Lewis Jeffrey Lovhaug (born August 19, 1987) is an internet reviewer from Minnesota, best known as Linkara, the host of Atop the Fourth Wall, as well as the host of History of Power Rangers, an overview of the Power Rangers franchise.
He is married to Viga Gadson of both Viga Loves Comics and Idols of Anime fame.
Among the stuff he's produced:
- Atop the Fourth Wall: Lovhaug's main series, where he (mostly) looks at bad comic books using the persona of "Linkara."
- History of Power Rangers: A lookback at the whole of Power Rangers.
- Lightbringer: A webcomic he did briefly before becoming an internet reviewer. It has since been discontinued and Lovhaug is not proud of it.
- Revolution of the Mask: Lovhaug's other webcomic, and which he's much more proud of.
- A Voice from the Dark: An Audio Play in the vein of the Channel Awesome crossover specials, even featuring a lot of ex-Channel Awesome talent.
- Late Night Double Feature: A series started in late-2020 in which he briefly reviews two different horror movies which share a similar theme, often comparing the two.
- Winter of '83: An Analog Horror series released on April 1, 2022, which explores a mysterious mass disappearance in the town of Fawn's Circle, Minnesota.
Tropes that apply to Lewis Lovhaug:
- Actually Pretty Funny: While he didn't care for Power/Rangers (Bootleg Universe), he admitted to laughing his ass off at the Hip-Hopkaido scene.
- Alter-Ego Acting: Lovhaug has occasionally referred to "the Linkara character" in interviews and commentaries, but at the same time also calls him, "basically me with the volume turned way up".
- Can't Un-Hear It: Due to the character having yet to be adapted into a mainstream medium that would give him a voicenote the whiny, wangsty voice he uses for Superboy-Prime has become this for the character. Lovhaug himself stated he was unsure of how he felt about this status when asked and informed about it during one of his Hitman (2016) livestreams precisely due to its nature as a mocking parody.
- Creator Backlash:
- A variant - Lovhaug has stated that in retrospect he wasn't happy with how the Walker Brothers characterized Linkara in the Channel Awesome anniversary specials, feeling that he was written to be too much of a Jerkass and basically became "The Nostalgia Critic but with comic books."
- On a lighter note, Lovhaug has also expressed great regret over not having been able to voice Superman in the "Superman vs. Goku" episode of Death Battle.
- He's embarrassed by the self-published novels he wrote in high school, Epic Fantasy novels with a Gary Stu stand-in who adopts the messianic name "Linkara". Whenever they're brought up, he ends up asking that people don't track down the first two and only look for the third, which he is the least embarrassed by.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Downplayed; Lovhaug will use words like "hell", "damn", "bitch", and "ass", but pointedly avoids words like "fuck", "shit", and certain other heavy curse words. In instances where he has to read dialogue that use those words, he bleeps himself. Lovhaug has said that he does this primarily since he feels that the reviews are generally better off without the swearing anyway and it also makes them come across as (somewhat) more professional by consequence.
- Keet: According to Noah Antwiler, Lewis has so much energy he insisted on filming their crossover right after doing Kickassia for eight hours straight.Noah Antwiler: I was like "Were you not there when we invaded Molassia??" Then he told me "Yeah, just get a nap in the car. You'll be fine."
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He values kindness, compassion, decency, and his and Viga's cats Starfire and Chieri.
- Minnesota Nice: He is from Minnesota and often displays a kinder demeanor than his colleagues.
- Old Shame:
- When he was 13, he wrote a Self-Insert Fic crossing over Pokémon: The Series, Digimon Adventure, and Sailor Moon, copying a story from a Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama. He actually brought that up to Bennett and had him make fun of it.
- There are his self-published novels, which, while not nearly as bad as above examples, still show that Linkara has come far as a writer since he wrote them (on the bright side, they contain what may well be the origin of his nickname).
- He admitted during Magfest 9 that the early chapters of Lightbringer were written when he was "young and opinionated", saying he'd even given up on editing them.
- Precision F-Strike: While Lovhaug is generally civil and by and large trys to avoid using harder kinds of profanity, Mike Michaud struck a particular chord by creating a "response" to the #ChangeTheChannel controversy, to which Lovhaug ultimately responded by telling Michaud to "not fucking tell" him to be happy about being contractually obligated to be in the anniversary movies.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: After he moved into an apartment with Iron Liz, so did Linkara. Likewise, after he and Gadson moved into a house, the apartment was written out, using realistic outcomes as the reason In-Universe (namely, Linkara's rent getting hiked up after the neighboring tenants complained about the battles). The second move Lewis and Viga did was also written in (In-Universe, the result of Linkara testing out a security measure resulting in blowing up the old house — and damaging Linkara's reputation so much that the new house is in Viga's name).
- Tempting Fate: Preparing for his review of Secret Empire, Lewis posted on Twitter a question about a man in a weird helmet — only to be utterly surprised to learn it was Isaac Newton.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: He's said he has no interest in this, even back when he was a kid. That said, ScrewAttack did once contact him to voice Superman in the Superman vs. Goku episode of DEATH BATTLE!, but he couldn't as he was busy at the moment and has since expressed regret that he didn't make time to do it.
- We Used to Be Friends:
- As with virtually all former members of Channel Awesome, Lovhaug doesn't have a high opinion on the Walker Brothers (and, by extension, Brad Jones and his associates) after the #ChangeTheChannel controversy.
- In his playthroughs of DOOM (2016) and Fallout: New Vegas, he's also admitted this has befallen his friendship with Noah Antwiler; while he refused to comment why, it's likely due to Antwiler's personal issues.