Web Video: The Amazing Atheist aka: The Distressed Watcher
T.J. in his natural habitat
"I review the previews, to let YOU know which trailers are failures!"
— The Distressed Watcher
Terroja "The Amazing Atheist" Kincaid (or as he ironically calls himself, the god of the Godless) is an atheist who has been making videos on YouTube since joining the site on November 20, 2006. Although the subject matter of his earlier videos centered almost entirely around atheism and anti-theism, he rarely deals with those topics today. Instead, most of his current videos are either social commentary or purely comedic in nature.His style is loud, boisterous, and unapologetically offensive. However, he claims that these are his honest opinions. The Amazing Atheist never has even the slightest qualm about speaking his mind, despite sounding offensive to various targets. This is precisely why he's won well over 500,000 subscribers over the course of his YouTube career, replacing Pat Condell as the website's most popular atheist. That hasn't stopped him from making quite a few enemies, especially because of his strident anti-feminism (though to be fair, he has claimed on several occasions to only be an opponent of radical feminism, and argues that he is in fact a believer in gender equality). In recent years, he has befriended author and activist Howard Bloom, and has given Bloom the floor on several topics.He has also written four books: In Defense of Evil, Scumbag: Musings of a Subhuman, Final Revelation, and Neckbeard Uprising. Like most of his videos, the books are part philosophical, part comedic, and part autobiographical.When not using the Amazing Atheist moniker, he often goes by T.J., Terroja, or The Distressed Watcher. His YouTube channel can be found here. His alternate channel, TJdoeslife, where he posts off-topic videos, Q & As, and other things that wouldn't fit on his main channel, can be found here. Though he was forced to take down most of his older videos in early 2009 due to YouTube's increasingly strict censorship policies, you can watch a few hundred of them here if you are so inclined.
Berserk Button: He has many, but a notable one in the PWNED: Stupidest Youtuber Ever video is when he went berserk over the troll admitting that Mario was fictional but real at the same time. Other infamous targets of TJ's wrath include white supremacists, feminists, Justin Beiber, and Ron Paul.
Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Frequently on the receiving end of this, if he is to be believed. So far he's managed to become rivals with several former companions, including, but not limited to:
Bi the Way: He stated on his "TJdoeslife" YouTube channel that he is bisexual.
Big Guy, Little Guy: With FakeSagan. And his brother Scotty. And Cody Weber. And Galen/Hallcyon. Hell, never mind, T.J., who besides being heavyset is 6'7"/2 meters tall, fits this trope when he's with any of his friends.
Discussed Trope: From the entry on the famous "remember when I promised I'd kill you last?" scene from Commando in his list of the most awesome movie scenes: "'I Lied!' That is the best thing ever! 'Hey, honey, remember when I promised to love, honor, and cherish you, until death do us part? Well, guess what? I lied!' Woo! That's badass."
The Ditz: It's easier to list the characters that aren't.
Heh Heh, You Said X: His beliefs as to why Anthony Weiner's indecent exposure scandal got so much coverage.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: There seem to be several, but TJ and his brother Scotty have remained the most constant throughout the years.
Hive Mind: His main problem with Buddhism; he sees the search for Nirvana as repulsive and collectivist. To quote him directly: "Becoming a selfless component of some vague cosmic unifier doesn't sound that fuckin' appealing to me. If that's 'enlightenment', you can fuckin' keep it." For better or worse, the video has been removed at the time of writing.
Rule Of Five: A variation. In his "WTF IOWA?" video, he gave four well-put examples of problems with Iwoa, and followed it up with "Slipknot is from Iowa", immediately saying "Five is just such a better number than four".
However, in the same video where he stated this, he claimed that it wasn't really because he "sees the good in everyone", but rather because he sees the evil in everyone, implying that he also believes Hobbes Was Right to some extent.
Screw Yourself: He has expressed interest in having sex with a clone of himself a couple of times.
"I mean guys, go get up, look in a mirror, look at your ugly mug and ask yourself if what you really want in life is a female equivalent of THAT?!...Yeah, me too, but surely there’s normal people out there."
Self-Deprecation: He has been known to frequently take potshots at his own appearance, political beliefs, and other facets of his life.
Take That: Took a swipe at Linkara when he uploaded a video explaining why he left TGWTG (although, in that same video, he cites his leaving having to do with the executives asking him to leave, not with any problems he was having with the other reviewers there, so it's possible that his comments on Linkara shouldn't be taken seriously).
Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: He started uploading weekly Q&A videos, only for the majority of the questions to be either trolls or incredibly stupid. Because of it, he not only stopped doing Q&A Fridays, but also stopped updating his TJDoesLife channel at all for over a month.
Worthy Opponent: His apparent attitude... at least some of the time... towards JezuzFreek777. There have been moments when TAA has pointed out common ground between the two, such as when discussing their (somewhat) similar views on the Grand Theft Auto series. Also, when Jezuzfreek was going through a divorce, TAA went out of his way to say "I wouldn't beat down on you while you're already down."
He once referred to JezuzFreek as "The Batman to [his] Joker."
Also toward Lee Doren of How The World Works. He sees him as a "very smart guy" despite their differing opinions.
You Keep Using That Word: Discussed in a video in which TJ talks about common phrases people use without thinking about what they actually mean.
The Amazing Atheist: Here's something people say after some kind of tragedy or things don't turn out as planned, someone will always say, "You know, it is what it is." And it's always with that sage like tone as if we should be in awe of them for taking that common saying and infusing it with such weight and wisdom. It is what it is... yeah it is... IS what it is. Obviously! Of course it is what it is! That's what it is! That is like saying yellow is yellow.