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Web Video: JonTron
aka: Jontron

"Man... I do love a good video game."
Jon

Jon Jafari is Jon Tron, 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 uses a lot less profanity than most others in his profession, and 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 Egoraptor, called Game Grumps, wherein they play games and hang out. He left the show on June 25th, 2013, and was replaced by Danny of Ninja Sex Party.

Not to be confused with ProtonJon.

Tropes:

    Tropes A-M 
  • Achievements in Ignorance: 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.
    Jon (trying to appease Jacques): Jon, that doesn't go there, you silly bitch!
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Anticlimax: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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:
    • 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 "invokedThey 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:
    "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."
  • 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.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Fox digging up the Bafomdad. (Be sure to wear earplugs.)
  • 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.
  • 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: Accompanies his reaction to learning that Conker wasn't actually getting a new game.
  • 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 make your life hell."
    • In Part 2, Jon decides that the moral of "My Hairiest Adventure" is:
      John: 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.
  • Callback: In his Foodfight! review, he makes the same "OK" sound as he did in his Space Ace review.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    (horrific explosions)
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Clingy Macguffin: Jacques tries to destroy the Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts cartridge and Mind Wipe Jon, 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, 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Sonic Team having an epiphany about what Sonic has been missing all these years: "TITS!"
  • 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.
    • Also 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.
  • Curse Cut Short: The end of the My Sims review has Jon walk all 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: Ooooooooooooh-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
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: 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.
    Jon: I just left.
    • 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.
  • 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: When the QA guy gives a less-than-satisfactory review of Sonic Free Riders, one of the Sonic Team developers bludgeons him to death with a flashlight.
    Narrator: But did you really expect anything more from the people who made Shadow the Hedgehog? Like, really.
    • 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.
    15 LIFE SENTENCES! 7 LETHAL INJECTIONS! 10 DECADES OF FAMILIAL SHAMING!
  • Driven to Suicide: Jon at the end of the Hercules episode.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The earliest episodes of JonTron 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.
  • Eight Deadly Words: invoked His main problem with The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  • "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!
  • 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 Starfax 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.
  • 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!"
  • Foreshadowing: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Malkovich.
    • Also, the clerk from the Foodfight! review, who claims to have owned the film for a million years.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Haunted Technology: Jon tangles with demonic or possessed games on occasion, usually residing in the particular bad game he's reviewing at the time.
  • 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: Jon thought that Conker was going to get another sequel and that Rare might finally reclaim it's former glory. Then it turned out that Conker was only going to make an appearance in Project Spark. Jon was not happy.
  • Ho Yay: invokedThe 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: A Schmuck Bait tunnel in Bubsy dumping Jon right back at the level's start.
    "So what? I don't care, I don't CARE." (I care immensely)
    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.
  • 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 might get dead!
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Fox McCloud being stripped of his Arwing and his blaster. What Rare giveth, Rare taketh away.
    [Fox rolling around in cutesy landscape]
    Why would someone do this? Why would someone do this to another person—! ...I'm really mad... I'm really mad! I (degenerates into sobs)''
  • 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, but because how 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 Judgement. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Metaphorgotten: 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:
    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!
  • 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: For Jon, it's hearing a bunch of skulls fall in Monster Bash. This is then accompanied by a weird ad for "Mattress World" to hilarious effect. invoked
    "Always like Mozart to me! Always a symphony!"
    • In Hercules, one of the intro themes. The first one, Hercules for the C64.
    *snap* *snap* *snap* That's what I call "MUSIC."
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Tropes N-Z 
  • Name Tron: 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.
  • No Ending: The Bubsy trilogy review. "Jon doesn't know how to end videos."
  • No Indoor Voice: Hoo boy, when Jon yells does he ever yell.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: "Ba...bafoom?...Ba-FOOM-dad?"
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Jacques.
  • "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 
  • 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: Nightshade's obtuse gameplay makes Jon snap and start swearing like a gospel singer.
    "FUCK you! (wags finger) I AAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN'T HAVIN' THAT SHIT ♪
    • A precision S strike occurs in his Home Improvement review.
    [Playing as Tim Allen from Home Improvement, fighting dinosaurs, with a chainsaw]
    HMMMMMMMMMMMMM. SHIET.
    • "WHAT THE FUCK IS A SONIC!?"
  • Pun: 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.
  • Ragequit: Bubsy had him on the verge of quitting a few times.
    "Uuugghg, geez, I just really don't wanna do this...! But, y'know, contracts and the sort."
    • 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.
  • Replacement Scrappy: invokedIn 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: 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.
    • Jon cracking wise about the developer's logo in the credits.
    "TDK, that's short for They Don't Kare about their reputation. A little known fact."
    "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 
  • Sanity Slippage: His video about Nightshade. Except replace "slippage" with "careening off the edge".
  • Scenery Porn: His opening.
  • Schedule Slip: Initially he uploaded his videos weekly. However, the gap between new videos has gotten bigger and bigger to the point where the series had updates once every couple of months. Game Grumps could be blamed for this, just like how all of Egoraptor's animations ground to halt around the same time, though both insist that isn't the case, and just happen to both be really slow at updating these days.
    • However, after he left Game Grumps and started making videos again, he seems to be updating regularly on a monthly schedule. This trope is still played straight In-Universe in regards to the Home Alone review, where his Christmas special is delayed to January due to his Mushroom Samba.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Shout-Out: 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.
  • 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: "Well, that explains quite a bi-"
    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-
  • So Bad, It's Good:invoked
    • 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.
  • Something Completely Different: Jon did an episode reviewing The Lost World: Jurassic Park, this would be the first episode to have nothing to do with video games.
  • So Unfunny It's Funny: Jon will occasionally lampshade a terrible joke.
    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*
    • Or another fantastic example from his Nightshade video:
    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'*
  • Space Whale Aesop: Claims that the Aesop behind My Hairiest Adventure is "Don't be unlucky and be a dog."
  • 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 addicted to snow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Surreal Humor: Especially in the end of the Nightshade video.
  • 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 an utterly meaningless term invented by Sega in the early nineties to promote the Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog, claiming technical superiority over the Super Nintendo. Jon takes cracks at Sonic Team regularly, but seemingly all in good fun.
  • 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.
  • 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?!
  • 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.invoked
    • 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 Gonna Suck: The Beginning of his Star Wars Kinect review sets this.
    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)
    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.
    • He used this trope once more after getting hit by a bomb in the first screen of Nightshade:
    Jontron: Oh... this is gonna be one of those days, isn't it...
    • A more generalized version would be "Ooooh noooo."
    • From California Games:
    Jontron: After trying the skating game and falling on the first three seconds ...I have a feeling this is foreshadowing.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 Muhammed 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!
  • 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.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: 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.
    "Oh, great. The grate's stuck. Cool! What a great grate! My great-great grandfather had a grate that was... greater tha-" (*vomits*)
  • 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."
  • 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!

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