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YMMV: That Guy with the Glasses
  • Acceptable Targets: Tommy Wiseau has become this after pulling two reviews of The Room off the site.
  • Actor Shipping: Doug/Lindsay is pretty popular, as like a Lighter and Softer pairing to the Foe Yay of Critic/Chick. (As she's never appeared in videos, fanfic will usually ignore his wife.)
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Completely and thankfully averted. Most of the TGWTG staff openly admits to going to see animated movies and thinks of animation as every bit as equal to live-action film-making.
  • Arc Fatigue: The Psychotic Love Triangle between Chick, Todd and Lupa went on for a long time, finally getting resolved in To Boldly Flee. By the end, RL!Todd, Lindsay and Alison had all expressed wishes for it to be over, feeling like it had strayed into creepy territory instead of just Black Comedy.
  • Archive Binge: Each critic has multiple hours of content, not including crossovers. Then you get to their cameos, other critic's works, vlogs, the anniversaries... if you're trying to catch up, you have our condolences. The only plus side is that you can generally hop around if you get bored of one critic.
  • Base Breaker: JesuOtaku, to the point where her main and YMMV pages on the site have had to be locked after she requested that her page be deleted, and The Secret Treehouse has put a ban on any more fics featuring her in any way, shape or form.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: This trope was first named by the Nostalgia Chick (after a scene from All Dogs Go to Heaven), while she and the Critic were reviewing FernGully: The Last Rainforest. It's been lampshaded in-universe a few times too.
    • The Nostalgia Critic sings a hilarious rendition of "Sweet Transvestite" while the Nostalgia Chick randomly plays the accordion in the background.
    Nostalgia Critic: (Singing) I'm just a cheap toxic-ite from Transsexual... (Looks over at the Nostalgia Chick in confusion)
    Nostalgia Chick: "Did that make any sense?"
    Nostalgia Critic: "No."
    Nostalgia Chick: "Are you ever going to mention it again?"
    Nostalgia Critic: "Probably not."
    Nostalgia Chick: "Big Lipped Alligator Moment!"
    • WEAPONIZED by The Nostalgia Chick in The 1 Year Anniversary video. She says the words, and what happens next perfectly fits the criteria for a BLAM.
    • During the Critic and Nerd crossover review:
    "But why worry about that when you can sing along to giant surfing alligators — wait, what?!"
  • Bizarro Episode: The Cool World review with Linkara and MarzGurl, since the movie required it...
    • The Björk Show. There's a genie, and jump cut teleportation, and a rotting bologna sandwich?
    • All the 'Warrior reviews by Linkara and Spoony, also because the source material is so weird.
  • Broken Base: Do you love the lack of fourth wall, with them reading fanfic (often calling it hot), giving fanservice based on Fetish Fuel pages and seeing constantly what people write about them on this very site, or are you freaked out by it?
    • There are people who think Spoony being out of TGWTG is bad, some who think it's a good thing and some who don't care either way. And we'll just leave it at that.
    • Man of Steel divided the team heavily- Hope, Doug, Rob, Brad and Matthew mentioned that they hated it, whilst Joe, E Rod and Bennett liked it. Hope's hatred was so intense, Bennett asked if she was just transferring her hatred of Sucker Punch.
    • Some fans are annoyed at the sheer number of critics who review movies or anime, saying that TGWTG should hire critics who review books or television. Others argue that each critic brings funny enough jokes/ a different enough opinion to make it work.
    • A lot of producers (along with a lot of fans) were angry about their patreons/kickstarters/indiegogos note  not being allowed to be advertised on the site, especially since the site itself has an indiegogo with not much to show for it. Other fans have dismissed the complaints with essentially "you don't work for the site so you should be on your own" or "you just want special treatment".
  • Complete Monster:
    • Atop the Fourth Wall: Surprisingly Mechakara, a robot from an alternate dimension where Linkara's Robot Buddy Pollo turned evil, killed him, and robots overthrew humanity. His plans solely revolve around sending our protagonist 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, what shoots him over the top is how, after getting the magic MacGuffin that he came for, he decides instead to destroy all organic life in the multiverse. He's a cold heartless monster and the fact that he's returned is a signal he'll only get worse from here. It gets particularly bad in the Silent Hill Dead/Alive videos, where Mechakara slowly Mind Rapes Linkara into thinking he's the (actually long dead) man who tortured his daughter to create Linkara's Magic Gun. Even the Entity was less evil than this robotic bastard.
    • Suburban Knights: 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • "Spooning With Spoony". Which was tame compared to "Spooning with Spoony 2".
    • The Solid Snake Video Game Confessions may just be the best example. A five-year-old Snake witnessing his parents' murder as he hides under a box: horrifying. The killer proceeding to do a tap dance on their bodies, put on a puppet show, and so on: bloody hilarious.
    • LordKaT. Oh God, his non Until We Win stuff is some of the most foul and hilarious stuff out there.
    "I wonder if that asian boys ass is still tight."
    (after a review ends) "Just in time for recess."
  • Ear Worm: Doug's Theme Lyrics.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 8-Bit Mickey, thanks to his appearance in the Brawl.
    • Bhargav Dronamraju as Ma-Ti, who first appeared as a cutaway joke in the Critic's review of Captain Planet, and has since become a recurring character in his videos, and elsewhere.
  • Fanfic Fuel: In the To Boldly Flee Making Of extra, everyone talked about what they would like the next anniversary to be. While most people wanted the usual, like a musical or a murder mystery, Doug was surprisingly morbid and said he had an idea for the TGWTG universe to really be [[hell. But as there's no budget for that kind of story, the fanfic writers took it and ran with it.
  • Fan Hater: There's a whole subsection of the fanbase who seem to watch the shows just so they can rant about how crap they are. No such forum shall be vindicated by being named here, but they are numerous.
  • Foe Yay: More than oft, a crossover will feature the reviewers at severe odds with each other, all the while snarking it up through horrible movies together.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the "Tommy Wiseau Show," Doug plays both "Tommy Wiseau" and "John from The RoomMovie.com". Then this possibility came to light. (though it could also be Hilarious in Hindsight)
    • The jokes on Transmission Awesome about Aussie wanting to fire other people (especially Sean) turn into this considering what happened to him.
    • Any jokes about the reviewers being Driven to Suicide because of the mediocrity of the subject matter after Jew Wario committed suicide.
  • Gratuitous Special Effects: Many reviewers use special effects such as when The Nostalgia Critic had a laser shootout with The Angry Video Game Nerd. The effects add quirky, funny elements to the videos but would not normally be expected in movie reviews.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Bennett seems to have attracted a bit of the old nerdrage for insulting Doctor Who.
    • In all honesty, there needs to be a page for this trope with this page. Most of the reviewers had to have been guilty of this once.
  • Ho Yay: So often it needs its own ever-growing page here.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: There's an irritating tendency amongst mostly female fans to call the first "Spooning With Spoony" sick and twisted, but love the following episodes for their Ho Yay and shirtless guys.
    • Film Brain has commented on the paradox of the fans wanting more original material, but never supporting it.
    • They complain about adverts and even DVD features are uploaded on youtube, but when Doug does daily vlogs because he's hurting for a money, he's “a cash-grabbing whore”.
    • JesuOtaku is treated like a sexist for calling Korra some nasty words, while Doug and Rob have thrown a load of other slurs against the character but never get called out on it.
  • Internet Backdraft: A joke by Linkara in the Superman IV: The Quest for Peace review with the Nostalgia Critic got him a lot of heat because he simply mentioned Israel. This led to tons of hatemail accusing him of supporting/hating Israel. He addressed this in the commentary for the video, in which he reminded the readers that he never said anything about Israel except that they probably wouldn't be happy about a guy stealing their nukes, where the film shows everyone on earth unanimously cheering that Superman is going to take away everyone's nukes.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: There are some people who don't watch the Critic, Linkara or Spoony for the sole reason of their "big three" Fan Nickname. Chick will also occasionally be included as something you can't watch "because she has too many fans already", but that's usually said by other women.
  • Memetic Badass: Santa Christ! he fight monsters for fun and hang out with Mr.T and even if you are able to kill him, he will raise again in the third day, in fullfilment of the awesomeness!
  • Memetic Sex God: The majority of them, to the point where Doug has joked that to get on the site you need to be great at blowjobs.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The audience at large just doesn't seem to get the intentionally pathetic characters screaming at movies aren't something to emulate. Doug (with the entirety of Demo Reel, the "When Is A Movie Just A Movie" editorial and "The Ice King's Glasses") and Kyle (with videos like Melancholia and Vase de Noces) have gone even further trying to get this into heads, but comments of "yeah this raped my childhood too" (or defensive "you're offending me by trying to Appeal To Worse Problems!" in regards to Doug/Kyle) still prevail.
  • Misblamed: Aside from Scarlett, Holly Brown and especially Lupa being treated like scapegoats for the situation (until Spoony himself stated that she did not get him fired), Doug also got a fair amount of abuse for Spoony being let go. This is despite the fact that he has nothing to do with the management of the site (that's all Holly, Rob and Mike, he's just another entertainer) and was actually on his honeymoon when the shit went down.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Anything to do with Sage's "Masterpiece Fanfic Theater's" more sexual episodes.
    • Yardoz from Ask That Guy With the Glasses Episode 61. Dear God.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Despite the rampant amount of shipping in the fandom, there are relatively few of these. A few that do seem to stick, however, are Spoonkara (Spoony / Linkara), Padd (Paw Dugan/Todd in the Shadows) and Topa (Todd in the Shadows/Lupa). Inskara (Dr. Insano / Linkara) is also quite popular.
  • Protection from Editors: It's easy to argue that many of the critics get this on their pages, especially the ones aware of the pages.
  • One of Us: Several of the reviewers mention TV Tropes or a trope title while reviewing, including Linkara, The Nostalgia Chick, Y Ruler of Time, Film Brain, JesuOtaku, Dena, Spoony One, Doug and Rob Walker.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Film Brain and Phelous are contributors whose first few reviews weren't too well liked, but have long since come into their own.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The Nostalgia Chick, Linkara (when he's not being a perfect hero), Phelous and The Other Guy will usually get this from the fanfic fandom, although for Evil Is Sexy reasons rather than hate.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Melvin, Brother of the Joker.
  • The Scrappy: Various personalities have received quite a bit of scorn from the fanbase for various reasons.
    • The Last Angry Geek is often accused of ripping off Linkara, even though he's been reviewing comics for the site longer in text format.
    • LordKat managed to avoid any major criticism until he admitted to using emulators and save states when recording game footage. The fans that criticize him tend to forget that Until We Win is supposed to be a guide to beating a game and is more meant for how the viewers are supposed to play than LordKat himself.
    • The Distressed Watcher gets this from those that don't like his tendency to attempt to cross the line as many times as possible. Indeed, there was an unsuccessful petition to have him removed from the site. According to Film Brain, he's a bit of a loner compared to the otherwise tight-knit and friendly TGWTG reviewers, and rarely talks to them. He admits that once Mike Ellis left the site's management team it became apparent that he'd been DW's only real supporter on the site.
    • JesuOtaku's on the fast track to being this thanks to a poor update rate and an abrasive attitude towards anyone who likes stuff she hates (And she hates a lot of things).
  • Tear Jerker: Yes, they have a page.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Sage drew quite a few negative comments for his new "Comic Conventions" feature for being in more or less a copy of Atop the Fourth Wall (futon and all) despite Linkara having suggested it to him.
  • The Woobie: Melvin, Brother of The Joker. Unlike Doug's other woobie characters though, he wasn't OTT enough to be funny as well.
    • Lori Prince. Straight Man, older than Doug's other characters, tormented by the Joker and can do a wonderful pouty face.
    • Here, LordKaT talks about how his experiences on the live stream have really made him feel depressed. Y'just wanna hug him.

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