"The year is 2000 AD, and all Gaul is playing high definition consoles. All? No! In one small village, there is a gamer who still holds out against the invaders."Frédéric Molas, a.k.a. le Joueur du Grenier ("The Attic Gamer") is a French retro video-games reviewer who plays mostly horrible (and mostly licensed) games, but also a few merely Nintendo Hard games, with his sidekick Sébastien Rassiat (a.k.a. Seb). The JdG team received a third member (Karim Debbache, host of Crossed) in early 2013, who mostly serves to write some videos' scenarios and occasionnally makes a cameo.He is basically the French equivalent of The Angry Video Game Nerd (although he developed his own style as the videos went on). Prone to getting very, very mad at his video games, he still goes through almost all them, much to his chagrin and to his viewers' amusement.Being born in The '80s and having grown up in The '90s and the Turn of the Millennium, he also made several specials, nostalgic (or not) videos about animes, TV shows and other weird multimedia stuff that aired in those decades.In 2012, he started a Spin-Off series titled Papy Grenier ("Attic Grandpa"), in which he plays an old bearded (and slightly sociopathic) storyteller who humoristically revisits classic cult games in a 5-6 minutes format.In 2015, he and Seb launched a secondary channel called Bazar du Grenier ("Attic Bazaar"/"Attic Clutter"), where they upload all kinds of videos, ranging from Let's Plays to short movie reviews, future FAQs and blooper videos, and other miscellaneous mini-shows. A notable one is Aventures ("Adventures"), where they, along with other French Youtubers, play a tabletop RPG of their own invention (with visuals provided by the software Roll20).A comic book telling his childhood by Piratesourcil came out in 2012.In 2012, Fred and Seb made four informative videos about Dragon's Dogma. While these videos aren't technically part of the series, they use the same humor that's featured in their more well-known videos.
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Joueur du Grenier Game Reviews
- Tintin in Tibet (Mega Drive)
- Saint Seiya (called Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque in France) (NES)
- Astérix and the Great Rescue (Mega Drive)
- Last Battle (Mega Drive)
- Dark Castle (Mega Drive)
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (Nintendo 64)
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (Mega Drive) (as an example of a good game before switching to the above)
- Sword of Sodan (Mega Drive)
- Waterworld (Super NES)
- Dragon Ball (NES)
- Ultraman (Super NES), followed by Rise of the Robots (Mega Drive) and Pit-Fighter (Super NES)
- Back to the Future Part II and III (Sega Master System) (a two-part video)
- James Bond Jr. (NES and Super NES)
- The Smurfs (1994) (Les Schtroumpfs) (Mega Drive)
- Virus: It Is Aware (PlayStation)
- The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (NES)
- Total Recall (1990) and Predator (NES)
- Several games from series which underwent a very problematic transition from 2D to 3D:
- Barbie (NES)
- Jurassic Park (Master System, SNES, Mega Drive, and the PC game Jurassic Park: Trespasser)
- Many 8- and 16-bit sports games.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
- Several games from the Atari 2600: The A-Team, Masters of the Universe, Strawberry Shortcake, Megaforce and, most importantly, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
- Batman & Robin (PlayStation)
- Short reviews about two show/movie adaptations — Alf (Mega Drive) and Timecop (SNES) — and two medical games — Rex Ronan: Experimental Surgeon and Captain Novolin (both on SNES).
- The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil
- Silent Service and Infiltrator (NES)
- Spirou (Mega Drive)
- RPGs in general, but particularly Heroes of the Lance (NES), Drakkhen (Super Nes) and Virtual Hydlide (Sega Saturn)
- Dragon's Lair on NES and SNES.
- Airwolf on Amstrad CPC 464, its sequel and the NES Airwolf game.
- Heavy Nova (Mega Drive) (only on DVD and not in his channel)
- Excalibur 2555 A.D. (PlayStation)
- Road Runner's Death Valley Rally (SNES) and Taz-Mania (Mega Drive)
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers (NES) note
- Platoon (NES) and Metal Gear (NES)
- Two unlicensed NES games by Color Dreams : Silent Assault and Raid 2020
- Various simgames: Geo-Political Simulator: Rulers of Nations, Toilet Tycoon, Euro Truck Simulator, Bus & Cable Car Simulator...
- A video about The Addams Family-themed videogames, especially Fester Quest (NES), The Addams Family (Master System) and The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (SNES)
- Disney Animated Canon-themed video games: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure (PlayStation), Fantasia (Mega Drive)
- He tested Aladdin (Mega Drive) on New Year's Eve, to demonstrate why only bad games are reviewed. Since this is actually a good game, he acted like he was insulting it but shouted genuine compliments instead.
- Two First-Person Shooters: Elite Force Navy Seals and GIGN Anti-Terror Force (PC)
- On poor sequels Prince of Persia 2 (SNES) and Alex Kidd 3 (Sega Master System)
- On bad fighting games, especially Street Fighter I, Slaughter Sport (Mega Drive), and Kasumi Ninja (Jaguar) (but also several shorter sequences about other games).
- On bad DC Comics games : Batman Forever (SNES), Aquaman (his first review of a Nintendo GameCube game) and the much-requested Superman 64.
- On a couple of videogame adaptations of the Home Alone series.
- A video about bad romance/sex-themed games, as a special Valentine's Day episode.
- The second RPG special, featuring Hydlide (Mega Drive) and Lord of the Rings (SNES).
- Instruments of Chaos Starring... Young Indiana Jones on Genesis.
- Hook and Beetlejuice on NES.
- Takeshi's Challenge on Famicom (The Japanese NES) − a Two-Part Episode.
- Nightmare Circus on Mega Drive.
- On a couple of videogame adaptations of the Cool World movie.
- Terminator games on the NES and Mega Drive.
- The third and final RPG episode, with Stargazers and Zelda's Adventure.
- Games adapted from French movies, with Les Visiteurs and Astérix and Obélix vs. Caesar.
- Friday the 13th and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- Star Wars games, to celebrate the release of Episode VII.
- Games adapted from comic books: Spider-Man: Web of Fire on the Sega 32X, Batman Dark Tomorrow on Gamecube and The Uncanny X Men on NES.
- X-Perts on Sega Genesis — an episode that pokes fun at the style of the early Joueur du Grenier episodes.
- Some Full Motion Video games.
- Some Beat 'em Up games.
- Two Sixth Generation console games: Beverly Hills Cop on Playstation 2 and Drake of the 99 Dragons on Xbox.
- Three Famicom games, including Transformers: Convoy no Nazo.
Joueur du Grenier Specials
- Téléchat, a very disturbing TV show. Aimed at kids. See for yourself.
- Four videos about the late '80s / early '90s anime and cartoons broadcasted in France (including one video only focused on girly cartoons and another one focused on cartoons that were aimed at boys), and some early '90s French sitcoms.
- Several adaptations of video games into cartoons and TV series.
- A video about silly / wacky superhero-themed movies and series, namely Captain Planet and the Planeteers, two Spider-Man adaptations (the Sixties cartoon and the Japanese live-action adaptation), and Batman: The Movie.
- A video about sports-themed anime and cartoons, again from the late '80s / early '90s.
- Two FAQ episodes in which he humorously answered to commonly-asked questions about him while parodying some recent mainstream games.
- A special video about French television commercials from the '90s and the early 2000s.
- A look at the various Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adaptations and how horrible they are.
- A video about a few Merchandise-Driven shows (Beyblade, Transformers, and Jem).
- A special video about animes adapted into drama/live-action, especially The Prince of Tennis and Sailor Moon.
- A special about the Dragon Ball live-action movies Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins and Dragon Ball Evolution.
- A special about cartoons based on video games (and tabletop games), including Dungeon And Dragons, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, The Legend of Zelda, Captain N: The Game Master, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic SatAM and Donkey Kong Country.
Bazar du Grenier
- President 2012 (PC)
- Spore (PC)
- Detective Barbie (PC)
- Theme Hospital (PC)
- Pokémon Snap (N64)
- Circus Simulator (PC)
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn (PlayStation)
- Tamagotchi (Game Boy)
- Il était une fois... la Vie (Educational Cartoon and PC)
- The Movies (PC)
- Police Simulator 2 and Autobahn Police Simulator (PC)
- Black & White 2 (PC)
Joueur du Grenier provides examples of:
- 0% Approval Rating: Got kicked out of office in Rulers of Nations for increasing the retirement age by one year, resulting in the entire 60-million-strong French population taking to the street. At 3 AM.
- Accentuate the Negative:
- Doesn't happen as much as you'd expect from an angry video game reviewer; when he gives harsh criticism, then it is deserved. Although he does state that the only good moment in the Batman & Robin movie is the end credits.
- A notable aversion in his Atari games review video: he believes calling E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial the worst game ever made is an exaggeration, and that the video game adaptation of Strawberry Shortcake on the same console is a much worse buy.
- Accidental Innuendo:
- In-Universe: Fingers/arms coming out from holes in the wall in the Total Recall (1990) game? And looking like... something else due to the NES graphical limitations? Cue the Ding Dong Song by Gunther !
- Earlier, in the Dark Castle review, the same song played when he encounters the whipping torturer.
- The NES Home Alone review. Two men chasing a young kid, then placing themselves behind him once he's caught (cue Psycho Strings).JdG: RUN KID! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! RUN FOR YOUR ASS!
- Adaptation Decay: The main theme of the third special.
- Adaptation Inspiration: The show itself, when compared to The Angry Video Game Nerd. While the main premise (an angry retro video game critic getting enraged by the games he reviews, then destroying them) remains the same, the show itself has a whole different brand of humor, featuring deconstructive parodies, Self-Deprecation, intentionally bad jokes and lots of Lampshade Hanging for good measure, with use of incessant profanity greatly downplayed, and Toilet Humor almost absent. As far as character traits go, Grenier appears to come closer to The Nostalgia Critic.
That being said, the AVGN influence can still be plainly seen in the earlier videos, especially concerning the games both reviewers happened to have tested. The show rarely crosses the line between inspiration and rip-off, one of the most questionable exceptions being ridiculing Obi-Wan Kenobi's pointless remark on the lightsaber being a Jedi's weapon at the beginning of the The Empire Strikes Back NES video game adaptation and subsequently calling him out on not having disclosed how to power-up a jump instead.
- Affectionate Parody: The Takeshi's Challenge review is one to manga and anime as a whole, parodying and satirizing its clichés like there's no tomorrow.
- Airstrike Impossible: The whole CPC Airwolf game is centered on a helicopter in a cave.
- All Animals Are Dogs: At the end of the Jurassic Park episode, the T. rex plays fetch with a game cartridge thrown by Grenier.
- All There in the Manual: When commenting on the Mario vs. Sonic debate, he points out that not only does Mario kill wildlife and betray his dragon at every opportunity, the manual states that the bricks Mario smashes are the Mushroom Kingdom's transformed inhabitants.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Occasionally invoked.
- Papy Grenier presents a different interpretation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Hyrule as an urban ghetto, the Deku Tree as a pedophile (I love having small children inside me! I give 'em my nuts!) and Zelda as a complete bitch.
- In the Who Framed Roger Rabbit video, Fred notices that you play as Eddie Valiant while being constantly followed by a Roger Rabbit who never interacts with anyone or anything while some plot coupons must be found in trashbins. He wonders if the game is supposed to be the story of a semi-homeless and crazy detective suffering from heavy hallucination caused by all the random trash he ate in trashcans, Roger Rabbit being his imaginary friend.
- Amazing Freaking Grace: In the opening of the TMNT special, "Amazing Grace" is played by two kilted bagpipers during the funeral of the franchise.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Papy Grenier certainly runs it like one, with unsafe rides, horrible food, and overinflated prices.
- Anachronism Stew: In Stargazer:JdG: By the way, this game is a futuristic one, I kind of forgot about that when walking past that guy with a Merlin's beard!
Seb as Old merchant: Greetings, traveler, and welcome to my potion store... OF THE FUTURE!!!
- Ancient Conspiracy: Dragon's Lair is implied to be part of one.
- Angrish: Except he is French, so it's not Angrish. Still, he falls prey to the French equivalent of this trope.
- Animeland: At the start of the Valentine's Day episode, we get a scene in an "ordinary Japanese town". Which includes a tentacle monster assaulting a girl behind a tree, a Pokémon trainer ordering a potato to make a "puree" attack, Godzilla burning a building, Son Goku teleporting away, and a Japanese schoolgirl sitting under sakura trees and playing a Dating Sim.
- Anticlimax Boss: In-Universe. JdG has this problem with Dark Castle, Waterworld, Jurassic Park (Mega Drive) and the TMNT NES game.
- The Artifact: The intro sequence shot in Fred's old room, and with himself looking very different. The first video of 2015 lampshades it by treating the New Year's resolution of getting a new title sequence with a hearty round of HAHAHA–No. Fred himself has stated that he liked how the opening sequence became less and less representative of the actual show with time.
- Artificial Stupidity: Enemies in several games.
- Discussed in his "JdG answers your questions" video, when talking about Assassin's Creed. While someone playing Altair runs away, a guard (Seb) starts to run after him. They turn a corner, and Altair sits on a bench. The guard's reaction? "No it's not the same. That one is sitting."
- Very much demonstrated with GIGN Anti-Terror Force. The bad guys in this game can ignore the player even if they have a straight line of sight, not react to a comrade getting shot right next to them, get unable to move from any obstacle (like a table), or can't hit the player if he's crouching too close, since they can't crouch at all themselves.
- The LOTR A.I. is very bad about this, be it with enemies or allies.JdG: I had him in my party for twenty seconds before he got eaten offscreen by a shit-ass wolf because he was too DUMB to LIVE!
- Aside Glance: Gives a very panicked one towards the camera when faced with an impossible obstacle in Airwolf, complete with the caption "IMPOSSIBLE" popping up in front of him.
- Ass Shove:
- How he gets the NES cart in the Dragon's Lair video.
- Another in the Taz-Mania review, where he threatens to shove Seb's flute somewhere if he doesn't start playing more appropriate music.
- After a while reviewing the game based on Les Visiteurs, he gets so upset that he threatens the game creators with this:JdG: Now, mazes... you're gonna stop this right now, because if I see just half of one again, I swear I won't need several hours to find you and to stick this [the game cartridge] inside your small intestine... along with the console... and the joysticks... vibrating...
- Astronomic Zoom: A revert zoom along with the Skyward Scream at the end of the TMNT NES review.
- The Backwards R: On a poster behind him◊ in the Papy Grenier video about SimCity. (It means "Join SimCity" in French.)
- As You Know: From the very beginning of the episode, and throughout the review of the first live-action Dragon Ball, Fred and Seb mock how often the characters, especially the Villain, exposition about the Dragon Balls for no reason and to nobody in particular.
- Badass Decay: In-Universe. One of the reasons he dislikes Dragon Ball GT is because Trunks has become a pansy (although he is not supposed to be the same as Future Trunks). His opinion on adult Gohan is the same.[image of Gohan being depowered]
JdG: Hi, I'm a little shit.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Used during the reenactment of the dubbing of Excalibur 2555 A.D.
- Bad Santa: On the run from the FBI and the revenue service in the commercial special.
- Bad Vibrations: A glass of water at the end of the Jurassic Park games review, naturally. Including Grenier lampshading how predictable that is.
- Bait and Switch:
- On the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game:JdG: Give me one fun activity involving entering and exiting holes? [beat]
Seb: Errr... Speleology?
- In the Airwolf review, he notes that the NES version can be finished in 10 minutes, and since it cost 500 Francs (about 82 US dollars at the timenote ) when it came out, the game cost 50 francs per minute.JdG: For fifty francs per minute, you can buy something much more interesting, if you know what I mean...
[cut to a creaking bed]
JdG: Like renting a creaky bed!
[camera pans to JdG, reading a comic book and bouncing alone on the bed]
JdG: ... What did I do that for?!
- This character is referred to as the greatest detective ever, has had more games on every platform than any other, name starts with B and A...Seb: Batman?
JdG: No, Barbie.
- On the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game:
- Banana Peel:
- To show how easy it is to die in Drake of the 99 Dragons, a sketch with Fred as Drake has him slip on banana peel... and die.
- The second Comics-based games episode start off with a parody of Barbara Gordon / Oracle's Origin Story, showing how Commissionner Magret's daughter got crippled following an attack by the villainous Banana-Man... who threw a banana peel at her, on which she slipped (which is shown in slow-motion and with dramatic music).
- Basement-Dweller: What the title of the show and the persona of Grenier allude to, once gone though Cultural Translation: the French equivalent of a Hollywood Nerd would be expected to live in the attic rather than in the basement.
- Bat Deduction:
- In the test of The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil, this is how he finds the solution to unlock a door after listening to a really obscure hint in a dialog. He then says that it was a joke: he was stuck there and was forced to read a walkthrough.
- The Trope Namer itself is featured in the review of Batman: The Movie, causing a serious breakdown.
- Ironically, JdG (or rather, Duck-Man) makes one such deduction himself in the DC Comics games episode. Since the least awful of the games tested by Seb was Aquaman, then Joker-Seb must be hiding... under the sea.
- Bestiality Is Depraved:
- In the special episode about sport-themed cartoons, JdG is squicked by a scene of Kangoonote in which a (human) woman is flirting with a (kangaroo) male character.JdG: Perhaps I lost my childhood mind, but don't you have hundreds of gross pictures popping in your head when watching such a scene?
- And in the erotic games review, progress requires banging a sheep. Cue Relax-o-Vision and Shower of Angst!
- In the special episode about sport-themed cartoons, JdG is squicked by a scene of Kangoonote in which a (human) woman is flirting with a (kangaroo) male character.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Invoked in the Cool World episode, in which JdG notices that several of the movie's videogame adaptation prominently features Holli (one of them even includes a disk which only contains an animation of her dancing), despite her not being the main character.
- BFG: For the final action sequence of the Platoon / Metal Gear video, JdG carries an MG 42. He clarifies in the comments that it is a real one, and damn heavy.
- Big Fun: Was this at the beginning of the series, but lost weight for health reasons.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked. In the second level of Back to the Future III, in which Marty flings plates at enemies, a few ducks suddenly appear. Grenier immediately goes like, "I didn't see anything. I must be tired."
- Big "NO!":
- Big "SHUT UP!":
- A few times, most notably in the Saint Seiya episode.
- At the end of his rant about how the music in Airwolf gets really annoying really fast since the "mute" function cancels itself every time he loses a game, which happens every five seconds.
- The propensity of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon for Narrating the Obvious inspires another one.
- Big "WHAT?!": Well, Big "QUOI!?", frequently, when something baffling happens. The Bat Deduction from Batman: The Movie inspires an epic one.
- Bile Fascination: In-Universe. The principle of the show is watching a guy reviewing So Bad, It's Good/So Bad, It's Horrible videogames. Bile Fascination by proxy.
- Black Comedy:
- When testing China Syndrome on Atari 2600, he argues about the plot being "completely unrealistic". The video was posted in April 2011 and said plot involves a nuclear incident triggered by an earthquake somewhere in Asia... The intentional irony is made even more unsettling by a unusual camera angle while he is saying this.
- Another example in his Addams Family games review when Seb gives him another game while wearing white all over his face and a bald cap, looking like Uncle Fester.JdG: Oh, I get it, you're disguised as Fester! Very funny!
Seb: Nope, I have cancer!
JdG: Wait, that's not funny at all.
- Blasphemous Boast: "Chuck Norris himself could not beat this game!"
- Blatant Lies: During The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil review, JdG says he broke his CD-i controller, the other one he had he lost, and Seb finally got him one, after which he thanks Seb. During the speech, a Photo Montage is shown, where JdG deliberately throws the other CD-i controller away and when Seb finds him one, JdG runs after Seb with a rifle and tries to shoot him.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation:
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Parodied at the end of the James Bond Jr. episode, JdG is captured by an unnamed villain (who has the same appearance and mannerism that the Mauvais Jeux Inc. CEO) who ties him to a bomb after giving him the bomb's manual and a knife. JdG eventually unplugs it.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: In the Beat 'em Up special, on a Charlie's Angels adaptation where the characters strike one all the time:JdG: I've got nothing against women arching their backs, but this is scoliosis!
- Bread and Circuses: In the "Moi President" videos, the Olympic Games, Tour de France and Euro football tournaments are used to increase the President's absymal approval rating.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In his Looney Tunes game review: When talking about bad Looney Tunes games, he mentions that there's "games with shitty controls, games that are impossibly hard, and games with shitty controls that are impossibly hard."
- Brick Joke:
- "Oh, a leaf."
- When reviewing The Addams Family, he states that the sound which is played each times the protagonist is hurt (which is "often") is very annoying and sounds a bit like a dog whistle. A few minutes later during the test, two dogs appears in the room.
- In the commercials special, there's a Running Gag involving Captain Igloo getting in trouble with the law because of the Unfortunate Implications behind his commercial. Later on, there's a sketch where we can hear Santa running away from cops. Both of them show up in the ending.
- Brown Note: "If my ears could vomit, they would do it!"
- Burning Rubber: Grenier at the end of the Taz-Mania review.
- Button Mashing:
- Does it (obviously) in his Track & Field review with his fingers, his shirt and later with a rolling pin.
- Takes it to the next level in Dragon's Lair, where he uses a jackhammer.
- For Street Fighter I, he explains the obvious problem of having the game's buttons depending on pressure by showing Seb smashing them with a baseball bat.
- Call Back:
- In the Dragon's Lair video, when he go to fetch the game in his Torture Cellar, we can see an Alf plushy and a chained Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cart.
- In the beginning of the Virus video, we see that his garden contains a menhir (Astérix and the Great Rescue), a bomber (The Smurfs), a koalaplatypus-headed robot (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue), and a DeLorean (Back to the Future Part II and III)
- When he adds Elite (the company behind Dragon's Lair and the Airwolf games) to his list of enemies, you can see a picture of Cryo (the company which made Virus and Timecop, two games he reviewed), a picture of Infogrames, one picture of Ariane Carletti (who did a very poor French opening theme for Dragon Ball Z) and an another one of Hashizo from Ai Shite Night, whom he describes as a creepy and sociopathic stalker in his special episode about animated shows for girls.
- During the FAQ video, when talking about the first Assassin's Creed, he demonstrate how stupid it is for stealth-based game guards to not recognize the hero they chase if he sits somewhere (even in plain view). In the Platoon / Metal Gear review, one of the minor characters is a guy dressed like Ezio, who is constantly "sitting anywhere, believing nobody saw him".
- One episode starts with an old private joke: A Cartridge of Goonies 2 floating before him telling him it's cursed. He himself comments that the last time they did that was in 2012, and then the game magically transports him back to when Seb had a squeaky voice and the audio and overhall quality was 360P tops, forcing him to play it because it's in the intro since the beginning of the show and never got reviewed. The thing is, the game's good, so he switched to X-Perts on the Sega Genesis, and at the end, destroys it like he used to do back then.
- Calvinball: To illustrate how random Prince of Persia 2 is, JdG suggests playing Monopoly while changing the rules haphazardly, Risk pawns invading the streets, and using Trivial Pursuit spokes, Uno cards, and Mouse Trap elements.
- The Cameo:
- His Platoon / Metal Gear video ends with an appearance by Doug Walker.
- In the Road Runner / Taz-Mania video, French Let's Player Bob Lennon appears as a "useless cameo" who shoots himself in the head when asked to testify on how bad the Road Runner game is. Coincidentally, Bob Lennon also appeared along with JdG and Seb in an episode of Noob.
- On the opposite end of things, he made a cameo in a video by James Rolfe's co-star Mike Matei on unlicensed NES games, in which he was shown playing a game that Mike couldn't review because it was only released in French (Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque).JdG: Ah! Sacrebleu, I hate this game! Yes, I'm a French stereotype.
- His Papy Grenier episode about SimCity is full of cameos of French video testers.
- At the end of the girly cartoons special, when the magical girls crossover suddenly feature a tentacle monster, you naturally have Pedobear leaning in from the edge of the screen.
- Doug Walker again, Bob Lennon, and Frédéric Zolfanelli (Sparadrap from Noob) in the Elite Force Navy Seals / GIGN Anti-Terror Force video.
- The 2013 fighting games video features most of the NESBlog team, Antoine Daniel, and Benzaie and Bob Lennon (only in the multiple ending).
- The DC Comics adaptations video opens with Seb (dressed as the Joker and seconded by a Harley Quinn copy) torturing Marcus, while Duck-Man is fighting against Usul and Karim Debbache, respectively dressed as Spirou and Tintin. This is lampshaded shortly afterwards.
- The Home Alone review has vocal cameos, from Brigitte Lecordier and Benoît Allemane, known as the French voices of Son Goku and Morgan Freeman respectively.
- Subverted in the Instruments of Chaos video. The YouTube video's description announces that the video may include a famous cameo... Then, in the ending, Archibald von Grenier happens to be AVGN under a disguise. The AVGN theme begins to be played when JdG realizes that there was a clue in the initials, then Archibald reveals his true identity: Alpha V Gelga Nek (or something), an alien who is unrelated with the Angry Video Game Nerd.
- Canis Latinicus: Fittingly, the intro to the Road Runner review, where the game is identified as "video gamus pourritus" ("rottenus"), and the Joueur du Grenier (in Wile E. Coyote's role) as "testeuris enervus".
- Canon Defilement: LOTR part one features, among other things, a long Fetch Quest just to get out of the Shire, the elves demanding six amulets to prove Frodo worthy of bearing the ring in the first place, Aragorn not joining until you give him a flower, fighting the Balrog, and Gandalf walking out of Moria with the others.JdG: Breaking into Tolkien's tomb and pissing on his bones would be less insulting than this game!
- Can't You Read the Sign?: After the two Wanted Posters (see below) are ripped off, underneath is a note saying "Please do not rip away the posters, thanks."
- Captain Obvious:
- "But what I love in this tutorial is when they stop you during the action to give you really useful advice like: 'To jump, press the jump button.' Thank you Captain Obvious."
- "I know that many of you will have their birthday this year..." (beat)
- "But if we can talk about Street Fighter II, it implies that there was a Street Fighter I before it." (clapping) "Thank you, that's nice."
- Seb can fall into this too:Seb: The Prince of Tennis. It's an anime... about tennis.
[JdG rolls eyes]
- Caramelldansen Vid: The first episode of the Takeshi's Challenge review uses a Caramelldansen parody as title card, with Fred and Seb doing the dance.
- Caustic Critic: Guess who.
- Chaos Architecture: Never lampshaded, but justified when in an out-of-character video, Frédéric mentions that he was moving out of the house where he first started making videos. His new room is decorated so similarly to his old room however, that to an uninformed observer, it appears that his room suddenly went from having a wall on the right to having a wall on the left.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Subverted in the Civilization playthroughs, where the French are bloodthirsty little bastards with quite a few victories to their names. While as Napoleon he often showed Pragmatic Villainy when dealing with his opponents, he managed to crush anyone who was a military threat. As Catherine de Medicis however, he plays a bloodthirsty tyrant, ruling an unstoppable military power, who exterminates anyone who looks at him funny... and even those who don't.
- Chest of Medals: As Mayor of SimCity.
- Chirping Crickets:
- In the Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue episode, after the transition from a fight scene of the TV series to the game itself, to illustrate how dull it is.
- In the James Bond Jr. episode, when JdG is trying to remind the audience of the cartoon, all he gets is the sound of wind... and a tumbleweed rolling by.
- In the Papy Grenier episode about Mass Effect, crickets are heard when Sheppard mentions Kaidan's death; apparently none of his teammates remember him.
- Also heard in the review for Super Monkey Daibouken, to express how the characters are moving very slowly in a gigantic map.
- Christmas Episode:
- Subverted in his Jurassic Park video. This is how it starts:JdG: [dressed as Santa, doing the Santa voice] Ho-ho-ho, hi everyone! It's Christmas time as you know, and to celebrate I decided to make a video [removes hat and beard, uses his regular voice] which has nothing to do with Christmas.
- Also subverted by the Nightmare Circus video, which starts out like a Halloween special.
- Subverted in his Jurassic Park video. This is how it starts:
- Circus of Fear: Nighmare Circus, naturally, what with demon clowns and monsters and hellfire everywhere. Circus Simulator starts off like one, with invisible children laughing, footsteps approaching you, empty cages and tents everywhere... and as soon as you buy your first ATM, a Bill Cosby-looking guy with a permanent grin with blood on his hands.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The Super-NES cartridge of Ultraman comes back to Grenier no matter how many times he throws it away.
- Clothes Make the Legend: His flower-adorned yellow button shirt. He decided to wear it to make the visuals more cheerful, and also as a homage to (now gone) French singer Carlos, who was also a portly bearded man in flowery shirts.
- Colbert Bump:
- Claims that 48 Zozan Kebabs were created after he mentioned them in the second FAQ.
- The final Tintin in Tibet video features several clips from the Tintin YouTube Poop "Pendant ce temps à Moulinsart".
- Collision Damage: In Ultraman. A Fighting Game.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: JdG wears a yellow shirt when he reviews bad games, a blue-white shirt when he reviews cartoons and other non-game media, and an orange shirt when he is playing a good game (or pretending to). Two more shirts made brief appearances: a black one (when he's terribly depressed) and a green-gray one (when he's out of character). He sometimes "magically" changes his shirt when he switches topics to keep this theme consistent.
- Combat Tentacles: How do you beat the tentacle monster in Resident Evil? Why, throw a Japanese schoolgirl at it, of course!
- Content Warning: Subverted. In the Valentine's Day episode, JdG says that since they're about to discuss adult topics, the children watching this video have ten seconds to… go grab a beer, since he knows they won't leave no matter what he says.
- Continuity Nod:
- The anti-sexist joke counter from the Barbie (NES) review appears again in one scene in the Jurassic Park games review.
- His duck weapons from the review of Batman & Robin returns for the intro of his short review video (the next one).
- The salami from that latter video becomes his weapon for the Link: Faces of Evil review intro and ending.
- In the RPGs review, when he's starting to play Drakkhen, at the moment the Infogram logo appears on screen... That moment is priceless but it refers too to his previous reviews of games made by Infogrames.
- The Papy Grenier features items from the previously reviewed games (Pokéball, SimCity Commissar Cap) on the mantlepiece.
- At the end of the Back to the Future II and III review, Grenier goes back in time to prevent himself from testing the games. As a result, he ends up testing My Little Pony on Game Boy Advance instead (the YouTube picture even shows that he is wearing the "good game" shirt). At the beginning of the following episode, he's shown reviewing (and praising) that same game with an idiot smile before coming to his senses.
- In the opening of the DC Comics adaptations video, Duck-Man is fighting against Tintin and Spirou, which have both a video-game adaptation of their adventures reviewed by JdG (and made by the dreaded Infogrames).
- Corner of Woe: In the first part of the Takeshi's Challenge review, after he sings karaoke to advance through the game and is told "That was shit. Get out of here."
- During the Taz-Mania review, JdG laughs very shortly while explaining that the sound of Taz's jumps are quite similar to a cat becoming angry.
- In the first episode of the Civ 5 LP, he starts cracking up on delivering the sentence "first contact between French emissaries and a group of American spearmen near the city of Jerusalem, in eastern China".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Papy Grenier in the RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 episode, whose actions include randomly increasing prices, putting all the animals of the zoo in the same cage, or stuffing the fries with salt to make the customers thirsty. And shooting visitor's balloons so they'd have to buy new ones.
- Couch Gag: Referenced in the beginning of The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants video.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Alluded in the Links: Faces of Evil video about the ugliness of the animated cutscenes, in which Seb mentions that a friendly female NPC actually looks like Jean-Marie Le Pennote disguised as a woman.
- Critical Encumbrance Failure: Mocked in the Papy Grenier episode about Skyrim, where the Dragonborn picks a flower... and falls backward, having exceeded his weight limit.
- Crossover: The Infogrames studio musical sequence in the Disney video, which features several members of the Crossed team. Crossed is a series of Web videos dealing with films about video games (adaptations or films in which video games are the main theme, depending of the episode). Oh, and the animator of Crossed is Karim Debbache...
- Crucified Hero Shot: In the RollerCoaster Tycoon special, Seb does this as Fred's helicopter comes crashing down on him.
- Cry Laughing: In the episode about simulators, Seb ends up testing Toilet Tycoon (which is, yes, a management game about building toilets).Seb: See? When you click on the menus, it makes a fart noise! Funny isn't it? Ha ha ha ha ha... uuuuh...
- Cultural Translation: Refered in the Last Battle video. It is supposed to be a Japanese video game based on the Fist of the North Star franchise and named Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu. The game has been released in Europe and North America under the title Last Battle, with a lot of alteration in the dialogues and character names (and a few in their appearance), making it unrelated to its original material.
- Curse Cut Short: A few times, either by a transition to a different scene, or some other kind of censorship.
- Cut the Juice: Grenier pulls the plug of his NES in the Valentine's Day special when he learns that one of the games' title, "177", refers to the Japanese law against rape.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Grenier mentions that according to some, Super Hydlide is the best Hydlide game ever, which is like saying having a cancer is better than having AIDS.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Prince of Persia 2 requires first the jump button and then the direction you want to jump in.JdG: How are you supposed to forget in a few hours what took you ten years to learn?!
- Dance Party Ending: In the FPS episode, Doug Walker tells JdG it is time to DAAAAAANCE and they do this, with many guest stars (including Benzaie and Bob Lennon) on Will Smith's "Getting Jiggy with It".
- Darker and Edgier: During his girly cartoons review, he talks about My Little Pony: Battle for Ponyland, a grimdark movie based on My Little Pony featuring deaths and epic battles. Not.
- Dawson Casting: Invoked when mentioning the bad French dubbing in the intro to Blaze & Blade (known as Legend of Foresia in Europe). When a teenage girl starts speaking with the voice of a woman clearly more than twice her age, the message "Casting Error Detected" flashes on the screen.
- Death Glare:
- Seb gets his share of this whenever he's doing something that annoy Grenier.
- In the superhero video, JdG does this to the audience while pondering why exactly a guy might slip drugs into his cousin's food. His blond, attractive, underage, female cousin.
- Deconstructive Parody: The JdG enjoys transposing video game clichés into real life.
- In the Zelda-CDi video, he puts a bomb next to a cracked wall in his house, blows it up Zelda-style, and enters what appears to be a secret room...JdG: What is this place? There's a lot of stuff in here! A cellphone, a phone bill with my neighbor's name on it, a picture of my neighbor and his wife... where am I?
- In the Papy Grenier video about Pokémon Red and Blue, he states that most of the NPCs who stand still outside die en masse when winter comes. He also notes that, during a duel between two Pokémon trainers, the winner takes the money of his opponent... he notes that this could be called "racketeering".
- In the Papy Grenier video about SimCity, the transposition into reality of a way to play the game makes him (as the Mayor) acting as a Stalin-like dictator with supernatural powers who sometimes unleashes disasters on his town For the Evulz.
- In the simulators video, during Seb's review of Toilet Tycoon, it is noted that the player can build golden or emerald toilet bowls with silk or mink fur toilet paper. Which leads to this sentence:JdG: Argh, it's cold... Ouch, I just cut myself with the emerald toilets! Yuck, the paper is full of hairs, it's gross!
- Later in the same video, during the review of the ambulance simulator game, after noting that no matter how bad the player drives the ambulance, it doesn't affect the patient health:Seb: I just brought you a patient, he's suffering from several broken bones and a cerebral hemorrhage.
JdG: What? He was supposed to just have an appendicitis!
- The Papy Grenier episode about Zelda focuses on Link's strange behavior, and the negative effects it has on everybody's lives... except for the potter, whose business boomed ever since Link arrived in Hyrule.
- The Resident Evil video may in fact have been Papy Grenier slaughtering his way through a big house filled with stoned hippies. Not that he cares.
- In the sport cartoons video, JdG notices how the recurring and long flashback scenes during the soccer parts of Captain Tsubasa are distracting, by showing JdG (dressed as a soccer player) having a flashback while running... and eventually leaving the soccer field without noticing it.
- In the second FAQ, JdG states that he stopped playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before finishing it because his player character became too powerful and he finally got bored. He then states that after killing all those dragons and absorbing their souls, digesting dragon souls probably becomes painful. Cue a sequence with Seb dressed as Dovhakiin and slaying his 500th dragon, then absorbing its soul... and becoming sick (complete with a distorted version of the game's main theme, while Seb is vomiting).
- In the Final Fantasy VII themed Papy Grenier, he comments how dumb the "victory dance" concept is (at the end of the fights) by showing Cloud unintentionally beheading his squad-mates with his BFS while performing it.
- In the Zelda-CDi video, he puts a bomb next to a cracked wall in his house, blows it up Zelda-style, and enters what appears to be a secret room...
- Deep South: Originally from the Southwest of France, which is more or less equivalent to the Southern US, and the accent occasionally shines through.
- Department of Redundancy Department:Narrator: The Temple of Elder Sages, home of... the Elder Sages!
- Depth Perplexion: A common complaint of JdG for 2D games, with either background elements made to look like platforms, or platforms nonsensically hidden in the background. One section of Bart vs. the Space Mutants turned tricky because of this almost makes him quit in rage.
- Destructive Saviour: At the end of the "RPG 3" video, the Sage congratulates the adventuring party on having completed the prophecy and saved the world... except the castle and the whole town are on fire.
- Difficulty Spike: Mentioned in the review of Beauty and the Beast in the Disney special. Grenier doubts that any of the little girls this game was aimed at were able to beat it at the time.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil:
- Completely averted when he suggests people should try the game of the week no matter the means, even on an emulator, to see how bad it is.
- Mocked on the Captain Planet and the Planeteers video review when it was not available on YouTube (this scene is absent from the official YouTube version, however):JdG: This video was made for the Pix'n'love magazine, and will probably be pirated and put on YouTube before the end of this very sentence.
[someone off-screen reloads a gun]
JdG: [looking off-screen] What? What did I say?
- And again, at the beginning of his Heavy Nova review, as soon as he mentions the video is DVD-exclusive, Seb says "Too late", the camera pans out, and the video is in fact on YouTube uploaded by someone else, causing JdG to exclaim "What?! Already?!"
- A more discreet (and maybe unintentional) aversion: when he plays My Little Pony (GBA) on his Nintendo DS, it has a flashcart plugged in.
- Dirty Old Man: The Greybeard (played by Seb) in the second RPG review is first seen in a strip club, and then reading porn mags.
- Discredited Meme: In-Universe. In the SimCity episode of Papy Grenier, his simlish Hitler Rant is cut short by a kid saying that this scene has been parodied way too often already.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In Fallout 3, Papy Grenier decided to nuke a city because he couldn't kill the children in it.
- Dissimile: In the Waterworld review.JdG: It kind of looks like Desert Strike, except you control a trimaran instead of a helicopter and you shoot jet-skis instead of Iraki soldiers... yeah, it's nothing like Desert Strike actually.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the Civ 5 LP, Germany is devastated by an extremely rapid surprise French attack.
- Don't Explain the Joke: An extended joke starting with the Amélie Poulain: Montmartre Killing Spree gag. Seb butts (huhu) in to say "So you could say she's hilling in Montmartre!" which he elaborates on at the end of the video (Butte, hill; Bute, kill; Amélie Poulain: Montmartre Hilling Spree).
- Dope Slap: He does this to a Greybeard towards the end of his RPG review when he rewards his "quest" with a hammer.
- Domestic Abuse: Played for Laughs.
- According to the FAQ, the child who plays young Fred is kept in a closet when not being filmed.
- Beat Takeshi has a sequence where the player character beats up his wife and children. Fred acts this out with gusto.JdG::''' Die, you fucking genetic mistake!
- During the Jeux en Vrac special on Creatures 2, the male creature keeps slapping the female as soon as she's created. Cue Fred in a trucker hat holding a beer.JdG: Yeah, that's how you educa— [JOKE ABORTED]
- Later the creature gets pregnant... doesn't stop the male from slapping her around.
- Double Entendre: Apparently, the reason there isn't a Marsupilami review is because it would be impossible to avoid these with the Marsupilami's tail ("tail" being a colloquialism for "penis" in French).
- The Dreaded: Infogrames, a French developer notorious for its (sometimes genuinely good) adaptations of Franco-Belgian Comics, and for the ridiculous difficulty of these adaptations. There is even a jingle for Infogrames games now (on the tune of Patrick Sébastien's "Le Petit Bonhomme en mousse").
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: In the GIGN Anti-Terror Force review, JdG impersonates one, chewing out a soldier (Seb) for... not recycling properly.Sarge JdG: Your mother must be dying of shame, you beta-tester of Carambar jokes!
- Drinking Game: Attempted to do one with the following rules: pick a random video game and take a shot for every outright lie on the cover box. He got Rise of the Robots. He had to take out several more bottles.
- Driven to Suicide:
- During the girly show special, after witnessing footage of Ai Shite Night. Not the anime, but the diabetes-inducing Italian live series.[splashes gasoline all over himself and takes a matchbox]
Seb: Wait, don't you have other series to review?
JdG: What's next?
Seb: Err... I think it's Lady Georgie.
[JdG frantically starts to strike the match]
- Some way into The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil, Grenier idly ponders what Nintendo could have thought of this game. Cue a clip of a samurai committing Seppuku.
- In the Batman: The Movie review, after the "porpoise incident" (and a long series of Beats), the scriptwriter (Seb) shoots himself in the mouth.
- During the girly show special, after witnessing footage of Ai Shite Night. Not the anime, but the diabetes-inducing Italian live series.
- Drop-In Nemesis: In a parody of the unpredictable Game Overs in Alex Kidd in High-Tech World, clicking on a flowerpot causes Alex Kidd to be run over by a TGV.
- Drugs Are Bad: Raid 2020 is supposed to be a game with an anti-drug message. The problem is that the setting is so confusing and incoherent that the Joueur du Grenier wonders if the developers were high when creating it.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Several racier or line-crossing jokes are interrupted just before the punchline.
- Dumb Blonde:
- During the "Girly Cartoons" video, when the heroine of Georgie! tries to chat with a couple of koalas and gets angry because they don't answer, the JdG refers to the trope.JdG: They. Are. Koalas! They can't speak, you... blonde!
- Taken Up to Eleven in the Detective Barbie video, where Barbie has no clue what to do with a foot-wide thumbprint and a bag of fingerprint powder.
- During the "Girly Cartoons" video, when the heroine of Georgie! tries to chat with a couple of koalas and gets angry because they don't answer, the JdG refers to the trope.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Earliest episodes had no intro, very few sketches involving special effects (except for the parts where JdG destroys games) and Seb was mostly silent (and when he talked, he had his regular voice). JdG himself was angrier, too, and would often have the same angry expression on his face as the AVGN. The "destroy the game" sequences also disappeared after a while.
- Ear Worm: In-Universe.
- Some of the music tracks in the games he reviewed, most particularly the theme of Dragon Ball for the NES (its European version, to be precise) are those. He even shows how this theme will never leave your brain.
- When reviewing The Addams Family (NES), he notices that the only music track of the game is a 8-bit fex seconds loop of the series' theme. To show how it is annoying, he uses a short loop of the Joueur du Grenier opening theme during the following minute.
- Splinter's mangling of the Twelve Days of Christmas gets to him so bad he believes it's fused with his DNA.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: Finishing Pugsley Scavenger Hunt in a low difficulty level grants a A Winner is You ending suggesting to beat the game in a higher difficulty mode. The true ending is also A Winner is You, with a different short text.
- Eat the Bomb: In Taz-Mania, Taz automatically eats any interactive object he steps on, including bombs (it hurts him but is not an insta-kill). What annoys JdG is where the developers chose to put the bombs: behind pillars and right where you're expected to land when jumping (not unlike the invisible coin blocks in Platform Hell games).
- The Elevator from Ipanema: In the review of X-Perts, this classic elevator muzak is used when JdG points out that, unlike in many other games, you have to wait for an elevator to show up.
- Every Episode Ending: Usually one of the three things happens:
- JdG destroys the game (sometimes in a manner reminiscent to the episode's theme), like the AVGN often does (although it hasn't happened for quite a while now).
- JdG just gets rid of the game in other ways (throwing it in the trash, ditching it out of the window of his car, leaving with it to destinations unknown...).
- JdG experiences a supernatural side-effect of playing the game or finishing it, cutting his review short.
- The Papy Grenier episodes always have one of the kids saying "But Grandpa, it's not a story, it's a video game!" at the end.
- Everything's Better with Cows: In his review of Excalibur 2555 A.D., while he is explaining the puzzles of the game, a cow pops-up at the bottom of the screen for no reason.JdG: ... And now you may be wondering why there has been a cow on the screen for the last 30 seconds. That's because it's stupid and doesn't make any sense, EXACTLY LIKE THIS GAME.
- Everything Trying to Kill You:
- Tintin in Tibet, most egregiously in the hotel (level 3) where you could be killed by Pekingese dogs, maids with vacuum cleaners, toppled suitcases, waiters with a platter full of goods...
- Later topped by Home Alone 2's plaza hotel, where the staff and guests are actively trying to murder you.
- Worse: In a level of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, your mission during an entire level is to avoid a single suitcase while you're in a train car. Easier said than done.
- The hoverboard levels in the second Back to the Future Sega Master System game. Hitting any person, dog or sidewalk edge makes the hero lose a life.
- The Smurfs (by the same people as the two Tintin games mentioned above) features not only Black Smurfs, zombifying flies, ghosts, etc., as enemies, but also rabbits, hurting leaves (yes, leaves), falling apples, unkillable butterflies, and lightning bolts randomly falling from the sky.
- In Alex Kidd in High Tech World, JdG complains that turning a computer on or wearing an armor trigger a Non Standard Game Over. He then tells that it is absolutely too random to be discovered by another way than Trial-and-Error Gameplay, while the video shows a poorly edited sequence of the game in which Alex Kidd is smashed by a train because he touched a flower pot.
- Evil Old Folk: Papy GrenierPapy Grenier: I ever tell you about the one time I killed a kid and buried his corpse in the backyard?
- He also told his grandchildren that he tried to convince their mother to abort while she was pregnant with them, he once shot one of the kids to prove a point, he hit another for being a smartass and he apparently keeps the skull of... ''someone'' with him. And that's not counting the stuff happening in his stories, which may or may not be real.
- Eyepatch After Time Skip: In the Terminator episode, Seb as a "Future Resistance Leader" is wearing an eyepatch.
- Face Palm:
- Just check out the YouTube thumbnails. A facepalm ends each intro sequence, just before the title.
- In the Color Dreams video (during the Raid 2020 part), he does a facepalm while wearing a giant Mickey Mouse-style glove.
- At the end of the second special (about cartoons), the completely over-the-top scene from The Prince of Tennis elicits one.
- In the 2nd FAQ video, Seb facepalms while JdG is trying to show the audience the camera used to film... with the camera used to film.
- Fake Difficulty: Lots of his games.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
- Discussed In-Universe in his Disney episode.
- At the end of the Civ 5 LP, where Napoleon is ready to nuke the other civilizations if they finish their space rocket first after a long history of striking when the enemy is at its weakest:JdG: Better to be rich and violent than small and intelligent.
- Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe:
- In the Dragon Ball video:
- In the Instruments of Chaos video, he angrily says that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn't part of the Indiana Jones franchise.
- Fanservice: Both videos with Doug Walker in them have him in leather and uniform. Girls and queer guys went nuts.
- Fan Vid: He is sick of AMVs with Evanescence and Linkin Park music.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Invoked at the end of the second RPG episode. Grenier ("Swearborn") and Bob Lennon are the fighters, Greybeard is the mage, and Karim Debbache is the thief.
- He explicitly states that some sections of the Excalibur 2555 A.D. test are intentionally this, because each second of filler is a second not spent playing this game.
- Invoked, and lampshaded in the intro of the Silent Assault / Raid 2020:Narrator: And now, like in all the series after a big cliffhanger, here is... a filler episode!
[a view of Seb and JdG looking at the camera]
Seb: Er... what's a filler?
JdG: It's when you make a big cliffhanger but haven't planned what to do next.
- According to him, the LOTR game has more filler in the opening sequence than Naruto.
- Finger Gun: In Takeshi's Challenge part 2, JdG fires on the space octopus with his finger. Then after an Aside Glance, he states: "It's a manga. I do whatever I want."
- Fingore: During the opening of the bad DC Comics adaptations video, Joker-Seb cuts (offscreen) the fingers of the videotester Marcus and replace them by sausages.
- Fireball Eyeballs: In the Dragon's Lair review, when JdG has had enough and asks for the game's password, Seb protests that it's way too soon. Cue Grenier glaring at the camera with fire in the eyes and demanding again for the password in a very deep voice.
- Firing One-Handed: The character of Trespasser uses only one hand to do anything, including firing handguns or rifles, but also carrying heavy objects like rocks or iron bars.
- Flashback... Back... Back...: Lampshaded in the Spirou review.
- Flashback Echo: The Tibet level of Instruments of Chaos makes Grenier have one of his Tintin in Tibet test, as if he was a Shell-Shocked Veteran traumatized by it.
- Flashback Effects: Lampshaded in the Smurfs review, with the therapist pondering why his sight is getting blurred, and JdG explaining that it's just a flashback.
- Flat Joy:
- In the review of Terminator on NES, describing how hectic and exciting the game is.JdG: I hit, hit, hit, duck. Hit, hit, hit, duck. Hit, hit... I won. Yaaaaaay.
- The Roller Coaster Tycoon special has his first ride, an oval with a slightly raised portion of the track, garner this reaction from visitors. So he improves it by adding a death metal soundtrack.
- In the review of Terminator on NES, describing how hectic and exciting the game is.
- Flipping the Bird: Grenier's conclusion of his X-Perts testing? Giving the finger to the makers of the game. And then, in a scene reminiscent of the early days of Joueur du Grenier, he destroys the game cartridge by firing an energy beam from his raised middle finger.
- Flipping the Table: In the Platoon and Metal Gear review, after he realizes that his attempt to make a map of the first area of Platoon failed.
- Follow the Leader: AVGN, which he admits.JdG: The concept was taken from AVGN (long live the King!) and adapted in French. If you know a bit of English, I recommend you check him out.
- Formerly Fat: Fred lost some weight in 2013 (the "boring FAQ" says this was for health reasons). Curiously, this coincides with a change of tone in the latest videos, where he looks and sound more frowning and blasé, and generally meaner.
- For the Evulz: The reason why the Mayor of SimCity unleashes disasters on his town, from time to time.
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: "JdG answers your questions"... well, at least it was the starting idea.
- Franchise Killer:
- When reviewing them, he mentions that Bubsy 3D and Virtual Hydlide killed their own franchise.
- The Framing Device of the Turtles review is an extended gag with an elaborate funeral including a funeral pyre, bagpipes and Amazing Freaking Grace (and apparently Fred booked the Patrouille de France) for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, killed by bad adaptations.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- At the start of the Home Alone review, JdG looks at something on the right page of his notebook, which is centered on the screen. If you look at the left page, it's written "Plagiarize the AVGN"note and "Kill Antoine Daniel".
- Whenever you see Unreadably Fast Text slipping by, you can expect to see a joke in there, like random names (existing or not), or sentences along the line of "Don't you have anything better to do than to pause the video to read this?"
- The Nightmare Circus one comments that your eyes must hurt like hell.
- Funny Afro: JdG wears one for the '60s-themed intro to the Superheroes special.
- Funny Background Event: When phoning the ancient sage in the RPG episode, we see the others dancing in the background.
- Fun with Homophones: In the Valentine's Day episode. "Warning. This video is potentially dirty, we advise minors to not watch it." Cut to a bunch of miners (played by Seb) complaining. (In French, "minor" and "miner" are the same word.)
- Gag Dub: Does this to a few games to accentuate the points he makes. There's a particularly funny one during his Spirou review, when he thinks that main characters in games made by Infogrames all seem to have agoraphobia, and illustrates his point by dubbing over a level from a Tintin game, where the latter is running through a crowded museum (where the goal is to avoid touching people):JdG as Tintin: Oh Lord, where on Earth am I, oh God, look at this, there's even a man with a beard [touches said man, gets hit] ouch, get out of my way, Osama, I don't want to get close to you, oh what a horror this is, you all make me sick!
- Fun with Subtitles: The making-of video for the third RPG special introduces Fred as a freelance greco-roman wrestler and Seb as the 1999 Pogs champion for the Roussillon region.
- Gainax Ending: Some of the episodes end like this, especially the Young Indiana Jones one (Grenier's grandpa actually is an alien which needed the test to go home). This ending itself makes sense if you consider that this also is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Fred would rather have his balls removed with rusty shears dipped in vinegar rather than consider it part of the saga).
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Instruments of Chaos, at the end of each stage you have exactly one chance to beat a boss in order to prevent a Mad Scientist to to give a weapon to the German (which equip a Zeppelin serving as the final boss); failure doesn't trigger a Game Over and allows to continue the game. JdG initially thinks that, depending on the bosses you actually beats and those you failed to beat, the final boss' power would change. It actually doesn't alter anything, the zeppelin always has all of the weapons.
- Generation Xerox: In order to explain Papy Grenier reminiscing about Mass Effect as a game he played in his youth, his grandkids have all grown up and are using him to babysit their own children, who have the same high-pitched voices. He even asks the kids to refer to him as Grandpa instead of Great-Grandpa to make the following videos easier.
- Genre Savvy:
- The intro of the Heavy Nova video has Fred explaining that it's a DVD exclusive, before Seb tells him it's too late and the camera pans out to show the video already on YouTube. Sadly, the actual uploader did not use the same title as the video.
- In a much later video, he revisits games he's already reviewed. When Heavy Nova comes up, he mentions that it was a DVD exclusive, so naturally you already saw it on YouTube.
- Glad I Thought of It: It takes a while for Fred to get the idea that a roller coaster game should feature, y'know, roller coasters (up to then, his park contained: a road, a burger stand, a mascot... and that's it).
- Goddamned Bats: A major pain in the ass in most of the platform games he reviews.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: After a long series of murders, bribes, and political machinations (but mostly murders), Camille Silverberg becomes queen (well, sovereign) of Lyon in the Guild 2 LP.
- Godwin's Law:
- He introduces Airwolf on Amstrad CPC thusly:JdG: Let's just say that if Hitler were a video game developer, he would have participated in making this game.
- The opening of the Dragon's Lair video shows a few historical pictures, including one of Hitler holding a cart of the game.
- Right at the beginning of the Fantasia review:JdG: I'll say it right away, this game equals nazi! [cue Godwin point logo appearing] Now that this is out of the way, I can proceed.
- He introduces Airwolf on Amstrad CPC thusly:
- Gratuitous Japanese: During the Takeshi's Challenge video.
- Green Aesop: The Waterworld review ends with his throwing the game into the ocean where a sperm whale chokes on it. An oceanologist's letter is then read on the news, asking people to "stop throwing your fucking trash in the ocean, goddammit!"
- Groin Attack: In the Sword of Sodan video. The more practical way to dogde enemy attacks is to fight while crouching. On the screen, it looks like the player character is repeatedly stabbing them in the testicles.
- Grotesque Gallery: JdG finds Téléchat creepy. Which is understandable, considering that many items in the show have an Uncanny Valley-esque human face (most notably a clothes iron, a phone and a microphone).
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: An explanation is offered for the GoldenEye guards: they're just going along with a guard's friend's fantasy that he's a secret agent.
- Guide Dang It:
- JdG gets stuck at the beginning of the last level in Astérix and the Great Rescue. The way to get past the wall is quite wall-banging, indeed.
- The enigmas in Excalibur 2555 A.D. are non-logical, meaning if a single little item is missing or you don't know its use, you can't finish a level. And some of them require combining items.
- This happens to him a lot because in a lot of retro games, most of the plot was explained in the manual, but since he lost/lacks the manual for most of his games and the games themselves rarely give any indication as to what the player is supposed to do...
- It gets particularly bad in the first level of Platoon on NES, where you must find your way in a forest where every screen is nearly identical, and there is absolutely no indication on which way you're supposed to go. The actual path is so complicated that it's impossible to find it without a guide.
- Alex Kidd in High Tech World seemed especially infamous to him. For example, the last Plot Coupon of the first level is hidden in one of the clocks hanging from the ceiling in each floor of the castle. Also, the third level (in which Alex Kidd must find a way to receive a coupon to enter an arcade game room) features two seemingly coherent way (by speaking to several NPCs to acquire items), but both eventually trigger a Non Standard Game Over when the coupon is given to the guard at the end of the level. The correct way to receive the coupon is to pray one hundred times in the village temple.
- Gushing About Shows You Like: He's a huge fan of Dragon Ball and Jurassic Park.
- HAHAHA–No: Does this, twice, to the idea of getting a new title sequence in the Cool World video.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Invoked in the Disney games review, where he mentions that if you're a duck, it's OK to go around with your balls showing.
- Head Desk:
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: In Papy Grenier, the Resident Evil episode, Seb/Gilles tilts his head just after Chris throws a Japanese schoolgirl toward the tentacle monster to distract it.
- Hearing Voices: Papy Grenier has started hearing voices in his head. They claim to be here to avoid him turning mad, although it's probably too late for that. At least they catch him in time before he'd reveal his Retired Monster past.
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Inevitably pops up whenever consoles are discussed, since "bits" is pronounced the same as "bites" (dicks).
- Hell Is That Noise: In-universe, the Critical Annoyance in the infamous Ninja Turtle NES game has this effect on him... and on everyone who ever played the game.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Abused in the RCT special, where the employees are renamed "Asshole", "Myballs" and "Myass" by Fred.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- The only way to describe JdG's reaction at the end of the Instrument of Chaos review, when he discovers that his grandfather Archibald Von GreNier is in fact AVGN... that is, an alien unrelated to the plot, in a parody of the ending of the fourth Indiana Jones movie. He just stay frozen on the spot with a shocked expression, all the way to the end credits.
- The stupider moments in the TMNT video cause him to black out with his eyes still open.
- Hilarious Outtakes:
- Most of his specials about cartoons end with these.
- As well as The Addams Family games review, to apologize for a two-month hiatus.
- The second FAQ video ends, at first, with obviously fake Hilarious Outtakes, then segues into real ones.
- His Name Is...: This trope is one of many clichés in Lady Georgie which caused him much frustration when he watched the series.JdG: Aaaargh, come on! We all know he's gonna kick it before he can tell the name, so stop dragging the scene on like that!
- Hitbox Dissonance:
- Segues into a LARP scene in LOTR, where he demonstrates the difficulty of seven people killing a snake.
- Instruments of Chaos is particularly noteworthy, since only the very tip of Young Indiana Jones' whip actually does damage.
- Hitodama Light: In "JdG answers your questions", when seen through the "specs that reveals souls", JdG has a black shirt and is surrounded by blue flames, as a result of testing the Spirou game.
- Hollywood Darkness: The beginning of Papy Grenier's story about Resident Evil.
- Ho Yay:
- What he points about the heroes of Street Fighter the animated series.
- He also makes several jokes about Robin being gay during his review of Batman: The Movie.
- Humongous Mecha: Used by Grenier in the end of the Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue to fight the cart of the game.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: In the Cool World review, when trying to explain to a kid that the female lead is, ah, wet, he invents all sorts of weird expressions, putting on his best south-western accent.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- At the beginning of the Sports Games Review, Grenier doesn't even wait for his mysterious caller to tell him something to do.JdG: What? You want me to play some awful old sports games? Ooooh noooo... [leaves the phone and rushes to the games]
- During the Taz-Mania review:JdG: Ha ha ha... You're laughing, aren't you? Have you no shame? Seriously, haven't you noticed something shocking in this series? Taz's family can speak perfectly: his parents, his sister, his brother. They even wear clothes. And look at Taz... Look at him. [the picture turns in black and white with a sad music] He is the only one to always be naked and not to be able to speak. It's true, Taz is mentally disabled. So, stop making fun of him because... ha ha ha, this sod is funny!
- During the Platoon review, when he reaches the civilian village:JdG: After several hours, I eventually discovered the way to the village. The morale meter is used there, because when you kill innocent villagers, you understand that our morale decreases. Because we, Americans, we are here to protect populations.
- We immediately see the Rambo-disguised Joueur du Grenier posing on a photograph reenacting one of the photographs taken by American soldiers during the infamous Abu Ghraib scandal (warning — wikipedia page not fully SFW) during the American invasion of Iraq.
- During the Pokémon video:Papy Grenier: I don't understand this issue, all these people saying that we didn't take care our Pokémon, it is not true, it is totally wrong! [...] We brought them to the hospital thirty times per day. If that's not taking care of them...
- During the Superheroes special, he rants about Captain Planet and its Green Aesop, saying we don't need that to be environmentally responsible. And then he blows his nose with leopard skin.
- And later, commenting about Captain Planet's Very Special Episode:JdG: And because of drugs, he now wears sunglasses and a skull-adorned T-shirt!
Seb: [wearing sunglasses and a skull-adorned T-shirt] This disgusts me...
- During the Kasumi Ninja review, he complains about the exaggerated Asian-sounding accent of the in-game voice:JdG: It's just shameful. We would never use such clichés in our show.
[cue a montage of all the Asian-themed racist jokes appearing in the previous Joueur du Grenier episodes]
- During the Instruments of Chaos review:JdG: Everybody knows that Egyptians in the twentieth century dress like the pharaohs. People who make such stereotypes annoy me.
[cue Seb as a stereotypical Peruvian]
- During a segment about a video game show hosted by a CGI woman with enormous tits and a painted-on outfit, Fred claims such a representation is degrading towards women as a whole. When the game starts, he says "Go back to the tits!"
- In the second Comics-inspired games episode, Duck-Man admonishes Pygargue-Man for having gunned down a bad guy, since heroes shouldn't kill... just before doing a Neck Snap to another mook.
- At the beginning of the Sports Games Review, Grenier doesn't even wait for his mysterious caller to tell him something to do.
- I Am X, Son of Y: In his RPG games review, he is addressed by the Greybeards as "Joueur du Grenier, child of Juron" ("Juron" meaning "Swear word" in French). In the French version of Skyrim, "Dragonborn" is translated as "Enfant de dragon" (literally: "child of dragon"). Here, JdG is called "Enfant de juron" ("child of swear word"). Cue wearing a horned helmet and shouting (French) insults like Thu'ums.
- Identical Grandson:
- JdG looks exactly like his grandfather Archibald von GreNier.
- And to his father too, as seen in the Terminator review.
- Identical-Looking Asians: JdG starts making such a joke while commenting on the Japanese Spider-Man series, but is cut short by a censoring alarm.
- Ignore the Fanservice: In one particularly difficult segment in the Captain Planet game (see That One Level), he says there's a bigger chance of a bus full of naked Norwegian ladies stopping in front of your house than getting through. After finally giving up and going to run naked on the highway, he angrily shoves the nudist Norwegian ladies who pulled up in a bus in front of his house out of his way (offscreen).
- I'm a Humanitarian: Papy Grenier's diet in Fallout 3 consisted in radioactive water and human corpses (that he had usually killed himself).
- In Memoriam: The 3nd RPG video has a short screen in memory of... JdG's CDI 450 console, who died the moment he put the Zelda's Adventure CD in it. Along with a poetic note: "The flower has wilted, but its perfume remains."
- Insult to Rocks: About Batman & Robin.JdG: Saying this movie is shit would be an insult to shit!
- The Internet is for Porn: Invoked when JdG mentions that the premise of Captain N: The Game Master wouldn't work today: a sketch shows "Kevin" getting sucked into the Internet through his computer screen and then yelling: "Oh my God, there's porn everywhere!"
- It's Hard, so it Sucks:
- Invoked in the rules of the official Joueur du Grenier discussion board. In the section in which contributors can suggest reviews of specific games, it is written that merely being hard isn't enough to qualify for a JdG review.
- There is at least one review (The Smurfs) in which he states that the game is hard but good. He considered it reviewable because its difficulty was caused by huge numbers of Trial-and-Error Gameplay sequences.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: "By the way, you may have noticed I pronounce it "Metal Jeer". There are two reasons: the first is that it remains from the old ads for the "Game Jeer", the second... is that I like to piss people off." Comes back every once in a while when he butchers English words on purpose.Grenier: Yes I said eveel and fuck you.
- "Jeopardy!" Thinking Music: This music is used during "waiting" periods, even though it's not really its typical meaning. Obviously, JdG is not familiar with the show (its French equivalent was only aired in France for a short time) and more with the parodies used on the Internet.
- Invoked in the sport cartoons special, where he mentions how the main character of Attacker You! is a lot nastier than people remember. Case in point: she scolds her six-year old adopted brother for having a Potty Failure in front of a large crowd of people instead of comforting him, and later on, she harshly and loudly reminds him they're not really siblings. And if that wasn't enough, he at one point starts whining that he doesn't want to go to school, since everyone laughs at him for not knowing how to swim. Her response is to dangle him one-armed from the window of their high-rise apartment until he agrees to go to the pool.
- Earlier, he is appalled how there's only one person in Captain Tsubasa (Jerkass Hot-Blooded Combat Pragmatist Hyuuga Kojiro) who gives a shit about the player (Glass Cannon Misugi Jun) who had a friggin' heart attack during the match. To the point that Hyuuga Kojiro is then blamed by the coach because he was the only one to stop playing after said incident.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the first Dragon Ball film reviewed, Master Roshi now wants to see Bulma naked. Oolong (who was introduced as wanting to marry Bulma) jumps in to condemn this disgusting behavior.JdG: The pedophile is right!
- Jump Scare:
- Not present in the actual video, but invoked In-Universe in the Papy Grenier episode about Resident Evill.Kid: So, grandpa, how did it all end?
Papy Grenier: Well, for starters, I now hate dogs— [zombified dog jumps out of the window in the game] AAH! Woah, holy shit!
- In the sport cartoons special, he believes all the mouthless, purple background characters are ghosts, and yells when a door opens, several of them looking at the camera.
- Not present in the actual video, but invoked In-Universe in the Papy Grenier episode about Resident Evill.
- Kabuki Sounds: The intro for the Takeshi's Challenge video uses them.
- Karma Houdini:
- Papy Grenier, given all the horrible things he's done. At the end of the RCT special, the park is in flames, people are screaming everywhere, Fred's getaway helicopter has been shot down by NATO forces into Seb... and Fred comes down on a parachute asking his wife what's for dinner.
- Henri Silverberg, who dies just before he was to go to trial for his crimes, leaving a flourishing empire and a very capable successor to take the reins.
- Kubrick Stare:
- Doug Walker at the end of the Platoon / Metal Gear video.
- Fred does one in the Planeteers special while pondering why a guy might slip drugs in his attractive cousin's food.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In the RPG 3 video, the Ranger suggests they'd take the villain by surprise, only for the Barbarian (Bob Lennon) to yell "CHARGE!"
- Line-of-Sight Name:
- In the Excalibur 2555 A.D. video, JdG thinks the plot has been written like this.
- According to him, the fatalities in Tatoo Assassin were nothing but this. All 2196 of them.
- Legacy Character: The missionaries in the Civ 5 LP are all named Wololo.
- Literal Metaphor: A French one: during the Airwolf review, Grenier claims that the developers must really "en tenir une couche" (i.e. be really stupid), an expression which can be understood as meaning "holding a diaper"note . Cut to a scene where Seb is playing the game developer, typing on a computer... holding a baby diaper.Seb: Seriously, you ever tried to create a game while holding a diaper?
[cue losing horns and a "Joke failure" message in the bottom of the screen]
- Long List: The Valentine's Day episode ends with a (sung) Long List of porn games. Which would probably have been even longer if JdG hadn't been arrested by a cop in the middle of a sentence.
- Loony Fan: Apparently, one gave JdG the Prince of Persia 2 cartridge during a convention... at gunpoint.
- Magical Defibrillator: At the beginning of the RollerCoaster Tycoon episode, Papy Grenier needs a good shock with this to get functional and start telling his story.
- Magic Countdown: In Airwolf, even the countdown doesn't work right. "13, 12, 11, zeroooo!""Happy New Year!"
- Make Me Wanna Shout:
- At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil review, after finding out the game didn't save the previous day, Grenier's frustrated yell causes a building to collapse.
- An extended gag features him as a Skyrim protagonist, whose Thu'ums are powered by swearing.
- Male Gaze: When Papy Grenier comments on Mass Effect's Miranda, "a genetically... perfect being", all we see is a shot of her ass.
- Man of a Thousand Faces (and Voices): Seb, JdG's Sidekick and cameraman, frequently disguises himself to play a second actor on screen. So far, he played: Zordon, the CEO of Mauvais Jeux Inc. (Bad Games Inc., the Mafia-esque company behind every crappy game in the JdG universe), the four Greybeards, the clown who programmed Dragon's Lair, The Grim Reaper, Merlin, Zeus and many other roles. Every time you see someone on screen that isn't JdG or young JdG (a kid wearing his shirt), it's Seb disguised. Although the more recent episodes tend to feature more and more frequently the 3615-Usul team (a fellow French podcaster), thus they can afford a decent cast.
- May the Farce Be with You: The whole episode about Star Wars games has naturally all its Mid-Review Sketch Shows dedicated to parodying the movies, starting with the obligatory Opening Scroll, the iconic first scene of A New Hope, the attack of the Death Star, etc.
- Meanwhile, in the Future...:
- While reviewing the third Teenage Mutant Turtles movie, JdG comments "At the same time, in the past..." then realizes what he just said is absurd.
- Also used in the Terminator review, with the intro happening "Today... in the future."
- Made of Iron: "[...] Autobahn Police Simulator, where you control a highway cop FROM THE FUTURE" (Terminator theme plays at the cop steps in front of a moving car, dragging it to a stop after a few feet)."Stop ze khär!"
- Merchandise-Driven: Does a review of these kinds of shows, "confessing" that the entire show had been created solely to sell JdG talking dolls, which never took off for some reason (the doll's lines include "Watch both ways before crossing the highway!" and "So an Arab, a Jew and a communist walk into a bar...").
- Mid-Review Sketch Show: No surprise for a show inspired by The Angry Video Game Nerd. Early on, it was usually an End-Review Sketch Show when JdG try to get rid of the game of the day. Very often with a Beginning-Review Sketch Show too as introduction. The Papy Grenier episodes are Full-Review Sketch Shows.
- Misaimed Marketing: JdG comments on this about how Cool World, a movie that's quite adult, has so many Licensed Games, which you'd expect would be mostly played by children.
- Misplaced Accent:
- According to a dialog, in the FPS-themed video, Doug Walker's character is supposed to speak with a Russian accent. Which actually sounds more German than Russian.
- The extraterrestrial coatholder has a Québecois accent for... no reason.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: His Power Rangers Zord contains a platypus, a koala, and others.
- Money to Burn: The Infogrames CEO lights a cigar with a bank note during the Villain Song of the Disney video.
- Mood Dissonance: In a special episode, he reviews Aladdin on Sega Genesis to demonstrate why he doesn't review good games. During the entire video, he keeps an angry face and tone... while continuously praising the game.
- Mood Whiplash:
- Mook Chivalry: Referenced in the Excalibur 2555 A.D. video and in the sequence making fun of Assassin's Creed in the humorous FAQ video.
- Moon Logic Puzzle: In every part of Excalibur 2555 A.D. For example, how do you create the key to open a door? By combining a feather with sulfur.
- Most Annoying Sound: In-Universe; the Critical Annoyance in some games.
- The music of Asterix and the Great Rescue is very unnerving, to be polite.
- The music of Total Recall too.
- "Shut up, Bubsy! Shut uuuup!"
- The music in Airwolf (Amstrad CPC version).
- The sound effects the enemies make in Taz-Mania.
- The sound effects of Raid 2020, which he describes to be identical to actual Atari 2600 sounds.
- The NES Teenage Mutant Heroes Turtles sound announcing you're a low health.
- The Most Dangerous Video Game: A few of the reviewed video games are shown having supernatural malevolent influence on the JdG.
- Most Wonderful Sound: In-Universe, the PlayStation jingle when you turn on the console. Though JdG notes that it's also a moment of anguish, where you wonder if the PS logo will appear or not.
- Multiple Endings:
- The video "Jeux de baston 2ème édition" has several endings.
- The Mass Effect episode of Papy Grenier has three different endings: DESTRUCTION, CONTRÔLE and SYNTHÈSE.
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- What he points about the anime Mister Ajikko in the fourth TV special. Who knew cooking could be that awesome?
- In the Simulation games video, he points that the games belonging to the series of the German simulators all have this kind of over-the-top blockbuster-like trailers. He then shows a parody he made of the trailer for Bus & Cable Car Simulator... on which he doesn't change the pictures, the camera angles or the epic music, he only added some snarky narrator comments.
- In the sport cartoons special, where he claims the Japanese are fascinated by things like two soccer players passing the ball to each other.
- Mundane Solution: One Revenue-Enhancing Device serves only to provide a flat surface for the controller. Fred provides one of his own invention: a table.
- Mundane Utility:Jdg: Batman & Robin is a game you could use to slice ham!
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Supreme Guide Mayor's solution to journalists asking awkward questions is to shoot them.
- Musical Episode: The Disney games review features several parodies of Disney songs.
- Music to Invade Poland To: In-Universe example. In the end of The Smurfs review, JdG destroys the Smurfs village with an air bomb, while playing the Ode to Joy in background.
- Narrating the Obvious: Grenier's big complaint about the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon.JdG: Stop talking to yourself.
[extract of Peter Parker talking to himself]
JdG: [strained] Stop talking to yourself...
[extract of Spider-Man talking to himself]
JdG: SHUT UP!
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: France in the Civ 6 playthrough (though with a religious ideology rather than a racial one). Complete with white circle on red background flag (with two parallel lines instead of a swastika) and a salute (both arms held parallel to each other).
- Necktie Headband: In the Takeshi's Challenge review, Grenier as a drunk salaryman coming back home is wearing this. Really fitting for a game which let you gain hearts by drinking tequila and beating up your wife.
- Nerd Glasses: Grenier wears them.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Used as a reason for the superiority of video-game RPGs to the tabletop version: the NPC asks a question to the female party member (Fred in a Girlish Pigtails wig), who answers, "I don't know, I'm on my period, teehee!" Awkward silence ensues.
- Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe example in the Valentine's Day special, with the game 177 featuring a young woman in a short skirt and scared expression, chased by a man with no music but the sound of running. When Seb points out that 177 is the article of Japanese law that deals with rape, Fred can't yank the plug out fast enough.
- Nintendo Hard: Most, if not all the games he tests. This gave rise to the "JdG: La Revanche" series, where he actually finishes games he Rage Quit during a review no matter the cost to his sanity or his relationship with his neighbors.
- No Ending: His special episode about video games' adaptations on TV. A "Low Battery" icon flashes a few times (as a reference to an earlier joke), then the video is cut short .
- No Export for You: Saint Seiya for the NES was never sold in the USA. Understandable as the anime was much more popular in France than in the US.
- Non-Indicative Title: Commented in the first anime special, where he notes that the French titles of Captain Tsubasa ("Olive & Tom") and Attacker You! ("Jeanne et Serge") contain the names of minor characters that barely ever appear in the shows.
- Non Standard Game Over: He has encountered these a few times while playing through some games.
- In Alf for the Master System, he bought the "Alf Book" from a shop, only to find out that after retelling the basic story of the series, it sends you back to the title screen for no apparent reason.
- In Rulers of Nations, he mentions that some of his playthroughs ended on really stupid and abrupt game overs. For one example, he lost when Nicolas Sarkozy got murdered by siccing a rampaging bull on him.
- This trope causes him much frustration in Alex Kidd in High-Tech World, where ways to get a sudden game over abound. The examples he ran into include putting on a suit of armor (it's too heavy for Alex to move while wearing it), talking to the guards in the third level too many times, or presenting them with false travel passes (which were obtained after seemingly normal quests), but what really caused him to snap is when he ran out of time.
- No OSHA Compliance: Unsurprisingly, Papy Grenier's theme park is full of these, with a ride like "The Neckbreaker" where you go from 300 to 0 kph in 2 seconds, and saving money by firing the ride maintenance technicians. In his desire to make a profit, he put all the animals in the same cage then let them free to run in the park.
- No Sense of Direction: According to JdG, Batman himself in the Batman Forever adaptation game, leading to yet another parody sketch.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- In the "2D to 3D" episode, the opening of Mortal Kombat: Special Forces is shown with a disclaimer "No, this ain't edited, it's the game's real intro sequence."
- In the "girly shows" special, a shot of Hashizo and his cat grinning very creepily is accompanied by Psycho Strings and a "non-edited image" message.
- Home Alone 2 loooong elevator sequences have a disclaimer stating it's the real length of the cutscene.
- When Seb summarizes the absurd plot of Stargazer, a disclaimer saying "this is the real scenario of the game" shows up on screen, while Grenier sports a very strained, fake smile.
- X-Perts also have a disclaimer when pirating a computer, which takes several minutes with no input at all from the player.
- Not What It Looks Like: The Japanese commercial for Ocarina of Time has a young girl making some... questionable sounds. Fred wonders if perhaps he's been watching too much Hentai.
- Obligatory Joke: About Beyblade: "How can you make 500 episodes about spinning tops? It must ends up going round in circles... AH!"
- Obstructive Foreground:
- Commented while reviewing the Mega Drive version of Fantasia:JdG: Note we are in one of those many games where the devs thought "Yay, cool, I'll put stuff on the foreground, it looks so pretty!" Okay, listen to me, devs: no, putting things in the foreground that block your view isn't cool, it's stupid. When showing the movie Fantasia, you won't splash an audience member's face in the middle of the screen.
- By the Batman Forever review, it has clearly become one of Grenier's Berserk Buttons, reducing him once again to Angrish (well, in French).
- Nightmare Circus has another stand-out example in Combat Mode, where the obstructive foreground is made worse by the fact that some of the selectable characters are stationary.
- Commented while reviewing the Mega Drive version of Fantasia:
- Obviously Evil: In the Papy Grenier episode about Resident Evil, Papy Grenier says that he had a feeling there was a traitor in their group, "But who?" Cut to Albert Wesker laughing ominously while slicking back his hair.
- Offhand Backhand: In the Instruments of Chaos review, Seb gets one from a foaming-at-the-mouth JdG when asking to help.
- Off Model: To a degree. The "2D to 3D" episode's image quality was suddenly different from the other ones, as JdG and Seb started to use a new camera and weren't used to it. This was even referred to in the following episode.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: In the third RPGs video, the not-Hobbit loudly complains that he got his shoes stolen, again. (The making-of points out it's a Throw It In.)
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Played for laughs in the beginning of the Total Recall / Predator review, when picking up a cart triggers some. It also doubles as a sort of Shout-Out to Death Note, since said Latin chanting comes from this anime.
- Once per Episode: Early on, Seb saying something incredibly stupid (or making a really bad pun), making JdG either embarrassed or enraged (to the point of killing him sometimes).
- One Bullet at a Time: Commented on in the Airwolf games video.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The JdG is very audibly from the South of France (from near Perpignan to be precise, though he currently lives in Brittany), especially when he starts yelling.
- Opening Scroll: A text scroll opens the Star Wars games review, naturally. With plot points actually calling back to the "Alpha V Gelga Nek" storyline from a previous episode.
- ...Or So I Heard: He compares having to match the right keycard to the right door in Metal Gear to pop-up ads intruding on porn. Which he, uh, read about, on Wikipedia. While looking for porn.
- Overly Long Scream: After Grenier points out that on X-Perts, the level 2 is absolutely identical to level 1... except that the pirating bars are even longer, he lets out a frustrated scream spread over several scene changes of him in various silly positions.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Games adapted from French movies", a black dude replaces Seb by just wearing a wig. Fred remains oblivious for the rest of the video.
- Parodies of Fire: Used while mocking Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.
- Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: Used extensively in the Takeshi's Castle review... among many other manga/anime visual tropes, in fact.
- Patriotic Fervor: Averted, as he's fond of ripping games made by Infogrames and Cryo Interactive. And when he does, it's always ironically:JdG: And it was developed by a French company! Long live camembert!
- Pimp Duds: In the Merchandise-Driven shows special, to mock the extravagant clothes found in series like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Seb shows up dressed like a pimp while presenting himself as the regional champion of Beyblade for Poitou-Charentes.
- Planet of Steves: There's a lot of guys named Jean-Michel running around, each with his own Meaningful (last) Name.
- Poe's Law:
- In his superhero episode, JdG doesn't seem to grasp that all the absurdity in Batman: The Movie was one of the selling points of those days' Batman. Then again, it might be deliberate. What would he get angry at, otherwise?
- Same thing in the commercials episode, with him ranting against the toilet paper ad that's in the style of a musical, while this ad is very obviously quite parodic and tongue-in-cheek in the first place.
- Poison Mushroom: In Back to the Future Part III, there is a item that screams Power-Up, but is this.
- Polygon Ceiling: Bubsy 3D is a particularly egregious example.
- Porn Stache:
- President Evil: Papy Grenier as Mayor / Supreme Guide of SimCity.
- Press X to Not Die:
- He parodies how this game mechanic has gotten too easy in recent games in the Dragon's Lair review: Jdg shows himself being threatened with a gun by Seb, who is about to shoot him and yells. The on-screen text says "Press X to avoid the bullet", but Seb keeps on yelling without shooting, and is even taking out a Cubitus comic book to read, waiting for JdG to react.
- He mentions that by comparison, Dragon's Lair hits the other end of the spectrum by not telling the player anything: Neither what button to press, nor within which (very unforgiving) window of time.
- Previously On: Parodied to all heck in the episode following the Platoon / Metal Gear review, which at first shows clips from it (since it is indeed a follow-up), but soon segues into unrelated skits, still with the dramatic voice-over.
- The Problem with Licensed Games: In-Universe. Every licensed game he plays is of poor quality.
- Product Placement: Played for Laughs. The Star Wars episode is pretty much a 20 minute ad for the Zozan Kebab, located in Fred's town. The alien rebels have their base in it, and Fred and Seb are given kebabs instead of a medal at the end. They have to make it clear in a disclaimer that the show isn't sponsored by Zozan.
- Psychotic Smirk: During the Heavy Nova review:JdG: I'm sure it was some kind of lunatic who hid this game in my room for me to find!
[brief cut to Seb, holding the boom pole, smirking away]
- Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: In the "RPG 3" video, when the Sage announces that he's going use his magic... all he does is pulling a plush rabbit out of a top hat. The villain sneers, but the plush gets tossed into his face, showing it's a Killer Rabbit.
- Puns: Tons of them. Seb is prone to make impromptu lame puns, which leads either to JdG making a Facepalm or trying to kill him.
- In the Dragon's Lair review: "Alright, guys, today, we're going to like leather, I tell you. Because today's game tanned my hide. Leather, tanned, crappy joke."
- On Batman & Robin: "This game was made by a company named Probe, so you already know it will live forever in the annals." Cue an Xbox achievement.
- On Excalibur 2555 A.D. : "This game isn't so hard, it is just awfully long and shitty and we take too much time on non-logical enigmas... I shouldn't be surprised, the editor who made this, Tempest, is known to only make stinky games!" (In French, ''Tempest'' sounds like "t'empestes": "you stink".)
- In his Simulators games review, after Seb tested a game about toilets (Toilet Tycoon, to be exact), JdG draws the short straw about making an awful one:JdG: Hey, your game about toilets... It smells like shit, doesn't it?
- Queer People Are Funny:
- In "Jeux de baston 2ème édition", when Fred is ranting about the fact that in the original Street Fighter there's no boobs but men's chests, a guy can be heard saying that it doesn't bother him. Fred asks who said that.
- And in the porn games special, "what kind of man can enjoy playing with an enormous dick?... don't answer that."
- Rated M For Manly: "Nothing like the death of a Magical Girl to start this video, because this one is for you, for Men. Real men, hard men, hairy men, those who have something in their pants, who have a meat-and-two-veg, a wiener, a johnson, a loaded cannon. Welcome aboard, Men, this video is for you." Accompanied by the Terminator theme.
- Readings Blew Up the Scale: In the episode for Star Wars, JdG calling The Phantom Menace the best film in the series makes his "Sarcasm Detector" beeps loudly. Then, when he praise the quality of a PlayStation game of the same name, the detector explodes.
- Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: The Excalibur 2555 A.D. review shows the voice actor recording the dialogues for the game doing this.
- Read the Freaking Manual: The trope is said to him by the voice-over at the end of his "guide to being angry at your computer" skit in the Airwolf review.
- Reality Ensues: On playing a RoadRunner game that requires you to move as slowly as you can to avoid obstacles, Fred mentions that it'd be like playing a Mario game where you can't jump. Cue Mario jumping from a block six feet off the ground and breaking his leg.Luigi: Mamma mia! Mario, you fell! Here, take this mushroom.
Mario: I do not-a WANT your mushroom you stupid asshole my leg is-a broken! Get me a doctor!
- Rebuilt Pedestal: JdG is a big fan of The Angry Video Game Nerd. So when James Rolfe's friend Mike Matei accused JdG of plagiarizing AVGN (comparing him to The Irate Gamer and calling him a "fucking bum" in the process), he was reportedly rather bummed out. Later, JdG posted a comment on one of his videos saying he talked it out with Mike, and that Mike's not a bad person after all. The reconciliation was officially confirmed when JdG made a humorous cameo in Mike Matei's video "Mike Looks at Some NES Hacks".
- Record Needle Scratch: Sometimes used when he finds something which is both unexpected and incredibly stupid.
- Recycled In Space: Well, Recycled in France. He is like The Angry Video Game Nerd with much less profanity. In fact, some of hs viewers' tendency to label him an AVGN ripoff is lampshaded in the Home Alone game review, where one of the things that is written on his "to-do list" is "rip off the AVGN".
- Redheaded Stepchild: JdG is guilty of this in the 2013 fighting games video, when he says that Ryu being redheaded is one of the numerous flaws of the first Street Fighter game.
- Red Right Hand: Fred literally grows one in the Nightmare Circus video due to the game being so evil.
- Relax-o-Vision: When JdG mentions that one of the objectives in Brad Stallion is to hump a sheep, the action is censored by a montage of flowers, as Grenier's horrified screams can be heard.
- Rent-a-Zilla: The Problem with Licensed Games is represented by massive cartridges duking it out in New York.
- Retired Complete Monster: If you take Papy Grenier's stories at face value (that he was a sociopathic Pokémon trainer and bloodthirsty dictator instead of playing the games), he is this.
- Revisiting the Roots: The X-Perts 2016 episode is done in the style of the videos from the beginning of the series, poking fun at their low quality and mocking several tropes used at the time.JdG: What's happening? Why is the picture so small? Why is it misshaped? Why is everything ugly and gross? AND WHY IS THE SOUND SATURATING WHEN I SPEAK LOUDER?!
Seb: I think we're back in 2010... Oh fuck, my voice, shit!
- Right-Hand Cat: The CEO of Mauvais Jeux Inc. is often seen stroking a (plush) white cat.
- Ring... Ring... CRUNCH: The Beat-em Ups review opens with Grenier punching his alarm clock.
- Running Gag:
- Interrupting particularly crass jokes just before the punchline, usually with a "CENSORED" or "JOKE ABORTED" banner.
- The use of Baba Yetu during uplifting moments... and usually interrupted by the Moment Killer.
- Whenever they need a Bit Character, he's always named Jean-Michel Meaningful Name. Taken furthest with Jean-Michel Random, a Vox Pops specialist for a... Vox Pops segment.
- Russian Roulette: When riffing on the minigame Dating Sim, Fred wears a red headband while a guy yelling "Di di mau!" hands him a revolver, picks up the gun... and when the girlfriend asks if they can go to the beach, says "Come on, honey, can't you see I'm in the middle of a minigame?"
- Sanity Slippage:
- During his Dragon's Lair review.
- Most sessions of "JDG: La Revanche" are disastrous for his mental state, too.
- Scare Chord: Parodied in the Nightmare Circus video, where the scare chord is provided by Fred screeching away on a violin on-camera.
- Scatting: JdG sometimes does this when he hears ridiculous music in video games he reviews.
- Schizo Tech: After 30 years of war with Germany in the Civ 5 LP, rebels appear in one of the cities. Rebels with SAM launchers.
- The Scrappy: In-Universe.
- Like any self-respecting retro gamer, JdG despises the dog from Duck Hunt.JdG: I hate that fucking dog! Whoever says he never wanted to shoot him is a liar!
- He hates Hashizo from Ai Shite Night, and is overjoyed when he sees his older brother slapping him.
- Like any self-respecting retro gamer, JdG despises the dog from Duck Hunt.
- Scrappy Mechanic: In-Universe. The gravity factor in Airwolf is one of the main reasons why the game is nigh-impossible to play in an enjoyable way. The helicopter keeps going down at all time, and since it explodes almost instantly by hitting ANYTHING, JdG has to constantly give light taps on his joystick to keep the copter from crashing on the ground or going too high and crash on the ceiling.JdG: It's like doing archery on a fucking trampoline!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the Papy Grenier episode about the first Resident Evil game, after Wesker gives his colleagues one stupid piece of advice too many regarding zombies:Wesker: Don't move a muscle. Their eyesight is based on movement.
Gilles: Fuck this, I'm outta here.
Chris: Yeah, me too.
- See-Thru Specs: The sunglasses always dangling from JdG's shirt are described as allowing to see the state of someone's soul (which ends up damaged after really awful games and big videos).
- In the Taz-Mania review:JdG: So, Taz is told that somewhere exists an egg bigger than my ass...
- The 2014 FAQ video contains a sequence in which the meeting between the JdG and the NESBlog teams is played as a reenactment of the Jurassic Park scene in which Grant, Sattler, Hammond, and Malcom (respectively played by Fred, Seb, RealMyop, and Usul) are flying toward Isla Nublar, with Malcom rewritten as a far-left economist.note
- The Disney-themed episode has, at one point, a Long List of things "a thousand times worse than that" ("that" being the game The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure on PlayStation). Said list includes the JdG opening credits.
- After two "FAQ" videos in which he was either a Trolling Creator or giving joke answers to obvious questions, he made a totally serious FAQ video, which was named "Boring FAQ".
- The third part of the RPG episode casts fellow Youtuber Mathieu Sommet as a human mistaken for a Hobbit. Mathieu Sommet is 165 cm (5' 5'') tall.
- In the Taz-Mania review:
- Sensory Abuse:
- He describes Raid 2020's sound as "audio deflowering".JdG: And not just because it makes your ears bleed!
- He's more ironic with China Syndrome.JdG: Hmmm, now that's good stuff for the ears!
- Also makes such a remark on the title screen music of Spider-Man: Web of Fire on 32X. He also literally shouts his entire (brief) review of the game because of the eardrum-bursting music.JdG: And at the drums, Osama Bin Laden!
- He describes Raid 2020's sound as "audio deflowering".
- Sequelitis: In-Universe, discussed in several specials:
- Commented in the second anime special, when talking about Yu-Gi-Oh! (after commenting Dragon Ball GT).JdG: Take Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's for example. It's a wonderful series: it shows that you should stop while it's still time.
- Also invoked when talking about some good sequels (Mario, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot, Street Fighter...) but the video is about bad sequels (Prince of Persia 2 and Alex Kidd 3).
- Commented in the second anime special, when talking about Yu-Gi-Oh! (after commenting Dragon Ball GT).
- Serious Business: Often discussed during the old anime/cartoon specials, especially when a protagonist does ludicrous or self-destructive things simply to do a relatively mundane thing.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
- After playing through Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III, he goes back in time to steal these games from himself so that he would never have played them. In the timeline he created, he has reviewed My Little Pony on the Game Boy Advance instead.
- After finishing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES, he plays the Song of Time, goes back to his childhood and gets a different game as a present. It's Dark Castle.
- She Is All Grown Up: Invoked in his review of The Addams Family, where he mentions how good the actress who played Wednesday (Christina Ricci) looks as an adult.
- Shell-Shock Silence: When after a lame and badly timed joke from Seb, an enraged JdG pulls the boom mike down and screams in it. It is not complete silence though, we can hear Seb complaining about his ears hurting, and JdG saying he had it coming.
- Shout-Out: Enough to deserve their own page.
- Shower of Angst: After going through Brad Stallion, specifically having sex with a sheep.
- Shown Their Work: During the animated intro in The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil video, Hylian runes can be seen. They contain actual messages (and most of them are pretty snarky).
- Sidekick: Seb (Sébastien Rassiat), one of his friends who helps him make the videos and frequently plays a role in it.
- Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Papy Grenier's episode about Final Fantasy VII mocks this, with the main characters being shown in a roller coaster when they're supposed to chase Sephiroth.
- Simpleton Voice:
- Seb's voice gradually evolved into this. A Q&A special even asked if that was his real voice...Seb: [in a young female voice] Haha... of course not, THIS is my real voice.
- During the Lion King part of the Disney video, JdG makes the whole review with this kind of voice.
- Seb's voice gradually evolved into this. A Q&A special even asked if that was his real voice...
- Singing Voice Dissonance: During his review of Ai Shite Night, he notes that Sheila has a nice speaking voice — then Head Desk when he starts to sing, and rants how he sounds like the cat while Go Kato is gushing about how beautiful he sounds.
- A Sinister Clue: In the DC Comics adaptations episode, there is a flasback during which JdG reminds that Seb holding his boom pole with the wrong hand should have been a warning that something was wrong. The episode began with Seb dressed (and acting) like the Joker.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He once lampshaded how often he use the F word. Although, to be fair, he is much less this than the AVGN.
- The '60s: The Superheroes special tackles this period, including a '60s-themed Joueur du Grenier intro.
- Sleazy Politician: The premise of the "Moi, President" series is the entirely unlikable Jean-Michel Asshat ("Not my real name, but that's what you'll be calling me") running France as the President's adviser (and with zero respect for said President, the voters, the government officials...). According to him, he's doing his best to save the country while Surrounded by Idiots and Ungrateful Bastards.
- Skyward Scream: At the end of the TMNT NES review.
- Snap Back: Seb is shot a few times by JdG snapping, usually after making one lame pun too many. Of course, he's fine by the next video. Lampshaded once:JdG: Didn't I kill you in the previous episode?
Seb: Hey, we're in an Internet video show, it isn't supposed to be logical.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Seb tries to sing the opening tune of Les Minipouces: "Nous les Minipouces nananana enfant nananana enfant!".
- Sophisticated as Hell: In the Nightmare Circus review, to describe the total randomness of the game at times.JdG: The game does whatever it wants, it is free as a rose petal floating in the spring breeze. [beat] That fucker.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- JdG doesn't find "Life in the City" to be fitting to Sonic R. He thinks it'd rather suit a Rhythm Game at a seaside nightclub.
- The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil:JdG: If I was in 1984, in a nightclub called "The Macumba Night", I could eventually maybe think the music is good. Tough luck, I am playing a video game about Zelda right now. And I think it is slightly off-topic!
- In Airwolf, he notes how the music in one of the game's versionsnote sounds awesome but only plays in the most boring parts of the game. He compares it to putting epic music in an elevator, cue a skit with him going in an elevator that has "Dragon Rider" playing in it.
- Excalibur 2555 A.D. has a kind of techno-ish soundtrack making the levels sounds like every part of the game was happening in the immediate surrounding of a night-club.
- Asterix and the Great Rescue set to techno music.
- Played for laughs in the video where he reviews Timecop among other things: JdG demonstrates how music should fit the situation by showing a counter-example: Aerith's death scene set to Les Musclés' "Merguez Partie". The music pops up once again later in the video, when JdG starts talking about how horrible diabetes is.
- In the Smurfs video, when he flips a switch and the ominous music switches to "La Cucaracha" inside the bomber flying to the Smurfs village.
- The GIGN one has hilariously inappropriate music, which he thinks would be better suited to a commercial for insurance or dog food. Especially the Game Over screen.
- Speaking Simlish: Logically, in some parts of the SimCity video. Including a Hitler Rants parody spoken in Simlish.
- Special Edition Title:
- The Superheroes special has a Sixties-themed Joueur du Grenier intro.
- The Takeshi's Challenge two-episode review has a special title sequence, parodying anime openings as much as possible.
- Special Effect Failure: In-Universe.
- Parodied in the beginning of the Spirou video, when they explore the abandoned Peruvian tomb.JdG: And this is the edge of the green screen where we shoot our special effects.
- Also mentioned when Grenier talks about Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.JdG: Yeah, don't laugh, the special effects are made by a French company.
- Parodied in the beginning of the Spirou video, when they explore the abandoned Peruvian tomb.
- Spin-Off: Papy Grenier, where he plays an old storyteller who revisits classic games in a humorous way.
- Spiritual Successor: The Dragon's Dogma ads. They aren't released as Joueur du Grenier episodes (the title of the series is Dragon's Dogma - Fred and Seb, Fred doesn't wear any of the iconic shirts) but are filled with the same snarky humour that the Joueur du Grenier and Papy Grenier series.
- Split-Screen Phone Call: Parodied in the RPG review, where the Elder can reach for JdG through the split.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Subverted in the Airwolf review, where The Grim Reaper disappears from his sight but then comes back, claiming he was just packing his stuff. Then JdG himself pulls one on The Grim Reaper for no particular reason.Grim Reaper: There are some really weird people around here.
- Sting: In the TMNT special, we actually see Seb on the drums playing a rimshot for Grenier's joke.
- Stock Control Settings: JdG is not pleased that the Start button, instead of pausing, switches the type of punches in Rise of the Robots. He has his reasons, since it means there is no longer a Pause feature.JdG: Start, is PAUSE! Ever since it existed, the Start button was always meant to PAUSE!
- Storybook Opening: Spoofed at the beginning of the Disney games video.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Two in the Nightmare Circus video, the first appearing as It Was There I Swear, and the second revealing something far more horrifying: Benzaie.Seb: Oh my God a ghost!
Benzaie: Oh, hi! You wouldn't know where the exit is? I don't even know what I'm doing here!
Seb: Oh my God a cameo!
- String Theory: Grenier is reduced to connect with strings the plot elements of the Japanese Spider-Man series to make heads or tails of the first episode's story. Problem, he has no idea where Spider-Man fits in all of this.
- Stupidity Is the Only Option: He notices in the Takeshi's Challenge video that the way to progress in the game (quit your job without taking the resignation indemnity, drink in bars until you pass out, then go home, beat your family, and demand divorce) makes no sense. Zigzagged because the game also have some elements of Reality Ensues (not learning the local language before going to the islands blocks you because you can't understand what the locals are saying).
- Sudden Musical Ending:
- Suicide as Comedy: In the Telechat episode, he notes that the opening theme of the show (a slow saxophone solo) sounds like it was composed by a depressed alcoholic person, and then sings along: "I'd want to jump from the roof, and violently hit the ground below!"
- Super Hero: Duck-Man
- Super Mode: "Super Grenier de l'espace" (Super Space Attic Gamer), a play on "Super Guerrier de l'espace", which is how Super Saiyans were called in the French dub. His "transformation" is triggered after building up too much anger and frustration because of Excalibur 2555 A.D., complete with Gohan's SSJ2 theme playing in the background, as Seb and Merlin (also played by Seb) comment on his "power"... Which allows him to beat games at a ludicrous speed, win at a game of checkers, find Waldo, turn the game off, watch a movie and brush his teeth before going to bed.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Used for Pepito/Granolax, the evil alien octopus plushie from the "Tshai-Nese" empire (not actually related to our own Chinese people). note
- Take That!:
- In the Raid 2020 review:JdG: Winners fight drugs. Except him. [cuts to a photograph of Lance Armstrong]
- On the simulation special: "Well no, I'm a train driver. I'm on strike." (Train employees are extremely notorious for going on strike in France.)
- In the same video, to introduce Rulers of Nations:Seb: Hey, you're cheating!
JdG: [suddenly in a suit, imitating Nicolas Sarkozy's voice] Well, what should I have done? Giving this money to young hooded punks who sing Islamic rap?
Seb: You're taking me for a fool, aren't you.
JdG: ... You're right! I've become a politician!
- In the FAQ video, regarding road maintenance and repair: "Look at how realistic this is! You got one guy busting his ass doing all the work and the other three doing jack shit! Just like in real life."
- In the first RPG episode, he says that fights in Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance are more boring than an episode of 7th Heaven. Cue a Gasp and Fred insisting he said that.
- In the Disney games review, he mentions that Beauty and the Beast on Mega Drive is as empty as the conference about the PS4 was. From the same review, he sarcastically says that Activision isn't the kind of company that would make money by selling games you can finish in an hour. Also, during the "Hakuna Matata" parody, he asks to the two French videotesters who entered in his home to sing:JdG: What are you doing in my place?
Dorian: We're squatting your video.
- It is probably targeted to a very vocal minority who very regularly criticizes the new videos because of the cameos, especially the cameos of those two specificic testers.
- When asked if he'd found a worse dub than the French version of Fist of the North Star, we're shown a few scenes from the French-dubbed Superfriends.Jdg: Yes. You can always find worse.
- Has a big Take That towards the American army in the Platoon / Metal Gear episode: he tries to show that having a Karma Meter in a game where you are an American soldier at war is hypocritical... because of the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal. Yeah.
- In the "Thanks" part of the closing credits for the Superheroes special, he thanks "The NESBlog Mafia". NESBlog is a French videogame-themed network of videomakers, of which JdG is part (as most of the regular characters appearing as cameos). "The NESBlog Mafia" is not a Take That! addressed to NESBlog but to the vocal minority already targeted in the "we're squatting your video" joke (see above): the "NESBlog Mafia" phrase comes right from them.
- In the DC adaptations review, he sums up his opinion of Batman Forever with a scream. When he notes that the game itself, however, may not be that bad, he is told that it uses the same engine and gameplay as Mortal Kombat. Cue another scream.
- In the Papy Grenier, Mass Effect episode, he has yet another jab at EA: "It was in 2007; that was well before Electronic Arts became a subsidiary of the drug cartels..."
- Averted in the Police Simulator video, where increasing security measures (a cop in front of ever building, two cop cars per street, cameras every 25 feet, two precincts just down the street from each other), he doesn't make a single joke about political implications (except the mayor saying that to combat crime and unemployment they'll hire more cops and arrest this Unemployment person).
- In the Raid 2020 review:
- Take That, Us: The Terminator special has his younger self reading the JdG comics; he tells him to stop reading that crap.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: In the special about girly shows, the first thing JdG asks Seb is to add a very... special effect on the screen (which mercifully doesn't last the whole episode).JdG: So today, we're gonna have animated shows for girls. Seb, turn this show into something pink and boring for chicks, please! [cue a blur effect appearing] ...Ah, it's not enough. Add more cute things. [cue Seb throwing kittens in the fire] Okay. It's pink, blurry and disgusting. We're in a girly show alright.
- Tear Jerker: The second main theme of the second special. In-Universe.JdG: The cartoons back then were really serious. Sometimes even TOO serious.
JdG: Might I remind you that it's supposedly for kids.
JdG: Candies, guns, fuel canisters, buy some matches!
JdG: Real funny there...
JdG: Damn, even the voice-over seems on the verge of killing itself!
JdG: Listen to what the Big Bad says! [...] It's completely sordid to say things like that!!
JdG: It's horrible! Really... No, really... Help!! They show that to kids?!
- Tempting Fate: Often.
- Twice in the Excalibur 2555 review, when he comments on how cliché the enemies are:JdG: Seriously, the only way to make this game more cliché is to put in a mad scientist and Frankenstein's monster.
[those two enemies appear with the "1-Up Sonic" jingle]
- And after finding a bar in a cave:JdG: Stupid game, a bar in a cave... Why not a strip-club for transvestites while you're at it?
Seb: Actually, that appears later in the game.
[footage of said level is shown]
JdG: I hate my life.
- In the girly shows special, when discussing the use of the Almost Dead Guy trope in Lady Georgie.
- In the 2013 fighting games video:JdG: [to Seb] Why are you looking at me like that? I hope you aren't thinking about creating a montage of all our racist jokes with a Lord of the Rings music!
Seb: I'm not.
[said montage was shown right before these linesnote ]
- After a particularly disturbing commercial of an anatomically correct peeing boy doll, he really hopes that's the worst of humanity's rejects. Cut to a pregnant Barbie commercial.
- In the Dragon Ball review, he mentions that the game is at least somewhat faithful to the series, covering the events of the original manga pretty well. Bulma being kidnapped by a pterodactyl, the meetings with Master Roshi (though Bulma showing her panties was censored to have her give him her meal), Oolong and Yamcha, the adventures in Pilaf's castle... then he gets to the part where Goku goes to the Moon to defeat a white rabbit, which never happened in the manga.note
- Twice in the Excalibur 2555 review, when he comments on how cliché the enemies are:
- That Came Out Wrong:
- In the sport games review:JdG: The Jaguar tried to penetrate the market with its 64 bitsnote ... [video reeling back] That console presented itself as the first 64-bit console.
- In the TMNT special:JdG: Relatively speaking, the racism was okay... [beat] That's absolutely not what I meant.
- In the sport games review:
- That One Level: In-Universe: The snow level in Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Especially a part of it, which he calls "The Passage":JdG: Yes, the The Passage, you know about The Passages, every hard game has one, that hard part of a level which makes you want to headbutt your girlfriend and run naked on a speedway!
- There Are No Therapists: Averted; JdG consults a therapist in the Smurfs episode to help with all the stress the horrible games inflict on him. Though he's probably not too useful, considering he's doodling or playing crosswords while JdG tells his story.
- There Should Be a Law: At the end of the Metal Gear review:JdG: Honestly, isn't there some kind of law that condemns voluntary attempts to be assholes?!
- The "The" Title Confusion: Grenier isn't too sure whether the sub-title for Prince of Persia 2 is "The Shadow & Flame The" or "The The Shadow & Flame" (it's actually "The Shadow & the Flame").
- They Killed Kenny Again:
- From time to time, Seb is killed or commits suicide. He inexplicably reappears latter or in the next episode.
- Kaedan in the Mass Effect Papy Grenier special.
- Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Finishing Airwolf on Amstrad will bring upon the unlucky gamer the wrath of Zeus. Too bad for him:Zeus: For your punishment, you shall review Dragon's Lair!
JdG: No can do, I did it two months ago.
Zeus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
JdG: I did it a while ago!
Zeus: Uh, Dark Castle?
JdG: Already done.
Zeus: Damn, you really have a shitty life! Uh, E.T.?
JdG: Aw come on, it wasn't that awful!
Zeus: And Barbie? Barbie, don't tell me you've done Barbie!
Zeus: Wah, you really had it rough.
- Third-Person Seductress: In the DC Comics adaptations episode, he speaks very quickly about the Catwoman adaptation, to say that this trope is the only interest of the game.
- Title Theme Tune: After a few seconds of the French intro sequence of Captain Planet, Grenier cuts it with "Yeah, yeah, okay, we got it!"
- To Be Continued:
- Twice — one at the end of his sports games review, and one at the end of the Platoon and Metal Gear review.
- Parodied in the First-Person Shooters review, with this dialogue at the end, over the credits.Doug Walker: You are very good, Monsieur Grenier, but now, it is time. Meet me at the hotel. [to be continued] In 8 months. [to be continued in 8 months]
JdG: Wait a sec, 8 months?! Why not right now, I'm free at the moment!
Doug Walker: Well I mean, right now it's the high season, so if I take tickets, it'll be a little too expensive. Now I found a low-cost flight site, but right now it's full, and there's nothing else that— hold on a second, I really have bad reception, I can barely hear ya.
JdG: Hello? H-Hello, can you hear me? Hello?
Doug Walker: Yeah, it's a little better, but not that great.
JdG: Yeah, hold on, I'm walking upstairs, there you go. [footsteps sounds]
Doug Walker: Yeah, it's definitely better, but I can hear the traffic. So, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, the flight. So, I was thinking that— [sequence ends]
- It's subverted as well, because of The Stinger that shows the two of them actually meeting.
- Toilet Humor: Used during the Toilet Tycoon part of the simulators review.
- Too Dumb to Live: Said word-for-word in the LOTR review (see Artificial Stupidity).
- Torture Cellar: He locks some of his worst games in one. It is shown in the Dragon's Lair (in which he first goes to bring the game in his room before testing it) and The Addams Family (which ends with the torture of a chained Super Nes with the Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt cart still in it) videos.
- Totally Radical: In response to the cringe-inducing, awful attempts at ads trying this, he tells them "Man, you would have gotten stabbed if you'd tried talking like that in 2014."
- Trauma Inn: Lampshaded in (appropriately enough) the 2nd RPG special, where Fred hauls the fly-infested corpse of his weeks-dead party member to an inn, and the guy wakes up two hours later.
- Travel Montage: In the beginning of the Instruments of Chaos video, JdG's search of all the Indiana Jones games uses this trope with a map of Paris's public transport.
- Troll: At the end of the Alex Kidd 3 review, JdG accuses the makers to have been trolling the gamers. Considering that the whole village level, with several quests and sub-quests involving finding numerous linked items, is actually completely irrelevant to finishing the game, he certainly has a point.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: In the Jurassic Park episode, beyond those in the games, JdG faces a T. rex after the obligatory Bad Vibrations moment.
- Unexplained Recovery: Fred shoots Seb offscreen in Sport Games. In the next video Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when Fred asks why is he there, he just responds that a web video doesn't have to be logical.
- Unfortunate Implications:
- In-Universe, in the FAQ video. "I will make no comment on the fact that your character [a highway maintenance worker] looks like an old Pakistani immigrant."
- Another in the 2nd RPG special, where the party thief is Karim Debbache (who's of North-African descent). He promptly realizes the problem and tells the others to get fucked.
- Un Installment: All game footage from his intro comes from his earliest episodes, except for the brief moment when Goonies II is shown. According to the Word of Grenier, a Goonies II review was cancelled during its production, because they felt the end result wasn't as good as the other episodes. It is finally reviewed in April 2016... except it is actually a pretty good game, so Grenier immediately switches to X-Perts, after just quickly pointing out a few flaws.Grenier: And I swear, this fucking game... is perfectly okay, what's the problem?
- Unreadably Fast Text:
- During his Ninja Turtles review, a fake ad for the "low hitpoints alert" sound sold as a ringtone is shown. During the ad, a line of text is scrolling at the bottom of the screen, saying, "Really? You have nothing better to do other than reading this scrolling text?"
- The 2nd RPG special has "if you paused the video to read this, buy yourself a social life."
- Unusual Euphemism: In a sketch of JdG as a father with his kid watching Cool World, he tries to explain what's going on the screen with "Well, you see, the lady, as we say around here, she has the Garonne flooding..." And no, the euphemism doesn't sound any less weird in French (even knowing the Garonne is a river).
- Unwinnable Joke Game: Minus the "joke" part. JdG considers Street Fighter I flat-out impossible to finish because the final boss demolishes you with next to no room to counter-attack.
- Video Game 3D Leap: He dedicated an entire video to this, mostly focusing on the Polygon Ceiling of games such as Bubsy 3D.
- Video Game Perversity Potential: In-Universe, in the Papy Grenier episode about GoldenEye for the N64. He says that he used to take advantage of the fact that bullet impacts on the walls took a long time to disappear to "draw" penises.
- Viking Funeral: Used as a Framing Device for the TMNT special: Grenier and Seb perform such a funeral for the whole Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, which they consider has been killed by the slew of poor adaptations.
- Villain Song: In the Disney games review, the devs and CEO of Infogrames have one, based on Scar's song from The Lion King.
- Visual Pun: In the Papy Grenier episode about Roller Coaster Tycoon, when at the end Grenier phones home and casually says that he lost another business again, he is suspended to a golden parachute.
- Vorpal Pillow: He attempts to smother his Master System with a pillow after playing The Flintstones.
- Vulgar Humor: He describes Brad Stallion to be so filled with vulgar jokes and sex-related puns that would be quite similar to a kid throwing every swear word he can think of.
- "Wanted!" Poster: There's one for Duck-Man at the beginning of the DC Comics games review. Then it's ripped off, revealing another wanted poster for... ham. Covering a poster asking to stop ripping posters.
- We All Live in America: Or "We All Live in France" in his case — lampshaded in the review for Tintin in Tibet, in which JdG is adamant that Tintin is French and not Belgian.
- We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies: His Valentine's Day episode ends with one of these, where Grenier lists off the games he thought were too gross to properly review.
- Welcome to Corneria:
- Averted in the Alex Kidd review, where trying to get past the guard three times results in him stabbing you. Cut to a Mass Effect-like dialogue tree, where Seb talks to JdG just to end the conversation immediately, and on the third try JdG shoots him.
- Also parodied in the RPG video, after the Greybeard is done delivering his information.Greybeard: Go and accomplish your mission. And now I'm going to repeat the same line every time you talk to me.
[Grenier pokes him]
Hi, Swearborn! Has there been any progress in your quest?
[Grenier pokes him again]
Hi, Swearborn! Has there been any progress in your quest?
- Discussed in the 2nd RPG video where he notes that the developers of Super Hydlide didn't even bother to do that for most of the NPCs, resulting in a lot of people answering with "!?......", which he represents with a Tim Taylor-esque grunt.Greybeard: So, Swearborn, has there been any progress in your quest?
- Well, This Is Not That Trope: The Takeshi's Challenge video starts with Grenier recounting the legend of Susanoo in rough Japanese, before ending midstory and saying "This video is not about that."
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Said word-for-word when he discusses the fact that Cryo was already known for bad games before making Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar.
- What Does This Button Do?: JdG does this in Kang and Kodos's flying saucer at the end of the Bart vs. the Space Mutants review.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In-Universe.
- He often asks this questions about video games when they get too trippy, such as Astérix and the Great Rescue.
- Also the Téléchat special.
- And his conclusion about Batman: The Movie. (Though here it isn't clear whether he's implying it was made on drugs, or if he's advocating taking some to recover from the viewing. Probably both.)
- In the Nightmare Circus review, Fred lampshades the fact he'd been doing this a lot.JdG: Okay, then... I know the joke that "the developers have been taking drugs," we've used it way too often in the JdG... but we should have kept it for this moment, in fact!
- Who Writes This Crap?!:
- In a fake movie trailer at the end of the Virus review, after saying a horribly lame pun on the word "mal" (in this context, "evil", not "hurt". Well...)."Evil has returned... And it will hurt!"
- The plot of Virus is implied to be written by a kid during a redaction exercise in school, and then bought by the CEO of Mauvais Jeux Inc.
- In a fake movie trailer at the end of the Virus review, after saying a horribly lame pun on the word "mal" (in this context, "evil", not "hurt". Well...).
- A Winner is You: A common bad point in the games he reviews. Especially blatant in The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt, in which it overlaps with Easy-Mode Mockery: finishing the game in a low difficulty level grants a A Winner is You ending suggesting to beat the game in a higher difficulty mode. The true ending is also A Winner is You, with a different short text. JdG doesn't take it very well...
- Word Salad Title: When he reviews Elite Force: Navy Seals, Grenier suspects that there is a random title generator for crappy FPSs.
- Would Rather Suffer: Fred has this to say about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:JdG: You'll have to cut my balls with rusty shears drenched in vinegar before I'd admit that the fourth movie is part of the saga!
- Wrestler in All of Us: About midway through his review of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Grenier is already upset enough that he grabs his NES and puts it through a wrestling move while wearing a Lucha Libre mask.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: In the Papy Grenier episode about RollerCoaster Tycoon, he tries to name his park "Kids Krazy Kingdom". The shareholders understandably find the idea... dubious.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In Hook for the NES, after going through a painful first level, he is amazed at how surprisingly good the following flying level is, before he realizes said level is also very short. He compares the experience with giving a lollipop to a child just to enjoy taking it away a few seconds later.
- You Bastard:
- During the Taz-Mania review, he reacts like that when presenting the show which inspired the game... with a subversion:JdG: Ha ha ha... You're laughing, aren't you? Have you no shame? Seriously, haven't you noticed something shocking in this series? Taz's family can speak perfectly: his parents, his sister, his brother. They even wear clothes. And look at Taz... Look at him [the picture turns in black and white with a sad music]. He is the only one to always be naked and not to be able to speak. It's true, Taz is mentally disabled. So, stop making fun of him because... ha ha ha, this idiot is funny!
- During one of his specials about cartoons, he shows a DVD set of My Little Pony (the older one) and angrily says to the viewers: "Look at what you made me buy!"
- During the Prince of Persia 2 / Alex Kidd in High Tech World video, the introduction speech includes this:JdG: [after talking about Sequelitis, especially in video games] So, it's why I'm here, to suffer. Because you love seeing me suffering, which makes you evil human beings.
- During the Taz-Mania review, he reacts like that when presenting the show which inspired the game... with a subversion:
- You, Get Me Coffee: About the SNES Jurassic Park, while commenting on how the other characters keep giving Grant missions but never appear in person to help him, we see an edited caption from Hammond demanding he'd go fetch some coffee.
- You Keep Using That Word: He will often use the word gameplay when what he means is controls (or rather, maniabilité). It can be explained by the fact that, in French, the sense of that word is less strict than in English language, from which it was borrowed.
- You Make Me Sic: Seb as the Colonel, in the Platoon / Metal Gear review, complains that the ransom note he's reading is badly written.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: In-universe, during his review of Geo-Political Simulator: Rulers of Nations:JdG: This game is too hard to be beaten, so, because the situation is worsening, I decide to replace my Prime Minister François Fillon, who became unpopular, with the leader of the Beelzebub's Worshipers Sect.
Leader of the Beelzebub's Worshipers Sect: Of course, it is well known that we are absolutely in tune with each other.
JdG: Fuck, I'm in tune with Beelzebub, I really must be playing like crap.
- You Shall Not Pass: Gandalf as a nightclub bouncer (see Previously On).
- You Were Trying Too Hard: In the Jurassic Park (Mega Drive) game, Grenier gets quite upset with the level where he has to guide Grant on a raft over several waterfalls, where even a small tumble means you die. Exasperated, he throws away the game pad... and the level continues, with Grant going through the waterfalls without a hitch.JdG: You needn't touch the game pad... I hate it when a game takes you for a dumbass...
- Zerg Rush: Instruments of Chaos suffers from this, with enemies attacking less than a second from the start and piling up.
Tropes for the Joueur du Grenier comics:
- Amusing Injuries
- The Faceless: Grenier's mother's face is always obscured by something or other.
- Face Fault: Every depiction of Grenier's mother ends with her keeling over at her progeny's latest catastrophe.
- Medium Awareness / No Fourth Wall
- The '90s
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Including Grenier.
- Spin-Off Babies: The comic book, instead of focusing on video games, is about his childhood, and doesn't always involve video games or pop culture nostalgia.
- Toilet Humor