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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • It's disturbing how often the kids bring up Lindsay Lohan.
    • A frequent running joke is that Americans are stupid. When asked why Toddlers & Tiaras was so popular, Megan and Shannon said it was because Americans are stupid. Later, when he watched the Knife Game Song videos, Shane Dawson promptly said "good job America, you're idiots", before being told it was worldwide.
    • Copyright lawyers and record labels are not held in high regard by the fanbase, reactees, or even the Fine Bros themselves, owing to how broken YouTube's copyright system is. Content ID has only made things worse. This makes the Fine Bros' trademark attempts with the "React" brand even more jarring, especially if you factor in takedowns of other YouTubers' videos over the title courtesy of their sponsors at Fullscreen, and goes a good way toward explaining the moderate success of the #unsubfinebros movement, as these revelations fly directly against the ideals of the fanbase and image that the Fine Bros themselves cultivated beforehand.
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    • Racist and homophobic people, for obvious reasons.
    • Old technology, because apparently no child born after the year 2006 understands what a slightly-older computer is.
    • On a meta level, the Fines themselves have become a punchline after the "React World" fiasco.
  • Animation Age Ghetto:
    • "Teens React to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" had elements of this trope. Naturally, the bronies were not happy about this, so they created Bronies React as an initial response to this.
    • Averted with "Kids React to DuckTales" (woo-oo!), even though they are kids and that, like the above Teens React example, the Fine Brothers only showed the intro sequence. Eleven of the thirteen kids seen in the episode said that they would watch an episode of DuckTales, and one of the younger kids even said that today's cartoons are terrible compared to back then, and that's just from watching an intro!
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    • Discussed and mocked in "Teens React to Attack on Titan".
      Benny: "Why is there a stigma, like when some people say 'anime' and a lot of people are like 'Aww, I hate it...'"
      Labib: "'Aww, you're so immature, you should grow up, blahblahblah...' Calm down."
      Josh: "In anime you could make things like, more intense than you could in things like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones."
      Eric: "People are always like "oh, it's cartoons, you can't watch it, it's for children", and then they go and see Frozen twelve times, and The LEGO Movie ten times, so you can freaking watch anime people!"
      Overlay: TRUTH
    • There's also "Elders React to Too Many Cooks", where one of the elders revealed that she'd already seen it from following [adult swim], then immediately added "I know I shouldn't".
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: During "YouTubers React to Don't Hug Me I'm Scared", Hank Green was asked how actual kids would react to this clip, upon which he retorted that the Fines could easily do that themselves, being in charge of Kids React and all. Sure enough...
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The "Teens React to their Audition" format of the Reactception episodes is unpopular to fans due to showing Teens cast who never moved from Kids reacting to their debut episode instead of waiting for them to graduate to Adults, thus resulting the featured reactors' Character Development and growth coming off as underwhelming and not as compelling compared to the ones who actually graduated (e.g. Teens who are former Kids and Adults who are former Teens, plus the ones featuring the Elders reacting to their old photos). After being discontinued for a while, the format was then reused for the Adults cast members who made their debut in that very show.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: One from Maksim at the "Subscribe/watch another video" end of Kids VS Food: Vegemite, while saying the line below, he picks and lifts up his chair like he was about to whack someone with it, for no reason.
    Maksim: Don't forget to Subscribe... *starts to pick up his chair* And see us eat more nasty stuff, baby!
  • Broken Base:
    • Sometimes within each episode, just look at "YouTubers React to Best Song Ever" for one example. You have people who like and don't like the song, then people who promptly didn't like it upon finding out a very large amount of it had been taken from The Who's "Baba O'Riley".
    • The base is broken between people who like the new React channel, as it means virtually more React videos for them to enjoy, and people who hate it, as it means React is even more of a Cash Cow Franchise for the Fine Bros than ever before and thus more overtly prevalent.
    • The Nickelodeon show completely dispenses with the Q&A sessions that result in a lot of the videos' best material, focusing entirely on the direct reactions. Though it also adds fun twists like having the kids finish a video's story, and physical challenges based on them.
    • Any video that talks about controversial topics gets this. Either because kids are too young to talk about this, or accuse the Fine Bros of promoting their own agenda... whatever that is supposed to be.
    • The decision to terminate their "React World" plans. While some have forgiven them, others thought their apology was half-assed and that they should have posted a video dropping their plans instead of just a simple blog post. This has since led to a split between those who say they'll stop disliking the videos if/when a public apology is posted on their channel and those who have said it still won't be enough.
  • Critical Research Failure: The "React Facts" are occasionally prone to this; for example, in a Teens React Fact for "Teens React to Sidemen", FBE claimed that the final score of that group's 2018 charity football match against the YouTube Allstars was 1-1. In reality, it was actually 7-1 in favor of the Sidemen.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Shane Dawson... um... "starting a relationship" with Magibon. Most of the things he said when watching the videos in general.
    • In "YouTubers React to Viral News Clips", Kurt Schneider, upon learning that "Kai the homeless hitchhiker" has been arrested on suspicion of murder, eventually gets over his initial shock and asks "is there a video [for the murder] too?"
    • This bit of dark humour comes up when the Middle Eastern-looking Labib kept trashing the Santa Claus character in Happy Wheels.
    Troy: They just dragged us down and ate our food.
  • Ear Worm: The React Remixes.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With Miley Cyrus, owing to her executives getting the Teens React video to "We Can't Stop" taken down because they didn't like the comments, as well as her more rabid fans spamming negative comments towards the Fine Bros on Twitter, Facebook, and the video (plus various fansubs) itself; to make matters worse, most mirror uploads got taken down by her label. Plus, since One Direction decided to do the same thing for "YouTubers React to Best Song Ever", they've also (rightfully so) earned the ire of both the Fine Bros and their fanbase. The videos were thankfully restored, but a few fans are invoking Never Live It Down.
    • Disney has since earned the ire of the fanbase by blocking "Kids React to Frozen- Let It Go (Multi-Language)" even though there was virtually no negativity whatsoever. This might be in part owing to the automated Content ID system, so the hate is mildly less justified. Since it now has been restored, only time will tell if Disney will be forgiven.
    • After the whole "React World" fiasco, the fanbases of Nerd³, Film Cow, Cr1TiKaL, Mega64, AlphaOmegaSin, Hat Films (specifically Ross Hornby) and others have turned on the Fine Bros after seeing said creators do the same. In the case of Mega64, though, things seem to have smoothed over after group members started making post-controversy appearances on "YouTubers React".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In "Celebrities React to Viral Videos", when asked about celebrity crushes they had when they were younger, Nick Cannon mentions his wife, Mariah Carey, indicating that his dream actually came true and getting the "Aw, CUTE!" overlay. Not long after the video was released, the couple announced their separation.
    • The React Remix of "Flappy Bird" concludes with Pamela having her head superimposed to the titular bird (which she dubbed "Snappy Fish") hitting a Deadly Wall then showing a huge Game Over overlay. Just a few weeks after the video's release, Pamela passes away.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Yehuda listing off some maneuvers from MMA and judo at one point.
    • Bill knows the science behind the Cinnamon Challenge, Salt and Ice and even Milk Chug.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Going by the comments on Nico Nico Douga, Lia has some fans in Japan, and some fans in Taiwan as well. She's hardly unpopular in the States or UK, though.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Just hours after "Teens React to Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj, famous YouTuber Sam Pepper, who had also appeared on YouTubers React, uploaded a "prank" video in which he groped women's butts, prompting backlash and further discussion about whether women were being sexualized by the online community. This, along with the Fine Bros announcing that they had banned Pepper from ever appearing on the show again, make parts of the video even less comfortable to watch. (He has stated in a later video that this was staged, but this doesn't really make it any better.) A few days after that, someone uploaded a video describing, with evidence, how Sam Pepper had raped her, and that she was too scared until now to actually tell anyone or go to the police.
    • "Kids React to CTFxC": Athena predicted Charles and Alli would get divorced. Two years after the Kids React episode, they did.
      • Also in that same episode, Riley asked if Charles and Alli would still vlog if one of them was in the hospital. Sure enough, after Charles went through seizures, tumors and chemotherapy, they kept going with their vlog (which has continued with Charles' new girlfriend Allie.)
    • Any YouTubers couples who break up or decide to "spent some time alone" after featured in one or more YouTube Couples React episode.
    • "YouTubers React to K-pop": At the time of the video's release, nobody would have batted an eye at Ingrid Nilsen fawning over South Korean boy band Shinee. Two years later, though, she publicly came out as a lesbian, saying that she had spent most of her life suppressing any homosexual feelings she had to make herself feel loved by her mostly-homophobic family. What makes the comments she made about Shinee fall under here is that Ingrid was pretending to be someone she wasn't as something of a survival mechanism, which makes her comments about the band (and several videos on her own channels) really awkward in retrospect.
    • After playing Silent Hills, the Fines sarcastically tell Ethan James about calling him to play the full game someday. Given the game's cancellation... yeah, you can see where this is going.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The React World controversy and backlash was already intense on its own, but it's even more jarring when you remember how in the announcement video, Benny stated that the day of the announcement was supposed to be a day that everyone could look back on after some years and reminisce on how such a revolution began.
    • If you hated One Direction, then Tyler Oakley's comments about 1D staying together will make you laugh your ass off. If you are a 1D fan, however, this comment instead qualifies as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
    • Justine Ezarik saying "how could you watch this and not dance to it" about "Evolution of Dance". Eric had the same idea...
    • Lucas Cruikshank during "Teens React to Shit Girls Say", admitting that he knows "some girls that are more manlier than me", means something quite different now that he has come out as gay.
    • During "Kids React to Smosh", the kids are asked what they'd bring to the table for Food Battle, and Morgan presumably wanted spaghetti but mispronounces it into 'sketti'. We learn what that is later on in "Kids React to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo".
    • Athena having some trouble differentiating dubstep from techno. Nine months later, she would get a crash course on the set of MyMusic.
    • Shane Dawson watching Justin Bieber and saying "this makes me miss Justin Timberlake". Five days later...
    • One of the teens compared Dumb Ways to Die with Happy Tree Friends. Later, the elders get to react to it.
    • During "Kids React to One Pound Fish":
    Benny Fine: "Do you think he has a future as a singer?"
    Christian: "He doesn't really have (air quotes) the 'X Factor'."
    Benny Fine: "He was on X Factor UK and sang this song and didn't make it through, it's just funny that you'd say that."
    • A very short-range one when Tay Zonday says he'd not gonna cover the Knife Game song... then not only improvises a short verse in Sarcasm Mode, but sings the actual one when doing the Knife Game handle first.
    • During "YouTubers React to Best Song Ever", Adande asks "are these guys peeing in buckets yet?" One week later we get "Elders React to Justin Bieber", which shows Bieber doing just that in his descent into The Tyson Zone.
      • This one also fits considering the public reaction to two of them (One Direction) openly smoking marijuana.
    • Near the end of "Teens React to Epic Rap Battles of History", Rachel predicted Rick Grimes vs Walter White just below a year before it came out!note 
    • Similarly, near the end of the "Teens React to Honest Trailers", when asked what future video they'd like to see, The Fault in Our Stars ended up becoming the favorite choice. Three months later, the trailer was made, and it did end up being one of their most requested to boot.
    • Troy's debut on Teens React features Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda", which happens to have a line that goes "I got a boy toy named Troy". One wonders if they knew...
    • In "Kids React to Gay Marriage", Maksim needed a little explaining to understand the subject, and eventually reacted positively to it like the majority did. Fast forward to Opinions on the React channel and who's Maksim's celebrity crush? Ellen Degeneres.
    • A particularly delicious short-range one when Lyrics Breakdown does "Every Breath You Take":
    Evelyn: If you like the person singing to you, this will make you happy; and if you don't like the person singing to you, you will call the police!
    • During the "Adults vs. Food" episode featuring fish semen, the third and oldest Morgan made a teasing closing statement saying "sometimes it's good to step out of your (culinary) comfort zone". While it can still be interpreted as felatio, the statement had a whole new meaning once she came out as lesbian.
    • In Kids React to Sitting On The Toilet, the Fine Bros asked, “If she made any other songs, what do you think those songs be about?” Emma says “singing in the shower”. In 2014, a song by Becky G was released called Shower that has the line “singing in the shower”.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Invoked in-universe in "Teens React to Cup Game":
    Rumor: "It's pretty big... which makes me mad, 'cause it's my party trick, which makes it not a very good party trick."
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Most people don't even know that the Fine Bros make other videos (like comedy sketches) besides the React ones.
    • Ever since their "React World" fiasco, many people who are now there just see the comments. Expect any comment that explicitly mentions this to get thousands of upvotes.
    • Any of the fan favorites will lead to comments such as "I see *fave reactor's name*, I click!"
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The guys succumb to the Harlem Shake. Yes, they also showed it to the kids and teens anyway.
    • Shane Dawson acknowleged Nicolas Cage's memetic status during "YouTubers React to Screaming Goat Remixes".
    • They do it again with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but with a twist on the actual format, donating US$100 for every kid that agrees to go through it. (Interestingly enough, this was the one big meme that never made it to Teens React.)
    • "Elders React to Fifty Shades of Grey" has the Fines setting up their own "Dramatic Reading".
    • In-universe has the teen noticed how Lee falls over pretty much everything in a critical moment in "Teens React to The Walking Dead".
    • An example of a meme stemming from the show: in "Kids React to Game Boy", Addy ended up saying "Girls can play this, why can't it be called Game Boy Girl?" The feminism-lampooning bunch of the Internet took her statement and completely ran with it.
    • Lucas' "Oh my god, Fortnite!" quote gets used as a comment whenever he's around in the internet.
    • They seem to be very good friends. explanation 
  • More Popular Spin Off: Despite being the show with the sole accolade, Kids was eventually overshadowed in popularity by the other shows.
  • MST3K Mantra: Jake reacting to Simon's Cat:
    Jake: "I mean, c'mon, how does a cat lift up a bat and batter his owner in his sleep?"
    Benny Fine: "It's a cartoon."
    Jake: (beat) "Oh yeah."
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The Fine Bros used to put up content that covered fairly serious topics such as teen suicide, while keeping ad revenue turned on, which understandably some took issue with. The Fine Bros have apologized unreservedly, pulled the adverts from said videos and vowed never to do it again with similarly-themed videos, which they seem to have stuck by. Yet you'll still find people accusing them of trying to profit off either some sort of liberal agenda or the tragedies of others.
    • It's looking like the React World fiasco may turn out this way, as pretty much every Youtuber with knowledge of the situation has turned on them, including big names such as Cr1TiKaL and Filmcow. Things have died down since, but it will never be forgotten.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Slender naturally invoked this on many of its participants. While playing it, Madison suspects there's someone behind her and she turns around, and Tom gets nervous whenever he sees someone pass by in his peripheral vision.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: While the "Reactception Episodes" (Reactors reacting to their past selves) are very popular, the ones where Teens cast who never moved from Kids reacting to their debut episode isn't due to many feeling that those Teens featured should have graduated to Adults first before doing an episode like this. Tellingly, this part of the Reactception was discontinued for a while in favor of the ones featuring those who graduated and the Elders cast reacting to their old photos, and was then reused for the Adults cast who made their debut in that show.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • In the YouTubers React episode "Viral News Clips" where several memetic people such as Kai the hitchhiker were brought up, several people mention that it wouldn't be so funny happening to you, also pointing out that as funny as the videos may be, they are all the result of something serious.
    • "Kids React to Controversial Cheerios Commercial" has the somewhat heavy-handed message about racism and it being unacceptable. This is more than justified given how all the racist comments (which all ran with Insane Troll Logic) were posted in 2013, almost 50 years after the March On Washington. The kids are shown as very upset, with one in tears about the whole thing.
    • One that spanned across Kids, Teens, and Elders React – Regardless of your political affiliations, you should vote and have your say rather than stand aside and complain if you haven't done a thing. As Rock from Elders React put it best, "Stand for something or you'll fall for everything".
    • "Kids React to Gay Marriage". The entire episode is heavy handed with all the kids, bar one, criticizing homophobic people and telling gay people that they shouldn't need to be afraid about being gay. The former is something that is still affecting millions of people in 2014, so the homophobes kind of had that coming, whereas the latter is heartwarming.
    • "Teens React to Jonah Hill Controversy" has at least three. Firstly, be careful with what you say around people, since you might offend someone even if you don't mean to or do so knowingly; if you do, be sure to apologize sincerely and quickly. Secondly, you can't use a "Just Joking" Justification if you go "kill yourself—kidding", since the other person might not know you're joking and you could really hurt them. Thirdly (and on a more minor note), Hill's response to the paparazzi may have been over the top, but at least four kids pointed out how the photographer had been bullying him and refusing to leave him alone, showing something is wrong with the paparazzi culture we have at the moment.
    • "Elders React to Selfie" has an unusual one from Barbara, of all people, who points out that a mistake you make, such as a nude selfie, can very easily backfire on you later in life. This actually earned her the "Listen to your Elders" overlay and was what caused her to be (partially) Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • "YouTubers React to Cold Water Challenge". Don't do something stupid simply because of peer pressure, since the consequences could be potentially fatal (particularly after one individual actually did die). As Epic Meal Time's Harley put it, "use your *caw*ing brain.
    • "Teens React to Attack on Titan". Don't immediately say that animation is for kids, then go and watch Frozen ten or fifteen times. Having your own taste is fine, but not when your argument is hypocritical and demeaning.
    • "Elders React to Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer". A price you pay for living in a free society is putting up with other people's opinions and work.
    • "Teens React to Elastic Heart". Artists shouldn't be afraid to express themselves in an age where people are quick to "wave the flag", as Swoozie would say.
    • "Youtubers React To Japanese Commercials #2". Difference in culture isn't necessarily a bad thing. Learn to be more open in regards to things that are culturally different instead of making snap judgments.
    • "Kids React to Generation 1 Ipods" addressed the Broken Base whenever Kids react to old technology. It is indeed natural for kids to be unfamiliar with technology created, and even phased out, before they were born.
    • Especially in the Kids and Teens React series, it's emphasized many times that bullying is not okay, and the insightful thoughts put in by everyone reacting further drive the point home.
  • Squick:
    • From the honey badger tearing through that snake.
    • Some of the girls to FPSRussia cooking a pig with a flamethrower and eating it.
    • Jake in regards to Mama June.
    • The YouTubers to the figures around Magibon's channel - primary demographic, males 45 and above. Yet we have both the ladies Squeeing over Justin Bieber.
    • One episode of Happy Tree Friends the Elders watched had one of the characters cut an eyeball with a knife. They found it very gross to say the least.
    • If you don't like the sight of blood, knifes or people cutting themselves, then you may not want to watch "YouTubers React to Knife Game Song" or its bonus video for that matter. (That or use the seek bar to skip the third Knife Game Song video shown at the beginning of the episode, as well as at the beginning of the bonus reactions video.)
    • "YouTubers React to Don't Hug Me I'm Scared".
    • "Elders React to Eyeball Licking". This was basically the reaction that every single senior on the show had towards it, and the Fine Bros weren't exactly hesitant to indirectly condemn it through pointing out the diseases you can get from doing it.
    • Shane Dawson's reaction to "Everybody Spurts" in the YouTubers React episode on Vine videos.
    • Everyone had this reaction in "YouTubers React to DyE fantasy", and for very good reason.
    • About half the teens in "Teens React to Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Edition)".
    • "YouTubers React to Shrek Is Love, Shrek Is Life"
    • All of the elders in "Elders React to Mortal Kombat X: Fatalities"
    • The whole concept of putting the React cast in the Reddit 50/50 Challenge.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many feel this way towards the "Teens React to their Audition" format of the Reactception episodes. Due to showing Teens cast who never moved from Kids reacting to their debut episode instead of waiting for them to graduate to Adults, it results to the featured reactors' Character Development and growth coming off as underwhelming and not as compelling compared to the ones featuring Teens who are former Kids and Adults who are former Teens who actually graduated (and even the ones featuring the Elders reacting to their old photos). The format was then reused for the Adults cast members who made their debut in that very show.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience:
    • YouTubers React. No, really. The YouTubers, being actually in the business of making web videos, will often impart a lot of their experiences here. Of course, this could apply to all the React variations with the inclusion of those popup "React Facts".
    • Adults React has the unexpected bonus of bringing in people with jobs relevant to the subject and able to offer a deeper insight to it, like school teachers and that one cop.
  • "Weird Al" Effect:
    • Why one of the kids was reminded of Kill Bill rather than Bruce Lee in "Kids React to Dragon Baby". Later happened again in "Teens React to PSY - Hangover feat. Snoop Dogg".
    • It happened again when a few YouTubers heard One Direction's "Best Song Ever", not realizing that the chord structure and opening was very similar to The Who's "Baba O'Riley". Most of them were disappointed or annoyed upon finding out.
    • During the "Facebook Parenting" one, one teen mentions that "it's not like he's keeping her in a little cupboard under the stairs". Younger viewers are reminded of Harry Potter. Older viewers are reminded of Carrie. The teen was most likely implying the former.


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