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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 Attacking Tucans (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).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 Versus
Brick Joke: In Super Mario Galaxy and Luigi's Mansion Versus, Tyler makes several references to Slenderman and caps off Josh's Heroic BSOD 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 Slenderman Mythos during that time.
Catchphrase: Tyler says "Oh my goodness gracious" and "Gosh" often.
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.
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: Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, and Banjo-Kazooie had their participants roughly neck and neck before the finale.
It even happened in Super Mario Sunshine MOOSE.
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.
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!: invoked 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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 according to Donna, "cunt" is derived from the name of a Celtic fertility goddess.
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: Tucans' 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".
Tyler: This is the most racist episode ever, I can't believe you're doing these racist jokes on my videos. What the hell is wrong with you?! What the hell is wrong with you?!Hey look, it's the Terrorist Dome!(ululates)
Mind Screw/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.
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".
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.
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.
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?
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"
Foreshadowing: In Episode 3 of Galaxy Versus, Tyler mentioned that prior to the recording, he'd been playing Luigis Mansion. The following day, JoshJepson announced on Twitter that he would be starting a Luigi's Mansion Versus on his channel with Tyler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aborted Arc: Starting in Episode 7, the HUD no longer tracks how many musical notes that each player has collected.
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 final boss the deciding factor.
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.
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.
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.
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.