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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The elderly are a consistent target of jokes from the Red Letter Media crew, and Mike in particular. However, Mike really cares about the elderly (or Grammas and Granpas as the RLM crew calls them) in a big way — his defense of The Geritol Follies was a glimpse into that Author Appeal.
    • As of late, reaction people, nerd channels and Star Wars fans. The Half in the Bag review of Rogue One in particular opened with a 5 minute Take That! towards people getting overly excited over mundane things. The negative backlash that prompted their Nerd Crew series mocking those upset didn't help. "Scientist Man's Plan To Save Star Wars" in particular is one big snipe at the series fanbase (or at least the more rabid sections of it).
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    • Fanboys, to the extent the crew have adopted Mike's "lisping fanboy rant" voice as their interpretation of narrow-visioned fanboys.
    • George Lucas of course became a big one thanks to them.
  • Crack Pairing: Rich Evans and Julia Roberts is the closest thing that RLM has to a popular shipping following an appearance Roberts made on Ellen in which the infamous "Dick the Birthday Boy" picture from Rich's childhood was put on display during the interview. Roberts had worked at a Showbiz Pizza Place as a teenager, having even worn the same bear costume seen in the photo.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Fans of RLM like to make comparisons between the material made by them and Channel Awesome (though it's died down somewhat ever since "Change the Channel" led to the latter becoming a shell of its former self). Jay Bauman doesn't care the least bit about it.
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    • During the The Wolverine review, Mike informs Jay that fans think he's biased against DC Comics because he only likes Marvel Comics-licensed movies. Jay asks if Wolverine is a Marvel character, stating he has no interest in comics fandom.
    • They have one with Star Wars fans as well, particularly with prequel fans who disagree with the infamous reviews and are annoyed by all the attention they get.note  This was only worsened by their very negative Rogue One review, which notably featured a lengthy Take That! to the fans in general at the beginning. Predictably, fans didn't take kindly to this, which led to their Nerd Crew series mocking them even more and boiling into a full on rivalry with the series. Not helping matters is the crew's general dismissive attitude towards the fans outside of the Nerd Crew and Star Wars videos.
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    • Similarly, RLM's less-than-glowing coverage of Star Trek: Picard has resulted in many Star Trek fans (or at the very least a Vocal Minority) turning against them. Trekkies claim that RLM has sharply declined in quality since the Prequel Trilogy reviews, and that their current output is little more than mean-spirited "outrage porn" which holds little value. RLM's proponents have fired back by claiming that Star Trek fans are little more than sychophantic fanboys who are unwilling (or unable) to acknowledge the franchises's flaws. It's gotten so ugly that all posts relating to RLM are now automatically blacklisted and/or deleted from the Star Trek subreddit due to inciting too much drama.
    • A rivalry has exploded between fans of Nerd Crew and people who enjoy pop culture sites like Screen Junkies, Collider, and Nerdist, since they're all the primary targets of Nerd Crew's biting satire.
    • More recently, there's a rivalry between AV Club and RLM due to the latter mocking the former's article regarding the prequels, followed by their passive-aggressive coverage of The Force Awakens video and author Jesse Hassenger's lengthy spats against RLM fans.
  • Fan Hater: Some of the more zealous fans are this towards people who like Star Wars (particularly fans of the prequels and Disney era content) and people who like Kurtzman-era Star Trek. As of late, the crew seems to have become one towards nerd channels/culture and Star Wars as a whole if their Nerd Crew series is any indication, something that has spread to the more zealous fans.
  • Fountain of Memes: Rich Evans, both within the fandom and (surprisingly) without:
    • When the photo research department on Ellen learned that Julia Roberts had worked as the Showbiz Pizza Bear in her youth, the photo they found - and chose to use - was Rich's infamous "Dick the Birthday Boy" photo, which (when it was displayed during the interview) Roberts immediately pointed out.
    • Another photo of Rich taken from one of his "Rich Evans reacts to..." videos was used in a spam ad about how "this 54-year-old won the lottery and still lives in his parents' basement".
    • Yet another still image of Rich from The Rich Evans Anthology (featuring a double exposure of Rich drinking and looking despondent on a couch) is frequently used in memes.
    • The website SFMLab uses an image of Mike in a Hawaiian shirt as its default user avatar, so its comment sections are pretty much wall-to-wall Mike.
    • There's also the 'Rich Evans is Defeatable' meme used whenever he gets humiliated and/or killed/assaulted.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Bizarrely, fans of the DC Extended Universe seem to generally like RedLetterMedia content, particularly the Nerd Crew series due to it mocking Disney, which happens to own Marvel. This is in spite of the fact that Mike stated in the past that he only likes Marvel Comics-licensed movies (to the point of having received complaints that he's biased against DC Comics), and that outside of Wonder Woman and Shazam, all of the DCEU films have been granted negative reviews, which the fans themselves even mocked on occasion.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • One of the Nerd Crew episodes asks if Stan Lee will ever die. The episode premiered about three weeks before Lee actually did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • During the re:View of the original Ghostbusters, the subject of the contentious remake comes up, which, at the time, hadn't come out. Mike offers up a spirited defense against Rich saying it's a pointless film by countering that if it makes him laugh, it has a purpose, seeming at least guardedly hopeful about it. When the remake was actually released, perhaps because of his disappointment, Mike seemed to be the most personally upset at how bad and almost aggressively unfunny it turned out to be. In fact, he hated it so much, he subjected it to a full-force Plinkett review.
    • Oh god, re-watching the Half In The Bag of Star Trek Beyond now can be downright painful. Unlike the previous two reboot films, Mike actually liked Star Trek: Beyond, and he spoke optimistically about the future of the franchise. This included Star Trek: Discovery, which was still in early development with Bryan Fuller attached, and he speculated about a potential TNG revival series. Fast-forward three years, Star Trek: Beyond under-performed at the box office and future sequels were put on ice, and Star Trek: Discovery went through an infamously Troubled Production that resulted in Bryan Fuller exiting and the series getting a revamp to a more traditional show that he wound up greatly disliking. Star Trek: Picard elicited even more derision when it released, and the only way Mike could fully articulate his disgust was by bringing back Mr. Plinkett for an in-depth autopsy. As one comment on the Beyond video put it:
      2016 Mike, so full of hope. Little does he know what awaits him on the USS Discovery.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: The Nerd Crew got a lot of flack for their negative Rogue One review on the basis it was primarily nitpicking and involved a five-minute long Take That! towards the Star Wars fanbase. The fact their vitriol towards said fanbase only increased from there on didn't help.
  • He Really Can Act: Rich Evans often affects Bad "Bad Acting" in his RLM roles, but he's parlayed his infamy into a pretty decent side career in voice acting, cast as the lead character in Edmund McMillen's The End Is Nigh and as Logan in the Dreamworks webseries Too Loud! (where, inevitably, Mike was later cast to play Logan's father).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • As they have pointed out, their film The Recovered has a villain who is strikingly similar to Slender Man, long before Slender Man had achieved his internet infamy.
    • In June of 2017, RedLetterMedia offered their predictions of the plot of Solo based solely on their knowledge of cookie-cutter Hollywood screenwriting tropes. If you've seen the film, take a listen and see how many of their predictions were spot on....
  • Hype Backlash: They have begun to experience this over the past few years, partially from those who find their cynical views on the film industry tiring, and partially as a result of the fanbase's Reviews Are the Gospel mentality.
  • Memetic Badass: Rich Evans. This peaked when Rich's "Dick the Birthday Boy" picture was featured on Ellen DeGeneres's talk show, which led to the ironic perception of him being an internet superstar and celebrity. However, he's also a...
  • Memetic Loser: Rich's designation as a loser achieved memetic status when a gambling site unironically posted a pic of Rich Evans (in the Star Wars reaction video), and said he was a 54 year old man living in his parent's basement. (Rich at the time was 38.)
    "I'm Rich Evans and I was once forcibly kicked out of an all-you-can-eat buffet."
  • Memetic Molester: Rich Evans.
    ClassicLegoCinema: I think this [show] was all just an excuse for Mike to make Rich a sociopathic rapist
    fourcrippledhorses: Why would he need to get Rich Evans to play himself?
  • Memetic Troll:
    • Mike's gleeful torment of Rich Evans year after year has earned him this reputation.
    • For those who don't see him as a clueless old man, William Shatner's actions during his "feud" with Mike and the entire channel has caused many to call him a grade A troll.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Jay's comment in the Nerd Crew, "Don't ask questions, just consume product and get excited for next products," became a popular reaction image to post in response to anyone perceived to be blatantly shilling and/or demonstrating blind loyalty to a product/work/company/etc. and dismissing all criticism of it.
    • This shot from the short "Rich Evans: Laid Off Unemployment Office Worker" has become a popular reaction image.
    • The clip of Mike shouting "ENDLESS TRASH!" has become a popular response to when Cash Cow Franchises spam announcement of new installments.
    • During the discussion of their opinions about (and disappointment over) Star Trek: Discovery Rich asks Mike "How does it feel to have lived long enough to see all your favorite franchises go down in flames?" have since been referenced in online discussions whenever fan disillusionment is abound.
    • After an old photo of Rich was featured on The Ellen Show, people began referencing him as "Hollywood superstar Rich Evans." Whenever a famous person is on Best Of The Worst, it's common to find bait-and-switch comments where people wonder how RedLetterMedia managed to get someone as famous as Rich on.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: What Rich Evans' laugh turns into once you get used to it.

Shows With Their Own YMMV Pages


  • Broken Base: The comment section for The Care Boars Save Christmas seems to be divided over whether or not it was funny. Though fortunately, unlike most examples, not many people care enough to have arguments about it.
  • Critical Research Failure: In Rich and Mike Talk: Disney's Han Solo Terrible Movie Ideas, Rich and Mike act befuddled when discussing how fans latched onto Han Solo winning the Falcon in a card game with Lando. Yet, for people who know the original trilogy so well, they completely forget the earlier line from Empire Strikes Back wherein Han describes Lando as a "card player, gambler, scoundrel" in that order. While it's not directly stated the bet involved a card game, it is the very first piece of information the film gives about Lando.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Grawboskis is a Black Comedy Dom Com parody that makes jokes out of such touchy subjects like baby neglect and Attempted Rape. It is probably one of the more famous RLM comedies that isn't a review and it certainly has a larger fanbase than the rest of them.
    • While a lot of people disliked it and found it unfunny, some liked The Care Boars Save Christmas. Given that it's a parody from RedLetterMedia done in the style of South Park, it has the type of humor you'd expect.
    • Obsidian Jones explaining the rules of the showdown in The Western Ore Musical.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The song "Pyrite is Alright (With Me)" in The Western Ore Musical, Rich Evans' singing skills are so nonexistent, it's hilarious.


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