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    The Cinema Snob 
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A caricature of pretentious film critics, as he reviews obscure exploitation films and pornography from the late '60s through the early '90s, though he has also reviewed the occasional more recent and widely released film.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Invoked once in The Nostalgia Critic's "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard" Christmas special, where the Snob became the world's greatest pornstar in a world where the Critic didn't exist, his costar was aroused by his voice alone.
  • Bald of Awesome: Starting in 2014, Brad has been bald.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • At the hands of Bastard Film Brain, who repeatedly prank calls him and claims to have slept with every female relative he has.
    • He's especially the target of misfortune in the Heaven's Gate review due to Executive Meddling.
  • Byronic Hero: The Snob often he comes out as someone enduring a hard life (to which the horrible movies he watches are only a part of), but nonetheless keeps on for the sake of his public.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "If I want X, I'll stick with Y, thank you very much!"
    • "What, no X? Boo, zero stars."
    • "This remake of X is weird!"
    • HA HA HA— No. A frequent variation will be a forced "Hahaha!" followed by an angry growl.
    • "GODDAMMIT, [X]!", especially "GODDAMMIT, BASTARD FILM BRAIN!"
  • Caustic Critic: He actually is modeled on snobbish film critics who refuse to adjust their standards, even when reviewing schlock. He has made frequent jibes at the hypocrisies of real-life critics as well.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The Snob can be quite perverted with regards of the attractive women that appear on the films he reviews, such as loudly announcing whenever he has a boner, but abuse towards them is an absolute no for him. When explaining how The Taming of Rebecca is a "roughie" (a type of sexploitation movie that has male violence against women), he has some choice words for whomever may find that kind of movie actually arousing; and in I Spit on Your Grave, while he defends the movie against critics who negatively criticized it for being a rape-and-revenge movie when that was the whole point of the movie, when he discovers that the movie's rape sequence is 25 minutes long, he breaks character (into Craig Golightly, that is), stating that there's nothing funny he can make of it, and engages into a long discussion with his friend Neil (and later Candy and Nancy) about the portrayal of rape in media.
  • The Comically Serious: The Snob's serious demeanor makes his reactions to reviewing schlock all the funnier.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Whenever he listens to relaxing music, images of torture, mass-murder and other assorted carnage flashes through his mind (helps movies such as Cannibal Holocaust use such beautiful music to underscore the gore). In the Atop the Fourth Wall movie, he brings Salò to a movie watching party and is clearly having the time of his life watching it while everyone else is horrified.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To an almost insane degree.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Doug and Brad confirmed that Critic and Snob are "internet reviewer boyfriends", and in a Bad Future where he takes over, Snob makes Critic kneel down onscreen to give him a blowjob.
    Snob: Get cracking, sugar.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's barefoot when he does his reviews (though he'll use shoes for skits set outside of his house).
  • Eats Babies: He tried eating a dead baby with ketchup once, but had to spit it out because it was expired.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He reacts with fury whenever children or animals are harmed.
    • Homophobic comments are a Berserk Button for him.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: He only has one line, but Brad is completely relishing doing a raspier sleaze-pimp voice in this.
  • Jerkass: The Snob is a quite surly individual most of the time.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Depending on what you're watching, his real name may be either Bradakin "Brad" Jones (To Boldly Flee) or Craig Golightly (The Cinema Snob Movie), and he may or may not be using the alias of "Vincent Dawn".
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • While he certainly doesn't like every piece of shlock he comes across, there's also things like bringing Salò to a movie-watching party and clearly having the time of his life.
    • He also seems to have a soft spot for attractive women if they also happen to be particularly scary:
      • His reviews of Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS and its loose sequels have him being infatuated with Dyanne Thorne, and it's clear that the domineering attitude of Thorn's character attracts him just as much as her... well, buxom persona, wholeheartedly agreeing with a character who exclaims that Ilsa's body should be sculpted in marble.
      • His Mommie Dearest review has him completely lusting over Faye Dunaway-as-Joan Crawford (even stripping naked when she announces that she's single), even when the movie goes out of its way to portray her as scary. (Though eventually he does find her too scary.)
        Snob: I don't care; Joan Crawford is hot, Faye Dunaway is hot, Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford is fucking hot. Go figure, I have a thing for someone with crazy eyes giving wild performances.
      • His reaction in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors to a girl who is one of the titular dream warriors' appearance in the dream world being that of a punk (yet still absolutely gorgeous) who dual-wields knives? Trying to knock his boner down.
      • He is mesmerized by Meg Foster and her particularly pale eyes in his Stepfather II review, even stating that he could eat a jar of pickles for her.note  Although this is somewhat downplayed in that, while Foster's eyes have secured her scary roles in horror movies, in Stepfather II she plays a common housewife.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Much of his persona is a loving tribute to Roger Ebert as Ebert's review of Friday the 13th Part V is what inspired the character.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His reviews of the Sex and the City films revealed that he is a fan of the series (while he tries to play fool in the review of the first one, he's an unabashed and unapologetic fan by the time of the review of the second one), which leads to him being very angry with the two films for discarding much of the characterization established in the series.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Well, everything except for the lack of shoes. He's barefoot in almost every review.
  • Shout-Out: It has been established that the name of the Snob character is "Vincent Dawn." "Vincent Dawn" is one of the aliases for Italian director Bruno Mattei, whose films have been featured on the show.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: His dialogue consists of a noticeably high amount of swearing.
  • The Starscream: Ends up taking over That Guy with the Glasses in 2019, and Critic bemoans that he should have seen it coming.
  • Stoic Spectacles: His glasses add to his already stoic persona.
  • Straw Critic: He's the caricature avant-garde enthusiast who only likes True Art, which is, of course, angsty and foreign.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Well, two out of three, anyway; he dresses in dark clothes and is snarky as hell. He's actually kind of short.
  • True Art: Invoked. He believes art ought to be "foreigny" and in some cases offensive — he gave Salò a glowing review even though (or maybe because) it made him puke all the way through the video.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Invoked. Whenever he finds an incoherent, surreal, symbolism-packed movie, he says that must mean that it's okay to like it.
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    80's Dan 
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A hapless party animal who was whisked out of the past by a time warp to the present day, Dan subjects his dysfunctional roommates and neighbors to the cheesiest kitsch to come out of the 1980s. He also happens to live on the same street as the Cinema Snob.


  • Ascended Extra: When he first showed up in the Snob's review of Caligula, he was nothing more than a throwaway gag, but response to him was so positive that he was given his own spinoff.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": When he and Rob reenact a scene from Paranoia.
  • Disco Dan: As his name implies, he's permanently stuck in The '80s. Doubly so when Dan dresses up as '90s Kid for Halloween.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Dan seems to think nobody has ever heard of the eighties, even when the references he explains are painfully obvious.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: A line in the Halloween III review explains that 80s Dan fell into a time warp at the exact moment the 80s ended.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Dan appears out of nowhere whenever someone opens a bottle of New Coke.
  • Good Old Ways: He doesn't have much use for modern CGI.
  • Hammerspace: The inner pockets of his suit have seemingly unlimited space.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Dan is oblivious that his friend Smithy is at the very least a child molester, possibly a serial killer.
  • Leitmotif: There is always a classic 80's music track playing when he appears or talks, frequently A-Ha's "Take on Me."
  • Meaningful Name: "80s Dan" is the name of a copyright-free music file built into Brad's video editing software.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Probably because he's perpetually high on cocaine.
  • The Pollyanna: Dan is optimistic to the point of stupidity. Absolutely nothing gets him down.

    Kung Tai Ted 

A completely talentless "martial" "artist" who exhibits fight scenes from bad chop-socky action films from his backyard. His lines are all dubbed over... by himself.


  • Dirty Coward:
    • When 80's Dan and Dolly find him tied up in a Neo-Nazi's basement, Ted brags about his fighting skills and offers to beat up the Nazi if they free him. Instead, he just runs away.
    • He also pulls a gun on Solomon when he confronts him about trying to steal the potassium in his backyard, decidedly not something an honorable warrior would do.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Whenever he speaks, his mouth moves in complete disassociation with what he's saying.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He boasts of being a great martial artist, but either gets beaten up by people who shouldn't have been beating him if a tenth of what he says is true, or just runs away. He even gets beaten up by the Cinema Snob.
  • Stylistic Suck: His sketches have the production values of chop-socky martial arts films in a nutshell.
  • Unknown Rival: To Solomon, who forgets about Dan's existence when Dan takes months to find and defeat him.
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?: During his climactic battle with Master Kempo Dojo, Ted inflicts a Groin Attack on himself with some nunchuks. (But then, so does Kempo Dojo.)
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Played for Laughs In-Universe starting with the Miami Connection review. It turns out those years of bad fighting caught up with him, so he's stuck in one.

    Vic Dealio 
The host of The Big Box, a sleazy late-night infomercial spokesman who introduces classic exploitation films in the titular "big box" (clamshell video cases) while flirting with his co-host, the Big Box Model.

    Space Lancer Steve 

A spaceman. His best (only?) friend is Ensign Munroe.


  • The Cameo: Steve has had only one appearance, one which lasted for only a few seconds, just because all of Linkara's characters had a counterpart among Brad's characters except Ensign Munroe.
  • The Eeyore: In his one appearance, Steve does not come across as a happy person.

    The Bros 
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The go-to personas for Brad and Jake when they want to spoof macho attitudes. Starting out in Midnight Screenings as simply them adopting gruff voices to mock some audience members from The Hangover: Part III, they were eventually featured in the Snob's review of Can't Stop the Music, and showed up whenever the Snob reviews something with homosexual themes. Bro!Jake got later McLeaned after Jake left the site, though Bro!Brad keeps appearing sometimes.


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    Jordan B. Matthews 

Snob's even more pretentious twin brother who is definitely not a parody of a former colleague that Brad had a falling out with or anything, we swear.


  • Epileptic Trees: His tendency in-universe to give more profound meanings to movies that clearly don't have them sometimes leads to this.
  • Shout-Out: His name is another alias for Italian director Bruno Mattei, much like the Snob's name of Vincent Dawn.
  • Take That!: His over-analytical view of everything makes him a clear parody of Brows Held High's Kyle "Oancitizen" Kallgren.

    Eddie 

The obnoxious, nasally-voiced, sex-obsessed loser from Who Reamed Rosie Rabbit (a Parallel Porn Title of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) who became a recurring character after the Who Reamed Rosie Rabbit 2 review.


  • Casanova Wannabe: He's a sex-obsessed horndog.
  • Expy: Eddie is essentially the Snob's equivalent of The Nostalgia Critic's Douchy McNitpick.
  • The Scrappy: In-universe the Snob considers him this; out of all the characters that interfere in his reviews, he's clearly the one he stands the less.
  • Take That!: He is a send-off to a certain group of fans who, after Brad started to devote more Snob episodes to Christian propaganda films, wanted him to do more reviews of porn films, much like Eddie does.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The Snob tends to just sick a laptop playing Will It Fit? to Eddie every time he appears, and even though it's implied that he gets off the perverted and depraved things done in the porn films the Snob had reviewed through the years, Will It Fit? makes Eddie figuratively cry for his mommy. (Although it's also implied that he's actually jealous of the Will It Fit? host's ability to shove things up his ass.)

    "Will It Fit?" Host 

The titular host for the Show Within a Show Will It Fit?, a web series in which the host shoves things up his ass. The host often appears or is mentioned in just any review where the joke will fit in.


  • Ass Shove: The show is titled "Will It Fit?" because the host shoves things up his ass.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: All of these are jokes, but he's either a Flanderized Neil Hall from The Cinema Snob Movie, David Winters from Dancin': It's On!, a future, older version of Snob, or both of the latter two.
  • Serial Escalation: The things that the host attempts to fit ranges from foods and plants to tornadoes and the Eiffel Tower!
  • The Voice: Is only heard from the laptop Eddie (and rarely the Snob) watches Will It Fit? from, or as a voice over from the Snob.

    Walt Right 
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A rather unhinged character that appeared in the Darna vs. the Planet Women review.


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'80s Dan Characters

See under Brad for Dan himself.

    Rob the Robot 
Dan's roommate and best friend (which isn't saying much), a Robotic Operating Buddy manufactured by Nintendo. Rob is an unrelenting jackass who openly lusts after Mrs. Crabtree in front of her husband. Voiced by Jake Norvell.

    Dolly 
A lady in the present day who ran over Dan and Rob with her car shortly after they arrived from the past, then took them in and let them stay in her house. Dolly is the most mentally sound member of Dan's circle of friends... which again isn't saying much. She spends most of her time frustrated with Dan and Rob's wacky escapades. Played by Jillian Zurawski.

    Travis Crabtree 
Dan, Rob, and Dolly's much-suffering neighbor who drops in with his wife once an episode. He and Mrs. Crabtree despise each other, but they put on a happy facade in front of the others. He still wants to murder Rob for hitting on his wife right in front of him, though. Played by Brian Lewis.

    Mrs. Crabtree 
Travis's wife. She hates her husband as much as he hates her and often flirts with Rob just to piss Travis off. She is also a very mean drunk. Played by Sarah Gobble.
  • Ass Shove: When she gets drunk, she sticks large inanimate objects up her ass for unexplainable reasons.

    The Sweenz 
Jackie "the Sweenz" Roosevelt, former child star of the popular '80s sitcom "Birds in the Bush". The most popular guy around, who occasionally shows up for guest spots and cameos. Played by Steve Roth.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": He slurs his lines and appears to be stoned at all times.
  • The Cameo: It's his only job.
  • Catchphrase: "Butter my bacon!"
  • Crosscast Role: When he "plays" Dolly... though he dresses in male clothes and makes no effort to look or act feminine.
  • Elephant in the Room: Travis waits until the end of the episode to ask "Who the hell is the Sweenz?"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-universe. Everyone thinks he's the coolest thing ever.
  • Incest Is Relative: In one episode of Birds in the Bush, the Sweenz was apparently planning to seduce his grandmother even before he accidentally switched grandmas at the airport.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked In "The Sweenz", he replaces Jillian in the role of Dolly... until Jillian shows up and they realize he's an impostor.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: No one realizes that he isn't actually Dolly until the real Dolly shows up.
  • Stylistic Suck: Everything about him.

    Smitty 
Dan's alleged best friend from the 1980s. An extremely sleazy individual who may be a serial killer and sex offender. Every Christmas, Dan goes on a quest to find him again. Played by David "Max Force" Gobble.
  • Comic Sutra: He shares his name with an extremely perverted sex act, "The Smitty", that was probably named after him, to the point that merely asking about Smitty in a single chat room got Dan flagged as a possible sexual predator by the FBI.

Other Characters

    The Big Box Model 

Vic Dealio's voluptuous, silent co-host on The Big Box, she presents each video and flirts with Vic. Played by Jillian Zurawski.


    El Topo Chico 

An obscure Mexican (?) wrestler (?) who wanders around conventions looking for attention in his trademark mask and tuxedo. Played by himself.note 


    Shannon Shears 

The host of Softly From Cable, an early-'90s Skinemax showcase for softcore not-quite-porn. She plays a flirtatious sex kitten on TV, but really hates her job. Played by Jillian Zurawski.


    Actual Lee 
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A guy who appears espousing "facts", sometimes to "correct" Snob, that amount solely to insignificant trivia, or in some cases have nothing to do at all with the subject at hand.


    Tobe Fair 
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A guy who appears trying to justify any observation Snob makes by saying "To be fair..."


  • Catchphrase: His very first line in every one of his appearances is "To be fair..."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vanished around the same time that Allison Pregler (the girfriend of his actor Phelous) and Brad Jones had a falling out following the #ChangeTheChannel controversy.
  • Punny Name: The guy who says "To be fair..." a lot is literally named Tobe Fair.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In his first appearance, his name is spelled on-screen as "Toby Fair", but on his second appearance, he states that his name is actuall spelled "Tobe Fair", like Tobe Hooper, and chastises Snob for getting it wrong the first time.
  • Take That!: He's basically a parody of people who try to justify any criticism toward things they like.

    Bastard Film Brain 
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Fellow reviewer Film Brain from Bad Movie Beatdown who solely exists to fuck with Snob by pretending to be famous and respected film directors and/or claiming to have slept with a number of his female relatives.


Team Snob

    In General 

    Brad Jones 

  • Author Appeal: Beyond exploitation movies, he’s also a major fan of old Looney Tunes cartoons and 1980s action flicks.
  • Bad Boss: Brad basically lampshaded that he sends his friends to bad movies to both laugh at their pain and make money in the process.
  • Berserk Button: The writing styles of Ehren Kruger and Skip Woods. Brad loathes these two people and has rarely given a good review to any of their movies (the first was Transformers: Age of Extinction, which he felt was dumb but worked regardless).
    • Bad CGI.invoked
    • Terrence Malick.
    • Tyler Perry.
    • Brad has nothing but contempt for Kirk Cameron. Seems to have warmed up to him a bit (albeit sarcastically) after Saving Christmas, for how hilariously horrible and insane the movie is. As of Kirk Cameron: Revive Us, he is of the opinion that Cameron is rather harmless - at least in comparison to Dinesh D'Souza, who has become one of Brad's most detested filmmakers.
    • Bad Parents if his opinion of the dad in Epic is anything to go by.
    • Animal Abuse and Child Cruelty. During his Cannibal Ferox review he goes on an epic tangent and shows nothing but contempt for the director Umberto Lenzi due to the pointless killing of animals.
  • Catchphrase: "What the fuck was that?" when a movie fails horribly, and “I really dug this movie” to movies he really likes, but not enough to put on his year-end best of list.
    • If Brad ever starts off a Midnight Screenings review with a short sigh immediately after turning on the camera, chances are the film he just saw was particularly hard to sit through.
  • Disco Dan: A lot of his tastes in music and film seem stuck in The '80s.
  • The Gadfly: In the Smurfs review:
    Brad: Now, now, I didn't see the movie, so I didn't know it was gonna be bad!
    [Jake gives Brad a Death Glare]
    Jillian: [to Brad] You are the Devil!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dave.
  • The Leader: There's a reason it's called Team Snob.
  • The Movie Buff: His knowledge of obscure films is impressive to say the least.
  • Nice Guy: Very much so. He'll rip a movie he's disliked to shreds, but he'll do it with a smile on his face.

     Irving 

Brian Irving / Virtual Boyd

  • Aerith and Bob: His fiancee's name is Shashi.
  • Crossing the Line Twice: invokedHow he developed his identity on the site. If it's an episode with him, expect a joke so offensive that any momentum the episode had is stopped so that whoever is with him can regain composure.
  • One Steve Limit: His full name is Brian Irving, but since there's already another Brian, he's referred to by his last name or as "Virtual Boyd".
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: In the Midnight Screenings videos, Irving is the wise guy to Jake's straight man. When they review movies together, the video usually ends with Irving saying something shockingly offensive and Jake reacting like a sane (and very angry) human being.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Jerrid. Discussed in "Brad and Irving Watch Bewitched".
  • Those Two Guys: Was this with Jake.

    Lloyd and Chloe 
Brad Jones' Siamese cats.

    Sarah 

Sarah Gobble

  • A Day in the Limelight: She played the main character in The Hooker with a Heart of Gold.
  • Adorkable: Giggles at grandma jokes and tends to stay upbeat even when sitting next to a despondent Dave.
  • Amicably Divorced: With Brian Lewis. She kept his last name until she married Dave.
  • Brutal Honesty: She really doesn't relent when describing things. For example, she described the plot of The Great Gatsby (2013) as 'So this dude falls in love with this vapid cunt of a woman, she fucks him over and he dies' and she started the review of That's My Boy with 'Pedophilia. Hey, everyone, guess what's funny? It's pedophilia.'
  • Country Matters: After Dave, she is the next most likely person to use the word to describe particularly loathsome characters.
  • Fanservice: Not nearly as much as Jillian, but she appeared in a bikini for a moment in The Cinema Snob Movie.
  • Human Notepad: She tends to write the trailers on her arm. Lampshaded in one review when Brian asks "what the hell is that on your arms?"
  • Nice Gal: She is by far the calmest of the Midnight Screenings reviewers.
  • Official Couple: With Dave. They have since married, and became the first parents in Team Snob.
  • Only Sane Man: Especially when she's reviewing things alongside Jake.
  • Stealth Pun: She throws these out occasionally.
  • Typecasting: She's been cast as a hooker in Brad Jones' productions multiple times.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: To quote Jake, "You have pretty eyes!"

    Dave 

Dave Gobble / Max Force

  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Max Force sounds like an action hero name.
  • Berserk Button: Anything to do with Tyler Perry.
    • Also talking during a movie, as the people who were sitting behind him in Battleship, RoboCop' and God's Not Dead'' found out.
    • During the summer series of 2013, getting the trailer for Prisoners over and over was another one.
  • Bile Fascination: invoked He loves going to Christian movies explicitly due to this trope.
  • Breakout Character: Was featured in more videos from 2013 onwards.
  • Childhood Friends: With Brad.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Is often seen smoking after a particularly bad movie.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Rivals Jake in this regard.
  • Country Matters: Dishes a few of these out in the Tyler Perry movies he had to see.
    • He calls Kim Kardashian's character in Temptation a "dumb cunt" and adds that she does such a bad job portraying a dumb cunt, he has a hard time believe she is one in real life.
    • He also refers to a particularly Jerkass character in A Madea Christmas as "Cunty McMomface".
  • Drives Like Crazy: Brad & Sarah compare his driving to Augustus'.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: While he didn't give the nickname Slaver Brian to him, he's quick to be the one who brings it back up.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a short temper when it comes to movies that offend him the slightest bit.
  • Heroic BSoD: Had one after seeing "A Madea Christmas." In his Worst of 2013, he said that he almost threw away all the movies he owned because of it.
  • Hidden Depths: He's an accomplished artist, even painting and designing The Cinema Snob Movie poster. He's also given Brad the Stoned Gremlin statue that named his production company.
  • Hipster: The closest thing Team Snob has to one. There's a reason he's called "The Indie Movie Guy" and "Hipster Dave".
  • Hollywood Atheist: Refers to Christians in the movies he watch as "fucking insane" and chastises the main character of War Room for believing in a "make believe deity." In real life, however, he really doesn't give a fuck as long as no one is pushing their beliefs on him.
  • Official Couple: With Sarah.
  • Only Sane Man: He's easily the most analytical of the group, even when his emotions get in the way.
  • Name McAdjective: Cunty McMomface.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Is usually never seen without a cigarette.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After watching movies such as Temptation, Scary Movie 5, and Man of Steel, he got to see Pacific Rim, a movie he had been anticipating and liked.

    Leslie Jones 
Brad Jones' mom.
  • Cool Old Lady: Being Brad's mom doesn't hurt either.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was credited as Lemon Drink Lady in Brad & Jerrid review The Room.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
    Brad: That's how you introduced yourself to my mom.
    Jake: Hell yeah it was. "Hi ya doing, my name is Jake, I also love pussy, we at least have one thing in common that we can talk about right now, is pussy, let's talk about that."
    Brad: My mom looks at me, "I like where this guy's head is at."
  • One of the Guys: Aside of the fact she is indeed Brad's mom, she is treated the same (and has similar opinions and sense of humor) as the rest of the Team.
  • Open-Minded Parent: An open lesbian and allowed Brad to basically watch whatever he wanted when he grew up. His first movie was even National Lampoon's Vacation!
  • Team Mom: Literally, in Brad's case.

    Ryan 

Ryan Mitchelle / Trident Guy

A film editor for various films, many by The Asylum, who is the director of Paranoia, The Cinema Snob Movie (and its sequel) and Jesus, Bro!


  • Badass Bystander: In Sharknado 2, where he kills a shark with a trident.
  • The Bus Came Back: After disappearing from Midnight Screenings for several years due to living in a different city (Los Angeles), he returned to host the Patreon Spin-Off Midnight Screenings LA with his regular collaborator AJ Young. Following production on Another Cinema Snob Movie, he moved back to Illinois and again became a regular for the core series.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer/Hidden Depths: Edits for various films, many by The Asylum, and is noted by Brad to be the most professional one in Team Snob, which is why he ended up directing The Cinema Snob Movie
  • Innocent Bystander: As Dave nearly assaults Irving in the Tyler Perry's Temptation review.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Lampshaded by Brad as Ryan is the only one who has a "real job".
  • Special Guest: In the Midnight Screenings Sharknado 2 review, as he made a cameo in the film.

    Laura Luke Jones 
Brad Jones' wife.

Former Members of Team Snob

    Jerrid 

Jerrid Foiles

  • Bus Crash: Parodied—Brad's character in Brad and Irving says he was last seen boarding a plane with Henry Blake.
  • Dumb Muscle: Had a tendency to play these types of characters due to his size and intimidating appearance.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Baldy McGiggles" and "Mister Potatohead", thanks to Jake.
  • The Hyena: Laughs a lot. See above for what his nickname is.
  • Put on a Bus: According to Brad himself, Jerrid was fired due to personal problems during filming and due to him saying nasty things about Jillian to the fans behind her back, though they have reconciled since.
    • Commuting on a Bus: Appearances in 80's Dan, "Brad Tries Aether Cola", and the occasional Midnight Screenings.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: A platonic example with Brad. They have a very on-again, off-again friendship.

    Jake 

Jake Norvell / Angry Jake / Madagascar Guy

  • Abusive Parents/Cerebus Retcon: Jake's reason why he hates kids being mistreated was due to living in a home wrought with domestic abuse.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Mistreatment of children/pedophilia, it seems. See: his reaction to That's My Boy, and why he had to miss Zookeeper.
    • In the words of Jake himself 'I hate puns!'
    • Adam Sandler, even before That's My Boy.
    • In the review of The Internship, he points out that he hates First World Problems.
    • In his review of the worst films of 2013, he points out that he hates being referred to in the context of other fictional Jakes ("Oh, you're Jake, like Jake from _____!"), including "Jake from State Farm" (he said that two separate workers in a McDonald's called him that right before the video), and the lead character in Free Birds:
      Jake: I AM NOT THE ONLY GODDAMN PERSON WHO IS NAMED JAKE ON THE FUCKING PLANET, PEOPLE!!!
  • Butt-Monkey: Brad keeps sending him to watch bad movies just to laugh at his pain. Also because any video featuring Jake usually get the greatest amount of hits.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: He's frequently fumbling for a cigarette after a bad movie. A good part of the The Smurfs 2 video is him looking for a cigarette lighter and then cackling in delight finding one.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Is likely to give off one of these after watching a kids movie.
  • Commonality Connection: When meeting Brad's mother (who's a lesbian) he decided to lay the foundation of their friendship by saying, "We both have one thing in common; we both love pussy."
  • Embarrassing Nickname: 'Madagascar Guy'
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Claimed to have formed this relationship with Irving after the two of them saw The Smurfs together.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: There's a reason he's Angry Jake. His tirades against bad puns in particular are quite a sight!
  • Hidden Depths: He works two jobs. One as a pizza delivery driver and another as, of all things, a masseur.
  • Humiliation Conga: Seems to suffer this at the hands of theatre staff while going to see kids movies.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappeared after a personal conflict between he and Brad over a girl they both showed interest.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight man to Irving's wise guy. See above.
  • Spiders Are Scary: He hates spiders with a passion equal to bad puns. During the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods midnight review he steps out of the car and asks Jillian to kill one, refusing to return until it's gone.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Whenever he sees a movie that isn't outright torture.
    "I've saw a good movie today. I've got nothing."
    • Pretty much demanded by viewers after seeing That's My Boy, where his rage was so great as to invoke Tranquil Fury viewers plead to Brad to let him see a good movie. Not too long after, he "guest starred" in the The Amazing Spider-Man video, where the first question was "Why are you here?"
    • The Croods is a family movie that was smart, entertaining for adults, contained no puns except a visual one, and the children in the audience at the midnight screening were adorable and well-behaved. It was the opposite of everything that The Smurfs did to drive him mad.
    • He definitely had a great time in The LEGO Movie, Frozen, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
    • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods was a pure moment of fanboy joy for Jake.
  • Tranquil Fury: He often starts like this. He doesn't usually end a review like it though.
  • Un-person: Since May 2015, Brad, nor any other members of Team Snob have kept up correspondence with him.
    • Current videos for Midnight Screenings that reference older videos that Jake was a part of often tend to leave him out when they're brought up.
    • Averted (in the "not even mentioned" sense) in the Jesus, Bro! 12-hour livestream, in which numerous commenters asked Team Snob about Jake - Dave and Irving made verbally clear that they had burned their bridges with him and were just as glad to be rid of him as Brad was.
    • Subverted in the Midnight Screenings for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales where at one point, when Brad briefly talks about their experience seeing the previous Pirates film On Stranger Tides (which Jake was a part of) he refers to the video having "Shit-for-Brains" in it, a clear reference to Jake.

    Jillian 

Jillian Zurawski

  • A Day in the Limelight: She was the anchor of Softly From Cable (which sadly only lasted two episodes and a couple of scenes in other reviews).
  • Amicably Divorced: With Brad.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may seem like one of the saner members of the cast, but when she gets angry, watch out.
    • She's also not above winding Jake up for laughs.
  • Bi the Way: She mentions being bisexual in the Silent Hill: Revelations midnight review.
  • Fangirl: Plays this Up to Eleven for the Breaking Dawn Part 2 Review.
  • Fanservice: Had a brief topless scene in The Cinema Snob Movie.
  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: Her last name is pronounced "zuh-ROW-ski".
  • Made of Iron: She's prone to drinking things that make other people cry and barely turning a hair.
  • Put on a Bus: She hasn't appeared in a Midnight Screening video since August 2014. Unlike Jerrid, it's not for personal problems, it's simply because she doesn't like doing them anymore.
  • Troll: Both in-universe and out-universe. In-universe, she pretended that her favorite movie was Moment By Moment to get the Snob to review it (when she'd never actually seen it), and out-universe, she spends most of her Midnight Screening of R.I.P.D with Jake making him angrier and angrier and laughing as he rages.
  • Typecasting: She tends to end up in roles played for Fanservice.

    Violet 

Violet Rinorea

  • Ascended Fanboy: Was a fan of Brad's when they met in early 2015. Since they started dating, she's started showing up in his videos, particularly Midnight Screenings.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Lives in a different state than the rest of Team Snob, so there were sometimes long periods of time between her appearances on the site.
  • Put on a Bus: She stopped appearing on the site after she broke up with Brad.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Probably her most noticeable feature. Sometimes combines it with red lipstick for extra effect.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The "tomboy" to Sarah's "girly girl."
  • Valley Girl: To an extent; she's compared herself to Lynda from Halloween and commenters have pointed out how frequently she uses the word "like" as a filler word.
  • Youthful Freckles: Is the youngest of Team Snob, and the only one to have freckles (or, at least, the only one to have freckles prominent enough to be seen on video).

     Brian 

"Flaming" Brian Lewis / Drunk Brian / Slaver Brian

  • Amicably Divorced: With Sarah.
  • Badass Beard: Has a bushy, lumberjack beard.
  • Berserk Button: While not as bad as when it first started, he is quick to shut down, down play, and ignore that having been labeled Slaver Brian ever happened.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: What he reviews on Flaming Brian's Kitchen.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Slaver Brian.
  • Gargle Blaster: What he drinks in the "sister series" to Brad Tries, Drunk Brian Tries.
  • The Lancer: He's usually paired with Brad, and appears in just as many videos.
  • Lethal Chef: He has a show in which he tries out different insanely hot chili sauces, which he makes his friends try, usually by dipping otherwise palatable food in them.
  • Official Couple: With Offscreen Leddie.
  • One Steve Limit: There are actually two Brians in Team Snob, but the other goes by his last name, Irving.
  • Put on a Bus: Brad revealed on a livestream that Brian chose to retire from working on Brad's shows. He did note the parting was amicable...
    • ...except Brian later revealed that he left Team Snob in part because he believed #ChangeTheChannel's accusations against Channel Awesome, and that he hasn't spoken to Brad since his departure. He has made other comments alluding to Artist Disillusionment.
  • The Stoic: Compared to everyone else, he doesn't get worked up over so many things.

    Leddie 

Leddie Alexander Lewis / Off-Screen Leddie

  • Corpsing: Rare, but it happens (see Cunty McMomface.)
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Off-Screen Leddie is off screen.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: Technically at almost every movie Brian Lewis (her husband) attends, she either is scrunched down in the back seat, or running the camera (depending on how many people are there). In The Bye Bye Man, she's hiding herself behind the passenger seat. She briefly appears at the end of the Paranormal Activity 4 review.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Though not by choice. Brian had to beg Leddie go with him to see Grown Ups 2, with the promise that they'd see Pacific Rim beforehand (she really didn't want to see Adam Sandler). Twenty minutes into the Rim, the projector crapped out. There was no such mercy at Grown Ups 2.
    • The other members of the team bring up how often he takes her to bad movies and that while she's a trooper, they don't understand why she lets him get away with it.
    • The trope is even parodied in the Brian & Dave Worst of 2013", where he tells a story of convincing Leddie to go see Oblivion (2013) as part of a special AMC program, where he jokes about the possibility of this happening:
      Brian: (as AMC employee) Well, the projector for Oblivion broke, so were just gonna play Grown Ups 2 again.
      Dave: (laughing) She would've dumped your ass after that.
  • Put on a Bus: As her husband, Brian, has left Team Snob, it's unlikely that she'll come back either.
  • The Voice: You won't even know she's there until either she's specifically asked a question or something makes her break.

    Allison Pregler 
Because Allison Pregler lived close to Brad, she became his frequent Midnight Screenings co-reviewer for bad animated films and RiffTrax'' presents events (and the occasional comedy).
  • Canon Immigrant: From her own shows to Brad's.
  • Un-person: Following the #ChangeTheChannel controversy, she abruptly stopped appearing on Midnight Screenings, which became apparent after she was absent from the Sherlock Gnomes review without any acknowledgment from Team Snob. This coincided with Brad and Allison unfollowing each other on social media, and Brad has avoided mentioning her on later episodes. It later emerged that some jerk sent a police officer to disrupt Laura's father's funeral with information that Brad was trying to kill himself, and both of them blame Allison personally for it. Allison herself disputed being responsible for the incident.


Alternative Title(s): Midnight Screenings, Eighties Dan

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