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* NoPronunciationGuide: Jon Bois is [[FlipFlopOfGod outright inconsistent]] on how his last name is pronounced. In some videos, he pronounces it like "boys", and in others he pronounces it "bwah" (as if it were French).

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* PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel: His most consistent running gag is parodying and subverting the boilerplate "Please like, comment, and subscribe" messages that most career youtubers stick at the end of every video.
** From ''Chart Party:'' "The Terrelle Pryor Problem":
-->'''Jon Bois:''' Looking for more great content like this? That's good. Um, hope you find it. See ya. ''[walks away]''
** ''Chart Party:'' "My Favorite Worst Baseball Player" has this message after the end credits:
-->For more videos from Jon Bois, click the whatever button and maybe videos will come out? I don't know, I need to go to bed.
** From ''Chart Party:'' "The History of Every NFL Team":
-->There are more episodes of Chart Party on Youtube. If you're interested you can go search for them or whatever. I mean, you're a smart person, you don't need me to explain the internet to you.
** From ''Chart Party:'' "Every NFL Score Ever":
-->'''Jon Bois:''' Looking for more great videos on [=YouTube=]? ''[beat]'' I'ma level with you: I think this is the only good [=YouTube=] video. And I haven't even finished making this video, so this one might not even be good, I don't know. So you might be kinda out of luck.
** From ''Pretty Good'', Ep.10:
-->for more episodes of Pretty Good, I don't know, just click around, you're bound to find them one way or another\\
you can subscribe to this channel if you want, but I'm not really comfortable with asking people to do things. if you wanted to, i'm sure you would have already


-->'''Jon Bois:''' With number 7 we learn that if the Fates have decided that you're going to win, you will dragged, kicking and screaming, to that win, no matter how much you don't want to. [...] When the Fates decide that you're gonna win, they lay opportunity at your feet. You can try to overthink or cower your way out of it, but the win will always find you. Sorry, Dolphins. You won.

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-->'''Jon Bois:''' With number 7 we learn that if the Fates have decided that you're going to win, you will be dragged, kicking and screaming, to that win, no matter how much you don't want to. [...] When the Fates decide that you're gonna win, they lay opportunity at your feet. You can try to overthink or cower your way out of it, but the win will always find you. Sorry, Dolphins. You won.

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* CrackDefeat: The first episode of ''Pretty Good'' is all about the time Koo Dae-Sung, a complete amateur on offense, inexplicably bested one of the greatest pitchers ever, hitting a double and then stealing home on the next at-bat.
-->'''Jon Bois:''' And there's a legend I ''can'' confirm. Koo Dae-Sung, who had never swung a bat or run a base for money in his life, blew up Randy Johnson, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and then he scored from second on a bunt.


* CelebrityResemblance: In the ''Pretty Good" episode on Lonnie Smith (the baseball player), he shows a picture of Lonnie alongside a picture of the jazz musician [[NamesTheSame Lonnie Smith]], and concludes they might actually be the same person.

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* CelebrityResemblance: In the ''Pretty Good" episode on Lonnie Smith (the baseball player), he shows a picture of Lonnie alongside a picture of the jazz musician [[NamesTheSame Dr. Lonnie Smith]], and concludes they might actually be the same person.


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* DrugsAreBad: In his episode on Lonnie Smith, Jon completely freaks out when he realizes that the three most notorious cocaine addicts on the 1982 Atlanta Braves were also the two best hitters and best pitcher on the team. A team that won that year's World Series.
-->'''Jon Bois:''' ''[voiceover]'' Does coke make you awesome at baseball? No. [[RapidFireNo No no no! Nope, nope, nope,]] ''[slaps table]'' nope! [[IRejectYourReality I'm putting my head in the sand,]] and I refuse to make a 20-minute ad for cocaine. No, I'm not doing it.\\
''[Cut to Jon in his office. He addresses the camera:]''\\
'''Jon Bois:''' Alright, if there are any kids watching, I don't want you coming and hollering to your parents, like "Mr. Jon told me doing coke's great, I'm gonna go do coke now!" No. That's not what I'm saying. I haven't finished the story yet. The bad part's coming. Okay, stick around.


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* TheFool: In "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", this is how Jon describes the 2013 Dolphins in their October 31st game against the Bengals. They were punting like they ''wanted'' to lose, but had victory thrust upon them anyway, via a wildly unlikely tackle-safety.
-->'''Jon Bois:''' With number 7 we learn that if the Fates have decided that you're going to win, you will dragged, kicking and screaming, to that win, no matter how much you don't want to. [...] When the Fates decide that you're gonna win, they lay opportunity at your feet. You can try to overthink or cower your way out of it, but the win will always find you. Sorry, Dolphins. You won.


* AnachronicOrder: A minor example. ''Lonnie Smith'' ends with Lonnie winning 1991 NLCS with the Atlanta Braves and making peace with John Schuerholz, even though 1991 World Series (where Smith made a baserunning error that arguably lost them the Series) were discussed before it.

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* AnachronicOrder: A minor example. ''Lonnie Smith'' ends with Lonnie winning 1991 NLCS with covers the Atlanta Braves and making peace with John Schuerholz, even though 1991 World Series (where Series, where Smith made a baserunning error that arguably lost them the Series) were discussed before it.Atlanta Braves the Series. Then Jon rewinds the clock a few months and talks about Lonnie winning the 1991 NLCS and making peace with John Schuerholz.



* BigNo: Ep.5 of ''Pretty Good'' is just titled "NO!!!!!!", because that's the radio commentator's reaction to John Carney's failed extra point kick.



* CaliforniaDoubling: When Jon published [[https://www.sbnation.com/2015/8/14/9154307/new-york-city-poems a collection of poems about New York City]], for some reason the article had a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. And then [[https://www.sbnation.com/a-huge-dog/2016/3/23/11293330/its-new-york-time-a-collection-of-poems-by-jon the followup poem collection]] came with a photo of downtown Milwaukee.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: When Jon published [[https://www.sbnation.com/2015/8/14/9154307/new-york-city-poems a collection of poems about New York City]], [[RuleOfFunny for some reason reason]] the article had a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. And then [[https://www.sbnation.com/a-huge-dog/2016/3/23/11293330/its-new-york-time-a-collection-of-poems-by-jon the followup poem collection]] came with a photo of downtown Milwaukee.



* CelebrityResemblance: In the ''Pretty Good" episode on Lonnie Smith (the baseball player), he shows a picture of Lonnie alongside a picture of the jazz musician [[NamesTheSame Lonnie Smith]], and concludes they might actually be the same person.



* DownerEnding: ''The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles'' end this way, and during his chart party about the [[ButtMonkey Unending trainwreck that the Cleveland Browns have been since their return to the NFL]], he has just one...only one...reason for Cleveland fans to have hope: [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog He's just kidding.]]]]

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* DownerEnding: DownerEnding:
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''The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles'' end this way, and during way.
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his chart party ''Chart Party'' about the [[ButtMonkey Unending trainwreck that the Cleveland Browns have been since their return to the NFL]], he has just one...only one...reason for Cleveland fans to have hope: [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog He's just kidding.]]]]]]]]
** "NO!!!!!!" covers the December 21, 2003 Saints v. Jaguars game, where the Saints made a beautiful and unprecedented three-lateral touchdown to get just one point away from the Jaguars in the final seconds of the game... only for kicker John Carney to miss the extra point kick.



* InstantlyProvenWrong: In ''Pretty Good:'' "Koo Dae-Sung", color commentator Tim [=McCarver=] predicts that Koo's at-bat will be the "biggest give-up" of the season thus far. As [=McCarver's=] still talking, Koo hits a home run, proving him wrong.

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* InstantlyProvenWrong: In ''Pretty Good:'' "Koo Dae-Sung", color commentator Tim [=McCarver=] predicts that Koo's at-bat will be the "biggest give-up" of the season thus far. As Koo hits a double, while [=McCarver's=] still talking, Koo hits a home run, proving him wrong.talking.



* ItsPersonal: Ep. 10 highlights John Heisman's furious rampage over the 1916 Cumberland College football team, complete with a moment of cruel mercy, a score that mirrored the baseball loss that infuriated him in the first place, and the total, complete destruction of the way points were used to describe this game.

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* ItsPersonal: ''Pretty Good'' Ep. 10 highlights John Heisman's furious rampage over the 1916 Cumberland College football team, complete with a moment of cruel mercy, a score that mirrored the baseball loss that infuriated him in the first place, and the total, complete destruction of the way points were used to describe this game.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: While reporting on the true story of a man who flew via a lawn chair with weather balloons tied to it, the one detail Jon has trouble believing is the price of the lawn chair: $109 or $110 (in 1982 money), according to two different newspapers.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: Has an aside in ''Pretty Good:'' "Koo Dae-Sung" about the trend in sports (and society in general) for jobs to get more and more specialized, and how hilarious it is when random happenstance forces an athlete to do something outside their specific job.


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* InstantlyProvenWrong: In ''Pretty Good:'' "Koo Dae-Sung", color commentator Tim [=McCarver=] predicts that Koo's at-bat will be the "biggest give-up" of the season thus far. As [=McCarver's=] still talking, Koo hits a home run, proving him wrong.
-->'''Jon Bois:''' Y'all hear that? Tim [=McCarver=]'s prediction was so wrong, that it was proven wrong before he had even finished saying it.


* BerserkButton: Jon is usually pretty affable, but the reasoning behind why the 1904 Olympics was as bad as it was actually causes him to raise his voice.

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* BerserkButton: {{Balloonacy}}: The ''Pretty Good'' episode "Larry Walters has a flying lawn chair and a BB gun" covers the incident where Larry flew by attaching military surplus weather balloons to his lawn chair.
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Jon is usually pretty affable, but the reasoning behind why the 1904 Olympics was as bad as it was actually causes him to raise his voice.


* SpoofAesop: In ''Chart Party:'' "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", Jon concludes that unnecessary punting is "the signifier of a loser. This is what losing teams do." But then Jon admits this isn't actually true because, of the ten saddest punts that he examined, six of the offending teams went on to ''win'' those games, in addition to one tie. And of the three teams that lost, one of them immediately followed that with a ten-game winning streak and a Super Bowl victory. Jon concludes that he really has no idea what lesson should be learned from all this.

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* SpoofAesop: In ''Chart Party:'' "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", Jon concludes that unnecessary punting is "the signifier of a loser. This is what losing teams do." But then Jon admits this isn't actually true because, of the ten saddest punts that he examined, six of the offending teams went on to ''win'' those games, in addition to and one went on to tie. And of the three teams that lost, one of them immediately followed that with a ten-game winning streak and a Super Bowl victory. Jon concludes that he really has no idea what lesson should be learned from all this.


* SpoofAesop: In ''Chart Party:'' "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", Jon concludes that unnecessary punting is "the signifier of a loser. This is what losing teams do." But then Jon admits this isn't actually true because, of the ten saddest punts that he examined, six of the offending teams went on to ''win'' those games. And of the teams that lost, one of them immediately followed that with a ten-game winning streak and a Superbowl victory. Jon concludes that he really has no idea what lesson should be learned from all this.

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* SpoofAesop: In ''Chart Party:'' "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", Jon concludes that unnecessary punting is "the signifier of a loser. This is what losing teams do." But then Jon admits this isn't actually true because, of the ten saddest punts that he examined, six of the offending teams went on to ''win'' those games. games, in addition to one tie. And of the three teams that lost, one of them immediately followed that with a ten-game winning streak and a Superbowl Super Bowl victory. Jon concludes that he really has no idea what lesson should be learned from all this.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In ''Chart Party:'' "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", he compares punting to giving up, but grudgingly admits that sometimes a punt really is the smartest move for a team. Of course, the whole point of the episode is to find (and criticize) punts that clearly ''weren't'' the smart choice.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: When Jon published [[https://www.sbnation.com/2015/8/14/9154307/new-york-city-poems a collection of poems about New York City]], for some reason the article had a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. And then [[https://www.sbnation.com/a-huge-dog/2016/3/23/11293330/its-new-york-time-a-collection-of-poems-by-jon the followup poem collection]] came with a photo of downtown Milwaukee.


* {{Bowdlerize}}: Jon (and the rest of SB Nation) is clearly on the side that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Redskins_name_controversy thinks Washington DC's NFL franchise has a racist name]], so he goes out of his way to avoid using that name. He just refers to the team as "Washington", even in contexts where he's using other teams' full names.



* CurbstompBattle: ''Pretty Good'' Ep.10 and Ep.12 are about absolutely hellacious sports-related beatings, but in different ways. 10 is about a personal grudge that was taken out on a football field. 12 is more about how the score was so lopsided and high that it's been set down in the record books as ''incorrect''

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* CruelMercy: As Cumberland's football team is getting [[CurbStompBattle utterly curbstomped]] by Georgia Tech, the Cumberland coach appeals to John Heisman to end the game at halftime. Heisman agrees to shorten the game... but only by five minutes.
-->'''Jon Bois:''' Sometimes, a weak expression of pity is the deepest act of cruelty.
* CurbstompBattle: ''Pretty Good'' Ep.10 and Ep.12 are about absolutely hellacious sports-related beatings, but in different ways. 10 is about a personal grudge that was taken out on a football field. 12 is more about how the score was so lopsided and high that it's been set down in the record books as ''incorrect''''incorrect''.



* DownerEnding: ''The Tim Tebow Chronicles'' end this way, and during his chart party about the [[ButtMonkey Unending trainwreck that the Cleveland Browns have been since their return to the NFL]], he has just one..only one...reason for Cleveland fans to have hope: [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog He's just kidding.]]]]

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* DownerEnding: ''The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles'' end this way, and during his chart party about the [[ButtMonkey Unending trainwreck that the Cleveland Browns have been since their return to the NFL]], he has just one..one...only one...reason for Cleveland fans to have hope: [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog He's just kidding.]]]]



* {{GIFT}}: [[invoked]] Discussed in ''Pretty Good:'' "The Dumbest Boy Alive", where a bodybuilding forum thread--about working out every other day--descends into a petty argument between people who can't agree how many days are in a week.



* MissingEpisode: ''Pretty Good'' Ep.4, about how Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov successfully prevented a nuclear war, was taken out of rotation because of a JumpScare musical sting he wanted to edit out. It hasn't returned to the Internet since.
* PaintingTheMedium: Much of his work likes to mess with this a little bit.



* JustJokingJustification: Dissected in ''Pretty Good:'' "The Dumbest Boy Alive":
-->'''Jon Bois:''' So, on the one hand "I was only trolling" is kind of the ultimate internet punk-ass move. If they were actually trolling, they would just keep on trolling, because that is what trolls do. Basically they only pull this card out when they're being thoroughly humiliated. They want you to think "Ooh, I'm an evil genius, this was part of my grand social experiment." Nah, you're just not that smart.
* MissingEpisode: ''Pretty Good'' Ep.4, about how Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov successfully prevented a nuclear war, was taken out of rotation because of a JumpScare musical sting he wanted to edit out. It hasn't returned to the Internet since.
* PaintingTheMedium: Much of his work likes to mess with this a little bit.



* SelfDeprecation: Frequently makes jokes at his own expense, like him being fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, his profession being useless, and he'll sometimes bring up the fact that he often makes poor decisions and that his resume isn't exactly stellar to try and contest official documents.

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* RandomEventsPlot: The Troy St. - [=DeVry=] game, by itself, defies any attempts to retell it as a story.
-->'''Jon Bois:''' This game is not a story that needs to be told in any particular order. There's no narrative arc; there's no climax or anticlimax. There are only a thousand sledgehammers falling out of a thundercloud. That isn't a story.
* SelfDeprecation: Frequently makes jokes at his own expense, like him being fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, his profession being useless, and he'll sometimes bring up the fact that he often makes poor decisions and decisions, or that his resume isn't exactly he doesn't have a stellar to try and contest resume for contesting official documents.



* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Likens the Troy St. - [=DeVry=] game in Ep.12 of ''Pretty Good'' to the Tower of Babel, where so many points came down from both sides that it began to defy reason.

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* SpoofAesop: In ''Chart Party:'' "The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World", Jon concludes that unnecessary punting is "the signifier of a loser. This is what losing teams do." But then Jon admits this isn't actually true because, of the ten saddest punts that he examined, six of the offending teams went on to ''win'' those games. And of the teams that lost, one of them immediately followed that with a ten-game winning streak and a Superbowl victory. Jon concludes that he really has no idea what lesson should be learned from all this.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Likens the Troy St. - [=DeVry=] game in Ep.12 of ''Pretty Good'' to the Tower of Babel, where so many arguing that the number of points came down from both sides that it began was huge enough to defy reason.reason and comprehension.


After a brief hiatus, it was revealed Jon was working on a 5 part documentary with [[Podcast/ChapoTrapHouse Felix Biederman]] called ''Fighting in the age of loneliness'', about the history of MMA.

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After a brief hiatus, it was revealed Jon was working on a 5 part documentary with [[Podcast/ChapoTrapHouse Felix Biederman]] called ''Fighting in the age of loneliness'', ''WebVideo/FightingInTheAgeOfLoneliness'', about the history of MMA.

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