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The audience and fanbase related tropes for The Spoony Experiment.

The Spoony Experiment provides examples of:

  • Acceptable Targets: EA games. In an aversion, he makes it clear that he does NOT consider homosexuals to be this.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: It's hard not to feel for Spencer D. Bum during his brutal death.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Arc Fatigue: Sephiroth's endgame (and however Burton's corruption fits into it) has been a long time coming.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Deliberately invoked with his rant about the lack of logic in Highlander II: The Quickening, which concludes with "AND WHY AM I IN A STARFLEET UNIFORM?!"
    • He also likes to take isolated clips from films that seem particularly bizarre and random, such as the Insane Troll Logic scene "How to Battle Communism" from 1900.
    • Pumpkinhead's appearance in the final battle against Black Lantern Spoony. He walks through the door to Ominous Latin Chanting and the fight halts in its tacks, stares grimly at BL Spoony... and peppy music starts playing, to which Pumpkinhead starts dancing. BL Spoony blows him up with an energy blast and the fight resumes.
    • In his Final Fantasy X-2 review, while listening to some bad in-game music, he remarks "This music is almost as bad as the time I got tricked into going to the Nostalgia Chick's accordion recital". Cut to The Nostalgia Chick playing the accordion while Spoony awkwardly sits on a nearby couch holding a dog.
    • In Tekken: Blood Vengeance, he repeatedly wonders why no-one questions the presence of a super-fast Panda.
    • In his Final Fantasy XIII: Part 2 review there was the sudden appearance of Stereotypically-Drunk Mexican Cyborg Early 90s Otaku Kid who appears at the end of his rant about about the Chocobo Chick while a spanish language translation of Smells Like Teen Spirit blares in the background.
  • Bizarro Episode: After having trouble getting The Madness of Roland to run on his computer, Noah simply edited together some brief clips from the game with framing material of the footage killing him.
  • Colbert Bump: Gave a huge one to Reb Brown.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • After being reminded that Ultima III features grass as an enemy, he announced a contest for videos of fans' epic battles with grass.
    • His persona in the Alone in the Dark (2005) review with the Critic and Linkara, combined with a bit of Man Child. Not only does he announce that he's broken into Walker's house, but...
    Spoony: Hey, look what I can make the Critic say!
    NC's Computer: I like to wear women's clothing. I like to wear women's clothing-
    NC: *shoos Spoony away from computer*
  • Creator's Pet: It Came From Beyond Midnight. Although he could be seen as having other motivations for hosting the show.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Many times. Some more notable occurrences:
    • "You're rooting for a romance between Squall, and Seifer's leftovers; Seifer's sloppy seconds. I'm going to ruin this romance for you. I want you to think about this every time you see Rinoa: Seifer's balls were slapping against that poon nightly. Oh yeah, she was swallowing the man-aise, gargling the chowder! And you know what, she loved it! Enjoy your love story!" All accompanied by images from a FF8 hentai doujin.
    • "Spooning with Spoony". Good lord "Spooning With Spoony." The Sequel crosses it another three times, easy. And those three times are named Doug, Joe and Bennett...
    • FF 8 review part 4. "Afternoon Delight" and Saving Private Ryan have never made more sense together.
    • Making a joke about Bruce Lee's son's death in his Clones of Bruce Lee review. "Darkest sketch! Darkest sketch!"
    • A joke about someone being Driven to Suicide because their religion was a lie? Harsh. A joke about Wakka being Driven to Suicide because their religion was a lie, complete with a prop Blitzball and an impersonation of his voice? Gold.
    • The Warrior comic has this the Warrior raping Santa.
    • Mission 15 of Swat 4 with its constant jokes about Russia's anti-gay policies manages to be so ridiculous that it actually makes a pretty good point about how stupid those laws are. Especially when Reynolds and Girard get caught in a compromising position, are forced to go to New Jersey to get gay married and register at Bed Bath & Beyond.
    • "Zelda Scott" from the Game Crazy training video, whose white-bread demeanor combined with her constant "hood slang" crosses and recrosses the line so many times that any chance of being offended is eradicated by just how incredulous she is.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • His opening theme(s).
    • Spoony's vocal cover of A Whole New World even manages to make Dr. Insano just turn around and walk right out of the room.
    • Syncing the first Anima summon to one of the many epic music bits from Kickassia in part 2 of his Final Fantasy X review.
    • Long Live the Spoony One.
    • Wendy's Training Videos - no really. In particular, Hot Drinks from the Wendy's Training Videos riff. Even Spoony admits that it's probably the catchiest song he's heard in a while.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the Final Fantasy XIII review he cites Solid Snake, the protagonist from Metal Gear. However, the footage actually shows another character, Big Boss. In the interest of fairness, Big Boss did used to go by the codename "Naked Snake" and Solid Snake is a clone of Big Boss.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: He tends to have this with games, movies and shows he considers "misery porn" like The Walking Dead and The Last of Us when there's nothing but pain ahead and no bright spot of hope.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Spoony did this to himself when reviewing the Shovelware Dirty Dancing game and suggesting that one of the minigames be about giving a coat hanger abortion. Over the stock boos, he says "What?! It happened in the movie!"
    • This happened for real during the second part of his review of Final Fantasy X, his character encouraged his fans to track down and murder fans of the game before finally announcing he would do it himself with a box cutter. More than a few people have been disturbed that he would even joke about that, feeling that it goes one step too many beyond mere fan hating.
    • In the Final Fantasy X video, Spoony attempts to pull an Abusive Parents joke for laughs.
    • Some fans were apparently unhappy with the jokes he cracked about Lou Ferrigno's character in Cage, a brain-damaged Vietnam vet who gets tricked into an underground cagefight; Spoony remarked that if anything, he was complaining about the idea.
    • He did it to himself again at the beginning of his Final Fantasy XIII review, apologizing for the gay joke he made about Squall and Seifer back in Final Fantasy VIII.
    • Done in his review of Ultima IX, where he laid out an epic Take That against Richard Garriot for making several games in a row where he has no choice but to kill children.
  • Ear Worm: "Break Me", his Theme Song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Dr. Insano, of course! Don't you know anything about science?
    • Giant Dizzy Gillespie, too. Spoony had to explain to his fans that he had had to stop using him because the figure was fragile and had been slightly damaged from the action figures scenes.
    • Within her short time on the site, Oreo is already becoming ridiculously popular for the V-logs.
    • Simcoe the Magician from the Skullduggery review became pretty popular with just one appearance, due to how hilariously bizarre and unsettling he is. Pulling Oreo out of a hat didn't hurt either.
  • Everyone Is Satan in Hell: Spends a good chunk of the Mazes and Monsters review decrying this, eventually leading to this question:
    ''"How joyless and paranoid is your life if you're afraid of children and adults armed with funny-shaped dice who still play with dolls?"
  • Evil Is Cool: Invoked by him in his review of the King of Fighters movie where he states the films only redeeming quality was casting Ray Park as Rugal, as the role did give the chance to show of his skills in martial arts and stunt work, as well as seemingly having a good time hamming it up.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Watching Spoony's describe how he anticipates Breaking Dawn and all the ludicrous plot points, clearly gleeful at the idea of reaping the result. And then watch his actual V Log of the movie, set a year later, when he practically broke down and resorted to drown his sorrow because of the awfulness of what he saw.
    • Seeing Jew Wario trying to cheer Spoony up during this can make this hard to watch because no one apparently could do the same before JW's suicide.
    • The "Spooning with Spoony" videos are much darker when you consider the immense fallout stemming from a joke on his Twitter.
    • A lot of videos that feature Spoony going berserk can be hard to watch after knowing that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Not to mention that many of Spoony's older videos feature running gags suggesting that he is mentally unbalanced, requiring frequent psychiatric care and doses of "anti-crazy pills."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Apparently Spoony is big in Finland.
  • Growing the Beard: Most fans point to the review of The Thing video game as the point where Spoony started hitting his stride and established his trademark humor and running gags. He himself agrees, mostly since that review marked the point where he started writing actual scripts rather than just talking off-the-cuff about the games he was reviewing.
  • Ham and Cheese: Dr. Insano and Noah's portrayal of wrestlers.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Learning about his heart-condition and that he has been forced to quit drinking caffeine because it, as Spoony so eloquently put it, "Can make his heart explode". It makes it rather cringe-worthy when you go into a archive-binge and realize just how often he drinks from a can of soda during his reviews.
    • At the end of his "Lords Of Magick" review, Spoony bursts into his room dressed as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who was promptly blown up by landmines that Spoony had planted just inside the door. Less than a week later, Randy Savage died after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashed his car.
    • Any of the (surprisingly numerous) Suicide as Comedy moments counts, as one of Spoony's fans sent him a "goodbye" email before committing suicide, which has inspired Noah not to make this kind of joke anymore.
    • The widespread Memetic Mutation of "What's a paladin?" after Part 4 came out and Spoony told us just how deeply the series is part of his fondest childhood memories, in turn making us think just how much that line, and the entire game, really must piss him off.
    • This exchange in the Nightmare (aka Atmosfear) review, which almost seems prophetic of the huge backlash against Spoony that started in 2012, following the Twitter incident from that spring and his leaving Channel Awesome.
    The Gatekeeper: Everybody must pity you?
    Spoony: No, actually, as far as Internet critics go I think I'm pretty popular, I think...everyone seems to love the—the robot, and the reviews, and the website—
    The Gatekeeper: They won't soon. They'll hate you like I do.
    • Several of Spoony's reviews make jokes about Spoony having serious mental problems, and he's shown downing the contents of a bottle marked "Crazy Pills" like they were Tic-Tacs at one point. Since Noah has been diagnosed as bipolar in Real Life, these jokes are a little uncomfortable
    • In his Let's Play of X Com Enemy Unknown (found on his Twitch account), he named the characters after other Channel Awesome personalities. On one particularly disastrous mission, MarzGurl's character panicked and hit Jew Wario with Friendly Fire, prompting Spoony to exclaim "My God, woman! Don't shoot Justin!" This was, of course, a year before Justin committed suicide.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks:
    • His Final Fantasy VIII review is his most well known for triggering this.
    • He also has his vlogs, where he will openly criticize games and movies that he didn't like. Of particular note is a one-off Threatdown he did where he quite savagely attacked The Legend of Zelda series as unchanging games that are given too much hype. He openly admitted that the games are well made, but there was still backlash to behold.
    • Spoony's Anime reviewer, Dean the Adequate, also got his share of hate when he released negative reviews of Lucky Star and bashed the sacred Transformers cow that is Beast Wars in a franchise retrospective.
    • Spoony suffered another wave of backlash for completely savaging the Deadliest Warrior video game of all things. Spike responded with a Dear Negative Reader letter, which prompted a follow-up where Noah responded to the complaints against his review. It's apparently gotten bad enough that he started having to mass-ban trolls from the message board.
    • His negative review of The Expendables has gotten plenty of detractors, not just from his fans at the comments section, but from his fellow TGWTG contributors as well.
    • His bashing (to say the least) of Metroid: Other M on Twitter attracted even more negative attention to himself.
    • Now, he has to deal with negative feedback for his TRON: Legacy review.
    • Spoony gets quite a bit of this from his consistent bashing of Nintendo and its products. His coverage of the company during E3 2011 comes to mind.
    • Happened again when he posted his dislike of The Cabin in the Woods on Twitter, and the backlash got rapidly out of hand.
    • He declared that he found BioShock Infinite to be just kind of okay overall. Two guesses how fans responded to that one.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the ''Clones Of Bruce Lee" review, Dr. Insano mocks Dr. Nye for trying to take over the world with what basically amounted to a weedkiller. Then in the second honorable mention for the grass wars, Dr. Insano declares war on the US - with killer grass.
    • Spoony annoying the Critic by making him say/type "I like to wear women's clothing" is made even funnier when he says in the Captain America review that he made him dress up like a dirty ballerina in Spooning With Spoony 2.
    • In the Pumpkinhead crossover video with Lord Kat, they equate the "dancing Pumpkinhead" ending of the game with the developers giving you the finger. Some time later we learn of an alternate ending...where Pumpkinhead LITERALLY gives the player the finger.
    • He starts episode 6 of his SWAT 4 review gushing about how cool an auto shotgun is. This comes back to bite him later in the same review.
    • Remember when Spoony called Uwe Boll a "cinematic Hitler" in his Alone in the Dark (2005) review with The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara? Guess who Uwe Boll is playing in Blubberella.
    • During his Q&A session at the 2010 ScrewAttack Gaming Convention, the subject of cosplay comes up. "No, I don't dress as Yuna."
    • Spoony's released the second part of his review of Ultima IX, the much-loathed conclusion to the Ultima franchise, in July 2012. Only a few days later, Bioware annouced they were reviving the franchise with an upcoming live Beta for Ultima Forever.
    • Spoony's entry The Terminator in his ''Reasons I shouldn't write screenplays'' series, in which John Conner has been dead for years, his death being covered up by the resistance high command and political decoys used to both trick Skynet into thinking he's still alive and boosting the morale of the resistance soldiers, begins with him emphasizing that these examples are terrible ideas that no sane writer would implement. Fast forward a few years, and it has been revealed that the original ending for Terminator Salvation involved Conner getting fatally wounded in the final confrontation and Marcus Wright having his appearance surgically altered to take his place, the Resistance being none-the-wiser due to only the central command being familiar with his appearance.
  • Ho Yay: Lampshaded between an alternate Insano and Linkara (parodying The Room). "You are giving the slash fic-ers material!" And between Linkara and regular Spoony, Spoony and Nostalgia Critic, and occasionally Spoony and Insano (depending on which origin story you're using).
  • Hype Backlash:
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Spoony did not enjoy The Expendables, and was not shy in stating this. He spent several days after posting his review arguing with Angry Joe over the film on Twitter.
    • And again when he said he actually liked Mass Effect 3's ending and called out the complainers, first on Twitter then on his livestream. His main points were "it was obvious from the start what would happen", "it fits the story and mood perfectly", and "you guys are just mad that you didn't get your Fem!Shep lesbian harem ending". Which is rather bizarre, considering he made fun of it in the end of his Ultima IX review. The reason Spoony liked the ending is that he believed the Indoctrination Theory was the intended point before the Internet at large had even come up with it, and that the plot points fans would later cling to as evidence were legit foreshadowing he thought he was cleverly noticing. He describes the extended cut as Bioware affirming that "nope, our ending really is that bad."
    • And again with his dislike of The Cabin in the Woods, which again led to a Twitter war and a livestream session.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: For the second of his Black Hole of Board Games reviews, Spoony left the choice of which game to review up to a fan vote. The chosen game, the VCR Wrestlemania Game, turned out to be quite uninteresting and wasn't easy for Spoony to make a video about. However, if the comments on the video are to be believed, the folks who voted for the game weren't so much interested in the game itself, but were instead hoping that Spoony would dress up as his wrestler parody personas for the review. He apparently noticed this, as they got their wish, as no less than four wrestler personas appeared in the review. In-universe, he guesses that the fans were hoping for some hammy acting by wrestlers in the video.
  • Love to Hate: He sums up on the things that he likes about the Cage films is the despicably evil main villain Mr. Tagaki.
  • Memetic Badass: Reb Brown.
  • Memetic Molester: "Spooning With Spoony".
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "You're in my way, sir."
    • "YOU FOOL!"
    • "BETRAYAL!!!"
    • Sending someone to the "blagole".
    • Thanks to Spoony, pretty much any discussion of the Ultimate Warrior will eventually bring up "YOU'LL NEED AN ENERGON CUBE THE SIZE OF WYOMING TO DEFEAT MY AUTOBOTS, HOAK HOGAN!"
    • "I like it in my ass."
    • "You okay, Lady?"
    • Spoony hates everything- a common comment on his videos post-2013 after a slew of vlogs and videos which were negative. This even extends to vlogs where he says he likes something- namely, his review of Pacific Rim opened with him saying he liked it, before savaging it.
  • Memetic Sex God: Again, "Spooning With Spoony", along with any one of his cameos from Benzaie's videos.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Though the Ferris Bueller's Day Off review came out on April Fool's and was hosted by Dr. Insano (meaning it was mostly likely not to be taken seriously), many people came out of the woodwork agreeing with Insano's Alternate Character Interpretation of Ferris as an irresponsible and manipulative jerk. (But this interpretation predates the review.)
    • A straighter form of this comes from reactions to his text articles 'Why I Should Never Write Screenplays', in which he proposes ideas for franchises such as Terminator and ER that would be spectacularly awful if ever actually filmed. Some fans said they liked the ideas and thought they'd be cool. Spoony had to remind them that they're BAD ideas in the start of his Terminator idea. And in his outlining a final season of E.R. where the Zombie Apocalypse occurs, he starts off by saying this idea would be a Jump the Shark moment for the series to stave off further misunderstandings.
    • Also, the whole point of the 'Dr. Insano becoming President' sketch was to show that people who vote for supervillains such as Lex Luthor or Final Fantasy's Edea for public office are stupid for voting for those villains, and that the world would be screwed if said villains actually made it into office. Doesn't stop a few fans from saying 'Insano for President' because he's upfront about the fact that he's pure evil.
      "Because he's honest."
    • His video of the group's trip to "The Urkel House" after the Brawl was mistaken for a pilgrimage by obsessed fans of the show, rather than an impulsive stop during their tour of Chicago.
    Spoony: "I have to object to how silly and nerdy the whole thing makes us look. As if we were sad and dorky enough to make a pilgrimage all the way to Chicago just to seek out the Urkel House. We were there to film an imaginary battle between Super Mecha Death Christ and Donkey Kong Jesus on a Puff of Smoke. The Urkel House was purely incidental!"
  • Misblamed: People who decry "Spooning With Spoony" (always the first, never the male/male sequels) as just being another sexist rape joke from Noah, always forget who actually created it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Despite numerous attempts at killing Linkara, murdering Spoony and plotting to take over the world, for many viewers Doctor Insano only passed this after writing the Secret of Nimh 2.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Spoony's Ultima IX review started up a "Betrayal Counter" that yelled out "BETRAYAL!", "BETRAYED ME!" or "THIS GAME SUCKS" every time it went up. This got annoying really fast (but fortunately stopped after a while once the game started providing scenes to cut away to instead.) He acknowledged this complaint, and the counter was removed from Part 2 of the reviewnote . On the other hand, that video uses a fan-made opening consisting mostly of those same voice clips... He also noted that it was becoming redundant as the counter had already hit 93 in the first 20 minutes of the game.
  • MST3K Mantra: Doctor Insano is Spoony's alter ego, yet the two exist separately and simultaneously. In fact, Insano KILLED Spoony. Just...don't think too hard about it. CR devoted an episode of his show Familiar Faces to explaining how there are now three Dr. Insanos running around: Spoony's alter ego, the one currently living with him, and the one in a lab somewhere else.
  • Nausea Fuel: Spoony's detailed description of his case of food poisoning in the beginning of his Game Over: Control-Alt-Death review can be viewed as such—but it's offset by how hilariously over-the-top he goes with it, and how it leads up to the punchline.
  • Network Decay: There was a period of time where Spoony was doing more vlog's and wrestling rants and less reviews.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • His reference to Masato Tanaka as "one of the great lucha guys".
    • People (especially Trolls) love bringing up the X-Com "BETRAYAL!" moment.
    • Some still won't let go of that time Spoony said he wanted to kill people that liked Final Fantasy X.
    • The aforementioned JesuOtaku tweet.
    • His breakdown in general. If another producer is a little mean in a fan's eyes, entitled to it or not, they'll be told they'll be going down the Spoony route.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The "I heard that, Curtis" running gag is this Played for Laughs.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Frequently encounters this.
  • The Scrappy:
    • There was a considerable fan backlash against the Spencer D. Bum character in his Dirty Harry review. Spoony has acknowledged and Lampshaded this in subsequent reviews, and even joked about killing him off. He finally went through with it in the preview video for the Final Fantasy X finale, where Black Lantern Spoony tears out Spencer's heart.
    • Sean Fausz has become surprisingly hated doing Spoony's Wrestle Wrestle videos.
  • Strawman Has a Point: His April Fools review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off as Doctor Insano. He stated in the commentary for that video that this was intentional.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Referenced when Chuckles the Fucking Jester comments that Spoony's Ultima retrospective isn't enough like his Final Fantasy reviews.
  • Uncanny Valley: He invokes this in The Stinger of Highlander Last of the Mc Clouds when does a close up of Quenton's face, and it's hard to argue with him.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Kiros of Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Villain Decay: In his early appearances, Dr. Insano was a legitimate threat to the multiverse between becoming president of the United States on a ticket with Fu Manchu, seizing control of Neutro, and unleashing Mechakara into Earth-Prime. Ever since his attempt at creating a cyboplasm monster resulted in the creation of his "son" though, he's turned considerably Lighter and Softer.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Back when Noah did written reviews for magazines, he was one of the few critics to give The Phantom Menace a negative review and received hate mail for it.
    • When he began his Final Fantasy reviews he was instantly notorious and one of the internet's favourite hate magnets. Now, as he himself notes, nobody but the core fans even cares enough about Final Fantasy to hate him anymore. In fact, most of his controversial opinions seem to now be common, or at least greeted with sufficient apathy to no longer matter.
  • The Woobie:
    • Insano stumbled into this territory at the end of the Street Fighter 2010 review. "NOBODY LOVES ME!"
    • Spoony himself becomes a pretty huge woobie for the duration of his Atari 2600 E.T. review. Not only is he playing one of the worst games ever made, but he's doped up on painkillers and spitting blood while doing it. (The video was made shortly after multiple surgeries to remove his wisdom teeth.)
    • In his review of Breaking Dawn, this is his opinion on Charlie Swan for having a conniving sociopath like Bella for a daughter and for being utterly powerless throughout the films.
  • X-Pac Heat: After the Twitter breakdown.

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