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. The team name is an admitted Word Salad Title - see the entry for the trope below.

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 they have a Patreon page.

ThornBrain is currently playing Dark Souls, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns, and Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley. Travis is doing The Last of Us, Skies of Arcadia, and Bloodborne. Yoshi is playing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, set to be followed by Pikmin 3.

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This group provides examples of:

  • A Birthday, Not a Break: A running joke in Wind Waker HD, where Link (Yoshi) keeps announcing that this is his worst birthday whenever anything bad happens, and then Travis points out that it's not his birthday anymore.
  • 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.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Thorn and Yoshi have noted that sometimes people think the channel name is "the stra-what no".
  • Adorkable: Travis calls White Pikmin this during their introduction scene for no particular reason.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band:
    • In Bomberman Hero, Laser Rain is mentioned as this after an area with a lot of lasers. "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 Country song.
    • In Dark Souls, Travis thinks that "Giant Toxic Slugs" and "The Frustrated Slugs" sound like Punk bands.
  • 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..."
      • Swaine is a crazy, mumbling, homeless man who can only eat trash, eventually being dubbed "Dumpster Dracula".
      Travis: "I like how Swaine somehow became an even stupider character than Drippy."
    • Sleeping Dogs:
    • Bioshock Infinite: Elizabeth is Agro part 2
    • 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.
    • Punch-Out!!:
      • Doc Louis is constantly trolling Mac, who himself is only boxing to afford law school.
    • Ocarina of Time:
      • Link is stoic and unfeeling all the time, except for when he hates learning music.
      • Travis briefly presumes that the back alley soldier in Market Town is a homeless drunk.
  • 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, which is populated entirely by bird-like creatures with no arms, but the shop only sells items Hey Hey can use.
  • 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.
  • Author Appeal: While some of the Mii's in Tomodachi Life are based on TSN! Continuity Nods, several are favourite musicians of Thorn's, such as Tom Waits, Andrew W.K. and Jarvis Cocker.
  • 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.
    • During a discussion on music in the Twilight Princess LP, Travis praises the soundtrack to Skies of Arcadia. Later when he LPed the game he praised it further.
  • 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, with Majora's Mask's Goht a close second.
  • 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, which involves one of these.
  • 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.
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD:
      • Yoshi explains how the islands of the sea are assigned to sectors by a number and a letter.
    Thorn: "Don't go to G4; it's not on anymore."
    (later in the video, Yoshi goes to the Great Fairy Fountain in that sector)
    Thorn: "I TOLD YOU NOT TO GO THERE."
  • Broken Pedestal: For the majority of his LPs, Thorn starts out liking the game in question, but by the end of it he and the guys learn to hate it as all of its flaws come to the forefront. It was so prevalent with Bomberman games that he predicted this would happen with Bomberman Generation before the LP even started. Travis later noted during Ni no Kuni, a game that had also experienced this, that only a handful of their LPs end with them still liking the game.note 
  • 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:
    Yoshi: *While still laughing* "That was my favorite moment in the entire fucking Let's Play."
  • 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?:
    • Travis mentions during Twilight Princess that he calls it "Cananada Land", because it irritates his Canadian friends.
    • Thorn's girlfriend and occasional commentator Olivia is Canadian. When Yoshi fights Bear Hugger in Punch-Out, jokes are immediately made that he is her dad.
    • Fallout: New Vegas stream guest commentator Usagihinorei is from Toronto. Cue Thorn guessing where it is and showing how completely he doesn't know where anything in Canada is.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Every LP from before Bomberman Hero has been removed from TheStrawhatNO's channel or set to private/unlisted. Solidified when Thorn updated all of the LP playlists, and Bomberman Hero is listed as LP #1. Blip.tv later deleted [TheStrawhatNO!=] account as well, making those old LPs permanently gone.
  • 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.
    FUCK THIS FUCK IN THE FUCK WITH A BIG ICE FUCK
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
    • The entirety of the Punch Out Wii LP. Yoshi never takes any hits, and the opponent is knocked out in the second round. They would have been KO'd in the first round, but Yoshi wanted to show how they fought and what they said first.
  • 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 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.
  • Face-Heel Turn: The Yellow Gi Guy from the Sleeping Dogs: The Zodiac Tournament DLC is treated as a Shaft-like hero at first. In the Year of the Snake DLC, there are so many yellow gi-clad terrorists that the guys think he has turned evil and is the true mastermind of the plot.
  • 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.
    Yoshi: THE ENEMIES ARE HAVING FUN! NOT ON MY WATCH!
  • 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!"
    • In Ni no Kuni, after the group gets launched out of the Fairy Godmother's tummy into a river:
      Thorn: "Oh hey look. Oliver can swim, unlike in the opening when his mom died."
  • 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:
      • After two bosses in Shadow of the Colossus, the animation of Wander passing out bugs out: first in Part 13 by having the boss land on top of him, causing him to fall through the world geometry; and second in Part 16 by Wander passing out on top of the boss, causing him to step forward and collapse onto thin air.
      • 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 continue the quest as if nothing happened.
  • 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. When the dogs finally moved out, he had to bring it up in a podcast just because of how happy he was that they were gone.
  • 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 spotted 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.
  • Lets 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!"
    • In Sleeping Dogs: Year of the Snake, "I [did x] like a jungle cat."
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Travis likes giving various enemies and characters voices, few of which sound alike.
  • Meido: Thorn accidentally turns his Mii into one in Tomodachi Life. First he gives him the maid outfit, then later he dyes his hair purple, and the chat points out that he has turned the Mii into an anime.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe:
    • The guys turn Malo from a Wise Beyond Their Years Deadpan Snarker into Telekinesis Baby, with all of the associated mind powers, and he doesn't take anyone's shit.
    • Purple Pikmin, which the team assert can break anything, including the fabric of the universe.
    • Sleeping Dogs:
      • The game's Kung Fu-mastering, physics-breaking protagonist Wei Shen.
      Travis: "Nothing can stop Wei Shen!"
      • A random Yellow Gi Guy from The Zodiac Tournament DLC, who the guys play as a bigger hero than Wei.
    • Voice actor Troy Baker, who is so multitalented that Travis and Yoshi think he can do anything.
  • 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: Travis turns Iza into one for seemingly no reason.
  • 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 he 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-Answer: At the end of a Ni no Kuni part, Travis starts talking to Siri, who seems to hint that she is Mr. Drippy. Travis's attempts to find out more get met with this, which convinces him that Siri is Drippy and is trying to hide it.
  • 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 PizzaJoe's [random business]"note . Yoshi continues this in Wind Waker with TV and game references.note 
  • 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.
  • Private Eye Monologue: The guys provide this for Wei in the Sleeping Dogs: Year of the Snake DLC.
  • 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!
      Deku Scrub A (Yoshi): YOU'VE BEEN WAITING YOUR WHOLE LIFE TO SAY THAT!
  • 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: Has its own page.
  • 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.
    • Shigeru Miyamoto trolls everybody.
  • Scenery Porn: Invoked:
    • Yoshi's feelings for the Wistful Wild, coupled with That One Level.
    • All of Ni no Kuni to Travis and Thorn, siting the visuals as one of its best points.
    • Thorn uploaded a video of the area around the Guardian Dragon in Aldia's Keep from Dark Souls II, just because it looked so cool that it floored him.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe:
    • The Dumple. Nobody likes the Dumple.
    • Shout. Thorn introduces her by comparing her to infamous Stop Helping Me! Scrappy, Navi, and Shout loses.
    • Fi gets introduced the exact same way as Shout, and Yoshi agrees. They are not won over by her sacrifice at the end of the game.
    • Mr. Drippy is loathed by Thorn and Travis for his annoying character and useless game implementation, but they have the most fun hating him out of any other Scrappy, subjecting him to a Cosmic Plaything/Chew Toy headcanon within the game world.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge:
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The Twilight Princess LP ends with one that alludes to the Skyward Sword LP.
    • Majora's Mask ends with Yoshi joking that the video should include one for Wind Waker HD like Twilight Princess did, and Thorn says that since he said it they can't. It has one anyway.
  • Serial Escalation: The "Dying Zora, featuring Spiders and Seagulls" concert idea, where each group progressively eats each other.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Planet 4, Area 3 of Bomberman Hero, Travis and Thorn reference The Shining and Planet of the Apes.
    • Thorn and Travis are both music buffs and have sang/namechecked Nick Cave, The Proclaimers, Motorhead, and a lot more during various LPs. They reference The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" so often it's a running gag.
    • Link drinks milk in Twilight Princess: "Milk was a bad choice."
    • During Bomberman Hero, Travis says, "Socrates vs. Mashy Spike Pit". Not the exact quote from the source, but the influence is clear.
    • In Bomberman Generation, the boss of Bigbu Cavity, a giant... squid-like thing with a Brain in a Jar, is referred to by Galeboomer as Hector Con Calamari.
    • Thorn and Travis are also fans of Metal Gear Solid and will often reference the games despite having never LPed them.
    • Travis practices impersonating different Homestar Runner characters during one Skyward Sword video.
    • Travis makes one to Fullmetal Alchemist when PizzaJoe gets the Gibdo Mask.
    • Invoked in the Dark Souls stream whenever the game references Berserk, of which Travis and recurring guest Neohampster are fans.
    • In Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, the guys reference Jiggly Jacob, creator of Wacky Facts and long-time friend of the team. Later in Bloodborne, Thorn suggests naming the player character "Icabod Bananoh?"note  in reference to Jacob's Popscene: Track Two video.
    • Many of the Mii's in Tomodachi Life are of game characters and musicians Thorn likes, such as Midna and Jarvis Cocker.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Owl is this to Thorn's Mii in Tomodachi Life. Owl was the first Mii added to the island after Thorn, and they immediately started having fights the day after.
  • 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: Travis' interpretation of Coro.
  • Stop Helping Me!: invoked Thorn hates hand-holding that stops the gameplay to tell you what to do or how to do something he already knows how to do. Among his most hated is Fi, who frequently stops the game to give information that he already learned from someone else within the last minute, and Drippy, who when stopping fights to give hints always negates Thorn's attacks. Marcassin ends up doing the same thing as Drippy late in Ni no Kuni whenever he casts Ward.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: All three guys alternate on this depending on who is running the LP. Generally the host focuses on being informative while the co-commentators crack wise, though this can fluctuate depending on how much each person knows about the game and how serious the discussion gets.
  • Stylistic Suck: Thorn's 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:
    • Thorn's opinion of the Bomberman Hero soundtrack:
      "It makes Drum 'N' Bass listenable."
    • Day 7 of Pikmin 2:
      Travis: He took away your maturity, you find Carlos Mencia funny now!
    • During a discussion on Psychology during the Arbiter's Grounds:
      Travis: Fuck Philosophy, by the way. I'm sorry, but if you have a Philosophy degree, then fuck you. They call it the father of all sciences, but it doesn't answer a single goddamned question! You know what the answer to everything is? "Maybe!"
    • Travis compares Ni no Kuni to Final Fantasy XIII in that they are rare RPGs where he doesn't care about the dialogue or like the characters. Ni no Kuni is still better because "at least [it] lets you go left and right".
  • 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:
    • Pikmin 2: The Burrowing Snagret in the Valley of Repose, dropping an Ultra Bitter Spray just outside of where Yoshi 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:
    • In the Twilight Princess Post-City in the Sky collection video, Yoshi jokingly acts like this towards Travis.
    • 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?"
    • 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 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".
  • Word Salad Title: "TheStrawhatNO!", which comes from Yoshi's YouTube username, "MugiwaranoYoshi" - "Mugiwara" means "straw hat" in reference to One Piece, and he had to add the "no" when YouTube's account submission page glitched on him. Thorn liked the idea of using it as their LP team name because it didn't make any sense.
  • 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.

"Allow me to hold you in my silver, human-killing arms."

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The Strawhat NO