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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.
    • On the left, Chapo Trap House and its fans.
    • People who count Die Hard as a Christmas movie or especially their favorite Christmas move. Bob seems under the impression it's meant to be ironic instead of descriptive.
    • Bob himself is this among a large portion of the internet, be it for his opinions or his shows.
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    • Toxic portions of fandoms as of late (specifically Star Wars and animation gatekeepers) have been giving quite large tongue lashings.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Bob keeps animation coverage minimal but for the most part averts the ghetto. He was more than happy to praise Frozen and Kubo and the Two Strings, and even covered the original The Transformers: The Movie for Really That Good once. So he is more than happy to acknowledge animation from time to time.
  • 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".
  • Broken Base:
    • 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 comes distinctly from the Opinion Myopia entry below, where it is easily felt Moviebob gets too aggressive or academic when someone disagrees with him over taste.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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 especially because the hatred often feels memetic rather than an actual commentary on its quality. Others were annoyed by the condescending title ("Why You're Wrong about Spider-Man 3") and felt the flaws outshone his defense. A third group didn't care about the movie, but was tired of Bob's whining.
      • Bob's defense of the infamous "Emo Peter" scene is a microcosm of the video's Broken Base. Some agree with Bob in that the scene is an Intended Audience Reaction where the audience is supposed to feel secondhand embarrassment by Peter's antics (with the criticism against it redundant because that's how the scene was supposed to come off). Others disagreed and felt that the movie was trying to push Peter's behavior as legitimately cool instead of a joke and that it's just Narm. A third group feels that even if it was intentional, doing something dumb on purpose doesn't make it any less dumb.
  • 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.
    • His snide attacks on The Auteur Theory and categorizing the French critics as snobs who rediscovered Kiss Me Deadly are serious howlers for several reasons. For the first thing, the French critics did not retroactively rediscover it, they praised and celebrated Kiss Me Deadly in the 1955 year of release, putting it in the Top Ten of that year. Secondly, there was nothing snobbish about the French adulation or reappraisal of American crime films, since the word Film Noir comes from Serie Noir, a cheap paperback label that published translations, copies and local versions of American crime stories. Thirdly, he dismisses the idea that the French saw the film as surreal as gilding the lily, when the original surrealists embraced popular culture, genre fiction, and other ephemera of culturenote , as implied the name itself (surrealism means "super-realism", a word which the French surrealists intended as a counter to the supernatural).
      • He has also used Auteur Theory as a rhetorical spear when he wanted to attack fan backlashes within fandoms he wasn't part of, making his criticism of it feel hypocritical at best.
  • 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.
  • Funny Moments:
    • This quote:
    "The subwoofer was never meant to be weaponized."
    • When he gives the Pool Cleaning Robot from Paranormal Activity 2 Best Character of the Year in his 2010 Moviebob Awards Video.
  • 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 knows it sucks, and anyone claiming to like it is either stupid or just loyal to the creator or 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 note 
    • Not that he didn't like The Amazing Spider-Man or the sequel, but that years later he will shit on those movies, specifically on Andrew Garfield's portrayal of the character, if he has the chance. Even in his Logan review he took time to bash ASM as the inferior to Tobey Maguire
    • He didn't outright bash the movie but he most certainly got alot of flack for saying Spider-Man: Homecoming was an average movie. His occasional generalizations that Spider-Man 2 is the best Spider-Man movie, as opposed to it's his favorite Spider-Man movie, and calling those with different tastes things like "crazy", probably didn't help matters.
      • This one is becoming more of a problem as Bob seems to be leaning more and more into the backlash he's getting every time he mentions the film purely to spite his audience. While his initial review described Homecoming as "good but not great", by the time he reviewed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse he called it "barely average" and put emphasis on the fact that Spiderverse was "the first good Spider-Man film in 14 years". The entire Youtube comments field was dominated by people telling him to stop banging on about how bad Homecoming was already and at this stage it's hard to deny he's doing it deliberately.
    • Cinephiles got infuriated for him listing Kiss Me Deadly as merely a "good enough movie" when in the opinions of most Film Noir and cine-enthusiasts this is an all-time masterpiece of cinema, available on The Criterion Collection, and aesthetically and technically better than any of the movies (mostly summer blockbusters made on several times the budget that the creators of that film had) he has discussed on the show.
  • 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 at the end that it was all a kid playing in a sandbox. 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 aren't nearly as effective...
    • In his very first Game Overthinker video (where he complains at length about how colorful creative protagonists have been phased out in favor 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...
    • One article Bob wrote for The Escapist hit upon the theory that Stan Lee's roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be explained by him being The Watcher. Word of God later revealed that all of his cameos were the same character, with his role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showing him to be an informant of the Watchers.
    • He came pretty darn close to predicting the end of Avengers: Endgame in his video on how he would handle Spider-Man in the MCU: a major hero finally dies fighting the good fight, and their funeral features as many of the franchise's actors that they could possibly get.
    • Bob's remark in his look-back at Spider Man 3 included a reference to JK Simmons' portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson, saying,"There's a reason they haven't recast this guy". This was all the more awesome, considering that Simmons comes back as Jameson in the post-credits scene of Spider Man: Far From Home.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "There are no bad tactics. Only bad targets.” Explanation 
    • "Stop. Treating. These. People. Like. People.”
    • “MAHVEL!” Explanation 
  • 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. The Game Antithinker is considered being the nadir to some.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Bob's review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has him refer to it as the movie that "broke him." However, it rings a bit hollow since he did think the movie was better than the original which makes it hard to believe it was so bad to merit two videos about how the Amazing series is awful and everyone else is wrong about the third Raimi Spider-Man movie, followed by years of pot-shots at every live-action non-Raimi incarnation of the franchise.
    • Even if some of the films are justifiably bad his rants against some of the DC Extended Universe films, Batman V. Superman in particular, just makes him come off as a broken record. The fact that Bob originally liked Man of Steel in his original review, only to change his tune once critical consensus came out against it, and that he once claimed he would hold off on criticizing Zach Snyder's films in light of the director's family tragedy, only to go back on his word, paints him in an even worse light.
  • 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, tainting all 90s pop culture in his eyes by association.)
    • 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 filmmaker than the director ever really wanted to be. To his credit though, in the reboot of The Big Picture, while he states that his opinion of Kevin's output at the time hasn't changed, he regrets organizing his work into some sort of narrative structure, writing him off as a caution tale, and believing it was the final word on the matter. He also regrets titling it "The Fall of Kevin Smith" and admits he felt bad about all of it after Kevin's heart attack.
  • 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.

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