Instead of having an image of a man like Bin Laden sitting down watching military dramas of hardcore action flicks, imagine him watching sometime more lighthearted. On his list were animated movies like 1998's Antz,which is a bizarre choice for a terrorist leader to have in his library. Then again, he also had documentaries on deck to even it out.
On the more random choice of videos, Bin Laden was apparently a Jackie Chan fan - just not of the kind you thought. His laptop also contained episodes of The Jackie Chan Adventures. Also related to the sheer WTF-ery of videos was one simply titled HORSE_DANCE.
Do we want to know what that is? No...no we don't.
He did enjoy the classics, however. The massive info dump also included a Western standard — a bunch of Tom and Jerry videos. So Obama also enjoyed a figurative cat-and-mouse game alongside the literal one he played with the US government. How meta.
The man was also an otaku, enjoying the same anime most Arabs of the same area did. For example, on his drive were episodes of Captain Tsubasa, a soccer player who rises from the high school level all the way to big-time European clubs. There's also a video of an actual Saudi soccer player attacking someone during a match, cause that is very on brand.
With the inclusion of movies like Cars on his hard drive, the CIA speculate that the movies might not all be for him. Some of them might have been uploaded to his laptop to be viewed by his wives and children. Let's be honest; there aren't many adult fans of Pixar's Cars, but it was still on his list.
He might not have had access to YouTube, but he sure loved a lot of the stuff from it. The CIA found almost 200 YouTube videos saved on Bin Laden's computer. This includes old-school classics like "Charlie Bit My Finger."
I mean, all of us have gone down a deep hole of Youtube videos, so you can't blame him for that (though we will blame him for everything else).
In a slight sense of narcissism, he kept media that had to do with him. For example, there was a copy of the documentaryWhere In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? found on the laptop. The YouTube clips found also included some 9/11 truther conspiracy ones as well.
A lot of YouTube selections really show the closed-off situation was facing. One glaring example of this was the 28 crocheting tutorials found on the hard drive, most likely saved for another family member. One tutorial was specifically for how to make an iPod sock.
If you search for the word "funny" through the thousands of files, you'll find that he had a cat video hidden somewhere in there. There's also one with a funny Shiite, and one with kids. Don't bother searching for anything naughty, however - the CIA hasn't released any of Bin Laden's porn.
A man within the middle of a war would play a game like Counter-Strike, which was found in his digital library. However, they also found the RPG classicFinal Fantasy VII alongside other games. I wonder if he cried during the mid-game spoiler?
The CIA has been careful about the files they've released and made sure that they can't be altered. You can browse through the 470,000 files they found on his laptop, but you might have to hold off for a bit. People were so curious about what this terrorist mastermind did on the regular they crashed the page and have temporarily closed it down.
With his death, his browsing history will remain a mystery. There's no way we'll ever know if he ever watched all those movies, or if he finally beat Sephiroth. But at least we do know he was a YouTube addict like the rest of us.