Vlogbrothers, as the name implies, is the YouTube channel and vlogging project of brothers Hank and John Green. Vlogbrothers (also known as Brotherhood 2.0) was originally a one-year project starting January 1, 2007, where the two brothers swore off textual communication with each other. They were to update one after the other every weekday of the year and each video was to be no more than 4 minutes long. After the year was up, the large demand from their fanbase led them to continue the project.Since then, they have developed a sizable fanbase, due not only to the success of their videos, but also music, books and various charity works. They are the organizers of Vid Con, the world's first and only convention dedicated to internet videos. Both now also host another channel "Crash Course", where each brother gives lectures on subjects they're knowledgeable about, and Hank also hosts "Sci Show", filled with various science news videos. In addition, Hank produced The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and The Brain Scoop, a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and a show about taxidermy, respectively.
This comes up whenever he discusses health care reform, as he gets noticeably angry talking about how it was hard for Hank to get insurance thanks to his ulcerative colitis
Blatant Lies: On "Question Tuesday, the day that I answer real questions from real nerdfighters!", John always answers the question "Who the eff is Hank?" (whether or not it was actually asked) with some wordy description of a person, thing, or phenomenon which is quite obviously not his brother. To make it even more Blatant Lies, Hank himself has answered that question once:
Hank: "Hank is a sausage covered in cornbread batter and deep fried."
This became a Brick Joke when someone at the Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall asked Hank what his patronus would be, and he answered "It's a corndog"...which IS a sausage covered in cornbread batter and deep fried!
Broken Base: Invoked by fans with the Zombies/Unicorns issue, a completely silly and non-serious break specifically because they decided there wasn't enough conflict.
Serious version Defied, they make a point of avoiding topics they disagree on.
Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: Zombies Vs Unicorns, which started in the community of YA novelists and has since spilt over into Nerdifghteria, dividing even the Green brothers themselves. Hank is pro-unicorn, and, while John is not exactly pro-zombie, he is definitely anti-unicorn.
Continuity Lockout: Because the series is so long-running and there are so many videos, many jokes and references can easily be lost on new viewers. Sometimes even John and Hank forget how some things got started.
Death Of The Author: John is a strong proponent of this about his novels. They both feel this way about Nerdfighteria.
Defictionalization: During the Great American Tour de Nerdfighting/ Paper Towns tour 2008, nerdfighters made many items that previously existed only in John's book, Paper Towns, such as Margo's crazy shopping list/receipt, Amish hunger wonder bread, Go Fast bars, and more.
Invoked in the case of the vehicle used to drive across the country for the Paper Towns tour. It was the exact same minivan owned by Q's mom in the book.
Also a Culver Creek Prep t-shirt from Looking for Alaska.
Do Wrong, Right: John feels this way, saying that if you're going to insult him and/or people he cares about, you ought to at least do it "with some reverence for the English language."
"You should probably know that in that context, "you're" is a contraction, and any time you're contracting "you are" it's spelled WHY-OH-YOU-APOSTOPHE-ARE-EE. Omigod, youtube, before you click "submit comment", read your comment and ask yourself, "DO I MEAN YOU ARE?". And if you do, you need an apostrophe."
I Uh You Too: While this is obviously a family example rather than the usual romantic ones, John and Hank do seem to have a pretty hard time saying the words "I love you" to each other. Even when forced to do so by beloved nerdfighter Esther, it was clearly an awkward experience for them.
Law of Disproportionate Response: Used heavily in Hank's song, "I'm Gonna Kill You", which threatens gruesome deaths on people that irritate him by slowing down the grocery store checkout lane, owning a giant SUV, and throwing a loud party late at night.
Metaphorgotten: John has done this once or twice. After a nice, undecipherable one: "I'm a novelist. I make up metaphors for a living!"
Moment Killer: OK, so they're already married and there's no Aborted Declaration of Love here, but in the "Fifth Anniversary with the Katherine" video, Katherine deftly assassinates a moment and keeps things from getting sappy: Hank starts stroking her hair. When she asks why, he replies "Because I love you!" She then asks him to do it again... And when he obliges, she licks his hand. Complete with "BLEAAAURG" sound.
Motor Mouth: Both of them, big time, but John far, far more. After a few of John's videos, Hank's speech sounds downright leisurely.
Unless someone gives Hank caffeine, then we're all in trouble.
Nerds Are Sexy: Many viewers have commented on how appealing they find both John and Hank, and Hank has appeared on several blogs in lists of "certain people [the blogger] would like to do certain things with" (also known as the "celebrity do list" or "guilt-free three")
Also, both brothers have talked about the hotness of nerd girls, John in response to a young viewer's question about dating, and Hank, in usual Hank fashion, in a song.
Nerdcore: Several of Hank's songs, including DFTBA and The Man Who Throws The Tetris Piece (especially the Dr. Noise cover).
Nerd Glasses: Both wear glasses, but John has a special pair that are extra-nerdy.
Hi, this is Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers, and I just wanted to let you know that global poverty rates have dropped 30% since 1990, and they're on track to drop another 10% before 2015. She was talking and I just hung up on her. Ha! Ha, pranked!
The brothers also named their childhood dog, a dachshund they got for Christmas, Red Green.
And another pet (a snake) was named Blue Green.
Pure Awesomeness: The official definition of a Nerdfighter is someone who is composed of pure awesome instead of tissue, bones, etc. Also, the mission of Nerdfighteria, to increase awesome and decrease worldsuck. What more could you ask for?
Quizzical Tilt: Bubbles the Nerdfighting Puppy was prone to this upon hearing new sounds. Once he stopped, the Nerdfighting community at large attempted to get him to do it again. Because it was eye-meltingly cute.
Raise Him Right This Time: The Evil Baby Orphanage. The idea is that, instead of going back in time and assassinating famous dictators and other evil people, time travelers should abduct them when they're infants and bring them to the orphanage to raise them to be good people instead.
Running Gag: "Who the eff is Hank?", tiny chickens, airports, sock puppets, peep-eating contests, among many, many others.
Shoutout: Lots and lots. To authors, poets, musicians, and scientists living and dead, to movies and books, to other video bloggers.
Hank's guitar is painted with the words, "this machine pwns n00bs", and John's laptop has a sticker with the original words "This machine kills fascists".
the restraining order is fake though, just so you know
Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Hank put one together called "Willy's Song;" it was an amalgamation of all the bizarre sounds Nerdfighters had made in an attempt to get Willy to do his Quizzical Tilt again.
And there are several videos in which John uses the names of famous poets in place of swear words.
John: I’m a William Blake gangster, so of course you want my Samuel Taylor Coleridge. You’re gonna wanna be all up in this William Wordsworth - Like oh Percy Shelley! Oh oh Percy Shelley! I’m the Lord Byroning Samuel Taylor Coleridge - WILLIAM BLAKE!
Viewers Are Geniuses: While both John and Hank often take time to explain what they are talking about, for the most part they assume that the majority of viewers are Nerdfighters and, therefore, smart enough and nerdy enough to understand and be interested in the topics mentioned. Hank and John both make casual references to people, works, and terms many casual viewers might not understand. Also, John can go into literary-sounding musings or descriptions, often filled with quotes from his favorite authors as well as his own books.
Also, Nerd Jokes. You have to be pretty familiar with scientific theories, literature, computer science, comics, psychology, anime, sci fi and fantasy, politics, math and physics, and/or famous historical scientists and scholars to get the jokes at all.
John: Uh... I'm just gonna freeze it right there, Hank, because a lot of young people watch our videos and they don't need to see a thirty-one year old man having what is known in competitive eating circles as a "reversal of fortune".
Writers Cannot Do Math: John has often had to call up "Resident Mathematician" Daniel Biss to do simple sums and even verify that one number is larger than another.
He also infamously calculated once that there were 100 seconds in a minute.
You Keep Using That Word: Beginning videos with "Good morning Hank/John/Nerdfighters" became a tradition even though videos are actually rarely made and not necessarily watched in the morning. Lampshaded by Hank.
Links are in the dooblydoo. Hank, I'll see you on Friday.