Creator: Bob Chipman

aka: Moviebob
"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, and also contributes 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. However, after 100 episodes and two Channel Hops later, he's currently focused on the analysis again in a shorter format. Airs on ScrewAttack and YouTube.
  • In Bob We Trust: A show 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 does he say that the show is about pop culture and politics, but he also breaks out the term "Comics Are Weird", a Running Gag/Catchphrase from TBP.) Runs new episodes every other Sunday, alternating with The Game Overthinker.
  • Really That Good: A new series based around exploring past movies that are consistently celebrated, and discussing how these films live up to the praise by talking about the themes, style, narrative, pop cultural impact and other tropes of the picture.
  • He still creates video reviews of films in the same style as his old show Escape to the Movies show (see below), albeit currently in a non-regular way. They can be found in 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 albino).
  • 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.
  • American Accents: He can slip into his native Boston accent at various times, most notably in his earlier videos and when he's angry (such as over The Dark Knight not receiving any Oscar nominations), and even at normal times he noticeably drops the Rs in certain words. He also uses an exaggerated Southie accent as his default portrayal of Lowest Common Denominator types, such as the Game Antithinker character and the people who went to see Black Swan for the lesbian scene.
  • 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.
  • The Auteur Theory: Discussed in the Intermission editorial "Wrights and Wrongs", which was about the backlash against Marvel over the departure of Edgar Wright from Ant-Man over Creative Differences. He feels that, while the auteur theory makes a lot of solid points, it's not applicable to every film, especially not big, studio-driven blockbusters like the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also argues that, while it's produced a lot of great movies in both the '70s New Hollywood and in independent cinema, it's also led to the undue, premature elevation of filmmakers who are more about style than substance (citing Tim Burton and M. Night Shyamalan as examples) and the passing over of talented directors who don't have a particular "style" (such as the Russo Brothers).
  • 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.
  • The Bechdel Test: Devoted an episode of The Big Picture to it. He feels it to be a poor and shallow measure for how well women are represented in fictional media, blaming its popularity on geek culture's love of categorization and black-and-white facts, while noting that it originated as a joke in Dykes To Watch Out For that its creator intended more as a thought exercise about Hollywood in general than as an actual test to be applied to specific films. He notes that a lot of sleazy exploitation films and formulaic chick flicks pass the Bechdel Test despite an otherwise questionable portrayal of women, while films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and any film about Joan of Arc fail it despite having very strong, multi-layered female protagonists. He proposes an alternative that he calls the Mako Mori test, in which a film passes by having at least one major female character who gets a fully-developed story arc that doesn't revolve around a man — in other words, simply writing a good character.
  • 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."
  • 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 are aware of how women are still given the short end of the stick when it comes to society and representation. He also considers the constant male harping on works like Twilight to be unfair, because women should also have 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 BSOD 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-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.
  • The Great Comics Crash of 1996: Game Overthinker Episode 11, titled "Can It Happen To Us?", pointed out similarities between the current game industry and the pre-crash comic book industry.
  • The Great Video Game Crash of 1983: In the episode "The Next Crash" (episode #83, fittingly enough), he compares the situation of the gaming industry today to that of 1983. He concludes that a second crash is inevitable, but probably won't be as bad as the first, partly because of the existence of alternatives to the AAA gaming scene that didn't exist to the home console scene in 1983.
  • 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 BSOD: 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.
  • History Of Hollywood: He's done a series of episodes on this subject for The Big Picture.
  • 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."
  • I Want My Jetpack: Devoted an entire Big Picture episode to this subject.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sixties 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 Sixties 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.
  • One of Us: Has heard of TV Tropes, as even references it in his review of Shrek Forever After.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 re

Alternative Title(s):

The Game Overthinker, Moviebob