BrainScratch Commentaries is a commentary group on YouTube, created by Nayrman214, Solaris Paradox, and Somecallme Johnny. Inspired by Hellfire-Commentaries, the trio perform videogame and movie commentaries, as well as "random rambles," ranging from discussions of various irrelevant topics to the lampooning of the list-based opinions of such well-known gaming media outlets as IGN and GameSpot. Known for their professionalism as might Ray Charles be known for his accuracy at the shooting range, these four up-and-coming commentators aim to provide various laughs at any cost — even at the price of their own intense boredom. As such, there is nearly as much padding in their commentaries as there is in the games they routinely lambast.Nayrman (Ryan Malis) could be considered the brains behind the operation, as it was his hair-brained idea to start the group in the first place. The idea was first pitched to Solaris (Lewis Medeiros), a fellow member of the Sonic fan-forum 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.Current Commentaries:Super Mario 3D World
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(L = Lewis Appears T = Ted Appears) (Guest Commentator)
Devil May Cry 4, as a result of the crew having nothing to say after 3 parts (see F-Zero GX and Portal 2). May eventually be subverted; upon uploading the RAWs for the DmC reboot, Lewis mentioned the group would eventually cover DMC4.
Actually Pretty Funny: Whilst commentating on Dragonball Evolution, a movie the entire team deemed an undiluted cinematic incarnation of fecal matter, all three commentators had to admit that Goku's hair gel gag was actually pretty funny.
Aerith and Bob: Gareth, compare that to Andrew, Nathan, Emile, or Hayden. To be fair, he IS from the U.K.
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.
Ted has a light but still notable New England/Boston accent, pronouncing "room" as "rum", and putting a heavy emphasis on the "D" in "DS", causing it to come out as "DEE-yes." He also pronounces "drawing" as "droaring," which was lampshaded by Johnny.
Johnny shows hints of a Pennsylvania accent, such as pronouncing "manga" as "mainga", and habitually pronouncing "Werehog" as "War-hog," despite being corrected on multiple occasions. This one is even more subtle than Ted's.
Subverted by Lewis and Ryan, both of whom have almost no traces of the stereotypical "Joisey" or Deep Southern accents, respectively.note Justified in Ryan's case as he's originally from Chicago.
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.
When playing Needle Man's stage to fight Doc Robot in Mega Man 3, Nayrman fails to make it across a large chasm before his energy for Rush Jet runs out. HilarityEnsues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Sonic Genesis, Part 5. At 5:06, you must see to believe.
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!"
Nayrman has some incredible luck during the Mario 2 playthrough; some examples include killing an enemy by jumping under it and making a wall jump.
This little gem from the battle against Asshat Oak.
Nayrman: What's that? You're about to bring out your 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 + Critical Hit damage and I one shot you?
Lewis got 2 Hidden Blocks, both of which contained Stars, in Mario Party 2 (much to Ryan and Ted's dismay and Johnny's amusement).
During the Arkham Asylum commentary, Joker makes the quip about scaring Batman by revealing himself in a thong, and gained the appropriate reactions from Nayrman, Solaris, the viewers, and anybody who has played the game.
The guys have a similar reaction during the Super Mario Sunshine commentary when it's revealed that Peach is Bowser Jr.'s mother, which is only possible if... The fact that Bowser Jr. is wrong does not change the wrongness of it.note Especially if you know what a turtle penis looks like and the size it is. For clarification for those tropers who don't want to look it up themselves, turtle peni are half the length of the plastron AT LEAST. (Plastron = section of a turtle's shell that covers the belly). Since Bowser is supposed to be a turtle, that means he's probably got a lot of junk in that trunk of his. Luckily, Bowser, being a turtle, would lack an external penis anyways, if he was drawn realistically.
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 as of late, predominately the Devil May Cry series and Catherine, the latter of which was recently uploaded to the main channel (a year after much of it was recorded).
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."
And once again in the Ib play-through where Ted paused the game after being startled by a jump scare, causing Johnny and Ryan to say "pausing won't save you".
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, Solaris suggests that the G-Man is talking to Gordon Freeman in a nearby traincar. In the Final Fantasy VI commentary they did later, Solaris brings up the same point again for a ghost train, and Nayrman calls back to the former scene in response.
Practically everyone; for example, Nayrman 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.
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, but because he never uploaded the video, Ex and And were merged.
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.
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?
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).
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.
Curse: The Sonic '06 commentary has killed both Clement's (is fixed) and Solaris' (replaced) computers.
Cursed with Awesome: In Part 4 of Mario Kart 64, Lewis tells the others the story about one day in his younger years where a group of kids were mocking him... by throwing money at him. This made the other commentators wish that they were bullied like that.
Lewis: I don't know why they found it amusing that I kept chasing the quarters they were rolling along the floor.
A case of Just for Pun, of course, but during the Mirror's Edge run of the game, Typing Blank calls out Nayrman for playing the game on easy difficulty.
Ryan calls out Johnny for using the Konami Code in the Gradius 3 playthrough a lot.
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.
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.)
Johnny's encounter with Storm Eagle during the Mega Man X playthrough. He didn't die during the fight, but to be taken down to an inch of his life by what's considered one of the easiest bosses in the Mega Man X series was fail enough to stand as an example of this trope.
Whenever a similar occurrence of Epic Fail occurs, the above example is referenced as a Running Gag by quoting the words "It's STORM EAGLE!"
Nayrman surpassed (or would it be sank lower than?) Johnny since he was killed by Toad Man.
Solaris somehow manages to get crushed by a ring box during the Knuckles run of Sonic 3 And Knuckles.
Solaris 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.
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 guys are all fans of the Sonic, Final Fantasy, and Super Smash Bros. series.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 seem to REALLY like the GameCube controller, insisting on using it whenever possible.
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 Ted, Lewis, and Ryan haven't uploaded any footage to Youtube for several months now, and it'd be too awkward to call Johnny "Somecallme" or some other nickname.
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).
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: Behold Rule 63 BrainScratchComms◊. The "boys" don't seem too happy about their predicament. "Joanna" being the only outright furious one. The rest just seem too embarrassed or generally annoyed to speak up about it. Manny/Amanda ("The Girl") seems to be enjoying the role reversal though, wanting to make the girls part of a harem... to which they immediately object. (Except Elliot, though this is due to the fact that his mind broke.) Now with individual pictures. Meet:
The sheer number of edits made by Solaris while he was tinkering with this wiki page... if wiki edits could kill, the world would have ended that night.
Solaris also displays his language-dictatorship ambitions during commentaries, as well. Such as that time during the F-Zero GX commentary where he got on Johnny's case for saying "vampirish" instead of "vampiric." As it turns out, Vampirish is a real word.
In the Sonic '06 commentary, Solaris said "Fastly" instead of "Quickly", but no-one called him out on it. It should be noted that in that same part, Solaris said that "Sonic does it, by the power of Teleportion".
The intro crawl for the Sonic 4 commentary (see the below example of "Incredibly Lame Pun") was redone many, many times as Solaris fussed over inconsequential grammatical aspects and wording issues. Nayrman finally snapped, refusing to do it again. To this day, Solaris swears his original text was funnier.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ignored Aesop: The F-Zero GX commentary strongly implies that doing commentaries over racing games will result in extreme boredom, as the three kept saying that they should never do it again. Come to Mario Kart 64, where Johnny immediately says, "Have we learned nothing from F-Zero GX?"
I Hate Past Me: Not much hate, but they mostly try to communicate with their past selves to move on, stop sucking, or look at the obvious.
Subverted in the Paper Mario playthrough, where Ted tries to explain a puzzle, only to realize he currently couldn't remember it. He's pleasantly surprised to see that his past self was able to get it right.
Ted: I wonder if past me knows where I left the car keys.
I Meant to Do That: Anytime a screw-up somehow benefits on their progression, Johnny/Lewis will mostly say, "Yeah, that was intentional."
Incredibly Lame Pun: In part 9 of Super Mario Galaxy, after an awkward silence coming out of Ghostly Galaxy, Johnny declares the commentary is "dead".
Indecipherable Lyrics: In part 4 of the Super Smash Bros commentary, Ryan and Johnny sing along to the Brawl theme song in a "misheard lyrics" style. The lyrics are shown on screen when the song plays again at the end of the commentary.
In Harm's Way: Johnny repeatedly states that he is reckless during the Mega Man X games, causing him to put himself in danger or close to getting killed a few times.
In Memoriam: Played for Laughs at the very beginning of the Mega Man X2 commentary, both Johnny and Ryan praise on how amazing the Green Biker Dude is and are saddened by his early death, dedicating the first part's title in his honor.
Inverted in Part 9 of Mario 64. During the first two minutes, Lewis was thinking why were the others ignoring him (and ruining his Sonic 3D Blast fire joke), until he finds out the mic was in mute. Johnny was wondering before that where he was.
Played straight occasionally when the crew forgets that the part is over when they're talking about a different topic.
In part 1 of the Shadow the Hedgehog commentary, Amanda was writing down topics she would want to talk about during the commentary and thinking out loud from time to time (for which she was called out by Johnny) for entire six minutes before realizing they were recording.
During the No More Heroes playthrough, Ryan displayed a bizarre and extremely pointless compulsion to activate every fire extinguisher in the building on his way to a certain boss, and yet he disregarded the more useful wrestling masks.
Lewis is more practical — he's only a raging klepto when it comes to things you can actually collect, although they may still be completely pointless, as are the Silver Medals in Sonic the Hedgehog 2006... and he'll still probably have a compulsive urge to collect them and not quite be able to suppress it.
Johnny, however, states that he is the anti-klepto of the group as he completely ignores the Red Star Rings during the Sonic Generations playthrough, even if they were right next to him.* Which repeats itself in the Sonic 4: Episode II playthrough.
The basic rule of thumb between the two: Ryan collects useful things (Riddler trophies and Joker teeth), whilst Lewis collects pointless things (extra lives and continues in Sonic 3 and Knuckles, which has a save function).
Ted's reactions to Johnny ignoring expansions in Metroid Fusion show that he, too, is a klepto.
Ryan is shaping up to be an aversion of this now, as of Spyro the Dragon.
Laser-Guided Karma: Ted gives some rather forced-sounding screams when the group comes across a wild Bidoof in the Pokémon Y livestream (you know, just to make sure you remember how much he hates Gen 4). They proceed to catch a female and nickname it Ted, which quickly garners fanart that Johnny keeps onscreen for the rest of the livestream.
Lazy Bum: Where the crew is known for their unprofessionalism, Ryan seems to be the only one that cuts corners on required material. (See the Super Mario Sunshine and New Super Mario Bros. walkthrough, to name a few.) And when he doesn't cut corners, he usually leaves in useless footage that goes on much longer than needed. (See Madness Mantra below.) Ironically enough, since becoming partners, Ryan seems to be trying to be a tad more professional, always introducing and maintaining more order during discussions, having Nathan cut down parts he recorded to save time, and outright said that Johnny's gaming hobby is a "career now," though that could be referring to Johnny's two singular channels, which are also partnered.
Recent commentaries show Ted mainly criticizing Johnny and Ryan from not getting easy-to-get items, high ranks, or other mundane things, which results Ryan telling Ted to do a 100% run of the same game for his channel. Ted denies doing so because "he has other games to do".
Ryan does this again in Donkey Kong Country 2, this time towards Matt. Despite all the odd requirements, Matt is determined to accomplish his goal.
Live Episode: Smash Brothers Brawl, Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Mario Party 2 and 4.
Ludicrous Speed: In order to get through the second Sky Chase subgame in Part 11 of the Sonic Adventure playthrough without having to jump cut, Johnny interrupts the in-game footage with Lord Dark Helmet shouting "Ludicrous Speed GO!" Johnny then speeds the video up around 300% and adds the plaid look directly from the movie. According to Ryan, Lewis has never seen Spaceballs. However, during the actual reference sequence, Lewis quotes the movie. Whether this moment is left over idiocy from Ryan's Sonic and Tails run of Sonic 3 And Knuckles is unknown.
Out of the four commentators, Johnny has done the most imitations. From doing many accents and voices for characters in-game, or as a joke.
Nayrman: 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
Johhny: (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: (as Toad/Lucifer) 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.
Mere inches away from losing his final life (and the points he'd amassed throughout the game), Nayrman cowardly hovers on the sidelines during the final boss battle of the multiplayer Turtles in Time Re-Shelled playthrough. He steals the last blow after all three other players wear the final boss down, celebrating his status as the designated winner.
Does it again on the 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.
Milestone Celebration: To celebrate Brain Scratch Commentaries' five-year anniversary in April 2014, the guys made a video reminiscing on the channel's origins, how far they've come and all the guests they've had since then, what their favorite BSC playthroughs are, and where they're heading in the future.
The Link: The Faces of Evil playthrough was also made to celebrate the 5th Anniversary, and thus, each part ends with a different version of the BSC logo from over the years.
The guys discuss the tenth anniversary consisting of nothing but them sitting on a jar of mayo for 10 minutes.
Mind Screw: Johnny and Nayrman do this to Solaris during the The Lost Levels commentary when Solaris's video won't load, making up several things that are happening, including Bruce Lee coming on the screen for some reason.
MST3K Mantra: Invoked by Clement's line, "It's A VIDEO GAME!", sums this trope up to a tee.
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 Kirbys Return To Dreamland several times in level 7-2, with Ryan angrily blaming Ted for the fuck ups. While the entire team did share some parts of the blunders, Ted screwed up the most by rushing blindly into blocks that crush him or his teammates. Ted refused to admit it he was at fault.
Spax during the SNES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time commentary.
Amanda in the the Shadow The Hedgehog commentary.
Chuggaaconroy (no surprise there) in the Brawl tournament.
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.
Not What It Looks Like: Ted near the end of Part 5 of the Sonic Colors commentary, the part where he "fan-gasms" multiple times towards Planet Wisp's music.
Ted: Hold on guys, I've got to clean off my computer screen. Johnny: That's fucking disgusting! You had pants on! Ted: I spilled Coke on it guys, what were you thinking? Ryan and Al: Oh. Ted: I'm just not careful with my soda, that's all.
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.
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
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 And Knuckles (besides getting perfects in special stages and amassing extra lives and continues).
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.
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.
Retroactive Wish: Inverted. Anytime Johnny talks about a game he once played before that he loves/hates, the viewers will immediately ask him if he can record it for a commentary. Discussed in the Touhouvania commentary.
Solaris: Let's see... furry porn, veggie porn, munitions porn, weather porn, and now... uh, fire porn? Johnny: Wait, why fire porn? Who mentioned fire porn? How do you @#$% fire?!
Revisited again by FTA on Mega Man 8 during the Grenade Man mid-boss battle.
Gareth: There are people who legally marry horses, but that's not nearly as fucked up as robot porn.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan blaming Ted for everything in Kirby's Return to Dreamland.
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
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 >ebsite/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.
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.
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 Solaris an interesting idea.
Solaris: From now on shipping will be known as boating, I boat Naruto×Hinata!"
SonicandShadowfan15 is the only female member of the BSC 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.
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.
Solaris makes a solid argument about Mario 64's power-ups being highly situational and gimmicky, only for Nayrman to completely ignore him by pointing out the goofy music (the theme played in the vanish cap cavern) played during his rant.
Again this happens when Solaris tries to explain about the CGI cutscenes involving the Xbox 360 port of Sonic Adventure, Johnny interrupts him remarking at how slow Dr. Robotnik is crashing down near Tails.
Also, the name of this trope is also played straight and inverted in many commentaries when they are recording many parts in a row, usually done by Solaris.
Solaris: As I was saying before the end of the last part.
In the Tails portion of the Sonic Adventure playthrough, during the flashback of Tails meeting Sonic for the first time in part 10. The gang quickly comes up of a story of how Sonic had stolen a penny that he, Tails, himself found.
Nayrman: Angst, angst, oax, angst. Solaris: Sadness, more angst. Oh, a penny. (Sonic then runs past in front of Tails) Nayrman: And now it's gone. Johnny: He took my penny, that was my penny! Hey! I'm talking to you! I didn't think he heard me. I'm gonna chase that fucker. (Tails begins following Sonic smiling) My penny! Gimme back my penny! It was mine! Solaris: I saw it first!! Johnny: HEY! YOU BLUE FUCKER! Solaris: Sonic, your shoes are untied! Nayrman and Solaris: I don't have shoelaces, you dipshit. Johnny: (the flashback ends) We completely shitted on that flashback.
And later in the Sonic Colors commentary:
Nayrman: You still owe me that penny, Sonic, so the bet is mute. I mean moot.
And later in Wario World where Tails' missing penny prevents Wario's castle from being as much as Mario's million dollar contract.
"The Not-Lewis Chronicles", named after a set of commentaries that Lewis never appeared in. They ended in Part 3 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!"
Ryan: Wait a second, why did I give the bug creatures from Resident Evil 4 a voice? Johnny: Why did I give the Metal Box personality?
Suckiness Is Painful: Ted actually got a headache (yes, a real one) from the Sonic Genesis commentary. So did several of the viewers; the screen crunch, horrible frame rate, and randomly disappearing/reappearing objects/backgrounds are akin to the Virtual Boy in how they assault a person's eyes.
Super OCD: Lewis proves this time and time again with his kleptomaniac moments.
Take That: Everyone likes to take jabs at each other either by the commentator's gameplay or whatever they said. Ryan seems to be a target of this; however, he shrugs it off and tells them to "shut the fuck up".
Talk About the Weather: Parodied by Ryan's "How about that local sports team?", coined during the F-Zero GX commentary, to which Lewis responded "No! I hate sports!"
Ryan: 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: I didn't mean what you think I meant.
During Captain Falcon's entrance on Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Ryan edited in the song "Searching for the Truth", the theme song from the F-Zero Anime, along with the galaxy size explosion.
Subscriber Runner Guitar has been working on an "Un Official" Soundtrack for the group under the name "BRAIN Dead and Reborn", but as of the time of this trope being written, they have not been used on any video yet. Though Johhny has hinted about making an intro using his own theme.
Lewis during the crew's play through of Kirbys Return To Dreamland. The rest of the crew lampshaded how Lewis was unusually quiet most of the time and Lewis stated he was very focused on playing the game since he can't play and talk at the same time without screwing up. This also happens during many recent 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.
Almost every time he posts a channel comment with their joint YouTube account, Solaris forgets to sign his name as part of the comment. He then remembers, comes back, and adds an additional comment reading "...said Solaris" to clarify who posted the comment.
Ted: (chipper) Hey guys! It's that... *sighs* I can't even pretend to sound enthusiastic. Here's Shadow-the-fucking-Hedgehog. Johnny: (bitterly) Oh boy! It's the one a lot of you have been waiting for! ...You sick assholes.
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*".
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.
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.
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".
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!
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 However, he actually hacked the Tentacool to be Shiny and then killed it just to get a reaction out of Ted.
Invoked in part 4 of Wario World, where Ted claims that Banjo-Tooie is the origin of the Hailfire Peaks trope, while the other commentators say that it's only the Trope Namer. Turns out Ted was right, though, and he proceeds to state "A winner is me" in victory. Although, as he later pointed out in the latest TV Tropes reading, Ted was actually WRONG.
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 [=Win RAR=} is me!".
Everyone's response to Gareth claiming that Shadow The Hedgehog'sLost Impact is his favorite level in the game.
Johnny and Ryan find it hilarious when Ted claims that he would sooner record SONIC GENESIS than Gen IV of Pokémon, simply on the basis that Genesis is done faster. This was notably toward the end of Part 1 of the Genesis LP, so Ted had yet to experience headaches from the horrible frame rate, the butchered soundtrack, and some very cheap deaths caused by the screen crunch and slowdown; he probably changed his mind by the end.