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Growing Up In The 90s is formed of two guys — Cody Blythe and Kenny Rutter.

CODY BLYTHE

Cody is the guy who came up with the idea for the page and channel. Originally meant to show off his Power Rangers collection, both his action figures and his autographs, he brought on Kenny to join him in keeping the past alive through their podcasts and their reviews.

Tropes that apply to Cody:

  • Big Fun: Loves to laugh and tell jokes.
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  • Cluster F-Bomb: Not to the extent of Kenny, but he certainly has a dirty mouth.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Aside of having high functioning autism, he's constantly mocked, ridiculed, and bullied by people in the Power Rangers fandom — a fandom for a franchise based off of teamwork and friendship, ironically enough — to the point where he was Driven to Suicide, he had to watch his father get arrested when he was at the tender age of three, has been bounced around between his mother and his aunt during his teenage life, and only got to speak to his father again before the man died. He still hasn't let that keep him down.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He'll crack jokes about Kenny and Zedd and of course his haters and trolls, but one subject he refuses to touch is anyone who has passed away. Given his own experiences with his father, it's hard to blame him.
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  • Friends With Someone Famous: Most of them are Power Rangers actors, and he even works for Lord Zedd himself!
  • Good Is Not Soft: A fun loving guy who always has a joke ready, but whatever you do, don't piss him off. He will go out of his way to make your life miserable.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He makes fun of Kenny being "obsessed" with Jim Cummings and My Little Pony, among other things, while failing to notice that half of his room is covered in Power Rangers memorabilia.
  • Not What It Looks Like: He still hasn't explained exactly what he was doing with that Red Ranger doll in the Power Rangers for Sega Genesis review.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter what, he sticks by his friends.

KENNY RUTTER

The co-founder of the commentary group Spaz Attack Commentaries, Kenny has his own YouTube channel where he reviews movies, video games, and books, and he used to review toys before he stopped collecting those. The first to join Cody, Kenny specializes in video games, and cites inspiration from the Nostalgia Critic, the Angry Video Game Nerd, Linkara, and SomecallmeJohnny.

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Tropes that apply to Kenny:

  • All There in the Manual: Will gladly point out any information found in the supplementary material of a game, should any exist.
  • Bad Ass Long Coat: It's not exactly a long coat, but he's always wearing a brown and gray aviator jacket, even in the middle of summer.
  • Big Fun: Like Cody, he's a husky fellow who loves to laugh and tell jokes.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Perhaps the most foul-mouthed member of the group. If he goes one sentence without at least saying "damn", then there's something wrong.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not to the extent of Cody, but he was briefly abused by his birth father before the latter learned the error of his ways, and at one point was more or less abandoned by his birth father's girlfriend for three days before finally being taken in by his mother and step-father.
  • Driven to Suicide: Played for laughs. When Cody and Zedd hijacked his show to make him review Sonic '06, Kenny put a (toy) gun to his head, thinking it was time to do Batman And Robin.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He doesn't take kindly to anyone making fun of the dead or the tragic events of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He may be a mellow guy, but he also used to have a very short fuse that haters and trolls — or anyone, really — will discover should they piss him off.
  • Fan Boy Squeal: Let one out when he discovered that Jim Cummings was a fan of the Facebook page.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A pair of navy blue gloves with the fingers and thumb cut off. He explains them as preventing blisters and fissures on his hands during those long gaming sessions.
  • The Hyena: Hey, he was voted "Most Recognizable Laugh" in high school for a reason.
  • Incoming Ham: He's not very subtle when he goes full ham on us.
  • Insistent Terminology: It is not just Jim Cummings, it is JIM FUCKING CUMMINGS! KNEEL BEFORE JIM!
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: Certainly believes so, especially after seeing the man rocking an M4 assault rifle in South Park: The Stick of Truth.
    Jesus Christ — way past cool.
  • Large Ham: Oh boy, he sure can be, especially when discussing the king of all voice actors, JIM FUCKING CUMMINGS! KNEEL BEFORE JIM!
  • Never Bareheaded: Never seen without his black baseball cap.
    • Which he has since swapped out for a Sonic hat.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He once jokingly threatened to snap William Shatner's neck for interrupting him during the DuckTales Remastered review.
  • Only Sane Man: Has some spades of this, but shares it with Cody at times.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Once he sees troll or hater in the comments on the page or a video on the channel, he will not hesitate to tell them off in the most amazing way possible. This man is not afraid to speak his mind, no matter the consequences.
  • Retired Badass: Not exactly, but he was in the Army for a few years and spent almost a year in an active war zone.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The first thing he was doing in the review of Batman Forever? Laying on his bed, looking up at the roof, and saying "This fucking movie, it gives me a headache".
  • Trade Mark Outfit: While his shirts always change, he's never seen without his brown and gray aviator jacket, navy blue fingerless gloves, and black baseball cap with a silver "R" emblazoned on it. (Now a Sonic hat)
    • The "R", mind you, stands for "Russell", the brand that makes the hat, not "Rutter".
  • Tranquil Fury: Despite his notoriously short temper as a child, he's managed to hold it back in his adult years and all of his rants towards haters and trolls come off as this, calmly telling them to fuck off, but isn't above threatening physical violence should the need arise.
  • Undying Loyalty: As he learned from a certain children's show, friendship is one of the most important things in the world. While he loves his family as much as anyone should, he will go out of his way to help his friends in any way he can, even if it's just to say "You'll be okay, I've got your back".

ZEDD

Zedd is the mysterious third member of the trilogy. A fan of the macabre, he's so far only reviewed the two Haunted Mask specials for the Goosebumps television series. Originally, he wanted to take over the channel to make Cody and Kenny suffer for being more popular than he was, but accepted a position once it was offered to him. No one really knows why he wears a mask or where he's been lately outside of some text boxes in Kenny's review of Sonic '06, so no one knows if that's a good or bad thing.

Tropes that apply to Zedd:

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Speculated to be the reason why he wears a mask and synthesizes his voice when he talks.
  • Bad Ass Long Coat: His black hoodie could count.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears all black minus his white mask, but isn't as evil as he would like to come off as, considering he watches the kids' version of Tales From the Crypt.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may proclaim to be an evil bastard, but he's still grateful for being offered a position in the group.
  • The Faceless: All he wears on his face is a blank, white mask, causing Kenny to call him a Marble Hornets reject at one point.
  • Hell Is That Noise: His synthesized voice may give this impression.
  • Oh, Crap!: Made Cody and Kenny have this reaction when he attempted to hijack the channel.
  • Put on a Bus: Has only made two Goosebumps-related videos, and outside of harassing Kenny via text boxes, hasn't been seen since.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He would be this, had he not had an introductory video dedicated to him.
    Kenny and Cody: A new challenger approaches!
  • Trade Mark Outfit: His black hoodie, black gloves, and white mask. It's meant to evoke a scary feel, but not everyone feels it succeeds in that department.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hijacks the channel, interrupts the other guys' videos — sometimes in person, sometime via text boxes — but remains grateful for his place in the group.
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