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You don't have to think I'm right. I could be wrong. I could have come to the completely wrong conclusion about what this evidence suggests. but you can find it. It' s out there and it informs your perspective of everything, you know. Maybe some conservatives eat soy and that's fine. In fact, that is the case. I've looked it up and you know, isn't it all nice? Go to the evidence and maybe together we can all live in a beautiful world, soy or not. Any maybe we will be gentler and nicer that way. And if you don't, well I'll own you on the internet.
— The man himself, at the 28:39 mark in his "Soy Boys: A Measured Response" video.

Harris "H.Bomberguy" Brewis is a left-wing Youtuber known for his videos about politics, and the intersections of politics and media (usually videogames).

HBomb grew into prominence after a series of videos mocking the strained development of The Sarkeesian Effect, the infamously bad documentary made by Youtube reactionaries. During the early days of his success, Hbomb was one of the few big, truly leftist channels at a time where right-wingers and reactionaries ruled the platform. Since then he has helped carve out a space for other leftist Youtubers to grow and take prominence, like ContraPoints, Philosophy Tube, Shaun, and Sarah Z.

These days his videos can be divided into three different categories:

  • His political videos. They usually involve Hbomb giving a "Measured Response" to either a single or multiple videos from right-wing reactionaries on a general topic, while making a greater point on the topic itself.
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  • His media analysis videos. Usually his longest videos (sometimes being feature-length), where Hbomb analyses various games, films, and television shows, which is made all the more interesting by Hbomb's somewhat controversial taste in media.
  • His gag videos, including his Serious Lore Analysis videos, where he gives a Dark Souls-like reading to the lore of games like Sonic and Mario; they often veer off into David Lynch-esque surreality, where the lines between serious analysis, bizarre comedy, and mind-fuckery are intentionally blurred.

As is case with ContraPoints, humour plays a vital part of his videos. But whereas Contra has a dark and highly-polished sense of humor in her videos, Hbomb's humour is more goofy, with a strong streak of Stylistic Suck. Hbomb also often streams with his friends, Shaun and Jen, another big channel in left-wing Youtube.


In January 2019, he was recognised by a motion in Scottish parliament, for a 58 hour charity stream which ended up raising a massive sum of money for Mermaids, a British children's charity. The first online streamer to be be so honoured.

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  • Accidental Aesop: invokedHe believes that The Room is a close impression of how Wiseau saw an actual breakup. This means it (unintentionally) works very well as a statement about how bad relationships warp your perceptions, with the nonsense characterization, rampant misogyny, and Random Events Plot being a symptom of the fact that Wiseau's viewpoint wasn't healthy or accurate.
  • Adorkable: His on screen persona is very much this.
  • And I Must Scream: Played for laughs in A Second Look at Nintendo Switch, where he gets trapped in the Nintendo Switch.
  • Arch-Enemy: Kevin!note 
    • Unknown Rival: He never elaborates on what his rivalry with Kevin actually is, aside from mentioning how white his smile is. The rivalry exists solely to justify using the expensive stock photo.
  • Artifact Title: The first "measured response" video was using the title ironically, and he spends most of it laughing his ass off at the inherent silliness of creators of The Sarkeesian Effect. Nowadays, the title just distinguishes his well-researched political response videos from his other content.
  • Ascended Fanboy: One of his biggest inspirations for his video series was Folding Ideas. Harris and Dan are now friends and collaborate frequently.
  • An Axe to Grind: In his Climate Denial video, after Ben Shapiro suggests people affected by rising sea levels can just sell their homes and move, a frustrated Hbomb smashes through the set wall with an axe to yell at him.
    "Just one small problem! SELL THEIR HOUSES TO WHO, BEN?! FUCKING AQUAMAN?!"
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • SERIOUS LORE ANALYSIS PART 3, titled "IS SONIC 2 AGAINST CAPITALISM?" (initially; it was later changed to be more accurate), initially seems to be a satirical analysis of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but then turns into a mix of a surprisingly serious analysis of how gamer comics such as Ctrl+Alt+Del and Penny Arcade are just manifestation of negative attitudes within the gaming community, and a terrifying, somewhat gorey, story about Harris coming to terms with how unneeded his Serious Lore Analysis videos are, and how he could do much more. Even though he's still going to do them.
    • A Running Gag in "Weighing The Value of Director's Cuts" is Hbomb starting to sound like he's going to talk about George Lucas, only to abruptly reveal he's talking about a completely different director. Even when he finally gets around to Lucas, he still carries on the gag by sounding like he's going to talk about the re-releases of the "Star Wars" Original Trilogy, only to instead talk about the edits to THX 1138.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The fucking boomerang! in the "Sherlock is Garbage" video.
    • In general, people arguing in bad faith. As seen in "Flat Earth: A Measured Response", he's willing to be reasonable with Flat Earth believers and explain respectfully why their beliefs and evidence are wrong, but once it turns out Mark Sargent did almost no research to justify his beliefs while also claiming he and his colleagues are the "new science", the gloves come off.
  • Bi the Way: In his video on modern adaptions of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Hbomb talks about his experience of discovering his sexual/romantic orientation and how it effectively changed his views on the 2008 film Cthulhu.
  • Blatant Lies: The "Measured Response" videos actually show Harris at his most energetic and hammy.
  • Book-Ends: His Bill Nye vs Pseudo-Science two part series begins with a takedown of Armored Skeptic's video, and then finishes with Armored Skeptic taking down a Steven Crowder video.
  • The Cameo: Like Contra, Hbomb often uses other left-leaning Youtubers as cameos in his videos.
    • Dan Olson from Folding Ideas has an on screen appearance in Pick Up Artistry: A Measured Response, where he talks about his attempt to infiltrate a Roosh V meet-up (which ended up with him being the only one there).
    • Creator Cameo: The composer of the music for the third Ctl+Alt+Dlt video, Patricia Taxxon (before she came out as trans) also has a role as the voice of the masked ax-man.
    • Hbomb himself pops up in, among other things, a couple of Jimquisition episodes (once doing a minor joke as a Call-Back to "The Sarkeesian Effect: A Measured Response", one in a more serious role reading out a testimony on lootbox gambling addiction) and doing the "X Seasons Earlier/Later" bits on Lindsay Ellis's "Last of the Game of Thrones Hot Takes".
  • Capitalism Is Bad: Pops up with varying levels of seriousness throughout his videos. Lampshaded in his video "WOKE BRANDS", where he segues from talking about tactics used by advertisers into how supposedly progressive companies still use exploitative labour practices.
    That's right, I made yet another video to turn out to secretly be all about capitalism. You thought I couldn't do it but I did! [beat] DON'T EVER QUESTION ME AGAIN!
  • Clueless Mystery: A major peeve of his "Sherlock is Garbage" video is how Sherlock always solves the mystery using information or sources that were never shown to the audience.
    "The key to mystery stories, the white-hot burning core of the genre that makes it what it is, is being given information—just enough that you could maybe figure out what was happening—and then having a character show you something about the information you managed to miss, or put the pieces together in a way you wouldn't expect. But to make sure you can't possibly solve it before Sherlock does—because he's supposed to be the most amazing, special boy in the world—they can't risk giving you too much information. So they craft a story in which you're shown basically nothing, and then told, "Bing! It's a legendary serial killer I just made up." "Bing! Someone else told me the answer offscreen." "Bing! It was a fucking boomerang!"
  • Corpsing: Sometimes when faced with something absolutely ridiculous, he can't help but laugh. A good example of this is him reading off a list of characters from The Dark Age of Comic Books in his video about how bad The Killing Joke movie was. He can barely get the phenomenally ridiculous "Bloodaxe" out.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: In 'Sargon's Petition: A Measured Response', he repeatedly stated how he wanted to corrupt Kevin's mind.
  • Cross Through: During "Flat Earth: A Measured Response", Hbomb visits Olly Thorn to discuss the subject, only to walk in on the filming of his video, "Why Does Britain Still Have A Queen?"... which involves Olly pouring HP Sauce onto his face and into his mouth. Hbomb decides to just reference Olly's video on the subject instead.
  • Damned by Faint Praise
    • Hbomb starts both his Fallout 3 analysis and his Sherlock analysis by talking about the positives, but in both instances he can't find much to write home about.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being English, Hbomb does this often and as cuttingly as possible.
    Hbomb: [as PewDiePie] Just one, tiny, multiple slip-ups, and then all the media had to do was report on it. Almost as if that's their job!
  • Despair Event Horizon: Not getting Doomfist's costume in Overwatch. Complete with Hbomb trying to sing Mad World.
  • Deus ex Machina: Parodied in Electionwatch 2017 with the money birds coming back home.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked He mentions in an aside that he had bleached his hair for a video about Milo Yiannopulous, although he never got around to actually uploading the video.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Used for satire in Climate Denial: A Measured Response. Hbomb "does the research" and decides that there is no such thing as a horse because he doesn't like them.
  • Existential Horror: He jokingly refers to Donkey Kong 64 as this in his video on speedrunning, as he considers its character switching mechanic and heavy use of backtracking an exercise in futility that serves as an reminder of limited an amount time a human lifespan actually is.
  • Freak Out:
    • Played for Laughs in the opening of Fallout 3 Is Garbage, And Here's Why when he has a breakdown over how the game journalists of the time only focused on the game's cinematic V.A.T.S system being "badass", provided repetitive footage of said system being used for gratuitous murder with one reviewer even opening fire on an allied character, claims that the player's actions have serious consequences over footage of the Lone Wanderer picking up a fork and getting gunned down, thinking that a game where one of the Signature Scenes revolves around the question "do you want to kill a whole town of people, or not?" has a "deep morality system", and one of the reviewers thinking the near universally reviled ending was good.
    • Also occurs in Sherlock is Garbage where — after it turns out that "a FUCKING boomerang did it" — Hbomb starts screaming in frustrated rage before breaking down into sobbing over footage from the opening sequence of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century.
  • Gainax Ending: "SLA3" ends with Hareton Splimby repeating Ethan's death speech from CAD while turning off a light switch. Then Loss gives birth to him and Sonic appears before him, telling him "It's time." As Hareton screams "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssss!", we're told this is "Happy End".
  • Genre Shift: His Soy Boys: A Measured Response video suddenly turns into an escape story half way through. His Serious Lore Analysis 3 video cuts between him critiquing Ctrl+Alt+Del and a horror film.
    • What makes the first one hilarious is that NONE of it is even commented on in the slightest. One minute, we see in in his room and the next, he's cuffed to a pipe in a garage somewhere and he continues his lecture on soy as if nothing is amiss.
  • Gilligan Cut: Done at the end of Antifeminism vs FACTS, where he says that not even Sargon of Akkad is dumb enough to have everyone he disagrees with banned from academia, followed by a shot of Sargon's petition to get Social Justice courses banned from universities.
  • Laughing Mad: Done in his climate change denial video.
    Hbomb: I suppose one thing you could do is just let the ice sheets melt. I mean, the problem would just kind of go away if most of them drowned. [mocking falsetto] "Oooh! Ahhh! I’m dying! Oh, I guess I was wrong! Oops!" [chuckling, gradually turning into loud, insane laughter] WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!
  • That Liar Lies: In Soy Boys: A Measured Response, on the subject of Kayla Daniel skewing studies to make it seem like phytoestrogens acts like animal estrogen in the body. We can be reasonably sure, given the scientific evidence, that they don't.
    Hbomb: I did find some studies, but... [sighs] how do I...put this in a way that makes it not sound rude? The studies didn't say anything like what this...lying, liar...lied about.
  • Left It In: A reoccurring joke in the series is Hbomb using a really bad line and then mumbling to himself that he will need to change it later or that the take is bad.
  • Malaproper: From Electionwatch 2017: Crack open a boy with your cold ones.
  • Male Gaze: Explored in Power Fantasy, Male Objectification and Lady-Fanservice.
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    • Done occasionally in Measured Response videos, such as with "Carl of Sad" and "Pajama Watso".
    • Defied in Sherlock is Garbage where he refuses to get Benedict Cumberbatch's name wrong for a cheap joke... except for just once.
      Hbomb: "Benedict Cumber...bad."
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Discussed in SCANLINE, in which Hbomb uses the example of Jaws and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) to point out that movies that don't show you everything are actually scarier due to the atmosphere they produce.
  • Not So Different: Points out in his "SERIOUS LORE ANALYSIS PART 3" video that Penny Arcade shares the same lowbrow humor and annoying self-inserts as the much-maligned Ctrl+Alt+Del, with the implication that the latter is merely a more explicit showcase of the toxic aspects of the gaming community. At one point, he even shows that Ctrl+Alt+Del had its own convention similar to PAX.
  • Overly Long Gag: The legendary response to Ben Shapiro advising victims of climate change to 'sell their homes and move' arguably benefits greatly from a long build up to the punchline.
  • Precision F-Strike: His Sherlock video contains multiple instances of "Fuck off" or "Fuck you, Steve."
  • Protection from Editors: invoked Discussed in his Sherlock video. One of his central arguments is that Steven Moffat's work on shows like Sherlock, Doctor Who and others ends up becoming over-written, convoluted and nonsensical simply because Moffat has no one around him to tell him when an idea is bad, as the only people around him who come close to being in an editorial position are either friends or family members of his. And, by extension, the British media industry is so "incestuous" that the same people keep working together on different projects, meaning that the problem just keeps repeating itself.
  • A Rare Sentence: From the "Flat Earth" video:
    Hbomb: Oh, great, I accidentally went to the shitty side of Youtube. You click on one vegan flat earth neo-Nazi rap...[cut to black] Heh. I just had to say that phrase but it's all true.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Harry delivers a massive one to Graham Linehan in his charity stream announcement video.
    Good job raising awareness for a charity, genius. Please talk loudly and angrily about more people that need support, you fucking trash man! You piss boy! You PRODIGIOUS BUFFOON!
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: His video on Flat-Earthers ends on this note. He believes that the movement is essentially people taking the wrong path to the right conclusion: there are far-reaching conspiracies with nobody's best interest in mind but their own, and they do seek to control the media, government, and populace through false information. And the flat-earth movement is right to suspect that the "official" explanation can often be badly compromised by the sinister motives of those aforementioned conspiracies. It's just that these conspiracies have more to do with, say, war profiteers, polluting companies, and neo-fascist regimes, not airplane companies making up fake flights to throw theorists off their trail, or NASA making "poor-quality" Photoshops of the moon.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • KEVIN, in the "Measured Response" videos.
    • Often Hbomb will make an Incredibly Lame Pun or some other deliberately terrible joke and immediately apologise for it.
      Hbomb: Bram Stoker, more like Gramsci Stoker. Doesn't really work, does it...
    • Hbomb knocking something over and shouting "Oh, fuck!"
    • The credits of his videos tend to run over slow-mo footage or out-takes of something (often an item used or referred to in the video) being smashed around on the floor of his studio.
    • Hbomb's obsession with defending the Star Wars prequels. In the second "Scanline" episode, Shannon Strucci even forces him to sign a contract that he'll keep his prequel discussion to a minimum.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • Dan Olson's attempt to infiltrate a Roosh V meet-up in Pick-Up Artists. He had to have an undercover account on Roosh V's forums, buy one of Roosh's books and then journey out to Calgary in the middle of winter... only to find out that no one else has bothered to show up.
    • His "soy boy diet" experiment, which involved him replacing everything conceivable in his diet with soy products or soy-based substitutes, comes to the astounding conclusion that soybeans are just a kind of bean that you can eat. If you want.
  • Shout-Out: The reoccurring gag of him being hit in the face by sausages is a Shout Out to his friend, Lindsay Ellis.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • "Kevin", a child (represented by a stock photo of a laughing boy) who Hbomb loathes with a passion for reasons unexplained. Apparently he became a Running Gag mostly so that Hbomb could feel like he'd got his money's worth for the stock photo.
    • In a more real-world sense, Carl "Sargon of Akkad" of Swindon could be considered this; several of Hbomb's videos have been centered on some of the stupider things Carlgon has said and done, and Sargon has in turn made several jabs at Hbomb over social media.
    • Writer Graham Linehan became this after Linehan spearheaded a campaign to get National Lottery funding withdrawn from the charity Mermaids, which provides support for gender nonconformity in children and young people. In response, Hbomberguy ran an epic 58-hour charity stream marathon in January 2019, where he battled to complete Donkey Kong 64 to 101%, raising over $340,000 for the charity while guests including ContraPoints, Chelsea Manning, Grant Kirkhope (composer for DK64, and voice of Donkey Kong in the game), John Romero, and even US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, dropped in to chat and cheer him on. Linehan continued to post spiteful transphobic comments on Twitter throughout the stream, which only succeeded in bringing further attention to the fundraising effort, leading to the hashtag #ThanksGraham appearing in Twitter's trending topics over most of the weekend.
  • Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Hbomb's rendition of Mad World involves him mumbling every second line.
  • Stepford Smiler: According to his Serious Lore Analysis video, Sonic the Hedgehog is one.
  • Stylistic Suck: He tends to leave in flubs, mistakes and errors throughout his videos, often (deliberately) misspells and mispronounces words, and makes very little effort to hide how cheaply his videos are being produced.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Parodied in his Nice Try, Paul video, which suddenly ends with the ominous image of Jeremy Corbyn after Hbomb threatens to take away choice and freedom from The UK.
  • This Loser Is You: The Halcyon Dreams video ends with the conclusion that we are much closer to the forgotten Rick Dyer than the beloved Don Bluth.
  • Transplant: The Angry Games Smasher, which he uses in The No Man's Sky Rant, originally appeared in Folding Ideas.
  • Unexplained Accent: Lindsay Ellis's impersonation of Roosh V is oddly... German.
  • Visual Gag: Frequently, but of particular note is the one in "A Short Horror Film", which is lampshaded with "add this to my TV Tropes page."
  • Written by the Winners: The whole point of Halcyon Dreams: The Legacy of Dragon's Lair is a defiance of this. Rick Dyer's ambitious project to create a fully-immersive adventure on a voice-operated home console is largely forgotten because it failed and ruined Dyer financially. Hbomb insists that Dyer's story is worth telling because accepting that talent and innovation can fail is important for anyone embarking into new creative territory.
    If we can learn to accept that it's okay to try and fail, that people who fail are worth being remembered and appreciated, then maybe we can all at least learn to enjoy the humanizing experience of failure. Together.
  • Wrongfully Attributed:
    • A big part of his Halcyon Dreams video is based on disposing the myth that Don Bluth was the main creative force behind Dragon's Lair and instead spends most of the time exploring the story of Rick Dyer, the man that actually came up with the ideas behind the game.
    • He also mentions, in the second Scanline episode, that he feels bad about everyone treating the first one like it was entirely him and acting like Shannon Strucci was barely involved.

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