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  • Acceptable Targets: Hufflepuffs, apparently, though this only applies to the stuff Terrence says.
    • Vegans in his latest reviews.
  • Author's Saving Throw: A possible one occurs when he reviews a Amish Romance Audiobook and makes some positive statements about neurodiversity. While it's possible his views have simply evolved, this could be seen as an attempt to disavow his previous statement that Zordon was irresponsible to give control of a Zord to a person with autism in the 2017 Power Rangers film.
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  • Broken Base: Some fans agree with his "Fuck you, Catelyn Stark!" outbursts in A Dom of Ice and Fire, while others feel he's too hard on her.
  • Critical Research Failure: He claims that Bernard Cornwell's approval of the Sharpe tv series is him being polite about it. In reality, it is genuine. For one thing, he was so won over by Sean Bean that he retconned Sharpe as having spent part of his youth in Yorkshire. Dom disregarded this, possibly letting his dislike of the series cloud his judgment.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In his review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, there's a joke about Calluna being overly excited about their crossover, walking in on The Dom showering, and being forced to watch The Nostalgia Critic giving an instructional video on not making other reviewers uncomfortable in crossovers. As of 2018 The Dom and Calluna are dating, but have left Channel Awesome due to the blowback of the various scandals.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The gag where someone mocks Terrence for wearing sunglasses indoors becomes a little uncomfortable when it's revealed that Terrence's shades currently are covering up a nasty injury he suffered during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: It's pretty much a given considering his reviewing style of criticizing how well media can apply source material, but Don garnered heavy criticism over how the Netflix adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" handled everything from the source material all because the content wasn't as dark as the books.
  • Older Than They Think: Terrence is actually Terry Boot, a character The Dom took straight out of the Harry Potter books, even the fact that he's in Ravenclaw.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Many viewers felt Terrence was redeemed as of the seventh Harry Potter reviews, thanks to the Dom humanizing him by revealing his tragic backstory at the Battle of Hogwarts and his subsequent Pet the Dog moments in the review. A number of fans now like Terrence and ask to see him in more reviews.
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  • The Scrappy: Terrence The Douchebag. While his being an unlikable jerk is intentional, a lot of viewers just don't find him very funny.
  • Special Effects Failure: Can happen at points. Given he runs a low-budget web show, the effects were never expected to be excellent, but sometimes they can be poorly integrated.
    • One instance being the beginning of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 LIA, where Terrence is talking and The Dom comes in with a tank. Terrence is decently lined up right to be seeing the tank, but The Dom himself is turned weirdly in it where he's not lined up with Terrence whatsoever. Plus, he's not always moving at the same speed as the tank, as his body realigns with the top of the tank a second after the tank moves across the screen at points.
    • The LIA on Ella Enchanted has a short conversation between The Dom and Terrence at the start...and The Dom is layered slightly more into the background than Terrence. It's noticeable because he's both farther away from the camera than Terrence is and he's also shorter than Terrence because he's also layered on to the green screen at a lower height than Terrence.
    • On the other hand, it's an online review channel meant to be enjoyed for its video commentary.
    • Even so, to not note these things is to blatantly ignore them. Also, if you pay attention to whichever one of them isn't talking when they're both on screen, you can see where Dom either paused them or sped them up to get the timings right for when they react or say something after the other. Luckily, it's done where you don't notice it unless you're looking for it, but it is there.
    • Also, due to the green screen, the edges of Terrence's sunglasses get accidentally edited out of the videos due to being off the sides of his face.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: The Dom seems to be more aware of the fandom's growing impatience with Terrence the more time goes on, with him giving Terrence a good kick in one review and shooting him in another. In his Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince review, Terrence is treated to a scene in the Ravenclaw common room where he overhears his fellow Ravenclaws openly complain about him, and many of their complaints are lifted right out of the comment's section.
    Terrence: You dickheads know I'm right here, don't you? I can hear every word you're saying.
    Ravenclaw students: GOOD!
    • Apparently he won "The Most Annoying Asshole in Hogwarts" Award in 1996...over Cormac Maclagen.
  • Tear Jerker: The Dom's tribute to the late Terry Pratchett. The Dom talking about how brilliant his writing was, how much it meant to him and sparked his love of reading as a child in spite of his dyslexia (implying that Lost in Adaptation might not have happened if it wasn't for Discworld) and saying that he feels like he lost a friend all while sounding on the verge of tears is heart-wrenching.
    • As shown in his Good Omens (2019) pre-series release video, it's abundantly clear that he's still coming to terms with Pratchett's death. Flat out saying that he was probably going to have a good cry after learning that Neil Gaiman pushed for the mini-series because it was a dying wish of Pratchett's.

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