Web Video: Bennett the Sage

Bennett White, a.k.a. Bennett the Sage, is an Internet video producer on That Guy with the Glasses, whose matter-of-fact style contrasts with the more theatrical reviewers on the site. He can be found here and on his own site. Bennett currently hosts three series:

  • Anime Abandon, where he looks at vintage anime primarily from the '80s and the '90s, some classics, and some terrible ones. This series is closer to the entertainment-based sketch reviews done by other TGWTG contributors.
  • Sage Vs., a vlog series where he reviews new movies released in a weekly basis with his friend Gabe. They are sometimes also accompanied by their other friend, Gavin.
  • Super Toolshed, a podcast he does with Marc the Engineer, in which they talk about pretty much whatever they feel like.

He previously hosted:

  • Sage Reviews, in which he covered recent video games in a traditional analytical review style (ie, to help viewers decide whether or not to purchase them) rather than purely for entertainment. He announced its formal retirement in November 2013.
  • Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre, in which he performed Dramatic Readings of the worst of the worst of Fan Fiction out there. Retired in January 2011.

On occasions, Bennett also makes regular cameos in other TGWTG personalities' videos, where he portrays himself with a sadistic persona, thanks to an early crossover with Ask That Guy with the Glasses. From 2009 until 2012, he did an annual anime review crossover with the Spoony One (which led to the creation of Anime Abandon); and he also made frequent appearances on The JesuOtaku Anime Review, where he subjected her to truly horrendous softcore garbage.

He also voices a hapless announcer on Zone Archive's YouTube series.


Tropes:

  • The Cameo:
  • Captain Obvious: Baoh is so full of them, Bennett starts a "No Shit!" counter to see how many times people say the blatantly obvious.
  • The Casanova/Casanova Wannabe/Kavorka Man: Sage's Suave persona, complete with smoking jacket and glass of scotch, doing his best to channel Hugh Hefner. Sage spends the entire Golden Boy review as Suave, listing off techniques for getting the ladies that the anime's lead character puts to work.
  • Catch Phrase: Some variant of "Our story begins..." and "'Til next time."
  • Catch Phrase Interruptus: When reviewing E.Y.E.S. of Mars, the hero of the story, who goes by the name of Du/Doo, returns to his base. "Du! It's Du! Hey Du!"
    90's Kid: Duuuuuuuuuuuuu—!
    Bennet: Shuttup!
    90's Kid: ... Well okay!?
  • Caustic Critic: Par for the course. Sage will destroy bad anime and doesn't hesitate to point out the flaws in good anime.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Sage torturing Critic, Ask That Guy, JesuOtaku and countless others was played for laughs, but in The Guyver not only does (actual) Sage call his other self “shadow of a shadow” and “a me that could have been”, but he tries really hard to prove himself to Critic that he's not a bad guy and gets rejected thanks to Critic's new douchiness.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Sage is a master of the really pervy, unsettling grin; the opening theme includes a shot of him doing this. It helps that he has really prominent cuspids.
  • Chivalrous Pervert:
    • Sage really doesn't like it when people get fanservice wrong, especially when they clearly lack restraint and do things that are laced with Unfortunate Implications. He's also noted how Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil, and hates it when works depict most women in their casts as incompetent or nothing more than fanservice fodder. During his review of the 2012 Tomb Raider reboot, he also mentions that he was really rooting for it to be a good game, because he wanted there to be a strong, admirable woman to be a real icon in video games again. That being said, he will revel in fanservice that is done well, such as in Cutey Honey where he explains that he finds fanservice much easier to stomach if the character it's done to is actually likable, citing Honey as one such character.
    • When he reviews the Lady Death animated film and discusses the comic book it was based off of, he views its complete reliance upon sex appeal and unrealistic female body proportions very negatively, and gives the film's subpar animation and writing no passes because of it either.
  • Country Matters: Used on a number of occasions by Bennett himself, particularly in Angel Cop, Love Hina and Virgin Fleet, as well as his summation of Asuka Soryu and Susan Sommers. However, he has said that he wants to cut down on gendered profanity like this, because he knows how much it can offend the female members of his audience.
  • Cross Over: Reviewed Space Thunder Kids, Diatron-5 and Garzey's Wing with The Spoony One, Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned with Linkara, Starchaser and Guyver with The Nostalgia Critic and Batman Returns with Film Brain.
  • Cute Is Evil: He doesn't like cutesy shojo genre shows.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Subverted during his Starchaser crossover with The Nostalgia Critic, while apparently getting orgasmic at the sight of the Critic breaking down upon realizing that both this film and the Garbage Pail Kids movie are distributed by the same company:
    Bennett: *holds up bottle of lotion* Excuse me for a moment, folks. I've got some business to take care of. *cut to commercial*
    *cut back after commercial, he is rubbing his elbows* What? I have crusty elbows!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He explains that YuYu Hakusho roughly translates to "Poltergeist Report", making the movie's title Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report being translated as "Poltergeist Report the Movie: Poltergeist Report". He decides to shorten it as PRTMPR and pronounces the acronym for the rest of the review.
  • Depraved Bisexual: The Sage character. Bennett himself averts this, and refers to himself as "mostly straight" in the Devil Hunter Yohko review.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Bennett anticipates fan complaints about how he talks about the villain's gender in Apocalypse Zero. (It's a Mind Screw of a topic involving a boy getting turned into a girl by a suit of armor... maybe...) Now, that's planning ahead for criticism!
  • Dirty Business: During the Violence Jack review, Mark invokes this to get Bennett to review the series.
    Mark: I want you to do your FUCKING JOB! Because if you don't, someone else will and then what?! You cashed in all your chips on being a clown on the Internet, and now you're backing away at the first sign of trouble! YOU CANNOT! LIVE THIS LIFE! WITHOUT OFFENDING SOMEONE!
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the "Nuts and Bolts" commentary for Ninja Resurrection Marc notes that for every ten terrible things that the Sage character does to Gabe, on the eleventh Gabe manages to get back at him in some manner.
  • Downer Ending: The Guyver. Sage's efforts to get Critic to have some fun again fail, he loses his temper when Critic goes full on condescending hypocritical Fan Hater, Critic refuses to apologize and storms off, and Sage goes home depressed. Lady Death twists the knife in even more, as Critic apparently keeps sending Sage rosary beads.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Brought up to the point of overuse in the Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre episode reading of "Until the End of Time".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When one of Sage's friends explains that most Sonic fans treat Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie either with Fanon Discontinuity or booze, he responds by saying "Whelp, mama didn't raise me to be no liar," and pulling out a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon. He kills three bottles of it over the course of the first half of the review.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: What Bennett thinks of Violence Jack. He later elaborates on this in the review itself, saying that it's actually very hard to say anything about it because of several reasons: he can't show the violence, he can't make jokes about it because there's basically no humour in it whatsoever (and he doesn't want to make jokes about gang-rape and child murder), and he doesn't hate it enough to rage at it. invoked
  • Dull Surprise:
    • His criticism of several actors in Angel Cop.
      Brian May: No, Lucifer... you've gone way too far already. We're not coming with you.
      Bennett: *flatly* Oh, Bridgetnote ... you've gone mad with power; I will stop you, I hate you so muuuuuch...
    • He also calls out the voice acting in Armitage III for this, especially Elizabeth Berkley.
  • Embarrassing First Name: During Plastic Little:
    Sage: This guy's name is Nicole? I didn't think it was possible for Spike Spencer to play a character whose parents hate him more than Shinji's. But I stand corrected!
  • Engrish: Invoked for parody with the "Spot the Engrish" gag where Sage shows a still clip and asks the viewers to spot the goofup, such as "carate" as Ryo Sakazaki's martial art in the Art of Fighting OVA review.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Occasionally comes up, though in JesuOtaku's review of Eiken he subverted it immediately afterwards by suggesting she wouldn't be as offended if it was a Gender Flip. Her reaction suggests he wasn't far from the truth.
    • Played straight with his review of Violence Jack, where he couldn't bring himself to actually review it. That's right, the only person to make the Critic squeamish found something even he was too put off by to review.
    • Jungle de Ikou! gets so disturbing that he has to cut the review short.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Suave to Captain Harlock.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Sage hates Love Hina. So does big time casanova Suave to the point of renaming Naru as "The Intolerable Bitch" and calling her a cunt.
    • According to Bennett, The Ultimate Teacher is too bizarre to review. He simply decides to break out some popcorn and soda and enjoy the ride. When the Critic comes in to berate Sage for the lazy non-review, it only takes twenty seconds of a clip from the show to reduce him to the same state.
  • Evil Laugh: After the utter bore fest of Odin, Bennett needs something to clean his palate. What does he pull out, inspiring him to break into horrible laughter? Why, it's Dominion Tank Police!
  • Evil Overlord: What Bennett would become if he had a Galaxy-Destroying Cannon.
  • Executive Meddling: invoked Parodied in the review of Twilight of the Cockroaches within the framing device of an episode of The Critic with Marc the Engineer taking the role of The Duke. He constantly interrupts Sage!Jay to demand cruder jokes to lower the entry barrier of his show's intellectual level.
  • Face Doodling: Gabe draws dicks on Sage's face after Tokyo Revelation puts him in an insanity-induced coma. Sage gets his revenge by making Gabe eat a bowl of Lego bricks.
  • Fan Disservice: Bennett is not ashamed to use his body as part of a joke... even if it's only for this purpose, just like the "Diet Sexy" Coke flavor mention (with a drawing of him wearing barely nothing) when he rants about his earlier kill off on the fanfic from the "TGWTG Slashy Extravaganza" episode of Masterpiece Fanfiction Theatre. He takes this to an extreme at the end of his "Top 10 Anime Abandon Moments" episode when he recreates the "crotch grenades" scene from Mad Bulll 34 (fortunately, he's wearing briefs).
  • Fangirl: He doesn't have any, as memorably said in his Mailbag video. He doesn't get why he has them, even.
  • Faux Symbolism: Brings this up in his Golgo 13 review, pointing out how the title character being named after Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified, as well as the number of people at the Last Supper is the most interesting thing about him as a character. invoked
  • Feigning Intelligence: Bennett's detractors usually claim he does this.
  • Fetish: "I... have a naked lady fetish."
  • Freak Out: Has one in his Love Hina Spring Movie review during the song section, where he chants a parody of the tunnel scene poem from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and starts screaming before Marc comes in to snap Sage out of it.
  • Freud Was Right: Discussed in X, when he notices that since Kotori is the lover of Kamui/Fuuma and she carries the Sword of the Dragon of Earth in her body that this implies something similar between Kamui and his mother. Sage isn't pleased. invoked
  • Fridge Horror:invoked
    • He realizes that for Jubei to have casually shown up while Kagero is being raped in Ninja Scroll means that Jubei must have been there for a while but didn't do anything to stop it, and concludes that Jubei is a dick.
    • This is the reason he gives for B4-4's video, "Get Down," being part of his Top 10 Surreal Music Video list.
    • Also invoked in the X review, as seen under Freud Was Right above. He proceeds to scream his head off when he makes the connection.
  • Fridge Logic: Starts to wonder how it is that Koenma in YuYu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report is not only drowning in the River Styx, but also gargling, when he has a pacifier in his mouth before he interrupts himself with "Wait! Cartoon! Fuck it." invoked
  • Fun with Acronyms: His definition of a BAD anime: Boring, Annoying, and Dumb.
  • Furry Fandom: He has some harsh words to say after reading a TMNT/Gargoyles crossover slash lemon in Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre. The fact that his next target was Oscar may have contributed.
  • Gagging on Your Words: After a Virgin Fleet character says that nobody believes in Virgin Energy anymore and that it's an old myth — even though it was established earlier that this energy does exist in the OAV's universe — Sage finds himself forced to apologize to Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
    *holding the DVD in his hand* I'm... I'm s... I'm s... We're cool, right?
  • Game of Nerds: Bennett outed himself as a baseball fan during the Mezzo Forte review.
  • Gary Stu: Refers to the title character as Golgo 13 as one. invoked
  • German Language: In his The End of Evangelion review he rages about the terrible pronunciation of Seele in the series (which is actually quite alright), and then gives his "correction" (which he fucks up royally).
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He laments that the girl-on-girl scene in Cloud Mows the Lawn comes after virtually nothing but scat scenes.
  • Giving Up On Logic: Subverted. During his review of Project A-Ko, he starts to wonder about whether he is so used to strange things in anime that nothing can faze him any more. Naturally, we get an immediate cut to something weird that disconcerts him, which prompts Sage to conclude that he hasn't reached that point just yet.
  • Gratuitous Rape: He's brought up several times that he hates it when shows use this trope just for shock value. He takes special issue with the incestuous rape subplot in Doomed Megalopolis and seriously considered ending the review right then because he'll just continue to be pissed off about it for the rest of the review. Rather ironic considering how he acts in character. He even lampshades it:
    I know who I am when I'm saying this, but rape is possibly the worst thing one person can do to another. Such an act, if included in any kind of a narrative, will bring it to a grinding halt. You have to respect your audience and address the issue directly. You do not diminish this violent act by making it the sidestory.
  • Guyliner: Marc points out in the Nuts and Bolts commentary of Ninja Resurrection that Gabe was wearing this at the time they filmed his bits for the episode, for reasons neither he or Bennett are quite sure of (though it's mentioned Bennett had just picked him up from the gym). They note that this emphasized Gabe becoming "evil Gabe" and actually managing to get back at Bennett for once.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: An Invoked Trope, since Bennett's made a habit of anticipating this reaction whenever he reviews something that he knows is popular.
  • Hand Gagging: Near the end of the Guyver movie review, Sage does this to Critic when he's losing his patience and just wants to get the review over with.
  • Heel Realization: He must have erased the Critic's common sense along with the memories of all these bad sequels. Then he told him to jump off a cliff, and the Critic did so. He is the devil!
  • Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: One episode of "Masterpiece Fanfic Theater", Bennett vs KFC.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Has something to this effect towards The End of Evangelion, pondering his life choices.
    • One for Censor Kaiser in Apocalypse Zero, as Bennett's need to show certain risque footage conflicts with his need to censor nudity, resulting in a Logic Bomb that causes him to explode. He got better, however.
    • Sage himself has one when he tries (emphasis on tries) to review Violence Jack due to his moral boundaries, to the point where the entire review is him and Marc trying to puzzle out a format he thinks he can stomach, until he decides to not do a review at all.
    • The Gainax Ending of Tokyo Revelation shuts him down completely, forcing Gabe to give the "next time" teaser at the end.
    • During the review of Ninja Resurrection, Gabe reveals to Sage that he spent the last two days in that condition following the viewing of that show which Sage has totally blacked out from his memory.
  • Heroic RROD: Increasingly during the Ninja Resurrection review as he starts remembering watching it before, symbolized by a ringing sound and blood coming out of Sage's nose and mouth.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • He points out that the voice of Mikura in Mezzo Forte is the same as Rika from Digimon Tamers and Edward from Cowboy Bebop, and proceeds to refer to Mikura as "Edward" for the rest of the review.
    • It also takes him most of the second part of the Genocyber review to figure out who else the female doctor's voice actress has voiced. See I'm Going to Hell for This for the result.
    • Bennett quickly realizes that the voice actress playing the Muggle Best Friend in Devil Hunter Yohko is the same one who played Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Bennett doesn't have anything personal against the voice actress, but he makes it clear in the Evangelion reviews how much he hates Asuka.
    • Remarks "That explains everything" when he realizes that the voice of Koenma in YuYu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report is the same as James from Pokémon.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: In the 8 Man After review, he acknowledges he's hardly one to criticize the pronunciation of names, and cuts to the still shot of the SEELE monoliths from the Neon Genesis Evangelion review and clears his throat.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": In his review of Devil Hunter Yohko, a character that is far too happy with "chopping up demons" scares his "General".
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: In-Universe: His view of Uwe Boll and Masami Obari. They're best when they're doing off-the-wall stupidity. Boll's original films had terrible acting, plots, etc. and were So Bad, It's Good, and when he improved the films lost their insane charm, and just became regular bad instead of the fun kind. He feels that Obari is an inversion and comes to enjoy the insanity in his later works.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • He keeps a bottle of scotch on hand during the Doomed Megalopolis review, and runs out near the end.
    • He drinks three bottles of Wild Turkey over the course of his Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie review.
    • During one of the fugue sequences in the Violence Jack review, there are several empty bottles of scotch lying on the floor, and he kills one while he's talking to Gabe.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This:
    • Said in the second part of the Genocyber review when he dubs over a genuinely heartwrenching scene at the end where the doctor is begging the wild child (who she thinks is her dead daughter) with dialog from Golden Boy where the biker chick is begging Kintaro to screw her. The joke comes from both roles having the same dub actress.
    • Invoked in Masterpiece Fanfic Theater episode 2 as he announces a crossover of Dragon Ball Z and The Diary of Anne Frank.
      If I wasn't going to hell before, I certainly am now.
  • In-Series Nickname: Marc the Engineer often refers to Bennett as "Lunchbox."
  • Insane Troll Logic: What Bennett used to figure out Linkara's old Fanfiction.Net penname. While not being lucky at the first try, he proceeded on watching Atop the Fourth Wall until he focuses on a single clue: Linkara's love for Pokémon. He analyzes his personality further, until he "deduces" that his pen name used to be "Psyweedle", and ends up finding his old fanfics within seconds.
  • Jail Bait: Sage is horrified when the two leads of Plastic Little are revealed to be 16 and 17 respectively during a scene of them bathing together completely naked. When the review comes back from the commercial Sage is on the phone with his lawyer.
  • Just a Stupid Accent:
    • Combined with What the Hell Is That Accent?, it's brought up in Plastic Little, as some of the crew speak in obvious forced accents so odd and weird that it makes Sage begin to doubt one of the characters in question even speaks English to begin with.
    • The racist Chinese caricature character in Wild Cardz speaks with such a thick, fake, vaguely Chinese accent that Sage can barely figure out what he's actually saying and can't figure out what he has to do in the story because he's barely understandable.
  • Karma Houdini: He's incensed by the fact that the rapist brother in Doomed Megalopolis gets off with only a few punches to the jaw.
  • Kavorka Man: Suave, at least until Bennett kills him. Or not.
  • Knight Templar: Censor Kaiser is very fanatical about his censorship duties.
  • Logic Bomb: It was not a good idea to ask Censor Kaiser to not censor something.
  • Long List: During the City Hunter review Sage gives one of all the euphemisms the dub could have used in place of "Nookie" to refer to sexual activity, with the final one simply being "fucking".
  • Loophole Abuse: Suave admits during the Angel Blade review that he cannot show the audience a certain scene, which Censor Kaiser agrees to. Suave simply plays the audio, making what's going on quite obvious.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Critic's crying angrish in Starchaser leads to the A Date with Rosie Palms subversion up above.
  • Made Myself Sad: Jokes about this in the Macross II, where he utters this after imitating the mustached pilots' Contemplate Our Navels speech about how the Earth isn't the center of the universe.
  • Male Gaze: Sage notes that one of the similarities between Masami Obari and Frank Miller is that they abuse this trope to the extreme.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe. Like JesuOtaku, Sage and Suave both marvel at how awesome Harlock is, Sage even citing him as one of the most Baller Baddasses to ever live.
  • Mind Screw: His view on the old dub of AKIRA.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • He had to snap his head loose after an extremely bad instance from Doomed Megapolis.
    • One of his and the Nostalgia Critic's biggest complaints with the first Guyver live-action movie. The film can't decide whether it wants to be dark and violent or Denser and Wackier, and ends up wildly schizophrenic as a result.
  • Moral Dilemma: The review of Violence Jack turns out to be this: Bennett doesn't love the show enough to give it a glowing review, but he doesn't hate it enough to go on a screaming rant about it. He knows that it's possible to make the show's horrific material (which includes child murder, gang-rape and cannibalism) funny, but he actually doesn't want to. And even then, there's one huge overriding problem: half the show is too obscene, too violent, or too gratuitous to show. Ordinarily, he'd just say 'OK, let's try something else' and do another show, but after months and months of hyping it, he feels that he has an obligation to his fans to give them something. He finally ends up realising that the show isn't worth the agony he put himself through and ditches it.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • He says that he can't have any sympathy for the protagonist of Junk Boy after he tells a starlet that masturbating to photos of her is probably the only reason he's not a rapist.
    • He is absolutely repulsed by Shinji jacking off to Asuka's comatose body in The End of Evangelion. In his opinion, this scene doesn't make Shinji an unlikely hero, it makes him a douchebag.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In order to deal with Odin, which he claimed was the most boring anime he'd ever seen, Bennett decided to set the mood... with Suave's light jazz and a copy of Highlights magazine. After a while, though, that doesn't cut it anymore, and he brings out "the big guns": National Geographic.
    Bennett: Let's do this bitch!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Declared in his Top Ten Worst Songs (By Otherwise Good Artists) list, after realizing that he resuscitated Genesis's otherwise under-the-rug "Illegal Alien" song.
  • Narm: Discussed in regards to Tetsuro's character design in a flashback in Galaxy Express 999, where the fact that he looks so strange completely kills the mood of a scene where he watches his mother die. invoked
  • Nice Hat: Sage's multicolored flatcap; about the only time he's not wearing it is when he's trying to be serious or when he's in his Suave character. He got the hat from his brother, who bought it from the Jameson distillery in Cork, Ireland on a family trip but hardly wore it after they came home.
  • The Nicknamer: In Anime Abandon, he hardly ever calls any character by their actual name unless he can't find anything he can compare them to.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Given that he reads the most vile, disgusting and horrendous fanfics in existence without batting an eye... yeah. And that's not even getting into his guest appearance on Ask That Guy, where he manages to do the impossible and make the Critic squick.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Even when Sage is trying to convince Critic that he's a good guy, he still can't resist grabbing him more than he should.
  • Not Helping Your Case: While The Guyver has Sage displaying saint-like patience with Critic and trying to get him to have fun again, the No Sense of Personal Space (and liking a voice actor who played a rapist) along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rip-off movie involving also a Disney Death and Mark Hamill turning into a gross cockroach wasn't exactly the best way to prove anything.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • In Odin after the soundtrack suddenly goes to, as Bennett puts it, an "out of place Engrish Hair Metal montage" it cuts back to him staring into the camera and saying "I shit you not, I did nothing to that footage."
    • He reassures the audience in the Armitage III review that Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland isn't a joke he made up, the guy really does have an Overly Long Name.
    • At the end of the Tokyo Revelation review, he emphasizes the utter WTF factor of its conclusion.
      Now, I'm going to show you the ending, and I swear to you by all that is holy that I have not edited this in any way. This is exactly how this anime ends.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Although his current series is about bad yesteryear anime, he still openly considers the medium to have gone downhill since that time, to the point where he finds it increasingly hard to consider himself to be a fan nowadays.
  • Only Six Faces:
    • Brought up in the Love Hina Spring Movie review, that there's no reason for Shinobu and Nyamo to be identical. It plays no part in the plot, and is only barely remarked upon. He figures that Ken Akamatsu just ran out of character designs and decided to re-use Shinobu's with a tan and longer hair.
    • Sage mentions some of the re-used character designs of Masami Obari that show up in Angel Blade but originated from other works. Most notable "Taint Misbehavin'" from Voltage Fighter Gowkaiser.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Most of the time, Bennett remains in-character for his reviews, delighting in the perversity and wrongness of many of the shows he reviews. The two major breaks are the "review" of Violence Jack and when he doffs his hat and speaks frankly about the rape subplot in Doomed Megalopolis.
  • Pants-Free: During Twilight of the Cockroaches, after Jeremy suggests giving the female viewers some fanservice in the form of Sage's bottom half, the camera cuts to a full body shot of Sage showing him only in boxer shots while Sage says he doesn't think that's such a good idea.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Bennett sits back, drinks a soda, has some popcorn and just shows clips of Ultimate Teacher until Rob Walker calls him out on it. Then Rob starts to watch the show... and joins in.
  • Plot Hole: He points out the rather large one in Doomed Megalopolis concerning the fact that Yukiko claims to know that her father is really her mother's brother, even though he supposedly impregnated her after Kato tried to use her as a conduit to summon the spirit.note 
    Either the asshole has time-traveling sperm, or we've got a plot hole the size of fuckin' China.
  • Prequel: Spends most of the IRIA: Zeiram the Animation review complaining about them, using most of the arguments on the page.
  • Punny Name: He frequently points out the various Japanese puns that don't translate to English, such as the fact that in Mezzo Forte the names Momokichi and Momomi Momoi are roughly the equivalent of "Peach Peacherson and his daughter Peachy Peachman."
  • Rated M for Manly: Sage makes fun of the one-note machismo of the protagonist of Apocalypse Zero.
    Scars? Don't you mean man tattoos?
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Evidently Bennett's feelings on it, as he describes it point-blank as "possibly the worst thing one person can do to another [...]" in the Doomed Megalopolis review. Whenever he sees rape being played less than seriously or in a juvenile manner, especially with Mad Bull 34, he gets very mad.
    • He makes a point to note this during the review of Vampire Wars:
      Japan, what is this, the third fucking time in a row we've had this discussion? If you can't write a story without rape in it, could you at least wait until after the five minute mark?
    • Brought up again in the first part of the Genocyber review, with the added squick that the victim is a child who's being molested, and Bennett comments that he doesn't even feel comfortable showing the censored scene.
  • A Rare Sentence: From his Night Warriors review:
    Sage: We cut to Felicia the cat woman -or "waman"note  as it were- running into Raptor, an undead cockney rock star. (Beat) ... aaaaaaand yes! I just confirmed that this sentence has never been uttered in the history of language.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Anime Abandon's theme is a section of KMFDM's "Ultra"...which is a bit of a Shout-Out to Manga Entertainment as it's the same music used in their promos.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives an extended one to the brother in Doomed Megalopolis after he launches into a wangsty whine session about how hard his life is since he has to take care of his sister, who, Bennett points out, he raped and impregnated, and his own niece/daughter, and Bennett concludes that he should have a fundraiser concert thrown for him. The pure vitriol in the last line really sells it.
    Oh my dear sweet Lord, how tough do you have it? Not only do you have to take care of your mentally damaged sister that you raped, but you also have to take care of your daughter/niece. You know what? I think I'm gonna start a fundraiser to help you out, in fact, someone get me Bob Geldof's number, I'm sure he'd bend over backwards to throw a benefit concert just for you! Don't you worry, asshole, because when Bono is up there on stage, guilt-tripping the audience about you and your plight, you'll finally get all of the sympathy you've been waiting for since you first took your sister's virginity, you worthless sack of shit!
  • Reformed, but Rejected: The Guyver review has him being really nice to Critic because he's trying to convince him that he's not Devil!Sage, but Critic keeps throwing any kindness back in his face. Given that the reboot reviews have made it very likely that Critic Came Back Wrong though, it also works to further that Story Arc.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Several stories reviewed on Masterpiece Fanfic Theater suffer from this to a ridiculous degree (troll fics or not), particularly in episodes 2 and 10.
  • Rule 63: Referenced by name in SIN The Movie where Sage refers to Jessica, the Suspiciously Similar Substitute of her brother JC, who suffers Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome early in the film, as "Rule 63 JC" not helped by her also being called JC in the film.
  • Running Gag:
    • Outside of videos, his refusal to admit he has fangirls.
    • During the Mad Bull 34 review, the "Blondes in Peril" count.
    • His "No Shit" counter in response to characters making narrations and statements on the obvious in his 'Baoh review.
    • Not a "gag" per se, but his constant refusal to review Violence Jack, culminating in him throwing his copy into a river...and then the actual "review" came along.
  • Satan: He's the devil, to nobody's surprise. Okay, not really. (Or is he?)
  • Screaming at Squick: Lots of it during his X review.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Bailed out of the review midway into the second episode of Jungle de Ikou!.
  • Sexophone: Suave's Leitmotif, "Careless Whisper". It's also used when sexy things happen in general.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sincerity Mode:
    • His video game reviews are done as dryly as possible without any real humor to them, in shocking contrast to most of the rest of the TGWTG stuff.
    • Also pops up occasionally in Anime Abandon; see Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil for an example of something he does not take lightly at all.
    • As explained in the commentary, Critic!Sage's comments on Twilight of the Cockroaches also more or less match up with what he actually thinks of it.
  • The Smart Guy
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked A small handful of the clunkers Sage has covered on Anime Abandon have earned this distinction.
    *from the Gowcaizer review* It's nothing but shiny, glorious failure and I love it like a mother loves a child who won't stop eating paste.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: invoked His opinions of Ninja Scroll and Macross Plus.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His Masterpiece Fanfic Theater segments have him read rather dreadful stuff in as sophisticated a tone as he can muster.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "Ultra" by KMFDM, the opening song for Anime Abandon, set to images from various anime he's reviewed (usually incredibly violent or sexual scenes). It's fairly appropriate, given its harsh tone and extreme distortion... right up until Bennett cuts in to smile at the camera. This is an early hint for new viewers that Bennett may not be the most stable individual out there.
  • Squick:
    • He shudders in pain in reaction to the voice acting of Garzey's Wing.
      I never thought the sound of laughter could be so... agonizing... *shudders*
    • One of the captions during Clowd Mows the Lawn is "No! No! Do not want!" once the scat scenes start.
  • Stealth Parody: He says that it's possible that Agent Aika is actually this instead of wank material; the overdone panty shots are ludicrous and the villain's master plan is to turn the world into his own harem.
  • Stepford Smiler: Censor Kaiser (pre-Art Evolution) is always smiling, even when he's absolutely furious.
  • Strangled by the Red String: invoked The trope shows up sometimes and he calls it out:
    • As the entire plot of Wicked City revolves around it, it annoys him that the two leads don't really interact in any meaningful way. Just suddenly they are in love out of nowhere.
    • Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma also annoys him as the main female character becomes immediately so infatuated with the main male character that she says she'd rather die than be without him, despite having met him only minutes ago, and him at best ignoring her and at worst treating her with contempt.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Brought up in the InuYasha review, that Miroku's wind tunnel can basically solve all their problems, so the show needs to constantly find ways to sideline him, often when it makes no sense or is contradictory to how his power should work.
    • Brought up in Plastic Little that the ship's Wave Motion Gun one shotted the ''entire military fleet" makes no sense, as the crew were talking how their ship was just a whaling ship and no match for military vessels, yet when the time comes they vaporize the entire navy in one single shot. Sage wonders if the ship isn't made for hunting whales so much as hunting God.
  • Straw Fan: Discussed in the InuYasha movie review.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Hates this trope.
    • He's incensed at the use of it in SIN The Movie to kill off JC, one of your companion characters from the game, with the only apparent reason being to introduce his Suspiciously Similar Substitute sister for the purposes of Fanservice.
    • He's similarly enraged by The Reveal in 8 Man After that the original 8 Man was simply deleted — offscreen — so the new 8 Man could replace him. He goes on to explain that not all cases of a Legacy Character replacing a character who dies are bad by nature (with a cameo by Linkara specifically comparing it to Ted Kord, who Bennett points out at least got to die on screen and tell his killer off one last time), but the way his show did it was downright disrespectful for the original.
  • Surreal Music Video: He did a whole Top Ten List of them.
  • Take That:
  • There Is a God!: He says this when he thinks Yohko has been killed, and thus a show he doesn't like will end prematurely.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • His feelings on the fact that Doomed Megalopolis only introduces Keiko, who, as he points out, is the one who beats the Big Bad, in the third out of 4 episodes. He concludes that she would have been more interesting to focus on rather than her asshole, incestuous rapist husband. invoked
    • He also thinks this about the Odd Friendship between Elaine and the street urchin boy in Genocyber, which he remarks is actually well done since it's done almost entirely without dialog.
    • Also thinks this about Count Mecha from Galaxy Express 999, since he appears briefly at the beginning and then is forgotten about for an hour only to get unceremoniously killed off.
  • Toilet Humor: Sage will occasionally poke fun at a (melo)dramatic scene by adding farts (or worse), especially if there's something jarring about the scene itself. One particular instance is in the Gall Force review, where Sage points out the WTF factor of a character shown mourning another's death...while on the can. Cue sound effects.
  • Token Evil Teammate/Villain Protagonist: Crossover videos with Bennett usually portray him as the spawn of Satan.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Well, considering that he was pretty cool with being spooned by Spoony and even asked "same time next year?" the second time it happened...
  • Too Soon: The reason he decides not to even touch the reference to earthquakes in Japan during the Doomed Megalopolis review. invoked
  • Top Ten List: He's done various list episodes, including his picks for the top 20 giant robots, the 20 worsts songs that hit #1 on Billboard, and the 20 best songs that hit #1. The picks in the "Top 10 Anime Abandon Moments" episode were decided by the fanbase.
  • Trying Not to Cry: He discusses The Iron Giant, and when watching the giant's Heroic Sacrifice at the end, he says that each time, he tells himself he's not gonna cry, but still finds himself sniffling.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Brought up in Space Adventure Cobra with the whole romance subplot. Short version: The love interest and her two sisters are essentially part of a Hive Mind with each of them forming one third of a whole person. So after Cobra's love interest dies, he meets her sister, who declares that because her sister loved him, she will now love him too and that he will love her, and promptly abandons her role in La Résistance now that he's shown up apparently Because Destiny Says So. And neither of them get a say in the matter. Even though Bennett takes a shot at Tumblr feminists in the process, he describes this plot as deeply uncomfortable for multiple reasons. invoked
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His biggest complaint about the random Cat Girl in Pilot Candidate isn't that she exists or her ears are never explained, it's that no one reacts to them at all or even seems to notice.
  • Valley Girl: The titular character of Devil Hunter Yohko is dubbed with this style of speech. Bennett's annoyance with this finally results in himself adopting a Valley Girl persona for an extended gag... for which he slaps himself.
    Never again.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Censor Kaiser and Suave during the review of Angel Blade. Censor Kaiser's disdain for Suave is only matched by Suave's frustration at Censor Kaiser's censoring all the nudity.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The framing device for Twilight of the Cockroaches is based on The Critic, with Bennett dressed up as Jay Sherman. The commentary for the episode points out that several commenters on the original video missed the reference completely.
  • You Get What You Pay For: Bennett's summation of his less-than-shining opinion of Junk Boy comes in this form.
    True story here, by the way. I got this tape in mint condition, plastic over the tape and everything, for two cents at my local comic shop. I may as well have paid the guy two cents to punch me in the face.
  • You Just Had to Say It: In Virgin Fleet, when the headmaster of the Virgin Academy says that she's responsible for choosing the characters that will be competing for a spot in the fleet (including one character Bennett finds incredibly irritating), Bennett has this reaction:
    So you're the reason we have to deal with this character's loli-schtick? Oh, bitch, you should have kept that to yourself! *cracks his knuckles*
  • You Need to Get Laid: He speculates that this is the reason Sho Aikawa's earlier work is so nihilistic and hateful, and he thanks the anonymous person who finally did give him the blowjob that made his later work less hateful.


'Til next time!