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  • Accentuate the Negative: Subverted occasionally, since even Todd can admit when a song he's reviewing does something right, or something close to right.
    Todd: I don't make these reviews because I hate pop music. I make these reviews because I love pop music.
    • The double review of "We Are Young" by fun. (yes, it's not capitalized and the period is part of their name) and "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye, Todd brings into question just how these indie songs became so popular. At the end of the review, he's still a little baffled, but he admits he really can't find anything wrong with either artists, and enjoys both of their previous works.
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    • Starting with his "Ni**as in Paris" review, Todd has been reviewing a lot more songs that he considers good or at least songs he doesn't really hate.
    • Inverted (Accenting the positive) with both Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" and Macklemore's "Thrift Shop"note . They're the only two good songs on the radio at the time of the review. EVERYTHING ELSE was boring crap.
    • Todd tries to do this with One Direction's "Best Song Ever", but all his arguments against the song die as soon as he vocalises them. He admits at the end of the video, somewhat embarrassed, that he really likes it and it would up being his 6th favorite song that year.
    • Done so with "Blurred Lines" in which he states a few things he likes about it and even says he doesn't find it that bad. But after that, Todd has a lot of negative criticism for the song.
  • Acceptable Targets: invoked
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    • Chris Brown, even before the incident. Todd initially saw him as akin to Justin Bieber. Taken even further after Brown won a Grammy, as Todd started following him on Twitter just for trolling!
    • Beyonce. Back in 2009, he was so sick of her that he put 3 of her songs on his Worst Hit Songs list that year, although he hasn't criticized her since his "Telephone" review.
    • Flo Rida and his complete lack of personality and inability to write memorable lyrics. However, "I Cry" was listed in his Best Hit Songs of 2012 list.
      Todd: We've got another report that this is the guy who did "Right Round", so, um... lethal force is authorized.
    • Pitbull. "He makes the good songs go bad and the bad songs much worse." Although "International Love" did earn an honourable mention in the "Best of 2012" video, only let down by the presence of...Chris Brown! "Time of Our Lives" with Ne-Yo also made an honorable mention in the "Best of 2015" video.
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    • Soulja Boy, whom Todd often uses as a measuring stick by which to judge other inept rappers.
    • Jason Derulo, because of his talent or lack thereof. And his constant self-glossing in his songs.
    • The band Chicago, specifically former bassist and lead singer Peter Cetera.
    • The band Train, specifically lead singer and songwriter Pat Monahan.
    • Maroon 5, specifically frontman Adam Levine. "Maroon 5 nowadays remind me of, like, a towel rack or a blender, an Ikea lamp. You know, just some kind of functional product, but not assembled with as much passion."
    • "White guy with an acoustic guitar" (WGWAG) songs. While the literal setup itself is not completely bad, Todd calls it the bare minimum effort for any musician. What Todd hates most about the WGWAG genre is the mindset behind it: (often) insincere love songs or just plain boring songs sung by douchey, (usually) white guys trying to impress girls at frat parties. He has singled out "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, "Hey Soul Sister" by Train, "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars, "Let Her Go" by Passenger, and anything by Jack Johnson and John Mayer as examples, and fleshed out his reasons in his review of "The Lazy Song". He didn't anticipate the possibility that Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" was one of these. At that point, it was just adding insult to injury.
      • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, despite not having an acoustic guitar, is singled out as an example because of the mindset factor.
      • He gives examples a pass if he finds them sufficiently sincere. He doesn't hate the Plain White T's (and straight up admitting to liking "Hey There, Delilah"), and Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" was spared from the same fate as "I'm Yours".
      • Yet another one that got a pass was Ed Sheeran's "The A-Team"; he said that he didn't particularly care for it, but it at least seemed to have more effort, sincerity, and ambition put into it than your average WGWAG song.
      • In "One Hit Wonderland", he praises Mr. Big's "To Be with You" as an enjoyable WGWAG. Todd also notes that the band had the musical proficiency that many WGWAG artists lack.
    • The Distaff Counterpart of the above, "white chick on piano". While not everything qualifies (he gives Adele a pass for "Someone Like You"), he cites Evanescence (or at least "My Immortal"), Vanessa Carlton, and Christina Perri as examples. He finds it to often be either overly sentimental or overly bitter, with lyrics that sound like they were written by teenage girls just getting past their first breakup.
    • Self Empowerment Anthems, which often overlap with "white chick on piano" songs. Todd finds most examples to be bland and boring, singling out songs such as Miley Cyrus' "The Climb", Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", Katy Perry's "Firework" and "Roar", Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", Rachel Platten's "Fight Song", Daya's "Sit Still, Look Pretty", and Alessia Cara's "Scars to Your Beautiful". Todd states that he hates reviewing this sub-genre because it makes him seem like a douche for (rightfully) trashing these kinds of songs.
    • Dance songs set in clubs about dancing to dance songs (set in clubs).
    • Any artist or band whose rise to fame was due to Nepotism. Todd singles out Willow Smith, Hot Chelle Rae, Debby Boone, Rockwell, and LMFAO. Miley Cyrus' early career could be attributed to nepotism; however, unlike the aforementioned examples, Miley's career is far more successful.
    • Songs used in commercials that sound like they were written for them. Aside from "Tonight, Tonight", he singles out Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl".
    • The novelty hits of the early 1960s. Even if it wasn't the darkest era of pop music, it was one of the stupidest.
    • Boy bands in general, and up until "Best Song Ever", One Direction specifically. He doesn't hate the members of One Direction personally or even as musicians; rather, he hates the people who write their music to exploit their teen girl fanbase.
    • Nu Metal and Post-Grunge. Todd claims that every entry in the two genres sound the same.
    • As of 2012 onward, "Pop Song Chords". Todd admits that not every Pop Song Chord song is automatically bad; however, he considers their use as a sign of laziness, especially when songwriters fail to do anything creative with said chords.
    • Electronic dance music (EDM)/house music. As early as the "Sexy Bitch" review, Todd tells ravers that he "would rather nail [his] feet to the side of a moving car than listen to it". He singles out David Guetta and Calvin Harris as the worst of the genre. However, he's since mellowed out about it, admitting that, while he doesn't outright hate EDM, the genre largely turns him off because he finds it repetitive and emotionless. Todd calls Daft Punk his favorite EDM duo; some other EDM songs which Todd likes are "Clarity" by Zedd ft. Foxes and "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil' Jon.
    • "Bling and bitches" rap songs. Basically, any rap song which glorifies material wealth and misogyny. In the "Worst Hit Songs of 2013", Todd, while critiquing Drake's "Started From the Bottom", claims that "the journey is more interesting than the destination". Lil Wayne and his label Young Money are two of the biggest offenders. However, Todd likes "Ni**as in Paris", if only because Jay-Z and Kanye West actually have the clout to brag about material wealth.
    • Bro-country, which he considers to be the white Southern version of "bling and bitches" rap songs with its lyrics about trucks, girls, drinking, and partying. He singles out Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan as the worst of the genre.
      Todd: What hath Big & Rich wrought?
    • In the "Worst Hit Songs of 2015", Todd states that any song that got big off Vine (e.g. "Nasty Freestyle" by T-Wayne, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" by Silento, "Hit the Quan" by iLoveMemphis, "Juju on that Beat (TZ Anthem)" by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall and so on) was a basis for automatic inclusion on his Worst Lists.
    • Similar to the above, any song whose initial chart success is mostly attributed to a meme, such as Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" with the Mannequin Challenge and Migos' "Bad and Boujee" with "Raindrop, Drop Top..." tweets.note 
    • The "Millennial Whoop". Much like the above-mentioned "Pop Song Chords", not every song that uses the Millennial Whoop is necessarily bad; however, he brings it up in the "Scars to Your Beautiful" review to call out songwriters that use the technique to make "boring and thin-sounding" songs seem bigger than they actually are.
    • He also hates Joel Schumacher, but not for the reason you'd think - he actually hates his "serious" films like St. Elmo's Fire far more than Batman & Robin.
    • He takes anything remotely related to Air Supply as an opportunity to bash them.
    • Christian Rock. He holds a very poor opinion of the genre. He described it in his review of "Tonight, Tonight" as a "musical wasteland", complete with Scare Chord, while bringing up the family connections that the members of Hot Chelle Rae had. He also felt that, going through Nine Days' catalogue of songs other than "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)", they reminded him of the bad Christian rock he heard while flipping through stations on long road trips. He did, however, give a pass to Jars of Clay when he covered "Flood" for One Hit Wonderland, saying that their better songs could pass for legitimately good Alternative Rock, even if he admitted that he was damning them with faint praise.
    • Charity singles. Despite their good intentions, charity singles are almost always slow, boring, and borderline unlistenable.
  • Accidental Truth: When discussing the Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" on One-Hit Wonderland, he gets stuck on the word "haver" and wonders what it even means. "Babbling nonsense words?" Cut to the dictionary definition, and it's exactly what the word means.
  • Actor Allusion: invoked When the opening of Shanghai Surprise shows Paul Freeman's character having his opium being confiscated, Todd responds thusly...
  • Actually Pretty Funny: One small scene in "Sexy and I Know It". But that's the only thing he'll concede.
    • He actually enjoys (or at least doesn't hate) Justin Bieber's chorus of "#Thatpower", but declares Will.I.am so bad that it is still the second worst song of the year.
    • The line "We did one of your things already. We murdered the pimp and the fat man. Now it's time to do one of my things." in Madonna's Who's That Girl.
    • He loathes the ostensible central conceit of the music video for "Shape Of You"; Ed Sheeran training to be a hardcore fighter. But he admits that the punchline - the fight is actually against a sumo wrestler, with Sheeran wearing a fatsuit and losing terribly - is actually pretty funny.
    • Todd's review of Lil Dicky's Earth is pretty scathing, as he deconstructs how lazy and uninspired the jokes are. However, he does admit that he laughed at Kevin Hart's guest-verse "And I'm Kanye West", if only because of how random it was.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Chicago were not the only band to suddenly sell out in seventy-six."
  • Adorkable: Is fairly endearingly awkward in his commentary tracks.
  • Advertised Extra:
    • Criticizes Janelle Monae as being this in "We Are Young", since her part is so inobtrusive that he wasn't even aware she was in the song. He then parodies it by promoting the video as a crossover with JewWario, who appears on screen for a second to say "hi".
    • Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" in the video of the same name. Todd talks about it for a few seconds, but the video is mainly about how much he hates Chris Brown and his fans.
    • Also shows up in the "Meant to Be"/"The Middle" dual review where, when reviewing the former song, he points out that it takes Bebe Rexha nearly a full minute to show up in a song where she's supposedly the lead artist.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: In "If I Die Young", he flips out when he figures out that Kimberly Perry is 28 and actually older than he is, pointing out that it would be much easier to stomach if she were 16, since many people go through a morbid phase at that age but grow out of it. invoked
    • When forced to clarify, he said that 28 is not too old to die young, but it is too old to write "If I Die Young."
  • Album Filler: Theory raised by Todd concerning the lyrics of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister".
    • And also regarding the beat and production in "E.T.".
  • All There in the Manual: The details behind the "DL Incident" referenced in the "Like a G6" review were, as promised, later revealed on Twitter.
    Todd: "So... much... blood..."
    • This is called back in the "Grenade" review.
    • A darker version of this happened around Christmas 2010 when his Twitter became a sort-of Apocalyptic Log for when he contracted MRSA. Obviously, he got better.
  • Alter-Ego Acting: Initally, Todd was depicted as something of a Jerkass compared to how he was in real life. However, this aspect of his videos has more or less disappeared, and the reviews are now fairly straightforward. Lampshaded in his Look What You Made Me Do review.
    Todd: But of course I'm only saying that because that's what the Todd in the Shadows persona I've put on would say. Is it real or not real? Who's the actual Todd when he comes out of the Shadows? Does he really hate this song or is it just an ac- yeah, we're not doing that. It is the real me. The shadow thing is just a dumb gimmick and yes, I do, in fact, actually hate this song. Duh, I have ears.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invoked He's fond of doing this with popstars:
    • Lady Gaga is an Eldritch Abomination, (or, alternatively, a cultist) who wants to kill and eat us all, dislikes words, and avoids using them whenever possible.
    • Lil Wayne is on a quest to record with every musician in existence. He is also a sentient iguana.
    • Flo Rida:
      • He is trying his damn hardest to be a successful rapper by only making songs with good choruses but awful verses and without having any identifiable personality traits whatsoever... other than a taste for clubbing. Furthermore, his image is so tied to his clubbing that he goes out partying even when he doesn't want to in order to keep up his rep, to the point that he often zones out in exhaustion.
      • Also, the events of "Whistle" are all in his head.
    • Train:
      • Patrick Monahan went insane during the hiatus of his band, explaining why the lyrics to Train's songs are becoming increasingly bizarre.
      • Monahan has also recently undergone an arbitrary larynx transplant surgery, which is why his voice is suddenly so high-pitched and whiny.
      • After "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Drive By" became hits, Monahan began to hate his fans for letting him get away with writing such bad lyrics, so he wrote "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" to take revenge on them by bombarding them with the most insane song he could make. It became a hit.
      • The lyrics in the video for "Hey, Soul Sister" are squirming along the walls because they're attempting to escape.
      • Hefty paid Pat Monahan to be mentioned in "Drive By".
    • Cher Lloyd's song "Want U Back" is told from the perspective of a sociopathic high school Alpha Bitch.
    • Ke$ha really is a perpetually drunken, shallow party girl, who prefers to go out with men who look like Mick Jagger (Tik Tok) and have beards (Your Love Is My Drug). note 
    • The members of 3OH!3 pretended to be douchey frat boys for the video of their song "Don't Trust Me", but they've gotten so into character that now they can't stop.
    • The crew behind "The Time" were conspiring against The Black Eyed Peas — a recording technician was attempting to unplug Fergie's mic near the end, and the video's director was taking potshots at the song.
    • Ludacris is omnipresent.
    • Barry Manilow wrote every single song ever written. (Except "I Write The Songs")
    • Bruno Mars:
      • "Grenade" was his Sanity Slippage Song.
      • Bruno himself is "possibly not a guy".
      • "The Lazy Song" has a bunch of random references to sex and masturbation because it would have been a kids' song otherwise. Moreover, it's a song about Bruno's lost dignity.
      • Bruno also shouts out "Gorilla" whenever he has an orgasm.
    • Wyclef Jean is on prescription drugs, but forgot them while recording "We Are The World"
    • Enrique Iglesias is a serial rapist who was raised in the wild.
    • Putt Putt is a drug addict.
    • Kanye West a) isn't rapping about alien sex on "E.T.", but kidnapping, b) has an inexplicable grudge against epileptics, and c) is a pretentiously genius mentally unhinged artiste.
    • Beyonce has a deep-rooted hatred for men.
    • Ne-Yo is aware of some sort of apocalypse, which may or may not (probably not) be caused by LMFAO.
    • Drake is painfully aware of the fleeting nature of fame, and very afraid that he'll wake up one morning and find himself working at Burger King.
    • Chris Brown is a WWE Heel.
      • And that Kevin McCall snuck a reference to Ike Turner into "Deuces", feigning innocence, just so he could humiliate Chris Brown by association.
    • Kelly Clarkson deliberately enters or imagines up bad relationships to write Breakup Songs.
    • Pitbull isn't capable of rapping about anything other than how much money he makes, even if he tries to fit it in with another theme, such as Men in Black.
    • David Guetta's music is so mechanical he might actually be a robot. More than that, he's a Life Drinker: Able to sustain his own boring career by feeding off any interest that his guest singers might have had before working with him, and leaving them just as boring as he is afterward. Flo Rida is the only exception because he had no personality to begin with.
    • His "Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2012" has several of these. In addition to expanding on Train mentioned above, Pitbull has been replaced by an alien/replicant trying to copy our "hu-man musical art forms" and the end result is just "adorable," Hunter Hayes' "Wanted" is just a con to try and get the singer laid, Will.I.Am is some kind of idiot savant, and Chris Brown's managers may be slipping in lyrical references to his domestic abuse as a prank.
    • The protagonist of Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" is a vengeful fire goddess literally setting things on fire.
    • Will.i.am finds inspiration for his music in the sounds made by car alarms, jackhammers, vaccum cleaners, dripping faucets and your neighbours having loud sex.
    • Peter Cetera is a real life Bond villain who caused the stock market to crash, committed war crimes, and killed Todd's dog.
    • Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" is about a girl with an out-of-control drug problem. She literally can't stop.
    • One Direction's "Best Song Ever" is about the girl from Orbit gum commercials and the song in question is "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars.
    • Lady Gaga's "Applause" is an attack on The Nostalgia Critic.
    • Imagine Dragons and OneRepublic have fallen under a "Freaky Friday" Flip style spell, but instead of switching the band members' bodies, the spell switched their musical talent.
      • Furthermore, Imagine Dragons wrote "Demons" after their big hits, and then traveled back in time to put it on their album. After all, how else could Todd have mistaken yet another milquetoast adult contemporary band for some groundbreaking new alternative rock group?
    • Rockwell sang about being stalked in every one of his songs because he really was followed by a shadowy presence everywhere. His total disappearance from the media after his string of lukewarm releases is the result of that follower having finally gotten him.
    • The Far East Movement are devil worshipers seeking to debunk every Asian stereotype in existince, including the good ones like intelligence and being good at music.
    • The slow outro at the end of "Sweater Weather" by The Neighborhood represents the songs' two lover characters succumbing to hypothermia and dying.
    • The character in Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" isn't actually gunning down his classmates; he just carries his dad's gun around with him because he thinks it looks cool. And it doesn't end well.
    • Katy Perry:
      • Her #1 singles are due to a deal that she has with Billboard. Likewise, her song "E.T." is about wanting to hook up with an illegal alien. As Todd put it, "You're an Indian, an Ethiopian..."
      • The entirety of her album Witness, from the actual songs to the music videos to her promotion of it in 2017, was one long Creator Breakdowninvoked on her part, with Todd citing as proof "Chained to the Rhythm", a lead-off single viciously mocking her entire career up to that point as vapid garbage that distracted people from real problems in society. As the icing on the cake, the video for her single "Hey Hey Hey" casts her as Marie Antoinette.
    • Jason Derulo:
      • "Talk Dirty" is sang by a douchey American tourist who can only hook up with foreign women because they don't understand how cheesy and offensive his pick-up lines are.
      • "Wiggle" is about what Derulo thinks a butt looks like since he has never actually seen a real human butt before.
    • Taylor Swift may be a 40 year old undercover reporter pretending to be a young person, preparing an expose on youth culture.
    • Nicki Minaj is turning into Crazy Frog.
    • Jessie J is part of a species that mates by laying eggs in their host's digestive system. Also, "Bang Bang" is a song about lesbians.
    • Niall Horan slept with Ellie Goulding because he was mad at Ed Sheeran over "Little Things".
    • Sia has been replaced by a robotic soundalike.
    • The Weeknd is a vampire who only calls women when it's half past five.
    • Justin Bieber's songs of 2015 are aimed at the world at large instead of a girl, with "What Do You Mean?" being about the mixed messages he gets from the world due to having a fandom showering him with praise and a hatedom saying he is everything bad with music.
    • Adele and Drake dated each other and wrote "Hello" and "Hotline Bling," respectively, after their inevitable breakup.
    • Selena Gomez is in the music industry simply for the lulz.
    • Rachel Platten is a vaguely human-shaped mannequin that Columbia Records is selling as a person.
    • Meghan Trainor's titular "Dear Future Husband" is Charlie Puth. Both of them have so little sex appeal that they're not even members of a species that reproduces sexually; instead, they split apart like amoebas.
    • Charlie Puth, meanwhile, was subjected to some sort of Jekyll & Hyde switch in 2017 that led to the milquetoast pop singer suddenly making funky, quality jams like "Attention".
    • Elle King really gets around.
    • Mike Posner wrote "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" to pander specifically to Todd, the only critic who's been keeping up with his work.
    • "PILLOWTALK" is about violent hate sex. Either that, or it's literally about Zayn going to sleep, which explains its slow tempo.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: In his review of "Mexican Radio," Todd is stunned to learn that barbecued iguana is a real thing.
  • All Men Are Perverts: When taking a moment to explain that abstinence is perfectly alright if your partner isn't ready, he defies this trope, albeit reluctantly. "And you know, that goes for the girls too. Sometimes the guy isn't ready and you shouldn't push it... it happens."
  • Anachronism Stew: The payphone itself in Maroon 5's "Payphone". It's 2012, and he's still using an antiquated piece of communications that can't be ported around with you or access the internet... and you have to PAY TO USE IT!???
    What's the next song going to be, "Cotton Gin"?
  • Analogy Backfire: Todd really likes doing this.
    • Pointed out by name in his review of The Black Eyed Peas' "Imma Be", when will.i.am compares himself to a sperm bank...as men put sperm into a sperm bank.
    • A quick one from Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight..."
    Enrique: If I had a type, then it would be you.
    Todd: Or in other words, you're not my type.
    • He also points that a firework is something so ephemerous Katy Perry should have talked about firewood instead.
    • LMFAO's "Yo, I'm runnin' through these ho's like Drano". Unless it was saying their music is corrosive and harmful.
    • When the video for "If I Die Young" invokes Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott", he points out that said lady went completely unknown or cared about by her people, even after death. All she left behind was a pretty corpse.
    • And then there's Train's "Drive By". The title's imagery aside, he focuses mainly upon the implications of Patrick comparing his love to a two-ply Hefty bag (in other words, garbage), and how his love "went viral".
    • He points out that Kelly Clarkson singing "What doesn't kill you make you stronger" is irrelevant because the narrator doesn't seem to have had any emotional investment in the relationship in the first place.
      • Also, the line "Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone" loses its credibility once the narrator mentions moving on to another man.
    • When the opening of "Mac & Devin Go To High School" suggests that the viewer smoke up before watching the movie, he points out that "you need to be high to enjoy this movie" is typically not a compliment.
    • When "Holy Grail" uses the song's title and a reference to a cup as "runneth over" to describe the prices of fame, he notes that the only time the Holy Grail has ever been harmful was when it was a fake, and "cup runneth over" is a Biblical reference about what is genuinely an overabundance of blessing from heaven. Indeed, he finds the same lack of negative consequences to be a theme in the song's verses and the artists' careers.
    • In a song about an girl wanting to get back with her ex, Miley Cyrus said she "came in like a wrecking ball" in the titular song, who wanted to "break the walls" of her ex, only to be "broken" by the ex instead ("all you ever did was break me"). Todd then shows the faultiness of this analogy by showing a cartoon of a character taking cover from being hit by a wrecking ball in a little closet, edited to show the wrecking ball breaking and disappearing, with the closet completely unharmed.
    • When commenting on Juicy J's verse in "Dark Horse", Todd points out that a Knight in Shining Armor wakes up the Sleeping Beauty, as opposed to knocking her unconscious.
    Todd: What, did you punch her?
    • In the "Replay" review, Todd notes Iyaz is comparing a girl to a broken iPod.
    • Most of the "Body Like a Back Road" episode is dedicating to picking apart the analogy of the title.
    • He finds a large number of the heroic references in "Something Just Like This" fail to be accurate descriptions of their subjects. Spider-Man's control, Batman's fists, and particularly "Achilles and his gold".
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: Completely subverted. His One Hit Wonderland review of "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba starts off with him trying to explain just what Anarchy actually is. Trying being the key word, since the best he could describe it was "Socialism or Communism, but without any government", since he openly acknowledged that he didn't really understand it himself. The trope page itself is much more clear. The band was formed in the '80s by actual far-left-sided political anarchists who joined in on the Punk Rock scene of the '80s.
  • Anatomically Impossible Sex: Discussed in his review of Kesha's "Blah Blah Blah".
    Ke$ha: ♪Turn around, boy, lemme hit that!♪
    [beat]
    Todd: "Turn around, boy... lemme hit that?" I don't think I understand the mechanics here.
    Ke$ha: ♪Don't be a little bitch with your chit chat, just show me where your dick's at!♪
    Todd: Uh... it's between his legs. You know, the crotch area, that's where it is on most guys, you should know that. I mean, not that I'm making any assumptions about your character here, but I'm pretty sure you're already well-acquainted with the location of a penis.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The Mummer's Dance by Loreena Mckennitt is completely outside of Todd's usual genres of music, forcing him to talk to people who enjoy New World Music. He does his best to make a serious go of it.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Parodied in his "Party Rock Anthem" review, in which he states "And then John was a douchebag" during the dance zombie apocalypse scene.
  • Angrish:
    • His first two Lady Gaga reviews reduced Todd to this. In one, he actually just screams in pure frustrated anger.
      DAAAAAAAAH!
    • Defied — He didn't review Ke$ha's "Take It Off" because he would spend the whole review screaming like Rain Man.
    • Defied again — On Twitter, he states he might not ever do a One Hit Wonderland review of "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes or a Worst of 1993 retrospect because his hate of the song is too primal.
    • His fury and confusion that Kenny G had a Top 10 hit on the Pop charts in 1987 devolved into this.
    • His review of "Break Up" gave us "GHRRRRLRRRUUUUUUGHHHH".
  • Anti-Love Song: Many of the songs listed in "Top Ten Songs About Mediocre Romance".
  • Arch-Enemy: Peter Cetera and Chris Brown. He plays up Cetera more because it's funnier, while Brown has actually done awful things.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Todd's worst villains of The '80s are Ayatollah Khomeini, Pablo Escobar, the guy who shot Pope John Paul II (Mehmet Ali Ağca)... and Peter Cetera, former frontman of Chicago.
    • In his review for Bruno Mars's "Grenade", Todd makes a list of the qualities of the woman whom Bruno is singing about: "Abusive", "Demonic", "Insane", "Evil", "Deceitful", and "Bad at auto repair."
    • When he's detailing the strange things that have happened to him over the year:
      Let's see, I've been abducted several times, I fought for the fate of the world, I've been punched in the face with great frequency, I drank way too much and weirdest of all, I started facing to the left.
    • Todd's opinion of Jason Derulo:
      "Jason Derulo is a talentless hack; an emotionally retarded buffoon entirely devoid of wit, charisma, or anything resembling a functioning brain cell; an artist of stunning incompetence whose noxious, simpering vocals depend entirely on lazy Auto-Tune that somehow still emphasizes his pathetic inability to hold a single note on-key in his reedy, punchable throat. He's a malformed rat being clumsily unable to even walk upright who's too stupid to even pity, and I wish he'd come to terms with the fact that he's a sentient bucket of pig sewage so he'll stop polluting the world with the audio dumpster juice he calls music. I don't like him. [beat] Artistically, I mean; I don't know what he's like personally."
  • Artistic License – Economics: He pointed out in his review of the Hannah Montana movie that the villain is trying to build a mall despite the fact that the entire town doesn't seem to want it, which is really not a good idea.
  • AstroTurf: He accuses "#selfie" of having made the Billboard Top 20 only due to viral marketing, saying it's not enjoyable enough either for the lyrics or the music to chart otherwise, even factoring in irony.
  • Ate His Gun: He tries to do this during his review of "Imma Be" by the Black Eyed Peas.
    Todd: If I have to hear "Imma Be" one more time, I'm gonna shoot myself! *Starts freaking out, reaches for a nearby pistol, puts it to his head, his chin, in his mouth, and starts pulling the trigger* [beat] *disappointed* This isn't a real gun.
    • He jokes about it again in the Sunday School Musical review.
      "Oh...I suddenly have an itch at the back of my throat...that I must scratch...with my gun!"
  • Attention Whore: Subverted. He goes into "Applause" by pointing out that Lady Gaga is one, but then realizes that the song isn't about her nearly as much as it is about her attacking her critics.
  • Author Appeal:Todd has mentioned that he's a fan of retro songs, so it's not a surprise that most songs in his end-of-year lists end up falling into this category.
  • Auto-Tune: Discussed (and used) reviewing "5 O'clock". He says that he doesn't mind it, and that it should be considered just another facet of modern production, like stereo sound or multi-tracked vocals. He then parodies it by suggesting that he should Auto-Tune the whole review, but promptly backs out.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Todd theorizes that the reason Bruno Mars peppers "The Lazy Song" with random references to sex and masturbating is because, otherwise, it could easily be mistaken for a Sesame Street song.
  • Award-Bait Song: He thinks "Never Too Far" was this for Glitter. To prove his point home, he even plays "I Will Always Love You" over it.
    • He also pointed out that Cher's solo in Burlesque was this.
      Todd: (singing like Cher) Give me an Oscar∼ We have this whole song and there's no point for it, except for a cheap "Best Song" nomination∼
  • Awesome Music: invoked His views on 'Fuck You!'
    Todd: It's rare to see consensus get built about a pop song. Music is one of the things that everyone has a different taste in. Very, very rarely is a song so good that everyone has to agree on it. But when I heard my #1 song, I spread it to everyone I knew and everyone loved it, and I've never seen that happen. I told myself if there was any justice in this world, it would be a song that spread everywhere and that everyone would love it and...it did... And by the end of 2011, it was widely recognized as one of the greatest songs ever written.
    • Invoked with the majority of the songs he gushes about in the year-end best-of lists, particularly those in the top 4 or 5. If he isn't gushing about how much he loves his picks, he's defending his more controversial picks.
    • And on Uptown Funk, his best hit song of 2014
      Todd: Everything about this is great.
      • That same year, his #3 pick, Clean Bandit's "Rather Be", almost leaves him speechless with its beauty.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Apparently, his opinion on Taio Cruz, who had no choice but to be a pop star with that name.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": In the crossover review of Kanye West's Runaway, Rap Critic and Todd Lampshade the cliche crossover setup by passing a script back and forth and reading the lines completely deadpan.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the beginning of his review of Train's "Drive By", he compliments Train as an interesting and intriguing band and rhetorically asks what made him change his mind. While the listener might be expecting a glowing compliment of a song or album, instead he says "Well, I think the lead singer might've gone insane."
    • The "Float On" One-Hit Wonderland episode starts out talking about the 2004 indie hit by Modest Mouse, then—Record Needle Scratch, Todd yells "April Fools, bitches!" and the focus switches to the homonymous 70's hit by The Floaters.
    • In his "Deuces" review:
      In February of 2009, the pop world was shocked when rising R&B superstar Chris Brown viciously and brutally assaulted... his chances for a long-term career.

      I love beating on Chris Brown just as much as Chris Brown likes beating... eggs for his famous homestyle breakfasts.
    • In his review of "7 Years", he starts off by saying how great it is to have a band like Lukas Graham, who play their own instruments and make actual music...before declaring their aforementioned hit to be one of the worst songs of the year. He explains that he'd rather have a terrible song with an actual melody, lyrics and chorus - "a kind of awful I can understand," as he puts it - rather than the (merely bad) atonal, droning, techno-driven music he's been hearing on the radio recently.
    • On his "Best of 2016" list, he trash talks several of The Chainsmokers' songs before setting up their hit "Roses" as his #1 pick...only to quickly reveal that their other song "Closer" was his real one.
    • In another One Hit Wonderland episode, he starts out about to cover You're Beautiful by James Blunt when he gets a text message—the person who requested it wants him to do Turning Japanese by The Vapors instead—which he does with gusto.
    • In the "Meant to Be"/"The Middle" review, he starts off by praising "The Middle" for its superb production... only to spend the rest of the view criticizing the lyrics and Maren Morris's uninspired vocals.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: The reason he declared "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town the 9th worst song of 2015.
  • BDSM: During his review of Rihanna's "S&M", a song that he hates so much yet finds to be a Guilty Pleasure anyway, he ultimately concludes that his enjoyment of the song is a mental/emotional act of the song's subject matter, with Rihanna as a dominatrix and him, the listener, as the sub who gets off on such an awful song.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the "Imma Be" review, after the song switches into a completely different style, Todd says that he'd be glad to hear something than other than droning repetitions of "Imma be, imma be, imma be". Then it turns out that section of the song also repeats that particular phrase...
  • Becoming the Mask: After hearing 3OH!3's verse on Kesha's 'BlahBlahBlah' Todd wonders to himself whether they were genuinely dumb fratboys all along, or if they'd 'gone so far into character that they can't get out.'
    • Subverted—he later determines, after hearing them say the line "who I is", that they are just trying too hard.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Justin Bieber. Just his mere image sends Todd into a growling rage. Hell, he got so mad at the chorus in "Eenie Meenie" it gave him a close-up.
      BIEBER!
    • Kenny G.
    • The musical genre known as adult alternative, referred to as "white-guy-with-an-acoustic-guitar songs". He crystallizes this in his review of Train's "Hey Soul Sister".
    • Conspiracy Theorists, apparently. In The Top 10 Worst Songs of 2004, when covering Jadakiss's "Why", he at first regards the song as dumb and definitely not something Jadakiss is meant for, but after hearing the lines "Why did Bush knock down the towers?" and "Why did Kobe have to hit that raw, why'd he kiss that whore?" (the "whore" being Kobe Bryant's alleged rape victim), Todd angrily tells Jadakiss to "go eat a dick."
    • Chris Brown's beating the stuffing out of Rihanna, to the point where he has to struggle to keep from making his review of "I Can Transform Ya" all about it. Chris himself becomes this over the course of "Deuces", primarily because he acted like Domestic Abuse was no big deal.
      • His anger at Chris boils over in the "Freaky Friday" review, where he seems at first mildly annoyed at the song's premise of novelty rapper Lil Dicky swapping bodies with Chris until the latter sings about his "controversial past". Cue an angry rant from Todd about how the song casually brushes off the incident and Brown's ongoing domestic issues.
    • Todd hates the group Chicago vehemently. Has it ever occurred to you that he hates Chicago?
      • More specifically, he hates Peter Cetera, frontman of Chicago, who he considers to be one of the greatest villains of the 1980s, and says his voice 'resonates at the exact frequency to piss me off'. However, he has no problem with older Chicago songs - roughly their recorded output from before the release of Chicago X.
    • Who was the writer of "I Write the Songs?" Not Barry Manilow, but BRUCE JOHNSTON OF THE BEACH BOYS!?!!?
    • Nickelback.
    • will.i.am. Especially after "The Time (Dirty Bit)". In his "Worst of 2013" retrospect, Todd states that he ranked "Scream and Shout" way too low in 2012, and that he wasn't going to make the same mistake in 2013. He ranked "#thatPOWER" as the second worst hit song of 2013, and even then, Todd said ranking the song as the second worst of the year was still too generous.
    • Songs that get big off of Vines. In his "Worst Songs of 2015", Todd states that, without exaggeration, that Vine is "the stupidest way anyone has ever gotten a hit song".
    • Meghan Trainor is shaping up to be another one of his most hated artists.
    • The "LUKAS GRAHAM!" chant in "7 Years" becomes this, specially once it returns during the Worst of 2017 list.
    • The very name of Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" leads to Todd facepalming and punching and kicking the wall.
    • Whenever the basic "four chords of pop music" pop up in a song, expect to hear an anguished groan.
  • Better by a Different Name: How he views certain songs.
    • When introducing Lady Gaga's "Alejandro", he plays the chorus of Ace of Base's "The Sign" instead.
      • He also mentions the Madonna ripoffs in the video (such as the dress from "Vogue")
    • He can't listen to more than a few bars of Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me" without it turning into "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon.
      Todd: Though, I have to admit that I don't like this song as much as the first time I heard it, back when it was called "I Gotta Feeling".
    • He imagines that "Eenie Meenie" would have been better if it left out Justin Bieber and got rid of the ridiculous lyrics... and realizes that that perfectly describes Sean Kingston's earlier song "Fire Burning".
    • In an inversion, he describes Jay Sean's "Down" as an even better version of Chris Brown's "Forever", thus ensuring that the world can safely ignore Chris Brown.
      Todd: New and improved Chris Brown! Now with 31% less Domestic Abuse!
    • He mentions Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" in his end-of-2010 recap solely to point out its similarity to Sublime's "Santeria".
    • A double-whammy in the case of "The Time" - he preferred the song they based the chorus on (in fact, like in "Alejandro" he opens the review playing "Time of Your Life", a song he doesn't like either), and believes the beats to be a rip-off of Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction".
    • While more Identical Stranger, as he doesn't like the song, Todd is shocked to see Daddy Yankee isn't Pitbull.
      • Likewise, he finds "5 O'Clock" to be a retread of "Whatcha Say", being a song about a bad boyfriend with a misused sample of a British singer - but while Todd hates DeRulo's song, T-Pain's one only baffles him.
    • "Sexy and I Know It" goes the same way "I'm Too Sexy" did in the '90s, only with worse results.
    • Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" is a retread of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"... too bad he already loathes the other one!
    • Most of fun.'s non-"We Are Young" output is an attempt to emulate Queen. Unfortunately, their lead singer isn't Freddie Mercury. Later, he acknowledges that "Some Nights" is their Bohemian Rhapsody, and he also still thinks they're a very good band.
    • He finds "Payphone"'s music too similar to Bruno Mars.
    • Gerardo's next four singles after "Rico Suave" are ripoffs of himself, Marky Mark, Tone Loc and PM Dawn.
    • Played for Laughs when comparing blowjob metaphors in his review of "Whistle".
      Todd: "Flo Rida, you are no Lauren Bacall."
    • In the "Achy Breaky Heart" episode of One Hit Wonderland, he points this out twice: first by saying that Tracy Lawrence's "Can't Break It to My Heart" is a better version of said song that plays its hook straight; then by saying that Tim McGraw did Billy Ray Cyrus' shtick better with "Indian Outlaw" (which, like "Achy Breaky Heart", was a goofy novelty line-dance song).
    • Comes up often in Burlesque, where he identifies sequences practically stolen from Moulin Rouge!, Chicago and Cabaret. More damning still, he sums up the movie in the end as trying to be Showgirls and failing at it.
    • Regarding Robin Thicke being "a poor man's Justin Timberlake", given that now his greatest hit has T.I., and the one Todd was reviewing had Pharrell, the next step is "start hosting SNL and not talking to other *NSYNC members."
    • Played with when discussing One Direction's "Best Song Ever". It took the intro and bassline from The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and based the premise on Tenacious D's "Tribute", and ripping off such great songs resulted in... a good song that still changed enough to keep it from being redundant.
    • Todd is completely okay with Bruno Mars trying to sound like Sting on "Locked Out of Heaven", since Sting himself is still on a Baroque lute music kick, and we've got to have somebody who sounds like Sting.
      • However, he finds that him doing a Prince-esque Intercourse with You song backfires, while Bruno, despite the similarities (short, ethnical) is far from it. invoked
      • He is favorable toward Bruno's take on turn-of-the-80's Kool & The Gang as well.
    • He can't mention Ariana Grande without pointing out her similarity to Ashanti, but he doesn't seem to find that a problem at all.
    • He considers "Roar" and "Dark Horse" to be weaker versions of "Firework" and "E.T.", respectively.
    • He finds the girl talking during "#selfie" to pale in comparison to Kesha's body of work or Moon Unit Zappa's lines in "Valley Girl" in all aspects: talent, musical quality, satire or even succeeding at being annoying.
    • His initial reaction to Deee-Lite is to say he liked them better when they were called The B-52s, but he continues to find differences between their bodies of work that make them worthwhile.
    • Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is compared to Fall Out Boy, Kesha and "Whip My Hair".
    • He claimed that "Fuck U Betta" by Neon Hitch is a better version of "Bang Bang"
    • He says Soulja Boy is better than Silento because at least Soulja Boy is original and came up with his own dance.
    • He unfavourably compares Lukas Graham's "7 Years" to Five for Fighting's "100 Years", saying that if Lukas Graham wanted to write a song bragging about how awesome they were, they should have written something more like "Good Life".
    • While he appreciates One Direction's "Perfect", he simply can't ignore that it's the exact same song as Taylor Swift's "Style".
    • He finds Coldplay and The Chainsmokers' "Something Just Like This" to be derivative of plenty of their previous work (especially the drop from "Roses" and the chorus from "Hymn For The Weekend"), complete with lyrics that remind him far too much of several ballads and what he determines to be the latest overly-used chord progression. He still enjoys it for having a reasonable message, pandering to the groups' biggest strengths, and adding one thing he finds surprising and worthwhile: a guitar solo during an EDM drop.
    • In the Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2016 video, he has this feeling toward Kelsea Ballerini's "Peter Pan" versus his #8 pick, Ruth B.'s "Lost Boy". He points out while Ruth B. just seems to be blandly retelling the main storyline of Peter Pan without adding anything to it or showing any understanding of its mythos, Kelsea instead used the literary allusions to come up with a narrative about a love interest who refuses to mature... or as Todd put it, to "highlight the fact that a lot of people forget, which is that Peter Pan is a useless little shit."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He describes Taylor Swift as a "verbal assassin" on par with Beyoncé or Adele in his review of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", citing her songs "Mean", "Dear John", and "Innocent" as Exhibits A, B, and C.
    "Do not piss off Taylor Swift."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: After spending much of his Trainwreckords episode on The Funky Headhunter making fun of MC Hammer's laughable attempts to be "gangsta", Todd reveals that, in reality, Hammer had extensive gang ties and used them to intimidate and nearly kill his rivals. He was just unable to bring that across without seeming goofy and non-intimidating.
  • Be Yourself: Inverted with Bruno Mars, who Todd feels makes much better music when imitating other singers.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked in Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" review, when the song just randomly starts off with Nicki Minaj rapping about things that have NOTHING to do with the song. Even the Rap Critic, who also appeared randomly out of nowhere (much to Todd's frustration- He calls him out on it), notes that neither the start of the song or Nicki's second part later on just come out of nowhere, the lyrics have nothing to do with anything else in the song, and were clearly thrown in at the last moment in production because Nicki is only standing in front of a very cheap green-screen effect in the background. And THEN Todd notes how poor the transition between Nicki's opening and Alicia's lyrics are. He's had random songs on his MP3 player transition better than that.
    • Discussed in his 2014 Grammys vlog, where he opines that the awards ceremony hasn't been truly interesting since Mike Portnoy'snote  "SOY BOMB" incident.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Movie: His opinion on The Monkees' Head.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Todd lets out a rapid fire Big No when will.i.am rhymes Lehman with semen in the "Imma Be" review.
    • Todd lets out a big no when he thinks that the car in "Black and Yellow" might just be Bumblebee.
    • And again when he hears AC/DC's "You shook me all night long" ruined by the Black Eyed Peas.
    • And again when Kanye West was let into his zone.
    • Done when acting out the cartoonishly evil boyfriend in the "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" review.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • He opens his review of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" with "Wha... WHY?!".
    • He lets out two of them in his "Ridin'" OHW when he finds out that Chamillionaire invested his money in Maker Studios, the same company he works for.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor:
    • From "Telephone".
      This video has more obtrusive advertisements than thatguywiththeglasses.com!
    • In "Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2010".
      ...but as I slowly got used to ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, I began to notice that my new compatriots and colleagues were reviewers of comic books, anime, manga, video games, cheesy B-movies, cartoons, toys, sci-fi television, and Internet fan-fiction. And that's when I realized...YOU ALL ARE A BUNCH OF NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! NERDS!
    • Both the higher-ups screwed him over in their cameos: The Nostalgia Critic threatened him with "Hoedown Throwdown" if he didn't continue reviewing music, and Rob Walker unveils that he edited out large chunks of Todd's script for "S&M" and is implied to think that Todd is dumber than '90s Kid.
    • Variation: Lady Gaga singing "To crash the critic saying 'Is it right or is it wrong?'" and "I've overheard your theory: nostalgia's for geeks" leads to Todd saying "Yeah! Screw these critics of nostalgia and everyone associated with them!"
  • Bittersweet Ending: In Todd's One Hit Wonderland of "Scat Man" by Scatman John, he absolutely believes that John Larkin deserved better than what he got. John Larkin was a 53 year old jazz musician from LA who used scatting to help cope with his own stuttering disability, and managed to pull off a Eurodance hit in 1995. His "Scatworld" follow up album ended up being a huge success in Europe and especially Japan, but he sadly passed away of lung cancer in 1999. Todd points out how there was nothing disingenuous about his music career. He never did it for fame or money, but always kept the message of spreading love and loving jazz music. He saw a chance late in his life, and he took it.
    Todd: This was just a stupid novelty song to me before I did this episode, and now it is a song from one of my favorite artists to ever come here. I feel nothing but happiness listening to this. And though he is no longer with us, I believe the Scat Man is still somewhere out there in Scatland, making our dreams come true.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!: At one point, the subtitles refer to the Jay-Z/Kanye West single as "Niggas in P***s". "What the hell do I pay you people for?"
  • Book-Ends: He opens and closes the From Justin to Kelly review failing to write a script about Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know".
    Gotye is some guy.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Mimicking The Nostalgia Critic at the start of his review of "Eenie Meenie". Makes a return at the end of the "Black and Yellow" review.
    Todd: HELLO, I'M TODD IN THE SHADOWS! I LISTEN TO IT CAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO!
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Todd accuses Kelly Clarkson of this in his review of "Stronger", since she says she's fine sleeping alone and then later claims to have already found another man in the same song.
    • And then in "Want U Back", he apparently got the same story from Lupa.
  • Brain Bleach: Employed In-Universe, and often combined with a Shower of Angst: invoked
    • In "Deuces", when Todd hears the line "I'm a dick so it shouldn't be that hard to swallow", we immediately cut to a shot of his bathroom with the shower running.
    • In the review to Britney Spears' "3"
      Todd: Run from this terrible song. Run before she taints your moral purity. That's what I'm gonna do. And taking a freaking shower.
    • When he points out the chorus for Flo Rida's "Whistle" is a not-that-hidden reference to oral sex. Cue Todd walking away from the keyboard, up the stairs, and into the shower.
      Todd: *Sobbing* Get it off me. get it o-o-offff!!
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • "We already got a bunch of Jays, and we already got a bunch of Seans. We certainly don't need a Jay Sean!"
    • Todd starts "Like a G6" saying it's a Ke$ha ripoff. Then he compares it to "Boom Boom Pow", and concludes it's "The Ke$ha/Black Eyed Peas collaboration the world was asking for."
    • Inverted in his Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1987, while describing his dislike of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam:
      "Why would I want to listen to Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam when I could just listen to The Cult or The Jam?"
    • While reviewing "Tonight, Tonight", he states that party songs should consist of more than just repeating the word "tonight". Or "everybody". Or "fun". Or worst case scenario, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight". Though he admits that song is okay.
    • When trying to determine the subject matter of Ellie Goulding's "Lights", he narrows it down to being called home by ghosts, aliens, or possibly alien ghosts.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Multiple times (in several layers) on the list of three-syllable phrases more suitable that "sexy bitch" for use in Akon's "Sexy Bitch."
    • At the start of his review of Katy Perry's "E.T.", several other reviewers appear and knock his taste in music; the last is Obscurus Lupa with a different issue:
      Lupa: Stop stealing pieces of my hair!
      Todd: [quickly] Yeah, Katy Perry sure does suck!
    • When listing various nonsense syllables sung by Lady Gaga, he points out that Gaga "regularly lets her mouth let out things like 'ma-ma-ma-ma', 'rah-rah-ah-ah-ah', 'cherry cherry boom boom', and 'I'm worried about people stealing my creativity through my vagina'."
  • Brick Joke:
    • In "The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2010", Todd says he could write a dissertation on how Rihanna has reacted publically and artistically to the Chris Brown incident. Next time he reviews a Rihanna song, guess what he has? note 
    • In "Want U Back", he asks for all hate mail directed towards him to be sent to lewislovhaug@channelawesome.com. In "Gangnam Style", Linkara asks Todd about "all those e-mails he's been receiving".
    • During his review of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", he offhandedly makes mention about writing a song about being out of salsa. After the credits, he sings that song about being out of salsa... and that he has an itchy leg.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: During his "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2012" review, Todd does this to mock Cher Lloyd and The Stinger at the end of "Want U Back" (which, as he pointed out in a previous review, was basically ripped off from Kesha).
    Todd: (British accent) It's the sound of trying too hard! Pbbbt!
  • Broken Aesop: Todd's main problem with "All About That Bass". It's clearly supposed to be promoting acceptance over your own body. But when talking about she likes about her body, the singer relies on the opinion of others, specifically men, and body-shames skinny women.
  • Broken Pedestal: Not for him, but for Paw, who was a fan of Sia when she was an Indi singer. Then Todd broke it to him by showing him her transition to mainstream pop, leaving Paw so devastated that he had to burn all her CDs and now "Sia is dead". By the next time Todd talks to him about Sia with a mocking tone, Paw just shuts him or hangs up.
  • Broken Record: He decided to count how many times "Imma Be" is Title Dropped (106) and called this on "Whip My Hair":
    Todd: "Whip My Hair" is about three and a half minutes long, and it uses a fairly typical verse-chorus-verse structure. This is surprising to me, because the first few times I heard it, I would have sworn to you that it was just three straight hours of just this one line.note  I mean it just seems to go ON, and ON.
  • Brown Note: He believes that the only way a song could be worse than Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight..." is if it manifested outside of the listener's speakers and humped their leg.
    • "What two words send shivers up a music lover's spine more than 'Disco Duck'?"
    • He describes "Afternoon Delight" as a song that's guaranteed to drive everyone out of the room.
    • Todd says the voice of Peter Cetera (frontman of Chicago) resonates at the exact frequency to piss him right the hell off.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In "The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004", Todd says that "Someday" would be the worst song for any other band, but it's just one out of several bad Nickelback songs.
  • But Not Too Black: From the "Feel This Moment", he points out that Christina Aguilera "has a Hispanic last name, and pretty much no other connection to her Latino side at all."
  • Call-Back:
    • During his review of "OMG" Todd tries to pick up That Guy with the Glasses contributor Obscurus Lupa on webcam with lyrics from the song "OMG". At the end, he quotes "Sexy Chick", another song he reviewed.
      • Also, he says the synth fuzz at the beginning sounds like the player fell asleep on their keyboard, "which, believe me, is not as comfortable as it sounds". This happened to Todd himself in the "Replay" review.
    • When he Googles the term "G6" in the review of "Like a G6", you briefly see that his desktop wallpaper is a collage of Lupa photos.
    • In his review of "Whip My Hair", he tries the titular method of dealing with "haters" on several of his fellow TGWTG contributors, none of whom are impressed. The last one is Lupa, who wonders why she hasn't blocked him yet.
    • When Todd finally hears a song with awesome, so-good-no-woman-could resist pickup lyrics, he rushes to try them on Lupa...only to go blank and start quoting the lyrics from "Carry Out" instead.
    • In "Black and Yellow"
      Song: Stay fly like...
      Todd: A G6?
    • In "Grenade", he describes the DL incident from "Like a G6".
    • After making Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot-esque claims about his heritage in "Like a G6" he mentions that a line in "Born This Way" intended to appeal to all races touches him personally... because he is all those races. At once.
    • In "S&M", his desktop refers to a game he played with Pushing Up Roses (see Funny Background Event, below).
    • In "S&M" he mentions the dirty Madonna movie Body of Evidence. Later he tries get Lupa to watch it with him.
    • In the Glitter review, he breaks out the old Mario statue from the "Break Up" review, saying he'll use it to review instead of actually doing it himself. Then that is called back on when the very next review starts with this idea failing.
    • Two in "Give Me Everything". First he thinks the "not having a tomorrow" might be related to the LMFAO dance zombies. Then he reacts to "Grab somebody sexy and say 'Hey, give me everything tonight!'" with... guess who.
    • He ends "Tonight, Tonight"'s review with "Tonight Tonight Tonight", which he listed among the worst hits of 1987.
    • When The Nostalgia Chick comes to his house to ask his help on a Crossroads review, she remembers how Todd unsuccessfully tried to review said movie during the Suburban Knights shoot.
    • "Lupe Fiasco, not to be confused with the Lupa Fiasco..." (cue Todd and Lupa on Skype...)
    • During "Payphone", Todd states he'll stick with another phone-themed song with a crime video he reviewed ("Telephone").
    • In his Best Pop Songs of 2011 video, when Katy Perry appears on the list for the third straight year, he remarks, "You win, Katy Perry - marry me." in the Best Pop Songs of 2012 list, which for the first time ever does not include Katy Perry, he says to consider it a divorce.
    • Probably unintentional, but he ends his Best Pop Songs of 2011 video by using the name of the Number 1 Song as a sign off - "Fuck You." He does this again in 2012, signing off the Best Songs video with "Take Care."
    • The "Titanium" review features Paw Dugan discussing Sia. In the following review, "Whistle", Todd mentions Sia's name, prompting Paw to appear again.
    • In "Blurred Lines", the line "You're the hottest bitch in this place" does little more than remind him of "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)".
    • In "Holy Grail", he calls all the way back to his "Bedrock" episode when he replaces Justin Timberlake saying "Holy Grail" with the "Grocery Bag" clip.
    • During the opening of his top 10 list for 2013, Elisa interrupts her supportive words for Todd when she notices him drinking their liquor. The later review "All Of Me" repeatedly cuts to him playing piano at a party for her, Paw and Oancitizen. At the end of the review, when he notices they've all left, he grabs their liquor on the way out.
    • Early in the "Bang Bang" review, he mentions having seen a few episodes of Victorious, a show he mentioned (not actually watching) at the very end of his We Can't Stop vs. Come and Get It review, saying that it was "probably a mistake" but better than the Disney shows he sampled.
  • The Cameo: Ironically Todd admitted in the commentary for "Eenie Meenie" / "O.M.G" that he really hates adding cameos into his reviews because he likes having complete control over what goes into the video. Even so...
    • Fellow TGWTG contributor and promoted fan from YouTube Obscurus Lupa appears throughout his "OMG" review, and several other reviews afterwards.
    • The Nostalgia Critic shows up in the beginning of the review for "Club Can't Handle Me" in his Bad Boss persona.
    • And again for the "Whip My Hair" review with several cameos by various other That Guy With The Glasses contributors.
    • In "Black and Yellow", Pennsylvanian RolloT goes on a rant about Pittsburgh.
    • Pushing Up Roses appears in "Grenade", with Todd attempting to get a "thanks" out of her for "promoting" one of her Vinyl Destination videos as "worst video ever". She also shows up in voiceover at the end of "The Lazy Song" to ask why Todd's playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl instead of working on the review.
    • JesuOtaku appears in "Firework/Born This Way" to demonstrate how offending a girl's figure is bad, and in "Stronger" to show how saying you overcame a problem you've never had is irrelevant.
    • Rob Walker (Doug's brother, whom Todd refers as "his producer") and '90s Kid appear in "S&M".
    • Four reviewers appear to complain about Todd liking Katy Perry (and Lupa to complain about stalking). Only one made a first cameo - The Nostalgia Chick, who is then rejected by Todd.
      • Lindsay does an uncredited return as Beaker in "Party Rock Anthem". And to be rejected again in "Top Ten Songs About Mediocre Romance".
    • The Rap Critic appears in "Lighters" to unsuccessfully get a second Crossover, and explain to the Literal-Minded Todd what "show his ass" means. He does it again in his "Best Songs of 2012" video to chew Todd out for putting a Flo Rida song on his list, and in "Girl on Fire" to be just as intrusive as Nicki Minaj's verse.
    • Oancitizen appears to make Todd not give up on reviewing "Sexy and I Know It".
    • To complain about how fun. gives a "featuring Janelle Monáe" credit to such a short performance, he goes "this is a Crossover! With JewWario!" Cue three-second appearance by him.
    • Kung Tai Ted appears to demonstrate the finer points of "Dance The Kung Fu".
    • Paw Dugan shows up to discuss Sia's indie history, only to suffer a Broken Pedestal moment when Todd brings up her recent work. This apparently is based on Paw's true reaction!
    • Douchey McNitpick appears in "Applause" as Todd is analyzing the lyric "I've overheard your theory: 'nostalgia's for geeks'". Title card artist Krin later appears as a Loony Fan of Todd.
      Krin: Oh my god thank you so much for letting me talk to you!— I'm still getting paid, right?
      Todd: Yeah, yeah, the check's in the mail.
    • Elisa appears briefly during "Wrecking Ball" to extend an invitation to watch True Blood with her and Paw, only to be dismissed by an overly defensive Todd.
    • That Dude in the Suede appears in "How Bizarre" to help explain OMC's significance (or lack thereof) in New Zealand to a thoroughly disinterested Todd, and again in "Hooked on a Feeling" to clarify that the band covering it was named Blue Swede, they were Swedish, and that he has nothing to do with them.
    • He specifically hires BFF Nella for "All About That Bass" to deflect criticism about anything insensitive he may end up saying about female body image.
    • When he starts explaining why he dislikes "Scars To Your Beautiful", Hyper Fangirl shows up to demonstrate how those who dismiss its flaws due to its inspirational message make it a chore to review the genre.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: This happens to Todd when he finds inspiration to use the lyrics of "Nothing On You" by B.o.B and Bruno Mars on Obscurus Lupa, but he eventually screws it up again by singing the lines to Justin Timberlake's "Carry Out" on her instead.
  • Captain Obvious: Todd calls Lil Wayne "MC Obvious" after hearing the line "I can transform ya/Like a Transformer".
  • Caption Humor: NOT A RHYME. (and a lot more, such as *apology twirl* in "Whatcha Say")
  • Caramelldansen Vid: Todd humors the audience by doing the "stupid dance" associated with PSY's "Gangnam Style" at the end of his review by half-heartedly doing the Caramelldansen dance. He's not sure if he's doing it right though.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Todd pulls one out during "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida.
    Todd: Now, maybe it's just me, but if the club can't handle him right now, my only conclusion that they're using the wrong club. Now, this is MY club. It is an authentic replica of a war club used in battle by ancient Greek soldiers, and trust me: It CAN handle you right now.
    • His title card artist has drawn Todd carrying that again for "Deuces" and "Tonight".
  • Cassandra Truth: Played for Laughs in his Bad Romance review.
    Todd: She's a demon from Hell! She's gonna kill us all! How are you not seeing this? You've got to believe me!
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: He mocked Jay-Z's use of this trope in "Holy Grail", claiming that, as a multimillionare record mogul and pop culture icon with a gorgeous wife who's had a steady career for over a decade and a half, he was in no position to be afraid of falling apart like Mike Tyson or Kurt Cobain.
  • Censored for Comedy: The incorrectly-placed censor asterisks in the title of "Niggas in Paris" turn it into "Niggas in P***s", making it look like it says "Niggas in Penis".
  • Cheap Heat: During his review of Lady Gaga's "You and I", Todd notes the phenomenon of local radio stations dubbing in references to their home cities or states in the lyrics of songs in order to do this. He specifically mentioning how his station changes the "Nebraska" line in the song to "Virginia", and that it seems to be the same all around for the rest of the country.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He calls Lil Jon out on this during "Do You Remember".
  • Chirping Crickets: During the review of Jason Derulo's "Wiggle":
    Todd: "'Cause really, what response is there but a long stretch of awkward silence. Lets all just stop what we're doing and think about the horrible, awkward thing that just happened, maybe while I'm glaring in his [Derulo's] direction."
    Jason Derulo: "You know what to do with that BIG FAT BUTT!"
    *cue crickets chirping*
  • Christmas Songs: Discussed (Todd dislikes most songs for overplay), reviewed ("Mistletoe", "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"), and parodied (once he sees the Weather Girls' "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)" is just "It's Raining Men" with a holiday theme, he imagines other One-Hit Wonder songs turned Xmas ones).
  • Cliché Storm: invoked
    • His opinion of "Stronger".
    • Also of Hoobastank's "The Reason", where he lists every single "done to death" piece of lyric.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His view of Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train.
  • Clueless Aesop: His opinion of Jadakiss' "Why". He views it as an attempt to make a Political Rap song by somebody who had no understanding of politics, current events, or the world around him, one that does nothing but reveal his own ignorance and stupidity.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Todd's review for "Turn Up the Music" ends with a long rant against Chris Brown, most of which the viewer can't hear.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Despite figuring out the line "Sippin' sizzurp in my ride/Like Three Six" to be about the Three Six Mafia he decides to run with the over the top joke about 666 describing Satan, culminating in a diatribe about bad pop music being a tool of the devil.
    • He complains about "Telephone" becoming a Genre Throwback to Quentin Tarantino, saying Tarantino doesn't stand copying other directors. A beat follows as Todd notices what he just said.
    • In "E.T.", regarding an E.T. porno (see Fetish Retardant below).
    • Subverted with "Telephone". Word of Demon from Hell says that the phone is in her head, keeping her from having fun. Todd points out in "Alejandro" how it was brought to his attention that he missed the true meaning behind "Telephone"... and proceeds to point out there is nothing in the lyrics that indicate any possibility of that being the case.
    • He fails to realize that Justin Timberlake is talking about a joint in "Suit and Tie" and thinks a fatty is a woman's bottom.
  • The Conspiracy / Conspiracy Theorist: He has little patience for Jadakiss's approach to political rapping in "Why", but it reaches a head when he claims that Bush destroyed the World Trade Center and blames the victim for the alleged Kobe Bryant sexual assault.
    Jadakiss: Why they ain't give us a cure for AIDS?
    Todd: Because they just dont like you Jadakiss. There are scientists out there specifically withholding the cure for AIDS from you.
  • Couch Gag: Each episode begins with Todd playing today's song on the piano. (except on Top Tens, where it's a song from the year covered) Todd challenged himself to do this with "Whip My Hair". He had to ask for a few clips from the song just to get it down first, but cheered when he finally did it.
    Todd: [beat]... WHAT THE CRAP WAS THAT?!
    • Subverted in "Sexy and I Know It", where he even argues with the caption on his refusal to play the song.
    • Likewise, he played "Time of My Life" before "The Time (Dirty Bit)" (which the song's chorus samples... well, covers) and "The Sign" by Ace of Base before "Alejandro" because he thinks the song is basically a rip-off of it.
    • Every episode also ends with a very short disclaimer about who owns the copyright on the song, with a clip of another song playing in the background. What song this is generally has some connection to the subject of the video.
      • For the One Hit Wonderland episodes, the ending song is a cover of said one hit. Except for "Rico Suave", which ended with "Taco Grande", "Ghetto Supastar", which uses Al's polkafied version, and "Blue (Ba Da Bee)", which uses the bridge off Flo Rida's "Sugar" that imitates said song.
    • Instead of playing a piano cover of a song at the start of a Trainwreckords episode, Todd plays the most well known single from the album he just covered as the end stinger. Except Van Halen III and The Funky Headhunter, where Todd just goes with a better known song from the artist ("Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" and "U Can't Touch This").
  • Continuity Nod: His Glitter review ends with him putting his hoodie on a Mario statue (previously seen in "Break Up") and setting up a CD player so it can replace him. The next episode ("Party Rock Anthem") starts with this backfiring as the player stops working.
  • Corpsing: In the crossover review of From Justin to Kelly with The Nostalgia Chick, she epically fails to hold in a laugh when Todd bellows "NOW KISS!!" to the romantic leads. The review of Crossroads also cuts to the credits just as Lindsay starts laughing at Todd asking "Get out of my house!"
    • During the One Hit Wonderland episode for "It's Raining Men", Todd is clearly chuckling while making Christmas versions of some past subjects.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Complains about Jason De Rulo and T-Pain's equivocated sampling of Imogen Heap and Lily Allen, respectively.
  • Crack Pairing: invoked Played for laughs in "Dear Future Husband".
    • He's also convinced Adele and Drake probably date or at least should date if not for the song material, because in his opinion, their best songs are about ex-loves and because the subject matter of "Hotline Bling" and "Hello" pretty much parallel each other. He also suggests Drake date Beyonce solely so Beyonce can diss him back and that Adele date Justin Bieber because they both make crappy apology songs.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Linkara's Review of "The Punisher and Eminem #1". During his crossover with The Rap Critic Todd apparently gave The Rap Critic a message for Linkara just in case Linkara called on him.
    NERD!
  • Creator Backlash: A fairly tame example — Eddie Murphy publicly admitted that he didn't care too much for his album featuring his One-Hit Wonder "Party All The Time". Originally he planned on lining up songs with other superstars such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, among others, but the best he got was a token appearance by Rick James and a song given to him by Stevie. He also said he was rather embarrassed that most of the other songs on his album were sappy love ballads that even he shouldn't have been involved with. He really had aspiring hopes for it too.
  • Creator Killer:
    • invoked He predicts that "The Time (Dirty Bit)" will be the Black Eyed Peas'. Once the year's Worst of list appears, Todd feels vindicated (even if follow-up single "Just Can't Get Enough" outperformed "The Time", it was all downhill from there and the Peas ended 2011 announcing a hiatus).
    • His "Trainwreckords" show is about albums that were this to famous musicians.
  • Creator's Apathy: invoked He stated as much in his One Hit Wonderland review of D4L's "Laffy Taffy". He chose the song specifically because it was the absolute dumbest, most shallow song he could possibly analyze from one of the dumbest, most shallow moments in pop music history, thereby letting him just crank out a quick review before running off to Myrtle Beach. It backfires when he finds out that one of the members of D4L, Shawty Lo, died in a car accident the prior year.
    "Let this be a lesson, kids: this is what happens when you cut corners."
  • Creator's Pet: invoked
    • The crowd chanting Mike Posner's name in the beginning of "Cooler Than Me". invoked
    • The crowd yelling Lukas Graham's name during "7 Years". Todd gets downright enraged.
  • Crossover:
  • Culture Clash: Points out how "Alejandro" is full of gay Russian soldiers marching to a Mexican themed song based off a Swedish pop group. He couldn't do that no matter how hard he tried. He then plays "That's Amore", followed by an Oriental riff on the piano with "Vive la France" appearing on screen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Todd's opinion on many of Beyoncé's breakup songs, as Beyonce is such an overwhelming force that the hapless men she steamrolls accidentally become sympathetic. Her eventual subversion of this trope on "Sorry" (addressed to Jay-Z, a man no one could accuse of being weak and ineffectual) is what leads Todd to like the song enough to place it on his Best Of list for 2016.
  • Curse Cut Short: In a scrolling list variant, he explains the various terms which flow better in song than "Sexy Chick" or "Bitch" ending with:
    You are a worthless sex object and I'm going to stick my—
  • Cute, but Cacophonic
    • Miley Cyrus, at least before Bangerz. Even after Miley's transformation, Todd states she still has ear-splitting vocals.
    • Adam Levine. Todd admitted one time that Levine "has abs" but compares his voice to a "preening peacock" in "Moves Like Jagger", a "frog choking on a harmonica" in "Payphone", a "strangled parrot" in "One More Night", and a "cyborg robot goose" in "Animals".
    • In the Worst of 2018, Todd claims Camila Cabello's breathy falsetto in "Never be the Same" is "the same sound [his] car made when it needed new brakes."
  • Cuteness Proximity: Todd believes that this is why the entire internet and society in general enjoys "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen so much. His suspicions are confirmed at the end of the video when a comparison to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is made.
    "...It all makes sense, now."

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