Tyler: Hey everybody and welcome back to Super Mario Sunshine Versus! I'm AttackingTucans!
Josh: And I'm Josh Jepson.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
(mostly referred to by his name, Tyler). The two race through the games, sometimes with specific sub-rules for each game (get all the blue coins in Mario Sunshine, get the 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", find it here
. 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 in progress. 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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All games pit Tyler and Josh together unless noted.Main VersusMini VersusMOOSEBattle Bingo
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!": Tucans 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.
- Butt Monkey:
- Both of them get hit with this, but Josh takes a lot of jokes and accusations from Tyler.
- Lucahjin is made fun of on many occasions (up to and including having her username used as an Unusual Euphemism). Does not count as a Take That, they're all friends.
- 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: Tucans 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.
- 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.
- Ha Ha Ha No: Josh does this a couple of times during their game of 20 Questions.
- Heroic BSOD:
- 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: Tucans.
- 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 Tucans at one point that it seems like every episode starts with the latter making a reference to vaginas.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Zig-zagged with Tyler/Tucans; Josh calls him by his real name, but he refers to himself by his username.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Both of them are usually cheerful and upbeat, only occasionally faking being angry or upset for laughs. However:
- After failing so much at the Sandbird level, Josh becomes sincerely angry and begins yelling angrily.
- Similarly, after Tyler dies just before getting the Shine Sprite in an eight red coins level he had trouble with, he actually breaks down crying temporarily.
- 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:
- Sadist Show
Josh: 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.
- 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.
- 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
Luigi's Mansion Versus
Super Mario 64 Versus
- Alternate 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 Humour: 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.
- 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?
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The Sages forming the bridge in the final episode's opening.
: Forest! Ruto
: Water! Impa
: Shadow! Nabooru
: Spirit! Darunia
: Pussy! 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.
- He also does it later in the finale when he can't stop laughing at Tyler's joke about Ganondorf's castle being built by the Extreme Home Makeovers team.
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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 progress bar doesn't actually move at a set speed, but actually moves up a bit whenever the players reach one of 15 predetermined checkpoints.
- COMPLETELY 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 game]?
- Obligatory Joke: In Dodongo's Cavern, "I can't wait to bomb some Dodongos!"
- Oddball in the Series: The only Versus so far not to have a sung intro by Tyler.
- Also the only series to be played for points each episode, instead of a straight race. This was a concession to the game format, since otherwise there would be a lot of boring bits between dungeons, and one of them could have easily racked up a lead of several hours by the end.
- 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: "SHUT UP, NAVI!"
- Kaepora Gaebora or Impa interrupting Tyler.
- Dropping the Bombshell by doing the outro when one of them has won without any further indication is becoming this.
- "I died... but I had a fairy."
- Scrappy Mechanic: Both of them think this about the Bombchu Bowling minigame, especially its Luck-Based Mission aspects.
- Tyler states in the finale that offscreen, they played the fishing minigame, 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: Josh and Tyler yell "NAVI!!" in synch here.
- The Stinger: I'm an owl.
- Tastes Like Chicken: Discussed in episode 4.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The finale, for Tyler.
- Too Soon: In-Universe, Josh claims this when Tyler references the Titanic in episode 9 part 1.
- 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
- Alternate 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 Tucans 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".
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.
- 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.
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.
- First World Problems: Once again, Tyler brings this up as he faces difficulty with the game.
- 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.
: That's it for this episode. Thank you guys for watching. I'm JoshJepson
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:
- 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.
- Stop Helping Me!: In-universe, happens to Josh throughout episode 1, as he keeps getting slowed down due to winning prizes according to his level clear times.
- 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?
Minecraft Invasion Versus
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.
Super Mario Sunshine Versus 2
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Tyler and Josh claim that Toadsworth is a Workaholic obsessed with licking butts.
- 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: (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. First used by Tyler against Josh in Episode 3.
- 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. First used by Tyler against Josh in Episode 4.
- H2NO: The victim cannot use FLUDD for five minutes. And if they accidentally do, a minute is added to the penalty. First used by Josh against Tyler in Episode 4.
- Mood Dissonance: In the first episode, Tyler and Josh sing upbeat music during the game's depressing intro. They lampshade how unfitting this is.
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.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Officially Tyler's first win.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: For no obvious reason, Tyler decides to borrow some of Super Jeenius' 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. The second round he wins by over 5,000 points
- Hypocritical Humour: 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.
Super Mario Galaxy
- That Came Out Wrong: Tyler's story about how, when his uncle was a kid, he said "I love evil!" (meaning stunt rider Evel Knieval) and his parents took it the wrong way.
- The Bus Came Back: Tyler returns to the game once again, but this time, Josh is playing against him and there are new rules.
Donkey Kong Country
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Stephen won every level they did in the MOOSE.
- 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 did much better in the Sandbird mission than how they did in the actual versus.
Super Mario 64
- Oh, Crap: Tyler had one when one of the missiles launched prevented him from doing the 5 in a row path he attempted.
- He has one again in the third video when a missile launch stops him from doing the 5 in a row that he was one away from completing. That caused him to lose the third round.
- 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'.
- 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.