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  • Sacred Cow: invoked 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!
  • 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: invoked
    • 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 
  • Scrappy Mechanic: invoked
    • 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: invoked
    • 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 invokedbored, 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...
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: invoked
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • 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.
  • Sequelitis: invoked
  • 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: invoked 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.
      [title card]
      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: invoked The Honest Trailer for The New Mutants opens by telling about its many, many delays:
    Narrator: ...comes a film that was set to be released in 2018, until it got delayed to avoid Deadpool 2, delayed again to avoid Dark Phoenix, delayed again after Disney acquired Fox, delayed again thanks to the 'rona, and after all that buildup, looks like the fourth-best superhero movie of 1995.
  • Shoot the Money: invoked 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:
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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.
    • invoked As a counter-argument for fan hatred of 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.
    • For Moana, they dug up a Tokelauian speaker. Just for a cheap gag.note 
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: invoked 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:
      Narrator: ...[l]ike smooth camera pans, a cool color palette, a dank abandoned building, nihilism, sociopaths, low-lit interiors, ambient music, haze, and general fucked up-edness.
    • 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: invoked 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
        invokedFor 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
    • From Game of Thrones
      Narrator: 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?.
  • 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: invoked 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
      ?????????
      Something something
      Something something
      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!
  • So Okay, It's Average: invoked
    • The Narrator's opinion of Thor.
      Narrator: You've seen great superhero films, you've seen terrible superhero films. Now, prepare for a superhero film that's just kinda... "ehh". I'm mean, I guess they did the best they could adapting a comic book about a bratty space god.
    • 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:
      Narrator: You love the original trilogy with a burning passion. You went to war over The Last Jedi. Now, get ready for a completely new kind of Star Wars movie: one you'll forget by the time you're home from the theater.
    • 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.
  • 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:
    Narrator: Create your own story as your Sims babble away in incomprehensible Simlish...
    Male Sim: [question in Simlish]
    Female Sim: [agreement in Simlish]
    Narrator: ...a ridiculous fake language like Klingon or Swedish.
    PewDiePie: [angry Swedish cursing]
  • Spin-Off:
  • Special Effect Failure: invoked
    • 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: invoked Brought up in the Fantastic Four (2005) trailer:
    Narrator: And don't tell me it's impossible to make a good Fantastic Four movie. It's called The Incredibles, and it's perfect.
  • Spoiler:
    • 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]
    Narrator: Eyuugh.
  • Star-Derailing Role: invoked Credits Maria Pitillo in the Godzilla (1998) Honest Trailer as "Career Killer."
  • Star-Making Role: invoked
  • 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:
  • Stillborn Franchise: invoked
  • 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 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.
  • 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: invoked 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.
      Narrator: I know Marvel's taking some risks here and there, but this one definitely sticks to the old plan.
  • 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 invokedphone 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:
    • Both narrators really wanted Katniss to choose Gale instead of Peeta.
      Gannon Nickell: I mean, I'm not gay, but I would totally s*ck Gale's d*ck!
      Jon Bailey: I would totally choose Gale... ah, I mean, if I were Katniss... ah, screw it! Gale is hot and I would make out with that face in a heartbeat!
    • Also, Poe Dameron, who both narrators agree has a beautiful face and that is a high point of the movie.
  • 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:invoked
    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?"
  • 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:

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  • 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.
    • 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 invokeddoesn'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.
    • invoked While they ultimately deem 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.
    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!
    • invoked While lamenting the perceived 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 .
    • 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.
    • invoked The Honest Trailer for 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 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 invoked 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:
      Epic Voice Guy: You slept through The Morning Show, you didn't see See, and you haven't bothered to start your Mythic Quest (I hear it's good, though), but since your iPhone crapped out on you, and every new one comes with a free year of Apple TV+, you might as well check out... Ted Lasso.
    • 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: invoked 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: invoked
    • 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.
  • That One Attack: invoked 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!: invoked
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: invoked
    • 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: invoked
    • 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:
      Sonic: Gotta go fast!
      Narrator: Gotta go fffff... invokedfor 90 minutes, or we don't have a movie!
    • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked
    • 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 invokedmore 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.
      Narrator: They just use it to make a door?! Is Snyder saving the good stuff for the prequel, the sequel,note  the anime prequel,note  or the Snyder Cut?
    • 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.
  • 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: invoked 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?
      Carol: Yes.
      Narrator: Wait, what?
      Carol: Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. [she shoots Lizzie dead]
      Narrator: Damn!
      [Carol is shown stabbing and killing a Wolf]
      Narrator: Whoa!
      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?
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: invoked
  • 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: invoked
    • 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:
    Narrator: They're supposed to be dumb, remember?
    • 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:
    Narrator: From the studio that just got hacked by North Korea, lost creative control of Spider-Man, might lose James Bond, and couldn't even keep Adam Sandler happy,note  comes this sure-fire hit to put them back on track!
    [shows a ton of angry comments about the trailer]
    Narrator: Oh no...
  • Troperiffic:
  • Troubled Production: invoked
    • 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:
      Narrator: So enjoy another super smash hit whose success was far from guaranteed, with two competing studios fighting for control, six different screenwriters, and a director with just two low-budget indiesnote  to his name.
    • 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:
      Narrator: After Disney reshot half of their first Star Wars story because they didn't like what the director did, watch them hand the keys to an exciting new creative team, then reshoot even more of the movie because they didn't like what the directors did.
    • 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.
    • invoked A fair amount of the Honest Trailer for the 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.
      Narrator: ...in the kind of behind-the-scenes drama you get when the closest thing you have to a Feige is Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary.note 
  • Trolling Creator: invoked 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.
  • Typecasting:

    U 
  • Unexplained Accent: Mocked in The Lion King (1994):
    Narrator: All of these African animals sound British (Zazu), Jewish mom (Timon), Gangsta (Shenzi) and CNN (Mufasa).
  • 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.
      Narrator: Good lord, Disney, these were actual people, not the Uruk-hai!
  • 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:
  • Unintentional Period Piece: invoked
    • 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 "invokedcrappy 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.

    V 
  • 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:
      Narrator: ...[t]hat's never been improved on in its sequels, and could be released in theaters today because it's aged so well.
      Blain: ...a bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here...
      Narrator: Eh, mostly well.
    • 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:
  • Video Game Movies Suck: invoked
  • 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: invoked
    • 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]
    • 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: invoked 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":
    Narrator: Not at all based on the classic sci-fi novel, comes the film that made you say "oorah!" when it first came out, then "oooh, I get it" when you watched a few years later.
  • 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.

    W – X 

    Y – Z 
  • You Are Number 6:
  • 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.
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