Running Gag: Small one, but he keeps bringing up a "Top 10 Sexiest Girls in Gaming", which he has yet to make. This often comes up in segments where he's working on his videos while waiting for something.
Take That: In his Top 10 list of Video Game jerks, he says jerks in video games are less realistic than people in real life, stating that people are much kinder in real life, all while the screen is filled with screenshots of various people's YouTube comments with similarly varying insults aimed at him. And Goats.
Ascended Extra: They weren't extras, but Smooth McGroove and Shane were pretty quiet for the majority of Minecraft Hardcore #3, up until they become the only two left of the group.
As Himself: Smooth McGroove in Minecraft Hardcore #3.
Boom, Headshot: Thanks in part due to a skeleton and being poisoned by a witch prior to it, this is how Jon meets his end in Episode 7 of Minecraft Hardcore #3.
Blatant Lies: In Minecraft HC #3, episode 6, Jon manages to aggro an Enderman. He claims that he didn't look at it, PBJ actually gets a look at him and the Enderman just before the attack, and Jon was indeed looking straight at it.
Call Back: The finale of "Minecraft HC #2". It has the same "Seven heroes set out to [insert goal here]; only [x] remain" intro as the last episode of the first Minecraft Hardcore.
Covers Always Lie: In the Hardcore series, the thumbnails often do this to avoid spoilers. For example, in Minecraft Hardcore #3: Episode 7's thumbnail shows Dean, even though he had already died two episodes ago.
Despair Event Horizon: In Minecraft Hardcore #2, Barry and McJones are noticeably disheartened and frazzled after PBG dies.
Difficulty Spike: Largely responsible for the deaths of The entire team in Minecraft Hardcore #3. A number of difficulty-enhancing game changes had been implemented since Minecraft Hardcore #2 was made, and the majority of the team, if not the entire team, weren't aware of them. The three most noticeable examples being that mobs spawn more frequently in areas that players hang out in, witches now spawn outside of swamps (though rarely), and lava sources are occasionally hidden within Netherrack sections. These are responsible for the deaths of all of the team aside from Smooth and Shane.
Downer Ending/Kill 'em All: Due to the format and concept of the show, this was bound to happen eventually. To be precise, every completed season so far except Minecraft Hardcore and Diablo 2 Hardcore have ended in failure, with every single protagonist dead.
Minecraft Hardcore: Averted. Although everyone but Jon and Barry are dead, the remaining two do end up completing their quest of killing the Ender Dragon.
DayZ Hardcore'': Played Straight. Everyone but Jared is dead midway through the third episode, but things seem to be going his way... until he's gunned down by a bandit and gets a grenade tossed his way.
Terraria Hardcore: Played Straight. SpaceHamster and PBG take on the Eye of Cthulhu by themselves, and both fall in battle despite getting this close to killing it.
Minecraft Hardcore #2: Played Straight. Barry descends into madness as he fails to find more Wither Skulls, and ultimately dies alone in the Nether.
Diablo2 Hardcore: Averted. Paul and Jirard kill Diablo and complete their quest and earning the gang a victory for the first time in three seasons.
Minecraft Hardcore #3: Played Straight. Shane is killed by a Wither Skeleton that snuck up behind him as he was putting out a couple fires. Then, as Smooth is trying to kill a Blaze, he too is snuck up on and killed by the exact same skeleton (which could be seen wearing Shane's armour).
Driven to Suicide: Jon in the first episode of DayZ Hardcore appears to die this way when he glitches off the side of a building.
Minecraft #1: Both The Completionist and Soah die very early on. The former mysteriously left his computer and didn't return for the rest of the playthrough, while the latter struck lava and was killed. Much later, McJones abruptly dies when the Enderdragon pushes him into the abyss seconds after entering The End.
DayZ: Pretty much every death could count. Especially McJones, who is slaughtered in the first couple minutes.
Terraria: Midway through, Dean and McJones are suddenly and unceremoniously squashed by a boulder while mining underground. Paul could also count, as his death doesn't even happen onscreen.
Minecraft #2: Dean gets killed by a Skeleton early on. Later, NintendoCapriSun is ambushed by a spider and multiple creepers. He might have made it out alive, but his controls seemed to have stopped responding.
DiabloII: Like in DayZ, all the deaths could qualify on account of how sudden and unexpected they were, though they tended to have more dramatic flair to them than the DayZ ones.
Minecraft #3: Dean not only gets abruptly blown up by a Creeper early in, but it occurs offscreen too. Much later, after McJones and PBG's dramatic deaths, Shane and Smooth are rather unceremoniously disposed of in the next episode.
MineZ: Dean's death, which reaches new lows (see Killed Off Screen). *still picture of Pirate Ship* "Dean died." *cut to PBG and McJones's location*note Dean did die to a zombie, but his footage got corrupted.
Dwindling Party: Happens frequently in the series, especially in the ones that end in failure.
Evil Laugh: In Minecraft Hardcore #3, Jon laughs maniacally as the house burns down.
Failed a Spot Check: At least from PBG's perspective, there was the sounds of wood burning and a brief shot of flames on the house before Jared announced that the house was on fire in Episode 5 of Minecraft Hardcore #3.
Mount & Blade Napoleonic Wars Episode 2: In the final segment, as everyone is in the middle of the lake frantically trying to figure out how to operate the boat, ominous music starts to play… then a cannonball hits the boat and everyone dies.
Minecraft #3 Episode 5: Dean announces his plan to go outside and asks for somebody to help protect him from Creepers. Nobody goes with him and he dies seconds later to a Creeper explosion.
Foreshadowing: Occurs numerous times in Hardcore, usually where someone will make a casual, offhanded remark that turns out to be eerily prophetic. Examples:
Minecraft Hardcore #1:
Episode 1: Soah warns the group about digging into lava. On the next episode, he falls victim to the exact fate he cautioned the others about.
Also in the first episode, Dean and Jirard are left behind at the house to mine as the others decide to head out. When it’s questioned if leaving them together is a good idea, Jon replies, “What could they possibly do?” When the group returns home later, they discover that Jirard went (permanently) AFK while mining.
Episode 6: PBG is talking about how they need to go kill Endermen and remarks, “I have a feeling that’ll be the end of at least one or two of us.” Much later in Episode 15, he dies on an Enderman hunt.
Episode 2: McJones warns the others about encountering traps via digging too deep. Three episodes later, he and Dean both die to a trap.
Episode 9: As the boys are heading down into the ravine to mine Obsidian, PBG comments “unless we have some random slip-ups” that they’re doing pretty good. Cue Barry almost dying to an Enderman, Jared viciously ambushed by multiple Creepers and Skeletons, and McJones nearly being knocked off a ledge by a Creeper explosion and falling to his death.
Episode 14: The group is standing around the graveyard during a lightning storm and discussing how to find NCS, who had earlier gotten himself lost. A caption appears, acknowledging the foreboding thunder. Sure enough, NCS dies in the next episode.
Episode 19: Arguably the creepiest example in the series. PBG spots a cross-shaped formation in the Netherrack in the exact shape of the gravestones built for their fallen comrades, and thinks it’s a bad omen. McJones later points out that no-one has yet died in the Nether, clarifying that he doesn’t want to jinx it. Everyone remaining then dies off one by one.
Minecraft Hardcore #3:
Episode 7: At one point when Jon, PBG, and Shane are meeting up, Shane warns that a skeleton is behind a tree. While Jon is poisoned from a witch, a skeleton pops up from behind a tree and kills him.
Episode 2 & 11: PBG jokes that Shane is his mortal enemy, as PBG is dressed as Luigi and Shane as Waluigi (a joke which is brought up again in Episode 10). Later in the same episode, PBG comments on how no-one has died to lava since Season 1. When they venture into the Nether much later, McJones and PBG both die to lava, all while building themselves a safehouse no less. As for Shane, him being PBG’s enemy turns out to be averted, as Shane never ends up killing him. He did accidentally trap McJones in with the lava, but McJones had taken too much damage and was going to die anyway.
Even more ironic is that the only time a spoiler from the last season was uncensorednote PBG recounting how, by blocking off some lava, he would up screwing himself over when a Zombie Pigman attacked him and he couldn’t escape was followed by the aforementioned lava death a few minutes later.
From Bad to Worse: PBG, one of the last 3 remaining players, dies in the latter half of episode 19 of Minecraft Season 2. Things slowly calm down a bit. Then McJones dies too, and Barry narrowly avoids death.
In MineZ Hardcore, after the guys finally meet up and cure Dean of his disease, they decide to head out to Sirus. Along the way, Dean gets infected again, and when they reach Sirus and try to find an antidote, PBG and McJones end up infected as well.
Gang Up on the Human: This is how Jared dies in Minecraft Hardcore #3 - Part 9. He is fighting two creepers at once, and causes one to explode, which throws the other creeper, along with two of the three spiders that were chasing him, straight at him, and then it begins to explode. Amazingly, he manages to survive it when the creeper is inadvertently killed by one of the spiders. Jared backs up from the spider only to run into another creeper, which blows up, throwing him into the air, and he is killed when he hits the ground. To recap: That's three creepers and three spiders, all ganging up on Jared.
In a way, this is how NintendoCapriSun died in the second Mincraft series: his controls stopped working and he was swarmed by a spider and a creeper.
Gone Horribly Wrong: The plan in episode 19 of "Mincecraft HC #2" to attack the Zombie Pigmen results in two-thirds of the remaining team to die, leaving only Barrynote who lucked out thanks to a convenient crash.
Heel Realization: PBG has one of these at the end of the Oblivion Collection Series. After realizing how many evil things he's done to get the Daedric Artifacts, he accepts his death at the hands of an Anvil city guard.
Heroic Sacrifice: In Minecraft Hardcore #2, Jared does this to save a lagged-out PBG.
Stupid Sacrifice: As many commenters on you tube pointed out, it could have been avoided if he had simply attacked the Creeper the moment he saw it rather than urge PBG to run away with the full knowledge that PBG was suffering from lag.
History Repeats: Interestingly, Minecraft Hardcore #3 repeats some notable occurrences from Minecraft Hardcore #2, at least in terms of deaths. To explain: Dean dies in episode 5 and is also the first to die in the series, someone dies from a skeleton, Jared gets killed thanks to a creeper, a death has Gang Up on the Human as an attributing factornote made up of spiders and, again, creepers, PBG and McJones die in the Nether, PBG is the 5th to die in the series, and the Nether is where the series ends due to a Total Party Kill and a failure to spawn the Wither.
Also, Jared has died from or as a result of explosions four times across the series: once by grenade, twice by Creepers and once by an exploding Zombie Pigman.
I Will Only Slow You Down: PBG, McJones, and Dean each come to this conclusion during MineZ Hardcore after each of them becomes infected and nobody can find an antidote to cure them. The group begrudgingly leaves them behind, considering them dead.
Idiot Hero: Dean in Minecraft Hardcore and PBG himself to a certain extent.
Averted for Dean in DayZ Hardcore, where he's the most competent and knowledgable member of the team. Contrast Minecraft #1, where he'd never played the game before.
Happens occasionally thoughout the Hardcore seasons. Soah in Episode 2 of Minecraft #1, Jon in Episode 1 of DayZ Hardcore, Paul in Episode 4 of Terraria Hardcore, Dean and McJones in Episodes 5 & 11 of Minecraft #3, and Jared and Dean in Episodes 11 & 13 of MineZ Hardcore, all of which are not caught on video. Also happens a few times in the Mount & Blade episodesnote Namely, Barry in Episode 1. In Episode 2, McJones in the first session, Dean in the second, and both Dean and McJones in the third.
Almost all the group's chickens die offscreen too in Minecraft #3 Episode 10.
Dean's death in MineZ Hardcore deserves special recognition. Not only did he die offscreen, but since he wasn't recording or anywhere near the others when it happened, there wasn't even a death message. Instead, on Episode 13, the camera zooms in on the barren Pirate Ship, Chirping Crickets and all, and a stoic SpaceHamster simply says "Dean died."
Leeroy Jenkins: Throughout the first Minecraft Hardcore, PBG behaves rather boldly, but this especially hits home when he spends time fighting in a desert that he's realized has unusually high enemy spawns. This eventually gets him killed.
Left for Dead: In Episode 10 of MineZ Hardcore, Dean is left behind when he is unable to descend the stairs of the ship in time. To seal the nail in the coffin, as the rest of the group leave, they look back upon the S. S. Dean to see the ship being slowly overrun by zombies.
Lethally Stupid: In Minecraft and Terraria, the group often decides that the best time to go out and mine is in the middle of the night, and they continue to fight monsters, again at night. This usually has bad consequences.
In Minecraft Hardcore #3, Jon decides to decorate the (wooden) house... with a flowing stream of lava. In the next episode, the house almost burns down as a result.
Let's Split Up, Gang: In MineZ Hardcore, the group starts out as two Teams (Team 1 and Team B), and have to regroup after finding each other from across the map. They do this and become one big group in Episode 4. In Episode 9, they split up again so that the others can find medicine for McJones and PBG.
Loads and Loads of Loading: An ongoing problem throughout Minecraft season 2, leading to three deaths. KyrakThePoet had consistent lag problems throughout the first several episodes, to the point that he could barely play. Eventually, the rest of the group decided to "sacrifice" him to put him out of his misery. Later, PBG was lagging and couldn't move properly while being chased by a creeper. ProJared rushed in to save him, but missed his strike, causing the creeper to blow up and kill him instead. Later still, NintendoCapriSun's controls stopped responding as he was being swarmed by monsters, ending in his demise.
Ironically, Barry was later saved by a lag-out. His computer crashed when he and McJones were being attacked in the Nether, sparing him from the danger.
Mercy Kill: PBG killed Kyrak in "Minecraft HC #2" because of his bad internet connection.note To be specific, he kept logging out because of how bad his connection was, and it got to the point that the server (for a while) refused to let him back on.
In Episode 10 of Diablo II Hardcore, Dean dies out of nowhere.
One moment we're singing the Muppet Babies theme, and the next moment, Dean is dead...
It happens to him again in Minecraft Hardcore #3.
This moment serves as a doubleMood Whiplash, as after he is killed and we see two people react to his death without actually seeing it, and quiet piano music mourning his death, it cuts back to the present as Jon calls out "Thank God, can we be honest?"
"MineZ Hardcore", Part 4: The groups re-unite, but the mood doesn't last long, as Dean instantly begins to die from the infection.
"MineZ Hardcore", Part 11: Jeff, Ian, Barry, and Jared reach Camp Kharj and look around for loot until morning. Suddenly, Jared runs into a pig zombie offscreen and dies almost instantaneously.
Musical Spoiler: Sort-of. The background music in "To The Nether!"note Minecraft Hardcore #3, episode 11 noticably goes silent seconds before McJones exposed the lava flow that winds up killing himself and PBG.
New Meat: Dean in Minecraft Hardcore. As a contrast to DayZ Hardcore, where he's one of the most competent of the team, in Minecraft Hardcore, Dean has never played the game before, and is in need of constant help from the others. He seems to fit this trope in all of the Minecraft seasons, even though he's not really "new" anymore.
In fact, in MineZ Hardcore, Dean is still asking about game mechanics, even after three seasons and when the others are out desperately searching for medicine to cure PBG and McJones.
Dean: Is there any way to do auto-run in this game?
Non-Indicative Name: The second base in Minecraft HC #1, a structure made entirely of cobblestone, is referred to as "The Tent".
Only Sane Man: Smooth McGroove and Shane were this in Minecraft Hardcore #3.
Barry tends to be this for Minecraft Hardcore #2. Subverted as he begins to go insane as the last man standing in the final episode of the series.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Minecraft Hardcore characters. The first season includes Link, Donald Duck, Zero, Haseo, Master Yi, Jim Raynor, and Shy Guy. In the second season, we get Shaggy, Yoshi, Locke Cole, a Poet Pirate, Haseo/Marthnote Dean changed his skin very shortly before they started playing, and it took a bit for it to change from Haseo to Marth on the others' screens., Regulus (from Bomberman 64), and Kermit the Frog. The third season gives us Luigi, Jet Black/a Dunkin' Donuts employeenote PBG saw Jon as Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop, while the others saw Jon as his proper character (except the skin was on backwards for some reason)., Waluigi, Smooth McGroove (as himself), Gambit, Ragna, and Hazama.
Repeat Cut: Parodied and subverted in Episode 5 of Minecraft Hardcore #3. We see Jared's point of view as he walks around the house when someone screams and a prompt in chat shows him that Dean has been killed by a Creeper. The camera rewinds, the cross through Dean's avatar is removed, ominous music starts playing and we switch to Smooth's POV as he mines in the ground. Then Dean, still offscreen, is killed by a Creeper and the prompt appears onscreen just like it did from Jared's POV and a message appears apologising for not catching Dean's death.
Rule of Seven: His Hardcore playthroughs always have seven people.
Sanity Slippage: In Minecraft Hardcore #2 Episode 20, Barry claims to feel Dean's presence in his sword, and rambles to a Wither Skull named Jeffrey after becoming the Sole Survivor in the previous episode.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Minecraft Hardcore #3, McJones leaves the group to build his own house after Jon made a stream of lava flow through their wooden house as a decoration. The rest of the group (except PBG and Jon) quickly follow.
Spoiler Opening: One of the lines from the opening of Minecraft Hardcore #3 is particularly spoileriffic for Episode 11 of that series:
MineZ Hardcore - Part 8: "All Hope Is Lost!" spoils the Wham Episode that comes before it.
MineZ Hardcore - Part 13: "The Great Escape?!", in which PBG and McJones miraculously escape from the cave.
The Load: In Terraria Hardcore and Minecraft Hardcore #3, Jon spends more time goofing off and destroying houses than he does helping the group.
Too Dumb to Live: In Season 1 of Minecraft Hardcore, Soah dies while disobeying the classic Minecraft rule "never dig straight down". While he did have a plan to reduce the risk, the fact that it ultimately failed just proves why the rule exists.
PBG himself falls victim to this later on in the season. Hunting for Endermen all by himself in an isolated, mob-filled desert in the night, especially after two near-death experiences, was not the wisest of ideas...
Too Soon: In-universe. In Minecraft Hardcore #3 Episode 7, Jared uses this trope by name when PBG makes a remark about Dean's death.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Soah only appears in the first two episodes of Minecraft #1 before abruptly dying, and has not been seen since.
Wham Episode: The Hardcore series has had its fair share of these:
Minecraft HC #2, Episode 19note "Today We Farm": Barry is the only one left alive at the end of the episode.
''Diablo 2 Hardcore", Episode 10: Dean, the biggest help to them, dies.
Minecraft HC #3, Episode 11: Both PBG and McJones are buurned to death in a pool of lava.
MineZ Hardcore, Episode 4note "Cookie Thief": The two groups meet up, and Dean is cured from the infection.
MineZ Hardcore, Episode 7note The aptly titled "Utter Chaos": The cave expedition goes haywire when Dean (again), PBG and McJones all become infected with the zombie virus.
MineZ Hardcore, Episode 11note "This Is Our House": The first (confirmed) death in the series, Jared dies from a pig zombie that comes out of nowhere, and immediately comes back as a zombie and turns on the others.
Your Days Are Numbered: Dean gets poisoned in MineZ Hardcore Episode 2, and without milk or green dye, Jared and McJones can only keep him alive for so long. In Episode 4, he comes extremely close to death, but is healed by PBG at the last second, freeing him from the trope temporarily...
...but then things take a turn for the worse, when PBG, McJones, and Dean each catch the virus themselves. The second time, Dean's character was wiped when the server reset, curing him of his disease again... and then he contracted the virus athird time while exploring the pirate ship.
Dean plays this trope all over the place throughout MineZ Hardcore: He is infected in Episode 2, but gets cured again at the last second in Episode 4. Then he gets infected again in the Episode 7, but gets cured (in a way) in Episode 8, thanks to a server glitch.note To be fair though, he also lost all of his items. Then he gets infected again in Episode 9, left behind by the group on the pirate ship and apparently succumbed to the disease by Episode 13.
Episode 7 is a big episode for this trope: PBG, McJones and Dean (again) all get infected. Talk about a Wham Episode.