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  • Accidental Innuendo:
  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Firebrand casually destroying his clone right after it became self aware and begged him to stop. It was intended to be a joke, but veered too far into uncomfortable territory for some people to find funny.
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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In this video, Firebrand brings up the idea that Chrysalis' Villain Ball moments were a ploy on her part to break up the Mane 6, and thus nullify the Elements of Harmony, one of the few things that could have stopped her.
  • Anvilicious: As a former Marine, Josh has fervently criticized the ever-present Artistic License – Military in media multiple times, noting that it has resulted in misconceptions of the military and its members. Eventually taken to the point of parody:
    Josh: And that, for the 374th time, is why in great detail, the Equestrian military sucks.
  • Broken Base: "Newbie Dash" opened up a question of how objective Josh can be on things. Josh later addressed this, explaining that he had based his opinion off his own personal experience, and apologized for not considering others' different experiences and for upsetting anyone.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • He questions at the end of a countdown why Link can't just turn the Phantom Hourglass back around after the sand runs out. This is explained almost as soon as you get the item: the hourglass needs sunlight to recharge, and the Temple of the Ocean King is completely sunlight-deprived.
    • Joshua stated that "twenty years ago, the Game Boy was released" in his Top 10 Sega Fails video, which was released in 2019. The Game Boy was released in 1989 — thirty years ago.
    • In the same video, he states that Sega outsourced the development of Sonic Forces to Big Red Button, the company infamous for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.note  Not only will any article you look up tell you that Sonic Team did, in fact, develop the game, but the part of Big Red Button's website that Josh used to show that they worked on it had "prior clients and partners" on it, meaning companies they collaborated with in the past. It's pretty egregious in a segment dedicated to pointing out the numerous fails of Sega's flagship franchise.
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    • In Top Ten Most Improved Sequels, Josh lists Fire Emblem Awakening as an honorable mention for saving its franchise, crediting the addition of child units and Casual Mode as factors into the game's success. While Awakening is agreed to be one of the high points of the franchise, neither of the features Josh sourced actually debuted in the game. Child units were also in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (though, to be fair, the mechanic had not appeared since then until Awakening), while Casual Mode actually debuted in the previous game, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.
    • For Top Ten Hated Characters We're Supposed To Like, Josh was very misinformed about Iris Heart in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. While she is a gross case of Anything That Moves, she never raped IF like he was making her out to do. To his credit, the presentation of his cutscene example was very poor and uncomfortable to watch.
      • Additionally, he mispronounces the name "Plutia" as "Plu~sha" instead of "Plu-tia".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Quite a few people ship FireRose, or the personas of Josh and Ink Rose. Even Ink herself. (Although Ink's acts seem to be more Ship Tease and making Josh squirm than anything else.)
  • Fandom Rivalry: After their friendship ended poorly, Josh Scorcher fans do not get along with Lily Orchard fans.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • If you've read the Pony POV Series, then Josh's line here is either going to be this or Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • His scripted reaction that his next collab partner will be BhaalSpawn aka Lily Orchard in the end of his "Bridle Gossip" review. It is as if the universe is secretly telling him to never work with that person, given what will happen between the two in the future.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The "Over a Barrel" review, and pretty much everything involving him and Lily Orchard is this now that the two are no longer friends.
      • Ditto with what happened between him and his editor Xain Russell, who after the "Response to Lily Peet" video began to talk badly about Josh's decision on making the video, becoming more vocal about his friendship with Peet and then finally cutting ties with Josh and has continued talking poorly about Josh.
    • Similarly, everything involving him and ToonKritic after the latter was exposed for pedophilic crimes.
    • The "Ubisoft Fails" video started with the statement that Ubisoft was more stupid than evil. The very next year, Ubisoft got hit with several abuse and harassment allegations with several of the accused stepping down from their positions. Josh notes this when counting down the Top 10 Fails of 2020.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • He got a LOT of flak for hating on Ōkami.
    • Inverted when put the entire Call of Duty franchise as number 1 on his Top Ten Overhated Games list.
    • In general Josh gets called out for hating on games for reasons that relate more to him being bad at them. This includes the aforementioned Okami.
    • Josh got a lot of hate for his comments about "Do Princess Dream of Magic Sheep?" and bluntly stating he thinks Princess Luna is the worst of the four princesses. His problems with the episode also don't help since he states that Luna hasn't learned anything after learning to understand others. Fortunately, this was alleviated to an extent in his full review of the episode where he expressed that he wants to like the episode but is very put off by the fact that Luna intentionally created the Tantabus to torture herself.
  • He Really Can Act:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Back in his and The Autarch's top 10 hated characters list in 2010, he used the My Little Pony theme to make fun of Eric Sparrow. Fast forward a few years...
    • In his Top Ten Stupid Awesome Games, when on the subject of Bayonetta, he briefly shows a picture of her summoning a Demon accompanied by the text "Yup, should definitely be in Smash Bros.". Uh, right, about that...
    • In his Super Smash Bros. rant he mentions how Nintendo would benefit from including DLC in the next game using Mega Man as an example. Come Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, not only would Nintendo offer DLC for the game, but Mega Man ended up being a playable character.
      • From the same video, he stated that he actually wants Cloud Strife in the game, despite the amount of jokes regarding such, because it would attract fans of his game and also, in his own words, "help that emo cut himself". Guess who shows up as DLC?
      • Also in that same video, he mentions liking clones within Smash, which was very much an unpopular line of thinking back then. After Ultimate’s reveal, clones, or as they’re now officially known, Echo Fighters, became rather popular within the community, thanks to them being officially acknowledged as not being fully new characters.
    • In his Top Ten Potential Warriors Games list, he cited that the Persona series would translate well into the Dynasty Warriors style. A couple years later after the countdown, and we now have Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.
    • One acknowledged by him; when talking about Mass Effect 3 in his Top Ten Overhated Games. He says a bad ending shouldn’t ruin a game if you had a good time until the end. When talking about Asgard’s Wrath the number 1 entry in his Top Ten Worst Endings video: he has much praise for the game up until the ending. He says the plot twist fo the entire game with everyone you met and got to know with the world you have yourself immersed in was nothing more than an illusion by Loki to manipulate the main character, ruins the game for him.
    • In his Top Ten Forgotten Games video, he laments the fact that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game will probably never be re-released because nobody really cares about it anymore. Welp...
  • Memetic Mutation: Censoring inappropriate language with Fluttershy's yay seems to be catching on.
  • Never Live It Down: Fans will never let Josh forget that he neglected to save Santa in his Let’s Play of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, as they were quick to bring it up in the chat during his and Ari’s livestream Let’s Play of the game.
    Josh: SHUT. UP. Shut the F up, okay? I am never going to live that down!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Josh's 3D pony form seen at the end of his "Hearts and Hooves Day" review falls right into the Uncanny Valley.
    • His Top 10 List of Darkest Mario Moments has a few due to his interpretations. The creepiest however? His analysis of the Shroobs and what he points out. One of the words they repeat most throughout the entire game? Examining it when the Princess Shroob's dialog is translated reveals what it means: Destroy. He then points out why he considers the Elder Princess Shroob one of the most evil, vile creatures he's ever seen in a video game. For good reason.
    • Firebrand's review of "Bats!", in which he proposes the idea that what happened to Fluttershy may have happened before in Equestria, which comes with a few unsettling implications.
    • During Josh's review of "The Cutie Remark", Ink Rose usually offers some funny explanations for each timeline, but when it gets to the one which Twilight Brings Starlight to, she offers a pretty dark one.
      Ink Rose: Every villain was released and everything in Equestria is dead.
      Josh Scorcher: That's not even a little bit funny, man!
    • His Top Ten First Bosses countdown has some chilling voice acting by Alex Rochon and AderuMoro for Flowey.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: A recurring moral in his fails countdowns: Mistreating those who work for and support you will destroy your reputation, and lead those who once looked up to you to view you with scorn and resentment. Josh notably has more resentment for companies known for taking advantage of and abusing their employees than those with respectable working conditions that otherwise make dumb decisions.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Josh discovers this by accident during the countdown of the top 10 music battles, noticing a guitar riff during The Doomstar Requiem sounding eerily like the opening theme to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Apparently, in real life, the way he discovered it was also accidental; he was humming the guitar riff and someone else thought he was humming the My Little Pony intro.

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