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  • Take a Third Option: When he reviews "Suit and Tie" and "Thrift Shop" together and comparing the two songs on which is better, he ultimately decides that both songs are worth the radio play. Though he did later put "Suit and Tie" higher on his Best Hit Songs list, so he did ultimately choose that as his preferred song.
  • Take That!:
    • He implicitly compared Avatar to James Cameron spending 500 million dollars of CGI and seven years to making a film consisting of a man being hit in the nuts. He speculated that the latter might have been a superior movie.
    • He says to a picture of Tommy Wiseau: "That guy is definitely a jerk."
    • In his review of Hannah Montana: The Movie, he's watching a scene where Miley is fighting with Tyra Banks over a pair of shoes. We get this little line:
    • When discussing the overly long name of Hannah Montana Pop Tour Guitar Video Game.
      Todd: ... one of my favorite titles ever for a video game. Right up there with Space Marine First Person Shooter Video Game, Nonsense Fantasy Role-Playing Video Game and of course Piece of Shit.
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    • Also from the Pop Tour Guitar Video Game review:
      Todd: As far as the music goes, the Hannah Montana guitar game isn't that illogical—most of her music is fairly guitar-driven. I'll tell you what, this game rocks harder than a Shinedown game would, at the very least.
    • "But I tell you what. The Yankees fan in me can't help but appreciate this. What NYC, the Yankees, and Jay-Z have in common is the absolute knowledge that you are and always will be more important than anyone around you. And that's what this song is about, and that's something I can relate to every day." *EAT IT, RED SOX! flashes on screen* invoked
    • He makes a well-timed one at Twilight in his "The Time (Dirty Bit)" review.
    • In the start of "Black and Yellow":
      Todd: But even though I hated it, I get why Transformers played at my local multiplex. And I get why Transmorphers, while being of roughly the same quality, went straight to DVD.
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    • At the end of "Black and Yellow":
      Wiz Khalifa: They say they scared of it, but the crows ain't.
      Todd: You know who else wasn't scared? The Packers. BURN!
    • Todd: "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Katy Perry does, because she's made of plastic. And she's a bag. BOOM!" note 
    • He says that "Sexy Bitch" "sucks harder than the New Jersey Nets".
    • In "The Time", he bashes the elevator parties that occurred at MAGFest ("hearing a bunch of morons screaming about how they're having fun is not having fun!").
    • During his review of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," he criticizes the lyric, "God makes no mistakes," by observing that "God makes plenty of mistakes. This guy, for example" — cut to a picture of a frat boy type with spiked and dyed blonde hair — "was a mistake. And he was probably born that way. So I just don't see that as much of a defense."
    • One against the Bill Engvall Show, saying that even that was cooler than Mike Posner during "Cooler Than Me".
    • Also from "Cooler Than Me", he says that the song sounds like the same four measures over and over again, "something I refer to as Coldplay syndrome."
    • During "Tonight, Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae:
      "Which brings me to my next point. Don't rip off Jimmy Buffett. That's what we have Kenny Chesney for."
    • Towards country music fans in his "If I Die Young" review: "I still check on [country music] now and again, but me and it lost touch right about the time I discovered everything else in the world!"
    • "And speaking of getting old really fast, let's talk about T-Pain."
    • He mentions that "Titanium"'s boy-with-powers-runs-for-his-life video isn't his cup of tea, but it's still better than X-Men: The Last Stand.
    • He describes Wild Cherry's style as being "like Grand Funk Railroad if they actually played funk (subtitle: And didn't suck.)."
    • He concludes that "Gangnam Style" is like "Party Rock Anthem" except the lyrics don't matter.
      "So basically, it is exactly like "Party Rock Anthem"!"
    • In his Top Ten Worst Songs of 2004, Hoobastank's "The Reason" combined the ugly, sludgy music of a Nickelback song with the vapid, happy lyrics of a Peter Cetera ballad.
    • Regarding the hook of "Lighters" by Bruno Mars and Eminem: "This sounds like something Coldplay would refuse to release for being too boring."
    • Regarding VH1 calling Train "the quintessential American band!"
      "I don't think I have even heard Al-Qaeda say anything that anti-American!"
    • Judging by his performance in "Holy Grail", Todd doesn't think that Justin Timberlake makes for a good Bruno Mars. Then again, he doesn't think Bruno Mars makes a good Bruno Mars.
    • Also in the review of "Holy Grail", while discussing one's attempt to find the titular object, he segues into ragging on the ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (where the cops come in, arrest King Arthur, and end the movie on the spot).
    • A fairly nasty one at Fall Out Boy's hiatus, when describing how "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" was "just as irritating as all of [their] other really bad songs."
      Patrick Stump: (Singing the lyrics to "I Don't Care") I! Don't! Care what you think, as long as it's about me.
      Todd: You don't care what I think, as long as it's about you? Well, little wonder that everyone stopped thinking about you right after this.
    • In the One Hit Wonderland episode for Dexy's Midnight Runners, he says that "One of Those Things" sampling Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" is "a better use of 'Werewolves of London' than what Kid Rock did" before cueing up "All Summer Long".
    • He plays Pitbull (featuring Ke$ha)'s "Timber" in the intro to the "Worst of 2014" video.
    • At the end of the "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1991" video, Todd goes on a scathing rant over Bryan Adams's threatening to sue AllMusic unless they remove all information about him. He concludes by telling him and Canada to go fuck themselves... and says that Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was "a terrible movie".
    • Todd ends up straight-up saying "Fuck you, Maroon 5! You suck!" three times during the "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2018" video; first when "Wait" is cited as a honorable mention, second when "Girls Like You" is revealed to be #1, and third at the end of the video.
  • The Team Normal: Todd's show has minimal production values, no special effects, only one storyline involving a Love Triangle, and the only character is Todd himself, who is just a pretty depressed guy in his bedroom talking about music without the elaborate technology or magical powers of his fellows, in stark contrast to the increasingly elaborate reviewers such as Linkara, Diamanda Hagan and The Nostalgia Critic. In many ways it's the second most straightforward review show on the site (first being the Rap Critic).
  • Technician vs. Performer: A recurring theme in the videos, Todd has made it clear that he prefers a less technically skilled performer who seems sincere and whose work has genuine emotion, to a smooth and slick but personality free singer.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "Lady Gaga has genuinely used up her shock potential, I don't believe there's anything else she can do to shock — AH! OH GOD! OH GOD!"
    • From his "Telephone" review.
      Todd: I sincerely hope Lady Gaga doesn't inspire any other artists to make weird, ugly videos with sub-par music in them. *Cue montage of Gaga-esque music videos by various artists*
    • At least reviewing "Alejandro" will be a step down - Lady Gaga surely has to calm down a little after "Telephone" and "Bad Romance", right? (Stunned Silence follows.)
    • "I swear to god, I will beat myself unconscious if ['Whatcha Say'] gets any worse..."
    • "Now, "Imma Be" isn't the worst song that The Black Eyed Peas have made. I mean, the band that made "My Humps" isn't going to dig that hole any further." Well, then came "The Time (Dirty Bit)".
    • After being baffled by Willow Smith referencing "Whip It"... cue Devo 2.0.
      One crisis at a time, Todd...
    • In the Best of 2010 review, he cuts his positive review for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" short, since he'll lose all respect for himself if he has to praise her any more. Then he gets to the #2 slot...
    • About halfway through reviewing "The Lazy Song" he states he can't hate Bruno Mars any more than he does now. Cut to Bruno laughing at his own joke.
    • Used twice regarding Ke$ha's "Tik Tok". After looking at her previous work with Flo Rida, the spelling of her name, and the album art, he's certain he's not going to like the song. The chorus plays... and he actually enjoys it. Heartened by this, he starts the song from the beginning... and the verses lose him again.
    • Subverted by "Lighters". As he reaches Eminem's verse, he goes in expecting a bland verse fitting his has-been nature that will do nothing to blow him away... and is proven correct.
    • Thinking that he's being too harsh, Todd decides he could enjoy the Black Eye Peas covering "Time of My Life" if he gives it a chance. His faith is not rewarded.
    • In "Drive By", he comments that there can't possibly be anything in the song as bad as the Hefty bag line. But then comes the beginning of the second verse... "On the upside of a downward spiral / My love for you went viral". He has a hard time explaining even that. And what's more, come his top ten worst hit songs of 2012 video he comments that he finds "They don't like it, sue me / Mmmm the way you do me" worse than the Hefty bag line, too.
    • In his "Top Ten Best Songs of 2012", he's not sure if "Young, Wild, and Free" is really based off a movie. His next review reveals that yes, it's a real direct to DVD movie so he ends up having to review it with the Rap Critic.
    • In the Top 10 Worst Pop Songs of 2012 list, he lists Flo Rida's "Whistle" and decides to make one last definitive statement about him: nothing. "This man is not worth expending thoughts on. The end." One video later, he puts a Flo Rida song on his Best of 2012 list, and is forced to explain why.
    • At the end of "Dark Horse", he finally gives up on Katy Perry, saying that he'll never listen to her music again.
      Todd: You hear that Katy Perry? YOU. SUCK. What are you going to do about it? NOTHING. That's right. I'm Todd in the Shadows, and I'm-
      *Gets struck by lightning*
      Todd: ... My opinion has not changed.
      *Gets struck by lightning again*
    • In the "Body Like a Back Road" episode, he expresses hope that country music is finally moving out of "bro-country", only to be floored by the title of the song he's reviewing.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: His first Channel Awesome exclusive. He quits from the strain from hearing Kesha's "Blah Blah Blah", only to return and give it a sound beating less than a minute later.
  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Discussed in "Blurred Lines", with Todd saying the regular version is sexier than the uncensored one with the girls topless.invoked
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked Discussed a bit in his review of Madonna's The Next Best Thing. The story about a straight woman and a gay man raising a kid together has potential, but all the characters act like selfish ass-hats.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Todd says that "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett is to Halloween what "Jingle Bells" is to Christmas, "Auld Lang Syne" is to New Years, and the sound of drunks puking on the sidewalk is to St. Patrick's Day.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: He's offed himself five times already. One was in the middle of a review. He's even lampshaded this:
    Todd: [O]nce again, it's time for me to kill myself.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In his Top 10 Worst Songs of 2012: "Scream & Shout" by Will-I-Am and Britney Spears.
    Now-now-rocking with: Will-I-Am and Britney, BITCH!
    Todd: *gasp* She called me a bitch!
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Said word for word after his first review at was "Blah Blah Blah" by Ke$ha.
    • In his "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Review: "This is going to hurt a lot, isn't it?"
    • During the One Hit Wonderland review of Jordan Knight's "Give It To You", when he finds out that Knight covered Prince's "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man": "Yeah, this is gonna suck. Let's get this over with."
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: His putting "I Cry" by Flo Rida on his Top 10 Best Songs of 2012 can be considered this after how tough Todd has been on him, especially "Whistle" which was on his worst list that same year. Likewise, Pitbull's "International Love" in his honorable mentions can be seen as this, although he deems that song enjoyable for similar reasons but held down by Chris Brown's disappointing chorus.
    • With the 2014 list, there were two that can be considered this - one of which was Love Me Harder, which while Todd discussed he felt bad about how he had talked smack on her late in 2014 and that that one was doing it for him. The other being Birthday, where he said he was willing to make do with Katy Perry at least on one special day because it did him for the same manner that her old tastelessness did.
    • The 2015 list had quite a few, including two Taylor Swift tracks ("Wildest Dreams" and "Style", the latter at #1) after having her on two worst lists in a row, "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, the DJ Mustard produced "I Don't Fuck with You", and "Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato. The honorable mentions had "What Do You Mean?" by Justin Bieber and "Time of Our Lives" by Pitbull and Ne-Yo.
  • Time Travel: Todd accuses Imagine Dragons of breaking the laws of physics by writing "Demons" and going back in time to put it on the original singles that were released before they released their first commercial album.
  • Toilet Humor: Defied in the Scatman John One Hit Wonderland episode:
    "Yes, I know that 'scat' has picked up a second meaning." (picture of a bowl of chocolate ice cream) "I'm gonna need you all to be grown-ups on this one. I can't promise I won't make a couple cheap jokes, but if we giggle every time I say the word 'scat', we're not gonna get anywhere. Get it out of your system now."
  • Too Much Information: His reaction to the line "I didn't leave you 'cause I was all through" in "Drive-By".
    "Don't make me think of your O-face, dude"
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously:invoked Todd hangs several lampshades on this.
  • Trivially Obvious: During the "One Hit Wonderland" on Alien Ant Farm:
    Todd: What else did they release?
    * clip of "Attitude" plays *
    Todd: Yep. That's a song, all right.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Pointed out in the OHW of "To Be With You" by Mr. Big.
    Todd: KEY CHANGE!
  • True Art Is Angsty:invoked Totally averted. He actually likes stupid pop music and his complaints stem from his dissatisfaction with bad stupid pop music. Lampshaded when he ranks "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" as one of his Worst Songs Of 1987.
    Todd: What kind of critic am I? I'll tell you what kind: The kind that hates "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis!
    • On the other hand, he dislikes the "white guy with acoustic guitar" genre because it's mostly void of emotion.
    • Discussed in one review: "Always a good idea, a dark album. Plenty of allegedly lightweight acts have achieved greater success when they made a darker album such as...?...and...(band name not found) I'm sure there's at least one."
    • He argues that Alien Ant Farm didn't have any more hits beside their cover of "Smooth Criminal" because among all the Wangsty Nu Metal bands, they weren't whiny enough.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible:invoked At one point in "Break Up," he asks if it's an avant-garde piece that's gone over his head.
  • Twerp Sweating: Southside by Lloyd and Ashanti made Todd want to do this to Lloyd on Ashanti's behalf.
  • Two out of Three Ain't Bad: Subverted. On the second part of his "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2014," he says he feels uncomfortable listing "#Selfie" as one of the worst hit songs of 2014 "because it was barely a hit, and also barely a song." The only part he thought fit was the 2014 part. Hence, the song only really qualifies for one of the three categories instead of two out of three.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:invoked Todd sees the entirety of A Flock of Seagulls—from their sound to their lyrics to their look and music videos—as this.
    Todd: This was a band designed for 1982 and '83, and pretty much only '82 and '83. They could not survive outside of those fairly unique [years].
  • Unfortunate Implications:invoked
    • Todd points out that in "Tonight..." the chorus of the song "Tonight I'm fucking you" implies that the woman Enrique is talking to has no choice in the matter.
      • He also considered Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" on the same line, even comparing it line-by-line to the song "Sex Type Thing", which actually was about full-on rape.
    • One line in Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song"note  leads Todd to believe that Mars had been called out for masturbating in public.
    • "E.T." by Katy Perry ft. Kanye West. Todd, in an attempt to forgo his Literal-Minded ways of song interpretation, notes that if one interprets the song as being about, say, a black guy, then Katy is singing about a Scary Black Man who threatens to abduct her. Todd then figures that metaphor can't apply, and that it must meant to be taken literally and be about an alien, because there's no way the song would be intended to have that kind of message. Then Kanye shows up and raps about abducting her, probing her and taking her against her will.
    • If one sings "Like Tina did to Ike in the limo, it finally hit me" (as Kevin McCall in "Deuces"), he's sympathizing with Ike, of all people (and if the main singer had a domestic abuse history, it's even more unfortunate!).
    • In his intro to "3", Todd mentions how that review (and a few subsequent ones) make it seem like he's against sex.
    • In his "Best of 2013" video, Todd points out that, while he liked the part, one should not let R. Kelly do what he wants with one's body, in regards to Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want", considering his past child molestation charges.
    • The "Bang Bang" review says that Jessie J is not convincing in the song since "she gives off an asexual vibe". He later jokes about her being an alien with unnatural reproduction. What he tried to say was that Jessie seemed inexperienced and unknowledgeable about sex, but several people politely pointed out that he made it seem like he was calling asexuals alien and unnatural.
  • The Unintelligible: Played with. While Billy Ray Cyrus's lyrics are understandable enough, but Todd remarks how his singing style ranges somewhere between fake-Bruce Springsteen and fake-Elvis Presley with a bit of Trey Parker thrown in for good measure.
    • Todd doesn't understand any of Sean Paul's rapid-fire Jamaican patois, but he still considers him to be the best part of "Do You Remember" by a wide margin.
  • The Unpronounceable: He has trouble saying the names of everyone in Aha who isn't Morten Harket.
    • Likewise Gotye in the "We Are Young"/"Somebody That I Used to Know" review.
    • Spends a good thirty seconds trying to pronounce Iyaz.
    • Rae Sremmurd.
      Rae Sremmurd: Say my fucking name, ho!
      Todd: I can't!
  • Verbal Backspace: He does one after describing the Mondegreen of Hannah Montana's "I Got Nerve".
    Todd: Heh. Nerf should use this song for their commercials. Nerf should not use this song for their commercials. I immediately take that back.
  • Verbal Tic: Like many people, Todd started using Like As, Like, A Comma when discussing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
  • Very Special Episode: His "review" of Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music" proceeds to completely ignore the song's existence, in favor of a 15-minute "The Reason You Suck" Speech directed at Chris Brown and his complete failure to learn anything from the Rihanna incident.
  • Vindicated by History: In-universe, he's said that a lot of the songs he reviews because they're overplayed actually start to sound better after reviewing them, because after hearing it so many times to edit a review for it he suggests that he's built up a relationship with it of sorts.
    • He even stated in his Best Hit Songs of 2011 video that he started to like "Super Bass" more after spending most of the year being slammed by it.
  • Visual Pun: In the "Club Can't Handle Me" review.
    Now maybe it's just me, but if the club can't handle him right now my only conclusion is that they are using the wrong club. [Pulls one out of his jacket] 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.
    • In his "The Hills" review, when he discusses The Weeknd's massive blow-up in success, he says that The Weeknd is on he literally is in the music video for "Can't Feel My Face."
  • Vocal Dissonance: He finds it very hard to listen to Gerardo's nasally voice and picture him as a smooth Latino ladies man.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: He couldn't quite hold his liquor in "Your Love Is My Drug".


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