Web Video: BrainScratch Commentaries
"What time are we at?"
"We're like gods, except we descend from the upstairs attic rather than heaven. So you can pray in silence, but if you're too loud, we're gonna stomp on the floor and tell you to shut the fuck up."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
. 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 Find the Computer Room, 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
. The full list of commentators can be found at the Character Page
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List of Games Commentated
(The commentator whose name is written in italic is the one who recorded/played the game)
- Super Mario Bros. (May 27th 2009) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Mega Man 2 (May 29th 2009 - June 12th 2009) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- No More Heroes (June 22nd 2009 - January 5th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Donkey Kong Country (July 12th 2009 - July 20th 2009) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Big Alnote )
- Mega Man X (August 3rd 2009 - August 19th 2009) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (September 8th 2009 - October 1st 2009) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
- SNES Version (November 4th 2009 - December 2nd 2009) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Spax)
- Turtles in Time ReShelled (December 9th 2009 - January 3rd 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Spax)
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (January 9th 2010 - March 2nd 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Mega Man 3 (January 20th 2010 - March 11th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Klonoa (March 5th 2010 - April 23rd 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Big Al note )
- Star Fox 64 (March 16th 2010 - April 8th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Elliot)
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles
- Sonic and Tails Run (April 26th 2010 - June 4th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Knuckles Run (December 3rd 2010 - January 9th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Big Al)
- Resident Evil 4 (April 27th 2010 - August 7th 2010 note ) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted note )
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (May 15th 2010 - April 29th 2011)(Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Clement)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Sega Genesis Version (June 7th 2010 - June 18th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Game Boy Advance Version (July 11th 2012 - July 20th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (June 21st 2010 - July 2nd 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (July 5th 2010 - September 10th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Mega Man (August 10th 2010 - August 19th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Clement)
- Super Mario 64 (September 7th 2010 - October 21st 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- F-Zero GX (September 13th 2010 - October 15th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4
- Episode I (October 15th 2010 - October 17th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, FTA)
- Episode II (May 21st 2012 - June 1st 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Clement)
- Mega Man 4 (October 18th 2010 - October 29th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Clement)
- Super Metroid (November 1st 2010 - November 24th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Portal (November 2nd 2010 - November 25th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mega Man X2 (November 29th 2010 - December 3rd 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (December 6th 2010 - December 11th 2010) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (December 14th 2010 - May 19th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Clement note )
- Pokémon Yellow (January 24th 2011 - March 18th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Mirror's Edge (January 25th 2011 - March 17th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Hayden)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (March 21st 2011 - March 25th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Elliot)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (March 28th 2011 - April 21st 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Tetris (April 21st 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Clement)
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD (May 23rd 2011 - June 10th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Clement note )
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The Lost Worlds (May 24th 2011 - June 9th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Sonic Adventure (June 13th 2011 - August 10th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Mega Man 5 (June 14th 2011 - July 7th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis)
- Mega Man 6 (July 19th 2011 - August 4th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Clement)
- Gradius III (August 9th 2011 - August 18th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Clement)
- Super Mario Land (August 15th 2011 - August 19th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Final Fantasy VI (August 23rd 2011 - December 21st 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis note , Ted note )
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (August 23rd 2011 - September 1st 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (September 6th 2011 - October 27th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Super Smash Bros. Series (Single-Player)
- Super Smash Bros. 64: Classic Mode (November 1st 2011 - November 3rd 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee: Adventure Mode (November 3rd 2011 - November 8th 2011) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl: The Subspace Emissary and Classic Mode (November 10th 2011 - January 19th 2012)(Ryan, Johnny, Lewisnote , Ted)
- Sonic Generations (November 7th 2011 - November 25th 2011 note ) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Clement, FTA)
- Portal 2
- Single-Player (December 23rd 2011 - January 20th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Co-Op (February 13th 2012 - April 17th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Pokémon Crystal (January 23rd 2012 - April 19th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewisnote , Ted)
- Kirby's Dream Land (January 24th 2012 - January 26th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted)
- Mario Kart 64 (January 31st 2012 - February 9th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mega Man X3 (April 23rd 2012 - May 4th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted, Clement, Nathan)
- Mega Man 7 (April 24th 2012 - May 10th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted, Clement, Nathan)
- The Legend of Zelda (May 7th 2012 - May 31st 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Matt)
- Mega Man 8 (May 15th 2012 - June 14th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted, FTA)
- Metroid: Fusion (June 4th 2012 - June 15th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted, Big Al)
- Sonic Colors (June 18th 2012 - July 8th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted, Big Al)
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (June 18th 2012 - July 18th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Ted, Matt)
- Pokémon LeafGreen (July 21st 2012 - January 11th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Amanda)
- Super Mario Sunshine (July 22nd 2012 - August 23rd 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Hayden, Amandanote )
- Touhouvania (July 23rd 2012 - August 16th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Andrew)
- Wario World (August 21st 2012 - September 6th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Pikmin (August 27th 2012 - September 25th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Sonic Riders (September 10th 2012 - September 27th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Nathannote )
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (October 1st 2012 - October 8th 2012)(Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards (October 9th 2012 - October 18th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (October 21st 2012 - January 11th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (October 22nd 2012 - January 9th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, FTA, Amanda)
- Pokémon Black & Blue (October 27th 2012) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Amanda)
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (January 14th 2013 - February 21st 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Nathan)
- Ib (January 14th 2013 - January 29th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Amanda)
- Luigis Mansion (February 6th 2013 - March 20th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mega Man 9 (February 24th 2013 - March 5th 2013)(Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mega Man 10 (March 10th 2013 - March 21st 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Kirbys Return To Dreamland (LIVE!) (March 23rd 2013 - April 24th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mario Party 2 (LIVE!)
- Pirate Land (April 15th 2013 - April 18th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Space Land (April 19th 2013 - April 22nd 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mario Party 4 (LIVE!)
- Toad's Midway Madness (April 23rd 2013 - April 26th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Goomba's Greedy Gala (April 27th 2013 - April 30th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl Local Multiplayer (LIVE!) (May 1st 2013 - May 11th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Emilenote )
- Paper Mario (May 12th 2013 - August 15th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (May 13th 2013 - May 20th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, FTA)
- Touhouvania 2 (May 22nd 2013 - June 14th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Andrew)
- Metroid Prime (June 17th 2013 - August 16th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Crash Bandicoot (August 18th 2013 - August 29th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Sonic Heroes note (August 19th 2013 - September 16th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Super Mario Galaxy (September 1st 2013 - October 24th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Emile)
- Sonic Rush (September 18th 2013 - November 4th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Viewtiful Joe (October 27th 2013 - November 28th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (Story Mode) (November 6th 2013 - December 11th 2013) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Catherine (December 1st 2013 - January 16th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Sonic Lost World (December 1st 2013 - December 8th 2013 note )(Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Clement, FTA)
- Kid Icarus: Uprising (December 16th 2013 - March 10th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Spyro the Dragon (January 19th 2014 - February 27th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Devil May Cry (2001) (March 2nd 2014 - March 27th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mighty Switch Force! Series
- Mighty Switch Force!: Hyper Drive Edition (March 12th 2014 - March 19th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (March 24th 2014 - April 2nd 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mega Man X4 note (March 30th 2014 - April 3rd 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Link: The Faces of Evil (April 6th 2014 - April 14th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, IWasAPerson1)
- Super Mario 3D World (LIVE!) (April 15th 2014 - May 16th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mario Party 3 (LIVE!)
- Deep Bloober Sea (April 23rd 2014 - May 1st 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Woody Woods (May 2nd 2014 - May 8th 2014)(Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Waluigi's Island (May 9th 2014 - May 15th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Superman 64 (LIVE!) (May 18th 2014 - May 21st 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Goldeneye 007 (1997) (LIVE!) (May 22nd 2014 - May 26th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mario Party (LIVE!)
- Wario's Battle Canyonnote (May 27th 2014 - June 1st 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Batman: Arkham City (June 1st 2014 - July 17th 2014)(Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Trauma Center: Second Opinion (June 2nd 2014 - July 16th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (July 20th 2014 - August 7th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Shantae (July 21st 2014 - August 13th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- The Last of Us (August 10th 2014 - November 13th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars (August 18th 2014 - September 12th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (September 15th 2014 - October 15th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Masae)
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader (October 21st 2014 - November 10th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- DmC: Devil May Cry (November 13th 2014 - January 15th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted)
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (November 16th 2014 - present) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, NTom)
- Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (November 24th 2014 - December 18th 2014) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, Clement, FTA)
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (January 20th 2014 - present) (Ryan, Johnny, Lewis, Ted, FTAnote )
Brain Scratch Commentaries provides examples of the following tropes:
- 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.
- In several videos from 2013, Ryan shows some footage from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Jak and Daxter but runs into some glitchy problems, thus making the games unplayable. We have yet to see either of the games on the channel, although, knowing how long it takes for the gang to record certain things, they could still be recorded.
- Mario Party 1 ended up becoming this due to Techincal Difficulties after half the board was finished. Ryan took the first half due to this reason.
- The guys were originally going to do a commentary on Trauma Team, and Ted even recorded the entire game. It ended up being more than 60 parts, and, as of the Trauma Center Second Opinion commentary, it was cancelled.
- 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.
- Afraid of Needles:
- Lewis explains why he hates needles in Part 14 of the F-Zero GX commentary.
- During the third reading of this very page, Lewis attempted to reject this trope stating "I am not a character!" Our character page would beg to differ.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Lewis' computers keep dying on him, resulting in his absence in several commentaries, much to many fans' disappointment.
- Problems with YouTube, such as the video freezing, can often interfere with recording, causing a member of the group to have to ask "What time are we at?" once they've managed to get the video to reload. This became incredibly prominent in the Paper Mario playthrough, with some cases where both Lewis and Johnny suffered from the issue multiple times each in a part; much to the others' frustration.
- Alliterative Title: Mostly when concerning with Lethal Lava Land of Super Mario 64. Titles are: "Lethal Lava Land Lacks Lethality Lips Lewis" and "Coins Contaminate Character, Cannot Contain Coin Collecting Compulsion".
- Subverted in Kirby's Return to Dreamland: "I couldn't think of a funny title that had an all "L" alliteration for lava lands."
- Used again in Super Mario Sunshine Part 14, entitled "Lethal Lava Land's Lethality Legitimate, Lacks Level Layout".
- Used yet AGAIN in Paper Mario Part 24: "Lethal Lavalava Land Liquidates Lame Losers". This is becoming a Running Gag.
- Used once more in "Super Mario Galaxy" Part 13: "Dusty Desert Dons Dickish... Walls—Dammit!"
- Viewtiful Joe is no exception, although it's very similar to the one in Super Mario Sunshine: "Lethal Lava Landpipes Legitimize Lackluster Layout".
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The infamous scene from Zero-Wing was referenced towards the end of the F-Zero GX Playthrough.
- And again at the hilarious Engrish after Gradius III's credits.
- American Accents: Ted has a notable New England/Boston accent, pronouncing "room" as "rum", pronouncing "cut" as what could best be spelled as "caht" said really fast, and putting a heavy emphasis on the "D" in "DS", causing it to come out as "DEE-yess." He also pronounces "drawing" as "droaring," which is lampshaded by Johnny.
- Johnny often shows a Pennsylvania accent, such as pronouncing "manga" as "mainga," saying "digital" really fast and as if it was spelled "dijehtul," and habitually pronouncing "Werehog" as "War-hog" (similarly to James Rolfe saying "woofman" for Wolfman and burried like being cold when saying "buried"), despite being corrected on multiple occasions.
- Subverted by Lewis and Ryan, both of whom have almost no traces of the stereotypical "Joisey" or Deep Southern accents, respectively.note
- The only display of an accent on Lewis's part is in Devil May Cry, when he pronounces "gauge" as "gawj," which sends Ted into one of his trademark fake rages due to him personally pronouncing it "gayj."
- Don't forget Lewis pronouncing inventory "in-VENT-er-ee" in Resident Evil 4.
- Anachronic Order: Most 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.
- The crew had to rerecord parts 1-12 of the Super Mario Galaxy commentary in Audacity after having recorded the later parts, due to problems with the Skype recorder.
- 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.
- Angrish: Johnny in part 17 of the Portal 2 Co-Op commentary.
- Anti-Climax: The only way to describe the epic showdown with the optional boss in Symphony of the Night, ending it with "AND THEN HE DIED".
- Anything But That!: When playing Needle Man's stage to fight Doc Robot in Mega Man 3, Ryan fails to make it across a large chasm before his energy for Rush Jet runs out. Hilarity Ensues.
- The entire crew's reaction to Sonic Genesis. Johnny in particular had this reaction to Labyrinth Zone, which is already slow-paced without the slowdown Genesis provides. He nearly bailed at this point.
- Artistic License – Linguistics: Johnny finally learned how to pronounce "Chasm" during the TV Tropes episode.
- Ted mispronounces the aforementioned word in the second and third TV Tropes episodes, as well as "obvious" in the latter.
- He also combines insignificant and inconsequential into insiconsequential in part 2 of Sonic Genesis.
- Again, Ted somehow manages to combine dramatically and drastically into dramastically in part 13 of Pokemon Crystal.
- Ted coins the term "satisfication" in part 5 of Metroid: Fusion.
- Ted combines Salvage and Scavenge into Scalvage in part 10 of Pikmin.
- Ted then combines Slower and Slowed into Slowered in part 2 of "Touhouvania 2".
- Ted yet again did it in a strange case in Metroid Prime where he mixed up the names of the Chozo Ruins and Phazon Mines creating the name "Chozo Mines".
- Lewis discovers the proper pronunciation of "Awry" during their commentary of Sonic '06.
- Johnny manages to screw up his grammar in Part 1 of Sonic Genesis and ends up saying at one point "A fuck ton of lot". He does this again in the Super Mario Bros. Retrospective.
- He also mispronounces "fjord" in Part 8 of Donkey Kong Country 3.
- Ryan gets in on the fun with a goof of Colorful in Part 5 of The Lost Levels, turning it into Colorfur.
- A humorous example, Ted asks Emile if he's StreetPass masturbating again, with Chugga making the new word "StreetPassturbating."
- When Ted gets lampshaded by the others, he frequently responds by talking even worse.
Ted: I are talking English very good.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Johnny's examples of Super Mario Land's Japanese enemy names.
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: Ted 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.
- 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... so for the love of Arceus, don't spam up the Discussion tab on the channel with questions regarding it. That just makes you look like an imbecile.
- 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!
- Baka: Amanda called Ted this during the Ib commentary when Ted passes the correct path and begins wandering around in a manner that Ted himself felt was stupid. However, Ted was not amused by the insult and Amanda soon feels ashamed for using it.
- Be Careful What You Wish For / I Wished You Were Dead: In the Eva 2.22 commentary, Lewis voices his opinion of Asuka's attitude:
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 the amount of anger Johnny (who is normally a very calm and kind individual) displayed in the final part takes the cake by a landslide.
- Shadow the Hedgehog, particularly for Johnny. Ted was willing to somewhat defend it until he was made to record it.
- The way Lewis did the Brock Gym battle for Ted.
- Bringing up having or getting a shiny also seems to be this Ted, but only on videos or topics related to Pokémon. Otherwise, he has stated that he won't care.
- Gen IV of Pokemon, mostly for Ted. Ryan somewhat less so, and Johnny is relatively indifferent about it. Ryan and Johnny will occasionally find amusement in Ted's over-the-top anger, like when he saw Gen IV on Nintendo Power's Top 285 games.
- Fans asking to guest star in a commentary is this for all four of them.
Lewis: We come to you, you don't come to us.
- Lewis (and sometimes Ted) whenever Johnny or Ryan misses a collectable item (coins, Red Rings, etc.) in the recording.
- The Bet: The whole reason The Legend of Zelda playthrough was made was a bet from Johnny that Ted would earn his Month of Pokémon if he could beat it without using cheats. It turns out Johnny just wanted to pick on Ted as he was going to do Month of Pokémon anyway.
- Beyond the Impossible: "I wall-jumped in a game where you can't wall-jump!"
- Bias Steamroller: Lewis to all 8-bit games, with the 2D Mario games being an exception. Justified due to the fact that he grew up in the 16-bit era, and 8-bit games bother him as a result.
- Ted seems to dislike the whole Legend of Zelda franchise in general, especially Zelda 1. This is partly due to the frustration Majora's Mask caused him as a kid (as mentioned here), giving him a bad impression of the franchise.
- On the subject of Pokemon, Ryan and (to a much lesser extent) Johnny have a bias against Gen 3 despite never playing it. It is even more prevalent in Gen 4, particularly with Ted (who is ironically the only one of the three interested in Pokemon who has played or will somewhat defend Gen 3). The bias often leads to them heavily underselling Pokemon from these Gens regardless of actual usefulness JUST because they are from the generation they (to some) irrationally hate, and will express apathy at best to any content from these two Gens showing up in the Gens that they like.
- Ryan is particularly contemptuous against Nintendo for its over-saturation of Mario games and focusing too much on its main IP's while ignoring dormant franchises like F-Zero and Star Fox.
- Another bias for Ted is Earthbound, which got him a lot of bad rep from the fans, due to him overstating his opinions. However, his opinions are more or less that they're overrated then anything.
- Big "WHAT?!": In Sonic Genesis part 5, after Johnny recovers from a game over, he has Sonic standing on the edge of one of the crushers that was rising up. Sonic immediately loses a life by just standing on the crusher without even getting crushed in the first place. The entire group collectively lets out a huge "WHAT?!" from seeing such huge bullshit occurring.
- Clement in Sonic 4: Episode 2, when he discovers that there's a hidden shield before the final boss fight, after having tried so many times to defeat it without getting hit in order to unlock an Eggman costume for his Xbox Avatar.
- Black and White Morality: Invoked by Ryan. Very rarely is a game, movie, etc. just "okay" to him. Either something "suuuucks" or is "AMAZING!"
- Blood Knight: Ryan in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii play-through.
- Book Dumb: Johnny, while a genius in terms of what makes a good game, a highly skilled animator, and a master player at what he likes, isn't the brightest guy in terms of academic/"book" facts, a minor example being that he didn't know that New Hampshire had no sales tax until Ted outright said it, despite the state being universally known for that. Even he admitted one time that Matt (a member of Johnny's LP channel, the Super Gaming Bros.) is The Smart Guy of his group.
- Born Lucky: Ryan has some incredible luck during the Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels playthrough; some examples include killing an enemy by jumping under it and making a wall jump. note
What's that? You're about to bring out your Hydreigon 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
plus Critical Hit
damage and I one-shot
- 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 Ryan, Lewis, the viewers, and anybody who has played the game.
Emile: (while laughing) Oh my God! Why you show this to me!?
- Brick Joke: During the Subspace Emissary commentary, after the Rayquaza fight:
Johnny (As Diddy Kong): "The good games are this way Fox!" Then when you play as Fox and Diddy Kong later in the game:
Ted (As Fox): "Hey Diddy Kong! You said the good games were this way!"
- In part 12 of the Majora's Mask commentary, the crew discusses a possible remake of the gamenote , and Ted says he doesn't think it'll happen, while the box art appears onscreen. At the beginning of part 26, Ryan brings this up to Ted:
Ryan: Hey Ted, hey Ted.
(Majora's Mask 3D box art appears onscreen)
Ryan: How about that Majora's Mask 3D?
(Ted sighs heavily in exasperation while everyone else laughs)
Ted: God-damn it...
- The Bus Came Back: After Lewis' computer crashed for the second time, Ted 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.
- Butt Monkey: Ted, if the Pokémon Y livestream, Mega Man X3 and The Legend of Zelda commentaries are anything to go by.
- Lewis could also be considered one, be it for his constant technical problems, not having a job, or not recording anything for the channel for a long while. On one of his attempts to record something, his computer once again crashed, causing the playthrough to be hijacked by Johnny. To be fair, Lewis HAS recorded a few games, predominately the Devil May Cry series and Catherine, the latter of which was uploaded to the main channel a year after much of it was recorded.
- Something of a more unpleasurable case, but for a while the Fan Dumb often used Ted as reasons a playthrough was bad. It seems Amanda was the target for a while, and Typing Blank also got some of the Fan Dumb on him for his stuttering (which mind you, he really has no control over).
- Poor, poor Donnie was painfully this in the HFC Vs. BSC Mario Kart 8 races. Up to Eleven in the 3DS Smash stream, where he himself eventually starts to beat down on himself, until Johnny tells him to shut up and grow a backbone. Not in a mean way.
- Buffy Speak: Lewis has a moment of this in Part 14 of Sonic Adventure, when in trying to come up with a analogy for Knuckles' spazzing victory animation, can only come up with "fucking spaz... thing."
- Actually, Lewis tends to do this a fair bit; the early parts of the Devil May Cry commentary come to mind.
- Call Back: During the Portal playthrough, when Lewis pauses after dying, Ryan says "pausing won't save you". This is word for word what Johnny said to Ryan during the The Lost Levels play-through.
- And again during the Mario Kart 64 play-through, when Ted pauses after falling off a track, Ryan again says "pausing won't save you".
- Johnny and Ryan occasionally repeating commentary from Sonic 1 when playing Sonic Genesis... when they weren't flying into a rage.
- During a particular surreal dream scene in a train during the Eva 2.22 commentary, Lewis suggests that the G-Man is talking to Gordon Freeman in a nearby traincar. In the Final Fantasy VI commentary they did later, Lewis brings up the same point again for a ghost train, and Ryan calls back to the former scene in response.
- Calling Your Attacks: Ryan tends to do this, especially during the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World commentary.
- 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.
- Captain Obvious: Practically everyone; for example, Ryan points out Maria's unfortunate concussion in the Rondo of Blood commentary.
- 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.
- Captain's Log: Parodied by Ryan throughout the Pikmin commentary.
- Cell Phones Are Useless: 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!"
- Character Title: According to Ted in FindTheComputerRoom's Skype Sanctuary, his username ExandShadow was based on what was originally a review show starring two characters Ex and Shadow (it was back when liking Shadow as a character without coming across as an unoriginal 12 year old was acceptable), but because he never uploaded the video, Ex and And were merged. This explains why Ted himself pronounces it as "Ex-and," while most others mispronounce it as "Eg-zand."
- Chekhov's Gun: The single coin Ryan stole from Johnny in Mario Party 4? It helped him win the "Most Coins Held At Once" section from Ted.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Pretty much every member. It should be noted that the group can't go a single part without saying a curse word.
- At one point, they read this and pledged to work on it. Not much progress.
- 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 over twenty-five years ago, ending the list with Luke is Darth Vader's father.
- In Brawl part 5, Lewis calls Ted's character, Wario a fat bastard. Ryan's response?
- Companion Cube: Johnny, Ryan and Lewis were totally infatuated with the Companion Cube in their Portal commentary. Lewis names it "Biffalo the Third", much to Johnny's confusion.
- The pretzel bag is another example. Played for Laughs, of course.
- 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.
- Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Most of the time, if Lewis has not played the game being commentated on, he does this. Otherwise, he just comes off as ignorant.
- Subverted when Lewis says that while his PC is getting repaired the other 2 can commentate on games he has no interest in. (Mega Man 6 etc.)
- Ryan is almost as critical of Gen 3 (specifically the Hoenn games) as Ted is of Gen 4, even though he hasn't touched them. Averted with Johnny, who also hasn't touched them (sans the Gen 1 remakes, purely for nostalgic purposes), but keeps his opinion neutral. He has recently stated, though, that he plans to at least dabble into them because of their upcoming remakes in order to familiarize himself with the region in order to NOT come off as Constantly Curious whenever the games are inevitably discussed in the future.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Ryan (rightfully) accuses the A.I. of cheating in Pokémon Crystal when Ted took on Lance. Johnny even made a joke about him using Missingno to use a glitch off-screen.
- 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).
- Constantly Curious: Ted in the Arkham City playthrough, or basically any game he hasn't played. Justified, since he obviously has no experience with the game in question (and thus, has no experience with it's mechanics).
- Practically every member becomes this whenever a game one of them hasn't played is commentated on. Ted's constant questioning is just the most prevalent, as he always ends the questioning with an "okay" that sounds exactly the same each time he says it.
- Johnny in particular sounds like a news interviewer when he is the one doing the questions.
- 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.
- Elliot, who's the youngest commentator to date, but hasn't shown up in quite a while.
- Cross Over: For a long time, FastestThingAlive did qualify for this, but he's become somewhat of a regular. With FTA's return as a regular to HFC, his appearances could count as a crossover again
- And once he was booted off of HFC due to internal conflicts, he became just guest commentator for BSC.
- Perhaps the TRUE crossover came from the Super Mario Galaxy Race between NTom64 (of Hellfire Commentaries) and Johnny.
- This can also be seen in Tom's 2013 New Year's update video, where he mentioned Johnny had given him advice regarding video scheduling.
- Besides that, Tom has also expressed interest in joining the group for a possible Jak and Daxter commentary.
- Johnny appeared in the Hellfire Comms playthrough of Sonic Labyrinth, and is believed to be appearing in Sonic & The Secret Rings.
- The entire BSC crew also appeared in several film commentaries during the Hellfire Comms Disney-thon in December 2013.
- The crew appeared in Tom's many, many videos involving Mario Kart 8 racing Tom and each other.
- Any commentary with Johnny plus Elliot or Matt, as the three also collaborate as the Super Gaming Brothers.
- Chuggaaconroy appears in the Brawl multiplayer videos after part 6. He later comes in and joins the group on Super Mario Galaxy.
- Cruelty Is the Only Option: If the Mega Man commentaries are any indication; Ryan's motto seemed to be "If I have to suffer playing through this part of the game, you have to suffer watching it!" Cue the screams of Lewis and Johnny in the background. He's gotten better.
- Curse: The Sonic '06 commentary has killed both Clement's (is fixed) and Lewis' (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.
- Deadpan Snarker: The crew resorts to this. A LOT.
- Determinator: Anyone who can play all the way through Sonic '06, with their sanity intact even, is one. note
- Department of Redundancy Department: Lewis. Many, many times.
If you die, I'm going to kill you! Lewis:
And of course the loops are automatic. Of course. Lewis:
It's a glowing blue box. That glows. Lewis:
That's just a general complaint about RP Gs
in general really.
- Despair Event Horizon: The end of Waluigi Land in Mario Party 3 by Ted, "There is nothing good in the universe, there is nothing halfway decent that comes along every once in a while, there is only pain". Granted, they were playing Mario Party, and Waluigi had somehow managed to spend that entire match going round in circles and still win.
- Discretion Shot: A preferred editing method of Johnny whenever he completely fucks something up, as in Sonic 4, for instance.
- Dissimile: Lewis gives one by describing Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.
It's like Super Mario Brothers 1
except you die
- Don't Explain the Joke: As of Mega Man 10, they've all done it at least once.
- Doppelgänger: Fake Ted, who took the username "Exandshadow" on the Nintendo Network after hearing that Ted had not gotten a Wii U yet. He appeared in the Mario Kart 8 livestream to beat Ted in almost every race that night, and ended by exploiting a bug that caused everyone in the room to disconnect, right before Rainbow Road 64 was picked.
- He appears again in the Smash 4 Wii U livestream, much to Ted's dismay.
- Do Well, but Not Perfect: With a bit of luck, the person with the most votes has to play I Wanna Be the Guy. Ted later added that the one with the least votes has to play Kaizo Mario World. Lewis better watch out here.
- Drinking Game: Has its own page.
- Dull Surprise: Ryan has a tendency to sound rather bland sometimes. He lampshades it by saying he needs the other two because "I'm boring".
- TypingBlank is also this (when he speaks). He also commented the reason the guys brought in Amanda during the Super Mario Sunshine commentary is that "I was so boring they brought in someone else".
- Ear Worm: Ryan's invincible song that is from a flash animation may count as an in-universe example (he's still waiting for a full version):
AND YOU CAAAAN'T TOUCH MEEEE!
YOU CAN GOOOO TO HELL!
YOU CAN SUUUUCK MY BAAAALLS!
LOOOADIIING, WE ARE STILL LOOOADIIING!
OUR SUBS WILL HATE US FOR THIIIS!
- Easy-Mode Mockery: A case of Just for Pun, of course, but during the Mirror's Edge run of the game, TypingBlank calls out Ryan for playing the game on easy difficulty.
- Ryan calls out Johnny for using the Konami Code in the Gradius 3 playthrough a lot.
- Subverted in Touhouvania 2 where Ted was surprised that the extra boss/stage Andrew had problems with was played on easy, when the other levels were on normal.
- Ryan once again gets called out on it, this time by Ted in The Last of Us. However, Ryan explains that he did this simply to make the game move along faster, since it was going to be a long playthrough no matter what.
- 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.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Ted "The Kid". "Tedoof", during the Pokémon X and Y Livestream. The name should tell you all that you need to know. (Also responsible for the world's fastest fan-art response of all time, which, needless to say, had the commentators in stitches.)
- 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!"
- Ryan surpassed (or would it be sank lower than?) Johnny since he was killed by, of all the Robot Masters, Toad Man.
- Lewis somehow manages to get crushed by a ring box during the Knuckles run of Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
- Lewis losing in less than three seconds (PING!) at Special Stage 3 of Sonic 1. Even though the stage is considered difficult, he didn't touch anything on the controller/keyboard at all.
- 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.
- At the end of part 14 in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, they manage to get a game over. It was Lewis' fault said game over occurred.
- And add Part 15 of Return to Dreamland as a WHOLE to that.
- Everyone Has Standards: Ted will make nearly any terrible pun you can think of... ...EXCEPT for Bee Puns. He absolutely hates Bee Puns. To the point he'll call out others for using bee puns.
- Oddly, he had no reaction to the "Bee-having" pun used in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Though it's possible that he didn't notice because of his complete lack of interest in the game.
- Evil Laughter: All of the main members, excluding Ted, can pull one off very well.
- Ted manages to pull off a glorious evil laugh upon realizing the new Horde Battles from Generation VI will allow him to gain a ton of experience by grinding Audinos.
- Evil Overlord List: Read aloud by Ryan and Lewis in "How to be an Evil Overlord".
- Exact Words: In the second and third reading of their TV Tropes page, Lewis questions the trope Fridge Logic as of how fridges are capable of bringing logic.
- During the Pokémon Y livestream, Ted warns Johnny against using Torchic's Ember to catch a Combee, pointing out that it will get killed. Johnny uses it anyway and OHKO's the poor bee. When Ted tries to have an I Told You So moment, Johnny reminds Ted that he used the word "killed", the Combee only fainted.
- The reason why Ted hates the "half full/half empty" saying, since technically the cup is 100% full (as in half liquid and half air). note
- Fan-Art: BrainScratch has its own DeviantArt page.
- Fan Boy: The guys are all fans of the Sonic, Final Fantasy, and Super Smash Bros. series, the last of which will always be referred to simply as "Smash" and will always be met with insane hype and praise when mentioned.
- Johnny loves the Metroid and Castlevania series, and also has an extreme love for Super Mario World.
- Ryan, Lewis, and John all love the Resident Evil series, while Ted has only played 4, which he ordered live at the advice of the others during their retrospective on the series.
- Ryan and Johnny are big fans of Cowboy Bebop, and have stated that they have persuaded Ted to start chewing through it. Lewis is a fan of Naruto. Ted seems to have a soft spot for the Pokemon anime because it introduced him to gaming in general.
- They all enjoyed "Attack on Titan," though only the anime. None of them have stated that they read the manga, though considering Ryan's track record as the "anime guy" of the group, it is entirely possible that he has. It should be noted that Johnny's enjoyment of it was somewhat hindered because he didn't know that it was an incomplete adaptation until someone told him.
- Lewis loves the Persona series, which he frequently references during commentaries, much to Johnny and Ryan's confusion. Ted has also stated his enjoyment of the "Shin Megami Tensei" series.
- Ted is a big fan of the Ace Attorney, Banjo-Kazooie, Dragon Quest, Paper Mario, Pikmin, and Pokemon series, and loves Sonic Adventure 2 more than any other member, which he admits might be due to nostalgia, being the first Sonic game he ever played as a child. He has also gone on record and said that he likes "pretentious Indie shit that nobody's ever heard of," leading to ocassional jokes that he is a hipster.
- Considering he has recorded all the Mega Man games up to this point, it is safe to assume that Ryan is a big fan of them. His YouTube username even sounds like a Robot Master!
- Matt has a hard on for the Devil May Cry, Persona, and Zelda series.
- Big Al is a HUGE fan of Wreck-It-Ralph, having admitted to seeing it 20 times, always cosplaying as the titular character at every con he goes to (which people who follow him know is A LOT) frequently quoting characters, and bringing up obscure trivia related to it during their commentary.
- They all (besides Lewis since he doesn't care about Nintendo) seem to REALLY like the GameCube controller, insisting on using it as their control scheme whenever possible.
- Ryan and Johnny are called out on this by Ted while they are gushing over the special GameCube controllers and adapters for Smash 4 on the Wii U. He states that eventually, likely with the next game after 4, they will have to stop using the GameCube controllers for Smash, to which Ryan responds "don't care, GameCube controllers."
- Fan Sequel: Sort of. Sonic Colors 2: The Quest for Coffee, as if Sonic needs any more.
Ted: Sonic goes up to Knuckles.
Ted (as Sonic): Hey Knuckles you have some coffee?
Ted (as Knuckles): Yeah man, here you go.
Ted: And thus the game ended.
Johnny: Easiest game ever!
- Fate Worse Than Death: In Sonic Colors, Ryan left two robots alive in Act 2 of Tropical Resort out of a huge horde of Egg Pawns, jokingly saying he left them to mourn the deaths of the other ones.
- Filler Arc: Ryan admits that the Wario World playthrough is this.
- In the third TV Tropes reading, Ted says he considers the Ib playthrough this, but Lewis debates it.
- Not an arc per se, but in the final part of Donkey Kong Country 3, the guys acknowledge that the raw is much shorter than usual, so they decide to continue talking until the part is the usual length.
- Touhouvania 2 has Parts 6 and 7 dedicated to nothing but four small (read: eight minutes each) cutscenes that has barely anything to do with the main game. Part 7 has the crew almost ignoring it, going into various tangents, and Andrew was quiet for most of the part.
- First Name Basis: In the beginning, the crew would almost always address each other by their user names. Nowadays, since becoming closer, they ALWAYS call each other by their real names. It has gotten to the point that some newer fans might not even know that they all have individual channels.
- May also be influenced by the fact that Lewis and Ryan haven't uploaded any footage to Youtube on their own channels for a few years now (as Ryan is trying to be more professional with the comm channel and Lewis couldn't be bothered to due to class), and it'd be too awkward to call Johnny "Somecallme" or some other nickname. Ted at least tries to keep his solo channel active, but is at best sporadic with uploads.
- 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 often of five now (six including Clement), after Ted joined, they were this for a while (and this still applies when they don't have any guests).
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Ryan is the Cynic, John is the Optimist, Ted is the Realist, and Lewis is the Apathetic.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Ryan is Phlegmatic, Lewis and Ted are Melancholic, and Johnny is Sanguine.
- 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, again just to annoy Ted.
- He also stopped Charmeleon from evolving, deliberately for the sake of a reaction... and then replaced it with a Vulpix in the next part.
- Gender Bender: Used in the Pokémon LeafGreen thumnail◊.
- Returns in full force for the Shantae◊ playthrough.
- Genre Savvy: During one of the commentaries, Lewis makes a comment about the Sonic reference count and proceeds to say many many references to add to the list in a short time.
- The Ghost: Lewis's brother, who he frequently mentions as being in the same room while he's commentating. Sometimes he'll be playing a video game, and Lewis decides to watch that instead of the actual video. He also had to shush him from opening drawers at one point in the Arkham City playthrough, because the noises he was making were being picked up by the mic.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: In Part 7 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Johnny finds the name Wigglers more suited as a band name, although there is a band similar to it (think kids band).
- Grammar Nazi: The sheer number of edits made by Lewis while he was tinkering with this wiki page... if wiki edits could kill, the world would have ended that night.
- Lewis 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, Lewis said "fastly" instead of "quickly", but no-one called him out on it. Then again, he corrected himself shortly afterwards. It should be noted that in that same part, Lewis 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 Lewis fussed over inconsequential grammatical aspects and wording issues. Ryan finally snapped, refusing to do it again. To this day, Lewis swears his original text was funnier.
- In Shantae, Ted calls out the Warp Squid saving dialogue for saying "I bet it misses it's mommy!" Lewis and Ted then both state their annoyance with people who make this common mistake.
- The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Clichés: The very first "BrainScratch Random" was an epic reading of this list.
- Gratuitous French: Averted with Ted. He knows how to speak French, presumably because it was his language class in high school, but prefers not to due to possibly messing up and invoking this trope or coming off as pretentious.
- Groin Attack: How Ryan administers the coup de grâce against Turbo Man in Mega Man 7.
- Guest Star Party Member: The guest commentators.
- Also invoked by Emile during the Brawl Tournament at Momo Con. He completely and utterly DECIMATED the main crew in every match once he showed up. The only one that could even put up a fight was Ryan.
- Guide Dang It: Discussed in Rogue Leader during the "Raid on Bespin" level.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: The crew use normal names in most of the games they play and they use each other's names in Pokémon. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, they give Link several names, such as Bort, Gary Oak, Batman, and then finally settling on Dumbfuck.
- Heh Heh, You Said X: After Ryan and Ted bicker about lives and continues in the end of part 12 of Paper Mario, Lewis just cuts them by pointing out the innuendos of what they were saying. Johnny follows suit.
- 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.
- The Hyena: Johnny admits to laughing at menial things a lot.
- Humiliation Conga: The last turn in Mario Party 4 Midway Madness, directed at Ted.
- 100% Completion: Their goal for Kirby's Return to Dreamland, but frustrations during one of the final levels caused them to move on.
- They also plan to do this for Super Mario 3D World, planning on going back to any difficult Green Stars after they beat the game.
- Depending on how much time it takes for a game, they may or may not show completion when commentating on the game.
- Hypocrite: As mentioned above, Lewis is a Grammar Nazi, but during the Sonic '06 commentary, he 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.
- Ryan 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.
- Amanda calls out Lewis' shit editing in Pokemon Leaf Green for saying Ryan is shit at editing while as time has passed, Ryan has been editing more while Lewis has been editing less.
- A minor one, in Metroid Fusion: Ted tells Johnny that it takes just three seconds to backtrack and get whatever "necessary" items for Johnny to get. Sonic Colors has Ted saying that it's pointless to have a three second cutscene as it is a waste of time.
Johnny: What can you do in three seconds Ted?
- Quite frequently shows up when Ted starts bashing Gen IV
- In Part 13 the Brawl Subspace Emissary commentary, Ryan complains so much about how Nintendo handles their franchises that the video was actually named in expectation of the flaming Ryan would get, and Ted advises him to stop. Late in the video, when they face off against Lucario, Ted begins complaining about the use of Gen IV's soundtrack (even though Lucario is a Gen IV Pokemon), causing Ryan to mock Ted for telling him about complaining.
- Ted criticizes IGN's Top 100 RPGs for Gen I of Pokémon placing at #4 on the list, claiming that people who call it their favorite generation are not real fans and have a Nostalgia Filter to not realize that the games haven't aged well in light of the sequels, but expresses frustration that Gen II, which has also begun to show age since the remakes during Gen IV, didn't either. Although, being fair, they have aged better then Gen I, which was broken beyond belief.
- An odd example, of Ted calling out the Pokémon fanbase. During the B2W2 First Impressions video, Ted criticizes people who bash Gen V for Vanilluxe and Garbodor, and asks why it didn't show up for Gen IV's Driflbim and Rotom.
- Hypocritical Humor: Ryan. 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.
Ted: You made me do that fucking game!
- Madness Mantra: Lewis nearly goes insane while watching an entire full-length part of Ryan farming for Rush Jet energy in Mega Man 3, to the point where he had delusions of Drawing magic in Final Fantasy VIII.
Lewis: Come on, Squall, you can do it, just thirty more Death spells until you're immune to Level 5 Death forever! Draw! Draaaaaaawwwwwww!!!
- This happens again during the No More Heroes 2 "parking lot" section, although the madness was not so severe. Although that was scripted.
- And comes back in full force during the F-Zero GX gameplay. Below is just a small sample:
- And again in the commentary for Mega Man 4, where Ryan is farming for energy drops when he thought he edited it out.
- The Portal 2 Co-Op Commentary after the first two parts or so.
- 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.
- Man Child: Pretty much the whole crew.
- Johnny admits this.
- Matt calls the crew out on this for singing the Winnie the Pooh theme song in Part 5 of the Donkey Kong Country 2 commentary, immediately after which Ryan begins to sing the My Little Pony theme.
Ted: But he's so adorable.
Matt: Not when you're twenty, and not when you're a man.
Ryan: (singing) My Little Pony...
- Man With A Thousand Voices: Out of the four commentators, Johnny has done the most imitations, his most famous probably being 'Manic-Depressed Luigi'. He's done many accents and voices for characters in-game, or as a joke.
Ryan: Isn't that right Mr. Invisible Pink Unicorn?
Johnny: (in a deep accent) Yes Ryan, you tell them motherfuckers!
Johnny: (using his normal voice) Mr. Unicorn, you can talk!?
- During the Pokemon Yellow commentary when a Dragonite is sent out to battle in the Elite Four:
Johnny: (imitating Barney the Dinosaur) Oh, I'm gonna get gangsta up on these bitches! A stranger is only a friend you haven't met yet.
Johnny: (using his normal voice) What the hell are you teaching our kids?!
- His Big The Cat impersonations are spot on, and quite hilarious with the shit he comes up with.
Johnny: (as Big) Froggy! If this about that I shoved you up my ass, I was really drunk! Get back here you fucker!
Tails: Sonic let's hurry, we need to find the Chaos Emeralds!
Johnny: FUCK the Chaos Emeralds! I need to find Froggy!
- He has sung parts of the Trololo song to the point that he does sound like, if not close to, Edward Khil.
- However, the most popular and hilarious voices he has done thus far seems to be of Luigi. From Luigi's Mansion to the Mario Party live playthroughs to introducing the Super Mario Bros. Movie and also to his livestream of New Super Luigi U, the jokes they come up with seem to be naturally funny
(as Luigi in Mario Party 2
) 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! Johnny:
(Luigi in Luigi's Mansion
) Mario, are you in there?! Are you? Good. Stay there. Johnny:
(Luigi in Mario Party 4
) God, it's me Luigi. If you have any sense of reason, you will keep that ball away from the purple fuck that lives wit- FUCK YOU GOD, I disown you! I'm going to meet with Lucifer, first thing in the morning! Ted:
) You know I'm right here. We can talk right now if you want.
- Spax. Unfortunetly, every single one of them is ear raping and/or annoying.
- The Many Deaths of You: Ted gets his ass kicked hard at the Legend of Zelda.
- Ryan suffered this in the SMB2 The Lost Levels playthrough, considering he edited out a good number of his deaths.
- Ryan dies a fair amount of times during Mirror's Edge. Causes of death include: Missing a jump, falling from a great height (or what the game thinks is a great height), gunfire, losing in melee combat, missing a QTE, and getting hit by a train. Keep in mind he was playing on easy mode.
- Miles Gloriosus: Mere inches away from losing his final life (and the points he'd amassed throughout the game), Ryan 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 Pokémon Crystal commentary when he brags that he (Gastly) was the reason why they defeated Miltank.
- And again in the Pokémon Crystal commentary when he says that he (a Haunter this time) was why Ted defeated Poliwrath.
- Mind Screw: Johnny and Ryan do this to Lewis during the The Lost Levels commentary when Lewis' 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.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Sonic Genesis commentary begins with Johnny giving an Evil Laugh in sadistic glee for the hell he is about to put everyone through... until he suddenly starts desperately screaming "What are we doing? What are we doing!?"
- 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 Kirby's Return to Dream Land 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 that it was entirely his fault. But he did admit to sharing some of the blame. Important to note this was one of the times the fanbase actually defended Ted.
- Nice Guy: To Johnny, Ryan, Lewis, Clement, and Amanda. The BSC may be snarky and foul mouthed, but they are generally friendly and respectful to one another.
- Additionally, midway of the BSC Smash 4 Direct impressions video, Amanda had began crying and John immediately turned it around for her by yelling her she has friends who support her.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "Super Machine Gun Table Attack!"
- No Indoor Voice: Elliot in the Scott Pilgrim commentary.
- Kind of ironic, considering in several of Johnny's L Ps, he sounds and comes across basically like a stoner more than anything else... not that he has ever gotten high.
- Spax during the SNES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time commentary.
- Amanda in the the Shadow The Hedgehog commentary, or basically anything she is in.
- Chuggaaconroy (no surprise there) in the Brawl tournament.
- Everyone during Mario Party.
- Nostalgia Filter: Both Ted and Amanda considered Shadow The Hedgehog okay when they first played it, but are now kicking themselves for ever liking it after the playthrough.
- Nostalgia affects each member differently. It causes Ryan to have odd preferences (SM 64 over Galaxy, not caring for Mario All-Stars on Wii), Johnny to treat games more favorably overall (praise Yoshi's Island and Double Dash greatly, despite being usually considered "meh"), Ted to do anything in his power to defend a game, even with glaring flaws, and to sometimes have a double standard (defend Sonic Adventure 2 and Pokemon Gen II tooth and nail, but bash Sonic Lost World and Gen IV, respectively, even though they share many of the same problems), and it causes Lewis to memorize games he played back then to the ninth degree (Crash 2 and Classic Sonic).
- Not What It Looks Like: Ted near the end of Part 5 of the Sonic Colors commentary, the part where he "fangasms" 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.
- Non-Action Guy: Lewis falls into this nearly every time the group gets together to play a game; he doesn't play aggressively, gets himself defeated a lot, stays out of the fray most of the time, and tends to bumble his way through things. Lewis does sometimes win in competitive games, but usually due to sheer luck or mistakes made by the others.
- Now Buy The Merchandise: At the end of their Fifth Anniversary Look Back, they discuss the idea of selling merchandise. A popular one among the kids is "Brainscratch the Flamethrower".
- 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, Ryan 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
- Omnicidal Maniac: The guys are convinced that Kirby is one.
- Once per Episode: Lewis, Johnny, and Ryan make a shit ton of Sonic references.
- One-Episode Wonder: The only playthroughs that have one part each are Tetris and Pokémon Black & Blue.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Johnny's real name is Juan, but everyone (including his brother and Johnny himself) just call him Johnny.
- Only Sane Man: Lewis seems firmly rooted in reality, as he constantly nitpicks or rants about anything in games that wouldn't make any logical sense in the real world.
Lewis: Why is the block flipping when we're just pushing it flat with our hands like this?
Johnny: I'm just gonna have to ask you to shut up right now.
- Ted seems to be following in his footsteps.
- Original Character: Junkles and Knuckers from Sonic 3CD & Knuckles & Knuckles.
- Pretzel Bag could also count for this, as well as the many incarnations of Biffalo.
- Ted had two; Ex and Shadow..though they seem to have been lost to the ages.
- Out of Order: The Sonic the Hedgehog commentaries, compared to other video game series where those are talked about in order of publication.
- Overly Long Gag: Amanda screaming "WHAT THE FUCK!?" in response to Shadow the Hedgehog revealing that the titular character was made from the blood of the Big Bad. While the crew was losing their patience, Gareth pointed out that it wasn't funny when he did it.
- The Perfectionist: Lewis, 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).
- Person as Verb: Pulling a Ted, which usually involves making lame arguments, and telling to shut up when you can't defend them.
- Poor Communication Kills: 90% of the entire reason for the deaths and frustrations in the Portal 2 Co-Op playthrough.
- Pun-Based Title: At the insistence of Lewis, Ryan included a Star Wars intro crawl in the first part of the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I commentary, titling the Episode, "The Fandom Menace."
- Pungeon Master: Both Ted and ParanoiaSonik. Unlike the former, the latter makes some well timed puns in the Mega Man X3 commentary.
- Punny Name: TypingBlank, or according to Pokémon Crystal, "Typing "
- Part 18 of Paper Mario playthougth the guys make a fuckton of Shy Guy puns.
- Put on a Bus: Ted lampshades this during the Tetris commentary, saying now that Lewis is back he doesn't need to be there.
- Played straight with Spax3 who hasn't been featured as a guest since Turtles In Time almost 4 years ago.
- Rage Breaking Point: Sonic Genesis was already infuriating Johnny with its slowdown, screwed momentum and screen-crunch, but when the game registers touching the side of one of the final boss's pillars as getting crushed (right after a cheap game over at that), that was the last straw...
- 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.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Many people, even the commentators, thought that the Sonic Genesis videos were being manipulated by Johnny. They weren't. The game's just that slow, broken, and indecisive about its speed.
- "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!
- And then Wario finally grabbed him, but he still lost the minigame since Donkey Kong (Ted) was still there.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Johnny and Ted are both the red to Ryan and Lewis' blue.
- Ironically inverted in the older videos. Ryan was the red to Johnny's blue with Lewis in-between.
- In the Sonic Lost World commentary, Gareth is the red to Clement's blue
- 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.
- The Rival: Hilariously in Mario Party 4, Ryan's Waluigi is the rival of Johnny's Luigi.
- Rule 34: An obvious joke that Lewis in particular exploited whenever possible. One example occurred during the Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Lost Levels) commentary.
Lewis: 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 fuck fire?!
- Revisited again by FTA on Mega Man 8 during the Grenade Man mid-boss battle.
Gareth: There are people who legally marry horses, but that's not nearly as fucked up as robot porn.
- At the end of the LeafGreen commentary, when Amanda hesitates to admit that she prefers Platinum to the Gen I remakes out of concern for what Ted thinks, Johnny tells her to fuck what he thinks and express herself. This starts a conversation about whether or not fucking a thought is actually possible, and they presume that some hentai exists for it.
- Running Gag: Certain gags and themes show up repeatedly across a number of videos, such as Johnny's Old Shame, or Lewis and his constant Sonic references.
- "Shut up" whenever Ted is losing an arguement, most notable in the Sonic Boom commentary.
- 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.
- Lewis 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 (mainly Ryan,) pretends that the Pokemon Fan Club President is harassing him 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 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 naming the Pokémon he catches and intends to use during a Pokémon playthrough after various members of the group. 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.
- Whenever Arceus is brought up, Ted or Ryan will usually joke about the struggle Game Freak probably faced coming up with legendaries after establishing one as God of the series.
Ted/Ryan: Pokemon Gen 5... fuck...
- Johnny bringing up that they canceled the Devil May Cry 4 playthrough during the Portal 2 Co-op while bored out of his mind.
- Lewis bringing up Naruto during the Final Fantasy 6 commentary.
- Wario World: "I got a million dollar contract."
- "Captain's Log. Stardate: Now."
- On The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ryan inserting clips of a Skyward Sword animation in when cutting or when someone hits on Link.
- "It's magic! Ooh! With whimsy!"
- Lewis bringing up Persona seems to have become this since Sonic Riders.
- The Jesus Barrel in Donkey Kong Country 3/
- Ryan blaming Ted for everything in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Ryan: You don't deserve that!
- Ryan saying "D'oh!" in the style of Wario every time the character he's playing as gets injured or messes up in both Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Mario Party 2. YMMV, but some might call this one an Overused Running Gag
- During the Final Fantasy VI commentary, they almost always shout a character's name (due to it being in all caps by default). Early in the playthrough, they even state that it will likely be the running gag for that run.
- Ryan and Johnny frequently reference older TV shows and other things from their childhood, which tend to go over the head of Ted (who is younger than both of them). This prompts Ryan to exclaim "Kiiiiiiid!" while Johnny bemoans how old this makes him feel.
Johnny: Ted, I just felt a little bit of hair fall off of my head!
- In Metroid Prime, Johnny enforced one in that they have to make Samus think to herself in the elevators.
- Lava Levels Legitimatize Long Lengths of Loquacious ... uhhh ... Alliteration.
- Lewis having issues with YouTube throughout the recording of the Paper Mario commentary. Lewis having issues with YouTube in general.
- Ted asking Ryan what the "strange contraptions" in 90's movies are, like pay phones and landlines.
- Christopher Walken.
- The incomparable Ronald Raquel.
- Whenever Lewis's call randomly drops, we get: "Lewis? Lewis! Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwiiiiiiiiiiissssssssss!!!!!!!"
- "UNLIMITED POWAH!!"
- Ted saying he can't play games on Steam or his PS3 because he needs to play Paper Mario: TTYD again.
- Ted singing "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions".
- Ted's TV.
- This seems to be a favorite style of Ryan, who will often repeat the same word or joke over and over again until he gets a reaction, and sometimes continues after that.
- Ryan unfavourably comparing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to pretty much anything throughout recent playthroughs, much to the fanbases anger. The frequency of this happening was even acknowledged and played off as a joke by FTA during the 'Sonic Boom' commentary.
- Sanity Slippage: The entire F-Zero GX commentary due to the lack of things to commentate about.
- Before that was the infamous Megaman 3 part 7-8, where due to Ryan's almost nonexistent editing skills at the time, had Megaman grinding weapon energy for two parts. This caused Lewis to hallucinate drawing magic.
Lewis: "Come on Squall, you almost have enough death spells to be immune to level 5 death forever!"
- Johnny suffers this in the Portal 2 co-op commentary for the same reasons as the F Zero commentary. He even "breaks" at one pointnote due to Lewis and Ryan's screwing up on a somewhat simple puzzle.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: A Running Gag, mostly done by Ryan in Resident Evil 4.
"SWIPE! SWIPE! SWIPE!"
- Say My Name: Played for Laughs during the Final Fantasy VI commentary, where the GUYS would keep SHOUTING the characters' NAMES because they were CAPITALIZED.
- This also appears in the video where they read IGN's Top 100 RPGs list with their repeated cries of "LEWIS!" whenever a game comes up that they know nothing about but him.
- The Scrappy: Invoked by Ryan, who immediately referred to TypingBlank as such at the beginning of the Mirror's Edge commentary.
Amanda: Why am I here?
Johnny: Because we wanna piss off the subscribers. They can't stand you, Amanda.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Various instances have the commentators lead into these things, or have them so bored that they end up here anyways.
- In Sonic Rush, they start talking about the music in the game, and eventually it delved into how Ted likes to sleep on his side. Comically, in the same stage in Blaze's story, they talk about wearing high heeled shoes.
- Portal 2 Co-Op.
- In part 12 of the Luigi's Mansion commentary, the crew goes on a tangent about Trick-or-Treating and Fast food restaurants of all things.
- 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 pairings, 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 Lewis an interesting idea.
Lewis: From now on shipping will be known as boating, I boat Naruto×Hinata!"
- Shout-Out: Brental Floss, Hellfire Commentaries, Big Al, Clement, The Nostalgia Critic... this list could go on.
- And of course, the numerous Sonic references.
- A shout-out to Junkles was made by Ryan during the Sonic CD commentary (after a stutter of words by Lewis).
- Ted and Johnny in Part 3 of the Metroid Fusion commentary mentioned two particular lines from the Dig Dug episode of Sonic for Hire.
Ted: Now we can go rape that village!
Johnny: Yay, monster rape!
- The guys bring up Chuggaaconroy a lot during Pokemon Crystal, Pikmin, and Super Mario Sunshine.
- Johnny will sometimes quote someone who commented on the RAWs. (Which sadly won't happen anymore)
- The constant use of clips from Ukinojoe's Groose: Grooseword Gourd in Ocarina of Time.
- Sir Swears Alot: Big Al and Matt.
- The Smart Guy: Ryan. Oftentimes he will bring up a scientific explanation to whatever topic is at hand, such as Spike being able to survive in space due to internal pressure. He has stated the only class he ever failed was Programming (or coding, whatever), implying that he survived Calculus with one of The Four Horsemen of Georgia Tech.
- The Smurfette Principle: Amanda is the only female member of the BrainScratch crew, if only a frequently used guest. This reached a head when there was a period that she seemed to be brought in for EVERYTHING, leading some fans to assume that they were bringing her in JUST to have a girl.
- Lampshaded in the Pokemon Crystal playthrough, where the last Pokémon captured, a Skarmory, is nicknamed "The Girl".
- Averted in the Pokémon Y First Impressions video where Amanda appears with Masae Anela together.
- Sorting Algorithm of Tropes: The Sliding Scale of Lewis to Not-Lewis.
- So Unfunny It's Funny: Johnny says that Ted's terrible puns are amusing to him in the Pikmin commentary.
- 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...?: Lewis makes a solid argument about Mario 64's power-ups being highly situational and gimmicky, only for Ryan 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 Lewis 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 Lewis.
Lewis: As I was saying before the end of the last part.
- Spork: Catch Phrase used in some of the earlier videos. It didn't catch on.
- Squee: Ryan has one at the start of Metroid Prime.
- The Adam West Batman skin for Arkham City, as well.
- Stopped Caring: Lewis has a hard time caring less about basically anything Nintendo related. It's actually a bit of a shocker when he says he played a game they made and actually enjoyed it, like Mario Galaxy.
- 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.
Ryan: Angst, angst, oax, angst.
Lewis: Sadness, more angst. Oh, a penny. (Sonic then runs past in front of Tails)
Ryan: 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!
Lewis: I saw it first!!
Johnny: HEY! YOU BLUE FUCKER!
Lewis: Sonic, your shoes are untied!
Ryan and Lewis: I don't have shoelaces, you dipshit.
Johnny: (the flashback ends) We completely shitted on that flashback.
- And later in the Sonic Colors commentary:
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 starting at 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 when waiting for the ending to start, while everybody is chanting "BLOW SHIT UP, BLOW SHIT UP, BLOW SHIT UP!"
- Suddenly Voiced: They will give any inanimate object, creature, or silent character a voice.
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 a 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!"
- That Came Out Wrong: Lewis during Part 1 of the Sonic: The Lost Worlds commentary.
There you go again, right next to the checkpoint. Lewis:
Well it doesn't matter, I have a portable checkpoint in my pants. Johnny:
...I'm sorry, did you just say that out loud? Lewis:
mean what you think I meant.
- That One Level: In-Universe, Ryan cannot stand "Imperial Academy Heist". Mainly due to how hard and unfair it is. It got to the point where he got a game over near the end of the level and decided to skip it claiming that Wedge came back to life via the force due to him being important to the plot.
- Theme Music Power-Up: During Captain Falcon's entrance on Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Ryan edited in the song "The Meaning of Truth", the theme song from the F-Zero Anime, along with the galaxy size explosion.
- This was used again during the boss fight against the Blue Falcon in their Shadow the Hedgehog playthrough. The episode was named after the song and also had a parody of the anime's ending cutscene at the end of the video.
- 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 Johnny has hinted about making an intro using his own theme.
- He seems to also be doing some live arrangements if said tracks with real instruments, since he believed the original versions were not good enough and the group deserved better.
- There Are No Girls on the Internet: As it turns out, this trope plus The Internet Is for Porn equals a whole lot of Squick.
Gareth: Aw man. Awwww mannnn. AWWWWWW MAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!
- The Quiet One: Lewis during the crew's play through of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. 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. This also happens during many other commentaries. If the group is commentating over a game that Lewis is indifferent to, he comes off as very tired or bored, and often goes whole parts only speaking once or twice (often just an apathetic "yup,") or not speaking at all. Subverted, however, when they're discussing games he likes. In these cases, Lewis is MUCH more lively and talkative, often dominating the entire conversation.
- TypingBlank becomes this in Super Mario Sunshine.
Lewis: HE SPEAKS! HE SPEAKS!
- Ryan seems to be becoming this in more recent commentaries. Lampshaded by Gareth in the Sonic Boom playthrough.
- Third-Person Person: Almost every time he posts a channel comment with their joint YouTube account, Lewis 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.
- Ted appears to have done this as well.
- So has Johnny, once in a while; though his writing style tends to give it away anyways.
- This Is Gonna Suck: The boys open the Sonic '06 Commentary this way. Nearly every part of the commentary has moaning in the description.
- Token Nonhuman: Pretzel Bag.
- Took a Level in Badass: When the guys played Mario Party 2 and 4, Lewis was quite bad, ending usually in dead last and making some pretty big mistakes (he won the first board of 2 purely to dumb luck) and most of his Stars were hidden block rewards. Come Mario Party 3, Lewis is FAR more competent and aggressive, and takes second place twice (he'd have won one of them if not for a bit of bad luck), with nearly all of his Stars being earned (including a nicely-done bit of stealing Ted's coins with a Bowser Suit and buying a Star on the same turn thanks to a high roll).
- Top Ten List: The guys frequently read aloud and make fun of IGN's "Top Whatever Lists", as well as other types of lists, such as from Nintendo Power's final issue.
- Tropes Are Not Bad: Ted references this in response to Lewis ranting that he is not a character.
Ted: Tropes are-Tropes Are Not Bad, Lewis...which is, ironically, another trope.
- True Companions: John states during the Sonic 06: Very Hard Mission video that he considers the crew the greatest friends he has ever made.
- Un Evil Laugh: Ted. Lampshaded by Ryan.
Ryan: You need to work on your evil laughter.
- 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*".
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Iwasaperson seems to be the least interested in the So Bad It'sGood cutscenes during Faces of Evil.
- Verbal Tic: Ted has "If that makes any sense," which is said whenever he is done with an explanation (which often derail into rambles after a certain point,) and isn't sure if it made sense (obviously).
- Johnny has "X did so many things right for me" and "the definitive version," the former of which is said whenever he goes on about a game, movie, etc. that he is particularly fond of. The latter is used whenever John talks about what he believes is the best version of a game or movie (obviously,) and is also used a lot to the same effect on his main review channel.
- In his own reviews, Johnny also has "*noun* itself/himself/herself." This is more of a scripting habit, and not something he says without thinking.
- Also, Johnny going "OHH!" in his Christopher Walken voice. He admitted in the Crash Bandicoot 2 playthrough that it's becoming a habit.
- Ryan's small chuckle when he finishes a sentence.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: The playthrough of New Super Mario Bros. Wii has Toad always being thrown into enemies or pits.
- 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.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: In part 4 of Sonic 4 Episode II commentary , Ted's Skype screws up a lot leading to him often not being able to finish his sentences several times. This episode is appropriately titled "Ted Vs Skype (Round 38)".
- Johnny and Clement's Skype screw up a lot during the Mega Man 6 commentary, leading to one part of it to be called "The Worst Part Ever".
- We Cannot Go On Without You: Ryan hosts and records all of the Skype chats, so him dropping out will cause the crew to start all over the part they were in.
- In the 12/19/13 livestream, it's decided for each Project M match that whoever loses first will be replaced by someone else in the next match... except for Johnny, who needs to be in every match because he's the one recording them for the stream!
- We Want Our Jerk Back: A lot of the fans were missing Lewis from the commentaries after his computer crashed.
- And after Lewis vanished from most of Crystal and both Mega Man 7/X3, this happened again.
- And again when Lewis wasn't part of Metroid Fusion, Mega Man 8, Sonic Colors, Sonic Genesis, and Donkey Kong Country 2.
- Wham Line: The reactions of Ryan, Clement, Ted, and Paranoiasonik when Johnny said he preferred Mega Man X6 to X3. (Especially Clement.)
- The reactions of everyone in the Mike Pollock interview, when Mike said that he did a lot of hentai voicework early on.
- Their reactions of FTA's preference of Shadow the Hedgehog to Sonic Heroes.
- The rest of the crew's reaction when Ted mentions that he never tried a Twinkie.
- Lewis casually admitting that he's never played Super Mario World during the Super Mario Bros. 3 playthrough.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In the fifth part of the Sonic Genesis commentary, Ted reveals to everyone his superpower: Physically making people unable to open food wrappers.
Ryan: So, what would my incredibly useless power be?
Ted: I dunno.
Johnny: Climb ladders faster.
- He also has the power to give back three seconds of anyone's time by shooting exploding magical timey-wimey energy out of his body to everyone hearing him at the moment.
- Ted also says that he somehow earns useless powers a frequent rate, but he only had use for a couple of them.
- What the Hell, Parents?: The boys' response to the revelation that kids are watching their videos.
- What the Hell, Player?: Ted is prone to saying this to Ryan/Johnny when they're killing innocent enemies who weren't doing anything to them. The usual response is, "They're in my way".
- They also get on Johnny's case for defeating Legendary Pokémon instead of capturing them, as well as a Shiny Tentacool Johnny encounters outside of Cerulean Cave. note
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In the intro cutscene of the Sonic Riders Hero story, the gang wonders why the Babylon Rogues don't just run over Sonic and friends.
- 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 one of the TV Tropes readings, Ted was actually WRONG.
- Played with in Paper Mario when the guys bet on when Lewis' Skype will drop again, Ted wins as soon as Johnny loses and states "A WinRAR is me!".
- A Wizard Did It: According to Johnny and Ryan, this is the undeniable answer of how Batman does the millions of illogical things throughout 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.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Lampshaded in their E3 2014 discussion when talking about the relation between Destiny and Halo (both made by Bungie studios, and Microsoft has the Halo trademark)
Ted (to Johnny): So if Retro came up and announced Schmetroid Schmime, how would you feel?
- You Monster!: Johnny's reaction when Ted reveals he wouldn't mind being reincarnated as a Tapeworm.
- Ted's reaction when Lewis wonders if Pikmin can be baked and eaten like carrots.
- You Suck: Ryan says this whenever criticizing/making fun of someone, mostly Johnny.
- You're Insane!: Everyone's response to Gareth claiming that Shadow The Hedgehog's Lost Impact is his favorite level in the game.
"Oh, it's the end of the part."