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Web Video: Thunderf00t

Science and Education for the win!

Thunderf00t (aka: Phil Mason) is an atheist YouTube video blogger.

He is famous for his series of videos Why Do People Laugh at Creationists? where he lampoons the Young Earth Creationists; in addition of those he has also made scientific videos and exchanges between fellow video bloggers.

His YouTube channel can be found here, and his web blog here.

Tropes associated with Thunderf00t:

  • Arch-Enemy: VenomFangX. At least back when the latter was a bit more active on youtube.
    • These days, he's locked in mortal combat against skeptical/feminist blogger Rebecca Watson of skepchick.org.
  • Artistic License - Economics: While he is very professional and knowledgeable in the field of his expertise such as biology and physics, his understanding on economic concepts such as the definition of what a 'free market' stands for was questionable at best.
    • Averted with his criticism of Solar Roadways, in which he actually points out this trope from the part of the proposers, while going through all the cost-benefit analysis and the actual economics involved if such project is ever realized.
  • Berserk Button: Publicly badmouth science and education and it's guaranteed that he will deliver several verbal beat-downs on you.
    • Likewise he reacts very strongly towards anything that approaches censoring free speech.
    • Indoctrinating impressionable young children with religious and/or anti-intellectual beliefs.
    • His biggest is probably creationists' tendency to attack and disdain the scientific method, despite the fact that that same method is what allows them to live the lifestyle they do today.
  • Broken Pedestal: P.Z. Myers became this for him, after a falling out with him because of several disagreements on the topic of feminism and the censoring of dissent, which culminated in the expulsion of Thunderf00t from FreeThoughtBlogs right after he was invited.
  • Catch Phrase: 'An argument should stand on its merits.'
  • Double Standard: He points out in a video how some prominent people in the videogame industry take Anita Sarkeesian's ideas seriously, while dismissing the ones from the likes of Jack Thompson and Glenn Beck, since they both essentially advocate that videogames affect the behavior of gamers (something that has been debunked by recent studies), provoking violence according to Thompson and Beck and misogyny according to Sarkeesian.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh yes, to show how ridiculous an argument can be.
  • Fauxtivational Poster: He is very fond of using them to get points across.
  • Face Palm: He does this a lot, whenever he hears asinine arguments, usually using a Fauxtivational Poster.
  • Fun with Acronyms: His personal brand of atheism is called PEARL, which stands for Physical Evidence And Reasoned Logic.
  • Humiliation Conga: Famously he delivered one to Christian vblogger VenomfangX, after several exchanges which culminated with the latter unfairly DMCAing Thunderf00t's videos, the counterattack was epic.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His explanation of his actions after being expelled from FreeThoughtBlogs, in which he published and forwarded the emails of the FTB private backchannel in which he published and forwarded the emails of the FTB private backchannel where the members discussed and plotted on how to ruin the careers and lives of all those in the secular community who had said dissented from FTB. On the other hand, the list contained private information on the private lives of the bloggers, prompting one transgendered blogger to quit due to the risk, and the FTB community claims that it was an unnecessary and vindictive breach of backchannel privacy.
  • Implied Death Threat: Infamously, he received one from Muslim video blogger Dawahfilms, after several videos Tf00t made critical of Islam.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While many people, like fellow video bloggers AronRa and C0nc0rdance among others, have manifested discomfort on the way he answers some critics, they invariably concede that his points are solid and well-thought.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has low tolerance for nonsense, but his recognition of good work like the one of Dr Mad Science's video certainly brought a tear to many people.
  • Letters 2 Numbers
  • The Mean Brit: He has British accent, and is a mean Deadpan Snarker.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Several videos deal with seemingly mundane things like explosions of potassium and water, and then he starts showing how interesting are the chemical mechanisms involved and pointing out at unanswered questions.
  • N-Word Privileges: He analyzes this in his video Thing you C*N'T say!. He talks about how he feels, based on cultural differences, how stupid the whole thing is.
  • Omni Disciplinary Scientist: He is very knowledgeable and professional in hard sciences like physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics.
  • One of Us: See Shout-Out below, he is a also an avid player of Unreal Tournament.
  • Playing the Victim Card: He accuses fundamentalist Christians doing this by them claiming to be oppressed; the same goes for feminists like Rebecca Watson and Anita Sarkeesian who claim to be attacked because of misogyny on the internet, to which he points out "If you say stupid shit online, people will call you for it" regardless of you are a man or a woman.
  • Poe's Law: He has invoked this law several times:
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: He has taken issue on what he perceives is an increasingly whiny attitude towards speech that might be considered "offensive", mainly because of the censoring of free speech that would ensue and that the best counter to a stupid/hateful argument is to rebut it and, if necessary, ridicule it, not suppress it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He does this quite a lot to Creationists, radical (and not so radical) Feminists and anyone who gets into an argument with him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His avatar is a bunny. This represents one of his key talking points against creationism: where are the fossil bunnies in the Cambrian?
  • Science Hero: Himself, there are videos of him recording the Transit of Venus, Jupiter and its moons and many other things.
  • Shout-Out: He is shown to be a fan of:
  • Shown His Work: The vast majority of time his points are extremely well-researched, as he will quote the studies of the subject, and he will also examine the opponents quoted studies to test the validity of their claims.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Do hot girls have all the advantages? Dedicated to Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Oho boy.
  • Uranus Is Showing: Looking at URANUS!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The reaction of some of his fans to his actions of publishing and forwarding the private mails of the FTB backchannel (especially when it involved exploiting a security loophole to regain access to it), see I Did What I Had to Do.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Earth: Our Hauntingly Beautiful Spinning Home in the Cosmos


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