Follow TV Tropes


Heartwarming / The Cynical Brit

Go To

  • This video sums up about four years of TotalBiscuit's life: He was basically screwed over by the system, forced back to the UK and away from his wife and stepson, and while living with depression that they can't be with each other for around four years, bouncing around job after job trying to earn enough to get a visa to return to the US through the recession until finally Husky Starcraft has a Big Damn Heroes moment giving TB his place in The Game Station, and now finally he and Genna (his wife) can be together again.
  • For all his snarky straight man behavior, it's quite obvious TB cares about and respects his friends a great deal. Yes, even Jesse. For example, this video on the subject of 'selling out.'
  • Crank, a pro Starcraft II player recently without a team, has all but accepted that he will not be attending MLG this year because he can't afford it while being teamless. TB's response? He/his wife looks into the situation and decides to sponsor his flight and transportation to the event. They run into a new problem however, in that the MLG passes are sold out, but amongst the Silent Majority of TB's subscriber base, a Reddit user gives his own MLG pass to Crank, thus ensuring that he can be participating in the events.
    • More heartwarming now that TotalBiscuit and his wife have started a pro Starcraft team with Crank as its first member
  • Advertisement:
  • During his FTL: Faster Than Light Livestream, a Mantis by the name of Charlie is added to TB's crew. And after having massacrered his way through crew after crew from enemy ships, he's killed, offscreen, in a Random Event. TB's response to said event being a mix of Big "NO!", Big "WHAT?!" and You Bastard! - what gets it here though, is how sad he sounds when he sees that Charlie's streak was the best he's ever had.
    TB (Upon seeing scoreboard with Charlie on it): Charlie... Rest in Peace Charlie. Sixteen combat kills to his name.
  • Most of this VLOG, in which he talks about giving to causes, why he promotes donation drives and his reasons for backing any charity.
    • For those who just want a summary: It is in TB's opinion that you should never feel bad for wanting to help others, and that a person who goes out of their way to do so (when it is within their means) should never be vilified, they should be praised. Yes, there is almost always someone worse off than the person you're helping, but what's important is that people do what they can.
  • Advertisement:
  • This video, based on the recent (at time of writing) shooting in Connecticut. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome as he calls out the Media's behavior surrounding the incident.
  • TB proposing to Genna during the WoW Radio days:
    TB: "Genna, will you marry me?"
    TB: "Is that a yes?"
    Genna: "YES!"
    • And, in reference to his very first show on WoW Radio, the episode of Titan (the short-lived show the now-married duo did together) was titled "An 'EPIC' Proposal".
  • John taking the time to publicly admit that he might have cancer, and reminding everyone to not ignore the symptoms. Especially if they are embarrassing.
  • The dedication of his "Trending Gamer" award at The Game Awards to a fan of his who had been diagnosed with bone cancer and gone through Make-A-Wish to try and meet him. TB said that he couldn't do it because the request got to him only a short time before he himself was diagnosed with colon cancer and started to undergo treatment, but said that he never forgot about that fan and honored him in his acceptance speech for the award.
  • Third tweet to go out after John announced the cancer had gone into total remission? A thank you and appreciation for the medical science and those who practice it.
  • His defence of Co-Optional guest Laura K Buzz when she received transphobic harassment after her second appearance on the show, which also doubles as a CMOA.
  • For the Polaris Civil War event, TB chose to pick Sips as his third teammate, saying that Sips had developed greatly as a personality and friend ever since their first encounter in which Sips begged him to say his name, and that he wanted to make Sips happy. This was undermined slightly by Jesse's snarking at Sips' expense.
  • While his announcement that he'd been diagnosed with cancer again is a huge Tear Jerker, particularly considering that this time it's supposedly inoperable, the sheer level of support that he's had from all corners of the internet is truly heartwarming. Even Turpster, Movie Bob and Brianna Wu, who aren't exactly on the best of terms with him, took time out to wish him the best.
  • A gut-busting game of Superfight sent TB to the hospital because he strained himself from laughing so much. You could hear everyone's tone make a complete 180 once TotalBiscuit's pain starts affecting him.
  • TotalBiscuit talks about living with stage-4 cancer
    • Especially: "You play the hand the you're dealt, you do the best you can, you don't give up on it. Because it's not just giving up on your life, it's giving up on everyone that's ever been touched by what you've done: your friends, your family, pets for god's sake. You want to be there for them. They deserve to have you there for them. And the only way that that's going to happen is if you keep fighting."
  • Shortly after his passing became public knowledge, Blizzard Entertainment, the company whose products he began his career covering, paid tribute to his consumer advocacy and passion toward their products.
    • On September 12th, 2018, Blizzard took their support a step further and announced the TotalBiscuit Commemorative Bundle for sale on their online store. A special DLC pack for Starcraft 2, the pack contained special chat badges, player portraits, and other limited time cosmetic goodies. The best part? 100% of the bundle's proceeds goes to support his widow Genna and their son Orion.
  • An official GoFundMe campaign was created to help ease the financial burden on TB's family in the wake of his passing. Thanks to individual donations and charity streams run by the likes of Boogie2988 and other streamers, the campaign busted through its goals, raising $220,000 in four days.
  • At MAGFest 2019, Frank Klepacki dedicated a live performance of Red Alert 2s' Grinder to TotalBiscuit, lamenting the fact that TB couldn't have been there in person to hear it.


Example of: