Lets Play / The Runaway Guys

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Three guys, infinite possibilities.

The Runaway Guys are a collaborative group of Let's Players on YouTube, comprising ProtonJon, NintendoCapriSun, and Chuggaaconroy. Chugga is in charge of maintaining the channel, although Jon has made posts and comments for the channel as well. For the first two years, updates usually only occurred every Saturday, but this was changed to Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday following an announcement on February 8th, 2013. Videos for Mario Party games (starting with the third) and Fortune Street are also posted daily (each board beginning on Saturday and continuing every day until its end).

Their first Let's Play premiered on February 5, 2011. The three of them were the only ones participating, but many of their later videos have featured additional players.

Along with their official long-running LPs, they have done one-shot filler LPs (labeled "The Runaway Gaiden"), tournaments featuring multitudes of guest players, and side collab projects that they gradually update and use as filler between regular projects.

On occasion at various conventions, the Runaway Guys have their own panel, called Thrown Controllers, essentially a game show inspired by Nick Arcade. In its debut at PAX East 2012, two teams took turns answering questions and playing video game challenges, either against each other, solo, or against members of the audience. At PAX Prime 2012, they retooled the game (mostly due to the previous iteration being plagued by technical problems and a sluggish pace) into a single-person quiz show with challenges, similar to the initial concept except for one person at a time, and this is how it has been done since. Many prizes are awarded at these panels, ranging from character pins from Fangamer to (as a grand prize) an actual video game console, such as a Nintendo 3DS or a Wii U.

They have a Shout-Out page here, a Character Sheet here, a Ho Yay page here, an Epic Fail page here, and a Drinking Game here.


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Their Let's Play videos have provided examples of:

General:

  • Animated Adaptation: Available here.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • With the exception of JoshJepson, all of their main LP guests were tournament participants before being brought back.
    • Fortune Street was originally going to be a one-off project, but was popular enough to be its own side project with varying special guests.
    • Waluigi, whose popularity in Fortune Street made Jon choose him for Mario Party 3.
    • Daisy went from an AI character to Chugga's Mario Party character after Donkey Kong was turned into a NPC for Mario Party 5.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Big "NO!": Chugga really goes wild with this trope. It's even gotten to the point where he has admitted it's practically his catchphrase.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Both Chugga and Jon get in on this.
  • Big "YES!": Usually, when something good actually happens, Jon or Chugga will shout it.
    • "Luigi's Engine Room Episode 1": ~7:33 probably has the biggest one in the series, so loud they had to turn the volume down in editing:
    Jon: YEAH!!! YEAH! SUCK IT!
  • Big Word Shout: "GAAAAAAAAAAME!"
  • Bookends: Every regular Let's Play that they've completed so far has an example of this, whether subtle or blatant.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: In a sense. Every video ends with stats related to the current project and links to solo channels, with music playing over it. They often use music from the game they're playing. But ever since Fortune Street, they just as often use its remix of the ''Super Mario World'' bonus music. Chugga has even jokingly called it their theme song.
  • Butt Monkey: Tim. If something bad is going to happen to someone, it's probably going to be him. So much so that the others seem kind of protective of him, and avoid picking on him whilst bickering amongst themselves. What's strange about this is that Tim has, in the past, proven himself MORE than a capable gamer with challenges like the swordless or 3-heart runs of The Legend of Zelda.
    • An excellent example of this is part one of Mystery Land in the Mario Party 2 LP. He actually manages to get lucky enough to have more coins than anyone else... and then, due to A Day At The Races and Chance Time, he goes from over 80 coins to one.
      • In the very last Mario Party video, he finished the Pot o' Skills with 2 coins. The Pot o' Skills has no stars and is determined completely by coins.
    • All three have had their moments such as Jon having horrible luck in Mario Party and Chugga repeatedly dying in Sonic Adventure and Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Canada, Eh?: Where Jon is from, and where the latter half of Subspace Emissary was recorded.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Just about everyone sings "To the left, to the left, to the left" whenever one of them says to go left.
    • Chugga will often go "Might as welllll JUMP!"
    • Jon's famous "GAAAAAAAAME!"
    • According to Chugga, Josh's new catchphrase is "Are you serious?"
    • "Go team!"
    • Chugga likes saying "balls to the wall" a lot.
    • "I GOT COMBO-ED!!!"
    • In Subspace, "GAME!" is sometimes replaced by "CAMERA!"
    • Whenever someone makes a reference or shout out, Jon will usually say, "Thanks/Thank you (whatever is being referenced here)." Examples include "Thanks Maxwell." and "Thank you, Yu-Gi-Oh!"
    • D'OH, I MISSED!
    • Chugga: ONE!
  • Collective Groan: Often in response to a pun made by one of the Guys, mostly Chuggaa.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • Confused as to who's who? Chugga is red, Jon is blue, and Tim is green. Save for Wii Party, where, due to player order, this gets messed up (Chugga is blue, Jon is green, and Tim is red), but since they're using their own Miis it's still simple to tell who is who.
      • And while Chugga is most often player 1, sometimes it will be Tim because the player color is green, in the case of Luigi or Link.
    • Guest stars are often yellow, sometimes purple. This is emphasized further in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, in which Josh's name is highlighted in black rather than the other Guys' white.
    • Colors go all over the spectrum for tournaments, unique to each participant.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In a PAX Prime 2013 wrap-up video (featuring but not created by Jon, Chugga, and Tim), at one point Chugga makes a very bad pun, prompting Dodger to call for applause from the audience. Later, Jon makes a comment about his pedometer, and Chugga responds by pronouncing it "paedo-meter". The audience is silent and Dodger says, "Don't applaud for that one..."
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Mixed with Character Development. Mario Party had Chugga being calmer and Jon more energetic, leading to them being very similar to one another aside from their ongoing rivalry, and Tim barely talking whatsoever. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Chugga's goofiness was turned Up to Eleven while Jon embraced his inner Token Evil Teammate, leading to their rivalry turning practically bloodthirsty (and Tim still barely talked). After that, Chugga relented to his more characteristic sense of humour; Jon, while still a troll, only did so when provoked or when it would be perfectly timed rather than practically every second; and Tim, while still the quietest, has become more talkative and even a Deadpan Snarker to rival Jon.
    • Chugga being Born Lucky was dropped after New Super Mario Bros. Wii, though it does still get referenced during Mario Party games. Tim being the one left in the dust has also begun to get subverted, or at least has fewer instances.
    • In their first few Let's Plays, they all called each other by their channel names, but eventually became close enough friends that they're on a first name basis (with Tim still calling Emile Chugga on occasion); hearing the change can be pretty drastic if you binge their videos. See First-Name Basis below.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Many of their LP recordings fall into this, since they live so far apart and can't exactly meet up every day.
  • First-Name Basis: Over time, they've been calling each other by first names and not their usernames, more and more. (Though Jon and a few of the guests have their first names in their usernames.)
  • Friendly Fireproof: Chugga has revealed that this is enough to disqualify a game from being played by the Guys. Kirby's Epic Yarn being the prime example — in the first episode of his solo LP of the game, Chugga says that they were considering it for a collab project, but the deciding factor (apart from being limited to two players) was that the inability to screw each other over made for a much less entertaining LP.
  • Genre Savvy: They showed impressive amounts of genre savviness in their later Mario Party playthroughs. In one board in Mario Party 3, Tim had the means to reach the next star, but since he had the star lead and the star was in a difficult to reach spot, he refrained from using the magic lamp and prevented the rest from getting the next stars. He won the board. However, this trope was taken Up to Eleven in Mario Party 4, where they frequently invoked Tempting Fate and called each other out when it worked.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Just as bad as in Chugga's solo videos. To Tim and Jon's eternal pain.
    Tim: Son of a beach!
    • In Episode 9 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there is a pun-off.
    • Not from one of their official LPs, but from this livestream of Super Mario RPG (Jon playing, Chugga and Tim watching):
    Jon and Chugga: *Beat* *epic groans*
    • From Episode 16 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
    Chugga: *NCS and Josh have just used a twelfth continue* I guess these continues are a dime a dozen!
    Jon: Swear to god, gonna kill you!
  • Irony:
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: There's a lot of this kind of talk, unsurprising considering that both Chugga and NCS are part of the group.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Jon's reaction of "Move faster, Pokey!" is referenced in Mario Party.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lampshaded often. Whenever the three all screw up majorly at once or otherwise cause a total failure, one of them always responds with "Good job, team!" Notable in this video.
  • No Indoor Voice: It's nearly impossible to find even a single episode that doesn't have any one of the guys yelling.
    • Lampshaded in "Mario Party 3 - Waluigi's Island [Part 5]," whose description reads: "I'd give you guys a volume warning for this episode, but let's be honest, they're usually needed for all TRG episodes."
  • Out of Focus: When it comes to Mario Party videos (from the first two games), Luigi gets the least screen time, since he doesn't have an amusing voice clip and isn't considered to be a hard opponent.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "To the left, to the left, to the left..." is started by anything saying to go left.
    • "Might as wellllll JUMP!" is started by anything saying to jump.
    • "Doh, I missed!" is started by missing something.
    • "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!" is started by Chugga doing anything Jon finds either sketchy, punny, or made of fail.
  • Precision F-Strike: When 3 adults play a multiplayer game where you can screw with your friends' sanity for the sake of your own laughter, this was bound to happen.
    • At the most, they usually resort to "Damn it!" But even Tim squeezes an actual F-Strike when he loses an intense game of Hot Rope Jump in Mario Party 2. He immediately apologizes for it.
  • Running Gag: Many. Chugga's bad puns, Jon being an asshole, Press L to P (In The Bathroom!).
    • There are also some longer-range ones that only show up occasionally, such as Jon claiming a character is "dead" and acting shocked.
    • Chugga's Popcultural Osmosis Failure tendencies (especially concerning how few movies he's seen) tend to crop up regularly in every LP.
    • The second video of every Mario LP features Chugga parodying the opening of a famous cartoon.
    • "Why did I have that installed?" shows up in some capacity during the Mario LPs, around the final boss fight. Chugga even comments on it during the credits of 3D World.
    • They also have a tendency to bring up the fact that LPs are recorded months in advance due to some people not realising it.
    • Every Mario Party has at least one minigame the Guys don't like which ends up getting played nearly every board.
  • Shout-Out: The group's name is a reference to the band known as The Runaway Five in EarthBound, which both Tim and Chugga have LPed in the past.
  • Special Guest: Since just about every multiplayer game allows up to four players, they attempt to get one to join them for each LP.
  • Take That:
    • Chuggaaconroy LOVES taking shots at ProtonJon for his Schedule Slip.
      • This is even how they start out Mario Party 2!
      Chugga: "Onto our fourth project in the time it's taken Jon to make five videos!"
      Jon: "You are a DICK!"
    • It seems that there's some vitriol toward Game Grumps, with Chuggaa openly saying that they suck and Tim criticizing them for their tendency to not Read the Freaking Manual.
  • Tournament Arc: They have several of those. See here.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Chugga and Jon seem to have this relationship.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Immediately after Jon calls himself a professional mine cart driver in Mario Party, a portion of commentary was removed due to personal reasons.
    • A small section of commentary in Episode 3 of New Super Mario Bros. is missing. During this segment, an explanation is displayed on the video: they discussed some of their future projects, and didn't want to spoil anyone. Jon is thanked/blamed for this. note 
    • Also at one point during their Subspace Emissary playthrough, the Wii actually crashed.
    • A portion of the commentary was excised from Episode 24 of New Super Mario Bros. U. This time, the viewers suspect that Jon was taking potshots at religion, due to the silence being immediately preceded by something along the lines of "Fire from the heavens!" and the text "There are some things you just don't say on the Internet" being imposed on the screen.
    • The first Thrown Controllers panel was done in the style of Nick Arcade, but was revamped because of this. The Momocon 2014 panel subverts this entirely.
    • Episodes 54 - 56 of Dokapon Kingdom Story Mode are post-commentated due to the audio files going missing.


Alternative Title(s): Main Lets Plays

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