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Picture, if you will, a little boy in Ireland, who viewed consumed various pieces of media in his life, much like you or I. From the famous tricycle scene from The Shining that resulted in him going home early from a friend's sleepover, to the fight scene between Goku and Frieza from Dragon Ball Z, his interests expanded throughout various mediums, such as film, shounen anime, and video games. Later on, that boy grew up, and found some of his favorite internet reviewers like Digibro and The Happy Video Game Nerd. Inspired by these reviewers, the boy created his own Youtube channel that focused on his various interests in the visual, writing, and even business aspects of fiction, and soon enough, he found great popularity, even receiving a shout out from a few of those very reviewers. That boy was John Walsh, and his channel was Super Eyepatch Wolf.

An analytical channel that mainly focuses on the aspects of anime, what stands out about SEW is that the show and analysis don't focus so much on John's own opinions, but breaking down the mechanics of how shows are created, their appeal, the components that make up those shows, and sometimes even why they've declined, are lacking in appeal, or he feels they're less than good. And whether it be the ending of Naruto, the components of Jotaro's character design, or the evolution of Samurai Jack, he has more than a bit to say about all of them.

Tropes discussed in and applying to Super Eyepatch Wolf

  • Accentuate the Negative: Completely averted, especially with his Why You Should Watch videos, which are about the appeal of the focus of the work, with the negatives usually coming last.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • John notes that One Piece has many loose ends that Oda leaves still unanswered, such as how Blackbeard can use two Devil Fruits when he should blow up, whatever the Eldritch Abomination at the end of the Thriller Bark arc was, but his favorite is how nobody wears an eyepatch in spite of it being about pirates.
    • John was not fond of many of the events of 2017, with Trump riots, North Korea disputes with America, and worst of all...Eromanga Sensei.
  • Art Evolution: Discussed multiple times across different videos.
    • In his Bleach and Naruto videos, he cites both series as negative examples of the trope, explaining how over time the artwork in both series became more stiff, lifeless and plastic compared to the more expressive and characterful art of the series' earlier chapters.
    • He uses the pre-art evolution of Attack On Titan to bring up how Iseyama's scratchy art should've been a turn-off for readers, but still gained massive popularity, using this as a jumping point to discuss the popularity it gained.
    • He cites Hirohiko Araki's art in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure as a more positive example, with his art becoming both more detailed and loose, yet still highly expressive as time went on.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In "The Fall of the Simpsons", John argues that this is what made The Simpsons so dreadful after season 9: it began as a ferocious backlash against the cookie cutter sitcom of the 1980s, as well as a satire of pop culture, but around the turn of the century, it devolved into the same cheap gags and narratives of the most cheesy sitcoms.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Mickey plays a few songs, meets a cute girl mouse, abuses animals for about 4 straight minutes..."
  • Brutal Honesty: When discussing the fixed version of Shinobu and Kira's confrontation in Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable and how it's difficult to access due to realease circumstances, John admits that one's best bet is probably going to be piracy.
  • Creator's Apathy: Discussed and Defied. In his video discussing Naruto's ending, he notes that while there's a perception that creators get lazy whenever their manga declines, this isn't necessarily their fault and not always the case, since they have long work schedules and frequently put themselves through a lot of hell to stay ahead of the deadlines.
  • Creator Breakdown: Discussed. He states that the hellish, oppressive working conditions of the weekly manga grind are fundamentally unsustainable and typically lead to this type of situation, with creators developing severe health issues and/or suffering major burnout, which ends up having a very negative impact on the story and art of the series in question.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The only compliment he can give to Hungry Marie is that if one squints, it almost looks like a martial-arts Yuri.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Seems to regard Fairy Tail as this, describing himself as "Watching it more than any self-respecting anime fan should", and using it as an example of anime trash that's fine to enjoy.
  • Jerkass: He explicitly calls Homer Simpson this when discussing the decline of the The Simpsons. Homer's Character Exaggeration of his more negative traits in the later seasons made him too unsympathetic when compared to the earlier Jerk with a Heart of Gold Homer.
  • Jump Scare: Notes that these are more reflexive effects rather than actual horror, since they're easy to do by trailing his voice.... darkening the screen..... Like, I'm not going to, but I could have.
  • Les Yay: Joked about in his video on Bleach.
    "And I'll always have a special place in my heart for Yoruichi vs Sui-Feng for um-(Yoruichi puts her arm Sui-Feng's shoulder while holding her sword with her in a rather suggestive manner) reasons.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: One of the strengths of Kaiji he brings up is how it frequently averts this, showing that Kaiji is able to not only lose, but he'll lose hard.
  • Lying Creator: Stated briefly in his second QnA video that his Why You Should Watch on Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable would never happen and that the QnA video was the last video for the year. Said Why You Should Watch video was then uploaded the very next day.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Parodied; while John's not a bad-looking guy, his fans had a few...enthusiastic reactions to his face reveal.
    Just Some Guy With A Mustache: Looks like being beautifully made and well-structured doesn't just describe his videos.
    John: That's incredibly sweet! What a nice thing to say.
    Peter sixe: Fuck me daddy~
    John: Uhhh....
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: A more positive version than most examples; in his first video on One Piece he brings up that Oda created a stupid-looking character in a diaper and baby bonnet (Senor Pink) and gave him a heartbreaking backstory that justifies it, but before moving on, he reaffirms that yes, as unbelievable as it sounds, it really is. For context, Senor Pink had a wife and son he always loved, but one day when he was out on a secret mission for the Donquixote family for a week, he found out that his son had died the day he left, with his wife leaving him after learning of his criminal association. She then got into an accident that put her into a catatonic state, with Pink seeing her crack a small smile when he put on a bonnet like their dead son. He continued to dress more and more like a baby to keep her smiling in spite of the ridicule he endured, and even after her death, he continued to dress this way to honor his late family to keep them smiling.
  • Oireland: While John himself is actually from Ireland (And sports a notable accent), he shows some offense when he realizes dubbed Jin is supposed to be Irish.
  • Power Fantasy: Discussed. In his Hunterx Hunter video, he talks about how most shounen battle manga are designed to be power fantasies first and foremost, with most series built specifically around this concept to provide escapism for the audience. He notes that this isn't necessarily bad in and of itself since power fantasies are quite fun, but it does end up placing a lot of constraints on the narrative and characterization. This is why he praises Hunterx Hunter for foregoing this concept, freeing Gon and the rest of the cast from the typical expectations of the genre and allowing them to be more complex characters as a result.
  • Self-Deprecation: John's a lot of things, but arrogant is definitely not one of them, with how many jokes he makes at his own expense. His Twitter bio reads "Youtuber and illustrator, all around terrible human."
  • Take That!:
    • Wolf's not usually one to take his potshots, and even then, they tend to be very light. However, he in his "Favorite Things of 2017", he outright calls Logan Paul a "buffoonic idiot [child] doing increasingly heinous things for views".
    • In his "My Favorite Things Summer 2018" video he talks about Street Fighter's 30th Anniversary edition having poor online connectivity. It's let "certain Canadian dwelling cowards run their mouth for too long" (picture of Pat fades into the screen), referencing a joking feud the pair had over their Street Fighter challenge.
  • Technician Vs Performer: Viewed the artists of Shonen Jumpís Big Three with this mindset; Kubo was the technician, with a natural draftsmanship and quality to his art, while Oda was the performer, with an organic expression and punch to the characters and scenes. Kishimoto on the other hand, while good, never really had the abilities of either, something John theorizes was because of a period in his life that he mentions where he fell out of drawing for a while.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A crucial part of What Makes a Villain Feel Real is the nuances of villains. Small touches that make the villain relatable but not necessarily sympathetic. He discusses the trope with Toguro and Yoshikage Kira
    "As Part 4 goes on, we begin to learn all these bizarre little details about Kira and his life. We know his favorite sandwich: Chicken Katsu on fresh baked bread. We know that he likes a glass of warm milk before bead. We know that he likes to spend his lunches alone in the park and we know that he gets along well with cats and has a disdain for dogs. And none of these details serve to make him any more dangerous or more of a threat to our heroes, so why do they matter? Well, these are the little touches that make him feel alive, these are the nuances that trick our brain into thinking that he's a living breathing person rather than just a cartoon villain.