* AcceptableTargets: [[{{Hipster}} Hipsters]], every time Jon sticks oversized glasses on something.
* AccidentalInnuendo:
** [[InUniverse Pointed out]] in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', as they note that DK's pose during the Limbo minigame is somewhat suggestive of a different kind of donkey.
** In Golf in ''VideoGame/WiiSports'', Chugga asks whether they can hit each others' balls.
** During ''[[VideoGame/ItadakiStreet Fortune Street]]'', Chugga says that, "Rocking his hand back and forth on the Wiimote gives his hand something to do."
** In the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Great Maze]], Jon is playing as Charizard and tells Tim to "follow the angry dragon". Tim and Chugga tell him Urban Dictionary's definition of "angry dragon". [[note]]It involves fellatio.[[/note]]
** And in Jon's Live Stream of ''Mario Party 6'', Chugga asks, "Should we do Daisy on hard?" And during the Treasure Trawlers minigame, he says "And I get... wood." It actually took Jon and Tim a while to realize what Emile said (as in, Jon didn't know until he read it in the comments). Later on, Jon starts laughing, and Emile asks, "Is it about my wood?" But the [[SoBadItsGood worst one]] is when they play Crate and Peril with Daisy as the one player and Chugga says, "I'm inside Daisy's heart-shaped box." without knowing the slang for it.
* AntiClimaxBoss:
** The final match of the ''Brawl'' tournament ([[spoiler:Jon vs. [=SyKhotic=]/Hunter, with Jon winning]]) wasn't particularly exciting, as [[spoiler:Hunter]] kept accidentally killing himself.
** [[spoiler:Tim, to Jon,]] in ''Fortune Street'''s Delfino Plaza. They spend much of the board in a tense race for the win, but in the last few turns, [[spoiler:Tim's net worth falls dramatically, and the tension vanishes as Jon easily marches toward victory]].
** On the last five turns of Boo's Haunted Bash in ''Mario Party 4,'' Tim ends up turning all Red Spaces into Chance Time Spaces. [[spoiler: No one lands on any.]]
* ArcFatigue: The video uploading format introduced with ''New Super Mario Bros. U'' drags out series longer than it should, due to Chugga reducing video length in exchange for more videos over the course of several days, compared to before when he would upload a series of videos or one extremely long video within a single day.
** Mario Stadium from ''Fortune Street'' got backlash for this, as it was uploaded over the course of 8 parts, despite Yoshi's Island (which only had 6 parts) having close to the same total running time.
** Robbin Hood Ruins from ''Fortune Street'' suffered heavily, both from being a long board to begin with and from the Guys playing more slowly and cautiously than necessary. Its running time is over 2.5 hours, and it was split into 10 parts that took nearly ''three weeks'' to upload, leaving some viewers (and the Guys themselves) sick of it by the end.
* BaseBreaker: All three of the guys are this to some extent.
** Chugga is either funny or an [[{{Troll}} ob]][[{{Jerkass}} nox]][[LargeHam ious]] player who's way too loud and immature.
** Certain fans fail to realize that Jon being a dick is just playful banter and want him off the team. And there are some who get tired of him winning all the time.
** Some consider NCS unnecessary due to him being quiet and OutOfFocus a lot, and some believe he occasionally wastes large amounts of time in Subspace Emissary due to his poorer playing abilities.
** [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} Diabetus]] caused this kind of reaction when it was rumoured that he would be one of the Guys' special guests, despite it not being stated that he would actually be a guest, just that they were meeting up with him. Eventually, it was confirmed that he wouldn't be joining the group, and they were talking about inviting him to play ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' with them because they didn't let him know they'd have a ''Battletoads'' challenge in Thrown Controllers and he was genuinely upset about it.
* BrokenBase:
** One sprouted up between Team Jon (and Josh) vs. Team Chugga during ''NSMB Wii''. It's more lighthearted than some examples, since Jon trying to kill Chugga was PlayedForLaughs by both Jon and Chugga.
** Episode 10 of ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet''. One side thought it was their funniest episode yet, while another found it extremely boring, and a third found it outright racist.
** [[spoiler: Jon]] continuing his winning streak in ''Mario Party 4'' has caused quite a few people to quit watching the LP. The other half seems to think he deserves it after [[spoiler: the train wreck of bad luck that ''Mario Party 3'' brought him]].
** In the ''Dokapon Kingdom'' videos, fans either view Chugga becoming a Darkling as an interesting game changer or a frustrating thing that makes the videos hard to watch; it doesn't help that one of the first things he did was [[YankTheDogsChain remove Tim's rare shield]]. There's also those who feel he isn't taking full advantage of the class to really change up the game and is just wasting it.
** The ''Rayman Origins'' LP. Some say it's an overall good LP, and a nice break from the usual Mario games. Others say it's the worst series the Guys have ever done, with lackluster and unmemorable commentary. Others still remain mostly [[SoOkayItsAverage indifferent]].
* CriticalResearchFailure: Chugga keeps claiming that every gibberish word they come across is most likely an insult in German, and generally thinking that German consists of only gibberish strung together. It's possible it's just PlayedForLaughs, though.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** In ''Mario Party 1'''s "Grab Bag" minigame:
-->'''Chugga:''' ''*grabs Jon*'' RAPED!\\
''(later)''\\
'''Chugga:''' ''*gets grabbed by Wario*'' Wario, you just raped out what I raped out of [Jon]!\\
''(later)''\\
'''Chugga:''' ''*gets grabbed by Jon*'' Don't rape the monkey!\\
'''Jon:''' What's with you and rape?\\
'''Chugga:''' I don't know. ''*{{beat}}*'' It's fun?\\
'''Jon:''' ''WHAT?!?''
** During the ''Bomberman Live'' tournament, Jon has to explain that killing both yourself ''and'' the other players doesn't count as a win. His exact wording? "Genocide along with killing yourself does not work. Genocide itself is okay."
** NCS' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEDX9sdc0S8&t=4m30s Africa joke]] in ''Wii Party'''s Globe Trot mode (4:30 - 4:40).
* DudeNotFunny: In a PAX Prime 2013 wrap-up video (featuring but not created by Jon, Chugga, and Tim), at one point Chugga makes a very bad {{pun}}, prompting [[WebVideo/PressHeartToContinue Dodger]] to call for applause from the audience. Later, Jon makes a comment about his pedometer, and Chugga responds by pronouncing it "paedo-meter". The audience is silent and Dodger says, "''Don't'' applaud for that one..."
* EndingFatigue:
** During ''Mario Party 3'', some fans became restless when [[spoiler:''Creepy Cavern'' was extended by a Wacky Watch, adding two more videos than usual. Even worse is that the board's final minigame was the very long and monotonous "The Beat Goes On."]]
** Subverted by ''Mario Party 3''[='=]s duel boards. Initially they did a two-parter for the first board and stated it would done as filler between other projects, before getting back to it a month after the initial board and finishing them all relatively quickly.
** Robbin Hood Ruins in Fortune Street took 10 parts and 2 hours and 37 minutes in real time to finally come to an end. This lead to a lot finger-pointing at who was responsible for picking the board.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** LetsPlay/JoshJepson. Many were sad to see him gone after ''NSMB Wii'', and the Guys eventually brought him back as a guest player for ''NSMB U''. A few fans consider him the honorary fourth guy, and he even appears in some of the TRG fanart with the [[LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} other]] [[LetsPlay/ProtonJon three]] [[LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun guys]].
** Wario, for his line from the first two ''Mario Party'' games: [[MemeticMutation "Doh I missed!"]] It's gotten to the point where he's referenced in every project even if he isn't in it.
** Waluigi; his popularity from the Fortune Street videos, mainly for Jon's hilarious impersonation of him, sounding Mexican and [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation his made-up backstory of wanting to run a successful bridal boutique]], was why Jon decided to play as him in Mario Party 3 and on.
** Special guests in general are pretty well-liked, especially Jon Paula during the ''Mario Power Tennis'' tournament, due to being the most vocal of the guests and providing some pretty funny lines.
** ''[[VideoGame/ItadakiStreet Fortune Street]]'' as a whole. When the Guys posted the first video, they showed concern over whether or not it would go over well, and expected it to be a LoveItOrHateIt one-off. Fans ''adored'' it, and it has become traditional between-series filler, especially as a way to see off a special guest ({{Lucahjin}}, JoshJepson, and SuperJeenius all played games with the Guys before going).
* FanMyopia: During the ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' LP, Jon becomes a victim of this after learning that he's the only one of the Runaway Guys (including guest player Josh) who has played ''VideoGame/MetalGear''.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** During the ''Brawl'' tournament, many people thought Chugga and Donnabellez were cute together.
** Many seem to feel this way about [[PlatonicLifePartners Tim and Lucahjin]].
** Some just go straight for the [[FoeYay Jon/Chugga]].
** After the ''Double Dash'' tournament, many fans feel this way about Chugga and LetsPlay/{{MasaeAnela}}. Went UpToEleven during the ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' LP.
* GoodBadBugs: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5heDCBsKPU&t=14m26s Episode 15]] of ''NSMB Wii'', Tim [[spoiler:jumps on the flagpole, gets a 1-Up, then bubbles, and is suddenly not in the bubble. To add greatness, they got fireworks.]]
* GrowingTheBeard: The ''Thrown Controllers'' panel at PAX East 2013 noticeably improved from the previous panels. The technical problems were minimal, and an official video of the panel was made by TheGameStation, with professional equipment, multiple cameras, and decent editing.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[HilariousInHindsight/TheRunawayGuys Has its own page]].
* InternetBackdraft:
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] regarding the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps''. While both Chugga and Tim (of all people) criticized the Grumps, there was no hate levied toward them (though there were comment arguments between fans of TRG and GG), especially since Tim's TakeThat was toward a [[ReadTheFreakingManual heavily criticized aspect of the show]].
** A minor example during ''Mario Party 3'', after NCS became the majority board winner. While editing the video, Chugga left a note stating that he was still leading in the detailed stats, so NCS hadn't officially won the LP yet. This received some harsh feedback in the comments, accusing Chugga of being a poor sport. [[note]]He eventually gave NCS the victory, and it's unknown if the backdraft had any influence on this decision.[[/note]]
* [[ItsShortSoItSucks It's Short, so It Sucks]]: Many fans feel that ''Dokapon Kingdom'' should have lasted longer. Notably, however, the guys did this ''intentionally,'' since they were partially testing the waters to see if the fans were interested in them playing the (much, much longer) full game. They have since returned to the game to play Story Mode.
* MagnificentBastard:
** In ''VideoGame/MarioParty 3'', Chugga manages to pull a small but brilliant gambit in the final turn of Woody Woods. He uses a Reverse Mushroom on himself and sees Boo. Not having coins to steal a Star, he steals Jon's coins instead, preventing Jon from using his Magic Lamp to get the Star. Chugga then chooses to take a path into a dead-end road, which reverses his direction and allows him to visit Boo ''again'', this time with enough coins to steal a Star. [[spoiler:And yet he still loses the board]].
** Jon during ''Koopa's Seaside Soirée'' in ''VideoGame/MarioParty 4''. NCS sees Boo and has the option of stealing a Star from Jon, but (at Jon's encouragement) instead steals coins from Mario; this results in [[spoiler:NCS eventually getting the Coin Star instead of Chugga, which allows Jon to win the board]]. Chugga even makes this accusation himself, though Jon plays innocent. However, the trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when NCS admits he kinda wanted [[spoiler:Jon to win]] and knew stealing coins would help make that happen. Jon drops the act at this point.
** In the last board of ''Mario Party 4'', Chugga is determined to prevent Jon from sweeping the game. His method is weaponizing his already ridiculous luck to inhuman degrees. First he intentionally lands on chance time and [[spoiler: manages to swap coins with Jon, stealing the coin lead and later steals the Lucky Bonus Star by landing on ''three Happening Spaces in a row!'' He succeeds in winning the board.]]
* MagnumOpus: Every episode of their second LP, ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'', has over a million views, which is over twice what the Guys' videos usually average.
* MemeticBadass:
** Averted with [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Falcon]], a realistically flawed individual who is still capable of moments of badass.
** Carver is treated like this during ''Fortune Street'' (Mt. Magmageddon), even having Website/ChuckNorrisFacts-style claims like he makes toast just by glaring at bread.
* MemeticMutation:
** Wario's "DOH I MISSED" clip from his German VA.
** Bowser Communism
** Many people cannot forget Chugga's infamous "Meet LetsPlay/JoshJepson" intro to ''NSMBW'''s second episode.
** [[{{Terminator}} Cyber]] [[{{Pikmin}} Steve]].
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Waluigi's Bridal Boutique]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fian_uu_Luo "YEAH COFFEE!"]]
** There's a lot of fanart of Jon as a TimeLord due to his numerous ''Series/DoctorWho'' references in the ''Wii Party'' "Spin-Off" videos.
** [[MemeticSexGod Sexy Bowser]] in ''Mario Party 3''.
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Calibrary Cuff Paula Deen]] from ''Wheel of Fortune'' part 2.
** "I thought Chugga was still sick." Fans [[TooDumbToLive continually asking whether Chugga was still sick during the Rayman Origins videos]], despite being told MULTIPLE times (and it having been established as being this way since the beginning) that the TRG videos are recorded months in advance. It reached the point where other fans started making fun of it--and then people thought those fans were being serious like the others.
* MostWonderfulSound: "''[[VideoGame/MarioParty D'oh, I missed!]]''"
* NeverLiveItDown:
** [[LetsPlay/ProtonJon "Don't eat the mushroom," "Move faster Pokey"]], [[{{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} Steve the red Pikmin]], and (briefly) [[LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun the green rupee scream]]. If they've said something memetic or that they now regret, it will be made fun of at some point.
** [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Four words.]] [[Series/WheelOfFortune Calibrary Cuff Paula Deen.]] [[labelnote:note]]Chugga was doing a bonus puzzle and attempted to solve the puzzle. The correct answer was "Celebrity Chef Paula Deen."[[/labelnote]]
** The Metropolitan Mutant of Ark. [[labelnote:note]]Happened during another round; the actual answer was "The Metropolitan Museum of Art". The kicker? The part Emile got right was "The Metropolitan", and he didn't even know what "Metropolitan" meant.[[/labelnote]]
** Chugga skipped a minigame explanation in ''Mario Party 3'' exactly ''once'', ''by accident'', and apologized for it almost immediately when Jon lost the minigame in question because he was unfamiliar with it. The way [[FanDumb some people go about it,]] you'd think that he skipped every single explanation in a deliberate attempt to screw Jon over.
** During Jon's May 18, 2014 stream on Twitch, the Guys played a round of ''Mario Party 6'' and selected Daisy as the CPU player. After a ThatCameOutWrong line ("Should we do Daisy on Hard?"), the jokes, shipping, and drawings started popping up immediately. [[UpToEleven And then Chugga decided to make a "heart-shaped box" comment without knowing what it's slang for]]...
* NightmareFuel:
** In ''Kirby's Return to Dream Land'', [[spoiler: the voice Chugga gives Magolor after transforming]].
*** NightmareRetardant: ...though that's a bit offset by the other Guys' reaction, including Tim's (and, soon enough, [[{{Corpsing}} Chugga's]]) uncontrollable laughter and Jon's unamused pleas for him to just stop.
** In ''Mario Party 3'', Chugga's slowed-down laughter during the "That was total bullshit!" replay sounds downright demented.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** Jon's clean sweep in Battle Mode for ''Mario Kart 64'', due to the original E3 video being lost.
** Also from ''Mario Kart 64'', Tim [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] the others at Rainbow Road. Luckily, he did almost as well in the new recording.
* ParvumOpus: While not as bad as most examples, it's generally agreed on that ''Mario Party 3'' is among their worst let's plays, if not ''the'' worst. ''Rayman Origins'' is, while not exactly bad, often considered just easily forgettable, as is the ''Bomberman Live Battlefest'' tournament.
* TheScrappy: Based on his reactions in ''Kirby's Return to Dream Land,'' Chugga really doesn't like the Scarfy enemy.
* ScrappyMechanic: In ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'', the guys cite friendly fire as this, as they think it "ruins any semblance of cooperation." They do, however, admit it's ActuallyPrettyFunny sometimes.
* SeriousBusiness: [[TropesAreNotBad It made for interesting situations in the project]], but no doubt about it, Chugga was this way with ''Mario Party 4''. Not to the point of StopHavingFunGuys, but listening to him and Jon talk about how much of a {{Determinator}} he was in preparation for the game, especially the final board. ''He'd gotten so fast at button mashing that it burned his finger, so that he could win button mash minigames.''
* {{Shipping}}: In addition to [[LetsPlay/ProtonJon Proton]][[{{Chuggaaconroy}} conroy]]. Several pairs have spawned due to jokes, or the guys shipping them In-Universe.
** In Mario Party 2, we have Chugga and Jon ship each other with other characters, like Chugga with [[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Jynx]] and Jon with [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]].
** NCS with himself in Subspace Emissary.
** Bowser and Waluigi in Mario Party 3. Mainly because Jon as Waluigi kept getting the Bowser space.
** Chugga with Daisy, after a few innuendos about her during Jon's Mario Party 6 stream.
* ThatOneBoss: During ''Subspace Emissary'', Duon gave Jon and Tim a real hard time.
* ThatOneLevel:
** Chugga considers ''Wario's Battle Canyon'' (''Mario Party'') to be this. Throughout the whole board, only two stars are purchased.
*** ''Peach's Birthday Cake'' is a low-scoring board where every event is very expensive.
** NCS refers to World 2-4 in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' as "the worst [level] in the first five worlds." Indeed, the Runaway Guys collectively lose '''22''' lives in that level, not counting murders.
*** World 7. So many deaths...
*** Level 9-3, so, so much. It wins for the most times they've had to repeat a level.
** In ''Subspace Emissary'', The Swamp is this for Jon and Tim eventually. Jigglypuff being there -- over two-thirds of the way through the level -- didn't help.
** ''Mystery Land'' in ''Mario Party 2'' is designed to work the same as ''Wario's Battle Canyon'', and Chugga expresses his disinterest right from the outset.
** The ''Mario Party'' minigame "Sneak n' Snore" is incredibly difficult for the group to win.
** 6-2 in ''Kirby's Return to Dreamland''.
** ''[=LittleBigPlanet=]'' has "The Bunker," which had the four [[TeethClenchedTeamwork actually working together]] to get through the part with the wheel.
** Level 9-6, Fire Bar Sprint in VideoGame/NewSuperLuigiU has the most deaths of the whole project, as well as being the level where Jon rages the most.
* UncannyValley: Referenced in the ''Wheel of Fortune'' videos towards the awkward character designs and animations.
* ViewersAreMorons: Chugga does not think the viewers are dumb, but he seems to think it's easier to confuse them than in actuality.
* {{Wangst}}:
** Jon is probably the most susceptible to this; examples include in ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'' where [[spoiler: he fails to give Chugga a game over.]] and again for him and Josh as they [[spoiler: fail to bring down Emile in Mario Stadium in ''Fortune Street'', both complaining about his ludicrous luck.]] And then there's Mario Party 3: whilst the game did screw him over a lot (see TheWoobie below), he did excessively whine about how Mario Party "hates him", despite having good fortune in previous Mario Party games.
** Chugga also has his wangsty moments. Most notable is in The Observatory in ''Fortune Street''. Apparently because he kept doing badly despite playing the game regularly, while both NCS and Lucah were novices but kept doing better than him. Meanwhile, in the final video for ''Koopa's Seaside Soirée'' in ''Mario Party 4'', he literally spends almost the entirety of the video complaining about [[spoiler: Tim taking the coin lead from him and ensuring Jon's victory]]. He doesn't even make any of his usual jokes or references, just going on about "freaking Jon" the whole time. Granted, [[spoiler: losing sucks]], but it ''is'' a competition.
-->'''Chugga (half hamming):''' My own commentary partners are sabotaging me!
-->'''Jon:''' [[SarcasmMode It's almost like it's a competition!]]
** Josh in both ''New Super Mario Bros.'' games when he complains about his lack of lives and overall failures.
* TheWoobie:
** Tim in general with his overall crummy luck. Most notable was in Pirate Land in ''Mario Party 2'', when [[spoiler: a star appeared just in front of him. This star would [[ThrowTheDogABone get him out of last place]], especially since he had over 100 coins and had two turns to move to the star 5 spaces ahead of him [[YankTheDogsChain - he didn't make it.]]]] In addition, ''Mario Party 4'' just kept screwing him over. With Jon getting lucky, including two hidden stars on one board and a ridiculous number of Boos, Tim is just ridiculously unlucky. Another board had him poised to win only for some last-second bad luck in the very last turn screw him over. [[FromBadToWorse To make matters worse]], a comment on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5K-Ny3msHE&google_comment_id=z12usxxjtznzhjj0d23xv1t4vzuwjfihi04 part 6]] of the VideoGame/RaymanOrigins LP has someone noticing that Tim seems to be getting bubblized very frequently and at easily avoidable times, at which point Tim reveals that for about six month's prior to the video's release, he's been suffering from Sleep Apnea, causing him to black out randomly if he doesn't get around 10 or so hours of sleep.
** Jon in ''Mario Party 3''. ''Mario Party'' has screwed him over before, but NEVER that badly. It gets to the point where you legitimately feel sorry for him. And it gets worse in ''Super Luigi U'', though he anticipates it being construed as {{Wangst}}.
** Chugga in ''Wheel of Fortune''. Since he's not that good at word puzzles, the constant bad guesses he makes leading to him getting repeatedly humiliated eventually makes it pretty easy to feel bad for him.
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