Web Animation: Benthelooney

"Welcome back to Ben Rants, and when I was a kid ..."

Ben Rants is a internet rant series created by Ben Tannehill. The series initially debuted in April 10th, 2009 under Ben's PuffyZillaman4 account.

Ben Rants consisted of several different topics in it's initial run, such as rants on TV shows, movies, lists of favorite TV shows and movies and occasionally giving out his thoughts on topics (and one singing segment that Ben deeply regrets).

Because Ben couldn't log in on his PuffyZillaman4 account, Ben Rants was put on hiatus for weeks after his infamous rant on The Looney Tunes Show leading to speculation that his videos had ended for good. But Ben created a new channel called Benthelooney and the series resumed on July 26th, 2011 after a month and a half hiatus. After 90 videos, Ben Rants finally ended production in December of 2011 with very little fanfare, because Ben wanted to retire from ranting and focus on positive videos. Two months later, after a surprisingly large amount of fan requests and Ben Tannehill discovering new topics to talk about, the show was put back into production on February 10, 2012. Ben later retired Ben T. Looney on 13th December, 2013 (although this time because Ben will be too busy pursuing his dreams of being an animator at college) but will continue production on videos as himself for the sixth and last season. But then he decided to bring back Ben T. Looney one last time until June. The series officially ended on June 6, 2014.

Watch his videos here. See his older videos here.

Tropes appearing in this series:

  • Animation Age Ghettoinvoked: Discussed in Ben's Misc. Rants.
  • Anti-Hero: Take a guess.
  • Arch-Enemy: His relationship with soccer moms.
  • Art Evolution: His "Ben" avatar has gained a considerably more polished appearance over the years. The head was originally drawn with a circle tool.
  • Author Avatar: Ben T. Looney, which is stated to be an exaggerated version of Ben Tannehill.
  • Berserk Button: Shows he hates. And certain people, like Seth Mac Farlane (Except for American Dad!) and Adam Sandler.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens a lot.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Welcome back to Ben Rants/Salutes/'s Top 10, and when I was a kid... [insert comment here]."
    • Sometimes he says "Welcome back to Ben Rants, and we live in a world where... [insert comment here]" instead.
    • In the majority of the Un-Cancelled/revival videos, "Greetings folks, I'm Ben T Looney".
    • Neb uses a similar version of this, but with "and in this day and age."
    • In the first run, Ben often exclaimed "What the flubbernugget?!".
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Looney T. Ben as a whole.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In his Equestria Girls review:
    Ben: Applejack! I'm shocked at you. This is a high school. How dare you sell alcohol to minors without bringing silly straws.
  • Curse Cut Short: Happens every now and then.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few Ben Rants didn't have an Author Avatar on screen and were notably calmer in tone. Before Ben started making rants, he would post videos of his DVD collection, Tom and Jerry title cards, a video showcasing his characters, a Godzilla tribute, and funny pictures with captions to go with them.
  • The Eeyore: Negative Nick.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Ben doesn't swear in his videos. Instead, he uses words that rhyme with swears in their place. (Ex. spit, truck, witch, etc.) Even more so in the revival. He doesn't mind saying "Gay" though.
  • Jaw Drop: This
  • Jerk Ass:
    • Ben T Looney when Ben Rants returned.
    • Neb also constitutes as this (though that's the point).
    • Sir Lord Charles Humperdink IV would also qualify.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ben in the original run. While in some videos he could get very opinionated and some facts wrong, he mostly dealt with his haters in a polite and mature manner (Much like he did in real life). The original finale "Ben Strikes Back" paints a complete picture that Ben was indeed this.
  • Keet
  • Large Ham: A lot of times when he is angry.
  • Man Child:
    • Ben T. Looney can come up as this.
    • Neb, however, is an even bigger one, to the point where it seems like all "child" and no "man."
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Negative Nick has broken up with three girls because one nibbled her fingers every Tuesday, one brushed her teeth with her left hand, and one was hit by a bus and the accident screwed up her face.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Pre-Cancellation only. This is averted in the revival, because Ben goes out of his way to criticize a lot of shows/animes that he grew up with and previously liked.
    • Wordof God says that he realised he can't judge shows based on their time period, which is why he scrapped this upon the return of his rants.
  • Prank Call: Looney T. Ben pranks calls them in one video.
  • The Pollyanna: When he's not raging.
  • Self-Deprecation: In his Top Eleven: Dumbest Soccermom Moments:
    Ben: Folks when you think of stupid people who do you think of?
    (Shows picture of George Lucas).
    Ben: Not bad who else do you think of?
    (Shows picture of Sarah Palin).
    Ben: Getting better. Alright the coup de grace. Who is the stupidest person you can think of?
    (Shows text saying Benthelooney).
  • Spiritual Successor: The Mysterious Mr. Enter is this to Ben Rants's original run, as the styling of his reviews & analysises resemble that of Benthelooney, despite coming out a year after Ben Rants was uncancelled.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one in his second mini rant video to people who take opinions way too seriously:
    Ben: There are people out there that are gonna take my previous opinions on Steven Universe and act like I killed their grandparents, then dug up their corpses and ate them. The person will either act like that they're the most tortured person in the world and want sympathy from everybody or they'll either hire the most expensive assassin they can afford to do terrible things to me. Well to people who take opinions seriously I have one thing to say: Look at yourself. Seriously, look at yourself. Are you that damaged by a human doing something that all humans do? Express themselves? I mean honestly, this is something that has been going on before the creation of the internet. It seems that some people get so hurt over the fact that somebody disagrees with them. I'm sure everybody has met somebody like this.
  • This Loser Is You: Neb T. Yenool is based off of whiny immature pre-teens who follow every fad and can't agree on anything with anyone.
    • Negative Nick is based off of people who are always in a negative mood who have nothing but bad things to say.
    • Sir Lord Charles Humperdink IV is a parody of people who would attempt to act mature but end up coming off as immature themselves.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Ben T Looney's voice started out as relatively calm, but eventually progressed into being louder and more aggressive.
    • A second voice change happened in 2013 after Ben Rants went on a hiatus (which was the first time since the rants were cancelled in 2011) and Ben decided to put a cartoony spin on the character's voice when he got a new microphone.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
    • Ben's review of Yellow Submarine ended with this, fitting because this video is the Series Finale (where the characters are concerned).
    • Neb T. Yenool started paying attention in school and became more sensitive to others. He's still pwning n00bs in his video games however.
    • Looney T. Ben has become a sane man and now works at the St. Louis Zoo.
    • Sir Lord Charles Humperdink IV has learned to appreciate art and spends his free time strolling in art museums.
    • Negative Nick has become more positive and changed his name to Positive Pete.
    • Ben T. Looney tried to audition to be in cartoons, and didn't get any parts. However, he fell in love with Jenny E. Wacky and is now married to her.

I'm Ben T. Looney, and I'm signing out. I'm gonna go seek shelter from Pigs on the Wing.