Heartwarming: The Runaway Guys
- A meta-example: ProtonJon inspired Chuggaaconroy, who inspired NintendoCapriSun. Now all three are collaborating.
- This can be extended further, given that more than one of the tournament guests have cited NCS as their main inspiration and all of them watched his videos before they made theirs.
- If something that looks serious happens to one of the guys, the others will sound genuinely worried about them, even Jon.
- The guys recorded Super Smash Bros. Brawl at Jon's house and LittleBigPlanet at Chugga's house. Jon is Canadian, which leaves a good distance between the Wisconsin-based NCS and a massive distance from the Georgia-based Chugga. The guys are officially close enough friends in real life to traverse the country just to hang out.
- On one of Tim's BreakingNCS videos, a comment war suddenly started up about whether Chuggaaconroy or NintendoCapriSun was the better Let's Player. After the fight started to go too far, Jon left this comment on the video:
- ProtonJon: Guys, both Tim and Emile have gone through a lot of shit in their lives, and both have found success and enjoyment in LPing. I understand not liking someone's LP's or thinking one person's a better LPer, that's having an opinion, but saying you hate the actual person when you've never met themselves seems kind of ridiculous, don't you think? All you see through LP's is a filtered version of a person, you don't know everything about them.
- Jon made a Formspring post in response to people questioning his apparent rivalry with Chugga. For those who don't want to read the whole thing, it basically says that Jon actually does consider Chugga a good friend, and at one point at Magfest, the former got very sick and Chugga stuck around to help him get better, checking up on him and keeping him company. The final line sums it up amazingly well:
ProtonJon: No matter how stupid our bickering back and forth might be in videos, know that I legitimately like the guy and consider him a very good friend, and watch over him like an older brother would.
- The fact that Chugga and ProtonJon treat Tim kindly, even though they're supposed to be competitive.
- Not on the TRG channel, but during part of his own play through of Mario Party 2, NCS selects Mario and DK as two of the NPCs and — fairly consistently — refers to them as Chuggaaconroy and ProtonJon.
NCS: They're not really here or anything, it's just... I don't know. I guess I miss them and so I decided to invite them in somehow.
- After the Thrown Controllers event, the guys personally invite Diabetus to play Battletoads with them to make up for leaving him out of the Battletoads event in the panel.
- When Jon tells the story of how they met one of Chugga's fans before even arriving at Magfest, then saying how awesome it was that they met her.
- During Bowser's Magma Mountain, when Jon lands on a Chance Time that causes the CPU to give all of its stars to Chuggaaconroy, resulting in him winning the game, Chugga's response is to literally hug him.
- At one point on Peach's Birthday Cake, NCS describes his time at the convention with the other Guys as "These have been, like, the best three days of my life. I'm not even kidding."
- Throughout the series — mainly after the first world or two — Jon is constantly trying to kill Chugga. That's not the heartwarming part. The reason behind this is because Chugga ended up nearly giving him a black eye with a pillow (it was one of those cylindrical pillows stuffed with hard foam, so it hurts a lot) and he's just venting anger. He brought this up in an interview, and stated Chugga's actually a really great guy, and now that he's gotten over the incident he's ready to move on. In the interview he also says Tim is one of the nicest people he's ever met and that he'd really like for Josh to come back and guest star in another LP later on. It does make up a bit for the massive trolling he's been doing lately.
- Maybe even gets more heartwarming when Jon says Josh is like a younger brother to him.
- During the end cutscene, the Guys' commentary as if they're actually the characters onscreen (Chugga is Mario, NCS is Luigi, etc.) is a bit heartwarming. Knowing them, they'd normally have some satirical and sarcastic jabs at the scene. (Except maybe for Tim.)
- In Episode 7 of NSMB Wii, the guys go to collect the third Star Coin in World 4-3. After they enter the room where it's located and see that the Coin is encircled by many other coins in the shape of a heart, the guys give a collective "Aaaaawwww..."
- In Episode 9, Jon and Chugga agree they should probably let Josh and Tim get more lives. Probably. They do end up giving them the first shots in the 1UP minigames from then on.
- In Episode 14, they finally beat level 7-6 by carrying each other around. It's kinda cute, especially when, after screwing everyone over on the previous level play-through, Jon casually carries NCS across an obstacle or two and tells him not to worry.
- He does the same thing for Josh in Episode 15 in 8-7, when Josh is freaking out about the bone dragon coasters.
- Josh: Thank you Jon, you're such a good friend!Jon: I'm always there for you!
- In the same vein, Jon chastises Chugga for being careless/causing his teammates' deaths (NCS and Josh's, anyway) some time into episode 14 (part 2).
- There's this fine example of retribution (not five seconds after the above) to take into consideration:
Chugga: [After Jon has killed him] You suck!Jon: You almost killed Tim.
- After Mario ditches Luigi, the Toads pick him up in their balloon, and Jon says "Come on Tim. I'll drive.'
- During the ending scene, they never brought up the Mario Party version of Peach, despite the horrible memories. Even though you know at least Jon or Chugga wanted to yell "DITCH THE PRINCESS!".
- NCS's line of "ladies first" for Peach when he gets out of the balloon is probably one of the best.
- The end of the final episode where they all talk about how much fun they had doing this LP. (Even though Jon is depressed because he didn't force Chugga to use a continue.)
- In Episode 4, when Link and Yoshi first appear, Chugga and Jon are the ones playing, meaning Tim isn't able to be the first one to play as Yoshi. When Chugga mentions this, Jon kindly sacrifices his turn and gives the controller to Tim so he can play.
Tim: Yoshi's so happy!
- Somewhat heartwarming was a few seconds later, Chugga remarks how "nobody can hurt Tim when he's so happy". Tim then receives damage almost instantly. Chugga's response to this, though likely supposed to be funny, is actually pretty heartwarming too:
Chugga: How dare you hurt him when he's so happy! I will decimate you for that! *kills enemy*
- Episode 6 opens with a painful-sounding thumping as Chugga takes a tumble. The other two immediately check on him and are obviously worried, even as he decides to Throw It In.
- In episode 13, Chugga is confused about the "Canadian flowers" and making fun of them. Turns out the flowers he's referring to are poppies, and when he learns about the whole "Remembrance Day" reason behind them, he outright states that he feels bad for mocking them.
- In the final (story) episode, during the end cutscene, Chugga and Tim force Jon into a hug. (Jon is less than pleased.)
- From the final (story) episode, Chugga and Tim fight the final boss. After getting a Game Over, Tim decides to let Jon have a go at the fight, saying they should continuing rotating. This allowed all three to get a chance at the final fight, with the added bonus of Chugga and Jon working together to finish off the last enemy in the game. It also allowed all three of them to end up with the same turn count, both total and for the episode.
- And when you think about it, this also means in a way that all three of them helped defeat Tabuu; Chugga and Jon were fighting, but the final kill was gotten by Yoshi - a character Tim picked and mains. Even when not playing, he lent them his power.
- Chugga states during Space Land that he actually wants Tim to win.
- On the same board, Jon cuts NCS a break during a minigame and NCS notices. It's a small moment, but sweet... until Chugga asks Jon why he's never that nice to him. Then it goes straight back to being funny.
- Bowser Land. First turn, NCS gets a hidden block with a star in it. Chugga delivers this line:
Chugga: I think the game just realized that Tim's not playing bad, he deserves to win something.
- Near the end of Bowser Land, Jon is debating on whether to steal a star from NCS or Chugganote After teasing the two, and the viewers, on his decision, he's about to go for Tim... but changes at the last minute and steals Chugga's star.
- However, this may have been part of his plan, as in the end he ended up winning the board because he stole that star; if he stole from Tim, Chugga would have won due to getting enough Bonus Stars and having more coins than Jon.
- Jon was glad he won the project, no shocker, but since he stated that he grew up with it, you just had to smile a bit during that statement.
- Mixed with CMoF, Chugga being happy to fail so many times in mini-game roller coaster with Wario just to send "D'oh, I missed!" off with a bang, since it doesn't appear in Mario Party 3.
- During the Minigame Coaster, the guys frequently help each other out, such as Chugga and Tim helping Jon remember the button patterns in Move to the Music.
- Chugga gives Jon a bit of encouragement during the Shell Shocked minigame.
- He wins the minigame without taking damage, after all 3 guys had lost on their respective attempts.
- At the start of episode 7, Chugga starts out lamenting that this is the last night they have together; he then gives Tim a White Yoshi to help him further his collection and gives Jon a poison mushroom that actually looks like a poison mushroom this time (the last one was apparently a mini shroom, and Chugga just lied to the internet about being a poison one). He ends it off by letting Tim do the intro.
- In episode 9, Jon brought up the fact that, because he tends to dislike people bringing up the old memes that people think he's actually a jerk who overreacts to such instances, bringing up that in these cases he's actually laughing about it and isn't as annoyed by it as the LPs tend to let on.
- The Guys help each other out on the challenge rooms. They even cheer on the person currently playing as Kirby and Emile gives Tim a good luck hug before his Sword run. He also attempts to pat Jon on the back after apologizing for making fun of his Wing run, but it looks like he's hugging Tim again from Jon's point of view.
- Jon and Chugga talk about how they get mad at each other when they do well, but can't help but cheer NCS on when he does well.
- On the Yoshi's Island board, Chugga putting everything he had into supporting Tim at the end, even when Jon looked like he was going to win. This includes giving all of his money to Tim and actively avoiding Jon's properties. Tim wins.
- On the Slimenia board, Chugga asks Tim if the fact that Yoshi is a green dinosaur means he's a Slimefoot, one of the creatures from the stories Tim wrote with his sister when they were younger, and which he references from time to time in his videos (especially in Pokemon Sapphire). Tim has a little mini-Squee, tellimg Chugga that "You have no idea how happy it makes me whenever other people use the word 'Slimefoot' or 'Waterhands...'"
- Chuggaa helping Masaeanela out in Mt. Magmageddon. She lost by a hair thanks to a warp space, but still.
- It's oddly sweet to see that Emile made a Mii version of his mom, whom he points out every time he sees her.
- The comments on this Let's Play so far have been pretty vicious, with people insulting Tim's playing ability and being disgusting towards Lucahjin due to her gender. The Guys' comments to some of these have been heartwarming as they stick up for each other and put the trolls in their place.
- Chugga gave even more presents to the friends on the Runaway Guys. Tim got a Pink Yoshi, Jon got a "Batman for President" t-shirt, and Lucahjin was given a Barbie and Mah Baaaalls.
- After jokingly acting like a Jerk Ass during his race, Slowbeef is heard congratulating ShadowMarioXLI and MadameWario for winning as the two mention how great it was to finally meet him.
- Emile pays Jon twenty Canadian dollars for buying the DLC, even though it only cost three dollars.
- At the end of Deep Bloober(sp) Sea, Jon and Chuggaa get into a brief, but genuinely heated disagreement due to Chuggaa speeding through the instructions of a minigame Jon's never played before, but they both cool down and apologize.
- After the last episode of Deep Bloober Sea, many of the viewers complained that Chugga skipped the text during the last minigame and that Tim didn't deserve to win. Chugga later made a tweet where he admitted that he wasn't the best in the terms of commentary or how he played in that board, but that it's not a reason to act like Tim didn't deserve his victory.
Chugga: I think Tim was playing well and if people think he won due to luck, that's just how Mario Party goes sometimes. Personally, Tim is my good friend and I'm happy to see him win a board. In my opinion, Jon and myself weren't at our best in terms of commentary. I think if anyone had good moments in this board, it was Tim and it was especially fitting for him to win.
- Tim sounds quite upset in Spiny Desert when he accidentally made Jon give his stars to Peach via Chance Time. Especially since Jon has been as unlucky in this LP as Tim was in the first two.
- On the second to last turn in Creepy Cavern, Tim tries to help Jon get the last star by using one of his Reverse Mushrooms on him, not that it works since Jon wasn't close enough to the star and Chugga used a Poison Mushroom on the last turn to prevent Jon from getting that far. Still, it was nice of Tim.
- Though of course he had the ulterior motive that if Jon won, Tim would win the LP by default because Chugga couldn't match his number of board wins...
- In part 1 of Waluigi's Island, Chugga mentions that despite his constant rivalry with Jon, he does consider Jon to be the best overall gamer of the three of them.
- Once all the boards have been played, the statistics show that Chugga is the winner, but Chugga decides to declare Tim the overall winner due to having the most board victories.
- Tim is Player 1 this time around. It's likely Chugga let him be Player 1.
- Even more heartwarming is the fact that Chugga has fought to be Player 1 in other projects, so for him to kindly let Tim be Player 1, is really sweet.
- In Part 11, the guys, by total accident, stumble on a Miiverse post that says "Hi Protonjon, NintendoCapriSun and Chuggaconroy."
- Chugga and NCS discussing Jon's anger with him in the last video, and the gift exchange afterwards. The gift exchange made Jon noticably happier, but he tried not to show it.
- When Jon lands on a battle game space in the last episode of Toad's Midway Madness, his choices are Trace Race or Bowser's Bigger Blast, a reskin of Bowser's Big Blast from Mario Party 2. Chugga and NCS beg Jon not to choose the latter and he doesn't and the others thank him. It is diluted by the fact that Jon himself didn't want to play Bowser's Bigger Blast either.
- Do you need just one onscreen moment of Jon and Emile proving their rivalry is just for videos and they're actually great friends? See their dialogue in part 3 of Koopa's Seaside Soirée upon realizing they're paired up for Revers-a-Bomb:
Emile: Jon and I are together!Jon: (laughing) Oh, dude, we are going to wreck house!(sound of a high-five)
- There are actually several moments throughout this LP where Jon shows enjoyment in being on Emile's team in the 2v2 minigames due to Emile being good at the game, particularly Dungeon Duos, where they refer to themselves as "the dream team".
- In the comments, a user asked why Tim kept dying over and over again, and how it felt like he wasn't even trying. Tim would respond to the post by explaining obtrusive sleep apnea, explaining that at times he would blank out and have "mini-dreams" for as long as 10 seconds at a time before snapping back to reality. Not only did he confirm that the other Guys sat down and actually talked with him about how he should go to a doctor while voicing their concerns, but several other comments have suddenly changed their views on Tim, instead pleading he get help and hoping he's alright. It just shows that not only do the Guys care about each other as friends, the community also cares about them.
Tim: Needless to say, the Guys did notice at a point, and we sat down and had a long talk about it, and they have urged me to go to a doctor about it.
- In Episode 15, Chugga reveals that he was originally planning to LP the game alone on his channel, but decided it would better to play through the game with his friends. Even better, what provoked Chugga to say this was the awestruck reaction from the other three to the beautiful level they were currently experiencing for the first time.
- Chuggaa helping ProtonJon, NCS, and Lucahjin out as he played the game before. This came in handy in the penultimate episode, where Lucah was the only player standing and was about to beat the Negativitron's second phase but died right at the end.
- Tim's speech in the finale about the atmosphere in the room when they were playing, and how he hopes it comes through in the LP, using the analogy of hearing about how and where a band recorded an album.