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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Avoided in one particular case. One would expect Todd, as a music critic on the Internet, to take cheap shots at popularly-hated acts. He does not. He owns up to liking some songs from certain performers people love to hate, he made his case against Justin Bieber very clearly (and even admitted that he didn't hate "Baby" as much as his other songs), and he even faked out the audience by pretending to have a deep-seated hatred of Barry Manilow before admitting he really had nothing against the guy.
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    • Todd really doesn't like the band Chicago, specifically former bassist and lead singer Peter Cetera..
    • He's pretty open about his loathing of Chris Brown (he even started this), but most people find this to be justified. Even before Brown was found out as an abuser, Todd initially saw him as akin to Justin Bieber. Taken even further after Brown won a Grammy, as Todd started following him on Twitter just for trolling!
    • Though not talked about that much in his videos, he also really hates the band Nickelback, whom he often uses as a comparison for music he absolutely loathes (such as Chris Brown's verse in Look At Me Now). He explains his hatred of the band in his FAQ (short version: It's not that they suck, it's that they so consistently suck across such a long period of time).
    • Christmas music— he's sick of most Christmas songs due to how overplayed they are.
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    • Todd has also on occasion made jokes about bad music being the result of mental illness or that the singers need psychiatric medication (Train's awful lyrics are the result of the frontman's schizophrenic aphasia, Bruno Mars' dramatic whining is caused by a need for Zoloft, Wyclef Jean's bizarre wailing on "We Are the World" was caused by a lack of psychotropic drugs, etc.). He's backed off on jokes like these and been more thoughtful regarding mental illness in recent years, though.
    • Todd also gives a lot of jabs towards Christian Rock whenever it comes up, describing it as milquetoast and citing his experiences growing up in the Bible Belt as a factor in his distaste. He described it in his review of "Tonight, Tonight" as a "musical wasteland", complete with Scare Chord, while bringing up the family connections that the members of Hot Chelle Rae had. In his One Hit Wonderland review of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life," he clarified further, stating that many Christian songs share the trait of sounding as if they were written by someone who had never experienced any real conflict, which doesn't make for very good art. He also felt that, going through Nine Days' catalogue of songs other than "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)", they reminded him of the bad Christian rock he heard while flipping through stations on long road trips. He did, however, give a pass to Jars of Clay when he covered "Flood" for One Hit Wonderland, saying that their better songs could pass for legitimately good Alternative Rock, even if he admitted that he was damning them with faint praise.
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    • Charity singles. Despite their good intentions, Todd sees charity singles as almost always slow, boring, and borderline unlistenable.
    • Beyonce. Back in 2009, he was so sick of her that he put 3 of her songs on his Worst Hit Songs list that year, although he hasn't criticized her since his "Telephone" review.
    • Flo Rida and his complete lack of personality and inability to write memorable lyrics. However, "I Cry" was listed in his Best Hit Songs of 2012 list.
    • Pitbull. "He makes the good songs go bad and the bad songs much worse." Although "International Love" did earn an honourable mention in the "Best of 2012" video, only let down by the presence of...Chris Brown! "Time of Our Lives" with Ne-Yo also made an honorable mention in the "Best of 2015" video.
    • Soulja Boy, whom Todd often uses as a measuring stick by which to judge other inept rappers.
    • Jason Derulo, because of his talent or lack thereof. And his constant self-glossing in his songs.
      Todd: You're dead! I KILLED YOU!
    • The band Train, specifically lead singer and songwriter Pat Monahan, due to his lyrics.
    • Maroon 5, specifically frontman Adam Levine. "Maroon 5 nowadays remind me of, like, a towel rack or a blender, an Ikea lamp. You know, just some kind of functional product, but not assembled with as much passion." Maroon 5 has been a near-perennial fixture on Todd's worst listsnote , much to Todd's chagrin, to the point where Todd wants Adam Levine to go away after 2019.
    • "White guy with an acoustic guitar" (WGWAG) songs. While the literal setup itself is not completely bad, Todd calls it the bare minimum effort for any musician. What Todd hates most about the WGWAG genre is the mindset behind it: (often) insincere love songs or just plain boring songs sung by douchey, (usually) white guys trying to impress girls at frat parties. He has singled out "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, "Hey Soul Sister" by Train, "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars, "Let Her Go" by Passenger, and anything by Jack Johnson and John Mayer as examples, and fleshed out his reasons in his review of "The Lazy Song". He didn't anticipate the possibility that Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" was one of these. At that point, it was just adding insult to injury.
      • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, despite not having an acoustic guitar, is singled out as an example because of the mindset factor.
      • He gives examples a pass if he finds them sufficiently sincere. He doesn't hate the Plain White T's (and straight up admitting to liking "Hey There, Delilah"), and Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" was spared from the same fate as "I'm Yours".
      • Yet another one that got a pass was Ed Sheeran's "The A-Team"; he said that he didn't particularly care for it, but it at least seemed to have more effort, sincerity, and ambition put into it than your average WGWAG song.
      • In "One Hit Wonderland", he praises Mr. Big's "To Be with You" as an enjoyable WGWAG. Todd also notes that the band had the musical proficiency that many WGWAG artists lack.
    • The Distaff Counterpart of the above, "white chick on piano". While not everything qualifies (he gives Adele a pass for "Someone Like You"), he cites Evanescence (or at least "My Immortal"), Vanessa Carlton, and Christina Perri as examples. He finds it to often be either overly sentimental or overly bitter, with lyrics that sound like they were written by teenage girls just getting past their first breakup.
    • Self Empowerment Anthems, which often overlap with "white chick on piano" songs. Todd finds most examples to be bland and boring, singling out songs such as Miley Cyrus' "The Climb", Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", Katy Perry's "Firework" and "Roar", Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", Rachel Platten's "Fight Song", Daya's "Sit Still, Look Pretty", and Alessia Cara's "Scars to Your Beautiful". Todd states that he hates reviewing this sub-genre because it makes him seem like a douche for (rightfully) trashing these kinds of songs; he backed off "Born This Way" and "Firework" because he realized that they were gay empowerment songs (thanks to the comments on the dual review video.)
    • Dance songs set in clubs about dancing to dance songs (set in clubs).
    • Any artist or band whose rise to fame was due to Nepotism. Todd singles out Willow Smith, Hot Chelle Rae, Debby Boone, Rockwell, and LMFAO. Miley Cyrus' early career could be attributed to nepotism; however, unlike the aforementioned examples, Miley's career is far more successful.
    • Songs used in commercials that sound like they were written for them. Todd criticizes most indie rock and alt rock songs of the 2010s of sounding like this; examples Todd cites are Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight, Tonight", X Ambassador's "Renegades", SHAED's "Trampoline", and practically all of Imagine Dragons' work.
    • The novelty hits of the early 1960s. Even if it wasn't the darkest era of pop music, Todd considers it one of the stupidest.
    • Boy bands in general, and up until "Best Song Ever", One Direction specifically. He doesn't hate the members of One Direction personally or even as musicians; rather, he hates the people who write their music to exploit their teen girl fanbase.
    • Nu Metal and Post-Grunge, aka "butt rock" or "angry white boy music". Todd claims that every entry in the two genres sound the same.
    • "Pop Song Chords". Todd admits that not every Pop Song Chord song is automatically bad; however, he considers their use as a sign of laziness, especially when songwriters fail to do anything creative with said chords.
    • Electronic dance music (EDM)/house music. As early as the "Sexy Bitch" review, Todd tells ravers that he "would rather nail [his] feet to the side of a moving car than listen to it". He singles out David Guetta and Calvin Harris as the worst of the genre. However, he's since mellowed out about it, admitting that, while he doesn't outright hate EDM, the genre largely turns him off because he finds it repetitive and emotionless. Todd calls Daft Punk his favorite EDM duo; some other EDM songs which Todd likes are "Clarity" by Zedd ft. Foxes and "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil' Jon.
    • "Bling and bitches" rap songs. Basically, any rap song which glorifies material wealth and misogyny. In the "Worst Hit Songs of 2013", Todd, while critiquing Drake's "Started From the Bottom", claims that "the journey is more interesting than the destination". Lil Wayne and his label Young Money are two of the biggest offenders. However, Todd likes "Ni**as in Paris", if only because Jay-Z and Kanye West actually have the clout to brag about material wealth.
    • Bro-country, which he considers to be the white Southern version of "bling and bitches" rap songs with its lyrics about trucks, girls, drinking, and partying. He singles out Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan as the worst of the genre.
      Todd: What hath Big & Rich wrought?
    • Any song that got big off Vine (or after Vine's closure, TikTok) such as "Nasty Freestyle" by T-Wayne, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" by Silento, "Hit the Quan" by iLoveMemphis, "Juju on that Beat (TZ Anthem)" by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall. In the "Worst of 2015", Todd stated that it was a basis for automatic inclusion on his Worst Lists.
    • Similar to the above, any song whose initial chart success is attributed to a meme, such as Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" with the Mannequin Challenge and Migos' "Bad and Boujee" with "Raindrop, Drop Top..." tweets. Older songs that were hits at the time of their original release then subsequently resurface later as a meme, such as Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird", don't count.
    • The "Millennial Whoop". Much like the above-mentioned "Pop Song Chords", not every song that uses the Millennial Whoop is necessarily bad; however, he brings it up in the "Scars to Your Beautiful" review to call out songwriters that use the technique to make "boring and thin-sounding" songs seem bigger than they actually are.
    • He also hates Joel Schumacher, but not for the reason you'd think - he actually hates his "serious" films like St. Elmo's Fire far more than Batman & Robin.
    • He takes anything remotely related to Air Supply as an opportunity to bash them.
  • 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 said that it was Todd's list and they had no right to complain or tell Todd what his own opinion was. The other half got very angry, stating 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, thoroughly 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 times. He then 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!"
  • Fan Hater: Todd really hates Chris Brown's fans, collectively known as "Team Breezy", if only for their refusal to admit Chris Brown has ever done anything wrong. While Todd admits that he may be banging that particular drum a little too hard, he argues that some of the comments from Team Breezy go straight into Implausible Deniability about Chris Brown's character.
  • 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 African-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: Frequently. With as often as his "Toddstradamus" predictions go awry, occasionally they go awry in heartbreaking fashion.
    • 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. The Kanye article itself gets this, as in July 2020, Kanye officially launched a campaign for the presidency.
    • 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.note 
    • 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 that Luke had raped her.
    • 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 #MeToo movement and how many celebrities are being exposed for sexual abuse. Neither of these moments were sunshine and rainbows 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 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 grooming. 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.
      • Similarly in his crossover with Lindsay Ellis (when she was still The Nostalgia Chick) had him remarking that at least - unlike Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini - they didn't film their self-promoting movies out of contractual obligation, to which Lindsay snarks, "Maybe you didn't." As it turned out, pretty much all of the then-Channel Awesome creators had no desire to make more crossover films, but more or less did it out of contractual obligations.
    • In his One-Hit Wonderland "Tic Tac Toe", Todd brings up Hurricane Chris as a One Hit Wonder nobody remembers. Later in 2020, Hurricane Chris would be convicted of second-degree murder.
    • In 2018 Todd made a Twitter thread in which he praised Shia LaBeouf and then jokingly mentioned that he hoped Shia wasn't involved in some "weird ugly sex thing". It came out in late 2020 and early 2021 that LaBeouf had physically and sexually abused multiple partners. Todd lampshaded this in a later tweet and in the Worst of 2020 video:
      Todd: Well, Bieber, you may be lo-o-o-onely, but you had a better 2020 than that guy. So, buck up.
    • In his review of 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj's "TROLLZ", Todd states that the person 6ix9ine reminds him the most of is Marilyn Manson, in that he doesn't think that Tekashi is very interesting enough to sustain attention for very long beyond shock value. Seven months after Todd's video, Manson would have another thing to share with Tekashi as he was accused of sexual misconduct and abuse by multiple women (including ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, Esmé Bianco and Phoebe Bridgers).
  • Growing the Beard: By Todd's own admission, his first two episodes weren't that much, but the third, "Party in the USA", was "the first video where I figured out what I was doing, really". He also thinks that his Trainwreckords series really started to gel with his The Funky Headhunter review.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • 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.
    • Todd's comments about Pete Burns's addiction to plastic surgery in his One-Hit Wonderland episode for "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" could come off this way considering that it caused Burns health problems later in his life, which led to his death in 2016.
    • In his "Worst Songs of 2018" video, Todd describes Juice WRLD as a mainstream version of the late XXXTentacion. One year later, Juice WRLD gained another trait to share with Tentacion in terms of dying young.
    • This happened very quickly on his "Best Hit Songs of 2020" video, where he declared he was going "all in" on Morgan Wallen's career prospects after putting his song "More Than My Hometown" at #1. Just 2 weeks later, Wallen was caught saying a racial slur on video and was dropped by not only various streaming services but also from various radio stations as well as being suspended by his record labels. Ultimately subverted as Wallen's music was reinstated by summertime but that didn't stop Todd from completely disowning him after the incident.
    • Todd taking offence to the Sex Tourism parts of "Talk Dirty", especially when Jason Derulo mentions going to Haiti, and hopes Derulo meant he was going to volunteer for a charity. Then news broke in 2018 that Oxfam volunteers/employees had sexually exploited (whether through prostitution or rape) women in Haiti, Chad and the Congo. It also ironically backs up Todd's review of Lil Dicky's "Earth" where he semi-retracted his preferring-an-"insincere display of charity" comments in his "We Are the World" review after showing a news report of Wyclef Jean's charity being called a scam, and frequently pointing out Dicky's distracting jokes.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Todd ends his Funstyle Trainwreckords episode noting that Liz Phair "started thinking about shoring up her own legacy and leaving things on a good note. I hope she does." One year later, he was pleased that "my one kind statement in a very unkind review came true", as she released Soberish, a significant improvement on the deranged silliness of Funstyle.
  • 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 Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" and "Born This Way".
    • 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 considered nice and adorkable guys. He also received some flak for putting "Demons" on the same list (although his later inclusion of "Thunder" and "Believer" on his Worst of 2017 list was far less controversial).
      • He references this in a Played for Laughs way 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.
    • 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 
    • Todd's negative comparison between Powfu and Epic Rap Battles of History earned him quite a bit of flack, especially considering his target audience. While he didn't directly imply ERB to be bad per se (he called them lame and white, which is part of the ironic charm of the series), his comments were still rather surprising considering his major respect for successful comedy musicians and love of acts such as Flight of the Conchords and The Lonely Island.
    • He anticipated this when he put "Ice Cream" on his worst of 2020 list, stating his terror that Blackpink's fanbase would tear him apart given the vocal followings most K-pop acts have. While Blackpink does indeed have a large fanbase (called "Blinks"), the ones who commented on Todd's video stated that "Ice Cream" wasn't very good and most of the fans don't care for it.
      • Same goes for BTS' "Dynamite", which was a #1 hit and more loved within BTS' fandom, described by Todd in the same video (though not making it part of the list itself) as radio filler with no ambition but to be inoffensively catchy before being forgotten about forever. Despite this and the inclusion of Blackpink's "Ice Cream", these fandoms seem to have largely spared him, as the Worst of 2020 video has a very solid like/dislike ratio on YouTube, in contrast to the large number of dislikes for his Worst of 2018 list, where he included Juice WRLD (granted, before he died and before he grew on Todd), as well as Eminem.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: So many examples to list that there is now a separate page dedicated to Todd's accidental predictions — and wrong predictions — about the trends in pop music.
  • Ho Yay:
    • During his Best of 2011, he has a Freudian Slip towards Usher: "The women want him and the men wants him... wants to be him."
    • In his first episode of One Hit Wonderland, 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.
  • 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.
  • More Popular Spin Off: Trainwreckords and One Hit Wonderland regularly get just as many if not higher view counts than the main pop song reviews. Todd has been repeatedly praised for the insight and analysis of not just the music itself but also the acts behind them in these videos, prompting Todd to make more of them.
  • 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 in the "Carry Out" review. 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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