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How It Should Have Ended is an Internet parody series depicting alternate endings for popular movies. It was started by Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson, featuring Tina Alexander. The episodes are hand drawings given animation, and augmented with special effects and music. Each features an original "ending" that ranges from crazy awesome crossovers, to ridiculous and funny developments, to deconstructing it by simply shooting the villain or the hero, or taking a third, sensible action the characters didn't consider. It also hosts featurettes such as the Super Café Spin-Off, the Hero Swap crossover spinoff and some comics.

The site can be found here, and their YouTube channel is here.

Now has a Shout-Out page.

Have in mind that, as a result of their premise, the videos may contain spoilers about the parodied movies, and so does this page.

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    Spoofed television shows 

    Spoofed movie trailers 

    Super Café shorts 
  • "Super Social Network": Superman and Batman talk about status updates.
  • "Bat Phone": Superman and Batman talk about smartphones.
  • "Bros Before Marios": Mario shows up at the Café.
  • "Pros and Cons": Superman and Batman talk about Comic Cons.
  • "Trailer Of Steel": Superman and Batman talk about the Man of Steel trailer.
  • "Swingers Tribute": A tribute to the film Swingers, which inspired the Super Café's vibe.
  • "Versus": Superman and Batman learn they will appear in a movie together.
  • "Who's a Hero": Superman and Batman have a conversation with The Doctor.
  • "And The Reboot Goes To": Superman and Batman talk reboots.
  • "Batman v. Superman - It's On!": The two superheroes talk (and fight over) the Batman v. Superman trailer.
  • "Batman GO": The two superheroes play Augmented Reality games.
  • "The Last Trailer": The two talk about The Last Jedi's trailer.
  • "Teen and Titans": Superman and Batman talk about Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
  • "Nostalgia Detective": Detective Pikachu comes at the café.
  • "Duh Plus": Clark tries to get Bruce excited about the latest streaming service called "Duh Plus."
  • "The Next Knight Rises": Batman tests out a new suit.

    Villain Pub shorts 
  • "To Battle!!!": The Joker, Voldemort and Khan talk about battles.
  • "To The Tailor!!!": Loki, the Joker and Voldemort talk about villainous fashion.
  • "The New Smile": The Joker gets some radical cosmetic changes for his upcoming movie.
  • "Zombie Night": A zombie party is held at the Pub.
  • "The Boss Battle": Batman finds his way to the Villain Pub and defies (or rather curb-stomps) the many bad guys there.
  • "Penny For Your Fears": The Monster Clown villain from It lands at the pub.
  • "12 Days of Christmas": A music number for Christmas 2017.
  • "The Dead Pool": The Pub's patrons bet on who Thanos will kill in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • "Trick or Treat": The Villain Pub are not happy about Halloween.
  • "Return of the Palps": Palpatine and his villain gang predicts what happens in The Rise of Skywalker.
  • "Palpatine's Quarantine": Palpatine starts suffering from Cabin Fever during the 2020 pandemic.
  • "The Imposter (Amongst Us)": An imposter is in the Villain Pub.
  • "Into the Loki-Verse": In the midst of multiple Lokis visiting, Loki explains to the Villain Pub the events of Loki.

    Hero Swap 

Tropes used in spoofs:

  • The '80s: The X-Men: Apocalypse episode is rife with '80s Hair, '80s-style civilian clothing, and there's an '80s-sounding synth pop song which plays over Quicksilver's Bullet Time scene and the end credits. Mystique transforms into Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne from the 1989 film at the very end.
  • Aborted Arc: Batman is troubled by those two or three bad dreams he had, and fears that Darkseid is coming to get the planet. Superman dismisses the whole idea: how would Darkseid do that, if Batman is about to be rebooted? Batman does not care: the dreams demand an outcome, and fans will not rest until they see Batman fight through a Mad Max wasteland.
    Superman: Or we could just toss it up to bad dreams and call it a day and just move on with our lives.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Captain America gets fed up with Superman and Batman making fun of him, this happens:
    Cap: But wait! Shh! Do you guys hear that?
    Batman: Hear what?
    Cap: Is that the Justice League calling?
    Superman: I don't hear anything.
    Batman: Yeah, me neither.
    Cap: Exactly!
    [Superman laughs]
    Batman: Whammo!
    Superman: Captain America burn!
  • Adaptational Heroism: Rexy in HISHE's dub of Jurassic Park. Albeit a clumsy, accident-prone one.
    Dr. Alan Grant: "The T-Rex saved us?! I'll bet that never happens again!"
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The scientist in Spider-Man 3 who passes the last button on the test that ended up turning Flint Marko into the Sandman has the good sense here to tell his coworkers to actually check on the "change in the silicon mass" before they continue.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Katniss in The Hunger Games. She chickens out at the last moment when she has to eat the Nightlock and doesn't show any remorse when Peeta dies.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Their interpretation of Darth Vader as a highly quirky individual, who stops to gleefully run around the galaxy informing everyone when he discovers he has kids!
      Vader: I have a daughter too! That is wonderful! I must tell everyone!
      Emperor: You see what you did? Who knows how long he'll be running around like that! Do you realize how annoying it is to put up with him this way?!
    • In general, all of the villains in the Villain Pub are genuinely friendly with each other and are perfectly willing to have civil conversations and offer advice to each other about various villain-related topics. It's particularly noticeable with the Joker and Palpatine, whose affability in their original films is far from genuine.
    • Save Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. He's brought in just to show him how great the pub is — then the villains ban him.
  • Affectionate Parody: Sometimes. They also have a knack of making fun of films but making fans of the film laugh as well as haters. One example of this is their take on The Social Network. While it does change the ending, it doesn't actually point out the many logical problems with the movie, it just presents the events in a funnier way.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe, the "I'm just a lonely Zombie" song from Resident Evil.
  • All Just a Dream: Indy believes his exploits in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to be this.
  • All-Star Cast: invoked Parodied in the Ocean's 40 trailer.
  • Alliance of Alternates: After meeting the Spider gang from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Batman daydreams that he would like to hang out with the Batmen from the Bat universe. Then he is in the cafe with The Dark Knight Trilogy Batman, Adam West's Batman, Batman: The Animated Series Batman, Batman & Robin Batman, Tim Burton's Batman, the DC Extended Universe Batman, and even Batman Beyond, as well as the LEGO Batman if you look very closely. When Batman said "because I'm Batman", all the others jumped to point that they are also Batman. Then he admits that it wasn't such a good idea after all.
  • Always Someone Better: Batman and Groot start a Catchphrase duel: "I'm Batman", "I am Groot", "I'm Batman", "I am Groot", and so on for a while. Batman gets the hiccup, and Groot wins.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • One of Glinda the Good Witch becomes revealed in-universe after one of the Munchkins shoots the Wicked Witch of the West:
      Glinda: Well, this ruins my plan to send you [Dorothy] on a journey, and teach you a lesson, and eventually have you kill the Wicked Witch yourself!
    • One of Bowser becomes revealed in one of the other videos: he witnessed Mario slaughter his people, and so decided to call Princess Peach for negotiations. Unfortunately, Mario always interrupts, and nearly kills Bowser in the process.
    • Bella from Twilight when turned is not a Vegetarian Vampire like the Cullens and is pretty damn happy about it.
      Bella: Let's go eat some PEOPLE! Woo!
  • Ambiguous Situation: After Thor unintentionally snaps his fingers twice with his hand that has the Infinity Gauntlet, everyone in the Super Cafe responds with an Mass "Oh, Crap!" reaction. We then cut to the Villain Pub which shows all the villains getting disintegrated. It's unknown whether if the heroes at the cafe suffered the same fate or dodged the bullet.
  • Anti-Climax Cut: See "How the Batman v Superman SDCC Teaser Should Have Ended", and get ready for a very violent fight between Superman and Batman... or not.
    Superman: Wanna take some coffee?
    Batman: Yes
  • Armour Is Useless: Invoked during Return of the Jedi.
    Stormtrooper: We're wearing armor and these Ewoks are still killing us!
  • Art Evolution: The animation became livelier as the show progressed.
  • Artifact Title: The series became more about random Family Guy or Robot Chicken-style skits.
  • Art Shift: "The Lego HISHE" is animated in stop motion with real LEGO.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • The "Darth Jar Jar" meme/theory made it into the Revenge of the Sith video, as after Palpatine is defeated, he reveals himself as the true Sith Lord, as many fans predict to come true sometime in the Sequel Trilogy.
    • Snoke, from The Last Jedi. He's Darth Plagueis, y'all!
  • Aside Glance: The re-dub of Infinity War makes a joke over making Thanos' army promise not to dig under the shield, and then when that stops holding true, makes it look like Black Panther is complaining directly to the audience over "Why did I tell them that?!".
  • Ass Shove: Pulp Fiction has Butch choosing to make sure that his treasured watch is NOT forgotten thanks to an airhead girlfriend.
    Butch: In fact... I'm continuing the tradition, baby!
  • Augmented Reality: Superman and Wonder Woman play Pokémon GO... and Batman plays Batman GO, with criminals, in Real Life.
  • Award Snub: In-Universe with the Best Picture Summary series, in which characters from a popular movie that year wonder why their latest film did not get a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The The Revenant HISHE awards the Oscar to the two bear cubs while Leonardo DiCaprio sits unhappily in his chair, passed over again.
  • Backup from Otherworld: In The Rise of Skywalker HISHE, Rey calls upon the Force ghosts of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Mace Windu, Luke and Anakin Skywalker, Aalya Secura, Ahsoka Tano, Luminara Unduli, Adi Gallia and Kanan Jarrus to help her against Palpatine.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Villain Pub introduced in the Thor: The Dark World video.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Of course he can. Because he's BATMAN!!!
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in "How Tangled should have ended," via an Overly-Long Gag of random things getting stuck in Rapunzel's hair.
  • Beleaguered Boss: Sometimes things from the films happen the way they did because some mook or minion was not doing a good job. Which makes the boss (the Big Bad, the "here's a bright idea" guy or some other authority figure) to step in and order them to do their damn job!
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Parodied in The Force Awakens HISHE. Luke Skywalker shows up Just in Time to save Han Solo from being killed by Kylo Ren, but unfortunately, Han feels that Leia's going to be mad at him for failing to bring Kylo — who is their son — back to the light side of the Force.
    • In The Force Awakens Alternate HISHE, the Resistance uses their secret weapon, the Right Back Atcha, to destroy Starkiller Base in one shot. Unfortunately, Rey couldn't escape in time. As Finn grieves for her, Leia reminds him that she also lost her son, and Spock reminds them that "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
  • Black Bead Eyes: Most of the characters have these.
  • Blatant Lies: The Ocean's Eleven parody Ocean's 40 movie trailer said that it was Based on a True Story.
  • Bond Gun Barrel: "How Casino Royale Should Have Ended" begins with all the official James Bond actors up to that point (in order of appearance: Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Sean Connery, and Timothy Dalton), plus Woody Allen, James Bond's nephew in Casino Royale (1967), arguing over who gets to shoot at the camera.
  • Bond One-Liner: Newt delivers one to the queen after helping Ripley and Bishop gun it down in Aliens.
    Newt: You're mostly dead now. Mostly.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • Darren Cross leaves Hank and Hope alone with the Yellowjacket suit, inadvertently giving them the perfect opportunity to steal it, then use Hank's tank to destroy the data servers for Cross' weapons.
    • Lampshaded, played straight, and justified in the fifth Villain Pub episode. Palpatine successfully captures Batman and puts him in a near-unescapable trap. However, he immediately declares that he and the villains won't stay to make sure that the trap succeeds in killing him, as it's basic villain policy. Plus, it's closing time and Palpatine wants to go home.
  • Boring, but Practical: James Bond's plan to simply arrest Le Chiffre rather than go through M's complicated plot from the actual movie.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • When Drax asks Star-Lord what exactly life is giving them a chance to do, Star-Lord answers, "To give a crap!", instead of the more profane response he gave in the movie.
    • Marty asks Doc if he and Jennifer become "a-holes" in the future.
    • When Iron Man asks Captain America if he knew about his parents being assassinated by the Winter Soldier, he says "Don't bullcrap me Rogers, did you know?!", instead of the more profane version he gave in the movie.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: That kid from the beginning of the Spider-Man 3 video, a pompous little snot who thinks he can boss Spider-Man — friggin' Spider-Man — around and tell him what to do, like stop narrating.
  • Breakout Character: The episodes with Superman and Batman at the café are considered by many to be the best shorts. As a result, they received their own show: Super Café.
  • Breakout Villain: In the same line of thought, the villains of cinema have also received their own spin-off in the Villain Pub series. Whereas Super Café revolves around Batman and Superman, Villain Pub usually stars Loki, Lord Voldemort, The Joker, and Emperor Palpatine (the bartender), and whichever villain starred in the movie HISHE is parodying.
  • Broken Masquerade: In How Toy Story 3 Should Have Ended, the toys reveal to Andy that they're alive...while he's in the middle of driving, making him scream and crash the car.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man. Especially at the end of The Avengers video.
      Spider-Man: When do I get to come in the café?
      Superman: Dude, nobody said you can't come in here.
      Batman: Yeah, this is a public place.
      Spider-Man: ... I've been hanging around out here for two years!
      Superman: Yeah, we know.
      Batman: It's been hilarious.
    • Both Superman and Batman gradually get put through the ringer due to the poor receptions of the DCEU movies. It only gets worse with how well critically and commercially the Wonder Woman and Aquaman solo movies end up doing. Batman in particular is frequently portrayed as a Casanova Wannabe and ends up getting a massive helping of mockery in the Dawn of Justice video.
    • Poor Scott Lang gets flown through by Vision, and sat on by Superman, in the Civil War video.
  • Call-Back:
    • The Pacific Rim parody features Godzilla coming out of the rift instead of Slattern and then die immediately. In the Godzilla parody Gypsy Danger appears to fight the Kaiju, only to die immediately by Godzilla's Atomic Breath. Furthermore Gypsy opens up with its swords as Riley suggested.
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 parody, the lab workers close the lid on the eel tank, using similar reasons to the lab workers taking Flint Marko out of the sand pit in their parody of Spider-Man 3.
    • "When Captain America throws his mighty shield" turns up again at the end of the second and third movies, as Batman and Superman add to the list of things that don't yield.
    • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, after Superman rescues his mother, he and Lex have a similar conversation just as when Superman grabbed the missiles in "How Superman Should Have Ended".
    • In The Force Awakens, after the Millenium Falcon crashes into Starkiller Base, thus preventing the plan to lower the shield around the planet, C-3PO and Leia say, "Oh my." and "Well, so much for that idea...", which was said by C-3PO and General Jan Dodanna in the "How Star Wars: A New Hope Should Have Ended" video when the Death Star is in range of Yavin IV.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Batman apparently reveals (or tries to reveal) his Secret Identity to every girl he finds attractive.
    Iron Man: You mean to tell me you've never revealed your secret identity before?
    Batman: Uh, no.
    Superman: Ha! Try every girl you've ever dated!
    Batman: What?
    Superman: "Oh, I'm Bruce Wayne, and I like you! Let me tell you my big secret!"
    Batman: Oh, you're one to talk, Mr. Mind Eraser.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Lampshaded in-universe, after Batman has declared that he has the power to "make an incredibly awesome movie!":
    Superman: So, we're just going to pretend like those guys never happened? [points to a table with Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler and Mister Freeze] Is that what we're doing?
    Batman: Yep.
  • Canon Welding: The show is fond of this, mostly in works involving superheroes.
  • Cardboard Prison:
    • Iron Man points out that if he hadn't killed Obadiah Stane the latter was eventually going to escape imprisonment. Batman engages in Suspiciously Specific Denial about it:
      Batman: Yeah... that never happens.
    • Later referenced in the Batman Begins parody, when Ra's al-Ghul and Scarecrow break out of Arkham for a night at the Villain Pub.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Batman. His go-to pickup line is asking "You wanna know my secret identity?", and no-one ever does. So far he's struck out with such notable characters as Emma Frost, Black Widow, Catwoman, Wyldstyle, Clara Oswald, Scarlet Witch and probably many more.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Batman:
      • "I'm Batman." / "Because I'm Batman!" Based on the recurring line from the films.
      • "You wanna know my secret identity?" based on Batman revealing his secret identity to all his girlfriends.
      • In the Venom video, when Batman asks Dr. Skirth, she answers that she really does want to hear his secret identity, and he's so used to the routine that he loses track of what he should say.
    • Iron Man: "Tank missile!" To the point even non-Tony Stark characters played by Robert Downey Jr. use it.
  • Captain Obvious: From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, when Bruce tells Jack O'Dwyer to evacuate the building.
    Bruce: You need to get everyone out of the building, NOW!
    Jack: [watching General Zod's spacecraft through the window] Oh, you THINK? [...] You think that's a good idea Mr. Wayne?
  • Catch Phrase Interruptus: Sometimes Batman doesn't get time to finish exclaiming, "Because I'm Batman!" due to the video ending. Superman also interrupts an instance of Bats trying to use the phrase as a Hand Wave as he asks Tony Stark to continue his story.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first time Batman said, "Because I'm Batman!", it sounded more subdued than later instances.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: Mostly the "scary tunnel" sequence.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Wizard of Oz video contains a literal example. As Dorothy rides a carriage through Munchkinland, some Munchkins with guard uniforms and giant guns march behind her. See Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? below for the payoff.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Holiday Movie Special".
  • Close on Title: "How The Dark Knight Rises Should Have Ended", closes on the HISHE logo, following Christopher Nolan's lead.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: "How Frozen Should Have Ended" has a cover of "Let it Go" during the first stinger, but Disney made HISHE release a version with different lyrics.
    Where'd it go? Where'd it go?
    That other song is gone!
  • Comically Missing the Point: The Dark Knight video has the Chechen completely miss the point of Joker's "magic trick".
    Chechen: That wasn't a magic trick! I saw the pencil just went up into his eye, this is lame...
  • Complexity Addiction:
    • Depicts Luke Skywalker has one in Return of the Jedi due to his plan to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt.
      Luke: Aww. But I wanted us to sneak in one at a time and make the plan stupid elaborate.
    • Hank Pym states that "Mission: Impossible with ants"'' would have been a much cooler plan than the improvised one they used with the tank.
  • Contrived Coincidence: According to Batman, the destruction of Krypton being "a fixed point in time", as a reason the Doctor didn't save it. According to the Doctor, Batman's utility belt having anything he needs for the situation at hand.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Subverted and Played for Laughs in the video for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When the Guardians are hanging out with Batman and Superman in the café at the end, Mantis puts Batman to sleep because he annoyed her. It's later revealed that even though he was asleep, he was still listening to everything that was said. Why? Because he's Batman.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: Weaponizing dinosaurs might be cool, but anyone you could assassinate via dinosaur could be offed far cheaper and easier just by using a gun. In fact, the threat of dinosaurs in general. They might be scary to unarmed and isolated tourists, but modern armies have things like guns and artillery that would make short work of them.
  • Cool Old Guy: Jimmy Stewart claims he's one in "A Look Back at It's a Wonderful Life.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot:
    • In the Avatar video, the human scientists tell Jake that instead of leading the Na'vi to war, he could just have told them about the Unobtanium beneath their home tree, which would have led to a peaceful solution to the conflict. Jake admits he forgot about that just to hook up with Neytiri; and when one of the scientists remarks that people died, Jake can only sheepishly apologize.
    • In the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice video, Superman says that Batman could have just talked to him, instead of trying to kill him.
    • In the Winter Soldier video, Steve and Natasha have successfully escaped from all the HYDRA goons, and are now planning their next move. She then mentions about her mask that allows to mimic any face. Once they discuss about it, they realize that they could have both avoided all that escape, and that there was a much simpler way to defeat HYDRA.
    • In HISHE Kids' "Fixed Fairy Tales", the plot of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is averted by the bears simply remembering to lock the front door.
  • Crossover:
  • Crossover Ship: Invoked in How Portal Should Have Ended, in which Chell goes on a date with Gordon from Half-Life, another Heroic Mime created by Valve Software.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Batman takes on pretty much the whole Villain Pub, beating the shit out of several villains in no time, and almost wins.
    • In an Imagine Spot in the LEGO The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is on the receiving end of one of these from Luke Skywalker.
  • Currency Cuisine: In How Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Should Have Ended, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Shia Labeouf were eating bowls of dollar bills which were the profits from the movie's success.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • In the Pulp Fiction video, Honey Bunny's exclamation of the f-word gets cut interrupted by Superman and Batman revealing themselves sitting in the next booth.
    • Logan's "Go fuck yourself" to Xavier and Erik gets interrupted by the future Logan's warnings about upcoming dangers.
    • When Iron Man, Thor, and Vison decide to keep firing at Ultron, his "Son of a- !" is interrupted by Cap saying "Language!"
    • The Deadpool (2016) video begins with Captain America whacking Deadpool with his shield and shouting "Language!" before Deadpool can complete his curses, doubling as a Shout-Out to Age of Ultron.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check:
    • Elektro plays with Spider-Man by tossing him around and making music with it. Spider-Man gave him an idea: he should try Dubstep. Great idea, Elektro loves being a DJ!
    • One of the random techs lampshades this in the Hunger Games parody...
      Tech: Hey, you guys ever think we should use all this money and technology to actually solve the world's problems? End world hunger? Save the rainforest? No, just me? We'd rather kids fight to the death. Okay... Just thought I'd ask.
    • After Darren Cross' potential investors realize that Pym Particle suits don't render their users completely invisible, just really tiny, they ask if he has anything else worth selling. He nervously demonstrates the gun that he invented to shrink things, but instead turns people into goop. The investors comment that this could prove a useful murder weapon, with one of them even asking Cross why he didn't open his presentation with the gun instead of the suits.
  • Cyborg: William Wallace
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Unlike original movies, this trope is averted in his parodies.
  • Dance Party Ending: In BioShock, Jack decides to stay in Rapture to party with the Splicers and Big Daddies.
  • Death Is Cheap: In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Nagini killed Snape before Harry's eyes, but Snape's knowledge of potions and healing injuries helped him survive.
  • Deconstruction: Occasionally they deconstruct their own premise by pointing out that Stating the Simple Solution would often have horrible consequences in the long run. For example, in their video for Inside Out, they use the method the brain workers used to send the Triple Dent Gum commercial memory to headquarters to send the core memories back, stabilize the islands of personality, and simply take the train of thought back to headquarters without any more islands collapsing and interfering, and also without Bing-Bong dying. Unfortunately, this also means that Joy never learns her lesson about why repressing Sadness is bad, Bing-Bong is brought back to HQ and appears to Riley again, traumatizing her and shattering her psyche, and she grows up to be a 31-year-old womanchild who still sees her imaginary friend and still lives with her parents.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The rewritten version of "Time in a Bottle" from the Days of Future Past spoof.
    If I could save time in the bottles of time
    then I could save all of the time
  • Discredited Meme: In-Universe, The Stinger of "How Skyrim Should Have Ended" has everyone show their hatred of the "arrow to the knee" meme;
    Guard: I used to be like [the Dragonborn]. Then I took an arrow—
    Crowd: SHUT UP!
  • Dirty Old Man: Old Luke at the end of The Force Awakens HISHE openly hits on Rey. She is totally grossed out at this.
  • Disney Death: Discussed in "How Captain America: The Winter Soldier Should Have Ended", after Batman points out that quite a few denizens of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had their deaths become either undone or revealed as fake (never mind the fact that Batman faked his own death in The Dark Knight Rises).note 
    Superman: You keep dying and bringing people back to life, nobody will accept it if one of you actually gets killed someday.
    Captain America: [laughs] None of us are gonna die! That's silly talk.
    Batman: Okay, well we'll see.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The Stinger of Spider-Man 3.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: After Frodo destroys the ring:
    Frodo: Can you imagine what it would've been like if we had walked the entire way?
    [everybody starts laughing]
    Frodo: It's funny because it's extremely far.
  • Downer Ending: Has its own page.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The Logo Joke for HISHE: Avengers: Infinity War (which references the now-memetic ending sequence) causes an offscreen guy to bemoan it and cry "Too soon!" at the sight of it.
  • Dungeon Bypass: In Inside Out, Joy realizes that the same mechanism the Forgetters use to repeatedly send that annoying Triple-Dent Gum commercial up to Headquarters will let her send the crucial core memories there too. Once that's done, the remaining islands of personality stabilize, and she, Sadness, and Bing Bong ride the Train of Thought back home. Unfortunately, this quick fix leads to other problems (see the Downer Ending above).
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: How The Matrix Revolutions Should Have Ended ends with graphics detailing the creators' opinions on how the film should have concluded or altered its plotlines.
    • The first Villain Pub short featured General Zod prominently, suggesting that it would be him in the Joker plus the villain of the week to mirror Superman and Batman in the Hero Cafe. Instead Loki (the "guest" of the first short) was the one who was retained and Voldemort took Zod's place in other Villain Pub material.
  • Easter Egg: At the end of "How The Avengers should have ended," not only do the boxes link to the videos about the Avengers' solo movies, and the onscreen heroes to their movies' parodies, but Superman's and Batman's tabletop and everything on it links to other vidoes featuring the duo.
  • Enemy Mine: The DC Extended Universe incarnations of Batman and Superman form an alliance with the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Ultron against the MCU Avengers.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: In-Universe, this applies to one of the WandaVision endings, in which Wanda, instead of freeing the people of Westview at the cost of her husband and children, decides to just move the Hex with her after she leaves. She's happy about it, but Superman and Batman aren't, and criticize Wanda for not coming to terms with her grieving.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Played for Laughs in the bonus scene for The Hunger Games, "The Careers and the Tree," when Cato solemnly warns the others in the group not to burn Katniss out of the tree or cut each other's throats in their sleep.
    • For Ghostbusters (1984), Zuul immediately calls out Peter Venkman for bringing thorazine to his planned date with Dana.
    • A character has to be unambiguously evil to hang out in the Villain Pub. This has gotten Deadpool and the Suicide Squad kicked out for technically being anti-heroes.
  • Every Episode Ending: Each superhero-related episode ends with the heroes talking with Superman and Batman in the coffee shop except for Spider-Man 3, where it appears briefly in the middle.
  • "Everybody Dies" Ending: Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Slender Games, and Breaking Dawn Part 2.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: The Lord of the Rings
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Part 1) ends with all the humans dead, except for Superman and Batman.
  • Everything Is Online: Ultron exploits this trope in Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Part 1) to shut down the Avengers' technology and send them on wild goose chases to distract them from his Evil Plan.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Villain Pub: The Dead Pool". Darth Sidious had to shoo Deadpool (2016) out many times: the video is not about him, but about an actual Dead Pool.
  • Expospeak Gag: Used in Top Gun to derail the famous "need for speed" quote.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When Joy sees the mind workers send the memory of the gum jingle to headquarters through a recall tube, she decides to ask them to do the same with the core memories, saving her the trouble of carrying them all the way back to headquarters.

  • Failure Is the Only Option: Discussed in "Slender Games"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Ultron shows up at the Villain pub, to brag with the other villains about the way he messed with the Avengers and built his Floating Continent to destroy all life on Earth while they made pointless searches. When Voldemort asks when the continent is going to fall down and kill everyone, Ultron answers, "Oh, some time about now." Then again, he (possibly) should have gotten out of there himself.
  • Finish Him!: When Sansa punches Joffrey, in a parody of Mortal Kombat.
  • First Guy Wins: Katniss backs out of killing herself with Peeta to confess that she actually prefers "hottie" Gale.
  • Fix Fic: Whenever a movie ends with a Bittersweet or Downer Ending, expect the alternate endings to make things happier.
  • For Want of a Nail: Somehow Doc dropping vague hints to Marty and Jennifer about society in 2015 caused it to completely change.
  • Framing Device: Infinity War created a context that they don't usually bother with, where Dr. Strange hopscotches through the future and comes up with... five versions where "we win".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Just like in the film it's based on, The LEGO HISHE contains several split-second cameos from classic LEGO characters in the background, including Johnny Thunder and Rascus.
  • Fridge Logic: invoked They often show more common sense or realistic ways for the movies to have ended invoking this trope. Often filling logic gaps and things that could confuse the viewers.
  • Friendly Enemy: Professor X and Magneto are perfectly happy with their tumultuous love-hate dynamic in "How X-Men: Apocalypse Should Have Ended."
    Batman: So, you guys aren't going to disagree anymore?
    Professor X: Oh no, we will ride this merry-go-round to our graves!
    Magneto: Just before that, we'll time-travel and start it all over again!
    (Professor X and Magneto laugh merrily together)
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: In the HISHE Dub for The Rise of Skywalker, Leia refers to Kylo as "Benjamin Chewbacca Solo" while trying to communicate with him through the force.
  • Funny Background Event:
  • G-Rated Drug: Willy Wonka decided to install the infamous scary tunnel while on a sugar high.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Tony Stark realizing that Iron Man 3 has the exact same premise as The Incredibles.
    • Two examples from Scream (1996):
      • Randy explains the rules for surviving horror movies... except this time, they're along the lines of "don't date creepy guys, have parents who care, call for help, and attack the killer if they go down." Turns into Wrong Genre Savvy when Freddy Krueger shows up.
      • Tying in with the "have parents who care" rule, a mother tells her son he's not leaving the house due to a masked killer on the loose.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: In anticipation of Rogue One, HISHE re-released their first Star Wars spoof, with "George Lucas updates", such as updated animation and about four minutes' worth of new scenes, before ending with a remade version of the original video, but with a twist: instead of the Death Star blowing first Yavin and then the rebel base behind in rapid succession, the Death Star makes a minor lightspeed jump to simply place itself beyond the planet, and in direct sight of the rebel base.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Parodied in "How Return of the Jedi Should Have Ended". Several more people show up, including Qui-Gon Jin, Mace Windu, and all the young padawans that Anakin had murdered.
  • Gilligan Cut: From Darth Vader anticipating how excited his long-lost son is going to be when they meet, to Luke Skywalker's Big "NO!".
  • Glad I Thought of It: Occurs in the No-Way Home episode.
    Curt Connors/The Lizard: I've got an idea, why don't we just live here.
    Max Dillon/Electro: Shut up Connors, no one cares what you think.
    Norman Osborn/Green Goblin: I have a better idea, how about we all just live here.
    Max Dillon/Electro: Yeah I like the sound of that.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Megatron and Optimus Prime play Battleships together while discussing it being made into a film.
  • Gonna Need More X: In Super Cafe: "Bros Before Marios", Batman says "We're gonna need a bigger booth." when the whole Avengers team shows up.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Pulp Fiction includes one of the many lines containing the f-word, and turns it into gibberish.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Starting with the Wonder Woman episode, it's become something of a running gag that Batman and Superman's criticisms of other superhero movies is a bit of projection on their part due to the poor reception that their recent movies had received. It goes From Bad to Worse when in real life, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill both confirmed they would be stepping down from their respective roles.
  • Groin Attack:
    • The easy way to defeat chainsaw guys from Texas.
    • James Bond gets repeatedly beaten as he asks viewers to subscribe.
    • How Jane determines Loki is still alive in the Thor: The Dark World video.
    • Sansa kicks Joeffrey in the balls and shoves him into the moat full of sharpened stakes in Game of Thrones Season 1.
  • Grows on Trees: "Best Picture Summary 2020" has the lead cast of Endgame comparing themselves to movies that did get the nom for Best Picture... with a recurring emphasis throughout on, in point of fact, the large piles of money they did make, down to what appears to be a money tree in the background.
  • Guttural Growler: Parodied in the Dark Knight vid.
    Batman: Stop talking! It's my turn now.
    Superman: Well it's about ti— wait, is that your new stage voice?
    Batman: Yeah. So?
    Superman: Well, what are you doing, gargling marbles? I can barely understand you.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Pretty much what the Assassin's Creed parody boils down to.
  • HA HA HA—No: Superman's reaction to Mario insisting that he's a superhero too.
  • Hand Wave: From the Iron Man 3 video:
    Tony Stark: You know what bugs me?
    Batman: What?
    Tony Stark: How you got back to Gotham City after climbing out of that prison on the other side of the planet. Why don't you explain that?
    Batman: Why do so many people have a problem with this? I said, it's because... I'm Batma—
    Superman: Can we get back to the story, please?
    • Batman can shrink, because he's Batman.
  • Happily Ever After: In How Revenge of the Sith Should Have Ended, Anakin finds out that Palpatine is Darth Sidious, and when he tries to influence him into joining him, Anakin decides to go make a hologram call to Mace Windu and the other Jedi about this info, and to help him out since Palpatine is trying to get Anakin to turn evil. Mace and his Jedi Companions then manage to curbstomp Palpatine, unlike in the movie, and they even take down Darth Jar Jar Binks, thus foiling the Sith's evil plans, Order 66 never happens, the Jedi Order is intact, Anakin and Padmé manage to have Luke and Leia without Padmé dying, and they go on to live happily ever after.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe. As Six notices in the Halo: Reach short, one way to make an introduction really awkward is if every comment you make only keeps highlighting each character's eventual death.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Harry and Marv at the end Home Alone Starring E.T. When they find the titular character boarding his spaceship to leave for his home planet, they're genuinely touched by him healing their wounds, which inspires them to give up their criminal careers...only to get to get burnt by the ship's flames as it ascends and arrested shortly afterwards.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Kratos amusingly decides to kill every last god he can find. But not even he can kill Morgan Freeman.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Captain America is determined to invoke this, even though there are other and better options available to him.
  • Hero Insurance: Superman laments that he doesn't have this, but Batman does.
    Batman: I'm Rich Batman!
  • Hilarious Outtakes: "A Look Back at It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: The Harry Potter one has an aversion, where Snape decides to solve everyone's problems by using the Time Turner to go back in time and kill Tom Riddle as a child. But given each turn of the device only taking you back an hour, Snape has to turn the device two hundred thousand times. Which takes him hours to do.
  • Hollywood Board Games: "Transformers Play Battleship" has Optimus Prime and Megatron engage in, well, a Battleship game while discussing how is it even possible to produce a movie from a Board Game. At first, they are just playing like normal people — squinting their eyes at the tiny (for them) board while trying to divine what square to attack next and dejectedly sighing when they miss or get hit. Megatron, however, gets quickly derailed into a heated rant about the movie, which is lampshaded when he forgets whose turn is (or maybe he's trying to cheat) and when he mocks Optimus for being competitive. Optimus tries to get them back on track but eventually gets fed up and declares that Go-Karting with Bowser was a terrible idea.
  • Homage Derailment: The very nature of the series, making fun of and parodying movie endings, lends very well to this form of subversion.
    • The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch is suddenly and unceremoniously killed almost right at the start of the film during her famous line delivery to Dorothy.
      Witch: "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog t-!"
      Town Soldier: "Woah, you just killed her! How is it so?!"
    • Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: One of the first action sequences from the film, where Indy survives a nuclear test launch by hiding in a fridge, gets completely subverted where he comes out of the fridge burnt and horrifically mangled. Black Comedy at its finest.
      "I think I broke every bone in my BODY!!!"
  • Hurl It into the Sun: In the Batman v Superman video, the military decide that Superman clearly has Doomsday under control and there's no need to launch a nuke at them when they're already in orbit.
    Superman: [punching Doomsday] Aaaand... into the Sun!
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Megatron jokingly asks if the aliens in Battleship look like the pegs from the game, and proceeds to rant about how some movies completely alter iconic designs. To highlight Megatron's hypocrisy, this video portrays him with the same design from the live-action Transformers movies, and Optimus Prime as his G1 incarnation (per the events of "How Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen Should Have Ended").
    • Batman and Superman always point out the various coincidences, luck or plotholes in most Superhero movies. But when it is pointed the same thing is happening in their movies, both of them give very lame excuses from "No it wasn't." to "It's only ok if I do it".
  • I Choose to Stay: Thor decides to stay on Midgard with Jane Foster instead of return to Asgard and fight Loki.
  • I Know You Know I Know: During the ending of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Holmes and Moriarty counter each others' preparations as they fall from Reichenbach Falls. Unfortunately, they did not account for the rocks at the bottom.
  • I Love the Smell of X in the Morning: Quaritch in Avatar saying he loves the smell of CGI in the morning.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: HISHE's interpretation of Arthur, in Inception.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Naturally parodied in the Return of the Jedi episode.
    Stormtrooper: [crying] Why are we so bad at shooting things?
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: The most appropriate reaction to your bodyguard's rant about how it's right to kill people like animals ever.
  • Inferred Holocaust: In-universe, their take on the end of Avatar.
  • In Name Only:
    • Lampshaded at the end of Dead Man's Chest, when Ragetti exclaims, "This ain't anything like the ride at Disney World!"
    • Megatron has this opinion about Battleship.
  • Instant Sedation: Zigzagged. In The Dark Knight Rises, when Bane first confronts Batman, Batman attempts to subdue him with a sleeping dart. Bane smugly comments that Batman will need to do better then that. Cue Batman shooting nineteen more darts.
    Bane: Ugh... Okay, that could do it. (collapses)
  • Internal Homage: In the HISHE spoof of X-Men: First Class, a female doctor at a hospital exclaims, "Oh Lord, the devil's dropping off people in the E.R.!" when she sees Azazel with Xavier. For X-Men: Apocalypse, the same doctor yells, "Oh Lord, the devil has returned!" when Nightcrawler appears with Jean Grey. Moreover, the mutant who is hospitalized in both episodes is a telepath.
  • Interpretative Character: As of "How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended", TWO Spider-Men exist within the web series. Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man isn't happy about Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man being able to enter the Super Cafe instead of him.
  • It Can Think:
    • Parodied and taken to extremes in "How Jurassic Park Should Have Ended". The Velociraptor figures out how to speak, finds a weapons closet, sends an email to the protagonists, and tries to attack them with guns.
    • It's also carried over into "How Jurassic World Should Have Ended", where one of the raptors starts shooting at the mercenaries after the I-Rex is killed.
      Raptor: We're free, suckers!!!
  • It's All About Me:
    • Batman. Because he's Batman!!
    • Superman and Batman would often interrupt the discussions about the new films to poke each other about the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Because Batman is a monster, and needs to be stopped. Deadpool had to interrupt them: they were supposed to be talking about his dead girlfriend.
  • The Jailbait Wait: In The Little Mermaid (1989), as Prince Eric (18) finds out Ariel is 16 as they are about to get married, he runs away exclaiming "Let's talk again in two years!!" as he jumps off the ship the wedding is taking place on.
  • Jumped at the Call: Extremis-powered Pepper Potts accepts an offer from Nick Fury to become the newest Avenger.
  • Just Eat Gilligan:
    • In "How Attack of the Clones Should Have Ended", when Dooku decides to flee and uses the Force to cause a giant metal cylinder thing to fall towards the wounded Anakin and Obi-Wan, in the hope of distracting Yoda, instead of slowly tossing it aside, like he does in the film, Yoda throws it at Dooku's ship, totaling it, making Dooku unable to escape and results in his arrest, preventing the Clone War from starting.
    • In "How Revenge of the Sith Should Have Ended", when Anakin finds out that Palpatine is in fact, Darth Sidious, the Sith lord behind everything that went wrong, he decides to not stay in place and let Palpatine influence him into possibly going to the dark side. Instead, he decides to call Mace Windu via hologram and tell him to get over the chancellor's office and stop him, instead of just going to Mace in person, after Palpatine has put some influence into Anakin. And thus Palpatine is curbstomped by Mace and his three Jedi companions that accompany him, who are prepared for Palpatine's attack, unlike in the film, and thus, preventing Order 66, Anakin never goes to the Dark Side, he and Padmé manage to deliver Luke and Leia, and everybody lives happily after.
    • A villainous example occurs in "How The Force Awakens Should Have Ended". When Phasma is apprehended by Han, Finn, and Chewie, rather than lowering the shields of Starkiller Base like a Dirty Coward, she takes advantage of being at a control panel and alerts the base to their presence, thus preventing the shield from being lowered.

  • Karma Houdini: Zigzagged with Loki, who failed to steal Odin's throne when his Faking the Dead gambit was foiled by Jane. He manages to escape from imprisonment only to spend his time ruminating and sulking about his failure in the Villains Pub.
  • Kicking My Own Butt: Palpatine is forced to invoke the Wounded Gazelle Gambit himself after Anakin straight-up calls Windu from the Chancellor's office.
    Palpatine: Help me, Anakin! The Jedi are taking over!
    Anakin: Why are you shocking yourself?
  • Kick the Dog: Superman and Batman love to screw with Spider-Man. When he asks if he can come in the Cafe, they point out he could have at any time, it's a public place.
    Spider-Man: I've been hanging around out here for two years!
    Superman: Yeah we know!
    Batman: It's been hilarious!
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Characters originally portrayed by Ty Simpkins, such as Harley from Iron Man 3 and Gray from Jurassic World, wear a shirt with "Target Demographic" written on it.
  • Kill Steal: In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, when Superman is about pull off his Heroic Sacrifice, Batman grabs the spear instead and destroys Doomsday.
  • Leap and Fire: In Harry Potter, Neville decapitates Nagini while flying sideways through the air and yelling, "I'm awesoooooome!"
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • Many shorts call out the numerous Idiot Ball moments where stupid mistakes have been made in a work by the characters when they could have done something competent. One case is the scene in Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen where Optimus Prime fights the Decepticons without backup.
    • In the Super Cafe segments, the "Because I'm Batman" Running Gag has pretty much become a Once per Episode thing. As if they anticipated the same reaction from their viewers, HISHE has Superman become increasingly annoyed by this as time goes on.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lampshaded by Wikus after Christopher repays his earlier abuse by clobbering him and stealing the Mini-Mecha in "How District 9 Should Have Ended".
    Wikus: Curse the taste of my own medicine!
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The premise of the videos is to make fun about the major plot points of the films, so it is basically a given.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
  • Lens Flare: Parodied in Star Trek (2009).
    Kirk: Computer, I want you to shut down all the lens flare generators.
    Spock: Fascinating, I was unaware that we had that.
    Kirk: It's nice, right? I mean, who designs a starship where lights shine right in your eye from virtually every angle!
  • Logical Weakness: In Iron Man, the behemoth, bellowing Iron Monger's "few modifications of my own" mean that when it's actually dug out and put into practice, the whole thing barely gets a foot or two up.
  • Logo Joke: The Force Awakens HISHE inserts a "Hidden Mickey" with the Death Star/Death Star II/Starkiller Base holograms forming the famous mouse silhouette.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: After Quicksilver informs Xavier that his mother might become upset if he goes to Paris without her permission, Erik reveals that he is Quicksilver's father, then gives him his permission.
  • Made of Iron: Discussed in How The Dark Knight Rises Should Have Ended, in the Super Café.
    Superman: You had your back broken, your heart broken, your bank account broken, you even got stabbed, dude!
    Batman: Yep.
    Superman: How are you still breathing right now? No, never mind, I already know what you're gonna s--
    Batman: Because I'm Batman!
    Superman: *sigh* I walked right into that one.
    Batman: Yes, you did.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Parodied in Attack of the Clones, when Obi-Wan is unsuccessfully trying to apprehend Jango Fett.
    Obi-Wan: Could you guys just maybe send a larger ship?
    Mace Windu: No! No, we cannot.
    Yoda: Important Jedi business we have.
    Obi-Wan: ALL of the Jedi are busy?
    Yoda: Yes. Sit here on cushions, we must.
    Obi-Wan: I'm really doing all of the work, aren't I?
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Points out that without transforming Bella from Twilight into vampire, in 60 years or so Bella would be an old lady whilst Edward was still forever young.
  • Mundane Solution: James Bond sees no point in playing poker with Le Chiffre if he already lost all the money, especially after M says that keeping the prize money out of Le Chiffre's hands will put Bond's life (and testicles) in danger, and instead tells M to throw Le Chiffre into custody.
    M: You see how boring that was, James?!
  • Narm:
  • Nerds Speak Klingon: Subverted in the Star Trek Into Darkness episode. Uhura insists on showing her intellect by speaking the outro in Klingon, but mangles the words. An actual Klingon (voiced by the narrator of Honest Trailers) offers to take over... and speaks the outro in English.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: A random stortrooper calls Finn a traitor, Finn raises the lightsaber... and the stormtrooper guns him down. Yes!
  • Not the Fall That Kills You… Averted in How The Bourne Identity Should Have Ended, as Bourne ends up breaking many of his bones, and can't walk to get away.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe, we have Lapidus! Complete with theme music.
  • Mind Screw: The sight of Joy crying prompts Bing Bong to ask Joy, "Do you think you've got little emotions in your head, too?" She gasps as a zoom into her head reveals such, then answers, "It's better if you just don't think about that!"
  • Mundane Utility: One of Superman's uses for his flight and X-ray vision is to watch exclusive trailers from Comic-Con.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Frequently discussed.
  • Non-Indicative Name:
    • Literal-Minded Drax accuses Batman of having one, since he's not a Half-Human Hybrid of a bat and a man.
    • Superman and Batman point out that the "Age of Ultron" only lasted a week, at most, much shorter than its title suggests.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Aladdin tells Genie he feels like a fraud for pretending to be something he's not, Genie tells him its not a lie. Aladdin's wish wasn't just to 'look' like a prince, Genie retroactively changed reality so his master is, and always has been a real prince. He really did everything and has everything described he described him doing in 'Prince Ali'. He really does have seventy-five golden camels,the strength of ten men and an army of servants who love to serve him.
  • Not Wearing Pants: In Inception.
  • Not Where They Thought: At the end of "How Toy Story 3 Should Have Ended", Sulley bursts into Andy's dorm room, startling him. Sulley then realizes he's in the wrong room, apologizes, and leaves.
  • Odd Friendship: Their take on Skyrim has the Dragonborn form one with the Big Bad, Alduin, after discovering that the Thu'um renders him completely unable to talk to regular people, without completely destroying them.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • An opportunity is never wasted to reference Superman snapping Zod's neck in Man of Steel.
    • Gets followed up in the Batman v. Superman video where Batman acknowledges him killing people is going to follow him for a long time.
    • "When Captain America throws his mighty shield, All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield, sooooo... Unless you're a plane! Or a bomb! Or some ice! Or a brain washed buddy! Or a Spider-Man! Or a Trope-based web page! Then you don't necessarily have to yield!
    Captain America: Please stop for the LOVE OF GOD!
  • Only in It for the Money: Apparently the reason George Lucas felt less willing than Steven Spielberg to apologize for Indiana Jones 4.
  • Only Sane Man: Their interpretation of Jack in Titanic.
    Jack: We are on the tail of a sinking ship!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: "How The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Should Have Ended" shows Peter Parker going completely nuts and grabbing a gun and pointing it on Batman's head to force Superman to turn back time.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: The Spider-Man from the 2000s Spider-Man Trilogy irritates the Spidey from The Amazing Spider-Man because of his whining.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • The Inception clip from the Oscars video.
    • Batman and Baby Groot spend 20 seconds telling each other their names.
    • "Martha"
  • Overly Polite Pals: In Top Gun.

  • Pervert Revenge Mode: The HISHE version of X-Men: Days of Future Past sees Mystique go into this after the general she'd impersonate in the film proper says he thinks her true form is also sexy.
  • Pet the Dog: While being arrested, Flint Marko vainly attempts to argue that he's "not a bad person" and it's "okay for him to break the law" because he has "a daughter and she's sick."
  • Phrase Catcher: Chell becomes this when everyone else in the video tells her, "You are a horrible person! Has anyone ever told you that?!" Even the video description refers to her as "a horrible person".
  • Pie in the Face: Tony Stark attended the birthday of Pierce's niece, who is not guilty for her uncle being a terrorist, and a birthday promise is a birthday promise! But she asked for Iron Man, not for a middle-aged geek she does not know. So, Tony took a piece of cake, and the girl used a "Cake missile...".
  • Plot Armor:
    • Lampshaded about Lapidus in Lost.
      "Lapidus! He survives explosions because he's the only pilot!"
    • In part one of Age of Ultron, Ultron has made his Floating Continent fall down, killing all life on Earth. Except Superman, who is an indestructible alien after all, and... Batman. Superman is not even interested in hearing how in the world he can possibly still be alive. It's BECAUSE HE'S... [roll credits!]
    • Several episodes avert this by showing that several characters from different movies survives because of plot and it would show what happened in reality. Special mention goes to the 2012 episode, where the protagonist and his family would actually be like any killed-in-the-disasters people if the events would happen in reality.
  • Poking Dead Things with a Stick: In the Spider-Man: Far From Home episode, Peter Parker receives help from all the previous theatrical Spider-Men to defeat Quentin Beck. When Quentin Beck is down, Peter asks E.D.I.T.H. if he's real and E.D.I.T.H. says all the drones' illusion projectors have been deactivated. The other Spider-Men aren't too sure about that, so Spider-Ham pokes Beck with a stick to confirm he's real and see if he's dead or not.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In The Last Jedi:
    Ackbar: Now: As my first act as Commander — I wish to tell everyone the plan. We have a secret base, on a nearby planet, that we are trying to reach. So nobody freak out, or try to start a mutiny, or anything. We actually have a plan to survive.
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • Maverick and Iceman.
    Remaining MiGs are bugging out because of our teamwork and kindness.
    • After being convinced by Hiccup, Falcor, Daenerys and Draco that some dragons can in fact be friendly, the Dwarves attempt to befriend Smaug. It doesn't work. Smaug was one of the most iconic evil dragons before all those draconic followers started playing around with the concept.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • In Mortal Kombat, Shang Tsung has a stated tournament rule about humanoids only when he sees Liu Kang's Fatality. If he starts letting every imaginable fighter in, he reasons, everyone dies and he doesn't get to rule Earthrealm.
    • In Terminator: Dark Fate, the Rev-9 doesn't bother attacking while Sarah and Dani are trapped underwater and instead simply waits for them to drown.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Harry Potter HISHE:
    Ron Weasley: What the bloody hell are you two talking about?
  • Pretty Little Headshots:
    • When one of the soldiers kills the Wicked Witch.
    • When Snape shoots Voldemort in Harry Potter.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic:
    • In Captain America: The First Avenger, Armin Zola questions the Red Skull why they should label their bombs in English when they are German. The words written on the bombs were names of U.S. cities: New York, Chicago, etc. However, this is a goof: these names are written the same way in both English and German.
    • In Frozen, the beginning parodies the fact that the chanting from the movie's opening has no place at all in the rest of the movie. It is actually a traditional Sami chant, Sami being a group of indigenous people in Scandinavia - where the movie takes place. (Also, Kristoff was stated in Frozen to be Sami).
  • Reality Warping Is Not a Toy: Superman does not want to go back in time and save Gwen Stacy, as Spider-Man requests. He's trying not to do that anymore. But, eventually, he does it.
  • Red Shirt:
    • Parodied in Star Trek (2009), when Kirk orders all red shirts on board the Enterprise to be jettisoned to lighten the weight of the ship. Scotty takes time to put on a different shirt before fulfilling the order.
    • And again in Halo: Reach, where after his big Tempting Fate speech, Carter hands Six a red shirt with the ONI logo on it.
  • Retirony: In The Avengers bonus scene, two of the Chitauri discuss their imminent retirement, with one looking forward to spending more time with his wife and kids, and the other planning to follow his dream of opening a fitness center. And then Tony nukes the mothership.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Munchkins.
  • Robotic Reveal: While shouting "Freedom!" during his torture, William Wallace malfunctions, and reveals himself to be a robot. Then he proceeds to attack the English crowd with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse.
  • Rooting for the Empire: (Invoked) Superman and Batman met Ultron, who will go against the Avengers, and told him that so are they. Ultron hugged them, and told them that they have a new friend. Superman immediately regrets this.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue...: Their version of Jimmy Stewart writes one.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Apathetic Citizens? Not in HISHE's world, as a couple of good samaritans stop the kids who stole Arthur's sign from getting away, preventing the series of unfortunate events in Joker (2019) from occurring at all.
  • Rule of Cool: Lampshaded in the TRON rap, where they point out that Flynn could have just uninstalled the MCP... "But that's no fun to animate!"
  • Rule of Funny: If the viewer dwells on it for too long, the series can seem inconsistent over whether or not rebooting a movie franchise creates another copy of its star. (eg, each incarnation of Superman, Batman, or Aquaman is usually the respective hero in different costumes, while rebooting Spider-Man, James Bond, and Deadpool resulted in them gaining duplicates.) The rationale over which reboot does what seems to depend mainly on whether or not the writers believe they can wring any humor from incorporating several incarnations of the character.
  • Running Gag:
    • Tony Stark's love of solving problems with Tank-missiles.
    • Everyone either already knows or doesn't care about Batman's secret identity. Speaking of which...
    • Darth Vader/Anakin loves his children, and will tell everyone about it whenever they come up.
    • The scientists in the Spider-Man movies (including Venom), especially the "Here's a bright idea!" guy. They're smart enough to prevent each Freak Lab Accident that creates foes of Spider-Man (Sandman and Electro).
    • Every character played by Samuel L. Jackson will have a "Enough!" rant.
    • In all 3 Star Wars Prequel videos, Jar Jar ends up dying in different ways: two instances of being shot to death, and one time getting cut by a lightsaber.
    • Whenever Captain America appears, Superman and Batman (or somebody else) sings his embarrassing theme song. And every time something in a movie stops the shield, they add it to a list of things that "don't necessarily have to yield!"
    • In every HISHE Dubs video, one character comments on another character's plan by saying "That's dumb, you're dumb..."
    • "One of us might have died". Said in HISHEs of movies that have character deaths in response to the question of what would have happened had they done things the way they did in the actual movie, usually by said killed-off character(s).
    • Ever since the Age of Ultron video, Captain America preventing other characters from cursing, usually while throwing his shield at them.
    • "I thought about (doing what happened in the film), but then I thought: 'Nah!' I will do this other, more reasonable thing instead."
    • In any MCU film where Wong appears, the HISHE version of the character will always shout "Yes! Wong!" after magically preventing a crisis that could spell untold disaster for everyone.
  • Sanity Slippage: Spider-Man got nuts after the death of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So now Superman must go back in time and save her, or else Spider-Man will shoot Batman in the face!
    Batman: This is stupid...
  • Savage Wolves: In The Jungle Book (1967), Bagheera leaving baby Mowgli in a basket to be Raised by Wolves leads to said wolves eating said baby.
  • Say My Name: Two of the Villain Pub shorts end with Voldemort yelling Loki's name.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • Six in Halo: Reach.
    • Both Wolverine and Batman leave in disgust after Deadpool moons Superman and Batman in the video for Logan.
  • Self-Deprecation: In How Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Should Have Ended, which ends with the obligatory Super Cafe with Batman and Superman. Adding to the joke is the fact that the Super Cafe scene comprises the entire second half of the episode.
    Peter B.: They just sit here all the time and pass judgement on other people's work. It's kinda sad but it's all they've got, so just go along with it.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In Harry Potter, Snape uses Hermione's Time-Turner (which Harry convinced her to keep) to kill Tom Riddle when Dumbledore's talking to him in the orphanage.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The first video on Avengers: Infinity War ends with Thor successfully chopping off Thanos' arm and claiming the Infinity Gauntlet himself. Despite smugly declaring himself the ruler of Earth, the last few minutes sees him resurrect Gamora and all of the heroes gathered together in the Super Cafe (alongside Batman and Superman) and congratulating each other over a job well done and trading a lot of genuinely friendly and upbeat conversations. Then Korg starts the jukebox and Thor, caught up in the song, snaps his fingers...with the hand wearing the Infinity Gauntlet, cue Mass "Oh, Crap!", followed by all the villains in the Villain Pub, with the exception of Loki dissolving into dust, along with presumably everyone else in the universe.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: How the characters survive the Predator. Until The Stinger.
    Dutch: You idiots! There are weapons on the choppaaa!
  • Shown Their Work: Their The LEGO Movie epilogue is almost indistinguishable from the film (save Batman not being voiced by Will Arnett).
  • Shout-Out: Have its own page
  • Short-Lived Aerial Escape: See Sheathe Your Sword.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • In X-Men: First Class, Xavier gets fed up with Magneto's attempts to perform his Motive Rant, freezes everyone (except for Magneto, who asks Xavier what's going on) and mind-controls Azazel to teleport him to a hospital.
    Magneto: Charles? Wh-what's going on? What are you doing?
    Xavier/Azazel: I've been shot, you selfish a-hole.
    [Azazel teleports Xavier]
    Magneto: Well, great. Now how are we supposed to get home?
    • Mace Windu to Darth Jar Jar in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Sincerity Mode: During the Into the Spider-Verse Cafe segment, Batman has a breakdown from his usual Caustic Critic shtick and concedes that he considers the film to be the GOAT of Superhero films.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: Scott Lang has served his sentence. Pym is waiting for him: he can offer him a job, lots of money, and training by his hot daughter. And Luis? He has waffles in his apartment, and a truck with a sweet horn that plays "la cucaracha".
  • Skewed Priorities: Ultron has taken control of the internet, and can do anything... but what enrage Thor and Banner is that he turns the TV cable off.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Depending on the movie. If the movie had a happy ending, it will be cruelly subverted, whereas if the movie had a Downer Ending, the characters will take steps that result in a Surprisingly Happy Ending. That's the joke.
  • Smug Super:
    • Superman is very fond of lording all his superpowers — and the awesome things they enable him to do — over Batman.
    • Iron Man in spades; his reply to Batman telling him he shouldn't have revealed his identity:
      Tony Stark: Why not? Cause I did... and I'm awesome! So... in your face!
    • Batman gets a chance to have his own back in The Dark Knight:
      Superman: But dude, you know what I would've done?
      Batman: Oh, I don't know, probably just—
      Superman & Batman: [simultaneously] Fly really fast, saving everyone from the bullets and explosions!
      Superman: Exactly!
      Batman: Yeah, well, I can't do those things. Because I'm not a super-bulletproof alien from another planet that can defy gravity. But you know what I can do?
      Superman: What's that?
      Batman: Make an incredibly awesome movie! ...You know why?
      Superman: [resigned] Because you're Bat—
      Batman: Because I'm Batman!
    • Batman calls Superman out on his twitter feed consisting of him repeatedly posting;
      Batman: "Just saved the day. Just saved the day. Just got back from saving the day. Here I go to save the day. Just saved the day twice. I'm saving the day. Just saved the day tagged with Wonder Woman. Just saved the day" [phone beeps] And you just posted something new, what does it say, ah, "Just saved the day".
      Superman: Yeah I just rescued these people while you were reading that.
    • Superman counters that Batman isn't much better, as he keeps posting "I'm Batman!" on twitter.
    • The Avengers are collectively smug to the both of them about the massive success of The Avengers.
      Thor: We can't hear you through all of this box office money!
  • Something We Forgot: In the climax of their big fight, Superman mentions Martha, and Lois clarifies that's his mom. Touched by the similarity with the name of his own mother, Martha Wayne, Batman gives up his murder plot and invites Superman to hang out in a sweet cafe that he knows nearby. But before they start to Talk About the Weather, Superman reminds him that they still have to rescue Martha from Luthor.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Characters with cultured and/or archaic speech patterns in the original films tend to use a lot more slang and colloquialisms in the videos. For instance, Thor's response to Heimdall peeping on Jane bathing is, "Stop creepin' on my lady-friend, dude!"
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Any on-screen use of expletives has the characters' (not already covered in a mask like Deadpool) mouthing of them covered with a "cuss" bar that for HISHE both prevents demonetization of its videos and ensures some child-accessibility for its content.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Some of the Alternate Endings, when they are Lighter and Softer than their real counterparts.
    • Stoick the Vast in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
    • Mace Windu, Padmé Amidala and all the Jedi Order that are not Obi-Wan and Yoda in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
    • Han Solo in The Force Awakens.
    • Severus Snape in Harry Potter. He then goes back in time in order to kill Voldemort and retroactively saves everyone.
    • Thorin in The Battle of the Five Armies.
    • Boromir, and probably everyone who dies in the war against Sauron, in Lord of the Rings.
    • Poppa Henry in The Good Dinosaur.
  • Special Edition Title: Some videos begin with the intro made-over to resemble the Vanity Plate of the studio that produced the spoofed movie.
  • Special Guest:
  • Spit Take: At the beginning of their spoof of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo briefly chokes on his pipe after Gandalf invites him on an adventure filled with "bickering trolls, stone giants, and Goblin kings with scrotum beards".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Malekith accuses Loki of this.
    • Batman and Superman.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Their bread and butter for some of their episodes. This series has characters having logic equivalent to a person who is aware of something easier and does it.
    • In Lord of the Rings, instead of doing all the journey to Mordor, the Fellowship distracts Sauron while Frodo drops the ring inside the volcano while flying with an eagle. They even lampshade this.
      Legolas: That was incredibly easy.
      Gimli: Yeah, it was.
      Frodo: Can you imagine what it would be like if we walked the entire way?
      Boromir: Yeah, one of us would've died.
    • In Man of Steel, rather than turning himself to Zod, Superman went to Jor-El's hologram for advice on how to deal with Zod. In which Superman throws his spaceship at Zod's ship, sending Zod and his crew to the Phantom Zone.
    • Captain America and Falcon suggest asking the Avengers to help take down HYDRA's helicarriers, but Nick Fury insists on not letting them get involved. Black Widow then asks if her disguise-o-mesh, which can alter a person's appearance, can prove useful. Cut to Cap disguising as Alexander Pierce, and ordering for the dismantling of the helicarriers, as well as the turning-in of undercover HYDRA agents.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past has Xavier and Erik invite Quicksilver to accompany them to Paris, so he could help them get Mystique. On Batman's suggestion, Xavier later decides to send Logan even further into the past, to the very first time Erik and Charles met him, so he could explain everything that's going to happen.
    • In Ant-Man, Hank Pym has a complex plan: have Luis make contact with Scott Lang when he goes out of prison, wait for him to fail to get a job, trick him into stealing and trying the ant-man suit, rescue him from prison when he's sent a second time... but Hope told him that it was pointless, and that he should simply show up when Lang goes out of prison, and recruit him right there.
  • Stealth Pun: Not quite stealth, but definitely a bit sneaky. In the Star Trek (2009) deleted scene, Scotty is spacing the Red Shirts and spare parts to lighten the ship. He's even pushing an antique cannon into the airlock.
    Scotty: Everything's got to go.
    Red Shirt: Yeah, but... even the cannon?
    Scotty: Especially the cannon.
  • The Stinger: Every episode since "How Dead Man's Chest Should Have Ended" has either one or two.
  • Stolen MacGuffin Reveal: In the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows parody, Holmes and Moriarty try to one up each other in this regard with an air tank and life vest, respectively.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Character powers that could ease the movies' plot usually end up being used in HISHE.
  • Stupid Sacrifice:
    • Captain America's Heroic Sacrifice is parodied to be this. Why couldn't Cap turn the plane around, circle for a while, find warmer water to crash land into, fly one of the bomb-planes as an escape, or try to find some other way to avoid crashing into freezing arctic water? The film proper never explains, and HISHE has a field day with it.
    • Bond unsuccessfully pleads with Vesper Lynd not to drown herself.
      Bond: Why are you doing this?
      Vesper: I love you, James! Now I must kill myself for no reason! [drowns]
      Bond: But I killed all the bad guys!
  • Subverted Catchphrase: The Avengers: Age of Ultron HISHE has Scarlet Witch use her powers to make Batman perform one.
    Batman: Girl, your accent is so bad, you make me want to be good. Oh wait! I already am! Because I'm... [Scarlet Witch mind rapes him] AFRAID OF BATS!
  • Suddenly Speaking: In the Portal video, the Companion Cube actually talks, and seems none too happy about Chell throwing it in an incinerator, then trying to leave it behind in the rubble. The Companion Cube actually seems like the only "character" in the video with any spoken lines.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham:
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Really, almost EVERY short applies reality to the work and see how much the ending should logically fall apart. The list includes:
    • In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the tour immediately ends after the scary tunnel, as the adults declare they're going home before things get even worse. Mr. Beauregarde even says Wonka will be hearing from his lawyer.
    • In 2012, they have John Cusack's character explain the whole plot as his escape plan, showing how many coincidences would be needed to get them that far, let alone a lack of reality. In the end, they just drowned without even making it to the airport.
    • In one of their "Lego Movie" segments, it is demonstrated that Easily Forgiven doesn't really come into play for President Business, when he's convinced by Emmet to stop his evil plans. After all, it still doesn't negate the fact that he ruined a lot of people's lives in the process and is therefore thrown into prison by a lot of angry people for what he did.
    • In Top Gun, Maverick punching Iceman for causing the death of his best friend, earlier in the movie.
    • In the Assassin's Creed parody, they lampshade the sheer implausibility of surviving a "Leap of Faith".
    • Special mention goes to "How Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Should Have Ended" concerning the "No Russian" mission.
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman succumbs to his stab wound and is unable to save the day.
    • In Jurassic World in its entirety. Some examples include:
      • You can't get a 20+ year-old Jeep back into running usable condition just by changing the battery lampshaded by the Indominus Rex before it eats Zach and Gray.
      • Wild animals of behavior and size similar to those of the Raptors are really tough to train and control, especially when out of their cages. Sure enough, so are the Raptors in the HISHE.
      • High heels are impractical for running away hence the reason why the T-Rex ate Claire.
      • Building a moat to stop the Indominus Rex from escaping, one of the zookeeper even points out zoos have been doing this for ages.
    • In The Good Dinosaur, it is revealed that Poppa Henry survived the flood because, logically, if Arlo, an 11-year-old with no experience in the wild on his own, can survive being washed down the river in a flash flood, so should his father.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, Rhodes/War Machine dies from falling 15,000 feet in the air in a metal suit going 400 mph, rather than incapacitating him to the point that he needs a robotic walker to walk.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Rocket talking about stealing the Sovereign's batteries inside their throne room gets him immediately caught and executed.
    • In the "Special Edition" of A New Hope, Cornelius bragging about having the death sentence in twelve systems immediately gets him and Ponda Baba arrested by Greedo, who reasons that they must be worth a lot of money.
    • In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when the Vulture threatens Peter with a gun in their civilian identities, Peter just paralyzes his arm and punches him in the throat without any trouble before he even realizes what's happening.
    • HISHE's take on the butler's scene from Spider-Man 3 gets turned on its head when Harry angrily fires the butler for not telling him the truth about his father's death. For. YEARS! Especially since the butler finally decided to tell Harry AFTER he became the new Goblin and became disfigured as a result.
    • In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles and the gang saves Aaron from being killed by Kingpin. However, Spider-Ham still informs Aaron that he's going to prison for being an accomplice of the Kingpin.
    • In The Batman (2022), Bruce Wayne took a bomb in the face, but he manage to walk-out of it just fine. This show, however, showcases what would realistically happen in that scenario with Bruce Wayne showcasing visible bomb marks on his face.
  • Synchro-Vox: Used in Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 to make fun of the CGI on baby Renessmee's face.
  • Take That!: Has its own page.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: In Twilight, Edward spends so long debating over trying to keep Bella from becoming a vampire that she transforms before he actually do anything.
  • Tattooed Crook: Joker after changing his look for the new Suicide Squad (2016) movie.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Kat refuses to put on her helmet in the Halo: Reach short, and Jorge talks abut "going down with the ship" while playing with a miniature Covenant Corvette toy. Carter goes on about how he'll "fly right into the heart of the enemy" and Emile is obsessed with sharp objects. Gee, I wonder what happens?
    • The video for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) sees King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra mock Godzilla for his inability to fly. Cue Godzilla pulling the same stunt he did in Godzilla vs. Hedorah and using his Atomic Breath to launch himself into the air and ram into the former two.
  • That Man Is Dead: Averted with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Sidious attempts to invoke this, but Vader immediately recognizes that Anakin Skywalker is himself.
    Emperor: I have no doubt, this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.
    Vader: What? I have a son?!
    Emperor: [confused] No, I said Anakin Skywalker has a son. You are Darth Vad—
    Vader: I have a son! This is wonderful! I must see him! [leaves the room]
  • Think of the Children!: Iron Man exclaims this as a failed attempt to stop Ultron from creepifying any more Disney songs.
  • Those Two Guys: Superman and Batman often meet in a diner and comment on such occurrences as Spider-Man's Character Derailment and HISHE's revival.
  • Tickle Torture: Superman inflicts this on Batman in a parody of the "knightmare" sequence from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Frequently points out when characters do something utterly stupid that will get themselves killed. Jack invokes this in Titanic, angrily berating Rose for having been perfectly safe on the lifeboat, but intentionally decided to get back onboard a sinking ship!
  • Took a Level in Badass: In one of the endings for Aliens, Newt takes a rifle and helps gun the queen down.

  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: invoked Their take on Thomas Haden Church's Sandman, who claims that he's not a bad person because all of his crimes are motivated by the excuse that he has a sick daughter.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Villains Out Drinking, actually. Also ribbing each other and complaining about their foiled plans, which is why they need a Villain Pub.
  • Virtual Ghost: In Man of Steel, Lara is not happy to discover Jor-El only created one of these in his image for their son, instead of making one based on her as well.
  • Visual Pun:
    • In Frozen, when Wolverine sings "Let It Go", he grabs Storm at the "Let the storm rage on" part. The reissued version changed the line to, "This girl's named 'Storm'", eliminating the pun.
    • The Inside Out video shows Riley enduring a "brain fart", which stinks up headquarters. Later on, headquarters also explodes after Bing Bong "blows Riley's mind".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Superman and Batman.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Any time Jon Bailey voices someone with the same voice he usually puts on for Honest Trailers can seem jarring.
  • Vocal Evolution: Darth Vader sounds very different in Star Trek (2009) compared to the videos about the Star Wars sequels.
  • Wall Slump: Deadly slump against a wall is how Jules and Vincent meet their end in "How Pulp Fiction should have ended" episode. See it here.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: In Twilight.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Almost all of Ultron's dialogue in the parody of the Age of Ultron teaser consists of the lyrics to songs from Disney-owned animated movies.
  • Wham Line: In their Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 spoof, we get a parody of one of the numerous end credits scenes, specifically the one where Ayesha is creating Adam Warlock. However, there are two major twists: first, she makes it her intent to go after the Super Hero Cafe. Second...
    Ayesha: I think I shall call him "Martha".
    • Terminator: How It Should End opens with Sarah Connor narrating that for the past three movies Skynet sent terminators to kill John Connor. She points out that Skynet could send one to kill any of them when they're a baby. They realize they have only one solution...
    John Connor: We have to terminate the creator of time travel!
    ((reprogams a T-1000 and sends it back in time))
    T-1000: Doctor Emmett Brown?
  • Wham Shot: At the end of the Suicide Squad spoof. As the eponymous squad is thrown out of the Villain Pub, the camera shifts to Batman, watching from a rooftop. The pub is discovered.
    Batman: Well, well, well. What do we have here?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Jun doesn't even appear in the Halo: Reach short. But the Chief does.
    • During the Lost short, Lapidus' theme music lampshades that didn't Walt and Widmore used to be important?
    • In Oblivion, what happens when all the other Jack Harper clones show up, complete with their own pissed off Victoria's?
    • In the Eternals episode, Druig is completely absent, even during scenes he was present for in the original film.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • To Jake in Avatar, since he never bothered to tell the Na'vi what the RDA actually wanted from them. You know, the entire point he was sent on that mission in order to prevent them from going to war?
    • Harry Osborn to his butler after realizing the latter knew the truth about his father, but never told him for 3 whole years.
      Harry: I took a grenade to the face, dude!
    • Bishop and Newt to Ripley after she opens the airlock.
    • Superman to Batman, after he decided instead to simply run over the Joker, since it "Didn't kill 'im".
    • In Frozen, Grand Pabbie, pretty much voices most if not entire fandom, attempting to explain to Elsa's parents why shutting her away/teaching her to fear her powers is a terrible idea.
      Grand Pabbie: Oh, wow. You guys are bad parents.
    • Superman yells at the townspeople for cheering for Godzilla when he saved the world from the MUTO at the expense of property damage and many lives, yet shunning him when he did the same thing against Zod and his minions.
    • The eponymous princess from "HISHE Kids Fixed Fairy Tales" chews out the Prince and his mother for making her sleep on a crappy mattress to prove she actually is a princess and worth marrying him even though she might not want to, and promptly goes off to find a prince that won't subject her to idiotic tests of characters.
    • In the Spider-Man: Homecoming episode, Superman and Batman let Tony have it for giving Peter, an untrained 15-year old, a weaponized supersuit. At the same time, Rhodey isn't happy that Peter's suit is equipped with a parachute while the War Machine armor doesn't have one, despite its flight capabilities.
    • The other jungle animals (sans Shere Khan, for all the wrong reasons) are understandably upset with Bagheera for his decision to bring a baby to a pack of hungry wolves.
    Baloo: What did you think was gonna happen?
    Bagheera: They were supposed to raise him! Like Tarzan!
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Odin's parenting method.
    Odin: Blahohdinsleep.
    Loki: I've done it father! I've destroyed all of Jotunheim while you were sleeping!
    Odin: And that is why you are also banished!
    Loki: What?
    Odin: I take from you, your power!
    [Loki's helmet and spear fly into Odin's hands]
    Odin: And I cast you out!
    [Odin zaps Loki into a portal]
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Has its own page.
  • Wild Card: The Joker, naturally.
    Joker: Know what I woulda done? I woulda said "You wanna know how I got these scars?"
    Loki: And?
    Joker: Then I'd blow something up, Idunno, I kinda like to keep people guessing.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: At the end of Deadpool 2 at the Villain Pub, Deadpool gloats how he saved all the villains by using time travel to seize the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos thus began to rant that he "didn't sit in that chair for ten years for nothing," and warns Wade that he'll have what's rightfully his in the end... only for Deadpool to erase his mouth with the power of the Infinity Gauntlet.
    Deadpool: What's that, One-Armed Willy? I didn't hear you.
  • Within Parameters: Parodied in Spider-Man 3:
    Scientist 1: There's a change in the silicon mass.
    Scientist 2: Yeah, it's probably just a bird.
    Scientist 3: Here's a bright idea: why don't you make sure it's just a bird before you mutate the crap out of something just because you were too lazy to safely run this nighttime sand mutation experiment?
    Scientist 2: Fine. [stops experiment] ...That is a big bird down there. Kinda looks like a guy. Oh, wait, it is a guy down there!
  • A Wizard Did It: Zig-zagged in Harry Potter. Snape initially just says, "Magic. Duh." when explaining how he survived his apparent death by Nagini, but immediately goes on to explain how he used magic to do it: one of the backup plans he'd naturally prepared as a double agent, honey badger antivenom.
  • Worth It:
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: When Snape goes back in time with the Time-Turner to kill Voldemort, he turns it over about 262,000 times, which, at an hour per turn, should put him back about thirty years — nowhere near enough to get Tom at the orphanage.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Some videos change the lyrics of pop songs to get around copyrights.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Very frequently subverted, which is unsurprising given the premise of the series. In fact most of the scenarios the show portrays happen before the climax.
  • You Meddling Kids: After Captain America and his crew take down Alexander Pierce offscreen:
    Pierce: And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you sneaky kids and your disguise-o-mesh!
  • You Monster!: If you click the button at the end of Villain Pub - To Battle!!! it will take you to a video of earth being destroyed, followed by the words "You Monster".
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Shere Khan inflicts this on Bagheera when he thanks him for offing Mowgli for him in their take on The Jungle Book (1967).


Why Ant-Man Wasn't In Eternals

In How It Should Have Ended's take on the movie Eternals, Sersi proposes using Ant-Man to solve their problem of an emerging Tiamut, thus also showing why he would absolutely break the story.

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