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Lets Play: TheStrawhatNO!

"TheStrawhatNO!: A first for everything!"

TheStrawhatNO! is the Let's Play channel for ThornBrain, Mugiwara Yoshi, and BigTUnit1, the writers of Sgt. Frog Abridged and Jetters Abridged.

Thorn, and later Yoshi, originally did Let's Plays on YouTube with former colleague DragonFatman on his LP channel FATLPs. The two split from Fatman on April 12, 2010 and started TheStrawhatNO! on April 13. They dabbled in Retsupurae for a while, sporadically recording Let's Plays after the first month (all of which were eventually canceled). They made the jump to Something Awful in May 2011 with Bomberman Hero, bringing Travis into the mix.

The group built their fanbase through their informative, yet snarky, sarcastic, and mildly insane commentary. The channel was made a YouTube partner on January 7, 2013, and it currently has a Patreon page.

ThornBrain is currently playing Ni No Kuni and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, set to be followed by Survival Kids. Travis is doing Sleeping Dogs (main story finished, now tackling the story DLC) and Bioshock Infinite, set to be followed by Skies of Arcadia. Yoshi is playing Punch-Out!! for the Wii, followed by Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

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This group provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Every LP before Bomberman Hero, the Bomberman Megathread, and the Fallout 3 Nuzlocke were all canceled due to technical difficulties and/or lack of interest.
  • Accentuate the Negative: Thorn mentions that this is their MO. Even if they love the game being played, they will point out anything that irritates them.
  • Adorkable: Travis calls White Pikmin this verbatim during their introduction scene.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band:
    • In Bomberman Hero, Laser Rain is mentioned as this after an area with a lot of them. "Tower of Laser Spikes" and "Helicopter Brain TV" also get spoken, and they think they would make good album titles.
    • In Majora's Mask, Spiders and Seagulls, which they develop into a Revolving Door Band by virtue of the members eating each other and then the audience.
    • In Twilight Princess, they all agree that "Killed the ghost of an eagle" would make a great song title.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A common in-universe comedic tool:
    • Bomberman in every iteration - Superhero, or Deadpan Snarker Punch Clock Hero with murderous tendencies?
    • Bomberman Hero:
      • Pibot - An incompetent robot guarding a princess, or an insane, sociopathic rapist?
      Thorn: "You came for me my love."
      Travis: "Let's fly away on a white stallion."
      Thorn: "Well, it's not white anymore. It's kind of gray. I mean I crashed your ship."
      Travis: "Allow me to hold you in my silver, human-killing arms."
      • Princess Millian - Princess, or seal?
    • Bomberman Jetters:
      • Max is depressed.
      • Shout isn't even paying attention to the player's actions.
      • All of the Jetters are monsters for attacking every Hige they see, even the ones who are just hanging around.
    • Twilight Princess:
      • Malo from has telekinetic powers
      • Colin is hated by his parents
      • Purlo wants to steal Link's virginity
      • Falbi wants Link to molest him
      • Yeto the yeti likes shoving people for giving him soup ingredients and is also very religious.
      • The Freezards in Snowpeak Ruins aren't blocking a spiral staircase; they're just really amazed by walls.
      "Every time I wake up, it just gets BETTER!!!"
    • Bomberman Generation:
      • The boss of Tako Desert is a Charabomb Merge Gone Horribly Wrong, and therefore wants to get rid of any future merges.
      • Ein is desperate for Bomberman's company.
    • Skyward Sword: Dumple (Link) is a crazy psychopath.
    • Ni no Kuni:
      • Drippy is made into the worst and most insufferable punster.
      • A random NPC woman is a robot grandma.
      • Myrtle is a Creepy Child
      "I watched you from my window..."
      "I wore this poofy dress for you..."
    • Sleeping Dogs:
    • Bioshock Infinite:
    • Majora's Mask:
      • A rare non-comedic example: Thorn asserts that Link is mentally scarred and emotionally stunted by the events of his life.
      • Romani worships Satan, and Cremia is obsessed with spiking the farm's milk with various substances such as Kool-Aid.
      • The "Farewell to Gibdos" song depresses Gibdos with bad memories of carnivals.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • Hanch, Renaldo, and Luda, to Travis. He splits the difference with Hanch and Renaldo and calls them both.
    • Bomber Elite. Even though Thorn prefaces the fight with "This is a dude", none of the three can remember it.
    Travis (as Bomberman): "I loved her..."
    Thorn and Travis: "Him."
    Thorn: "I loved him."
  • An Economy Is You: Lampshaded in the City in the Sky.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: A cupcake in Pikmin 2 Day 10 seems to move on its own; there is no Dweevil underneath it, and the nearby Blowhog is too far way to be pushing it. Yoshi suggests that it's being controlled by the almond on top of it.
  • Anyone Remember Pogs?: Because Travis sure doesn't.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Invoked with Shadar and his Badass Baritone.
    Thorn: "Someone watching this is like, 'I have the weirdest erection right now.'"
  • Artificial Stupidity:
    • In Part 4 of Agent Under Fire, six different enemies (from three different recordings) blindly fall off a platform to their deaths in the ocean below.
    • Several enemies in Bomberman Jetters. The robo-carp in particular swim directly into bombs if you place one between them and yourself.
    • Thorn takes advantage of enemies killing each other in Bomberman Generation any chance he gets.
    • A background driver in Part 11 of Sleeping Dogs drives into another car immediately as a cutscene begins.
  • Awesome Music: In-Universe:
    • Thorn considers the soundtrack for Skyward Sword to be one of its best points. The music for Koloktos is also his favourite boss theme in the entire Zelda franchise.
    • Thorn and Travis gush over the soundtrack for Ni no Kuni every other part. The rest of the time they're chewing out the characters and writing.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The guys think this is what's going on with Wei and Raymond.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Camcorder Let's Plays and child LPers. The two are usually combined, hence these two videos.
    • For Thorn, being stopped mid-gameplay to be told something he already knows or something completely pointless, (E.G. Professor Ein, Shout, Fi, Mr. Drippy)
  • Best Boss Ever: In-Universe, Thorn votes Koloktos to be his favourite boss fight in all of Zelda.
  • Black Comedy Rape:
    Travis: *cracking up* "I'ma gonna rape ya!!"
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Discussed in the Shadow of the Colossus finale.
  • Bob from Accounting: One of the Bulblins slaughtered by Hey Hey in Twilight Princess. Other mooks were laughing at his death.
  • Bond One-Liner: Discussed briefly when commenting on an enemy's aim in Agent Under Fire.
    "That's kind of a Bond line, isn't it? 'There's no way I can miss!' 'But you can die.'"
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Discussed with the Doomsday Apparatus in Pikmin 2, the first boss treasure Yoshi picks up that doesn't upgrade the player.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Bomberman Hero:
      • Thorn's opinion of the game is occasionally brought up as the LP goes on. He defends it heartily at the beginning, just about hates it when the game is finished.
      • Dragon Road has no dragons, just flying knives. The next time flying knives are encountered, Travis insists that they are dragons.
      • Thorn suggests early in the LP that he and Travis should write lyrics for "Redial". When the song is requested by the Something Awful thread for a montage video near the end of the LP, they do exactly that.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess:
      • Thorn has some inexplicable trouble opening a chest in the Goron Mines. Much later in the LP when he goes back to get a heart piece, he also goes back to the chest and opens it properly.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:
      • During the Lanayru Sand Sea, Thorn and Travis start talking about the to-be-Let's Played Ni No Kuni, namely how often Swaine dies in battle. Later when Thorn kills the Moldarach miniboss, Travis yells out Swaine's death cry.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask:
      • During the Anju and Kafei sidequest, the guys joke about the Postman wondering if he can deliver mail to himself. Come the night of the final day, they see him panicking on the floor and think he's having a crisis because he still hasn't figured it out.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • During Skyward Sword, Thorn talks about how he thinks the game is tedious and annoying in hindsight, after a first playthrough where he enjoyed almost all of the game, but he still thinks it's a good game.
    • But not so mercifully applied to Bomberman Hero and Bomberman Jetters. Let's Playing both games made Thorn go from liking them to hating them. He'd already assumed the same would happen with Bomberman Generation before he even started playing.
  • Brown Note: Just the sound of Thorn's kazoo or Travis' tuba mouthpiece is enough to send the whole trio into hysterics. When Travis brings the latter out at the end of Day 5 in Pikmin 2:
  • Call Back: The team often callback to previous LPs or jokes:
    • In an early episode of Twilight Princess, Link is shirtless and Thorn says "Lllllllladies." Final video, Midna's true form appears. "Mmmmmmmmm- boys."
    • In Skyward Sword, Travis jokes that Yeto from Twilight Princess randomly appears and shoves Fi into his soup.
    Travis (as Yeto): "It's better now!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: Thorn and Yoshi note that the Grand Bomber can not do this with any accuracy or cohesion.
  • Canada, Eh?: Or as Travis calls it, "Cananada Land", because it irritates his Canadian friends.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Every LP from before Bomberman Hero has been removed from TheStrawhatNO's YouTube channel or set to private/unlisted. Solidified when Thorn updated all of the LP playlists, and Bomberman Hero is listed as LP #1.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "TheStrawhatNO!: A first for everything!": When they say or do something that may never have been said or done before in an LP, including "Robot trampoline lovemaking", "AI guard aneurism", "fecal briefcase", "tickle on the booty-boot" and "clown repair montage".
    • "[X], everybody!": Whenever they realize something particularly screwed up has happened, namely in Twilight Princess. Can also be "TheStrawhatNO, everybody!" when they've been saying even more ridiculous things than usual for the past few minutes.
    • In Sleeping Dogs, the guys turn "COP!" into one for everyone including themselves, "Damnit Wei!" into one for Raymond, and "By the way, Wei" into one for King.
  • The Chew Toy: Drippy is constantly joked about as being run over, shot, and otherwise mangled as catharsis for hating his character.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Everyone on the team. They do write Sgt. Frog Abridged and Jetters Abridged, after all.
      • Travis gets special mention. The main reason Thorn invited him to co-commentate Bomberman Hero is because of how quickly he comes up with ridiculous things to say.
      "Did you forget how abstract I am?"
    • Travis points out in Shadow of the Colossus how there is always at least one character in every Let's Play that they make insane or creepy. These include Agro, Pibot, Fi, the President, and every other NPC in Twilight Princess.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The captions in the Bomberman Generation collection video when it gets to Eagle Bomber.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • Most of the love letter sidequest in Skyward Sword is spent laughing at Cawlin's misfortune.
    Thorn (As Dumple): "I'm gonna sit here and laugh at you! Ha! Ha-ha!"
    Travis (Also as Dumple): "So tell me how you feel, 'cause I don't care!"
    • The entire Sleeping Dogs Let's Play is this. Travis causes more than a ridiculous amount of pain, murder and destruction to the citizens of Hong Kong (innocent and otherwise), and the trio spend the whole time cracking up over it.
  • Companion Cube: Everyone has their fun with "Jeremy", a statue in the Temple of Time.
  • Continuity Nod: Something Awful members suggested names for Link and Epona in the Twilight Princess thread. Epona's winning name: Pibot.
  • Corpsing: Thorn keeps making Yoshi laugh during Retsupurae Samus Sucks Gaiz, where they mockingly pretend to be child camcorder LPers.
  • Country Matters: Directed at Shout and Professor Ein.
  • Crack Pairing: In-universe, Louie x Purple Pikmin, courtesy of Travis.
  • Crossover: They did three Retsupuraes with RPer Jucaprost, one of which also included ProtagonistRP.
  • Creepy Monotone: Preferred method for voicing Pibot. Max's monotone isn't so much creepy as bored with life.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Yoshi flawlessly defeats any boss in Pikmin 2. And to add insult to injury in the case of the Waterwraith, the recording didn't even have Yoshi activating it in earlier sublevels.
    • Many of Thorn's Charabom battles in Bomberman Generation. The fight with Beast Pommy was particularly jarring for Yoshi and guest Jello Apocalypse.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • The guys whenever they see a dog in Twilight Princess.
    Travis: "Aww...Pet him with your mouth."
    • Up to Eleven with Jaggle's dog in Part 7, and then immediately subverted:
      Thorn: "Let's cook him!" *Carries dog over to fireplace*
      Travis: "Yeah!"
    • Yeto's random "Burrrr" hums while he's cooking have this effect on Thorn, who giggles every time he hears them.
    • Thorn is frustrated over something in Bomberman Generation, until a happy chirp from Pommy Dragon cheers him up almost immediately.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone on the team. The game characters become this by proxy.
  • A Degree in Useless: Travis' view of Philosophy.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Thorn and Yoshi have their fun with this in Jetters after running into Flame Bomber.
  • Deus Sex Machina: As Agent Under Fire shows, having access codes will get you laid. And getting laid will warp you out of a prison cell.
  • Die Laughing: The Wizzrobe in Ikana Castle, as it hits Pizza Joe with a fireball at the last possible second before dying.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The Mind Screw exposition scene in Twilight Princess was weird already. Thorn cuts the video completely halfway through, and turns it into a music video of a text-to-speech Cuckoo singing "Happy Talk", complete with dancing clowns and cheap Casio.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Describing the Snitchbugs in Pikmin 2.
    Yoshi: Yeah, see? He snatches up your Pikmin, and then he buries them into the ground if you don't get him quick enough.
    Thorn: He doesn't kill them he just throws them into the ground.
    BigTUnit: And then you murder him; that seems equivalent.
    Everyone laughs
    Yoshi: Hey! He grabbed my flowers.
    BigTUnit: How dare he plant in a place where I can easily pick.
    Yoshi: That would take me like... maybe a half second. That's annoying.
    BigTUnit: So for that you die.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Bomberman's idle animation in Generation is him dancing in place. It makes for some very blatant dissonance after almost every boss fight, and the guys lampshade the hell out of it.
  • Double Entendre: From "Redial Redial'd":
    "Crystals: they make your bar longer"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe:
    Travis: "I want him to be your new henchman along with the robot."
    • The trio get a lot of mileage out of MAX in Bomberman Jetters, and their portrayal of him made its way into Jetters Abridged.
    • The terrified-looking platypus enemy in World 5 of Bomberman 93, especially when it comes to figuring out why it's freaking out.
    Redundant (as platypus): "He seems to be making sure he's wiping us all out before he moves on; this is regimented genocide!"
    • Agro the horse, though there aren't many other characters to compete with in the game.
    • Groose. The trio are sick of Skyward Sword by the end of the LP, but they always enjoy seeing Groose and love him more the further on it goes.
    • Ni No Kuni:
      • Shadar is in the LP for roughly thirty seconds before Travis and Thorn start gushing over his voice.
      • A random NPC woman also provides a lot of laughs by the guys pretending she's a robot grandma.
      Travis: "I like how we made a character out of this extra."
    • Sleeping Dogs:
      • King is only in one video and only for a portion of it, but the guys joke around with the character through to the end of the Let's Play.
      • In The Zodiac Tournament DLC, the guys treat a random mook in a yellow gi like he's as heroic as Wei.
      Travis (imitating the Shaft girl chorus): "Yellowgiguy!"
  • Epic Fail:
    • The ending of Bomberman Hero not only has such low graphical quality that the other Bomber characters are just jumping statues, but there are so many of them that the framerate drops.
    • While Thorn is fighting The Imprisoned the second time, he fails to jump on its back and instead hurts himself. He switches to Groose to attempt to slow the monster down, but the bomb flies right through The Imprisoned's hair.
    Travis: "The old woman at the top just facepalms."
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The Pikmin 2 LP goes out on one of these thanks to Thorn's silly, impromptu Casio outro.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Joking about the President of Hocotate Freight being fat.
    Travis as the President: I ate my dad, ho-ho!
    Yoshi: That's... mortifying.
  • Fantastic Racism: Thorn points out to Yoshi that the Jetters were willing to kill all the Hige, even the ones who aren't doing anything.
  • Filk Song: In the final bonus video for Bomberman Hero, Travis and Thorn parody the game's resident catchy tune, "Redial", by singing increasingly dark lyrics over it about the various jokes and Running Gags they established throughout the Let's Play.
  • Foreshadowing: On Day 4 of Pikmin 2, Travis jokes "Happy early St. Patrick's Day. I'm already drunk". Then on Day 7, Yoshi says "Travis, you're drunk, go home!" Then comes Day 9, where Thorn and Travis are drinking for the first 50-75% of the video.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In-Universe, while working the Fridge Logic for Pikmin 2 and Hocotate's inexplicably high and equal value for diamonds, bottle caps, and useless junk:
    Travis: "No wonder they went into debt! They have no sense of value!"
  • Fridge Horror: In-Universe, Thorn talks about how the Cremia hug scene in Majora's Mask suggests that Link's life has left him emotionally stunted.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe, they point out odd placements for treasure in Pikmin 2, such as measuring cups and false teeth in a shower room. In addition to the irony of more food treasures existing in the Submerged Castle than in the Glutton's Kitchen. Travis also questions why he's still bringing logic into the game, right as a kamikaze spider appears.
    Yoshi: "Why?! Look at the spider bomb! Look at the spider bomb!"
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Randall, a Santa statue in a steakhouse Travis was in that ended up being seen in all of his pictures.
    • Happens in Sleeping Dogs with vehicles, due to the cutscenes playing in-engine. Two happen within 40 minutes of each other in Part 11, one of a large truck hitting another car, and one of a car getting stuck driving in circles.
  • Grand Unifying Guesses: Travis starts a round of this, with everyone connecting Pibot with the Temple of Time and Pikmin.
  • God-Mode Sue: Parodied in-universe with the Purple Pikmin. They're already game breakers in Pikmin 2, but the guys also say they can fire black holes, control space and time, and find seven cures for cancer. And cause five more.
  • Good Bad Bugs: In-Universe:
    • One guard in Part 2 of Agent Under Fire inexplicably starts running in circles.
    • Thorn uploaded several short Demons Souls and Dark Souls II videos of bugs he came across, among them a Storm Demon flying in circles, a rock spinning through the floor geometry, a corpse bobbing its head like Michael Jackson, Dark Orb causing giant enemies to levitate, and the entire Dragon Aerie glitching out in a black and white texture mess.
    • Travis notes that he tends to find bugs and glitches in his LPs:
      • In Part 11 of Sleeping Dogs, Travis opens the video by walking past a man neck-deep in a set of stairs.
      • In the same part, a background car drives around in circles for no reason.
    • In Majora's Mask, Thorn messes up the Anju and Kafei sidequest twice with Sakon's hideout, and each time he responds by glitching through the door of the hideout, resetting the scene inside and allowing him to do it correctly.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: Several games with this option have been LPed, and often the viewers get to give suggestions for the names, such as every Link in The Legend of Zelda games (Hey Hey, Dumple, PizzaJoe).
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Zig-zagged with Thorn. Considers himself a dog lover and is as subject to Cuteness Proximity as anyone else during the LPs, but he is infamous for losing his temper to the dogs outside his house, at one point going on a rant in the middle of Skyward Sword Part 23 about how much he hates them.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • Travis's interpretation of the Antenna Beetle in Pikmin 2, which possesses your Pikmin.
    • The group's interpretation of King in Sleeping Dogs, thus he constantly bothers Wei with stupid questions.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: They talk about how awesome Charaboms would be if all of them were part dragon. Indeed, the Charabom they all like the most is Pommy Dragon.
  • Irony: Thorn mentions that Myrtle and Esther's voice actress in Ni no Kuni, a game where the protagonist is named Oliver, appeared in a musical called Oliver!.
  • Leave the Camera Running: The group continue recording their commentary long after the gameplay video ends. This is often where their discussion becomes the most chaotic and surreal, due to the lack of anything visual needing explained.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In Skyward Sword's Skyloft Silent Realm, Thorn gets caught by the guardians and rushes to get a tear before they catch him. He goes for the hardest tear he could get. He makes it.
  • Let's Play: Their LPing style is a mixture of humourous, snarky post-commentary with thorough gameplay and sometimes serious discussion.
  • Let's See You Do Better: During Pikmin 2, Yoshi keeps saying that he's waiting for Travis to do a Let's Play so he can mock him over everything, just as Travis has done for him. When Travis begins heading his own LPs, they become some of Yoshi's favourites.
  • Light Is Not Good: When Light Spirit Faron appears in Twilight Princess note , the trio play him as a "squirrelpion" demon who wants to destroy the world. Luckily he's too lazy to do anything.
    Yoshi: "So you gonna do something? No?"
    Travis (As Faron): "I'm comfy!"
  • Logic Bomb: Travis and Thorn trying to explain mummy ghosts in Bomberman 93, let alone killing them.
    Travis: "I wonder if we can kill mummy ghosts. But wait, mummy ghosts are already dead- wait."
    Thorn: "We kill them again."
    Travis: "They are dead dead undead."
    Thorn: "I've given them peace? Or made them into pieces? Or-"
  • Madlibs Catch Phrase: Near the end of Bomberman Jetters, "[Noun] might be more effective!"
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Travis likes giving various enemies and characters voices, few of which sound alike.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe:
    Travis: "Nothing can stop Wei Shen!"
  • Mistaken for Racist: Invoked when Travis and Thorn talk to Gondo about repairing Scrapper, and everything they say as Dumple is a desperate attempt to not sound racist while saying something pretty clearly racist.
  • Mondegreen:
    • Non-music example. Uncut versions of Twilight Princess videos sometimes include subtitles, which read out what Thorn thinks Midna's gibberish could be saying. Travis also started doing this during the commentary.
    "Good arm bread meat."
    • Fi sometimes gets this treatment.
    "You're sorta mass resource. Deployed with kindness sores."
  • Motor Mouth: Iza
  • MST: Their Let's Plays involve an MST3K-like level of riffing the dialogue, cutscenes, and characters. Travis' commentary is most exemplary of this.
  • Mr. Exposition: Thorn takes this role most often, even when it's Yoshi's or Travis' LP, as long as he's played and researched the game himself.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: At the start of Skyward Sword, Yoshi points out how Skyloft's people have built their culture around falling and competing for cloth.
  • Mythology Gag: During his second attempt at Let's Playing Majora's Mask, Thorn opens the first video by deleting the save file from the original LP.
  • No Damage Run: The Punch-Out let's play has Yoshi playing the whole game without taking a hit, and even admits in the Major Circuit video that he won't take any hits in the World Circuit either.
  • No, Except Yes: When talking about their tendency to use the name "Rick" to denote a Jerk Ass:
    Travis: "If there's anyone named Rick who's watching this, you're probably an asshole. So, you'll just have to live with that fact. (Beat) We're not judging you, we're just totally judging you."
    Thorn: "We're not judging you, just, fuck you."
    Travis: "We're not judging you, we're just not hanging out."
    Thorn: "'Cause otherwise it'd be harder to judge you."
  • Non-Indicative Name: Crazy Fedora Man. He's not wearing a fedora: it's a straw hat. Perhaps that's why no-one can seem to catch him.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Played for Laughs Black Comedy-style with Pibot.
    Travis (as Pibot): "It's not rape if you liiike iiiit."
  • Once an Episode: As Majora's Mask went on, Thorn started every episode with a variation on "Welcome back to Pizza Joe's".
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Zig-zagged with "Rick", who is originally used as a Scapegoat Creator, the one guy in every development team who comes up with the bad ideas and happens to be the exact same Rick every time. In some cases however it's a name the guys use to denote a random Jerk Ass.
    • Averted when several character names reappear in later LPs as Hello, Insert Name Here characters, such as Dumple and Pibot. PizzaJoe was used for three Zelda LPs, first in a bonus video for Skyward Sword, then twice in full Majora's Mask and Wind Waker LPs after to make up for the jokes they could have made.
  • One True Pairing: In-Universe:
    • Sleeping Dogs: regardless of all the dates and girlfriends Wei has, Raymond is his true love.
  • Padding: invoked Thorn's biggest gripe with Skyward Sword, saying the final third of the game suffers from "Armageddon Syndrome": disruptive things happen to halt Link's quest that have no reason to be happening (the Tadtones, Eldin Volcano erupts).
  • Physical God:
    • After exploiting a glitch in Twilight Princess where Link can "kill" the Postman, he reappears at the end of the video, and from then on he's mentioned as warping space and time and flying in any future chasms that Link crosses.
    • Epona in Majora's Mask is joked as being a chaos god for her apparent invincibility and teleportation powers. Thorn finds extra humour in that she's named after a Gallo-Roman god.
  • Pun: The team like puns. Of particular note:
    • Hurricane of Puns: After defeating bosses in Zelda games and doing environmental kills in Sleeping Dogs.
    • Lame Pun Reaction:
      • It's telling how painful the puns in Ni no Kuni are when they make these guys groan. Doesn't stop them from joining in and trying to make even worse puns.
      Travis: (As Mr. Drippy) "'Just tell me you're not fishin' for compliments!' Points to a fish. 'See?! See?!'"
      Thorn: "They get to the ocean. 'Sea?!'"
      • Majora's Mask:
      Deku Scrub A (Yoshi): What are you doing?
      Deku Scrub B (Yoshi): I'm scrubbing myself!
  • Punch Clock Hero: Bomberman is played as this during Bomberman Hero.
  • Purple Is Powerful:
    • This became the point of the entire Pikmin 2 LP: Purple Pikmin destroy everything.
    • Thorn mentions this trope by name during the Morpheel fight in Twilight Princess.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • Twilight Princess:
      • Travis (as a very playful Midna to Wolf Link): "Would you like a tickle on the booty-boot?" He later says he never said "booty-boot" before.
      • Redundant says this of Epee Em's "Hey, Hitler-head!" when talking about Ashei's hair, which looks like a toothbrush mustache on her forehead.
      • Travis when Fyer repairs the Sky Cannon: "Words I never thought I'd say: 'clown repair montage'".
    • Bomberman Generation
      • Thorn describes Constructor-X as "awesome but embarrassing". Redundant notes that more things should be described as such.
    • Ni no Kuni:
      • Thorn: "Certain ingredients can only be bought from Hootenanny. And I can't believe I just said that."
      • Then again when he mentions the "Cawtermaster".
      • When discussing the multiple tiers of Familiar food:
    Travis while laughing: "That's such an odd statement. 'Sweetie Pie, the next generation of pie!'"
  • Recursive Reality: In the uncut version of Part 4 of Twilight Princess, the trio joke about this happening with Malo and Coro.
    • For Malo, if you look into his hair, you see a black hole that reveals Hey Hey looking into Malo's head.
    • For Coro, if he reaches into his afro, he pulls out his bird Trill. Then Trill reaches into his afro and pulls out Coro.
      Travis: "Until they both go, "Wait a minute!", and they both reach into their afros at the same time, and then they explode."
  • Retsupurae: The channel's primary videos for the first year or so before Thorn and Yoshi returned to Let's Plays. As of 2012, they no longer do Retsupuraes, and all of them have been set to Unlisted or deleted. The links for all of the RPs can be found on their site.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Dormin. In the voice of Randy Savage.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • Travis finds the little scorpions on Skyward Sword to be these.
    • Several familiars in Ni No Kuni to both Travis and Thorn, particularly the Mites and the Seed Sprites.
  • Running Gag:
    • General
      • Everything in every game is frustrated. Even the player is frustrated.
      • "I look ridiculous!"
      • Travis and Thorn reference "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers almost every LP.
      • When something cool happens, Travis sometimes shouts out "America!"
      • Every bad design choice (starting with Bomberman Hero, then later every game Thorn and Yoshi play) was by a nerdy developer on a pizza high named Rick, and every trolling moment made in a Nintendo game is direct result of Shigeru Miyamoto.
      • Thorn plays his kazoo or his cheap toy Casio keyboard whenever the chance arises.
      • Whenever Thorn or Travis suggest a good gameplay mechanic, Yoshi says, "Whoa whoa, let's save that for [next game in the series]."
      • Computer AI sometimes bugs out and causes enemies and NPCs to spin around in circles.
    • Bomberman Hero:
      "I found your destruction of the elderly hilarious."
      • The constant use of the song "Redial", which quickly gets on the commentators' nerves. Thorn and Travis write lyrics for it in one of the final videos.
      • "Realtor" also gets mocked frequently for sounding like a "gargling lizard".
      • "Bomber CHANGE!"
    • Bomberman Jetters:
      • The ridiculous voice acting. Max, Birdy, and Gangu are favorite mockery targets.
      • Shout's ridiculously useless or repetitive advice.
      • The Jetters, rather than being an intergalactic police force who wish to bring peace, are a bunch of jerks who are doing this mission, not to save Planet Bomber, but to punish the Hige Hige Bandits for having fun.
    • Agent Under Fire:
      • Every character's constant smug expression.
      • Bond Moves being handed out left and right, often for mandatory actions.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess:
      • Malo being the reality warping Telekinesis Baby.
      • Wolf Link constantly getting hit in his broken leg.
      • Colin actually being very skilled, but nobody gives him any respect, especially his parents.
      Travis (as the Ordon Sword's description): "Made by the best swordsman in the village: Colin. But we don't tell him that."
      Travis: "I've... got...toputmybonesbacktogether-"
      • Lizalfos are evolution's mistake.
    • Pikmin 2:
      • How will the Purple Pikmin break the game this week?
      • Fat jokes about the Hoctate Freights President.
      • Yoshi may not know what he's doing as he plays.
      • Travis taunting Yoshi.
      • "Travis, you're drunk! Go home!"
      • Nobody likes the Dumple.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:
      • The effect having a hero named "Dumple" would have on everyone, including Dumple himself.
      • When Thorn is joined by Yoshi, Dumple is the LP's resident insane character. When he is joined by Travis, Fi becomes this.
      • Whenever Thorn finds a Monster Horn in a treasure chest, he sarcastically says "'Cause you know..." to emphasize the pointlessness of stashing one of them. Twice they appeared with so much frequency that he exasperatedly yelled out "Why?!"
    • Ni No Kuni:
      • Thorn names most familiars things related to their videos and LPs. For example, the Mite is named "Dumple" and the Seed Sprite is named "Shiro".
      • Drippy is played as making really bad puns about everything.
      "Ah? Ah? Drippy face?"
      • Thorn and Travis joke that the characters get hit randomly by a car for no reason. It's the same car each time. Fan artist Olivia also has several comics involving Drippy getting hunted by the car.
      • The two have a habit of asking Siri random questions after some parts to see what she says. The results are always bizarre.
      Travis (to Siri): "How bad is Ni no Kuni?"
      Siri: "Looking up "Nino". Here's Juan Francisco Martinez Modesto."
    • Sleeping Dogs:
      • When the game slows down to show Wei finishing off an opponent, Travis shouts out "SUPER [insert attack]!".
      • Environmental finishers are followed with puns.
      • Wei is simultaneously a "COP!", Winston, a doctor, and Crazy Fedora Man.
      • Raymond's Catch Phrase: "Damnit, Wei!"
    • Bioshock Infinite:
  • Scapegoat Creator:
    • Parodied in-universe. All of the bad level design decisions in Bomberman Hero, and nearly every game after, were by a nerd on a pizza high named Rick.
    • Parodied also with Shigeru Miyamoto, who trolls everybody.
  • Scenery Porn:
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe:
    • The Dumple. Nobody likes the Dumple.
    • Shout. Thorn introduces her by comparing her to Navi, and Shout loses.
    • Fi gets introduced the exact same way, and Yoshi agrees.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge:
  • Sequel Hook: The Twilight Princess LP ends with one that alludes to the Skyward Sword LP.
  • Serial Escalation: The "Dying Zora, featuring Spiders and Seagulls" concert idea, where each group progressively eats each other.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    • Travis and Thorn's assessment of the signature TheStrawhatNO sense of humor boils down to this trope, after the two alternate (almost immediately) from DaVinci helicopter jokes to cocaine jokes in Shadow of the Colossus.
    Thorn: "We're like the dynamic range of an orchestra: we go all the way up and all the way down."
    Travis: "We can somehow fit into one sentence 'Pavlov's conditioning, motherfucker', and it somehow works."
    • From the first screenshot update for Ni no Kuni:
    Thorn: "Since nobody said if they actually give a shit if I transcribe the dialogue, I have forgone the minutia."
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Travis likes to invoke this while driving vehicles in Sleeping Dogs by switching to the classical music radio station, especially if something ridiculous is happening. It makes even dorky scooters and chicken trucks seem awesome. Thorn does the same thing in a short video of him hitting-and-running thugs during a drug bust to "Peer Gynt Suite".
  • So Unfunny It's Funny: In Part 4 of Twilight Princess, Travis makes a Toucan Sam reference that is so lame, Yoshi can't help but laugh.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: Travis jokes that a dice-like enemy in P2A2 of Bomberman Hero has the aspirations to one day roll a 6, and when it does, it thinks, "...Well now what?"
  • Squee: Thorn lets one out after gaining control of a statue in the Temple of Time in Twilight Princess.
  • The Stoner: Coro.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy / Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yoshi and Thorn, depending on who is running the LP. Travis qualifies as a Red Oni when paired with Thorn, Green Oni when with both.
  • Stylistic Suck: This older mockery of child camcorder LPers.
  • Take a Third Option: When the viewers in the Something Awful thread request "Redial" for a montage, instead of just including the song or using a different one, Thorn and Travis write lyrics for it recapping the Let's Play.
  • Take That:
  • That Came Out Wrong: Thorn mentions sneaking behind one of the ninja mooks and attacking in Bomberman Jetters, with interesting wording. Then he lampshades it.
  • The Nose Knows: Travis jokes that this is how Trill finds Link in the Forest Temple before Trill mugs him.
  • Tension-Cutting Laughter: Epee Em's reaction to Ghirahim in Skyward Sword.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When Thorn gets the Ball and Chain in Twilight Princess, he starts using it (and Bomb Arrows) on bats.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Word-for-word, one of Thorn's first comments when they enter HIGE Central in Bomberman Jetters.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Thorn gushes over Dr Pepper in Day 3 of Pikmin 2.
  • Troll:
    • The Burrowing Snagret in the Valley of Repose, dropping an Ultra Bitter Spray just outside of where Yoshi/Olimar would be able to reach.
    • Thorn: A person in the Twilight Princess thread requested that he do a live commentary version of the Cave of Ordeals so that they could hear his frustrated reactions as they happen. Thorn does exactly that...and proceeds to speedrun the cave using a debug glitch that was accidentally left in the game.
  • Toilet Humor: With the hand in the toilet in Skyward Sword.
    Thorn: "'Don't ask what I need the paper for.' Is it for this?!" *Sits on toilet* "Haha!"
    Travis: "Congratulations. You love a shit monster."
  • Too Dumb to Live: When Thorn plays a Bomberman game, he isn't as likely to be hurt by an enemy so much as by his own bombs.
  • Tsundere:
    • Their ubiquity in Japanese-made media is lampshaded during Skyward Sword.
    Peatrice: "It's not like I like you or anything."
    Thorn: "Do girls in Japan just say that all the time?"
    • In the Post City in the Sky collection video Yoshi jokingly acts like this towards Travis.
    • Travis jokes that a Wolfos hiding behind some ice in the Snowhead Temple is this.
  • Un Evil Laugh:
  • Unfortunate Implications: In-Universe:
    • Thorn points out the awkwardness in Ni no Kuni having an obvious interracial married couple in what appears to be 1950s America, at which point interracial marriage was illegal.
    • In the same game, Thorn and Travis get hung up on how the method for catching familiars involves beating them up until they like you.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • In Twilight Princess, after finishing the Snowpeak Ruins and joking that the Yetis start "having fun":
    Yoshi: "Let's just say they're making soup..."
    Travis (as Yeto) "I'll add the cheese!"
    Thorn: "And Yeta has the pumpkin."
    • In the same LP, "Good arm bread meat" becomes slang for a sarcastic "Way to go" when Hey Hey does something screwed up, like beating up Yeta.
  • Valley Girl: Travis turns the female monkey into this in Twilight Princess.
    "Oh my god, where's my iPhone?!''
  • Values Dissonance: In-universe and of the monetary value kind- The guys keep noticing that the universe of Pikmin 2 seems to value bottle caps more than diamonds.
  • We Have Reserves: Yoshi's word on Red and Blue Pikmin, especially in comparison to Purples.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Parodied in-universe on Day 11 of Pikmin 2.
    Yoshi: TheStrawhatNO is for kids. We've been making rounds on Nick Jr
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Happens a lot with Travis, who finds things like the little scorpions in Skyward Sword to be adorable while Thorn hates their face-hugging guts.
  • With Lyrics: As mentioned earlier, Thorn and Travis' "Redial Redial'd".
  • You Monster!: Thorn's opinion of the heads of the Hige Hige Bandits:
    "These guys right here (the Hige Higes) have 50x more personality than all of the Jetters combined, and 100x more charm... These guys have been placed on a planet that, let's remember, is flying to another planet to destroy it. The entire Hige Hige fleet is on this planet to die! ... Mujoe and Mechadoc are the biggest assholes."
  • Younger than They Look: Thorn, Yoshi, and JelloApocalypse joke that Professor Ein is actually fourteen, even though he looks like an old man.

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