- Sacred Cow: In the Honest Trailer for The Lion King (2019), after the narrator talks about Beyoncé's performance as Nala, the narrator follows up with a little disclaimer:Narrator: The important thing to remember is that these are just observations about Beyoncé combined with some light wordplay. They are not, I repeat not, jokes at her expense. I value my family's safety and I am saying this of my own free will.
[sound of "the Beyhive" buzzing growing louder and louder]
Narrator: Oh jeez, they're here!
- Sand In My Eyes:
- At the end of Home Alone, when the old man is reunited with his estranged son, and finally meets his granddaughter.Narrator: This scene always gets to me. [sniffles] I'm not crying! You're crying!
- During Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the narrator starts tearing up during the T-800's Heroic Sacrifice.Narrator: What? No, I'm not crying! Why would I be crying? It's just a dumb, stupid action movie. Stop looking at me!
- At the end of Home Alone, when the old man is reunited with his estranged son, and finally meets his granddaughter.
- Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: At the start of the trailer for Batman Forever, the Narrator calls the movie "definitely the worst movie [he] has seen 30 times''.
- Scenery Porn:
- Skyfall is criticized for its absurdly long landscape shots.
- Also, The Lord of the Rings movies are described as an eleven hour New Zealand tourism commercial.
- The Revenant gets poked for its many, many shots of the sky:Narrator: Yep, that's the sky. Yep, it's still the sky. Oh look, there's the sky again. Sky's not going anywhere. Another sky shot, oh goody. Did they just put the camera down and forget it was rolling? Aaaaaand... sky.
[later, when another sky shot appears]
Narrator: Yes, thank you. We know the sky is still there.
- The Scrappy:
- Subverted when talking about Skyler White in Breaking Bad, with it being noted that while Skyler is initially annoying, she quickly becomes very sympathetic once Walt starts to degenerate into a terrifying and emotionally abusive sociopath.Epic Voice Guy: (on Skyler White) ...who at first you wish would just go away, then later will wish she could just get away, since she's married to a complete sociopath. [shows clips of Walt being hostile to Skyler to demonstrate his point, including his "I am the danger!" scene]
- In Entourage, E is "a snarky know-it-all who's the least fun part of every episode".
- The Honest Trailer for Return of the Jedi notes how the Ewoks filled this role in the franchise before Jar-Jar Binks came along, due to being disliked by fans for being able to take down the much more advanced Empire forces and getting two bad spinoff movies, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.note
- Subverted when talking about Skyler White in Breaking Bad, with it being noted that while Skyler is initially annoying, she quickly becomes very sympathetic once Walt starts to degenerate into a terrifying and emotionally abusive sociopath.
- Scrappy Mechanic:
- The Honest Game Trailer for Mighty No. 9 describes the absorption dash as this because it encourages players to speed through levels even though the level design and enemy placement doesn't really permit this.
- The Batmobile in Batman: Arkham Knight for being cool at first, but eventually becoming tedious.
- While the Honest Trailer for Injustice 2 praises it for its story and gameplay, the game is criticized for taking a few pages out of free to play games' book by introducing microtransactions to pay for cosmetic features, four different types of in-game currency and a levelling system that encourages playing for a long time and grinding for drops.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Crash Bandicoot describes the sections where the player has to run towards the camera, often resulting in them falling off a barely visible edge, as "Why Would You Do This" mode.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Combined with a Rage Quit in the Honest Trailer of After Earth; the narrator leaves towards the end after realizing how many terrible Plot Holes the movie has.Narrator: Look, I gotta get outta here. It's just not worth it. You guys don't have to pay me for this one, just call me next week for Walking Dead. [drives off]
- Seasonal Rot:
- The Honest Trailer for Resident Evilnote opens with a note on the franchise's transition from serious Survival Horror games into ones with moretongue in cheek humor:Narrator: ...[t]he franchise that defined survival horror, [shot of Chris Redfield sitting on a mechanical panda] then turned into a comedy!
- While the Honest Trailer for X-Men: The Animated Series describes it as one of the best superhero series ever, it points out how the animation quality took a dive during the second half of the fifth season, when production was moved to the Philippines.Narrator: Yeesh! Don't get any ideas, Singer!
- Brought up (perhaps inevitably) in the Honest Trailer for Game of Thrones Vol. 3 (covering Seasons 6-8):Narrator: ...[w]here, after one mixed season that still pulled off some major highs, the last two shortened ones scrambled to tie everything up real quick, because the showrunners either got bored, burned out or bitter that no-one liked their slavery ideanote . Featuring huge revelations that never really pay off, relationships that took years to develop turning on a dime, and characters that straight up forgot their best friends, or forgot their magic shapeshifting powers, or forgot who they're at war with.
- The Honest Trailer for The Simpsons Movie opens with a Take That! at the declining quality of the TV show:Narrator: After 20 seasons of TV, and 8 actually good seasons of TV...
- The Honest Trailer for Resident Evilnote opens with a note on the franchise's transition from serious Survival Horror games into ones with moretongue in cheek humor:
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny:
- In the Pokémon Gold and Silver Honest Trailer, the narrator makes a big deal of the fact that it was the first Pokemon game to have:
- The Honest Trailer for Ghost in the Shell (2017) points out how the movie's source material has influenced so many modern, American-made films (most prominently The Matrix) that its actual live-action adaptation might feel like a ripoff of those movies.
- The Honest Trailer for The Shining points out how the famous "Here's Johnny!" scene has been copied and parodied so many times, it's not even scary anymore.
- The Honest Trailer for Invincible (2021) suggests that some of the tropes and jokes it uses were more fresh and original when they appeared in the original comic book back in 2003, such as a costume designer who makes outfits for superheroes and robotic gangsters.
- The trailer for the Screen Junkies channel.
- In the Honest Trailer for Kong: Skull Island, the movie's actual director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, points out flaws in the movie while also mocking some of the web series' Running Gags.
- Deadpool hijacks the trailer for Deadpool 2 to give Honest Trailers their own Honest Trailer.
- The Honest Trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe has them describing themselves as a "comedy webseries that would've died a long time ago if Marvel movies weren't so popular".
- Cobra Kai's Honest Trailer claims that the only mistake this show made was releasing it on YouTube Red, a streaming service that eventually got replaced by YouTube Premium. It then shows a montage of other streaming services that died out, with one of them being Screen Junkies Plus.
- Jurassic Park is described as "the adventure that launched your childhood obsession with dinosaurs... and two really disappointing sequels."
- The Narrator feels this way about The Dark Knight Rises, describing Christopher Nolan as the "director of two good Batman movies."
- Their Iron Man 2 trailer mostly consists of them comparing how it falls short of Iron Man, such as by making the technology more ridiculously impossible than the previous movie and having too many forgettable subplots.
- Also for The Matrix trilogy, where it's even referred to "The Matrix... and its sequels".
- The Spider-Man Trilogy is called The Godfather Trilogy of superhero movies, "in that the first two are great and the third one sucks a**."
- X-Men and X2: X-Men United "proved comic book movies can be awesome", while X-Men: The Last Stand "proved comic book movies can totally suck balls".
- Independence Day: Resurgence, for not having any of the things that made people love the original, like good special effects, enjoyable campiness, a Rousing Speech or Will Smith.
- Shrek is described as spawning one great sequel and two crappy ones.
- In the Alien: Covenant Honest Trailer, the Alien franchise is said to have become like the Terminator movies, in that the first two movies (The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day) are awesome, and every movie since then has been bad or mediocre, referring to how the first two Alien movies, Alien and Aliens, are considered sci-fi movie classics, but the sequels have all been worse.
- Zigzagged with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Honest Trailer of which describes it as a lesser movie than the first one, but still describes it as the best second movie of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, except for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- The Honest Trailer for Return of the Jedi describes it as an inferior movie to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back on account of making the series more childfriendly by including burp humor, Slapstick comedy and the Ewoks.
- The Blade Trilogy is credited as the first Marvel franchise that has a solid origin story, an Even Better Sequel, and then goes off the rails in the third installment.
- When the narrator sees that Jingle All the Way actually got a sequel, and it stars Larry the Cable Guy, he panics and screams for someone to Kill It with Fire.
- Sequel Number Snarl: The Honest Trailer for Halloween (1978) has the narrator struggling to sum up the franchise's odd chronology:Narrator: Before you see Halloween, the sequel to the original Halloween, but not Halloween II (1981) and definitely not this other movie called Halloween II. Okay, wait, let me start over. Before you see the third Halloween II - that's right, isn't it? - be sure to revisit the first one; not the new one (the 2018 movie), and not the other movie called Halloween. Ugh, boy, this franchise is a mess.
- Sequel Reset: The Honest Trailer for Incredibles 2 criticizes the movie for playing this trope completely straight. At the end of the first film, the Parrs had learned to fight crime together like a family, and the public loved superheroes again because of their actions, but at the start of this movie (which In-Universe is set only mere minutes after the end of the previous one) all of that has been forgotten and undone.
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: When the movie they're making an Honest Trailers shows similar plot to another movie.
- Inception is "a supposedly original film that's actually just The Matrix, except with creepier extras, and unclear rules [of physics]."
- Skyfall is shown to be another big offender.
- The plot — that Raoul Silva has stolen a harddrive with a list of secret agents, "which the writer stole from the plot of Mission: Impossible."
- The finale at the Skyfall estate, "an ending so goofy, they just ripped it off from Home Alone." Cue a montage of the Skyfall booby trap sequence. In the montage, clips from the second Home Alone movie of Harry setting his head on fire are spliced in.
- Subverted with Guardians of the Galaxy:Narrator: What I'm trying to say is: they're the Space Avengers. But I guess it's technically not stealing if they're ripping off themselves.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Banjo-Kazooie points out the game's many similarities to Super Mario 64:Narrator: A hero saving a young girl who was kidnapped by an evil green monster, butt slamming, levels that you return to several times to collect shiny gold things, a Hub World full of doors to new levels that require a certain amount of shiny gold things to unlock, and a final boss that hides at the top of a castle. [*Beat*] Okay, it basically is Super Mario 64.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Bloodborne points out the game's obvious similarities to the gameplay of Dark Souls:Narrator: Suffer through another brutal action RPG that's as brutal as Dark Souls, because it basically is Dark Souls, but isn't called Dark Souls to trick people who hate Dark Souls into trying out Dark Souls.
- The Honest Trailer for Big Hero 6 points out how similar it is to films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe:Narrator: Prepare for a movie based on a Marvel comic you had no idea existed, that Disney removed all the Marvel branding for, and didn't tie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite the fact that it has a team of quippy heroes going up against a forgettable villain with a vague plan in a final battle with a sky-based doomsday device made by disposable robots, and an after-credits scene with Stan Lee. Come on, this is the Marvel-iest non-Marvel movie ever!
- The Honest Game Trailer for The Last Guardian points out some obvious similarities to another game from the same series:Narrator: Slip on the tunic of a nameless fantasy boy, cast into an ancient ruin for no apparent reason, where he'll make friends with the magical creature trapped inside, free it from bondage and escort it through the castle, solving elaborate puzzles and escaping the mysterious shadow creatures that pursue them. Wait a minute... They made ICO again, didn't they?
- The Honest Trailer for Tattletail points out how it's basically the same as the Five Nights at Freddy's games:Narrator: [...] yet another incredibly short indie game, with sinister, childlike environments, toys that are secretly murder machines, five nights worth of story, and non-stop jump scares, in a horror experience that did the impossible: made Five Nights At Freddy's look polished and original.
- The Honest Trailer for Doctor Strange (2016) points out the many similarities to Iron Man:Narrator: [T]he heroic origins of a cocky, but capable, super rich, wisecracking, workaholic with a weird goatee, in love with a red-headed subordinate, learning to be less selfish, played by a famous Sherlock Holmes actor. It's just like Iron Man! But... actually that's it; it's pretty much exactly like Iron Man.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn points out the gameplay's similarities to that of the most recent Tomb Raider games:Narrator: ...[a]s she explores a vast wilderness of map icons, uncovering ancient ruins, artificial monstrosities, mountains with conveniently placed hand-holds, the best version of Ubisoft towers you've ever seen, and killing wave after wave of dudes with just a bow. Wait a second, this feels awfully familiar... Oh, it's sci-fi Tomb Raider! Glad we cleared that up.
- The Honest Trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon opens by spelling out the movie's similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender, both in its universe and central plot, with a rewrite of the "Water, earth, fire, air..." opening of Avatar:Narrator: Fang, heart, spine, talon, and tail. Long ago, the five lands lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Druun nation attacked. Only the dragons could stop them. But when the world needed them most, they vanished. 500 years passed, and Raya discovered the last dragon, a water dragon named Sisu. And although her magic skills are great, she has a lot to learn before she's ready to save anyone. But Raya believes Sisu can save the world.
Narrator: Rayatar: The Last Airdragon- Eh, Avatar- I mean, Raya and the Last Dragon.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: During the The Divergent Series: Insurgent Honest Trailer, the narrator gets sick of the franchise's use of "SAT words" like Abdegnation and Erudite:Narrator: I'm frustrated by the bounteous measure of inorderly and circuitous vernacular in this cinematic offering! [*Beat*] See? I have a thesaurus too!
- Series Continuity Error: The trailer for Dark Phoenix points out how it doesn't even try to maintain continuity with the previous movies in the series, to the point that you could watch it as a standalone movie.
- Servile Snarker: The trailer for Batman: The Animated Series refers to Alfred as the "butler of Batman, but king of sick burns."
- Sexposition: Game of Thrones is described as "A show with so many monologues, HBO will desperately try to keep your attention by any... boobs... necessary."
- Shaped Like Itself:
- The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The Honest Trailer for The New Mutants opens by telling about its many, many delays:
- Shoot the Money: The Honest Trailer for The Lost World: Jurassic Park points out how often it makes use of T. Rex models:Narrator: ...[w]ith more deaths, more dangling vehicles and more giant practical T. rex heads passing next to things, pushing into things, and moving behind things. Because those heads cost a ton, and Spielberg's gonna get his money's worth, dammit!
- Shot-for-Shot Remake:
- The Honest Trailer for Star Trek (2009) describes it as "Abrams' Star Wars demo reel", showing how certain shots from the Star Trek movie are near identical to some scenes of the classic Star Wars movies.
- The Honest Trailer for The Matrix points out how similar the final fight between Neo and Agent Smith is to a fight scene from Dragon Ball Z.Narrator: Ka-me-ha-me... nah!
- The full Honest Trailer for La La Land points out how it copies famous shots from classic movies such as West Side Story and The Red Balloon.
- The Honest Trailer for Beauty and the Beast (2017) points out how several scenes in the film were just live action recreations of scenes from the animated original.
- Shotoclone: The Street Fighter trailer, in its "Starring" part, features Ryu... and Also Ryu (Ken), Girl Ryu (Sakura), Joke Ryu (Dan), Evil Ryu (Akuma), and, uh... Eviler Ryu.
- After the Narrator rage quits in After Earth, a rather squeaky-voiced Hal Rudnick continues the trailer by saying, "Uh... I don't think he's coming back."
- For Star Wars, Alec Guinness' starring name comes up as "Genuine Class." As a Call-Back, Jeremy Irons is called "Jeremy's Iron" in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.
- For Die Hard, Hans Gruber's name is pronounced like "MACGRUBEEEERRRRRRRR!!!"
- In the "Starring" section of the Honest Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda is credited as "Run Run Run Jump, I Can Be Your Backpack While You Run."
- In the Gone Girl Honest Trailer they boil down the message to "Don't have sex with crazy people" saying that Neil Patrick Harris didn't learn that by showing a clip of "The Crazy Hot Scale" from How I Met Your Mother before cutting to a shot of Desi's dead body.
- The Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman credits the titular character as "Amazon Prime" and retitles the film as "A Justice League of Her Own", two jokes straight out of Wonder Woman's appearance in Epic Rap Battles of History, where she rapped "I'm in my Amazon Prime!" and "I'm like Geena Davis, in a Justice League of my own!".
- The Narrator describes Past Thanos learning of future events from watching Present Nebula's memories in the Honest Trailer for Avengers: Endgame by saying that he "steals his evil plans from Spaceballs," leading to a mix of the aforementioned scene with the scene from Spaceballs of Dark Helmet watching the movie itself.
- The Narrator briefly refers to Trolls: World Tour as Troll 2, which is immediately followed by the "OH MY GOOOOOOOD!" scene from the earlier film.
- Show, Don't Tell: The Honest Trailer for The Kissing Booth and The Kissing Booth 2 complains how Ellie's internal monologue keeps popping up "like a Netflix version of Clippy" instead of conveying it through the actual movie:Ellie: [voiceover] You obviously couldn't see this, but my heart just did a backflip.
Narrator: Yeah, that's what the acting is for!
Narrator: Look, if I'd wanted to listen to this crap, I'd buy the audio book.
- Shown Their Work:
- The Pearl Harbor Honest Trailer lists several actual heroes of the attack under "Not Starring," including Kenneth Taylor and George Welch, who really took off and shot down Japanese planes.
- The Honest Trailer for Point Break (1991) notes how it accurately uses surfer lingo.
- the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi because they are able to put up a good fight against the more advanced Empire, the Honest Trailer lists several real-life wars where similarly poorly armed and smaller forces won, such as The Vietnam War and The American Revolution. As a counter-argument for fan hatred of
- For Moana, they dug up a Tokelauian speaker. Just for a cheap gag.note
- Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: The Honest Game Trailer for Final Fantasy XV remarks on how much play time will probably be spent doing sidequests and other side activities like fishing, gathering recipes and roaming and even describes them as the most enjoyable part of the game.
- Signature Style:
- The Honest Trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street points out some of director Martin Scorsese's recurring techniques that appear in it, such as tracking shots, voiceovers and freeze frame shots.
- The Honest Trailer for Gone Girl lists the various "trademark Fincher-isms" featured in the movie:
- The Honest Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) points out how the movie, even though Michael Bay is just producing it and not directing it, still has many of his hallmarks, such as things going "BOOOOOOM", Megan Fox, fart jokes, spinning camera shots and a ton of Product Placement.
- The Honest Trailer for "Every Wes Anderson Movie" lists many of his visual and story signatures, which are so many and create such a distinctive style the movies are practically their own genre. They include overhead shots of objects, conspicuous zooms, whip pan shots, the Futura font, characters getting punched in the face and/or suffering facial wounds and characters with weird names.
- The Honest Trailer for "Every Christopher Nolan Movie" describes some of his signature techniques, such as non-linear stories, blue-tinted filter, innovative camerawork, plot twists pulled off with varying degrees of success and loud orchestral scores.
- Similarly Named Works: The Honest Trailer for The Room urges viewers not to confuse it Room. "Veeery different".
- Single Tear: The Spider-Man Trilogy trailer contains a montage of Peter Parker doing these.
- Skewed Priorities:
- From Les Misérables (2012):
- In the beginning part:Meet the spirit of human redemption, Jean Valjean
A paroled thief now on the run under an assumed identity
For reasons never made clear in the entire movie
Who must face off against Inspector Javert
An officer with such terrible priorities
He'll put the entire city of Paris on lockdown
To stop a man who already served his time
- And:Leaving Valjean to now care for Cosette
[Fantine's] precocious child who is scared of the dark
But is totally cool letting some stranger
drag her around the city
- Then finally, a two-in-one hit:Now at the dawn of revolution
One young man will give up everything
For a woman he's met through a fence
Prompting a heartbreaking romance we know nothing about
Because the entire subplot is glossed over
To make room for countless scenes of Borat
- In the beginning part:
- From Game of ThronesNarrator: Watch as everyone fights to sit on the world's most uncomfortable chair, while completely ignoring an invasion of ice zombies that threatens to kill them all.
- The Honest Trailer for Hobbs & Shaw points out how no-one in the movie seems to take the whole "save the world" mission seriously, and calls out Hobbs for saying he doesn't like Shaw because of "his voice" and not the fact that he killed several people in Fast & Furious 6, including Han.
- The Honest Trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy calls out the movie for cutting Pepé Le Pew because the character has come to be considered problematic while still including outrightly evil characters as extras in the movie, such as Pennywise the Clown from It (2017) and "Baby" Jane from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.
- From Les Misérables (2012):
- Slasher Smile:
- Small Name, Big Ego: Their description of The Master/Missy in the Honest Trailer for Doctor Who (Modern):Narrator: [...]The Master, a renegade Time Lord who consider themselves the Doctor's archnemesis, but is in the middle of this list, so you do the math.
- Society Marches On: The Honest Trailer for Reefer Madness and The Big Lebowski points out how the former, though shocking at the time, now comes off as pretty boring with scenes that are either drawn out or just feature people playing the piano and laughing at each other.Narrator: In the 30s, this was basically WAP.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein:
- Calls Frozen's Fixer-Upper as "The One You Don't Know the Words To"So he's a bit of a Fixer-Upper
Little bit of love!
- Again for the Zulu chorus in The Lion King (1994)'s "Circle of Life":I———— don't know what the words really are
(It's okay) (We'll make them up!)
No one knows what-a we are a-singing
But it's fun to sing it anyway-a!
- Calls Frozen's Fixer-Upper as "The One You Don't Know the Words To"
- So Okay, It's Average:
- The Narrator's opinion of Thor.
- The Honest Trailer for the sequel, Thor: The Dark World, is pretty cool about it, describing it as "another perfectly adequate Marvel movie". This even gets a call back in the Honest Trailer of Hulk, when after describing its climax as "an impossible-to-see climax, that takes place at night, underwater, against a cloud... thing." he adds that Thor: The Dark World looks "pretty good right now" in comparison.
- The Honest Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, very apologetically, notes that it's pretty fun despite its storytelling problems:Narrator: I mean, it's definitely good, just not great, you know what I mean? Like, certainly enjoyable, but, you know... Aw man, we're gonna catch hell for this anyway.
- The Honest Game Trailer for Destiny describes it as "gaming's hottest 7/10".
- While the Narrator generally dislikes Ghostbusters (2016), he goes as far as to describe it as "fine, but forgettable".
- The Honest Trailer for Cars states that it's not as bad as its reputation would suggest, calling it an "above-average kids movie", but it also states that there isn't really much to say about it, so they just jump to Cars 2, which they consider a legitimately bad movie.
- The Honest Trailer for Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 describes them as "the most okay" animated movies where villains become good guys, ranking it above Megamind and below Wreck-It Ralph.
- Zigzagged in the Honest Trailer for Justice League, which is described as "sort of down the middle" compared to the DC Extended Universe's movies, but points out that when a team-up movie featuring DC Comics' greatest heroes turns out "just okay", that still qualifies as a pretty huge miss.
- The Honest Trailer for The Greatest Showman describes the movie as the theater nerd equivalent of "just average" superhero blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and sequel blockbusters such as Jurassic World.
- The Double Feature Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider (2018) describes them both as "aggressively okay", noting that both had enjoyable moments even if they weren't enough to carry the entire movie.
- The Honest Trailer for Solo describes it as "a mixed bag that wasn't exactly great, but wasn't exactly terrible", but by and large forgettable:
- The Honest Trailer for Captain Marvel (2019) describes it as disappointing when held up next to the preceding Avengers: Infinity War and the following Avengers: Endgame and a solid film compared to most other Marvel Cinematic Universe Origin Story movies, but still far better than the other female-led superhero movies out there (except for Wonder Woman (2017)).
- During the Honest Trailer for Into the Spider-Verse they claim that some have been good Spider-Man movies (while footage from Homecoming and Spider-Man 2 plays), some have been bad (playing footage of The Amazing Spider-Man 2), while some have been Venom. Venom's own Honest Trailer does pick apart its numerous flaws but also points out that the film has an oddball charm and endearing central dynamic between Eddie and the Symbiote .
- Their ultimate assessment of Glass? "Well... that happened."
- Their trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League says that it transformed the original from "a movie that was two hours long and terrible to a movie that's four hours long... and mediocre."
- Song Parody: Every time there's an episode about a movie that prominently includes either one or several songs (such as movies from the Disney Animated Canon), parodies of those songs are featured in the episode.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Out of fear of YouTube's demonetization policies, every use of "fuck," "shit," and "asshole" will be censored when any use of the words are made in each Honest Trailer that is produced. note
- This has resulted in jarring instances when said words are used concurrently with less offending forms of profanity that are usually left uncensored, sometimes when trying to prove a point regarding certain movies. Like how the narrator summed up Steve Rogers' portrayal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier by stating:Narrator: Holy sh*t! Who knew Captain America kicked so much ass?
- Or how the montage of clips of Rogers swearing in the Honest Trailer for Avengers: Endgame had the "you've gotta be shitting me." line be the only one of the expletives represented to be censored.
- This has resulted in jarring instances when said words are used concurrently with less offending forms of profanity that are usually left uncensored, sometimes when trying to prove a point regarding certain movies. Like how the narrator summed up Steve Rogers' portrayal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier by stating:
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- The Honest Trailer for the X-Men Trilogy features a montage of mutants causing destruction set to upbeat orchestra music.
- The Honest Trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen shows a montage of the many "BEWMS" in the movie, making them hilarious by adding the song "Stars and Stripes Forever."
- The Honest Trailer for The Lost World: Jurassic Park adds a "Yakety Sax"-like tune, goofy sound effects and a laugh track to the scenes where Malcolm and the others are chased by raptors in a sequence described as Jurassic Benny Hill.
- The Honest Trailer for Hulk makes fun of its bizarre scene transitions by showing them in a montage with circus-like music.
- The Honest Trailer for The Revenant describes the more violent scenes as "so over the top it's one music change from being Jackass", showing some of the scenes set to "Corona" by Minutemen (the theme song of Jackass) and with clips of the Jackass guys laughing their asses off.
- The Honest Trailer for The Bourne Series sets one of the series' fight scenes to polka music while discussing the shaky camera work.
- After the Honest Trailer for La La Land turns into an Honest Trailer for Moonlight, the narrator realizes that all they have left of the video is a song from the former, resulting in the bittersweet, emotional plot of Moonlight being retold to the chipper, upbeat tune of La La Land's "Another Day of Sun".
- The Honest Trailer for The Secret Life of Pets shows a montage of some pretty violent scenes in the movie that are supposed to be comedic, but makes them pretty damn scary by setting them to dark, "Psycho" Strings-like music.
- The Honest Retro TV Themes special (made in anticipation of the 2017 Emmy Awards) takes the fairly somber TV shows Stranger Things, This Is Us, and The Handmaid's Tale and gives them new, 80s and 90s style, hilariously inappropriately upbeat theme songs: to Stranger Things one based on the theme song of Perfect Strangers, to This Is Us one based on the theme song of Cheers, and to The Handmaid's Tale one based on "I Don't Want To Wait", the theme song of Dawson's Creek (performed by Paula Cole, the original performer of "I Don't Want To Wait"). Game of Thrones also got a new theme song, though that one is more "80s style" epic.
- The Honest Trailer for mother! shows a montage of the most bizarre, violent scenes of the film ("everything goes coo-coo bananas nuts and cray") set to an upbeat song that sounds similar to "Yakety Sax".
- The Honest Trailer for Predator does this twice:
- First, when they describe Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as "a jacked-up, badass, cigar-chomping Kevin McAllister", playing an upbeat, rock version of "Twelve Days of Christmas" while showing scenes of Kevin's traps in Home Alone next to scenes of the traps Dutch used against the Predator.
- Second, in the "Starring" part, they include the movie's credits, which was composed of shots of the characters addressing the camera and "made the movie look like a 90s Sitcom", replacing the original music with a Suspiciously Similar Song to "I'll Be There For You".
- When the Honest Trailer for The Shining lists the many things it did different from modern horror movies, it adds an eerie rendition of "Let It Snow" to scenes of the movie, suggesting that's what the trailers would have been like if it had been marketed today.
- During the Honest Trailer for The Kissing Booth and The Kissing Booth 2:
- In one bit, we are shown a montage of Elle and Lee's many friendship rules, with the music gradually changing from a light and breezy one to a creepier, more sinister one.
- Another, more incidental bit is when the Honest Trailer shows some of Noah's violent and controlling behavior while the video still has the same upbeat music.
- The Honest Trailer for Scream shows a montage of Ghostface attacking people and either being given the slip or getting injured when they fight back, made comical thanks to the added goofy soundtrack.
- Speaking Simlish: The Narrator points this out in The Sims:
- Honest Game Trailers, which focuses on video games instead of films or TV shows.
- Honest Action, which has a certified physician analyze action movies and list the injuries the character would receive in the real world.
- Special Effect Failure:
- The Honest Trailer for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie takes a jab at the poorly executed CGI zords and megazords. The narrator even goes so far as to claim that the People in Rubber Suits from the TV show look better by comparison.
- The Honest Trailer for the Blade Trilogy shows test footage with CGI that was so bad the producers wisely decided not to use it in the actual movie.
- The Honest Trailer for Justice League (2017) takes a jab at the poor CGI used to cover up Henry Cavill's moustache.
- The trailer for Jingle All the Way mocks the effects used for the scene where Howard flies the Turboman Jetpack, which has not aged well.
- The Honest Trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine says the effects are so bad "it barely looks better than the leaked rough cut" and lists all the problems they can think of, including CGI claws that look worse than the ones in the first three X-Men movies do.
- Spiritual Adaptation: Brought up in the Fantastic Four (2005) trailer:
- The series openly discusses spoilers, since the videos are released after the film in question is available on home media. Honest Trailers revealing major plot twists or developments will usually begin with the disclaimer "The following trailer is rated "S" for spoilers".
- Game of Thrones has a spoiler-free version where potentially spoilery content (even those from the first episode!) was either blurred or bleeped. This includes every mention of dragons.
- The Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys opens with the usual disclaimer, also chiding the movie's real trailer for not showing that kind of discretion by giving away "the only cool part in the entire movie", that John Connor becomes a Terminator.
- The Honest Trailer for Split comes with the standard spoiler warning in the opening. Later, as it's about to reveal that the movie is a Stealth Sequel to Unbreakable, it stops, gives a warning that it's about to reveal something major and then gives viewers a few seconds to turn quit watching, showing footage of the trees from The Happening.
- The Honest Trailer for Predator repeatedly complains about how the very first scene of the film already gives away that the enemy the soldiers have to face is an alien, thus killing a lot of the suspense.
- Spoof Aesop: Describes Frozen as a movie that "teaches girls everywhere they don't need a prince to rescue them, because all men are disgusting loners [shows Kristoff], greedy murderers [shows The Duke of Weselton], or lying, manipulative, power-hungry sociopaths [shows Prince Hans]".Narrator: Happy now, Jezebel?
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
- The Honest Trailer for Les Misérables (2012) suggests that it gives way too much screentime to Sacha Baron Cohen as Monsieur Thénardier in favor of the romantic subplot between Marius and Cosette and scenes with the more interesting Éponine.
- The X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer considers Wolverine this for the whole X-Men film series, in detriment to most other characters.Narrator: In a world full of other cool X-Men, meet... Wolverine, for the seventh f*cking time.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean trailer renames the series Jack Sparrow of the Caribbean (And Some Other Pirates).
- The Honest Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) describes it as "April O'Neil: The Movie" because of how much attention she gets compared to the actual Turtles.
- The Honest Trailer for Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 points out how the Minions progressively have become the focus of the franchise; going from just getting some funny moments in the first film, to having a whole B-plot in the sequel, to getting their own spinoff movie, to inspiring an endless parade of memes that really have nothing to do with them.
- The Honest Trailer for The Fate of the Furious describes Hobbes (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard (Jason Statham) and their buddy cop moments as this, noting how they appear together in "every cool scene in the movie" while the rest of the cast gets sidelined.
- The Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home suggests that Tony Stark is this in the movie because his death continues to motivate Peter and Mysterio's origin story here is directly connected to him; made more glaring by the fact that Tony died in the previous movie.
- Stalker with a Crush: The Attack of the Clones trailer calls Anakin a "a rat-tailed ***hole who's been creepily stalking Padme for the last decade". Cue montage of Anakin's love declarations throughout the movie with dissonant horror movie music added in.Padme: Please don't look at me like that.
Anakin: Why not?
Padme: It makes me feel uncomfortable.
Anakin: [smirking] Sorry milady. [stares at her leaving for an uncomfortably long time]
- Star-Derailing Role: Credits Maria Pitillo in the Godzilla (1998) Honest Trailer as "Career Killer."
- Star-Making Role:
- Friday is described as launching Chris Tucker into Rush Hour stardom... and post-Rush Hour obscurity.Narrator: Seriously, what happened to Chris Tucker?
- Sherlock is credited with being Benedict Cumberbatch's launchpad into movie stardom, including roles in Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War, The Hobbit movies, The Imitation Game and a National Theatre Live production of Hamlet.
- The Honest Trailer for Memento credits it with launching Christopher Nolan's fame as a director... and making people somewhat aware of the existence of his brother, Jonathan Nolan, showing a clip of someone interviewing him and being unaware that he has collaborated with Christopher on many of his movies at that point.
- Friday is described as launching Chris Tucker into Rush Hour stardom... and post-Rush Hour obscurity.
- Start X to Stop X: From the National Treasure Honest Trailer:Narrator: When the Declaration of Independence is in danger...
Ben Gates: Someone's gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.
Narrator: One group will steal... the Declaration of Independence.
Ben Gates: I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.
Narrator: So that no one else can steal... the Declaration of Independence.
Ben Gates: I'm not gonna let you steal the Declaration of Independence.
- STD Immunity: From the Entourage Honest Trailer:Narrator: Meet Vinnie, a movie star with no talent, no charisma, and by some miracle, no herpes.
- Stealth Insult:
- They snuck in a quick jab at The Dark Knight Rises during their Inception trailer.Narrator: From the director of two good Batman movies...
- The opening to their trailer of Frozen mentions that it's been 3 years since their last musical (Tangled) and 18 years since their last GOOD musical (Pocahontas).
- They snuck in a quick jab at The Dark Knight Rises during their Inception trailer.
- Stillborn Franchise:
- Makes a crack with this at the expense of Green Lantern (2011).Narrator: Haha! They thought there was going to be a sequel. That's adorable....
- And again at the expense of Super Mario Bros.Daisy: Luigi, Mario! You have to come with me, I need your help!
Narrator: [flatly] Yeah, that's not gonna happen.
- Makes a crack with this at the expense of Green Lantern (2011).
- Stock Footage:
- The Honest Trailer for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace shows how it reuses "the same flying shots used over, and over, and over, and over again".Narrator: Seriously, these are all the same shot? You couldn't do one more take? That's... that's lazy, you guys.
- The The Jungle Book (1967) trailer points out that the same animated shots are used multiple times in the same movie and that some of the shots were reused in later Disney movies.
- The The Flash (2014) shows how some scenes of Barry running at superspeed were used in more than one episode.
- The Honest Trailer for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace shows how it reuses "the same flying shots used over, and over, and over, and over again".
- The Stoner:
- In the Resident Evil trailer, the narrator's voice briefly changes into this, after pointing out that the item that can heal the injuries received by the player characters is a green herb.Narrator: [in a Jamaican accent] Nothing a little Green Herb can't fix, am I right, mon? Hohohohoho!
- During the Honest Trailer for Reefer Madness and The Big Lebowski, released on April 20 2021, the narrator is smoking a bong throughout the video.
- In the Resident Evil trailer, the narrator's voice briefly changes into this, after pointing out that the item that can heal the injuries received by the player characters is a green herb.
- Story-to-Gameplay Ratio:
- Metal Gear gets jabbed for its long, long cutscenes and endless radio conversations.
- Quantum Break, which consists of player-controlled third-person shooter gameplay which influences long, episode length episodes of a TV series that tell most of the story, is described as feeling like "taking breaks from playing Infamous to watch an episode of Fringe".
- Strange Minds Think Alike: While the Epic Voice Guy (Jon Bailey) and Epic Voice Guy Sr. (Gannon Nickell) disagree on whether or not The Force Awakens is a good movie overall, they share the same favourite and least favourite moments. They have the same conversation about The Last Jedi and again share the same favorite and least favorite scenes.
- Strangled by the Red String: The romantic subplot of Les Miserabablebles, as pointed out in the third example for Skewed Priorities above. The HT for The Hunger Games also claims Katniss and Peeta lack chemistry.
- Strictly Formula:
- Every Sam Raimi Spider-Man film is narrated with the exact same plotline: "A story about Peter Parker struggling with his powers, breaking up with Mary Jane, and fighting a villain who ultimately kills himself."Narrator: Wait, did they just make the same movie three times in a row?
- The Honest Trailer for Iron Man describes a formulaic trend that will dominate subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: "Take a half-forgotten, B-list superhero, cast an unknown or half-forgotten, B-list actor, have him fight a generic villain that will only last one movie, fall in love with a generically strong female character, make a ton of quips, talk a bunch of science, destroy some public property, cram Stan Lee in there somewhere, shoot a blue beam into the sky, set up an Avengers movie, and force the audience to sit through 500 visual effects guys' names just to catch a few extra seconds."
- Finding Nemo gets jabbed for its use of Pixar's success formula:Narrator: [A]n emotionally jarring opening, a sentimental protagonist-wacky sidekick duo, and just enough poop jokes to entertain your kids while the heartwrenching story makes you reevaluate your entire adult life.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie is described as following the standard episode formula from the TV series:Narrator: ...[w]here Rita summons a monster, the Power Rangers fight their minions hand-to-hand, someone gets really big, and the Rangers morph into a Zord to save the day.
- The Honest Trailers for the Fifty Shades of Grey follow a similar structure with similar jokes in addition to the usual Honest Trailer format. They all use the same parody of the cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" that was used in the series' real trailers, there is usually a joke about Christian's creepy, stalkerish demeanour, the "Starring" or "Not Starring" parts always consist of awful lines or scenes from the books or the movies, and the joke title always segues into the narrator bemoaning the fact that the movies exist and are huge cashcows despite being so bad.
- The Honest Trailer for Incredibles 2 lampshades how pretty much every Pixar movie has a climax that involves a Chase Scene of some sort.
- The Honest Trailer for WandaVision describes it as another reminder that, no matter how different and original a Marvel Cinematic Universe story might start out, it will usually feature a final battle with a skybeam and a fight where two animated figures fire special effect beams at each other.
- The Honest Trailer for Black Widow (2021) suggests that the movie was written with the same basic plot as many other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies: keep important object X out of the hands of military leader Y by taking down massive airship Z.
- Every Sam Raimi Spider-Man film is narrated with the exact same plotline: "A story about Peter Parker struggling with his powers, breaking up with Mary Jane, and fighting a villain who ultimately kills himself."
- Strong as They Need to Be:
- In The Dark Knight, the Bat-Armor "can withstand falls from any height, but sucks against bullets."
- Also, in Batman & Robin, "watch Academy Award winning ladies' man George Clooney phone it in as Batman, a hero capable of performing impossible feats... except for moving his neck. Or body."
- The Honest Trailer for Stranger Things points out how the Demigorgon switches back and forth between being an invincible, unkillable, lightning fast predator, and a slow moving gollum who gets beaten by a teen with a baseball bat.
- The Honest Trailer for Aquaman (2018) points out Aquaman's powers are rather inconsistent throughout the movie. Especially in regards to his strength and invulnerability.
- The Honest Trailer for Starship Troopers remarks on how the bugs can either take several bullets with barely a scratch or get ripped apart with just a few depending on what the story requires.
- The Honest Trailer for National Treasure points out how Riley tends to know everything until a situation happens where it's funnier if he doesn't.
- Stupid Crooks:
- In Fast Five, "gear up to steal $100 million with the dumbest criminals ever as they: take off their masks during robberies, go for leisurely strolls while all of Rio's drug gangs are after them, and drag race cop cars they just stole down the middle of the streets."
- In Baby Driver, Baby is "the Dane Cook of being a crook, whether he's using his criminal alias in public, wearing the same outfit before, during and after his heists, not wearing gloves or wiping down his prints, and making his own recorded evidence of criminal conspiracies".
- Stupid Sexy Flanders:
- Superhero Movie Villains Die: The Honest Trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe complains how the few memorable villains that stand out among the usual bland bad guys of the franchise are all killed off.
- Superman Stays Out of Gotham: The Iron Man 3 trailer proposes that the rest of the Avengers were absent due to budgetary reasons, and criticizes Tony for not calling any of his fellow Avengers to help him when he demanded that the Mandarin come attack him at his home. It concludes by saying that the film is "not starring" any of the other Avengers, Nick Fury, Selvig, Agents Coulson and Hill, "or even the Galaga guy."
- Surprise Creepy: About Peter Pan:Narrator: Revisit the animated classic that will make you say: "This is way creepier than I remember it..."
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel:
Narrator: You weren't that impressed with his first movie. He wasn't your favorite Avenger. Now, get ready for the sequel that made everyone say... "Holy sh*t! Who knew Captain America kicked so much ass?"
- Their opinion of Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: What happens during the Honest Game Trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.Narrator: [as Edward dives into a bale of hay] Surely this small amount of hay will cushion the impact—*CRACK* OH GOD, MY BONES!
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Honest Trailer for The Suicide Squad jokes that Bloodsport (Idris Elba) has so many similarities to Will Smith's version of Deadshot from the previous movie, both being sharpshooters trying to get back to their daughters, that there may well be a copy of the script with Deadshot's name still in it.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- "And when I say [Hermione is] hot, I mean only in the last three movies after [the actress playing her] turned eighteen! Heh heh... pervs!"
- In Attack of the Clones, Palpatine is credited as "Definitely Not the Emperor".
- In the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 Trailer, they give an unconvincing denial of looking at the Jennifer Lawrence nude leaks.
- At the end of the Magic Mike trailer, the narrator insisted that he's not gay or weird... after spending the "Starring" part raving about abbbbbs and asssss and peccccs and having a Freudian Slip about wanting Channing Tatum, he didn't really fool anyone.
- Take a Third Option: In the Man of Steel trailer, Superman has to decide which of his fathers' advice to follow- his biological father, who wants him to show off his powers to inspire humanity, or his adoptive father, who tells him to hide his powers even if innocent people die. Superman then decides to show off his powers and let innocent people die.
- Take That!: Pretty much the whole point of the majority of the trailers.
Narrator: Look out, boys! At this rate, lady heroes will take over at the theater! (a chart then appears, showing how there's been 61 male-led superhero films since Batman (1989), while in comparison there's only been 6 female-led superhero films) ...Never!
- From The Walking Dead trailer...Narrator: From the network that brought you Breaking Bad, a show you couldn't stop watching, comes a show so inconsistent you have to keep talking yourself into watching...
- From 300:
- In the Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim, when the narrator mentions a Long List of works from whom the film draws its influences, he mentions "that stupid Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie."
- All the comment readings at the end of the The Nightmare Before Christmas' Honest Trailer were all Take Thats towards people complaing about the disabled comments section of the previous week's Ghostbusters (2016) Honest Trailer.
- Both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have an "extended cut" that can be only viewed on the official Screen Junkies website. Given that both films have had important scenes that were cut to bring the rating and runtime down, only for a complete version to be released on DVD, it's not hard to see it as a dig toward Warner Bros.
- The Honest Trailer for Logan has the Narrator complaining how Logan now suffers from "Mel Gibson facial hair" as a sign of advancing age. Additionally, when the Narrator's attempt at getting Deadpool's aid in mocking the film fails, the Merc with a Mouth vows how "If Jackman doesn't get an Oscar nom, I'm setting every VHS copy of Crash on fire!"
- During the "Starring" portion of the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, a shot of Sakaar is shown, which they call "The current state of the DC Extended Universe".
- Today's fan culture is mocked mercilessly on the show:Narrator: [Syndrome] is a nerd who loves something so much, that when it didn't live up to his expectations, he declared war on it.
- The honest trailer for Galaxy Quest takes multiple jabs at modern day fandoms, which the movie perfectly portrayed/foreshadowed according to the narrator. These include fans taking a work of fiction way too serious, as if it were real, and obsessions with pointless details.
- The "Starring" portion of Jingle All the Way trailer includes a credit for "Modern Fandom," which is accompanied by a shot of kids beating up Booster.
- The trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) claims the movie to be the first time in internet history that an angry mob of nerds actually made something better (referring to how Sonic's design was changed after the original version was universally panned).
- The Narrator drily describes Bird Box as "the second most-talked about suicide forest video of 2018", while showing a screenshot of a news article about Logan Paul's infamous "suicide forest" video.
- In their video on the 2019 Oscars, they waste no time in mocking how the Oscars got caught up in three different controversies over the course of 2018, such as the proposed and subsequently dropped "Best Popular Film Category" award, Kevin Hart leaving as the host after controversial Tweets were unearthed, and attempting to cut numerous awards from the broadcast only to swiftly put them back in after backlash. The Stinger also seems to make fun of the Oscars entirely, not only listing other particularly embarrassing incidents, but stating that the 2019 Oscars are shaping up to be the worst Oscars since they were first televised.
- Epic Voice Guy drops an utterly vicious one (albeit not directed at another movie) at both Donald Trump and the United States' infamous ban on refugees from several Muslim-majority countries by describing the Men in Black movies as "set in an alternate reality where the United States accepts refugees."
- The 2017 Oscars video also takes a jab at Trump, though more for his arrogant attitude than for any of his policies. They also criticize Hollywood celebrities for turning the ceremonies into their own political soapbox.
- Captain Marvel (2019) to be "just fine," they also make sure to mock the misogynistic Hate Dumb around the film that claimed its success would lead to the "downfall" of male-led superhero films. While they ultimately deem
- Relatedly, the same Honest Trailer notes that while Captain Marvel certainly has its issues, it's still "Citizen F*cking Kane" compared to every female-led superhero film not named Wonder Woman. The video then backs up this statement by showing various unflattering clips of Catwoman (2004), Elektra, Tank Girl, and Barb Wire.
- Seasonal Rot in Seasons 6-8 of Game of Thrones, they wonder if it was due to the series' showrunners (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) either getting bored or just burned out from having worked on the show for so long, before snarking that it was actually because of them feeling bitter over "no-one liking their slavery idea"note . While lamenting the perceived
- In the Honest Trailer for Avengers: Endgame, the part of the Time Heist involving Thor and Rocket Raccoon going back in time to take the Aether/Reality Stone is described as "a daring raid to justify the existence of Thor: The Dark World." Furthermore, the Narrator notes how culture has stayed stagnant five years after the Snap by musing how "baseball is still unpopular."
- In the Honest Trailer for Cats, Epic Voice Guy suggests that director Tom Hooper's Oscar win for The King's Speech was the result of a Faustian pact that required the former's creation.
- The animated Disney Beauty and the Beast Honest Trailer suggests that Belle is an arrogant woman who thinks all the townspeople are inferior to her, calling her "the first millennial."
- The trailer for A Goofy Movie takes a jab at the Artemis Fowl film, stating that people most likely will only survive the first 10 minutes.
- Whenever Shenmue is bought up in Honest Game Trailers, it's always compared negatively to the Yakuza series, culminating in the Honest Game Trailer for Yakuza calling the series "Shenmue, but good."
- The Honest Trailer for Starship Troopers describes the Brain Bug as "every fascist's secret fear: a vagina that can think for itself".
- More than one in the Honest Trailer for The Boys (2019):
- Because the series is produced by Amazon Studios, the show's world is described as "the most brutal, harsh, unforgiving world" since Amazon's warehouses, which are notorious for their terrible working conditions.
- The show is described as the DC Extended Universe, if Zack Snyder didn't have any executive input holding back his darkest creative intentions.
- Vought is described as having "the outward-facing cheerful polish of Disney, but the internal money-hungry killer instinct of... also Disney".
- The Honest Trailer for The Rise of Skywalker doesn't stop at saying that J. J. Abrams is bad with endings (albeit with Confusing Multiple Negatives); it lists Lost, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness as examples.
- The Honest Trailer for the Snyder Cut of Justice Leaguenote mocks the fans demanding the cut for obsessively pursuing their goal, saying that the cut, if released, will prove that "you can gang-tweet your dreams into existence." It also makes fun of them for having unrealistic expectations for how good it will be by making exaggerated claims about it being the greatest film ever, while implying that Snyder's original vision may not have been as good as they thought. It ends by asking for the Snyder cut so they can move on to asking for the "anyone else cut of Game of Thrones Season 8."
- From the Honest Trailer for 2020:
- The video takes a jab at people venting their rage about the pandemic, and the problems it brings, on Twitter, by reminding everybody that humanity has faced much worse years with wars and pandemics in the past; the only differenc is we now have Twitter to complain about it.
- The video also says Elon Musk naming his child X Æ A-12 and Mike Bloomberg running for President are some of the many signs of the apocalypse as foretold in the Book of Revelations.
- From the Honest Trailer for Tenet:
- The Narrator points out that Christopher Nolan's films have three recurring problems- 1)Overbaked plots, 2)Underdeveloped characters and 3)All white leads. He then notes that the black Protagonist addresses one of those problems.
- During the "Starring" list, the Narrator says, "Let's just put 'The Protagonist' here for now, then come up with something better later." The fact that the Narrator doesn't even try to come up with a punny nickname for The Protagonist says a lot about how unimaginative his name is.
- The "Starring" list ends with a line of dialogue from the film that the Narrator says sums up "how Nolan writes a character.""No small talk. Nothing that might reveal who we are or what we do."
- The Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 says that its villain, Maxwell Lord, a "blonde-haired, orange-tanned con man", can't be a stand-in for Donald Trump... because Lord actually loves his son.
- The Honest Trailer for Cobra Kai briefly brings up and dismisses both The Next Karate Kid and The Karate Kid (2010), and calls out the latter for not even featuring Karate but Kung Fu.
- The Simpsons Movie has the narrator conclude that, while based on a declining show and overall being a good but not great movie, it is still lightyears ahead from any comedy currently on Disney+. The Honest Trailer for
- The Honest Trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League basically says that the film is only good in comparison to Joss Whedon's cut. For context: at the time the video was made, Whedon was facing a lot of backlash after accusations of abusive and toxic behavior during the making of his version of the movie as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer."If you want to look great by comparison, just stand next to Joss Whedon."
- In the Honest Trailer for the DC Extended Universe, they argue that most of the franchise's issues are the result of the role that, for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is occupied by Kevin Feige, is occupied for DC by Steven Mnuchhin, Donald Trump's former Treasury Secretary.Epic Voice Guy: Sheesh, no wonder [Warner Bros executives] hated Cyborg.
- The Honest Trailer for Luca has the narrator admit that the movie is quite an Creator's Oddball for Pixar, being quite breezy and unfocussed, but nevertheless still better than the last five movies from DreamWorks Animation.
- The Honest Trailer for Ted Lasso kicks off with a swipe at other Apple TV+ originals that, unlike Ted Lasso, were hyped up by the streaming service but failed to become hits, and Apple itself:
- The Loki Honest Trailer begins with the words "Now that Marvel's killed off its only good villains", illustrated by the deaths of Killmonger, (the original) Loki, Thanos... and Tony Stark.
- From The Walking Dead trailer...
- Take That, Scrappy!: Besides Shailene Woodley's performance, the only good thing the narrator has to say about The Divergent Series: Insurgent is that Jai Courtney's character is killed off (which also serves as a sort of Brick Joke to how much his performance was criticized in the Terminator Genisys Honest Trailer).
- Tank Goodness: The Honest Game Trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight focuses mostly on how the Batmobile is essentially a tank. So much so that they call it Arkham: World of Tanks.
- Technology Marches On:
- In Jurassic Park: "Re-experience the ground-breaking CGI that still holds up after twenty years, [shows shots of the park's 1990s computers] and all of this technology that doesn't."
- In Harry Potter, Hogwarts is a place "where technology seems to have been frozen in the nineteenth century, replacing cell phones and the Internet with quill pens and owls."
- Tempting Fate:
- At the end of the Five Nights at Freddy's trailer:Narrator: At least this is just one of those one-off internet fads that I won't have to play anymor-[cue trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's 2] Oh f***. We're gonna have a million of these, aren't we?
- Meta example for the Game of Thrones Honest Trailers, where one character is raged at in particular.Narrator: [in the first Game of Thrones Honest Trailer] God, if [Joffrey] doesn't die this season, I'm gonna f*cking kill him myself! F*cking HATE that kid!
[Joffrey died shortly after the Honest Trailer was released]
Narrator: [in the second Game of Thrones Honest Trailer] ...and since this worked so well when I said it last time: God, if [Ramsay] doesn't die this season, I'm gonna f*cking kill him myself! He's like, invincible Joffrey! Piece of sh*t!
[Ramsay died shortly after said Honest Trailer was released, too]
- The second Game of Thrones trailer also has a montage of "beeeewbs" with high note music before it suddenly cuts out at Cersei's humiliation. The narrator laments that they do not want these boobs, loaded with character development as they are, and "this used to be fun. Well, at least the bewbs can't get worse, right?" Smash cut to Melisandre's true (and truly old) body, leading the narrator to cry out in horror.
- The Honest Trailer for the first season of Stranger Things has the narrator advice the show against things that would happen in the second season (which had already premiered on Netflix at the time of the Honest Trailer's release) which were considered divise among audiences, such as replacing the Demogorgon with several smaller, weaker ones and the practically self-contained, Eleven-centric episode that throws off the narrative momentum of the season.
- At the end of the Five Nights at Freddy's trailer:
- That One Attack: The Honest Game Trailer for Super Smash Bros. credits Pikachu as "Down + B (Cut That Shit Out!)" in reference to his Lightning attack.
- That Came Out Wrong: Happens twice during the trailer for Zootopia.Narrator: So settle in for a fantastically-animated, well-told lesson about disproving stereotypes, even though the fox character really is sneaky, the weasels do cheat, and the sloths are slow. Oh wait, no. Does this mean I'm racist? I owned a bunch of rabbits when I was a kid. I mean...No, they were mine! Not that I, you know...not like they're property or...I love rabbits, okay?! This...That came out all wrong! Go to starring! Go to starring![he goes through the cast until he gets to Judy]Narrator: ...and Hot Fuzz. You get it? 'Cause she's a bunny cop, but she's hot too. Wait, n—I can say she's hot though, right? Dang it, am I racist and a furry?! Ugh, this movie is such a minefield!
- That's What She Said:
- The narrator says this in the Man of Steel trailer in response to Lois Lane's attempts to plug something into a hole and saying it's supposed to go all the way in.
- The Star Wars trailer also played on this with all the Accidental Innuendoes in the movie's "Freudian finale" (as the narrator put it):"Luke is the best bush pilot in the Outer Rim Territories."
"Look at the size of that thing!"
"They came from behind."
"...should be able to penetrate the outer defense."
"Almost there... Almost there...!"
"Didn't go in."
"You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!"
"Luke, at that speed, will y'be able to pull out in time?"
Michael Scott: That's what she said! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
- The Honest Trailer for Dragonball Evolution brought along Team Four Star, playing characters from the anime it's very vaguely based on, to explain just how different the movie is from its source material.
- In the Honest Trailer for Star Wars, the narrator is infuriated by the changes George Lucas made to the re-releases of the movie over the years; specifically the painfully badly animated aliens added to the scenes on Tatooine.Narrator: Return to a time when technology forced George Lucas to collaborate with other people [...] to deliver a near-perfect movie. That he's made progressively worse with each Special Edition. Because if there's one thing the original Star Wars wasn't missing, it's poorly rendered, out of place CGI animals filling every square inch of the frame!!!
- The Honest Trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke got this in droves for how it differed from its iconic graphic novel and turned the first half into a romantic subplot between Batman and Batgirl.
- All over the place in the Honest Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows with how the villains from the cartoons and comics were wasted, such as Shredder not appearing in his signature costume and Baxter Stockman never turning into a human fly. Stephen Amell's version of Casey Jones, a.k.a. "You Have Failed This Character", gets it particularly badly because of the many changes to the character.
- In addition to complaining that Dead Rising 4 is pretty much the same basic game as the last ones, the game's Honest Trailer bemoans that the protagonist, Frank, has been changed for the worse and the game has lost many of the things that made the previous games stand out.
- Similar to the Star Wars entry above, the Honest Trailer for Return of the Jedi also points out how its Special Edition featured several disliked changes from the original movie, such as the same kind of bad special effects, added visual references to the prequel movies and Darth Vader's infamous shouts of "No"; they especially note how the Special Edition removed the Ewoks' "Yub Nub" song from the ending and added the more disliked "Jedi Rocks" song.
- The Double Feature Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider (2018) laments how both of them lack cast members or creative people that made the previous entries in their respective franchises more enjoyable; Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight and Iain Glen (a.k.a. Jorah Mormont) from the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, and Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam from Pacific Rim.
- The Honest Trailer for Birds of Prey (2020) notes how people will probably complain about the movie's take on Black Mask because it's so different from the comics:Narrator: [sighs] Really looking forward to hearing about this and the Mandarin until the sun explodes.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks!:
- The Honest Trailer for Dragonball Evolution chides it for ripping off other movies, such as the volcanic scenes from The Lord of the Rings, the super-fast punching fight scenes of The Matrix and the turqoise filter-filmed brooding of Twilight, showing the original scenes next to those of Dragonball for comparison.
- The Honest Trailer for Gotti shows how it almost copied lines and replicated several shots and scenes from Goodfellas, showing them side-by-side with the Goodfellas scenes for comparison.
- The Honest Trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate laments how many franchises like to rip off elements of Logan:Narrator: ...where a franchise film comes outnote that doesn't dwell on the terrible sequelsnote , brings back a grizzled ass-kickernote , gives them a mean case of PTSD, pairs them with a young girl to hopefully take over from herenote , and has them do all the stuff you liked, but just differently enough to eke another 10-20 bucks out of you before dementia sets in and every movie feels new again.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
- The Honest Trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine has this to say about Gambit.Narrator: Get excited when they introduce fan-favorite Gambit! Then get immediately disappointed when you realize he's only in the film for 5 minutes!
- The Honest Trailer for Iron Man 3 is pretty positive about the MCU's version of the Mandarin, describing it as a good, timely updated version of the character. That is, until that guy turns out to have been a goofy actor named Trevor Slattery and the real villain, Aldrich Killian, was less cool.
- The Honest Trailer for Spectre considers the villains to be this; Oberhauser/Blofeld for being wasted on a reveal viewers either saw coming a mile away or were too young to get, and Dave Bautista and Andrew Scott's characters for not being used enough.
- The Honest Trailer for Wreck-It Ralph is surprised that the bartender from Tapper and Q*bert get significant screentime even though the makers obviously bought the rights to Sonic the Hedgehog, but only gave him a few brief appearances.
- In the Honest Trailer for The Force Awakens, both narrators agree that Gwendoline Christie was pretty wasted as Captain Phasma since she only had 91 seconds of screentime.
- In the Honest Trailer for the Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the narrator is disappointed that Johnny Cage is suddenly killed off in the second movie because he was the only one with any charisma.
- The non-CinemaSins Honest Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 notes how one of the ways it misprioritized its screentime was to include Black Cat and Alistair Smythe, a.k.a. Ultimate Spider-Slayer, and relegate them to cameos while devoting too much time to Aunt May's job as a nurse.
- The Honest Trailer for The Mummy (2017) credits Colonel Gideon Foster as "A Waste of a Perfectly Good Courtney B. Vance''.
- The Honest Trailer for Justice League considers Batman to be this, especially considering the fact he was one of the highlights in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.Narrator: He may not be that tough, or that smart, or that careful with his secret identity, but... [*Beat*] Wait, there's no "but"? That's a shame. He was the best part of the last one.
- Also in the Honest Trailer for Justice League, the nicest thing they have to say about Cyborg is that he's "there", referring to how little the character was used in the movie.
- The Honest Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War suggests that Thanos was underused in the entries in the franchise post-Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he was seen deciding to get the Infinity Stones himself in The Stinger, but then wasn't ever seen in person until Infinity War despite the fact that two of the previous movies were set in space.
- The Honest Trailer for Solo starts describing Val (played by Thandie Newton) as one of the coolest new Star Wars characters in years - and then stops when she is killed off early in the movie.
- In the Honest Trailer for Captain Marvel (2019), the narrator doesn't like that the Skrulls turn out to be good guys since it means their potential as good future villains is lost and that Marvel won't be able to adapt Secret Invasion.
- A few instances in the Honest Trailer for Avengers: Endgame:
- The narrator laments that Black Widow finally getting a primary storyline in one of the MCU movies just amounts to her sacrificing herself to motivate the other Avengers, almost all of whom were male at the time in the story.
- The death of the original Thanos early in the movie is described as this because of his status as one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most interesting villains and the fact that he's replaced by his less interesting older version.
- The narrator is also disappointed that the all-female Avenger teamup during the final battle is only used as a group in a single shot and there doesn't seem to be any plans to use the team in future projects:Narrator: Okay, maybe they can all pose again in the background of the Loki show?
- In the credits for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Narrator challenges the writers to finally let Ned Leeds become the Hobgoblin.
- In the Honest Trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, the Narrator complains that the much-hyped Knights of Ren do nothing of importance in the entire movie and are easily defeated by Kylo.
- The Honest Trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) points out how wasteful it is to take a character whose defining trait is his superspeed and have him spend the movie on a 20-hour car road trip:
- The Honest Trailer for Mulan (2020) laments that Xian Liang, a.k.a. the "awesome bird lady", with her nuanced perspective on power and womanhood, gets killed off sacrificing herself to save Mulan.
- The Honest Trailer for Black Widow (2021) suggests that the title character has spent most of her time in the many movies of the franchise just supporting other characters with a bigger role in the story, and that even her own movie didn't give her much of importance to do for her own character development:Narrator: She helped Tony get his mojo back, helped Bruce reconnect with his humanity, helped Cap find his true purpose, and helped Hawkeye uhhh... keep being Hawkeye. But now, Natasha finally gets to tell her own story... about the time she helped her own replacement join the MCU.
Narrator: ...then strap in for a movie that's good at being pretty much everything... except a Black Widow solo film.
- The Starring part of the Honest Trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra complains that one of the movies had Brendan Fraser in a role, but only used him in a single scene.
- The Honest Trailer for Iron Fist (2017) thinks that its portrayal of the Hand is more boring than you'd expect "a ruthless global ninja mystic mafia" to be.
- The Honest Trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine has this to say about Gambit.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- The Honest Trailer for World War Z knocks it because of how little of the novel's epic and colorful story was actually used in the film.Narrator: Man, what a waste of good source material.
- The Honest Game Trailer for the Mad Max video game notes that since it was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, it could have been made into a pretty awesome car combat game or a straightforward car racing game, but was instead made into a dull open world third person fighting game filled with countless tedious side objectives.
- About Spectre's slow pace and bleak plot:Narrator: Guys, how do you make James Bond vs. the Illuminati boring?
- The Honest Trailer for Pixels points out how a movie with its great premise that's directed by Chris Columbus and has Peter Dinklage on its cast could have turned out way better if someone other than Adam Sandler had been calling the shots.
- The Honest Trailer for The Walking Dead Season 4-6 complains how some plot lines from the later seasons were squandered; most notably spending seven episodes building up to the group getting captured by cannibals and then quickly having the group blow up their fortress and move on.Narrator: You fast-forwarded through the cannibals? Why?! To get back to more woods-walking? Stay with the cannibals! You could have cleared that place out and made a barbecue pit, or something.
- The Honest Trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice points out how much the movie suffered because of all the new characters and plot arcs that were forced into one movie and how much it tried to accomplish, like set up a movie franchise to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe and create a sequel to Man of Steel as well as a standalone Batman story.Narrator: Whose idea was it to cram all this into one movie? They just burnt through, like, six movies worth of good material!
- In the Independence Day: Resurgence Honest Trailer, the narrator thinks the movie's setups for future sequels, prequels and spinoffs were better than the actual movie:Umbutu: They hunted us. We had to learn how to hunt them.
Narrator: Aww! I want to see that one!
- The Honest Trailer for The Secret Life of Pets considers the fun premise and New York setting wasted on the weak story material.
- The Honest Trailer for Power Rangers (2017) notes how the high school drama is pretty compelling, despite being buried heavily under the usual cheesy Power Rangers antics.
- The Honest Trailer for Bright has the narrator go off on an increasingly frustrated rant about how little the movie made use of its premise of a modern day cop drama set in a world where fantasy creatures have existed for thousands of years, especially how outside of fantasy creatures living among the population, little is different from the actual world:Narrator: [after Will Smith's character makes a reference to Shrek] How does Shrek still exist? Is it a documentary? There's dragons flying around, but our buildings never changed? And what's this centaur cop doing? They never even mention that! You can't just add the word "magic" and claim it's any different from a normal cop movie!
- The Honest Trailer for the first three The Purge movies points out how the decent concept of a society that has a night when all crimes are legal keeps getting underused in the movies.
- In the Honest Trailer for Ready Player One (2018), the narrator expresses his disappointment at how all the characters picked avatars that are basically just exaggerated versions of themselves, while they could have gone for much more interesting choices.
- In the Honest Trailer for The Conjuring films, they mention the rather bizarre lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. over the movies that almost forced them to prove that ghosts were real and the narrator seems to wish we got a movie about that instead.
- The Honest Trailer for Solo points out how it fails to really give insight into what made the title character into the selfish rogue he was when he was introduced in the original trilogy:Narrator: ...[the movie] gave fans a sense of how Han became the character we all know and love: by going through the events of Solo, then at some point off-camera before A New Hope, becoming the character we all know and love. So, what was the point of this movie, again?
- The Honest Trailer for The Meg bemoans how the movie, which was based on a series of novels, doesn't fully utilize the awesome ridiculousness of the source material and instead mostly has the titular shark bump into boats:Narrator: Aw, come one! You have five Meg books to pull from. And the first one starts off with a Meg fighting a T-Rex, then ends with Jonas ripping its heart out from the inside. Respect the Meg canon!
- The Honest Trailer for Robin Hood (2018) laments that the movie's world is pretty good, but is wasted on a bad story.
- The Honest Trailer for Wild Wild West begins with pointing out how much the movie had working in its favor, including a good director, Will Smith in the lead, and an untapped source material with an original premise, yet despite all that it still turned out bad.
- The Honest Trailer for Masters of the Universe complains that the movie, which is supposed to be about He-Man, barely uses any of the source material's settings or characters, and instead mostly has the movie take place on Earth and focus on a couple of Canon Foreigner teenagers.
- During the Honest Trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), the narrator reads the human characters' storyline and is surprised that it sounds exciting on paper, but still turned out boring in the actual movie.
- The Honest Trailer for It (1990) points out how the series was doomed from the start, not just due to a low budget and strict censorship, but also because they only had 3 hours to tell a 1000 page story, resulting in a lot of the book being Adapted Out. Here, the narrator draws parallels with other Stephen King stories that suffered from this, like The Dark Tower (2017).
- The Honest Trailer for Dark Phoenix sums up all the things the movie could have done for a good plot, but neglected to use. These include more focus on Jean Grey so the audience can get to know her, exploring the cosmic potential of the Phoenix Force, or letting a new creative team work on the movie instead of the same guys that were also responsible for X-Men: The Last Stand.
- During the Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the narrator almost forgets that the movie is supposed to be about Spider-Man going on vacation because of everything else in the movie related to the franchise taking up more time, such as reminiscing about the late Tony Stark, the aftermath of everyone being resurrected in Avengers: Endgame, and setups for Phase Four movies.Narrator: [about to doze off] Concept seems a little Disney+ to me; wake me up when he gets to space Wakanda.
- The Honest Trailer for Frozen II laments that the big reveal that the people of Arrendale, including Elsa and Anna's grandfather, betrayed the native population of the land for personal gain doesn't lead to any difficult character decisions or any commentary on historical injustices.
- The Honest Trailer for The Simpsons Movie points out how the side characters that stay behind in Springfield had their own interesting subplots, but these mostly happen off screen as the movie focuses on the Simpson family in Alaska.
- The Honest Trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon laments that the movie is too short to be able to properly explore the Avatar: The Last Airbender-inspired universe or get to know the supporting characters.
- The Honest Trailer for Army of the Dead lists several plot points from the movie that the narrator thinks should have been expanded upon, such as zombies being capable of reproducing with each other, some zombies apparently being at least partially robotic, an inert horde of zombies that's supposed to come back to life when it rains but is never seen doing so, and a pimped-out circular saw hyped up as a zombie-killing weapon, but which is only used to cut a hole through a wall.
- The Honest Trailer for Cruella laments that the central plot of the movie with the fashion heists is pretty good, but gets bogged down by having to serve as a set-up for the original animated movie.
- The Honest Trailer for World War Z knocks it because of how little of the novel's epic and colorful story was actually used in the film.
- Third-Person Person: The Narrator often refers to himself as "Epic Voice Guy".
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- The After Earth trailer begins with "From the director of... [M. Night Shyamalan's name appears on the screen] Oh God, not him again."
- Happens again in the trailer for another Shyamalan movie, The Happening, which begins with "From M. Night Shyamalan... [*Beat*] Hoo boy, this should be good..."
- His reaction to having to do the trailer for the insanely-divisive Ghostbusters (2016) (they actually preemptively disabled the comments when they put it up):Narrator: I am sooo getting doxxed!
- The narrator again has this reaction when, during the Honest Trailer for Deadpool 2, Deadpool suddenly hijacks the trailer and begins his own Honest Trailer about Honest Trailers.
- This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The Doctor Strange (2016) Honest Trailer refers to the movie as "Iron Man on weed."
- This Loser Is You: "From J. K. Rowling, the author of the book series that kept Borders open for another few years, comes the movie adaptation for people too lazy to read [shows clip of Uncle Vernon grabbing a container of ice cream from the freezer]."
- Throw It In!: In-universe. In the Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer, the narrator references how "Thamuel L. Jackthson" invoked this trope to give Valentine a lisp, and he wonders if the director was too scared to refuse.
- Time Skip:
- In Skyfall, "when Bond is abruptly killed, it'll only take the length of one Adele song before he anticlimatically pops up in the most secluded corner of the globe. That conveniently has CNN in English."
- Also mocks the fact that in The Dark Knight Rises, after Bane takes over Gotham, the movie skips over three months, during which there is only "one riot and zero gridlock. Seriously, where is everybody?"
- Les Misérables (2012) has "Not since The Dark Knight Rises has a movie been so manipulative with its use of time jumps."
- Title Theme Drop: All Terminator trailers play the franchise's theme with the requests that start the video.
- Toilet Humour: In the Grown Ups trailer, they criticize the overuse of toilet jokes.
- Token Black Friend:
- The Honest Trailer of Captain Marvel (2019) points out how MCU movies have a tendency to give their (usually white) leads one of these, showing a compilation of all the black charactes that served this role so far.
- The Honest Trailer of WandaVision describes Monica Rambeau as this to Wanda, first when she is stuck in the Hex and serves as a supporting character, then when she tries to help Wanda as herself, and finally a superhero who could one day become the MCU's first black best friend character IN SPACE.
- Token Minority:
- In the Team Fortress 2 trailer, the Demoman (the only dark-skinned class) is said to have been added to the cast to add some diversity to it, because he's Scottish.
- In the Beauty and the Beast (2017) trailer, the movie is noted to have given the movie some diversity after the original had no colored characters... in the form of two black extras only visible in a tiny corner of a scene.
- Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: The first thing pointed out in Tokyo Ghoul.Welcome to Tokyo, the only place that ever exists in anime.
- Too Dumb to Live: The Iron Man 3 trailer describes Tony giving out his address on live TV as a challenge to terrorists, then failing to adequately prepare for or react to the inevitable attack, as squarely falling into this trope.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Carol in The Walking Dead Seasons 4-6:Narrator: ...and Carol, the meek, emotionally-scarred victim who...
Rick: Did you kill Karen and David?
Narrator: Wait, what?
Carol: Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. [she shoots Lizzie dead]
[Carol is shown stabbing and killing a Wolf]
Carol: [threatening Sam] The monsters will come, and they will tear you apart and eat you up, all while you're still alive, all while you can still feel it.
Narrator: Damn, Carol, you scary!
- The Honest Trailer for The Fate of the Furious points out how the characters got ridiculously better and better at fighting over the course of the franchise:Narrator: You're carjackers! When did you turn into John Wick?
- Carol in The Walking Dead Seasons 4-6:
- Took the Bad Film Seriously:
- The Honest Trailer for Suicide Squad has the Narrator noting that Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jai Courtney all give good performances in the movie. Unfortunately, their efforts are all canceled out by Cara Delevingne's unintentionally goofy version of the Enchantress and Jared Leto's insufferable take on the Joker.
- In the Honest Trailer for The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is described as the only actor who takes the franchise seriously anymore.
- The Honest Trailer for Starship Troopers compliments the cast for managing to read several ridiculous lines with complete sincerity, making the narrator wonder if any of them were aware of the movie's satirical intentions.
- The Honest Trailer for Street Fighter lauds Raúl Juliá for his performance as M. Bison, which became his last movie role before his death, and praises it as the only genuinely good part of the movie; they compare it to how Orson Welles' last role became Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie.
- Totem Pole Trench: Used metaphorically in the trailer for Speed, which the narrator describes as "three action scenes, stacked on top of each other, under a trenchcoat, pretending to be a movie."
- Tough Act to Follow:
Narrator: They're supposed to be dumb, remember?
- The Honest Trailer for The Secret Life of Pets suggests that the movie may have been hit by this because Pixar has given viewers unrealistic expectations of the quality of movies made for children:
- In the Honest Trailer for Captain Marvel (2019), the Narrator notes that the film can't help but be somewhat disappointing as the "meat" in the "Infinity War sandwich" (referencing how the film came out after Avengers: Infinity War and before Avengers: Endgame respectively). That being said, they still note the film itself is fine in its own right.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Discussed in the Honest Trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which remarks that the revelation that the T-800 protects John Connor instead of hunting him was given away by the film's actual trailers. The Honest Trailer also remarks that Terminator Genisys apparently didn't learn from that mistake, since its actual trailers gave away the twist that John Connor becomes a Terminator.
- Trauma Conga Line: The description of Sony's recent business mishaps from the Ghostbusters (2016) Honest Trailer:
- The Honest Trailer for Until Dawn describes it as "cramming every genre trope it can fit" that belongs to the horror genre, like abandoned locations, characters splitting up to cover more ground, and characters being killed when trying to have sex.
- Similarly, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard gets ribbed for stuffing itself to the brim with horror story tropes, like "the creepy house from P.T., the antagonists from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, elaborate death puzzles from Saw, the little girl from F.E.A.R., and the jump scares from every modern horror film".
- Troubled Production:
- World War Z, "a film with so many production problems, people were genuinely surprised when it wasn't a complete disaster."
- The Fantastic Four (2015) Honest Trailer mentions how messed up the production of the film was:Narrator: Geez, what a mess. The movie about making this movie would be so much better than this movie!
- The Honest Game Trailer for Mighty No. 9 tells about the game's several delays, terrible marketing and multiple Kickstarter drives; once for the actual game, one more for additional voice acting, a third one for DLC, and a fourth one that raised money for a completely different game.
- The Honest Trailer for Suicide Squad notes how many bumps the movie ran into during its making, such as DC making changes to their movies' executive structure, director David Ayer having to write the script in just six weeks and taking cheap shots at Marvel,note juggle several different cuts of the movie, reshoot several scenes and include the Joker scenes the trailers had promised.
- The Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming points out how difficult the movie was to make:
- The Honest Trailer for Solo mentions the movie's tumultuous production, and notes that it isn't the first time this has happened in the Star Wars franchise:
- The Honest Trailer for Men in Black: International makes some mentions of its behind-the-scenes difficulties, such as Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson each hiring their own dialogue writers and the director, F. Gary Gray, trying to leave the project several times.
- DC Extended Universe is about what production nightmares many movies in the franchise have been because of Warner Bros. feuding with their directors, changing their titles after release, cancelling announced films, publicly fighting with their stars and cancelling Zack Snyder's original plan for the franchise, resulting in Snyder's most rabid fans hounding them relentlessly online even in context not directly related to the franchise. A fair amount of the Honest Trailer for the
- Trolling Creator: The Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy describes Marvel as messing with their loyal audience with the movie, such as by getting Vin Diesel to appear in movie, but only having him say one line,note getting major actors such as Glenn Close and John C. Reilly into the cast, but having them play minor roles, and having the lead character of their worst film ever appear in the post-credit sequence instead of a hint of the next Avengers movie.
- Trying Not to Cry:
- The Fault in Our Stars trailer has the narrator making a game attempt at remaining snarky while summing up the climax of the film, only to break down by the end of it.Narrator: [while sobbing] Enough! It's too sad! Just go to starring! Go!
- In The Last of Us trailer, the narrator tries to hold back tears during the giraffe scene.
- The Fault in Our Stars trailer has the narrator making a game attempt at remaining snarky while summing up the climax of the film, only to break down by the end of it.
- Invoked in the trailer for Die Hard regarding Reginald VelJohnson:
- The Honest Trailer for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure shows how the movie set up the surfer dude personality that would show up in several roles that Keanu Reeves played over the years:Narrator: ...[A]s Keanu debuts the dumb surfer character he would spend his entire career trying to get away from.
Johnny Utah: You trying to tell me the FBI's gonna pay me for learning how to surf?
Narrator: ...any time now!
[clip of him kicking ass in John Wick]
Narrator: There it is! Nice, dude!
- The Honest Trailer for The Social Network suggests that Jesse Eisenberg's performance as Mark Zuckerberg resulted in him being typecast as "every awkward, know-it-all nerd role in Hollywood".
- The Honest Trailer for Bright points out how Will Smith tends to get cast as "the wild card [occupation] with a by-the-book partner", such as in Men in Black, Wild Wild West and Suicide Squad.
- The Double Feature Honest Trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider (2018) notes how Pacific Rim: Uprising became the third time in six movies in which Scott Eastwood played a straight-laced military character, the other two being Suicide Squad (2016) and The Fate of the Furious.
- The Starring part of the Honest Trailer for Masters of the Universe points out how, during the 80's, actor James Tolkan always plays authority figures which the protagonists get in trouble with, such as in Back to the Future and Top Gun.
- The Honest Trailer for Knives Out points out how Christopher Plummer keeps getting cast as patriarchs of dysfunctional, wealthy families, having previously been so in The Sound of Music, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and All the Money in the World.
- The Honest Trailer for Starship Troopers remarks that at the time it was made, Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Carl Jenkins in the movie, was trying to break away from his usual nerd roles, but his character is still a math geek with a pet ferret.
- The Starring part of the Honest Trailer for Luca describes Maya Rudolph, who plays Luca's mom in the movie, as "Professional Cartoon Mom", referring to her also having played moms in many other animated movies and TV series, including The Mitchells vs. the Machines, The Angry Birds Movie, Big Mouth and Big Hero 6.
- Unexplained Accent: Mocked in The Lion King (1994):
- Unfortunate Implications: Invoked, as the trailers repeatedly point out this flaw in the movies they cover:
- 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 poor aesops the movie contains. In order: 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.
- The trailer for Mulan calls out the movie for depicting the Huns as monstrous humans with claws, fangs, and bird-like eyes.
- Unfortunate Names: The trailer for Pacific Rim mentions the awesome names of the giant fighting robots (Crimson Typhoon, Cherno Alpha, Striker Eureka)...and then the one named after a stripper (Gipsy Danger).
- The Unintelligible:
- In The Dark Knight Rises, chaos will arrive in the form of Bane, a villain who no one can fully understand.
- In the Honest Trailer for The Expendables, the narrator lampshades this trope by asking "Was that even in English?" after one of Sylvester Stallone's one liners.
- The Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys complains about how much of the T-800's Techno Babble is hard to hear because of Schwarzenegger's thick accent.
- Unintentional Period Piece:
- The Honest Trailer for Independence Day lists a bunch of 90s nostalgia triggers from the movie, like CD-ROMs, R.E.M. and Fruitopia.
- In Home Alone, "bundle up and relive the early 1990s joy of Micro Machines, starting lineup figures, Johnny Carson, 35 mm cameras, landline phones, answering machines, pre-9/11 air travel, and Macaulay Culkin."
- The Honest Trailer for Entourage's "Starring" section contains "Outdated cultural references", such as Facebook being considered juvenile and mentions of "the Gigli effect".
- The Honest Trailer for Die Hard lists a bunch of things from the movie, which came out in 1988, that aren't as common today, such as cocaine, indoor smoking, pregnant drinking, making fun of touchscreens and more cocaine.Narrator: [makes a loud sniffing sound] WHOOO! Best decade ever!
- Godzilla (1998) is mocked for how dated it is, with a list of 90s stuff that appears in it, such as Kodak disposable cameras, Josta Cola,note Blockbuster video stores and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center being described as the worst case of destruction on U.S. soil, the last of which obviously feels very dated after 9/11.
- The Honest Trailer for X-Men: The Animated Series notes that while it looks very dated, with its old technology and references to 90s pop culture, the show is still enjoyable.
- The Honest Trailer for The Matrix points out the frequent appearances of late 90s technology, like flip phones, payphones and minidiscs.
- The Honest Trailer for Dumb and Dumber To states that this movie already was dated before it even came out, remarking that the script was clearly written in the 1990's, and nobody bothered to update the jokes when production finally began.
- The Honest Trailer for Daredevil points out how that movie is basically a time capsule of the early 2000s by naming the various tropes related to that decade. These tropes include "crappy CGI, Matrix-ing, Sopranos, and -izzies." Instead of their usual credits for the actors, the Narrator examines the soundtrack, which he claims is "full of the 2000s' Nu Metal bands" such as P.O.D., Evanescence, Seether, Hoobastank and Nickelback.
- The Honest Trailer for Memento points out how the absence of modern phones becomes pretty glaring because of the frequent use of landline phones, polaroid cameras and pen and paper.
- Because The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (released in 2006) is supposed to take place after Fast & Furious 6 (released in 2013), the former's Honest Trailer jokes that Japan in the movie is going through a retro tech phase because of the dated technology seen throughout, such as flip phones, iPods and old laptops.
- The Honest Trailer for Jingle All the Way remarks that the plot of the movie is really only possible because of the mid-90s' lack of modern smartphones and online shopping.
- The Honest Trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon points out how some of the dialogue comes off as very 2010s, like "Bling is my thing" and mentions of "pop and lock".
- Unpleasable Fanbase: invoked in the trailer for the 91th Academy Award, regarding Black Panther (2018) getting nominated for best picture. The trailer points out how, after years of fans complaining that no comic book movies ever get nominated for this category, one finally does, only for fans to complain it's not good enough to deserve it.Narrator: There is no pleasing you is there?
- Unreliable Narrator: The Honest Trailer for The Boss Baby goes to great length to show how hard it is to tell what is real and what is only in Tim's imagination.
- Values Dissonance:
- They invoked and poke fun at Disney about this in the Peter Pan trailer, first by doing a montage of the sexism in the movie before moving on to showing the unfortunate portrayal of Native Americans. It then goes on to show all the other racial stereotypes in the other Disney films. It continues in the Mulan trailer where they mock Disney's past treatment of people of Asian descent while pointing out the Unfortunate Implications in the film itself.
- The Honest Trailer for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure points out how a scene where Bill and Ted jokingly calls the other "fag" would not go over well today.
- The Honest Trailer for Predator:
- The Friends trailer features a montage of Gay Panic moments that occurred during the show's run, and points out that the show kept non-white people mostly in the background, even though it's a show set in New York City.
- The Shrek 2 trailer argues that the film "is as transphobic as J. K. Rowling" (cuts to the Fairy Godmother calling the cross-dressing Big Bad Wolf "gender-confused"), then proceeds to chastise a joke appearing to make light of police brutality.
- Verbal Tic/This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In Breaking Bad, "meet Walter White's partner Jesse Pinkman, a Juggalo without the makeup who prefers the formal term for female dog." [Cues a montage of every instance of Jesse saying "bitch"]
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story:
- Naturally comes up in 300.
- The Honest Trailer for The Social Network points out the film's many deviations from the true story:Narrator: If you want to know the real story behind Facebook, watch something else. Because they're bending the truth harder than the news your uncle posts on his wall. In a film that makes up the girlfriend who supposedly inspired the site, makes up an obsession with finals clubs that tears Mark's friendship apart, and makes him into an awkward, scowling robot when in real life he was a normal, dorky college kid.
[shows clip of the real Mark Zuckerberg]
Narrator: But hey, don't let facts get in the way! I'm sure the real Sean Parker loves seeing himself as a paranoid, coked out, maybe-sorta statuatory rapist.
- The Honest Trailer for The Greatest Showman tears the movie a big one for its countless, serious deviations from history, such as P.T. Barnum being portrayed as a nice, caring guy when he was really an abusive, cruel con man, him being portrayed by the handsome Hugh Jackman when the real guy was average-looking, him having a completely made up affair with Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) and the fact that Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (Zendaya) were completely fictional.
- In the Honest Trailer for Braveheart, the narrator goes into detail how many liberties the movie took with the actual historical events, but ends it with admitting that people watch it for the action, not the facts.
- Video Game Movies Suck:
- Referenced in the Honest Trailer for Super Mario Bros.:
- The Honest Trailer for Wreck-It Ralph suggests that it figured out the trick to making good video game movies: by not focusing too much on the video games.
- Referenced again in the Honest Trailer for the Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation:
- Referenced yet again in the Honest Trailer for Warcraft (2016):Narrator: [WarCraft] changed the world's expectations of video game movies from crappy-looking, low-budget messes to gorgeous-looking, high-budget messes. Baby steps, you guys. We'll get a good one someday.
- The trailer for Pokémon: The First Movie describes it as "yet another crappy video game movie based on a great video game franchise".
- Referenced again in the trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), where the narrator claims that the only thing worse than a movie tie-in video game, is a video game tie-in movie.
- And brought up again in the trailer for Street Fighter, which points out how the bad movie in turn got adapted back into a bad videogame.
- Viewers Are Goldfish:
- In the Honest Trailer for Kingdom Hearts, the narrator explains that you'll travel along with two of the most famous cartoon characters of all time (Donald Duck and Goofy), "but don't worry if you forget everyone's name, because they remind you every five seconds," followed by a montage of them introducing themselves as "Sora, Donald and Goofy." And then the narrator calls them "Dolan and Gooby" when he continues.
- The Honest Trailer for Speed points out how, despite the fairly simplistic story, the viewer is reminded over and over again that the bus will explode if it slows down below 50 MPH.
- The Honest Trailer for National Treasure points out how the premise of stealing the Declaration of Independence keeps getting repeated with those same words throughout the movie.
- Viewer Gender Confusion:
- They mistake Elliot Page for portraying a male character in the Honest Trailer for Inception.note
- In the Honest Trailer for The Lord of the Rings Legolas is credited as Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Helena Bonham Carter (as Mme. Thenardier) is mistaken for Tim Burton in Les Miserabablebles.
- The narrator got smacked with this hard in the Final Fantasy VII trailer.Narrator: You'll also join forces with hot chicks like... Tifa... Aeris/th... and Sephiroth, whose beautiful silver hair, slender hips, and deep green eyes will leave you breath— [shirtless Sephiroth appears] wait, he's a dude!? Aw man! I have his picture up in my bedroom!
- Victorious Childhood Friend: The Narrator jokes that Peeta's role in Catching Fire as "his never ending journey to escape the friendzone."Narrator: [after Katniss kisses Peeta] Holy shit that worked. Not bad, Cake Boss, not bad.
- Villain Has a Point:
Narrator: Watch as all mutant-kind must band together to defeat evil government officials out to prove that mutants are dangerous... which they totally are! [cue montage of mutants being dangerous with comedic music playing over it, ending with Charles Xavier being brainwashed into snuffing out humans with his mind]
- According to the Narrator, the human antagonists in the X-Men Film Series:
- For Black Panther (2018), the narrator expresses his great surprise at how Killmonger actually wins the moral debate against T'Challa, and gets T'Challa to change his ways and open up Wakanda to the world.
- For Incredibles 2, the trailer points out how the movie never actually proves the villain wrong (she wants to keep supers illegal because most of them are quite destructive, and because people rely on them for solving all of their problems way too much), and that she is actually right in her rant about how people spend way too much time consuming media.
- Villainy-Free Villain: The Narrator considers Khan to be this in Star Trek Into Darkness.Narrator: [Khan]'s a ruthless villain so diabolical he'll... not kill Spock [Khan shoots Spock's gun out of his hand], let Kirk express his feelings [Khan does nothing while Kirk punches him repeatedly], and ultimately be completely justified in his actions. [Khan talks about wanting to save his family] ...you've gotta admit, he's got a point.
- Vindicated by History: The Honest Trailer for Starship Troopers, described as a "a work of subversive genius", remarks more than once how it was misunderstood as a really dumb war movie when it came out, but is now better recognized for how it satirizes a militarized society and "a movie about using war to take advantage of dumb people":
- Visual Pun: The Walt Disney Corporation's increasing monopoly over most of modern media is depicted in the Avengers: Endgame Honest Trailer as a box of the Disney edition of Monopoly.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: The Stinger for The Little Mermaid (1989) shows how different it would be had Ariel's top half been a fish instead of her bottom half. Eric covers his mouth as if he were about to toss his cookies.
- Wall of Text: The narrator starts to detail the master plan of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but then gives up, and details the convoluted plan in a very long text.
- Waxing Lyrical: The "Starring..." at times has jokes built out of song lyrics.
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) theme song inspired the Turtles' credits on the 2014 movie ("Leads", "Does Machines", "Cool But Crude", and "A Party Dude"), "Teenage Foggy Nelson Turtle" on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (for Pollux, played by Elden Henson, who also plays Foggy Nelson on Daredevil), and "Teenage Mutant Negasonic" on Deadpool (2016).
- Queen tunes also inspired some, such as when in Terminator Genisys credited John Connor after being turned into a Terminator as "Another John Made of Dust" and Independence Day: Resurgence credited the Alien Queen as "She's a Killer Queen".
- Mortal Kombat had Scorpion credited as "Palms are deadly, knees weak, arms are heavy."
- Aliens had Bill Paxton as "I am the Paxman, Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop!".
- Ghost in the Shell (2017) had the Major as "Turning Japanese, Turning Japanese, I really think so".
- Avengers: Infinity War had a case with added scat performance of the logo riff: "Bam, da da bum, da da bum, My Gamora!"
- Twister has the flying cow listed as "Moooove B***, Get Out the Way"
- ''The Fifth Element' has Leeloo as "What If God Was One of Us" and the President as "Hold Me Closer Tiny Lister".
- WandaVision credits Wanda, now finally the Scarlet Witch, as "I'm a Witch, I'm a Mother, An Avenger, Had a Brother"
- Godzilla vs. Kong has the latter as "I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again"
- The last credit on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is downright singing of "Sam's On a Boat!"
- Mortal Kombat (2021) changes the opening of "Be My Guest" to "See My Vest! See My Vest!"
- Money Plane features "I'm Thieving... On a Bet Plane... I Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again"
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The Honest Trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy draws attention to how the movie tries to appeal to younger viewers by using dated memes and pop culture references, including Austin Powers and The Matrix:
- What Could Have Been:
- The Honest Trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day notes, with horror, that the studio originally wanted O.J. Simpson to play the T-800.
- The Honest Trailer for Face/Off notes how it was originally written for Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger - and expresses disappointment that the closest thing we got to them co-starring as leads in an action movie became Escape Plan.
- The Honest Trailer for Predator mentions how the titular alien was originally going to be Jean-Claude Van Damme in a red, lobster-like body suit.Narrator: Yep, that really happened.
- The opening of the Honest Trailer for The Rise of Skywalker mentions who was originally supposed to direct it:
- The Starring part of the Honest Trailer for Street Fighter mentions that Japanese actor Kenya Sawada was originally cast as Ryu, but because his English was so bad he was recast as a random Allied Nations soldier.
- The Honest Trailer for DC Extended Universe starts by listing some older DC Comics movie projects that were cancelled: Superman Lives, where Superman would have been played by Nicolas Cage, Batman vs. Superman: Asylum, which would have featured Superman fighting Batman, and Superman: Flyby, written by J. J. Abrams. It also mentions how some movies planned for the franchise, like the New Gods movie and an Aquaman spinoff about The Trench, were cancelled because of behind-the-scenes problems.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
- The narrator points out that The LEGO Movie would be very different if told in another medium:Narrator: Laugh along at the mix of expert CGI and comically bad Live Action — that covers up the horrific reality of what you're actually watching! Like this cop killing his own parents! The destruction of an entire city... the brutal beheading of one of the films heroes! And the fact that this father and son have created a sentient universe in their basement that they can destroy at any time!
- The narrator has a similar reaction to Zootopia:Narrator: Follow along with this kids' film slash noir crime thriller full of bright colors, cute characters, allegories to contemporary racial and... class politics... police discrimination... affirmative action... tokenism... sexism... and racial slurs?
- The narrator is rather unnerved that in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Megan Fox's April O'Neil not only at one point wears a schoolgirl outfit, but also changed into it in public, when it's shown that it must've required taking off the pants she was wearing.
- The Honest Trailer for The Secret Life of Pets points out the surprising amount of violence in the film, showing a montage of it set to grim, angsty music.
- The Honest Trailer for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory points out how terrifying the factory and Willy Wonka really are, going as far as to compare Willy Wonka to a Serial Killer.
- The Honest Trailer for Jumanji points out how it has some really scary themes that feel kind of out of place in a movie made for children:Narrator: ...like, unresolved childhood issues, bullying, literal death, fears about your own inadequacies that manifest as mass shooters, and tons of PTSD. Man, this is so much darker than I remember.
- The Honest Trailer for The Incredibles lists some things from the movie that are pretty dark for such an otherwise warm and uplifting story, such as a surprisingly high bodycount, Mooks trying to kill children and children actually killing mooks.
- The Honest Trailer for Hook points out how much child and family-unfriendly stuff is actually in the movie.
- The Honest Trailer for SHAZAM! (2019) starts with reminding audiences that, despite being much brighter in tone than previous DCEU entries like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and starring a Kid Hero, it's still not recommended for young viewers due to the scary scenes involving the Seven Deadly Sins.
- The Honest Trailer for Masters of the Universe notes how kinky the movie is, especially for a movie based on action figures and aimed at kids.
- The Honest Trailer for The Journey of Natty Gann opens by mentioning how it was made when Disney's live-action movies were surprisingly un-childfriendly:Narrator: Before Disney made live-action films so parents could relive their childhoods, return to the era when Disney made live-action films so parents could end their kids' childhoods.
[a montage of disturbing or terrifying scenes from Return to Oz, The Black Hole and Pete's Dragon]
- The Honest Trailer for A Goofy Movie has the narrator wonder what kind of kids movie this is, considering the plot resolves around Goofy as a middle aged suburban dad who tries to connect with his teenage son, who hates him.
- The Honest Trailer for The Neverending Story reminds the audience that, despite being a fantasy movie with child protagonists, it has many dark and depressing moments.
- The narrator points out that The LEGO Movie would be very different if told in another medium:
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
- The Honest Trailer of Super Mario Bros. asks how much acid the filmmakers took. After seeing the infamously In Name Only Goombas dancing with each other, the narrator decides "Okay, all of it. All of the acid."
- The Honest Trailer for Face/Off suggests that the plot "makes perfect sense - if you're on a lot of cocaine".
- The Honest Trailer for Thor: Ragnarok points out how it actually looks like a classic Marvel comic, and reminds viewers that "Thor's a cosmic Viking created by nerds on acid in the 60s; it should look crazy!"
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- In Skyfall: "Wait, whatever happened to that hard drive they were looking for? Wasn't that the whole point of the movie? No? Oh, OK."
- The Honest Trailer for Jupiter Ascending points out that, at the end of the movie, while Balem was defeated, the other two Abraxi siblings are just forgotten by the plot and must have been left to continue their genocidal business.
- WTH, Casting Agency?:
- During the "Starring" portion of the 300 trailer, the narrator breaks from giving witty nicknames to voicing his shock at some of the actors who got cast, though it seems less because of the usual miscasting associated with the trope and more because of the sheer levels of Retroactive Recognition.
- During the "Starring" portion of the Superman Returns trailer, the narrator wonders what is Parker Poseynote doing in a Superman blockbuster.
- The Honest Trailer for Get Out (2017) points out how the movie did this intentionally by casting well-known white actors such as indie favorite Catherine Keener, The West Wing co-star Bradley Whitford and Girls co-star Allison Williams as racist serial killer horror movie villains.
- The Starring segment of the Honest Trailer for Hobbs & Shaw questions the logic of casting the Mexican Eiza González as a Russian super criminal.
- The Pitch Meeting section of the Honest Trailer for Money Plane suggests that the villain, Darius "The Rumble" Grouch, sounds like he should be played by a Scary Black Man actor like Samuel L. Jackson or Ving Rhames rather than his actual actor, Kelsey Grammer.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The Honest Trailer for Batman Begins points out how Batman is not above using illegal tactics, and thus isn't that different from the criminals. His list of crimes include: arson, breaking and entering, illegal wiretapping, vigilantism, terroristic threatening, property damage, third-degree murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: The Honest Trailer for Doctor Strange (2016) takes a few shots at Benedict Cumberbatch's American accent, describing it as his third weird accent choice following his awful Southern American accent in August: Osage County and his questionable Bostonian accent from Black Mass and comparing it to the scene from Die Hard where Alan Rickman adds a fake American accent on top of his fake German accent.Narrator: Benny, bubby! Your natural voice is perfect! Use it!
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In the Honest Trailer for Face/Off, the narrator keeps telling Castor Troy and Sean Archer to shoot each other in a scene where they talk while pointing guns at each other.
- Wolverine Publicity:
- Referenced during the Honest Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past:Narrator: In a world of other cool X-Men, meet Wolverine. For the seventh fucking time!
- By the time of the Honest Trailer for Logan, Wolverine is the victim of this trope, rather than the one who gets the benefit. The film is so damn good, that the narrator finds it hard to make fun of it. He even calls Deadpool (2016) and see if he has something sarcastic to say, only to discover that he also thinks that the film is a "fucking masterpiece."
- Referenced during the Honest Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past:
- Worst. Whatever. Ever!:
- Batman & Robin is referred to as "The Worst Batman Ever."
- The "Just Sayin" reporter from Iron Man 3 gets called the "Worst Movie Extra Ever." They even hijack the Iron Man 3 CinemaSins video to point it out again.
- Lex Luthor pushing a Jolly Rancher onto a senator's mouth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is credited as "Worst. Product Placement. Ever."
- Writer on Board: Inverted - The previous narrator took over the trailer of The Force Awakens, to make sure that the current narrator does not get too complacent because of his fanboyism.
- The X of Y: In Game of Thrones:Narrator: Travel to Westeros, a place where everything is the Thing of Nouns.
King Robert: The Hand of the King.
Sam Tarly: Light of the Seven.
Brienne of Tarth: Brienne of Tarth.
Ygritte: Lord of Bones.
Lord Beric: Lord of Light.
Lord Tywin: Master of Coin.
Queen Daenerys: Mother of Dragons.
Shagga: Son of Dolf.
Melisandre: Son of Fire.
Melisandre: Warrior of Light.
Tyrion: Bank of Braavos.
Lord Stark: Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North...
- You Are Number 6:
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is credited as "Marvel Chris #3" (after Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans).
- In Skyfall, Severine is credited as "Random Bond Girl #732."
- In Ant-Man, Darren Cross is credited as "Disposable Marvel Villain #9."
- In Taken, the generic gangster villains are simply credited as "Eastern European Criminal #1", "Eastern European Criminal #2", and so on.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: "Will Smith as Cipher Rage... Hehe, okay guys, very funny, what his real name?" (Followed shortly by this trope, name dropped)
- Yo-Yo Plot Point: The Honest Trailer for The Walking Dead Season 4-6 points out how often the group keeps finding safe havens to take shelter in only for them to get burned down every time:Narrator: I wonder where Negan lives? I can't wait from them to blow up that town next season.
- Your Vampires Suck: The Honest Trailer for the Blade Trilogy calls the vampires from these movies the most pathetic vampires since Twilight, who burst into flames at the slightest touch of silver, garlic or sunlight, practice an ancient one-at-a-time fighting style, only have one master plan, can't really speak through their fangs, and name everything by slapping the word 'Vampire' in front of a noun.