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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. He is the first online streamer to be be so honoured.

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  • Accidental Aesop: invoked
    • He 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.
    • RWBY's handling of the Faunus plot is so muddled and disoriented that it accidentally makes the point that supressing a civil rights movement is actually a good thing, because they're all evil terrorists who want to bomb cities that largely are apathetic to individual acts of racism.
      Hbomb: The gang gleefully kill dozens of White Fang members, throwing them off a train at high speeds where their remains will be shattered and smashed into a pulp, unburied in a collapsing tunnel covered in monsters and explsoives, and then later the only exit from this monster-infested tunnel is sealed shut, trapping any of the survivors inside to die horrible deaths. And sure, maybe they experienced racism and suffering, but they decided to be evil so they got what was coming! If you kill one of these guys your conscience is clean!
  • 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.
    • In his early videos, Davis Aurini was the biggest source of mockery on his channel and more or less the embodiment of everything he disliked about anti-SJW internet culture.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His acknowledgement of some of the issues with the game that make it hard for many people to get into in the Pathologic video:
    ''The game's just not fun. It's not interesting to look at, it doesn't feel good to play mechanically, it's frustrating, the story is confusing and wordy and translated from Russian by a mystical rat who only speaks in riddles...
  • 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.
  • Audience Surrogate: invoked A Discussed Trope in his RWBY video.
    • Jaune Arc's role as this in the early seasons of the show hampers the character of both him and his partner Pyrrha Nikos. Jaune, in spite of descending from a long family line of Huntsmen, has no clue how Aura (a basic ability that all Huntsmen unlock) works. Pyrrha has to spend most of her screentime explaining these basic concepts to Jaune, leaving her little room to develop as a character in the first Volume.
    • Harris jokingly calls Qrow Branwen this. After his introduction in Volume 3, Qrow's constant sarcasm aimed at the self-serious elements of the show make him a joy to watch and reflect the opinions of the viewers who are getting tired of the exposition and just want to get back to the fights.
  • Author Avatar: He bluntly considers Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross to have done this with Jaune and Neptune in RWBY, frequently mocking them for how their characters drag the pacing to a halt in Volume 2 with the dance arc where both of their characters are competing for Weiss Schnee's affections.
  • 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. Ultimately subverted, though, since the Star Wars films are ultimately such a fundamental example of his overall argument that he has to get around to them eventually.
  • Berserk Button:
    • While most of the criticisms in the "Sherlock is Garbage" video are delivered fairly calmly, albeit with a heavy dose of sarcasm, the scene in which it is revealed that "a fucking boomerang" was used as a murder weapon actually causes Harris to scream in frustration.
    • 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.
    • RWBY Volume 2's dance arc. He frequently comes back to it and mocks it for being some of the most generic plotting the show has done to date, especially as it heavily involves Jaune and Neptune, who are voiced by the show's head writers. Whenever Harris complains about RWBY's slow pace and lack of character growth, he usually immediately points out that the dance arc should have been cut.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Hbomb discusses in his RWBY video why the White Fang conflict really shouldn't have been made into this, as the White Fang are shown to have a legitimate point in how they are treated and persecuted due to their race, but the show can't really admit that they're right (as Hbomb jokingly notes, it would be hard to sell happy-go-lucky merch of Nora saying "Boop" if it existed as part of a setting where people are discriminated against due to circumstances of birth), so instead it conveniently has the White Fang be corrupted by a more violent element which provides the cast moral justification in beating them up.
  • Black Comedy: 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!"
  • 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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: From "Bethesda vs. Critics":
    Hbomb: I could just say "buyer beware", scream "caveat emptor" and run off into my survival shelter filled with backup Bitcoin wallets and posters of Ayn Rand, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Ryan Rand, Nand Paulranyn and Skeletor...
  • 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".
  • Can't Take Criticism: Hbomb discusses this in RWBY Is Disappointing And Here's Why regarding how showrunner Miles Luna has garnered a reputation as being unable to properly take criticism without perceiving it as a personal attack. While Hbomb agrees with points Miles has made in the past regarding taking criticism (most notably Luna's comments regarding how bad-faith criticism is less likely to work by virtue of not wanting to admit that the Jerkass Has a Point), Hbomb then points out that for all the times Luna has said he does try and find good-faith criticism of the series, he never actually acknowledges it in public and spends more time quote-retweeting bad-faith criticism of the show, leaving a perception that he never engages with good critique and setting a bad example for his fandom on how to handle criticism.
  • 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.
  • invoked Critical Research Failure: The theme of some of his "Measured Response" videos is how a lot of right-wing myths are unsustainable if you do even the barest amount of research. Special mention goes to Antifeminism vs Facts where he debunks Sargon of Akkad's attack on the 1-in-5 college rape statistic simply by reading more than the first paragraph of the study in question, and Climate Denial: A Measured Response where he points out that debunking it was as easy as "pointing out there's more than one ice sheet and zooming out on a graph."
  • Cross Through: During "Flat Earth: A Measured Response", Hbomb visits Abigail Thorn to discuss the subject, only to walk in on the filming of her video, "Why Does Britain Still Have A Queen?"... which involves Abigail pouring HP Sauce onto her face and into her mouth. Hbomb decides to just reference Abigail'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!
  • Delusion Conclusion: Discussed in-universe during Sherlock is Garbage, in which (among other things) he tackles the infamous Apple Tree Yard theory. Here, fans disappointed in the third and final episode of the concluding season came to believe that there was actually a hidden fourth episode in which it would be revealed that everything that had happened in "The Final Problem" was a dream or a fiction - and went to absolutely bewildering lengths to prove that it would be arriving soon, even insisting that The BBC thriller Apple Tree Yard had to be a cover for the Grand Finale of Sherlock. In the wake of the revelation that Apple Tree Yard was nothing of the sort, Hbomb concludes that Season 4 of Sherlock was just really, really terrible, and he felt sorry for the fans who committed to the theory out of desperation to avoid admitting that the season had been bad. Nonetheless, he makes the point that even if The Johnlock Conspiracy was correct, that still wouldn't make the series good, because wasting hours of screentime and hundreds of thousands of dollars on a deliberately bad episode just to throw people off the scent is a phenomenally stupid way to run a show.
  • 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.
  • Disappointed in You: He makes a point that he finds RWBY, more than anything, disappointing, because there was genuine talent working behind the scenes and the mere endeavor of creating a web series like that, the first original web series of that scale, is an ambitious and respectable goal, which is why he named the video RWBY is disappointing rather than "garbage". He points out the second half of season three as giving a genuine glimpse of what the show could have been if the series wasn't bogged down by poor, constant exposition, trying to imitate other, better shows and if the creators weren't so precious about their creation that they refused to give deeper flaws to their world and characters.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: One of the main points of his "Pick Up Artistry" video is that the cynical and misogynistic worldview of so-called "pick-up artists" is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how relationships work. To illustrate this, Harris talks about a chapter from Roosh V's book Game in which Roosh recounts how a girl he knew in college rejected his advances even though he was a "nice guy," but gave him more attention when he started acting cold and rude towards her. Roosh cites this as evidence that women don't find nice guys attractive, while Harris notes that to an unbiased observer, it's obvious that she was concerned about his sudden change in behavior and was trying to maintain their friendship despite not being romantically interested in him. The fact that she is never mentioned again afterwards implies that she eventually gave up on him and moved on with her life, which means that Roosh drew all the wrong conclusions from this experience and drove away a girl who actually liked him for absolutely nothing.
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: invoked Harris bluntly calls Qrow Branwen one of the best characters in RWBY. Qrow's sardonic wit makes for some of the funniest scenes in Volume 3 alone.
  • 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 a reminder of the limited amount of time a human lifespan actually is.
  • Exposition: He argues that this is one of the biggest problems of RWBY: not only is there a lot of exposition, but it is also almost always poorly delivered. Concepts like Auras and Semblances are explained very poorly at inopportune times and/or to people who shouldn't need to have them explained (like Pyrrha talking about Aura to Jaune, someone who should already know about it given his background, over the fight between Rin and a giant snake, or Weiss's sister explaining that the Schnee Semblance is hereditary to Weiss). He particularly latches onto the fact that opening only briefly explains the concept of dust, which isn't enough to fully inform the viewer and has to later come back to it to explain. He also suspects the creators are aware of this problem since the concept of Aura is re-explained in Volume 5 and they created The World Of Remnant, an entirely separate series meant solely to explain the concept that the main failed to make clear. He contrasts this with what he considers a genuinely good moment of exposition in the series—when a villain says "we got a huntress" in a tone of concern, the woman in question kicks some serious ass, and then Ruby excitedly asks for her autograph, that says a lot about the concept of huntresses in a way that blends seamlessly with the story.
  • Fantastic Racism: RWBY's attempts at this with the Faunus plot makes up a significant chunk of his video on Volumes 1 to 3, as he breaks down how the plot fails in every conceivable manner to work on a writing level. As Hbomb made the video during a period of racial tension in the midst of the George Floyd protests, he's blunt in his assessment that the series miserably failed, especially when it came to how the setting has to bend over backward to justify making the White Fang antagonists when they're almost entirely in the right.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In his video on RWBY he points out that Ruby displays amazing hand-to-hand abilities in her first appearance, but when it becomes necessary for her to be captured, she's suddenly useless without her weapon.
  • 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.
    • His RWBY video includes several quotes, Tweets and segments from interviews with Monty, Miles and Kerry where they make crass jokes about the protagonists and their bodies. Many of these immediately cut to one of the trio noting that Weiss, Blake and Yang were all seventeen at the start of the series, while Ruby was just fifteen.
  • 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."
He then goes on to refer to co-star Martin Freeman as "Martin McBacon".
  • Monochrome Casting: He doesn't dwell on it but Hbomb points out offhand how RWBY's cast starts out almost entirely white despite trying to code the characters as minorities through having them be Faunus. He then jokes that the series does include a lot of black people... while showing the shadow people the show used when it didn't have enough budget to render crowd shots in Volume 1.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: One of his main points in WOKE BRANDS: the controversies surrounding progressive-leaning ads work as more effective advertisements for companies than the ads themselves.
  • 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 the works of Steven Moffat (who he does think can make very good standalone episodes) 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.
    • Many of his video essays open with him referring to it as anything but a video essay, usually with a self-deprecating comment. He refers to his Sherlock essay as a "primal hallucinatory nightmare", his RWBY essay refers to the "...And Here's Why" series in general as "the increasingly infrequent cries for help my family refuses to believe is my job", and in his Pathologic video he refers to his entire channel as "the assorted mess of concepts that can scarcely be called a YouTube channel."
    • 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.
    • His fixation on RWBY's opening narration placing a lot of emphasis on Dust instead of more noteworthy aspects of the lore such as Aura and Semblances.
  • "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.
    • The RWBY video ends on this note, as it ends on Volume 3 (released after Monty's untimely death). After Harris breathlessly talks about how good Volume 3's second half is and how great the show can be when its firing on all cylinders... he sadly notes that following Volume 3 the series began a slump in quality from which he feels it will never fully recover.
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: A Discussed Trope in his RWBY video. Hbomb goes into detail on the various instances of the show taking elements from other anime and shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Soul Eater, with a particular comparison of Ruby's first scene and Spike Spiegel's first scene in the Cowboy Bebop movie (as writer Miles Luna is a long-time fan of Bebop and both scenes share various similarities) as part of a point on how taking a scene from another product without understanding why that scene originally worked only hurts your own product and makes it feel less original.
  • 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. To this day, people still ask Graham Linehan (who has since been banned from Twitter and returned a few times under other names) if he knows how to beat Beaver Bother - a meme that started when Graham began grousing about the stream while Hbomb was stuck on it.
  • 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.
    • Averted during his RWBY review, in that he specifically notes that he's avoiding much of the low-hanging fruit in regards to critiquing the show such as the frequent off-model moments or sub-par animation. He points out that he's liked shows with much worse animation because the story and characters were good, and prettier visuals wouldn't fix the writing problems.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: invoked He feels this way about main protagonist Ruby Rose in his video on RWBY, noting that the start of the series sets up Ruby as a mechanical prodigy who becomes close friends with a guy (Jaune) who uses an antiquated weapon. Harris notes that the show could easily have Ruby and Jaune bond over upgrading his ancestor's gear to suit him and both could grow from the experience... only for the show to forget Ruby's engineering skills outside of one token line per Volume. To make matters worse, when Volume 4 finally sees Jaune get an upgrade, it's done by a one-off blacksmith.
    Harris: The main character, who theoretically should be the most interesting, is a lady in a nice outfit with a cool gun. That's a really low ceiling to put on a story.
    • Harris similarly criticises the show for the handling of Team CFVY. Despite a lot of pre-release material for Volume 2 hyping up Velvet's role in the plot and the fan contest to design her, CFVY are barely in Volume 2 and just show up as a Deus ex Machina to resolve the threat of the finale. Harris assumes that conflicts in the writer's room between Monty Oum, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross (or the dance arc) led to CFVY's role being drastically reduced.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked Part of what frustrates him the most about RWBY is that the setting has lots of good ideas and potential story beats, but the main writers consistently fail to execute them properly (for example, the conflict between Ruby and Weiss over Ruby being the leader of Team RWBY when Weiss wanted the position is quickly resolved by a professor lecturing Weiss on her attitude). At one point he notes that "RWBY is a really fun show to write a wiki about."
  • 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: The "Pick Up Artistry" video features Lindsay Ellis reading excerpts from a book by Roosh V (an American of Armenian and Iranian descent) in an odd, vaguely German-accented voice for no discernible reason.
  • 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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