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He's also notable for a "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd which was chronicled in 5 of his videos (which some fans took a little too seriously). It (temporarily) climaxed as a brawl between the two (with Captain S joining in for no apparent reason). Then each had to "do the other's job" and review a terrible video game/nostalgic movie. The Critic seemed to come off worse (i.e. he suffered more) in his review of Bebe's Kids. He ultimately challenged the Nerd to a fight to the death that occurred on October 10th 2008. The fight ended with the Nerd victorious, although it foreshadows the Critic's return, even finishing with "The End?" on screen.
Eventually, the entire site would be Undermined by Reality and Overshadowed by Controversy due to the publication of a Google Doc called "Not so Awesome", that revealed the awful bussiness practices of the site, and how nobody was happy working there. This snowballed into a movement called "Change the Channel", and all of that eventually led to EVERYONE leaving the site except for Brad Jones and Larry Bundy (and, of course, Doug Walker)
Please restrict examples from the following shows to their respective pages, unless they're from non-anniversary special crossover videos.
Sub and Related Pages
- The site's anniversary specials:
- The Angry Video Game Nerd (site affiliate and occasional guest-star)
- Ask That Guy With The Glasses
- Bum Reviews
- The Cinema Snob
- The Nostalgia Critic
- That Guy With the Glasses Index (works spoofed/reviewed by these people)
- Guru Larry and Wez
That Guy with the Glasses provides examples of:
- Accentuate the Negative: Much of the site, especially the more informal reviewers.
- Reportedly, not all producers find everything as bad as their in-character reviews indicate.
- AI Is a Crapshoot: According to Zod in Merry Zodmas part 3, Braniac only went crazy after they loaded Windows Vista onto him.
- The Nostalgia Critic's Microwave was struck by lightning and now hates him.
- All Gays Are Pedophiles: Doug's riffing on "Boys Beware" mocks this belief mercilessly.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Spoofed by name when the Critic and the Chick review Fern Gully. Also spoofed by the question-answering title character of Ask That Guy With The Glasses in one episode of his show
- And You Were There: Subverted at the end of his Surf Ninjas review, where he is surrounded by his friends after having a dream where he reviewed Surf Ninjas and liked it. He tells his friends that they were there; then, when one asks "Really?", he says, "No."
- Angrish: Lampshaded in the AVGN/Critic review, in which The Angry Video Game Nerd points out to the Nostalgia Critic that he's too angry to come up with a coherent way to express his distaste over how ugly Master Splinter looks.
- Apocalypse How: Class 0. In a Christmas special linked from the Nostalgia Critic's section of the site, there's an alternate timeline where President Angry Joe completely annihilates the country of Canada with one press of a button.
- April Fools' Day: The site pulled a particularly effective one on April 1, 2009 when all of Walker's characters swapped videos: That Guy With The Glasses lowered himself to review a movie enthusiastically and asked for spare change, The Nostalgia Critic was horrified by the questions asked of Ask That Guy With The Glasses, and Chester A. Bum remembered The Neverending Story though he didn't remember why. Ask That Guy also claimed not to be good at impressions.
- Awesome McCoolname: Renaming Molossia to Kickassia.
- Big Good: Santa Christ
- Butt Monkey: Ma-Ti.
- Melvin, Brother of the Joker.
- The Critic: He tries to throw his weight around in crossovers, but either the others get over him, or he defeats himself..
- Cloudcuckoolander: Tommy Wiseau in "The Tommy Wiseau Show" has shades of this. Poodles.
- Driven to Suicide: The Nostalgia Critic attempts to kill himself (despite precautions taken to prevent him from doing so) so that he doesn't have to watch Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin. He is stopped by a guy in an increasingly bloodstained lab coat.
- Et Tu, Brute?: In the Brawl: "Et tu, Lee from Still Gaming?" Echoed later in Kickassia.
- Face Palm:The Nostalgia Critic does this in his review of Battlefield Earth
- Fascinating Eyebrow: MasakoX has a tendency toward it.
- Fat and Skinny: Sean Fausz and Paw, respectively, who do a fair amount of crossovers.
- Female Gaze: The women give out as much Fan Service as you'd expect them to, but it's mostly the men indulging in it. Especially Doug. In fact, it seems that when Channel Awesome tried to increase its female audience, they discovered that "cute nerdy guys who review interesting things, offer fanservice and suffer appealingly" is the answer.
- Foreshadowing: In his Battlefield Earth review, the Nostalgia Critic implies that there are two Sci-Fi films that are as bad or even significantly worse than Battlefield Earth. Doug has since revealed that one of the films in question is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but is keeping his lips sealed as to what the second film is.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: The site was threatened with one for its review of The Room. The Critic made an awesome sketch out of it.
- Full House Music: Mocked by the Critic during its use in Saved by the Bell and, of course, Full House House.
- Gag Sub: From the Star Wars Holiday Special review Doug Walker did:
Wookiee mother:Junior, come over here and eat your yak testicles!
Young Wookiee:They taste like diarrhea. I wish I was adopted!
Elder Wookiee/Wookiee mother:You were adopted! You're just a Sand-Person we glued hair onto! Now eat your dinner, you abomination!
- Go-Karting with Bowser: The Nerd and The Critic argue over a game of Geek Fight in the middle of a battle.
- Gratuitous Italian: During the Superman IV review, the Critic and Linkara start spouting off various Italian words like the underwearing-a man is doing.
- Green Aesop: The Critic has picked on a few series with this trope as their theme and ripped on them for it. However, as he made clear with his praise for the use of this trope in Sonic The Hedgehog SatAm, he appreciates a well-written Green Aesop that's subtle and not one that bashes you over the head for it. And as the Chick noted in the Fern Gully review, some of these shows don't actually give a helpful message at all.
- Inferred Holocaust: Linkara and the Critic point out Superman getting rid of all the nukes in Superman IV would lead to Israel getting invaded on all sides and the Soviet Union and U.S. going at it with conventional warfare.
- Jeopardy Thinking Music: Used in the Nickcoms video, and again in his North review when playing "Spot the Joke."
- Killed Off for Real: Melvin, in the live donation drive.
- Kung Fu Jesus: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus Riding A Puff Of Smoke, to be precise. Originally from the Cloverfield trailer review as to what he wanted the monster of that film to be, later on it fights Super Mecha Death Christ "whatever version you are at the moment" in the 1st anniversary brawl.
- Lampshade Hanging: After Linkara says he saw the Nostalgia Critic signal in the sky, during his Alone in The Dark review, the Critic wonders out loud why he installed the thing in the first place.
- Large Ham: A lot of it.
- Despite Ask That Guy With the Glasses and Dominic being quite constrained, Doug is otherwise a very Large Ham (besides the Nostalgia Critic and Chester A. Bum, there's Spider-Smith from the Lost in Space review, Casper from the eponymous film, both characters in "The Tommy Wiseau Show", Douchey McNitpick and the pirate in How to be a Pirate.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover:
- The One-Year Anniversary Brawl in May 2009, which featured over a dozen characters from the site as well as The Angry Video Game Nerd, Kyle Justin, and Ma-Ti from the Captain Planet and the Planeteers review, just 'cause. This was followed by various smaller crossover videos.
- Then, in September, the Critic, with Spoony and Linkara (thanks to the Nostalgia Signal) review the Alone in The Dark film by Uwe Boll.
- Kickassia and its week of filming crossovers in Reno also employed this.
- Medium Awareness: Often used in the interest of comedy.
- In his review of Fern Gully with the Nostalgia Chick, the Nostalgia Critic would look around in confusion when the Big Lipped Alligator Moment was mentioned as a graphic would appear and a voice would announce, "A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment."
- One of the features of the Kickassia DVD that the Critic promotes is the absence of "that annoying caption", pointing to the tag reading "ThatGuyWithGlasses.com", and flicks it off-screen. It comes back to attack him.
- In the Critic's Tranformers 3 review, he asks the judge to forbid Chester A. Bum from using jump cuts, and asks "How is he even doing that, anyway?"..
- Nightmare Retardant: Uwe Boll flickering the lights in Alone in The Dark does not impress the three reviewing stooges in-universe.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Giant Robotic Donkey Kong Jesus Riding on a Puff of Smoke.
- Old Shame: The entire site is this for everyone who left, with Linkara and Obscurus Lupa being the most vocal about it.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: The Leitmotif of the Nerd-Critic feud was Verdi's Dies Irae (for those who don't know, the lyrics are about Armageddon).
- Overshadowed by Controversy: The entire site and franchise after the Change the Channel movement. Even fans who still enjoy the older reviews or follow certain users can't look at the site the same way anymore after Doug, Rob, Brad, and Mike's true colors were revealed.
- Punch Parry: In the Nostalgia Critic / AVGN crossover battle.
- Relax-O-Vision: A picture of puppies appears when Ask That Guy reenacts a pig and a frog getting it on. You can hear his horrified reaction.
- Retirony: "And it's probably a bad thing to mention that every single one of these soldiers has just 2 days left before retirement.".
- Rule of Funny
- Sarcasm Failure: In episode 2 of That Guy Riffs, after a cow jumps over a moon.
- Scare Chord: Used humorously on occasion, such as in the Fern Gully review.
Nostalgia Critic: "Could this be that naive creature known as..."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The Nostalgia Critic tries to quit the Fern Gully review and leave it to the Chick, but she doesn't let him go.
- He also tries to run away at the start of his review of The Star Wars Holiday Special, but Rob catches him.
- Ship Tease: A lot of it with
- Shout-Out: Done in the Critic, Linkara and Spoony's review of Alone in The Dark when they used a photoshopped picture of one of the Three Stooges openings. They also ended the review with appropriate music and slapstick antics.
- Also in Alone In The Dark, the trio throw a Mortal Kombat joke after a guy falls into a spiky pit. Said guy is played by Ho Sung Pak, who did the motion capture for Liu Kang in the original Mortal Kombat games.
- Also in Alone In The Dark, Spoony wears a Castleton T-Shirt and claims to be "from the future".
- Special Effect Failure: In the review of Alone in The Dark, several points are criticized in-universe for seemingly intentional flubs with edits, like a villain getting killed by a CGI bullet that went nowhere near him, letting a shot of a dead character moving her head stay in the film, and the absence of any damage or gore from an unseen monster attack in the last scene.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Critic notes that in Stephen King's It, virtually every non-main character happens to be a total idiot and/or asshole. He wonders what's wrong with them that they become such asshole magnets.
- Take Over the World: Mocked constantly from all corners with M. Bison from the Street Fighter movie saying "Of course!"
- In Kickassia, this is the Critic's ultimate goal.
- Take That:
- The Nostalgia Critic is so traumatized by watching Uwe Boll's Alone in The Dark that he claims in the review that his doctor says he may never speak again thanks to it.
- When it became clear that the Nostalgia Critic's review of The Room was taken down for "copyright infringement" (despite obviously being protected by fair use), a parody video was made called "The Tommy Wiseau Show". Wiseau himself is let off fairly lightly, almost to Affectionate Parody levels. A fellow named "John" from TheRoomMovie.com, however, is given perhaps the most brutal evisceration of Doug Walker's online career, being portrayed as a raging, paranoid, and greedy lunatic, obsessed with money and Wiseau's "good image". The video even ends with him crying "I'm John from TheRoomMovie.com!" over and over again, as if he might want his fans to... "get in touch" with him. It's pretty obvious that TGWTG had some unpleasant dealings with him after the review was taken down...
- On a less comedic note, Linkara and Obscurus Lupa have began do take increasing amount of stabs at the site, both on their videos and on their twitter, to the point that A Voice From the Dark is one giant anti-Channel Awesome Author Tract. All the other people who left the site, on the other hand, have long moved past the need to take potshots at the site.
- Talking to Himself: "The Tommy Wiseau Show" has Doug doing this to Tommy Wiseau's... "quirky" acting. But that's just an Affectionate Parody compared to John from TheRoomMovie.com, who took down Doug's review of The Room due to copyright violations.
- Having shaved off his beard at one point, he explains that he lost a bet to Ask That Guy, who appears and has (obviously) also shaved due to a misunderstanding. When Chester A. Bum pops up too, Doug is having a three-way conversation with himself.
- Top Ten List: Top 11, in fact.
- Troper Critical Mass: Big Lipped Alligator Moment became a trope literally hours after The Nostalgia Chick first said it. Kickassia, a no-budget film about nutcases taking over a tiny country, has a longer page than some blockbuster movies or series, plus long Funny, Heartwarming and Awesome Moment pages. Tommy Wiseau apparently crossed the Moral Event Horizon after taking down the The Room review. For God's sake, look at the size of this page!
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The first-year anniversary video had not just NC and AVGN fighting, but just about everyone on the TGWTG site taking sides of reviewers and gamers.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Critic points out no one pays attention to four turtles playing music.
- Video Review Show
- What Do You Mean It's Not for Kids? and/or What Do You Mean It's for Kids?: In some reviews for ostensibly family-friendly films with notably family-unfriendly content, the Nostalgia Critic will comment, "You know, for kids!"