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Nayrman 214 (Ryan Malis)
The creator of the group, he presented the plan to Solaris in the Findthecomputerroom.com forums, and later Johnny. Usually has a very strong opinion, almost never giving reason to his hatred or love of games or movies. Tends to sound bland, but is also known for being hilarious in a weird but sometimes clever kind of way. As he is in charge of recording the commentaries, he could be considered the leader of the group. Shares HD recording with Johnny.
Ryan has appeared in all commentaries.
So far Ryan has recorded:
Tropes that apply to Ryan:
- Accentuate the Negative: Ryan will often be the first member to point out any flaw that he believes the game has.
- Bias Steamroller: Nayrman has a huge grudge against EA and Capcom.
- He's outright admitted to disliking Gen 3 of Pokemon (despite never playing it) and it really shows during the review of IGN's Top 100 Pokemon list (in which he admitted this hatred).
- Blood Knight: Mostly in the New Super Mario Brothers Wii playthrough, but he generally likes to kill any enemy in his way.
- Born Lucky: If you can wall jump, in a game you can't wall jump in, and kill an enemy in a Mario game, by jumping under it, you are beyond lucky. Now if only that applied for him outside video games...
- He wins Waluigi's Island by doing nothing but running around in circles and spouting "Anarchy!". This can be attributed to him spending the entire board on the space switching island, but even then, he was just doing it to be a dick and wasn't even trying to win.
- A general rule: If it's a multiplayer game, expect Ryan to dominate and likely win it by default.
- He's also exceptionally good at Superman 64, causing Ted to suspect he bribed the game.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Super 69 Awesome Spinning Attack, GO!"
- Captain Obvious: His main commentary style.
- Catch Phrase: Nayrman seems to have a lot of these. Here's a quick list:
- "Pourquoi?!" (literally French for "Why?!"), although this one isn't used as much anymore.
- "Huzzah!", although this one isn't used as much anymore.
- "You could just go."
- "Hi, [Insert Name Here]."
- "Bye X", whenever an enemy is leaving the screen.
- "I'm glad I paid for those child grabbing lessons." (Said whenever any character is kidnapped or grabbed.)
- "You've wasted so much of my time", used whenever the person recording the game they're commentating over... well, wastes their time.
- "God Dammit!" Said whenever Ryan fails on completing a section or when something out of nowhere hits him.
- "Sloooow doooown," whenever the game's frame rate drops or chugs along.
- "Weeeee," said whenever the player character goes flying in the air.
- "Fuck you, I can fly!"
- "You got a/the X!" said whenever the player character gets an item and Nayrman says the phrase in the same tone of Zelda's "item get" jingle.
- "Oh My." Said in the style of George Takei.
- "It's symbo-o-olic!" Said whenever something, well, symbolic occurs.
- "Anarchy!" and "Chaos route!" During the Waluigi's island board of Mario party 3. Also, "Waah!"
- Seems to have a new one every video, which he will proceed to use constantly, only to never use it again once the video is over.
- Celebrity Resemblance: While it has not been said by any of the crew, he resembles a cross between Kramer from Seinfeld and Leonard from The Big Bang Theory
- Cluster F-Bomb: Like most of the Brain Scratch Crew, he has a very foul mouth.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in recent commentaries.
- Dull Surprise: He claims this is why he needs the other commentators.
- Evil Laughter
- Fan Boy: Batman could eat a nursery full of babies and Ryan wouldn't care.
- DC in general, though John says it is probably nostalgia.
- Grumpy Bear: Sometimes. It usually only when something really irritates him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Ends up dying to TOAD MAN of all people due to his "speedrunning" in Megaman 4.
- Jewish and Nerdy: In the commentary of The Santa Clause for Hellfire Commentaries' Disneython, Ryan mentions several times that he is Jewish.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: With Pokemon competitive battling. Downplayed in comparison to Ted, it mainly comes in whenever he judges a Pokemon as "good" or "bad" based on the same insufficient criteria of typing and bias.
- Although to his credit, Ryan DOES have a much better idea of competitive battling, such as how to use a sandstorm team effectively, and anything he's harsh on does have points against it (like, if he were to hate on ice type hail teams, it would be because of ice's notorious Glass Cannon reputation).
- Man Child: Just as much as the others and he knows it.
- Never My Fault: He often tries to come up with an excuse whenever he fails miserably. This is especially noticeable in the Super Mario 3D World playtrhough where he uses the camera as an excuse for why is failing.
- Never Live It Down: Dying to Toad Man.
- Old Shame: The Mario 1 and Mega Man 2 commentaries. Also, IT'S TOAD MAN!
- One of Us: He was referencing TV Tropes, long before this or the main page was made.
- Significant Anagram: The first four letters of his net handle are an anagram of his first name.
- The Smart Guy: Oftentimes he will bring up a scientific explanation to whatever topic is at hand, such as Spike being able to survive in space due to internal pressure. He has stated the only class he ever failed was Programming (or coding, whatever), implying that he survived Calculus with one of The Four Horsemen of Georgia Tech.
- The Quiet One: Ryan isn't particularly chatty, but in lets plays for DMC Devil May Cry and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, he would go on for several parts without saying anything, which was lampshaded by Johnny. Even the commentators noticed how quiet Ryan had gotten.
- The Stoic: He's pretty much reserved and indifferent at times unless something really grinds his gears.
- Troll: A defining characteristic. Particularly when recording the Megaman 3 footage and refusing to edit out a tedious grinding segment that lasted two parts and during the Waluigi's island board of Mario party 3. He basically spends the entire time dicking people over with the space switching island And he still wins. Basically, if he can screw you over by any means, he will.
Solaris Paradox/The Heartless Wanderer (Lewis Meideros)
Solaris is the second founder of the channel. The idea of commentating was originally pitched to him by Ryan, after which he later invited Johnny. Usually goes on various rants and talking about subjects unrelated to the game. Will find something to compare to Sonic the Hedgehog in each and every one of their playthroughs, but more recently claims to be more of a Persona fanboy. Is also known for having technical problems that have effected his presence in the group. He's also not afraid to be self-deprecating, either, as he makes fun of the fact that he is unemployed and that his references are too nerdy for the other commentators. Also has a distinct problem with questioning logic in video games, no matter what game it is (though this seems to have become far less prominent as of recently).
Despite being a full member, computer problems have lead Lewis to miss these commentaries:
So far Lewis has recorded:
Tropes that apply to Lewis:
Somecallme Johnny (Juan "John" Ortiz)
The most well known of the group, a reviewer on Youtube with over 100,000 subscribers. Johnny was invited by Solaris to join the group. Shares the liberty of recording the group's HD games with Ryan. He is also the one who will usually try to give the most info on the game and ask questions related to them, but that doesn't mean he is professional. He initially was quite shy and, in the first few commentaries, barely said anything, but now some may argue he is the most lively of them all. Usually very foul mouthed, but very serious about the stuff he works on, such as his career and his infamous Sonic 20th Anniversary Animation, which came out after half a year of schedule slips.
Johnny has appeared in every commentary to date, since he's one of the original BSC members.
So far Johnny has recorded:
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Exand Shadow (Edward "Ted" Wiesen)
The youngest member of the group. He joined at random as a guest during the Resident Evil 4 commentary, and later became a permanent member after recording Pokemon Yellow for the team, taking Lewis's place in some of the latest commentaries. His favourite franchises include Ace Attorney, Pokemon and Kirby. His 'youthful innocence' and bright personality mix well with the other members of the group. Though originally The Scrappy
, he has eventually become an accepted member of the group.
Following his first appearance in Part 40 of Resident Evil 4
, Ted has appeared in all commentaries except:
So far Ted has recorded:
Tropes that apply to Ted:
- Accentuate the Negative: Not to Ryan's degree, but he still considers it odd to play through an entire game without bringing any attention to its flaws.
- Generally, he will do this with any game he dislikes immensely. He jokingly does it to other games as well.
- Artistic License – Music: He knows how to play the flute.
- American Accents: Has a HEAVY Massachusetts accent. Not a stereotypical Boston like Movie Bob, but it is there. Examples include:
- Drawing: Droaring
- Month: Munch
- Awesome: Alsum
- Level: Lehvull
- Artistic License – Linguistics: He tends to be the king of this.
- He mispronounced Chasm in the second TV Tropes episode.
- He also combined insignificant and inconsequential into Insiconsequential in part 2 of Sonic Genesis.
- Again, Ted somehow manages to combine dramatically and drastically into dramastically in part 13 of Pokemon Crystal.
- Ted coins the term "satisfication" in part 5 of Metroid: Fusion.
- Ted combines Salvage and Scavenge into Scalvage in part 10 of Pikmin.
- Ascended Extra: Ted was just added randomly during the Resident Evil 4 playthrough, before he eventually became a permanent member.
- Ascended Fanboy: He was a big fan of Brainscratchcomms before he became a guest commentator and then the official fourth member of BSC.
- Berserk Button: Bringing up having a shiny.
- Although mentioned, if you say it in something unrelated to Pokémon, he won't care.
- Anything related to Gen 4 of Pokémon tends to put him in a bad mood. Lampshaded by Ted himself during "The Bullshit Video", in which Ted notes that if he continues to complain about it, he won't have anything to say for the eventual commentary. During the Pokémon Y livestream, Johnny catches a Bidoof (that was female, mind you) and nicknames it Ted just to set him off.
- He states that no game, not even Gen 4, pisses him off more than Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
- Bias Steamroller: Towards the Legend of Zelda for the NES, Pokemon Gen 4 and the Earthbound/Mother series.
- To be fair, Zelda 1 is a very Guide Dang It game, and is best enjoyed by someone who has memorized how to complete it. Ted needed a guide at all times, and was repeatedly mocked for his constant deaths. He's also mostly indifferent towards the Zelda and Mother series. It's only with Gen 4 (part of a series which he otherwise loves) that he comes off as excessively hateful.
- He is also against DC Comics, and has a very stubborn disliking of Batman. But that might just be because he's a Marvel fan.
- Butt Monkey: The Zelda 1 LP in particular. Watch it all and you'll just why he has a Bias Steamroller against it.
- Catch Phrase: "GOD DAMNIT!"
- Celebrity Resemblance: People point out that he looks like Loki. Not that he minds at all.
- Cousin Oliver: One of the youngest commentators to date.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Does so very frequently.
- Fan Boy: He adores the Pokemon, Kirby, Ace Attorney, Paper Mario, and Tetris series.
- He also loves Sonic Adventure 2 more than any member.
- Also, Marvel Comics
- Don't forget Pikmin and the DK Bongos, as well.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: By his own admission, he used to have this with Gen IV of Pokemon, more so than any commentator toward any game when the game wasn't even the topic of the video; anything about the game would set him off on an angry rant. He recently decided to keep quiet about it until the actually commentary.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: While he was at one point a competitive battler, he stopped after Gen IV and considers the metagame from this point on "too unbalanced to enjoy". This results in a somewhat simple-minded view of the metagame based on immediately available information and bias. One example was instantly deeming Magnezone bottom tier due to its 4X weakness, as well as having simple-minded strategies like "always having Ice Beam", among other things.
- This occasionally seeps into the main series as well, like stating more than once that Purloin is a Gen IV Pokemon.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Hoo boy.
- Man Child: He is much younger than the others, but still old enough to qualify.
- Mr. Fanservice: He seems to have obtained quite a few fan girls. He remains humble about it, though.
- Pungeon Master: Not a very good one, but still...
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Downplayed. Many fans complained that Ted's personality is divided depending whether if he's on Twitter or if he's commentating. They state that while he's happy, ecstatic, and friendly while commentating, he is more blunt and to the point on Twitter. He states that he does admit to doing this.
- Un Evil Laugh: All of his attempts suck. Although, it is debatable if his attempts are real ones, or if he's just sucking on purpose.
Big Al (Alan Reddig)
The first guest commentator Brain Scratch has ever had, he's best known for his various rant videos. Known for his vulgarity, Big Al always brings big laughs in any commentary he appears in. Here's hoping he appears in more commentaries in the future!
Big Al has appeared in the following commentaries:
Tropes that apply to Big Al:
Spax 3 (Alex-Ed Prins-Stairs)
Only appearing in the TMNT playthroughs, most people have forgotten about him. Being best known for his screaming and constant interruption most may be glad he hasn't made any additional appearances.
Spax has appeared in the following commentaries:
Tropes that apply to Spax:
Clement J 642 (Jamie Clement)
One of the Brain Scratch Crew's first and most frequent Guest Commentators, Clement is certainly the one with the biggest fan base, and has the least hate amongst the fans. Hailing from Canada
, The Great Clement is an enthusiastic, yet snarky member whose unique sense of humor makes him enjoyable for fans to watch.
Clement has appeared in the following commentaries:
Tropes that apply to Clement:See ClementJ642
for all of the tropes.
Somecallme Elliot (Elliot Cancel)
Typing Blank/Hyper Bit Hero (Hayden)
Fastest Thing Alive (Gareth Spriggs)
Fastest Thing Alive
Gareth is British/English which obviously means that he gets the ridiculously inaccurate stereotypes of British people applied to him by Americans. Former member of Hellfire Commentaries
, FTA, is the owner of the Find the Computer Room website, who knowingly mooches off of the Brain Scratch Crew for publicity... but the others don't really care. And we don't either. Also the winner of the Brain Scratch Quotes 'Best BSC Guest' twitter poll.
Gareth has appeared in the following commentaries:
Tropes that apply to Gareth:
Member of the Sonic Paradox team, he has joined them previously on the Mega Man X3, Mega Man 8 and Sonic Riders. Definitely another guest who deserves more appearances.
Nathan has appeared in the following commentaries:
So far Nathan has recorded:
Tropes that apply to Nathan:
M Metelli (Matthew Metelli)
(One of) The Super Gaming Bros.
Johnny's best friend and fellow member of The Super Gaming Brothers, Johnny called Matt into the Comms because "Why the fuck not?". He's a great addition to the Comms anyway so it doesn't matter. Unlike the other members who contribute useful information to the game in question, Matthew prefers to troll and crack dick jokes (to his credit, though, he is highly knowledgable on the games he commentates over for Brain Scratch or The Super Gaming Bros
Also, according to Johnny, he's the guy who started the TV Tropes page for the group in the first place!
Matt has appeared in the following commentaries:
Tropes that apply to Matt:
Sonicand Shadow Fan 15 (Amanda)
Darlon 0 (Andrew)
A friend of Nayrman's. Mentioned in passing once upon a time, he was asked to record the Touhouvania games for the Brain Scratch Crew.
Andrew has appeared in the following commentaries:
So far Andrew has recorded:
Tropes that apply to Andrew:
Sonic Sega Fan 1991 (Donnie)
Another member of Sonic Paradox. Aside from doing an interview with the Brain Scratch Crew on his own channel, he has appeared in several livestreams and impressions videos, though he would not appear in an official commentary until Sonic Spinball. He's still a pretty chill guy, though, (except when playing Mario Kart 8) and we wouldn't mind seeing him more often.
Donnie has appeared in the following commentaries:
So far Donnie has recorded:...
Tropes that apply to Donnie:
- Attention Whore: Shows shades of this with his several acts of Self-Deprecation.
- Butt Monkey: Most of his commentary in the Opening Days of Mario Kart 8 is him pointing out how he got hit with every item imaginable.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in the second Google+ livestream, and has appeared in several videos since, but we're still waiting for an actual commentary with him in it.
- Guest Star Party Member
- The Quiet One: At times. Thus, the Running Gag is the occasional joke of "Hey, Donnie's here!", by some people when he does get to talk.
- Of course, when he does get to speak, he's usually just told to shut up anyway.
- Remember the New Guy: Averted in his first appearance, where at least once every half-hour in the livestream, someone in the comments would ask who the "bottom-left guy" was.
- He also seems to believe that since he was never featured in an actual commentary yet, this trope's aversion is justified.
- The Scrappy: Can sometimes get on people's nerves when he doesn't know when to stop talking and move on.
Chuggaaconroy (Emile Rosales-Birou)
That's right. The Chuggaaconroy
. Apparently he was a fan of Brain Scratch and wanted to commentate with the others, and Johnny agreed. The main four met up with him at Momo Con and they decided to record some games live with him, and the rest is history.
Emile has appeared in the following commentaries:
Tropes that apply to Emile:(for more tropes see his own page)
Masae Anela (Chantelle)
The second female to join the group (progress!), Masae Anela
is a Let's Player who's done collaborations with several channels for shits and giggles alone; most prominently The Runaway Guys
. After first appearing in the Pokémon X and Y Livestream, she's appeared in other livestreams and videos with the Brain Scratch Crew since.
Masae has appeared in the following commentaries:
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Chickenmask (Roxanne "Roxy")
Wait, another girl? Jesus, the crew really is going places. Roxy is the designer of the current Brain Scratch logo. After appearing in a retrospective with a couple of other artists, she made a return in the crew's first Mario Kart 8 livestream. Also... You don't have to put on the red light, Those days are over, You don't have to sell your body to the night. Roxanne, You don't have to wear that dress tonight, Walk the streets of money, You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right. Roxanne, You don't have to put on the red light. Roxanne, You don't have to put on the red light. Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne! I loved you since I knew you, I wouldn't talk down to you, I have you to tell just how I feel, I won't share you with another boy. I know my mind is made up, So put away your make up, Told you once I won't tell you again, It's a bad way. Roxanne, You don't have to put on the red light. Roxanne, You don't have to put on the red light. Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne (Put on the red light) Roxanne (Put on the red light)
I Was A Person 1 (Brian)
A guy that decided to record some CD-i
games for Brain Scratch's 5th anniversary (the crazy bastard).
Brian has appeared in the following commentaries:
So far Brian has recorded:
Tropes that apply to Brian:
N Tom 64 (Tom)
Founder of Hellfire Comms
, he's been working with Brain Scratch for a collaboration for a while now. After showing up for a small livestream, he collaborated with Ryan and Lewis for The Opening Days of Mario Kart 8.
NTom has appeared in the following commentaries;
Tropes that apply to Tom:
Bitnerd GX (Derrick Bitner)
The side member of Gamexplain, and is responsible for most of the writing and editing for the videos. The synergy with BSC began when Derrick messaged Ted on Twitter and asked him if he wanted to do a Pokémon OR/AS discussion with them; Ted accepted. Afterwards, they kept in touch and became pals.
Derrick has appeared in the following videos:
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Investigations Impressions
- IGN Top 125 Nintendo games
Tropes that apply to Derrick:
A bag full of pretzels, it originally lived with Ryan, until it apparently moved to Johnny's place. While there, Johnny proceeded to betray Pretzel Bag, and eat his intestines, killing him during The Pokemon Crystal Commentary. As of now, Johnny has not been punished, and the law has over looked this blatant case of murder. Probably because he was revealed to be alive in a recent stream of Johnny's. Now safe, away from Johnny's pretzel eating tyranny. For Now...
Tropes that apply to Pretzel Bag:
A vast amount of beings, most named by Solaris Paradox. According to him, the name is a fusion of Biff Tannen
and buffalo (as in buffalo sauce).
Johnny: That's just weird.
The list of Biffalos are as follows:
- Biffalo I: The baby Metroid, introduced in Super Metroid.
- Biffalo II: A constantly regenerating pet rock, introduced in Super Metroid.
- Biffalo III: The Companion Cube, introduced in Portal. Has a pirate accent for some reason.
- Biffalo IV: Apparently died of whiplash during his conception while trying to save the Leaf Village from a nine-tailed Demon Fox riding a giant toad. Mentioned in Portal 2.
- Biffalo V: A Mabari Bloodhound that Lewis named offscreen. Mentioned in Portal 2.
- Biffalo VI: Another Companion Cube, who inexplicably speaks in a thick Jamaican accent, introduced in Portal 2.
- Biffalo VII: Blizzard Buffalo, also known by his full name Bilzzard Biffalo, introduced in Mega Man X3.
- Biffalo XV: A yellow Pikmin who died at the hands of Ted's recklessness; the name Biffalo was given to him posthumously. Introduced in Pikmin.
Tropes that apply to Biffalo:
- Companion Cube: Biffalo The Third and Biffalo the Sixth were both literally Companion Cubes.
- Besides that, every Biffalo is treated like this by Solaris.
- Killed Off for Real: So far, Biffalo the Sixth is the only one that was seen onscreen who wasn't killed.
- Legacy Character
- Token Non-Human: No incarnation of Biffalo has been human.
- Though we have no idea what species Biffalo the Fourth is, Ryan assumes that it is another Companion Cube.
- The Voiceless: The only incarnation of Biffalo that has spoken was Biffalo the Sixth.
- Although, Biffalo The Seventh may vary well be capable of speaking, but chose not to, summing this trope up to a tee.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There are at least seven other Biffalos that weren't even mentioned in any commentary so far, as Biffalo the Fifteenth was introduced in Pikmin, with no mention of any of it's previous incarnations.
- Even Lewis himself lost track of all those fuckers.
An adorable puffball hero, canniball, and Sith Lord.
Tropes that apply to Kirby:
The Green Biker Dude
The only one to enter battle in Mega Man X2 besides the title character himself; his talents were wasted after a lucky shot murdered him at the beginning of the game. The playthrough was then dedicated in his honor. He will be missed.
Tropes that apply to The Green Biker Dude:
Pokémon Fan Club President
The owner of the Pokémon fan club in Vermillion City
. While he likes giving free things away, he'll only do so after he finishes talking about his favorite Rapidash. And even then, he'll still call you up then and again to talk about it some more.
Tropes that apply to The Pokémon Fan Club President:
A silent heroic soldier, has an extreme fetish of explosions, the bigger the explosion, the more satisfied she is.
Tropes that apply to Samus:
- Battle Cry: "Shoulder Pads, AAAHHHH!!! (Hut hut hut hut hut)" According to Ryan and Lewis. Subverted in that it's only when she's in the Varia suit.
- Genre Savvy: Samus knew NOT to assume Metroid Prime was dead just because it looked like it fell to it's death.
- Mad Bomber
- Samus is a Girl
- Stuff Blowing Up: She has a massive fetish for this sort of thing, as stated above.
Shy and frightful brother of Mario, has a dark view of most things, enjoys watching things go bad for Mario and often isn't impressed by anything. Has a significant rivalry with 'Annoying Dick Waluigi.'
Tropes that apply to Luigi:
Sonic's best friend, it seems that they're only friends because Tails is still waiting for the penny Sonic stole from him.
Tropes that apply to Tails:
- Butt Monkey
- Running Gag: His missing penny.
- Super Wheel Chair: In the Sonic Heroes commentary, they say that in Adventure 2 he was apparently paralyzed, and he used his mech as his wheelchair. His physical therapy is now over, but he still rides it every Saturday morning because he likes it.
The god of awesomeness. He owns a church and runs non-believers over with his car instead of smiting them. His signature Falcon Punch can break galaxies.
Tropes that apply to Captain Falcon:
Formerly the hardest boss in existence, now an ally. Most of his family members are dead, but they do occasionally give him unhelpful advice from beyond the grave. His real name is Waddle Dooters.
Tropes that apply to Waddle Dee:
- Memetic Badass: His title as the hardest boss in all of existence.
- Stop Helping Me!: His Family returns from the grave to give him painfully unhelpful advice
Sterence is the name of the first Metroid met in the Metroid Prime
Tropes that apply to Sterence:
Juckles and Knuckers
Juckles and Knuckers are two Echidnas that "aid" Dr.Eggman in Sonic 3CD & Knuckles & Knuckles, Juckles is a beatnik who recites poetry and Knuckers is a Rastafarian who bangs on the bongos and smokes weed.
Tropes that apply to Juckles and Knuckers:
Boat and Ship