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  • Approval of God: EMF's official Twitter account praised Todd's One Hit Wonderland video on "Unbelievable", while Kyper said on his YouTube channel that he enjoyed Todd's OHW on "Tic Tac Toe".
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  • The Cast Showoff: Boy, can he play piano. And he's not a bad singer himself either.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • Before being picked up on TGWTG, when his third episode ("Party in the USA") was featured in Transmission Awesome, his viewcounts went "from absolutely no hits to hundreds".
    • His appearance in the Atop the Fourth Wall's KISS episode helped his videos to get more views. Todd even got his main page spot after it!
  • Creator Couple: He and Lindsay "The Nostalgia Chick" Ellis dated for a while, and frequently helped script each other's videos.
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  • Executive Meddling: Todd originally used "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift as his bumper music for the "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2013" video. Shortly afterwards, Blip told him that he had to take out and replace the bumper music, and he could not use copyrighted music as bumper music from then on. However, in earlier 2015, Blip must have changed their minds, as the video had the bumper music back when it was still on their website.
  • Flip-Flop of God: In regards to "All About That Bass." In his full review of the song, he discusses its themes a lot more than the song itself, saying that it's only OK. Come his "Dear Future Husband" review, he's much less wishy-washy: he hates it and says he'd rather eat venomous scorpions than listen to it again. One year later, he said on Twitter that the song sounds great, but the lyrics are still awful (calling the song "a waste").
    • Also with the Chainsmokers as a whole. Two songs of theirs have made different worst lists ("#Selfie" was #2 on his Worst of 2014 list and "Don't Let Me Down" was #4 on his Worst of 2016 list), but then "Closer" became the first song he's ever given a full review to actually top his year-end best list.
    • Any time he's asked on Twitter what his favorite song by a particular band/artist is, his answer usually changes each time. One guy noted he's given three different answers for what his favorite David Bowie song is.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Since 2015, Todd has admitted that he has been splitting his "Worst" and "Best" videos of the year (starting with the ones from 2014) in two as a "purely monetary move". He even stated that, at the time, he didn't earn anything through mid-roll ads according to his contract with Blip. However, he always reminds his Patreon patrons that they can cap how many videos they pay for per month and opt out of the second video before going back to the regular schedule.
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  • No Budget: In the "Like a G6/Whip My Hair" commentary, he pointed out that most of his props (biggest being the microphone and mic stand) were from his (then) roommate. In the first video he released after moving out, Todd joked around the fact that his roommate probably got tired of him stealing his stuff... and his jokes.
  • Old Shame:
    • His first two reviews.
    • In the comments for the "Tik Tok" review, he says that he doesn't like how any of his Ke$ha reviews turned out because he feels he comes across as sexist.
    • He agrees with many of his watchers that his "Worst of 2013" was so unhappy that it bordered on depressing, blaming the short turnaround time and coping with the loss of his grandmother as he was making it.
    • Todd states at the beginning of his "Dear Future Husband" review that his attempts to not put his foot in his mouth when commenting on its themes of body positivity combined with his lukewarm opinion on the song in question left him unsatisfied with his "All About That Bass" review. The "Dear Future Husband" review was his way of making up for it (partially by making it clear that he is no longer lukewarm on "All About That Bass" — he straight-up hates it).
  • Promoted Fanboy: Todd actually started his reviews with the goal of getting a small chance to join TGWTG.
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: Shortly after joining the site, Todd mentioned in an interview for Transmission Awesome (Episode 48) that he was quite looking forward to seeing what kind of depraved fanart and fanfiction involving him might crop up. And in "S&M", Todd mentions that sadomachism itself isn't so weird considering he's seen porn of himself.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • When Todd originally uploaded the "Whatcha Say" review on YouTube in 2009, it was quickly removed thanks to the site's policies towards Warner Music properties. He was eventually forced to put it on Dailymotion.
    Bite me, WMG.
    • In January 2013, Blip told him that he couldn't use bumper music in his "Best of" and "Worst of" lists anymore. As long as he was talking specifically about the song it was fine, but being used to transition from one section to another was a no-no. In 2015, without an official explanation, the bumper music for both videos was restored, although Todd was forced to change the bumper music for his "Worst of 2014" videos, as it's likely it slipped through their radar.
    • When Blip shut down in 2015, many of the full versions of some of Todd's videos were supposedly lost as they weren't available anywhere due to many reasons. Fortunately, he has been uploading many of them (reviews, One Hit Wonderland, Cinemadonna) to his YouTube account, while using Vimeo as a back-up. As of 2017, he has been re-editing some to re-upload them back to YouTube (while not getting caught by the copyright bots), although he hasn't re-uploaded his hidden piano tracks from before (including a cover of "It's Too Late") yet.
    • By 2019, Todd frequently griped on Twitter on how the algorithms and bots were blocking his videos on the double digits. One of those, a Trainwreckords video on Lauryn Hill's Unplugged 2.0, is so far only available on Patreon.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Since 2013, and while he never had a precise schedule, his "Best Of" and "Worst Of" lists have been uploaded at a late date than his then regular schedule of "within a week or two of the new year" he maintained until then. The ones for 2013 were uploaded a week and half a week later (respectively), while the ones for 2014 were released until the middle of January (for his "Worst Of" videos) and at the end of January (for his "Best Of" ones). At this point, expecting him to put them out any earlier is wishful thinking.
    • Subverted with his "Worst Of" list for 2017, which was uploaded on January 1st, 2018. Todd lampshades the unusual timeliness in the video. His "Worst of" for 2018 also came out in December, while the Best Of still came out in January.
    • Zigzagged with some of his reviews' releases in the second half of 2015. Due to Blip's shutdown, Todd had a four-month gap where he was uploading his videos to YouTube rather than to Channel Awesome, explaining why the gap between his Cinemadonna review of Dangerous Game (which was uploaded on the site on August 16th, 2015) and his "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" review (which was uploaded on December 11thnote ) exists. He acknowledged this incident when he uploaded the "Uma Thurman" review on January 7th, 2016, as it was accompanied by a description that said: "Todd posted this on YouTube last Halloween. It was on time at the time, I swear."
  • Talking to Himself: Starting with Jesus' voice in "Just a Kiss", Todd is always doing the voice of God whenever He appears.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to the commentary for "O.M.G.", Todd originally planned to feature cameos from other TGWTG contributors and give them good reason to hate him, such as trying to convert The Distressed Watcher to Mormonism and convincing Linkara that One More Day was a good thing.
    • He was going to review "California Gurls", but didn't want to admit that he loved it. His review of "Best Song Ever" seems to be a good example of what it would have been like.
    • In the commentary for "Whip My Hair", Todd mentions he wanted to use a shot where the Hannah Montana wig got stuck in the microphone after being thrown, but it wasn't good enough.
    • Almost did a One Hit Wonderland for James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", as part of his requests through Patreon. The buyer changed it to "Turning Japanese" at the last minute. He did, however, hint at doing the song in his OHW for "Lullaby", so this could still happen in the close future.
    • The music in between Todd's picks for the "Top 10 Worst Songs of 2004" was supposed to be a Three Days' Grace's song, but he found the unintentional comedy of "Sorry 2004"'s chorus to be too good not to include.
    • The "Best Of 2014" list was almost a top 9 until he heard "Love Me Harder."
    • Once on Twitter, Todd started listing songs from 2008 he certainly would have reviewed if his show had started one year earlier.
  • As of 2017, only seven songs have both received a full review by Todd and also made the year-end best lists: Kanye West and Jay Z's "Ni**as in Paris" (#8 for 2012), Gotye and Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (#6 for 2012), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (#8 for 2013), One Direction's "Best Song Ever" (#6 for 2013), Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" (#5 for 2013), Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)" (#4 for 2016), and The Chainsmokers and Halsey's "Closer" (#1 for 2016). Compare that to the songs he's given full reviews to that made the worst lists (as of 2017, 25, not counting the songs he would've included for 2010). note 
    • More trivia! As of the Worst of 2017 list, Taylor Swift joins Rihanna as being one of the few artists to top both a best and worst list, with "Style" topping the Best of 2015 list and "...Ready for It?" topping the Worst of 2017 list; Rihanna remains the only artist to top both lists in the same year, with "Birthday Cake (Remix)" and "Take Care" topping the 2012 Worst and Best lists respectively. Taylor Swift also ties Beyonce's record for the most appearances by one artist on a worst list, with "Look What You Made Me Do" and her feature on Zayn's "I Don't Want to Live Forever" also making the cut. Another record she shares with Beyonce is having two of those songs in the top three, with "Look What You Made Me Do" coming in second, also making her the first artist to take both second and first place on a list.
  • Two songs have topped the list despite not making the year-end Hot 100 for their respective years - "Uptown Funk" topped the 2014 list, despite not reaching its peak until 2015, and "Green Light" topped the 2017 list after peaking at #19.


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