Aborted Arc: The Grumps had planned a playthrough of Conkers Bad Fur Day, but because the game starts very slowly and there wasn't much discussion between the two during the playthrough, this idea was shelved.
According to Egoraptor at a recent panel, it was also because Jon - who has previously included the game in several 'Best Of' lists - was slowly "realizing it wasn't all that great." Ego described the experience as "depressing", and also claimed Conker's was the worst game they ever played for the show.
As clarified by Jon in the Banjo-Kazooie episode, Jon's opinion of Conker hasn't changed but he realised why Arin didn't like it, and that due to it being particularly dialogue heavy (like Secret of Mana, which they also abandoned) it wasn't the best choice for Game Grumps.
Jon absolutely hated Demon's Crest and they actually got into a fight over it. Whether or not they air that episode remains to be seen.
Jon decided that they'd give it another try, and have started playing it on the show. He addressed their previous playthrough, saying that when they played it the first time he 'didn't much care for it'.
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. See the "on hold" and "unfinished" lists above.
Accidentally Accurate: Arin calls an enemy a "Boomer Man". The enemy's actual name? Boomernote Although there is a Broken Base as to whether the enemy in Super Star is actually Boomer, or simply a Poppy Bros. holding a boomerang.
During their Sonic '06 playthrough, Arin made fun of Silver and Blaze's interaction by calling Silver, as Blaze, "so naive". Turns out, in Blaze's next line of dialogue in the game, she calls Silver "so naive."
Achievements in Ignorance: Jon has better luck with going into a game blind. This causes no shortage of histrionics from Egoraptor. Made funnier by Jon's self-admitted competitive streak. (Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball, Nickelodeon Guts)
Arin: We should both know the same amount of things! Jon: Why would I tell you? It gives you an advantage against me! Arin: If we played fucking baseball together, and I was like, "What's the third base mean?", you're like, "I'm not tellin ya, it wouldn't be fair"...! Jon:(trying to keep straight face) It's not the same! Arin: HOW IS IT NOT THE FUCKING SAME ARE YOU BEING SERIOUS RIGHT NOW
Their playthrough of Banjo-Kazooie has a lot due to its varied supporting cast.
Gloop the Fish is a depressed teenager, whose farts can get you high. His friends exploit this, and are only his friends because of this, always trying to get him to come to parties just so he can fart for them.note For the record, Gloop actually belches bubbles instead of farting them He also has a cousin named Beezenbatz that no one invites to parties because when anyone tries to invite him, people think he's trying to bring live animals.
Boggy the Bear is a deadbeat Dad that lets his 3 kids go hungry while he sleeps outside and also ate a Jiggy piece despite having 2 more ready to give away and therefore should have been familiar with them.
The mummy in the matching game pyramid just desperately wants to give you a hug because he died in a disfiguring accident and none of his friends know that he's still around. He's also a ghoul.
During their time in Athens, they've been interpreting nearly all their neighbours, such as Maelle as a chain smoker and Sally as a child abuse victim.
Rouge the Bat quiffs pokéballs out of her snatch.
Rocky from Kirby Super Star is a lazy, overweight, slow loser who gently walks wherever he's needed, while screaming up ladders at fast speeds.
Chameleusnote Chameleo Arm has a family and two friends named Bob and Bill. Bill bought Chameleus a Game Boy Advance for his birthday and Chameleus, being more of a Sega guy, was a bit offended. However Chameleus covered it up well and pretended that he enjoyed the gift because he's very good at camouflaging himself.
Moundo, a mini boss in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, is not a rock. He is a grouchy mound who can't deny that he has a weight problem yet can't work out... since he's not human. If he were to be chiseled, it would hurt. The other rocks make fun of him because his mother was bad at naming.
For some reason, Ego is convinced that Luigi hails from Nazi Germany.
They decide that the characters in Wild Guns are ruthless bandits, and all the enemies are just trying to protect their homes.
According to Egoraptor, Mickey Mouse is a man who has detachable ears and has a disorder where he has big hands, feet, and head, which he hides by claiming he's a cartoon character. When he goes home, he beats himself up, saying to himself that he's a freak whom no one loves.
Anachronic Order: They film a large chunk of gameplay in one sitting, then upload small segments at a time. This leads to some series being filmed before others receiving Call Backs only in the later recorded series.
Lampshaded in Goof Troop episode 10, where Jon jokes about how his cold will affect the next year of Game Grumps.
AGAIN spoiled the Smash Bros video twice with one hint being the Mii show-off video where you see Brawl loaded up, and one off-handed comment about Jon Tron being upset that he lost (which in turn spoiled the ending).
This was lampshaded in the first episode they released, for Kirby; Jon Tron 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.
The final episode of Zombies Ate My Neighbors has Ego suggesting that they play Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, a series that the two already started and finished.
Likewise, episode 8 of their Donkey Kong Country playthrough has them suggesting that they play Resident Evil for the Gamecube when the first two episodes had already been uploaded either that week or the week before.
Episode 9 of their Sonic '06 has Jon saying 'Vote tomorrow, kids! That's 'tomorrow' today', when the 2012 Presidential Election was last week.
Animated Adaptation: Egoraptor animated a few of his favorite scenes from Game Grumps episodes in a sketchy lineart style in the show's early days, but while he claimed to be working on more at MAG Fest they appear to have fallen victim to the same Schedule Slip as his other non-Grumps works. Flannelson seems to have been handed the mantle of official GGA animator in his stead.
Popular Game Grumps Editor Barry Kramer released a 'Grep Animated', animated by himself and depicting the Grumps as bowling pins. Inevitably this has led at least one fan to say 'Even Barry is putting out videos faster than Arin'.
Not surprisingly, the fan community cranks these out by the dozens.
Jon: You died in a fucking shallow pond, you piece of shit, you imbecile, you USELESS PIECE OF FUCKING—OATS!! Arin: Did you just— "oats"??? Jon: I fuckin' went there, dude, I'm really sorry. I know your family is multi-grain....
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.
Book Dumb: ...But fails every Jeopardy question. Egoraptor has mentioned on several occasions that he did drop out of High School, so this is probably understandable.
Egoraptor: "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 also thought that a century was a thousand years, and not a hundred, as stated in their Aladdin playthrough. (Although to be fair, Jon thought a millennium was two-thousand years and not one thousand).
A You Don't Know Jack question asks which is a U.S. territory. Arin picks, of all things, Cuba.
On the other hand, he knows the difference between an umbra and a penumbra. His Pokemon knowledge comes in handy sometimes. (Umbreon)
Jon has his blind spots, too, and they may surprise you. He comically overreacts to the trivia questions in You Don't Know Jack (#2).
Jon: I don't fuckin' know. I don't fuckin' know! I was a thespian and I don't fuckin' know! FuckShakespeare! I DON'T READ/CAN'T READ YER STUPID ELIZABETHAN BULLSHIT (unintelligible) WHY DONCHA TEACH THE KIDS JAPANESE OR SOMETHIN' USEFUL
Bad Bad Acting: Ego has a go-to "bad voice acting" voice he pulls out sometimes. Jon, however, prefers the Large Ham version of bad voice acting.
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.
Jon will actually devolve into angry cursing mid-sentence if Ego belches. It almost makes him physically ill in Part 30 of Sonic 06.
One of the Grumps has never seen The Lord of the Rings. This revelation causes the other Grump to cough blood. (Sonic #57)
Jon: It's just like, "durr, I haven't seen Star Wars..!" Arin: What the fu— There's a lot of people who haven't seen Star Wars! Jon:FUCK THEM! Arin: Corey didn't see Star Wars, and I just showed it to him last night! Jon: Corey hasn't seen Star War— (indistinct) GET OVER HERE YOU PIECE OF SHIT! I'm gonna go beat him up!
In Pokemon Emerald episode 13, Jon and Arin talk about how one night, they went to Disneyland during grad night and, while riding Star Tours, most of the grad night students were yelling obnoxiously about how awesome they were. At the end of the ride, Jon, who had politely asked them to quiet down before, ends up yelling at them for being rude and disruptive throughout the whole ride.
Certain viewers have been known to get upset and, reportedly, yelled at the screen when the Grumps don't play a game they (the viewers) know really well but don't play it right, such as when Arin played Star Fox 64 and actually managed to get to the stage right before Venom, but by mostly mashing A and trying to dodge projectiles instead of locking on, bombing, barrel rolling, or anything to do with the boost meter. Part five begins with Arin's general response to the tsunami of rage comments this caused.
Egoraptor: What was the weirdest thing about Ocarina of Time? Jon Tron: You- [narrowly avoids running into a snake]FUCK SNAKES!! Egoraptor:I don't fuck snakes! That's disgusting!
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: Arin HATES Sonic. The entire franchise. Sonic 1 and Sonic Generations are the only games he's given any sort of praise for whatsoever, and he says that the Sonic Adventure games were just as bad as '06. Even Jon is baffled by this.
Although, Jon has similar views on the original 2D Sonic games at least, as they were featured on his, muchhated, 'Top 10 Most Over-rated Games' Video, where he expressed similar viewpoints to Arin's. The difference is their opinions on the Adventure games.
Surprisingly, Egoraptor admitted in his Shadocon Q&A panel that while Sonic 06 was terrible, he finds it fun to play, though admittedly he prefers the experience he has with Jon Tron.
Recently, in the Nintendo Land videos, the Grumps have been complaining about Skyward Sword's controls not being as accurate as the Nintendo Land Zelda ride's - cue the comments being flooded with fans claiming the controls are identical.
Arin hates the term "Metroidvania", because he considers the first part of that word far superior to the second. (Sonic #54)
Jon: Okay, the Metroid-y Castlevania games. Arin:(bristles) I just detest— Jon: THE ADVENTUREY... THE MORE, TH— SYMPHONY OF THE NIGHT-FORWARD!
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.
Big "WHAT?!": Jon is particularly good at these and there are a couple notable ones, but the biggest one comes from the Family Feud episode, where the question asks what a father would buy for their kids but would use themselves. Ego writes "C D Player". Model Car: Correct!Their reaction is amazing.
The Knuckles wall-climbing glitch caught them completely by surprise, triggering a satisfying round of hysterics.
Egoraptor:(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! Egoraptor: WHAT IS THIS?! WHAT IS THIS?!!!!??? Jon: I'm stuck! Egoraptor:WHAT IS MY LIFE?!!
CPU Wario turning 8-bit, a feature neither Grump was prepared for.
In the first Goof Troop episode, Egoraptor claims Jon Tron wouldn't try to save him if Ego was kidnapped by pirates. In the last episode of Dyna Blade, Egoraptor gets kidnapped by a TAC multiple times, with Jon Tron preferring to just make a second partner for Ego to control.
In Mega Man 7 #7, the judgmental frog from Burst Man's stage returns.
At one point, they reference the slogan "Easy Breezy Beautiful Covergirl", and at another point Egoraptor stops Jon Tron from singing a copyrighted song, lest they get hit with a Cease and Desist order. Mega Man 7 Finale 1 ends with Jon quoting "Easy Breezy Beautiful Covergirl", followed by a red Cease And Desist sign appearing on the screen and ending the video.
One of the Donkey Kong Country playthroughs starts off with a paused screen of Donkey and an enemy called Manky. Jon calls him a Rangotang. When they finish the game, they show the credits. Manky's name's crossed through.
In episode 8 of Castlevania III (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".
Egoraptor 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 Ego types in "C D Player" the game accepts the answer thinking he typed "model car". Jon calls it "some Snow White shit right there" and storms out of the room.
During Jon's epic fight with Dracula, Arin describes Jon's strategy as "Touch 'em real quick an' go!"
Call Forward: Common, unintentional usage due to the anachronic order of the videos.
At the start of the first Dyna Blade episode, Jon Tron accidentally knocks over some games and discovers Goof Troop.
In Pokémon Emerald #9, Ego 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.
Jon yelling "NEXT TIME ON GAME GRUMPS!" at the end of the video without following with anything.
Jon's ECH ECH, 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.
Catharsis Factor: invoked The Grumps experience this in Sonic 06 with the Rival boss fights. When playing as Sonic and Shadow, they have an incredibly difficult time and spend multiple episodes on it due to how overpowered Silver is. When playing as Silver, they get to BE the incredibly overpowered character and just beat up Sonic, driving Arin temporarily insane with glee.
Characterization Marches On: When Game Grumps first started, Ego was more upbeat and happy about the games while Jon was a lot more grumpy for various reasons. Nowadays, the titles of Grump and Not-So-Grump are more apt, with Jon treating Ego's genuine enjoyment and glee at a game as a rare occurrence.
Complaining About Shows You Don't Like: invoked 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.
Country Matters: Jon accidentally lets it slip in the first episode. And he says it again and points out how it makes people mad in the Snowboard Kids 2 Game Grumps VS.
In episode 2 of Joe & Mac, Jon wonders why it makes people mad, as he views it as just another word for a certain body part.
Covers Always Lie: Jon complains about this in response to Drakkhen, as cover shows an angry, badass dragon, while the entire actual game is just...brown.
The Ditz: Discussed, where Jon Tron and Egoraptor talk about how a commenter accused Jon Tron of taking too long to formulate his thoughts. While he might seem this way next to Egoraptor (Book Dumb but otherwise intelligent), Jon Tron isn't really stupid. Ego even says Jon's better at forming concise thoughts than he is.
Double Take: Jon takes a second to realize he just scrolled past Optimus Prime in the character select for Dream Mix TV World Fighters.
Whenever Jon mentions children (ex: the cute little boy from Sonic '06, running into an eight year old fan at Disneyland), Egoraptor always makes it awkward by referring to child molestation, usually by saying: 'Do you want me to whip it out?' or 'Did you touch him'.
Dull Surprise: In the Mega Man episodes, Egoraptor 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.
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.
Epic Fail: In Sonic 06, right after the Egg Genesis fight, you're placed in front of a lake with a portal in the middle and a hint ring to remind you how you can use Elise's aura to reach it. The Grumps somehow avoid the hint ring, walk around the entire lake, avoid the hint ring again, go away from the lake, explore the then-irrelevant hub stage, and complain that the game design is unclear. When Arin looks up a walkthrough and realize what they did, he starts openly berating himself.
In Pokemon Emerald, Arin gets beaten by a paralyzedTaillow. Jon even lampshades how ridiculous it is.
How'd you get killed by a motherfucking paralyzed taillow?! It's paralyzed and it's a fucking SPARROW!
The first 3/4 of their Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball video is just the two trying to figure out how to play the game while scoring no points (and at the start of the second half, constantly getting Back Court penalties after failing to realize that their baskets switched places.)
The Jack Attack of their second You Don't Know Jack episode has Jon mashing buttons, eventually getting a score of -$513,082.
In their playthrough of Goof Troop, Jon and Arin continually messed up puzzles with somewhat easy solutions or would waste time and lives trying to kill mooks with a block by luring them in front of the block in open space with the bell, when the block can be used to block a hallway to lure them all in front of it much easier.
In Sonic 06, when they play as Silver for the first time, they walk right past the hint icon that tells them how to use his powers. Three times. While complaining that the game isn't telling them how to use it.
Taking this trope to the logical extreme, Jon frequently gives Pokemon his own, on-the-spot names, such as "Pelistorm", "Pumbloom", and "Gamsmash". Although he may simply not remember the names, and instead blurt out whatever comes to mind.
Arin attempts to come up with one in Sonic 06 #43. He comes up with Lovelies, Jon comes up with Cumfaggots. The fans have generally chosen to attach themselves to the latter.
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. It's looking like this will be a regular thing.
Ego: So do you want to be the tall skinny one, or the short fat one? Jon: ...I think this has been decided for me.
Also referenced in their Portal 2 co-op playthrough: Jon plays as Atlas, Arin plays as P-Body.
The roles have actually reversed during the time they've spent together, with Jon getting skinnier and Arin gaining multiple chins.
Felony Misdemeanor: Their only complaint to having Rule34 drawn of them? It portrayed them using a flat-screen TV when they use a CRT. note Arin also explained that as an animator, you generally want to use the most well-known image when it comes to technology in a cartoon, meaning using bunny-eared boxy TV's and rotary telephones. Even if these aren't the norm anymore, they are more identifiable than anything else.
They do now, but only for HD/otherwise recent games.
Foreshadowing: In the Rugrats in Paris playthrough, Jon asks if they can "stop this, before one of [them] dies." It ends with Ego (faking) attempting suicide.
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, 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.
Jon Tron: I don't think "asobu" is the verb for, like, "play video games". That's, like, "to play with a kid"... wait, like "play as a kid".
Justified in that depending on the sentence structure, it's very easy to accidentally use the word "asobu" to mean that kind of "play with a kid".
Fridge Brilliance: invoked Both of the Grumps have this on camera at one point, due to them knowing the character names as a child, but never making the connections until it was brought up in adulthood.
Jon didn't realize that Dil Pickles was named after dill pickles until he was discussed in Rugrats in Paris.
Arin didn't realize that Chao derive their name from chaos until Jon mispronounced the word.
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 Egoraptor got the gender symbols mixed up.
Gender Flip: Discussed in their Bayonetta playthrough. Jon and Arin talk about what a The Legend of Zelda game would be like if Link were a girl saving Zelda the prince rather than princess, or if Zelda and Link were simply to switch places for a change, with Link getting kidnapped and Zelda saving the day. Jon and Arin also express interest in playing a game in which a girl goes on a journey to rescue a prince or a male Living MacGuffin. Also, Rule 63Game Grumps artisathing.
Genius Ditz: As opposed to Arin, who is more Book Dumb, Jon actually has a surprisingly broad education, and is well versed in Disney lore and musical theatre amongst other things. However, virtually any time he tries to talk about something other than those particular topics he gets bogged down in malapropisms and misconceptions.
Genre Shift: While the show is always comedic to some extent, the type of humor often changes depending on what game they're playing, and some games are even the subject of serious discussions between the two about game design.
The Ghost: Suzy, Egoraptor's fiancée, gets a few mentions, but odds are she'll never appear. However Arin did toy with the idea of having her 'Guest Star' on a Lion King (for SNES) episode, because she's really good at it.
As a way of avoiding this, they very transparently cover for saying hi to her as she came home by saying Suzy is their pet goose.
... Who turns out to be a different entity than Suzy the human. Jon is confused by this too.
Arin's cat Mochi is one of these as well. Mochi is also a goose, supposedly.
Gilligan Cut: After dying during the final boss fight in Goof Troop
JonTron:Nooooo, I don't wanna! I'm not doing his again!
Jontron ends their 15th episode of Kirby Super Star by screaming intelligible gibberish and "HEIL HITLER!". He also claimed Hitler had a 'sweet stache'.
Ego 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 finale was so mind shattering that their recording software actually malfunctioned.
Heterosexual Life Partners: Jon and Arin of course. In fact, speculation that Jon's friendship with Arin has led him to neglect and alienate all his former Normal Boots pals, bar Continue of course (unfounded speculation by the way, Jon is still friends with PBG at least) suggest that this is in a kind-of reverse Bros Before Hoes kind of way (Arin would be the woman).
He Who Must Not Be Seen: Barry, the editor, who handles all the visual gags and captions. Arin and Jon make references to him, though he has yet to actually appear in a recording. On the rare occasion, he uses a caption to talk, but it's easy to not realize that he exists.
While he hasn't made a physical appearance he did, however, make a voice-only appearance at the Game Grumps MAGfest 11 panel.
He finally appears in Sonic '06 part 75. Only to be jokingly fired.
Jon sings a lot, but you wouldn't know it tied in to his training in musical theatre.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Jon insists when playing the first Donkey Kong Country that he isn't going to go after secrets for a few reasons. The playthrough of DKC 2 ends with a shitload of tension because Jon neglected to hunt for lives, forcing them to scrape for 1-Ups at the last minute.
Hourglass Plot: In Kirby Part 18, Egoraptor takes on Jon's "oh it's a [GIBBERISH NAME]" shtick from Pokemon. Later, Jon calls Ego 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."
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.
Jon often says that he's no good at fighting games, but in most of the games they've played he's at least been a decent match for Arin, and has won just as many fighting game episodes of Game Grumps Vs as Arin has.
(sobbing)I just wanna go home! I just wanna go home!
Innocent Innuendo: The relatively innocent Pokémon dialogue becomes rather sexual due to Jon putting in the player's name as "Fuck, I".
Irony: Sonic 06 #89 has the Grumps discuss Half Life 2 and good game design while failing at a physics puzzle and ignoring good game design.note Silver's Radical Train features weighted scales, which is first introduced to you in a consequence-free environment for you to experiment with, something that Arin praised about Mega Man in Sequelitis.
It Gets Better: invoked They attempted to do a playthrough of Conkers Bad Fur Day, but the game's sloppy start caused Ego to give up on the game after about 30 minutes.
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.
Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever Ego starts repeating "I'm not going to die", he does really well in a level by psyching himself out.
Let's Play: Though Ego 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.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Egoraptor named the games they'd play later their "PlayLet's"note Playlist..
Little “No”: Ego gives one at the end of Sonic '06 episode 41, in response to the two campaigns they still have to play.
Lost Episode: In Episode 2 of Yoshi's Island, Egoraptor 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.
They've also mentioned having lost Strider footage.
They lost the footage of the Super Metroid playthrough.
Lull Destruction: The Grumps feel a need to be "on" all the time, considering it weird whenever they're quiet for a notable period of time.
With this in mind, Jon actually said it was pretty hard to be a 'good' Let's Player, as it requires you to actually be funny and be on all the time.
The Millstone: Depending on the game, either Grump can become this.
Jon: Okay, gimmie this—gimmie this! (fights for controller) Egoraptor: 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 Ego's way, but sometimes the other way around).
In the eighth Goof Troop episode Egoraptor 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 (so far) 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.
No Problem With Licensed Games: Their opinion of Goof Troop. They found it a little derivative of Zelda, but also pointed out that it did a lot of things that Zelda wouldn't do until Four Swords (for example: co-op with the ability to grief the other player).
Also subverted with Bakuhaku♀♀, which they decide is pronounced "Bakuhakuuf."
Nostalgia Filter: Egoraptor loves all generations of Pokemon while Jon Tron believes only the first generation has good Pokemon designs (though the latter likes Pokémon Silver best). Ego 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.
Jon admits that this is the only reason he finds Banjo-Kazooie better than Banjo-Tooie, despite saying that everything the first game did right, the sequel did even better.
It's fairly obvious that nostalgia was coloring Jon's memories of the Donkey Kong Country games. When playing Country 1, Jon insists that the second is better. When they play the second, they find a LOT more problems than in the original, and Jon suddenly insists that the third is better. This is despite the fact that Jon previously placed the third game lower on his Top 20 SNES Games than the other two (DKC3 placed at 11, DKC placed at 8 and DKC2 placed at 4)
N-Word Privileges: They discuss this at one point and both of them admit that they're uncomfortable with the word, despite using any other number of swears in their work. They refer to Louis C.K. while discussing it and echo his opinion about it.
It's also the only word they'll censor, often with silly sound effects. Egoraptor 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 Ego proposes the name "NIGGJAM." They eventually end up naming it "CHINA."
Jon does deliberately faff about and deliberately screw up later when they're playing The Great Cave Offensive, though Ego 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.
Chuck E. Cheese's Party Games, which was a kids game.
They've now officially started a playlist for "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.
Orphaned Series: All of the one-off games, Castlevania III, Secret of Mana and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Not Link To The Past, however, which is just on hold until it stops being spoilers for an unreleased episode of Sequelitis.
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.
Recently, Jon admitted a desire to give Zombies Ate My Neighbors another try, much to the delight of Jon and all the zombie fans.
The grumps have now resumed play of Castlevania III following their completion of the first game. This marks the first time they have resumed a game they previously Rage Quit.
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 Tron 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.
Ego: Okay; we gotta spend four minutes on this boss.
Jon: I know we're transparent most of the time, but you are just crystalline water.
The finale of Joe and Mac ran short, so the video is capped off with several minutes of cats dancing as Jon and Arin sing songs from Space Jam.
Perverse Sexual Lust: For Egoraptor, May and to a lesser extent Dawn. Egoraptor 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.
Ego 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?"
Let's just say Jon has a habit of claiming he wants to fuck Blaze whenever she shows up, and leave it at that.
Another moment in Sonic 06, where Ego 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.
Played for Laughs: In the finale of Megaman 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: Ego occasionally throws out a sarcastic "comment, like, subscribe if you like [X]!" There was also a sign that showed up to legitimately remind people, but this was quickly phased out.
Arin: It doesn't make me have seen it any moreso than I haven't.
Precision F-Strike: During one of Goof Troop's final puzzles, Jon cries out in terror as he's cornered by enemies, only to accidentally lure them into the path of cannonballs. (Made funnier by Max Goof's adorable face.)
Pretend Prejudice: Fat people, black people, jews, and children with Down's syndrome. (Nickelodeon Guts #3)
Jon: I'm sorry I offended anybody with Down's syndrome, I am apt to do these things. Offend people. Barry, put in something else, like "Jew"! Arin: Please edit that, Barry, the only Jew of all of us!
Product Placement: Invoked and joked with when they ask for sponsors. As they're just hanging out, they tend to mention products by name; however it's averted from time to time with Jon or Ego 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. Ego: ...Make sure you drink your this.
Their Dead Space 3 episode seems to be directly sponsored by EA, as their playthrough and the demo were released at roughly the same time, and the Grumps (though a heavy layering of joke) describe selling points that a sponsor would contractually obligate. Jon also alludes to a review embargo at one point.
Also a subversion of it, in that they utterly tear the game apart for shamelessly copying other series and straying from the previous games Survival Horror roots. All while completely mocking the fact that they're being paid to play the game but can't outright come out and mention that.
It shows, too; whilst both of the Grumps mention one another's work periodically, Jon seems to spend a lot of time complimenting both Arin (usually on his voice acting or artistic skills) or his work.
Be that as it may, Jon has never worked on Arin's cartoons at any stage (and he could easily if he wanted to), whereas Arin provides his home (The Grump room) as Jon's set and is (as of the Nightshade episode) Jon's new cinematographer.
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.
Real Men Wear Pink: Arin picks female characters as a rule. Power Rangers thwarted him by substituting a Palette Swap for Kimberly (or "Man Ass", as Arin calls her.)
Reality Is Unrealistic: Their justification for not using a Face Cam while playing: while they SOUND funny, they just LOOK like stereotypical gamers plopped in front of a TV. They only LOOK funny when they have the power of editing or a script.
The lone exception to this is Nintendo Land, where they don't have a choice but to use the Game Pad's integrated camera. To their credit, they actually let their real faces be shown instead of trying to obscure them with masks or any other means.
Retro Gaming: A good deal of their videos play through old Nintendo games.
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.
Egoraptor: Shit, I fucking love this guy, Lotad! He turns into Ludicolo with a sombrero! Jon: ...Omigod, this is the stupidest Pokémon. Egoraptor: Dude, come on. He's a Mexican leaf-hat man! It's so awesome! Jon: It's stupid! Egoraptor:You're stupid! Jon: How does your DNA evolve into a fucking hat?!!
Rule of Funny: Their names for the Emerald LP are all based on whatever is funniest. This leads to a young boy named "Fuck, I" setting out with the Torchic "Soon?", the Zigzagoon "nooooooooo", the Poochyena "Bakuhaku♀♀", the Lotad (now a Lombre) "GeorgLopez", the Slakoth "CHINA", the Shroomish "Compmsgcii", and the Nincada "STRGG".
After making jokes that aren't politically correct or are incredibly bizarre, Jon will typically interrupt saying "Game Grumps!".
Similarly, "Like, comment and subscribe!" when they get off on a tangent.
Or "[X] Grumps!", where X will relate to the topic of the tangent (for example, "Exchange Rate Grumps!").
Egoraptor will typically yell 'Good Night, everybody!' after those same jokes, perhaps referencing Animaniacs.
After naming Link in A Link To The Past Groomp, they often refer to the show as Game Groomps.
Waterflame's pause balls remix gets mentioned enough for it to be a running gag at this point.
Jon brings up the fact that Ego has three Wonderswans from time to time.
He goes on a bit of a rant once he looks more closely and realizes Ego actually has five of the damn things. Apparently he's not particularly attached to them, since he casually offers to let Jon just take a couple of him (for the record, Jon declines)
An early, minor one was "You fuck snakes!", but it seems to have died out.
It comes back in a recent Yoshi's Island episode when Ego makes a crack about "fuck bats."
Sometimes when they mention a product by name, they will joke about receiving cease and desist orders.
Ego's many and varied insults for Jon, most notably calling him a "clod" and a "pizza shit".
Jon will consistently misname the Pokemon Whismur whenever one is encountered, calling it "Pumbloom," "Gamsmash," "Gumpflepuff," and "Pumbluss" in four distinct battles.
Ego will often use his robot voice and mention cheese pizza.
"Listen to the X on this shit!" seems to be becoming one whenever they discover a silly menu sound.
Eye joke. I don't have that many, I can't see that many, but I can see EVERYTHING!
Most of the earlier episodes of their Sonic '06 playthrough had at least one of them singing some variation of "City Escape".
Ego saying complete nonsense instead of the show's name in the intro/outro. Apparently the show is also named "Juju's", "Flim Flam", "Bram Bloo", "Bloom Blam", "Black Bomb", "Gam Gramps", "Burgers" and "Squidward"
They have a strange affinity for playing Mary-Kate and Ashley games. As of this writing, they've played three.
"I watched it on iTunes, and then I bought the 3-D Blu-Ray to watch it in 3-D, and then I watched it again to make Barry watch it and he was mad at me. "It seemed more like he was like, "...yup."
Say My Name: AIR-EN, shouted in the same tone as David from Alvin & the Chipmunks.
Schmuck Bait: In the ninth Banjo-Kazooie episode, Egoraptor and Jon Tron tell viewers to look up two videos. However, Jon Tron admits that he found them to be highly disturbing, going as far as to liken one to a Snuff Film. If the comments section is any indication, many of the viewers that watched the videos despite the warning signs were not happy with what they saw.
For the sake of reference, The two videos are "Pizza Time" and "Eye Socket"
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.
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.
Egoraptor: (laughing) You just fucking killed the hostage!
Shout Out: Constantly, mostly because it's just Jon and Egoraptor talking about random things.
The sped-up sections in the Wild Guns playthrough are accompanied by music from Bastion.
Jon Tron: You know what? Have you ever read the ten commandments?
Egoraptor: Uh, yes, one:...
Jon Tron: Don't dunk your Oreos sideways...that shit'll get fucked up.
Sore Loser: Jon shows shades of it, but believes himself to be much worse than he is.
Towards the end of Mario Party 4, Jon's sore loser side comes out at full-force.
Both of them can be sore losers. In Mario Party 2, Ego 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.
Ego 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.
Ego 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 Ego how to play it would be counter-intuitive because he's trying to win. This prompts Ego 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.
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.
Stealth Pun: In one episode, when they were fighting the self-named Mr. Dooter in a Kirby Game, this happens.
Jon: What did this guy ever do to us!? Literally, he just dazzled us with enchanting-
Arin: "Hey, hey. What did this guy ever dooter us?
Straight Man and Wise Guy: Arin and Jon respectively; They both love to joke around at the expense of whatever they're playing, but Arin tends to stay focused on their progress while it's not at all uncommon for Jon to run off on a wild tangent or randomly burst into song.
When Arin notices that remixes usually don't have many samples from him Jon reasons that it's because Arin's the more stoic one, specifically calling him the Straight Man.
During their Aladdin playthrough they question whether their dynamic is more like a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine. ...or they would, if they could remember its name.
Stylistic Suck: "Grep." Grep Animated has Jon and Arin animated as bowling pins with no lip movement.
Suckiness Is Painful: Ego has been known to slip into catatonia from a bad game; particularly Nickelodeon Guts, or having to endure the Iblis fight all over again with Shadow. (Woe betide Arin when he battles Iblis a third time as Silver...)
"(numb) I can't feel anything. Why would anyone like this game?"
Suicide As Comedy: Rugrats in Paris: The Movie's tie-in game was apparently so bad, that Arin shot himself. According to Word Of God, it succeeded and he is now a ghost.
Take That: A couple to George Lopez in Part 5 of the Pokémon Emerald playthrough.
Egoraptor: *Recalling his Lotad* George Lopez, that's enough!
Take That, Audience!: With particularly bad games, Ego/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
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 Tron: I'll keep one grappling hook. Egoraptor: Oh God, we don't need it though. (enters next room, which requires two grappling hooks) It's gonna be da- Jon Tron: Wow, you ever heard of that word? What's it called? I-RON-NEE.
Jon lamenting that he's winning Vs Grumps again, because Arin is "playing like a grey ape." (NBA Jam)
(Arin immediately sinks 3-pointer) Arin: WOULD GREY APES MAKE THAT SHOT?!! I DON' FUCKIN' T'INK SOOOOOOO!!!"
During their play through of Donkey Kong Country, Arin plows through most of Tanked Up Trouble, all the while insisting that he won't die. What happens near the end of the level? He dies.
Jon professing that he "grew up" playing Donkey Kong Country 2, and growing weary with Arin's ineptitude. At last, he takes the controls.... and proceeds to lose all of his remaining lives, scream at an obnoxious Kloak (SHUT UP!!), and claim he doesn't remember the game being so hard. Meanwhile, Arin kicks back in quiet victory, and you can practically hear him munching popcorn.
(dies) "Ok, they've...really gotta fix the physics engine on that." [a minute later] "I think what's been making it so difficult is I haven't been able to use Dixie. She makes everything so much fucking easier... (Dixie falls to her death)OH GOD" [the same video...] "I know what's gonna happen![Arin's] gonna pick it up and, like, squander our life on a porcupine or something! (falls in a pit and dies, screaming like a little girl)
Jon is actually feeling pumped at the start of the Shadow campaign in Sonic '06. "So far it seems different."
(Shadow stands horizontally on dune buggy.) Jon: Ho ho noooo. This soon? This already??
Jon complains about the close-quarters field map in Chivalry, so Arin suggests dueling on the elevator. Guess howArin dies.
It's not terribly surprising when one thinks about it. Jon had just beat the original Castlevania, was riding the high of victory, and had a much better grasp of NES Castlevania games, something he lacked back when they first tried.
A Link to the Past has resumed after being put on indefinite hiatus following the seventh episode. Which either means that Jon and Arin's Zelda videos are imminent, or that they've given up on them.
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.
Ego 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.
Jon has won almost all Vs challenges after the first one, where he legitimately had controller problems. He also didn't do to well in the second round of Brawl matches, but he claimed this was because he was tired.