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Bennett White, a.k.a. Bennett the Sage, is an Internet video producer formerly on Channel Awesome, whose matter-of-fact style contrasted with the more theatrical reviewers on the site. He can now be found here and on his own site. He also voices a hapless announcer on Zone Archive's YouTube series.

Bennett currently hosts two series:

  • Anime Abandon, where he looks at vintage anime primarily from the '80s and the '90s, some classics, and some terrible ones. This series is closer to the entertainment-based sketch reviews done by other Channel Awesome contributors, although it has gone through a number of changes in format and has essentially been rebooted as of mid-2019.
  • Oldtaku, New Tricks, where he gives his thoughts on newer anime. This is more of a discussion of likes and dislikes rather than the scripted review style of AA.

He previously hosted:

  • Sage Reviews, in which he covered recent video games in a traditional analytical review style (ie, to help viewers decide whether or not to purchase them) rather than purely for entertainment. He announced its formal retirement in November 2013, citing waning interest in covering video games (likely not helped with the collapse of Blistered Thumbs) with his final review being The Last of Us.
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  • Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre, in which he performed Dramatic Readings of the worst of the worst of Fan Fiction out there. Retired in January 2011.
  • Super Toolshed, a podcast he did with his friend Marc Swintnote , in which they talked about pretty much whatever they felt like. Marc confirmed on Twitter that they weren't doing it anymore.
  • Sage Vs., a vlog series where he reviewed new movies released on a weekly basis with one or more of his friends.
  • Taggin' In, a YouTube-exclusive vlog series dedicated to discussing WWE pay-per-view events.
    • Bennett has not said one way or the other, but the latter two series appear to be at least on indefinite hiatus, if not completely dead.note 

On occasions, Bennett also made regular cameos in other TGWTG personalities' videos, where he portrayed himself with a sadistic persona, thanks to an early crossover with Ask That Guy with the Glasses. From 2009 until 2012, he did an annual anime review crossover with the Spoony One (which led to the creation of Anime Abandon), and he also made frequent appearances on The JesuOtaku Anime Review, where he subjected them to truly horrendous softcore garbage.

    Titles reviewed on Anime Abandon 
In release order except for the parenthetical cases:

    Titles reviewed on Oldtaku, New Tricks 

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  • The Abridged Series: Elfen Lied Abridged, which is currently on an "indefinite hiatus".
  • Accentuate the Negative:
    • 90% of Bennett's game reviews focus on the negative aspects of whatever he's reviewing, and unlike the Anime Abandon reviews, the negativity is played completely straight instead of done in a bombastic, jokey manner. It seems like the only triple-A FPS title he genuinely liked over the past few years were Killzone 3 and Resistance 3, two titles he really gushes over, while cross-platform and Xbox titles tend to get much more critical treatment.
    • Sometimes averted in Anime Abandon reviews. Even if Sage doesn't like a certain anime he will acknowledge some of its good points, or in the case of AKIRA and Neon Genesis Evangelion, their influence on anime culture as a whole. This is especially evident in his review of Perfect Blue, which he says he doesn't hate but doesn't really like either, and that he can tell it was Satoshi Kon's first film since certain parts of it feel weak compared to his later work.
  • Actor Allusion: In a cutaway gag in the Samurai Champloo review, Marc's playing Street Fighter V, a game he helped localize. Naturally he's playing as Necalli, the character he voices.
  • Aerith and Bob: Points this out in Iria:
    Yes, in a world of Irias and Zeirams, there is Bob.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • Brought up in Urotsukidoji; granted, it is a hentai.
    • Suave, his smoking jacket-wearing, scotch-sipping Casanova Wannabe character.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In Sage's Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time review, he points out why he hates this trope and how it needs to stop. The discussion comes back up in the movie's Nuts and Bolts video.
  • Amoral Attorney: Bennett has one as a gag in his review of Plastic Little that involves him lording knowledge over the lawyer's head of the lawyer skipping Passover to help a client screw over an ex-spouse and using his legal partner's slush fund to pay for a trip (and threats of calling the lawyer's grandmother and the California Bar over the respective matters) to force said lawyer into helping Bennett cover his ass after learning the two leads are under 18.
  • Anime Accent Absence:
    • Sage notes in his review of Fake that the plot makes no sense when the show isn't a dub, because the reveal that the (British) killer, who has been targeting Japanese tourists, now attacks a specific main character based on someone noting that one of the (American) characters is half Japanese makes no sense when everyone, even the killer, is speaking flawless Japanese.
    • In the Wild Cardz review, the introduction of the racist Chinese caricature leads Sage to point out that a scene in Black Lagoon in which the Taiwanese Shenhua threatens to kill Revy for making fun of her bad English doesn't have nearly the same impact in the original Japanese audio.
      All I'm saying is that this moment, and many more like it, make way more sense in English than it does in Japanese. If you're going to have your character speak a language other than what the audience is hearing, don't draw attention to it.
  • Animesque: Bennett has dedicated blocks of episodes for reviewing Western works with heavy anime influence, including Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Lady Death: The Movie, and Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
  • Art Evolution: In the commentary for Mad Bull 34, Marc the Engineer notes the horrible animation from the earlier episodes of Anime Abandon, and says that will change in upcoming episodes. Cue the next review, Apocalypse Zero, where Censor Kaiser goes from his original still shot to an updated animated version based on the Laughing Man logo.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Uttered in Virgin Fleet when Sage finds out the class president survived being shot out of the sky by The Baroness. He promptly snaps.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • When he hangs around Ask That Guy. GOODNESS.
    • Sage finally snaps in the Virgin Fleet episode, where he tosses the titular series DVD into the ocean.
  • Awesome Art: invoked Sage will give even the worst animes credit if they have good art and/or animation. In his review of X, for instance, he makes clear that he thinks it's absolutely gorgeous before tearing it to pieces.
  • Awesome Music: Invoked by Sage for Dominion Tank Police's opening theme.! [...] What DuckTales is to the Disney kids, Tank Police is to 30-something otakus.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Sage has a few:
      • Hearing Kuwabara's name mispronounced as "Kuwahara"note  in the dub of Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report. He yells so loud it echoes.
      • Susan Sommers, a character that enraged him so much that he went as far as to claim that Naru Narusegawa was a better character, and then later drove him to break off the review and walk out of the room to have a screaming, expletive-laden rant that lasted for nearly a minute.
      • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male is a trope that he particularly dislikes. This was one of his biggest gripes about the three Love Hina films and Inuyasha: had the relationship dynamics been reversed, everyone would call the main characters' relationships in both shows abusive, but because of the gender flip it's expected to be seen as funny or even romantic. He takes great pleasure in often showing how those scenes are almost identical (except for the gender swap) to scenes you'd see in a Lifetime Movie of the Week, such as Kagome assaulting InuYasha because he's more excited about the ramen (that she brought) than the food she prepared, or Keitaro cringing and begging to not be hurt in expectation of a blow from Naru after a bit of Accidental Pervertedness.
      • He doesn't care for self-righteous characters one bit, especially if they themselves have done quite a few not-so-kosher deeds.
      • Gratuitous Rape, big time, along with works that handle rape in an exceptionally poor manner or just play it as a joke.
      • Doomed Megalopolis manages to push several of the above at once. A character goes so far as to rape his own sister then has the balls to whine about having to take care of her in her madness (which he is entirely responsible for) to someone who actually does care about her. Sage calls him out on what a pathetic, vile piece of shit he is every chance he gets.invoked
      • Atrocious dubs. Sage knows that a lot of 80s and 90s dubs aren't very good, but the truly bad ones really get under his skin, and Central Park Media is a frequent target of his ire for the consistently poor dubs it gave its anime releases. He has a lengthy rant in the middle of the Sins of the Sisters review regarding its terrible dub, and Bennett and Marc discuss bad dubs during the review's Nuts and Bolts commentary.
    • Apparently for Marc the Engineer, using two dashes and a carat as an arrow in a review instantly wrecks the quality of the video, according to the Mad Bull 34 commentary.
    • AA reviews have also seen Sage trip other creators' buttons:
      • The Macross Plus review has Rob Paulsen strangling him over his comments on Evangelion.
      • Doug Walker actually pulls a gun on Sage during the MD Geist review when Sage starts to make a Dune reference. Rob Walker pops in and finishes the line, and Doug chases him out of the room, screaming and shooting.
  • Bias Steamroller:
    • He's made it clear that he has a strong dislike for cuteness in general and especially characters and titles that overuse it, citing the Love Hina Christmas Special, Devil Hunter Yohko, and Ryo-ohki when the character becomes an extremely cutesy humanoid. The notable exception is Yomiko Readman, as he sees her cuteness as a consequence of her personality and not the driving force of her character.
    • He's also made it very clear that he hates vampires and dislikes almost any works revolving around them, with the exceptions of From Dusk Till Dawn, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and Castlevania (2017). In his Blood: The Last Vampire review, he stated that this hatred comes from how overly romanticized vampires have become in media, resulting in excessive levels of bemoaning how they are monsters, often to the point of Wangst. The only stories revolving around the creatures of the night that he somewhat enjoys either have very few, if any, of them or treat them as genuinely terrifying monsters with no redeeming aspects.
    • While he's pretty indifferent to shonen, one thing that he despises that's a recurring trend for the genre is Tournament Arcs, as they come across as just mindless slug fests that put the plot on hold for characters to fight each other and waste time.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: He says that the entirety of Doomed Megalopolis is this, since while the scenes leave an impact on the viewer they're perfunctory to the plot.
  • Big "NO!":
    • When Sage realizes that Marc the Engineer has sent him the InuYasha movie to review, he does several long "Noooooooooooo"s while doing different things like eating and even sleeping, all while holding the DVD case.
    • Invoked in the My My Mai review when Sage uses Al Pacino's "NOOOOOOOOO!" at the climax of The Devil's Advocate to address an incredibly stupid question, as he couldn't give one that would do it justice.
    • When Sage pranks Savage at the end of the Samurai Shodown review:
      [Sage holds up the DVD case for the Tekken OVA]
      Savage: *tearing his shirt off* YEEEESSSS!!!
      [Sage drops it, revealing the case for the Psychic Force OVA]
      Savage: *tearing his shirt off* NOOOOOOOO!!!
  • Big "WHAT?!": Ninja Resurrection's Bolivian Army Ending causes Sage to stare blankly at the camera for a few seconds then yell "WHAT?!"
  • Bishōnen: Dislikes the trope, as seen in the Devil Hunter Yohko, Fatal Fury, and Armitage III reviews.
    I know that I'm a mostly straight male and I'm not supposed to get it, but I just feel like women who like men who look like women are probably lying to themselves a little.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The review of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland ends with Sage wistfully reminiscing about Video Droid, a local video rental store which was a staple of his youth and which outlasted many of the chain rental stores but couldn't weather the revenue losses after the fires that swept through Santa Rosa in 2017.
  • Black Sheep Hit:invoked "The Top Ten Worst Songs (By Otherwise Good Artists)", Sage's video done to cover for Todd in the Shadows.
  • Blackmail: The review of Plastic Little sees Sage do this to his lawyer to force him to help cover his ass over the fact that the two leads, Tita and Elysse, are respectively 17 and 16, by threatening his lawyer with calls to both the lawyer's grandmother (the real reason he skipped Passover being trying to help a client screw his ex out of alimony) and the California Bar (the lawyer's last vacation was payed for a slush fund the lawyer's legal partner had).
  • Blind Mistake: Sage plays pranks on Gabe involving these after Gabe completely blinds himself.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • In his review of Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, after he sees and hears Hauer, he coughs into a tissue and gasps not just at the blood, but also that it's purple and covered in glitter.
    • He does this as part of his Heroic RRoD during the Ninja Resurrection review.
  • Bound and Gagged: Sage does this to Film Brain in the Golgo 13 review to prevent him from doing his usual "Symbolism!" line...with duct tape.
    Not on my show, Cupcake.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • When reading My Immortal, the caption states that he couldn't decide whether to voice a character as gay or annoying, so he made the character sound annoyingly gay.
    • From his Teknoman review:
      Old Man Sage: Now, Saban wasn't perfect by any means, but they knew what we wanted. What we wanted was giant robots, ninjas, and giant robot ninjas.
  • Brick Joke: At the beginning of his Venus Wars review Sage discusses the nature of comedy and talks about how if he inserted a random fart or if he telegraphed it coming too much, they would both fail as jokes for different reasons. He then looks directly at the camera for several seconds in silence with a smug smile on his face... and moves on to talk about something else. Then, during the end credits of the video it suddenly cuts back to Sage for a moment to play a fart sound.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • He's particularly incensed by this subplot in Doomed Megalopolis, though his objection has less to do with it being incest and more with it being rape. Presumably if the movie had gone with the book version where the relationship between the two was actually consensual he would have had less of a problem with it.
    • Made fun of at length in X regarding Kotori and Fuuma.
    • Happens yet again in "Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (Part I)", with him noting that while it was just a wild guess in X that he got right, Gowcaizer straight up shoved it into his face, making him cringe badly.
    • He refers to the villains of Agent Aika as "pulling a Jaime and Cersei Lannister".
  • The Cameo:
  • Captain Obvious: Baoh is so full of them, Sage starts a "No Shit!" counter to see how many times people say the blatantly obvious.
  • Catch Phrase Interruptus: When reviewing E.Y.E.S. of Mars, the hero of the story, who goes by the name of Du/Doo, returns to his base, with several other characters yelling "Du! It's Du! Hey Du!"
    90's Kid: Duuuuuuuuuuuuu—!
    Sage: Shuttup!
    90's Kid: ... Well okay!?
  • Cat Girl: Discussed in the Dominion Tank Police review, in regards to the cat girl twins who are recurring antagonists. Sage notes that living with cats as a child soured him on the fanservice aspect of this particular character type. He's then distracted from his talk by the scene of Anni and Una doing a striptease...until a flashback to a cat yarking up a hairball wrecks everything.
  • Caustic Critic: Par for the course. Sage will destroy bad anime and doesn't hesitate to point out the flaws in good anime.
  • Cerebus Callback: Sage gouging out Gabe's eye in Jungle de Ikou! was played for Black Comedy back when it was filmed. In the Nuts and Bolts for the Sins of the Sisters review, Bennett admitted that this was such a hateful thing to do that he crafted the Sisters review's nightmarish eye trauma subplot to show that Sage has some deep-seated guilt over the act.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Sage torturing Critic, Ask That Guy, JesuOtaku and countless others was played for laughs, but in The Guyver not only does (actual) Sage call his other self "shadow of a shadow" and "a me that could have been", but he tries really hard to prove himself to Critic that he's not a bad guy and gets rejected thanks to Critic's new douchiness.
  • Cheap Heat: Sage considers the attempts to make hate sinks out of the gyaru girls in Very Private Lesson to be lazy and... well, cheap. He compares it to a heel trying to get boos from the audience by insulting the local sports team.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Sage is a master of the really pervy, unsettling grin; the second opening theme included a shot of him doing this. It helps that he has really prominent cuspids.
  • Chickification: One of his major complaints about the movie version of The Vision of Escaflowne is how it did this to Hitomi compared to her TV series incarnation, stripping her of all agency and turning her into a character who just has things happen to her. Also, by not having her divination powers from the show she's little more than a bystander.
  • Clark Kenting: When dealing with Pretty Sammy OVA series's handling of this trope, Sage is first flabbergasted, then points out the United States has the Trope Namer himself and thus can't comment on it.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Sage is no stranger to foul language, but in the "Genocyber Part I" review, he calls out Manga Entertainment for its tendency to load its early dubs with cursing to make them seem more adult and serious, and brings this up in a handful of other reviews.
    Ah yes, distracting and superfluous cursing. That's the Manga UK we all know and...tolerate.
  • Content Warnings: A small handful of episodes have featured viewer advisories, due to the anime being reviewed featuring disturbing material that goes above and beyond the normal fare. Bennett and Marc discussed this at the start of the Nuts and Bolts episode for Sins of the Sisters, noting that while some viewers were upset that this was done for that review, some were appreciative of the heads-up.
  • Country Matters: Sage has used this epithet in a number of reviews, particularly Angel Cop, Love Hina, Virgin Fleet, and Very Private Lesson, and it's his summation of Asuka Soryu and Susan Sommers. However, he has said that he wants to cut down on gendered profanity like this, because he knows how much it can offend the female members of his audience.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: invoked He feels Elfen Lied is inadvertently prone to this, as its tendency to make its villains cartoonishly evil so that viewers will still sympathize with Lucy causes them to become laughable. Similarly, Hiromi's death is so over-the-top melodramatic that it makes him break into laughter.
  • Crossover:
  • Cry Laughing: Gabe does this in the last shot of the InuYasha review. He stands and waves with a big smile on his face...but seeing as he's covered in Sage's "semen", his smile slowly breaks down into sobs of humiliated rage.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: invoked This is a major reason for his criticism of anime such as Elfen Lied, Devilman (and DEVILMAN crybaby), Violence Jack, and Gantz. He finds them too mercilessly bloody, misanthropic and nihilistic for their own good. This is much more prevelant with the latter two, as while Elfen Lied and Devilman have some hope and levity between the nihilism and cruelty, Violence Jack and Gantz...don't.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • Subverted during his Starchaser crossover with The Nostalgia Critic, while apparently getting orgasmic at the sight of the Critic breaking down upon realizing that both this film and the Garbage Pail Kids movie are distributed by the same company:
      Sage: *holds up bottle of lotion* Excuse me for a moment, folks. I've got some business to take care of. [cut to commercial]
      [cut back after commercial, he is rubbing his elbows] What? I have crusty elbows!
    • Used as a visual gag in the InuYasha review. Sage "masturbates" furiously to a particularly angsty scene, ending with an explosive "ejaculation" that, as we learn at the end of the episode, ended up all over Gabe. During the Nuts and Bolts commentary on the episode, Bennett and Marc talked at length about the difficulties with the scene, noting that Gabe had to endure being slathered with dish soap twice because that shot had to be redone.
    • The A.D. Police Files review focuses on a scene where a woman is apparently driven to compulsively masturbate by the cybernetic replacement for her uterus. Sage notes the disturbing nature of the scene...and then deliberately ruins it by replaying it with the audio replaced by "I Touch Myself".
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He explains that Yu Yu Hakusho roughly translates to "Poltergeist Report", making the movie's title YuYu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report being translated as "Poltergeist Report the Movie: Poltergeist Report". He decides to shorten it as PRTMPR and pronounces the acronym for the rest of the review.
  • Dirty Business: During the Violence Jack review, Mark invokes this to get Sage to review the series.
    Marc: I want you to do your FUCKING JOB! Because if you don't, someone else will And Then What??! You cashed in all your chips on being a clown on the Internet, and now you're backing away at the first sign of trouble! YOU CANNOT! LIVE THIS LIFE! WITHOUT OFFENDING SOMEONE!
  • Distanced from Current Events:invoked The reason he decides not to even touch the reference to earthquakes in Japan during the Doomed Megalopolis review.
  • Downer Ending:
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Brought up to the point of overuse in the Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre episode reading of "Until the End of Time".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Marc's noting that most Sonic fans treat Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie either with Fanon Discontinuity or booze leads Sage to respond with "Whelp, mama didn't raise me to be no liar." and pull out a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon. He kills three bottles of it over the course of the first half of the review.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: What Bennett thinks of Violence Jack. He later elaborates on this in the review itself, saying that it's actually very hard to say anything about it because of several reasons: he can't show the violence, he can't make jokes about it because there's basically no humour in it whatsoever (and he doesn't want to make jokes about gang-rape and child murder), and he doesn't hate it enough to rage at it.
  • Dull Surprise:
    • His criticism of several actors in Angel Cop.
      Brian Maynote : No, Lucifer... you've gone way too far already. We're not coming with you.
      Sage: [flatly] Oh, Bridgetnote ... you've gone mad with power; I will stop you, I hate you so muuuuuch...
    • He also calls out the voice acting in Armitage III for this, especially Elizabeth Berkley.
    • The wooden delivery of a character talking about her parents being killed in Maze leads Sage to scream "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACT!!!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Many of Sage's older works are considerably harsher, angrier, and contain some hypocritical content. Contrast to now, where he is somewhat more laid back and has a much more consistent moral compass.
  • Embarrassing First Name: During Plastic Little:
    Sage: This guy's name is Nicole? I didn't think it was possible for Spike Spencer to play a character whose parents hate him more than Shinji's. But I stand corrected!
  • Engrish: Invoked for parody with the "Spot the Engrish" gag where Sage shows a still clip and asks the viewers to spot the goofup, such as "carate" as Ryo Sakazaki's martial art in the Art of Fighting OVA review.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Occasionally comes up, though in JesuOtaku's review of Eiken he subverted it immediately afterwards by suggesting he wouldn't be as offended if it was a Gender Flip. His reaction suggests he wasn't far from the truth.
    • Played straight with his review of Violence Jack, where he couldn't bring himself to actually review it. That's right, the only person to make the Ask That Guy squeamish found something even he was too put off by to review. When commenters called him out on his apparent hypocrisy for reviewing the hyper-violent Elfen Lied, he countered in its Nuts and Bolts by noting that it has genuine moments of heart and lightness that counter its gore and make it able to be talked about, something completely absent from Violence Jack.
    • Jungle de Ikou! gets so disturbing that he has to cut the review short.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: During the Galaxy Express 999 review, Suave gushes over Captain Harlock, saying some rather...suggestive things about what he'd let Harlock do to him that leave Sage befuddled.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Sage and Suave both hate Love Hina, to the point that Suave renames Naru as "The Intolerable Bitch" and calls her a cunt. Bennett summarized his feelings about the show during a Q&A session at Mythicon 2014, although he does consider the manga a bit of a guilty pleasure despite the problems he has with it.
    • Even Suave thinks Akira from I Dream of Mimi is a scumbag due to how he treats Mimi with disdain and being even lower than ether Tenchi and Keitaro who at least care for the girls who are trying to get them. Even Suave shocked himself that he had actual standards.
    • Sage declares Ultimate Teacher too bizarre to review, and simply decides to break out some popcorn and soda and enjoy the ride. When Rob Walker comes in to berate him for the lazy non-review, it only takes twenty seconds of a clip from the show to reduce him to the same state.
    • At the end of the Green Green review, Suave says that there's a level of acceptable stupidity that goes along with trashy fanservice anime. The mark was cleared by I Dream of Mimi, abundantly cleared by Golden Boy, and even Eiken squeaked by. Green Green? Not even close.
      Suave: I shall put it to you as plainly as possible. It has enough cheesecake for an entire 24-hour Golden Girls marathon...and it's still not worth the headache. And this is coming from me!
  • Evil Is Sexy: Invoked by Sage during the X review when the Dragon of the Earth he dubs "Elvira" shows up.
    Goddammit, does evil have the market cornered for stacked chicks? Why can't the good guys load their side with bountiful blouse bunnies?!
  • Evil Laugh:
    • After the utter borefest of Odin, Sage needs something to clean his palate. What does he pull out, inspiring him to break into horrible laughter? Why, it's Dominion Tank Police!
    • Marc does an epic one as Sage learns that Marc has sent him a copy of the InuYasha movie to review.
  • Evil Overlord: What Sage would become if he had a Galaxy-Destroying Cannon.
  • Executive Meddling: invoked Parodied in the review of Twilight of the Cockroaches within the framing device of an episode of The Critic with Marc the Engineer taking the role of The Duke. He constantly interrupts Sage!Jay to demand cruder jokes to lower the entry barrier of his show's intellectual level.
  • Eyebrow Waggle: Suave does this at the camera at one point during the Eiken review:
    Densuke: This is ridiculous! Why am I in girls' swimwear competing in this game?! This is awful!
    Suave: Because perverted girls need their jollies too, little whelp...and certain fellas that don't mind details. *waggle*
  • Eye Scream:
    • During the Jungle de Ikou! review, Gabe tries to stop Sage from gouging his eyes out with scissors and ends up getting his left eye put out.
    • The Sins of the Sisters review features three jump scares featuring the "bloody eye socket" effect from Event Horizon.
    • During the Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence review, as Sage makes a joke about what people will do for high-def (in reference to the coroner plugging a fancy cable into a socket behind her eyes), Gabe proceeds to stick one end of a VGA cable into his good eye.
      Sage: [after hearing Gabe's scream] That one's on you!

    F - J 
  • Face Doodling: Gabe draws dicks on Sage's face after Tokyo Revelation puts him in an insanity-induced coma. Sage gets his revenge by making Gabe eat a bowl of Lego bricks.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Often done intentionally for the sake of humor, but sometimes Sage will ignore obviously plot-relevant stuff for the sake of humor. His Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie review had him joking about Ken meditating while Ryu is getting his butt kicked by Bison. Sage treats the scene like Ken is just re-leaning some old techniques, when the movie makes it clear that the damage Bison did to Ken has severely scrambled Ken's brain, to the point where he can barely stand up. He isn't meditating to regain any lost techniques, he's focusing his energies to try and regain the ability to walk so he can go save his friend.
  • Fan Disservice: Bennett isn't ashamed to use his body as part of a joke... even if it's only for this purpose, just like the "Diet Sexy" Coke flavor mention (with a drawing of him wearing barely nothing) when he rants about his earlier kill off on the fanfic from the "TGWTG Slashy Extravaganza" episode of Masterpiece Fanfiction Theatre. He takes this to an extreme at the end of his "Top 10 Anime Abandon Moments" episode when he recreates the "crotch grenades" scene from Mad Bull 34 (fortunately, he's wearing briefs).
  • Fanservice: Discussed every now and then, usually because of how badly it tends to be done.
    • Sage really doesn't like it when shows get fanservice wrong, especially when they clearly lack restraint and do things that are laced with Unfortunate Implications. He's also noted how Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil, and hates it when works depict most women in their casts as incompetent or nothing more than fanservice fodder. During his review of the 2012 Tomb Raider reboot, he also mentions that he was really rooting for it to be a good game, because he wanted there to be a strong, admirable woman to be a real icon in video games again. That being said, he will revel in fanservice that is done well, such as in Cutey Honey where he explains that he finds fanservice much easier to stomach if the character providing it is actually likable, citing Honey as one such character and also contrasting her with Naru Narusegawa, who he detests for her abrasive, abusive tendencies while noting how she fills a similar role in Love Hina.
    • When he reviews the Lady Death animated film and discusses the comic book it was based off of, he views its complete reliance upon sex appeal and unrealistic female body proportions very negatively, and gives the film's subpar animation and writing no passes because of it either.
    • In the Gunsmith Cats review, he mentions that he finds the brazenness of its fanservice to be rather charming.
  • Fangirl: He doesn't have any, as memorably said in his Mailbag video. He doesn't get why he has them, even.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Sage finds out that this is a real Sonic fanboy's views on Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
    Sage: How was the damage?
    Marc the Engineer: I don't know what you're talking about. It never happened.
    Sage: Marc, if this didn't happen, then what the hell am I holding? *gestures to video of the movie*
    Marc: Well it's certainly not the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, because it didn't happen.
    Sage: Marc, I don't know what you're—
    Marc: IT DIDN'T HAPPEN! Listen, lunchbox, I don't expect you to understand, so let me give it to you like this.
    *Marc goes on to list many Sonic games, including the less popular ones, and stating how they all "happened".
    Marc: THAT—
    Sage: *gesturing to the movie* This?
    Marc: DIDN'T HAPPEN!
    Sage: So, Sonic fans handled this...through denial.
    Marc: YES! Well—err—no. was either living a lie or booze.
  • Faux Symbolism: invoked
    • Brings this up in his Golgo 13 review, pointing out how the title character being named after Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified, as well as the number of people at the Last Supper is the most interesting thing about him as a character.
    • He also discusses this trope with regards to the work of Studio Gainax in his examination of FLCL.
    • He criticizes Æon Flux for its inconsistent use of Gnostic themes and symbols, asking at one point if Peter Chung just read the Cliffs Notes of Gnosticism and made a show about it.
  • Feigning Intelligence:
    • Oancitizen's appearances on the show are usually to claim that Sage's thoughts about the anime in question are doing this, although in the Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and Æon Flux reviews, Sage quite adroitly refutes him. Kyle even applauds after Sage finishes dissecting the latter.
    • The concept is lampshaded in the Doomed Megalopolis review, where Sage claims there is nothing as annoying as something pretending to be smarter than it is.
      ...What the fuck are you cutting back to me for?
  • Fetish: "I... have a naked lady fetish."
  • Finger Muzzle: Sage does this to Suave from his chair when Suave starts making bad jokes during the Battle Angel Alita review...while Suave's standing across the room.
    Suave: [beat] have a very long arm.
  • Formerly Fat: Bennett gained a lot of weight over the first few years of the show, but in 2017 he committed to a weight-loss regimen and lost over 100 pounds, as detailed here.
  • Freak Out: Has one in his Love Hina Spring Movie review during the song section, where he chants a parody of the tunnel scene poem from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and starts screaming before Marc comes in to snap Sage out of it.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the Ninja Resurrection review, when Sage has his full-on Heroic RRoD, there's a frame or two of Shiro of Amakusa's demonic face inserted in an homage to The Exorcist.
  • Fridge Horror:invoked
    • Sets in to some degree in Ninja Scroll when Sage gets to the scene where Jubei interrupts Tessai's rape of Kagero.
      [...] which actually begs the long was Jubei standing there watching Kagero getting raped? *beat* He's the good guy, right?
    • This is the reason he gives for B4-4's video "Get Down" being part of his Top 10 Surreal Music Video list.
    • Also invoked in the X review. He proceeds to scream his head off when he makes the connection.
  • Fridge Logic: invoked He starts to wonder how it is that Koenma in Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report is not only drowning in the River Styx, but also gargling, when he has a pacifier in his mouth before he interrupts himself with "Wait! Cartoon! Fuck it."
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Invoked in the Nuts and Bolts video for the MD Geist review, when Bennett says that he doesn't drink actual liquor in Anime Abandon reviews, specifically noting that the "scotch" he drinks at the end of that review was actually apple juice. Marc is quite disappointed to learn this.
  • Fun with Acronyms: His definition of a BAD anime: Boring, Annoying, and Dumb.
  • Gagging on Your Words: After a Virgin Fleet character says that nobody believes in Virgin Energy anymore and that it's an old myth — even though it was established earlier that this energy does exist in the OAV's universe — Sage finds himself forced to apologize to Evangelion: Death & Rebirth.
    [holding the DVD in his hand] I'm... I'm s... I'm s... We're cool, right?
  • Game of Nerds: Sage outed himself as a baseball fan during the Mezzo Forte review.
  • Gary Stu: invoked Refers to the title character as Golgo 13 as one.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He laments that the girl-on-girl scene in Cloud Mows the Lawn comes after virtually nothing but scat scenes.
  • Giving Up on Logic: Subverted. During his review of Project A-ko, he starts to wonder about whether he is so used to strange things in anime that nothing can faze him any more. Naturally, we get an immediate cut to something weird that disconcerts him, which prompts Sage to conclude that he hasn't reached that point just yet.
  • Glurge: invoked Sage feels that Grave of the Fireflies goes way too far in trying to emotionally manipulate the audience, and that it essentially exploits the tragedies of World War II in order to guilt 1980's youth into falling in line and being more like their parents' generation.
  • Gorn: Sage invokes this at the start of the "Genocyber Part I" review in reference to how horrifically gory it is.
    [...] I've reviewed plenty of gory anime before, but in those cases, the gore seemed so over the top that it's hilarious. In Genocyber, though, the gore reaches this level where it stops being funny and starts being uncomfortable.
  • Gratuitous Rape: He's brought up several times that he hates it when shows use this trope just for shock value. He takes special issue with the incestuous rape subplot in Doomed Megalopolis and seriously considered ending the review right then because he'll just continue to be pissed off about it for the rest of the reviewnote . Rather ironic considering how he acts in character. He even lampshades it:
    I know who I am when I'm saying this, but rape is possibly the worst thing one person can do to another. Such an act, if included in any kind of a narrative, will bring it to a grinding halt. You have to respect your audience and address the issue directly. You do not diminish this violent act by making it the sidestory.
  • Guyliner: Marc points out in the Nuts and Bolts commentary of Ninja Resurrection that Gabe was wearing this at the time they filmed his bits for the episode, for reasons neither he nor Bennett are quite sure of (though it's mentioned Bennett had just picked him up from the gym). They note that this emphasized Gabe becoming "evil Gabe" and actually managing to get back at Bennett for once.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Sage has made a habit of anticipating this reaction whenever he reviews something that he knows is popular.
  • Hand Gagging: Near the end of the Guyver movie review, Sage does this to Critic when he's losing his patience and just wants to get the review over with.
  • Has a Type: The female characters Sage finds most interesting are what he dubs "Valkyrie Bitches"—self-assured, fun, slightly insane women who don't take crap from anyone and are eager to rise up against the challenges that come their way. He feels Leona from Dominion Tank Police is the best example.
  • Hate Sink: Invoked by Bennett in the Nuts and Bolts video for Sins of the Sisters toward Hans, the principal male character who is a callous, obnoxious, self-righteous jerk. Bennett point-blank calls him one of the most hateful characters he's ever encountered while doing the show.
  • Heel Realization: He must have erased the Critic's common sense along with the memories of all these bad sequels. Then he told him to jump off a cliff, and the Critic did so. He is the devil!
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": One episode of "Masterpiece Fanfic Theater", Bennett vs KFC.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • He has a literal BSOD while trying to process the underground rave scene in Devil Man, which cuts to a "We'll be right back" screen showing a cartoon of Marc carrying a stunned Sage in a wheelbarrow.
    • Has something to this effect towards The End of Evangelion, pondering his life choices.
    • Sage has one when he tries to review Violence Jack due to his moral boundaries, to the point where the entire review is him and Marc trying to puzzle out a format he thinks he can stomach, until he decides to not do a review at all.
    • The Gainax Ending of Tokyo Revelation shuts him down completely, forcing Gabe to give the "next time" teaser at the end.
    • During the review of Ninja Resurrection, Gabe reveals to Sage that he spent the last two days in that condition following the viewing of that show which Sage has totally repressed his memory of.
    • The combined insanity of Sins of the Sisters and the nightmarish sequence after left him sitting in his chair staring into nothingness and making scratch marks in a notebook.
  • Heroic RRoD:
    • Increasingly during the Ninja Resurrection review as he starts remembering watching it before, symbolized by a ringing sound and blood coming out of Sage's nose and mouth.
    • Censor Kaiser has one in the Apocalypse Zero review, when Sage badgering him to not censor a particular shot causes him to rage so hard that he explodes. This, of course, leads to his aforementioned resurrection...and he still refuses to show the scene.
  • Hidden Depths: Suave gets to show off some of his in the I Dream of Mimi review, mainly during his rant about why he doesn't like the male lead. He eloquently explains why he finds the character to be unlikeable, why he thinks it's unrealistic that anybody would want to be around him, and why he finds the lack of negative consequences for him to be insulting and offensive. In the process, he also shows that while he's a shameless pervert, he's not really a bad guy.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The Little Nemo review's credits include an outtake of the "whimsy shotgun" scene in which Bennett (as Savage) accidentally snaps the gun's front handgrip off and repeatedly tries to get it back on, corpsing the entire time.
  • Homoerotic Subtext:invoked
    • If he catches very blatant examples, he'll call attention to it and lampshade it for comedic effect, such as in the interactions between the leads in Psychic Force:
      Two close friends, grunting and panting together, remarking about how they've "come" to save each other. Is there such a thing as homoerotic overtext?
    • He's got a few good examples of it himself, most notably in the Sonic review where he graphically tells Doug (acting like Doug, Critic was dead at this point) to give him a blowjob and Doug's fine with it.
    • During the Virus Hunter Serge review, he brings this up as a pervasive element in Masami Obari's work, noting that his female character designs, while fanservicey, are distorted and unattractive while his male characters have supermodel-like physiques and are often costumed so as to show off their abs. In Serge's case, he also notes that Serge's "weapon" against the Virus is a collar, there are multiple slo-mo shots of Serge undressed, and more heterosexually-focused scenes are brief and quickly cut away from.
      Sage: This is Young Guns gay. This is Top Gun gay. [...] Do you get it?! This isn't ga-aaayyy, this is gay!
  • Hookers and Blow: Sage invokes this for a joke about Gundam being Bandai's Cash Cow Franchise in his review of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. When a little girl asks about the events of the movie and asking why people are fighting, Sage in a skit as her grandpa replies that Bandai needs the money for "coke and whores" before correcting himself and saying "milk and cookies".
  • How Is That Even Possible?: During the review of Pokémon: The First Movie, Sage is dumbfounded when he sees Gabe playing Pokémon GO when by this point Gabe has been completely blinded.
    Gabe: It's all in the wrist!
  • Hypocrisy Nod: In the 8 Man After review, he acknowledges he's hardly one to criticize the pronunciation of names, then cuts to the still shot of the SEELE monoliths from the Neon Genesis Evangelion review and clears his throat.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: In his review of Cyber City Oedo 808, Sage uses a clip from the end of Commando where John Matrix has impaled the villain (also named Bennett) on a steam pipe. After Matrix quips "Let off some steam, Bennett", Sage retorts he is, then chastises himself for waiting 160 episodes to use that clip.
  • I Call Him "Mister Happy": In his review of Devil Hunter Yohko, a character that is far too happy with "chopping up demons" scares his "General".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • He keeps a bottle of scotch on hand during the Doomed Megalopolis review, and runs out near the end.
    • He drinks three bottles of Wild Turkey over the course of his Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie review.
    • During one of the fugue sequences in the Violence Jack review, there are several empty bottles of scotch lying on the floor, and he kills one while he's talking to Gabe.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This:
    • Said in the second part of the Genocyber review when he dubs over a genuinely heartwrenching scene at the end where the doctor is having a breakdown about the wild child (who she thinks is her dead daughter) with dialog from Golden Boy where the biker chick is begging Kintaro to screw her. The joke comes from Laura Chapman being the dub actress in both roles.
    • Invoked in Masterpiece Fanfic Theater episode 2 as he announces a crossover of Dragon Ball Z and The Diary of Anne Frank.
      If I wasn't going to hell before, I certainly am now.
  • Indecisive Parody: Discussed extensively in his review of Agent Aika, but to humorous effect. He notes that the excessive amount of Fanservice can either be seen as a parody or just indulgent.
  • In-Series Nickname: Marc the Engineer often refers to Sage as "Lunchbox."
  • Insane Troll Logic: What Bennett used to figure out Linkara's old Fanfiction Dot Net penname. While not being lucky at the first try, he proceeded on watching Atop the Fourth Wall until he focuses on a single clue: Linkara's love for Pokémon. He analyzes his personality further, until he "deduces" that his pen name used to be "Psyweedle", and ends up finding his old fanfics within seconds.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Sage has invoked this in multiple reviews.
    • In an example that doesn't involve him, he got kidnapped by The Nostalgia Critic for a crossover to review Speed Racer, and there's a montage of Gabe having fun. Sage later returns to his house. Who expected Gabe to be starting to host his own episode of Anime Abandon?
    • At the end of his review of Pokémon: The First Movie, he mentions that you can only talk about Pokémon for so long without someone bringing up "another nostalgic kids anime that also had an ill-advised movie made from it". Who was honestly expecting him to hold up a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light or Digimon: The Movie instead of what he actually held up, Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea?
    • When he did review A Girl in Gaea, he invoked this a second time, holding up Digimon The Movie...but he seems aware of the fact that some fans were expecting him to hold up The Pyramid of Light instead.
    • He did this yet again at the end of his review of Judge, where he says that his next title is "one of the most manly anime to have ever come to the States"...yet he holds up Riding Bean, instead of what many fans had expected (and had been requesting), the OVA adaptation of Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusadersnote .
    • In the review of the aforementioned Riding Bean, he ended the video by saying that next month would be Gundam month...yet instead of holding up Mobile Suit Gundam Wingnote  or Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memorynote ...he holds up Mobile Suit Gundam F91, which results in him being booed.
  • Jailbait Taboo: Along with his hate of treating rape cavalierly, Sage doesn't like when young teens are used in blatantly sexual contexts.
    • Sage is horrified when the two leads of Plastic Little are revealed to be 16 and 17 respectively during a scene of them bathing together completely naked. When the review comes back from the commercial Sage is on the phone with his lawyer.
    • This comes up repeatedly in De:vadasy. For instance, after a particularly innuendo-laden bit from Not-Asuka, Sage looks shocked while a blinking, klaxon-blaring subtitle lampshading the sexual tension pops up, then he slaps it off the screen and yells "Fourteen-year-olds, assholes!"
    • He mentions repeatedly that he wishes Elfen Lied had less underage nudity in it, though he says that to the show's credit, he doesn't think it's generally meant as fanservice.
    • Worse still, Jungle de Ikou!, where the protagonist and her friends are twelve years old. This leads Sage to multiple fits of screaming rage and eventually to end the review on the spot when the main character's friend starts doing her own transformation dance, which is even more erotically charged than the main character's and even includes a close up shot of liquid falling on the floor from between her legs.
    • In the Gunsmith Cats review, he mentions being uncomfortable with Kenichi Sonoda's tendency to use young-looking characters for fanservice, citing May from Gunsmith Cats and Cannon God Exaxxion in general.
    • He cites this as one of the problematic parts of episode 12 of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, noting that Toonami chose not to air the episode at all, although he has far more issues with it than just that.
  • Just a Stupid Accent:
    • Combined with What the Hell Is That Accent?, it's brought up in Plastic Little, as some of the crew speak in obvious forced accents so odd and weird that it makes Sage begin to doubt one of the characters in question even speaks English to begin with.
    • The racist caricature character in Wild Cardz speaks with such a thick, fake, vaguely Chinese accent that Sage can barely figure out what he's actually saying and can't figure out what he has to do in the story because he's barely understandable.

    K - O 
  • Karma Houdini:
    • He's incensed by the fact that the rapist brother in Doomed Megalopolis gets off with only a few punches to the jaw.
    • He's similarly angered by De:vadasy for Minato not facing any consequences for raping Not-Shinji, since the scene was never brought up again.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • Sage's "review" of Violence Jack consists of Sage trying different ways to review it without actually showing anything. At the end of the review, he gives up and says there's really no good way to do it, throwing in the towel on trying.
    • After his review of Tenchi Forever, Sage says that he's done with Tenchi as a series, even though there's other continuities and entries in the Tenchi series that he hasn't touched. Sage admits that he really doesn't have anything else to say about the series and its many different continuities, and he chose Tenchi Forever to end on because it ends the Universe continuity and carries an air of finality throughout the film. (At the time, Forever really was going to be the last Tenchi animation ever made, but it got a Continuity Reboot years later.)
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Sage makes a series of bad puns during the Viper GTS review. The first two get groans, the one about Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome causes Gabe to jump on him and choke him.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Sage describes Leila as such in the Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust review after she takes off on her own to confront Meier Link...although he admits that it may have been just to get away from the dad jokes.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: After Sage and Gabe are forced into a temporary role reversal during the Info Dump segment of the Bubblegum Crisis review, Gabe tries to let Sage know that he'd like to do it again, only to be told to can it and never bring the subject up again, lest he suffer the consequences.
  • Long List:
    • During the City Hunter review, Sage gives a list of all the euphemisms the dub could have used in place of "Nookie" to refer to sex, with the final one simply being "fucking".
    • During the End of Evangelion review, Sage pulls out a list of the show's plotholes and related questions. The list is apparently made up of over 2,400 entries.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Suave admits during the Angel Blade review that he cannot show the audience a certain scene, which Censor Kaiser agrees to. Suave simply plays the audio, making what's going on quite obvious.
    • This is also done in the Mezzo Forte review during the second pornographic sequence. Sage notes that he can’t show what’s happening but plays the audio from the last few scenes, which is very clear about what’s happening.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Critic's crying angrish in Starchaser leads to the A Date with Rosie Palms subversion up above.
  • Macho Masochism: Sage mocks Apocalypse Zero's protagonist's one-note machismo and willingness to take injury just to prove his toughness.
    Scars? Don't you mean man tattoos?
  • Made Myself Sad: Jokes about this in the Macross II review, where he utters this after imitating the mustached pilots' Contemplate Our Navels speech about how the Earth isn't the center of the universe.
  • Manchild: Sage's opinion of Masami Obari's mindset, noting the similarities to Frank Miller, including how both abuse Male Gaze to the extreme.
    When you examine [Obari's works] they follow a very 'pubescent boy' kind of motif. Fighting is awesome, giant robots are awesome, boobs are awesome. All else is in the background.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe. Like JesuOtaku, Sage and Suave both marvel at how awesome Harlock is, Sage even citing him as one of the most Baller Baddasses to ever live.
  • Mic Drop: During the Fatal Fury: Double Impact review, Sage says that Krauser, after unleashing an epic No-Holds-Barred Beatdown/Break the Badass moment on Terry Bogard, has essentially just done the equivalent of the following:
    *drops a mic*
    *holds out his other hand, holding two mics, and drops them*
    *pulls out a sack filled with mics, and starts spilling them out onto the floor*
  • Mind Screw: His view on the old dub of AKIRA.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • He had to snap his head loose after an extremely bad instance from Doomed Megalopolis.
    • One of his and the Nostalgia Critic's biggest complaints with the first Guyver live-action movie is that the film can't decide whether it wants to be dark and violent or Denser and Wackier, and ends up wildly schizophrenic as a result.
    • He cites this as one of the major problems with Puppet Princess, as it frequently switches from gory violence to slapstick comedy on a dime.
    • He discusses a specific version in the Voogie's Angel review which he calls "Final Act Syndrome", in which a comedic series, rather than going through Cerebus Syndrome, suddenly and drastically switches to tragic in its last episode. He also notes that Voogie's Angel, in his opinion, took over from Desert Punk as the defining example of this type of shift.
  • Moral Dilemma: The review of Violence Jack turns out to be this: Bennett doesn't love the show enough to give it a glowing review, but he doesn't hate it enough to go on a screaming rant about it. He knows that it's possible to make the show's horrific material (which includes child murder, gang-rape and cannibalism) funny, but he actually doesn't want to. And even then, there's one huge overriding problem: half the show is too obscene, too violent, or too gratuitous to show. Ordinarily, he'd just say 'OK, let's try something else' and do another show, but after months and months of hyping it, he feels that he has an obligation to his fans to give them something. He finally ends up realising that the show isn't worth the agony he put himself through and ditches it.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • He says that he can't have any sympathy for the protagonist of Junk Boy after he tells a starlet that masturbating to photos of her is probably the only reason he's not a rapist.
    • He is absolutely repulsed by Shinji jacking off to the comatose Asuka in The End of Evangelion. In his opinion, this scene doesn't make Shinji an unlikely hero, it makes him a douchebag.
  • Moral Guardians: Sage has noted that he would like to do more reviews as Suave, but YouTube demonetizing them kills the incentive. Suave lampshades his absence as host in the Green Green review.note 
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Sage's all-in-one-breath explanation of Gnosticism during the Æon Flux review.
    • His breakneck-speed rundown of Kite's climax takes him three deep breaths to get through.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In order to deal with Odin, which he claimed was the most boring anime he'd ever seen, Sage decided to set the mood... with Suave's light jazz and a copy of Highlights magazine. After a while, though, that doesn't cut it anymore, and he brings out "the big guns": National Geographic.
    Let's do this bitch!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Declared in his Top Ten Worst Songs (By Otherwise Good Artists) list, after realizing that he resuscitated Genesis' otherwise under-the-rug "Illegal Alien".
  • Narm: invoked
    • Discussed in regards to Tetsuro's character design in a flashback in Galaxy Express 999, where the fact that he looks so strange completely kills the mood of a scene where he watches his mother die.
    • Also brought up in his discussion of Gall Force, saying the mourning montage was ruined by one character doing so while sitting on a toilet.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Discussed in the Elfen Lied review as one of the work's core themes. Sage argues that, while the show sets up the question "are we born evil, or are we made evil?", it ultimately plays the two extremes against the middle and never picks a side.
  • The Nicknamer: In Anime Abandon, he hardly ever calls any character by their actual name unless he can't find anything he can compare them to.
    • He takes this to an extreme in his Super Atragon review, where he refers to the main character by a different nickname every time he mentions him.
    • He plays around with this finely in his Wild Cardz review, where the four main characters are card-themed with each representing a suit, and every time Sage refers to them with song titles containing the suit. Fortunately, Spade deserves the least mention.
      Clubland and Total Eclipse of the Heart manage to blow their way onto the white knight, leaving Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds to fend off... him.
    • Ironically, the one character in his Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie review that he calls by name is Miles Prower, referred to as Tails rather than his real name in almost all Sonic the Hedgehog media.
    • Noting how much De:vadasy is a ripoff of Evangelion, Sage refers to its three teenaged protagonists as Not-Shinji, Not-Asuka, and Not-Rei.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Given that he reads the most vile, disgusting and horrendous fanfics in existence without batting an eye... yeah. And that's not even getting into his guest appearance on Ask That Guy, where he manages to do the impossible and makes ATG squick.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At the start of the Elfen Lied review, Sage is lured to a hotel by the Channel Awesome crew, who proceed to beat the shit out of him...with wiffle ball bats.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Even when Sage is trying to convince Critic that he's a good guy, he still can't resist grabbing him more than he should.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Sage has admitted on more than one occasion that he looks back on the anime of the past a lot more fondly than those of today. He states that back in the anime boom, creative freedom was at its highest and it allowed creators to fully realize their vision and push the limits of the medium. He feels that the market for today, being smaller, takes less risks and adheres to formula in order to make a secure profit. However, he also notes that while anime was at its best in his time, it was also at its worst, and said freedom spawned enough terrible anime to keep his show afloat for a good while to come. While he may not prefer today's shows, he agrees that the quality control is a lot better.
  • Not Helping Your Case: While The Guyver has Sage displaying saint-like patience with Critic and trying to get him to have fun again, the No Sense of Personal Space (and liking a voice actor who played a rapist) along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rip-off movie involving also a Disney Death and Mark Hamill turning into a gross cockroach wasn't exactly the best way to prove anything.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Since reviewers do frequently edit video clips for comedic effect, Sage often points out when he hasn't done this to a particular clip.
    • In Odin after the soundtrack suddenly goes to, as Sage puts it, an "out of place Engrish Hair Metal montage" it cuts back to him staring into the camera and saying "I shit you not, I did nothing to that footage."
    • He reassures the audience in the Armitage III review that Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland isn't a joke he made up, the guy really does have an Overly Long Name.
    • At the end of the Tokyo Revelation review, he emphasizes the utter WTF factor of its conclusion.
      Now, I'm going to show you the ending, and I swear to you by all that is holy that I have not edited this in any way. This is exactly how this anime ends.
    • He leads into a very jarringly edited sequence in De:vadasy with "Even their painful expository scenes feel like they were edited by a chimp with ADD. I promise you, I've done nothing to the footage you're about to see."
  • Obligatory Joke: Invoked in the "Top 10 Worst Songs by Otherwise Good Artists" video. When Sage notes that "We Didn't Start the Fire" is a lazy song, the video cuts to "The Lazy Song", then back to Bennett writing something on some paper.
    Obligatory joke quota... done!
  • Only Six Faces:
    • Sage notes in the Love Hina Spring Movie review that there's no reason for Shinobu and Nyamo to be identical. It plays no part in the plot, and is only barely remarked upon. He figures that Ken Akamatsu just ran out of character designs and decided to re-use Shinobu's with a tan and longer hair.
    • Sage mentions some of the re-used character designs of Masami Obari that show up in Angel Blade and Voogie's Angel but originated from other works, most notably "Taint Misbehavin'" and a blond-haired villain from Voltage Fighter Gowkaiser.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Most of the time, Bennett remains in-character for his reviews, with Sage delighting in the perversity and wrongness of many of the shows he reviews. The major breaks are the "review" of Violence Jack; when he doffs his hat and speaks frankly about the rape subplot in Doomed Megalopolis; and when he, as Bennett and not Sage, breaks into the review of Memories to speak to the audience about Magnetic Rose, encouraging viewers to skip the rest of the review and watch it if they haven't already and don't want spoilers, and talking about how personal the short is to him. The Barefoot Gen review is probably the best example. Bennett was deeply affected by his visit to Hiroshima months prior, and while he does the review as Sage, it's the most somber and serious review he's done to date, with not even a hint of humor, and by the end his composure is starting to crack.

    P - T 
  • Padding: At one point in Kikaider, Mitsuko has an encounter with her long-lost mother which goes very badly. In a later scene Jiro says that they need to leave, only for Mitsuko, after a long pause, to say that she's going to try to talk to her mother again. Sage feels it's insultingly obvious that this was only done to pad out the episode's run time.
    They obviously did not give one tiny, microscopic particle of a gerbil shit about what they were writing. They just needed for it to meet a 22 minute running time. [...] It's the only time that I've felt that an anime was deliberately and obstinately wasting my time.
  • Pants-Free: During Twilight of the Cockroaches, after Jeremy suggests giving the female viewers some fanservice in the form of Sage's bottom half, the camera cuts to a full body shot of Sage showing him in boxer shots while Sage says he doesn't think that's such a good idea.
  • Parental Incest: During the X review, Sage notices that, since Kotori is the lover of Kamui/Fuuma and she carries the Sword of the Dragon of Earth in her body, this implies something similar between Kamui and his mother. He isn't pleased.
  • Parody Product Placement:
    • At the end of a gory scene in the "Genocyber Part I" reviewnote , a "Not going anywhere? Grab a Snickers!" "ad" pops up.
    • In the X review, he calls out a blatant scene where the main character drops down in front of a Coke billboard.
      Subtle product placement there, Potzi. Well, you can count on me to keep artistic integrity and keep corporate sponsorship at a bare minimum...just like the prices at your local Sizzler. *cut to a Sizzler "ad" that ends with "At least we're not Denny's!"*
    • While reviewing Burn Up!, Sage notices that one of the bit bad guys looks a lot like Wilford Brimley, which leads to an extended parody of Brimley’s memetic plugs for Liberty Medical.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Sage sits back, drinks a soda, has some popcorn and just shows clips of Ultimate Teacher until Rob Walker calls him out on it. Then Rob starts to watch the show... and joins in.
  • Playing Against Type:invoked Discussed in his review of Golgo 13: Queen Bee, as Golgo was voiced by John DiMaggio, to which Bennett 1) confirms that this is the same guy who voiced Jake the Dog, the Scotman, Dr. Drakken, Aquaman, the Joker, and (of course) Bender, and 2) given Golgo is generally cold and quiet, compares it to casting Gary Oldman as, of all people, Silent Bob.
  • Plot Hole:
    • He points out the rather large one in Doomed Megalopolis concerning the fact that Yukiko claims to know that her father is really her mother's brother, even though he supposedly impregnated her after Kato tried to use her as a conduit to summon the spirit.note 
      Either the asshole has time-traveling sperm, or we've got a plot hole the size of fuckin' China.
    • Discussed during the Kikaider review. Sage brings up the tendency of critics to focus on plot holes when lambasting a work, noting that they're inescapable, that every film has them regardless of overall quality, and that over-emphasis on pointing them out is an intellectually lazy and dishonest form of criticism. On the other hand, he says that a work has to be solid enough to make flaws such as plot holes easily overlooked and/or outweighed by what it does right, otherwise they just stand out that much more.
  • Prequel: Sage spends most of the IRIA: Zeiram the Animation review complaining about them, using most of the arguments on the page.
  • Punny Name: He frequently points out the various Japanese puns that don't translate to English, such as the fact that in Mezzo Forte the names Momokichi and Momomi Momoi are roughly the equivalent of "Peach Peacherson and his daughter Peachy Peachman."
  • Rage Quit: Invoked in the Kikaider review. Sage leads off the discussion of the "Mitsuko tries to talk to her mother again" scene by noting that it's the only time an anime has ever made him "throw down [his] notes and just rage quit", and he later says that it infuriated him so badly that he actually had a tantrum over it.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Sage clearly believes this as he describes it point-blank as "possibly the worst thing one person can do to another [...]" in the Doomed Megalopolis review. Seeing such a serious subject treated in a juvenile manner, such as in Mad Bull 34, generally disgusts him as well.
    • He makes a point to note this during the review of Vampire Wars:
      Japan, what is this, the third fucking time in a row we've had this discussion? If you can't write a story without rape in it, could you at least wait until after the five minute mark?
    • Brought up again in the first part of the Genocyber review, with the added squick that the victim is a child who's being molested, and Sage comments that he doesn't even feel comfortable showing the censored scene.
    • This comes up again in the De:vadasy review when Not-Shinji is raped by his female superior under the pretense of obtaining a semen sample. Sage leads into his dissection with "This...isn't the most egregiously terrible thing I was allowed to show you, but it probably is the most morally repugnant." and adds another layer to it being a bad rip-off of Evangelion by comparing the scene to the "Misato kissing Shinji" scene in The End of Evangelion, noting that while there are surface similarities, the latter has plot- and character-relevant context to offset and even justify its squicky nature whereas the former simply tries to gloss over its grossness.
      It's never brought up again, there's no repercussion for Minato, and the anime clearly portrays not-Shinji being traumatized from it.[...] Not-Shinji is trying to deal with this horrible situation by just laughing it off, but it's undercut with these dark looming shots of Minato to clearly show what he's thinking. [clearly incensed] 'Depraved' is too short a word for this.
  • A Rare Sentence: From his Night Warriors review:
    Sage: We cut to Felicia the cat woman—or "waman"note  as it were—running into Raptor, an undead cockney rock star. *beat* ... aaaaaaand yes! I just confirmed that this sentence has never been uttered in the history of language.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Bennett was originally going to do a normal episode for the Voogie's Angel review, but his script-writing program seized up and corrupted the episode's file, killing a week and a half's work. Rather than trying to blitz through a rewrite to get the episode out on time, he decided to do an off-the-cuff commentary-style episode as himself and not Sage.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives an extended one to the brother in Doomed Megalopolis after he launches into a wangsty whine session about how hard his life is since he has to take care of his sister, who, Sage points out, he raped and impregnated, and his own niece/daughter, and Sage concludes that he should have a fundraiser concert thrown for him. The pure vitriol in the last line really sells it.
    Oh my dear sweet Lord, how tough do you have it? Not only do you have to take care of your mentally damaged sister that you raped, but you also have to take care of your daughter/niece. You know what? I think I'm gonna start a fundraiser to help you out, in fact, someone get me Bob Geldof's number, I'm sure he'd bend over backwards to throw a benefit concert just for you! Don't you worry, asshole, because when Bono is up there on stage, guilt-tripping the audience about you and your plight, you'll finally get all of the sympathy you've been waiting for since you first took your sister's virginity, you worthless sack of shit!
  • Reformed, but Rejected: The Guyver review has him being really nice to Critic because he's trying to convince him that he's not Devil!Sage, but Critic keeps throwing any kindness back in his face. Given that the reboot reviews have made it very likely that Critic Came Back Wrong though, it also works to further that Story Arc.
  • Reused Character Design: He will point this out for creators whose work features more than once on the show, for instance Levih Rah from Demon City Shinjuku sharing his design with Zack from Kawajiri's earlier work The Running Man.
  • Rooting for the Empire:invoked Sage cheers when The Baroness in Virgin Fleet blows up the class president's plane. Too bad for him she survives.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Several stories reviewed on Masterpiece Fanfic Theater suffer from this to a ridiculous degree (troll fics or not), particularly in episodes 2 and 10.
  • Rule 63: Referenced by name in SiN The Movie where Sage refers to Jessica, the Suspiciously Similar Substitute of her brother JC, who suffers Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome early in the film, as "Rule 63 JC" not helped by her also being called JC in the film.
  • Running Gag:
    • Outside of videos, his refusal to admit he has fangirls.
    • During the Mad Bull 34 review, the "Blondes in Peril" count.
    • His "No Shit" counter in response to characters making narrations and statements on the obvious in his Baoh review.
    • Not a "gag" per se, but his constant refusal to review Violence Jack, culminating in him throwing his copy into a river...and then the actual "review" came along.
  • Satan: He's the devil, to nobody's surprise. Okay, not really. (Or is he?)
  • Screaming at Squick:
    • Lots of it during his X review.
    • He shouts in horror during his review of Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness when Yosho apparently starts hitting on his own great-granddaughter.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
    • Sage bails out of the reviews of Sword for Truth and Jungle de Ikou! before they are finished. With the former, it's because he's so pissed off with the show. The latter is due to the incredible creepiness of one character's transformation dance.
    • Sage preemptively quits before the Love Hina Again review because he can't stand Love Hina, leaving it to Suave. Suave himself tries to quit halfway through, but he finds that the doors to the review room are locked and he can't leave.
    • Gabe runs out of the room and locks the door behind him when he sees Sage about to have an apoplectic fit at the end of the A Very Private Lesson review. Over the credits, Sage can be heard banging on the door yelling for Gabe to let him out, along with "I NEED TO PUT MY EVIL INSIDE YOU!!!"
  • Sexophone: Suave's Leitmotif, "Careless Whisper". It's also used when sexy things happen in general.
  • Share the Male Pain: In the My My Mai review, Sage winces and cringes through an extended scene talking about curing split personality disorder...through an acupuncture needle to the base of the testicles.
    Sage: [strained, high-pitched voice] Let's...move on, please!
  • Shared Universe: The Reviewaverse. Considering the controversy around Channel Awesome and JewWario, and that Bennett is no longer a CA creator and no longer has Justin's hat on the shelf by his chair, it remains to be seen if this is still the case.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Discussed. One of Sage's most widespread criticisms of anime in general is the tendency to flat-out state what characters are thinking and feeling instead of invoking it through actions and body language. He does understand the economical reasons behind this, but doesn't like it.
  • Sincerity Mode:
    • His video game reviews are done as dryly as possible without any real humor to them, in contrast to most of the rest of the TGWTG stuff.
    • Also pops up occasionally in Anime Abandon; see Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil for an example of something he does not take lightly at all.
    • As explained in the commentary, Critic!Sage's comments on Twilight of the Cockroaches also more or less match up with what he actually thinks of it.
  • Skinship Grope: Discussed in the Strange Love review. After the lead character does this to her love interest, Sage asks the audience to tell him in the comments the level of bullshit the trope itself actually is.
  • Skyward Scream: Done by the Critic when Sage's snarky comments about Gunsmith Cats' depiction of Chicago traffic cause him to lose his cool and try to drive to Sage's place to pummel him...only to get stuck in traffic.
    Sage: hear that? That's the sound of me being right.
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked A small handful of the clunkers Sage has covered on Anime Abandon have earned this distinction. It's also his general opinion about Masami Obari, as the detail and attention he puts into the focal points of his works (namely, fighting, mecha, and fanservice) give them a certain infectious charm even though they're generally terrible.
    [from the Gowcaizer review] It's nothing but shiny, glorious failure and I love it like a mother loves her child who can't stop eating paste.
  • So Bad, It Was Better: invoked His view of Uwe Boll and Masami Obari is that they're best when they're doing off-the-wall stupidity. Boll's original films had terrible acting, plots, etc. and were So Bad, It's Good, and when he improved the films lost their insane charm, and just became regular bad instead of the fun kind. He feels that Obari is an inversion and comes to enjoy the insanity in his later works.
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    • His Masterpiece Fanfic Theater segments have him read rather dreadful stuff in as sophisticated a tone as he can muster.
    • Parodied in his review of Cyber City Oedo 808, which had an episode featuring two characters speaking formally—while threatening to shove the remains of a robot and a person respectively up the other's ass. Bennett's response? A hammy, faux-English accented, handkerchief-waving faux-classy threat of threatening to shove a sphere up someone's urethra.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In the Masterpiece Fanfic Theater episode for My Immortal (considered a legendarily bad fic even by bad fic standards), Sage plays Vivaldi's Four Seasons as the background music.
  • Special Effects Failure: invoked At the end of his beatdown in the Elfen Lied review, Sage gets a pool cue broken across his back. However, as revealed in the outtakes and discussed in the Nuts and Bolts video for that episode, the cue broke several inches below where it had been set up to break, meaning Bennett actually took the full hit, which left a long welt on his back.
  • Spiteful Spit: Done by Sage after he throws the Violence Jack tape off a bridge.
  • Squick:
    • He shudders in pain in reaction to the voice acting of Garzey's Wing.
      I never thought the sound of laughter could be so... agonizing... *shudders*
    • One of the captions during Clowd Mows the Lawn is "No! No! Do not want!" once the scat scenes start.
  • Stealth Parody: He says that it's possible that Agent Aika is actually this instead of wank material due to the ludicrously overdone panty shots and the villain's master plan being to turn the world into his own harem.
  • Strangled by the Red String: invoked The trope shows up sometimes and he calls it out:
    • As the entire plot of Wicked City revolves around it, it annoys him that the two leads don't really interact in any meaningful way. Just suddenly they are in love out of nowhere.
    • Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma also annoys him as the main female character becomes immediately so infatuated with the main male character that she says she'd rather die than be without him, despite having met him only minutes ago, and him at best ignoring her and at worst treating her with contempt.
    • Also a point of contention with the movie version of The Vision of Escaflowne, since Hitomi decides that she and Van are destined to be together after a few minutes of conversation, a good portion of which is him threatening her with a sword.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Brought up in the reviews for:
    • Inuyasha—Miroku's wind tunnel can basically solve all their problems, so the show needs to constantly find ways to sideline him, often when it makes no sense or is contradictory to how his power should work.
    • Plastic Little—The ship's Wave-Motion Gun one-shotting the ''entire military fleet" makes no sense, as the crew were talking how their ship was just a whaling ship and no match for military vessels, yet when the time comes they vaporize the entire navy in one single shot. Sage wonders if the ship isn't made for hunting whales so much as hunting God.
  • Straw Fan: Discussed in the InuYasha movie review.
  • Strictly Formula: He holds this view on FAKE, to the point of having a Gay Positioning System (or GPS) Running Gag and not even bothering with the main characters' names and just calling them Uke and Seme.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: He seems to dislike this trope (or at least how it's sometimes handled), feeling that a downbeat conclusion has to be "earned".
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Hates this trope.
    • He's incensed at the use of it in SiN The Movie to kill off JC, one of your companion characters from the game, with the only apparent reason being to introduce his Suspiciously Similar Substitute sister for the purposes of Fanservice.
    • He's similarly enraged by The Reveal in 8 Man After that the original 8 Man was simply deleted — offscreen — so the new 8 Man could replace him. He goes on to explain that not all cases of a Legacy Character replacing a character who dies are bad by nature (with a cameo by Linkara specifically comparing it to Ted Kord, who Sage points out at least got to die on screen and tell his killer off one last time), but the way his show did it was downright disrespectful for the original.
  • Surreal Music Video: He did a whole Top Ten List of them.
  • Take That!:
  • Testosterone Poisoning: The Riding Bean review is loaded with over-the-top manlinesss. Sage does the entire review wearing a Rambo-esque headband and black aviator sunglasses and using a loud gravelly voice, does at least half a dozen shirt rips, and dedicates the review to "MANIME". He even puts Bean in the "Manime Hall of Fame" alongside Guts, Kenshiro, and Revy. This portrayal would eventually be spun into a new character, Savage.
  • There Is a God!:
    • He says this when he thinks Yohko has been killed, and thus a show he doesn't like will end prematurely.
    • The Hallelujah Chorus accompanies Sage's reaction when the Alpha Bitch dies or at least appears to have died, anyway.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked
    • His feelings on the fact that Doomed Megalopolis only introduces Keiko, who, as he points out, is the one who beats the Big Bad, in the third out of 4 episodes. He concludes that she would have been more interesting to focus on rather than her asshole, incestuous rapist husband.
    • He also thinks this about the Odd Friendship between Elaine and the street urchin boy in Genocyber, which he remarks is actually well done since it's done almost entirely without dialog.
    • Also thinks this about Count Mecha from Galaxy Express 999, since he appears briefly at the beginning and then is forgotten about for an hour only to get unceremoniously killed off.
    • He points out how there's a particularly well-done scene in Devilman between Akira and Miki where she silently motions for him to sit so she can bandage his face and he acquiesces without a word, explaining that that one bit of dialog-less interaction says more about their relationship than any amount of exposition ever could. Unfortunately this almost immediately gets shoved to the side in favor of the plot and isn't brought up again in any meaningful way.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In the Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory review, Sage finds the relationship between Chuck Keith and Moira Bascht, a Tomboyish Amazonian Beauty who is almost head and shoulders taller than him, to be utterly adorable.
  • Toilet Humor: Sage will occasionally poke fun at a (melo)dramatic scene by adding farts (or worse), especially if there's something jarring about the scene itself.
    • One particular instance is in the Gall Force review, where Sage points out the WTF factor of a character shown mourning another's death while on the can. Cue sound effects.
    • At the end of X when the film has a solemn Downer Ending, Sage feels it did nothing to deserve the emotional impact it is obviously going for and proceeds to make it fit his feelings by replaying the scene with fart sounds over it.
    • During a scene in Hyper Doll where a talking anus appears, Sage has Gabe give him a 30 second timer, then rattles off seven poop-based jokes, complete with dramatic bows at the end.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Crossover videos with Sage usually portray him as the spawn of Satan. He occasionally lampshades this with mention of "the other guy" who looks just like him.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Well, considering that he was pretty cool with being spooned by Spoony and even asked "same time next year?" the second time it happened...
  • Top Ten List: He's done various list episodes, including his picks for the top 20 giant robots, the 20 worst songs that hit #1 on Billboard, and the 20 best songs that hit #1. The picks in the "Top 10 Anime Abandon Moments" episode were decided by the fanbase.
  • Trying Not to Cry: He discusses The Iron Giant, and when watching the giant's Heroic Sacrifice at the end, he says that each time, he tells himself he's not gonna cry, but still finds himself sniffling.

    U - Z 
  • Unfortunate Implications: Brought up in Space Adventure Cobra with the whole romance subplot. Short version: The love interest and her two sisters are essentially part of a Hive Mind with each of them forming one third of a whole person. So after Cobra's love interest dies, he meets her sister, who declares that because her sister loved him, she will now love him too and that he will love her, and promptly abandons her role in La Résistance now that he's shown up apparently Because Destiny Says So. And neither of them get a say in the matter. Even though Sage takes a shot at Tumblr feminists in the process, he describes this plot as deeply uncomfortable for multiple reasons. invoked
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His biggest complaint about the random Cat Girl in Pilot Candidate isn't that she exists or her ears are never explained, it's that no one reacts to them at all or even seems to notice. He also points out that it could be addressed in only a few lines of dialog that they never bothered to add by creating his own.
    Sage!Zero: What's up with your cat ears?
    Sage!Cat Girl: I don't want to talk about it.
    Sage!Zero: Okay.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The Violence Jack review was ominously announced with "Violence is coming...".
  • Valley Girl: The titular character of Devil Hunter Yohko is dubbed with this style of speech. Sage's annoyance with this finally results in himself adopting a Valley Girl persona for an extended gag... for which he slaps himself.
    Never again.
  • Verbal Backspace: The Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz review sees a skit where Sage, as the grandfather of a little girl questioning why the events of the movie are happening, says Bandai needs money for milk and cookies after saying it was for Hookers and Blow.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Sage can come off this way with a lot of his references, especially in his Tokyo Revelation review, wherein he claims that the notion of a virus running the background of your computer was 'over the head' of his audience.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Censor Kaiser and Suave during the review of Angel Blade. Censor Kaiser's disdain for Suave is only matched by Suave's frustration at Censor Kaiser's censoring all the nudity.
  • What an Idiot!: invoked During the Angel Cop review, Sage refers multiple times to the title character's idiocy, with the crowning moment being at the climax when an obvious solution to the issue isn't even considered.
    Sage: *counting off* Complete bitch, a total hypocrite, dumber than a bag of hammers, and now, skull-fucking incompetent. [...] The asshole rapist from Doomed Megalopolis is lower than fucking pond scum, but at least he was somewhat intelligent. Bitch Tits here? Completely irredeemable.
  • What Is Evil?: During the Oldtaku, New Tricks episode for My Hero Academia, Sage calls out Tomura Shigaraki for invoking the trope to All Might.
    I'm sorry, but if you're gonna use the old chestnut of *squeaky voice* "from my point of view, your actions are evil!", maybe you don't call yourselves '"the League of Villains"'?
  • Whole Plot Reference: The framing device for Twilight of the Cockroaches is based on The Critic, with Sage dressed up as Jay Sherman. The commentary for the episode points out that several commenters on the original video missed the reference completely.
  • Word Purée Title: In the De:vedasy review, Sage calls out Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel on this.
    There's only two real words in that verbal diarrhea!
  • You Get What You Pay For: Sage's summation of his less-than-shining opinion of Junk Boy comes in this form.
    True story here, by the way. I got this tape in mint condition, plastic over the tape and everything, for two cents at my local comic shop. I may as well have paid the guy two cents to punch me in the face.
  • Yarling: During the Endless Waltz review, to sum up the character trope of attractive but angsty males that was so dominant in the 90s and early 00's, Sage yarls out "Pretty boys with probleeems! (yeah!)"
  • You Just Had to Say It: This is Sage's reaction in Virgin Fleet, when the headmaster of the Virgin Academy says that she's responsible for choosing the characters that will be competing for a spot in the fleet (including one character Sage finds incredibly irritating):
    So you're the reason we have to deal with this character's loli-schtick? Oh, bitch, you should have kept that to yourself! *cracks his knuckles*
  • You Need to Get Laid: He speculates that this is the reason Sho Aikawa's early work is so nihilistic and hateful, and he thanks the anonymous person who finally did give him the blowjob that led him to tone down his later work.

'Til next time!

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