used for Mechakara's torn up face and later, his endo-skeleton, look worse than the CGI (and that's saying something). The latter simply being a classroom skeleton model painted silver, with tin cans for shoulders.
None of these are helped by the film being shot in 720p, as opposed to 1080p or higher. Leading one to wonder where exactly the money went.
Strawman Has a Point: Holokara threatening to kill 90's Kid was a severe overreaction but he did raise the point that 90's Kid is always interrupting reviews and Holokara did ask him to stop before resorting to threats.
Linkara's getting angry with 90's Kid over draining the BFG is treated as unwarranted but it is understandable considering 90's Kid ruined one of the few weapons they had that was still capable of functioning for an idiotic reason.
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.
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 being a trans-woman - 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.
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.