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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Averted with religion and non-Conspiracy Theorist religious types in general, as he considers this to be "low-hanging fruit". However…
    • Conspiracy theorists, including those who use religion in their theories, are played straight for this trope.
    • Conservative folk singers can also be this, though it's usually followed up with some form of fair-balanced commentary and critique.
    • Blip, mostly after their suspension of the series.
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  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Interestingly, the otherwise straightly Nightmare Fuelish "Emergency Broadcast Salute" contains an example of this. Originally during the credits, a jingle version of an EBS test from the 70's played right to The Stinger. However, at some point during either the latter half of 2014 or the first week of 2015, the jingle was cut partway through the credits, with just a faint static sound in its place. An annotation then pops up explaining that The Orchard made a "non-negotiable" copyright claim, forcing the jingle to be truncated. It's actually quite unsettling, especially if you're not expecting it. Averted with the credits for the 2016 re-edit — Ben's Acid Rain Remix of the jingle is probably meant as straight Nightmare Fuel.
  • Awesome Music: The polka version of "Survivalism" in "Local TV Special".
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Ben's feed in "Public Domain VHS Distributors" is suddenly taken over at one point by an... insane man (fellow reviewer Geno Cuddy) who rambles on about UAV Corporation. After Geno gives him back his signal, Ben has this to say:
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Ben feels many PSAs do this unintentionally.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The "Record Ripoffs" series of episodes are arguably the most popular.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "The Death of Analog TV" is a (faux-)Series Fauxnale for Archive, where Ben laments that his show has been cancelled through the meddling of the "higher-ups" in the YouTube geek community. It's meant as a joke, but it becomes a lot less funny when one considers that the Season Four premiere, "Microbroadcasting", was taken down a few days after being posted to YouTube. This could also count as an example of Harsher in Hindsight, depending on how one read "The Death of Analog TV" and its tone.
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  • Growing the Beard: "Episode 3 - TV Sign-Offs" shows the beginning of Ben's current, relatively laid-back personality (as opposed to his previous irate, Nostalgia Critic-esque style). Ben acknowledges this in his commentary for the episode, saying that he was in too much pain from the car accident to really do the "angry" persona.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Ben plays the role of a father during the record riff in "Christmas Special 2014". His care and concern for his (fictional) daughter is actually quite sweet.
    • Later in the episode, after the riff on the "personalized" video of Santa (addressed to "Amber"), there's this:
      Ben: That segment was just for (cut to stilted, zoomed-in shot of Ben pointing to and smiling at the camera) you, Amber.
      • And then, at the close:
        Ben: Well gang, that's it for this year's Archive Christmas... thing. Join us next year when we're joined by (cut to previous stilted, zoomed-in shot of Ben) you, Amber.
      • It's all a gag, but it's still somewhat heartwarming. And then Ben's genuine, "Merry Christmas, gang" is genuinely sweet.
    • At the end of "Bye Bye Blippie", which explains Oddity Archive's removal from Blip and what it would mean for the Archive, Ben thanks his fans for their support during the process and then promises to keep giving them as good a show as possible, because he believes that it's the fans who matter, not Blip. It's especially heartwarming because the whole debacle was clearly quite taxing for Ben.
    • "Ben Tries Finnish Candy". A viewer from Finland (@StrawberryWarr) sent Ben some candy, which is a pretty sweet thing in and of itself. Ben then spends the episode trying the candy, with various levels of enjoyment. At the end, he thanks the viewer a lot for sending it in. He really does seem touched that someone would do that.
    • Regardless of whether or not Archive is really endingnote , Ben's closing speech at the end of Episode 78 about how he and the Archive dwellers will always be together in some way, even if Archive is ending, is really heartwarming.
    • The concept of Episode 79, where Ben claims he tried finding alternate ways to broadcast Archive after being "cancelled", is kind of sweet. The Cold Open, where he reacts with tired joy when his microbroadcast of Archive is successful, is particularly nice.
    • Overlapping with utter hilarity, Episode 86.5: For Want of a Pail - Conclusion. Words cannot describe the feels (or the funny).
    • In a meta example, when someone close to Ben passed away, there was nothing but an outpouring of support from the fans. He later showed a lot of appreciation for the fandom's kindness.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Ben sees the first seconds of Donny Osmond's "Soldier of Love" video, he yells "Hey, this isn't the New Kids on the Block!" New Kids on the Block themselves would undergo a Darker and Edgier direction 5 years after Donny did.
    • La-Z-Boy's 1996 instructional video about Stranger Danger (featured in the "Child Safety Videos" episode) has a vignette about a girl getting the courage to tell her family that her Creepy Uncle molests her. A YouTube commentator pointed out that this vignette has weird parallels with The Room: the girl's name is Lisa, her friends tell her how dangerous it is to keep secrets, the uncle has a slight resemblance to Greg Sestero, and it's peppered with poor line delivery. The commenter praised Ben for not resorting to cliches and doing a Room joke. Ben put a like symbol on the comment.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mentioning Code Lyoko in the comments.note 
  • Pandering to the Base: Invoked in "Episode 76 - Philips CD-I (Compact Disc Interactive)" as part of a greater rant about misogyny in a video game (and the oddities in general). Ben talks about how one of the CD-I's adult games, "Strip Poker Live", was hugely slanted against female players and in favor of male players. Ben then went on to talk about how, after "three grueling hours" of playing an incredibly difficult game of poker, he managed to find something that "objectifies men". He ends his rant and segues into the play-through by saying, "Ladies, this one's for you."
  • Squick: Ben's interpretation of the Screen Gems logo.
    Ben: This is like the Rorschach test of logos; everybody has a different interpretation. To me, this logo looks like rapidly congealing cartoon blood on a solid protein background. (makes a loud slurping sound as the logo animates)
    • The description of Staff Sargent Barry Sadler being hit by a "feces-covered Punji stick" and while the "foot in nail" scene from Home Alone plays.
  • Tear Jerker:
  • Uncanny Valley: The Happy Hamster.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Not on the show itself, but Ben thinks this sums up WAMI on Miami (a local Fox Kids program on a Miami independent station WAMI-TVnote  that screams Totally Radical) very well.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The scrambled Tele1st feed from episode 11.
    • Ben's apparent opinion of the VID logo note .
  • The Woobie: Ben. Did you read that first part of the main page?
    • It's especially notable during part of "Local TV Vol. 2 (Kiddie Show Hosts)", when Ben does a Fred Rogers-esque bit about the word "seatbelt". It can be... difficult to watch if you're aware of what happened.
      Ben: "Can you say 'seatbelts'? ... Sure, I thought ya could. Mr. Seatbelt is there to keep you from getting up, because we wouldn't want any accidents, now would we? Accidents are bad."
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