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 outthere. 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.
- The Abridged Series: Did Elfen Lied Abridged, which is currently on an "indefinite hiatus".
- Accentuate the Negative:
- 90% of his game reviews are like this (it seems like the only triple-A FPS title he genuinely liked over the past few years were Killzone 3 and Resistance 3, two titles he really gushes over, while cross-platform and Xbox titles tend to get much more critical treatment). Unlike Yahtzee or Bennett's own Anime Abandon reviews, the negativity is played completely straight instead of done in a bombastic, jokey manner, which has led detractors to complain it comes across as grouchy, nitpicky, and Feigning Intelligence.
- Sometimes averted in his Anime Abandon reviews, where even if he doesn't like a certain thing he will acknowledge some of its good points, or in the case of AKIRA and Neon Genesis Evangelion, its influence on anime culture as a whole. This is especially evident in his review of Perfect Blue, which he says he doesn't hate but doesn't really like it either, and that he can tell it was Kon's first film since certain parts of it feel weak compared to his later work.
- Action Girl: Usually called a "Valkyrie Bitch" by Sage, this tends to be one of his favorite character types when done correctly, most prominently seen in his review of Dominion Tank Police.
- Affably Evil: The Sage Character, to JesuOtaku.
- All Men Are Perverts: Brought up in Urotsukidoji, granted it is a hentai.
- Suave, well—as poor Censor Kaiser asks in horror, "Are you more boner than man?!"
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In Sage's InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time review, he points why he hates this trope and how it needs to stop.
- Art Evolution: In the commentary for Mad Bull 34, Marc the Engineer notes the horrible animation from the earlier episodes of Anime Abandon, and says that will change in upcoming episodes. Cue the next review, Apocalypse Zero, where Censor Kaiser goes from his original still shot to an updated animated version based on the Laughing Man logo.
- Ascended Extra: Censor Kaiser, from a choppy cropped picture to a fully animated fully audible character. During the top 10 anime moments Sage even says that part of the reason for the upgrade was for him to be a better defined character and interact with the rest of the cast.
- Atomic F-Bomb: Uttered in Virgin Fleet when Bennett finds out the class president survived being shot out of the sky by The Baroness. He promptly snaps.
- When he hangs around Ask ThatGuy. GOODNESS.
- Bennett finally snaps in the Virgin Fleet episode, where he tosses the titular series dvd into the ocean.
- Awesome Art/Visual Effects of Awesome: Something he admits in his review of X before tearing it to pieces is that it's absolutely gorgeous.
- Badass Boast: From Censor Kaiser of all people, after his "rebirth" in the Apocalypse Zero review.
- Berserk Button: Any anime revolving around cute-looking anime characters, as seen in his reviews of the Love Hina Christmas Special and Devil Hunter Yohko.
- Based on his Macross Plus review, he hit Rob Paulsen's button regarding Evangelion.
- Apparently for Marc the Engineer, using two dashes and a carat as an arrow in a review instantly wrecks the quality of the video, according to the Mad Bull 34 commentary.
- Hearing Kuwabara's name mispronounced as "Kuwahara"note in the dub of YuYu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report. If you listen close he yells so loud it echoes.
- Two words: Susan Sommers. A character that enraged him so much that he went as far as to claim that Naru Narusegawa was a better character.
- Bias Steamroller: A Caustic Critic wouldnt be one without having this.
- He absolutely despises Tim Burton and considers him to be the most overrated director in movies.
- In his "Top 20 Worst Number One Songs" video he was vocal about his hatred for Lionel Richie when he placed his song "Hello" at #7.
- You can add Moe, Cutesy-style anime, Modern Shonen, & Subtitled anime to the list.
- In Sage Vs., he loathes Miles Teller, at one point derisively calling him: "Skinny Jonah Hill". Then again, the two movies he watched with Teller in them were far from his best films.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: He says that the entirety of Doomed Megalopolis is this, since while the scenes leave an impact on the viewer they're perfunctory to the plot.
- During the Tokyo Revelation review, he decides it's time to retire his Big Book of Gay Jokes. Cut to a scene with Sage giving a tear-filled goodbye to it, only for it to suddenly turn bitter as he realizes that it used to belong to Jeff Dunham.
- Big "WHAT?!": Sage's reaction to Ninja Resurrection 's Bolivian Army Ending.
- Bishōnen: Dislikes the trope, as seen in the Devil Hunter Yohko, Fatal Fury, and Armitage III reviews.
I know that I'm a mostly straight male and I'm not supposed to get it, but I just feel like women who like men who look like women
are probably lying to themselves a little.
- Black Sheep Hit: The Top Ten Worst Songs (By Otherwise Good Artists).
- Bound and Gagged: Bennett does this to Film Brain in the Golgo 13 review to prevent him from doing his usual "Symbolism!" line. With duct tape.
Not on my show, Cupcake.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When reading My Immortal, the caption states that he couldn't decide whether to voice a secondary character as gay or annoying, so he made the character sound annoyingly gay.
- Brother-Sister Incest:
- He's particularly incensed by this subplot in Doomed Megalopolis, though his objection has less to do with it being incest and more with it being rape.
- Made fun of at length in X of Kotori and Fuuma.
- Happens YET AGAIN in "Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (Part I)", with him noting that while it was just a wild guess in X that he got right, Gowcaizer straight up shoved it into his face, making him cringe badly.
- Refers to the villains of Agent Aika as pulling a "Jaime and Cersei Lannister".
- Butt Monkey: Whenever Gabe appears he's usually forced to do something painful and/or humiliating, such as eating a bowl of Legos or being force fed Ovaltine. In the "Nuts and Bolts" commentary for InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time, Bennett and Marc the Engineer remark that Gabe is often the driving force behind making him suffer and he puts all his effort into the effect; for example, they say that there was no foley work when he headbutted his keyboard.
- 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: Suave in the Golden Boy review, complete with bathrobe.
- Catch Phrase: "Our story begins..."
- 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: "... Well okay''!?"
- Caustic Critic: Par for the course.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Sage is a master of the really pervy, unsettling grin. 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 fan service 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. However, he has recently 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: Soverign of the Damned with Linkara, Starchaser with The Nostalgia Critic and Batman Returns with Film Brain.
- Cute Is Evil: Does not 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!
- 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 bourbon. He manages to drink three bottles of Wild Turkey 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.
- Dull Surprise:
- His criticism of several actors in Angel Cop.
No, Lucifer... you've gone way too far already. We're not coming with you.
*flatly* Oh, Bridget...
you've gone mad with power; I will stop you, I hate you so muuuuuch...
- Also his criticism of the voice acting in Armitage III, especially Elizabeth Berkley.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- 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 Rob Walker comes in to berate him for the lazy non-review, it only takes twenty seconds of a clip from the show to reduce Rob 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: 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 more cruder jokes to lower the entry barrier of his show's intellectual level.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fridge Horror:
- 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."
- 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 do exist in the universe of the OAV — Sage finds himself forced to apologize to Evangelion: Death & Rebirth:
Bennett: *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.
- German Language: In his The End of Evangelion 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 in Anime Abandon that he hates it when shows use this trope just for shock value, and takes special issue with the incestuous rape subplot in Doomed Megalopolis, and seriously considers 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- Hypocrisy Nod: In the 8 Man After review, 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 also drinks three bottles of Wild Turkey over the course of his Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie review.
- I'm Going to Hell for This: Said in the second part of the Genocyber review when he dubs over a genuinely heart wrenching 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.
- 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 Dot 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: He's horrified to realize that the two leads of Plastic Little are underage (16 and 17 respectively) when they reveal as much 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.
- 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 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: 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 also 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.
Bennett: Let's do this bitch!
- After a while, the Highlights doesn't cut it anymore, and he brings out "the big guns:" National Geographic.
- 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 designed 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.
- Nice Hat: Most of the time, anyway.
- 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 That Guy With The Glasses 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 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."
- 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 increasingly harder to consider himself to be a fan nowadays.
- 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. However, even he has to remove his hat and speak frankly when getting to 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 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, since whenever he sees rape being played less than seriously or in a juvenile manner, especially with Mad Bull 34, he gets very mad. Before that review, he said 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:
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.
- "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 my 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 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. Well, judging by The Stinger of the episode where he threw the copy away, it isn't gonna stay down if the warning "Violence Is Coming" says anything.
- Satan: He's the devil, to nobody's surprise. Okay, not really. (Or is he?)
- 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!
- Screaming at Squick: Lots of it during his X review.
- Sexophone: Suave's Leitmotif, "Careless Whisper". It's also used when sexy things happen in general.
- 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 Cool It's Awesome: His opinion of Ninja Scroll.
- 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.
- Stealth Parody: He says that it's possible that Agent Aika is actually a stealth parody 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.
- Straw Fan: Discussed in the Inuyasha movie review.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's incensed at the use of this trope 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:
He's like Brad Pitt
in... well, anything, really.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Top Ten List: Does various lists, including his top 20 giant robots, 20 worsts songs that hit #1 on Billboard, and the 20 best songs that hit #1.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villain Protagonist / Token Evil Teammate: Crossover videos with Bennett usually portray him as the spawn of Satan. See especially the review of Dragonball Evolution where he kept yanking in more and more people from the hallway outside so he could feed off their delicious suffering.
- 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 paid only two cents for his copy of Junk Boy. He still paid too much.
Bennett: True story: I only paid two cents for this tape at the store, still shrink wrapped. I might as well have paid the store owner 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:
Bennett: So you're the reason we have to deal with this character's loli-schtick? Oh, bitch, you should have kept that to yourself!
- 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.
Till next time!