Web Video / SomecallmeJohnny
aka: Somecallmejohnny

"My name is Juan Ortiz, though some call me Johnny."

"Insert joke about the Void and Ex-Death from Final Fantasy."

SomecallmeJohnny (Juan Ortiz) is a game reviewer on YouTube. He is 1/3 of the trio (originally a duo) known as "The Super Gaming Bros", along with his younger brother Elliot. Johnny does reviews by himself under the name "Johnny Vs. the World". Typically, his reviews are informative but mix in some live action comedy and short animations drawn by himself. He reviews games from well-known franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros. and Metroid, sometimes dedicating a month/marathon to one specific series. He also has a Let's Play channel on the side, with his brother and his friend Matt. You can find its tropes below Johnny's reviews' tropes.

He is also one of the primary members of BrainScratch Commentaries.

See the games reviewed and Let's Played here.

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  • Accentuate the Negative: A thankful aversion for the most part. Johnny will be pretty even handed with the games he plays, going as far to talk about aspects games will do right. However, it's played straight when it's a game he thoroughly despises.
  • Amusing Injuries: John gets a minor wedgie from Elliot in the end of the Super Mario 3D World Review.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Elliot reviewing Left 4 Dead by himself.
    • Johnny's two Sonic Anniversary Interview animations.
    • The Johnny vs. Pokemon Training Card Game episode wasn't a review, rather as a talk about Johnny, Elliot, Matt, and Ryan's experience with it, and also it has a small How-To-Play guide to the game.
    • The Donators Marathon brings us many licensed games.
  • Anti-Climax: In the Saw: The Video Game review, Johnny and Elliot prepare to fight Tails Doll who was disguised as Jigsaw. Before they even start, Mark comes by and the others tell him to back off. So what does Mark do? He just turns off the television Tails Doll was in.
  • Anything but That!:
  • April Fools' Day:
  • Arc Villain: Tails Doll, the personification of all the bad Sonic games and loves to make people play horrible games and watch them suffer.
  • Arc Words: As Johnny points out, in the Adventure Era 3D Sonic games, the phrase "Long time no see!" pops up frequently.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Johnny is pleading with the Cuccos to spare his life for attacking one of their own, his reasons for doing it in the first place are, in order: Hunger, getting a "Torque", his Uncle dying, the King being burned to the bone, his hair being colored pink, and not wearing any pants.
  • Art Evolution: Johnny's review intros shows a cartoon version of himself standing next to the cover of the game he is reviewing for that episode. Johnny's cartoon self had several exaggerated features typically found in cartoon characters, but as he gotten more practice, the style gradually shifted into a less exaggerated version of himself.
  • Artifact Title:
    • Johnny's "Month of..." video game reviews. While the game series being reviewed does stay intact, the length of them doesn't. As of recent, any collection that takes over a month is now called "[Insert Video Game Series] Marathon". This is lampshaded in the Pokémon Gold and Silver review:
    Ted: It's been more than a month, John. I didn't know this was the Month plus One Week of Pokemon.
    Johnny: Will you shut up? You see, this is why making a Month of RPGs is a bad idea.
  • Audience Participation:
    • Johnny vs. the Subscribers, Round 2, and Hangin' Out.
    • From April 26th to June 14th, 2014, Johnny had his next game to review be chosen by his fans from a pre-set list of 3 to 2 games.
    • In some marathons, he asks the viewers to choose in a Strawpoll what games he may review, with the most-voted game going first.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Johnny does this for BrainScratchComms in the SGB version of the Sonic '06 review.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: While reviewing Super Mario World, he asks the developers to create a Bullet Bill even larger than the Banzai Bills. Cut to Johnny freaking out over the results in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Berserk Button: Basically, any game that is of very poor quality (or of immense and/or unfair difficulty) is enough to rile up his rage to awe-striking levels:
  • Big Damn Heroes: Elliot in the Sonic R review.
  • Big NO!:
    • Johnny's reaction to the Metroid: Other M delay. This turns out to be ironic in hindsight, considering how much he dislikes the game when he reviews it.
    • Our protagonist; only briefly phased by a demonic monstrosity from hell sent by the Demon Video Game Overlords gives him the big scary speech with fire surrounding him, but when he flips that N64 cartridge over, his screams of despair carry over five city blocks.
  • Blatant Lies: At the start of the Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location review, he states that there will be no jump scares. Come the end of the review...
    Johnny: It's good to see them change things up while still retaining the same sense of dread, emptiness, and jump scares-
    cue Ennard's Jump Scare
    Elliot: *Screams Like a Little Girl* I thought you said there were gonna be no jumpscares, you dick!
    • This was foreshadowed by Johnny swearing with his left hand raised, as opposed to his right hand as shown in previous FNAF reviews.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded by Johnny in the Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review with the Tails Doll capturing him, but it's justified because the Tails Doll doesn't actually want to kill him.
  • Book Ends: The Sonic the Hedgehog Marathon began with the song It Doesn't Matter (Sonic's theme in Sonic Adventure), and it ended playing the same song.
  • Born Lucky: In the review of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Johnny somehow stuns an enemy in a small corridor and clipped through a Hammer Bros. hammer.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In his Super Smash Bros. series review:
    Familiar single-player modes return and new ones arise to help you score prizes, money, prize money, and trophies.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Sonic Figurine appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II when Johnny had no clue how to end the review, a few episodes later the figurine falls near a box, which leads to the Pokemon Training Card Game review.
    • After commenting (and then demonstrating) that the Unknown Item pickup jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission would be great for increasing the drama in any situation, it's then used in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 review, in the Super Mario Bros. review, and at the reveal of his Pokemon Trading Cards.
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • Johnny gives Superman 64 a -64 out of 10 after he realizes it's his review and he can do whatever he wants.
    • From the Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing review:
      We're not going to give it a score, it doesn't deserve one.
    • Sonic Genesis didn't receive a score, but the absence of one wasn't even noted in the review.
  • Call-Back:
    • In the description of his Braid review, he gives the page quote from its page, and then adds: "...Okay, bye." This is a reference to his Metroid review.
    • His Sonic Mania review contained some references to his past Sonic reviews, such as mentioning the Knuckles Twins (one's a beatnik, one's a rastafarian) from Sonic 3CD & Knuckles & Knuckles as well as the FLICKY ARMY OF DEATH from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
  • Call-Forward: During his Bastion review, while arguing with the narrator, he shows footage from Dust, his next indie review.
  • The Cameo: Jirard the Completionist, SlimKirby, Chuggaaconroy, Matt from Tails' Channel and gillythekid in Johnny vs. The Sonic Advance Trilogy.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • The Batman: Arkham Origins & Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate review, though that only translates to Johnny wearing the Santa hat and beard with his Batman mask worn on top of them. Not to mention it came out one day after Christmas of 2013. And the only real reason it was a Christmas Episode was because of timing and the fact that Origins took place on Christmas Eve.
    • There's also the review of Merry Gear Solid (a Christmas-themed Metal Gear fan game) that came out Christmas Eve of 2015. Johnny reviewed it because of how appropriate it was considering it was Christmas season, and he was in the middle of the Metal Gear Marathon.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Johnny swears so much in his review of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels that inserts censor bleeps in his special censor mode. Due to the sheer difficulty of the game, Johnny swearing up a storm is justified.
    • When he talks about the Special Stages in Sonic Heroes, he just can't contain his inner AVGN
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Cool Uncle: Most of the series Johnny grew up with and loved were introduced by his uncle. Johnny even thanks his uncle by reviewing the classic Castlevania games. His uncle even helped Johnny with his reviews of Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales by loaning him highly-valuable hardware like the JVC X-Eye and the Atari Jaguar CD.
    • Uncle Greg would later go on to feature in some of the Super Gaming Bros. playthroughs, proving himself every bit as cool as Johnny made him sound and becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse in his own right!
  • Corpsing: Johnny's reaction (or at least it's a reaction that looks very much like corpsing, as he has no real reason to try and hide his laughter) to the outstanding voice acting in Mega Man 8.
  • Crossover: With Hellfire Commentaries to do Sonic Labyrinth.
  • Cue the Sun: When the Tails Doll traps Johnny in Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review, the room he's in is lighted with a dark blue. When the Tails Doll departs, the room becomes lighted with natural sunlight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Not a definite example, but when Johnny and Elliot fought the Sonic hat, the battle seemed to be suspiciously dominated by Johnny, and it only got more extreme when Elliot entered and they then literally stomped on him right in the middle of his Badass Boast.
    • And when they fight him again, now revealed to be the Tails Doll, he could only scratch them in comparison to their quadruple 9 attacks.
  • Denial of Diagonal Attack: Being irritated by this in the first two Metroid games, he's absolutely ecstatic when it is inverted in Super Metroid. In fact, he provides the page quote.
    • He's also irritated by it in The Legend of Zelda, feeling that it compounds to the already stiff controls and leads to him getting unfairly dogpiled too many times.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In his Metal Gear Solid 4 review, he calls Solid Snake with the PS1 Snake head camo "Old Old Snake".
  • Difficulty Spike: He got so pissed off at this in the Cave Story review that he provides the page quote.
    Fuck!! I know things should get progressively harder and harder as you move along, but this... (dies) THIS...
  • Discontinuity Nod: The montage comparing the length of Metal Sonic's transformation into Metal Madness to an average load time in Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes itself and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) is a reference to his original Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) review (where a similar montage was used to compare the average loading time in that game to loading times in the other games listed above) . The review in question has been taken down to make place for a better, more detailed review, so the reference is lost on new viewers.
  • Double Entendre: An insistence on always using a misspelling of Dr. Wily's name that was featured in the Mega Man game currently being reviewed leads to an... interesting moment in Mega Man 7:
    Johnny: Nathan, I've played 6 Mega Man games at this point, I think I can handle another Willy.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Johnny has to do this when discussing his very painful memory of 100%-ing Super Mario Sunshine during the entire summer of 2003 only to discover that the prize was A Winner Is You postcard and a Cosmetic Award next to his save file. As such, prepare for Drunk Johnny.
    Oh hey there! Oho man, it looks like you're on fire! S' too bad! Alright, seems you don't feel the need to run into the ocean that's just to your left, I'll put you out! With Yoshi's juices. Good to see you're back buddy! There you go. Putting that fire out. With those guttural, acidic juices. YOSHI JUICE FOR EVERYONE!
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Johnny's style has notably improved between the time he started compared to now, but that's a given considering that time usually improves a person.
    • Reviews posted before April 2011 were mostly made in cooperation with Elliot and were called "SGB Reviews". The now familiar "Johnny VS" branding appeared in the Super Mario Bros. review.
    • The Story Arc with Tails Doll was given less and less importance as time went by, and as of 2016, seems to have been concluded.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Tails Doll tells Johnny to just stop Ghosts 'n Goblins after beating the game the first time because the game (specifically some incredibly annoying enemy noises) are too torturous even for him.
  • Evil Laugh: What he did after beating Clement's record. Since then it's becoming a meme of sorts.
  • Evolving Credits: Since going to the Johnny VS. format, an intro has been introduced with a few changes here and there.
  • Exact Words: Johnny's comment on the Flying Battery Zone level in Sonic 3 & Knuckles:
    So this is what the inside of an Energizer looks like.
  • Fan Boy:
    • It should be clear Johnny (and to a lesser extent, Elliot) is a fan of Sonic games, though not a gullible, biased one.
    • Johnny's a big fan of the Metroid series.
  • Fan Disservice: Matt doing the truffle shuffle in the Too Many Games 2014 announcement video.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: At least implied. Johnny, after seeing that he has to do yet another complex, difficult, and annoying puzzle while playing Saw: The Video Game, he declares that he's not going to play the game anymore, either forgetting that he will die as a result in his frustration, or just not caring anymore.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Johnny's Kingdom Hearts marathon has been interrupted at various points by reviews of Knuckles Chaotix, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania, Metroid: Samus Returns and Jump On-Demand Gaming.
  • Four Point Scale: Subverted. Scores below 4 are considered terrible.
    • Now averted after his Sonic Generations review, as he dropped the scoring system completely.
  • Guide Dang It!: As his The Legend of Zelda and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest reviews show, he does not like this. He doesn't hate it, he just doesn't think a game that has a ton of it can be enjoyed very much without the guide.
  • Halloween Episode: Three of them: their Left 4 Dead, Superman 64 (both for Halloween 2009), and Saw: The Video Game (for Halloween 2010) reviews.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Brought on by the Ghosts 'n Goblins theme in his Mega Man 7 review.
  • Iconic Outfit: Johnny's hat and gray hoodie sweatshirt. He eventually ditched the look, but it was his most iconic clothing for most of his career.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: At the end of his Braid review, Johnny decided that he would let the viewers decided the next indie game. The game that had the most liked comment would be the winner. It worked as well as you'd think.
  • Killed Off for Real: Big Rigs (both the CD and data) and Tails Doll, not quite...
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In the Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review, The Tails Doll decides that it seems inevitable that he'll fail to kill Johnny (even admitting the reason for that may be that he's just not very good), so after escaping from his TV, he's decided to depart from Johnny's life...but not without making him suffer some, hoping for another Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • Lampshading The Obscure Reference: During his Sonic Labyrinth review, Johnny compares the nerfed and unable-to-jump Sonic to Mr. Big...before admitting nobody would get that reference.
  • Large Ham:
    • His Super Smash Bros. Retrospective video has some moments where Johnny hams it up. One of these moments has him say "YOU WILL REMEMBER THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY, DAMN IT! LOVE IT AS IT LOVED YOU!"
    • At the very beginning of the Too Many Games 2015 panel, after it was mentioned that there was no PA system in the Expo Lounge (the panel had to move there last-minute due to high turnout), Johnny shouts "LOOK HOW LOUD I HAVE TO YELL!"
  • Laugh Track: Used for the very end of the Cory in the House review, as well as the beginning the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 & 3 review.
  • Left Hanging: Who did win the Pokemon Battle between Johnny and Ted? I guess we'll probably find out... never.
  • Long List: Ted's list of his favorite Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal music, in which Johnny promptly cuts Ted off.
  • Makes Sense In Context: Why did the Sonic hat seem to consider Sonic R the worst Sonic game? It's bad, but not atrocious...oh. He was born from it.
  • Marathon Level: Or rather, a Marathon Episode. Early episodes lasted about six to fifteen minutes at best, however recent reviews can get extremely long (he has to cover everything about the game as possible). The second review of Sonic '06 lasted 50 minutes.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • He often speaks fast for very long game synopsis'. The best example was explaining the plot for the first Metal Gear acid game.
    • Johnny also spoke very fast during the end of his Sonic Mania review.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: You sure love eating pizza and drinking soda, don't you? But it does get a tad plain, doesn't it? Don't you wish that the No More Heroes theme would play whenever you did it? Well, Johnny's got you covered! I mean, you're probably going to be humming it, anyway.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During his review of 8-bit Sonic 2, he felt this way upon finding out the implication that Tails possibly died in the bad ending.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Used to increase Johnny's horror at the walking-towards-you version of the Hammer Bros. in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Review.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Usually, when reviewing a game, Johnny does what he calls an "establishing shot;" i.e. showing his copy of the game going into the console before starting up the review (if it's a digital game, he'll either skip it or show the game being selected in the menu of the console it's stored in.). When it came time to review Sonic and the Secret Rings, he instead let the game fall onto the floor. In the review, he states that he considers it worse than Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Shadow the Hedgehog. Good control in a video game is of the utmost importance to him.
    • Super Mario Sunshine also has this happen, Johnny confronts the game over how it scarred him with it offering a canteen instead of a Versus Title Intro.
  • Out of Focus: Subverted. Even though Elliot left the group for the main channel, he still appears as a cameo or for a special occasion, and of course the LP channel. The Big Rigs review even lampshades this by slapping the words "Super Gaming Brothers Forever" at the end.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story:
    • In-Universe, he discusses this in the Metal Gear retrospective. He criticizes this mindset, even stating in Metal Gear Solid 2 that the games as a whole need to be judged by both story and gameplay, because both are intrinsic to the franchise (as well as the high cutscene-to-gameplay ratio). However, he does feel this way about Metal Gear Solid V. He compliments gameplay, game design, and sheer variety of content with it, but criticizes the story both in the fact that many parts are unfinished and the parts that were don't add anything to the mythos.
    • He also feels this way about the Kingdom Hearts series, saying how he stopped caring about the story after the second game, but loves the gameplay enough to go back playing them.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Attempting to dissect Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)'s plothole-ridden storyline has caused him to lose his cool.
    • Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg's problems with the egg getting stuck, having to wait for one to respawn, and the game essentially flipping him a massive middle finger has him snap, then cool down by cooking eggs.
  • Rage Quit:
    • Jokingly done so during Ryan's experience with the Pokemon Training Card Game, Johnny throws the table when playing and starts to beat Matt.
    • Played straight for the Saw: The Video Game review, Johnny gets sick of being cheaply killed and trying to solve multiple timed puzzles (some who have extremely short time limits).
    • Also played straight for Ecco the Dolphin when he died trying to finish off the final boss.
  • Redundant Parody: He considers The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures to be this to old-school NES games, feeling that while its extreme difficulty is trying to mock and parody those games on how cruel and unfair they can be, the game played it up so much that it was pretty much exactly like an old-school NES game, just as cruel and unfair as they can be.
  • Rated M for Manly: The main theme for the Contra 1-4 review.
  • The Reveal: Matt, who for some viewers, they thought Matt was someone totally different.
    • Elliot with hair in the second Big Rigs review.
  • Rule of Three: Three games were given a 10 out of 10 in 2010.
  • Running Gag:
    • Whenever he mentions the iconic Screw Attack powerup of Metroid fame, a cool voice with a slight echo says: "Screw Attack!" It ultimately came to an end at the hands of Johnny's NES Zapper in his Prime 3 review, and confirmed dead (again) in his Federation Force video.
    • Every time Metroids appeared in his Month of Metr- (cue scary music) AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! OH GOD NO! NOT THEM!! NOT THE ORIGINAL METROIDS!!!!!! THEY TAKE 5 MISSILES AND THE ICE BEAM!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFES!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • After commenting (and then demonstrating) that the Unknown Item pickup jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission would be great for increasing the drama in any situation, it's then used in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 review, in the Super Mario Bros. review, at the reveal of his Pokémon Trading Cards, and in the Mega Man 9 and 10 review.
    • In the Mega Man Marathon, whenever one of the games misspells or mispronounces Dr. Wily's name, Johnny pronounces Wily's name in that manner for the rest of the review.
    • After Johnny used the official subtitle for the Master Sword in his A Link to the Past review ("the blade of evil's bane") it gets a more silly and/or more immediate subtitle with every future appearance, e.g. "the blade that fucking matters," or "the blade that tips 20%."
  • Running Gagged: In his review of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Johnny finally shoots the odd disembodied voice who keeps saying "Screw Attack!", with the NES Zapper. And just incase the now-dead voice got any ideas to show up in his Federation Force review, Johnny mentions the Screw Attack and almost immediately the video cuts to him on his futon very seriously stating that he "shot that bastard dead."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Goes with Broke the Rating Scale. Johnny declares Superman 64 so terrible that he gives it a -64/10
  • Self-Deprecation: In the Cory in the House review, Johnny questions if he runs in the same awkward animation as the titular character, calling himself "quite the heavy fuck".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase:
    Johnny: Thank you for watching, have a fantastic night, and take care.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Of all the games Johnny reviewed, he considers Sonic Lost World, Crash Bash, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal to be this.
  • Special Guest:
  • Stock Footage: A minor one, Johnny uses the same loading screens footage from his Sonic '06 multiplayer Lets Play to compare the Metal Sonic transformation scene from Sonic Heroes.
  • Story Arc: One involving a strange Sonic hat that warps the mind of whoever wears it to commit horrible misdeeds, such as... playing Sonic R.
  • Sudden Name Change: After Elliot left the group, the series name changed from SGB Reviews to Johnny vs. [Insert Game Here]. The older reviews kept the SGB Review name.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: In his Ocarina of Time review, he refers to the Master Sword as "the blade that gets shit done".
  • Take That!: In his Sonic Generations review, when talking about the 30-Second Challenge Leaderboards, he showed the top three for Classic City Escape, with him at the top & ClementJ642 at the bottom, causing him to say: "Ha! Take that Clement!" Clement would beat the record soon after, which led to Johnny beating Clement's new record, complete with a small "The Reason You Suck" Speech before signing off.
  • The Television Talks Back: Elliot in the Metroid Prime 3 review. It could had been justified since it's a webcam chat, but moments later, Elliot throws him the Metroid Prime Hunters game, while still on TV.
  • Think of the Children!: Ryan's plea to Johnny and Elliot when they assemble every Genesis Sonic game and peripheral into one.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His Shadow the Hedgehog review begins with him lying as if dead on his couch. The next review, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), starts with him preparing coffee, Pepsi and wine to drink throughout the review.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mark when he sees Tails Doll on the TV.
  • Versus Title: The Johnny vs. X reviews.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?:
    • Called out by name in the Metroid: Other M and Metroid Prime 3 reviews for the Galatic Ferderation secretly creating Metroid breeding programs (and Space Pirate clones, recreating Tourain, and an artificial Mother Brain) and using Aurora Units (basically Mother Brains) for running their military defensive systems, respectfully.
    • He summarizes Bubsy's career by calling out that line, then pointing directly to Bubsy 3D.

    Let's Plays 
  • Aborted Arc: Sonic Genesis was cancelled because of Johnny losing a lot of lives from Labyrinth Zone and therefore Johnny and Elliot decided to cancel the LP in the end.
    • It should also be mentioned that although the Sonic '06 LP did happen, it was originally going to be live commentary. But because of the recording curse taking effect and lack of commentary, it was Post Commentary instead.
  • Abridged Series: In Reverse/Rebirth, Johnny wanted to avoid repetition by editing out all of the levels except for boss fights. In other words, he made an abridged series of an abridged series.
  • Absentee Actor: Some SGB Plays start or continue without Elliot and / or Matt, and so far the Drunk SGB Play of the original Mario Kart 8 is the only video without Johnny (who was passed out drunk from the Let's Play before).
  • The Ace: If there's a game that either one of the guys grew up with and loved, than you'll know that they'll play the game extremely well.
  • Alliterative Name: Matthew Michael Matelli, or as the ladies say it, "Mmm".
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different/ I Have Many Names: Matthew has gone by many names, such as Turd Ferguson, Slim Shady, and Pretty Fly for a White Guy.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: There are times where the Let's Plays are done in Post-Commentary instead of being recorded live.
  • Angrish: Johnny's prone to this whenever epic failure repeats itself more than once.
  • April Fools' Day: Subverted. There was going to be a Sonic Genesis April Fools playthrough, but according to Johnny in the BrainScratch run of the game, he and Elliot lost their marbles during recording and cancelled it. The footage has long since been missing since Johnny deleted it.
    • In 2016, Johnny and Elliot played Rugrats: The Search For Reptar for April Fools Day, though the video was uploaded in April 2.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Matt's driven mad with the shadow blobs in Tales of Symphonia. Many commentators on the video have agreed that the HD collection fucked up the coding on the blobs to make them worse than the gamecube version.
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: Johnny and Matt spend most of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories shamelessly mispronouncing words like "sleight" and "respite."
  • Atomic F-Bomb: When Johnny lost a life during the trek to the Great Palace due to a combination of Knockback (his sworn nemesis) and his own fault, he unleashes an Atomic F-Bomb worthy of the The Angry Video Game Nerd... which is what we would be saying, if he didn't cut it off with... the opening to Paranoia Agent?
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Aside from Matthew having a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, he slams Rebecca Chambers for staring at a door while Chris is dying. Granted, it's a load screen taking longer than it should, but the joke was still valid.
    • Although its still a subversion. While Matt does have ADHD, he doesn't let it show.
  • Audience Participation: At the end of Sonic 4: Episode I, Johnny made a voting of which Sonic game he would play next. It was a close call between Sonic Adventure, Sonic Colors, and Sonic '06. Sonic '06 won.
  • Ax-Crazy: Elliot and his comments about Nabbit in the New Super Mario Bros. U playthrough are less than settling.
    Elliot: I love chopping him up into pieces and using his foot for good luck.
    • Let's not get started on his treatment of ants, according to the MediEvil LP.
  • Bad Liar: Johnny and Matt use this as their shtick during their time in Zozo during the Final Fantasy VI let's play. In the game, Zozo is a town full of liars, so the duo decide to act out the part. Johnny eventually drops the act since the lies get more silly, but Matt still keeps the act up while giving his truthful commentary at the same time.
  • Batman Gambit: Lampshaded and mentioned by name in his Sonic 2006 LP.
  • Berserk Button: Johnny in the home stretch of the Dusty Desert (Second Level in Sonic '06) multiplayer.
    • Pretty much any time they're all stuck on a certain level for a while.
    • Offering Matt a tip or trick during a let's play is always welcome. Telling him to play a game exactly like someone else or that it has to be done perfectly is a surefire way to piss him off.
  • Bias Steamroller: Matt has a raw, undying hatred against Final Fantasy XIII.
    • Johnny and Matt (possibly Elliot) don't give two shits and a fuck about Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
    • Metroid: Other M is another game that irks them. Johnny at least is willing to accept the gameplay. Matt and Elliot hate the whole thing.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Everyone says this whenever something odd or cheap happens. This one takes the cake:
    Johnny: If we ever use the warp whistle, we have to cancel the Let's Play again.
    Matt: And I'm going to strangle him.
    Elliot: And I'll sodomize him.
    Matt: That- WHAT? WHAT?
    • On the final part of Sonic 4: Episode I, Johnny let's one of these slip when Elliot defeated the Lost Labyrinth Zone's part of the Boss Rush (which killed him a few times) without dying once.
    • Johnny lets out a beautiful one during the Code Veronica play through after Steve Burnside contradicts himself in the span of two sentences.
  • Birthday Episode: Elliot's 17th birthday "Let's Play" of Slender: The Eight Pages.
    • The Donkey Kong Country recording happened in Elliot's 16th birthday...without the birthday boy himself.
      Matt: Happy birthday buddy and what a better way to celebrate your birthday than by excluding you from our Let's Play.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: This little exchange as of video 3 on Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels playthrough:
    Elliot: So, there's this kid who considers himself a "Game Reviewer"...
    Matt: Johnny?
    Johnny: FUCK YOU!
    Elliot: (when filling the personality inventory form) "I have enjoyed role-play during sex"... yeah, that's not gonna happen for another 20 years.
    Matt: Twenty? What are you, Johnny?
    Johnny: I thought I was being a positive role model...
  • Blackout Basement: Episode 8 of Luigi's Mansion is called this.
  • Bond One-Liner: Vaya con dios.
  • Book Dumb: In earlier Let's Plays, Elliot was not that bright on information, or at least in terms of Nintendo games. As he matured, so did his conversations and subject matter.
  • Book Ends: The first and final rounds of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend on Smackdown Sunday were of Johnny playing as Mu-12 battling against a purple Valkenhayn controlled by Elliot in the Altar. Naturally, this is lampshaded by Matt.
  • Born Lucky: When Elliot stepped up to play Sonic the Hedgehog 4, he phased through one of Eggman's projectiles during the Boss Rush.
    • Also played straight and inverted many times throughout the Lost Levels commentary.
    • In the Kingdom Hearts playthrough, Johnny was lucky to get THREE encounters with the White Mushroom Heartless without trying to get all the Arts for all the spells he could cast at the time.
  • Butt-Monkey: Elliot during 2D Mario Games and Flame Core in Sonic '06 Multiplayer.
  • Button Mashing: The guys do this in the Jeopardy episode to see who could answer first. After a while, their thumbs start to get sore.
  • Captain Obvious: Johnny points it out to Elliot during his LP of Resident Evil 2 when his health was critical.
    Elliot: Danger!
    Johnny: No shit, Elliot!
  • Catchphrase: When Eliot makes a screw-up, Johnny yells "Elliot! Seriously!".
    Johnny: Elliot, seriously. God damn it, how many times am I going to say that? ...I want a complication of all my Elliot-seriously's. It's probably at three hundred and seventy-four.
    • Johnny also has his orgasmic catchphrase where he yells "My Dick! My Dick!"
    • Elliot has quite a few: "FAIL!" "That was close." and "You're a dick." "JESUS!" is Elliot's most common phrase whenever something big/shocking happens in the game and it gets lampshaded by Johnny once when Elliot screams out "Holy shit!" with Johnny noting how he was surprised to hear Elliot say something other than Jesus.
    • When Elliot is having trouble, Johnny will never fail to give him the sagely advice of: "Take your time." Spoiler: It doesn't really help.
    • "How's that phone, by the way?" Deserves a t-shirt.
    • "SUBSCRIBERS UNITE/ASSEMBLE!" is used by Johnny or Matt whenever they can't come up with an answer or information for a topic they're talking about and need the subscribers to help out.
  • Childhood Friends: In regards to John and Matt, as they have met each other in the 9th grade.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: More so Elliot, but Matt has his moments.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Matthew. BIG TIME. To put it bluntly, if Matthew goes three sentences without cursing something out, Johnny thinks something is wrong with him.
  • Comic Trio: Johnny (The Leader), Elliot (The Fool), and Matt (The Only Sane Man).
  • Continuity Nod: In the Zelda II LP, Johnny's save file from the then recently completed review of the game is clearly visible in the file select. No one makes a reference to it, though.
  • Cosmic Plaything: During the Sonic '06 Multiplayer, Elliot gets killed by meteors three times in a row in roughly twenty seconds, one of the few times in which the poor kid was legitimately screwed over by the game.
  • Creator Thumbprint: It's only come up once before in Mega Man X4, but that and OOT have Matt using a lot of items, moreso than everyone else, even the much useless Farore's Wind (which Matt's actually showing off how to use it quite well). Matt mentioned offhand that as a technician by trade, he likes to play with the tools of the trade and he'll mark a game down if the tools suck.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Elliot isn't very good at platforming games. But when it comes to fighting games and wide open sandbox games, Elliot can kick serious ass.
    • Elliot also demonstrates this during the Sonic 2 and Sonic '06 multiplayer parts against Johnny. He manages to end the former in a tie and the latter winning. Keep in mind, Johnny has been playing the classic Sonic games since he was a child, being able to master Sonic '06's stiff control, and Elliot barely having experience with either.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During Part 7 of his Mega Man X LP, he took on Storm Eagle, to get revenge for his embarrassment in brainscratchcomms's playthrough. He completely decimates Storm Eagle in the boss fight, by taking him down, with no effort, taking no hits, and insulting him as he does so. Later, in part 5 of the same LP, he purposefully wastes a sub-tank before the Storm Eagle rematch, so he can savor the moment of obliterating Storm Eagle with the HADOUKEN!
    • Johnny set up a Lethal Frame deck for the second Riku fight in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories so that Johnny could stop time, attack Riku and set up another Lethal Frame then when time started again, Riku lost 5 big chunks from his health bar and then Johnny repeated the process.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's not unusual for any one of the three to snark once in a while, though Matt is the most adept at it.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Invoked by Matt as he calls himself this in the Lost Levels commentary.
  • Determinator: The whole basis for Johnny in the later worlds of Lost Levels.
  • The Ditz: Elliot has his moments of this.
    • Elliot has this in World 7-6 of Mario 3, he makes it to the whole with a few seconds left despite the various amounts of him falling off platforms.
  • The Dreaded: Conceptually, Johnny fears the editing room floor whenever Matt or Elliot either commentate terribly or breathe heavily.
    • Judging from comments in Chain of Memories; Matthew absolutely FEARS Lingering Sentiment and Vanitas Sentiment.
  • Drinking Game: Their yearly drunk playthroughs of various Mario Party games starting with Shy Guy's Jungle Jam from Mario Party 4 on St. Patrick's Day 2013, where Johnny, Matt, and Mark duke it out by taking shots after losing a minigame, not getting a star, landing on red spaces, etc. Elliot plays as well, but substitutes Jack Daniels for Pepsi and Mountain Dew instead due to being under the US legal age for alcohol consumption of 21.
    • The tradition continues on St. Patrick's Day 2014 where they did a drinking game for Mario Party 5's Pirate Dream. They also did drunk lets plays of Superman 64 and Project M.
    • Though they missed St. Patrick's Day 2015, they returned to Mario Party 4 to get themselves drunk on Bowser's Gnarly Party, and then some Sonic Genesis. They would have also played Smash 4, but Matt broke the rules to have a drink and paid the price for it.
    • 2016 brings in a drunk LP of Mario Party 3's Woody Woods. Then Elliot, Matt and Mark played some Mario Kart 8 after Johnny passed out.
    • When Elliot finally turned 21 in September 2016 and became allowed to drink, they celebrated by playing Wario's Battle Canyon from the original Mario Party...but then the game crashed in the last 5 turns, so they had to settle it in Smash 64. Afterwards, Elliot played the Resident Evil 7: biohazard Demo while drunk.
  • Drives Like Crazy: If the Let's Play of L.A. Noire is anything to go by, the minute Elliot gets a driver's license in the real world, he should be knocked unconscious, flown to the Gobi Desert, and buried 40 feet under for the sake of the human race. (And the sake of the Pennsylvania Budget Planning Meeting)
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: Invoked and Justified. Elliot (at the time) has never beaten any of the Classic Sonic games and Johnny made him play it on Easy (using Sonic Jam) and with Tails just to make it different from the previous Let's Play.
    • Adding to that, Johnny mocked Elliot because how watered down the final boss was compared to when he would fight it normally.
      Johnny: They must think you're the pussy of pussies.
    • Inverted in Mario Lost Levels. Elliot and Matt call Johnny a pansy for not playing the All-Stars remake of the game, which is superior and less frustrating.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Sort of. In MediEvil, Johnny gets a bit upset that his name is a homonym for toilet (a John). Adding to that, Elliot finds out that his name written backwards sounds like toilet. They wonder is their names were meant to be connected somehow.
  • Epic Fail: Since they're live LP's, there are a ton of them. Mostly by Elliot. And you know that's one of the reasons you go there.
    • Know anybody else under the age of 75 who got a game over in World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros.?
    • Johnny also died against the first Mecha Sonic boss, who is exactly the same as the first Sonic the Hedgehog boss.
    • In the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 LP, Elliot got a Game Over on Easy Mode.
    • Matt drowned in Angel Island Zone!
    • Matt sometimes forgets to un-mute his microphone, leading to him being barely audible; Johnny has expressed his frustration with this by editing in notes.
    • In part 4 of the Lost Levels playthrough, Johnny kicks a Koopa shell to the right and then runs right into it. Matt is in stitches.
      • Incidentally, this coincided with Elliot asking the two what a molar is, another possible example of the trope.
    • In Part 3 of the Super Mario Bros. 3 LP, Elliot died on a TREASURE SHIP. Worse than world 1-1.
      • To be fair, why is there a boss fight on a secret bonus level?
    • Elliot failing to use the cloud item correctly in the same part.
      Johnny: Jeez, did you want to do a dramatic entrance with the cloud?
    • Elliot dying in the Green Switch Palace.
    • Elliot dying from an enemy hit while riding a Yoshi. Riding Yoshi acts as an extra hitpoint for Mario or Luigi in Super Mario World and getting hit only causes them to get knocked off, by Elliot still somehow ended up dying from this.
    • The Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped LP might as well be Epic Fail: The Elliot Cancel Story.
    • Pretty much anytime Elliot makes the exact same mistakes multiple times in a row after Johnny told him exactly what to do or not to do in a game. Johnny at one point accused Elliot of not even bothering to try to avoid the enemies/hazards.
    • Matt playing Resident Evil – Code: Veronica during Chris' scenario and dying after playing several parts without saving the game, which causes him to restart the entire scenario from the beginning.
    • Matt playing the "Spider-Bowing" minigame in Spider-Man: The Movie, which sees him more often than not crashing into the ceiling and wasting his turns.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Matt's a real trooper when it comes to Kamek. Then again, 8 castles and a frustrated Libido is going to inhibit judgment.
    • Comes back in Lost Levels were he says after World 5 he'd settle for Toad.
    • And Enyuu from Genma Onimusha. Did we mention Enyuu is a sword?
  • Fast-Forward Gag: Part 9 of the Persona has Matt shopping for weapons at absurd speeds (complete with the sound sped up as well), leaving Matt completely dumbfounded to what the hell was going on until Johnny explained he sped up the video due to Matt taking too damn long with his shopping.
  • Filler Arc: Johnny says that the Super Mario Land LP is this.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • In HuniePop, the game went badly until Elliot remembered he can power up his phone.
    • In Kingdom Hearts II, Matt forgot Donald and Goofy can hold Ethers, making the Demyx rematch harder.
  • Freak Out!: Johnny is terrified when Silver escapes the boundaries of the Sonic vs. Silver boss fight and begins chasing him through Soleanna. The fact that he had to frequently slow down and even stop to make sure Silver could keep up nearly drags the scene into Narm territory though.
    • On a more serious note, Johnny usually gets these when he starts losing his patience. Mostly when it involves Elliot doing something stupid.
  • Gag Censor: See Atomic F-Bomb above.
  • Gasp: Mark's common reaction in the New Super Mario Bros. games.
  • The Ghost: The fourth brother of the Ortiz/Cancel family, Stevie. Mentioned only a few times, never seen.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In Part 44 of L.A. Noire, Matt and Johnny briefly speculate that Elliot is Cole Phelps's evil Split Personality who makes Phelps drive around recklessly and endanger countless civilians for laughs.
    Matt: On one side, Cole Phelps. A Goody Two-Shoes who wants to uphold the law. The other personality, Elliot Cancel. A maniac who runs down everyone and disobeys complete note  traffic laws.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: During the Super Sonic Super Stream & Knuckles, Johnny's stream was joined by Kirbopher and Mike Pollock.
    • And during the Super Sonic Sequel Stream, John was joined by Ben Diskin.
  • Halloween Episode: While not being released at October 31, their Castlevania Let's Play was posted to start off Johnny's Castlevania reviews.
    • In October 2012, there was a dedicated month of horror or darker games LP'd, aptly named Halloweenfest.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Any game that lets the player rename a character will be abused, mostly by Matt. Link is dubbed Bort for The Legend of Zelda and its sequel by Johnny while Matt uses "I Say" in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Persona has Matt dubbing the Heroic Mime as "Hei Yu".
  • Hurricane of Puns: The gang produces countless puns using "Boo" and the names of various shows.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During the Resident Evil (original) playthrough, Elliot slips vocally, suggesting Rebecca Chambers has a degree in Ph.D's, with the other two teasing him as a result. In the first part of said playthrough, Matthew said the same thing and nobody caught it.
    • Again in Silent Hill 3's finale. Matt lets Johnny and Elliot try to score the killing blow on Claudia, only to get game overs. Matt was ready to call them out on not seeing the Aglaophotis and was ready to shame them for not paying attention to the story...only for himself to gleefully tell the viewers and his friends that he too did the same thing three times on his first playthrough.
  • I Have No Son: What's that, Elliot? You don't like TV Tropes? Then Matt disowns you from the family.
  • Idiot Hero/Failure Hero: Elliot in the 2D Mario games and Crash 3.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Elliot courtesy of The Finale of Sonic '06's Multiplayer Mode.
    • Another one in Kingdom Hearts after Goofy obtained the MP Gift ability.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: In the Donkey Kong Country playthrough, Matt calls a Zinger with a dark-greenish color a "Zombee".
    Matthew: You got Kang Banged!
  • It Amused Me: Elliot admits he plays L.A. Noire recklessly (running people over, damaging cars, etc.) since he gets amused from annoying Johnny.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: John is Sonic and Elliot is Tails! It's a Sonic Marathon! All the Sonic games on the Genesis! (That includes Sonic CD!) Plus Sonic 4: Episode I! Played in a row! No breaks of significant measure! Two have more than 10 zones! Of considerable length! And don't forget the Special Stages! Arc Fatigue for our Let's Players is definitely NOT a very high possibility!
  • Its Pronounced Tropay: Elliot's last name is pronounced as Can-CELL. Doesn't stop Johnny and Matt from calling him Cancel.
    Elliot: It's like your name is John Ortiz, I say Or-TIZE, and you say I pronounced it wrong.
    Johnny: Or-TIZE is just flat-out wrong.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Matt. While he does have his moments of trolling and the occasional jerk moment, he really cares and loves his friends, family, and fans.
  • Jump Scare: Johnny after he finds out that Slenderman can pop up out of nowhere rather than following you constantly. Later, everyone has this when Slender appears in an enclosed area.
  • Kaizo Trap: Discussed during Part 8 of Devil May Cry.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Elliot in the Tails in Sonic 2 Let's Play, which is mainly the reason he got the Game Over in the first place.
  • Large Ham: Elliot really likes to go full ham sometimes. Matt also has his moments of hamminess as well, although not as much as Elliot.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Elliot and Johnny both wanted Matt to hit the bankrupt space in Wheel of Fortune, however both brothers ended up landing on the space on their turns.
    : Matt: Yeah, Fuck You! Just goes to show that malice is full circle!
  • Laughing Mad: Matt just plain loses it when Elliot gets murdered three times in less than five to ten seconds in Flame Core. To the point where he could not breathe!
    Johnny: Joker here! I've infected the room with laughing gas! Our first casualty: Matthew Metelli!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Elliot often recklessly rushes through sections, and naturally if often results in either him dying or losing powerups immediately after gaining them. However, both Matt and Johnny have repeatedly pointed out that he actually does better adopting this play style than when he attempts to be more cautious.
  • Left-Fielder: As described below, Elliot is supposedly the king of bringing up irrelevant topics.
  • Lets See You Do Better: Johnny delivers one to Matt in their Persona LP in a post edit after Matt complained to Johnny that he had cut out some new enemy encounters.
    Future Johnny: Well, learn how to edit, Matt.
  • Long-Runners: Along with his LP channel, Johnny has been doing reviews and let's plays since 2008.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Johnny's been noted for his wide range of nearly flawless impersonations that he pulls off every now and then, the most famous and popular of which being his Luigi voice. Most impressively was his impression of Louis Armstrong during the LP of Sonic Adventure 2. The only voice Johnny can't do is Chris's voice in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, so he resorts to mimicking the voice actor of the character from Resident Evil instead.
  • Manipulative Editing: Utilized mostly for comedic purposes, seen most prominently in the Sonic 2006 and Genma Onimusha LPs.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Elliot + Crash Bandicoot 3 = Failure.
  • Metaphorgotten: Johnny started talking about how Mario was able to defeat Sonic in the console wars, then started rambling about the inefficiencies of taking a taxi compared to taking a train.
  • Mood Whiplash: Episode 3 in The Walking Dead has the death of Duck affect the mood the guys greatly. Matt, a guy who will crack the most inappropriate jokes at a whim, is heavily disturbed at the death scene because he saw Elliot do the deed himself while he (Matt) could never bring himself to putting Duck out of his misery before he turns. Of course, Everybody goes back to cracking inappropriate jokes shortly after the scene.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Not to a recurring character, but instead to the main character of L.A. Noire, Cole Phelps, who the Let's Players have given multiple jobs off the top of their heads (with the phrase, "Cole Phelps, X") often to the parody of whatever is happening on screen.
  • No Indoor Voice: Matthew is about as subtle as a flying hammer across the room when it comes to vocals. When he finds something funny, you'll know it.
    • Elliot screams a lot in the LPs.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Everybody calls him Johnny.
  • Non Sequitur: Johnny claims Elliot is the king of bringing up random shit.
  • The Nose Knows: Riku in Chain of Memories is able to identify darkness and light based off of scents. The trio thinks this is utterly stupid and rips on the ability.
  • Notable References to TV Tropes: Matt quotes many tropes in the videos, and Johnny occasionally does so as well.
  • Oddball in the Series: While Johnny always does his Let's Plays with Elliot, Matt, and sometimes a 4th random person, his Let's Play of Shadowgate and the NES game of Back to the Future consisted of himself and his friends from college
  • Oh, Crap!: The guys say different variations of this in the Jeopardy episode when they didn't know a question.
  • Once a Let's Play: Fuzzy Meatloaf being blurted out. As Matt says it, it's obligatory.
    • Bort also seems to make its way into every lets play as well.
  • Original Character: Bort.
  • Put on a Bus: The A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)note  LP. Deeming the game too difficult (and it is) for the moment, the three have decided to accept the loss and try the game again at a different time.
    • The Bus Came Back: The trio played A Nightmare on Elm Street again, completing it during Halloweenfest 2013 (due to high difficulty, an infinite lives cheat was used to complete it).
  • Rage Breaking Point: While not shown, Johnny has this in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP after everybody starts to lose several times in World 9-5.
    • It happens again in Part 2 of Sonic '06 Multiplayer, when Elliot tries to attempt fate on their last life during the end of Dusty Desert.
    • Happens yet again in Part 14 of Super Mario World, after Elliot died right at the end of Star World 5, and then when he accidently dropped the P-Switch needed to progress through the level.
    • Happens far too many times to count in the group's LP of New Super Mario Bros. U where Johnny starts screaming at the top of his lungs whenever Matt, Mark, or Elliot keep fucking up ans screwing the group over.
  • Rage Quit: Part 18 of Resident Evil 0 has Matt rip off his headset in silent rage when Billy dies to the Leech Queen and the game wasn't saved in quite a while. This was also building up from every screw up Matt made where he had to redo large portions of the game several times whenever he died.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Johnny and Matt's response to some of Elliot's more questionable content during the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Let's play.
  • A Rare Sentence: Said by Matt in the South Park: The Stick of Truth LP after a particular Refuge in Audacity moment.
    Matt: So now the Nazi Zombie Babies have run roughshod over the defenseless abortion clinic. That's a sentence I'll never fucking use again.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Matt and Elliot are the red to Johnny and Mark's blue.
  • Running Gag: The SGB have a few. Their most famous one is "Fuzzy Meatloaf", which stemmed from Johnny mishearing Elliot saying "Buzzy Beetle". Since this slip-up, Fuzzy Meatloaf has been mentioned many times throughout their numerous Let's Plays.
    • Every time Johnny uses green souls to become invincible in the Genma Onimusha LP, an invincibility theme (usually from Mario or Sonic games) plays for the duration of the invincibility.
    • If a question about something odd is asked and there's no clear answer, In the Kingdom Hearts I playthrough, one of them will shout "THE VOID!"
    • "How's that phone by the way?" said whenever Elliot is on his phone.
    • In conjunction with "THE VOID!" gag, the crew tend to find a way to insert Exdeath from Final Fantasy V into the plot of a completely unrelated title.
    • They've also managed to make Legends of the Hidden Temple jokes frequently as of late.
    • "Don't enforce running gags!"
    • With the exception of Super Mario Bros. 3, Matt has always introduced himself in some funny way.
    • Elliot's apparent hate of Suitcases, Hotdog Stands & Green Cars in L.A. Noire
    • Cole Phelps, whatever job I was given in the last 25 minutes.
    • P!! in the Zelda II LP.
    • Rydia calling Cecil a Jinx throughout the Final Fantasy IV Let's Play.
    • Elliot getting "disowned" from the family by Matt. Gets inverted by Elliot in the group's let's play of Sonic Adventure 2 where he disowns Matt, complete with Matt realizing what it felt like to get disowned from the family (if only for a few seconds). Matt also disowns Johnny as well during Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus when both Elliot and Johnny admit to not caring for The Flintstones.
    • Johnny comparing Elliot's screaming to a bird. Gets brought up again in their let's play of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica where Elliot complains that the self destruct alarm sounds like a bird, which has Johnny say that Elliot can relate with his "bird call" noises.
    • "Avast! Virus Database has been updated!"
    • Anything funny that happens in a game that the crew covers will usually be the running joke for the rest of the LP.
    • Weeeee!
    Matt: No, [system the game they're playing is on]!"
    • Anytime they bring up Enrico (or Enrique), one of the guys will give the hilariously monotone "Yeah?" quip used by a character in Resident Evil, which is where the catch phrase originated from.
    • Often Elliot will commit some sort of Fandom Heresyinvoked involving an otherwise popular work, which will lead Matt to declare "you're out of the family!"
    • "YOU GOT TO HAVE MO DISK!" pops up when they play any of the classic Resident Evil games.
    • Anytime Billy in Resident Evil 0 does something to amuse or annoy the group, they'll add yet another life sentence to Billy's already long list of charges.
    • From the Valiant Hearts let's play, Matt referring to the playable character Fred as various other Freds since the game does not give him a last name.
    • "PIECE OF POWER!" in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
  • Sadist Teacher: Matt torturing a Chao while teaching the audience all about the Chao Gardens.
  • Sanity Slippage: Johnny starts suffering this in the Crash 3 Let's Play because of Elliot's fails.
    Johnny: ELLIOT! ELLIOT!
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: All 3 of the guys were subjected to this during their LP of Slender.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Johnny's LP of Metroid: Fusion had him aiming for a 100% Completion run under 2 hours. Johnny's final result? 1 hour 40 minutes with 99% of all items obtained. Johnny decides to reload his save file to show where the last item was, only to see he had not saved in a long time, making his promise obsolete. He does show the item anyway by using a clip from his stream.
  • Shout-Out: Many of their jokes are references to something or other. For example, the pun above is an actual combo from Mortal Kombat: Deception for Liu Kang. There are also lines dropped from Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons.
    • In the finale of their Batman: Arkham City playthrough, Matt brings up the question of who they think will line up in Arkham Knight to "twat that bat."
      • He also mentions later in that conversation that an example of reaching for a villain to fight Batman in newer games would be Firefly, unless Batman overburns his soufflés.
      • Matt is of late bringing up a lot more references to Zero Punctuation.
    • Elliot seems to be relying heavily on references, mainly from Family Guy and South Park, as of late for humor.
  • Sibling Team: Johnny and Elliot... and Mark.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Everyone curses to an extent, but Matthew outright shines in this department.
    • Mark too, the few times he speaks in multiplayer sections.
  • Smash Cut: Johnny has begun doing this recently.
  • Split Personality: The guys claim that Cole Phelps has this. See Gollum Made Me Do It above.
  • Take That!: Matthew called out BrainScratch Commentaries head Ryan after getting all the Super Emeralds in Sonic 3 Complete during Sandopolis Zone.
    • Matt takes a jab at the newer Crash Bandicoot games in the Crash 2 playthrough.
      Matt(as Crash): My life is a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. Oh well, better than Activision.
    • The end of Persona where the game tells the player that it's up to them to decide how the main character's life changed after the events of the game.
    Matt: He became a loser.
    Johnny: And he is sitting on his friend's futon while working at a 7-11.
    Matt has a Beat and then sighs.
    • Despite being Sonic fans themselves, the trio like to take jabs at the franchise whenever appropriate. One memorable example is when they named the turd mountain in Conker's Bad Fur Day after all kinds of Sonic games (and not just the bad ones).
  • Technology Porn: Referenced in Galaga where Matt shows off the PC Board of the game.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Not explicitly said, but you get the vibe from the description of Shadow of Destiny.
    Eike Kusch was murdered by an unknown assailant. Luckily, he's been given a second chance, and can now time travel to the point of his death to prevent it.
    Unfortunately, Eike Kusch is not intelligent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Elliot plays Mario U way better than any other 2D Mario game he's played on the channel. How much better? He gets his first game over in World 8.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Although Elliot's confidence and ego have increased along with his play style.
    • How many people on YouTube do you know that made it through the main five nights in Five Nights at Freddy's with only ONE DEATH? Probably only one: Elliot.
      • Made even more badass by the fact that Elliot had only played Night 1 prior to the LP. Elliot did 80% of the main game BLIND and only suffered one death.
  • Troll: Matt is this full stop, mostly within the New Super Mario Bros. series as he griefs Johnny and Elliot for giggles.
    • During Johnny's Let's Play of Metal Gear Solid, Elliot and Matt started to sing random songs from films and TV shows just to mess up Johnny's button mashing attempt to stay alive during the torture scene. Johnny loses focus and gets killed, forcing him to do the button mashing sequence all over again.
    • During Elliot's LP of La Noire, all of the shenanigans he causes in the game has the group dub Cole Phelps as Troll Phelps because of the character (through Elliot) is always slamming into cars, running people over, and causing massive property damage for the giggles.
    • During Matt's turn in Super Smash Bros. Brawl while in the Subspace stage, he purposely kills off his character, Princess Peach, sorely because he doesn't like playing as her. This completely screws over everyone since the crew is now down one character and they get a game over afterwards.
    • In the New Super Mario Bros. U LP, Elliot griefs Matt back, while also griefing Mark in the process.
  • Verbal Backspace: In the finale of Shadow of Destiny, Elliot mentions Hugo is going to die. Matt celebrates since he doesn't like the kid, only to realize he's happy over a child dying, thus he tries to backtrack.
    Elliot: We're kinda gonna kill Hugo here.
    Matt: YES! *Beat* I can't believe I said that over a child murder. NO!
  • Verbal Tic: Matt keeps sayings "Anyways" after he says something out-of-topic.
    • Now Matt uses "Whatchamacallit" when starting a new topic.
    • During the course of Sonic '06, the viewers commentated that Johnny kept saying "You know" multiple times. One part has him being stuck in that phrase for a while.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Johnny and Elliot both find different things to care about in the games that they play.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Matthew doesn't...most of the time. He's been called out on his abuse of Chao in Sonic Adventure 2 by many of the trio's fans as a detriment. Johnny only enters this when he dishes out vigilante justice, such as chainsawing a serial killer in the dick. Elliot loves to mow down innocent civilians in L.A. Noire.
  • Watsonian vs. Doylist: The guys' are Doylist-Minded with Kingdom Hearts regarding the story. Johnny and Matt both find themselves listening to the story; only for Johnny to find it needlessly complex with relatively unsatisfying concepts and conclusions (with Matt finding quite a few contradictions). The guys frequently argue that the game has convoluted itself, and that it's not fair for the series' fans to just say "You don't get it." to other people who want to understand a plot that doesn't requires a massive amount of games (Many of which aren't really valid anymore due to massive retcons) and some outside sources to piece it all together.
    • In the games they play, Johnny's usually the Doylist while Matt is the Wattsonian, though they're likely to switch it up.
  • Weirdness Magnet: If Elliot's doing the game (or is playing sections alone), expect to see more glitches and oddities that a game would normally have.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Mark disappeared after World 2 of the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP. Justified due to the audio glitching up and forcing them to do it all over again, but Mark left because as Johnny says it, "He has a life".
    • This happened again in the Injustice playthrough, where Mark was around for the first four parts, but was absent afterwards. Justified because he was called back into service in between recording sessions.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Averted in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Johnny and Matt absolutely refuse to believe that of all the members recruited into Sly's new gang in Sly 3, that one of them would be the Panda King; a member of the clockwork gang that murdered Sly's parents and forced him into the orphanage. Though Matt hams it up; neither of the two accept that Sly just welcomes in the murderer of his parents. The dialogue making casual mention about it though not doing anything to enforce this doesn't help the game in their eyes.
  • With Friends Like These...: Matthew takes it upon himself to be the total asshole during the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Let's play, with hilarious (yet annoying) results, including "paying homage" (read: Plagiarizing) to the Freelance Astronauts near the endgame flagpole... twice.
    • Matt also hurls Elliot into harm's way far, far too many times for a sane person to count.
    • With New Super Mario Bros. U, Matt continues to be Trolltoad, screwing anyone he can throughout the game.
  • Wrap Around: Frequently referenced, only referred to as "Pac-Man Syndrome".
  • You Keep Using That Word: Elliot has a tendency to use the word irony/ironic on sentences that don't connect.
    • Invoked by Johnny in Crash Bandicoot 3, when he asks Elliot if he even knows the meaning of the phrase "I swear!," as Elliot was constantly saying it whenever he was giving an explanation for his latest screw-up.

"But what I can say is that this Metal Sonic figure is fucking awesome!"