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Vinesauce is a Livestreaming group of gamers, with an emphasis on variety, hilarity, and crossing the line twice. While there is no particular schedule in when each streamer streams a game, the group's creator Vinny usually streams late at night every other day or so, while Joel streams mainly on the weekends. Some of their most well-known streams include Vinny's corruption streams, Joel's Sims and bootleg gaming sessions as well as the Facade streams, and Rev's 24-hour Spongebob Boat-O-Cross marathon.

The current line of streamers and their Twitch and YouTube channels are (in no particular order):

Their group website can be found here.

For tropes related to Vinny's Tomodachi Life streams, please see Vinesauce Tomodachi Life.

These videos contain examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • During a corruption of Donkey Kong 64, Vinny referred to Tiny Kong as "Dixie" on at least one occasion. Justified, as the former in an expy of the latter and Vinny was too terrified to remember the right name at that point.
    • During one of Vinny's streams of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, someone in the chat referred to Gordon Ramsay as "Gordon Ramses" and Vinny mentioned it. This happened while Link was in a room with a sarcophagus.
  • Action Duo:
    • Studyguy and Studygirl.
    • Rev and Joel, during their DayZ streams.
    • Limes and Direboar to their Resident Evil 5 streams.
    • Vinny and Darren in their Rust streams.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe. Vinny's impressions of the animated Mario and Luigi depicting Luigi as a terminally ill drug addict living off Mario's livelihood.
  • Angrish: Vinny playing Mario Kart surely guarantees this, or causes him to go into enraged duck mode. He also tends to do this if he dies or fails at something in other games, in a very stupid way.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Some streamers and viewers alike represent themselves with an animal icon, including Hootey (an owl), Limes (a baby harp seal, with a lime) and Direboar (a...well...boar).
    • Vinny is often associated with ducks or raptors thanks to his Angrish noises.
  • April Fools' Day: In 2015, Joel made an entire stream in Swedish, Imakuni had her mother impersonate her briefly, and Vinny did something... odd with Tomodachi Life.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The AI in the Super Mario Kart Corruptions gets changed so that they would do really stupid things like drive into walls the entire time.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Joel is a huge fan of Fist of the North Star, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Heavy Metal music, and likes anything relating to skeletons. Expect these things to come up a lot in his streams.
    • Vinny has admitted that Rick and Morty is an obsession of his, and it's almost guaranteed that he'll reference it at least once during every stream (well, every stream after the show's debut). Like Joel, he's a music buff (albeit for different genres than Joel), and writes and plays for a band alongside his streaming.
  • Avant-garde Music: Hot Start - Bees McBees. It's an album Rev made by slowing dishwasher noises down to 3 BPM.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Vinny drops them like candy.
    • Even for Joel, Russian bootlegs seem to be so bizarre that he often goes into repeated variations of "What is this?" but he absolutely loses his mind when he gets a game over in the Felix the Cat Russian bootleg and gets this monstrosity.
  • Black Speech: Regular text-input in Façade Corruptions 2 somehow turns into a translator for Satanic language.
    Summon the Ender One = GAMAGG THA AAAAR OGA
  • Body Horror:
    • Happens in most of the Nintendo 64 corruptions, but Sesame Street Corruptions takes the cake, with Big Bird, Grover, and Ernie morph in almost Alien Geometries to go with their scrambled voices.
    • Everything Joel creates in his The Sims streams.
  • Brown Note: Vinny declares some scrambled music in his Binding of Isaac corruptions a "yellow note" after he needs to go take a piss in the middle of playing. He very kindly left the viewers to listen to said song for a full minute while he left.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Call Back
    • Vinny's Mario 64 corruption video has one to the finale of the SNES corruptions.
      "Luigi, I got terminal seven. This is what it looks like, Luigi!"
    • In Vinny's Half-Life 2 corruption stream (referring to the Sesame Street corruptions):
      "This is not an underwater adventure. This is not an underwater adventure, this is pain!"
    • During his otherwise mostly properly read full stream of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Vinny reads the Happy Mask Salesman's "important mask" line as "iipootaat maak" from his old corruption videos of the original, as well as doing the same with the carpenter.
  • The Cameo: Of all people, one wouldn't expect Mr. Plinkett himself to drop in and record a few promo videos for them.
  • Catch Phrase
    • Whenever Joel's antics start causing stuff to go loco, he usually says "It begins!" Vinny also says the same thing when playing awful games.
      • Joel uses words like "nuclear", "bootleg", and "Sumerian" to describe many, many things.
      • He frequently remarks "and I say that with [random absurd number] quotation marks" or something to that effect when he's being sarcastic.
      • When playing old DOS games, bootlegged games, or anything of the sort, he tends to say "You blew it" whenever he finds something he thinks the creators should be ashamed of.
      • "Swiggety-swooty, coming for that booty" When seeing a character with an amusing strut.
    • Vinny frequently says "Just like God intended" upon encountering something bizarre.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: During a Shovelware Showcase stream, Vinny fiddled with the avatar creator of one game and unintentionally made Ringo Starr.
  • Charity Motivation Song: After Rev decided to donate the proceeds from his HotStart album to people in Flint, Michigan, he decided that a second Bees McBees album would be a charity album dedicated to helping the dwindling bee population.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • A lot of the streamers straddle the line, but Joel embraces it.
    • Limes seems to do this too, although she still keeps herself focused on her objectives.
  • Clueless Aesop: "Anyway, don't give your ferrets crack..." Note that it's clueless in that Rev quite literally spouted it at random.
  • Companion Cube:
  • The Corruption: Corruption streams, started by Vinny and in which he uses a data munging tool from Zophar's Domain (later dropped in favor of the in-house developed Vinesauce Corruptor, with more features, which was eventually replaced with the Real-Time Corruptor (RTC)) to inject noise inside a game's ROM, in an attempt to create insanity.
  • Crazy Survivalist:
    • Joel quickly falls into this when he and Rev play DayZ.
    • Limes in her Far Cry 4 streams, with a side of cuteness.
  • Cuteness Overload:
    • Limes' common reaction whenever she plays a Mamegoma game.
    • Limes in general, managing to always sound adorable, even when causing murderous havoc.
  • Dem Bones: Joel has a strange fascination with skeletons, and they come up a lot in his streams.
  • Determinator: The streamers aren't taken to giving up, ever.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: A large majority of Vinesauce's in-jokes tend to fall under this category, namely for being spawned from spur of the moment events.
  • Eldritch Location: Pretty much any game subjected to a corruption in Vinny's streams. These are usually comedic... usually.
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
    • Fred's streams usually end with him failing. Badly.
    • Vinny usually fails at Bayonetta once per boss fight. Mario Kart 8's multiplayer follows suit, with Vinny tending to stay in last place for most of the race. Even if he manages to get within the top 3, he won't hold the position for long.
    • Almost encounter Vinny has had with a rhino has ended badly.
  • Friendly Enemy: Most of the community with each other.
  • Funny Foreigner: The Swedish Joel lends himself to this.
  • Follow the Leader: After the success of the Fantastic Game, Vinny got a suspiciously similar e-mail and game from a Fantasticaneer knock-off. It didn't go well. Ironically, Vinny would later play the game's update, actually enjoying it after quite a while of ignoring the "egg-like" genre due to repetitiveness.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: A novel feature in many streams.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: Joel, on occasion.
  • Godwin's Law: Joel, during this video:
    "Dude... dude, when I do this, I turn into Hitler; just look at his face."
    "Look, he's doing the shitler."
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Vinny during his Super Mario Kart corruption stream:
    Vinny: Was it all in his head...?
    The next race has eight Marios in place of every racer.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: During a destruction stream, Joel installs a piece of Polish malware that displays the text "kup teraz"note , which he ends up repeating. In a later stream, he referenced this by describing Poland as "the country that brought us 'kup teraz'".
  • Gratuitous German: During a Majora's Mask corruption stream, every instance of "the" in the game's text was replaced with "das", even within other words (such as "then" becoming "dasn").
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • Whenever Grover, Big Bird, and Ernie try to speak in the corruptions of Sesame Street.
    • Joel's stream of All Dogs Go to Heaven. It goes downhill after the first title screen.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Vinny's alter ego, a character of his named V-Dub who "took over" his channel in late 2015 and streamed Call of Duty: Black Ops. He is a parody of both stereotypical gamers and the person who hijacked Joel's channel around the same time.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Karnov", at least In-Universe.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    • After all the intentionally questionable drawings in Vinny'sGame & Wario stream (including one that's obviously a sock on a penis which even Vinny predicted would be the end), what got him banned?
      "It's a spear. The Shy Guy is holding a spear!"
    • This half of "Dusting off the Wii U".
  • Image Booru: This streaming channel in particular receives such a large amount of fan art that they set up their own, so that viewers can upload their fan art and link easily on chat.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Fred.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: You wouldn't think Limes, the one streamer that gets nervous during terror/suspense streams, would be the one who went on to curbstomp everyone else while playing The Hidden during the Multiplayer Block of the Charity Marathon.
  • Loophole Abuse: An unwritten rule of the stream is, if it's been gifted, it must be streamed, no matter what. Wave giftings of games like Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge and Magical Diary weren't unheard of. Eventually, "unless it has been streamed recently" was tacked on.
  • Mascot with Attitude
    • Darren, the streamer potato.
    • Limes is also often associated with fat seals.
  • Madness Mantra
    • When Joel streamed Super Mario 7 (actually a bootleg version of a Flintstones game), he couldn't stop screaming "grand dad" after seeing the title screen (which refers to the game as 7 Grand Dad).
    • The "lovely music" from The Binding of Isaac corruption stream.
    "The magician. The magician... the magician, the magician. Theee maagiiciiiaannn..."
    • When Joel discovers the Manananggal, he is briefly reduced to shouting "GRANDMA!!"
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Joel, Vinny, and Hootey are all known for their wide range of voices and impressions, mainly using them for humor.
  • Me's a Crowd:
    • Seen at the end of this Super Mario Kart corruption, when all of the racers turn into Mario.
    • A few Mario Kart 8 online multiplayer streams with Vinny, where everyone except/including him is playing as Link.
  • Mind Screw:
    • Vinny falls victim to a couple of these whilst corrupting ROMs. Behold his Mario corruption.
    • Vinny screwed with Super Mario 64 using the more mundane method of GameShark codes, and the results were still strange. The presence of signs where they shouldn't be (including in front of other signs) had him reacting to it in a similar manner to the "Sen" corruptions of A Link to the Past.
    • The entirety of Super Mario 64 Chaos Edition. Highlights include Mario becoming a black hole, Mario speeding up and jumping super long, the music being replaced with whoops and howls, and the return of the signs. Later "Chaos Editions" of games that Vinny plays only up the ante.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Joel has been using a male pregnancy mod in The Sims 3. Combine this with his usual forte along with stuff like Sibling Incest and Interspecies Romance and you have very interesting results.
  • Mondegreen: Vinny used mods to play Grand Theft Auto V as an elderly Korean man, who frequently swears in his native tongue. This didn't stop both Vinny and the viewers from hearing his single line as either "You know chaingun?" or "You know chainjahn?"
  • Mood Whiplash: Vinny's Super Mario 64 GameShark stream featured strangely placed signs and creepy, corrupted music, which freaked him out. The YouTube video ends with a humorous montage of the signs featuring the song "Signs" by Tesla.
  • Mythology Gag: Joel has revisited the "Space Reaper" scene a number of times: most notably while replaying Shadowgate in its Swedish dub, and in the Kickstarter remake.
  • Nice Hat: A costume mechanic in Study's playthrough of Raw Danger. The Chef's Hat is notable because Study spends a few moments contemplating either saving the chef from death or just taking his hat. Though he opted to take the hat, both he and the chef fell regardless and a glitch occurs in the game that prevented him from getting the hat anyways.
  • Nightmare Face
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In-universe; the "The Legend of Sen" corruption severely freaked Vinny out.
    • Also in-universe, when making his Mario and Luigi Sims have sex with the male pregnancy mod installed, Joel remarked, "They will connect. They will connect into a maze of torment... and pleasure."
  • Noodle Implements: One corruption of Super Mario World resulted in Mario and Yoshi becoming two eggs, a hammer, and the head of a Chargin' Chuck. Part of this was accompanied by what sounded like a circus remix of the "athletic" level theme.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Cave No Story has nothing. It gets scarier when the first music track that kicks in when Vinny gets the Weapon is "Quiet", the Abandoned Mimiga Village theme. Humorously, Vinny's only reaction is mounting annoyance that nothing is happening.
  • Nuke 'em: Joel's goal for his first playthrough of Shadow President was to nuke anyone and everyone he could, starting with Norway. It was a very short playthrough.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Joel accidentally opens a portal into deep space and meets the Space Reaper.
    • Vinny, streaming A Link To The Past, absentmindedly claimed that he would give the stream to Turtls if he couldn't beat the final dungeon in under 20 minutes. This was followed by a moment of silence as he realized what he said. After that, for a whole day, the site was renamed Turtlesauce.
    • Another Joel one: accidentally discovering the Infinite Puke Glitch in Metal Gear Solid 3.
    • Everyone's reaction after Joel attempted to land on the surface of a star in an early release of Kerbal Space Program. Thanks to a catastrophic bug, the ship did not crash, it just disappeared... along with all the other ships Joel had in orbit, all the structures of the Space Program on Kerbin, and even Kerbin's atmosphere for no clear reason, even after restarting the game.
    • Limes' reaction to the results of making fun of a rhino, described below. Same applies to her caged-tiger kill.
    • Darren when finding out that gas cans have ridiculous explosive range.
  • Paste Eater: Vinny once knew a kid in school who ate glue and expected that there would be a "Super Mario 65". Vinny also mentioned that he thought there would be a "Paper Zelda".
  • Quest for Sex: Joel's childhood cat went on a two-year one, as detailed here.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Vinny gives one directed towards Data Design Interactive when streaming Rock 'n' Roll Adventures.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Limes' mascot, a baby harp seal with a slice of lime on her head.
  • Running Gag: Vinesauce picks these up a lot.
    • Chalking up particularly creepy corruptions to Satan. Vinny once considered attributing corrupted music to Nine Inch Nails, but it never caught on. Meanwhile, "clown vomit" is used to refer to garbled textures in 3D game corruptions.
    • Vinny usually mentions Terminal 7 cancer during corruptions. Also applies to sufficiently creepy body horror.
    • It was common to joke that it was Rev's birthday regardless of the actual day. However, the joke got old and he became tired of hearing it.
    • Jen is in everyone's pants.
    • Imakuni is a little boy.
    • Frooby.
    • Tame and homobutts.
    • Direboar's epic quest for waifus.
    • When faced with hard jumps, streamers are encouraged to JUMP THE CHASM.
    • The scariest and spookiest games all involve skeletons and/or run on old systems such as Atari 2600.
    • Hootey's playthrough of Jedi Knight II with a particular sound mod on resulted in a memorable catchphrase. Here's a small sample. It has since become his notification sound for new followers.
    • Joel Tempting Fate as he awaits the results of his shenanigans.
    Joel: Will this look good? Or will this look—bad.
    • Joel's father sounds like Kermit the frog, and Joel frequently mocks his voice.
    • In Joel's Majora's Mask stream, his frequent botching of ocarina songs. Early on his obsession with the dog races was one as well.
    • During Vinny's Super Mario Bros. 3Mix streams, any references to the Mike Matei video that he found out about it from feature him acting like he has no idea who Mike is, referring to him as "some guy named Mike Matinée".
    • Whenever Joel streams a sprite-edit ROM hack of Super Mario Bros. 1, expect him to pause at the end of the first castle level in preparation for whatever Bowser was changed to. Expect him to pause again when Bowser turns out to be nowhere near what he expected.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • After having a wonderful time with Paca Plus, Vinny gives Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~ a try, hoping for the same experience. He quits before getting to any of the suggestive scenes.
    • As the sheer horror of the giant floating eye in The Fantastic Game is revealed to Vinny, he simply decides to "nope" out.
    • At the beginning of his Undertale genocide run, Joel "nopes" out of the room when he first sees Toriel.
  • Sensory Abuse: A lot of the music and noises on Vinny's corrupted runs are extremely loud. Made all the worse that they pop up at random with no warning. In addition, the same streams also produce visual effects that could cause problems for people with epilepsy.
  • Series Mascot: The so-called "Vineshroom", a green Super Mario Bros. mushroom with a v-shaped decal on it. Some streamers use edited versions of it as channel avatars; for example, Rev has one wearing a gas mask, while Joel has a skeletal one.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Present with some of Vinny's corruptions, like the Mario 64 ones.
  • Sibling Incest: One of the most common jokes on Vinesauce is that Mario and Luigi are in a gay/incestuous relationship.
  • Significant Reference Date: As Joel reveals, the last time he played The Sims 1 was on September 11, 2001.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Out of all the streamers, Joel probably can't make a stream without saying at least one swear, while Darren is frequently described as a foulmouthed potato for a reason.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Starving Artist: Rev. Most of the artists in chat apply as well.
  • Stylistic Suck: Vinny apparently likes to stream fangames of very dubious quality for their comedy value, a trend that started with THE FANTASTIC GAME, made by resident Cloudcuckoolander viewer Fantasticaneer. He has once dubbed these games to be of the "Egg-like" genre, after noticing the game's abundance of eggs.
  • Surreal Humor: Between the fan games, corruptions, fucked up mods, and just plain odd games, this is something this site lives on.
  • Take That:
    • This video, directed at PewDiePie and his many imitators.
    • Vinny's "V-Dub" persona is a jab at stereotypical "gamers" (and, to a lesser extent, scarecams). Given that he took the spotlight not long after Joel's channel was hijacked, he's likely a jab at him as well.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • While creating Miis on one of his streams, Vinny made the mistake of saying, as he had the Wii U scan a Mii's picture, "This is foolproof, there's no way it can screw this up..." The end result looked nothing like the original Mii.
    • Limes making fun of a rhino's horn in Far Cry 4. It went as well as expected. Same can be said about Vinny, shouting "FUCK OFF" at a rhino, just because.
    • Again, in the same stream, Limes attempts to kill a caged tiger with a grenade. If you've guessed that it didn't kill the tiger, and freed it instead, you win 5 TV Tropes points. She manages to kill it anyway, with her bow and shotgun.
    • Darren attempts to kill some soldiers in Stalker to get their gear easily and sell it to whoever lives. He then tries to set a gas can on fire and shoot it from a safe distance. To say the least, his second try earned him more distance.
    • During Joel's Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal streams, someone in the chat mentioned how buggy the Pokémon Communication Center is after he got there, also noting that the tunnel under Goldenrod City has similar issues. Joel assumed everything was OK when he didn't encounter any problems in the Communication Center, but he was proven wrong when the game practically imploded when he got close to the other side of the tunnel.
  • Tranquil Fury: During a stream of Ys Origin, playing as Hugo on the highest difficulty, Fred was quite visibly frustrated during a boss fight, despite rarely saying anything because he was focusing his attention on the game. Things got worse when the game crashed after defeating the final boss.
  • Troll: Vinny as Ralph Bluetawn in Second Life. Bonus points for Ralph being a literal troll.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible:
    • In-universe, Vinny pokes fun at this idea while playing Strawberry Cubes:
    "Son, are you playing your games again?"
    "IT'S ART, MOM!"
    • invoked Rev tweeted that he dreamed that his HotStart album became a huge success and drove people to tears, despite it consisting of slowed-down dishwasher noises.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Rev and Joel.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Streamers tend to stumble into Game Breaking Bugs far more often than regular people do, deliberately or otherwise. And then there are the corruption streams.
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: During some of Joel's adventures in The Sims 3, he names the baby of Ash and a deformed Pikachu man Missingno. Said baby ended up having a distorted face larger than the city.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked One question Vinny asked the creator of Mario Cars 2 when talking to them was "What drugs did you guys take when you made this?" And this was one of the less trippy amateur games he's covered.
  • Word Salad Humor:
    • Joel stops making coherent sentences by the end of his drunken Dark Souls run.
    "Ass wanks are Indonesian vampires that bananas and... uh... tree trunks. Banana."