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TJ Omega, real name Tyler James, is an internet reviewer, and member of RVT. He got his start reviewing toys (mainly Transformers) and had a YouTube show called Plastic Addict in which he featured particularly bad examples of the brand. Since then, he has begun doing the more standard types of reviews. In addition to that, he also has a review show focusing on kids shows called TJTV. He's stated that every 10th episode of TJ TV (ep 10, 20, etc) will be a review of a Transformers cartoon. His 10th episode was of Transformers Armada, and his 20th of The Transformers.


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  • Aborted Arc: Was forced to cancel several of his ongoing storylines due to various reasons that prevented him from doing them in a way that he felt would be entertaining, as well as the fact that they were getting in the way of reviewing things that he really wanted to review.
  • Affectionate Parody: Does this frequently.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The 'TJ Omega Automated Review System' TJ left in charge of his channel while he was at a con decides to break every single rule left for it by reviewing everything but Transformers and Kamen Rider.
  • Anti-Hero: His Addict persona, who while not evil does morally ambiguous things at times.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical:
    • One of his big gripes with many of the Titanium toys: the diecast metal used to make them is used so impractically handled that the toys end up as floppy messes.
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    • Quite a few Plastic Addict victims are 'gimmickformers', Transformers with gimmicks that cripple the toy. Armada Sideswipe is probably a standout example, given he's so gimmick loaded his head is literally the only one not hampered by some kind of gimmick.
    • His personal viewpoint on third party Transformers, as while they're typically great they're too expensive for him to justify buying when a less awesome but more affordable version exists from Hasbro. The one exception to this, ironically, is when it's something that would be this trope for Hasbro to mass produce, which is where he feels third party companies shine.
  • Bad Boss: To his "transformation staff". Between firing them and/or blowing them up for thinking they've mis-transformed a bad toy. This comes back to bite him in his Plastic Addict review of Energon Grimlock and Swoop.
    • Inverted with the Ride Bucket (the bucket he uses to demo Rider drivers), who's agent apparently has TJ paying it way more than it should.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not insult Kamen Rider Decade.
    • Translucent plastic used for stress-bearing parts and especially ball joints. This is because it tends to not handle it well and will inevitably break over time.
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    • A character being big being the only reason it gets a big toy, as his tirade in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Demolisher's Plastic Addict episode.
  • Bigger Is Better:
    • Goes on a tirade about this trope for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Demolisher and how he and Blackout where as big as they are solely because they were big in the movie, which he finds stupid.
    • Played straight in regards with to the Cyber Battalion/Commander series figures, as while they are simpler, the rather gigantic size increase for the price point (along with generally decent representation of their characters and in some cases surprisingly good paint apps) gives them enough bang for your buck (a 15 dollar figure being slightly larger than a 20 dollar Voyager and a 20 dollar figure towering over the Voyager), especially for kids, makes him honestly disappointed the line didn't take off.
  • Blatant Lies: Claims in his crossover with The Shades that he kicked his ass in RXW. The two have only had two matches, one of which was tag match with their partners being the ones to end it (Apollo Z. Hack pinning EZ Rider) and the other one with Shades winning the match.
  • Body Horror: Notes he normally doesn't like figures to have molded in screaming faces, as it makes them look like they're always screaming. He makes an exception to this with Beast Wars II Max-B, as due to how horrific his cyborg visage looks like, he seems like the guy who would always be screaming. He continues this assessment with the other Cyborg Beasts.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In his Armada Sideswipe review, he gets into an argument with the opening! In the end, he fires it.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I stay addicted so you can stay away!"
    • "Gimmicks are EVIL!"
  • Cloning Blues: One of his storylines involved a clone he made reviewing videos. TJ tried to kill him (which he apparently already did with several other clones) but the clone escaped and tried to kill him in return. After beating him, TJ decided to spare his life...but the clone is still plotting to kill him regardless.
  • Companion Cube: The Ride Bucket, which despite being an ordinary bucket TJ uses to model Rider Belts, is apparently sentient, has a contract that requires TJ to play trumpets when it appears, and has sued him in the past.
  • Cool Sword: Has a sword collection which he uses to often open packages. He's also wielded roleplay swords as weapons in his skits.
  • Crossover: Recently did one with fellow RVT reviewer The Shades to review the Kamen Rider Decade and Kamen Rider Double Crossover.
  • Deadpan Snarker: TJ gets into this, particularly for Plastic Addict.
  • Death Glare: Notes that the Beast Hunters Deluxe Bumblebee has a molded in one so terrifying he 'feels his soul catching fire.' Made all the worse as his pupils are painted such that they follow you. There is a reason TJ nicknames him 'Murderbee'.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Done to his clone when he sees him outside his window.
  • Enforced Plug: Plugged Big Bad Toy Store in many of his videos from 2014.
  • Expendable Clone: Made some. Most of them were wiped out...except for the one that got away and is still trying to kill him. At first, this wasn't too bad since he tried to kill the clone first...except he finally spared him and the clone is still after him.
  • Harmless Villain: TJ's evil descendant from the future is this. He wants to murder TJ...but constantly fails, in part because if he actually succeeded he would cease to exist. The other part is he's not very intelligent in general.
  • Homage: His Plastic Addict review of Beast Machines Silverbolt is based entirely off The Raven.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: TJ's evil descendant from the future, after finding out that TJ's still trying to get over having to review Sonic Underground, attempts to review the first episode of Super Human Samurai Syber Squad. He gets as far as the series overview. Unfortunately for him, TJ came back.
  • I Hate Past Me: Reviewed his first Plastic Addict video and spends ninety percent of it harping himself and finally disowned himself.
  • Insult to Rocks: TJ states that Titanium Megatron has more in common with a brick than a Transformer...and ends up apologizing to the brick he used for the gag.
  • Is That the Best You Can Do?: After the clone tried to kill him with a Dopant Memory using Invisible, TJ stops him easily and asks him if that was the best he could come up with.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His Plastic Addict/TJ TV persona amps up the anger and snarker-y but retains his appreciation for his fans.
  • Jump Scare: TJ's review of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Deluxe Bumblebee, arguably achieves some of these, due to sudden closeups of the terrifying robot mode head, with creepy music accompanying it.
  • Living Toys: Sometimes the toy he's reviewing (or another one) starts talking or tries to kill him.
  • Love It or Hate It: TJ acknowledges in-universe how the Mega Man cartoon has had this reaction with the fanbase, adding that it has the secondary effect of "making you throw rocks at whoever disagrees with you".
  • More Dakka: One of the things he absolutely loved about Mad Blender is how many guns he's got.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: TJ opening the box containing Armada Hotshot is accompanied by this... Which only plays when the box is open and stops the moment it's closed.
    • A similar thing happened when he opened the card for Animorphs deluxe Tobias.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • Notes that Beast Machines Supreme Cheetor has one, especially when his gimmick that turns his eyes green and opens his mouth is activated.
    TJ: He looks like he'd eat my children if I had any!
    • Notes all the Beast Wars II Cyborg Beasts have these, and given the Body Horror involved in them, he doesn't blame them.
  • Palette Swap: Defends this trope when it comes to Transformers sometimes, as it gives collectors a second chance to get a cool toy, can help if you liked the toy but not the color scheme, or if done really well can make it look completely different. That said, if a bad repaint is done, he will call it out, though after Silverbolt, he stopped using this only as a qualifier for Plastic Addict, though sometimes will do a worse repaint of an already Plastic Addict worthy toy.
  • Ret Gone: A problem TJ's evil descendant from the future runs into: he can't kill TJ because he'll cease to exist.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • Pretty much the reason TJ uses his collection of Cool Swords to open new toys he's gotten. Are there much more practical ways to open a box? Yes. Would they be anywhere near as awesome? No way!
  • Running Gag: His early Kamen Rider toy reviews normally ended with the toy blowing up or being used to blow up a Transformers toy. He lampshades this the last time it happens.
    • More recently, lampshading how easy it is to lose a launched missile by claiming a number of bizarre circumstances will cause it to vanish the moment you take your eyes off it. When he actually did fire one on camera, it went missing for the entire week.
  • Satire: Plastic Addict is meant to be this of the toys reviewed. It annoys TJ a bit when people actually take them seriously after he's pointed out several times they're simply satire and meant to be funny.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Played for Laughs with Armada Hot Shot complete with Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Self-Deprecation: Reviewed his own first toy review and pretty much chewed himself out for 90 percent of it. He ends up disowning himself at one point.
  • Shout-Out: To this very website, in his Mighty Ducks review for TJ TV.
  • Simple, yet Awesome:
    • He eventually clarifies his "Gimmicks are evil' catchphrase to "Intrusive gimmicks are evil". He prefers these kind of gimmicks: simple unintrusive ones that still accomplish something but don't consume 90 percent of the toy to do so.
    • This is why he likes Armada Tidal Wave: despite having a ton of gimmicks, they're all fairly simple gimmicks that don't hinder him due to being placed in parts of the toy were they don't intrude on function even though he's a triple changer, and in fact give play options when used together.
  • Story Arc: Tends to have running storylines when it comes to Kamen Rider roleplay weapons and other toys.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Happens from time to time, most notably on Titanium Megatron, a toy so unbelievably horrible that it burns TJ's eyes just to look at it.
    TJ Omega: I'm sorry everyone, I did not properly prepare my eyes to see this in person. Luckily, converstion to Youtube nulifies the effect...mostly. If you smell a burning sensation, that's your retinas catching fire, find a bucket big enough for your head.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Deals with ''R.I.D. Bruticus by siccing an even worse toy on him.
    TJ Omega: Don't mess with somebody that knows worse toys than you!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to the Shadocon staff for gross incompetence in his "Shadocon 2012" V-Log. This was not a skit, it was his genuine feelings. In particular, he called them out on their treatment of their performers and guests, both of which were atrocious, and in the latter case, downright dangerous.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Tells the audience this before his review of Transformers: Convoy no Nazo.
    • During his livestream of Subnautica, he decides to go into the Aurora and fix the reactor (the so far toughest part of the game). Which is guarded by a Reaper Leviathan . He makes no attempt to hide how terrible an idea he feels this is. Surprisingly he manages to succeed.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, he's very freaked out by the fact Animorphs Tobias' human head looks way too much like his own.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Clone!TJ. After TJ finally decided to spare him, the clone is still plotting to kill him. Ok, yes, TJ tried to kill him first, but still.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: By this point, TJ doesn't seem surprised by any of the crazy stuff that happens anymore. For example, his reaction to a sphere of fire and light erupting out of his chest and floating nearby? "Oh, what now?" in a rather annoyed voice.
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