The Nostalgia Critic
Nostalgia Critic (2007-2012, 2013-present)
Appears in
Smash Bros. Lawl
Weight class
6mm Pistol
C+ (23)

The Nostalgia Critic

Character Description Edit

Along with the 5 Second Movies, The Nostalgia Critic is the most popular video series created by Walker, as well as one of his first. Usually, it involves him on camera critiquing entertainment from the 80's and 90's, although a couple of videos will also target modern popular culture as well. His catchphrase which usually opens and ends each video is "I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it, so you don't have to." The first video was a high-speed, adrenaline-like review of of the 2007 film version of Transformers. Unlike the future videos, this review is more positive. His trademark black hat and suit jacket appear in the video, but the red tie and white shirt did not appear until his review of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Walker's other major character, Chester A. Bum made a special appearance in the Follow That Bird review, and he re-appeared, along with AskThatGuy, in the Nostalgia Critic's : Annihilation review. He also appeared in the Transformers 2 review.

Trophy Description Edit

"Hello I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to". Even at that stage of his life, did he have the decency to do good for other people... After a weekly basis of terrible movies, and Douchey McNitpicks, his rage is now such that it has turned him into a killing machine, with no training whatsoever. Those cute gags that once existed to entertain, now break your shields and make you a goner in no time. It may be the body of an average American, but what it withholds is deadly.

Moveset Edit

Ground attacks Edit

Attack Description Damage
Neutral attack Does a punch, then another punch by the other hand and kicks repeatedly, and can trap fastfallers when used against a wall. 2% (first two hits), 1% (loop)
Down tilt Ducks and kicks out.
Down smash Punches downward on both sides of him. 17%
Forward tilt Smacks the opponent with his hand while yelling "No!"
Forward smash Shoots lightning from his hands. 14%
Up tilt Smacks with his hand above him 9%
Up smash Winds up and releases a Movie jack-in-the-box with a FAIL or GENIUS on a spring inside. Has good horizontal and vertical range, moderate knockback, and low start-up lag. The Movie box can vary between 4 boxes, being: Psycho, Fantastic Four, Shaq Fu and Surf Ninjas. 15%
Dash attack Attacks enemies with a lightning punch, sending them flying. 9%

Aerial attack Edit

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Kicks both feet out in opposite directions, while angrily flipping the bird with both hands.
Forward aerial Performs a jump kick at a 60-degree angle. 6%
Back aerial Does a backwards kick with one leg. 10%
Up aerial Throws an angry comment above him. Taken from his Top 11 Avatar Episodes.
Down aerial

Grab and throw Edit

Attack Description Damage
Grab Grabs with both hands. N/A
Pummel Knees the opponent. 1-2%
Forward throw Throws the opponent forward. His worst throw.
Back throw Throws the opponent forward. however,
Up throw Shrugs and throws the opponent up.
Down throw Tosses the opponent into the ground, shoots them and kicks them. 14%

Other attacks Edit

Attack Description Damage
Floor attack Swings his gun to both sides of him.
Trip attack As his floor attack, but with slightly smaller hitboxes.
Ledge attack

Special moves Edit

Attack Name Description
Standard special HEIL HITLER! The Critic pulls out his 6mm pistol then shoots once while holding will make shoot sideways.
Side special ELEPHANT! The critic says the word "Elephant" and the The Burger King appears and goes in the direction of the side used for the attack.
Up special Mako Miracle The critic makes a head of Mako Iwatsu appear, making the critic float.
Down special EXPLAIN! This attack is a clone of Wario Waft, but causes continuing damage after the attack continues.
Final Smash Critical Rage

Misc. Edit

Misc. Description
On-Screen Appearance The Critic, already on the stage, says "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic."
Taunts Up Laughs.
Side Ready to fight pose and says, "I'm... acting...".
Idle poses
Victory theme
Victory pose 1 Says "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to." then leaves.
2 He shoot a gun upwards and drinks out of a skull as he leaves.
3 Says "Because I like to go one step beyond."
Lose pose He claps happily behind the winner.

Role in The Subspace Emissary Edit

The Nostalgia Critic first appears in Real City when he travels to the house of his rival, the Angry Video Game Nerd. AVGN defeats the Nostalgia Critic in the Nerd's basement, and both have an insult competition until the Irate Gamer shows up and trophies the AVGN. The Critic aims at Irate Gamer, but IG summons the Game Genie and cycles away with the AVGN's lifeless body. The Critic defeats the Game Genie and follows the Irate Gamer's path. On his journey, he encounters Tommy Wiseau, who attacks the Critic for trashing Tommy's movie (The Room) in a review. The Critic wins the match, but he teams up with Wiseau after he notices a Subspace Bomb detonating the city. They fly off with Mako to escape the explosion. Nostalgia Critic later rescues Madotsuki from her balcony, and all three are seen at a park, mourning over their loss of their city.

In Madotsuki's world, the Nostalgia Critic saves Madotsuki from swallowed whole by Big Red. Big Red meets his end with an explosion, and the Critic and Madotsuki protect themselves with a Coke vendor (reference to Critic's review of Double Team). Turns out, it was all Madotsuki's dream. The Critic has his own dream or nightmare about the infamous "Bat Credit Card".

The Nostalgia Critic resumes his search for the Irate Gamer after waking up, with his two companions following after him. Once the Irate Gamer hides through the bushes, the Critic orders the trio to split up for their prey. Unfortunately, the Critic gets trophied by a Shadow Bug copy of the Irate Gamer. The copy creates a clone of the trophied Critic and uses the real Critic as bait for his trap. Seeing the real trophy, Madotsuki and Tommy Wiseau stop their fighting and head for the trap. When the real Nostalgia Critic is revived, the false IG clone pops out and prepares to fight. The Critic mockingly laughs at the false Irate Gamer until the doppeleganger consumes more Shadow Bugs, tripling its size, making the Critic shocked. Despite the clone's size, the heroic trio defeats the clone and chases the real Irate Gamer again to a dessicated wasteland. Just as the Critic stated that Irate Gamer is doomed, he eventually meets a surprise...

Playable appearancesEdit

The Critic is playable in these levels:

Snake Codec Edit

Snake: Mei Ling, who's this guy with the glasses?

Mei Ling: He's the Nostalgia Critic. He remembers it so you don't have to.

Snake: This guy is giving off powerful explosions. I don't wanna even get near him...

Mei Ling: The poor little guy has such a hard life... He faced all kinds of shitty movies... like Kazaam, Mario Bros., and North.

Snake: Uggh, I've seen it... that cheap movie makes my skin crawl...

Mei Ling: Yeah... and after that, his rage slowly grew stronger. I think he formed a rage that's so strong, that he can turn it into explosions.

Snake: Isn't that Mako from the Chinese movies?

Mei Ling: Yeah... the Critic made fun of him in a review.

Snake: Really? I'll punch his balls!

Mei Ling: But be careful... his rage makes him a powerful guy...

Snake: Give me a break... it's not like I'm fighting an elephant. (the Burger King appears the fuck out of nowhere)

Burger King: *naaaaaaaaaaaaa*

Snake: What are you, some kind of king???

Gallery Edit

Palette swaps Edit

Nc colors
  • Grey: Standard.
  • Red: Based on his Wreck it Ralph review video, except with a white shirt.
  • Blue: Based on AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses.
  • Green: Based on Linkara.
  • Sand: Based on Chester A. Bum.
  • White: Based on Santa Christ/Future Nostalgia Critic.
  • Black: Based on Satan.
  • Pink: Based on his attire from his Jem (2015) review.
  • Cyan: Based on his commercials outfit, with a cyan color for his jacker.
  • Orange: Based on his Nostalgiaween (2015) attire.

Artwork Edit

Screenshots Edit

Trivia Edit

  • According to the Lawl Facebook page, the Nostalgia Critic was stated as being one of the hardest characters to animate due to the fact that almost all of his reviews only show his upper body, as his waist and legs are taken from the TGWTG 1 year anniversary brawl.
  • The Critic is the first Celebirty character introduced in Lawl.
  • The Nostalgia Critic is one of two characters whose Star KO #2 animation was never seen, the other being I.M. Meen.
  • According to the description of NC's moveset video, The Nostalgia Critic's name is just "Critic" in the Japanese version of Smash Bros. Lawl.
  • His old Final Smash American Idol (Chuck Norris), has been removed from the game.

Video Edit