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  • 8.8: Excluding anything he's reviewed for Classics Week, he has only ever given five albums a perfect 10, those being Death Grips' The Money Store (2012), Swans' To Be Kind (2014), Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), Kids See Ghosts' self-titled (2018), and Daughters' You Won't Get What You Want (2018). Naturally, he gets this reaction a lot. It can be pretty dumb when he gets this very often for not liking something enough by people who don't seem to realize that a six-to-eight score is a good score.
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  • Ass Pull: Intentional to sheer hilarious levels with how the "CAL IS SAVED" episode came out.
  • Awesome Moments: After Anthony closed down THATISTHEPLAN, The Fader published a thinkpiece that accused him of being involved with the alt-right based on completely misconstrued, fabricated, or downright illogical allegations, even going as far as to accuse Fantano of laughing along someone he was interviewing who was talking about wanting to commit sexual assaultnote . The result? Fantano responds back, calmly but completely deconstructing and wrecking the entire article. The best part is the Fader itself a year later would admit the article was terrible and would delete it.
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  • Broken Base: His "NOT GOOD" series. It's either one of Anthony's best ideas and allows to him to go into more detail regarding why an album can be horrible in his eyes (e.g. Corey Feldman's album) or it's just an excuse for him to indulge in his biases and bash acts and genres he isn't fond of (as seen from the reception regarding his reviews of blink-182's California and Meshuggah's The Violent Sleep of Reason).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The beginning of his Wolf review.
    • The beginning of his Goblin review as well.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "SLIPKNOT TRACK REVIEW"
    • "CAL CHUCHESTA IN A PARK"
    • "Yung Lean - Unknown Death 2002 MIXTAPE REVIEW"
    • Some of his reviews get this, such as his review on Limp Bizkit's album Golden Cobra, which consisted of nothing but him eating.
    • His review on Dark Sky Paradise by Big Sean, consisting of him constantly saying "No" over and over, even giving it a "NO out of NO" rating. Even funnier when this was put on the album's Wikipedia page.
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    • His review of Bo B's Ether, which primarily consists of Anthony standing in near-complete silence for 7 out of the 8 minutes.
    • His review of The New CALassic by Cal Chuchesta.
    • His review of Angelic 2 The Core by Corey Feldman, in which he abandons his normal format to just do a straight up MSTing of the album, as he considered it to be too bizarre to warrant a normal review.
  • Crack Pairing: Anthony/MC Ride and Anthony/Cal Chuchesta.
  • Critical Research Failure: Seen by many as the reason why Anthony's review of House of Balloons is one of his worst. In the video, he claims that The Weeknd is a group (it's one person), says that Auto-Tune was used on the mixtape (it wasn't, for the most part), and glosses over the mixtape's concepts to such extents that many were infuriated.
  • Ear Worm: The TRKRVWZ theme song, especially the "THESE - RE - VIEWS - ARE - OH - PINION!!!!" guitar line.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Cal Chuchesta; he doesn't appear in many videos but fans of the series love him and request more Cal videos.
  • Fountain of Memes: Both Anthony and Cal. Kind of inevitable, really, when your primary demographic is /mu/.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In light of Fader's infamous article on him, Fantano's fanbase came to his immediate defense, something he took note of and thanked them repeatedly on Twitter, saying he loves them and he was so touched by their dedication to help him after something that almost ruined his career.
    • After Lil Peep's death, Fantano tweeted that even though he disliked his music (he gave the only studio album he released while alive a NOT GOOD), Peep still deserved life and happiness like any other human, and at the end of the day that transcended any opinion Fantano could have about him.
    • Fantano also did the same on Twitter when news hit that controversial rapper XXXTentacion was murdered, stating that while X was a troubled being and brought a lot of the controversies on himself (considering X's endless feuds), he feels he didn't deserve to have his life cut at 20 years old and delivered a blunt "The Reason You Suck" Speech to those who literally were tweeting about dancing on his grave that advised them to "let the kid rest in peace".
      • This would also carry over to his review of X's posthumously-released album Skins later in the year. While he does mention unsavory revelations about X following his death and gave the album a harsh 2/10 rating, Anthony is very quick to point out how X himself is the least to blame for the end product, being openly disgusted by the label essentially graverobbing his leftovers to capitalize off his death. He even forgoes wearing his traditional red flannel in his review, and the album went notably unmentioned from his Top 10 Worst Albums of 2018 list.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Anthony doesn't give out 10/10 scores like candy; in eight years of reviewing — between 2009 and 2017 — only three albums received that rating. As a result, 2018 surprised a lot of people with not one, but TWO 10/10 scores — one for the self-titled album of the Kanye West/Kid Cudi joint project Kids See Ghosts and the newly reunited Daughters' You Won't Get What You Want, the latter even becoming a Colbert Bump for the album and getting it even more attention than it already has.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • Often gets this, with a list so extensive it would probably make up an entire page itself. This also applies for albums he didn't even outright pan (see above for examples in that category).
    • Occasionally this is inverted, sometimes receiving a ton of flak for giving a moderately positive review of certain artists. Some of the most biggest cases of this are Skrillex's Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, both of Lil Yachty's Lil Boat mixtapes, and Lil Pump's self-titled album, which he infamously gave the same score he 8.8'd Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.
    • He suffers this every time he criticizes a progressive rock/metal act, the most infamous being Steven Wilson, to the point where it comes off as a Bias Steamroller. Doesn't help Anthony is very snarky regarding how he feels progressive acts should sound like, especially with Wilson (and admitting he was never that fond of both Porcupine Tree and Wilson's solo work).
  • Ho Yay: This picture taken from Death Grips' performance at SXSW. Yes, that's Anthony in the front row. With his head almost buried in MC Ride's crotch. In pure bliss. Note that besides Classics Week, Death Grips' album The Money Store is the first 10/10 he ever gave.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Basically the default reaction to Anthony giving an 8.8 rating.
      • The review of The Powers That B is seen as this for some people. This mainly came for the fact that many fans expected Anthony to give an album he had been intensely awaiting for (mainly Jenny Death) a perfect rating, but instead gave it a 9/10. This was mainly due to the fact Anthony had already given a perfect rating to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. It doesn't help Anthony showed annoyance in the comment section about viewer's overreacting responses to this.
      • Speaking of TPAB, when Kendrick's next album DAMN. dropped, many expected Anthony to give it another great rating. To say that people were unhappy when he gave the album a 7/10 is quite the understatement.
    • Everyone was showing annoyance and frustration when Anthony killed off Cal Chuchesta, although some think it's just Anthony doing it as a long Running Gag, knowing his fans love Cal.
    • After THATISTHEPLAN was terminated by Anthony due to his being fed up with the constant demonetization, fans were enraged at not Anthony, but YouTube itself.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: At one point, Anthony acknowledged that many people just watch his videos to see Cal.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "10/10" note 
    • "Hi everyone! [X]thony [X]tano Here, the internet's busiest music nerd."
    • All of Cal's lines.
    • TRAN-SITION!.
    • "Forever."
    • Anthony's relationship with Death Grips frontman MC Ride, which has been seen by many to be in the Ho Yay realm.
    • The Fantano squat, which has been 'shopped the world over.
    • "Anthony doesn't like Wilson/Prog music", a sort of running joke within some fans who feel Anthony doesn't like prog music, or just even Steven Wilson due to his 8.8 ratings on those albums.
    • "Why they put the dick in the pussy?"/"Did the man who invented college go to college?"
    • After Zomby called Anthony a melon, the word has pretty much become Fantano's main nickname.
    • Most, if not all of his comment sections are filled with variations of "Real niggas check the score then dip".
    • From his Resist videos:
      • MARX DEBUNKED [X] YEARS AGO!
      • RESIST [X] BABYYYY!!
    • His "NOT GOOD" reviews, mainly due to those who feel it's Bias Steamroller.
    • The flannels he uses to entail his opinions on albums; he wears a yellow flannel when reviewing a great album, a red flannel when reviewing a bad album, and later on an orange flannel when reviewing a good album (between a 6 and 7). According to Cal, he did, however, misuse the yellow flannel in his review of DAMN., when he gave the album a "mere" 7/10.
    • Although Anthony has discouraged his fans from embracing a Reviews Are the Gospel attitude with his videos, he has somewhat jokingly noted the power he has over the opinions of his fans, with some fans in turn joking that they can't give an opinion on an album until Anthony has reviewed it.
    • The ongoing pattern suggesting that Anthony's red flannel is cursed or that Anthony is a serial killer who targets artists he doesn't like, as multiple people he's given scathing reviews have since died.
      • He gives Linkin Park's One More Light a NOT GOOD. Two months later, the band's frontman Chester Bennington commits suicide.
      • He gives Lil Peep's Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1 EP a NOT GOOD. Three months later, Lil Peep fatally overdoses.
      • He gives Mac Miller's Swimming a red-flanneled 3/10. One month later, Miller fatally overdoses.
      • He gives XXXTentacion's 17 a red-flanneled 2/10 and ranks it as the worst album of 2017. X's ? album in turn gets a 4/10. Four months later, X is gunned down in the streets of Florida.
    • Following his video about the Fader article, many reviews have viewer comments making reference to nonexistent points in his videos where Fantano does something extremely negative; "This video was good, but you really didn't have to (insert Fantano insulting the artist/saying something racist/committing a hate crime)" being a common variation thereof. Fantano has publicly stated that while he personally believes that the meme has run its course and the jokes are now annoying, there's little he can do to stop it.
    • Following this moment from his "Let's Argue" series where he addresses a tweet sent to him about being prejudiced against "sleepy music", fans started playing up Anthony as being a hater of "sleepy music" as a genre.
    • Comments, especially on his "fantano" channel, like to refer to Fantano as a wallet salesman due to his frequent sponsorships from Ridge Wallets. Oftentimes, people will jokingly question why a wallet salesman would be reviewing music in the first place.
  • Memetic Psychopath: After several artists he had made "NOT GOOD" videos about died, it became a meme that Fantano himself killed them, with it further being joked about that every artist who receives a "NOT GOOD" would suffer the same fate. There are also comments on every video joking about Anthony being a violent racist psychopath due to The Fader's smearing of him as alt-right.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • His giving My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a 6/10 score, which many people to this day love to mock Anthony for. The grounds on which he gave the score (the music itself is great, but it focuses too much on Kanye's personal life, which he doesn't buy as being as glitzy and dramatic as he makes it) have also been heavily ridiculed as illegitimate.note 
    • His heavy love of Death Grips, which in itself is a meme.
    • His review of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is shaping up to have this effect, considering he gave it a 7/10. Exacerbated when he later gave the exact same score to the debut record of Lil Pump, which led to many jokes about Lil Pump being equal to, if not better than, Kendrick as an artist.
    • His accused biased behavior towards progressive metal/shoegaze/post-rock albums, especially when it comes down to his endless snark towards Steven Wilson.
    • His giving both Lil Yachty's Lil Boat and Lil Boat 2 mixtapes as well as Lil Pump's self-titled mixtape a 7/10, which many saw as egregiously high.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Oddly enough, it's happened on this show. In the beginning of his review of Courtney Barnett's album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit", we hear Cal Chuchesta's ghostly voice crying out "Help me Anthony! Help me! I'm on fire! I'm on fire!", all while seeing Anthony twitch and have what looks like to be a horrifying flashback before shaking his head and starting the review.
  • Reviews Are the Gospel: He tends to be viewed as this, at least on /mu/, at least until he gives an unexpectedly less-than-expected grade to a popular artist. To his credit, Anthony strongly discourages this attitude, always presenting his reviews as solely the personal opinion of "a regular guy", hence him always putting a "Y'all know this is just my opinion, right?" disclaimer on every review.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Often in his "STINKPIECE" series, which is just Anthony deconstructing biased, ignorant, and hypocritical pieces of music journalism on the internet, often highlighting flaws of the mainstream music press in the process.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Anthony's review of A Crow Looked At Me by Mount Eerie is a more somber affair than usual. No opening joke, no Cal and no weird editing tricks are present. Given the intensely personal and heartbreaking nature of the album, the video is probably one of Anthony's most mature to date, with the description simply stating: "This album is about death."
    • The shutting down of THATISTHEPLAN. Fans were surprisingly upset when Anthony vented his frustrations on Twitter in regards to shutting down the channel due to Youtube's constant demonetization of any video uploaded to the channel and decided to pull the plug. Most of his comedic/non-review retrospective stuff, however, goes to his fantano channel now.
    • Related to the above, the website Fader publishing a hatchet job of a hitpiece attempting to paint Anthony as a racist scumbag who uses thatistheplan to advocate for mass violence against black people. While his fanbase jumped to his defense and Anthony made his rebuttal incredibly concise with his response video, the damage was done in certain places, and Anthony lost several contacts (including cancelling an entire spoken-word tour at the last minute) and was unfairly painted in several communities as racist, which he decidedly isn't.
    • Anthony has admitted a few times on his Twitter having suffered from depression, something that occasionally still pops up from time to time. Such moments take a turn for the heartwarming since his loyal fanbase is always ready to offer him love and support, his gratitude of which he always makes clear.
    • Anthony's review of Ventura by Anderson Paak. At the end of the video, he discusses the tribute that Anderson Pakk made to Nate Dogg, and how heartfelt it was. He gets very emotional and starts to tear up and lightly cry before it cuts away. It's rare to see him getting so emotional in a review, and its a really powerful and moving moment.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Any video from his second channel THATISTHEPLAN, to the point where you'd think it's Anthony's second persona considering how Cloud Cuckoo Lander he is in those videos.

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