Web Video / Reviewing a Reviewer

Hello Dear Viewer, and welcome to Reviewing a Reviewer (commonly referred to as "RAR").

(Cue theme of Blue Mary from Fatal Fury.)

A web series by Eric "Asalieri" Gaede (he is commonly called "Asa"). His main gimmick is that he reviews other reviewers (A meta-review show, oddly enough). He also has other assorted videos, including Masterpaint Theatre, where he reads terrible fanfiction exactly the way it was worded with intentionally bad MS paint drawings to go along with them,.

He also hosts an annual contest called the Wheneverthehell Reviewer Contest (which used to be Whenever the Hell, but is now annual as of 2013) where contestants submit video reviews for him and several other judges to grade, the winner of which gets an unspecified prize, gets to participate in a future RAR episode with Asa or become a judge for the next contest.

It is worth noting that Asa is quite vocal and opinionated to the extent that he has garnered an extremely vocal Hatedom, and often was (and still is) the subject of vicious criticism to the extent of even having several of his videos falsely flagged for copyright infringement (even when said videos sometimes contained no copyrighted footage at all).

Please keep Flame Bait off of this page, thank you very much.

Links to the episodes here.

    List of RAR episodes and the reviewers reviewed 
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer Part 1!" (The Irate Gamer Neo's review of Order Up)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #2.1 Beta!"/"Reviewing a Reviewer Part 2.2! Do the Mario!" (The Irate Gamer's review of Super Mario Bros. 2)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer Part 3! The Odyssey" (The Irate Gamer's review of the Magnavox Odyssey)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #4 - Aladdin/Reviewing a Reviewer #4.2! Aladdin. The Conclusion" (the Irate Gamer's review of the SNES version of Aladdin)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #5 The Lesser Clone" (Game Dude's review of Mario Kart and Alvin and the Chipmunks games)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #6 Sinking The Navgtr" (the Navgtr video channel)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #7! Navgtr and the Metroid" (Navgtr's review of "Super Metroid")
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #8 Fail More Please" (Fusion Media's review of "Super Mario Bros. 2")
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #9! In Times Of Famine, Eat Your Software" (Pissed Off Angry Gamer's review of the Nintendo GameCube)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #10 Artie of Fighting" (Artie's criticism of the Fighting Game genre)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #11 Rated Stupid (Part 1 of 2!)" (NC 17 Productions' review of Kid Icarus on NES)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer! #11 City Castration (Part 2 of 2) " (NC 17 Productions' review of City Connection)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #12 - It'll Turn Your Stones" (Video Game Critix Cornr's review of SoulCalibur on Dreamcast and BlazBlue on PlayStation 3; guest-starring Judekhanzo)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #12.5 Vacation! Travel Bores!" (The Irate Gamer's comedy sketch Chris & Scottie: Roadtrip)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #13 - Retrogamer 3" (Retrogamer 3's review of Ikari Warriors on NES)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #14 - South of The Border" - Crazy Video Gammer
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #15 - Suck or No Suck" (comparison between Clan of the Gray Wolf and The Angry Video Game Nerd)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #15.2 - A View Gone Neutral" (The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Crazy Castle, and more comparison with Joey Roo)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #16 - One View Wonders" (random reviewers on YouTube who have barely one view on their videos)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #17 - Some Like it Dumb [Part 1]" (Angry Joe)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #17 - Some Like it Dumb [Part 2]" (More on Angry Joe)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #18: Fixedfront River " (The RPG Fanatic)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #20: Reviewing a... Rapist?" (Retrogamer 3's The Gaming Rapist a.k.a. The Welfare Gamer show)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #21: Revenge of the Zero View Nobodies" (more random YouTube reviewers with no views on their videos)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #22: Five Dice Game" (Yahtzee)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #23: For Old Times' Sake Part 1" (The Irate Gamer's review of Monster Party)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #23: For Old Times' Sake Part 2" (NC 17's review of Ballz)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #23: For Old Times' Sake Part 3" (Navgtr's review of Final Fantasy VII)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #24: Arcade Derp" (Arcadeic's review of Growl on arcade; guest-starring Razorfist)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #25: And Now for Something Completely Different" (Linkara's review of the Street Fighter comic; hosted by AfroBlue)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #26: Bobbing for Tasteless Apples" (SourApple)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #27: Mirror Match" (Asalieri himself, contemplating his past mistakes)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #28: A Kyle of His Own" (Mike Matei's review of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland; guest-starring tkyle212)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #29: NCTGWTG Is a Terrible Scrabble Hand" (The Nostalgia Critic)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #30: Request a Review" (Narco Terror)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #31: Mr. Noisy Goes To Town" (TV Trash)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #32: Mystery Science Outhouse 93.16" (TheRantingRobots)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #33: Rage Envy Wiring" (FilmNStuff)
  • "Reviewing a Reviewer #34: Walker, Brazil Ranger" (Mionwalker1)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #35: What A Bad Animator Says About Better Ones" (Benthelooney)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #36: Gotta Resist Them Fat Jokes" (Moviebob)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #37: Twerkin' For A Dream" (Oscar Yglesias, a porn reviewer)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #38: Popeular MeKanics" (MatPat, The Game Theorists)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #39: Baldilocks And The Three Hairs" (TheDarknesstheCurse)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #40: Three Times One Minus One" (JoeysWorldTour)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #41: Frog, Alligator, Television." (GameShowGarbage)
  • "Reviewing A Reviewer #42: Demeaning Of Life" (TedBarrus)

Reviewing a Reviewer provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: He tried to review Mario Teh Plumber after mass fan request, but he found him already too unbearable and low-quality to even review.
    • Hellsing290 asked him to review himself, but Asa passed on the offer. When they had a falling out, Asa did a video bearing the "RAR" name, but was more of a rant against Emer's recent actions rather than his show itself.
  • Acceptable Targets: invoked
    • Bronies. He is a brony himself, but is perfectly aware of the insanity of some of the MLP fanbase.
    • Fat people. Even though he is fat himself (and perfectly aware of that), he easily makes fun of fat reviewers if he dislikes them enough including Moviebob and JoeysWorldTour.
  • Badass Beard: His beard, along with his heavy mass, are part of his trademark. He even had a video (now lost) about having shaved it, calling it "Death of a beard".
  • Berserk Button:
    • Reviewers that introduce a topic with the phrase "[Topic]... What can be said about [topic]?" He hates that line, which became a subtle Running Gag in his videos.
    • Video game reviewers who make drug references and comparisons. For Asa, this is a true demonstration of a lack of originality. He even warns the viewers to call him out harshly on that if he ever makes that mistake himself.
    • Reviewers who start their reviews while expressing that they don't want to do this, but have to. For Asa, it feels so forced and is overdone.
    • Anyone who fat shams him as seen in "RAR #41".
  • Big Eater: Asa admits he likes to eat, and has trouble to lose weight. "Dammit, food, why do you have to taste so good!"
    • Even though he is a big eater himself, even he finds Joey's overeating gross and dangerous in the long run.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Asa's native language is Spanish, and occasionally makes obscure puns and references in the language. He even made an RAR entirely in Spanish, and graded a Wheneverthehell contest entry made in Spanish.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: At times, he does this when making fun of some of his detractors, and also when reading messages, sometimes at the request of the writer.
  • The Cameo: Kai-lan from Ni Hao, Kai-Lan at the end of "RAR #41".
  • The Cast Show Off: He is an experienced stage comedian, and shows it with his acting. He also has demonstrated some singing skills.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Hello, dear viewer."
    • "Until next time, dear viewer."
  • Caustic Critic: Of other Caustic Critic! Meta!
  • Censored Title:
    • In the episode "Reviewing a... Rapist?", Asa and AfroBlue tackle retrogamer3's new web series "The Gaming Rapist", which, after a significant amount of backlash, has been retitled to "The Welfare Gamer".
    • This RAR episode itself has been subjected to this trope, as it is now found on Youtube with the title "Reviewing a... What?"
  • Creepy Crossdresser:
    • Does this briefly in the beginning of "RAR #24", in a parody of Miss Hannah Minx. Intentionally Squicky.
    • The "Steel Beth Reviews Dungeons & Dragons" video is accompanied by Asa's wife drawings of him in a blonde wig and female clothing, in a parody of Iron Liz.
  • Crossover: With The Double Agent in his Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1985.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Asa did these to parody any reviewer featured in RAR.
  • Dramatic Drop: Parodied. When he reads that a fan wants to offer him 500 dollars for reviewing a specific reviewer, he is so shocked he drops the bottle of beer he is drinking. In the next shot, he is shown handling the bottle to mimick it bouncing on the floor in slow-motion.
  • Filibuster Freefall: For a while, Asalieri put a halt to the "reviewer reviewing" shtick that is his trademark and embarked on a crusade against radical feminism, after controversies surrounding Gamergate and Feminist Frequency. Many fans grew tired of this and complained, but Asa defended it by claiming it got him more views than his other latest videos (which was quite a fallacy since he uploaded it to a separate channel that not many were aware of, and he wasn't very conspicuous about it). Asa eventually put a pause to it, lampshading his own derailment in the 35th RAR.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • After making fun of the Game Dude, he ended up being in good terms with him, even with the latter making small appearances in his videos.
    • He made friends with Irate Gamer ever since the latter's rant on the E-begging epidemic sparked by the Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Indiegogo campaign and Greg Pabich's Cheetahmen II: The Lost Levels Kickstarter campaign (which showed the Angry Video Game Nerd in the promo for the Kickstarter). Though in recent times this friendship is speculated to have taken a turn for the worse, based on the non-numbered episode RAR: Kid Icarus, Then And Now.
    • After all of their numerous feuds stemming from the false-flag controversy, Asa made friends with Jfreedan enough for him to even appear in one of Asa's April Fools videos.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Denounces the Ranting Robots as extreme and tasteless obnoxious atheists in his RAR about them. This led them to delete their video where they specifically ranted against the Bible.
  • Homage: The opening to the 6th Wheneverthehell reviewer contest, featuring Asa himself driving in a car while "Lookin' out my Backdoor" plays over the radio, was an obvious homage to The Big Lebowski.
  • Hostile Show Take Over:
    • On two April Fool's videos: in one, the Irate Gamer is shown to have taken over Asalieri's channel. In the other, it is JFreeDan who has taken over the channel, and he intends to change "Reviewing A Reviewer" to "RPGs Are Reality".
    • The Odyssey tries to take over the show in RAR #35, but quickly runs away when Asalieri returns home.
  • It's Been Done:
    • The "angry reviewing" Video Review Show (of video games, especially) shtick is this for him; there have been too many variations already done for the genre to be innovative anymore.
    • Criticizing and mocking The Irate Gamer. While he did make fun of him in his early episodes, he thinks IG is really over-hated, and that he is often victim of some Double Standard compared to other reviewers.
  • Jerk Jock: How he sees Angry Joe; a jock who is trying to get inside the nerd's turf of being representative of video games.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Asa is accused of misgendering Seidelman, subject of "RAR #41", who identified as a woman in recent years.
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!: In his Benthelooney review, he criticizes Ben for not doing good animations when he himself says how good cartoons should be.
    • He also criticizes Seidelman of Gameshow Garbage for being guilty of the same flaws he assigns to gameshows he reviews. Especially when he tries to do his own gameshow.
  • Musical Episode: Asalieri Answers #8: The Musical!
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The Odyssey (the Magnavox Odyssey), Large Exhibit (a big rock with a deep voice) and the Nameless Parrot (a puppet parrot).
  • Parting Words Regret: Asa regrets that he never buried the hatchet with Emer before the latter passed away, and has tried to honor his memory since.
  • Real Soon Now: His The Mysterious Mr. Enter RAR isn't completed as of October 2 but it is rumored to be released on Halloween with a horror tone.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a notable one to Linkara when criticizing him about his infamous "Please let the ads play" (aka "Adgate") message. It remains one of his most popular videos (Asalieri's).
  • Running Gag:
    • "[Asalieri is] fat and gay and fat". This is how he summarizes most of the negative comments towards him. Making fun of him being overweight is pointed out as redundant, considering he is completely aware of it. All RAR's starting from #38 to #41 even include characters that are labeled overweight or obese.
    • "[Topic]... what can be said about [topic]?" as a cliché phrase that starts online reviews.
  • Self-Deprecation: In spite of what all his detractors claim, he does make fun of himself on a regular basis, and even made a video addressing all of his past mistakes when he reviewed himself.
  • Sequel Number Snarl: He skipped RAR 19 and went straight to RAR 20, and also skipped the 5th Wheneverthehell Reviewer Contest, going straight to the 6th. He cites simply forgetting about the numbering.
  • Simpleton Voice: He does a high-pitched and raspy voice when he voices a "loser" character; he mainly uses it for his "Pissed José" character, but also for characters that are bronies.
  • Spoiler Opening: In the opening of RAR #41 during the Family Feud parody. The host askes the player (since Family Feud has a game) with the question "Name A Really Shitty Youtuber". The player then types "Mr Ent". Guess what the RAR subject in the future RARs will be.
  • Straw Feminist: Has a strong dislike towards "third-wave" feminists and his videos strongly reflected this for a while.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Odyssey was originally just a picture of a Magnavox Odyssey with MS Paint eyes and mouth drawn on him, and his dialogue was written in a comic book bubble. In RAR #35, Odyssey now has a voice: it is done by Asalieri, of course, through a high-pitched filter.
  • Take That!: A lot. His many Take Thats have contributed to his... controversial reputation.
  • Video Review Show: Of other Video Review Shows!

Wheneverthehell Reviewing Contest provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Scheiblerfunk's submission in WTH 2013 comes out as unintentionally creepy and scary to Asa, who thinks it comes out as somebody's last video message before they disappear under mysterious circumstances.
  • Dull Surprise: A recurring criticism among losing contestants is that they lack tone in their expressions.
  • Hell Is That Sound: Alienrun's review for WTH 2016 had a loud audio issue that terrified and literally knocked Asa out of his chair when he first heard his review, despite warnings by Tyger's mascot.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: In WTH 2015, Seamus gets temporarily possessed by the spirit of Microsoft Sam. Asa has to use voodoo paraphernalia in order to exorcise him, while summoning the power of Konami. The expelled spirit is then revealed as looking like a Pac-Man ghost (plushie).
  • Lampshade Hanging: Any time a contestant tried to hang a lampshade on a contest rule in WTH 2016, a clip from Brown's Lampshades commercial would play.
  • Running Gag: Asa hates the concepts of Persona 3 and refuses to play it. "IT BURNS!!"

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