YMMV / The Cynical Brit

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Copyright abusers are a huge target of his, in no small part due to their pettiness and abuse of the law. Given how he's been a victim of this many times- and knows many people that are also victims- this is completely understandable.
    • The Minecraft fanbase, in no small part due to the Fan Dumb constantly pressuring him to play it.
    • He repeatedly takes jabs at The King Of Hate and Keemstar.
    • Gaming media that he considers too sensationalist and those that choose to take sponsored deals and not disclose that they have done so.
  • Awesome Music: His ending theme "The Total Biscuit Ballad" has some of the most awesome guitar riffs you'll hear to pump you up for the next "WTF Is..."
  • Broken Base:
    • His insistence on picking apart the options menu in many games has split the audience between those who are as insistent on the matter as he is, and those who only want to see gameplay. In videos that go on longer than a half an hour, he will usually provide an annotation to skip right to gameplay.
    • His hatred of 30 FPS, particularly among console gamers, where 30 FPS is the norm. For console gamers, he's ranting about something that's entirely a non-issue at best, or indirectly saying (possibly unintentionally) that consoles suck simply for using a lower framerate at worst.
  • Creator Worship:
    • He holds CD Projekt RED in high regard, due to them developing great games, not using any DRM, and even add a ton of more content in patches that'd usually be paid DLC nowadays. That's on top of their M.O. for GOG (i.e., making it so classic titles that can't run on modern systems can).
    • He also holds PlatinumGames in high regard, due to consistently making great, well polished, complex titles that would make anyone feel like complete and total badasses (as well as making the PC release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance actually pretty decent).
    • To a lesser extent, the various excellent PC ports of their various published IPs has made him a fan of Square Enix's western publishing division.
  • Discredited Meme:
    TB: You know what? I never asked for this.
    • Genna hates them too, which caused TB to make one during the same podcast.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: His acerbicness is a hugely divisive. While his willingness to not mince words when soapboxing is part of the appeal for some, quite a lot of people who would have otherwise agreed with him on many issues find him too sanctimonious, tactless, or offputtingly rude.
  • 8.8: In his "This is Why we Can't Have Nice Things" video on God Hand, he believes that one of the reasons God Hand failed to sell could have been IGN's 3.0/10 review.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: According to a few comments on this Terraria video, "Mark."
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • He and the Yogscast now appear to be this way after formerly being thick as thieves, although there is still a large degree of overlap and many have compared to it to parents divorcing.
    • He doesn't appear to get along with PewDiePie's fandom that much, although TB has stated he feels Felix gets undue hate as YouTube's Hate Sink.
    • His fans and Keemstar's are not on good terms, in no small part because of Keemstar's rant in which he claimed he was looking forward to covering TB's death... in response to a few minor insults.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Press Heart To Continue and Jesse Cox, as they all host a podcast together.
    • Fans of the Yogscast and TB used to mostly get along well, but they do occasionally have the odd dispute. Many fans still like both regardless and have compared it to parents fighting. After Simon made some inappropriate comments (including calling TB a "crying pissbabby" [sic]) TB officially cut off ties with them as a group; this hasn't stopped overlap, however, mostly due to fans siding with TB over Simon.
    • While TB has cut ties with the Yogscast as a whole, his fanbase seems to absolutely adore Sips, if the reddit announcement of Sips being on the podcast is any indication. There's also a fair degree of overlap between fans of Strippin (who has since left) and TB, as well as B-Lister PyrionFlax due to their interactions. TB clarifying that he doesn't hate the Yogscast as a whole has helped to ease the divide somewhat, as has having In The Little Wood on the shared podcast.
    • Due to the pro-disclosure and pro-consumer nature of his fandom, Hat Films have a notable number of TB fans due to being very up-front with disclosure. It helps that their conduct is widely seen as very professional.
    • He has quite an overlap with fans of Rooster Teeth, thanks to TB admitting that he's a fan and Burnie giving him a few mentions. When it was announced that TB had cancer, the post at /r/roosterteeth concerning his condition had well over two thousand upvotes.
    • His fandom has some overlap with Dan Bull.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In his research stream for Guise of the Wolf, TB remarks that he would find it hilarious if the developers went the route of Day One: Garry's Incident and filed a fraudulent DMCA claim against him. As it turns out, that's exactly what ended up happening. Though this could arguably be more Hilarious in Hindsight considering how badly the company came off looking and were forced to back down.
    • In a harsher incident, a product that TB sold through Rodeo Arcade was a shirt and poster combination parodying Breaking Bad, making him out as Walter White with the slogan "I am the one who mocks." A pretty good parody until he was later diagnosed with colon cancer.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: His infamous "get cancer and die" tweets from earlier on in his career were fairly bad in the first place (to the point that TB apologised for them and considers them an Old Shame), now that TB has had cancer twice and been diagnosed with what appears to be a terminal case the second time aroumd.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks:
    • A lot of people who watched him mainly for the coverage of the Cata beta quit watching him entirely when he quit Wo W.
    • When people asked him for his opinion on Diablo III and he criticised certain aspects of the game like the memetically infamous "Error 37" of the servers and the fact that it wouldn't have happened if the game had offline capability, he was loudly called out on it.
    • He actually dares to say bad things about certain Indie games with Immunity To Criticism - And naturally if you look at the comments, you'll see a lot of this.
    • After Total Biscuit made Tweets about how he got a video removed due to using Pokemon footage that seemed to be ripped from Nintendo's official sources, he then linked to a news post on a Nintendo fansite where a few comments were from people disagreeing with his opinions on the matter, and insulting the people who disagreed with him by calling them "children." This caused non-fans of his to start to see him in a rather negative light, especially since said comments were actually in the minority on said fansite, as most were actually agreeing with Biscuit on the matter. The post in question can be found here.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one of the Terraria episodes with him and Jesse, Jesse tells TB that some people write Slash Fic of them, which TB's reaction is that he doesn't want to live anymore. Come his WTF Is...Super Awesome Wagon Adventure video, where he names his wagon crew based on them, has a event where his character and Jesse falls in love and have sex.
    • In his Content Patch video on the Nintendo Content ID fiasco, he addresses the futility of comparing video games to other forms of media by saying that in a game like chess, one can adjust the rules without the constraints of an engine by moving the pieces wrong, and said that video games don't usually do that. Fast-forward around a year later, and along comes Tabletop Simulator, a game that features exactly that kind of rulebending as one of its most prominent features.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • After it transpired that he had terminal cancer, a post on /r/Games was removed after getting over four thousand upvotes. Fans were initially annoyed about this, with some pointing out it might have been done to prevent spam and by accident. It later turned out that the majority of the moderators were okay with the subreddit, but that one has a grudge against TB and insisted the ban was due to TB not being "relevant" to the gaming industry, despite him being the #1 Steam curator, plus having two million subs and having been involved in quite a few gaming incidents such as Guise of the Wolf and Day One: Garry's Incident; this was only made worse when it turned out that other posts about Monty Oum's death, plus Ryan Davis and many others, had been left up. At this point, annoyance turned to frothing-at-the-mouth anger, and the moderator responsible has been brigaded into oblivion, with many unsubbing from /r/Games in disgust.
    • A few of his detractors went as far as to rejoice upon hearing the news that TB had terminal cancer. Three guesses as to how well that went with his fanbase, and the first two don't count.
    • Infamous YouTuber and "Drama Alert" host Keemstar went on a profane rant in which he essentially gloated over TB having terminal cancer, saying that he looked forward to covering his death simply because he was insulted once or twice. TB's fandom did not take this well at all, and since then Keemstar has been forced to take the rant down.
  • Memetic Mutation: His longstanding, well known fondness for FOV sliders.note 
  • Older Than They Think: Some fans have asked if his logo of a hat is inspired by, or stolen from, Hat Films. TB has politely but firmly pointed out that he's been around for longer than the trio.
  • Periphery Demographic: There are people who primarily game on consoles subscribed to his PC-centric channel.
  • Pop-Culture Isolation: Discussed in his look at the Hidden Object Game, House of 1000 Doors - Family Secrets. Despite the genre being incredibly popular among a certain demographic, he never plays them, nor has interacted with anyone who plays them.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Several people, possibly you as well, will suffer through watching him stumble around The Ball's Portal level. He himself admits that he is bad at logic/physics puzzles and doesn't always enjoy playing them.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
  • Stoic Woobie:
    • Has begun to gravitate toward this since Mailbox 133, where he tells the story of how he has been separated from his wife and stepson for four years and has been attempting to make ends meet for them with his YouTube career since.
    • It became even more apparent in early 2014, when he deleted his reddit account and stopped posting on the Cynicalbrit subreddit due to the stress coming from interacting with his viewerbase making him concerned for his mental and physical health. Then he got the early signs of bowel cancer. His solution? Keep going, and encourage plenty of potential victims to seek help.
    • And as of October 2015 the cancer is back and likely inoperable. He's vowed simply to go back to chemo, last as long as possible and to up the average lifespan of a cancer victim.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • His falling out with Simon and Lewis of the Yogscast, which many fans of both groups have viewed as sad and hard to watch.
    • Both times that he was diagnosed with cancer, especially now that the second time appears to be a terminal case.

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