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  • Approval of God: A handful of the artists Crash has reviewed have positively received his reviews, such as Donots, The Regrettes, Doll Skin, McCafferty, Moron Police, Dubioza Kolektiv, Backxwash, and interestingly, Frankie Palmeri.
    • Subverted in the case of Eric July, who sent a scathing tweet about Crash's Veracity review, much to the amusement of whoever was running Fire From The Gods' Twitter account at the time.
    Eric (screenshot): Chubby rock critic guy drops video downtalking because he sackrides my old band. Had nerve to say I'm the worse emcee.
    FFTG's Twitter: [Face with tears of joy emoji]
  • Colbert Bump: Crash gave one of these to Moron Police and their album A Boat on the Sea. Many fans in the comments section of the band's music make note of this.
  • Creator Backlash: He declared on Twitter than the final parts of the Green Day Retrospective would be his last hour long videos, as he stated they're a handful to take care of. (The handful of opus-length videos he's made since then haven't been spared Crash's remarks about the length either)
    • In the rebranding video, he discusses he absolutely couldn't stand wearing the denims vest anymore due to how hot it became wearing it in his lighting for his reviews. He also would criticize the goofy backstories of the channel such as the Super Saiyan gag, admitting they were running their course.
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    • In one of the "Rock Coliseum" videos Crash later admitted that he regretted going off as hard as he did on his #1 picks for the "Worst lists" of 2019 and 2020(Doug Walker and Rob Scalion's parody of "The Wall" and Five Finger Death Punch "F8" respectively) saying that while they were both bad albums, they weren't really worth getting that angry about and maybe weren't really deserving of the #1 spot on the lists.
    • He's come to regret his Weezer series, mainly due to it becoming an immense Harsher in Hindsight due to the band surprising him with Everything Will Be Alright In the End only to again go back to their old ways with their later albums, even going as far as to say he's tempted to just delete the series from Youtube. Time will tell if he does.
  • Development Hell: The Rise and Fall of Weezer became infamous for this, hence why people were worried about the Green Day Retrospective taking a long time: Part One (focusing on The Blue Album, Pinkerton, The Green Album and Maladroit came out in September of 2012, Part Two (On Make Believe) came out the year after that (March) , same with the review of The Red Album (December), which seemed (Somewhat) consistent. Part Four (On Raditude) came out on April of 2014, and finally Part Five on Hurly of August of the same year, and finally the final part on Everything Will Be Alright in the End at the end of 2014. Even Crash noted the excessive length of the series, considering the three years it took.
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  • Fan Nickname: Twice in How To Get Into tool, Crash shows up dressed in a loud outfit, brandishing the pimp cup, being showered in money and laughing maniacally while "Hooker With A Penis" plays in the background. Fans have taken to naming this gag, "Cash Thompson".
  • Old Shame: Crash himself has this attitude towards his style of reviewing pre-rebrand. In particular, he admits in his How To Get Into video on Bad Religion that his 2016 review of Into The Unknown hasn't aged well.
    Past!Crash: I speak of none other...than the vile...the contemptuous...the BANE of INSANITY...
    Present!Crash: Oh, stop that. Stop that, you cringey little fuck. Channel Awesome is never going to hire you, and believe me, homie, you dodged a bullet with that one!
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Lexicon Devil" by The Germs. Both the slow and fast versions of the song were used until the channel was rebranded as "Crash Thompson".
  • Reality Subtext: His speeches about his time as a fundamentalist Christian tend to become this whenever he comes across a song about religion.
    • His upbringing in Indiana and going to a right-wing/conservative school is often one of the reasons Crash brings up political discourses in his channel, especially from 2016-2020 following Donald Trump's presidency and especially when he came out as bisexual.
  • What Could Have Been: A real life example: Crash actually stated in his "TOP 10 FAVORITE BANDS" video that he at one point was originally going to be a priest.