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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • He has a habit of taking shots at political extremists and people overly concerned with identity politics. Though some of these might actually be stealth cracks at people overly critical of identity politics.
    • People who tend to spout obnoxious corrections online are frequently mocked, often with him saying things like "actually" or "to be fair" in a hideously annoying nasal voice.
    • Phelous regularly makes fun of the Irate Gamer and bashed him as late as 2017. It has stopped ever since the whole #ChangeTheChannel controversy back in march 2018.
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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: He's come up with a lot of theories about the characters in the films he's reviewed.
  • Author's Saving Throw: His Funny Games review was criticized by many who felt that he had reviewed it as a straight horror film and seemed to miss that it was a Deconstruction of the horror genre. Phelous would later do a follow-up video a few years later where he focused more on the film's themes and his own issues with them.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • He refers to the rabbit-costumed doctor in Cabin Fever as as a "Big Crocodile Scene Happening".
    • Phelous killing the hooker in his basement and burping afterwards in the Mortal Komedy review.
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    • There is a lengthy skit in the review of Janis/Jamie The Little Pig where Phelous!Cow randomly calls another character a "SJW cuck" which leads to Phelous!Wabuu ranting about the misuse of those words. It has absolutely nothing to do with the actual movie or dialogue of the cow.
    • In his review of the Wabuu movie, he randomly inserted the Old Man into a scene for a few seconds, but he doesn't say or do anything.
  • Broken Base: His Turtles Forever review is one of his most divisive. For some it was a bad case of Accentuate the Negative especially for a fairly popular movie while others agreed with many of his criticisms. The arguments about whether the 80s Turtles underwent Flanderization is a big Broken Base for the movie and several of its detractors appreciated Phelous giving a voice to those complaints while other fans saw them as non-issues or the critics exaggerating.
  • Critical Research Phailure: Phelous will often make a joke about something in an animated knockoff or criticize the KO for "ripping off" something in the film it's cashing in on, when that thing is also in the original story.
    • In his review of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), he accuses Quentin of being an Ungrateful Bastard who's angry at his parents for protecting him from Freddy Krueger, who in this version is a child molester. However the scene makes it clear that Quentin believes that Freddy might have been innocent and it's not until later that he finds out that Freddy did indeed molest him and the other Elm Street kids.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The end of his Pulse 3 review. After reviewing 5 films that have the name "Pulse" he manages to resurrect a dead Angry Joe...Only for Joe to laugh manically as he shoots Phelous over and over and over again.
    • The entirety of the Titanic Bot review.
    Phelous: How big of an asshole would I be to put ice cubes in there? I'm already doing a Titanic Bot review, too late for dignity!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Halloweenie. Comments on his videos opine that it's some of Phelous' funniest work. Pumpkinweenie is also getting some love, as well.
    • Old Man from the Good Times version of Beauty and the Beast, due to being a Fountain of Memes as well as just having a hilarious personality.
    • Old Mayor from The Christmas Tree is shaping up to be this among fans too. It helps that he's Old Man's cousin and his stupidity plays off of him instead of upstaging his popularity.
    • Wabuu, anyone? He's probably become more famous as a Phelous character than he ever was as Dingo Pictures' mascot.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Unsurprisingly, the majority of his fandom and Obscurus Lupa's fandom. However, there are some fans of Phelous who feel that Lupa has ruined Phelous' videos.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The ending skit to his review of Pulse (2006) involves JewWario asking Phelous "want to see a ghost?" and then proceeding to perform the "face downloading" that the ghosts in the movie did to their victims. With JewWario's passing in 2014, a joke about him being a "ghost" doesn't seem quite so funny anymore. Lampshaded by Phelous himself in the YouTube version of the same review where he acknowledges the now awkward nature of the joke, but would rather leave it in out of respect for his old friend.
      • In April 16, 2018, Phelous edited his Pulse (2006) review to remove the skit involving JewWario in light of the "Not So Awesome" document revealing his past of sexual misconduct. The ending was also changed so that the villain of the movie downloads Phelous' face instead of JewWario.
    • After hearing about some of the unpleasant things that have gone on behind the scenes leading up to Phelous' departure from Channel Awesome, as well as his general displeasure with To Boldly Flee, a lot of his Take Thats directed towards the film, The Nostalgia Critic, Demo Reel, Doug Walker and so on seem less like friendly jabs and a lot more pointed and acidic.
    • In the aforementioned Child's Play 2 crossover Phelous says he hasn't seen such fake special effects since Kickassia. Critic retorts that special effects in Suburban Knights were even worse... because Phelous did them. After reading this post it's rather uncomfortable to watch.
    • All of the jabs between Doug and Phelan in crossovers and such are not as funny now since the latter left Channel Awesome on less-than-friendly terms.
    • All of the crossovers starring Phelan, Allison and Brad Jones are more likely to become uncomfortable to watch since the latter two are no longer on speaking terms with each other after the aforementioned "Not So Awesome" document came to light. Brad went so far as to mock Allison's struggles with depression in a later Cinema Snob video, which probably makes it even worse.
    • Phelous' constant jabs and mocking of Jodelle Ferland due to her performance in Silent Hill becomes a bit more mean-spirited and borderline cruel considering Ferland actually underwent a Creator Breakdown due to the immense nature of Dark Alessa, forcing director Roger Avary to apologize to Ferland's parents for putting her in such a dark role.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • He's gotten quite a bit of backlash for giving a negative review of Turtles Forever stating that it glorified the 2003 incarnation of the turtles and dumbed-down the 1980s incarnation of the turtles. The YouTube version of the review had him confessing he had yet to see the 2003 series prior to first viewing Turtles Forever, which is part of what led to him hating the movie. After watching the 2003 series he now admits to liking the 2003 TMNT cartoon and the movie isn't as bad as he once thought, but still dislikes the constant Take Thats towards the 1987 Turtles.
    • In a period of two months, Phelan panned Lights Out, Don't Breathe and Blair Witch all in a row (though in the case of Don't Breathe, it was more of a grudging "it's okay"). The first two films had received wide acclaim while the latter film was highly polarizing (with Phelan's friend and colleague Brad Jones giving it a glowing review). This sparked a lot of backlash along the lines of "Phelan doesn't like anything" or "Phelan is the new Spoony", something Phelan was quick to mock on Twitter.
  • He Really Can Act: His skits usually have him being either deadpan or overacting for the sake of comedy but his Jacob's Ladder gives shows he has way more range.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the end credits of one of his early reviews, he added a note at the end stating that he was going for The Nostalgia Critic's record for dying in his reviews. Probably safe to say that he's succeeded by now.
    • It's been taken Up to Eleven lately, with him dying in other people's reviews.
      • The gag has apparently been retired, as he doesn't die nearly as much after adopting the Doctor Who intro. To Phelous's chagrin after reviewing the 30th Anniversary edition of Night of the Living Dead (1968) (which featured a new score and new scenes badly spliced into it).
    Phelous(crying): I remember when I used to die. Those were good times.
    "Actually, I'm glad this is dead snow, because I'd sure hate to see living snow!"
    • In the Child's Play 3 review, The Nostalgia Critic says "Oh no! It's the rise of the Chucky clone army!" Come Cult of Chucky, it's revealed that Chucky has the ability to possess multiple bodies.
    • When covering some bootleg toys trying to cash in on The Force Awakens, he pokes fun at their inclusion of Darth Maul by claiming he'll definitely play a large role in the film. Turns out that he was only off by a few movies, as Maul would later make a surprise return in Solo.
    • When talking about which casting he prefers for Dragon Ball Z at the beginning of his "Top 15 Funniest Alterations & Censoring" video, he says that would've liked it if they could have a merge of the two. Years later, Brian Drummond guest appears in Dragon Ball Super along with the Funimation cast. Even better, he reprises his role of Vegeta, albeit a clone.
  • Ho Yay: Invoked and lampshaded in the Foodfight! review between Phelous and Brad.
    Lupa: Are you two gay together?
  • I Am Not Shazam: When reviewing Jeepers Creepers and its sequel, he referred to the monster by the title of the movie, when its actual name is just "The Creeper". He eventually acknowledges this in the third movie by confirming that yes, he is well-aware of that fact; he just likes calling him Jeepers Creepers because it's much sillier.
  • Idiot Plot: A lot of the movies he reviews have one. Special mention goes to Incubus, which he describes as the "Anti-Logic Movie", and later on refers to extreme stupidity displayed in other movies as "Incubus logic".
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A lot of his critics say that he hasn't really changed his style at all during his run and as a result, appears to be suffering from burnout.
  • Love to Hate: The reason why Old Man is a popular character cameoing on the channel is because of his over-the-top Comedic Sociopathy.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The "rape horn" from Troll 3 ("Quest for the Mighty Sword").
    • "Great continuity!"
    • His review of a certain Beauty and the Beast movie managed to turn "Old Man" into a meme.
    • While many Narm-y lines in Dingo Pictures works achieved memetic status on their own, the Phelous reviews in particular popularized "MY GOD!" from Lion and the King and "Most of the X are soooo stupid...," a Wabuu quote from Dingo's website.
  • Nausea Fuel: When exploring an abandoned hoarder house, Phelous and friends find the fridge. Inside, all the food has rotted away...except for the hot dogs, which look normal. Hard to say which is more disgusting.
  • Never Live It Down: The whole Running Gag of Phelous dying and coming back to life over and over. It's arguably his best-known joke, repeatedly pointed out on this very page, and was the main hook for his character in To Boldly Flee, but Phelous himself abandoned the joke after about fifty episodes and has consciously avoided it ever since. Right up until his Jacob's Ladder review, where the whole joke gets a heavy dose of Cerebus Retcon and Harsher in Hindsight in an absolute tear-jerking manner.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Lion and the King style Phelous that shows up at the end of that review.
    • "Monster Mike", a hideously deformed bootleg Ninja Turtle that's so evil, it actually has a pentagram carved into its head. The Albino Turtle from the second Turtles Fighters video is just as bad with its mouth and eyes looking like they're leaking blood. Needless to say, it has a pentagram too.
    • The thumbnail for Smiley.
    • "The Simpsonsns", bootleg Simpsons toys with downright disturbing facial expressions. "Homer" missing the back of his head and the kids having dark rings on their eyeballs really doesn't help.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Having Old Man read some of the most famous Creepypastas helps make them less scary than when originally read. The fact that the ones he has read as the Old Man are generally seen as poor quality by a majority of the creepypasta community sort of adds to this
    • Phelous's insertion of goofy music/cartoon sound effects in otherwise intensely horrific scenes can also help.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Responses to his early videos ranged from "shows promise" to "painfully bad"; since then he's become one of the most consistently entertaining producers on the site, and certainly tied with Spoony for most visually inventive reviews. Additionally, his role in Kickassia helped win over some new fans.
    • His videos ended up doing this for Wabuu, as noted in Ensemble Dark Horse above.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: His House of Wax review has a three minute long section of him and other reviewers 'celebrating' the murder of Paris Hilton's character so over-zealously that it's clear they're mocking the creators for thinking viewers wanted to see Hilton die gratuitously for the crime of... Being a somewhat vacuous reality TV star and having a sex tape.
  • Special Effects Phailure: Phelous' own effects are actually pretty good for a lone guy doing them on his own. He'll often mock those of the movie, though.
    • An entirely needless special effects failure occurred throughout much of Pulse 2, where actors were green-screened into scenes that they didn't even need to be, such as in front of houses and such. Phelous mocks this by screening himself in front of his own normal background (it's actually good enough that you might not have noticed unless he pointed it out, complete with his image doing a 180).
    • Played for Laughs during his "Halloweenie" series, as part of the general Stylistic Suck aesthetic.
  • Squick: When Bevanfield's Rapunzel blurts out to the witch that she let a prince climb into the tower, Phelous calls her carelessness more kid-friendly than, but about as stupid as, versions in which Rapunzel and the prince make out in the tower, resulting in the witch discovering via Rapunzel's Teen Pregnancy that she let a prince inside. For visual aid, Phelous displays a screenshot of an unofficial Tangled mobile game, in which the player must help Disney's Rapunzel give birth (despite her remaining a virgin by the end of Tangled).
  • The Woobie:
    • Phelous. His slow, pained death at the end of his Stay Alive review, complete with Blood from the Mouth, and his subsequent homage to the Fifth and Fourth Doctor's regenerations, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories in his House of the Dead review really cemented this.
    • Shredder Phelous (Shreddous?) seems to be turning into this too. He's an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who's constantly mocked or told to shut up, causing him to mope away with sad-sounding music in the background.
    • The Jacob's Ladder review is very much cements this for Phelous.
    • Pumpkinweenie, given how much abuse he takes from Halloweenie. And unlike his co-host, he seems genuinely enthusiastic about the show and fond of the audience.
      • Halloweenie himself when he finally quits the show and painfully realises he has nothing else to live for. Made even worse when he finds out not only has he been replaced, his replacement actively states he never existed.
    • From the Bootleg Zones, Bat Hero. A Failure Hero and Henpecked Boyfriend to the villainous Steffi Love, forced to wear her fancy dress, hung for his "crimes" right out of the box. Although he did steal Barbie's horse once.


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