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Dominic "The Dom" Smith is a bespectacled note  British reviewer of books, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, video games, and a wall note . His most popular series is Lost in Adaptation, where he compares films to the books that inspired them.

In 2014, he was picked up by Channel Awesome, though he has since left as of April 2018. You can now find all his videos on his YouTube channel.

In April 2019, he stopped using The Dom in his titles due to the Accidental Innuendo it creates (since his subscribers were literally "subs" to the "dom"). He now goes by "Dominic Noble".


This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Innuendoinvoked: The Dom's moniker. Dom was going for a Spell My Name with a "The" vibe, à la "The Todd" from Scrubs. He says he didn't make the connection to the other possible meaning until Doug Walker made a joke about needing a Safe Word to watch his videos.
    • A blooper in the Fifty Shades of Grey review shows him trying to use the word "dom" casually in the other context, only to stop when he realizes it's too awkward; this is why he instead uses "dominant" throughout the review.
    • In order to avert this trope, he's since dropped the moniker in favor of "Dominic Noble" as of April 2019.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The Dom is frustrated with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Ella Enchanted films for dumming down the intelligent book plots and adding more goofy comedy, but admits each film had a few scenes that got a slight chuckle out of him.
  • Adaptation Displacement: In-Universe examples crop up frequently in the Lost in Adaptation videos
    • The most notable example is in The Neverending Story. Out of the 20 people The Dom asked, 18 had seen the movie, but not a single one even knew there was a book.
    • Lampshaded in his episode on Who Framed Roger Rabbit with his statistics. People asked: 30. Saw the film: 30. Read the book: 1. Surprised to hear there WAS a book: 11.
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    • Lampshaded again in his episode on Die Hard: Saw the film: 24. Read the book: 0. Had to be convinced there was a book: 19.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: These tend to piss The Dom off the most. He feels that if they're going to make changes, the least they can do is have changes that make sense within the context of the film's own universe. The Percy Jackson films and fourth Harry Potter movie are probably the biggest offenders to date.
  • Adaptation Overdosed: invoked The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has had so many adaptations over the years, many of them based on multiple other adaptations, that the Dom had to create a separate video just to explain their connections to each other, complete with flowchart.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Almost inevitable with Hollywood, but some peeve The Dom more than others.
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Most noticeably Clarice the six-foot, body-building athlete, and Tyson the tall, homeless, unhygienic cyclops in The Sea of Monsters.
    • Dr. Calvin in the book I, Robot is a plain 65-year-old woman. In the film, she's a gorgeous 30-something year old who doubles as Will Smith's Love Interest.
    • Harry Potter: The Dom cannot get over how book Hermione is bushy-haired and buck-toothed, while Emma Watson is gorgeous enough to be on Cover Girl (much as he admires the actress). He does, however, feel that Dolores Umbridge going from looking like a toad to a sweet grandmotherly type only serves to highlight her Sugary Malice.
    • In The Princess Diaries, while the book leaves it ambivalent how attractive Mia is pre-makeover (she's down on her own appearance, but other characters seem to think she at least looks nice), the movie does the standard Hollywood thing of casting a beautiful actress and adding just enough unfashionable hair and clothing so the makeover will seem like a difference. The Dom snarkily suggests that Mia and Hermione form a support group.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Light and L in the Death Note (2017) American adaptation are so rock stupid The Dom finds their existence to be an insult to the original fiendishly intelligent characters.
    • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is either this or a case of Adaptational Heroism. In the comics, he's very sharp, witty, observant, and sardonic, and willfully unaware of or indifferent to how his selfish actions hurt the people around him. The film keeps his selfish actions, but frames him as an oblivious Nice Guy.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Dubbed "The Anne Hathaway Effect," due to her appearing in every film thus far where a noteworthy example of a thoroughly unlikable parental figure is significantly more likable in the film. To date:
    • The Princess Diaries: Mia's horrible, selfish father and grandmother (who both constantly use, neglect, manipulate, and strong-arm her in the book) are depicted as fiercely loving and compassionate in the film.
    • Ella Enchanted's selfish, greedy, con-artist father who often marries rich women to get himself more money is changed in the film to be a loving, kind-hearted father who is forced to marry rich in order to keep their tiny cottage.
    • While not an Anne Hathaway example, the Dom notes that all the characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit are significantly more likable than their book counterparts in Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, which is a very gritty, hard-boiled Noir detective mystery.
    • Bastian becomes an example by omission in The Never Ending Story, which cuts out the book's second half in which he lets his powers go to his head and starts a civil war in Fantasia.
    • The Dom is particularly horrified by this treatment being given to the Witch of the Waste from Howl's Moving Castle, who was an irredeemable murderer in the book.
    • Most of Severus Snape's relentless psychological torment, abuse, and mean-spirited bullying toward all non-Slytherin students (particularly Harry and Neville) is gone in the films, and the third film even added a scene of him selflessly shielding Harry, Ron, and Hermione from a werewolf for good measure. The Dom calls bull on that.
    • Christian Grey, while not a good guy in the film, is light years better than his book counterpart. He devotes an entire segment of the review of the final film to describe all the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which the character is changed to make him a more likable and sympathetic person compared to his counterpart.
    • Rebecca: Maxim de Winter is not only not a murderer in the film, but he's shown to be a generally much more attentive and considerate husband to his second wife, whereas in the book he was cold, detached, and selfish.
    • Rambo from First Blood, who goes from killing everyone to going out of his way to not kill anyone.
    • The dwarves (particularly Thorin) from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit are much more concerned with honor, dignity, and courage than their book counterparts, who often acted more like petulant children with a knack for greed and cowardice.
    • The film version of Scott Pilgrim is either this or an Adaptational Dumbass. In the comics, Scott is very sharp, witty, and sardonic, and willfully unaware of or indifferent to how his actions hurt others. The film kept his despicable actions but portrayed him as an oblivious Nice Guy. (They also shorten the age gap between himself and his 17-year-old girlfriend so he seems like less of a cradle-robber.)
  • Adaptational Jerkass: The Dom found Paul from Dagon to be a completely insufferable jerk, as opposed to the unnamed protagonist of The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Pointed out in the review of Jurassic Park, where lawyer Donald Gennaro is given, as The Dom puts it, the "full asshole makeover". The Dom also points out the invoked Unfortunate Implications of changing the story so that Gennaro is eaten by a T. Rex, given that in the book Gennaro talks about planning a birthday party for his young daughter.
    • Likewise, in his Die Hard review The Dom notes that book Gruber could very well have been a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Villain who firmly believes Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters in regards to his goal of exposing the corrupt and illegal activities of a huge oil corporation. In the film, he got the "full asshole makeover" where Gruber is definitely a straight villain.
    • Teasle and the police force in First Blood got the "full asshole makeover" in the film, which stripped all their sympathetic qualities and then gave them even more despicable actions and characterizations for good measure.
    • Both Thranduil and the Master of Laketown for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In the book, they were greedy but ultimately Reasonable Authority Figures who only acted against the dwarves due to the dwarves' own shenanigans. (In Threnduil's case, they trespassed in his kingdom and then refused to tell him why. For the Master of Laketown, they became The Things That Would Not Leave until he had to move them along.)
    • While The Dom finds Book!Gabriel from Blood and Chocolate to be a sexual harassing cradle-robber, he still laments that he went from an otherwise honorable leader who tried to protect his pack and minimize violence between humans and werewolves, to a ruthless crime lord who regularly kidnapped humans that he and his pack hunted down for blood sport.
    • While examining the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Freed, he points out that the architect Gia is significantly meaner and more villainous compared to her literary counterpart, more condescending to Ana, more seductive to her husband, and starting out proposing a wasteful architectural plan for their new house that was originally Grey's idea. But he then argues that this actually improves the story compared to the novel, since it makes Ana's confrontation with her come across as the formerly-shy-girl-standing-up-for-herself scene it was originally intended as, rather than the mean-spirited bullying of someone she has in her power it feels like in the book, and he congratulates the filmmakers on adapting the spirit of the scene better than the original artist, whose abilities he has a very low opinion of.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
  • Adorkable: The Dom, dancing to the theme song from The Neverending Story.
  • Affably Evil: Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in the film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Dom doesn't feel Carrey was the right casting choice since Carrey always comes across as a "lovable, overacting dope," while Count Olaf is supposed to be a Hate Sink.
    • He seems to be even harder on the Netflix version of the series for this, repeatedly pointing out how cartoonish Neil Patrick Harris' version of the character is in comparision to the novels' characterization of him.
  • All Just a Dream: Feels that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the only story that can get away with this ending, since book Alice encounters so much wackiness yet never seems to feel anything beyond mild curiosity, like how many people act in dreams.
  • Anachronism Stew: The film version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which involves a mix of technology and items from different decades, makes the Dom feel this was strange adaptation choice for the seemingly timeless setting of the book.
    The Dom: The weird mix of technologies, wherein a car would have a phone and wireless locking system but also have an analogue clock, and people would have modern sunglasses and drive speedboats but trains would still run on steam, isn't really in the book. That is to say, the book did exist in a weird timeless setting, but it preferred to avoid mention of decade-specific items... The film went the opposite route by intentionally flaunting the contradictory development in your face all the way through.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The Dom and Calluna reenact some scenes from The Hobbit in order to show how minor some of the film characters really were.
    Calluna: ...This is a recreation of how much Azog the pale orc featured in the Hobbit originally:
    Gandalf: Hey, remember how your grandfather was killed by that orc?
    Thorin: Oh, yeah. That guy sucked.
    • The Dom is not pleased with how Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events keeps finding excuses to bring back Mister Poe.
    I must confess, I never would have predicted Mister Poe would ever be the recipient of the Legolas effect.
  • Audience Surrogate: The Dom speculates that Blood and Chocolate never took off in popularity the way later supernatural teen romances like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey did because the lead is an Escapist Character readers presumably wish they could be, rather than a relatable blank slate for readers to insert themselves into (like Bella and Ana).
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Terrence casually reveals he's cheated on Calluna and is now dumping her for Thrandruil from The Hobbit films, she's devastated... but not for the reason you think.
    The Dom: Hey, I warned you he was a douchebag.
    Calluna: Aw, I can't even be mad! They make such a cute couple.
    The Dom: (does a Double Take)
    Calluna: Yeah, I ship it.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When The Dom discusses Mass Effect 2: Arrival, he says: "I'm not saying that Arrival was the worst DLC. It's not even the worst Mass Effect DLC. It's the worst thing ever!"
    • Also crops up in the Dune review, when The Dom is describing how his fans had given him dire warnings about the movie when they requested it for a Lost in Adaptation episode.
    "But now that I've seen it, I've got to say, you guys... To be completely fair to the film, you really didn't warn me enough!"
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The Dom prefers the romance between Howl and Sophie in the film to their romance in the book because it doesn't use this trope.
    "Howl and Sophie's romance is in the book, but I was actually tempted to put that in the next section (What they changed) as they have much MUCH better chemistry in the film. In the book, I could've sworn the romance came out of nowhere at the end until I remembered the 'they really annoy each other so they must love each other' trope. Attention writers and screenwriters everywhere! I know you guys love that shit, but in the real world NO ONE OVER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN DOES THAT!"
    • Likewise, Terrence finds the book version of Ella Enchanted's romance to be refreshing because it portrays love as two people getting along instead of hating each other, and is annoyed by the movie dumping this in favor of the overused cliche.
    • The Dom literally growls his frustration with the 2002 Walt Disney film version of Tuck Everlasting for making Winnie and Jesse's relationship not just a Romantic Plot Tumor, but...
    "The film takes it upon itself to add in my least favorite of all the tropes, the romance that starts with instant dislike and hostility between the two participants. (growls) I would like to politely remind authors and screenwriters that that Never. Actually. Happens in real life and I'm more than a little sick of seeing it in EVERY FUCKING STORY."
  • Berserk Button: The Dom is not a fan of Orson Scott Card, and spends quite a bit of time going off on his homophobia and other questionable values which make themselves apparent in Ender's Game and its sequels.
    • The Dom is also not a fan of tedious prose. He had difficulty reading Goldfinger because every action in the story was written in such excessive detail as to kill any sense of pace (However, compare this with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where he finds the extreme level of detail to actually serves a purpose in the story). Similarly, he found The Princess Diaries because of the way it mimicked the speaking style (and not the writing style) of a stereotypical teenage girl.
    • He also really hates the Percy Jackson films as a big fan of the books. Expect the Calm Intellectual Filter to be used a lot in his reviews of them.
    • Films making pointless changes from the book that also harm the quality of the film. While The Dom can understand practical changes for things like time, pacing, technical limitations, etc., altering parts of the book that don't need to be altered that also make the film worse overall will usually invoke a Calm Intellectual Filter moment.
    • Romanticized Abuse, The Masochism Tango, and Belligerent Sexual Tension all infuriate The Dom. At best, he feels they're unrealistic portrayals of what a fulfilling relationship can be. At worst, they're genuinely harmful and set real people up to get hurt.
    • Film adaptations that intentionally dumb down genuinely smart, subtle, nuanced stories seems to be fast becoming this for The Dom, given his Ella Enchanted and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reviews.
    • Every time Catelyn Stark appears on screen, The Dom can barely contain himself from bursting out "FUCK YOU, CATELYN STARK!"
      • Without the all caps, it's now become his official name for her even in a recent review of an episode where she's actually reasonable and helpful.
    • Correcting him on Twitter when he makes a grammar or spelling mistake (which happen frequently due to his dyslexia) will cause him to mute your account on-sight.
    • Adults who emotionally abuse children who've done them no wrong, especially when the adult is taking out their anger over something their parents did on them. As such, he will not cut Severus Snape or Catelyn Stark any slack.
  • Better by a Different Name:
  • Black Guy Dies First: Suspects this to be the reason Hallorann is killed off in the film adaptation of The Shining, whereas he survived and became a surrogate father/husband for Danny and Wendy in the book.
  • Bi the Way: Terrence the womanizing Douchebag casually reveals he swings both ways at the end of the second The Hobbit review.
  • Blatant Lies: "No, baby. I'm really looking forward to spending the evening with your mother. Yes, I do know she's really into cross-stitching now."
    • In his review of The Prisoner episode "The Chimes of Big Ben", The Dom mocks Number Six's blatant passing off of a wooden BOAT as "modern art".
    Dom!Number Six (standing in front of a biplane): It, uh, represents our fear of the unknown...
    • In "A Very Brief Recent History of Westeros", he mentions newborn Daenerys Targaryen being given the appellation "Stormborn", which "would almost certainly be the only title she would ever pick up in her life."
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • After an encounter with the Wicked Witch of the West, The Dom decides to go visit the Wizard of Oz to request some new trousers.
    • After describing the Eldritch Abomination that Coraline could sense but not see or hear in the corridor between the Other Mother's world and her own, the Dom remarks, "I don't care who you are, that's brown trouser time my good friend."
    • In his The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review he points out how the book mentioned that the first Quarter Quell involved each District being forced to vote on who got sent to the Hunger Games, remarking that it's "brown trouser time for the ass-sod in the community."
  • British Accents: The Dom, himself a Brit, cannot mimic Sean Bean's Sheffield accent while he discusses The Lord of the Rings in an episode of Don't You Think That's Fucking Weird?
    • Being a Brit, The Dom recognizes Tom Riddle's fan dub accent as Yorkshire for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, and has a good laugh with his fellow Brits over this.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: In his review of Homeworld 2, The Dom suddenly finds himself on the bridge of the Hiigaran flagship. He is then tackled by the Hiigaran Lieutenant invoked (also played by Dom). His reaction? "You punch as hard as you are handsome!"
  • But You Screw One Goat!:
    • In his Q&A video, Dom is asked whether he'd rather have sex with a goat and nobody know about it, or not have sex with a goat but everyone thinks he has. After giving it some thought (while a superimposed goat wanders around the background) he starts removing his shirt. While sobbing.
    • In his Harry Potter reviews, The Dom takes full comedic advantage of Aberforth's in-series love of goats.
  • Call-Back: In his review of Man of Tai Chi, The Dom calls on the assistance of Number Six, Admiral Rothschild, and the Secretly Gay Guy from previous episodes. He wants to get their reactions to some of Keanu Reeves's particularly narmy scenery chewing. Their verdict? Hysterical laughter.
  • The Cameo: Linkara appears in the second half of his Watchmen review to justify the ending of the comic book, and to remind The Dom that of course it was a little silly - it's a superhero comic.
  • Camera Abuse: When The Dom gets into a firefight with some passionate fans of Homeworld 2, a stray bullet hits the camera lens, shattering it.
  • Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: The trigger for The Dom's chest-bomb (see Disproportionate Retribution) has been implanted in his left palm. He accidentally arms the device while making an emphatic gesture.
    The Dom: Cancel! Cancel!
  • Catchphrase: Hello, beautiful watchers!
  • Cerebus Call Back: Terrence wears sunglasses at all times. Initially this seems to be just part of him being an arrogant arsehole until the Deathly Hallows: Part Two episode reveals that he wears them because he lost an eye during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Pervert in that he admits in the Fifty Shades of Grey reviews that he is a porn consumer and has briefly dabbled in BDSM. Chivalrous in that he understands the concept of mutual consent and rips Christian for his abusive treatment of Anastasia.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Dom's reaction to seeing a navigator from the Spacing Guild in Dune.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Terrence berates the people behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for, in his words, "hacking and hacking" away bits of the book's storyline until they were left with a more bare bones story in comparison, which he claims makes the film make not a lot of sense. To him, not only was it a bad idea not to split the book into two films like they considered, but the filmmakers didn't help by indiscriminately cutting away at random plots both big and small to create a jumbled mess, instead of cutting fairly inconsequential side plots but keeping the foreshadowing and chekhov's guns contributing to a strong central narrative and climactic finale.
    Terrence: The possibility of splitting the story across two films was strongly considered by the studio, and... this would be the one time that I was okay with that. There's just NOWHERE NEAR enough time in a single film that they can do justice to the fourth book, and that REALLY shows. They cut the good, they cut the bad, they cut the essential to the plot. This movie cut its own legs out from underneath it and then was surprised when it fell flat on its face.
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is another example of this, since it's the longest book in the series, but the shortest film adaptation.
    • The series overall also didn't fully adapt Snape's storyline and character arc until it became a plot point in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth movies. He credits Alan Rickman's performance with being able to not mind it as much, but the story arc for him is a bit less impactful without some of the more crucial moments from the earlier books. Peeves the Poltergeist is also left out of all of the films based on the books he appeared in, which The Dom and Terrence feel lets the reworked scenes they wrote around his absence feel like a bit of a let down in comparison to the books' versions of events.
    • Terrence and The Dom even remark that the final two Harry Potter films were the metaphorical Judgement Day where the filmmakers' sins came back to haunt them. Every bit of Foreshadowing and Chekhov's Gun they cut for time became important in the final book, so they now had to cut it or introduce it during these films just to have any kind of payoff since they didn't show it before.
    • The Dom predicted and is thrilled that the film version of Fifty Shades Darker played up the few semi-interesting plot-advancing scenes that came and went really briefly throughout the book, and cut out all the incessant fighting, fucking, and "Ana giving Christian his way"-ing that made up 90% of the novel.
  • Continuity Lockout: Talks about how the later Harry Potter films were made most likely for the readers of the books first and everyone else second, with how much was left out of them in the end at the end of the Harry Potter-athon. He states that the producers most likely chose this route because they didn't want to have to adapt the books for an audience comprised mostly of people who'd read the books already and wanted to get the important stuff in the films over extraneous details.
    • However, one detail from the third Harry Potter film he notes is that they never took the time in any of the later films to point out who Mooney and Prongs were. Peter Pettigrew was called Wormtail in several of the films and Sirius was called Padfoot in the fifth film, but good luck guessing who the other 2 are without a glance at a Wiki page, or reading the book.
  • Continuity Reboot: Reviewed both the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and its reboot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, first as separate videos, then he uploaded a combined version after.
    • Notes how A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) is not only a reboot of the 2004 film, but of the books as well, since they have many elements of what would go into reboots, with tweaked storylines and plot points from the books, like introducing the VFD stuff early on and tweaking characterizations and other things seemingly just to be different from the books most of the time.
  • Control Freak: The Dom hates both Christian Grey and Catelyn Stark for being this. Christian because of the Corrupt Corporate Executive Bastard Boyfriend tendency this gives him, and Cat because of the My Beloved Smother Know-Nothing Know-It-All it makes her.
  • Could Say It, But...: For The Princess Diaries episode, the Dom admits upfront that he's not the book's target audience and hence that "it would be unfair to categorically say that I'm convinced that the only people who could possibly enjoy this book are teenage girls... so I'm just going to imply it heavily."
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The Dom notes in his Harry Potteraton that he finds himself saying, "At least it's better than nothing" a lot regarding book material that made it into films, and argues that he shouldn't have to say it all the time to give it positive adaptation points.
    • In his Ella Enchanted review, Terrence acknowledges that the book's author praised the film, but notes that she went out of her way to praise Anne Hathaway's performance, rather than stating that she thought it did justice to her story, so it doesn't improve his opinion of The Film of the Book.
    • The Dom concedes in his Fifty Shades Darker review that the second book was marginally less painful than the first one - that it feels like being repeatedly kicked in the arse rather than the genitals - but argues it's still a painful experience.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The Dom suggests that Hollywood needs to create a remake of The Neverending Story which includes the second half of the book.
    • The Dom and Calluna, however, do not feel this approach works for the film adaptations of The Hobbit, since the book is a whimsical comedy, while the films have an very dark, serious tone. Keeping the comedic antics of the cowardly dwarves from the book but giving them more somber and honor-obsessed attitudes just clashes.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: invoked The Dom didn't enjoy the A Series of Unfortunate Events books and resents having to review the Netflix series due to finding the series too dark and depressing, since he feels so bad for the orphans and their "Shaggy Dog" Story.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Notes that the film version of Blood and Chocolate sets Vivian up as the lead, but quickly shifts its focus to her (creepy, entitled, stalking, sexist) human love interest and spends most of its run-time glorifying what a badass he is.
  • Designated Hero:invoked The Dom acknowledges in his Scott Pilgrim vs. The World reviews that Scott is "genuinely the worst," (an apathetic slacker who mooches off his roommates, has a Jail Bait Wait relationship with a 17-year-old Asian girl even though he's a 23-year-old white guy, stalks a girl at a party, then two-times said girlfriend for an older white girl until he's forced by outside forces to break up, and has left a string of broken hearts behind in his life), but The Dom is easy on him because he once related to Scott.
  • Designated Villain: invoked The Dom remarks that while The Princess Diaries presents the two aristocrats who'll inherit the Genovian throne if Mia declines as if they're the bad guys, but doesn't show why they're bad apart from wanting the throne and being jealous that Mia is better-looking than them.
  • Devil in Plain Sight:
    • The Dom doesn't mind Henry Selick changing Coraline's Other Mother from being this to a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who becomes increasingly creepy as her plans unravel, since it didn't make sense for Book Coraline to trust her at all then.
    • Terrence spends a lot of the Ella Enchanted review riffing on the film's characters for not catching onto Prince Char's Obviously Evil Uncle, since all you have to do is look at him to see that he's the villain.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Dom is so incensed by the inanity of Mass Effect 2: Arrival that he has a 16-megaton bomb implanted in his chest.
    "When one of your favourite game series disappoints you, surely the only logical course of action is to threaten to destroy the world."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Dom finds the Blood and Chocolate werewolves' sense of racial superiority toward humans, the males werewolves' Entitled to Have You attitude toward the heroine just because they're the same species, and the "stick to your own kind" message at the end very reminiscent of pro-segregation, white supremacist mentalities.
  • Dull Surprise: The Dom's impression of film Katniss Everdeen. He argues that keeping her The Stoic might be a faithful adaptation choice, but it's not necessarily a good film choice since the audience is left staring at a lead who doesn't seem invested in her own struggles.
    • Mocked in the fan-made movie Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, where the actors look bored or calm but the dubbed English voice actors make them sound emphatic.
  • Ear Worminvoked: The theme song from The Neverending Story.
    "Well, that's going to be stuck in my head forever."
  • Entitled to Have You: The Dom scathingly rips into the 2005 film version of Arthur for (among other things) passive-aggressively grilling Trillian about her decision to date Zaphod instead of him, arguing that she shouldn't have to defend her right to date whomever she wants just because Arthur wants to date her.
    • The Dom is also revolted by Blood and Chocolate male werewolves acting entitled to the heroine's romantic affections just because they're the same species, and them riding her for dating a human because they feel she's "giving him something" she should reserve for them.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: The Dom is NOT a fan of the film version of Percy Jackson and the Olympians portraying Hades this way. Especially since the book series is one of the precious few in modern times not to depict Hades as evil or the lord of the Christian Hell.
  • Everybody Has Standards: While Terrence may be an insufferable braggart, he is revolted when he realizes that Fred and George are selling what are essentially magic date rape drugs to teenagers.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: invokedDiscussed in regards to A Series Of Unfortunate Events:
    "...While it is true that the Baudelaire orphans never give up, and are always there for each other, the books are also constantly reminding you that they won't ultimately get a happy ending after all this, so, the message you're left with isn't Never Lose Hope, it's....Hope Won't Save You."
  • Fan Community Nickname: "Beautiful watchers."
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: The Dom is a master of this.
  • Female Gaze: Notes that in the Fifty Shades films, what little we see of Ana's boobs is shown very briefly and matter-of-factly, while Christian's chiselled abs, buttocks, and workout routines are depicted with almost religious reverence.
  • Female Misogynist: Discussed for both versions of Blood and Chocolate, oddly enough.
    • He finds book Vivian unlikable because she mentally brags to the reader that she doesn't get along with other girls because she thinks they're just jealous of how incredibly hot and big-boobed she is.
    • He's surprised to learn the director of the film is female, given how the film makes Vivian an Adaptational Wimp while glorifying the male characters acting macho, creepy, entitled, and sexist.
  • The Film of the Book: Features prominently in his series Lost in Adaptation.
  • Flanderization:
    • The Dom is not impressed with how the villains from Dune made their way from the book to the movie. In particular, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is changed from a complex, scheming, invoked Magnificent Bastard to a one-dimensional, flying thug with no indoor voice and a serious case of space herpes.
    • HBO really played up the "party boy" aspect of Tyrion's character for A Song of Ice and Fire, replacing scenes of him being dignified and bookwormish with yet more scenes of him getting drunk and sleeping with whores.
    • Actually discussed in his Tuck Everlasting review, where he notes many incidental character traits get pumped up to their most logical extreme in the film. Winnie's family is a little better off than the rest? Now she's Blue Blood! Winnie thought playing in the forest would be more interesting than playing in the yard? Now she's trapped in a Gilded Cage! The man in the yellow suit wanted to meet the Tucks to see if immortality was real? Now he's a crazed, obsessed, phantom-like stalker who's been on their tail for months! Nice Guy Miles was sad his wife and kids left him? Now he's angry, bitter, and a total dick to everyone because of it.
  • Formally Named Pet: Sir Terry Pratchett, a ginger cat named after The Dom's favourite author.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The Dom remarks in his final Fifty Shades Freed review that the chemistry, dialogue, and sex scenes between the two leads was always wooden and awkward, so the films always tried to make up for it by bombasting pop song after pop song in every scene to try to compensate for it. However, while it wasn't that noticeable or distracting in the first films, it's become so bad in the third that he finds it almost unwatchable.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Though you can see them when they're on-screen, pay attention to the Harry Potter reviews hosted by Terrence after Prisoner of Azkaban if you rewatch them, specifically when the Marauder's Map appears. Terrence's name will appear and he'll be doing something hilarious. Mostly while other stuff you'd most likely be paying attention to is going on.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Invoked for the Alice in Wonderland review. The Dom finds it odd that Dinah, the cat from the supposed "real world," noticed odd things and waved... until he remembered that Alice was already asleep by that point.
    "Well-played, Disney. Well-played."
  • Fridge Horror:invoked The Dom can't stop thinking about the horrific implications of The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith (the otherwise harmless children's book that inspired Babe) giving animals sapient intelligence yet making them fully aware of (and okay with) being raised for slaughter.
    The Dom: "I may be ewe, I may be ram.
    I may be mutton, I may be lamb.
    But on the hoof or on the hook.
    I ain't so stupid as I look."
    I mean, WOW, right? "On the hoof or on the hook"? The sheep's password is all about how they're going to be killed and eaten someday. And they mention they teach this to lambs as soon as they're old enough—Oh, no. Lamb chops. These poor sheep have to watch some of their CHILDREN being slaughtered for the sake of slightly nicer meat for picky humans! THESE FARMS ARE DEATH CAMPS! WHAT HORRORS HAS KING-SMITH CREATED?!
  • Fridge Logic: (In-Universe) Don't You Think That's Fucking Weird?
  • Gray and Grey Morality: The Dom notes how author David Morrell intended for the original Rambo book, First Blood, to portray Rambo and police chief Teasle as equally flawed people who equally contributed to the escalating fights that resulted in the blood bath. The film chucked this in favor of pure Black and White Morality.
  • The Ghost: Reginald, the clone butler who mans the Calm Intellectual Filter.
    • Lampshaded by Terrence, who feels it's a shame The Dom never gives him any screen time.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: (In-Universe) In the Lost in Adaptation: Starship Troopers video, we find out that fans of Homeworld 2 did not appreciate The Dom's scathing review in an earlier episode.
  • Hate Sink:
  • Hidden Depths: Terrence is a Douchebag, but the final Harry Potterathon reviews reveal he participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he lost several friends and an eye, has a few Pet the Dog moments throughout the series, and accidentally confesses in a drunken rant that the real reason he still wears Ravenclaw robes is he's still traumatized from the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Hollywood Homely: invoked
    • Feels this way about Emma Watson playing Hermione Granger, especially in the fourth film where Hermione's plainness ties into the plot.
      It was a bit off-putting that she was leagues prettier than the girls who were supposed to be the mind-bogglingly hot ones, Krum's attraction to her seems perfectly understandable in the film, and the makeover that shocked everyone at the ball doesn't seem all that different from her usual look aside from her hair. Book Hermione was not excessively ugly, BUT she did NOT have the potential to be a Cover Girl like Emma Watson.
    • Though to give Emma a fair shake, The Dom later acknowledges that Daniel Radcliffe shouldn't have hit the gym so hard since his ripped muscles don't fit with book Harry's signature skinniness.
    • Also rips into the film adaptation of The Princess Diaries for trying to portray Anne-freaking-Hathaway as ugly just because of some glasses, eyebrows, and curly hair.
  • Idiot Plot: invoked Dom savagely lambasted the plot of Mass Effect 2: Arrival for making no goddamn sense and essentially Rail Roading the player into committing a war crime that is barely touched on in the future and happened only to justify Shepard being in Alliance custody and relieved of duty at the start of Mass Effect 3.
    • The Dom notes the whitewashed American film version of Death Note's Light and L are so rock stupid that the only reason they get away with half their moronic plans as long as they did is because everyone around them is even dumber.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: In the LIA of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, Terrence points out that the scene where Ron and Harry talk about Dean Thomas takes place after bedtime, while they're in the room they share with Dean Thomas, meaning he was probably within earshot. Terrence mentions he can sympathize with that and the scene then smash cuts to a bunch of Ravenclaws badmouthing Terrence regarding how much of an insufferable prick he is and how they wish they could transfer him out of Ravenclaw. When he indignantly points out he's sitting right there and can hear them, the rest yell "GOOD!".
  • Infant Immortality: In both versions of Jurassic Park Hammond's two grandchildren survive, but in the book some raptors managed to sneak onto the mainland. The Dom proceeds to CG a raptor walking out of a maternity ward and burping up a teddy bear.
    • In his final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay review, he notes that in the book Katniss sees a toddler get mowed down by bullet fire while wailing over the body of her mother following a first-wave bombing attack. In the film, he notes they chose to omit that.
    The Dom: I mean, I wasn't hoping to see it, but still.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The Dom's reaction to seeing Sting's futuristic Speedo scene from Dune is to drink an entire fifth of Southern Comfort, all in one go. He then passes out.
  • In Name Only: Frequently Discussed, seeing how he works with adaptations:
    • I, Robot. The Three Laws of Robotics from the book are used in the movie... more or less. Other than that, very little of Isaac Asimov's original stories remain. The Dom points out how problematic it is that the movie involves a robot uprising, considering that Asimov wrote the original book specifically to subvert this idea.
    • The Dom references this trope by name in the Who Framed Roger Rabbit review, when he invokes the In Name Only Clause: since the book and the movie have so little in common, he's forced to dispense with the normal format of his show (What They Changed/What They Didn't Change/What They Left Out Altogether), instead summarizing each version separately.
    • The Ella Enchanted book and film are both about a young girl named Ella (who lives in a Standard Fantasy Setting) being cursed with the "gift" of obedience by a foolish fairy named Lucinda on the day of her birth, and her falling in love with a prince who goes by Char in her teens... and that's about it.
    • Ironically, in spite of Blade Runner being one of the main examples the Dom had in mind when he came up with the "In Name Only" clause, he found out to his surprise that the film had just enough in common with the book to avoid invoking that clause.
    • Blood and Chocolate was a "no fucks given" adaptation.
    • A good deal of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is this to its Scott Pilgrim comic counterpart, since the film squeezes six books into one average-length film. Some parts of the film have only 7 or 8% of an entire comic book's parallel storyline in them.
  • Irony: Notes in a number of his Fifty Shades of Grey reviews (especially Fifty Shades Freed) how the films making changes end up conveying the spirit of what E.L. James was trying to convey better than she could, and than if they'd stuck to the scene by the letter. (Like the film making the realator hitting on Gray an Adaptational Jerkass so Ana standing up to her actually comes across as a moment of "timid girl finally standing up for herself" empowerment rather than a case of mean-spirited employer-to-employee bullying like in the book.)
  • Jail Bait Wait: The Dom is incredibly creeped out by 104-year-old "immortalized at 17" Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting asking 10-year-old Winnie Foster to drink from the immortality spring when she turns 17 so they can get married someday and live together forever.
    • Surprisingly, The Dom doesn't seem that bothered by Comic Scott Pilgrim being a 23-year-old who dates a just-recently-turned 17-year-old Asian girl named Knives.
  • Jerk Jock: Terrence the Douchebag... The name says it all, really.
  • Just a Kid: The Dom tends to forgive Sansa from A Song of Ice and Fire for being a Poor Judge Of Character who constantly gets people killed just like her mother Catelyn Stark, since Sansa is 11 while Cat is a grown woman who should know better.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: The Dom reviews of an episode of The Prisoner which features a character named Cobb (played by Paul Eddington), who is brainwashed by the Village. The Dom suggests that Cobb was subsequently sent undercover as Jerry Leadbetter to keep tabs on some "anarchists" (Tom and Barbara Good). We then get a caption that says: "1000 Awesome guy points to any non-Englishmen who got that reference".
  • Last-Second Word Swap: The Dom's ultimate opinion of The Lightning Thief, due to Reginald's activation of the Calm Intellectual Filter halfway through:
    "That's why this film sucked, and that's why it can kiss — its reputation goodbye."
  • Love Martyr: These tend to drive The Dom up the wall. Looking at you, Anastasia Steele and unnamed narrator of Rebecca.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He hates Catelyn Stark so much that, in A Dom Of Ice and Fire, he only ever refers to her as "Fuck You, Catelyn Stark!" By the nineth and tenth episode he says it calmly, and occasionally uses the nickname "F U, Cat."
  • Moral Luck: Discussed between Dominic and That Movie Chick in their joint review of The Thing (1982). In both the film and short story, the humans are driven to paranoid madness and turn on each other thanks to the alien that can impersonate humans, resulting in a few murders. In the film, one of the poor souls is proven human, highlighting the tragedy of how humans can become just as animalistic and monstrous as the alien they're fighting. In the original short story, the only people killed turned out to be the alien after all, thereby "justifying" the murder, and in-universe the ones who did the killing get let off the hook due to their victim turning out to be the alien (even though for all they knew it could have very easily been a human coworker).
  • Morton's Fork: The Dom sees the Death Note (2017) American filmmakers as putting themselves in this situation by adapting Death Note: If they make changes, they'll piss off the very fanbase they were trying to attract, and if they don't make changes they're just adding another mediocre addition to the huge Adaptation Overdosed pile.
  • MST3K Mantra: Occasionally has to remind himself not to over-analyze fiction that's meant to be enjoyed, though especially in his Babe review (since it was based on a harmless children's book).
  • My Nayme Is: It's Terence the Douchebag, but viewers spelled it "Terrence" so often that The Dom eventually had to change it.
  • Never My Fault: The Dom tends to hate characters who have this attitude that we're supposed to find sympathetic.
    • He absolutely hates Catelyn Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire for being this (according to him). She refuses to take any responsibility for her many stupid decisions throughout the series, always reasoning that her love for her children justifies her every action, no matter how many people (including said children) get hurt as a result of her decisions.
    • He completely loathes Christian Grey from Fifty Shades for constantly blaming Ana for his abusive, possessive, controlling behavior toward her.
    • He iss disgusted with Film!Adrian from Blood and Chocolate sexually harassing, stalking, and refusing to take "no" for an answer from Vivian (who tries to flee in an alley and scales a building to get away from him) until he finally wears her down into agreeing to date him, then after finding out she's a werewolf he blames HER for dragging him into her world and claims she should have avoided him.
  • Nightmare Retardant: invoked "HEDGES ARE NOT SCARY!"
  • No Pronunciation Guide: The Dom struggles to figure out the pronunciation for the last name of Michael Ende, the author of The NeverEnding Story, guessing "En-day" and "En-dee" before settling on "End". (Ende's name would actually be pronounced "En-duh".)
    • He also has difficulty with the last name of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, eventually deciding to refer to him as "This Guy" and "The Author".
    • He also also misnames Michael Crichton as "Michael Christian" in the Jurassic Park review for some reason.
    • Although he doesn't seem to have noticed or addressed this, he mispronounced Adrian Veidt's name in the Watchmen review.
    • He fully admits to butchering the name of director Alfonso Cuarón several different ways in his Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban review.
    • In his first 3 Harry Potter reviews, he pronounces the stunning spell "Stupify" as "Stuplify" for whatever reason, even as Terrence. This is corrected by Goblet of Fire's review, but is still weird when you rewatch the videos. Not that it wasn't weird if you're a fan of the franchise coming into the reviews knowing the correct pronunciation beforehand though.
    • He also, for whatever reason, has a slight tendency to pronounce words that don't have either the "sh" spelling, or sound in them as such when they only have "s" in them. For example; he, in some of his 2-part reviews, says "previoushly" instead of "previously" & in the Part 2 of his Goblet of Fire review, he says "obvioushly" instead of "obviously." There are some other examples, so pay attention when he does them when rewatching his videos. Whether this is an accent quirk or not has yet to be explained, though can most likely be chalked up to that.
    • At this point it's become a Lampshaded Running Gag that if the creator's name is even slightly more exotic than John Smith, The Dom will mispronounce it.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Nearly every Girl of the Week that the unnamed protagonist encounters in The Prisoner, since the lead actor adamantly refused to go along with the writers' desires for romances and sex scenes.
  • Obligatory Joke: When The Dom mentions The Spanish Inquisition in his review of The Vile Village, he naturally makes a "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition" joke - but it's got a bit of a twist on it.
    The Dom: I just didn't get a Nazi vibe from the vile village [...] it's all way more "Spanish Inquisition" than "Fascism". Oh my goodness, I suspected the Spanish Inquisition! No one suspects the Spanish Inquisition!
  • Oblivious to Love: While The Dom is not against this trope in principle, the trend of YA heroines like Katniss from The Hunger Games and Mia from The Princess Diaries remaining steadfastly oblivious to the fact that a guy likes them even though it's so obvious Everyone (Else) Can See It, and expressing extreme bewilderment to what the guy can possibly mean by it when he spells out that he loves her, tends to annoy The Dom a bit.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: invoked The Dom used to believe every film should be required to by law have every still-living author screen write (or at least have a huge say in the writing process) to ensure adaptation loyalty. He's since relaxed on this view after seeing a few disappointing film adaptations written by the original authors.
  • Orphaned Series: His retrospective on The Prisoner (1967) has officially been abandoned eleven episodes in, as he felt he couldn't do the series justice.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Discussed in his review of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He said he wrote an essay comparing vampire mythology to Darwinian Evolution, with the traits people like catching on as canon, and those people view as stupid (e.g. sparkling) as dying out because nobody liked them.
  • Paddinginvoked: The Dom feels that most of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is this.
  • Periphery Hatedom: invoked Discussed and contentiously averted in his The Princess Diaries and Blood and Chocolate reviews. The Dom admits that even though he didn't like them, he understands they were never meant to appeal to him to begin with, and admits when he thinks someone within their Target Audience might like them.
    • In fact, whenever The Dom reviews a work he's clearly not the intended audience for (especially teen romance and fantasy stories, being an adult male sci fi fan), The Dom is usually great about admitting he is NOT the work's target audience, examines whether his feelings toward a work are due to its own merits or his own preferences (only Fifty Shades really falls short due to its abysmal writing and Romanticized Abuse), and discourages viewers from invoking Reviews Are the Gospel regarding fiction that was clearly never geared toward him to begin with.
  • Promoted Fanboyinvoked: The Dom spends the beginning of one of his videos squeeing over the fact that he has been picked up by Channel Awesome, as he is a big fan.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The Dom completely loses it when the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy misrepresents the Restaurant at the End of the Universe as a restaurant located at the physical end of the universe (something which should be literally impossible) instead of the temporal end of the universe, screaming and running away.
    • Played for Drama in his Fifty Shades of Physical and Emotional Abuse video, where a clip of E.L. James claiming that Fifty Shades is a "love story" pushes him over the edge and causes him to break the screen behind him.
    The Dom: I don't care that [Christian] calls it "spanking." The words [Ana] uses are, "Please don't hit me." THIS IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM A LOVE STORY!! *smashes the glass screen behind him*
  • Retcon: Remember in the early Lost in Adaptation episodes that had cold openings where The Dom appeared in parodies of films or TV shows? Apparently, as of the Harry Potter-athon, that's a thing only wizards can do, never mind that the Dom's reviews take place in Channel Awesome's Review-verse, where everyone who was on the site or had crossovers with those people are established as living in a universe where these kinds of things happen all the time.
    • Parodied in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 LIA's cold opening, with The Dom having a tank out of nowhere, justifying it in that the Harry Potter films, as a result of different directors and writers over the years not knowing what was important in the books and, thus, had to add in things that are important in the later books that were left out of the earlier movies as if they'd been established rather than giving them any kind of setup when they're introduced.
  • Reviews Are the Gospel: invoked Actively discourages this, especially whenever he has to review a work he is clearly NOT the target audience for. He'll say whether he thinks a work can be enjoyed by a Periphery Demographic if it worked for him, or its own Target Audience even if he didn't personally enjoy it, but otherwise makes it very clear that his opinion toward something that was never meant to appeal to him to begin with should be taken with a grain of salt.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: From the I, Robot review:
    Announcer: We designed them to be trusted with our homes. With our way of life. With our world. But did we design them… to be trusted?
    The Dom: YEEEESSSSSSS!!!! Yes. The answer is yes.
  • Romanticized Abuse: The Dom rips into Fifty Shades of Grey for this.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: invoked Arthur's crush on Trillian in the radio show and books becoming a full blown Will They or Won't They? major plot of the film.
  • Rule of Funny: Discussed in The Dom and Calluna's creator commentary for their first The Hobbit review. Calluna is bewildered as to why Dom wanted her to be Gandalf and Beorn while Dom played the shorter character in the comedy skits, when she's shorter and a girl. Dom tells her that's exactly why he chose her; it's just funnier that way!
  • Running Gag: "I may be paraphrasing a little bit..." from the Lost in Adaptation: The Wizard of Oz episode, as well as "DURRRR!" from the Mass Effect 2: Arrival review.
    • Also, "Azkaban!" in the Lost in Adaptation: Harry Potter episodes whenever the books and especially the films had the characters do something that would logically land them in Azkaban. This is taken to its logical conclusion in Part Two of the Half-Blood Prince episode when Terrence realized that the Love Potions are essentially legal magical date rape drugs and proceed to put everyone in Azkaban and wipe his own memory to continue with the review. This is later referenced in Part One of the Deathly Hallows episode when Terrence points out the massive violation of the Statute of Secrecy in the film during the fight with the Death Eaters as Harry leaves the Dursleys.
      The Dom (as a random wizard): As you're probably aware, you've all been sentenced to a few months of mandatory intensive lessons as an alternative punishment because, after half the Wizarding World was sent to Azkaban for sexual misconduct, there is now no more room for any more inmates.
    • During his Ella Enchanted review, every mention of the Prince's Obviously Evil Uncle includes a hilarious nickname pertaining to his Devil in Plain Sight status, like "Uncle McObvious-Nasty," "Malice Incarnate," "Uncle Seriously, All-You-Have-To-Do-Is-Look-At-Him," and others.
    • Similarly, during his Fifty Shades Darker review he never calls Christian's gun-wielding submissive by name, so every time she comes up on-screen he refers to her by a new tongue-in-cheek nickname, like "Subby-McSubsub," "Cuckoo-For-Submissive-Puffs," "Heat-Packing Sub," among others.
    • When advertising for his patreon, for the people who can't/won't pledge, he says "If, however, right now you are thinking: 'My goodness, The Dom, I can't do that, I...'" then goes off on some fantastical scenario. Examples include hiring alien strippers, buying goats to feed dragons, bribing the Ferryman to get the soul of a recently deceased dog, and being a Hylian immigrant who just found out that smashing other people's pottery results in losing money instead of gaining it.
    • For his A Song of Ice and Fire reviews: "MOTHER-FUCKING DRAGONS!!!" (CGI dragon drops in and roars)
    • Throughout his Babe review, " WARNING - TAKING A CHILDREN'S BOOK TOO SERIOUSLY - WARNING - " flashes in bold red block letters on screen every time The Dom starts thinking too deeply about the implications of animals with human intelligence being raised for slaughter on farms.
    • The Dom's inability to pronounce any given author or filmmaker's name has become a Lampshaded Running Gag.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: All over the place with the Percy Jackson films, much to The Dom's annoyance.
  • SciFi Writers Have No Sense of Distance: One of The Dom's nitpicks regarding Starship Troopers.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Dom mentions Hollywood unintentionally doing this in "A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lost in Adaptation":
    The Dom: This is another fine example of Hollywood's tradition of being just sure enough that they won't get a sequel that they do everything in their power to make SURE they don't get a sequel!
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: invoked The Dom finds Eragon to be a blatant scene-for-scene, character-by-character, backstory-for-backstory rip-off of Star Wars, just in a Standard Fantasy Setting with different names. He compares it to when a student copies an essay online, but then changes a few key words around hoping you won't notice.
  • Shared Universe: Thanks to being included on Channel Awesome and his various cameos and crossovers, he's part of the Reviewaverse.
  • Shipper on Deck: Calluna can't even bring herself to be mad at Terrence for cheating on her with, and dumping her for, Thrandruil from The Hobbit trilogy, because of they make such a good couple.
    Calluna: Yeah, I ship it.
  • Shout-Out: The Dom tries to invoke the "OF COURSE!" meme when suggesting that the hotel from The Shining may have been trying to take over the world. When it doesn't happen, he figures he hasn't earned it yet.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: The Dom can barely contain his frustration at book Mia from The Princess Diaries whining about her height and lack of breasts "the whole way through" the book.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • The Dom cannot fathom how Book!Mia from The Princess Diaries can find out she's a literal princess of an entire country, and never think about it beyond how it might impact her everyday teenage social standing.
    • The Dom is mildly disturbed that the unnamed narrator of Rebecca can find out that her husband murdered his first wife and feel not only completely unbothered by this, but elated that that means he loves her more than his first wife.
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked The Dom admits that he finds both versions of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be this.
  • So Okay, It's Averageinvoked: The Dom describes the film Man of Tai Chi as "a big old cup of meh."
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    • The Dom imagines what it would be like if the book The NeverEnding Story actually contained events that happened in The NeverEnding Story 3. Sitting in an elegant-looking study with harpsichord music playing in the background, wearing a bow tie and waistcoat, he reads from a leather-bound tome:
    Classy!Dom (in German): Meanwhile, Jack Black was being a massive asshole and tearing up the library and shit…
    Classy!Dom (in a theatre): And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a reading from the recently published novel Dracula by esteemed theatre manager, Bram Stoker. *clears throat* "And then Lucy and Mina ran around in the rain giggling while their dresses got all wet and see-through. And then they totally started making out and stuff..."
  • Space Is an Ocean: The Dom is frustrated that the Hiigaran spaceships in Homeworld 2 resemble present-day naval vessels despite that making no sense.
    The Dom: I call it the "Wing Commander Movie Effect". I also call it "disappointingly dull".
  • Spear Counterpart: While The Dom and his friend Feeblemew are discussing the ridiculous Jiggle Physics in Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball, Feeblemew suggests that there should also be Dead or Alive: Cricket, featuring guys with exaggerated packages.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": He's "The Dom". Even when he's using an honorific. So far, he's also referred to himself as "Captain The Dom" and "Uncle The Dom".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Dubbed "The Legolas Effect" for the Lost In Adaptation series, where a character in an adapted work (usually a fan favorite) is given more glory and screen time (often from other characters in the books) at the expense of other characters. Legolas himself for the The Hobbit films, and Hermione for the Harry Potter films, are the biggest offenders to date.
  • Stalking Is Love: Not a fan of this trope, and not afraid to blast it every time he sees it.
    • Fifty Shades of Grey: E.L. James glorifying Christian Grey stalking Ana (like Stephenie Meyer did with Edward and Bella before them) drives him to Angrish many times.
    • Blood and Chocolate: Film Adrian relentlessly harassing and stalking Vivian after she makes it clear she doesn't want anything to do with him, following her to her place of work unannounced, and chasing her through an alley to the point that she has to scale a building to get away from him, all being portrayed as romantic, enrages The Dom as much as Christian Grey ever did.
    • The Dom is creeped out by the implication that Film!Miles from Tuck Everlasting stalked his wife and children after they left him (and thus how he knew what happened to them), rather than feeling moved by how tragically Miles loved them as the film seems to suggest.
    • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Strangely enough, The Dom isn't that enraged by Scott stalking Ramona at a party, getting her private info from her friends, and later dropping by her place unannounced after she made it clear she wasn't interested. He does discuss the filmmakers having this attitude regarding Knives stalking Scott after he dumped her (since they originally planned to use this to have them get back together at the end), even though the comic made it clear her stalking was a sign of her unhealthy fixation on him that she needed to grow out of.
  • Standard Fantasy Setting: The Dom finds the setting of Inheritance Cycle to be this, finding nothing really remarkable about most of the fantasy races and cities apart from the dragons and the dwarves home kingdom.
    • Terrence also doesn't need to spend much time describing the setting of either version of Ella Enchanted, since it's pretty much your standard pseudo-medieval setting with elves, gnomes, ogres, giants, etc. He does note that the book has enough unique features to the fantasy races that it's still a very smart and engaging read.
  • Stealth Pun: In the video for Mockingjay Part 1, The Dom says that movie scenes that weren't in the book but didn't actually contradict anything in the book were arguably the "best part of the whole damn movie" - he says this while showing District 5's attack on the hydroelectric dam.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: When Number Six's reaction to discovering he's been spectacularly conned by Number Two is simply a stoic "Be seeing you," The Dom allows himself an outbreak of patriotic fervor.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In A Very Brief Recent History of Westeros:
    King Aerys: Why don't you [Rickard Stark] come down here, and we'll, we'll discuss it...I definitely won't burn you alive.
  • Swallowed Whole: In the Jurassic Park episode, The Dom is eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex. He then does the rest of the review from inside its stomach.
    "I've just got to figure out how to set up a green screen in here now."
  • Tactful Translation: The Calm Intellectual Filter, made so he comes off as not being a ripoff of other Caustic Critics when he's hit a Rant-Inducing Slight...but doesn't censor his body language, which means there's generally a calm, friendly voiceover to him bouncing off the walls in sheer rage and making insulting gestures.
  • Target Audience: Refreshingly for a Youtube media critic, The Dom often takes these into account when reviewing media. If he is the target audience he'll encourage people with similar tastes to give it a chance or not, and if he's clearly not the work's intended audience he'll try to be fair and encourage viewers to take his opinion with a grain of salt.
  • Tempting Fate: On the Dom's Twitter, he said that he'd review Fifty Shades Darker, in spite of his earlier adamant statement that he wouldn't, if his Fifty Shades of Grey review got a thousand retweets... which it did.
  • That Came Out Wrong: The Dom describes how in Ender's Game the Formics came to the conclusion that "every human is a bit of a queen…"
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!invoked: Pretty much the whole point of Lost in Adaptation is to discuss this trope, which results in a mixed bag of subvertions, invertions, avertions, and straight examples. The Dom's stated that he doesn't automatically think the books are better than the movies, or that closeness to the book correlates with quality. Sometimes changes are necessary and forgivable, sometimes they're pointless, sometimes the movies improve on or leave out some of the book's weaker aspects, sometimes they leave out or water down its strengths, sometimes the inherent advantages of an audio visual medium make up for losing the advantages of a text-based one, and sometimes the changes don't matter too much. He'll forgive changes as long as they capture the spirit of the book and what the author was trying to accomplish. As a result, what seems to get his goat more than anything else is when talking about an adaptation is when the film makers just didn't care about the source material.

    However, to some degree or another, he also judges adaptations on how they work as movies. While he won't completely trash a movie he doesn't like if it's a good adaptation (like Ender's Game) he'll be far kinder to a not-so-faithful adaptation if it works as its own movie. For instance, he recommended putting some distance between the books and movies of Starship Troopers, The Never Ending Story, and The Wizard of Oz since both were enjoyable (albeit for very different reasons) while trashing movies like I, Robot, Dune, and The Lightning Thief for failing as both adaptations and movies since they disrespected the source material and gave little to nothing in return. When faced with the dilemma at the end of The Shining episode of both liking the movie and sympathizing with Stephen King's resentment of it, the conclusion he came to was "If you're going to make seemingly pointless changes, it better be for a very good movie."
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugsinvoked: The Dom speculates about this while talking about the sequels to The Neverending Story.
    "The third film went so completely off the rails I can only assume the writers were smoking a NeverEnding Doobie while they worked."
  • Understatement: The Dom and Terrence are shocked and disgusted when, during the seventh Harry Potter film, Ron refers to death of an innocent goblin as "Unfortunate". Dom notes:
    The Dom: Unfortunate? Unfortunate? Mister Weasley, you and your friends used an unforgivable curse on an innocent bystander, and lead him to a painful death, and all you can say is "That's Unfortunate"?
  • Un Equal Pairing: Discussed with Maxim de Winter and his unnamed second bride, considering their difference in age, social standing, and the fact that he's already murdered a previous wife to avoid the scandal of divorce, which doesn't leave her much bargaining power in their marriage.
    The Dom as Narrator: Maxim, dear? Could you walk Jasper? I've done it every night this week and I could really use a break...
    The Dom as Maxim: (cocks gun without even looking up from his newspaper)
    The Dom as Narrator: You know what? I could really use the exercise. Come along, Jasper!
  • Unfortunate Implications: invoked Will occasionally discuss adaptation changes that have serious baggage.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: invoked Everyone in Fifty Shades of Grey, naturally.
    The Dom: (through forced cheerfullness) All of these characters are scum!
  • Values Dissonance: invoked Discussed in his review of Rebecca.
    • In-universe, The Dom often wonders if some of the odd things that Daphne du Maurier wrote her characters as doing so matter-of-factly would have made more sense to 1930's contemporary readers; like no one raising an eyebrow at Rebecca having shagged her cousin, Maxim's decision to shoot his wife rather than deal with a messy divorce, and the police allowing a man accused of murder and the lover of the said deceased to take over in the investigation of said murder.
    • In a meta sense, The Dom also discusses how The Hays Code not only impacted Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation choices, but how those changes come across to modern audiences. For instances, he suspects that The Hays Code forced Hitchcock to change how Rebecca died to make Mr De Winter more sympathetic, which worked in the long run since the stigma against divorce has gone away since The '30s. On the other hand, it allowed Hitchcock to effectively demonize and "punish" the one lesbian-coded character in the movie, which flies less with modern audiences today.
    • Discussed in his The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe review, as he points out that C. S. Lewis was a middle-aged man in The '40s and it shows in his writing, since he had the character Father Christmas expressively forbid Susan or Lucy from participating in the upcoming battle because "women are not supposed to fight in wars," even though it ended up being redundant since they ended up missing the battle anyway.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Doesn't feel the over-use of this trope works for Bram Stoker's Dracula, arguing that while in the hundred years since the novel was written that's what vampires have evolved into that's not how they were seen when the book was written, so trying to shoe-horn it into the story now comes off as awkward and out-of-place.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: In his Lost in Adaptation review of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Dom bemoans the fact that Grandpa Joe's story about Prince Pondicherry and his chocolate palace did not make it into the movie. Since The Dom found it a particularly funny part of the book, he wishes it could've been left in. In an Alternate Universe where The Dom reviews Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory instead, which does include this scene, The Dom finds the whole thing pointless and rather racist, and wishes that it could've been left out.
    • This trope is discussed quite a bit for The Hunger Games books.
      • The Dom learned to regret wanting every film to be a super loyal adaptation of the book once he got to The Hunger Games reviews, as the films follow the books so closely that the "what they didn't change" section of LiA doubles as a plot synopsis that takes up most of the episode, and the "what they didn't change/left out" sections are so threadbare he really has to struggle to find anything to talk about.
      • Similarly, while The Dom hated the Downer Ending of Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence's contented smile at the end of the final movie made him feel like the seeming happy ending was now a cop-out.
      • The Dom also discusses how The Hunger Games filmmakers' decision to keep Katniss's introversion and stoicism for a visual medium makes it hard to feel invested in a Dull Surprise lead character, but concedes that in another universe he's probably making this same episode ranting and raving about how the actress they got to visually and verbally express Book!Katniss's inner thoughts and feelings comes across as a hysterical, cartoonish, overacting clown.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties:
    • Occurs during "Beer Talk, Part One" after a catastrophic spillage of beer.
    • Happens during the Dune review. The Dom is absolutely disgusted by all the squicky things that go on in Baron Harkonnen's introductory scene (none of which are in the original book), and begins to go off on director David Lynch.
      The Dom: What the fuck is wrong with you, Lynch? Is this just how you get off, you creepy son of a bi- *cuts feed*
    • Happens at the end of his Fifty Shades Darker book review where he descends into such Angrish about Christian's abusive behavior that the video cuts to a fan art of him stabbing the book with a sword and the accompanying message "Whoops! Looks like this reviewer is temporarily out of commission."
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Paul from Dagon. Dom describes him as a "science-computer man doing smart stuff."
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Dom and Terrence are horrified by the last Harry Potter film depicting a goblin being put under the Imperius Curse by Harry and the gang, being forced to lead them to the Gringotts dragon, and then being directly abandoned to suffer a fiery death by the dragon as "unfortunate," just because he's a goblin. They argue that he was a person they just killed, and they should be sent to Azkaban for murder just as if he had been a human.
    • The Dom is horrified that Dick King-Smith gave farm animals near human intelligence in his book that inspired Babe, but kept the real-world practice of humans raising animals for slaughter.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: The Dom multiple times throughout this reviews of it.
  • Wild Mass Guessinginvoked: Since the fandom of The Prisoner is full of this, The Dom warns the viewers that their interpretations of the episodes may be completely different from his.
  • Wish Fulfillment: To give Fifty Shades and Twilight fans a fair shake, The Dom acknowledges in one of his Fifty Shades reviews that he can see the appeal in a story (especially for people with low self-esteem) where an impossibly handsome and rich member of the opposite sex becomes hopelessly infatuated with an ordinary Audience Surrogate and does all the work of bringing them together... The problem is the suitors in these particular stories are controlling, abusive, manipulative, sociopathic stalkers.
    • Likewise describes the Alex Rider book series and subsequent Stormbreaker film as "James Bond meets Harry Potter," and tends to forgive unrealistic plot of a 14-year-old British Intelligence spy since it's clearly meant to be a self-insert power fantasy for teens, especially teenage boys.
  • World of Weirdness: The Reviewaverse. So weirdness on his show can and has happened.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
  • Your Cheating Heart: Terrence doesn't tell Calluna they're in an open relationship until he dumps her for Thrandruil at the end of the second Hobbit review.
    The Dom: Hey, I warned you he was a douchebag.

Alternative Title(s): Lost In Adaptation


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