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Critora is a brand new web series by Derek Spangler under his production name, Flaming Bird Workshop.

Critora is set in the digital city of Critopia, inhabited by virtual creatures called Critora. Critopia is under a takeover threat by the Viruses, led by Queen Virus, who also want to infect the Critora to heed to their demands.

After roughly five years of development, the series debuted on July 29, 2020 on YouTube. Each currently available episode can be found here.

Critora provides the following:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: A few Critora, most notably the major characters Coneboy Golliday and Eggy.
  • And I Must Scream: Every CRiTORA can get infected while they're still conscious.
  • Bad Boss: Queen ViRUS, who berates her ViRUSES on a regular basis.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: A single CRiTORA could easily be told apart from another one in silhouette form thanks to how unique they each look.
  • The Chase: A highlighter in both "Beware the ViRUSES" and "Sky-flying frenzy".
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  • Computer Virus: Metaforacly, since the CRiTORA universe takes place in a digital world (that's possibly a computer or a Tamagochi device).
  • Cute Little Fangs: Some of the CRiTORA have pointy teeth that make them a bit more endearing.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Despite appearing in the opening sequence, which was appended to the first two episodes days after "The Trash Can" premiered, the Bitzes debuted in the third episode, "Save! Delete! Copy!".
  • Elemental Nation: Each of the districts of CRiTOPIA have motifs that invoke their specific elements/Themes.
  • Ensemble Cast: While the show does have a cast, it can lack a defined main character, with various CRiTORAS getting their time as focus depending on the episodes. However, the ViRUSES (and the CRiViRUSES) are constantly cemented as villains.
  • Funny Animal: Most CRiTORAS are basically either anthropomorphic or bipedal animals.
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  • Giant Food: The Food district says it all!
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: the opening and ending are explainable.
  • Mad Eye: A uncommon design quirk for some of the characters.
  • Once an Episode: (after Dawn of the Nameless) A [No-Name] Sighting and a V-CRiTORA.
  • Pokémon Speak: The ViRUSES, Only use the last part of their name, while Queen ViRUS and ViRAL pup fully avert this.
  • Sailor Earth: Many fans have created their own CRiTORAS based around different themes.
  • Scenery Porn: Many of the districts in CRiTOPIA are detailed and well-designed.
  • Running Gag: Harold, a Blue Cactus that's also a very frequent prop throughout the show.
  • Shout-Out: A few of Coneboy's accessories in "The Trash Can" reference Littlest Pet Shop, Angry Birds, Peanuts, Pokémon and Wonder Pets!.
  • Spin-Off: Of a little-known webcomic named Avey and, of all things, Spangler's Mixels fan characters.
  • Stock Scream: "Beware the ViRUSES" trows in a screaming goat when Big G gets touched by an infected Eggy.
  • Sugar Bowl: The bright, colorful setting of CRiTOPIA the series takes place in.
  • Victim of the Week: (after Dawn of the Nameless) While CRiTOPIA is peaceful, it can be chaotic when an unsuspecting CRiTORA gets infected.
  • The Virus: A literal case, consider CRiTORA takes place in a digital world.