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Somecallme Johnny
The man himself, only as a cartoon.
"My name is Juan Ortiz, though some call me Johnny."

SomecallmeJohnny (Juan Ortiz) is a game reviewer on YouTube. Originally, he was 1/2 of the duo known as "The Super Gaming Bros", along with his younger brother Elliot. Eventually, Elliot left and Johnny now does reviews by himself under the new name "Johnny Vs. the World". Typically, his reviews are informative but mix in some live action comedy and short animations drawn by himself. He reviews games from well-known franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros. and Metroid, sometimes dedicating a month to one specific series. He also has a Let's Play channel on the side, with his brother and his friend Matt. You can find its tropes below Johnny's reviews' tropes.

He is also one of the primary members of BrainScratch Commentaries.

    List of Games Let's Played 
    List of Games played in Smackdown Sundays 


Provides the page quote for:


His reviews provide examples of:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Elliot reviewing Left 4 Dead by himself.
    • Johnny's two Sonic Anniversary Interview animations.
    • The Johnny vs. Pokemon Training Card Game episode wasn't a review, rather as a talk about Johnny, Elliot, Matt, and Ryan's experience with it, and also it has a small How-To-Play guide to the game.
  • Anti-Climax: In the Saw: The Video Game review, Johnny and Elliot prepare to fight Tails Doll who was disguised as Jigsaw. Before they even start, Mark comes by and the others tell him to back off. So what does Mark do? He just turns off the television Tails Doll was in.
  • April Fools' Day: The EARLY Sonic 4 review.
  • Arc Villain: Tails Doll, the personification of all the bad Sonic games and loves to make people play horrible games and watch them suffer. He was only around the time when the reviews were still labeled as Super Gaming Bros. with both Johnny and his brother Elliot, but when it became just Johnny and the reviews became less flashy, he hasn't been seen since.
  • Arc Words: Kinda stretching it, but as Johnny points out, in the Adventure Era 3D Sonic games, the phrase "Long time no see!" pops up frequently.
  • Artifact Title: Johnny's "Month of..." video game reviews. While the game series being reviewed does stay intact, the length of them doesn't. As of recent, any collection that takes over a month is now called "[Insert Video Game Series] Marathon".
  • Anything But That!: The Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels review began with Johnny groaning, "Not this game, not this game..."
  • Audience Participation: Johnny vs. the Subscribers, Round 2, and Hangin' Out.
    • From April 26th to June 14th, 2014, Johnny had his next game to review be chosen by his fans from a pre-set list of 3 to 2 games.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Johnny is pleading with the Cuccos to spare his life for attacking one of their own, his reasons for doing it in the first place are, in order: Hunger, getting a "Torque", his Uncle dying, the King being burned to the bone, his hair being colored pink, and not wearing any pants.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: While reviewing Super Mario World, he asks the developers to create a Bullet Bill even larger than the Banzai Bills. Cut to Johnny freaking out over the results in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Berserk Button: Basically, any game that is of very poor quality (or of immense difficulty) is enough to rile up his rage to awe-striking levels. His anger is rival to that of The Nerd's.
    For fuck's sake, this game is HORRIBLE!
    It doesn't matter if the egg is big or small. Billy WILL fall off the damn-(Falls off the ledge again and the egg stays on the platform) OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!!
  • Bias Steamroller: He admits that he favors Sonic more than Mario, hence giving the Mario games lower scores.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Elliot in the Sonic R review.
  • Big NO!: Johnny's reaction to Metroid: Other M delay.
    • This turns out to be ironic in hindsight, considering how much he dislikes the game when he reviews it.
    • Our protagonist; only briefly phased by a demonic monstrosity from hell sent by the Demon Video Game Overlords gives him the big scary speech with fire surrounding him, but when he flips that N64 cartridge over, his screams of despair carry over five city blocks.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded by Johnny in the Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review with the Tails Doll capturing him, but it's justified because the Tails Doll doesn't actually want to kill him.
  • Born Lucky: In the review of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Johnny somehow kills an enemy in a small corridor and clipped through a Hammer Bros. hammer.
  • Brain Scratch Comms Assemble!: Johnny does this in the SGB version of the Sonic '06 review.
  • Book Ends: The Sonic the Hedgehog Marathon began with the song It Doesn't Matter (Sonic's theme in Sonic Adventure), and it ended playing the same song.
  • Brick Joke: The Sonic Figurine appears in Sonic 4 Episode 2 when Johnny had no clue how to end the review, a few episodes later the figurine falls near a box, which leads to the Pokemon Training Card Game review.
    • After commenting (and then demonstrating) that the Unknown Item pickup jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission would be great for increasing the drama in any situation, it's then used in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 review, in the Super Mario Bros. review, and at the reveal of his Pokemon Trading Cards.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Johnny gives Superman 64 a -64 out of 10 after he realizes it's his review and he can do whatever he wants.
    We're not going to give it a score, it doesn't deserve one.
    • Sonic Genesis didn't receive a score either, but the absence of one wasn't even noted in the review.
  • Call Back: In the description of his Braid review, he gives the page quote from its page, and then adds: "...Okay, bye." This is a reference to his Metroid review.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Johnny swears so much in his review of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels that inserts censor bleeps in his special censor mode. Due to the sheer difficulty of the game, Johnny swearing up a storm is justified.
    • When he talks about the Special Stages in Sonic Heroes, he just can't contain his inner AVGN
  • Continuity Lockout: There's a small plot that started from the very first review Johnny uploaded, Sonic 06, with a possessed Sonic hat, that carried on over all the way to 2010... and the origins of this possessed Sonic hat are forever lost, as Johnny has since removed that video.
  • Continuity Nod: In The Legend of Zelda review, his save file from his Let's Play of the game is still present, which Johnny notes.
  • Cool Uncle: Most of the series Johnny grew up with and loved were introduced by his uncle. Johnny even thanks his uncle by reviewing the classic Castlevania games.
  • Christmas Episode: The Batman: Arkham Origins & Blackgate review. Though that only translates to Johnny wearing the Santa hat and beard with his Batman mask worn on top of them. Not to mention it came out one day after Christmas of 2013. And the only real reason it was a Christmas Episode was because of timing and the fact that Origins took place on Christmas Eve. All in all, a rather half-hearted execution of this trope.
  • Corpsing: Johnny's reaction (or at least it's a reaction that looks very much like corpsing, as he has no real reason to try and hide his laughter) to the outstanding voice acting in Mega Man 8.
  • Cross Over: With Hellfire Commentaries to do Sonic Labyrinth.
  • Cue the Sun: When the Tails Doll traps Johnny in Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review, the room he's in is lighted with a dark blue. When the Tails Doll departs, the room becomes lighted with natural sunlight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Not a definite example, but when Johnny and Elliot fought the Sonic hat, the battle seemed to be suspiciously dominated by Johnny, and it only got more extreme when Elliot entered and they then literally stomped on him right in the middle of his Badass Boast.
    • And when they fight him again, now revealed to be the Tails Doll, he could only scratch them in comparison to their quadruple 9 attacks.
  • Denial of Diagonal Attack: Being irritated by this in the first two Metroid games, he's absolutely ecstatic when it is inverted in Super Metroid. In fact, he provides the page quote.
    • He's also irritated by it in The Legend of Zelda, feeling that it compounds to the already stiff controls and leads to him getting unfairly dogpiled too many times.
  • Difficulty Spike: He got so pissed off at this in the Cave Story review that he provides the page quote.
    Fuck!! I know things should get progressively harder and harder as you move along, but this... (dies) THIS...
  • Double Entendre: An insistence on always using a misspelling of Dr. Wily's name that was featured in the Mega Man game currently being reviewed leads to an... interesting moment in Mega Man 7:
    Johnny: Nathan, I've played 6 Mega Man games at this point, I think I can handle another Willy.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Johnny has to do this when discussing his very painful memory of 100%-ing Super Mario Sunshine during the entire summer of 2003 only to discover that the prize was A Winner Is You postcard and a Cosmetic Award next to his save file. As such, prepare for Drunk Johnny.
    Oh hey there! Oho man, it looks like you're on fire! S' too bad! Alright, seems you don't feel the need to run into the ocean that's just to your left, I'll put you out! With Yoshi's juices. Good to see you're back buddy! There you go. Putting that fire out. With those guttural, acidic juices. YOSHI JUICE FOR EVERYONE!
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Johnny's style has notably improved between the time he started compared to now, but that's a given considering that time usually improves a person.
  • Evil Laugh: What he did after beating Clement's record.
  • Exact Words: Johnny's comment on the Flying Battery Zone level in Sonic 3 & Knuckles:
    So this is what the inside of an Energizer looks like.
  • Fan Boy: It should be clear Johnny (and to a lesser extent, Elliot) is a fan of Sonic games, though not a gullible, biased one.
  • Fandisservice: Matt doing the truffle shuffle in the Too Many Games 2014 announcement video.
  • Fate Worse than Death: At least implied. Johnny, after seeing that he has to do yet another complex, difficult, and annoying puzzle while playing Saw: The Video Game, he declares that he's not going to play the game anymore, either forgetting that he will die as a result in his frustration, or just not caring anymore.
  • Four Point Scale: Subverted. Scores below 4 are considered terrible.
    • Now averted after his Sonic Generations review, as he dropped the scoring system completely.
  • Guide Dang It: As his The Legend of Zelda and Castlevania II Simons Quest reviews show, he does not like this. He doesn't hate it, he just doesn't think a game that has a ton of it can be enjoyed very much without the guide.
  • Halloween Episode: Three of them: their Left 4 Dead, Superman 64 (both for Halloween 2009), and Saw: The Video Game (for Halloween 2010) reviews.
  • Heroic BSOD: Brought on by the Ghosts N Goblins theme in his Mega Man 7 review.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: At the end of his Braid review, Johnny decided that he would let the viewers decided the next indie game. The game that had the most liked comment would be the winner. It worked as well as you'd think.
  • Killed Off for Real: Big Rigs (both the CD and data) and Tails Doll. Not quite...
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In the Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review, The Tails Doll decides that it seems inevitable that he'll fail to kill Johnny (even admitting the reason for that may be that he's just not very good), so after escaping from his TV, he's decided to depart from Johnny's life...but not without making him suffer some, hoping for another Heroic BSOD.
    • He did say he would return one more time...
  • Large Ham: BREAKDANCING EGGMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!
    • His Metroid Prime 3 review has a montage of these:
      • PRESS THOSE KEY CODES! SHOOT THOSE TARGETS! TWIST THAT PANEL! CALIBRATE THAT PANEL! SHOOT THE SPECIFIC ENEMY! RIP OFF THAT PANEL! AGAIN! AGAIN! AGAIN!...AGAIN! PUMP THAT SUM'BITCH UP!
  • Lampshade Hanging: I'M FIGHTING A POSSESSED SONIC HAT!
  • Left Hanging: Who did win the Pokemon Battle between Johnny and Ted? I guess we'll probably find out... never.
  • Long List: Ted's list of his favorite Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal music, in which Johnny promptly cuts Ted off.
  • Lost Forever: Johnny's original Big Rigs and Sonic 06 Review...unless reuploads count.
  • Makes Sense In Context: Why did the Sonic hat seem to consider Sonic R the worst Sonic game? It's bad, but not atrocious...oh. He was born from it.
  • Marathon Episode: Early episodes lasted about six to fifteen minutes at best, however recent reviews can get extremely long (he has to cover everything about the game as possible). The second review of Sonic 06 lasted 50 minutes. note 
  • Mundane Made Awesome: You sure love eating pizza and drinking soda, don't you? But it does get a tad plain, doesn't it? Don't you wish that the No More Heroes theme would play whenever you did it? Well, Johnny's got you covered! I mean, you're probably going to be humming it, anyway.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Used to increase Johnny's horror at the walking-towards-you version of the Hammer Bros. in The Lost Levels Review.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Usually, when reviewing a game, Johnny does what he calls an "establishing shot;" i.e. showing his copy of the game going into the console before starting up the review (if it's a digital game, he'll either skip it or show the game being selected in the menu of the console it's stored in.). When it came time to review Sonic and the Secret Rings, he instead let the game fall onto the floor. In the review, he states that he considers it worse that Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Shadow the Hedgehog. Good control in a video game is of the utmost importance to him.
    • FYI, he lampshades this.
    • Actually turns into a subversion; he shows the Wii Menu screen for the game in it's entirety.
    • Super Mario Sunshine also has this happen, Johnny confronts the game over how it scarred him with it offering a canteen instead of a Versus Title Intro.
  • Out of Focus: Subverted. Even though Elliot left the group for the main channel, he still appears as a cameo or for a special occasion, and of course the LP channel. The Big Rigs review even lampshades this by slapping the words "Super Gaming Brothers Forever" at the end.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Attempting to dissect Sonic 2006's plothole-ridden storyline has caused him to lose his cool.
  • Rage Quit: Jokingly done so during Ryan's experience with the Pokemon Training Card Game, Johnny throws the table when playing and starts to beat Matt.
    • Played straight for the Saw: The Video Game review, Johnny gets sick of being cheaply killed and trying to solve multiple timed puzzles (some who have extremely short time limits).
  • Rated M for Manly: The main theme for the Contra 1-4 review.
  • The Reveal: Matt, who for some viewers, they thought Matt was someone totally different.
    • Elliot with Hair in Big Rigs.
  • Rule of Three: Three games were given a 10 out of 10 in 2010.
  • Running Gag: Whenever he mentions the iconic Screw Attack powerup of Metroid fame, a cool voice with a slight echo says: "Screw Attack!"
    • Every time Metroids appeared in his Month of Metr- (cue scary music) AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! OH GOD NO! NOT THEM!! NOT THE ORIGINAL METROIDS!!!!!! THEY TAKE 5 MISSILES AND THE ICE BEAM!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFES!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • After commenting (and then demonstrating) that the Unknown Item pickup jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission would be great for increasing the drama in any situation, it's then used in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 review, in the Super Mario Bros. review, at the reveal of his Pokemon Trading Cards, and in the Mega Man 9 and 10 review.
    • In the Mega Man Marathon, whenever one of the games misspells or mispronounces Dr Wily's name, Johnny pronounces Wily's name in that manner for the rest of the review.
  • Running Gagged: In his final (at the time of this edit) Metroid review, Johnny finally shoots the person who keeps saying "Screw Attack!", with an NES ray gun.
  • Shout-Out: Johnny was seen drinking beer from a suspiciously green bottle while waiting for the night to change to day in his Castlevania II Simons Quest review. He then subverts it with stating that it isn't Rolling Rock. Appropriate, as in the same review, he mentions that he was inspired by the Nerd.
  • Special Guest: A few:
    • Ryan from BrainScratch Commentaries for the first Sonic '06 review, Month of Sonic 2, Pokemon Training Card Game, Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal. and Mega Man 9 & 10
    • Johnny's other brother Mark (who in some videos is the cameraman).
    • Matt and The Burly Men for the Too Much Games experience. Matt reappears for certain update videos and the Pokemon Trading Card Game review.
    • Ted (from BrainScratch Commentaries) for Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal.
    • Lewis (again, from Brain Scratch Commentaries) for the SGB version of the Sonic '06 review.
    • Clement for the Mega Man 3/Mega Man: The Wily Wars review.
    • ParanoiaSonik for the Mega Man 7 review
  • Stock Footage: A minor one, Johnny uses the same loading screens footage from his Sonic '06 multiplayer Lets Play to compare the Metal Sonic transformation scene from Sonic Heroes.
  • Story Arc: One involving a strange Sonic hat that warps the mind of whoever wears it to commit horrible misdeeds, such as... playing Sonic R.
  • Sudden Name Change: After Elliot left the group, the series name changed from SGB Reviews to Johnny vs. [Insert Game Here]. The older reviews kept the SGB Review name.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: In his Ocarina of Time review, he refers to the Master Sword as "the blade that gets shit done".
  • Take That: In his Sonic Generations review, when talking about the 30 Second Challenge Leaderboards, he showed the top three for Classic City Escape, with him at the top & Clement J 642 at the bottom, causing him to say: "Ha! Take that Clement!"
    • Although Clement beat the record soon after.
    • Which led to Johnny beating Clement's new record, complete with a small Reason You Suck Speech before signing off.
  • The Television Talks Back: Elliot in the Metroid Prime 3 review. It could had been justified since it's a webcam chat, but moments later, Elliot throws him the Metroid Prime Hunters game, while still on TV.
  • Think of the Children!: Ryan's plea to Johnny and Elliot when they assemble every Genesis Sonic game and peripheral into one.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His Shadow the Hedgehog review begins with him lying as if dead on his couch. The next review, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), starts with him preparing coffee, Pepsi and wine to drink throughout the review.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mark when he sees Tails Doll on the TV.
  • Vs. Title: The Johnny vs. X reviews.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Called out by name in the Metroid: Other M and Metroid Prime 3 reviews for the Galatic Ferderation secretly creating Metroid breeding programs (and Space Pirate clones, recreating Tourain, and an artificial Mother Brain) and using Aurora Units (basically Mother Brains) for running their military defensive systems, respectfully.

His Let's Plays provides examples of the following:

  • Aborted Arc: Sonic Genesis was cancelled because of Johnny losing a lot of lives from Labyrinth Zone and therefore Johnny and Elliot decided to cancel the LP in the end.
    • It should also be mentioned that although the Sonic 06 LP did happen, it was originally going to be live commentary. But because of the recording curse taking effect and lack of commentary, it was Post Commentary instead.
  • Abridged Series: In Reverse/Rebirth, Johnny wanted to avoid repetition by editing out all of the levels except for boss fights. In other words, he made an abridged series of an abridged series.
  • The Ace: If there's a game that either one of the guys grew up with and loved, than you'll know that they'll play the game extremely well.
  • Alliterative Name: Matthew Michael Matelli, or as the ladies say it, "Mmm".
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different/ I Have Many Names: Matthew has gone by many names, such as Turd Ferguson, Slim Shady, and Pretty Fly for a White Guy.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: There are times where the Let's Plays are done in Post-Commentary instead of being recorded live.
  • Angrish: Johnny's prone to this whenever epic failure repeats itself more than once.
  • April Fools' Day: Subverted. There was going to be a Sonic Genesis April Fools playthrough, but according to Johnny in the Brain Scratch run of the game, he and Elliot lost their marbles during recording and cancelled it. The footage has long since been Lost Forever since Johnny deleted it.
  • Artistic License - Linguistics: Johnny and Matt spend most of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories shamelessly mispronouncing words like "sleight" and "respite."
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Aside from Matthew having a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, he slams Rebecca Chambers for staring at a door while Chris is dying. Granted, it's a load screen taking longer than it should, but the joke was still valid.
    • Although its still a subversion. While Matt does have ADHD, he doesn't let it show.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: When Johnny lost a life during the trek to the Great Palace due to a combination of Knockback (his sworn nemesis)and his own fault, he unleashes an Atomic F-Bomb worthy of the The Angry Video Game Nerd... which is what we would be saying, if he didn't cut it off with... the opening to Paranoia Agent?
  • Audience Participation: At the end of Sonic 4: Episode 1, Johnny made a voting of which Sonic game he would play next. It was a close call between Sonic Adventure, Sonic Colors, and Sonic '06. Sonic '06 won.
  • Ax-Crazy: Elliot and his comments about Nabbit in the New Super Mario Bros. U playthrough are less than settling.
    Elliot: I love chopping him up into pieces and using his foot for good luck.
    • Let's not get started on his treatment of ants, according to the MediEvil LP.
  • Batman Gambit: Lampshaded and mentioned by name in his Sonic 2006 LP.
  • Berserk Button: Johnny in the home stretch of the Dusty Desert (Second Level in Sonic 06) multiplayer.
    Johnny: YOU STAY THERE AND LET ME FINISH!
    • Pretty much any time they're all stuck on a certain level for a while.
    • Final Fantasy XIII for Matt.
  • Bias Steamroller: Matt has a raw, undying hatred against Final Fantasy XIII.
    • Johnny and Matt (possibly Elliot) don't give two shits and a fuck about Kingdom Hearts 358Days/2.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Everyone says this whenever something odd or cheap happens. This one takes the cake:
    Johnny: If we ever use the warp whistle, we have to cancel the Let's Play again.
    Matt: And I'm going to strangle him.
    Elliot: And I'll sodomize him.
    Matt: That- WHAT? WHAT?
    • On the final part of Sonic 4 Episode 1, Johnny let's one of these slip when Elliot defeated the Lost Labyrinth Zone's part of the Boss Rush (which killed him a few times) without dying once.
  • Birthday Episode: Elliot's 17th birthday "Let's Play" of Slender.
    • The Donkey Kong Country recording happened in Elliot's 16th birthday... without the birthday boy himself.
      Matt: Happy birthday buddy and what a better way to celebrate your birthday than by excluding you from our Let's Play.
      • As to add to Elliot' 17th, his 18th was done to Slender:The Arrival
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: This little exchange as of video 3 on The Lost Levels playthrough:
    Elliot: So, there's this kid who considers himself a "Game Reviewer"...
    Matt: Johnny?
    Johnny: FUCK YOU!
  • Book Dumb: As evidenced by recent Let's Plays, Elliot is not that bright on information, or at least in terms of Nintendo games. With other topics, he is at most an airhead.
  • Book Ends: The first and final rounds of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend on Smackdown Sunday were of Mu-12 battling against a purple Valkenhayn controlled by Elliot in the Altar. Naturally, this is lampshaded by Matt.
  • Born Lucky: When Elliot stepped up to play Sonic the Hedgehog 4, he phased through one of Eggman's projectiles during the Boss Rush.
    • Also played straight and inverted many times throughout the Lost Levels commentary.
    • In the Kingdom Hearts playthrough, Johnny was lucky to get THREE encounters with the White Mushroom Heartless without trying to get all the Arts for all the spells he could cast at the time.
  • Button Mashing: The guys do this in the Jeopardy episode to see who could answer first. After a while, their thumbs start to get sore.
  • Butt Monkey: Elliot during 2D Mario Games and Flame Core in Sonic 06 Multiplayer.
    • Lampshaded by Johnny during the 2D Sonic Marathon.
    • Matt in the Mario Party 5 video.
    • Mark in the Mario U lets play.
    • In-game: Ben. Screwed up everybody's lives? Ben. Huge dislike bar in a video? Ben. Lloyd fails at making a sandwich? BEN!
  • Captain Obvious: Johnny points it out to Elliot during his LP of Resident Evil 2 when his health was critical.
    Elliot: Danger!
    Johnny: No shit, Elliot!
  • Catchphrase: When Eliot makes a screw-up, Johnny yells "Eliot! Seriously!".
    Johnny: Elliot, seriously. God damn it, how many times am I going to say that? ...I want a complication of all my Elliot-seriously's. It's probably at three hundred and seventy-four.
    • Johnny also has his orgasmic catchphrase where he yells "My Dick! My Dick!"
    • Elliot has three: "FAIL!" "That was close." and "You're a dick."
    • When Elliot is having trouble, Johnny will never fail to give him the sagely advice of: "Take your time." Spoiler: It doesn't really help.
    • "How's that phone, by the way?" Deserves a t-shirt.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: More so Elliot, but Matt has his moments.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Matthew. BIG TIME. To put it bluntly, if Matthew goes three sentences without cursing something out, Johnny thinks something is wrong with him.
  • Comic Trio: Johnny (The Leader), Elliot (The Fool), and Matt (The Only Sane Man).
  • Continuity Nod: In the Zelda II LP, Johnny's save file from the then recently completed review of the game is clearly visible in the file select. No one makes a reference to it, though.
  • Cosmic Plaything: During the Sonic 06 Multiplayer, Elliot gets killed by meteors three times in a row in roughly twenty seconds, one of the few times in which the poor kid was legitimately screwed over by the game.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Elliot isn't very good at platforming games. But when it comes to fighting games and wide open sandbox games, Elliot can kick serious ass.
    • Elliot also demonstrates this during the Sonic 2 and Sonic 06 multiplayer parts against Johnny. He manages to end the former in a tie and the latter winning. Keep in mind, Johnny has been playing the classic Sonic games since he was a child, being able to master Sonic 06's stiff control, and Elliot barely having experience with either.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During Mega Man X, in part 2, he took on Storm Eagle, to get revenge for his embarrassment in brainscratchcomms's playthrough. He completely decimates Storm Eagle in the boss fight, by taking him down, with no effort, taking no hits, and insulting him as he does so. Later, in part 5 of the same LP, he purposefully wastes a sub-tank before the Storm Eagle rematch, so he can savor the moment of obliterating Storm Eagle with the HADOUKEN!
    • Johnny set up a Lethal Frame deck for the second Riku fight in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories so that Johnny could stop time, attack Riku and set up another Lethal Frame then when time started again, Riku lost 5 big chunks from his health bar and then Johnny repeated the process.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's not unusual for any one of the three to snark once in a while, though Matt is the most adept at it.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Invoked by Matt as he calls himself this in the Lost Levels commentary.
  • Determinator: The whole basis for Johnny in the later worlds of Mario: The Lost Levels.
  • The Ditz: Elliot has his moments of this.
    • Elliot has this in World 7-6 of Mario 3, he makes it to the whole with a few seconds left despite the various amounts of him falling off platforms.
  • The Dreaded: Conceptually, Johnny fears the editing room floor whenever Matt or Elliot either commentate terribly or breathe heavily.
    • Judging from comments in Chain of Memories; Matthew absolutely FEARS Lingering Sentiment and Vanitas Sentiment.
  • Drinking Game: Their playthrough of Mario Party 4, where Johnny, Matt, and Mark duke it out by taking shots after losing a minigame, not getting a star, landing on red spaces, etc. Elliot plays as well, but substitutes Jack Daniels for Pepsi and Mountain Dew instead.
    • The tradition continues on St. Patricks Day 2014 where they did a drinking game for Mario Party 5. They also did drunk lets plays of Superman 64 and Project M.
  • Drives Like Crazy: If the Let's Play of L.A. Noire is anything to go by, the minute Elliot gets a driver's license in the real world, he should be knocked unconscious, flown to the Gobi Desert, and buried 40 feet under for the sake of the human race. (And the sake of the Philadelphia Budget Planning Meeting)
  • Epic Fail: Since they're live LP's, there are a ton of them. Mostly by Elliot. And you know that's one of the reasons you go there.
    • Know anybody else under the age of 75 who got a game over in World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros?
    • Johnny also died against the first Mecha Sonic boss, who is exactly the same as the first Sonic the Hedgehog boss.
    • In the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 LP, Elliot got a Game Over on Easy Mode.
    • Matt drowned in Angel Island Zone!
    • Matt sometimes forgets to un-mute his microphone, leading to him being barely audible; Johnny has expressed his frustration with this by editing in notes.
    • In part 4 of the Lost Levels playthrough, Johnny kicks a Koopa shell to the right and then runs right into it. Matt is in stitches.
      • Incidentally, this coincided with Elliot asking the two what a molar is, another possible example of the trope.
    • In Part 3 of the Super Mario Brothers 3 LP, Elliot died on a TREASURE SHIP. Worse than world 1-1.
      • To be fair, why is there a boss fight on a secret bonus level?
    • Elliot failing to use the cloud item correctly in the same part.
      Johnny: Jeez, did you want to do a dramatic entrance with the cloud?
    • Elliot dying in the Green Switch Palace.
    • The Crash Bandicoot 3 LP might as well be Epic Fail: The Elliot Cancel Story.
    • Pretty much anytime Elliot makes the exact same mistakes multiple times in a row after Johnny told him exactly what to do or not to do in a game. Johnny at one point accused Elliot of not even bothering to try to avoid the enemies/hazards.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: Invoked and Justified. Elliot (at the time) has never beaten any of the Classic Sonic games and Johnny made him play it on Easy (using Sonic Jam) and with Tails just to make it different from the previous Let's Play.
    • Adding to that, Johnny mocked Elliot because how watered down the final boss was compared to when he would fight it normally.
      Johnny: They must think you're the pussy of pussies.
    • Inverted in Mario Lost Levels. Elliot and Matt call Johnny a pansy for not playing the All-Stars remake of the game, which is superior and less frustrating.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Sort of. In MediEvil, Johnny gets a bit upset that his name is a homonym for toilet (a John). Adding to that, Elliot finds out that his name written backwards sounds like toilet. They wonder is their names were meant to be connected somehow.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Matt's a real trooper when it comes to Kamek. Then again, 8 castles and a frustrated Libido is going to inhibit judgment.
    • Comes back in Lost Levels were he says after World 5 he'd settle for Toad.
    • And Enyuu from Genma Onimusha. Did we mention Enyuu is a sword?
  • Filler Arc: Johnny says that the Super Mario Land LP is this.
  • Freak Out!: Johnny is terrified when Silver escapes the boundaries of the Sonic vs. Silver boss fight and begins chasing him through Soleanna. The fact that he had to frequently slow down and even stop to make sure Silver could keep up nearly drags the scene into Narm territory though.
    • On a more serious note, Johnny usually gets these when he starts losing his patience. Mostly when it involves Elliot doing something stupid.
  • Gag Censor: See Atomic F-Bomb above.
  • Gasp: Mark's common reaction in the New Super Mario Bros. games.
  • The Ghost: The fourth brother of the Ortiz/Cancel family, Stevie. Mentioned only a few times, never seen.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In Part 44 of L.A. Noire, Matt and Johnny briefly speculate that Elliot is Cole Phelps's evil Split Personality who makes Phelps drive around recklessly and endanger countless civilians for laughs.
    Matt: On one side, Cole Phelps. A Goody Two-Shoes who wants to uphold the law. The other personality, Elliot Cancel. A maniac who runs down everyone and disobeys complete note  traffic laws.
  • Halloween Episode: While not being released at October 31, their Castlevania Let's Play was posted to start off Johnny's Castlevania reviews.
    • In October 2012, there was a dedicated month of horror or darker games LP'd, aptly named Halloweenfest.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During the Resident Evil (original) playthrough, Elliot slips vocally, suggesting Rebecca Chambers has a degree in Ph.D's, with the other two teasing him as a result. In the first part of said playthrough, Matthew said the same thing and nobody caught it.
  • Idiot Hero/Failure Hero: Elliot in the 2D Mario games and Crash 3.
  • I Have No Son: What's that, Elliot? You don't like TV Tropes? Then Matt disowns you from the family.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: In the Donkey Kong Country playthrough, Matt calls a Zinger with a dark-greenish color a "Zombee".
    • This might also be an example of So Unfunny It's Funny because Johnny and Matt start laughing as a result.
    Matthew: You got Kang Banged!
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: John is Sonic and Elliot is Tails! It's a Sonic Marathon! All the Sonic games on the Genesis! (That includes Sonic CD!) Plus Sonic 4 Episode 1! Played in a row! No breaks of significant measure! Two have more than 10 zones! Of considerable length! And don't forget the Special Stages! Arc Fatigue for our Let's Players is definitely NOT a very high possibility!
  • Its Pronounced Tropay: Elliot's last name is pronounced as Can-CELL. Doesn't stop Johnny and Matt from calling him Cancel.
    Elliot: It's like your name is John Ortiz, I say Or-TIZE, and you say I pronounced it wrong.
    Johnny: Or-TIZE is just flat-out wrong.
  • It Amused Me: Elliot admits he plays La Noire recklessly (running people over, damaging cars, etc.) since he gets amused from annoying Johnny.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Matt. While he does have his moments of trolling and the occasional jerk moment, he really cares and loves his friends, family, and fans.
  • Jump Scare: Johnny after he finds out that Slenderman can pop up out of nowhere rather than following you constantly. Later, everyone has this when Slender appears in an enclosed area.
  • Kaizo Trap: Discussed during Part 8 of Devil May Cry. [1]
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Elliot in the Tails in Sonic 2 Let's Play, which is mainly the reason he got the Game Over in the first place.
  • Large Ham: Elliot really likes to go full ham sometimes. Matt also has his moments of hamminess as well, although not as much as Elliot.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Elliot and Johnny both wanted Matt to hit the bankrupt space in Wheel of Fortune, however both brothers ended up landing on the space on their turns.
    : Matt: Yeah, Fuck You! Just goes to show that malice is full circle!
  • Laughing Mad: Matt just plain loses it when Elliot gets murdered three times in less than five to ten seconds in Flame Core. To the point where he could not breathe!
    Johnny: Joker here! I've infected the room with laughing gas! Our first casualty: Matthew Metelli!
  • Left Fielder: As described below, Elliot is supposedly the king of bringing up irrelevant topics.
  • Lost Forever: The three Sonic LPs Johnny did for his LP channel before he decided it would be better just to have Elliot in the LPs.
    • His Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion LPs and accidentally the final part of 8-bit Super Mario Bros.
    • Johnny and Elliot's LP of Sonic Genesis was canceled and deleted by Johnny after constantly dying in the final stage of Labyrinth Zone.
  • Manipulative Editing: Utilized mostly for comedic purposes, seen most prominently in the Sonic 2006 and Genma Onimusha LPs.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Johnny's been noted for his wide range of nearly flawless impersonations that he pulls off every now and then, the most famous and popular of which being his Luigi voice.
    • Most impressively was his impression of Louis Armstrong during the LP of Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Mondegreen: In Mario Lost Levels, during Johnny's rage in World 8-1, Matt says he's getting empowered by Johnny's rage. Elliot, Johnny, and the rest of the viewers interpret as "I'm getting a boner to Johnny's rage". Matt then goes with it, much to Elliot's disgust.
  • Mood Whiplash: Episode 3 in The Walking Dead has the death of Duck affect the mood the guys greatly. Matt, a guy who will crack the most inappropriate jokes at a whim, is heavily disturbed at the death scene because he saw Elliot do the deed himself while he (Matt) could never bring himself to putting Duck out of his misery before he turns. Of course, Everybody goes back to cracking inappropriate jokes shortly after the scene.
  • No Indoor Voice: Matthew is about as subtle as a flying hammer across the room when it comes to vocals. When he finds something funny, you'll know it.
    • Elliot screams a lot in the LPs.
  • Notable References to TV Tropes: Matt quotes many tropes in the videos, and Johnny occasionally does so as well.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Everybody calls him Johnny.
  • Non Sequitur: Johnny claims Elliot is the king of bringing up random shit.
  • Once a Let's Play: Fuzzy Meatloaf being blurted out. As Matt says it, it's obligatory.
    • Bort also seems to make its way into every lets play as well.
  • Oddball in the Series: While Johnny always does his Let's Plays with Elliot, Matt, and sometimes a 4th random person, his Let's Play of Shadowgate and the NES game of Back to the Future consisted of himself and his friends from college
  • Oh Crap: The guys say different variations of this in the Jeopardy episode when they didn't know a question.
  • Only Sane Man: Johnny of the three.
  • Original Character: Bort.
  • Put on a Bus: The Nightmare on Elm Streetnote  LP. Deeming the game too difficult (and it is) for the moment, the three have decided to accept the loss and try the game again at a different time.
    • The Bus Came Back: The trio played A Nightmare on Elm Street again, completing it during Halloweenfest 2013 (due to high difficulty, an infinite lives cheat was used to complete it).
  • Rage Breaking Point: While not shown, Johnny has this in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP after everybody starts to lose several times in World 9-5.
    • It happens again in Part 2 of Sonic '06 Multiplayer, when Elliot tries to attempt fate on their last life during the end of Dusty Desert.
    • Happens yet again in Part 14 of Super Mario World, after Elliot died right at the end of Star World 5, and then when he accidently dropped the P-Switch needed to progress through the level.
    • Happens far too many times to count in the group's LP of New Super Mario Bros. U where Johnny starts screaming at the top of his lungs whenever Matt, Mark, or Elliot keep fucking up ans screwing the group over.
  • Rapid Fire No: Johnny and Matt's response to some of Elliot's more questionable content during the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Let's play.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Matt and Elliot are the red to Johnny and Mark's blue.
  • Running Gag: The SGB have a few. Their most famous one is "Fuzzy Meatloaf", which stemmed from Johnny mishearing Elliot saying "Buzzy Beetle". Since this slip-up, Fuzzy Meatloaf has been mentioned many times throughout their numerous Let's Plays.
    • Every time Johnny uses green souls to become invincible in the Genma Onimusha LP, an invincibility theme (usually from Mario or Sonic games) plays for the duration of the invincibility.
    • If a question about something odd is asked and there's no clear answer, In the Kingdom Hearts playthrough, one of them will shout "THE VOID!''
    • "How's that phone by the way?" said whenever Elliot is on his phone.
    • In conjunction with "THE VOID!" gag, the crew tend to find a way to insert Ex-Death from Final Fantasy V into the plot of a completely unrelated title.
    • They've also managed to make Legends of the Hidden Temple jokes frequently as of late.
    • "Don't enforce running gags!"
    • With the exception of Super Mario Bros. 3, Matt has always introduced himself in some funny way.
    • Elliot's apparent hate of Suitcases, Hotdog Stands & Green Cars in L.A. Noire
    • Cole Phelps, whatever job I was given in the last 25 minutes.
    • P!! in the Zelda II commentary.
    • Rydia calling Cecil a Jinx throughout the Final Fantasy IV Let's Play.
    • Elliot getting "disowned" from the family by Matt.
    • Johnny comparing Elliot's screaming to a bird.
    • "Avast! Virus Database has been updated!"
    • Anything funny that happens in a game that the crew covers will usually be the running joke for the rest of the LP.
  • Sadist Teacher: Matt torturing a Chao while teaching the audience all about the Chao Gardens.
  • Sanity Slippage: Johnny starts suffering this in the Crash 3 lets play because of Elliot's fails.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: All 3 of the guys were subjected to this during their LP of Slender.
  • Sibling Team: Johnny and Elliot... and Mark.
  • Shout-Out: Many of their jokes are references to something or other. For example, the pun above is an actual combo from Mortal Kombat: Deception for Liu Kang. There are also lines dropped from SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons.
    • In the finale of their Batman: Arkham City playthrough, Matt brings up the question of who they think will line up in Arkham Knight to "twat that bat."
      • He also mentions later in that conversation that an example of reaching for a villain to fight Batman in newer games would be Firefly, unless Batman overburns his soufflés.
    • Elliot seems to be relying heavily on references, mainly from Family Guy and South Park, as of late for humor.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Everyone curses to an extent, but Matthew outright shines in this department.
  • Smash Cut: Johnny has begun doing this recently.
  • Split Personality: The guys claim that Cole Phelps has this. See Gollum Made Me Do It above.
  • Take That: Matthew called out BrainScratch Commentaries head Ryan after getting all the Super Emeralds in Sonic 3 Complete during Sandopolis Zone.
    • Matt takes a jab at the newer Crash Bandicoot games in the Crash 2 playthrough.
      Matt(as Crash): My life is a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. Oh well, better than Activision.
  • Technology Porn: Referenced in Galaga where Matt shows off the PC Board of the game.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Elliot courtesy of The Finale of Sonic 06's Multiplayer Mode.
    • Another one in Kingdom Hearts after Goofy obtained the MP Gift ability.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Elliot + Crash Bandicoot 3 = Failure.
    • Also done with Shadow Gate, as Johnny kept a death count of all the deaths.
    • Elliot later does this in the Limbo LP.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Elliot plays Mario U way better than any other 2D Mario game he's played on the channel. How much better? He gets his first game over in World 8.
  • Troll: Matt is this full stop, mostly within the New Super Mario Bros. series as he griefs Johnny and Elliot for giggles.
    • During Johnny's Let's Play of Metal Gear Solid, Elliot and Matt started to sing random songs from films and TV shows just to mess up Johnny's button mashing attempt to stay alive during the torture scene. Johnny loses focus and gets killed, forcing him to do the button mashing sequence all over again.
    • During Elliot's LP of La Noire, all of the shenanigans he causes in the game has the group dub Cole Phelps as Troll Phelps because of the character (through Elliot) is always slamming into cars, running people over, and causing massive property damage for the giggles.
    • During Matt's turn in Super Smash Bros. Brawl while in the Subspace stage, he purposely kills off his character, Princess Peach, sorely because he doesn't like playing as her. This completely screws over everyone since the crew is now down one character and they get a game over afterwards.
  • Verbal Tic: Matt keeps sayings "Anyways" after he says something out-of-topic.
    • Now Matt uses "Whatchamacallit" when starting a new topic.
    • During the course of Sonic '06, the viewers commentated that Johnny kept saying "You know" multiple times. One part has him being stuck in that phrase for a while.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Johnny and Elliot both find different things to care about in the games that they play.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Matthew doesn't...most of the time. He's been called out on his abuse of Chao in Sonic Adventure 2 by many of the trio's fans as a detriment. Johnny only enters this when he dishes out vigilante justice, such as chainsawing a serial killer in the dick. Elliot loves to mow down innocent civilians in L.A. Noire.
  • Watsonian Versus Doylist: The guys' are Doylist-Minded with Kingdom Hearts regarding the story. Johnny and Matt both find themselves listening to the story; only for Johnny to find it needlessly complex with relatively unsatisfying concepts and conclusions (with Matt finding quite a few contradictions). The guys frequently argue that the game has convoluted itself, and that it's not fair for the series' fans to just say "You don't get it." to other people who want to understand a plot that doesn't requires a massive amount of games (Many of which aren't really valid anymore due to massive retcons) and some outside sources to piece it all together.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Mark disappeared after World 2 of the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP. Justified due to the audio glitching up and forcing them to do it all over again, but Mark left because as Johnny says it, "He has a life".
    • This happened again in the Injustice playthrough, where Mark was around for the first four parts, but was absent afterwards. Justified because he was called back into service in between recording sessions.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Not to a recurring character, but instead to the main character of L.A. Noire, Cole Phelps, who the Let's Players have given multiple jobs off the top of their heads (with the phrase, "Cole Phelps, X") often to the parody of whatever is happening on screen.
  • With Friends Like These...: Matthew takes it upon himself to be the total asshole during the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Let's play, with hilarious (yet annoying) results, including "paying homage" (read: Plagiarizing) to the Freelance Astronauts near the endgame flagpole... twice.
    • Matt also hurls Elliot into harm's way far, far too many times for a sane person to count.
    • With New Super Mario Bros U, Matt continues to be Trolltoad, screwing anyone he can throughout the game.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Elliot has a tendency to use the word irony/ironic on sentences that don't connect.
    • Invoked by Johnny in Crash Bandicoot 3, when he asks Elliot if he even knows the meaning of the phrase "I swear!," as Elliot was constantly saying it whenever he was giving an explanation for his latest screw-up.

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