Creator / Josh Scorcher
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Joshua Burner (AKA: Josh Scorcher, The Fiery Joker, and Commander Firebrand) is a Youtube producer and former United States Marine (he finished service in December 2014) specializing in Video Game related Top Ten Countdowns and video reviews of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He also runs the Brony Website FOB Equestria, which bills itself as a Military-centric version of Equestria Daily. He also has a Twitter account and a Tumblr account. He does the occasional Let's Play, but isn't so good at finishing them. However, after making his Top 10 Worst Kingdom Hearts Bosses, he started an LP of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, which he actually did finish.

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     Countdown Lists 
  • Top Ten Most Disturbing Boss Battles
  • Top Ten Brawl Music Tracks
  • Top Ten Favorite Video Game Tracks
  • Top Ten Easiest Bosses
  • Top Ten Video Game Composers
  • Top Ten Credits Themes
  • Top Ten Hardest Bosses
  • Top Ten Video Game Soundtracks 2009
  • Top Fifteen Boss Battle Tracks 2009
  • Top Ten Games of E3-2009
  • Top Ten Coolest Ways to Die
  • Top Ten Final Fantasy Music Tracks
  • Top Fifteen Sequels We Want The Most
  • Top Ten Kingdom Hearts Songs
  • Top Five Best and Worst Controllers
  • Top Ten Villains in Gaming
  • Top Ten Mario Songs (with The Autarch of Flame)
  • Top Fifteen Most Disturbing Non-Horror Bosses (with The Autarch of Flame)
  • Top Ten Pokemon Songs
  • Top Ten Final Fantasy Villains
  • Top Ten Minigames
  • Top Ten Most Annoying Bosses
  • Top Fifteen Most Hated Characters in Video Games (with The Autarch of Flame)
  • Top Fifteen Craziest Characters
  • Top Ten Manliest Characters
  • Top Ten Organ Songs
  • Top Ten Legend of Zelda Songs (with The Autarch of Flame)
  • Top Ten Disappointing Final Bosses
  • Top Ten Things I Hate in Video Games
  • Top Ten Things I Like in Video Games
  • Top Ten Saddest Video Game Moments (with The Autarch of Flame)
  • Top Nine Team Fortress 2 Classes
  • Top Ten Fighting Game Finishers
  • Top Ten Co-op Games
  • Top Ten Video Game Endings
  • Top Ten Nostalgic Video Game Songs
  • Top Ten Mario Spinoffs
  • Top Ten Overrated Games
  • Top Ten Sonic Songs
  • Top Ten Scariest Nostalgic Moments
  • Top Fifteen Worst Cliches (with The Autarch of Flame and Chewie)
  • Top Ten Overhated Games
  • Top Ten Favorite Pokemon
  • Top Ten Worst Kingdom Hearts Bosses
  • Top Ten Video Game Bromances (with RabbidLuigi)
  • Top Ten Music Battles
  • Top Ten Dynasty Warriors
  • Top Ten Darkest Mario Moments
  • Top Ten League Champions That Need Their Own Game
  • Top Ten Female Characters
  • Top Ten Games I Love and Hate
  • Top Ten Fighting Game Special MovesOr 
  • Top Ten Stupid Awesome Games
  • Top Ten Evil Video Game Characters
  • Top Ten Games I Want to Like
  • Top Ten First Bosses
  • Top Ten Educational Games
  • Top Ten Scary Atmospheres

     My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Reviews 
  • Pilot
  • Return of Harmony
  • A Canterlot Wedding
  • The Ticket Masternote 
  • Applebuck Seasonnote 
  • Griffon the Brush-Offnote 
  • Boast Bustersnote 
  • Dragonshy (w/ Chewie)note 
  • Look Before You Sleepnote 
  • The Crystal Empirenote 
  • Magical Mystery Curenote 
  • Double Rainboomnote 
  • Snowdropnote 
  • Feeling Pinkie Keen (w/ Xain Russell)note 
  • Mmmystery on the Friendship Express (w/ The Autarch)note 
  • Princess Twilight Sparklenote 
  • Bridle Gossipnote 
  • Over A Barrel (w/ Lily Peet AKA Bhaalspawn)note 
  • Twilight's Kingdomnote 
  • Hearts and Hooves Day (w/ Voice of Reason)note 
  • Swarm of the Centurynote 
  • The Cutie Mapnote 
  • Putting Your Hoof Down (w/ Mr. Enter)note 
  • The Mysterious Mare-Do-Wellnote 
  • The Cutie Re-Mark (w/ Ink Rose)note 
  • Ponyville Confidentialnote 
  • Newbie Dash (w/ DaWillstanator)note 
  • To Where and Back Again note 
  • G3 Special "A Very Minty Christmas" (w/ Dr. Wolf) note  note 

     Let's Plays 

Josh's Work Contains Elements Of

  • Aroused by Their Voice: In Live Unscripted 3, Joshscorcher temporarily turns British and makes love to his own voice. It Makes Sense in Context ...somewhat.
  • Artifact Title: Fiery Joker Rant was originally Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Basically, Josh angrily rants about certain video game related topics ala Jim Sterling. While the basic premise is still the same, there isn't a lot of, if not any, of Josh getting angry, ranting, or complaining and is more along the lines of the Nostalgia Critic Editorials than Jimquistion.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Subverted. Knight in Sour Armor below and this show some traits of this and that his favorite characters follow the archetypes, but he isn't one himself as demonstrated here.
  • Ass Kicks You: Firebrand finds himself on both ends of this trope in "Taking Shining Armor and Cadance Too Seriously ft. Silver Quill".
  • The Atoner: He seems to be this in regards to how he used to treat his little brother.
    Josh (through Commander Firebrand): If I have one regret in my life, just one, it's that I wasn't a good brother.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: All of his fire-based aliases, not to mention his real name, Joshua Burner.
  • Berserk Button
    • Dance, Water! Dance!
      • From the same video: Dissing Dynasty Warriors as a mere Button Masher will tick him off. The guy sure loves that game and considers it really overhated. During his Top 10 Underappreciated Gems list, The Quarter Guy lampshades this trigger.
      Josh: *static interrupt and glares menacingly*
      QG: *raises hands* "I'm not one of those people!"
      Josh: "Good. *unsheathes saber* Keep it that way."
      QG: *loud gulp* "Yes sir..."
    • All three of his Response to *Insert Youtuber Here* videos resulted in a torrent of hate mail and abuse being directed by his fans toward the subject of the videos. Each time, Josh had an unscripted video detailing how angry he was at his fanbase.
    • The shortest, but most memorable, was the unscripted addressing the Response to Bhaalspawn, where Josh starts openly screaming at his own viewers because this is the third time this had happened.
    • Referring to the Marine Corps and the US Army as the same organization, though he recently stated that it was more akin to a Sibling Rivalry.
    • The Time-Limit Boss is a smaller, recurring one.
    • In his review of Mmmystery On The Friendship Express with The Autarch, he becomes increasingly annoyed as The Autarch constantly jokes about a crossover with The Powerpuff Girls, having already reviewed (and hated) Double Rainboom. When Voice of Reason mentions that the Big Mac/Cheerliee romance in "Hearts and Hooves Day" reminds him of the Powerpuff Girls episode "Keen on Keane", he only gets as far as saying "It's a Powerpuff Girls..." when explaining what it is before Josh grabs a rifle.
    • In Snowdrop, he gets very quickly pissed off by the Alpha Bitch filly who, as he says, serves no purpose aside from being a one-dimensional typical bully to harass the main character. Whether he's angry at the filly for being an Alpha Bitch or for just being a one-dimensional character is up in the air. But either way, it ends with him taking a sword and murdering her offscreen in rage.
    • Diamond Tiara's treatment of Scootaloo in "Flight to the Finish" has left him out for blood.
      Josh: No, I didn't actually say that ["Let's waste this bitch"]. You know about me and cursing. What actually said [sic] was something more along the lines of calling her an evil, stuck-up, unpleasant, mean-spirited, elitist, two-dimensional, sadistic, ableist, unredeemable, racist, ignorant, pompous, scum-sucking, arrogant spawn of every unholy demon in the seventh circle of hell.
    • As Firebrand, he drops his Nice Guy side just before having Silver Quill banished via Party Howitzer when Silver Quill calls him Army when he's a Marine.
    • He finds that any time an FIM story features the Royal Guard or the Wonderbolts (who are basically Equestria's Thunderbirds), both groups are portrayed as incompetent and/or corrupt. Something that offends his sensibilities as an Armed Forces member.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His entrance at the end of The Autarch's Top 25 Boss Battles certainly qualifies as this.
  • Big "NO!": Has three in succession at the end of his Bridle Gossip review, each one bigger than the last. The reason? His next review will be a collab... with Bhaalspawn.
  • Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: Exploited during part 12 of his Alice: Madness Returns playthrough so he could collect everything on a multiple-path ice slide segment.
  • Butt Monkey: He does not have the best luck with collab partners, being generally humiliated, injured, and even outright murdered by them. Summed up best as such:
  • Call Back: If a countdown video has a topic similar to a previous one, or one of his choices is also on a different countdown, he'll typically make a reference to the other countdown, either through just a passing remark or actually taking a moment to go out of his way and comment on it.
    • A very subtle one: In his review of Mmmystery on the Friendship Express, he at one point uses information lifted from, and credited to, Death Battle Equestria. Almost two years later, in Top Ten Fighting Game Special Moves, he brings the writer of said fanfic, R.L. Yoshi, in to once again help with a scientific problem.
  • The Cameo:
    • If you look closely, Ink Rose can be seen at the end of the "Hearts and Hooves Day" review being fired out of Silver Quill's Party Howlitzer.
    • In that same video, Elyora and ILoveKimPossibleAlot can be seen in the credits art.
    • The Autarch and R.L. Yoshi have appearances in Top Ten Fighting Game Special Moves; the former popping in to gleefully take the credit for an Incredibly Lame Pun in writing, the latter to help determine the actual physical force behind Speed Zone. Despite having speaking appearances, both are listed in the credits as cameos.
    • In general, for his "Taking Too Seriously" series, the episode's editor is given a cameo as the cameraman.
  • Canada, Eh?:
    • He occasionally makes fun of Canadians, but it's all lighthearted humor and he only does it because they can take a joke. Interestingly, most of his collab partners so far have been Canadian — Chewie, The Autarch, and Bhaalspawn — and have attempted to get back at him for it.
    • In the aforementioned collab with Bhaalspawn, this trope is brought into play; when Josh tries to draw a line between the red and white face paint Chief Thunderhooves uses and the Canadian flag, Lily doesn't go along with it (by singing her country's national anthem, specifically)...until Josh offers to buy her Tim Hortons coffee if she does so. Cue Gilligan Cut.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "It's Pinkie Pie, don't question it."
    • "Convenient!" is his (sarcastically cheerful) way of lampshading a Hand Wave or Contrived Coincidence.
    • In his "Taking [x] Too Seriously" videos on FOBEquestria, he'll often say "Here — let me explain what I mean" at the beginning of a video shortly after he states an opinion of the episode before getting into the episode's actual plotline.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Goes on full rage mode in his Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix LP when Ansem is revealed to be Xehanort's Heartless and does this. But considering the style of the channel, the entire F-bomb was censored.
  • Combat Medic: With his favorite Team Fortress 2 class being the Medic, his pony OC Commander Firebrand plays one in the TF2 Analysis videos, though slightly more insane than his usual self as he imitates... well, the Medic.
  • Complaining about Complaining: Top Ten Overhated Games.
  • Couch Gag: In every My Little Pony review, Josh will dispose of the show's title sequence in some fashion.
  • Curbstomp Cushion: Josh's battle against Lingering Will. While Lingering Will, to his credit, does manage to get at least three decent hits in (At one point almost wiping Josh out before he healed himself), the fight is almost completely one-sided in Josh's favour.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Gets this from Victini in Top Ten Favorite Pokémon.
  • Darker and Edgier: His more recent videos seem to contain darker jokes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He tends to be very sarcastic in his videos. For example, after Pinkie's ear-bleeding version of the "Evil Enchantress" song:
    Pinkie: "It's a work in progress."
    Josh: "Don't quit your day job, sweetie."
  • Divergent Character Evolution: His Nostalgia critic expy-ish-ness was brought up in his questions-and-answers video with Doug Walker. He expressed his desire to diverge from the Nostalgia Critic and his characterization, especially with the jokes he's 'taken' from him. And he has definitely succeeded, becoming less of the Jerkass Woobie that NC was and more of a person who will Gosh Darn It to Heck!, only swearing when something is serious, and even then, he still censors it; a person who is genuinely a Nice Guy on and off his videos, and someone who is afraid to let others know the fact that he's a brony.
  • Dry Crusader: He's expressed a major hatred for alcohol on his Tumblr blog. Downplayed as he doesn't seem to have made any effort to stop other people from drinking it, but he definitely hates it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His earliest MLP videos make it seem like he doesn't like the show very much. He admits it has its strengths, but overall doesn't seem to be a huge fan, even stating directly that he is not a brony.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Nearly every Top Ten list or review ends with a massive continental explosion as the closer.
  • Expy:
    • Of Screwattack for his Countdown videos.
    • Of the Nostalgia Critic for his My Little Pony reviews.
  • Foreshadowing: In Top Ten Darkest Mario Moments, the intro bit shows the Elder Princess Shroob from Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time. She, specifically her fight, ends up being the number-one moment.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In Top 10 League Champions That Need Their Own Game, at the end of the Ezreal segment, he shows fan art of him with his friend Lux that gets progressively more affectionate. It stops at kissing on the lips, when Josh calls "Next number!", but if it had continued...
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Josh runs one of the few Youtube channels where swearing is almost entirely bleeped out. Turns out he's like that in Real Life too, very rarely swearing.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Parodied in one My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic where after learning that Twilight Sparkle grew wings, he went into an utter psychotic meltdown (also comes with Shower of Angst) until he suddenly stops and said calmly "I'm OK with this."
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: After doing a response to Bhaalspawn's initial Team Fortress review, Valkyr Studios was flooded with a torrent of hate mail and death/rape threats. This prompted a very brief face-off between Scorcher's Nice Guy and Peet's Smug Snake.
  • Hold Up Your Score: Josh does this during his "Bridle Gossip" review in response to Spike making punny names based on what happened to the Mane Six.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Downplayed. This is sort of how guest stars appear in his My Little Pony reviews, but rather than taking over the show itself, they just force Josh to let them on it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the review for Feeling Pinkie Keen, Josh points out how family unfriendly it is for a kid's show to talk about someone exploding...despite the way he ends every episode. This is, of course, lampshaded.
    • The ALS Ice Bucket challenge. He views the challenges issued to him, and considered the whole thing stupid... and right after that, he issues the challenge to three more guys (one of them should be familiar) and showers himself with cold water.
    • In an out-of-videos (and slightly less funny) example, he has an almost memetic hatred of spoilers, but when new episodes of MLP are being broadcast, he live tweets as he watches - which, for those not in the know, is basically tweeting your reactions to the episode, which ends up inevitably spoiling all the jokes and some major plot points for any follower who isn't watching along.
  • I Hate Past Me: Seems to feel this way about his time as a Big Brother Bully. His voice becomes noticeably angry, even compared to some of his more angry moments otherwise and Firebrand's expressions reflect this.
    Josh (through Commander Firebrand): I mean my little brother dealt with so much heartache and sickness in his life, and I wasn't there to help him. He had diabetes, genetic migraines, and even multiple seizures at the age of ten, ten! And I just couldn't find it in myself to cut the kid some slack! He was my brother, and I failed to be there for him.
  • I Have Many Names: Joshua Burner, Josh Scorcher, The Fiery Joker, and Commander Firebrand. Real name, Internet alias, gaming alias, and pony alias (and OC name) respectively.
  • Jerkass Realization: "Sisterhooves Social" made him have one in regards to how he was treating his little brother. He even admits it made him cry and is not happy with himself for his past actions.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He describes himself as one in his Fiery Joker Rant on Journey where he talks about how the game made him realize this trait through the interaction with the other players.
  • Kubrick Stare: Sometimes does this (as shown by the picture above).
  • Long Title: "Top Ten League Champions That Need Their Own Game". Josh even lampshades it...
    Josh: *groan* Man, I can't believe I had to change the font size for that...stupid over-long titles...
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: The way he portrays himself in his episodic reviews and some other videos is as a sarcastic Jerk Ass, though this is just so he can be properly cynical about the actual work. As seen in various other videos and on his Tumblr blog, he's actually a nice guy in real life (though he retains the sarcasm) when you don't press a Berserk Button.
  • Motor Mouth: At times, but not usually.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Admits in his Top Ten Personal Episodes that he used to be a jerk to his little brother...then watched Sisterhooves Social, which caused him to have a Jerkass Realization. He admits the episode made him cry and his demeanor talking about it makes it clear this was his reaction.
  • Odd Friendship: To Xain-Russell, who has beliefs that differ greatly from that of Josh's. Especially when it comes to politics and religion.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when he reviews Return of Harmony, specifically when he realizes what Fluttershy's Discorded personality will be.
    Josh: *looks between the lists of the Elements and their opposites, gets to Kindness and Cruelty* Oh boy.
  • Old Shame: invoked In Top Ten Overhated Games, he admits to being ashamed of his former stance on Final Fantasy VII.
    Josh: "On the other side, you have people calling it the most overrated game ever made, saying it singlehandedly RUINED Final Fantasy, and anyone who likes it is a close-minded pretentious tool clinging to nostalgia. ...and to my everlasting shame, I was in that camp once."
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Loves this instrument, using it in his countdown intro and patron outro and arranges several tunes with it. Subverted, as Josh is far from a villain.
  • One of Us: invoked Josh mentions in his Top Ten Bromances collab with rabbidluigi that he reads tvtropes, specifically informing the audience about Red Oni, Blue Oni.
    • Celebrated when he got the page quote for Accidentally Broke the MacGuffin. Has also admitted on Twitter that he habitually checks his TV Tropes page for changes every time he releases a new video. ...Hi, Josh.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Lampshaded by Josh after Dr. Wolf suddenly goes Deadpan Snarker in their "A Very Minty Christmas" review.
    Josh: Ok, I have to say this now. Biting sarcasm sounds really weird coming from you.
    Dr. Wolf: (matter-of-factly) Well, I'm on your channel, Josh. Kinda comes with the territory.
  • Playing with Fire: His various epithets are fire-centric. Fiery Joker, Josh Scorcher, Commander Firebrand.
  • Promoted Fanboy: invoked Josh has since hit a stage in his YouTube career where he makes enough through revenue and Patreon to hire a team of editors. Said team of editors have all been subscribers of his for at least a year each, and have each contributed to the pacing, as well as some jokes being written. Some have even provided voice work.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A particularly hilarious example in his review of "Mmmystery on the Friendship Express", making fun of Big Mac's lack of nails while repairing the train.
    Josh: I!!! WILL!!! FIX!!! THIS!!! WITH!!! OUT!!! NAILS!!!
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Brony tendencies aside, his ringtone is apparently "I'm a Barbie Girl".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When an anon on his Tumblr disparaged Zachary Rich for taking down Double Rainboom, Josh went on a huge one of these, directed at anyone who thought Mr. Rich's decision was a bad one. The whole post is rather long, so to get an idea, here's the final line:
    Bottom line, shut up about things you donít understand and donít instantly assume the worst in people. Context is a thing; try to understand that before rushing to make a judgement. Besides, if you liked it, Double Rainboom isnít going away. Thereís probably a dozen or so mirrors on YouTube.
    • Beata Nomura could be considered one towards Tetsuya Nomura.
    • In his "Top 10 Evil Video Game Characters," Josh gives a scathing one Number 6: Joel Miller, for his actions during the climax of The Last of Us where he murders innocent people who are trying to save the human race from extinction to prevent losing his daughter. Josh completely and utterly destroys his I Did What I Had to Do mindset.
    "Would letting Ellie die be heartless and inhumane? That's not even a question. Absolutely! But you know what else is heartless and inhumane? KILLING DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS AND ACTIVELY DAMNING HUMANITY IN THE PROCESS!!! Joel could've at least picked the lesser of two evils. Buddy, grief happens to everybody. This isn't all about you. And the fact that Joel is choosing to lie about his actions to Ellie, who for all we know, might be willing to sacrifice herself makes this even worse. Joel Miller gets on this list for potentially being responsible for the extinction of the human race through his supreme act of selfishness! Nice going, ***hole! Your real daughter would be proud!"
    • What makes this speech more memorable is how angry Josh is during this moment. This isn't over-the-top anger; he is legitimately furious!
  • The Red Mage: He said in Shenanigans With 4 that, although he's a healer mostly, he's more of a Red Mage than a White Mage.
  • Running Gag:
    • In his My Little Pony episode reviews, he will sometimes have guests appear to join him in commentating. Their appearance always consists of interrupting Josh's intro somehow, threatening and/or humiliating him, and then performing a downplayed Hostile Show Takeover by forcing Josh to let them join for the episode.
    • Also, in each FIM review, the intro is skipped in all sorts of different ways, ranging from simply fast-forwarding the video, to shooting the screen, to the guest reviewers doing the skipping. Lampshaded in the Bhaalspawn colab.
    • For a long time, he was kept from reviewing Bridle Gossip, due to a combination of collab partners wanting other episodes, season 4's premier, and copyright claims from Hasbro. This was, naturally, lampshaded when he finally got around to reviewing the episode.
    • At certain points, when he's noting certain illogical moments, he'll spread his arms and reveal the word "LOGIC" between them using the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment chorus of Nostalgia Chick fame.
    • Also drinking a vial of Brony Tears whenever something the fandom dislikes happens (usually Princess Twilight). During his Top 10 Musical Battles list, he drinks a bottle of Anti-Brony Tears when he includes the Goof Off in the countdown.
    • "DARN IT DECKER!" However since Josh revealed from a podcast with Dr Wolf and Ink Rose that Decker had left the Marine Corps, it is no longer a running gag.
    • As of late, Josh has been taking at least one pot-shot at Capcom or their business practices. Lampshaded and invoked in Top Ten Stupid Awesome Games.
    • Whenever it comes up, Josh would take a moment to remind you that he likes Greco-Roman-Egyptian-Whatever mythology while making a ridiculous face.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Does this in his Double Rainboom review after The Powerpuff Girls' Flanderization begins.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Watch this, and determine for yourself.
  • Semper Fi: He is a former Marine in Real Life.
  • Ship Tease: In his third A Moment With Dr. Wolf, he acted as though he and Ink Rose were actually dating. (However, this post denies it, but it doesn't deny the possibility for it when Ink comes of age.)
  • Shout-Out: Many, often in the form of inserted clips or one-liners.
    • His famous "KA-BOOOOM!" is a voice clip from the Demoman from Team Fortress 2.
    • The graphic used for the explosion is from Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2's Final Explosion move.
    • In the review for Snowdrop, the Mary Sue meter is filled with quite a few characters from other works.
    • In the review of Mmmystery On The Friendship Express, Josh protests the idea that Big Macintosh would have trouble carrying a giant cake. The information he whips out to prove his point is lifted directly from Death Battle Equestria.
    • "Wow, you really don't know how to shut up when you get scared, Krillin- I mean, Spike!"
    • In his epic Squee! of Hyrule Warriors, he went into Daffy Duck's crazy laugh spree "WHOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO!" and M. Bison's "YES! YES!!"
    • His review of Mysterious Mare-Do-Well contains several, such as one to Markiplier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, V for Vendetta, and for those who have good eyes and a working pause button, Hoodwinked.
    • He also did a Bum-Style MLP Review. He later did it once more with Rainbow Rocks.
    • His reaction to the new theme song in his review of the MLP Pilot is reminesent of The Nostalgia Critic's reaction to the theme song in the review of Doug's 1st Movie.
    • He ends his discussion of Dr. Weil in his Top Ten Evil Video Game Characters list with a variant of AM's "Hate" speech.
    • A Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It version appears in his "Ponyville Confidential" review; when he expresses disbelief at Diamond Tiara being made editor-in-chief, he uses a clip of GradeAUnderA giving a Big "WHAT?!".
    • In anticipation for his upcoming review of the G3 episode "A Very Minty Christmas", he has released a trailer for the review itself. The trailer directly mimics the second trailer for The Force Awakens. If the trailer is any indication, it appears this upcoming review may have a very Star Wars atmosphere to it.
      • Fitting, considering the recent release of Rogue One.
  • Shown Their Work: When he states a fact, it's usually true. Such as his pointing out the amount of real-world influenzas (and showing their respective names onscreen) in his review of Three's A Crowd.
    • And in the same episode, he brings up the true mythological origins of the Tatzlwurm, and compares its poisonous breath to the episode's Tatzlwurm's mucus.
    • This is generally the point of "Taking Too Seriously", which is more about analysis and nitpicking than about reviewing and comedy.
  • Shrinking Violet: He reveals in his Bronycon video that he has trouble starting conversations with other people he doesn't know.
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: As the Fiery Joker, he ends nearly all episodes with an explosion. As Commander Firebrand, he tends to end his reviews with some play on the phrase "I'm taking this too seriously".
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Whenever he was asked for his opinion to a comic book movie casting decision or the Equestria Girls movie, Josh always withheld his judgement until the movie came out and encouraged others to do the same, saying they might be surprised.
  • Something Completely Different: In December 2014, Josh spontaneously released a review of a video game: Kim Possible: What's The Switch (and it was a collab with I Love Kim Possible A Lot).
  • Sound Effect Bleep: Uses normal beep sounds to avoid saying more colorful curse words. Parodied in his My Little Pony reviews, where he instead opts for Fluttershy's "yaaaay" quote.
  • Squee!: Lets out an absolutely epic one of these upon seeing the teaser trailer for Hyrule Warriors, a reverse parody of his Go Mad from the Revelation above. It also comes complete with a calm reverse comment ("It's gonna suck because it's not a real Zelda game.") but the end notes say that his Squeeing was genuine at heart.
  • The Stoic: Dr Wolf in Shenanigans with 2. He speaks very little during the video, chooses not to participate Josh and Hspirit's conga dance, and maintains his usual calm, pleasant demeanour throughout the video.
  • Stutter Stop: Most prevalent in unscripted videos, Josh has admitted to being a terrible on the spot speaker.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Rather prominent in his reviews, if he reaches a point that irritates him. He goes from Motor Mouth to Punctuated! For! Emphasis! yelling and back again pretty frequently to the point of almost being a Running Gag.
  • Take That!: Played for Laughs when he does them towards Canadians.
    So let me get this straight, this guy would rather have the freedom to do whatever he wants without having to worry about consequences, rather than having friendship. (Beat) 4chan, praise your new lord and savior! *Heavenly music plays with spinning 4chan icon and the words "I died so you could be a jerk" over clip of Tirek.*
    So the Yaks are over-sensitive, get super angry and violent over minor things and take innocent gestures as horrible insults. Hey! It's Feminism!
    Nope, still find that incredibly stupid and disappointing.
    • However, he did add a disclaimer for that, by onscreen text, saying it's okay for people to like the show, even though he personally doesn't.
  • The Teetotaler: As mentioned under Dry Crusader above, he does not like alcohol. This video, doubling as a Call Back to the SUPER MOHAWK SAIYAN!!! joke in his Top Ten Co-Op Games list, has him try some beer, only to immediately spit it back out and provide this gem:
    Josh: No transformation is worth that! *walks off*
    Josh from offscreen: ...disgusting!
  • Thing-O-Meter: Whips out the Stupid Awesome meter for his #1 entry for his Stupid Awesome Games countdown. It blows up towards the end.
    • Some reviews have him whip out the Rainbow Dash likability meter. Often when she does something stupid and has grounds for decreasing it, such as:
      • In "The Ticket Master", where Rainbow sings how she think she's got the second Grand Galloping Galla ticket.
      • In "Griffin The Brush-Off", where she makes a rude remark to Pinke Pie. However, he increases it when Rainbow defends her friends and calls Gilda out for her behaviour towards the end of the episode.
      • In "The Crystal Empire", where she guilt trips Fluttershy into continuing jousting.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Invoked when he reaches the fight with Demyx in his Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Let's Play.
  • Top Ten List: The kind of videos that got him noticed.
  • Troll: Occasionally deals with these on his Tumblr. For example, after answering a question regarding whether or not he'd done house work before (he's done some roofing), this exchange happened:
    Anon: A house killed my Aunt, you insensitive son of a female dog!
    Josh: Obvious troll, so... -ahem- Sorry, but I really wanted her red slippers.
  • Tsundere: A rare male example, a Running Gag on his show his him acting as one to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He tries so hard to pretend he hates the show, but to any observant viewer, it's blatantly clear he loves it.
  • Verbal Tic: In his Unscripteds and Let's Plays, or any live event in general, he says "It's like" frequently.
  • Visual Pun: His Pony form's Cutie Mark is a smiling flame. A, 'Fiery Joker', if you will.
    • In "Taking Slice of Life Too Seriously," after the intro, he comes on wearing rose-colored glasses.
  • Voice of the Legion: In his review of Mysterious Mare Do Well, he becomes temporarily demonic when addressing people who think "figurative" and "literal" mean the same thing.
    Josh: *snaps neck to the side* LOOK IT UP!!!
  • You Talk Too Much: Not said verbatim, but when R.L. Yoshi shows up in Top Ten Fighting Game Special Moves to talk about the actual power behind Speed Zone, he gives a long and fast spiel about how he determined the force, with an increasingly confused-looking Josh interrupting:
    Josh: Okay, that's a lot of big numbers... can we get some context for this?

Discussed Tropes in Josh's videos:

  • Accidentally Broke the MacGuffin: Provides the page quote.
  • Artistic License Ė Military: In a collab with Silver Quill, Josh voices his grievances at the misportrayal of the military in various media, specifically citing the royal guards.
  • Boss Rush: Particularly dislikes the one from Ōkami and generally doesn't like it when games make these sections mandatory.
  • Critical Dissonance: invoked His Top 10 Overhated Games list talks about ten games he feels fall victim to this trope.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss:
    • The number one entry on Top 10 Most Annoying Bosses, Yizmat took him four hours to defeat because of how much HP it has.
    • In Top 10 Games I Love and Hate, he mentions that one of his biggest problems with Dragonball Xenoverse was the insane amount of health enemies had.
  • God-Mode Sue: invoked Victini is this to him in one of the movies...but he's totally okay with it.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks:
    • Played for Drama in his review of Lullaby for a Princess where he stated that he doesn't enjoy this because: A. He feels left out. B. He feels like others view him as a scrooge.
    • In his Top Ten First Bosses video, he has clarified (by onscreen text) that in the case of The Legend of Korra, it's okay for people to like the show, even though he personally didn't enjoy it.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: On a few occasions has discussed disliking this trope because you're often given no indication of when a fight falls into this category and as such it forces you to use up items you didn't need to use.
  • Large Ham: The main reason that he loves Dynasty Warriors.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: invoked How he feels about Kingdom Hearts, Dynasty Warriors, and Metroid: Other M.
  • Replacement Scrappy: invoked How he feels about Lubba for replacing Rosalina.
  • The Scrappy: invoked
    • Demyx from Kingdom Hearts has been a target of hatred for him quite frequently due to his annoying boss fight and wimpy personality.
    • On Tumblr he has mentioned disliking Tharja and Severa from Fire Emblem Awakening. Tharja for the fact that she put her daughter through torture and Severa for being a one-dimensional Tsundere.
    • A non-video game example. His most hated anime characters are Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto and Light Yagami.
  • Seasonal Rot: invoked
    • His general opinion on Square Enix is that they're no longer the company that they used to be. The last game by them that he loved was Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and he is very upset that the company is now more focused on putting out trailers and generating hype, while choosing to develop third rate games nobody wants.
    • A non-video game example but in one of his vlogs he mentions that he feels both Naruto and Bleach have gone through this. In particular he thinks Naruto went downhill after Sasuke left Hidden Leaf Village, and while he never specifies when Bleach went downhill he does say that the anime has overstayed its welcome for him.
  • Shocking Swerve: invoked In his Kingdom Hearts II Let's Play, when he gets to The Reveal that Ansem was Xehanort's Heartless he goes on an entire rant about how Tetsuya Nomura pulled such a ridiculous plot twist out of nowhere.
  • That One Level: invoked
    • Was very disappointed with The Hunchback of Notre Dame world in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance for how it watered down the story of the movie and the fact that the player doesn't fight Frollo as a boss.
    • Another Kingdom Hearts example, he doesn't like the Atlantica levels in either game. The one in the first game for bad swimming controls and the one in the second game for the annoying songs.
  • That One Boss: invoked
    • Yizmat from Final Fantasy XII for his insane amount of health and how it took him four hours to defeat. He even topped Josh's Top 10 Most Annoying Bosses list making it a well-known example among his older subscribers.
    • Wargoyle from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance is a prime example of this trope in his opinion.
    • Orochi from Ōkami is also this for him especially because you have to fight him THREE times.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: invoked Loves stylized combat in video games.