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 Playchannel 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.
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.
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.
...Until the Mega Man 7 review, which drops hints on his return.
...And then the Mega Man 9 & 10 review had a small teaser at the end that foreshadowed the next review.
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".
More so for the SGB version of the review than the Johnny Vs. version, though he still gets very riled up at certain aspects of the game. Reviewing the story actually infuriated him far more than the glitched gameplay.
He has openly admitted that he hates Sonic 06's predecessor more. As such, it gets more rage.
He rages during the Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg review when he keeps falling off the ledge due to Billy's horizontal spin. He calms down by cooking fried eggs. He even says the ledge problem and the fact that he has to wait for the egg to respawn pisses him off almost as much as Ghosts 'N' Goblins
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Well, 50 minutes and 26 seconds, to be exact.
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)andShadow the Hedgehog. Good control in a video game is of the utmost importance to him.
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.
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.
This one is very subtle: In the Castlevania II Simons Quest review, when he's talking about possessing parts of Dracula's body, he pronounces “possess” as “prossess,” a nod to the fact that that's how the game spells the word (only) when acquiring a part of Dracula's body.
The 2013 April Fools video is titled "Johnny Vs. The Meaning of Life," with Johnny's cartoon likeness standing side-by-side with the letter 42.
Fans of BrainScratch Commentaries and Johnny's LP channel will get a couple of bonuses when watching the Ocarina of Time review. In it, he references his "Leaf Technology" joke in the BSC commentary of the game when he barely made the deadline for the side quest for the best sword in the game, and when Johnny is saying the Light Sage's name, Rauru, he pronounces it as "Rar-u" calling back to his Zelda II LP.
The Sonic the Hedgehog Marathon, which covered all of Sonic's 3D games that were covered in the original Month of Sonic and excluding the ones past Sonic 06, which were already reviewed (Named so because he knew that he couldn't cover all the games in a month's time span, especially when one starts in the middle of November 2012).
After a retrospective on his PlayStation memories growing up, Johnny reviewed all the Crash Bandicoot games on the previously mentioned system in a row. A name was never officially given to it, but it is fairly safe to call it The Crash Bandicoot Marathon (though it's nice to note that it was only 5 days off from qualifying as a Month of).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elliot: So, there's this kid who considers himself a "Game Reviewer"...
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.
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.
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.
Curse: This seems to happen whenever Matt collaborates on a project with him. Donkey Kong Country, if Matt is to be believed, took over nine tries to complete.
According to the wall comments by Johnny and Matthew, Sonic 2006 has also suffered from this. Allegedly, there had been multiple failures either by bad commentary or through technical mistakes. It was at the point where Johnny agreed to play it by himself simply because Elliot was fed up with the game, and Matthew had run out of things to say about it.
It happened almost frequently in the early days of the channel before Johnny got better video recording programs; Johnny and Matt's LP of The Legend of Zelda took over 3 attempts to complete (and one of them was at the end of the game to boot) due to technical hiccups, causing Matt to curse out Johnny at the beginning of their last recording attempt. Johnny and Elliot's LP of Sonic the Hedgehog also took several attempts due to the recording software suddenly shutting down each time.
RPG weekends (Weekends dedicated to jRPGs) haven't had one successful recording session without drama yet! Final Fantasy IV went through numerous versions before settling on the PSP version; Persona 1 and Pokemon were plagued with scheduling errors, and finally Tales of Symphonia were plagued with both scheduling errors and tech mishaps (It was originally going to be live, but it ended up being post commentary.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Grammer fail intended. 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.
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.
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.
Put on a Bus: The Nightmare on Elm Streetnote AKA A Nightmare (trademark) on Elm Street: Come at Me, Bro Edition. 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.
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.
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 thatbat."
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.
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 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.
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.
"But what I can say is that this Metal Sonic figure is fucking awesome!"