Game Grumps VS, in which the hosts of Game Grumps compete against each other instead of trading off or playing together.
Steam Train, which follows the same format as its parent show, but features PC games instead of console titles. It is hosted by Danny as well as Ross O'Donovan (of Rubber Ninja Animation, with Arin sometimes guest-starring.
Steam Rolled, in which four players compete against each other in both console and PC games. Arin and Ross are regulars, while the other two players are filled in alternately by Danny, Suzy Berhow (Arin's wife), and Barry Kramer (the Grumps' editor and uploader).
Table Flip, a formerly Polaris-exclusive show in which Suzy, Barry, and several guest-stars play tabletop and card games.
The Grumps had planned a playthrough of Conkers Bad Fur Day, but because the game starts very slowly and there wasn't much discussion between the two during the playthrough, this idea was shelved. According to Arin at a panel, it was also because Jon - who has previously included the game in several 'Best Of' lists - was slowly "realizing it wasn't all that great." Arin described the experience as "depressing", and also claimed Conker's was the worst game they ever played for the show.
The Grumps' extended playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), which ended with Jon's abrupt departure from Game Grumps, with the chances of it being finished all but extinguished due to Jon's refusal to return to Game Grumps and Arin's refusal to go back and finish it alone. Arin and Danny confirmed they wouldn't finish it, with Danny saying it would be wrong to be there at the end of a journey he wasn't a part of.
Jon absolutely hated Demon's Crest and they actually got into a fight over it. Much like Sonic 2006, that video will likely never see the light of day.
A separate playthrough of that game was done later, though it was not played to completion.
Several games they've played have either gone unfinished or have gone months without updates, despite their last episodes ending normally in the middle of the action.
Accidentally Accurate: Arin calls an enemy a "Boomer Man". The enemy's actual name? Boomernote Although there is a Broken Base as to whether the enemy in Super Star is actually Boomer, or simply a Poppy Bros. holding a boomerang.
During their Sonic '06 playthrough, Arin made fun of Silver and Blaze's interaction by calling Silver, as Blaze, "so naive". Turns out, in Blaze's next line of dialogue in the game, she calls Silver "so naive."
In Super Mario Sunshine, Arin defeats a few bosses in ways they're obviously not supposed to be beaten.
Gooper Blooper attacks Mario with its tentacles when he tries to attack his weakpoint, and the solution would be to pull them off to render him harmless. Arin completely ignores that and manages to defeat him anyway even though the tentacles are not supposed to give the player enough time to attack the weakpoint properly.
Monty Mole must be defeated by throwing his bombs back at him, but Arin has no idea that he can pick them up, and instead leads them near Monty, and their explosions still damage him despite them blowing up at the base of Monty's cannon.
Mecha-Bowser shoots missiles that can attack Mario from both sides while on a rollercoaster. FLUD clearly warns the player whenever a missile is coming from behind, so they can focus on the ones coming from the front... But Arin keeps looking back and gets killed a good number of times by missiles from the front, which do not trigger any warning since he's supposed to see them coming by himself. He never corrects his strategy and ends up winning with a sliver of health left.
During the second fight against Petey Pirahna, Arin thinks the floating pigs are necessary to make him fall, while spraying him with water would've worked just fine. The pigs are very impractical to use, on top of Arin having trouble navigating the village to follow Petey and frequently missing the opportunity to deal damage to him, but he still manages to win after a long, unnecessarily tedious fight.
"Look at that! I didn't even mean to! [...] Damn, I'm accidentally good!"
When playing Punch Out for the Wii, Danny is completely ignorant of the duck feature, which is supposed to be the right response to some boss attacks; instead of ducking, he learns how to time counter-attacks for the moves.
In Punch Out Wii, Danny uses the Heroic Second Wind feature to come back and defeat Great Tiger. He accidentally activated it while Little Mac was falling by hitting the minus button.
Their playthrough of Banjo-Kazooie has a lot due to its varied supporting cast.
Gloop the Fish is a depressed teenager, whose farts can get you high. His friends exploit this, and are only his friends because of this, always trying to get him to come to parties just so he can fart for them.note For the record, Gloop actually belches bubbles instead of farting them He also has a cousin named Beezenbatz that no one invites to parties because when anyone tries to invite him, people think he's trying to bring live animals.
Boggy the Bear is a deadbeat Dad that lets his 3 kids go hungry while he sleeps outside and also ate a Jiggy piece despite having 2 more ready to give away and therefore should have been familiar with them.
The mummy in the matching game pyramid just desperately wants to give you a hug because he died in a disfiguring accident and none of his friends know that he's still around. He's also a ghoul.
During their time in Athens, they've been interpreting nearly all their neighbours, such as Maelle as a chain smoker and Sally as a child abuse victim.
Rouge the Bat quiffs pokéballs out of her snatch.
Rocky from Kirby Super Star is a lazy, overweight, slow loser who gently walks wherever he's needed, while screaming up ladders at fast speeds.
Chameleusnote Chameleo Arm has a family and two friends named Bob and Bill. Bill bought Chameleus a Game Boy Advance for his birthday and Chameleus, being more of a Sega guy, was a bit offended. However Chameleus covered it up well and pretended that he enjoyed the gift because he's very good at camouflaging himself.
Moundo, a mini boss in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, is not a rock. He is a grouchy mound who can't deny that he has a weight problem yet can't work out... since he's not human. If he were to be chiseled, it would hurt. The other rocks make fun of him because his mother was bad at naming.
For some reason, Arin is convinced that Luigi hails from Nazi Germany.
They decide that the characters in Wild Guns are ruthless bandits, and all the enemies are just trying to protect their homes.
According to Arin, Mickey Mouse is a man who has detachable ears and has a disorder where he has big hands, feet, and head, which he hides by claiming he's a cartoon character. When he goes home, he beats himself up, saying to himself that he's a freak whom no one loves.
Link from Wind Waker is a depressed Reluctant Warrior who is constantly taunted about the horrible things happening to his kidnapped sister whom he loves more than anything else in the world. Also, he gets really excited about being forced to perform menial tasks.
Professor Oak is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's and constantly shits his pants.
Little Mac from Punch-Out is suffering from intense brain damage and has no idea that he's a boxer.
Doc Louis is a terrible personal trainer who almost always gives bad advice, either through telling the previously mentioned brain damaged Little Mac to fight again immediately after being losing and being injured, or by just outwardly telling him that he's pretty much screwed in the next fight.
Jon: What is this, like the "Asian, but not really."
Anachronic Order: They film a large chunk of gameplay in one sitting, then upload small segments at a time. This leads to some series being filmed before others receiving Call Backs only in the later recorded series.
Lampshaded in Goof Troop episode 10, where Jon jokes about how his cold will affect the next year of Game Grumps.
AGAIN spoiled the Smash Bros video twice with one hint being the Mii show-off video where you see Brawl loaded up, and one off-handed comment about Jon being upset that he lost (which in turn spoiled the ending).
This was lampshaded in the first episode they released, for Kirby; Jon welcomes them to "the first episode", and then notes that they now have to make it the first episode because he said it would be.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land is begun now that there's an HDTV in the Grump Room. Four videos later, during Super Mario Land, the Grumps lament not having an HDTV in the Grump Room.
The final episode of Zombies Ate My Neighbors has Arin suggesting that they play Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, a series that the two already started and finished.
Likewise, episode 8 of their Donkey Kong Country playthrough has them suggesting that they play Resident Evil for the Gamecube when the first two episodes had already been uploaded either that week or the week before.
Episode 9 of their Sonic '06 has Jon saying 'Vote tomorrow, kids! That's 'tomorrow' today', when the 2012 Presidential Election was last week.
All in all mostly averted nowadays because Arin has opted to give Barry a schedule in which to release the videos (Say about 75% into all the Jon Tron Grumps videos) and as evidenced by the Ninja Sex Party Grumps videos you can notice Danny making a bunch of Call Backs which are indeed, Call Backs.
Apparently revived in Kirby's Epic Yarn part 9, where Danny thinks about how weird it would be if Barry suddenly showed up on an episode and talked. Barry's text promptly pops up and points out "Clearly these guys haven't seen Steam Rolled (which they're in.)"
The end of their Joe and Mac playthrough: KITTY CATS DANCING! Cue rave-like video of Arin's cats while Jon and Arin start singing Space Jam songs. Oh, and Jon masturbating.
The end of Part 3 of Kirby's Air Ride, where they play a game of slaps to break the tie. They agree that they both win so they don't have to hurt each other anymore.
Halfway through playing B.O.B., the game crashes. The rest of the episode is "The Grumpcast" - with Arin and Danny talking about random things with the odd image thrown in by Barry.
Anachronism Stew: Present in Table Flip. The whole gang dresses in "period" costumes, including, respectively, a chimney sweep/newsie outfit, a Civil War officer uniform, what appears to be a post-Revolutionary French dress, a stereotypical Victorian gentlemen's getup, and... the Tenth Doctor.
Angrish: Oft. Seeing as Jon is the bit more vocal of the too, he tends to start flipping first. Though Arin can have epic ones, like here.
In many GG fan animations Arin is, naturally, associated with a raptor and Suzy continues to be portrayed as a goose. Jon tends to portray himself as a bear, specifically Banjo with Jacque as his Kazooie, but he tends to be more often drawn as a parrot himself in fan videos.
Animated Adaptation: Arin animated a few of his favorite scenes from Game Grumps episodes in a sketchy lineart style in the show's early days, but while he claimed to be working on more at MAG Fest they appear to have fallen victim to the same Schedule Slip as his other non-Grumps works. Flannelson seems to have been handed the mantle of official GGA animator in his stead.
Popular Game Grumps Editor Barry Kramer released a 'Grep Animated', animated by himself and depicting the Grumps as bowling pins. Inevitably this has led at least one fan to say 'Even Barry is putting out videos faster than Arin'.
Not surprisingly, the fan community cranks these out by the dozens. They are now at least 550-650 episodes on the internet of various quality (some even being higher quality than Flannelson's and Ego's).
Episode 36 of Pokémon FireRed was completely animated by Linzb0t due to the game footage getting lost.
Anti-Humor: In Castlevania I, Arin eventually takes over for joke delivery while Jon concentrates on clearing Death's level.
Arin: Why did the axe fly at your face? Because the knight threw it. Why did the axe come back? Because the axe has boomerang-type properties.
Arc Number: Arin's used Wii has several Miis with names that include some variation of "677". Jon thinks it must be some kind of code.
Jon: You died in a fucking shallow pond, you piece of shit, you imbecile, you USELESS PIECE OF FUCKING—OATS!! Arin: Did you just— "oats"??? Jon: I fuckin' went there, dude, I'm really sorry. I know your family is multi-grain....
Art Shift: Episode 36 of Pokémon FireRed is entirely animated as a result of the game footage accidentally being lost.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Oftentimes something in the game will surprise them or catch their attention, putting the current conversation on hold as they go on a tangent and sometimes completely dropping the previous topic.
Bears Are Bad News: Episode 1 of Naughty Bear was rated extremely low and considered one of the worst episodes in the series because they were stuck on an obvious puzzle after missing prompts in which they could have advanced.
In part 9 of Katamari Damacy, Arin repeatedly struggles in "Make Ursa Major" (One of Those Two Levels), in which he must pick up exactly one large bear while avoiding all small bears and bear-themed objects. He didn't actually need to get a large bear in order to reach the end of the game, though; it was really just a matter of pride. In a Downer Ending, he never does get a large bear, and gives up at the end of the episode.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In Chuck Rock, they say the game reminds them a lot of "Pinicchio", their name for Pinocchio. This is immediately lampshaded by Dan, who acknowledges that he never actually called it that in the video.
Berserk Button: Jon seems to hate it when Arin belches. He yelled at Arin for it in Pokemon Emerald #13, and stormed off for a bit when it happened in Kirby Super Star #17.
Jon will actually devolve into angry cursing mid-sentence if Arin belches. It almost makes him physically ill in Part 30 of Sonic 06.
One of the Grumps has never seen The Lord of the Rings. This revelation causes the other Grump to cough blood. (Sonic #57)
Jon: It's just like, "durr, I haven't seen Star Wars..!" Arin: What the fuck? There's a lot of people who haven't seen Star Wars! Jon:FUCK THEM! *laughs* Arin: Corey didn't see Star Wars, and I just showed it to him last night! Jon: Corey hasn't seen Star War— Why the fuck- GET OVER HERE YOU PIECE OF SHIT! I'm gonna go beat him up! Arin: He's not here. Jon: *leaves the room* Well he's-I'm gonna go beat him up and spit-*indistinct* Arin: He's out buying comics. *chuckles* Apparently Jon's really upset that my eyes have not four- Jon: *comes back in laughing* Barry's like trying to start up conversation with me.
In Pokemon Emerald episode 13, Jon and Arin talk about how one night, they went to Disneyland during grad night and, while riding Star Tours, most of the grad night students were yelling obnoxiously about how awesome they were. At the end of the ride, Jon, who had politely asked them to quiet down before, ends up yelling at them for being rude and disruptive throughout the whole ride.
Certain viewers have been known to get upset and, reportedly, yelled at the screen when the Grumps don't play a game they (the viewers) know really well but don't play it right, such as when Arin played Star Fox 64 and actually managed to get to the stage right before Venom, but by mostly mashing A and trying to dodge projectiles instead of locking on, bombing, barrel rolling, or anything to do with the boost meter. Part five begins with Arin's general response to the tsunami of rage comments this caused.
Danny constantly calling Waddle Dees "monkeys" in Kirby's Epic Yarn greatly infuriates Arin.
Danny has a strong hatred of autotune... and when someone accuses him of using it, it clearly enrages him.
Beam-O-War: In the Godzilla episode. THAT'S SOME HARRY POTTER SHIT!
Arin: What was the weirdest thing about Ocarina of Time? Jon: You- [narrowly avoids running into a snake]FUCK SNAKES!! Arin:I don't fuck snakes! That's disgusting!
In part 9 of Katamari Damacy, at the end of the episode when Arin gets fed up with bears:
Danny: Okay...I mean, I...I've tried.
Better than a Bare Bulb: "I didn't leave the room. I opened the door, and closed it. MOVIE MAGIC ladies and gentlemen." (Sonic '06 #45)
Bias Steamroller: In the Nintendo Land videos, the Grumps have been complaining about Skyward Sword's controls not being as accurate as the Nintendo Land Zelda ride's - cue the comments being flooded with fans claiming the controls are identical.
Arin hates the term "Metroidvania", because he considers the first part of that word far superior to the second. (Sonic #54)
Bile Fascination: invoked How they feel about the Mary Kate and Ashley: Sweet 16 game. They say it could almost be fun and crack countless jokes about it, but the episode goes on for nearly four times the normal episode length.
They played Sonic '06 and Naughty Bear for this reason too, although in Part 64 of the former's playthrough, Jon commented that it wasn't so bad, especially after playing the latter.
Danny's response when Suzy confirms the existence of the D Club inNinjabread Man.
Big "WHAT?!": Jon is particularly good at these and there are a couple notable ones.
When Arin and Jon play Family Feud for the NES, they are asked to "name something a father would buy for their kids but would use themselves". Arin writes "C D Player". Model Car pops up as the correct answer.Explanation This happens because the game searches for letters making up key words. In this case, it saw the word "car" in C D Player.Their reaction is amazing.
The Knuckles wall-climbing glitch caught them completely by surprise, triggering a satisfying round of hysterics.
Arin:(loudly stomps out of the room, then back in again) NO! I'm fucking done! I'm fucking done! Jon: I can't—! (giggling hysterically) I can't get off! Arin: WHAT IS THIS?! WHAT IS THIS?!!!!??? Jon: I'm stuck! Arin:WHAT IS MY LIFE?!!
CPU Wario turning 8-bit, a feature neither Grump was prepared for.
Arin fails every Jeopardy question. He mentioned on several occasions that he did drop out of High School, so this is probably understandable.
Arin: "Apparently according to TV Tropes I am not book smart."
He cites that a person probably can't remember what they learned in their fourth grade social studies class as an adult and dislikes the argument, in which he raises a valid point. Although, what a person learns in school and can remember learning is based on a variety of mitigating factors, ex: Willingness to learn, quality of education, etc.
He thought that a century was a thousand years, and not a hundred, as stated in their Aladdin playthrough.
A You Don't Know Jack question asks which is a U.S. territory. Arin picks, of all things, Cuba.
Jon has his blind spots and they may surprise you. He comically overreacts to the trivia questions in You Don't Know Jack (#2).
Jon: I don't fuckin' know. I don't fuckin' know! I was a thespian and I don't fuckin' know! FuckShakespeare! I DON'T READ/CAN'T READ YER STUPID ELIZABETHAN BULLSHIT (unintelligible) WHY DONCHA TEACH THE KIDS JAPANESE OR SOMETHIN' USEFUL
Book Ends: Danny starts off the Super Mario Sunshine playthrough with a song:
"Super Mario Sunshine / It's getting saucy / We're gonna rock it so hard / Ross is an aussie!"
Near the end of the finale episode, he sings:
"Super Mario Sunshine / It is now over / It was such a good time / Ross is a fucking aussie!"
Boomerang Bigot: "Fat people are everything that's wrong with the world! (I can say that because I'm fat.)"
Boss Banner: In Episode 14 of Pokemon FireRed, Barry puts one over a Geodude after Arin's Big "OMG!". And in Episode 23, over an Abra (three times, the third being a very bland one), and a Kakuna. And again in Episode 26, over the Oddish Currently Known as Fuck King. And yet again at the end of Episode 28, over a Magikarp.
In the first Goof Troop episode, Arin claims Jon wouldn't try to save him if he was kidnapped by pirates. In the last episode of Dyna Blade, Arin gets kidnapped by a TAC multiple times, with Jon preferring to just make a second partner for Arin to control.
In Mega Man 7 #7, the judgmental frog from Burst Man's stage returns.
At one point, they reference the slogan "Easy Breezy Beautiful Covergirl", and at another point Arin stops Jon from singing a copyrighted song, lest they get hit with a Cease and Desist order. Mega Man 7 Finale 1 ends with Jon quoting "Easy Breezy Beautiful Covergirl", followed by a red Cease And Desist sign appearing on the screen and ending the video.
One of the Donkey Kong Country playthroughs starts off with a paused screen of Donkey and an enemy called Manky. Jon calls him a Rangotang. When they finish the game, they show the credits. Manky's name's crossed through.
During Mario Party 4 with Jon, Arin lands on a Bowser space, which causes Baby Bowser to float down to the player hanging from a floating turtle shell. Jon points out "Shell can't float, dude." Much later on in the Steam Rolled series of the same game, Arin again steps on a Bowser space, Baby Bowser again comes down, and Ross points out "I don't want to like, burst his bubble, but I don't think turtle shells float like that."
In the Super Mario Sunshine playthrough, Danny tells Arin how he accidentally bookmarked a foot fetish page about Ross's wife, Holly's feet. This is brought up much much later on Steam Train, where Danny tells Ross about this.
Buffy Speak: Peppered here and there. A good example is Elise's force field being called "The glowy"
In a Silver episode: "you can get over there if you great that", referring to a Gauge Up box.
Butt Monkey: Arin is the unluckier player of the two in Versus. He even loses both matches in Naruto Shippuden, a game series he has familiarity with, to Jon.
(does a celebratory slap clap snap) "BOOM! AH! AH! JON WINS AGAIN YES HE DOES! ♪" "Yeah, okaaay, of course!" "Should I let you win?" (petulantly) ...No—! .....Just GETTIN' OLD..!!
Subverted: Arin's been racking up wins with You Don't Know Jack, and Jon seems to gripe about the more "thinky" games, like Portal 2.
Ross has become the butt monkey for the entire channel, especially from Danny, with the phrase "Goddammit Ross" becoming something of a catchphrase. The intro to Steam Rolled even ends with Danny saying it as Ross' cartoon counterpart starts crying.
Arin has made several call backs to Jon's series, and Jon has done likewise to the Awesome Series.
All of Arin's major works are mentioned (even Lemon & Bill)
In Pokémon Emerald #5, they bring up Shifty Fish again. Also in Pokémon Emerald, the Nincada STRGG is a reference to one of the Miis on the second-hand Wii.
In Game Grumps Vs. Jeopardy the game confuses the Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent with Snow White's evil queen. Later, when the two play Family Feud and Arin types in "C D Player" the game accepts the answer thinking he typed "model car". Jon calls it "some Snow White shit right there" and storms out of the room.
During Jon's epic fight with Dracula, Arin describes Jon's strategy as "Touch 'em real quick an' go!"
In Super Mario Bros 2, Arin mentions when he learned to "tongue up" in Yoshi's Island.
When playing Dennis The Menace (US) Danny mentions the game is almost as horrible as the Home Alone game (which was released the day before), and in Kendo Rage which was released the day after Danny mentions something was nearly "as scary as Mr. Wilson coming out of nowhere".
Speaking of Kendo Rage, they also bring up Sad Hoshi again when an enemy from the game reminds them of him.
During A Tale of Two Sons, Danny brings up the fact since Dennis the Menace, he's had ample opportunities to shout 'GET OUTTA HERE!', but none to say 'Mycaruba'.
In part 30 of Super Mario Sunshine, Arin and Danny ponder if there is a god of the Mario universe, to which Danny quietly replies 'I don't want religion in MY game.' Cue Arin using the mock internet critic voice from Mickey Mousecapade; Danny once again loses his shit and asks him to stop.
Danny: I can't go down that road again.
When Arin rolls up a pachinko machine in Katamari Damacy, Danny reminds him of the Super Mario Sunshine episode with the giant pachinko machine, saying it's one of his favorites to go back and watch.
In the first episode of Family Feud, Arin puts "raisins" as an answer for one question. Danny then immediately shouts "RAISINS!" which is a reference to their playthrough of The Legend of Zelda I.
And then again in the fast money round when asked for something that you put on oatmeal.
Call Forward: Common, unintentional usage due to the anachronic order of the videos.
At the start of the first Dyna Blade episode, Jon accidentally knocks over some games and discovers Goof Troop.
In Pokémon Emerald #9, Arin teases Jon about his use of the word "legitimately". In Mega Man 7 #14, Jon learns that he uses the words "legitimately" and "legit" so often that the fans have made a Drinking Game out of it.
Battletoads started off with the duo singing a very mangled version of "Prince Ali". About a week later, their first Aladdin video went up.
During Amazing Frog? Arin' frog has a crown and mimics Bane's voice "The crown is mine Ribbit King." Danny takes it for just a joke. It turns out there is a game called Ribbit King, Arin loves it and he brought it to Game Grumps.
Jon yelling "NEXT TIME ON GAME GRUMPS!" at the end of the video without following with anything.
Jon's ECCH ECCH, much to the dismay of some fans.
Jon, when imitating someone, tends to say "I don't fucking know" often.
Jon (and sometimes Arin) tends to shout out "MODE 7" whenever it appears in a game they're playing.
Dan saying 'nailed it!', often sarcastically after a humiliating failure.
Dan initially said 'totally!' very enthusiastically whenever he agreed with Arin, though he toned it down after a few episodes.
Arin has recently taken to saying "NICE. NICE. NICE. NICE."
Dan has recently taken a liking to the phrase "We're playing the Feud!", especially before starting a fight or at the beginning of an episode.
Catharsis Factor: invoked The Grumps experience this in Sonic 06 with the Rival boss fights. When playing as Sonic and Shadow, they have an incredibly difficult time and spend multiple episodes on it due to how overpowered Silver is. When playing as Silver, they get to BE the incredibly overpowered character and just beat up Sonic, driving Arin temporarily insane with glee.
Characterization Marches On: When Game Grumps first started, Arin was more upbeat and happy about the games while Jon was a lot more grumpy for various reasons. Towards the end of the Jon era, the titles of Grump and Not-So-Grump are more apt, with Jon treating Arin's genuine enjoyment and glee at a game as a rare occurrence. This continues into the Danny era, though the rapport between him and Arin is less grating and more chilled than it was between Arin and Jon.
During Silver's Radical Train, Arin and Jon have a long conversation about Bioshock Infinite that lasts about two episodes, with Arin being critical of it despite having barely played it. Two weeks later, once Arin had actually finished it, he tweeted that he liked it.
As they play Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Jon complains about the game, saying it has no point to be a Mario game since there's nothing Mario about it. Most of the game DOES feature Mario aesthetics, but Lakitu Valley stays simple so it isn't distracting when you try to learn how to play.
Couch Gag: During the last week of October 2013, when the "Ghoul Grumps" special intro was used, the intro for each episode would have a different "satanic message".
Country Matters: Jon accidentally lets it slip in the first episode. And he says it again and points out how it makes people mad in the Snowboard Kids 2 Game Grumps VS.
In episode 2 of Joe & Mac, Jon wonders why it makes people mad, as he views it as just another word for a certain body part.
Covers Always Lie: Jon complains about this in response to Drakkhen, as cover shows an angry, badass dragon, while the entire actual game is just...brown.
In return, Jon dominates Arin in the Mario Party 2 rematch, getting 4 stars (while nobody else had one) and then winning every bonus star but the Minigame Star (which went to CPU Luigi instead.)
In Gundam: Battle Assault 2, Danny keeps picking Big-Zam, while Egoraptor manages to beat him with another larger (boss level) Gundam, he's beaten down in the regular players. ... Until hepicks Big-Zam as well, and totally annihilates Danny.
Danny: [While on the receiving end of a laser] "I COULD DO THAT THE WHOLE TIME!?"
Timbo, the AI player in the Wheel of Fortune episode, absolutely wrecks Danny and Arin at the same time.
Danny's first fight with Mr. Sandman in Punch-Out!!. He is only able to get in a few punches and is almost immediately TKO'd in the first round.
The Ditz: Discussed, where Jon and Arin talk about how a commenter accused Jon of taking too long to formulate his thoughts. While he might seem this way next to Arin (Book Dumb but otherwise intelligent), Jon isn't really stupid. Arin even says Jon's better at forming concise thoughts than he is.
Double Take: Jon takes a second to realize he just scrolled past Optimus Prime in the character select for Dream Mix TV World Fighters.
Whenever Jon mentions children (ex: the cute little boy from Sonic '06, running into an eight year old fan at Disneyland), Arin always makes it awkward by referring to child molestation, usually by saying: 'Do you want me to whip it out?' or 'Did you touch him'.
Dull Surprise: In the Mega Man Classic episodes, Arin reads all of Dr. Light's lines in an emotionless deadpan, as a result of Light's expression never changing, regardless of how dire the situation is. Mega Man and Bass get in on it later.
Danny pulls the dull surprise in an episode of Super Mario Bros 3, when Arin accuses him of smearing poop on the wall of the grump room.
Arin: You're fucking fired if you don't man up to the shit on the wall!
Danny: This is unbelievable. This is an outrage.
Easy Amnesia: Arin offers to blow Escape From The City out of Jon's head (as it's stuck there), but he somehow blows out his entire memory. He then tries to name Jon "Franklin".
The Eeyore: In Episode 17 of Banjo-Kazooie, they think that Mumbo Jumbo is a depressed Barbiturate abuser that only stays alive because Banjo visits him for the Transformations. They also think that Banjo and Kazooie want to get out ASAP because he's so depressing.
Sad Hoshi from episode 5 of Journey To Sillius, who's depressed because he screwed up at work (Or it screwed up by itself and he was blamed for it), and the only thing that makes him happy is under age pornography.
Ensemble Darkhorse: invoked Jon and Arin instantly like Blaze when she first shows up, and when they finally get to play her, Jon expresses surprise that he's actually having fun playing Sonic '06.
Epic Fail: In Sonic 06, right after the Egg Genesis fight, you're placed in front of a lake with a portal in the middle and a hint ring to remind you how you can use Elise's aura to reach it. The Grumps somehow avoid the hint ring, walk around the entire lake, avoid the hint ring again, go away from the lake, explore the then-irrelevant hub stage, and complain that the game design is unclear. When Arin looks up a walkthrough and realize what they did, he starts openly berating himself.
In Pokemon Emerald, Arin gets beaten by a paralyzedTaillow. Jon even lampshades how ridiculous it is.
How'd you get killed by a motherfucking paralyzed Taillow?! It's paralyzed and it's a fucking SPARROW!
The first 3/4 of their Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball video is just the two trying to figure out how to play the game while scoring no points (and at the start of the second half, constantly getting Back Court penalties after failing to realize that their baskets switched places.)
The Jack Attack of their second You Don't Know Jack episode has Jon mashing buttons, eventually getting a score of -$513,082.
In their playthrough of Goof Troop, Jon and Arin continually messed up puzzles with somewhat easy solutions or would waste time and lives trying to kill mooks with a block by luring them in front of the block in open space with the bell, when the block can be used to block a hallway to lure them all in front of it much easier.
In Sonic 06, when they play as Silver for the first time, they walk right past the hint icon that tells them how to use his powers. Three times. While complaining that the game isn't telling them how to use it.
They both spend four videos playing Typing of the Dead not knowing you can cancel out of attacking a target by pressing Esc (which has gotten them hit or killed many, many, many times.) When they finally leave the title screen alone long enough that it starts playing the tutorial and explaining how to do just that, they're too busy paying attention to Jon's phone to notice.
Taking this trope to the logical extreme, Jon frequently gives Pokemon his own, on-the-spot names, such as "Pelistorm", "Pumbloom", and "Gamsmash". Although he may simply not remember the names, and instead blurt out whatever comes to mind.
One soldier in Jackal glitters to indicate he gives the tanks extra ammo. Danny and Arin christen him "Glittery Jim". One of his teammates is "Fat Steve".
Arin attempts to come up with one in Sonic 06 #43. He comes up with Lovelies, Jon comes up with Cumfaggots. Lovelies is the generally accepted one, and has been a recurring gag since. Danny has also referred to the fandom as Lovelies during his stint on the show.
'Cumfaggot' has occasionally been used as an insult for angry or irate fans.
Fantastic Racism: The Spinakers are a joke about this. They're a particular race with a number of strange and sometimes contradictory characteristics related only by the fact that they all annoy Arin and Danny.
Fast-Forward Gag: Employed in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) episodes (along with an appropriately sped up version of City Escape) to quickly move through spots they've already been in or have consistently blundered through.
Jon is the fat to Arin's skinny. Lampshaded in their Blues Brothers and Portal 2 playthroughs.
Arin: So do you want to be the tall skinny one, or the short fat one? Jon: ...I think this has been decided for me.
Referenced in their Portal 2 co-op playthrough: Jon plays as Atlas, Arin plays as P-Body.
Felony Misdemeanor: Their only complaint to having Rule34 drawn of them? It portrayed them using a flat-screen TV when they use a CRT. note Arin also explained that as an animator, you generally want to use the most well-known image when it comes to technology in a cartoon, meaning using bunny-eared boxy TV's and rotary telephones. Even if these aren't the norm anymore, they are more identifiable than anything else.
Five-Man Band: With the expansion of the cast in Steam Rolled, the Grump team follows this pretty closely, though they usually don't appear all together.
The Leader: Arin, acting as the levelheaded Type II and the headstrong Type III at different times.
The Lancer: Danny, being the outgoing and cheerful contrast to Arin.
During Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Danny laments that he's had plenty of chances to use 'GET OUTTA HERE!', but none to say 'Mycaruba.'
Foreshadowing: In the Rugrats in Paris playthrough, Jon asks if they can "stop this, before one of [them] dies." It ends with Arin (faking) attempting suicide.
Arin and Danny dropped some stealthy Starbomb references before the band was officially announced. For example, in part 10 of Super Mario Bros 3., when Arin gets the tanooki suit, Danny busts out the line 'MUST I BE A RACOON TO GET INSIDE YOUR TANOOKI?' from Luigi's Ballard, and even overtly states that it's forshadowing something.
Arin: I have to jump really really high, so I guess I have to double jump on these-
Dan': Try the rocket nozzle?
Arin: Oh, right, I forgot I had this ability! note Especially striking (and typical of him) since he made extensive use of the rocket nozzle to get to the final battle in the first place.
Formerly Fat: The beginning of the show had them talk about drinking soda and eating candy bars a lot. Over the course of the year since it started, they've talked about health food (though they eat out a lot), and both go to the gym often. Jon in particular has lost weight, while Arin gained some before losing it too.
Four Lines, All Waiting: Well, eight lines would be more accurate. They play through multiple games at once, but only upload two episodes per day at most (the channel uploads at least three now, one being SteamTrain's stuff), and typically focus on a select pool of games per week, cycling through their options as they go. This leads to some games being neglected for a while without being officially abandoned, only to make a resurgence later on.
Free State Amsterdam: When Arin asks: "Isn't there a place outside of Vegas where prostitution is legal?" Danny IMMEDIATELY goes for this.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Katamari episode 16, Danny asks Barry to add Arin's lactose intolerant story to the "Check list of All time Game Grumps stories" (Thought was lactose intolerant - wasn't". After he's done checking it, and the next one ("Hey Dan, did you see that an airplane landed at the airport today, I did.") the list goes up and includes several other mundane events, too quick to see in a first glance.
"That one time I was wearing mismatched socks and no one noticed."
"I was singing in the shower and my neighbour was giving me this weird look."
"Didn't know if it was Kevin Bacon in the movie. It was."
"Went to Starbucks. Realized I didn't want any coffee. Left."
Jon: I don't think "asobu" is the verb for, like, "play video games". That's, like, "to play with a kid"... wait, like "play as a kid".
Justified in that depending on the sentence structure, it's very easy to accidentally use the word "asobu" to mean that kind of "play with a kid".
Fridge Brilliance: invoked Both of the Grumps have this on camera at one point, due to them knowing the character names as a child, but never making the connections until it was brought up in adulthood.
Jon didn't realize that Dil Pickles was named after dill pickles until he was discussed in Rugrats in Paris.
Arin didn't realize that Chao derive their name from chaos until Jon mispronounced the word.
When they fight Silver in Sonic '06, it's a frustrating experience because of his telekinetic ability ("It's no use!"). When they play as Silver, that same ability becomes cathartic against an utterly helpless Sonic, and Jon declares Sonic Team "geniuses" because of this. All Arin can do is mockingly scream "IT'S NO USE!" over and over again as he defeats Sonic.
A stampede of elephants censored Arin's rape joke in the Joe and Mac playthrough.
Because of the game's adult scenes, Barry initially covers any suggestive material in Leisure Suit Larry with black dots before then replacing them with pictures of the Grump's faces.
Gasshole: Burping for Arin and Danny, farting for Jon.
Gender-Blender Name: When it comes to naming Pokemon they typically don't take the Pokemon's gender into account, such as naming a female Lotad after George Lopez. They also intended to name a female Poochyena "Bakuhaku♂♂", but Arin got the gender symbols mixed up.
Gender Flip: Discussed in their Bayonetta playthrough. Jon and Arin talk about what a The Legend of Zelda game would be like if Link were a girl saving Zelda the prince rather than princess, or if Zelda and Link were simply to switch places for a change, with Link getting kidnapped and Zelda saving the day. Jon and Arin also express interest in playing a game in which a girl goes on a journey to rescue a prince or a male Living MacGuffin. Also, Rule 63Game Grumps artisathing.
Genius Ditz: As opposed to Arin, who is more Book Dumb, Jon actually has a surprisingly broad education, and is well versed in Disney lore and musical theatre amongst other things. However, virtually any time he tries to talk about something other than those particular topics he gets bogged down in malapropisms and misconceptions.
Genre Shift: While the show is always comedic to some extent, the type of humor often changes depending on what game they're playing, and some games are even the subject of serious discussions between the two about game design.
George Jetson Job Security: Barry gets at least one "Barry do X or you're fired!" Or "Barry you're fired." per mention on average.
The Ghost: Subverted. They will often make references to people in their lives (such as Barry or Suzy) and will attempt to invoke this, but they've managed to appear in the show at least once, with Arin's cats and Jon's mom each getting a good chunk of screentime. Barry and Suzy both appear in-person in a T-shirt ad without dialogue, but they each manage to get a very brief vocal appearance at least once. Now that Barry and Suzy are regulars on Steam Rolled, they have mostly shed this (although their appearances in actual Game Grumps episodes are still minimal).
Gilligan Cut: After dying during the final boss fight in Goof Troop
Jon:Nooooo, I don't wanna! I'm not doing his again!
Jon ends their 15th episode of Kirby Super Star by screaming intelligible gibberish and "HEIL HITLER!". He also claimed Hitler had a 'sweet stache'.
Arin SEEMS to be doing this when he sees the dog in Snowboard Kids 2, who resembles an eager nazi salute, but Jon derails it with something completely different.
In Nickelodeon GUTS, Jon named his character Himmler. For those of you who don't know, Heinrich Himmler was the Reichsfuhrer of the SS.
Golden Snitch: In the first You Don't Know Jack video, they complain that the Jack Attack sequence doles out so many points that it can easily render the rest of the game pointless (and indeed, it's often where Jon ends up losing the game.)
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jon and Arin of course. In fact, speculation that Jon's friendship with Arin has led him to neglect and alienate all his former Normal Boots pals, bar Continue of course (unfounded speculation by the way, Jon is still friends with PBG at least) suggest that this is in a kind-of reverse Bros Before Hoes kind of way (Arin would be the woman).
He Who Must Not Be Seen: Barry in the early videos, but his popularity pushed him onto a regular spot on Steam Rolled, and he eventually got his own live-action tabletop games show with Suzy on Polaris.
Jon sings a lot, but you wouldn't know it tied in to his training in musical theatre.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Jon insists when playing the first Donkey Kong Country that he isn't going to go after secrets for a few reasons. The playthrough of DKC 2 ends with a shitload of tension because Jon neglected to hunt for lives, forcing them to scrape for 1-Ups at the last minute.
Hourglass Plot: In Kirby Part 18, Arin takes on Jon's "oh it's a [GIBBERISH NAME]" shtick from Pokemon. Later, Jon calls Arin a clod.
Ho Yay: invoked They mention the phrase "Is [x] in Egoraptor?" comes off sounding like this.
Part 2 of Banjo Kazooie ends with "Next time on Game Grumps, Jon and I go on a date."
Later subverted by Arin, insisting that it's a way of desensitizing oneself to the awkwardness of not trying to see another man's wiener — also stating that it isn't gay until someone is actually turned on by it.
Hypocritical Humor: Arin makes a big deal over how he finds subtitled audio to be annoying (he considers it sensory overload), so when Resident Evil doesn't have any subtitles, Arin points out that now they can just listen what's being said. Jon points out that nothing can be heard due to the audio being so silent when they record. Viewers also pointed out that their setup made Arin unable to actually register the plot.
In the Super Mario Bros 3. Finale he and Danny slag off video walkthroughs where the players comment on their own life, or describe things in too much detail, saying those videos should just be the gameplay. It's capped off by this sentence:
Jon often says that he's no good at fighting games, but in most of the games they've played he's at least been a decent match for Arin, and has won just as many fighting game episodes of Game Grumps Vs as Arin has.
(sobbing)I just wanna go home! I just wanna go home!
In their second play-through of Mario Party 8, Arin unleashes a torrent of babbling when faced with a vengeful ice god...and it happens to be on-beat. So much so that Jon instantly demands Barry to make a remix of it.
Innocent Innuendo: The relatively innocent Pokémon dialogue becomes rather sexual due to Jon putting in the player's name as "Fuck, I".
Irony: Sonic 06 #89 has the Grumps discuss Half Life 2 and good game design while failing at a physics puzzle and ignoring good game design.note Silver's Radical Train features weighted scales, which is first introduced to you in a consequence-free environment for you to experiment with, something that Arin praised about Mega Man in Sequelitis.
It's Short, so It Sucks : invoked Discussed in their Donkey Kong Country playthrough. Their opinion is that a game shouldn't be any longer than it needs to be, and that a tight six-hour game is far better to a sixty-hour game spent mostly just wandering between the actual "game" parts.
Jump Scare: The Gag Censor elephant in the 2nd episode of Animal Crossing ends up being this for a lot of people.
Left Hanging: It's not uncommon for one of them to begin an anecdote, get sidetracked for whatever reason, and never finish.
Any series that was started with Jon and was never finished. Sonic 2006 was the most painful of these for most of the fanbase, since it was so long and they got so close to finishing it at the time of his departure.
Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever Arin starts repeating "I'm not going to die", he does really well in a level by psyching himself out.
Let's Play: Though Arin doesn't like calling it that, due to the stigma it carries amongst some circles, Jon openly calls their channel a Let's Play channel. They have however mocked the many many terrible LPers out there.
Little "No": Arin gives one at the end of Sonic '06 episode 41, in response to the two campaigns they still have to play.
The Load: In every playthrough of a Mario Party title, the Grumps will set one AI player to Easy difficulty, and one to Hard. The AI player who is set to Easy will be a constantly abysmal failure at every mini-game. If the Grumps are pitted against each other in a 3-on-1 game, the Easy AI player will effectively sabotage the efforts of the team, giving the solitary Grump an easy win. This holds doubly true in 2-on-2 games, where one Grump will be stuck with The Load, while the other Grump will be working with The Ace.
Lost Episode: In Episode 2 of Yoshi's Island, Arin tells everyone that they had attempted to record a two hour session of Mario Party 4. While the audio recorded and they still have it, they forgot to record the actual game play footage, though they wound up recording a second session. They said they might release the audio of the first session sometime in the future to riff on.
The lost Strider footage.
They lost the footage of the Super Metroid playthrough.
Lull Destruction: The Grumps feel a need to be "on" all the time, considering it weird whenever they're quiet for a notable period of time.
With this in mind, Jon actually said it was pretty hard to be a 'good' Let's Player, as it requires you to actually be funny and be on all the time.
The Millstone: Depending on the game, either Grump can become this.
Jon: Okay, gimmie this—gimmie this! (fights for controller) Arin: Ok fine! I'll just close my eyes and shut my mouth! Maybe the show will be better then! Jon: Well maybe that's what would be best in the first place! We can just call this Game! (imitates theme song) HEY I'M GAME! ♪
In the Goof Troop playthrough, one of them will often screw up the other's puzzle-solving attempts (most often Jon getting in Arin's way, but sometimes the other way around).
Never Live It Down: invoked Jon claims that pointing out he says legitimately often has led to this with some of his other friends.
Nice Hat: While the faces in the title cards of Steam Train and Steam Rolled feature many train-based headwear, the new show "Table Flip" features Nice Hats worn by all the cast in real life. Suzy takes the prize by having the nicest hat of them all.
It freaks both of them out when they see the man with the guitar and the huge buck teeth, that looks like the Scientist from Ocarina of Time.
No Ending: Their A Link to the Past videos were on hold until Arin finished his next Sequelitis video. With Jon's departure, this means we're Left Hanging. Likewise, Sonic 2006.
Non-Indicative Name: For a series called Game Grumps, they spend a lot of time laughing their asses off, singing and generally being rather cheerful. However, there are some very standout moments where they're true to their namesake.
They get grumpy as all hell during the Universal Studios playthrough.
Jon as Not-So-Grump started off with lot more general grumpiness than Arin did. However, this changed as the series went on.
In the eighth Goof Troop episode Arin promises that they will be genuinely grumpy this time, after comments about how they're not really grumpy at all. Surprisingly enough their demeanour does not change, they're still rather cheerful, singing and laughing their asses off.
Completely averted in the New Super Mario Bros Wii episodes, as they lament on the game's lack of soul. Very grumpy.
Of course, as mentioned in their Secret of Mana episode, whenever a fan complains that they complain too much, they can always use their title as a 'Get-out-of-Jail-Free' card.
Non Sequitur Thud: Played to the hilt in their playthrough of Punch-Out!!, with Little Mac being on the receiving end of some very powerful boxers' "cinderblock" punches.
Arin: (As Doc) Yeah you won, Mac!
Danny: (As Little Mac) I LOVE YOU TOO, GIANT WALRUS
No Problem With Licensed Games: Their opinion of Goof Troop. They found it a little derivative of Zelda, but also pointed out that it did a lot of things that Zelda wouldn't do until Four Swords (for example: co-op with the ability to grief the other player).
Subverted with Bakuhaku♀♀, which they decide is pronounced "Bakuhakuuf."
Nostalgia Filter: Arin loves all generations of Pokemon while Jon believes only the first generation has good Pokemon designs (though the latter likes Pokémon Silver best). Arin states this is because Pokemon was ridiculous in the first place and still feels a childlike wonder in playing the game; Jon says the games are overly childish and fully admits he enjoyed the games he did because he played them as a child.
They got called out on this for their Bias Steamroller against New Super Mario Bros. Wii and poorly defined arguments against it; they later walked back their comments and explained their opinions better and fully admit it might well be due to nostalgia.
Averted with Golden Eye 1997, which they fully admit has aged terribly despite loving it when it was originally released.
Many fans believe this to be the reason why Jon dislikes Yoshi's Island DS.
Jon admits that this is the only reason he finds Banjo-Kazooie better than Banjo-Tooie, despite saying that everything the first game did right, the sequel did even better.
It's fairly obvious that nostalgia was coloring Jon's memories of the Donkey Kong Country games. When playing Country 1, Jon insists that the second is better. When they play the second, they find a LOT more problems than in the original, and Jon suddenly insists that the third is better. This is despite the fact that Jon previously placed the third game lower on his Top 20 SNES Games than the other two (DKC3 placed at 11, DKC placed at 8 and DKC2 placed at 4)
N-Word Privileges: They discuss this at one point and both of them admit that they're uncomfortable with the word, despite using any other number of swears in their work. They refer to Louis C.K. while discussing it and echo his opinion about it. It's also the only word they'll censor, often with silly sound effects. Arin screams the word at the top of his lungs in the second Animal Crossing episode, as a means of imitating what one might see on a message board. This leads to a Gag Censor of an elephant loudly popping onto the screen.
In one of the Pokemon episodes, when nicknaming a Slakoth, Jon begins to spell out the word, but only get as far as "NIGG" and Arin proposes the name "NIGGJAM." They eventually end up naming it "CHINA."
Danny calls in this to make fun of his Jewish heritage.
Jon does deliberately faff about and deliberately screw up later when they're playing The Great Cave Offensive, though Arin calls him on it and he reveals it's just because he thinks The Great Cave Offensive is boring and he wants to move on to Milky Way Wishes.
Odd Name Out: The contestants in Game Grumps Vs.: Jeopardy are Nixon, Dixon, and Larry.
Arin: His eyes look like vaginas. Jon:(laughs) No they don't, they look like reptiles eyes! They don't loo—well, a little bit.
One-Episode Wonder: There is a sizeable list of "one-offs": games that they only make one episode of, largely because the game isn't worth playing for any longer. This is mostly for games that are either boring or where some element of it is so bad that they won't be able to focus on entertaining the audience.
Battletoads, a game with a full story mode, won't even be made into a series because they begin to realize that the game is terrible with two players. Arin didn't even like the game to begin with.
The Grumps explained that the reason most of their games went unfinished is because they didn't want to bore the audience with replaying things they've already taken care of. It took them until Sonic 06 to realize they could use a Fast-Forward Gag to gloss over any gameplay they had to redo, as well as use the lack of camera focus to put more effort in gaming smart rather than gaming funny. This is one of the main reasons Sonic 06 is their longest-running series so far and is the most consistently updated.
It's safe to say that all of the series covered with Jon will never be picked up where they left off. Arin and Dan did have another go at Secret of Mana but that too was left hanging.
Outrun the Fireball: Arin managed to sandwich himself between two bombs in Bomberman 2, but somehow managed to escape and just barely make it out of his blast radius at the last moment.
They decide to play the Samurai mini-game of Kirby Super Star since the episode was 3 minutes short.
In Goof Troop's eight installment, they spend some time on the boss, but are still a minute short, so Jon slowly reads the password out in an attempt fill the remaining time. There's a cutscene immediately after, and then (even though they are overtime) they drag out the names of the fruit they obtain once they regain control.
Arin: Okay; we gotta spend four minutes on this boss.
Jon: I know we're transparent most of the time, but you are just crystalline water.
The finale of Joe and Mac ran short, so the video is capped off with several minutes of cats dancing as Jon and Arin sing songs from Space Jam.
Perverse Sexual Lust: For Arin, May and to a lesser extent Dawn. Arin convinced many fans to draw provocative Dawn fanart (this resulted in some inevitable Rule 34). Generally, no female NPC is safe.
Celeste, for both of them. Even stranger, considering she is an owl.
This puts Jon's love of birds in a completely different perspective.
Arin is suddenly spellbound by a random green haired NPC in Secret of Mana.
Jon mentioned that the sex scenes in Game of Thrones made him head for RedTube, which is odd considering their nature and sufficiency.
In Sonic '06, the moment Arin draws attention to Blaze the Cat, Jon starts yelling "I WANNA PUT IT IN HER!" repeatedly (including variations). For extra amusement, cue a comment on the video asking "Why does everyone want to fuck Blaze?"
Another moment in Sonic 06, where Arin says that he would be attracted to Rouge the Bat if not for her 'gross bat face'.
Arin: If the bat face was gone I would do. But the bat face is there, so it's not.
This moment is punctuated by some beautiful editing from Barry.
Arin admits that he used to have a huge crush on Ino Yamanaka when they play the Naruto fighting game.
Danny has jokingly stated he's tried to fuck some very unorthodox things, such as cantelopes and bears... at least we think it's jokingly.
Danny invokes this for Buttlet towards Medli during Wind Waker HD.
Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Arin and Danny occasionally throw out a sarcastic "comment, like, subscribe if you like [X]!" There was also a sign that showed up to legitimately remind people, but this was quickly phased out.
Arin: It doesn't make me have seen it any moreso than I haven't.
Precision F-Strike: During one of Goof Troop's final puzzles, Jon cries out in terror as he's cornered by enemies, only to accidentally lure them into the path of cannonballs. (Made funnier by Max Goof's adorable face.)
Pretend Prejudice: Fat people, black people, jews, and children with Down's syndrome. (Nickelodeon Guts #3)
Jon: I'm sorry I offended anybody with Down's syndrome, I am apt to do these things. Offend people. Barry, put in something else, like "Jew"! Arin: Please edit that, Barry, the only Jew of all of us!
Product Placement: Invoked and joked with when they ask for sponsors. As they're just hanging out, they tend to mention products by name; however it's averted from time to time with Jon or Arin referring to a snack or drink as only "this" instead of by name.
Jon: You wanna play for a while? 'Cause I gotta go drink my this. Arin: ...Make sure you drink your this.
Their Dead Space 3 episode seems to be directly sponsored by EA, as their playthrough and the demo were released at roughly the same time, and the Grumps (though a heavy layering of joke) describe selling points that a sponsor would contractually obligate. Jon also alludes to a review embargo at one point.
Spoofed by Arin when he and Danny both say they love Sushi.
Played straight with Danny who mentions his love of Skittles almost every episode and even at one point asks for an endorsement deal from them.
A Rare Sentence: The forest hub world in Sonic '06 really drains the life out of Arin. He actually welcomes a loading screen. "I just wanted to take a break from the green."
Jon: Dude, I don't know of many people who say that shit in any respect.
Read the Freaking Manual: They have a tendency to skip or ignore tutorials, then complain that they don't know what to do.
Milky Way Wishes, where they said it was probably the worst game on the cartridge for mis-understanding the twist (Instead of copying powers from enemies, you collect cores that let you use it on command by pushing X. It took three videos before they tried the Push X, leading them to assume the game's trick was a lack of copy abilities.)
They usually wind up skipping hint points and ignore informative dialogue in Sonic '06, and still blame the game. This in particular is noteworthy for not being entirely their fault, because, while it's still rather ignorant of them to blame the game for their mistakes, they actually have the strategy guide with them, and it almost never tells them anything useful regarding the controls. Even then, the game itself is usually not completely clear on the controls. Still, Jon in particular has an unfortunate habit of swerving specifically to miss hint rings, and then complaining about not knowing what to do.
Humorously subverted during part 1 of Stretch Panic. Jon and Arin spend the entire episode trying to figure out how they're supposed to progress before Arin gives up and reads the game manual to discover what to do. Unfortunately, this is played straight in later episodes as they don't properly seal the bosses with the mentioned moves.
Arin is mostly ignorant of the function of the B button in Super Mario Sunshine for roughly the first dozen episodes. He manages to beat Gooper Blooper and the Bullet Monty Mole, but with a severe handicap and with some dumb luck. Later episodes established that he practiced, and is using the advice of the comment sections.
Ultimately averted with Suzy, who insists that she gets to read the rules to Mario Party mini-games. Justified, as she is ignorant of even the most basic rules of the game and can't just rush through like the Grumps did previously. However, that's still better then rushing in and complaining about not knowing what to do.
This trope comes back with a vengeance in the Wind Waker HD series. Not only does Arin take entire episodes to accomplish the most basic of tasks, but he constantly outright blames the game for being "cryptic", even when the game directly tells him the button prompts for what he has to do.
Real Men Wear Pink: Arin picks female characters as a rule. Power Rangers thwarted him by substituting a Palette Swap for Kimberly (or "Man Ass", as Arin calls her.)
Reality Is Unrealistic: Their justification for not using a Face Cam while playing: while they SOUND funny, they just LOOK like stereotypical gamers plopped in front of a TV. They only LOOK funny when they have the power of editing or a script.
The lone exception to this is Nintendo Land, where they don't have a choice but to use the Game Pad's integrated camera. To their credit, they actually let their real faces be shown instead of trying to obscure them with masks or any other means.
Retro Gaming: A good deal of their videos play through old Nintendo games.
In their Mega Man 2 playthrough, Dan notices how Crash Man and Flash Man rhyme, and he and Arin spend the next two or three minutes making up jokes about other "robot masters" such as Cash Man, Trash Man, and Sash Man.
Rule-Abiding Rebel: invoked In Chulip, Arin and Jon try to kick a Road Sign continuously (And failing), with Arin (as Q*T, the Main Character) saying "I'm an Angry Child. No body loves me except No body!". Also, the Dad in Chulip tells Q*T that he's going through a Rebellious Stage if he doesn't want to meet the new neighbors.
Arin: Shit, I fucking love this guy, Lotad! He turns into Ludicolo with a sombrero! Jon: ...Omigod, this is the stupidest Pokémon. Arin: Dude, come on. He's a Mexican leaf-hat man! It's so awesome! Jon: It's stupid! Arin:You're stupid! Jon: How does your DNA evolve into a fucking hat?!!
Danny can't stop raving about how adorable Kirby's Epic Yarn is.
Rule of Funny: Their names for the Emerald LP are all based on whatever is funniest. This leads to a young boy named "Fuck, I" setting out with the Torchic "Soon?", the Zigzagoon "nooooooooo", the Poochyena "Bakuhaku♀♀", the Lotad (now a Lombre) "GeorgLopez", the Slakoth "CHINA", the Shroomish "Compmsgcii", and the Nincada "STRGG".
After making jokes that aren't politically correct or are incredibly bizarre, Jon will typically interrupt saying "Game Grumps!".
Similarly, "Like, comment and subscribe!" when they get off on a tangent.
Or "[X] Grumps!", where X will relate to the topic of the tangent (for example, "Exchange Rate Grumps!").
Arin will typically yell 'Good Night, everybody!' after those same jokes, perhaps referencing Animaniacs.
After naming Link in A Link To The Past Groomp, they often refer to the show as Game Groomps.
Waterflame's pause balls remix gets mentioned enough for it to be a running gag at this point.
Jon brings up the fact that Arin has three Wonderswans from time to time.
He goes on a bit of a rant once he looks more closely and realizes Arin actually has five of the damn things. Apparently he's not particularly attached to them, since he casually offers to let Jon just take a couple of him (for the record, Jon declines)
Sometimes when they mention a product by name, they will joke about receiving cease and desist orders.
Arin's many and varied insults for Jon, most notably calling him a "clod" and a "pizza shit".
Jon will consistently misname the Pokemon Whismur whenever one is encountered, calling it "Pumbloom," "Gamsmash," "Gumpflepuff," and "Pumbluss" in four distinct battles.
Arin will often use his robot voice and mention cheese pizza.
"Listen to the X on this shit!" seems to be becoming one whenever they discover a silly menu sound.
Eye joke. I don't have that many, I can't see that many, but I can see EVERYTHING!
Most of the earlier episodes of their Sonic '06 playthrough had at least one of them singing some variation of "City Escape".
Arin saying complete nonsense instead of the show's name in the intro/outro. Apparently the show is named "Juju's", "Flim Flam", "Bram Bloo", "Bloom Blam", "Black Bomb", "Gam Gramps", "Burgers" and "Squidward"
In two episodes in a row of Super Castlevania IV, Arin does this and gets Barry to put up a title card of the show with its name replaced by whatever he said, and his and Danny's normal Grump faces replaced with either a caveman-esque design or an exaggerated anime style.
They have a strange affinity for playing Mary-Kate and Ashley games. As of this writing, they've played three.
"I watched it on iTunes, and then I bought the 3-D Blu-Ray to watch it in 3-D, and then I watched it again to make Barry watch it and he was mad at me. "It seemed more like he was like, "...yup."
Say My Name: AIR-EN, shouted in the same tone as David from Alvin & the Chipmunks.
One of the donations (The game Totally Rad) by the name of Brinkley. Airn jokes about how it's such a "Boss shout name."
Schmuck Bait: In the ninth Banjo-Kazooie episode, Arin and Jon tell viewers to look up two videos. However, Jon admits that he found them to be highly disturbing, going as far as to liken one to a Snuff Film. If the comments section is any indication, many of the viewers that watched the videos despite the warning signs were not happy with what they saw.
For the sake of reference, The two videos are "Pizza Time" and "Eye Socket"
In a reversal of the trope, in Kirby's Epic Yarnpart 17, Danny and Arin had just gotten over reading some comment about the game being "gay and boring as shit." After a minute of poking fun at it, Arin jokes "sign online for www.gayasshit.com, please-don't-go-there!" Some users found that it actually leads to the Amazon page for Kirby's Epic Yarn.
Self-Imposed Challenge: Jon and Arin unwittingly put themselves in one while playing Milky Way Wishes, as they did not know you can select copy abilities in a menu at any time. Up until the realization of that fact Jon pretty much played solo with only Kirby's swallow-and-spit-stars move.
In Super Mario Sunshine, due to Arin's surprising ignorance of the game's directionnote He claims to have completed it in three days as a kid., he has completed many segments with a handicap. For example, he defeated Gooper Blooper without pulling off his tentacles.
Serial Escalation: Some viewers noticed that the thumbnails of Kirby's Epic Yarn's videos had Kirby taking up a progressively larger space on the picture. By Episode 16 Kirby has overtaken the "n" in the game's logo, by episode 19 he'd started obscuring Arin's face a bit, and by the finale he'd completely enveloped the screen. See Shout-Out below on the explanation why.
Shaped Like Itself: Discussed, in relation to the Selena Gomez song "Love You Like a Love Song".
Shoot the Hostage: In the Grant Kirkhope episode while playing Goldeneye 007 in the singleplayer Frigate La Fayette level, Jon opens a door and immediately guns down the hostage in front of him, completely ignoring the bad guys next to the victim.
Arin: (laughing) You just fucking killed the hostage!
Shout-Out: Constantly, mostly because it's just Jon and Arin talking about random things.
The sped-up sections in the Wild Guns playthrough are accompanied by music from Bastion.
In the description to the finale of Kirby's Epic Yarn, Barry puts "It's always been Kirby." This is a reference to Bravest Warriors, and explains why Kirby kept getting bigger in the thumbnail (a reference to the character Wankershim from the BW episode "Ultra Wankershim").
A really subtle one to Film Cow when he talks about "Cookie Butter" in Pokemon Fire Red Part 6.
Arin: It's peanut butter, but instead of being made with peanuts, it's made out of fucking cookies.
Jon: You know what? Have you ever read the ten commandments?
Arin: Uh, yes, one:...
Jon: Don't dunk your Oreos sideways...that shit'll get fucked up.
Sore Loser: Jon shows shades of it, but believes himself to be much worse than he is.
Towards the end of Mario Party 4, Jon's sore loser side comes out at full-force.
Both of them can be sore losers. In Mario Party 2, Arin says that Jon's win doesn't count since he didn't get 1st place, even though that hasn't been the case in the past.
Arin challenges Jon to two extra rounds in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Based on his reaction to winning both, it seemed to just be out of wanting to prove Jon got lucky.
Arin goes off on a completely massive tirade in their Nickelodeon Guts after Jon refuses to tell him how to play a minigame. Jon figures it's justified because they both came in with no knowledge about the game and it's a competition; Jon telling Arin how to play it would be counter-intuitive because he's trying to win. This prompts Arin to shout about it for the entire rest of the episode.
At the end of the entire competition, Jon wins the series by 11 points (1429-1418) prompting a reprise as to how Jon helping him land after shooting basketballs would have made the difference.
Soft Reset: Jon is ignorant of this function, and his speedrun of Super Mario Land comes to an end once he accidentally triggers it.
"I'll kill that motherfucker. Shoot him in his face. Taking over 2/3rd's of the fuckin' Game Grumps channel. [I don't] I don't approve!"
Stealth Pun: In one episode, when they were fighting the self-named Mr. Dooter in a Kirby Game, this happens.
Jon: What did this guy ever do to us!? Literally, he just dazzled us with enchanting-
Arin: "Hey, hey. What did this guy ever dooter us?
Straight Man and Wise Guy: Arin and Jon respectively; They both love to joke around at the expense of whatever they're playing, but Arin tends to stay focused on their progress while it's not at all uncommon for Jon to run off on a wild tangent or randomly burst into song. Less so with Arin and Danny, who both tend to focus on whatever they're doing while simultaneously running their usual Seinfeldian Conversations.
When Arin notices that remixes usually don't have many samples from him Jon reasons that it's because Arin's the more stoic one, specifically calling him the Straight Man.
During their Aladdin playthrough they question whether their dynamic is more like a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine. ...or they would, if they could remember its name.
Stylistic Suck: "Grep." Grep Animated has Jon and Arin animated as bowling pins with no lip movement.
Their commercials for real Grump products are full of coughs, bloopers and are just super inane and of course hilarious.
Arin voices most of the Mickey Mousecapades episode as a parody of terrible Angry Video Game Nerd ripoffs who think being funny equates to swearing heaps and making poop jokes. The jokes themselves are atrocious, but Danny can't stop laughing due to Arin's delivery of them.
Suckiness Is Painful: Arin has been known to slip into catatonia from a bad game; particularly Nickelodeon Guts, or having to endure the Iblis fight all over again with Shadow. (Woe betide Arin when he battles Iblis a third time as Silver...)
"(numb) I can't feel anything. Why would anyone like this game?"
Suicide as Comedy: Rugrats in Paris: The Movie's tie-in game was apparently so bad, that Arin shot himself. According to Word of God, it succeeded and he is now a ghost.
Supergroup: Arin and Jon alone had an impressive profile prior to becoming the Grumps. Now it's Arin, Jon's editor (Barry), the frontman of Ninja Sex Party (Danny), another prominent Newgrounds animator (Ross), and a makeup artist (Suzy) who has a solid record of her own on YouTube. And that's not counting the guest appearance of Grant Kirkhope and the non-Grumps that have appeared on Table Flip.
Taken literally as well: Starbomb = Arin + Ninja Sex Party.
Take That: A couple to George Lopez in Part 5 of the Pokémon Emerald playthrough.
Arin: *Recalling his Lotad* George Lopez, that's enough!
Take That, Audience!: With particularly bad games, Arin/Jon cuss out the mischievous person who donated it. (Blues Brothers)
Arin: Carol Sitz, FUCK you! Barry's Edit:Dearest Carol, I am afraid I must refuse your most munificent gifts at this juncture in time. Please accept my sincerest apologies. Warm regards, Arin. P.S. FUCK YOU
Jon has one in Family Feud where Arin enters "C D Player" as an answer and the game accepts it as a Remote Control Car.
Tastes Like Feet: Danny says this word for word about blue cheese in Super Mario Sunshine Episode 45.
Temporary Substitute: Throughout September 2013, Arin temporarily replaced Dan on Steam Train. This was reflected in the intro by having Dan shot in the head by Arin (ending the song abruptly), who then threatens Ross at gunpoint to finish the song. This happened again during the holiday season in the same year, when Steam Train was renamed to Steam Sleigh and the usual intro song was changed to Jingle Bells with more appropriate lyrics.
At the end of Goof Troop episode 3, the Grumps say they'll unlock a gate on-screen in the next episode; Jon accidentally unlocks it while the camera's off. To make up for it, they promise to unlock the last gate of episode 4 at the beginning of episode 5. Jon immediately unlocks said door, at which point he curses himself and the video is cut short.
This exchange in the pirate ship on Goof Troop.
Jon: I'll keep one grappling hook. Arin: Oh God, we don't need it though. (enters next room, which requires two grappling hooks) It's gonna be da- Jon: Wow, you ever heard of that word? What's it called? I-RON-NEE.
Jon lamenting that he's winning Vs Grumps again, because Arin is "playing like a grey ape." (NBA Jam)
(Arin immediately sinks 3-pointer) Arin: WOULD GREY APES MAKE THAT SHOT?!! I DON' FUCKIN' T'INK SOOOOOOO!!!"
During their play through of Donkey Kong Country, Arin plows through most of Tanked Up Trouble, all the while insisting that he won't die. What happens near the end of the level? He dies, and Jon finishes the level for him.
Jon professing that he "grew up" playing Donkey Kong Country 2, and growing weary with Arin's ineptitude. At last, he takes the controls.... and proceeds to lose all of his remaining lives, scream at an obnoxious Kloak (SHUT UP!!), and claim he doesn't remember the game being so hard. Meanwhile, Arin kicks back in quiet victory, and you can practically hear him munching popcorn.
(dies) "Ok, they've...really gotta fix the physics engine on that." [a minute later] "I think what's been making it so difficult is I haven't been able to use Dixie. She makes everything so much fucking easier... (Dixie falls to her death)OH GOD" [the same video...] "I know what's gonna happen![Arin's] gonna pick it up and, like, squander our life on a porcupine or something! (falls in a pit and dies, screaming like a little girl)
Jon is actually feeling pumped at the start of the Shadow campaign in Sonic '06. "So far it seems different."
(Shadow stands horizontally on dune buggy.) Jon: Ho ho noooo. This soon? This already??
Jon complains about the close-quarters field map in Chivalry, so Arin suggests dueling on the elevator. Guess howArin dies.
Arin takes over for Jon in Mega Man 7, calling him on his incompetent playing. He then calls down Rush, and then jumps over Rush into a spike pit.
This Is Gonna Suck: The beginning of the Sonic '06 playthrough begins with Jon saying "Oh no". It's even the title of the episode.
A Threesome Is Hot: Danny memorably discusses this during Super Mario Sunshine, how he was friends with a lesbian couple and he was always hopeful he'd be invited to join one. This led to him being invited to an orgy (which he didn't go through with).
Time Skip: Between dropping the game off and picking it up again, though we don't notice. Though in the playthrough of Shin Chan they claim to have put the game down long enough to learn Japanese.
Tin-Can Telephone: In a short advertising The Merch, the Grumps' telephone is shown to be a cup with the Jon face shown at the top of the article on it.
Arin spends most of the Mickey Mousecapades video very descriptively comparing the game to various types of feces and diarrhea, as part of his intentionally uninspired, over-the-top parody of bad internet game reviewers.
Too Dumb to Live: They make fun of the fact that Boggy Bear, in Episode 17 of Banjo-Kazooie, ate an item (A Jiggy) that was the exact same thing he's giving out (Twice) and that his children have.
Troll: In the merchandise video, when Jon wets one of the display shirts and rubs it across the table as a ShamWow parody, Arin convinces him that he didn't get it on camera. Jon's reaction says it all.
It's not terribly surprising when one thinks about it. Jon had just beat the original Castlevania I, was riding the high of victory, and had a much better grasp of NES Castlevania games, something he lacked back when they first tried.
A Link to the Past has resumed after being put on indefinite hiatus following the seventh episode. There seemed to be some Missing Footage seeing as they pick up in the Dark World where they hadn't even gotten to the third dungeon yet, but after a few episodes this halted again, and then shortly afterwards Jon left.
Unfortunate Name: In Pokemon Fire Red, their Charmander is named "Sch" because Arin accidentally hit the confirm button before he was done putting in the full name.
Un-Person: Jon, arguably, since he left Grumps. Not one of the members of Game Grumps or Steam Train has mentioned Jon since he left. Even to the point where Danny and Arin discussed the Grant Kirkhope episode without mentioning Jon.
This was actually averted at one point during a Steam Train episode of Castle Crashers when Ross mispronounces "Velociraptor". After hearing the mispronunciation, Barry briefly flashes back to a Sonic '06 episode where Jon and Arin talk about Ross's weird not-quite-Australian accent. It also serves as an early example of the Grumps codifying Ross as the show's resident butt monkey.
Unusual Euphemism: "Peen", "dingle-dangle", "wee-wee" are all often used to refer to a man's penis. The less unusual "wiener" is used as well by Arin.
Danny has actually repeatedly acknowledged that he uses the word "totally" far too frequently. His go to insult seems to be anything involving multiple dicks like "Bag of dicks" or "Go climb a wall of dicks".
Very Special Episode: Episode 19 of Wind Waker HD was taken up by Danny's very serious and heartfelt story about his struggles with OCD when he was younger, how it lead to some serious depression, and how he managed to overcome them. The fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive, to the point where in a later episode Danny did a special recording thanking everyone for their responses and apologized for not being able to respond to them all individually.
Arin during their Goof Troop playthrough begins talking about the fourth dimension, and preemptively admonishes the viewers for saying time is the fourth dimension, when he meant a fourth spatial dimension.
Much of episode 10 of Emerald is spent discussing relativistic physics, faster than light travel, and paradoxes.
The two of them spend half of episode 11 of Kirby Super Star arguing about theoretical international economics.
Viral Marketing: They were sent a copy of Dead Space 3, and all signs point to this being the case.
However, they don't come out of character to praise it or anything, which is certainly commendable for being in that position.
Along with the Continue crew and Angry Joe they (Danny and Arin) seem to be playing a lot of Xbox LIVE Arcade games in the summer of 2013. Like those other two, they remain relatively objective, and just play their regular way.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Jon and Arin take tons of cracks at each other, both serious and joking, and both laugh it off. Averted wth Dan and Arin, as they're similar enough in temperament to avoid any major clashes. However, both of them have this dynamic with Ross.
Weaksauce Weakness: In the Gundam: Battle Assault 2 Vs., Danny steamrolls his way through the first few matches with Big Zam, a playable boss character. Arin finally manages to make a comeback, and how does he best him in the final round? By getting his character behind Big Zam. Big Zam can't attack Arin's character as easily, even though it has some moves that work from behind, and to turn it around requires a special move-esuqe input command that Danny doesn't know.
Arin: Well, you know, when life gives you lemons...
Jon: What, Arin? What?
Arin: Uh, you kill yourself.
Where The Hell Does Jackal Take Place: Every level of Jackal ends with the military commandos pointing to a map and saying "Here?" Arin speculates about them getting lost in the wrong war as a result, while Danny speculates the game takes place on Mars.
Jon has won almost all Vs challenges after the first one, where he legitimately had controller problems. He also didn't do to well in the second round of Brawl matches, but he claimed this was because he was tired.
Hoshi, a character made up on the spot when Dan states that there's nothing sadder than a sad Japanese man. He presumably got blamed for the loss of his co-workers' jobs (even if it wasn't his fault), and while feeling miserable, he still empathizes with his wife's bad day, which is much less bad in comparison, and won't let other people inconvenience themselves for his sake despite how bad he has it... They then completely subvert any sympathy for him by stating that he's a pedophile, and when he feels down, his wife allows him to indulge in pictures of young children.
Word Salad Lyrics: The Grumps indulge in some a capella, which is often more entertaining than the game they're playing.
Written-In Infirmity: The Grumps have been coughing their lungs out ever since they came back from MAGfest.