YMMV / Phelous

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In his review of Anaconda, Phelous theorizes that the reason the anaconda is attacking isn't because it's hungry, but because Jon Voight has been strangling people with his legs and framing the snake and because Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube were the heroes.
    • Benzaie and Phelous both believe the Professor in Humains drags his son along on the expedition because he hates him and just hopes he'll die at some point.
    • In his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review he states that Lanyon died not because of the maddening revelation but of the fact that he sniffed the rat poison he found in Jekyll's cabinet. Or it was because of that conversation he and Jekyll had.
      • He also portrays the Nanny as a psycho who nonchalantly tells horrifying tales of murder to children.
    • In his review of the Mortal Kombat Conquest episode Thicker than Blood, he believes that Scorpion is in love with Siro's brother Cassar, and the reason why he kills said brother by the end of the episode is because he broke his heart by leaving him for the good guys.
    • In Pulse 3, suggests that Justine's bad attitude towards everyone, being a Zombie Advocate, destroying the cure for the internet ghosts because one guy was a dick to her, simply proves that she's her mother's daughter. Her mother being an unstable, neglectful parent who tried to murder her.
    • In his review of GoodTimes' Beauty and the Beast he sees the Bumbling Dad who's dim but ultimately loves his daughter as a selfish, entitled, stupid and emotionally manipulative Jerkass who guilts his daughter into a possible deadly situation and reaps the benefits of poor business dealings and incompetent parenthood.
    • In The Real Ghostbusters Christmas Carol, Phelous remarks that the real monster is the butcher who gave Cratchit and his family the smallest bird possible, since it's so tiny that it could have been a baby pidgeon. And it was an accomplishment to being even more evil with the actual Scrooge in the episode.
    • In some of his Mortal Kombat Conquest reviews, he often expresses that Kung Lao is a lazy bum who would rather spend time doing stupid antics with Siro and Taja than take his responsibilities as the Mortal Kombat champion and training fighters for the next tournament.
    • In his "Cricket on the Hearth" review, he believes that the reason why Caleb was in such a merry mood when conversing with the titular cricket (who speaks in this adaptation) was because of the knowledge of his Daughter's fiance leaving for the british navy for 2 years.
      • Similarly, he decides that Cricket Crockett is a Jerkass who brings Caleb's family nothing but bad luck (or at least saves all the luck for himself).
    • The figures shown on Bootleg Zones are constantly subject to this. For instance:
    • According to his "Magic Gift of the Snowman" review, Snowden is a pedophile and Princess Electra is a tyrant who uses mind control on her subjects.
    • Maria from the Anime Beauty and the Beast is a troll whose request for a rose was actually her messing with her father.
  • Awesome Music: Oh Phelous 2011.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: He refers to the rabbit-costumed doctor in Cabin Fever as as a "Big Crocodile Scene Happening".
    • Phelous killing the hooker in his basement and burping afterwards in the Mortal Komedy review.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The end of his Pulse 3 review. After reviewing 5 films that have the name "Pulse" he manages to resurrect a dead Angry Joe...Only for Joe to laugh manically as he shoots Phelous over and over and over again.
    • The entirety of the Titanic Bot review.
    Phelous: How big of an asshole would I be to put ice cubes in there? I'm already doing a Titanic Bot review, too late for dignity!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Halloweenie. Comments on his videos opine that it's some of Phelous' funniest work. Pumpkinweenie is also getting some love, as well.
    • Old Man from the Good Times version of Beauty and the Beast, due to being a Fountain of Memes as well as just having a hilarious personality.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Unsuprisingly, the majority of his fandom and Obscurus Lupa's fandom. However, there are some fans of Phelous who feel that Lupa has ruined Phelous' videos.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The ending skit to his review of Pulse (2006) involves JewWario asking Phelous "want to see a ghost?" and then proceeding to perform the "face downloading" that the ghosts in the movie did to their victims. With JewWario's passing in 2014, a joke about him being a "ghost" doesn't seem quite so funny anymore. Lampshaded by Phelous himself in the YouTube version of the same review where he acknowledges the now awkward nature of the joke, but would rather leave it in out of respect for his old friend.
    • After hearing about some of the unpleasant things that have gone on behind the scenes leading up to Phelous' departure from Channel Awesome, as well as his general displeasure with To Boldly Flee, a lot of his Take Thats directed towards the film, the Nostalgia Critic, Demo Reel, Doug Walker and so on seem less like friendly jabs and a lot more pointed and acidic. Not that he doesn't have a very good reason or valid points, though...
    • In the aforementioned Child's Play 2 crossover Phelous says he hasn't seen such fake special effects since Kickassia. Critic retorts that special effects in Suburban Knights were even worse... because Phelous did them. After reading this post it's rather uncomfortable to watch.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: He's gotten quite a bit of backlash for giving a negative review of Turtles Forever stating that it glorified the 2003 incarnation of the turtles and dumbed-down the 1980s incarnation of the turtles. The YouTube version of the review had him confessing he had yet to see the 2003 series prior to first viewing Turtles Forever, which is part of what lead to him hating the movie. After watching the 2003 series he now admits to liking the 2003 TMNT cartoon and the movie isn't as bad as he once thought, but still dislikes the constant Take Thats towards the 1987 Turtles.
  • He Really Can Act: His skits usually have him being either deadpan or overacting for the sake of comedy but his Jacob's ladder gives shows he has way more range.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the end credits of one of his early reviews, he added a note at the end stating that he was going for The Nostalgia Critic's record for dying in his reviews. Probably safe to say that he's succeeded by now.
    • It's been taken Up to Eleven lately, with him dying in other people's reviews.
      • The gag has apparently been retired, as he doesn't die nearly as much after adopting the Doctor Who intro. To Phelous's chagrin after reviewing the 30th Anniversary edition of Night of the Living Dead (1968) (which featured a new score and new scenes badly spliced into it).
    Phelous(crying): I remember when I used to die. Those were good times.
    "Actually, I'm glad this is dead snow, because I'd sure hate to see living snow!"
  • Ho Yay: Invoked and lampshaded in the Western Animation/Foodfight review between Phelous and Brad.
    Lupa: Are you two gay together?
  • Hype Backlash: Phelous reviews The Human Centipede in his bathroom - not because he finds the movie disgusting, but because he finds it a piece of shit, largely due to people making it a big deal.
  • Idiot Plot: A lot of the movies he reviews have one. Special mention goes to Incubus, which he describes as the "Anti-Logic Movie", and later on refers to extreme stupidity displayed in other movies as "Incubus logic".
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A lot of his critics say that he hasn't really changed his style at all during his run and as a result, appears to be suffering from burnout.
  • Love It or Hate It: His Turtles Forever review is quickly becoming his most divisive review.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The "rape horn" from Troll 3 ("Quest for the Mighty Sword").
    • "Great continuity!"
  • Narm:
  • Never Live It Down: The whole Running Gag of Phelous dying and coming back to life over and over. It's arguably his best-known joke, repeatedly pointed out on this very page, and was the main hook for his character in To Boldly Flee, but Phelous himself abandoned the joke after about fifty episodes and has consciously avoided it ever since.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Lion and the King style Phelous that shows up at the end of that review.
    • "Monster Mike", a hideously deformed bootleg Ninja Turtle that's so evil, it actually has a pentagram carved into its head. The Albino Turtle from the second Turtles Fighters video is just as bad with its mouth and eyes looking like they're leaking blood. Needless to say, it has a pentagram too.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Responses to his early videos ranged from "shows promise" to "painfully bad"; since then he's become one of the most consistently entertaining producers on the site, and certainly tied with Spoony for most visually inventive reviews. Additionally, his role in Kickassia helped win over some new fans.
  • Special Effects Phailure: Phelous's own effects are actually pretty good for a lone guy doing them on his own. He'll often mock those of the movie, though.
    • An entirely needless special effects failure occurred throughout much of Pulse 2, where actors were green-screened into scenes that they didn't even need to be, such as in front of houses and such. Phelous mocks this by screening himself in front of his own normal background (it's actually good enough that you might not have noticed unless he pointed it out, complete with his image doing a 180).
    • Played for Laughs during his "Halloweenie" series, as part of the general Stylistic Suck aesthetic.
  • The Woobie: Phelous. His slow, pained death at the end of his Stay Alive review, complete with Blood from the Mouth, and his subsequent homage to the Fifth and Fourth Doctor's regenerations, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories in his House of the Dead review really cemented this.
    • Shredder Phelous (Shreddous?) seems to be turning into this too. He's an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who's constantly mocked or told to shut up, causing him to mope away with sad-sounding music in the background.
    • The Jacob's Ladder review is very much cements this for Phelous.
    • Pumpkinweenie, given how much abuse he takes from Halloweenie. And unlike his co-host, he seems genuinely enthusiastic about the show and fond of the audience.
      • Halloweenie himself when he finally quits the show and painfully realises he has nothing else to live for.