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  • Accidental Innuendo: During his Megamorphs #2. In the Time of the Dinosaurs review, Greg points out in a Shout-Out to The Magic School Bus that Phoebe's line "I like being erupted!" after getting blown out of a volcano along with her friends could be interpreted in a different way...
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Noted in his review of Megamorphs #1. The Andalite's Gift when the crazy cabin lady comes out of nowhere, traps an amnesiac Rachel, sets the shack on fire, and exits the story without explanation.
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  • Deader Than Dead: In his review of Animorphs Episode 1.07 The Escape, after Tobias is shot by a Dracon beam and left for dead, Greg quips that "there's no way around it, Tobias is as dead as disco."
  • Epileptic Trees: After finding almost nothing on the ghostwriter for Animorphs #40. The Other Greg developed a theory that the writing credit was a typo and it was actually a similarly named children's book author whose agent once listed Animorphs among her credits.
  • Fair for Its Day:
    • This concept is viciously eviscerated in the pilot episode to Greg's Doctor Who book series when discussing the Epic of Gilgamesh and how despite the Doctor's preaching that unwanted sexual touching should be respected simply due to the primitive time period that in the actual era the tale comes from a stone tablet has the citizens of Gilgamesh's kingdom praying for a companion to come to their king so that he would stop molesting them. And it is glorious to see.
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    • Played a bit straighter with the Lassie episode involving a Japanese exchange student. He's still quite miffed at the hackneyed culture shock jokes and the villains being magically cured of their bigotry at the end, but grudgingly admits that just seeing the boy portrayed as a fully sympathetic character is quite impressive for something made just a decade after World War II.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Greg points out in his review of ReBoot Episode 5 "The TIFF" that Dot punching Bob over some verbal taunting was sending the message to kids that violence would solve all their problems.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Greg is imitating the SF Debris Opinionated Trek reviews. He isn't ashamed of it, though, and even references it in the opening of every Opinionated Animorphs review.
    • SF Debris himself would later do a book review for Foundation, though he found it a quite awkward process and says more are unlikely. Though he also did World War Z later on.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • His fans don't seem to agree with him on a few issues but very few have gotten angry at him for stating his opinion.
    • Though he has gotten chewed out a bit for his supposed "anti-Christian" jokes. He responded to this by mocking a Noah's Ark T-shirt in Alex Mack Episode 1.07 "False Alarms."
  • He Really Can Act: In his "Batman & Robin Retrospective," Greg talks about how Mr. Freeze was one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's better performances, which isn't typically said about his films.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • His review of Castaway on the Moon, which is equally a love letter to his father, who commissioned it.
    • Nick Knacks Episode #005, Hocus Focus, a show for which he could only find the intro, the end credits, and a commercial, turns into a very comprehensive biography of its host, puppeteer Brad Williams. Greg bookends the retrospective by discussing entertainers who deserve a lot more respect than they actually receive.
    • Insisting on bringing attention to Spook, the third dog to play Lassie who didn’t last long due to his lack of screen presence and is typically left out of official cast lists, because “he’s a good boy who did his best.”
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Nick Knacks Episode #004, Greg comments that Shining Time Station's "pre-WWII aesthetic" would have made it a perfect fit for Nickelodeon in 1979, even though it premiered on PBS instead of Nick. Greg learned after posting the episode that Nick Jr. reran Shining Time Station, during the early 2000's. (This discovery also resulted in Greg announcing that the show would receive its own Nick Knacks video.)
  • Memetic Badass: He talks about the cape buffalo in terms worthy of Badass of the Week.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The mortally wounded Taxxon chomping up its own guts in #25. The Extreme was one of the images from Animorphs that stuck in his head the most even after he forgot which book it was from.
    • Brought up in #39. The Hidden on how much of a living horror it was to have an ant, from its collective Hive Mind, morphing into Cassie and achieving individual identity.
    • He gives one of his own in the Alternamorphs reviews, with a picture of a little girl chowing down on a tarantula the size of her head.
    • The very real, specific kind of horror inherent in April's situation, that at any moment her counterpart in Everworld could be getting violently raped with those memories catching up with the real April to be dumped into her head in the middle of class, was brought up in #2. Land of Loss.
  • Older Than They Think: "The Questionable Legacy of Disney's Snow White" seems to treat Walt Disney's underdog story as a fabrication to keep Snow White noteworthy even after aspects of it aged poorly, or objectively pale to the Disney Animated Canon's subsequent moviesnote . However, even when Snow White just came out, Hollywood treated Walt as an underdog.
  • Overused Running Gag:
    • "Animorphs! The Great Sci-Fi Epic!"
    • Early on he read all the book passages in an impression of Christian Bale's Batman voice for no real reason. It didn't take long for the fans to get fed up, so it stopped after a few books.
  • The Scrappy: Greg has made "Cassie is a moron" into a catchphrase.
  • Tear Jerker: Nick Knacks Episode #020, Vegetable Soup, praises the timeless anti-racist morals, but laments that most viewers only seem to remember how creepy the puppets looked. The ending abandons the usual formula of doo-wop music and plugs, to juxtapose a Japanese man's recollection of internment camps, with a 2018 news report of young Mexican immigrants being locked in cages.

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