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. So far he has recorded:
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Sonic 3 and Knuckles (Sonic and Tails)
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
Mega Man 7
Mega Man 8
Mega Man 9
Mega Man 10
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Portal 2 Co-op (With Lewis)
TMNT 4: Turtles in Time
TMNT 4: Turtles in Time: Reshelled (with Johnny and 2 random players)
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2
Super Smash Bros. Series
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Scott Pilgrim VS The World
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Sunshine
No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Star Fox 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Momocon 2013 games (Kirby´s Return to Dreamland, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 4, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
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.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Same as Ted below in regards to competitive battling in Pokemon, though his judgement-clouding Bias Steamroller extends to Gen 3 as well as Gen 4. However, he doesn't attempt to sound as informed as Ted does.
Never My Fault: Usually tries to come up with some excuse whenever he fails miserably. Just watch a part of Super Mario 3D world and hear him bitch about the camera.
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 (Lewis)
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. Is also known for having technical problems that have affected 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. His contributions involve:
Bias Steamroller: To most 8-bit games, with Mario being the only known exception.
Catch Phrase: Whenever he starts arguing about something, is cut off at the end of the part, and then re-mentions his point at the beginning of the next part, he says, "As I was saying".
He also says "I have a question," for when he wants to ask a question and wants everyone else to be quiet.
"Peach was useful!"
Character Development: At the beginning of Mario 3D world, he spent most of the time running around in circles and dying. As the game progresses though, he becomes more competent, spouting "Peach is useful!" whenever he does something good.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Seems to think on a different wavelength than the others, as he'll tend to ramble on topics that no one else gets and not understand comments that the others make.
Cursed with Awesome: He was bullied as a child... but at one point, the bullies threw money at him. They paid for his ice cream that day.
Deadpan Snarker: Much more so in earlier commentaries, but he still snarks every now and again.
Evil Laughter: Doesn't do so often, but when he does, it's impressive.
Fan Boy: Of the Sonic, Persona, and Naruto series.
Killed Mid-Sentence: Lewis's call sometimes drops while he's talking, prompting the rest of the commentators to shout "Lewis? Lewis! Leeeeeeeeewwwiiiiiiiiissssss!!!!!!!"
Kleptomaniac Hero: If he can collect it, you bet your ass he will. And he will complain if someone (usually Johnny) passes up easily-obtainable collectibles. This occasionally comes back to bite him in the ass, as seen in the Catherine playthrough.
The Spock: Often questions nonsensical aspects of the games they comment on.
Somecallme Johnny (Johnny)
The most well known of the group, a reviewer on Youtube who was invited by Solaris to join the group. Has taken the liberty of recording the group's HD games. 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. His standard and high-definition recordings include:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic 06 (last few parts)
Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
TMNT 4: Reshelled (With Ryan and 2 random players)
Rage Breaking Point: Ryan winning on Waluigi's island by literally running around in circles and being a dick.
The final part of Sonic Genesis.
Exand Shadow (Ted)
The youngest member of the group. He joined at random 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. He is a massive Pokemon and Kirby enthusiast and he is quite a bright spark in the group; he uses a mix of sarcasm and being generally silly to sell his humor, but he has fit in very well. His recordings include:
Mario Kart 64
Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
The Legend of Zelda
Shadow the Hedgehog
Kid Icarus Uprising
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Tropes that apply to Ted:
American Accents: Has a HEAVY Massachusetts accent. Not a stereotypical Boston like Movie Bob, but it is there. Examples include:
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 he goes into a rant on Platinum any time somebody brings up a part of the game, and proves this in the same video by bitching about something about every 10 minutes, to the point that even Johnny (himself not a fan of Gen 4) found it excessive. During the Pokémon Y livestream, Johnny catches a Bidoof (that was female, mind you) and nicknames it Ted just to set him off.
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 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, quickly refusing the slightest amount of interest in what are universally considered some of the best comic stories in history, like Dark Knight Returns or Year One due to what he read before being "boring". But that might just be because he's a Marvel fan.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Though he understands the basics of competitive battling (EVs, IVs, Natures), he's not as competent as he thinks he is about anything more complex, tending to judge Pokemon at face value (especially if it's from Gen 4) with little comprehension of their stats, abilities or movepools.
Also, he lacks the understanding of actual combat. For example, he assumes Magnezone is bottom tier for its double weakness to Ground, ignoring its 12 (now 11) resistances and immunity to Poison and likely oblivious to its ability to trap Steel types (namely Skarmory), and was quite shocked to find that it was OU.
Man Child: Though he is the youngest of the main four.
Un Evil Laugh: All of his attempts come off as pathetic. Although, it is debatable if his attempts are real ones, or if he's just sucking on purpose.
Big Al (Alan)
BigAl2k6 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.Big Al has appeared in the following commentaries:
Spax3 Only appearing in the TMNT playthroughs, most people have forgotten about him. Being best known for his screaming, most may be glad he hasn't made any additional appearances.Spax has appeared in the following commentaries:
Put on a Bus: Has only appeared in two commentaries, and hasn't appeared since.
Clement J 642 (Jamie)
ClementJ642 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:
Mega Man 1
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 6
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Batman Arkham Asylum(Part 19 onwards)
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Sonic 4: Episode 2.
Sonic Lost World
Tropes that apply to Clement:See ClementJ642 for all of the tropes.
The Scrappy: Joked by Ryan, not really said to be so by the fans.
Fastest Thing Alive (Gareth)
Fastest Thing Alive 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.Gareth has appeared in the following commentaries:
Sonic 4: Episode 1
Mega Man 8
Shadow the Hedgehog
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Sonic Lost World
Tropes that apply to Gareth:
Cross Over: The first step in the collaboration between Brain Scratch and Hellfire.
His claim that Lost Impact from Shadow The Hedgehog is his favorite level in the game, backed by near masochistic love for its tedious mission and an attack on those who despised it also sent the crew into an uproar.
ParanoiaSonik Member of the Sonic Paradox team, he has joined them previously on the Mega Man X3, Mega Man 8 and Sonic Riders. He has recorded so far:
Donkey Kong Country 3
Nathan has appeared in the following commentaries:
Mega Man X3
Mega Man 7
Sonic Riders(Parts 1-4)
Donkey Kong Country 3
Tropes that apply to Nathan:
Ascended Fan Boy: He was a big fan of Brain Scratch Comms, before becoming a guest commentator.
(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:
On a rather awesome note, he's clearly practiced dealing with this in times of commentary, as evidenced by how well he's done so far in Touhouvania 2.
Sonic Sega Fan 1991 (Donnie)
SSF1991 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 hasn't been in an actual commentary yet. He's still a pretty chill guy, though, and we wouldn't mind seeing him more often.Tropes that apply to Donnie:
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.
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.
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.
Chuggaaconroy That's right. TheChuggaaconroy. 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:
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Multiplayer (Part 7 Onward)
The second female to join the group (progress!), Masae Anela is a newer 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.She has appeared in the following commentaries:
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.
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.He has recorded the following games:
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:
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.
An adorable puffball hero, now is a cannibal villain.Tropes that apply to Kirby:
Anti-Hero: Type V. Although there times when Kirby's deemed a...
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:
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:
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. He's also been shown to be greedy like Wario.Tropes that apply to Luigi:
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: