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Channel Awesome's comic book show, hosted by Walter Banasiak, Bryan Porter, Beth Elderkin, Aiyanna Wade and Heather Reusz.

Awesome Comics provides examples of:

  • Adam Westing: In the promo, the CA cast all carry on their “behind the scenes” personas, treating the “new guy” badly and Rob being an alcoholic douchebag with a dino head, Doug being a rageful manchild, Tamara demanding food, and Malcolm in a Transparent Closet.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy:
    • In episode three, Heather says she wants a female Wolverine.
    • In Summer Comics Preview, Aiyanna loves that a version of Captain America is a black girl.
  • Alpha Bitch: When in a meeting with the chart guys, the chart women are at the head of the table and control things.
  • Applicability: invoked In Ghostbusters (2016), the ladies (plus Doug as well) enjoyed it most for having different women that they could relate to, and are so thankful because that rarely happens.
  • Chainmail Bikini: While Elektra's costume covers her pretty well, both Heather and Aiyanna are annoyed that her arm was left bare, and were glad at it getting injured.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: In Suicide Squad, Doug lightly teases Aiyanna for how often she's in costume.
  • Designated Hero: invoked In the discussion of Daredevil (2015), Heather didn't like Murdoch so much in the season as she thought he was too Holier Than Thou and cold to Karen.
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  • Distaff Counterpart: Heather and Aiyanna play Executive Women who order Snyder what to do, like female versions of the Chart Guys.
  • Double Standard:
    • In TMNT 2, Doug and Aiyanna laugh about how Casey Jones is just as bland as Megan Fox, but deemed easier to take because he's a boy.
    • The end of The Snydering Awesome Comics Theater has the audience automatically hating the female Ghostbuster (and even more when she tries to say something), and cheering for Bill Murray even though he does nothing (and to drive the point home, here is played by a guy wearing a cutout of Bill Murray's face, as if not even caring to try to play him).
  • Eating the Eye Candy: In the Captain America: Civil War review, one of the many reasons Aiyanna likes it is "biceps".
  • Fanservice: The review title card for Ghostbusters (2016) has the women non-sexualized, and Doug in a tight black t-shirt being the Hemsworth of the group.
  • Female Gaze:
    • In the talk about their favorite Marvel movies, Aiyanna thanks Deadpool (2016) for giving people both female nudity and male nudity and being more equal than most movies.
    • In Ghostbusters (2016), Beth and Aiyanna love having eye candy in Kevin for once, and even Doug is appreciative.
    • Gay female gaze, but in the Facebook exclusive of whether Lego Batman was the best Batman movie, Tamara says she loves Michelle Pfeiffer in leather just like everyone does.
  • Friendship Moment: Doug and Aiyanna have a lot when he's around, like in "Mask vs Deadpool" where he's excited for her excitement or when they high five over teasing Walter.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Everyone wears a different geek-related t-shirt in every episode.
  • Genki Girl: Aiyanna. As Doug said in "The Mask vs Deadpool", he's excited for her being excited.
  • Hair Flip: In "Worst Comic Book Movies", Heather flips her hair with a whip sound like Tamara's, and then Aiyanna does it and even Doug and Walter.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: The Chart Guys are an official couple, so it makes sense for the implication in the Snydering Christmas Carol for the executive women to be together too. Exec 1 (Heather) cries at Exec 2's (Aiyanna) death in the past and says she feels half of herself.
  • Hype Backlash: Invoked. Aiyanna says she's getting tired of seeing the Spider-Man origin over and over, and wants to see some Spider-Woman.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Subverted in "A Christmas Snydering", where Bay is still alive, but has chains on his wrists and wrapped around him.
  • Kinky Cuffs: In "A Christmas Snydering", Bay is wrapped up in chains being Jacob Marley, and Snyder is more interested in flirting than heeding warning.
  • Male Gaze: In X-Men Apocalypse, Beth and Doug snark about how all the women's costumes have boob pockets that fit perfectly.
  • Mood Whiplash: Tamara watched Batman vs Superman right after the really fun Lego Batman movie, and aside from Wonder Woman who she loved, this was her general feeling.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Like the film, the Ghostbusters (2016) title card has three women non sexualized and one guy made to look pretty. Doug was happy about this.
  • Nice Guy: As it's a casual discussion show, everyone is just friendly talking with each other with no Alter-Ego Acting that CA is known for. The only mean is the regular Critic cast Adam Westing in the promo.
  • The One Guy: Doug is the only man in the Ghostbusters (2016) review, and they teasingly call him an honorary sister, which he's pleased with.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Beth likes the V for Vendetta movie better than the comic, because Natalie Portman's character is given more agency, going from teenage failed sex worker to adult working at a TV station.
  • Prima Donna Director: The Christmas Snydering is all about how badly Bay treats his stars and how it's contributing to his downfall.
  • Race Lift:
    • Aiyanna and Bryan disagree on Supergirl's Jimmy Olsen, as the former likes the progression and the diversity, but Bryan thinks he should be a dorky redhead and not a model-like black guy.
    • In TMNT 2, Doug is glad that they're back to a black Baxter Stockman like in the graphic novels instead of making him white like in other adaptations.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In The Snydering Awesome Comics Theater, Aiyanna-Captain America starts crying when Snyder pulls his schtick and changes her sensible outfit to Wonder Woman's costume.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Averted, as in day three of the C2E2 coverage, Aiyanna gets tired of being the only girl and asks Heather to join.
    • There are also hopes that Aiyanna and Heather will make Critic an aversion too, something that Tamara co-signs. Hopes came true, as they've appeared as Aw Girls and female Ghostbusters, and were met with warm reception.
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  • Stripperific: In X-Men Apocalypse, Doug finds it insulting that they had Psylocke go to Auchwitz in what is basically a unitard.
  • Take That!: In the discussion of their favorite DC movie, Aiyanna talks about how Heath Ledger's Joker is so iconic that certain people are jumping the shark and overdoing it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Heather and Aiyanna have talked about themselves in these terms, and their executives have Exec 1 as more butch and Exec 2 as more femme.
  • Unflinching Walk: The gang does it in the fourth-episode onwards opening. According to Beth, it was hard to do because they weren't allowed to blink.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In "Worst Comic Book Movies", Doug is his usual "girl's clothing is great" self, but Aiyanna says she shops in the boy's section cos women's sections suck, and they tease they should swap clothes.