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  • Failure Hero: It's very rare that he'll get what he wants or win.
  • Fainting: The emotional kind is played for laughs in his review of Judge Dredd, The Wizard, the "I love you, wife" line from Lost in Space and he uses fangirls from Disney movies to do yet more swooning over Will Smith in Independence Day.
  • Fallen Hero: In terms of symbolism, To Boldly Flee had him in a Peaceful in Death Crucified Hero Shot as he sacrificed himself before practically becoming God, while Son of the Mask had him prostrate himself in front of the devil and weepingly begging for death. In terms of personality, the reboot started with him maiming a cat and it only got worse from there. The Master Of Disguise dropped another anvil.
  • False Friend: At first, he tells the Hyper Fangirl nice things and lets her think he's her friend, but he tells Black Willy Wonka beforehand that he finds her obnoxious and just keeps her around because he likes rejecting the attention. This choice doesn't work out for anyone.
  • Fanboy: Whenever there's something he likes, or at least a hammy Guilty Pleasure, he'll be gleeing and enjoying himself immensely. When he's faced with Don Bluth himself in Conquest Of The Commercials he goes super sonic squee before he realizes Don is pissed off with him.
  • Fan Disservice: In the reboot. A Sexy Soaked Shirt scene comes from him soaking himself in gasoline, he's super skinnynote  and ashamed of any sort of shirtlessness, views of his ass crawling away from the camera are hide to enjoy when he's sobbing, and he gets pissy at anyone finding him good-looking.
  • Fan Hater: He says that anyone who likes Hannibal and the Jim Carrey remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is stupid. (Note that Doug doesn't think this at all, and tries to actively fight this and Reviews Are the Gospel.)
    Critic: I know it's just my opinion but I'm right.
    • Subverted in the early Harry Potter video, as he trolls/mocks most of the fans there, but when the book is announced, has a squee Freak Out.
    • Scooby-Doo finally has him try to grow out of this, asking Roger with genuine curiosity about why a film can do so well when everyone mocks it.
    • Reboot brought him down even harder, as in Eight Crazy Nights he has a "Happy Madison Audience" laughing idiotically at every stupid thing he says and ends the bit with "it's funny because they shouldn't live". He even kills them later.
      • The extreme hatred he has for anyone who found some good in TMZ is such a turn from Doug's previous "like what you like" mantra that even his real-life friends are confused.
      • "Is Parody Dead" features plenty of mocking of people who find anything good in films like Scary Movie or the Seltzer and Friedberg franchise. Like with his trashing of TMZ, nobody's defending those movies, but it still makes him look like he's kicking an easy target, and he should and has known better.
      • Not even five minutes into the review, he calls Man of Steel fans “blood-hungry psychopaths”, and later on he condescends why Joe and others would like it. Luckily Zod mocks him for it.
      • Lampshaded in The Shining when literally his only reasoning to do another Stephen King mini-series is “nothing like celebrating the holidays by attacking a man who has done nothing to me and is making his living by entertaining others”.
      • Gets called out on it in The Guyver, as Sage (who has been above and beyond gentle with him for the whole review) finally loses his temper and tells him to shut up when Critic can't get that he likes the movie and shouldn't be called stupid for it.
      • Anyone who likes The Lorax gets treated like they're stupid, but he reserves special scorn for Onceler fangirls, who scream every time he's mentioned, get treated like they're just hipsters and switch to perving on him when he compares himself to the Onceler.
      • He acts like everyone who enjoyed Transformers 4 (note that this includes Lindsay, Nella and Brad) is giving Bay his penis and can't look after himself. In his own review, Doug says that this is just an asshole character talking, and he himself doesn't think (or is at least trying really hard not to) you're an idiot, he's just sad and tired and doesn't understand.
      • Played for Laughs in Event Horizon, as he thinks it's the film jocks watch when they think they're edgy.
  • Fan Myopia:
    • In-universe. While Doug makes an intentional effort to avert it, Critic assumes that everyone who watches him are also familiar with everything he reviews. He also always gets disappointed when his fans don't know classical actors, black-and-white movies and operas. Exaggerated in The Shining, where he goes catatonic at the thought of King doing something better than his idol Kubrick.
    • In When Does A Joke Go Too Far, he accuses Meyrl Streep of falsely accusing Walt Disney of bigoted behavior. Even his biographers, while defending him, admit he wasn't exactly innocent, and Walt's great niece backed Meryl up.
  • Fanservice Pack: He looks much more put together physically than he did at the start, going from lazy nerd to Hollywood Nerd. Although better lighting and his older clothes getting worn out have probably helped.
    Critic: (being completely up himself) "It's hard to believe that such a handsome man could become even handso... hansomen... prettier."
    • An amusing irony comes from watching Kazaam where Critic mentions his “fat and hairy ass”, and yet as the years went on there's a ridiculous amount of Female Gaze where said ass is concerned.
    • Lampshaded in the Christmas With The Kranks behind the scenes but ultimately avoided in the actual review, as Doug planned to get baggier jeans for his 2007 self (to push that he was now thin enough to wear tighter clothes), but it would have been too much work swapping pants constantly.
  • Fantastic Racism: Where he's not actually being racist himself but accusing others. In Monster Mash he accuses Maven of not allowing zombies like him to get get married in Florida, and there's a joke in “Why Do We Love Zombies” about raising zombie awareness.
  • Feigning Intelligence: In The Dark Knight Begins Rising when he spews off social issue gibberish analyzing just to get back at The Last Angry Geek (and Doug, and Sage) for pointing that coming back from the Plot Hole has degraded his smarts.
  • Fetish: Plenty. As stated in a few reviews; masochism, being humiliated, dildos, roleplay, bondage, fingering, licking whipped cream off a hot body, the Chick's firey temper and six-breasted cats from outer space. Plus he's mixed between knowing Eyes Wide Shut style orgies are creepy and abusive, but also wanting one to happen to him.
  • First Gray Hair: AI prominently featured gray patches in his beard, and the episode is the first time in the reboot that he has a full-out mental slip with the flashback.
  • Flanderization: The Stepford Smiler and screaming anger (that Doug made an effort to use sparingly in later reviews) increased significantly after he came back.
    • His Sincerity Mode voice has become slower and more effected too instead of the more natural sounding tone from before. Might be deliberate, as Doug has noted the condescending hypocrisy of the nitpicking editorial in particular.
  • Fluffy Tamer: He hates meant-to-be-liked animals in movies (and they usually hate him right back), but falls completely in love with the gross ones, like the targ from Star Trek III.
  • The Fool: Deconstructed. Baby Geniuses and "NC Fuck-Ups III" proved once and for all he doesn't care anymore if people find him stupid, but if they think he's not creative or funny, then life isn't worth living.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to the Other Guy's responsible. He's the Hotblooded Psychopathic Manchild who gets wasted by 6PM.
  • For the Evulz: In “The Plot To Frozen 2”, his reasoning for spoiling everything that's going to happen is that he's an asshole.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed, as he, Tamara and Malcolm do have a dysfunctional abusive friendship, but they constantly have to look after him and protect him from himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: Inverted. He had all kinds of bullying, shitty parents and retreated into obsessing over TV like the Chick, but he trashes this belief in The Cell by saying having a tragic past isn't a good excuse for doing things wrong as an adult.
  • Freudian Slip:
    • From the A Kid in King Arthur's Court review.
    Nostalgia Critic: Hey, they're actresses first and sisters second, and that's good enough in my porno—book.
    • Barb Wire: "I remember it so you don't boobies! I mean, boobies, in the boobies boobies..."
  • Friendless Background: And no sign of social services anywhere. This comes back in the second episode of Pop Quiz Hotshot, as it's his Freudian Excuse for kidnapping people and forcing them to be his friends.
  • Friend to All Children: Except the annoying ones.
  • Friend to Psychos:
    • With Ask That Guy. He's not too bothered about being teased by him, is severely icked by the questions he gets asked but lets him violate Ma-Ti, is able to survive living in the same house with him (and share the same bed) and looked about to cry when Ask That Guy didn't save him in Kickassia.
    • Explicitly to the Devil in Spawn, as he says going down to hell was fun and he should do it more often.

  • Gag Penis: Thanks to Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Critic is unable to stand up from his chair and walk away at the end of his review of The Phantom. Even he's embarrassed by it. It's also big enough that it keeps thumping against the desk during his review of Blank Check.
  • Gayngst: One explanation for why he was so happy to hit on guys pre-comeback and suddenly getting really bad with gay jokes both after and in Reloaded.
  • Genius Ditz: He's silly, gullible and not all there, but he's eloquent when not swearing up a storm, is very fond of black-and-white movies, can apparently follow black hole theories, is disgusted by the lack of history awareness in The Magic Voyage and has a brain when it counts.
  • Genre Savvy: "I know how this works. If I say the entire title that means that I've got to review it next week." He always ends up saying it anyway.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Getting splashed with water is probably one of the nicer ways of doing that.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot > Yuri Fan: He went from drooling over attractive, underage sisters having a bit of Incest Subtext, to explaining why Bait-and-Switch Lesbians and fanservicey Have I Mentioned I Am Gay? aren't helping gay rights in the slightest.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Before he hit puberty early, they were cootie-filled loudmouth annoyances.
    Critic: I don't know, maybe it's my inner little boy, but I just hate this fucking character [Webby], with her pwecious little bow and her cutie-cute dress and those cootie-filled eyes... boys forever! No girls allowed! I'm never going to like girls until the day I die! [shows cleavage] Aww shit, boobs ruin everything.
  • Girly Run: Shows off an adorably flaily one in the beginning of Star Trek Insurrection.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In the Game Heroes promo. He's surprised and scared that he's wearing a different shirt, so he must have been unconscious and at least shirtless at some point.
  • Going Commando: When he creams himself at the end of The Worst Witch, he sults that he's wearing a white suit so it's no problem.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation:
    • A Bat... credit card? A BAT CREDIT CARD!?!
    • "A cat and mouse are driving a ship trying to save the daughter of Indiana Jones while being chased by a purple people eater, a dog on a skateboard, a performing ship captain, his hand puppet Squawk, two Mexican wrestlers and a doctor riding an ice cream cart. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Mind Fuck."
    • He does this in his Jingle All the Way review. He has a "WE DON'T CARE" outburst when the chase scene pisses him off.
  • Good Counterpart: To Ask That Guy with the Glasses, which gets reversed in reboot, as Ask That Guy was getting more human before he vanished (and even more so when he came back to die), and NuCritic gets special treatment and praise from the devil, something ATG never had.
  • Gold Digger:
    • Manchild version, mixed with commentary-confirmed Stockholm Syndrome. As soon as he sees that Hyper Fangirl has a ton of Testosterone Poisoning comics, he says he's under-estimated the perks of dating a psychopath. Thankfully by the end he's thinking with his head brain, not his dick brain and tells her he'll never be into her.
    • In Demolition Man, when Malcolm comes up with a good idea for the seashells, Critic tells him they'll marry and Critic can mooch off his money.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Part of why he's a Mean Boss. This is the only thing he has so he's freaked out by people going into his territory and doing it better than him (or so he thinks).
  • Growing Up Sucks: A slight variation of the trope, in that every stage of his life has proved to be a disappointment:
    Critic: "When you're a kid all you can think about is being in high school. When you're in high school all you can think about is being in college. When you're in college all you can think about is being an adult. And when you're an adult all you can think about is being a kid again. LIFE FUCKING SUCKS!"
  • The Grunting Orgasm: Subverted. As usual, he's stereotypically feminine about it and whenever he acts one out, it's about as high-pitched as you can get. And with the Chick also being established to be noisy in bed, one wonders how loud their sex was.
    • Lampshaded by Doug's dad (because he'd been insulted by Doug previously) in the 8 Crazy Nights behind the scenes video.
    Mr. Walker: You know with those sounds you make Doug you must have one hell of a home life.
  • Guyliner: Most noticeable in the "Top Eleven Dumbest Superman Moments" and The Exorcist II. Both are celebrated by his fangirls.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Before he mellowed out in later episodes, he was an extremely moody, temperamental and hostile manchild who usually had moments of insane and manic fits of rage when a movie he reviews disturbs him or gets too stupid or confusing.
  • Happy Place: Catherine Zeta Jones wearing a tie, glasses, a baseball cap and a long sweater is the best ever image he can conjure up. As a kid, it was a naked April O'Neil covered in whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
    • Less sexually, commercials. Let him explain:
    Critic: It's like they exist in their own little world, a world that wants to scam you and be nice to you at the exact same time. Something about them strangely gives me comfort.
    • Darker and Edgier in Disney Afternoon, as he's trying very hard to forget that commenting on cartoons is a current thing he does, and gets violent or depressed at any intrusion of reality.
    • At the end of The Shining, of course parodying the movie, the inside of Critic's head is a house, with a wall full of demented pictures, and himself surrounded by people.
    • When he's knocked out with a baseball bat in Planet of the Apes, he's happily skipping in a purple meadow with birds flying behind him and pretty music playing.
  • Has a Type: Aside from being an Amazon Chaser/Aggressive Submissive, he tends to like shorter brunettes, the more fucked up in the head the better. A joke in The Uncanny Valley review lampshades this, as he's so repressed that his fantasy is the very blonde (but still playing psychotic) Jessica Lange. He also likes confident and charming black men like Will Smith and Ernie Hudson.
  • Hates Being Alone:
    • In Judge Dredd, when given the choice of living in an abusive care home or walking alone until death, he chooses the former.
    • He kidnapped Malcolm so that he could have a Black Best Friend, and installed a chip in his head so that he blows up if he tries to leave Chicago.
    • In Alvin and the Chipmunks, he's disappointed at having to do the review on his own and with nobody to bounce off of.
  • Hates Being Touched:
    • He gets really skeeved by touchy feely in the reboot. So naturally he gets nearly everyone in his personal space, from Santa Christ to catwomen.
    • In a specific-person example, he's shrunk back from Hyper twice when they've had a close conversation (mostly involving trying to get her to apologize for what she did to him), and just holding her hand in one of her vlogs makes him shudder.
  • Hates Small Talk: The awkward, filled-with-this date with the Chick drove him to breaking point.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Critic does this to himself.
    Critic: [fantasizes about Will Smith] [slaps himself] BOOBS! YOU LIKE BOOBS!
    • He does the same thing when he's porning over Hugh Jackman in the Chick's review of Kate & Leopold. As he's basically giving a handjob to a stick of butter, it's even less credible than the first time.
    • The "Critic Reloaded" reviews. He makes like ten Brain Bleach-needing jokes at Suburban Knights for himself showing his legs (both Critic and Doug have bragged about that fanservice), and mocks To Boldly Flee for being like "Up with more homo-eroticism".
    • After years of being very very very queer-friendly, all the reboot's talk of putting dicks into women, making women pregnant and mocking femmy guys, comes off as trying way too hard.
    • The entire joke of "Why Is Loki So Hot". One wonders why he even chose the video topic if he's turned that insecure.
    • "The Strangest But Best Couples". Someone might want to tell him that he's been in bed with plenty of guys and this is the first time he's whined about wanting women instead. Not long after this, he shot the The Uncanny Valley review where Critic slipped up and admitted he's been repressing sexuality for a while, which would explain a lot.
    • When Sandra Bullock's character snarks that straight men show their affection by swearing at each other, he immediately has to add in a “fuck yeah” even though he knows he'll get shocked for it. He subverts it later by being an equal opportunity Gold Digger and telling Malcolm he'll marry him for the money.
  • Hearing Voices: Of the kids who bullied him over Doug, as well as genuinely creepy laughter.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: When he's suffering from depression after being called pathetic, he eats his weight in junk food.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the Chick's Worst Witch review, despite the ridiculous wig, he manages to pull off an all-white suit quite impressively. Chick gets a little annoyed by how Elisa and Nella suddenly fangirl over him when he arrives.
    • He looks better in Linkara's shirt and tie than Linkara does.
  • Heel Realization: At the ending of Matrix Revolutions, Malcolm and Tamara are themselves again, and Critic notices that they haven't smiled in a while, and that's his fault. Though he's abusing them even harder by Demolition Man.
  • He Is All Grown Up: To be as kind as possible, thank all the Gods the greasy hair/acne/horrible teeth combo he had as a preteen didn't last long.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Critic in the title cards is far more villainous, masculine and competent than our version.
    • In The Matrix review, he's The Chosen One and it's his destiny to tell people why the film wasn't actually that good. As one can gather, when he complains about it Tamara tells him he wrote it so shh.
    • Lampshaded in-universe at the beginning of Sharknado, where Snob says he doesn't actually need Critic's help, he's just following the script Critic wrote.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one during Spooning With Spoony 2.
    • Also, the Critic's "mourning" of Tom and Jerry a la Hamlet seems to have him rather depressed.
    • The Garbage Pail Kids Movie has him starting the review feeling like he just got raped.
    • The Critic opens the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog review like this, apparently still in shock from the insanity of the show.
    • Another one happens in his My Pet Monster review, where in the end he gets asked by the producers of the movie why he is reviewing kids movies and getting incredibly wound up by them at the age of 28. He decides he needs ask himself some hard questions, and spends the credits just sitting on a chair while sad music plays. The depression lasts until the next week where he's pigging out on junk food, his self-esteem is six feet under and he would have given up completely if it hadn't been for an epic He's Back number.
    • Baby Geniuses had him aimlessly wandering around Animarathon recalling that the movie was so horrible it left him unable to review it. He scares a random cosplayer, angsts a lot in his hotel room, punches a guy's lights out, screams at the convention audience in his Q&A panel and stares at the wall three times, each time forcing himself to look away. He snaps out of it when he realizes that his inner monologue counts as a review.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of To Boldly Flee, The Critic joins with the Plot Hole to save the universe.
  • Heroic Suicide: Twice, in Scooby-Doo and To Boldly Flee. They have noble reasons, but both times he's happily relieved to be ending it.
  • Hero-Worshipper: "Lucas! ...darling."
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Characterization sadly marched him on into one of these when he came back. He hates the women immediately in Pearl Harbor, and doesn't even care when one of them dies. Why? Because they giggle too much. Curse those irredeemable bitches!
    • His female audience really didn't appreciate his assumption that majority of women want to be infantilized and get called "girls".
    • He outright admits he's turned into one for Catwoman.
    Critic: Suck my sexist women-bashing chauvinistic stripper-watching porn-loving overly paid dick!
    • In "Why Is Loki So Hot", he shows himself as one of the few guys who thinks that women display Entitled to Have You the most, saying that the reason All Girls Want Bad Boys and invoked The Woobie are such popular tropes are because women want a clinically depressed scary man to fight their battles, have his demons nurtured and as a result, be coerced into sleeping with them and being their sex toy.
    • The Sailor Moon review got two whole articles dissecting how sexist he was to Usagi and the show in general.
    • Lampshaded and played for laughs in the The Monster Squad review, as he starts out the episode with “boys rule!”, praises treating the sister badly because “that'll teach girls for not indulging our prejudice” and treats Tamara awfully throughout.
  • He's Back: He gets to have a kickass song and say he's proud of his patheticness at the end of his first commercial special. It might not have lasted, but it was still awesome.
  • Heteronormative Crusader:
    • The Frodo/Sam complaining in "Top 11 Dumbest Lord of the Rings Moments" made him look pretty bad, shoehorning a Not That There's Anything Wrong with That before making disgusted faces at "romance novel" lines that were in the books and were given the praise of Ian McKellen for being so endearing, as well as refusing to believe any of it was intentional and having no clue of the bromance genre.
    • The biggest complaint AI got was that the ending, while intending to show that Critic was just mad at the hypocrisy, came off as Critic being disgusted that the thought of his two favorite directors being gay, and that male crossdressing was both the punchline (instead of said hypocrisy) and seen as a worse sin than racism.
    • In Princess Diaries 2, he holds not-well-explained note  scorn for Mia and her friend cheering for a gay prince, demanding they be funny instead of “pro... something”.
    • Before his character cemented and he had plenty of gay moments himself, his early episodes are pretty bad with this, like when he complains at the end of Power Rangers about “why is the [robot] so gay?”
  • He's Got Legs: Suburban Knights gives them a lot of attention. And Lupa said in a stream that he didn't even shave them. You may now start hating him, ladies.
  • Hidden Depths: He knows his Chinese, he plays the clarinet, his childhood idol was Mary Poppins and he's a Shakespeare and Greek Mythology buff.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: While also sad and inducing a lot of Fridge Horror, his childhood and the Trauma Conga Line that went on is built on Black Comedy.
  • Holier Than Thou: To dig the knife into Sage even more after the events of The Guyver, Lady Death reveals that he keeps sending the guy rosary beads because he still thinks he's evil.
  • Hollywood Autism: With Doug relating the autistic-coded Peridot to Critic multiple times in the vlogs, one can spot a lot of autistic traits with him (like not really registering other people exist, needs routine, doesn't get how conversations work etc), along with all his other issues.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Reboot only. He's so sex-starved that he uses Rogue figurines as wank tools, but he has people feeling him up all over the place.
    • He's also jealous of Hugh Hefner owning loads of female attention, but he's got his very own stalker personification of all the out of universe fangirls he has.
  • Hollywood Nerd: How many "geeks" do you know that can pull off eyeliner as well as he did?
  • Hollywood Personality Disorders: Easily suicidal, unstable mood swings, bad self image, doesn't have healthy relationships, binge eats when feeling bad, violent towards himself and others, doesn't like being abandoned and has a history of childhood trauma.
  • Hollywood Thin: Starting post-To Boldly Flee filming, Doug has periods where he just looks strange (like The King and I review where his head is tiny on his shoulders) yet nobody says a word and he's still meant to be seen as attractive. In 2014 Doug at least explained the weight loss in both an Adventure Time vlog and Momocon, reassuring that he doesn't have an eating disorder (but also saying please don't aspire to be his level of not eating), just gets too wrapped up in work.
  • Holy Halo: Behind his head in this picture. It should be noted that with all the red and the threatening sword, the halo is not a good thing.
  • Honor Before Reason: He couldn't stop himself from saving a little girl in Care Bears II even when he knew it was a trap (thus getting himself kidnapped), and he still tried to protect his team against Malachite even after his groin must have been smashed into jelly.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: While easily being able to spot Obviously Evil in the movies he looks at, he's not so good when it comes to people in his own life. The Nostalgia Chick and Ask That Guy with the Glasses are perfect examples.
  • Hotblooded: He finds it incredibly difficult to hide any emotion, whether it's happy, depressed or angry.
  • Human Hummingbird: He moves fast whenever he flails, whether it's while running, excitement or having a Freak Out.
  • Humiliation Conga: Pretty much the entire reason for the existence of the James and the Giant Peach review is because the Critic was forced at gun-point to give a positive review of a movie everyone liked to rectify the public's shameful opinion of his first (and probably last) Let's Play, which was posted a week earlier.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Demanding pure logic in the silliest of cartoons, but running on emotion himself.
    • Even though he has a ton of guilty pleasures, he never fully gets that people can like movies that he can't stand.
    • He's so unwilling to accept Ma-Ti's death that he'll try and find (or make Chester find) a supernatural book that would raise the dead, but even in the movie where the aforementioned dying happened, he never fought back when he thought he was about to be killed.
    • In The Odd Life of Timothy Green and the Twilight editorial, he makes rants about learning from your mistakes and growing up. The irony that this comes after To Boldly Flee but he's back to screaming and having psychotic breaks like he did years ago has not been lost on people.
    • He also jokes that the mother in The Odd Life of Timothy Green is “as unfruitful as her garden.” Remember when he called a similar joke in North “the worst thing uttered by humanity”?
    • Five minutes after a giant getting-up-on-his-high-horse rant about Bay showing the soldiers in a shitty light, he accuses Bay of "editing history" to make the soldiers look better. It's confusing.
    • When Real!Critic and the others give Ma-Ti a funeral in Suburban Knights, he calls them awful people for cremating him. Says the guy who screamed for Brain Bleach every single time one of the male reviewers had a fanservice moment.
    • He acts pretty high and mighty with the TMZ crew considering that he's bashed actors for sexuality and weight just because his creator told him not to.
      • In Eight Crazy Nights he even uses a TMZ-like picture of Adam Sandler being overweight on a beach because for whatever reason film!Sandler being trim pisses him off.
      • He's also disgusted by the head of TMZ slapping the crying Rachel character, but that's an awful lot like something he did a few episodes previously.
    • Doug put "Is It Right To Nitpick?" up on facebook noting the irony of Critic preaching about the subject.
    • Sage calls him right out on this new trait in The Guyver, telling him he has no right to bitch at other people (which he did) for enjoying something stupid and not letting anything go considering he does both things all the time.
    • Wanting to go back to his "nostalgic roots" in Dawn Of The Commercials after how proud he was of making Doug remove the cut-off date in The Review Must Go On.
    • Intentionally done at the end of "When Is A Movie Just A Movie", where after condescending that it's your own problem if you get hurt by a movie and playing the invoked MST3K Mantra song, saying that if he gets upset then that's allowed.
    • Sympathetic example at the end of Alice in Wonderland (2010), as he tells Burton that nothing good can come out of living in someone else's shadow, and when everyone finds out that he had a Burton shrine, Carrot Juice points out that Critic was living in Burton's shadow.
    • The guy who openly admitted on several occasions that's he's invoked Pandering to the Base and is Only in It for the Money with his own work preaches like mad to the focus group guys in The Lorax about how both of those things are wrong. This gets acknowledged at the end where the analysts are gone and he's with Black Willy Wonka being disappointed that he's not getting the secrets to money and happiness.
    • After years of pulverizing painfully pushed puns, he makes a really bad one in the Doom review.
    • For all his mocking of Linkara's clichés, he can't take it when Linkara trashes his screaming, invoked fountain of memes reputation and disrespect for his audience.note 
    • In the American Beauty editorial, he musters up disgust for the film making pedophilia “quirky”, but ends it thanking a sixteen year old Thora Birch for showing her breasts (who because she was a minor at the time, had to get her parents to approve).
    • In “Why Do We Holiday Too Early”, he gets that he's the last person who should be lecturing other people regarding getting fixated on holidays and associating them with happiness.
    • He absolutely hates children getting getting hurt or mistreated, but makes a child abuse joke in Cop and a Half, hits and insults Evillina when he's supposed to be babysitting her in The Cat in the Hat, and murders several kids during TMNT'14.
    • He apparently hates Pokémon for being a Cash Cow Franchise, but is a huge fanboy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the original hugest Cash Cow Franchise claiming he collecting all he could get, even some actually rather disgusting cookies. He even lampshades it once even so slightly.

  • I Am Not My Father: From what we've heard of Daddy Critic's... parenting attitudes, Critic is trying his best to go the opposite way and be like a designated defender of kids everywhere. Although also subverted in reboot, as his father probably wouldn't kill a child because they had mistaken him for someone else.
  • Iconic Item: His tie has become this, and his gun to a lesser extent. The former becomes somewhat important in Scooby-Doo, where it's only half-done when he's broken but tied properly when he's giving the poker game a shot.
  • Iconic Outfit: Baseball cap, white t-shirt, black suit jacket and a loose red tie. (And jeans of course.)
  • Identical Stranger:
    • He shared a great resemblance to comic book writer Ed Brubaker, known for his run on Captain America. And yes, that does make his review of the Matt Salinger Captain America movie hilarious for those that follow Captain America more than they do the Critic.
    • In the Transformers 4 crossover, Erod gets him confused with Edward Norton.
  • I Gave My Word: He might despise the movies he's forced to sit through, but if he's promised to do them then he'll try his best to get through the pain. Even for the ''Star Wars Holiday Christmas Special" he only put up a bit of fight before giving up and doing his job.
  • Ignored Epiphany: At the end of Surf Ninjas, after having a Dying Dream where he likes it, he says he'll never like anything ever again. The next episode after was the "Top 11 Nostalgic Animated Shows", so that really didn't last.
    • At the end of The Swan Princess he admits he's been needlessly mean to Blue Sky, but casually dismisses that and keeps going with the dickishness.
    • He feels guilty and confused over driving the analysts in The Cat in the Hat to suicide, but quickly gets over it. Later in The Lorax, he references it being his fault that they died but doesn't feel bad.
  • I Hate Past Me: Christmas With the Kranks has the Critic travelling back to 2007 so the review would be a "no effort deal' like his early videos. And eventually he has arguments with his past self and his modus operandi. But he gets a Character Check at the end, remembering why he did the reviews in the first place (to be loved), and it becomes Not So Different.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: In his "Where the Wild Things Are" editorial, he briefly mentions feeling ugly and imagining himself as pretty. There's been some "I Want To Be Skinny" mixed in as well, with a few pointed digs at his percieved overweightness.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The business in the James and the Giant Peach was partly Happiness Is Mandatory and partly he really needs people to like him again. Another instance of showing just how bad this is, he's overflowing with joy at the end of the Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland review because "he's never felt so loved". Seeing as he's only being celebrated because he didn't make a Finding Nemo joke... oof.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He kidnapped Malcolm to force him to be his Black Best Friend (and chloroforms him occassionally when he gets mouthy) and Pop Quiz Hotshot has him kidnapping people because he's never had any friends and craves them.
  • I Just Want to Be You:
    • He's bitchy to child actors who he thinks doesn't deserve the attention they get, not getting that they mostly lead really hard lives. One of the reasons he hates Satine from Moulin Rouge! (who is a prostitute mind you) is because she's not satisfied with the attentive adulation she gets. He's genuinely confused as to why the Superman cartoon version of Lois Lane wants praise for her work instead of her tiny skirt. Notice a pattern?
    • He went from having an open crush on Will Smith in the Independence Day review, to having the more 'acceptable' “every guy is jealous of you” feelings in After Earth.
    • In the Top 11 Disney Princess Conspiracy Theories, he includes himself in wanting to be like one of the Disney princesses.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The videos after Ma-Ti's death in Suburban Knights, especially the Scooby Doo review show how much the guilt is affecting him to break down that much.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He calls (fourteen year old) Azula a whore in his top 11 best Avatar episodes, but he sure gets very excited when she manipulates both Sokka and her way to the top in the second season finale.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Taking Testosterone Poisoning and Real Men Eat Meat to the overcompensating extreme, he takes a bite out of a heart in the beginning of Demolition Man. In David Bowie's Codpiece, he calls eating “people” delicious.
  • Immortality Hurts: In Son of the Mask, Evilina strongly implies that to punish him for his stupidity in coming down from the Plot Hole, he'll have to live forever. (Until her dad comes for his soul anyway.)
  • Immune to Drugs: He's taken ketamine, mixtures of nyquil and vicodin, tylenol and hell knows what else, and he hasn't been found dead yet. He also survives the “90% morphine” fuckitall at the end of Blues Brothers 2000, only forgetting his own name for a while whereas commercial!Tamara died from it.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The “Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes” confirms that his weapon is meta, that being the only way he can protect himself with everything else failing.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Particularly bad reviews will have him reaching for stuff like Jack Daniels or Jagermeister. Titanic: The Legend Goes On had him reaching for progressively larger bottles, culminating in one larger than he was.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: His screaming rants have become little boy tantrums and Doug revealed he shouts at things because what's on the screen is scaring him, he can't hold onto being the "bad guy" for very long and he's easily prone to crying.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: His knowledge of a traditional breakdown is one where you're puffy-eyed, sniffing, snorting and can barely talk.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He finally breaks down and says in the CR crossover that he doesn't want anyone going into his territory because they'd do it better than him, while the "Commercials Special" goes into his lack of self-esteem even more.
    • Doug talks about it and Critic's relationship with others in the To Boldly Flee commentary.
    I usually find with a lot of insecure people, their closest friends, the people they depend on the most on for love, they can be the nicest to, and they can be the cruelest to.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Reboot has the trope in a weird way. The fanservice from before has gone down to barely nothing, he's steadily getting more Hollywood Thin and any time there's a bit of nudity he looks ashamed of himself right after, but more people in-universe treat him like he's attractive. The Wicked Witch Of The West even uses her "my pretty" line on him, and despite the abuse he's given them, he gets unwanted groping from IC!Rachel and Malcolm.
  • Informed Attribute: His AVGN-style song brags that he's the world's biggest and greatest cynic. If you say so.
  • Informed Flaw:
    • He's regularly making fun of himself for "screaming every other line", which is funny, but hasn't been relevant for the past few years. Justified in To Boldly Flee, where he uses it as an excuse of why he hates himself and nobody needs him.
    • A slightly confusing joke in Alice in Wonderland (2010) has Malice (for the second time) assuming Critic escaped from an asylum, this time because of the way he's dressed. Critic then reacts by telling her when she's dressed weird it's crazy, when he dresses weird it's avant-garde. A messy suit really isn't all that strange. again explained later, as in The Lorax he's forced to realize that it has nothing to do with "avant-garde", his clothes were picked out just to appeal to female viewers.
  • In Love with Love: He got upset when his many one-night-stands left him after sex, he could never decide whether he wanted commitment or not, he picked people who'll either hurt him or could never give him what he needed and he just kept on going with it all.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: Deconstructed. He likes teasing his audience and bragging about how cute he is, but he has no idea what he's doing in the real world. As examples, the skirt in Suburban Knights, drinking with Spoony when he's a complete lightweight and getting a stalker partner when he was a teenager.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Much like Horrible Judge of Character; fine with movies but sucks in real life. He doesn't get that being nice to Luke in front of Film Brain, congratulating the Chick on being a female version of him or assuming Chester didn't need the residuals of the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment meme, would most definitely piss them off.
    • He's been on purpose mean to Chester plenty of times, but genuinely feels bad about attributing his mental illness to assuming he's an alien at the end of Dreamcatcher.
  • The Insomniac: Nyquil and Vicodin together? Ain't so healthy.
  • Insult of Endearment: In FernGully: The Last Rainforest, the Chick called him a "stupid sack of shit" in the fondest tone she's ever had.
  • Internalized Categorism: He's Catholic and yet the religion is one of many on the list he's prejudiced against. The reloaded reviews, especially regarding To Boldly Flee, are one of the more literal examples of internalized homophobia, as he ends up bitching a lot about whoever made this (i.e himself) must be gay.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's a girly, overgrown kid with a vast array of cuddly toys. In Garfield 2 he thinks turning the estate into a spa "sounds lovely".
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Shooting things mainly. When he was a child, it was particularly goofy acting, the kind that he would want to bury from the public forever.
  • In Vino Veritas: Phelous and Snob get pretty shocked when they see him vulnerably hanging onto The Other Guy and totally wasted in their "Troll 4" review. We aren't, because we've seen it before — just a facade.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    • He doesn't exactly defend himself well when Phelous jokes that he's an evil, insane, catchphrase-spewing doll.
    • Thanks to his clothes, everyone (in reboot anyway) thinks he's a hipster, and as analyst 1 in The Lorax points out, it's not like he doesn't have hipster traits.
  • Irrational Hatred: Even when there's not a Green Aesop around, he still has almost zero patience for hippies and preachy environmentalists.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: A Christmass special has this Played for Laughs. Everyone would be ridiculously better of without him, including the Angel showing him this, which understandably makes him very bitter. However when you think about it, there's a huge ammount of Fridge Horror that he's a Barrier Maiden for by existing: Cinema Snob is reduced to being a porn character, Linkara is a drunk who's drawing Marvel and DC comics back by refusing to make movies, Angry Joe is a President Evil who blows the entire Canada sky high, Spoony completely loses his show to take on the Critic's and can't do it right at all, not to mention the Critic's lack of help against threats like Dr. Insano or the Entity.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Done in a more passive-aggressive style and God knows what the real situation, but even though he feels abandoned by the Chick's obsession with Todd, he tries to push the Clingy Jealous Boy feelings down and wants her to feel okay.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: So desperate to be manly in reboot especially, though as he admits in "David Bowie's Codpiece", the only manly thing he feels he has is a penis, which is why he wears tight pants to accentuate it.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He's a cutie and knows it, but if you want this particularly stupid strain of insecurity, just remind him that he's balding.
  • I Work Alone: In Bloodrayne, he hates having to follow the tradition of having Linkara and Spoony review the movie with him, and tells them to piss off with no slapstick like before. They get their comeback with a pie in his face.

  • Jaded Washout: Best summed up here:
    Critic: Look at you, you had such dreams ahead of you, such promise, you were perfect back then — okay you had stupid glasses, teeth like a chipmunk and a dumb and dumber haircut that only got dumb and dumber — but you had such hope.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's stubborn, egotistical and prone to anger and extreme violence. He fiercely protects kids but has no patience for annoying dogs, he trashes other people's nostalgia but can't make it through Follow That Bird without squeeing, he's demanding of Chester but is the only one to give him money and a place to stay, he's a bastard to people but is so very loyal to the ones he cares about, he has a temper but heartwarming moments come regularly... let's just say this guy can get complicated. His review of I'll Be Home for Christmas shows that in a stark contrast to D-Bag, he genuinely cares about the people in his life like Santa Christ and Chester. It's especially heartwarming with the latter since he threatened him to hurt him if he didn't make another Bum Review and yet in the end, he tells him to take his time. He also decides to let him and his fiancée stay in his house.

  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Like Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Colfer, his eyes change from blue to green to gray depending on the lighting.
  • Keet: When he's actually enjoying himself.
  • Kick the Dog: Played for Black Comedy, but how he treats animals - gleeing when dogs have a chance of dying, throwing rocks at pets to see if their owners laugh, chucking a spider through a window because he's scared of it - will remind you that he's a Psychopathic Manchild if you ever forget it.
    • Hitting a child in the back of her head, and then shouting at her to shut up when she cried, isn't exactly fitting for someone who once had Papa Wolf as his best quality.
    • In Master Of Disguise, he tosses out a "happy birthday" to Rachel (which is all she wanted) after he beat the shit out of her and fired her.
    • Mocking a fourteen year old girl for quite a few minutes because she was “too pretty” in Bridge to Terabithia. He lampshading the audience's “wtf” reaction by mocking another kid in The Shining and letting them know it was at least meant to be a douchey thing that he was just going to be doing now.
    • In the Man of Steel review, making it very clear he doesn't care about Joe's abuse, especially given his own history. And when Joe actually wants to explain something, ignores him completely for a picture of naked Emilia Clarke.
    • Literally in the original Face/Off ending, as Rachel is in a box about to be shipped off to California, and he kicks it while saying "good riddance".
    • Even after everything that happened in The Guyver, according to “Lady Death” he still sends Sage rosaries because he doesn't get that, out of the two of them, Sage isn't the one in need of help here.
    • In The Dark Knight Returns, gleefully making Brian sad by reminding him that Critic is still more popular after getting caught out for his Took a Level in Dumbass moment of thinking Two Face liked the number three when he kept wanting sets of two.
    • Knocking Chester out with a baseball bat in “Nostalgia Critic Talks Transformers 4” was bad enough, but hitting him again just for believing his “be nice” speech was just mean.
    • In Disney Afternoon, shoving Malcolm's hurt shoulder because Malcolm is suffering from the beatdown Critic gave him and hasn't learned how to repress pain yet.
    • Literally again in the TMNT Christmas Special, when he's using Tamara as a footstool and kicks her in the back when she talks.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Usually done with The Last Angry Geek. Like when Geek put massively pricey, not needed shoulder pads on his bill, he said he was going to stop the Geek's show.
  • Kid-anova: After calling a kinky fantasy starring April every kid's dream, he defensively reminds people that he was an early bloomer.
  • Kiddie Kid: At first it sounds like he's being sarcastic about acting like a monkey in eighth grade, but then he turns out he actually did.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: When he watched Cool World as a young'un, he ran for the exit like the screen was on fire.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: In "Holiday Clusterfuck", he steals a woman's money after the Christmas stress drives her to suicide.
  • The Klutz:
    • He managed to get three slashes on his right arm visible at 6.24 in the Catwoman review, bruises on his mouth in the Jurassic Park review and a big cut across his neck at the beginning of Turbo. In the Son of the Mask commentary, Doug asked very strongly to ignore them, especially marks from where he can't seem to stop hurting himself shaving.
    • Parodied when Phelous throws a sock at his head. He falls around his house so much that he ends up shooting himself with his gun.
  • Knife Nut: In Hyper's second vlog, he threatens to gut her if she doesn't leave him alone. As she is wont to do, she ignores that subtle hint.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He was as shocked as we were when he got to interview the crew of Animaniacs and they had actually liked his stuff. Same thing happened for Ebert enjoying his tribute and "Christopher Walken"/"Vincent Price" knowing who he is.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The editorials where he fails to do research (like even just reading Romeo and Juliet) yet still does a condescending voice firmly place him in the trope.
  • Kubrick Stare: He often makes this expression (the grimacing kind) while reviewing movies that are frustrating him, most notably in North.

  • Lack of Empathy: In his amnesia state for the anniversary reviews. He's confused as to why everyone is mourning Ma-Ti's death in Suburban Knights as a "small Indian boy is no big loss", and he only just barely stops himself from calling To Boldly Flee-Critic a girl for showing off emotion.
    • Back in Testosterone Poisoning-character days, in Captain Planet, his initial reaction to “making people feel better” is “who gives a shit?”
    • Subtly played in The Last Airbender, as Critic gets all the memories from Doug's vlogs (which would include the times he talked about having nightmares, how it feels to be a failure, and knowing about grief) and feels pain, but when they meet up and he's back to Hot-Blooded, ignores Doug's repeated attempts to have Critic actually get his name right.
    • Despite having a horrible childhood himself, he cares nothing for Joe having flashbacks to his father abusing him.
    • When he kills a Happy Madison audience in Eight Crazy Nights, he fakes a moment of silence for them and deadpans a “that was fun”.
    • While trying to get Rachel back in the beginning of Face/Off, he tells her to “throw away your future for my personal needs”.
    • Commercial!Malcolm asks him for help because Commercial!Tamara's foaming at the mouth, but Critic doesn't even look at them because he's too busy getting on his Blues Brothers soapbox.
    • In the TMNT Christmas Special, his love of Christmas destroys the world. He's upset about this for a second until he's more interested in doing a review. He also treats a hurting Tamara like a punching bag, though he gets punished by being eaten by zombie for that.
    • Chester dies in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), and while Beth and Tim are horrified, Critic doesn't care and calls “murder a total aphrodisiac”.
    • In "Smurfs 2'', when he doesn't care about her abusive grandfather, Tamara stays disgusted at him for the whole review considering his own past.
  • Large Ham: Word of God says that the hamminess comes from Daffy Duck, Jack Lemmon's performance as Professor Fate in The Great Race, and the Red Queen from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Usually he wouldn't deserve getting beaten and tortured with a pitchfork by an Ax-Crazy guy who was pretending to be blind, but after stating that he was about to bludgeon said guy to death just for a movie, he kinda does in this instance.
    • In 2019, he gets a deliciously nasty punishment for being obsessed with money, rejecting his Plot Hole happy ending and being both sexually repressed and abusing his underlings because he needs power: having the site getting taken over by Snob, and being forced to do nothing but be his Sex Slave.
    • In Food Fight, his sole motivation for doing the film is to get himself a ton of money and hits, yet when he gets told it didn't work because the net is fickle, he has a meltdown.
    • As cruel as it is, he doesn't give a shit when Donnie's mom killed herself for his Aesop Collateral Damage, so it makes sense that he Never Got to Say Goodbye to his own mother.
    • In the TMNT Christmas Special, he's been abusing Tamara the whole episode, and gets his just desserts by being attacked by zombie-Malcolm.
  • Laughing Mad: In The Neverending Story III review, after finishing the movie and getting mad, in Chairman Of The Board where he laughs manically when he gets the meaning of Edison's name, when Jingle All the Way ruins the one funny joke they had and when Zack shows his new haircut in Saved by the Bell. That last one gave him an orgasm.
  • Lean and Mean: Post-revival, due to Doug having some weight issues. How the suit just hangs off him doesn't really help. This is probably the reason why he wasn't in usual costume and wore bulkier, manlier clothes in The Shining. Hard to be scared of a swamped twig.
  • Leaning on the Furniture: In a brief cool moment, he leans against the wall while the Grinch narrator is talking.
  • Licked by the Dog: Even though they have their arguments, Chester always calls him nice and will be the first to defend him. Lampshaded in "I'll Be Home For Christmas'', where he says Chester has always been kind to him, and he's been more… mixed in response.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His mom was an Alcoholic Parent who called him up to insult him, and Dr Smith his dad gets concerned when he's getting hammered in IT.
  • Likes Older Women: As a sign of how desperate he is (and how pretty the grandma looks in “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”), he asks in said review if any attractive eighty year old women are single and gets roundly booed.
  • Limited Wardrobe: According to the drawing in the Willy Wonka episode, he's worn the same clothes since kindergarten.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": Shared with Doug himself.
    Critic: It's like if you cross a dyslexic with a complete idiot.
  • Literal-Minded: To give an example from James and the Giant Peach.
    Earthworm: Remember what your parents said, James!
    Critic: ..."Look out, a rhino"?
  • Little Bit Beastly: Coming back from the future of seahorses gave him a temporary tail. The Furry Fandom suddenly started liking him then.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: Post-reboot, he's soulless, has accepted he's going to hell, and two episodes (Maven's "Monster Mash" and his "Why Do We Love Zombies") cast him as a zombie, reminding everyone that he's not meant to be alive. In the former review, Maven literally calls him a "reanimated dead guy".
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • He complains in his Ernest Saves Christmas review that nobody ever tells him things like why the dinosaurs died out.
    • During Bloodrayne, in a nod to Doug being on his honeymoon and so not being involved when the firing actually happened, Critic too is totally confused when Linkara starts to go on about the Elephant in the Living Room regarding Spoony.
  • Lonely at the Top: Ever since coming back from the Plot Hole, he's more alone than ever and doesn't even have Rob or other producers trying to look after him. Episodes like The Master of Disguise or Son of the Mask feature this issue prominently.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Evidently the only way his parents could give him any kind of love was to give whatever kind of toys he wanted.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When he was sixteen.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: His romantic life would put Buff's to shame. Even in 2009 he was forced to admit that his sex life is a complete clusterfuck.
    Critic: Ain't love a bitch?
  • Loser Protagonist: He lives with his abusive mother, has a load of issues, his job is the only life he has and the other one was being a Crusty Caretaker, doesn't particularly have a lot of talent and has No Social Skills. The knowledge of all this hits him like a ton of bricks in Scooby-Doo and he spends To Boldly Flee trying to fix it.
  • Lovable Coward: He gets freaked out constantly and driven to tears by things he could just turn off, but he's fun to watch.
  • Lovable Nerd: Being played by Doug certainly helps.
  • Love Before First Sight: It's lucky that Lindsay!Chick had so much chemistry with him, but from the way he acted in the "Search For The Nostalgia Chick", he was going to be in love with whatever woman won.
  • Love Martyr: From his knowledge of how abusive relationships work, it's safe to say he's had experiences with going back to a horrible partner. Played for Laughs in Jurassic World as a mini-skit has him being done with the JP sequels' “abuse” and finally leaving before the former film's climax brings him back.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Soulless getting tortured because of him gets a grim but happy smile, and that's what we end The Cat in the Hat review on.
  • Love Redeems: Disney can bring him back from being a psychopath and his enjoyment of Christmas can never be broken.
  • Lust Object: Spoony has lust for everyone, but he's really proud to have Critic as a conquest. And we're guessing he didn't blackmail others or break into their houses.
    • The Hyper Fangirl storyline is all about how he's one for said fangirl, which he's violently against to the point of threatening to kill her for not leaving him alone.

  • Madden Into Misanthropy: His temper usually builds up using this method.
  • Made a Slave: In 2019, Snob takes over the site and Critic is forced to do nothing but serve him sexually.
    • In one of her vlogs, Hyper would like to have him as a mind raped toy, a casual opinion that disturbs Malcolm.
  • Made of Iron: Lampshaded (and meta'd) in “The Best Avatar Episodes” when Critic complain-asks how his body can take so much abuse.
  • The Mad Hatter: Prime!Critic was a Reluctant Psycho and wanted to be better, Nu!Critic is more sadly accepting/embracing his growing crazy (partly because he has more power) and openly says at the end of Ghost Rider review that "a new year of madness is on the way".
    • Lampshaded in Alice in Wonderland (2010) when the Cute and Psycho Malice assumes three times that he's escaped from a mental asylum, and Critic never gets offended like a normal person would be.
    • Lampshaded loudly and violently at the end of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, where Critic is free from sedation chains and it morphs him into an Ax-Crazy Riddler rip-off who sings about how much he 'loves' Christmas.
  • Madness Makeover: “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” does it a bit differently. Sedated Critic is in a safe jumper, with sparkling eyes and a pretty smile, openly saying he needs to be marketable. When he's free from this, he doesn't go into normal clothes with Sanity Slippage or anything, but all the batshit coming out at once turns him into the Riddler.
  • Madness Mantra: All he could write while watching Bio-Dome was "why why why why why why...", and in Drop Dead Fred, after the friend praises the lead for her craziness: "No! No! No! No! No! No!..."
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Shows this in "What's Up With All The Princess Hate", assuming that most women want to be called "girls" while showing Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian (who both have made mistakes, but the latter especially has worked on encouraging young girls to be more business-savvy), but acknowledging that there are exceptions while showing a business-woman. Who is still attractive with a giant pouty lip-glossed mouth.
  • Magnetic Hero: In a stereotypically feminine way. No matter how much the others like hurting him, no matter how dickish he can get, if there are tears they'll get sucked right in and want him to be okay.
  • Female Misogynist: Oddly (given what she's like), he's complained more about Male Gaze, the standard stereotypes, the White Male Lead trend and apparent "what about teh menz" feelings in movies more than the Chick ever has.
  • Manchild: Doug seems to put the Critic's mental age at about twelve. A few examples of this being he still believes in Santa, hiding under the desk when he's afraid and he also still eats at Chuck E. Cheese's. Lampshaded in “Rise Of The Commercials”, where he's too busy laughing to say anything about the women's douching commercials, and demands to go to the next one because he's too immature.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • In "The Review Must Go On", as he wears Doug down and doesn't care that he's hurting him, insult-threatens him when Doug actually does try leaving, brightens up when he gets what he wants, but goes low and threatening again when Doug has another condition.
    • He succeeds for a while in Ghost Dad being awful to Tamara and Malcolm, but fails when he decides to tell them everything, as even Tamara points out. Whether this comes from extreme stupidity or masochism (or both) is left unanswered.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Every episode he does will feature at least one impression or fake accent. He's usually very good at them, but his Morgan Freeman voice sounds nothing like the man.
  • Married to the Job: Talking about Zelda in the cartoon, he tells her to back off pushing away loved ones so she can work more because he owns that.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to the Nostalgia Chick's Masculine Girl. He also acted as the Feminine Boy to Obscurus Lupa in Suburban Knights.
  • Master of the Mixed Message:
    • To the Hyper Fangirl. Not because he has any feeling towards her, but he doesn't help her deluded viewpoint when he pretends to be her friend (because he likes rejecting her attention), threatens to stalk her back (because he thought that would scare her) or when he admits to her that he wears silk boxers (because she asked and he's a vain puppy).
      In a con panel, when she's forced him to “build a snowman” with her (to clarify he even asked her would any answer make her leave him alone and she said no), he gives her a hug and skips off with her, and then runs back alone after pushing her off the balcony.
      The way he tells it, it was Show Some Leg to placate her and he wants to pawn her off to anyone he can because she's awful, but making her his silent business partner probably wasn't a good idea.
  • Mean Boss: Deconstructed. Whenever someone's done something that's more his area or something's already done, he'll pop up and be a pain in the ass. However, he answers to puppet-master The Other Guy, he'll crumble and have a breakdown under any type of argument, he's revealed that he does this because he's so deeply insecure and when he thinks Lupa listened to what he had to say, he was the most optimistic about life that he's ever been. Rachel tried to kill him for forgetting her birthday as part of the running joke. Critic knocked her out and fired her. Crosses over with Psychopathic Manchild when it comes to Malcolm and Tamara, as he routinely forces them to dress up in childish costumes and play along with his crazy, and taken to new heights in Demolition Man, as he makes them find out how the three sea shells work, and says that he has two spinal cord removal machines, one for each of them.
  • Meaningful Name: It's the job that he hates, and he doesn't even think himself as a good critic.
  • Messianic Archetype: After he took on the Plot Hole. He'd still snark, but protecting the universe did his temper, self-worth issues, intelligence and maturity a world of good. Completely reversed when he came back down though.
  • Meta Guy: Deconstructed. He came back through tormenting his creator, and while straddling the fourth wall has given him more power and made him more dismissive of his own character and plot devices, it's also made him sadder and crazier because it's a defence mechanism that doesn't always work.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: He blew up a planet with his love for Christmas in the Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas review.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Aang killed Shyamalan in The Last Airbender and the Devil killed him in Devil, but Critic (who was the Distressed Dude both times) takes all the credit for it in After Earth.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: He admits in the Gordy review that he's so tired.
  • Military Brat: While his dad's occupation ( outside of being a spider) was never mentioned, he moved around a lot and Doug's a navy brat in real life.
  • Misery Builds Character: It's been said by fans and by Doug, he's far more entertaining and interesting when he's being a victim or breaking down.
  • Mr. Seahorse: The Nostalgia Chick forced him to get preggers through fairy sex one time.
  • Momma's Boy: A rare tragically-funny one, with a few uncomfortable jokes here and there. Him getting a phone call that she died is genuinely Played for Drama, and even when the Jump Scare Running Gag comes back he's screaming about the unfairness.
  • Mood-Swinger: He's a bit like a Hollywood-style manic depressive. Particularly evident in the first part of Disney Afternoon, where he goes from giddy excited over the shows to anger just when the (younger) Malcolm and Tamara dare to not know exactly what he's talking about.
  • Motive Decay: Critic's reason for bashing Stephen King went from “he's a great writer but the adaptations can be really silly so let's point those flaws out” (The Langoliers) to “I just want to rip on something that's entertaining to people” (The Shining). The Took a Level in Jerkass change was heavily lampshaded, to the point where he has to go catatonic when he realizes that King did something better than Kubrick.
  • Motor Mouth: One of the issues with his Let's Play is that he never stopped talking. Granted, Bart's Nightmare is not much to look at, but quiet moments in LPs are encouraged.
  • The Movie Buff: It's part of his job.
  • Mr. Exposition: Is a very bored one to both Evilina in The Cat in the Hat and Malice in Alice in Wonderland (2010), as they don't know Hollywood's relationship with Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton's formula respectfully.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's cute and knows it, suffers well, likes taking his shirt off, enjoys making orgasm noises, has given a blowjob to a joystick, looks very nice in a short tunic with no pants or tights and in the advertisement for Geek Fight, he says he won't get naked for the cards... yet.
  • Mr. Imagination: He manages to outdream Stanley in the A Troll in Central Park review. Only his dreams are slightly more... painful to the titular troll. And when he can't stop himself from imagining the babies between Goliath and Elisa, he bitches that his mind never does what he tells it to.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Who in the right mind has coffee before going to sleep?
  • My Beloved Smother: "Hey, she's my world!" But like Ask That Guy, he can't stop himself from having a fantasy about her dying every now and then.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: In late 2011/early 2012, there's been a reference in a lot of episodes about wanting to be or acting like a father.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has a crying fit when his Nintendo disappears after he stops playing it.
    • In his third Nostalgic Commercials special, he orders an off-screen minion to inject five people with diabetes (however that's supposed to work...) then stops and says, "Dear God, I think I might be horrible."
    • Accidentally killing Mary Poppins, his first childhood icon, crushes him.
    • After making the obligatory gay joke about Bert And Ernie, he breaks down to all the cast of Sesame Street and apologizes for trying to review the first show he ever saw.
    • The lyrics Lindsay used at the end of "Thanks For The Feedback" implies this:
    "Baby come back, you can blame it all on me. I was wrong..."
    • He breaks down immediately after shooting Floss for no reason other than getting a sad ending.
    • If he didn't regret forcing Doug to bring him back by the time Santa Christ decided to be vindictive to him, then there's no doubt he did when the devil's daughter decided it was crueler to leave him alive.
    • In an example where he hadn't done anything wrong, hearing that his dead mom didn't tell him about her illness because she knew he was a workaholic makes him look like he's dangerously close to crying right there and then.
    • Twice in The Passion of the Christ. First he betrays Santa Christ and leaves crying, and then when Santa Christ flips the bird at him and he tells the torturers to carry on, it cuts back to present day where he calls the flashbacks gross and gratuitous.
    • In a moment of pouty lucidity, he realizes at the end of Disney Afternoon that bringing Malcolm's mom in “to be authentic” is probably going too far.
    • In Spawn, he has a moment of regret for helping the Devil take over the world, but when it's revealed the latter's army is a load of Kermits, he assumes it won't be so bad.
    • He treats the abuse kids, Melody and Cliff, really badly in Monkeybone, but when he finds out their parents are Aunt Despair and Uncle Lies, he connects the dots and feels bad. He makes it up to them in Home Alone 2 and when his anxiety explodes after trying to keep the peace and getting his cereal mocked, scaring them, he’s horrified with himself for “ruining everything”. Luckily for him the other adults tell him it’s alright.
  • My Greatest Failure: Ma-Ti's death in Suburban Knights made him disquietingly obsessed with responsibility and consequences.


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