BrainScratch Commentaries is a commentary group on YouTube, created by Nayrman214, Solaris Paradox, and Somecallme Johnny. Inspired by Hellfire-Commentaries, the trio perform videogame and movie commentaries, as well as "random rambles," ranging from discussions of various irrelevant topics to the lampooning of the list-based opinions of such well-known gaming media outlets as IGN and GameSpot. Known for their professionalism as might Ray Charles be known for his accuracy at the shooting range, these four up-and-coming commentators aim to provide various laughs at any cost — even at the price of their own intense boredom. As such, there is nearly as much padding in their commentaries as there is in the games they routinely lambast.Nayrman (Ryan Malis) could be considered the brains behind the operation, as it was his hair-brained idea to start the group in the first place. The idea was first pitched to Solaris (Lewis Medeiros), a fellow member of the Sonic fan-forum, who then invited Johnny (Juan Ortiz) to take part. Sometime down the road, the trio became a quartet; ExandShadow (Ted Wiesen) was made a permanent fourth member to add "youthful innocence to the jaded old men" in the group. In addition to the four main commentators, the team occasionally invites along a guest to join in the fun as an additional commentator — usually planned, sometimes at complete random.Current Commentaries:Paper Mario 64Touhouvania 2Guest commentators so far include:
Aborted Arc: Devil May Cry 4, as a result of the crew having nothing to say after 3 parts. (See F-Zero GX and Portal 2)
May eventually be subverted; upon uploading the RAWs for the DmC reboot, Lewis mentioned the group would eventually cover DMC4.
Actually Pretty Funny: Whilst commentating on Dragonball: Evolution, a movie the entire team deemed an undiluted cinematic incarnation of fecal matter, all three commentators had to admit that Goku's hair gel gag was actually pretty funny.
Anachronic Order: Some playthroughs are prerecorded months before they even get uploaded and are not posted in the order they were made.
The first part of Sonic '06 to feature Solaris's return after so long was the last one recorded for the playthrough.
Analogy Backfire: Ted makes Johnny a comparison of Sonic Genesis as one of Johnny's brothers being hit by a truck and Big Rigs being the same, just the brother replaced by a egg and nobody giving a damn. Johnny doesn't even care since the truck is the Big Rigs. Knowing how Big Rigs is played, the truck will just pass through both the brother and the egg.
Ryan: So how are we going to keep this rage up for four more parts?
Johnny: I will find EVERY excuse I can!!!
By the end, Johnny has a near melt down in Scrap Brain Zone Act 3 when stuck in a loop (the loop in question begins at the two minute point. One also has to wonder what would have happened had he not broken it eventually...)
Johnny: The Koopa Troopas are called Nokobons, the Chibibo is the Goomba, and this weird ass creature known as Princess Daisy is Princess Peach.
Inverted during Sonic Genesis, while listing off the problems with the game, Johnny starts off with lesser problems before getting to the worst ones.
Ascended Extra: ExandShadow was just added randomly during the Resident Evil 4 commentary, then he eventually became a permanent member.
Some guests have ended up recording games for the channel; for example, Nathan recorded Donkey Kong Country 3, and Amanda has said she will record Pokémon Platinum, due to Ted's dislike of Gen IV.
Ascended Fanboy: Ted was a big fan of Brainscratch before he became a guest commentator and then the official fourth member of BSC.
Amanda, Andrew, and Matt are also big fans that later became guest commentators.
Of course, being a fan won't make you a guest commentator, they must come to you first.
The Atoner: Ryan mentioned he'd personally apologize for Wario World saying he'd make a 100% full playthrough of Wario Land 4 to make up for it.
Awesome, but Impractical: In Episode 5 of Sonic 4 Episode II, Johnny managed to get a shield, invincibility, and unleash Super Sonic... unfortunately, aside from an awesome show of effects, only Super Sonic was of any use of the three things.
Ryan: It's Nuclear Sonic!
Batman Did It: According to Johnny and Nayrman, this is the undeniable answer of how Batman does the millions of illogical things through out Arkham Asylum.
On similar logic, the reason that the bad guys started to dance with Michael Jackson in Moonwalker is because he's Michael Jackson.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Ryan constantly misquoting the chorus of "The U.S.S. Make Shit Up" throughout the Batman: Arkham Asylum commentary.
Ryan: Fire the Photon Particle Beam off the Main Deflector Dish...
Lewis: This lady has not earned her massive bitch of an ego, and if her head gets ripped off, I will laugh. Ryan: Not in this movie, anyway... Lewis: Wait, that happens? Ryan: Kind of... Johnny: After the research I've done, she goes through a lot of shit... Lewis: Oh, good! I'll laugh a lot then! Johnny: And then you'll feel guilty. Lewis: No I won't. Lewis: (after Asuka's "death" scene) ...you may notice I'm not laughing right now.
Berserk Button: Sonic Genesis for all of them, but Johnny's rage takes the cake in the final part.
The way Lewis did the Brock Gym battle for Ted.
Bringing up having or getting a shiny also seems to be this Ted.
The Bet: The whole reason The Legend Of Zelda playthrough was made was a bet from Johnny that Ted would earn his Month of Pokemon if he could beat it in full. It turns out Johnny just wanted to pick on Ted as he was going to do Month of Pokemon anyway.
Solaris to all 8-bit games, with the 2D Mario games being an exception. Justified due to the fact that Solaris grew up in the 16-bit era, and 8-bit games bother him as a result.
Johnny towards anti-gravity and ice gimmicks in platformers, as well as deep underwater areas. Although his hate of underwater areas is more of a childhood fear created by Ecco The Dolphin.
Exand towards The Legend Of Zelda for the NES and Gen 4. Justified with Zelda as he was introduced to the Zelda series via Majora's Mask, which has a time limit. Similarly, Exand's dislike for Gen 4 is because he finds it to be unbalanced compared to Gen 3.
He seems to have a grudge against the whole Legend of Zelda franchise in general. Subverted in the Ocarina of Time commentary, he has stated it's a good game, but feels the game is highly overrated.
Exand is also quite vocal about his dislike for Earthbound.
Born Lucky: Nayrman has some incredible luck during the Mario 2 playthrough; some examples include killing an enemy by jumping under it and making a wall jump.
This little gem from the battle against Asshat Oak.
Nayrman: What's that? You're about to bring out your Hydregion that's ten levels higher than me and I only have my Samurott with Blizzard... oh what's that? Your attack misses... what's that? Blizzard hits for Super Effective + Critical Hit damage and I one shot you?
Lewis got 2 Hidden Blocks, both of which contained Stars, in Mario Party 2 (much to Ryan and Ted's dismay and Johnny's amusement).
Brain Bleach: During the Arkham Asylum commentary, Joker makes the quip about scaring Batman by revealing himself in a thong, and gained the appropriate reactions from Nayrman, Solaris, the viewers, and anybody who has played the game.
Especially if you know what a turtle penis looks like and the size it is. For clarification for those tropers who don't want to look it up themselves, turtle peni are half the length of the plastron AT LEAST. (Plastron = section of a turtle's shell that covers the belly). Since Bowser is supposed to be a turtle, that means he's probably got a lot of junk in that trunk of his. Luckily, Bowser, being a turtle, would lack an external penis anyways, if he was drawn realistically.
The Bus Came Back: After Lewis' computer crashed for the second time, Exand stepped in to replace him once again. Lampshaded in the Symphony of the Night and Tetris commentaries.
Ted: Lewis is here, that means I'm out of the job. Ryan: Damn right Ted, get out of here.
And once again in the Ib play-through where Ted paused the game after being startled by a jump scare, causing Johnny and Ryan to say "pausing won't save you".
During a particular surreal dream scene in a train during the Eva 2.22 commentary, Solaris suggests that the G-Man is talking to Gordon Freeman in a nearby traincar. In the Final Fantasy VI commentary they did later, Solaris brings up the same point again for a ghost train, and Nayrman calls back to the former scene in response.
The Cameo: Junkles and Knuckers, who appear in Sonic 3 and Knuckles by the use of Knuckles, all Super Emeralds, 50 rings, and YouTube's framerate issues.
Mark in Portal 1, telling Johnny that the possum's back.
Can You Hear Me Now?: During part 4 of the Mega Man 6 commentary, Ryan had a very hard time hearing Clement and Johnny due to choppy call reception. The trio then dubbed this as "Worst Part Ever" in the part itself while still retaining the title "Sorry, what was that? I can't hear you!"
During the Sonic 2006 commentary, the crew constantly points out all of the areas in which the characters point out the obvious. This bashing leads to major laughs throughout the commentary from both the commentators and the viewers.
It should be noted that the group can't go a single part without saying a curse word.
Comically Missing the Point: Johnny retells the story of when he was playing Super Mario Land on the subway train, finished it before the destination, and self-agreed to record it for a commentary using a Super Game Boy. Ted then asks if Johnny actually brought a Super Nintendo to a subway.
Ted spoils the ending to Super Mario Bros. 2 USA in where the game was all a dream. Johnny then tells Ted that because the game is over twenty-five years old, there is no need of a "Spoiler Alert". Ted then starts spoiling all the endings of movies produced twenty-five years ago, ending the list with Luke is Darth Vader's father.
Lewis considers Mario's pineapple to be one as Mario was seen playing helicopters with it, even though it was just Ryan looking for a way out.
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Ryan accuses the AI of cheating in Pokemon Crystal when Ted took on Lance. Johnny even made a joke about him using Missingno to use a glitch offscreen.
Brought up again in Leaf Green about how Lewis complains about how the AI will ALWAYS inflict Status Conditions on you in battle, yet when you try to do it against the AI, you'll fail more often then you should statistically.
Played with in Mario Party 2 where the crew's first game ends with Lewis winning as Princess Peach, causing the crew to accuse Lewis of winning only because he picked a cheating whore as his character of choice (Lewis didn't win any of the mini-games, nor did he get the most coins, but he got 2 stars from hidden blocks and a 3rd one for landing on happening spaces the most).
Cousin Oliver: Ted, to some extent; he's significantly younger than the rest of the crew. Ryan sometimes lampshades this by saying "KIIIIIIIIIID!" whenever a reference is made to something Ted's never heard of because he was born too late to have ever seen it.
Also Elliot, who's the youngest commentator to date.
Cross Over: For a long time, FTA did qualify for this, but he's started to become a regular as of late.
The Sonic '06 commentary has killed both Clement's (is fixed) and Solaris' (replaced) computers.
Cursed with Awesome: In Part 4 of Mario Kart 64, Lewis tells the others the story about one day in his younger years where a group of kids were mocking him... by throwing money at him. This made the other commentators wish that they were bullied like that.
Lewis: I don't know why they found it amusing that I kept chasing the quarters they were rolling along the floor.
Easy Mode Mockery: A case of Just for Pun, of course, but during the Mirror's Edge run of the game, Typing Blank calls out Nayrman for playing the game on easy difficulty.
Ryan calls out Johnny for using the Konami Code in the Gradius 3 playthrough a lot.
Elephant in the Living Room: Averted by Johnny in the Portal commentary, when he mentions that a possum is in his room and calls it to everybody's attention. This was also said in their commentary of Mega Man 4 when they made fun of this trope.
Epic Fail: Johnny's encounter with Storm Eagle during the Mega Man X playthrough. He didn't die during the fight, but to be taken down to an inch of his life by what's considered one of the easiest bosses in the Mega Man X series was fail enough to stand as an example of this trope.
Whenever a similar occurrence of Epic Fail occurs, the above example is referenced as a Running Gag by quoting the words "It's STORM EAGLE!"
Nayrman surpassed (or would it be sank lower than?) Johnny since he was killed by Toad Man.
Solaris somehow manages to get crushed by a ring box during the Knuckles run of Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
Solaris losing in less than three seconds (PING!) at Special Stage 3 of Sonic 1.
Johnny getting shot and killed by Turrets through a portal in the Portal 2 playthrough, Part 10.
The multiple deaths in parts 1 and 2 of the Legend of Zelda playthrough, mostly due to Ted not being familiar with the game.
BSC has also inspired different groups of Let's Players, but they will not be mentioned, let's keep it that way.
Mentioned near the end of the Mega Man 4 commentary, Johnny mentioned that both he and a friend of his wanted to make a drunken let's play, which has been done by Tipping Forties (Clement has also attempted a drunken Super Meat Boy run).
This eventually happened when SGB covered Mario Party 4.
For Science!: Al's answer to every single question asked in the Metroid Fusion and Sonic Colors commentaries.
Ted invokes the trope during the group's Let's Play of Kirbys Return To Dreamland. Playing as Kirby, Ted inhales Johnny and spits him into an Advancing Wall of Doom that stops it for a brief half second. Ted also inhales Ryan and spits him through a water stream with a fast current so he can press a switch on the other side.
Four-Man Band: Although the group is more of a Five-Man Band now (six including Clement), after Ted joined, they were this for a while (and this still applies when they don't have any guests).
Fourth Ranger: ExandShadow has now become the official fourth member of Brain Scratch Comms.
The Gadfly: During the Pokemon Leaf Green play through, Johnny purposely knocks out nearly every legendary Pokemon he fights (except for Dexoys, Mewtwo, and Articuno) just to get a reaction from the rest of the commentators, mostly Ted. Johnny also used cheats to force a shiny Tentacool to appear and he goes to knock it out just to annoy Ted.
Gender Bender: Behold Rule 63 BrainScratchComms◊. The "boys" don't seem too happy about their predicament. "Joanna" being the only outright furious one. The rest just seem too embarrassed or generally annoyed to speak up about it. Manny/Amanda ("The Girl") seems to be enjoying the role reversal though, wanting to make the girls part of a harem... to which they immediately object. (Except Elliot, though this is due to the fact that his mind broke.)
Grammar Nazi: The sheer number of edits made by Solaris while he was tinkering with this wiki page... if wiki edits could kill, the world would have ended that night.
Solaris also displays his language-dictatorship ambitions during commentaries, as well. Such as that time during the F-Zero GX commentary where he got on Johnny's case for saying "vampirish" instead of "vampiric." As it turns out, Vampirish is a real word.
In the Sonic '06 commentary, Solaris said "Fastly" instead of "Quickly", but no one called him out on it.
It should be noted that in that same part, Solaris said that "Sonic does it, by the power of Teleportion".
The intro crawl for the Sonic 4 commentary (see the below example of "Incredibly Lame Pun") was redone many, many times as Solaris fussed over inconsequential grammatical aspects and wording issues. Nayrman finally snapped, refusing to do it again. To this day, Solaris swears his original text was funnier.
Hijacked by Seinfeld: Johnny states his favorite version of Aquatic Park's music track is Act 2's version of it... so what does Ryan do in Act 2? He uses the Blue Wisp with the music they dubbed "the Seinfeld music" for the majority of the level, effectively robbing Johnny of the opportunity to listen to it, which aggravates him.
History Repeats: Lewis recorded almost all of Sonic 06 but had computer problems, so Johnny finished the rest of the game. Two years later, Lewis recorded the beginning of Pokemon Leaf Green but, due to computer problems, Johnny had to record the rest.
Hoist by His Own Petard: During the Legend of Zelda commentary, Ted makes a justification that any jump-cut or overly long Pause Screen showing is basically him looking at a guide. This goes all well until Part 3 where at the last few seconds of the video, he jump-cuts, in front of the next dungeon he's supposed to go. Ted tries to explain that jump-cut as a new recording, but the damage has been done.
Hypocrite: As mentioned above, Solaris is a Grammar Nazi, but during the Sonic '06 commentary Solaris said "Fastly" instead of "Quickly" and no one called him out on it, until their second reading of this very page.
Everyone on puns. Puns were mostly laughed at in the past (or using a certain CSI: Miami scream), and now anyone who puns is getting groans or boos for it. Not to say that some puns do actually work.
Nayrman mocks Johnny for turning down the difficulty in one commentary, only to play Mirror's Edge on Easy; he's called out on this by TypingBlank.
He also does this in the Wario World playthrough where he plays the game with a 100% file with full health and all collectibles. He's called out on this by Johnny and Ted.
As well as when he gets fed up with the infamous Chuckster level in Pianta Village, he goes to a hundred percent file with seventy lives to do Corona Mountain, skipping that along with two of Pianta Village's other missions.
Hypocritical Humor: Nayrman. He criticizes Johnny for chickening out/being a pussy when turning down the difficulty for one of his playthroughs, yet in his playthrough of Mirror's Edge, he puts the difficulty on the easiest setting. Lampshaded by TypingBlank.
This little bit from Sonic Genesis part 1:
Ted: Because unlike you guys, I don't go out of my way to play shit.
Ryan: ...says the guy that recorded Shadow the Hedgehog for us.
I Hate Past Me: Not much hate, but they mostly try to communicate with their past selves to move on, stop sucking, or look at the obvious.
I Meant to Do That: Anytime a screw-up somehow benefits on their progression, Johnny/Lewis will mostly say, "Yeah, that was intentional."
Indecipherable Lyrics: In part 4 of the Super Smash Bros commentary, Ryan and Johnny sing along to the Brawl theme song in a "misheard lyrics" style. The lyrics are shown on screen when the song plays again at the end of the commentary.
In Harm's Way: Johnny repeatedly states that he is reckless during the Mega Man X games, causing him to put himself in danger or close to getting killed a few times.
In Memoriam: Played for Laughs at the very beginning of the Mega Man X2 commentary, both Johnny and Ryan praise on how amazing the Green Biker Dude is and are saddened by his early death, dedicating the first part's title in his honor.
Is This Thing Still On?: Inverted in Part 9 of Mario 64. During the first two minutes, Lewis was thinking why were the others ignoring him (and ruining his Sonic 3D Blast fire joke), until he finds out the mic was in mute. Johnny was wondering before that where he was.
Played straight occasionally when the crew forgets that the part is over when they're talking about a different topic.
Jump Scare: A couple happen during the Ib playthrough. They manage to startle Ted and Amanda pretty good.
Also that Jynx jump scare in the "Pokemon Leaf Green" Commentary in Rock Tunnel.
During the No More Heroes playthrough, Nayrman displayed a bizarre and extremely pointless desire to activate every fire extinguisher in the building on his way to a certain boss, and yet he disregarded the more useful wrestling masks.
Solaris is more practical — he's only a raging klepto when it comes to things you can actually collect, although they may still be completely pointless, as are the Silver Medals in Sonic the Hedgehog 2006... and he'll still probably have a compulsive urge to collect them and not quite be able to suppress it.
Johnny, however, states that he is the anti-klepto of the group as he completely ignores the Red Star Rings during the Sonic Generations playthrough, even if they were right next to him.
Which repeats itself in the Sonic 4: Episode II playthrough.
The basic rule of thumb between the two: Nayrman collects useful things (Riddler trophies and Joker teeth), while Solaris collects pointless things (extra lives and continues in Sonic 3 and Knuckles, which has a save function).
Ted's reactions to Johnny ignoring expansions in Metroid Fusion show that he, too, is a klepto.
Kirby's Return to Dreamland, The Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament, and Mario Party 2 & 4 are the only Let's Plays they have done for the channel so far.
Lets See You Do Better: Recent commentaries show Ted mainly criticizing Johnny and Ryan from not getting easy to get items, high ranks, or other mundane things, which results Ryan telling Ted to do a 100% run of the same game for his channel. Ted denies doing so because "he has other games to do".
Live Episode: The Return to Dreamland and Mario Party 2 plus a few others filmed at Momocon not yet uploaded.
Ludicrous Speed: In order to get through the second Sky Chase subgame in Part 11 of the Sonic Adventure playthrough without having to jump cut, Johnny interrupts the in-game footage with Lord Dark Helmet shouting "Ludicrous Speed GO!" Johnny then speeds the video up around 300% and adds the plaid look directly from the movie.
According to Ryan, Lewis has never seen Spaceballs. However, during the actual reference sequence, Lewis quotes the movie. Whether this moment is left over idiocy from Ryan's Sonic and Tails run of Sonic 3 & Knuckles is unknown.
During the Portal 2 Co-Op Commentary, during part 15, Johnny gets so bored out of his mind that he starts playing Sonic R music, the theme from Jeopardy, and the Mii Channel Theme, trying to not go insane.
Level 9-7 of the New Super Mario Bros Wii commentary.
The "chuckster" level in Super Mario Sunshine. Ryan even juxtaposes "Fuck this level" with his failures. Johnny also mentions this trope.
Ryan suffered this in the SMB2 Lost Levels playthrough, considering he edited out a good number of his deaths.
Miles Gloriosus: Mere inches away from losing his final life (and the points he'd amassed throughout the game), Nayrman cowardly hovers on the sidelines during the final boss battle of the multiplayer Turtles in Time Re-Shelled playthrough. He steals the last blow after all three other players wear the final boss down, celebrating his status as the designated winner.
Does it again on the Pokemon Crystal commentary when he brags that he (Gastly) was the reason why they defeated Miltank.
And again in the Pokemon Crystal commentary when he says that he (a Haunter this time) was why Ted defeated Poliwrath.
Mind Screw: Johnny and Nayrman do this to Solaris during the Lost Levels commentary when Solaris's video won't load, making up several things that are happening, including Bruce Lee coming on the screen for some reason.
MST3K Mantra: Invoked by Clement's line, "It's A VIDEO GAME!", sums this trope up to a tee.
Never Learned To Read: TypingBlank, unfortunately, as he repeatedly stumbles through reading these tropes during the special episode.
Never My Fault: The entire crew gets a Game Over in Kirbys Return To Dreamland several times in level 7-2, with Ryan angrily blaming Ted for the fuck ups. While the entire team did share some parts of the blunders, Ted screwed up the most by rushing blindly into blocks that crush him or his teammates. Ted refused to admit it he was at fault.
Spax during the SNES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time commentary.
Amanda in the the Shadow The Hedgehog commentary.
Chuggaaconroy (no surprise there) in the Brawl tournament.
Not What It Looks Like: Ted near the end of Part 5 of the Sonic Colors commentary, the part where he "fan-gasms" multiple times towards Planet Wisp's music.
Ted: Hold on guys, I've got to clean off my computer screen.
Johnny: That's fucking disgusting! You had pants on!
Ted: I spilled Coke on it guys, what were you thinking?
Ryan and Al: Oh.
Ted: I'm just not careful with my soda, that's all.
Obvious Beta: Something the crew takes advantage of with the Resident Evil 4 special episode.
Johnny: I hope they never fix this shit.
Off Model: The trio points out instances during cutscenes in the Rondo of Blood commentary when the sprites don't look quite right.
Oh, No... Not Again!: During Ring Man's stage in Mega Man 4, Nayrman repeatedly runs back and forth across the gaps to recharge Mega Man's health meter or farm lives. The rest of the crew and guests end up moaning in despair, fearing a retread of his Mega Man 3 fiasco. Fortunately, he doesn't really grind that long.
Deliberately invoked in the Mega Man 5 playthrough
Once an Episode: Solaris, Johnny, and Nayrman are all Sonic fans, and thus a shit ton of Sonic references. After subscriber Metalhellspawn began keeping a count of how many Sonic references the team made per video, Solaris began announcing Sonic references before and after making them in a vain attempt to add humor to his chronic inability not to associate anything and everything he possibly could with his beloved childhood hero.
Unfortunately, Metal Hell Spawn stopped keeping count a long time ago, with no one else taking his place. So the exact number of Sonic references are unknown.
Toondude78 has begun counting the Sonic references in order to make up for Metal Hell Spawn's absence.
One of Us: Nayrman and Johnny have frequently mentioned this very wiki in their videos, even listing some tropes by name. Solaris, on the other hand, never bothered to join the site until this page was made (see the above example of Grammar Nazi).
Pretzel Bag could also count for this, as well as the many incarnations of Biffalo.
The Perfectionist: Solaris, who tends to go after every ring he sees in both his Sonic 1 playthrough and during most of his recording of Sonic '06. Seems to have lightened up during his Knuckles run of Sonic 3 & Knuckles (besides getting perfects in special stages and amassing extra lives and continues).
Rapid-Fire Comedy: Most of the time when there isn't any silence going on. The best form was Ryan's "Captain's Logs" in Pikmin.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Johnny gives out these during the Portal 2 Co-op and Sonic Genesis play-through. The former due to being extremely boring (mostly because of Ryan and Lewis's dicking around) and the latter due to being a bastardization of the original Sonic The Hedgehog.
Johnny as Luigi gives one to Ryan as Wario during the crane game in Mario Party 2 after Ryan tries to grab him.
Johnny (as Luigi): Go ahead, go for it, go for it. I fucking dare you. I'm going to bash the shit out of the button. You can't hold Luigi (Ryan: NO!)! No one can hold Luigi! Luigi decides when Luigi goes or fails. Try it again. I dare you, I double dare you, motherfucker! YOU CAN'T GRAB LUIGI! Why aren't you going after the fucking monkey!? Your mother's a fucking ham sandwich!
Retroactive Wish: Inverted. Anytime Johnny talks about a game he once played before that he loves/hates, the viewers will immediately ask him if he can record it for a commentary. Discussed in the Touhouvania commentary.
Solaris: Let's see... furry porn, veggie porn, munitions porn, weather porn, and now... uh, fire porn?
Johnny: Wait, why fire porn? Who mentioned fire porn? How do you @#$% fire?!
Revisited again by FTA on Mega Man 8 during the Grenade Man mid-boss battle.
Running Gag: Certain gags and themes show up repeatedly across a number of videos, such as Johnny's Old Shame, or Solaris and his constant Sonic references.
Someone pausing the game as they die, leading another to say "pausing won't save you": see Call Back above.
An outburst of the word "NUCLEAR!" whenever there's a quibble about pronunciation.
Solaris and his arguments with some guy on the Sonic Retro forums comes up a lot.
"EAT A SNAKE!"
The legacy of Biffalo in all his/its incarnations.
Starting in the Pokemon Crystal commentary, anytime someone is interrupted by a phone call or some other third party (usually happens to Ted), the group thinks that the Pokemon Fan Club President is on the phone, rambling about his Rapidash.
In the Symphony of the Night commentary, whenever something doesn't make sense, Johnny says it's ok cause "This castle is a creature of chaos, it may take many incarnations."
Ted also adding Sonic's Final Smash shout from Super Smash Brothers Brawl almost every time the move Supersonic is used in the Pokemon Crystal commentary.
Ted also naming the Pokemon he catches and intends to use during a Pokemon playthrough after various members of Brainscratch Commentaries.
It should be noted that every time he does this, Johnny gets pissed off.
Johnny: You made ME a FUCKING YELLOW RAT?
Johnny: You made ME a FUCKING BUG?
Whenever an Electrode is encountered, Guile's Theme from Street Fighter plays; a soundbite of Guile saying "Sonic Boom" whenever Electrode or any Pokémon that knows the move uses it is also used.
Johnny bringing up that they canceled the Devil May Cry 4 playthrough during the Portal 2 Co-op while bored out of his mind.
Solaris bringing up Naruto during the Final Fantasy 6 commentary.
Amanda: Why am I here? Johnny: Because we wanna piss off the subscribers. They can't stand you.
Shipper on Deck: During an interview with Sonic Paradox, the crew found out that the viewers had shipped Ted with Amanda, Ted with Lewis, Johnny with Lewis, and Johnny with Ryan. They were not only disturbed by the parings, but also by the fact that their fans were shipping real people.
During the same interview, Johnny questioned why pairings in the internet are called ships, giving Solaris an interesting idea.
Solaris: From now on shipping will be known as boating, I boat Naruto/Hinata!"
Soundtrack Dissonance: Part 19 of the Ocarina of Time commentary has the music during the fight against Phantom Ganon replaced with the cheery and upbeat music from Mario Golf/Tennis to go along with Ryan's "tennis racquet" weapon.
So You Were Saying...?: Solaris makes a solid argument about Mario 64's power-ups being highly situational and gimmicky, only for Nayrman to completely ignore him by pointing out the goofy music (the theme played in the vanish cap cavern) played during his rant.
Again this happens when Solaris tries to explain about the CGI cutscenes involving the Xbox 360 port of Sonic Adventure, Johnny interrupts him remarking at how slow Dr. Robotnik is crashing down near Tails.
Also, the name of this trope is also played straight and inverted in many commentaries when they are recording many parts in a row, usually done by Solaris.
Solaris: As I was saying before the end of the last part.
Story Arc: In the Tails portion of the Sonic Adventure playthrough, during the flashback of Tails meeting Sonic for the first time in part 10. The gang quickly comes up of a story of how Sonic had stolen a penny that he, Tails, himself found.
Nayrman: Angst, angst, oax, angst.
Solaris: Sadness, more angst. Oh, a penny. (Sonic then runs past in front of Tails)
Nayrman: And now it's gone.
Johnny: He took my penny, that was my penny! Hey! I'm talking to you! I didn't think he heard me. I'm gonna chase that fucker. (Tails begins following Sonic smiling) My penny! Gimme back my penny! It was mine!
Solaris: I saw it first!!
Johnny: HEY! YOU BLUE FUCKER!
Solaris: Sonic, your shoes are untied!
Nayrman and Solaris: I don't have shoelaces, you dipshit.
Johnny: (the flashback ends) We completely shitted on that flashback.
And later in the Sonic Colors commentary:
Nayrman: You still owe me that penny, Sonic, so the bet is mute. I mean moot.
And later in Wario World where Tails' missing penny prevents Wario's castle from being as much as Mario's million dollar contract.
"The Not-Lewis Chronicles", named after a set of commentaries that Lewis never appeared in. They ended in Part 3 of the Pokémon Leaf Green Commentary.
Stuff Blowing Up: When Johnny beats the Omega Metroid in Metroid Fusion, he starts to shoot missiles at random places in order for the ending to start, while everybody is chanting, "BLOW SHIT UP, BLOW SHIT UP, BLOW SHIT UP!"
Ryan: Wait a second, why did I give the bug creatures from Resident Evil 4 a voice?
Johnny: Why did I give the Metal Box personality?
Suckiness Is Painful: Ted actually got a headache (yes, a real one) from the Sonic Genesis commentary.
So did several of the viewers; the screen crunch, horrible frame rate, and randomly disappearing/reappearing objects/backgrounds are akin to the Virtual Boy in how they assault a person's eyes.
Super OCD: Lewis proves this time and time again with his kleptomaniac moments.
Take That: Everyone likes to take jabs at each other either by the commentator's gameplay or whatever they said. Ryan seems to be a target of this; however, he shrugs it off and tells them to "shut the fuck up".
Talk About the Weather: Parodied by Ryan's "How about that local sports team?", coined during the F-Zero GX commentary, to which Lewis responded "No! I hate sports!"
Johnny: I'm sorry, did you just say that out loud?
Lewis: I didn't mean what you think I meant.
Theme Music Power-Up: During Captain Falcon's entrance on Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Ryan edited in the song 'Searching For The Truth', the theme song from the F-Zero Anime, along with the galaxy size explosion.
Subscriber Runner Guitar has been working on an 'Un Official' Soundtrack for the group under the name 'BRAIN Dead and Reborn', but as of the time of this trope being written, they have not been used on any video yet. Though Johhny has hinted about making an intro using his own theme.
The Quiet One: Lewis during the crew's play through of Kirbys Return To Dreamland. The rest of the crew lampshaded how Lewis was unusually quiet most of the time and Lewis stated he was very focused on playing the game since he can't play and talk at the same time without screwing up.
Third-Person Person: Almost every time he posts a channel comment with their joint YouTube account, Solaris forgets to sign his name as part of the comment. He then remembers, comes back, and adds an additional comment reading "...said Solaris" to clarify who posted the comment.
Unsound Effect: In the Castlevania: Rondo of Blood commentary, Johnny took the liberty of adding subtitles to the cutscenes. In the very first cutscene, when a woman screams after being sacrificed, the subtitles read "*women screaming*".
Walking Disaster Area: The guys theorize that Samus is this, seeing as how pretty much every planet or ship she lands on ends up exploding. Whenever someone points out that Tallon IV didn't explode, Ryan adds "Yet..."
Watch It Stoned: Johnny's Painkillers he needed to take after a trip to the emergency room caused for some questionable content during the F-Zero GX commentary.
The rest of the crew's reaction when Ted mentions that he never tried a Twinkie
What Could Have Been: The Super Mario 64 playthrough was going to be 100%, but Nayrman deciding to homebrew his Wii stopped this from happening. There was also supposed to be a Devil May Cry 4 playthrough, but because the crew had nothing interesting to say after 3 parts, it was scrapped. A decision later regretted many times over during the Portal 2 Co-Op commentary.
NTom64 was going to be a guest on the Michael Jackson Moonwalker commentary, but they never got back to him.
In the F-Zero GX commentary, when Samurai Goroh challenges Captain Falcon, Lewis lampshades this.
Lewis: Just run them over!
A Winner Is You: Invoked in part 4 of Wario World, where Ted claims that Banjo-Tooie is the origin of the Hailfire Peaks trope, while the other commentators say that it's only the Trope Namer. Turns out Ted was right, though, and he proceeds to state "A winner is me" in victory.
Although, as he later pointed out in the latest TV Tropes reading, Ted was actually WRONG.
You Suck: Nayrman says this whenever criticizing/making fun of someone, mostly Johnny.
"Well that was an anti-climactic ending...We can always click on Botchamania!"