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Jobby the Hong is a YouTube channel focused on toy reviews from a wide range of franchises, such as Transformers, Godzilla and various anime series. His videos are characterized by channel-wide Running Gags, Surreal Humor, and lots and lots of Crossing the Line Twice.

Jobby the Hong provides examples of:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Generally averted, as Jobby tries his best to point out the good qualities of toys he doesn't like (or toys from works that he doesn't like). This is best shown with Bold Forms Gladius, where he considers the cool design and solid gun mode (compared to the figure's fiddly transformation and tendency to fall apart) to be a sign than the line could have potential for creating great figures going forward.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Discussed in his review for Figma Guyver II F, where he says that when he calls the Guyver anime he saw as a kid for adults, he doesn't mean tentacles, but that the anime the figure for the review is from does involve tentacles for the main character's Transformation Sequence. He starts to show a clip from the anime where tentacles are about to wrap around the heroine before deciding that he will be demonetized for it, only to remember that the video's opening skit had him thrown his pants off (with his crotch pixelated) at the figure, so he shows a brief snippet (albeit with nothing NSFW being shown off) of her having the tentacles wrap around her.
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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked in his review for the first live-action Transformers film, as Jobby questions why Optimus Prime seems so insistent on sacrificing himself and comes to the conclusion that he is suicidal.
  • Ass Shove: One of Jobby's running gags is to have a character or himself say "putitinmyass". He tried (unsuccessfully) to get David Kaye to say it during his Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron review.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: This is a running theme in Jobby's review for MP-45 Bumblebee, which aims for a robot mode with cartoon-accurate proportions and a super-deformed Volkswagen Beetle mode with opening doors. As the gimmick for said doors requires them to be hinged to what become the back of the robot mode's feet and can't completely hide away, the end result is what Jobby describes as "foot backpacks". Additionally, the figure uses a fake car roof for the chest to get the right proportions in robot mode, meaning the real car roof has to try to fold up onto the back and results in a mess of Kibbles and Bits.
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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Invoked for his review for Figma Hatsune Miku, where he lists off several things that he knows the character for, putting lots of emphasis on the copious amounts of porn drawn of the character and having her music be a side-mention.
  • Black Comedy: Very common, such as both of his Figma Mami reviews featuring plenty of jokes about her death by decapitation.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Swivel here!"
    • "Beautiful spread!"
    • (touches a sharp point on a figure) "Oh, shit."
    • "Putitinmyass!"
  • Compassionate Critic: Some of the model kits he reviews are built and sent to him by friends or fans, and Jobby likes to give advice on how the modelers can improve their future builds (albeit while still maintaining his style of humor).
  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: Jobby disliked the first three films of the Transformers Film Series so much that he refuses to watch the fourth and fifth films while still making jokes at their expense, even while admitting that he hasn't seem them.
  • Darker and Edgier: His darker, more psychotic episodes are heralded by a Shin Godzilla version of the above logo, with a more demonic "REE!"
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • By the end of Jobby's Figma Snow Miku review (the figure was a bootleg), he's pretty much dead inside.
    • Witnessing the high price of the already-terrible Bold Forms Gladius makes Jobby go insane before lying outside motionless in a chair.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Tends to fixate on attractive features of the characters the figures represent, something he mocks often. This includes figures of male characters, as shown with his SH Figuarts Devilman review talking about the figure's crotch bulge.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Even with his many Distracted by the Sexy jokes, he expresses distaste (and even subverts one of his other Running Gags) over Figma Mami having sculpted panties on a figure of a fourteen year-old.
    • This line from the "FansToys Rouge (Not Arcee)" review, when he complains about the tastelessness of alternate chest pieces that outright show nippled breasts for the robot.
      Jobby, after preempting accusations of hypocrisy: Bruh! Y'all know that I have no problem being horny, but if you're gonna be horny (shows ad for the very voluptuous take on Arcee, the EX-01 Nicee) do it right!
  • Eye Scream: Parodied. Jobby mentions in his Figma Guyver that he saw the show first as a kid and it "assaulted [his] eyes", complete with a clip from the anime of the titular character shooting out a monster's eyes.
  • Fish Eyes: The Charm Point of his Godzilla-based mascot, as seen above.
  • Gag Dub: "Voice Acting: X-Transbots Apollyon Comic" has Jobby read the comic included with the Apollyon figure with Saying Sound Effects Out Loud, Apollyon interrupting Andras (to the latter's frustration), and Apollyon muttering gibberish before Jobby just throws the comic into the garbage.
  • Kibbles and Bits: Jobby started a joke that he calls #BackLivesMatter for mocking a trend found in later Transformers Masterpiece figures where most of the vehicle parts that can't be integrated into the robot mode get shoved onto the back in an often unaesthetically-pleasing manner. He is very critical of MP-45 Bumblebee for not only shoving most of the car kibble onto the back (the figure uses a fake car roof for the chest, so the real car roof gets folded up onto his back in plain view), but also not having the back kibble tab in.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: He mentions in his Figma Guyver review that he first saw the anime as a kid and was traumatized by the show's intense violence, especially because he didn't know that animated shows could be so violent.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Every time he shows off the hip articulation for the Figma Puella Magi Madoka Magica figures (requiring him to show up the skirts of the 14 year-old cast so the viewer can see the joints), a police siren can be heard in the background.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked in his review for MP-28 Hot Rod, where he says that he can never forgive said character for interfering with Optimus Prime and Megatron's battle and getting the former killed as a result. For extra context, the video's thumbnail shows a picture of Optimus' dead corpse and Jobby's usual intro is interrupted by Optimus telling Hot Rod to get out of the way.
  • Overused Running Gag: He lampshades how much of a gigantic meme "Swivel here" has become while usually also saying that he will continue to use it.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: From his Transformers review:
    Megatron: "There are only two genders."
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Transformation segments use "royalty-free jazz" courtesy of Kevin MacLeod.
    • Bootstrapped Theme: Go to any video of Dispersion Relation by Kevin MacLeod on YouTube. Nine times out of ten, all you'll find are comments by Jobby fans. So much so that he's made two sets of lyrics set to it, one despairing and one loving.
  • "Psycho" Strings: Heralds the appearance of the Gundam Ghost, when Jobby even so much as hints at the idea of model kit building that he has no time for whenever a non-model kit toy still has some runners or is in need of custom paint.
  • Running Gag: Frequent use of Ainsley Harriot's memetic expressions and quotes, for one.
  • Sanity Slippage: His review for EX-01 Nicee is constantly intercut with Jobby's gradual descent into dark madness...due to the fact he's doing his damnest not to cave in from reviewing an insanely sexualized robot figure in No Nut November. He fails the challenge and gives in to the urge.
  • Self-Deprecation: He likes to make fun of himself, often having some of his Take Thats lampshade how they also apply to him. His review of the Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam has him call the Robot Spirits line for people who "actually have a life to attend to" and don't have time to build model kits before reminding everyone that he builds model kits himself.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product:
    • The Figma Snow Miku he ordered ended up being one, as evidenced by how many of its joints were broken straight out of the package.
    • Zigzagged with many third party Transformers he's reviewed. The aversions at times often even outdo official products (or, in the case of Jiang Xing Winged Dragon Beast Wars Transmetal 2 Megatron, forms of characters unlikely to get new toys), with Jobby preferring many of them to their official Masterpiece offerings price-wise and engineering-wise... and then there's Bold Forms Gladius (which falls apart incredibly easily and its price makes Jobby go insane, especially because the figure doesn't try to learn from MP-36 Megatron) and Planet X Triton (the video is titled "The Most DISAPPOINTING Transformer").
  • Special Guest: His Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron and ToyWorld Beast General reviews feature voice appearances from David Kaye, voicing Megatron as well as himself, specifically recorded for the videos.
  • Suicide as Comedy:
    • Reviews of Transformers characters who turn into guns tend to involve at least one joke of Jobby putting the gun mode up to his head. He's also occasionally joked about the videos being the only thing keeping him alive.
    • Jobby's review for Transformers has him come to the conclusion that Optimus' desire to perform a Heroic Sacrifice is because he must be suicidal, and acts out a scene where Optimus tells Sam that he hates everything and wants to die.
  • Surreal Humor: Very much so. One particularly memorable example is from his Bold Forms Gladius review, where he throws the figure into his washing machine to turn it into a pack of noodles that he then eats before vomiting (as the figure's tank mode again) it up into his toilet and hitting it with various appliances as the screen's colors change.
  • Take That!:
    • The Transformers Film Series and by extension Michael Bay are on the receiving end of a lot of jokes, with Jobby poking fun at how he dislikes the films yet supports them by buying their toys anyway. He did, however reevaluate the first film and decide that it's solid.
    • YouTube's copyright and demonetization policies tend to be mocked whenever Jobby gets an opportunity to do so. His "COPYRIGHT CLAIM REVIEW" video is one big critique on said system.
  • Take That, Audience!: He likes to mock his own viewers at times.
    • The recurring character Gundam Ghost is meant to poke fun at fans upset at him not being able to upload videos focusing on Gundam model kits anymore due to his work schedule.
    • Next most common would be him wearing an Optimus Prime mask representing the nitpickers to his points. ALWAYS heralded by a very nasally "BUTJOBBYYYYYY!"
    • His Five Nights at Freddy's Nightmare Freddy Funko review has him mention that he doesn't like the Five Nights at Freddy's fanbase, and then compares it with several other fandoms. The last one is his own fandom, complete with a Wall of Text featuring swivel memes.
    • Jobby's MP-45 Bumblebee review features a skit where Takara's CEO tells their lead designer to give the figure opening doors and a Spike figure, and brushes off concerns about the gimmick making the robot mode look awful by saying (while turning to the screen) that "those brainwashed Transformers fans" will buy it anyway.
  • Tempting Fate: As Jobby finishes talking about the tank mode for Bold Forms Gladius, he says that at least it all fits together very nicely... right as one of the treads falls off. This is enough for his sanity.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Invoked for his Bold Forms Gladius review, where he gets especially disappointed with the figure after comparing it to the official Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron, stating that he supports the creation of more Megatron figures, but adding that companies that don't try to top or learn from MP-36 shouldn't bother.
  • Video Review Show: Focused on toys, although he tends to briefly dive into the source material before talking about the toys themselves, sometimes to say that he hasn't watched whatever media the figure comes from.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In his Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron review, David Kaye (yes, the same David Kaye who voiced Megatron) was meant to end a line with Megatron gloating about obtaining the Golden Disk with "putitinmyass", but Kaye was left speechless before breaking character and saying that he can't bring himself to read it. This was brought up again at the end of the review.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Jobby calls Bold Forms Gladius the "worst experience [he's] had playing with a toy", but notes that the bootleg Figma Snow Miku was a close second.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Discussed at times for his reviews of figures from the Transformers Film Series where he admits that he thinks certain designs are fine, but that they just don't resemble their Generation One counterparts very well. In his DX9 La Hire (3rd party Transformers: The Last Knight Hot Rod) review, he hates how the movie design takes no cues from the original Hot Rod's unique design (even if Jobby hates said Hot Rod's character), but that the design is decent on its own.


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