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Quinton Kyle Hoover (born December 7, 1996), known as Quinton Reviews, is a YouTuber and Garfield enthusiast who makes commentary and reviews on various TV shows, movies, Internet content, and Garfield paraphernalia.

His Fallen Titans series documents the careers of various YouTubers and Internet trends that were once extremely popular, but have since faded into obscurity, faced significant backlash or vanished altogether. Many of these videos allow him to talk about his personal relationship with channels that were significant to his childhood.

He also has a video series about The History Channel, a multi-part long, rather comprehensive series of videos analysing iCarlynote , several conspiracy-related videos, quite a few parody videos, and several Halloween-themed videos.


Tropes used or discussed on this show:

  • The Abridged Series: A Fallen Titans episode discusses the rise and fall of abridged versions of series.
  • An Aesop: The "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans ends with the message that it's fine to take inspiration from one's peers, but you have to find a way to make your work stand out.
  • Alternate Reality Game: A Fallen Titans episode discusses the rise and fall of ARGs, including lonelygirl15.
  • April Fools' Day: On April 1, 2020, he released a Fallen Titans video on Sargon of Akkad. Not the YouTube political commentator, the Mesopotamian king.
  • Arc Welding: His parody of Channel Awesome's anniversary films, as a way to make fun of how the likes of The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara get so invested in their own Running Gags and how familiar their audiences are with them that they use them as serious plot points for big, bloated storylines.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his Watchmen Sequels video, his list of 2020 events ends with "My local Waffle Hut isn't even open right now".
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:invoked Juiced, an incredibly disgusting and exploitative prank series where the entire concept is "O.J. Simpson intimidates people with his presence and fame for having been acquitted of a double murder", but was so incompetently made that it couldn't even live up to that. Quinton mentions it's so obscure that he couldn't even find a torrent, meaning that nobody thought it was worth stealing.
  • Big Good: Quinton seems to regard Neil Cicierega as this for YouTube and much of the internet at large, citing how his body of work not only influenced much of the internet's humor and sensibilities but still surprisingly hold up to this day.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "But in my mind, Pawn Stars was an attempt to create a show like The Office, except on a quarter of the budget. The goofy cast, the hilarious weekly mishaps, the mockery of hierarchical capitalist systems which create a toxic workplace yet seem to always come back around to creating a profitable business model, it's all there."
  • Broken Pedestal:invoked Quinton isn't afraid to admit that like many review shows, he was inspired by Channel Awesome and The Nostalgia Critic. However, his growth in taste and sensibilities eventually made him see his enjoyment of the content as adolescent cringe. What truly makes this a case of this trope is that while Quinton eventually saw Doug Walker's work as So Bad, It's Good, he lost all respect for him and was genuinely hurt when he learned about the #ChangeTheChannel controversy.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Invoked out of necessity due to heavy subject matter for the Fallen Titans episode on Tobuscus.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Quinton unleashes a string of profanities after a particularly bad case of Critical Research Failureinvoked on Hunting Hitler, a series that looks on the possibility that Adolf Hitler somehow survived World War II. At one point the hosts are shown a picture of an elderly man that looks like Hitler, but as Quinton reveals later on, the man in the picture is Moe Howard.
    Quinton: How fucking stupid does every goddamn person on this stupid fucking channel have to be that they can't fucking tell the difference between Adolf Hitler and fucking Moe Howard?!
  • Comic-Book Time: One of his complaints about Victorious is that since none of the characters aged, they weren't allowed to change as people or even develop personality traits outside of their basic archetypes.
  • Condemned by History:invoked The Fallen Titans series discusses Internet phenomena that were once massively popular, but have since faced significant backlash and/or fallen into obscurity. Specific examples covered include Ray William Johnson, The Nostalgia Critic and the Channel Awesome debacle, and The Abridged Series.
  • Confirmation Biasinvoked:
    • In "The Decline of History Channel", Quinton mentions that most early archaeologists had an agenda, hunting for the past "with a pickaxe in one hand and a Bible in the other", and that this might have led to the loss of key moments in history. He thinks this is a bad thing, and thinks shows like Ancient Aliens are guilty of similar sins.
    • In "That Time the World Ended", Quinton says that the guest speakers just want to see their biases confirmed.
    • "Hunting Hitler" has hosts who refuse to believe anything that contradicts their preset views, to the point they'll eagerly accept a picture of Moe Howard as Adolf Hitler and one host saying at the end of the first season they refuse to accept facts as facts til they decide they're facts.
  • Content Warnings: Played for Laughs in "Bad Nazi Documentaries". The opening of the video warns that it will contain a Hitler sex change and exploding pancakes. Later, Quinton warns that the video will mention suicide, before making the counter-content warning that "it's about Hitler's suicide, so who gives a shit". A similar comment is made about Hitler's bones.
  • Critical Research Failureinvoked: Quinton calls out two examples in "Bad Nazi Documentaries":
    • He says that the photographic evidence used in Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence to "prove" that Earhart ended up around Japan can be debunked by using Google's reverse image search option, which shows you that the photo was taken two years before her disappearance.
    • He is appalled when a "facial analysis" in Hunting Hitler claims that a photo of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges actually portrayed an elderly Adolf Hitler.note 
      Quinton: How fucking stupid does every goddamn person on this stupid fucking channel have to be that they can't fucking tell the difference between Adolf Hitler and fucking Moe Howard?!
  • Doorstopper: His series on the Nickelodeon Shared Sitcom Universe have all been multiple hour-long videos, with the shortest clocking in at little over three and a half hours and the longest at five and a half, all of which are quite lengthy, even by standards for analysis videos.
  • Follow the Leaderinvoked: Discussed in the "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans, where Quinton talks about various YouTubers who imitated successful shows.
  • Franchise Original Sin:invoked In "The Decline of the History Channel", Quinton argues that the channel has always featured sensationalist programming and shows that only portray The Theme Park Version of history. The problem just got worse over time.
  • Freudian Slip: Comes up in the Victorious video when analyzing Sinjin's character.
    Quinton: I have kind of a soft spot for Shinji- (Beat) Wow...
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Discussed early in the iCarly video, when he points out that Spencer should not be able to afford a huge apartment that apparently spans three floors. This leads to a theory that Spencer is actually Banksy.
  • Fun with Subtitles: In the To Boldly Flee review, Quinton covers the "" watermark and replaces it with stuff like "".
  • It's Hard, So It Sucks!invoked: Discussed in the "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans. Quinton says that both The Angry Video Game Nerd and its knockoffs tend to criticize games for being too hard, but while the AVGN had valid complaints about Fake Difficulty, many knockoffs would just bash every single challenging game.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: invoked Discussed in the second part of the iCarly review where Quinton mentions that a recurring fear of his when editing the video was that one of the actors in the show would get canceled for something actually heinous as soon as he posted the videos, since he specifically mentions the actors' performances as a positive about the show.
  • Kayfabe: Discussed in the Pawn Stars episode, where Quinton talks about how much of it is fake. He says that the "B plots" have always been fake, but the sales in the early seasons are genuine to some degree. In later seasons, however, a lot of them just wanted to show off some cool stuff and get on TV. He also points out that the show made the pawn shop so popular that the main cast couldn't work in the shop normally, and the guests they do meet are vetted ahead of time.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapesinvoked:
    • Being a avid Garfield fan, his quest is to find lost and obscure Garfield media, such as discovering the franchise's precursors Gnorm Gnat and Jon, which he found at a regional Indiana newspaper in 2019.
    • Discussed in the "That Time the World Ended" episode, where Quinton mentions that the Mayan Doomsday prediction documentaries are now hard to find. He speculates that The History Channel buried them out of embarrassment, since pretty much all of those documentaries took at face value that the world was going to end in 2012 (only a few made as the date was getting closer tried to interpret it as a "change" rather than the end of the world).
  • Lawful Stupid: Quinton mocks the guy in The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls for looking for crystal skulls he believes can prevent the Mayan Doomsday... while being perfectly willing to waste valuable time waiting to obtain a permit to excavate the site he believes contains some of them. Apparently that paperwork is more important than saving the world.
  • LOL, 69: Quinton's disappointed in his second iCarly video that by the end of the Season 6 review, he's only counted 68 "iCrimes," which doesn't feel right. He's excited to bring that total to 69 after "iGoodbye," due to Sam riding an uninsured motorcycle at night.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In the To Boldly Flee review, Quinton brings up that Brad Jones hated being called "Bradakin" in the script and fandom, to the point of wanting references to it removed from the IMDb page. As Quinton dislikes Brad, he of course decides to call him "Bradakin".
    Quinton: So, Bradakin is what I'm going to call him for the rest of Time.
  • Manipulative Editing: "How Documentaries Lie to You" discusses how documentaries can mislead the audience. One strategy is to have trustworthy sources provide non-essential information to make the narrative as a whole seem more trustworthy.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: His "Virtual Vidcon", which includes cameos from content creators from all walks of Internet life, from popular YouTubers, to other video reviewers, to storytime vloggers, musicians, you name it. Amazingly, Linkara himself shows up in spite of Quinton making fun of him many times on his own show.
  • Mayan Doomsday: "That Time the World Ended" discusses and mocks various failed doomsday predictions, with an emphasis on the 2012 one.
  • Millennium Bug: "That Time the World Ended" brings up the Y2K problem, which was fairly well-defined ("computers think it's 1900 and go haywire"), to contrast it with the numerous contradictory Mayan Doomsday predictions.
  • The Mockbuster: Quinton devotes some of Knockoff November to reviewing mockbusters (of e.g. Bee Movie).
  • Mood Whiplash: Quinton thinks it's odd that early Pawn Stars seasons juxtapose the main cast doing "stupid shit" alongside tragic stories about people who have to take out loans they probably won't be able to pay back because their lives were torn apart by the recession.
  • Moving the Goalposts: In "That Time the World Ended", Quinton mentions that some doomsday prophets claimed that they got the year wrong when the apocaplypse didn't come as they had predicted.
  • MST3K Mantra: invoked
    • In "The Rankin/Bass Cinematic Universe," he notes that Vixen the reindeer is a baby in The Year Without a Santa Claus but an adult in Santa's origin story, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. So how does he explain this contradiction to his theory that all of the Rankin/Bass films take place within the same universe?
      Quinton: It's a movie.
    • To Boldly Flee justified a lot of its shortcomings both in and out of universe by claiming that reality was being warped by the Plot Hole. At the ending, where Santa Christ declares that plot holes no longer matter now that their universe resides within a literal mistake, Quinton response is:
      Quinton: Oh, innocent innocent Santa Christ...plot holes never mattered.
  • Network Decay:invoked Discussed in the video "The Decline of the History Channel", where Quinton talks about how The History Channel went from focusing on genuinely informative (if flawed) history-based shows to stuff like Reality TV and conspiracy theories. He also describes Network Decay — even mentioning it by name — in its general form:
    Quinton: So there's this concept that comes attached to a lot of hyper-branded channels that's called "network decay". The idea is that as networks struggle to compete over time, their content broadens and broadens until the stations become increasingly homogenized.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He admits at times that the Fallen Titans title is misleading, and the episode on himself has him set the record somewhat straight that the title has more to do with his personal relationship and histories with the subjects rather than the larger overall perception of them. His episode on Filthy Frank even addresses how the title and the past episodes make it seem like Quinton is going to talk smack about the series and its "downfall" when really the "fall" was more controlled and deliberate in this case, and Quinton has nothing but praise for the series and its infamous influence on online culture.
  • Nostalgia Filter: In the Pawn Stars episode, Quinton says that many fans of the show think it used to be authentic, but is now fake. He argues that while the show did get more fake as it went on, the main reason it feels more fake now is that most fans started watching as kids and thought the show changed when they grew up and gained the ability to see through the Kayfabe.
  • Not-So-Cheap Imitationinvoked: Quinton thinks the CinemaSins knock-off Cinema Wins is actually better than the original. He thinks Sins consists of clickbaity videos that focus on having complaints instead of criticism, and disguise nitpicking as film analysis. While he doesn't think Wins is real film analysis either, he appreciates that it celebrates films instead of mocking them, and points out neat details that add to the viewing experience.
  • Old Shame: invoked In "That Time the World Ended", Quinton claims that The History Channel likely buried their failed doomsday prediction programmes out of embarrassment.
  • One-Hit Wonderinvoked: Quinton has this to say about the channel FanMadeStuff:
    Quinton: It's fascinating and terrifying that a channel could have a viral hit that big and can still garner almost no following from it whatsoever.
  • Only in Florida: A big section of his "Requiem For a Themed McDonald's" focuses on two particularly eccentric Florida Franchisees, and he makes note of this trope with discussing them. Especially this line:
    Quinton: For a brief moment in 1998 if you played your cards right, you could go inside of a McDonald's and have alligators in a fish tank watch you eat, which is the most Florida sentence ever constructed!
  • Poe's Law: In "That Time the World Ended", Quinton mentions that the parody religion Church of the SubGenius somehow got unironic followers and served as the basis for some Mayan Doomsday predictions.
  • Questioning Title?: Mocked in "The Decline of History Channel", where Quinton reads the question mark in the title Conspiracy? out loud.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • Used as part of a Take That! in The End of iCarly when discussing the Nick Verse: "I'm about to say a sentence that has never been said before in the history of the human race: I want to talk about Game Shakers, because there's a lot of interesting stuff going on in that show."
    • Shortly afterwards, during the Game Shakers episode discussion, Quinton explains, "They end up fingering Kress's pizza, which is an odd sentence to say."
  • Seasonal Rot: invoked In The End of iCarly, Quinton shows a clear distaste for the latter seasons, which tends to be less liked by the fanbase for focusing less on the web show and more on generic sitcom concepts, Flanderization, and Leaning on the Fourth Wall humor. However, he also argues that part of why the show started dropping in the ratings is that the emergence of streaming at the time started to eat into the cable audience.
  • Shallow Parody:invoked In the To Boldly Flee review, Quinton says he has heard that the script for the film didn't mention the films the scenes were copying, so the actors often didn't even know what they were parodying. "Which, obviously, makes the parody work a whole lot less."
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Quinton devoted some of Knockoff November to reviewing knockoff merchandise.
  • Shout-Out: Discussed in the To Boldly Flee review, where Quinton says that the film (like Doug Walker himself) has a bad habit of thinking that referencing or outright copying the source material counts as a joke. He compares it to two of Seltzer and Friedberg's films, but says that even they at least found some interesting ways to lampoon the films they were spoofing.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • In "The Decline of History Channel", Quinton finds it baffling that a documentary about Andrew Jackson decided to spend 15 seconds on his crimes against Native Americans and 20 minutes on 19th century drama.
    • In "That Time the World Ended", Quinton mocks two people for this:
      • In a doomsday preparation video, he calls out the elderly lady for saying that coffee is almost a necessity.
        Quinton: I hear that! 90% of humanity is dead, but as long as I got my coffee, who gives a damn?
      • He also mocks the guy in The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls for looking for crystal skulls he believes can prevent the Mayan Doomsday... while being perfectly willing to waste valuable time waiting to obtain a permit to excavate a site he believes contains some of them. Apparently that paperwork is more important than saving the world.
    • In "Bad Nazi Documentaries", Quinton lambasts several Nazi documentaries for focusing on something like "were the Nazis obsessed with the occult?" or "was Hitler gay?" while barely mentioning their crimes.
  • So Bad, It's Goodinvoked: The idea of entertainingly bad media has been brought up on the show:
    • In "Quinton Reviews 'To Boldly Flee'", Quinton says that The Room, Birdemic, Manos: The Hands of Fate and Plan 9 from Outer Space cannot be called truly bad because you can put them on and have a great time. To Boldly Flee, on the other hand, is the sort of bad "that crushes your soul" and "makes you want to turn it off every frame that goes by".
    • In "That Time the World Ended", Quinton thinks The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls (a show where an explorer tries and fails to find the crystal skulls he believes can save the world) is so stupid and boring that it's funny. The two highlights are the part where the explorer wonders if he has found Atlantis, and the anticlimax that comes when he thinks he has found a structure that holds some of the skulls... but can't excavate it because he needs to apply for a permit.
    • In the "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans, Quinton says that many The Angry Video Game Nerd knockoffs are so bad that he laughs at the creator instead of with them. He even compares their work to Ed Wood's films.
  • Status Quo Is God: Quinton points out that few or none of the "B plots" in Pawn Stars have a long-term effect on the show, which gives away that they're staged.
  • Subverted Sitcom: In the first part of his iCarly review, he discusses a dream he had in which he was part of the show in Carly's place, doing standard sitcom activities to a laugh track. Suddenly, a character (possibly Gibby) dies and the tone of the show immediately shifts to be more serious. Spencer goes from cracking jokes to being concerned for revenge, and Quinton-as-Carly is paranoid that he'll be next and wants to get back to the sitcom world.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Quinton hated To Boldly Flee to the point where he found it painful to watch. However, he was delighted by the awfulness of Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie.
  • Suddenly Shouting: While talking about the original series finale of iCarly, he dscribes the events of the episode in the same tone of voice he's been using for the rest of the video until he sees that Freddie doesn't properly put the lens caps on his lenses and goes into a tirade against Freddie and his poor camera discipline.
  • Take That!:
    • "The Decline of the History Channel" compares Ancient Aliens to MatPat videos, and it's not a compliment — Quinton says that MatPat always distracts you with "stupid bullshit" when he should be showing evidence for his theories.
    • This comment on the "Jimmy Fallon episode" of iCarly:
      Quinton: At the start of the story, Spencer is watching Jimmy Fallon and is laughing hysterically, which is how you know it's fiction.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!invoked: In the "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans, Quinton says that many The Angry Video Game Nerd knockoffs would bash video game adaptations whenever they deviated from the source material.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!invoked:
    • In the "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans, Quinton says that The Irate Gamer was very unpopular in the reviewer scene because of how much material it lifted from The Angry Video Game Nerd.
    • One of the reasons Quinton hates To Boldly Flee is that he thinks it copies too much from other films without really parodying it.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lionsinvoked: In the "Knockoff YouTubers" episode of Fallen Titans, Quinton says that many The Angry Video Game Nerd knockoffs spent a lot of time on "an extremely embarrassing plotline that has nothing to do with the review".
  • Tyop on the Cover: The title of the video "The Bizzare Culture of Pawn Stars". Quinton is aware of the mistake, but can't fix it because that would lead to YouTube no longer promoting the video.
  • Undermined by Reality:invoked Discussed when covering the man behind the Poggers face. Quinton notes how difficult it is to find out that a fairly harmless meme has a terrible backstory or association. The source of the face, Gootecks, turned out to be a COVID denier as well as a supporter of the attempted insurrection of the U.S. government on January 6th, 2021 and usage of the meme steadily became frowned upon in spite of Gooteck's disdain for the meme itself. Quinton compares it to Pepe the Frog being briefly co-opted by Neo-Nazis in spite of the character being a fairly harmless drawing in of itself.
  • Unacceptable Targetsinvoked: Discussed, but averted in "That Time the World Ended". Quinton mentions that there is a sad aspect to The Mystery of the Crystal Skullsnote  that makes dunking on these people almost not fun, but he ultimately decided that stuff like "is this Atlantis?" is ridiculous enough that he can laugh at them.
  • Unfortunate Implicationsinvoked:
    • Quinton thinks that Ancient Aliens has a nasty undertone of "nonwhite civilizations were stupid" because it keeps attributing their accomplishments to aliens and claiming that their folklore was "misunderstood" or "misinterpreted" alien stuff, while not doing the same to Europeans' accomplishments and folklore.
    • He then notes that Hunting Hitler and other History Channel documentaries inverted this in comparison, puzzling over how could the Nazis have lost when they were so brilliant. (Side note: Hitler was one of the worst generals ever in history, to the point the generals with at least half a brain were surrendering or outright ignoring him, including Gen. Rommel.)
  • Weird Crossover: Discussed in his iCarly video — he wants crossover fanfiction of iCarly and Frasier since they both live in Seattle, and edits a few short clips of the characters interacting, with the Cranes' proper nature contrasting the characters' wackiness.
    Nigel: I'm surprised the trains are even running on Carly Shay Day.
  • What Would X Do?: An Inversion. Quinton has said that if he's feeling stressed or angry with his actors, he'll remind himself that he's "being a bit of a Doug Walker", and move on instead of being an asshole.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Quinton takes a jab at the spelling "Syfy" in "That Time the World Ended".
    Quinton: Airing on Sci-Fi back when "sci-fi" was spelled right...