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.
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 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.
Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Spoony has said that he has absolutely no interest in playing Final Fantasy IX, entirely because of the childish-looking character designs. He does admit that he's probably being massively unfair and might actually like the game if he tried it, but says that he just can't get past those designs.Downplayed Trope: He also hasn't say anything negative about the game other than the designs. This being more of a case of "i personally didn't like it" instead of the "this game sucks" he has for the other FF games.
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.
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.
Spoony did this to himself when reviewing the ShovelwareDirty 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 hugebacklash 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.
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 is likely to attract 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.
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.
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 Terminatorin 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 partly because it was annoying, partly because it was hard to quantify "betrayal". 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.
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.
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.
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.