Web Video: JonTron
"Man... I do love a good video game."Jon Jafari is JonTron, a video game critic on Polaris. Using a cheerful, energetic style and plenty of cutaway gags and visual puns, he talks about certain elements of video games, good and bad, and occasionally reviews specific titles. His sidekick is a green parrot named Jacques, who talks in a vaguely robotic voice, has glowing red eyes, and offers stoic commentary to contrast Jon's boundless energy. Crucially, he avoids games exhaustively covered by other reviewers (with a few exceptions from the NES era), focusing rather on early polygonal titles from "gaming's adolescence"; in a sense, Jon could be considered a newer generation of internet critic. Along with PeanutButterGamer, he is one of the co-founders of the resurrected Normal Boots website.In the earlier days he was rather serene, criticizing games with little to no anger or emotion, but became considerably more outgoing and energetic as the series went on (with Unfazed Everyman moments to lead the reviews along). He reacts to games he dislikes with exaggerated confusion (and sometimes sadness or disappointment, or less often, outrage), and he relies on his own sort of Surreal Humor to stand out from the crowd. He claims to have been inspired mainly by The Angry Video Game Nerd and Spoony. Then he photoshopped them making out.Jon has been inducted into That Guy with the Glasses, specifically Blistered Thumbs (naturally). He also revived his second YouTube channel, JonTronLoL, where he casts League of Legends games with all his characteristic energy.In the summer of 2012, Jon started a new YouTube channel with Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, called Game Grumps, wherein they play games and hang out. He left the show on June 25, 2013 to focus on his own videos again, and was replaced by Leigh Daniel Avidan, also known as Danny Sexbang of the musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party, who also collaborate with Egoraptor to form the supergroup Starbomb.In the summer of 2015, Jon began a spin-off called StarCade, an extensive look at nearly every Star Wars game ever made. As the spin-off was made with the assistance of a partnership, the production values of StarCade are notably higher than his first show, including a Millennium Falcon set. Jon has claimed that StarCade will air alongside regular, non-Star Wars-themed episodes of his show; in the meantime, the spin-off is expected to air throughout 2015 - possibly even ending around the time that The Force Awakens will be released in theaters.
Not to be confused with ProtonJon.
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- Achievements in Ignorance:
Jon (trying to appease Jacques): Jon, that doesn't go there, you silly bitch!
- Jon is somehow able to play Minecraft on Super Nintendo by putting in a Metal Gear Solid 3 box and taping a GameCube controller to the controller slot. Eventually lampshaded near the start of his video on the Bubsy series.
- He's also seen playing games after putting them into the console sideways, upside down, missing the console entirely, submerging both the console and cartridge in water, and on one occasion putting the console on the cartridge (fitting it into the slot after a moment).
- Jon's grasp on computing technology is sketchy, too; rather than consult a FAQ for King's Quest, he coded the entire GameFAQs site from scratch.
- Jon is also able to watch episodes of the live action Goosebumps by inserting the novels of each episode into several different consoles.
- In a more realistic sense, Jon manages to advance further into Takeshi's Challenge when the microphone on the second controller picks up his screaming.
- He's able to access the Pro Games Player's original games after he throws the controller on the ground in frustration, because it jostles the cart full of NES ports out.
- Adorkable: Possessed of an odd sense of humor, a heavy New York accent, and a love for birds and musicals.
- Aerith and Bob: Accused Herc's Adventures of this, considering the three characters in the game are Herc, Atlanta, and Jason. "One's a...city in Georgia, THE OTHER'S A REGULAR NAME!" note
- All Just a Dream: Everything that happened after Jon fell unconscious in the Home Alone review was simply a hallucination. He then goes on to state that that made the whole review pointless.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: You know the Los Angeles Dinosaur from the "California Games" episode? Yeah, it exists...sort of.
- Ambiguously Gay: Aquaman might be trying to tell us something with those tights. Like that he likes tights.
- Angrish: Expect him to fall into this when something particularly stupid happens in a game/movie he's reviewing."What is this?! AND WHY IS IT IN MY STARFOX GAME-NO! NO, I'VE HAD IT! AHHHHH I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE! IF ONE MORE FUCKING WOOLLY MAMMOTH ASKS ME TO PICK UP TWO DOUBLE EGGS TEGPABLUGHUGJZQJFLSPLUH"
- Anti-Love Song: Belting out an off-key rendition of "I Will Always Love You" to mourn Banjo-Kazooie."AND IIIIII-HOLY SHIT! WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU- ICANTBELIEVEYOUDIDTHISTOMEGODDAMNITHOWCOULDYOUDOTHISTOME!
- Parodying the "Video game comes to life and tries to kill the reviewer" trope. Jon's copy of Monster Bash turns out to be haunted, and Jon immediately kills it by having Jacques shoot it with eye lasers, ending the fight in less than 10 seconds.
- Also the "Trapped in a video game" trope: A few seconds after getting sucked into Joe & Mac, he reappears in his bedroom, totally unfazed. "I just left."
- Arc Words: God has come to reap the sinners.
- The past handful of episodes have also gone out of their way to mention milk that has gone bad.
- Ascended Fanboy:
- JonTron loves the Continue series, even going as far as to give them the Colbert Bump, so it can be pretty noticeable that he was excited to crossover with them in a special, though not to a The Knights Who Say Squee level.
- Jon was a big fan of Egoraptor as a teenager before he actually met him. Resulting in some adorable moments of Squee on Game Grumps.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: According to Jon's "10 Games That Deserve Sequels" video, Tim Schafer's reward for creating Psychonauts is to ascend to Valhalla in a chariot.
- Aside Glance: Jon in the Nightshade video after the game tells him the following when he tries using his crowbar:
- Awesome but Impractical: When Jontron discovers that there is a combo list In Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis, he notes that they are pointless because he was able to beat every enemy by just mashing the A button.
- To The Bat Noun: Did Aquaman lose his hand at the Aqua-Mill? "Gotta get those Aqua-Union Benefits! Aqua... Aqua-Dental." (falls silent)
- Berserk Button:
"Yeah, I think I'm gonna quit here, this game's starting to judge my lifestyle, I don't need that! I made it past age 18, I pay my bills, I pay my taxes, I'll sleep whenever the fuck I want, fuck you."
- At the end of the Nightshade review, it is implied that he REALLY doesn't like to see old women getting beaten up.
- Others include games that fall heavily into "They Changed It, Now It Sucks" (such as Star Fox Adventures, which deviated greatly from the gameplay of the earlier titles in the Star Fox franchise) and finding inexplicably weird things in games (such as all the crazy bosses in Monster Party and the Bafomdad in the aforementioned Star Fox title).
- He doesn't seem to enjoy his sleep habits being criticized, as his Magfest 2014 quote in the Funny Moments page can attest, as well as this quote from the Pokémon Bootlegs video:
- Big Applesauce: Lives in NY and has progressively played up his vague Brooklyn accent for comedic effect.
- Big Eater: In California Games:Jon: Oh my god, summer's almost here! But I haven't lost my winter weight.. [Glances at a bikini] Hegh.. I can't look... Jacques, what am I gonna do to lose all this weight?!Jacques: Stop inventing and eating things like Cheesecake Pizza.Jon: Oh that was in the past, Cheesecake Pizza's in the past! I suppose I should bring up your shortcomings as well? [Eats a piece of cheesecake with a pizza slice in top]
- Big Fun: This guy is infectious.
- Big "NO!":
- Jon has one when he's forced to play through Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.
- He also has this moment during his Foodfight! review, after the TV cord plugs itself back in.
- Big "OMG!":
- Jon's reaction to the dance minigame in Star Wars Kinect.
- His reaction to reading the text in Dino City that states that "Timmy entered the TV world when he touched his Dad's 'science device'".
- Big "Shut Up!": In "Hercules Games", Jon responds in this manner to an offscreen friend asking if he's gonna be alright after suffering a stomachache from eating a gyro.
- Big "WHAT?!":
- Fox digging up the Bafomdad. (Be sure to wear earplugs.)
- After he reads the "then they fused together" line from Monster Party.
- After he discovers that in Space Ace, the protagonist moans and groans after doing simple jumps.
- After he sees Darth Vader turning into a scorpion in the Famicom Star Wars game. Mixed with Voice of the Legion, no less.
- Bizarro Universe: If Nintendo were organized according to Bubsy's rules, Goombas would be the archvillain of the entire Mario franchise.Bizarro Miyamoto: Uhhh, da goombas, the first enemy you see in the game? Well, dat's it. ...Main villain.
- Blatant Lies: "Updates every Friday". Perhaps this is why he's stopped saying it.
- Black Comedy Burst:
- Jon imagines that Moemon was made by a pedophile in a Torture Cellar.
- In the "anti-drug games" episode, Jon says that his dad doesn't wear pants similar to Wally Bear's father. We then see an urn tipping over and spilling its contents, with Jon saying "Dad!" in a very realistic and saddened manner.
- The ending of the Hercules episode, where Jon just flat-out gives up and puts himself to rest using Advil and alcohol.
- Bleep Dammit: The quick time event video starts with him announcing a new series called "Sh!t That F*cks Games Up". In the caption it's censored correctly, but when Jon says it out loud, every word except "shit" and "fucks" is censored.
- Blood from the Mouth: When he learns that Conker isn't actually getting a new game, he starts laughing and clapping and suddenly starts spitting up blood.
- Bond One-Liner: In "Clock Tower", after Jon defeats the Scissor Man using ham.Jon: Looks like you're out to lunch.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Jon listing off Sega's mascots in "Japanese Shoot 'em Ups"; Alex Kidd, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Billy the Sex Offender.Jon: What, did- did you forget about that guy? Well, I didn't. I'll never forget, Sega.
- Brick Joke:
- At the beginning of his Clock Tower review, he talks about all the classic Halloween monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Skeletons with guns... maybe not that last one. At the end of the review, a skeleton emerges from behind a door and starts firing a gun wildly.
- Another one from "Clock Tower": Jon mentions that people don't visit his house anymore due to his Vincent van Ghoul painting. In fact, it's been several years, and the last person to visit was the scissorman he just killed.
- And a THIRD from the same episode: at one point Jon discovers and picks up ham in the game. At the conclusion of the episode, cutting away to hold up a slice in real life with a "this'll kill him." at the end of the episode, he kills a scissorman with the same piece of ham
- Broken Aesop:
- Points out in his first Goosebumps video that the moral of "Don't Go To Sleep" is "Never question the status quo, even if it isn't right. Because if you do, the Reality Police will find you and kill you no matter what."
- In Part 2, Jon decides that the moral of "My Hairiest Adventure" is:Jon: Moral of the story's really good on this one... It's uh, don't be unlucky, and be a dog. That's a good one!
- Brown Note: A lot of the sounds from the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Gameboy Color game are treated like this. The intro theme is enough to make Jacques go haywire and explode.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: On top of being a game reviewer, Jon also has a pretty epic singing voice. Justified, as he has an education in musical theatre.
- In his Foodfight! review, he makes the same "OK" sound as he did in his Space Ace review.
- During California Games Jon yells "They couldn't STOP me sayin' this word!" in reference to his confusion about the word "grommit" used by the characters. In his Goosebumps review part 2, he yells a similar sounding "STOP" upon seeing a...certain scene. Minus the added effects to the Goosebumps "STOP", the two sound almost identical.
- In his Anti Drug Games review when he finds out there was a Nightshade competition thanks to his issue of GamePro: "I AIIIIIIIIN'T gonna take that sitting down."
- Top 10 Nintendo Overworlds, on Peach's Castle: "I'll never forget you, old friend. (Beat) Castles can't be friends." Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, on Spiral Mountain: "It's good to see you again, old friend. (Beat) Mountains can't be friends."
- The Cameo:
- Makes frequent appearances in Peanut Butter Gamer's show. In PBG's Cursed Mountain review, he appeared in a flashback as an old mountain guru.
- Also, Egoraptor as Vitalia in Malkovich's Gaming Game Show.
- The Foodfight! episode features Brentalfloss as Mr. Clean.
- Paul Ritchey from Continue has made several appearances in some episodes, such as Foodfight! and Conan the Barbarian.
- Chris "Kirbopher" Niosi makes a vocal cameo in the Goosebumps episodes. This is following Jon's appearance on Niosi's own show, TOME, as the voice of Sniper Wheel.
- He has appeared at the beginning of The Nostalgia Critic's "Nostalgiaween" episodes in 2014, stabbing him to death in vengeance for Critic reviewing Food Fight so soon after he did.
- He appears as a guest in an episode of James Rolfe's "James and Mike Mondays" where he plays Bomberman 2 with James Rolfe and Mike Matei. He also appears in a 3-D World Runner episode of the same show.
- Both Ross and Markplier appear in the second episode of StarCade.
- Jon appears in Auto-Tune The News #8: Of Murder And Catfish.
- Canada, Eh?: The "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" episodes made a ton of cracks at Canada.
- Candid Camera Prank: The second 'Gaming in Public' episode. To prove that people would exaggerate the (alleged) harmfulness of video games, Jon created a bogus petition claiming the Nintendo 3DS caused blindness in children (featuring, among other things, the phrase "Heil Hitler") and asked random passersby to sign it for him. All of them signed without reading... and one of them signed even after having read it. Jon, naturally, crowned him King.
- Canon Immigrant: We already knew Jon doesn't truck with this type of character, as shown in Game Grumps (his response to Kimi from Rugrats). Then comes along the PAL Home Alone game with a Distaff Counterpart for Macaulay Culkin, along with a pair of Ambiguously Brown playmates. The plot thickens.Jon: Don't you remember these iconic characters from the film? "Kelly"? "Carl"? "Carly"? My—my favorite scene with them was this one:
- Captain Obvious: Jacques at the start of the Birdemic review.Jon: Today, we're doing a video about birds!Jacques: How dare you say that to me? You know my mother was a bird.Jon: Well, yes...yeah. Yeah, I'm...I'm aware.
Shot of Transformers figurine holding a Space Ace cartridgeJon: Oh look, it's SPACE ACE!!! For the Sooper Nintendo!
- Another one crops up in his Space Ace review
- Caption Humor
- Catch Phrase:
- "I quit" whenever he finds something so incredibly stupid he has no other words to describe it.
- "Am I the only one...?"/"I can't be the only one!"
- "Oh nooo."
- "Ech!", which is from Game Grumps and has become permanently immortalized with Jon's persona. (He never really says it on his show, though.)
- Chekov's Gun: Parodied in "Clock Tower". Briefly shown fairly early in the video, Scissor Man's one true weakness is ham. This is used at the end of the video, when Jon is attacked by Scissor Man himself.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In "Clock Tower", Skeletons with Guns are mentioned by Jon in a list of halloween costumes, but they show up again at the end of the video once Jon has killed Scissor Man.
- Clingy Macguffin: Jacques tries to destroy the Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts cartridge and Mind Wipe Jon (this kind of thing has worked on games before), but the pieces re-form.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Every single episode will have you wondering if Jon is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
- Cluster F-Bomb: When Malkovich offered to take calls from viewers on Malkovich's Gaming Guilty Pleasures, one caller said, "Fuck fucking fuck."
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Sonic Team having an epiphany about what Sonic has been missing all these years: "TITS!"
- Jon's reaction upon noticing an article on Scissorman heading to his house - "But that's impossible. If scissors don't exist, how did someone clip out this article?"
- Comical Overreacting: The entirety of "Apples and Breaks" hinges on Jon's meltdown over his DS's screen being broken.
- Corpsing: Nearly invoked a number of times where Jon is on the verge of completely breaking down. Fully invoked in the "Clock Tower" video where Jon throws up candy corn at the Body Horror shown in part of the game and ends up laughing his ass off.
- Credits Gag: At the end of his Nuts & Bolts review, he lists Jon Jafari as playing himself, Jacques, Banjo-Kazooie, the walls, and Trickleham Moose.
- Cultured Bad Ass:
- Jon has displayed a distinct interest in Greek and Roman history.
- He apparently speaks *excellent* Japanese. At the end of Takeshi's Challenge, he wrote a letter under candlelight, sealing it with a wax stamp, and delivering it, on camera, all while narrating in perfect Japanese.
- Thanks to Jon's schooling in musical arts, he can really belt out a tune. Just take a look at his State of Affairs video.
- Curse Cut Short: The end of the My Sims review has Jon walk all the way from California to PeanutButterGamer's house in Texas, only to find Jacques there.Jon: Jacques man, how'd you get here? Have you guys...have you guys been doing something...behind my back?Jacques: I can teleport, you numbnut.Jon and PBG: Oooooooooooohhh.Jon: YOU PIECE OF SHI-*roll credits*
- Cutaway Gag
- Cyborg: Jacques appears to be a biological parrot, but Jon did...something to him to make him partially machine. This serves to make Jacques way cooler and funnier than if he was just a regular bird sidekick.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jacques, though Jon himself isn't too bad either sometimes.Jon: I'm playing a game based off my favorite Greek legend, Heracles! [Displays the video game adaptation of Tarzan]Jacques: I'm glad to see nothing has changed around here.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming:
Jon: I just left.
- Parodied; Jon is seemingly sucked into his Joe & Mac cartridge, only to reappear in his house a moment later. Jacques asks how he managed to escape.
- Brick Joke: Turns out the characters from the game can " just leave" too. The episode ends with a dinosaur boss walking into Jon's living room.
- Demoted to Extra:
- Jacques who is appearing a lot less often in Jon's videos since he returned from Game Grumps. Originally he starred as Jon's sidekick and often reviewed the games along with Jon. Since 2013, he is either completely absent from some episodes or only makes brief cameos.
- Deranged Animation: The "Jontron Winter's Tale" video. The animation was even done by Psychicpebbles, no less.
- Despair Event Horizon: Most definitely crosses it during his meltdown in "CONKER IS BACK GUYS". Afterwards, we see him looking solemnly into the city and saying "All is lost."
- Discriminate and Switch: Jon noting the lack of mermaids in Aquaman; there's nothing in the city but shirtless mermen."Maybe Aquaman was trying to tell us somethin' about himself by wearin' those tights. ...Like, that he likes tights."
- Disproportionate Retribution:
Narrator: But did you really expect anything more from the people who made Shadow the Hedgehog? Like, really.
- When the QA guy is about to give his thoughts on Sonic Free Riders, one of the Sonic Team developers bludgeons him to death with a flashlight.
15 LIFE SENTENCES! 7 LETHAL INJECTIONS! 10 DECADES OF FAMILIAL SHAMING!
- Lampshaded when the main character of "Don't Go To Sleep" is put on trial by the Reality Police. When asked what he did, he's shown a flashback of him saying that he hates reality.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Jon notes that a grandfather clock in "Titenic" (yes that is spelled right as Jon so angrily notes) may have a "very well endowed man inside" with heavy emphasis on "well endowed".
- Jon seems to enjoy double hacking a bit too much. Jacques even says that he's basically about to climax, or reach "hack capacity".
- Driven to Suicide: Jon at the end of the Hercules episode, overdosing with a combo of pills and alcohol."Dear Kids: Please don't kill yourselves and then sue me."
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- The earliest episodes had little of the style he eventually grew into and became popular with, instead approaching games more seriously and more in the style of his predecessors. He also lacked his Large Ham persona that he'd grow to obtain, staying extremely calm and stern.
- In the early days, Jon had more of a variety of videos and included more sketch based videos (such as Malkovitch's Gaming Guilty Pleasure or his Top 10/6 lists).
- Eight Deadly Words: His main problem with The Lost World: Jurassic Park is that he didn't care about the protagonists.
- "El Nińo" Is Spanish for "The Nińo": In Bootleg Pokemon Games:Jon: ["Pokemon Diamond"] is in fact a Japanese cell-phone-based RPG called "Keitai Denjū Telefang"... Okay, now get this: it means: Mobile Phone Beast... Telefang. Goddammit, that was the word I wanted to know most!
- Eskimos Aren't Real:
- JonTron, after playing Clock Tower, assures himself that the Scissorman is all make believe because there's no such thing as scissors.
- During his review of Zoo Race, he points out that Pirates and Ancient Egyptians were from different times and that one of them might not have existed at all. Whether he was talking about the former or the latter is unknown.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: In Stairfax Temperatures, Jon subtitles a part of his Sanity Slippage Song near the end.Jon: Where is Falco, he was so awesome [indecipherable] now he's just a dick and that's why they removed him...Subtitles: Where is Falco/He was so awesome and is essystem of gvoermyna all sincsisd/That's why they removed him
- Jon's song is a parody of "A Waltz for Eva and Che" from Evita, and he reverts to the actual lyrics ("system of government") momentarily while struggling to come up with a line.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Averted, as he reviews several crappy games with dinosaurs, and even lampshades their prevalence in his Home Improvement video, saying he hadn't even noticed it until fans pointed it out to him. He ranks dinosaurs alongside spiders and skeletons as video game enemies that are often thrown in with the least amount of sense and originality according to plot, especially in the 16-bit era.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Jon tries to reassure himself that Stairfax Temperatures will improve. Can't judge a book by its cover! Unless it's Stuff On My Cat."Cause, that... you're pretty much gettin', y'know, the whole experience right there."
- Expospeak Gag: Let us partake in some Dino City, brother.
- The Faceless: Scissor Man when he appears in Jon's house in the "Clock Tower" video. The camera takes a first person perspective from Scissor Man's view, which changes only when he's been destroyed... by ham.
- Faux Horrific: When trying to play Final Fantasy XIII, it turned out that "The game's playing itself, Jon. The game's playing itself, Jon!"
- The end of the Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts video referenced the ending of Birdemic, which he reviewed right after.
- In the ending to his Starfox Adventures video, he threw the disk into space. The very end showed that it was on a crash-course for "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts an Bolts", which he reviewed later.
- In the beginning of his Clock Tower review, Jon urges Halloween to bring on Draculas, Frankensteins, and "skeletons with a gun in their hands" before dismissing that as not "a thing." In the end, ''a skeleton wielding an automatic pistol breaks out of Jon's closet.
- Four Point Scale:
- Invoked and Played for Laughs. Jon devised a meaningless ratings system wherein it's actually impossible for a game to receive bad marks (in its own way a dig at Video Game Journalists and their reviews), no matter how much he bashed it in his review. Sonic Colors and Donkey Kong Country Returns received an "A/5" and a "Six Golden Bananas+/Shigeru Miyamoto" respectively; even though Jon spent the whole video mocking them (though it's pretty clear he enjoyed both). Nimbus, described as "A game you will maybe forget", got a B/5.
- Regardless, many YouTube fans seem to think that he hates DKCR because of the things he said in his review. A simple comment search would reveal that he'd seriously give the game a 9/10.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the second part of his Are You Afraid of the Dark? special, when Jontron mocks a child clearly reading from his script, he looks down at his own script. The script actually has the last few seconds of dialogue on it and the next couple lines for that scene.
- Funny Background Event: During Final Hallway XIII, when Jon starts panicking as he realizes the gravity of his situation, Jacques is chewing on his ear.
- Funny Foreigner:
- Also, the clerk from the Foodfight! review, who claims to have owned the film for "one million year(s)".
- Gainax Ending: Several episodes have ended in bizarre and hilariously confusing ways, including Jon shooting himself into the Sun, being visited by a demonic Slippy Toad, and launching into a cover of Katy Perry's "Firework". Let's face it, we all got a bit teary at that last example. It was simply magnificent.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his frenetic and slightly spastic persona, Jon has a very good understanding of game theory and will sometimes take a moment to explain exactly why a particularly bad fault is so fatal. For instance, his comments on being able to ignore the complex combo system in Aquaman and win reliably by mashing the A button leads to an explanation of "Dominant Strategy", and the blatant Breaking the Fourth Wall in Bubsy 3D prompts him to elaborate on Willing Suspension of Disbelief and how such forced self-reference damages it. Since he tends to slow down when explaining these concepts to allow the audience to comprehend what he's saying, he usually lampshades them by shrieking GAME THEORY TIME!! and/or splicing in a The More You Know type clip.
- Glasses Pull: Done in the Plug & Play Games video... despite the fact that he normally doesn't wear glasses.
- Go Mad from the Revelation:
- Reading 3 to 4 YouTube comments caused this to (briefly) happen to him.
- In the Stairfax Tempratures review, his reaction to the Bafomdad.
- His reaction video to the Conker reveal for Project Spark.
- Groin Attack:
Jon: (gasp) That's not my throat.
- In the "Atari Games" episode of StarCade, Darth Vader tries to force choke Jon, but..er..misses his target and instead seizes another vulnerable part of Jon's body.
- Haunted Technology: Jon tangles with demonic or possessed games on occasion, usually residing in the particular bad game he's reviewing at the time.
- Heroic BSOD: At the start of his Aquaman review after reading some comments. After the below quote is spoken by Jon, we see him having a small seizure."I..am...am I alive? Am..am I in hell yet? All the things I could've been, all the things I didn't get a chance to say, Jacques! I love you, man! I wish I could've been a better woman to you!"
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jon has Egoraptor with whom he created and hosted Game Grumps. He also has PBG with whom he created the Normal Boots site.
- Hookers and Blow: His interpretation of Sonic Team as an over-the-hill Eurotrash rock band who've long since stopped caring about the music."Welcome to Sonic Team! We make games, I think!" (SNORRRT) "What the fuck is a Sonic?!"
"That's—that's not a Kinect at all! It's just a Monster can I rolled the wrong way."
- Hope Spot:
"All is lost."
- Jon thought that Conker was going to get another sequel and that Rare might finally reclaim its former glory. Then it turned out that Conker was only going to make an appearance in Project Spark. Jon was not happy.
- Ho Yay: The Spoony x AVGN photoshop from the Dino City review.
- Hurricane of Puns: After dealing with a bunch of Incredibly Lame Puns from the Bubsy series, Jon finally starts making some of his own.Jon: Good one, Bubsy, Hey wanna be a cast member on SatPURRday Night Live!? I know you'll make the MEOWst of it! (I'M LEAVIN' YA, BUBSY!)
- Hypocritical Humor:
"So what? I don't care, I don't CARE." (I care immensely)
- A Schmuck Bait tunnel in Bubsy dumping Jon right back at the level's start.
Who would do something like that, that's despicable. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to blow off some steam with my Hot or Not app.
- In his Monster Bash review, Jon picks up his $150 game disk with a Hot Pocket and slams it into his CD tray while disjointedly singing "Don't forget to be careful with your raaaaare gaaaaaaame! C'mon, s'just get in there, we gotta play."
- When Vitalia reveals herself as a Randor in Malkovich's Gaming Game Show, she begins speaking in a made-up language with the occasional made-up word (namely "Malkovich" and "Quarksia") left in English, despite Jon criticizing this exact thing a mere month earlier in his Star Fox Adventures review. Knowing Jon, this was almost undoubtedly intended.
- In his review of Food Fight, after realizing that the film is all Product Placement:
- Ice-Cream Koan: From Malkovich's Gaming Guilty Pleasures."It is like mother always said: 'A drop in the basket is worth a shepherd's shilling.'"
- Idiot Ball: Jon briefly grabs it when trying to fend off Scissor Man in the "Clock Tower" video where he tries to stop him with some Do Not Cross tape... which Scissor Man cuts through with all the ease you can imagine.Jon: Oh no, that's all I had!
- I Need a Freaking Drink: The Game Boy Castlevania review.Jon: Welp, better get out my shot-glass. (slams a massive glass mug on the table) Don't try this at home, kids; you just might end up dead.
- In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: In the "Star Wars Chess" episode, Jon notes with one game that the developer's name appears twice as big as the words "Star Wars Chess".
- Inelegant Blubbering: Fox McCloud being stripped of his Arwing and his blaster. What Rare giveth, Rare taketh away.
- Inherently Funny Words: A main component of Jon's humor.
- Insane Troll Logic: How Jon solves the "Tale of the Phantom Cab" riddle. (The riddle is to find something that is weightless, can be seen by the naked eye, and when put into a barrel will make the barrel lighter.)Jon: Halloween, it's gotta be candy, Three Musketeers, lightest candy bar, fuck you.
- Insistent Terminology: Stairfax Temperatures.
- Ironic Echo: Can you feel the sunshine / Does it brighten up your day / Don't you feel that sometimes / YOU JUST SHOULD STOP MAKING GAMES ♪
- Irony: In Game Grumps, Jon explains that while he has no problem with effeminate designs for men or effeminate men in general, because one of Simon Belmont's central character traits is that he's "a hardened motherfucker" he was not a fan of Simon's redesign◊ for Castlevania: Judgment. On a related note, he's made it clear on more than one occasion that he also doesn't like the series Continuity Reboot, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Of course, when Simon debuted in the Lords of Shadow continuity, Simon was given a very tough, masculine appearance◊—much more in line with what Jon feels is a good fit for the character.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Discussed in Jon's gyro song in "Hercules Games":He's going to get a gyro
Although it's technically pronounced "yee-ro"
Although I still wanna call it a gyro cuz it sounds cooler!
- It Won't Turn Off: In Foodfight! Jon tries to turn off the movie by pulling the plug. It does so. Then it turns on again after the plug flies back into the socket, resulting in a Big "NO!" from Jon.
- Joisey: Jon adopts this accent often.
- Jump Scare: The memetic "AM I DEAD YET" line from Foodfight! can be this to first listeners, considering it's purposely made to have very intense clipping and as a result be much louder than the audio preceding and following it.
- Keet: Jon himself, though lately he's been becoming less like this and more of a "scream a lot while (figuratively, and sometimes literally) bashing the thing being reviewed" reviewer.
- Large Ham: Jon himself, though not in earlier episodes.
- Laughing Mad: His reaction to the infamous Project Spark Conker tease. It gets worse gradually, but then devolves into tears.
- Lethal Chef: The one time he's seen cooking is when he mixes nuts and eggs and tries to roast them on a stovetop. The resulting concoction starts exploding and throwing sparks everywhere before emitting noxious fumes that knock him out for a month.
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: The Foodfight! episode has a subtle case of this when Jon unplugs the TV to turn off the movie, since the film audio that we hear becomes notably pitch shifted down right when Jon unplugs it.
- Logic Bomb: Jacques apparently gives himself one during the Stairfax Temperatures episode.Jacques: Those who can't teach, preach, and those who preach also teech...Jacques' eyes flash red, before he explodes
- Machine Monotone: Jacques, a cyborg, always speaks in this. It tends to make everything he says way funnier.
- Malaproper: Jon does this constantly as part of his character. Sometimes he makes up for it by adding subtitles... which are also full of malapropisms.
Jon: Here I am, a whole year later, still trucking along like a sack of potatoes on a long open road, wishing he'd stopped for gas at the last rest stop, and then on the Interstate 12, he gets hijacked and murdered by a bunch of Quaker ghosts!
- Jon has given us such beautiful similes as claiming that Christopher Belmont "climbs like frickin' Beach Boys on a hot summer Sunday" and describing a certain enemy in Monster Party as starched white pants "walking around like J. Edgar Hoover on a Tuesday afternoon." To say nothing of his analogy for the resilience of the human spirit in his Stairfax Temperatures review:
- That last one is similar to a George Carlin bit about the life (and unlikely death) of one of George's (fictional) uncles.
- Mic Drop: During his panel at SGC 2014 when a viewer asked an unexpected question:Viewer: I was wondering, would you ever consider doing a video on product-placement video games, such as Cool Spot, Yo! Noid, Doritos Crash Course... Sneak King...
Jon: Oh my God... [drops mic] ...It's my next fucking video!
- Monumental View: Rare Studios is apparently based inside of Big Ben.
- Mood Whiplash: The Bootleg Pokémon Games episode ends with... something happening to Jon after he tries to play "Pokémon Black" (no, the other one)note . And then suddenly, after we cut to black:Jacques: Boobs.
- The Most Dangerous Video Game: Hilariously invoked and parodied in his Final Fantasy XIII review.
- Most Wonderful Sound:
"Always like Mozart to me! Always a symphony!"
- For Jon, it's hearing a bunch of skulls fall in Monster Bash. This is then accompanied by an ad for "Mattress Ranch" to hilarious effect.
*snap* *snap* *snap* That's what I call "MUSIC."
- In Hercules, one of the intro themes. The first one, Hercules for the C64.
- Mushroom Samba: He goes through one by means of his terrible cooking, which leads him to trip balls and fall unconscious. When he wakes up, a month has passed, and Jacques is dead. Except not.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Many examples.
- "State of Affairs" effectively makes the act of Jon receiving a hot dog from a vendor look badass, considering it's set against operatic music.
- Jon's song in "Hercules Games" about his going to get a gyro.
- Jon's song in "Zoo Race" about the diversity of characters in the game. Notably, the PHARAOH GOAT!
- Musical Nod: Inverted. The Bubsy review has Jon trying to stick the game box for 3D Dot Game Heroes in an SNES, when a track from the game played at the start of the episode.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Jon has a minor one when he destroys the Mighty Max game because it made him face his Old Shames.
- NameTron: JonTron of course.
- Negative Continuity: Jon has died at least twice, and come back with no ill effects. Taken Up to Eleven in his review of Nightshade, where Jon shot himself into the surface of the sun and recovered.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: During Jon's animated Christmas special, he accidentally summons Satan and brings about the apocalypse ... by putting a fancy sweater on a snowman.Partially Melted Snowman: You... did... this...
- No Ending:
- No Indoor Voice: Hoo boy, when Jon yells does he ever yell.
- No Pronunciation Guide: "Ba...bafoom?...Ba-FOOM-dad?"
- Non-Human Sidekick: Jacques.
- Non Sequitur Thud: In his Home Alone video, when cooking nuts in a pan with eggs and pepper, he accidentally ends up producing a hallucinogenic gas that starts affecting him. While swaggering out of the kitchen, he says "You'll miss me when I'm gone" in a slowed-down, deepened voice before transitioning to very deep groaning sounds as he goes to his bedroom.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- The "(ACTUAL NOISE IT MADE)" disclaimer when JonTron puts the Hercules Commodore 64 cassette in a normal cassette player.
- When telling the origin of Aphrodite in an aside during his Takeshi's Challenge video.
- An earlier example happened during his Bubsy series video, where he invokes this trope upon the second time Bubsy dies to Falling Damage during his play of the first game.note
- In "The Zoo Race", when a train, being driven by his character (a sheep) crashes through a billboard, and explodes into fireworks, text appears at the bottom of the screen reading: "Reminder: Actually Happening".
- "I'm not making this shit up" is a phrase often uttered by Jon (or some variation).
- Not So Different: Spoken to Jon by one of his games during its Breaking Speech.
- Pac Man Fever:
- The whole 'mix-and-match console components' aspect is Played for Laughs regularly whenever Jon tries to put the game in the console. It's not uncommon to see something like Jon trying to stuff a game box into an SNES and then tape a Gamecube controller to the controller port. To play Minecraft. Or to tape an RCA cable to the top of an NES, and then stand the cartridge up and try to stick the console on top of it.
- He even does this when reviewing a TV show (Goosebumps, to be more specific,) sticking the original books into an NES, a Super Nintendo and then a Dreamcast.
- Parrot Pet Position: Jacques spends most of his time onscreen on either one of Jon's shoulders.
- Precision F-Strike:
"FUCK you! (wags finger) I AAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN'T HAVIN' THAT SHIT ♪
- Nightshade's obtuse gameplay makes Jon snap and start swearing like a gospel singer.
[Playing as Tim Allen from Home Improvement, fighting dinosaurs, with a chainsaw]HMMMMMMMMMMMMM. SHIET.
- A precision S strike occurs in his Home Improvement review.
- "WHAT THE FUCK IS A SONIC!?"
- When Malkovich offered to take calls from viewers on Malkovich's Gaming Guilty Pleasures, all but one of the callers replied with a simple "Fuck you." The one who didn't asked him a valid question, but followed it with an inquiry about his mother having a penis.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In "Clock Tower".Skeleton with a gun: I've got a bone to pick with you!
- Press X to Not Die: Mentioned in his Titenic review after complaining about how someone thought it would be a good idea to make a game based on such a tragic event, and then bringing up the idea if someone made a game based off of Mount Vesuvius erupting in Pompeii."Quick! Tap A quickly to not DIE AS FAST!"
- Psychic Strangle: Done by the man himself, Darth Vader, to Jon in the "Atari Games" episode of StarCade with..undesirable results.Jon: That's not my throat.
- Bubsy? More like DRUGSY! (sniveling laughter)
- "Oh no, Atlantis is under attack! Oh the hu-manatee!"
- Pun-Based Title: In his Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts review.Jon: "Seriously, this ain't funny anymore. This is now called Dram-Tron.
- Put on a Bus: Rockington is promptly lost off-screen after his first appearance. Lampshaded during the Nuts and Bolts video.Jon: Ahhhh. What perfection. What a beautiful day wouldn't you say, Rockington? *Cut to a blank shot of the ground* Oh, yeah. I lo—I lost Rockington. I—I LOST A ROCK!
- Rage Breaking Point: In his review of Nightshade, after he sees a robber beating up an old lady, he takes the cartridge to his garage and destroys it. Then he flies off on a rocket into the surface of the sun.
"Uuugghg, geez, I just really don't wanna do this...! But, y'know, contracts and the sort."
- Bubsy had him on the verge of quitting a few times.
- Aquaman's bald spot also led to this reaction.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: More and more so as the series goes on.
- Rapid-Fire Typing: Whenever Jon types anything. Used this to research a good Home Alone game, to double hack, and even to program the entire GameFAQs website.
- A Rare Sentence: While struggling against a Classic Video Game Screw You in Takeshi's Challenge:Jon: This is the first time I've ever said "God dammit I shot the wind again!" ... and meant it. And meant that.
- Replacement Scrappy: In Jon's opinion, the Tiki Tak Tribe are this, having replaced the Kremlings. He describes the villain of Donkey Kong Country Returns as "a plank of fuckin' wood" at least twice.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jacques is often seen nuzzling or nibbling Jon, especially when Jon is acting emotional.
- Robot Buddy: In-universe, Jacques has stated he is a cyborg at least once. Out of universe though, he's just a parrot made to seem like a robot in editing.
- Running Gag:
"TDK, that's short for They Don't Kare about their reputation. A little known fact."
- Jon often can't figure out how to boot up old games.
- Taken Up to Eleven in his Dinocity review. First he tries the Playstation 3. Then his PC's CD drive. Then the DS. followed by the wireless router. Then the dishwasher...three times. He finally figures out it must be a Super Nintendo game. And then puts it in upside-down...
- In his review of Goosebumps, he attempts to put a book in an NES. To review a TV show.
- Running Gag Stumbles: He finally gets it right in "Titenic", putting the game in the Famicom on the first try. Then he puts the whole thing in an aquarium.
- Jon cracking wise about the developer's logo in the credits.
"Ubisoft, huh? More like U-Betta-Start-A-New-Company-Soft."
"Irem. As in, "IRemember them! oh wait, no I don't."
"Ah, my favorite publisher: Absolute-LEE copied Sierra's logo!"
"More like the Commodore Sixty-BORE." *snigger*note
- Jon often can't figure out how to boot up old games.
- Sanity Slippage: His video about Nightshade. Except replace "slippage" with "careening off the edge".
- Scenery Porn: His opening.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The famous "JonTron quits" bit in the "Bubsy" episode after he notes that a character in a cartoon platformer can die from, of all things, falling damage.
- He also books it as soon as he sees the extremely chaotic first level of Pokemon: Pikachu Edition in "Bootleg Pokemon Games".
- The Scottish Trope: His mouth burns when he says Florida.
- Self-Deprecation: When Jon says that he doesn't want to stop playing games and making his show, Jacques notes "That hasn't stopped you before."
- Sensory Abuse: See Jump Scare and Brown Note above.
- Serious Business: Some of the fatal obstacles in Bubsy are less than plausible."No, you'e right, I forgot. Gumball machines are the cause of 200K deaths per year, it's... it's serious."note
- His avatar (see above) shows him wearing the yellow shorts, blue backpack, and shark's-tooth necklace of a certain anthropomorphic bear.
- Jon inserts a suspiciously high number of YTMND memes. The "Epic" song, Shoop Da Woop, and space Walken, to name a few.
- In his review of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jon shows that he has prison numbers on his arm. These numbers are 24601.
- In his "Top 10 Overworlds" video, the Hyrule Field footage is clearly taken from NintendoCapriSun, a fellow Game Station member.
- In the intro to his Clocktower review, he walks past a gravestone that reads 'Here Lies PBG'.
- Show Within a Show: Malkovich's Gaming Guilty Pleasures
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Invoked by Jon using fists, then powertools on his games when it was mouthing off.
- Smash Cut:
Jon: Aw, grommet. I-I used to say it all the time back in Cali. You couldn't stop me saying this word! Grommet this! Grommet that! THE FUCK does grommet mea- note
- "Well, that explains quite a bi-"
- From California Games: Jon's reaction to the "Let's drop in a grommet" line.
Jon: WHAT! (beat) WHAT THE FUC-
- After the Snake commercial in Anti-Drug Games.
Jon: Oh, no! Oh, NO! HE DEAD-
- After Jacques self-destructs in Stairfax Temperatures.
- So Bad, It's Good:
- His opinion of Kinect Star Wars, where he claims that the game is pretty terrible, but it has enough charm and creativity that it's enjoyable in its own weird way.
- Jon pins the Pokémon hack Moemon as unnecessary and creepy, being a version with the Pokémon sprites replaced with little girls. One quick browse through the comments section shows a pretty large amount of people who now feel the desire to play said hack.
- His general opinion of "Zoo Race". It's so bad that Jon outright states that the driving factor for him playing the game is to see what the hell the rest of the game has for levels.
- Something Completely Different: Sometimes Jon takes a break from game reviews and looks at a film, like The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Birdemic, or Foodfight!.
- So Unfunny It's Funny:
Jacques: Jon, can I play too?Jon: Oh Jacques, you can't play! You don't have hands! *Rim Shots are repeated over and over until they turn into a drum solo*
- Jon will occasionally lampshade a terrible joke.
Jon: (Trying to pick up a crowbar) A don't do it, and B don't do it, so what do it? This controller only got twoit... dem buttons... *beat, followed by incredibly sped-up Super Mario 3D Land music with the subtitle 'THAT WAS A JOKE, thx 4 COMIN'*
- Or another fantastic example from his Nightshade video:
- Space Whale Aesop:
- Claims that the Aesop behind My Hairiest Adventure is "Don't be unlucky and be a dog."
- With "Don't Go to Sleep!", it's "Never think or else the secret police might catch you and kill you no matter what."
- Special Edition Title: The intro of the infamous "Apples and Breaks" short distorts heavily midway through before abruptly cutting off (to reflect Jon's state of mind in the short proper).
- Spinning Newspaper: In reaction to Bubsy having damage dealt by falling too far without gliding.JONTRON QUITS
"Falling damage in a platformer? There are some things no man should have to see. Nice tits btw" says a melancholy JonTron
- The Stoner: Sonic Team is portrayed in Jon's Sonic R review as a bunch of nonsensical cocaine-sniffers who barely know what the hell they're doing, which must've influenced the outcome of the game.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "Titenic" received this treatment from Schmoyoho. The result is pretty awesome.
- Stylistic Suck:
- Anytime Jon sings badly. According to Game Grumps, Jon's trained in Musical Theater, and when he sings properly he's actually pretty good.
- His periodic "Review?" videos, which involve him making nonsensical segues, making completely false or just out-there statements, and speaking in a slurred, half-drunk sounding voice.
- The Mighty Max review, in which the haunted cartridge is held up by a clearly visible string taped to it and a broomstick that falls into view when he pulls the cartridge down. He's got good enough editing skills to do it better if he wanted to, so it must be assumed this was intentional.
- Sudden Musical Ending: The Dino City review ends with Jon singing "Firework".
- Surprise Creepy:
- The Dino City review ends with a lengthy scene of Jon singing "Firework" out of nowhere. And then suddenly...DEATH COMES TO US ALL!
- The last scene of the "Bootleg Pokémon Games" ends in a fairly creepy way.
- In part 2 of his Goosebumps review, Jon mimics Larry's not-so-innocent humming (while shaving his hands) and turns it into full-on Nightmare Fuel.
- The Dino City review ends with a lengthy scene of Jon singing "Firework" out of nowhere. And then suddenly...
- Surreal Humor: Especially in the end of the Nightshade video.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Jacques is voiced by David, a text-to-speech voice created by VoiceForge.
- Take That:
- In his review of Sonic Colors (even though he ultimately gave the game a score of "A/5"), he mentions that a crucial matter in determining whether or not the game will be good is that the Wii may not have enough Blast Processing to run it. For those without context, "Blast Processing" is a somewhat meaningless marketing term invented by Sega in the early nineties to promote the Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog, claiming technical superiority over the Super Nintendo note Jon takes cracks at Sonic Team regularly, but seemingly all in good fun[[note]]
- Home Improvement begins "with you standing around like a idiot watching Tim Allen use what he read in a book was "humor." (cue grunt)
- The entire Final Hallway XIII sketch. Jon expresses his dislike of the game by means of an epic parody of The Most Dangerous Video Game trope. It really is worth seeing for yourself.
- In Jon Tron and George Lucas Visit Jupiter he mercilessly (and hilariously) ridicules the idea of going back to previous, finished works and editing them digitally, the way George Lucas does to the Star Wars original trilogy.
- In "Are You Afraid of the Dark Pt. 1" Jon rips on Kanye West by asking how he keeps winning awards. It Makes Sense in Context.
- In the "Plug and Play Consoles", when Jontron is talking about cheap, badly made "bottom of the bin" video games, it shows an image of a bargain bin from Wal-Mart....stacked high with copies of Max Payne 3.
- Tantrum Throwing: Nightshade concluded with Jon hurling the cartridge against his garage wall, hitting it with a viking mallet (which broke), and then holding the broken handle like a mic while singing into it. And then he flies into the sun.
- The Teaser: Unlike most episodes, "Hercules Games" begins with a clip of Jon playing a game and talking with Jacques. This could be due to the fact that it was the first video after a prolonged hiatus.
- Tempting Fate: During a ranked game of League of Legends.Jon: I don't think anyone is going to need my Wish.An ally has been slain.Jon (Laughing): Are you kidding me?! You make me look like a jackass?!
- Theme Music Power-Up: In the "Takeshi's Challenge" episode, Jon decides to think like a businessman by dressing up as one, while an epic remix of his theme song plays in the background.Jon: This isn't most people. This is JonTron.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
- He despises Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for being such a massive Genre Shift from the original, but keeping things that he feels don't fit the new direction.
- He also doesn't like how it mocks its roots, poking fun at the collect-a-thon aspects of the first two games.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: After looking at a title screen for the Game Boy Barbie game, he does this while mimicking Barbie's face.Jon: GET READY TO PLAY BARBIE, BITCHEESS!!
- This Is Gonna Suck:
Jon: The game we have waited for all these years has arrived. The one to give us what we all needed so direly. Star Wars Kinect.(Beat)
- The Beginning of his Star Wars Kinect review sets this.
Jacques: I don't have a good feeling about this.Jontron: Nope! Me either. Well, lets just put it in and see what happens when I push the go button.
Jontron: Oh... this is gonna be one of those days, isn't it...
- He used this trope once more after getting hit by a bomb in the first screen of Nightshade:
Jontron: After trying the skating game and falling on the first three seconds ...I have a feeling this is foreshadowing.
- A more generalized version would be "Ooooh noooo."
- From California Games:
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Discussed in part 1 of the AYAOTD special. He considers this trope to be the one boundary that the show wouldn't cross when it came to its young characters.
- Title Drop: In the first episode of StarCade.Jon: Seriously? That's what you're gonna call it? (scoff) You'd be better off calling it something stupid, (looks directly into the camera) like StarCade. (Beat) (cue intro)
- Tranquil Fury: He has a tendency to keep a calm, upbeat appearance when something pisses him off. This is best exemplified in reaction to◊ the violence against the old lady in Nightshade.
- Trash the Set: Multiple episodes show him destroying bad games or even consoles. Presumably, he either has spares or dislikes the game enough to not want a copy.
- Top Ten List: Though he sometimes does six when he can't think of ten.
- Unexplained Recovery: In the Star Fox Adventures episode, Jacques dies in a fiery, bloody explosion. A few minutes later, he's back to normal, as if nothing had happened.Jon (casually): Oh hey, Jacques. I thought you died.
- Unusual Euphemism:
"Oh, good morning, madam. You are looking full and robust today. You are blossoming like the most beautiful flower in all of Simmeria. Oh yeah, one more thing - your tits are fucking fantastic."
- "Oh, Lucille Ball."
- (at Tim Allen's drill weapon) "Whoa, whoa, I don't remember ordering any jalapeńos on THIS pizza!"
- Jon reaffirming his mission in the Star Fox Adventures video."I'm here to shed light on the betrayed heart of every man, women and child that have been brushed under the rug like last week's sawdust!"
- "As high as Madonna's tits!", and "As hard as gravy train tits!"
- "This bear's got the moves of Muhammad Ali...and the butt of Bea Arthur."
- The final entry in Game Grumps's Donkey Kong Country 2 series. It got a little passionate."GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER MAN! SIGOURNEY FUCKIN' WEAVER!!" (*kicks open door and leaves*)
- There's only one thing to communicate his frustration with Space Ace...a Mariachi Band. (blasts heavy metal) THAT'S NOT MARIACHI!
- Jon throws out several in the "Conan" episode when he sees an in-game woman with quite the rack, only to bluntly subvert it.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Malkovich apparently enjoys throwing the baby penguins off the cliff in Super Mario 64.
- Visual Pun: Usually in the form of images superimposed over the footage.
- Voice of the Legion:
"Excuse me, whaaaaaat?"
- In part 2 of the Goosebumps video: "Can't a guy get some PRIVACY? Hmm hmm hmm, HMM HMM HMM!"
- In episode 4 of Starcade after Jon sees Darth Vader turn into a scorpion in the Famicom game.
- Vomit Discretion Shot:
"Oh, great. The grate's stuck. Cool! What a great grate! My great-great grandfather had a grate that was... greater tha-" (*vomits*)
- A Running Gag throughout "Stairfax Temperatures".
- Peppy's new character model causes him to retch in a bucket.
- So does Fox's Item Get. As it happens, Fox picked up a furry critter, but the model looked like a severed head.
- Nightshade's puns causes him to retch offscreen.
- A Running Gag throughout "Stairfax Temperatures".
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
- Parodied in the Clocktower review. He actually vomits candy corn.
- In "CONKER IS TOTALLY BACK GUYS", he has a meltdown that starts with maniacal laughter and clapping, and then escalates to him spontaneously spitting up blood (although it's quite obviously Kool-Aid).
- Welcome to Corneria: In the Nightshade video.
- Nightshade's hard to impress. You take him to a history museum and you're like "Look at that giant bronze horse from the early BCE times." and he's like "Eh. Nothing unusual here." You take him to the Future History Museum and you're like "Look at that giant hologram horse from the distant CE times and he's like "Nightshade can't do that."
- Wham Line: From "CONKER IS TOTALLY BACK GUYS".Conker: I couldn't resist.Jon: I mean - I've been right here.Conker: Almost 10 years without a new game.Jon: I've been waiting for you to come home, baby.Conker: Guess we'll have to make our own!
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Invoked in his Sonic R review, where he theorises that Sonic Team actually was on drugs while making the game (cocaine, to be specific).Developer: What the ''FUCK'' is a Sonic?!
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Arin (Egoraptor) plays Malkovich's soft-spoken female assistant Natalia on Malkovich's Gaming Game Show, dressed in a red dress and heels. Many comments talked about how genuinely pretty Arin looked nonetheless.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Jon decides that he wants to play the twelve games of Hercules to become immortal, like how Hercules did his twelve trials. The ninth game makes him decide against it and kill himself. Again.I don't really wanna become immortal that much anyways, it's too much hard work. You gotta keep watching people going in and out of the White House for the rest of time. No thanks, Samuel!
- Win Back the Crowd: Jon believes Sega achieved this with Sonic Colors.Jon: Sonic Colors is a game where Sega decided not to fuck up this time.
- Worse Than It Sounds: In-Universe, he describes Takeshi's Challenge as a game where you quit your job, divorce your wife and go treasure hunting..."Ten outta ten. Ten outta ten. Hundred outta hundred. Best game. BEST GAME."
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Downplayed: when being told by Darth Vader about how impressed he is for capturing Han and Chewie, Jon clarifies that he only did it because "they have no paper trail".
- Yank the Dog's Chain: "CONKER IS TOTALLY BACK GUYS". You sort of feel bad for Jon.