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- Early Game Hell: The Honest Game Trailer for Monster Hunter describes learning how to play the game as "learning how to swim by getting thrown into a shark tank with a lifevest made of ham".
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- Their Honest Trailer for The Phantom Menace is spoken with much more enthusiasm than we'd see later, and it was narrated by comedian Ptolemy Slocum, instead of Gannon Nickell or Jon Bailey. It also doesn't have the "Starring" part at the end. And expectedly, it doesn't have the "something to say with my awesome voice" bit.
- The Honest Trailer for The Incredible Hulk points out how, despite technically being the second entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it lacks many of the cinematic universe entry tropes that became Marvel movie staples, such as only making vague references to the comics and only making slight hints at future sequels instead of blatant ones.
- Ear Worm:
- They criticize the song "My Heart Will Go On" in Titanic, that "stupid f***ing song that briefly tricked you into thinking Céline Dion was hot."Celine Dion: Near... Far... whereever you are...
Narrator: Good luck getting that out of your head!
- Frozen's "Let It Go", or as they sung it "Get it ouuut, get it ouuut, get this song out of my head!"
- Similarly, 'Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid: "You'll never get it out your head, you'll sing the words until you are dead! Even when you sleep, it plays on repeat, it's so catchy!"
- The Honest Trailer for Shrek credits it with turning "All Star" by Smash Mouth into this.
- They criticize the song "My Heart Will Go On" in Titanic, that "stupid f***ing song that briefly tricked you into thinking Céline Dion was hot."
- Ending Fatigue: Parodied at the end of their The Lord of the Rings trailer, which ends three times.
- Second ending: "A film that took so much of Peter Jackson's life, he didn't want it to end, prompting five completely separate endings that go on and on forever, making it really hard to hold in your pee."
- Third ending: "A film with such fake emotional states, Gandalf will sacrifice himself for his friends, only to somehow come back to life, making it not really a sacrifice. And a story where the protagonists can't win their own battles without convenient ghost armies, living trees, and magical eagles.Narrator: Ugh, I can't believe we're only halfway through with this Peter Jackson nerdgasm.
- Enraged by Idiocy:
- The plot holes and bad writing of After Earth infuriates the narrator so much he refuses to continue reading the script and leaves.
- The narrator descends into this after listing all the plot holes in The Maze Runner (2014).
- In The Stinger of the Honest Trailer for Ghostbusters (2016), the narrator becomes this when musing about the Internet's reaction to it:Narrator: Man, how did a Ghostbusters movie become the most political thing in America DURING AN ELECTION YEAR??!!! I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS!!!
- Epileptic Trees: In the Honest Trailer for Split, The Reveal that the movie is a Stealth Sequel to Unbreakable makes the narrator wonder if this means all the M. Night Shyamalan movies take place in the same universe, even Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: In Gone Girl, "Ben Affleck will get his revenge [on his vicious sociopath of a wife] by staying with her to start a family?"Narrator: What!? Why would he do that!? Run, dude!
- Ethnic Scrappy: In the trailer for Aladdin (2019), the Narrator expresses disdain for the character of Prince Anders, a ridiculously stereotypical Scandinavian who only exists seemingly to give a white actor a part in the film.
- Even the Guys Want Him:
- Both narrators really wanted Katniss to choose Gale instead of Peeta.
- Also, Poe Dameron, who both agree has a beautiful face and that is a high point of the movie.
- The narrator clearly has a thing for Captain America, as evidenced by the trailer for Captain America: Civil War.Narrator: Ninety years old and this guy is still a virgin? Someone please have sex with Captain America already. Hell, you know what? I'll do it! I'll bend over right now!
- Even Nerds Have Standards: In the Honest Trailer for The Last Jedi both the Epic Voice Guys, despite being big Star Wars fans, completely diss Solo (though the current Epic Voice Guy later did an Honest Trailer for it anyway).
- Everyone Has Standards:
- The Narrator will read even the most embarrassing comments (such as "I wear poopy pants!") absolutely deadpan, but comments that screw with his taste in movies ("I LIKED Fantastic Four", "M. Night Shyamalan is the greatest director of all time", "Jar-Jar Binks is the greatest Star Wars character") will cause him noticeable cringe and he will sometimes even refuse to read them.
- When having trouble finding anything to make fun about Logan, Epic Voice Guy calls Deadpool (2016) for some help. Deadpool ends up refusing to "shit on Logan".
- Evil Laugh: In the Doom trailer, while explaining the first two games' Nintendo Hard difficulty:Narrator: ...because masochism is what video games were about in The '90s. No big deal if you die, though. You could always just respawn at the last checkpoint... AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE LEVEL! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
- Evil Lawyer Joke: The title of "most inherently evil main character you've ever played" of course goes to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Honest Trailer for World War Z finds it so painfully generic it's simply retitled Brad Pitt Zombie Movie.
- Exact Words:
- In the Star Trek Into Darkness Honest Trailer, they read the title as one single phrase instead of pausing between the title and subtitle.Narrator: Are we sure we don't want to put a colon in there?
- In the closing section of the Taken video, when performing fan-requested lines, he responds to a comment asking "say you're a smelly pirate hooker in your next video" by saying "You're a smelly pirate hooker in your next video."
- At times he'll even say exactly what they request, but also add a little something extra. For example, in the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, the last request is "I liked Fantastic Four!" He says it, but immediately adds "Uh, no, I didn't!", and later he responds to a request that tells him to say "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made" by saying just that... while adding on "said no one ever." And eventually, a request for "M. Night Shyamalan is the greatest director ever" has the narrator struggling to say it, and retching upon conclusion. A similar request for "Jar Jar Binks is the best Star Wars character" has the narrator struggling to say it again, but in that case he refused to finish it.
- In the Terminator Genisys trailer, a user named DeathBySausage left a request saying "Say my username". So the narrator says "my username".
- In the Star Trek Into Darkness Honest Trailer, they read the title as one single phrase instead of pausing between the title and subtitle.
- Failed a Spot Check:
- In The Dark Knight Rises, the narrator makes note that Bruce Wayne apparently "never conducts background checks on his maids or his board members."
- In Breaking Bad, Hank Schrader is Walter White's "brother-in-law cop who's terrible at telling jokes, and even worse at recognizing that his own family is running a crystal meth empire."
- In Grand Theft Auto V, the narrator notes a "racially unbiased police force" as one of the more unrealistic aspects of the city... while showing as an example a black guy wandering around with a rocket launcher in hand in front of a cop while said cop does nothing. Apparently, the city has no gun control laws or even weapons ordinances either, and it never occurs to the police to worry about seeing people carrying military-grade weapons around unless they actually start using them.
- Fake Nationality:
- Pointed out in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, "journey to 1970s Canada, where everyone dresses like it's 2009, and no one has a Canadian accent."
- The trailer for Star Trek: The Next Generation refers to Jean Luc Picard as " the most British Frenchman in the galaxy".
- The trailer for Braveheart points out how all the supposed Scotsmen are played by Australians.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
- The trailer for Frozen says the movie "teaches girls that they don't need a prince to rescue them because all men are disgusting loners (Kristoff), greedy murderers (the Duke of Weselton), or lying, manipulative, power-hungry sociopaths (Prince Hans)."
- The Honest Trailer for Inside Out suggests that it will teach children that tiny people inside their heads are responsible for their actions and not they themselves.
- The trailer for Shrek points out how many of these one can actually get from the movie. In order, its aesops are: Only ugly people can be together, true love will turn you into a monster, stick to your own kind, and short people deserve ridicule.
- The trailer for Doctor Strange (2016) says it teaches kids that modern medicine is useless (while showing the formerly handicapped man explaining to Strange how the Ancient One healed him) and that, if you text while driving, you will become a wizard.
- The trailer for The Emoji Movie says it teaches kids that life is a meaningless, mediocre, joyless slog, that takes place mostly on your phone, and only exists to serve a global conglomerate's interest.
- Fan Disservice:
- The narrator's love for boobs finally catches up to him in the second Game of Thrones trailer, where Cersei's public shaming removes pretty much any titillation seeing her naked might have had. And then he sees Melisandre's boobs. After she's revealed to actually be a really old woman.Narrator: AH! My eyes! They burn!
- The Honest Trailer for Showgirls points out how unsexy it is, despite being about strippers and full of intended Fanservice:Narrator: Do you like sex? Well, not for long. Thrill as Showgirls teases you with nudity, then beats you over the head with it until everyone has the appeal of raw meat. In a film that robs boobs of all their mystery, treats sex as a cheap commodity to be bought and sold, and depicts love as something that happens between a man and a particularly aggressive fish.
[shows a clip from the infamous swimming pool sex scene]
Narrator: Be careful, kids; that's not how sex works. But it's exactly how you get a yeast infection.
- The Honest Trailer for Game of Thrones Vol. 3 once again brings up some of its nude scenes that are less pleasant for the eyes, such as (again) real, old Melisandre naked and Maisie Williams' nude scene:Narrator: We've known her since she was 14, you sickos!
- The narrator's love for boobs finally catches up to him in the second Game of Thrones trailer, where Cersei's public shaming removes pretty much any titillation seeing her naked might have had. And then he sees Melisandre's boobs. After she's revealed to actually be a really old woman.
- Fanon Discontinuity: At the very, very end (as in, five seconds before the end of the video) of the Honest Trailer for The Bourne Trilogy (Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum), the narrator realizes they forgot that there was a fourth movie starring Jeremy Renner ("admit it, you did too").
- Fat Comic Relief:
- Sums up Kevin James in Grown Ups.Narrator: Fat Kevin James is fat! [montage of Kevin James making fat jokes] Did we mention he's totally fat?
- Also Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect.Narrator: If it seems mean-spirited and lazy to laugh at a girl for being fat, don't worry! She does it to herself, so it's totally okay! [montage of Fat Amy making fat jokes] Hehe! Get it? She's fat!
- Sums up Kevin James in Grown Ups.
- Faux Action Girl: The description of Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) in the Batman Forever Honest Trailer:Narrator: She's got brains, brawn, and she's not using either of them, because all she does is perv out on a stranger in a rubber suit.
[montage of Meridian trying to seduce Batman]
- Faux Horrific:
Narrator: It's horrible! Make it stop, please! Nun, take me away!
- In the Honest Trailer for The Conjuring movie franchise, the narrator laments that, unlike the movie versions, the actual Ed and Lorraine Warren probably were fakes and wonders if ghost hunters on TV today are as full of it - and then starts screaming in horror upon seeing footage from Ghost Adventures:
- In the Honest Trailer for Bird Box, the narrator thinks the movie's monsters, which are never seen shown on screen, are underwhelming and that the film makers should have stuck to the original design - then changes his mind when early designs of the monsters are shown and remind him of his greatest terror: the dancing old guy from the Six Flags commercial.
- Female Gaze: Referring to Lewis who "can't resist male nudity" in RoboCop (1987): "Baaawllz!"
- Fight Scene Failure: The Superman IV: The Quest for Peace video mocks the movie for the ridiculously filmed fight scenes between Superman and Nuclear Man, describing them as "some of the most poorly executed sissy fights ever put to celluloid".
- First World Problems:
- Five-Man Band: In Fast Five, "to pull off one last job, Dom will have to gather everyone's favorite heist movie stereotypes: The hunky mastermind, the nerd, the Bernie Mac, the guy who can't speak English, and the guy who's constantly snacking.
- Flanderization: The Narrator notes that, as the Saw franchise continued, the "cool, well-thought-out traps" of the first movie "turned into complete parodies of themselves", and "horrific violence happening offscreen" became "the star of the franchise".
- Flame War: Due to how divisive the film was, the Honest Trailer for Ghostbusters (2016) defied it and turned off the comments ("You brought this to yourselves!").
- Flat Character: The Maze Runner has Thomas, "the handsome, brave protagonist... and that's really all there is to say about him."
- Fold the Page, Fold the Space: Described in the "Starring" part of the Honest Trailer for the first season of Stranger Things as "The Only Way Pop Culture Knows How To Explain Alternate Dimensions".
- Follow the Leader:
- World War Z arrives "In a World... where zombies have already infected every facet of pop culture, comes... another zombie movie. But this time... it's got Brad Pitt!"
- The Honest Trailer for Love Actually points out how its success lead to the creation of countless, lesser romantic comedies with huge ensemble casts of celebrity actors taking place on famous holidays, such as New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day.
- The Epic Voice Guy stops the trailer of Divergent twice to remark how similar the plot is to The Hunger Games.
- The Honest Trailer for Die Hard points out how the film Inverted this by casting Bruce Willis, "who looks like your dad", as the lead of an action movie in an age when other movies of the genre usually starred huge, muscular giants.
- The Honest Trailer for Gladiator points out how this movie made the Sword & Sandal genre popular again, leading to films like Troy, the Clash of the Titans remake, and yet another Ben-Hur.
- The Honest Trailer for Shrek points out how much it resembles movies from the Disney Renaissance. It has: a reluctant ugly hero who thinks no one can love him, the no nonsence princess, the creepy horny government official who wants to be king, and the lovable animal sidekick.
- The Honest Trailer for It (2017) worries that the movie's popularity will lead to greenlights for remakes of worse Stephen King movies, like Maximum Overdrive and The Mangler.Narrator: I don't know if I'm ready for another Stephen King-assaince, guys. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.
- The trailer for Blade Trilogy points out how the movies started as an action franchise with a unique look, but then abandoned that in order to look as much as The Matrix as possible.
- The trailer for Halloween (1978) points out how this movie ended up becomming either the Trope Maker or Trope Codifier for pretty much every horror movie cliche of the next 40 years, like: the Big Bad wearing a spooky mask, making creepy phone calls to his victims before attacking them, only targeting suburban teenagers, and only letting the final virgin girl survive.
- The trailer for Venom (2018) points out how Carlton Drake's plan to destroy humanity in order to save it, has been done numerous times before.
- The trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe point out how, in the wake of the MCU's unexpected succes, multiple other studios tried their hands at a shared universe, with often bad or awkward results.
- Forgot About His Powers: The Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim claims that the pilots of Gipsy Danger forgot about their game breaking sword.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: The Honest Trailer for The Predator complains that the movie has no less than five different plotlines, which bogs down the story.Narrator: Did you love the razor-focused intensity of the first and only good one? Well, too bad, because this is about a team of outcasts being hunted by an alien, and a Predator rebelling against his own people to save the Earth, and an autistic boy's unlikely gifts, and one soldier's quest to clear his name, and a biologist unravelling the mystery of human-Predator evolution - all. At the same. Time..
- Franchise Killer:
- Namedropped in Batman & Robin, which killed off the campier, lighter Joel Schumacher Batman films and prompted a darker and more grounded reboot.
- The ending of The Lost World: Jurassic Park is "an extended dinosaur money shot that we all thought had killed the franchise. But we had no idea what was coming." Cue Grant's nightmare on the plane in the next film when a raptor addresses him by name.
- The Honest Trailer for Jurassic Park III calls it "the chapter that made these movies go extinct for fifteen years".
- The Star Fox Zero trailer calls it "the final nail in the coffin for a beloved franchise'', citing the difficult control scheme that makes the game really hard to play.
- Franchise Original Sin:
- Invoked regarding Terminator 2: Judgment Day, "an amazing film with horrible consequences", namely, the overvaluing of sequels, stars and CGI that has only incrementally improved since then, rather than the story that made all those things work.
- In the Star Wars trailer, the narrator points out the similarities in Wangst between Mark Hamill's role as Luke Skywalker and Hayden Christensen's controversial portrayal as Anakin. In the same video, he points out that the movie turned Hollwood towards similar special effect-filled action blockbusters, which were a huge deal at the time but are now released every single year.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Halo remarks how the games established several first person shooter gameplay features that some feel nerfed the genre by making the games too easy, such as regenerating health and frequent checkpoints.Narrator: Back in my day, when we died, we played the whole level all over again. It was super-boring and we liked it!
- The Honest Game Trailer for Gears of War shows how the game set the tone for several later third person shooter games with huge, muscular protagonists and brownish color filters.
- While the Honest Trailer for Jaws is very positive about it, it also points out how the film became an early example of great movies getting unnecessary sequels that just keep coming whether viewers want them or not and inspired countless crappy shark horror movies.
- The Honest Trailer for The Blair Witch Project mentions its viral marketing made of Missing Persons posters that accidentally had people believing the actors were missing and inspired the viral marketing tactics used today.Narrator: This movie basically invented catfishing, good job.
- While the Honest Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back is very positive about the movie, it points out how its somewhat darker and more serious tone has resulted in the title being used to describe any movie sequel that's darker than the predecessor. Similar to the Wangst of Hamill and Christensen described above, the Narrator gets his mind blown again when he realizes how similar the jumping and flipping Yoda trains Luke to do is to Yoda's lightsaber fight in Attack of the Clones.
- The Honest Trailer for Return of the Jedi suggests that the movie is to blame for various issues fans have with the franchise, such as cementing the movies' habit of recycling the plot points of Rebels attacking an evil space station and people walking through deserts from A New Hope, permanently making the franchise more childfriendly overall and placing emphasis on the Skywalker family drama.
- The trailer for Batman Returns points out how this movie is in fact guilty of several of the things that made its two sequels by Joel Schumacher, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, so universally hated, like kinky characters, cheesy dialogue, and campiness (like the Penguin using an army of pinguins to bombard Gotham).
- Franchise Zombie:
- The Pirates of the Caribbean trailer describes the series' transition into this:Narrator: Buckle your swash for Curse of the Black Pearl, a straightforward adventure romp that everyone loved. Then Dead Man's Chest, that everyone was sort of on board for, [...] At World's End, that everyone was totally fed up with, [...]. And On Stranger Tides, that finally got- Wait, they made a fourth one?! [sighs] How many of these things can they do? They're based on a theme park ride, for fuck's sake.
- The narrator's opinion of the Five Nights at Freddy's games in general, to the point where the Honest Game Trailer of the third game has a Description Cut of "the franchise's own Jesus" ranting that he doesn't think there should be a fourth game.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog games, which started out with good games, but has since produced countless lesser ones ranging from mediocre to bad and which the narrator describes as the result of "beating a dead horse for two decades".Narrator: Seriously, you know your franchise has a problem when the car-racing spinoffs are the high point.
- The Honest Trailer for Alien: Covenant suggests that the Alien franchise has become this, having had two awesome first movies with every other entry being worse, especially with the reports that Ridley Scott is ready to make as many as six more movies.
- The Honest Trailer for The Predator laments how the Predator franchise has joined the Alien and Terminator franchises as once awesome franchises that have gone sour as a result of their lackluster sequels.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean trailer describes the series' transition into this:
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- All of Lex Luthor's Missing Steps Plan from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, finishing with:24. Hopefully Batman kills Superman.
25. If Batman doesn't kill Superman, hopefully Doomsday kills Superman.
26. Sit back and run the company until daddy comes back.a. If Superman survives, I'm screwed.
b. If Lois Lane survives, I'm screwed.
c. If Doomsday survives, I'm screwed and so is the planet.
d. If any one thing in this impossibly intricate plan over which I have almost no control over anyone's actions goes wrong, I'm screwed.
e. DON'T FORGET THE JOLLY RANCHERS!!!
- Repeated with Zemo's Missing Steps Plan from Captain America: Civil War with such steps as:7. Obtain a Bucky Barnes mask and wig (Halloween store?).
10. Build a homemade EMP device — I can do that, right?
24. Delete dead wife's voice mail. Kill myself. Hopefully no one stops me.
Narrator: This is dumber than Luthor's (plan)!
- All of Lex Luthor's Missing Steps Plan from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, finishing with:
- Freudian Slip: In the Top Gun trailer, the narrator tries to impersonate an easily impressionable consumer of military propaganda after mentioning all the things "you love about present-day America", but his attempt doesn't go as smoothly as he'd hoped.Narrator: Hell yeah! Let's go kiss some dudes! I mean, kiss some ass! I, I mean, buy some planes! Yeah, that's what I meant.
- Freud Was Right: Invoked in the Honest Trailer for Man of Steel about the Kryptonian ships, which the narrator describes as "shaped like wangs," and this delightfully twisted punch line:Lois: It (the Kryptonian Key) won't go all the way in!
Narrator: Heh heh heh... That's what she said!
- Fridge Logic: Invoked often.
- In The Dark Knight: "Wait, why didn't they just blame the Joker for all these deaths? He's been killing people for the entire movie!"
- In Inception: "If Cobb couldn't enter the country, couldn't Michael Caine just fly the kids out to him? Oh, whatever."
- In The Notebook: "So wait, he wrote her hundreds of letters but couldn't just call her once?"
- In Harry Potter: "If magic is supposed to be secret, why is there a doorway in the most highly-trafficked subway station in London? Why are all the bad boys in one house? Why don't they just expel them? And why isn't it disturbing that this rat on Ron's lap is actually a grown man?"
- And in The Dark Knight Rises video, RedLetterMedia appears to pick apart its plot holes just like they did with Prometheus.
- Done in the Five Nights at Freddy's with the fact that keeping the doors closed takes more energy than keeping them open, only for Bonnie to Jump Scare him (again).
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they point out that despite having infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. all the way to the upper ranks, HYDRA made no attempt to stop Fury from reviving Captain America and forming the Avengers, despite the fact that this would pose a threat to their future plans.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they wonder who took the time and effort to design logos for video clips of the future Justice League members.
- In Memento, they wonder how the main character, Leonard, can't remember anything since the death of his wife, but can still remember the details of his amnesiac condition.
- From Bad to Worse: The Honest Trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke describes the adaptation's failed attempts to address some of the rather controversial parts of the graphic novel; more specifically, its bad treatment of Barbara Gordon. Unfortunately, the way they "fixed" it meant giving the story a long, unnecessary prologue with more and worse sexist implications than the original story that ultimately contributes nothing to the story people actually came to see.Narrator: Fans loved The Killing Joke comic for its twisted Batman-Joker storyline, and criticized it for glossing over Barbara Gordon's victimization and torture. Now, Warner Brothers is fighting fire... with gasoline. [...] So... problem solved. By creating many, many more problems.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Independence Day, "the film that made blowing up American landmarks cool....until 9/11."
- G-Rated Sex: The Intercourse with You song and "Do Me Eyes" in The Lion King.
- Gag Censor:
- Gambit Roulette:
- The trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice neatly lampshades that Lex Luthor's evil plan is very much this trope, to the point the narrator asks for a list to recount its steps.If any one thing in this impossibly intricate plan over which I have almost no control over anyone's actions goes wrong, I'm screwed.
- Zemo's plan in Captain America: Civil War is just as much, complete with the narrator asking for a similar list to the above.
- The trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice neatly lampshades that Lex Luthor's evil plan is very much this trope, to the point the narrator asks for a list to recount its steps.
- Game-Breaker: The Honest Game Trailer for Resident Evil 7: biohazard argues that the game is only at its most terrifying and suspenseful until you get access to more powerful weapons, at which point all that goes out the window.
- Generic Doomsday Villain:
Narrator: He's got a generic look, a generic motivation, and super-generic dialogue [...] How is it possible they ripped off everything from The Avengers except the good villain? Come on, Joss; it's not stealing if you do it from yourself.
- The description of Steppenwolf in Justice League:
- The trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws attention to how a lot of the villains from the movies in this franchise tend to be rather bland, underdeveloped, or just an evil copy of the hero. And the few that are memorable are promptly killed off.
- The Honest Trailer for SHAZAM! (2019) points out how the Seven Deadly Sins could have been very interesting villains, with each one of them representing a different flaw of humanity, but instead we got seven pretty much indistiguishable monsters that are just interested in eating people.
- Genre Blind: In the Honest Trailer for Alien: Covenant, a list of idiotic decisions made by the movie's characters includes having shower sex in the middle of a horror movie.
- Genre-Busting: The Honest Trailer for Zootopia, pretty accurately, describes it as a kid's movie/noir crime thriller.
- Genre Relaunch: The Honest Trailer for The Conjuring films credits them with being a return to more competently made horror after years of mediocre Found Footage horror movies.
- Genre Throwback: The Expendables, "the only 80s action movie to come out in 2010".
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
- The Honest Trailer for WarCraft mentions that the movie was somehow hugely successful in China:Narrator: So if you love the Warcraft games for their plot, but hate the sense of humor that made them so endearing, or if you just love to watch a bunch of dudes looking at maps, horses getting wrecked, and magic guys covered in swirly stuff, then according to the box office, you're probably Chinese.
- The Double Feature Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider (2018) suggests that the former was only made because the preceding movie overperformed in China.
- The Honest Trailer for WarCraft mentions that the movie was somehow hugely successful in China:
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: "Bang you way through a children's game full of sexually ambiguous supporting characters like: this naked old troll man [shows Darunia], this little fish girl with her bluebs out [shows Ruto], this crossdressing princess [shows Sheik], this Butch Lesbian [shows Impa], and whatever the hell these things are supposed to be [shows a Great Fairy]... ughh."
- Super Smash Bros.: In the Starring section, Olimar is credited as "Salad Tosser".
- Gilligan Cut:
- For Dark Souls, we have this:Narrator: So traverse the light, and fulfill your destiny... as one of the A-holes who won't shut up about beating the game. Oh, good for you, do it with a Rockband controller, then we'll talk.
[shows actual footage of a player beating the Darklurker with a Rockband guitar controller]
Narrator: Okay, wow.
- In the Starcraft 2 Honest Trailer, the narrator describes the combat system as being marking the units and right-clicking on the enemy.Narrator: Pssht, how hard can that be?
[video clip of a guy playing the game and typing at lightning-fast speed]
Narrator: Uuuhhh... yikes.
- For Dark Souls, we have this:
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The narrator's take on Maleficent redefining the original story's concept of "true love's kiss" as being between Maleficent and Aurora:
- Girl-Show Ghetto: The Honest Trailer for The Princess Bride draws attention to this problem:Narrator: Dive into the film that every kid is guaranteed to love, with a title that every boy is guaranteed to hate.
- Growing the Beard:
- Gun Porn:
- Rather than give characters funny nicknames, the Starring part of the Honest Trailer for The Division lists a bunch of pimped-out firearms and, at the end of the list, just calls the bland, non-descript characters in the game "Whatever".
- The Ratchet & Clank Honest Trailer lists the many kinds of cartoonish guns featured in the games.
- Gushing About Shows You Like:
- While there were cases in which the narrator admitted that he liked a movie before, he really has almost nothing but good things to say about Die Hard:Narrator: What, you thought we were gonna crap on Die Hard? The guy's tank top is in the Smithsonian, for crying out loud! This movie is frickin' perfect!
- Invoked and parodied in their April Fools' Day video of 2015, when they did a gushingly positive Honest Game Trailer for the long awaited and non-existing Half-Life 3, describing it as a gamer's wet dream featuring massive crossovers with other franchises such as Star Wars, Portal, Game of Thrones, Dragon Ball and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and features like Oculus Rift support, a mechanic allowing players to record their own dialogue, and long awaited sequels to Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead.
- The Narrator goes into total Squee! mode during the physical stunts of Mad Max: Fury Road.
- The Narrator likes The Empire Strikes Back so much that he has trouble coming up with nitpicks for it.
- The writers love Captain America: The Winter Soldier so much Jon has to resort to nitpicking. Even after the nitpicking, he says it's "still great though!"
- Jon also had a hard time criticizing Logan and calls up Deadpool looking for someone who'd have "something edgy or mean to say". Deadpool won't do it.
- While there were cases in which the narrator admitted that he liked a movie before, he really has almost nothing but good things to say about Die Hard:
- Guttural Growler:
- Halfway Plot Switch:
- The La La Land trailer becomes a Moonlight one close to the end, inspired by the Best Picture mix-up.
- Cars, they realize that it's pretty okay and doesn't have a lot to make fun of. So instead, they rewind the trailer to the beginning and make it about its crappy sequel, Cars 2. A little over a minute into the Honest Trailer for
- Hallway Fight: The Honest Trailer for the Blade Trilogy credits the trilogy for featuring the first Marvel hallway fight scene, years before being featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its movie Iron Man 2 and its Netflix TV series Daredevil (2015).
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The trailer for Batman Forever remarks how Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones are clearly trying to one-up each other as the hammy Riddler and Two-Face respectively.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
Narrator: Uncomfortable... twin... tower references...
- Pointed out In-Universe in the trailer for Godzilla (1998) when it talks about how 90's the movie is.
Reporter: The worst act of destruction since the World Trade Center bombing.
Narrator: Uhh... umm... Le- Let's just get to starring.
Narrator: Good news, Kev. Looks like we have them on the ropes. Um... Yay?
- In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, "Mouse" explains just how vicious the herd of albino rhinoceroses that were chasing after them really are. This accompanied by a news article of how the last male white rhino in existence had passed away not even a full week before the release of that Honest Trailer, and the species was literally on the brink of extinction.
- The Honest Trailer for Baby Driver points out how some of Doc's lines and interactions with Baby come off as pretty creepy as a result of the wave of accusations of sexual assaults of young men and teenage boys against Kevin Spacey after the movie was made. It gets so bad that, for the rest of the Honest Trailer, they replace his face with that of Christopher Plummer.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: "I mean I'm not gay, but I'd totally suck Gale's dick."
- He Also Did:
- In the trailer for Man of Steel, where Zack Snyder is introduced as "The guy who directed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" as opposed to his more famous films like 300 or Watchmen.
- Similarly, in their God of War trailer, rather than as creator of Twisted Metal, director David Jaffe gets credited for his work on Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse.
- The Honest Trailer for Star Trek (2009) credits J. J. Abrams as the maker of the then-unreleased seventh Star Wars movie (The Force Awakens) and Felicity.
- The trailer for Frozen helpfully reminds us that the songwriting duo of this Disney film were the minds behind "Hasa Diga Eebowai."note
- The trailer for The Expendables credits Sylvester Stallone as the star of Rocky, Rambo and The Italian Stallion, the last of which is a softcore porn movie he did years before his mainstream acting career took off.note
- The Mad Max: Fury Road Honest Trailer mentions that George Miller, the director of this hardcore, gritty action movie, also directed the considerably cuddlier Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City.
- Averted in the Honest Trailer for The Blair Witch Project, in which the directors and writers of the film, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, are credited as the directors and writers of said film, "and not much else," while showing their IMDb credits page, that shows that beside Blair Witch-related media, they've thus far only wrote for relatively unknown films.
- In the Honest Trailer for the 2017 Oscars, the narrator is surprised that the writer and director of Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan, previously wrote The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.
- Hes Back: The Force Awakens Honest Trailer sees the return of the original Epic Voice Guy Gannon Nickell. During The Stinger, the one-off Epic Voice Guys from the Avatar and The Phantom Menance trailers also appear.
- He Really Can Act:
Narrator: (while listing off the film's numerous side characters) ...Gamora, the emotional center of the whole story, and the...(sounding genuinely surprised) best...actor? (impressed} Huh. Didn't see that one coming.
- During the Honest Trailer of Avengers: Infinity War, Epic Voice Guy takes some time to praise Zoe Saldana's excellent performance as Gamora, and even calls Saldana the best actor in the entire film.
- Relatedly, while he didn't like Suicide Squad (2016), he was impressed by how Jai Courtney (who is otherwise considered to be Honest Trailers' Sitcom Arch-Nemesis due to him typically being seen as a poor actor by Screen Junkies) was one of the three main actors who actually gave a great performance in the film (the other two being Will Smith and Margot Robbie).
- Heel Realization: In the Honest Game Trailer for Minecraft: "Wait... am I the bad guy?!"
- Hero Antagonist: In the Frozen trailer, Elsa leads the list of people Anna teams up with to save the day and the list of villains Anna must defeat in her journey.
- Hero Insurance: Batman, "a silent guardian who doesn't give a f*ck(!) about racking up millions of dollars in peoples' personal damages."
- Heroic BSoD:
- The Narrator completely despairs upon seeing Emo Peter dancing.
- In the A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Honest Trailer, the narrator starts talking about how it was adored by critics and made a huge profit - until it's pointed out to him that the movie was a flop with both critics and audiences and a financial disappointment and he starts freaking out.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In the Honest Trailer for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, referencing Marvel's less than stellar attempts at live-action in the 70s-80s at the end, with the narrator commenting on how they'll never figure out how to make decent adaptations. The same joke is invoked in their later Honest Trailer for Captain America (1990).
- The stinger for Predator features a scene of Arnold Schwarzenegger angrily shouting that his men are not expendable, to which the narrator remarks that Arnold really has changed.
- Hollywood Hacking: The trailer for the Emmys praises Mr. Robot for showing one of the most realistic displays of computer hacking ever, but admits that this isn't really saying much considering that the bar wasn't really high, followed by scenes from several other series such as Chuck, NCIS, and Castle, that play this trope ridiculously straight.
- Hollywood History: "Based on the tragedy that inspired thousands of heartbreaking true stories comes this fake one."
- Hollywood Homely: For Catwoman: "She's supposed to be a frumpy nerd. But since Halle Berry is the exact opposite of that, they'll just bury her in plus-size clothes and make her super clumsy."
- Hollywood Nerd: "Peter Parker was just an attractive, intelligent, likable, athletic, well-dressed teenage loser."
- Hostile Show Takeover:
- Two thirds of the way through the Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer, the narrator suddenly wonders why the rest of the script is in Chinese... only for a Chinese spokeswoman to hijack his role and narrate the rest of the trailer with English subtitles.
- The Honest Trailer for Deadpool 2 gets hijacked by Deadpool himself, who then does an Honest Trailer about Honest Trailers.
- How Is That Even Possible?: The narrator's comment about Batman's cell phone surveillance system in The Dark Knight, which downloads an infinite amount of data that's instantly transmitted wirelessly to Batman's eyes. "Hhmph, how is that possible? It takes me five minutes to download Angry Birds."
- Ho Yay:
- The Lord of the Rings has so much manly compassion that you'll think you're watching Brokeback Mount Doom.
- The narrator's opinion of the friendship in The Matrix between Morpheus and Neo, calling Morpheus "the other love of Neo's life".
- The Top Gun trailer mentions how much the movie "cranks up the homosexual undertones, as every other dude in the movie tries to make hot steamy love to each other". Cue several lines and scenes from the film that could be interpreted as such.
- The Lion King trailer calls Timon and Pumbaa a same-sex couple. "Not that there's a problem with that..."
- The X-Men Trilogy trailer refers to several of the handsome young fellows there as "Twiiinks!"
- In 300 they point things like: "Men wearing thongs, men getting speared with phallic objetcs, men holding hands, men holding men tenderly from behind, men letting it hang, men getting all wet in the rain, men getting all sweaty on the beach, men playing two flutes at the same time".
- Fast Five is said to include, as any other film in the series, overt homoeroticism (shows Dom and Hobbs staring at each other, romantic music playing in the background).
- In Maleficent: "So experience a more modern take on Sleeping Beauty, where we learn the most important lesson of all: If your movie comes out after Frozen, true love only exists between two girls. [shows Maleficent kissing a sleeping Aurora in the forehead in Aurora's chamber] Awww yeah."
- The Gears of War trailer describes the games as "three homoerotic bro-fest pain trains".note
- The Captain America: Civil War trailer refers to Bucky and Steve's friendship as the "greatest love story of all" and notes that he spends time "pining" over Bucky while ignoring that both Sam and Tony would make "perfectly good boyfriends".
- Humans Are the Real Monsters:
- The Narrator comes to realize this with the hero in Mine Craft.Narrator: ...a story about a little blue man who punches a tree, then punches some dirt, then ravages the countryside of a peaceful land and steals all of its natural resources to satisfy his unquenchable thirst for pointless construction. Wait... Am I the bad guy?
- In the honest trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), the Narrator expresses his annoyance at the overuse of this trope, describing the film as "the millionth modern action movie, where the villain wants to destroy humanity in order to save the Earth".
- The Narrator comes to realize this with the hero in Mine Craft.
- Humor Dissonance: In the trailer for Grown Ups, there's a montage of the characters laughing at jokes the narrator doesn't find funny at all.
- Hurricane of Puns:Narrator: Squeeze into the giant beeewbssss of Lara Croft, the TIT-tular character of this swollen series, that the developers can't stop milking.
- In the trailer for Captain Marvel (2019), he rattles off a bunch of puns related to the various 90's stuff seen in the movie, before concluding all these 90's references are rather forced.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- The Narrator criticizes Titanic, Transformers, and Star Trek Into Darkness for exploiting Sex Sells. Yet the thumbnails for those videos are the same criticized sexy shots... Lampshaded in the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer when Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus, is credited as "Thumbnail."
- In The Notebook, "when Allie and Noah find each other, he'll criticize her for being a pushover, and then constantly tell her what to do. And she will abandon him on numerous occasions."Narrator: Together, they'll be so indecisive, you'll wonder why they're even trying.
- Pacific Rim comes from "a completely original sci-fi universe that doesn't rely on any preexisting franchise, as long as you don't count Transformers, Ultraman, Power Rangers, Godzilla, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, that stupid Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie, or every Anime ever made."
- Grand Theft Auto V:Narrator: From Rockstar Games, the company that glorifies bullying... murder... and ping pong comes the game old people claim is turning us into violent sociopaths... WHICH IS NOT TRUE, AND I'll F***ING KILL YOU IF YOU SAY ANY DIFFERENT!!!
- In the Five Nights at Freddy's the narrator calls the Jump Scare the least original horror trope that you really shouldn't be afraid of in spite of constantly falling for it.
- I Am Not Shazam:
- "Meet Link, the iconic hero idiots still refer to as Zelda." Ironically, the narrator still credits him as Zelda in both the Ocarina of Time trailer and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer.
- The Honest Trailer for Doctor Who (Classic) addresses the Fandom-Enraging Misconception of referring to the Doctor as "Doctor Who", pointing out that it's not so odd to do so since the character was actually credited as such for several years.
- I Can't Believe I'm Saying This:
- At the end of the Gone Girl Honest Trailer, the narrator remarks that the movie could have used more Tyler Perry, a.k.a. "Madea A Good Movie For Once", and is surprised that he actually said that.
- During the The Social Network Honest Trailer, the narrator wishes for another Facebook movie and is surprised that he said that.
- I Resemble That Remark!: In the honest game trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, the narrator flies into rage when denying that games like this turn people into violent sociopaths.
- Identical Stranger: Characters from one film are often credited as similar characters from another film.
- In Inception, Ken Watanabe as "George Takei".
- The Engineer as "Dr. Manhattan".
- In The Dark Knight, The Joker (in his red hair wig) as "Nurse Jackie", and Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face is "Los Pollos Hermanos".
- Gimli as "Zach Galifianakis", Merry and Pippin are "Harold & Kumar", Legolas as "Gwyneth Paltrow", and Gollum as Lindsay Lohan.
- Judi Dench as Lindsay Lohan, and Javier Bardem as "Fred from Scooby-Doo" (in normal form) and also as Gollum (with shot of Silva showing off the effects of cyanide poisoning on him).
- The Harry Potter trailer has a lot of examples, like referring to Dumbledore as "Gandalf the Gay". It also mistakes Dobby for Vladimir Putin and Kreacher for Larry King.
- The Batman & Robin trailer has Alicia Silverstone as "90's Emma Stone"
- Dark Souls credits Sif as Amaterasu, Frampt as Steve Buscemi, the Bed of Chaos as Groot, Smough and Ornstein as Farley and Spade, Shalquoir as Hello Kitty, the Ancient Dragon as Smaug, and the old Fire Keeper as Lindsay Lohan.
- Idiot Plot:
- The Honest Trailer for Alien: Covenant lists off several questionable or stupid decisions made by the characters:Narrator: You know, maybe these aren't colonists? Maybe the Earth has a secret program to deport the world's biggest morons?
- The Honest Trailer for The Purge movies suggests that the main characters of some of them would probably have been a lot safer if they had taken some basic safety precautions, such as not driving around at the last minute before Purge Night begins or going to the more secure and available other location.
- The Honest Trailer for Alien: Covenant lists off several questionable or stupid decisions made by the characters:
- Ignored Expert: The Honest Trailer for Aliens points out how many characters don't find Ripley's advice credible even though she has survived an encounter with the Xenomorphs already.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: "To get back his children, Cobb's team will have to fight anonymous dream soldiers who have no idea how to hit anything with an automatic weapon, or duck."
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp points out how Sonny Burch, a normal guy with no superpowers, is hopelessly outclashed by the superpowered heroes and his also superpowered rival villain Ghost.
- In a World...: Most trailers start with variants of this, along with describing the source book or director.
- For instance, Avatar starts with "In a world created by fat computer programmers, comes a film so epic it increased ticket prices three whole dollars."
- World War Z arrives "In a world where zombies have already infected every facet of pop culture..."
- The Honest Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road contains almost all the cliches from movie trailers:In a World of wall-to wall CGI, where practical action is a thing of the past, a masterpiece of handcrafted death and destruction will rise...
...one woman will rise against him.
Together, they'll embark on a two-hour game of Mario Kart from hell...
Journey to a wasteland...
- The Spectre trailer tweaks it starting with "In a year with four different blockbuster spy films, the great granddaddy of them all is back, and it's bringing absolutely nothing new to the table." They also bring their own version of the "If you only see one movie this year..." line:Narrator: If you only see one movie this year about a hero who belongs to a different era, battling a sleeper cell inside his own organization, with their own octopus logo, against a former that was presumed dead in the snow... you should probably just rewatch The Winter Soldier. It's way better anyway.
- The opening for the Honest Trailer for The Purge movies:Narrator: In a world full of senseless violence, political strife and corporate greed, three movies about those things also exist.
- Incurable Cough of Death: In Breaking Bad, meet chemistry teacher Walter White. "He's got the kind of cancer that makes you cough a lot." [Cue an Overly Long montage of every instance where Walter White explodes in a coughing fit]
- Infant Immortality: In Jurassic Park, relive the "electrifying excitement of watching a child in constant peril, who cannot die."
- Informed Deformity: Invoked again in Ready Player One (2018), which takes quite a jab at Samantha's supposedly ugly birthmark:
- Ink-Suit Actor: The Honest Trailer for Moana describes Maui as "an all-powerful, charismatic, brawling, tattooed demi-god. So, pretty much The Rock".
- In Name Only:
- In World War Z, "get ready for the big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel that's got everything you loved about... the title, and [absolutely] nothing else." Later on in the video, a list scrolls by of all the book's awesome moments that were left out of the film.
- The trailer for Spider-Man (Japan) points out how it has virtually nothing in common with the American Spider-Man, other than the suit, name and basic powers of the hero.
- The honest trailer for Masters of the Universe points out how, despite being a movie adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), pretty much all hero characters besides He-Man himself, as well as several villains, are Adapted Out, the setting is changed to present day Earth, and half the movie is about two new characters and their romantic subplot. The narrator openly wonders if its even a He-Man movie at all.
- Insane Troll Logic: The Honest Game Trailer stinger for Team Fortress 2 uses weird math formulas to deduce a sequel, in a parody of the "Half-Life 3 confirmed" meme.Narraror: [at the end of the Team Fortress 2 trailer] "Team Fortress" has twelve letters in it, and has nine character classes in the game. Twelve minus nine equals three... Team Fortress 3 is confirmed, you guys!
- Insistent Terminology: In the Honest Trailer for A New Hope, they insist on referring to it as Star Wars ("the first one"), likely because the subtitle was added later (though later Honest Trailers refer to it as A New Hope).
- Instant Expert: In the The Force Awakens trailer, the original Epic Voice Guy accuses Rey of being one, and that it makes her less interesting. Even calling her a MaRey Sue during the Starring section.Epic Voice Guy: She's a multilingual, expert mechanic, ace pilot, force-using badass—
Original Epic Voice Guy: —Who's so good at everything, it makes her character completely un-compelling.
- Intercourse with You:
- Frozen's Honest Trailer rewrites:
- "Love Is An Open Door" as:"We are about to poooooooorrrrk
Totally gonna pooooooork"
- "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" gets rewritten as:
- "Love Is An Open Door" as:
- The Lion King's Honest Trailer has this "slow jam" to remix "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?":"We are going to pork tonight (Lions are gonna pork!)
Yeah, we are totally gonna pooooooork
It was nice to be childhood friends with ya,
But now it's time to pooooooork"
- And then there's The Little Mermaid, where "Kiss the Girl" is rewritten as:"Sha la la la, go for it dude
Her fish friends set the mood
For you to pork the girl
Sha la la la, why not raise the stakes?
Do carpet match the drapes?
Find out and pork the girl."
- Aladdin's "A Whole New World" becomes an "I'll Pork This Girl."
- Frozen's Honest Trailer rewrites:
- It's Been Done: The Stinger (i.e. the beginning) of the Memento Honest Trailer points out how the movie's concept is similar to the 1994 Dana Carvey comedy Clean Slate, which also featured a main character who suffered from amnesia on a regular basis.
- It's Easy, So It Sucks!: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO Batman both get mocked for being purposely made so easy to play since they're made for small children.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!:
- In the videos for the Five Nights at Freddy's games, the narrator gets increasingly annoyed by how similar the games are since they use pretty much the exact same basic mechanics every game, with the exception of the fourth one, where you can finally move.Narrator: Security cameras, furries, jump scares, blah blah blah blah blah, you get it by now.
- In the Spectre video, the narrator dully lists all the standard James Bond tropes, like gadgets and cool cars.
- The Honest Trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse jabs at it for recycling so many elements from the previous X-Men movies, like another Wolverine origin story, another Quicksilver sequence and another Dark Phoenix story.
- In addition to complaining how Dead Rising 4 has lost many of the things that made the series unique, the Honest Trailer notes that the game is set in the same town in the same mall as the last game, with the same main character, pretty much the same gameplay and a similar plot.
- After pointing out all the many, many things that are essentially the same in Mass Effect: Andromeda as in the original trilogy, despite it being set in a whole different galaxy, the narrator says that the best thing you can say for the game is that, well... it sure is another Mass Effect game.
- In the videos for the Five Nights at Freddy's games, the narrator gets increasingly annoyed by how similar the games are since they use pretty much the exact same basic mechanics every game, with the exception of the fourth one, where you can finally move.
- It Will Never Catch On: At the end of the Superman IV: The Quest for Peace trailer, from the 1980s, the narrator decides at least it isn't a Marvel film, because (showing images from The Amazing Spider-Man TV series of 1977-1979 and The Incredible Hulk) "they'll never figure out how to make movies. Right?"
- I Warned You: The voice asks if people really want to see an Honest Trailer for Undertale. He follows it up with "Don't say I didn't warn you."
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: A third of the Avatar trailer is trying to summarize the premise but having to speed up the video to get through all of it.
- Jitter Cam:
- The Honest Trailer for The Hunger Games states that in it "the poor struggle for survival in unnecessary shaky-cam, but can still somehow afford futuristic projection thingies."
- The Honest Trailer for the Mission: Impossible film series cites "shaky cam" as what J. J. Abrams brought to Mission: Impossible III.
- The Honest Trailer for The Bourne Series describes the intense, up-close and shaky photography of the fight scenes as "strapping a GoPro to a meth head":Narrator: Man, that is shaky. This is really hard to follow, guys. I'm getting kinda dizzy. Eugh, why did I think it was a good idea to sit in the front row? Oh, I think I'm gonna be sick! [chokes]
- John Wick is praised for not relying on this or quick cuts to make good action scenes; as contrast, they show a clip of Taken 3 using both shaky camerawork and several cuts and camera angles just for a shot of Brian Mills jumping over a fence.
- Joke Exhaustion: In the trailer for Spectre, the "Starring" section begins with a string of six different punny names for the main character — one punning on "James Bond", followed by puns on each of Daniel Craig's predecessors in the role, and all riffing on the fact that he didn't seem to be enjoying being James Bond very much anymore.
- Jump Scare: Used as a Running Gag in the Five Nights at Freddy's trailer.
- Just Here for Godzilla: In the Honest Trailer for The Greatest Showman, the narrator gets bored with the "talky parts" and just fast-forwards to the next song.
- Just Keep Driving / Seen It All: In Skyfall, the opening action scene is described as being so action-packed, you'll forget to ask yourself, "Why didn't the conductor stop this train when its entire back carriage was ripped off? And why aren't these people scared?"
- Karma Houdini:
- The Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming describes Peter's newest power: never facing consequences for his actions:Narrator: ...[w]hether he's getting away with ditching detention, quitting on his team, falsely imprisoning people, wrecking a car, wrecking a store, wrecking a ferry, or wrecking his girlfriend's entire life, you can be sure this webslinger will get off with no more than a stern talking-to.
- The Honest Trailer for The Greatest Showman describes P.T. Barnum as this, due to him starting his freak show with money earned through fraud, leaves behind his wife and childrem, abandons the freakshow performers when he gets accepted into high society and still gets forgiven and finds huge success and happiness.
- The Honest Trailer for Bird Box points out how the movie tends to punish everyone who tries to be a good person, while the jerks go scott free.
- The Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming describes Peter's newest power: never facing consequences for his actions:
- Kissing Cousins: The Stinger of The Lion King has the narrator realize something in horror about Simba and Nala:Narrator: Wait, if Mufasa [Simba's father] and Scar [Mufasa's brother] are the only male lions in the pride, then Nala's dad is probably... oh no.
- Kitchen Sink Included: During the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Honest Trailer, the narrator bemoans how much material was jammed into the movie:Narrator: You didn't have to throw everything but the kitchen sink in there!
[clip of Batman bashing Superman with an actual sink]
Narrator: Aaand there's the sink.
- Lady Swearsalot: In the The Last of Us video, the narrator describes the female protagonist Ellie as having "the mouth of a salty truck driver", showing a montage of her swearing.
- Last Minute Hookup: The Honest Trailer for The Nightmare Before Christmas points out how Sally's love for Jack is unrequited until literally, at the last moment, he finally notices her.
- Large Ham:
- The announcer. Even more when he's actually shown onscreen ("What a spray! What a lovely spray!").
- The Phantom Menace 3D Edition Narrator, in spades.Narrator: IN 3D!!!
- Their description of Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls:Narrator: You remember Elizabeth Berkley from Saved by the Bell. Now she's all grown up, and she's bringing the same energy she brought to the caffeine pills episode. [shows the infamous "I'm so excited" bit from said episode] Watch her act balls-to-the-wall no matter what's happening in the scene, whether it's dancing, dancing even harder, eating, speaking, or just anything, really.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Happens in the Peter Pan trailer with the Indians. Thanks to so much Values Dissonance, what should be "The Washington Redskins" quickly becomes "The Washington Re— uh, D.C. Football Team."
- Latex Perfection: In the Mission: Impossible trailer, "one thing is for sure: everyone is wearing a Scooby-Doo mask."Narrator: [after a montage of characters unmasking themselves, while Scooby-Doo noises are dubbed over] And I would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for that meddling Tom Cruise!
- Laughing at Your Own Jokes: The Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 points out how, while the jokes are genuinely funny, the movie's characters tend to laugh a bit too much at them, showing a montage of characters laughing hysterically.
- Lets See You Do Better: Inverted. In the Attack of the Clones trailer, after Anakin's infamous "I hate sand" line, the narrator says "Come on JJ, there's no way you can do any worse than this!"
- Lifetime Movie of the Week: Gone Girl, according to the narrator:Narrator: Based on the book everyone's mom read on the beach... comes the best-acted, coolest-looking, most well-written Lifetime Movie ever made."
- Lighter and Softer: The Honest Trailer for Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation points out how they adapted pretty much everything from the games except for the brutal, bloody violence the games were best known for.
- Lip Service Crossover: The Honest Trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pokes fun at the fact that plenty of characters namedrop members of the Avengers every now and then without them actually appearing.
- Loads and Loads of Characters:
- The narrator eventually gives up trying to name, or even remember, the characters in Game of Thrones.Narrator: Starring... the ten characters whose names you actually remember [Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Robb Stark, Eddard Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Catelyn Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Arya Stark]! And all these other characters whose names you actually don't remember [Jojen and Meera Reed, Yara Greyjoy, Gendry, Giantsbane and Orell]! Like: The Sneaky Guy [Littlefinger]; The Sneaky Bald Guy [Varys]; Carl Drago [Khal Drogo]; Those Gay Dudes [Ser Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon]; Lord Friend Zone [Ser Jorah Mormont]; Grumpy Old Dad [Tywin Lannister]; The Same Person? [Stannis Baratheon]; Sand-San-Sansa? [Sansa]; Bronn? [Bran Stark]; Bran? [Bronn]; Bronn Again? [Robin Arryn]; Sam?/Not Sam? [Sam]; The One Who Had A Demon Baby [Melisandre]; The Guy That Got His Dick Cut Off [Theon Greyjoy]; Super Hot [Margaery]; Tyrion's Hooker Girlfriend [Shae]; Hodor! [Hodor]; Uhh... [Xaro Xhoan Daxos]; Uhhhhh... [Commander Jeor Mormont]; Now You're Just Messing With Me [Walder Frey]; No Idea [Ser Davos]; Faceless Assassinnote [Jaqen H'ghar]; Not A Clue [Pycelle]; No [Rodrick]; Uh-uh [Osha]; Nope [Benjen]; Nope [Balon Greyjoy]; Nope [Syrio Forel]; Dunno [Luwin]; I Got Nothin' [Mance Rayder]; Not Ringing A Bell [Beric Dondarrion]; Go Make Up Your Own Names, Nerds! [Barristan Selmy].
- Taken Up to Eleven with the Pokemon games in the Honest Game Trailers. There are six trailers (Red & Blue, Gold & Silver, Ruby & Sapphire, Diamond & Pearl, Black & White, X & Y). The narrator lists ALL the Pokemon at the starring part (not their actual names of course, but nicknames.)
- The Honest Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron describes the additions of several new characters to a franchise that already has plenty as "the equivalent of emptying out your toy box and smashing all your action figures into each other."
- The Mega Man trailer lists all important characters from all sub-series, and also lists ALL the Robot Masters. And like in the case of the Pokemon trailers, the Robot Masters are given nicknames.
- In the Honest Trailer for Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts himself points out the movie is suffering from this trope:Narrator (reading the script Jordan Vogt-Roberts gave him): Meet great human characters like John C. Reilly, then meet more human characters, and more, and more, and more, and more, because most contemporary blockbusters have too many characters, and most of them shoulda been cut or consolidated.
- The Honest Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War for a large part consists of the narrator pointing out just how many characters there are in this movie alone.
- The narrator eventually gives up trying to name, or even remember, the characters in Game of Thrones.
- Loads and Loads of Loading:
- Bloodborne is retitled Loading Screen in reference to the long loading times:Narrator: Okay... Should be done loading soon. Any second now. Is this for real? Seriously? Stop f*cking loading!!!
- ReCore is also mocked for its long loading times. First, when the request comments appear, a loading icon appears before the last comment appears. The "Starring" section is a long list of things you could do while waiting for the game to load, like "Making a Sandwich", "Doing Your Taxes" or "Playing Other Video Games".
- Bloodborne is retitled Loading Screen in reference to the long loading times:
- Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: In X-Men, the narrator refers to Jean Grey's rather suggestive crying and groaning while struggling or being tormented at certain moments as "X-gasms" while the trailer runs a remarkably long montage of them.
- Narrator: Is it weird that this is... kinda turnin' me on?
- Long List:
- In World War Z, "meet Gerry Lane. He's just your average, everyday super-attractive, scarf-wearing, Spanish-speaking, airplane-piloting, sharp-shooting, skull-bashing, armor-crafting, arm-chopping, prisoner-interrogating, surgery-doing, slo-mo vision-having, antidote-making, eagle-eyed stay-at-home dad."
- The Starring section for Pokémon Red and Blue has the narrator giving nicknames for all the Gen I Pokemon, including Mew and Missingno. This continues into the Honest Trailers for Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Black and White, and Pokémon X and Y.
- The Mega Man trailer lists all important characters from all sub-series, and also lists ALL the Robot Masters. And like in the case of the Pokemon trailers, the Robot Masters are given nicknames.
- Love It or Hate It:
- The Honest Trailer for mother! describes it as "the esoteric film audiences either loved, hated, or really hated", showing its "F" rating on Cinemascore.
- This is brought up in the Honest Trailers for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but especially for the latter, where the current Epic Voice Guy and the previous Epic Voice Guy, Gannon Nickell, are on opposite ends of the spectrum, with the former loving them and the latter hating them (The Force Awakens because of its similarities to A New Hope, and The Last Jedi because of it discarding certain plot threads from The Force Awakens and characterization from previous films).
- Male Gaze:
- Avatar: "Blue-bs!"
- As they introduce Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, the shot zooms in to her butt, while the narrator calls her "The Prince-ASS Diaries".
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, it's pointed out that Carol Marcus (shown wearing only her underwear) is only there for one reason... then the camera zooms in on her cleavage.Narrator: Make that two reasons.
- In The Matrix, Monica Belucci is credited as "BEWBS".
- The Honest Trailer for Justice League points out how it has "the priorities of Brett Ratner's production company", referring to how the movie unnecessarily worked Wonder Woman's rear into so many shots.
- Malicious Misnaming: Apparently, Deadpool has the Narrator's number in his contacts listed as "Fat Betsy (Don't Pick Up)".
- Magic Versus Science: The honest trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe lampshades how the movies make a point of explaining magic as science, but the science is so advanced it's basically magic.
- Manipulative Editing: They're not always so honest and sometimes will adjust elements of shots.
- For instance, when they complain that first half hour of The Avengers is surprisingly boring, they use a seeming casual shot of Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers, and Bruce Banner on a quiet dock, when in the actual film the audio in the background is of the Helicarrier taking flight.
- This is particularly bad on Thor: The Dark World. To elaborate: they say that Heimdall can see everything (which is true). "Except for this spy", "Thor's girlfriend" and "this gigantic ship directly above him". While it is true, the spy is, well, a spy. The fact that Jane can't be seen is treated as something extremely suspicious and Thor immediately sets out to find her. And for the ship, well that's because he was distracted taking down another, equally gigantic, invisible ship. On foot. With a dagger.
- A minor one in the Until Dawn Honest Trailer, which names zombies as one of the horror movie tropes that appears in the game and shows a shot of a dead, rotten body with a rat crawling out of its mouth. In the actual game, that's not a zombie at all; it's just a plain, dead body with a rat inside it.
- In the Honest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the narrator mocked the idea of the Harry Potter franchise going to America, yet still having many of their actors be British. Many of the actors shown are not British but actually Irish (Ronan Raftery and Colin Farrell). Katherine Waterston was born in Britain from American parents, but is a dual US/UK citizen educated in New York and with a mostly Hollywood career. Carmen Ejogo was born in Scotland and is a Scottish actress but she has a mostly Hollywood career since 2000 and currently resides in New York.
- Manly Tears: The Honest Trailer for The Flash (2014) mentions Kevin Smith's being driven to tears by the series' emotional first season finale. The narrator also struggles to hold back tears about the same scene.
- Medium-Shift Gag: Superman IV and Top Gun are made to look like they were taped on an old video cassette, and Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Entourage, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are formatted in the style of a television preview.
- Melting-Film Effect: Seen Once per Episode during the "The following is an Honest Movie Trailer" part.
- Meme Acknowledgement:
- Given lots of jokes were made about long-haired winners at the 2013 Oscars, Lucius Malfoy's actor is credited as "Claudio Miranda."◊
- "Leo Squint" was acknowledged in the Inception trailer, as seen in the Japanese Ranguage entry.
- The quotes narrated at the end of each vid usually are popular memes.
- The Frozen trailer credits Idina Menzel as Elsa as "the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem," acknowledging John Travolta's famous 2014 Academy Awards gaffe.
- For Super Smash Bros., Captain Falcon was credited as "Show Me Your Bewbs!"
- The trailer for Heavy Rain, of course, references the infamous "SHAUN!" glitch.
- The trailer for Godzilla (2014) names Godzilla as "Real Kaiju Have Curves", a reference to the fact that some who saw the actual trailers complained that the incarnation looked too fat.
- The Skyrim trailer renames the "arrow to the knee" guard as "Played Out Meme". And then shows footage of the player beating the crap out of the guy.
- Memetic Loser: In the Honest Trailer for X-Men: The Animated Series, the "Starring" section includes "Sentinels Sucking At Their Jobs", showing clips of the Sentinels being trashed by X-Men or being klutzes.
- The LEGO Movie, though it's not treated as inherently negative or hurting the film — just inevitable.
- Mocked to hell and back, of course, with the trailer for Minions, which even draws parallels to The LEGO Movie — while the latter was at least "fun" despite its "shameless marketing", Minions is nothing but "a cynical studio branding exercise" for Universal and Illumination, and more of a expensive promotional campaign than a genuine film.
- The "Starring" part of Frozen Fever lists "the reasons Disney needs to keep Frozen relevant", such as an upcoming Broadway musical and a theme park as well as a ton of ordinary groceries and other goods with the Frozen brand slapped onto them, such as vitamins, canned soup and duct tape.
- Disney Infinity, which they describe as "the biggest clusterf*ck of brand synergy since Kingdom Hearts", except all the characters are "sold separately". They proceed to chew the game out for the high cost of characters and in-game objects.
- The Honest Trailer for Space Jam mocks it for apparently having been made mostly to market Looney Tunes and Air Jordans.
- For The Emoji Movie, the biggest complaint is how the movie is obviously meant to be one big advertisement, with things like plot and character development being considered less important and being degraded to last place.
- The trailer for Return of the Jedi states that the Ewoks were inspired by puppy dogs, bear cubs, and toy sales.
- Milestone Celebration:
- Lampshaded in-universe on the 300 trailer.Narrator: Can you believe it? We made 50 of these dumb things.
- They celebrated reaching 100 Honest Trailers with the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey with a special opening that followed the comment flooding at the beginning.
- For the 200th Honest Trailer (Logan), there is also a special opening that followed the comment flooding at the beginning, a new title card, and the return of Deadpool (incidentally whose first appereance, the Honest Trailer for his film, was the 150th Honest Trailer).
- For the 300th Honest Trailer, they tackled the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Lampshaded in-universe on the 300 trailer.
- Minimalist Cast:
- Misaimed Marketing:
- As the opening of the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer points out, "From the company that owns a monopoly on teenage girl fantasies, comes the only film about starving children... with its own delicious sandwich tie-in! Subway. Be bold. Eat fresh."
- The trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day remarks how odd it was that the movie was made into action figures for kids when it's so violent and unchildfriendly, showing a clip of a commercial. The trailer for RoboCop (1987) does the same.
- Missing Trailer Scene: The Honest Trailers for Rogue One and Justice League have a "Not Starring" bit showing some of the scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor but still appeared in the trailers.
- Money, Dear Boy: Sometimes used as an explanation for why good, respectable actors take roles in bad or mediocre movies.
Narrator: Prove that you can give a man talent, awards, and a knighthood, but it's nothing compared to the power of a paycheck.
- In the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 "Starring": "Elizabeth Banks on This Part to Pay Her Mortgage".
- In the Pixels Honest Trailer, Peter Dinklage is credited as, "A Lannister Must Have Needed to Pay His Debts".
- In the Independence Day: Resurgence Honest Trailer, Jeff Goldblum is credited as "Must Cash Paycheck, Must Cash Paycheck!"
- The trailer for The Emoji Movie suggests this must have been Sir Patrick Stewart's main motivation to voice the poop-emoji:
- Monochrome Casting:
- The Lord of the Rings "will strive to prove that people of all walks of life can work together, as long as they're all white (Seriously, even when they die, they come back whiter)."
- Alice in Wonderland (2010) has "really, really, really white people".
- In Entourage, "almost everyone [in Los Angeles] is white".
- Travel to the all-white part of Chicago
- Mood Whiplash:
- The opening for the Honest Game Trailer for God of War:Narrator: [footage of a Mickey Mouse game, told in a happy voice] From David Jaffe, one of the developers behind Disney's Mickey Mania...
[sudden cut to gory footage of God of War, normal epic voice]
Narrator: ...comes a game of sex, violence and betrayal that's absolutely nothing like Disney's Mickey Mania.
- "From the company that owns a monopoly on teenage girl fantasies comes the only film about starving children... with its own delicious sandwich diet!" from the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Dark Souls and Dark Souls II:Narrator: [speaks in a lighthearted tone and shows clips from cuddly-looking games] Some people play games to relax. Some play for fun. [switches to his usual epic voice and shows clips from Dark Souls] Others just want a game to f*ck them 'til they love it.
- The Honest Trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day opens with describing it as "another adorable kid and their pet robot story" in the vein of R2-D2 in Star Wars, The Iron Giant and Short Circuit, before cutting to scenes of the T-800 tearing flesh off of his arm to expose his android skeleton and noting "only this one's fucking intense!"
- The beginning of the Honest Trailer for Magic Mike rapidly cuts between the flashy performance scenes and the darker, more dramatic plot points.Narrator: [upbeat] Meet Magic Mike! He may not be a wizard but he is a hot dude with all the right moves. [somberly] Who struggles to overcome social stigmas about his job and can't seem to raise enough money to start his dream business no matter how hard he tries.
- Lampshaded in Furious 7, where they go straight from talking about how touching and heartfelt Paul Walker's sendoff was to the puntastic "Starring..." credits.Narrator: I honestly never expected a Fast and Furious movie to make me cry. That was really well-done. So... This is an awkward transition, but... who's ready for some car puns?
- The trailer for the 2016 Emmys does a major one from dark and depressing to bright and uplifting when describing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a.k.a. Wacky Room:Narrator: [black and white footage, serious tone] She was abducted by a sexually abusive cult leader. She was trapped in a bunker for years. Now she's out, and she's looking for... [color footage, happy tone] a job and a boyfriend!
- Similar to the Magic Mike example above, the Honest Trailer for The Incredibles quickly swings between happy and depressed when listing elements of the movie:Narrator: [uplifting tone] Experience a film that's got a little bit of everything, from Silver Age comic book heroes, [somber tone] to a dark snapshot of a dying marriage, [uplifting] slick, retro James Bond style [somber] to the portrait of a midlife crisis, [uplifting] the warm glow of familial love [somber] to the soul-crushing, modern-day workplace. Once again, you'll pay Pixar to yank your heart around like an emotional yo-yo.
- The Honest Trailer for It (1990) opens with the narrator announcing ABC's programms of November 18, 1990. It's mostly sitcoms and other funny shows, but in between are parts 1 and 2 of "the miniseries about the clown that eats your children". The narrator notibly switches from a cheery voice to a creepy one when announcing "IT", and the background music also suddenly changes.
- The opening for the Honest Game Trailer for God of War:
- Motive Decay: Commented on in the Game of Thrones trailer.Narrator: ...and Daenerys Targaryen, a super-hot queen obsessed with her dragons ("WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!"). She's out for vengeance against the people who killed her family. Eventually... one of these days... can we just fast forward to that part?
- Motor Mouth:
- Moveset Clone: The Honest Game Trailer for Super Smash Bros. credits such playable characters, such as Link's counterparts Young Link and Wind Waker Link, as "Attack of the Clones".
- Mr. Exposition:
- In Inception, Arthur is "a sidekick whose only job is to explain the plot."
- In Suicide Squad, Rick Flagg is "a chicken chomping exposition machine who blurts out whatever the plot needs him to."
- In Doctor Strange (2016), Mordo "is just kinda there to explain things".
- In Power Rangers (2017), Zordon "is there to do two things: dump loads of exposition on the audience, and... Okay, he's only here to do one thing."
- Mr. Fanservice:
- In Titanic, Jack is "an unrealistically sexy peasant."
- "In Jurassic Park, "And re-witness the GOLDBLUM." (Steamy music plays over shots of Malcolm lounging around with his shirt ripped open.)
- In Man of Steel, the narrator first calls out Henry Cavill for his uninteresting acting, but then sees him shirtless and forgoes his criticisms.Narrator: My god, what a beefcake.
- The Hunger Games films have a Running Gag of the narrator finding Gale hot.Narrator: I mean, I'm not gay, but I would totally s*** Gale's d***!
- In The Force Awakens, "Poe Dameron's beautiful face" is credited as one of the highlights of the movie.
- In Captain America: Civil War, Chris Evans is referred to as a beefcake and the narrator volunteers to have sex with Captain America.Narrator: Ninety years old and this guy is still a virgin? Someone please have sex with Captain America already! Hell, you know what? I'll do it! I'll bend over right now!
- Ms. Fanservice:
- In Titanic, Rose is "a first class suicidal pair of boobs."
- In Avatar, "Meet Neytiri, but more importantly, meet her side bluebs."
- In The Dark Knight Rises, Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) doesn't escape their oogles either.
- Black Widow in The Avengers is referred to as "Leather Boobs", mocking her tight-fitting leather Spy Catsuit.
- Emma Watson is credited as "your first erection" while playing Hermione.
- Mystique: "Wait, is she naked? She's totally naked, right? Man, somebody got to paint that on her BEWBS, to make them, you know, BLEWBS... [Beat] I am so lonely."
- Refers to both Daenerys/Emilia Clarke and Margaery/Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones as "super hot".
- In NieR: Automata, 2B is noted for her "bigger android butts" and "thick, thick robo-thighs".
- The Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman describes the title character as this, but also stresses that's far from her only good quality:
- MST3K Mantra: Invoked by Deadpool in his Honest Trailer for Honest Trailers (during the Deadpool 2 Honest Trailer), where he makes fun of their habit of nitpicking logic points:Deadpool: Well, actually, if Cable changed the future, he wouldn't have to travel back in the first place.
Narrator: Yeah, good point.
Deadpool: No, you pedantic horsec*ck! It's a movie about a cyborg cartoon with huge pouches and tiny feet; stop pretending it's the real world!
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- At the end of the video, viewers can submit comments of quotes they'd like hear the narrator say in his awesome voice. They're often random things, like "poop fiddles".
- The STARES in Twilight, which are put to epic music.note They later make a return in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Honest Trailer in the form of S.T.A.R.E.S.,note even using the same epic music.
- In Skyfall, Bond uses the latest technological gadgets, which include a gun, a knife, a shotgun, an old-timey gun (a revolver), and a tracking device "larger than the one Bond used in the 60s'." Averted, however, in the trailer for the next Bond film, Spectre, where the narrator couldn't sound more bored while he "checks all the old tropes off the list."Narrator: [with half-hearted amazement] The car! The gadgets! The catchphrases! Aaand underdeveloped female sex objects.
- Mad Max: Fury Road: "A two hour chase scene ensues when they dare... to turn... left!"
- The Social Network gets praised for taking scenes that could have turned out really boring and made them cool:
- Musical Episode: Les Misérables (2012), the narrator lampshades how annoying it is that the characters convey things in song that would be done perfectly well with normal dialogue.Narrator: Seriously, they sing everything. So to hit that point even harder, we thought we'd sing the rest of the trailer. [And they do]
- My Friends... and Zoidberg:
- The Grown Ups trailer describes the actors as "an All-Star Cast of comedic actors... and Rob Schneider."
- The Kingdom Hearts trailer features "some of Disney's most beloved characters... and also Quasimodo" and "your favourite Final Fantasy heroes... and also Vivi".
- The segment for The Martian in the Honest Trailer for the Oscars names Ridley Scott as "the director of all your favorite science ficion movies... and also Prometheus".
- My God, What Have I Done?: The narrator realizes with mounting horror that the Sonic franchise hasn't just produced an increasing number of mediocre-to-terrible games, but indirectly created the "terrifying hell-pit" that is its fandom, including Chris-Chan.