Proton Jon (real name: Jonathan Wheeler) is a Let's Player, part of the original group of Video Let's Players from Something Awful. Like most of them, he created a YouTube account to host the videos he made. One day, he posted a twopart LP of a level from Kaizo Mario World. It became a huge hit, and one of the seminal LP videos on YouTube.Many LPers, some of whom have become quite popular in their own right, list him as an inspiration. His commentary style alternates between wry, witty commentary and hysterical, profane, and incomprehensible rambling, sometimes in the same sentence. Many of his unique turns of phrase have gone viral.His most popular videos are his Super Mario Worldromhack LPs and his posts of Super Smash Bros. Brawl matches with his friends. Both of these are on indefinite hiatus, though he continues to LP other games. He has also begun a series in which he makes short reviews of games called "You Should Play This", starting with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. On top of that he's also started 'You should avoid': a series in which he reviews games which he perceives as having too many flaws to recommend.He became a YouTube partner on October 18, 2010. Along with Chuggaaconroy and NintendoCapriSun, he is also part of a collaborative LP group known as The Runaway Guys.In inclusion to his let's play channel, Jon also does "fortune cookie" streams on Twitch, where he randomly picks games from his backloggery account, you can find it here.Not to be confused with Jontron, who is someone else entirely.
Angrish: When he gets really frustrated, he sometimes lapses into this. The entire second half of Kaizo Special Stage 2 is basically one long string of it.
Appropriated Appellation: According to an interview he gave, the name "ProtonJon" started out as a mildly insulting high school nickname based on the weak connection that Jon was a fan of Proto Man from Mega Man (Classic) and they were studying protons in physics.
Jon: Oh fu-hu-hu-hu-hu-huck, I didn't imagine that! Oh, what the hell! I have to do all that over again... rewind! (beat) ...I'M OUT OF REWINDS! AAARRRGH, I gotta do all that over again! ...and the phone's ringing!
Ascended Fanboy: From Jon's livestreams on Bomberman: Act Zero: Jewker, who was originally just someone following Jon's cookie streams who sniped his way into a (semi-)private match between Jon and his friend John(gamertag: GermanFatass). He's since gone on to become a major player in reviving B:AZ, a chat favorite and something of a Foil/Rival to Dan (who coincidentally enough ALSO falls under this trope), and has even done live match commentary alongside Jon himself.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: A rather literal example in Resident Evil 5. Both Jon and especiallyJake have a tendency to, if they think they see the telltale glint of a treasure, forget everything they're doing and focus on getting the treasure. Including when they're in the middle of a boss battle.
Author Appeal: Jon has several favourite pop culture figures he will sometimes structure projects around, including Batman, Captain Falcon, Robocop and the Ninja Turtles.
"Stop it with the invisible coin blocks. They're not fu- shit."
He heavily dislikes people that send him ROM hacks with level designs that have a Game-Breaking Bug that prevents him from progressing, forcing him to edit the level himself to fix it. Protonjon also gets upset when people copy and paste the original Super Mario World level designs into their ROM hacks, citing this as lazy.
A more recent berserk button: people demanding new uploads for the Superman 64 LP. While people have made cracks at Jon for his upload schedule for a while, Superman 64 has run into several snags and some time ago Jon ran into technical issues that have prevented new videos from happening. He's made a Facebook post about it, has mentioned it in the description of every video he's put out since the problem came up and brings it up often in his livestreams, but people keep asking him. In a recent stream he talked at length at his frustration about the comments and the situation in general.
But Thou Must: In one Super Mario World ROM hack, there's a level that is called "Don't go here". Jon decides to ignore it and go there anyway, only to fall into a bottomless pit as soon as the level, causing him to say "Fine, I won't go there!" When Jon played a custom Knytt Stories level called "Don't Eat the Mushroom", he decided to listen to the title, only for the game to suddenly finish for doing so. The former had him go with logic and listen while the latter reverses the trend.
Canada, Eh?: He hails from the Great White North, and therefore draws out his "a"s and "o"s, and pronounces "z" as "zed", which occasionally results in ribbing from his American peers. It's worth noting, though, that Jon was born and raised in Newfoundland, home to perhaps the most inscrutable dialect in the English language, but he doesn't really talk like that at all.
In the Battletoads race, the other three racers got two achievements for dying 100 and 200 times, "All About The Benjamins" and "The Franklin Twins," in reference to American $100 bills. Jon's two achievements, on the other hand, were "All About The Bordens" and "The Borden Twins."
Cursed with Awesome: Happens in one match of Bomberman: Act Zero when agumegaru123 runs into a Good Bad Bug. invoked Thanks to a connection glitch, the player character becomes unable to drop bombs, pick up items...or get hurt by explosions, which allows agumegaru123 to win the match without even trying.
Decided By One Vote: A literal example in one of Jon's streams, when he sets up a poll for whether to play more Bomberman Act Zero or do something else, and the incredibly narrow result is decided by one vote out of over 200 cast.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: His Let's Play of Mario's Early Years with Kelekin had the two of them rolling in a fit of laughter when the game's fill in the blank displays "The Princess has a big _____"
Fission Mailed: After Lucahjin, Masae Anela and Pcull44444 all distracted Jon from gameplay in a stream with their teasing, he tried making them leave the stream by pretending to Rage Quit and putting up the end-of-stream screen. Lucah sees through the ploy immediately.
His Superman 64 LP parodies the well-known Adam West Batman version with the zoomed-in-and-out logo and spinning background, except with the Superman logo instead. This is used whenever he has to reset the game and start again due to showing off a Game-Breaking Bug (or coming across one accidentally).
A similar one is used in his Donkey Kong '94 LP, but with an 8-bit Mario sprite zooming in and out accompanied by the sound effect from collecting a coin in Super Mario Bros.. This is used whenever his Super Game Boy crashes and he has to restart. Which is often.
I Need a Freaking Drink: Battletoads has the "Alcoholic in Training" achievement: "This game stops sobriety." Of course, they're all just drinking water/soda pop, but the trope is clearly invoked.
Also during his Superman 64 LP, after completing the 1st level of the Gameboy game: "Thanks for hanging around for the first stage. See you again in 2 months when we do stage two."
Leap of Faith: He's made his fair share of these. It even became one of his catchphrases.
Lemony Narrator: In the 4-player Battletoads race, the achievements start doing this, especially in the later stages:
After Jakenote SuperJeenius gets stuck on Karnath's Lair for an entire video, Jon remembers an easier way to beat the stage and tells Jake, who berates Jon for not telling him sooner. This earns Jon the achievement "My Bad...:Should've said that sooner".
Late in the race, Jake turns out to have been ignorant of the fact that Battletoads has a 2-player mode. This earns him the achievement "That Other Health Bar?:Totally there for looks".
In Level 12, Patricknote PCULL is killed over and over by a cloud enemy. Jon proceeds to kill it on his first try and brag about it, earning him the achievement "Wow:This guy sounds like a dick".
Also, when SuperJeenius is ranting about how the sprint always kills him, he proceeds to say it's the one thing that always gets him. The achievement that follows is "I Thought It Was Snakes?:You were thinking it too".
Literal-Minded: A Running Gag in his Wheel of Fortune streams is when someone wins a foreign trip as a prize, Jon interprets the illustrative picture or video overly literally. (Video of the Pyramids) "You won the Pyramids!" (Picture of a deckchair on an idyllic beach in Cancun) "You won A CHAIR!"
Mind Screw: While recording a Let's Play episode with small time Let's Player Ari Zonia there was an exchange between the two because Ari had used terminology from the N64 era without ever playing the system or it's games:
Ari: well, I'm finally at Baby Bowser- er. Bowser Jr. actually.
Jon: You know what, I always call him Baby Bowser all the time even though I know he's Jr. It's just this weird thing, you're so used to from the older games.
Ari: That's the thing. I've never played them.
Jon: *Beat* wait what?
Missing Episode: His six-part LP of stage 3 from Enigmatic Mario, the second SMW romhack he did, was deleted from YouTube because they muted the audio. It can still be found there, because several people have uploaded mirror copies.
A lot of his old collaboration and challenge videos, which were never uploaded to YouTube in the first place, can be found on Google Video.
With rumours that Google Video is going to purge their archive, he finally began uploading some of these older videos, and he started off with a bang.
There's also a somewhat goofy looking photo of him when he was 18 that keeps popping up. His fans on Twitch have a tendency to refer to "18-Year-Old Jon" as though he has his own separate existence to regular Jon, much like Mario and Baby Mario.
An occasional one is Jon reacting with exaggerated shock when a character 'dies' in game, especially if it's in a very cartoonish fashion that you wouldn't expect to take seriously. Also shows up in The Runaway Guys.
Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 5 supposedly being an (American) football star.
Jon glitching a game during a stream to the point where people have begun asking for a protonGlitch emote.
People say #Proton______ with the blank being something relevant to the current stream
In the same vein, people will often subscribe to Jon's Twitch channel with joke usernames based on whatever stupid/hilarious thing just happened/is happening in the stream, because Jon has to thank them by name and give them an egg. Also, the vast majority of these are done by the same guy. Since subscribing to Jon costs $5, he must have spent hundreds by now.
During the streams, whenever the fortune cookie results in some odd choices for games being played (such as a Kim Possible game, or Jon himself picking the infamously terrible Bubsy 3D), someone in the chat will always point out how said game is in the Top 20 or so most viewed games on Twitch.
Save Scumming: Justified, as many of the romhacks in which he does this are designed to be nigh-impossible to beat without gratuitous use of savestates.
Schedule Slip: Ever since he graduated from university in mid-2008, his updates have been erratic at best. He eventually declared the longest of these hiccups (summer 2009 to spring 2010) to be a full-fledged hiatus.
The Superman 64 LP. He is just before the halfway mark of the game as of January 2013, as stated in the Development Hell section.
He finally hit the halfway point, uploading his video of Stage 7 on January 31, 2013.
Schmuck Bait: During the "Bad Place Mario" romhack, one of the levels is labeled "Don't Go Here." He immediately goes there. It sends him instantly tumbling into the pit, making him lose a life. "Fine. I won't go there."
In the "Don't Eat the Mushroom" level for Knytt Stories, Jon proceeds to listen to the level's title and avoids picking up the mushroom. This results in the game ending extremely quickly after only playing for 2 minutes.
"My NES is like my update schedule; it only works once every six months."
A lot of Stage 7 of his Superman 64 Lets Play was spent apologizing about his release schedule.
After singing something: "I'm pretty sure I'm about to be arrested by the SPCA for killing cats."
Before The Runaway Guys' Thrown Controllers panel at PAX: "Welcome to the biggest trainwreck in history."note Jon has a way of Tempting Fate when the Guys are involved, and true to form, the panel was plagued by technical issues (including Jon's computer almost giving up) that also sent it way over time.
At the end of episode 20 of Resident Evil 5:
Jon: We're going to use this week's "What We Missed" to cover...how you're actually supposed to play the game, because if I've learned anything from watching back this footage and editing it together...it's that we don't play this game right at all.
Springtime for Hitler: Jon starts his Runaway Guys stream by making Chugga play Wheel of Fortune, both to troll Chugga and because the fans enjoy watching Chugga screw up in a funny way, as he invariably does. Chugga proceeds to win the game.
Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: In one of Superman 64's many, many glitches, he demonstrates that an innocent bystander seems to be completely impervious to Superman's attacks, including when he throws an exploding crate at her, but immediately keels over if she's even grazed by a Dark Shadow attack.
Take That: In response to all the ROM hacks he received that heavily relies on invisible blocks, Protonjon created a level that was filled with over ''300'' invisible blocks just to show people that levels would get as bad as that if people don't stop relying on invisible blocks. Protonjon also had two of his friends play the level so that they could get extremely pissed off at the level design, which would drive the point home. In short, the level was a big middle finger to everyone that relied on invisible blocks because everyone else was doing it.
Taking You with Me: In his Bomberman Act Zero livestream matches, ACFan120 (the guy who does the cartoon head logos at the end of Runaway Guys videos) AND Dan The Enigma (though not to the level of ACFan120) keep trying to do this to Jon.
Two Lines, No Waiting: During Stage 5 of Superman 64, he essentially interrupted the game (though you could still see him playing it in the picture-in-picture) to do a full LP of the Game Boy version of Superman, returning afterwards to show all the glitches he missed.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: He normally doesn't indulge in this sort of thing, but the absolutely hilarious results of crashing on a water slide caused him to dedicate part of hisDead Or Alive 2 playthrough to causing Tina to crash as much as possible.
Visual Innuendo: In "Mario's Early Years," he and Kelekin notice that one stage puts a "Box" in a... very inopportune location on Princess Peach's body. They fall apart laughing.
Wasn't That Fun?: After the end of Kaizo World Special Stage 2: "THERE! I GOT PISSED! YA HAPPY?! ...Well, that was fun. I wonder what the next stage is like? :D"
♪ Come on, come on, now / Let's keep moving now / Why is this so slow / Don't make me fast-forward / Because it really sucks / Can I jump over here / No I prob'ly can't / Goodbye Yoshi, I hate you / AH I GOTTA RUN / Didn't make it in time / Rewind space-time ♪ ♪ Wish these lyrics would be on the screen so I'd know them / I - hate - make-ing - up - stuff / because my voice goes outta tune ♪
You Bastard: ProtonJon's reaction after Super Jeenius dumped him into a pit of spikes for an instant Game Over in their Let's Play of Resident Evil 5 with Super Jeenius laughing at the whole thing because he did it on purpose. Granted, they just reached a checkpoint so nothing was lost, but Jon wasn't too happy at first.
ProtonJon: *falls into a pit of spikes and dies* WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!? Super Jeenius: WE GOT A CHECKPOINT! ProtonJon: You're a dick... Super Jeenius laughs uncontrollably