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YMMV: The Runaway Guys
  • Acceptable Targets: Hipsters, every time Jon sticks oversized glasses on something.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Pointed out in Mario Party, as they note that DK's pose during the Limbo minigame is somewhat suggestive of a different kind of donkey.
    • In Golf in Wii Sports, Chugga asks whether they can hit each others' balls.
    • During Fortune Street, Chugga says that, "Rocking his hand back and forth on the Wiimote gives his hand something to do."
    • In the Great Maze, Jon is playing as Charizard and tells Tim to "follow the angry dragon". Tim and Chugga tell him Urban Dictionary's definition of "angry dragon". note 
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • The final match of the Brawl tournament (Jon vs. SyKhotic/Hunter, with Jon winning) wasn't particularly exciting, as Hunter kept accidentally killing himself.
    • Tim, to Jon, in Fortune Street's Delfino Plaza. They spend much of the board in a tense race for the win, but in the last few turns, Tim's net worth falls dramatically, and the tension vanishes as Jon easily marches toward victory.
  • Base Breaker: All three of the guys are this to some extent.
    • Chuggaa is either funny or an obnoxious player who's robbing everyone else of victories.
    • Certain fans fail to realize that Jon being a dick is just playful banter, and want him off the team.
    • Some consider NCS unnecessary due to him being quiet Out of Focus a lot, and some believe he occasionally wastes large amounts of time in Subspace Emissary due to his poorer playing abilities.
    • Diabetus caused this kind of reaction when it was rumoured that he would be one of the Guys' special guests, despite it not being stated that he would actually be a guest, just that they were meeting up with him. Eventually, it was confirmed that he wouldn't be joining the group.
  • Broken Base:
    • One sprouted up between Team Jon (and Josh) vs. Team Chugga during NSMB Wii. It's more lighthearted than some examples, since Jon trying to kill Chugga was Played for Laughs by both Jon and Chugga.
    • Episode 10 of LittleBigPlanet. One side thought it was their funniest episode yet, while another found it extremely boring, and a third found it outright racist.
  • Critical Research Failure: Chugga keeps claiming that every gibberish word they come across is most likely an insult in German, and generally thinking that German consists of only gibberish strung together. It's possible it's just Played for Laughs, though.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • In Mario Party 1's "Grab Bag" minigame:
    Chugga: *grabs Jon* RAPED!
    (later)
    Chugga: *gets grabbed by Wario* Wario, you just raped out what I raped out of [Jon]!
    (later)
    Chugga: *gets grabbed by Jon* Don't rape the monkey!
    Jon: What's with you and rape?
    Chugga: I don't know. *beat* It's fun?
    Jon: WHAT?!?
    • During the Bomberman Live tournament, Jon has to explain that killing both yourself and the other players doesn't count as a win. His exact wording? "Genocide along with killing yourself does not work. Genocide itself is okay."
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In a PAX Prime 2013 wrap-up video (featuring but not created by Jon, Chugga, and Tim), at one point Chugga makes a very bad pun, prompting Dodger to call for applause from the audience. Later, Jon makes a comment about his pedometer, and Chugga responds by pronouncing it "paedo-meter". The audience is silent and Dodger says, "Don't applaud for that one..."
  • Ending Fatigue:
    • During Mario Party 3, some fans became restless when Creepy Cavern was extended by a Wacky Watch, adding two more videos than usual. Even worse is that the board's final minigame was the very long and monotonous "The Beat Goes On."
    • Subverted by Mario Party 3's duel boards. Initially they did a two-parter for the first board and stated it would done as filler between other projects, before getting back to it a month after the initial board and finishing them all relatively quickly.
    • In general, the video uploading format introduced with New Super Mario Bros. U drags out series' longer than it should, due to Chugga reducing video length in exchange for more videos over the course of several days, compared to before when he would upload a series of videos or one extremely long video within a single day. Mario Stadium from Fortune Street in particular got backlash for this, as it was uploaded over the course of 8 parts, despite the more compact Yoshi's Island having close to the same total running time.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • JoshJepson. Many were sad to see him gone after NSMB Wii, and the Guys eventually brought him back as a guest player for NSMB U.
    • Wario, for his line from the first two Mario Party games: "Doh I missed!" It's gotten to the point where he's referenced in every project even if he isn't in it.
    • Jon Paula during the Mario Power Tennis tournament, due to being the most vocal of the guests and providing some pretty funny lines.
    • Fortune Street as a whole. When the Guys posted the first video, they showed concern over whether or not it would go over well, and expected it to be a Love It or Hate It one-off. Fans adored it, and it has become traditional between-series filler, especially as a way to see off a special guest (Lucahjin, JoshJepson, and Super Jeenius all played games with the Guys before going).
  • Fan Dumb: Three popular Let's Players playing games where they're screwing each other over repeatedly. This was also to be expected.
    • The sheer amount of fans who actually thought Chugga quit the group at the end of Subspace Emissary Ep. 11.
    • When Diabetus beat Chugga in the Brawl tournament, the latter's fans raged about how he deserved to win instead. The comment section contained a lot of death threats for the former.
    • When the first video for Mario Party 2 went up, initial comments before the rest of the first board's videos went up complained about the fact that only one part of one board would be uploaded each week, completely forgetting the upload schedule for the first game (with a board's videos all being uploaded in one day).
    • A lot of people interpret Chuggaa wanting to be Player 1 in Kirby Returns to Dreamland as him being an Attention Whore, even though Jon stated on his Formspring that he wanted to keep it that way to avoid confusing the viewers, since Chuggaa had been Player 1 in previous projects.
    • A small but vocal portion of the fanbase thinks Lucahjin shouldn't have been included in LittleBigPlanet because they're called "The Runaway GUYS."
    • In New Super Mario Bros. U, they make a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic reference. Cue huge comment wars over MLP, eventually devolving into the main troll(s) giving an anti-autistic and anti-gay hate speech.
    • Similarly to the Brawl example above, some of Chugga's more zealous fans called it unfair and threw fits when he and MasaeAnela lost Round 2 of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, thanks to their opponents getting a lucky item. These fans weren't complaining when Chugga and Masae previously won Round 1 thanks to getting a lucky item themselves.
    • The comments for the Mario Party 3 videos have practically exploded with hatred for Chugga, who (despite perhaps being more enthusiastic than necessary) is only playing the way Mario Party games are meant to be played: very competitively. Meanwhile, other commenters avidly defend Chugga as a saint no matter what legitimate dick moves he pulls.
    • During Fortune Street's Delfino Plaza, some people became rabid at Tim for wasting money on the auction and giving the game to Jon...even though, if he hadn't done that and the ensuing die-rolls had been the same, Jon would have still won by reaching the bank first.
  • Fan Myopia: During the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP, Jon becomes a victim of this after learning that he's the only one of the Runaway Guys (including guest player Josh) who has played Metal Gear.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • During the Brawl tournament, many people thought Chugga and Donnabellez were cute together.
    • Many seem to feel this way about Tim and Lucahjin.
    • Some just go straight for the Jon/Chugga.
    • After the Double Dash tournament, many fans feel this way about Chugga and MasaeAnela.
  • Good Bad Bugs: In Episode 15 of NSMB Wii, Tim jumps on the flagpole, gets a 1-Up, then bubbles, and is suddenly not in the bubble. To add greatness, they got fireworks.
  • Growing the Beard: The Thrown Controllers panel at PAX East 2013 noticeably improved from the previous panels. The technical problems were minimal, and an official video of the panel was made by The Game Station, with professional equipment, multiple cameras, and decent editing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At one point in Mario Party, NCS takes a while before moving some text along, and Chugga says "Do you know how to press 'A'?" In New Super Mario Bros Wii, NCS seems to have a small bubbling issue, which requires pressing A.
    • Jon jokingly calls Jigglypuff "the deadliest of warriors" while Chugga fights Wolf in the Bonus Video. Jigglypuff ended up giving Tim a lot of trouble.
    • They bring up in their LP of the first Mario Party that Wario is canonically the Super Star. Later, in Mario Party 2, they play as Wario for Minigame Coaster, and at the end they are told that they "shall attain Super Stardom".
    • In the very first Fortune Street board they played, Jon said it was rather hit-or-miss as to whether people liked the game or not (especially watching it), and that the one board they were playing was largely just for filler. It ended up being a huge hit with fans, to the point where it became a tradition to play Fortune Street with their special guest players after every major project.
    • In Wii Party, the fourth player was an AI named Luca. In LittleBigPlanet and at least one board of Fortune Street, the fourth player was Lucahjin. note 
    • A few days after Chugga learns to use thunder in Castle Crashers, his house is struck by lightning. No serious damage was done and Chugga and his cats were unharmed so this qualifies as hilarious.
    • Early in Mario Party 2, Chugga says that "If we play Mario Party 3, it'll probably be Tim's game." They eventually do play Mario Party 3, and Tim wins the majority of the boards, thus becoming the game's overall winner.
    • Jon's habit of running away and leaving the others in the dust in the Mario LPs became even funnier when Blue Toad was announced to be the playable Toad in Super Mario 3D World, and of the four playable characters, he's the fastest by a large margin.
    • In Mario Party 1, The guys discuss Bomberman and Jon brings up the despised, needlessly Darker and Edgier Bomberman: Act Zero, adding that it's a "hilarious" game. Three years later, Jon started streaming regularly on twitch, and the sheer So Bad, It's Good-ness of the game has influenced his streams so much it has its own dedicated night and MLG League.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Subverted regarding the Game Grumps. While both Chuggaa and Tim (of all people) criticized the Grumps, there was no hate levied toward them (though there were comment arguments between fans of TRG and GG), especially since Tim's Take That was toward a heavily criticized aspect of the show.
    • A minor example during Mario Party 3, after NCS became the majority board winner. While editing the video, Chugga left a note stating that he was still leading in the detailed stats, so NCS hadn't officially won the LP yet. This received some harsh feedback in the comments, accusing Chugga of being a poor sport and telling him to let NCS have this one.note 
  • It's Short, so It Sucks: Many fans feel that Dokapon Kingdom should have lasted longer. Notably, however, the guys did this intentionally, since they were partially testing the waters to see if the fans were interested in them playing the (much, much longer) full game. They have since returned to the game to play story mode.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In Mario Party 3, Chuggaa manages to pull a small but brilliant gambit in the final turn of Woody Woods. He uses a Reverse Mushroom on himself and sees Boo. Not having coins to steal a Star, he steals Jon's coins instead, preventing Jon from using his Magic Lamp to get the Star. Chuggaa then chooses to take a path into a dead-end road, which reverses his direction and allows him to visit Boo again, this time with enough coins to steal a Star. And yet he still loses the board.
  • Magnum Opus: Every episode of their second LP, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, has over a million views, which is over twice what the Guys' videos usually average.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Averted with Captain Falcon, a realistically flawed individual who is still capable of moments of badass.
    • Carver is treated like this during Fortune Street (Mt. Magmageddon), even having Chuck Norris Facts-style claims like he makes toast just by glaring at bread.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "D'oh, I missed!"
  • Never Live It Down:
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the voice Chugga gives Magolor after transforming.
      • Nightmare Retardant: ...though that's a bit offset by the other Guys' reaction, including Tim's (and, soon enough, Chugga's) uncontrollable laughter and Jon's unamused pleas for him to just stop.
    • In Mario Party 3, Chugga's slowed-down laughter during the "That was total bullshit!" replay sounds downright demented.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Jon's clean sweep in Battle Mode for Mario Kart 64, due to the original E3 video being lost.
    • And with it, Tim curb-stomping the others at Rainbow Road. Luckily, he did almost as well in the new video.
  • That One Boss: During Subspace Emissary, Duon gave Jon and Tim a real hard time.
  • That One Level:
    • Chugga considers Wario's Battle Canyon (Mario Party) to be this. Throughout the whole board, only two stars are purchased.
      • Peach's Birthday Cake is a low-scoring board where every event is very expensive.
    • NCS refers to World 2-4 in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as "the worst [level] in the first five worlds." Indeed, the Runaway Guys collectively lose 22 lives in that level, not counting murders.
      • World 7. So many deaths...
      • Level 9-3, so, so much. It wins for the most times they've had to repeat a level.
    • In Subspace Emissary, The Swamp is this for Jon and Tim eventually. Jigglypuff being there — over two-thirds of the way through the level — didn't help.
    • Mystery Land in Mario Party 2 is designed to work the same as Wario's Battle Canyon, and Chugga expresses his disinterest right from the outset.
    • The Mario Party minigame "Sneak n' Snore" is incredibly difficult for the group to win.
    • 6-2 in Kirby's Return to Dreamland.
    • LittleBigPlanet has "The Bunker," which had the four actually working together to get through the part with the wheel.
  • Uncanny Valley: Referenced in the Wheel of Fortune videos towards the awkward character designs and animations.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Chugga does not think the viewers are dumb, but he seems to think it's easier to confuse them than in actuality. See one of the points under Fan Dumb.
  • Wangst: Chugga, constantly, in The Observatory in Fortune Street. Apparently because he kept doing badly despite playing the game regularly, while both NCS and Lucah were novices but kept doing better than him.
  • The Woobie: Jon in Mario Party 3. Mario Party has screwed him over before, but NEVER that badly. It gets to the point where you legitimately feel sorry for him.


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