These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
It really was Santa Christ in the first commercial pedo call. He knows first hand what a naughty boy Critic can be, so wanted to vindictively screw with his head a bit.
Santa Christ himself is prone to this in his later appearances. Does he truly have a dark side to him? Or is he merely just screwing around with the Critic? Especially since all of his more... questionable comments are always said when NC is around.
All the attacks on specific actors in the reboot, like Madonna still being sexual at her age, Brad Jones and Alec Baldwin apparently being overweight, the lampshaded bitching about Dakota Fanning, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Russell Crowe and so on. Carrying on taunting Kyle over Colm Wilkinson even though he's upset also included. Aesop Amnesia of "The Review Must Go On" and what he'd already learned before? Or another middle finger to Doug, showing him again who's really in control?
Is Critic just oblivious and very stupid when it comes to Malcolm and Tamara's bitterness of the way he treats them? He tells them immediately what he's doing to humiliate them, ignores their outright telling him that they want to hurt him back, and Doug in-universe has told him he's got 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.
He made a lot of derogatory gay jokes in his early days. But luckily, when Doug started making use of Ho Yay and Female Gaze, these died out. In his crossover review of The Wiz with Todd in the Shadows, he said he hates Joel Schumacher for his storytelling and adaptation skills, making it clear it's not because he's gay.
Also sorted out with the Critic himself. Characterization Marches On and suddenly a lot more focus is put on his sissiness and patheticness, but with good writing, good comedy and Doug's charm and actually decent acting skills, he's a much more interesting character than he was in the beginning.
A few people complained that he over-relied on film clips instead of jokes, so Doug made this a character trait. When the Critic got called out on the above in Star Trek month and couldn't use footage from other stuff, he had no idea what to say.
With all the complaints that the photoshop title cards were scary (like Cat In The Hat, Master of Disguise and Why Do We Love Zombies among others), getting the Chick's artist on board◊ feels like this. Still frightening, but easier to take in cartoon form.
Changing the original Face/Off review had to be done because Doug accidentally deleted it, but the quick farewell Rachel got in the retake was much nicer compared to the Female Misogynist-sounding original story.
He got a lot of criticism for the Critical Research Failure rant directed at Michael Bay in Pearl Harbor, and so went back to it in "When Is A Movie Just A Movie", explaining that while he went too far on the Eagleland, the fact that soldiers couldn't swim was still just glanced over in a line. He goes into detail on this much better criticism, and compares it to Titanic, as that had multiple scenes talking about the lack of lifeboats before the crisis.
Fatal Fight played over Critic admitting fake sins in Food Fight, and while its purpose was confusing, you must admit it was great to hear again.
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 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.
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.
"The Review Must Go On" and the decision to bring back the Nostalgia Critic. Is Doug giving into the Hatedom for Demo Reel or does he really want to go back to Nostalgia Critic? Did Demo Reel end too soon and not get a proper chance, or was it a failed flop? Should Doug have Taken A Third Option somehow? This is also not getting into all the real life subtext, including theories that the site's traffic was suffering too heavily without the Critic.
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.
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.
“Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”. People who hate the franchise and Michael Bay - and love a good demented rant - enjoy it, while others think he's doing exactly what Movie Bob criticized in this video. And for people who liked Age of Extinction, the whole "Michael Bay is stealing your dicks" line felt needlessly cruel- so much so that Doug had to do a "Re-review" (When it was obvious that Doug was voicing his opinions through the Critic as a soapbox- again- and this was just to cover face after the backlash) as himself.
In a non-sexual version, no matter how long it's been, no matter how many good sensible points he makes, if he has a breakdown or goes on a rant in a review then that will be all people remember of the episode.
When the Transformers 3 and Jungle 2 Jungle reviews come up, more people will remember the giant hickeys on his neck than anything else.
Brian is totally aware that all anyone will remember of the Future's End episode is the Critic/Snob cameo where it cuts off right before Critic gives Snob a blowjob.
Broken Aesop: The "fad is just one letter away from fade" speech from The Lorax review has the Critic arguing that content creators shouldn't follow trends or base their material around pop culture jokes and references, and instead should focus on "timeless" content. It's a great message... completely undercut by the fact that the Critic makes pop culture jokes all the time in his reviews - in The Lorax review alone there are references to Frozen, The LEGO Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Willy Wonka, and the 2011 Muppet film.
Broken Base: Are you invested in the character stuff or do you just watch for the movie riffing? He tries his best to incorporate the two sides into every episode (especially in 2012), but either way, people are gonna to complain about one being more or less prominent than the other.
Your opinion on Doug bringing Critic back relies heavily on several things: How much you liked Demo Reel and if you thought it should have been given more time to prosper, how much you felt Doug's fanbase should just take what they were already given over the last five years, what you think of the new skits, Malcolm and Rachel's skits, how much you felt that Scooby Doo/To Boldly Flee were great send offs, how much you feel that Doug's fanbase immediately rags on anything new he makes, and whether or not you think Doug went back for the money from Nostalgia Critic.
Some have criticized Doug for certain films he has reviewed, saying the films weren't that bad and he resorted to nitpicking.
The return of "Old Vs New" which started with going over Raimi's Spider-Man vs Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man. The latter ended up winning by a small margin with the best Spider-Man catagory clinching it as Critic felt's Garfield's versions was more interesting. Many viewers were not happy despite the in-depths look into both movies, citing that was a flimsy way to give it the win (using the clip of Peter dancing from SM3 as part of the reason certainly not helping). Most claimed it should've been a tie at best while others argued over the vidoe's opinions. Granted this is a hotly debated thing before the review but this just lit more fuel to the fire.
Not quite as huge as the other ones, but Rachel vs Tamara. Tends to have an undercurrent of misogyny, as their looks will usually be compared instead of how funny or good at acting they are.
Better by a Different Name: A common criticism of the editorials is that they're usually less eloquent, more drawn out versions of topics Doug has discussed before. Like Doug's vlog of Breaking Dawn says the same thing as "Is Twilight The Worst Thing Ever" just far more passionately, and the Disneycember reviews did a sweeter job at feminist critique than the Base Breaker "What's With All The Princess Hate?"
Compare "Are Video Games Art?" to "The Art Of Video Games?". While the former's answer was a not all that confident "they might become art someday", the latter's point was "well obviously". Doug showed more skin to compensate though.
A lot of his points (and even jokes note she did the Captain Planet and Despicable Me minion comparisons too) in The Lorax review were less one-sided and more detailed in Chick's 2012 review of the same, which came out right after the movie, Doug himself had recced instantly and actually did damage: a PR person of the film tried to cause drama in the forums about it.
Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Come for the the attractive man who gets hurt a lot, stay for the three-dimensional Jerkass Woobie character... at least pre-reboot, now people are a bit split over the "Woobie" part of that sentence.
Continuity Lock-Out: He doesn't have the long storylines that others do, but his show is probably one of the most character-based on the site and he's started being fond of call backs first set up from at least a year ago. He's also in plenty of cameo appearances, which usually tell you things about the character as well. This doesn't apply to the section of fans who watch just for a trashing of a movie.
Critical Backlash: The Bart's Nightmare LP has a lot of issues (not seeing the Critic's face when he's breaking down, the joke was too obvious, the video was overly long, obviously done because Doug was on holiday and needed to get something out etc.), but most agree that it isn't as bad as Doug's constant apologies are making it out to be.
Critical Research Failure: Can frequently get certain facts about the films he has reviewed or people involved with them wrong. In general Doug doesn't seem to be that concerned in doing much research about the stuff he reviews, certainly when comparing him to The Nostalgia Chick or Brows Held High. Fortunately, he's posted three 'Top 11 Fuck ups' videos basically listing, explaining, and apologizing for these, though he hasn't done one in a while.
He also has a tendency to compare remakes based on novels with the older film versions, rather than the novels themselves. For instance, while discussing Tim Burton's version of "Alice in Wonderland" he keeps comparing it to the Disney version of 1951, of which it deviates so much. In reality the Disney version isn't enormously true to Lewis Carroll's original novel either.
The Michael Bay rant in Pearl Harbor. A lot of people in the comment sections told him that soldiers really didn't have to learn to swim before WW2 because they basically would have been screwed anyway, and that his point is pretty hollow because of this.
In a sketch ironically complaining about Disney film animation errors of history, he calls "The Little Mermaid" British. Two things, Hans Christian Andersen doesn't even sound like a British name, and Doug knew all about the fairy-tale in his Disneycember review.
In his review of Disney's "Snow White" during the Disneycember month Doug complains that the movie still has "that typical 1940s animation style." Quite odd, since this film was released in 1937!
He is very puzzled about Disney's package films from the 1940s and especially the weird stuff they throw together. A little historical background research would have provided him with all the necessary context he needed.
While reviewing The Three Caballeros Doug was wondering what kind of animal Panchito is supposed to be? He is a rooster. Again something he could easily have looked up.
He has complained that some elements in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies are not consistent with the TV animated cartoon series, despite the fact that the films were actually meant to be closer to the original comic strip series.
In the review of The Cat in the Hat, he criticizes the film for ending on "a cheesy pop song". Problem is, the cheesy pop song in question is Smash Mouth's cover of "Getting Better", which is The Beatles. Oops.
In "Top 11 Dumbest Lord of the Rings Moments", he complains that "it's obvious Tolkien wanted to show the strength of friendship" and the movies made it too homoerotic, but Ian McKellen himself praised the films for making the Sam/Frodo relationship almost identical to the books. He also complains about how "frigging lame these lines are", but again, they were in the books.
The Sailor Moon review has been heavily criticized for this, with Doug tossing comments around that make no sense to anyone who's watched a significant portion of the show.
An egregious case, since he says he is a big fan, is in the editorial about Tom and Jerry, where he outright states that Tom always starts the fight, which is dead wrong. A good third of the time it's Jerry who starts it, to the point that many fans of the cartoon see him as a complete ass. In the same cartoon Doug also wonders where the bizarre line by Tom: "Don't you believe it!" might come from? If he would've just looked it up he would have immediately found that this is a line from a popular 1940s radio show.
Bridge to Terabithia has him complain Leslie being too much of a Purity Sue to relate to her death. Either he didn't know or didn't care that the author had written the book to cope with her son's friend dying from a lightning strike, and said son worked on the movie.
The Eight Crazy Nights review's introduction, with the Critic apologizing for the fact it was the only famous Hanukkah movie to represent the Jewish faith, despite the existance of other Hanukkah themed movies, like The Hebrew Hammer.
In his review of Face/Off for Nicolas Cage month, he said 'the only reason Nicholas Cage hasn't done a third movie yet is because the audience is afraid he'll come out and eat them'. Seems like he missed Drive Angry.
In Ghost Rider he seems to think that the Big Bad of the movie, the demon Blackheart, has been made up for the movie and was lazily named. Blackheart actually is from the comics, although there he is much more powerful, intimidating and evil, not to mention looks a lot more Badass. Compare this◊ to this◊.
He misgenders Lana Wachowski in Top 11 Strangest Couples by referring to "The Wachowski brothers".
Not that it helps make the movie better, but the budget of Food Fight was actually 45 million, not 65 like he keeps pointing out.
In his Blues Brothers 2000 review, the Critic angrily claims that the film never comes close to matching the insanity of the original film's climatic chase & car crash, but it actually has a larger car crash than the original.
His Jurassic Park III review has a curious complaint from him about the film's early classification of Isla Sorna as being 'restricted'. While he does more criticise the presentation, he also treats it as obvious fact; this is not information viewers of the previous films would be privy too, however. When The Lost World ends, we have no idea what the political and legal status of the island is. By presenting us with a caption telling us the island is 'restricted', it shows us that the action about to occur, with the Dino-Soar company performing their para-sailing tours, is in fact pretty illegal.
He also then goes on to query exactly why the Velociraptors insist in just intimidating their prey rather than just outright killing them and then taking their eggs, which ignores the point that the Raptors are generally depicted as being intelligent enough that they could be concerned about damaging their eggs during a confrontation, and also ignores the point that in the modern, contemporary animal kingdom, there are a number of animals that use similar tactics.
His review of The Lost World also has him criticising the fact that Ian Malcolm is only presented with one child in the film, whereas in the first film he mentions having three. Doug seems to have forgotten the dialogue, cynical as it is, about Ian always being on the search for the next 'Ex-Mrs Malcolm', which easily suggests he could have had said three children by as many wives, gotten divorced and not had access/visitation rights to two of them, only Kelly. Doug, on the other hand, treats this like a gaping flaw.
His Bloodrayne review opens up with him telling Malcolm and Tacoma that he, Spoony and Linkara to team up on Uwe Boll movies. Which would be true... except it only happened once before, for Alone In The Dark. Just because it happened one time before doesn't make it tradition, especially since plenty of other Uwe Boll movies have been handled with none of the three in sight.
In his review of The Purge, he repeatedly refers to the gang leader as 'Henry'. But, Henry was the name of the daughter's boyfriend, not the gang leader; he was unnamed and instead given the title 'Polite Leader' by the credits.
Also in his review of The Purge, he constantly complains that the concept wouldn't be as perfect as the film claims it is, except every time the film claims as much, it can be seen as a case of Unreliable Narrator, especially given that the America the film is set in is clearly a police state.
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".
Nice to know that fangirls will forgive you anything if you're cute and cry pretty. The “forgive him anything” part was referenced in the The Lorax, as his straw fangirl gets mad at him for insulting what she likes but then is quick to still adore him.
Due to an infantile personality, a tight shirt and abuse/angst on Critic's part, fans tend to forget that Evilina's meant to be, well, evil.
Despite Critic outright calling him a sadist, people still want to believe Santa Christ was his usual messiah-like self in Son of the Mask.
Santa Christ could be considered in poor taste as he is a combination of Jesus Christ and Santa Claus.
In his TMNT review, he criticized Splinter's voice, saying "He sounds like Mr. Miyagi when he smoked a million Marlboros". Splinter was voiced by the legendary voice actor Mako, who a couple years before the time of the review, had died from throat cancer. The Critic later apologized for this saying he had never heard of Mako and had no idea he was dead, and his reverence of him out of fear of Mako's fans is not a Running Gag.
Sailor Moon had a lot of Slut Shaming of fourteen year old girls that was meant to be entertaining, and his "Come on, look at the way they're showing them off! I swear I didn't know she was underage officer!" joke was disappointing at best to anyone who loved his Papa Wolf days.
The title card can also be seen as an example of this, given the real life story behind why Bridge to Terabithia was written.
The joke about autistic children in Ernest Saves Christmas. Doug quickly agreed that it was in extremely bad taste and took it out.
The Domestic Abuse joke with Rachel in the Turbo commentary. She used a marker to get the right look for Rita and Rob teased that the next day her friends must have asked who her abusive boyfriend was and why he was beating her. The track literally ending with Rob-as-Lewis committing suicide and Doug earlier acting like Power Rangers fans have low IQs weren't great either.
The entire Running Gag in Dawn Of The Commercials is the Wicked Witch sexually harassing guys and them being creepy in return to girls who don't want them. If you have been sexually harassed, not so enjoyable to watch.
As "condolences" for Jewish problems in Eight Crazy Nights, he shops Hitler chained to a flaming menorah. Okay enough, but right after he replaces Hitler with (the Jewish) Sandler for his own benefit, and it goes too far.
For women especially, seeing Cage in The Wicker Man punch out a lady ten times while Critic makes jokes might get less funny and more uncomfortable as it goes on.
Considering what happens to Cage at the end, both genders have plenty to be uncomfortable about.
The whole review was this to some, as it was an extended suicide joke (with Critic committing suicide more graphically than usual) just a few weeks after Jew Wario's passing and Rob had explicitly reassured on forums that he'd get Doug to ease off the death obsession.
The joke in the Jurassic Park III review where a raptor keeps trying to scare the Nostalgia Critic by saying "Alan!" culminates in the Critic receiving a phone call informing him that his mother has suddenly died. It's incredibly obvious from the start that the call is simply leading up to the raptor saying "Alan!" again, making it feel very distasteful to see such subject material just being used as the buildup to the predictable punchline.
The talking tree being chopped down and used to make posters for "The Lorax" in that review. In the commentary, Doug says he was planning for that reaction.
His review of the mini series adaptation of The Shining has a joke at the expense of the child actor's teeth, which he lampshades immediately by having the audience boo him for it, but still you wonder why it was neccessary to poke fun at an innocent little boy's face.
After the Wicker-Man review Tamara has become one, mostly because - as Critic lampshades - she's a Fandom Nod to everyone who wants to see him get punished or yelled at for acting badly.
Devil Boner was only in Small Soldiers for about five seconds, and already he's got swooning girls and fanart. It's Doug as a bad boy in leather though, so it should have been expected. He returns in “Ghost Rider 2”, and is even more catering to All Girls Want Bad Boys, calling himself “snuggly and soft” and angsting that his mom never loved him.
Benny the assassin, for being another (after Tacoma and the Devil) character that actually plays to Malcolm's strengths of being charming, serious when needed, and the Only Sane Man.
In The Wicker Man, Tamara being psychotic and so happy about it is what makes Critic want her to work for him in the first place, and Malcolm proves he's no slouch in the uncomfortably attractive Slasher Smile department either.
Reboot!Critic is far more this trope than his usually-powerless pre-To Boldly Flee self ever was. Lampshaded by the Hyper Fangirl (the straw embodiment of his worse fangirls), who gets threatened with being stabbed and that just makes her want him more.
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.
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.
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.
In The Wizard review, he makes a Running Gag of being a twenty six year old guy with a crush on the kid Lucas. This is made extremely awkward by the actor who played Lucas going on to be a child molester◊.
In his Alone in the Dark (2005) review, they point out how the Big Damn Heroes start shooting the zombies without knowing why they're there and that they might just be innocent civilians. Then they show a few minor TGWTG characters walk into the scene and get shot. One of them is Ma-Ti...
The scene that contains the original "Psych! Heil Hitler!" gag, where he makes jokes about shooters yelling out "Heil Hitler!" before shooting. In 2014, a white supremacist was arrested for the murder of three men, and yelled "Heil Hitler!" when being taken into custody. One of the scenarios he poses is the assassin posing as a teacher, definitely not funny when you think of school shootings.
Critic's vaguely desperate lyric of “I'm not crazy” in “Are You Sick Of Let It Go” is wrong anyway, but as he's coupling it with an opinion it's also awkward timing. See, this was filmed a day before “The Ice King's Glasses” went online, where Doug went all out and had a shaking ranting plea to hate him for other reasons than just his opinion, which broke the fandom base and led to half ripping into him for, to sum it up in nicer words, being too crazy against them.
In his Jungle 2 Jungle review, he mentions that due to the Russian antagonist's silliness (and that the actor, David Ogden Stiers, played other "silly" Russian characters in other Disney films), that they, as a people, are not to be taken seriously and he even included a picture of Prime Minister Putin, saying that he "seems like a funny guy". Given the recent conflict between the U.S. and Ukraine, we realize that yes, they should be taken seriously.
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 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.
Arguably, the Critic really started catching fire around the time of Batman & Robin, probably the most solid of his early reviews and one of the first done expressly for the site.
As... bizarre as it sounds, character-wise, he was cemented and made consistent (i.e being more as like we know him today) from Follow That Bird onwards.
Before The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, the Critic was quick to caustically declare practically each and every film he reviewed as the worst film that he had ever seen. After The Garbage Pail Kids Movie review, he began to take a slightly more analytical approach to his reviews, with the reasoning being that he was never going to see a film as bad as that one again.
Post-revival, the show has seen a noticeable rise in production values. Doug now has the benefits of a studio instead of just a corner in his living room, a larger cast and an extra week to work on episodes since he decided to release a new review every fortnight instead of once a week.
The third NC Fuck-Ups in light of Scooby-Doo. When you're so alone that you're reaching out to spend more time with Douchey, you're in a fairly dreadful state.
In The Wiz, Todd and Critic's agreement that there'll be no praise of Joel Schumacher while the latter is still alive. This was just two weeks before the Scooby-Doo review that was intended to end the show.
Scooby-Doo is a painful episode, opening with an improvised rant about how Critic knows he's a Cash Cow Franchise with no friends, but it ends with him deciding to do something with his life, continuing this determination in To Boldly Flee and in the Plot Hole. Except his goodness was retconned to be a parodox in "The Review Must Go On", and he came back having given up on that.
Critic: I mean what's the point in trying to change anything? I am where I am, nothing's gonna make it any different.
In Bebe's Kids, Critic loathes the Esoteric Happy Ending of the lead being treated like a good parent, comparing treating children badly to killing people and leaving them to be like Hitler. For The Cat in the Hat, he treats Evilina badly and leaves her alone when he's meant to be looking after her.
The Shining commentary had Rachel admit she was scared of Doug in the threatening scene, say she was only doing sexist jokes for money and get 'teased' by Doug's dad for being stupid. Bad enough, but worse when that's her last commentary before leaving the site.
A combination of this and Hilarious in Hindsight: The Richie Rich review has Doug mocking the scientist character creating a robot bee, sarcastically saying that he's sure there'll be many uses for it. Later, the global bee population has dropped to such drastic levels that scientists actually have turned to developing robot bees to help sustain the ecosystem.
In the Drop Dead Fred review, after seeing the titular character he says "This person needs to die." Rik Mayall (Fred's actor) recently passed away.
The Bridge to Terabithia review is a little more heart wrenching due to the subject matter hitting close to home for NC, regarding Jewwario's passing. His "Fuck his ass up." remark to the bullies that tease Jess over Leslie's Death could easily be applied to the many internet trolls that make light of Carmical's death.
Character!Rachel will get a lot more sympathy in Master Of Disguise after she ends up terrorized by Critic in The Shining, and Critic firing her can be awkward after real!Rachel leaves in Face/Off, with Doug admitting in The Wicker Man commentary that she was going to leave after Catwoman but moving plans fell through.
The review of The Princess Diaries 2 features the line "It feels like a bit of the comedy of the world just died." The episode was released shortly after Robin Williams' suicide.
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.
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. Hell, he even produced tears.
A lot of it's down to Fan Dumb, but there's something to be said for how many people believe he's really suffering badly in real life when it comes to some of the movies he watches.
All the more apparent when he interacts with con-goers. Nobody's taking it seriously, but while he's in-character making woobie faces or whatever the situation calls for, if the audience is meant to be - say - an angry mob, they'll be laughing instead.
The Scooby-Doo review worked precisely because Doug is excellent at being an emotionally manipulative little bastard. The meltdown at the beginning was so convincing that some people thought at least parts of it were semi-autobiographical.
Tamara in the “Princess Diaries 2” review. Hyper Fangirl is awful, manipulative, pathetic and scary all at once, and when she's having a breakdown post-Almost Kiss about Critic needing to tell her what he likes so she can like it too, it's genuinely painful to watch.
Oddly (or maybe not), ever since Doug started dropping the anvil last year that an opinion of a movie doesn't make you a good or bad person, Critic, Bum Reviews and his own vlogs have been getting more of this venomous sort of reaction. The latest complaint has been people getting upset that Critic doesn't like Joel Schumacher, when that should have been obvious.
Gleefully anticipated (as of writing) for the Man of Steel review, as Doug said at Alcon "I'm going to piss you all off and I'm going to love it."
While it wasn't panning, some have reacted badly to him saying he'd cut out quite a few scenes in The Big Lebowski.
An inversion with the review of The Wicker Man remake, which got some criticism for the Critic focusing too much on its So Bad, It's Good status while ignoring its failures as an adaptation of the original (Doug's commentary implies that he hasn't seen it), and that it deserved the kind of analysis The Haunting remake got.
With the hate he had for them in the Disneycember review, the Sequel Hook at the end of Small Soldiers, and the total joy about bashing them in posts and the "Long Live The Earth Queen" vlog, girls with fond memories of The Princess Diaries movies and a worry about his track record with female nostalgia (not to mention Hyper Fangirl) had got extremely nervous before the episode even came out.
During the review of The Room, the Nostalgia Critic is visited by colleagues from the future who warn him that he "must not review this movie". Guess what? He later had to take the video down, because he was threatened with a lawsuit about the review. For the record, this is the only review of his that it's happened to.
After getting said threat, the Critic decides to satirize the situation with an impression of Tommy Wiseau doing a "Tommy Wi-show." More than a year later, Wiseau actually does come out with The Tommy Wi-Show with the the help of Machinima.com.
In the Spoony/Critic/Linkara review of Alone in the Dark (2005), Spoony enjoys typing "I like to wear women's clothing" into Critic's computer. In his review of Captain America, he casually reveals that he made Critic dress up as a dirty ballerina in Spooning With Spoony II. Black Comedy because the Critic hung himself, but still funny all the same
The Nostalgia Duo's complaining about Batty in Ferngully takes on a whole new amusing twist when Nella and Elisa find out much later that the Chick has major Perverse Sexual Lust for him.
When reviewing The Langoliers, based on the Stephen King story, a character remarks on the nature of time travel and says that it isn't possible to go back in time to stop Kennedy from being assassinated. Critic says that sounds like an awesome idea. King later did exactly this with 11/22/63.
In his review of Red Sonja, he begins by apologizing for making fun of Mako in his TMNT review the previous week, mentioning that Mako did voices for shows like "Avatar: The Last Airbender, which [he] had never heard of". Come 2013, and not only has he heard of the show, but he's watched it all the way through and it's now his favorite TV Show of all time.
In the Moulin Rouge! musical review, Oancitizen has a cameo where he loses his cool at the fact that he was denied the chance to sing. Cut to 2013, and he stars in another musical review, this time of Les Misérables.
During his review of Hook, Critic makes a joke about whether or not the writers of LOST came in at some point. This is kind of funny, considering they actually did.
In "Top 11 Damsels in Distress", Critic complains about Peach being helpless in every main game, and her role in Super Mario Bros 2 didn't count since that was a dream. Come Super Mario 3D World, she's once again playable and not a damsel in distress, and it wasn't a dream this time.
In the review for The Lorax, he responds to the very reclusive Lorax by saying "My god, we've finally found Bill Watterson!" A month later, this came out.
Critic's Gay Panic over LittleKuriboh in bed with him at the start of “The Top 12 Strangest and Best Couples” becomes amusing when one watches a 2012 Kami-Con panel with Doug and LK, and finds that Doug is the one flirting with Kuriboh because he's weak for British accents.
Ho Yay: Spoony/Critic/Linkara in the Alone in the Dark (2005) review. There's one such moment when Spoony forces Critic's computer voice to say "I like wearing women's clothing" (serving as lulzy foreshadowing to SWS2 where he made Critic dress up like a dirty ballerina) and Linkara looks rather interested.
Hoyay Shipping: Partly because Critic/Malcolm has power issues and partly because fangirls/the LGBT Fanbase just desperate to have some of the love they got pre-comeback, Critic technically being subservient to the Devil starting from The Cat in the Hat got grabbed as the only non-Foe Yay pairing available.
Hollywood Pudgy: He's a skinny guy, but he's got enough puppy fat to piss people off. Parodied in the Chick/Critic crossover of The Chipmunk Adventure when he mentions his manboobs and lifts up his shirt to reveal a perfectly slim chest.
Then there's the people who notice how twig-like he's looking in 2013+, and listen to how much Doug seems to think he's still overweight, but still urge him to get skinnier because he's hotter the thinner he gets.
Invoked in “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4”, as he asides that he eats junk food and pats his non-existent double chin saying he's not the skinniest guy, but Doug had admitted in momocon that he Forgets to Eat so much that people are starting to think he's sick.
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.
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 terrible, the awful-to-women parts ("the angrier women get at advances they don't want, the more attractive they are" right after the said message, and the later mocking of Canada's rape awareness PSA) never seem to get a mention when the Unfortunate Implications of the episode get talked about.
Doug himself has brought up that skits are complained about just for being skits (not even going into Nostalgia Filter, if it had always been just reviews we would have never got the Nerd rivalry for example), but when he does a post-comeback 'basic review' [note]just him talking in front of a camera about the movie with minimal character moments and Rachel/Tamara/Malcolm[/note] they get no views in comparison.
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.
Mainly because of Doug's delightful obsession with making him look like a pathetic failure most of the time. No matter how many breakdowns, rages and general crap he's gone through, he's strong willed and will always eventually come back fighting.
Doug says that the Critic is "pathetically proud and proudly pathetic".
Showcased in the Baby Geniuses review. He randomly attacks pedestrians for no reason, but we're also hearing his Inner Monologue at the time, and he's seriously in need of a hug.
The Cartoon Allstars commentary adds another element to it: he yells at things because he's desperate and scared, not necessarily because he's "rargh, angry".
Almost calculatingly done in the promo the Game Heroes did. He's kidnapped, tied up, treated badly, manhandled and is terrified to the point of tears. When was this released? The day Kickassia premiered, where the sympathy-inducing bits wouldn't start for a few days yet.
Reboot!Critic is far more jerkass than woobie (ironically, given the joke that he's on the woobie page in "Why Is Loki So Hot"), but he managed to hit both in Food Fight. On the one hand, as he only did the film for money it's deserved that he didn't get as much as he wanted. On the other, his disgust with being the Cash Cow Franchise has been made explicit since Scooby-Doo and it's only fair that he has a tantrum about failing at that too.
Evilina. She's great at torture, thinks dramatic suicide is funny and has very little empathy, but when Critic is so awful to her that he makes her cry, it's hard not to feel bad.
Hyper Fangirl is a creepy, egotistical, melodramatic stalker to the Critic who tries to guilt trip him when he won't sleep with her and is so happy at the thought of mind rapeing him, but she's young, is taken advantage of by men with more power, has evil voices in her head, is desperate for friends and on that note is severely delusional.
It Gets Better: 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.
Jerk Sue: His self-righteous rants towards straw villains like Soulless and TMZ don't really work when he's never called out on bashing actors after being told not to, hitting kids because they're annoying and selling his soul in a worthless deal. All the more irritating as he never got away with anything before he died.
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.
Doug may have 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.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In the fic world, nearly everyone on the site has had a go with him. And it's not just limited to the site either.
LGBT Fanbase: As shirtless scenes, Homoerotic Subtext and rants against gay stereotypes increased, so did his LGBT audience. Genderqueer and trans especially had hearts in eyes for his misgendering rant in Patch Adams, and the fanon that he's genderfluid but is overcompensating towards male because of issues doesn't hurt either.
He's lost a lot of it thanks to some homophobic remarks in the reboot, though.
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.
Due to Ask That Guy licking his pipe and Doug's love of blowjob jokes, it has become heavy fanon that he's really good at oral. His fellating a joystick in the rematch against Angry Joe didn't exactly help this perception. Also exploited in The Last Angry Geek's Bad Future episode, as the site has been taken over and all he's allowed to do is give oral.
The whole "everyone loves seeing him in pain" thing.
Every time he shows off his tenor voice, a girl's ovaries explode.
For a character that was literally there to a boy's toy parody, Devil Boner created a lot of girl!boners.
While humor is always subjective, the point of the LP was that Critic thought it was going to be the easiest thing he ever did and so failed miserably like he does at everything. If he did it perfectly, it would have been out of character.
Confirmed gently as "Critic's an idiot who has no common sense" by Doug in his commentary.
Speaking of the LP, after James and the Giant Peach people wanted even more punishment and apologizing, ignoring that the basic gist of the video was "why is there so much bile for one bad review?".
Also, his show isn't meant to be about a professional critic, it's humor and reaction first and foremost, and thus complaining about the Nostalgia Critic "not being a real critic" misses the point.
Critic said very nicely at the end of the first fuck-ups video that you can criticize his mistakes as much as you like, just don't be a jackass like Douchey (who was a parody of the kind of fans who treated the mistakes like they were inexcusable). So what did fans do? Kept on screaming at him, just tagged the messages with "Douchey McNitpick moment".
Catwoman (and especially the male academia rant) got him a lot of MRA fans who were then disappointed to go back in pre-comeback Critic/Doug videos and find that both persona and actor thought the idea of being a "menimist" hilarious.
Food Fight ends with the very spelled out Hoist By Their Own Petard of Critic's greed for views being his undoing, but most of the comments are calling him a Magnificent Bastard or a hero for watching it, showing that they either skipped the character bits or just completely missed the point.
Despite him really not wanting her, and sort of proving his point about fangirls not actually caring about his feelings just how cute he is, Critic/Hyper Fangirl was shipped as a One True Pairing from her first appearance. Because of this, Doug stated at MomoCon that he was going to make the storyline as miserable and awful as he could.
Aside from the shipping aspect, maybe it's for the best that the fangirls who forgive him for everything he does because he's conventionally attractive didn't realizethey were being mocked with the Hyper Fangirl, even when Rob stated twice (in the behind the scenes and commentary for Lorax) that Doug was being intentionally mean to them.
Some encourage and like way too much Critic's abuse of Rachel, Malcolm and Tamara, and whenever the three try to push back, their punishment is demanded. Reasons vary from bigotry to misblaming, but fact is considering Critic a cute good guy in The Shining is pretty creepily missing the point. Doug more or less tries to point this out himself in the "Disney Afternoon" commentary, saying that Critic deserves every comeuppance he gets from being awful to his underlings.
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.
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.
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 rubbish expanding.
Never Live It Down: Doug has admitted to regretting "Bat Credit Card" and the review it came from because having to do the joke constantly does a number on his voice and he felt he could have done better with the episode. But unfortunately it'll be a cold day in hell before Critic/BCC stop getting associated with each other.
No Yay: Critic goes between hitting on That Sci-Fi Guy (wanting to see him naked in Total Recall (1990), invading his personal space in Star Trek month) and treating him like a son who's unable to respect a parent's authority. It could just be to mess him around, but it's a pattern that doesn't happen with anyone else.
Of all the people fangirls wanted to use Critic's tie as a leash and get in close, Santa Christ had to be pretty bottom of the list.
There are a couple of people who missed the point and made cutesy art of it, but Critic/Rachel in The Shining slip way too easily into abusive husband/abused wife roles. And aside from the people in Misaimed Fandom, most really don't want Critic/Hyper Fangirl to ever be a possibility.
Shipping of Devil Boner and Lady Love Embrace popped up on tumblr pretty quickly, which is a little disturbing as he blew her up after five seconds of meeting her.
Older Than They Think: Because Scooby Doo came out a few days after the Ultima finale and both dealt with some pretty intense issues of self-esteem, some overzealous fans accused Doug of ripping off Spoony. They missed out on the fact that Critic breaking down completely over how bad his life was had been set up since at least My Pet Monster.
Burton Land is not a new concept. For Americans, that link is a sketch by Harry Partridge making fun of Burton's cliches.
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 threewholevideos 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.
Also, by popular demand, the Critic finally reviewed The Movie of his childhood torment, Doug, and boy, did he not like what was in store for him (save for one character and one scene each in the entire film)!
Some fans have accused Doug of bringing back the Nostalgia Critic due to this. In reality it was more a Be Careful What You Wish For version, as he said in commentary that he connected Donnie/Critic due to all the demands to bring Critic back, and hoped everyone who 'asked' was pissed off about it.
Doug: I have so many people from the Avatar audience are watching me now that I have to mention the show.
Lampshaded with the opening of Dawn Of The Commercials, with a giant fake audience begging him to do another special (that's actually about something nostalgic no less) and him basking in the attention.
Bloodrayne with Critic/Linkara/Spoony reviewing an Uwe Boll movie again, stooge slapstick, Snob in a few cameos, an “Adamantium Rage” joke from Linkara and minimal Malcolm/Tamara. Critic seems to be aware that this trope is in play, as he's depressed about having to do it and calls out Linkara/Spoony for arriving like it's a big deal.
Doug literally tagged the Small Soldiersreview as “after years of requests”, and as a bit of extra info, people had actually voted for it to be his finale, but Doug had declared The Points Mean Nothing and did the far more apt note what with it being a franchise with ridiculous nostalgia valueScooby-Doo movie.
"Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes". The preview has Doug lampshading the clickbait title, and also quasi-spoilering how special the ending is a To Be Continued featuring Dante Basco just to get people going over to Maker a day early to watch.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Rewatch Bonus: There are a number of character important lines in his reviews that you can miss on the first go.
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.
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, and the fact that his character arc's resolution was undone.
Much to fangirl/male-attracted-men upset, the reboot swung it the other way. For example, while the Catwoman review is exploitive, Doug later at Connecticon got on all fours and licked sugar out of a girl's hand, and while he lampshaded after how dangerous it could have been, Tumblr still thought it was adorable.
Shallow Parody: Sharknado has a parody of Mythbusters where they act like Kari Bryon is just meant to be the hot chick who makes bad puns. She actually took out the engine block of the phonebook bulletproof van, cut a tree in half with a Gatling Gun, and certainly does more than the skit lets on.
Doug's borrowing of the Family Guy joke that Randy Newman supposedly sings about whatever he sees happening around him. Not only did he steal this joke for his own reviews up to four times by now: it also shows that he actually hasn't got a clue what Newman's music is all about (to be fair: the Family Guy writers obviously didn't either). Never in his life has Newman written songs about stuff he supposedly sees and his topics are far more adult and thought provoking than this one-dimensional baseless parody suggests.
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.
He's right, 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 including Doug's rant in “the Suitor” that dogged nice guys aren't looking for a relationship they're looking for a prize, as well as the “Breezy” talk of his RL fangirls – who Hyper Fangirl is based on – who are just Loving a Shadow and have at one point asked to grab his ass in front of his wife 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.
Special Effect Failure: While it can be argued this happens a lot with his low budget effcts, a glaring example is in the Garbage Pail Kids review towards the end. When the DVD is floating in the air, much of the DVD's edge has green screen residue on it. While unintentional, the commentary by Rob and Doug seems to indicate they thought the effect worked better that way considering how much they hate that movie in particular.
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.
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.
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.
The ending of Food Fight cuts off one of his patented self-righteous speeches to tell him that he wasted his time being Only in It for the Money (something that he's been openly admitting since Sailor Moon) because people are fickle enough to be bored already, and that's what breaks him enough to have a Selina-style meltdown, not the movie itself like everyone first thought.
Testosterone Brigade: Since the gaze changed from Prime!Critic's and Demo Reel's female to male, if comment sections were any indication, some guys just watched to make creepy come-ons at Rachel and hope her last name was prophetic. Now that Rachel has left, the brigade moved onto Tamara.
They 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.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Critic Reloaded reviews of the anniversaries. Instead of being cruel because of amnesia, how cool would it have been - with all his Character Development amassed - for him to react to realizing Chick was trying to kill him in Kickassia when he trusted her so much, or to express guilt over how badly he treated Film Brain?
The Sailor Moon review was also considered a missed opportunity, as Sailor Moon has many occasions that the Critic could've used for comedy, and yet he never bothered, and also decided to forgo research, despite help from Lewis.
Ghost Rider features the devil and his child prominently, along with plenty of deals, but maybe because Rachel is gone and Evilina can't appear, neither Malcolm's devil or Critic's contract with him even get a mention.
Snob going crazy in Bloodrayne was well-acted by Brad and interesting, but just kind of ends in the middle of the episode with no resolution other than him wanting to know why nobody is paying attention.
In terms of jokes, this secret gives a good reason why it should have been Pinky ranting at Brain at the end of The Purge.
Token Minority: Malcolm and Rachel (and recently Tamara) often seem to be there to play the part of a black or female character Doug needs for his review.
His Batman and Robin review overplays the 'ambiguously gay duo!' soundclip and takes an unfortunate perspective on the relationship between Bruce and Alfred. In a scene where Alfred is ill and bedbound, the two state that they love each other openly in a manner that is clearly meant to represent the love between a father and a son. Critic promptly plays the above-mentioned sound clip, as though men should be manly to the point they can't say they love their father, and his earlier use of the clip plays into the hand-wringing unintentional homophobia surrounding Batman and Robin perpetuated by Seduction of the Innocent. In his premium area commentary, this was one of the many reasons why Doug was embarrassed that so many of his fans thought this review was one of the best.
Catwoman had a strong "White male lead outwits the silly women" vibe, with the All Women Are Lustful Catwomen easily distracted and competing against each other, and only Critic (trying so hard to be manly) being able to make them see the answer, not the simpy lisping therapist.
Also bad is how "the cat-man trapped in the catwoman's body" (Malcolm as Eartha Kitt). Malcolm admitted on twitter that it was pretty humiliating.
"Why Is Loki So Hot?". Women complained because they felt like they were being condescended to, especially with his assumptions that they like a bad boy because he'll owe them sex if they're nice to him and will be their attack dog, and LGBT fans questioned why he even made the video if all he was going to do was be violently, alienatingly Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?.
The ending of AI, with male crossdressing being worse than affairs, racism or being a hooker to goats, and the insinuation of the directors being gay setting off Critic's Berserk Button. It was probably meant to come off as bashing hypocrisy and their missing the point, but with the straw of the TMZ workers, how cringey the above "sins" were played, and Reboot!Critic's own tendency to make homophobic jokes, as well as attack actors for nothing they can control, it made LGBT fans extremely uncomfortable.
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.
To complicate things in the episode even more, the "You've got boys, and you've got girls! ...Pick one!" comment during the "Sailor Says" parody could easily be construed as being biphobic or transphobic.
It doesn't help that the "You've got Boys, and you've got girls!...Pick one!" Line, makes it feel like he is saying that boys cannot enjoy something that a girl likes and girls cannot enjoy something a boy likes. At least, not without having something sexual or cute to entice them.
Doug's comment when posting an article that respectfully criticized his review for being sexist, which was first 'I loves me some hate!' and then acting like it was just a difference of opinion, didn't help matters either. Nor did calling it "Jail Bait = The Show" at a convention a few weeks later.
The above issues - particularly those relating to the NC's seeming insensitivity around gender roles - have been present in episodes prior to the reboot, as well. Rob and Doug at least apologized for the considered to be worst one - Airborne - saying their point that his passiveness was hypocritical didn't come off too well, and Doug had this to say later.
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 them again in The Shining behind the scenes footage, being extremely uncomfortable with his white-face and not being sure that he can make it not offensive.
In the 'Dawn Of The Commercials' review, the Critic outright states that men can't be sexually harassed because they're way too oblivious to women coming on to them, even reinforcing the statement with sketches. Especially weird since being a rape/abuse victim of both genders was a big part of his backstory. In the very same review, he uses a photo of killer Anders Breivik to represent Norway and Norwegian people. He apologized for it a little later on his Facebook, having been unaware who he was. He also addressed the first part in his commentary for his The Room review, with a snide 'Yeah, I'm sorry I know we've had it so tough in the past', probably showing that the Unfortunate Implication that men can't be harassed, is actually intentional. Which gets pretty confusing when you listen to interviews where he says he gets panicky when people flirt with him.
In his Princess Diaries 2 review he continues his charming casual homophobia, bashing the title characters for supporting a gay prince. The way he words it, as "[...]let's show we're pro-something even though it distracts from the fact we're not saying anything funny", manages to simultaneously convey that he doesn't think a pro-gay moment is worth anything anymore and that he thinks character nuance is unwelcome in lieu of mindless comedy. Doug brings this up in the commentary, saying "You gotta find the intent of the comedy. The one moment where it's like "oh yay we're pro gay!" Well, so what? A lot of people are." We'll leave his quote uncommented on.
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 said fangirls slutty because you can see their butts in their shorts.
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.
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 Miserables (2012) musical; after the disastrous Sailor Moon and the base breaker reputation of Nu!Critic in general, Critic (while still technically the main character) takes a backseat to all the other producers and is only in the spotlight when he starts the crowd songs, so becomes easier to take as a result.
Villain Sue: Played for Laughs. Critic in mostnote some title cards show him wiping out at biking, getting turned into a frog, knocked off a building, etc. of the title cards is hard-lined, psychotic, is willing to belt kids or perform coat-hanger abortions and gets away with everything. The real Critic... doesn't.
Most people who find him attractive wouldn't dream of A) hurting him B) being a creeper C) insulting his fiancée. Trouble is, a few would do all those things and they're the loudest.
Following the reboot of the show, there's a Broken Base between those that prefer the skit-based reviews with a larger supporting cast and those that want the original style of the Critic just yelling at the camera. Doug has said in commentaries that while he occasionally does the latter to appease such fans, it's the skit-based reviews that get more hits.
Wangst: Played for laughs when he gets news that a friend of a very distant relative has just died.
Critic: [crying] Feel bad for me!
His complaining and tears in Son of the Mask got less sympathy and more people asking why he came back from the Plot Hole when he was happier there.
Critic's depressed complaining in Bloodrayne about the tradition he's forced to do (have Linkara and Spoony review an Uwe Boll movie with him) is treated as such, with Tamara/Malcolm being tired of it and Linkara/Spoony forcing him to slapstick with a pie in the face.
Hyper Fangirl started off like this, acting like a friendzoned Emo Teen drenched in self-pity because Critic didn't want to fuck her, but as soon as the voices told her to stalk him harder, she became a deluded Stepford Smiler who took Critic's death threats as him showing his love, making her far creepier and trainwreck-like.
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?
Telling Tamara and Malcolm, in the most condescending way possible, at the end of Ghost Dad that he was just faking being a ghost and wanted to humiliate them for his The Dog Bites Back torture in The Wicker Man. As he knows they have a right to be angry at him anyway, his stupid even gets lampshaded and he said previously how good it was to be dead, the point might be that his masochist side realizes he deserves punishment.
Alice in Wonderland: He at least stops when she holds out a knife in warning, but dope slapping Malice three times when he's seen her kill three people. He had no way of knowing she wouldn't just stab him in the brain right off.
The Swan Princess shows he didn't learn from The Wicker Man or Ghost Dad in the slightest, as he mistreats Tamara/Malcolm again, ignores their outright plan to punish him, and oh look he gets punished.
While it goes without saying that he doesn't deserve to be stalked, keeping the hyper fangirl around (despite her issues and despite the fact that he doesn't like her) just because of his fragile ego bit him in the ass when she got in the studio.
What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: In the Sailor Moon review, the Critic goes on a tangent discussing the transformation sequences, interpreting it as something squicky due to its "fanservice", and going into detail about Japanese laws and value differences. This comes out of nowhere and feels he was just reading too far into it. Add the fact the intended demographic of the show (like the young female demographic) didn't take much notice, and the fact he himself admitted they didn't even look 14 (and even including her in a earlier list of hot anime girls) and it becomes even more confusing.
What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: "Why Lie About Santa" may have had religious undertones, but he sure didn't make them overt enough to warrant complaints from people from other religions or view points. Yet, in the review of "The Worst Christmas Special" Doug's brother Rob is asked to talk about the meaning of Christmas and starts rambling. One of the things he says is that it has all to do with the birth of Jesus, while in reality festivities now associated with Christmas were already celebrated centuries before Christ was born. The Church simply adapted these popular pagan rituals and made them about Jesus' birth instead.
Ma-Ti and Dr. Smith, although Ma-Ti's woobie-ness got played out far more in a certain special.
Rachel's characters. They're usually either there to be sexualized, slapped around and made to cry, or both. No wonder she misses Rebecca.
Malcolm (the character, not the actor) is pretty Weak-Willed, cowardly and happy for extreme payback, but Critic abuses him horribly for no reason a lot of the time, and he's particularly shaken after bearing the brunt of it in Disney Afternoon.
Some of the creepierNostalgia Chick fanboys clearly see him as a threat, even going as far to respond to the awkward date with threats of killing him in his sleep. It goes the other way as well.
Like her husband, Robin is a Base Breaker. Some love her because (from what Doug has said) she's The Caretaker for him with infinite patience, and she's also a Yaoi Fangirl who encourages him being The Tease, but there are others who are ridiculously fat-shaming, blame her for everything he does or just trash her out of jealousy because she has Doug and they don't.