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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: He's come up with [[{{AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/Phelous}} a lot of theories]] about the characters in the films he's reviewed.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: His ''Film/FunnyGames'' review was criticized by many who felt that he had reviewed it as a straight horror film and seemed to miss that it was a {{Deconstruction}} of the horror genre. Phelous would later do a follow-up video a few years later where he focused more on the film's themes and his own issues with them.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kro6B4u0suE Oh Phelous 2011]].
** Oh Phelous 2014 takes the awesome music UpToEleven!
** Not to mention its [[AscendedFanon fan made]] [[https://soundcloud.com/mpalenik/phelous-theme-song-james-bond-spectre-version 2016 remade version]], in which the whole song gets redone in the style of [[Music/SamSmith Sam Smith]]'s theme for {{Film/Spectre}}.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** He refers to the rabbit-costumed doctor in ''Film/CabinFever'' as as a "Big Crocodile Scene Happening".
** Phelous killing the hooker in his basement and burping afterwards in the ''WebVideo/MortalKomedy'' review.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** The end of his Pulse 3 review. [[spoiler: 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!
** His review of WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheAdventureOfAllTime has a joke about Paige's grandfather going to her school and shooting her classmates.
* EarWorm: The songs that the Spider-Man Motorcycle and the Pooh Train play.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** 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 FountainOfMemes as well as just having a hilarious personality.
** Old Mayor from ''The Christmas Tree'' is shaping up to be this among fans too. It helps that he's Old Man's cousin and his stupidity plays off of him instead of upstaging his popularity.
** Wabuu anyone?
* FriendlyFandoms: [[OfficialCouple Unsurprisingly]], the majority of his fandom and WebVideo/ObscurusLupa's fandom. However, there are [[VocalMinority some fans]] of Phelous who feel that Lupa [[YokoOhNo has ruined]] Phelous' videos.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** The ''Film/JacobsLadder'' review makes the RunningGag of [[spoiler:Phelous dying]] into one of these, with TheReveal that [[spoiler:not just the entire episode, but ''the entire series'' starting from his death in the ''Film/MacAndMe'' review was a DyingDream, and his dying repeatedly are attempts to come to terms with his death and move on]]. Given his normal sensibilities, though, this can be interpreted as a [[BlackComedy particularly dark version of being]] HilariousInHindsight.
** In the ''Film/ChildsPlay2'' crossover with Critic, Critic shamelessly whores out WebVideo/SuburbanKnights and when Phelous calls him out on it, he says “it's either that or another midroll” before grinning and cutting to commercial. Cute, but not so much [[http://imgur.com/a/K8Xe4 after chatlogs were revealed]] of Rob telling Lupa off for “too many midrolls”.
** It can be a little awkward to watch the [[ButtMonkey Bat Hero]] segments with [[http://www.autoblog.com/2015/08/17/philanthropist-batman-dies-in-tragic-car-crash/ the tragic death of Lenny B. Robinson]], who dressed up as Batman using that same costume to cheer up terminally ill children. It doesn't help that Bat Hero's first appearance had him die with a crunchy sound effect.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The ending skit to his review of ''Pulse (2006)'' involves Creator/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 Website/ChannelAwesome, as well as his general displeasure with ''To Boldly Flee'', a lot of his [[TakeThat Take Thats]] directed towards the film, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, ''WebViedo/DemoReel'', Creator/DougWalker 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 ''Film/ChildsPlay2'' crossover Phelous says he hasn't seen such fake special effects since ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. Critic retorts that special effects in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' were even worse... [[DontExplainTheJoke because Phelous did them]]. After [[http://phelous.tumblr.com/post/108013883721/goodbye-farewell-and-amen-ca reading this post]] it's rather uncomfortable to watch.
** All the of the jabs between Doug and Phelan are not so funny now that the latter has left That Guy With Glasses
* HePannedItNowHeSucks:
** He's gotten quite a bit of backlash for giving a negative review of ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' 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 That}}s towards the 1987 Turtles.
** In a period of two months, Phelan panned ''[[Film/LightsOut2016 Lights Out]]'', ''Film/DontBreathe'' and ''Film/BlairWitch'' all in a row (though in the case of ''Don't Breathe'', it was more of a grudging "it's okay"). The first two films had received wide acclaim while the latter film was highly polarizing (with Phelan's friend and colleague Creator/BradJones giving it a glowing review). This sparked a lot of backlash along the lines of "Phelan doesn't like anything" or "Phelan is the new [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]", something Phelan was quick to [[https://twitter.com/Phelous/status/777273532397056000 mock on Twitter]].
* HeReallyCanAct: His skits usually have him being either deadpan or overacting for the sake of comedy but his ''Film/JacobsLadder'' gives shows he has way more range.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the end credits of one of his early reviews, he added a note at the end stating that he was going for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's record for dying in his reviews. Probably safe to say that he's succeeded by now.
** It's been taken UpToEleven lately, with him dying in ''[[DeathByCameo 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 ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' (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.
** At the end of ''Film/DeadSnow'':
--> "Actually, I'm glad this is dead snow, because I'd sure hate to see [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen living snow!]]"
* HoYay: Invoked and lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Foodfight}}'' review between Phelous and [[Creator/BradJones Brad]].
--> '''[[Creator/AllisonPregler Lupa]]:''' Are you two gay together?
* HypeBacklash: Phelous reviews ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' 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.
* IdiotPlot: 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".
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: 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.
* LoveItOrHateIt: His ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' review is quickly becoming his most divisive review.
* LoveToHate: The reason why Old Man is a popular character cameoing on the channel is because of his over-the-top ComedicSociopathy.
* MemeticMutation:
** The "rape horn" from ''Troll 3'' ("Quest for the Mighty Sword").
** "[[SarcasmMode Great]] [[NegativeContinuity continuity!]]"
* {{Narm}}:
** ''Troll 2'''s "Oh my goooooood!" scream, which Phelous presents as the [[SoBadItsGood greatest line ever.]]
* NauseaFuel: When exploring an abandoned hoarder house, Phelous and friends find the fridge. Inside, all the food has rotted away...except for the hot dogs, which look normal. Hard to say which is more disgusting.
* NeverLiveItDown: The whole RunningGag 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 ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', but Phelous himself abandoned the joke after about fifty episodes and has consciously avoided it ever since. [[spoiler: Right up until his Jacob's Ladder review, where the whole joke gets a heavy dose of CerebusRetcon and HarsherInHindsight in an absolute tear-jerking manner.]]
* NightmareFuel:
** 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.
** The thumbnail for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2zD_-X_ZEk Smiley]]. Seriously, what the hell?!
** '''[[https://youtu.be/oaXiVttz6JU?t=23m59s "I AM THE WABUUUUUUUUUUUU".]]'''
* NightmareRetardant:
** Having Old Man read some of the most famous Creepypastas helps make them less scary than when originally read. The fact that the ones he has read as the Old Man are generally seen as poor quality by a majority of the creepypasta community sort of adds to this
** Phelous's insertion of goofy music/cartoon sound effects in otherwise intensely horrific scenes can also help.
* ReplacementScrappy: Hates "with a passion" the Dave Coulier voiced [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Peter Venkman]], to the point that his younger self mentally ''edited Coulier out'' of episodes he liked.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: 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 ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' helped win over some new fans.
* {{Special Effects| Failure}} [[JustForPun Phailure]]: Phelous' 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).
** PlayedForLaughs during his "Halloweenie" series, as part of the general StylisticSuck aesthetic.
* TheWoobie: Phelous. His slow, pained death at the end of his Stay Alive review, complete with BloodFromTheMouth, and his subsequent [[{{Homage}} homage]] to the [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho Fifth and Fourth Doctor's regenerations]], and [[VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories Silent Hill: Shattered Memories]]]] in his House of the Dead review really cemented this.
** [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Shredder Phelous]] (Shreddous?) seems to be turning into this too. He's an IneffectualSympatheticVillain who's constantly mocked or told to shut up, causing him to mope away with sad-sounding music in the background.
** [[spoiler: 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. Made even worse when he finds out [[spoiler:not only has he been replaced, his replacement actively states he never existed.]]
** From the Bootleg Zones, poor Bat Hero. A FailureHero and [[HenpeckedHusband Henpecked Boyfriend]] to the villainous Steffi Love, forced to wear her fancy dress, hung for his "crimes" right out of the box. Although he did steal Barbie's horse once.
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