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.
In Street Fighter episode 3, the man in the black and red jumpsuit is Deadpool.
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.
Within Captain N, there is:
Simon Belmont as a "stealthmentor", 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 also has a few:
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 He has amazing powers and could have killed Robotnik in his own bedroom, but instead gives a heads-up about the prophecy which is what gets Robotnik to start looking for the siblings. Also, if the Oracle hadn't directed the trio to meet at a public place in the first episode, then their foster parents wouldn't have been roboticized.
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, 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.
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. For now the compromise is video games for the main content and "anything goes" for intermissions.
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 The Nutshack references Bouchedags quite a bit.
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.
The Backside To The Future theme was even lampshaded by the Annotators.
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 If someone is holding someone else's hand to keep them from falling off a cliff, expect a few annotations along the lines of "DROP HIM."
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:
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.
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 Policebarely 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.
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.
"AmnesiaSonia" for being actually competent and semi-tolerable as a protagonist.
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.
Pharaoh Man, because of his (short-lived) awesomeness and effectiveness as a henchman.
Proto Man became this towards the end of the series thanks to his snarky personality.
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".
Evil Is Cool: Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: The Annotated Series.
Satam Robotnik, which instantly earned him the love of the annotators.
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 menNEVER 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 Sat AM, 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.
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.
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.
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 Sat AM pilot, with the video descriptions daring people to unsubscribe.
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.)
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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 garner a ton of hate on 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 were generally disliked, Terri and Terry got the worst reception by far, even more so than Bubsy himself.
Everyone from Ratatoing. Even the villains were terrible, since they never really had any good ideas throughout the film.
Continuing with the Video Brinquedo hate, everyone from The Little Panda Fighter sans Polaris was hated — especially Beth, the bear bitch that shows no character development other than "Pandas are so ridiculous and stupid. Big, muscular, and popular bears are so hot."
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 who is a baby dragon that knows how to say "Mama!" and how to scream. And that's it.
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.
None of the main trio of Sonic Underground is particularly liked, but the Annotators' vitriol for Sonia is so strong that she once exceeded their tolerance meter just by showing up, while Sonic has obnoxious characterization and seems to get new abilities just for the sake of the plot.
Cheasel. 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 is voiced by the "director" who added a lot of the more vulgar gags.
The penguin (voiced by Chris Kattan) isn't very well-liked, though his limited screen time cancels out his annoyance for some viewers.
Tommy Treehugger and Co-MC from the "Club Mario" segment in SMBSS episode 31 are loathed for their Totally Radical dialogue, being Replacement Scrappies for Captain Lou Albano and Danny Wells, and their 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 Donkey Kong Country:
Diddy Kong gets hate due to his obnoxious singing voice and his asshole nature to Donkey Kong.
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.
Donkey Kong himself became this near the end of the series, where he Took a Level in Jerkass. Though with everyone being horrible towards him in the past, it's somewhat justifiable.
J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye And Son one-off episode. The show itself didn't get much love either.
Peak from Dinosaur Adventure is one due to his dopey personality, his annoying, rhyming speech, and his snitching on the other characters. Any character dissing him instantly earns them favor from the Annotators.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
After the fairly disappointing Sonic SatAM 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 Woobie: Raiden was seen as this by some 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...