YMMV / The Annotated Series


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  • Acceptable Targets: Aka "the shit list" of things the Annotators openly mock in the series:
    • Overly zealous or swarmy Christians
    • Creators/animators/writers/actors of any particularly bad work — or the works themselves. In particular:
    • The monkeys in charge of YouTube
    • The Nutshack led to some non-malicious ribbing of Filipinos in general.
    • VonnyFortan really doesn't like Furries, to the point that even some of the other Annotators are caught off-guard by his vitriol.
    • They like to make fun of Milli Vanilli a lot.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some examples are discussed on the characters page.
    • Street Fighter:
    • The young man in "Annotated Daydream" as a woman, making it a music video about a same-sex relationship. Also the drummer/lead singer as a laboratory escapee from an experiment to combine the DNA of Justin Bieber and Phil Collins.
    • Captain N:
      • Simon Belmont as a "stealth mentor", happy to hang back and allow the heroes to deal with the situation so they can learn from the experience, as his own input would solve the problem too soon.
      • The genie in the magic lamp from an early episode as a "guest annotator" due to his endless snark.
      • King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard as a couple. The Annotators are pretty convinced the writers intended it though.
      • Kevin is really a young psychopath, what with staying in Video Land over the petty fate of having to clean his room if he returns home. Along with blowing stuff up for attention. Simon tries to curb his nastier tendencies and set him on a better path.
    • Sonic Underground:
      • The Oracle of Delphius is actually the true villain of the show, being The Chessmaster playing Robotnik and the resistance off each other, planning to finish off whoever is left in the end. Explanation 
      • Queen Aleena is either incredibly foolish or in on the Oracle's plan. Also, she has zero desire to reunite with her own kin or else she wants to reunite with Manic only and kill off the other two siblings.
      • Episode 26 doesn't really take place in an alternate universe, but rather in the future where Sonic, Sonia, and Manic finally found their mother and became much worse than Robotnik, who in turn saw the error of his ways and led the new Freedom Fighters.
      • Sonic as a closeted mtf transsexual (or genderfluid), due to the bizarrely large number of scenes in the show where he crossdresses as part of a disguise.
    • "The Harlem Globetrotters Meet Snow White" takes place not in medieval times, but in a third-world European country.
    • Not a character, but some annotators think the Darkstalkers cartoon was meant to be a satire of video game cartoons — brief explanation here.
    • Not Important from the Hatred trailer was made out to be a Milli Vanilli member.
    • They think that Kree from Dinosaur Adventures was deliberately trying to get the other characters killed.
    • Dr. Rabbit is a racist pedophile and murderer. This was largely inspired by Walrusguy, who uses a similar depiction of the character.
    • Morrigan from Darkstalkers as a pedophile who's obsessed with seducing Harry. Harry himself is portrayed as desperately and psychotically determined to get with Felicia.
    • Candy Kong is a Gold Digger who was only with Donkey Kong due to his status as future king of Kongo Bongo. Aided by "From Zero To Hero", wherein she takes an immediate interest in Bluster only after he tells her that she'd get his fortune if he died.
    • The supposed predators in Boys Beware are interpreted as just being normal, friendly guys trying to help out the youth in their community, mainly because all their supposed crimes are never actually seen or described. In turn, the narrator and "victims" are deconstructed by being depicted as racist, jingoist homophobes who casually drop slurs in their sentences.
    • The women of Chichi Miko aren't actually relatives of the protagonist, but are actually a band of pedophiles that kidnapped him and convinced him they were related.
    • Mega Man is an abusive Straw Misogynist and He-Man Woman Hater who continually tries to threaten Roll to Stay in the Kitchen.
    • Speed Racer is an incompetent buffoon and Distressed Dude who has to be constantly saved by Racer X. He's also possibly asexual and constantly makes excuses to avoid sex with Trixie.
    • Spectreman:
      • Spectreman is an obnoxious Jerkass who spends most of his time trolling the other characters. Note that this is only a slight exaggeration of what Spectreman is actually like in the show.
      • Gori is a rambling madman obsessed with gesturing and who may or may not be a transgendered Candy Kong.
      • The father and son from episodes 3 and 4 are a violent drunk and a sociopathic jerk respectively.
      • The boxer from episode 12 is a Pungeon Master obsessed with jokes about boxing.
    • Bucky O'Hare and the crew of the Righteous Indignation are a mammal supremacist gang that's highly racist towards non-mammals like toads and reptiles. Also Willy is a hardcore furry fetishist who's secretly Jenny's lover.
    • Kirby: Right Back At Ya!:
      • Kirby is a gluttonous and unhinged Silent Snarker who's only pretending to be a child so he can get away with acting like a jerk.
      • Blade Knight is the town drunkard, with his bad Scottish accent being the result of his heavy drinking.
  • Awesome Ego: The Annotators consider the Captain N version of Simon Belmont to be the best character in that show.
  • Awesome Music: Some of the Annotators actually like the "surf music" used in some DiC shows.
    • One of the things that everyone agreed upon when riffing Sonic Underground was that the theme song kicked ass, bordering on Most Wonderful Sound.
    • "Bluster The Benevolent", so much so that the Annotators gave it a reprise after they riffed the final episode of Donkey Kong.
      • Gotta Give It Back! Take It Back! and I'm Leo Luster were both so well received that there were annotations pointing out with surprise the songs' apparently positive receptions.
    • He-Man and She-Ra's music from He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special were considered classic and awesome.
    • The openings to both Bucky O'Hare and Spectreman also got a lot of praise from the annotators. With the latter's in-show music also getting a bit of nod.
    • The theme song for Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, which also overlaps with Narm Charm.
  • Badass Decay: Poor Toadborg suffers an absurd amount of humiliations throughout Bucky O'Hare, going from beating Bucky in an epic duel to spending most of the finale caught in the bay doors of his ship.
  • Base Breaker: The pause annotation. Either a hilarious gimmick that got unfairly cut or an annoying Scrappy Mechanic that's gone for a good reason.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Sufficiently weird and/or scary commercials can be like this.
  • Bizarro Episode: Many of the intermissions come and go, but "Attack of the Giant Vulture" stands out in this regard; even ignoring the bizarre nature of the short, the video is only about two minutes long, so it just kind of... happens. Even the Annotators themselves are confused by it.
    • The two-part mid-season finale of Speed Racer is noted to be one, inexplicably eschewing all the show's typical style and tropes; there's only one race (and only in the cold open), deaths are explicitly shown, most of the supporting cast is absent, and a giant stone robot shows up.
  • Broken Base: In the show's early days there was debating over whether they should strictly stick to series adapted from or otherwise related to video games, or include other content as well. Eventually there was a compromise; video games for the main content and "anything goes" for intermissions. However this debate died out after awhile and non-video game series are now regularly featured.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: If you watch a newer episode first, you are bound to be confused by the references and Call Backs to previous episodes. Example 
  • Crazy Awesome: Irrelevant. You have to be crazy to use bad cartoons as blackmail.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some of the annotations are so comically distasteful that you can't help but laugh at it.
    • The bit in the Our Friend Martin riff where Martin Luther King's famous "Mountaintop" speech gets dubbed over with the Surf Music.
  • Designated Hero: The Annotators will spot when heroes are doing something the villains would get reprimanded for, acting against something they preached earlier, or just general dickery. They really ripped into the protagonists of Sonic Underground, especially in Episode 32.
  • Designated Monkey: Lampshaded with Donkey Kong. The Annotators note how the writers of Donkey Kong Country seem to hate him for no clear reason, with the result that he's constantly suffering undeserved punishments.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Bouchedags was mercilessly ripped apart for its racial stereotyping, misogyny and making light of various mental and physical handicaps.
      *audience doesn't laugh*
    • A few viewers were like this when Santa started to cry in Christmas Comes To Pac-Land.
    • A lot of viewers had trouble with the more serious parts of Tricky People what with child molestation hitting a little too close for home.
    • A couple of people got rather upset by Mario's mother's abusive behavior in Super Show. They universally found "Little Marios" disturbing, in particular the ending (in which the runaway kid decided to return because he didn't want his parents to have fun with him gone, or something).
    • In Least I Could Do, Rayne's "I'll clean glass out of the cat later" earned this response.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The "surf music".
    • The Backside To The Future theme was even lampshaded by the Annotators.
    • The fusion of "I'll Be A Movie Star" and the Jay's Life theme, featured in the second episode of Donkey Kong Country season 2.
    • The Spectreman theme is absurdly easy to get stuck in your head.
  • Eight Deadly Words: The Annotators display this reaction many, many, many times in the shows they watch, not caring for most of the protagonists, sometimes extending to not caring about what they do. The easiest way to tell when this is in play is when the protagonists are in mortal danger. Example 
    • Many times the Annotators care more about characters they aren't supposed to like — see Ensemble Dark Horse next for a lot of those examples.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Almost every series has at least one character that the Annotators actually like:
    • Cheatsy and Kooky in Super Mario Bros 3., as well as Doug the Bug (who was merely a frequent animation error).
    • A couple from Street Fighter:
      • BISON!!! (flames)
      • Burke, Rory, and Celia were also well-received in their debut episode, even leading to the Annotators asking why they're not the main characters.
    • Quite a few from Defenders of the Realm.
      • Raiden is just generally a snarky guy.
      • Night Wolf, perhaps because he Took A Level In Bad Ass in Mortal Kombat 9 (which was recent when the show was annotated), so people were easier on him. And for being genuinely amicable, when everyone seemed to bicker every five seconds, and rarely being useless when he got to head out into the field.
      • Jax and Sonya got just a little less hate near the end when they started to show a little character development.
      • Quan Chi, a recurring Mortal Kombat villain, debuted in Defenders of the Realm of all places. For that he was referred to as the best Original Character ever.
      • Scorpion got a lot of love whenever he appeared, with the annotators frequently giving him extra dialogue.
    • Buzz Buzzard (not a turkey!) in the Bubsy pilot.
    • Many in Captain N:
      • Simon Belmont (if his other appearances on this page didn't make that obvious).
      • Bizarrely enough, GAME BOY of all people is one as well, aided by "trying to kill" Pit and sporting Cool Shades in one episode.
      • Mike. Popular enough that people wished he was the real Game Master, wished he came back for the Californialand episode, and gave him a Fanon backstory for Cartoon All-Stars.
      • King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard slowly but surely came to this. One part (as disgusting as it is) shipping and one part being sympathetic and not very malicious has helped them grow onto the bulk of the crew. Annotators were even disappointed that the writers missed the chance to get the two into official couple status in the Paperboy episode.
    • Santa from Christmas Comes To Pac-Land wasn't really ripped on much by most annotators. Again, some even were kinda depressed when he started to cry when he worries he's missed his Christmas deadline for the first time in history.
    • The Little Panda Fighter just barely one-ups Ratatoing by having a last minute dark horse: Polaris. In the last five minutes the cartoon gets 'awesomely mean spirited' and Polaris is revealed to be The Chessmaster who screwed all of the protagonists over and got away with it. This earned him the immediate respect of the Annotators.
    • Uncle Theobold in Mouse Police barely qualifies.
    • While Cypher wasn't exactly loved from their first Bibleman episode he was found more interesting for being pro-active and not quite as spouty as Bibleman. Since the new Bibleman flows way too easily into his role it was more interesting watching Cypher have to cease being a solo hero and go back to being a sidekick.
    • Sonic Underground:
      • Dingo for being such an ineffective villain as well as him wanting to be noticed by Sonia, making him seem sweet (when he doesn't have a rape-face on).
      • Bartleby is considered a reincarnation of Simon Belmont from Captain N (specifically, his "foppy" side).
      • One Scene Wonders 'Arhnuld' (the trainer from episode 3) and Argus (episode 4) are also interpreted as versions of Simon Belmont, but as his "awesome" side instead.
      • Manic and Sleet have a few fans.
      • "Agent N" from episode 6 drew compliments for actually being effective as a villain.
      • "Amnesia Sonia" for being actually competent and semi-tolerable as a protagonist.
      • ART in Episode 38 was fairly well-liked, even after his inevitable Heel–Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice.
    • In a meta sense, the opening sequences for shows. They're only shown once or twice, usually the first and last episodes in a season. They are always cluttered with loads and loads of annotations.
    • A few from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show:
      • Guest character Herlock Solmes gained the Annotators' admiration for his "legendary" verbal beatdown on Koopiarty.
      • Master Misaki also has this status.
      • Captain Lou Albano and Danny Wells, especially when they're out-of-character.
    • Mr. Clipboard from Foodfight!, due to the fact he's voiced by Christopher Lloyd and his Uncanny Valley movements being humorous rather than unsettling. Plus Mr. Clean for not having his image further tarnished by speaking.
    • Dr. Know-it-all from "Club Mario" for sharing the Annotators' hatred of the obnoxious hosts and threatening to file a lawsuit against them after they ridiculed him.
    • From Savage Dragon:
      • Minor thug Petey the Purse quickly became popular among the Annotators.
      • Basher seems to get a bit of love too.
    • From the Darkstalkers animated series.
      • Lord Raptor because of Scott McNeil's hammy potrayal of him and being more competent and awesome villain than Pyron in few episodes.
      • Pyron and Ship, mainly for being absolutely hilarious.
      • Anakaris is a lesser one, mainly thanks to the fact he gave a lot of genuinely funny moments.
      • Posh Dragon from Episode 11 got some love as well.
    • In Mega Man:
      • Dr. Wily, largely due to his voice.
      • Pharaoh Man, because of his (short-lived) awesomeness and effectiveness as a henchman. Crystal Man was similarly liked for at least trying to fight Mega Man after losing his weapon.
      • Proto Man became this towards the end of the series thanks to his snarky personality.
      • Vile and Spark Mandrill for being such unexpectedly threatening and competent villains.
    • From Donkey Kong Country:
      • Bluster Kong. At first, he was hailed as being a much better Cranky than Cranky until the characters got re-railed. Bluster developed a Simon Belmont-esque personality later on in the show, and had a few awesome moments, most notably in "Booty and the Beast", "Bluster The Benevolent", and "Hunka Hunka Burnin' Bluster".
      • Funky Kong for his laid-back, oft stoned nature.
      • Eddy the Mean Old Yeti has gained some appreciation among the Annotators.
      • The Kremlings in general but General Klump in particular, due to the surprising amounts of characterization and development he got through out the show. It helps that he was voiced by the late Len Carlson, a well-liked and respected veteran voice actor.
      • Donkey Kong himself has gotten a few fans, mostly for his godlike singing voice and the fact that most of the "good" characters treat him like shit.
    • Sonic SatAM:
      • Robotnik's portrayal, mostly for Evil Is Cool. This waned over the second season as he grew more incompetent.
      • Snively has his fans, mostly for mirroring their reaction to the show.
      • The SWATbots Took a Level in Badass in episode 4, which helped them garner some appreciation.
      • Debuting in Season 2, there's "Dragonbird" (an Ugly Cute, Mix-and-Match Critter Instant Messenger Pigeon) and Naugus (Whose cool powers, intelligence and motives have the Annotators wish he was the hero).
      • King Acorn, who's primary reason was that he was voiced by the ever hammy Tim Curry, earning him the Fan Nickname: Nigel Thornfurry.
      • In Season 1, Rotor and Bunnie are generally competent characters who possess mad gadgetry skills and super-strength, respectively. Unfortunately, they're completely overshadowed in Season 2 by the unholy trinity of Sonic, Sally, and Antoine.
      • In the minisode "Ghost Busted", Tails has a nightmare in which the Moon possessed an animate duck face and devil horns. The ridiculous apparition was appreciated for reminding the annotators of a much better show.
      • Segata Sanshiro made his way into the annotators' hearts when his commercials appeared in Season 2, regarding him as the savior of Sonic SatAM.
    • Ganon from Legend Of Zelda, so much so that the Annotators got really pissed when there was an episode he didn't appear in.
    • Kree from Dinosaur Adventure became one quickly, mostly because he disses the other characters and generally acts like a troll, knowing he can get away with it.
      "Shut up Peak, you're a freak!"
    • Captain Pronin Superstar!
      • Captain Pronin quickly became the annotators' favorite action hero.
      • The bear in the intro.
    • The "Hive Table" (a picnic table carried by a bunch of bees) in Yo Yogi!, due to it beating the ever-living shit out of the obnoxious protagonists. It even made a comeback in one of the African movie trailer commercial breaks for Double Dragon.
    • Bo Jackson from ProStars had a few Awesome Moments and is generally the most well-received of the trio.
      • Joey Moss, after appearing in a commercial with Wayne Gretzky, was quickly praised as the best Pro Star.
    • Robotnik, Metal Sonic, and Knuckles were the most-tolerated characters in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
    • Jimmy Lee from Double Dragon for being a grumpy, Protoman-esque tough guy.
    • Archie's Weird Mysteries:
      • Reggie (aka Mantle The Magnificient) became the annotators' favorite main cast member by the second episode for his Bluster-like Jerkass Has a Point tendencies.
      • Jughead became this later in the series after the annotators noticed that he lacks the Aesop Amnesia all the other characters seem to suffer from. His genuinely sympathetic backstory with the library ghost in Episode 6 helped greatly.
    • Speed Racer
    • Skeletor from He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special. Partially from Memetic Mutation and from him just being that big of a ham.
    • Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars:
      • Deadeye Duck, for his Trigger Happy hamminess and Awesome Moments. Scott McNeil's performance as him also helped.
      • Toadborg won over a few of the Annotators for his cool voice, design and intimidating nature, as contrast to Air Marshal.
      • Al Nagator for his Genre Savvy personality and the clever way he conned both Willy and Toadborg in the third episode.
      • Commander Dogstar and the crew of the Indefatigble. Their fun designs and quirky personalities caused many to consider them better protagonists than Bucky and his team.
    • From The Rapsittie Street Kids Believe In Santa, there's Smithy with his odd obsession with his sandwich and the blue hair kid named Zeke for his inability to sound like he gives a fuck.
    • Spectreman:
      • "Fat Dad", the lovable father who gets turned into a monster in episode 3 for his unexpectedly well-written and tragic storyline.
      • Karas for being a very humorous Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass and having great chemistry with Dr. Gori. He got even more praise after episode 12, in which he figures out Spectreman's secret identity by himself in a surprisingly clever way. And it's no surprise annotators were legitimately sad when he was killed in the last episode, along with Dr. Gori commiting suicide.
    • Kirby:
      • King Dedede and Escargoon for being so hilarious. Particularly Dedede, thanks to his Large Ham voice acting.
    • Least I Could Do:
      • The clown was well-liked by the annotators.
  • Evil Is Cool: Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: The Annotated Series.
    • Sat AM Robotnik was this as well.
    • Vile and Spark Mandrill in Mega Man, to the point that the Annotators considered their sole appearance the best episode.
    • Toadborg, to the extent that he's declared an Ensemble Darkhorse in his very first appearance.
  • Fair for Its Day: "Supervising Women Workers" had some slight defenders that for all its misogyny, it was a time when women were just starting to enter the workforce while men were fighting in World War II. To be fair, the short was never saying women couldn't work jobs men typically had to do; but with the way it highlights that women apparently are sensitive and get jealous, things men NEVER feel, it sure is outdated these days.
  • Fanon: Michael in Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue is the same Mike who bullied Kevin from Captain N. Despite being enemies, he and his friends were sincerely distraught by Kevin's disappearance and turned to drugs to cope with the loss. Oh, and he grew up to be Mike Dawson from Dark Seed, particularly his interpretation by Retsupurae.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: King Hippo/Eggplant Wizard.
    • Pyron/Ship, whom the Annotators depict as a bickering married couple.
  • Fetish Retardant: The entirety of Chichi Miko!!. Especially the absurd Conan-esque outfit the grandmother wears at one point and the extreme Gag Boobs.
  • Fridge Horror: Often highlighted throughout the project, but Armor of Light triggered an out of universe revelation. It's a Christian special that talks about victory and defeating enemies — but for about 96% of its run-time not a single word about forgiveness, loving your enemies, or just freaking letting God sort out who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell. The fact they weren't trying to hide the 'sheep' mentality was found a tad horrifying.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With other riffing series like Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Retsupurae.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the "Mario Bros. Ice Capades" special the Spiny in Koopa's army gets the annotation "I am the S.T.M. (Master of Theology) of Spinning!" as a nod towards fan-favorite Cheatsy Koopa. Towards the end, the Annotators notice Spiny is the only antagonist who escapes Luigi's onslaught, slipping by while everyone else surrounds King Koopa.
    • The final Darkstalkers episode opens with Pyron and Ship joking about how Lethally Stupid Anakaris is and how they feel safer without him near them. Than at the end of the episode, and thus the show, Anakaris's final teleport causes him to fall from the ceiling on top of Pyron, seemingly crushing and killing him.
    • In episode three of Spectreman the father who gets turned into a monster is jokingly depicted as a abusive drunk who hates his family. In the next episode, said father attempts suicide in order to save his family, Spectreman, and most of the city. One of the Annotators even admits to feeling kind of bad for jabbing the character so hard before.
    • Also in Spectreman, a lot of annotations joked about Spectreman being terrible at keeping his identity a secret, with gags about him revealing it by accident. In episode twelve, he actually does blow his secret identity by getting caught in nerve gas but not pretending to be affected, thus causing Karas to put two and two together.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The sound effects from the sex scenes in Chichi Miko!! Note  sound more like organs squishing and being torn, much to the displeasure of the Annotators.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Street Fighter episode 3, "Deadpool" says he's gettin' out of this series because there's no yellow boxes he can speak into. This was before yellow became an available color for annotations.
    • One of the first annotations in Turtles Christmas has the annotators "begging" Geibuchan to notice them. Two days later, and guess who shows up to the comment section. This caught the annotators by surprise.
    • For a long time, the Annotators jokingly referred to Milli Vanilli as "Silly The Willies". In episode 3 of Bucky O'Hare, the term "Willies" actually gets used by Willy and Al Nagator, causing a chorus of annotations lampshading the coincidence.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Some time after the Heroic BSODs expressed throughout Bouchedags, one Annotator admitted the reason he made it all the way through it himself was because he thought Sam was kinda cute.
    • Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo, much to the Alternative Character Interpretation-induced disgust of the Annotators. To that end, Kevin and Mike as well.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Inverted. Game Boy from Captain N was hyped up to be basically the most annoying character of all time... but aside from a couple jokes in the first two episodes of Season Two, several annotators ended up liking him (especially compared to Mega Man and Kid Icarus).
    • The Annotators experienced this in regards to Sonic SatAM, with the dull stories and Sonic's obnoxious characterization being particular turn-offs. This resulted in the early end of the show's run on the channel and the second season's abandonment due to a lack of enthusiasm and interest for the show. Then they went and did season two anyways.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • CurtDogg is not "beeupyou" (the YouTube channel before the site disabled collaborative annotations); that's just a phonetic pun of the B^U emoticon.
    • There is no official name for the group of people that do the series, though they are often referred to as "TheAnnotatXperiment" (the second YouTube channel name). Though you'll see "Annotators" used frequently throughout these pages.
  • Idiot Plot: Lampshaded mercilessly many times.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Whenever it happens, they bring it up at every opportunity. In "Felix Saves Christmas," where the primary concern of the characters seems to be to help Santa, the Annotators repeatedly point out that the entire planet is freezing over and maybe they should do something about that instead.
    • On a somewhat smaller scale, series finales are often reinterpreted into comical Downer Endings through Annotator-created epilogues, with only fan-favorite characters getting any sort of mercy.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Pointed out by the Annotators whenever it pops up, such as with Reggie and Bluster Kong. This is a contributing factor to some characters' Ensemble Darkhorse status, while the characters who don't listen get the opposite treatment.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The Annotations depict Toadborg as an angry jerk who suffers nigh-constantly at the hands of his enemies and incompetent underlings.
  • Love to Hate: Irrelevant. Mainly because he's Necessarily Evil, with the result that the stuff he uploads, while horrible, is always extremely fun to riff.
  • Jumping the Shark: Lampshaded as they fully expected this reaction when they did the Sonic SatAM pilot, with the video descriptions daring people to unsubscribe.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Oracle Of Delphius in Sonic Underground, according to the Annotators.
  • Memetic Badass: Pharaoh Man, Simon Belmont, Segata Sanshiro, and Captain Pronin.
  • Memetic Loser: The SWATbots and Queen Aleena from Sonic Underground.
    • The "Unbreakable" Annotation.
    • Any sufficiently incompetent villain becomes this by default. Examples include Dr. Robotnik (in Underground), Pyron, and King K. Rool.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Though they didn't invent the meme, they helped popularize the "B^U" emoticon.
    • The Surf Music.
    • "TRICKY PEOPLE, TRICKY TRICKY PEOPLE!"
    • "THE SHADOW FAAAALLLS"
  • Memetic Psychopath: Dr. Rabbit, largely because of Walrusguy's depiction of him as a racist, pedophiliac sociopath.
  • Mondegreen: Frequent.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In Captain N, Kevin destroying Football World is treated as this by the Annotators.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Oh God there are so many:
    • "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?". Bubsy's voice in general made the Annotators want to gut him. Kootie Pie and Sonia's voices got similar reactions.
    • Kid Icarus from Captain N adding "-icus" at the end of his sentences got old fast.
    • The surf music got on a lot of people's nerves. By the time of Captain N however most people warmed up to it.
    • Peak's constant rhyming in Dinosaur Adventure.
    • Almost all of the techno music in Defenders Of The Realm.
    • "THE SHADOW FAAALLLS!!". This probably wouldn't be so bad if the Shadow Warriors didn't seem to insist on shouting it every time they attack someone.
    • King Satan's roar (which is just a generic "car brakes" sound effect) got on the Annotators' nerves quickly.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The Annotators had a lot of fun with the chicken noises coming from the robots in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Annotated Realm.
    • Bison's 'yesh' since everyone went wild when that awesomely famous scene occurred. Also the music accompanying it later invoked many glorious 'yeshes!'
    • Throughout the Dinosaur Adventure riff, the Annotators kept excitedly waiting for the infamous "Yee" line to appear, unaware that the line was in a special feature rather than the movie itself. The uploader hadn't included that special feature, much to the sadness of the Annotators. (Until the clip suddenly appears in The Stinger.)

    N-Z 
  • Narm Charm: Some of the shows manage to actually be enjoyable and fun despite their lax quality. In particular Captain N and Sonic Underground both are looked upon fondly for the simple fact they're stupid in a fun way, in stark contrast to stuff like Ctrl+Alt+Dlt or Nutshack.
    • Speed Racer got a surprising amount of praise for this. The show was completely absurd and goofy, but the Annotators felt that this only made it more fun to watch.
  • Never Live It Down: Often mutates into running gags.
    • Thanks to episode 9 of Ctrl+Alt+Del, the sound of a slide whistle always causes Buckley's name to come up.
    • Larry/Cheatsy calls himself the "Emperor of Eavesdropping" in one episode of Super Mario Bros. 3, leading to "I am the [Title] of [Alliterative Action]" jokes from then on.
    • A couple from Street Fighter:
      • Sagat was mocked for his inability to knock down a gate with a tank.
      • Guile was consistently mocked for the fact that he boasts about "honor, justice, and commitment" yet, at some point during season 2, he hits a guy In the Back with a Sonic Boom. Then he does it again in later episodes. People claim he has some sort of compulsion to attack from behind, with annotations like "He had his back turned, he was asking for it!"
    • From Captain N:
      • In one episode, Kevin says, "Time for a power move!" only to fall flat on his ass. This is referenced when someone stumbles during a fight scene.
      • Whenever Kevin is hailed as a great hero someone brings up that the "hero" is too terrified to clean his room.
      • Eggplant Wizard's non sequitur suggestion of a "radio-controlled sweet potato".
      • Lana asking "What about the peace treaty?" whenever Mother Brain departs from her.
    • In the first episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Bowser/King Koopa demands that two random minions lick his feet. A reference to this occurs practically Once an Episode.
    • The plant doctor from one of the live-action Mario segments has annotations that are 90% Heavy Weapons Guy quotes, since Gary Schwartz is the actor for both.
    • Whenever Doc Brown or any Back to the Future reference appears, expect a quote from Mr. Clipboard, who's played by Christopher Lloyd.
    • On a meta level, Irrelevant will always be remembered for The Nutshack and Beauty And Warrior.
    • From Donkey Kong Country, King K. Rool wanting to raise Baby Kong over taking the Crystal Coconut (the MacGuffin he has desperately tried to capture for the entire series) when it was literally handed to him, this has since been known as "Babygate".
    • Also see the main page under Bond One-Liner.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Some of the annotations note how creepy Mother Brain looks in Captain N.
    • Rebound from the Hoopland episode of Captain N may be annoying but damn are the noises he makes when he goes psycho scary as hell!
    • Sonia's Nightmare Sequence in Sonic Underground episode 6 had people admit they were frightened.
    • In Dinosaur Adventure, one of the voice actors whispers "I'm done" when a scene fades to black, which startled viewers.
    • Disturbing commercials, because they seem to come out of nowhere. Notable example is the one for Sugar Rice Krinkles.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Sonic.exe became this under their riff, not like the original material was "scary" to begin with.
    • The "ominous bongos" music whenever it shows up in a Dingo Pictures movie.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Quite a few.
    • In Street Figher episode 3, the man in the black and red jumpsuit, who the Annotators nicknamed "Deadpool".
    • In Captain N, Eggplant Wizard's peach dancers.
    • Also in Captain N, Mike only got one episode yet earned some fanon backstory!
    • Pharaoh Man from Mega Man was an absolutely awesome bad guy but never appeared again after his short appearance in "The Electric Nightmare".
    • Agent N, a single-episode minor character from Sonic Underground who was legitimately dangerous as a villain.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Any work which attempts to do any sort of relationship tends to get this reaction.
    • There are mixed opinions as to whether the Ho Yay between Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo from Captain N is this or intended by the writers.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Bully Koopa saw some love after bullying (what else?) Kootie Pie and Big Mouth in one episode.
    • The "Surf Music" counts, too. The Annotators hated it in SMB3, but warmed up to it in Captain N.
    • Jeffrey Scott, writer for Captain N season 1. He wrote some pretty bad episodes (the one with Simon's Identity Amnesia being a particularly hated one), but he also wrote the episode with Kevin's rival Mike and seemed to maintain some very minor consistency throughout the series. Some season 2 episodes were so bad that some people wished Scott had come back — though not all of the fan-favorite episodes are his.
      • This eventually reversed after Captain N and was mocked more as time went on. Legend of the Hawaiian Slammers poked fun at his incompetence with a string of annotations dune up like a school report.
      "English Language: Jeffrey regularly confuses nouns and adjectives, and overuses verbs of which he doesn't entirely know the meaning."
    • The Swatbots were derided as stupid and ineffective inUnderground, but come SatAM they Took a Level in Badass and were much better received.
    • Willy Dewitt started out as the most hated character in Bucky O'Hare, but towards the end of the show the Annotators warmed up to him a bit for actually contributing something to the team rather than just being a Tag Along Kid
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Characters who the audience is supposed to hate tend to get the most sympathy from the Annotators.
    • This happened over time in Captain N — to the point that one Annotator said it was Tom and Jerry all over again in the Paperboy episode.
    • NME from Armor of Light just barely qualifies. Nobody likes the annoying bad guys (except maybe Dark Master's look), but the Annotators just despised the smarmy protagonists more. Also, NME wasn't shown doing anything bad in the special, so the kids came off as a bunch of Christian extremists that sabotaged corporate broadcasts and interrupted a vague band contest.
    • Brand X from Foodfight!, due to the Flat Character protagonists combined with the other mascot characters falling deep into the Uncanny Valley. Granted, some were uncomfortable about the Nazi overtones of Brand X. Most of the rooting went to Mr. Clipboard, a One-Scene Wonder who quickly became the film's Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Sacred Cow: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog has no possibility of being annotated despite a number of commentators suggesting it and Long John Baldry's portrayal of Robotnik is widely considered the best. Curt Dogg himself said this show knew that it wanted to be goofy and succeeded, and thus he would not have it annotated.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Given that the series so far consists primarily of animated adaptations of works full of already established characters that are already recognisable, most original characters get a lot of hate. Exceptions to the rule take the other extreme; see the Ensemble Dark Horse entry above. And a few managed to get themselves Rescued from the Scrappy Heap; again, see above.
    • In General:
    • Ethan from Ctrl+Alt+Del. As an Author Avatar of Tim Buckley, one might extend this to him as well.
    • Super Mario World had Oogtar, Yoshi and Kootie Pie. Any appearance by the latter brought in a running gag of her tolerance meter showing up on screen. It was always quick to max out, and the very last time it literally went off the scale, let out an Atomic F-Bomb and exploded.
      Kootie Pie Tolerance Level: Exceeded
    • Oogtar and Yoshi were frequently compared to Toad, yet when the Annotators got to SMB3 they went easy on him. Maybe they realized he could've been much worse. Although, by Super Show, Toad was getting even more hate than the other two.
    • Also in SMB3, the Annotators got sick of Big Mouth and Bully Koopa too. As mentioned above, Bully did redeem himself.
    • Street Fighter had Ken, mostly for his attitude.
    • Nearly everyone from The Nutshack, with a little less hate for Dickman.
    • Pretty much all of the good guys except Raiden and Nightwolf in Mortal Kombat, for either being total assholes (Jax, Sonya, Stryker) or having little to no personality (Liu Kang, Kitana, Sub-Zero). Stryker got the worst of it by far.
    • Everyone in Bouchedags.
    • While the cast of the Bubsy pilot was generally disliked, Bubsy's nephews Terri and Terry got the worst of it for their annoying voices and personalities.
    • Everyone from Ratatoing had no good ideas throughout the film, even the villains (whom the Annotators usually favor).
    • Everyone from The Little Panda Fighter sans Polaris — especially Beth, a shallow, worthless Love Interest (if you could even call her that) who obsessed over Teddy Thunders for most of the film.
    • Quite a few from Captain N:
      • Kid Icarus and (to a lesser extent) Mega Man, due to their voices and verbal tics.
      • Puff, a One-Shot Character baby dragon who only knows how to say "Mama!" and scream.
      • Game Boy was played up to be this, but ended up ignored (and sometimes even appreciated) for the most part.
    • The pause annotation became this when it got overused for any facial expression that seemed even slightly off-model. Reaction was mixed when YouTube nixed the feature.
    • Owandt, an annotator from the "beeupyou" channel, had a habit of forcing anti-Republican and technology-related jokes while annotating episodes of Super Mario Bros. 3. A lot of other viewers found it irritating, to say the least.
      • GoseiGreen was a forum user who frequently suggested preschool shows despite repeated rejections and believed that the Annotators owed her something. It got to the point where the April Fools 2015 special was dedicated to her.
    • None of the main trio of Sonic Underground is particularly liked, but the Annotators' vitriol for Sonia is so strong that she once exceeded her "Tolerance Meter" just by showing up, while Sonic has obnoxious characterization and seems to get new abilities just for the sake of the plot.
    • The Wacky Protester/Rotten Guy from the Bibleman episode A Fight for Faith for being a rather obnoxious villain with a subplot revolving around his mid-life crisis. It doesn't help that he planned to kidnap children, trap them in a surreal world and brainwash them into becoming Atheists, which the Annotators considered in bad taste. His second appearance in A Light in The Darkness didn't help; with his behavior becoming even more obnoxious than the previous installment. That he broke into a musical number during the episode only made things worse.
    • A number of characters in Foodfight!:
      • Many of the supporting characters, including Polar Penguin for his annoying voice and the farting frog. Their limited screen time was seen as a blessing to the Annotators.
      • Daredevil Dan never shut up and spouted a lot of the movie's worst puns and "parental humor".
      • Cheasel for his drawn-out scenes and uncomfortable appearance. He redeemed himself to some when he defeated a Brand X general through one of the film's running gags, but then some of those viewers took it back when they found out Cheasel was voiced by the "director" who added a lot of the more vulgar gags.
    • Tommy Treehugger and Co-MC of Club Mario for their Totally Radical dialogue, being Replacement Scrappies for Captain Lou Albano and Danny Wells, and abysmal brand of humor. Fortunately, their appearance is a one-off.
    • From Savage Dragon:
      • Out of all the members of Dragon's Rogues Gallery, Horde has a habit of annoying the Annotators whenever he gets an appearance.
      • Mako gets a bit of ire due to the fact that he's a largely incompetent second-in-command to Overlord who, unlike the other characters in his category, doesn't seem intended to be funny or sympathetic, to the point that people think that Basher, Overlord's Dumb Muscle, should be the second-in-command instead.
    • From Darkstalkers:
      • Harry and Felicia for their terrible voice acting and annoying personalities. The disturbing Alternate Character Interpretation of them and Morrigan didn't help at all.
      • The show's version of Morrigan was seen as this, mainly for not being nearly as likable as her game counterpart, having an badly done Scottish accent, and lacking the sexy traits that made her popular in the first place.
      • Bigfoot's nephew Hairball, a rare intentional example, is often compared to Puff (see Captain N above).
    • Mega Man:
      • Rush for being an obnoxious Plucky Comic Relief character in a show that has absolutely no need for one. It didn't help that his "antics" were not only grievously Padding and unfunny, but also blatantly ripped off from Scooby-Doo.
      • Roll wavered in and out of this trope, mostly because she was increasingly seen as The Load who was wasting all of her legitimately good tools in favor of stupid ones like her vacuum cleaner.
    • From Donkey Kong Country:
      • Diddy Kong for his obnoxious singing voice and asshole attitude to his "big buddy" DK.
      • Candy Kong acted like a bitch to everyone (especially Donkey Kong) while lacking any of the traits that make the other characters likable. Not to mention appearing constantly even though she rarely does anything important to the plot.
      • General Klump started out as this due to talking a lot to pad out episodes, but the Annotators warmed up to him over the course of Season 2.
      • Writer Terry Saltsman. While most of the other writersnote  weren't all that great either. Saltsman went out of his way to portray Donkey Kong in a negative light despite it often being undeserved. It didn't help that he wrote the series finale.
    • Rayne in the Least I Could Do pilot was an annoying Canon Sue, much like in the source material.
    • J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye And Son, for his usual antics as The Load.
      • The show itself, as its plots were boring and had a terribly low amount of slapstick that Popeye is known for.
    • Peak from Dinosaur Adventure due to his dopey personality, annoying rhymes and snitching on the other characters. Many characters were praised for poking fun at him, Kree in particular.
    • Everyone from Felix Saves Christmas got torn apart for their inability to act, their stilted dialogue reading, annoying voices, and outrageously terrible puns. The special itself was chewed on for it's ungodly slow pacing, spontaneous music segments, and terrible writing. All of this was attributed to one Don Oriolo, who wrote, directed, and produced the entire special.
    • From Let's Jab of Star Fox Adventures:
      • Prince Tricky because of his annoying personality, voice and forced sidekick status. The Annotators had fun by making every character wish death on him.
      • Krystal qualifies as a mild one because of her annoying voice and Furry Fandom.
    • ProStars
      • Wayne Gretzky for his constant hunger and jackass attitude. His real-life counterpart isn't well received either, looking and talking like a complete stoner.
      • Mom, for her shrill voice and what the Annotators perceived as an uncomfortable Jewish stereotype.
    • Doug Walker (both in and out of character) for being an unfunny, overrated hack with something to answer for with his large fandom. Both The Review Must Go On and Melvin, Brother of the Jokernote  helped seal his fate with the annotators.
    • Double Dragon
      • Billy Lee gets called out as a boring hypocrite a lot (such as chastising others for using violence and weapons despite using them himself, and never trying to help others onto the right path).
      • Season 2 original Daj, mostly for being a Creator's Pet and derailing the show from its typical elements. His ridiculous animal-control powers and falsetto Jamaican accent didn't help.
    • Sonic OVA
      • Sara, due to her annoying voice, whiny personality, and her Fetish Fuel design. As per tradition, she maxed out her own "Tolerance Meter".
      • Tails, to a lesser extent, for having a perpetual cold and frequently stating the obvious.
      • Old Man Owl, while an intentional case, was still berated for contributing nothing to the story. Some Annotators wished Metal Sonic killed him in one scene.
    • Most characters from Our Friend, Martin were seen as either bland or unlikable, but Maria was considered the worst. She's a Deadpan Snarker with terrible lines and an irritatingly huge ego (she even compares herself to Madame Curie). It's bad when her Bad Future immigrant worker counterpart is considered an improvement.
    • Sonic SatAM:
      • Dulcy received unanimous hatred for her uselessness, prominence and constant "crash-land & spout a non-sequitur about her ma" running gag. When she got an episode focused on her, the immediate response was one of dread.
      • Sonic's portrayal didn't fare much better, as a Big Eater Totally Radical Designated Idiot Hero.
      • Sally Acorn was seen as a borderline Canon Sue, while Antoine was despised for being an annoying Dirty Coward and The Load who's antics are generally more obnoxious than endearing. The fact that they take up more screen-time in season 2 made the Annotators hate them even more.
    • Spritle and Chim-Chim didn't have the best introductions: the first episode had them whining for cookies, nearly getting Speed killed and telling Pops something Speed explicitly told them not to tell him. They were instantly hated, with a little less hate for Chim-Chim as the series went on (as he constantly trolls Spritle).
    • Archie's Weird Mysteries:
      • The titular character, due to his super-serious, sanctimonious personality and the annoying love-triangle that was carried over from the comics. His behavior in the second episode didn't win him any favors.
      • Veronica for her constant whining and severe Aesop Amnesia.
      • Dilton, who is widely seen as being either pointless or a contrived excuse for some of the show's more science-related episodes.
    • The main characters of The Rapsittie Street Kids Believe In Santa, sans Smithy. But this was especially directed towards Ricky (mostly due to him rapping every line he has in the special) and Nicole, due to her bitchy attitude towards the other characters and for randomly bursting into a song number during part 2.
    • While the whole cast was disliked by the annotators, Momoka, Touka and Ukyou from Chichi Miko (itself heavily reviled by the annotators) received the harshest of their vitriol.
      • Momoka for generally being a selfish dick who decides the best things to do with Ukyou are force his head into her tits and later, force tomatoes down his throat as punishment for not eating his own.
      • Touka for being Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have taken too far; for making Ykyou have sex with her, TWICE; and serving as the instigator for the game's later events. Her outfit in part three of the riff didn't alleviate matters.
      • Ukyou meanwhile got this for performing the game's incestuous acts, especially towards the end when he decided to have sex with his daughtersnote .
    • Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars:
      • Willy Dewitt was loathed for coming off as a self-insert and indirectly bringing real-world scenes into the mix. This lessened later on; see Rescued from the Scrappy Heap above.
      • Bucky is considered the most boring member of the Righteous crew, not helped by his voice actor having a bad case of Dull Surprise.
      • KOMPLEX is generally regarded as one of the worst Big Bads so far, lacking both funniness or coolness and being defeated laughably easily. He also didn't get as much screen-time and characterization as the other villains on the show, making him come off as boring and clichéd compared to them.
    • Played with in the He-Man And She-Ra Christmas Special. Similarly to Gameboy, Orko was built up to be incredibly annoying, but while he was mocked quite a bit, a number of the Annotators noted that he wasn't nearly as bad as they expected him to be.
  • Sequelitis: A few times.
    • The "Dr. Rabbit" shorts hurt these people hard.
    • So did The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, consisting of a whole year riffing on the animated segments, then adding the leftover live-action shorts to the next annotated series, Darkstalkers.
      • The live-action shorts themselves got significantly less entertaining in the later episodes, to the point that the Annotators actually started getting annoyed with them.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The general rationale for annotated material.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • The general reaction to Beauty and Warrior was that, while it wasn't good in any sense of the word, it was mainly tedious and confusing rather than hilariously stupid.
    • Jay's Life was posted just to stop Irrelevant from putting up more Nutshack and it was more lazy than offensive.
    • The first season of Sonic SatAM wasn't seen as good enough for the Annotators to get into, but they felt it wasn't bad enough to make for good riffing. Averted with the second season, which was riffed/enjoyed a lot more.
    • The Star Wars: Droids riff ended after episode 5 for the same reason.
  • Squick:
    • Simon Belmont tearing off Donkey Kong's toenail in an episode of Captain N.
    • The main girl character from "Tricky People" and the short skirt of her costume.
    • King Koopa asking two minions to lick his feet in Super Show was creepy, yet memorable enough to become a running gag.
    • Dex and Sunshine's relationship in Foodfight!, for two reasons: one, because their voice actors are Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff; and two, because of Sunshine's more human-like design compared to Dex.
    • The constant implied subtext between Harry, Morrigan, and Felicia in Darkstalkers, which the Annotators deliberately cranked Up to Eleven.
    • Chichi Miko!!. All of it. Especially the ending where the protagonist sleeps with his daughters, themselves the product of incest.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Often parodied, but also by and far the Annotators' biggest complaint about particular shows. Sonic Underground got the most accusations of this, being regularly criticized for its inconsistent tone, glaring Plot Holes and Series Continuity Errors, and increasingly lazy animation.
  • True Art Is Angsty: While they enjoy darker, more continuity-based stories, they ruthlessly mocked Hatred and it's trailer for actually believing in this trope, with one annotation flat out calling the game more childish than actual children's material.
    (After a narmful speech about how the world and people are horrible and life sucks) "This is an opinion only I have! I AM THE ULTIMATE NONCONFORMIST!"
  • Unfortunate Implications: Often encountered in some of the more unsavory works annotated and almost always called out. Example 
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Annotators were touched when Eggplant Wizard helped King Hippo escape from the trap protecting the Triforce in Captain N season 2, episode 9.
    • Those little round dragons from Captain N had a few 'awwws.'
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Oftentimes characters who are intended to be seen as unhelpful jerks end up being liked by the Annotators. Examples include Simon Belmont, Raiden, and Bluster Kong.
  • Values Dissonance: Since Germany is a lot laxer on censorship than America, many of the Annotators were surprised by how non-child friendly the Dingo Pictures films could be (for example, they thought Dinosaur Adventures was just trying to be edgy when the protagonists swore repeatedly).
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The Annotators couldn't tell that Pitfall Harry's niece was, well, a girl for the first half of the short due to the horrendous video quality.
  • Wangst: People often accused Blanka of this in Street Fighter.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • After the fairly disappointing Sonic SatAM season 1 riff ended early, it was followed by three short riffs (burying the Nickelodeon time capsule, Pitfall, and Backside To The Future) which were absolutely hilarious and essentially gave the Annotators a Heroic Second Wind.
    • History repeated itself shortly afterward when Star Wars: Droids ended early at five episodes and was replaced with Captain Pronin, Q*bert, and Yo Yogi!.
    • The second season riff of Sonic SatAM was a lot more well-received than the previous season, as there was more for the Annotators to work off of.
  • The Woobie: Numerous characters are seen as this:
    • Raiden in Defenders Of The Realm, largely because the entire team except Nightwolf act like complete assholes to him all the time.
    Jax: Where's Raiden?
    (Raiden appears, revealing that he's survived the cave-in)
    Raiden: (sounding genuinely touched) And I thought you didn't care...
    Jax: I don't.
    • Donkey Kong (gets treated like dirt by everyone else) and General Klump (is miserably lonely and suffers constantly).
    • Hamsteere. The poor guy just can't get his freaking computer to work right.
    • Santa in Christmas Comes to Pac-Land earned a lot of sympathy from the annotators.
    • The father who gets turned into the Monster of the Week in episode three of Spectreman. Even the Annotators admit to feeling bad for him.


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