* ArchiveBinge: To be expected of a LongRunner. At the time of writing, there's 17 seasons and 150+ episodes roughly an hour ''each'', save for the first season. Have fun. To be fair, the premise of the show has changed little through the years, but following the Assistant Directors that are in or off the team is rather impossible for a newcomer without the aid of an episode guide.
* AwesomeMusic:
** The victory fanfares when Arino completes a game, or even a single difficult level. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Given how hard he's made to work for them]], it makes the celebration even more cathartic, especially when it plays at a live show for the entire audience to hear. It even works if it just plays [[MundaneMadeAwesome facetiously or sarcastically]] for minor accomplishments.
** While using his last continue in ''SonicTheHedgehog'', Arino notes how "The Last Continue" sounds good as a song title. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K09wv_7JuP4 The staff secretly created it for the Lemmings 24 hours challenge.]]
* BestLevelEver: While playing ''VideoGame/BattleToads'', Arino finds [[ThatOneLevel Turbo Tunnel]] very enjoyable, to the point that having to play it again is the bright side of running out of continues and even bemoans having to warp past it and similar race levels when time is running short. He goes so far as to (somewhat facetiously) declare it the top game of 2011, despite being released nearly 20 years earlier.
* DemonicSpiders: Arino considers Areemer of the ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'' games this.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Cameraman Abe, mostly because he's by far the most imposing crewmember, used to be a JapaneseDelinquent when he was younger, is a motorcycle hobbyist and knows a lot about them, is a good artist and a great chef to boot.
* FridgeBrilliance: The English title may seem non-indicative, since even the show points out how he's not very good at NintendoHard retro games. However, given that he actually beats them in only a day or two without any prior exposure, [[{{Determinator}} never quitting on parts where lesser gamers would break down into tears]], he has got to be a step above average, and maybe even a master in his own way.
* HoYay: some of the clips from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XRbQKOtJYM 24 hour live Lemmings challenge]] were chockfull of this. To name: Abe in apron cooking for Arino, Nakayama and Inoko MAX wrestling, and Tanii and Toujima sharing bath and scratching each other's backs.
* {{Macekre}}: YMMV on this one. A large group of fans do not look kindly on Kotaku's incarnation of the show with its awkward narrator and bizarre choices in term translation. The translation staff seems not very familiar with the show or the games that are played on it. [[http://kotaku.com/5820329/this-thursday-retro-game-master-takes-on-solomons-key Kotaku's Solomon's Key episode]] in particular has moments of BlindIdiotTranslation. The King's and Queen's lines are left untranslated, as with all other onscreen text.
** And completely misinterpreting the ending of Mystery of Atlantis.
* UnPerson: AD Yamada. After a argument with Producer Kan, the show has being consistent with totally negate his time as AD, calling Toujima the first AD.
* TheWoobie: Inoue (Inoko MAX). Oh god, he's bad at videogames, so awkward, and everyone's so mean and he's so short and... oh, the poor thing. What's that? His mom just texted him in the middle of assisting Arino? Oh lord...
** On the plus side, he got a short segment in one season: Shocking Videos MAX. He also competes in Barcode Battles. Arino decides to take his side at one point. [[spoiler: Inoue wins, thankfully.]]
** Nakayama is even more awkward and shy. He [[ApologisesALot bows and says sorry so much]], they make a special sound effect each time he bows.
*** It should be noted, however, that these two , along with [[FirstInstallmentWins Toujima]], are the most recurring of the Assistant Directors.