Bob and Friends
Bob "Moviebob" Chipman / The Game Overthinker
A self-proclaimed "Z-list internet celebrity", Bob Chipman is a video game and movie critic who hosts the shows Escape To The Movies
, The Big Picture
on The Escapist
, and The Game Overthinker
on his own blog. On The Game Overthinker
, Bob plays the titular character, who analyses video games, their culture and industry through in-depth discussions. As more plot-like arcs developed, the Overthinker became an ally to Police Commissioner Bunnyface to deal with video game monsters slipping into the real world and other such villains.
- Acting for Two: Bob performs just about every role in the Game Overthinker series aside from the onscreen Commissioner Bunnyface (played by his brother's pet rabbit) though he does the voice acting, and some of the costumed badguys are shared with his brother Chris. Lampshaded in Ask Ivan II.
- Advertising Campaigns: The Overthinker flips out when he watches an Activision advert featuring Oliver North, an American war criminal.
- Also happened when he watched Nintendo's "I am Not A Gamer" campaign, but it caused him to realise you don't have to be a "gamer" to enjoy video games.
- Bob actually launched his own, advertising his book "Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick By Brick" which is essentially a Let's Play in written format of Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Angst Nuke: Nearly has one after watching the "I am Not A Gamer" and nearly falls into Despair Event Horizon until Retrothinker lampshades that he shouldn't copy The Nostalgia Critic.
- Author Appeal: Likes all things Asian.
- Berserk Button: He hates what he views as hardcore gamers, the "douchebag" generation introduced with the Playstation (although he likes the console), Xbox Live trolls, Michael Bay, and any movies that do terrible jobs of adapting comic books to the big screen.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Video game characters and elements begin to do this after the debut of the Anti-Thinker, Bob interacting with familiar faces like the bald guy from Rygar.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Some fans feel this way about the change in tone of the Overthinker when the Anti-Thinker plot was introduced, with the satirical story arcs apparently spoiling the seriousness of the Overthinker's topics.
- Lampshaded by Bob himself in the form of Strawman.
- Channel Hop: ScrewAttack, The Escapist (for his other shows), and most recently Blip. Rounded back to YouTube after it was announced Blip was ditching his show.
- Cool Guns: The Overthinker uses a Super Scope and a NES Zapper.
- Cool Sword: Forges one from Anti-Metal to combat Pyrothinker and Cryothinker.
- Creator Thumbprint: His love for Nintendo, Mario, and retro gaming, habit of calling people he dislikes "douchebags", and his nostalgia for the 1980s.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets his ass handed to him by Robothinker.
- Darker and Edgier: In some of his Overthinker episodes when it came to more serious topics.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disney Death: Killed by the Anti-Thinker via a Torso with a View and fake blood, but is resurrected by Princess Rosalina. In the Robothinker arc, he was meant to have died by the Anti-Thinker's hands which would have led to the end of the world, but it was averted by the Omega Thinker.
- Dull Surprise: After encountering his evil twin, elemental ninjas, and video game zombies, the appearance of a time traveller from the future and a renegade, apocalyptic robot has little effect on his sense of disbelief. The Omega Thinker lampshades this, and Bob responds with "It's been an interesting couple of months."
- Elemental Powers: The Overthinker uses the Fire and Ice Flowers to use fire and ice attacks. He tries using the elemental gems he collects against Robothinker but they fail. These powers come with an Instant Costume Change.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Bob likes the princesses of the Mario games, dedicating two separate Overthinker episodes to Peach and Daisy.
- The Exile: Unwillingly depowered and exiled to Wario's Woods by the Anti-Thinker. He trains himself in the wild and battles his nemesis to take back his show.
- Fan Boy: Tries to ascend beyond this trope and looks down on the "hardcore gamers" who he perceives as gamers who want games to belong only to them and no change at all. Bob is unabashedly a fanboy of Nintendo and Mario, though he does point out the flaws of both.
- Fast-Forward Gag: When it comes to large amounts of exposition that needs to be explained, Bob often resorts to playing a sped-up narration to cram it all in.
- Films Discussed By Moviebob: See here for the films he has discussed in Escape To The Movies.
- Genre Savvy: Takes a lot of events in his stride. He uses his teleportation device the "right way" by using it to regain the magic gems, send Plasma Thinker to prison, and removes Robothinker's gem.
- Guile Hero
- Harmless Freezing: Frozen by Cryothinker on two separate occasions.
- The Hero's Journey: Goes through this in the Anti-Thinker arc.
- Heroic BSOD: When he learns his favourite video game arcade, the Sharkcade, is destroyed by Pyrothinker.
- Hollywood New England: Occasionally, his Boston accent will pop up.
- Implicit Prison: The Overthinker and Ivan are placed under house arrest by Commissioner Bunnyface and Senator Lieberson.
- Killed Off for Real: Briefly murdered by the Anti-Thinker only to be resurrected by divine intervention. He was supposed to die in the original timeline of the Omegathinker's history, only to be saved by his pink-haired descendant. Killed again in Episode 98 by the Ultrathinker and sent to hell.
- Laser Blade: Uses a lightsaber Wii weapon to fight the Anti-Thinker. Turns out to be a dud thanks to Wario.
- Nostalgia Filter: Has a huge love for the 1980s and early 1990s, particularly when it comes to video games, comics and movies. He is a fan of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, Mega Man, and old school arcade games.
- Occidental Otaku
- Pac-Man Fever: A huge fan of video games released in the 80s like Mario, Zelda, and Mega Man.
- Proud to Be a Geek
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Has a habit of doing this to anyone who he hates, usually hardcore gamers, and the "douchebag" generation of gamers introduced with the Playstation and Xbox Live, though most of the time he tries to justify his reasonings.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Averted in an attempt to write a song whilst being housebound.
- Running Gag: Sees Shigeru Miyamoto and Princess Rosalina as gods.
- Straw Critic: He has a habit of making insulting generalizations against people he disagrees with or those who criticize his output.
- Super Mode: His Fire Thinker and Ice Thinker forms.
- Sword of Plot Advancement: His Anti-Metal sword.
- Take That: Does this a lot.
- This Is Unforgivable!: His reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Green Lantern are essentially this, and the choice to use Oliver North in an Actvision advert campaign.
- Vigilante Man: Hired by Commissioner Bunnyface to kill the video game monsters that appear in town.
- Wild Mass Guessing: Believes Princess Rosalina is god of the Mario universe.
Ivan the Intern
The Overthinker's intern, his accountant's son, and Fairy Companion
. He helps out the Overthinker and may backup his boss' points. He can be witty and bothered by the Overthinker's attitude, but remains dedicated to helping his employer. He finds Navi
attractive, despite being an obvious parody of her.
Commissioner John BunnyfaceThe Commissioner Gordon
. Commissioner Bunnyface (it's "Bonifacio"
) is the chief of police in Boston and the Overthinker's Friend on the Force
. Oh, and he's a rabbit. Played by Dylan, the pet rabbit of Chris' girlfriend.
The Overthinker's Evil Twin
, the Anti-Thinker comes from the Antiverse
. He banishes the Overthinker to Wario's Woods and temporarily takes over his show. He is sent by his Mysterious Employer
to kill the Overthinker, leading to a climatic battle between the two.
Pyrothinker and Cryothinker / Plasma Thinker
A pair of colour-coded ninjas who attack and destroy game stores and arcades using their fire and ice-based powers. They use a fire gem and an ice gem.
Retrothinker / Necrothinker
A 1980s counterpart to the Overthinker who hosted a TV show about video games. Excited to see how the video game industry would evolve in the 21st Century, he became a Human Popsicle
until the time was right. However, he was awakened early after Pyrothinker destroyed the Sharkcade and found the future to be terrifying
. He is corrupted by the Ultrathinker and becomes Necrothinker, who summons an army of undead video game characters to destroy all of modern gaming. He is healed by the Overthinker and becomes his flatmate.
- An Axe to Grind: Obtains the Golden Axe in the big finale.
- Anti-Villain: As Necrothinker, who is a corrupt Retrothinker refusing to deal with reality and instead resorts to resurrecting zombified forgotten game characters to comfort himself.
- Break the Cutie: Outright horrified by the current world and tries to commit suicide until the Overthinker and Ivan stop him. Retrothinker then goes off on his own to see what happened to Sonic the Hedgehog, but probably found Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) judging by his reaction and falls into despair.
- Cool Mask: As Necrothinker.
- Deal with the Devil: Becomes the Beast's servant to destroy modern gaming.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Gains the ability to summon the undead using an earth elemental gem.
- Dysfunction Junction: Turned evil by his despair over what the future has done to gaming.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Fish out of Water: The Overthinker and Ivan help him gradually get through the culture shock and embrace the games of the 1990s and 2000s.
- The Future Is Shocking: Retrothinker is horrified by what has happened to video games and considers suicide until the Overthinker arrives. Then he finds out what became of Sonic.
- Heroic BSOD: Upon discovering what happened to Sonic and parodies the ending of Planet of the Apes.
- Human Popsicle: Deliberately froze himself to awaken in 2025.
- Laugh Track: Occurs whenever Retrothinker appears after his arc.
- Legacy Character: He is the Overthinker's predecessor.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he realises what he did as Necrothinker.
- Necromancer: As Necrothinker.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Summons an army of undead video game characters to exact his revenge.
- Retro Gaming: In his day, the retro gaming was new.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As Necrothinker, Retrothinker wishes to destroy modern gaming (i.e. first person shooters, mobile games, apps, etc.)
- Sealed Good in a Can: Retrothinker is arrested and placed in a Cobalt Corp bunker until the authorities can figure out whether or not he truly destroyed Necrothinker. He is busted out by the Anti-Thinker.
- Superpowered Evil Side: At first he is completely consumed by his darkness, but after being saved by the Overthinker, he can transform into the Necrothinker at will using the earth stone.
- Supervillain Lair: The Necro Tower, created from the remains of the Sharkcade. Tragically ironic, since Retrothinker recorded his TV show in the building's basement.
- Totally Radical: Speaks using some 80s and 90s slang.
- Tragic Villain: Froze himself to awaken in a world of wonder, only to find it is a Crapsack World, all of his hopes and dreams of an innovated video game golden age have been dashed, and discovering what became of Sonic leads to his corruption into Necrothinker. Made worse considering he uses long forgotten video game characters as zombies and the Sharkcade ruins as his supervillain base.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Retrothinker erases Necrothinker from his being, regarding him as a shadow for his hatred and grief.
Clogs Shoes / The Omega Thinker
A pink-haired man from the future, the Omega Thinker is the Overthinker's descendant and the last in a long line of Omega Thinkers. He was sent to destroy the Anti-Thinker and Robothinker to prevent the annihilation of mankind.
Robothinker is a robot who wiped out mankind in the future. He wields the last of the elemental gems, wielding the power of air. He is actually an advanced predator drone developed by Dr. Beardo, but when connected to Xbox Live for simulation training, he gained the mind of an Xbox Live troll and turned evil.
- Affectionate Parody: Of The Terminator.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Robothinker was created by Dr. Beardo and other US military scientists as a predator drone powered by the air elemental gem. The military then get the idea to hook Robothinker up to Xbox Live to practice millions of simulations based on first person shooter games. Robothinker becomes obsessed with getting high scores, and begins to attack military bases. Stealth bombers destroy his drone body, but he rebuilds himself a new body, reconnects himself to Xbox Live and goes Skynet on the world, bringing about the end of mankind.
- Artificial Human: Subverted. He is actually a super-intelligent US military predator drone powered by the air elemental gem. He rebuilt his body to a humanoid shape.
- Back for the Finale: Rebuilt to fight the good guys.
- Blow You Away: Empowered by the air gem.
- Chekhov's Gun: After the air gem is removed, Robothinker returns without a magical core. Ivan uses this to his advantage to take control of his body.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against the Overthinker, and initially with the Anti-Thinker, Retrothinker and Ivan in the original timeline.
- Heel-Face Turn: A forced one when Ivan hijacks his chassis.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the Omega Thinker.
- Implacable Man: Extremely powerful and can take on Bob, Retrothinker, and the Omega Thinker.
- Kill All Humans: Since his mind his based on that of playing on Xbox games, he thinks wiping out humanity will earn him the highest achievement.
- Mighty Glacier: He kicks the Overthinker's ass in about ten seconds, even when he is empowered with the other elemental gems.
- Overly Long Name: "Robotic Overhead Battle Operative Tactical Heavy Impulse Neutralization Killing Elimination Really, Really Bad Guys" (or "Robothinker" for short).
The Devil himself, Mr. Phibb debuts in Episode 78 and was implied to be the Big Bad
until Episode 80. He resembles the Overthinker but is dressed in red.
- Affably Evil: Very suave and polite, but also manipulative and sly.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a snappy red suit.
- Deal with the Devil: Turns out he is in fact in a deal with someone who more evil than he is.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Mr. Phibb doesn't want Robothinker to destroy the world, as it would leave him without a job or purpose.
- I Have Many Names
- Satan: The devil himself but resembling Bob for some reason.
- Welcome to Hell: Welcomes Bob when he ends up in hell after being slain by the Ultrathinker, and punishes him by giving him more fanmail to answer. When the Omegathinker rescues Bob, Phibb is pretty upset.
The Big Bad
of the show and The Chessmaster
of the story arcs. Appears as a mysterious cloaked entity who dwells in another dimension, manipulating the characters in an attempt to destroy video games. He is referred to as "The Beast" til his identity is revealed.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He was sent into space by NASA, then exposed to cosmic radiation that allowed him to become a being of great power.
- Affably Evil: He is very charismatic and even polite to Mr. Phibb.
- Big Bad: Though he remains behind the scenes until the last story arc.
- The Chessmaster: Manipulates the show's characters to further his own agenda, which is to materialise on Earth and destroy humanity and video games. Turns out he was responsible for the 1983 market crash, the failure of the Dreamcast, and the birth of the "douchebag" gamers on Xbox Live.
- Cosmic Entity: Became one after being flung into deep space and exposed to cosmic radiation.
- Deal with the Devil: Turns out even the Devil himself is this guy's associate. He made a deal with Retrothinker to resurrect undead video game characters.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Expy: Of Caesar and Simion.
- I Want My Jetpack: As a scientificaly-enhanced ape, he helped improve electro-video technology and hoped it would lead humanity into a new era of development. After becoming a cosmic entity he discovered humanity had created video games from his creations, vowed to destroy gaming in retribution, and punish humanity for their lack of vision.
- In the Hood: Appears as a deep voiced, hooded person.
- Killer Space Monkey: As revealed in Episode 96. Bob didn't see that coming.
- Psychic Powers: Develops them to be able to see across the universe without leaving deep space. Also used them to try and destroy gaming across the years.
A character introduced in Episode 99. A semi-corporeal being of "video energy", he summons Bob to heaven to speak with him. Wears a familiar letterman jock jacket and appears to be made from space itself.
Senator Jack Lieberson
who is the US Senator of Boston and Massachusetts. He is of the Retsudoki ninja clan and is apparently a master of ninjutsu. Another ally to the Overthinker, who supported Lieberson in his campaign.
The scientist who built the Robothinker, Dr. Beardo seeks to atone for his role in mankind's destruction and is sent by Senator Lieberson to aid the Overthinker. He has a beard as you might have guessed.
A talking haystack who appears to the Overthinker during his banishment in Wario's Woods. He constantly points out the Overthinker's hypocrisy and complains about the changes to the show.
Bob's brother who acts as his cameraman. He has a minor onscreen role in the Anti-Thinker arc when he is sent to explore Wario's Woods but is attacked by the Anti-Thinker.
- Butt Monkey: Sent to Wario's Woods by his brother and then spends the next three months recording him with Bob not even noticing his presence. Chris calls Bob out on this and Bob immediately apologises.
- In-Universe Camera
- Sibling Team: Bob and Chris develop the show together, with Chris acting as cameraman and playing Bob's opponents in fight scenes.
A member of Senator Lieberson's Cobalt Core, who is assigned to guard the Overthinker whilst he is housebound. Speaks with a German accent and is not too fond of the Wii.
- Affably Evil: Pretty sociable and chummy with Bob even though they consider him an idiot. He personally drops his duty to rant about Bob putting Wii Sports on his top ten list of seventh generation games.
- Badass Normal: Willing to fight Retrothinker to keep his job.
- Berserk Button: Door Guy gets mad at the Overthinker when he puts Wii Sports as his number three choice in his top ten best seventh generation games list.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: His true name is never revealed.
- Gratuitious German: Speaks in a German accent.
- Mauve Shirt: Part of a Redshirt Army.
- NPC Roadblock: Acts as the guard during Bob and Ivan's house arrest.
The Bald Guy From Rygar / Wario
A bald wise man from Rygar
who gives the Overthinker the motivation to battle the Anti-Thinker, and gives him a lightsaber Wii Remote as a weapon. Turns out to be Wario in disguise and the ruler of Wario's Woods.
An otherworldly princess who aids the Overthinker in his battle with the Anti-Thinker, by sending a Super Mushroom to help him.
The titular character from an obscure British platformer series, James Pond cameos to help the Overthinker in one of his monster hunts.
The brutally honest bartender and owner of Gary Oak's Bar.