Eli Stone is a reviewer who is a member of Reviewers Unknown, Space Monkey Mafia Studios, and The Rosen Hacker's website.. Although he is one of many reviewers who follows the tradition set by Doug Walker, he notably also has shades of Atop the Fourth Wall and claims that one of his biggest inspirations is Chad "CR" Rocco of Familiar Faces. Eli is aware of the fact that he is not the first to do this, and lately references this wiki a lot. As his name suggests, his character is a bitter superhero with the power to command cartoon clichés—which sometimes feel more like tropes—who specializes in animation criticism.Notably, the show's quality gets increasingly better as time passes. The storyline becomes deeper, the camera quality gets better, and (perhaps not coincidentally) he references TV Tropes more and more. Either way, you can find him on Reviewers Unknown here, and on his blog here. He had a Blip TV account, but it got deleted.Eli has also started his own retrospective project on the Ace Attorney series. Much like Linkara's History of Power Rangers videos, he has stated that each game will have three videos to cover it—two to go over what happens in all four-five cases in said game, and one to go over characters and general thoughts on the game in question. However, also like that series, there will be no set schedule.
This review series contains examples of:
Accentuate the Negative: Played straight in the first few episodes — Eli even regrets that he claimed Batfink was a bad show — but notably averted in the later ones. Even if the movies he reviews are bad by his admission, he always goes out of his way to highlight the best moment of said movie. He even said that he hated doing a negative review of Osmosis Jones because of how much potential it had.
Acting for Two: Eli has played the Hero, the Villain, and the new character known only as Number Six. This is actually justified in-universe as the Villain is an Evil Counterpart of the Hero from an alternate universe, and Number Six is a time-traveling clone. He also plays the Hands of Chaos, but those are Faceless Mooks anyway. However, he isn't the ONLY actor in the series—Hans Norberg, his roommate at the time, played Agent Smith all of them and Asura.
When calling 'Feeling Pinkie Keen' the worst episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in his "Top 10 Worst Episodes of Good Cartoons" video, he points out how Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" is never brought up again, thus becoming a Big Lipped Toothless Alligator Moment (in reference to Pinkie's pet alligator, Gummy).
This complaint no longer applies, as Pinkie Sense has played a part in "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" and "It's About Time"...
This is actually addressed in his review of Mare-Do-Well, in which he acknowledges that the Pinkie Sense WAS used in later episodes—but due to going against how the Pinkie Sense worked in previous episodes, Mare-Do-Well was not one of them.
Call Back: In the aforementioned Mare-Do-Well review, Don East of Anime Abomination pops in and mentions how the Hero left a script for an Inukami! review on his computer. Believe it or not, this is a reference to an episode from OVER TWO YEARS EARLIER.
The Cape: Arguably, the Hero is one of the few reviewers who seems genuinely heroic in personality, and according to Word of God, that's why he was created.
Caustic Critic: He may hold back against his opponents, but God help the movie that rubs him the wrong way...
Cerebus Syndrome: He started out with very little story, if any, and by now the story between reviews has gone full-on superhero story—well, on a budget, but still...
Chekhov's Army: In the finale to the EarthBound review, the Hero figures out that he can move between his Hammer Space and those of his clones. So naturally, he brings the clones with him to fight Chaos.
Cloning Blues: Clones factor into the new storyline extensively—the end of Season 3 established that The Hero has been cloned several times by the government agency he's worked for. A large group of them has been destroyed, but the Hero suspects they have reserves. And in Season 4, we have Number Six, a clone of the Hero from a Bad Future that was sent to assassinate him.Averted later on—see Chekhov's Army above.
Cluster F-Bomb: The swearing has gotten less frequent in recent episodes, though.
Continuity Snarl: His reviews of the animated Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Elseworlds Month specials that followed them prominently featured one of his colleagues, Arthur Knowledge of The Quest for Geekdom—the former even featured a storyline involving a prophesy, two rings harnessing the power of nerd rage and the joys of geekdom, and implying that Arthur's "Apprentice" title meant that he was apprentice to the Hero at one point. This is never brought up again after the Elseworlds Month specials, but in this case, there actually is a reason. In The Quest for Geekdom, aliens invaded and would have destroyed the Earth, but to save it, a universal reboot occurred, causing the Hero and Arthur to have never met, and revamping Arthur's character into less of a Green Lantern and more of a paladin. It is unknown what became of the new villain, Razor, or the rings, or if they will ever be brought up again. Even the Hero acknowledged that this probably confused a lot of people.
Determinator: What else can you call it when he's been through moving halfway across the country and at least three different computers, and yet the show's barely slowed down?
Dude, Not Funny!:invoked When addressing the fact that the creators DID know that bulls don't have udders in Barnyard, he demonstrated that just giving a character the traits of the opposite gender doesn't qualify as a joke unless they do something with it—and in fact, that that way of thinking is a bit outdated due to the real problems transgender people face.
Foreshadowing: Huh...so the intruder didn't show up on a DNA scanner, even when combing the entire state?
Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the Eight Crazy Nights review, there's a quick subtitle that pops up at the end of the clip he shows of Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song" that says "Laughing at your own joke. Classy."
Fun with Acronyms: Now we have the recently-activated security computer, DENNIS—Dynamic Energized Nanotechtronic Network of Internal Security.
Gods Need Prayer Badly: Hence why they hooked up with the Hero and lent him their power, as he was one of the few people who remembered Ōkami—well, that and he has powers similar to theirs already.
Go Karting with Bowser: Even after he tried to kill him, REPEATEDLY, the Hero still has invited Number Six into his home.
And even before that, he works with fellow Unknown Reviewer Ozzie Arcane, a(n admittedly retired) villain, which he even collaborated with to review the Sengoku Basara anime. This is even after Ozzie sent Asura after him!
He suffered a less humorous example in his Tales of Symphonia review. Six was killed off in the previous episode, so he starts off the review on the verge of tears. And his acting is actually pretty believable.
Hyperspace Arsenal: The Hero stores several objects in his cape, from TNT to the Celestial Brush. And apparently, all of his clones' Hammer Space s are connected to his, so the Chekhov's Army example above might serve as an example here as well.
If I Wanted You Dead...: Inverted. Because Six didn't immediately break out and kill him, the Hero realized that he can't use his superpowers, only block off the Hero's abilities.
I'm a Humanitarian: The Cartoon Villain when resurrected as a Black Lantern, not only eats Yoko, but Dr. Insanero in order to gain their powers.
I'm Going to Hell for This: Or so he says in the description of the "Project Samson" review. Then again, it was a negative review of a movie based on the Bible by a Christian guy and a Jewish guy....
In and Out of Character: On his YouTube channel, he posts trailers for new Cartoon Hero episodes, and miscellaneous videos where he's out of character. Among them are sound-only commentaries on other video reviewers, done with Death the Kid as an avatar, later replaced by Lloyd Irving. Note: He has since announced that he's stopped doing the commentaries, but he's going to keep doing out-of-character reviews.
Jump Scare: One scene in Cosprayers involves a puppet-like creature changing from sweet and innocent-looking to gaining red eyes and roaring at Iko. Said transformation is shot as a close-up. At the end of the review, this clip is suddenly played again, which frightens the Hero—and the viewer.
Let's See You Do Better: After his review of Video Brinquedo's The Little Panda Fighter, Eli proceeded to demonstrate a basic knowledge of karate, aka more than the film knew about fighting.
Medium Awareness: The Hero is aware that he has a review series, since apparently he started it when he was bored due to downtime from there not being a lot of supervillains to fight. He also apparently was able to watch his own footage in order to foil a villain's plan once.
Not So Different: Zig-zagged.The Villain attempts to convince the Hero that the government agency intends to use him as a superweapon. The Hero doesn't buy it, and even delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! the second time he tries to convince him. Turns out, the Villain may have been onto something...
Also, much like Amaterasu in the actual games, he can't continuously use the brush powers, as doing so for a long enough time renders him completely powerless until he can recharge. And unlike Ammy or Chibi, he's not a sun god, and therefore can't make the sun rise.
Season 1: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
Season 2: "Hero" by Machinae Supremacy.
Season 3: "Indestructible" by Disturbed.
Season 4: "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi.
Season 5: "It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down.
Reference Overdosed: Seems to be one of his pet peeves—especially if the movie references something that has nothing to do with the movie or what the characters are talking about. See his Shark Tale and Chicken Little reviews for an example.
Running Gag: He has a few that NC made famous like OF COURSE! (which he later replaced with one from Fluttershy), but there are a few of his own, like the aforementioned entry under Money, Dear Boy, playing the music from Psycho whenever he cuts to anything so bad it's scary, as well as playing "Gold Digger" whenever...well, a gold-digging female character shows up. Occasionally, however, this is defied when the movie actually makes the jokes for him. (See his Shark Tale review for an example.)
Samaritan Syndrome: This is implied to be the reason the Hero can't leave the government organization he works for, even though he knows they may be secretly trying to weaponize him.
The Scrappy: In-Universe: His most hated character is Mandy, though he doesn't seem to have a problem with Scrappy himself.
The Hero did a rather memorable shout-out to Chuggaaconroy and the rest of The Runaway Guys in the EarthBound review, mostly because it was they who helped him discover the Mother series in the first place.
When The Cartoon Villain first showed up in our universe, The Terminator theme played.
Continuing with The Terminator shout-outs, Number Six is pretty much a walking shout-out to the series. He appeared in our time in much the same position Arnold was in when he first arrived (thankfully with clothes on) the music played when he arrived, AND he was sent to kill the Hero to prevent a Bad Future from happening.
Something Completely Different: His "Elseworlds Month" specials. Justified in-universe as In Search of the Titanic distorted the fabric of time and space, offering glimpses at other universes.
Also, his review of The Legendof Zelda The Minish Cap. It was originally for a collab that went defunct before it was finished, but it was his first video game review. This later led to a sub-series called The Art of Gaming, in which he mostly reviews good games—except for that one time he reviewed Lost Magic.
Space Monkey Mafia Studios: Though as he is quick to point out, Eli was on a smaller site called Reviewers Unknown first, and he considers himself primarily one of them.
Another one comes from his EarthBound Zero review. He says there's "no beating around the bush" while showing Flint not attacking a Walking Bushie enemy from Mother Three—and for an added bonus, it's actually beneficial to not beat up said bush in the game, as it heals you.
Stuff Blowing Up: Considering the nature of the Hero's abilities, this is inevitable. Notably, a stick of TNT is one of his preferred weapons.
Sunglasses at Night: In his first few appearances, Six wore his sunglasses constantly, even at night. However, this actually makes sense as he had night-vision capabilities built into them.
The Gunslinger: Six pulled this aesthetic off pretty well despite wielding a laser pistol. And no holster.
Theme Tune Cameo: It's now become a Running Gag that the Hero actually has his own theme tune as his ringtone during each season—sometimes using the previous season's theme before the new theme is revealed in the opening sequence. This is a reference to Ace Attorney, where Godot has his own theme as his ringtone.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: invoked One of his other main concerns with Shark Tale was the fact that it couldn't seem to decide whether or not it was for kids, as it constantly vacillated between juvenile humor and pop-culture references that only adults would get. Not to mention an ending that tries to have a very adult Aesop about tolerance, but got bogged down by the constant juvenile humor, not treating the issue with any measure of dignity.
What You Are in the Dark: Used literally (according to Word of God) in the Rise of Darkrai review. During a blackout, Six gets out of his improvised prison cell and is about to pull the trigger on the Hero, completing his mission. However, he walks in on the Hero giving a speech about what being a hero means, based on Darkrai's actions in the movie, and decides not to pull the trigger because he sees the Hero isn't as evil as he was led to believe.