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Toby Joe Turner, aka Tobuscus, is a YouTube personality known for his comedy, songwriting, and acting abilities. His work includes original songs and comedy shorts, "Literal Trailers" of video games and films, song and commercial parodies, and a comedy clip series called, "Cute Win Fail". He owns a vlog known as "Lazy Vlog", and a gaming channel, Toby Games, also known as "Toby Sucks at Gaming".

Despite having his major presence on YouTube, Toby is no stranger to acting, appearing in 2008 in the TV series Stranger Things and the 2010 indie comedy New Low. In 2012, he broke into mainstream TV as the primary live actor in Cartoon Network's production of The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. In the same year, he also played a role in the indie slasher flick Smiley.

To watch his Tobuscus videos go here, for his Lazy Vlog go here and for his gaming channel go here. His website is here.


Tropes associated with Tobuscus and his videos:

 Hopefully those guards have good armor / No they don't, maybe they do / They don't.

  • Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny:
    • Toby claims to have ADD, although like many of his claims, this is unreliable.
    • Celebrated by the original song, "There's a Floppy Disk on the Floor", in which his mother apparently shares this trait.
    • Multiple times per episode in his Lazy Vlogs, with several ("Ooh, an airplane," "Ooh, flowers," and "Shhh!") approaching Catch Phrases.
    • In his gaming episodes, he has an incredible ability to get distracted and lose track of what he's supposed to be doing. In sandbox games like Minecraft, this is fine, but it tends to frustrate (or alternatively, amuse) viewers of the more story-driven games to no end, especially when he doesn't pay attention to mission objectives.
  • Badass Baritone: During his playthrough of Duke Nukem Forever, Toby imitates Duke's deep voice with uncanny precision. Of course, Toby himself is anything but a badass, but his mimicry of one is hilarious. He can be seen practicing the Duke Nukem voice in earlier vlogs, long before the game was released.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: During his Amnesia playthrough, he jumps off a cliff rather than die at the hands of a monster, and invokes this as his justification.
  • Blatant Lies: Much of what he claims in his Lazy Vlogs is either obviously untrue or questionable. In this vlog, he goes meta by lying about his lying "tell".
  • Blessed with Suck: In one Cute Win Fail vid, Toby imagines a superhero whose power is getting struck by lightning.
  • Butt Monkey: Steven. Gabuscus also gets regularly abused by Toby, mainly over his Embarrassing Nickname.
  • Call Back:
  • Catch Phrase: Has several noticeable catch phrases which are:
    • "Audience, wha-!? What are you doing in [place the camera is], Audience?"
    • "Bless your face. If you sneezed during this video, bless you. Peace off/Toby out/Joey out. Boop!"
    • "Intro/Mid-tro/Outro of darkness, then redness, then whiteness!"
    • "Da Da Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Subscribe"
    • "oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god"
    • "HOTHOTHOTHOTHOTHOTHOTHOTHOT"
    • "Im gonna die im gonna die im gonna die"
    • "I'm Dead. I'm Dead. I'm Dead. I'm Dead."
    • For his gaming videos: "Hello once again Audience."
    • "Knock Knock Moe'Suckra!"
    • "Well, clearly..."
    • "Whatchu got?"
    • "Ooooh! Gimme Gimme."
    • "God dang it!"
    • "Sponsor!"
    • Referring to various people as "girl," usually when the one in question is NOT a girl (his male dog and the audience are the usual targets) and while imitating Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man.
    • "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW!"
    • Whenever he plays an Ubisoft game, he literals the logo flash. When he interviewed an Ubisoft employee, it went meta.
    • (usually singing it, sometimes not) Suck it! Suck it, suck it suck it!
    • AGH! No! Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. Please.
    • From the Animated Adventures, "ARGH! I'm boooored!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • Toby mentions a few times that he's been told he looks like David Tennant, apparently because of his messy hair and sideburns.
    • Toby has mentioned that his friend Gabe aka Gabuscus, has sometimes been mistaken as Taylor Lautner.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Color Coded for Your Convenience: Elevating bad guys, wide shot bad guys.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: In "Safety Torch", Toby invades an innocent kid's house, wakes him up in the middle of the night, scares him to death by telling him monsters are out to get him, offers him torches to keep the monsters away, gives him water to put out the resulting fires, and finally charges him $500 for those "services". And in case there was any doubt as to whether this is deliberate extortion or not, the Frankenstinian monster he brings with him says "Sup Toby" in an easy-to-miss speech bubble.

 Timmy: I don't have 500 bucks!

Toby: Oh, that's fine! I'll bill your parents.

 How's it going? I'm Toby Turner. [random phrase that starts off the running gag] and this is "Cute Win Fail", the show where videos from three different [items relevant to the running gag] compete to become the most EPIC.

[Starts listing the three entries from the previous episode]

Your votes have all been [action relevant to the running gag] and the most epic video ever of last week was... [insert winning entry here]

Sorry, other two clips. [joke about the loser videos' punishment, also relevant to the running gag]

It's time for three new videos to enter the competition for epicosity. Let's watch!

  "If you took Gonzo and put him in an arena with a bunch of other animators and gave them all, like, medieval weapons and put like a lion in there, the lion would probably kill them all. But Gonzo is a good animator." [1]

 "Thewinnerofyesterday'stshirtisannotatedatthebottommiddleofthevideoifyouwantoentertowinatshirt... like and post a comment, girl. Or guy. Or other."

  Toby: Ubisoft presents... a game by Ubisoft. And Ubisoft. And also Ubisoft...

  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Mombuscus shall forever be known as "The best mom who ever played Bloodforge in the first hour of its release."
  • Painting the Fourth Wall:
    • Toby continually refers to elements of his videos that only exist after they've been uploaded to YouTube, such as the annotations. He also pretends that the audience is wherever the camera is and/or is the camera. In one video, he notices that he's being zoomed out to show the YouTube video frame.
    • In Trapped in a Vlog, Toby introduces the audience to his studio. In reality, he makes his filming background as white as possible and then plays with white balance to complete the effect (this is so he doesn't have to bother with a greenscreen). In that video, however, he pretends to be hiding a vast collection of white or near-white objects in the background, and invites the audience to click on each one in order to see a sub-video explaining what it is.
  • Parody Commercial: The Tobuscus channel features a lot of these, many of which are sponsored by the companies he's parodying.
  • Precious Puppies: Cute Win Fail also has a large volume of cute puppy clips. When babies and puppies get involved, it becomes a kind of Cuteness Event Horizon.
  • Product Placement: In an interview, Toby said that one of his objectives in creating the Tobuscus vlogs is to attract advertisers. Much of his work is, in fact, sponsored. He further parodies this by yelling "Sponsor!" whenever any brand name appears in his videos, whether it's actually sponsoring him or not, and in some cases even if it's his own product.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
  • Pure Awesomeness: In the Literal trailer for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, this is apparently how Ezio kills a guard. [2]

 Guard says, "Stop!" / Just kill him with your awesome.

  • Rage Quit: While playing the Justine expansion pack of Amnesia the Dark Descent. Justine quits to the desktop every time the player dies, something Toby found out the hard way. After the third try ended in failure, he gave up, telling the Audience, "You play it!"
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His Shih Tzu, Griffin, who appears in many of his Lazy Vlogs and other videos.
  • Running Gag: Many, all (most? some?) of which are presumably made up for Rule of Funny.
    • Being allergic to alliteration.
    • Being unable/unwilling to read.
    • Being unable to use tools or do anything stereotypically manly.
    • Peeing uncontrollably whenever he gets excited or scared.
    • The hilarious abuse heaped on Steven, which wouldn't be as funny if Steven actually existed.
    • "Reading books" as an Unusual Euphemism for drinking alcohol -- as in, he read a lot of books last night and now his head hurts.
    • Constantly improvising parody songs during his gaming sessions. Naturally, these often become some of the favorite highlights among fans.
    • His original Minecraft world is corrupted in such a way that it crashes frequently in a certain spot. Toby periodically revisits this world out of nostalgia and it always, always crashes, leaving him screaming in fury.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In his gaming videos, nearly always after proclaiming himself to be fearless moments before.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: He used to do all his own instrumental parts as well, but has recently begun contracting these out.
  • Ship Tease: With iJustine in 2011, and OlgaKay in 2012. Given his efforts to remain "family friendly", we may never know the truth.
  • Shoehorned First Letter: A Running Gag in his LazyVlogs is trying to make the color of shirt he's wearing alliterate with the day of the week, resulting in such gems as "Thpurple Thursday".
  • Simpleton Voice: A deliberate affectation for many of his vlogs and Let's Plays. It might go all the way into Obfuscating Stupidity, except that he's doing it purely for laughs.
  • Stay in the Kitchen:
    • Toby takes on a stereotypically condescending attitude in character during his Skyrim Let's Play.
    • Toby's character in Tobuscus vs. Olga Kay utters the immortal line, "Oh good, you're in the kitchen. I would love a sandwich." She then beats him down and utters the Bond One-Liner, "Make your own sandwich."
  • Stealth Pun: Toby vlogs from a trailer. So he's in a "literal trailer". For bonus recursion, someone remarked that he should make a Literal Trailer about his literal trailer.
  • Talking to Himself: Toby voices most of the roles in his animated videos. He also hilariously voices all the characters in his playthrough of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, since the game itself doesn't have voice acting.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:

  Then dip the mashed potato covered chicken nugget biscuit in the barbecue sauce. MMMMMMM YUM YUM GIMME AH!

    • He also loves Thai food, and has had to pause Let's Plays on more than one occasion due to the arrival of the delivery guy.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "God diggety doodle", "What the doodle", "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD", and his signature "God dangit!"

  "Grandbuscus": Steven! If you fade me out I swear to doodle I'll pee on your house!

  • Unreliable Narrator: If you believed everything he says in his Lazy Vlogs, you'd be... well, very confused. This does, however, leave us with the problem of figuring out exactly which of those things are true and which are not.
  • Verbal Tic: He affects a lisp when talking about things like flowers, birds, or airplanes.
  • Vlog Series: His Lazy Vlog channel.
  • With Lyrics: His literal trailers.

Thanks for reading my TV Tropes page. Bless your face. If you sneezed while reading this page, bless you. Peace Off! Da Da Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Subscribe! Outro of darkness, then redness, then whiteness, then... Boop!

Notes

  1. There is no Steven. He's just someone Toby made up... we think.
  2. The guard in question actually gets shot by an arrow, but it is barely visible. besides, the notion of Ezio just killing a man through being awesome in his proximity is so much cooler.
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