Whenever the cartoon uses copyright-infringing materials, someone adds a particular quote from Tim Buckley:
"The thing about copyrights that I guess you don't quite grasp is that whether you're doing it just for fun, or for profit, using someone else's work without their permission is against the law."
Making a crack about Lilah's miscarriage occasionally pops up.
On the subject of miscarriage: "<x> is not a joke and I have no intention of making light of it."
Changing the credits of other annotated videos as if they're also produced by Blind Ferret Entertainment.
Ethan ends an episode asking Lilah "I still get laid tonight, right?" Up until sometime during Captain N, most episodes/series end with a male character repeating the question.
"HORSE CUM!" — originally just a mondegreen — appears whenever something liquid splashes around, typically "water" colored unusually white. The annotation is guaranteed when that something gets on a character's face.
"I fell for hours!" whenever someone is falling for a long time, especially after a Commercial Break Cliffhanger. It's also occasionally subverted with very short falls, where the annotation is along the lines of "I fell for— oh, never mind."
"I am the <Title> of <Alliterating Action Or Adjective>!" Most often used whenever Cheatsy is in a scene (launched by his infamous "Emperor of Eavesdropping" line), gradually declining after the initial run of Super Mario cartoons but still appearing infrequently.
"Don't try <verb>ing (it) in Brooklyn!" Since the original line is from Luigi, adding "*WHEEZE*" to the end is optional. It can pop up just about anywhere to describe anything that characters are doing or discussing.
"The joke is Yoshi eats everything." — a variant on "The joke is..." from the general gags list below.
The audience booing and throwing rotten food as the curtain comes down at the end of an episode. It gets a callback during Mortal Kombat when the characters explore an empty theatre.
Whenever a mummy appears or someone gets wrapped up like one: "WHERE'S MY SON?!" Heck, when the setting is just a desert or contains pyramid-shaped structures, the line is attributed to the mummy queen off-screen. Groups of mummies may call out for several different family members.
"Are We There Yet?" "How many times are you going to ask that, missy?" These two often appear in tandem during any traveling scene. The second question also sometimes appears as a response to other questions, particularly fellow gag "I still get laid tonight, right?"
As soon as Kootie Pie gets noisy, a "Kootie Pie tolerance meter" appears. It doesn't take long to max out.
Cargo nets deployed to capture characters are labeled "Nasty Nets".
Because of reused music, one particular cue spurs a "YESSSH!" every time.
Escher is the subject of remarks about constantly relocating his offices, as well as responding to any quip from Guile with "This is where I pull out my gun."
Annotators take notice of vertical pan shots and infer that all subjects are female, due to the frequency of introducing female characters into a scene with full-body pans.
Any close-up or zoom-in on a character's face leads to "No <character>, not the head bite!"
During Audience Murmurs, annotations point out what sounds like the word "wire."
Annotators literally interpret rhetorical remarks like "What's the matter?" or "Tell me about it!" with a paragraph of exposition as if reciting a Wikipedia article. For instance, "What's the rush?" and describing the rock band Rush.
The purportedly unlikable Simon Belmont frequently suffers for comic relief. When he doesn't deserve it, some variation of "Haha, that'll teach you to <innocent or helpful action>!" will appear. invoked
Whenever a pop culture reference is made, a "Topical" label appears.
During the abridged preview for The Legend of Zelda, the title card gets rewritten to focus on notable quotes or actions from that one scene.
Link: "I'm such a sucker."
*title card appears*
Annotations: "THE SUCH OF SUCKER"
Hatched from Savage Dragon:
In one of Mako's earliest appearances he mocks Dragon with "Savage Squirrel." Since then, anytime Mako appears and laughs it's because that one insult still amuses him. Sometimes he swaps in a different animal and thinks it's newly-minted comedy gold.
The episodes have a nasty tendency to glitch or lag, so when the episode is running smoothly, and then starts glitching without warning, the annotators will claim that a previous action caused the glitching (such as Barbarian punching Dragon so hard that it caused the glitching, or a dam is destroyed causing all of the glitches to flood out).
Whenever Eddie The Mean Old Yeti appears, there is a reference to either his musical number from Episode 4 or the "Squeezey Freezy" (a children's product whose bizarre commercial also involves a yeti).
DK constantly tormenting Diddy as a "Second Banana" whenever Diddy calls himself sidekick.
King K. Rool makes constant remarks about wanting to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros.
One of King K. Rool's most popular phrases is about his newest scheme being his "finest hour", so annotators reuse it at dramatic moments.
Robotnik is referred to as Tails' mother due to Tails spontaneously saying "Hi, Mom!" to Robotnik's surveillance camera in the pilot episode.
Cluck is given Scratch's classic "Bwa-ha-Bwa-haaaaaa!" laugh whenever he's annotated as saying anything.
Due to the show's reputation as the "serious" Sonic cartoon, cartoony and ridiculous plot resolutions are greeted with the annotators wondering if they're accidentally watching Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog instead.
Running Gags from non-serial shows:
"TINGLY FEELINGS" from the first Dr. D video will pop up if a character has some sort of a rape face.
It evolved into "MUSHY AND TINGLY FEELINGS" thanks to Mega Man episode 2.
The refrain "Tricky people / Tricky, tricky people" appears when an antagonist menaces another character in a way that could be construed as sexual harassment.
Anything from Mr. Clipboard, particularly "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST LEONARRRRRRD".
"The secret's inside!"
"Never opened... never enjoyed..." or a snowclone replacing the verbs.
The video of the Nickelodeon time capsule burial spawned "There will be no Gak in 2042!"
Running Gags in general:
One gag from the beeupyou days is simulating a TV station's watermark with an annotation in the lower-right corner of the video. Similarly, joke content ratings occasionally appear in the upper-left corner.
Returns after a fashion in Savage Dragon — the source videos have USA Network watermarks which turn into other place names, including references to other annotated shows. It's also similar in spirit to the next gag on the list.
Annotators love to deface title cards and other screens that have prominent logos.
For series that include Eye Catches or Ad Bumpers, annotators reference cliffhangers in the outro bumpers and commercials in the intro bumpers.
Gags involving use of file formats for audio or video, in the vein of "laugh_track.wav not found" and "reused_animation.gif".
If a character has a memorable one-liner, the annotators make it a catchphrase (sometimes mildly misquoting it). Examples include "Haha! Shocking!" from Street Fighter, "You could use a fencing lesson!" from Captain N, and "Going out with a bang!" from Sonic Underground (the latter two earning bonus points for not even making sense in context).
"The joke is <obvious statement>." See the Ctrl+Alt+Del and Super Mario World sections for specific variations.
Every time a character looks stoned (i.e. with droopy eyelids), someone adds some variation on "420 smoke weed everyday". If the character is also smiling or frowning, it may be "feels good/bad man" instead.
"Paused" or "Loading" annotations when the flow of events is disrupted by slow character responses or other lack of onscreen activity.
When a character's face is paused in this fashion, he will sometimes be made to say (in an Speech Bubble annotation) a sentence which is abruptly cut off, invoking the "I JUST" YouTube Poop fad. Other annotators might complain about "mabe_village.midi not found" afterwards.
When a full moon appears in a shot, it will often be given a face to resemble the moon from Majora's Mask, with an accompanying caption like "Dawn of the Final Day, 24 Hours Remain".
Around the time Darkstalkers and Savage Dragon finished, this changed to characters or the moon itself remarking "the moon is high."
THE UNBREAKABLE ANNOTATION. Which always ends up broken. It finally does its job successfully by surviving Kevin's Zapper in the Captain N Season 3 Intro.
But quite possibly the grandest, most continuing, most unabated, most returning, most tantalizingly reoccurring, most unstoppable, most—(AW SHADDUP! We'll never get started!) dynamic juggernaut of all running gags is "PULL. MY. FINGER." whenever someone points.
Exclamation quotes and other HUD elements from the Metal Gear franchise are borrowed wherever a stealth attempt is thwarted. Iconic quotes from the series are also common.
Also inverted; the prominent appearance of an exclamation mark may prompt something along the lines of "BUBSY ALERT."note At least once, a prominent question mark has led to YSBUB ALERT
When a character complains, annotators might append "And the prom's tomorrow!" from the Harry Partridge short "The American Akira".
Fake notes from the production staff point out glaring omissions, only for the staff to shirk their assignments to go drink, have sex, take drugs, or do some other leisure activity.
When animation/script inconsistencies cause one character's mouth to move during another's lines, annotations will make the second character call out the first one.
Fake YouTube notifications for videos removed due to copyright claims during deliberate Shout Outs. example "This video has been removed due to a copyright claim by the Marx Brothers" when Sonia imitates the Mirror Routine from Duck Soup.
Characters' anguished groans and disapproving remarks become the reactions of the annotators or a hypothetical test audience watching the show.
Body counts show up when the heroes take out mooks. If buildings or vehicles get totaled, expect the numbers to suddenly skyrocket.
When a vehicle crashes and explodes, the viewers are reminded to "NEVER FORGET".
"Space for rent" on a background tapering off to a large section of solid-colored empty space. Small spaces like car interiors make good targets for this.
"<x> makes me cross-eyed every <expletive> time!" where <x> is whatever just happened or is happening in a shot with a character's face drawn cross-eyed.
Generally rare, but if something gets too self-aware, the annotators will claim that the show is annotating itself.
"DIS IS IT, LUIGI" from the Hotel Mario cutscenes often appears at the start of the final episode of a series.
When a character is Thinking Out Loud while hiding from someone within earshot, an annotation pops up as if that someone overheard the speaker.
If a character stands in place to quip during immediate danger, annotations simulate the character getting hit by whatever is threatening them, or just crossing out the eyes and writing "DEAD" on the screen.
Similarly, every time a character is crushed by something or just collapses, an annotation displays "R.I.P <character> <year of birth>-<year of death>". It's gone out of bounds with Mega Man getting crushed every episode (sometimes twice).
When a scene changes abruptly, annotators write "But enough of that", usually in large font. Sometimes this happens as a result of imperfect splicing showing only a split second of something, like with some of the commercials inserted into the main content.
When a cartoon shows a man with a white dress shirt and brown hair as an extra, annotators put in a profanity-laced rant in the vein of the Angry Video Game Nerd.