Bravo Nolan

Bravo Nolan

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"Bravo Nolan" is a sarcastic expression used to mock plot holes or incongruity in films by the British movie director Christopher Nolan,[1] including Inception, The Dark Knight saga and Interstellar. The catchphrase also inspired the creation of the phrasal template "Bravo X."


The earliest use of the phrase can be found in a thread submitted to 4chan's /tv/ (television and film) board on July 23th, 2010, which included a message criticizing the ending of Inception.[3]

Inception ending Anonymous Fri 23 Jul 2010 06:11:49 No.11141259 View Reply Original Report What do you think, was Cobb dreaming at the end? I think he wasn't, because you can see the top is about to fall down before the screen cuts to black. BTW, bravo Nolan, bravo. 1MiB, 1271x695, Untitled.png View Same Google Yandex iqdb SauceNAO View Same Google Yandex iqdb SauceNAO lolception.jpg, 103KiB, 850x1412 Kaiji.. ILG/tZANk Fri 23 Jul 2010 06:11:49 No.11141277 Report Quoted By: >>11141296 Inception NCEPTION Anonymous Fri 23 Jul 2010 06:12:49 No.11141296 Quoted By: >>11141359 Report >11141277 ol'd hard


On February 4th, 2008, one of the earliest sarcastic uses of "bravo" on 4chan was posted in a thread on the /a/ (anime) board in response to a post questioning the ethics of causing a breakup.[2]

Anonymous Mon 04 Feb 2008 00:59:24 No.9310736 Report >9310702 No, if she left her boyfriend that easily, she wasn't all that attached, so in a way you prevented her from hurting that poor guy even more somewhere down the line. Bravo, anon. Bravo.


The phrase was scarcely used until February 11th, 2012, when a thread was submitted to /tv/ featuring a screen capture of The Dark Knight Rotten Tomatoes page along with the catchphrase.[5] On April 21st, 2012, the phrase was used in another post on the /tv/ board criticizing the movie The Avengers. The phrase started being used in spam posts, shitposts and vertical posts practise.[6]

The Dark Knight (2008) Anonymous Sat 11 Feb 2012 22:34:04 No.21013977 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>21013992 > >21014549 96% Bravo, Nolan! 60KIB, 691x211, 94.jpg View Same Google Yandex iqdb SauceNAO Anonymous Sat 11 Feb 2012 22:35:02 No.21013992 Report Quoted By: >>21014009 21013977 (OP) This came out?

On April 19th, 2014, YouTuber SheepEsquire uploaded a video titled "bravo nolan", featuring a YouTube Poop remix of The Dark Knight Rises' plane scene. On May 21st, 2014, YouTuber see yiyay uploaded a video titled "BRAVO NOLAN", featuring a close up picture of Nolan's face with clapping on the background. On April 21st, 2015 Redditor real_rocknrolla submitted a post asking about the catchphrase to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[8] subreddit.


A notable derivate from the catchphrase comes with replacing "Bravo" by the japanese word "Sasuga" (さすが). This expression is mostly used on anime or japanese culture discussions, with a similar context. One of the earliest instances of his use as sarcastical reply can be found on a thread submitted on 4chan's /a/ board on October 24th, 2009, where a user replies to the original poster because the thread has no replies.[9] The first use as critic can be found on a /a/ thread submitted on November 18th, 2009, with the message "Sasuga Shaft" as reply to a message that features scenes of works by the japanese animation company Shaft and compares them to Haruhi Suzumiya's scenes.[10] The expression is primarily used to criticise plot twists or plot holes on manga and anime.[7]

Anonymous Wed 18 Nov 2009 15:46:03 No.27750267Report >>27750239 sasuga SHAFT

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[1] Wikipedia – Christopher Nolan

[2] – ronery time

[3] – Inception ending

[4] – So, the movie is not that awesome after all.

[5] – Bravo, Nolan!

[6] – Search for bravo nolan

[7] – Search for sasuga

[8] /r/OutOfTheLoop – Where did "BRAVO NOLAN" come from?

[9] – here is not ONE anime /a/ doesn't troll.

[10] – You fags sure got told

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