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Toby Joe Turner, also known as Tobuscus, is a popular actor/comedian who became famous as a result of the popularity of his many YouTube channels. He is known for his Literal Trailers, his CuteWinFail series, his gaming reviews, and his daily “LazyVlogs.” His “Tobuscus” channel currently has over 3.8 million subscribers and he has almost 1.9 billion views across all of his main channels.
Toby began making YouTube Videos in June of 2006. Although his first channel, simply called Toby, was created in October 2005, he did not post anything to it until 2010, and the channel has since fallen into disuse. His actual first video, posted to Tobuscus, entitled “What I’d do with the remote from Click… ” has garnered over 600,000 views, partially due to the fact that it is his first.
After about a year of posting videos, usually consisting of a variety of skits and parodies, he became more widely known and began to branch out into other video types. After moving to Los Angeles in 2009 and subsequently starring in the movie “New Low” in 2010, he began another channel, known simply as TobyTurner. Here he posts his daily “LazyVlogs”, in which he documents some activity, like walking his dog Gryphon, while he recounts the events of his day. He prides these on simply being recorded and then immediately uploaded, with no editing involved, hence the name.
In Septemeber of 2010, he began his playthrough of Halo: Reach, which he at first posted to TobyTurner. However, this was only until he created another channel, TobyGames, now with over 4 million subscribers, and is where game playthroughs and commentaries are now posted exclusively. In addition to these, he also posts a series of Highlights, which are fan favorite moments from his various playthroughs, of many different games. Toby recently started using a ‘Facecam’ in his gameplays which allows the viewers to watch the game and Toby himself while he’s playing.
|Game||First Posted||Last Posted||Total Parts||Completion Status|
|Halo: Reach||September 22, 2010||November 11, 2010||51||Complete|
|StarCraft II||October 8, 2010||October 30, 2010||22||Incomplete|
|Fallout: New Vegas||October 19, 2010||January 24, 2011||100||Incomplete|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops||November 9, 2010||December 7, 2010||35||Complete|
|Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood||November 16, 2010||February 17, 2011||98||Complete|
|Amnesia: The Dark Descent||December 11, 2010||February 1, 2011||55||Complete|
|Dead Space 2||January 30, 2011||April 4, 2011||67||Complete|
|LittleBigPlanet 2||February 12, 2011||May 26, 2011||32||Incomplete|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops (Online)||February 16, 2011||February 18, 2011||3||N/A|
|BulletStorm||February 23, 2011||April 14, 2011||43||Complete|
|Halo: Reach (Online)||March 2, 2011||March 6, 2011||3||N/A|
|Homefront||March 16, 2011||April 8, 2011||22||Complete|
|Crysis 2||March 22, 2011||May 25, 2011||59||Complete|
|Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Justine (DLC)||April 14, 2011||May 14, 2011||13||Incomplete|
|Gears of War 3 (Multiplayer Beta)||April 18, 2011||April 20, 2011||3||N/A|
|Portal 2||April 19, 2011||June 10, 2011||54||Complete|
|Brink||May 10, 2011||May 13, 2011||4||Incomplete|
|LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean||May 14, 2011||May 27, 2011||11||Incomplete|
|L.A. Noire||May 18, 2011||September 29, 2011||121||Incomplete|
|Duke Nukem Forever||June 16, 2011||August 31, 2011||69||Complete|
|Terraria||June 17, 2011||February 9, 2012||208||N/A|
|FEAR 3||June 24, 2011||August 1, 2011||39||Complete|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution||August 31, 2011||September 18, 2011||17||Incomplete|
|Dead Island||September 7, 2011||December 6, 2011||81||Incomplete|
|Left 4 Dead 2||September 28, 2011||October 7, 2011||10||Complete|
|Words with Friends||October 9, 2011||October 14, 2011||6||N/A|
|Batman: Arkham City||October 19, 2011||November 1, 2011||14||Incomplete|
|Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception||November 2, 2011||March 27, 2012||51||Complete|
|Skyrim||November 17, 2011||October 5, 2012||323||Incomplete|
|Assassin’s Creed: Revelations||December 4, 2011||February 16, 2012||75||Complete|
|Limbo||February 10, 2012||February 16, 2012||26||Complete|
|Rayman Origins||February 17, 2012||March 3, 2012||16||Incomplete|
|Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword||March 28, 2012||June 24, 2012||81||Incomplete|
|Street Fighter X Tekken||March 7, 2012||March 11, 2012||5||Incomplete|
|Diablo 3 (Beta)||April 24, 2012||April 25, 2012||2||N/A|
|Bloodforge||April 28, 2012||May 3, 2012||6||Incomplete|
|War Inc.||April 29, 2012||June 6, 2012||6||N/A|
|Max Payne 3||May 16, 2012||June 4, 2012||19||Incomplete|
|Slender||August 9, 2012||September 26, 2012||10||N/A|
|The Walking Dead||September 29, 2012||December 4, 2012||60||Complete|
|Black Mesa||October 7, 2012||October 13, 2012||7||Incomplete|
|Dishonored||October 13, 2012||November 4, 2012||22||Incomplete|
|Need for Speed: Most Wanted||November 4, 2012||November 4, 2012||1||Incomplete|
|Assassin’s Creed III||November 5, 2012||December 6, 2012||31||Incomplete|
|Far Cry 3||December 2, 2012||March 6, 2013||90||Complete|
|Just Dance 4||December 5, 2012||December 22, 2012||2||N/A|
|Haunt||December 24, 2012||December 27, 2012||4||N/A|
|Halo 4||December 28, 2012||January 9, 2013||12||Incomplete|
|Planetside 2||December 29, 2012||January 15, 2013||5||Incomplete|
|Dead Space 3||February 7, 2013||March 12, 2013||29||Incomplete|
Current Daily Commentaries
|Minecraft||September 22, 2011|
|Happy Wheels||June 11, 2012|
On September 22, 2011 Toby uploaded his very first Minecraft video entitled “Minecraft – BROTHER PIG – Part 1” to his channel TobyGames. The series has grown in popularity with each new video that is posted daily along with full commentary. It has also gone on to become his longest running and most popular playthrough. His most popular Minecraft video is “Minecraft – ENDERMAN ROOMMATE” with over 2.5 million views.
CuteWinFail and Literal Trailers
Toby is also well known for his CuteWinFail series, in which a cute video, a win video, and a fail video are all shown and then voted on by viewers in order to determine which when is the most “epic.” He even has an entire channel dedicated to this series, on which he posts various clips and outtakes. Latest episode had been posted on November 27, 2012, and since then the series seem to be ended.
In addition to this, he also occasionally puts out a “Literal Trailer” in which he takes a movie or video game trailer and sings what is happening in it to the music of the trailer. Because of the immense popularity of these, in addition to the many other songs he does, he is often invited to play live at various conventions. His most popular one remains his Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Literal.
Animation and Music
Toby has been working with animator GonzoSSm to create animated songs.
They’ve also worked together to make Toby’s “Animated Adventures”, which Toby considers “his most successful web show”.
One of Toby’s most notable collabs include “The Sideburns Crew”, a trio consisting of YouTubers Jacksfilms, SeanKlitzner and Tobuscus himself. They’ve made a few songs and sketches together and also performed their iconic “Sideburns song” live at VidCon 2012.
Appearances in Other Popular Media
Toby appears in the Annoying Orange cartoon aired on Cartoon network. The show features only one human character, a scientist named Nerville, played by Toby, and the rest of the Annoying Orange gang. Guest stars for the series include Jeffrey Tambor, Billy Dee Williams, and Felicia Day.
Besides this, Toby has made appearances in a number of commercials and YouTube series such as his Hot Pockets commercial:
Tobuscus Adventures: The Game
On May 21, 2013, Toby has announced a release of a mobile phone game, called Tobuscus Adventures, featuring Toby as main wizard character in a world full of zombies. The announcement was formed into another episode of Tobuscus Animated Adventures.
Toby’s large Audience lead to quite an amount of fan-made content. Few of them are uploaded on Toby’s channels in a segment called “Fanbuscus”, while the rest is shared on a fan-driven channel “TobyTurnerAudience”.
Also, “Gimme That”, a remix of one of Toby’s let’s-play episode, made by DJ Alex S, is currently played at the end of every gaming episode on TobyGames.