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  • Actor Allusion:
  • Approval of God:
    • Richard Newman, the voice actor for M. Bison in the Street Fighter cartoon (and later, Pyron and Toadborg), not only approves of the annotators, but also gave a promotional voice reading of some of the series running jokes as a way of thanking the annotators for helping signal boost a donation to him. This voice reading was added to the channel's theme song video.
    • Geibuchan has started to promote the channel since the Turtles Christmas riff.
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    • While never having directly acknowledged them, Pan Pizza has shared a few of the annotators' work through his blog.
    • Robbie Rist, the actor who plays Whiz in Kidd Video, has seen the Kidd Video riffs and found the whole thing amazing.
    • Matt Hill, the voice actor of Captain N from Captain N: The Game Master approved the annotators work from a video done through a celebrity shout-out website called Cameo.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • Deliberately invoked. The annotators drew attention to a kickstarter helping Richard Newman and helped it reach it's goal. He thanked them by performing a promotional voice reading (see above).
    • They've had this effect on a number of the works they've riffed, for better or for worse. Would you have known that stuff like The Nutshack or the Bubsy pilot even existed if not for these guys?
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • One of the annotators appears in "Annotated Daydream", though he didn't let on until everyone had given him an amusing nickname.
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    • Irrelevant's Crisis Cross Over Fan Fic.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Silly The Willies" for Milli Vanilli.
    • "Kid Icky" for Kid Icarus.
    • "Sonic On The Ground" for Sonic Underground, due to a Mondegreen of the German theme's lyrics.
    • The song affectionately known as "the surf music" is actually called "Mega Move".
    • "Mantle the Magnificent" for Reggie Mantle.
  • I Knew It!: Unintentional. Early in Foodfight!, an annotator mentions that Christopher Lloyd's character moves like something is controlling him from the inside, Men in Black-style. (Then the ending reveals he's a robot.) The same annotator gets angry at The Reveal.
  • In Memoriam:
    • They sometimes do tribute videos for celebrities who have passed away, such as for Captain Lou Albano, Danny Wells, or C. Martin Croker. Sometimes they're implemented into the riffs as well.
    • Christmas Comes to Pac-Land got a small one in the Christmas 2016 announcement.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Defied. Avirosb has been recording the annotated episodes in case anything causes their work to be lost, that way they can just be reuploaded either on the channel or somewhere else.
  • Milestone Celebration: Downplayed heavily in that their 1,000 subscriber mark was given a quick murmur at the end of a video announcing that they were taking down Foodfight!
    • During the Annoverse Run, this happened with Disney's Doug, Spider-Man and Fat Albert at the 10k, 20k and 30k annotation mark respectively.
  • Old Shame:
  • Out of Order:
    • They swapped episode 5 and 7 of the third season of Captain N. Why? Because episode 5 was the final episode where the entire main cast as well as Mother Brain, King Hippo, and Eggplant Wizard appeared together.
    • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and Donkey Kong Country's schedules were based on the each episode's availability at the time. Along with showing the Legend of Zelda segments early, the remaining Lou and Danny interludes were peppered throughout Darkstalkers and the second channel's last videos.
    • Mega Man's "Curse of the Lion Men" was shown two weeks early, since the previous episodes were more Halloween-based.
    • From Spectreman onwards, series longer than 12-26 episodes have only a fraction of their episodes annotated. Kirby: Right Back At Ya, Speed Racer, Carmen Sandiego and Butt-Ugly Martians also follow this trend.
    • 'The Power Team segments from Video Power play with this, with the episodes that were Out of Order being reworked to match up with their intended descriptions.
  • Schedule Slip: Starting with The Legend of Zelda, uploads shifted from one episode every few days to every Friday (sometimes slipping to Saturday), due to the reduced number of contributors. The decision to annotate both Sonic Underground and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show saw a return to a more frequent schedule, with the former posted on Tuesdays and the latter on Fridays.
    • Would eventually happen again during the run of Donkey Ollie and Kidd Video on Annoverse. With the latter series running an episode behind of the former beginning with episode 4.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The move from TheAnnotatedXperiment to TheAnnotationStation was forced when Ryan Sohmer (author of Least I Could Do) gave the former account two copyright strikes for their two-part riff on the Animated Adaptation of his comic.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • In general:
      • The fateful day YouTube discontinued collaborative annotations. The beeupyou channel now serves as an archive of past works, with the shared channel being how they now do things — but it took about a month to set up while everyone campaigned in vain for the collaborative annotations feature to be reinstated.
      • Every time YouTube makes changes to the annotation editor, it's not uncommon to see the Annotators criticize these in the channel comments.
      • YouTube also took out pause annotations — though some viewers say the feature was abused anyway.
      • Starting in early May, the ability to add or edit annotations is getting removed from YouTube altogether, bringing an end to the original Annotated Series.
      • The announcement that all annotations would be removed from YouTube sent the channel into a frenzy, leading to a mass archiving of the remaining channels still up.
    • Specific examples:
      • Due to YouTube's copyright rules, the Savage Dragon videos have been autoblocked. This meant that the show had to be skipped in the Five Years retrospective. Also, while most of the Tricky People videos are intact, the first one has been autoblocked, rendering the rest of the riff supremely confusing.
      • Now averted for Tricky People, which was reuploaded onto Annoverse in full, complete with a new riff.
      • The Nutshack has since suffered a similar fate, with all but part 2 blocked for some reason. Though why anyone would want to claim copyright on it is known only to the person who made the claim.
      • The Least I Could Do animated pilot was taken down almost immediately after release by Blind Ferret.
      • Sonic X is blocked in Japan courtesy of TMS Entertainment.
      • Happened to a lesser extent with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures on HammerNationTime, with it causing problems with Bandai Namco, who took it down. A similar incident happened regarding Christmas Comes to Pac-Land and Warner Bros..
      • The latter was later uploaded to Google Drive and much like Tricky People it has a new riff to go with it.
      • The unthinkable happened in September of 2017, when a copyright strike on the entirety of Riki-Oh took down TheAnnotationStation itself.
      • In regards to the new channel, this happened with "Arthur's Big Hit". It was reuploaded onto Dailymotion not long after the takedown.
      • The first episode of Disney's Doug went straight to Dailymotion, the annotators well aware that Disney would take it down without any hesitation. Despite that, it still got removed from the site and was instead uploaded to Google Drive.
      • A copyright claim and subsequent removal of episodes of The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang from Bry's personal channel (as well as subsequent takedown of said channel) ended the show's run on the channel prematurely.
      • Episode 9 of Kidd Video originally included part of the music video for Bananarama's "Cruel Summer", only to be edited out a day after release out of fear for copyright. Otherwise subverted as despite all the jokes thrown around about potential copyright takedown due to the show's licensed music, the rest of the episodes remain unedited.
      • Done to Cyberchase after only two episodes by PBS. In this case, Tropes Are Not Bad as the Annotators have since gone on to say they didn't care much for the show.
      • Subverted with the Cans Without Labels riff, as the Annotators took it down in light of the creator's behavior toward the workprint version being uploaded upon the short's completion and reuploaded it onto Google Drive.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Always called out with the lack of certain modern-day techs. However, when Dr. D says that acne can be cleared out with soap and water, he's called out for making the situation worse — soap can actually undo the good that facial grease is trying to do.
    • The burial of the Nickelodeon time capsule had a lot of this with most of the tech mentioned being all but gone by the 2000's. Though, whether bicycles will be forgotten by the year 2042 remains to be seen.
    • Invoked during "Backside To The Future". A character pulls out a large blocky, metallic-looking folder causing one annotator to riff "this is my cell-phone".
  • Trolling Creator: It's in the job description, as the series runs on bad-to-worse material to mock. Some notable ones were Irrelevant, HurpDurpManBry and VonnyFortan.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The channel was originally going to annotate Wing Commander Academy alongside live-action segments from The Super Mario Bros Super Show (the ones which originally aired with the Legend of Zelda cartoon on Fridays). But when they discovered that there were no WCA episodes to be found on YouTube, they decided to annotate Darkstalkers instead. They eventually did the episode with the Warrior King to complete the four part arc that was in Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and Savage Dragon.
    • Instead of the Sonic OVA, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was anticipated to being annotated over the six weeks. It was changed to the OVA at the last minute since WWE hates fun. On the Annoverse channel however, a riff of an episode was posted on google drive.
    • For October 2016 Intermission Month, another episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? was scheduled to be annotated. Unfortunately, the annotated riff of an earlier episode (Tale of the Ghastly Grinner) was taken down just before the month was starting, so it was replaced with DKTV segments.
    • Hamsteere was supposed to upload the third week of the 2016 Christmas intermission full-time. Some of his suggestions were The Great 911 Adventure, Muhammad Ali: The Animated Series and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: Live in Concert. The Great 911 Adventure and Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Live in Concert would later get annotated in April of 2017.
    • VonnyFortan, ShiningPokeStar, Countsmegula and MagnumBill91's art for The Tale of Dr. Rabbit didn't make the cut.
    • Originally Skippy: Adventures in Bushtown and Flipper and Lopaka were originally going to be annotated after Archie's Weird Mysteries and Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. But due to a number of reasons and events (Mainly, the annotation editor being removed), both shows were scrapped.
    • Originally, there was supposed to be a website that was going to feature annotated shows that couldn't be posted to YouTube due to copyright, but it never happened.
    • There were originally going to be more annotated episodes of Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? but the annotators got tired of the series real quick, ending it after 10 episodes.
    • Likewise, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang was meant to have a complete run, but as mentioned above, a copyright claim and removal against them would halt the series at the same point as Carmen.
    • There were originally supposed to be a selection of various Cyberchase episodes to be annotated, but stopped after two episodes due to copyright claims from PBS and a lack of interest from the group.

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