DATELINE: November 2008, location unknown — From one of the deepest, farthest-flung corners of the internet, a man emerges. His name is Das Bo Schitt, and he holds the power of Garry's Mod at his fingertips. His mission is simple: Blow. Your. Mind.Thus, The Gmod Idiot Box is born.Bo Schitt's acclaimed Youtube series, described by some as "ValvemeetsRobot Chickenmeetsexplosions", consists of an episodic mashup of skits that runs the gamut from awesome to hilarious to just plain absurd; they're created using the titular video game mod and set to all manner of wonderful sound clips and effects. Recurring favorites include:
The episode intros: Das Bo Schitt and his Metrocop fan #1 deal with such problems as DBS slacking off on new episodes and various Youtube annoyances.
Harmless Shenanigans(?) with Chuckles the Cheat: Chuckles tries to play a prank, which somehow causes far more harm than intended.
As of May 18th, 2014, the Idiot Box clocks in at thirteen full installments, and Bo Schitt has created a metric crapton of video shorts (called GIBlets) that either tie in with the main episodes or stand alone. You can watch his works in chronological order here.Another movie of Bo Schitt's, Duke Nukem Foreverquest, is in continuity with the Idiot Box, taking place after the events of Episode 10. It may be the beginning of a series.
This work provides examples of:
Actor Allusion: Chuckles the Cheat uses quotes from the crazy "Better Safe than Sorry" guy in Left 4 Dead as well as Scout from TF2, both played by the same actor.
Anti-Magic: Dr. Hax can pummel you clean out of God Mode.
Art Evolution: The author has made increasingly better use of Garry's Mod throughout the series, and it definitely shows. Compare the first episode, which has the HUD and death messages showing, to the latest, which not only has those addressed, but also features stop-motion style lip movement with other stuff going on in real time, a major feat when it comes to a Gmod video.
Ascended Meme: Sort of. Dr. Hax is available to download into your own game via the Garry's Mod Toybox, and will punish you if you attack him or cheat. As a dismayed Kit Harrison learned in A Smooth Introduction to Garry's Mod, he is nigh-completely invincible, even to the undo button. To truly defeat him, you need to hit him with a monitor. In other words... COUNTER-HAX HIM!
Ass Kicks You: This is what I do I sit on you, sit on you, sit on you...
Atomic F-Bomb: Das Bo Schitt himself does this upon finding out his computer's dead and gone in Computer Quest.
Author Appeal: At this point, it seems obvious that Das Bo Schitt does not like Macs, and prefers PCs. Even so, it also obvious that it has it's own share of problems, which are unavoidable.
Author Avatar: Sort of. The author's appearances consist of him either getting nagged by Metrocop #1 to create another episode, or getting his butt handed to him by said Metrocop. Otherwise, he doesn't do much.
Bait and Switch: One stinger of an Everybody Loves Francis sketch starts with what appears to be a re-enactment of a Trix cereal advert, but then gets subverted when the rabbit pulls out a machine gun that shoots Johnny heads that screams in angrish and kills the kids. And it turns out that this is an ad for a Tommy Gun.
Brick Joke: In Episode 9, the guy from Episode 1 is still trying to break those cuffs.
Francis proving himself to be indestructible in Episode 2.
Two brick jokes Back-to-back in Episode 11: Dirty!Renamon shows up in Episode 11, trips over Chuckles the Cheat, who then gets beaten up by cops. Chuckles was just beaten up by cops a couple of skits prior.
Bob from Episode 3 is back in Bob WAS Building an Army, and this time, he has a tank. Too bad he pissed off #1.
The final conflict between Chuckles and Dennis in Episode 12 features the return of the Furious German Man.
Building Swing: The Boomer and Smoker team up to pull this off against the Survivors.
Car Fu: Performed by #1 in the Chaotic 50,000 Subscriber Milestone video. Not a minute later, he tops himself with Firetruck Fu.
True to form, the series has also given us a few heaping helpings of Train Fu to go with the rest.
Call Back: Gravity Cat from Episode 2 reappears in Episode 6.
The baby from Episode 1 returns in The Tale of Dirty Renamon.
#1's candy bucket from Treat or Else returns in Update Day outside Mr. Goldblum's office.
The intro of Episode 12 has #1 use the blender from Duke Nukem Foreverquest and an earlier episode's "Will It Blend" sketch to restore DBS back to his original Male_07 face.
During his battle with Chuckles the Cheat in Episode 12, Dennis the Douchebag uses his iPhone to turn into Furious German Man from Episode 3.
The second KOTH YTP has a callback to the first in Hank's head can still be seen hanging from the moon.
Episode 13'sCold Open picks up from Episode 12's where DBS is still in prison. Dirty!Renamon is still suffering from Hollywood Tourette's and is still very violent. Fox McCloud can be seen in the prison as well, presumably for dangerous driving back in the Fred sketch.
Characterization Marches On: In "The Future of Machinima", Phil seems to be the one suggesting improvement while LP is content with lazy editing and unpopular Lets Play tropes. The personalities between the characters swapped somewhat when spinoff Youtube Avenue came out, with Phil being far more lazy and moronic, and LP adopting more sane and pragmatic traits.
The first is courtesy of #1. Notable in that standing away from the door won't help. More often than not, he breaks it off its hinges such that it flies into whomever he's chasing.
The second time is in Computer Quest. Chuck Norris kicks Das Bo Schiit's front door off its hinges when looking for #1. Saxton Hale breaks the wall next to where the door lands. Saxton then moves the door to the wall opening, so he can kick the door at Chuck Norris, hitting him.
Enemy Mine: DBS and #1 spend most of the Chaotic 50,000 Subscriber Milestone video fighting each other, until they see Francis videotaping the whole thing, and gang up on him.
Dr. Hax and Chuckles the Cheat work together to stop an even worse hacker, Dennis the Douchebag. In the end, Dennis is banned for a month, and Chuckles is also banned, but is given a lighter sentence, one week, for helping stop Dennis.
Hitbox Dissonance: Parodied with Dark Souls 3: WTF are Hit Boxes Edition, in which a mushroom pokes thin air, causing the player, who was standing several feet away, to go flying into a nearby mountain.
How We Got Here: Update Day starts with a glitchedTF2 game with strange things happening to the BLU team, and an explosion at the RED base; the rest of the episode is Mr. Goldblum reviewing the game to fix the problem.
In the MOMMY!SFM video, the Pringles can is actually a can of Prongles "tater chips". Viewing the video in HD reveals that the flavor of the chips are Diarrhea and that the contents of the can weighed 3 tons. The Combine logo and a Metrocop can be seen on the can as well.
In epsiode 11, several lines of text flashes on the screen for a split second after Mac's death in the I'm a Mac and I'm a PC skit.
ALSO, COULD YOU PICK UP A PIZZA ON THE WAY BACK? YOU KNOW, WITH ACTUAL TOPPINGS THIS TIME? I MEAN, I KNOW YOU'RE A PUSSY AND ALWAYS ORDER PLAIN PEPPERONI, BUT COME ON, DUDE, WHY DON'T YOU LIVE A LITTLE FOR ONCE? FUCK SAKE
Mario delivers one to Princess Peach in Episode 10.
Metaplot: The intros from Episode 2 onward. The blog explains that the Idiot Box started as a pirate television show airing in City 17 created by Das Bo Schitt. One of the Combines discovered it, but it got such great response from them that Dr. Breen allowed Bo Schitt to return to his own home outside of the jurisdiction of the Combines so he can continue making episodes. To see to it that he does on a regular basis, Metrocop #1 is quartered in his home.
Mistaken for Masturbating: Heavy in episode 10 where Max was getting so annoying with the banter that he presses the "arm" button underneath the table, which doesn't work at first so Heavy continues to mash it and from Max's perspective at the other side of the table, it looks like... Well the trope.
Mundane Made Awesome: In Episodes 4 and 5, Hax in the real world of the series are triggered with a cell phone; a dramatic camera effect declares what was just turned on in big, epic letters. Other episodes employ this trope in spades: we have Das Bo Schitt getting hit by a car, Francis tripping over a teddy bear...the list goes on. +EXTREME COMPUTER BUILDING+
Once per Episode: Episode 11 had no Team Fortress 2 in it, until the end credits abruptly stopped signifying it needed to have some TF2 in it, so a brief shot of Heavy with a weird face appears. It then goes back to the credits saying "quota fulfilled".
Ow, My Body Part!: Goldblum twice. In Duke Nukem Foreverquest "Ow, my children!" when Duke kicks him in the balls, and in The Tale of Dirty Renamon, "Ow, my checkbook!" when the titular Renamon carjacks him.
A Boomer gets frustrated while playing Left 4 Dead (as a Boomer) and tries to commit suicide, with "RAGEQUIT" appearing on screen.
An overpowered Red Demoman is shot point-blank in the head by Blu Scout. A few skits later, Blu Scout is an building impressive structure. An undead Red Demoman then destroys it in a huge explosion. It is then shown that Blu Scout was playing Minecraft. He then slams the keyboard with "RAGEQUIT" on top of it.
The recurring appearances of Dr. Hax. If you're hacking something, he'll find you no matter where you are, yell his catchphrase, and smash you with a computer monitor. As of Episode 12, Dr. Hax has the Banhammer, a large mallet with joined CRT monitors as the head. If the word "BAN" is on the monitors, one hit will ban the offender from reality for a certain length of time.
Louis chasing after a jar of pills.
The DBS Author Avatar is nagged by #1 to make the next installment. This carries over into non-Idiot Box works.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: A running plotline in Episode 4 involves Chuckles being trapped in an elevator. He tries many different ways of getting out of it and tries to attract the attention of the security camera all to no avail. He finally makes it out via hacking, only to take a computer monitor to the head from Dr. Hax.
Take That: Fred is actually a real YouTube user who posts videos of himself with his voice sped up. This video was the basis for the scene in episode 8, where Das Bo Schitt apparently found Fred quite annoying.
The Tale of Dirty Renamon was created solely to spite viewers who complained about Bo Schitt's depiction of Renamon in his series, as explained below.
On the topic of Renamon, the reason Renamon was treated as a Butt Monkey in the Gmod Idiot Box episodes in the first place was because DBS got tired of seeing Renamon everywhere.note "For the longest time, I didn't know who Renamon even was, but her appearance was about as common as that fucking obnoxious "awesome smiley" you see everywhere. People's in-game spray logos, Steam avatars, YouTube avatars, Renamon tribute videos pop up in "related videos" when not related whatsoever, a number of un-creative people's fursonas were of Renamon, models of it on the Garrysmod.org front page and even re-models of Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2. Irritation with it's constant appearance grew until Google images started wishing the destruction of my eyeballs by favoring porn images of Renamon more and more when I was searching for images to go into the videos." - DasBoSchitt, September 26th, 2009
A Youtube viral comment meme called Bob is also on DBS' hatelist. The latest resurgance of Bob in the comment field of many Youtube videos prompted him to create a short that ends with a sharp Take That against those spreading the viral meme.
Throw the Dog a Bone: In Episode 12, Chuckles helps Dr. Hax ban Dennis the Douchebag, a similar cheater to Chuckles. While Chuckles still ends up banned, Dr. Hax decreases Chuckles' ban time to just a week as opposed to Dennis's month.
Spoofed in Episode 13. While Chuckles' prank did not outright cause the demise of the victim, the victim was a Jerk Ass litterbug who threw an empty bottle onto a train track. The sketch initially plays like this trope is being played straight, with DBS talking about giving Chuckles a break every once in a while, then brutally subverts it when a train derails because of said bottle and crushes the victim.
Understatement: The Medic's reaction to accidentally blowing up the Soldier and the Scout? "How embarrassing!"
Use Your Head: Only #1 would think to open an elevator door this way.
Viewer-Friendly Interface: Played straight and averted, usually with YouTube pages. Some occasions involve close-ups of YouTube pages while others rely on overlays of large text.
Viewers Are Morons: Parodied in the Cold Open of Episode 7, where an unscrupulous YouTube user asks about a song in an Idiot Box episode, despite the very clear notice that songs are listed in the description. #1 is quick to express his disapproval.
Weapon of Choice: #1 uses a crowbar instead of the stunsticks normally carried by Metrocops.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: DasBoSchitt himself. He has been accused as being a Renamon hater due to repeatedly killing her in his videos as well as other offensive portrayals in The Tale of Dirty Renamon, but his reasons for doing this are to use her as a vessel against those who use her for porn, making him more of a Renamon defender.