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  • Actor Shipping: Doug/Lindsay was pretty popular, as like a Lighter and Softer pairing to the Foe Yay of Critic/Chick.
  • Arc Fatigue: The Psychotic Love Triangle between Chick, Todd and Lupa went on for a long time, finally getting resolved in To Boldly Flee. By the end, RL Todd, Lindsay and Alison had all expressed wishes for it to be over, feeling like it had strayed into creepy territory instead of just Black Comedy.
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  • Archive Binge: Each critic has multiple hours of content, not including crossovers. Then you get to their cameos, other critic's works, vlogs, the anniversaries... if you're trying to catch up, you have our condolences. The plus side is that you can generally hop around if you get bored of one critic.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • The Cool World review with Linkara and MarzGurl, since the movie required it...
    • The Björk Show. There's a genie, and jump cut teleportation, and a rotting bologna sandwich?
    • All the Warrior reviews by Linkara and Spoony, also because the source material is so weird.
  • Broken Base:
    • Do you love the lack of fourth wall, with them reading fanfic (often calling it hot), giving fanservice based on Fetish Fuel pages and seeing constantly what people write about them on this very site, or are you freaked out by it like some of them are?
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    • Some fans are annoyed at the sheer number of critics who review movies or anime, saying that TGWTG should hire critics who review books or television. Others argue that each critic brings funny enough jokes/ a different enough opinion to make it work.
    • A lot of producers (along with a lot of fans) were angry about their patreons/kickstarters/indiegogos note  not being allowed to be advertised on the site, especially since the site itself has an indiegogo with not much to show for it. Other fans have dismissed the complaints with essentially "you don't work for the site so you should be on your own" or "you just want special treatment".
    • As mentioned in both “Ignition Point” and “Jake The Dog”, the Adventure Time vlogs have created a split between those who just want Doug/Jason/Jori (usually they complain about Jason or Jori being there in the first place) to shut up about personal stuff and talk about the episode in detail, and those who don't care so much about the reviews and just watch to see Jason/Jori be cute/treat Doug kindly or see what TMI Doug will spout this time.
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    • Doug with Jason/Jori vs Doug with Rob. There's no doubt that the Laws treat him nicer, call him out when he's being a dick, and Doug is more open about his beliefs with them. But a substantial amount of people are uncomfortable with that, and for numerous reasons they would go as far as to say they like Rob better than Doug, so enjoy the vlogs with him more.
    • The decision to move to a completely new website instead of finally getting that damn site update. Some are fine with it and like the new site (Arguing that the drop down menus are a lot more easy to function), while some think it looks worse than the old place (Due to an over-abundance of white) or feel that the site advertises Critic/Doug above the others with the cartoons of characters from his shows instead of a team shot or just a site logo. Ask That Guy fans are particularly irked, as the only video announcement of the site changing was in his finale and he died just to supposedly change the focus from Doug (That Guy With The Glasses) to everyone else (Channel Awesome) but as many people have stated including former producers, the banner is majority characters from Critic, which should tell you what show the company cares about.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • "Spooning With Spoony". Which was tame compared to "Spooning with Spoony 2".
    • The Solid Snake Video Game Confessions may just be the best example. A five-year-old Snake witnessing his parents' murder as he hides under a box: horrifying. The killer proceeding to do a tap dance on their bodies, put on a puppet show, and so on: bloody hilarious.
    • LordKaT. Oh God, his non Until We Win stuff is some of the most foul and hilarious stuff out there.
      "I wonder if that Asian boys ass is still tight."
      (after a review ends) "Just in time for recess."
  • Ear Worm: Doug's Theme Lyrics.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 8-Bit Mickey, thanks to his appearance in the Brawl.
    • Bhargav Dronamraju as Ma-Ti, who first appeared as a cutaway joke in the Critic's review of Captain Planet, and has since become a recurring character in his videos, and elsewhere.
    • Guru Larry has gotten this in light of the controversies surrounding Channel Awesome in March-April of 2018, mainly because he admitted that he's only sticking around out of spite for the site forgetting his videos for so many years, and to say he was the last remaining contributor before it all burned down.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Jason likes to joke that he's the fanservice in the vlogs instead of Doug because there's more gifs of him shaking his ass or showing his crotch. A lot of women actually do like him because they think he's adorkable, a nice husband and dad, more healthy looking than Doug, defends good female characters and does the best job of keeping Doug in check. Plus there's nobody else that Doug has lampshaded Ho Yay with anymore.
  • Fandom Rivalry: While a lot of people enjoy Doug being on Awesome Comics because he gets on well with all of them and everyone shares their opinions in a nice way, some complain on the comments that they'd rather he just be with Rob.
  • Fanfic Fuel: In the To Boldly Flee Making Of extra, everyone talked about what they would like the next anniversary to be. While most people wanted the usual, like a musical or a murder mystery, Doug was surprisingly morbid and said he had an idea for the TGWTG universe to really be hell. But as there's no budget for that kind of story, the fanfic writers took it and ran with it.
  • Foe Yay: More than oft, a crossover will feature the reviewers at severe odds with each other, all the while snarking it up through horrible movies together.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the "Tommy Wiseau Show," Doug plays both "Tommy Wiseau" and "John from The RoomMovie.com". Then this possibility came to light. (though it could also be Hilarious in Hindsight)
    • The jokes on Transmission Awesome about Aussie wanting to fire other people (especially Sean) turn into this considering what happened to him.
    • In 2012, Doug (in Depraved Bisexual mode) did an interview where he joked he had a teabagging incident with Justin that went badly wrong. Considering what was later revealed about Justin...
    • In Future's End, Smarty is one of the Bad Future people, saying CA met its final end in 2019. He was one of the producers who left in 2015.
      • Just the video claiming that Channel Awesome ended in 2019, in light of the mass exodus of talent and #ChangeTheChannel revealing how much mistreatment they went through in Spring 2018, to the point that only Doug Walker, Brad Jones and Guru Larry (who is staying out of spite) are left.
    • The BarFiesta intro, made years before the first mass exodus of content producers from the site in January 2015 due to heavy grievances with site CEO Mike Michaud, had Michaud himself as a shadowy dark figure kidnapping Rob and dismissing Doug as a performer monkey.
  • Gratuitous Special Effects: Many reviewers use special effects such as when The Nostalgia Critic had a laser shootout with The Angry Video Game Nerd. The effects add quirky, funny elements to the videos but would not normally be expected in movie reviews.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In “Nostalgia For The Nostalgia Critic”, released for free in February 2015 but filmed in late 2012 for a Critic tribute, there's a couple of awkward moments, like when Doug says this would be the last DVD thing he ever wanted to do with Critic, that he made bad financial choices when he was younger (so didn't want people knowing he was a Basement-Dweller) or going between fatigue from working or feeling guilt for sleeping when he could have been working.
    • The tribute videos to JewWario and anything related to him become harder to watch after allegations came out four years later that he had groomed and sexually assaulted young girls. Plus in "Rejected Spooning with Spoony Ideas", Holly fires Justin for sexual harassment, less than a year before that happened for real.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the "Sibling Rivalry" review of Frozen, Rob describes Frozen as "X-Men in Epcot's Norway". Now Disney has announced that a Frozen ride is going into Epcot's Norway pavilion.
    • In the Paranormal Activity III review, Doug very jokingly calls the Women Are Wiser trope offensive to men and giggle-wonders if he's a “meninist”. A few years later in the 2015 Ghostbusters news talk, he brings that up as an actual thing (as the term has replaced MRA it seems) and clearly finds the idea of males being oppressed for being male hilarious.
    • In a fanfic livestream "Day of the Fanfic", Brad gave an affectionate nod to all the BDSM punishment fics Critic had post-Kickassia, teasing that he (Critic) had been a naughty boy. In The Last Angry Geek's 2014 Future's End Bad Future review, Critic is Snob's Sex Slave.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Bennett seems to have attracted a bit of the old nerdrage for insulting Doctor Who.
    • Neither Doug/Jason/Jori's Adventure Time vlogs of “A Glitch Is A Glitch” and “Lemonhope” were popular, as they were rude to the creator in the first one, and missed the Reality Ensues point of the second. For Jason alone, he doesn't like a lot of mainstream movies (especially Disney) and gets a lot of hate for it, sometimes even from Doug when he forgets his anti Opinion Myopia stance for a moment.
  • Ho Yay: So often it needs its own ever-growing page here.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
    • There's an irritating tendency amongst mostly female fans to call the first "Spooning with Spoony" sick and twisted, but love the following episodes for their Ho Yay and shirtless guys.
    • Film Brain has commented on the paradox of the fans wanting more original material, but never supporting it.
    • Also ends up actually hurting the site, as you can't change when your fans refuse to let you.
    • People complain about the adverts and that the DVD features are uploaded on YouTube, but when Doug does daily vlogs because he's hurting for money; he's "a cash-grabbing whore".
    • Diamanda has pointed out that with the arrival of Rantasmo, people act like she (a lesbian) doesn't exist on the site, and there's no homophobic comments on his Kinsey Scale video while Lesbian Talk is always swimming in them.
    • They trashed Lindsay for Chick's storyline-abuse of Nella so badly that she had to do a "Thanks for the Feedback" explaining that Nella had actually wrote a lot of that herself, and yet Critic's abuse of Rachel, Malcolm and Tamara (when in To Boldly Flee he says he didn't want to hurt anyone else) gets cheered on to the point where he has to point out that you're meant to be rooting for them, not him.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: The Head OT3 (Todd in the Shadows/Paw Dugan/Pushing Up Roses), so named because of the Head review the three did together.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: There are some people who don't watch the Critic, Linkara or Spoony for the sole reason of their "big three" Fan Nickname. Chick will also occasionally be included as something you can't watch "because she has too many fans already", but that's usually said by other women.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Post-To Boldly Flee, the Vocal Minority of Critic fandom took this to mean-spirited levels, threatening to leave the site after the movie but instead hanging around to not only make Doug's life hard, but to fill the other producer comment sections with hate for not being Critic. Linkara brought Douchey out in one of his fuck-ups to address this, Kyle was polite about it, and if you watch Doug's con interviews in that time period, you can see him getting progressively snappier when the issue is brought up.
  • Memetic Badass: Santa Christ! He fights monsters for fun and hangs out with Mr. T and if you are able to kill him, he will raise again in the third day, in fulfillment of the awesomeness!
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Along with the memes the Critic created, as the site was losing everyone jokes emerged about There Can Be Only One, or how "Archived Shows" is the best remaining contributor.
    • "Oh well, plot hole!" Explanation 
    • "Sorry you feel that way." Explanation 
    • "Accusation:___" "Fact:___" Explanation 
    • ♪Critic and The Snob (and Larry)♪ Explanation 
  • Misaimed Fandom: The audience at large just doesn't seem to get the intentionally pathetic characters screaming at movies aren't something to emulate. Doug (with the entirety of Demo Reel, the "When Is a Movie Just a Movie" editorial and "The Ice King's Glasses") and Kyle (with videos like Melancholia and Vase de Noces) have gone even further trying to get this into heads, but comments of "yeah this raped my childhood too" (or defensive "you're offending me by trying to Appeal to Worse Problems!" in regards to Doug/Kyle) still prevail. If anything, characters like Spoony, Critic, Chick, Todd, and Jerk would have been in jail, in mental homes or at least have a few restraining orders by now.
  • Misblamed: Scarlett, Holly Brown, and especially Lupa were treated like scapegoats for Spoony being let go, until Spoony himself clarified that Lupa did not get him fired.
  • My Real Daddy: With everyone except for Brad Jones and Guru Larry jumping ship from Channel Awesome, people have viewed either of them as the last survivors of the website.
  • Never Live It Down: Never in a million years, even if all the rest of the smoke were to clear, would Doug be able to live down "Melvin, brother of The Joker", which is unanimously considered to be the absolute worst character and least funny sketch Doug ever did, including by Doug himself. The character lasted only a single segment before he was written out and stabbed to death.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The company became engulfed in controversy after a document titled: "Not So Awesome" came to light, listing numerous grievances with the company, including alleged aggressive and misogynistic behavior by CEO Mike Michaud, sexual misconduct allegations towards former CFO Mike Ellis and JewWario, preferential treatment towards Doug Walker, which gave him a say in several corporate decisions, and reports of general mismanagement. The company's attempts to contain the controversy only made things worse. Doug tried to stay away from the controversy, but posted the second company response on his Facebook, only mentioned the set improvements in a Salon interview (which he’s discussed before as a problem) and seems happy to hate himself on Critic with Self-Deprecation over being useless than reaching out to people. Almost all of the content creators have left, #ChangeTheChannel has trended on Twitter, and Channel Awesome has had their reputation ruined.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Despite the rampant amount of shipping in the fandom, there are relatively few of these. A few that do seem to stick, however, are Spoonkara (Spoony / Linkara), Padd (Paw Dugan/Todd in the Shadows) and Topa (Todd in the Shadows/Lupa). Inskara (Dr. Insano / Linkara) is also quite popular.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Film Brain and Phelous are contributors whose first few reviews weren't too well liked, but have long since come into their own.
  • Reviews Are the Gospel: Due to a combination of being so well-known, well-liked and the in-character Jerkass Has a Point moments, many reviewers are held up as the gold standard despite the fact they're more meant to be entertainment than serious reviewers. Some of the site's members, such as Doug and Lindsey, have tried to argue against this mindset.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The Nostalgia Chick, Linkara (when he's not being a perfect hero), Phelous and The Other Guy will usually get this from the fanfic fandom, although for Evil Is Sexy reasons rather than hate.
  • Seasonal Rot: Quite a few detractors feel that the site generally dropped in quality after 2014- no anniversary celebrations, numerous producers saying controversial things or getting caught in controversies and the site's business management coming out into the forefront (less so than 2015, however) with some insane policies like not allowing for Patreon advertisements for a while. As well as that, the above mentioned new site stirred up more backlash.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Doug has always tried to get people to see how there's far bigger issues in life than just different opinions, but he really goes all out in The Ice King's Glasses Issue:
    Doug: I'm not going to look at Jason like he's the world's biggest a-hole for his opinion, I'm going to look at him like he's the world's biggest a-hole for other reasons. I wish you would do the same for me. If you're not going to like me, not like me for reasons to not like a person, don't not like me because I have a different opinion on a TV show.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Sage drew quite a few negative comments for his new "Comic Conventions" feature for being in more or less a copy of Atop the Fourth Wall (futon and all) despite Linkara having suggested it to him.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The Despicable Me II Sibling Rivalry got a bad reception for a few reasons, like Doug in Alter-Ego Acting mode again (as a jerkass no less), Rob being the Butt-Monkey, the set being too dark and Doug's black clothes making him blend in with the background, distracting microphones and the boys being so far away from each other that the sibling closeness felt dropped. Thankfully with the next segment, Thor II, it went back to brotherly-feeling vlogs.
  • Vindicated by History: Melvin is still not exactly liked, but he was the start of Doug wearing eyeliner just for the sake of it and more importantly the start of him putting more drama into his work, a talent he would definitely fine tune over the years. So he is at least appreciated for that.
  • The Woobie:
    • Melvin, Brother of The Joker. Unlike Doug's other woobie characters though, he wasn't OTT enough to be funny as well.
    • Lori Prince. Straight Man, older than Doug's other characters, tormented by the Joker and can do a wonderful pouty face.

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