YMMV / Kickassia

  • Awesome Music: The opening anthem. Kickassiaaaaaa!!
    • The timing on the music in Part 4 when Ma-Ti yells at The Nostalgia Critic as he exits is perfect!
    • In Part 5, the Boss Theme from the SNES Batman Returns game becomes Funny Music.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Film Brain. He's either hilarious and adorable or just annoying. There don't seem to be any middling opinions.
    • Santa Christ. He's either way cool and a fitting part of the special or a God-Mode Sue who should never have even existed. Whatever you thought of him before, Kickassia won't change your mind.
  • Better on DVD: The whole thing is meant to be watched all in one go as a 90-minute film. The original idea was to release it in three parts, but it was later changed to six (see Trilogy Creep). That said, Doug himself has advised that's it's best to either watch the whole thing from start to finish or, failing that, watch parts one and two together, parts three and four together and parts five and six together.
  • Catharsis Factor: Given that Critic was raped by Spoony and his trauma over it was confirmed to be a Thing, Critic knowing Spoony is inside Insano and wanting to kill him anyway is pretty satisfying.
  • Continuity Lockout: The movie is almost completely unwatchable unless you already have a decent grounding in the memes and recurring jokes and characters on the site. Even fans of the site found the ratio of "callback jokes" to "actual jokes" a bit off. Doug learned his lesson from this, and the next year's special Suburban Knights is far less dependent on knowing everyone's schtick.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Santa Christ's cameo. They manage to get out two words of his theme song, before it's interrupted by N. Bison shooting him dead.
  • Ear Worm: Kickassiaaaaaaaa....Kickassiaaaaaaa...
  • Fanfic Fuel: This movie was the birth of so many Critic punishment fics that even Brad teased during a livestream that the character had been a “a very bad boy” in the S&M context.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Lampshaded when the Critic begins to "levitate" using electricity.
    Dr. Insano: You do realize you're just standing on your tippy-toes, don't you?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The Critic being happy not to do any reviews ever again becomes slightly less funny later on when he has a Heroic B.S.O.D. about how pathetic reviewing makes him.
    • Critic telling the Chick it'll fall on her to keep the nostalgia name alive becomes the opposite of funny after To Boldly Flee. Noted by the two themselves in her review of Cutthroat Island, as he passes the torch onto her, saying “it's like Kickassia, just with emotional depth and actual sincerity!”
    • Doug's commentary beating himself up for the other producers getting sunburned (despite he and Rob telling them to wear sunscreen) is cute, but after nearly stopping Suburban Knights because he was so scared that everyone hated him, and refusing to eat/sleep in To Boldly Flee so he wouldn't snap at anyone, it really should have sent off warning bells.
    • “The Kickassian War” was hilarious originally, but with everything that came out about the site's Troubled Production, it can get uncomfortable. There's also Rob's Played for Laughs blaming of Doug for everything, which is also awkward considering how much the latter is a Scapegoat Creator for the site's problems.
    • From bloopers/commentary, Doug being afraid that Phelan would kill him after what happened to make Phelan leave the site (Michaud firing Allison after 15 minutes away and Doug fleeing when she called them out on it).
    • The Phelan/Brad/Benzaie commentary, in which Phelan talks casually about the fun he had on set and his satisfaction with the film (even including some praise of Doug Walker) can sting pretty harder knowing how sharply his relationship with the site and the Walker brothers would fall over the years. Indeed, his commentaries on the three anniversary films illustrate this progression rather wellnote , with his Suburban Knights commentary being cooler on the film and expressing more frustrations with Doug and Rob's conduct, while the To Boldly Flee commentary has him outright mocking the film and lambasting a lot of the creative choices made, along with comments that foreshadow his eventual reasons for departing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The “sometimes we all need to give into the madness” scene. Everyone knows about Noah's eventual meltdown, but Doug can and has turned into quite the hot mess himself.
    • Alternatively, this can be simply be seen as gallows humor for people who are living with a mental illness and know they will always be occasionally having meltdowns despite their best efforts.
    • Little Miss Gamer's cameo being stuck in a video game is awkward as she'd actually left the site by the time the film came out, and this was the last time she appeared on anything.
    • This subreddit points out that Kickassia, in a way, inadvertently predicted the eventual fate of Channel Awesome. The movie revolved around the Critic's ego and lust for power and how everyone eventually revolts against him because of it. And now, Michaud and his massive ego, with Doug allegedly being too spineless to act out, has caused everyone to revolt against Channel Awesome, with everyone having left at this point. But in an ironic twist of fate, the Cinema Snob was the first to act out against the Nostalgia Critic, but Brad Jones is currently one of the very last people left on Channel Awesome (only Guru Larry is also still there, and he only stayed this long out of spite over being forgotten for the last decade). note 
      • Film Brain's storyline is also similar to Some Jerk with a Camera's time at Channel Awesome. Both started out as ardent defenders of the Critic/Channel Awesome, even when others started revolting. Ultimately, an event caused them to be disillusioned note  and turn on them as well.
      • Critic's mournful line "a president has no friends". Doug has lost quite a few friends and professional connections thanks to his blind spot regarding Michaud.
  • Ho Yay: 8-Bit Mickey riding Handsome Tom while shirtless.
    • Also, this bit:
    Film Brain: I would never leave you, Critic!
    NC: ...I know that, Film Brain.
    • The Critic's and Spoony's ham-tastic conversation about giving into Insano.
    • Lee's interview with Chris Larios: "You feel beautiful." Well, he is 3-D now.
    • In one of the bloopers, Benzaie kisses Spoony on the cheek when trying to get him to turn into Dr. Insano.
    • Also in the bloopers, when Phelous slams Critic against the fridge, either Phelan pushes Doug down to make him kneel or Doug slides down on his own.
  • Idiot Plot: The main source of humor is derived from the fact that nobody (exceptions being maybe Phelous and The Snob) acts like they have anything resembling common sense.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Critic, the Jerkass bit more pronounced than normal. The banishment of Cinema Snob gets followed by the sympathy-inducing Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of Ma-Ti warning him in Part Four. In Part Five, after being as upset as everyone else with the accidental shooting of Santa Christ, he decides to throw the dead body in the dumpster. And in Part Six, the whole episode is him getting his comeuppance.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Fritz von Baugh in part 3. He goes around convincing everyone that they could be better presidents than the Nostalgia Critic as well as making the military distrustful of their leader by planting evidence of possible evil on the Critic's part. Lampshaded by the Cinema Snob.
  • Moe: Film Brain, to some.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Spoony transforming into Doctor Insano. This picture from the credits illustrating the scene helps add to the creepiness factor.
    • The Critic revealing what he needed that dynamite for along with his use of the term "Nasty-wasties."
    • The Critic not being quite dead and rising up behind an unsuspecting Insano.
    • Phelous' face after shoving the Critic against a fridge. In his commentary, Doug says he was genuinely afraid for his life.
      • Lampshaded in the bloopers, too:
    Doug: You're really going to kill me, aren't you?
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ma-Ti.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Both Film Brain and Phelous were immensely hated at early points of their review careers. In Kickassia, they are given plenty of screen time and funny moments to encourage people to give them a second chance. Both succeeded.
  • Rewatch Bonus: After the Critic/CR crossover where the former admitted to being disgustingly self-loathing and insecure, a lot of Critic's behavior here suddenly makes sense. It also has the bonus of adding depth to the Looney Tunes-esque flick, even if it's only with his scenes.
  • Spiritual Licensee: As admitted by the cast and crew, Kickassia is a fully live-action Looney Tunes skit. The initial encounter between Nostalgia Critic and Baugh are even a direct remake of Wile E. Coyote's introduction in Operation: Rabbit.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The opening theme and episode title cards are obviously influenced by HBO's John Adams.
  • The Woobie:
    • Doctor Smith, whose idea of a legion of spiiiders is hated by everyone (except JewWario).
    • Spoony. Seeing him tense up over the fear of unleashing Insano, how could you not want to give him a hug and tell him it's going to be okay?
    • Arguably Film Brain. His character was a huge Nostalgia Critic fanboy, yet the Critic himself always seemed disinterested in him. Due to his strong dedication to the Critic, the rest of the cast also disliked him because he refused to help overthrow the Critic until the Critic killed perhaps the one person he idolized more: Santa Christ. Sure, he was a Yes-Man, but he was such a fan of the Critic, he didn't realize he was being such a brown-noser.


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