YMMV / Smosh

  • Acceptable Targets:
  • Anvilicious:
  • Archive Panic: Having been uploading for around a decade (as of 2016), you will have to spend a very long while watching if you want to understand all of the in-jokes and references to previous Smosh videos. Fortunately, Smosh videos are standalone for the most part.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Stevie is either a scrappy or an Unpopular Popular Character.
  • Broken Base:
    • There's a divide in fans about the content Smosh produces. Some people still like what Smosh does today, but there's a group of fans who insist that Smosh pretty much Jumped the Shark after 2009.
    • Smosh's gaming channel, Smosh Games. Is it an entertaining spin-off with promising updates, or is it just another generic gaming channel with the Smosh brand name on it in an attempt to create a Cash Cow Franchise?
    • Anthony's new haircut. Is it awesome or a loss of his one defining trait?
    • Most, if not all, members of the newly added Smosh Squad are either welcome additions to the Smosh family or the very reason for the Seasonal Rot.
    • Anthony leaving Smosh recently might be one for longtime fans.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Many people apparently see Noah, Olivia and Keith to be Smosh Channel's equivalent to Joven, Mari and Flitz from Smosh Games (they represent the token nerdy Butt-Monkey, the Asian chick and the black guy, respectively).
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Smosh has several moments which poke at dark or sensitive subjects, but it works due to their World of Ham:
    • REJECTED VIDEOS
    • The episode in which a leprechaun invites Ian into a white van. The van begins to shake and Ian complains that he's hurting him... cut to inside the van, and the Leprechaun is pouring gold coins into his hands. A cheerful tune plays at the end, like somethibg you'd see in a children's show: "Always trust a man in a big white van!"
    • The how-to video on covering up a murder involves Anthony plotting to blame a murder on a black guy. The black guy's over-the-top reactions with accompanying humorous title cards (such as "WTF?!", "YOU SCREAM LIKE A BITCH!", and "SLAMMER TIME") make it dark but humorous.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Defeating Ryan Higa with a dual X slash in Pokémon Theme Song Revenge.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • "I'm the Teleporting, Teleporting, Teleporting Fat Guy!!!"
    • One word: Stranded.
    Day 17: "I found an apple in the sand, but it only lasted us a day. We knew that we would have to choose which one of us we would eat first. Robbie and I both chose Jamal, but he called us racist and threatened to eat himself. We told him that wasn't physically possible."
    Day 18: "We were wrong. Jamal ate himself."
    • Anytime Officer Anous shoots somebody and goes overboard with it.
    • In their recent Pokemon parody, the Monkey/Mankey gag.
    • This, from the epilogue of the "Anthony is Bald" videos, where Anthony and Ian sing about being best friends:
    Hugh Jasshol: "GAAAAAY! Why don't you two fairies go get married already?! UNSUBSCRIBE!!" (gets beaten)
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Assassin Creed. As we're speaking, it's getting more and more positive comments.
  • Designated Hero: The two of them can be seen as this in their Pokémon Theme Song Revenge video. For starters, it can be interpreted as a giant Take That! towards the Pokémon company for an incident that happened years prior, and that the company was entirely allowed to do Explanation  . For another, they constantly try to justify their video with lines like "You don't know the law!" and "It was a parody!" - which, as stated in the parentheses, is not exactly the case. And to top it off, they outright taunt the company, declaring "Try to sue us now!" as the chorus. Again, bearing in mind that this all happened many years before and they're now among the most popular web content producers, it just comes off as them holding an endless grudge and whining about it with no knowledge of how copyright and fair use actually works, yet claiming the Pokémon company is the one that doesn't know how it works, and trying to make the company look bad for no real reason. But because of the special effects and good music, not to mention that this came out around the time YouTube copyright claims were universally considered to be flawed and never taken seriously, everyone takes Ian and Anthony as the good guys and continues to denounce Pokémon to this day.
    • That being said, the jury is out on whether it was meant as a serious Take That!, as the video has a hilariously simplistic depiction of both Youtube and the Pokémon Company to the point of self-parody, and Smosh are clearly still fans of Pokémon to this day that don't seem to take much offense to the copyright claim. Smosh don't tend to take themselves too seriously, and many of their videos are purposefully exaggerated.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Milky Milkshake!... Milky Milkshake..."
    • "Cute, furry kittens!"
    • "Charlie! Charlie! The Drunk Guinea Pig!!!"
    • "Teleporting Teleporting Teleporting Fat Guy~!"
    • Legend of Zelda Rap, specially the chorus.
    • "How many fools can I kill today..."
    • "Going to the mountains! Going to the mountains!"
    • "HARDCORE MAX."
    • The song for P.E.N Fifteen.
    • "Happy cow, happy cow, everywhere you go! Happy cow, happy cow, take it to and fro!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Charlie, the drunk guinea pig, who later got his own weekly series.
    • Teleporting Fat Guy is also one.
    • Producer Joe Bereta (or Uncle Joe, as the Smosh kids call him). Being a comedian of his own right, he showcases a lot of wit and charm, and otherwise fun moments, whenever he does makes an on-screen appearance. Fans have wanted him to appear more often and use his comedic talent rather than work behind-the-scenes all the time.
  • Growing the Beard: A debatable case for some long-time fans, but as of 2010, the episodes definitely improved in both acting and material.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Defied; Anthony and Ian decided to postpone "A Smoshy Christmas" after the Sandy Hook shooting, and for good reason.
    • "Addicted to Honey Boo Boo Child" features Ian getting way too into Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, to the point where he prepares to enter a pageant while dressed as Honey Boo Boo. Anthony tries to convince Ian that going to the pageant will raise suspicion that he's a pedophile. Definitely a bit darker given that in 2014, Mama June of Honey Boo Boo was caught dating a convicted child molester, leading to Honey Boo Boo being cancelled.
    • Billy Mays died several weeks after the two-parter episode, "A Hairy Situation w/ Billy Mays", was posted.
    • "Homeless Millionaire", which features Anthony leaving and breaking off his friendship with Ian after the former loses his hair, can be a little difficult to watch knowing that Anthony has officially left Smosh.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Very heavy on it, for hilarious reasons. Typically between Anthony and Ian, but other names are mentioned in connection to this (for example, Ian's bucket list includes "Eat Gummi Bears off LL Cool J's abs.")
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • When Smosh Pit Weekly started off with Mari as a hostess, each segment would cutaway with a very annoying "SUMOSHU PITTO" voiceover. Thankfully, this has since been retired.
    • Stevie's voice is arguably more annoying, since it's high pitched and nasally
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • A double whammy occurs when an actress pukes after Ian describes a Facebook post about somebody using a toilet which hasn't been flushed and ends up overflowing on him.
    • 'Lie Detector' has Ian falling into a barrel of radioactive waste. He spends the rest of the video without any skin on his face... complete with close ups!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: "Smosh" was Anthony's username when he first posted flash animations on Newgrounds before YouTube came into existence.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Mari got a lot of hate when she was first introduced as the new hostess of Smosh Pit Weekly, but after a few episodes passed, people warmed up a lot to her. (The fact that the show got rid of a few annoying elements may have helped as well.)
  • The Scrappy: Stevie, the new recurring character on the other hand has a high, nasally voice, not attractive and is a borderline one man Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Also counts as an In-Universe example.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some long-time fans feel their more recent videos show a notable decline in quality compared to their older ones, with a more prominent emphasis on gross-out humor, sex jokes, and other techniques perceived as immature.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • In "5,000,000 Subscribers," the guys presented a Mockumentary about the production of Smosh on a Hollywood soundstage, NOT in the Sacramento suburbs they call home. They showed themselves shooting an "outdoor scene" on green screen, and it was, again, painfully conspicuous.
    • "Stuck In A Toilet!" featured a pretty weird one - at the end, when Anthony shuts the car door on his genitals, but if you look at the reflection in the door itself, his fly is very clearly not open. But it also results in a hilarious new definition of Right Through His Pants!
    • Hilariously lampshaded in "Good vs. Surprisingly Good!"
    • "JURASSIC POKEMON" takes this as far as it can go.
  • Squick: In "What if Holidays Were Real", Ian and Anthony finding out where Easter Eggs really come from.
    • And a bunch of other things besides that.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The end of Anthony's Draw My Life video was funny and heartwarming, but there are some depressing moments throughout, such as his mother suffering from panic attacks and his grandmother dying when he was 14.
    • The ending of Stranded, at least through the eyes of the stranded guy.
    • As of June 14, 2017, Anthony Padilla (one of the two co-founders of the channel), has left Smosh. He even made a video on his own channel giving reasons on why he did so. This all comes to a huge tearjerker for long time fans of the channel.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: With the addition of five new regulars on the main channel, known as the "Smosh Squad", who were also given their own series "Every [Blank] Ever", many viewers were shocked at the change in formula in their skits. Then, Anthony and Ian ended their annual "Food Battle" series in 2016, a staple tradition for a decade, marking off the last long-running series they had since the conception of their channel... and now Anthony is leaving.
  • Values Dissonance: Quite a few of their videos from the late-2000s/early-2010s contained a lot of gay jokes that would more often than not reach homophobic levels. It should be noted that even then, the LGBT community still wasn't as vocal as it is today.
  • What an Idiot: Food Battle 2006. You'd expect that when called upon to use a donut as a telescope that Ian would look through the donut's hole. He looks through the donut's side instead.
  • Yoko Oh No: There are some people who just don't like Kristin Smith (Kalel Cullen), Anthony's then-girlfriend/fiancee from 2010 to 2014.
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