YMMV / The Best Page in the Universe

  • Acceptable Targets: It would be easier to list who he doesn't label as a target, but some standout examples:
    • Early on, feminists and women in general were a fairly common target of his.
    • The elderly, to the point where he suggested launching them one-way into space at some point.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: A frequent reaction to some of his articles, particularly the ones about Elizabeth Smart and Christopher Reeve. Maddox, of course, would point out that he wasn't trying to be funny.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The runaway success of The Best Page in the Universe back in the late 90's spawned a whole genre of websites that follow the pattern of, "I run an angry blog where I write offensive things". Many even go as far as to title their pages akin the original with examples like, "The Second Best Page in the Universe", or even, "The Worst Page in the Universe". Most imitators unfortunately are victims of Sturgeon's Law, ignoring the original website's satirical edge and instead just aiming for shock value.
    • To a lesser extent, the site popularised the concept of writing personal articles for the public to read, giving birth to Blogging. Ironically Maddox hates the term "blog" and refuses to label his website as such.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Look at the screenshot montage on his Xbox rant, written in 2002. The games shown are Metal Slug 3, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Radiant Silvergun, three games Maddox ranted would never appear on the Xbox. All three games eventually made it to the Xbox or Xbox 360. Yes, even Radiant Silvergun. For bonus points, it's the only port of the game since the Sega Saturn port.
    • One of his complaints about Revenge of the Sith was the unimaginative name given to General Grievous, suggesting that they call all future bad guys "Evil" and "Bad". Come Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4, there is a Darth Maul expy introduced given the name "Savage Oppress". Then there's this Game Informer article revealing that Galen Marek of The Force Unleashed did not get a "Darth" title because the ones George Lucas offered to the dev team were "Darth Icky" and "Darth Insanius".
    • His anti-iPhone page, which features a "non-biased, side-by-side comparison of some key features of each phone". Several of the features that he brings up are part of the Nokia E70 (the phone he compares to the iPhone) but not the iPhone have become standard in later generations of the iPhone, including custom ringtones, sound and video recording, MMS, voice dialing (through Siri), and instant messaging.
    • This 2010 article rants about the overuse of the word "epic" and shows several examples of things having the word in their title. Come 2013, and there exists a movie called, well, take a wild guess.
    • One secret page listing his favorite movies includes Happy Gilmore, which features Maddox unironically calling Adam Sandler "the sovereign of ass kicking & all around ruler." Given the rest of his career, this was not to last.
    • His video on E3 2015 has him complain about the trailer for Mad Max, drawing comparison to the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road and specifically naming the latter using fire tornadoes, while noting their absence in the former. Come the game's launch, and it turns out said tornadoes do appear in the game.
  • Misaimed Fandom: A nice portion of his fanbase are the same exact people Maddox rags on, if some of the fan mail he shows is any indication.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Though his portrayal of violent imagery is pretty much always played for laughs, the description of a girl peeling off and eating her face while bleeding to death in this article comes off as way more disturbing than funny.