Creator / Bob Chipman
aka: Moviebob

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"Proud to be an American,
Prouder to be an American geek"
The motto used at the beginning of each segment

Bob "Moviebob" Chipman, also known as "The Game Overthinker", is a self-proclaimed "Z-list internet celebrity" who maintains a pair of vlogs on YouTube and a Blogspot site, produces film reviews for Geek.com and covers movie news at Screen Rant, in addition to contributing to Screw Attack. He used to contribute to The Escapist before being let go on Feburary 13, 2015. He rips apart bad movies, but his particular shtick is giving analyses of gaming culture and the industry, in a style closely reminiscent of college-lit-class style "close reading", overlaid with appropriate (and sometimes humorous) images. Bob's analyses are very much like you would see from a troper. Indeed, he's written an article that refers to "a genuinely wonderful website called TV Tropes".

As a method to going independent upon leaving work at Escapist, Bob has set up a Patreon page for his works.

A character page for The Game Overthinker can be found here. A YMMV page for his works can be found here.

His shows include:

  • The Game Overthinker: Originally focused on video game analysis, it grew into a more story-driven series about the line between the worlds of humanity and gaming getting blurred. A format that lasted for 100 episodes and two Channel Hops. After the 100th episode and a hiatus that lasted for about a year, the showed continued for a while in ScrewAttack's YouTube channel while focusing on the analysis again in a shorter format for yet another year. The show is currently on hiatus once again, but Bob is determined to bring it back in some form.
  • In Bob We Trust: A show, originally started on ScrewAttack, that is absolutely not to be taken as a continuation of any past series of his (except it's totally a continuation of The Big Picture. Not only is the show about pop culture and politics, but he also breaks out the term "Comics Are Weird", a Running Gag/Catchphrase from TBP.). New episodes are currently released every Sunday on his personal YouTube channel.
  • Really That Good: A series based around in-depth exploration of past movies that are consistently celebrated, and discussing how and why these films live up to the praise by talking about the themes, style, narrative, pop cultural impact, and other tropes of the picture.
  • Good Enough Movies (or GEMs): A companion series to Really That Good that he describes as "a celebration of the two-and-a-half to three-star movie", the kind of film that's not regarded as a classic but has stood the test of time regardless, and typically has a passionate fandom along with a lot of people who like it even if they don't love it.
  • He creates video reviews of films in a very similar style to his old show Escape to the Movies show (see below). They can be found on Geek.com and his personal YouTube channel.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Agent Carter Recap: A weekly recap/review of episodes of the series that runs each Wednesday while the series is active. During the gap between Season 1 and 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Bob took the time to talk about all of the past Marvel Comics-related TV shows.

Shows that have been discontinued/abandoned:

  • Overbytes: Basically, The Game Overthinker minus the story-driven segments.
  • Escape to the Movies: His film review show for The Escapist that ran every Friday, currently cancelled due to leaving The Escapist, as they own the brand, music, and art/visuals.
    • Intermission: A written column accompanying the week's Escape to the Movies episode. Sometimes it's a further discussion of a particular element from that week's film, sometimes it's a discussion of older films or a trend in filmmaking, and sometimes (if more than one film came out that caught Bob's interest) it's another review. Also cancelled due to leaving The Escapist.
  • The Big Picture: A weekly show on The Escapist in which Bob talked about whatever the hell he felt like talking about. Usually, this was news in geek culture and tangential subjects therein, but not always. Episodes were released each Tuesday while it was active.
  • High Definition: A written column for discussing TV shows in various ways that ran each Monday while Bob was at The Escapist.
  • American Bob: A political vlog on YouTube. Currently on hiatus, since he can't afford to do it at the moment due to lack of revenue.

He's also written a book titled Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick, an analysis of Super Mario Bros. 3 in the form of a "novelized Let's Play" that also goes into the history of the franchise and his experiences with it.

The list of the Films Discussed By Moviebob got so long, it's been moved to a separate page. For an episode and story arc guide to the Game Overthinker, see the recap page.


  • Ability over Appearance: Pointed out in his review of Thor that "every scene Idris Elba is in might as well be subtitled 'That's Why!'" (regarding the casting of the black actor Idris Elba as a Nordic Viking god who was traditionally white).
  • Acclaimed Flop: The Big Picture episode "The Numbers" was about how this trope leads to studios making safe, formulaic movies pandering to the Lowest Common Denominator. Specifically, it describes how Universal experiencing a number of these (particularly Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) caused them to fling Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness into Development Hell.
    "When great movies fail at the box office, other movies will suffer because of it."
  • Acting for Two: He plays every single (talking) character in ''The Game Overthinker", with his brother helping him as a double.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: He actually found the Ascended Meme Spartan-1337 in Halo Legends pretty clever.
  • Alternate Reality Game: Seemingly parodied briefly (possibly specifically the Slender Man Mythos) with references to Wario's Woods and cryptic text after making an announcement proclaiming a realization that would change everything. The following video (while still showing brief influences from films like The Blair Witch Project and possibly Marble Hornets) however, confirmed it as an Evil Twin storyline. Also qualifies on kicking off a Story Arc.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: His Black Swan review begins in a much more sophisticated tone... until it is juxtaposed against a clip from the movie in which Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis go to town on each other. Bob didn't feel a overwhelmingly-positive yet fully sincere review would be taken seriously unless he praised the lesbian subtext last of all.
  • Anti-Climax: After watching the first episode, he felt the controversy over Tropes vs. Women in Video Games to be this, stating that he wished Anita Sarkeesian had been the rabid Straw Feminist attack dog that her critics were calling her simply to justify all the hype. As it was, he found it to be a dry (and somewhat boring) academic presentation, with at least some merit behind its assertions.
  • Anvilicious: invoked Discussed this trope a few times. He feels that movies can have a message to them and deliver it fine, that subtlety isn't always required, and that sometimes, a message just needs to be blunt. For him, whether or not a film's message works depends on how smart it is about it. He felt that the original RoboCop gave a very unsubtle but smart message about business and capitalism, and did so in a morally blurry and intelligent manner, and that films like Machete, the original Red Dawn, and Hobo with a Shotgun worked precisely because of how fiery and righteous their messages were, while other films like The Purge and the remake of RoboCop lacked that sophistication or fury, and suffered for it by talking down to their audience and failing to address the complexities of the issues.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking / Take That:
    "For the benefit of my international viewers, we're having a touch time in the good old US of A. The middle of the country is being ripped apart by tornadoes, someone sent poison letters to the President, the trajectory of our economy is still somewhere between Tank Girl future and Frog Town future, there are giant snakes in Florida, high profile Supreme Court cases are polarising civil discourse like nothing since the mid '60s, a bunch of shady crap is going down with the IRS, and someone let M. Night Shyamalan release another movie."
  • Artistic License – History: Discussed it in a Big Picture episode about American Sniper, arguing that avoidance of this trope is part of the reason why he loves superhero movies so much — they allow filmmakers to craft broad, exciting "good vs. evil" narratives in blockbuster action movies without running into the pesky moral gray zones that would result from trying to make films about real wars and the people who fought in them.
  • As You Know: The definition of this appears on screen while he's talking about Surrogates.
  • Author Appeal:
  • Author Filibuster: Many of his reviews are this.
    • He opens his review of Jennifer's Body with a two-minute rant about how much Megan Fox sucks as an actress and is completely boring and generic even as a sex symbol.
    • In his review of Rango, he pretty much admits that this is the only way he can get that review over two minutes.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Did a two-part Big Picture episode claiming that this trope has been overused in recent Hollywood blockbusters to avoid having to write the characters undergo genuine self discovery. He also cites the Star Wars prequel trilogy, of all movies, as a deconstruction of it (albeit he points out he thinks the execution was still lackluster).
  • Berserk Button:
    "You heard me, you half-cocked message board fuckheads, the Wii is part of this console generation ... so can we please stop it with this tired shit about GameCubes and duct tape!"
    • Tyler Perry also counts, as does Sam Raimi's departure from the Spider-Man films and the "Amazing" series.
    • He also hates the new Transformers films, as well as the bulk of Michael Bay's output for that matter. Though he did enjoy Age of Extinction, and even called out fellow critics for not hating the movie, but hating Bay himself.
    • Feel free to talk to him about Gameplay and Story Segregation as much as you'd like. Just don't mention the words "ludonarrative dissonance."
    • Animal abuse is a good way to get especially harsh criticism from Bob. His Big Picture episode about PETA mostly used it's tangential relation to video games (PETA complaining about Mario's Tanooki Suit) as a way to discuss their habit of killing almost all of the animals they receive. On a later episode, when talking about Michael Vick being in the running to appear on the front cover of the (then) next Madden NFL, he stated that he considered his illegal dog fighting ring to be among the worst things a human could possibly do, short of cloning Adolf Hitler or greenlighting another Transformers movie.
  • Bias Steamroller:
    • He has become notorious for the fact that his intense opposition to politically-incorrect, unfriendly, and "macho" members of the "hardcore" gaming and nerd community, noble in and of itself, bleeds into hating anything he thinks they like, hence the list under Acceptable Targets.
    • Bob once infamously stated that he preferred Metroid: Other M, one of the most controversial games in the venerable Metroid series and often considered a Franchise Killer, to the beloved and universally-acclaimed Metroid Prime Trilogy entirely on the basis that the Prime games were First Person Shooters, and thus automatically, and this is a direct quote, "creatively bankrupt."
    • Furthermore, his intense antipathy towards the "Retake Mass Effect" movement, which went on for more than a month of him being unable to make any videos about anything without spending a bit of time ranting about it, was heavily rooted in his low opinion of the morals and intellectual capacity of the gaming community, and his horror at the idea of what in his mind were a bunch of Acceptable Targets degrading The Auteur Theory as applied to video games. Notably, he maintained throughout the controversy that he didn't see why his complete ignorance of the source material should prevent him from having an opinion about it and regularly dismissed the idea that a "player-driven narrative" could have any artistic value. Another direct quote: "No one ever won a Pulitzer for a f@#$ing 'Choose Your Own Adventure' novel!"
    • He's become more and more notable for having a very, very strong leaning towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while having an even stronger leaning against any comic book films not made within that franchise post Iron Man.
  • Breather Episode: If you follow all of his shows, the Game Overthinker episode Bat-Slap comes out with Bob stating he doesn't believe gaming culture as a whole is ready/deserves to be taken as seriously as it so-often claims to want to. Come the following Tuesday, the Big Picture episode Science has Bob making mostly non-serious statements like "Space guys, if you don't want to pretend you've discovered oil on Mars to trick some funding out of the Government, how about telling Glenn Beck there's gold on the moon and not letting him come back?"
  • Brick Joke: His Do The Mario videos on the Escapist, the first one having a stinger showing SMB: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen and saying it's a story for another time (as in, not the week after the first). Two weeks later, Do the Mario PT. 2 was featured (showcasing said aforementioned Mario anime).
  • Broken Pedestal: His opinion of Kevin Smith, which he did a three-part Big Picture episode on.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm Bob, and that's The Big Picture."
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Somewhat. Early reviews felt slower, but they developed a more mature, and contemplative pace, dealing with more analytical subject matter.
  • Channel Hop: To ScrewAttack & The Escapist.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He agrees with feminism, and is one of the few vocal members of the gaming and general media community who believe women are still given the short end of the stick when it comes to society and representation. And while he hates the Twilight series for a whole host of reasons, he considers the constant male harping on it and works like over all the beefcake and Female Gaze to be unfair, because women deserve to have cheesy, lowbrow fanservice directed towards them as well. That being said, if fanservice is done tastefully, he will revel in it.
  • Compensating for Something: In his review of Oblivion (2013), he described Tom Cruise's career trajectory as a string of reactions to insecurity. He started out as an Action Hero in films like Top Gun despite being one of the shortest leading men in Hollywood, then took on meatier roles in films like Magnolia and Jerry Maguire once people started writing him off as a pretty boy, and now is returning to action movies like Jack Reacher and the Mission: Impossible sequels as he enters middle age.
  • Contractual Purity: He opened his review of Getaway with a brief rant about this in reference to Miley Cyrus' then-recent performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards. He says that this phenomenon has been going on since Elvis Presley's hip-shaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in The Fifties, and that it's time to stop being shocked about teen pop stars trying to become more "adult" as they get older.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Discussed in his review of, appropriately enough, Ninja Assassin.
    • Also invoked in Episode 56.
  • Continuity Porn, Continuity Snarl: Discussed in the Big Picture episodes "Continanity" and "Continanity Rebooted". While he feels that focusing too much on continuity has a habit of producing a Kudzu Plot over time, he doesn't feel that it's the big thing keeping new readers from getting into comics the way that many others do; rather, he feels that they need better marketing.
    • Also discussed in the episode "Worlds Within Worlds", which examined the late Dwayne McDuffie's Tommy Westphall hypothesis of television, and its criticism of comic books being too strict with continuity.
  • Crapsaccharine World: This picture is painted for this video to show the mentality of Nintendo's hugest, almost literally, cult supporters.
  • Crazy Awesome: In-universe, when The Escapist made him start doing The Big Picture, he used a bit of the first video to officially dub his bosses as such.
  • Creator Thumbprint:
  • Curse Cut Short
    Ah, finally. Just a good old-fashioned straight-up revenge movie. No post-apocalyptic bible salesman, no angels with guns, no connection to anything remotely spiritual, religious, church-related or anything else that gets people's panties in a twist whenever I mention it. Ah, good. Good. ...Hey, who's in this again? *Shot of Mel Gibson as he appeared in The Passion of the Christ* Aw, Mother F- *Theme Plays*
    I'd love to tell you all the thoughts that went through my mind about Scarlett Johansson and her performance in this movie... but this is a family show, so I'll have to summarize. HOLY— *end credits*
  • Darker and Edgier: "Violence is Golden", "Complex Issues" and "Building a Better Gamer" focus on more complex issues than most of his usual Game Overthinker episodes.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Despair Event Horizon: His review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which lead to his Heroic B.S.O.D. mentioned below. Just listening to his voice when he says "They broke something in me" is nothing short of heartbreaking!
  • Dirty Old Man: Shows tendencies of this sometimes, and says that's he is a lecherous pig in his review for Love & Other Drugs.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Big Picture episode "She-Hulk Shaming" mentions how Marvel created a bunch of these in The '70s, focusing on She-Hulk in particular. Contrary to popular belief, these characters weren't created solely as Affirmative Action Girls; rather, the success of Bionic Woman made Marvel realize that, according to their licensing deals with the networks running shows like The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man, they could create spinoffs starring gender-flipped versions of the characters without paying Marvel a dime. As a result, Marvel created precisely those characters to avoid such a situation.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The production of Salt foundered when it lost its star, but then Angelina Jolie signed up for the action, which is great. Really great. Mmm-hmm. Yeah... weren't we reviewing a movie?
  • Easy-Mode Mockery/It's Easy, so It Sucks: Strongly critical of these tropes, feeling them to be signs of an insularity in gamer culture that is locking non-hardcore gamers out of enjoying the medium. His opinion is that, if there's also a "normal" mode, then people shouldn't be complaining. He feels that gamer culture's obsession with difficulty as a measure of a game's quality is a relic of the arcade era, when games were designed to be difficult so as to suck down quarters.
  • Elemental Powers: Obtained from the gems acquired by defeating Pyrothinker and Cryothinker. The Earth-oriented gem can raise zombies. The Air gem was the power source for Robothinker.
  • Evil Twin: The Antithinker.
  • False Dichotomy: Separating people into the If Jesus, Then Aliens groups in a recent episode, labeling people as either 'thinkers' or 'believers.' There's a bit of dodgy research with using Lisa Simpson to represent the 'thinkers' group.
  • Fairy Companion: Ivan the fairy intern. Occasionally doubles as Exposition Fairy.
  • Fanservice: The hot model pics.
    • In his Heavy Metal review, he notes that this was the only reason the movie was worth watching at the time, since boobs were hard to find back in the early 80's, let alone cartoon boobs.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: He sometimes speeds up part of his voice-over in order to make the video fit the standard ~10-minute length while still including all the BIG WORDS he wants to use. It is usually accompanied by a graphic of a chipmunk and a cup of coffee.
  • Fiction Identity Postulate:invoked Discussed. Bob believes you can make a good movie out of anything, "but sometimes you have to rip out its guts to do it."
  • Franchise Original Sin: In-Universe example; in the Intermission editorial "Consequences", he cites four examples of great films that he feels started some of the more annoying and/or problematic trends in various film genres, and in moviemaking as a whole.
  • Freudian Excuse: He admitted once that he was bullied in high school, and his comments seem to give away that his resentment from that era is one, if not the main reason behind his criticism to certain things. Like the "douchebag" video game crowd that came with the Play Station generation (especially Xbox Live FPS users), his hatred towards the 90's (the decade in which he went to high school), and his fondness for Magneto-like villains. He's also specially done a Big Picture episode about nerd reactions to such actions and the mindset that if one was bullied, they can't in turn be a bully themselves. He admits that he's talking to himself as much as he is to the viewer.
  • The Future Is Shocking: The Retrothinker's arrival in the present day sees him shocked by what gaming has become, leading to his Face–Heel Turn into the Necrothinker.
  • Genre Deconstruction: He describes Bob's Burgers as a this to the I Just Want to Be Special fantasy of creative misfits whose geeky interests and outcast nature turn out to be their source of superiority, as seen with the X-Men, Peter Parker, Steve Urkel, and Lisa Simpson. He sees this trope as carrying the unstated implication that creative misfits and ugly ducklings who don't "show them all" later in life deserve all the mockery they get from their peers, which is part of the reason why he loves Bob's Burgers. Bob and his family members are all invested in one creative field or another, except they're all bad at it... yet this doesn't matter, because, at the end of the day, they're still portrayed as a loving family who all have value as human beings.
  • Genre-Killer: invoked In his review of Noah, he stated that the rise of the Religious Right as an organized force and the downfall of The Hays Code both killed the Hollywood religious epic. The former, in his view, created a divide between secular and religious viewers, with the conflicting demands of the two groups being impossible for Hollywood to satisfy, while also creating the stereotype of religious films as being Sunday-school proselytizing. The latter, meanwhile, eliminated the main justification Hollywood filmmakers had for making religious films — claiming that the material in one's film came from The Bible made it easier to get the censors to allow gratuitous sexuality and violence.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Yes. Every female character in every movie gets ranked based on how much she appeals to Bob's carefully explained tastes.
  • Heavy Metal: Bob uses the metal fandom's rejection of neo-Nazi skinheads latching onto them as a model for how gamers should react to their medium's association with fringe whackos (like the Oslo killer) and disgruntled youth.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: His review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he wasn't exactly a fan of the first one (so much so he had to do two reviews: An initial one and a another going in-depth why he didn't like it). But the sequel made him so depressed, he released the review early (on a Wednesday rather then a Friday), lead the show in with no theme music (something he normally only does when extremely pissed)... heck, he even replaced the normally red background with a black one to reflect his mood. But the worse of it was that the movie was so bad to him, he talked of rejecting the Spider-Man series and his own film reviewing gig just because. Wow.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Many of his rants comes very close to what "hardcore frat boys" talk and act like (or at least what he thinks they do). The very first episode is particularly notable in this regard.
    • A more notable example is his frequent Twitter rants, which many people on the internet find unnervingly fascistic in tone due to describing his extreme antipathy towards the Right and his constant talk of "a brighter future".
  • History of Hollywood: He's done a series of episodes on this subject for The Big Picture.
  • Hollywood New England: Ever since he left The Escapist, Bob's speaking voice in episodes inexplicably changed from an accent-less broadcaster voice to an almost cartoonishly thick Boston accent.
  • Hypocrisy Nod:
    • In the "Building a Better Gamer" video, Bob acknowledges the hypocrisy of a fat man telling people to get in better shape.
    • In the Intermission editorial "I Wrote That Crap!", he talks about the phenomenon of film critics who, when given a chance to make their own movies, often turn in products that are as bad as the films they criticize so venomously. Proving that he's not immune to this, he then describes a pair of film scripts he wrote in his younger days that, in hindsight, are just downright awful.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Occurs with his audience In-Universe when he reviews Frozen.
    Bob: And the first thing that makes it a different kind of Disney fairy tale is that it's fundamentally a love story between two women.
    (cut to a poster of Blue Is the Warmest Color)
    Bob: No, not like that, guys. C'mon, cut it out. They're sisters.
    (cut to a poster of Sister My Sister)
    Bob: I said, cut it out!
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha:
    Bob: A slew of material came out of this premise. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it from Japan and featuring giant robots and therefore awesome.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Inverted. He calls himself out on insulting Michael Bay:
    "I said that the movies of Michael Bay were made by a douchebag for douchebags, and that wasn't fair. I don't know Michael Bay, for all I know he's a perfectly nice person. Oh, his movies are still made for and primarily enjoyed by douchebags, but there's no reason to stoop to personal attacks."
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Invoked for discussion in "Junk Drawer Rises", with regard to the trope's usage in response to Super Mario Bros. and Call of Duty:
    Bob: On the one hand, in theory, it's a valid question to raise in the broader sense of gaming criticism and journalism grappling with the monetization of nostalgia as "generation NES" enters its 30s and 40s. On the other hand, yeah, even apart from personal preference, I see a distinct difference between a franchise that spends two decades in a state of near-constant innovation and change, moving between different genres, playstyles, mediums, polishing some, inventing others, that decides after 25 years to start also doing a series of revival entries for kicks...and a series that has innovated precicely ONCE in 9 years. Or a series whose last innovation of any kind was, "Hey, what if they're in 3D from now on"? I mean, this is kind of like getting mad at the surviving members of the Beatles for mostly playing Greatest Hits at their concerts. When YOU record Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, [and] The White Album in the course of only 5 years, YOU can rest on your laurels, too."
  • I Want My Jetpack: Devoted an entire Big Picture episode to this subject. Also a big part of his review of The Martian;
    Now folks… I’ll admit I’m the easiest lay in the world for stuff like this. I’m “that guy” who never stopped being in love with outer space. I’m “that guy” who thinks we oughta be dumping as much funding as we possibly can into NASA come hell or high water because I do NOT want to die without at least seeing humanity be on it’s way to something like Starfleet in my lifetime – and I’m that guy who if you hear this and come at me with some short-sighted “but people are still… and we need money for… but it’s not as important as…” my response is always going to be Spaceship. Fuck You!
  • Irony: Discussed the "modern" definition of the term (namely, the "ironic" enjoyment of old So Bad, It's Good Guilty Pleasures) in the Big Picture episode "Dumping Irony".
  • Jitter Cam: One of his Pet Peeve Tropes, along with the "found footage" genre that makes heavy use of it, though he sees why they're so popular nowadays. He feels that, for the generation that grew up with camera phones and social media as ubiquitous parts of their lives, this style of filmmaking is associated with realism, i.e. something that looks like it was shot on the street by random passerby rather than by a professional film crew.
  • Jukebox Musical: Does not like the genre, and discussed his disdain for it in his reviews of the film adaptations of Mamma Mia! and Rock of Ages.
  • Jumping the Shark: invoked He argues that this happened to South Park in season 19, viewing it as the point where Trey Parker and Matt Stone finally "got old". After years of being the transgressive, anti-establishment Gen-X voices mocking overbearing moralism and hypocrisy of all sides, he feels that the overarching story of season 19 felt less like their usual satirical take on politics and pop culture and more like it was simply them grumpily bemoaning the viewpoints and culture of the rising millennial "Tumblr generation" — especially given that all the complaints they raise are eerily similar to complaints that had been raised against South Park itself in the past. He also notes how Parker and Stone seemingly anticipated that this would happen to them, with the appropriately-titled season 15 episode "You're Getting Old", which Bob now feels has become even Harsher in Hindsight.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Most of the time, less pointing out the tropes he uses, and more acknowledging them.
  • Laugh Track: The Retrothinker's appearances after the Necrothinker arc have all been done in a sitcom-style manner, complete with this.
  • Lighter and Softer: Escape to the Movies is done in less serious and less acknowledging tone than The Game Overthinker.
  • Meta Guy: Bob himself obviously by the nature of his job, also Ivan the Intern frequently fills this role in the Game Overthinker segments with frequent lampshading
  • Meaningful Name / Sdrawkcab Name: Ivan is a fairy companion whose name backwards is Navi.
  • Moral Luck: Discussed in The Big Picture, when he compares the success of Guardians of the Galaxy with the failure of the much-maligned Howard the Duck movie. He notes that the unconventional concepts for both films were a gamble going in, but the same risks praised for Guardians are condemned for Howard just based on audience reception, which filmmakers can't fully predict (however hard they try).
  • Murder Simulators: Like most gamers, he rejects the idea that violent video games (and, by extension, other media) are responsible for violent actions, noting that Duck Hunt and Splatterhouse didn't contribute much to violence. If anything, he thinks it's the other way around, and that the reason why so many modern games are so violent and fixated on shooting things is because they come from an American culture in which guns, masculinity, and rugged individualism factor heavily into the national mythos, and that it's this culture that is more to blame for America's rampant gun violence.
  • No Ending: Movie Bob/The Game Overthinker doesn't really find a conclusive point in "Who Will Be Remembered?" other than you will never rid the world of Kirby, and that he wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Bob is a decidedly old-school-centric gamer, and has admitted as much on multiple occasions.
    • Played straight and averted, respectively, with his treatment of The '80s and The '90s. Bob is not a fan of the latter decade, frequently accompanying mentions of it with a stock photo of Randy "The Ram" Robinson with the caption "The '90s sucked" (fully aware of the irony of quoting a Disco Dan character to prove his point), and while he's willing to admit that there was quite a bit of good stuff in that decade, he has little love for most of the pop culture trends of the time (Nineties anti heroes, post-modern teen horror, et cetera). On the other hand, he loves the '80s, cheesiness and all. He states that this was because the '90s were his awkward, schlubby teen years that came in between his wondrous childhood in the '80s and his present-day success as an internet personality.
    • He's also examined pop culture's treatment of the '90s as a cultural dead zone and its inability to sum up what exactly the general "theme" of the decade was (like how it associates The Fifties with social conservatism, The '60s with the counterculture, and The '80s with materialism). He finds the answer to this in Francis Fukuyama's famous treatise The End of History, stating that the West's victory in the Cold War had produced a sort of ennui that, in turn, produced a culture of nostalgia and introspection. 9/11, of course, quickly shattered that culture.
    • Averted with his treatment of The Simpsons. While going over the older seasons, Bob noticed that most of the episodes he thought were comic gold as a kid didn't age well in his eyes, while the episodes he thought were boring when they first aired became much better now that he was old enough to appreciate the humor. He concludes that The Simpsons didn't jump the shark like its fans thought it did, but rather, its fans grew up and their tastes in humor changed, and The Simpsons didn't change with them. Plus, there's the fact that the show, a broad satire of the greater pop culture, is a relic of a time stretching from roughly 1950-2000 when pop culture was largely monolithicnote  — the early '00s, the time most commonly cited as when The Simpsons "stopped being funny", is also the time when the internet and cable television fragmented pop culture into a million little shards and subcultures.
    • Examined with his treatment of the infamous Spider-Man storyline "One More Day", specifically in comparison to the then-recent "Superior Spider-Man" arc that was being compared to it. It's a bad storyline, to be sure, but it's nowhere near the worst thing that ever happened to Spider-Man. Instead, having gone through Marvel's DVD box set of every Spider-Man comic from The '60s to today, he concludes that it's merely the worst thing to happen to Spider-Man in the age of internet fandom; had the internet been around for such events as the "black costume", then "One More Day" wouldn't be seen as the nadir of the Spider-Man comics.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • For Devil, and emblematic of the whole movie's stupidity:
    A character who we're supposed to regard as the grounded rational and moral centre of the entire story proves that they're in the presence of the Devil by throwing a piece of toast in the air and seeing if it lands butter-side-down. [Reverb] I. AM NOT. MAKING. THAT UP.
  • Not So Different:
  • Occidental Otaku: Discussed. He feels that childhood rebellion is part of the reason why so many young people in the US embraced Japanese culture in the form of video games and, later, anime and manga. As he sees it, back in The '80s (the time in which this trope first began to develop), most kids' parents viewed Japan as America's economic rival, while their grandparents still remembered Japan as having been America's enemy.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He usually maintains a Newscaster / Midwestern accent, but sometimes his native Bawstin accent slips through or he just doesn't bother hiding it.
    • As of about mid-2016, he's pretty much given up on hiding his accent.
  • Oscar Bait: He has accused The King's Speech of being this, even going so far as to make his video review of it into a "How To Make Oscar Bait" instruction video.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: He listed Cars 2 as the best movie about a talking tow-truck you'll see this year.
  • Pandering to the Base: invoked When the JISM guard in the episode "Titanfoul" accuses him of doing this with his opening monologue about games being ever-lasting, he replies "that's not pandering, this is pandering" and cuts to Ivan singing "Let It Go". (With the caption "Here you go, Tumblr.")
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad:
    • Inverted. Bob hates people who use "PC" as a strawman to defend themselves from accusations of sexism and bigotry, and has frequently called them out on it. If anything, he feels that it's political incorrectnessnote  that's gone mad.
    • He also takes this view in both of his "Mississippi Pwning" videos.
    • In the Game Overthinker episode "'GTA V' Is Not A Satire (*Probably)", he also discussed a related subject, that of "shock value" comedians attempting to justify their racist and sexist humor by claiming that it's actually satirizing racism and sexism.
    • He did, however, take issue with the #CancelColbert campaign on account of this trope, claiming that the people criticizing Stephen Colbert had missed the context of his jokenote  entirely. He attributes this to what he feels is an inability on the part of social media, by its very rapid-fire nature, to "get" the sort of long-form satire that The Colbert Report revolves around.
    • He also notes that he dislikes what the heavy religious mindset did to old Bible Movies, turning them from "Sexy, sprawling spectacle" to "strident moralism and eschatological doomsaying".
  • Popcultural Osmosis: Bob peppers his videos quite liberally with geek culture references, and figures we'll get them.
  • Proud to Be a Geek
  • Qurac: Uses the term "Noniraquistan" when describing the plot of the original Modern Warfare game.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The big showdown between Robothinker and Necrothinker that was planned for episode 82 had to be delayed due to the New England Blizzard of 2013. In-universe, this was attributed to Cryothinker.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He stated that he bakes.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: His Big Picture video "Pink is not the Problem" is essentially a takedown of this trope.
  • Recycled In Space: He described the early Supergirl comics as Nancy Drew with superpowers.
  • Redundant Parody: He feels that The Onion's crude Tweet about nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis being "kind of a c**t" wasn't pure rudeness like many people were claiming, but rather, an attempt at satire that fell flat because it too closely resembled the snarky, insulting tabloid culture that it was trying to make fun of, without any indication that it was a parody (hard to do when you're on Twitter).
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The Game Antithinker Story Arc is more satirical than Movie Bob's newer episodes. The change has produced a bit of a Broken Base.
  • Rule of Cool: Reviewing Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, he admits "I'm probably predisposed to liking anything that has a scene of a gorilla beating up a helicopter."
  • Running Gag:
  • Satan: Did a two-part Big Picture episode on the history of Western culture's idea of Satan and how it evolved over the centuries.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Discussed in the Big Picture episode "Rights & Wrongs" as it pertains to why Spider-Man and the X-Men won't be showing up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon, and why Sony and Fox are churning out new entries in those properties (and others).
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Bob believes fat people to be amusing... citing himself as an example.
    • "I'm well aware that there's at least already one of you out there itching for this to end so you can run to the forums and get busy firing off some oh-so-clever missive about how film geeks only like to shit all over marginally talented hot actresses like [Megan] Fox because we're using them as proxy punching bags for all the women who wouldn't fuck us back in high school. Well, to you sir or madam, I say... So?"
    • A pretty big example in "The Prophecy of Freakazoid", when talking about the expectations of the internet in the mid-90's;
    While the promise remains, the internet has become a vast ocean of memetic self reference, funny cat videos, pop culture revivification, and droning videos where embittered 30-something men re-frame their own nostalgic detritus in quasi-scholarly verbiage in a desperate attempt to recast their youth as something other than misspent. *ahem*
    • His Intermission editorials "I Wrote That Crap!" and "I (Also) Wrote That Crap", in which he discusses the past film scripts that he had written. They include B-grade monster movies, a Slasher Movie about geek/Comic-Con culture, a Troma-esque spoof of the War on Drugs, and an Author Filibuster with a Marty Stu protagonist; looking back, Bob regards all of them as So Bad, It's Good at best. He also discusses the stereotype of film critics being aspiring filmmakers who washed out on the road to realizing their dreams.
    • He seems perfectly aware of his long-windedness, and has pointed it out or lampshaded it on several occasions, including the recurring appearance of a "Hyperactive Chipmunk" note , and at one point saying, "This is the Game Overthinker, not the Bob-Gets-Right-to-the-Fucking-Point Show."
    • After a growing number of fans started calling him out on his constant plugging of Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick at the end of his videos, he made the plugs shameless to the point of parody, consisting of him literally waving the book in the air while yelling "BUY MY BOOK!" repeatedly. Which itself is a reference to The Critic.
    • He opened episode 87 of The Game Overthinker, a Top Ten List of the best games of the Seventh Generation, mocking how such lists were everywhere at the moment, used as meaningless filler, before concluding that he might as well make one of his own.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: Ends his Big Picture segments with "I'm Bob, and that's The Big Picture."
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Usually accompanied with the graphic "Big Words".
  • Shaped Like Itself: Describing the performances in Thor:
  • Shout-Out: While revisiting Metroid: Other M, he points out the first rule of internet gaming culture is to never disagree with the mass opinion. The second rule is to never do a Let's Play of Bart's Nightmare. (With a little subtitle saying he thought it was funny.)
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Falls in the middle. While he'll deal with serious issues, or serious opinions, he'll usually be more serious, with some jokes thrown in. When he deals with something more silly, the jokes are more prevalent. His movie reviews usually fall under silly, with him giving his opinion in a easy-going tone, but can be more serious when going into complexity about the film.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Notes that one thing that New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Modern Warfare 2 had in common was a lack of female figures, though the former wins for having two notable female characters (Princess Peach and Wendy O. Koopa)
  • Spoiler Opening: Episode 73 of The Gameover Thinker introduced a new intro, the intro said "featuring" but included several villains he already defeated. Episode 78 saw the return of the Cyro and Pyrothinkers, Antithinker also returned an episode after the intro was introduced, but this had already been alluded to. The very same intro averted this by initially excluding Omegathinker.
    • And the spoiler opening finishes out in episode 81 when Retrothinker grabs the earth gem and becomes Necrothinker again
  • Stealth Pun: In his review of Green Lantern, when Bob says that Warner Brothers "struck out" trying to make a superhero movie that's not Batman, he shows a picture of baseball player Jim Reynolds striking out. note 
  • The Stinger: In his "Escape to The Movies" series.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: The entire point of #33, "Building a Better Gamer".
  • Story Arc: Episode 43 had Game Overthinker's Evil Counterpart, the Anti-Thinker, come in and take over the show, by teleporting Game Overthinker to Wario's Woods. Many have noticed the Follow the Leader to the plotline based elements in That Guy with the Glasses's shows. Bob is revealed to have superpowers to a degree and kills the Anti-Thinker, who returns several times after.
    • The Overtinker series continued having this trend. He becomes a vigilante fighting video game mooks for the local police chief Commissioner Bunnyface and ninja Senator Lieberson. He battles elemental ninjas Pyrothinker and Cryothinker who are demolishing arcades as payback after Bob killed their dad Strawman. He then meets Retrothinker, a time-displaced 1980s TV host who became a Human Popsicle to see the future of video games. He was turned evil by the show's mysterious Big Bad, becoming Necrothinker, who resurrects an army of forgotten game characters to destroy modern gaming, but is saved by Bob. The most recent arc involved the Robothinker, a renegade android who is destined to destroy the world, but a Dragonball-parodying time traveller named the Omega Thinker comes to the past to find a way to defeat him, with the Devil himself being introducd for further shenanigans. The arc ended with Robothinker's destruction, but Bob is housebound by Bunnyface when he learns who Retrothinker is, and Lieberson forms an anti-gaming Tea Party. The Anti-Thinker returns, frees Retrothinker from prison, and reveals to the Overthinker that the mysterious badguy who employed him, Retrothinker and the ninjas is called the Ultrathinker, a cosmic entity who needs the four elemental stones collected during the arcs to gain his own corporeal body.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He freely admits to this, saying that he likes to pick on on big names because it makes him feel big. Reading his twitter feed or blogs demonstrates this.
  • Straw Critic: Of a sort. Bob is frequently guilty of making insulting generalizations about the people who disagree with him or criticize his output.
    • The War on Straw: Lampshade Hanging. In a few early episodes a peripheral character makes feeble and fallacious arguments so that the Overthinker can refute them with his main thesis. This character is named Strawman and is a bale of straw.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: In-Universe. After looking through and hating the entire Twilight film series, he admits the last one, Breaking Dawn Part 2, falls so far into So Bad, It's Good that it's a genuinely good movie experience
  • Take That:
    • Each major antagonist of the Overthinker series is a take that to parts of the video game community that Bob dislikes - The Anti-Thinker (hardcore gamers/the "douchebag" audience of recent pop culture), Strawman (the fans that criticized Bob for introducing story arcs to his show), the Pyrothinker and Cryothinker (those who abandoned game arcades), Retrothinker / Necrothinker (hardcore gamers who only play old school games) and the Robothinker (Xbox Live trolls).
    • In Episode 95 specifically, Anti-Thinker's initial look and set up makes fun of the internet reviewer The Rageholic, right down to the logo, the set, and the black-and-white look. The only thing missing is the long hair, which Antithinker lampshades:
    Antithinker: "Can you imagine if I had my hair grown out and I had all this shit going on? I'd only be a complete Spoony rip-off, instead of just most of one."
    • At the end of his review of Furious 7, Bob delivers some pot shots to the Oscars regarding Vin Diesel saying this movie should win Best Picture.
    I mean, y’all gave Vin Diesel a ribbing a week or two back when he said this movie should win an Oscar, right? And we were right, but kinda for the wrong reasons when you think about it. I mean, damn right Furious 7 isn't Oscar material(!) There’s way too much diversity in the cast(!) The women have complete characters and personalities unto themselves(!) There’s no aging white dude monologuing about how relevant over the hill actors are or young white dudes pantomiming various ailments or disabilities(!) I mean, geez, what are ya thinkin’ there, Riddick(?)
  • Tempting Fate: "Don't worry commissioner, everything should be OK as long as there isn't one more... elementally... powered... ninja..."
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Episode 47 ends with such an announcement, and sure enough, Strawman is killed in the following episode.
  • Transparent Closet: Invoked for Cammy in ep 14, complete with appropriate graphic.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: His in-universe general opinion of video games in Ep. 16.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Lampshaded. "Fuckin' Squaresoft!"
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Over the heels".
  • Values Dissonance: invoked Discussed in relation to the early Supergirl comics of the '50s and early '60s, with him noting that it had some upsides as to the quality of the writing. Paradoxically, by having Supergirl conform to the era's rigid gender roles, the writers produced stories that were often better than the Superman comics of the same era, with Supergirl being a flawed hero who often had to fix her mistakes as opposed to always being on the side of what's clearly right and just.
  • Very Special Episode: "Violence is Golden" & "Building a Better Gamer" respectively deal with the Media Watchdog nature & portrayal of video games and the demonization of them in the media and getting & developing better habits for gamers. They are both some-what well done. "The Revolution" is also this, to a lesser extent, trying to convince people not to shop at GameStop for better retail.
  • Video-Game Movies Suck: invoked Discussed in the Game Overthinker episode "Going Hollywood". He feels that the reason for this trope is because many of the "great" games, especially many of the classics from the early days of gaming, either have Excuse Plots and more of a focus on gameplay, or have certain story mechanics that work well in games but would translate poorly to a film (he cites Assassins Creed as an example of the latter). He feels that the solution to the problem of "how to make a great video game movie" isn't to adapt the story of a game, but to try and adapt its gameplay mechanics — for example, a Call of Duty movie filmed entirely in first-person, or a Metroid movie that's built around the main character exploring the alien world around her.
  • Visual Pun:
    • The word "but" will show a picture of Ivy's ass, the word "thing" will be a picture of The Thing, God will show a picture of Shigeru Miyamoto, among others.
    • Sometimes played with. In ep6 he mentions "D-cups" and shows a cup with the letter D on it; the image then quickly changes to a photo of breasts with the caption "Just kidding. Here's boobs."
    • "Polarising": A polar bear. On the polar ice, you see.
    • Often when posing a question, he uses an image of The Question.
    • In "OVERBYTES on Tropes vs. Women": "Oh no she's come to attack our man things!" then an image of Man-Thing appears accompanied by a roar "No, not that man thing..."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In his video "Nintendo...WTF is Wrong With You??", Bob has criticized Nintendo for some poor business decisions from its unintuitive eshop, mishandling of Amiibos, and hostile takedowns of Youtube and Let's Play videos. Bob fears that Nintendo's poor decisions will alienate the general gaming populace and damage its ability to function as a creative industry leader.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: He's responsible for the Super Mario Bros. "Rosalina is God" Guess.
  • X Meets Y: Subverted when he describes the gameplay of Shadow Complex as "Metroid crossed with Metroid divided by Metroid with a remainder of Metroid." He also describes Halo as "Starship Troopers crossed with Starship Troopers."
  • What Were You Thinking?: He dedicated an episode of the Game Overthinker (and interrupted an arc) to question Activision in having Oliver North (who is, for lack of a better term, a war criminal) as a spokesman for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
    Opening Note: The following episode of The Game Over Thinker focuses on a controversial ad campaign.

    While it is entirely possible that said ads may have changed or no longer be airing by the time you view this; The Over Thinker's point is not that the ads should be pulled or changed, but rather to explain why making them in the first place was such a poor decision.

Alternative Title(s): The Game Overthinker, Moviebob

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