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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.
  • Adorkable:
    • Phelous himself can come across as this, particularly thanks to his habit of wearing geek-themed t-shirts and other apparel.
    • It's hard to deny that Michael Myers is this whenever he appears in Phelous' videos.
  • 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.
    • His first “Old Man Reads Creepypasta” video had some people complain that there were moments where it was hard to tell whether Old Man was reading from the creepypasta or commenting on it. The following videos of the series amend this by having Old Man hold a book to indicate when he’s reading from the creepypasta.
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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.
    • 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.
    • His transistion from reviewing horror movies to reviewing mockbusters and cartoons in general has put a split between his older Channel Awesome-era fans and newer fans. Phelous being quick to mock those who complain about how he doesn't do horror reviews anymore doesn't help, although he still makes horror reviews from time to time.
    • His "Old Man" from Beauty and the Beast (Golden 1992) running gags. For some, the character is a classic Running Gag that is now integral to Phelous's humor. For others, Phelous' use of Old Man has become tired, forced and repetitive.
  • Creepy Cute: Michael Myers still walks around in his creepy white mask when he appears in Phelous' reviews, but he's not a violent psychopath, instead being a bit of a bumbling manchild who mostly hangs around just because he wants to be involved with the videos. As such, he's actually quite endearing.
  • 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.
    • In his review of the Mortal Kombat: Conquest episode "The Master", he goes on an extended rant about the show depicting Shao Khan as being the one who taught Shang Tsung how to soul steal, believing it to be stupid that Khan would be teaching his own sorcerer magical techniques. However, in the movie the show is based off of it's established early on that it was indeed Khan who tutored Tsung in the black arts, making the scene one of the few times Conquest managed to keep proper continuity with the film.
  • 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 Darkhorse:
    • 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.
    • Bat Hero, a Batman knockoff figure is one of the most popular characters to come out of Bootleg Zones appearing in many different sketches afterwards, fans loving his pathetic nature.
    • Baltard is the other Breakout Character from Bootleg Zones was a figure from Galaxy Warriors, similarly loved for his pathetic nature and his goofy ass design.
  • 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:
    • 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.
      • 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 Child's Play 2 crossover with Critic, Critic shamelessly whores out Suburban Knights and when Phelous calls him out on it, he says “it's either that or another midroll” before grinning and cutting to commercial. Cute, but not so much after chatlogs were revealed of Rob telling Lupa off for “too many midrolls”.
      • 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 Phelan revealed part of the reason he left Channel Awesome was because the site's management was accused him of "half-assing" the effects in the anniversary movies behind his back, it's rather uncomfortable to watch.
    • 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 was seen to have so far as to mock Allison's struggles with depression in a later Cinema Snob video, which probably makes it even worse. Allison, in turn, was accused of facilitating a swatting attack on Brad's house, a claim which she denies.
    • During his review of the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation episode "Turtles' Night Out", Phleous mocks a scene of Michelangelo condemning drug use. Mikey's VA, Kirby Morrow, died as a result of substance abuse.
  • Growing the Beard: For his animated film reviews, Beauty and the Beast and the introduction to Ensemble Darkhorse "Old Man" seems to be where people finally got behind the show's shift from primarily horror reviews.
  • 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. Shortly afterwards, Phelous gained a reputation for dying in almost every review, to the point even Doug was making jokes about after he retired the gag.
    • At the end of Dead Snow:
      "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 the Resident Evil 2 (Remake) Phelous comments on the 17 year Sequel Gap between it and the RE1 Remake and says that fans probably shouldn't hold their breath for Nemesis. Well, he only had to wait a year, a fact he even acknowledged in his review.
  • 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:
    • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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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