You know what time it is forum, it's time for the Comment Question of the day. So I want you to describe Equals Three here. Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section below.Equals Three (=3) is a YouTube series hosted by Ray William Johnson, who reviews viral videos he finds or are sent to him. Three videos are shown and a question submitted via video is posed for the commenters to respond to in the comments section. New videos are posted every Tuesday and Friday. Currently the most subscribed channel on YouTube.He also releases songs and videos under the account name Your Favorite Martian (project has been retired at the moment but all videos can still be viewed).It has a Spin-Off in Spanish: Igual a tres, hosted by Pedro Flores.Not to be confused with :3.
This series provides examples of:
Acting for Two: A second character known only as the Troll shows up sometimes...trolling.
"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this message!"
"Fake and gay!"
"Falso y maricon!"
In recent episodes, he maims the Google+ logo.
Continuity Nod: Ray sometimes references videos that he reviewed in past episodes.
In the episode "YOUTUBE FAMOUS! - Ray William Johnson - Equals Three =3", he reviews a video called "Michel & Sven - Der Trampolintrick - Teil 5 / The trick with a trampoline". He points out that the kids in the video are the same kids that were in the video called "Michel & Sven - Der Tischdeckentrick - Teil 4 / The Table Cloth Magic Trick (Original)" that he reviewed in the episode "THUG GUMBY".
In the episode "REDNECK DAD", he reviews a video of Corgi puppies running. He says that he reviewed a video exactly like it a couple of years ago. He reviewed said very similar video in the episode "Epic Boyfriend FAIL".
Running Gag: Several: Your Mom, Ray's non-existent social/sexual life or lame jokes, PedoBear, the Troll or any number of viral video-derived audacities, including something about 2 angry camels in a tiny car.
Russian virals seem to be the most fun and unsafe-looking of late.
Gabriel Iglesias himself admitted he can't host an episode without a Russian video.
Sound Effect Bleep / This Trope is [BLEEP]: He tends not to curse in the videos, but does so in his personal vlog (BreakingNYC). He justified it in a vlog by saying he wants to keep the series kid-friendly.
This video, "Indian Action" has an uncensored f-bomb, perhaps a first for Ray?
He leaves uncensored Fluorine bombs in "Thug Gumby" and "Broken Goat", as well as the word itself appearing on screen in "Jesus Dance".
Stay in the Kitchen: Some of the jokes he makes are blatantly sexist. He always apologizes though.
This Loser Is You: A character labelled "You" occasionally appears. "You" say a lot of very stupid things.
Art Evolution: The video for Whip Yo Kids and the videos onward have much better animation and art than the previous music videos.
Ascended Extra: Benatar went from being the band's silent guitarist to getting as much singing time as Puff himself, singing more than Puff in Friend Zone, Complicated, Jupiter, Somebody That I Used to Know, and Bartender Song. According to Ray himself, Axel is expected to be singing at some point as well.
Band Toon: Your Favorite Martian: The Series is now being run on YouTube. The series is a parody of more traditional band toons, only with a lot more sexual jokes and NSFW language.
Bigger Is Better: My Balls is a song where Puff brags that his balls can win back his ex-girlfriend (the person he's singing to)
Blinding Bangs: The entire backup.note Although fanart depicts Benatar as having Peek-A-Bangs. Even DeeJay with his Funny Afro. Although we see his eyes starting in Transphobic Techno.
Call Back: Tig Ol' Bitties makes a reference to My Balls. "Like my balls—real big!"
And in Whip Yo Kids, a call back even further, to the very first song his earlier band, Fatty Spins, put on youtube note This song was used in Ray's old show, Capitol Hill Gangsta, as well as for much of the early =3 episodes titled "Doin' Your Mom".:
Hypocritical Humor: In Fight to Win, both Puff and guest rapper DeStorm claim that fighting games like Mortal Kombat don't make them violent. They then proceed to kick each other's asses over the last nacho.
Yandere: Text Me Back is possibly one of the most prominent example of this trope ever.
Puff: "I had a dream that I killed you. I'm not certain what it means. I didn't say that I would do it. I said it was a dream. Anger is the lone emotion flowing through my veins. Knowing you, I may spend the night going through some pain. Call me insane, call me obsessed, the fact remains, I'll rage unless you text me back"
Your Favorite Martian: The Series Provides Examples of:
You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: YFMTS Episode #8 "ROAD RAGE" lampshades that Puff has major anger issues. A couple of "Yo Grandma" jokes, a shrinkage of his hoodie and a simple squirrel dance gets him flared up. I don't blame him over having to DRESS UP as a squirrel, though.
"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this trope!"