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  • Early-Bird Cameo: Lewis' girlfriend Iron Liz briefly appears out of nowhere during the Warrior 2-3 review, Lampshading that no one will have any idea who the hell she is (Lewis himself did not help much, responding to any questions about who she was with a simple "She's Iron Liz" before Liz got a blog and revealed that they were dating). She made her first official appearance in the review of Chain Gang War #1
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Commentaries made after 2010 have pointed instances out.
    • Early episodes have Linkara searching for the comic he is reviewing until he finds it and says 'Aha! Now we've got it!'
    • The Adamantium Rage review is both a crossover and non-comic review, but is a numbered episode. 
    • The Magic Gun was originally just a gun referred to as his Suicide Pistol.
  • Easter Egg:
    • The New Guardians #2 review contains some text flashing onscreen for a split second during a clip of one of Hitler's speeches saying 'Yeah, I can see why Germany would want to follow this shouting, drug-crazed lunatic. Zomg Easter Egg! Hi TV Tropes!' 
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: He frequently says in-universe that Bulk and Skull are "the real stars" of Power Rangers in his comic reviews.
    • He declared Joe, who showed up in all of one panel, to be his favorite character of the Silent Hill comics. Of course he wasn't facing much competition from the rest of the cast.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: He epically calls out Marvel Team-Up #127 for it, as an innocent woman died so a sleazy drug dealer could be reunited with her grandfather.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Even 90's Kid was disgusted by Superboy Prime vaporizing a pregnant woman in Countdown to Final Crisis.
      • From Planet of the Symbiotes

Linkara: Even 90's Kid isn't creepy enough to want to prop up Kurt Cobain's body onstage!

    • Linksano may have no problems with driving Linkara insane, but it is revealed in the The Spirit review that melting kittens is "a line we dare not cross".
    • Linkara also says that not even Frank Miller, an infamous Dirty Old Man, would stoop so low as to sexualize underage girls.
    • Apparently, Rob Liefeld looks like a better artist when compared to Pat Lee's work.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: Bear!!
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: "The bears are everywhere, man... See?! BEAR!!!"
  • Executive Meddling: Linkara points out editors should stick to editing and leave the writing to writers.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Eyes Always Shut: Termed as "Youngblood's Disease".
  • F Minus Minus: Linkara has been known to hand out F triple and quadruple minuses.
  • Fail O'Suckyname:
    • In his review of Uncanny X-Men #424 he said that Chuck Austen "could not fail any more if [his] name was Faily McFailing Fail!"
    • Points out in his Doom's IV #2 review that "Grimm" wasn't a great choice, as it's kind of depressing and that there must have been other things they could have called him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Linkara on the Top 11 Worst Heroes to Villains:

"What these comics are trying to tell us is that love ultimately leads to death, destruction, and the devil. In other words, love no-one. Ever."

    • Also notes this with Batman: Fortunate Son, which seems to have the message that rock and roll music causes violence.
  • Fan Nickname: Linkara has a slew of these for Super-Boy Prime in Countdown; including "Superboy-Primadonna", "Superbitch-Prime", and "Spasticboy-Prime". He also takes to calling Robin "Dick Grayson, Age 12" during his All-Star Batman and Robin review in reference to the detail being repeated more than is strictly necessary; by the end of the review, he is also calling the ASBAR version of Batman 'Crazy Steve.'
    • He refers to the gun-using old Superman of Superman: At Earth's End as "Bearded Idiot". Similarly, he coins "Captain Cuckoo" for Captain Marvel in Superman: Distant Fires.
    • He gives Hippolyta multiple nicknames during the Amazons Attack review: Hippopotamus Brain, Hibonkersla, Smokingalottapolyta, etc. In his Maximum Clonage review he calls her Queen Hippolobotomy
    • He refers to the bodyguard character from Zero Patrol as "Blandy the Bodyguard"
  • Fanon Discontinuity: One of the biggest reasons he won't review One More Day--He would first have to acknowledge its existence.
  • Fantastic Aesop: Described in his New Guardians #2 review.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Warrior's concept of Destrucity, a Portmanteau meant to symbolize the truce between one's future destiny and current reality.
  • Flat What:
    • His reaction to the use of the McCarran Act in "Amazons Attack #3".
    • Used in his and Liz's first Yu-Gi-Oh! duel, when she Monster Reborns a card that she had to discard.

Liz: I'll bring out my Red Eyes Black Dragon...
Lewis: What.
Liz: That you made me get rid of.

Lewis: What.

    • Used again in the second round.

Liz: Well, we can't have you continuing this any longer, so I'm gonna sacrifice these two cards...
Linkara: What.
Liz: ...whip out one Blue Eyes White Dragon...
Linkara: What.
Liz: And you, sir, are going to be killed.
Linkara: What.

    • Even The Entity gets one in the Electric Tale of Pikachu review:

Entity: ...Existence will be solely defined by me, because I am existence!
Linkara: Oh, and then what're you going to do? 
Entity: What.

  • Floating Head Syndrome: He has commented on/lampooned this many times.
  • Foe Yay: Discussed with regards to the Linkara/Dr. Insano relationship, which the actors are very well aware is extrapolated by the fandom.
    • Linkara points out the Super Ninja in Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos #1 is unleashing his hatred of Chuck Norris... by punching a huge portrait of him.
  • Follow the Leader: Reviewed adverts in comic books in an attempt to copy The Nostalgia Critic reviewing nostalgic commercials.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Notes how even towels do this in 22 Brides issue #1.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The blinking "Extreme" logo in the Newmen review flashes "Buy Revolution of the Mask" and, even more briefly, "If you can read this, you paused the video."
  • Fridge Logic:
    • After Linkara finishes his New Guardians review, he pops out and says: "Wait a second - if their mission is to proliferate their DNA through procreation, why is there a gay guy in the group?"
    • He points out the character in Silent Hill: The Room could just break the wall to remove the chains.
    • He points out that this can ruin some of the few seemingly good part of Countdown to Final Crisis. Most notably, he admits that when the Monitor Bob made his Face Heel Turn, he originally found it an exciting and interesting twist, but thinking more on it (and rereading the earlier issues) made him realise that Bob's betrayal made no sense when matched up to everything he had been doing before, and pretty much came out of nowhere
    • A recurring criticism of stories where heroes lose their powers is that it also applies to ones like Martian Manhunter who doesn't actually have any beyond natural abilities of his species.
  • Fridge Horror: To quote a comment from the third part of his JLA: Act of God review:

Joe England: "And isn't it just so in-character how Wonder Woman was contemplating suicide WHILE WITH CHILD?? Dear lord."
Linkara (In Response): "Good God, I didn't even think of that."

"No, I'm not gonna make a furry joke. Get over it, Internet--some people don't have the same interests as you. Besides, she's a bug, not a furred animal... NEXT CHARACTER."

  • Gambit Roulette: Prometheus from Cry for Justice seems to depend on nothing but these and Ass Pulls.
    • Dr Doom's plan from Ultimates 3, as revealed in Ultimatum. Linkara goes on a long rant with it.
  • Gatling Good: He uses it to take out Pyramid Head.
  • A God Am I: Linkara parodies the trope in his New Guardians review, which depicts Crazy Awesome Snowflame as a god and includes the statement "He will rise in three days amongst the marijuana leaves!"
  • Godwin's Law: Invokes this in his New Guardians #2 review when he points out that the concept of a group of people being chosen to reproduce due to their genetic superiority sounds strangely familiar...
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Linkara chews out Superman at Earth's End for apparently taking this viewpoint.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck: Linkara is not afraid to use lighter swears like ass, Hell, damn, etc., but generally refrains from using stronger ones. He has even said "Funk and Wagnall" in the place of the F-bomb at least three times; ironically (or intentionally), it makes that sentence funnier. In his Top 15 Screw-Ups he admits he uses such words in real life all the time, even pointing out some examples listed below where they do bleed into his reviews, but he chooses to not use them in his reviews because he feels they are better off without them.
    • He doesn't, however, have a problem with playing "America, Fuck Yeah" uncensored whenever Captain America shows how much of a badass he is.
    • He also has no issues with writing gratuitous profanity for other people, as evidenced by the number of F-bombs Spoony drops in Linkara-written crossovers.
    • He also has no issues with it in bloopers, as evidenced by the cross-over Wonder Woman 2011 pilot review.
      • Not quite true, since in an "odds and ends" post, he remarks that he didn't know Nash was going to include it uncensored and would have asked him to bleep it.
  • Guest Host: Pollo organizes Harvey Finevoice and 90s Kid to keep the scheduled reviews, despite Linkara being kidnapped to another dimension.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Several in-universe examples for Linkara.
    • He still collects Power Rangers toys and after stating all the flaws in Marvel's MMPR #1 he still can't say it sucks because it's Power Rangers.

"It's cheesy, it's over the top, and I love every second of it!"

  • Gundamjack: Neutro
  • Halloween Episode: The Silent Hill comic reviews in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
  • Hammerspace: Every time Linkara does his "I AM A MAN! *PUNCH* routine he pulls something different back on screen each time, including his stuffed bear and Iron Liz, among others. When he asked Liz how she got there, she had no idea.
    • There is also the time he couldn't pull his hand back.

Linkara "Help! I-I'm stuck!"

"We cut to New York and the... the World Trade Center. Towers. Well I mean this was made in 1990. There shouldn't be anything wrong. (later) "Later An Omnious Black, Cloud, Hovers... Above... The... Renowned... Twin... Towers..." (puts hand on face and sighs) oh sweet merciful crap.

      • And the second comic in the line doesn't do much better...

"A dark cloud over the world trade towers in the first issue, now hijacking an airplane in this one? This comic is seriously trolling me."

    • Show-related: the joke about Missingno from The Dark Knight Strikes Again Part 2 review is much less funny when you find out who the Entity is...
  • Have a Gay Old Time: In his "Top 15 Comics he will NEVER review", he mentions that "Batman #66" is not heavily requested, but is still denied because he figures that the only reason why people want him to review it is because they want him to say the word "Boner", which meant something much different back during the Silver Age. Just to humor them, he gives them what they want.

"If that's the case, then I shall give you what you want. Boner. Boner Boner. Boner Boning of Boner. Boner Boner. Erect Penis."

    • And in his review of All-American Comics #16:

Alan Scott: What a queer light!

Linkara: (beat) What, it was the 1940s!

  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Lewis's profile picture for Blogspot and Twitter.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Linkara points out in a review of a Captain Planet comic book that because the power of "Heart" gives you Mind Control (in a sense), it should technically be the most powerful ring/power within the series, while Wheeler's fire powers are the weakest. All Wheeler can do, basically, is shoot a stream a fire from his ring.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Episode 13 of his Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Let's Play starts with him still reeling from Biessman's death in the previous episode.
    • Towards the end of the fifth part of the Silent Hill: Dead/Alive review Linkara is led to believe that he sacrificed a little girl to an evil cult. His reaction is to have a stunned My God, What Have I Done? moment, before he attempts to shoot himself.
    • In his Brain Drain Review, Linkara sees The Thing actually considering his grotesque transformation to be a good thing, but he nearly lets this slide, despite his fury that the author had obviously never read a Fantastic Four comic, because the comic is pretty much an advertisement for office max. Then the (literal) BSOD comes on when he sees the writer was Tom Defalco, Former EDITOR-IN-CHIEF at Marvel.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from his being a good singer, who'd have guessed Linkara's a fan of Camelot?
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: His ninja-style dancing, particularly when it is done to Caramelldansen.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As he points out in-universe, The Clone Saga was originally set to be revealed as the handiwork of Mephisto, but the editors decided that Mephisto getting involved with Spider-Man was ridiculous. *ahem*
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: Or rather, Skronk before fleeing. The Ultimate Spoony does this when Linkara finally shoos him away.
  • Ho Yay: Lampshaded. "You are giving the Slash Fic-ers material!"
    • He also pokes fun at all the Ho Yay in Superman: At Earth's End: "For the love of Heidegger, why didn't you marry Bruce instead of Lois?", "Finally Bruce! We can get married like we always wanted to!" "The first priority is Bruce Wayne's desiccated, decaying corpse!"
    • Also in the Batman/Spawn crossover "for god's sake just kiss him already!"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Played for laughs in Linking Up with Linkara when The Nostalgia Chick and Marz Gurl declare they are going lesbian and he asks if he can watch. NChick tells him "No that's exploitation, you're a feminist that's bad."
    • At the end of Silent Hill: The Grinning Man Whately is killed by the same Magic Gun/Girl his cult created by sacrificing the girl in the first place.
  • Homage: In his commentary on Adamantium Rage, Linkara explicitly states that the whole thing was a homage to Spoony, pointing out all of the intentional parallels with Spoony's review style of the time, and noting that the format of the review was devised so that Linkara could work with him without piling on more work for the exhausted Spoony (who was burnt out from working on several other projects shortly beforehand).
  • Hookers and Blow: What Linkara claims he's using the "Revolution Of The Mask" money on before realizing what he said.
  • Hypocrisy Nod:
    • Linkara often decries the All There in the Manual nature of some series, since required information cannot be found within the series itself.

Linkara: "I can't begin to imagine how anyone followed all this stuff at the time. It'd be like if I introduced plot elements in my show that somehow ended up on Spoony's show and... uh... nevermind." 

Linkara: Who the Hell enjoys having their comics narrated to? Wait...

    • At the beginning of Linkara's "Wolverine: Adamantium Rage" review, Spoony's casual dismissals of Linkara prompts him to declare that he will make his own video game review show that will "be ten times as original!" The following intro segment is a complete shot-for-shot copy of the intro to Spoony's show with the same theme song.
    • 90s Kid mocking the stupid, Totally Radical attempt at slang in Nightcat #1 with his own stupid, Totally Radical slang.
    • In "New Guardians #2" he mocks a CIA agent's brown jacket over a plaid shirt saying he looks like a used car salesman.
    • Linkara compares the lazy writing of Sonic Live to that of him suddenly having access to the technology of Power Rangers and Star Trek without any kind of explanation for how he did. To add to the awkwardness, he was actually holding a Power morpher and a phaser while arguing that.
    • He complains about the "Greatest Responsibility" storyline branching through three Spider-Man titles which made it hard for fans to follow, then remembers his own shared storylines with The Spoony Experiment.
    • Upon seeing that Dave Willis of Shortpacked donated some Dreamwave Transformers, he quips "I thought you were made of sterner stuff. Why throw away these comics so recklessly?" Cut to ten minutes later, when he does just that.
    • In his review of the Lady Gaga comic Fame, he complains about the protagonist.

Linkara: Why would anyone find this entertaining? Just watching some overweight jerk with a hat sitting on a green sofa, making rude comments about other people's work and I think I'll shut up now.

    • How about Mighty & Morphing Power Rangers?

Irate!Linkara: There's too many words here! I don't need to read all these words.

    • Used again, though a bit more subdued, in his review of a Spawn/Batman team up comic.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: On the video review for Ultimates 3, Issue 1, an irate commenter told Lewis something along the lines of, "I'm sick of these videos. You're obnoxious, pretentious, and your editing is atrocious." Linkara's response?

"What's wrong with my editing?"

  • I Want You to Meet An Old Friend of Mine:
    • Lewis' father plays his older self in the review of Superman vs. The Terminator. Later his whole family shows up as the ghosts from A Christmas Carol.
    • In the Star Trek/X-Men review we see his mom as a Starfleet Admiral.
    • Lovhaug Sr. comes back at the end of Linkara's Halloween Silent Hill special as Whately.
  • Ice Cream Koan: Linkara has FUUUN making these up in the second live review. 
  • Idiot Ball: Pointed out and named by Linkara in his crossover with Film Brain:

Film Brain: "Finally they get back to the idea of killing The Spirit, which of course they plan to do by having Plaster cut him up to tiny little pieces that they will post all over the country. Or you know, they could just blow him up."
Linkara: "Shh! The Octopus is holding his idiot ball!"

  • Imagine Spot: He fails to recognise the Neutro destruction sequences in Neutro #1 as one - of course, this was probably deliberate for the sake of humor.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The cover art of Chain Gang War #1.
  • Improbable Age: Breaks Linkara's Willing Suspension of Disbelief in Superman Meets the Quik Bunny.
    • Also in his Silent Hill Dead/Alive review. Linkara is too young to have had a daughter, raised her to thirteen (with her mother), tortured her to death AND forgotten about it so well, there's no lingering signs in his life. The story line would have worked better with someone in their mid-thirties at the youngest. Linkara acknowledges this in the commentary. 
  • In Name Only: Several in-universe namings of the trope (though this applies to single characters more than franchises).
    • By two-thirds of the way through his Superman: At Earth's End review, Linkara can only bring himself to refer to the title character as "Bearded Idiot."
    • In an early text review he dubs the title character of All-Star Batman and Robin "BINO" (Batman In Name Only). In the video version he decides that "Batman" must actually be an insane hobo who found a Batman costume and dubs him "Crazy Steve."
    • The plot of Godyssey is so in contrast to Jesus' actual life and teachings that Linkara suggests the Greek gods found the wrong crucifixion victim, naming him Jesús [1], the Christian martial artist. He was All Just a Dream anyway
    • The "Previously On..." segments are all very much this--it is mercilessly Played for Laughs.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Makes a reference to the Trope Namers while talking about The Question in his The Dark Knight Strikes Again review.
  • Incendiary Exponent: He manages to light The Dark Knight Strikes Again on fire by punching it while wearing the Battilizer.
  • Infant Immortality: Concerning Lian Harper's death in Cry for Justice, Linkara comments that the trope is "ludicrous," but he is still enraged that the particular example was used purely to shock the reader (and set Roy Harper on a Darker and Edgier turn) instead of actually benefiting the story.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Points out that Nightcat blowing up a garbage barge would pollute Hudson River even more.
  • Informed Ability: While the characters in Batman: Fortunate Son say Izaak Krowe is a good musician, Linkara does not see it. The reason is that comic books (unlike music) are a purely visual medium, and unless a CD was actually included with the comic, we have no way of knowing if this guy is as good a musician as the characters say he is.
  • Informed Wrongness: Invoked by Linkara in-universe. Big Barda's Internal Monologue in Action Comics #592 describes the back alley she stumbles into as being worse than Apokolips, but Linkara comments that this is a patently false statement, since this alley, though unpleasant, is a Sugar Bowl compared to Apokolips, which is a close approximation to hell.
  • Inherently Funny Words: In the episode "15 Comics I Won't Review", Linkara refuses to review a highly-requested issue of Batman because it's the "Joker's Boner" issue and he knows everyone just wants to make him say "boner" repeatedly throughout a review. So, to get it out of everyone's system, he says "boner" repeatedly for the next two minutes.
  • Insult to Rocks: In his crossover review of Spider-Man: One Moment In Time with The Last Angry Geek, he once again loudly declares that Joe Quesada is a Hack, and that calling him that is doing a favor to the other hacks out there by making them look better in comparison.
  • Insulted Awake: Backfires when he snaps out a possessed Spoony with the line "You're standing in my spot, sir." from SWAT 4. Spoony woke up, but punched Linkara, shouting "I'm not in your fucking way!".
  • Internet Backdraft: Parodied in-universe in his Holiday Shopping Guide video; as he is telling the audience "do your own research to find comics you like rather than bugging me all the time for suggestions" he looks over to a Fan Base meter slowly lowering and quickly changes his tune. When he lets Pollo do a review, after the Mechakara arc, Pollo goes on an anti-Garth Ennis rant as Linkara quietly weeps at how much this must be pissing off so many of his fans.
  • Keet: Lewis in real life, according to Spoony; he insisted on filming their crossover right after doing Kickassia for eight hours straight.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Comments on it at least three times in the review of "The Invincible Four of Kung Fu & Ninja #1".
  • Killed Off for Real: The Entity according to Linkara (although he has a possible sequel in mind, if it ever happens).
  • Kill It with Fire: This what Linkara does to his reviled copy of Superman: At Earth's End at the end of his review and to his copy of The Dark Knight Strikes Again at the end of Part 3.
    • He later admitted in the Kamandi at Earth's End review that he didn't really burn the Superman comic; he didn't have a print copy when filming, burned another comic with a copy of the cover and later just tore up the Superman comic upon receiving it. He did finally burn a copy of the Superman comic in the Kamandi review (though not without difficulty due to the paper quality). 
  • Lampshade Hanging: At the start of his Doctor Who Classics #7, Linkara asks Liz if she's ever thought about how weird their lives are, considering they review comic books & table top games respectively, yet they have access to tech from Power Rangers and Star Trek and are about to go into battle against a being who has conquered universes; Liz doesn't see it.
    • "My God, it's the Vorsoth! And it's very poorly animated!"
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: Has done this a few times.

"My thanks to the three people who get that joke."

  • Large Ham:
  • Larynx Dissonance
    • Linkara himself does not try for a convincing female voice since he is just reading dialog out loud.
    • Due to her larynx condition, Iron Liz does fine male voices... and then does a Linkara-esque falsetto for female voices anyway.
  • Left the Background Music On: In the intro to the S.C.I.-Spy #1 review the theme to James Bond plays as Linkara does spy-stuff while attempting to open a violin case with the comic. Suddenly, the music changes to that of Charlie's Angels and Linkara imitates the intro to that show, before turning his MP3 player off.
  • Lego Genetics: Linkara points out that Superman does not have "superpowers;" his abilities are perfectly natural for a Kryptonian and no more "super" than any normal human ability. To remove his powers in Act of God he would have to be completely altered genetically, more likely killing him then removing his powers. Linkara even says genetics are not Lego bricks.
  • Leitmotif:
    • '90s Kid's rants are always backed up by Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, though he sometimes uses "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic in its place. "Finger of Fear" for Dr. Insano (and Dr. Linksano). "Graveyard" for Mechakara.
    • If you hear "Combine Harvester" by the Wurzels playing, that means Linkara has just lost it.
    • If Captain America (comics) does something awesome, "America, Fuck Yeah!" is sure to follow.
  • Let's See You Do Better: Linkara got some criticism of this nature from Frank Miller fans after he criticised some of Miller's most recent works, with numerous comments of this nature about his own comic efforts. Linkara pointed out that he has only been doing it for a few years while Miller has been continuously working for three decades, and it is not unreasonable to suggest that his work could be better than it is.
  • Lethal Joke Character/Not So Harmless:
    • Ma-ti In Captain Planet #3.
    • Dr. Insano. Make him cut his hair, and he turns into a destroyer of evil robots from an Alternate Universe.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Lampshaded in the 100th episode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He usually wears the same combination of jacket, plaid/black shirt and hat. (although he's shown off his Star Trek uniform collection... and the Power Rangers Zeo version of his reviewer wardrobe!)
  • Lipstick and Load Montage: During the "Linkara Lost" arc, Linkara's real-life girlfriend Iron Liz replaces him for an episode. We see her suiting up in a near shot-for-shot remake of Linkara's own Lock and Load Montage... save for one shot of her applying lipstick.
  • Literal-Minded: In Amazing Spider-Man: Skating on Thin Ice #1, Linkara has a literal interpretation of the phrase "alcohol abuse" in which he verbally and emotionally abuses a bottle of alcohol.
  • Lock and Load Montage: We got one first during the Amazons Attack introduction (after a failed Training Montage). His opening notably features one as well.
  • Logic Bomb: Frequently pointed out, with something along the lines of, "Yeah, [insert logical inconsistency here]! ...wait, what?"
  • Losing Horns: Used when talking about Cheshire's relationship in Rise of Arsenal 3-4.
  • Lost Aesop: One of Linkara's primary criticisms of JLA: Act of God was its inability to hold on to a single message. At some points the comic seemed to be anti-vigilante, critiquing superheroes for their "arrogance," but at other points in the stories it seems to imply that it is the responsibility of any socially conscious individual to take matters into their own hands. Sometimes it explains the importance of working within the system and at other times people who do so are only too scared to break out of it. At no point does it give a consistent, clear message to its readers.
  • Madness Mantra: "ANTI-LIFE JUSTIFIES MY HATE!"
  • Malevolent Architecture: Noted numerous times throughout his Let's Play of Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force

Whoa, apparently the Borg don't have OSHA, because this thing just tried to kill me!

  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Has a surprisingly broad vocal range when voicing all the different characters in the comics he reads out, especially the falsetto ones for the women. Also has a few distinctive ones pulled out for humor value (for example, a Sean Connery impression for anyone connected with espionage, and his Superboy-Prime voice for any similarly whiny character).
  • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: The hundredth episode features dozens of the other contributors to That Guy With The Glasses singing/saying lines from the theme song.
  • Meaningful Background Event: During the "His Blue Soul" storyline (specifically the Top 15 Personal Favorite jokes and all the cameos filmed during that timeframe), Tom Servo can be seen looking at Linkara because Pollo is trying to get his attention but still hasn't gotten his speech systems working yet. This one was subtle enough that Lewis had to point it out in the comments for the Youngblood #4/Search for Spock double feature.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Harvey Finevoice has a fine voice.
    • Linkara pointed out in the Warrior #2 and #3 review that his own name, Lewis, means "warrior" in several languages and that he has more of a basis to call himself a warrior than the Ultimate Warrior.
  • Meanwhile Back At The: "Meanwhile, at an undisclosed location just down the hall..."
  • Medium Awareness: In the Ewoks #9 review,

Linkara: How did you make that text appear like that?
Iron Liz: How did you do it with the "E-Walks" joke?
Linkara: Ahh, touché.

  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, Captain America
  • Mind Screw: The conclusion of the Silent Hill Dead/Alive review, somewhat appropriately. In his review of Detective Comics #27, Linkara notes that he does not have to do his introduction every time because he could simply edit in a previous instance and we would never know. He then grins and remarks "how's that for a mind screw?"
  • Missing the Good Stuff: In "Linking Up with Linkara" he wakes up to find he has just had an incredible threesome with The Nostalgia Chick and Marz Gurl, but cannot remember anything about it. They also declare that they will not do it again as nothing could possibly measure up to the first time, plus he cannot just watch the two of them because of his own loud and proud feminist views. It is all a prank, but he is left to stew about it for a week.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In his "Athena #1" review Linkara officially announces that he is straight, to counter accusations that he dislikes women being objectified in comic books because he is gay (rather than feminist disagreement with the concept of boob windows and constant ass shots).
  • Milestone Celebration: Every February 15th, Linkara reviews a Youngblood comic because his very first text review of a comic was of a Youngblood issue on that date.
    • He also takes a look at the clone saga during the shows video anniversary.
  • Mood Whiplash: Occasionally, the introductory segment of the show that plays before the theme song clashes wildly with the theme song itself. This is particularly true of the latest Silent Hill episodes, where the creepy monologue about the Little Girl is instantly followed by the cheerful, upbeat theme song.
    • Near the end of Ultimatum #1-2, he's ultra-excited about seeing Captain America and Thor fight off all kinds of dead creatures, until it cuts to The Blob eating The Wasp. Linkara enters rage mode, declaring the comic sucks before he even finishes it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, even '90s Kid could not get behind Countdown after Superboy-Prime killed the pregnant Lana Lang from an alternate Earth.
  • More Dakka: He goes from laser-shooting Flintlock to a BFG he got off Cable to an arm mounted minigun.
  • Mr. Exposition: Todd in the Shadows and The Rap Critic are brought in for context on KISS and Eminem, respectively.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Linkara has come up with multiple explanations for why a character's forehead was emitting pink bubbles in one comic.
  • Multiple Endings: Parodied in the "Alternate Endings" follow-up to his Silent Hill: Dying Inside review - the alternate endings include being trapped in a room a la Silent Hill: The Room, being trapped in Phantasmagoria 2 in a Shout-Out to Spoony, and Harvey Finevoice turning out to be an alien who takes him to a planet which has good comics. Parodied again in a similar followup to his Silent Hill: Dead / Alive vid.
  • My Future Self and Me: Linkara and his father.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Linkara has one of these when Silent Hill convinces him that he was one of the people responsible for torturing a little girl to create the Magic Gun. This caused him to nearly kill himself before he was stopped by said little girl/magic gun.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: He often gets other Internet celebrities' names wrong, like The Forky Experiment and Film Brian. In one video he mistakes Dr. Insano for both Bennett the Sage and That Chick With The Goggles.
    • In the Mr. T #2 (AP Comics) review's "Previously On...", none of the title card artists seem to be aware of who Dr. Insano is and refer to him as various other famous fictional scientists, to his irritation. Eventually he gives up on correcting them and lets them believe he is Doktor Sleepless.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: There is a lovely little Lampshade Hanging of this practice in his Daredevil #306 review regarding the Surgeon General, whose last name is actually Cutter:

Peripheral vision? What's that?

"And after that it just gets weeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiird."

  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • The review of All-Star Batman and Robin includes parts of the script and the disclaimer is used just to assure us that what the viewer is seeing actually is what Frank Miller wrote - particularly that Miller admits in writing to being shameless in wanting a close-up panel of Vicki Vale's panty-clad ass.
    • The Ultimates #3 review notes that his voicing the Tony Stark robot as a drunk is not just his own joke, but the robot actually asks for vodka at one point.
    • In the Youmacon live review of Marvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man #1, Linkara brings up Spider Man Reign[2] and mentions the fact that in that story, Mary Jane died from exposure to Peter's radioactive sperm. He then follows up with one of these.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: BEAR!
  • Oh Crap: Happens to him a few times while interviewing Kristanna Loken after she catches on that he does not think too highly of the movies they are discussing. The video is narrated/commented on by Spoony, who explains that you can actually see the moment when Linkara realizes the situation.
  • Oh, Wait!: Not only used, but pretty much a staple of his humor.
  • Old Shame: In his preamble for Black Web #1, Linkara actually makes references to his past works like Lightbringer, his self-published novel series, and a message-board based Pokémon RPG.
    • He says the latter of these may or may not have been converted to a site for porn in his absence.
  • One of Us: Has become a more than just Linkara trope, with Sherlock Owen claiming 'A Wizard Did It'. 
  • Only Sane Man: Views Joe, a minor character from Silent Hill: Paint It Black who kicked Ike Issacs from his apartment, to be the only sensible character in all of Scott Ciencin's Silent Hill comics.
  • Only Six Faces: Points out that the only distinguishing traits of the Sultry Teenage Super Foxes are the hairstyles.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • In his review of Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1 & #2, which he conducts entirely as Harvey Finevoice. His adopted accent noticeably slips at times; trying to keep that accent while simultaneously doing completely different accents for the characters in the comic breaks it more than anything. Points for trying though.
    • Linkara points out that Goldfinger's accent in James Bond Jr. keeps slipping, but into what, we could not say.
  • Pandering to the Base: Invoked in-universe twice. Two of the 15 Comics I'll Never Review kept getting requests because of certain lines and words the fans wanted to hear him say. In response, he recites these bits out of context during their respective comics' segments.
  • Papa Wolf: Whatever you do, do NOT troll MarzGurl on Twitter if you have an IQ less than 100. Linkara has always been one of Marz Gurl's staunchest supporters, often defending her in the face of the deluge of criticism she received while she was still trying to find her voice, and even doing a joint review of Cool World with her during the Brawl. In fact, whenever anyone has anything mean to say about anyone on TGWTG, Linkara will be among the first to defend them.
    • Also you can insult him and Liz all you want but you do NOT insult his fans.
    • Liz is now off limits too. When she announced their breakup, he followed by preemptively threatening anyone who would dare lash out at her.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The Care Bears could be watching you...
  • Pass the Popcorn: During Silent Hill: Dead/Alive, it looks like Christabella is finally going to get her comeuppance. Linkara's reaction? "Ooh, hang on a second! Let me get some popcorn!" The comic does not give him a proper chance.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Idiostuperiffic.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: "Harley Quiiinn..."
  • Pet Peeve Trope: Linkara has several that tick him off.
  • Phrase Catcher: Linkara, whenever Liz cracks a pun.
  • Plot Hole: Will of course jump on them.
    • Linkara sees that the villains in the James Bond Jr. #3 comic are Goldfinger and Oddjob, despite the fact that they are both dead.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: In the second part of the Countdown review, Chester A Bum makes good on his threat to destroy it. The Nostalgia Critic was unimpressed. After all, it had stopped all the Classic Disney Shorts jokes. He had more of a reaction from seeing Hollywood, Rome, and France destroyed instead.
  • Power of Love - Points out in Care Bears #13 that they are literally attacking people with the power of love...
  • Power-Up Letdown: His Maximum Clonage review is upgraded to wide screen! Now you can see... more of the futon and the shadow on one side...
  • "Previously On...": A Running Gag is his frequent recaps that include no content from the prior episode, including Uncanny X-Men #424 and Daredevil #306 (Which included a reference to this very site)

"Oh my God! TV Tropes used one of my quotes!"

    • This tendency is subverted in the review for Secret Defenders #10. Linkara cannot do one as he could only get Phelous as a guest star; everyone else was too busy making crossover videos following the brawl.
  • Product Placement:
    • He subtly inserts references to his independent comic, Revolution of the Mask, into his reviews fairly consistently. Later, after cloning Spoony back to life, he brainwashes the clone to keep inserting subliminal references into his reviews as well - resulting in a Brick Joke in Spoony's Clones of Bruce Lee review where nudity is censored with a Revolution of the Mask ad banner.
    • In his Power Rangers comic review he starts talking about the prop maker he bought his Dragon Dagger from, ending with the web address onscreen and Mechakara calling him out on it.

Mechakara: You are honestly doing a COMMERCIAL in the middle of your review?!
Linkara: "Screw you, hippie--he gave me a discount!"

  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Joe Quesada, YOU! ARE! A! HAAAAACK!"
    • "This comic sucks!" becomes this at the end of Amazons Attack.
    • In response to the Kool-Aid Man bursting through a funhouse wall.



  1. pronounced closer to 'Hay-sus'
  2. both comics were by the same author