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  • Award Snub: When the 2018 Oscars Honest Trailer ended by giving made-up awards to comic-based movies with either not enough or zero nominations from the Academy, it didn't give one to The LEGO Batman Movie, a critical darling with zero Oscar nominations. Adding to this surprise, it did recognize Guardians, a more obscure, critically-panned Russian film, which they admitted only judging from its own trailer.
  • Broken Base
    • Who is the better Honest Trailer narrator? Gannon Nickell or Jon Bailey? Bailey received a lot of complaints when he first got the job about how he's not as good as his predecessor, but just as many viewers prefer his voice over Nickell's. This has mostly gone away as the years have gone by, with a majority of fans now preferring Bailey (in fact, many people were worried when it was revealed that Bailey wasn't voicing any of the newer Honest Game Trailers as sponsored by Fandom Games), although this debate was briefly brought back when Nickell returned to co-voice with Bailey the Honest Trailers for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and the ending of the former reminded people that there were two other one-shot Honest Trailer narrators besides them: Dough Medlock (Avatar), and Ptolemy Slocum (The Phantom Menace, the first ever Honest Trailer). Even the Alec Baldwin-sounding Narrator for the Honest Trailer for Every Wes Anderson Movie got his share of people who prefered him over Bailey.
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    • In the Honest Trailer for Deadpool 2, just as the narrator starts in, the actual Deadpool shows up, takes control of the video, and turns it into a Honest Trailer for Honest Trailers. In the comments, some people loved the savage fourth-wall breaking of it (way higher than in the Honest Trailer for the first Deadpool film), and others thought that they were robbed the Deadpool 2 Honest Trailer that they were expecting.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • For the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, the narrator says that Khan is "completely justified in his actions" because he's trying to rescue his family. This overlooks the fact that he orchestrated a terrorist attack on a Starfleet facility and killed several of Starfleet's high command, and when Admiral Marcus claims that he was plotting to Kill All Humans out of Fantastic Racism as he thinks he and his cohorts are the Master Race, Khan doesn't confirm it, but he doesn't deny it either. He plans on killing everyone on the Enterprise after he's got what he wants as well, and later crashes his ship into Starfleet Headquarters (aka San Francisco) purely out of spite, probably killing hundreds of people. So yeah, he's actually kind of a dick.
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    • The trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp tries to make Ghost look like a Villainy-Free Villain who just wants to cure her condition, even giving the heroes flak for attacking her. While it's true that curing herself is her goal and she is running out of time to do it, she is guilty of several very dangerous actions, like stealing Hank Pym's lab and endangering the life of Janet van Dyne.
  • Ear Worm: Perhaps its more of a testament to the original arrangements by the likes of Elton John, Tim Rice and Alan Menken, but even the Honest Trailers versions of the Disney songs are pretty damn catchy. It's not uncommon to see comments asking for full versions of the song parodies to be made and released. Just two examples from the Honest Trailer for The Lion King:
    "Weeeee are gooooonna pooooork toniiiiight…"

    "No one knows a-what-a we are saying, but it's fun to sing it anyway-a…"note 
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the CinemaSins crew. They often cover the same movies and even collaborated a number of times. They even decided to trade styles for a day when they both tackled The Amazing Spider Man 2. To the point where Honest Trailers complained that people think that they're the same and ask them to do sins videos.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The Honest Trailer for Taken joked a little about how the film made Europe look dangerous and said the message it sent was "Don't go to Europe" while showing a skyline shot of Paris of all places. It was released on January 6, 2015. One day later, the Charlie Hebdo shooting occurred, and the following November, Paris was subject to its worst terror attacks since World War II, killing over 100 people and causing the French government to declare a national state of emergency.
    • The Honest Trailer for The Emoji Movie remarks that Gene is played by the personification of the "meh" emoji, T.J. Miller. While this was probably a reference to his brand of anti-humor, the months following the release of the Honest Trailer saw a number of bad actions come to light about Miller, including sexual assault accusations, transphobia, and calling in a fake bomb threat. Needless to say, the original joke is rather generous about Miller's character now.
  • Genius Bonus: In their Aladdin video during the "Starring" portion, they refer to Jafar as "Male-ficent". This makes sense, as the character of Jafar was actually inspired by Maleficent, right down to their similar appearences, motives and even their clothing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In The Stinger of The Dark Knight Rises trailer, the Narrator, who disliked the film, muses "I'm really worried about Man of Steel now." Man of Steel ended up becoming even more divisive than TDKR, and received worse reviews from critics.
    • In the Dragonball Evolution trailer "Starring" gag, Abridged!Vegeta refers to Ernie Hudson as "Nobody's Favorite Ghostbuster". In November 2014, Hudson wrote an essay in Entertainment Weekly detailing how he and his character was forced into this role from a rather major one due to Executive Meddling and the bitterness that haunts him to this very day.
    • The Game of Thrones trailer mentions memorable characters "who were still alive at the time this trailer was written." Right as he says it, the shot is of Barristan Selmy, who died in Season Five. Aww…
    • The ending of the Avatar trailer has the trailer guy saying, "Ugh, we get it, we'll recycle! Please, just make another Terminator already!" Another Terminator movie (albeit not directed by Cameron) was released, but as discussed in one of the Movie Fights episodes, and eventually in its own Honest Trailer, Terminator Genisys isn't actually that good either.
    • Among the many things derided in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies are the obvious presence of a stunt double performing in Christopher Lee's stead during the White Council fight, and the trailer concludes that everything was Jackson's fault and that he did the film for the money. Anyone who had been keeping up with Christopher Lee in the last few years could see that Lee's health was clearly in decline (Lee couldn't even fly to New Zealand to film at his age, and had to be accommodated in London to participate in the trilogy), preventing him from actually performing the fight scene himself, and the actor would pass away several months after the film's release; and in Jackson's case, there's the news that came out later of Warner Bros. Executive Meddling, the Troubled Production and that said things combined nearly led Jackson to have an on-set breakdown, which were confirmed by the cast and crew.
    • One of the complaints that gets lampooned in the teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is "Eh, they should have shown more." Be careful what you wish for...
    • Before Suicide Squad (2016) premiered, the Batman (1989) Honest Trailer commented that previews of Jared Leto as the Joker made him seem potentially superior to Jack Nicholson (whom they already admitted didn't come as close as Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill did to becoming the Joker's definitive actor), and posterior Honest Trailers genuinely looked forwards positively about Suicide Squad overall, such as when the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Honest Trailer ended with an excited "But at least Suicide Squad looks good!" despite Batman v Superman's polarizing reception. In the eventual Suicide Squad Honest Trailer, they have nothing nice to say about the 10 minutes ultimately shown in the movie of Leto's performance, and besides the performances of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jai Courtney ("of all people," as they note, as Courtney's acting being perceived as bland by them made him a sort of Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Honest Trailers), nothing nice to say about the movie at all.
    • The Starring section in the Honest Trailer for The Mummy (2017) ended mentioning Brendan Fraser, followed by a black screen with the words "FOOTAGE NOT FOUND", which led a disappointed Epic Voice Guy to ask "Where is he these days?" As an interview with GQ months later after the trailer was released revealed, not doing very good.
    • During the Blade Runner Honest Trailer, the narrator comments on how Deckard has no problem with forcing himself on Rachel, showing a clip of Han Solo (also played by Harrison Ford) during The Force Awakens and saying "That's not how consent works!", a play on a phrase Solo says during the movie. This was the last Honest Trailer produced before a stream of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Andy Signore, creator of Honest Trailers, were made public. The show took a hiatus after the fact, making many fans think Andy's ousting had brought an end to it.
    • Deliberately invoked at the end of the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, where "Mouse" explains how a whole herd of vicious, carnivorous albino rhinoceroses were chasing after them, accompanied by a news article of how the entire species itself was now at risk of complete extinction with the passing of the last surviving male white rhino in the world not even a full week before the trailer was released.
      Epic Voice Guy: Good news, Kevin. Looks like we got them on the ropes. Umm... Yay?
    • In the Honest Trailer for The Last Jedi, one of the narrators asks the question: "Should we do this again for Solo?" which is answered "Nah... I'm not gonna see that crap". Later that year Solo was released and became the first Star Wars movie to lose money at the box office. Made even harsher with the title at the end:
      "Star Wars: The Last One You'll Pay To See (until the next one comes out... Maybe...)"
    • In the Honest Trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, they say that Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) is such an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain that even Iron Fist could take him down, referring to the fact that the character's Netflix series had then recently been cancelled after two seasons. At the time, Iron Fist's cancellation didn't come as a huge surprise since the series was the worst critically received Netflix Marvel series in both of its seasons. However, after that, Netflix went on to cancel Luke Cage and Daredevil, and later Jessica Jones and The Punisher as well, all of which were much better received critically, leading some to suspect that the cancellations were part of a pattern rather than the result of poor reviews; a theory is that it has something to do with Disney's upcoming streaming service, which will compete with Netflix.
    • Their Honest Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron jokes about the emotional toll that the movie's production apparently took on Joss Whedon, leading him to deactivate his Twitter account and temporarily drop off Hollywood's radar. As the narrator puts it: "Uh... Guys? I think we broke Joss Whedon. He needs a hug..." That comment seems even more apt now, since his marriage also fell apart shortly after that video was made.
    • While doing Pacific Rim, the narrator is looking forward to the sequel. Fast forward to 2018 and the narrator felt that the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, was such let down that they combined it with Tomb Raider (2018) (another film seen as non-remarkable and by-the-numbers) in one Honest Trailer.
    • During the Honest Trailer for the first three Men in Black films, the Narrator makes it clear that he's not looking forward for the fourth film, Men in Black: International (which was about to be released at the time of the video's release), citing as a reason what he sees as "diminishing returns" as the first three movies progressed, at one point even straight-up asking "Are we sure we want more sequels to this thing?" His comment seems even more apt now, since International ended up being poorly received, complete with reports of Troubled Production, Executive Meddling, and Creative Differences.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Some people missing the satire element is an inherent risk of that type of comedy, but the more caustic videos that don't really hide the writers' disdain for a movie will get more of it due to people feeling they are going on a personal tangent rather than trying to create an entertaining video.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: The Pearl Harbor Honest Trailer was not the first to refer to the movie as "Bore-a! Bore-a! Bore-a!" in reference to Tora! Tora! Tora!. A Washington Post review did that when the movie came out in 2001.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many people had this reaction when it was revealed that Jon Bailey wasn't voicing any of the newer Honest Game Trailers, commenting on how the current narrator lacked the comedic timing and energy of Bailey. Fandom Games eventually clarified that they had implemented a rotating cast of narrators according to the theme of each game, which would include Bailey.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The other videos made by Screen Junkies tend to receive less attention and acclaim. This is lampshaded in their "Making of Honest Trailers" video.
    Hal Rudnick: So I know a lot of you guys are big fans of the Honest Trailers, so much so that you say you wish I'd die in a fire so there'd be no more Screen Junkies Show and only Honest Trailers! Sorry! I'm still here!


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