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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • "Hardcore gamers," jocks, Call of Duty, various forms of -ists (racists, sexists, etc.), Megan Fox, Michael Bay and the American political right wing, among others. Bob has an especially low opinion of Donald Trump and doesn't hesitate to slag him off if the opportunity rears its head.
    • Bob himself is this among a large portion of the internet, be it for his opinions or his shows.
  • Author's Saving Throw: In his review of True Grit, he takes back calling Michael Bay a douchebag. He still thinks Bay's a bad director, but that kind of crossed the line.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The Game Antithinker definitely qualifies. He's either a nice comedic divergence, or another annoying and pointless Take That! to Moviebob's opinion of "hardcore gamers".
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    • In general, Moviebob can stir some very strong feelings in people. Fans feel that the reviews are full of smart analyses and Bob himself is a teller of harsh truths while his detractors feel the show is condescending and he has a bad case of Rightly Self-Righteous. Detractors feel he's got an extreme case of Bias Steamroller while his fans argue that all reviewers are biased in their own ways and Bob himself is no different. Lastly some contention that while Bob is an interesting person to listen to, his Opinion Myopia can dampen their interest in following him. His style as a result can come off as being too aggressive or intolerant when someone has different tastes than him or just doesn't draw the same lines in the sand as he does.
    • The COMICS! ARE! WEEEEEIIIRD! Running Gag and its variations. For some people, it gets worse and worse every time, while others just can't get enough of it.
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    • Bob's views on "Retake Mass Effect". Some feel that this was a welcome rebuttal to the more vocal elements of the gamer community, while others feel that he is Completely Missing the Point as to why people didn't like the ending to Mass Effect 3, and many flat-out rejected his opinion due to him saying he hadn't played the games before, and didn't even look at the endings until his very last video.
    • His review of The Amazing Spider Man 2 is the former taken up to eleven, as it supposedly, in his words, "broke him", and fans are divided whether to feel bad for him or say how much he's wangsting about it.
    • Bob posted a second video defending Spider-Man 3. Some agreed and liked the film, but the rest were annoyed by the condescending title ("Why You're Wrong about Spider-Man 3"). A third group didn't care about the movie, but was tired of Bob's whining.
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  • Critical Research Failure: His review of the Warcraft movie contains several complaints about it being set in the "backstory" of the game. Apparently he was unaware the MMO wasn't the beginning of the series.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: There are fans who focus primarily on the message and talking points rather than Moviebob's abrasive attitude.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Ivan, the intern. By far, the most popular supporting character of The Game Overthinker. When Bob announced that the show was going to change its format because he wasn't able to maintain it after Blip removed the show from their site, many fans asked him to please keep the little guy around. Fortunately for them, Bob affirmed that Ivan wasn't going anywhere, nor anyone from the supporting cast, for that matter.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: It's called "The Game Overthinker", after all.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Bob is particularly prone to this because of his tendency to not simply assert that a movie sucks, but also that everyone else who's worth talking to knows it sucks, and anyone claiming to like it is either a tasteless, morally deficient jerk or actually just loyal to the franchise.
    • After his Pixels review went viral, Bob started doing much more negative, vitriolic reviews in that style to try to keep up the fame he gathered from that review, though it's clearly forced. This more negative attitude turned some fans off. However, it was kind of short lived, and he went back to his more balanced style once he started to make reviews for Geek.com. note 
    • Not that he didn't like The Amazing Spider-Man or the sequel, but that years later he will hate on those movies whenever he has the chance, specifically on Andrew Garfield's portrayal of the character. Even in his Logan review he took time to bash ASM as the inferior to Tobey Maguire.
  • Well anticipated in his So Okay, It's Average review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which ends with a timid "Don't shoot the messenger." The issue here is that one can't help to shake the feeling that it's at least in part due to his admiration to the first two Sam Raimi films, since he's gone out of his way to say he actively tries to judge the new Spidey out of their shadow, but a significant amount of people put into question his ability to do so.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Bob said after the first episode of the revived Roseanne aired that if the actions of the real life Roseanne ended up getting the show thrown off the air it would be too bad, because he knew a number of people who'd been excited for it. Several months later, that's exactly what happened.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In his movie review of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, he makes the suggestion that the film would achieve a gigantic level of metaphysical self-awareness if it revealed that it was all a kid playing with his toys. Fast-forward to 2014, and he is heaping praise on The Lego Movie, a film with an eerily similar reveal.
    • Two circumstances arise - one, Bob says that the mission statement of Guardians of the Galaxy is to see if a mainstream hit can be gleaned from stacking obscure Marvel references together. Two, he remarks about wanting to get a reboot of a certain Marvel character in an episode of The Big Picture. And then, in the post-credits sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy, that very character shows up as one of The Collector's possessions. That character? Howard the Duck!
    • In one of his Transformers reviews he complains about Michael Bay's fetishistic approach to inserting the US military into everything. He posits a a scenario where Batman gets interrupted while interrogating the Joker and gets told to chill which the military cleans up Gotham for him, just to show how annoying it is. Not long after, the military do show up in The Dark Knight Rises, but they don't turn out quite as effective...
    • In his very first Game Overthinker video (where he complains at length about how colourful creative protagonists have been phased out in favour of making every game hero an interchangeable grizzled white guy) he ended the video by asking developers to, the next time they're creating a game hero, consider if he could possibly be... a monkey (illustrated with an image of Nathan Spencer with the head of a silverback gorilla photoshopped over his)? Fast forward eight years and Blizzard release a bright, colourful action game where one of the most prominent characters is a large gorilla in powered armour...
    • An article Bob wrote for The Escapist had him making suggestions for what Sony could do with Spider Man to come out better than with the Amazing films. One of the suggestions was to have Miles Morales as the protagonist. This was several years before Sony did exactly that.
  • Humor Dissonance: His Really That Good episode focusing on the original National Lampoon's Vacation is entirely predicated on how funny it is. After making this statement, Bob cuts to a montage of Orphaned Punchlines from the movie which is completely unfunny. This is especially odd given that half the video is him explaining just how specific to its intended audience the movie is.
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  • Narm: His Super Mario Bros. 3 novel contains a lot of hyperbolic statements about the console wars, like considering it "His own personal Vietnam" and also how the reveal of the game in The Wizard was the equivalent of JFK's assassination or 9/11. It is very hard to take seriously.
  • Older Than They Think: Some Escapist viewers who know him mainly for "Escape to the Movies" and "The Big Picture" were surprised to hear about his previous series "The Game Overthinker".
  • Opinion Myopia: If he really doesn't like it, anyone who says they do like it is lying or stupid. If he really does like it, anyone who doesn't is either lying, stupid, or morally deficient. He's not subtle about this, and frequently says it flat-out.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Discussed in Episode 16 of "The Game Overthinker," as advice to non-gamer gift-giver.
  • Seasonal Rot: The Channel Hop to ScrewAttack has resulted in some weaker videos in some people's eyes.
  • Shocking Swerve: Episode 43 of "The Game Overthinker", where the Antithinker is introduced. Before then, the show was completely grounded in reality, without the slightest indication that it was about anything other than a man talking about video games, or that said man is actually portraying a fictional character and not himself. After that, Nothing Is the Same Anymore.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: His "NOT OKAY" video makes three very important points: 1) it's not okay to throw sexual harassment, racial slurs or any other kind of verbal bigotry at others and pretend it's intrinsic to any kind of nerd or geek culture. (Which it isn't.) 2) The much-misused First Amendment and the concept of Free Speech itself are not a carte blanche to say whatever you want without consequence or being disagreed with. 3) As uncomfortable as it may be that the media is hostile to gamers, the correct response to the criticisms they make is to purge the unpleasant assholes who make everyone else look bad from the community and make it clear that you don't tolerate any of the things touched on in the video.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Discussed in "Building A Better Gamer." To paraphrase, gamers may not be the violent psychopaths waiting to happen that politicians tend to portray them as but they're also not helping matters by being grody, disturbingly rude sociophobes.
  • Wangst:
    • Some feel him saying that The Amazing Spider Man 2 had been the movie that finally "broke him" is basically this.
    • Also, his infamous contempt for almost everything that he talks about related to the 90s, considering his Freudian Excuse (He went to high school in the 90s and was bullied a lot there).
    • His three part look back at Kevin Smith's career, as well as his discussion on So Bad, It's Good movies in relation to Tusk left a lot of people sour. As Bob tried to explain why Smith was a Broken Pedestal to him, it became clear a lot of Bob's issues stemmed from him expecting more from Smith as a film maker than the director ever really wanted to be.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Many of his The Big Picture videos, such as "Not Okay" and "Pink is Not the Problem," have gained positive attention for their messages.
    • Bob's second Channel Hop back to Screwattack which brought the return of the "traditional" Game Overthinker and the totally new show In Bob We Trust have seen this reaction as well.
      • Ever since his jump to Geek.Com his reviews have become a little more balanced when compared to his usual caustic nature.
    • Really That Good, which many people consider to be his best series yet. Since he's focused on positivity, most people agree that it allows him to show his best and most constructive side.
      • Even when he eventually made a special one-off negative spinoff called Really That Bad dedicated to ripping apart Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bob proved he can do three feature-length negative video essays that took apart the movie with constructive criticism without throwing personal insults at its creators, showing a level of maturity not normally present in his reviews.
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