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 March 16, 2013, the Idiot Box clocks in at eleven full installments, and Bo Schitt has created a metric crapton of video shorts 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.
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 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.
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.
Building Swing: The Boomer and Smoker team up to pull this off against the Survivors.
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.
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.
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+
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
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.