Tyler: Hey everybody and welcome back to Super Mario Sunshine Versus! I'm AttackingTucans!
Josh: And I'm Josh Jepson.
Tyler: And this time, we're gonna get our vaginas pierced!Versus is a YouTube Let's Play channel. It features a competitive, co-commentary series of Let's Plays of various games, primarily between JoshJepson and Tyler Sederwall (formerly known as AttackingTucans). The two race through the games, sometimes with specific sub-rules for each game (get all the blue coins in Mario Sunshine, get the Gold Skulltulas in Zelda, and so on), usually attempting 100% Completion. A heads-up display will keep track of each player's scores and progress as they play together. All the while they play word games, exchange stories, and discuss the finer points of vocabulary and music- with Tyler slipping in off-color jokes and Josh running the gamut of reactions.Super Mario Sunshine Versus (a.k.a., "Project Stingray") was the first in this series of races, hosted on Tyler's channel before the Versus channel was created. Tyler's channel later hosted a new Versus series, wherein he raced Donnabellez through Super Mario Galaxy, and on Josh's channel, he hosted Luigi's Mansion Versus, which he confirmed via Twitter.Finally, on February 2, 2013, Tyler and Josh announced their own channel and an official name for their collective versus, "Project Rivals". With this new channel, they also announced its first versus, Super Mario 64. Now on this channel, Josh, Tyler, and sometimes a different player will compete to see who can complete games faster, with multiple races going on at once, and the occasional one-off versus for a shorter, quicker game. And the games began.Viewers are sometimes invited to play along and post their experience on YouTube. For both the two players and the viewers, segments had to be no longer than a half hour. However, for a few episodes, they went over by a few minutes, and they allowed their viewers to go over as well. The guideline or even existence of community interaction varies with each race.They also have a website that was eventually abandoned. Here's a link to it.Not to be confused with Achievement Hunter's Let's Play series of the same name (which is officially spelled VS), or the film Versus.Welcome to Versus.
The various Versus LPs contain examples of the following tropes:
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Main Versus (Tyler vs. Josh)
- Super Mario Sunshine - Winner: Josh
- Luigi's Mansion - Winner: Josh
- Super Mario 64 - Winner: Josh
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Winner: Tyler
- Banjo-Kazooie - Winner: Josh
- New Super Luigi U - Winner: Tyler
- Super Mario Sunshine Rematch - Winner: Josh
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Winner: Tyler
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Winner: Josh
- Splatoon - Winner: Tyler
- Crash Bandicoot (1996) - Winner: Josh
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD - Ongoing
- Super Smash Bros. Melee - Overall Winner: Tyler
- Break the Targets - Winner: Tyler
- Event Mode - Winner: Tyler (but declared a draw)
- Classic Mode - Winner: Tyler (but victory given to Josh)
- Adventure Mode - Winner: Josh
- All-Star Mode - Winner: Josh
- Limbo - Winner: Tyler
- I Am Bread - Winner: Tie, victory given to Josh
- Portal - Winner: Josh
- Donkey Kong Country - Winner: Tyler
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Ongoing
- Book One - Winner: Josh
- Super Mario Galaxy (Tyler vs. Donnabellez) - Winner: Donna
- Sonic Adventure 2 (Tyler vs. Lucahjin) - Winner: Tyler
- Mega Man (Tyler vs. NintendoCapriSun) - Winner: Tim
- Pokémon FireRed Version 3-way race (Tyler vs. Josh vs. Gameboy Luke)
- 1st place: Luke
- 2nd place: Tyler
- Super Mario 64 4-way race (Tyler vs. Josh vs. NintendoCapriSun vs. ProtonJon)
- 1st place: Tim
- 2nd place: Jon
- 3rd place: Tyler
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl: The Subspace Emissary 2-on-2 race (Tyler and Squillistipated vs. Josh and Brutalmoose) - Winners: Tyler and Squill
- Surgeon Simulator 2013 - Winner: Josh (but declared a draw)
- Super Monkey Ball - Winner: Tyler
- Dig Dug - Winner: Tyler
- Donkey Kong - Winner: Josh
- Flappy Bird - Winner: Josh (albeit staged)
- Mario Kart 8 (with Octopimp and Chad Quandt) Winner: Josh
- Shape Up - Winner: Josh
- Super Monkey Ball 2 - Winner: Josh
- I Wanna Be the Guy - Winner: Tyler
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest (twenty-four hour charity livestream) - Winner: Josh
- Cat Mario - Winner: Tyler
- Pacman - Winner: Tyler
- Galaga - Winner: Tyler
- Super Mario Galaxy - Winner: Josh
- Donkey Kong Country (Josh vs. StephenPlays) - Winner: Stephen
- Super Mario Sunshine - Winner: Josh
- Donkey Kong Country Returns (Josh vs. StephenPlays) - Winner: Stephen
- Super Meat Boy round 1 - Winner: Josh
- Super Mario World - Winner: Josh
- Super Meat Boy round 2 - Winner: Tyler
- Super Mario 64 round 1 - Winner: Tyler
- Super Mario 64 round 2 - Winner: Tyler
- Super Mario 64 round 3 - Winner: Josh
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Josh and Tyler can occasionally have one of these moments, although they're usually subverted a moment later. Case in point:Josh: You're better at this game than I am. I will admit that.Tyler: Aw, thank you. That is the nicest thing you've ever said to me.Josh: You're welcome.Tyler: Even my vagina's crying.Josh: ...I hate you.
- Brick Joke: In Super Mario Galaxy and Luigi's Mansion Versus, Tyler makes several references to Slenderman and caps off Josh's Heroic B.S.O.D. game over by making his screen go to static. A few weeks earlier he had played Slender on his main channel, and had apparently really gotten into The Slender Man Mythos during that time.
- Catch-Phrase: Tyler says "Oh my goodness gracious" and "Gosh" often.
- Any use of the Atomic F-Bomb.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Josh's signature color is green (Luigi's Mansion, Ocarina of Time, New Super Luigi U), and Tyler's is orange (Mario Galaxy, Ocarina of Time, New Super Luigi U). Though Tyler did have purple in Luigi's Mansion, which was Donna's color in Mario Galaxy.
- Cool Big Bro: Jepson sometimes acts like one even though they're only months apart.
- Crossover: Primarily between JoshJepson and Tyler Sederwall. But there's also ones between Tyler and Donnabellez, Tyler and Lucahjin, Tyler and NintendoCapriSun, Josh and Stephen Plays, and Josh and The Completionist.
- Didn't Think This Through: Often enough, Tyler and Josh realize flaws within their rules in mid-versus, so they have to adjust them on the fly.
- Down to the Last Play: Ends up happening frequently, Tyler and Josh will be tied or at least one player will be breathing down the other's neck when the finale begins. It's happened so many times, they've had to address that the series is, in fact, not staged.
- Evasive Fight-Thread Episode: Double-subverted. Ties in with the above trope. Throughout most versus, one player has the edge over the other by a noticeable margin, but by the home stretch, they get close enough that either one of them can win in the end.
- Verbal Tic: Josh says "Let's be honest" a LOT. Tyler is somewhat guilty of this as well.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Josh and Tyler constantly insult each other and express hope that the other fails to help them win, but its obvious neither of them are taking any of the barbs seriously, and when the conversation wanders to miscellaneous topics away from the current contest they sound just like two best friends having a chat.
Super Mario Sunshine Versus
- Accidental Misnaming: In episode 5 part 2, Josh mentions how a lot of people on his comments call him "John". Of course Tyler starts calling him that as well.
- A God Am I: Josh jokingly states that he and Tyler are gods for finishing a 100% file each in 22 videos without being able to practice or start over.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: The Throbbing Masses.
- Ass Shove: In Tyler's story, Josh puts dandelions there.
- Atomic F-Bomb: Josh lets one out in episode 4 when, after getting all 8 red coins in the Blooper Surfing Safari, he jumps past the shine and hits a log, killing him instantly.
- Bad Liar:
- Josh claims Tyler is this and he can easily tell when the latter is lying. Subverted, as Tyler is frequently able to trick Josh into believing he is at a bigger disadvantage than he really is.
- They both sometimes invoke this by claiming something, followed by "Or I might be lying".
- Berserk Button: He laughed at first, but Josh seemed to really not appreciate Tyler joking about his grandma. He also wasn't happy with Tyler claiming that he [Josh] had an incestuous relationship with his little brother.
- Big "NO!": Tyler lets one out whenever he has an Epic Fail.
- Big "YES!": Like in his own videos, Josh repeats one of these whenever he feels truly accomplished.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Frequently.
- Brick Joke: In one episode, Tyler deduces that there is Pianta porn somewhere online. In a different episode, he starts going on an angry rant and mentions it again. See Despair Event Horizon below.
- Broke the Rating Scale: In the finale, Josh does this after depositing all of the Blue Coins. He gets so many Shines from this that the Shine Counter fizzles and sparks before breaking off.
- Call-Back: It's not uncommon for Tyler to make a reference to a Running Gag from a previous video.
- Camp Straight: Tyler.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Tyler especially, but both qualify depending on the situation.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Even ignoring all the swear words, just count every time that Tyler says "vagina" or "boner". Though Josh also does his share.
- Corner of Woe: Josh says he's going into one to cry when Tyler reveals that his next versus will have nothing to do with Josh.
- Country Matters
- Covered in Gunge: A variant in the Loser Challenge. Tyler is covered in several beverages relating to the stages of the game, then drinks a mixture of them.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They both have their moments of awesome, despite their usual failures.
- Despair Event Horizon: Tyler parodies this when he starts having excessive amounts of trouble in a certain level. Doubles as a Call-Back to two previous jokes."I hate this project! I hate you! I hate Piantas! I hate their porn! I hate Vagisil! I hate Jesus Grandma! I hate... eating old men!"
- Department of Redundancy Department: Josh calls Tyler out on a case of Redundant Acronym Syndrome when Tyler refers to Donnabellez as "my BFF forever".
- Dissonant Serenity: During the middle of Tyler going through the losers' punishment, the background music suddenly changes from a techno mix to the peaceful Ordon Village theme.
- Distant Finale: Some regular videos suffered from Schedule Slip, though the finale was on schedule. The ending video meant to wrap up loose ends on the project as a whole, however, came out after a few months.
- Dork Horse Candidate: One camp of fans is on "Team Chuggaaconroy", thinking he will win, despite not being involved in the race at all.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Tyler tells what he believes to be a funny story to Josh about these dogs attacking another dog, with the one dog making a screeching noise (which Tyler could imitate). Instead of laughing, Josh was horrified.
- See also Berserk Button (specifically the incest joke).
- El Spanish "-o": Tyler decides that the Spanish version of one-hundred is "El One-Hundred O".
- Epic Fail: At least one per episode.
- Evasive Fight-Thread Episode: While each episode ends with one ahead of the other, they're always pretty close and the situation can turn around within minutes of a single episode.
- Even when one of them won in the end, it was close.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In one episode, the commentary had to be muted for a few moments due to content. Given what the two talk about on a regular basis, that's saying something.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Having the game's audio play for both players instead of whichever one is in the lead.
- Foregone Conclusion: Josh was ahead by a lot in the penultimate episode, so it wasn't really much of a surprise when he won, though it was pretty close.
- Genre Popularizer: Of the Splitscreen versus genre subtype of Let's Play, which were present already but really started springing up after the project finished.
- HAHAHA–No: Josh does this a couple of times during their game of 20 Questions.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- Tyler has a short one when he thinks he's trapped himself in an inescapable part of the level after going there before getting all of the red coins, thinking he did.
- Josh also has a short one when he glitches and ends up below the level. He has an even bigger one much earlier, when he loses the bananas Mario was supposed to deliver, on the inside of a vat.
- Hotter and Sexier: What Josh's sentences are once he changes a word when playing the 'Bop' game.
- Hypocritical Humor: Tyler calls Josh out on cursing once or twice.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Josh apparently eats old men.Josh: Why did I say that?!
- Immodest Orgasm: Tyler tries to make this kind of sound on occasion. Josh usually tells him to stop.
- Lame Comeback: Josh decides to call Tyler "Toucan Sam" because of his username. The best Tyler can come up with in response is "Well, you're Josh... Junk...son."
- Large Ham: Both of them.
- Last Lousy Point: In Episode 18, Tyler collects all 100 Coins in Pianta Village... and then jumps over the Shine and falls off the level.
- Man Child: Tyler.
- Memetic Molester: In-Universe, Josh's feelings toward Tyler Perry.
- Mind Screw: Episode 19 is this for both Josh and Tyler, thanks to each other.
- Musical Episode: Episode 17 was apparently going to be this, but they ended up not going with that.
- N-Word Privileges: Subverted. During their alphabet playing episode, Josh had the letter N. After thinking of it for a bit, Josh says "I can't say my N-word". This is brought up and referenced again in the ending video.
- Oh, Crap!: They commonly do this right before screwing something up, or realizing they screwed it up.
- Once an Episode: Josh tells Tyler at one point that it seems like every episode starts with the latter making a reference to vaginas.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: First zig-zagged with Tyler; Josh would call him by his real name, but he would refer to himself by his username. Now he calls himself Tyler on his channel and Versus.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Both of them are usually cheerful and upbeat, only occasionally faking being angry or upset for laughs. However:
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tyler and Josh, respectively. Sometimes Josh will also go red, but you can count on Tyler never being blue.
- Well, that depends on what kind of "being blue" we're talking about. I'm trying to say that he's vulgar.
- Rule 34: Tyler squicks himself out when he realizes that this applies to Piantas.
- Running Gag:
- Tyler asking Josh if he wants any Vagisil.
- The "bop" game.
- "This shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S", with the letters that are spelled out changing every time.
- Sadist ShowJosh: That's why you guys are watching this, not to race, not to see who wins, it's to see us fail.Tyler: To see us cry.Josh: Yeah. It's to see us in pain, on the floor, in the fetal position. That's what we do best at Super Mario Sunshine Versus.Tyler: Super Mario Sunshine Versus: Brought to you by pain.
- Shaped Like Itself: Josh and Tyler play a game where they make a sentence and take turns adding a word, and then they ended up making:
- Shout-Out: JoshJepson makes one to Electrical Beast, thinking that the latter knew that Shine Sprites had power over time.
- Sir Swearsalot: Josh is a straight example. Tyler is an exaggerated example.
- Smurfing: Chuggaaconroy and Lucahjin have both of their user names used as swear words at different points.
- Straight Man: Josh is the more normal of the two.
- Tempting Fate: A rare example where it turned out good for the person speaking: Josh says in the first episode not to "be on his team" since he fails so much. He ends up winning the series.
- Toilet Humor: It was gonna happen sooner or later. Tyler tells a (fictional) story about Josh putting dandelions up his butt because he didn't wipe.
- Also, Tyler's 'Take a Dump in a Vagina' song.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The thumbnail for the last part shows a screen from after the winner has already finished. It shows a shot of Josh in the ending FMV next to Tyler playing Corona Mountain. Subverted when the thumbnails were changed to their current form.
- Trainwreck Episode: In Episode 3, Josh's internet connection dies momentarily, and then both of their parents each separately interrupt them.
- The first take of Episode 12 was ruined by Tyler's mom coming into his room and telling him to mow the lawn immediately. Not in five minutes, now.
- Wild Mass Guessing: Tyler jokes that ProtonJon rarely updates because he has a serious STD.
- Your Mom: Verbatim, one of the rankings of complaining that Josh achieves on Tyler's Complaint Counter for Josh.
Super Mario Galaxy Versus
- Aborted Arc: They never finished their "Never Have I Ever" game in episode 15.
- Subverted, as it gets continued in the next episode (which, to be fair, was released weeks later).
- Added Alliterative Appeal: The lifelines Level Leaver and Comet Confusion. Also Bellezbitches under Alliterative Name below.
- In episode 21, on facing his greatest challenge of Rolling Gizmo Galaxy again, Tyler gives alliterative Unusual Dysphemism names to each part of the level ("the Bridge of Blasphemy", "the Rails of Rampage", etc.)
- Alliterative Name: Bellezbitches (Team Donnabellez).
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Tyler's still here, but now he's going against Donnabellez, with JoshJepson nowhere to be found. Aside from Team JoshJepson still being around.
- Angrish: Tyler's reduced to this when he has to leave the level while fighting Bouldergeist.
- Anti-Humor: Tyler goes on a round of this in Episode 13, which also includes a Laugh Track.
- Ass Shove: Tyler's excuse for the hiatus between episode 15 and 16 is that he went bowling and decided it would be a good idea to try and use a bowling ball as a dildo, so he had to spend three weeks in the hospital.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In episode 7, Tyler asks Donna which is scarier, Slenderman or anal sex, then decides to add the third option of "getting anal sex from Slenderman".
- Broke the Rating Scale: In episode 9, Donna gets so far ahead of Tyler that this happens to the star tracker. Sadly, the Star Counter doesn't fizzle and drop off this time; it just stays stuck at a 5-star lead for Donna, even though she actually has a 6-star lead. They then mention the trope by name in episode 10.
- The Cameo: Subverted in Episode 9, in which Donna's fiancé is watching her record the episode, but doesn't say a single word throughout the entire thing.
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Content Warnings
- Continuity Nod: The intro features a dubstep song with various shots of the Super Mario Galaxy cutscenes, just like the Super Mario Sunshine Versus intro (except with Sunshine instead of Galaxy).
- Once again, the Shag/Fuck, Marry, or Kill game is played, this time between Tyler and Donna.
- In the final video, Tyler proposes to Donna, who refuses as she wants to save herself for Lucahjin.
- Cool Old Lady: Both LP'ers opinions of their grandmothers, as seen in episode 6.
- Country Matters: Right there in the first episode. Donna doesn't have a problem with it and claims that it really isn't offensive at all once you know the history of the word .
- Dance Sensation: "Do the Nipple T-rex!" from episode 2.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: She doesn't call attention to it, but you can see Donna struggling with this in episode 14 when Wiiversed.
- Disco Dan: Mild version. Sunshine Versus ended. Not for some people on Team JoshJepson, it hasn't, though. See Dork Horse Candidate.
- And Donna insists on referring to stars as "shines", much to Tyler's irritation.
- Distaff Counterpart: Tyler creates "The Runaway Girls" — Josh Jepson, Lucahjin, and Donnabellez. Surprisingly enough, if Josh really were a girl, there could be some comparisons drawn between them and The Runaway Guys.
- Dork Horse Candidate: Team Chuggaaconroy is back, and this time there's also Team NintendoCapriSun, Team Lucahjin, and the continued existence of Team JoshJepson.
- Double Take: End of episode 8:Tyler: I've been AttackingTucans!Donna: And I've been AttackingTucans!
- Everything Is Racist: Joked about in episode 10, in which they decide that even words like "son" and "girl" have now become racially charged due to Political Correctness Gone Mad.
- Fan Community Nickname: In-Universe. Unlike the Exactly What It Says on the Tin team names for the fanbase, the players declare that people who are rooting for Tyler are "The Tuclan" and people supporting Donnabellez are "Bellezbitches".
- Tyler comes up with a nickname of his own, which Donna does not like. See Never Say That Again below.
- Fan Nickname: In-Universe, Donna refers to Cosmic Mario as "Toothpaste Mario".
- Gag Boobs: Tyler claims he has them. And that they are racist.
- Got Me Doing It: In Episode 7, Tyler starts calling Stars "Shines", having picked up the habit from Donna, annoying him to no end.
- And at the end of episode 8, he refers to the game they're playing as Super Mario Sunshine, which Donna claims in episode 9 is more evidence that she's rubbing off on him.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: After episode 10 begins with the sound of Donna drinking (water), Tyler constantly claims she's one of these for the rest of the episode.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: In episode 2, when Rosalina gives the "Your name is Mario, isn't it?" line, they both decide to say 'no' and come up with unique names for their respective Marios: Tyler's is "Felupe" and Donna's is "Juan José".
- Hypocritical Humor: Tyler tries to impersonate Donnabellez, but loses it when she does the same back.
- And the entirety of episode 10, aka "The Racist Episode".
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Toad-ally.
- Interface Screw: One of the lifelines (see Troll below) is to force the other player to swap which hand is holding either the Wii-Remote or Nunchuk. They call it "Wiiverse".
- In the Style of...: Starting in episode 4, they play a game where one of them chooses a song for the other to sing and an inappropriate style in which to sing it. This leads to, among other things...
- Kaizo Trap: Donna suffers one when she completes the surfing game in part 2 by crashing into the gate, causing the "GOAL" text to appear, but then she falls off and dies, causing her to restart, even though she clearly completed it.
- Laughing Mad: Tyler in episode 13.
- Mondegreen: Tyler seems to think Donna's name for Mario (Juan José) is "One Horseh".
- In episode 8, "Donna's fiancé" becomes "Donna's Beyoncé".
- Never Say That Again: Donna's response when, while talking about walking on balls in Space Junk Galaxy in episode 3, Tyler calls her "Donnaballz".
- Nonindicative Name: Discussed in episode 6, when they talk about how none of their fans from countries other than the USA have heard of International House of Pancakes (IHOP), and set their viewers a challenge to find out if there are any outside the US. There are, but only in Canada, Mexico and Guatemala.
- Orphaned Punchline: Parodied in the beginning of Episode 7.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: "Booble" in episode 15 (also Inherently Funny Words).
- Episode 23 gives us the number "a billionty" and "Velassoraptor", which Tyler claims is a "a Velociraptor made of molasses".
- Scare 'em Straight: Tyler shares his experience with this in episode 11.
- The Scream: Tyler's reaction to Donna finishing the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy on her first try, after he failed many times in the previous episode.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Forcefully placed on one racer by the other, as one of the lifelines. note
Tyler: THIS LEVEL IS A FUCKING SLUT!!! FUCKING SLUAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! *his door is heard slamming*
- Tyler pulls one at the end of episode 17, after failing one time too many in the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy. Subverted as he comes back and sheepishly asks if (the now signed-off) Donna's mad at him for bailing, implying it was a fake Rage Quit.
- Sequelitis: In-Universe, both Tyler and Donna criticize Super Mario Galaxy 2, believing that it's rather stale compared to the first.
- Serial Escalation: Last time, there was only one Dork Horse Candidate; this time, as seen in episode 2, at least four Let's Players not actually involved in the race in any way got team votes.
Donna: Hey, everybody! This is Donnabellez and guess what? STARBIT BLOWOUT!
- The intro to episode 14,
- Shaped Like Itself: Donnabellez claims her chest is as exquisite as itself.
- In episode 8, Tyler says "there's the Bowser fight, where you fight Bowser".
- Ship Sinking: In Episode 5, they both mention that Donna has a fiancé, so people should not be shipping her and Tyler.
- Shout-Out: In episode 10, Donna compares the black holes to the Eye of Sauron.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Depending on who's in the lead and what levels they're in, this can happen if you look at the screen of whoever has their audio not playing. For example, while Tyler is fighting King Kaliente in episode 11, Donna is in Toy Time Galaxy, which has very cheerful music. It's hard to watch Tyler's screen with that music playing and not crack up.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In episode 6, Donna mistakenly refers to Roald Dahl as "Ronald Dahl". Interestingly, according to one of Dahl's books, when he was in the army, they always misspelled his name as that on forms, too.
- Stay in the Kitchen: They joke about this when they both unlock the kitchen dome in Episode 4.
- Stealth Pun: The series is started on June 9th. In other words, 6/9. Tyler points this out in the description of his upload of the trailer.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: In episode 2, both of them seem to think the Count from Sesame Street is actually Count Dracula.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Tyler asks Donna how many Star Bits the first Hungry Luma needs, guessing 50, since he can't imagine it'd be 100. Donna (who has just paid said Luma with 100 Star Bits) agrees, asking why would he want 100?
- Tyler does not watch iCarly.
- Tempting Fate: In episode 18, Tyler mentions that if Donna finishes Rolling Gizmo Galaxy on her first try, they would no longer be friends. No points for guessing what happened.
- Troll: The lifeline system allows Tyler or Donna to do the following tricks to each other (two times per trick throughout the race):
- Assisted Suicide: Force the other player to have Mario lose a life on the spot.
- Wiiverse: Make the other player put the Wii-Mote and Nunchuk into their opposite hands.
- Starbit Blowout: Force the other player to waste 250 star bits.
- Level Leaver: Force the other player to exit the current level and start over.
- Comet Confusion: Have the other player talk to the Purple Luma and switch around the Prankster Comet positions.
- Wham Line: Tyler to Donna in episode 5 when she has 699 Star Bits:Tyler: Starbit Blowout! TIMES TWO!
Tyler: Never have I ever swallowed somebody's cum before.
- Not so much the line itself, but the Stunned Silence that follows.
- Wondrous Ladies Room: Inverted — Donna has a similar romanticised view of urinals, and Tyler has to explain that they really aren't that glamorous.
Luigi's Mansion Versus
- A Good Name For a Photography Club: Totally Touched.
- And That's Terrible:Josh: I'm being hugged to death! This is a problem!
- Atomic F-Bomb: Episode 4, when Tyler misses gold rank on Orville the Portrait Ghost by 2 hp.
- Big "NO!": When Josh loses all HP in episode 5.
- Blatant Lies: Tyler telling Josh that the Golden Mouse in Madame Clairvoya's room has only a 20% chance of spawning randomly, when actually you're supposed to force it to appear by examining a piece of cheese. Josh believes it.
- Book Ends: The first episode has Tyler's game stop for a few seconds because his disc can't be read. This happens again after he beats the final boss.
- Buffy Speak: In Episode 1, "You have selective...stupid...ness"
- Call-Back: "My bananas!" and the Throbbing Masses.
- And this reaction to one of Tyler's jokes:
- Fan Nickname: In-Universe, Tyler refers to the Anteroom as the "Anteater Room" and Professor E. Gadd as "Professor E. Gonad".
- Fake Band: The Throbbing Masses ascend to this, with their new hit single "Scooby-Doo", and Josh dramatically leaving the band due to Creative Differences (despite Tyler protesting that they can't be the Throbbing Masses without "the throbbingest of the masses").
- Foreshadowing: In Episode 3 of Galaxy Versus, Tyler mentioned that prior to the recording, he'd been playing Luigi's Mansion. The following day, JoshJepson announced on Twitter that he would be starting a Luigi's Mansion Versus on his channel with Tyler.
- Foregone Conclusion: Subverted. Josh loses progress in Episode 5, but by the end of Episode 6, they're more or less neck and neck again.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Josh dies in part 5, he literally does nothing for the rest of the video.
- Hostile Show Take Over: Tyler tries this in the fifth video after Josh stops playing.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: After releasing the Boos, "I'm drunk on booze/Boos!"
- Insistent Terminology: Tyler referring to the anteroom as the "anteater room".
- He also refers to the Trashcan Ghosts as "gorilla ghosts", apparently just because they throw banana skins at you.
- Insane Troll Logic: When Josh mentioned he thought The Haunted Mansion was a bad movie, Tyler claimed he thought it was bad because he doesn't like Black actors. Josh reverses this by calling out Tyler for confusing Eddie Murphy with Will Smith because they look the same to him.
- Oh, Crap!: Josh comes out of first person view at one point to realize that not only is he surrounded by ghosts, but also has 1 hit point left.
- Older Than They Look: An odd case with E. Gadd. Tyler thought he was a baby at first, and Josh agrees that he looks like a baby, though only until you see his elderly face.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Josh combines this with a Big "NO!" upon dying in Episode 5.
- Serious Business: "WHERE'D THE TABLE-BONER GO?!"
- Spoonerism: As a joke, they decide to introduce one episode by introducing themselves by the other's name. This quickly breaks down when Tyler says "And I'm Jesh...Jop...son."
- Stylistic Suck: Episode 5's overall video quality decreases after Josh dies.
- Take That!: Josh calls out iCarly.
- Violation of Common Sense: Tyler decides to vacuum his room. While recording. He really does it, too.
- Wham Episode: Episode 5, where Josh dies in-game, causing his screen to become filled with static with no clue as to his fate... Tyler assumes he has been killed by the Slenderman.
Super Mario 64 Versus
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe. In episode 10, Tyler suggests that the reason why Link never talks is that he's autistic.
- Boring, but Practical: The Finale has them both agreeing that the 100-coin Stars were this. While both frustrating and time-consuming, Josh and Tyler both agree that the series would have been a lot more one-sided without them.
- Broke the Rating Scale: Josh in Part 9, and Tyler in Part 11.
- Call-Back: In the intro of Episode 1, Josh asks Tyler if "his boobs are ready".
- Catchphrase: Josh keeps insisting that "I'm good at this game!"
- This is inverted to "I'm terrible at this game!" in episode 5 when Josh fails repeatedly at two Hundred-Coin stars.
- Also in episode 5, Josh claims that a catchphrase of Tyler's in real life is to insist "That's because we're the same person!" whenever any point of even vague similarity between him and Josh comes up.
- Cuteness Proximity: In episode 1, Tyler does this to a Chain-Chomp.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "This stupid platform is stupid!"
- Dissimile: In episode 1, when talking about how excited they are about the new Versus channel, Tyler says he's as excited as 'Mitt Romney...the version of him that managed to win the presidential election'.
- Epic Fail: To quote Tyler on Josh dying in the first level: "WHO dies at Bob-Omb Battlefield!?"
- Hypocritical Humor: Tyler mocks Josh for having trouble in Bob-omb Battlefield after talking about how he and his dad were unable to beat the level when he was a child.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first episode of the Versus begins with both of them randomly making Crosses the Line Twice insulting comments about Princess Peach.
- Fan Community Nickname: In-universe. "The Tuclan" returns for Tyler supporters, and Josh supporters are now called "the Jepsquad".
- In episode 7, a mispronunciation by Tyler leads to him suggesting that fans of the Versus series in general should be called "farns".
- First World Problems: In the finale, Tyler sarcastically paints himself in this light.Tyler: But what if I die four times? Then I have to walk all the way back up here.Josh: Oh, poor you!Tyler: I know. My life is so hard. Shut up, Anne Frank, your life is not as hard as mine!
- Hypocritical Humor: In episode 5, Tyler tells the fans to Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter for always complaining that he doesn't lampshade it when he gets 69 of something in-game.
- Imagined Innuendo: In episode 7, Tyler complains that when you're an adult, every adjective is spoiled by a sexual connotation. Josh initially tells him to Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter, but after a few examples starts agreeing with him.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In episode 7, Tyler's pronunciation of 'nominee' degrading to 'nom-on-my-knee' leads to him threatening to eat Josh's knees.
- Later in episode 8, Tyler claims Josh doesn't care about starving African children because he wouldn't let a Spindrift enemy eat him.
- Insane Troll Logic: Tyler claiming that if two things have anything in common, they're the same. For instance, in episode 7 saying that Josh and Nicki Minaj are the same person because they used the same insult, and then adding that Josh and George W. Bush are also the same person because they're both men.
- Lame Comeback: In episode 8:Tyler: I feel like you're being a negative Nancy right now.Josh: Well I think you're being a negative...face...hole...
- Late to the Punchline: Tyler doesn't get that Josh's nickname "Cute-Ness Monster" for the sea monster is a pun on "Loch Ness Monster" until he explains it.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Not a name, but the same idea; the intro to episode 7 has Tyler refer to the viewers as 'watermelon and cheese balls', which he claims was him randomly putting together the name of a fruit and something he had in his room.
- Malaproper: Tyler, as usual; he comes up with the particularly awesome one "Cyber-Toothed Tiger" in episode 10.
- Both Josh and Tyler consistently pronounce the word "Bob-Omb" as "Bomb-Omb".
- Meaningful Name: Discussed in episode 5, when Tyler says that his name means he's the descendant of someone who lays tiles, and in fact his father does lay tiles as part of his job in real life.
- Most Annoying Sound: In episode 1, Josh claims this of Tyler Wangsting "The butt-on!" in a high-pitched voice after he forgot to hit the red switch at the end of the Wing Cap level.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: Josh and Tyler argue about whether "Untheoretical" is one in episode 6.
- Rube Goldberg Machine: In episode 7, they suggest the idea of a "Rude Goldberg Device", an unnecessarily complicated way of being rude to someone.
- Shout-Out: Tyler starts singing "Witch Doctor" when he catches the monkey at the end of episode 9.
- Simpleton Voice: Both of them do one in episode 9 when mockingly imitating the teenage Call of Duty fan YouTube troll stereotype.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: In episode 6, after Tyler talks about Veggietales for a while, Josh says he has an idea for an innuendo but won't say it, and Tyler immediately guesses what it was.
- Tempting Fate: In episode 3, Josh says he has a very strong feeling that Tyler will fail a lot in the first Bowser level. Guess who gets a Game Over.
- Tomato Surprise: Parodied in episode 5, when Tyler sings the Barney theme song, Josh suggests he must be an 'avid fan', only for Tyler to claim he IS Barney.
- Trainwreck Episode: Episode 5, in which both Josh and Tyler fail repeatedly at different levels.
- The Unpronounceable: In episode 7, Tyler keeps mispronouncing 'nominee' as 'nominamee'. Ironically, when Josh tries to mock him for this, Josh then finds he can't pronounce Tyler's mispronunciation.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: In episode 1, Tyler talks about an acquaintance who tried to invoke this trope just by ending every sentence with "...bitch" as a Verbal Tic... bitch.
- You Make Me Sic: The Versus was allegedly inspired by a comment on Josh's channel asking him to do another Versus with "atting tunens". The two of them lampshade this, and then "Team Atting Tunens" becomes the obligatory Dork Horse Candidate when commenters vote for the teams, taking 10% of the vote.
- A commenter then actually made an "Atting Tunens" channel, with a note telling Tyler that if he wanted the channel for himself, to message him...except he intentionally misspelled 'message' as 'massage'.
Ocarina of Time Versus
- The Abridged Series: At the start of each video, there are parody segments summing up the plot of the game in between the dungeons that are done in this style.
- Now, an entire video for it, here.
- Accidental Public Confession: In the finale, Josh says that he loved playing the N64 Rugrats game as a kid. Tyler agrees and says he did the same. Josh reveals he was joking. Tyler reveals he wasn't.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Josh's reaction to Tyler theorising that Ganon's Tower was designed by the Extreme Home Makeover team.
- Aluminium Christmas Trees: Tyler is shocked to discover that Octopussy is an actual, non-parody James Bond movie.
- Anything That Moves: Navi's portrayed as interested in Darunia, Zelda, and the Great Deku Tree in the abridged scenes.
- Atomic F-Bomb: Josh's reaction when he reaches the boss door in the Spirit Temple and realizes he has forgotten to get the Big Key.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Kaepora Gaebora in the intro to episode 4 part 2.
- Berserk Button: Tyler goes into a rage whenever someone suggests Josh lost on purpose.
- Blatant Lies: Both of the players engage in this, leading to Mind Screw situations where they are both lying to each other about their in-game location, and have to figure out whether the other is telling the truth or not.Josh: Tyler, you have to trust me. You know why?Tyler: Why?Josh: (clearly unable to keep a straight face) Because I always tell the truth.
- Book Ends: The first and last episodes are both decided by a matter of seconds in Tyler's favor.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The Sages forming the bridge in the finale's opening recap.Saria: Forest!
Rauru: And light!
- Brick Joke: In the Jabu-Jabu episode, Kaepora Gaebora (voiced by Tyler) randomly announcing that he's an owl.
- Captain Obvious: Much to Tyler's annoyance, Kaepora Gaebora loves interrupting to inform everyone that he is, in fact, an owl.
- Corpsing: Josh very clearly could not keep a straight face when recording a certain line for the finale's intro.
- Crack Pairing: Tyler suggests Zelda should marry the Deku Tree due to them both being sources of annoying exposition in the early part of the game.
- Dropping the Bombshell: A rather strange instance at the end of episode 6, after which Josh ends the video, signifying that he had won, without Tyler knowing that he was almost done. Tyler has what is probably the biggest period of silence of his entire life afterwards.
- El Spanish "-o":
- Discussed in episode 1.
- In the finale, Tyler can't remember what the Spanish for 'purple' is, and decides it's "El Barney-o".
- First World Problems: When Josh is bemoaning his loss in the finale episode, Tyler sarcastically responds with this Call-Back to the Super Mario 64 Versus:"Shut up, Anne Frank! Your life is not as hard as Josh's! Shut up, Africans, starving in Africa! Your life is not as hard as Josh's!"
- For Want of a Nail: In the finale, Josh points out that he would have won the episode (and the Versus) had he not fallen off a platform near the beginning and wasted precious seconds.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: Used by Josh on Tyler in episode 5 part 2.
- Furry Fandom: They speak about it in Episode 9 (Part 1), where they guess it's more a fetish and about the porn, stating "whatever floats your boat". Thus came an influx of comments stating that they are furries and that it's not all about the porn, instead it being more about liking the characters and simply having fun.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Josh, after his horrible loss at the Spirit Temple.
- Hope Spot: The finale has Josh fall behind early on but regain hope as he catches up later. Sadly for him, it's not enough.
- Hulk Speak: The Gorons are depicted talking this way.
- Hypocritical Humor: In the Finale episode, Josh references the "I'm an owl" joke, only for Tyler to tell him that the joke has been run into the ground. This statement is immediately followed by Tyler editing in the owl clip, multiple times.
- I Am the Trope: In episode 9 part 1, Tyler claims "I am history".
- Incredibly Lame Fun: In episode 9 part 2, Tyler and Josh claim that they spend all their time talking about lamps.
- Insane Troll Logic: As before, Tyler claims that if two people have anything in common, they're the same, and claims that Josh is Hitler because they both have facial hair.
- Interface Spoiler:
- Discussed in part 2 of episode 7. In response to comments saying that it is easy to tell the winner early in an episode just by watching the progress bar, Tyler explains that the bar doesn't actually move at a consistent speed, but moves up a bit whenever the player reaches one of 15 predetermined checkpoints.
- Subverted in Part 15, the second minigame episode. Five minigames were shown, so it was assumed that they tied and needed a tiebreaker, right? ...Wrong. Josh won three of them before the fifth minigame, but they went through with it for the hell of it.
- Interrupting Meme: "I'm an owl."
- Kill It with Fire: How Tyler deals with Kaepora Gaebora and Impa both interrupting him in episode 4.
- Lame Comeback: In the finale, after Tyler admits he listens to 'shitty music' and Josh says it was captured on the recording...Tyler: Well technically, I could edit it out!Josh: Well technically, you're a bitch!
- Laser-Guided Karma: In episode 9 part 2, Tyler jokes about himself being a bad person who kills babies, only to be immediately sucked into one of the vortices.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In episode 4 part 2, Tyler says Josh is not famous but infamous, "like Rebecca Black, Fred, and...Hitler".
- Madness Mantra: "CHICKEN CHICKEN CHICKEN CHICKEN!" in episode 4, by both of them. Lampshaded by Tyler:Tyler: ...This is gonna be us screaming 'CHICKEN!' over and over again.
- Mathematician's Answer: In episode 6:Josh: Where are you right now, in the world?Tyler: I'm in Missouri of the United States of America.
- Obligatory Joke: In Dodongo's Cavern, "I can't wait to bomb some Dodongos!"
- One True Pairing: Mentioned by name by Tyler in episode 4 when Zelda uses the phrase "But you already know that!" (close to Josh's catchphrase "...but you knew that already") and he says that he ships Josh with Zelda.
- Overused Running Gag: Deliberately attempted by Tyler with "My ballsack smells like Anju" in episode 6.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word:
- Josh comes up with "horrorful" in episode 5 part 2.
- Tyler creates "beautemous" in episode 9 part 2.
- Running Gag:
- Scrappy Mechanic: In-Universe.
- Both of them think this about the Bombchu Bowling minigame, especially its Luck-Based Mission aspects.
- In the finale, Tyler states that they played the fishing minigame offscreen, and he hated it.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: In episode 2, when Tyler uses the c-word. Rather unusual, as he uses it in other videos without censoring it.
- Speak in Unison:
- The Stinger: I'm an owl.
- Tastes Like Chicken: Discussed in episode 4.
- Tempting Fate: Josh gets hit by this multiple times.
Tyler: You kinda just screwed yourself.
- In Episode 4, he states that he hasn't missed any slingshot targets yet, and then immediately misses one. The same thing happens on his second set.
- He later gloats that he's about to sell the Bunny Hood and win the mask trading quest, and adds "Unless I fuck up. I don't know how I could fuck up, though." He then proceeds to fuck up by trying to do this during the day (it's only possible at night), and loses the episode.
- In Episode 15, he brags about how good he is at the Dampé race. He then immediately gets hit by one of Dampé's flames, and later goes the wrong way and loses the race. The former also happens to Tyler.
- That Came Out Wrong: In episode 7 part 1.Tyler: (About fire keese) Yeah, it'll kill your ass.Josh: No, it'll kill your ass, my ass is perfectly fine. I have a great ass.Tyler: *Snickers*(Beat)Tyler: *Laughs*
- Throw the Dog a Bone: This is the first main Versus that Tyler won.
- Too Soon: In-Universe, Josh claims this when Tyler references the Titanic in episode 9 part 1.
- Trauma Conga Line: The Spirit Temple is this for Josh, whose misfortunes include: accidentally prolonging the conversation with Nabooru, taking forever on the first Silver Rupee room, forgetting the Dungeon Map and one Gold Skulltula, neglecting to collect the Boss Key after making it appear, becoming lost as he tries to remember where the Boss Key is, and getting a Game Over on the boss. By the end, he doesn't even have the will to rage about it anymore.
- Unreliable Narrator: Both Josh, and later Tyler, exploit this trope even more so than usual, creating elaborate fake stories about what they're doing right now to fool the other into thinking they're less far ahead than they are.
- Valley Girl:
- The voice Tyler does for Princess Zelda.
- The opening to episode 9 part 1 had Josh summarizing the story and voicing the characters entirely in a valley girl voice.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ultimately subverted. The loser challenge video was heavily delayed, mostly because the footage they recorded for it was lost due to Tyler's laptop crashing. For a while it seemed that we'd never see it, but Josh eventually relented and agreed to re-record the loser challenge, and the video was uploaded on June 19, 2014—eleven months after the Versus ended.
Sonic Adventure 2 Versus
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe, in episode 9. Tyler points out that in Hero Story you play as Sonic and defeat Shadow in a battle, yet in Dark Story you do a Perspective Flip and beat Sonic, and wonders which one is canon. Lucah suggests that Sonic and Shadow are such egotists that they selectively remember themselves as always winning even if they don't, and further suggests they're both actually in a coma imagining it all.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: In episode 1:Tyler: For you guys who are new to this game - go away!
- Brick Joke: After saving himself for so long, Tyler finally asks Lucahjin to marry him. Unfortunately, Lucah has already promised herself to My Balls. Tyler is down for a bigamous relationship.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Episode 3, where Tyler beats Lucah in every level.
- She gets her revenge in Episode 8, where she wins every level and manages to catch up to Tyler after his lead in Hero Story.
- Which Tyler counters in Episode 10 by winning every level again and gaining a 4-point lead on her.
- Epic Fail:
- Tyler somehow manages to die in City Escape. Twice.
- In Metal Harbor, shortly after Lucah dies, Tyler does as well. The difference is that Tyler missed the checkpoint and has to start the level all over.
- Everyone Has Standards: Tyler thinks South Park's humour is too immature.
- Evil Is Cool: In-Universe, Lucah claims that she's better in Dark Story than Hero Story. This seems to hold up, as Lucah catches up to Tyler in two episodes of Dark Story.
- Fan Community Nickname: In-universe. "The Tuclan" returns for Tyler's supporters, and Lucahjin's supporters are called "Lucah Troopas".
- Godwin's Law: Brought up in episode 10, when Lucah accuses Hitler of having made the game. This in turn leads to Tyler suggesting You Cloned Hitler!.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 1.Lucah: Oh God, Omochao is like a redheaded stepchild. I hate him.Tyler: Aren't you a redheaded...stepchild? note
- Joke Exhaustion: During White Jungle in Episode 9, both of them try to come up with as many jungle-related songs to reference as they can.
- Oh, Crap!: Both Tyler and Lucah had some in episode 3 when Tails was about to die in Mission street.
- "Rashomon"-Style: Lucah suggests in episode 10 that the cutscenes should have been written this way to avoid being repetitive, since many of the same ones are shown in both Hero Story and Dark Story.
- Ripped from the Headlines: In episode 9, when a cutscene shows Rouge is on her own side, Tyler suggests she's 'part of the government'. Lucah retorts 'why would a bat be part of the government?' and Tyler claims that because of the ongoing government shutdown, they have to employ bats instead.
- Rule 34: Once again, Tyler wonders if this rule applies in this game, specifically to the Artificial Chaos enemies from the ARK stages.
- Running Gag:
- References to sardines.
- Tyler asking the fans to send some random item to Lucahjin, such as sardines, hemorrhoid cream, or pictures of Emma Stone. He's even started putting her PO box in the description of every video.
- The golden hashtag, where Lucah asks the fans to tweet things that Tyler says out of context.
- Lucah comparing herself to Dr Eggman, and fans sending in fanart of her dressed as him.
- Take a Third Option: When Lucah asks Tyler if he'd prefer to be on bottom or top, Tyler decides he wants to be 'in the middle'.
- Verbal Tic: Lucah has "actually".
- Aborted Arc: Starting in Episode 7, the HUD no longer tracks how many musical notes that each player has collected.
- Antidisestablishmentarianism: Brought up by Tyler in episode 9, but he just uses "disestablishmentarianism" (itself a word) instead.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: When Tyler loses, he comments that he's "the saddest bad dad of all".
- The Cameo: Averted. Josh tries to call his dad during episode 11, but he didn't pick up.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Tyler claims this of himself in episode 9 because he's a YouTuber who shares all his innermost secrets in his commentary.
- Couch Gag: Tyler tries to open each episode with a new, crazy way of referring to the viewers or telling them off. Josh finally lampshades it in Episode 12.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Both of them anticipate this, due to Josh's extreme love of the game. Averted; in something of a tortoise and hare situation, Tyler practices ahead while Josh doesn't, and the two wind up getting the 100th Jiggy within a minute of each other, making the Furnace of Fun and the final boss the deciding factors.
- First World Problems: Once again, Tyler brings this up as he faces difficulty with the game."Shut up, Indians on a Trail of Tears, your life is not as hard as mine!"
- Implausible Deniability: In episode 2 Tyler complains about Josh being Sir Swearsa Lot and says that he and Donnabellez played a Drinking Game at her house based on Josh swearing. Josh points out that Tyler and Donna are underage under U.S. licensing law. Tyler quickly claims that Donna now lives in Canada.
- Inherently Funny Words: In episode 9 Josh claims that any word becomes funny when it replaces part of the level name "Rusty Bucket Bay".
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Tyler manages to pronounce "personification" as "Persona-fication."
- Mathematician's Answer: In Mumbo's Mountain:Tyler: Is (this transformation) meant to be a termite or an ant?Josh: It's a termite. (beat) ...or an ant.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Parodied in episode 4, where Josh and Tyler tell the viewers to get out at the beginning, then spend most of the episode acting nicer to each other than usual, and they joke that this is how they act when nobody is watching.
- Mythology Gag: Josh pulls off a double-layered one when he starts referring to jiggies and notes as "stars and coins" - first calling back to Donnabellez also using terminology from the wrong game (shines instead of stars) and secondly calling back to his own solo LP of the Banjo games, where he could never remember the names of items and indulged in Rapid-Fire Name Guessing all the time.
- Nostalgia Filter: In-universe, Josh worries in episode 2 that this is the only reason he likes the game, but Tyler reassures him.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: In episode 2 they invent the Contradictionary, a dictionary whose definitions are all the opposite of the actual meaning.
- Running Gag: Josh changing the name of the level Rusty Bucket Bay every time he mentions it.
- That Came Out Wrong: In episode 7, Josh says that he's "caught between a rock and a hard Tyler" before quickly trying to backpedal.
- Two Gamers on a Couch: Unlike the previous Versus-es, Josh and Tyler are actually in the same room rather than using Skype for this one, for the first few episodes. Afterwards, it's back to normal.
- "X" Makes Anything Cool: In episode 6, Tyler says this is why he likes the word "sphinx".
Mega Man Versus
- Badass Boast: Tim gives one in Episode 2. Of course, being Tim, he's quick to retract it and apologize.Tyler: (losing badly) I practiced all day so I could beat you and now... and now this.Tim: Nobody beats me at this game. I should've warned ya!
- Breather Episode: The commentary in this versus is much more relaxed as Tyler highly respects Tim, and Tim naturally has a gentle nature.
- Curbstomp Battle: Tim pretty much stays ahead of Tyler the whole time and wins by a few stages.
- Foregone Conclusion: Many commenters believed that Tim would win due to his expertise in Mega Man games. They were right.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Tyler makes one regarding the Picket Men of Guts Man's stage.Tyler: They can't drink alcohol because they're miners.
- Rule of Three: Has three parts, the shortest completed main versus yet.
New Super Luigi U Versus
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The finale, in Tyler's favor.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "I don't know if that's a compliment, or a good thing."
- Double Take: At the end of episode 9.Josh: That's it for this episode. Thank you guys for watching. I'm JoshJepson.Tyler: And I'm Na-Na.Josh: And I- what?
- Fanfic Fuel: Invoked by Tyler, theorizing on why Mario doesn't appear in this game. His manhood was noticed by a guy at a gay bar, leading Mario to go into (straight) pornographic films.
- Laughing Mad: Both Josh and Tyler during the Finale. Josh, because he's just discovered that he's several levels behind Tyler, and Tyler, for the same reason. In Tyler's case, this trope intersects with Noblewoman's Laugh.
- Oh, Crap!: Done in episode 1 several times by Josh.
- Screams Like a Little Girl:
Tyler: How am I screaming like that? I didn't know I could still do that!
- In Episode 4, Tyler does this after nearly dying in Dragoneel Depths.
- He does it again upon defeating Bowser and winning the Versus.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Tyler and Josh declared that in addition to clearing a level, they have to collect at least one Star Coin before they can move on.
- Sound-Effect Bleep:
- In episode 5, when Tyler says the N-word in a hypothetical context.
- Used at one point to stop Josh from spoiling who lost Super Mario Sunshine Versus.
- Tempting Fate: In the Ocarina of Time loser challenge, Josh vehemently vows never to lose a Versus again. Literally two days after that was uploaded, guess what happens in the Luigi U finale?
- Unwanted Assistance: In-universe, happens to Josh throughout episode 1, as he keeps getting slowed down due to winning prizes according to his level clear times.
Super Mario Sunshine Versus 2
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Tyler and Josh claim that Toadsworth is a Workaholic obsessed with licking butts.
- Running Gag: Falling off the final cloud at the end of "Fluff Festival Coin Hunt" becomes this as of this Versus, with both Josh and Tyler falling victim at least once each.
- The Bus Came Back: The rules play out more like Galaxy Versus. They even bring back one of the lifelines (Level Leaver).
- Epic Fail: In episode 3, Tyler replacing the hover nozzle with the turbo nozzle and then going to do the red coin mission of the Secret Shine of Bianco Hills, making his F.L.U.D.D entirely useless.
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: This exchange, following Tyler's statement that he used "logic" to prove that Josh has a tiny dick.Tyler: Well, statistics state that, if your name starts with a "J", your cock is 97% smaller than everybody else's.Josh: Really?Tyler: ...Yes.Josh: (laughs uproariously)
- Oh, Crap!: Done by Josh in episode 3 when Tyler used the Bipolar Controller lifeline against him.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Tyler drunkenly lets one out upon dying in Episode 8.
- Sentimental Drunk: Unsurprisingly, both Tyler and Josh become this in the last several minutes of Episode 8 (a.k.a. "The Drunk Edition").
- Troll: Like in Galaxy Versus, Tyler and Josh each get five different lifelines that they can use three times now:
- Bipolar Controller: Like Wiiverse, The victim has to hold their controller awkwardly for five minutes. This time, upside-down.
- Level Leaver: Same as before.
- Mission Tradition: The victim has to re-do a mission they've already completed, but it has to be one from a previous episode, one they haven't been forced to re-do, and they can't do 100-coin missions.
- Coin Collector: The victim is required to collect 25 coins to complete the level. If the level does not have that many, then they have to collect 25 coins from Delfino Plaza. And it can't be used when going for a 100-coin mission or change the shine they're going for to one if it's used on them.
- H2NO: The victim cannot use FLUDD for five minutes. And if they accidentally do, a minute is added to the penalty.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In episode 20, Tyler is looking to get the Fluff Festival Red Coin shine (as in, directly in front of it), one that infamously gave him a lot of trouble in the first versus on his first try, then Josh uses Bipolar Controller and makes him fall off. However, Tyler pays it back by doing more or less the same thing to Josh next episode, leaving him in Stunned Silence.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Versus
- Continuity Nod: In episode 24, Josh and Tyler play a game of "Twenty Questions", which they hadn't done since the original Super Mario Sunshine Versus.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The finale, in Tyler's favor. He wins by such a large margin that he's already in the credits by the time Josh even starts the final level.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "This mud is so...muddy!"
- Hope Spot:
Tyler: I don't have any lives left, though, so if I die, I have to restart this level.Josh: Good.Tyler: I'm just kidding. I was trying to give you hope.Josh: Fuck you!
- Near the Versus' end, Josh finally catches up and regains his lead over Tyler, after being behind for over a dozen consecutive episodes. He still loses.
- Invoked in the finale.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: At the end of the versus, Tyler asks Josh if they should announce the next versus to the viewers. Josh's reply?
- Irony: The outcome of the Versus. This was Tyler's first time playing the game in years, while Josh had just recently LP'd it. Somehow, Tyler won.
- Laughing Mad: Josh, at the end of episode 22, much to Tyler's confusion.
Wind Waker HD Versus
- Brick Joke: In Episode 9, Josh accidentally went into the light, taking him back to the start of the Savage Labyrinth, which made Tyler have to pause. When he gets back, Tyler makes a "Knock Knock" Joke. Later in the episode, Josh goes into the light again. Tyler pauses and makes the same exact joke again.Tyler: Knock knock.Josh: Who's there?Tyler: Josh is a dumbass.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While the overall outcome is close, a few individual dungeons (Dragon Roost Cavern, Tower of the Gods, Earth Temple) end up very one-sided, to the point that the loser's footage has to be sped up after the winner finishes.
- Epic Fail: During the climb up to the Final Boss in Ganon's Tower, Tyler jumps off the chandelier, forcing him to do the climb all over again. This mistake cost him the game since he wasted about 40 seconds, the same amount of time Josh beat him by.
- Foreshadowing: The "I'm On A Boat" parody ends with Tyler singing "The odds are not favoring me" in regards to being about to enter the Tower of the Gods. In the actual video where Tyler and Josh play through the temple, Tyler does horribly.
- Big "NO!": Tyler, upon dying to the final boss and being sent quite far back to the last checkpoint... which is nothing compared to Josh seconds later when he gets a game over on the final boss and is forced to restart the entire battle.
- Cluster F-Bomb: In episode 7, Josh unleashes one on a powerful enemy in the game, with Tyler deciding to join in for the hell of it.Josh: Oh, you fucker! You motherfucker! You-Tyler: Oh, don't do it, you fucker!Josh: Don't you fucking fuck! (gets killed) Are you fucking...fuck?!Tyler: Ohhhh, he fucking fucked!Josh: He fucked all over the fuck!Tyler: What the fucking fuck, you fuck?!
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Josh becomes quite distraught upon losing the Versus. He even calls it his most upsetting loss yet, given how painfully close he was to winning.
- Hope Spot: In the finale, Josh gets a big one when Tyler game-overs on the final boss. But the boss battle ends up taking much longer than Josh expected, allowing Tyler to catch up. And then Josh also game-overs, giving Tyler the win.
Pokemon Firered Versus
- Arc Fatigue: In-Universe, Tyler regrets that this Versus went on as long as it did, and says it would have been a much better length without the lifelines.
- Author Appeal: This Versus was edited by Josh, who not only placed his screen in the center but made it bigger than Tyler's and Luke's.
- Big "NO!": Tyler lets out one in episode 13 when he accidentally deletes his Growlithe's ember, the only fire move it had.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Near the end of the finale, Josh lets one out when his rival uses a Full Restore, right as Josh is about to beat him.
- Contrived Coincidence: In episode 2, Luke talks about how Muscles (the nickname for his Metapod) is evolving right after Josh talks about how his Muscles (the nickname for his Squirtle) is evolving.
- Crippling Overspecialization:
- In the earlier episodes, Tyler spent so much time leveling up his Boobissore that it left the other pokemon he intended to use, Flappyvag the Spearow, and Peekatchu the Pikachu severely underleveled.
- Josh spending most of his time leveling up his Blastoise and Nidoking causes him to come in dead last in the Finale, as Tyler has, by this point, overcome his Overspecialization, while most of Josh's Pokemon were still horribly underleveled for the Elite Four.
- Dark Horse Victory: While he doesn't win, Tyler still manages to come from behind to beat Josh out for Second Place behind Luke after spending most of the Versus far behind Josh and Luke.
- Elemental Powers: The starter pokemon that were chosen.
- Epic Fail: In Episode 7, when Tyler attempts to heal his Pikachu in a trainer battle, he accidentally uses a Pokeball instead.
- Freudian Trio:
- Id: Tyler — The loudest and most immature participant in the versus. The red oni to Josh's blue oni.
- Ego + Superego: Josh — Calmer, and more strategic than Tyler, but is easy to anger and will frequently argue with Tyler.
- Superego + Ego: Luke — Calmest and most knowledgeable participant of the versus but can frequently act silly. Is often the mediator between Tyler and Josh.
- One True Threesome: Invoked and joked around about frequently.
- Magikarp Power:
- Literally; Luke gets a Magikarp and trains it up to be a Gyarados.
- In a Meta sense, Tyler ends up catching up handily to Luke and Josh, and by the last episode manages to beat Josh for second place behind Luke after spending most of the versus underleveled and lagging behind.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: By the end of the versus Josh's Muscles the Blastoise is the highest level Pokemon between the three, but most of Josh's other Pokemon are too underleveled to be of any use, and he comes in dead last behind Luke and Tyler.
- N-Word Privileges: A Discussed Trope in Episode 16 in reference to Tyler's nickname for his then newly-caught Nidoran♂, and the insistence of Luke and Josh that Tyler does not have them.
- Put on a Bus: Luke decides to stop using his Muscles and puts it in the box in episode 6.
- Running Gag: GameboyLuke not introducing himself at the start, instead just saying "HI!" loudly.
- Josh naming every single one of his Pokémon "Muscles", partly to spite the others.
- Troll: They can do this to each other with the lifelines.
- Poke Down: The chosen Pokemon must be placed in the PC for half an hour.
- No Healing: Make one of the other players be unable to use healing items on their pokemon for half an hour.
- Move Deleter: Choose a move of an opponent's pokemon to have deleted permanently.
- Lead the Way: Choose an opponent's pokemon. The selected pokemon must lead the team for half an hour.
- Item Dump: Pick an item from an opponent's bag. The opponent must drop all of that item.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In episode 3, an enemy trainer's Goldeen nearly faints Luke's Muscles with a single attack. It then spends the rest of the battle needlessly using Tail Whip, and then a failed attempt at a Super Sonic, allowing Muscles to defeat it.
Super Mario 64 4-Player Versus
- Butt-Monkey: Josh. The Versus goes disastrously for him, and he spends most of it in dead last. This is partly due to not having practiced the game, and partly due to losing track of which Stars he's already gotten.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Tim and Jon finish so far ahead of the others that an extended bonus episode is needed to determine third place.
- In turn, the bonus episode has Tyler beating his opponent by twelve Stars.
- Face–Heel Turn: Played for Laughs with Tim, who (after gaining a substantial lead over the others) breaks his Nice Guy persona and declares himself "the motherfuckin' antagonist".
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Tyler is sanguine, Josh is melancholic, Tim is phlegmatic, and Jon is choleric.
- Jump Scare: Audio example: in episode 3, Tim, completely out of nowhere, bursts into a brief but loud fit of hysterical laughter, startling the crap out of Josh and Tyler.
- Running Gag: Tyler advertising a fake channel for Jon, usually something that rhymes with Jon's username.
- Something Completely Different: Near the end of episode 6 and for all of episode 7, Jon decides to play Ninja Gaiden, and then Super Mario Bros. 3, while waiting for Tyler and Josh to finish the game.
- Trauma Conga Line: As mentioned above, Josh suffers heavily throughout the Versus. But the worst of it probably comes in Episode 4, where he makes the long climb up the inside of Shifting Sand Land's pyramid, only to fall back to the bottom when he's close to the Star. Twice.
Smash Bros. Subspace Emissary: Co-op Versus
- Aborted Arc: The first three episodes featured a death counter for each player, but it was subsequently removed, with Josh announcing "FUCK THE DEATH COUNT" on the channel's Twitter.
- Epic Fail: Josh accidentally killing himself in the very first fight against Kirby.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Even though he's player 2, Brutalmoose is much more competent at the game than Josh is.
- The Mole: Played for Laughs with Ian, as the guys repeatedly joke that he is actually on Tyler and Squill's side and trying to sabotage Josh.
- Never My Fault: Josh often blames the game for his mistakes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tyler and Josh are the red oni to Squill and Ian's blue oni.
- Running Gag: Tyler accidentally going back through doors he just entered through in the Great Maze, thanks to his habit of jumping by pushing Up (the same action that opens doors) instead of the Jump button.
- Self-Deprecation: When talking about how drinking alcohol can mentally damage the baby if a woman's pregnant, Tyler says how it explains a lot about himself.
Super Smash Bros. Melee Versus
Break the Targets
- As the Good Book Says...: According to Tyler, Ephesians 6:22 reads, "Thou shalt not watch gay porn on the Internet."
- Curb-Stomp Battle: By the end of the Versus, Tyler has 20 wins to Josh's 5.
- Foregone Conclusion: In the penultimate episode, Tyler's win count reaches 13. Out of what will be a total of 25 matches. It doesn't take a math genius to realize that he's already won this Versus.
- Running Gag:
- Tyler saying he hasn't played the game starring whichever character they're using, yet still turning out to be better with that character than Josh is.
- Josh's game disc randomly stops working multiple times. This carries onto the Event Match versus.
- Schmuck Bait: Josh unintentionally pulls this on Tyler in the Bowser level. After accidentally killing himself with Bowser's Down-B attack, he asks Tyler if he knows what Down-B does. Tyler tests it out and dies as well.
- Blatant Lies: Josh claiming that he doesn't remember fighting Tyler in The Runaway Guys Super Smash Bros tournament, and then claiming it never existed. Understandable seeing as how Tyler beat Josh without losing a single life in it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Josh's first and second battle against Pikachu in the Pokémon Battle event match were this in Pikachu's favor. Coincidentally, Tyler gave one to the Pikachu of said event match.
- Cut Short: Has been left unfinished due to its high difficulty.
- Epic Fail: Both Tyler and Josh on multiple events, but probably the most significant is Josh trying to beat Dark Link in Event 18, which eventually leads to Tyler implementing the level skip handicap out of pity.
- Malaproper: Once again, Tyler mispronounces "Bob-omb" as "Bomb-omb".
- Rage Quit: Tyler and Josh both invoke this in Episode 9 when they decide to give up on Event Mode.
- Oh, Crap!: The reactions of both Josh and Tyler when they find out they have to play as Ice Climbers, and Pichu respectively.
- Continuity Nod: During Josh and Tyler's rendition of "Old McDonald", Josh misspells the word "banana".
- Contrived Coincidence: Tyler gets a hammer in his game at the same time as Fox, who Josh is fighting, gets a hammer. Tyler thus gloats about having a hammer while Josh yells that his enemy has a hammer, confusing both of them.
Minecraft Invasion Versus
- Dramatic Pause: Parodied in episode 1 by Josh."And I'm...Josh."
- Laser-Guided Karma: When Josh asked what people who performed incest were called, Tyler responds with "An Arkansas person?" Immediately after he says that, a spider, modded to jump very far, jumps in front of Tyler, badly scaring him.
- Orphaned Series: Was canceled after it's second episode.
Link To The Past Versus
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Jirard gives one to Josh in the first episode, ending with the score being 4-1 out of a possible of 5 points.
- Orphaned Series: Tyler has confirmed on Twitter that this Versus was pretty much canceled.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Josh jokingly saying that he quits Versus as a whole in episode 1.
- Hypocritical Humor: Tyler pulls this in Episode 5, after Josh makes a penis joke (very shortly after Tyler makes one).Tyler: Why do you always take it there, Josh?Josh: "Why do I always take it there"?Tyler: Yeah, I'm tired of you being so childish sometimes.Josh: WHAT THE FUCK?!
- Mood Dissonance: The entire Versus. As Tyler puts it in Episode 6, "our commentary enthusiasm matches the game's atmosphere."
- Running Gag: Tyler's repeated mentions of his new YouTube channel, "the Pinterest Cabinet!"
- That Came Out Wrong: In the third episode, Josh refers to the player character as his "boy friend" (note the space).
- Unfortunate Names: A hypothetical example in the second episode, when Josh asks what Tyler would name his child. Tyler's answer? Dickbreath.
Donkey Kong Country Versus
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Tyler wins by more than ten stages, due to his opponent getting multiple game overs.
Surgeon Simulator 2013
- Worst Aid: Tyler and Josh are quite terrible at the game, even having their patients die multiple times.
Super Monkey Ball
- Always Someone Taller: Brought up by Josh when he points out that even Tyler's famous height is surpassed by fellow LP'er StephenPlays.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In the advanced courses, Tyler was often ahead of Josh by over 3 tracks, due to Josh dying over and over. Josh eventually ran out of continues before even getting to where Tyler was.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Josh, when — after frustratedly struggling with That One Level in the Expert mode — Tyler points out that they didn't have to even do that mode at all, as Tyler had already won the Versus on best two out of three.
- Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: Josh on Floor 10.Josh: [almost falls off] Oh God, that was so close! I saw my life flash before my little monkey eyes! [falls off anyway] FUCK!
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Officially Tyler's first win.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: For no obvious reason, Tyler decides to borrow some of SuperJeenius' catchphrases, such as "So sad, bad dad".
- Big "NO!": Done by Josh when Tyler beats him by less than 200 points.
- Down to the Last Play: The game is decided by a margin of just 130 points out of over 18,000.
- Mondegreen: Josh mishears Tyler saying "Don't escape!" as "Go to sleep!"
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Josh beats Tyler 2-0. Even better, he wins the second round by over 5,000 points.
- Hypocritical Humor: Tyler telling off Josh at the end for being 'inappropriate for YouTube'.
- Rage Quit: Tyler does a staged version of this less than two minutes into the video.
I Wanna Be The Guy
Super Mario Galaxy
- The Bus Came Back: Tyler returns to the game once again, but this time, Josh is playing against him and there are new rules.
- That Came Out Wrong: Tyler's story about how, when his uncle was a kid, he said "I love evil!" (meaning stunt rider Evel Knievel) and his parents took it the wrong way.
Donkey Kong Country
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Stephen wins every single level.
- The Stinger: In Tyler's only appearance in the MOOSE he mocks Josh for how he got defeated easily by Stephen, and then says he should give up on life.
Super Mario Sunshine
- Took a Level in Badass: Tyler and Josh do much better in the Sandbird mission than how they did in the actual Versus.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In the second episode, Josh notes that every level so far has been won by the person that chose it, and hopes this changes. He then loses the next level he picks, which ultimately costs him the MOOSE.
- Down to the Last Play: Subverted. Overall, this MOOSE is much more balanced than the first DKC, and the guys even mention how close it is. But in the end, Stephen wins 5-3.
Super Mario 64
- Oh, Crap!: Tyler has two, in both cases because the missile launched prevents him from doing the 5-in-a-row path he was attempting. The second case is especially bad since it hits the path he was one away from completing, which causes him to lose the third round.
- Orphaned Series: Hasn't updated since 2014 with no word of it coming back.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: "Pianta Nudity" starts off normally but after the thirty-second mark Josh and Tyler start reading an erotic fanfic of themselves.
- Art Shift: Due to several different animators making the videos.
- Bland-Name Product: In "Tyler is Barney", several other Let's Players get these versions of their names, as does the program Skype.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming: "Josh is a Clam" does this, with the two of them portrayed as actually being in Super Mario 64 and using walkie-talkies to represent Skype.
- Deranged Animation: Sometimes, often used to accompany Josh laughing or getting angry.
- Funny Background Event: The penguin in "Josh is a Clam" and the Zelda poster in "Tyler is Barney".
- Limited Animation: "Crossing the Board" uses this style.
- Mythology Gag: The "Tyler is Barney" video shows several posters on Josh's wall which are actually screenshots from his usual video intro, which was made by the same animator.
- Two Gamers on a Couch: In "Big Black Boob".
- You Don't Look Like You: Tyler and Josh don't really have any recognizably 'them' features in "Big Black Boob".
- Aborted Arc: Intended to be a weekly show, it petered out for a while. It returns 2014 in 'a second season'.
- After very few updates, it was eventually officially cancelled.
- The Cameo: Donnabellez makes an appearance in the Cucco challenge.
- Retool: In 2014 Community Versus was brought back with the change that the challenges would no longer be directly associated with games Josh and Tyler were currently fighting Versuses with, as the two of them were getting sick of too much of one game at a time.
- Running Gag: Tyler insulting the winners' usernames and making Parody Names of them, often of the Lame Comeback variety.