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-> ''"Greetings! I am TheCartoonHero, because with great nostalgia comes great responsibility."''

Eli Stone is a reviewer who is a member of Reviewers Unknown, SpaceMonkeyMafiaStudios, and TheRosenHacker's website.. Although he is one of many reviewers who follows the tradition set by Creator/DougWalker, he notably also has shades of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' and claims that one of his biggest inspirations is Chad "CR" Rocco of ''Familiar Faces''. Eli is aware of the fact that he is not the first to do this, and lately references this wiki a ''lot''. As his name suggests, his character is a bitter superhero with the power to command cartoon clichés--which sometimes feel more like tropes--who specializes in animation criticism.

If anything is notable about his series, it's that the show's quality gets increasingly better as time passes. The storyline becomes deeper, the camera quality gets better, and (perhaps not coincidentally) he references TVTropes more and more. Either way, you can find him on Reviewers Unknown [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/category/cartoon-hero/ here]], and on BlipTV [[http://thatguyinthecape.blip.tv/ here]].
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!!This review series contains examples of:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Played straight in the first few episodes -- Eli even regrets that he claimed ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' was a bad show -- but notably averted in the later ones. Even if the movies he reviews are bad by his admission, he always goes out of his way to highlight the best moment of said movie. He even said that he hated doing a negative review of ''OsmosisJones'' because of [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot how much potential it had.]]
* ActingForTwo: Eli has played the Hero, the Villain, and the new character known only as Number Six. This is actually [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in-universe as the Villain is an EvilCounterpart of the Hero from an alternate universe, and Number Six [[spoiler: is a time-traveling clone.]]
* AdultChild: As Eli himself puts it, "I'm an adult... physically, if not mentally."
* AlwaysWantedToSayThat: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the ''PokemonHeroes'' review, doubling as a ShoutOut to LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}.
--> Hero: NO, Nintendo! You do NOT endorse bestiality in your movies! This is not [[SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic Next-Gen!]]
--> *{{Beat}}*
--> I've always wanted to say that.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Mr. Anderson.
* AndShowItToYou: [[spoiler: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide The Cartoon Villain]] does this to [[SoulEater Asura, of all people.]] ]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivered by, of all people, Anderson in the ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' review. This leads into an Armor-Piercing Speech which actually leaves the Hero nonplussed.
* ArtEvolution: It seems like the Hero gets better at making reviews the more of them he makes. [[TropesAreNotBad This might actually work in his favor, as it's fun to watch him grow as a reviewer.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: InUniverse example: [[spoiler:''In Search of the Titanic''.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: He REALLY was annoyed with the fact that the male cows have udders in {{Barnyard}}.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: "And by whose authority do you stand against me?" [[spoiler: Quoth The Cartoon Villain.]]
* AttackReflector: Part of the Hero's repartee, since he has access to Power Slash.
* AuthorAppeal: Superheroes. Enough said.
** Also the ''{{Okami}}'' games. Not only does he have the powers of the Brush Gods now, but he also accused ''CosPrayers'' of slandering the name of Amaterasu.
* BadassCape
* BadFuture: New character Number Six apparently comes from one where [[spoiler: the Hero caused Armageddon.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Ironically, The Hero has only done this once--in fellow reviewer WebVideo/TheHardcoreKid's review of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat''. This also happened in his series, [[spoiler: but instead of him, it was the gods of {{Okami}} that saved him at the last second.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[invoked]] He [[DefiedTrope defies]] calling one out when reviewing ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicVoyage The Magic Voyage]]'', saying that it does not qualify due to the rest of the movie having no logic.
** When calling '[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]' the worst episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' in his "Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons" video, he points out how Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" is never brought up again, thus becoming a Big Lipped Toothless Alligator Moment (in reference to Pinkie's pet alligator, Gummy).
*** This complaint [[{{Jossed}} no longer applies]], as Pinkie Sense has played a part in "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" and "It's About Time"...
*** This is actually addressed in his review of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell Mare-Do-Well]], in which he acknowledges that the Pinkie Sense WAS used in later episodes--but due to going against how the Pinkie Sense worked in previous episodes, Mare-Do-Well was not one of them.
* BigNo / NoJustNoReaction: Happened in the ''CosPrayers'' [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/2724/cartoon-hero-cosprayers-episodes-5-8/ Episodes 5-8 review]], [[spoiler: when he found out that the heroes were working to fulfill the evil goddess's goals all along.]]
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler: "I don't have to, Villain. We're already dead."]]
* CallBack: In the aforementioned Mare-Do-Well review, Don East of Anime Abomination pops in and mentions how the Hero left a script for an Inukami! review on his computer. Believe it or not, this is a reference to an episode from TWO YEARS EARLIER.
* TheCape: Arguably, the Hero is one of the few reviewers who seems genuinely heroic in personality, and according to WordOfGod, that's why he was created.
* CausticCritic: He may hold back against his opponents, but God help the movie that rubs him the wrong way...
* CerebusSyndrome: He started out with very little story, if any, and by now the story between reviews has gone full-on superhero story--well, on a budget, but still...
* ChivalrousPervert: If this quote is any indication...
--> [[{{Inukami}} Nadeshiko]]: W-[[PantyShot white]]...
--> Hero: Ooh, my favorite--I mean, [[WhatTheHellHero what the hell, Keita?]]
* CloningBlues: Clones factor into the new storyline extensively--the end of Season 3 established that [[spoiler: The Hero has been cloned several times by the government agency he's worked for. A large group of them has been destroyed, but the Hero suspects they have reserves.]] And in Season 4, we have Number Six, [[spoiler: a clone of the Hero from a BadFuture that was sent to assassinate him.]]
* ClusterFBomb: The swearing has gotten less frequent in recent episodes, though.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: [[spoiler: Hero--classic red and blue color scheme. Villain--red and black.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Eli is a self-confessed Spider-Man fan, after all.
* CrisisCrossover: From what we've seen, Season 4 seems to be building up to this.
* CrossOver: Has appeared in several other reviewers' videos, mostly those who are also members of Reviewers Unknown.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefiedTrope: In ''HomeOnTheRange'', after pointing out a scene with lesbian overtones, he starts to cue up "[[Film/ThreeHundred This! IS! SPARTA!]]" but cuts it off because "this movie's dumb enough."
* EvenBetterSequel:[[invoked]] In his opinion, ''102 Dalmatians'' is, while not great, still better than the 1996 live-action ''101 Dalmatians''.
* {{Expy}}: The Hero's reviewing style feels like some bizarre combination of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, and ''FamiliarFaces''. And his origin story has shades of CaptainAtom and {{Batman}}.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Villain tried to do this to the Hero by taking away his ability to use his powers--possibly to [[SamaritanSyndrome prevent him from saving anyone.]] [[spoiler: This backfired, and the Hero [[IGotBetter got better]]. ]]
* FollowTheLeader: As with most Internet reviewers, he was inspired by ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. However, he's said that his biggest inspirations were [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and Chad "CR" Rocco of Familiar Faces.
** Ironically reversed in that he reviewed [[TheLegendOfTheTitanic one of the animated Titanic movies]] '''and''' ''QuestForCamelot'' before Doug did.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Huh...so the intruder didn't show up on a DNA scanner, even when combing the entire state?
* FunWithAcronyms: Now we have the recently-activated security computer, DENNIS--Dynamic Energized Nanotechtronic Network of Internal Security.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Hence why they hooked up with the Hero and lent him their power, as he was one of the few people who remembered {{Okami}}--well, that and he has powers similar to theirs already.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Even after he tried to kill him, REPEATEDLY, the Hero still has invited Number Six into his home.
** And even before that, he works with fellow Unknown Reviewer Ozzie Arcane, a(n admittedly retired) villain, which he even collaborated with to review the ''SengokuBasara'' anime. This is even after Ozzie [[spoiler: sent [[SoulEater Asura]] after him!]]
* GuiltyPleasures: ''{{Batfink}}'' (which he says is SoBadItsGood) and ''Manga/GirlsBravo'', according to him.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one in his {{Inukami}} review, set to [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Everything You Know Is Wrong."]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: Inverted. Because [[spoiler: Six didn't immediately break out and kill him, the Hero realized that he can't use his superpowers, only block off the Hero's abilities.]]
* INeedAFreakingDrink: What exactly he's drinking is unclear, given that it's in a clear plastic bottle...
** According to [[WordofGod this Twitter post]], it was tea. https://twitter.com/CartoonHeroGuy/status/241482325509165057
* InAndOutOfCharacter: On his [[http://www.youtube.com/user/theherooftomorrow YouTube channel]], he posts trailers for new Cartoon Hero episodes, and miscellaneous videos where he's out of character. Among them are sound-only commentaries on other video reviewers, done with [[SoulEater Death the Kid]] as an avatar, later replaced by [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd Irving]]. Note: He has since announced that he's stopped doing the commentaries, but he's going to keep doing out-of-character reviews.
* KnightOfCerebus: Two arguable examples:
** When DiamandaHagan made her first appearance, the Hero gained an archnemesis, and more of a backstory.
** Also, [[EvilCounterpart The Cartoon Villain.]]
* MediumAwareness: The Hero is aware that he has a review series, since apparently he started it when he was bored due to downtime from there not being a lot of supervillains to fight. He also apparently was able to watch his own footage in order to foil a villain's plan once.
* MirrorUniverse: [[spoiler:Complete with an evil Hero and a good Hagan!]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: Three words: [[TheMagicVoyage "Look out, fucker!"]]
** Followed by this gem which The Hardcore Kid originally pointed out, [[TheSecretofNimh RUBBER TITTIES!"]]
* MoneyDearBoy: Whenever he thinks that a filmmaker/character is doing something just for the money, he plays that infamous [[MemeticMutation "We've got to have MONEEEEYYYY..."]] clip from the infamous ''[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie Tom and Jerry: The Movie]]''.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Played with in a few different ways. With the nature of the Hero's one ability--control of all cartoon clichés (his words, not ours)--new PARTS of it are revealed as the plot demands. To wit, he has [[StuffBlowingUp his trusty TNT]], [[AnvilOnHead can make it RAIN ANVILS]], has a [[MegatonPunch Falcon Punch]], and in the [[AllThereInTheManual origin comic,]] he has SuperSpeed, can throw an ACME bomb that's actually a smoke bomb, and can [[DropTheHammer pull a giant mallet-style hammer out of nowhere]]. The fact that he can get new abilities this way is actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in his review of said comic [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall as Linkara]].
** He also got a completely new set of abilities courtesy of the [[{{Okami}} Celestial Brush gods]]. [[spoiler:He lost the ability to use them one episode later...[[IGotBetter only to gain it back one SEASON later]].]]
** And now he has his own set of [[MuramasaTheDemonBlade demon blades.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: According to Number Six, [[spoiler: in the future he came from, the Hero causes the end of the world.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] [[EvilCounterpart The Villain]] attempts to convince the Hero that the government agency intends to use him as a superweapon. The Hero doesn't buy it, and even delivers a ShutUpHannibal the second time he tries to convince him. [[spoiler: Turns out, the Villain may have been onto something...]]
* PlayingAgainstType: He did a review of ''HighSchoolMusical'' which has nothing to do with cartoons.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The Hero [[spoiler: albeit in SuperpoweredEvilSide mode]] was able to kill [[spoiler: [[SoulEater Asura. ASURA.]] This is explained later on as the villain who brought him into our world wasn't able to bring him here at full power, but still...]]
* PowerLimiter: That MegatonPunch we mentioned earlier? Apparently he can't use it very often, due to [[spoiler: the scars from the poisoned knife DiamandaHagan cut his arm with in their first encounter.]]
** Also, much like Amaterasu in the actual games, he can't continuously use the brush powers, as doing so for a long enough time renders him completely powerless until he can recharge.
* PrecisionFStrike: Happens a lot lately.
* PuritySue: {{Invoked}} during his Elseworlds Month comparison of the ''BridgeToTerabithia'' movies, Hero derides the 2007 version of Leslie as one of these.
** However, he could have been acting on how he thought WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic would think about her, as he was acting as the Critic for the review.
* ARareSentence: In his review of ''DaBoomCrew'', he says "The French alien army commander" is this.
* RealSongThemeTune: A different one every season.
** Season 1: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
** Season 2: "Hero" by Machinae Supremacy.
** Season 3: "Indestructible" by Disturbed.
** And now Season 4: "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi.
* TheRival: DiamandaHagan. According to WordOfGod, they first met when the TGWTG forum users [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover collaborated]] on TheLandBeforeTime sequels. Their reviews happened to be next to one another in the collab. The rest is history.
* RunningGag: He has a few that NC made famous like [[StreetFighterTheMovie OF COURSE!]] (which he later replaced with one from [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]), but there are a few of his own, like the aforementioned entry under MoneyDearBoy, as well as playing "Gold Digger" whenever...well, a gold-digging female character shows up. Occasionally, however, this is [[DefiedTrope defied]] when the movie actually makes the jokes for him. (See his SharkTale review for an example.)
* SamaritanSyndrome: This is implied to be the reason the Hero [[spoiler: can't leave the government organization he works for, even though he knows they may be secretly trying to weaponize him.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Hardcore Kid thought the Hero was giving him one when he told him not to review TheMagicVoyage. [[spoiler: He was wrong.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Many, MANY examples. A notable one is where he calls the dialogue in ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' "more forced than most of my jokes".
* ShoutOut: Just to name a few...
** [[spoiler: When The Cartoon Villain first showed up in our universe, TheTerminator theme played.]]
** [[spoiler: Followed shortly by a shout-out to Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet.]]
** Continuing with TheTerminator shout-outs, Number Six is pretty much a walking shout-out to the series. He appeared in our time in much the same position Arnold was in when he first arrived (thankfully with clothes on) the music played when he arrived, AND [[spoiler: he was sent to kill the Hero to prevent a BadFuture from happening.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: A memorable one the second time the Villain tries to convince the Hero they're NotSoDifferent. The Hero even states that by destroying all who opposed him, the Villain has [[YouAreWhatYouHate become what he hates.]]
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler:YOU'LL PAY FOR THIS, CARTOON HEROOOOO!!!!!]]
** And in his review of ''[[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie Felix the Cat: The Movie]]'', [[BigWordShout WHYYYYYYYYYYYY????!!!!!]]
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] In-universe, his opinion of ''TheBraveLittleToaster Goes to Mars'' and later, ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' (which he criticized when he first reviewed it but says later that he sees ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' as a GuiltyPleasure) and later calls ''DaBoomCrew'' entertainingly bad.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: His "Elseworlds Month" specials. Justified in-universe as [[spoiler:''In Search of the Titanic'' distorted the fabric of time and space, offering glimpses at other universes.]]
** Also, his review of VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheMinishCap. It was originally for a collab that went defunct before it was finished, but it was his first video game review. This later led to a sub-series called The Art of Gaming, in which he mostly reviews good games--except for that one time he reviewed VideoGame/LostMagic.
* SpaceMonkeyMafiaStudios: Though as he is quick to point out, Eli was on a smaller site called Reviewers Unknown first, and he considers himself primarily one of them.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: It's THE Cartoon Hero. Though he mostly goes by "Hero."
* SpiritAdvisor: The thirteen Celestial Brush gods from {{Okami}} seem to have taken on this role, as he communicates with them through his brush.
* StealthPun: In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' review: "I call bullshit."
* StuffBlowingUp: Considering the nature of the Hero's abilities, this is inevitable. Notably, a stick of TNT is one of his preferred weapons.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: In Season 3, The Cartoon Villain became this.]]
* TemptingFate: For someone who's supposedly GenreSavvy, the Hero does this far too often for his own good.
* ThemeTuneCameo: It's now become a RunningGag that the Hero actually has his own theme tune as his ringtone during each season--sometimes using the previous season's theme before the new theme is revealed in the opening sequence. This is a reference to ''AceAttorney'', where Godot has his own theme as his ringtone.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:[[invoked]] His opinion on ''OsmosisJones''.
* ThouShallNotKill: The Hero is very clear that he will not kill, especially in his recent videos. [[spoiler: And according to his [[AllThereInTheManual comic origin]], it was actually because of Hagan.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: [[TakeThat The]] [[Creator/MNightShyamalan Shyamalanicon]]. [[EvilDead It's VERY clear what it's supposed to be parodying.]]
* UncannyValley:[[invoked]] One of his biggest concerns with ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' was the humanoid faces on the fish characters.
* UnstoppableRage: ''{{Inukami}}'' reduced him to this. [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Supposedly]].
* WeHaveReserves: Appears to be the reason [[spoiler: Anderson cloned the Hero.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[invoked]] One of his ''other '' main concerns with ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' was the fact that it couldn't seem to decide whether or not it was for kids, as it constantly vacillated between juvenile humor and pop-culture references that only adults would get.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The Villain. [[spoiler: It's implied that he is [[KnightTemplar the way he is]] due to the government trying to use him as a superweapon, killing his definition of justice and forcing him to rewrite it--as anyone who stands against him.]]
* WorstWhateverEver: In his review of ''[[VideoBrinquedo The Little Cars in the Great Race]]'', he calls Wrangler: "Worst. Villain. Ever." Watch the review [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/1872/cartoon-hero-little-cars-in-the-great-race/ here!]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Literally, in the case of the new character. So called because he was the sixth [[spoiler: clone of the Hero]] to attempt time travel.

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-> ''"Greetings! I am TheCartoonHero, because with great nostalgia comes great responsibility."''

Eli Stone is a reviewer who is a member of Reviewers Unknown, SpaceMonkeyMafiaStudios, and TheRosenHacker's website.. Although he is one of many reviewers who follows the tradition set by Creator/DougWalker, he notably also has shades of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' and claims that one of his biggest inspirations is Chad "CR" Rocco of ''Familiar Faces''. Eli is aware of the fact that he is not the first to do this, and lately references this wiki a ''lot''. As his name suggests, his character is a bitter superhero with the power to command cartoon clichés--which sometimes feel more like tropes--who specializes in animation criticism.

If anything is notable about his series, it's that the show's quality gets increasingly better as time passes. The storyline becomes deeper, the camera quality gets better, and (perhaps not coincidentally) he references TVTropes more and more. Either way, you can find him on Reviewers Unknown [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/category/cartoon-hero/ here]], and on BlipTV [[http://thatguyinthecape.blip.tv/ here]].
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!!This review series contains examples of:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Played straight in the first few episodes -- Eli even regrets that he claimed ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' was a bad show -- but notably averted in the later ones. Even if the movies he reviews are bad by his admission, he always goes out of his way to highlight the best moment of said movie. He even said that he hated doing a negative review of ''OsmosisJones'' because of [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot how much potential it had.]]
* ActingForTwo: Eli has played the Hero, the Villain, and the new character known only as Number Six. This is actually [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in-universe as the Villain is an EvilCounterpart of the Hero from an alternate universe, and Number Six [[spoiler: is a time-traveling clone.]]
* AdultChild: As Eli himself puts it, "I'm an adult... physically, if not mentally."
* AlwaysWantedToSayThat: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the ''PokemonHeroes'' review, doubling as a ShoutOut to LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}.
--> Hero: NO, Nintendo! You do NOT endorse bestiality in your movies! This is not [[SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic Next-Gen!]]
--> *{{Beat}}*
--> I've always wanted to say that.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Mr. Anderson.
* AndShowItToYou: [[spoiler: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide The Cartoon Villain]] does this to [[SoulEater Asura, of all people.]] ]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivered by, of all people, Anderson in the ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' review. This leads into an Armor-Piercing Speech which actually leaves the Hero nonplussed.
* ArtEvolution: It seems like the Hero gets better at making reviews the more of them he makes. [[TropesAreNotBad This might actually work in his favor, as it's fun to watch him grow as a reviewer.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: InUniverse example: [[spoiler:''In Search of the Titanic''.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: He REALLY was annoyed with the fact that the male cows have udders in {{Barnyard}}.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: "And by whose authority do you stand against me?" [[spoiler: Quoth The Cartoon Villain.]]
* AttackReflector: Part of the Hero's repartee, since he has access to Power Slash.
* AuthorAppeal: Superheroes. Enough said.
** Also the ''{{Okami}}'' games. Not only does he have the powers of the Brush Gods now, but he also accused ''CosPrayers'' of slandering the name of Amaterasu.
* BadassCape
* BadFuture: New character Number Six apparently comes from one where [[spoiler: the Hero caused Armageddon.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Ironically, The Hero has only done this once--in fellow reviewer WebVideo/TheHardcoreKid's review of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat''. This also happened in his series, [[spoiler: but instead of him, it was the gods of {{Okami}} that saved him at the last second.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[invoked]] He [[DefiedTrope defies]] calling one out when reviewing ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicVoyage The Magic Voyage]]'', saying that it does not qualify due to the rest of the movie having no logic.
** When calling '[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]' the worst episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' in his "Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons" video, he points out how Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" is never brought up again, thus becoming a Big Lipped Toothless Alligator Moment (in reference to Pinkie's pet alligator, Gummy).
*** This complaint [[{{Jossed}} no longer applies]], as Pinkie Sense has played a part in "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" and "It's About Time"...
*** This is actually addressed in his review of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell Mare-Do-Well]], in which he acknowledges that the Pinkie Sense WAS used in later episodes--but due to going against how the Pinkie Sense worked in previous episodes, Mare-Do-Well was not one of them.
* BigNo / NoJustNoReaction: Happened in the ''CosPrayers'' [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/2724/cartoon-hero-cosprayers-episodes-5-8/ Episodes 5-8 review]], [[spoiler: when he found out that the heroes were working to fulfill the evil goddess's goals all along.]]
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler: "I don't have to, Villain. We're already dead."]]
* CallBack: In the aforementioned Mare-Do-Well review, Don East of Anime Abomination pops in and mentions how the Hero left a script for an Inukami! review on his computer. Believe it or not, this is a reference to an episode from TWO YEARS EARLIER.
* TheCape: Arguably, the Hero is one of the few reviewers who seems genuinely heroic in personality, and according to WordOfGod, that's why he was created.
* CausticCritic: He may hold back against his opponents, but God help the movie that rubs him the wrong way...
* CerebusSyndrome: He started out with very little story, if any, and by now the story between reviews has gone full-on superhero story--well, on a budget, but still...
* ChivalrousPervert: If this quote is any indication...
--> [[{{Inukami}} Nadeshiko]]: W-[[PantyShot white]]...
--> Hero: Ooh, my favorite--I mean, [[WhatTheHellHero what the hell, Keita?]]
* CloningBlues: Clones factor into the new storyline extensively--the end of Season 3 established that [[spoiler: The Hero has been cloned several times by the government agency he's worked for. A large group of them has been destroyed, but the Hero suspects they have reserves.]] And in Season 4, we have Number Six, [[spoiler: a clone of the Hero from a BadFuture that was sent to assassinate him.]]
* ClusterFBomb: The swearing has gotten less frequent in recent episodes, though.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: [[spoiler: Hero--classic red and blue color scheme. Villain--red and black.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Eli is a self-confessed Spider-Man fan, after all.
* CrisisCrossover: From what we've seen, Season 4 seems to be building up to this.
* CrossOver: Has appeared in several other reviewers' videos, mostly those who are also members of Reviewers Unknown.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefiedTrope: In ''HomeOnTheRange'', after pointing out a scene with lesbian overtones, he starts to cue up "[[Film/ThreeHundred This! IS! SPARTA!]]" but cuts it off because "this movie's dumb enough."
* EvenBetterSequel:[[invoked]] In his opinion, ''102 Dalmatians'' is, while not great, still better than the 1996 live-action ''101 Dalmatians''.
* {{Expy}}: The Hero's reviewing style feels like some bizarre combination of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, and ''FamiliarFaces''. And his origin story has shades of CaptainAtom and {{Batman}}.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Villain tried to do this to the Hero by taking away his ability to use his powers--possibly to [[SamaritanSyndrome prevent him from saving anyone.]] [[spoiler: This backfired, and the Hero [[IGotBetter got better]]. ]]
* FollowTheLeader: As with most Internet reviewers, he was inspired by ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. However, he's said that his biggest inspirations were [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and Chad "CR" Rocco of Familiar Faces.
** Ironically reversed in that he reviewed [[TheLegendOfTheTitanic one of the animated Titanic movies]] '''and''' ''QuestForCamelot'' before Doug did.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Huh...so the intruder didn't show up on a DNA scanner, even when combing the entire state?
* FunWithAcronyms: Now we have the recently-activated security computer, DENNIS--Dynamic Energized Nanotechtronic Network of Internal Security.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Hence why they hooked up with the Hero and lent him their power, as he was one of the few people who remembered {{Okami}}--well, that and he has powers similar to theirs already.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Even after he tried to kill him, REPEATEDLY, the Hero still has invited Number Six into his home.
** And even before that, he works with fellow Unknown Reviewer Ozzie Arcane, a(n admittedly retired) villain, which he even collaborated with to review the ''SengokuBasara'' anime. This is even after Ozzie [[spoiler: sent [[SoulEater Asura]] after him!]]
* GuiltyPleasures: ''{{Batfink}}'' (which he says is SoBadItsGood) and ''Manga/GirlsBravo'', according to him.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one in his {{Inukami}} review, set to [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Everything You Know Is Wrong."]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: Inverted. Because [[spoiler: Six didn't immediately break out and kill him, the Hero realized that he can't use his superpowers, only block off the Hero's abilities.]]
* INeedAFreakingDrink: What exactly he's drinking is unclear, given that it's in a clear plastic bottle...
** According to [[WordofGod this Twitter post]], it was tea. https://twitter.com/CartoonHeroGuy/status/241482325509165057
* InAndOutOfCharacter: On his [[http://www.youtube.com/user/theherooftomorrow YouTube channel]], he posts trailers for new Cartoon Hero episodes, and miscellaneous videos where he's out of character. Among them are sound-only commentaries on other video reviewers, done with [[SoulEater Death the Kid]] as an avatar, later replaced by [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lloyd Irving]]. Note: He has since announced that he's stopped doing the commentaries, but he's going to keep doing out-of-character reviews.
* KnightOfCerebus: Two arguable examples:
** When DiamandaHagan made her first appearance, the Hero gained an archnemesis, and more of a backstory.
** Also, [[EvilCounterpart The Cartoon Villain.]]
* MediumAwareness: The Hero is aware that he has a review series, since apparently he started it when he was bored due to downtime from there not being a lot of supervillains to fight. He also apparently was able to watch his own footage in order to foil a villain's plan once.
* MirrorUniverse: [[spoiler:Complete with an evil Hero and a good Hagan!]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: Three words: [[TheMagicVoyage "Look out, fucker!"]]
** Followed by this gem which The Hardcore Kid originally pointed out, [[TheSecretofNimh RUBBER TITTIES!"]]
* MoneyDearBoy: Whenever he thinks that a filmmaker/character is doing something just for the money, he plays that infamous [[MemeticMutation "We've got to have MONEEEEYYYY..."]] clip from the infamous ''[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie Tom and Jerry: The Movie]]''.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Played with in a few different ways. With the nature of the Hero's one ability--control of all cartoon clichés (his words, not ours)--new PARTS of it are revealed as the plot demands. To wit, he has [[StuffBlowingUp his trusty TNT]], [[AnvilOnHead can make it RAIN ANVILS]], has a [[MegatonPunch Falcon Punch]], and in the [[AllThereInTheManual origin comic,]] he has SuperSpeed, can throw an ACME bomb that's actually a smoke bomb, and can [[DropTheHammer pull a giant mallet-style hammer out of nowhere]]. The fact that he can get new abilities this way is actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in his review of said comic [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall as Linkara]].
** He also got a completely new set of abilities courtesy of the [[{{Okami}} Celestial Brush gods]]. [[spoiler:He lost the ability to use them one episode later...[[IGotBetter only to gain it back one SEASON later]].]]
** And now he has his own set of [[MuramasaTheDemonBlade demon blades.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: According to Number Six, [[spoiler: in the future he came from, the Hero causes the end of the world.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] [[EvilCounterpart The Villain]] attempts to convince the Hero that the government agency intends to use him as a superweapon. The Hero doesn't buy it, and even delivers a ShutUpHannibal the second time he tries to convince him. [[spoiler: Turns out, the Villain may have been onto something...]]
* PlayingAgainstType: He did a review of ''HighSchoolMusical'' which has nothing to do with cartoons.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The Hero [[spoiler: albeit in SuperpoweredEvilSide mode]] was able to kill [[spoiler: [[SoulEater Asura. ASURA.]] This is explained later on as the villain who brought him into our world wasn't able to bring him here at full power, but still...]]
* PowerLimiter: That MegatonPunch we mentioned earlier? Apparently he can't use it very often, due to [[spoiler: the scars from the poisoned knife DiamandaHagan cut his arm with in their first encounter.]]
** Also, much like Amaterasu in the actual games, he can't continuously use the brush powers, as doing so for a long enough time renders him completely powerless until he can recharge.
* PrecisionFStrike: Happens a lot lately.
* PuritySue: {{Invoked}} during his Elseworlds Month comparison of the ''BridgeToTerabithia'' movies, Hero derides the 2007 version of Leslie as one of these.
** However, he could have been acting on how he thought WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic would think about her, as he was acting as the Critic for the review.
* ARareSentence: In his review of ''DaBoomCrew'', he says "The French alien army commander" is this.
* RealSongThemeTune: A different one every season.
** Season 1: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
** Season 2: "Hero" by Machinae Supremacy.
** Season 3: "Indestructible" by Disturbed.
** And now Season 4: "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi.
* TheRival: DiamandaHagan. According to WordOfGod, they first met when the TGWTG forum users [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover collaborated]] on TheLandBeforeTime sequels. Their reviews happened to be next to one another in the collab. The rest is history.
* RunningGag: He has a few that NC made famous like [[StreetFighterTheMovie OF COURSE!]] (which he later replaced with one from [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]), but there are a few of his own, like the aforementioned entry under MoneyDearBoy, as well as playing "Gold Digger" whenever...well, a gold-digging female character shows up. Occasionally, however, this is [[DefiedTrope defied]] when the movie actually makes the jokes for him. (See his SharkTale review for an example.)
* SamaritanSyndrome: This is implied to be the reason the Hero [[spoiler: can't leave the government organization he works for, even though he knows they may be secretly trying to weaponize him.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Hardcore Kid thought the Hero was giving him one when he told him not to review TheMagicVoyage. [[spoiler: He was wrong.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Many, MANY examples. A notable one is where he calls the dialogue in ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' "more forced than most of my jokes".
* ShoutOut: Just to name a few...
** [[spoiler: When The Cartoon Villain first showed up in our universe, TheTerminator theme played.]]
** [[spoiler: Followed shortly by a shout-out to Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet.]]
** Continuing with TheTerminator shout-outs, Number Six is pretty much a walking shout-out to the series. He appeared in our time in much the same position Arnold was in when he first arrived (thankfully with clothes on) the music played when he arrived, AND [[spoiler: he was sent to kill the Hero to prevent a BadFuture from happening.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: A memorable one the second time the Villain tries to convince the Hero they're NotSoDifferent. The Hero even states that by destroying all who opposed him, the Villain has [[YouAreWhatYouHate become what he hates.]]
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler:YOU'LL PAY FOR THIS, CARTOON HEROOOOO!!!!!]]
** And in his review of ''[[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie Felix the Cat: The Movie]]'', [[BigWordShout WHYYYYYYYYYYYY????!!!!!]]
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] In-universe, his opinion of ''TheBraveLittleToaster Goes to Mars'' and later, ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' (which he criticized when he first reviewed it but says later that he sees ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' as a GuiltyPleasure) and later calls ''DaBoomCrew'' entertainingly bad.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: His "Elseworlds Month" specials. Justified in-universe as [[spoiler:''In Search of the Titanic'' distorted the fabric of time and space, offering glimpses at other universes.]]
** Also, his review of VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTheMinishCap. It was originally for a collab that went defunct before it was finished, but it was his first video game review. This later led to a sub-series called The Art of Gaming, in which he mostly reviews good games--except for that one time he reviewed VideoGame/LostMagic.
* SpaceMonkeyMafiaStudios: Though as he is quick to point out, Eli was on a smaller site called Reviewers Unknown first, and he considers himself primarily one of them.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: It's THE Cartoon Hero. Though he mostly goes by "Hero."
* SpiritAdvisor: The thirteen Celestial Brush gods from {{Okami}} seem to have taken on this role, as he communicates with them through his brush.
* StealthPun: In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' review: "I call bullshit."
* StuffBlowingUp: Considering the nature of the Hero's abilities, this is inevitable. Notably, a stick of TNT is one of his preferred weapons.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: In Season 3, The Cartoon Villain became this.]]
* TemptingFate: For someone who's supposedly GenreSavvy, the Hero does this far too often for his own good.
* ThemeTuneCameo: It's now become a RunningGag that the Hero actually has his own theme tune as his ringtone during each season--sometimes using the previous season's theme before the new theme is revealed in the opening sequence. This is a reference to ''AceAttorney'', where Godot has his own theme as his ringtone.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:[[invoked]] His opinion on ''OsmosisJones''.
* ThouShallNotKill: The Hero is very clear that he will not kill, especially in his recent videos. [[spoiler: And according to his [[AllThereInTheManual comic origin]], it was actually because of Hagan.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: [[TakeThat The]] [[Creator/MNightShyamalan Shyamalanicon]]. [[EvilDead It's VERY clear what it's supposed to be parodying.]]
* UncannyValley:[[invoked]] One of his biggest concerns with ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' was the humanoid faces on the fish characters.
* UnstoppableRage: ''{{Inukami}}'' reduced him to this. [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Supposedly]].
* WeHaveReserves: Appears to be the reason [[spoiler: Anderson cloned the Hero.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[invoked]] One of his ''other '' main concerns with ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' was the fact that it couldn't seem to decide whether or not it was for kids, as it constantly vacillated between juvenile humor and pop-culture references that only adults would get.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The Villain. [[spoiler: It's implied that he is [[KnightTemplar the way he is]] due to the government trying to use him as a superweapon, killing his definition of justice and forcing him to rewrite it--as anyone who stands against him.]]
* WorstWhateverEver: In his review of ''[[VideoBrinquedo The Little Cars in the Great Race]]'', he calls Wrangler: "Worst. Villain. Ever." Watch the review [[http://www.reviewersunknown.com/1872/cartoon-hero-little-cars-in-the-great-race/ here!]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Literally, in the case of the new character. So called because he was the sixth [[spoiler: clone of the Hero]] to attempt time travel.

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* StealthPun: In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' review: "I call bullshit."
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* AdultChild: As Eli himself puts it, "I'm an adult... physically, if not mentally."
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* AttackReflector: Part of the Hero's repartee, since he has access to Power Slash.
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* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Hence why they hooked up with the Hero and lent him their power, as he was one of the few people who remembered {{Okami}}--well, that and he has powers similar to theirs already.
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* SpiritualAdvisor: The thirteen Celestial Brush gods from {{Okami}} seem to have taken on this role, as he communicates with them through his brush.

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* SpiritualAdvisor: SpiritAdvisor: The thirteen Celestial Brush gods from {{Okami}} seem to have taken on this role, as he communicates with them through his brush.
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** Also, much like Amaterasu in the actual games, he can't continuously use the brush powers, as doing so for a long enough time renders him completely powerless until he can recharge.


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* SpiritualAdvisor: The thirteen Celestial Brush gods from {{Okami}} seem to have taken on this role, as he communicates with them through his brush.
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* CerebusSyndrome: He started out with very little story, if any, and by now the story between reviews has gone full-on superhero story--well, on a budget, but still...
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* CrisisCrossover: From what we've seen, Season 4 seems to be building up to this.
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** And now he has his own set of [[MuramasaTheDemonBlade demon blades.]]
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