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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Michael Bay is his number one acceptable target.
    • Paul W.S. Anderson is often voiced as a doofus.
    • Twilight and its obsessive fans.
    • Megan Fox, to the point he does not even consider her an actress at all, instead regarding her as nothing more than Window Dressing and Eye Candy.
      • Since the announcement of her playing April O'Neil, ERod took the opportunity to make jokes about her casting in the Michael Bay directed TMNT movie.
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    • Actors Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf and Ashton Kutcher have been used as punchlines for "It could have been a worse option for [insert role here]" (like having Ashton as Max Payne or Rogen as the Doctor). In Shia's case, ERod admitted he used him because Shia was an easy target thanks to the Transformers movies and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, while he snarks at Seth Rogen because he always plays the same character with a different shirt.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After the Retool didn't go over so well with the fans, he decided to go back to his old format.
  • Bizarro Episode: His Casting Couch of That Guy with the Glasses, though it was done as an April Fools' Day joke.
  • Broken Base:
    • Judging from the reactions to his first video on That Guy with the Glasses, some find him very entertaining while others find him unfunny and accuse him of ripping off other reviewers (mostly he's Linkara's The Irate Gamer).
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    • The reviews where he's wearing a straitjacket and spouting non-sequiturs are either his funniest reviews or his dumbest reviews, depending on who you ask.
    • Many of his videos in general are treated like this. While he's generally well informed about subject matter that he likes and knows how to explain his issues with movies clearly and articulately, when he has to talk about things he knows little of, he comes off as very ignorant and biased (his moronic comments about Into the Woods "sucking" just because it's a musical, or that Beauty and the Beast should never be remade again...).
  • Cargo Ship: In his Jason X review, ERod tries to deny being "Robo-sexual", only for him to grab his toaster and get defensive.
    ERod: STOP JUDGING ME!! (kisses the toaster)
  • Crack Pairing: Quite a popular pairing in the TGWTG fandom involves shipping ERod with Mechakara.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Makes this claim against two scenes in Terminator Salvation. In doing so, he ironically displays his own misunderstanding of the material in question.
    • It's short, but in his Superman Returns review, he criticizes the fact Superman is hinted to have impregnated Lois Lane by pointing out the Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex trope. In truth, whether Superman is subject or not to this trope is a huge case of Depending on the Writer, and as pointed out by Linkara in his The Dark Knight Strikes Again review, Supes has complete control over his strength (otherwise he wouldn't be able to open a door without breaking it), so the trope would most likely not apply. Superman had also temporarily lost his powers in Superman II when he and Lois had sex.
    • In his review of Shrek 2, he criticizes the film for, among other things, betraying the tone of the original film by having songs in it, noting that the only song in the first film (sung by Robin Hood and his gang) was a parody, and interrupted mid-way through by Fiona. Except that not counting pop song covers (which were also in the first film), there is only one actual musical-style song in Shrek 2 (sung by the Fairy Godmother), and it's just as clearly a parody as the equivalent song in Shrek, being a pretty obvious riff on "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella. And, in fact, the song is also protested against and ultimately interrupted by Fiona.
      • In the same video, he also refers to the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming as "pretty much the closest thing" the film has to a villain, implying that they're not wholly villainous antagonists... which is odd given that they attempt to brainwash, frame and murder the main characters and attempt to commit a coup, identity theft and implicitly rape by deception by getting Charming fraudulently married to Fiona and making him the heir to Far Far Away. Not a lot of viewers paying attention would doubt that they are full villains.
    • In his Dudley Do-Right review, he claims that Nell being in love with Horse was being off-character because she loved Dudley. Actually, this is in-character for Nell since that was one of the main running gags in the original Dudley Do-Right cartoon.
    • In his Planet of the Apes (2001) review, he claims that the concept of a super-intelligent ape forming an army to conquer the Earth from Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a rip-off of The Powerpuff Girls Movie. Except that they have little to nothing in common with each other. Caesar was born from a virus-infested monkey while Mojo Jojo was a mischievous monkey who accidentally had a dose of Chemical X after pushing the professor. Also, Caesar was treated horribly at a primate shelter which resulted in him forming an army of apes to rebel and get out of the city. Mojo, on the other hand, created an army of super-intelligent apes just so he could take over Townsville. On the other hand, it's likely just a joke about how the two products came out close together.
    • In his Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie review, he claims that the movie was non-canon and the show did its own version of how they got their Turbo powers. Except, it is canon and the Turbo season starts with them already having their powers and the premiere even uses clips from the movie as a flashback, the first episode starts with the Big Bad preparing revenge for what the Rangers did in the movie. He's most likely confusing it with the first Power Rangers movie which was non-canon and the third season did its own story of how the Rangers got their ninja powers. Furthermore his complaints about using spandex and the Megazord being a guy in a suit becomes annoying knowing that the Turbo movie was meant to fit in with the series.
    • In his Honest Review of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Erod stated the theory that Hulk Vs. take place in the same universe and that the latter happened during "Panther's Quest" (explaining why Thor was absent) and "Gamma World, Part 1" (why Hulk was in Canada). Even barring the fact that Word of God confirmed EMH and the "Wolverine" short of Hulk Vs., as well as Wolverine and the X-Men are set in the same universe, there's two flaws with this — one: "Masters of Evil" already explains why Thor was absent during "Panther's Quest" (namely, he didn't know how the ID cards worked) and two: the Loki subplot makes placing the "Thor" short of Vs during Season 1 completely incompatible (including the fact that both the EMH!Loki subplot and the "Thor" short have the Odinsleep as a major elementnote ).
    • A minor one, but in expressing his thoughts on the Marvel Studios-Sony deal with Spider-Man, he said the deal was like the what Disney has with Marvel in that they distribute the movies—except the Disney/Marvel deal is that Disney outright owns Marvel, including Marvel Studios.
    • Sometimes when he says a movie bombed at the box office, a quick Google search would inform him that the movie actually made back its budget or made a profit. It seems he's confused "box office" with "critical reception".
    • In his review Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, he was surprised the criminology museum was opening an exhibit on the Scooby gang, and asked if they'd ever actually caught a criminal. He pointed out that dressing up in a mask to scare people was not illegal. Firstly, dressing up in a mask and scaring people could easily be considered harassment at minimum. Secondly, the Monsters frequently tried to kill the Scoobies, which is very much illegal. Thirdly, in the vast majority of cases the Scoobies solved the villain was a criminal trying to scare people away so they wouldn't find out about his actual criminal activities.
    • In his review of Land of the Lost, he repeatedly says that Enik was the main villain of the show. But he wasn't a villain; he was a time traveler who wanted to go back to his own time to prevent the collapse of his civilization. Although Enik was a jerk whose goals sometimes conflicted with the Marshalls' goals, he always helped them when their lives depended on it.
    • In any movie that uses Motion Capture, he calls it capture motion.
    • In his review of Dark Shadows he refers to Victoria Winters as a F.R.I. (Forced Romantic Interest) despite the fact that she was his love interest in the original series, so of course she would still be his love interest in the film. Also, in his review of the Cirque Du Freak movie, he makes several comments about how stupid the name Vampaneze is, Mr. Crepsely's red hair and pale skin colour, how the vampiric nature is passed on to a human (pressing your bleeding hand up to the vampire's bleeding hand to switch blood) as well as Steve becoming a villain despite the fact that these are all elements from the book series.
    • He often confuses comic book canon with animated canon. For example, in his review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he made mention that in the film, Wolverine is sent back in time instead of Bishop as in the original comic. That happened in the 90's X-Men animated series. In the comic book, Kitty Pryde was sent back. Bishop wouldn't even be created for another 10 years.
    • In his review for the film version of Ratchet & Clank he voices displeasure when the characters uses outlandish guns such as a the sheep ray and the storm maker thinking they were add ons in the movie...despite the fact that the series is practically known for crazy weaponry and are both featured within the games he keeps comparing the movie to. He likewise seem to have forgotten the movie is set in its own continuity from the game series and thus doesn't follow the original game's story, hence the changes. As well as the fact the game of the movie filled in the plot holes he pointed out.
    • In his review of Unfriended, he states that the main characters are idiots who could have avoided all the dangers of the vengeful internet ghost had they just turned off their computers. What he fails to understand is that it was established even in the trailers that any attempts to avoid the ghost, even by leaving their computers, would have resulted in their deaths anyway.
    • His review of Dune (1984) has a lot of examples of this trope (likely for not having read the books). His most glaring example is him stating that the Spice Melange has no real relevance to the film and isn't really important, when in fact it is the most important part of the film's universe for being vital to the Empire's economy, allowing interstellar travel, prolonging life, can give people physic and mental powers and what allows the protagonist, Paul Atreides, to become the Kwisatz Haderach.
      • More to the point, while he mentions how exposition heavy the film is (including the inner monologues), apparently he didn't pay it much attention to it as much of his review is criticizing things he didn't understand, but was actually in all that exposition.
    • In his video describing his problem with the various upcoming (at the time) DC movies, he complained that Wonder Woman (2017) "just" fighting World War I soldiers was "lame" because her main thing was supposed to be fighting and interacting with beings from Greek Mythology. While Wonder Woman is indeed primarily associated with Greek Mythology, and has plenty of characters coming from it in both her Rogues Gallery and her Supporting cast, she has been fighting plenty of other opponents over the course of her adventures, and plenty of her villains, including two of her most iconic nemeses (Cheetah and Dr Psycho), have nothing to do with Greek Myths at all.
    • His review of Warcraft (2016) makes it clear that he has barely done any research on the franchise. Firstly, he thinks that the movie is based on World of Warcraft, even though the film is based on the first game, which was an RTS and not an MMORPG. He is also under the belief that Warcraft has no definitive protagonist or storylines, which is untrue. He states that Durotan is the main leader of the Orc Horde and paints him as a villain who leads the humans into a trap under the pretense of peace between their species, neglecting the fact the Horde consists of different clans, and Durotan is just a chief of a single clan (the Frost Wolves) and that he genuinely wanted an alliance with the humans to stop Gul'Dan from corrupting Azeroth, and that the two parties were ambushed by Orcs under the command of Blackhand and Gul'Dan. In fact he leaves many of the films details out of the review (most notably he mainly focused on the human side of the movie, and thus leaving out the orc's story arch). The biggest offender is that he claims that the film is ripping off The Avengers due to Warcraft also having an evil sorcerer opening a portal from another world so that an army can enter and invade Azeroth, despite the fact that this is the main plot of the first game which the film is based on! Which came out in 1994.
    • During his review of the first season of Jessica Jones (2015), he compares Jessica snapping the neck of Killgrave to the scene of Clark doing it to Zod in Man of Steel ending, praising the former with how it's done and ending with the statement heroes always have choices. But as most commentators pointed out, it was an unfair comparison because Jessica knew Killgrave years prior and knew how he worked and thought. So it gave her time to formulate the numerous plans she tried before ultimately killing him when she was out of options. Plus, Killgrave wasn't a fighter, it was his Mind Control powers that made him dangerous and he only lasted so long because of his wit and various circumstances and Jessica only won because he let his guard down for a second. Clark, on the other hand, had just met Zod, who was a war general and thus a natural fighter, and was quickly adapting to the powers Earth's sun as giving him. Plus, it was his first fight against a superpowered being matching his strength that at best was stale-mating. Up to this point, all Clark was handling was disasters and held back against human opponents, so he wasn't prepared for this. So when Zod tried to laser beam some helpless civilians and made it clear he wasn't going to stop, Clark ultimately had to kill him as he didn't see any other way to stop Zod.
    • In his Justice League (2017) review, E-Rod makes several mistakes noticeable to anyone who has seen the film. First, he claims the scene with the reactionary terrorists takes place in Keystone when it is actually in London (the establishing shot of the Tower Bridge makes that fact hard to miss). He also says the Third Mother Box is located on the Kryptonian Ship where Doomsday was created when it was actually in STAR Labs (which is why the Big Bad was kidnapping their scientist in an earlier scene he questioned). Cyborg got it earlier and they were only entering to revive Superman. He also makes it out that the Let's You and Him Fight scene that happens after Superman is revived was due the League attacking him unprovoked, when one of the first things Superman does after coming Back from the Dead is attack Batman. (Only Cyborg's attack was unprovoked and that was given a Hand Wave as well.) E-Rod also complained about Superman taking so long to show up at the final battle when we see he's still recovering from his Resurrection Sickness and does show up surprisingly fast when he gets over it. He also complains about Superman saving the day all by himself, ignoring the contributions of the other team-members including Batman killing most of the Parademons, Aquaman saving Batman (Bruce was expecting to die if his plan succeeded), and holding off The Big Bad alongside Wonder Woman, and Cyborg separating the Mother Boxes (he does bring this up but words it in a way that made it seen Superman did most of the work when it was really the other way around), while also ignoring a big plot point that the Big Bad was waiting for Superman to die before starting his Alien Invasion, so of course Superman's fight with Steppenwolf would be one-sided (and even then, Superman doesn't land the finishing blow - Wonder Woman does).
    • In his Highlander: Endgame review, he claims that the movie and the TV series took place before the first Highlander movie. This is ignoring that many event both in the movie and the tv series contradicts like the death of Rachel in the first scene or that the TV series retconned Connor's victory against the Kurgan as a big quickening and that Connor's death would have made the first movie impossible to do. There is also the fact that a movie with the subtitle "Endgame", usually used for a Grand Finale, would be a very bizarre word for a prequel.
    • In his review for Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, he says it isn't tied to Superfriends — except that all official parties connected to the series, including Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. when they did the DVDs, and even DC Comics (and by extension DC Universe) themselves, do consider Super Powers Team to be Superfriends's final season.
  • Designated Hero: E-Rod himself. As much as he tries playing himself off as a superhero, he acts a lot more like a bully to the movies he's reviewing. The reviews for The Little Vampire and Robots come to mind, but honestly just watch the Robots one to see his running gag just for celebrity cameo-voices.
    • Even more hilarious when you realize that the supposed "Evil" version of him actually did less than he implies he does. What exactly did he do when he's first introduced? He admits he likes Spider-Man 3 most of all out of the Spider-Man Trilogy. Apparently just doing that is punishable by being trapped in the Phantom Zone. The rest of his actions could easily be described as a revenge trip.
    • This is especially bad in the Retool, where he goes into the movies he's reviewing to assault or even kill the characters, regardless of whether or not they deserve it.
    • He also berates and insults the characters when they do things he doesn't like. It's suppose to be played off for laughs, but it seems unsettling to have some random stranger yell at you when things don't happen the way he wants.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nerdlinger is considered the best of all the side characters.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
  • Genius Bonus: While most people can tell that ERod is Latino just by his name (Eric Rodriguez), savvy viewers can tell he's specifically Puerto Rican from various hints in his videos.
    • In one video, he's wearing a shirt for El Conquistador, one of Puerto Rico's most luxurious hotels.
    • El Lover. His English is very Puerto Rican-accented (his talking speed and pronunciation of certain words are giveaways), his Spanish is completely Puerto Rican in accent and vocabulary, and he's shown from time to time reading Turey El Taino, a popular 90s Puerto Rican comic book.
    • The card that the Guardian Lorelei, Patron Saint of Fandom holds up is a version of the three of wands from the Waite-Rider deck. It symbolizes progress and dream being made real. It also symbolizes that the querent is feeling proud and/or powerful and is a warning that they should wait until victory is certain before celebrating or boasting.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff / Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: According to the comments sections in both Youtube and TGWTG, El L0ver seems to be this among the viewers. There's a portion who don't like him, while most Hispanic-Latin viewers from the USA or from Latin America adore him. Having one of Eddie Guerrero's themes might help.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • At the end of his Honest Review of X-Men: Days of Future Past video, he comments on how X-Men: Apocalypse will be really good because "(Bryan Singer) hasn't let us down yet". With Apocalypse being considered a serious downgrade from Days of Future Past and Bryan Singer being called out as a creeper, this hasn't aged well.
    • During his Honest Review for Iron Man, he praises JARVIS for snarking at Tony's expense and wishes that he could "bust his boss's balls like that." After the Change The Channel movement, he didn't hesitate to call his former boss, Doug Walker, out for his ineptitude and Jerkassery.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • In the Elektra review, he needs to get a woman's perspective and becomes SHE-Rod before we find out that SHE-Rod is actually a Distaff Counterpart. The first thing SHE-Rod notes is "I'm gorgeous!" and it seems like an Attractive Bent-Gender joke. Then you find out that SHE-Rod's actress and E-Rod are married in Real Life.
    • Not only Doug Jones doing a cameo for ERod's review of Rocky and Bullwinkle is awesome and adorable when Doug recognized ERod's appreciation for his filmography, ERod also highlighted Jones' participation in Rock Jocks, which was directed by Paul (Panda Bear/Dr. Nemesis), his best friend.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Given that he's a critic, the comments section has this on regular basis.
    • The Honest Review video for Iron Man 2. Dear God...
    • There was also his saying he didn't like Scooby-Doo.
    • He'd gotten this this in droves after his downright venomous review of Robots.
    • He also got a bit of flak for Busting Hotel Transylvania.
    • In his DC Animated Movies Of 2014 Honest Review, one of his rules he gave out at the beginning was not doing the animated LEGO DC Films, which he called "bullshit" and "an overly long toy commercial". You can imagine how fans of LEGO reacted.
    • While he technically didn't bust that many in this category, he has a bad habit to categorize all movies depicting vampires in a more sympathetic light as Twilight-like movies, with the implication he believes they should be Always Chaotic Evil in every media they appear in, Angel being apparently the sole exception to the rule (most notably, he accused Interview with the Vampire of having turned them into "pussies", and his Vampire Academy referred to the good-aligned Moroi as "Lame-pires" while the evil Strigoi were called "Real vampires"). Those who actually enjoy stories about good (or at least morally grey) vampires weren't necessary pleased.
    • His review of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! was very positive in itself, but the fact he panned Ant-Man for being useless to the team didn't go well with Ant-Man's fans. His Ant-Man movie review both improved and made things worse, as while he admitted to love the movie despite his dislike of the comic book character, he also delivered the usual argument of Hank Pym being a wife beater, which is a Fandom-Enraging Misconception.
    • Not many people approved of his Into the Woods review, finding his complaints shallow and nonsensical.
    • His pessimistic opinion on the then-upcoming DC Extended Universe when the movies haven't even come out yet grated the gears of many DC fans. Especially since he has developed a bad habit to repeatedly bash them (Man of Steel in particular) by constantly comparing them defavorably to the MCU in his Honest Reviews, and the fact he refused to lift his boycott on the DCEU even after the movies actually started to be considered good.
    • Mixing with his hatred of the DC films is his bashing of Robert Pattinson, vowing to never watch The Batman after he was cast in the title role, simply because he previously starred in the Twilight movies. When others brought up other films Pattinson starred in such as Good Time or The Lost City of Z, where he gave some critically lauded performances, he responded by mocking the films and refusing to ever watch them either, which didn't net him any favors as people saw it as him coming off as closed-minded.
    • Likewise he didn't win over many gamers with his review of the Ratchet & Clank movie, as many found his claims of being a fan of the series hypocritical since he didn't seem to realize most of his complaints against the film (such as the guns and supposed personality changes) were true to the game.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Nightmare Fuel: A meta one: When he was a child, ERod was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between gangbangers and was shot in the head.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In his review of Batman: The Movie, the commentary states that ERod was supposed to be in the wrong for his views of the film. However, he was correct when he criticized its Esoteric Happy Ending.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many dislike the reboot due to removing the original format and has now become a series of skit reviews much like some of the new Nostalgia Critic reviews (which also gets a fair share of dislikes).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • His review of Man of Steel. He refuses to go by ERod or give it a score, just addressing with a sad and down voice the major failures of the movie and how every time he watched it, he liked it even less. By the end, he even states that he fears that the next DC film he reviews, he may be busting it.
    • On a meta level, his video explaining his departure from Channel Awesome. In it, he mentioned how he spent nearly two years putting out content and trying out to get CA to add him with the hope of one day being in their anniversary specials. He was invited to participate in the 10th anniversary movie, only to have it later cancelled without admin explaining to him what happened. He had to find out about 20+ producers leaving the site and their reasons from Linkara. Between the site's lack of communication with him explaining the situation, the site's lack of apology for the trauma former producers experienced, the lack of income ERod was getting from his videos being posted to CA, and all of the information he recently received about the behind-the-scenes drama, he made a painful decision to leave a place that he spent so much time and work to get in. By the end of the video, he looks emotionally devastated, a far cry from his energetic persona. Months after the entire debacle, ERod has nothing but disdain for Doug and Rob Walker, their collaborators and still-loyal fanbase.
  • Unacceptable Targets: One likely reason for the particularly strong backlash against his Into the Woods review was that you cannot complain about Stephen Sondheim songs as lightly and uncritically as he did.


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