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Release: December 21, 2010

You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard is the 2010 Christmas Special of The Nostalgia Critic. In it, the grouchy Nostalgia Critic is visited by an angel named Roger, who takes him to see a world where he was never born. It doesn't turn out as expected.


This episode contains examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: Every. Single. One of the alternate takes on Critic's fellow reviewers. The Cinema Snob shows up in blue-collar working clothes with a power drill and a toolbox. Is he a plumber? Nope, he's a porn star playing a plumber, is also The Pornomancer and has a Gag Penis. Linkara is shown sitting in a bar, sounding drunk and miserable while on the phone. Is he Drowning His Sorrows? Nope, he's the president of Marvel and DC Comics, and was just getting shelter from a snowstorm while griping that someone authorised a movie called Iron Man vs. Batman 3 without his permission and putting a kibosh on it. The Nostalgia Chick lives in an apartment where a baby can be heard crying. Is she an unsuccessful single mom? Nope, she's Happily Married, her husband is a stay-at-home-dad who takes care of the baby and she's the most respected director in Hollywood, on top of now being able to direct the Good Version of Twilight. Angry Joe lives in a weird house? Nope, he's the President of the United States and has the power to literally blow Canada off the face of the Earth. Spoony is this timeline's version of the Nostalgia Critic. Does he suffer when Douchey McNitpick appears? Still nope, Douchey is perfectly happy to have Spoony around. Nothing is ever as it seems.
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  • Boom, Headshot!: Roger from the Critic. It take about a minute to kill him, but it shouldn't have even hurt him.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Most of the CA cast members are better off, but Angry Joe is President, has already blown up Canada, and is probably not done yet.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: To everyone's surprise, Critic somehow manages to kill Roger, even though he's an angel.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Roger.
  • Flipping the Bird: Linkara to Critic at the end.
  • Framing Story: The whole episode is a story by Santa Christ.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Parodied. Roger the angel takes Critic to see an alternate world where he was never born, and everyone's life is better without the Critic, including Roger's.
  • It's Been Done: In the commentary, Doug talks about how he was disappointed to find the It's a Wonderful Plot story is much less of an original idea than he thought. Though he does at hope he was the first to do a story where the angel looks at what his own life would be like without the subject.
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  • Laughing Mad: Spoony, at the end of his review.
  • Legacy Character: In the alternate present, Spoony is now the Nostalgia Critic.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Roger decides to kill the Critic to make his own life better.
  • Nuke 'em: Angry Joe bombs Canada off the map, apparently just to get rid of Quebec.
  • The Pornomancer: The Cinema Snob in the alternate present.
  • President Evil: Angry Joe.
  • Promoted Fanboy: An In-Universe example - Linkara is the president of both Marvel and DC Comics.
  • Pun: The Critic says "It's worth a shot" just before shooting Roger.
  • Rule of Funny: The conclusions don't make sense, Critic loses all redeeming qualities for twenty minutes, everyone treats each other with loathing instead of the usual vitriolic affection, and it all goes back to normal right after. But the point is cruel humor, so just go with it.
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  • Straw Critic: The Critic in this episode. Subverted with Douchey McNitpick. He is genuinely proud of Nostalgia Critic-Spoony.
  • Spoof Aesop:
    Santa Christ: So you see, boys and girls, the moral of the story is... (Santa Christ realizes he can't think of one, and just stares at the camera blanky.)

"And that's when Mary Poppins had an abortion."
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