YMMV: HAT Films

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • None of the trio are terribly fond of Katie Hopkins, spending a good chunk of Cornerstone ripping her to pieces verbally. Unfortunately, this only caused the subreddit to be flooded with posts about her.
    • Trott's nerd voice seems to target “Stop Having Fun” Guys that cannot tolerate jokes about their favourite franchises and feel the need to boringly correct others.
    • People that dislike change in the form of other Yogscast members taking part are frequently mocked.
    • The tabloid press are routinely made fun of in Hat Chat, and Colin the journalist is a Strawman Political in Hat Pack 2015 that clearly represents their pet peeves.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Smiffy's Minecraft persona. Some people see him as a griefer, and others as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: During an episode of Grand Theft Auto V, Smith takes a jab at the then-upcoming Ant-Man and Fantastic Four films, saying that the former looks okay but not great and that the second looks terrible. He was right about the Fantastic Four doing poorly (as were many others), but Ant-Man was a surprise critical and commercial success.
  • Archive Panic: New to Hat Films? Want to watch every episode? It JUST might have been doable without panic...until you see the Trials playlist. Good luck, Little Hat. As it stands, the channel has nearly eighteen-hundred videos.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The guys make their own music for their videos, and some of it is incredible.
    • Their rendition of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" is surprisingly good. Made even better by the fact that the duo randomly launch into it without any instruments or prior warning.
    • Most of the songs from Smiffy's side project, "The Tin Box Boys", plus his own recordings, are surprisingly good.
    • During their second Yogscast Jingle Jam livestream, the trio brought out their guitars and did fantastic renditions of "The Onesie Anthem", "Geoff's Theme", "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", Tribute and to top things off a second rendition of Sweet Dreams, this time with Trott on electric guitar and Smith on acoustic guitar while Ross beatboxed.
    • You want Bee Gees? Hat Films have got you covered!
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • One episode of Skyblock, as the trio continues to build and gather items, a 4th player named Ceji appeared in the game (he is an admin of the Hatventures server the trio has open to the public) without warning and it caused everyone else to be confused by it. Once the player left, the trio resume playing as normal without ever mentioning the incident again.
    • Trials Evolution part 3 causes a lot of these because the party they're in is open to the public and it caused a lot of people to join in then just as quickly leave.
  • Broken Base:
    • Really only a slight fracture, but most Hatters, when asked, will admit to being loyal to one particular Sir, whether it be the Bearded One, the Walrus, or the Green Fury. Twitter wars have been played with, and the Hatventure forums have established cults inside the archives. It's not so much the base is broken as it's the lines have been drawn, everyone knows who's standing where, and should the Hat Films ever have a public in-fighting, their Hatters are ready for the war.
    • Their behaviour in Trouble In Terrorist Town, while generally agreed to be funny, has led to some worry in terms of yet another Colbert Bump where people randomly join and begin killing other players for no reason. For context, similar things have happened with SeaNanners and his friends, although the fracture is made significantly smaller by their videos with Sips, where their behaviour is better.
    • While the guys themselves actually get along well with the Yogscast and have done since before they officially joined, a small portion of the fandom is not happy about them having joined. While the majority seem happy, some of them are worried about a perceived change in content as well as an influx of immature fansExplanation 
    • Turps and Sips joining the Sirs for Grand Theft Auto V has split the base a bit. While the latter went down with few complaints and Turps has more fans than detractors, some feel that the group dynamic is being somehow Ruined Forever even though the Sirs clearly enjoy their company. Debates largely died down after time passed.
    • While there is understandably a large degree of overlap between Hatters and Yognaughts, there is a split between Hatters that don't like the rest of the Yogscast, Hatters that only like some Yogscast members such as Sips and Turps, and Hatters that are more open to all members.
    • The Yogscast Minecraft Series miniseries Trials of Derpulies has an incredibly divisive reaction amongst Hatters due to the extremely limited screentime of the trio, despite them having committed two days worth of time into the project (which many Hatters are now arguing should have been spent on other projects like Stunt Lads or Rocket League instead). While some are willing to hang around for their limited screentime and will concede that there are many funny moments involving other members such as Sips, an overwhelming number of Hatters have been quick to post about their dislike of the series, accusing the editors of being overwhelmingly biased in favour of Team Sjipos (Lewis, Sips and Sjin) based on that team's absurdly high screen time. It's gotten to the point that even Smith and Ross have tweeted their disapproval, although it's unclear whether they're joking.
    • The third episode of Stunt Lads ultimately had a more mixed reception than the first two, as it's seen as good in its own right but not as good as the episodes preceding it. While Crew Member #1 was well-received, some felt it would have been better to use Sips instead of creating a new character for the show. Similarly, some felt that the final stunt was good while others felt it was an anticlimactic finish to the episodes.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y:
    • Come because you discovered them through the Yogscast at some point. Stay for the different sort of humour.
    • Come because you found out about them through their Minecraft work. Stay for the humour and professionally made content.
    • Come for the weird games they cover. Stay for their weirder antics.
  • Common Knowledge: There is a rumour in certain fan circles that Smiffy is in the Territorial Army (basically the British equivalent of the National Guard). Not only is Smiffy not in the British Army at all (in reality, all the pics of him in camo gear are from him playing Airsoft), but the Territorial Army does not even exist any more, having been replaced by the Army Reserves. He addresses it in this video and on Twitter.
  • Continuity Lockout: "Sad For Good" makes a lot more sense if you've seen Feed the Beast #79 (here), in which Smith murders Eric the ostrich. When Lewis Brindley and Duncan saw the music video for the first time, they clearly didn't understand what was happening. To the Sirs' credit, a link to said episode is in the description of the music video.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Sirs don't go out of their way to use Black Comedy, but it comes up quite often. The trio wouldn't be as funny without it.
  • Ear Worm:
    • From Filfy' Animals: "Hi, my name is Geoff and I'm a glitchy silverfish. Not much else left to say..."
    • The main Hatventures theme.
    • Most of the improvised ditties that the trio come up with are surprisingly memorable, such as "Eat food, don't die" and "Put a bit of lava in the drum". The catchy beatboxing and fairly good singing helps.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Geoff in the "Filfy' Animals" series has quite the fan base, most likely because he is glitchy and sets everything on fire wherever he goes. On the public Hatventures server, there's a large statue modelled out of Geoff's likeness.
    • Nigel from Hat Corp has quite a few fans despite not appearing much.
    • Dave from Stunt Lads, mostly because he's a Hypercompetent Sidekick and the Sirs still treat him like crap.
    • The Hand of Truth, despite not even being sentient or alive in-game, has become quite a notable part of the fandom and many Hatters profess to worshipping it. At least two t-shirts of it have been released, with a special "Hand of Freedom" given a limited release to mark the opening of the US Yogscast store.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Fans of Hat Films do not seem to get on well with fans of GameChap and Bertie. This is in part due to the latter's falling out with the Yogscast, which the former are members of, and in part due to Ross openly (and repeatedly) bashing the duo on Twitter.
    • A really bizarre and one-sided case relates to Funhaus (of Rooster Teeth). While there is some fan overlap, some Hatters are extremely hostile towards Funhaus on the subreddit, for reasons that are unclear.
    • Much like most of the Yogfandom, fans of Hat Films do not get along with fans of Pixels due to their incredibly dodgy business moves which made it look like the group were involved when they weren't, as well as Ross bashing the decision.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Even before Hat Films joined the Yogscast, their fandoms got on extremely well. The news that they were joining was greeted (mostly) positively. Since then, their fans and Sips' have developed a good rapport, in no small part due to the latter and former appearing with each other all the time.
    • Also with Area 11, due to the two groups being good friends and Hat Films having a brilliant cameo in their "Monopoly" sketch.
    • Thanks to Captain Sparklez guest starring in one of their Yogscast charity livestreams, their fandoms have developed a reasonably good friendship.
    • There's a surprising degree of overlap between the Hat Films fandom and the Rooster Teeth fandom, due to Ashley from Rooster Teeth praising the Sirs in the comments of one of their videos and Burnie being quite complimentary of them. They even joined Rooster Teeth at E3 2015.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Possibly Hilarious in Hindsight in a Black Comedy way as well. Episode #32 of Hat Chat, entitled Gecko Sporgy, was named after (and had a long segment related to) a Russian space experiment on the impact of zero-gravity on geckos having sex. During the segment, they joked the geckos would probably all die horribly. The satellite eventually returned with all occupants having frozen to death.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Despite (or perhaps due to) their being based in England and being almost stereotypically British, the trio have a large number of American fans.
  • Growing the Beard: The early sketch and Let's Plays that the trio did are fairly good in their own right, but the content put out by the trio is generally agreed to have improved when they upgraded their microphones and used footage from all three viewpoints, as opposed to mostly Ross's viewpoint.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: From Hat Chat #32, entitled Gecko Sporgy, the trio do a long segment about a Russian satellite filled with geckos having sex. This is quite sweet now that Smith owns three geckos and seems to love them quite dearly.
  • Ho Yay / Faux Yay: If this isn't somehow (jokingly) apparent, you're not watching Hat Films.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When the trio first joined the Yogscast in 2013, there were fears that the fanbase would somehow be "corrupted" by the Yogscast due to excessive Pandering to the Base. The inverse has happened; Hat Films are perhaps one of the fastest-growing channels in the network and a growing number of Yognau(gh)ts are switching simply to Hat Films-related content.
    • From Hat Chat #32, entitled Gecko Sporgy, the trio do a long segment about a Russian satellite filled with geckos having sex. This becomes hilarious now that Smith owns two geckos and may be expecting them to have babies.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
    • Individuals such as Simon Lane and Turpster frequently come under fire from Hatters for shouting a lot. It clearly hasn't occurred to them that Trott, Ross and Smith all do the exact same thing, although it is true that they rein it in from time to time.
    • Similarly, if Simon or Turps RDM someone in Garry's Mod, they're arseholes that need to be kicked from the gaming session. If Hat Films do it, it's comedy of the purest form. Granted, the Sirs are a little better than Simon and definitely better than Turps, but still...
  • It Was His Sled: The death of Eric in Hat Pack isn't much of a spoiler any more thanks to "Sad for Good".
  • Magnificent Bastard: The end of Hat Corp turns the Sirs into this. While they lost the war with Kim Richards and Duncan Jones, they were able to claim on the insurance for their base to get a fantastic new one elsewhere. All this was done by scamming some builders out of their money, meaning that the Sirs are able to resume their efforts for world domination later.
  • Memetic Molester: Colin from Hat Pack 2015, due to his constant Double Entendres and creepy attitude towards Ross.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "EAT SHIT", or any variation, since Ross shouts it in Garry's Mod.
    • "IT'S NOT ME!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]The quote comes from a memorable episode of Sips' TTT playthrough, in which Ross blatantly tries to shoot Smith and murders Trott, while constantly screaming that he is supposedly innocent. The quote has become memorable amongst many TTT players and Ross has done this again on a few occasions.
    • "Smith's Shit Selfie", a trend on Tumblr that mocks Smiffy's habits of taking bad photos of himself. Within hours, the Tumblr fandom had photoshopped him into more or less anything imaginable, with Trott signal boosting the trend extensively.
    • All of the Sirs have a "sexy hashtag" from the large fandom that find them attractive. Smith has #StiffyForSmiffy, Trott has #HotForTrott and Ross has #HornyForHornby.
    • "[Insert word here] BOOOY!"Explanation 
  • Memetic Psychopath: Ross is this for Gmod and TTT due to his Axe Crazy nature in those games, whereas Smith is this for Minecraft as a result of his Pyro Maniac tendencies. Trott mostly averts this by virtue of being the most normal member.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • A few fans don't get that when Smith and Ross insult Trott, they're doing it as a joke, and the trio have claimed that at conventions people insult Trott without realising that it isn't quite the same thing between strangers. They do understand it's not done out of malice, but they did seem slightly annoyed by it.
    • Similarly, the fandom has sexualised the trio to the point that Trott's real-life girlfriend pointed out on Tumblr that this sort of behaviour made her uncomfortable. Some "fans" promptly sent her abuse.
  • Misattributed Song: Some fans have mistakenly claimed that all the songs made by either the Tin Box Boys (Smiffy's old band) or Smith himself were done by the Sirs. In reality, Smith was a member of TBB before he joined Hat Films, and was even with them for a while after.
  • Never Live It Down: There are still many haters of Smiffy that argue that he ghosts all the time in Garry's Mod. This really isn't true, though it happens on occasion.
  • Older Than They Think: While "It's Not Me" is a hilarious moment on Ross' behalf, he's had cases of Implausible Deniability in TTT before.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Sirs appear in the Area 11 video "Monopoly", where they behave like prima donna versions of themselves. It's not a long cameo, but it's a funny one.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite mostly having an older audience than most of the Yogscast, the trio do have some younger fans. The fanbase and the trio themselves have been welcome for the most part, if wary.
  • Pet Peeve Trope: The trio hate custom tracks in Trials Evolution that abuse Checkpoint Starvation. The group gives tracks that have lack of checkpoints the "Fuck You Buddy Award".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This rant from the trio in Cornerstone targets Katie Hopkins and her stigmatisation of the mentally ill. It's not subtle in the least, but the fact that the trio were more-or-less dead serious about it only hammers the point in.
  • Squick: Some of the scenarios the guys come up with can be weird at best:
    • Smith usually feeds his pet geckos locusts. He accidentally put one in his drink.
    • Hat Chat 32 features a scenario in which a man enters a bank, then poops in a banker's office. Not too bad on its own, but the clip then moves on to him continually shitting everywhere and one of the assistants eating it and joining in. A fanimation is available but suffice it to say NSFW.
    • Hat Chat 32 also features a segment in which a journalist is sent into space to interview a satellite full of geckos, which are supposedly meant to show scientists the effect of zero gravity on breeding. The geckos start ejaculating everywhere, even into his helmet. Suffice it to say that this one did not get animated.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: While the Sirs are mostly competent, albeit with their own quirks, they do have complaints about this from time to time:
    • On Sips' channel, Smith ghosted once, during an episode of Murder, and for humour. Immediately, a stupidly vocal part of Sips' fandom starts calling Smiffy an asshole and cheater, calling for him to be removed from the videos. Never mind that they usually follow the rules and are playing on their own server. Then he got complaints about taking the game too seriously!
    • During SHATBlock, Sips got this in turn when he nerdpoled (read: kept jumping and placing dirt below him to make a quick platform) to get past a jumping puzzle. The fandom again started calling Sips an asshole.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: When Sips and Turpster joined the Sirs for their Grand Theft Auto V, fan reaction was a little mixed. The former mostly went down okay despite some grumbling, but the latter has caused the most complaints. Hat Films did acknowledge this in their September edition of Hat Chat and basically told the fandom to calm down, saying that just because the formula changes, it isn't a good reason to be mean.
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  • Vocal Minority: The Yogscast subreddit has unfortunately had small, but fairly vocal, groups of Hatters that downvote the content of anything not related to Hat Films and upvote anything Hat Films related. While their having opinions is understandable, this has screwed over smaller creators and made it harder for some of the bigger creators to get noticed.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: While the trio are very professional in their editing and work ethic, some of their videos take extremely weird turns and the Sirs are all Cloud Cuckoolanders to varying degrees, leading to fan suspicion of drugs and an In-Universe gag that they're on "Crazy Pills". This video, entitled "Walrus Appeal", actually was made on a lot of caffeine and at 3 in the morning, hence the bizarre noises and constant Corpsing (which they had to seriously edit down).
  • The Woobie:
    • Played up with Trott's walrus persona in "Public Server... Walrus Appeal!", which uses somber music in the background and describes him as sad, with "no one to play with him, to chase him, to blow him up". The video then desperately appeals for people to join him and make him feel happy.
    • Eric from Feed the Beast is considered quite a sad character by Hatters due to his untimely demise and Trott's grief.