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.
YMMV: The Nostalgia Chick
Actor Shipping: Lindsay/Nella is quite popular, mostly for people who want unabashedly fluffy Les Yay instead of abuse and fucked-upness.
Even though he's married and she's dating Todd, Lindsay/Doug is also popular. The reason is basically the same - fluff and cuteness. And both of these are just for fun.
Chick: This was Don Bluth throwing in the towel. This was him saying - all right, Disney, you win. With your princesses, and your musicals, and your Coming Of Age stories with sweeping, snarky romances... you win. If you can't beat them, join them. Copy the Disney formula and marketing strategy, and you will make money.
Arc Fatigue: To some fans (that being why it's on this page) "The Dark Nella Saga" just kept going and going and going... (Well, it is a saga.) But the problem was probably less the length of the arc itself - seven episodes, probably edging on three hours, all told - and more how an arc that seemed like it would be played out over a few weeks took two and a half months to release.
Despite her love for Soundtrack Dissonance, she's also pretty good for choosing song lyrics that go well with the situation. "How can he tell her he loves her [-] he would give his heart gladly" when Critic Cannot Spit It Out, "baby come back, you can blame it all on me" when they've both left, Nella (who wants to be left how she is) is shut up by the Makeover Fairy when she tries to sing the start of Mein Herr from Cabaret and the end of The Lorax has a self-loathing tribute to alcohol.
Chick and Critic's battle of the sexes "Reviewer on the Internet" song in the review of The Chipmunk Adventure.
Base Breaker: See Ensemble Dark Horse below. Check the comments for many videos Nella appears in and you'll find plenty that lament her getting screen time.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Between a long drought of videos, Lindsay posted one in the Summer of 2010... aboard the New York City V subway train with a rowdy crowd of college students celebrating its last trip before MTA killed that train line! Most viewers were perplexed, to say the least. It didn't help that, yes, she never spoke of it again.
Worth noting is that she is the Trope Namer, and there are a few within the video in which it was named
Broken Base: Usually between those who prefer the style of her newer reviews - i.e. the ones featuring the supporting cast and based more around analysing tropes - and those who liked the linear reviews she originally put out.
Character Rerailment: Political issues aside, a lot of people felt like Chick was overly nasty in Charlie's Angels, forcing Nella and Elisa to do her things her way and generally acting like a bitter old bigot. Cutthroat Island had her return to lovable bitch territory.
Comedy Ghetto: Everyone on the site gets it to some degree, but Lindsay is really the only contributor to push back against the trope. Her view is that the "silly little review shows" still have an awful lot of effort put into them and they've also helped fans get through depression, so they shouldn't be dismissed as worthless.
Nearly all the "Christmas Songs" video qualifies. She gets roofied by Brian the Sex Predator, makes her face look like a skeleton at one point and does a pretty good imitation of The Joker when she's mocking the "Christmas Shoes" glurge. The video that accompanies "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas" goes from disturbing to hilarious when the realistic domestic abuse gives way to stop-hitting-yourself's and noogies. It was also her first Black Comedy video, which set the standard for the following episodes.
Dude, Not Funny!: In her second "Thanks For The Feedback" video, she made a music video featuring a rap song about rape. The video was almost universally reviled as being in poor taste, and has since been taken down. Although not for that reason; Word of God says that she wasn't happy with the edit and didn't want it to be put up anyway.
Yes, okay, Interquels are pretty bad... but was it really necessary to compare the Enchanted Christmas movie to multiple holocausts?
While the backlash was much bigger when the Critic made his joke, her comment about "autistic temper tantrums" got people rather angry.
While the majority loved both episodes for Refuge in Audacity, there was a certain section of the fanbase that hated her for coming up with the idea of the first "Spooning With Spoony".
On her blog, she talked about a mother in the comment sections being offended when she used the word "retarded" in a video.
Strongly implying in the Charlie's Angels review that Muslim garments that cover the whole body are instruments of oppression. Ouch.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Nella. Check the comments for any video which she appears in and you'll find plenty that gush about how awesome she is. Lindsay seems to have noticed, given how Nella seems to have started appearing in almost every video after mid-2009.
P-Cash was pretty much the only thing in the infamous "Rape Rap" video that got a consistently positive reaction.
The Sex Bot went away for a long time, but was loved and had a longtime stint in the Chez Apocalypse logo.
It seems to be unanimous amongst fangirls and fanboys alike; Dark Nella is hot.
We also have Dr. Tease, The Makeover Fairy and even Brian The Sexual Predator has his fans when he wears a leather jacket.
Fandom Berserk Button: Ignoring Lindsay's own talk of how she's meant to be educational but mostly funny, and acting like she's just dry and boring, is a good way to get Chick fans hating you.
Fan Dumb: Her fans can be extremely clingy at times. On the forums, the personal nature of her FAQ thread drove her away and it took a while before they got that she wasn't coming back to answer any more questions.
In her appearance on Transmission Awesome, Rollo T noted that the questions in the FAQ thread in her forum tended to get a bit inappropriate. Leading Paw to quip, "I may not know your middle name, but I know your taste in porn!"
She's also complained a few times about how the Critic can swear as much as he wants to and nobody cares, while her swearing either gets perved over or bitched at.
Her more... protective fans bashed the FernGully review for "woman abuse", despite the fact that she gave as good as she got and she actually started the fight when he provoked her.
They also have this tendency to act like her reviews are the only intelligent, well-thought-out ones on the site, while all the others (especially the Critic's) are just shouting "herp derp, this shit sucks!" constantly.
This is a genuine comment on her Facebook page: "Compared to Lindsay's brand of humor, Doug is like a monkey throwing feces at a sad zoo-going child eating a tarnished ice cream cone." Uh, a touch unfair, don't you think?
Even though she made fun of this attitude herself in Kickassia, they also seem to think that she has the very worst Hate Dumb and she only gets criticized because she's female. While the shit-stirring trolls do go for sexism with her, everyone on TGWTG gets threats and creepiness and other nasty things. It just shows that they think she's a woman to be protected first and a person (who can so clearly look after herself) second.
She gets very angry when Critic fanboys tell her she needs to stay in her territory and not review "boy stuff" like the X-Men cartoon.
Many goths weren't amused by the jokes in her review of The Craft, forgetting the fact that A) She's comedian first and foremost, telling jokes is her job, and B) She was less making fun of actual goth culture than the silliness of the movie.
She's made two abortion jokes, one in Grease about coat hangers and the other in Showgirls about pushing the pregnant woman down the stairs. Even though she can joke about whatever the hell she wants, people didn't like these because of her own abortion about half a year prior.
There's also people who proclaim offensive on Spooning With Spoony, Linking Up With Linkara and any Mr. Seahorse (usually the Critic because of Ferngully) fanwork she's in, even though 1) those former two had nothing to do with pregnancy, and 2) isn't it more offensive to define her by something that a lot of women have?
There are some who yell at Todd in the Shadows because they have no idea why he'd reject her. As hypocritical and assy as he is, she's a (hilarious) Stalker with a Crush who can't take a hint and if he doesn't want her, then he doesn't want her. Simplez, yes?
These same people seem to forget that the two are a couple in Real Life.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Not an example from within the same work, but The Running Gag of her Hocus Pocus review centres on the film's hang-ups with virgins, leading her to say "I mean, why do virgins even exist? Why don't they just lose it straight out of the womb...screaming and bleeding?" What would've been a bit of Black Comedy / Crosses the Line Twice moment becomes awful after the creation of A Serbian Film, which several of the other TGWTG comntributors have reviewed.
Growing the Beard: She began to develop more of her own review style starting roughly around the time of her Armageddon review, after which her friend Nella became a regular on the show. Around this point is when her reviews took on a more trope based look with a lot more Sketch Comedy. Then again, see Broken Base above. And arguably, her "Top 10 Disturbing and Inescapable Christmas Songs" list proved that dark, disturbing humor is what she's really good at.
The Chick as a character really cemented finally at "Playing God", when she got her Sex Bot.
Harsher in Hindsight: She took quite a bit of heat for her Schedule Slip during 2009-10. Which is pretty painful after the news came out that she was a little busy getting an abortion, and then making a documentary about it for her master's thesis. She should be respected for still being around and making funny videos for the internet even while that was happening.
In her weight-issues-discussing "Thanks For The Feedback", she mentions that people judge her appearance far more than they do the Critic's. The playing field is leveling out a bit more now, with comments about the "cellulite" on his legs in Suburban Knights, how he would look much better if he lost a few stone and how he should stop raiding his fridge more than five times a day.
In the performance of "One Day More" that ends her Les MisÚrables video, Javert's part is sung by Jew Wario, who would later commit suicide.
Hate Dumb: In her "Disaster Movies of Roland Emmerich" review, she got quite a grilling for using the destruction of the Hometree in Avatar as a counter-argument. It Makes Sense in Context, but suffice to say, it's not so much that her argument was bad, it's seems to be because... she used Avatar.
You get people willfully ignoring that Chick is a very different persona from Lindsay and calling the latter a snobby fandom-hater when she's clearly not.
Heartwarming In Hindsight: In the first "Thanks For The Feedback", the Critic breaks down and shout-asks her if she even cares about him. She doesn't have time to answer before he storms off, but various episodes later on show pretty clearly that he's one of the very few people she does give a shit about.
Her warm praise for Return Of Jafar-era!Iago trying to become a good guy but still keeping his basic nastiness intact. After To Boldly Flee, she's going through pretty much the same thing.
Hilarious in Hindsight: This video, which Lindsay originally made while in high school, involves (among other things) a giant stuffed bear with AIDS having an affair with a teenager. In other words, Pedobear.
In the My Little Pony review, her main beef was that the characters were deathly boring and had no conflict. The new show has had each of the mane cast break down at least once.
"And besides, who's going to be interested in a female character who's pretty shamelessly a knock-off of her already popular male counterpart?" Seeing how fricking huge the character sheet is, evidently quite a lot of people.
She introduced a character named "Lord MacGuffin". In Pixar's Brave...
Her first episode related to the music industry was released about the same time her future IRL boyfriend came onto the site.
In "Top 10 Worst Disney Sequels", when commenting that George Carlin is voicing a character in Tarzan 2, she puts a clip of him saying this line:
"I'm getting really sick of guys named Todd!"
In October of 2011, Elisa creates the vampire-obsessed, Perky GothMaven of the Eventide. Then, in September of 2012, Columbia Pictures releases to theatres Hotel Transylvania with a young vampire, Perky Goth named Mavis, which Maven reviews in a Vlog.
Dark Nella's outfit includes a black trenchcoat and a black shirt with a Starfleet emblem. Come 2013...
In Les MisÚrables cover by the site's reviewers, Todd sings Eponine's lines (both were in love triangles), Elisa has Cosette's parts and Paw (although he still shares them with Lupa) is Marius, both of them would end up dating some time later.
Her "Disney Needs More Gay" video about the relationship between Disney and the gay community came out in March of 2013. The Disney movie of the year Frozen came out in November and rapidly gained a large LGBT Fanbase.
In her review of Newsies, she calls out Jack becoming a scab as being naked Padding, and suggests that if they really wanted to include this development, he could at least learn a lesson about how important he is to the strike. In the musical adaptation, that's exactly what happens.
In her Cruel Intentions review she points out that Amy Adams played Sarah Michelle Gellar's character in the direct to video prequel and says she's the only actress who would fail harder at playing a villain. In 2012 Amy Adams was in Paul Thomas Andersons's The Master where she played an extremely dark character who, in context of the story, could easily be considered a villain. She garnered critical praise and even an Oscar nomination for the performance and it's considered one of the best of her career.
In the Ferngully review, she and the Critic discuss how annoying Batty Koda is. Yet at the end of the "Top Ten Hottest Animated Guys" video, it's revealed that she likes him!
Nella: [Suggesting the Chick dates the Critic] I think you should go out ... of this apartment ... Away from me ... People are starting to talk. The shirts don't help. [The shirts read "Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take?" on Nella and "I (heart) my ("kitten") on the Chick.]
Also with MarzGurl in "Linking up with Linkara", although that was a prank.
I Knew It: A few fics guessed correctly that she would rape Spoony to get revenge on him for hurting her, and in "Rejected Ideas For 'Spooning With Spoony'", she seems to do it.
Jerkass Woobie: The Chick is horrible to Nella, has an abused Sex Bot and tried to overthrow the Critic for her own gain in Kickassia, but she has terrible self-esteem, has a heart of... not gold exactly but bronze, had an bad childhood that she still has issues over and totally broke down in "Spooning With Spoony".
Her crush on Todd, who ignores her entirely no matter how hard she tries because of his continual obsession with Lupa. It's pathetic, kinda scary (a parody of Misery was even cut for too much creepiness) and established as not love, but like his own pathetic obsession, she's so fucked up about it that you kinda have to feel bad for her.
The Makeover Fairy is a horrible, shrill Alpha Bitch with far too high standards of beauty, but she's a Nervous Wreck who genuinely believes she's doing the right thing and cling-hugs to Nella and Todd when they take the blame themselves for their horrible makeovers.
Misaimed Fandom: In the Chick/Todd/Lupa Triangle Of Rejection, the only one you're meant to feel properly sorry and root for is Lupa. Chick and Todd are only sympathetic because they're so pitiful and for either of them to get what they want (when the object of their affections really doesn't return the feelings) would be creepy as hell.
She still gets complaints that her reviews aren't even close to being passionate and that she sounds bored, when it should have been made clear from the X-Men review and all of her Not so Above It All moments that she thinks she's "too good" for that kinda thing. And really, that complaint already is a high YMMV.
To Lindsay's irritation, the character is seen sometimes as a feminist role model, and even gets bashed for not being one. While she says plenty of valid things, she's at heart an abusive, judgmental, stalking, over-exaggerated comedy character not to be taken seriously.
It might help that she's so dominating and can ignore being in trouble pretty well, but she's really not meant to be a badass taking names. She's just a broken little girl who firmly believes in Don't You Dare Pity Me!.
There's also the people who demand that she be serious 24/7, despite Lindsay stating that she's primarily a comedic reviewer looking to give the audience a fun twenty minutes. Looking at it that way, it's "women can't be funny" all over again.
Moe: Nella for being an abused but still upbeat Woman Child, and Maven for being a pretentious but lovable Perky Gothfangirl who has her vampire fantasies knocked down when she interacts with anyone else.
Narm Charm: The last half of the "Kirk vs. Picard video", where Chick and Nella meet to do battle, is gloriously cheesy.
Nausea Fuel: During her review of Mulan, Lindsey and Nella wonder about the Chinese practice of footbinding, then later show us some horrifying pictures of bound feet (*shudder*). "Say what you want about Communism, but at least they put a stop to that shit!"
In the commentary for the "Top Ten Worst Disney Sequels", Lindsay and Todd remind the people who think she steals everything from Plinkett that the "crazed stalker" thing wasn't started by him.
Paranoia Fuel: She seems to know exactly when Todd is miserable and is willing to make him feel even worse so he can do what she wants. For anyone who's been stalked, it'll hit too close to home even though it's Played for Laughs.
Rewatch Bonus: You'll be surprised to see just how many moments in the earlier reviews that seemed like a prototype of the messed up, trying-to-be-sane-but-failing Psychopathic Womanchild character we have today.
Notably, Lindsay's actual opinion of Hercules sums up to "It was flawed, but I DO enjoy it." She also said she "enjoyed the hell out of this movie" during her Mulan review.
People who liked Dragonheart for more than just the "fucking dragon", bitched heavily after her review of it too.
Not everyone agrees with her view that Shrek was a hate-filled Take That at Disney.
Early on, Gargoyles fans weren't exactly happy when she acted like two well-established Tear Jerker moments in the show were unintentionally hilarious instead.
As you can tell from this page alone, she made her rage at Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas abundantly clear. The movie was actually received quite well, so at the very least people were confused by her calling it worse than "seven holocausts".
The Fifth Element. Many people think she really misrepresented this film, especially when she didn't show Leeloo kicking ass so she could complain about her being The Chick.
Really, the Chick is subject to this far more often than the Critic, since she tends to review films that are usually rather well-liked, such as... Well, Mulan, Hercules and The Little Mermaid, while the Critic reviews, well... This. She explains this in the Worst Witch review, as people tend to be more forgiving towards the popular films rather the obscure.
Many fans of Jem were very angry at Lindsy for her panning the series, the biggest complaint came from her not even bothering to watch the series entirely before she reviewed it.
Lindsay outright said she hated Wreck-It Ralph. She was going to explain why in a "Worst Movies of 2012" review, but she never got around to making it.
In her "Worst of 2013" review, she briefly mentioned that she would never do the "Worst of 2012" video while the onscreen text said, "And you will never know why I hate Wreck-It Ralph (STOP GUESSING YOU'RE ALL WRONG)", thereby confirming backlash from WIR fans is the biggest concern for her regarding the "Worst of 2012" list.
Vocal Minority: Like how Critic fangirls don't actually want him Bound and Gagged in their basement, most Chick fanboys are respectful people who think she's great fun to watch (so not just something pretty to look at) and don't insult other contributors when praising her.
The Woobie: The Sex Bot. "I was not God's will!" How could you not feel bad for it? The other characters manage, as its complaints are completely ignored.
Elisa looking increasingly heartbroken as she's passed over for every part in the reenactments and gets stuck playing Kyle McLachlan in the Showgirls review.
Nella went right into this in the second part of the "Dreamworks Vs. Disney" episode, where she forgoes the Dance Party Ending to go into a ball and cry.
Yoko Oh No: While the majority of Critic fangirls love her, there are a crazy few with either a Double Standard regarding skits and humor or just like talking about how they'd enjoy beating the shit out of her while calling him adorable. The fact that Doug seems to love Lindsay like a little sister doesn't seem to enter into their heads.