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  • Author's Saving Throw: Adding Zedd's "Clarity" to his honorable mentions of 2013 after several remarks about EDM music.
  • Awesome Music: Manages to do a pretty good piano cover of whatever song he's about to review, whenever the episode starts.
  • Broken Base: Given how about 95% of his fans hated it, putting "Closer" by The Chainsmokers at #1 on his "Best of 2016" list was possibly his most controversial decision yet. Half of his fans admitted that they hated the song, but felt that it was Todd's opinion and they had no right to complain. The other half got very angry, stating that song was an absolute mess and that Todd must have been out of his mind to put it at #1... some went so far as to stop the video right after the honorable mentions so they could pretend his #2 pick ("24K Magic" by Bruno Mars) was his #1 pick. This gets a callback in his 2017 best of list, where he states he was tempted to put Chainsmokers on number one again out of spite. ("Paris" ended up being number two, second to "Green Light" by Lorde.)
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • During his review of "Turn Up the Music", the description of Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna is used as this.
    • In his review of "Best Song Ever," he compares 90s boy bands to Hitler and Stalin, throughly lampshading it.
      Todd: Now I do realize that I can say controversial things sometimes, but I think we can all agree, comparing the Backstreet Boys to Hitler is entirely accurate and proportional."
    • In the "Jealous" review, he mentions that he does not get jealous over other guys... that's why he has been cheated on multiple time then he does a sketch of it.
    • Mocking the "Who Can Relate, Woo!" line in Logic's "1-800-273-8255" by turning it into a Call-and-Response Song:
      Todd: All my ladies with suicidal depression say "Hey!" And all my fellas who have self-endangering mood disorders say "Ho!" When I say "Self", you say "Harm!"
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Many fans (and Todd himself) felt that many of his 2013 were overly negative and, in Todd's words, "hard to watch" due to a combination of 2013 being a really bad year for music as well as personal issues that resulted in a more aggressive review style. Todd took the criticism to heart and tried to "have more fun and be more positive" in 2014, even though he thought that year was even worse than the last for music.note 
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some of the people who hate "Closer" instead pretended that "24K Magic" was his #1 song on his Best Hit Songs of 2016 list.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Did you notice how he performed Friday in a much less mocking manner than most TGWTG cast members? Do you recall when he told his fans on Twitter that he wasn't going to make fun of the song, as "at this point, it would just be cruel?" He gave his word.
    • In his One-Hit Wonder review of Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", his suggestion that the song's lyrics sound like the excited babble of a young fanboy who's just come out of a kung fu film set to music. And also his reasoning to support his theory that black Americans in the seventies loved kung fu films.
    • Todd gets roped into reviewing Crossroads with the Nostalgia Chick after she tries her hand at playing "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman". While she wasn't doing it well, there may be another underlying reason for him to intervene, given a musical taste he established in his later Worst Songs of 2011 review. He prevented the Chick, who is definitely white, from playing the piano.
    • At the end of the "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" review, he plays Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"... in particular, the part that was sampled in Kanye West's "Stronger", which similarly referenced Nietzsche's famous quote.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Todd found one himself where he tweeted a joke at Robin Williams's expense just days before he committed suicide.
    • In his "Blurred Lines" review, Todd theorizes that the sleazy content of the song was a result of Robin Thicke already being in a happy relationship, and therefore he didn't have to worry about how he presented himself to women. Robin would later go through a messy divorce with his wife after groping a fan, and an attempt to win her back with an album dedicated to her, Paula, was seen as mostly pathetic. This would be later lampshaded to hell and back when Todd made a Trainwreckords episode about Paula.
    • In the Body of Evidence review, Todd mentions distress in a black church. The episode came out the same day of the Charleston shootings.
    • In his Worst Hit Songs of 2015 list, he said of "Fight Song" (the #2 entry) "If this is your fight song, you're going to lose." Fast-forward to election day 2016 when Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had used "Fight Song" in her campaign, lost the presidency to Donald Trump. (Todd wasn't a big fan of Clinton, but favored her over Trump by miles, and was shocked and distraught when Trump won.)
      • Speaking of: one of the lines he dismisses as "stupid" from Jadakiss' "Why" asks how Arnold Schwarzenegger could be elected governor of California when he had no prior political experience. Because lord knows that couldn't happen on a larger scale...
      • Similarly, in his Evita video, he mentioned that going by the movie, Eva Peron just seemed famous for being famous, "like Kim Kardashian, except she somehow became a country's First Lady", dismissing the idea as ridiculous before showing a "Kanye for President 2020" article. Looking back, even if this never happens, the fact that Melania Trump actually did become a country's First Lady makes the thought a little less ridiculous.
    • Todd mentions in his "Holy Grail" review that he could imagine Kanye West delivering a song about the pressures of fame much more convincingly. In 2016, Kanye was hospitalized after a very well-publicized breakdown brought on by - you guessed it - excessive touring and production.
    • Todd's many jokes at Linkin Park's expense become much harder to take after frontman Chester Bennington's suicide in 2017. Todd himself expressed dismay over Bennington's death and said he came to appreciate the band after a while.
    • His joke about Ke$ha (as she was then) knowing the location of a penis became a lot more horrifying after she filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging (among other things) rape.
    • In his review of "Despacito", after making a joke that America had to import its happy summer songs from elsewhere just like everything else, he acknowledges that this isn't technically true as the artist is from Puerto Rico, "and Puerto Rico is in fact part of this country, even though we treat it like it's not for God knows what reason." Two months and two disastrous hurricanes later, the US government's approach to the relief efforts proved this statement more painfully true than expected.
    • In his "Look What You Made Me Do" review, Todd compared the destruction of Taylor Swift's wholesome, innocent image to the shattered public images of "saintly father figure" Joe Paterno and "moral voice of black America" Bill Cosby. In his Best of 2017 list, when discussing "Praying", he also discussed the Me Too movement and how many celebrities are being exposed for sexual abuse. Neither of these moments were rainbows and sunshine to begin with, but they're especially harsh after the 2018 revelations of mistreatment and sexual abuse from some of Channel Awesome's staff, with Todd leaving the site in light of the accusations.
    • Adding to the previous point, Todd discusses how he's been binge-watching movies and shows from people he likes before allegations come out and turn them into horrible people he can't no longer support. The Not So Awesome document released in 2018, written by over 20 ex-producers of CA, details many issues with management as well as a case of sexual groomer. A response by Channel Awesome themselves revealed, accidentally (or so we hope), that the groomer was Justin Carmical, someone who was close friends with everyone on the site, Todd likely included. It hurts on a far more personal level.
    • In the "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" review, Todd worries that everything from 2010 is gonna come back to haunt him, and Allison Pregler cameos as Obscurus Lupa telling Todd to stop stalking her. Lupa shoots off a bunch more dated claims in The Stinger, including "If there's one thing I know for sure, I'm going to be on That Guy with the Glasses forever." At the time, this wasn't an example since Allison had already made it clear that she was fired under pretty bad circumstances. Come 2018, however, the aforementioned revelations from the early 2010s blow up with Allison leading the movement, to the point where Todd himself quit the channel.
    • On the other side of the business model, his comments on Chamillionaire being a major investor in his employer Maker Studios became much worse in the context of purchasing, dissolving and failing to replace Blip, as well as improper treatment of their employees that eventually led to a mass layoff in 2017, which many affected content creators were thankful for.
    • Todd's videos of "Club Can't Handle Me" and "S&M" have cameos from Doug and Rob Walker, respectively, who provide humorous in-universe examples of Executive Meddling. After the Change the Channel movement blew up and resulted in Todd and many, many other producers parting ways from Channel Awesome, even though Todd never had any issues with the Walkers or even CEO Mike Michaud, it goes without saying that these two bits haven't exactly aged well.
  • Ho Yay:
    • An intentional one during his Best of 2011 where he has a Freudian Slip towards Usher: "The women want him and the men wants him... wants to be him."
    • An unintentional one in his One Hit Wonderland first episode where he calls the lead singer of a-ha a dreamboat and gushing about his attractiveness.
    • Admitting to find John Legend as attractive as Alicia Keys during his "All of Me" review.
  • Growing the Beard: Todd thinks that his Trainwreckords series really started to gel with his The Funky Headhunter review.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:invoked He actually invokes this, although subtly. In his best songs of 2011 review, he flashes back to 2009 when Adele won the Grammy for Best New Artist. He rants at the TV, saying "we already have an Amy Winehouse and she's much more interesting!" Sadly we wouldn't have an Amy Winehouse for that much longer.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: On the other hand, it does lend a kind of bittersweetness to his Best of 2014 video, where he expresses his dislike for a number of EDM artists in succession, but concedes that he doesn't mind Avicii.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: He briefly came under fire for his attitude towards the adult alternative genre after he explained it at length in "The Lazy Song" review.
    • Todd has also received several accusations of being homophobic for his negative reviews of "Alejandro" and "Born This Way".
    • He's been getting torn apart on Tumblr after he stated on Twitter how much he hates Wreck-It Ralph, The Hobbit, The Maze Runner, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Avatar and American Hustle
    • He's also gotten some backlash from frustrated EDM fans after he called the genre "boring" and "having no personality to it" during the "Wrecking Ball" review. In his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, he had Zedd's "Stay The Night," a song that got a lot of critical acclaim from both EDM fans and music critics, as a "dishonorable mention" for being bad due to the repetitive lyrics (even though this is a commonplace thing in vocal EDM in general). He also made a potshot against Swedish House Mafia, which didn't exactly help his case.
    • He's been getting backlash from Fall Out Boy fans after putting "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" on his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, despite saying that he likes Fall Out Boy and many of their songs, such as "Dance Dance". To be fair, he stated in the video that he was expecting backlash, and what most people took issue with was that Todd called them assholes when they're actually nice and adorkable guys. He also received some flak for putting "Demons" on the same list.
      • Come up again (albeit Played for Laughs) in the "Best Songs of 2014" list when Todd mentions how Fall Out Boy couldn't make a song about the real world like Paramore would with "Ain't It Fun" for various reasons... before immediately saying he likes Fall Out Boy for those reasons and asks the fans not to hurt him.
      Todd: The first time I heard Paramore, a friend of mine dubbed them "Fall Out Girl." But whatever else you want to say about them, though, they're a much more direct band than Fall Out Boy ever were. Fall Out Boy would never, ever write a song about living in the real world, and if they did, they stuff it full of parched, trying-too-hard metaphors that don't make sense. (quickly) And I mean that in a loving way, I like a lot of Fall Out Boy's songs because of all those things, please don't hurt me. (awkwardly gives a thumbs up)
    • Todd's "Worst of 2013" list has received a fair bit of scrutiny, notably mostly because Todd listed other songs but didn't bring up any of Miley Cyrus' music, even though he'd given a scathing review of two of her singles, and "Blurred Lines", which Todd gave a scathing review, only had a passing mention.
    • Averted with the film of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which he expected this to happen prior to seeing it. Averted because after seeing it, he declared it the best film of 2013. Ditto with The LEGO Movie.
    • Lampshaded in the "Worst of 2014" list, in which he put "Take Me to Church" on the honorable mentions for the worst list despite being asked if he would put it on the best list.
    • Occasionally disses well-loved songs/albums on Twitter (Grace, OK Computer,note  and "Kashmir," for instance), but they actually don't seem to get that huge a negative reaction. He did, however, note that people were very annoyed that he not only likes "Get Lucky," he thinks it's Daft Punk's best song by a mile.note 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: So many examples to list that there is now a separate page dedicated to Todd's accidental predictions about the trends in pop music.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Todd has also portrayed himself as acting dickish to his fellow contributors. He laughed for about 20 minutes at the idea of reviewing comics with Linkara, promoted Pushing Up Roses' video as "worse than Friday", called JesuOtaku fat in a misguided attempt to demonstrate a lack of self-esteem in young women, and shouted at Nash's Stickboy for making eyes at "his girl". Simply the highlights of a long, long list.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Todd acts like he's going to cut his hand with his machete during his review of "Grenade".
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Ship Teasing between Todd and Obscurus Lupa was played for laughs, yet the shipping is occasionally taken at face value by fans.
  • Narm Charm: Invoked.
    • This is more or less the main reason he loved Biz Markie so much.
    • Todd also admitted at the end of the Trainwreckords episode on Billy Idol's Cyberpunk that even though it wildly missed the mark on reinventing Billy Idol for The '90s, he still had a fondness for the album.
      Todd: It's a cheesy, gaudy, insta-dated disaster, but it just speaks to the dork in me. There's just absolutely nothing like it.
    • One time, Todd actually had an interesting explanation for how something can achieve Narm Charm status to the general public. When Todd took a look at Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" for One Hit Wonderland, he gave this speech about the secret behind "I'm Too Sexy" and how a song so boneheaded can achieve such massive success. He even uses a "Harlem Shake" video to punctuate his point.
      Todd: Every so often, there comes along an idea. Could be any kind of idea, sometimes just a phrase, that is just so goddamn stupid that it can't help but take the world by storm. Pet Rocks. Mutant Ninja Turtles. Where's The Beef? And it's not like it's something you enjoy, exactly; it's just that it's so perplexingly stupid that you can't stop thinking about it. It becomes like a splinter in your brain. 'What's going on here?' 'What's the point of this?' And no one can forget it, and suddenly, it's a pop culture phenomenon. Well, anyway, that's my best guess for how this happened.
  • Older Than They Think: The term "white guy with (acoustic) guitar" was around before Todd made frequent use of it.
  • One True Threesome: As mentioned, a large percentage of TGWTG fanfic that involves Todd is him in an OT3 with frequent collaborators, Paw and Roses.
  • Ship Sinking: The Nostalgia Chick/Todd/Obscurus Lupa triangle is completely sunk during and after To Boldly Flee.
  • Squick: Judging by the comments on his old YouTube page, quite a few people were grossed out by him Erotically Eating fast food. So was he apparently, that shit got everywhere according to the outtakes.
    • The numerous clips of gorillas mating in the "Gorilla" review. Justified in that that was the point (to show how unattractive the metaphor proposed in the song is), but that doesn't make it any less difficult to watch.
    • In his "7 Years" review, the line where he refers to Denmark as a "backwater swampland" is accompanied by an image of a rotting sheep in a bog with its spine sticking out that's rather hard to look at.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Any beloved cult band that Todd hates, such as Depeche Mode. He tells fans to save their hate mail, citing it as the reason he usually goes after teeny-bopper pop.
  • The Woobie:
    • Has made multiple references to being dumped, and something about him is so... Adorkable. On top of that, some of the songs he reviews push him to the edge of his sanity, to the point of tears, as demonstrated by Hannah Montana: The Movie. It makes you wanna hug him.
    • Also in his Hannah Montana review his last birthday was rather... depressing.
    • In his review of 'Fifteen', he bitches about how the song doesn't apply to anyone who wasn't an attractive blonde girl at fifteen (or anyone who wasn't Taylor Swift) and then says that since he's not a girl, or fifteen, or attractive, none of it applies to him- especially not the bits about dating or having friends. Aw.
      • He also admits that despite it being Played for Laughs, the Bait-and-Switch story about a girl breaking up with him (only for it to turn out to be from an episode of Saved by the Bell) was actually not too far off from something that really did happen to him, so the emotion in his voice there is genuine.
    • And in his "Worst of 2010" review he talked about how the period between his videos was longer because he wanted to relax over Christmas and also he got MRSA.
    • In his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2010, Todd remarks after hearing Nothin' On You by B.O.B saying "what girl could possibly listen to something so lovestruck, so happy, and not be swept off her feet?" On this realization, Todd excitedly goes to talk to Lupa... but then quotes "Carryout". Cue disappointed slump. Aaawwww.
    • As if that wasn't bad enough, later on after listening to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum causes him to get drunk, Todd calls Lupa and pours his heart out to her. Except it wasn't Lupa he called, it was Lordkat.
    • Reading on Twitter about Todd's struggle to get internet after he moved also warrants this. (along with laughs)


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