YMMV / The Nostalgia Critic


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  • Acceptable Targets: Has his own page.
  • Accidental Aesop: Hyper's plan in The Princess Diaries II – pander to Critic's male boner tastes so he'd be into her, with him even saying he's shocked she's into this stuff and it being revealed she's not – left people thinking they were insulting “fake geek girls”. Even if it came off that way, Doug has insulted people who think those girls exist before (especially when foolish comments accuse Tamara or Rachel of it) so it probably wasn't intentional.
  • 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, and has tweeted she wants to make a video walking him like a dog.
    • Doug and Rob encouraged shipping of themselves for a long time, with Doug stripping for Rob, Rob barging into Doug showering, and it still pops up every now and then with them asking for incest art and fanfic.
  • 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. Rob talked about in the Devil real thoughts about how he still thinks Santa Christ is basically good, but lets loose his frustration on Critic.
    • 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.
    • The ending of the Christmas Story II review. Ship Tease? Or that Stockholm Syndrome kicking in? He reminds her of the kidnapping, Doug confirmed Stockholm in said kidnapping episode, when she runs up his eyes still look scared, she's the one who cuddles into the Sleep Cute even after he got her to agree this would never happen, plus he's completely alone, has a thing for abusive girls and the last review had him terrify Malcolm and Tamara with some serious psychotic. Doug essentially confirmed the latter in Midwest Media Expo 2015, saying Critic was right to yell at her for what she'd done and Hyper's still a bad person.
    • At the end of The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Critic's reaction to Hyper dating Devil Boner while still trying to go after him: angry, jealous, or mix of the two? He still doesn't like her at all in the review, even in that scene, but Black Willy Wonka called him out right at the start for being needy for attention. Plus Stockholm.
    • In the Cinderella review, it's really up to you if you think Benny was into Hyper romantically (or if they had a thing), or just a possessive assassin taking his job very seriously.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: In the Pixels commentary, they brag that it's the second most watched review of all time at filming, and Rob sarcastically tells Doug that he 'knew' the clipless reviews would go nowhere.
  • 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 hates 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. The accompanying vlog makes it better (as did Doug at a later con, saying Critic was right to yell) by turning it into a Wounded Gazelle Gambit, something that Critic tentatively suspected anyway by nervously telling her she was cheating when she started getting upset.
    • 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: Has his own page.
  • Awesome Music: Here.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Santa Christ in 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 hell spawn 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-Breaking Character:
    • 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.
    • 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. It doesn't.
    • Critic himself in the reboot. Some are upset that his Character Development in To Boldly Flee (that even Brian said gave a lot of folks hope) was undone, while others are interested in the Came Back Wrong Story Arc. Lampshaded for both fun and sad, with The Monster Squad mocking that he's not interesting, and Kranks reminding viewers that not all Character Development is positive.
  • 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.
    • He acknowledged in following videos that all anyone remembered about the "Dumbest Superman Moments" is him looking pretty in eyeliner and mascara.
    • 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.
    • From the Care Bears review, most people only remember him acting out reactions of the villain lady getting oral sex.
    • Same for the long bout of sex noises in Jaws 3D, helped by the fact that Doug was doing orgasm noises for the man and the woman.
    • 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.
    • Again provides it in That Sci-Fi Guy's The 6th Day episode. Aside from the ending where he wants himself as a Sex Slave, when he brings up Arnold wanting to 'test' the Creepy Doll out, it cuts back from TSFG to Doug miming giving a blowjob before his “a mouth is a mouth” line. Not that the review isn't good, but it's hard to get that out of your head.
    • Another non-sexual example: his Jurassic Park reviews are known best for the "Motherfuckin' T-Rex" portions, especially Jurassic World, for bringing in John Bailey to narrate the T-Rex vs. I-Rex fight, with the T-Rex having a voice like Optimus Prime.
    • In a behind the scenes version, the Christmas Story II BTS has a lot of character stuff that clears up the episode, but for both in-universe and out, most like to focus on the part with Doug as a hot cheerleader.
  • Better on DVD: Aside from the one editorial, Matrix Month is a lot better seen all together, as you can catch all the meta-plot moments more.
  • Better Than Canon: A lot of people think that Beth/Doug's version of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) is better than the film, especially “Notes/Texts”, which is suitably manic and hectic instead of the movie's “two guys sing-walking around the set”.
  • 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 Old vs New: Spider-Man, Malcolm plays a Straw Fan who falls in love with Critic, gets angry with him just as fast, gets superpowers and fails to do anything with them.
      Hyper: I don't know about you but that made perfect sense to me.
    • 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”.
    • The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl has Critic getting afraid of a scene and calling his past self to demand an apology. There's precedent and it's a good moment, but even past!Critic lampshades that the film isn't bad/weird enough to call for this kinda thing.
    • Randy Savage and Segata Sanshiro's cameo appearance and shouting match in the Dragon's Lair review has virtually nothing to do with the rest of the review. A caption in-episode even admits it's not relevant to what's being advertised at all. But it's friggin' awesome.
    • The brief appearance of Amanda Celine Miller (the new voice of Sailor Jupiter in the Jupiter Ascending review. All she does is say that she doesn't feel "Jupiter" is a stupid name.
    • In the Blade review, the Critic suddenly partying while eating mini ORE Os.
  • Big Name Fan: Surprisingly, despite the Critic ripping into his movies (while still being a big fan of his films), Don Bluth has said he loves the humor and cutting style of the Nostalgia Critic videos, to where he even guest starred in two episodes.
    • Apparently the lead singer of Slipknot is a big fan of NC (according to twitter, his favorite episodes are Matrix Month), and also loves Tamara's series.
  • Broken Base: Has his own page.
  • 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. Also his previous speech in The Princess Diaries II, trying really hard to get her to see that what she's feeling isn't love, and that he's never going to love her back.
    • In The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Critic calls Hyper out four times for various things (her ego, her manipulations, the Self-Serving Memory and chasing him while she's with Devil Boner) note  and while she's seen as pitiable for her many issues, he never gets treated as in the wrong.
    • Even in Cinderella: Old vs New when he actually wants Hyper there (just as a different opinion, not as a person) and she's officially (for now) over him, he's allowed to not be okay with her and insults her more than a few times for what she's done to him.
    • In the Mad Max: Fury Road review, a lot of people (especially women) loved Devil Boner's "The Reason You Suck" Speech on the straw misogynists for this reason. It helps that Doug's said a fair chunk of this As Himself already. It's even cathartic for the female characters in-universe, who had to deal with the meninists hurling abuse at them all episode.
    • While he still gets away with abuse, it's pretty great to see Uncle Lies get a mini Break the Haughty for being so condescending in the Amadeus editorial.
    • Most times that Tamara or Malcolm manage to get their own back on Critic for his bad treatment of them are this, and Doug has mentioned that people not on their side creep him out a bit.
    • Chester's rant at the end of Dreamcatcher. Both for Critic being called out, and for people with mental issues who relate.
    • In the real thoughts of The Haunting, the first one after the loss of their mom, Doug says he needs to get angry at the film to get energy back, and Rob compares the hate for the film for the grief he'll feel forever.
    • For some, especially those who didn't like the hounding in TRMGO, Doug's irritated appearance in The Last Airbender, complaining at Critic for "why did I write you so stupid".
    • Filmed before the 2016 election results but released after, the "TMNT 2" behind the scenes has plenty of Trump bashing, with Andre, Doug and James mocking his voice, Tamara gleefully calling herself a nasty woman (and Doug being called a nasty critic in the same vein) and Rob making fun of "nobody has more respect for women than I do" while being glad he's a white man.
    • In behind the scenes of Ghostbusters, Rob talked about liberating it is to play an asshole when he's an asshole already.
    • After the tree rape scene in Evil Dead, Tamara stabs the wall (along with writing "I hate tree rape") and is a little embarassed about how much she needed that.
  • 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.
    • With 2016, people were a little surprised (in a good way) about what a romance hub the show became. Critic still Really Gets Around, but Hyper Boner, the analysts, Chester/Doe, Uncle Lies/Aunt Despair and Bay/Snyder all get fans tuning in to see more.
  • Continuity Lock-Out:
    • His show is probably one of the most character-based on the site and he's fond of plot threads and call backs first set up from years 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.
    • The Hyper storyline is long and involved, but they mention that she kidnapped him in every video she's in, which in-universe is because Critic still has issues over it, but out of universe is likely to try and avoid this trope and remind people that he hates her for hurting him, not because she's a fangirl.
  • 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 vacation 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: Has his own page.
  • 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".
    • Some gags are just painful to watch, like the shooting in the Captain America video, but goes on for so long that it gets bizzare and one can't help but to let out one laugh.
  • Cry for the Devil: Critic almost crying in The Wicker Man about not knowing what meme to use. While he deserves what pain is coming to him for how he's treated Rachel and Malcolm before, Doug genuinely makes it look like he's tearing up and so you can't help but still feel bad.
    • Critic going catatonic at the end of The Shining. Even Rachel and Malcolm who he abused all episode feel bad.

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  • 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.
    • A lot of people were confused about Hyper in Christmas Story II still acting terrible (even lampshaded by Benny in the episode) but Santa Christ being on her side with Critic being forced to apologize, but the behind the scenes helps with SC just being a troll, and Doug at Midwest Medio Expo saying you weren't meant to be on her side.
    • Lampshaded in-universe with Critic, Nerd and Black Nerd in TMNT 2, as Malcolm and Tamara save the day and they want to have the "cowabunga" moment, but know they haven't earned it.
  • Designated Love Interest: Lampshaded In-Universe. During Matrix Month, Tamara's Trinity expy character informs that she is the Critic's love interest, despite the fact that the two have never interacted alone together beforehand. Hilariously, he's not even the first Messiah she's hit on.
  • Designated Monkey: The Critic himself sometimes gets abused whenever he doesn't deserve it or is simply minding his own business. In the reboot, he shares (or does the designating himself) this with Rachel, Malcolm and Tamara, who Doug has tried to get people to realize that they're victims of Critic.
  • Designated Villain: The Ghost of Christmas Future in the Babes in Toyland review is not presented as evil, but the Critic sure thinks he is. It turns out, that the Ghost's entire motivation is to get the Critic to due a crossover Christmas Carol special with other Channel Awesome reviewers.
  • 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". However, he has also looked back to it more fondly and still considered it one of his favorite jokes. It took Linkara to describe just how the Bat Credit Card actually makes sense and not worth freaking over to completely discredit it.
    • 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. This comes up again in Christmas With The Kranks, as one of the reasons he hates his old self is all the memes that come with him.
    • 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.
    • The "can I keep you" creeped out joke from Casper was retired fast, as con goers decided it'd be a great idea to ask Doug that enough to scare him for real.
  • 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.
  • Draco 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.
    • Out of universe, Doug has mocked people for thinking Critic is nicer in reboot, from being disturbed that some of fandom is on his abusive side instead of Malcolm/Tamara's, to acknowledging that "you'll be better now" was a Broken Aesop in his review of The Review Must Go On. There was also the Kranks speech, where he reminds people that Character Development isn't always positive.
    • 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. And again in Devil where he was even worse but people chose to believe he wasn't himself at all in the review. Doug and Rob had to joss that in the commentary, stating for the record that the devil only pretended to be him at the end.
    • 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.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Holiday Clusterfuck".
    • "Everyone's A Whore On Halloween". Being a sex positive tribute to everyone acting like an Ethical Slut contributes to the popularity.
    • And Santa Christ's theme song. Being set to The First Noel doesn't help.
    • "Boring" from the Junior review.
    • The Top 11 Villain Songs and the bridge song, "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)" by Voltaire
    • Another Voltaire song, "When You're Evil", is used as the intro to the countdown in his Top 11 Disney Villains review.
    • His Cluster F-Bomb song describing the terrible Batman & Robin movie is also quite catchy.
    • His parody of 'Zack he's a legomaniac' in Revenge of the commercials.
    • His Thriller parody in the Casper review: "Cause this is filler! Filling up the time! An hour and half is just too much for uncreative minds! Woo-hoo!"
    • Any of the songs from his Moulin Rouge! review.
      • Then we have "The review must go on", based on "The Show must go on" by Queen, that would be eventually the NC intro theme since the rebirth of the show.
    • Ooh! I feel a musical coming on: LAW, LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW, LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW, LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW LAW...
    • "The Avatar Song" from his The Last Airbender review.
    • "I Fucking Love Christmas"
    • Like the original, “Are You Sick Of Let It Go” won't leave your head for a while. “I don't caaaare, if you sing it so weeeeell, you're not Idina Menzel...”
    • While really sad, and it's doubtful you could reach their high notes, the Beth/Hyper duet "Wishing This Shit Never Happened" from The Phantom of the Opera (2004) is brain-chewing in a fittingly operatic way. "Metaphor" as well. The bounciness of the song helps a lot.
    • "The Real Chipmunk Movie" from Alvin and the Chipmunks will never leave your head.
    • Lampshaded with "I'll Put A Nostalgic Spell On You" in Hocus Pocus. "This earworm will stay with you til blood squirts out your nose."
  • 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. Like Jim, she got her own series, using her Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure and cats to her advantage.
    • 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. He gets his A Day in the Limelight episode in Mad Max: Fury Road, and his popularity went even higher when he and Hyper turned out to be an adorably evil One True Pairing.
    • 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. Doug actually mentions in the Christmas Story II behind the scenes that people loved Benny more than they did Hyper, and he was the one they really wanted back. He even comes back (though unseen) without her in Spawn.
    • 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.
    • Curiosa, the Furiosa parody in Mad Max: Fury Road. Tamara is made up to look exactly like Charlize Theron, right down to the prosthetic arm, and she's a badass who manages the rare feat of arguing with Critic and not turning into a Straw Character. Being a counterpoint to Hyper helps too.
    • The abusive Ask That Guy-like father and his wife. Doug and Tamara both love writing/acting them, some want a spin-off, and it helps that they're both interesting and played in the same “mock the abuser for how evil and pathetic they are, not the victim who gets scared by them” spirit as Ask That Guy's show. Even their three kids are loved, because they all show different and realistic reactions to their trauma.
    • Beth Elderkin from Shark Jumping. Fangirls have deemed her Critic's "mom friend", and her being around averts The Smurfette Principle, something Tamara enjoys too.
    • Jim Jaeroz was called "the guy that's probably better than everyone else" in the Honest Trailer parody, and he got his own show with showing how he makes all the props.
    • In an object example, the big brown monkey with the tie because it's adorable, always comes out when Critic has trauma about his childhood and even Tamara snuggles with it in behind the scenes.
    • People really like when the Awesome Comics team shows up, Walter popular as Zac Snyder and even Tamara loved having Aiyanna and Heather around in Alvin and the Chipmunks.
    • In Tamara's own series, Tamara's Never Seen, people love the cats (especially Ike) and he appears in nearly every episode from Jurassic Park onwards.
    • Doe, Chester's girlfriend. Moe and they're adorable together, so obviously fandom loves her.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Maybe just to spoof the film (seeing as both the review and film were dark with sappy endings) but AI. Critic did the sappy speech and the TMZ crew got their comeuppance, but Critic came off like a homophobic Designated Hero hypocrite, and TMZ became Unintentionally Sympathetic. Doug at least somewhat realized this, admitting the episode was too cruel in commentary, redoing a better version of the speech in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and the next episode ("Master Of Disguise") putting all the focus on Critic being abusive and crazy.
  • Estrogen Brigade: In the Princess Diaries II commentary, Doug and Malcolm talk about how intensely popular Devil Boner and Benny are, and guess it's because of this. And of course Critic/Doug has always had a big one ever since show started. When it comes to Devil Boner, even Tamara and Beth love him for how he's so Real Men Wear Pink, the former squeeing in the Mad Max: Fury Road commentary about how great he is and the latter being really happy in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) commentary that he and Hyper are an Official Couple.
  • 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.
    • The Devil. Malcom does a pretty good job acting as an Affably Evil Noble Demon.
    • Even Hyper, Tragic Villain that she is, gets some cool points in the Cinderella Old vs New, being respected by her boyfriend enough to be called things like "skullcrusher".
    • Devil Boner. He has a sweet feminist progressive side and a violent Psycho for Hire side, and manages the rare feat of both sides not clashing.
    • Tamara in The Wicker Man to the point where Critic gives her a job because of it, and any other time she brings her sadist-vengeful side back out.
  • 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 worst 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.
    • As useless as he is, Doug's “Fandumb Of The Opera” got a really positive reception on tumblr, with most responding to the line “I am pure sexy and coolness” with “yeah actually you are”.
    • Uncle Lies is getting a fanbase based on evil attractiveness, mostly because he's clearly Ask That Guy and a number of his fans loved him for being this trope.
    • A mini video on her own channel had Tamara threatening a tied up guy with a knife in her hand.
    • Winifred from the Hocus Pocus review. Somehow Doug's Kubrick Stare talent is more appealing when he has make-up on.
  • 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.
    • Calling Tamara (or Rachel) a fake geek girl "who haven't seen anything" will get you mocked hard by the women themselves, Malcolm and Doug.
    • Doug has yelled at people who think Critic has no right to be angry at Hyper, and he, Tamara and Rob have compared her logic to Christian Grey while Tamara loves "Hyper rejected" art the best.
  • Fanon:
    • With the preaching to straw characters, character!Malcolm and Tamara nowhere to be found despite making him do the film (replaced instead of Magical Negro Black Willy Wonka and Hyper), a completely different location and the Mood Whiplash from a run of “Critic has issues” episodes, a lot of people think that (with Critic being confirmed to be a Reality Warper in Matrix Month) The Lorax is his version of Santa Christ's “You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard”, warping characters and things to go his way.
    • A lot of people think that Black Willy Wonka enjoys being Chart Guy 2 when he wants to make people miserable through charts, and is himself when he wants to make them miserable through trolling.
    • People like to think that Doe, Chester's new girlfriend, is the "Got Milk" girl from the 2013 Commercials. This would mean they met when she was at her lowest, Rachel and Heather look similar, and the woman deserved to have a happy ending.
  • 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. Malcolm saying in Midwest Media Expo that Benny would also stalk Critic if he could, just made it better/worse.
    • In a tumblr post, Tamara lampshaded that all her characters fall in love with a Doug character, which makes for some interesting ship options.
    • The abuse family are essentially a villainous version of Hero of Another Story and have plenty of opportunities for fanfic and headcanons, especially with Approval of God that Hyper is Aunt Despair's daughter.
    • Hyper Boner's relationship. They've moved in together by Phantom of the Opera and they have must have a lot of fun that we don't see given that it's them and he calls her "skullcrusher".
  • Fans Prefer the New Her: Not that he doesn't get a lot of people thinking he's pretty with the beard, but Doug mentions in the Hocus Pocus behind the scenes how many people coo over how young he looks without it. He appreciates the compliments but feels better with it on.
  • 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.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The reboot's penchant for more offensive jokes isn't new, if you go back to 2007/2008 videos you can see a lot of casual rape jokes, homophobic jokes and sexist jokes (like the Hottest Women list calling sexual harassment fun). Thing is, he got better with that – Patch Adams for instance spent a lot of time pointing out the misogyny of the film, Homerotic Subtext increased, and there's even been reboot episodes like Fury Road that have abusive men as the villains – so people are really just confused why episodes like Catwoman and Sailor Moon exist.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Has his own page.
  • Genius Bonus: In a dark version (even he thinks it's too far), Critic in Christmas Story II tells Hyper that if she doesn't leave him alone, she'll lose her head in a cornfield, in reference to a mafia group beheading their rivals in a cornfield. note 
  • 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.
    • Especially for people who loved Critic's speeches to Hyper about how awful she's been and that she doesn't actually care about him, and seeing how the last time they did this he was a Captive Date, the piano-backed montage of them laughing about how bad Christmas Story 2 is, followed by them sleeping on the couch and her snuggling on his shoulder, was way overdoing it on the cheese. The behind the scenes, with Tamara and Doug thinking Hyper would slit her and Critic's throats to preserve the moment, cuts it right down though.
  • Gratuitous Special Effects:
    • In the Alice in Wonderland (2010) 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.
    • Most of the TMNT movie review is Critic/Nerd against interactive video game green-screens.
    • Tamara's Never Seen is vlog style reviews with a lot of sound effects, and in The Fifth Element she calls them her favorite part.
    • Mad Max: Fury Road review took three weeks of building the props and sets, which just goes to show how much they loved the film and wanted their clipless version to be as affectionate as possible.
  • 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.
    • The tail end of 2008/start of 2009, with less casually bigoted jokes (for example, Red Sonja has an apology for using the "retarded" slur so much in earlier years), more character stuff that would stick around (like love for Christmas, PTSD over childhood, issues regarding gender etc) and more interaction with other TGWTG members like the Chick.
    • 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.
    • Talking about Moulin Rouge! at Midwest Media Expo and other times, Doug calls that episode the one where he realized two things: that Critic should be wrapped up and should have a good Finale Season, and that he never wanted to be the guy who got pissy in front of a white wall 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.
    • In terms of clipless reviews, Pixels onwards was seen as far more confident than Jurassic World (as even in that review Critic acknowledged it was all over the place), as they had Critic playing with everyone else and not just (screeching a lot) in front of a wall, expressing thoughts in more of a creative and in-depth way, being big on effects and story and less bitterness about copyright. In the Pixels commentary, Doug agrees with this sentiment.

    H-J 
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Has his own page.
  • 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: Has his own page.
  • 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. He's also made fun of people who think he genuinely has any feelings on Doug or the bat credit card.
    • 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: Has his own page.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Has his own page.
  • 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.
  • Ho Yay 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.
    • Zod/Critic got some fuel after Man of Steel, just because the former made the latter scared and held him hostage at the end. Like the Devil/Critic example, it's all about Critic being subby and suffering because of someone.
    • More than a couple of people were expecting Critic-Batman and Joe-Superman to make out when they were gripping each other in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • Analyst 1 (who Doug has already confirmed as gay) gets a pretty flirty tone with Doug's Michael Bay at the end of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • 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.
    • In Christmas with the Kranks, Santa Christ pointedly calls 2007-Critic overweight when he isn't really. The behind the scenes push harder, with Doug saying he needed other clothes because he couldn't just double chin it all the time, and he would have got baggier jeans if he'd had more time.
  • 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. In fact people are all too happy to give him rape whistles at cons, or joke that he'll get raped going to Canada.
    • 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.
    • With "clipless reviews", a lot of people complain for various reasons (although Pixels was praised for being nicer and sorting out the kinks of Jurassic World), but Doug said at Retrocon that he'll be doing more because they always get good hits. Also with Pixels, as the review itself noted, people flooded him with requests to do another review of a recent movie, so it's not like they can complain when he does it.
    • Lampshaded in Rise Of The Commercials, where the audience that was fine with him making fun of Canadian rape PSAs, boos him continually for making jokes about giving blowjobs.
    Critic: Join me next time where I look forward to losing even more of you.
    • In “The Review Must Go On” DVD review, he complains that people demanded he break the rule of not bringing the Critic back, but reviewing things still in theaters is not acceptable. Also the fact that people called it a triumphant return (despite Doug saying in commentary it was a Take That, Audience!) but cried Ruined Forever as soon as they saw a different wall color.
    • Spelled out in-universe for Christmas With The Kranks, as 2007 Critic (a stand in for complaining fans) does a traditional review and sadly finds out not hits and people hated it, and 2015 Critic brings up both the Nostalgia Filter (reminding people that pre-reboot had plenty of crossovers and Character Development) and that he likes doing clipless, they get good hits and he thinks they're smart ways of reviewing.
    • A lot of men who claimed that Douchey (a stereotype of sexist and nitpicking fanboys) was offensive often dismissed women who felt uneasy with Hyper.
    • Doug pointed out in the real thoughts of Pokemon that he gets threats so he pokes fun at the franchise, yet he's the one deemed evil.
    • Fans who have been around for a while find it amusing that there used to be complaints about Doug using too many film clips, and then clipless comes and there'll be complaining about too little.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: With Doug's post giving approval, "internet reviewer boyfriends" is essentially the accepted name for Critic/Snob.
    • "Team Critic Kidnappers" is also the tumblr tag name for Benny/Hyper/Devil Boner as a threesome.
  • 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 Foodfight! that their smart levels are at the mercy of his writing.
    • Lampshaded but subverted in Dreamcatcher. Critic apologizes for writing them so dumb, but they burn him about his Catch Phrase and manage to get away from evil Film Brain.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Hyper trying to get Critic back into the holiday spirit in the Christmas Story II review. The last review had the opposite problem with Critic loving Christmas too much (and in the next week's editorial the excitement makes him look him jumpy and wrecked which he apologizes for), and Critic lampshades the idiocy by reminding her that he has no problem with Christmas so all she accomplished was just more not leaving him alone when he's told her to stop.
    • The Purge review starts off with Malcolm and Tamara acting like morons who think there'll be a law to split up Pinky and the Brain, just so Critic can call them idiots and segue into complaining about the movie, and Film Brain's evil plan is foiled by his phone not working and asking Critic to tell him what to say.
    • In Scooby Doo 2, nobody gets or cares that Roger is the security guard. Played for laughs, as the frustration is the comedy and he shouts before the halfway point "do you need to lick a frog to work here?"
  • 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. Fixed in "Battle Of The Commercials", where he acknowledges that it's horrifying and he hated the PSA because the subject matter gave him nightmares.
    • 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 Foodfight!. 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 been abused, 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. Doug has compared her to both Christian Grey and Harley Quinn, characters that mixed together sums this trope up.
    • 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.
    • Malice. She has a very low patience level and kills for petty reasons, but even though she thinks he's psychotic and threatens him with a knife when he tries to get his home videos back, she and Critic oddly seem to like each other, and her source material note  is all the woobie Freudian Excuse you need.
    • Doug in-universe for a one-off joke in the Freeze-Frame Bonus book Jason is reading during “The Best Avatar Episodes”. He gives whoever is reading it "The Reason You Suck" Speech for pausing the video, telling them to die alone because they're awful wastes of life, but then switches, complaining that he's had no food or water for five days, shouldn't be alive and that he loves whoever he's reading this, he's just so tired.
    • Aunt Despair, as she's a horrible mother/aunt, but all the behind the scenes talk about her imply that she's a broken down alcoholic who has a reason for giving up on being a decent human.
    • In reboot, Santa Christ. Took a Level in Jerkass to the extreme, especially when it comes to Critic, but he's a paranoid alcoholic who according to Rob is getting too old, and seeing him get tortured in Passion Of The Christ is still pretty hard to watch.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: Rob in the Boss Mabel vlog accused fans of having this mindset, saying they'll put so much effort into an episode or a show, and fans will respond with they'd rather the half-assed crap in front of a wall.
  • 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".
  • 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.
    • Noted in “The Uncanny Valley”, as he says certain shows need him in them to survive or the audience won't be able to cope.
    • Boasted about in the Transformers 4 crossover, as he reminds Erod that he's the Nostalgia Critic, the original basher of bad nostalgic movies, and his face was the site's logo.
    • At the end of The Smurfs, Doug says he wants to use Critic's Cash Cow Franchise for good, and will try and plug charities he knows at the end of every video in hopes that people will watch past the credits and donate to them.
    • Also acknowledged in the Don Bluth ad at the end of the TMNT Christmas Special, as he says if everyone who watched him would donate the Dragon's Lair indiegogo, they could make it happen.

    L-O 
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In the fic world, nearly everyone on the site (even Diamanda Hagan, and because they don't want to take away her lesbianism, they just make Critic a girl) 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 (or is just a trans man) doesn't hurt either.
    • He lost a lot of it thanks to some homophobic remarks early in the reboot, but got a fair few back with how gay Pop Quiz Hotshot is, more Critic/Snob and Critic/Nerd Ship Tease, and Doug's comments in vlogs with how gay/trans representation is just more fun to put in than to leave out. Plus the Chart Guys got rescued from Straw Scrappy Heap by making them an Official Couple, and introducing lesbian distaff counterparts over on Awesome Comics. Also aside from hurtful missteps (like Catwoman or AI), the positivity about how often crossdressing is in his show also helped.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
  • Love to Hate: The abusive yellow-jumper-wearing father. He has no redeeming qualities and terrorizes his children, but because the comedy comes from how horrifying he is and not how scared he makes his kids, he's popular. The fact that he's like (the sorely missed) Ask That Guy if he were a parent doesn't hurt. The mother played by Tamara for the same reasons, helped by the fact that a lot of people know moms like that in real life, and so hating her is cathartic.
    • The meninists. Especially for female viewers (including Tamara) who find them true to life and think it cathartic when they get their comeuppance.
  • 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.
    • Chuck Norris was one for a while. In Conquest Of The Commercials, he's replaced him with Segata, as the latter is “Chuck Norris without the homophobia”.
    • The Motherfucking T-Rex from Jurassic Park
    • Tamara's getting memes based on her sassy hair flips, one saying "if anyone hair flips, Tamara immediately appears".
  • Memetic Molestee: He's a bit like the fanfic fandom's designated rape victim. Not for Hurt/Comfort purposes, just for funsies. This was given a nod by The Last Angry Geek's Future's End episode, where Snob is Critic's pimp and makes him have sex with anyone he (Snob) wants.
    • Memetic Molester: Hyper, given her penchant for creepy faces and the fact that any man she's interested in is freaked out. Not to mention the ending of Small Soldiers.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • 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. Even in comeback years he thinks the same, saying he doesn't care what they're called he just thinks they're idiots, and complaining that men do genuinely face issues but MRAs never talk about them. And in the Mad Max: Fury Road review, MRAs are the villains, and the Ghostbusters (2016) review also protrays them unflatteringly.
    • Foodfight! 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.
    • 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.
    • In “Blue Brothers 2000”, Critic's first huge rant about how the movie sucks in comparison to the original takes place while an actual problem is happening in the background (a woman dying, and because he's so wrapped up in bashing he refuses to help) to show how a bad sequel doesn't matter in the long run. note  But because fandom has always had a Suckiness Is Painful problem, they ended up agreeing with his nerd rage.
  • 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. Tamara gets the same, even though she wasn't even in the show, just auditioned for it.
    • 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. In Ghostbusters, the meninists exhibit Even Evil Has Standards and find they can't sexist-trash her when she's excited about the reboot.
    • Doe, a cheery Genki Girl homeless woman who is Chester's girlfriend, and can only insult him by saying he's the prettiest in the world instead of the universe.
  • 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.
    • Maven's “Monster Mash” review had Critic (offscreen) beat a little girl to death for mistaking him as the Nerd, which was the last nail in the coffin for his Papa Wolf/Friend to All Children redeeming quality.
    • While Hyper crossed it herself with kidnapping Critic, the abused son from the Sweater Family burying her alive proved he was just as bad as his parents.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Critic's high-pitched screaming can sometimes become this.
  • 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 trash 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?
  • Never Live It Down:
    • He only really did "shouting and shooting in front of a camera" for the first couple of years, toning it down for the last couple of prime seasons, and even less after the first season of reboot, but he'll always be associated with "violent yelling" comedy no matter what else he does.
    • 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.
    • Less amongst fandom and more in their own circles, Doug gets mocked a lot for getting so angry at his computer failing that he punched a hole in a wall, and Rob brings up quite often that he lost it at The Cat in the Hat and strangled Doug, who always likes to point out he was genuinely freaked out.
    • "Why Is Loki So Hot". Even Rob brought it up in The Lorax behind the scenes footage as one of Doug's mean-spirited jabs at fangirls.
    • For the same reasons as each other, Critic hitting Evilina in The Cat in the Hat and his creepy Slut-Shaming of fourteen year old girls in the Sailor Moon review. The former was at least acknowledged in Alice in Wonderland (2010), where he does the same to Malice and she threatens to stab him.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • Sailor Moon was hated so much that it got two articles detailing the Unfortunate Implications, but it hit a million views pretty fast.
    • 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 because it meant a lot to them but it still got a ton of views.
    • In the “real thoughts of Alice in Wonderland (2010)", they talk about that review and Jurassic World getting all their hits from angry people who like the films, and specifically says for the latter that he's not going to apologize for it because it got him views.
    • There's also a Huffington Post interview where he said "I find usually the videos that get the most views are the ones that have the most complaining in the comments."
    • In the Channel Awesome Midwest Media Expo panel, just moments after he was talking about nice fans saying he helped with depression, he said one of the best fans to have were the “I don't like what you're doing but I can't leave” kind.
    • In the Steven Universe vlog Space Race, he says that his job is “offending people, no regrets”.
    • In “Real Thoughts On Jurassic Park”, Doug complains about people liking the Lost World sequel because he doesn't get it, and thinks that those people are the ones making the JP reviews popular.
    • Brought up in Quest for Camelot as Doug talks about the backlash the It review got but it's also one of the highest viewed, and they mention “more complaints, more hits” again.
    • In Rising Tides Crashing Skies, while they hate Ronaldo, they respect the show for deciding to piss the fanbase off by doing episodes around him, because they've done videos that just exist to troll people too. Rob also talks about not minding hater comments because “aw, we gave you a reason to exist”.
    • A little more even handed in this Barnes and Noble clip, as he likes people getting mad because passion, but he also says you have to know what you're talking about and can't be a shock jock.
    • In the real thoughts on Pokemon, he says he genuinely doesn't care about the franchise, but tells the threatening He Panned It, Now He Sucks fans to please never stop.
    • 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. Plus every so often, she'll bask in the tears of "how dare you not have watched this" comments, as obviously they're still giving her views.
  • 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. Thankfully for the latter, Hyper/Devil Boner very quickly became the One True Pairing, with both the actors and the fandom.
    • 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.
    • In Cats And Dogs, Aunt Despair's using Critic as clickbait basically involves pet-play when she's making him get a ball and bring it over with his mouth. He lampshades it by being disturbed with how much he apparently needs attention.
  • Offending the Creator's Own:
    • On facebook, he got complained about for a pretty transphobic joke about Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber being women catfighting. His response was to mostly excuse it with he's really feminine as well, calling himself "Queen Doug".
    • Some (mostly Christian Americans) get venomously offended about the 'blasphemy' of Santa Christ, maybe forgetting that both Doug and Rob were Raised Catholic.
    • In their co-vlog "Unlimited Beers", Rachel and Tamara talk about Doug being more nervous about potential sexist lines than they are, always asking if the script is okay for them and them going "yes Doug it's comedy".
    • Tamara really likes Pokemon, and she's perfectly happy with Doug's digs at the franchise because the fandom won't stop acting like he's the devil over not being interested.
  • 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. Even in 2016 Doug thinks he's the only reviewer to ever talk about the "few" good things of the prequels.
    • 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. Critic tried to point this out himself in Christmas With The Kranks, mentioning the Nerd rivalry, the crossovers and how the anniversary movies tied in with the show specifically. Plus 2008's Halloween special was an entire skit dedicated to him being tormented by Teddy Ruxpin, with maybe five seconds of review.
    • To everyone amazed at 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.
    • Bill Nye did a Top 11 countdown (of his own music videos) over 20 years before Critic began going "one step beyond."
    • In the Pixels commentary, while complaining how oblivious people are to the fact that clipless reviews of rebooted properties are still talking about nostalgia, Doug points out that they tell him to go back to the old days... when he talked about Transformers, Harry Potter and Cloverfield.
    • While not even disparaging Pokemon, Ash vs Ash in "Freddy vs Jason'' got the usual fans accusing him of being unfair, but it's a battle (and outcome) that's been done plenty of times before.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The cameo from Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche at the end of the Purge review. They even reprise their roles as Pinky and the Brain.
  • One True Pairing: At the end of Mad Max: Fury Road, HyperBoner going off together got a really positive reception, given that unlike with Critic, she wasn't horrendously inappropriate to him and he actually likes her back. There's also fanfic.
    Even Doug loves them note  and says in the Phantom commentary that he'll be writing more of their relationship, much to Beth's (and fandom's) delight.
    • Bay/Snyder at the end of Freddy vs Jason was met with wide approval.
    • Nerd/Critic was the pairing to start the slash fandom, and after a long while of teasing "Nerd on Critic Action", The Smurfs confirmed hate-sex.
  • 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".
    • In the vlogs/sibling rivalries, Rob has said he's the only one allowed to crap on Doug's different opinions. Like in Jurassic World, he even did a preview on facebook of some of the insults he gave Doug for not liking the movie (and as shown in the video, Doug spent his time being loud on the film and barely mocked Rob for anything), and also tells him that he really is Douchey McNitpick.
    • In an example that is just general and not about movies, in the vlog On The Run Doug relates to Pearl in that he knows he's naïve and thinks people will automatically see things the way he does. Rob teases him and Doug sarcastically thanks him for being so kind and pointedly says "there are naïve things that you miss too".
    • In universe, Tamara pointed out in her Never Seen series that the fans have this, accusing her of lying about having not seen their fave classic. She brings it up again in Back to the Future, adding on that she's just an actress in a reviewer show, and there's enough comments saying they hadn't seen it either.
    • In the Moana review, Doug gently calls out all the emails that said the film was referencing his "sparkle sparkle sparkle" meme, saying it's super unlikely.

    P-S 
  • 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.
    • The 'Coen Brother's Garfield' and 'Character who looks NOTHING like its namesake' in the Garfield review. ESPECIALLY the former, which not only bookends the review, but also goes on for 4 minutes at a time.
  • Pandering to the Base: Has his own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Hyper will never stop watching you.
  • 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.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: HyperBoner for Hyper Fangirl/Devil Boner. Helps that it's just a fun word to say. It's also made the official ship name by Doug in the Phantom commentary. Tamara has a folder entitled Hyper Boner, and the tech guy who fixed her computer congratulated her on her creative name for her saved porn.
  • 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.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Analyst 1 and Analyst 2 were wispy straw characters in The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax, but in Phantom of the Opera and Jem, they're still pathetic and chart-obsessed, but given more depth and are actual effective villains.
    • Hyper became a lot less of a Base-Breaking Character from Mad Max: Fury Road where she got over Critic (with relapsing, and he's allowed to still hate her), entered a really cute relationship with Devil Boner and people could enjoy her tragic villainy without having to worry about Critic being pressured into liking her.
  • 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.
    • While there are quite a few movies Doug has reviewed that he really can't stand and he's glad that he got more people to hate them, for the most part he and Rob get really uncomfortable with people coming up to them and saying in a positive tone “I liked this movie before you reviewed it and now I hate it”.
    • In a variation, he critical research failured in The Purge, calling the polite leader “Henry” when that was the boyfriend's name and he even showed that clip. Cue fans deciding that the polite leader had to be called Henry to let the CRF off.
  • 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.
    • Being one of the rare episodes with all three people in the same room for the whole review, Disney Afternoon at least needs a few rewinds to get everyone's comments and reactions to each other.
    • 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.
    • The Princess Diaries II for being one where all three characters having interaction and their own biases: Hyper's manipulation, Critic falling into Stockholm Syndrome and Benny defrosting.
    • 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.
    • In the Mad Max: Fury Road commentary, Doug says he loves the ones with a lot of people in them, as you can watch them a million times and still notice something new.
    • The joke in The Smurfs about Critic having apparently kidnapped Malcolm and that's why he stays, gives an extra boost to him having a crush on the Critic but also wanting to hurt him, why he latched onto Tamara so hard, and why he's either the victim or going along with anyone.
    • In the Phantom commentary, Doug says that he was wary about having Hyper regress and chase after Critic again, but it made too much sense regarding what happens in the play and the fact that she's dating Devil Boner casts a whole new light on what she does in the episode.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • 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.
    • Despite Evilina not doing anything to Critic after he hit her except for crying, some adamantly say that she deserved it in advance.
  • Rooting for the Empire: For all the people irritated by how one-sided the Man of Steel review was, Zod was the best thing about it; making Critic scared, linking back to the To Boldly Flee and mocking his crappy speech. Evil is Cool and Evil Is Sexy help too.
  • 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.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Douchie Mc Nitpick was supposed to be intentionally annoying but it worked too well which is why he was loathed by the audience. Doub and Rob caught up with that which is why his character got turned into more of a comically pathatic person who lives with his mother and masturbates to the green M&M.
    • The Critic himself to some after the revival since he took more of a level in jerkass and for completely ditching his previous character arc.
  • 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, Pixels, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens while they were still in theaters; leaving the "Nostalgia" part as an Artifact Title.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Appreciated in the Osmosis Jones behind the scenes when they look over bookmark fanart, and Tamara and Doug both like the artist made them thinner and with a better chest respectively.
    • Played for laughs in one of the Geek Fight promos, as he praises the art for making him look strong and masculine.
    • Doug really likes genderswapped fanart of himself, and thinks he looks hotter like that.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny:
  • 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.
  • 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”.
    • From the Mad Max: Fury Road review, “abusing women online is pathetic”, which has been pointed out before.
    • "When Are Critics Wrong". Despite the clickbait title, and Doug stating many times he's not a good critic with his interest lying more in storytelling with characters, it's about Critical Dissonance and how there's no wrong way to enjoy a piece of media. Sounds like stating the obvious, but you don't even have to look outside of TGWTG to see reviewers getting death threats for hating/praising something a fan thought differently on.
    • From any of his reviews regarding adaptations of beloved pre-existing stories, sometimes a film may have to remove certain elements from the original source material or add alternative traits in order to make a running movie/ series, but if removing or changing too many things from the original work to the point where the adaptation basically becomes an unrecognizable In-Name-Only product to impress certain demographic groups, then it's not a faithful remake/reboot at all due to failing to realize what made the original work so admired and cherished before.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • While it can be argued this happens a lot with his low budget effcts, a glaring example is in the The Garbage Pail Kids Movie 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.
    • At the end of Did Tom And Jerry Kill Themselves, when Critic is on the train tracks with Tom, you can still see a bit of Jerry below Critic's arm.
    • Most of Hocus Pocus is good, but there's a noticeable rim around Doug's wig when he's in front of a green screen background.
    • In his review of Christmas with the Kranks, the Critic gets locked in a closet and can't get out. The latch is on his side of the door Then again, he could be just that stupid.
    • The shots of the phones during "Texts" in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) are clearly photoshopped, as the screens aren't parallel to the shape of the phone.
  • 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.
    • The 'drink' Critic and CinemaSins make in the beginning of Christmas Story II, as well as their Enforced Method Acting retching it into the sink.
    • 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.
    • While thankfully clean, Critic sticking a diaper on his face in Rise Of The Commercials is still pretty gross.
  • 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.
    • Analyst 1 in The Lorax gets a few accurate digs in, like telling Critic he knows what it's like to pander to the base and dreading the inevitable speeches.
  • Stuck in Their Shadow: Beth for The Phantom of the Opera (2004) wrote most of the songs (all but “Texts” and “Point Of Epic Burns”) and had worked on the episode with Doug for over five months. She also made both these things very clear. But when she’s not being blamed “for making him do it”, she’s getting ignored by the people who want Doug to be the Scapegoat Creator again.
  • 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.
    • Regarding clipless reviews, Jurassic World had a lot of work put into it, but was very Better by a Different Name (as Doug had only just done a Sibling Rivalry on it, albeit with Rob mocking him the whole way through), Don't Shoot the Message and was kinda all over the place. Pixels and especially Mad Max: Fury Road had a lot more creativity, interaction and both those things helped the videos be more like fun video essays and not just a vent by Doug and Rob. Pixels is also seen as far nicer than Eight Crazy Nights, as the latter was criticized by a lot of people for being really mean-spirited to Sandler and his fans, and the former just wants Sandler to give a shit like he used to.
    • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to Man of Steel. It helps that Joe and Critic are essentially on the same side, so Joe doesn't get turned into a Straw Character like Doug acknowledged last time.

    T-Y 
  • 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 Foodfight! 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.
    • In the Christmas Story II review, Critic reminds Hyper of everything gross she's done to him, asks her why the hell would she thinks her actions would win him over, and goes on a rant about how much he hates her. Stalking victims who hate her too were relieved. Oddly double subverted as he's forced to make it up to her, but Doug says later he was right and he calls her a punchline in Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • 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. Gross comments and complaining about "armpit cleavage" in the latter's review of Jurassic Park forced her to make a tweet about having to wear a sleeve t-shirt.
  • 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, though he also said in an interview that people complaining about the wall thing was actually more reassuring than the aforementioned valid criticisms.
  • 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.
    • A lot of people thought that Greg Sestero in Dawn of the Commercials was wasted as just being a punchline to a sexual harassment joke that got a ton of backlash.
    • 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 (2010) 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. She comes back for a quick cameo in "Freddy vs Jason" (in a Dorothy vs Alice imagining), to the happiness of a lot of people.
    • 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 Foodfight!. 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.
    • Sadness in the Inside Out parody parts of the Osmosis Jones review. Critic's version of sad really should be able to say more related to him than two comments about people who complain about the wall and Jupiter Ascending fans.
    • While they were tied by the film doing the same thing, Tamara as Wonder Woman doesn't get nearly enough screentime, and even she hopes she can wear the costume again.
    • People like them, but the Aw Girls are intentionally wasted, as Critic calls them "underrused cameos" in the Alvin sequel.
  • 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?
    • There were a couple of nods, but "Why Is Loki So Hot" could have been a lot more fun if it went full meta (as both Doug and Hiddleston are attractive and charming, and both Critic and Loki get Evil Is Sexy fangirls as well as I Can Change My Beloved fangirls) instead of making Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? jokes and insulting women for their tastes.
    • 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.
    • The review of the Garfield movie was 23 minutes long, with 5 of them devoted to a Coen/Cohen sketch. Yet Garfield is as much a nostalgic item as Scooby-Doo or Dr. Seuss are. A great review could have been made, talking again about how nostalgia gets betrayed by terrible film adaptations, and expanding on this and making sketches based around this. Instead we get a very long skit rising solely from their knee-jerk reaction to finding out how Bill Murry misread the name of the director as his decision for accepting the role.
    • One could prefer the trailer for The Force Awakens rather than the actual review, the former coming off like the Fury Road episode and the latter having Snob and Critic sitting down and talking over re-enacted clips.
    • Lampshaded in Alvin and the Chipmunks where they're all let down that Critic has to do it on his own with no comedic debate or other identities. Though they make up for it with a song number at the end.
    • The intro to Nostalgiaween 2014 features Jon Jafari breaking into the Critic's house to kill him for reviewing Foodfight!...and it stays Jon for the rest of the month. Many have noted the wasted opportunity of having the intro rotating through other online personalities in place of Mr. Jafari.
  • 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. The fake trailer at the start of Planet of the Apes calls Malcolm “the black guy” and Tamara the “short chick” without even saying their names, mocking how Critic treats them like this.
    • The inclusion of Earth Kitt in the Catwoman review (despite being dead by the time the video was made) was obviously done to avoid the Unfortunate Implications that would arise from having three white women claiming superiority over Halle Berry.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • While only a few people were uncomfortable with the "Aw Girls", Doug and Rob admitted to having concerns about doing it because they didn't want to stereotype all women as not caring about story or analyzing.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The TMZ crew in AI review. They're so straw, Critic is being a hypocrite because even Doug noted in-commentary that he does the same thing now, their "crimes" are so embarrassingly done (like male crossdressing being seen as worse than racism), plus the whole reason they exist is down to immature Reality Subtext note , that you just end up feeling embarrassed for them in the end.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Hyper in Christmas Story II pulls a load of wounded gazelle gambits (as proved in the accompanying vlog, and Doug in the Midwest Media Expo panel seems to think he pulled the opposite trope) like grabbing Chester's coat so she can look pathetic, mournfully waving at Critic and then looking angry when he rejects her, proves she doesn't know him with the Idiot Plot and doesn't leave him alone like he's asked repeatedly, but the plinky music, Puppy-Dog Eyes and her getting what she wants in the end all suggest you're meant to be on her side.
  • 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.
    • Being a more secular country than America, UK viewers are often confused by the lampshading that the Santa Christ concept is apparently offensive blasphemy when they see it as a harmless joke.
    • Another UK based one: in his review of Garfield the critic gets upset and offended that John would put Garfield outside. The phenomenon of cats being strictly house pets is much less common in the UK (thanks to no declawing and lack of animals dangerous to cats) where it's often seen as cruel not to let your cat go outside regularly.
    • As mentioned under Author's Saving Throw, the critic used to use a lot of derogatory gay jokes and language (calling something bad or weak "gay" etc.). In the last few years this has become way less accepted than it was, to the extent it can feel quite jarring to go back and watch an early video only to hear Doug asking who "gayed up his Nintendo games?!"
    • The first "Hottest Women" list, with perving over fourteen year old girls (though he'd do that again), stalking jokes, and when he's finding Harley Quinn sexy, relating to the Joker instead of her. Doug's tried to apologize for some of it, with his next (for acknowledged Money, Dear Boy reasons) two Hottest Women lists talking more about personalities than looks, and when Critic talks about "Mad Love" a few years later, praises the Joker/Harley relationship for being such a relatable depiction of Domestic Abuse.
    • In the first few years he used "retarded" a lot, and his "even the mentally ill aren't that stupid" line in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty wince-worthy. Later on there was a lot more succint explanations on what mental illness felt like, which for obvious reasons disabled/ill fans related to more.
    • Averted in the Bébé's Kids review, as there was going to be a line "well I'm not choosing the girl because I don't want to be a pussy" but Doug in the commentary thought it was too sexist even for that period of episodes.
  • 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 divisive 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Jim Jaeroz made all the sets and models of the Mad Max: Fury Road review himself, including Tamara's Furiosa arm, and the three weeks the crew took to work on it really shows.
    • In The Phantom of the Opera (2004) commentary, while he wishes he could have asked Michaud for another week so there could be even more visual tricks with the episode, Doug calls "Point Of Epic Burns'' his favorite green-screen effect because it really looks like there's two of him.
    • The 2016 Gravity Falls opening, with beautiful Scenery Porn time lapse shots of Chicago and seamless editing on a low budget.
    • Considering it's her first time doing this (and Doug took a while to get it right), Tamara Talking to Herself in Back to the Future II is really seamless.
  • Vocal Minority:
    • Most people who find him attractive wouldn't dream of A) hurting him B) being a creeper C) insulting his wife. Trouble is, a few would do all those things and they're the loudest. Sort of thankfully, according to Doug, his wife has no problem snarking about his con creepers or looking after him.
    • 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.
    • Tamara mentioned this in her Hate Comments video, saying that most of her viewers are nice, but mocking the ones who obsess over her looks makes her feel better. Also most people love her show and her fresh perspective on "classic movies", and comments that act like it's an offense to not see Terminator are very loud but get mocked by everyone else, including the CA boys.
    • In Too Short To Ride, when Doug talks about how great Pokemon Go is, Rob jokes that they brought the internet outside, but apologizes, saying the bad shit is probably only a minority.
  • 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. It doesn't help that You Keep Using That Word is in play. It'd be better if he was just depressed about Pandering to the Base, as “I did an Uwe Boll movie with Linkara and Spoony once and have to do it again” does not a tradition make.
    • 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.
    • A lot of people have criticized his tackling of Jurassic World and Pixels, considering he reviewed them while they were still in theatres, causing the Nostalgia part of his name to become an Artifact Title as a result.
    • In Lion 2: The Movie, Rob brings up Cecil the lion being killed, and wonder if, when the vlog goes up in about a week from filming, would people even understand/care what he's joking about.
  • 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 (2010): 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.
    • Also lampshaded in The Dark Knight Returns as Two-Face wants everything to do with the number “2”, and Critic responds with “wow, he must really like the number three”. Brian quickly corrects him.
  • 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.
  • 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. Plus in The Shining review, she admits in commentary that Doug really did scare her.
    • 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. He was also kidnapped by Critic to be his friend/lackey note , and Critic installed a chip in his head so that he'd explode if he ever tried to leave Chicago note .
    • The daughter of the Ask That Guy-like father. Every appearance she's in she's getting made traumatized by something and one time her dad cheerfully asides that she was an accident. Even when she's a little bratty in Labyrinth, she gets disproportionate punishment and ends up rocking in the corner. The call backs to Critic's own abusive past (like when he said he was scared constantly, or drew his parents as monsters in kindergarten) don't help either.
  • 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-Breaking Character. 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. When he did his two hottest women lists, oddly she was the one to get the bashing.
    • Joked about by Beth Elderkin, as she teases that the people who hate clipless will act like she's the evil woman 'forcing' Doug to do them.
    • Referenced by Rachel in a Q&A video, as she says when she has a new boyfriend that she wants to introduce to the internet, he'll probably dump her because of the reaction.

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