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  • Base-Breaking Character: Lil D.Va, a little cartoon version of the Overwatch character of the same name. Some find her perfectly over-the-top and funny, while others found her obnoxious and a distraction. After the especially strong response to her getting the first five and a half minutes of Green Day Retrospective #2 essentially all to herself in the form of a parody of Filthy Frank, Crash announced on Twitter that Episode 3 of the Retrospective will be D.Va's final appearance, after which the character will be retired. Also because she takes too long to animate. Although she still makes appearances here and there, most notably in Crash's April Fools prank video.
  • Broken Base: Game & Crash. At least, the reveal of it. Some people felt that Crash put too much mystery into something as relatively simple as a gaming channel. Others will point to poor foreshadowing in the One Hot Minute review as he kept on making video game references and promptly lampshading it, despite the fact that he had been no stranger to them before. Another group will point to the fact that G&C is responsible for Lil D.Va, a Base-Breaking Character. He later on did retire the Game & Crash channel due to it being too much work to handle two channels with the Game & Crash stuff now planned to appear on the main channel.
    • Him putting Megadeth's "Dystopia" on his "Worst Albums of 2016" list in spite of giving it a 3.5/5 in his review of it due to the off-putting lyrics, some said he was right to do so, others said he was being unfair to the album just because Mustaine's personal political views happen to contradict his own.
  • Critical Research Failure: More the result of a "first impressions" viewpoint than anything else, but Crash decides to describe melodic death metal band Amon Amarth as "Viking Metal", a pre-existing label that applies more accurately to Norwegian folk or black metal than what Amon Amarth does (and indeed is a label that they themselves dislike).
    • On his top 10 list of Nu-metal bands, Crash lists Mudvayne as an example, even though they've dabbled in other genres such as Progressive Metal and Alternative Metal, which looks really odd considering the genre distinctions brought up when Incubus was restricted to an honorable mention for not counting as Nu-metal.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Luke Spencer.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Number 17 on his Best Albums of 2018 video was devoted to You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough by Welsh alternative rock band Estrons, and ends with Crash saying that they hope their career is long and fruitful, as well as saying, "Estrons - remember that name, because you could very well be seeing it again in the future". Almost a month later, Estrons announced that they had disbanded.
    • Crash's remark when placing Misery by The Amity Affliction as an honorable mention on his Worst of 2018 list, which reads, "A lot of people have actually been aching for me to talk about them for a long time the same way that a lot of people want to see what Tony Stark is going to do to Thanos' face at the end of Endgame". This quote was inevitably going to fall under this trope, especially considering that not only does Tony sit out the initial confrontation with present-Thanos with Thor dealing the killing blow, but by the end of the movie, Tony does deal what is effectively the killing blow to past-Thanos at the cost of his own life.
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  • Growing the Beard: At times literally: Depending on how you ask, Crash's content became a lot more established either around the Make Believe/Raditude reviews of the The Rise and Fall of Weezer series, the Red Hot Chili Peppers's One Hot Minute review, or Bad Religion's Into the Unknown review.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: His scathing review of Linkin Park's 2017 album One More Light had a new light cast upon it after the suicidal death of the band's frontman Chester Bennington. Crash went on to pay his respects to Bennington both on social media and in video form, and has said while he stands by the review as far as his opinion on the album goes, he holds no true ill will towards Bennington or the members of the band and has said on Twitter that he would take the review down if its presence made too many people uncomfortable. The review is still up as of now, and you can view it here. He added this to the video's description:
    NOTE (7/21/17): This video was made around the time of the original release date of this album. Several weeks before the tragic suicide of Chester Bennington.
    While I stand by my original thoughts on the album here—it was honestly how I felt about it with the information we had available at the time—Chester's passing was an absolute tragedy. I wish nothing but the best for his fans, friends, family and band mates during this dark time.
    RIP Chester. We'll miss you.
    • Pretty much his snarky comments about Donald Trump becoming president in the late 2016 videos became this considering Trump's winning of the presidency.
    • His positive review of Brand New's Science Fiction becomes this when his opinion on the band changed after controversy arose on Jesse Lacey, which even prompted him to not put Science Fiction on his 2017 albums list.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Surprisingly enough he has these moments on his channel, and even reviews tend to be this: His One Hot Minute Review is a shining example of defending an album he feels was unrightfully hated and talks glowingly about, even happy to know it's become Vindicated by History.
    • Past Crash's speech in TOP 10 BEST NU METAL BANDS, where one shouldn't always focus on the very negative sides of music genres, as those that were good will live on regardless of the reception of said genre, which is in this case, the nu metal genre. It's actually pretty nice that Crash gave Nu Metal the benefit despite the negative reception the genre gets.
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    • His video on Chester Bennington's suicide and urging fans to seek help if they feel depressed. He also states that while he hates One More Light, he still loves Linkin Park and gives his earnest condolences and respect to Chester.
    • There's a part towards the end of his review of Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright in the End where Crash hears the closing track "Return to Ithaka". He'd already concluded that the album was by far the best one that the band had released in years, upon hearing this song he is awestruck. At first all he can do is listen in amazement and say "It's beautiful..." but in the last minute of the song, Crash takes off his jacket (revealing a Weezer shirt underneath) grabs his guitar and rocks out with them. It ends with him flying behind his sofa, and him quietly lifting his lighter into the air and saying:
    "Guys...everything really did turn out alright in the end.
    • His "BEST & WORST ALBUMS OF 2014" video gave a beautiful slate for the Number 1 spot being Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, where he glowingly praises Laura Jane Grace's writing and her transitioning, even stating the album made him cry, which is a rarity for him. He further praises how the album could be a glimmer of home for a young transgender person who may come across Transgender Dysphoria Blues and be hopeful and inspired by Laura's journey. It's hard not to get the feels!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When he named the self-titled album by Antemasque as one of his favourite albums of that year, he suggested it as a means of making the most of things, since a reunion of At the Drive-In seemed like it was never going to happen. Fast-forward much later, and Inter Alia drops, with Crash making a Call-Back to that exact moment during his review of the album.
    • His Quickie video for "The BEST and Worst Albums of 2016" has this. Before getting into the top 10 worst albums, he says that "If we never hold them to a gold standard, they suck and suck and suck." He says this while pictures surface of a woman sucking on a banana and Nickelback come on screen. And then comes a Quickie for Nickleback's latest album.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Any time he gets incredibly angry, whether the comedic Super Saiyan mode or actual anger is is pretty disturbing. A pretty big example was in his Top Best/Worst Albums of 2016 video where he goes into a very, very Tranquil Fury rant about how much he despised King 810's La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God due to the fact the band leader wants to be known for infamy than content.
    • The brutal rant of how meh and boring Uno!, Dos! and Tre! are and the sheer vitriol and fury he releases and mocking of those who'd probably give him hell for hating the albums. Unlike times where Crash's mocking of the haters comes off as funny, here it comes off as unnerving and encapsulates how disappoint and disgust on the trilogy when he praises Raditude.
  • Tear Jerker: Any time he goes into his struggles of living in a fundamental Christian home, especially when he explains in depth in his "TOP 10 FAVORITE BANDS" video on the spot for Bad Religion and while discussing "Shallow By Thy Game" in the One Hot Minute review, it's hard not to feel like him too if you've felt dissolute with faith.
    • His reaction and video post on the death of Chester Bennington. Seeing Crash be so upset and shaken by Chester's death (along with his uncomfortable tone in regards to his review on One More Light) is bad enough but for him to admit he too struggled and even attempted suicide is heartbreaking to say the least.
    • His cover of "Purple Rain" in light of the death of Prince.
    • His review of Blackstar is somber to say the least, especially when Crash states that he "still can't believe he is gone".
    • The somber speech as to why Weezer was (at the time) dead to him during the Hurley review in The Rise and Fall of Weezer series: He explains that while Hurley was So Okay, It's Average, the album itself was not enough to redeem the band in his eyes, who he felt had long stopped being the band he grew up with and had simply become Weezer In Name Only and even stated he created the series as a way to close the book on a band he had long been a fan of. Keep in mind: Crash has followed Weezer from the beginning with Blue, imagine being in his shoes as your favorite band falls from grace. Luckily for him, Weezer proved him wrong in the end.
      • Then unfortunately things got worse afterwards as Crash was less then impressed with The White Album and admitted that he cared very little about Pacific Daydream, with him overall finding it to be a very boring and forgettable album, he sounded very depressed that Weezer was getting back into bad habits (doing yearly album releases again) and said it was almost as lazy as Make Believe. Although these feelings were sort-of mediated by the reception of their Black album.
    • Crash's depressed and somber tone in the GDR3 retrospective due to how boring and bland the trilogy albums are on him, prompting to him to leave Lil D.Va to fight off the sentient albums and meet up with a friend discussing how much he's wants to give up on everything following how horrible 2017 is... You just wanna hug him.
  • Vindicated by History: His review for Alice in Chains's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here received negative reactions since Crash stated the album is EXTREMLY slow and dull. By the time, their newer album, Rainier Fog, came out, everyone agreed that TDPDH was a step down from their previous albums.

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