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Phantom Strider is a YouTube channel created by Josh Strider. His videos are Top Ten lists reviewing various media, mostly animation. His channel was created Nov. 13, 2007, and currently has over 300,000 subscribers.

He also has a second channel, Live Strider, where he posts more casual videos.


PhantomStrider contains examples of

  • Adorkable: A young Aussie in a maroon (now orange) button-up shirt who reviews animation. He is pretty much the embodiment of this trope.
  • Ash Face: Josh gets this repeatedly during his "Top 6 worst religious cartoons" (and when he talks about religious cartoons in other videos), Courtesy of God.
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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: As someone with ADD and Aspergers, this happens quite a lot, particularly in his LP's.
    Phantom Strider: "OK, we need to make sure not to get distracted…ooh, a chicken!"
  • Berserk Button:
    • Ugly animation, horrible voice acting, The Simpsons episode, "Lisa Goes Gaga", and the Family Guy episode, "Brian's a Bad Father".
    • He also seems to have little tolerance for works that are excessively mean-spirited just for the sake of it or towards undeserving characters; this is a big reason behind his despising of Chicken Little and modern Family Guy, for instance.
    • He also despises unoriginal cash grabs, The Emoji Movie in particular.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Done as a Running Gag in his Top 6 Worst Religious Cartoons video, and whenever he talks about religious cartoons in other videos.
    Phantom Strider: (To God) Are you going to do this every time I review one of these?
  • Broke the Rating Scale: In his worst video games list, the sixth worst game (Zelda: Wand of Gamelon) is a 0/10. The other entries are in the negative numbers. Similarly, in his "Worst Cartoon Network Specials", he gives The Annoying Orange Christmas Special a -1030/10, primarily for how it uses "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • Butt-Monkey: If the Bolt of Divine Retribution Running Gag and Looney Tunes style Self-Deprecation are any indication, this is definitely a trope that applies to Strider himself.
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    • One particular video, which focused on the worst African cartoons, had all the transitions including Josh receiving a lot of pain from Mother Nature via animals, weather, natural disasters, and the moon being crushed onto him. All while tries his best to list the number for each segment.
    • As stated above, Josh has also been struck by God's lightning in a few of his videos, whenever Josh tries to discuss about the usage of religion (usually Christianity) in a show.
  • Cartoon Juggling: He began to pick up the cascade style at the end of each video.
  • Catchphrase: "Jeebus!" or some other variant.
    • "And if you like these shows, that's fine. It's just my silly personal opinion."
    • In his later videos, he usually opens up with "Howdy, this is Phantom Strider."
  • Content Warnings: Some videos include brief warnings if the following clip has violent/Squicky content, for example, his "Top Ten Worst Family Guy Episodes".
  • Crossover: He has done a crossover with Robyn from Anime America about the worst anime as well as anime he hates that everyone else likes. The Nostalgia Critic has also made an appearance in "Top Ten Worst Movies of All Time" and joined him for "Top Ten Creepiest Animated Movies". Blame It on Jorge joined him for "Top Ten Creepiest Kids' Show Characters".
  • Dude, Not Funny!: His reaction to the wrist slitting joke in "Top Ten Worst Family Guy Episodes".
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: No matter how bad something is when he's reviewing it, Strider pretty much watches his language and remarkably avoids swearing harsher than "crap". This was averted once in his Top 10 Simpsons Episodes video.
  • Head Desk: Bangs his head against his desk after introducing Ren Seeks Help as both the worst cartoon of all time and having the worst cartoon character of all time (Ren).
    • He also does this at the end of his Mulan II segment of his Top Ten Worst Disney Films, where he literally bangs his head hard aganist the desk while he puts up with the end of an annoying musical number from said film. And his last head bang is in time with the song ending.
    • He does it once again in his Top Ten Worst Theme Songs video in reaction to the theme from Scaredy Squirrel.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In-Universe. When Strider goes back to his Top 10 Worst Cartoons of All Time list or if some other animated work replaces the cartoon it was originally placed on, appropriately "Yours Truly, Satan" from Sonic CD plays in the background.
  • Land Down Under: Strider is from Australia, after all.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In almost every video in his live-action channel, he always wears a maroon (now orange) button-up shirt and is rarely seen wearing anything else.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: He tried to avert this by refusing to ever review Where the Dead Go to Die.invoked
  • Obligatory Swearing: Notable by its absence, Strider is one of the few internet reviewers who rarely swears for humor value, if at all.
  • The Scrappy: invokedDoes a few lists involving these types of characters (Worst Cartoon Characters , Worst Disney Characters, and Worst Characters from Good Cartoons).
  • So Bad, It's Horrible: In-Universe, he considers "Ren Seeks Help" the worst cartoon he's ever seennote , Shoujo Tsubaki the worst anime (and by extension worst piece of animation) he's ever seen, and Freddy Got Fingered the worst movie he's ever seen.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Dark Strider. Basically, a more edgier version of Josh's internet persona, who wears a dark blue shirt, and sporting dark shadowy make-up on his face to resemble Batman or any edgy superhero. He turns into this whenever he gets REALLY pissed from watching particular bad content for some of his lists.
  • Think of the Children!: Strider always gives a heads up to his viewers if some graphic violence is going to be shown. He's even censored more graphic scenes for the viewers. He's taken this trope Up to Eleven after watching Where the Dead Go to Die and turned it off after watching ten minutes, saying that it's the worst piece of animation he's ever seen in his life, and he'll never forgive himself if a child looked that up because he mentioned it. Scroll down The Mysterious Mr. Enter's video on the comments to see his sentiments on the film.
    • He even removed an earlier video that focused on controversial anime, due to the video showing lots of gory scenes and otherwise. He also didn't want young viewers to search up those anime that were listed in the now deleted video.
  • Uncanny Valley: invoked He discusses the trope during the Top Ten Creepiest Animated Films.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: He throws this accusation around a lot. It's a rare case of being justified, as the shows and movies Strider discusses often really are bad enough to warrant this title.

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