Web Video: Game Grumps

The one on the right is Grump. The one on the left is Not So Grump.


Grump and Not-So-Grump play games together and provide live commentary about it, with conversations ranging from sophisticated discussions about the design of the games they're playing to bizarre tangents unrelated to anything happening on-screen with plenty of ridiculous screaming and bromance thrown in, producing frequently hilarious (occasionally NSFW) results. Find it here, with new videos daily. Now with a favorite episode crowner!

Grump has been played by Arin Hanson since the show's beginning. Not-So-Grump was originally played by Jon Jafari until he left the show on June 25, 2013, at which point he was replaced by Leigh Daniel Avidan, aka Danny Sexbang of Ninja Sex Party. NSP and Hanson have collaborated to form the supergroup Starbomb.

On October 22, 2013, Game Grumps announced their partnership with Polaris and features "Hunting Monsters" on its channel.

Game Grumps also has several spin-off shows:
  • 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 Ross O'Donovan (of Rubber Ninja Animation), with guest-stars switching between Arin, Danny, Barry, and Suzy (and sometimes two or more).
  • 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' first editor and uploader, a role now taken by Kevin Abernathy). With the introduction of Grumpcade, Steam Rolled will exclusively feature PC games.
  • Table Flip, a formerly Polaris-exclusive show in which Suzy, Barry, and several guest-stars play tabletop and card games.
  • Grumpcade, a show where any combination of the hosts can play console games (except Arin and Danny, since that's just Game Grumps). Like Table Flip, this show is also welcome to guests outside the main group.
  • Grump Out, where the Grumps upload miscellaneous content such as behind-the-scenes, live-action bits and just about anything else they can come up with. It is hosted on its own separate channel.
  • Guild Grumps, where Ross challenges Arin, Danny, Barry and Suzy to play World of Warcraft and get from level 90 to level 100. The catch is that Ross is supposedly the only expert of the game, while the rest never played the game before. It is filmed in a Reality Show format which includes gameplay footage and the group complaining about the whole situation. Hilarity Ensues.

Tropes found in Game Grumps

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  • 10-Minute Retirement: Occurs in episode 20 of Sonic '06 after Jon inadvertently triggers a glitch that causes Knuckles to fly into the ceiling and get stuck on a wall. Arin storms out right then and there and Jon has to beg him to come back.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Their extended playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) will never be completed due to Jon's abrupt departure from Game Grumps and Arin's refusal to go back and play 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.
    • Zig-Zagged with Demon's Crest. Jon absolutely hated it and actually got into a fight with Arin over it, but a separate playthrough was done later (though never completed).
    • 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.
    • Subverted with their playthrough of Wind Waker went months without new videos. Eventually, it updated to completion not long after it resumed updating.
      • Likewise with the playthrough of Pokemon Firered, Arin and Danny got real far, then retired it. Then when they came back to it and it became the longest running series in Game Grumps, they had to retire it again just before the Elite Four, but they made a specific intro for another series of videos where they explain it was just temporarily, but Arin had to Forced Level Grinding off camera.
    • Another subversion came with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which was originally done by Arin and Jon (getting through the Swamp Palace) before his departure, but was later restarted from the beginning with Arin and Danny.
  • AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle:
  • Accentuate the Negative: Invoked by Arin in the Mickey Mousecapade video, as he spends the whole video acting like a profane AVGN ripoff.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • 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. FLUDD 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 hurt 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.
    • Arin encapsulates this in his Steam Train playthrough of VVVVVV with Ross.
      "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. He later defeats Great Tiger by unknowingly mashing the punch buttons, giving Little Mac a Heroic Second Wind (which he refers to as "going Hulkamania").
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Arin and Danny thought the peer pressure joke in Sonic Boom was pretty clever despite the rest of the game's writing falling flat.
    • While Arin has gone on record stating he's not a big fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, he mentioned in the first episode of their Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut playthrough that the franchise's official Twitter is hilarious to read.
      Arin: The Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter is actually really funny.
      Danny: Yeah, I mean whoever's behind that is fucking cool as shit.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Lampshaded in Gunsmoke Part 1.
    Arin: We're on your side, that's why we made everything so expensive!
  • Adaptation Displacement: In-Universe. Through the James Bond Jr. series, Ross and Markiplier are unaware it's based on a cartoon.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Arin says "Barrel Banana Blast Bullshit", and immediately thinks of The Angry Video Game Nerd.
  • Addiction Displacement: Dan has said that Skittles have become this for him, after a recent sickness left him somehow unable to drink alcohol.
  • Admiring the Abomination: From Power Rangers:
    Arin: Aw, that's cute!
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • From the Jeopardy episodes, Nixon, Dixon and Larry.
    • From The Price is Right: Eva, Jon, Jay, and Sopojkkk.
    • The second intro shows the stars' names as Egoraptor and Danny.
    • The 2nd Wheel of Fortune Junior Edition episode has Suop, Glorgnhak, and Chris.
    • In Super Mario World, Danny reveals that the names of his pet fish in college were Lenaeus, Anaximander, and Bob.
    • In Pokémon FireRed, Arin catches the three Legendary Birds and names them BLUPL, LOMSTER, and GREG.
    • The names of their savegames on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (at least during the Danny era) are Smeef, FARTS!, and Danny.
    Danny: (to the audience, before creating 'Smeef') Can you tell which [save game] is me and which one is Arin?
  • Aesop Amnesia: The Grumps will often forget about important abilities they have in Sonic '06, like what Silver can and can't use psychokinesis on.
    • In Sonic Boom, Arin forgets entirely that Amy can perform a triple jump. When Danny asks about whether she has one, Arin denies it and then shows Dan that she can't by pressing the wrong jump button.
    • In Sonic Adventure DX Arin finds early on in Knuckles's story that enemies can also be holding emerald shards. He continues to react in amazement when it happens again two more times after accidentally killing enemies and getting more shards.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • During an episode of Game Grumps VS, Arin takes a bunch of AVGN's typical insults Up to Eleven when he was frustrated that Jon beat him in Golden Eye 1997. Of course they are both laughing during the rant.
    • During Milky Way Wishes, Arin gives his take on Jon's penchant for giving enemies crazy names on the fly. Jon thinks it's hilarious.
      Arin: OHH, IT'S MEGA-CRUNCH!
    • Expanded into a full-on impression in the Donkey Kong Country finale, which gets Jon a little frustrated.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:invokedSee here.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Arin's family, the Bigdix, from the Family Feud episode
    Jon: What is this, like the "Asian, but not really."
  • Ambiguous Syntax: In Super Mario Sunshine Part 4, Arin begins to tell a story about how his copy of Wave Race 64 "was stolen". Danny originally thought he meant someone stole his copy but Arin later explains that his copy was one he stole from a friend when he was little.
  • 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.
    • This practice spoiled the existence of their Secret of Mana videos before they actually released them, and leads to many jokes from future episodes being referenced before they're actually made.
    • They 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.
    • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land there's now 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.
    • Donkey Kong Country #8 has them suggesting that they play Resident Evil for the Gamecube when the first two episodes had already been uploaded.
    • Episode 9 of their Sonic '06 has Jon saying 'Vote tomorrow, kids! That's 'tomorrow' today', when the 2012 Presidential Election was last week.
    • Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball was mentioned as having been played repeatedly, but because it was made in the same session of "Grumping" including Donkey Kong's Crash Course and Kingdom Valley, known for being both That One Level and Nintendo Hard and thus producing a metric butt-ton of content (and also Mario Party 8), it took quite a while before it was uploaded.
    • 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 JonTron 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.)"
  • And Now For Something Completely Different:
    • Arin and Jon devote a special video to showing off the VERY strange Miis they found on a used Wii that Arin bought.
    • 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.
    • All of their April Fools episodes. 2014 was all just cat videos, 2015 was a single one off pseudo podcast with Ross and Arin about how animation has no future on YouTube.
  • Anachronism Stew: 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: Often. Seeing as Jon is the bit more vocal of the two, he tends to start flipping first. Though Arin can have epic ones, like here.
  • Animal Jingoism: Referenced in their Alfred Chicken playthrough.
  • Animal Motifs: Jon's favorite Pokémon seem to be based off of birds. He also likes to portray himself as a bear, specifically Banjo with Jacque as his Kazooie.
  • 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.
    • 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), some of which are uploaded to the main channel.
    • 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.
  • April Fools' Day: "Cat Grumps," ten or so minutes of Arin and Danny's cats being cats, advertised as a "new series" on the channel for April Fool's Day 2014. Also "Meow Train", a similar video "replacing" Steam Train on the same day.
  • 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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
  • 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.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Arin figures out most of the puzzles in Goof Troop within seconds...
  • Bad Bad Acting: Arin has a go-to "bad voice acting" voice he pulls out sometimes. Jon, however, prefers the Large Ham version of bad voice acting.
  • Bash Brothers:
  • Batman Gambit: Arin pulls one in Mario Party 2: Revengeance, here. And he's happy about it.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Jon seems to hate it when Arin belches, and will actually devolve into angry cursing mid-sentence when it happens. He yelled at Arin for it in Pokemon Emerald #13, and stormed off for a bit when it happened in Kirby Super Star #17. It almost makes him physically ill in Part 30 of Sonic 06.
    • 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.
  • Beam-O-War: In the Godzilla episode. THAT'S SOME HARRY POTTER SHIT!
  • Bestiality Is Depraved:
    • In A Link to the Past #2
      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:
      Arin: FUCK 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 complained about Skyward Sword's controls not being as accurate as the Nintendo Land Zelda ride's - the controls are actually identical.
    • Arin hates the term "Metroidvania", because he considers the first part of that word far superior to the second. (Sonic #54)
      Jon: Okay, the Metroid-y Castlevania games.
      Arin: (bristles) I just detest—
    • Jon has a hatred for all tutorials (which leads to a lot of obvious moments), at one point going into an enraged rant over Monita's appearances in Nintendo Land even though he can easily just tap (-) to skip it.
    • Both of them admitted to absolutely loathing Half-Life 2, saying it had no direction or point. Subverted when their complaints are it lacks killstreaks or random encounters, and they actually both love it.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: invoked Lampshaded in Pokemon FireRed #17. The episode opens with an unrelated improv sketch that goes on for almost 2 minutes, and they admit afterwards that a new viewer would be terribly confused if this were the first episode he/she watched.
  • 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.
    • This is definitely the case for Sonic Boom.
      Danny: "In terms of what we were hoping this game would be, it really has come through for us with flying fucking colors."
  • Big "NO!":
  • Big "OMG!":
    • In the last round of You Don't Know Jack, Jon gives up and decides to eclipse Arin's high score with a staggeringly huge negative score.
    (sees score)
    Arin: OH MY GAHD
    Jon: I have to pay them all that money?!
    Arin: Dude... You'd better sell your fuckin' house, dude!
    • Jon's response after inhaling a lungful of bittering agent. See Played For Laughs.
    • Danny's response when Suzy confirms the existence of the D Club inNinjabread Man.
    • Arin when he sees Drakkhen subtly glitching out (you know the part).
  • 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  Their reaction is amazing.
    • Their reaction to Jeopardy! being convinced that Maleficent is a character from Snow White. invoked
    • 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!
    • CPU Wario turning 8-bit, a feature neither Grump was prepared for.
      Arin: I want that. Can I have that?
      Jon: Dude!
      Arin: *Urkel snort* I love this game now, it's RETRO! IT'S RETRO!
    • From the same series, Jon starts to ramble about the nostalgia of playgrounds, but Arin shoots him down by exclaiming that he just went home with the nice old man. (Prompting a Double Take from Jon.)
    • Jon in the first few seconds of playing the Sonic 06 snowboard level. He lets out several small ones followed by two big ones.
    • Another is let out by Jon during their playthrough of Jeopardy when they're asked for the Portuguese name for Taiwan.
    • Jon lets out one when he accidentally resets Super Mario Land.
  • Black Comedy: A penchant of their humor, with this trope being a notable point where the humor starts foraying more into the surreal.
    • In Mario Party 2, Arin describes Donkey Kong's profile image as the face you'd have if someone told you your kid was dead but you never wanted them in the first place.
    • In part 87 of Sonic 06, Jon somehow manages to make a Holocaust joke about shit ("ow-shits", Auschwitz).
    • Best racist joke. Go.
    • In part 1 of Disney Princess, the video starts with an annotation warning the viewer about "dialogue about potentially sensitive sexual circumstances" (child rape).
    • Their Play with the Teletubbies video runs absolutely rampant with this trope.
  • Blatant Lies: In the second Dyna Blade video, Arin claims never to have said "Wowie Zowie." This is false.
    • From their Youtube page:
      JonTron and Egoraptor play Video Games while generally grumping about. Grump.
  • Book Dumb:
    • 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: Barry, can you draw a chart out for us?
    • 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! Fuck Shakespeare! 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 and concludes the Super Mario Sunshine playthrough with a song.
    First episode: "Super Mario Sunshine / It's getting saucy / We're gonna rock it so hard / Ross is an aussie!"
    —>Final episode: "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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: From their Monopoly playthrough.
    Arin: Walking a baby. Holding a baby. Feeding a baby. Punching a baby. Stepping on a baby. Drowning a baby. Killing a baby.
  • Brain Bleach: In-Universe. In the fifth episode of Shadow the Hedgehog, Arin and Danny are discussing smegma when Danny realizes that Arin doesn't know what smegma actually is. Arin doesn't want to know at first and when Danny tells him the truth, he wishes he could "unlearn" it.
  • Brick Joke:
    • 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 Goof Troop #4
      Jon, near the start: HEY! How do ya' like watching Game Grumps episodes for?? Jon systematically digging holes!
      Jon, near the end: Hey guys, I don't know about you, but I really wanna do some systematic digging!
    • 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.
    • At the end of You Don't Know Jack part 1,
      Jon: Arin wins one, but he doesn't win much, 'cause he's a piece of shit, and I fucking hate him, and next time on Game Grumps, bros and pals and bros and pals...
    • 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.
    • In episode 8 of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Which is appropriately titled "Jon Ragequits"), Barry notes in the description "Eh, he'll be back". Episode 9 ("Jon Ragestarts") was uploaded the very next day, with the description "Told ya he'd be back".
    • 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.
  • British Accents:
    • Grant's accent is so thick that Jon can barely understand what he's saying.
    • Whenever Danny and Arin try to make fun of Ross' (original) Aussie accent they somehow end up doing one of these. They lampshade this in Disney Princess: Colors of the Wind; Arin asks why Danny sounds like a Beatle whenever he imitates Ross.
  • 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.
  • Call Back:
    • 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.
    • While playing Sonic '06, Jon says "The game's playing itself, Arin".
    • Arin's name for the "Skeleton-Snake-Dragon-Head From The Wall" is the same name he gave to that enemy's Super Castlevania IV counterpart in his Sequelitis video.
    • 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 Yoshis 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.
    • In their Super Castlevania IV playthrough when the game asks for the name Arin asks Danny if it's gonna be Spiarmf again.
    • 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 Part 1 of Super C, Danny asks Barry for a for a smiling hamburger to float from the right of the screen to left after the game crashes, just as he did with the B.O.B. one-off.
    • 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.
    • While playing the Wii Punch-Out!!, the grumps made a number of callbacks to the Mike Tyson game (Danny's first series); for example, Don Flamenco saying "SPAIN SPAIN SPAIN!"
    • In Part 5 of Castlevania II Dan asks "you think they run out" about how the skelleton thows bones, Arin's answer
  • 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.
  • The Cast Show Off: Arin shows off the wide variety of voices he has and Jon is quite fond of breaking into song. Arin's not a bad singer either for that matter.
    • The first few Game Grumps Animated shorts were drawn by Arin himself.
    • Danny's favorite thing seems to be to break out in song, especially over credits. With this is mind, Star Bomb could be considered a form of this (though it's technically not a true Game Grumps project)
  • Captain Obvious:
    Arin: You have to be inside these villains to punch them, so what dictates when you get hit?
  • Cassandra Truth: In Sonic Boom, Danny keeps telling Arin that some things are Colour-Coded for Your Convenience; blue objects are for Sonic, yellow is for Tails, red for Knuckles, and pink for Amy. Arin constantly ignores this, using Insane Troll Logic such as that bounce pads are blue, but Sonic isn't the only one who can use them.
  • Casual Kink: In Sonic '06 #60, Arin attests the best thing about Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is at the very beginning:
    "They're throwing Jessica Rabbit in the trunk of a car, she's all tied up, and I'm like, "Hmmmmm, I get behind this!"
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "X Grumps!" (X being anything but "game")
    • "You're an X." "...at least I'm just one."
    • Jon has a tendency to say 'KTLA 5' (The name of the Local News) either right before or right after he sneezes.
    • Arin (and later Danny) will often say a sarcastic "Like, Comment, and Subscribe!"
    • After casual conversation with Arin, Jon will often say "Game Grumps, everyone. Where we talk about [x]"
    • Arin likes to say 'Shut your goddamn mouth' or some variant.
    • Arin likes to say "Holy Jesus" or some variant thereof, sometimes adding "... as if there was any other one" or "the one I don't believe in".
    • Arin likes to say "Gosh darn it!", see Gosh Darn It to Heck! below.
    • Jon's "Adjective-ass-Noun" (Leading to phrases such as "Dingle-ass-dangle")
      "Wario! Fuckin' yellow-ass...purple-ass bitch!"
      • And, increasingly, "X-ass-X."
        "Look at this watery-ass-water!"
      • Arin has said "Dang-ass" increasingly often.
    • "Real talk"
      • "Dude, can I just say-"
    • 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!' and and 'I/you did it.', often said 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 after it was pointed out to him.
    • Arin has recently taken to saying "NICE. NICE. NICE. NICE."
    • Dan has recently taken a liking to the phrase "We're playing the Feud!", particularly for game show video games.
    • Emperor Palpatine's "DO IT," as of the Mario Party 8 Finale.
    • Since the Dennis The Menace episode, "GET OUTTA HERE!"
    • Arin's "How do you like THAT shit?"
    • "My dad works at Nintendo!"
  • 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.
  • Celebrity Star: Grant Kirkhope certainly counts.
  • 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.
  • Check Point Starvation: The main reason Arin ragequit Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
    • They quit DKC2 for the same reason. People noted that they could've just used Funky's Flights to go out of the level and find another save point, but apparently they were ignorant of this ability.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A literal example at the end of third episode of Table Flip. The gun is meant to settle ties. Whoever grabs it first and shoots wins.
  • Early on in Guild Grumps, Ross spent 700$ to get Spectral Tiger Mounts for the Grumps. While nobody cared early on, in Episode 5, Arin's use of the Spectral Tiger gained him the admiration of the other elite players.
  • Cliché Storm: invoked Discussed when talking about lazily-executed Big Boo's Haunts, with Jon using the term "tropey as fuck".
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Both of them, all the time.
  • Cold Open:
    • Naughty Bear #2, which shows a quick clip of Arin finally figuring out the objective they spent all of last episode unable to do, which had infuriated the fanbase quite a bit.
    • Crayon Shin-Chan, showing a weird sequence that occurred before the Grumps did their introduction.
    • Mister Mosquito, with the very first video starting off with Jon and Arin's reaction to the game's bizarre start screen narration.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Arin discovers that he and Jon had Rule 34 drawn of them, his first reaction is to say 'Hey! We play on a CRT!'.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch:
    • 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.
    • Arin again displays this in Part 33 of Sonic Boom. Arin complains about Superman for about three to five minutes by saying that he is boring because he is overpowered, despite the fact that Superman's villains are either as powerful, if more so, than him or are tailored to Superman's weaknesses, and the fact that most superman stories focus on Superman's internal struggles as opposed to his external ones. He also says that no other hero can beat Superman despite the existence of characters like The Flash (Who Arin specifically mentions can't beat Superman), Doctor Fate, Wonder Woman, and Shazam.
  • Conspiracy Theorist:
    • Parodied in Pokemon Fire Red episode 45.
      Arin: Good, 'cause I don't want to support the fucking Pharmaceutical Association of America, they manufacture sicknesses with chemtrails!
  • Continuity Nod: In Episode 1 of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Arin refers to Froakie as his "man, brah." Dan notes that he has worn a man-bra before.note 
  • Corpsing: To the point where they rarely manage to say their lines with a straight face.
  • 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".
    • When they started adding a Subscribe button and end slate to the episodes, they initially pointed it out and made jokes about it, but now it just appears without comment... and occasionally as a word other than "Subscribe." The Disney Princess episode that ended as they started the Little Mermaid level had a "Submarine" button.
    • For the first five episodes of the Super Mario Kart Grumpcade series, Markiplier's name is misspelled a different way in each intro. This started as an actual mistake, then they decided to roll with it.
  • 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.
    • In part 25 of Shadow of the Colossus, Arin instantly greets the viewers with "Hey, cunts!" They then make fun of how saying the word gives the situation much more gravity. And in a previous episode, Danny explains how one of his Israeli relatives would always call his girlfriend a cunt. To him, however, it was a word of affection.
    • In part one of Super Mario Bros, Danny comes to the shocking revelation that "Duck Hunt" rhymes with "Fuck Cunt."
    • In the first episode of Grump Cade, Barry comments on how the Smash Bros. Announcer puts an extra long pause between the words "Duck" and "Hunt", just to make sure.
  • 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.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Invoked by Barry, upon getting a request to add some Harry Potter and Voldemort pictures to the Godzilla versus, shows pictures of Luke Skywalker and a baby dressed up as Darth Vader.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Danny picking Big Zam in every match in Gundam: Battle Assault 2 lets him dominate Arin whenever he's playing a non-boss character...until he manages to get behind him and completely destroy him while Danny tries to figure out how to back-attack.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jon is utterly dominated in every You Don't Know Jack video, often by a wide margin, and usually because Arin racks up all the points in the Jack Attack segment.
    • He dominates Danny as well when they play the PS1 version, winning by a $18,000 margin (while Danny is in the negatives.)
    • 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 the Big Zam, while Arin manages to beat him with the Neue Ziel (another large boss-level character), he's beaten down whenever he selects more orthodox mecha. ... Until he picks Big Zam as well, and totally annihilates Danny because he knew how to use its Super Move.
    • 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.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Jon will openly d'aww at anything in a game he finds adorable.
    • Same with Dan. Every time he sees a new Pokémon he likes in the Fire Red playthrough, he openly coos "Aaaaaw, it's adorable!"
  • Cut Himself Shaving: During Danny's Mr. Wilson rant in the Dennis the Menace episode.
    Danny: [As Mr. Wilson] "Mrs. The Menace? Dennis came over to my house and fell down the stairs again! AGAIN! He's so clumsy!"
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Arin forgot that Link to the Past requires you to use a net to put a fairy in a bottle because Ocarina of Time cut out the middle man and just let you use the bottle to catch fairies.
    • Jon keeps getting confused that he's playing as Dry Bones instead of Wario in Mario Party 8, since he played as Wario in the previous Mario Party playthroughs.
    • Jon regularly dies in the beginning of his Castlevania I playthrough by trying to jump onto stairs instead of walking up them because he's used to later games where you can do that.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Grant Kirkhope in the first Guest Grumps.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: Arin's Game Grumps Animated shorts use this to represent the game. The fan animations followed suit.
  • Demonic Possession: A video promoting The Merch has Jon get possessed by... something halfway through. It's surprisingly creepy until this exchange occurs:
    Arin: Even demons know! Even demons know!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In the intro skit to Domino Rally (introducing Kevin), Danny's only requests from Barry are to put in Wolfjob and Lupine Employment.
  • Determinator: While Arin was up for quitting Sonic 06, Jon was legitimately determined in doing a full playthrough, despite it being the most technically broken game the two of them had played.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: After Arin discovers the cheat that lets Knuckles float upward indefinitely in Sonic Boom, he winds up using it in places where he either doesn't know where he's supposed to end up, or the correct solution is painfully obvious and would have taken less time than using the cheat.
  • Discredited Meme: invokedArin said in part 14 of Sonic '06 that he hates the "It's a thing in a thing: Thing-ception!" meme associated with Inception.
  • Don't Ask, Just Run: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories #7.
    Danny: Aah! It might be time to turn around and run. Leave the cabin, take the path to the right and oh, okay, okay! Time to go! Time to go!
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Averted. Several jokes are explained and the misconceptions are hilarious.
  • Don't Try This at Home: During Wind Waker HD #19, Danny tells a story about how he once threw away his antidepressants. He later follows up on this story and warns the viewers that it was a stupid thing to do and they shouldn't follow his example.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: Arin is after playing Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, and again after Play with the Teletubbies.
  • Drunk on Milk: Jon wonders why Japanese games do this, just as in Majora's Mask.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • In-Universe. Jon's reaction to a rape joke Arin makes during Sonic '06. See Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking above.
    • 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'.
    • In the first Pocky & Rocky episode:
      Jon: "Pocky & Rocky"? They should have just called it "Jap and Coon"!
      Arin: Oh cool! [trying to talk about the game] So is this-? Is this alright? Is...
      (both chuckle nervously)
      Arin: So anyway!
      Jon: MOVING ON!
  • 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Goes for the first year episodes with the JonTron, as Jon is no longer on the show.
  • 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.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Danny invokes this by name in the first part of the new The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past playthrough, where he mentions that Arin and Jon started playing the game but never finished it, and he was the one who suggested picking it back up because he loves the game.
  • Empty Chair Memorial: In "Ode to Jon", Jon's seat is treated as such, with Arin crying and rubbing the seat and talking about how much he'll miss Jon while Suzy and Barry console him.
  • 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 paralyzed Taillow. Jon even lampshades how ridiculous it is. To be fair, Taillow's ability is Guts, which boosts its damage output by 50% if it's paralyzed (or burned, or poisoned, or put to sleep).
      How'd you get killed by a motherfucking paralyzed Taillow?! It's paralyzed and it's a fucking SPARROW!
    • And of course, the classic moment in Mega Man 7 where Arin jumps right over Rush and into a spike pit.
    • 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 one of the platforming levels of Super Mario Sunshine Arin gets a game over after dying three times in less than a minute. He never even makes it to the second platform.
    • In the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, Danny gets TKO'd in the first round by Mr. Sandman, with over a minute to spare.
    • Arin continually dies trying to beat the Aztec Wizrobe in episode 55 of their Wind Waker play-through due to several factors, including: A. trying to fight its endless summons instead the boss itself, B. mistaking the side quest firefly in their only bottle for an emergency fairy and C. forgetting to take the sword out first in order to use it.
    • In the first match of WWF Wrestle Mania Challenge, Danny starts off by accidentally jumping out of the ring and failing to figure out how to get back in, ending the match with absolutely no wrestling done.
    • Pokemon Fire Red: Not 30 seconds into Sch's glorious evolution as a Charizard, Arin accidentally replaces Flamethrower instead of Scratch. Cue multiple BigNos as he realises his mistake.
    • Arin intended to give the plant boss of Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril one more shot, but accidentally selected "End" instead of "Continue" at the Game Over screen, quitting the game. Cue Angrish.
    • Arin and Jon's video of Super Mario Land ends with what may be Jon's biggest fail of all time: after beating the third boss, he somehow accidentally resets the whole game.
  • Erotic Eating: Discussed Trope, during one point in their Sonic '06 playthrough. Arin notes that women never eat a banana suggestively, they just munch it.
  • Establishing Series Moment: From their own mouths, Danny's was Mayor Luigi.
  • Evil Laugh: Arin goes full on Drunk on the Dark Side in Ultimate Ninja Storm: Generations when he transformed into the fox demon. He has one as well when he's fighting Sonic as Silver in the POV campaign in Sonic '06 seeing as Silver was That One Boss.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Kirby Super Star Part 17: Jon and Arin Push X
    • Super Mario Sunshine Part 33: Yoshi Stands on a Boat.
  • Excited Episode Title!: Part 65 of Sonic '06, which is titled "Follow That Mephiles!"
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: At the very beginning of Jon and Arin's Sonic '06 playthrough, the two of them pretend ignorance about what they're about to put themselves through... but they "figure it out" before too long.
    Arin: What is this blue menu? With a red stripe?
    Jon: I think we've done it!
    Arin: It kinda looks like an upside-down Sonic the Hedgehog—
    Arin and Jon together: OH NOOOO!
  • Eye Scream:
    Arin:[In response to not catching Sableye despite Jon's protests] It's a Sableye. [In response to Soon?'s attempted evolution] Oh great.
    Jon: Dude I'm gonna disable your eye.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Both Arin and Jon start to get fed up with the lack of Copy Ability in Milky Way Wishes, openly bashing the developers for coming up with something so stupid... and then they accidentally discover that they can access all other abilities whenever they want.
    • 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.
    • In the playthrough of Pokemon FireRed, Danny at one point asks if they're fighting the last of their rival's Pokemon, a full six minutes after Arin had defeated him. In a later episode Danny admits that Barry had shown him everything that had happened in that time, to his embarrassment.
    • Sonic Boom:
      • Arin has had a very bad tendency to completely ignore obvious paths in favor of jump glitching his way through. In one particular instance they walk past a open tunnel through a huge wall protecting a town he needs to go through. With a map that points him to go through said town. While complaining that the direction of the game is unclear.
      • Toward the end of Part 13, Sonic and Tails approach a force field blocking their path. Right beside the force field, there's a little yellow tunnel on the ground. Tails says flat-out that you need to use a Buddy Bot and put it through to move on, but Arin and Danny are too busy bashing the game and being shocked at Arin winning an $1,100 eBay auction for one of the New Mexico copies of 'E.T.' for Atari 2600 to pay attention. As a result, the entirety of Part 14 is spent with Arin and Danny lost in this room, yelling at the game for not giving them direction. They only get through because Arin activates a Buddy Bot by complete accident.
    • Episode 4 of Sonic Adventure DX is essentially just them trying to figure out how to progress through the game. They get told in Station Square that they need to find a way into the sewer, and they pass an open manhole cover multiple times simply because they think they need to go to a hotel to find a jumping power-up that Arin mentioned (which they also can't find and can't get yet besides).
  • Fake Difficulty:
    • Arin complains about Freeze Man being unfairly difficult due to his refusal to telegraph attacks.
    • Jon complains about Hop Or Pop being unfair against the Spike Ball, as the Bounce Balls have flagrantly superior maneuverability.
  • Fan Community Nickname:
    • invokedJon appeals to the "Grumplings" in Episode 2 of Super Mario Land 2.
    • Arin attempts to come up with one in Sonic 06 #43. He comes up with Lovelies, Jon comes up with Cumfaggots. Lovelies became the generally accepted one (and is mentioned multiple times by Danny) while Cumfaggot has occasionally been used as an insult for angry or irate fans.
  • Fanservice / Fan Disservice: This picture of Arin, Ross, Danny, and Barry in their underwear seductively washing a car. What trope this falls under is left for the viewer to decide.
  • 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.
  • Fat and Skinny:
    • 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 
  • Flanderization:
    • Jon took his jerkassery Up to Eleven, constantly invoking it.
    • Jon's "X-ass-Y" seems to be intentionally flanderized, as Arin has picked up on saying it due to Jon suddenly using it so frequently.

  • Foil: Arin has a hot-blooded and stubborn persona that is counteracted by Danny's level-headed, calmer persona.
  • Forced Meme: Jon hopes "Seven Asses" becomes one, so he repeats it through most of the video. It's still humorous.
    • 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.
  • Forgot I Could Fly:
    • Literally, at the start of the final battle in Super Mario Sunshine.
    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 
    • "Sonic Boom" has some of these:
      • In Sonic Boom episode 21, Arin couldn't figure out how to get past a giant wall until he remembered he could just cheat his way over with Knuckles.
      • Arin demonstrates early on that Amy is capable of triple jumping. Later when Danny attempts to point out the color coded objects that are designated to particular characters, Arin rather heatedly attempts to debunk this by showing that Amy's jump does not reach, but he only double jumps (which every character is capable of). Anyone who remembers her triple jump will quickly recognize that she is literally the only character capable of reaching it without resorting to Knuckle's jump glitch.
  • 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.
    • In recent months, Game Grumps have tended to stick with a series until it's done, while Steam Train has switched frequently.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Within the current Grumps, we have Danny (sanguine), Arin (choleric), Barry (melancholic), and Ross/Suzy (two wildly different phlegmatics).
  • 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."
    "Made a Catcher In The Rye reference. No one got it. Later realized it was a Pride and Prejudice reference. Still no one got it."
    • During the Grumps play through of the Fast level in Super Mario Maker, you can pause the video right as they hit the invisible block and find that the Kamek they had problems with came from that block. It's notable because even they don't get why Kamek appears.
    • One of the Sonic Boom videos opens with Barry showing Arin his editing work, and how Sonic sometimes appears twice in one frame, speed lines are ahead of the characters, and tons of weird stuff that Arin and Danny didn't notice whilst playing because it all happens in the blink of an eye, showcasing how Sonic Boom was an Obvious Beta.
  • Freudian Slip:
    • In Mega Man 7: Part 8
      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".
    • Danny mentions one he had where instead of saying "This will blow your mind!" he accidently says "This will blow your mom!"
  • 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.
    • On average, Wind Waker had some longer episodes compared to those in other series, with a 44-minute finale eventually showing up as Part 73. Most likely, this is because of a moment in Part 10 of Katamari Damacy when Arin brings up a certain awkward story that he'd allegedly tell in Part 78 of Wind Waker.
  • Fridge Logic: invoked
    • They wonder how Kirby's partners can fly.
    • They wonder how Torchic, a small bird Pokemon, can both growl and scratch.

  • Gag Censor:
    • Elephants tend to censor the word that would violate the N-Word Privileges.
    • 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.
  • Gainax Ending: The ending of the Donkey Kong Country 2 playthrough after Jon's big and hammy Rage Quit.
    Jon: Hey, wanna go eat...soup?
Arin: Oh, shit!
  • Gasshole: Burping for Arin, Danny, and Ross, farting for Jon.
  • Gay Bravado: The whole point of Arin's D Club. He and his friends were so secure with their masculinity, that they would have no problems with showing each other their dicks.
  • 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.
    • The female love interest of Chulip is named RL STINE.
    • Fuck King was the name of a female Oddish that the Grumps caught in Pokemon Fire Red.
  • 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 63 Game Grumps art is a thing.
  • 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 Savvy: Jon becomes increasingly familiar with what pisses the fans off (see Read the Freaking Manual) and will openly apologize once he realizes that it happened.
  • 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!
And so here is a montage of them doing it again
  • Global Ignorance: Jon is so stupid that he firmly believes Everything south of the United States is South America and that Canada is "North America Junior".
    Jon: Mexico is practically South America!
  • Goddamn Bats: In-universe, Arin finds Boos to be this in Super Mario Sunshine until he realizes that he could jump on them.
  • Godwin's Law: At one point in their first Mario Party 4 episode, Arin calls Luigi Hitler, because he rolled a nein (Read: nine).
    • 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.)
  • Go Mad from the Revelation:
    • Apparently Jon's declaration of love for Arin during the Castlevania I finale was so mind shattering that their recording software actually malfunctioned.
    • In their Sonic Boom playthrough, in episode 21, they end up stuck on an island for a good half an hour. Eventually Arin just decides to exploit Knuckles infinite jump and ends up completely glitching up the game. They end up at what looks like an unfinished lvel, and after going back and forth through it about three times they start to leave, then Arin hears something behind him and looks around to see hat the previously empty and featureless landscape has now become a fully fleshed out village. He is quite stunned.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: In the 22nd episode of Sonic Boom, Danny refers to Chili-dogs as "Roasted Landwieners" and then later says "My band has a new name!"
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Gosh darn it!"
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • Jon breaks out into Chiyo's cooking song at one point during their Kirby series.
    • Then in a Call Back to that later, they name a Poochyena "Bakuhaku♀♀"
    • In another Call Back, Arin sings it in Goof Troop Episode 10.
    • They flaunt their limited knowledge of Japanese characters whenever they can while playing Shenmue.
    • While playing Strider 2, Jon reveals that he is able to read both Hiragana and Katakana. Supposedly Arin can, too.
  • Guttural Growler: Their chain smoker interpretation of Maelle.
  • Head Bob: While playing Kirby Super Star, Jon and Arin have employed the technique of repeatedly ducking to make Kirby and his partner look like they're talking.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: Groomp, Fuck, I, OOOOOO, Yump»♢, and R3a7t47.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Danny pulls one off in the fight against Mr. Sandman in Punch-Out!! Wii, right before knocking him out and winning the title.
  • 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).
    • Jon and Normal Boots got back together in the end, though.
    • Danny with Arin and Ross.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Arin is surprisingly both a Supreme Chef (according to Jon) and a decent beatboxer.
    • 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.
  • Hollywood Psychology: Jon thoroughly criticizes the "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over" stereotype during the Donkey Kong Country playthrough, jokingly stating that "the definition of insanity is when you're flinging your shit at the wall," and that pegging the definition of insanity as belonging to any one specific behavior "is as anecdotal as it gets."
  • Hope Spot: During the playthrough of Battle Kid, Arin is willing to give up after failing to beat the plant monster. Ross pops in and cheers Arin up. With Ross believing in him, Arin decides to try one more time. He accidentally hits 'end' and is sent back to the title screen.
  • 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."
    • "This game is like sand! It's coarse, and rough! Not like YOU, AIR-IN!" (Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games)
    • Apparently, there's pornographic fan art of the Game Grumps on the internet. Jon and Arin are aware of this, finding it absolutely hilarious.
    • There are multiple instances where they joke about making out offscreen or making kissing noises and sex sounds. A running gag of Game Grumps Versus is the 'winner' receiving a blowjob.
    • Jon: "Arin, don't leave. Arin don't [door slams, Jon laughs] ARRRINNN! I love you!"
    • Jon: "At least I'm comfortable with the fact that I like a man's penis, rock hard! I can't help it if I like the chest-bear of a man, muscular and strong! I want him. Where is he?"
    • In The Merch video, they suggest buying a shirt for 'that special someone.' Cue a picture of Arin holding Jon lovingly, each in their respective shirts.
    • From a Super Mario Sunshine episode, "WE HAD SEX!"
    • Arin's tale of The D Club in the Ninjabread Man episode.
      • 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.
  • Hurricane of Puns: A Piece of Bass has a number of them.
    • Near the end of Kirby's Epic Yarn Part 24, Arin launches into one for the rest of the video, then into the next video note . Danny groans over this several times, likening it to 'Crazy Uncle' humor.
      Danny: These barely even register as jokes.
  • 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:
      Arin: So, Danny, how's your day been!?
  • "I Am Great!" Song: Arin's Ode to My Penis. (Sonic #47)
  • I Am Not Shazam: invokedDuring Nintendo Land: Metroid Blast.
    Arin: I'm in a space ship and Jon is on land as a Metroid.
Jon Tron: As a Metroid!? I am in fact a Metroid.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • Sonic 06 #100 has a particularly bad one from Arin.
    Jon: Honestly, this game would be 50% percent better without these loading screens. Bearable at the very least.
Arin: No-Jon: I would think at least-Arin I don't think any bears would play this.
  • Jon walks away and grunts unhappily*
    • In Secret of Mana #2, Arin delivers a similarly good one:
    Jon: She has lettuce hair.
Arin: Lettuce look at it.
  • Pokemon Fire Red Part 26 has Arin giving another lame pun:
Arin: If you were anti-pencil, would you be... erasist?
  • In the Steam Train playthrough of Leisure Suit Larry 6, Danny and Ross ask Kevin (and Barry when he subs in for an absent Kevin) to cover the naked men in the shower with jeans. At one point we see a man with DNA strands covering his lower half, and at another two mens' butts are covered by Gene Wilder's face.
Arin: That's the best, uh, position to be in!Jon: What are you- what's wrong with you!?Arin: If you have three lives that's too much!
  • Informed Ability: Arin's a good cook, according to Jon.
  • Informed Flaw: When you name your character "Fuck, I", it sounds like everyone does a Double Take and stammers when they see your face, either because you're ungodly beautiful or, more comedically, ungodly ugly. Your character still looks like a normal kid.
    • 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.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: "Arin, you are SO BAD AT NICKELODEON GUTS!!"
    (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 
  • I Should Write a Book About This: In the Kirby's Epic Yarn playthrough of all things, Danny proclaims that he thought about doing that when he first learned how to properly masturbate.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: During Sonic '06 #54, Arin doesn't realize they're recording until they're about 2 minutes into the episode. They decide to leave it in, as their normal conversation style is largely the same as Game Grumps dialogue.
  • It Gets Better: invoked They attempted to do a playthrough of Conker's Bad Fur Day, but the game's sloppy start caused Arin to give up on the game after about 30 minutes.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks/It's the Same, Now It Sucks: invoked Basically their opinion about New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They still think that it's fun, but they feel it just lacks soul.
  • 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.
    • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, by nature of the genre, has a lot of these.
    • Dennis the Menace provides an unlikely example in the sudden appearance of Mr. Wilson to carry Dennis from his house. Both Grumps scream in what Arin subsequently confirms as "real fear".
  • Killed Off for Real According to his panel at Shadocon, Arin's suicide at the end of Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is part of the Game Grumps continuity and he is a ghost now.
  • Lady Mondegreen:invoked Jon Nguyen?note 
"Roiygjxehbad.""Rohjj Rujz is with me.""Oh hey it's Roogie!"Arin: Dude, did you really just say that to her face? She's a princess.Jon: Dude, you know the only thing she's a princess of is my...*ahem* heart? I love her.
  • Laughing Mad: Arin.
  • Le Film Artistique: Invoked in Play With The Teletubbies, Arin and Danny sarcastically say the game is so artistic that it should be "black and white and in French." Followed by a brief segment of Arin and Danny saying random phrases in French over gameplay footage with a grainly black and white filter.
  • 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.
  • Left It In: Any time one of the Grumps tells Barry to take something out. Given that we see these requests, he never does.
  • Lethal Joke Item: It isn't until the fourth episode of Goof Troop that they realize that their "Raise The Roof" Technique lets them catch and rethrow barrels and bombs.
  • 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.
  • Lets See You Do Better: In their Super Adventure Island playthrough, Arin mocks Dan's skill in the game, to which Dan challenges Arin to play; Arin immediately backs down at the gesture.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: Mr. Wilson decides to teach Dennis how to play buttball.
  • 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 Yoshis 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.
    • In Episode 15 of their Zelda II playthrough, Arin reveals that there was an episode of Joe and Mac back in the Jon Era that went unaired because they spent the entire episode talking about abortion, and they didn't want to stir up any controversy in the comments.
  • 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.

Arin: Uh, every day, actually. Thanks for noticing.Jon: We are actually children...
  • It gets brought up in Arin and Danny's NES Batman playthrough.
    Danny: There's a chance that we are incredibly large children, Arin. And, uh[...] At the point in life where we were supposed to grow up, we may have missed it, like, missed the boat.
Arin: Ah, mmm... I don't know, mmm... I don't see it.note 
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Arin has quite a wide array of voices and often makes up new ones on the fly on the show.
  • Mean Brit: Grant Kirkhope can come off as one. Apparently, however, he's only verbally abusive to people he actually likes.
  • Metal Scream: Jon's rendition of "Game Grumps Versus."
  • 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).
  • Subverted in Part 11 where Jon's foolishness caused them to find a Boss Key they accidentally overlooked.
  • Jon, for pretty much all of their Portal 2 playthrough, described by him as being like playing single player but with a severe handicap.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In Part 15 of the Sonic Boom playthrough, Danny recounts a time where his friend Adam accidentally sent him a text saying "I love cock".
  • Mondegreen: Jon and Arin discuss whether or not Wario says Egg Salad or I'd Hit It!
  • Most Annoying Sound: invoked When they mention airhorns in trance songs in Super Mario Bros 3 ep 19. From that point onward, this sound became a Running Gag for the Grumps. They imitate it whenever they succeed at a challenge...and thus they inadvertently turned it into a Most Wonderful Sound.
  • The Movie Buff: Arin's past experience working at a video store (if true) gives him an edge with You Don't Know Jack. Jon's frequent refrain during the game is, "I don't fuckin' know!"
    (indistinct grunts from Arin)
Jon: One of these days I'm gonna win one. One of these days...Arin: (grunts) My BRAIN.....is so BIG from knowing facts!
  • Despite his video store experience, there are a lot of classic/popular movies Arin has not seen. On more than one occasion: Danny will mention or reference a movie Arin hasn't seen, Arin will tell Danny he hasn't seen it, and Danny will react in surprise and/or disgust that Arin has never need said movie and will tell him that after their recording session is over, he will make Arin watch it with him.
Jon: Thank you- do I not count in either of those categories? *laughs* Friends, family, and Jon.
  • My God, You Are Serious: According to Jon, getting the "are you serious?" response from Arin is a sign that he was genuinely offended by the statement in question.
  • Network Decay: With the creation of Grumpcade and Ross-less Steam Train episodes "Game Grumps" proper has become somewhat redundant, as between those two shows any game with any assortment of grumps could be played anyways.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Face: When Michelle in Chulip looks angry at Q*T, Jon gets so scared that he demands Arin to go away from her immediately. Arin of course talks to the doctor next to her, and then stays next to her for a while before Jon threatens him.
    • 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.
    • Arin releases his Grump side halfway through the Super Mario Sunshine campaign. The fifth Harbor stage pisses him off to the verge of a Rage Quit. They then play it off as a "mental breakdown."
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: During the introductory clip for ProJared's guest appearance on Grump Cade:
    Ross: Jared, I'm sorry about the slippery butt thing. I didn't mean to-
    Jared: No, no. You hurt me too much.
  • No Pronunciation Guide:
  • 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 Yoshis 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)
    • Seemingly averted with Danny, who retains his joy for old (and some not very good) NES games.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The Spice World episode ends with Arin having a mental breakdown and starts doing God knows what to Jon. In the midst of it, the video cuts off for the final 8 seconds of absolute silence and darkness.
  • 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.
    • In one of the Sonic 06 episodes, Jon repeatedly said the n-word while hypothetically talking about asking to destroy people's things. Barry gets increasingly more frustrated with Jon each time he edits the word out.
    • At the start of part 2 of the Mario Party 4 versus, Jon starts randomly imitating a Jive Turkey responding to the game's economy system, and he kicks everything off by saying the n-word uncensored.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: There are rumors that Arin and Jon are intentionally making mistakes in their games in order to be funnier. They addressed this in the first Dyna Blade episode, pretty much saying that those people have way too much faith in their abilities.
    • 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.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Occasionally funny stuff happens that is only visible to the Grumps themselves, causing sudden bouts of laughter, followed by an explanation to the viewers what was so funny.
  • Off the Rails: Varies from episode to episode, but pops up more often in 3D exploration-based games when the Grumps don't fully know the controls and can't be bothered to learn them. It often leads to them making things much harder on themselves than they have to.
  • Older Than They Look: Danny is at least 6 or 7 years older than Arin, who is 26.
  • On Second Thought: On seeing Mephiles' Hellish Pupils. (Sonic #50)
    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.
  • 108: Arin and Jon's Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) playthrough lasted this many episodes before Jon left the show. Intentional? Who knows?
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The first Disney Princess video starts with an annotation of Content Warnings of the potentially offensive and "triggering" (the word they used) humor in the video, based around child rape.
  • Origins Episode: How Jon and Ego Met.
  • Orphaned Series: All of the one-off games, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Secret of Mana and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Link to the Past was supposed to be on hiatus, but with Jon leaving it may be done. Secret of Mana had a brief Un-Cancelled moment with Danny replaying the game, but still stopped early.
    • 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.
  • Overly Long Gag: Link to the Past Episode 5 has Arin asking Jon to pick something up, then saying to forget about it. Subsequently:
    "What was it?"
"Just keep goin'.""What was it?""Just keep goin'.""What was it?""Just keep goin'."
Ad infinitum.
  • Arin naming off a fake list of names for people who sent them Rogue Squadron, in alphabetical order:
    "Arthur... A.... Anderson."
"Arthur... B... Anderson.""Arthur... B... Anderson... A."
  • The merchandise video is a seemingly-endless stream of bad infomercial-esque sales pitches that go on for five minutes.
    Arin: "Can you believe the amount of asinine things we're saying!?"
  • "Oh hey, Big Zam".
  • Overly Long Name: Brian-Frank-Steve-Williard-Jonathan-Michael IV-Michael III-Michael Jordan-Scott, in their Drakkhen video.
  • Padding: invoked
    • 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.
  • Parallel Porn Titles: Danny has mentioned Spreadator, A Cock On Lips Now, and The Loin King. In the 22nd episode of their Super Mario Sunshine playthrough, Danny asks Arin what his favorite parallel porn title is. Arin tells him that since he grew up on internet porn he never rented an actual porn tape and that he was personally not a fan of those types of porn.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word:
  • 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 Link/"Buttlet" towards Medli during Wind Waker HD.
    • Arin has admitted to being attracted to Gadget from Rescue Rangers at a young age.
  • Played for Laughs: In the finale of Mega Man 7, Jon starts spraying compressed air keyboard cleaner into the microphone, thoroughly annoying Arin... Until an odd taste alerts them to the bittering agent it contains. Quickly turns into a Mass "Oh, Crap!" as they begin choking on the noxious cloud.
  • 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.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite their group name, they're not grumpy very often.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: invoked They don't have much patience for dialogue, even though skipping it almost always gets them in trouble.
  • Pokémon Speak: Out of This World's friendly NPC, Buddy, is given the nickname "Mike Aruba", because his only line of spoken dialogue is somewhere between this and Speaking Simlish.
  • Poke the Poodle: Arin has a habit of trying to insult Jon with witty comebacks. Too bad his comebacks are anything but insulting.
    Jon: This game is such a joy to play!
Arin: [petulantly] Yeah, well, you're a joy... to be around...
  • Later, from Mario Party 2:
    Jon: I'm getting all the coin bags!
Arin: You're a bag. A coin bag. [angrily] That means you're precious to me.
  • Nicklodeon Guts finale: Jon is stumped, and the timer's run out.
    Jon: I'm done. I'm out. It's 7:00.
Arin: You're 7. (beat) On a scale of of 1-7.Jon: Thank you. That makes me feel better than I previously did.Jon: Are you— AND MY AXE!Arin: It doesn't make me have seen it any moreso than I haven't.
  • It's almost a Running Gag to have Danny mention/reference a movie Arin hasn't seen only for Arin to say he hasn't seen it and for Danny to react in disgust and tell him he will make him watch it after their recording session is over.
  • Arin also has trouble with knowing which music artists did what songs. He once thought "Separate Ways" (by Journey) was by Nightwish and "Bring Me to Life" (by Evanescene) was by Linkin Park.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pungeon Master: Arin fancies himself this. Though it's just as likely to result in Lame Pun Reaction.
    • The Grumps' befuddled response to a 'roided-up Dan Akryod collecting slices of cake.
      Jon: Whoo, boy, y'know I've seen some greats in my day...
Arin:And this one 'TAKES THE CAKE''??"
  • Arin repeatedly wiping out his dune buggy in Sonic 0'6.
    "Shadow wasn't— um, being controlled by me. Dare I say he was in chaos."
"Fuck you, Arin."
  • "Even the buggy is...buggy? ♥ Tee hee!"
  • (Shadow pushes aside boulders) "You need to think outside the rocks."
  • Rogue's "Heart"-Bombs. (Sonic '06 #47)
    "(giggling) I guess that was a pretty good heart attack!"
"Fuck you, Arin."
  • Jon is mocked for not grasping such a sophisticated game as The Price is Right.
    Arin: Dare I say...Your Price is Wrong.
Jon: No you don't dare say that, you piece of shit.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • In Sonic '06, Arin gets a massive one when Knuckles gets stuck on the ceiling.
    • In Super Mario Sunshine, when Arin dies after coming extremely close to getting the Shine from the pachinko machine, he flies into a rage and throws some of his toys around the room.
      • This was so defining that Danny refers to later frustrating levels as "pachinko-esque".
    • In Battle Kid Arin loses it during the ending. It's so bad that even Ross, who apparently loves seeing Arin flip his shit, thought that the circumstances were absolutely terrible and he was only watching from the window. Then just when you get a hope spot once Ross calms Arin down and goes for one last shot? Arin accidentally quits the game causing him to go from recollected to completely fucking berserk over the span of two seconds.
  • Rage Quit:
  • 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.
    • Even Tim (Nintendo Caprisun) of The Runaway Guys criticized them of this via Take That.
    • 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.
    • With a bit of Self-Deprecation Danny points this out in Mario Sports Mix ep 1.
    Danny: There was an entire screen dedicated to giving us this information.
    Arin: Yeah well, you expect me to read that shit?
  • 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.
  • Rearrange the Song: The original theme song for Game Grumps Vs. was sung by Jon, and only had his voice coupled with beatboxing in the back. Danny's version of the song, seen as the superior one, added extra harmonization in the background.
  • Retro Gaming: A good deal of their videos play through old Nintendo games.
  • Rhymes on a Dime:
    • "Oh, hi, Fuck, I!"
    • "Stuck as fuck."
    • 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • Arin's cat Mochi, according to Jon at least, is "the darlingist....piece of shit!".
    • Jon picked Torchic over Mudkip primarily because Jon thinks Torchic is adorable.
    • Jon found the bats in Shade Man's stage to be adorable.
    • Arin remarks on how adorable Rush is when they use Rush Search at the beginning of Part 12.
    • They both find Celeste in Animal Crossing: City Folk to be adorable, with her pupil eyes.
    • They both found the vampire enemy Kurokyura in Super Mario Land 2 to be really cute.
    • Arin gushes over how adorable Makar is, especially the "jingle-jangle" noise he makes when he walks. A few episodes after this, a fan sends the Grumps a plush Makar, complete with a bell inside him to re-create the "jingle-jangle".
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: When reading Shroomish's Pokedex entry, Arin kept confusing the word "composted" with "composited."
    • In Yoshis Island, he seems to think Jon is trying to say "derived" when he's saying "derided."
    • Arin pronounces BoLse as Boise.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: Or Zombies, Humans, Documents.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: After Dixie Kong's amazing fall in DKC 2, Arin describes it as a "Rube Goldberg machine of death".
  • 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.
  • Rule of Cute: On some nostalgic topics, like Pokemon, Arin has a Heart of Gold. (And Jon, a Dick of Steel.)
    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.
Arin: I hate video games!
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: The main appeal.
  • 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 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!
    • In Dick Tracy for the NES, Danny and Arin actually read the opening narration out loud where the police chief warns them not to shoot at unarmed civilians, and the text appears on screen two more times after that. They died three times from losing health due to shooting at unarmed civilians, then called the game garbage and gave up on it.
  • Shout-Out: Constantly, mostly because it's just Jon/Danny and Arin talking about random things.
    • The sped-up sections in the Wild Guns playthrough are accompanied by music from Bastion.
    • The merchandise video has a Shout Out to ShamWoW.
    • In their Zelda playthrough, Danny remarks that "no matter where you go, there you are."
    • 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.
    • After the "Rube Goldberg machine of death" moment in DKC 2, the suggestion is made that Barry puts Eraserhead music over it, and directly after the comment he does just that.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: invoked In their Mega Man 7 videos, after an inability to defeat Bass, they listened to their fans to find the awesomeness that is the Rush Suit, and after realizing Proto Man explained how there are more secrets, they decided to go for 100% Completion before continuing with the main game.
  • Signature Laugh: Arin's wheezing laugh makes him easy to pick out. May double as an Annoying Laugh for some.
  • Sincerity Mode: "Real talk." Often subverted by then talking about something completely inconsequential.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Discussed and defied by Jon, who doesn't even like calling his fans "my fans" due to how potentially snooty and self-absorbed it can come across.
    • Very averted as when they point out bits of fan art or music, they're always very humble about it and appreciative.
  • Smash Cut:
    • Whenever there's a bit they cut out of the episode, such as Arin trying to learn how to use the Mirror ability. There's usually a Lampshade Hanging to explain it, though.
    • Almost every episode ends on one. Bonus points if one of them screams at the top of their lungs, only to be cut off mid-scream.
    • Lampshaded in the first Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse episode.
      Jon: Egoraptor?
  • They also like to mix in Curses Cut Short into the video endings on occasion as well.
    Jon: Next time on Game Grumps! Order up! ORDER UP A NEW FU
  • Sometimes, they start with one...
  • The ending of part 1 of Wheel of Fortune.
    Danny: Next time on Game Grumps...uuughh...
    Vanna White: Let's get ready for the next puzzle.
    —->Danny: NOO—
Arin: Uh, yes, one:...Jon: Don't dunk your Oreos sideways...that shit'll get fucked up.
  • During the Wind Waker playthrough:
Danny (as Makar): Let me play for you a little ditty..."Work Bitch" by Britney Spears.
  • 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.
  • Sound of No Damage: During their Mega Man 7 playthrough:
    Jon: He goes "tink!". He's a tinky ass motherfucker.
Arin: This bitch is tinky! I hope that's like a new fuckin', like, Wikipedia word.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Barry likes responding to non-specific requests for epic soundtracks by putting peppy tunes in instead. So far it's happened in Chivalry Medieval Warfare and Gradius III.
  • Special Edition Title: The Guest Grumps intro for Grant Kirkhope has an arrangement of the theme by him, and instead of "HEY I'M GRUMP!" etc, this exchange happens:
  • During the last week of October 2013, this intro was used, with Arin dressed as Frankenstein's Monster and Danny dressed as a vampire:
    Frankenraptor: Hey I'm ghoul!
BLEHnny: Blehhhh!AND WE'RE THE GHOUL GRUMPS! (followed by a short, backmasked quote which differs with each episode)
  • Christmas week of 2013 saw Arin as an elf and Danny as Santa Claus.
    Egowrapper: I wrap stuff!
Dan-ta Claus: I deliver that stuff!NAUGHTY OR NICE, IT'S THE JINGLE GRUMPS!
  • For Valentine's Day 2014, Arin and Suzy played The Lion King and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo together, with a cute new intro to match:
    Egoraptor: Hey I'm grump!
*Suzy comes in and kisses him on the cheek*Egoraptor: *blushing, meekly* I'm not so grump.AND THIS IS DATE GRUMPS! *Suzy and Ego stare at each other with hearts and huge smiles on their faces*
  • Speedrun: Jon and Arin claim that their Super Mario Land one-off is one, but it's more along the lines of a playthrough where they genuinely focus on the game more than usual.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Happens "in-universe" when Arin takes over for Danny on the Rogue Legacy playthrough on Steam Train.
    "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?
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: invoked Jon gets a case of this during the Donkey Kong Country 2 playthrough. Due to having low live, by part 9, Jon starts to get fed up with Arin dying at crucial points. It reaches the point where Jon confiscates his controller and plays for both characters.
  • 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.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Many.
  • 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. Their commercials for non-Grump products (Like Crunchyroll or the Shovel Knight amiibo), though more "refined", still feature deliberately bad and/or over-the-top acting.
    • Arin voices most of the Mickey Mousecapades episode as a parody of terrible The 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.
  • Subliminal Seduction: Typing of the Dead gets accused of this when it makes Jon and Arin repeatedly type self-deprecating phrases and sentences (like "I am foul" and "I wish that I had never been born.")
  • 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?"
  • Sudden Downer Ending: A mild example in the Batman playthrough: Arin, fed-up with constantly replaying the final level and failing against the Joker, silently quits the game without making any jokes or humorous outbursts.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Rugrats in Paris: The Movie's tie-in game was apparently so bad, that Arin shot himself. He succeeded in killing himself is now a ghost.
  • Supergroup: Non-musical example: Arin and Jon alone had impressive profiles prior to becoming the Grumps. Even after Jon left there's Arin, Jon's editor (Barry), the frontman of Ninja Sex Party (Danny), another prominent Newgrounds animator (Ross), and a makeup artist who has a solid record of her own on YouTube (Suzy).
  • Super Gullible: Danny is very susceptible to this. Sometimes he will catch on to when he's being fooled, but it doesn't take much to convince him otherwise.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Invoked in the Pokemon FireRed playthrough with the player character's name of "I never".
    I never scurried to the Pokemon center, protecting the exhausted and fainted Pokemon from further harm...

  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Discussed a few times by Dan (such as in the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 playthrough) who would comment on that fact that some bosses literally give the player the means to kill them.
  • Take That: Has its own page.
  • 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
  • The Talk: Arin and Danny both discuss how they were given it in Part 14 of Super Mario 64. Most notable part: Arin's parents did such a bad job explaining homosexuality that he thought he was gay for a few years afterwards since he liked to kiss his father.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Arin audibly hurls his controller to the floor in Part 20 of Sonic '06, then slams the door without uttering a word.
    • 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.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: In the first episode of Guild Grumps, the other Grumps deliberately goof around when they're in World of Warcraft; during a Confession Cam, Arin admits as much and says it's payback for all the times Ross has screwed with them.
    Arin: If he can't take it, then he shouldn't dish it out. Oh shit! Hear that, Ross? Yo, I'm reality show-backtalking you, dog! What're you gonna say now? He'll never see this...until it's up. So he won't be able to rebuttal.
  • Tastes Like Feet: Danny says this word for word about blue cheese in Super Mario Sunshine Episode 45.
    • Directly referenced in their Fire Red playthrough, episode 59, when Danny says coffee tastes like dirt, then butts, then feet.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • 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)
  • 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 how Arin 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.
  • During Donkey Kong's Crash Course, Jon compliments himself on having gotten pretty far on Course 1 and then crashes immediately after saying so.
    Jon: I'm doing really good.
Arin: Yeah you are. You're really-*Crash*Arin: Okay. Protip: Don't get proud of yourself!
  • That Came Out Wrong: "We've never slept together, have we?"
    • When playing Jeopardy! with Suzy's Mii and falling way into the red, Danny remarks "I'm blowing it for Suzy". Arin replies, "Dude, don't say it like that!"
    • Jon had another one in Mega Man 7 with "Man it's really hard to get it in there." followed by immediate snickering by both Jon and Arin.
  • That One Boss: invoked Silver and Iblis. It generally takes the Grumps roughly 15 minutes to beat either of them each time, for all the wrong reasons.
    • They seem to have a problem with Freeze Man, Turbo Man, and Doctor Wily, invoking, "Man it's a shit strategy that your best is to get hit by an attack that does the least damage."
  • That One Level: invoked Jon thinks of Donkey Kong Country's Poison Pond as this.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: The two have a tendency to break out singing at random intervals during their videos, and in one memorable case while playing Godzilla: Kaijuu Daikessen, an improvised rap session. It's revealed in an episode of Jeopardy that Jon was a musical theatre major in college. With Dan having taken over for Jon as the Not-So-Grump, this still takes place because Danny has a band called Ninja Sex Party.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Arin says "That makes me angry" when talking about how he couldn't play as who he wanted to in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Invoked by Jon when he performs his Belmont's Limit Break by nanana-ing "Vampire Killer", when playing Castlevania: Judgment in Game Grumps versus.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Small portions of The Angry Video Game Nerd's theme song can be heard during the "___ WINS" screens at the end of Game Grumps VS videos.
  • Third-Person Person: They refer to their own web shows and Accounts as such.
  • 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.
    • The Dennis the Menace title card begins with a voice clip of Dennis shouting "Hey Mr. Wilsooooon!" followed by Danny letting out a worried "Oh my God..."
    • Play With the Teletubbies begins Danny whimpering and mumbling "o-oh... n-no..."
    • Silent Hill 4: The Room has Danny doing this again, not necessarily due to the quality of the game, but how much he despises horror games for their scare value.
  • 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 Crayon 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.
  • Title Drop: Amazing Island
    "What's that, Arin, what's that?"
"It's an island! It's looks...""AMAAAAZIIIING!"
  • Toilet Humor: Arin loves his burps, but Jon just finds them disgusting.
    • In contrast, two episodes (from Yoshis Island, Sonic '06 and Mario Party 8) had Jon farting and Arin laughing himself silly.
    • This video is a good sampling of the show's Toilet Humor.
    • 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. This later gets defied by Danny in their playthrough of The Goonies 2, as the game holds a special significance to him.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo, Monster energy drinks, and Snickers all recur frequently.
    • Danny really really really likes Skittles.
  • Trade Snark: Done by Arin after the Title Drop in "Home Alone".
  • Trailers Always Lie: Discussed in episode 2 of You Don't Know Jack, in regards to the entire trailer for Snow Dogs being based around an out-of-context dream sequence.
  • 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.
  • Twist Ending: The end of Megaton Punch. Literally.
  • Two Gamers on a Couch: Literally, as evidenced by a picture Jon takes during episode 20 of Pokemon Emerald.
  • Uncanny Valley: Discussed In-Universe when talking about robot movements.
  • 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 Jonnote 
    • 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.
    • Averted again in the beginning of Pokemon Fire Red Part 109 where Danny specifically asks if Jon would be upset that Fire Red has now beaten out Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) as longest-running Game Grumps series.
    • In Super Mario 64 Part 36, Jon is brought up again when Dan mentions the Conspiracy Theories surrounding his departure (and the idea that Dan had something to do with it), saying that they never bothered him and that they're all completely untrue.
    • In May 2015, Arin and Danny started playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — a game that Arin and Jon started but never completed. Danny himself brings this up, saying that he's addresses the Elephant in the Living Room.
  • Unreliable Canon: They are known for this. JonTron and Egoraptor have said that Arin's "suicide" at the end of their Rugrats in Paris: The Movie episode is canon in the game grumps canon and Arin is now a ghost. This is especially confusing since Arin has killed himself in other videos since including Telletubbies and 2 episodes of Table Flip.
  • 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.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Beating the Final Boss in the Shadow the Hedgehog campaign of Sonic 06 is completely disregarded for a conversation about The X-Files, the Jersey Devil, and what scares people on a primal basis. It's not until the Closing Credits are about to run that the two realize what's going on.
    • Danny doesn't make a big deal about Arin committing suicide in the Teletubbies episode until the very last minute.
  • Uranus Is Showing:
    • An early episode with Jon had them making the classic "Uranus is a gas giant" joke.
    • In We Love Katamari, one of the planets they're assigned to create is called "Pencil Uranus". Danny responds with "Pencil your anus!? I will do no such thing!"
  • Verbal Tic: Arin has a habit of saying "Fucking..." before his sentences, especially if he's joking around. In the Jeopardy playthrough alone he says "Fucking" literally almost 150 times.
    • Jon likes to say 'Legitimately' or 'Legit'.
    • They both like using the word "squander" a lot.
    • Arin and Jon both like using "ass" as a kind of pseudo-adjective, such as "sad-ass bear child", "Donkey-ass Kong", and "Michael Jordan-ass face". They do it so much that somebody made a compilation video... that runs for 23 minutes.
    • 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.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses:
    • 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.
  • Violation of Common Sense: In the third Goof Troop boss battle, Jon and Arin throw stalactites at each other to trigger non-lethal Mercy Invincibility to avoid the bosses' attacks.
  • Visual Pun: A bit of trivia that turned into a Running Gagbecause of course it did — during the Sonic Boom playthough was that echidna penises have four heads. According to Arin, at least. One cutscene towards the end happens to frame Knuckles' tail from an... unfortunate angle. Dan asks Kevin for a slow-mo replay of that scene; said replay has been edited to add photos of his head, Arin's, and two of the other Game Grumps stars (can someone verify which ones?) at the end of it.
  • 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.
    • Their t-shirt ads purposely portray them as this.
    • Dan and Arin discuss this on episode 8 of Sparkster:
      Dan: I think [we insult each other] because we love each other more, and we show love in the classic brotherly fashion of telling each other to go fuck themselves.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Meta Knight dubbed by Jon in Kirby Super Star #5
    • Whenever the Grumps play any sort of "Visual Novel"-type game (such as Sakura Spirit, Go! Go! Nippon!, or Trauma Center), they tend to narrate while playing, and generally let most of the cast fall into this. Ross is particularly notorious for doing this.
  • Voice of the Legion:
  • Waif-Fu: Discussed in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1. Jon feels it can get silly and ruin immersion, Arin thinks it's cool.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Arin takes the reigns from Jon... only to drunkenly try swimming up a waterfall of lava.
    Jon: WELLTHENWHYWOULDYOUTAKEITFROMETHEN?!! Why would take it from me in the middle of the— of the death swamp?
Arin: Because... because I go walking in my sleep!
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Occasionally a game they're playing (usually happens with NES games) will glitch up, resulting in either pushing through, or requiring a reset.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • In Mega Man 7, they typically preferred the Thunder Bolt, only switching out due to either a lack of ammo, Rush Coil, or for Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors. After gaining Rush Adapt, it became their new default.
    • In Kirby Super Star, Arin's favorite Kirby character (and weapon) is Poppy Bros. Jr for his Bomb ability. Jon uses Ninja whenever he has the option, and also is partial to Hammer.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In talking about the Trope Namer:
    Jon: .."They're like, 'Love!' Or is it, are they like 'Fire!' 'Water!' 'Wind!' 'Love!' And it's like, Bitch, love ain't a element! Love ain't even a real—"
Arin: "It's heart."Danny: Oh, Milton, I see you've create [sic] many Miltons from your Milton's, fff, your Milton mohlds.Arin: Thenk you for noticing, I have minny Miltons on sell for tirty-nein dohlars apiece.Danny: Tell me sahmthing. My neym is Milton end I would like a Milton, do you hev Miltons?Arin: Yesss.Danny: Rilly?Arin: Yesss.Danny: Hau menny Miltons?Arin: Ay loht.Danny: Ay milliyon Meeltons?
Jon: What, Arin? What?Arin: Uh, you kill yourself.Arin: Glad to know I have friends like you.
  • Worf Had the Flu
  • The Woobie: They often make characters out to be this, notably Gloop and Moundo. See Alternate Character Interpretation. invoked
    • 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.
  • World of Ham: Every single live action sketch is like this.
  • Wrench Wench: Discussed in Biker Mice From Mars regarding the female mechanic, Arin and Danny both agree that girls who can fix cars are hot.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Goof Troop, when Jon was given a shovel, then came across a golden emerald-studded key on top of a dirt field, he assumed that the key was fake and he was supposed to dig up the real key. It turned out to be Suspicious Video Game Generosity so he and Arin could dig up some extra lives for the upcoming boss. Apparently Jon forgot that the previous Boss Key was also that fancy-looking.
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: In the Heart of Darkness playthrough, Arin's co-host takes great pleasure in laughing at Arin's breakdown, causing him to yell "Danny, PLEASE!" in despair. Given that Arin generally only calls him "Dan" (or "Daniel" when pretending to be mad), the Not-So-Grump realizes just how seriously the game is affecting him and apologizes. While still laughing hysterically.
  • You Can't Fight Fate With Bubbles! - Courtesy of Danny, from the Bubble Bobble Game Grumps versus.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Arin has a much more violent version of this in part 32 of Super Mario Sunshine. After repeatedly failing the pachinko level, he finally gets all the Red Coins ... but just as he is about to get the Shine Sprite, the game glitches out and sends Arin falling to his death.
    Danny: What happened?!
    Arin: WHAT HAPPENED?!?!
  • You Say Tomato: "You know, potato, potarrruh."
  • Your Mom: At the beginning of the first One Piece Mansion video:
    Jon: "One Piece" like the anime?
    Arin: No, like your mom.