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.
Complete Monster: Malachite wanted to destroy all of the world's current technology and killed anyone who disagrees with him and/or gets in his way. He cannot even pass off as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, as towards the end of the series, he picked up his cell phone, and it had been demonstrated that he didn't think that science is bad, but that he only hated it because he was defeated by its champion, so he swore a violent revenge as a result..
Harsher in Hindsight: Seeing Doug in the Link outfit after hearing Doug's commentary. Having so little on and low temptures caused Doug (who normally enjoys the cold) to feel as if he was being stabbed in the legs, concluding that the upskirt shot wasn't worth it, and hoping never to wear the costume again because it caused him nothing but pain.
The Hollywood Pudgy complaints Doug got about his legs are disheartening enough, but it just gets sad when you realize that his random blurts of thinking he's too fat only started after this movie.
Rob's commentary talks about how he spent forty minutes coaxing Doug out of a nervous breakdown, including telling him that his workaholic “do everything myself” nature just isn't working out at all. The story ends with Doug growing up as a director and Rob being proud of him, but come To Boldly Flee filming and beyond, Doug has proven again and again that he hasn't learned a thing about overworking himself.
Also in his DVD Commentary, Rob acts very big-brother-like and says while it was rough for both of them, he can get over how not getting what he wanted, but he felt awful for Doug because Doug's vision was "this one thing and he couldn't do it. He lost so much and I felt really bad for him". Sad enough, but heartbreaking when another crushed vision of Doug's is taken into account.
8-bit Mickey, who has up till now been mostly a cameo-artist, has drawn this reaction now that he has a part big enough to properly judge him by.
Bet you didn't know that Bhargav can actually act without injecting a barrel-load of ham into everything.
As is usual with Doug, he gives himself a chance to shine when Critic reacts to Ma-Ti's death.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In his commentary for his Fear and Loathing in Shado Con video, Doug said that the Link costume tends to look really bad on men and is better off on women. Guess what he's wearing in this special and how people have reacted to it.
In addition, Doug noted in his "Top 15 Comedic Influences" video, whilst talking about Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, he notes that they should reunite and do a parody of franchise films like The Lord of the Rings. Said film series is parodied plenty of times in this movie, and may well be the closest we'll see to such a film.
When trying to dance around the subject of Critic showing his balls, Chick assumes he's just not familiar with skirts. Oh, he is.
The Critic said 8-Bit Mickey wanted goat porn. One year later, Mickey is a brony. Looks like Doug was half right!
Hollywood Pudgy: While Doug's legs were mostly appreciated, there were some who kept accusing him of having cellulite and even he had a moment of self-doubt in the BTS documentary over them being "bulbous". There's no hope for anyone if these pins◊ are considered too fat.
I Am Not Shazam: Marzgurl refers to herself as "Princess Mononoke." Doug, who isn't a huge anime fan, wrote the script and she barely had enough time to convert her dialogue to Japanese, preventing her from correcting this error.
Jerkass Woobie: Critic's an asshole, but as usual he's still pathetic and gets dominated enough to balance it out. You can also almost, if not completely, forgive him for mistreating Ma-Ti when you see how broken he is over the latter's death.
Narm: As hilarious as the battle in part 3 is, there's only 3 Cloaks and about ten reviewers. Once you realise it, it gets kinda silly... well, sillier.
Lampshaded in a few of the commentaries.
Lewis: You know, there are three of them and ten of you, you could just team up and tackle them.
Older Than They Think: Even though he was absent in the TGWTG Year One Brawl and first appeared in a yearly crossover in Kickassia, Phelous was one of the earliest additions to the site, and thus was on the site while Suede was still there. Lupa, Handsome Tom and 8-bit Mickey are the only ones in the Critic's group to postdate his departure.
One-Scene Wonder: The girl using a cellphone who Malachite kills (played by one of Doug's ex-girlfriends) got quite some attention from the fandom, ever since her one second appearance in the trailer.
Doug in the DVD Commentary: To answer the two most frequent questions I get, yes, I am aware she looks like Kirsten Dunst, and no, she is not available. She's married now. So... ya' missed it. Sorry.
Selective Squick: Critic's crotch shot and Female Gaze-y outfit in general. To this day, guy fans are still proclaiming how much it hurt their eyes (although not all of them, as Doug's commentary boasted) while girl fans are happily rewinding the bits with the most amount of skin shown.
Signature Scene: Critic, looking completely wrecked, sitting by Ma-Ti's dead body.
An 8-bit version of the Indiana Jones theme plays when the Cinema Snob shows off his costume. Obviously, the original is copyrighted and a production team of this budget would never be able to acquire the rights to use it.
An orchestrated version pops up during his parts in the big fight scene.
Unfortunate Character Design: Bennett White's costume is laughably humiliating. According to the commentaries wearing it was actually painful because the fake fur kept falling off and getting stuck in his sinuses, and Iron Liz says it was actually even worse before the tail fell off from being stepped on one too many times since its positioning at the bottom of the suit rather than the tailbone made it look like a penis.
Phelous's Rockbiter costume also got mocked plenty in-universe.
Everybody and their maiden aunt predicted that the gauntlet would turn out of be the Power Glove (and the joke that followed) from pretty much the first episode.
Also, Ma-Ti being the one to defeat Malachite, though no-one predicted the price that was paid along with it.
Though in his commentary, Linkara says he thinks this is actually a good thing, since it means the twist makes sense and was properly built up. And hey, who knows how many people would have predicted it if they didn't have 24 hours between each episode to come up with theories?
What an Idiot: Meta example; Lewis Lovhaug states in the commentary that he owns a real sword and requested to be able use it during the fight in the second to last episode, but was of course turned down. He admits that was for the best, since during one the screw ups he hit accidentally hit Rob Walker with the toy sword he was using.
What Could Have Been: Doug Walker stated that his original plan was to have a Ninjas versus Pirates story where the Channel Awesome crew would have been trained in the pirate ways by a resurrected Bloodbeard Joe, but the plan was scrapped when James Rolfe was unavailable to play the role.