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 plus side is that you can generally hop around if you get bored of one critic.
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 like some of them are?
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- Jesuotaku, Doug, Rob, Brad and Mathew mentioned that they hated it (though Mathew does admit it has some great moments), whilst Joe and Bennett liked it, and ERod initially thought it was average (later, ERod changed his opinion and declared that he has moved to the hatebase of the movie). JO's hatred was so intense, Bennett asked if he was just transferring his 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.
Alotofproducers (along with a lot of fans) were angry about their patreons/kickstarters/indiegogos note and with most promising no more mid-rolls, it can be assumed they just need the support and the money 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".
At least three horror movie critics, namely due to people feeling It's Been Done by this point.
The remaining Chez Apocalypse members who weren't already on TGWTG such as Rantasmo and Sursum Ursa were all picked up (people felt that the Chez members were given preferential treatment over other reviewers because they were friends with Lindsay).
One person who the Google Doc says was hired has only put out four videos and has only been doing reviews since April earlier in the year. This enraged a lot of people who felt that people who had already proven themselves should have gotten the spot, and others said that there was no proof that the reviewer may not be able to cope with the pressure (To the reviewer's credit, she has since started putting out frequent material).
The list of more high-profile reviewers who were rejected in favor of relative nobodies includes people like Cinematic Excrement, Derek The Bard and The Film Renegado. This... made some fans unhappy.
Also when people got rejected, they were told TGWTG wanted more original content. The only people accepted so far have been nothing but reviewers, and as mentioned, they hired three more horror critics.
Even NerdVice talk about how badly the pick-up was handled towards the end of this podcast.
As mentioned in both “Ignition Point” and “Jake The Dog”, the Adventure Time vlogs have created a split between those who just want Doug/Jason/Jori (usually they complain about Jason or Jori being there in the first place) to shut up about personal stuff and talk about the episode in detail, and those who don't care so much about the reviews and just watch to see Jason/Jori be cute/treat Doug kindly or see what TMI Doug will spout this time.
For that matter, Doug with Jason/Jori vs Doug with Rob. There's no doubt that the Laws treat him nicer, call him out when he's being a dick, and Doug is more open about his beliefs with them. But a substantial amount of people are uncomfortable with that, and for numerous reasons they would go as far as to say they like Rob better than Doug, so enjoy the vlogs with him more.
The decision to move to a completely new website instead of finally getting that damn site update. Some are fine with it and like the new site (Arguing that the drop down menus are a lot more easy to function), while some think it looks worse than the old place (Due to an over-abundance of white) or feel that the site advertises Critic/Doug above the others with the cartoons of characters from his shows instead of a team shot or just a site logo. Ask That Guy fans are particularly irked, as the only video announcement of the site changing was in his finale and he died just to supposedly change the focus from Doug (That Guy With The Glasses) to everyone else (Channel Awesome) but as many people have stated including former producers, the banner is majority characters from Critic, which should tell you what show the company cares about.
The Indiegogo project of 2013 promised new shows and new equipment in a new studio, and got nearly 90 grand. It was only in 2015 that the first episode of the planned project was released- during the 18 or so months in between, numerous people wondered if they'd gotten ripped off. Adding onto that, after the Indiegogo was heavily advertised, multiple critics were surprised that (at first) they weren't allowed to advertise their own Kickstarters or Patreon accounts.
"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.
Dude, Not Funny!: Following JewWario of You Can Play This! tragically committing suicide in January 2014, not one, but two videos Doug did in February (Ghost Dad and the When Is A Movie Just A Movie? Editorial) had suicide jokes (More so in Ghost Dad, which is a walking suicide joke). Fan response was... not pretty, especially on Tumblr.
Again with suicide, but a year earlier, in a Legend of Korra vlog, Doug randomly put in a minute long rant about how he should kill himself. Most of the comments told him off for being too dark when all people had expected/wanted was a quick review.
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.
Estrogen Brigade: Jason likes to joke that he's the fanservice in the vlogs instead of Doug because there's more gifs of him shaking his ass or showing his crotch. A lot of women actually do like him because they think he's adorkable, a nice husband and dad, more healthy looking than Doug, defends good female characters and does the best job of keeping Doug in check. Plus there's nobody else that Doug has lampshaded Ho Yay with anymore.
Fandom Rivalry: While a lot of people enjoy Doug being on Awesome Comics because he gets on well with all of them and everyone shares their opinions in a nice way, some complain on the comments that they'd rather he just be with Rob.
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 behell. 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.
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 JewWario committed suicide.
In 2012, Doug (in Depraved Bisexual mode) did an interview where he joked he had a teabagging incident with Justin that went badly wrong, and then makes a cross sign that is usually for mourning a dead person.
In Future's End, Smarty is one of the Bad Future people, saying CA met its final end in 2019. He was one of the producers who left in 2015.
The BarFiesta intro, years before January 2015, had Michaud as a shadowy dark figure kidnapping Rob and dismissing Doug as a performer monkey.
Harsher in Hindsight: In “Nostalgia For The Nostalgia Critic”, released for free in February 2015 but filmed in late 2012 for a Critic tribute, there's a couple of awkward moments, like when Doug says this would be the last DVD thing he ever wanted to do with Critic, that he made bad financial choices when he was younger (so didn't want people knowing he was a Basement-Dweller) or going between fatigue from working or feeling guilt for sleeping when he could have been working.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In the "Sibling Rivalry" review of Frozen, Rob describes Frozen as "X-Men in Epcot's Norway". Now Disney has announced that a Frozen ride is going into Epcot's Norway pavilion.
In the Paranormal Activity III review, Doug very jokingly calls the Women Are Wiser trope offensive to men and giggle-wonders if he's a “meninist”. A few years later in the 2015 Ghostbusters news talk, he brings that up as an actual thing (as the term has replaced MRA it seems) and clearly finds the idea of males being oppressed for being male hilarious.
In a fanfic livestream "Day of the Fanfic", Brad gave an affectionate nod to all the BDSM punishment fics Critic had post-Kickassia, teasing that he (Critic) had been a naughty boy. In The Last Angry Geek's 2014 Future's EndBad Future review, Critic is Snob's Sex Slave.
Neither Doug/Jason/Jori's Adventure Time vlogs of “A Glitch Is A Glitch” and “Lemonhope” were popular, as they were rude to the creator in the first one, and missed the Reality Ensues point of the second. For Jason alone, he doesn't like a lot of mainstream movies (especially Disney) and gets a lot of hate for it, sometimes even from Doug when he forgets his anti Opinion Myopia stance for a moment.
Ho Yay: So often it needs its own ever-growing page here.
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".
Diamanda has pointed out that with the arrival of Rantasmo, people act like she (a lesbian) doesn't exist on the site, and there's no homophobic comments on his Kinsey Scale video while Lesbian Talk is always swimming in them.
They trashed Lindsay for Chick's storyline-abuse of Nella so badly that she had to do a "Thanks for the Feedback" explaining that Nella had actually wrote a lot of that herself, and yet Critic's abuse of Rachel, Malcolm and Tamara (when in To Boldly Flee he says he didn't want to hurt anyone else) gets cheered on to the point where he has to point out that you're meant to be rooting for them, not him.
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.
For Doug's vlogs, the names in Avatar/Korra and the Holly Jolly Secrets reveal in Adventure Time caused big blow-ups that just won't die:
Avatar: Despite Doug calling himself out on it, non-white individuals uncomfortable with his difficulty to remember pretty simple names and places are met with (usually white) others stonewalling them with racist remarks and giving the "Doug is braindead so it's not his fault" excuse. Then Rob came in, was openly happy to get the names wrong "because it's a fictional universe" and he liked pissing fandom off, and it just kept going.
Adventure Time: While he was getting Super OCD about the glasses in "Holly Jolly Secrets 2" (which Jason lampshaded), him just thinking that Ice King's backstory was so tragic it was funny got him a ridiculous amount of people calling him every word for "stupid" that you could think of. Plus it was slightly hypocritical, as his deepifying "The New Frontier" into a debate about suicide being wrong or not was just ignored, it was going against what fandom thought was sad that got him hate.
12th of January 2015 - Lupa gets fired and Pheolus quits in protest. It's later established that she was fired for a ridiculously petty reason. Cue her, Phelan, Holly Brown, Lord Kat and Spoony leading a Backdraft.
The art contest announced at the end of Critic's "Ewoks cartoon" editorial (where the winner gets exposure and 100 dollars for Drew Struzan style art) got a lot of heat for sounding exploitative. At the end of the Fantastic Four review, Doug had another post-credits stinger where he said that while when he was an illustrator he would have been fine with 100 dollars, he "found out" that things are harder and they're tripling the prize money.
Just Here for Godzilla: Post-To Boldly Flee, the Vocal Minority of Critic fandom took this to mean-spirited levels, threatening to leave the site after the movie but instead hanging around to not only make Doug's life hard, but to fill the other producer comment sections with hate for not being Critic. Linkara brought Douchey out in one of his fuck-ups to address this, Kyle was polite about it◊, and if you watch Doug's con interviews in that time period, you can see him getting progressively snappier when the issue is brought up.
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. If anything, characters like Spoony, Critic, Chick, Todd, and Jerk would have been in jail, in mental homes or at least have a few restraining orders by now.
Aside from Scarlett, Holly Brown and especially Lupa being treated like scapegoats for the situation (until Spoony himselfstated that she did notget 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.
Following the scandal of Obscurus Lupa getting laid off and the site's behind-the-scenes issues, Doug may be considered this as he's been known to hardly make any business decisions regarding the site anymore. Much of the issues can be attributed to the CEO of the company, and various producers have said Doug's problem is that he knows what happens but has no power/will to make it better.
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.
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.
Reviews Are the Gospel: Due to a combination of being so well-known, well-liked and the in-character Jerkass Has a Point moments, many reviewers are held up as the gold standard despite the fact they're more meant to be entertainment than serious reviewers. Some of the site's members, such as Doug and Lindsey, have tried to argue against this mindset.
Seasonal Rot: Quite a few detractors feel that the site generally dropped in quality after 2014- no anniversary celebrations, numerous producers saying controversial things or getting caught in controversies and the site's business management coming out into the forefront (less so than 2015, however) with some insane policies like not allowing for Patreon advertisements for a while. As well as that, the above mentioned new site stirred up more backlash.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Doug has always tried to get people to see how there's far bigger issues in life than just different opinions, but he really goes all out in The Ice King's Glasses Issue:
Doug: I'm not going to look at Jason like he's the world's biggest a-hole for his opinion, I'm going to look at him like he's the world's biggest a-hole for other reasons. I wish you would do the same for me. If you're not going to like me, not like me for reasons to not like a person, don't not like me because I have a different opinion on a TV show.
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.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Despicable Me II Sibling Rivalry got a bad reception for a few reasons, like Doug in Alter-Ego Acting mode again (as a jerkass no less), Rob being the Butt-Monkey, the set being too dark and Doug's black clothes making him blend in with the background, distracting microphones and the boys being so far away from each other that the sibling closeness felt dropped. Thankfully with the next segment, Thor II, it went back to brotherly-feeling vlogs.
True Art Is Angsty: Inverted. While a lot of people really appreciate sadder, more mature episodes about job insecurities along with movies like To Boldly Flee and projects like Demo Reel or “Dark Side Of The Internet”, others get really angry and threatening towards them, with one such comment on Sage's emotional breakdown episode saying “your purpose in life is to review stuff for us!”
Vindicated by History: Melvin is still not exactly liked, but he was the start of Doug wearing eyeliner just for the sake of it and more importantly the start of him putting more drama into his work, a talent he would definitely fine tune over the years. So he is at least appreciated for that.