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.
  • 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:
    • During his diatribe against awful Britpop in his review of "Want U Back", he cited as examples the Romanian pop duo The Cheeky Girls, whose accents at least should have been a hint, and the Irish twin act Jedward - though the latter is more forgivable as they broke out on a UK talent show. The former did get their bad reputation though their success in the UK, though. Also, he showed some hint towards the Crazy Frog being British, but the animation was actually from Scandinavia.
    • In his "Deuces" review, he says Ashlee Simpson was kicked out of the pop world for lip-syncing. Ashlee had three more hits from her next album after the incident. Still, the SNL incident is what the media and public remember as her Creator Killer.
    • In his "Black and Yellow" review, he does his Finish The Rhyme bit with Wiz Khalifa's line "And my car look unapproachable", which he ends by mocking him for not even trying to come up with a good rhyme in the next line. However, Wiz had actually rhymed it (though stretching it painfully) with the two previous lines, one of which Todd had even played beforehand: "Stay fly like I'm supposed to do".
      • Additionally, in his review of "OMG", he gets mad at Usher's "rhyming" "wow" with "style", but the line ending with "wow" had already rhymed with the previous line, which ended with "pow pow pow", so ending with a different word is more excusable in the next two lines. Not only that, but will.i.am had 100% of the writing credit, although Todd did mention that early in the review.
    • Cited the "Marvin Gaye sample" in his "Blurred Lines" review. There's no sample credited in the song. Pharrell was actually able to pull off a Suspiciously Similar Song to the Gaye song in question (he and Robin Thicke are now suing Gaye's estate over it) so it's understandable that Todd and a large part of the Web were fooled.
      • He also stated that all three were happily married men when Pharrell was only engaged at the time. (It's likely Todd got confused by an interview Thicke gave where he sarcastically claimed "all three of us are happily married with children" while doing a bad Ron Burgundy impression.)
    • In his "Holy Grail" review he says Justin Timberlake had never had a flop before Runner Runner. Considering Justin was in The Love Guru, Bad Teacher and In Time, Todd seems to have dropped the ball.
    • During his diatribe against Nu Metal, Todd lists Three Days Grace as one of the bands. Three Days Grace are a Post-Grunge and Alternative Metal band, not Nu Metal.
      • He also lists Crossfade and Puddle of Mudd in there; they're both also Post-Grunge bands.
    • He mentions several times that Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" chart success was attributed to Glee covering it. He fails to mention that the song's resurgence was around the time it was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys which may have contributed more to its success.
    • As mentioned below, he calls "Demons" a sell-out despite the song coming out long before the band's success.
      • This is even Lampshaded in his worst of 2013 list where he hilariously claims it to be the result of time traveling.
    Todd: Goddamn it, quit time-traveling, Imagine Dragons! How am I supposed to like a band that breaks the laws of physics? Screw you, lawbreakers!
    • He mentions Fall Out Boy seems to always be competing with Panic! at the Disco, despite the fact both bands are signed to the same record label, and members of Panic! are actually big Fall Out Boy fans (in fact it was thanks to FOB that Panic!'s music career got kick-started).
    • One he admits to in the One Hit Wonderland episode about Blue Swede's cover of "Hooked on a Feeling," where he discovered they actually had another top ten hit ("Never My Love") when he'd already committed himself to doing the episode. Though he argues they still count as a one hit wonder, as that second hit had nowhere near the staying power of "Hooked on a Feeling" and is completely forgotten today.
    • In the prelude of his review of "Talk Dirty" he goes off on Jason DeRulo for supposedly calling the girl he's singing about "a shit girl". The lyric is "Baby you're the shit, girl.". A popular (albeit, in this context, kind of stupid) way of expressing something is awesome.
    • Todd claims the song "Let Her Go" is a four chords of pop song. Well, it is, however the failure comes in when the chords he pulls up are I-V-vi-IV and the chords to "Let Her Go" IV-I-V-vi. An understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
    • He says that Rockwell's follow-up single "Obscene Phone Caller" didn't chart, when it actually peaked at #35.
    • He got attacked on Twitter for saying that Razzie voters don't watch the movies beforehand, which he later apologized for.
    • He accuses a number of artists for piggybacking off Ariana Grande in 2014, one of them being Zedd. Zedd already had a few Top 40 hits before "Break Free" and was already well established in the electronic music fandom/scene even before breaking into the mainstream. Todd really doesn't have a reason for this, as two of Zedd's songs were in his Bottom/Top Ten songs of 2013 (Stay the Night and Clarity).
      • And why would Mac Miller try to ride Ariana's coattails when "The Way" was her first hit? Probably because she was well-known from Victorious at the time. But even then, Miller had a cult following.
    • Todd calls Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" a needless ripoff of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse". The irony of this is that "Black Widow" was originally going to be a Katy Perry song, but once she wrote the hook, she dropped the track since it would have been too similar to "Dark Horse". As a result, the hook was given to Iggy Azalea, and she filled in the rest of the time with rap. (Perry still has a writing credit).
    • He says "Blank Space" rose faster on the charts than "Shake it Off" did. "Shake it Off" debuted at #1 whereas "Blank Space" took a few weeks to get there. On the radio charts this straight as "Shake It Off" got stuck behind "All About That Bass" for several weeks before going #1.
    • When talking about Cameo's "Word Up", he says he's not sure who Larry Blackmon's calling out with his "sucker DJs" line. As quickly pointed out to him on Twitter and acknowledged by him, the line has Larry backed up by blatant Run-D.M.C. lookalikes. (Made more amusing if one recalls one of his lines from Suburban Knights.)
    • When talking about Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight," he points out that the second verse does rhyme. It really does, but only the first and third lines ("tattoo" and "you").
    • He said the Hannah Montana game, a Guitar Hero knockoff, would rock harder than Guitar Hero Shinedown. Apparently, he hasn't played Rock Band, where Shinedown's own "Devour" is said to be the most difficult song there.
    • In his "Uma Thurman" review, he implies that Foile a Deux was Fall Out Boy's third album. It was actually their fourth.
    • In his "Shake It Off" review, he calls the bridge rapping when it's actually more of a chant similar to what cheerleaders would use.
    • In the "Hello"/"Hotline Bling" review, Todd bases most of his criticisms of "Hello" off being about a specific ex-boyfriend, specifically the one from "Someone Like You." Adele herself has clearly stated the subject of the song is far bigger than that. Specifically, it's about every relationship she can think of, including friends and family.
    • Alluded to in the "Worst of 2015" list. He mentions that he heard about the controversy surrounding "Girl Crush" long before he actually listened to the song. The song was supposedly banned from various country stations for being about homosexuality, but once you listen to the song, the "Girl Crush" in question only exists because the singer is in love with a man who is in love with another woman, and she wants to be like this other woman in order to attract the man. Todd criticizes the song for employing Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: the song was controversial as if it actually was about lesbians and got all the same press, but was still a generic pining ballad. It also doesn't help that most of the "controversy" over its homosexual overtones was manufactured by the label.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Manages to do a pretty good piano cover of whatever song he's about to review, whenever the episode starts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Film/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)
    • In addition, his scathing criticism of all Emo Music that came before My Chemical Romance, which he labeled as whiny and annoying people who sing about first-world problems, was grossly inaccurate and as such prompted plenty of backlash. It didn't help that he used Simple Plan and Hawthorne Heights (two bands that have been huge punching bags even within the Emo community) as examples. What Todd didn't realize is that those are emo-pop bands; proper emo bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Glassjaw, Thrice, Brand New, At the Drive-In and Thursday sing about a wide range of profound, thought-provoking and often personal topics with great artistry and intellectual depth, and none of them have released a single song about "whining about their moms", as Todd put it. In addition, My Chemical Romance didn't even invent the theatrical, Goth-influenced brand of emo that Todd likes - AFI had been doing the same thing a decade earlier. Todd's obvious ignorance about a highly diverse genre couldn't have not made people angry.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Like You Would Really Stab Yourself In The Hand With Your Own Machete: During Your Review Of Grenade
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Shipteasing between Todd and Obscurus Lupa was played for laughs, yet the shipping is occasionally taken at face value by fans.
  • Tame His Anger: In his "Worst Hit Songs of 2014" video, he apologizes for how negative he was in 2013, particularly in his "Worst Hit Songs of 2013" video (which he admitted he wasn't proud of in a tweet). However, he still declares 2014 to be a worse year for music than 2013 (and he already hated 2013's music in general).
  • 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 OT 3 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Worst Whatever Ever: In his "Worst Hit Songs of 2014" list, he stated that if 2014 hadn't been as bad as it was for pop music, multiple Iggy Azalea songs could've made it on the list.note  However, he picks "Black Widow" as the absolute worst hit song she did that year.
  • 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"