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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • A quote from his "Worst Songs of 2012" list:
    Let me start by saying, I didn't even want to include a JB song this year! I find him far too trendy to hate, and I usually hate people who make Justin Bieber jokes, 'cause they're fucking idiots! They're still referencing "Baby", and wouldn't recognize a new Justin Bieber song if it raped their ear! These are the mouth-breathers saying my entire "Worst Songs of 2011" list should have been just 10 Justin Bieber songs, when he didn't even put out one song that year!
    • He also refuses to put Nickelback on any of his lists, because he doesn't think they're that bad; he also refuses to call them sell-outs because their goal was always to make commercial-sounding rock music. However, "Edge of a Revolution" made his dishonorable mentions list in The 10 Worst Songs of 2014 due to him finding it funny that Nickelback, a band so afraid of deviating from their usual stuff, is singing about "revolution". In addition, he did a Musical Autopsy of "Must Be Nice."
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    • On the other hand, he does have a special hatred for Nicki Minaj.
    • Dirty South hip-hop is a perennial favourite to appear on his Worst Songs lists.
    • Since 2014, other perennial favourites to appear on his Worst Song lists are Meghan Trainornote , Rae Sremmurd, and Iggy Azalea.
    • As far as websites are concerned, Buckley often makes fun of Tumblr and Buzzfeed.
    • Reactionaries are also a favored target as Buckley often views them to be bigoted, hypocritical, overly-whiny, and annoying.
  • Alternative Song Interpretation:
    • Buckley thinks fun.'s "We Are Young" is about a man who beat his girlfriend instead of a drunken night out at the bar.
    • He thinks that what Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and Katy Perry do in their songs is act innocent one moment only to declare "how big a whore they are the next."
  • Critical Research Failure: Even though Buckley shows his work, he does slip up on occasion.
    • In his Worst Songs of 2014 video, he says the only way Paramore's 'Ain't it Fun" (particularly its message about living in the real world) could have made sense was if Hayley Williams was singing it to herself. As Williams stated in many interviews (and even confirmed in a reply tweet about the video), the song was about exactly that. Specifically, it's about how she felt insecure after the band moved from Nashville to L.A. and was telling herself to toughen up. However, Buckley later said in a Reddit post that this knowledge did not improve his opinion of the song, since he felt that Williams had been successful for too long to know anything about the real world. He also said in his Musical Autopsy of Nickelback's "Must Be Nice," which he considers to have a similar theme, that while Hayley Williams took the video in good humor, it seemed like a convenient excuse for a reply to a critique that harsh.
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    • In his Musical Autopsy of "Bitch Better Have My Money," he says that Rihanna hasn't had a #1 hit since "Diamonds" in 2012. If he meant songs where she's the lead artist, he's right; however, she did technically have another #1 hit as a featured artist on Eminem's "The Monster." Also, he had mentioned in 2014 that Juicy J got credited with a #1 hit as the featured artist on Katy Perry's "Dark Horse".
    • In his Musical Autopsy of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise (Remix)," he says the only previous notable rap/country collaboration up to that point was Nelly and Tim McGraw's "Over and Over." Shortly before the video was released, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accident Racist" was making headlines, and Jason Aldean's remix of "Dirt Road Anthem" with Ludacris had been a top 10 pop hit two years earlier.
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    • In his Musical Autopsy of LMFAO, he misquotes a handful of the lyrics to "Sexy and I Know it," including "And like Bruce Leroy I got the glow," which he identifies as "They like Bruce Lee rock at the club." (However, he could have just visited a site with the wrong lyrics.)
    • He names Muse's "Psycho" as a dishonorable mention for his Worst of 2015 list based on a passage that isn't part of the song proper. It was an album interlude that was tacked on to some versions of the "Psycho" single, but it's still considered a separate track.
    • On the other hand, he's not above pointing this out when it's inverted and it's a commenter that falls victim to this trope. For example, the aforementioned bit about Justin Bieber under Acceptable Targetsnote .
    • In "The Ten Worst Songs of 2017," Buckley misses a clear reference to The Phantom of the Opera in Taylor Swift's song "Ready For It," which included the simile "like a phantom holding you for ransom." He then goes on to joke about how ridiculous it would be if a ghost started sending people notes promising not to haunt them in exchange for money, despite this being exactly what the phantom of the opera does.
    • During the "Top Ten Worst Songs of 2010" he adds "Trey Day" by Trey Songz on the list, despite being released in 2007.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    "But don't wait, we can't guarantee these deals or your child's safety forever! (demented laugh)"
    • In the "Health Care" episode, once it's shown a pregnancy costs over $2000 in the US, Buckley puts "I'll just leave this here..." as he shows that a set of wire hangers is just $17 on Amazon.
  • Expectation Lowerer:
    "So thanks to today's Scumbag of the Internet, [insert name or nickname here], for making us all feel better by knowing no matter what we do in life, we'll always be better than he/she/they is/are."
  • Fandom Rivalry: There was a bit of discord when Drunken Peasants (a podcast co-hosted by The Amazing Atheist) aired an A Dose of Buckley video that ranted about stoners and people who were "addicted" to marijuana. TJ said (somewhat facetiously) that he doesn't want any of Buckley's subscribers, and that led to some problems since these ranty internet dudes tend to have overlapping fanbases. Buckley usually avoids E-Drama, so him becoming a DP character is unlikely, but he did write a snarky open letter to TJ, which TJ responded to with equal levels of snark on his Tumblr.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: He's gotten this a few times, particularly on his "Top 10 worst songs of [year]" lists. At the beginning of "The 10 Worst Songs of 2013", Buckley briefly laments how alternative rock "has went from this (plays clip of The Smashing Pumpkins) to this (plays a clip of "Breezeblocks")". Needless to say, this really didn't go well with Alt-J fans. Especially when you consider Alt-J technically aren't even an alternative rock band in the traditional sense.
  • Heartwarming Moments: In his "Celebrities vs. Entitled Fans" video, he commented on the list of Berserk Buttons on his TV Tropes entry.
    "Also...you watch way too much A Dose of Buckley. Outside is fun too (but seriously, great job)."
    • Whenever his Musical Autopsies wind up ending on a pretty positive note overall, like with Dua Lipa's "New Rules", Macklemore's "Thrift Shop", and Lorde's "Royals".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In his "Ten Worst Songs of 2013," he listed YG's "My Nigga" as an honorable mention, noting how Lil' Wayne must be jealous about how many times the N-word is said in the song. Lil' Wayne would eventually be featured in a remix of the song, where he (unsurprisingly) says the N-word a lot.
    • In the "Target in Canada" rant, Buckley states that someone needs to figure out what to do with 100+ empty department store buildings, coming up with his own solution. Just nine months after that video was released, Target announced it would shutter all of its Canadian stores.
    • In 2009, he made "Sherlock Homo", which depicted Sherlock in a homosexual relationship with Watson. In 2010, there is a certain show partially known for its Ho Yay shippers.
    • In his first Baking with Buckley, he mocked a comment on his Occupy Wall Street video that referenced The Amazing Atheist. Three years later, The Amazing Atheist would make a video criticizing his 4/20 video.
    • In his video on Floyd Mayweather from 2012, he remarks that he wouldn't be surprised if nobody knew who he was because "Nobody cares about boxing anymore." Three years later, Mayweather would have a match against Manny Pacquiao that became one of the most-hyped sporting events of the year. (Mayweather won.)
    • In his Musical Autopsy on Beyonce's "7/11," he talks about how songs meant to inspire dance crazes are passe. A few months later, Silento's "Watch Me" would become one of the biggest hits of the summer, and ended up topping his year-end worst list.
    • In his "10 Worst Songs of 2014" list, while talking about the #1 spot "Hello Kitty" by Avril Lavigne, he mentions the song was co-written by her ex-boyfriend Chad Kroeger, and briefly shows a massive plea to them to never procreate, while saying that the product of them would be more horrific than if you held up a signed photo of a shirtless Niall to a hoard of Directioners. All of this becomes even more hilarious when Chad and Avril eventually split in September 2015.
    • In his "10 Worst Songs of 2014" video, he makes fun of Mike Posner's 2013 song "On Top of the World" for incorrectly predicting that Posner would be huge again "this time next year." Buckley remarks "Try the climb again next year." One year later, Posner would release "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," which would go on to become his first top 10 hit in six years.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: His "Ten Worst Songs" videos have ten times the views of his regular rants.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Invoked example; he points out in his Musical Autopsy of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop" that the lyrics are making fun of shallow. materialistic hip-hop culture, but that because the track was so popular there must be thousands of people who like it who never buy clothes in thrift shops and spend all their money on the very things the singer is making fun of.
    • He also believes that the majority of people who bought Lorde's "Royals" didn't catch that it was a deconstruction of the pop genre, rather than a glorification of it.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The starts and ends of Musical Autopsy can be a tad unsettling.
      • Taken to a new level in his "autopsy" of Florida Georgia Line. The end is an extremely hateful rant against them and that music that plays in the background just make the whole thing pretty freaky.
      • The ending of his Christmas Song video adds Christmas bells to the background music which, combined with the rant about "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" somehow makes it even more ominous. What a great way to end 2013, huh? (Not counting a follow-up video to his video about Kim Kardashian, this is his last video of 2013)
    • While Buckley's anger is usually Played for Laughs, him getting angry over Mike Kogan telling people to "educate themselves with Urban Dictionary" in Scumbags of the Internet 4 sounds like he is genuinely angry.
    • We get a second dose of this when a writer for The Odyssey plagiarized his work (most notably his rants on Etsy, the Bruce Jenner incident and his Musical Autopsies of "7/11" and "Bitch Better Have My Money") and ends up being featured on Scumbags of the Internet #10 where Buckley shows us how pissed he is.
      Buckley: And we know she watches my work so hi, Rachel! Thank you for becoming today's Scumbag of the Internet and actually doing one thing well. Showing us all that whatever we do in life, we'll always be better than you are.
  • Sacred Cow: Invoked, when he compares One Direction to The Beatles, arguing that, before the latter developed a more sophisticated musical style, they were every bit as derivative and divisive as the former in their own time.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In the "Rebecca Black" rant, he gives a warning that "Diabetes suffers should take their insulin now" while playing Miranda Cosgrove's "Dancing Crazy".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Many of his videos are on subjects that would be considered a bit too much for people under 13. That being said, he doesn't mind if people under 13 watch his videos for the views. He says in a early slide of his sex ed video that he's not their parents and if they want to watch his videos, they can go right ahead.
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