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  • Actor Shipping:
    • While their characters have a lot of Ho Yay, you'd be surprised at how many people in the Miracles From Heaven comment section think that Doug and Brad are dating. However, the people making those comments might be joking.
    • Played up several times by various combinations of male Team Snob members, particularly Brad/Dave and Dave/Brian. This is in spite of the fact that, as of November 2017, every member of Team Snob is married.
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    • Naturally, the comments tend to be very supportive of the two real-life pairings within Team Snob, Brad/Laura and Sarah/Dave (three if you count Brian/Leddie) as well.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Prior to his departure, Jake. Reading the comments, fans either loved him or hated him. Plenty of people wouldn't even watch videos that featured him due to his controversial viewpoints, and the ferocity with which he stood by them. Also, the swearing. He's gone on record of acknowledging those who don't care for his opinion; "Screw you, I'm not here for you (I don't even know why I'm here)". However, he's also said that even those who don't like him will still respect him for at least maintaining his opinions instead of bowing to public pressure. However, when Jake was fired from the site, and a leaked message from Brad exposed what he had done to earn his removal, public opinion quickly turned against him and very few commenters on post-Jake videos hold him in any kind of respect. Brad's fanbase now holds a fairly uniform opinion of him as "Scumbag Jake".
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Episodes with Irving often tended to feature him saying something horribly offensive and the other guy reacting angrily. This gradually became less common starting in 2014 as Irving became a more serious reviewer (well, as "serious" as the rest of Team Snob, anyway).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jake was one for "Team Snob", even getting to co-host the 2011 worst movies list. In the truest expression of this trope, Lloyd the cat ends up sitting on the lap for the review.
    • With her (ultimately short-lived) return to Midnight Screenings in the review of the Poltergeist remake, Jillian became this. Notably, a huge number of fans came to her defense when Brad and Sarah vocally disagreed with her opinion of Jurassic World, although many others (including Team Snob) feel this was an example of an Abuse Mistake (type A).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Jake in the Worst Movies of 2011 list said when speaking of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked that "It's a good thing I didn't have a gun in the theater because I would have shot myself."
    • Brad getting kicked out of the house by Jillian for bashing Twilight is now pretty awkward to watch after Brad announced that he and Jillian have separated.
    • Many Brad and Jake videos, particularly the Nothing! video, that showcase the two of them at the height of their friendship and simply having fun together, laughing and talking. Knowing their future adds no shortage of uncomfortable feelings to these moments of happiness. The entire Mr. Popper's Penguins review in particular became this after Brad revealed that Jake had wholesale lied about the couple's activities in the back row, which explains why Jerrid had no idea what Jake was talking about. Brad's claim that Jake is a pathological liar also puts any story he told about himself (that wasn't corroborated by another member of Team Snob) into question, some of which have been cited in Funny Moments and Awesome Moments pages.
    • Related to the previous point, this also applies to other videos Brad did with people that he suffered dramatic falling-outs with, including Violet (his girlfriend who broke up with him via text message; in fact, a Midnight Screening featuring them both was released just days before Brad announced their break-up) and Allison (who burned bridges with him after the 2018 Channel Awesome controversy).
    • Brad and Dave were looking forward to Hillary's America, saying they were looking forward to a comedy that week. When they saw it, they found it so bad, they left the theater about halfway through.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • While the series was good before, it could be argued that either the Mr. Popper's Penguins or The Smurfs videos could be seen as turning points.
    • The 12 Years a Slave review marked a major milestone as one of the show's most serious and analytical reviews. Though it didn't exactly set a new precedent (most episodes since have still been very comedic in tone), it did help shift the show away from sketch-type humor (e.g. "racist" Irving, Twilight-girl Jillian, "Slaver Brian" jokes), which was phased out over the next year in favor of a more casually analytical review format. The shift was cemented with the firing of Jake (who had kept up the "Angry Jake" persona to the end) in March 2015.
    • When the car format returned in late September 2019. Also Doug started appearing in more videos not long after this starting with the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Aside from heated reactions to the gang praising/bashing divisive movies (to the point they did a Take That, Audience! Prometheus "re-review"), most of the comments in the Ben-Hur review are complaints on how in the intro, Brian calls Citizen Kane a bad movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Jake was talking about the trailers in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Free Birds videos, he was not happy with the trailers for Frozen (2013), saying it "looks really fucking stupid" and going on tangents about how much he wasn't looking forward to seeing it. Watching these comments after his review of the film (in which he and Brad end up calling it the best kids movie of 2013) makes the rants even funnier.
    • In the review of Green Lantern, the crew criticize Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively for having no chemistry. The two married a year later.
    • In the review of God's Not Dead, Brad jokes that the actor who didn't stand up during the climactic scene must have gotten stuck in his seat. According to IMDB, that's exactly what happened.
      • Also in the same review, Brad jokes that as bad as the film was, at least Kirk Cameron wasn't in it. Later in the year, he ate his words after having had to see Saving Christmas, which turned out to be even WORSE than God's Not Dead.
    • Brad and Ryan mention in the Ted 2 review that having Ted go to court over whether or not he could legally be considered a "person" seemed pretty dated, and it would have made more sense topically if the case had been over whether or not he and his girlfriend could get married (mirroring the same-sex marriage debate in America). Just a few hours after the review was filmed and a couple of hours before it was uploaded to the site, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that gays and lesbians had the legal right to marry (and have their marriages be recognized) in every U.S. state.
    • In the Neighbors review, Allison and Brad said that they thought that the characters played by Zac Efron and Dave Franco would turn out to be gay. In Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Dave Franco's character turns out to be gay, but Zac Efron’s character does not.
    • In the Vacation review, Brad jokes about walking out of the movie and says that he's never done so. Less than a year later, he walked out of Hillary's America.
    • In the Boo! A Madea Halloween review, Brad and Brian speculate that the recent spate of Monster Clown sightings was Viral Marketing for the film in question. Over the next year, conspiracy theories that a different film was responsible for the clowns became so widespread the producers had to formally deny it.
    • In the No Good Deed review, they talk about the trailer for Addicted, and Brian jokingly calls it Fifty Shades of Black. A real movie with that title came out in 2016.
    • Similarly to the above example, in the review for The Book of Henry, Brian compares Henry's behavior to that of the protagonist of a theoretical inverted version of Big, titled Small. Less than two years later, a real film with that premise, titled Little, was released, though the main character was a businesswoman rather than the male stockbroker Brian postulated.
    • In the American Made review, Sarah talks about the trailer for Father Figures, and she says that the characters played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms will turn out to be twins, and that turned out to be the case.
    • The review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows starts with Brad and Allison discussing what Phelous thought of the movie note . Allison thinks he'd hate it. Brad brings up the possibility of him thinking it was So Okay, It's Average , which Allison said she'd find shocking if that were the case. Guess which of the two was correct.
    • In the review of Free State of Jones, Sarah and Brian talk about the trailer for Bad Moms, and Brian says, "I really don't look forward to when it's just year after year of, like, Bad Moms 3: Vegas or Bust." At the end of A Bad Moms Christmas, the moms’ moms go to Vegas. (Also it has been confirmed that there will be a third Bad Moms movie called Bad Moms’ Moms and the actresses who played the moms’ moms will reprise their roles.)
  • Ho Yay:
    • In the review of The Internship, not all of Jake's face is in frame, and Dave says to Jake, "Show them that beautiful face, buddy" and touches Jake's hair.
    • Brian and Dave hugging each other in the review of The Night Before.
    • The Smurfs 2 review has Brad, Jake and Irving all shirtless for a good chunk of the video. The Homoerotic Subtext is Lampshaded by them.
    • Brad and Dave have such a great... ahem, rapport in their videos together, that, when Dave wasn't available to do God's Not Dead 3,note  some commenters jokingly complained about his replacement not having the same sexual tension with Brad in the video. Keep in mind that said replacement was Laura, Brad's wife. Brad even lampshades this himself in their review for One Nation Under God.
    • Deliberately invoked in the second Let There Be Light video, with Brian lovingly scratching Dave's beard.
    • Brad and Doug see Fantasy Island (2020) on Valentine's Day.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Lampshaded in Brian and Dave's review of Girls Trip, when they state that Brad has been in more episodes due to the fact the episodes with him get more views.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: It's pretty subtle, but a lot of the episodes start off with one of them laughing.
  • Never Live It Down: Jillian making a list of every time Jerrid laughed during The Change-Up is getting a similar treatment.
  • Replacement Scrappy: While most fans were supportive of Laura joining Team Snob, many saw her as this due to the timing of her being more prominently featured in the reviews with husband Brad while regulars Brian, Sarah, and others suddenly made fewer appearances (Brian confirming that he left Team Snob for personal reasons makes this claim all the more damning.)
  • Testosterone Brigade:
    • Sarah and Jillian have quite a few male fans, although their opinions are generally just as respected as everybody else's.
    • Laura becoming a visible participant of the videos was also very well-received by male fans.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many people felt this way when the car format ended in April 2019. The car format returned in late September 2019, but then (for the most part) ended after the the Tiger King review which was posted in March 2020. The reviews of Mulan, Antebellum, and The War with Grandpa were done in the car format.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • The first two Maze Runner movies were with Brian. The third had Brad with... his wife Laura, until then known as 'Off-Screen Laura' given that whenever she also went to the movie, she hid herself in the backseat.
    • And again with Laura in the review for the third God's Not Dead film, a series that Brad and Dave usually handle. (Dave was unavailable at the time.)
  • The Woobie:
    • Back in the day, some considered Jake this... considering the movies he had to go see in Summer 2011. Then in 2012, he had to see an Adam Sandler movie. Post-March 2015, however, most fans stopped considering him this.
    • Brad in the Endless Love review, due to how angry he was (more than he was at A Good Day to Die Hard and Transformers: Dark of the Moon).
    • Dave got this from viewers after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Poor guy just seems so broken and angry after that movie that it's no wonder he did the review with his then-fiancé Sarah beside him. He goes through the same thing after seeing Show Dogs, being despondent and speaking with a quiet tone through the review for the movie.


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