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The TGWTG Year One Brawl is the Channel Awesome one-year anniversary special, which consists of a brawl between the site's most prolific contributors. The Nostalgia Critic/The Angry Video Game Nerd rivalry comes to a head, splitting the Glasses crew roughly across medium lines: reviewers of video games (plus the guy who does the Nerd's theme music) versus the other reviewers. It can be found here.

The TGWTG Year One Brawl provides examples of the following tropes:

  • At Arm's Length: The AVGN shortly employs this tactic on the Critic.
  • Battle Boomerang: Wielded by That Aussie Guy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ma-Ti becomes a serious threat once he's been punched and kicked around regardless sides and picks up the Nerd's discarded Super Scope.
    Ma-Ti: Suck my big, fat, fucking HEART!
  • Big Damn Heroes: Members of each side show up one after the other just in time to stop the Nerd or the Critic from getting the shit kicked out of them. By the time there's about five people on each side, people stop saving each other's asses and just show up randomly.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked and weaponized: The Nostalgia Chick got herself out from being cornered by two gamers by calling out the BLAM, causing the gamers to randomly dance, and this allows the Chick to punch them in the face.
  • Bilingual Backfire: Parodied. Benzaie declares his allegiance to the Angry Video Game Nerd rather than the Critic in French. Although the Critic looks confused at first, he angrily responds that he can read Benzaie's subtitles and fights back.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands
    • The Nerd first disarms the Critic of his gun with a thrown pen.
    • Then, the Critic shoots the Nerd's SuperScope out of his hand after recovering the gun.
  • Breath Weapon: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus breathes fire onto Super Mecha Death Christ.
  • Brick Joke: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus Riding a Puff of Smoke was introduced during the Cloverfield hype, and then finally trotted out for a duel with Super Mecha Death Christ in the Tag Team Brawl.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Ma-Ti gets hit by everyone from either side, and no one seems to want him around.
    • Angry Joe spends a large portion of his fight trying to punch thin air, and gets beaten by 8-bit Mickey, Sean, the Nostalgia Chick, one of the announcers, and is shot by the Critic.
  • Call-Back: To the Critic's Cloverfield review, and Handsome Tom/Benzaie's Street Fighter match.
  • The Cameo: Rob Walker is seen kicking a parking meter during the opening number, and Michaels Michaud and Ellis are seen in passing while the Nerd and the Critic chase each other down the halls.
  • Cat Fight: Spoony faces off against That Chick With the Goggles and the Nostalgia Chick faces off against Sage. Suddenly, Spoony suggests that he and the Nostalgia Chick switch opponents, then he and Sage pretend to fight for about a second before stopping and taking pictures of the off-screen catfight between the two girls. Toward the end of the Brawl, about five of the guys just stand around enjoying the view while the Nostalgia Chick and Little Miss Gamer beat each other with pillows.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Anyone on Nerd's side counts as this. Aside from one person, everyone else is a TGWTG member that decided to stick with their fellow gamer. The only one from Nerd's series is Kyle Justin, the guitar player who does his theme and is an occasional supporting character.
    Critic: Benzaie! I knew you'd come to our aid! Quickly, clench your fists in rage and score one for our side!
    (Benzaie punches Linkara in the gut, causing him to fall over in pain)
    Critic: ...He's on our side.
    (Benzaie punches the Critic in the face)
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The Nostalgia Critic calls Benzaie a surrender monkey and a backstabbing snail-eater.
  • Combat Commentator: The podcasters serve as this in a sports-commentator-esque fashion.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Angry Joe charges the Nostalgia Critic, who Just Shoots Him.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus vs. Super Mecha Death Christ.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "It's time we had the final battle... for the last time."
  • Double Take: At the beginning, while the Critic is singing how an "adequate day" it is, he turns to the side, keep on singing, suddenly stop to yell "Fuck me!" and turns again, showing the viewers he just spotted the Angry Video Game Nerd.
  • Dynamic Entry: Most of the participants. Particularly Spoony appearing out of nowhere and hitting Little Miss Gamer with a Shoryuken.
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: The Nerd/Critic chase from the beginning gets to a pause in an elevator with this muzak.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: "Et tu, Lee from Still Gaming?"
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Epic Fail Guy!
  • Full-Name Basis: The Nostalgia Critic addresses Kyle Justin as "Kyle Justin, of".
  • Funny Background Event: Damn near the entire thing features these.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Angry Joe.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe. In the Making Of video, in reference to Giant Robotic Donkey-Kong Jesus Riding a Puff of Smoke:
    Linkara: Wait a second. If he's riding a puff of smoke, how does he make the thumping?
    (a Beat, then everyone else turns to clobber him)
  • Friend or Foe?:
    Critic: Heyheyhey, you on my team?
    Goggles: No.
    (Critic punches Goggles in the face)
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Mike Dodd just kinda turns up out of nowhere towards the end of the Brawl, purely because he'd heard there was a fight.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Spoony gets The Nostalgia Chick and That Chick with the Goggles to fight each other, and Spoony and Sage pretend to fight, but soon stop and take pictures.
    Spoony: That is so hot!
  • Groin Attack: The Nerd delivers a massive one to the Critic.
    Critic: I'm in pain!
  • Guy on Guy Is Hot
    • In the bloopers, Critic and Nerd shout at each other for a few seconds before the women tell them to make out.
    • In a deleted scene, Bennett the Sage and Spoony have a pillow fight, causing everyone to collapse with laughter.
  • Hammerspace: Where the SuperScope comes from.
  • Hat Damage
    • Linkara shoots Kyle Justin (of's hat off after the Nerd refuses to acknowledge the magic gun as a threat.
    • Also, at a certain point Linkara's own hat is thrown at the announcers.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: The Angry Video Game Nerd in the first few minutes.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Chick saves Critic from getting beaten up, Critic defends Chick from getting (he believes) insulted and he tells people on the other team to leave Ma-Ti alone.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The Critic only manages to shoot a few things at point blank range with his gun and no one seems to be able to hit the broadside of the barn with the SuperScope. In fact, only 4 shots are shown to actually hit anything in the whole brawl: Critic shoots Angry Joe, Critic shoots the SuperScope out of the Nerd's hands, Nerd hits Critic with a thrown pen, and Ma-Ti hits Chester A. Bum with a shot from the SuperScope.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Several of the Brawlers:
    • The Nerd throws his pens;
    • Kyle Justin smashes with his guitar;
    • 8-Bit Mickey strangles people with his tie...
  • Insistent Terminology: Referring to Kyle Justin as "Kyle Justin of".
    • "And 8-Bit Mickey!"
  • Instant Soprano: The Nostalgia Critic after the AVGN delivers a few dozen punches at his groin within a few seconds.
  • Instrument of Murder: Kyle Justin hits people with his guitar.
  • Insult Misfire:
    Linkara: Let the wussy go!
    Nostalgia Critic: Hey, I will not let you talk about the Nostalgia Chick that way!
    Chick kicks the Critic.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus Riding A Puff Of Smoke, to be precise. Later on it fights Super Mecha Death Christ "whatever version you are at the moment", who also qualifies.
  • Man Bites Man: Chester A. Bum resorts to this.
  • Medium Awareness:
    Benzaie: (in French) Sorry, Mr. Critic, but I'm a gamer first and a friend second... and quite frankly Mr. Video Game Nerd is a god among gamers. So sorry, but I must deliver you unto a world of pain.
    Critic: Fortunately, I can read your subtitles, you back-stabbing snail eater! I hate you!
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: The Nerd and the Critic, in the middle of the fight, switches to some Collectible Card Game battle.
  • Mythology Gag: Although Rob Walker said that it wasn't intended as such. When Handsome Tom (And 8-Bit Mickey) first appears, he remarks that he has an issue with someone he's known for a while. Whilst it's a Call-Back to Tom and Benzaie's Street Fighter match, it at first seems to be setting up Tom (And 8-Bit Mickey) being after The Angry Video Game Nerd as well, due to the real life issues that lead to Tom (And 8-Bit Mickey) leaving a year earlier and the AVGN's long standing affiliation with the site.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the Brawl: "Look out! MA-TI IS PACKING!"
  • The Pen Is Mightier: The Angry Video Game Nerd makes deadly use of his.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: That Aussie Guy's, naturally.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: When Angry Joe tries to strike Sean Fausz in the face, to no effect.
    HWC: Dude, that was totally uncalled for.
    (downs Angry Joe with one punch)
  • Rent-a-Zilla: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus vs. Super Mecha Death Christ.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Interaction with the 2-D Lee.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Angry Joe and the Nostalgia Chick are seen doing this to each other in the background.
  • Rousing Speech: The Nerd's is about what you might expect, while the Critic is forced to admit that he's not actually very good at these and fails to even grab the attention of his teammates.
  • Running Gag: "...and 8-Bit Mickey!"
  • Say My Name
    • Also, the Critic introduces mostly everyone by saying their names.
    Critic: The Epic Fail Guy!
    HWC: Sean!
    Critic: Whatever!
  • Shoryuken: Spoony's opening move on Little Miss Gamer.
  • Stock Aesop: The Critic caps off his rousing speech with a bundle of them.
    Critic: So, um...buck up, drink milk, stay in school and don't do drugs. Let's go!
  • Take Our Word for It
    TheCat: As the Nerd is apparently uppercutting the Critic's jaw... And slamming him to the ground... And finally... nailing him in the privates.
  • Team Shot: The video ends with one of these being taken. Lampshaded by Ask That Guy with the Glasses.
  • Teeth Flying: The Critic spits a tooth after being dragged to impact with the Nerd's fist.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    (Linkara pulls out his magic gun)
    Nerd: Oh, a toy gun. What are you, some kind of idiot?
    Linkara: I'm not an idiot! I AM A MAN!
    (Linkara shoots Kyle Justin of's hat off)
    Nerd: How the fuck'd you do that?
    Linkara: It's magic, bitch!
  • This Is the Final Battle: Used just before the big gamers and critics fight starts:
    Nostalgia Critic: All right Nerd, this is it! No more to be continueds, no more do-overs, it is time that we have the final battle! For the last time!
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Ma-Ti, as is par for the course.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Critic delivers the line to Benzaie after Benzaie punches him in the face.
  • Wimp Fight: Probably done on purpose.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kyle Justin has no problem thumping the Nostalgia Chick with his guitar.