"Nailed it."Yesterday, I asked you, "Can you describe Jacksfilms here?"Here are your best answers.Jack Douglass is an American filmmaker, comedian, and musician, who runs the YouTube channel Jacksfilms, which has become the home of several of his series.His best-known series is a weekly Long Runner called Your Grammar Sucks, where he reads aloud grammatically-painful and typo-laden comments left on YouTube and Facebook. Amongst regular episodes, the series contained specials ranging from songs made entirely out of badly-written comments or skits. The first "season" of YGS ended on November 20th 2015 with its hundredth episode, a huge hour-long special. Jack has confirmed that Season 2 will not contain any specials.His series and upload schedules are as follows (do note that Jack doesn't always follow these schedules):
- PMS (Parodies, Music Videos, Sketches), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Premieres every Monday.
- YGS (Your Grammar Sucks), a long-running series poking fun at grammatically-painful and typo-laden Internet comments, and his most well-known series to-date. Usually it premieres every damn Friday.
- JackAsk, a sarcastic Q&A show. Premieres every Wednesday.
- GamerGod88, an occasional series of fake Let's Play videos and streams. GamerGod88 has his own Twitch account at twitch.tv/gamergodlivenote , and he has been uploading streams of games like Team Fortress 2. Jack has since admitted that he may stop the Twitch streams since he doesn't feel like it's for him.
- YIAY (Yesterday I Asked You), previously a daily show, now broadcasted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where Jack reads aloud fan-submitted answers to questions he poses to them. Is unique since it's his only series to start on his second channel and continue on his main channel (it made the transition after 13 episodes).
Examples of tropes in Jacksfilms videos:
- Adam Westing: In "50 Facts You Can't Even", Matthew Santoro stars as himself, parodying his own "50 Amazing Facts To Blow Your Mind" videos.
- Affectionate Parody: His parody of Sherlock gained some controversy from viewers who thought he was disrespecting the series. Jack replied that it was "a parody FROM a fan TO the fans", and that making a parody couldn't pay it any higher praise.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Chad's antics make frat boys look like teetotalers by comparison.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: His interpretation of Kermit the Frog as a surly, bitter drunk with frequent fantasies of violence.
- Ambiguously Evil
- Angrish: Those comments in ALL CAPS in Your Grammar Sucks.
- Artifact Title: The questions in Yesterday I Asked You aren't asked the day before the episode any more. They are now asked about a week beforehand so that Jack can stockpile episodes.
- Audience Participation:
- A Jacksfilms first, YGS #50 and #60 include fan submissions.
- Not to mention most (if not all) of YGS' material comes from user-submitted comment screencaps.
- Jackask, where all the questions come directly from fans.
- YIAY (Yesterday I Asked You) where he asks his fans, called biches, certain questions and features the best and funniest of their answers in his videos.
- Auto-Tune: Parodied in Dubstep Solves Everything 3 when Auto-Tune Jesus is called upon.
- Basso Profundo: Once Justin Bieber hits puberty. Becomes exaggerated when he hits super puberty.note
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In Fixing Your Flags, one user asked Jack to fix the Australia flag. So how does Jack fix it? Turning it into the British Flag.
- Bilingual Bonus: The YGS comments in Spanish and Portuguese, which he'll read in a hokey Latin accent, while pronouncing laughter ("jajaja") with the English J.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
- His list of curse words in JackAsk #8.
I Love Rock and Roll
- The list of songs in Frozen 2:
Pebble For Your Thoughts
Elsa's Dead Parents
Live, laugh, love, arson
- One answer for THE MEANING OF LIFE (in four words):
- Brick Joke: In "Escape the Friendzone" (YIAY #89), one commenter leaves an answer to the question from YIAY #88 (superhero names and powers) instead:Name: Internet Explorer
Superpower: Too late to post a comment.
- Broken Record: The candy cane song ("stab x16"). Even more so when he re-sang the song in a promo video for his YouNow chat that he was doing that day, when the aforementioned "stab" part is looped extensively to the point where people in the comments report hearing an entirely new word.
- Brutal Honesty: His song "Drama Is More Popular Than Content", made based on the YouTube drama that has been plaguing the platform for the past while.Drama is more popular than content
Why even try to create?
Drama is more popular than content
It's so much easier to hate.
- Butt Monkey:
- Kristen. Even retroactively, in YGS #48 when the line "i thinking now on my girlfriend" brings up a picture of Jack himself in drag rather than Kristen. Although this is justified by them having broken up by then.
- Thanks to the fan submissions, Olga Kay. OH OLGA.
- Billy in the Kermit animations, whom Kermit picks on more than any of the other students.
- Call Back:
- The Cameo: Jack appears briefly in the music video of Ninja Sex Party's "Cookies!", only surviving for a good five or so seconds before Ninja Brian breaks his neck.
- Carpet of Virility: Despite his boyish face, he has a surprisingly hairy chest.
- Catch Phrase:
- Since Your Grammar Sucks #1, he's used the word "biches" to refer to his fans. In fact, a lot of his Catch Phrases originated from Your Grammar Sucks. Quite a few of them also double as Running Gags.
- "That's almost a hundred..."Explanation:
- Becomes an Ironic Echo when Jack does it in YGS #99.
- ":a what a fucke?!" Explanation
- "Oh, Olga!" Explanation
- "Nailed it."
- "Help me clean up YouTube! If you see an amazingly bad comment on the Internet, take a screencap of it and send it my way either via Twitter or my Facebook fanpage." Explanation
- "Let me know if I nailed it or failed it."
- "Cool cool" has become one as of late, mainly through YIAY.
- Nowadays he ends episodes of YIAY with "Godspeed."
- When he gets two contradicting comments in YIAY (ex: "fuck bitches get money", "get bitches fuck money"), he'll say "Which one do I believe?"
- Clip Show: The Best Of Your Grammar Sucks special. And the second one. And the third one. And the fourth one.
- Clothing Damage: With some of the angry comments, he'll rip his shirt.
- Cluster F-Bomb/Cluster Bleep Bomb: When Justin Bieber searches up puberty and then super puberty in this video.
- Cock Fight: The plot of Dubstep Solves Everything 3.
- Corpsing: Sometimes in Your Grammar Sucks; see Drinking Game below.
- The Cover Changes the Meaning: His ballad-esque cover of Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy With It".
- Curse Cut Short: Often used in YIAY or Jackask.
- Dark Reprise: Not dark, but melancholy. At the end of YGS #99, Jack sings a very ballad-y reprise of the series's outro jingle. It hits HARD.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied to unbearable extents in "Strokemeister" and its follow-up "Wiggledix".Jack: It has no batteries, so you'll do all the stroking yourself.
- Disappeared Dad:
Jack: So I asked you all on Twitter, "what do you want for Christmas?" Here are your best answers: "a dad", "A dad", "a dad", "a dad", "your Mum.", "my dad", "My dad to come back", "my dad to come back", "my dad to come back from the store"-aw, is that what he told you?-, "my dad to finally call me son". Dark.
- Referenced in Jackask #38, where most of the answers to his Twitter question (what do you want for Christmas?) are along the lines of "a dad"/"my dad to come home".
- Gets a Call Back in the following week's PMS, "9 New Christmas Songs".
- And in "Top 10 Top 10 Lists'", when one of the "top 10 words from 2014 that should stay in 2014" is 'dad', and Jack adding "dads aren't even real".
- Drinking Game: Exclusive to the 'Chad' episodes of Your Grammar Sucks, where Chad has to knock one back every time he corpses or otherwise flubs the reading.
- Dude, Not Funny!:
- In-universe; Jack's reaction to serious comments in YIAY will actually be more of a "dude, not UNfunny" sort of thing, since Jack will seem very shocked by the comment and might even tell the commenter to calm down, stating that YIAY is a comedy show.
- In one episode of YIAY, Jack read off some answers that viewers gave him of book sequels they'd like to see. One answer was The Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Goes to Hollywood. Jack even reacted with, "That's awful."
- Dull Surprise: Jack gives a major announcement at the end of Jackask #24, but only gives it a single sentence at the end of the video.Jack: New "Your Grammar Sucks" every Friday, and a new "PMS" every Monday. GamerGod88 is coming back every Saturday, [Jack cringes] Oh God.
- Entitled to Have You: The (parodied) message of "Dubstep Solves Everything 3" is that, because Jack wins a fight over the girl, he gets to have her, regardless of her wishes.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Averted with one one of the fans who sent in a book of sheet music for all of Jack's songs. As it turns out, it even has lyrics for the Dubstep song.
- Famous Last Words: A slew of them in the "perfect last words" episode of YIAY.
- Flipping the Bird: At the end of his first JackAsk.
- Funny Foreigner: Olga Kay. "Oh, Olga!"
- This also applies to a few of the other comments, as a few of them offhandedly mention their not being an English speaker.
- Fun with Acronyms:
- The mainline content is classified as Parody, Music Videos and Sketches. What's the grab-all term for them? PMS.
- His advertisements at the end of the Jackask videos (and some PMS episodes) use this as a Running Gag, making a company's name (most commonly Audible's) into an acronym. Finally lampshaded and defied in #38:Jack: "Audible" stands for... nothing. Because it's not an acronym, it's the name of a cool company that has thousands of audiobooks from which to choose from, it's not that hard to get!
- Godwin's Law / Hitler Ate Sugar: "If you don't subscribe, that's fine. You know who else didn't subscribe? Hitler."
- Grammar Nazi: He admits it comes from having studied English.
- Grand Finale: YGS #60 is played up to be this, but it ends up being averted. It was said for a while that YGS #100 would be the finale of the series, and was hyped up as this for months, only for Jack to reveal in a YIAY that the series would continue afterwards.
- Guttural Growler: Chad "Broseph" Huntington.
- Hope Spot: At the end of YGS #100, it appears as though Jack has finally managed to clean up YouTube, only for yet another bad, bad comment to show up.
- Hurricane of Puns: This instance from "Strokemeister" combines this trope with AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle.Chad: Hey America! Wanna look abtastic? Then quit choking down the cheeseburgers and start stroking your way to an abnormally abstract abyss. You wanna know my abpinion? Check yourself into rehab if you don't habpen to get the reabtions you want!
- Hypocritical Humor: This video.
- "You don't have to end every sentence with 'tho' tho."
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the Sherlock parody, Sherlock sees a dab of ketchup on Watson's mouth, a half-eaten burger, and a bottle of ketchup. What does he assume? Watson killed and cooked someone into that burger.
- Impossible Task: For a long time, it was getting 2 million subscribers, which was a huge Running Gag for him (to the point where he made a YIAY asking how to achieve 2 million). He eventually did it on the same day he uploaded YGS 100.
- Incredibly Long Note: From one of his JackAsk videos: "Do you wanna build a snowmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa--"
- Intentionally Awkward Title:
- It Makes Sense in Context: Invoked by any sketch episode, by attempting to build context for the horrific comments in sketch style. The result is an homage to Robot Chicken or AMV Hell.
- The "A what a fucke?" comments, when Jack himself has no idea what the context could possibly be.
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Jack has stated that he refuses to pronounce will.i.am's name as "will-I-am" because it sounds ridiculous. He always pronounces it as "William".
- Just for Pun: "If you liked the Strokemeister, you'll throbably like WIGGLEDIX."
- Jump Scare: At the end of "'LYMPIC GAMES, 'LYMPIC GAMES", Jack runs into his green screen and it suddenly cuts to his bloody face screaming at the viewer.
- The Lancer: Cyr. Sean Klitzner, Roomie, Tobuscus, Olga, and Erin have all have filled in this role as well depending on the particular video.
- Large Ham: At points.
- Long Note Teatime: Towards the end of the Valentine's Day song. It's not even that long.
- Madness Mantra:
- Mistaken for Gay: Several JackAsk questions, especially in the first one, involve whether or not he is gay.
- Mood Whiplash/Bathos: Jack often uses these tropes to comedic effect (often overlapping with Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick, see above):
Christmas is my favourite freaking holiday!
- In YGS:
Jack: "It's pretty bad that people wait an entire year before bringing something special back up. I'm not only talking about 9/11 but also Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentines day... You have 365 days to tell your parents you love them. You have 365 days to tell your significant other you love them and appreciate them. And you all have 365 days to remember 9/11... So why do you only choose one day out of the year to remember? I'm sorry but it seems to me that some people use it as an excuse to be more racist than normal." Where did that come from?!
- This expletive-filled, ranting YGS entry inexplicably ends with the words "I like that", and Jack reads it accordingly.
- YGS #88's final comment has this, lampshaded by Jack:
- In PMS:
- "YouTube Is Not a Job" has Jack defending his channel as a legitimate career choice to his family before they agree to watch a video of his to convince them that he does more than just "make cat videos". Cue Jack's supposed latest video, "Top Ten Farts".
- From "#ChristmasMiracle", "We'll cuddle by the Christmas tree/Doesn't matter if you're not 18!"
- In "Christmas is my favourite freaking holiday", the songs becomes intentionally offensivenote , but then...
It's not like any other freaking holiday!
If you don't like Christmas, you're probably a Jew
And I don't want nothing to do with you
Bum bum, bum bum, bum bum ba-dum bum bum
Kermit: Ghosts aren't real, but my lust for blood is.
- Used near-constantly in the Kermit animations.
Jack: They sound like Christmas songs you know, but they're not, it's all an illusion, life isn't real, happy boxing day!
- From "9 New Christmas Songs": Candy canes, candy canes, lick 'em in a spear and kill your enemies! Stab (x16)-, and later, when ending the video:
Jack: And the number one word from 2014 that should stay in 2014... 'ebola'.
- "Top 10 Top 10 Lists" has a few instances of this: 'Top 10 Songs' is comprised mostly of (both real and fictitious) pop songs from modern artists, before abruptly ending with #1 being "At Zanarkand" by Nobuo Uematsu. 'Top 10 Shades of Grey' ends with #1 being "my soul". And probably the biggest use comes from 'Top 10 words from 2014 that should stay in 2014', when the background music even cuts out when Jack reveals the number one word to be 'ebola'.
- Jack uses this trope in almost every episode of YIAY, ending with a somewhat thoughtful comment, immediately followed by a joke one. Sometimes, he just ends the video on the serious comment, although this trope is still in play.
- In YGS:
- Mr. Fanservice: The pictures of Jack after P90. We're just as shocked as he is.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Dubstep Solves Everything.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Said by Chad in Get Pumped with Chad after the camera focuses on his pecs.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The end of the December 7th episode of News In Haikus ("Relax about Star Wars") has a severe case of Mood Whiplash when Jack brings up the fact that Eric Garner's killer, a police officer that strangled him, isn't even being trialled despite it being viewed on camera. Unlike the other haikus, this was not Played for Laughs.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Jack has trouble staying in-character in YGS #84, and for good reason.
- Overly Long Gag: The first JackAsk in its entirety only consists of one question: "Are you gay?"
- Painted-On Pants: No, really.
- Parody: Many.
- Boybands are a recurring thing - "Christmas Sex" is a style parody of the Backstreet Boys, and a One Direction spoof called "Paperbag" has been done.
- And of course, there are his ever-present infomercial parodies.
- And his series of Twilight "in a minute" videos.
- And whenever a new Apple product is announced, expect a Jacksfilms parody soon afterward.
- There's also the series of parody commercials for the Snuggie.
- Pet the Dog: Some of the Your Grammar Sucks comments earn a Slow Clap from Jack.
- Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Inverted in "WTF is Jacksfilms":SUBSCRIBE TO PEWDIEPIE INSTEAD
- Poe's Law: Inverted. At least one intentionally bad comment has gotten onto Your Grammar Sucks.
- Porn Stache: Jack briefly sported one that received plenty of speculation, but he has since shaved it off.
- Precious Puppy: The 59th episode of Your Grammar Sucks, featuring Jack's new puppy, Klondike.
- Precision F-Strike: "What is dubstep?" "That's a good FUCKING question!"
- Recurring Riff/Song/Rap/Thing?: Super Bowl. Super Bowl. Gotta have me my Super Bowl...or 'Lympic Games.
- Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue: Done three times so far, in Yesterday I Asked You.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Obviously parodied quite a lot in Your Grammar Sucks and some of his PMS videos. For example...
- Mixing up "Gentle" and Genital" (whoopsie daisy).
- A double offender: "This is Evan worse then 9/11".
- Jack reading comments that have "defiantly" in place of "definitely" is fairly common, and it's become a Running Gag for Jack to use the Sophisticated Man voice whenever he comes across one with it in it.
- Similarly for whenever somebody mistakes "Collage" for "College".
- The infamous Rapping/Raping Rapper/Raper thing.
- Jack had to make a damn song out of it.
- And many, many more, throughout practically every episode of YGS.
- "Top 10 Top 10 Lists" features Jack (intentionally) misreading Air Buddies as Air Bud Dies.
- Rule of Three: YGS 15, 25, and 99 each end in the same two comments:thumbs up and copy+ paste in everythis is the best song every :)
- Similarly, "theres never not not nuttin" shows up in YGS 10, 50, and 99.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jack's reaction to how the last comment got 214 likes in Your Grammar Sucks #43.
- Self-Deprecation: When Olga Kay showed up in person in YGS #40.
- In his "acceptance speech" YIAY episode, one commenter stated that they would thank Jacksgap for being the only successful Youtuber named Jack. Jack himself then disproves this...by stating that there's also JackSepticEye.
- Jack lists a group of fellow Youtubers who could beat him up, and they include Link, Tyler Oakley, and Marzia.
- Serial Escalation: YGS #60. Despite being just 10 eps after #50, they crank the guest stars and the fan submissions Up to Eleven.
- Sex with the Ex: Stated by one comment in YIAY #116.
- Sherlock Scan: Parodied in his Sherlock parody, where Sherlock assumes that Watson killed someone and cooked them into the burger that he was eating.
- Shirtless Scene: Several, and done with an open shirt in "Paper Bag" (though he sadly shaved his chest to make the boy band parody work).
- One comment in Your Grammar Sucks #48 is most certainly a reference to My Music.
- Another one in #49 attempts to sum up Doctor Who, which works as well as you'd expect.
- In Jack's "dream interpreting" episode of YIAY, he came across a comment that described a dream where a satellite came down and crashed on someone's house. Jack gave two explanations: they had Instagram haters, or they've been watching Donnie Darko.
- Sincerity Mode: Jack will, in some cases, break out of character to give a serious answer to a fan question. This most commonly happens in JackAsk.
- Slasher Smile: Jack's pretty good at them, to say the least.
- Small Reference Pools: A comment in One Direction fanspeak slipped clean past the Your Grammar Sucks radar.
- As did a Back to the Future reference in YGS #12. ("I am your density.")
- This happens to Erin, who is self-described as "basic" and has almost no knowledge of video games and anime.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Whenever his girlfriend Erin appears on JackAsk. The two of them lob insults at the questions and each other, and they're equally matched.
- Special Guest: Including Grace Helbig (Idol from MyMusic), Brock Baker, Sean Klitzner, Tay Zonday, Tobuscus, Benny and Rafi Fine, and Olga Kay.
- YGS #50 adds Jesse and Jeana of Prank vs Prank, Shane Dawson, Smosh, Indie, Chester See, MysteryGuitarMan and PewDiePie!
- YGS #60 adds Rhett & Link, Harley Morenstein, Tyler Oakley, the couple from CTFxC, the remaining cast of My Music (including News Newsman!) and Jon Cozart, the "After Ever After" guy known as "Paint".
- 50 Facts You Can't Even, an Affectionate Parody of Matthew Santoro's 50 Amazing Facts videos, brings us Matthew Santoro himself.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Played for Laughs at the end of this video.
- Stress Vomit: In the "Dubstep Solves Everything" video, Jack's convulsing to his own dubstep noises makes the girl he's coming onto puke in distress and creeped-out-ness.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: They're not dance mixes, per se, but YGS #10, 15, 25, 30, 35, 45, 65 and 75 are all songs or Piss-Take Rap comprised (nearly) entirely of badly spelled comments. He even rhymed them. And believe it or not, there are a few instances where two comments in a row actually make sense together.
- Sometimes done on a case-by-case basis for single comments in the regular YGS run, generally involving Self-Backing Vocalist.
- Tagline: For a while, YGS had the tagline "Every Damn Friday," reflecting its usual upload schedule.
- Take That:
Chad: You'll lose pounds faster than BP is losing credibility.(topical burn)
- A merciless one here.
- From Bro 90 X:
- In his V Sauce parody, he discusses a unit of measurement in music that our bodies reject once we listen to it. He calls the unit "biebs".
- He also says that Nickelback songs have many, many biebs, and that is why people who listen to them feel like committing suicide.
- In one of his JackAsk videos, he says that everyone has listened to Linkin Park at some time in their life, but then something clicks in their mind and they say, "Wow. What the fuck am I doing?"
- His video, I NEED TO HOST =3. "But what if it were funny?"
- To homophobic people in general.
- This episode of JackAsk has a particularly sharp dig at Sam Pepper, a YouTuber presently being investigated for sexual abuse. Subsequent episodes also took sharp digs at him.
- Nickelback get their share in this clip.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Implied in "9 New Christmas Songs".Stab (x16)
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: The Trope Namer is being parodied in WTF Blanket 4: Failure Pants.Narrator: If you don't know how to operate a blanket... chances are you're a few chromosomes shorts of human.
- Training from Hell: In BRO90X.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Implied in Your Grammar Sucks #31 as Chad, where the scene quickly cuts to him holding a bucket, shortly after declaring that he may or may not need it.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: At the end of "DUBSTEP SOLVES EVERYTHING".
- A running gag in JackAsk.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Chad, more often than not.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Tobuscus in "Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson)".
- Jack himself for YGS #45, except it starts before the midpoint of the video and pretty much takes over.
- You Keep Using That Word: "Literally"
Tropes that apply to Jack Douglass
- Alter Ego Acting: As Chad "Broseph" Huntington, the backwards-cap double-popped-collar-wearing drinkin' fool.
- Not to mention Dennis.
- Berserk Button:
- Jack tends to react badly when particularly bad comments get a high amount of likes. It's taken to its logical conclusion in YGS 57, where his reaction to a particularly bad comment getting an absurd amount of likes is to angrily lunge at the camera.
- He is also not a fan of Ray William Johnson, although he has made it clear that he respects Ray's ability to get people such as Robin Williams into his videos, and would also try to keep conversation polite despite not liking his work.
- One recently unearthed by JackAsk is when people submit incredibly random questions in attempts to sound funny, citing the rule that "RANDOM doesn't always equal FUNNY"- especially made clear in JackAsk #10.
- On a more serious note, homophobia.
- Carpet of Virility: Despite his boyish face, he has a surprisingly hairy chest. Enough to shave into a Nolan!Batman symbol!
- Deadpan Snarker
- Even more so in his JackAsk videos.
- Epic Fail: He once tried to prank call Toby Turner and say that his girlfriend was pregnant, with him not knowing what to do. Toby was watching the livestream he was doing this on, and Jack didn't bother checking to see if he could.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Compare Jack here or in any of his own sketches to his clean-suited Intern 2 character on My Music.
- Kubrick Stare/Slasher Smile: Jack's signature "creeper face" (see picture above).
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: On screen, Jack plays up the act of being a pompous dick. Off screen, he's a friendly, humble, and approachable guy.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jack's new puppy, Klondike. She's an adorable American Eskimo dog that regularly falls asleep in Jack's arms.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tobuscus/Toby Turner; the two prank one another on a near constant basis, including in their respective videos. Regardless, the two are good friends and regularly collaborate. The same goes for Sean Klitzner, who has jokingly said that Jack is his archnemesis and constantly tries pranking him, and for OlgaKay, although his ribbing on her is more one-sided.