YMMV: The Nostalgia Critic


  • Accidental Innuendo:
  • Actor Shipping:
    • Doug has been shipped with everyone. What makes this less uncomfortable is that he's fully admitted to pandering and being a flirt at cons and interviews.
    • When it comes to reboot era, Doug/Tamara because of their characters having The Masochism Tango. Lampshaded in Hyper Fangirl's vlog, where Tamara gets pissed off because everyone asks her if she has a crush on Doug and she has a boyfriend. Though she still teases it in the Anime Midwest panel, introducing herself as Doug's slave.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • When he breaks down in crossovers, is it genuine or is he pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit because he's a good actor and knows what the reaction will be? Or a bit of both?
    • It really was Santa Christ in the first commercial pedo call. He knows first hand what a naughty boy Critic can be, so wanted to vindictively screw with his head a bit.
    • Santa Christ himself is prone to this in his later appearances. Does he truly have a dark side to him? Or is he merely just screwing around with the Critic? Especially since all of his more... questionable comments are always said when NC is around.
    • All the attacks on specific actors in the reboot, like Madonna still being sexual at her age, Brad Jones and Alec Baldwin apparently being overweight, the lampshaded bitching about Dakota Fanning, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Russell Crowe and so on. Carrying on taunting Kyle over Colm Wilkinson even though he's upset also included. Aesop Amnesia of "The Review Must Go On" and what he'd already learned before? Or another middle finger to Doug, showing him again who's really in control?
    • Is Critic just oblivious and very stupid when it comes to Malcolm and Tamara's bitterness of the way he treats them? He tells them immediately what he's doing to humiliate them, ignores their outright telling him that they want to hurt him back, and Doug in-universe has told him he's gotten stupider. Or does he realize how bad he's acting and wants to be punished, for views, guilt or the masochism he's always had? His depression isn't exactly secret, and Tamara was brought on just to give him pain.
  • Anvilicious:
    • Pearl Harbor, The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax can all make one wonder if Doug doesn't like Hollywood executives very much.
    • If "The Tommy Wiseau Show" is any indication, he really hate copyright watchdogs. Both this and the above combine in the explanation for why he's doing Jurassic World, complaining at companies who can't get it in their "fragile minds" that "reviews are part of fair use".
  • Ass Pull:
    • Hyper suddenly being made to be the sympathetic victim at Critic's "The Reason You Suck" Speech in the Christmas Story II review. He's threatened to stab her, he's waved a gun in her face, he's chased her out of the studio, he's told her no and that he can't stand her a million times, but up until this point his violent refusals were just met with deluded ignoring and wanting him more.
    • Critic speechifying (with really sappy music) to Dante Basco about how he's trying too hard to please the fans by being Zuko comes out of nowhere, both for Critic (who hasn't even had time to think about this, running away for most of it, and didn't even have a Eureka Moment because he was in so much pain beforehand) and Dante (who never hinted this was about the fans, and even the tagline confirms is in the right). It only happens because it was near the end of the episode and Doug needed to wrap it up.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • He made a lot of derogatory gay jokes in his early days. But luckily, when Doug started making use of Ho Yay and Female Gaze, these died out. In his crossover review of The Wiz with Todd in the Shadows, he said he hates Joel Schumacher for his storytelling and adaptation skills, making it clear it's not because he's gay.
    • Also sorted out with the Critic himself. Characterization Marches On and suddenly a lot more focus is put on his sissiness and patheticness, but with good writing, good comedy and Doug's charm and actually decent acting skills, he's a much more interesting character than he was in the beginning.
    • Santa Christ is still a Big Good who everyone squees over, but he was made less of a Parody Sue by having him display Beware the Nice Ones and the ability to hold a long (if well-deserved) grudge.
    • A few people complained that he over-relied on film clips instead of jokes, so Doug made this a character trait. When the Critic got called out on the above in Star Trek month and couldn't use footage from other stuff, he had no idea what to say.
    • Because of the reception Sailor Moon got, from Les Misérables onwards Critic was lampshaded to be awful a lot more, and bigger focus was given to consistent Sanity Slippage instead of what looked like letting him do bad things while glorifying them. He still does bad things, plenty of them, but at least comes off like less of a Designated Hero and more people call him out.
    • With all the complaints that the photoshop title cards were scary (like Cat In The Hat, Master of Disguise and Why Do We Love Zombies among others), getting the Chick's artist on board feels like this. Still frightening, but easier to take in cartoon form.
    • Changing the original Face/Off review had to be done because Doug accidentally deleted it, but the quick farewell Rachel got in the retake was much nicer compared to the Female Misogynist-sounding original story.
    • He got a lot of criticism for the Critical Research Failure rant directed at Michael Bay in Pearl Harbor, and so went back to it in "When Is A Movie Just A Movie", explaining that while he went too far on the Eagleland, the fact that soldiers couldn't swim was still just glanced over in a line. He goes into detail on this much better criticism, and compares it to Titanic (1997), as that had multiple scenes talking about the lack of lifeboats before the crisis.
    • The Alice in Wonderland review can feel like an apology for bad moves in The Cat in the Hat and AI; the former with Malice threatening to stab Critic for hitting her and not crying like Evilina did, and the latter with Burton giving a similar ending speech to Critic (with musical spoilers for To Boldly Flee and Demo Reel) about how directors can make mistakes but Critic doing a Redemption Rejection.
    • Doug got a lot of upset people after his vlog reviews of Avatar's two You Go Girl episodes, mostly for him saying he hates the trope because it's been done to death and not needed. In “Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes”, he gives a better explanation (that he realizes there's a load of misogyny still around, but the trope will usually turn the girl into a statistic than a character) and notes this is just an opinion from a boy's perspective.
    • At least attempted in Mamma Mia!, as he talks about the Chick Flick as not always being awful and there are a lot of good ones with effort put in, just that he hates the ones that he thinks wants to empower women but don't, and the It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars excuse. He's still not quite there with “(older especially) women can like easy crap made for them and have it as a Guilty Pleasure”, but it's better than the Sailor Moon debacle.
    • The second reiteration of the reboot credits was accused of being especially obnoxious with all the screaming and people getting abused, so the third Evolving Credits, while still having a barrel-load of skit clips, massively toned down the sound effects and are better for it.
  • Awesome Music: Here.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Santa Christ in Film.Son Of The Mask can't help Critic with his movie problems and doesn't really care either, preferring instead to burn his hands for fun and leave him crying on the floor.
    • Comparing Les Misérables (2012) and Moulin Rouge! is not a good idea, as Doug's singing voice has a lot less range in the former and misses notes that he would have found easy to get before. Lewis is also flat in "I Dreamed A Dream" and his line in "One Big Song".
      • Doug's not great on his own in "Are You Sick Of Let It Go" either, although that's quasi-understandable as he was apparently just getting over being sick from high fever when he filmed it.
    • While he had suicidal intentions, Critic in To Boldly Flee Took a Level in Badass, made a Heroic Sacrifice and put all his friends above himself. In the reboot, he's hiding behind little girls (Chick could at least look after herself, Evilina is hellspawn but gets slapped around) and his becoming even more cowardly has been lampshaded in episodes like The Last Airbender and Ghost Dad.
    • Tamara (the As Herself character, not Malice or Hyper) ruled everything in The Wicker Man review, but never reached that level of awesome again. This can be explained by being under Critic's thumb afterwards, no matter how much she hates him.
    • Zod goes from his Superman self, to humanized but still a force to be reckoned with in To Boldly Flee, to defeated/groin attacked at the end of the Man of Steel review, and ends up doing porn by The Haunted Mansion.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Santa Christ. Some fans love him because he's a Parody Sue and, up until Son of the Mask, was a sweet optimistic Team Dad who made all the cynical reviewers act like excited children. Other fans don't think he's that funny and, post Son of the Mask, feel like his Took a Level in Jerkass characterization is derailment for no reason.
    • "Raiders Of The Story Arc: Transformers". Was it a really amusing Something Completely Different episode, with a heartwarming ending? Or was it an Overly Long Gag Author Tract by Doug where the Critic's energy became sorely missed?
    • "The Review Must Go On" and the decision to bring back the Nostalgia Critic. Is Doug giving into the Hatedom for Demo Reel or does he really want to go back to Nostalgia Critic? Did Demo Reel end too soon and not get a proper chance, or was it a failed flop? Should Doug have Taken A Third Option somehow? This is also not getting into all the real life subtext, including theories that the site's traffic was suffering too heavily without the Critic.
    • His "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Michael Bay in his review of Pearl Harbor, calling Bay a son of a bitch in a hammy, but arguably non-comedic way. It doesn't help that a) he got the swimming thing wrong and b) non-Americans were alienated by the sudden patriotism.
    • His big speech at the end of The Cat in the Hat. Awesome, heartfelt and needed to be said? Or while the message was just fine, it was still filled with straw, Tastes Like Diabetes and weird dead-eyed acting?
    • Malcolm Ray and Rachel Tietz, the two actors that began in Demo Reel, and joined the Nostalgia Critic series as additional actors during the sketches. They seem to get their fair share of hatedom, as the people who dislike the new formula usually associate them to the Critic's downfall. They're criticized as being unfunny by their Hatedom. Others see their addition and the other changes to the show's format as making the revival a Surprisingly Improved Sequel, between raising the show's production values and giving it a more diverse cast for the sketch portions. Same with Tamara Chambers (see below), who joined the Nostalgia Critic series after Rachel left.
    • The Hyper Fangirl. Tamara is a Genre Savvy lady and told people that whether you either love or hate HG you should follow the Character Blog regardless. Eventually referenced in the Princess Diaries 2 review where she's given a potential death scene, and the Critic notes that the fans' response to it will determine whether it sticks.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • To be as nice as possible, all people seem to remember about the "Surf Ninjas" review is either "I died for your sins" or his "GEEEEEENIUS" Shirtless Scene.
    • In a non-sexual version, no matter how long it's been, no matter how many good sensible points he makes, if he has a breakdown or goes on a rant in a review then that will be all people remember of the episode.
    • When the Transformers 3 and Jungle 2 Jungle reviews come up, more people will remember the giant hickeys on his neck than anything else.
    • Brian is totally aware that all anyone will remember of the Future's End episode is the Critic/Snob cameo where it cuts off right before Critic gives Snob a blowjob.
    • Angry Joe's rematch with Critic on the Marvel vs. Capcom game was fun overall, but all anyone remembers is Doug fellating his joystick. Just look at him go.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Rachel and Malcolm's song in the Les Misérables review. They're on the television screen, only Critic can see them, and after it's over the screen switches off and Critic – true to form doesn't care and moves on.
    • In the TMNT crossover, there are two moments where Doug/James swap voices and then glasses, but it's never explained why or amounts to anything other than a reference. If you don't know what they're referring to you'll be lost.
    • In one of their Midwest Media Expo panels, Hyper crashes it and Critic/Doug has to pretend to be into her to get her out, Rob calls those few minutes a BLAM. When the audience joins in with the voice, he says “dance, puppets dance”.
  • Broken Base:
    • Are you invested in the character stuff or do you just watch for the movie riffing? He tries his best to incorporate the two sides into every episode (especially in 2012), but either way, people are gonna to complain about one being more or less prominent than the other.
    • Your opinion on Doug bringing Critic back relies heavily on several things: How much you liked Demo Reel and if you thought it should have been given more time to prosper, how much you felt Doug's fanbase should just take what they were already given over the last five years, what you think of the new skits, Malcolm and Rachel's skits, how much you felt that Scooby Doo/To Boldly Flee were great send offs, how much you feel that Doug's fanbase immediately rags on anything new he makes, and whether or not you think Doug went back for the money from Nostalgia Critic.
    • Some have criticized Doug for certain films he has reviewed, saying the films weren't that bad and he resorted to nitpicking.
    • The return of "Old Vs New" which started with going over Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy vs Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man. The latter ended up winning by a small margin with the best Spider-Man category clinching it as Critic felt's Garfield's versions was more interesting. Many viewers were not happy despite the in-depths look into both movies, citing that was a flimsy way to give it the win (using the clip of Peter dancing from SM3 as part of the reason certainly not helping). Most claimed it should've been a tie at best while others argued over the video's opinions. Granted, this was a hotly debated thing before the review, but the review itself just lit more fuel to the fire.
    • Not quite as huge as the other ones, but Rachel vs Tamara. Tends to have an undercurrent of misogyny, as their looks will usually be compared instead of how funny or good at acting they are. Tamara herself has complained about this.
    • His Man of Steel review. Some enjoyed it, including the movies' detractors, but many fans of the movie didn't and thought Walker was being biased about it.
    • The Matrix Month reviews as a whole. The split tends to be that if you're interested in story/character interactions/continuity (or just Self-Deprecation overload) then you enjoyed it, but if you just want reviews or didn't like what he was saying about the movies then you had a bad time.
    • “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”. People who hate the franchise and Michael Bay - and love a good demented rant - enjoy it, while others think he's doing exactly what Movie Bob criticized in this video. And for people who liked Age of Extinction, the whole "Michael Bay is stealing your dicks" line felt needlessly cruel- so much so that Doug had to do a "Re-review" (When it was obvious that Doug was voicing his opinions through the Critic as a soapbox- again- and this was just to cover face after the backlash) as himself.
    • The Jurassic World review. There are those who liked it (and those who dislikes the movie itself) and thought it was a clever way to review a movie that was still in theaters, while there are those who felt that it was a spiteful Take That towards Hollywood after a few of Doug's videos got pulled from YouTube and more than a little success shaming given how well the film was doing, especially since Doug had mentioned on both Sibling Rivalry and social media that he disliked the film and he broke the rule he established of not reviewing a movie that was still in theaters.
  • Better by a Different Name:
    • A common criticism of the editorials is that they're usually less eloquent, more drawn out versions of topics Doug has discussed before. Like Doug's vlog of Breaking Dawn says the same thing as "Is Twilight The Worst Thing Ever" just far more passionately, and the Disneycember reviews did a sweeter job at feminist critique than the Base Breaker "What's With All The Princess Hate?" For example, compare "Are Video Games Art?" to "The Art Of Video Games?". While the former's answer was a not all that confident "they might become art someday", the latter's point was "well obviously". Doug showed more skin to compensate though.
    • A lot of his points (and even jokes note ) in The Lorax review were less one-sided and more detailed in Chick's 2012 review of the same, which came out right after the movie, Doug himself had recced instantly and actually did damage: a PR person of the film tried to cause drama in the forums about it.
    • Doug breaking one of his few rules concerning the New Critic (That he wouldn't review anything still in cinemas) with Jurassic World (And coming very close with Jupiter Ascending, as he only waited four months to review it) has made a large number of people say Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, and that the show has now become yet another place for Doug to express his views (Because no one could have guessed from the Facebook post and two vlogs that he didn't like the movie).
    • Doug covered everything he didn't like about Man of Steel in a much quicker and more to the point manner in his Bum Review of the movie. Everything except the Jesus parallels which were likely left out as the Bum Review was presented as Zod talking about how he tried to sabotage the production.
  • Canon Sue: Santa Christ is a combination God-Mode Sue, Purity Sue, and Black Hole Sue. This was probably intentional.
  • Catharsis Factor: For anyone who's been stalked, abused or harassed and didn't have the chance or courage to tell their abuser off, Critic telling Hyper Fangirl in Christmas Story II that she'll never win him over because he hates her.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y:
    • In the first run, come for the the attractive man who gets hurt a lot, stay for the three-dimensional Jerkass Woobie character.
    • Or in reboot, come for the increase in memetically bad movies being reviewed, stay for the really messed up character dynamics and what Plot Threads will be moving forward this week.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: He doesn't have the long storylines that others do, but his show is probably one of the most character-based on the site and he's started being fond of call backs first set up from at least a year ago. He's also in plenty of cameo appearances, which usually tell you things about the character as well. This doesn't apply to the section of fans who watch just for a trashing of a movie.
  • Creepy Awesome: Tamara in the The Wicker Man review. Critic calls her every word for crazy under the sun but ends up attracted to her, and Doug later on talked about how there's usually backlash with new people/things but 90% of audience loved her in that episode.
  • Critical Backlash:
    • The Bart's Nightmare LP has a lot of issues (not seeing the Critic's face when he's breaking down, the joke was too obvious, the video was overly long, obviously done because Doug was on holiday and needed to get something out etc.), but most agree that it isn't as bad as Doug's constant apologies are making it out to be.
    • Some people can't understand why the “Raiders Of The Story Arc: Transformers” episode is worth apologizing twice over either, as they thought it was funny, a sweet look back on the franchise and he ripped on Bay's sexism without ripping on the man himself like in later episodes.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Can frequently get certain facts about the films he has reviewed or people involved with them wrong. In general Doug doesn't seem to be that concerned in doing much research about the stuff he reviews, certainly when comparing him to The Nostalgia Chick or Brows Held High, since he believes a film should be enjoyed and completely understood on its own without All There in the Manual. Fortunately, he's posted three 'Top 11 Fuck ups' videos listing, explaining, and apologizing for thes.
    • The Michael Bay rant in Pearl Harbor. A lot of people in the comment sections told him that soldiers really didn't have to learn to swim before WW2 because they would have been screwed anyway, and that his point is pretty hollow because of this.
    • In a sketch ironically complaining about Disney film animation errors of history, he calls The Little Mermaid British. Two things, Hans Christian Andersen doesn't even sound like a British name, and Doug knew all about the fairy-tale in his Disneycember review.
    • In his review of Disney's Snow White during the Disneycember month Doug complains that the movie still has "that typical 1940s animation style." Quite odd, since this film was released in 1937!
      • He is very puzzled about Disney's package films from the 1940s and especially the weird stuff they throw together. A little historical background research would have provided him with all the necessary context he needed.
      • While reviewing The Three Caballeros Doug was wondering what kind of animal Panchito is supposed to be? He is a rooster. Again something he could easily have looked up.
    • Ironically does this about one of his own videos in Top 11 F*ckups part 3. During one of the entries, he states he made a mistake in his Gordy review by calling a pan a pot. However, in said Gordy review, he actually referred to it as a pan, making it a rare occasion of not doing research on his own content.
    • He has complained that some elements in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies are not consistent with the TV animated cartoon series, despite the fact that the films were actually meant to be closer to the original comic strip series.
    • In the review of The Cat in the Hat, he criticizes the film for ending on "a cheesy pop song". Problem is, the cheesy pop song in question is Smash Mouth's cover of "Getting Better", which is The Beatles. Oops.
    • In "Top 11 Dumbest Lord of the Rings Moments", he complains that "it's obvious Tolkien wanted to show the strength of friendship" and the movies made it too homoerotic, but Ian McKellen himself praised the films for making the Sam/Frodo relationship almost identical to the books. He also complains about how "frigging lame these lines are", but again, they were in the books.
    • The Sailor Moon review has been heavily criticized for this, with Doug tossing comments around that make no sense to anyone who's watched a significant portion of the show, which Doug seems to have not done. Especially egregious, since shortly after, he began taking his time with an animated series by making VLogs of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series and Adventure Time. And the only things he got right (the consent laws and the lesbian removal, despite how creepy he made both those speeches) was because Linkara told him on the plane journey back.
    • An egregious case, since he says he is a big fan, is in the editorial about Tom and Jerry, where he outright states that Tom always starts the fight, which is dead wrong. A good third of the time it's Jerry who starts it, to the point that many fans of the cartoon see him as a complete ass.
    • Bridge to Terabithia has him complain Leslie being too much of a Purity Sue to relate to her death. Either he didn't know or didn't care that the author had written the book to cope with her son's friend dying from a lightning strike, and said son worked on the movie.
    • The Eight Crazy Nights review's introduction, with the Critic apologizing for the fact it was the only famous Hanukkah movie to represent the Jewish faith, despite the existance of other Hanukkah themed movies, like The Hebrew Hammer.
    • In his review of Face/Off for Nicolas Cage month, he said 'the only reason Nicolas Cage hasn't done a 3D movie yet is because the audience is afraid he'll come out and eat them'. Seems like he missed Drive Angry.
    • In Ghost Rider he seems to think that the Big Bad of the movie, the demon Blackheart, has been made up for the movie and was lazily named. Blackheart actually is from the comics, although there he is much more powerful, intimidating and evil, not to mention looks a lot more Badass. Compare this to this.
    • He misgenders Lana Wachowski in Top 11 Strangest Couples by referring to "The Wachowski brothers". He at least corrected this one, referring to them as the “Wachowskis” in all following reviews.
    • Not that it helps make the movie better, but the budget of Food Fight was actually 45 million, not 65 like he keeps pointing out.
    • His Jurassic Park III review has a curious complaint from him about the film's early classification of Isla Sorna as being 'restricted'. While he does more criticize the presentation, he also treats it as obvious fact; this is not information viewers of the previous films would be privy too, however. When The Lost World ends, we have no idea what the political and legal status of the island is. By presenting us with a caption telling us the island is 'restricted', it shows us that the action about to occur, with the Dino-Soar company performing their para-sailing tours, is in fact pretty illegal.
      • He also then goes on to query exactly why the Velociraptors insist in just intimidating their prey rather than just outright killing them and then taking their eggs, which ignores the point that the Raptors are generally depicted as being intelligent enough that they could be concerned about damaging their eggs during a confrontation, and also ignores the point that in the modern, contemporary animal kingdom, there are a number of animals that use similar tactics.
      • A glaring paleontological error is also visible in that review: He consistently refers to Pteranodons as dinosaurs, which they aren't (they're part of a related but separate group of animals called pterosaurs).
      • His review of The Lost World also has him criticising the fact that Ian Malcolm is only presented with one child in the film, whereas in the first film he mentions having three. Doug seems to have forgotten the dialogue, cynical as it is, about Ian always being on the search for the next 'Ex-Mrs Malcolm', which easily suggests he could have had said three children by as many wives, gotten divorced and not had access/visitation rights to two of them, only Kelly. Doug, on the other hand, treats this like a gaping flaw.
    • He concludes his review of Godzilla (1998) by saying that it "bombed big time." This could hardly be further off the mark. Despite negative reviews, the movie made nearly three times what it cost to make and was the third highest grossing film in the world that year.
    • Out of character example, the Sibling Rivalry video for Jurassic World sees Doug referring to Dimorphodons as "pterodactyls with T-Rex heads" and he's apparently convinced that they're genetic hybrids like the Indominus rex. Dimorphodon is a real species (granted they're not named in the movie and look nothing like their real life counterparts).
    • His Bloodrayne review opens up with him telling Malcolm and Tamara that he, Spoony and Linkara used to team up on Uwe Boll movies. Which would be true...except it only happened once before, for Alone In The Dark. Just because it happened one time before doesn't make it tradition, especially since plenty of other Uwe Boll movies have been handled with none of the three in sight.
    • In his review of The Purge, he repeatedly refers to the gang leader as 'Henry'. But, Henry was the name of the daughter's boyfriend, not the gang leader; he was unnamed and instead given the title 'Polite Leader' by the credits. And the girlfriend calls Henry by name in a clip in the review.
    • A minor example, but when reviewing both the Doug cartoon series and movie, he keeps describing Doug and his friends as "high school kids", even though they're actually in sixth grade. Of course, given that they act more like high schoolers anyway, this is actually a pretty understandable mistake.
    • He thinks that The Swan Princess is made by Warner Bros. when in actuality, it's made by Rich Animation and Nest Entertainment, and distributed by New Line Cinema.
    • He also said that The Garbage Pail Kids Movie was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, when actually it was produced by a smaller company (Atlantic Entertainment Group) and MGM got the rights after a series of buyouts that led to the film ending up in their hands.
    • In his review of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, he was a bit justified in complaining about McNasty being a Devil in Plain Sight but he seems to be unaware that Cooler didn't believe Whopper because he is Crying Wolf personified.
    • While his look at Sonic Sat AM was overall good, there were two big issues. First, he completely ignored talking about some key charactersnote . Second, he painted Sally Acorn as a Princess Classic while ignoring that she could not become a Queen because her kingdom was gone and was already taking great responsibility as the Freedom Fighter's field commander and strategist.
    • This might've been accidental, but in his Matrix review, he states that Trinity is played by Kate Moss, even though she's actually played by Carrie-Anne Moss.
    • In the next review about The Matrix Reloaded, he treats Neo in What the Hell, Hero? fashion for the rest of the review series for choosing saving Trinity over Zion after the Architect scene. Problem is, it was more a case of Take a Third Option. Zion was going to be destroyed anyway. What the Architect was offering Neo was to choose people to be unplugged from the Matrix to rebuild it and start the whole process again, with humanity still enslaved by the machines. To be fair, Critic implies that he was having a tough time understanding what the Architect was saying, not without good reason.
    • In the review of The Matrix Revolutions, he thinks it's ridiculous for Neo to have such issues with a single Smith when before he walked over a whole army of them. He seems to have overseen the fact that Smith has gotten a hell of a lot more powerful after taking over the Matrix, especially after absorbing the Oracle.
    • In his Disneycember review for Maleficent, he expressed surprise that Maleficent was a fairy, but shrugged it off with Sure, Let's Go with That. The traditional Sleeping Beauty fairy tale does indeed say the woman who cursed the princess was an uninvited fairy. Maleficent herself is also confirmed to be a member of The Fair Folk by Disney, though Doug is far from the only person to make this mistake. This may have more to do with how Maleficent harkens back to more traditional portrayals of fairies, as opposed to the more child-friendly fey Disney has helped popularize.
    • Harry Potter: Almost every time he brings the series up, he inevitably makes a mistake concerning it. In particular, his knowledge of the series seems to stem only from the movies (which he also admits to not remembering most of them) and he seems to be under the impression that they are faithful adaptations of the books. In his Secret of NIMH 2 review, he uses Harry Potter and Hogwarts as examples to compare to how Timmy and Harry are both built up before they do anything. Fair enough, it is a major plot that everyone expects great things from both, but what he missed was that Harry was already famous for having done something and spends much of the movies proving himself. He also claims he has an ego based on a joke from the sixth movie, seemingly unaware of Harry's actual status as a Humble Hero.
    • In his review of Dunston Checks In, he opens up with "MONKEYS AREN'T FUNNY!", despite the fact that this movie and every other example he brings up use apes, not monkeys. He later brings this up in "Top 11 F*ckups part 3".
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Critic's "Tickle Me Amy" doll in Congo manages this within the space of 30 seconds.
    • Putting up pictures of starving children that could have been saved with the money wasted on Tank Girl, and then dubbing it a "Big Lipped Starving Children Moment".
    • In his review of Full House the Critic impersonates one of the show's characters giving his daughter a talk about periods: "You may see your body as something unnatural or possessed...because it is. Stop it. Right now".
  • Designated Hero: Turbo can't seem to decide whether Critic should be glorified or not. On the one hand, he's called whiny multiple times, he gets set on fire, and there's a big portion where everyone complains at him for not being honorable. On the other hand, that complaining section could be taken as Power Rangers characters being stupidly naive, Zordon shills his criticism of the film as "restoring braincells to the viewers", and his Blatant Lies of not being afraid of any movie never get called out.
  • Discredited Meme:
    • Discussed in The Wicker Man. Critic's really tired of the infamous "NOT THE BEES!" scene, particular because he feels it makes no sense that this particular unintentionally hilarious moment stands out in a film full of them.
    • He's sick and tired of the "Bat Credit Card". It's given him a twitch, he said in a Critic tribute that it was one of the worst parts of his job. At Shadocon 2012 he said that he was glad Critic was over, because that meant he didn't have to do it again. Now, he will often refuse requests with "I'm tired and don't want to". Also at Shadocon 2012, Rob called both the Jeff Goldblum impression and the Dino!Rob gag done to death.
    • In Forest Warrior, Film Brain is disappointed to learn that Critic doesn't want to do the Chuck Norris Running Gag because he would rather have new memes to annoy people with.
    • Talking about “Of course!” in the Street Fighter real review, Doug calls it a stupid meme that he ran into the ground, and gets confused when people still shout it at him during cons.
    • In the “Tom and Jerry Movie” real review, they state they have no real interest in the “we've got to have money” meme, whereas the fans are obsessed with it.
    • In “Real Thoughts On Casper”, Rob calls the “timing” joke one of the most annoying things about doing Critic, and Doug says he killed it for a reason.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Most people agree completely with his hatred of Horrible Hollywood, copyright watchdogs and executives thinking that kids are dumb, the problem comes from the overly preachy speeches regarding all this, the straw characters and the fact that he never stops talking about it.
  • Critic In Leather Pants:
    • Nice to know that fangirls will forgive you anything if you're cute and cry pretty. The “forgive him anything” part was referenced in the The Lorax, as his straw fangirl gets mad at him for insulting what she likes but then is quick to still adore him.
    • Due to an infantile personality, a tight shirt and abuse/angst on Critic's part, fans tend to forget that Evilina's meant to be, well, evil.
    • Despite Critic outright calling him a sadist, people still want to believe Santa Christ was his usual messiah-like self in Son of the Mask.
    • Because of a whole lot of double standards (Hollywood Homely, Hysterical Woman, Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male) and because her Skewed Priorities in terms of forgiveness are Truth in Television, a large percent of people find the Hyper Fangirl either relatable or adorable. This post is a good sum-up of people ignoring all the shit she's done and hating Critic for yelling at her, something that Doug has brought up himself.
    • Critic The Death Eater: On the other hand, the Fan Dumb example of his care for children being turned into pedophilia is just one instance of people making him out to be far worse than he is.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Ma-Ti, so much so that he got two movies where he had huge roles.
    • Rob Walker, real life brother of Doug Walker, is fairly popular too.
    • Also, Orlando Belisle, Jr. who had portrayed the Critic's Guardian Angel as well as Malachite.
    • People already want more Mara Wilson.
    • Post-revival, we have the Devil and Evilina.
    • After the Wicker-Man review Tamara has become one, mostly because - as Critic lampshades - she's a Fandom Nod to everyone who wants to see him get punished or yelled at for acting badly.
    • Devil Boner was only in Small Soldiers for about five seconds, and already he's got swooning girls and fanart. It's Doug as a bad boy in leather though, so it should have been expected. He returns in “Ghost Rider 2”, and is even more catering to All Girls Want Bad Boys, calling himself “snuggly and soft” and angsting that his mom never loved him.
    • Benny the assassin, for being another (after Tacoma and the Devil) character that actually plays to Malcolm's strengths of being charming, serious when needed, and the Only Sane Man.
    • The rockstar version of Jesus in the "I FUCKING LOVE CHRISTMAS" number at the end of the critic's Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer review. The reason is because it portrays our lord and savior as a badass rockstar who can shred mad riffs.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • While he gets punished with castration at the end, Zod in the Man of Steel review. Just seeing him for the first time makes Critic jump back in terror.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • (Having kidnapped the The Nostalgia Chick) "I am the master, and you are the subordinate."
    • The Other Guy is quite appealing when he's being a smarmy Bad Boss to Todd or being a "dark, shadowy puppet-master" that controls the Critic.
    • At the end of the A Simple Wish review, with puberty having been decidedly kind to Mara Wilson, she joined an exclusive group of people who have terrified the Critic.
    • Malcolm as the deep-voiced, suited devil in Son Of The Mask.
    • In The Wicker Man, Tamara being psychotic and so happy about it is what makes Critic want her to work for him in the first place, and Malcolm proves he's no slouch in the uncomfortably attractive Slasher Smile department either.
    • Reboot!Critic is far more this trope than his usually-powerless pre-To Boldly Flee self ever was. Lampshaded by the Hyper Fangirl (the straw embodiment of his worse fangirls), who gets threatened with being stabbed and that just makes her want him more. One particular moment where he looked badass, hellish and hot all at once was in the Transformers 4 crossover, when he's crouched down on the floor and his eyes crackle with electricity.
    • In Small Soldiers, Doug as the leather-wearing, eyeliner-slathered, punk-haired, gun-toting “evil toy” only has two small scenes. He's still leather-wearing, eyeliner-slathered, punk-haired and gun-toting. Apparently Abusively Sexy too, as he's getting shipped with the woman he blew up.
    • Like clockwork, Film Brain got more fangirls as soon as he played evil in The Purge review.
    • Evilina and Malice, despite the fact that they're meant to be teenage girls at most. Evilina mostly because even Doug perved over Rachel's bust in the Cat In The Hat commentary and Malice because she held a knife to Critic, made him squeak and fangirls admit their weakness.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Bay's indulged speech at the end of Pearl Harbor is the exact opposite moral of Kyle's teachings in To Boldly Flee.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Referring to Doug's most well-known character as the Nostalgic Critic is a surefire way to get yourself flamed to a crisp on the site's forums.
    • After their three big conversations in To Boldly Flee, “The Review Must Go On” and “The Last Airbender”, you'll be considered completely obnoxious if you still call Critic “Doug” and vice versa.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Critic being Hyper's terrified Captive Date for two weeks, with vague mentions of horrible things happening and Doug/Rob snarking later that her logic was like Christian Grey's, was custom-made for the fandom's love of Dark Fic.
  • Foe Yay: Within a day of the episode showing, fangirls were shipping Mara Wilson and Critic. In their defense, he has a habit of having pretty women putting him in his place and making him suffer.
  • Fountain of Memes: Despite still doing them to make fans happy, Doug's not exactly happy about this reputation. At a con Q&A where people were particularly obnoxious with their requests, he had to plead for some actual questions instead.
    • He's also so bitter about the bat credit card that it's given him a Twitchy Eye, but fandom hears that and just make him do it more.
    • A couple of 2012 panels (when the irritation with Bat Credit Card and company started to be explicit) would do a “meme minute”, a minute where people would shout memes, he'd do them and then no other meme questions would be allowed.
    • Deconstructed in The Guyver, as Sage tries to use old memes to make Critic feel more at ease, but “of course!” doesn't work because Critic's set on making “platypus bunny” a thing, and the Losing Horns nearly works, with Critic enjoying that one, but it's ruined by Sage making a “feeling nostalgic?” pun.
    • Slammed again in his Jurassic Park III review, as he hates this reputation so much that he's traded Bad Dreams for “night-memes”, nightmares about memes that he swore he'd never do again but keep popping up, in this case Dino-Rob.
    • He tells Film Brain in Forest Warrior that he can't do the Chuck Norris gag because that was the old him, and the new version wants new obnoxious memes to be associated with himself.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In The Wizard review, he makes a Running Gag of being a twenty six year old guy with a crush on the kid Lucas. This is made extremely awkward by the actor who played Lucas going on to be a child molester.
    • In his Alone in the Dark (2005) review, they point out how the Big Damn Heroes start shooting the zombies without knowing why they're there and that they might just be innocent civilians. Then they show a few minor TGWTG characters walk into the scene and get shot. One of them is Ma-Ti...
    • The scene that contains the original "Psych! Heil Hitler!" gag, where he makes jokes about shooters yelling out "Heil Hitler!" before shooting. In 2014, a white supremacist was arrested for the murder of three men, and yelled "Heil Hitler!" when being taken into custody. One of the scenarios he poses is the assassin posing as a teacher, definitely not funny when you think of school shootings.
    • Critic's vaguely desperate lyric of “I'm not crazy” in “Are You Sick Of Let It Go” is wrong anyway, but as he's coupling it with an opinion it's also awkward timing. See, this was filmed a day before “The Ice King's Glasses” went online, where Doug went all out and had a shaking ranting plea to hate him for other reasons than just his opinion, which broke the fandom base and led to half ripping into him for, to sum it up in nicer words, being too crazy against them.
    • In his Jungle 2 Jungle review, he mentions that due to the Russian antagonist's silliness (and that the actor, David Ogden Stiers, played other "silly" Russian characters in other Disney films), that they, as a people, are not to be taken seriously and he even included a picture of Prime Minister Putin, saying that he "seems like a funny guy". Given the recent conflict between the U.S. and Ukraine, we realize that yes, they should be taken seriously.
    • At the 25:45 in his review of the Purge he asks: "Who would actually be inspired by such a ludicrous idea." Two weeks later...
    • His review of The Room, where he compares Johnny hitting his fiancée to a football player hitting his wife. Not so funny after the Ray Rice debacle in 2014 and the outcry it caused over the NFL's handling of domestic violence cases.
    • In his review of To Boldly Flee, the Critic brings up "the ratings for Glee" as an example of how much the real world sucks. This joke made sense as a diss when the review was shot in late 2012, but by the time it was released in mid 2013 Glee's ratings were taking a well-publicized nosedive; because of this, it can come off as the Critic chastising people for not watching the show anymore.
    • The opening skit for Jupiter Ascending, about how Tamara!Lana might be better being played by a man or a trans man, is not all that funny once you read real!Lana's speech about feeling so miserable presenting male that she once tried to kill herself.
  • Glurge: There's a couple of moments between Evilina and Critic in The Cat in the Hat that are meant to be sweet, particularly after his big speech (which some also considered to be this), where she tugs on his clothes and tells him she likes the book better. Problems that ruin the effect of this? He keeps calling her "kiddo" or "child", which just sound weird for him, for the most part they pissed each other off, and last but not least, he hit her in the back of her head and told her to stop crying.
    • Even people who are American and loved South Park felt like he was projecting and going too far into eagleland at his number one pick where he said that "the country needed South Park after 9/11 because it taught them to laugh again". He could have done what he did for "Bart Gets An F", just admitted that it effected him personally, and it would have been as emotional as he wanted. The straw fans following the common episode trend for having zero humanity for his "touching speech" didn't help either.
    • The Lorax review went overboard on the preachy speeches for a lot of people. The Cat in the Hat had at least Evil Versus Evil and Nightmare Fuel to offset reboot's typical “Critic makes a cloying-music-backed speech to a straw villain” formula, and Critic being the hero to executives again felt Moral Dissonance after he got called out for Took a Level in Jerkass by everyone from Rachel to Sage.
  • Gratuitous Special Effects: In the Alice in Wonderland commentary, Doug thought these were to the review's detriment, as he had to choose between working on making the ending as Tear Jerker as he wanted it to be or editing the effects, and only had time for the second option.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The early videos are incredibly slow-paced, he shouts more, the jokes aren't fantastic and the character isn't exactly interesting. But then he starts challenging the Nerd and the quality in everything improves from there.
    • The Nostalgia Critic started out reviewing parts of the movies, and not the entire thing, but as his videos went on, the jokes eventually developed and the reviews eventually covered more of the story. While still fairly low by say, television standards, his production values have increased dramatically since starting the site. His review schedule has been consistent too.
    • The Critic really started catching fire around the time of Batman & Robin, probably the most solid of his early reviews and one of the first done expressly for the site.
    • As... bizarre as it sounds, character-wise, he was cemented and made consistent (i.e being more as like we know him today) from Follow That Bird onwards.
    • Before The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, the Critic was quick to caustically declare practically each and every film he reviewed as the worst film that he had ever seen. After The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, he began to take a slightly more analytical approach to his reviews, with the reasoning being that he was never going to see a film as bad as that one again.
    • Post-revival, the show has seen a noticeable rise in production values. Doug now has the benefits of a studio instead of just a corner in his living room, a larger cast and an extra week to work on episodes since he decided to release a new review every fortnight instead of once a week.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The third NC Fuck-Ups in light of Scooby-Doo. When you're so alone that you're reaching out to spend more time with Douchey, you're in a fairly dreadful state.
    • In The Wiz, Todd and Critic's agreement that there'll be no praise of Joel Schumacher while the latter is still alive. This was just two weeks before the Scooby-Doo review that was intended to end the show.
    • Scooby-Doo is a painful episode, opening with an improvised rant about how Critic knows he's a Cash Cow Franchise with no friends, but it ends with him deciding to do something with his life, continuing this determination in To Boldly Flee and in the Plot Hole. Except his goodness was retconned to be a parodox in "The Review Must Go On", and he came back having given up on that.
    Critic: I mean what's the point in trying to change anything? I am where I am, nothing's gonna make it any different.
    • In Bebe's Kids, Critic loathes the Esoteric Happy Ending of the lead being treated like a good parent, comparing treating children badly to killing people and leaving them to be like Hitler. For The Cat in the Hat, he treats Evilina badly and leaves her alone when he's meant to be looking after her.
    • The Shining commentary had Rachel admit she was scared of Doug in the threatening scene, say she was only doing sexist jokes for money and get 'teased' by Doug's dad for being stupid. Bad enough, but worse when that's her last commentary before leaving the site.
    • A combination of this and Hilarious in Hindsight: The Richie Rich review has Doug mocking the scientist character creating a robot bee, sarcastically saying that he's sure there'll be many uses for it. Later, the global bee population has dropped to such drastic levels that scientists actually have turned to developing robot bees to help sustain the ecosystem.
    • "Are You Sick of Let It Go" is a massive Take That against internet personalities who cover/parody elements from recent hit movies in order to make themselves more popular. You have to wonder if Doug was speaking from experience.
    • Character!Rachel will get a lot more sympathy in Master Of Disguise after she ends up terrorized by Critic in The Shining, and Critic firing her can be awkward after real!Rachel leaves in Face/Off, with Doug admitting in The Wicker Man commentary that she was going to leave after Catwoman but moving plans fell through.
    • In the second Fuck-Ups video, Doug puts his (now removed) autism joke in the Ernest Saves Christmas review at #1 and gives a genuine apology for making it in the first place. Nowadays, due in part to more and more people faking the condition in order to get attention, certain uneducated bigots have been known to say far, far more hurtful things about autism than the joke Doug made.
  • Hell Is That Noise: There's a growing-in-pitch whining noise that plays at the beginning and end of the Critic's first trip to purgatory in Scooby-Doo.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • While That Kind of Song from the Les Miserábles review already had the Reality Subtext of Paul and Elisa already being engaged when it was made, the part where they mention picking their first baby's name and come up with name suggestions becomes even sweeter with the birth of their son Grey.
    • Dr Smith expressing concern in It over Critic's drinking becomes better after you find out that he's Critic's dad and the woman he married was an Alcoholic Parent.
    • The first commercials special with Critic being comforted from a breakdown by commercials gets more weight when you hear Doug in cons talk about having a DVD of commercials that genuinely calmed him down when he was feeling bad.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Not just probably being the most in-fully-fledged-character on the site and disregarding Kickassia and Suburban Knights, Doug really did well in the first commercials special. He even produced tears.
    • A lot of it's down to Fan Dumb, but there's something to be said for how many people believe he's really suffering badly in real life when it comes to some of the movies he watches.
    • All the more apparent when he interacts with con-goers. Nobody's taking it seriously, but while he's in-character making woobie faces or whatever the situation calls for, if the audience is meant to be - say - an angry mob, they'll be laughing instead.
    • The Scooby-Doo review worked precisely because Doug is excellent at being an emotionally manipulative little bastard. The meltdown at the beginning was so convincing that some people thought at least parts of it were semi-autobiographical.
    • Tamara in the “Princess Diaries 2” review. Hyper Fangirl is awful, manipulative, pathetic and scary all at once, and when she's having a breakdown post-Almost Kiss about Critic needing to tell her what he likes so she can like it too, it's genuinely painful to watch.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Par for the course with any critic.
    • In particular, his reviews of Transformers, The Matrix and Temple of Doom have drawn considerable flak from their respective fanbases.
    • Oddly (or maybe not), ever since Doug started dropping the anvil in 2011 that an opinion of a movie doesn't make you a good or bad person, Critic, Bum Reviews and his own vlogs have been getting more of this venomous sort of reaction. The latest complaint has been people getting upset that Critic doesn't like Joel Schumacher, when that should have been obvious.
    • He is really not liked in the Sailor Moon fandom. But contrary to what dismissing people think, it's much less that he didn't like it (as you'll find very few who like the dub), and more the Double Standards, the Critical Research Failure, the Dude, Not Funny! jokes about teenage girls, and that he didn't even attempt to find out why the first Magical Girl show meant so much to women.
    • Gleefully anticipated (as of writing) for the Man of Steel review, as Doug said at Alcon "I'm going to piss you all off and I'm going to love it."
    • Fans of The Hunger Games were annoyed at the 'Battle Royale rip-off' joke in Bridge to Terabithia, though it more stemmed from confusion at Doug having originally gushed on it for being so good for girls and was now going for the Never Heard That One Before joke.
    • While it wasn't panning, some have reacted badly to him saying he'd cut out quite a few scenes in The Big Lebowski.
    • An inversion with the review of The Wicker Man remake, which got some criticism for the Critic focusing too much on its So Bad, It's Good status while ignoring its failures as an adaptation of the original (Doug's commentary implies that he hasn't seen it), and that it deserved the kind of analysis The Haunting remake got.
    • With the hate he had for them in the Disneycember review, the Sequel Hook at the end of Small Soldiers, and the total joy about bashing them in posts and the "Long Live The Earth Queen" vlog, girls with fond memories of The Princess Diaries movies and a worry about his track record with female nostalgia (not to mention Hyper Fangirl) got extremely nervous before the episode even came out.
    • Their, specifically Rob's, V-log review of the Grand Finale of The Legend of Korra revealing Korrasami being canon didn't exactly win them any fans as it comes off as a Straw Critic incarnate of the ignorant part of the fandom with all the Critical Research Failure and Cultural Posturing that Japan's been doing the same thing for years. note  and every "point" he made was already and eloquently refuted by Word of God three days after it aired.
    • The backlash to his Big Hero 6 vlog was so big (where he called it token and So Okay, It's Average, meanwhile going on forever about how everyone must love Frozen) he referenced it in the first five minutes of the The Matrix review.
    • Doug's dismissive view towards It Follows hasn't won over any fans, especially when he hypocritically praised FilmUnfriended in contrast despite the latter containing several Pet Peeve Tropes of his (Excessive Jump Scares, the main characters suffering from Eight Deadly Words, etc.).
    • After Doug's giant rant on Jurassic World, he says he feels like Profion “feed me your rage” and Rob tells him he'll be on a FBI Most Wanted List before mocking most of his criticisms, which makes this an example essentially in-universe too.
    • According to Rob (who also called people insane just for thinking it was good, so take with pinch of salt), the “Vocal Minority” who enjoyed Jupiter Ascending crucified Doug for not liking it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • During the review of The Room, the Nostalgia Critic is visited by colleagues from the future who warn him that he "must not review this movie". Guess what? He later had to take the video down, because he was threatened with a lawsuit about the review. For the record, this is the only review of his that it's happened to.
      • After getting said threat, the Critic decides to satirize the situation with an impression of Tommy Wiseau doing a "Tommy Wi-show." More than a year later, Wiseau actually does come out with The Tommy Wi-Show with the the help of Machinima.com.
    • In the Spoony/Critic/Linkara review of Alone in the Dark (2005), Spoony enjoys typing "I like to wear women's clothing" into Critic's computer. In his review of Captain America, he casually reveals that he made Critic dress up as a dirty ballerina in Spooning With Spoony II. Black Comedy because the Critic hung himself, but still funny all the same
    • The Nostalgia Duo's complaining about Batty in Ferngully takes on a whole new amusing twist when Nella and Elisa find out much later that the Chick has major Perverse Sexual Lust for him.
    • In Last Action Hero, the Critic tells the kid to "leave the plotholes to me, it's my job."For a while, it really was his job.
    • Doug commented on the possibilities of Superman using his Kiss Memory Wipe powers from Superman 2 on his Rogues Gallery. Robot Chicken seemed to have the same idea.
    • When reviewing The Langoliers, based on the Stephen King story, a character remarks on the nature of time travel and says that it isn't possible to go back in time to stop Kennedy from being assassinated. Critic says that sounds like an awesome idea. King later did exactly this with 11/22/63.
    • In the same review, the Critic talks about the writer/director of the miniseries, whose name is Tom Holland. Tom Holland is also the name of the person who was cast as the new Spider-Man.
    • In his review of Red Sonja, he begins by apologizing for making fun of Mako in his TMNT review the previous week, mentioning that Mako did voices for shows like "Avatar: The Last Airbender, which [he] had never heard of". Come 2013, and not only has he heard of the show, but he's watched it all the way through and it's now his favorite TV Show of all time.
    • In the Moulin Rouge! musical review, Oancitizen has a cameo where he loses his cool at the fact that he was denied the chance to sing. Cut to 2013, and he stars in another musical review, this time of Les Misérables.
    • In "The Review Must Go On" Critic allows Doug to do all his new show ideas except for Demo Reel. A few months later, Doug promises that Critic will make an appearance in every episode of the game show. He's also in the opening credits of “Shut Up And Talk” (from Greg Sestoro's episode). This was even more amusing because it was one of the first shows Doug made now that he was free of Critic.
    • Shortly after declaring January 2014 Nicolas Cage month, Community and Hollywood Game Night both did episodes that centered around him (a subplot and a single minigame respectively) that aired in January.
    • During his review of Hook, Critic makes a joke about whether or not the writers of LOST came in at some point. This is kind of funny, considering they actually did.
    • In "Top 11 Damsels in Distress", Critic complains about Peach being helpless in every main game, and her role in Super Mario Bros. 2 didn't count since that was a dream. Come Super Mario 3D World, she's once again playable and not a damsel in distress, and it wasn't a dream this time.
    • “The OTHER Animated Titanic Movie” had Rob playing Emperor Palpatine, with Critic as his Darth Vader. Fast forward to To Boldly Flee, and Rob is playing a Palpatine expy, with Snob as his Darth Vader seeing as Critic was quite preoccupied with saving the world.
    • In the review for The Lorax, he responds to the very reclusive Lorax by saying "My god, we've finally found Bill Watterson!" A month later, this came out.
    • It's amusing to watch Critic dismiss Snob's increasing crazy in Bloodrayne knowing that it'll end up biting him in the ass.
    • Critic's Gay Panic over LittleKuriboh in bed with him at the start of “The Top 12 Strangest and Best Couples” becomes amusing when one watches a 2012 Kami-Con panel with Doug and LK, and finds that Doug is the one flirting with Kuriboh because he's weak for British accents.
      • When Critic throws Little Kuriboh out of the room, he yells "go back to Team Four Star". Due to issues with his Blip account, as of September, 2014, Little Kuriboh's work is now hosted by TFS.
    • The "Top 11 South Park Episodes" list involves an doth protest too much-overload of Critic telling everyone You Need to Get Laid. It turns out later that he's been pretty starving for sex himself, even going as far as to use a Rogue figurine as a wank toy.
    • Ghost Rider 2 had a load of cameos, with Critic bitching about the audience being entitled and demanding whatever they want from him. That bitter pandering becomes amusing when Kyle released the first part of his Beauty And The Beast musical review, with just the first song number involving over thirty cameos.
    • During his review of Home Alone 3, he says, "What is this? Die Hard 5? What does this have to do with Home Alone?" Then in 2013, there really was a Die Hard 5.
    • In his "Top 11 Coolest Cliches" video, when pointing out the Dramatic Choir cliche, he ends up mentioning if there would be a Star Trek choir singing in Klingon. There's actually a track on the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack entitled "The Kronos Wartet" that happens to be sung entirely in Klingon!
    • His going on forever in the Sailor Moon review about the transformations being Male Gaze fanservice becomes more amusing when Viz Media didn't even allow men (unless it was being a girl's partner) to the premiere party of Sailor Moon Crystal. Guess it really wasn't intended for men after all, Critic.
    • In the Wicker Man review, at the end of the intro made for Nicolas Cage month, "Nicolas Cage" says, "But if they ever made a live-action Winnie the Pooh, I'd play Eeyore." Now they actually are making a live-action Winnie the Pooh.
    • In the Steven Universe vlog of "Gem Glow", the after-the-fact intro notes that the DVD that they based the vlogs on had the wrong order and they'll sort it out. Understandable, but it makes the in-vlog Rob mocking that they should never read the comments to get names right (even though they had) amusing because they probably wouldn't have found out the fuck up if they decided to do that.
    • In his review for The Lost World: Jurassic Park he complains about a dinosaur throwing a car into a tree. In the LEGO Adaption Game for Jurassic World, Indominus rex is capable of throwing cars with ease.
    • Doug and Rob's Gravity Falls vlog of “Little Gift Shop Of Horrors” was filmed before the vlog finale but came out the same day. The former has Rob tiredly ask why Doug is obsessed with gay stuff and Doug respond with the fact that legit gay characters are awesome, which makes it amusing when they talk about Korrasami in the latter, and Doug is bouncing around excited and Rob is happy but also more dismissive because Japan did it first.
  • Ho Yay: Spoony/Critic/Linkara in the Alone in the Dark (2005) review. There's one such moment when Spoony forces Critic's computer voice to say "I like wearing women's clothing" (serving as lulzy foreshadowing to SWS2 where he made Critic dress up like a dirty ballerina) and Linkara looks rather interested.
  • Hoyay Shipping: Partly because Critic/Malcolm has power issues and partly because fangirls/the LGBT Fanbase just desperate to have some of the love they got pre-comeback, Critic technically being subservient to the Devil starting from The Cat in the Hat got grabbed as the only non-Foe Yay pairing available.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: He's a skinny guy, but he's got enough puppy fat to piss people off. Parodied in the Chick/Critic crossover of The Chipmunk Adventure when he mentions his manboobs and lifts up his shirt to reveal a perfectly slim chest.
    • Then there's the people who notice how twig-like he's looking in 2013+, and listen to how much Doug seems to think he's still overweight, but still urge him to get skinnier because he's hotter the thinner he gets.
    • Invoked in “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”, as he asides that he eats junk food and pats his non-existent double chin saying he's not the skinniest guy, but Doug had admitted in momocon that he Forgets to Eat so much that people are starting to think he's sick.
    • Tamara gets a lot of crappy comments about her weight (which really isn't that heavy, she's just shorter than her co-workers) but unlike Doug she'll usually mock anyone who insults her like that.
    • Played for Laughs in The Monster Squad with Jason, as he's supposed to be the fat kid but Critic complains he's supposed to weigh fifty more pounds. Rob then takes his role, and while he's the former in his Fat and Skinny thing with Doug, that's only because Doug is far too skinny. Rob is actually a reasonable weight.
  • Hollywood Homely: In the Scooby-Doo review, young!Critic is supposed to look like a stereotypical teenage boy with spots and everything. Except this is Doug in a black t-shirt and for once an actual decent wig, so it comes as more he just needs a rest and those measles will go away.
    • His and young!Critic's comment on pre-fame Isla Fisher in the same film give off this impression as well. Okay, she doesn't look the same as she does post-fame, but it does give that impression.
    • Doug tried to make Tamara's Hyper Fangirl as pathetic-looking and unwashed as humanly possible, giving her a mentally ill Hysterical Woman personality to match. Didn't quite work, as a load of men (missing the point of the whole stalking is bad even when it's female on male thing) are calling her adorable or sexy.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: While the "men can't get sexually harassed" message of the commercials special is supremely horrifying, the awful-to-women parts ("the angrier women get at advances they don't want, the more attractive they are" right after the said message, and the later mocking of Canada's rape awareness PSA) never seem to get a mention when the Unfortunate Implications of the episode get talked about.
    • Doug himself has brought up that skits are complained about just for being skits (not even going into Nostalgia Filter, if it had always been just reviews we would have never got the Nerd rivalry for example), but when he does a post-comeback 'basic review' note  they get no views in comparison. He added in a momocon interview later that all the latter reviews get is purists gloating that they got their way, but again, not actually watching them enough to get sufficient hits.
    • Again with views, Doug in “Real Thoughts on Nostalgia Critic Reviews: The Matrix” says people called him a cocksucking whore for reviewing the first movie and that he should review the sequels, but those videos got far less hits.
  • Internet Backlash/He Was About to Pan It, Now He Sucks:
    • Doug Walker put Matilda as #3 on his "Top 10 Movies I Hate but Everybody Else Loves" and said that he was going to make a scathing review as The Nostalgia Critic, which angered so many fans that he decided to cancel it.
    • He has gotten a lot of flak for reviewing Last Action Hero.
    • The fans really wanted him to review TMNT. When he finally did, at least half the fans got mad at him (though for some, it wasn't so much the review as it was the infamous Mako joke).
    • His ice bucket challenge video, where he went on about how it was a corny fad that he shouldn't be caving into (and he didn't even do it, note that actual ALS people have) didn't earn him any points and made him look like a childish dick.
    • The sexual harassment jokes from Dawn Of The Commercial - from finding the advert itself hilarious, to “men can't be harassed/women angry at being harassed are hot”, to making it a Running Gag with Rachel hitting on oblivious guys, to the Canada PSA – got him plenty of backlash, and the creation of Hyper Fangirl note , along with Doug dismissing anyone who complained both in The Room commentary and “The Real You” vlog only digged him deeper.
    • Doug talked about the concept in a Zenkaikon interview saying that pre-reboot, if he got backlash on something he'd be nice and not do it/apologize, but after comeback, backlash on anything means he'll automatically do it.
  • Idiot Ball: Malcolm and Tamara's mutual intelligence rapidly increases/decreases depending on whether Doug needs Critic to be in the right during a particular episode or not. Like with many things this was 'solved' with meta, as Critic says in Food Fight that their smart levels are at the mercy of his writing.
  • Idiot Plot: Maybe the "Nostalgia Cricket" joke in the anniversary reviews would have been better if he didn't specifically show clips from other characters calling Critic, well, "Critic".
  • Informed Wrongness:
    • He acts like Canada are killjoys for a Mood Whiplash rape PSA, but never acknowledges that, for a statistic as bad as "1 in 2 girls will be sexually abused", getting that message out was far more important.
    • Critic himself gets this stick in the Christmas Story II review, telling his stalker kidnapping fangirl that he can't stand her, but she gets upset and he's the one who feels guilty, getting told by Santa Christ that he was a douche (even when he tries to say she did awful things to him) and the ending of the episode implying that he likes her. Notably, as revealed in the behind the scenes, Rob messed up his "you're a douche" line because "I'm so used to her being the douche", and the original Santa Christ scene was considered even meaner. Doug sort of cleared things up in a Midwest Media Expo panel, saying Critic was in the right to yell at her.
  • Iron Woobie/Jerkass Woobie:
    • Mainly because of Doug's delightful obsession with making him look like a pathetic failure most of the time. No matter how many breakdowns, rages and general crap he's gone through, he's strong willed and will always eventually come back fighting.
    • Doug says that the Critic is "pathetically proud and proudly pathetic".
    • Showcased in the Baby Geniuses review. He randomly attacks pedestrians for no reason, but we're also hearing his Inner Monologue at the time, and he's seriously in need of a hug.
    • The Cartoon Allstars commentary adds another element to it: he yells at things because he's desperate and scared, not necessarily because he's "rargh, angry".
    • Almost calculatingly done in the promo the Game Heroes did. He's kidnapped, tied up, treated badly, manhandled and is terrified to the point of tears. When was this released? The day Kickassia premiered, where the sympathy-inducing bits wouldn't start for a few days yet.
    • Reboot!Critic is far more jerkass than woobie (ironically, given the joke that he's on the woobie page in "Why Is Loki So Hot"), but he managed to hit both in Food Fight. On the one hand, as he only did the film for money it's deserved that he didn't get as much as he wanted. On the other, his disgust with being the Cash Cow Franchise has been made explicit since Scooby-Doo and it's only fair that he has a tantrum about failing at that too. There's also the Hyper storyline in which he's Master of the Mixed Message for various reasons and has been violent in his refusals, but he's been stalked, hurt, kidnapped (and got very close to Stockholm Syndrome) and nobody around him is on his side even though they dislike her too.
    • Evilina. She's great at torture, thinks dramatic suicide is funny and has very little empathy, but when Critic is so awful to her that he makes her cry, it's hard not to feel bad.
    • Hyper Fangirl is a creepy, egotistical, melodramatic stalker to the Critic who tries to guilt trip him when he won't sleep with her and is so happy at the thought of mind rapeing him, but she's young, is taken advantage of by men with more power, has evil voices in her head, is desperate for friends and on that note is severely delusional.
    • Tamara herself (the character, not the rl person). While dangerous and sadistic, she's right a lot of the time about Critic's issues, gets just as much abuse from him, is treated like the Yoko Oh No by Hyper, and in The Monster Squad really wants to be included, even defeats the monster that was making Critic and the others depressed, and is still called worthless.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: A common reaction to “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”. Unlike most uses of this excuse, they've got somewhat of a point, as he acted like anyone who liked it had no interest in the movies he deemed better and had formed their identity based on this franchise. A lot of people watched both this and X-Men, and just felt like seeing things explode for a few hours.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: An unfortunate consequence of being the headline of the site, with haters saying that "he'll get lots of hits from the lickspittle no matter what".
  • Jerk Sue: Critic's self-righteous rants towards straw villains like Soulless and TMZ don't really work when he's never called out on bashing actors after being told not to by his creator, hitting kids because they're annoying and selling his soul in a worthless deal. All the more irritating as he never got away with anything pre-reboot.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Even Doug thinks the main reason why people watch the Critic is to see him work himself into a tantrum, cry and/or get victimized. But he learned the hard way that this is not necessarily the case, as his Let's Play of "Bart's Nightmare" (featuring him playing the horrible SNES game complete with cursing and palpable frustration) was met with... well, less than widespread approval. Thankfully, the next review, James and the Giant Peach, got it right again with jailtime, meekness and gun-induced Happiness Is Mandatory.
    • Lampshaded in Ghost Rider 2 when MikeJ says that the Critic is actually quite mediocre at his job, but he's happy to do a video with him because the Critic still pulls in a ton of viewers regardless.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In the fic world, nearly everyone on the site has had a go with him. And it's not just limited to the site either.
  • LGBT Fanbase: As shirtless scenes, Homoerotic Subtext and rants against gay stereotypes increased, so did his LGBT audience. Genderqueer and trans especially had hearts in eyes for his misgendering rant in Patch Adams, and the fanon that he's genderfluid but is overcompensating towards male because of issues doesn't hurt either.
    • He's lost a lot of it thanks to some homophobic remarks in the reboot, though.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
  • Magnificent Bitch: Tamara in The Wicker Man review, manipulating men with whatever they want (Critic- an abusively creepy psychotic woman to hurt him, Malcolm- a chance to get back at his boss, Snob and Spoony- a cute girl who gives them compliments) and stringing them along so she's the one who wins.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Not only is Santa Christ both Santa and Jesus, he rides a rocket ship (and a Harley!), hangs out with Mr. T, played bass guitar for Aerosmith, and reads stories to sick kids.
    • He also atoned for all our sins, saved puppies from a fire, goes surfing in space, makes really good fondue, shoots lasers from his eyes, mends your curtains for free, fights monsters for fun and he also likes pancakes.
    • In the review for End of Days, he shows up and gives the Critic a Sega Genesis. ...or a board game, or another awesome random present! No real reason, he's just that awesome.
    • He even turned the Devil into a box of HoHoHos.
    • The Motherfucking T-Rex from Jurassic Park
  • Memetic Molestee: He's a bit like the fanfic fandom's designated rape victim. Not for Hurt/Comfort purposes, just for funsies.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Sex God:
    • Due to Ask That Guy licking his pipe and Doug's love of blowjob jokes, it has become heavy fanon that he's really good at oral. His fellating a joystick in the rematch against Angry Joe didn't exactly help this perception. Also exploited in The Last Angry Geek's Bad Future episode, as the site has been taken over and all he's allowed to do is give oral.
    • The whole "everyone loves seeing him in pain" thing.
    • Every time he shows off his tenor voice, a girl's ovaries explode.
    • For a character that was literally there to a boy's toy parody, Devil Boner created a lot of girl!boners.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Some fans seem to forget that the Critic's a manic-depressive, tantruming manchild who reviews crap because he has nothing else in his life.
    • It's not just fanboys who are guilty of this. The worst case scenario for fics is that he'll just be an air-headed pretty boy who does nothing but cry and be in need of saving.
    • While humor is always subjective, the point of the LP was that Critic thought it was going to be the easiest thing he ever did and so failed miserably like he does at everything. If he did it perfectly, it would have been out of character.
      • Confirmed gently as "Critic's an idiot who has no common sense" by Doug in his commentary.
      • Speaking of the LP, after James and the Giant Peach people wanted even more punishment and apologizing, ignoring that the basic gist of the video was "why is there so much bile for one bad review?".
    • Also, his show isn't meant to be about a professional critic, it's humor and reaction first and foremost, and thus complaining about the Nostalgia Critic "not being a real critic" misses the point.
    • Critic said very nicely at the end of the first fuck-ups video that you can criticize his mistakes as much as you like, just don't be a jackass like Douchey (who was a parody of the kind of fans who treated the mistakes like they were inexcusable). So what did fans do? Kept on screaming at him, just tagged the messages with "Douchey McNitpick moment".
    • Catwoman (and especially the male academia rant) got him a lot of MRA fans who were then disappointed to go back in pre-comeback Critic/Doug videos and find that both persona and actor thought the idea of being a "menimist" hilarious.
    • Food Fight ends with the very spelled out Hoist By Their Own Petard of Critic's greed for views being his undoing, but most of the comments are calling him a Magnificent Bastard or a hero for watching it, showing that they either skipped the character bits or just completely missed the point.
    • Despite him really not wanting her, and sort of proving his point about fangirls not actually caring about his feelings just how cute he is, Critic/Hyper Fangirl was shipped as a One True Pairing from her first appearance. Because of this, Doug stated at MomoCon that he was going to make the storyline as miserable and awful as he could.
      • Aside from the shipping aspect, maybe it's for the best that the fangirls who forgive him for everything he does because he's conventionally attractive didn't realize they were being mocked with the Hyper Fangirl, even when Rob stated twice (in the behind the scenes and commentary for Lorax) that Doug was being intentionally mean to them.
    • Some encourage and like way too much Critic's abuse of Rachel, Malcolm and Tamara, and whenever the three try to push back, their punishment is demanded. Reasons vary from bigotry to misblaming, but fact is considering Critic a cute good guy in The Shining is pretty creepily missing the point. Doug more or less tries to point this out himself in the "Disney Afternoon" commentary, saying that Critic deserves every comeuppance he gets from being awful to his underlings.
    • Film Brain was surprised and disappointed to learn how many people wanted to defend Chuck Norris's homophobia. Evidently, Doug was expecting it, writing Critic “supporting” Chuck but being in firm Anti-Role Model land.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Of a sort. You can get cutesy pink Hyper t-shirts with the caption “original fangirl”, which is odd as Doug compared her to Christian Grey and has complained at people for leather pantsing her.
  • Misblamed:
    • After Mara Wilson took the Critic down a peg for bitching about A Simple Wish, fans acted like she had been pissed off at Doug for disliking her movies, when in reality she was angry at the fans harassing her with "lol Critic hates your stuff!"
    • People who don't like where they came from will blame Rachel and Malcolm for everything (often in sexist and racist language), even though unlike in Demo Reel, they have no input in the scripts and Rachel said they just show up and get told what to do.
    • Crossing over with Scapegoat Creator, people who hate any particular episode will solely blame Doug and ignore the fact that he co-writes (excepting editorials and the very rare main episode, Rob was quick to point that Doug did Sailor Moon by himself) everything with Rob, who tends to get selectively ignored quite often.
  • Moe:
    • Cute? Check. Big eyes? Check. Subby? Check. Weak generally? Check. Socially awkward? Check.
    • And the young!Critic shown in Scooby-Doo fits the bill even more, as he's innocent, has high hopes for the future, stores his cuddly toys proudly on his top shelf and shows traces of his older self's Papa Wolf tendencies.
    • Evilina, especially when she's in cutesy fangirl mode.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Hyper Fangirl proves how completely far gone she is in “Princess Diaries 2”, by breaking into Critic's house, kidnapping him, and forcing him to love her via gun-point, threats and desperately-invoked Stockholm Syndrome. And when both he and her assassin tell her that she's got to stop this, she has a Villainous Breakdown. Even Tamara thought she was scary.
  • MST3K Mantra: At the end of "When Is A Movie Just A Movie", where condescending that it's your own problem if you get hurt by a movie he plays this song. Then he's says that if ''he'' gets upset then that's allowed.
  • Narm: All the backed-with-sappy-music speeches against straw villains in the reboot. Lampshaded in The Master Of Disguise when he says the movie music's more invested than the actor, and Power Rangers when a monster cuts him off, but the speech in the latter still happens anyway.
    • Speaking of speeches that didn't have the benefit of lampshading, they could get a little ridiculous in The Lorax. Like “fad is one letter away from fade” is not exactly a great argument, and for Doug's many talents, he's really not that great at delivering sappy morals over shots of crappy expanding.
  • Nausea Fuel: The Christmas Story 2 eggnog made in the beginning of said review. As the disclaimer says, the boys really did taste the concoction, so Doug is genuinely about to vomit into the sink before credits roll.
    Jeremy: Well, what other reaction would you have expected?
    • With the faster cuts, the Enforced Method Acting screaming from The Wicker Man, Tamara's gored hands and the various clips of Rachel and Critic getting beaten, the Ghost Dad-starting opening theme can get this reaction.
    • In the "Nostalgic Commercials" video, this is Doug's reaction to the Magic Potty Baby commercial.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Doug has admitted to regretting "Bat Credit Card" and the review it came from because having to do the joke constantly does a number on his voice and he felt he could have done better with the episode. But unfortunately it'll be a cold day in hell before Critic/BCC stop getting associated with each other.
    • The giant Fan Hater TMZ rant in "Top 11 South Park Episodes". TMZ were pissed at Doug for going overboard in hating their fans, which led to the AI episode that made Doug and Rob look like bratty children, and Doug eventually regretted both the tantrum and the latter review because he felt like they were some of the cruelest things he's ever done.
    • In real reviews/sibling rivalry, Doug gets teased plenty about off-camera calling people who liked the Mortal Kombat film pussies and not real MK fans when a) in that review he told them they could like what they like and b) he didn't have any reason to be angry as Rob was the one who got He Panned It, Now He Sucks.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • Sailor Moon was hated so much that it got two articles detailing the Unfortunate Implications, but it's the first review of his that comes up when typing "That Guy With The Glasses" into google, so the viewcount must be seriously high.
    • In “Real Thoughts Of Bridge To Terabithia”, Doug smugly tells everyone who didn't want him to do it that “it's about to hit a million views so nyah” (and when it did was overjoyed at people being as sick as he was), and “little girls dying equal good comedy”. And later on he giggles about the “incredibly mean-spirited” title card and how it's one of the nastiest things he's ever done.
    • Also pointed out his change in attitude succinctly in this interview.
    Doug: That [not doing Matilda] was in early days when backlash meant I wouldn't do something, nowadays if there's any backlash it means I will do it.
    • In a momocon interview, he mentions Man of Steel review getting people angry, and thus it's the one of the most viewed videos.
    • In the Soos And The Real Girl vlog, Rob mentions the Sailor Moon backlash and wonders if there's anyone Doug hasn't pissed off. Doug just laughs that the only reason people watch him now is to get angry.
    • Bragged about in “Real Thoughts on Nostalgia Critic Reviews: The Matrix”, as Doug says he reviewed a movie that a lot of people liked because it gets good hits, and Rob tells every negative comment that you gave them a view so they don't care what you're saying.
    • In the “real thoughts” review on Signs he calls this his favorite thing, where people don't want him to bash something cos it meant a lot to them but it still got a ton of views.
    • To a lesser extent, Tamara used this belief to promote Hyper Fangirl's Character Blog, as she said even you hate the character you should follow her anyway. It worked, considering Hyper has more facebook followers than Tamara's page.
  • No Yay: Critic goes between hitting on That SciFi Guy (wanting to see him naked in Total Recall (1990), invading his personal space in Star Trek month) and treating him like a son who's unable to respect a parent's authority. It could just be to mess him around, but it's a pattern that doesn't happen with anyone else.
    • Of all the people fangirls wanted to use Critic's tie as a leash and get in close, Santa Christ had to be pretty bottom of the list.
    • There are a couple of people who missed the point and made cutesy art of it, but Critic/Rachel in The Shining slip way too easily into abusive husband/abused wife roles. And aside from the people in Misaimed Fandom, most really don't want Critic/Hyper Fangirl to ever be a possibility.
    • Shipping of Devil Boner and Lady Love Embrace popped up on tumblr pretty quickly, which is a little disturbing as he blew her up after five seconds of meeting her.
  • Older Than They Think: Because Scooby Doo came out a few days after the Ultima finale and both dealt with some pretty intense issues of self-esteem, some overzealous fans accused Doug of ripping off Spoony. They missed out on the fact that Critic breaking down completely over how bad his life was had been set up since at least My Pet Monster.
    • What he said in the Romeo and Juliet editorial. While there are plenty of essays on the subject, soon after the video came out, Kyle tweet-recommended John Green's much more detailed deconstruction.
    • Burton Land is not a new concept.
    • Even he said in “Top 11 Things You Never Noticed About Ghostbusters” that this was in no way a new idea, or that most wouldn't already know the things he was pointing out.
    • MikeJ did three whole videos in defense of the Star Wars prequels, and they got very little attention in comparison to Critic's “Top 11 GOOD Things from the Star Wars Prequels”. Mike himself pointed it out on Twitter.
    • In “Is Sleepy Hollow Brilliant”, he explains how the movie is a tribute to Hammer Horror films like it might not be intentional and this is his own theory, but Burton had confirmed all this in his commentary.
    • While the reboot sketches have plenty of issues (see Unfortunate Implications) and are a lot shinier in production values, people act like sketches at all is new to Critic. To give a big example that isn't just him being a character who was developing first and foremost (see Doug's big speech in To Boldly Flee), the end of the Garbage Pail Kids movie had him travel in time, meet his older selves, become a Talking Poo and show off a ridiculously cool singing voice.
    • To everyone amazed to how The Purge review got Rob Paulsen (and Maurice LaMarche) to do a skit for Doug, they'd already been introduced because of Demo Reel. Doug explains this himself in the commentary.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The cameo from Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen at the end of the Purge review. They even reprise their roles as Pinky and the Brain.
  • Opinion Myopia:
    • His video on Hype Backlash is tinged with this, as he assumes everyone who backlashed against (mainly) Frozen, Star Wars and A Christmas Story liked them to begin with and just got tired of the media pushes rather than how the trope usually goes with people believing the hype and being let down by the movies themselves.
    • “The Dark Age Of Movies” is him complaining hard about the summer movies of 1996-2001 and ending it by saying “be grateful about most of the movies of today”. While he has a point, it's still somewhat hypocritical considering he was the one who made a big deal about wanting no cut-off date.
    • In the Age Of Ultron Sibling Rivalry, they (especially Rob) straw any complaint about the movie as Franchise Original Sin and critics “realizing” that they hyped up the first film too much so “have to correct themselves”.
  • Padding: Doug's been known to occasionally make a few jokes about a movie, and then stretch them out a tad too far.
    • The worst was him laughing with the outfit of one of the protagonists in his review of "Saved By The Bell", which kept going and going and going...
    • The phone conversation between him and Adam Sandler in the Eight Crazy Nights episode goes on for over two and a half minutes. In the “real thoughts” review, Doug notes that he gets that people think it's an Overly Long Gag, but needed it as “catharsis”.
    • In the The Purge commentary, Doug admits that the Pinky and the Brain sketch is a lot like the overly long skits they do on Family Guy, and that he wrote the whole review around that joke.
    • The "America" joke from the Denny's commercial from his fourth Commercials review. That is all.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • His review of TMNT and Pokémon: The First Movie could be seen as this.
    • Also, by popular demand, the Critic finally reviewed The Movie of his childhood torment, Doug, and boy, did he not like what was in store for him (save for one character and one scene each in the entire film)!
    • Some fans have accused Doug of bringing back the Nostalgia Critic due to this. In reality, it was more a Be Careful What You Wish For version, as he said in commentary that he connected Donnie/Critic due to all the demands to bring Critic back, and hoped everyone who 'asked' was pissed off about it.
    • He was accused of this not even an hour after he released his review of Sharknado (2013) for Nostalgiaween. Brad Jones casually admitted later that he was only asked to do it by Doug "because it was popular at the time". Doug himself revealed later (at an Anime Midwest panel) that Michaud had ordered him to do it.
    • The Word of God reason why he talked about the show so much in his The Last Airbender review, plus the running gags based on it.
    Doug: I have so many people from the Avatar audience are watching me now that I have to mention the show.
    • Lampshaded with the opening of Dawn Of The Commercials, with a giant fake audience begging him to do another special (that's actually about something nostalgic no less) and him basking in the attention.
    • After the Fan Dumb reaction to the trilogy of Doug interpreting something differently, then discussing how people get too involved with fandom, and finally just giving a call-out, his plan to replace regular editorials with quick Cracked-style lists about easter eggs in popular nostalgic movies (with editorials "every once in a while") seems like an effort to appease.
    • Despite Film Brain wanting to do it, Doug said in the “Dad's Dungeon” vlog that he'd got so many requests to review Food Fight that the fans were going to win eventually. And they did.
    • Bloodrayne with Critic/Linkara/Spoony reviewing an Uwe Boll movie again, stooge slapstick, Snob in a few cameos, an “Adamantium Rage” joke from Linkara and minimal Malcolm/Tamara. Critic seems to be aware that this trope is in play, as he's depressed about having to do it and calls out Linkara/Spoony for arriving like it's a big deal.
    • Doug literally tagged the Small Soldiers review as “after years of requests”, and as a bit of extra info, people had actually voted for it to be his finale, but Doug had declared The Points Mean Nothing and did the far more apt note  Scooby-Doo movie.
    • Gets the insulting Be Careful What You Wish For right the way in his “Ghost Rider 2” review, complaining about how ever since he did the first one, people have been whining about wanting him to do the second one, and now he'll give into their entitled bullshit. The record number of cameos - Malcolm's devil, Evilina, Devil Boner, Angry Joe, MikeJ doing the crossover with him (and insulting him every chance he gets), Film Brain, and the Ghost Rider pony - are shameless in pandering as well.
    • "Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes". The preview has Doug lampshading the clickbait title, and also quasi-spoilering how special the ending is a To Be Continued featuring Dante Basco just to get people going over to Maker a day early to watch.
    • Care Bears Nutcracker was sixth on his “Nostalgia Critics I'll Never Do'', but it's the last review of 2014 given the millions of requests for him to do it, even after that list.
    • At the end of the 50 Shades Sibling Rivalry, Doug tells all the people demanding that he'll most likely do a Critic review of the movie and take off his clothes at least once.
    • He completely lampshades “The Plot To Frozen 2'' as “clickbait designed to get more views” and does it even more with telling the audience to pick something for next week: the 2014 TMNT movie with the Nerd. (Plus in Doug's stinger, you only get a preview of the episode if you come to the next con he's at.)
    • Given that Doug's been complaining for years about how much he hates doing the Bat Credit Card reaction, and Critic himself hasn't done it in a long time, doing it in the Transformers 4 crossover has huge shades of this.
    • The “Real Thoughts” series seems a lot like a plan to combine Sibling Rivalry and Critic into a new popular thing to get hits, especially given that you can request movies for them to give their real opinions on. They might be aware of this, as they've been Money, Dear Boy gleeful about views in at least two episodes.
    • In the t-shirts advertisement at the end of Osmosis Jones review, Doug openly says “you asked for them, we're caving under peer pressure like pure bitches”.
  • Periphery Demographic: Let's be honest, a fair amount of fangirls (and guys) just watch him 'cuz he's cute and suffers in an appealing way, not because they care about what he's reviewing. Lampshaded at the end of The Wicker Man where he casually brings up that he always gets more views when he's suffering in a fetishy way.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: The Nostalgia Critic was officially retired in the last part of To Boldly Flee. For viewers who didn't or chose not to watch the anniversary special, the Scooby Doo review also serves as finale for the character.
  • Recycled Script: The Pearl Harbor skits were heavily...based on the missing Demo Reel episode of Transformers, but with the sympathy reversed. Donnie was treated as the bad guy for wanting to pander to Transformers fans, and his handsy sexuality is never questioned. Michael Bay is the well-meaning second-coming and there's plenty of Queer People Are Funny. Tacoma and Rebecca refused to go along with sexist and racist portrayals, but Tina A and Dawg are just sexist and racist parodies.
  • Reviews Are The Gospel: Some of his fans believe that his word is law, praising/complaining about movies because he did likewise. Doug has said that his character Accentuates the Negative, and even encourages people to watch the movies he riffs off — but ironically, those law-taking people tend to ignore him on that one.
    • In the video commentaries, Doug will often say that many of the movies reviewed aren't that bad or maybe even watchable and entertaining, it's just that as the Nostalgia Critic, there's little incentive to point out the strengths of the film. His criteria for choosing movies isn't so much based on the quality (or lack thereof), but on what he can target to make an entertaining review, which he outlines in a few videos including a Top 11 "movies he will never review."
    • Nella actually slammed the people who responded to her calling Oz: The Great and Powerful sexist with “but Doug liked it!”
    • Was also mocked by Omega (Diamanda's wife), who wonders if Doug knows that his fans use his opinions to try and bully other producers.
    • It's not uncommon for Korra/Adventure Time trope entries to coincidentally appear on this site as there's a vlog where Doug expresses that opinion (like for Korra, Win Back the Crowd got added as soon as he said he liked season three). Note that this is a guy who has been yelled at a lot by Rob or friends for hypocrisy and not remembering anything.
    • Reprimanded by Critic himself in the Les Misérables finale song, with “will you form your own conclusion, or give up and follow me?”
    • At the end of Doug's It Follows review, he strongly asks the people who'll just agree blindly with him not to comment, as he wants to find out if he just didn't understand something obvious, because he knows he does that a lot and can't seem to help it.
  • Rewatch Bonus: There are a number of character important lines in his reviews that you can miss on the first go.
    • After Rachel calling Critic out in The Shining that he's never nice to her, and how easily they both slip into the abusive husband/abused wife roles, her behavior in Master Of Disguise makes a lot more sense.
    • After character!Malcolm's Sokka outfit in “The Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes”, pay attention to 'Sokka' and 'Katara' in The Last Airbender and how similar they are to character!Malcolm and character!Rachel. Sokka/Malcolm lets Katara/Rachel take the lead and is pretty easy-going, though knows that Critic is an asshole coward. Katara/Rachel gets upset at Critic's behavior, punishes him for it, and has a vengeful streak (see Master Of Disguise) that she blames on Shyamalan but is really just putting Critic in his place.
    • Dr Smith being Critic's father oddly makes sense, with kindergarten!Critic drawing his parents as monsters, Smith expressing concern for Critic's drinking in It, and Critic's mix of both affection and disdain for him.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Despite Doug saying constantly that he just makes videos and Rob/Michaud often keep him in the dark about business, fans will blame him for how not-so-great the site is run. Mostly because he can be easier reached than Michaud, and has a tendency to not fight back. Noted by Lewis, who has said Doug has no power even though everyone seems to think he does. He's not completely blameless for site issues, telling Lupa (who had been hounded about midrolls) that she just needed a better work ethic (amongst other things), blocking people who try and talk to him about it Hope on Something Awful saying he's horrible at communicating and Lindsay agreeing that he stays in his own world, but still Rob and Michaud have a lot more control than he does.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Some people have this opinion after the series was uncancelled, due to more controversial statements, actions and criticisms people feel are hypocritical when old reviews are taken into consideration, an Anvilicious tone, sketches that go nowhere, an over-reliance on Straw Critic and the fact that his character arc's resolution was undone.
    • Some of the people who liked the revived series began to quit it come mid-2014, where they felt that the Critic had become more mean-spirited, more hostile towards anyone or anything he doesn't like to the point of insulting people who disagree with him (some even feeling he's become a Straw Critic himself), skits that overstay their welcome, and ridiculous amounts of Bias Steamroller.
    • 2015 has been even worse. In addition to several of the above problems persisting, many have been turned off by several of the videos being little more than an Author Tract rather than an actual review, spouting off viewpoints that are clearly supposed to be Walker's rather than the Critic's in-character, and the Critic now getting much worse when it comes to reviewing very recent material, including breaking his previous restriction and looking at ''Jurassic World," while it was still in threaters; leaving the "Nostalgia" part as an Artifact Title.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: While online reviews have been around almost as long as the 'net itself, the half review/half comedy skit format was really his own. In the wake of his popularity came several other DIY critics, many with legitimate filmmaking and film theory credentials, who have arguably improved on that concept. Then again, Doug has mentioned that he has no problem with other people doing his schtick, seeing as there are plenty of movies he will never get around to or want to review.
  • Selective Squick: Let's just say - in stereotyping terms - fanboys and fangirls react differently to his shirtless scenes, fellating joysticks or going off for a group masturbation session with his friends.
    • Much to fangirl/male-attracted-men upset, the reboot swung it the other way. For example, while the Catwoman review is exploitive, Doug later at Connecticon got on all fours and licked sugar out of a girl's hand, and while he lampshaded after how dangerous it could have been, Tumblr still thought it was adorable.
  • Shallow Parody: Sharknado has a parody of Mythbusters where they act like Kari Bryon is just meant to be the hot chick who makes bad puns. She actually took out the engine block of the phonebook bulletproof van, cut a tree in half with a Gatling Gun, and certainly does more than the skit lets on.
    • Doug's borrowing of the Family Guy joke that Randy Newman supposedly sings about whatever he sees happening around him. Not only did he steal this joke for his own reviews up to four times by now: it also shows that he actually hasn't got a clue what Newman's music is all about (to be fair: the Family Guy writers obviously didn't either). Never in his life has Newman written songs about stuff he supposedly sees and his topics are far more adult and thought provoking than this one-dimensional baseless parody suggests.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Malcolm's Devil/Ask That Guy. Reasoning being that Ask That Guy has canonically has had sex with the TGWTG version of the devil (who can change form).
  • Shocking Swerve: The Critic invokes this in his review of Devil when the devil turns out to be M. Night Shamyalan in disguise, but it's actually foreshadowed given the devil defends the movie throughout the review.
    • The Strangers, on the other hand, come right the hell out of nowhere, and to people not aware of the history of the two movies (in particular the accusations that The Matrix ripped off Dark City), then they will feel very out of place.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Stuff that is made for kids needs actual effort, you can't just half-ass it due to the assumption that children are dumb.
    • The amount of times he's stopped the review to complain about children getting mistreated is far too high to count, but the Close To Home aspect is never forgotten so it never comes off as an Author Filibuster by Doug.
    • A third is made clear in many different videos: that it's alright to have a different opinion about a movie; there's no need to start a flame war over it.
    • While it might veer off because Critic says at the end of Princess Diaries 2 she'll most likely come back, the Hyper Fangirl episodes and vlogs note  as of "Princess Diaries 2" are very clear on just because someone is The Tease or Master of the Mixed Message, their “no” still means “no”. Plus, just because you're a fan of someone pretty who bashes the things you want bashed, it doesn't mean you know or love him.
      Continuing on from that, Tamara's fifth and Midwest Media Expo Hyper vlogs seem to mention a lot more that Hyper's a stalker (while still keeping her oblivious to what she's doing), the latter has her even turning to the camera and saying “I'm gonna stalk Critic. Like I do.” You'd think that would have a Viewers Are Morons vibe, but Doug at the same con ranted about the character's Misaimed Fandom.
    • Less for aesop and more for Misaimed Fandom, Doug has been trying to tell people for years that Critic is a shoddy reviewer (for example, the goodbye scene to Film Brain in To Boldly Flee was written by Rob to get through Creator Backlash issues and Doug expanded it with character-self-loathing improvisation). The Honest Trailers parody at the start of Planet of the Apes forgoes subtlety or character and hammers it home for a fair few minutes in a “truthful preview”.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • While it can be argued this happens a lot with his low budget effcts, a glaring example is in the Garbage Pail Kids review towards the end. When the DVD is floating in the air, much of the DVD's edge has green screen residue on it. While unintentional, the commentary by Rob and Doug seems to indicate they thought the effect worked better that way considering how much they hate that movie in particular.
    • This makes the Devil review somewhat awkward, as it all takes place on a badly green-screened elevator and a lot of the times you're distracted by how fake it looks, not helped by Critic often sounding glitchy.
  • Squick:
    • As hilarious as the "Neverending Story 3" meltdown was, we really didn't need that close-up of his spitting into the ripped-up DVD cover.
    • Did Rob really have to do the Santa Christ voice for the first commercial pedophile call?
    • Vomiting onscreen in Star Trek V. To make matters worse, a bit of whatever liquid he used stays on his chin for the rest of the video.
    • The beginning of Pearl Harbor has a porn scene where a submissive Dumb Blonde actress rises up onscreen after a "pop" noise. That she's played by Doug's ex, who he's exploded and chained up, doesn't help the exploitive feeling.
    • During the A.I.: Artificial Intelligence review, the TMZ logo is shown over footage of people vomiting. With good reason, but that doesn't make it any less unpleasant to watch.
    • While he didn't get to that point and it went into Queer People Are Funny instead, the anvilly Call Back to Spooning With Spoony in “The Strangest And Best Couples” has an unsettling “victims become the abusers” intention.
    • Even the people all up for Doug's tendency to give crotch shots fanservice have bad memories of the talking dick scene in Sailor Moon review.
    • While the effect is clearly fake, if you don't like Eye Scream then you're not going to like the end of his Mamma Mia! review.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The "male academia" line in Catwoman gets treated like some huge Straw Feminist moral of the movie that's worthy of Critic proudly calling himself a sexist, but really it's just one line that's a clumsy attempt at addressing the real issue of male-dominated fields ignoring the accomplishments of women.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: If one considers the “Uncanny Valley” review a sequel to the “Critic Reloaded” reviews (which would make sense as they're both Doug reviewing his own work), then it has got this reaction, having far more character moments (including two hope spots where he tries to fix himself but can't) and better criticisms than having gimmicky amnesia and relying on insulting the Female Gaze of Suburban Knights and To Boldly Flee instead of any plot issues they had.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Doug has gone as far as to recommend torture scenes stretched out even longer for anyone who can't stand Critic in the reboot.
    • In Maven's “Monster Mash”, he's cast as the zombie that nobody can stand, he's late because he killed a little girl, Maven calls him a “reanimated dead guy” and he leaves sad and defensive.
    • At the end of The Uncanny Valley, while Diamanda also blows up Nash and Rob, Critic (he wasn't in the scene, just so happened to be behind the camera) is the only one she wants to see burn in hell for a while before she reverses time.
    • The ending of Food Fight cuts off one of his patented self-righteous speeches to tell him that he wasted his time being Only in It for the Money (something that he's been openly admitting since Sailor Moon) because people are fickle enough to be bored already, and that's what breaks him enough to have a Selina-style meltdown, not the movie itself like everyone first thought.
    • In the Bad Future montage of Last Angry Geek's Future's End episode, he's the only one to get really punished, having all his craved-for power taken away from him and crying as he kneels down to give Snob a blowjob.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Since the gaze changed from Prime!Critic's and Demo Reel's female to male, if comment sections were any indication, some guys just watched to make creepy come-ons at Rachel and hope her last name was prophetic. Now that Rachel has left, the brigade moved onto Tamara.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Among the many legit criticisms of the show since its return, there's also the rather baffling ranting and raving over the different wall behind the Critic. This eventually even got written into the show as Doug was simply bemused at why so many people had an issue with a completely irrelevant bit of set dressing.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Some Critical Research Failure is understandable, but the polite leader in The Purge is supposed to be Critic's favorite character, and yet he still gets his name wrong. 'Henry' is the boyfriend's name, said polite leader is just named polite leader.
    • His entire review on Sailor Moon can come as this, even going above the Critical Research Failure lines, as he seems to have no clue what the show was actually about, spends more time ranting about how they look older than they are (Critic/Doug, admitting himself he does not watch a lot of anime, does not know about the Animation Anatomy Aging) and hence more wanktastic, with an almost hastily rushed admittance that the series "sort of" is better in the Japanese version.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Brentalfloss in the Les Misérables review. He's undeniably hilarious, but he gets very little screen time, and he doesn't even get to show off his impressive singing due to forcing his voice to resemble Russell Crowe's.
    • Malcolm's Devil. People really want to see him again, think he's sexy and dignified, and Malcolm himself treats it like the only substance role he has, but he hasn't appeared or been mentioned since 2013's commercials special, and not even Malcolm knows if he's ever coming back. Subverted finally in "Ghost Rider 2", where he and Evilina make a cameo after a long time away.
    • Not that there weren't interesting or good things (the meta section especially) about the plot in “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes”, but according to Doug, there were a few complaints from people who wanted more discussion from Dante about the show he was on than just fighting for most of the episode. He complains about this while somehow comparing himself to Batman.
    Doug: When you get Superman and Batman together, you don't want to see them discuss what it's like to be a superhero. You want to see them fight.
    • The witch in "Dawn of the Commercials" and the Happy Madison audience in the Eight Crazy Nights review could have become reoccuring characters, but they were only used in those reviews, and since Rachel left the Nostalgia Critic and the Happy Madison audience were killed off in the Eight Crazy Nights review, is very unlikely that those character will ever appear again.
    • Malice in Alice in Wonderland was Cute and Psycho, had What Beautiful Eyes, held a knife up to Critic whenever he annoyed her, called him out on his insanity and was with him in the studio at the end, but never appeared again.
    • Getting JonTron in the intro for 2014's Nostalgia-Ween to say just one line. Despite using the intro for every video that month. It could have been a Couch Gag where Jon saids something different each time but nope, Jon just attacks Critic every week for reviewing Food Fight. No mention was made of the fact Jon had also reviewed The Lost World either.
    • Tamara's Cruella De Ville looked and sounded far too perfect just to have a five second cameo in the Jupiter Ascending review.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Critic Reloaded reviews of the anniversaries. Instead of being cruel because of amnesia, how cool would it have been - with all his Character Development amassed - for him to react to realizing Chick was trying to kill him in Kickassia when he trusted her so much, or to express guilt over how badly he treated Film Brain?
    • The Sailor Moon review was also considered a missed opportunity, as Sailor Moon has many occasions that the Critic could've used for comedy, and yet he never bothered, and also decided to forgo research, despite help from Lewis.
    • Ghost Rider features the devil and his child prominently, along with plenty of deals, but maybe because Rachel is gone and Evilina can't appear, neither Malcolm's devil or Critic's contract with him even get a mention.
    • Snob going crazy in Bloodrayne was well-acted by Brad and interesting, but just kind of ends in the middle of the episode with no resolution other than him wanting to know why nobody is paying attention.
    • In terms of jokes, this secret gives a good reason why it should have been Pinky ranting at Brain at the end of The Purge.
  • Token Minority: Malcolm and Rachel (and recently Tamara) often seem to be there to play the part of a black or female character Doug needs for his review.
  • Tough Act to Follow: While Les Misérables got comments like "best episode of the reboot", it was never going to top Moulin Rouge! with all of that review's character-driven songs.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • From the Catwoman review, the "the cat-man trapped in the catwoman's body" (Malcolm as Eartha Kitt). Malcolm admitted on twitter that it was pretty humiliating. He elaborated towards the end of this panel, saying that he respects people who do drag, he just couldn't do it justice and had actually slumped down in his chair when he read the script.
    • The post un-cancelation reviews seem to be making a habit of unintentionally insulting women. His 'Sailor Moon' review has barely begun when Doug puts his foot squarely in it by implying that any little girl who watched and enjoyed 'Sailor Moon' would never have been interested in something like 'Star Wars', complete with a sketch of Darth Vader voiced by Serena. Any girls who grew up constantly being scolded or ridiculed for liking media 'only meant for boys' most likely gritted their teeth for a moment at that part of the review.

      Doug's comment when posting an article that respectfully criticized his review for being sexist, which was first 'I loves me some hate!' and then acting like it was just a difference of opinion, didn't help matters either. Nor did calling it "Jail Bait = The Show" at a convention a few weeks later.
    • The above issues - particularly those relating to the NC's seeming insensitivity around gender roles - have been present in episodes prior to the reboot, as well. Rob and Doug at least apologized for the considered to be worst one - Airborne - saying their point that his passiveness was hypocritical didn't come off too well, and Doug had this to say later.
    • "Why Is Loki So Hot?". Women complained because they felt like they were being condescended to, especially with his assumptions that they like a bad boy because he'll owe them sex if they're nice to him and will be their attack dog, and LGBT fans questioned why he even made the video if all he was going to do was be violently, alienatingly Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?.
    • The ending of AI, with male crossdressing being worse than affairs, racism or being a hooker to goats, and the insinuation of the directors being gay setting off Critic's Berserk Button. It was probably meant to come off as bashing hypocrisy and their missing the point, but with the straw of the TMZ workers, how cringey the above "sins" were played, and Reboot!Critic's own tendency to make homophobic jokes, as well as attack actors for nothing they can control, it made LGBT fans extremely uncomfortable.
    • Discussed by Malcolm in a video where he read out racist comments directed at him and expressed worry over whether a black guy playing the Devil was sending out a bad message or not.
    • Again lampshaded by Malcolm in the Man of Steel behind the scenes video, as Doug makes a point to make Rachel act like "the most obnoxious Jewish mother ever" and Malcolm says that's iffy coming from someone part German.
    • Malcolm notes in The Shining behind the scenes footage as being extremely uncomfortable with his white-face, and not being sure that he can make it not offensive.
    • In the 'Dawn Of The Commercials' review, the Critic outright states that men can't be sexually harassed because they're way too oblivious to women coming on to them, even reinforcing the statement with sketches. Especially weird since being a rape/abuse victim of both genders was a big part of his backstory. In the very same review, he uses a photo of killer Anders Breivik to represent Norway and Norwegian people. He apologized for it a little later on his Facebook, having been unaware who he was. He also addressed the first part in his commentary for his The Room review, with a snide 'Yeah, I'm sorry I know we've had it so tough in the past', probably showing that the Unfortunate Implication that men can't be harassed, is actually intentional. Which gets pretty confusing when you listen to interviews where he says he gets panicky when people flirt with him.
    • Rob brings up in the Lorax behind the scenes that Tamara's straw fangirl (who is intentionally weirdly dressed, looks like a Basement-Dweller and is revealed later to be Ax-Crazy) who forgives Doug anything because she wants to sleep with him is really quite misogynistic, especially when Doug is taking how she looks from fangirls he sees at cons. Tamara furthers the insult by calling the fangirls that she sees at music concerts slutty because you can see their butts in their shorts.
    • In his Princess Diaries 2 review he continues his charming casual homophobia, bashing the title characters for supporting a gay prince. The way he words it, as "[...]let's show we're pro-something even though it distracts from the fact we're not saying anything funny", manages to simultaneously convey that he doesn't think a pro-gay moment is worth anything anymore and that he thinks character nuance is unwelcome in lieu of mindless comedy. Doug brings this up in the commentary, saying "You gotta find the intent of the comedy. The one moment where it's like "oh yay we're pro gay!" Well, so what? A lot of people are."
  • The Untwist: It was obvious that Critic wasn't dead in Ghost Dad, because if he had been he would have been immediately getting tortured in hell for the deal he made in The Cat in the Hat. Might also count as Rewatch Bonus because you're expected to remember that plot point and be glad at the end that Doug's actually remembering it too.
  • Values Dissonance: Aside from the bigger problems in the Sailor Moon review, he snides that Serena is “your typical blonde Japanese girl”. While not mentioning the show, “white blonde” Japanese characters have been discussed.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Now that his character arc is done, some might say Critic is the least interesting thing about the revival. Lampshaded in The King and I, he finds out people are more interested in complaining about his wall than listening to what he has to say, and used to his advantage in the Les Misérables (2012) musical; after the disastrous Sailor Moon and the Base Breaker reputation of Nu!Critic in general, Critic (while still technically the main character) takes a backseat to all the other producers and is only in the spotlight when he starts the crowd songs, so becomes easier to take as a result. Also lampshaded gleefully in The Monster Squad, as when Critic says he's the White Male Lead so only he can do the review, Malcolm counters that the other character-tokens are far more interesting. Critic doesn't exactly disagree.
  • Villain Sue: Played for Laughs. Critic in mostnote  of the title cards is hard-lined, psychotic, is willing to belt kids or perform coat-hanger abortions and gets away with everything. The real Critic... doesn't.
  • Vocal Minority:
    • Most people who find him attractive wouldn't dream of A) hurting him B) being a creeper C) insulting his fiancée. Trouble is, a few would do all those things and they're the loudest.
    • Following the reboot of the show, there's a Broken Base between those that prefer the skit-based reviews with a larger supporting cast and those that want the original style of the Critic just yelling at the camera. Doug has said in commentaries that while he occasionally does the latter to appease such fans, it's the skit-based reviews that get more hits.
    • Noted by Doug in the season 1 Daredevil finale vlog, talking about Steven Universe vlogs, as he wonders if there's actually a large audience who'll watch them or if it was a loud minority. Then both him and Rob say to get more people watching so they'll go through the episodes faster.
  • Wangst: Played for laughs when he gets news that a friend of a very distant relative has just died.
    Critic: [crying] Feel bad for me!
    • His complaining and tears in Son of the Mask got less sympathy and more people asking why he came back from the Plot Hole when he was happier there.
    • Critic's depressed complaining in Bloodrayne about the tradition he's forced to do (have Linkara and Spoony review an Uwe Boll movie with him) is treated as such, with Tamara/Malcolm being tired of it and Linkara/Spoony forcing him to slapstick with a pie in the face.
    • Hyper Fangirl started off like this, acting like a friendzoned Emo Teen drenched in self-pity because Critic didn't want to fuck her, but as soon as the voices told her to stalk him harder, she became a deluded Stepford Smiler who took Critic's death threats as him showing his love, making her far creepier and trainwreck-like.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit:
    • Both Doug and Critic agree (the former in The Review Must Go On and the latter in To Boldly Flee) that Critic is a terrible reviewer mostly because he relies on pop culture references. Not that it doesn't stop him doing even more in reboot.
    • The general thought of the Harlem Shake Take That at the end of The King and I. Lampshading that you're cashing in on a dying fad doesn't really excuse the fact that you're still doing it.
    • "Old vs New: Amazing Spider-Man" came out only a couple of weeks after the new Spider-Man movie was released. A lot of comments were apologizing for not being able to watch the review because they hadn't managed to see the film yet.
    • He's not particularly kind to the ALS ice bucket challenge in his own video about it, calling it corny, a fad, like Harlem Shake, and assuming it'll be over by the time he does it.
  • What an Idiot:
    • In his '08 Halloween Special, he gets a baseball bat instead of his usual weapon, thus allowing Teddy Ruxpin to wake him up with his own gun in his mouth and later kill him.
    • In the Star Trek III episode, with his complaints about never being listened to, you'd think he would have to started to realize something was wrong when The Sci Fi Guy was being far too nice to him when he was about to die.
    • If your parents were the kind to do something horrible to you for just a tame comeback (i.e "this is the 90s, old man"), would you really try and piss them off on purpose just because they didn't like your romantic partner?
    • His intelligence decreasing was lampshaded twice in The Guyver, as Sage has to tell him he ran around screaming in a circle and came back to the room he was just in, and later he takes twenty seconds to realize he'd just been insulted.
    • Telling Tamara and Malcolm, in the most condescending way possible, at the end of Ghost Dad that he was just faking being a ghost and wanted to humiliate them for his The Dog Bites Back torture in The Wicker Man. As he knows they have a right to be angry at him anyway, his stupid even gets lampshaded and he said previously how good it was to be dead, the point might be that his masochist side realizes he deserves punishment.
    • Alice in Wonderland: He at least stops when she holds out a knife in warning, but dope slapping Malice three times when he's seen her kill three people. He had no way of knowing she wouldn't just stab him in the brain right off.
    • The Swan Princess shows he didn't learn from The Wicker Man or Ghost Dad in the slightest, as he mistreats Tamara/Malcolm again, ignores their outright plan to punish him, and oh look he gets punished.
    • While it goes without saying that he doesn't deserve to be stalked, keeping the hyper fangirl around (despite her issues and despite the fact that he doesn't like her) just because of his fragile ego bit him in the ass when she got in the studio.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: In the Sailor Moon review, the Critic goes on a tangent discussing the transformation sequences, interpreting it as something squicky due to its "fanservice", and going into detail about Japanese laws and value differences. This comes out of nowhere and feels he was just reading too far into it. Add the fact the intended demographic of the show (like the young female demographic) didn't take much notice, and the fact he himself admitted they didn't even look 14 (and even including her in a earlier list of hot anime girls) and it becomes even more confusing.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: He himself is apparently an example of this, much to Doug's distress, as in the Fight Fighters vlog he says he's met a couple of ten year olds at cons and tells them he really wishes they wouldn't watch him. Critic references it in-universe at the beginning of “Why Lie About Santa”, where saying that makes a ton of children cry and he gets upset because they shouldn't be watching him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: "Why Lie About Santa" may have had religious undertones, but he sure didn't make them overt enough to warrant complaints from people from other religions or view points. Yet, in the review of "The Worst Christmas Special" Doug's brother Rob is asked to talk about the meaning of Christmas and starts rambling. One of the things he says is that it has all to do with the birth of Jesus, while in reality festivities now associated with Christmas were already celebrated centuries before Christ was born. The Church simply adapted these popular pagan rituals and made them about Jesus' birth instead.
  • The Woobie:
    • Dark Rob.
    • Ma-Ti and Dr. Smith, although Ma-Ti's woobie-ness got played out far more in a certain special.
    • Rachel's characters. They're usually either there to be sexualized, slapped around and made to cry, or both. No wonder she misses Rebecca.
    • Malcolm (the character, not the actor) is pretty Weak-Willed, cowardly and happy for extreme payback, but Critic abuses him horribly for no reason a lot of the time, and he's particularly shaken after bearing the brunt of it in Disney Afternoon.
  • Yoko Oh No:
    • Some of the creepier Nostalgia Chick fanboys clearly see him as a threat, even going as far to respond to the awkward date with threats of killing him in his sleep. It goes the other way as well.
    • Like her husband, Robin is a Base Breaker. Some love her because (from what Doug has said) she's The Caretaker for him with infinite patience, and she's also a Yaoi Fangirl who encourages him being The Tease, but there are others who are ridiculously fat-shaming, blame her for everything he does or just trash her out of jealousy because she has Doug and they don't.