YMMV / Todd in the Shadows

  • Author's Saving Throw: Adding Zedd's "Clarity" to his honorable mentions of 2013 after several remarks about EDM music.
  • Award Snub: Inverted; regarding Todd's list of Top 10 Worst Songs of 2013, a lot of fans felt that "Bitches Love Me" should have been higher than #5, especially since the higher choices like "Demons" and "Roar" were so much less misogynistic and disgusting. Todd himself later admitted on Twitter that he should have put it higher, but hadn't because he was in a rush to finish the video.
  • Awesome Music: Manages to do a pretty good piano cover of whatever song he's about to review, whenever the episode starts.
  • Broken Base: Given how about 95% of his fans hated it, putting "Closer" by The Chainsmokers at #1 on his "Best of 2016" list was possibly his most controversial decision yet. Half of his fans admitted that they hated the song, but felt that it was Todd's opinion and they had no right to complain. The other half got very angry, stating that song was an absolute mess and that Todd must have been out of his mind to put it at #1... some went so far as to stop the video right after the honorable mentions so they could pretend his #2 pick ("24K Magic" by Bruno Mars) was his #1 pick.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Some fans and viewers have noted a similarity between Todd and A Dose of Buckley (his musical autopsy videos anyway) but all admit that Todd is nicer to the songs.
  • Critical Research Failure: Has its own page
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • During his review of "Turn Up the Music", the description of Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna is used as this.
    • In his review of "Best Song Ever," he basically compares 90s boy bands to Hitler and Stalin, throughly lampshading it.
    Todd: Now I do realize that I can say controversial things sometimes, but I think we can all agree, comparing the Backstreet Boys to Hitler is entirely accurate and proportional."
    • In the "Jealous" review, he mentions that he does not get jealous over other guys... that's why he has been cheated on multiple time then he does a sketch of it.
    • Mocking the "Who Can Relate, Woo!" line in Logic's "1-800-273-8255" by turning it into a Call-and-Response Song:
    Todd: All my ladies with suicidal depression say "Hey!" And all my fellas who have self-endangering mood disorders say "Ho!" When I say "Self", you say "Harm!"
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Many fans (and Todd himself) felt that many of his 2013 were overly negative and, in Todd's words, "hard to watch" due to a combination of 2013 being a really bad year for music as well as personal issues that resulted in a more aggressive review style. Todd took the criticism to heart and tried to "have more fun and be more positive" in 2014, even though he thought that year was even worse than the last for music. note 
  • Fan Hater: Has a nuanced approach to this. He doesn't mind people liking the music of Chris Brown... the music, full stop. It's people who admire Brown so much they deny or even defend his bad behavior that Todd hates. To drive the point home, he notes how he hated what Phil Spector did - committing murder - but won't stop liking the guy's musical output, arguing that you can indeed separate the music from the person in all cases. To top it off, he admits he likes a Chris Brown song or two unironically.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some of the people who hate "Closer" instead pretended that "24K Magic" was his #1 song on his Best Hit Songs of 2016 list.
  • Flip-Flop of God: In regards to "All About That Bass." In his full review of the song, he discusses its themes a lot more than the song itself, saying that it's only OK. Come his "Dear Future Husband" review, he's much less wishy-washy: he hates it and says he'd rather eat venomous scorpions than listen to it again. One year later, he said on Twitter that the song sounds great, but the lyrics are still awful (calling the song "a waste").
    • Also with the Chainsmokers as a whole. Two songs of theirs have made different worst lists ("#Selfie" was #2 on his Worst of 2014 list and "Don't Let Me Down" was #4 on his Worst of 2016 list), but then "Closer" became the first song he's ever given a full review to actually top his year-end best list.
    • Any time he's asked on Twitter what his favorite song by a particular band/artist is, his answer usually changes each time. One guy noted he's given three different answers for what his favorite David Bowie song is.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Did you notice how he performed Friday in a much less mocking manner than most TGWTG cast members? Do you recall when he told his fans on Twitter that he wasn't going to make fun of the song, as "at this point, it would just be cruel"? He gave his word.
    • In his One-Hit Wonder review of Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", his suggestion that the song's lyrics sound like the excited babble of a young fanboy who's just come out of a kung fu film set to music. And also his reasoning to support his theory that black Americans in the seventies loved kung fu films.
    • Todd gets roped into reviewing Crossroads with the Nostalgia Chick after she tries her hand at playing "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman". While she wasn't doing it well, there may be another underlying reason for him to intervene, given a musical taste he established in his later Worst Songs of 2011 review. He prevented the Chick, who is definitely white, from playing the piano.
    • At the end of the "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" review, he plays Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"... in particular, the part that was sampled in Kanye West's "Stronger", which similarly referenced Nietzsche's famous quote.
  • Fridge Logic: He accuses Imagine Dragons of selling out with "Demons". The song is on the same album as "It's Time", which Todd loves, and he never explains how you can sell out on a song that you wrote before you had any success. He acknowledged it during his "Worst of 2013" list, and could only come up with two answers: a) Time Travel, and b) admitting that he had seriously misjudged Imagine Dragons as a band.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: His Best of 2013 video begins with him absolutely miserable over the selection of pop songs in 2013. It was supposed to be humorous, but the suicide of Justin Carmical later that week resulting from overwhelming depression cast a disturbing light over the scene.
    • On the same note, Todd's running gag of committing suicide for his first few episodes
    • Todd found one himself where he tweeted a joke at Robin Williams's expense just days before his death of apparent suicide.
    • In his "Blurred Lines" review, Todd theorizes that the sleazy content of the song was a result of Robin Thicke already being in a happy relationship, and therefore he didn't have to worry about how he presented himself to women. Robin would later go through a messy divorce with his wife after groping a fan, and an attempt to win her back with an album dedicated to her was seen as mostly pathetic.
    • In the Body of Evidence review, Todd mentions distress in a black church. The episode came out the same day of the Charleston shootings.
    • In his Worst Hit Songs of 2015 list, he said of "Fight Song" (the #2 entry) "If this is your fight song, you're going to lose." Fast-forward to election day 2016 when Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had used "Fight Song" in her campaign, lost the presidency to Donald Trump. (Todd wasn't a big fan of Clinton, but favored her over Trump by miles, and was shocked and distraught when Trump won.)
      • Speaking of: one of the lines he dismisses as "stupid" from Jadakiss' "Why" asks how Arnold Schwarzenegger could be elected governor of California when he had no prior political experience. Because lord knows that couldn't happen on a larger scale...
      • Similarly, in his Evita video, he mentioned that going by the movie, Eva Peron just seemed famous for being famous, "like Kim Kardashian, except she somehow became a country's First Lady", dismissing the idea as ridiculous before showing a "Kanye for President 2020" article. Looking back, even if this never happens, the fact that Melania Trump actually did become a country's First Lady makes the thought a little less ridiculous.
    • Todd mentions in his "Holy Grail" review that he could imagine Kanye West delivering a song about the pressures of fame much more convincingly. In 2016, Kanye was hospitalized after a very well-publicized breakdown brought on by - you guessed it - excessive touring and production.
    • Todd's many jokes at Linkin Park's expense become much harder to take after frontman Chester Bennington's suicide in 2017. Todd himself expressed dismay over Bennington's death and said he came to appreciate the band after a while.
    • His joke about Ke$ha (as she was then) knowing the location of a penis became a lot more horrifying after she filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging (among other things) rape.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: He briefly came under fire for his attitude towards the adult alternative genre after he explained it at length in "The Lazy Song" review.
    • Todd has also received several accusations of being homophobic for his negative reviews of "Alejandro" and "Born This Way".
    • He's been getting torn apart on Tumblr after he stated on Twitter how much he hates Wreck-It Ralph, The Hobbit, The Maze Runner, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Avatar and American Hustle
    • He's also gotten some backlash from frustrated EDM fans after he called the genre "boring" and "having no personality to it" during the "Wrecking Ball" review. In his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, he had Zedd's "Stay The Night," a song that got a lot of critical acclaim from both EDM fans and music critics, as a "dishonorable mention" for being bad due to the repetitive lyrics (even though this is a commonplace thing in vocal EDM in general). He also made a potshot against Swedish House Mafia, which didn't exactly help his case.
    • He's been getting backlash from Fall Out Boy fans after putting "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" on his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, despite saying that he likes Fall Out Boy and many of their songs, such as "Dance Dance". To be fair, he stated in the video that he was expecting backlash, and what most people took issue with was that Todd called them assholes when they're actually nice and adorkable guys. He also received some flak for putting "Demons" on the same list.
      • Come up again (albeit Played for Laughs) in the "Best Songs of 2014" list when Todd mentions how Fall Out Boy couldn't make a song about the real word like Paramore would with "Ain't It Fun" for various reasons... before immediately saying he likes Fall Out Boy for those reasons and asks the fans not to hurt him.
      Todd: The first time I heard Paramore, a friend of mine dubbed them "Fall Out Girl." But whatever else you want to say about them, though, they're a much more direct band than Fall Out Boy ever were. Fall Out Boy would never, ever write a song about living in the real world, and if they did, they stuff it full of parched, trying-too-hard metaphors that don't make sense. (quickly) And I mean that in a loving way, I like a lot of Fall Out Boy's songs because of all those things, please don't hurt me. (awkwardly gives a thumbs up)
    • Todd's "Worst of 2013" list has received a fair bit of scrutiny, notably mostly because Todd listed other songs but didn't bring up any of Miley Cyrus' music, even though he'd given a scathing review of two of her singles, and "Blurred Lines", which Todd gave a scathing review, only had a passing mention.
    • Averted with the film of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which he expected this to happen prior to seeing it. Averted because after seeing it, he declared it the best film of 2013. Ditto with The LEGO Movie.
    • Lampshaded in the "Worst of 2014" list, in which he put "Take Me to Church" on the honorable mentions for the worst list despite being asked if he would put it on the best list.
    • Occasionally disses well-loved songs/albums on Twitter (Grace, OK Computer note , and "Kashmir," for instance), but they actually don't seem to get that huge a negative reaction. He did, however, note that people were very annoyed that he not only likes "Get Lucky," he thinks it's Daft Punk's best song by a mile. note 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: So many examples to list that there is now a separate page dedicated to Todd's accidental predictions about the trends in pop music.
  • Hype Backlash: His reaction to "Call Me Maybe" and is the major reason he dislikes it.
    • Same for "Bad and Boujee," on top of all the problems it already has.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Todd has also portrayed himself as acting dickish to his fellow contributors. He laughed for about 20 minutes at the idea of reviewing comics with Linkara, promoted Pushing Up Roses' video as "worse than Friday", called JesuOtaku fat in a misguided attempt to demonstrate a lack of self-esteem in young women, and shouted at Nash's Stickboy for making eyes at "his girl". Simply the highlights of a long, long list.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Todd acts like he's going to cut his hand with his machete during his review of "Grenade".
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Ship Teasing between Todd and Obscurus Lupa was played for laughs, yet the shipping is occasionally taken at face value by fans.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • Older Than They Think: The term "white guy with (acoustic) guitar" was around before Todd made frequent use of it.
  • One True Threesome: As mentioned, a large percentage of TGWTG fanfic that involves Todd is him in an OT3 with frequent collaborators, Paw and Roses.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In 2011, he was extremely disappointed with Bruno Mars lackluster songs, however, since 2012, he has been loving his retro songs, with a few exceptions.
    • He also use to hate One Direction songs due to the fact that they are nothing but self-insert songs that play with women's emotions, however, he admitted to loving "Best Song Ever" and more or less thinks that it redeems them to an extent.
      • Zigzagged with former 1D member Zayn Malik, whose solo debut "Pillowtalk" was reviewed by Todd and named a contender for the worst song of the year.
    • To an extent, the Chainsmokers. After excoriating "#selfie" two years prior, he says, despite its flaws, that he really enjoys "Closer." Still not big on the band itself, but he's giving them a shot.
    • Fellow "somehow-not-a-One-Hit Wonder" Mike Posner also earned respect from Todd for the remix of "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." He wasn't exactly in the Scrappy Heap to begin with, though (he would be if Todd had taken him more seriously), and the original version of "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" was so bad Todd pulled a gun on it.
  • Ship Sinking: The Nostalgia Chick/Todd/Obscurus Lupa triangle is completely sunk during and after To Boldly Flee.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Seems to have this opinion towards Demi Lovato. He's mentioned her in reviews as "interchangable" with other Disney startlets, but hasn't given a single song of hers a review unlike Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. Until 2015, when Todd named "Cool For the Summer" as his #2 top song of 2015, she had also never appeared on a Best or Worst of the Year list even as an Honorable Mention.
  • Squick: Judging by the comments on his old YouTube page, quite a few people were grossed out by him Erotically Eating fast food. So was he apparently, that shit got everywhere according to the outtakes.
    • The numerous clips of gorillas mating in the "Gorilla" review. Justified in that that was the point (to show how unattractive the metaphor proposed in the song is), but that doesn't make it any less difficult to watch.
    • In his "7 Years" review, the line where he refers to Denmark as a "backwater swampland" is accompanied by an image of a rotting sheep in a bog with its spine sticking out that's rather hard to look at.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Any beloved cult band that Todd hates, such as Depeche Mode. He tells fans to save their hate mail, citing it as the reason he usually goes after teeny-bopper pop.
  • The Woobie:
    • Has made multiple references to being dumped, and something about him is so... Adorkable. On top of that, some of the songs he reviews push him to the edge of his sanity, to the point of tears, as demonstrated by Hannah Montana: The Movie. It makes you wanna hug him.
    • Also in his Hannah Montana review his last birthday was rather... depressing.
    • In his review of 'Fifteen', he bitches about how the song doesn't apply to anyone who wasn't an attractive blonde girl at fifteen (or basically, anyone who wasn't Taylor Swift) and then says that since he's not a girl, or fifteen, or attractive, none of it applies to him- especially not the bits about dating or having friends. Aw.
      • He also admits that despite it being Played for Laughs, the Bait-and-Switch story about a girl breaking up with him (only for it to turn out to be from an episode of Saved by the Bell) was actually not too far off from something that really did happen to him, so the emotion in his voice there is genuine.
    • And in his "Worst of 2010" review he talked about how the period between his videos was longer because he wanted to relax over Christmas and also he got MRSA.
    • In his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2010, Todd remarks after hearing Nothin' On You by B.O.B saying "what girl could possibly listen to something so lovestruck, so happy, and not be swept off her feet?" On this realization, Todd excitedly goes to talk to Lupa... but then quotes "Carryout". Cue disappointed slump. Aaawwww.
    • As if that wasn't bad enough, later on after listening to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum causes him to get drunk, Todd calls Lupa and pours his heart out to her. Except it wasn't Lupa he called, it was Lordkat.
    • Reading on Twitter about Todd's struggle to get internet after he moved also warrants this. (along with laughs, of course)
    • He got MRSA again. And worse, from what he and Krin said on Twitter, he's probably going to keep getting it over and over again for the rest of his life.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Todd is confused as to why Jessie J is cast as the good girl and Ariana Grande as the bad girl in "Bang, Bang".
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