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

  • His political videos. They usually involve Hbomb responding to either a single or multiple videos from right-wing reactionaries on a general topic, while making a greater point on the topic itself.
  • 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.
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  • 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 his friend and fellow Youtube leftist, 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 a British children's charity. The first online streamer to be be so honoured.


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  • 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!
  • Ascended Fanboy: One of his biggest inspirations for his video series was Folding Ideas. Harris and Dan are now friends and collaborate frequently.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: The fucking boomerang! in the "Sherlock is Garbage" video.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 Yinnopolus, although he never got around to actually uploading the video.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 is 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Harry delivers a massive one at a certain comedy writer 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!
  • Running Gag: Several.
  • "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."
  • 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.

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