TheMidnightFrogs are a YouTube abridging
team, best known for their Sgt Frog Abridged
The team was founded New Year's Day 2010 by Mugiwara Yoshi, ThornBrain
, and DragonFatman. The members fluctuated rapidly during the first year, and in 2011 the core trio stabilized into Yoshi, Thorn and BigTUnit1/Travis. Honorary team members are voice actors LillyLivers, Revy Moonshine, codeblackhayate, Jpace92, MrVorhias
, TheSmashBro, and team artist Tempe. Yoshi is currently retired from writing for SFA.
Along with SFA
, the team has created two Pokémon
one-shot abridged videos, three April Fools' Day
videos, a long-running podcast, and many supplemental videos for SFA
. The team are currently working on SFA
Season 3, a Digimon Tamers
abridged series, and a third Pokemon
Other projects by TheMidnightFrogs include TheStrawhatNO!
, their Let's Play
channel; Jetters Abridged
, Thorn, codeblackhayate and Travis' Abridged Series based on the Bomberman Jetters
anime; and Thorn's music on Mind Antivirus Entertainment
. The team's voice actors are also involved in many other projects: Revy Moonshine is a founding member of Gutted Wren Studios
and wrote their Patlabor
abridged movie, Jpace92 writes a Burst Angel
Abridged series, Vorhias is the creator of The Audio Logs Of Dr Squid
, and codeblackhayate and Travis have voice acting resumes that are much too big to list.
The team's website is here
. They also have a YMMV page
. Tropes related to the Sgt Frog Abridged
series should go on its page.
Major works by this team:
Solo and sister works:
This team provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: Meet the Frogs is an interview series made to do this for the voice actors in the team.
- all lowercase letters: codeblackhayate
- April Fools' Day: The team make a joke video to celebrate this day every year. So far they have made Paper Abridged, Other People's Wedding Videos Abridged, Crash Abridged, and Sgt Frog Abridged - Episode 1 Remasterednote .
- Artist Disillusionment: Thorn went through this with abridging and abridgers throughout 2012, leading him to end contact with many other abridgers, and after a year of being mildly depressed he finally decided not to continue SFA beyond Season 2. He was noticeably more bitter during the beginning-of-the-year podcasts than he was during the SFA finale podcast, which was largely the point where he pulled himself out of it. He brought back SFA shortly after.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Vorhias starts listing off things they should do before Thorn goes back home in Bosto- er... Lowell 2013:
"We'll have a slumber party! We can... roast marshmallows, and... paint nails, and play vidjya games, and do each other's taxes, and eat pancakes, start a family, go to church on Sunday, go to college, eat family...!"
- Crossdresser/Transsexual: Thorn is a male androgyne (a'la Andrej Pejic), while artist Tempe is genderqueer. Thorn claimed the team's title of Most-Trans Abridging Team on New Year's 2013.
- Gag Dub: Other People's Wedding Videos Abridged, a gag dub of a random wedding video on YouTube.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Gag Reels are released after the halfway point and finale for each SFA season. The first reel also contained outtakes from the Pokemon one-shots: Reel 1, Reel 2, Reel 3, and Reel 4.
- In Joke: Thorn made several pages on the website dedicated to these. Most of them are from the formative December 2009 - February 2010 period.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: The warning on the site article for Kemama, an In Joke between Thorn and Yoshi, says exactly this. For good reason.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Thorn and Travis are easily the most versatile voice actors on the team.
- Mean Character Nice Actor: While the characters can get downright nasty, the team is on good terms with fans. Occasionally subverted with Thorn, who generally dislikes people. Yoshi was also a huge Jerk Ass during the first year or so of the team's life.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Paper Abridged
- Old Shame:
- In their early days, circa December 2009, they recorded their first song parody: "Tamama's Titties", based on The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine". It's not available to the public. To emphasize how much of an Old Shame it is, Thorn considered uploading it to his archive channel, and Yoshi outright told him not to.
- The Fatman-era podcast, Fatty Time. One can track the decline of the original MidnightFrogs lineup just by listening to the old podcasts. The first year of TheMidnightFrogs Podcasts that came after can be pretty depressing as well.
- Rule of thumb: if DragonFatman was involved in it, it's an Old Shame.
- The Pete Best:
- DFatman: team co-founder, writer, and the original voice of Giroro and Saburo. Thorn replaced him as Giroro, and then he was fired during the delay between SFA1R and 2R.
- GhostTC: team member at founding, and the original voice of Kululu. He left after Best Wishes Abridged and was replaced by the now-fan-favourite Jpace92.
- By the end of Season 1, no voice actor from the original first wave of auditions was in the team either.
- Podcast: TheMidnightFrogs Podcast, which is primarily used to discuss recent releases from the team.
- The podcast was originally an offshoot of the team's first podcast, Fatty Time, which covered a broad range of topics while having very little structure. They also argued a lot.
- Road Trip Episode: Bosto- er... Lowell 2013, which is just Thorn, Vorhias and their friends driving to an arcade a state over and goofing off. It's technically the blog for Thorn's trip to Boston that year, but as he puts it in the video:
- Saved from Development Hell: Tamers Abridged. Writing progress was at a snail's pace after brainstorming began in November 2012 through to the idea being canned before SFA: Reset. Thorn and Jpace92 revived it in October 2013 and finally finished the script on the 25th.
- TheStrawhatNO!, Thorn and Yoshi's (and Travis's as of 2011) Let's Play channel.
- Team Bulge Bomb, the creators of Jetters Abridged, are basically TheMidnightFrogs condensed to just Thorn, Travis, and codeblackhayate.
- Take That: The old and forgotten video "Really Shit Drawings of a Japanese Pokemon Thing by MYTB ROCK ON HOMIES" was this to Sgt Frog parody video maker BMNC and her fans. Thorn admits it doesn't actually have much to do with BMNC.
- The Scrappy: In-universe, DFatman. Thorn and Yoshi patched things up with him in the time since his firing, but Thorn will still take occasional shots at him.
- One Steve Limit: On Podcast 32, Jacob tells a hilarious story of this being averted several times at once in school:
"My name is James Jacob Russell. In this class there was another kid named James, a kid named Jacob, and a kid named Russell."
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Tempe, a young friend and fanboy of the team, was made official team artist in December 2011 and drew the artwork that made up Giroro & Dororo's wedding in SFA Episode 15.
- TheSmashBro (Jacob), a fanboy known for making his own Sgt Frog abridged series inspired by SFA, was inducted as a team member after SFA: Reset for his voice acting as HQ.
- Visual Pun: Paper Abridged has Thorn folding a piece of paper, literally abridging it.
- The Wiki Rule: TheMidnightFrogs Wiki. Actually the team's official website run by Thorn, but it's made with Wikia, so it technically applies.
- YouTube Poop: Crash Abridged. Thorn also used to make YTPs before SFA.